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THE

TWorcester Talisman.

NO. 12.

SEPTEMBER 6, 1828.

VOL. I.

POPULAR TALES.

Little Augusta, the bright-eyed darlingof ber

parent's declining years, at this hour, when FOR THE TALISMAN.

he who had been the theme of so many of her THE FIRST BORN'S RETURN.

wandering thoughts was to return, could bareThe speaking glow of gladness was painted | ly suppress the mighty undulations of her hapupon every cheek, and sparkled in every eye py spirit. She trimmed the parlor for his re. within the dwelling of Henry Dumfries. Eve- || ception, with tasteful hands. Fresh sestoons ry hand was employed in busy preparation for of evergreen were hanging around the walls, some joyous occasion; every heart was beat clusters of flowers shed their delicious pering high in the anticipation of approaching | fume, while they adorned the mantel piece. joy. Henry, aged as he was, united his feel. She wrought with joyful assiduity in completings with those by whom he was surrounded, | ing her decorations, conscious that a brother, and seemed partially to renew the vigor and a brother whom she had never beheld, was hilarity of younger years. Well might he soon to gaze upon and admire her performance. throw off the burden of Nature, and join with She felt that though she had never seen him, his happy family, upon an occasion which ber heart was twined around bis with all a would ever gladden a parent's heart. His sister's fondness. She had listened full mafirst-born, the child of his earlier years, after ny a time, upon her parent's knee, to hear the a long protracted absence, was expected at rehearsal of tales concerning him who was far his father's mansion. Sbe who had watched away. She had pictured him in her heart as with tenderness over the helpless years of her a companion, as one no farther advanced than son, who had beheld him spring up to laugh- || herself. She had heard of his youthful sports ing boyhood, and to more manly and mature upon the verdant lawn, and had often gone to years, the image of his father ; she who had play her own innocent gambols upon the self indulged, with fondness, the idea that he had same spot, even for his sake. She had been gone out into the world with a pure and un told of his little mill that buzzed before the contaminated heart; who hoped too, that that water of their murmuring brook, and had been, purity of heart, that innocence of thought, many times, to mourn sadly over the loss of that generosity of soul with which he was that which she had never seen, and to play possessed, might promote him in the world, with the clear ripples, and imagine her brothteach him to pursue the unalloyed paths of er to be participating in her joy. 'virtue, and raise a barrier between him and Edward Dumfries had been long absent the temptations and allurements by which he || from the scenes amid which his "childhood's might be encompassed ; she too, now felt her | frolic hours” were spent. He had left his bosom yearoing towards him with all the en parent's roof, and gone forth into the world thusiasm of a mother's love ; and

to meet with men, even in unexperienced • There is none,

years. He had early severed himself from a In all this wide and hollow world, no fount father, whose friendly advice might have been of deep, pure, deathless love, save that within as a beacon-fire, and a mother, wbo might A mother's heart."

urge him on in the high way of virtue, or reShe rejoiced ip the assurance of again behold strain his rash impetuosity,should he rush into ing him, her darling son. But alas, she con

the baneful road to ruin. What blessings sidered not upon the changes wrought by were asked from Heaven, by the parents, uptime. Her mind ran over the years which on their favorite child, as he departed from had elapsed since his departure, during which, | the shelter of their home; what prayers she was well aware that decay had been steal were sent up, from humble and solicitous ing upon herself with slow, but perceptible hearts, for his further safety and welfare, what steps, yet she did not believe, the thought did | hours of anxious solicitude were passed, what not even occur to her, that her manly off- || hopes were fondly nurtured, what fears had spring was subject to adverse changes. She often involuntarily risen, for him. During hoped to find bim in tbe prime of man many months after his departure, Edward had hood, enjoying the high and elastic spir written regularly to his friends, but for severits of meridian years.

al years succeeding, they had received no in

formation from him, nor did they, until the || poverty stood before him with all its horrors. letter came which simply stated the day upon || Dissipation, the balm to which he had flown which he should return.

