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The delay, frustration, or even the killed him; as Dr. Bently, Bishop Stilling. unsatisfying fulfilment of his expecta- fleet's chaplain told me, that he believed Mr. tions, vexes its votary 10 a continual Locke's thorough confutation of the Bishop's

metaphysics about the Trinity, bastened his state ot'exasperation. The contrast be- || end." Pope writhed in his chair from the tween his fancy's picture, and the reali- | light shafts which Cibber darted on him; yet ly, to whose rigid aspect he has given they were not tipped with the poison of the added deformily, overpowers him, and Java-tree. Dr. Hawkesworth died of Critithe gloomy despondent sinks into the cism; a malady which some would make congrave, the filtest veil and receptacle of || live in a storin.

tagious among authors. Singing-birds cannot his weakness. Therefore-66 Be ai enmity


ENT.--If we may credit the court-wit of Queen

Elizabeth's time, the fopperies of that day Jan. 2, 1820.

ARION. nearly equalled those of the present. He thus

describes them .-. We use much bombast

and quiltings to seem better formed, broader ABSENCE OF MIND.

shouldered, smaller waisted, and fuller thighied What the world calls an absent man, is than wee bee; wee barbe and shave often, to generally either a very affected one, or a very seeme younger than wee bee; wee use perweak one ; but wbether weak or affected, he || fumes, both inward and outward, to seeme is in company, a very disagreeable maq. Lost sweeter than wee bee ; use courteous expres. in thoughts, or possibly in no thought at all, | sions, to seeme kinder than wee bee ; lowly he is a stranger to every one present, and to obeyances, to seeme humbler; and sometimes every thing that passes; he knows not his grave and godly communication, to seeme wis. best friends, is deficient in every act of good er and devouter than wee bee." manners, unobservant of the actions of the company, and insensible of his own. His answers are quite the reverse of what they ought to my mind with a peculiar force, as I sat gaz

" What is Man? This question recurred to be ; talk to him of one thing, and he replies as of another. He forgets what he said | ing at the starry heavens, lighted up by the

mild beams of the moon on the evening of one last, leaves his hat in one room, his cane in

of our long summer days. The poble Susqueanother, and his sword in a tliird ; nay if it

hannah rolled at my feet; beyond were dark, was not for his buckles, he would even leave his shoes behind him. Neither his arms nor

tall forests ; hills risivg on hills; and the enhis legs seem to be a part of his body, and his chanting prospect was terminated by a dishead is never in a right position. He joins On my lest lay a small village ; the smoke had

tant mountain, towering far above the rest.not in the general conversation, except by fits

ceased to issue from the chimnies of its dweland starts, as if awaking from a dream ; I at. tribute this either to weakness or affectation. I lings, and the citizen to parade the streets.

All nature buried in profound reHis shallow mind is possibly not able to attend to more than one thing at a time; or he would

pose. What is man? again sounded in my

ear. He is, I mentally exclaimed-he is a be supposed wrapt up in the investigation of strange being. Alpays changing, he never some very important matter. Such men as Sir Isaac Newton and Mr. Locke, might occa

pursues one course steadily. At one time you sionally, have some excuse for absence of

see him follow his plough with a cheerful and mind ; it might proceed from that intenseness | happy countenance, the possessor of all that of thought that was necessary at all times for

can make life desirable. Again, that cheerthe scientific subjecis they were studying;

ful cot has been visited by war ; the demons but for a young man, and a man of the world,

of wrath have pillaged and burnt to the earth

his once happy home. And where is he now? who has no such plea to make, absence of mind is a rudeness to the company, and de

In the ranks of his countrymen, on the red

field of battle-dashing on to the conflict, deserves the severest censure.

termined to revenge the wrongs that have

been heaped upon him by the sanguinary foe.AUTHORS.

