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terity that made the bold heart of Cham- || sition of the mind, than from the particular berlain beat quick, and he almost raised

kind of knowledge after which it aspires. It his eye to take his last look upon the is natural to conclude, that men differ as much

in their tastes and dispositions as in their outsun. They rammed their cartridges, || ward appearance. What constitutes the pleas. each at the same instant cast his ramrod

ure of one, is little regarded by another; and upon the sand.-- I'll have you Paugus," || the condition exactly fitted to one taste, would shouted Chamberlain, as in his despera- | be intolerable to man of opposite desires and tion he almost resolved to rush upon

habits. Some delight in the pursuits of sci

ence and extensive research, while others are the savage, with the breach of bis rifle, content with observing the varieties of human lest he should receive his bullets before | life, and bending to the manners of the world. he could load. The woods across the || Some are allured to the vale of Temple, by pond echoed back the shout. Paugus

of the Muses; others are hurried atrembled as he applied bis powder horn

way to the field of battle, by the maddening

sound of the trumpet, and the clangor to the priming. Chamberlain beard the of arms—while but a few retire to the peacegraios of his powder rattle lightly upon || ful seclusion, and there listen to the monthe leaves beneath his feet. Chamber- | itory voice, know thyself.' By far, the laio struck his gun breach violently up-greater part of mankind, place their happiness on the ground the rifle primed herself; | muning with themselves and live so much be aimed and his bullets whistled from home, that they kpow little of the operathrongh the heart of Paugus.--He sell tions of their own minds. A person may emand as he went down, the bullet from bark in schemes of enterprize and spend a the mouth of his ascending rifle touch- whole life in she pursuit of wealth and saine, ed the bair upon the crown of Cham- and at last, with all his “ blusbing honors thick berlain, and passed off without avenging may have traversed continents, and examined

upon him,' die utterly ignorant of himself. He the death of its dreadful master, into | minutely all their curiosities, interpreting the the bordering wilderness. The hunter, half obliterated characters on their monuafter recovering from the shock of such ments, and all the while neglect to trace the a fearful and imminent encounter, cast

characteristics of a mind more lasting than

marble. He may have penetrated into the a look upon the fallen savage. The bowels of the earth, and explored many a cavpaleness of death had come over his ern, and yet may have left undetected a darkcopper colored forehead. He seized er recess in his own heart. upon his rifle, bullet pouch and powder

To one who considers the extensive range horn-left bim on the leafy sand, and

of the mind, and attempt to explain this phe

nomenon by referring it to any want of intelsonght again the lessened ranks of the lectual power will appear vain. The intelwhitemen, as they wearily defended lect engages in the pursuit of remote truths, themselves against the encircling sav. with an accuracy and ardor, which are truly ages. He shouted to them of the fall astonishing. The objects presented to it, are of Paugns. The Indians looked about revived in all their relations, and these relathem--the tall figure of the chief was

tions are examined with scrutiny the most mi.

nute. It is not then to any incapacity in the Do where in sight.-In grief and despair | mind, that we are to ascribe its aversion to they ceased their fire and withdrew in- contemplate its own propensities and feelings. to the woods, leaving Chamberlain and Nor is our mental constitution such as necesthe remains of the band of the fallen sarily to confine our attention to the passing Paugus to retrace their way to the dis

scene, to the exclusion of all solicitude, for fu

ture interest-so far from this, the present in tant settlement.

a great measure borrows its completion from Chamberlain, it is said, long after the prospect of what is to succeed—and we wards killed three of the descendants of are ever either harrassed by fear, or hope is Paugus, who came into the village where directing us to a period when our joys, if not he dwelt, to slay him in his old age, to a

perfect, shall leave us little to want, when

The fever of desire for sublunary objects, shall venge upon him the fall of their ancestor.

have died away, and our sky shall wear a White Hills, N. H. May, 1828.--Album. brighter aspect. In whatever light this sube

ject may be viewed, and with whatever ingeESSAY ON SELF KNOWLEDGE.

