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Beautiful positions of statues to one that a person had observed, in his intellectually blind.

own dairy, that the milk of sever

al cows, when mixed together and A man, arriving at the extreme point churned, produced much less butter of old age, grows young again at the proportionably than the milk of a sinsame pace at which he has grown old; gle cow; and that the greater the numreturning upon his path, throughout ber of cows which contributed their the whole of life, and thus taking the milk, the smaller was the comparative reverse view of matters. Methinks it product. Hence, this person was acwould give rise to some odd concate- customed to have the milk of each nations.

cow churned separately.

Little gnomes, dwelling in hollow A modern magician to make the semteeth. They find a tooth that has blance of a human being, with two laths been plugged with gold, and it serves for legs, a pumpkin for a head, etc., of them as a gold mine.

the rudest and most meagre materials.

Then a tailor helps him to finish his The wizard, Michael Scott, used to work, and transforms this scarecrow give a fcast to his friends, the dishes into quite a fashionable figure. At the of which were brought from the kitch- end of the story, after deceiving the ens of various princes in Europe, by world for a long time, the spell should devils at his command.

“ Now we

be broken, and the gray dandy be diswill try a dish from the King of covered to be nothing but a suit of France's kitchen," etc. A modern clothes, with a few sticks inside of sketch might take a hint from this, them. All through his seeming existand the dishes be brought from vari- ence as a human being there shall be ous restaurants.

some characteristics, some tokens, that

to the man of close observation and Pixilated,” — a Marblehead word, insight betray him to be a thing of meaning bewildered, wild about any mere talk and clothes, without heart, matter. Probably derived from Pixy, soul, or intellect. And so this wretched a fairy.

old creature shall become the symbol

of a large class. For a child's story, — imagine all sorts of wonderful playthings.

The golden sands that may some

times be gathered (always, perhaps, if Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Thomas we know how to seek for them) along More, Algernon Sidney, or some other the dry bed of a torrent adown which great man, on the eve of execution, to passion and feeling have foamed, and make reflections on his own head, – passed away. It is good, therefore, in considering and addressing it in a look- mature life, to trace back such torrents ing-glass.

to their source.

March 16, 1849. — J- ... speak- The same children who make the liting of little B. P—:"I will hug him, tle snow image shall plant dry sticks, so that not any storm can come to him." etc., and they shall take root and grow

in mortal flowers, etc. A story, the principal personage of which shall seem always on the point Monday, September 17. - Set out of entering upon the scene, but never on a journey to Temple, N. H., with

E. F. M- to visit his father. Start

ed by way of Boston, in the half past In the “New Statistical Account ten train, and took the Lowelland Nashof Scotland,” (Vol. 1.,) it is stated ua Railroad at twelve, as far as Dan

shall appear.


forth's Corner, about fisty miles, and This is a most hospitable family, and thence in stage-coach to Milford, four they live in a style of plain abundance, miles farther, and in a light wagon to rural, but with traits of more refined Temple, perhaps twelve miles farther. modes. Many domestics, both for farm During the latter drive, the road grad- and household work. Two unmarried ually ascended, with tracts of forest daughters ; an old maiden aunt; an elland alongside, and latterly a brook, derly lady, Mrs. C. of Newburyport, which we followed for several miles, visiting; a young girl of fifteen, a conand finally found it flowing through nection of the family, also visiting, and General M-'s farm. The house is now confined to her chamber by illan old country dwelling, in good con

