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Such was the condition of our patient till the 19th No “ Travelling with the venerable and learned Andrew vember, when his mother having heard a noise, ran up to Fuller in a coach from Bristol to London, the conversation his room and found him eating. Upon asking him how he turned on political topics. Mr. Hall was told that there was, he replied, “ Very well, thank God.” She then asked was a probability of speedily obtaining a Reformed Parhim whether he liked bread and butter or bread and cheese liament; on which he said, Sir, I should think nothing of best. He answered, bread and cheese. She immediately walking a thousand miles barefoot, to be beheaded at the left the room to convey the agreeable intelligence to his end of my journey, if so desirable an end could be accombrother ; but upon their return to the bed-room, they found plished.' (Cheers.) To which Mr. Fuller humorously replied him as fast asleep as ever, and incapable of being roused by I think Brother Hall, you would walk mighty slow.'" any of the means which they applied. From this time his sleep seems to have been less profound ;
THE TRUE POET. for though he continued in a state of somnolency till the
I AM a Poet of right sont; end of January, or the beginning of February, yet he seem
My works are works indeed ; ed to hear when they called him by his name ; and though
The brightest fancy's best effort he was incapable of returning an answer, yet they consider
Infinitely exceed. ed him as sensible to what said. His eyes were less closely
I hate your lazy sullen shade, shut, and frequent tremors were seen in his eyelids. About
Nor flimsy paper use; the beginning of February, Chilton awoke in perfect health,
Nor do I know that phantom jade having no recollection whatever of any thing that had hap
Vain poets call the Muse. pened to him during his loug sleep. The only complaint
The sunny field is my delight, he made was, that the cold pinched him more than usual.
Where labour is no toil : He returned, accordingly, to his labours in the field, and, so
From dawn to dark, there pleas'd I write far as we can learn, he was not again attacked with this
Along the fertile soil. singular disease.
Two donghty mares my muses are; DR. PRIESTLEY--A numerous and highly respectable
The plough it is my quill; meeting of nearly two hundred gentlemen of Birmingham
Each step 's a word; my line a fur; and its vicinity, was lately held to celebrate by a public
The couplet is a drill. dinner the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Dr. Priest
My ridges, too, they that are skill'd, ley. The Reverend John Corrie, Preside it of the Birming
For stanzas much extol them : ham Philosophical Society, was in the Chair. Several ex.
Scots acres fitty, fairly tilld, cellent speeches were made by the Chairman, and the other
I count a noble volume. Dissenting ministers of Birmingham and the neighbouring
Manuring is my preface good ; towns. The great change in the feelings of the people since
My argument is sowing ; the time of the Church-and-King riots which drove Priestley
And harrowing, though rough and rude, across the Atlantic, was especially pointed out; and the late
Is lines both full and flowing. meeting in London, held for the purpose of doing honour to
And thus coinplete in each respect, huis scientific acquirements and discoveries, and which was
The Press I then invite, attended by so many eminent men of science, was adduced
Whose glowing colours, type correct, as a gratifying proof of the increasing liberality of the age.
Impress supreme delight. The memory of Priestley was drunk in silence; and Mr.
Three brothers, of divine descent,
That surnamed Seasons are, Joseph Parkes, in returning thanks, paid a just and warm tribute to his virtues as a public and private man. He said
Do honour me my works to print: that
Who with them can compare ? “ The purity of Dr. Priestley's personal character and his
First, coming Spring, with ink of dew, private virtues were never even questioned by a virulent
The erubryo letters moulds ; press, or the tongue of slander. He was indebtel to his own
And, clad in green, the gayest line,
Both blade and ear unfolds. single exertions, unaided by fictitious circumstances of birth and fortune, for his distinguished literary eminence and
With golden type and sweaty brows, scientific reputation. To use the language of the Roman,
Then Summer lloes succeed, Dr. Priestley was born of himself,' and could boast no
Till plump and hard the pickle grows, aristocratic lineage-he was essentially a self-educated man.
And no bad usage dread. who had derived no advantages from academical education.