for relief in his sorrows, was weighing down Augusta had completed her task of prepar his spirits, and undermining his health. He ation, and was sitting impatiently upon a little was in a land of strangers, where no one would grassy bank in the garden, often casting a aid him in his embarrassments. Overpowered wishful eye along the road by which her broth at the recollection of what had passed, and er was to come, when a person, clothed in the thoughts of his present woes, he fled from rags, of a mean and beggarly appearance the city, and from that time henceforward, walked slowly up the hill. He cast his eyes until the hour of his arrival at the home of around him with an appearance that indicat. better years, he had been wandering around ed joyful recollections associated with the the country, an outcast from society, with scenery around him. He approached Augus. || nothing to sustain nature, or shield him from ta, but frightened at his miserable dress and the storm, save that which had been granted ghastly features, she rose and retreated with | by the generous hand of charitable humanity. a hasty step,into her decorated parlor. The beg Such is the nature of man ; thus can his gar followed unceremoniously into the house high and aspiring soul be reduced, and and seating himself, sat for a while in si- | brought down to seek for enjoyment in beastly lence. At length, throwing off his shabby hat gratifications. Thus can the heart that once which had been drawn far over his emaciated looked with a hopeful eye to the high and eface, and heaving a deep and heart-born sigh, nobling situations in life, be humbled, be dehe groaned out in his bitterness of spirit, 0 graded to that condition, in which it will cenmy father, O, my mother! and have you for tre its most ardent, its only wishes in the satgotten your son ?" This was the rousing of isfaction of depraved appetites. Thus too are those tender feelings which had long slumber the hopes of parents, their highest and most ed in the forgotten recesses of his heart. But pleasing hopes, dashed forever to the earth, its utterance was now the presage of a mighty and afflictions brought upon them by the misconflict. The mother gazed with an eye of conduct of a child. agony upon the stranger's pallid form, and Edward's mother recovered from her shock perceiving some faint traces of the lineaments of sorrows, but only to mourn in anguish over of her beautiful boy, sh sank, breathless he vreck of that was manly in her offto the floor, while the father, the hoary || spring. The father too, deplored the situasire, sat gazing mute and motionless upon tion of his eldest-born with more than common the relic of his son. His sorrows too deep, | grief, while Edward so thoroughly confirmtoo profound to reach the lips for utter- ed in his habits, continued in them until they ance. His were hopes and expectations too proved too powerful for his constitution, and tenderly cherished to be thus struck to noth- | brought him to a premature grave, at that sea. ingness, without some powerful struggle of son of life, in which, bad he followed another human nature. Where was now the bloom course, he might have tasted all that is good which health and youth and beauty had and great and noble in the world. stamped upon his cheek? Their last faint

CLARENCE. traces had been eradicated by disease. Where was the buoyancy of spirit which had nerved

INFLUENCE OF FEMALES. his limbs in by gone years, and made him strong and lovely in his father's sight? The vain, ambitious and noisy, who make It had been broken down by decay, hastened speeches, and raise the dust, and figure in thy on prematurely, by beastly habits of dissipa- || papers, may fancy that knowledge will die tion. His story, although fraught with all the with them; and the wheels of nature intermit incidents which are sorrowful to mankind,may their revolutions, when they retire from them. be related in a few words. After having leit | They may take to themselves the unction and his home he engaged himself as clerk to a importance of the fly, that fancied it turned coasting vessel, sailed from Boston, and after the wheel, upon which it only whirled touching and trading at the numerous inter- | round. But the fair, that keep cool and in mediate ports, at length arrived at New Or the shade, with unruffled brows, kind hearts, leans. Here he relinquished his office and and disciplined minds at home, that are neithconcluded to seek his fortune in that city. He er elevated much, nor depressed ; that smile had not however, been many months in this and appear to care for none of these things, situation, ere he was lured, by deceitful these, after all, are the real efficients, that friends, to those midnight haunts of vice and settle the great points of human existence, dissipation, where high-handed roguery and Man cannot stir a step in life to purpose withvillainy are carried to their utmost extent ; out them. From the cellar to the garret, from where the schooled gambler shielded by the the nursery to the market place, from the mitigating term of “play,” soon brings down cabin to the president's chair, from the craupon the devoted head of his antagonist, pov- || dle to the coffin, these smilers, that, when erty and ruin, with all their direful chains of they are wise, appear to care so little about attendant woes. A little while found Edward the moot and agitating points of the lords of under such circumstances. Poverty, abject creation, in reality decide and settle them.

