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THE WIT AND WICKEDNESS OF SARCISI. The darkest storms of Austrian vengeance brave !
We do not know to whom to attribute the She who his dangers and his exile shared,
following, but it is worthy of remembrance. To seek a home of peace, perchance a grave. “ To be sarcastie is thought by some people a The noble acions of a race so pure,
proof of ability. Such individuals are like a pack They too are welcome to our nation's heart :
of Chinese crackers thrown into a crowd, conAnd all who dare, and struggle, and endure, And bear in Freedom's cause so brave a part
tinually exploding in every direction, but with 0! let then come in joy, and nerer more depart.
greater noise than injury. There is more ill.
breeding than wit in a sarcasm ; and more ill. Now like a mother's blessing be the tones
nature than either. True wit does not consist Of earnest welcome to the exiles given :
in abuse, but in profound wisdom tersely exTo our protecting shores and sunny homes, pressed. Nothing, therefore, can be further Alas! we cannot give the home from which they're
from wit than sarcasm, and where they go todriven !
geiher, one is pressed into the service, and is And though the tear, to worth for ever due, not a legitimate ally. Shall fill the eyes that feast on Kossuth's form,- Nevertheless, we know many, mostly young Though freemen's hearts and hands are ever true persons, who set up for wits on the score of sar. To shield their illustrious brother from the storm, casm. They are usually very conceited, or very Can he forget his Hungary, crushed, bleeding foolish, or very unamiable individuals; and by and forlorn !
no means the terror to others they imagine.
Persons of sense are no more affected by their Yet such sweet love is beautiful in man !
sarcasms than mastiffs are by the yelp of a lapAnd angels listen on their silent lyres,
dog. A real wit never condescends to reply to When pity's tones in gentle murmurs ran,
them. We have known many such sarcastic In sacred echos 'long the golden wires. For every tone of sympathy lives on,
persons in our experience, and always found And gathers volume 'till it faints and dies,
they cured themselves of this childish habit as In softest sighings round his holy throne
soon as they grew up, or if they did not, that And honor paid to virtue, proudly vies
they remained children in their tempers to the With every deathless plant that blooms in para
end of their career. It is a mean sori of revenge dise.
that seeks to gall anoiher's feelings by sarcasm.
For where it chances to le successful, it is like Yea, give him gold and honors, let him feel the copper shot of the Mexicans, which ganHow great a thing to us is might of mind ;
grenes the wound. How we admire and cherish hearts of steel,
We frequenily hear young persons at a party And how we mourn for all he leaves behind. make sarcastic remarks on those who enter. Though poor and broken hearted, he is still There is here, perhaps, 1108 so much ill-will, as Unbent, unstained, unfettered, in his soul !
ill-breeding, not so much spleen at vihers as a He wears an honest brow, and bears a will
desire to display ourselves. It is a sort of verFaithful to liberty ; though tyrants toll
bal harlequinism got up to raise a laugh. The The funeral bell of nations o'er his lost Magyar would be wits in this case are like the monkey soil.
in a red coat at the menagerie who rides the And we, the favored of our Father, we,
ring and plays his antics to amuse the children The grateful offspring of a patriot band !
rather than people of sense. When young genShall we not share cach blessing with the free,
tlemen are the actors, they are generally forAnd give to soothe the oppressed our happy
ward and conceited slips of boys cultivating land ?
moustaches, and stretching theinselves up in Shades of our Washington and Warren ! bend company to appear like men.
But when young Your spirit-eyes upon us, while we pour
ladies are the offenders, they will frequently be Our thunder tones of welcome that shall blend found not very pretty, or not very amiable lookWith occan's mighty voice, along Columbia's ing; and though they usually attract hearers, shore,
they make few fast friends, for every one is To brave and gifted Kossuth, peace and love for- fearful lest they should turn out shrews. We
may be amused at seeing a crowd run from a Richville, N. Y., Oct. 1851.
chaser, but we have no fancy to be chased our:
selves. One enjoys the fun of beholding others and useful ones, by the application of power take up nettles, but is very careful not to touch enough. What we saw in that field in Fitchthe sting. Hence the wisdorn of the common burg, seemed as incredible and as wonderful as saying that sarcastic women are rarely married. it now seems, that such and such profligate and Though willing enough to laugh at others, men hardened men can ever have their dispositions do not care to be made butts themselves. More. and characters changed for the better. over, a long practice in this habit, gives a person There is a prevalent feeling even in our Chrisinsensiblya splenetic mind, so thatwhat was taken tian cities, that nothing can be done to redeem up to give zest to conversation, is too apt to end certain classes of the abandoned-and so they in spoiling the temper. Tartness would seem are left from generation to generation like the to be infectious. People grow sour and sarcas- barren, rocky, stumpy fields to moulder in their tic together."
corruption. But does the true-hearted, experimental Christian doubt that there is power enough in Christ, if rightfully applied, to raise
the dead in trespasses and sins from their graves A SHORT SERMON ON STUMPS.
of sensuality and wickedness.
