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and Henry. She koew that it ever had been at his post, and manfully waving his loggermutual and trae, while that of Albert might | head, declared "no further than here shalt be only the wild enthusiasm of youth. She thou come !" and his declaration was verified, gladly would have interposed but it would not for Henry, just beginning to think of his pok
She therefore now consoled herself er, had raised his hand from the pomel when, with the hope that Henry would come off vic- || unfortunately, Jinny trod upon a rolling stone torious, and in a momental paroxysm of rhy- | and stumbling headlong, she threw her unwamation, she sat down, and composed a verse ry rider, poker and all, far over head so that for him to deliver when upon the brink of the they fell directly at the station of Albert, onset, which, for its elegant diction, deep pa while shouts came pealing from the spectathos, and pure, humane feeling, should be | tors, and Albert was indulging in a disdainful handed down to posterity as a precious relic || laugh. Henry raised himself and shouted that from the genious's of former tinies.
" 'twas a bolder push than he had reference The encounter was, from motives not divul- to;" but I an't agoing to flag yet!" He now ged, placed a month forward from the time the crawled back to his post, firm in the belief challenge was given, and was to take place that he had shewn a wonderful “overplus” of upon the ground which is now the site of yon- | courage! The word again was given, they der school-house. Henry was a long time in started as before, but alas! before they arrivsuspense before he concluded what weapon to ed to combat, Henry halted and beckoned to choose ; at length, chance threw before his Albert to do the same. "I have been think. eye a lusty poker." " Ay,” exc!aimed he, || ing,” said he, "of an old proverb that tells us "that's the sort,” then taking it and wav
to do to others as you would be done by; now ing it manfully over his head added, “this I have no inclination to feel your loggerhead, shall do the business." The fatal mor and I presume you have no desire to taste my ning rose over the hills, and an hour before || poker!”' Al this Albert burst into a sheer of the stated time he was seen solemnly striding contempt. However, they parted and agreed poor Jinny through the streets of the village to settle the affair in a more pacific manner. arrayed in complete armor for battle-a leath It was agreed that they should meet the foler bitted bridle, and a saddle without stirrups ! | lowing day, at the same place, armed and eAt length he arrived at the ground for action, I quipped with a lusty mealbag, and apparatus where were collected, perhaps, a dozen idle for the purpose of suspending it in the air, and gazers who were seated on distant stumps, || the party who should, by force of arms fairly or peeping from behind adjacent trees, intend- | place his antagonist into the said bag should ing to make sure of their own safety.' Henry || be proclaimed victor. The day arrived; the had not been long waiting when Albert was
parties assembled, together with all the villa. seen coming upon a stout bay horse and wield-gers whose curiosity to behold so upheard of a ing a ponderous loggerbead in his hand! That combat induced them to be present. All the they should unwittingly have arrayed them
accoutrements were ip readiness; the comselves with weapons so similar is rather curi batants commenced at the signal. Never did ous, and was always related by the good peo
Telemachus himself strive more powerfully ple as a remarkable coincidence.
to gain the ascendance in his contests than did The preliminaries had before been settled our heroes. At one time would the intrepid and at the signal they started. Henry gave | Henry gain an advantage and raise his antag, Jinny a most unmerciful blow with his poker; onist from the ground, but the next moment this roused her dormant spirit and she sprung
would be equally auspicious for Albert, while forward upon a stately canter. Henry was
shouts of reiterated laughter and applause totally ignurant of this unseemly gait, and was
came from the gaping crowd. But lo! in an obliged to hold fast upon the mane with one unguarded moment Albert was seized by his hand, wbile the other, whose duty it was to
antagonist and lifted quickly from his underwield the poker, soon found its way instinct- || standing, and as be rose to the pinnacle of the ively to, and clenched an awful hold upon the
case, his exulting foe exclaimed, "there fags, pommel of the saddle. In the perturbation of I guess your in now.". Ay, yes," answered the moment he had almost forgotten the vers
Albert, shooting his foot forward and alighting es with which he had been supplied ; howev- || fairly beyond the yawning gulf, “ I'm more er, they popped upon his mind, and he roared
than in,-in over 'tother side." Fatiguing 'them out as loud as his tremulous voice would work for disappointment,” exclaimed Henry, permit.