With harden'd hand and eager look, His own zealous love of truth and science raised him to
Now Autumn owns his care ; celebrity. Mr. Corrie, and the recent meeting of the first
For sheet and quire, by sheaf and stook, men of science in London, had done ample justice to his
Throws off the copies fair ; promotion of science and philosophy. Mr. Parkes would
And plies his work with quick dispatch, not involve the unanimity of the meeting by any ill-timed
Till every thing's complete : or illiberal allusion to Dr. Priestley's particular political or
And sure, bound up with rape and thack, religious opinions; but it was due to that illustrious man
Each ruck 's a copy neat. to say, that truth was the great and single object of all his
And now my critics, flail and mill, intellectual exertions—that the freedom of discussion and
While thundering at your duties, opinion which he claimed for himself he desired to extend
Your thumping wit and pondering skill, to all mankind and that he boldly maintained civil and
Discover only beauties. religious liberty, in the most unrestricted sense, to be the
A quick demand I'ın sure to have; right of all men in all countries. The war of'opinion which
My works suit every taste: burst out on the first French Revolution involved the cha
Each year a new edition cravesracters of many great public men in temporary prejudice
Their fame and profit lastand persecution, but the political opinions of Dr. Priestley
My readers, with me, vow I'm rightwere now the practical views of the present generation; and
We seek no other song, to him was especially due the merit ofexciting public atten.
But still pursue, with new delight, tion to the injustice of the civil disabilities of the Protestant
What health and life prolong.
1. I'LOUGHMAN. Dissenters, no.v su lappily craseul from the Statute-book of Englaud.
[The above sturdy verses were lately sent to the SchoolThe memory of the Reverend Robert Hall was drauk master. We publish them not without certain misgivings in the course of the evening; and the Reverend Mr. Berry, of their being original; but if this suspicion be erroneolls, who spoke to the toasi, as it friend of Mr. Hall, related the we beg the poet to construe our doubts into compliments to following anecdote of that eminent man.
bis vigour and originality:]
THE BRAID BANNET.
into the milk-pan, or the milk be put into a Tessel made of
that substance, the same quantity of milk will yield a greater CAUTION TO ALL WHO VALUE THEIR EYES. quantity of cream or butter.
Easy MODE OF FINE EDGING RAZORŞOn the rough The first thing to be attended to is a careful regulation side of a strap of leather, or on the undressed calf-skin bind. of the use of the eyes, in regard to the length of time, as far ing of a book, rub a piece of tin, or a common pewter sproti
, as this is practicable; entire disuse of them suddenly would for half a minute, or till the leather become glosst with be alınost injurious as a continued straining of them beyond the metal. If the razor be passed over this leather about their capabilities. They should, therefore, he variously em
half a dozen times, it will acquire a finer edge than by any
other method. ployed, as much as this can be done, not applying them too ling, or too intently, to the same object, but relieving
THE MODERN BROWNIE; OR, THE LITTLE MAN WI' them by change of scene and diversity of occupation. Another means that will be found to be beneficial, and to help the eyes where much relaxation cannot be obtained, consists
In a Scottish provincial paper, we learn that this ** wee,
wee, man" was last seen between Dumblane and Stirline. in shutting them now and then while at work, going into It is, however, well known, that he waylays travellers og the air, looking out of a window, especially if there are almost every cross-road in the three kingdoms. His ap. trees or verdure within sight. This interval of rest, though pearance near Stirling is described as follows:-We under. only of a few minutes' continuance, will be found greatly to stand, that of late much has been reported in the district relieve the eyes, and enable them to resume their employ- tain personage on the public road betwixt Stirling and
to which it refers, regarding the felonions exploits of a cer. inent with comparative pleasure. A third caution is, that Dumblane, familiarly termed “the Little Mannie wi' the those who are conscious from experience, that their sight braid bannet," owing to his antique and uniform appear. has been weakened by its severe and protracted exercise, or
ance to the several wights benighted by the way, and we arising from any other cause, should carefully avoid all at
had been relieved of the burden of their orra pennies by has tention to minute objects, or such business or study as re
nefarious acts in the vicinity of the Bridge of Allan. Om
fact deserves to be mentioned ;-Late in the evening of quires close application to the visual faculty immediately Wednesday se'ennight, a rather errant and wayward knight on rising; and the less it is taxed for a while after eating, of the shuttle arrived at his humble domicile in Dumblece or hy candle light, the better. The fourth means I have from Stirling, in a piteous plight. He stated to his wit already recommended, viz., bathing the eyes frequently few coppers, near Lecrop Bridge, by a " little auld man wi
that he had been robbed of his
all, with the exception of a through the day, with cold water. Though the effect of
a braid bannet," and thanked his stars that his wab and lite this simple remedy may, for a time, be hardly perceptible, were not also away. The poor wight being all bespattered pet, if duly persevered in, I can vouch for its producing the with mud, and several parts of his body bearing the marks happiest results. So long as there is no actual disease in
of contusion, his better half credited his story, but rallied the eyes, only cold water should be used and this, ap- auld mannie wi' a braid bannet to tak his siller," sering
him next morning rather sharply on his permitting a little plied in the gentlest manner, will soon become sufficiently that he himself was young, and a “big and buirdly chiel; tepid for all the ends of utility and comfort.-Curtis on the besides his hat would resist a blow better than a banne'
however braid that bannet might be. All this was well OPTICAL. Wonders.—People laugh at the story of enough at his own fireside ; but the fool must tell all to his Argus with a hundred eyes; but what was even Argus to
acquaintances, with exaggerated particulars of the robbery.
