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gross nor cruel. They should be healthful, Dying Words of Noted Persons. humane and refined in their influence.
| A death-bed's a detector of the heart;
Through life's grimace, that mistress of the scene;
It is narrated of him, that when he first
“ HIead of the army.”—Napoleon. appeared at the academy of Mr. Abbott, his
“I must sleep now.”—Byron. personal appearance in his ill-fitting, home
“ It matters little how the head lieth."-Sir made, homespun garments, together with his
Walter Raleigh. shy, awkward manners created much merri
“ Kiss me, Hardy.”—Lord Nelson. ment among the boys, and many jokes were
“ Don't give up the ship.”—Lawrence. cracked at his expense. Young Daniel's sen
“ I'm shot, if I don't believe I'm dying. — sitive nature could ill brook this; and, after
Chancellor Thurlow.. suffering from it two or three days, he went
“ Is this your fidelity."— Nero. to the teacher, and told him he must go home.
“ Clasp my hand, my dear friend ; I die.” The teacher inquired the cause, and Daniel
- Afieri. made a clear breast of it. The former bade
| “Give Dayroles a chair." — Lord Chesterhim not mind it, but keep quietly at his stud
field. ies, and his turn would come by-and-by. He
“God preserve the Emperor.”—Haydn. obeyed; and at the end of the week he was
“The artery ceases to beat.''-Haller. placed at the head of the class that had ridi
“ Let the light enter.”—Goethe. culed him. After two months had passed in
“All my possessions for a moment of time.” hard study, the teacher, at the close of the
- Queen Elizabeth. school one day, called him up, in presence of
" What! is there no bribing death."-Carall the scholars, and told him he could not
dinal Beaufort. stay there any longer; to go and get his books
| "I have loved God, my father, and liberty.” and hat, and leave. Poor Daniel's heart sunk
- Madame de Stael. down to his shoes. He had studied hard,
“ Be serious.”—Grotius. bearing patiently the ridicule of his mates ;
“ Into thy hands, O Lord.”— Tasso. and now to be turned off ia disgrace was more
" It is small, very small, indeed," (clasping than he could stagger under. The teacher
her neck.- Anne Boleyn. waited a moment to watch the astonishment
"T “I pray you see me safe up, and for my of the school, and then added, “ This is no
coming down let me shift for myself," (asplace for you; go to the higher department !"
cending the scaffold.)—Sir Thomas More. "That was probably the proudest hour in Mr.
“Don't let that awkward squad fire over Webster's life. He had triumphed over his.
my grave.”- Burns. companions, and that by outstripping them in
"I feel as if I were myself again. — Sir
a to their studies.
“ I resign my soul to God, and my daughWe suffer more from anger and grief, than ter to my country.”—Thomas Jefferson. from the very things for which we anger and “It is well.” — Washington. grieve.
I "Independence forever.” — Adams.
“ This is the last of earth.”—J. Q. Adams. “What do you note down in that book ?"
“ I wish you to understand the true prin- said Cecilia, looking over his shoulder with ciples of government. I wish them carried some curiosity out. I ask nothing more.”—Harrison. " All the kindnesses that are ever shown
“I have endeavored to do my duty.”—Gen. me; you would wonder how many there are. Taylor.
I find a great deal of good from marking them “There is not a drop of blood on my hands.” down. I do not forget then as I might do - Frederick l'. of Denmark.
if I only trusted to my memory, so that I “You spoke of refreshment, my Emelia ; hope I am not often ungrateful ; and when I take my last notes ; sit down to my piano am cross or out of temper, I almost always here, sing them with the hymn of your saint- feel good humored again, if I only look over ed mother; let me hear once more those notes | my book.” which have so long been my solacement and “I wonder what sort of things you put delight.”—Mozart.
down,” said Cecilia ; " let me glance over a “A dying man can do nothing easy." — page." Franklin.
“ Mrs. Walde asked me to spend a whole " Let not poor Nelly starve.”—Charles II. day at her house, and made me very happy
“Let me die to the sounds of delicious mu- indeed.” sic.-Mirabeau.
“ Mrs. Phillips gave me five shillings." “ I expected this, but not so soon.”—C. G. “Old Martha Page asked after me every Atherton, of New Hampshire.
day when I was ill.” “ I still live.”—Daniel Webster.
• Why did you put father and mother at “ Tell them to stand up for Jesus, father, the top of every page!" asked Cecilia. stand up for Jesus.”— Rev. Dudley A. Tyng. 1 “0, they show me such kindness that I
Our memory here runs sḥort. Can any of cannot set it all down, so I just write their our contemporaries add to the list : names to remind myself of my great debt of
love. I know that I can never pay it! And
see what I have put at the beginning of my The Book of Thanks.
book, • Every good gift is from above;' this
is to make me remember that all the kind “I feel so vexed and out of temper with
friends whom I have were given to me by the Ben !" cried Mark, “ that I really must –
Lord, and that while I am grateful to them, “ Do something in revenge?" inquired his
I should first of all be thankful to Him." cousin Cecilia.
