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son so effectual as that of silent forbear- iam is coming to-morrow evening, and
But only the most elevated souls you must see him.” are equal to such a course as this. I should be very happy to see your Howard left me to my evils, but it was brother, or friend, whichever Martin evident that his whole life was a prayer William may be,” said She for me.
I begged him to accompany me stopped me with a merry laugh, “ My in my expedition to Canada line. He brother!” said she, and she clapped her consented. Our journey by ordinary little white hands in most gleeful style. conveyance to the north of Vermont was “ He is my husband, sir." Here was a sufficiently monotonous, and common dénouement with a vengeance! I had not place. But when we arrived at a little been formally introduced to her, She lookvillage some twenty miles from “the ed younger than her sisters, and they all line,” and were informed that the stage called her Caroline. I could have bit would not go over the mountain till the my tongue off with a relish. How I next week, there was some little pros- ever got out of that scrape, and found pect of adventure. We were just ten myself mounted on a ragged thistle-eating minutes too late for this week's stage. French horse, with his mane, tail and The village where we stopped was on ears most unmercifully cropped by some an elevated plain, situated between the brutal Canadian, his legs like posts, and Green Mountains where they form a sort bis gait like the slow motion of a fulling of double range. It boasted a meeting- mill, I cannot tell. One thing I know, house, a town-house, and a doctor, be- at an early hour next morning all this sides some very pretty girls. A week had happened to me. Howard was enwas sufficient to make me acquainted raptured with the scenery; I could not with all these, and at the end of it I conceive how anything could look found myself desperately in love with pleasant to anybody. Even the glow. one of the girls. I had no wish to hunt ing flush of 'acres of pink ayalia, looked smugglers. It seemed to me a very vulgar bloody to me, and the pure white blosbusiness. Howard endeavored, unwise soms of the same shrub seemed to mock ly enough, to bring me to my senses, and me; my spirit was not white, why to make me think once more of the ex- should the flowers be. I hated the ayapedition I had entered upon with so much lia. When a man hates flowers and enthusiasm. But a tallow candle that children, he may as well love tobacco. has melted from the wick, and run down The fiends have a mortgage of him, into the pan of the candlestick, is as ca and ten to one they will foreclose, and pable of enlightening the good people take possession. Slowly and moodily who sit in darkness, as I was of any we toiled up the mountain, without seeuseful, or energetic exertion. I was melt- ing any person till late in the afternoon. ed down at the feet of my mountain en- We were now weary and hungry, and chantress. I forgot the world without began to look for some signs of humanme, I even almost forgot to take tobacco. ity, with a very hungry interest. At Howard waited a most unreasonable last we met a boy, and inquired for a time for some sort of dénouement, and tavern. The little fellow hesitated, as finally told me that he had made up his though there really were no such place mind to leave the next morning. I had no within the bounds of his knowledge, intention of going with him. I should and then said, “Right down in the holas soon have thought of " carrying my- lur there is Mr. Poorzes, where they self in a basket” as doing any such kind o entertains folks.” thing.
We rode on and soon found our. But happily I did not tell him so; 1 selves before a log house. An ugly felwished to see what an agony my di. low, with a fox-skin cap that looked as vine Caroline would be thrown into by though it grew into the shape which it the announcement of our departure. So had taken by the aid of some rude manI made my way with Howard to the ufacturer, a wolf-skin coat, and a perparlor, and announced our intentions. son that corresponded exceedingly well The fair girl was netting very busily, with its outward adornings, took our and I looked to see her faint, or at least horses. We entered the public room of turn very pale; and drop her work, but the inn. It had a bar--this was indisshe did neither. She looked up with pensable; several men and dogs lay the most earnest manner, and exclaimed, about on chairs, benches and the floor. “you must not go to-morrow, for Will. The prospect for the night looked any
the spirit of the age admitted. Her Code a night of St. Bartholomew, of a Thirty of Wislica, given her by Casimir the Years' War, or a Holy Inquisition, but Great, in 1347, anticipated the famous have always protected the persecuted for code of the German emperor by 13 years. conscience sake. By this constitution the king's power was When the Jews were persecuted elselimited, and personal freedom guarantied where, they found an asylum in Poland, to all classes. At the same time schools and received important privileges as early were established throughout the country as the thirteenth century (1264). When for the children of both the nobility and in England the fires of Smithfield were the peasantry, who, on graduating, if they blazing, when Germany was gorged with were not before, became pobles de jure, the blood of Lutherans, and when in and as such were entitled to all the rights France rivers of Huguenot blood flowed, of free citizens.