Now he lies upon the bloody plain, “ helmet “So sensible,' says he, was even the calm | cleft and banner lost ;” pale and ghastly is Newtox to critical attacks, that Whiston tells the countenance that was once animated by us he lost his favor, which he had enjoyed for the hopes of victory, and sunken is the eagle twenty years, for contradicting Newton in his eye whose lightning glance could electrify and old age ; for vo man was of a more fearful bring thousands to be deadly charge. That temper. Whiston declares that he would hand, which " waved the brand in war, haugs not have thought proper to have published his nerveless at his side," the form which thouswork against Newton's Chronology in his life and; loved and looked up to for succour, has time, because I knew his temper so well, become a prey to the croaking raven, and that I should have expected it would have the screaming vulture. Sad thought! Yet &


nother takes his place,and the chasm is filled: around him fung," now he makes his entree A few years roll o'er our heads, and ere the like a very Niobe, dissolved in tears. hand of time has whitened the locks of his Although the old fashioned winter had some compeers, the names of the hero, or the sage, crustiness about him, and great coldness in his are forgotten; and too often, for the benefit of manner, he used to bring in his train a host of mankind, their virtues are buried with them. I comforts, to which his presence added double

Such is mau. One day he bestrides the zest. There was after the skating and snow world ; and on the next he is laid in the dust. l balling, sleighing, and other et cetera of the But, although he is certain that death must day were done, the snug fire side with the come, he makes no preparations to meet his family circle drawn closely around it, the apapproach ; but, like the gilded butterfly, | ples and nuts, and perhaps the pitcher of fine spends his summer continually on the wing in clear cider, to give food for conversation, and pursuit of pleasure; but he seeks in vain ; and subject for the merry jest. Then, the joyous death comes and finds him still unhappy. See tale went round in all the hilarity of health, the pale student trim bis lamp at the still hour while old and young appeared disposed to enof midnight, wasting his frame and racking joy themselves and laugh at the storm that his brain, so that he may obtain future hon raved without. With bodies braced by the ors ; see him again at the bar or in the pulpit, || keen air and exercise, and hearts filled with

lightning in his eye and thunder gathering glee, the very whistling of old Boreas seemed on his brow,'

as he addresses the delighted to join in our gaiety and mingle in the chorus audience. He is on the pinnacle of fame, of our mirth. And about Christmas too, what and admiring thousands bow as he passes. a fund of fun, filling the stocking, watching But he is still the strong bound slave of fickle for the Bell-snickle, and Heaven knows how fortune, and to-morrow he is trodden under

many other pranks. All these have passed foot. And, in short, in whatever situation away with the old-fashioned winter, and prin. that singular being, called a man, is placed, ness and propriety have succeeded them.-he is rarely, if ever satisfied.-How is it? and Children now no longer seem to be children, why is it thus? Is there no situation-no mewed up in a corner with frames relaxline of conduct which he can pursue, by ed, they seem to dread the blast that in olden which comparative happiness will be obtain. time would have been thought a vernal gale. ed. There is-and 'tis as clear as the light of | Instead of roughing it through bail, snow and the sun at meridian. But he will not pursue hail, snow, and rain, and just popping in to this path, although good men of every age and warm their benumbed fingers, and then out nation have used their influence in eodeavor. again to mingle in their merry work, the drawing to persuade him to adopt it.--And it is ing-room, well heated, must be the scene of this which perplexes me. I have mused upon their aniusements; and if they happen to the circumstances and marked man down as make a sortie into the open air, it is only to the most singular being in existence.

ruu back again with a shudder.

December came: his aspect stern

Glared deadly o'er the mountain cairn; No foreign news of any note has been receiv-
A polar sheet was round him flung
And ice-spears at his girdle hung.

ed of late. The Emperor of the Russias has O'er frigid field, and drifted cone,

had, it is said, a narrow escape from falling inHe strode undaunted and alone :

to the hands of the Turks, while sailing on Or, throned amid the Grampians gray, the Black Sea : a furious storm arose, and it Kept thaws and suns of heaven at bay,” [Introduction to the Queen's Wake,' by

was with difficulty the vessel was kept from J. Hogs.]

driving on the Turkish shore. Hostilities have Such is the splendid description of Decem- been suspended for the winter beiween the ber, given by the Ettrick Shepherd, than Russians and Turks. which we do not remember ever to have seen

Don Miguel, the usurper of the Crown of any thing more poetic. But his portrait must be confined to those winters we knew when Portugal, has been nearly killed by the upset

were boys, and not our modern ones, lling of a carriage which he was driving. It is when, if the heavens be overcast, it is more stated that his life is still dispaired of. in sorrow than in anger. Now-a-days winter

