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-.TuMtti h HBhd at Two
I Twenty-Ilv CtsM for
. mnxma ucu?.
Mm nearer our own times.
of tbe late war with England,
TL-Ti kktoiT of which more abund.
.Js"- .Jr. MM,wof iIibCod.
CLU under fjornmooore
JL. nHar Coniniodora-Isaac Hull,
jUrf British ships, in July , 1812,
r . - n.rrn.
r ..TiLK minted, that we cannot
iHtansttet the satisfaction of laying it
i r. rparlcr.
I Athe by opened, three sails were
'-acotwed oa the "larboard quarterof the
and three more astern. This
.,. .k Mtudion of Commodore Broke,
juchkts' keen gradually closing In with
irican frurata during the night, and
Lj,. kut of gunshot, r At the ship
'ilotlf ruied their positions, . when the
'fltti ra entirely cleared away, the Con
'dttitioa had two frigate on her leo quar-.
w od a ehip of the line, two frigates, a
1 m lod t cboooor astern. : All the Strang.
PWih colors flviOIT. - v: -.. ;' :-
'j 1 it bo feU quite calm, andther Constjfl
Likivi mit hr boats, and sent them
'itkeid It tow, and with a view to keep the
'ilsto out of the reach of the enemy 'a ahot.
Attbe tame time, aha; swept up one of the
'gain deck gutu to tbe apar deck, and run
! sot ftt at a ttern chaser, getting a long
'sighteea off the forecastle, also for a simi
Iw purpose. Two more of the tweuty.
tm below were run out of the cabin win
Jon; with the same object, though, it was
found necessary to cut away tome of the
'nod work of the stern franpe, in order to
iid ) m By tix o'clock tbe wind, which contin-
nea very Pgm sou oaming, came oui irum
!ae Dorthwsrd of the west, when tbe ship's
J . . J i .L .....I J I
y JWU was gm iduiiu w uiv nniuiwaru, uw
I M flit light canrast that would draw, was
to "wt. ' Soon after tbe nearest frigate , the
T" puuno, opened with ncr bow guns, and
contiiwed for abaut ten minutes, but per
Vming ihe could not reach the Cunstitu.
:tiog,ibeeessed. At halt-past six Uaptain
HuUioundedio twenty-six taihoms, when
, Ending that the enemy was likely to close,
;u k wu unable to put the boats of two
tUptGootM, and was also farorad with a
jliUtt more air than the Constitution, all the
( spire rope that could be fouud, and which
J m St (or the purpose, was payed down
jagm! gireir, ibe crew clapped oOr and
alkedaway with the ship, overrunning
with the end of the line. - While this was
doing', fresh tines and another kedgo were
carried shead, and in this manner, though
oat of tight of bnd , the frigate hod glided
my from her pursuers, before they dis
covered tbe manner In which it was done.
It wu not long, however, before the ene-
iy resorted to the same expedient At
wr, when she set her ensign, and Jred a
not at fte Shannon, the nearest ahip. At
ht it fell calm again, and further recourse
vw had to the boats and kedges, the ene.
"7 vessels bavinir a litrht air. a drawing
had, towing, sweeping and kedging. By
Ji ths nearest frigate, the Shannon, on
to tho English had put most of their
ti, was ilosine faat. and there was cv.
J protpect, notwithstanding the-steadi-m
ind acuvity of the Conatitulion'h pea.
plej that the frisrate would ret iwar enmiirh
tOCrinnle her. when kovVi
f the sqntdron would be inevitable. At
ail Irving- moment Ki Ko ..;i.
. O 'I wvww was 7irvMS
ia themhip. Every thing was stopper,
w, and Capuin Hull was not without hnm
wen should helwr frktVovl inlA im!am Jt
Rowing the Shannon astern by his fire,
ana of maintaining ti. a;.. 1 e .u
ter vessels, ft was known th.t tv, .
57T!i,,0tt0w near, u it wootJ
bavq been verv iA v: vM. wru
we tern guns of the ConstituUori, and not
man in the latter vessel showed a dispo
h to despondency. Officers and men
euered eanh riu i .
no while th rrt-.. 1..1J
"own oa the deck tn ratK ot, k.
lple slept at their guns.