Poland protected the sacredness of the Already under Casimir Yagellon we human conscience, and for greater secufind that Poland possessed a national re- rity, the Diet in 1573 passed a law guarpresentation. The law published in 1454 antying forever freedom of worship to all limiting the king's power, runs thus: religious denominations; and enacted “We (meaning the king) promise not to that the Polish people, both Catholics and declare war or to make any law without Protestants, should mutually be considthe consent of the Diet,” &c., &c. A law ered as Dissenters in matters of faith : of 1468 ordained that every district should thus anticipating in religious toleration send to the Diet two representatives. not only the rest of Europe but even the Although the Magna Charta was granted founders of Rhode Island and of Maryfour hundred years before the Habeas land. Corpus act was passed, yet the latter, the When Henry de Valois was called to corner stone of British liberties, dates its the Polish throne, before he could be existence from the 31st year of the reign crowned he was forced to intercede with of Charles II. Poland, however, enjoyed his brother in favor of the French Proher law “ Neminem captivabimus nisi jure testants. When Sigismund III. sent to victum, aut in crimine deprehensum,” none Ferdinand II. of Germany eight thousand shall be arrested unless legally indicted Cossacks against the Protestants, the Diet for crime, or taken in the act, as early as unanimously passed an act, declaring all the beginning of the fifteenth century the Cossacks who should remain with (1413).
the Emperor, traitors to their country. The freedom of her institutions is still And be it remembered that the Diet passfarther illustrated by the fact that in the ing such laws consisted of a large masixteenth century, when her population jority of Catholics, several Bishops did not exceed fifteen millions, she num. among the number. bered four hundred and eighty thousand When the crowned heads of Europe voters; while France, at this period, after were crouching before the Pope, and all the blood she had shed for liberty, Gregory VII. presumed to excommunicate with a population of thirty-five millions, the Poles for dethroning their King; the numbers scarcely two hundred thousand clergy spurned the edict, and refused to electors.
publish the excommunication, giving His That the mild precepts of Christianity Holiness to understand that the church bore their fruit early in Poland, we learn has no right to meddle with affairs of from the fact that in 1100 a charitable state : and when the German armies in. association was established at Cracow, vaded Poland to enforce the excommuniIn 1303 another institution, called Mons calion, they paid dearly for their bardiPietatis was established, whose object hood. was to lend money to the poor at three We shall see that Poland, not only in per cent. interest. Towards the close of political institutions but also in literature, the fourteenth century a school for indi. was in advance of her neighbors. Begent children was organized, where they fore the sun of English literature reached received assistance. And in 1773 Poland its meridian; before the era of Louis XIV. was the first to establish an administrative had dawned upon France; belore Gerdepartment of education, having appro- many could enjoy the privilege of reading priated for the benefit of her people all the Bible in her vernacular tongue, Polish the confiscated estates of the Jesuits after literature had reached already its Augus. their expulsion.
tan age under the reign of the Sigismunds The Poles never enacted the horrors of father and son.
