Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, September 26, 1845, Page 1

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NOT TUB GLOAT OF 0 JD S A U O T I H I WBLFABS OF BOMB BY H. B. STACY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1845. VOL. XIX No. 17. SONG OP TUB MODERN TIME. By ELIZA COOK. Oh I how the world lias altered rince some fifty years go, When boots ind shoes woulJ really serve lo keep out rain and snow t But double-roles and broadcloth oh ! dear me, how very low To talk of auch old-fashioned things, when every one must know 'That we are well-bred gentlefolks, all of the modern lime. W all meet now at midnight hour, and form "a glit tering throng," Where lovely angcla walk quadrilles, and n'er do L'Ete wrong, Where Eastern scents, alt fresh and sweet from "Rowland's," float along, And the name of a good old country-dance would sound like Chinese gong, In the ears of well-bred gentlefolks, all of the modern time. Young ladies now, of ssge sixteen, must give their friends "a route," And teach the cook and housemsid how to "hand the things about;" And they pull Ma'a bedstead down, and hurry, scout, and flout, To have a fine refreshment-room, and "lay a supper out," Like well-bred, dashing gentlefolks, all of the modern time. Your besrdless boys, all brsg and noise, must "do the thing that's right :" That is, they'll drink champagne and punch, and "keep it up all night i" They'll smoke end swear, till sallying forth, at peep of morning light, They'll knock down some old woman, just to show how well they fight, Like brave young English gentlemen, all of the modern lime- At the good old hours of twelve end one, our grand sires used to dine. And qnalT their horns of nut-brown ale, and eat roast beef and chine i But we must have our silver forks, regouts, and for eign wine, And not sit down till five or six, it we mesn to " cut a thine," Like dashing, welt-bred gentlefolks, all ofthe modern time. Our daughters now, at ten jcaraold, must learn to squall and strum, And aludy shakea and quivers under Signor Fcc-Fo- tum. They'll play concertos, sing brsvurae, rattle, scream, ana tntum, Tfllrou almost wish thst you were dest, or they, poor mines, were aumof Hot they must be like your gentlefolks all of the modere time. Our tons must jabber Latin verbs, and talk of a Greek root, Ucfore they've left off pinafores, cakes, lollipops, and fruit. They all have "splendid talents," that the desk or bar would suit, Each darlinjr tor would scorn to be "a low mechanic brute :" They must be well-bred college youth, alt of the modern time. But bills will come at Christmas-tide alas ! alack a.day t The creditors may call again: "Papa's not in the wsy: He's out of town : but ccrtsinly next week he'll come and pay." And then his name's in the "Gazette:" and this, I mean to ssy, OA winds up many gentle folks, all of the modern lime. Krom tho Olive Branch. TUB OLD SWING. I lovi It, I love it and wh'll dare bring Disgrace upon me for loving that swing? I've treasured it longas a cosily gem, I've bedecked it with ftowcr,sacain nnd again, 'Tis bound by a thou-and bands to the pole, Mot a knot will break, not a link unroll 1 Would ye learn the spell? A fond brother's hand Tied strongly the swing with that old kid band. I've sat and swung In it many a day, Till the rope grew thin, and the bands gave wayt And I laughed outright when I saw the rope Comeilown to the floor when its knota were broke; rear then rolled by, but the rope hung still, On a beam ia ihe barn by the cider mill 1 And I learned how much the old rope could bear, When time and again they had patched it there. Tie there 1 'lis there! and I swing in it now, With quivering breath and a laughing brow Twaa there I frolicked, 'twas there I played, In my ehilhood'a hours but how toon they fade! Yet I love it, I love il, and cannot bring My aoul from the thoughts oi that old rope awing. From the Albany Evening Journal. DEVOTION. With rapture glowing inhiseyo A youth bends low at Ilcauly's shrine, And offers up this Icrvent prayer, ''Love, I am thine, forever thine." But sterner dreama his manhood brings, And Glory is his mistress now 1 Ilia hsnd hath grasped Ihe glittering sword, The helmet gleama upon hia brow. The aword lies rusting in its thesih j Where shone the helmet, laurels twinej And still tho yearning spirit cries, Fame, I am thine, lorever Ihine." Those lights illume no moro his way Forsaken are the paths he trod 1 A careworn man hath bowed him down Before the altar of hia God. I bring to Ihee for peace and rest My God, this weary heart of mine, And mourn it hsth not always been Forever ihine, forever thine." JJ. A. S. i.iirf'' iur swop man lays when I ffiSiftrt acquainted with strong drink, Tl, .. it prom ilea 10 aa. pia, i gs tor me. it promised me liberty," and I gat liberty. 