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neither sleep alone during the night, nor stay by myself in and would have been completely happy if it had not been the daytime."
for the fear of spirits. When the conversation chanced to • The superstitious ideas impressed upon Duncan's mind by turu upon the Piper of Dewar, the Maid of Plora, or the this unfortunate encounter with the ghost of the piper, seems Pedlar of Thirlstane-mill, often have we lain with the bednever to have been eradicated; a strong instance of the clothes drawn over our heads until nearly suffocated. We power of early impressions; and a warning how much cau- loved the fairies and the brownies, and even felt a little partion is necessary in modelling the conceptions of the young tiality for the mermaids, on account of their beauty and and tender mind, for of all men I ever knew, he is the most charming songs; we were a little jealous of the water-kel. afraid of meeting with apparitions. So deeply is his ima- pies, and always kept aloof from the frightsome pools. We gination tainted with this startling illusion, that even the
hated the devil most heartily, but we were not much afraid calm disquisitions of reason have proved quite inadequate of him--but a ghost! oh dreadful! the names, ghost, spirit, to the task of dispelling it. Whenever it wears late, he is or apparition, sounded in our ears like the knell of destrucalways upon the look out for these ideal beings, keeping a tion, and our hearts sunk within us as if pierced by the jealous eye upon every bush and brake, in case they should cold icy shaft of death. Duncan herded my father's cows be lurking behind them, ready to fly out and surprise him all the summer-so did I; we could not live asunder. We every moment; and the approach of a person in the dark, grew fishers so expert, that the speckled trout, with all his or any sudden noise, always puts him past speaking for some art, could not elude our machinations ; we forced him from time.
his watery cove, admired the beautiful shades and purple After leaving Dewar, he again wandered about for a few drops that were painted on his sleek sides, and forthwith weeks, and it appears that his youth, beauty, and peculiarly added him to our number without relactance. We assailed destitute situation, together with his friendship for his faith the habitation of the wild bee, and rifled all her accumufal Oscar, had interested the most part of the country peo-lated sweets, though not without encountering the most de.. ple in his behalf, for he was generally treated with kind- termined resistance. My father's meadows abounded with ness. He knew his father's name and the name of his house, hives, they were almost in every swath-in every hillock. but as none of the people he visited had ever before heard of When the swarm was large, they would beat us off day after either the one or the other, they gave themselves no trouble day; in all these desperate engagements Oscar came to our about the matter.
assistance, and, provided that none of the enemies made a He staid nearly two years in a place he called Cowhaur, lodgment in his lower defiles, he was always the last com. till a wretch with whom he slept, struck and alused him batant of our party on the field. I do not remember of ever one day. Duncan in a rage flew the loft and cut all his being so much diverted by any scene I ever witnessed, or Sunday hat, shoes, and coat to pieces"; and not daring to laughing as immoderately as I have done at seeing Oscar in. abide the consequences, decamped that night.
volved in a moving cloud of wild-bees-Wheeling--snapHe wandered about for some time longer among the farm. ping on all sides, and shaking his ears incessantly. ers of Tweed and Yarrow ; but this life was now become The sagacity which this animal possessed is almost in. exceedingly disagreeable to him ; he durst not sleep by him- credible, while his undaunted spirit and generosity it would self, and the servants did not always choose that a vagrant do honour to every servant of our own species to copy. boy and his great dog should sleep with them.
Twice did he save his master's life : at one time when atIt was on a rainy night at the close of harvest that Dun. tacked by a furious bull, and at another time when he can came to my father's house. I remember all the circum- fell from behind my father off a horse into a flooded stances as well as the transactions of yesterday. The whole river. Oscar had just swimmed across, but instantly of his clothing consisted only of one black coat, which, having plunged in a second time to his master's rescue. He first been made for a full-grown man, hnng fairly to his heels; got hold of his bonnet, but that coming off he quitted it, the hair of his head was rough, curled, and weather-beaten and again catching him by the coat, brought him to the -but his face was ruddy and beautiful, bespeaking a healthy side where my father reached him. He waked Duncan at body and a sensible feeling hearte Oscar was still nearly a certain hour every morning, and would frequently turn as big as himself, had the colour of a fox, with a white stripe the cows of his own will, when he observed them wrong. down his face, and a ring of the same colour around his
If Duncan dropped his knife, or any other small article, he neck, and was the most beautiful cur I have ever seen.