The “wives o' Dumblane," however, wished not to see “s per some insects? The cornea of insects seems cut into a num Michael” too severely handled by his companions ** ber of little planes or facets, like the facets of a diamond, of doors, and excused his cowardice on this occasion. by presenting the appearance of net-work, and each of these observing that better men than he, to their certain facets is supposed to possess the power and properties of an
knowledge, have been robbed of more than 5s. by "TRI
Litile Auld Marnie wi’ the braid bannet," betwixt Stireye. Lewenhoeck counted in the cornea of a beetle 3,181 | ling and Dunblane. Now, good courteous reader, you bo of these facets, of a horse-fly 8,000, and of the grey drone fly doubt desire to know soinething more, of this extraar
dinary “ Little Mannie." Be assured then that he has the CREAM AND BUTTER.—If we are to believe the following power, and has often exercised it, of knocking a man dort, notice, our Highland Society, as an economical Board, is beat without ever laying hands upon him—and that there is hollow. We are told, for we have not seen the publication, « auncient citie" to his rib, that this wonderful “ Little
some truth in the remarks made by an old toper of the that the Repertory of Patent Inventions, contains a notice of Mannie” was the least of all his tribe.
“ But what is be a novel and ingenious method of obtaining cream from milk, like, Tam" inquired the wife impatiently._"Why, Jeans," founded upon the system acted upon in Devonshire, for he replied, “ if ye maun ken, of a' the things in the warid, obtaining what is called “ clotted” or “clouted cream," he's likest to a gill stoup.” and which is well known to many to be very delicious. Mr. Carter, of Nottingham Lodge, near Eltham, Kent, the Lady Louisa's Cow. During the last war, when that originator of the new process, gives, in the Repertory, a de- truly worthy General, Lord John Lennox, was Governor of scription of the machine which he constructed, and by which Plymouth, lie gave strict orders that the green in front of the he obtained from four gallons of milk, in twenty-four hours, Government-house should not be trespassed upon, and be four and a half pints of clotted cream, which, after churn- sentry had orders not to allow any one to walk on it, or ing only fifteen minutes, gave forty ounces of butter, being Alderney cow. Shortly after, the lady of the Port-Admiral an increase over the ordinary method of 124 per. cent. in going to call at the Government-house, was crossing the crcan), and upwards of Il per cent. in butter. If this be green, when the sentry stopped her Ladyship, who remark: 80, our dairy farmers should look to it.
ed to him, that perhaps he was not aware that she was the
Admiral's Lady. “I don't care, Ma'am, who you be," said Zinc Milk-Pauls. Among the patents recently taken the man, " or if you be the Admiral's Lady or his Wifi ont in America one is for a process for extracting cream from milk by the use of zinc. It is said that if zinc be put derney Cow,'
you must stop, for I know you are not Lady Louisa's Al
LIFE IN THE NEW SETTLEMENTS OF AMERICA.
curiosity of two or three tall planters habited in deer-skin
shirts, with fringed epaulets of leather on their shoulders, GEORGE MASON.