1 hid the liberty to see my toe: poke out of my boots the water has the liberty lo go in at my toes and come out at my heels my knee had liberty to come out of my pauli my elbows had liberty to come out of my coat 1 had the liberty to lift up the crown of mv hat and scratch my head without takin? it off. Not only liberty got, but I got music wnen 1 named along on a windy day the crow ii Of my hat would go flipperly flap, And the wind whistle 'how do you do.' POWERS THE SCULPTURE. Tito following extracts aro taken from nn article upon tlio " Genius and Sculpture op Powers," in the List number of lite American Rcvietv. Notwithstanding its length, wo aro sure it will be perused with deep interest, and with feelings of prido in the unequalled genius, and spreading renown of our beloved fellow citizen : All who gaze upon the Greek Slave and the Eve, seum to go nway with that beautiful emotion which lone lingers around one, like some ideal form that sometimes in the calm sleep of nn early spring morning Hits over the fancy, but cannot be forgotten ; it wakes us wo quiet ourselves and try to sleep, nnd bring back tho vision again. In thesu com positions there is tho highest style ofthe ideal and tho purest expression of nature. They seem like his busts to have been copied from life (and they aro) but as Mr. Powers re marked, they wore composed from n great variety of models. Unlike other female statues I have seen, combine all that is beau tiful in tho ideal that glows in tho fancy and nil that is cheerful and home-like in the fairy beings who cluster around our own fire sides and live in our heads. They are per fectly nude figures and yet so pure in every line, movement and cxptession about them, one fuels that ho stands in tho garden, where Eve stood, among tho flowers with Angels and with God and "was naked and not ashamed." An impure thought cannot rise in the bosom ofthe gazer, unless ho bo one who is unfit lor the society of a pure woman. I think my residence abroad has only made me prize moro thai) ever tho bright gem which adorns tho American women that primutivo virtuo which recoils from tho very shade of impurity. And so far from feeling an apprehension that the exhibition of these statues in America, would have any tenden cy to introduce among our women foreign indelicacy, characteristic of every country in the world, but our own and tho British Is lands at home, I am persuaded they would be warmly greeted by all tho enlightened and all of tho pure of both sexes, nnd leave every spectator with moro exalted conceptions of llic beauty and divinity ot virtue. And I would even venture to say, that 1 should he compelled to fear of every one, who, after seeing them, should pronounco a dilfercnt opinion that tho character of the spectator was not right. They nre as pure as Milton's magical picture of tho Garden of Eden, and over every pure-minded person they will exeit as high and pure an influence. I have spoken of Mr. Powers renins in the older great departments of sciilnwr". Utit he has cone further, sometime last year, he received a commission fur n statute ot Mr. Uiillioun, for the city of Charleston, and tho model is nearly done. It displays the same consumate talent that appears in Ins other works parliculatly the head, which I regard as liner than any lie has ever execu ted. The altitude is erect-in his right hand j ho holds up, on a level with his eye, n scroll on which is inscribed his political creed tho folds of tlio drapery mo falling gradually around htm, and the whole expression is a fine personification ofthe old Roman Sena tor. But in tho expression ofthe face and form, there is an air of majesty, I have nev er seen equalled in any full statue, und (he likeness is as perfect as any of his busts. But Mr. Powers will not content himself, until ho has triumphed in every field of sculp ture. He is to begin, us soon as Mr. Cal houn's statue is done, a magnificent group, the subject of which I am now at liberty to mention, but which will constitute, I believe, :e ....1 11 . - 1.;- .... 