grass, and in his thoroughly drenched jecting mass of rocks, and swung myself state, slept till the sun was high in the down, intending to land on the smooth heavens. A bath and thorough friction grass below. Just as I did this a broad left him bright and well; whilst I, who blaze of light shone out below me, and was naturally much stronger, and had been a man caught me by the feet, exclaimin bed with a good fire, was prostrate ing, “by thunder, Jim, you're drunk with hemiplegia. We were twenty again!" miles from a doctor, and Howard had In a moment more I was inside the some knowledge of disease and reme- smugglers' cave, and the man had disdies. I was nearly as weak in mind covered his mistake. I confess I was as in body. Howard immediately set not ambitious of such luck as this. about constructing a shower bath, which However, 1 appeared bold and careless, should rival the flood of the night be said I had been hunting and had lost my before. He succeeded admirably, and way. I looked about me with no slight in the afternoon I found myself taking interest—trunks, barrels, boxes, sacks, “the hair of the same dog to cure and every kind of package were piled the bite.” It was happy for us that and strewed about. Lights were stuck we had accidentally, or providentially around the cave, and every man but one found ourselves in the only civilized was smoking-decanters of brandy, and household there was within many miles. jugs of rum were very plenty. I singled Mr. Hanson was a young schoolmas- out the man who was not smoking, for ter, from an adjoining town, and his pretty their leader. He was a fine-looking fellow, wife had been several “quarters” to the and had evidently been bred to better busiAcademy. They made our stay as hap- ness. He looked very restless and unpy as possible, and looked with some- easy, as he glanced at his party, who what of wonder and anxiety upon How- were glowering at me trying to satisfy ard's novel mode of curing paralysis. I themselves who, or what I might be. had to be disciplined now; and, to do my- Suddenly he turned his keen black eyes self justice, I submitted with an excellent on me. grace to be drenched, and rubbed three “So you have been hunting and have times a day for nearly two hours at each got lost,” said he; " for your sake I hope season. I would not, however, resign your story is true, for we gentlemen of my tobacco entirely. In four weeks I the free-trade dislike spies—for my own was myself again, and began to think of part, the devil and present company exthe smugglers. Howard tried to get me cepted, there is no creature that I hate - to give up my project, and return home. worse ihan a revenue officer.” A very good reason why I would not do “ Shall we throw him over the cliff, it. I walked a good deal alone in the or make crow bait of him?” roared a woods, hoping to get some clue to my huge fellow with great shaggy eyebrows object. One afternoon I was out amus- and a club foot, the only two features ing myself with starting game, botaniz- which remain in my memory at this ing, and luxuriating amid the dark old day," or shall we keep him for a scarewoods, not forgetting the smugglers crow next year, Captain ?" meanwhile. Night closed in upon me “Stop Fărucer,” said the leader, you, with no moon, and the starlight was in- certainly, are the last man to be uncivil sufficient to guide me in the dense for- to strangers." est—still I kept on, too much excited to This compliment had the desired effect. think of sleeping, or a place to sleep. “I don't want to use anybody bad, Towards midnight, weary with traveling, but I don't want to be plagued with buzI came to a hill, the side of which was zards,” said the fellow in a somewhat surcovered with a huge ledge. I had been ly tone. kept up all the evening by, a sure The smugglers now began to tell confidence, from information that I had stories of the tricks they had served received, that the smugglers were in this the revenue officers. According to their vicinity. When I reached the ledge I account they always had the best of it. bethought me that I might find some These tales were no doubt dressed up for cave, or sheltered place, where I could my particular benefit, and they seemed sleep till morning I had a rifle in to me to be inexhaustible. It is said my hand, and a knife and pistol in that all things have an end, and at last my belt, and I was too tired to be afraid the smuggler finished pipes, cigars I clambered along to the edge of a p stories, to sleep, the Cap
an overwhelming joy was mine! The from it with a loathing too deep for very air rested down upon me a heaven. words. One day I was holding her little I heard the glad music of the angels. hand in mine, and I breathed in her face. She was my diamond, and the light of She turned from me as one oppressed heaven came flashing gloriously through with a deathly sickness. I inwardly her upon my rapt vision. God! how I swore, at that moment, that I would loved that child." I breathed continually never touch the weed again. The mothe thought of the Poet :
ment the firm resolve was made, the work
was done. My mind became calm and - The soil is ever fresh and fragrant as a
clear, just in proportion as I became free
from the poison. I remembered HowThe skies, like one wide rainbow, stand on
ard's treatment when I was laboring ungold; The clouds are light as rose leaves, and the der paralysis. I built a shower bath, and dew,
was greatly benefited by it. The purga'Tis of the tears that stars weep, sweet tory of privation was soon safely passed, with joy ;
and I began to feel myself a man, and to The air is softer than a loved one's sigh; be thankful for the boon of existence. Theiground is glowing with all priceless ore,
Years passed. That sweet bud of heaAnd glistening with gems like a bride's ven, young Emma, blossomed into wo
bosom; The trees have silver stems, and emerald of my heart's only love. Our daughter,
manhood, and became the cherished wife leaves; The fountains bubble nectar, and the hills
Ellen, is a transcript of what her mother Are half alive with light.”
was at eighteen. Few wives are happy
enough to be beautiful at fifty-eight, but With such a pure love in my heart, I myEmma is beautiful. She is the ripe, found it impossible to be a tobacco user, sunny peach-Ellen is the graceful peach especially when that blessed child turned blossom.