Our first and absorbing impressions are from when you wax a little more lanthern-jawed, our mother3. They lay the unchangeable the very servants cast their eyes upon your foundations of that character, that goes with || visage, and then slealthy glances toward the man through life. The efficiency of materoal coat in which your pocket book bivouacs; and instructions transcends all the rest. All the when your eyes shall have become glazed, stamina of temper and thought are from them. they doubtless will come in as left handed There are a number of distinct epochs of the heirs of some of your personal property. There exertion of this influence. They rule us at is no child to watch and weep-no female lip the period of blond tresses, and the first de- || with its affectionate kiss to touch your damp velope ment of the rose. They fetter us alike | brow of agony-no fair hand to smooth the before and after marriage : that is if they are pillow of dissolution-no téar of sincerity to wise, and do not clank the chains ostentatious- || water the sod when it shall rest on your bos. ly, but conceal the iron. They rule us in ma om ; but all of the hereafter of this world, is, turity. They rule us in old age. No other to have some vile speller with a chisel as hand knows the tender, adroit and proper broad as his forehead, cut out upon a slate mode of binding our brow in pain and sick stone, to be placed at your head, your epitaph ness. They stand by us in the last agonies as follows: with untiring and undismayed faithfulness.

Hear lies the boddy of
They prepare our remains for the last sleep.
They shed all the tears of memory, except

ichahod singletown who those of mocking eulogy.

lived respected & dyed

lume-hen-ted. Haged sixty 1. Flint's Western Reriew.

But there are deeper causes of lament apTHE HUMORIST.

pertaining to the life, old age, and death of a

bachelor. He dies the last link in the chain (Boston Spectator)

of an existence wbich has especially been A BACHELOR'S OLD AGE.

handed down to him for a continuance; he has

declined to exercise the duties, to answer the At the request of two graceless favorites of responsibilities, and to participate in those mine, who, when urchins, were as much my || pleasures, which life has presented to him.pets as are now my cat and dog, I have at The cup of consolation, offered to him by bis tempted to give a description of the fag end of || Maker, has been rejected, and by his own act, a bachelor's life. Time, when we first at at the hour when it was most needed he has tempted to pull his flowing beard, in the deprived himself of the reviving draught it young days of our existence, when our blood

contained. His course, however gallant it gallops through our veins with a swift and

may have been through the waters of existhealthy flow, then looks like a respectable, | ence, leaves no trace behind. Those kindly decent old gentleman, with sugar-plums in affections which entwine themselves around both pockets. But in after years, when gray every fibre of the heart of a husband, to him hairs and night-caps, gout and peevishness, are unknown. He stands in old age, a pyra. take the place of strength, and the worship of mid on the desert-around it desolation-withDan Cupid, he changes his appearance to a in it death. miserly old rascal, who covets all of your Go get wives-act as I preach and not as I pleasures, and even life itself. A young bach have practised. elor is like a stout ship in ballast, riding mer.

ICAABOD. rily over the billows of pain and

WO,

and should he go down to the caverns of death, his loss is little felt by the owner, and but few

DOMESTIC RESTRICTIONS. besides are affected by the catastrophe. But Under this head I would embrace the influ. in the latter part of his life he resembles some ence of the sex. If judiciously and earnestly what, that same ship stripped of its rigging, a exerted, it would be very great: but I am perishing nuisance in the dock of society.- sorry to say, that in general it is not.

WoThere is something ludicrous in the situation of men, both married and single, seldom frown our corps, when we have arrived at the age upon our intemperance, in its early which of sixty. If we have a little property, we are are its only curable stages,-however they daily reminded of the uncertanty of life, and may detest its confirmed and loathsome shape, convenience of a will, with an inuendo, that Every young woman of sense and virtue, inthe adviser is a particular friend of ours. - stinctively shrinks from the idea of marrying a Missionaries, Bible societies, interested fil man of suspected integrity, or manners, vul. teepth cousins, and would-be-heirs, are haunt gar in comparison to her own; and why should ing you by night and by day,-hollow heart she not take exception to that which is still ed kindness, and the treacle of flattery, are more portentous? To that which destroys latished upon you against the stomach of || honor and refinement, and brings in its train your sense.' Should you take cold, physic by such woes, as neither dishonesty nor rudeness quantity is arrayed before you, or if caught can originate? If the parents and daughter napping, poured down your throat, as one would avoid trusting a suitor, who has been would drench a horse. A little father on, once convicted of drunkepness, they would do

the age.