1 .1 I ,1 exec.eu ..a we. us ms o tier works, me niiel clllinrli nr.,.. ... ll,. .nl.l 1 . .,.1. I IIIV3I .UjlLIU ;IUUI II, II IU IT Ul III, II l II oil u- ject which has mil been attempted in sculp ture or painting, anil yet it illustrates the greatest fact in the history of the human race. But it will be the work of years In the meantime, he has trained up a large number of workmen, who nre superior, lo any in Florence, and they aro all occupied. His orders aro increasing faster than lie can execute them, although his prices aro higher than any other sculptor can command. The Slave has been finished and sent to England, and two copies of it have been ordered ; the price ol the original, was S3.500 hut ho has $10,000 for duplicates. Tho Evp is done, and ho is varying the mode! to mako a du plicate, winch, while it retains all its general proportions, will be different in somo of its arrangements, to mako it strictly speaking not a duplicate. The Fisher Boy is com ...i.cimi.wl in. t.. : .. .: ! i. i .aaiwii.... .i i , USUI fIIU, U SlllglU IUIJU1 bust, was ordered by Mr, Carey, of Phila delphia, for $500, and a largo number of du plicates, mostly from foreigners, havo been ordered. He is desirous not lo occupy most of his time on busts, and ho hoped that by raising Ins price, orders would cease ; he rose from 3 to $500, and his commissions have increased so rapidly, it is probable he will soon double the sum. This will bo ne cessary, for even at this prico, he is obliged to deny many applicants. Ho told me he could not now make busts even at that price without loss. This may appear strango, but he not unfrequently passes many days upon a bust after tho best judges suppose it is done. Of all his workmen, und he has some he pays as high as four dollars a day, (which in Italy h unprecedented,) he cannot depoud upon one of them fur the finishing of a single work. It has n singular fact that tho first timo Mr. Powers look n chisel in his hand he madu a bust entire, and finished il in a style superior to any workman or artist in Flor ence. His mechanical skill is as extraordi nnry'as his creative genius. There may bo many who would bo glad to possess somo work of Mr Powers, whoso means would not justify them in the expense of a statue or even of a bust of themselves. To such, 1 would recommend a copy of the Proserpine, which I promise any lady shall bo bveii moro perfect than herself. For a boudoir, then, is nothing so beautiful, and a more classic conception could not adorn a library. It is an exquisite ideal female bust, resting in a basket of Acanthus leaves, and it forms perhaps tho gem of his studio. In addition to these uninfluenced decis ions of European journals and connoiseuri, tho opinion simply, firmly, frequently ex pressed of the great Danish Sculptor, will bo of authority with every one. The ac count of Thorwulsden's visit to his studio, as rotated by Mr Powers, Is of interest in, itself and impoitant in tho respect abovei mentioned. "Just before tho clay model of Eve was done, 1 re ceived tho honor of n visit from the great Thorwals den. Ho was passing through Florence on hi jour ney lo Home. He had but n short lime to spend nnd this he wished to pass with his friend". But beins strongly urged by a gentleman who had been often in my studio, he consented to drop in for a moment. The first intimation I had of his visit was from a ser vant, who came into my studio and announced thst Thorwaldsen was at tho door nnd begged permission to come in. This wns n trying moment 1 could not bear tho gazo and the criticism of others with com posnre, but to pass tho scrutiny of such a man, for whom I had a greater veneration than for any artist Iivinrj it was no common ordeal. "Presently ho camo lumbering in the Patriarch of Sculptors 1 His air wns confident, but not haughty his chest large his head grand and square, but he had a look of great benevolence nnd intelligence. His longgrav locks were floating loosely over his shoulders, and his walk was full of majesty and sim plicity. He was the very man I Bhould havo taken for Thorwaldsen, had I met him on the dcseit. I had never seen any likeness of him but I had pic tured just such a man. "He uncovered his head nnd bowed in the most respectful manner, and only put on his hat after my repeated solicitations. Ho sad he wns very sorry to disturb me, for ho found mo nt work. I replied, of course, ns an humblo disciple in the art nitplit j but what 1 said on that occasion is a matter of little im portance. He cast an eye over the studio, nnd the first thing that seemed to arrest his attention was a bust of Mr Wtbster. He examined it with great at tention, and as ho did so he stood back n few Heps from it, and ngsin Inking off his hat, he declared with surprise, 'I never sa.v so grand a head before' a greater compliment to tho orator, ns was right, than to llie artist fur there is nothing of mine about it. He then stood before General Jackson, which he regarded with as much attention, apparently, ns Webster's. After examing most of the busts, I took him be hind a screen to see the Eve. He examined it very attentively, and turned it round several times on tho rollers, upon which alt statues, when moddehng, nre plncect, to be made to turn easily. Without saying 'by your Icate, sir,' he took out n large piece of clay from a portion of ihe hair with his finders : 'now I seethe flesh under it, nnd can trace n connection"bf the parts of the idiouldcrs.' Ho touched the hair in another place: 'and I gel a glimp-e of this contour,' pointini; it out. Then coming down he made n innrl." on one of the knees: 'this movement should bo a little moro pronounced.' He then appeared to have done. I told him 1 honkl always feel grateful for his criticisms, nnd begged he would speak freely, nnd I never perhips felt more inwardly a desire than I now felt to have him go on. 