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James, I did not speak of his sincerity, possi
bly he may have a friendly regard for you ; FOR THE TALISMAN.
but we biust, before placing our uplimited afMARY BENSON.
sections upon a person, thoroughly investigate
his whole character, and especially, be well " The good are better made by ill As odours crushed are sweeter still."-Rogers.
acquaiuted with his standing in society and his
pame in the world. We are too much prone Ah, my child, said Hannah Benson to to be easily captivated by external appearher daughter, a bright eyed damsel, full of ances, personal beauty, and artificial accomsentiment, love and poetry,” you have yet plishments. Marriage, my daughter, is a subseen and known but little of this deceitful ject of too great importance to be trified with; world, and you must consider that inexperi- || it is the greatest step which we can take durenced as you are, your judgaient cannot bave || ing existence, and therefore, like a blind man, arrived to a sufficient maturity to stand in we should examine and become acquainted competition against that of those who have with the ground before us, ere we trust ourarrived to a considerable age, and been accus selves upon it. Remember that when the barritomed, for a long time, to view men, their er is once passed, we dover can return; our manners and their characters, with a candid || destiny is marked out for the future and escape and impartial eye.”
is impossible. We cannot scrutinize with too “ But mother” rejoined Mary, you will not scrupulous an eye him upon whom we bestow hesitate to acknowledge that I have been an our love and expect to call our own; we must inhabitant of this bright world a sufficient time, be wholly convinced that we can live happiand seen enough of the beings by which it is ly with him. We must carry ourselves forpeopled, to have a judgment of my own, which | ward in imagination, through a few years of can discriminate between beauty and defor- l) wedded life, and consider if we shall then be wity, worth and worthlessness." "Indeed you happy. Yet paint not those days of futurity may, when a person appears to be what he with that halcyon light which is thrown arealy is, but experience must teach us to fath- round the present; garnish them not with om the heart, in order to know the real char. | those gaudy colorings, but behold them maracter."
But I must tell you, that in you I | red and tarnished with the cares and afflictions bave the sorrow to behold a painful instance of life. Imagine the truth of our situation then of the misguided affections of inexperienced by seeing it in others pow. But alas, you and untutored youth; and in James, the per- | young people are too enthusiastic in your love, son upon whom your fond attachment is plac- too warm and generous in your feelings ; you ed, I mourn to discern the fickleheartedness of behold a person young, handsome, genteel man, and with what ease deceit will throw a and accomplished; be immediately captivates cloak over an abandoned heart.
your hearts, and you brand him with the mark " It is painful indeed to hear such words of perfection's paragon. Your day-dreams are from a mother, a mother too in whom I have inbabited by his presence, and your midnight ever found all the tenderness that is attached || visions are peopled with his form ; and alas, to that name ; but, although I would not wil. you persuade yourselves that you are actually fully arraign my judgment against yours, al
in love. But as I mentioned before, earthly though it may be rending to your bosom, and goodness is not to be measured by external overthrow all fair, delightful expectations in endowments, or worldly happiness to be found your daughter, and, although I may perchance in gaudy dress." be accused of a want of filial affection, yet “ What!” answered Mary, “would you I must acknowledge that I cannot but be make me a convert to a belief in that cold and lieve him to be sincere ; it were ungenerous, || heartless love which is nursed up in the frigid ungrateful in me even to harbor a doubt resa | atmosphere of reason and pbilosophy? "No, pecting his sincerity, and " Mary, I such love may answer for those who are far adcannot accuse you of a want of affection to. vanced in life, those who have passed the grand wards me, the lapse of seventeen happy sum climacteric, at which all that is tender and mers has proved your regard ; and concerning | feeling in the human heart becomes dormant ;
but what,I would ask, is like the love of young | timation, and he was as good or bad as either. and ardent souls? what is like the affection of all his happiness seemed to be centered in congenial hearts in youth? when the springs | having a jolly laugh, a sociable chat, or a of life are gushing freely, and all the generous cheerful glass. “Now Miss Benson" said he, emotions of the human heart are in their pri- || turning towards Mary while he stirred the nieval purity and warmth ? All that is poble, || coals, "I guess as how you'd 'a laughed confiding, deep, pure and deathless, is pour to 'a been down to Bill's shop last night.trayed ia the love of those, who in the ardent | That ere Jim Hathaway is as fine a feller as and aspiring season of youth can, with un you ever seed. Now I know santhin as how doubting confidence, trust to each other every || you are takip a likin to him ; Well Mary, he's thought of the bosom."
