24 Mayıs 1844 Tarihli Burlington Free Press Gazetesi Sayfa 1

24 Mayıs 1844 tarihli Burlington Free Press Gazetesi Sayfa 1
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NOT TUB OZ.OBT OP C43SAB BUT THE WELFARE or ROME BY II. B. STAGY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1814. VO. XVII....'Xo. 5. r From Blackwood's Mng-uine for April. THfi CHILD': WARNING. There's btoim upon iho lady's chcclt, There's brightness in her eye t Who says the scnlcnco is gone forth That that f.ur thins must did Jin st dio before the flowering lime, Out yonder, sheds its leaf Can this thimr be, O Inttmn flower 1 Thy blossoming so brief 1 Nav, nay, 'tis but n passins cloud, Thou ilidsl but droop awhile ; There's life, Ions years, and lovo and joy, Whole ages in that smile In the Ray call that to thy Unco Brings ipiick that lovin-i child, Who looks up in thoso laughing eyes Willi his large eyes so mil J. Yet thou artdoom'd irl dying! nil Tho coming hour foresee, Our. in love's cowardice, withhold The warning word from thee. Cod Keep thee and bo merciful! His strength is with thn weak j Through babes and suckling, the Most High Hath oft vouchsafed to speak And spenketh now "Oh, mother dear!" Murmurs the littlerhild i And there is trouble in his eyes, Those largo blue eyes so mild "Oh, mother dear! lheyny that soon, When hero I sei'k for thee, I shall not find tla-e nr out there. Under the old oak tree. "Xor up stairs in the nursery, Nor anywhere they say, Where wilt thou go to, mother dear! Oh, do not yo awaj . Then was long silence a deep hush And then the child's low sob, Iter q tiveritig eyc'idi close one hind Keeps down the heart's quick throb. And the lips move, though sound is none, Tint inward voice ii praver, And hark! "Thy will.O I'.ord bo done I" And tears are trickling tlicio. Down that pale cheek, on that younj head; And roun I her neck lie ehngs; And child and mother murmur out Unutterable things. I fa half unconscious he deep struck Willi sudden solemn ttuth, That ntimbcr'd arc In r day son earth, Her shroud prepared in youth That all in life her heart holds dear, God call- her to resign, She hears feels trembles but jooksu;', .ind-dnli-i, 1 Tovvvili linnum-''' linin ilielIrolherJioitti.nl. GEORGIMhUI E R. 11 V ELI. S. PRATT ' Where's George?' s;iid Damor a stout fisted farmer, with a black beard and whisk ers, nnd muscle enough in Ids arm lor two com mem men as In; entered his limiso one warm summer's iiflt;rition, and looked aiound aiming Ills group of sturdy hoys and girls, for tltu oiti; in question. Bui tho boy was miss ing. ' Where's George, I say V repeated the m -in in a louder tone ; do yon know where tint your.!; rascal is, any of ye.' 4 I gue-.s lie's up chamber, father V said a sweet little girl of six years, her eyes filling with tears, and her voice trembling as she t'poku ; '1 heard soinu body going up real easy about two hours ago; shall I rail him, father? I'm sure George wouldn't run away.' 4 Go, Mary,' slid Mr. Damer in a slight ly softened tone, ' tell him I want him quick.' As the child went out, Mrs. Damer laid down her work, glanred at her husband, and uftcr hesitating a moment, evidently. uneasy, rose and went after !ier daughter. Hut (lie boy was not to be found. The house was searched from cellar to garret, garden and barns hunted, and George, George,' echo ed from youngest to oldest, from the father's stentorian lungs to thn mother's mild, sweet voice for she would have done any thing to save her boy from a thrashing, which she had good reason to expect from the storm that was brewing. 4 Always out of tho way,' said Damor clenching his fi-st, and rudely pushing Mary aside from the door, already black in the face with passion, and his eyes II ishing fire. I'll teach the young rascal a lesson he won't lor-, get very soon, if I once catch him. Hid uwav soniewhero witli a booh. I'll warrant ye that's always his cut, shirking clear of every Hung bo can.' Mrs. Darner stepped forward, pale us death and laid her hand on his arm. Don't whip him now 1 beg you ; remem ber it was only last week you gave him such a' flogging, nnd and all for nothing, as il proved, for he had done his work then ; and this morning ho bro'l in all tho wood and water for me, every bit of it ; bo's more heir to me than all thu rest oflhu childien put together. 4 You needn't try lo beg him off,' exclaim ed the man, ' he never was Hogged half enough yet, the idle dog but it 1 can catch him now, I'll give it to him.' So saying, ho shook ofl the trembling hand that would havo detained him, and taking a heavy horsewhip from the wagon at thu door, walked off shaking it hither and thither, as if impatient to set it to work, and all the time muttering curses between his clenched teeth. The mutber of the boy turned away and wiped the tears from her face, but said nothing. Litllu M iry cried as if her heart would break, and thu two elder boys stood In thu door, trying to whistln and look care less ; but the quivering lip barred all their effort: iind they stole off into the hay mow with-Vears on thoir cheeks. Mr Darner had suddenly wanted the hoy; ho needed the assistance of tho three, was really in a hurry, and when he found one missing, the (i no to whom hujiad always been snappish, (if I may bo permitted to use the term,) and without any conceivable reason his anger passed all bounds. When ho reached the skirts nf tho wood lie felt prepared for almost any thing. Had ho onco turned his bead as ho passed the tur nip field, tilings might havo