nuity we may seek to color it, the fact still

remains-inexplicable perhaps, except on the To increase in knowledge, is one of the supposition that there exists a moral cause, grand objects of human pursuit, and from noth- || universal in its extent, and most operative in ing do we more assuredly infer the true dispo- ll its nature. The philosopher teaches us that

the wisdom of the world is folly, and therefore not rare, it is not easy to describe the feelings the study of the world tends more to vitiate, l of heartfelt joy that his presence spreads over than to improve. The moralist assures us a whole party. He is temperate in the exthat crowds and scenes of amusement are not treme; but if he be master of the ceremonies, fit places for cool and mature deliberation; he is accustomed to send round the bottle more that ambition, avarice and a love of pleasure speedily than some guests could wish. In bis incessantly mislead us; that their passions conversation, however, there is nothing like produced a scenic representation of the world, display or formal leading. On the contrary, while in retirement and at home, man is him every body seems to speak the more that he is self.

there to hear--and his presence seems to be In life, there are a great variety of parts in | enough to make every one speak delightfully. which all are compelled to appear-but there His conversation, besides, is for the most part are seasons also, when the world with all its of such a kind, that all can take a lively part varied scenes, may be shut out from the view, || in it, although, indeed, none can equal him. and the whole attention divided to the more

Bachelors' Journal. noble part of man ; and this would more fre. quently be the case, were it not that the heart

VARIETY. is pre-occupied with the trifles of earth, which most emphatically perish with the using. The

RAIL-WAYS.--On a well made road a horse current of the soul moves in a contrary direc

will draw one top in a cart weighing 7 cwt. tion--the passions have fastened themselves

or about 3,000 lbs. at the rate of iwo miles an around other objects. There are a thousand feelings, each of which if arrested and made

hour. On a rail-way of the best construction

he will draw at the same rate of travelling athe subject of reflection, would show us what

bout 15 tons : let us call this 30,000 lbs. for the is our character, and what it is likely to be.

convenience of round numbers. On a canal The smallest thing appears worthy of regard, he will draw about 30 tons in a boat weighing if it is known to be the beginning of what is

15 tops, or about 90,000 lbs. Hence, on a rail. advancing to magnificence. The little streamlet hurrying down the rugged declivity,orgent- road, the draught of a horse is ten times, and ly winding through the vale, is an interesting | road. Now a rail-road costs about three times,

on a canal thirty times as great as on a good object to an observer, when he is told that it is

and a canal about nine times as much as a one of the sources of the largest river in the world. So the man of wisdom reflects with good road; and it is probable that the expense

of keeping them in repair is in proportion to deep solicitude on every disposition and secret working of his mind, when he considers the

tbe original outlay.--It is obvious, therefore,

that if rail-ways come into general use, the endless progress on which he has entered, and the august destinies which are before him.

expense of transporting commodities will be

about two-thirds less than on the best roads. In this way, he may attain self-knowledge

Phi. Ev. Post. and self-government--may rise to the true dignity of his nature, and by studying his own will, learn the disposition and character

FROM LONDON PAPERS. of others :--and find

A lecture was given, on Friday, by Mr. • That virtue only makes our bliss below,

Brockedon, at the Royal Institution Albemarle And all our knowledge is, ourselves to know. street, on a new method of projecting shot, inBower of Taste.

R. L. P.

vented by Mr. Sievier, the sculptor. It was stated by Mr. Brockedon that he was present

at some of the experiments, and that one SIR WALTER SCOTT.

ounce of gunpowder, projected to the distance In private life, Sir Walter Scott is the de- 1 of 175 yards (point blank,) a ball of fourteen light of all who approach him. So simple and pounds weight, and it afterwards penetrated unassuming are his manners, that a stranger ihe earth three feet. In another experiment is quite surprised, after a few minutes have it fired a shot of eighteen pounds, with the elapsed, to find himself already almost at home same quantity of powder, and destroyed a in the company of one, whose presence he large tree. The most extraordinary part of must have approached with feelings so very this invention was, that the shot is fired withdifferent from those which a man is accustom out a cannon, and it was mentioned by the ed to meet ordinany men. There is on kind of lecturer that the saving in the weight, particrank, which we should suppose is so difficult ularly in ship carriage, would be very considto bear with perfect fase, as the universal erable, as to fire a shot of 12 pounds in the honored genius; but all this sits as lightly and ordinary way would require a cannon of 22 naturally upon this great man, as ever a plum- || hundred weight, and a carriage of about 10 ed casque did upon the head of one of his do.; whereas Mr. Sievier's invention only regraceful Knights. Perhaps, after all, the very quired a stock bar of iron of about one hun. highest dignity may be more easily worn thau dred weight. The mode of gunn-ry is not some of the inferior degrees--as it has often confined to any calibre, therefore any sized or been said of Princes. When Sir Walter sees shaped shot may be projected from the same company either at home or abroad, which is ll stock. The lecturer also stated, that he had

er.