would fetch it along in his mouth, and if sent back for a My heart was knit to Duncan at the first sight, and I wept lost thing, would infallibly find it. When sixteen years of for joy when I saw my parents so kind to him. My mo.
age, after being, unwell for several days, he died one night ther, in particular, could scarcely do anything else than
below his master's bed. On the evening before, when Dun. converse with Duncan for several days. I was always of can came in from the plough, he came from his hiding-place, the party, and listened with wonder and admiration ; but wagged his tail, licked Duncan's hand, and returned to his often have these adventures been repeated to me.
death-bed. Duncan and I lamented him with unfeigned · rents, who soon seemed to feel the same concern for him as sorrow, buried him below the old rowan-tree at the back if he had been their own son, clothed himn in blue drugget, of my father's garden, placing, a square stone at his head, and bought him a smart little Highland bonnet, in which which was still standing the last time I was there. With dress he looked so charming, that I would not let them have great labour we composed an epitaph between us, which peace until I got one of the same. Indeed, all that Duncan was once carved on that stone : the metre was good, but the said or did was to me a pattern, for I loved him as my own stone was so hard, and the engraving so faint, that the char. life. I was, at my own request, which he persuaded me to acters, like those of our early joys, are long ago, defaced urge, permitted to be his bed fellow; and many a happy night and extinct. 1 and day did I spend with Duncan and Oscar,
Often have I heard my mother relate with enthusiasm, As far as I reinember we felt no privation of any kind, the manner in which she and my father first discovered the
dawnings of goodness and facility of conception in Duu- pening to be absent over night at a fair, when the usal can's mind, though I contesa, dearly as I loved him, these time of worship arrived, my mother desired a lad, out of circumstances escaped my observation. It was my father's the servants, to act as chaplain for that night; the lad de invariable custom to pray with the family every night be- clined it, and slunk away to his bed. My mother testified fore they retired to rest ; to thank the Almighty for his her regret that we should all be obliged to go praperless to kindness to them during the bygone day; and to beg his our beds for that night, obeerving that she did not remember protection through the dark and silent watches of the night. the time when it had so happened before. Duncan mais de i need not inform any of the readers of this paper that thought we might contrive to manage it amongst us, and inthat amiable (and now too much neglected and despised) stantly proposed to sing the psalm and pray, if. Mary world duty, consisted in singing a few stanzas of a psalm, in which read the chapter. To this my mother with some hesitation all the family joined their voices with my father's, so that agreed, observing, that if he prayed as he could, with a the double octaves of the various ages and sexes swelled the pure heart, his prayer had as good a chance of being acsimple concert. He then read a chapter from the Bible, cepted as some others that were better worded. Duncan cou'd going straight on from beginning to end of the scriptures. not then read, but having learned several psalms from Mary The prayer concluded the devotions of each evening, in ) by rote, he caused her seek out the place, and sung the 232 which the downfall of Antichrist was always strenuously psalm from end to end, with great sweetness and derenes, urged, the ministers of the gospel remembered, nor was
Mary read a chapter in the New Testament, and then (uy any friend or neighbour in distress forgot.
mother having a child on her knee) we three knæled in a row, The servants of a family have, in general, liberty either when Duncan prayed thus : _“ O Lord, be thou oor God
, to wait the evening prayers, or retire to bed as they affect ;
our guide, and our guard unto death, and through death." but no consideration whatever could induce Duncan to go That was a sentence my father often used in his prayer; one night to rest without the prayers, even though both
Duncan had laid hold of it, and my mother begun to think wet and weary, and entreated by my parents to retire for that he had often prayed previons to that time. "O Lord fear of catching cold. It seems that I had been of a more
thou" - continued Duncan, but his matter wa kl. complaisant disposition, for I was never very hard to prevail with in this respect ; nay, my mother used to say that hausted ; a long long pause ensued, which I at dengch I was extremely apt to take a pain about my heart at that broke by bursting into a loud fit of laughter. Duncati rox time of the night, and was of course frequently obliged hastily, and without once holding up his head, went crying to betake me to the bed before the worship commenced. It
to his bed ; and as I continued to indulge in laughtes, may might be owing to this that Duncan's emotions on these mother for my irreverend behaviour, struck me across the occasions escaped my notice. He sung a treble to the old shoulders with the tongs; onr evening devotions terminated church tunes most sweetly, for he had a melodious voice, exceedingly ill, I went erying to my bed after Duncali, eren and when my father read the chapter, if it was in any of louder than he, and abusing him for his useless prayer, for the historical parts of scripture, he would lean upon the which I had been nearly felled. table, and look him in the face, swallowing ever sentence By the time that we were recalled from school to led with the utmost avidity. At one time, as my father read the cows next summer, we could both read the bible with the 45th chapter of Genesis, he wept so bitterly that at considerable facility, but Duncan far excelled me in persair the end my father paused and asked what ailed him ? cacity, and so fond was he of reading bible history, that the Duncan told him that he did not know.