taken a different course. The whole inclosiiro was nicely and completely hoed out, largo as wjs tho task for a boy of his size, and tho hoc was clean ed and hung glittering in the sun, from the nook of an apple tree. But nil this was lost, for it was unseen by the father of the lav. The bce'li woouj wero tne lavonto resort George, when hu could get away with 81 book or a bit of paper; no matter how old wore or greasy, it was food for him, and there lay bis paradise. It was not long be fore Mr. Damor discovered the child stretch ed at full length on a grassy mound beneath a tree. A brook ran purling and laughing at his feet a thousand birds were singing around and ahovu him thu green turf be spangled with (lowers, filling the air with their delicious fragrance, and thcto amid all the loveliness of a glorious summer day, lay that young boy, feasting over a few dirt' pages of tin old Spectator! Tears were standing on his pale hut intelligent face, tho' his lip was wreathed with a smile, and one small hand, as it lay on the grass, grasped nervously tho flowers, while his large, beau tiful eyes turned rapidly and eagetly from side to side of the much loved page. He was wrapt in a world of ideal, but blissful feeling, and tho sight might have moved al most any heart to lovo and admiration for the boy, but il only served to increase his fath er's rage. 'George! George!' No answer. What are you here for, you young good-for-nothing scape-grace, when you ought to bo in the turnip field lo work? I'll teach von better, sir; get up quick, and come "here !' Still there was no answer. The hoy was smiling and weeping in ecstacy, and heard not a svllable of his father's words. He ap proached a step nearer, und brandishing the whip. 1 Hallow ! I say, what aru you about, su ? Yon had better mind your father, I can tell ye.' Mr. Darner was now within a few steps of Ins son, but so wrapt was the boy in that dir ty scrap of a book that ono-lii ten thousand of modern readers would scarcely dare lo look upon, much less to read such a luxury was it to that poor child to have the mind of thuught and leeling laid open to turn, by thu master pen of Addison, which, young as he was, ho could comprehend, that the outer woild was entirely forgotten, and ho contin ued to read, unconscious of the approach of his father. A heavv, cutting, terrible blow, descended quick as ;i flash of lightning, on his almost uncovered shoulders, lor Ins jacket was t n ou n aside fiom thu heat of the day. He leaped lo his feel, and with horror beheld bis lather with the horse-whin above him. ' Oh! Father ." ' You rascal ! yon dog !' shouted the man with fury, as if all the demons of hell were let loose in his heart. Thu blows descended thick and fast upon tho shoulders and hack of the innocent child, but after the first shriek, after tho first exclamation, he was passive and calm as a martyr. His lips were pale, quivering, but not another tear touched Ids cheek, and those largo, black, expansive eyes weiu raised and fixed with a singular look upon his father. That look was the precurser of the .max, tho spirit of the man winking in the child, and seemed to say, ' Do your utmost, I can bear, and triumph over all.' Not an expression of pain, not a murmuring word escaped htm, through the whole terrible flagellation, mingled as it was with the oaths and curses of tho father, and continued till the hluod ouy.ed from tho lace rated skin, spotting bis shirt and trowsers, and trickling down upon his naked (eel. Then the whip was thrown aside, half from wonder at the singular and manly fortitude of the hoy, for even a Spartan mother might havo looked with admiration upon thu bravo little fellow. But as thu merciless instalment of tor luru was thrown on thu ground, the boy spoke. 4 You will nr, sop.itv port this Fatiicu !' then tho eye-lids closed, the long black lashes dropped over his pale cheeks, he step ped back and fainted. Theru he lay among the blossoming flowers, his cheeks pressed to the cold grass, and his book hugged to his bosom even in his insensibility. Poor George did not come home till night fill. Then he stolo away softly to his bed in he garret, for he wished to escapo observa tion, not from any craven fear, but because he would not pain his mother and bis little sister, whom he loved with all his heart. U nt ii few moments after, the door was softly opened, and 4 George !' ' George!' was re peated in a low sweet voice. It was his mother, and us thu poor fellow heard the kind gentle tones of that affectionate parent, ho set up in bed and began lo sob for the first liinu since his father so brutally beat him. Mrs. Diuier bad brought up tho supper, ho. ping lo find him there, and yet almost fear ing and trembling lo see him. She sat down her plate of bread and butter and clasped her boy in her arms and wept wiih him. lie was her favorite child, always gentle and uf- f...! I I. ill iKLiiiiiinii!, wiiuru no couiii no so, no was nevertheless ill-treated by tho father, and of course tho morn doated upon thn mum hiv ed by thu mother. When ho found shu was crying, thu brave little fellow, with a desper ate effort, forced back his tears, and winding his lacerated arms around her neck, hu kiss- eU tier and tried lo soothe her. ' Don't cry mother, dear mother, I am not much hurt,' said he, looking into her f.ico and Irving lo smile, hut the wet eye-lids uroopeu, ana lie laid Ins laco in her bosom. ' You do not deserve this, my noble boy !' a,, u mi miuo, Kissing ins toielie.id, 4 your lamer