Ney, a spaniel of easy and afdition, standing beside the road, in a fable address, is a prominent personvailcy surrounded by a wide amphi- age, and generally lies in the parlor thcatre of high bills. There is a good or sits beside the General's chair; aldeal of copse and forest on the estate, ways ready, too, to walk out with anyhigh bills of pasture land, old, culti- body so inclined. Flora, a little black vated fields, and all such pleasant pony, is another sour-footed favorite. matters. The General sat in an easy- In the warm weather, the family dine chair in the common room of the fami- in a large room on one side of the ly, looking better than when in Salem, house, rough and rustic looking, with with an air of quiet, vegetative enjoy- rude beams overhead. There were ment about him, scarcely alive to out- evergreens hanging on the walls, and ward objects. He did his best to ex- the figures 1776, also in evergreen, and press a hospitable pleasure at seeing a national flag suspended in one corme; but did not succeed, so that I ner, - the bluc being made out of old could distinguish his words. He loves homespun garments, the red stripes to sit amidst the bustle of his family, out of some of the General's flannel and is dimly amused by what is going wrappings, and the eagle copied from forward ; is pleased, also, to look out of the figure on a half-dollar,

all being the open window and see the poultry- the handiwork of the ladies, on occaa guinea-hen, turkeys, a peacock, a tame sion of the last Fourth of July. It is deer, etc. - which feed there. His quite a pleasant dining-hall; and while inind sometimes wanders, and he hardly we were cating fruit, the deer, which knows where he is ; will not be con- is of a small and peculiar breed from vinced that he is anywhere but at Sa- the South, came and thrust its head lem, until they drag his chair to a win- into the open window, looking at us dow from which he can see a great elm- with beautiful and intelligent eyes. It tree of which lie is very fond, standing in had smelt the fruit, and wished to put front of the house. Then he acknowl- in its claim for a share. edges that he must be at the farm, be- Tuesday morning, before breakfast, cause, he says, they never could have E— and I drove three or four miles, transplanted that tree. He is pleased to the summit of an intervening ridge, with flowers, which they bring him, – from which we had a wide prospect of a kind-hearted old man. The other day bill and dale, with Monadnock in the a live partridge was sent him, and he midst. It was a good sight, although ordered it to be let go, because he the atmosphere did not give the hills would not suffer a life to be taken to that aspect of bulk and boldness which supply him with a single meal. This it sometimes does. This part of the tenderness has always been character- country is but thinly inhabited, and the istic of the old soldier. His birthplace dwellings are generally small. It is was within a few miles of this spot, said that, in the town of Temple, the son and descendant of husbandmen, there are more old cellars, where - and character and fortune together dwellings have formerly stood, than have made him a man of history.

there are houses now inhabited. The

and then pur

town is not far from a hundred years ever more strangely touching than this old, but contains now only five or incident, — his finding time for childish six hundred inhabitants. The enter- play, while wandering to his death in prising young men emigrate elsewhere, these desolate woods, leaving only the least energetic por- suing his way again, till at last he lay tions to carry on business at home. down to die on the dark mountain-side. There appear to be but few improve- Finally, on a hill which E-pointed ments, the cultivated fields being of out to me, they found a portion of the old date, smooth with long cultivation. child's hair adhering to the overthrown Here and there, however, a tract newly trunk of a tree ; and this is all that was burned over, or a few acres with the ever found of him. But it was supstumps still extant. The farm-houses posed that the child had subsisted, all looked very lonesome and deserted perhaps for weeks, on the berries and to-day, the inhabitants having gone to other sustenance such as a forest-child the regimental muster at New Ipswich. knew how to find in the woods. I for