jist the one that I should provise for you, he " True my child, there is a beauty in the can push round the can as fast as any on us. mutual attachment of congenial hearts; but I like sich ere fellers hugely.” Poor upstisthere is an affection of the youthful heart that pecting child of Bacchus ; while he was happy is kindled up, and glows as bright as the sud in thus delineating what he considered as the den flash of the summer storm, but which like good qualities of James, he had commenced that flash, is fading and evanescent. Let but the sharpening of an arrow which was to a few of life's tempestuous winds blow over it || pierce the bosom of Mary. Jonatban passed and it falls into forgetfulness. But there is a. out of the room, as regardless of what he had nother, a pure, a genuine, a holy love ; it is said as the tempest of the leaves that are hurthat, which, founded on an everlasting basis, l rying before it. While he had been speaking, withstands all the vicissitudes of life. Planted not a syllable escaped the lips of either mothfirmly in the deepest and most sacred recesses er or daughter, but the mother's watchful eyes of the bosom, like the surf-beaten rock in the were firmly rivetted upon her child, to mark midst of the ocean, it feels alike, unheeding the effect which such unexpected news conthe tempesis of adversity, or the billows of af- cerning her lover, might have upon her.fliction. The love that is calculated to con Doubts and fears rose alternately, in quick stitute substantial happiness in matrimony, succession, in the struggling bosom of Mary; must be like this ; the various trials of life, ll it was the heaviest stroke of sorrow that she its aff-ctions, its cares and troubles gnaw like | had experienced; but, overmastering her feela canker at the root of all other love. Mary || ings, and quieting the tumult of her bosom, I charge you to remember what I say, and re she endeavored to appear entirely composed collect that it is a mother's advice, that al before her parent. " What now, my daughthough you may now believe that James is ter,” said Mrs. Benson, breaking their silence, worthy your love, yet I enforce it upon you, * is your opinion concerning the habits of as a duty that you owe, not only unto your James, are you not assured that he is a visitor parents, but also to yourself, to reciprocate po to those dark and unhallowed baunts, where vows until you have had a sufficient length of the voices of the abandoned and the profligate time to become thoroughly acquainted with weary the dull ear of midnight with their revhis character."
elry." Mary felt that her love for James was Mary's love towards James, was too ardent to undiminished, and that she must use her enadmit of her discovering of his frailties ; be had deavors to vindicate him, and save him from ingratiated himself into her favor at that sea the unjust tongues of calumny“0, my mothson of life when the tender fibres of the hearter,'' said she, "you are ungenerous and illibare the most ready to twine around beloved eral thus to condemn a persoa, immediately, obects, and the bosom the most susceptible of with so little ground for accusation ; is it not the deepest friendship. He had sworn fidelity the fashion for people to “take a cup of kindand his vows had as yet remained unbroken. nees," occasionally, in a sociable, friendly She loved him in the innocence of her heart.
manner." Pure and spotless as was her own bosom, she
TO BE CONTINUED. had never believed the tales of the coldness, the baseness, the ingratitude of man. Every
A BROTHER'S LOVE, thing looked bright and promising before her ; life seemed hut one expanded sea of calmness There is something transcendently virtuous teeming with luxuries and beneath the aus in the affection of a high-hearted brother topices of joyous winds and sunny skies. Alas, wards his gentle and amiable sister. He can that there should be that within the heart of feel unbounded admiration for ber beauty-he man that might crush so beautiful a flower.- can appreciate and applaud the kindness A fw days subsequent to the foregoing cope which she bestows on himself-he can press versation, a jolly servant in Mr. Benson's fam-lher bright lips and her fair forehead, and still ily, named Jonathan, went to the apartment feel that she is unpolluted-he can watch the where Mary and her mother were sitting, to blush steal over her features with pleasure replenish the fire. Jonathan was a lawless when he tells her of her innocent follies, and personage, a clever sort of a fellow who liked | he can clasp her to his bosom in consolation to broach conversation with every person, of when the tears gush from her overloaded whatever cast whom he met. King and sub-l heart. With woman there is a feeling of pride ject, master and servant, were alike in his es- 11 mingled with the regard which she has for
her brother. She looks upon him as one fit-1, asked to tell the secret by which he has lured
der is heaven's first law,' and whoever boasts “ My little Enoch! and his lisping sister!
of economy, except it is in conformity to a sysCould I but dream them happy! I would half reference to the best good of the individual,
tem that has justice for its basis, and then has Forget"
family, or country, for whom the plan was his own unfathomable fate. Mrs. Hemans | framed, is not an economist, has also some noble passages, on this subject, as bas Miss Baillie in the drama of the Bride. A deep-rooted regard for a gentle creature
FIDELITY. A faithful friend is the reposiborn of the same parents with ourselves is cer
tory of our secrets, and is like a precious stone, tainly one of the noblest feelings of our na.
which has no spots, and which is not to be ture, and were every other feeling of the bu. purchased but by returns of the same namaa bosom dead save this, there would still a
iure.-Happy be who finds such a friend; for bright hope remain tbat the fountain of virtue
to bim he can entrust his most secret thoughts, and principle was not yet sealed. M.
and in him find a consolation at all times. Phil. Album.