I w, lma one of the moat critical
i ""overnents of tiw rhnu Tv. rk
a . vww a simuijvu
wnile tbe Guerriera vi An
e laifant nn... - i . 3 . .
1 1 nour promisea to
-t, - .iruggie xo an issue, when, sud
7amulemii pine, light
irom the south struck the ship, bring,
x4u?.W . waixL The beautiful man-
Z; which this advantage was improved,
i i """unwion, even in xne enemy.
JU ere trimmed, and, as soon aa she
Onder Contmniul K m Kmiifrht rlnM
J tothe wind, on the larboard tack ; the
were AmmmA in .unm.;t . tk
JTnvv I WATTS '--v
that belonged to me aaviu were run up,
while the others were just lifted clear of the
water, by purchases on tbe spare spars,
stowed outboard, where they were in read.
iness to be used again at a moment s notice.
At the ship came by the wind, she brought
the Guerriere nearly on her lee beam.
when that fHgate opened ,a Are from ber
hroaosHie. vvtino toe ahot or thia vessel
were just fallen short of them, the people
of the Constitution were hoisting up their
boats, with as much steadiness aa if the du
ty was performed in a friendly port In
about an hour, however, it fell nearly calm
again, when Uaptain Hull ordered a quan
tity or the water started to lighten the ship,
More tnaa two thousand eaJioos were
pumped out, and the boats were sent ahead
again to tow. The enemy now put nearly
all their boats on the Shannon, the nearest
shin astern t and a few hours of produnous
exertion followed, the people or tbe Con
stitution being compelled to tup ply the place
of numbers by their activity and zeal. The
ships were close by the wind, and every
thing thai would draw was set, and the
Shannon was slowly but ateadily forging
ahead. About noon, of this day, there
was a little relaxation from labor, owing to
the occasional .ocenrrenoe or cat s paws,
by watching which, closely, the ahip waa
urged through the water. ' But at a quarter
paet twelve, tbe boats were ahead, and the
toilsome work of towing" and kedging was
renewed. r ' s .'.'-.'-..
" At one o'clock a strange sail was dis
covered, nearly to leeward.- At thia mo
ment, the four frigates of the enemy were
about one point on the lee quarter of the
Constitution, at long gun-shot t the Africa
and the two prizes, being on the lee beam.
As the wind was constantly baffling, any
moment might have brought a change, and
placed the enemy to windward. At seven
minutes before two, the Belvedere henh4 -
nearest ship, began to fire with her bow
guns, and the Cohslututton Opened with her
stern chasers, la board the -Utter ship,
however, it was found dangerous to use the
main deck gum, the transoms having so
much rake, the windows being so high , and
the guns short, that every explosion lifted
the upper deck and threatened to blow out
the stern frame. Perceiving, moreover,
that thia shot did little or no execution,
Captain Hull ordered tbe firing to cease at
half-past two. '' " 1 '. . -
" Por several hours the enemy's frigates
were now within gunshot, sometimes tow.
ing and kedging, and at others endeavor
ing to close with the pulls or air that occa
sionatly passed. At seven in the evening,
the boats of the Constitution were again
ahead, the ship steering south-west, naif
west, with an air so light as to be almost
imperceptible. At liall-past seven she
sounded in 24 fathoms. For four hours the
same toilsome duties were going on, until
a little before eleven, when a light air from
the Southward struck the ship, and the
sailors for the first time in many weary
hours were asleep. The boats instantly
dropped alongside, hooked on, and were all
run up, with the exception of tbe first cut.
ter. 'The ton gallant studding sails and
uJsjEerestas soon as possible-, and,
for about an hour, the people ciuclit a lit.
tie rest ' -
But at midnight it- fell nearly . calm
again, though neither the pursuers nor the
Eursued had recourse to the boats, proba.
ly front an unwillingness to distu-b their
crews, i At two A. M. it was ooservea, on
board the Constitution, that the Gurriere
had forged ahead, and was again off her
Ice beam.; At this time the topgallant stud.
dinir-sails were taken in. - . 1 -
4l-la this manner passed the night, and
6ff mornmgtif the next(layitwas fow
that three of the ehemy'e frigates were
within long gunshot on the lee quarter, and
the other about the same distance on the
lee beam. The Africa and the prizes were
much further to the leeward. .