The boats of the United States Ship of War creeps upon us so gradualiy, with sunshine smiles upon his brow, and in such a green old Erie, have captured a Buenos Ayrean Privaage, that we can scarcely recognize him as teer in the harbor of St. Bartholomews, she the same old gentleman who used to pay us a was suspected of piratical doings. visit, all rigidity and stiffness, with an eternal

To our correspondent, J. B. we return our scowl, upon his features, his elf locks hung with icicles, and breathing forth the nipping | thanks, and would solicit further communicablast. Formerly he came to with polar sheet Il tions.


The Publishers of the Talisman, encour

Nor known captivity ;

Yet it was well, like the great sun, aged by the liberal patronage extended tow

Thy course did end as it begun, ards them, give information, that at the com

Upon the chainless tide; mencement of the second volume, they shall The youth was cradled on the wave, enlarge their publication, to the size of a And its fierce waters clasp thy grave! whole sheet, which will be presented in a

I would not wake thy slumbers now, quarto form, once a fortnight. The terms will

All lowly as thou art ; be one dollar and twenty-five cents, and if | Nor place again upon thy brow,

The crown that crush'd thy heart! paid in advance, one dollar a year. It is con

No billerness of death was left, templated to publish the first number next

When of thy wife and child bereft, week, which will be forwarded to the subscri

Captivity's first smartbers of ide present volume. Such as wish to Piecemeal, they meted out thy doon, discontinue, will give information previous to

Thou living tenant of a tomb. the publication of the second number, which Rest, warrior! though no column tell will be on the 18th of April.

The story of thy death,

Earth's mightiest shall remember well The Village Register will continue to be

Of him that sleeps beneath. published at convenient intervals, with such And he, who scarce with infant hand, improvements as the state of the town shall

Unsheaths his father's battle brand,

May earn as green a wreath, require.

And teach how poorly they were free,
When the damp sod closed over thee.

In Weathersfield, Vt. 41h inst. Mr. Oliver K.

INVOCATION TO THE ECHO OF A SEA SHELL, Hovey to Miss Fanny Martin ; Mr. James

By A. A. Watts. Martin to Miss Henrietta Lawton ; Mr. Josh. ua Martin, 30, to Miss Elizabeth W. Richard- || Fond hearts and true the beautiful and braveson ; Mr. William P. Nichols to Miss Prudence Childhoods's bright hair-the veteran locks Martin ! The above persons were members of

of grey; one household, residing under the same roof. Foeman and friends, sink down to one wide


And none are spared to tell us where they POETRY.

lay. Where are the lost and loved so many seek?

Speak, I conjure thee, speak! From the Western Souvenir. MARIA LOUISA AT THE GRAVE OF NAPOLEON. How dost thou answer? with a low sweet 66 And she proud Austria's mournful flower."


Sad as the booming of the sullen main, BYRON.

The far-off warnings of the restless surge, Rest, warrior! on that sea-girt isle,

When storms are growing into strength Wild tempests hymn thy dirge ;

again! O, better than the high raised pile,

Perchance a region for the glorious dead, Thy grave amid the surge !

Youth, beauty, valor fled. It seemed another Delos rose, Called from the ocean by thy foes ;

Whale'er thy source and purpose, I rejoice As if the utmost verge

To list thy mystic murmurings, sost and dear: of the old world could yield no space,

To me thou seemest like a still, small voice, Fit for a hero's resting place.

By conscience whispered in my world-vex'd


To lead my soul from grovelling things of earth,

To hopes of loftier birth.

Kings saw the unarmed stranger come,

And the mail'd host gave way ;--
The voice of revelry was dumb,

The sceptre powerless lay ;
The halls of an imperial line,
Pomp, power, the throne, the world were thine!

It was thy very play
To wrest the loftiest wreath of fame,
And deck a brow without a name.

WORCESTER TALISMAN. Published every other Saturday morning, by DORR & HOWLAND, Worcester, (Mass.) at $1 a year, payable in advance.

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And in that hour of god-like pride,

When monarchs bow'd the knee, Methinks the victor should have died,

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show how abundantly that country is sup" There is a tide in the affairs of men, &c.

plied with coal.- Ed.

