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FOR THE TALISMAN. than they are at the present age; or

" Slander that worst of passions, ever finds the obloquy that would proceed from a An easy entrance to ignoble minds."--Hervey. division of tastes and habits would be There is, Mr. Editor, in almost every village, productive of continual collisions. It is a certain few, whose chief pleasure as well as astonishing, however, in the present business it is, to interest themselves about the state of society to observe the influence | characters and affairs of other people, to listen

to, seek after and circulate reports unfavora. of self-interest upon man, even so far as ble to others. It matters not with them whetn. matters of a mercenary nature are affec er friend or foe is the subject of a scandalous ted. This motive is indeed the prime | report, and it is of as little consequence how minister to all our designs and passions— groundless the tale may be, it is implicitly bebigh and low-all classes and grades of | lieved by them, and is circulated the first op

portunity that offers with alterations and admankind are its subjects. " Self-inter- | ditions. Some persons have, as it were, est” says a French writer “appears to || kind of innate propensity to scandalise and me to resemble dust, which the demon | detract the characters and reputations of all throws into the eyes of men, in order to

with whom they come in contact; every action make them blind to justice, duty, honour | is viewed by such through a medium colored

by their envy or malice and their representaand friendship. It is interest that stifles tions of it, are accordingly distorted and ag. the natural sentiments of relations for | gravated. Even the most trivial circumstance each other, embroils man and wise, sows is tortured to an unfavorable construction by the seeds of hatred among brothers and their malicious ingenuity. Reputations besisters, and extinguishes friendship a

fore upspotted are blasted by their slanders,

characters too pure to be attacked openly are mong friends. lo public it assumes the secretly undermined by their calumnies and name of prudence, but in private it detractions. " Slander," says a distinguished stoops to any meanness or injustice that writer, “ arises either from a mischievous temcan promote its ends.” It is this pas per or a gossiping humor; it is the resource of sion, therefore, that has a great influiggorant and vacant minds, who are in want ence upon our prosperity or adversity- || of the writer, Mr. Editor, tbat the person who

of some serious occupation.” It is the opinion indeed it has the greatest iufluence. I would invent some harmless exercise for the Mankind frequently, in an attempt 10 || tongues governed by such “ignorant and vabetter their condition, though an interes

cant minds," so that they might be partially ted motive, plunge themselves into guilt

if not wholly restrained from scandalising othand intamy, and thus destroy their every spect of the present times, and to have his

er people, would deserve, the praise and rehope of happiness. Seldom is any deed name held in lasting remembrance by posteriof villainy ultimately successful. The ty as a great benefactor of mankind. ways of Providence are so inscrutable

SCRIBLERUS. the mazes of destiny so intricate, that “ Mr. Editor” does not exactly com ehend some plan which to the eye of interest | the drift of Scriblerus’ remarks; but deploring would seem certain to ensure success, | the mischief that is frequently done by reportfrequently ends in ruin. It is thus that | ing tales without sufficient reason for believmen frequeatly find themselves sur- | ing them true, and detesting slander from rounded with adversity, when they an

whatever source it may come, he has conclude ticipate an altogether different result.Nothing will so properly bear up the

ed, as the article appears free from personal almind of one thus situated, as a conscious lusions, to acquiesce with the request of the ness of rectitude and virtue. He who

writer and insert it, has not this stay to support him in the dark hours of trial, generally grows

A SURE WAY OF GETTING A WIFE.-Are. weary of the world and of life-be. ceil calculated for those who doubt of success comes desperate, und dies “unpitied or are fainthearted. Become interested in the and forgotten."

Romeo. management of a Bachellor's Journal for three Phil. Album. or four months, and if at the expiration of that

time, the person (even thougb be should be o By continual meditation in the sacred writings, a man as naturally improves and advan

determined bachellor propensities) does not ces in holiness as a tree thrives and flourishes

find himself married or at least engaged, his in a kindly and well watered soil.

case must be past remedy, and hopeless.

erg.

THE TALISMAN.

doubts as to the expediency of advocating ang

measures calculated to increase the number, WORCESTER, SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 1828.

but would rather the cause of Bachellorism SUMMARY OF NEWS.

should rest upon its own intrinsic merits. It appears that the Russians find more trou.