prepared, in a rough manner, a small model ll tions of his departed wife, and the first radito show some experiments upon, but upon ations from the sun of American liberty. trial found that two grains of gunpowder drove Whatever excitement shook him internally, a 1} ounce shot through thin deal planks, and his features wore the aspect of firm, high reafterwards bounded about the room, so as to solve. Not so the son ; in that grove, and by be dangerous; he thought it therefore pru ihat babbling rill, he and his dog had gamdent to desist from the experiment in a crowd- | bolled away many a vernal boliday. In that ed place. He afterwards gave his opinion of dear native hut, oft had he beguiled a long the cause produced by this small quantity of winter's evening, by listening to his father's gunpowder, which was, that the recoil which || legends of the old war, or conned over and takes place in ordinary gunnery is by Mr. over his prayers, from the mouth of his saintSievier's invention given to the shot : he en ed mother; he was now to leave them forevtered learnedly into the nature of recoil, and His ingenuous soul withered at the elucidated it by many facts, and proved that thought. From this circle all his joys and no recoil took place till the shot had left the sorrows sprung--beyond it, all was vacuity.-niuzzle of the gun. The lecture was very in- | The fountain of youthful hope and buoyance teresting, and we agree with Mr. Brockedon was never closed, and tears flowed in their that Mr. Sievier's invention will prove one of native exuberance as he turned and left the the most destructive engines of war.

cottage of Stillwater Plains.

They bent their way to the nearest branch

of the Alleghany, on which they embarked A TALE OF TRUTH.

in an open boat, pennyless, and with a small On the plains of Stillwater, N. Y. lived a

store of eatables. One stormy evening in the revolutionary veteran and his little family-a month of Noveinber they tied their canoe to wife and an only son, a sprightly lad of six

a tree, and made their way to the nearest teen. A small plot of ground amply served dwelling, which proved to be that of an untheir limited wants; and a little all' it was

feeling planter. He turned a deaf ear to the - for, sheltered by a snug little cot,' from

claims of patriotic age, and shut the door upwintry storms and summer's heat, fed by

on our shelterless wanderers! Ingratitude overhealthful industry, they passed along the vale

came the veteran who had scoured the forest of life in simple, sweet content.' Here, with

of 76 and but for his son, he would have an honest, grateful pride, did the old man be

sunk under the weight of his misfortunes. hold his country rapidly rising in national

They passed the night in one of the plart. piety and physical splendor, to a peerless rank

er's barns, hungry, wet, cold, on a bed of among the kingdoms of the earth; and here

straw! At dawn of day our travellers set forhe could have spent the few remaining days

ward to the next village, and obtained a left for him, had not the death of his wife,

breakfast. They found themselves in Kenand the future welfare of his son, opened a

tucky, on one of those extensive alluvian botnew and wide field of exertion. Heknew that toms, peculiar to the great western rivers of his much loved son was soon to be left in this

North America. mercenary world, without an earthly guardian

On taking his title to a lawyer, the old and support, and he felt the imperious call of gentleman found to his astonishment that it duty to see him settled in life, if possible, ere

was a wealthy plantation ; and what must he should be gathered to his fathers.

have been his feelings, on finding it occupied One plan alone seemed probable to succeed || by the very same brutish nabob, who, the -which was to avail himself of a hitherto || preceding evening, drove him and his sufferneglected military land title. This title cov

ing child from his door! ered a large tract somewhere in the eastern The wretch in his turn was forced to beg, part of Kentucky: but, from the alteration of for he had not enough left to pay the rept dames, he was unable to tell the precise situ- which had been amassing for twenty years ;--ation. He, however, resolved to search for || yet with more effect, for he was allowed to it, at all hazards, and accordingly sold his tri- || spend the remainder of his miserable days on fling estate, settled bis debts, and set forward a remote corner of the plantation. His life on foot, with all the firmness of one inured to had been a series of cruelty and knavery, and toil and hardships from infancy.

bis last crowning act was followed by the temFor one moment we will paint to ourselves | poral beginning of an eternal retribution. the lovely landscape, with its skirted forests-its gurgling rill--its lowing cow and bleating sheep--yonder hill, and, at its foot, the cir QUIETING CONSCIENCE.-In a town, not cumscribed cottage, the home of the old pat- | many miles off, the sober part of it, in imitariot, and pear it the grave of his wife; then tion of their neighbors of other towns, resolved behold the father, son, and faithful dog bid to call a meeting for the purpose of considerding the whole a silent, lasting farewell? ing the expediency of adopting the best meas