win no sorry lur it some day ; cs, my child, God will bless you, and when vnu are a man, such as my heart lulls mo ynu'will be nr. will think of this and weep, and tremble, and pray for ll to his very grave.' ' I know it, mother, I told him so,' said tho boy, raising Ins hands, his eyo sparkling with mi unearthly light' but I am glad of it now ; it has opened a now world lo mo a light broke on me even whilu I was standing there, with the whip playing like a scorpion apout my shoulders ; mother, mother, it al most dazzled mo with brilliancy tho mighty future lay unrolled liko a great sea before mo, and 1 launched on its bosom in a flood of gold ; I didn't fuel the whip, I only thought of thai and tl.on, and then mother how old am I V 'Fourlcon my son,' said she, looking on her boy wilh astonishment, for she had nover heard language like that from his lips before. ' Yes this morning I was fourteen, but 1 am much older now, mother,' said ho with drawing Ills arms from her neck and looking strangely beautiful as ho turned his eyes up ward nnd clasped his hands on his bosom 'I tell you mother, 'tis thn pulse of the heart and the thoughts of the brain that make the time, oh I how fearfully have mino lived since morning 1 Your boy is almost a man in heart mother yes,' ho whispered, 'I will nuvor trouble father to horsewhip mo again, 1 can take care of myself now.' Mrs. Darner drew back with tears in hnr eyes and scarcely dared lo answer tho child before her. A mighty change had indeed como over him the spirit of that poor, abused boy had suddenly grown in power and might, until he was as much above his oppressor, as the stars aro above tho earth. At tlml moment little Mary crept softly in, in her night-gown, with a large piece of apple pie in her hand, one was a ueauuiui child, with deep loving blue eyes, and flaxen ringlets playing over an open innocent brow. The traces of tears wero on her rosy cheeks, but she smiled as she saw her brother silting up, laying the pie upon the plate, she climb ed upon tho bed, and winding her lilllo arms about his neck, kissed him with thu tender ness nf a warm hearted child 'I have brought vousoniu pie,dear George.' said she, 'I didn't want any supper myself, and saved it for you, because I know you are hungry. I- alher shan't whip you again, lie shan't, he shan't,1 she continued, sobbing aloud, wlrttu the poor boy pressed her to his heart and begun to cry himself, at this new proof of affection. ' No, no, sis, ho won't whip mo again, never never !' 'I knew he wouldn't! I would go between you, nnd he might beat mo to death, I shouldn't care, but he should never touch you again, my dear, good, kind George. 1 am sure you aro ten thousand times better than rATiinn ever was, or ever will be.' ' No, not good,' murmured the hoy, 'but I will always be kind to you, poor child ! God bless you, my sweet sister, good night go now,' tin J putting her genlly from him, she slipped away and obeyed him without a word. The mother held a long conference with her son ; it was midnight before she left hint, and once more he was alone with his heart. The dreadful and unmerited punishment ho had suffered effected one nf those sudden changes in his character, which children sometimes undergo tho' rarely, perhaps, at so eat ly an age. It had ripened his facul ties, set him to thinking for himself, and young as he was, nnd little as ho knew of the world, with a consciousness of strength, and self-reliance, he felt that he could now walk alone and buffet the ills of life unaided. His eyes were fixed on a glittering goal, and with newly developed energies, patience, perseverance, and indeed uncommon facul ties of mind, George D imer, at the age of fourteen, launched himself far upon the world to begin life with the sole aid of his heart and head. Ho communicated his plans and his wish es to his mother, gained at last her tearful consent, nnd disappeared within three days from the date of the above, unknown lo any onn hut her. Mr Dainer sworo when he found ho was gone, hut guessed he would be glad lo come back again ; the bovs wonder ed and felt unhappy, and litllo Mary cried as if her heart would break her play-things were laid aside, and she grew sad and mel ancholy as days and weeks passed away and he came no more, for she loved her brother tenderly For snmetimn Mrs. Darner kept the 'whereabouts' nf her son. He would occa sionally send her messages when opportuni tv offered, repeatedly saying he was well and happy, hut what he was about nothing could indiico bun lo say. tor three years sh kept the place of his residonce, but then all tidings from him ceased all traces of him wero lost. Many were the conjectures about him, many the hopes and fears of an anxious parent ; hut as year counted on year, and nothing morn was heard from the youth, all sellled into tho vague feeling of her despair --tne liny must He dead. It is true lint a neighbor who happened to be at New York said that ho met a young man in a lawyer's office, looking very much as Georgo used to lo'ik, but a good deal handsomer, nnd indeed a very smart young man, lid almost thought it was George, but finally ho knew it could not be, though ins eyes, looked strangely alike, and he never saw another pair liko them. Bui at last, he was given up by all, even by .Mrs. D imer and Mary.who, although grown to a young woman, still entertained vivid remembranco of her brother. Sovonleon years to a day, from the time our slnry commences, the litllo village of It (I shall leave tho