'I have pointed out all that seemed to me to detect from your statue I can see nothing else.' When he was about leavinir I told him I expected to come lo Home durins the winter, nnd I should esteem it a great honor if I could lie allowed to lake his bust. He kindly condescended to say, he would do so wtih unfeigned satisfaction. He then expressed very wnrmly tho pleasure nnd the Mir prise he had felt during his visit, nml wishing nil the success I desired h very cordially pressed my hand and took his leave." I havo heard this visit related by a friend, who heard a minute account of it from Ihe gentleman who accompanied Tliorwnldsen on this occasion. Mr Powers lias, in this conversation, withheld the most interesting pari of the story. I am. informed (from the source above ulluded to) that Thorwaldsen felt reluctanco to go to Powers' studio only because ho was pressed for time ; and he gave up an important visit in order to make this. He had a great desire to sec tho works of an artist who was already eclipsing most sculptors of his time. During the interview, tended( l(J exprcssed the warmcst ad.nira- whirl) lasted much longer than ho had in lion of nil Powers' works. But when ho drovo off in his carriage ho exclaimed, with tho greatest earnestness "2 can' make such busts and I never saw n man that could nor do I bcliuvo ho ever had an equal in that department of the art. 1 es teem Mr Powers not only tho first sculptor of his age, but the greatest sinco Michael Angelo. Ho will form a school of his own which will bo a new era in art." These sentiments ho often expressed af terwards on several occasions, particularly in Rome, where ho often made use of the singular declaration, that "Mr Powers was without n rival in modern limes, except Michael Angelo; thai no ancient or modern, . ' ... I of any age, had ever made such busts ; and he believed he would be equally as great in any branch of sculpture." When rowers raised Ihe curiam that cov ered tlio Eve, he felt dial in justice lo him self he ought to say that this was his first attempt at a statue, and it was not finished. I hnrwaldsen replied "you say, sir, it is your first statue any other man might be proud of it as his last." From Ihe Uoston Olive Branch. THE HOCUS-POCUS. n. MEItniLL C. YOL'NO. Partly concealed within tho borders of a wood, which skirls a sccno where, a prario ' Streaiched in boundless beauty lies,' is situated a charming liltlo coltuco. nestled in shade and seclusion beneath the fuliage of overshadowing boughs. Un the piazza, in front of this dwelliug, a venerable sucker, (named Gordan) was seated one summer af ternoon, building dreams of thrift as ho sur veyed his plantation, enameled with heavy crops ripening into plenty. Now, as our sweetest dreams aro fleetest and quickest to close, it is not strange that his, although pleasant, were soon terminated by somo one snouting : ' Hallow, old dad.' ' llaitow yoursell and discivcr how it feels,' he retorted, and turninc simulta neonsly with his reply, his cyo fell upon a young man a stranger to him, leaning un the yarn-lence. ' Xctise mo,' said the stranger: 'maybe you might bo so clever as to tell a chap who owns llial'ro wheat field up asido tho timber, won l yon I Wall, I will : I own ill' 1 Dew say ! said the stranger. But ami it mighty cut that you allow four legged ani mals and such critters lo he in it i But I don't,' said Gordon. I seen a hoss in it though as I kuro along,' remarked the stranger, dryly, A hoss in my wheat 1' exclaimed the Sucker. 'Zangs and lightning ! Here Bluch er ! Santa Anna h-e-r-e, h-o-r-e.' His call had tho desired effect lo bring forth two dogs, one a hound, with legs half as long as an Eastern Schoolmaster's, the other a bull, tho peculiar quirk of his under jaw might lend you lo mistrust that ho was even fond of what the knowing ones call the grab-game.' Attended with these, he trot ted off in 'hot heste,' the dogs wagging their tails as their old master wagged his tongue urging them to pursue. The young stranger after wagginghis chin a little awry, and indulging in a light laugh that made him look suspiciously waggish, walked to the cottage door and, then, with out ceremony into the parlor. Here, find ing himself atone, he commenced a survay uflho apartment. Belore ho had much lei