“No, look over my Book of Thanks.”
• What's that,” said Cecilia, as she saw If There's a Will There's a Way. him turning over the leaves of a copy book nearly full of writings, in a round text hand. I LEARNED grammar when I was a private
“ Here it is,” said Mark, who then read soldier, on the pay of sixpence a day. The aloud:— March 8. Ben lent me his new edge of my berth, or that of the guard bed, hat. June 4. When I lost my shilling, Ben I was my seat to study in ; my knap-sack was made it up to me very kindly.” “Well,” ob- my book-case ; a bit of board lying on my served the boy, turning down the leaf, “Ben lap was my writing-table; and the task did is a good fellow, after all !"
not demand anything like a year of my life.
PROM WEEMS LIFE OF FRANKLIN.
I had no money to purchase candles or oil ;
The Humorous Petition. in winter time it was rarely that I could get any evening light but that of the fire, and on: ly my turn even of that. And if I, under
I address myself to all the friends of youth, such circumstances, and without parent or
and conjure them to direct their compassionfriend to advise or encourage me, accomplish
ate regard to my unhappy fate, in order to reed this undertaking, what excuse can there
move the prejudices of which I am the vicbe for any youth, however poor, however
tim. There are twin sisters of us, and the pressed with business, or however circum
two eyes of man do not more resemble, nor stanced as to room or other inconveniances ?
are capable of being upon better terms with To buy a pen or a sheet of paper I was com
each other, than my sister and myself, were pelled to forego some portion of food, though
it not for the partiality of our parents, who in a state of half starvation. I had no mo
make the most injurious distinctions between ment of time that I could call my own; and
us. From my infancy I had been led to conI had to read and write amidst the talking,
3 sider my sister as being of a more elevated laughing, singing, whistling and brawling of ra
rank. I was suffered to grow up without the at least half a score of the most thoughtless
least instruction, while nothing was spared in of men, and that, too, in the hours of their
of their her education. She had masters to teach her freedom from all control. — CORBETT's Advice
writing, drawing, music, and other accomto Young Men.
plishments, but if, by chance, I touched a
pencil, a pen, or a needle, I was bitterly reFor the Schoolmaster.
buked; and more than once, I have been Written Upon Seeing an Aged Female beaten for being awkward, and wanting a with a Bouquet of Fowers. graceful manner. It is true, my sister asso
ciated me with her upon some occasions ; but she always made a point of taking the
lead, calling upon me only from necessity, or The idols of our youthful years
to figure by her side. Time's impious hands destroy; And sorrow draws the bitter tears
But conceive not, sirs, that my complaints From eyes that beamed with joy;
are instigated merely by vanity — no, my un
easiness is'occasioned by an object much more Yet, though distress and cruel woes
serious. It is the practice in our family, that Have marked thine aged brow,
the whole business of providing for its subThe violet and blushing rose
sistence falls upon my sister and myself. If Are sweet and lovely now.
any indisposition should attack my sister —
and I mention it in confidence, upon this ocThe freedom of China from epidemics — so casion, that she is subject to the gout, the surprising to travelers — may be attributed to rheumatism, and cramp, without making the great quantities of gunpowder fired off in mention of other accidents — what would be every town and village, and the great quan- the fate of our poor family? Must not the tities of sandal wood incense burned con- regret of our parents be excessive, at having stantly, render the health of towns and vil placed so great a distance between sisters who lages very remarkable.
are so perfectly equal ? Alas! we must per-.
ish from distress : for it would not be in my The Burning Mountain. power even to scrawl a suppliant petition for relief, having been obliged to employ the hand | As is generally known, there is a vein of of another in transcribing the request which coal located above water level in the Broad I have now the honor to prefer to you.
Mountain, about seven miles from this bor
ough, and near Heckshersville, which for Condescend, sirs, to make my parents sen
twenty-one years has been on fire. The vein, sible of the injustice of an exclusive tenderness,
which contains excellent white-ash coal, is and of the necessity of distributing their care
some forty feet in thickness. The origin of and affection among all their children equally.
the fire is attributed to a couple of miners, I am, with profound respect, Sirs,
who, having some work to perform in the Your obedient servant,
drift in the depth of winter, built a fire THE LEFT HAND.
they being cold — in the gangway. The
flames destroying the prop timbers, were carFor the Schoolmaster.
ried by a strong current rapidly along the Two Ways of Telling the Same Story.
passage, and the fire comm'ınicated to the
coal. All subsequent efforts to extinguish it ** Jack and Gill went up the hill
were ineffectual. The men were cut off from To draw a pail of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown
escape, and were undoubtedly suffocated to And Gill came tumbling after."