' A little after day light, the Guerriere,
having drawn ahead sufficiently to be for
ward of the Constitution's beam, tacked,
when the latter ship did the same, in order
to preserve her position to the -windward.
An hour later the jEolus -passed on the
contrary tack so near, that it was thought
by some, wlKjbeervedtheinoveTneirt
she ought to have opened ber fire ; hut as
that vessel was merely, a twelve pounder
frigate, and she waa still at a considerable
distance, it is quite probable her comman
der acted judiciously. By thia time there
was sufficient wind to induce Captain Hull
to hoist in the first cutter. y -
" The scene. 6n the morning of this
daywas very beautiful, and of great inter
est to the lovers of nautical exhibitions.
The weather was mild. and Wely, nhd.:lbe
sea was smooth as 8 pond, there was quite
wind enough to remove the necessity of sny1
of ; the .extraordinary means of getting
ahead, that had been so freely used during
the 'previous eightnd-forty hours. All
the English vessels had got on the same
tack with tbe Constitution again, and the
five frigates wore clouds of canvass, from
their trucks to the water. Including the
American ship, eleven soils were in sight ;
and shortly alters twelfth appeared to wind
ward, that was soon ascertained to be an
were too intent on the Constitu
gard any thing else and thoug
Constitution to re
gard any thing else and though it would
have been easy to capture the ship to lee
ward, no attention' appears to have been
paid to her. With-i view, however, to de
ceive tbe ship to windward, they hoisted
American colors, when .the Constitution
set an English ensign, by way of warning
the stranger to keep aloof.
",'At meridian the wind began to blow
pleasant breeze, and the sound of the wa.
ter, rippling under the, bows of the vessels,
was again heard. From this moment the
noble) ship drew aliead of all her pursuers,
tbe sails being watched and tended in the
best manner that consummate seamanship
could dictate, until four P. M., when the
ship Belvidero 'was more than four miles
astern, and the other vessels were thrown
behind in the same proportion, though the
wind had again got to be very light
" In this.manDcr both parties kept pres
sing ahead and to windward, as fast as cir
cumstances would allow, profiting by ev.
ery change, and resorting to all the means
of forcing vessels through, the water thai
are known to seamen. A little before ser.
err, however, there was every appearance
of a heavy squall, accompanied by rain;
when the Constitution prepared to meet it
with the coolness and discretionv she had
displayed throughout the whole affair. The
people were stationed, and every thing was
kept fast to the last moment, when, just
before the squall struck the ship, tbe order
waa given to clew up and clew down. All
tbe light canvass waa furled, a second reef
was taken in the mizen topsail, and the
ship waa brought under short sail, in an
incredibly little time. ;. The English vessels
observing this, began to let go and haul
down without waiting tor the wind and
when they were shut in by the rain, they
were steering in different directions to avoid
the : force of the expected squalL . The
Constitution, on the other hand, no sooner
got its weight, than anil sheeted horde and
hoisted her fore and main top-gallant sails ;
and while tbe enemy most probably believ.
ed her borne down by the pressure of the
wind, steering freeshe was flying away
from them, on an easy .bowline, at the rate
of eleven knots. , r.
t' -Thus terminated a chase that habe.
come historical in the American navy, for
its length ;r closeness, and actiwly,, (Jathe
parjr o. the English, there were manifested
much perse verence and seamanship, a
ready imitation, and a strong desire to get
along side .of their enemy. But the glory
of the affair was carried oft by the olucera
and people of the Constitution. Through.
out all tho trying circumstances of this
arduous struggle, this noble frigate, which
had so lately Jbeen tho sneers of the Eng
lish critics, maintained tho high character
of a man-of-war.-, bven when pressed up
on the hardest, nothing was hurried, con.
fused, or slovenly, but the utmost stcadi
ness, order, and discipline, reigned in the
ship." , : ...
v from (he Advocate sad Journal.
I , FEMALE EDUCATION.