sure, however, cither to observe or admire the tasto and clcganco combined in every thing around him, he was entranced by a gush of rich, wild melody, succeeded by the sound of light footsteps, and instantly flitted a crc.ituro of beauty and comeliness into his presence. Oh 1 thatXfir ros vchccki.t1 dam sel, the very pcrsOTTUication of bliihencss. She was startled though when her soft blue eyes encountered the stranger; and was hastily withdrawing, in doing which, she chanced lo cast another glance her counte nance changed from fright to gladness she uttered the namo, 'Henry Leslie' and then ran not out of door, but smack into the young stranger's arms. What an extraordi nary act infat-u-a-linn. She let him let him kiss her, too, and listened to his im passionatc language why what did the girl mean ? Their conversation will, perhaps suffice to explain. 1 Clarisse said the stranger, Clnrisse my beautiful idol, I havo come to claim you for my own.' ' O Henry, I fear that our hopes will nev er chango to realities. I love you, very, very much; but my father dislikes you mere, ly because you aro a Yankee lawyer. He is obstinato and will not consent,' and lbs rosy flush fled tho lady's cheek. 1 Do not fenr. Clajgw,' sgjd Hppry J.p 1 'I can and will remove his prejudice. 1 know how to work on a farm ; and us he docs not know mo I will liito lo 'him under an assumed name, and by tho merit of hon est worth and virtue, win a place in his af fections.' Their hopes excited, and consequently their anxieties lulled by the reasonableness of this plan, tho two seated themselves oil tho sofa and enjoyed those bright, angcl plumeil delights with which a reciprocal of lovo inspires young hearts. When Gordcn returned, however, ho found the young stranger alone. Clarisso having deemed it prudent to retire at tho sound of her father s footsteps. Gordon was glad that the stranger had tarried ; ho wished to give him a 'pealing,' lor ho had searched the held over and luund no lioiso. ' Now don't blame me, old mBn,' said the Yankee, 'fur surer than my name is Dick Quirk I seen a hoss, a dead ope, in that're CIV wheat -nmO-tyHI.. j JJ Oh 1 but old Gordon waxe'd'wroth at thus learning that he had been sent to drivo a mcro skeleton from his field ; yet the Yan kee contrived In calm his ruffled feelings, and luro himself to the buckcr lo 'dew things closing tho baigiiin with the impartial agree ment that they might 'hocus-pocus,' one another as much ns they pleased ; whereup on Gordcn lickled his inner self with tho con ceit that ho would mako our hero suffer for (ill tho wrongs he had endured from Yankee trickery, even from the time ol his buying a clock from a Connecticut peiller, which he s nu kept tune backward, down lo the period when the New York pettifogger wished lo marry Clarisse. Respecting Henry Leslie; he had been in early manhood an enterprising young farmer endowed with a broad and beautllul domain lint lie t ii1.' moreover gifted Willi an excellent smack of intellectual powers, he had been j induced to forsake the natural avocation for one, perhaps better bejiuing his ambition taste and ability, law. In ihu village where ho studied and practiced, ho became ac quaintcd with Clarisse Gorden, who had ac companied an aunt from the west, with tho design of completing her education at one of tlioso meritorious institutions for fomale in structton wall which ihe eastern states abound. They loved. The aunt wroto lo her brother, old Gorden, soliciting his con sent for Clarisse to marry, explaining affairs, etc. uorden answered, staling that he should ever negative his daughter's wish lo marry a Yankee, who it appeared was too lazy to work and hence had resorted to pet itioning, lie also instructed Clarisse to come homo immediately, undor tho protec tion of an elderly lady and gentleman, friends of his, then about lo return from the east. Clarisse was obedient wept obey ed her father. Lovo, we all know, is liko wine, a mocker and sometimes prostrates its victimes by mvsterious intoxication. Something of this kind befell Leslie. Itis tffibleupireavings of desire, his earnest or ambition, were to stand. Tho excitemont of business of practical life became charmless. And within the lapse of a twelve month, we find linn as hrst presen ted to tho reader, disguised nnd under an as sumed name, language and demeanor, en tering upon a plan to win his 'lady love' by the sweat of his brow. Herein was center ed the ordeal testing the purity of his affec tion and proving it as pure and clear and untainted as tho waters of a mountain spring. Ho was willing to labor for her like the pa triarch on record ; lo toil, lo enduro the writhing and rack of bone and sinew. Grad ually did he win his way into the old man's esteem. Un good deeds he laid the base and building up of a good character. By his steady application and his practical skill and ability to labor, he substantiated a repu tation fur industry ; and from experience combined with book knowledge, superiority in the pursuits of agriculture. In Ihe latter, Gorden was particularly. 