mailer of-fact lover to guess where) was thrown into a state of ex citement by the arrival ol a member nf Con gress at tho tavern nf the place. It was rather an unusual occurrence, and there seemed to bn an air of mystery, connected wiiii inn stranger, lor no one could find nut who ho was, or why ho was tliPre. Not two hours after Im stepped from thn stage coach, tho whole village was by tho ears. Tho young ladies vied wilh each other as lo who should get tho first peep at him, contriving on some plea or other to pass the tavern three or four tinins during the footenoon, not failing to raise their heads each time, and giving a long look as they passed. Wonder ful stories were in circulation about his beau ty and gracefulness, nnd it was unanimously agieed by those who wero so fortunate as to get a look at him, that he was the finest looking man thoy ever saw. Mr Damor was of tho opinion that he was around 'election eering,' or trying to get neiitioncrs for a bill something lo work their monny out of inoin, ior mom, tor tneso Congressmen are sharp enough, said ho, and 1 don't want any thing to do with them. But the myslery was fated to bo unravell ed earlier than they feared, for before night fall, the stranger himself was seen walking leisurely up tho greon lawn that led lo the farmhouse Ill's form was fine and his air noble and majestic, but a touch of melanrho ly shaded his countenance, as ho walked, false estimate of character, and finds that the slowly ulong, glancing eagerly around at the morits of his collars and culfs aro not rocog vanous enclosures, tho garden, the turnip nized among mon, as badges of distinction, field, the barns and the house, which looked trim and tidy in a new coat of white. Mrs. Darner stood for a moment bewilder ed as situ opened the door. The stranger poke not. A pair ol large black eyes were fixed upon her intensely and earnestly, with a half pleased expression as he perused each feature of that benevolent' countenance. His hands wero clasped, and he bunt slight ly forward but a moment he turned awny and brushed a tear from his eye, but still was silent. Theru was something in that turn, that Inok, which started the chai.i of memory in tho heart of Mr. Damor, I he mother awoke in her heart, and a stifled shriek burst from her lips. Is it no ! it cannot bo yes it is my son George. ' Your own son, my mother it is your son George Darner!' and the grateful mother clasped lo her heart her beloved and long lost child ! Mary had heard the exclamation, and slopping in the entry, stood trembling hop ing and fearing, as she saw the stranger in her mother's arms. But oh ! with what joy, with what pride did she look on him ! With whht rapture did she, tno fly, to his arms, when she indeed found it was her brother ! ' My own sister sweet sister !' said he kissing her, again and again, then holding her off to look into her beautiful face for iMary was the pride ot the whole village then embraring her again, till ihev both aughed and cried together in ecstacy of that unthought of meeting. ' 1 remember well Iho little girl with the apple pie, when 1 was terribly whipped, and shall never forgot iv'.' said he, when he could get breath enough to say so much', for his mother still clung lo his neck, silent in her tears nf gratitude and joy. ' Dear brother!' wis "all Mary could utter as she looked through her tears, with a sis ter s pride on her new found relative. Two stout farmers came un from tho out- sido wondering what all this fuss could mean, nut when Mary cried out catching her breath in ilin ,;Mn.ice I...- I..., i 'r: r 1 t.:.. I.....I.... n M .1 - .' : i mx, ...iv.ii. j j i mi iijjr a is UL'UIL'U us iji iiiit-i vjuuie; iiiejr tame in anu snouit htm by the hand till the tears glistened in their eyes und they turned away to hide them. But the father oh ! how could ho greet the boy whom his ciuelty had driven from the door; and who had came back a man an honorable and a great man 1 Ho tried to steal from the back door, pale and trembling, but his wife stopped him. ' 'Tis otirson George,' said she, and she led him forward like a child to the noble and injured youth. It was the day of retribution ; seventeen years lo an hour had gone by since he had stood with a whip over that brave boy, and beat him till ho could no longer stand, and for no conceiva ble reason on earth ! It is plain what thoughts were working in the heart of the man, for he stood liko a craven coward before his son. George was the first to speak ; 'my father !' said he, extending his hand, but the old man drew back andbrushed a tear from his shrunk en cheek. The fierce passions of his noon day man had faded in age the waters of repentance were flooding his soul. He talk ed as if lo himself. ' This hand drove my boy hence 1 al most murdered him no, no, I cannot touch him again, there's a curse in this right hand!' 4 My father !' said tho young man, draw ing close to him, and again offering his hand. No, no?' said the old man starling up, not till you havo forgiven me that that' and his voice came thick through his teeth 'thai horse whipping -mow, anu lorever, ami ever ttiank you ior ii my tamer, lor mat Helped lo make me what I am i i Know l uiu not deserve it. 1 was innocent ; but instead of crushing and humbling me, H raised me in my own opinion. It awoke new thoughts and energies in my heart ; and hence 1 left homo to try my for tunes in the great world. I was but a child then but I worked my way along in a char ily school first then in a lawyer's