a knit sash, of red green and blue about their waists, buck
skin pantaloons and mocassins, a rifle on their shoulders, PEOPLE cannot at present be satiated with information five or six dogs attending each of them, and a dozen ragged, respecting the condition of the settlers in the western terri- listless negroes behind them. There was much rough, but tory of the United States. The American story we have well-intended complimenting and offers of aid, on the part to give contains a fair picture of some of the hardships to
of those who had come down to welcome the new settlers which emigrants are exposed, from climate, and the want
to their cabin in the woods. It might have been welcome of population, and a neighbourhood. The tale is, besides, after a little time, but at present, the dim shades of twilight interesting and pleasing, and the most unexceptionable. It gathering over the boundless woods, the savage aspect of may help to form an emigrant's Guide, or at least give use.
these huntsmen and their negroes, even the joyous evening yell ful hints.
of the hounds, the unwonted and strange terms of welcome, In the autumn of 1816, the Rev. Mr. Mason arrived to
the foreign look of every thing about them; all this was wards sun-set at a settlement, eight miles south of the Iron Banks, in what is commonly called the Jackson Purchase, hearts of people lately transferred from a pleasant New
of a character to inspire dismay and home-sickness, in the on the Lower Mississippi. The family had emigrated from New England, and consisted of this gentleman, a man of England village. Weary, and but slenderly furnished with dignified appearance, though indicating fatigue and feeble the simplest means of subsistence, whether they looked round health, and turned of forty; his lady, with a complexion lot was cast ; upon the dark and sterile woods whose leaves
them upon the new society, in the midst of which their originally fair, but now browned by the suns of a long
were falling about them; or into the roofless and floored journey of sixteen hundred miles, in the warmest days of autumn, and with an expression of great sweetness, though cabin, where they were to shelter for the night—the whole
scene was desolate and chilling. In such circumstances as clouded by care and sorrow; and five children, four sons, and a daughter. George, the hero of this tale, was a fair these, God is a shade, a shelter, and a high tower of defence. blue-eyed boy, of about fourteen ; Lizzy, a pretty little The younger children had wept with weariness, thrown girl of twelve, with bright black eyes, and glossy ringlets sky. The neighbours saw that the strangers were weary,
themselves upon a blanket, and were asleep under the open of black hair curling in her neck. Her shrinking and and wished to be by themselves. They had considerately timid manners were the consequence of the retirement in provided plenty of provisions, spread bear-skins for them in which she had lived, and of the fears inspired by the rough the interior of the cabin, and left a black woman to cook people amongst whom they had been travelling. Henry, Thomas, and Wilnam, were ten, eight; and four years old. supper and breakfast for them. In that mild season and
cloudless weather, there was nothing formidable to them in It was altogether a group, in which the parents excited uncommon interest, and the children were lovely beyond what the idea of leaving the family to repose on bear-skins under
the canopy of heaven. One after another, with the signifi. I shall attempt to describe, because I would avoid expres
cant western salutation, “ I wish you well,” left the travelsions that might be deemed extravagant. Still less can I
lers to themselves. The little children were too soundly paint that mingled dignity and lowliness, which is apt to mark the countenances and manners of our western minis- asleep to be awakened to supper. The parents, George, and ters, who constitute the connecting link between the rich Eliza, eat that which was provided for them by the black and the poor: their education, and the respect paid to their woman, and soon forgot their cares, and slept as soundly as
if they had been stretched upon beds of down in a palace. profession, placing them upon a level with the rich ; and
Mr. Mason had purchased, on report only, and without the scantiness of their subsistence, placing them upon a having seen it, this unfinished log-house in the midst of a level with the poor. It was obvious from their fatigued “ clearing” of three acres, cut out of the forest eight miles and weather-beaten appearance, that they had travelled a from the river. The nearest habitation was distant two long way. A slight inspection of their dress, and the hired miles. Beyond that there was a considerable settlement waggon that had brought them and their baggage from the recently established. Some of the planters were comparabanks of the Mississippi, where they had, that morning, tively opulent, and had a considerable number of slaves. disembarked from a flat boat, manifested that one of their
A bright morning sun, slanting its beams through the trials had been the want of sufficient money to bring them forest, at this season delightfully rich with all the varied
colours of autumn; a plentiful breakfast, provided for the comfortably over such a long way, by such a tedious and
family before they were awake, by the black woman, and expensive route. There was a shyness about them, too,