4su,'he.u to him ; he acknowledged his worth ; the plantation too exprossed il legibly. Nevertheless I do not know what have been the rosult had not a circumstanco occurred propitious to the lov er. It was this: Gordon was very unjustly prosocuted by a neighbor. Arriving at the court ai the lime summoned, (il was a Justice's trial) ho found every body there whom he wished to suo but his own lawyer. Tho Justice allowed him to delay tho suit to the furthest limits that the law admits of still no lawyer. lie would not be beat for a hundred dollar ; yet he knew ho could not conduct ihe suit successfully himself. lot man like him, independent lo obstinacy, such a situation, without alternative, was mortified in the ex treme. As the Justice was declaring that tho caso must proceed forthwith, Dick Quirk, alias Leslie, whispered to Gordcn : ' May be, seen' as how your lawver aint cum, you'll let mo try your side I've did auch things afore.1 Gorden opened his eyes wide, and stared at him. I don't think you need hang off, for I'll pay costs and damages and givo you a year's work it 1 don I beat.' Gordcn complied, partly from dispair. partly becauso he never know Dick to fail in anything he undertook. r ivo minutes elapsed, and Leslie was in his clement. Ho had rich spurt that after noon. The cornering up of some half dozen suspicious witnesses ; and putting to flight of nan as many hall-IIedgcd lawyers, the aston ishment winch the audienco evinced, us, throwing off his assumed stvlo of sneakinc. ho merged into a cliaslo clear and rapid stream of eloquence. The plain exposition of facts and the law woven into one glorious irresisuuio argument, hnully resulting in a verdict favorable lo his client, were both amusement and profit to Leslie. uorden who through tho whole affair had sat with his month so wide open that you could have tossed a potatoc sufficiently largo for a breakfast down his throat, without his knowing it said when they were riding home. ' Dick, if you are a Yankee, I don't care ; you are arTlili-jo fired good fellow.' ' So 1 am,' said Leslio laughing ; -'Indeed whether you take me in the field of labo'r, the court-room or any oilier plaro of busi ness you please, do you know any other man superior lo me hereabouts V No I don't.' ' Now what do you think of mv poverty V asked Leslie. 'I think you will exchanco it for something belter ns you did your blamed Taunton lone to-day,' answered Gorden. Do you consider poverty a disgrace r continued Leslie. ' Well now, 1 should'nt think I did.' ' Well sir,' said Leslie stammering a little inasmuch as you seem to harbor no sentiment concerning me but what favors me, I will be so bold us to inform vnu that there is a mu tual agreement existinc between vour daugh ter and myself, nnd we solicit your consent to our marriage. Gorden opened his eyes and mouth again wider than ever. She is yours, by jingo,' said the father after a short pause. 'All I care about it is that she will havo to lake such .a, co - f tlgiy name, tulrk Quirk Quirk ; it sounds so like a sick gobbler s soliloquy ; but s pose we can petition the Legislature and have it altered. Clarisse,' said Gorden in the evening 'Clarrisse, Quirk has told me you loved one 'nolhcr, so I havo eiven him to vou entirely. I am glad, girl, lhal you have this lime made choice of a man who knows how to pettilog, jam up, without being too lazy to work on a larm. Clarisse laughed in her sleeves. Henry Leslie and Clarissee Gordcn were married. After the departure of tint wed ding guests on that sweet occasion, even af ter the ceremony which launched them into the inextricable, ycleped matrimony, even alter Ihe cake, music, tea, kissing, wine, dancing and coffee, after all were finished, and after all their friends were gone, Clarisse found herself silting between her husband nnd her father. Shu turned her eyes to the latter and said beseechingly : Father, will you forgivo us t' ' Forgive vou ! for what, child?1 1 Why you know I I loved and wished to wed Henry Leslie, my first flame, but you would not consent to our alliance.' ' And recollect tno, perhaps,' said the hns band, 'that when I first came here, the nur tual agreement was that we were lo hocus pocus each other as much as we pleased.' ' Well, what I was about lo say,' enntinu ed the bride, 'is that Dick Quirk and Henry Leslie are the same person. 