Archimedes cried out in a transport of joy, A CORRESPONDENT of the “ Christian Register,”
when he discovered a simple law in hydrostatover the signature of W. G. B., speaks a good ics; and the time is coming and now is, when word on Stumps, which may be useful to some
the Church will sing aloud with joy, over waste of our readers. We have many times wished a
places redeemed and rough, rugged, depraved moral lever to lift up certain stumps out of the
hearts changed to gardens of verdure and fruit. field they marred. But hear the writer:
If any one doubts it, let him see some such tri"We recently saw large unsightly stumps re
umphs of mechanical force as I have described, moved from their deep-seated home in the earth
and then let him look through these and beyond as quickly and easily as a surgeon extracts a
these to the superior power of spiritual forces." tooth. It was done by Willis's patent lever application which was capable of producing a power, equal to one thousand tons weight. Had Archimedes been present, his faith in
STRENGTH FROM OTHERS. removing mountains and moving the world with a lever would have been quickened and fostered.
Modern theories of self-reliance, that make a It was a noiseless, but most suggestive occa
man sufficient for himself, have no foundation sion. To do a piece of work in two minutes at
in the reality of things. an expense of a few cents which ordinarily costs
“ Except above hiinself he can twenty-five dollars and requires days of severest
Erect himself, how poor is man !" toil—to redeem in one day an acre of stumps, which had been doomed to a perpetual neglect The universe, intelligent and unintelligent, is a and waste, to make in one season fields of such series of intimate dependances; and only the land prolific of beauty and productive of richest scrutiny of God's omniscience can tell the intervegetation, is doing something sublime and linking of forces and solve the problems of matGod-like. When God said, let there be light; ter and spirit. The saddest pages in human there was light. All that we want in any given history are those which tell the story of those case of difficulty and hardship is motive power who have tried to live within and to themselves enough, and the work is easily accomplished. -like Diogenes snarling at Alexander to get out The application of science to art, the use of such of his sunshine, as though the light of day came labor saving machines is to be one of the re-down for him alone; or as the hermited misandeeming instrumentalities in the ultimate sal- thrope muttering his curses on a lying and devation of the world. We have all of us met ceiving world. with some pretty hard cases in our fields and in Self-reliance is good when it does not disavow our acquaintance, among stumps and among the social relations and duties. It is noble and
Bad habits, rooted with tremendous beautiful where it is the sacrifice of self to duty, power in the characters of men, may be quietly as pointed out by the reception of some great removed and their place supplied with fragrant truth or principle, unawed by the power of the Vol. XX.
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ease, social position, or present interests. It is moral character, inasmuch as they are the grand to see such souls in the vast procession of strength or weakness of thousands; and it is History, holding their way in harmony with the this that gives such a weight to the fact that order of the universe, gravitating to the idea of Washington was pure, sound to the core, and Duty to God and man, not men.
Such souls are ripe in every detail of his character. When strong. Such souls have been the strength of speaking of the condition of things subsequent nations and ages, and from their memories drop, to the Revolution, the orator at the laying of the as from the stars, the light of successful conquest corner stone of the new Capitol at Washington for Right and Truth and Liberty.
city, spoke of the small resources and the debts We are but slightly acquainted with how much of the new government, “but even then," said we find our strength in others, and only by med- he, “in many respects the government was itating on the thought can we rise to a just ap- strong. It was strong in Washington's great preciation of how strong we may be in the Lord character-it was strong in the wisdom and --strong by ever-living moral forces, pouring patriotism of other eminent public men, his pointo all the activities of our mental, affectionate litical associates and fellow laborers-it was and social being, the energy of enduring valor, strong in the affections of the people.” This devotion and love.