HOME. The heart may seek to conceal itble in invading the Turkish dominion than

self from the outward world, but in the sancthey had anticipated. At the seige of Choum- || tuary of home it takes refuge from constraint, la they have sustained some reverses and leaving its excellence or its depravity, its are not like to get possession of that place charms or its defects to the observatoin of oth

A multitude of little circumstances that without much loss.

we can neither foresee nor event, daily make

discoveries of our principles and actions to The French expedition to the Morea is those that surround us, and happy is the indicommencing operations there. It is stated in

vidual whose conduct will always bear this

microscope of home! letters from the officers, that the accounts of the deyastation committed by the Turks there,

The atheists only hope ceases where the were exagerated and that the country has not

christians strongest hope begins; he leaves been laid waste so much as is represented. life without being reduced to the necesity of

repentance, for he thinks his race is run ; the The Blackstone Canal is now opened, and

laiter takes the last opportunity of preparing

himself for a state, where every thing worth boats are passing between Providence and this enjoying, is to be placed before him. place weekly. A map of the canal on a large scale, is to be prepared by the resident engi Nothing is so despicable as the buffoon, neer, and probably one upon a smaller scale || who, by awkward endeavors to raise a laugh will be published at some future day.

against others, becomes himself the object of it.

We have received the circular of the pub

Those who jump into your proposals immelishers of the “ Philadelphia Album,” but it diately, are not so safe to deal with as those being too long to be conveniently inserted in who wait to weigh them. our small paper-we shall give a short sketch only. “New works are noticed, immediately

Married, on their publication, briefly, but with integri

In this town, on the 9th inst. by Rev. Jona. ty and truth. Nothing of foreign growth finds

than Going, Jubal Harrington, Esq. Attorney

at Law, to Miss Lucretia Keyes, both of Woradmission here unless it bears the stamp of cester. sterling merit. In making selections the most In this town, by Rev. Mr. Hill, Mr. Levi A. assiduous attention is paid to beauty of style, Il Dowley, to Miss Calista Corbet, daughter of

Otis Corbet, Esq. all of this town. chastity of thought, and purity of sentiment.

In Brookfield, Mr. George Howe, to Miss. All the foreign magazines and domestic period. || Susan B. Walker. icals of worth are at the command of the Editor; quarterly engravings accompany the pub

Died, lication, illustrating American Scenery, His In this town on the 9th inst. Charles D. tory, and Public Institutions. We can add | Walker, only child of Mr. Dwight Walker, acheerfully that we have long esteemed this pa.

ged 17 months.

In Petersham, Oct. 29, Mr. George Wetherper to be one of the best of the kind published || ell, aged 66. in this Country that has come within our no In Uxbridge, Miss Lavina Raidsan, daughtice. Its terms are two dollers fifty cents per ter of Capt. Simeon R, aged 22.

In Ashby, Susan, daughter of William and Elizabeth Gates aged 15. She had lately part

ed with a limb, in the feeble hope of preservTo CORRESPONDENTS.–The essay “ On the ling life. pleasures of a single life,” by• A Bachellor," In Shirley, Miss Mary Hammond, aged 27. is under consideration. The Editor although

In Grafton, Mr. Robertus Flags, aged 73. he has no doubt of the comparative happiness || formerly of Brookfield.

In Springwater, N. Y. Mr. Edward Walker, of the two situations, a married and single In North Brookfield, Lieut. J. Bush, aged 87: life, being in favor of the latter, yet has some In Lancaster, Mr. Varnum Gibsøn, aged 23.

annum.

The earth bas much to lift us up

Beyond its scenes of care and strife, And mingle in our bitter cup

The foretaste of a happier life ; But nought of all created things

Hath power like yonder stary sky To lend the soul etherial wings, And lift the chainless thought on high.

Salem Courier.

From the German of Gleim.

MY NATIVE COUNTRY. My vative land, on thy sweet shore

Lighter heaves the breast; Could I tread thy soil once more,

How I should be blest!

POETRY.

STANZAS.
While softly falls yon silver ray

Upon each sleeping thing,
How sighs the spirit o'er the harp,

As memory sweeps the string;
To thee, to thee was breathed the fire

That first awoke to song,
And thine the last sad murmur now,

That steals its wires along.
Like the fair rainbow forms we trace

Around the setting sun,
On which we gaze until each tint

Of loveliness is gone ;
Thus came the day-dreams of my youth,

But brighter, lovelier far
Than ever curled the golden cloud

Around that sinking star.
The laugh of morn, the midnight's sigh,

Were music to my ear,
I heard a deep and thrilling voice,

Forever breathing near,
Knelt to my heart's creations wild,

Bright forms of purity,
And loving, living, dreaming thus,

How could I turn from thee?
Oh dever-and though thou art dead,

No touch shall cross the chord,
In solitude, like thine, my harp,

Be all its sorrow poured,
And mirth and youth and revelry,

For heart and harp shall bring
Only the spirit's lonely sigh,

As memory sweeps the string.