reading of it was now onr constant amuseinent Often hos At another time, the year..following, my father, in the Mary, and he, and I, lain under the same plaid by the side course of his evening devotions, had reached the 19th chap- of the corn or meadow, and read chapter about on the bible ter of the book of Judges; when he began reading it, for hours together, weeping over the failings and fall of good Duncan was seated on the other side of the house, but ere men, and wondering at the inconceivable might of the ke. it was half done he had stole close up to my father's elbow. roes of antiquity, Never was man so delighted as Duncan “ Consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds," said was when he came to the history of Samson, and afterwand my father, and closed the book. “Go on, go on, if you of David and Goliath; he could not be satisfied until he please, Sir,” said Duncan; “ go on, and let us hear what had read it to every individual with whom he was acquain. they said about it.” My father looked sternly'in Duncan's ed, judging it to be as new aua as mteresting to every one, face, but seeing him abashed on his håsty breach of decency, as it was to himself. I have seen him standing be the without uttering a word he again opened the Bible and read girls as they were milking the cows, reading to them the the 20th chapter throughout notwithstanding of its great feats of Samson, and, in short, harassing every man stul length. Next day Duncan was walking about with the Bible woman about the hainlet for audience on Sundays my below his arm, begging of overybody to read it to him parents accompanied us to the fields, and joined in our des again and again. This incident produced a conversation lightful exercise. between my parents on the expenses and utility of educa Time passed away, and so also did onr youthful delights! tion ;, the consequence of which was, that the week following but other cares and other pleasures awaited as : As ww Duncan and I were sent to the parish school, and began at advanced in years and strength, we quitted the herding and the same instant to the study of that most important and bore a hand in the labours of the farm. Mary, ton was fundamental branch of literature, the A, B, C ; but my often our assistant. She and Duncan were nearly of un sister Mary, who was older than me, was already an accu- | age—he was tall, comely, and affable; and if Mary.wa rate and elegant reader.
not the prettiest girl in the parish, at least Duucho anh This reminds me of another anécdote of Duncan, vrith believed her to be so, which, with nis, amounted to the regard to family worship, which I have often heard related, same thing. We often compared the other girls in the pas and which 4 niyself may welk remember. My father hap- rish with one another, as to their beauty anil accomplish
ments, but to think of comparitig any of them with Mary, silence of the few observations that passed, every one was entirely out of the question. She was indeed the em- seemed the progeny of embarrassment and discontent, and blem of truty simplicity and innocence, and if there were our general remarks were strained and cold., Que day at few more beautiful, there were still fewer su good and ami- dimer, after a long and sulleu pause, my father, said, I ables but still as she advanced in years, she grew fonder hope you do not intend to leave us very sogn, Duncan.”. and fonder of being wear Dancan ; and, by the time she was “ I am thinking of going away to-inorrow, Sir," said Dunnineteen, was $6 deeply in love that it affected her man The knife fell from my mother's hand in she looked ner, her spirits, and her health. At one time she was gay him steadily in the face for the space of a minute. 4 Dunand frisky'ás a kitten; she would dance, sing, and laugh can,” said she, her voice faulteriug, and the tears dropping violently at the most trivial incidents. At other times she from her eyes,“ Duncan, I never durst ask you before, vas silent and sad, while a languishing softness overspread' but I hope you will not leave us altogether.". Duncan thrust her features, and added greatly to her charms. The pas- the plate from before him into the middle of the table... sion was undoubtedly mutual between them ; but Duncan, took up a book that lay on the window, and looked over either from a sense of honour, or some other cause, never
the pages.- Mary left the room. No answer was returned, declared himself farther on the subject than by the most
nor any further inquiry made; and our little party broke respectful attention, and tender assiduities. Hope and fear up in silence. thus alternately swayed the heart of poor Mary, and pro
When we met again in the evening we were still all sulduced in her deportinent that rariety of affections which len. My mother tried to speak of indifferent things, but it could not fail of rendering the sentiments of her artless bo was apparent that her thoughts had no share in the words soin legible to the eye of experience.