offico 1 where I procured copying enough for main liiinance. Here I studied as well as work ed ; and my master found inn one night, very late, hard at work over a treatise. Sur prised, ho examined my progress ; still more astnnised, he invited me to become his pupil. That was n golden era to me. Half crazy with joy, 1 threw myself on my knees before him and wept. Years went by, and I also became a liwyer. The first cause I pleaded won 1110 applause admiration. Then fol lowed business rapidly and surely, and sub sequenlly I became my Hauler's partner in business by his urgent solicitations. One year since, was solicited In become a mem ber of congress willed I, of course, accepted; and now I havo como home to sec you once morn father !' The old man was weeping ; the boy's prophecy wan fulfilled. Indeed was he Jr rts and as the son again stood before him in tin; pride of manly beauty and ftrenglh, Im bowed his face on his hands and wept like a child. FALSE ESTIMATES. " Bill, you don't wear white collars and white cuffs as I do, becauso I am a gentle man .'" said ii young, well dressed lad in our city, a lew days since, to one nf thu boys about his own age in the neijhborliond, hut his superior at school in knowledge, at homo in duty, and among his playmates in correct feeling and courteous conduct. This incident furnishes a vivid picture of 1110 laise estimates that aro mado 111 Ameri can society, and tho distorted and unnatural and ridiculous distinctions sometimes set up in tho social stato. Here is an American boy, growing up to live with freemen, hav ing tho stern republican idea that all mon aro mado equal, and that the only badges of dis tinction worthy to bo kno-n anions men aro a culiivated mind, and an elevated heart, and a useful life. What, then, can tho parents of this child bo thinking of. in rigging him out daily with a white collar and white cuffs and teaching him that these constitute him a gentleman, and distinguish htm from those wno dress with less caret And supposo ho Cnilin. Iinnil ll,a .l..lo nf ni-llir.. lir.m .villa fill- he must then either live on in.a world of stir ring events a man-milliner, a disappointed, unhappy, idlo tiling, Hugging the precious thought lo his bosom, that be is n gentleman, on accoun t of his dress, and his highest aspi rations being so lo appear. And should ho ho so fortunate as to throw off the false no tion so early planted in his mind, and find that beneath all the ribbons or rags that sur round a man. lies not in the man himself. with his active mind and deathless soul, and discovers that as these are developed and limuglit into service, and made available for Iho uplifting of humanity, thu man is deserv ing respect and honor, how would he then es timate the teaching of thoso who had taught him lo rely upon linen and trappings lor character rather than upnu what should be valued as the essentials of manhood and re spectability. An estimate he must then make, sueh as few parents would desire of their children. Thu progress of corrert principles is too last anu too potent lor the comfort of those won wouiu rely upon any ol the extraneous accidents of birth or wealth, or family, or linen, for maintaining the rank of respecta bility. The hod carrier is a man, a God- make, God-endowed man, and as such may take rank with any man. kn rank with any man. Thu difference J and the only essential difference that should be rorognued, is the difference in the (level- openient and cultivation of tho physical and ' mental and moral powers with which they , are endowed, nnd the benficent uses lo which 1 thp rl.;.. n.l .. - i tlit'se cultivated powers are applied. Wi! intend nn m 1,,-r ,.f il. r..n...rb ri the little fell ow with which we commenced' than to give a few remarks of general appli- cation I hose who are now in thu davs of youth will como upon the ictivo scenes of! practical life when the views wo have hinted at will hu mors guiierally acknowledged and acted upon than ever before, and parents should prepare their children to take rank according to this higher and nobler public sentiment. Bangor Courier. PERILOUS AKItONAU I'ICS. tir ... - 1 ur v lse Hiauc in ascension in the car ot ins l II ' iMiinon Vesperus," from Mollidriysburg, IV nti. on Saturday evening last, by which, in conso-! ro von married? are your parents living? quonce of a violent storm which arose, ho c.iiiiejwhero do they reside? what is their native near loosing lus lilo. Ho succeeded, however, in Ina dci-cent in loilgint himsell in tho top a high tree, with the loss of his balloon, which was carried oil' with great rapidity by the storm. On the same evening, tho balloon, alighted on the premises of ltev. John II. Van Valkenburg, hi Lexington, 20 miles from Catskill in New York, liOO miles from the place of its accent. It contained when found a basket, containing cake, a Minll buttle, and papers printed tho same uay ii iiiuiiuaysuurgii Wr. iriso gives the following account of !,! descent. i The balloon tonk a northerly direction, and was ascending rapidly until I reached an alii, lude of about -101)0 feet, whore it encountered a violent gale from the west, swinging it to and' im, anu craci,ing tno net work at every surge. My heart at once bejmn to sicken at llie idea of r.illiiuvniL-'iir IV,..., il... I..! I ... t. I.. n miv iJrtNWUit ill i illl llVI-rill. Willi nothing to protect me but iho Mr and nr v -,,rl.