more to promote the temperance of young of one attempt, but pass to another, trymen, than all the moralists and declaimers of ing all things, and holding fast that which

is good. Thus rising in her energies with The young wife, however, rests under the the growth of his vice, and adapting her heaviest responsibility. It is she who has the means, as far as possible, to his peculiari. deepest stake in her husband's habits, and ties of temper and disposition, she must, at may exercise over them the greatest power.- different times and urder various circumstanShe ought, therefore, to study this subject ces, entreat him with exhortations, confound thorougăly, and take her stand at an early him with arguments,-alarm him with conseperiod in a spirit of mild but dauntless resolu- quences, -reproach him with injustice,-overtion. Her motto should be that of the Ro whelm him with the tears of embittered love! man moralist: Resist the beginnings. The | Let her not be alarmed at this advice. She Custom may be broken up, but the habit is has nothing to sear, and something to hope, nearly indestructible. Whatever is done, | from a determined course. Her husband, should be done quickly; but it must be done knowing her to be right, and being conscious skillfully. It is necessary that she should re that he is wrong, will be compelled to respect tain her husband's affection, while she oppos- her in the midst of his irritation : and while he es his propensity to intemperance,-a deli- | might turn with contempt from the sighs of cate, but in many cases not an impossible || weakness, may cower beneath the remonstrantask. In proportion as she discovers an in ces of indignant love. There is power in the creasing necessity for her interference, she stern voice of woman's heart; and no husband should display a deeper affection,--as her ob

not brutal nature, or from vice, can set at ject is not to punish but to preserve. She nought her firm resolves in the cause of duty. must render home more and more attrac When pressed to extremity, her re-action has tive to him; and seek to establish with him

stricken terror into him, who till then never a closer and dearer companionship. She inust

felt alarm. Endowed by her Creator with not withdraw from her female friends; but by this peculiar power, the sustaining principles every practicable means unite her husband of her sex's dignity it is her duty to sustain it. with herself, in the enjoyment of their socie- || What! is she a bond-woman, or a beast of ty; for no man would desire or dare to become burden? Is she to cater with his appetites,and a drunkard in the midst of virtuous women.

her days, in servitude to his stormy pas. But while she does all this, and much more,

sions ? Was it for this that she departed from she ought not, even for a single moment, to

the mansion of her ancestors, and relinquished forget the object in view; nor go speak or act, | the endearing protection of her father's and

Was it for this she stood before the as to make her husband suppose her indiffer- brothers? ent to his failing. She must never, by word altar, and exchanged vows of fidelity and or deed, sanction the daily use of morning

love? Is she not rather in many respects a drams ; nor look, as, I am sorry to say, she co-equal, with rights and dignities pot depen. too often does, with levity, on his first frolick

dent on the will of her husband ? If her sphere some indulgences in company. Under every

of action be more limited than bis, is she not aspect it can assume ; by whatever name it

a free agent within her proper circle, and may be called : in spite of all his plausible should she not fearlessly maintain her inter

ests? pretexts, and in the face of the most honora.

God has given her a desire for happible examples to bear him out, she must frown ness, and the liberty to pursue it, according to upon every excess. When he comes home, certain laws; and should her husband's vices in season, but inebriated, she should receive obtrude upon her narrow and rugged way, she him with sadness and reserve; and let him, if | must effectually dispel them, or relinquish he choose, revenge himself by returning to the every hope save that of Heaven. scene of his dissipation; he will at last make

From Dr. Drake's Discourse. reappearance sober. At other times when he remains away, she should not retire to

VARIETY. rest : but, in a feeling of desperation, watch out the longest nights; that he may be touch THE WANDERING JEW.-Many grave peoed by the anguish of her spirit, and dismay- || ple assert, either as a matter of fact or as a ed by the firmness with which she has resolv- || tradition handed down to them, that one of ed to make no compromise with his failing:- | the Jews who was distinguished for an act of If no amendment takes place under this contumely on the person of Christ during the simple method, the case is obstinate; and time of trial previous to the crucifixion, reshe should prepare for everything, but early ceived as a pupishment the doom of living unacquiescence. It will be due time for this, til the end of time. He is represented by the when all the means within her reach have credulous as wandering up and down the been employed without avail. Before that world, weeping for his cruel scorn of his Sa. state arrives, her activity should be ceaseless, viour. Rev. Mr. Croly, in his “ Salathiel,” and her efforts be directed with all the sagac has profited by this tradition-and makes his ity she can summon into her service. She everlasting hero this same personage.-Zion's must not be discouraged at the inefficacy || Herald.