that dropped from her tongue. My father at last said, In this state matters stood, when an incident occurred
“ You will soon forget us, Duncan, but there are sonie which derringed our social happiness at once, and the time among us who will not so soon forget you.” Mary again arrived, when the kindest and most affectionate little social left the room, and silence ensued, until the family were ** band of friends, that ever panted to mect the wishes of each calleel together for evening worship. There was one seni.'' other, were obligeil to part.
tence in my father's prayer that night which I think I yet Abont 40 years ago the Aocks of southern sheep, which remember word for word. It may appear of little impor. have since that period depopulated the Highlands, bail not
tance to those who are nowise interested, but it affected as found their way over the Grainpian mountains, and the deeply, and left not it dry cheek in the family. 'It run thus : native flocks of that sequestered country were so scanty,
-" We are an unworthy little flock, thou seest here kneelthat it was fonnd necessary to transport small quantities ing before thee, our God; but few as we are, it is probable
we shall never all kneel again together before thee in this of wool annually to the north, to furnish materials for clothing the inhabitants
. During two months of each world. We have long lived together in peace and happi. summer, the hill countries of the Lowlands ivere inundat- ness, and hoped to have lived so much longer'; but since it
is thy will that we part, enable us to submit to thy will ed by hundreds of women from the Highlands, who bar. tered. small articles of dress, and of domestic import, for with firmness, and though thou scatter us to the fotur winds
of heaven, may thy almighty arm still be about us for wool: these were known by the appellation of norlan' nél. ties, anul few nights passed, during the wool season, that good; and grant that we may all meet hereafter, in another
and a better world !". some of them were not lodged at my father's house. It
The next morning, after a restless night, Duncan rosé and what he was ; that he was the dairy of Glenegle's only early, put on his best suit, and packed up some little articles son and heir, and that a large sum had been offered to any tended to be fast asleep. When he was ready to depárt
to carry with him. I lay panting and trembling, but prethat could discover hiin. My parents certainly rejoiced in took his bundle belowhig arm, cátne up to the side of the Duncan's good fortune, yet they were disconsolate at part
bed, and listened if I was sleeping. He then stool long ing with him, for he had long ago become to them as a son
hesitating, looking wistfully to the door, and then to me of their own; and, I seriously believe, that, from the day they first met, to that on which the tiro norlan netties alternately; and I saw him three or four times wipe his came to our house, they never once entertained the idea of asked if I was awake? I feigned to start, and answered as
eyes. At length, he shook, mé gently bý the shoulder, and parting. For my part, I wished that the netties had never
if half asleep. " I must bid you farewell," said 'he, gropbeen born, or that they had staid at their own lone, for ing to get hold of my haník, 11 4 Will you not breakfast with the thoughts of being separated from my dear friend, made
us, Duncan ?" said I., “Yo,' said he, "I am thinking that me sick at heart. All onr feelings were, however, nothing, it is best to steal awar, for it will break my heart to take when compared with those of my dear sister Mary. From leave of your parents, and -" “And who, Duncan ?" said fi the day that the two women left our house, she was no And you," said he. “Lideed, but it is not best, Duncan," more seen to amile; she had never set divulged the senti said I ; “ we will all breakfast together for the last time, ments, of her heart to any one, and imagined her love for and then take a formal and kind leave of each other." We Puncan a profound secret_no,
did breakfast together, and, as the conversation turned of She never told her love; i barits
former days, it became highly interesting to us all. When "..! But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, 1oTHET:mym
my tather had returned thanks to heaven for our menl, was Feed on her damask cheek :- she pined in thougbt si 25 27 4,2 "And, with a green and yellow melancholy,
knew what was coming, and began to look at each other She saty like patience bu a monument,
sent," bis Sesi 19970, Duncan rose, and after we had all loaded him with our bles - 1 Smiling at grief." 13. shatte midwind out moris Brey
ings and warmest wishes, he embraced my parents and me, Our social glee and cheerfulness were now completely He turned about. His eyes said plainly, there ia fomebody clouded; we sat down to our meals, and rose froin them in still wanting, but his heart was so full he could not speak.