wiping the perspiration from his forehead. 0! for an arm like Hercules,
" Another onset !" came simultaneously from To wield the mighty club,
every by-stander. Again they commenced, I'd make you pale as skimmilk cheese
and long and ardent was the struggle, but at Ere yet it leaves the tub!
length Albert became desperate, and rousing
all the power of his nerves, he rushed forward How he imagined that the poker was to do and clenching the unfortunate Henry, he rais. its duty while his hand clenched the pomel is ed him and placed him, fairly exhausted, witha mystery ; but there it hung, dangling upon in the case. A universal shout came from the horses side like one of the bottles of John the crowd, and Albert, to carry out the conGilpin. In the mean time Norton had arrived leest, hastily gathered the mouth and tieing the
string, confined him in “dararayille.” He then If I am dunned for payment, I try basted from the field, and left the bye-stand- | to molify the heart of the dun with a ers to release the conquered Henry. The bands of Hymen were soon joined between Al
sweet and pleasant smile ;, though I all bert and Appa; they lived happily for many
the while wish him out of my sight, or years in the village, and at length removed to
at the devil. It I am sunimoned before a town far to the South, in MASSACHUSETTS. a court of law on suspicion of being poor,
I smile to the shabby miscreant who MISCELLANY.
brings the summons, by way of bespeak
ing his clemency when I fall into his SMILING,
clutches ; and I smile when put into the Smiling is one of the many means hands of a gaolar, that I may obtain from which people employ for the purpose of him a conimodious lodging and civil usimposing upon and deceiving one anoth- | age. er.—There is a wide difference between When I go into the company of stransmiling and laugbing. The one can be gers, I smile to show I am well bred, counterfeited at all times and on all oc and when entering a company of friends casions, but the other must be excited by || I do the same thing. I smile to a pretty something ludicrous or visible.- We sei- || woman, and at an ugly one ; and thus, dom laugh without having something to | by the same means, I show my liking laugh at, but we often smile because it and my aversion. I smile to the man is fashionable to do so. A man who || who has done me an ill turn, and to one attempts to laugh heartily when there is ) who has done me an act of kindness. nothing worth laughing at, will be read- | The one is a smile of bitterness and ily detected; for his countenance will malice, and the other sweetness and not bear him out in his hypocrisy, and good will. I smile when denied an the uppatural tone of his voice will be- obligation, and when I obtain one. tray his insincerity. A smile, however, We often cheat ourselves as well as is 6 cut and dry” sort of thing, which is others with our smiles.- I smile at my always ready and at command.-.A laugh own cleverness, and think there is no will never shake the sides of any of the one to be compared with me. I smile darker passions, though a smile is often when I do a good action, and take credseen to play upon their lips. Hatred, | it to myself for doing it. I smile at my envy, jealousy, revenge, and all the oth own cunning when I make a sly bargain, er upseemly passions of our nature, are and at my own prudence when I deny often observed to smile ; and, according || a friend in need. I smile at my discernto Milton, even Death bimself has been ment which detects the failings of my
to “grio horribly a ghastly neighbours, and at my shrewdness when smile."
I have foretold their misfortunes. We In our intercourse with one another, I smile at our amorous intrigues, at our smiling constitutes a considerable por- || rogueish tricks, at our waggish frolics, tion of our politeness. The higher or at our jokes,-at our jibes,at our banterders are full of pleasant smiles, and suplings, and at all our other various kinds of ple bendings of the body. The courtier follies and impertinencies. smiles to the man whom he knows to be Smiling is tolerable only when it inhis rival and his enemy; the pettifogger || dicates a man's real feelings apd settismiles to the unshorn client whom he is ments, otherwise it is sheer bivocrisy. about to fleece ; the apothecary smiles When a man smiles because were is good to the sick man who is expiring, or about hearted and happy, I like him ; but to expire under his potions; the under- || when he smiles because he wishes to be taker smiles when he sees an order for taken for a good sort of a soul, I hate his coffin ; and the grave digger smiles him cordially, and in return for his smile when he receives a fee for shoveling him I grio in his face. A habitual smiler is a into the bowels of his mother earth. If habitual knave, against whom we would I meet a man who owes me money, I earnestly caution all hopest men.