AIbssbs. EntToas : What can be of
more importance to our country than the
proper education of our women! This
sentiment is indeed working its way very
generally ..into the:, public mind; but the
umeshave not-vet nroduced anv sauslac.
lory outline of the system of education best
adapted to the females. We havo had
some scattering suggestions, and an peca
sional exhortation bearing this way ; but it
is believed there are-radical errors which
have as yet escaped de
pretended that we have not had long essays,
and even large volumes jibut who idoes not
know that a great book may contain 'very
little that is new T 7' :
The writer of this has very carefully ex-
amined several late works on the education
of females, and finds nothing material ad.
ded to the maxims of former times. Books
of this kind will be useful as embodying
principles already received , but the improve,
menta they recommend are of a descrip.
Great improvements never ' tokVIBelrHrtin
in a bare emendation of particulars. If the
principles are wrong, vexatious and in vain
will be the adjustment of details. "Do
men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of this.
tlesT' Plant but acorns, prune and culti
vate as you will, and you will gather only
acorns at last Yet the intolerable charac
ter of a particular or consequence may lead,
and sometimes does, not to the emendation
of such particular or consequence, but the
rejection of the principle from which it
springs. -f3o far, I take it r we have advanc. 1
ed with female education. "
The imperfect and vicious principles that
have predominated in their education have
been discovered only through the multipli
city of bitter consequence thaffbllbwed. -Community
is now writhing under the ma.
levolent effects of its own cherished system
of Instruction: iraffordrTWIeasure-
dwell upon evils that are past remedy ; and
were the present generation vruin,)ocern.
ed, it would be wisdom, perhaps, to .remit
the consideration of mestibjectaltogether
There is one consoUftfon attendant on inves
tigations of this kind, namely, facility' of
Erooq Cause and effect are betore us ; ana
owever great may be the difficulty of pro
viding for a better' state of things, the ut
ter mischiefs of tbe pre8ent"course are un
deniable. I shall now refer more particu.
larly to some of the facta which warrant the
1. Ignorance of natural science, tine
custom which prevails among females de
monstrates their ignorance of physiology.
Allusion Is hM&f-?wt " ift.lacing.
The small waists of America, and the small
feet of China, have one common origin in
tbe profound depths of ignorance. Tbe dif
ference is merely a matter of taste. My re
marks are rather excursory than criminative
hence no attempt will be made to declaim
againsi the absurdities of this practice.
The reference is one of illustration solely ;
for I am convinced that mention of this vice
for any other purpose tends to make matters
worse, instead of better. Phyticians and
philanthropists may expatiate on the mad.
ness of this suicidal custom ; may demon,
strata that its inseparable attendants are
pain and death I but all to no purpose. Ig.
rjorance forbids that they should know these
thingv - And until tbe laws of tho Jniman
mina are changed, it must be so ; 'for tbe
bare ipse dixit, even of love and knowledge
cannot be received. The wisdom of ined).
eal and other advisers may not be doubted J
their kind intentions certainly not but the
subjects of this advice fail to trace tbe con.
catenation of facta on which such conclu
sions rest Hence they have only the force
of abstractions supported merely by author
ity, and are deservedly rejected from among
tho number of governing principles.
Under the bead of iomutiq , management
ft list of grievances might be enumerated
Tbe lady who has been brought up to com.
press her waist, and who thinks it right to
do so, cannot be supposed to have a know!.,
edge of what is requisite for the clothes of
the rest of the family. The young and
flexible child must shape to its clothes.
Stubborn indeedr are tbe laws of nature.
But. anTexpanded chest is quite top vulguar :
its ossifying frame-work must therefore be
taught to grow, not as God would have it,
but as capricious ignorance will permit
Here, too, we usuaUy Maine the woman,
when she does buTas she was learned.
She mav be entitled to our nitv. but scarce.
ly to our censure. What does she know of
the structure of tbe being she is modeling,
or of the operation of tbe vital functions of
its body T Has she ever been schooled in
facts of this kind' If not, the councils of
prudence will have the appearance of dog
matism and folly and cruelty will character
ize the attempt to induce practical attention
to what, under other circumstances, would
have been cheerfuTIybeyed Tor its own
' 2. Fotuity of mindTln youth the natu
ral buoyancy of spirits is a wise provision
for a good beginning: but if no stock of
knowledge is ucquired during this period,
the mind is doomed to a monotony that dis-
qualifies It for lofty aspirings, and prolongs
the continuance through life of a desire for
the puerile gratifications of dress and amuse,
ment "'The soul without education, like
a pile without inhabitant, to ruin runs."
