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I cannot praise thee as I should
With gratitude inspire;
Accept the faint desire.
But there astonish'd gaze;
life on earth will set Apart to show thy praise.”
REFLECTIONS EXCITED BY SEEING A LIKENESS OY
Mighty Spirit of past ages,
Nor retracts the truth once utter'd
MORTON. Morton is certainly, under a happy influence of Bible religion, and duly appreciates the immortal Luther and his services to the world. We should prefer however, if he would transmit to us his “Reflections" in prose.Editor.
STRIKING THEORY OF MEMORY.
The following anecdote from the biography of Coleridge, is a very remarkable fact, and seems to illustrate a very striking theory.
A case occured in a Catholic town in Germany, a year or two before my arrival at Gottingen, and had not then ceased to be a frequent subject of conversation. A young woman of four or five and twenty, who could neither read nor write, was seized with a nervous fever; during which, according to the asseverations of all the priests and monks of the neighborhood, she became possessed, (as it appeared,) by a very learned devil. She continued incessantly talking Latin, Greek and Hebrew, in very pompous tones, and with most distinct enunciation. The case had attracted the particular attention of a young physician, and by his statement, many eminent physiologists and psychologists visited the town, and cross-examined the case on the spot. Sheets full of her ravings were taken down from her own mouth and were found to consist of sentences coherent and intelligible each for itself, but with little or no connexion with each other. Of the Hebrew a small proportion only could be traced to the Bible; the remainder seemed to be rabbinical dialect. All trick of conspiracy was out of the question. Not only had the young woman ever been an harmless creature, but she was evidently laboring under a nervous fever. In the town in which she had been residing for many years, as a servant in different families, no solution presented itsele. The young physician, however, determined to trace her past life, step by step; for the patient herself was incapable of returning a rational answer. He at length succeeded in discovering the place where her parents had lived; travelled thither and found them dead, but an uncle surviving; and from him learnt that the patient had been charitably taken by an old Protestant pastor at nine years old,
and had remained with him some years, even till the old man's death. Of this pastor the uncle knew nothing, but that he was a very good
With great difficulty, and after much search, our young medical philosopher discovered a niece of the pastor's, who had lived with him as housekeeper, and had inherited his effects. She remembered the girl; related that her venerable uncle had been too indulgent, and could not bear to hear the girl scolded ; that she was willing to have kept her, but after her patron's death, the girl herself refused to stay. "Anxious inquiries were then of course, made concerning the pastor's habits, and the solution of the phenomenon was soon obtained. For it appeared, that it had been the old man's custom for years to walk up and down a passage of his house, into which the kitchen door opened, and read to himself, with a loud voice, out of his favorite books. A considerable number of these were still in the niece's possession. She added, that he was a learned man, and a great Hebrewist. Among the books, were found a collection of rabbinical writings, together with several of the Greek and Latin Fathers; and the physician succeeded in identifying so many passages with those taken down at the young woman's bedside, that no doubt could remain in any rational mind, concerning the true origin of the impressions made on her nervous system.
This authenticated case furnishes both proof and instance, that relics of sensation may exist, for an indefinite time, in a latent state, in the very same order in which they were originally impressed ; and as we cannot rationally suppose the feverish state of the brain to act in any other
way than as a stimulus, this fact, and it would not be difficult to adduce several of the same kind,) contributes to make it even probable, that all thoughts are, in themselves imperishable : and that if the intelligent faculty should be rendered more comprehensive, it would require only a different and apportioned organization, the body celestial instead of the body terrestial, to bring before every human soul the collective experience of its whole past existence. And this—this, perchance, is the dread book of judgment, in whose mysterious hieroglyphics every idle word is recorded! Yea, in the very nature of a living spirit, it may be more possible that heaven and earth should pass away, than that a single act or a single thought should be lost."
A WORD TO STUDENTS.
Anecdotes of Luther, Sir Isaac Newton, and President Edwards.