Heart so anxious and so pained,

Fitting is thy wo: My native land, what have I gained

By wandering from thee so? Fairer green decks thy fields,

Lovelier blue thy skies,
Cooler shade thy forest yields,

Dew brighter on thee lies.
The Sabbath-bells a sweeter note

Echo far and near ;
Thy nightingale's melodious throat

Thrills more sweet the ear.

Softer flow thy lavish streams

Through the meadow's gloom ; Oh, how beautiful the dreams

'Neath thy linden's gloom ! Fair thy sun and temperate,

Genial light and heat :
To my father's household gate

Let me bend my feet;
There forgetting all the past,
I will rest my limbs at last !

et

THE STARS.
Yes bright and glorious are ye set,

In unalloyed and stainless light,
Like gems around the co

Thạt gilds the dusky brow of night. High-high above the darken'd earth

Your mystic course hath ever been, Shedding the same pale radiance forth ;

Upon the dim abodes of men. Earth's glories pass-her proudest things

Give token of their sure decay The shade of final ruin clings

Around the beautiful and gay. The tower that guards the monarch's form

Is numbered soon with visions pastThe oak that battles with the storm

Lays down its verdant head at last. But there ye shine-in light and love,

As pure as at creation's dawn, When through the glorious realms above

Your anthem hailed the rising morn! The chance and change of human ill

Affect ye not-oor stain of crime, But there ye shine in beauty still, Unsulled by the wing of time.

NIGHT PRIMROSE. Oh! Faithful to the darkling hour

When the last sunbeam on the sea, And evening dews fall on the flower,

And mountain winds breathe o'er the lea; In that soft time-when whisper'a love,

Finds rapture in its favourite bower. The pale blue star that shines above

So coldly from its western tower, Brings more of joy, lone flower, to thee,

Adorer of the silent pight.

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Worcester Talisman.

NO.18

NOVEMBER 29, 1828.

VOL. I

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POPULAR TALE.

minding you of my former charge, I shall say 20 more."

Mary discovered herself to be in no very en

viable situation. Should she satisfy her own MARY BENSON.

inclination, she would do it in direct opposiCONTINUED FROM OUR LAST.

tion to the will of one whom she loved and " Fashion my child, I am well aware, has honored, and the thought was agonizing that established such a custom ; but for a crea she should incur her severe displeasure. But ture formed like man, so fully a votary to hab. this thought was partially mitigated by placit, it will not answer to follow fashion through ing too much confidence in her own judgment all her devious paths; we may indeed be her | respecting James, and, in the waywardness of disciples, so far as relates to external embel- | youth, in believing that her mother had been lishments, harmlessly ; (unless there be harm building up imaginary castles of sorrow. She in a gratification of vanity,) but when she could not steel her mind to look upon James, would entice us to follow her into the road of otherwise, than as the person with whose des. destruction, into that path, by pursuing which tiny, through life, her own was to be cast.we shall destroy all that is poble in ourselves, | And it was her joy to look upon him as such ; and blast the powers of an immortal mind, of she loved to believe that she could lean upon how high a cast soever they may be ; then, I him for support, and that he would shield her, say, we must alienate ourselves from her. --|| beneath the banners of the purest, the most The heart of man is of so malleable a nature | unsullied affection. Poor devoted cbild of that it may be moulded into any form, and if || sorrows, how vainly were all those bright imits propensities are of such a cast as to lead it | aginings cherished, those fancy pictures of ideinto the polluting vices of the world, it soon al happiness brought into fictitious existence. becomes divested of all those mauly qualities | The time was to come, and was not, ieven which seem native in it, and is rendered a then, far distant, when all her delightful excold and callous, a degraded and despicable pectations of enjoyment were to be forever thing. The digoity which is natural to a be-blasted. Futurity was not to clothe those ing placed in so high a station of the universe | day-dreams of happiness with reality, but as that which is occupied by man, is brought

it was destined to open a book of sorrows, too down to inevitable destruction."

accurately foreseen in the mind of her pa" Perhaps," said Mary, “ you may call me rent. giddy, but I cannot perceive the benefit of so Vice cannot forever shield itself beneath much moralizing. This philosophy always the panoply of deceit, and the character of a looks witb a cold and ungenerous eye upon person, be it of what description it may, will the life of man ; it lurps away, indignantly, follow him, although he may cross the trackfrom the bright and sunny side of human ex less ocean to flee from it. James had resided istence, and prefers to rest entirely upon those but a few months in the town of Mary's naparts which are shrouded in darkness." " Tru- tivity, ere unfavorable rumors respecting his ly;" rejoined her mother, " a strict examiner, character were circulated, even among that and thorough investigator of human nature, | class of people by whom be desired that his discovers so little that is really what you de- life might be considered the most unexceptionnominate - sunny” in the dispositions, pro- | able. Reports, derogatory to his honor, were pensities and passions of man, that it cannot received from places at which he had formfind a sufficient space of brightness whereon | erly resided, and his acquaintance of respecto rest ; 'tis true, like Noah's dove, he may table standing in society began to look upon discover some diminutive spots of that for | bim with jealous and inquisitive eyes. It was which he is seeking, rarely interspersed, and evident that he was a man of good education, may pluck an olive branch of goodness and had been bred in a family of elevated therefrom, but there is no room for rest. But rank in life. His affable manners, his genI am wandering into words uselessly, as it tlemanlike appearance and his courteous deseems that all this conversation has fallen up- meanor, recommended him to the highest on your ear unheeded; therefore, after re. classes of society. But alas, there was that