- and thu sensations and sclmiom -vern rendered still more gloo.ny by the lowering appearance" resembled thu dress of a clown or the plu of the heavens in every direction, as around and mage of a magpie, and lasted about one bone ith the clouds appeared to he discharging , month ; and allowed but two suits a year, we torrents of rain and wind. I could also see thu bad threo months to go half naked, to say IL"'?'. t'J ll.n,Alle!;,l'0"y ,.imu,l,,ai"3' "'I'."0 , thu least. Tho cap was leather, and fitted ..... .. uwi,, no ultima ui iiin and life. At this erisi an expedient dished across my mind. The valvo rone would at least bear a hundred pounds, and the top of tho balloon being cqi a .y billing iiiirciv tho frfMtodi put of the wni'tht nf im- hruttr nmin il ..,v ( . Mi.-.ou, ,,, opened tho valve lo its foil extent, and most I MIS IieCtisiS;iri V , , , . " soon bring the ui ic.lnne to tie.-'rnund. But the' velocity ofthe wind (being at tho r.ito of about tiny nines per hour) carried me siton mile i before I reached terra firm I threw out my , anchor, winch "ramiled in a fenr.n ami cumnl it, and after bounding over the field it can 'lit again 111 a fence and broke the rail. This con cussion was to violent, and I finding iiijvulf driving into a rugged piero of timber land, I made an attempt to jump overboard into a ploughed field ; but the balloon rose with a vio lent surge, and I was caught in a hitch of the ropes by one log ; fortunately I gra-sped the drag rope 111 an inverted po-otini'i, thinking I would hang on lo that il my leg should be released. Having lo-t coiiMilerablo lullaM in the con. russinu, the billouu in a few moments dashed ine into the top of a high tree in a piece of wood Und ; my leg still last to tho rigging of tho car. Here I tool, a hitch to a hnib of a tree, ami even succeeded in tying a firm knot. I now mado a desperate effort to releasu my foot from the car which was tossing about in the tree lop, and the squall against the balloon would draw the tree over making- me fearful that the top would be broken off. By a violent kick I succeeded in releasing my lout, with the luss of my boot, from the car. A Htnglo ropo still held it fast to tho tree, and after I got a foot. hold on the Iroo I secured tho v.ilvo coid in my hand; the squalls however became stronger until it broke the rope by which I had lar-hed it to the tree top with a terrible crash, and jerked the valvo ropo through my lell hand, burning the skin to a crisp. The b.il. loon 111 a few moments dashed out of sight, the car keeping it in tolerable trim. I discovered in viewing tho machinery that 1 had taken unnecessary alarm in the breaking ol the net. work, as it plainly proved itself miH. ciently strong to have horn'its load to any desir. ed distance. My regret was enhanced by thej lavoraoio opportunity mat was belore mu u reaching Philadelphia by early candle. light. Alter soliloquizing in tne tree lop upon the day V advuiuuru ior a wuiie, 1 negatl lo clamber down its trunk, leaving the end of the dra" rouu dm gling in its to,), ready for a port of entry to touch at in my contemplated trip Irani Pittsburgh across tho mountains to the oastern cities, as suou as 1 can rig up a now machine. Fashion rules the world, and a most tyrani. cat mistress she is compelling people to sub uiit to tho most inconvenient things imaginable, for bar sake. She pinches our feet with tight bIiocs, or chokes us wilh a tight iiock.handkorchief, or squeezes the breath out of our body by tight la. emg, She mikes people nit up by night, when they ought to be in bed, and keeps thoin 111 bed in the morning, when they ought lo be up and doing, SI10 makes it vulgar to wait upon one's self, and genteel to live idle and useless. Hlia makes peoplo visit when they would ra. thor stay at home, eat when they are not bun. gry. and drink whon they aro not thirsty. 0110 uivduuci urn iiivdburi-a iiiiu interrupts our hiiiiineas. She compels the people "to dress gaily, tvlmth. cr upon their own property, or that of others- whether agreeable to tho word of God ur the dictates uf pride. Tilt: LIFH OF A PRISONER. Winchester has just published, in a neat pamphlet volume, the " Narrative and Re collections of Van Diemau's Land, during a lltreo years' Captivity of Stlpiien S. Wiikjiit," which is interesting on many bc counts. Wright is an American, who was misled to take a part in tho ' Patriot ' move ments on the Canada frontier in 1838, and was captured with thu ill-fated expedition which left Ogdensbiirgh, Nov. lOlh, of that year, under the lead of sundry demagogues, liars and cowards, who deceivelhem with regard to the sentiments of the Canadians, and by incapacity, poltruonnry and villany, subjected them to inevitable defeat and ruin, at I'rescolt. We do not apologize for thesu men they had nn right to assume the. desire ofthe Canadians for thoir services as libera tors, when no foot of the Canadian soil was shaded by another flag than that of Great Britain. They rushed into unjustifiable hos tilities, and exposed themselves lo thu legit imate consequences. But if their fault was K"vous, it must bo admitted by the readers f lms Narrative, that grievously have they answered il, and the detail of their sufferings, privations und tortures, is enough to glut thu appetite for prison discipline even of the ,n ,,, , r Courier and Lnquirer. Wo make room for .. 