Shakspeare. Coal.-Coal was known and partially used, True there is a tide in the affairs of men, at a very early period of our history. I was but when was there an Editor koown to be informed by the late Marquis of Hastings,that in its current,floating prosperously on its waves,

stone hammers and stone tools were found in his patrons pleased, his pockeis full and him. some of the old workings in his mines at Ashselt at peace with all the world ? Never with by Wolds; and his lordship informed me also, in the memory of man has such an event hap

that similar stone tools had been discovered pened, at least, history has recorded none such in the the old workings in the coal mines in nor has tradition handed down an example.

the north of Ireland. Hence we may inter It there is ought of profit accruing, your pub

that these coal mines were worked at a very lishers take the cash, look grum, and talk of

remote period, when the use of metallic tools the great expense of printing and a score of was not general. The burning of coal was other items, which serve to swell the aggre. prohibited in London in the year 1308, by the gate, like the tailor's stay, tape and buckram.royal proclamation of Edward the First. In Ay! but you Editors have all the Credit, the

the reign of Queen Elizabeth the burning of honor &c. of a successful work. We'deny

coal was again prohibited in London during this conclusion of the public as crroneous.

the silting of Parliament, lest the health of The editor has all the ratings and fault find

the knights of the shire should suffer injury ing bestowed plentifully and graiuitously on

during the abode in the metropolis. In the bim, all the credit is monopolized by the pub.

year 1643 the use of coal had become so genlishers. Suppose the position true that an ed

eral, and the price being thep very high, maitor bas all the credit of a successful paper.

ny of the poor are said to have perished for “ Cap honor set to a leg? No. Or take away

want of fuel. At the present day, when the the grief of a wound? No." Truly if this consumption of coal in our iron-furnaces and bonor, this reputation is such a passable com

manufactories, and for domestic use, is immodity, so tangible and full of satisfaction ; mense, we cannot but regard the exhaustion I will experiment upon it, face my tailor and of our coal-beds as involving the destruction beard my shoemaker with it, when they next

of a great portion of our private comfort and present their interminable bill of items. Here national prosperity. Nor is the period very sir, receipt me your bill for thread, wax, and

remote when the coal districts which at presleather quickly, and I make over to you in full

ent supply the metropolis with fuel, will cease discharge thereof, all the credit I gained by coal shipped in the rivers Tyne and Wear, ac

to yield any more. The annual quantity of writing that essay, or this paragraph. you mad Mr. J. B." shouts Crispin, “do | cording to Mr. Bailey, exceeded three millions

tons. you think I can feed my family, or pay my

A cubic yard of coal weighs nearly one workmen with this." Ay! as well as I can pay

ton, and the number of tons contained in a mine host with it! or purchase a new coat,

bed of coal one square mile in extent and one which I am even now wanting, or get a pair | number and extent of all the principal coal

yard in thickness, is about four millions. The of boots that will not gape ominously in the face of their wearer, shewing a fearsul array

beds in Northumberland and Durham are of peg like teeth. I may well thank my stars

known; and from these data it has been cal.

culated that the coal in these countries will I have but one to care for, only one that can be starved by my exertions to live. J. B.

last 360 years. Mr. Bailey, in his surveys of Durham, states that one third of the coal be.

ing already got, the coal districts will be ex. SELECTED,

hausted in 200 years. It is probable that ma

ny beds of inferior coal, which are now neg. It may be interesting to our readers to

lected, may in future be worked; but the koow something of the mineral treasures of consumption of coal being greatly increased Great Britain: the following extract will / since Mr. Bailey published his survey of Dør

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ham, we may admit his calculations to be an in each acre is 100,000 tous, or 65,000,000 approximation to truth.

tons per square mile, If from this we deduct Mr. Bakewell then states the inaccuracies one half tor waste and for the minor extent of Dr. Thompson's calculations on this subject, of the upper beds, we shall have a clear sup(in the Aonals of Philosophy.) and compares || ply of coal equal 10 32,000,000 tons per square them with those of Mr. Bailey and Mr. Winch; || mile. Now if we admit that five million tons and, after making allowance for the waste of l of coal from the Northumberland and Durham coal at the mouth of the pit, and the quantity mines is equal to nearly one-third of the total of coal left upwrought in the mines, he con. annual consumption of coal in England, tach cludes that the period when the coal mines of square mile of the Welch coal-field would Northumberland and Durham will be exhaust- | yield coal for two years' consumption ; and ed (giving it the longest duration) cannot ex as there are from one thousand to tuelve hun. ceed 360 years from the present time.