Be persuaded to strict temperance by a consideration of its happy influence on the health and vigor both of mind and body. The most eminent physicians bear uniform testimony to this propitious effect of entire abstinence. And the Spirit of inspiration has recorded, He that striveth for the mastery, is temperate in all things. Many striking examples might be adduced. The mother of Sampson, that prodigy of human strength, was instructed by an angel of God to preserve him from the slightest touch of “wine or strong drink, or, any unclean thing." And Luther, who burst the chains of half Europe, was as remarkable for temperance as for great bodily and intellectual vigor. “It often happened,” says his biographer, “that for several days and nights he locked himself up in his study, and took no other nourishment than bread and water, that he might the more uninterruptedly pursue his labors. Sir Isaac Newton, also, while composing his Treatise on Light, a work requiring the greatest clearness of intellect, abstained not only from spirit, but from all stimulating food. The immortal Edwards, too, repeatedly records his own experience of the happy effect of strict temperance both in mind and body. And the recent reiormations from moderate drinking, in different parts of the land have revealed numerous examples of renovated health and spirits in consequence of the change. But not to multiply instances, let any youth, oppressed with heaviness of brain, or dullness of intellect, thoroughly try the experiment of tenperance in all things, united with great activity, and he will himself be surprised at the happy effect.-National Preacher.
INTEMPERANCE IN THE ARMY.
A report of the Secretary of War has been presented to Congress, accompanied by several documents respecting intemperance and crime in the army. Adjutant Gen. Jones states that during seven years, ending Jan. 1, 1830, 5669 soldiers deserted from the army, and that the loss to Government in money by these desertions was nearly 70,000 dollars annually; in 1829 the loss was 96,000 dollars. He states also that during six years, ending Jan. 1, 1829, 7,058 soldiers were tried by Courts Martial; and this in an army of less than 6,000 men. He attributes most of these evils to intemperance, to regular, daily, issues of whiskey, and says the soldier who drinks his allowance daily acquires a habit by which he is almost sure to become a drunkard. Gen. Gaines says desertion is mostly to be attributed to intemperance, that intoxication almost always precedes, and is often the immediate cause of desertion. Sober recruits first take a little, and in time, a little more, until they become habitual drunkards. “I will add,” says Gen, Gaines, "that the most orderly and gallant troops I have ever commanded were the least addicted to spirituous liquors, and were often for some weeks without any." Lieut. Gallagher states that his company, during a march of six
eeks from Sackett's Harbor to Houlton, in Maine, were without ardent spirits, and not a man deserted, and hardly a crime was committed; within six weeks after his arrival at Houlton, where ardent spirit was plenty, several desertions took place, and petty crimes wore committed without number. “I do not hesitate to say,” continues Lieut. Gallagher, “that five out of six of the crimes proved before Courts Martial, have resulted from intemperance ; and nine
years experience in the army has convinced me that no inconsiderable proportion of the desertions occur in consequence of intemperate drinking, either of the deserters themselves or others." Petty officers under the influence of ardent spirits frequently abuse the soldiers, and cause them to desert. Lieut. Gallagher mentions one company of 35 men, of whom 29 are drunkards, and five of the remaining six drink daily, and will probably become drunkards. “A few confirmed drunkards may corrupt a whole company."--Hamp. Gaz.
MOST AFFLICTING EVENT.
A slip from the office of the Baltimore Republican, announces the following distressing intelligence:
“Mr. Clendinan, a passenger in one of the stages from Louisville, reports the blowing up of a steam boat, her name not given, but he says that upwards of SIXTY lives were lost by the explosion,"
Since the above was in type we learn that the Steam boat was the Helen, Capt. McGregor. She was on her way from New Orleans to Louisville, and when the accident took place, she was at Memphis, Tennessee, receiving passengers on board; it was added that between sixty and seventy were missing.-N. Y. Com.
The remarkable island of Heligoland, is situated in the North sea, near the mouths of the Elb, & the Weser the Eider it was for many years in the possession of Great Britain, who formed an establishment there on account of its naval importance. From a large island, it has decreased to the small circumference of 13,800 feet. From authentic documents it appears to have contained in 1010, two convents and nine parishes. In 1300 it had but two parishes. It is easy to foresee that it will one day be entirely swallowed in the sea, which is constantly wearing off large masses of it. Its population at present is but 3,400, who support themselves by fishing - The Friend.
Halle.--At the Lutheran University of Halle, in Prussia, there are now seventy teachers, and 1291 students; of which number 934 are in the department of theology, 215 of law, 76 of medicine, and 76 of Philosophy
The North American Review, according to the Boston Courier, has been sold by its late editor and proprietor, Mr. Sparks, to Alexander H. Everett, who, after the publication of the next number, will be sole editor, and the proprietor of three fourths of the interest. The other fourth part belongs to the publishers, Messrs. Gray and Bowen