to which she awakened them; the keen appetite of the which marked that the outlandish aspect of the planters, children, refreshed by their sleep; the air, prospects, and who stood staring at the new comers, made a disagreeable cheerful sounds of the morning, rendered the scene before impression on them. Real dignity, however, is an internal
them as different from that of the preceding evening as thing, independent of dress and equipage. A family can be imagined. Every member of the family was exhi. could not have been reared, as these had been, where self- larated ; and the whole conversation was, how they should respect had been inculcated every day and every hour, both render the habitation comfortable, and lay in a sufficient by precept and example, without showing the influence of quantity of provisions for the approaching winter. Immethis discipline, be their dress and appearance in other re. diately after breakfast, at the departure of the black wospects as they might. There was a look of decency, and man, the father was seen in company with George, making an indescribable, but casy-felt manner, perceptible in every mortar from the clay, and exerting himself to fill up the individual of this family, which manifested, at a glance, that intervals between the logs, (in the language of the country, it was the family of a gentleman. It repressed the rude daubing" the house,) and by all the common expedients
of the country, to render the habitation a warm and secure rendered the brightness of the scene within more delightful shelter from the frosts and rains of the approaching win- by contrast with the savage and boundless forest without 1 ter. Though his neighbours were rough, some of them have never passed, and I never expect to pass, happier hours were kind in their way, and they came and aided him. He than I have spent in such a cabin. It has seemed to .. saw in their mode of managing the business, that there is a that a hack-woodsman's cabin, just risen in the forest, feira dexterity to be acquired only by practice, and that they dered happy by innocence, conpetence, contentment, af" knew better than he how to “ daub" and 66 chink" a
gratitude to the Supreme Being, concentrates affectiou, ale log cabin.
In a couple of days, which fortunately conti- produces some singular associations of contrast, that rende? nued fair, the house had a roof, which would turn the rain, l it the chosen and hallowed abode of that unassuming, sier. though the covering was of cypress “ splits," secured in their places by logs, laid at right angles over them, and a
ple happiness, which is the most durable and satisfyi chimney which did not smoke, although it was made of
that we can feel here below. I have delightful remembras. clefts," plastered with clay mortar; the intervals be
ces of my long sojourn in such places; and as they retur". I tween the logs were tightly closed with chinking, well
to my thoughts, I earnestly invoke the blessing of Gu covered with the same material. A partition of small and upon their inhabitants. straight timbers, with an opening cut through one end for The children were delighted with these first essays of a a door, divided the area of the cabin into two rooms, one
life of a back-woodsman. A circumstance contributiil ti of which contained one, and the other two husk mattresses. heighten the charm. The sixth day after their arrival, 3 The neighbours assisted him to raise another smaller cabin, deer strayed so near the cabin, that George shot it from the in the language of the country a “ log-pen," covered and door. The same day the father and son, in exploring the “ daubed” in the same manner, but without a chimney: and grounds directly about them, with the view of commening here was another mattress on which George and Henry a clearing, started a bear from the cane-brake. He rarea's slept. These mattresses, thanks to the cheapness of bleach slowly and growling from their path ; and made his retrat ed cottons in America, had an appearance of coolness, and upon a prodigious sycamore. A passing neighbour Ger neatness, which spread a charm round the precinct of the to the place. Two or three dogs surrounded the tree, 57 rustic, but clean cabin. Mr. Mason was obliged to em- made the woods ring with their cries, which indicateł :o a ploy some part of the small sum of money that remaines
knowing huntsman, that fear was mingled with their ji to him after defraying the expense of their long journey A few rifle-shots brought the animal to the ground. Th:" and which he reserved for the most pressing emergencies, in
was something less wounding to their feelings in the lauzipurchasing a supply of winter provision. These consisted ter of such a ferocious beast, than in that of an inofein," of the substantial materials of a west-countryman's fare deer. Apart from the spirit-stirring sport of brands corn, bacon, and sweet potatoes. Such are the appoint
down a monstrous fat bear, the meat, which is excrliria ments with which a hundred thousand families have com
and easily preserved, was a matter of no small considerate menced in the Western settlements, and with which they to a family like this. Even the skin is an important i'ra have probably been more contented and happy than their in the arrangement of a back-wood cabin. The hunting in descendants will be when dwelling in spacious mansions. the day furnished ample materials for pleasant evening er 1When the white frosts of November rendered an evening
versation and amusement. Tender pieces of venison el # fire necessary, when a bright one was kindled on their