Diodorus, the Sicilian, says, that among the Egyptians it was a criminal matter to discover
a secret with which they were entrusted ; and SCRAPS FRON A PORT FOLIO.
one of their priests, being convicted of this ofECONOMY.
fence, was banished from his country. CertainThis is the cabalistic word of Americans.- || ly nothing can be more just, than that a secret It is used by all classes, and found useful in entrusted to a friend, under the sanction of all cases. The politician, when he would se good faith and secrecy, should be considered cure a spug office, and good salary for himself, as a sacred thing, and that to divulge it, unhas only to boast of his skill in promoting, 'na- || der any pretence, whatever, is a profanation Lional economy. The man of business, when of the most sacred duties.
Plutarch remarks, that the Athenians, be- || erally observed that those who are the most ing at war with Philip, king of Macedon, one ready to promise, are generally those who are day intercepted a letter, which he had writ. the least in conditiou to fulfil their promises. ten to Olympia, his wife. They sent it back || It is a very great imprudence to make pronis. to him unopened, that they might not be o es in order to gain friends for a little time, bliged to read it in public, saying that their and afterwards to make them our enemies by laws forbid them to betray a secret.
thinking no more of what we said. It seems The infidelity of a friend is certainly repug to me, that it is infinitely better to oblige napt to nature itself, and that to betray a se without promising, than to be mean ourselves cret entrusted to us is truly detestable. A || by promising without effect. The fool makes man who entrusts his secrets to another, is engagements with all the world without the like him who surrenders his arms, and declares | least discrimination ; but the wise man oblighimself a slave; but how great would be the es only those who deserve it. The man who infamy of him, to whom we have surrendered readily offers his purse to another, who he them, were he to turn those very arms against knows will not accept of it, will not, when us, and assassinate us in that defenceless asked, lend any man a half-penns. Indeed, state! Thus fidelity is the greatest treasure a we hold great promises in so little esteem, man can find, and the secret entrusted to him that the instant they are made us, we would tbe highest mark of sincere friendship. very willingly give them up for the least re
ality. CHARACTER. It is ever to be kept in mind that a good name is all cases the fruit of Compassion. There are two sorts of mea personal exertion. It is not inherited from pa who are incapable of compassion. The first rents ; it is not created by external advantag. are the great and rich, who, being ignorant es; it is not a necessary appendage of birth, of what want and oppression are, cannot be or wealth, or talents, or station ; but the re so sensible of misery as they ought. The secsult of one's own endeavors--the fruit and re ond sort are those, who, being naturally hardward' of good principles, manifested in a course hearted, are insensible to the misfortunes of of virtuous and honorable action. This is the their neighbors. The first would be, in some more important to be remarked, because it measure, excusable, were they ignorant of the shows that the attainment of a good pame, divine precepls, which the sacred writings whatever may be your external circumstanc hold forth to them concerning universal chares, is entirely within your power.
ity ; but the second sort are totally inexcusa. No young man, however humble his birth | ble, since it is through cruelty and malice or obscure his condition, is excluded from the that they look with consummate indifference invaluable boon. He has only to fix his eye on the miseries of others. upon the prize and press towards it, in a course of virtuous conduct, and it is his. And it is interesting to notice how many of our wor RANK. The pride of rank or title is certhiest and best citizens have risen to honor ) tainly one step beneath the other follies of and usefulness, by dint of their own persever- this world. It seems to be the completion of ing exertions. They are to be found in great human vanity and impertinence, to consider it numbers, in each of the learned professions, | as a necessary point, to take the first seat at a and every department of business ; and they sumptuous entertainment, merely from the stand forth, bright and animatin, examples consideration of being possessed of a title.of what can be accomplished by resolution and The elbow chair or the stool will equally diseffort.' Indeed, in the formation of character, | play merit; and he, who occupies the latter, personal exertion is the first, the second and may probably have more sense and discernthe third virtue.
ment, than he who lolls at his ease in the first. Nothing great or excellent can be acquired | The man, who is not seated at table according without a good character. A good name will to bis rank, generally enjoys little comfort of not come without being sought. All the vir- bis dinner. What folly! Is the soup better, tues of which it is composed are the results of when placed where his vanity wishes to have untiring application and industry. Nothing a seat than at any other part of the table ? can be more fatal to the attainment of a good character than a treacherous confidence in external advantage.