The father was leaving the field of his glo ures for the suppression of Intemperance. Ać. ry, and the remains of his partner ; in these cordingly notice to this effect was given, and a two were associated the recollections of his meeting was convened. The meeting being dearest sublunary joys--the virtues and affecall organized, and the objects of it stated, by å

venerable and very good sort of man, various

POETRY. resolutions were adopted. Among them was one which seemed to embrace the whole sub TO A GROUP OF PLAYING CHILDREN. ject, as it woulu, it was supposed, put an en Laugh on while yet the rosy blush tire veto upon the crying sip of intemperance. of childhood's morning tints your skies ; It is well known to the wool growing” part | Laugh on, while yet the kindling flush of the community, that their sheep must be ef Is on your cheeks and in your eyes; fectuaily washed, in order to cleanse the wool I would not tell to make you grieve, for the manufacturer, once a year. Now this How soon that mirth shall pass away ; is a laborious business; not only so, but a very That morning fade, and only leave wet and cold business, as the sheep should be The broad dull light of common day. washed early in the season, before the wool begins to fall. In consequence, the good peo

It makes my spirit very glad ple of the town, resolved, under heavy penal- || And may you never be more sad

To see your mirth and careless joys; ties, that they would, in no case whatever, drink any ardent spirits, save at the laborious

Than you are now, my bright ey'd boys! cold and wet business of washing sheep. Not

But I can read on every face, many days after it was observed that one of A something upon every brow, those who composed the aforesaid meeting was

Which will not pass without a trace a " little the worse for liquor." He was charg

of things you are not dreaming now. ed with the fact; but he protested he had liv- || First passions wild and dark and strong, ed up to the very spirit and letter of the reso And hopes and powers and feelings high; lution. He was asked how that could be. Then manhood's thoughts, a rushing throng, Why, said he, I have a sheep in that pen Shall sink the cheek and dim the eye. which I regularly wash seven times a day! And brows shall grow all pale with care,

Berkshire Star. And lips shall writhe in scorn or pain,

And age come on with hoary hair,
Married,

And sadly tend to earth again.
In Charlton, by Rev. Mr. Turner, Mr. Jos- || And cherish'd fancies, one by one,
eph C. Allen, of Sturbridge, to Miss Hannah Shall slowly fade from day to day ;
Brown.-Mr. Henry Whiting, to Miss Almira || And then, from weary sun to sun
Brown.

Ye will not have the heart to play. At Jamaica, N. Y. John Winslow Whitman, || But oft amidst the shifting scene, of Boston, to Sarah Helen Power, of Provi. You'll smile on childhood's thoughtless joy; dence, R. I.

And wish you had forever been [He who has thus submitted to the power of A careless, laughing, happy boy. the fair sex is editor of the Boston Bachelors' Journal; if such are the fruits of his preach FROM THE NEW ENGLAND WEEKLY REVIEW. ing, we hope he will continue his labors, and, || Earth with its bright and glorious things, working by the rule of contraries, prevail up Is hastening to decay-on some of his whilom bachelor brethren to

And Time, with swift and noiseless wings, go and do likewise.]

Holds on his wasting way;

Each scene of Earth shall fade-but love
Died,

Reveals a better world above.
In Leicester, on the 17th inst. Miss Catha- | Mid the dark storms that round us rave,
rine H. Warren, aged 24. During a long and

On life's eventful sea, distressing illness, she manifested uncommon Religion, o'er the troubled wave, patience and resignation, and an unwavering

Beams from Eternity. confidence in the mercy of her Heavenly Fath

And kindles an undying flame, er, as revealed in the gospel of his son.

That Earth's wild tempest cannot tame.
In Ward, on the 14th insi. Elizabeth G. | There is a land where pleasure springs,
Bancroft, daughter of Mr. Kendall Bancroft Unchilled by grief and care--
aged 4 years.

There beauty blooms—and Sorrow's stings
In Shrewsbury, on the 26th ult. William Know not to enter there :
Kerr, of Boston, aged 33 years.

Earth : its frail flowers shall fade-but love In Grafton, on the 11th inst. Cyrus Puto | Reveals a better world above. nam, son of George W. Putnam, aged 19 years.