1 ,,, .. i"miiiu oiiuus . i rioimt After iho usual mnnotonv of a sea voyage, I wo arrived on tho 14lh of February, 1840, 1 in thu harbor of Hobarl Town. The first , object that greeted our sight, was Mount Wellington, which overhangs the town, and . which loomed above the waves long before' the town at its base was in sight. Our de scriptions were taken by an officer and his clerks : he was superintendent of convicts. At the litnc the following questions were ask ed : " What is your name 1 what is your traoe ? what is your age? what is ,your re- littmn ? u-ti-.il ie l-mir ti-.iltt-n itt.ii-n ? ..,7,r ., ,r!, .i1Mn a:,, .. .., r., ,,, . country ? what is t ie r n-linion? run ilw.i- r((il(J j can they write ? can you write ? what is your number t Alter all these questions wero answered, a minute examination was mado of our bodies, and every mole, scar and spot was recorded, and our height and weight wero taken into consideration so that we could bn indunlified in tho event of an es - cape. All this mintiiu was particularly in- sf am 1 1 7wi,ru5 .roi,4 uv"' "acn.aim . , i . r. i - i . , , i j i signed Willi Ins own hand. tVu were then li,ken ,0. Sandy B-iy. near Hobart Town, and placed in a yard as if we h id been cattle, All our clothes wero taken from us hero, und thn prisoners' dress put on, which con- Uiiel ..f .- h,rU.i. -., i,,iFiirni,U. .. 1 enp ;iinl a pair of shoes. Tlio liorfy of the I I I .1. I .11 I ll if Id"'ss w:.,s l,l,,ck aml i 'dlow, half and half, nnd im,i" miseralilti woolen material. It close to our well-sheared heads. U'lii-iitlin1,,. ,..i' ,t. , .. ----- , ,"""' "luiiuiiuiis, aim ior stealing a clothes were all worn out, and the homely- ponnv 0.-Was sent to this Procrustes bed of matin shoes had fallen to pieces, wo were I despotism of life. Others were sent from bare-looted, and had hut a small blanket to ! Cnniiiracie and mult.-.. ,,t .i r. .. . , hirin our iMkr-(luns. Lxposuil to Intiiiu I ll'ltirU :mrl stnrnw nf !nnt nnri nnu' tlws lime uiu-, anu sun 111 in siei:i iiuii siiuw. me I Ills ! : i.:..t t i...t.. ..r .1 ... . in -.iiii-ii ii siuiii ni-iu nuiii in siaos sei up ,i ,.... , .,,.. i .1 i..i 1 .1... ... i , ', f 1 11 1 "'I' revering thin and leaky, giving us the bene fit of rather a tree circulation of air. In fart, wo were at the mercy of llie weather; our floor was the ground, anil after a rain, pools of water stood for hours in the hut. No firo 1 , 1 .. 1 , was atioweu us eituer to warm or dry our clothing; our food was half a pound of meat and one pound of bread ; the meat was gen erally fetid and sometimes filled wilh vermin bony and stringy and any well-fed dog would have refused to eat it. Our bread was composed of oats, barley and rice, with a lit tle wheat, ground together ; all the fine flour silted out, and wu wero given the coarse; it was bread that even a G rah unite would have starved upon. Such was our fare. On the morning ofthe 17lh wo were pa raded in a line, and Iho Governor of llie Is land, Sir John Franklin, (the great naviga tor) made bis outre with Ins Suite. VVo were then ordered to lake olT our caps, which was obeyed. lie is an old man and is ruled by Ills counsellors, who rido over llie People rough-shnd; but it is considered freedom to tho anarchy nnd confusion thai prevailed du ring the Governorship nf tho " bloody exe cutioner," Sir Georgo Arthur. He looked a turn vivani, without any strong marks, save obesity and imbecility. Tho nnble and gen erous Captain Wood acrump inied him. Lei mo hero return our united thanks In Lady Colburn, who kindly supplied us with drafts and chess-boards to whilu away thu tedium of our voyage, as well as the Captain ofthe good ship Buffalo, whoso intubated kindness will never hu forgotten, anil the feeling in tu ner with which hu discharged his arduous du ties. The Governor commenced a setspeech in a slow, nasal tone, anil alter proceeding fur a few minutes the amount nf which w.is that hu had received no orders regaiding us frtitu tho Homo Government he ended by asking tho Captain what had been our con duct during thu voyagu 1 The answer, " re markably well," was very satisfactory to us; and the Governor then ordered that wo should bu set to work upon the toads for Govern ment, admonishing us at the s ime lime to be have ourselves, nr wo would ftru hard ; and he and his Suite departed. Thn Overseers whom iho Siiperintendant placed over us wero. men of the worst characters ; being fel ons and convicts, having be-on condemned for ihn most awful crimes that shuddering Hu manity rncords : arson, theft, minder, rape, burglary, forgery. We were harnessed two and two, four being placed before each cart. We wero then marched lo work a distanco of two miles ; when wo had reached the quarry of broken stone, wo weio ordered to fill Ihom. The bodies nf the carls were about six feet lung, four wide and two deep. Wa worn then obliged to draw the carts, well fil led, laden iih fiom fifteen lo eighteen 1 1 u 1. - dreds weight, and drug, them over broken ground one mile ; and draw thirteen loads each day through rain nnd shine, wet and dry, rocks and mud. After we had been theru about four months, four of our number uflrc led their escape. They had been so dread fully worked, that they made up their minds to die in being taken rather than to endure longer the loathsome curse of shivery. Tho bioad blue sea was befuro them, and vessels arriving weekly from the United States. The temptation was too strong to bo resist ed, and they fled. Aflur the first month of toil, It was frequent that we fainted in per forming our tasks that were imposed upon us by the foulest of the convicts of the known world ; and night after night have we been dragged to the huts in a state of utter pros tration and insensibility. And if we refused lo