Heaven," said he, “it is long since I could thank en
It was not so at my father's house, misfortunes alta
« What is become of Mary ?" said my father. Mary was young lady to address an old father thus.Hel" said gone!! We searched the house, the garden, and the houses she, “who mirds him! he's a dotard, n old whining, of all the cottagers, but she was nowhere to be found. complaining creature, worse than a child." " But aus.
Poor lovelorn, forsaken Mary! She had 'hid herself in the sider his years, my dear," said Duncan ; " and, besides, he ancient yew that grows in front of the old ruin, that she may have met with crosses and losses sufficieut to sour the might see her lover départ, without being herself seen, and temper of a younger man. You should, at all events, pity might indulge in all the-luxury of wo. Poor, tender- and reverence, but never despise your fathur.” The old bade hearted Mary! how often have I heard her sigh, and seen now joined them. * You have yet heard nothing, Four her eyes red with weeping; while the smile that played on man,” said the old laird, « if you saw how my heart : her languid features, when ought was mentioned to Dun. sometimes wrung ! Yes, I have had losses, indeed ." * Ja can's recommendation, would have melted a heart of ada- losses ?" said his spouse ; "no, you have never had any lates mant.
that did not in the end turn out a vast profit." * Do you I must pass over Duncan's journey to the north Highlands then account the loss of a loving wife and a sua rotbing to for want of room, but on the evening of the sixth day after said he. “ But have you not got a loving wife and a danga. leaving my father's house, he reached the mansion-house of ter in their room, you old ungrateful being!" returned that: Glenegle, which stands in a little beautiful woody strath, “ the one will not waste your fortune as a prodigal a commanding a view of the Deu-Caledonian Sea, and part would have done, and the other will take care of baih yum of the Hebrides. Every avenue, tree, and rock was yet and that, when you can no longer do either. The lose familiar to Duncan's recollection, and the feelings of his your son, indeed !-it was the greatest blessing you canli sensible heart, on approaching the abode of his father, whom have received.” “Unfeeling woman!" said he, but Hearts he had long scarcely thought of, can only be conceived by may yet restore that son to protect the grey hairs of his c!! a heart like his own. He had, without discovering him- father from insult, and lay his head in an honoured grate self, learned from a peasant that his father was still alive, The old man's spirits were quite gone-he cried like a casa but that he had never overcome the loss of his son, for
-his lady mimicked him—his daughter pullel his wig, azi whom he lamented every day : that his wife and daughter the servants raised a horse laugh. “ Juhuman wretches." lorded it over him, holding his pleasure at nought, and said Duncan, starting up, and pushing them aside, * ibu rendering his aga extreinely unhappy : that they had ex
to mock the feelings of an old man, even though be met pelled all his old vassals anl farmers, and introduced the
not the lord and master of you all ; but take notics lady's vulgar presumptuous relations, who neither paid him individual among you all that dares to offer such watker rents, honour, nor obedience.
insult to him, I'll roast on that fire." The old maa cient Old Glenegle was taking his evening walk on the road to him, and looked him ruefully in the face.
* You in by which Duncan descended the strath to his dwelling. pudent, bezgarly vagabond !" said the lady,“ do sua kwa He was pondering on his misfortunes, and did not even
to whom you speak ?-servants turn that wretch at a deign to lift his eyes as the young stranger approached, but the house, and hùnt him with all the dogs in tbe kerzen seemed counting the number of marks which the horses,
_ -“ Softly, softly, good lady,” said Duncan, “ take care hoofs had made on the way. “Good e'en to you, Sir," that I do not turn you out of the honse."~" Alas! paul said Duncan. The old man started, and stared him in the youth," said the old laird, “you little know what you as face, but with a look so unsteady and harassed that he seem- about ; for mercy's sake forbeir ! you are brewing met ed incapable of distinguishing any lineament or feature of geance both for yourself and me." _“ Fear not," said Dsa it “Good e'en, good e'en," said he wiped his brow with can, “I will protect you with my life," –“ Pras, wir his arm, and passed by. What there was in the voice ask you what is your name ?" said the old man, stili lesa that struck him so forcibly it is hard to say. Nature is ing earnestly at him. --" That you way," replied Dueceu powerful, Duncan could not think of ought to detain
no man has so good a right to ask anything of *** him, and being desirous of seeing how matters went on about you have, I am Duncan Campbell, your own long last xs the house, thought it hest to remain some days in cog. He went into the fore-kitchen, 'conversed freely with the back on a seat with a convulsive moan.