dred square miles in this coal-field, it would It cannot (says the author) be deemed un supply England with fuel for two thousand interesting to inquire what are the reposito- | years, after all our Euglish coal-mines are ries of coal that can supply the metropolis worked out. and the southern countries, when no more can Mr. Bakewell states, however, that a codbe obtained from the Tyne and the Wear.-siderable part of the coal in South Wales is The only coal fields of any extent on the east of an inserior quality, and is not at present ern side of England between London and burnt for domestic use. Lond. Lit. Gasette. Durham, are those of Derbyshire, and those in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The Derbyshire coal-field is not sufficient of magnitude

PRINCIPAL EVENTS OF THE YEAR 1828. to supply for any longer period more than is The battle of Navarino and the liberation required for home consumption and that of the of Greece by the French troops. adjacent countries. There are many valuable The invasion of Turkey by the Russians, beds of coal in the West Riding of Yorkshire and the unexpected vigour and success of the which are yet unwrought; but the time is Turks in defence. pot very distant when they must be put in re The usurpation of Don Miguel in Portugal quisition to supply the vast demand of that and the submission of the Portuguese. populous manulacturing country, which at The fall of the minister Villele and his parpresent consumes nearly all the produce of its | ty in France, and the comparative triumph of own coal mines. In the midland counties, liberal principles throughout the French gove Staffordshire possesses the nearest coal dis- eroment. trict to the metropolis of any extent; but such The rapid changes in the British ministry, is the daily consumption of coal in the iron- and the final ascendency and elevation of the funaces and founderies, that it is generally be. Duke of Wellington. lieved this will be the first of our town The repeal of the Test Acts by the British coal-fields that will be exhausted. The Parliament; the election of O'Connell, in Irethirty-feet bed of coal in the Dudley coal land to the exclusion of Fitzgerald ; the diffield is of limited extent; and in the present fusion and completion of the project of Cativomode of working it, more than two thirds of lic Association in that country; the general the coal is wasted and left in the mine. If progress in Great-Britain of the cause of Cathwe look to Whitehaven or Lancashire, or to olic emancipation or religious right. any of the minor coal fields in the west of The peace between Buenos Ayres and BraEngland, we can derive little hope of their zil, including the establishment of the indebeing able to supply London and the southern pendent states of Monte-Video, under the counties with coal, after the import of coal auspices of Great Britain. fails from Northumberland and Durham. We The convulsions in the Republic of Colom. may thus anticipate a period not very remote, || bia; the overthrow of her constitution ; the when all the English mines of coal and irou- | assumption of the supreme power by the milistone will be exhausted ; and, were we dis- tary chief, Bolivar. posed to indulge in gloomy forebodings, like The various revolutions in Peru and Chili the ingenious authoress of the Last Man,' || adverse to the power and plans of Bolivar, we might draw a melancholy picture of our and the subversion of his Bolivian Constitustarving and declining population, and des. tion in Upper Peru; the declaration of war cribe some manufacturing patriarch travelling between Colombia and Peru. to see the last expiring English furnace before The conspiracies and rebellions in Mexico; he emigrated to distant regions. Fortunately, the failure of Bravo's plot and bis banishment; however, we have in South Wales, adjoining the election of Pedraza to the exclusion of the British channel, an almost exhaustless Gen. Victoria ; the insurrection of Gen. Sansupply of coal and iron-stone, which are near ta-Anna. ly unwrought. It has been stated that this In the U. States--the adoption of a Tariff coal-field extends

over about 1200 square deemed exceptionable by all parties; the viomiles, and that there are twenty-three beds lence of the opposition to it in the South; the of workable coal, the total average thickness || proceedings thereon of the legislatures of S. of which is 95 feet, and the quantity contained | Carolina and Georgia; the violence of the

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