mong them.

lurking in his bosom, which was the bane to || houses, which thought they made pogreat every thing that is good, and caused him to figure without, were very snug and com. place more satisfaction in the loud clamor of fortable within, and accorded very well drunkenness, than in the high places of refinement to which he bad easy access.

It is in with their circumstances, which were but deed mournful that there should be such char- moderate. One of the houses had sunk aeters in the world ; that there should be at one of the corners a few inches, in those who know the superiority, and the value consequence of some little defect in the of virtue, and yet will so deface themselves as | foundation ; but this had happened twenty to walk in the dark and contaminated shades of vice. And not only this, but will put on

years before, and the building nad ever the beautiful mask and clothe themselves in | since remained perfectly stable, being the pure garment of seeming virtue, to delude reckoned not the least injured, or the the world ; and finally, as the climax of their

worse for its eccentricity of shape. The baseuess, and the fruits of their hypocrisy, will other house had some little defect in the bring down the young, the virtuous and the chimney, which although it might as well innocent, to unmerited misery. But we must mouro, for there are such.

not have been there, was no serious conAfter people had been busily en ged for a sequence. Both lived perfectly content, while, in circulating these reports, they be- and if a wish would have removed these gan to question concerning the circumstances effects, they would hardly have taken the which had led James to take up his abode a

What wonder that they had trouble to utter it. not thought of that before ! No answers to In process of time, however, the spirit this question could be given that gave satis- of improvement got into our part of the faction, and it was soon discovered, that his town, and some great little busy body, conduct had originally compelled him to leave suggested to the owners of the two houshis home and seek a refuge wherever it could be found.

es, the perfect ease with which the sunkJames at length discovered that his charac. en corner and crooked chimney, might ter was divulging itself before his acquain.be remedied at a trifling expense. At tance, and, instead of endeavoring to redeem | first they wisely shook their heads; but it from its stains, he rendered it the more des the advice was repeated every day, and picable by abruptly and secretly departing every body knows thatthe perpetual repwithout taking leave of any class of his acquaintance, or even one solitary individualetition of the same thing, is like the dropwith whom he had associated. We will not ing of water--it will wear away a stone trace his character and conduct through their | at last.

at last. My two neighbors at length bedark and disgraceful shades, or paint those gan to talk over the matter seriously toscenes in which he was a conspicuous actor, at the recital of which the heart would

sick! I gether, and one day came to consult me en with disgust, and which proved him to be

on the matter. “Let very well alone,” a person, at whose presence even infamy her said I, and they went away, according to self would blush.

custom todo exactly contrary to the advice Mary endeavored to bear her afflictions with they came to solicit. The owner of the fortitude ; but where is the heart so steeled

house with the sunken corner, and he of against the ills of the world, that, when all the hopes which it had on earth were wreck

the crooked chimney, accordingly the ed, could brave the tempest unhurt ? But she

next day went to work under the direcfinally overmastered her feelings with a man.

man. tion of the disciple of public improvelicess of spirit, and came forth again into the ments, to remedy these mortal jocopyenworld initiated into its secrets, and with a

iences which they had borne for more bosom prepared to meet its woes. She discovered and acknowledged the justice of her

than twenty years with the most perfect parents advice, and her heart learned to cling convenience. One got a great jack-screw with more fondness around her who had thus | under the delinquent corner; the other guided her in the paths of rectitude. She raised a mighty beam against his chimwep! at her own wapt of discernment, and was assured that there is a material differ. ney, and to work they went, screwing and ence between sober experience and youthfui pushing with a vengeance. In less than mpetuosity,

CLARENCE. fifieen minutes, the crooked chimney, be

ing stubborn with age, and withal infirm, MISCELLANY.

instead of quietly returning to the perpen

dicular, broke short off, upon the garret I once had two pear neighbors, who floor, carried that with it, and the whole lived in a couple of old fashioned Dutch mass stopped not to rest, till it found sol

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