As we drove home, E-told a sto- got to say, above, that a piece of birch ry of a child who was lost, seventy or or other bark was found, which he apeighty years ago, among the woods and peared to have gnawed. It was thought hills. He was about five years old, and that the cry of “Father! father!” had gone with some work-people to a which the mother and little sister heard clearing in the forest, where there was in the night-time, was really the little a rye-field, at a considerable distance fellow's voice, then within hearing of from the farm-house. Getting tired, he his home; but he wandered away started for home alone, but did not ar again, and at last sank down, and rive. They made what search for him Death found him and carried him up to they could that night, and the next day God. His bones were never found; the whole town turned out, but without and it was thought that the foxes or success. The day following, many peo- other wild animals had taken his little ple from the neighboring towns took up corpse, and scattered the bones, and the search, and on this day, I believe, that, dragging the body along, one lock they found the child's shoes and stock- of his flaxen hair had adhered to a ings, but nothing else. After a while, tree. they gave up the search in despair ; but I asked a physician whether it were for a long time, a fortnight or three possible that a child could live so long weeks or more, his mother fancied that in the woods ; and he thought it was, she heard the boy's voice in the night, and said that children often show crying, “ Father ! father !” One of his themselves more tenacious of life than little sisters also heard this voice ; but grown people, and live longer in a people supposed that the sounds must famine. This is to me a very affectbe those of some wild animal. No ing story; and it seems to be felt as more search was made, and the boy such by the people of the country. never was found.

The little boy's parents, and his brothBut it is not known whether it was ers and sisters, who probably lived to the next autumn, or a year or two after, maturity or old age, are all forgotten; some hunters came upon traces of the but he lives in tradition, and still causes child's wanderings among the hills, in wet eyes to strangers, as he did to a different direction from the previous search, and farther than it was sup- To account for the singularity of his posed he could have gone. They found not having been found by such numsome little houses, such as children bers as took up the search, it is sugbuild of twigs and sticks of wood, and gested that he was perhaps frightened, these the little fellow had probably and perhaps concealed himself when built for amusement in his lonesome he heard the noise of people making hours. Nothing, it seems to me, was their way through the forest, people being apt to do so, when they get mazed its head, in addition to the usual comwith wandering in the woods. But it plement in front. It could evidently is strange that old hunters, with dogs, see with this eye ; for when its cap was should have failed to find him. How- drawn down over it, it would thrust it ever, there is the fact.


upward. After breakfast (a broiled chicken and excellent coffee) I walked out

October 27.- - Mrs.

gave a black by myself. The brook would be a woman six dollars for a dress of pinebeautiful plaything for my children, apple cloth, sixteen yards, perhaps and I wish I had such a one for them. worth ten times as much, - the ownAs I looked down into it from the er being ignorant of the value. bridge, I saw little fish, minnows, small chubs, and perch sporting about and To inherit a great fortune. — To inrising eagerly to anything that was herit a great misfortune. thrown in. Returning towards the house, I encountered

an ass, who

Reflections in a mud-puddle; - they seemed glad to see me, in its don- might be pictures of life in a mean keyish way. Afterwards, E- and I street of a city. took a ramble among some of his old haunts, which took up pretty much all February 16, 1850. — The sunbeam the remainder of the forenoon. After that comes through a round hole in the dinner we drove to New Ipswich, ex- shutter of a darkened room, where a pecting to see the closing scenes of the dead man sits in solitude. muster, but found the regiment dismissed, and the spectators taking their The hoary periwig of a dandelion departure. We visited a cousin of

gone to seed. E-, and took tea; borrowed two great-coats (it having grown from sum- Lenox, July 14, 1850. - Language, mer to autumn very rapidly since night- human language, - after all, is but litfall), and drove home, six miles or there- tle better than the croak and cackle of abouts. A new moon and the long fowls, and other utterances of brute natwilight gleamed over the first portion ture, sometimes not so adequate. of our drive, and then the northern lights kindled up and shot flashes to- The queer gestures and sounds of a wards the zenith as we drove along, up hen looking about for a place to deposhill and down dale, and most of the it her egg, her self-important gait, the way through dense woods.