No smile in his face and ask payment ; if I human being can be forever well pleasowe him'-he does the same towards || ed, therefore no man ought to be forev
er smiling. You will easily distinguish || least reasonably for a poet, imagined that Lee the frank, good humored smile from was cured of his madness. The poet offered that which is counterfeited. The one
to show him Bedlam. They went over this
melancholy medical prison, Lee moralising is expressive of a certain agreeable state || philosophically enough all the time to keep of feeling, but the other only indicates a his companion perfectly at ease. At length wish to persuade others that we are pos- | they ascended the top of the building, and as sessed of that feeling.
The former they were both looking down from the perilshows that a man is pleased with himself,
ous height, Lee seized his friend by the arm,
let us take this leap. We'll jump down tothe latter that his desire is to please oth-gether this instant. Any man could jump ers.
The one comes from the lips, the down,' said his friend coolly; - we should not other from the heart. The one is a to- l immortalize ourselves by that leap, but let ken of goodness, the other of knarery madman, struck with the idea of a more as
us go down, and try if we can jump up. The and deceit.
tonishing leap, than that which he had him
self proposed, yielded to this new impulse, INFANT CORSE.
and his friend rejoiced to see him run down If any object which impresses the stairs
, full of a new project for securing immormind with solemn sadness, can at any
tality. time, infuse the pensive charm of mel A MISER.-A letter from Oldham says, “ A ancholy pleasure, it is the innocent and || short time ago a person died at Faroham nam. beautiful corse of an infant, when theed Mills, of extraordinary disposition, and chill of death has stilled the pulse of strange habitudes. He suffered his beard to life, and the countenance, which had I grow for some years, till it had assumed a pa
triarchal length, and, it is said, seldom applibeen changed by disease and distorted | ed soap to cleanse his face withall. It was by distress, has resumed its placid sweet- | known he was possessed of some money-per
Then to gaze upon its lovely tea-haps £1,000, or £1,500 ; for he denied him. tures, though cold in death, is a sigħt too self many of the common necessaries, and all touching and beautiful, not to awaken all they were brought up and educated in a very
the luxuries of life. He had two sons, but the tender emotions of the heart and humble way, and were put to trades, a consoul. The fair forehead adorned with | siderable distance from the inhospitable bome a few little curls of soft and elegant of their father. As might be expected, on the hair; the cheeks, though no longer suf: old man's death, considerable curiosity was fused with the glow of health, yet more
manifested to ascertain how much cash he had beautiful than the most perfect produc- || ed were not a little surprised by Jearning on
accumulated, and those immediately interesttion of the sanctuary; the lips that prat- || application at the Bank, that instead of £1,000 tled so sweetly in life, with a light tinge or £1,500, he had safely lodged there as many of the coral still remaioing, looking as
thousands! This agreeable fact stimulated though they might yet speak; the neck || ed, from his close mode of living at home, that
further inquiry, and it was more than suspectand shoulders, of delicate whiteness, and possibly a few odd guineas or sovereigns might finished symmetry; the little hands and be left there, as well as in the Bank. Accord
more beautiful in death than in ingly a rummage was instituted, and a clue life, crossed on the bosom that has ceas
being had, the cellar was searched, where, ed to beat': who can behold such an ag
snugly concealed in a corner, were found a
bout ten thousand pounds. As much success semblage of loveliness, without being had attended the parties below stairs, it was softened down into tenderness, and free thought prudent to adopt a similar process in ly bestows; the
consecrating tear of af- the upper apartments. They were not disapfection anoppamanity ?
pointed. Gold coins were found in various The rose is more beautiful when its | the total proceeds of the search rewarded them
placeseven in tea cups and pill boxes, and petals are but partially disclosed, than
with near £12,000.- London Courier. when expanded to their greatest extent; so the beauties of infancy, check
RETROSPECTION. Come and let us muse ed in their unfoldings, are lovely in
on days that have past ; days, whose redeath.
membrance may awaken thoughts, melancholy and sad ; yet, days which we love to view
through the vista of memory. LEE TAE POET.- When Lee was confined Transported by fancy to the scenes of our in Bedlam, a friend went to visit hin), and find || childhood, how delightful is retrospection. ing that he could converse reasonably, or at There we again act each playful humor of
our youth-each innocent pastime of our boy ous change. But it is perhaps generally a hood. We think of the friends who joined in | friendship not worth the possession, which our mirth-of the parents who promoted our
thus varies with the wind and tide. enjoyment. We wander through the same woods consecrated to friendship--through the same avenues sacred to youthful romance.