was a truthful word; and who can measure the We were never made to be strong in ourselves. strength of the union of States which is derived We see this in the little toitling infant, whose from the name and characier of Washington! first efforts at walking are encouraged by the There is a charm in the name, “ The Land of smile of the mother, and that smile gives Washington,” that would make that phrase a strength to the failing limbs, just as truly as the rallying word of strength. No more could it be sunlight lifts up the drooping plant and bids it used were the Union dissolved. No part of the show the grace and beauty of its make. The
country in its isolated condition could claim that school-girl, timid, bashful and retiring, finds august name; and to me, while I regard the strength from the encouraging word of one she moral bond of Union by far the strongest bond deems her superior; and the young mechanic, that binds the States, the memory of Wasbing. or artist, puts forth a better effort when an ap- ton is the chief strength of that moral bond. proving look tells the estimate in which his skill
We see in this how we get strength from othis held by some mind that knows where ability
ers-how in fellowship with them we are strong, lies. The history of the struggles of genius
and by this method of thought we rise to find abounds with instances where weakness found
our strength in Christ, our power in God. To strength from some word of approbation, and “ be strong in the Lord and in the power of his many have known what Benjamin West meant
might,” as the Apostle exhorts, is to give ourwhen referring to his first effort at drawing and selves to the work which we know God has purhis mother's kiss when she overlooked him, he
posed, and let the conviction of union with him said, " That kiss made me a painter.” Where tbus formed be a source of unfailing energy. genius is slighted and rudely repulsed, it does
H. BACON. not find the strength by which it perseveres in Philadelphia, Pa. itself alone, but rather from the knowledge of what genius has suffered, and how that suffering was glorified by the labors produced. We get our strength principally from others,- from what
TO FANNY. we have read, from what we know has been done, froin our constant contact with minds
They told me thou wert beautiful, around us. Every time of great excitement in
That from thy forehead fair the public mind, exhibits very strikingly this
Were parted back rich, wavy curls fact. One man sways thousands. They are
Of glossy auburn hair. strong or weak as the case may be with him;
They said thy cheek was lily-pure, and it is sometimes lamentable to discover how
Thy lip was coral-red, few there are who have really strength from
And hinted, these had won the heart principles and alliance with the Right and
So lately to thee wed. Truth, and how many are strong only in men, or, it may be, in a man. This is the reason
I wondered much that outward charms why public men should be good--sound in their A soul like his could gain,
L. C. H.
And whispered, youth and beauty fade, scarcely a year; and though he studied early What shall to age remain ?
and late, and made rapid advancement, still this They did not say, thy glorious eye
was not sufficient to dampen the ardor of his
spirits, wrinkle his brow, or render him moody Surpassed a poet's dream, That from above was caught the ray
and uncongenial. A full flow of wild exuberanThat lit its changing beam ;
cy made him proof against the ravages of too
close application, and he seemed to be at the That lip and brow were eloquent,
same time preparing for future usefulness, and Though mute were voice and tongue,- to lose none of the enjoyments of the present. That Love, and Truth and Purity,
Lawyer Bascom, in whose office be pursued Their charm around thee flung.
his studies, though generally very silent upon
the merits or demerits of his students, did not But now I wonder, Love, no more,
hesitate to remark to his friends, that Clarence But yield to Beauty's spell ;
Nelson would by and by slide into his shoes and And only marvel one has sought
more than 6ll them. What all must love so well. The Home, June 3, 1851.
This of course came to the ears of Clarence, but instead of rendering him vain and pompous, as it would have done a weaker mind, was the
source of great merriment with him. He often WAB-SHA-ASH, OR THE BLACK OTTER.
declared that he would never wear lawyer Bascom's brogans, but would have those with higher heels and more exquisite fitness; and withal
they should not be so economically chosen, as ABOUT the close of the last war with Great
the old lawyer's. But he was a young man Britain, Clarence Nelson, a young man of fine then, and did not know that “riches have exterior and most brilliant promise, was pursu- wings,” and use them too. A rich old father, ing the study of law in a romantic village situ
residing a few miles from the village, had freely ated on one of the small, beautiful lakes of Cen- supplied him with all the money needful for his tral New York.
expenses; and Clarence, in the generosity of his As a Major of one of the regiments sent out soul, made free use of it, yet not with that carefrom that region upon the frontiers, he had met less prodigality that attends the profligate. His with several dashing adventures with the ene- amusements were all of the highest order, his my, and had become noted for his dexterity in friends well chosen and not too many, and his coping with the red men. This fact gave an obligations all carefully fulfilled. Many a needy additional touch of romance, especially in the creature left his presence with a happier heart, eyes of the belles of the village of A--, to that and many a mother blessed him for the rescue already attaching itself to him, in the form of a of her reckless son from ruin. fine graceful figure, flashing black eyes, wavy A residence of one year in A-, made hiin locks of brown, and an easy eloquence that hung respected, admired and esteemed of all. About upon his tongue. He might indeed be said to
this period an agent for the “North West Amerhave been the hero of A
ican Fur Company" passed through the village, Notwithstanding the timidity of our sex, and engaging enterprising young inen as clerks for the shrinking from scenes of bloodshed and the the company, and offering high wages. Clarence horrors of war, we do admire a bold, dashing listened to his representations, and was soon soldier; and even the frailest and most tinuid beset with an eager desire to see the new counfears not to become the lady-love of the adven- | try, to learn something of the life of a trader, turous warrior. As a palliation of our weak- but more particularly to do something that should ness, we can declare truly that we catch this ad- seem like moving ahead in the world. He acmiration of a false glory from no other than the cordingly engaged himself as clerk to the trading “ lords of creation.”