'Aagsand lightning r exclaimed Gordon springing to his feet ; but he paused and sur veyed hoth the culprits attentively and then continued without passion ' What an old fool I have been to fancy that my girl didn't know enough to choose a lit and proper hus band. Forgivo you!' yrs I will, and bless you into the bargain. Come tn think of it I am glad it has happened so, for wo sha'nt have to petition ihe General Assembly in order to got rid of thai blamed sick-gobbler soliloquising Quirk Quirk Quirk. Tho following article, taken from the Western Episcopalian, published at Gam- bier, Ohio, is from the pen of Rev. George Dennison, formerly professor of mathematics in Kenyon college, and now a resident of Newark, O.j he is a son of Dr. Joseph A Dennison, of Royalton, Vl. A WONDERFUL CHILD. Mr. Editor : Perhaps you have seen in tho political papers of the day, mention made of a child in this vicinity of most astonishing intellectual ability. Being on a visit lo my father, I yesterday went to see the child, and verily believe him to surpass any thing ofthe kind on record in tho history of man, and to open a door by which we are permit ted for a time to see something ot what our minds are, and what they can become, when this natural body shall have been exchanged for tho spiritual. This child's name is T. II. Safford, Jr. ho is now nino years and six months of age, of small statute and pallid countenancehis little aims not much larger than my two fin gers he is of noble, carriage, frank and yet not forward. His eye is his most remarkable feature, being very largo und very bright, and when excited, ii rolls in its socket with an almost spasmodic force, while his little hand is thrown over them both in such a way as lo indicate pain. I am told lliat there is scarcely any thing in ihe circle of sciences with which this child is not acquaint ed. History, and particularly natural histo- ry, is his favorite; I eximiued him, howev er, in nothing but mathematics and astrono my. His father and myself were old Sun day school scholars together, and every op-1 portumly was given mo to test the child thoroughly. I will now proceed lo givo somo account of a long examination. While the child was not yet come in from the held, where, with his little sister, he was gone to gather wild berries, I examined an nhiiauacin manuscript for A. D., I84G, nil of whicli this child has wrought out ai.onb; much, of il, including ono of tlio eclipses, befuro witnesses with whom 1 am acquainted. About 12 days have already been spent by nn iiduli in cop ying in a fair hand the almost illegible writing ol his tiny lingers. Wo were examining the projection of the eclipses which he himself lad made and subsequently calculated, when io came in. I told him of tlio blind student n Kenyon Collece. who was sliiilvlns the Differential and Integral Calculus. lie seemed much pleased, und said he did not lliink ho could have dune that without silit. I then asked him ofthe projection which lay before us, he immediately commenced a full explanation, and 1 felt, ns his little infant hand ran rapidly over Ihe diagram, mid I listened to his child-like expressions, us if I were in tho presence of sumo superior being. In some instances I puzzled linn, but never did ho appear lictlul, and when I told him any thing ho did not already know, lie always repaid it with a smile. I asked linn, if two equal circles cut each other to the extent of 1-12 their diameter. what area would bo thus cut nway quicker ijianl could think, he said 'tho 144th pail.' I then asked iiitn, -if 3J2, or digits, were ttlli rill, nml lio iitslanlty uiiTl tS i3-i 1 islteil him how ho knew, nnd ho said '3-12 1-4 and 1-4 squared is 1-1C 1 asked him why he squared ii, he said 'it is so in a sem icirclu and must be so in a circle.' I then told him tho rulo of homologous sides, and he smiled and said ho understood it. 1 then asked him, if two legs of n right angled tri angle were given, one 12 anil the other 1G, what tho hypotheinise would be, and ho in stantly replied 'HQ, would'nl it ? Yes!' I then said, suppose the legs were 8 and 16, then what? In half a minute, nnd without any pencil, he replied, '17.8885.' I then asked, it the legs were and 15, then what I ... .ua iiiiiii.i lung,;, ,ii nils., -i 111, mi. luun i no pencil, anu rcpneo, 'mow. i asKcu him why ho carried this last to three deci mals when he had carried ihe other to four l Ho said the other was easier, and tried lo tell why it was so. I asked him if he could ....... .i.... ...... -.... i. i. ...lit. .. Ullljr mm III Uliy IUIIIIUI MUI.IIIIH5 Willi II pencil t lie said lie thought lie could, and turned the following, '16.552944149.' I believe there is an error in about the 7lh decimal, although neither of us went over II again to find il. He could have detected it as quick as thought, had he tried. 