TALENT AND GENIUS. We listen to the astling murmurings of the Talent is a peculiar and habitual disposition foliage of the forest to the purling of the of mind, that bas a tendency to success in its shady stream, upon whose banks we formerly | undertakings. In literature it consists in an rioted in unalloyed pleasure, till we almost aptitude to bestow on the subjects which it fancy those days to have returned with all || treats, and the ideas which it expresses, a their joyous gladsome hours.
certain tournure of taste and elegance. PerBut memory also brings with it a feeling of spicuity, order, facility and correctness, as pensive sadness, when she reminds us that well as grace and nature, enter into the provthese have passed away, and with them the ince of talent. Genius abounds iv frequent companions of our social glee. Then all was inspirations; these are also temporary and ebright with hope; the heart was joyous and vanescent ; but its peculiar attribute is to gay; the little troubles which a moment create and produce. Hence the man of genclouded our happiness, were soon forgotten; ius alternately rises and falls in proportion as and the cares of the world were unknown and inspiration flags or revives. He is frequently unregarded; but now, we see hope blighted | negligent and unpolished, because he does -former intimacies destroyed-and thorns, not take time to give the last finish to his where we imagined nothing but roses and work; he is great on great occasions, because Howers grew. But still we delight to think on great subjects alone rouse his faculties, and the moments of bliss that have past, the allow full play to the sublime instinct that friends that have become estranged, and the animates his flight; but, on hearts that once " were near and dear." We | sions, which he feels beneath his notice, his cherish their remembrance ; and while we powers lie dormant and inactive. However, admire their virtues, almost forget that we are if occasionally he devotes himself to ordinary alienated and become as strangers. A. matters, he invests them with grace and nov
Ariel. elty, and fertilises their seeming barrenness,
because his attention generates new ideas, THE FEMALE HEART. The female heart || while it vivifies and warms them, as the sun may be compared to a garden, which, when penetrates the mine, and impregnates the barcultivated presents a cotinued succession of
ren rock with gold. fruits and flowers, to regale the soul and de2 light the eye; but when neglected, producing SHOOTING STARs. The Mobammedans, who a crop of the most noxious weeds, large and
are imaginative people, account for shooting flourishing, because their growth is in propor or falling stars in the following manner. tion to the warmth and richness of the soil
The devils, according to their opinion, are from which they spring.. Then let this ground
a very inquisitive set of beings, who endeavour be faithfully cultivated ; let the mind of the to ascend to the constellations, whence they young female be stored with useful knowl
may pry into the actions, and overhear the edge, and the influence of woman, though un. discourse of the inhabitants of heaven, and diminished in power, will be like “the dia- | perhaps succeed in drawing them into temptamond of the desert,” sparkling and pure, tion. The angels, who keep watch and ward whether surrounded by the sands of dessola
over the constellations, hurl a few of the tion, forgotten and unknown, or pouring its smaller orders of stars at these ambitious spirrefreshing streams through every avenue of its, and thus produce those trailing fires that the social and moral fabric.
stream in clear nights over the sky.
FICKLENESS. Fickleness of heart deserves
WIT WELL APPLIED. all the reproaches which are poured upon it;
Tom Brown having but there is a fickleness of the temper, which, ll in these hard times, was answered, “Why
once asked a man how he contrived to live though less criminal, causes as much, if not
master Brown, I live as I believe you do, by more uphappiness in society. To-day a per
niy son's actions and words all prove him a warm
.”_66 Faith,” replied Tom,“ you must
be a much more able trader than I ever tho't and generous friend, whose house and heart are open for your entrance; to-morrow you | small a capital.”