bear's meat smoked upon the table. The success of the broad clay hearth; when the “ puncheon,” shutters,—for day seemeil to promise, that there would he no danger at glass had they none—had excluded the uncertain light,
want of meat, while they possessed a rifle, powder, and lead. and the chill air of evening; when the table made with an
The black eyes of Eliza glistened with intense interes', a' adze from white poplar clefts, was spread before this fire; she contemplated, with a shudder, the terrible claws a when the repast of smoking corn-loaf, sweet potatoes, and
teeth of the savage animal, observing, that much asal: fried bacon, was arranged on it; when the fragrant tea
longed to gather the wild flowers, she should always trend was added in remembrance of New England, for they still
ble to go into the woods where such beasts were common retained a few pounds bronght all the way from that coun
George exulted, in the spirit of a little Nimrod, as he reo try; and when the whole was seasoned by cheerful conver
lated the circumstances of bringing down the bear, to his sition, and that appetite which is felt in such cabins, and
younger brothers, who had not been permitted to be prosent. by industrious back-woodsmen in the highest perfection, The only misfortune of this pleasant little circle was thai the guests at this humble feast had no need to envy the best.
there were generally two or three speakers at a time. More fed alderman of London. A brilliant blaze, kindled with
practised in the study of canine physiognomy would have dry wood, enlightened the whole interior of this fresh look
read the satisfaction expressed even in Rover's countenar!“. ing, rough-cast, timbered apartment. Their faithful dog,
as he sat with his eyes fixed on George, evidently listening Rover, who had followed them all the way from their late
with all his ears, and perhaps regretting the want of speech, home, and who was now doubly dear to them, sat beside the
that prevented him from giving his opinion of the bear
hunt. Even Mr. Mason turned a countenance brightening table, looking carnestly upon its contents, apparently as
from its usual languid expression of sickness and fatigue os hungry and as happy as the children, wagging his tail, and occasionally uttering a yelp of joy to fill up the pauses of emigration. « Eliza," said he, “are yon sorry now, ty!
Mrs. Mason, who, it would appear had been averse to the cheerful conversation. The prolonged and distant howl of
we have brought our little ones here ?" Mrs. Mason a.. the wolves, the ludicrous, and almost terrific noises of a mitted that the first samples of their new way of life wote hundred owls, the scream 'of other nocturnal animals, the more pleasant than she had anticipated. measured creaking of the crickets and catadeds, and the It is unnecessary, and would be tedions to explain it gathering roar of autumnal winds along the forest, only length the causes of Mr. Mason's removal from New link: sweetened a sense of present protection to the children, and land, 10 the banks of the Mississippi. It will suffie? to st"
that both he and his wife had been reared delicately. His ideas of his being and providence, but those of mercy, love; bulary as a minister was very small, and his family increased justice, goodness, and truth. It closed with a kind of court, too rapidly for his means. His parish refused 10 augment of inquiry. The general tenor of the children's deporthis stipend, he consequently resigned his office, and resolved ment, words and actions, during the past week, underwent: to seek his fortune in the western country. His wife at first a solemn review. The facts were proved ; the character: argued against a plan which appeared attended with so much and tendency of the actions pointed out; the source whence difficulty and risk, but she loved and respected her husband, they had arisen explained ; and, if matter of reprehension and she ceased to oppose his wishes.
existed, what ought to have been said or done in the case deThe children, their eyes swollen with weeping, were clared; and, finally, praise and blame were distributed actacked along with Mrs. Mason and the bulky baggage, into cording to the merits of the actions. i two-horse waggon. In due time, and with the common experience of sweet
When these services were concluded, and the ardour of itud bitter things, they had toiled over the last of the Alle- the sun quenched by his descent behind the forests, they hany mountains; had descended to the Ohio; had sold their walked together into the woods and clearings. Every obe vazzon and horses ; had purchased a flat boat, and were ject in these walks was at once a source of instruction and oating down the beautiful Ohio, which happened this amusement, and a theme whence Mr. Mason did not fail to utumn to be in an uncommonly favourable state for boat- deduce new proofs of the wisdom, mercy, and power of God. ng. They had admired the forest, the valley, the “bluffs,” The moss, or the evergreen at the foot of the sycamore ; ud the incipient towns and villages as they alternated on the paroquets settling on their branches to feed ; the paro long course ; had encountered the sweeping and turbid tridge flitting on their path ; the eagle screaming in the irrent of the Mississippi; bad disembarked at the Iron blue sky, far above the summits of these trees: the carrion mks, and hired a wagyon to carry them out to the set vultures sailing round, and at times, to the eye, seeming to pment, where, as we have seen, Mr. Mason had purchased lie still in the air, as they scented intensely, in the heights e cabin and the clearing already mentioned.