In Sterling, on the 18th inst. Mr. Barnard W. WORCESTER TALISMAN. Eddy, aged 42; On Sunday last, Mr. William Published every other Saturday morning, by Richardson, aged 45; Mr. Antepas Wheeler, || DORR & HOWLAND, Worcester, (Mass.) at $1 aged 30; Mr. Edward Johnson, a soldier of a year, payable in advance. the revolution.

Agents paying five dollars will be entiIn Sutton, Mr. Elder S. Waters, aged 77. | tled to receive six copies. -Miss Sylvia Dodge, daughter of Mr. Josiah Letters, intended for THE TALISMAN, Dodge, aged 21.

must be post paid to insure attention.

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BY SIR WALTER SCOTT.

CONCLUDED FROM OUR LAST.

POPULAR TALES.

ty and oppression. Waldeck's character, always bold and daring, but rendered more

harsh and assuming by prosperity, soon made THE FORTUNES OF MARTIN WALDECK.

him odious, not to the nobles only, but likewise to the lower ranks, who saw, with double dislike, the oppressive rights of the feudal

nobility of the empire so remorselessly exercisThe attempt to kindle the fire with this last ed by one who had risen from ibe very dregs coal having proved as inaffectual as on the of the people. His adventure, although careformer occasions, Martin relinquished the fully concealed, began likewise to be whishopeless attempt, and Aung himself on his | perered abroad, and the clergy already stigmabed of leaves, resolving to delay till the next tized as a wizard and accomplice of fiends, morning the communication of his supernatur- | the wretch, who, having acquired so huge a al adventure, to his brothers. He was awak treasure in so strange a manner, had not ened from a beavy sleep into which he had || sought to sanctify it by dedicating a considersunk, from fatigue of body and agitation of || able portion to the use of the church. Surmind by loud exclamations of surprise and rounded by enemies, public and private, tor. joy. His brothers, astonished at finding the mented by a thousand feuds, and threatened fire extinguished when they awoke, bad pro- || by the church with excommunication, Martin ceeded to arrange the fuel in order to renew Waldeck, or, as we must now call him, the it, when they found in the ashes three buge | Baron Von Waldeck, often regretted bitterly metalic masses, which their skill, (for most of the labors and sports of his unenvied poverty. the peasants in the Harz are practical miner But his courage failed him not under all these alogists,) immediately ascertained to be pure difficulties and seemed rather to augment in gold.

proportion to the danger which darkened aIt was some damp upon their joyful congrat round him, until an accidert precipitated his ulations when they learned from Martin the fall. mode in which he had obtained this treasure, A proclamation by the reigning Duke of to which their own experience of the noctur Brunswick bad invited to a solemn tournanal vision induced them to give full credit. ment all German pobles of free and honorable But they were unable to resist the temptation || descent, and Martin Waldeck, splendidly armof sharing in their brother's wealth. Taking | ed, accompanied by the two brothers, and a now upon him as head of the house, Martin gallantly equipped retinue, had the arrogance Waldeck bought lands and forests, built a to appear anjong the cavalry of the province, castle, obtained a patent of nobility, and, || and demanded permission to enter the lists.greatly to the scorn of the neighborhood, was This was considered as filling up the measure invested with all the privileges of a man of of his presumption. A thousand voices exfamily. His courage in public war, as well as claimed, 'We will have no cinder-sitter min. in private feuds, together with the number of l gle in our games of chivalry.' Irritated to retainers whoin he kept in pay, sustained him frenzy, Martin drew his sword, and hewed for some time against the odium which was down the herald who, in compliance with the excited by his sudden elevation, and the arro general outcry, opposed his entrance into the gance of his pretensions. And now it was lists. A hundred swords were unsheathed to seen in the instance of Martin Waldeck, as it | avenge what was in those days regarded as a has been in that of many others, how little crime only inferior to sacrilege, or regicide.m mortals can foresee the effect of sudden pros Waldeck after defending himself like a lion, perity on their own disposition. The evil dis was seized, tried on the spot by the judges of positions in his nature, which poverty had the lists, and condemned, as the appropriate checked and repressed, ripened and bore their punishment for breaking the peace of his sovunhallowed fruit under the influence of temp- ereign, and violating the sacred person of a tation and the means of indulgence, As Deep herald-at-arms, to have his right hand struck calls unto Deep, one bad passion awakened from his body, to be ignominiously deprived of another; the fiend of avarice invoked that of the honor of nobility, of which he was unworpride, and pride was to be supported by cruel.'lthy, and to be expelled from the city. When

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