Incapable of intellectual happiness, resort
is had to the more worthless and often vi-
cious pleasures of sense. Or. rather, the
intellect divorced from the senses in stupi
fted, and the unhappy being is borneby
the latter, like Phieton the Chariot of Ju
But away with objections. It i time to
stop finding fault, and say the little we have
by way of reform. Without affecting to
supply the desideratum ia question, or ma
king improvements beyond all that are. past,
the author wishes, to contribute what he
can to a " consummation so devoutly- to be
1. The course of instruction for females
should be based upon human nature,, and
not upon the caprice of incompetent parents
nor the silly and contradictory customs of
human being is so for another. There is. a
gradual approximation to this view in the
various editorial movements of the day.
But this movement, is still too vague. The
public is moving, but the goal where it
should stop is unascertained. Wome are
properly excluded from politics and public
life; but why are they cashiered from truth?
They live and act in this life as really aa do
men, and with the same accountability, and
it is absurd to (Twonder that physical edu
cation is deemed either useless or unbecons
and painting, dec., all very good as far as
they go f but the vices now most to be de
plored are not to be subverted by superfi
cial accomplishments. A solid education
in the elements of universal science can
alone render belles lettres of any use to
their possessor. A lady who understands
chynustry and physiology must be much
better prepared to nurse- the- -sick -and to
manage the affairs of her own family so as
to'secure health and happiness, than one
who cfen only make music and pictures.
2. Females ought to oe so educated as
to be judges of their own morality, and com
petent counsellors of their own sex. There
are now a few such, and there always has
been, perhaps ; but ' what are they among
so many!" why have we not more lemaie
seminaries of a high order! Perhaps they
cannot be afforded, oritjnay be teachers
cannot be found. These things, however-,
only show that female education is consid
ered rather as a refinement, tharfas a neces-
saxyjif-life- They have of right no con.
nection with the destiny OT women mom
than they nave with-that of men.:. But in
the one case we are passive, while in the
other no inducement could make us so.
Women have, therefore, been educated as
an appendage to society, and not as a con
stkuent part--merely as an ornament than
might or might not be retained without pre
judice to the social constitution. Such are
the leading principles that ought to govern
in female education. ' '
In my last, I observed that there was
miichconfujion in the applicauon of our
limited system. But in this, as in other
cases, the stronger oppress jthe weaker.--By
chance and by force the interests of this
class have been shuffled aside till they man
ifest little disposition to call their spoilers to
account Society can be so arranged in
all it domestic affairs as to admit of the re
quisite mental elevation. The plodding,
unbroken industry of some housekeepers i
ia rather tbe effect of habit than of necessi
ty. .We must, look to those who have put
down, to raise up those whom they have
depressed. , Let the means and excitements
to study be no longer withheld from the
adult and let children of both classes be
put upon the broad and equal ground of bu.
man nature then the dominancy of fash.
ion will give place to the control of reason.
Hammondjport, Aug. 25, 1840. .
It is a singular circumstance in the car.
ly history of this country, that, a time
when thfr settlements on the Atlantic were
yet few and isolated, struggling for exist-
tence against penury, sickness, a no? the
hostility of the natives, and all along their
western border lay a repulsive and un
explored wilderness, the enterprise of the
r ranch should have penetrated, by way of
the northern Lakes, to the country border
ing on the Mississippi, and, mora than a
hundred and fifty years ago,"' established
colonies, which have existed uninterrupted
to the present day. In the villages of Kas
kaskia. Prairie, du Rocher, Cahokia, and
their vicinity, are yet to be seen the1 de
scendants of the men, who followed La
Salle, in the latter part of the seventeenth
century, in bis adventurous exploration of
the course of tho Mississippi. Here, in
these regions of beauty and fertility, exis
ted for many years, secluded from, and al
most unknown to, the rest of the world, a
company of as light-hearted and as mirth.
loving individuals, as ever emigrated irom
the father land of mercurial spirits. At
peace almost always wun uie Indians,
. i i . a !