of the firmament, for their appropriate food ; the squirrels As they became better acquainted with the settlers, they skipping, and performing gambols indescribable, or sitting and them illiterate and rude. The most distinguished with their tails elevated over their heads, and curling gracesongst them professed no superiority over the rest, but fully back, nibbling the wild fruits ; the rabbits starting hat they derived from their wealth ; some possessing, be- from the cane-brake; the endless variety of trees and shrubs de a number of slaves, a drove of horses and four-wheeled around them; the prodigious grape-vines climbing to the irriages, which they honoured with the name of coaches. highest tops ; the violets, even now, at the end of autumn, "he Masons soon discovered that there were disagreeable close on the heels of winter, starting into bloom ; the diverimple elsewhere as well as in New England; but their ge- sified s cd-capsules of flowers that had already come to maeral circumstances were so pleasant and novel during the turity ; the various starry forms of the gossamer down of inter that succeeded their arrival, that Mr. Mason pro- seculs, sailing slowly in the breeze ; in fine, every object aunced himself as well satisfied with his new condition as which they met, was sufficient to excite the attention and had anticipated. Young George became a hunter of interest of the family, and furnish a theme for a lecture on onsid-rable expertness. Whenever they chose, by ram natural history, or a warm and heartfelt sermon on the
It is thus that linz a few hours, they could bring home wild ducks, squir- goodness and wisdom of the Creator. elky opossums, and rabbits. The coffee and tea which they minds rightly trained every where find amusement and inad brought with them, it is true, were soon exhausted ;
struction. he want, at first, from the power of habit, was felt as a Yet, though they had these delightful Sabbath walks in rainful privation. The milk of a couple of cows which they the woods ; though it was a source of constant delight and tad purchased, supplied, however, a more healthful and nu
amusement to the parents to answer the thousand questions ritive substitute, if not so pleasant to them as that which
of their children, raised by the novelty of the objects in their hey had been compelled to renounce, since they could not
walks; though the illusive veil which imagination spreads fford to recruit their stock. When the weather or other
over an unexplored region, still rested upon the country, iseumstances forbade his working abroad, Mr. Mason
we must not infer that they were all the time happy, and found sufficient occupation for his leisure hours in reading had not a mixture of bitter, with their pleasant things. It the few books he had brought with him, and in instructing belongs to earth to have this mixture, and our friends were the children.
not exempt from the portion of man every where under the sun.
On their return from such walks, there was no In his own family, as a substitute for public worship on
tea and coffee to cheer them. The children were nearly the Sabbath, he adopted a private course of worship, blending interest and amusement with religious instrnction. barefoot, while the creole children of the settlement, when I'rayers
, instructions, select readings from the Scriptures, they met them, would hold up their red morocco shoes, Lles calculated to excite moral reflections and benevolent as if to provoke painful comparisons. They now began belings, first by the father, then by the mother, and the
to discover that if there were jealousies, divisions, and children in succession. Their understandings were exer- burnings in New England, the same evil existed here timeel by questions. Their hearts were improved by repre
in an aggravated form. To meet these evils they had, bevitations of the beauty of humility and kindness, contrasted sides religion, one grand resource. Would that every fawith the basences and self-torment of pride, and the bad mily had the same! Nearly one half of the misery of this passions that follow in its train. One grand aim in this earth proceeds from disunion and selfishness in families. Worship, was to represent the Almighty in that amiable cha- The voice of wrangling, dispute, and separate iuterests, is Hadirir in which He shows himself in his words and in his heard in the family dwelling. Good angels scatter dio: their works; and sedulously to shield their minds from any wessings in such lubitations. Such was not the log cabin.