death. Their remains were never found. A
few days since we ascended the mountain at Two adventurous lads, one named Jack and the spot of the fire, and were much interested the other Gill, ascended a steep acclivity in in examining the effect of the fire upon the obedience to the request of their dear mother, surface. The course of it is from west to east, taking with them an important kitchen uten
and where the vein is nearest the surface, the sil, that they might bring from the pure foun
ground is, for the space of several hundred tain on the hill-top some of the sparkling wa
feet, sunken into deep pits, and while the ter. But one of the lads had the misfortune
stones exhibit evidence of having been exposto so far lose the control of his understanding led to the action of intense heat, every vestige as to be precipitated headlong from the sum
of vegetation has been blasted. It is a desert mit. Sad to relate, he fractured in his fall the
I the track in the midst of smiling fertility. The parietal bone of his cranium. His affectionate
ne ground in some places was almost too warm
roun brother was so overcome with fright at wit- for the hand to rest upon. while steam from nessing this sad catastrophe, that he also lost |
water heated by the internal fire, rose from both his self possession and his centre of every pore. The fire has evidently extended gravity, and went down with various revolu
for several hundred yards from the place it tions and bewildering circumvolutions, in
originated, and finds vent and air to continue great speed, even against the fence at the bot
its progress, at the pits to which we have al*tom of the hill.
luded. A score of years has passed, but still it (A friend suggests that Gill was a girl, but burns, and will burn until further fuel is deof this we are in doubt. Perhaps some nied the devouring element. Thousands of of our readers, who have determined how tons of coal have undoubtedly been consumed, many children John Rogers, the martyr, had and thousands of tons may yet feed the fire can decide this question.]
before it is checked.—Miners' (Pa.) Journai.
EDITOR'S DEPARTMENT. and the Woonasquetucket, which stand like a
compact line of industrial fortifications along The Physical and the Industrial Limits of the Blackstone, with Providence and Worcester Rhode Island.
at the extremeties, and which are grouped at
Fall River, and at Taunton and its vicinity. The As the study of Geography advances the at- vessels have been unladen and laden at Newport, tention of the student is directed less to the ar- Fall River, Taunton, Bristol, Warren, Provitificial and changing boundaries which separate dence, Pawtucket, Pawtuxet, Greenwich, Wickstate from state, and more to those physical pe-ford, and half a dozen other ports. culiarities which bind certain sections of territo. Considered in another light, the industrial ry together, and determine their natural limits. | | boundaries of Rhode Island appear even more
Viewed in this light, Rhode Island, though extended. By means of her numerous railways more contracted in respect to her political bound- radiating into the surrounding states, a large ary than any other state of the union, swells to amount of business is drawn towards the seavery respectable dimensions, and embraces a ports of Providence and Fall River, while a region probably the most industrious in the New means of carriage is furnished for such delicate World.
articles of manufacture as jewelry and silver ware, If the straight line, which connects Point Ju-l of which no small amount is produced. How dith and Seakonnet Rocks, be taken as the south-much more pleasing is the contemplation of such ern limit of the Narraganset Bay and River Sys
a beautiful industrial system, occupying a portem, we shall gain a true idea of the natural ex- tion of territory bounded by natural liinits, than tent of Rhode Island by following the shores of a little state bounded by siraight lines, and northward from those points, exploring every possessing half a bay and half a river ! little bay, and tracing every tributary stream to its very source. We shall find Mt. Hope Bay
Class Day at Brown University. and its rivers extending far into Bristol county and Plymouth county, in Massachusetts, while
It is a time-honored custom in many Amerithe Blackstone and its branches permeate the
can colleges for the senior class to observe a day, greater part of Worcester county, the heart of
near the close of their collegiate course, for class that commonwealth.
festivities. These seasons are, usually, very inBut though such be the natural limits of Rhode teresting and fraught with pleasing memories. Island, or the Narraganset System, it would be a To be elected class orator or class poet, on such fact of little importance were its physical capa- an occasion, is considered the highest honor bitities for manufactures and commerce still un- which the class can bestow. developed. How different is the case however! Such a day was observed in this city, June 20th, Yumerous ports stud the whole margin of the by the “ class of '58.” navigable waters, while countless villages fill the The literary exercises were held in Manning river valleys. If we take up our station at the Hall, which was filled with a highly intelligent ocean gateway of this great industrial system of and appreciating audience. After prayer by Rev. ports and villages, we shall behold hundreds of Dr. Sears, J. Henry Gilmore, the president of vessels entering, laden with cotton, wool, iron, the class, in a few sententious and pertinent recopper, sugar, and many other raw materials, marks, introduced Mr. Samuel T. Harris as class and anon we shall see them returning bearing orator. cotton and woolen cloths, manufactured iron and When the applause attending his appearance copper, and refined sugar. The cotton fabrics had ceased, the young orator commenced his have been woven in not less than two hundred oration, and for nearly an hour held his hearers mills, which crowd the valleys of the Pawtuxet, 'in rapt attention. He announced as his subject,