ROBERT POLLOCK_-The author of the tracts more attention than the industrions Course of Time, was a native of Scotland ; his pearl diver, who plunges in search of treasures parents were in indigent circumstances, and to the bottom.

Knickerbocker. bound him at an early age as an apprentice to a carpenter, in which situation he continued for some years. His strong inclination for

Dutch INGENUITY.-Ann Smittey painted learning, and the genius that he developed at

in miniature, and with such diminutive neatthat age, procured for him the assistance of

ness, that she executed a landscape with a friends, who enabled him to enter Glasgow

windmill, millers, and a cart and horse, and College. After finishing his studies, he took or

16 passengers; and half a grain of corn would ders, but preached only four sermons, distin

cover the whole composition,-Anecdotes of guished by their profuseness of imagery and

Painting expressive style. The severity of his application to his sacred and literary labors, produc A wag on being told it was the fashion to ed a decline. For the purpose of recovering dipe later and later every day, said he suphis health, he commenced a journey to Italy, posed it would end at last in not dining till but proceeded no father than a town in the to morrow. northern part of England, where he died, in the 28th year of his age. The “ Course of Time" was written at College, and was his The best dowry to advance the marriage only production, excepting a collection of Eg of a young lady is, when she has in her counsays and other sugtive pieces amounting to tenance mildness ; in her speech wisdom ; in nearly two volumes, found in his room since her behaviour modesty, and in her life virtue. his death.--Albany Times.

Several people were looking at a very little CURRYING FAVORS.-A tanner, near Utica, horse, some said he was the smallest horse advertises for the favor of tanning and curry. they ever saw. “By my faith,” said an Iing the farmer's hides. It is said he will be rishman, “ I have one as little as two of it." refused by most of them.

SMALI. BEER.—Thomas Beer, of Shutesbu. UP TO THE HUB.-John Hubb, has been ry, aged 23, measures but 37 inches in height. convicted of slandering Elijah House, at Sara He is a proficient in oriental literature. toga, by charging him with keeping false books as a merchant. He attempted to prove his

The last invasion and occupation of Spain charge, but failed. Damages $1000.

have cost France three hundred and fifty three

millions of francs. PUNCTUALITY among mechanics, is a great

EXTRAORDINARY F15A.- Mary Fish died in desideratum. Show us a mechanic who will

Dorchester county a few days since, aged 121 get our work done by the time specified, and

years. we will cherish him as the apple of our eye. MARSA RECLAIMED.--Married, Mr. John But to the mechanic, who makes us call twice, Green to Miss Susan Marsh. (fire and sickness excepted,) we bid farewell

Cupid Hunting.–Married, in Newbury, "a long farewell”-he is not the man for

Jas. Adams to Caroline Hunt. our money. The mechanic gains nothing by false promises except a bad name. in order

A DODGE AT HYMEN.—Married, in Beverto grasp at all the work in the neighborhood, ly, John Bomer to Hannah B. Dodge. many a mechanic will promise, when he knows it is not in his power to perform. STRONG BEER,--James Bier, a labourer in What is such a man but a liar? To say noth- Oxford county, Me. lately lifted a young heifer ing of the vice of lying, than which there is | belonging to Mr. Sherman over a five rail fence nothing more low and contemptible, the me on a wager. chanic, in the end, gets far less work by false promises, than he would by a strict adherence | gle was lately convicted of bigamy and senten

SINGLE LIFE.- A man by the name of Sinto the truth. Punctuality in a mechanic is the soul of business, the foundation of prosper

ced to several years confinement. ity, and the security of a good reputation.

AN OBLIGING EPISTLE.

Sir : To avoid all proceedings unpleasant, Historians may be said to thrive on the mis

I beg you will pay what is due ;

If you do you'll oblige me at present ; eries of mankind; they are like the birds of

If you don't then I must oblige you. prey that hover over the field of battle, to fatten on the mighty dead.

TREASONABLE DESIGNS !-Abel, the youngIt is in knowledge as in swimming-he who est son of Mr. John Tree, of Kentucky, has exostentatiously sports and flounders on the sur hibited a great degree of talent for painting. face, makes more noise and splashing, and at He designs in a masterly style.

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