Company for a year, at a high salary, and preClarence was then but little past the age of pared to depart immediately. The rornantic twenty, full of ambition and enterprise, and pictures drawn by the agent of the free, wild, looking restlessly about him for some opening to adventurous life of a trader, kept him full of exgratify his love of adventure and improvement. citement; and it was not until his word was
He had been poring over the statute books pledged and the bargain concluded, that he had
come to reflect upon the probable feelings of his
of, or money procure. Helen was deeply sensi. parents and family. A momentary pang passed ble of her uncle's kindness, and stiove to repay across his mind when be thought how they in part his goodness by the most unremitted atmight grieve, but he had promised; besides it tentions; yet she was much of the time, in spite would be but a year: he should soon come back, of all the charms of her bome, unhappy.
Her and then how many things of interest he should
aunt was a woman of the most disagreeable have to relate, and how much he would have
temper; and having taken an early dislike to learned that he desired to know. On the whole Helen, strove to render her unhappy, whenever he was greatly pleased with the idea ; and in she could. In vain was Helen kind and oblig. three days had made his adieu to relations and ing, in vain did she give up many a pleasure friends, and was on his way to the far West. because her aunt disapproved. It was all lost
In those days what we now regard as only a upon the latter; and when the former found short, pleasant trip round the Lakes, was looked herself obliged to reject with firmness the adupon as a long, perilous undertaking; and Wis- dresses of her aunt's nephew, a wealthy but disconsin lying now but three days journey from solute young man, the last touch was put to her any part of New York, was almost past the relative's hatred. Still, for her uncle's sake, the boundary of return; at least, a return from that sweet girl bore it all patiently, never giving country was considered doubtful; consequently cause of offence, and neglecting no opportunity the friends of Clarence thought it not unreason. of doing her aunt a service. One evening in able that they should shed many tears at his September, after a most uncomfortable day, she departure, and speak of him as one whom they had strolled into the garden and seated herself should probably never see again.
in an arbor that commanded a view of the lake. They felt not unlike those who have, with Her thoughts were bitter, but she strove to banfear and trembling, seen their dear ones depart ish them. She strove to forget her aunt's unin recent times for the gold regions of Califor- kindness, her heartless reproaches, and to overnia. Yet, however much they prognosticated balance all in her mind by her uncle's kindness; and feared, Clarence Nelson did not die that and had so far succeeded as to be quietly enjoyyear, nor for many a year afterward ; nor is he ing the scene before her, the beautiful lake sleepdead pow, unless his exit has taken place with- ing beneath the tender glances of the moon, in a few weeks. We shall have a glance at when a hasty step approached, and the next him in future years-meantime let us look into moment a young man entered and seated him. his heart and read some of its youthful records. self by her side.
“I sought you in the house, Helen, but not getting any satisfaction from your aunt as to
your whereabouts; and knowing your love for Close on the borders of the lovely lake of
this spot, I ventured to seek you here before reC-, stood the elegant mansion of Gen. B It was the home of peace and plenty. The Gen
turning to the office, I hope I am pardoned the
presumption." eral's family consisted of himself, Mrs. B., and
“ Presumption ! Clarence, I am happy to have a lovely niece. She was an orphan, and had been left to the care of her uncle with the dying and if you have any griefs to dispel, here is just
you here to enjoy this beautiful scene with me; breath of her mother. Helen Hyde was a noble
the place to get rid of them. I came here in an girl, and next to the pleasure of fighting his bat
unhappy frame of nd, and now I am at peace, tles over again, of showing the scars made by
and feel that I can go on in my duties cheerthe enemy's bullets, and of relating his “hair
fully." breadth 'scapes," the General found his chief
“I cannot exactly say, Helen, as I have any enjoyment in the company of Helen. She gave
real griefs to dispel; but I am not quite happy him every respect that she could have shown a
to-night, and I have sought you to make you a parent; and adding to a beautiful face and form
sharer of my thoughts and intentions. I hope a well cultivated mind, excellent heart, and gentle manners, it was no wonder that the old man,
you will not suffer any new disclosures of mine having no children of his own, should become
to agitate or disturb you." strongly attached to her. He was never weary
Why, Clarence, you seem very mysterious. of her society, and he threw around her every
What important disclosures can you have to pleasure and delight that affection could think make that are not already made?" said Helen,