1 asked htm the produrt of 1-14 x i .654 ; he instantly replied 1-1308. I asked linn the square root of 5 ; ho instantly replied 2.236067, saying he had a Mot' of them in his memory and did not have to cast them. I gave luni the following question : The square of 4G5? He said '21G225.' The cuboofSG? He answered 17576. I ask ed him if I might try him on the fourth power. He said ves, if 1 would not go be yond two figures. I asked him the fnuilh power of 75. His cyo whirled, and lie sprang liko an arrow to ihe door, hung by one hand to Ihe door post, and came, in say 3-4 of a minute, and replied, 'Thirty-one millions six bundled and forty thousand six hundred und twenty-five, 3 1 ,6 10,625. His father asked him to verify that with a pencil. He replied 'It is just as well to lake the cube of 75 from tlio book and multiply il by 75, and 75 is 3-4 of 100, add two cy phers, multiply by 3 and divide by four ; nil of which was done as quickly as I hive written it, and with the same result us before. I asked him what were tlio factors of 76407 He instantly said '40 x 191, or 20 x 382, or 2x3820, or 5 x 1528.' I asked him the factors of the decimals 0,7854, he immedi ately said 'It is not regular, it will take n double factor l.l x 1.7 x O.G x 07;' which as 1 wrote down, I omitted the points before 6 and 7, and he instantly took the pencil and madu (hem himself. As he had perlormcd nil these in his head, I wns desirous of knowing what his process was. 1 thcrelore gave turn a sum ol lour figures to be multiplied by another of four figures, on the slate. He took the first fig ure und run it through as we do Irom right to left, and then wrote the second Hun hack again from left to right and so on. He did not multiply one figuro of the multiplicand by itself, but always two; e.g. In tho caso I gave him, the multiplicand was 5G42, and the left hand figure of the multiplier was 3, and instead of saying 3 times 2 are 6 and selling it under tho 2, ho said 3 limes 5G is ICS, which he wroto in its proper place, but recorded it 169, because tlio next figure being 4 he knew there must bn one lo carry ; he then said 3 limes 42 is 126, and ihe 1 having already been recorded, ho wrote the 26 at tho right ofthe other, thus, 1G926. His calculations entirely outstrip ihe capa bility of his pencil lo record them. I tried to mako his parents feel that ho was a trcasuro lent. The mother evidently felt it so, but the father seemed unwilling to )ield tho fond belief thai ho might become as wonderful a man as ho surely is a child. Al all events I cannot but feel as if I have seen something of what wo yet may bo when mortality shall havo been swalluwed up of life. Gcnnar. Dennison. Royulton, Vt., Aug.2J, 1845. The Old Man. Wo respect and lovo him pood old gentleman, ror years we romember his pleasant look and Ins lively conversation. Willi an excellent education and a large fund of information gathered by reading and observation fur nearly four score years, he is over ready lo assist the enquirer anu mo young man in tliu pursuu ui """"' edge. Blessing on his hoary head. May he still livo lo bo happy und enjoy life many years lo come. Thore is nolhinf r ("i' in a virtuous old age. It is as changeful as meridian youth. I GUV IT BACK TO HIM. Two Irish tenants of Lord , not many miles from Dublin, had become somewhat remiss in paying up their rent, so that "mi lord" was in tho habit of sevcraly rebuking them when its tardy payment was nt last made. On ono occasion, after considerable delay, onu of them made up, out of his mis erable earnings, tho neccissary sum to pay the quarter, and was on his way to the castle, when ho was met by his neighbor, Bamcv M'Dole, who inquired whither he was bound. "An' sure, I'm going to pay my riot, but I'm nfcer'd the lord will srow'ld me wild a liowld touguo as he did uforelimc, mid lhal run ngin my conscience, il does." " Thai's nalher here nor there, Mic," an swered his companion," for il was only yrs terday I paid him meself, mid he scowled me, too, hut 1 guv il hack to him, and il ascd mu conscience imircly, it did." " By the powers, lliin, I'll do that same, Barney ; and though a lord he may be, and n genteel, I'll givu him a bit o' me mind, I will." So Mick, armed with this bold resolution, tendered his quarter's rent ; but as the delin quency was greater than usual, mi lord re buked li i in moro than usually severe; where upon Slick retorted impudently, and the next moment he was kicked out by the servants into the ynrd. Stiff and soro he picked himself up and limped his way home, where he met Barney, to whom ho related his sad adventure, and asked him " An' did yer indade scowld tha lord 1" " In faith I did, Mic, hut thin 1 teat a full mile from the hoouse."