“ M-m-m— my son!" exclaimed the old man, and: 3 servants, and soon saw his stepmother and sister appear. in his arms-he soon recovered, and asked The former had all the insolence and ignorant pride of vul- questions, looked at the two moles on his right legalis garity raised to wealth and eminence ; the other seemed
him, and then wept on his bosom for joy. « (li, Goud & naturally of an amiable disposition, but was entirely ruled by her mother, who taught her to disdain her father, all
heartily for anything; now I do thank thee, indeed
, but his relations, and whomsoever he loved, On that same have found my son'! my dear son !" evening he came into the kitchen where she then was chat. tinig with Duncan, to whom she seemed attached at first pretty only sister Alexia, rejoiced most of all in bis sight.' '“ Lexy, my dear,” said he, "did you see my spec-covery. She was almost wild with joy at finding te tacles ? “ Yes," said she, “ I saw them on your nose to brother--the old lady, her mother, was said to have it! day, at breakfast." “ Well
, but I have lost them since" bitterly in private, but knowing that Duncan would be a said he 4 You may take up the next you find," said she master, she behaved to him with civility and respect. Every "I wish they may rever be more seen. The servants thing was committed to his management, and he soon be laiighed.
* I might well have known What information I covered that, besides a good clear estate, his father's perus would get of you," said he, regretfully, “How can you funds were very large. The halls and cottages of Glene, speak in snch a style to your father, my dear lady," said were filled with feasting, joy and gladness. Duncan. If I were here I would place you where you should learn better malers.
It ill becomes so pretty a
come singly. Scarcely had our feelings ofertame !
Duncan held is many
5 once a
other for the 94 you, cheated me
shock which they received by the loss of our beloved Dun- now forgotten, and we were once more the happiest, little can, when a more terrible misfortune overtook us. My group that ever perhaps sat togetheral: Before the cloth was father, by the 'monstrous, ingratitude of a friend whom he laid for dinner, Mary ran out to put on her white gown, trusted, lost, at once the greatest part of his hard-earned for and comb her yellow hair, but was surprised at meeting tunes » The blow came unexpectedly, and distraeted his with a smart young gentleman in the kitchen, with a scar: personat affairs to such a degree, that an arrangement seemed let neck on his coat, and a gold-laced hat. Mary, having almost totally irrecoverable. He struggled on with securi- never seen so fine a gentleman, made him a low curtsey, tios for several months, but perce ng that he was drawing and offered to conduct him to the room ; but he smiled, his real friends into danger, by their signing of bonds which and told her he was the squire's servant. " We had alb of he might never be able to redeem, he lost heart entirely, and us forgot to ask for the gentleman that came with Duncan. yielded to the torrent. Mary's mind seemed to gain fresh Duncan and Mary walked for two hours in the garden energy every day... The activity and diligence which she that evening. We did not know what passed between them, evinced in managing the affairs of the farm, and even in but the next day he asked her in marriage of my parents ; giving addice with regard to other matters, was quite incredi- and never will I forget the supreme happiness and gratitude ble ; - often have I thought what a treasure that inesti- that beamed in every face on that happy occasion. I need mable girl would have been to an industrious man whom she not tell my readers that my father's affairs were soon reloved. All our efforts availed nothing; my father received trieved, or that I accompanied my dear Mary a bride to the letters of horning on bills to a large amount, and we ex- Highlands, and had satisfaction of saluting her as Mrs. pected every day that he would be taken from us and Campbell, and lady of Glenegle. dragged to a prison.