BY H. H. CLEMENTS.
Clouds, like drifts of snow, are taking
Socrates fell, at one time, unheeded have fainted. I reeled into my chair, amongst the giddy Athenians. But his and buried my face in my hands. In a name and his precepts are graven on the moment I felt Emma's soft, little hand hearts of the wise and good of this late laid on mine. day. A cross and a crown of thorns
Are you sick, Mr. Weymouth ?” were the allotment of Him of Nazareth, I answered truly, that I was ill. I but His truth and love have steadily immediately dismissed school, and betook wrought in men's hearts, till they say, myself to the solitude of my room.
I “ Behold our God.”
walked about in a tumult of thought; I I had two beautiful sisters in my felt that little hand on mine; I saw those school. One of them was eight, the pleading eyes all night. I began truly to other ten years of age. Emma, the love, and truly to worship. youngest, evidently loved me very dear The next day Emma was not at school. ly. Ellen, the eldest, made sport of me, The second day I missed Ellen also. 1 but in such a way that I could not could have spared her very well, but that avenge myself. Emma was a fairy-like she could be a link between me and Emcreature; she seemed to float around I wanted to see her, to inquire for me like a white cloud in a blue sum- Emma. Those two days were very mer's sky. Her golden hair fell in wa. weary days to me. The hours dragged vy curls like a shower of sunshine all their slow length along. It seemed to over her shoulders; her eyes were deep, me, in the morning, that it would never clear and blue as heaven; her cheeks be noon; and at noon, that it would were like a rose, and her lips like a never be night. I struck no blow. If I rose-bud; her forehead was high, and thought of the ferule, I felt that little white as
as pearl; she had the prettiest hand clasping mine so softly, so implorfoot in the world, and the poetry of mo- ingly, that I could do no deed of violence. tion in all her movements. She seemed The second day I inquired for Emma. always to be looking at me, and yet she She was ill. She had Scarlatina, and it always had her lessons. I could not was rife and malignant in the town. I put her in a class, for no one learned had never had the disorder, but I hurried half as quickly as she; and so she came to the bedside of the child. Selfishness and stood by me and repeated her les- and hate seemed forever banished from sons, and looked into my evil face with my heart, the moment that I heard of that her soft, dove-like eyes, and put her lit- angel child's illness. She was my minister, tle hand in mine. That hand ! shall I and my church was the heart. She lay ever forget it? It looked lucid, and white burning up with fever, amid the white like crystal to me. I came unconsciously drapery of her bed. She raised her lanto love Emma, and my love made me bet. guid eyes to mine, and a gleam of light ter before I knew it. I became sensible that came into them. How precious was the I loved Emma, because she brought the thought that I was precious to her. Sufholiest influence of my life continually fering as she was, her spirit shone as to my mind.
through a transparent medium. With One day I observe Emma and Ellen what intensity of prayer and pain I watchvery busy with a slate. They kept up a ed her. I was an Atheist till I breathed constant succession of glances at me. the prayer from the deepest depth of my Ellen was something of an artist, partic. beingularly in the line of caricature. I con
God, do not let my loved one die !" jectured that she was trying her skill upon a drawing of me. Ỉ waited till the I had no thought, or wish, or prayer, but work seemed finished, and then crossed was centered in the child. She could over to the culprits, for I allowed no such not die. I verily believe that I took hold recreations in my school. I found upon on her spirit with a grasp of steel. Day the slate a drawing of myself, executed and night I watched her, and for a week with cruel fidelity. “Corrections,” “pun. I never closed my eyes in sleep. She ishment,” vengeance, really was my first had but one wish, and I alone dared thought. But before the wicked thought yield to it. She prayed for water, even formed its body in deed, the deep, clear, as I asked for her life. I bathed her hot pleading eye of Emma was raised to mine. flesh during every hour. I gave her
“Punish me, dear Mr. Weymouth; she drink, fresh and sparkling from the liv. made it for me.”
ing spring This was too much. I thought I should In a week she was saved. Ob, what