sideway turn of her head and cock of The next morning, after breakfast, her eye, as she pries into one and anwe got into our wagon and returned to other nook, croaking all the while, eviMiliord, thence by stage to Danforth's dently with the idea that the egg in Corner, thence to Boston by rail. Noth- question is the most important thing ing noteworthy occurred, except that that has been brought to pass since we called on Mr. Atherton and lady at the world began. A speckled black Nashua. We reached Boston at three and white and tufted hen of ours does o'clock. I visited the Town and Coun- it to most ludicrous perfection. try Club, and read the papers and journals, took the three quarters past five July 25. As I sit in my study, train and reached home at half past six. with the windows open, the occasional

incident of the visit of some winged In the new statistical account of creature, — wasp, hornet, or bee, -enScotland, in the volume about the Heb- tering out of the warm, sunny atmosrides, it is stated that a child was phere, soaring round the room with large born, and lived to the age of, I think, sweeps, then buzzing against the glass, two years, with an eye in the back of as not satisfied with the place, and de

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sirous of getting out. Finally, the joy- September 2. — “When I grow up,” ous uprising curve with which, coming quoth ), in illustration of the might to the open part of the window, it to which he means to attain,

“ when emerges into the cheerful glow outside. I grow up, I shall be two men !”


August 4. -- Dined at hotel with J. September 3. - Foliage of maples T. Fields. Afternoon drove with him begins to change. 10 Pittsfield, and called on Dr. Holmes.

In a wood, a heap or pile of logs and August 5.

Drove with Fields to sticks that had been cut for firewood, Stockbridge, being thereto invited by and piled up square, in order to be Mr. Field of Stockbridge, in order to carted away to the house when convenascend Monument Mountain. Found ience served, or rather to be sledded at Mr. Field's, Dr. Holmes, Mr. Duyc- in sleighing-time. But the moss had kink of New York; also Mr. Cornelius accumulated on them, and, leaves fallMatthews and Herman Melville. As- ing over them from year to year, and cended the mountain, - that is to say, decaying, a kind of soil had quite covMrs. Fields and Miss Jenny Field, Mr. ered them, although the sostened outField and Mr. J. T. Fields, Dr. Holmes, line of the woodpile was perceptible in Mr. Duyckink, Matthews, Melville, Mr. the green mound. It was perhaps fifty llarry Sedgwick, and 1, — and were years, perhaps more, since the woodcaught in a shower. Dined at Mr. man had cut and piled these logs and Field's. Afternoon, under guidance sticks, intending them for his winter of J. F. Headley, the party scrambled fire. But he probably needs no fire through the Ice Glen. Left Stockbridge There was something strangely and arrived at home about eight P. M. interesting in this simple circumstance.

Imagine the long-dead woodman, and Hugust 7. – Messrs. Duyckink, Mat- his long-dead wise and family, and one thews, and Melville called in the fore- old man who was a little child when

Gave them a couple of bottles the wood was cut, coming back from of Mr. Mansfield's champagne, and their graves, and trying to make a fire walked down to the lake with them. with this mossy fuel. At twilight Mr. Edwin P. Whipple and wife called from Lenox.

September 19. — Lying by the lake

yesterday afternoon, with my eyes shut, August 19. - Monument Mountain, while the breeze and sunshine were in the early sunshine; its base envel- playing together on the water, the quick oped in mist, parts of which are floating glimmer of the wavelets was perceptiin the sky; so that the great hill looks ble through my closed eyelids. really as if it were founded on a cloud. Just emerging from the mist is seen a October 13. -- A cool day, - the wind yellow field of rye, and above that, for- north west, with a general prevalence of


gray clouds over the sky, but with

brief, sudden glimpses of sunshine. August 24. — In the afternoons, this The foliage having its autumn hues, valley in which I dwell seems like a Monument Mountain looks like a headvast basin filled with golden sunshine, less Sphinx, wrapt in a rich Persian as with wine.

shawl. Yesterday, through a diffused

mist, with the sun shining on it, it had August 31. — J. R. Lowell called in the aspect of burnished copper. The the evening. September ist, he called sun-gleams on the hills are peculiarly with Mrs. Lowell in the forenoon, on magnificent, just in these days. their way to Stockbridge or Lebanon, to meet Miss Bremer.

October 13. - One of the children,



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