CONCILIATORY MANNERS. Napoleon's letter to Savary, on sending him to Russia, is a
good specimen of the acuteness his mind in PROMISES. The facility of making promis. matters that a mere military conquerer usuales, and the difficulty of performing them, are ly knows nothing about. "In your conversa. almost similar. It is a folly to ruin ourselves tion,” says he, “ carefully avoid any thing by promises, and it is a meanness to enrich that may be offensive.” For instance, never ourselves by avoiding the performance. An speak of 'war. Do not condemn any custom, old proverb says— Promises are females, and or comment upon any absurdity. Every nathe performance of them males, since we see tion has its peculiarities; and it is too much more of the first than of the last.” It is gen the habit of the French to compare all cus
toms with their own, and to set themselves up | not at some moment of life, when the for models. This is a bad course, and, by dusky clouds of fate lowered around him, rendering you obnoxious in society, it will pre willingly have exchanged this world vent you from succeeding in any thing."
with all its shade and sunshine, for the
realms and the oncertainties of eteroity. ADVERSITY.
The energies of intellect and the buoyThe touchstone of friendship in this ancy and recklessness of disposition inworld is the hour of adversity. Let a || herent to a portion of mankind, are inman, by some sudden stroke of fortune, || sufficient to provide against the witherbe either elevated or depressed in cir- ing and all-overwhelming potency of cumstances, and his character will im- | despair. It is in vain for man to presume mediately change, as also will the esti- he can bid defiance to adversity, let it mation of his friends and acquaintance. I approach him under ever so insidious a A Roman writer has said " honours | mask.-Human nature is the same weak change our manners, but not always for and subservient thing in all its forms the better.” The same remark will and capacities. The individual who is apply to the revolution in a man's for- || full of high thoughts and potent faculties, tunes. It is an ordinary if not an in- is also possessed of the weaknesses and separable occurrence with the sudden passions of a mortal. In one feature or eleration of a man to wealth or power, another of his character, these weaknesto see bim become affected with arogant | ses will be displayed, and be will thus notions of his own importance, and 100 || be made liable to the adversities of life. frequently with ungenerous feelings to- The children of genius are especially wards those, among whom he formerly | liable to misfortune.-Their passions ranked as an equal. Nothing will so are stronger than those of ordinary men, truly develope à man's character as a and their propensities to have them insudden accession of wealth. There is || dulged are greater.
These passions no bettei ordeal for the trial of bis sym- | lead them into excesses, which it is impathies, virtue and integrity of heart. | possible to avoid, merely because they On the contrary, adversity is the proper are inherent, and not to be restrained element for a philosopher. The wisest | by the will. With genious there is litphilosophy is that which is gleaned from tle of that cold and plodding disposition experience and taught in the school of calculated for ihe obtainment of wealth.
He that will boast of his self- || All is haste and enthusiasm, recklessness: denial-of the impossibility of any world- and adversity. It cannot grovel, and ly change affecting his principles, his opportunities that would be embraced feelings or his mind, should be tempted with a view to inercenary emolument før a season from the sunny copses of by calculating knaves, will be passed by the world, and left desolate and di- | with careless indifference by the gifted vested of resources, among the briar in mind. It is therefore that the chilpaths of life. He should be tossed a-dren of genious are so frequently the while upon the treacherous sea-strand-children of adversity. They provide ed upon some rock.girded shore-his rather for the mind than the body, and character aspersed unjustly-his friend- a feast of Apollo with them, is far prefship made the sport of treachery, or erable to a feast of Mammon. It is, perbis love wasted upon hard-heartedness haps, a necessary provision of the Creaand coquetry ;
and if amid all these com- tor, that man should be so unequal in plicated evils, he can still gaze calmly mind, as well as dependent upon fortuitalong the stream of life, with a mind ous circumstances for his standing in untinged and a disposition unaffected by || society, and his individual rapk. Yet the storms of fate, he is indeed, one we have often pondered upon the idea to whom the world is a place of trial, || of there being no distinctions of this and in truth and test a philosopher. character, and imagined the revolution There is not, probably, one human being it would effect in the order of life. If for the whole wide scale of existence, || this were the case, however, it would having lived two score years, who would be necessary for dispositions, principles,