We were alt sitting in our little room one day, consult Cheap NEWSPAPERS.- In the State of New York, ing what was best to be done_we could decide upon no there are about 234 newspapers. In the city of New thing, for our càsė' was desperate. We were fallen into a York alone, there are 51 papers, of all kinds; 11 of these kind of stupor, but the window
being up, a sight appeared are published daily, ten twice a-week, 24 weekly, 5 that quickly thrilled every heart with the keenest sensations fortnight, and one monthly. The number of papers print of anguish: two' meri came riding sharply up by the backed in the city, in one year, is 9,536,000 ; in the whole
of the old schoolhouse. « Yonder are the lawyers now," said State, 14,536,000. In Great Britain and Ireland, there are i mýmother, « what'shall we do?" We hurried to the window, only 334 newspapers, of which 17 are daily papers ; 13 in
and all of us soon discerned that they were no other than London, and 4 in Dublin. Scotland, with' all' its wealth the officers of justice.' My mother entreated of my father and intelligence, has not one daily paper. The total tú escape and hide himself until this first storm was over
amount of the circulation of these papers, is estimated at blown, but he would in' nowise consent, assuring us that he 27,827,000, with a population of 23 millions. In the whole had done nothing of which he was ashamed, and that he United States of America, with a population of 10 millions, was determined to meet every one face to face, and let them there are about 800 newspapers, and the total circulation do their worst; so 'inding all our entreaties vain, we could is 64,000,000 ; thus establishing the fact, that the United
States have Ave newspapers for its population, in proportion do' nothing but sit down and weep. At length we heard
to one in the British isles.
A newspaper, about the usnal the noise of their horses at the door. “You had better size, costs little more than one-sixth of the amount take the men's horses, James, " said my father, “as there is which the stamp-duty, and duties on paper, compel us to no other man' at haud." (We will stay till they rap, if charge. There is not, in consequence of this
, any portion you please," said I. The cautiotis officer did not however pers do not, find access. There is no book so cheap as a
of the population of the United States, to which newsparap, but, afraid lest "his debtor should make his escape, he newspaper. Being new every day or week, it excites to a jumped lightly from his horse, and hastened into the house. habit of reading, and affords an easy and agreeable mode When we heard him open the outer door, and his footsteps of acquiring knowledge, so essential to tħe welfare of the
individual and community. It causes an hour to be approaching along the entry, our hearts fainted within us
spent pleasantly, and oftentimes profitably, which might he opened the door and stepped into the room—it was otherwise have been wasted in id leness and dissipation. Duncan !_our own dearly beloved Duncan. The woinen of this description of literature, the Americans have the uttered an involuntary scream of surprise,—but my father full benefit. Iu this country the taxes prohibits the intro
duction of newspapers to the great mass of the population, ran and got hold of one hand, and I of the other,-my and the poor are left without being much acquainted with
soon had him in her arms ; but our embrace the circumstances which occasion the gradations of rank was short,
for his eyes fixed op poor sweet Mary, who stood and inequality of fortune, - the circumstances which at trembling with joy and wonder in a corner of the room, times elevate or depress the state of wages, with many other colour every moment. He snatched her
things connected with their interests. If the poorer classes in
of the population enjoyed the same advantages of informa. his arms and kissed her lips, and ere ever she was aware, tion which those in a higher sphere possess, they would her pretty arms had encircled his neck. “O, my dear Mary," make known their wants by peaceable and constitutional, said he, heart has been ill at ease since I left you, but means, instead of the blinded influence of physical.power.
durst, not then tell you a word of my mind, for I little In America, the working classes have Journals of their knew how
own, which represent their wants and desires. In this was to find affairs in the place where I was
country the great majority of this class are excluded from going, buy, ah you little elusive rogue, you owe me an. benefits, which would undoubtedly tend to improve their
d me out of;" so saying, he moral condition, and do away with those demoralizing pressed his lips again to hers, and then led her to a scat. habits which frequently give place to hours of liat less va
ere cancy! Were the tax entirely removed from newspapers, we Duncan then recounted all his adventures to us, with every would soon' witness the salutary effects which would follow circumstance of his good fortunes our hearts were uplifted such an arrangement, exemplified in the morals, and advana almost past bearing--all our own cares and sorrows were cing intelligence of the people.
mother, too, sono