do thu tasks imposed upon in, we wero taken hefoio a magistrate (no defence being permitted,) and sentence passed upon us of seven day's solitary confinement for the first offence, und fed during the time upon one fourth pound uf bread per day. This living grave was a vault without light, with un une ven floor flagged wilh stone, and without any room for standing erect j it was two feet idu and six in length, ventilated with irregular crevices in the wall. In some parts of thu body the blood almost stops circulation while undergoing this inhuman torture , and this wo received for the most trivial indiscielinn, while the filth of thesu dens of infamy sur passes nil description. The fust lime thai I was incarcerated it was for the following heinous misdemeanor: On returning from work in the midst of a perfect tempest of rH't' "'"I Piercing wind, and being wet to the skin, and seeing a pond cheerful fire burning , in iho cook's room, I committed the awful outrage of warming my shivering limbs ; and l'1,11 lasl' "f comfort cost me seven day's sol itary conlinemenl upon one-fourth pound of bread per day and liltby per day and liltby water. I thought with Doctor Franklin, I had paid a little too dear for my whistle. About this time, the four piisoners who had escaped were .iptu red upon a desolate island, six miles from tho shore. The boat in which they started from the shoie was wrecked upon I lie rocks They had subsisulf ir two weeks upon ruck les and other shell fish ; and for a week hud been in a starving condition. When taken, twonf them were nearly dead ; hut the oth ers, by dint of iron constitutions, had survived the pains of starvation with unparalleled for titude. They were tried, and sentenced to Port Arthur, a penal settlement, to labor in irons fur two years. Their work was the car. 1 rying of shingles, and working in water four 'pel deep, and every night they were locked : ..... ii in a M'jmraie Leu. After being hero for some months, we were removed to a station in the interior. Our removal was made to prevent any furth er escapes. Our men at piesent wire in dreadful situation, and, like su many swine, were seen to eat the polatoc skins and cab bage, stumps that were cast from the door of a chidf felon, who presided over us. At this station we became acquainted with a poor fedlow whose history is well worlh rerording. He was a child of sin, begot at the " West End " of London, and with his deserted mo ther (a victim of one of England's lordlings,) was turned not In cliifi P.- I. :..... l.- .i I , "'' IWI IIUl nwisthiL' lemntiiiinn :mi n;..tl, ... ' .1 ...... :.. n i n i.;ii m men ie until P.i.,1 ...,l if 11 '" m-r'"- "'"U L'lgland. 1 he next tti(Kin was that nl I n-l. r .. i. it i. I . . . 1 oely Banks." It . t b was a ciear.uriglil morning on which we start iiMi.ru muie hi evening. Mere our labor was greatly increased, as we were en giiged in building the raid between Lauuces ton and Hobart Town. Ii was the law of the land that any person who gave the con victs food or tobacco, and the same was found on our persons, the donor was fined, and wo wero subjected to not less than seven, and not over Iwenly-one dins' solitary confine ment. One evening, for refusing lo carrv ("in an over-worked and debilitated stale) bar of iron, weighing one hundred iwunds, la the Million, the distance being four miles, I lay in one of those living graves one week and many a lime have we, barefooted, and in llie snow four inches deep, gone to work shiv ering with mid, half naked, wilh our bodies wrapped in taitered blankets, and so hoariu with colds that our groaus alone were audible. At Sandy Bay, Lysander Curtis 's health began lo decline, and he was taken lo tho hospital, but was remanded back lo work, where hu was put again to the wheelbarrow; hut his strenglh was unequal to the task. But the overseer said he should wheel th load, or he might die at ihequarrv ; and tho poor fellow supplicated for mercy in vain and that was his last day's labor. He faint, ed upon Iho ground, and was borne back 10 the hospital, where, with no attendance, and in groat agony, ho perished in forly-eight hours after ho left the road. In his dying words, he prayed that the good people of Og denshurgh would kindly remember his wife and children. At this place, William Nat taga was blown up by blasling, and he linger ed a few days, and died in dreadful spasms. He desired that his family miflu le ,,!J. l.fl -Itlll !l,rill... ,1....- ... ed for by the lovers of liberty in Ohio. Thus tlio vales ol Van Dieman's Land ed by the bonus, of exiles from the land nf Washington. There was scarcely a station where somo of our number did not fado from tho earth ; and lo look back and think of our hideous situation, where, wiihoui any l, altentinn, our brethren woie sick died and wero buried, as if they had been the beam ofthe field, or llm fowls of tho air, is horri ble. The scenery of tho island would re. quire tho pen of 11 poet, or tho pencil of a painter, to do anything liko Justice to it, 1 he trees were covered with a foliage of pe. culiar beauty, and hundreds of wnrblers from tho wild wood soothed us at our work whilu thu mountains roseiu forms of grandeur, whoso tops were lost amid the clouds of heaven, Nature seemed to console us, and I ftU for the first time in my lifuthat " Man's inhurn'inity to mn Make, countlt.i iiu)uinds mourn." The above work is lor sale by Harrington, to whom we are indebted fur copy of tha work, '

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