you, to carry on business, and live upon so will be met with looks of indifference, and received with ill-concealed reluctance. His opinion and regard for you will be still un CAIT-CHAT. What is said only for the sake changed; but a disobedient servant, a slight of talking, is properly denominated chit-chat. misfortune, an interruption in the midst of an There are many kinds of it, and it may apinteresting volume, a smoking fire, or "last not || pertain to religion as well as to politics, fashleast,' an east wind, will produce the omin- lion, books, flattery, scandal, or any common
and well beaten subject. We may know well
THE TALISMAN. the language of a country we have never visited ; and thus the truths, most important to
WORCESTER, SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 1828. man, may be the themes of easy conversation for those who feel not their value. While the
“ As for the really great, one expects misgreatest subjects are degraded by these famil.chief from Kites and Eagles, but to be squirled iar and unmeaning discussions, the most tri.
to death by understrappers, would provoke as fling receive from them neither grace nor in
dull a dog as Bottom himself.” terest. The weather, a new novel, great doctor, celebrated painting, sireet-quarrel, gener
The editor of the Moralist has again let ily al or select cotilion party, love-making, birth, a voly upon our paper, but his efforts, like the death, and burial, may be ingenious passo 1 gun in Hudibrass, words to the free and pleasing interchange of
" When aimed at duck or plorer thoughts in intelligent but unstudied conversation ; but when they constitute the conver
Bore wide and kicked its owner over," sation itself words, words, words !"
recoil upon and work injury only to himself: LOVE. Pecuniary interest should never be
So far from intruding to reply to the pitiful the basis of an amorous connexion :-it rens | railings of wounded vanity, vented by him, we ders it shameful, or at least suspicious. But even owe an apology to our patrons for the when a tender union is well formed, interest, || small space occupied in our paper by notices like sentiment, becomes common; every thing is mutual; and there is but one fortune for of his vile scribblings; we confess they were two sincere lorers. If they be equally hon- | too miserable to bear comment and too conest, and incapable of making a bad use of it, || temptible to require our rotice, We know this is just and natural; but frequently the
not what opinion others may have of the man complaisance of one, makes him or her partake too much of the misfortunes and errors who prostitutes the sacred scriptures to the of the other.
purposes of blackguardism, but for our part, Love should never have any thing to do
we would avoid coming in contact with such with affairs. It ought to live on pleasures only. But how is it possible to resist the solic
an one as much as possible. itations of a beloved object, who, though she ought not to participate in affairs which she
WORCESTER COAL. has not prudence or courage enough to manage, yet having, always, for a pretext, her in What has with some been long a matter of terest in your reputation, welfare, and happi- || doubt is at length reduced to a certainty, if ness,—how is it possible to resist an amiable || they will but trust their senses, that Worceswoman, who attacks with such weapons ?
ier Coal will burn. Those who have in deTHE FAIR-JAIRED GIRL. I have ever had rision talked of building fire proof houses of a propensity' for a fair-haired beauty. There this coal, would perhaps say it was a decepis something so soft, and so retiring, in the vision-like loveliness of a creature, whose sun
tion of sight in such persons as have seen it ny tresses seem almost to mingle with the || burning, and that the heat proeeeding from it light that surrounds her, that I always feel when ignited was also a deception-we could half inclined to worship as I pass.' Her | wish, however, to all such disbelievers, the mild blue eye, too, reflecting the hue of heav- l comfort of a good fire of this coal during every en! and her tender blush stealing like morning's beam upon a wreath of snow Oh !
cold day of the approaching winter. I love to gaze upon such a woman !-She seems incorporate with the pure elements
THE BLACKSTONE CANAL. Chat form her being-yet less of earth in her compound than falls to the share of other ter It is expected the whole line of the Canal restrials. I love a fair-haired girl, of spirit || will be opened for the full trade in the course meek and mild-her very look- her soul-ap- || of a fortnight. Boats now come up as far as pealing confidence in man's protection, knits a charm that holds his heart in thraldom!
Uxbridge, laden with cotton and other goods. The bold unbending gaze of the dark eye, The day of the arrival of the first boat from may fascinate-nay, even “take the prison- || Providence in this village, was a proud and ed soul,'—and the crimson blush of conscious victory seal the bond ;-but Woman, in her | joyous one to the people of this County as well gentleness-such as God gave in paradise to
as to the Stockholders and others interested in man-she of the azure eye and golden hair the execution of the work. The honor of this Her's are the chains my heart would fondly undertaking is not with one man or one body wear!
of men only, it belongs not to this town or