whom they were content to defraud of their
furs, without seeking to drive them from
their country ; basking under a genial cli
mate, and deriving-an -easy subsistence
from a soil fertile beyondTlTprior expert
enee, tiie, French of Illinois, for more than
three quarters oi a century, vegetating in
colonies, which nothing but their indolence
and love of ease prevented from rivalling
those, in which the energy of the settlers
on the Atlantic was lading the foundations
of this republic
An observer of the latter part of the
seventeenth century, possessed of the most
correct information with regard tar this
country may well have doubted where
eveniuall v. the strenirth of nonulalion would
-. J u IS
preponderate. On the one hand, the ad
venturers on the seaboard, though obliged
io derive H support from a soil compara
tively barren and unkind, and -to contend
with the undying hostility of tho natives,
with the most disheartening sickness and
mortality, possessed the advantage of more
easy access to the mother country, ana
greater facilities for commerce. On the
other, the French colonists were in pos
session ofthe two natural outlets of the
West, the "Mississippi and the St Law
rence. They had ingratiated themselves,
by their facility of adaptation and careless
ease of manner, with the Indians. Tbey
found a climate which, Whatever it may
hnvA nrnvpd tn nther P.iironpnns. wa to
them sinsrularlv congenial, and the kindli.
t lertile soil that was ever tax.
ed for the support of man.
all these advantages, the mother country
at different times, lavished large sums of
money for their assistance, and her gov.
ernment was, to the last degree, kind and
parental. , ' .
With these lights, would not suchfan ob.
server have been justified ioVpredicting,that
tbe coram of t rench settlement along tne
Mississippi and on the borders of the Lakes
would increase and tighten ,till it had forced
the inhabitaotam thaolhttflide of the rAU
trghaieito.4he sp acampejledjhenn il
to submission i Ana may wo noi now
speculate upon the probability that, had the
circumstances of the rival nations, who
were contending for this part of the conti
nent ,ben reversed, the result would have
been very different I Had the Anglo-Sax.
on emigrants orginally penetrated to the
lakes and ascended the Mississippi, may
we not presume that their dense and thriv.
ing communities in the West would soon
have ousted . tbe Frenchmen, 'who might
have been hunting crabs, and eating oys-
ters, oh the shores of the ocean t -
As it turned out. while the descendants
of the English were tolling. Jbr .a subsist
enceon the sand of Virginia, or on the
bleak bills of New-England, they were ac-
Suiring, at the same time, tho habits of in.
ustry, the energy of character, and the
love of industry, which carried them tri-1
omphantly through the var of the Kevo
lution ; the' Tl hman , on the banks of
ihe Mississippi i was dreaming away his
UifT-happyr ajJoDg &S the viljnge musician
woula " pipe Tor him to dance, ana-eiy
caring to vary iu monotony by a trading
voyage, up, some oi uie Dranciies oi uk
erreat river, among the Indians, to whom
he felt no repugnance to assimilate himself
in manners ana inuuu.-ni.c. n. u..
TH 1B3EST PHILOSOPHER AT HOME.
The following anecdote is related by Less,
ins. the German author, who, in his old
age, was'subject to extraordinary fits, pf ab
straction. On his return home one eve.
servant looked out ot the window to see
who was there. Not recognizing his mas
ter, and mistaking him for a stranger, he
called out1, "The Professor is not at
home." " O very well," replied Leasing,
I will call another time ;" and so saying
he walked composedly away.
. The Editorial craff, (like most Other
crafts) is sometimes in need of ft little
scraping. The overflow of vanity and pre
sumptioo which the following article ex
hibits, for instance, seems to' requlnr -
passing touch. ;
Edilort looking ire. Wef sea from time ,
to time a paragraph with the above beading,
containing the information that the conduc
tor of some paper has been elected consta
ble, councilman, assemblyman, governor,
member of Congress, etc, a if It were
matter of astonishment that ft man caps.
m t i.- .. ...r
w uucuuujj, uu unuwn responsioiuty,
much of the public mind, should be deem
ed worthy of sharing with two or threo
hundred in the making of a few laws, or
of being the instrument to distribute a feV-.
omces on parry grounds, a case has oc
curred in New-Hampsture, which appears
w us to give occasion lor a proper kind of ,
Uovernon locking vp. His Excellency
Isaac Hill, for six years member of the Sen.
ato of the United States, and subsequently
for many years Governor of the Common,
wealtfr, of New-IIampshire, baa become
editor of.a weekly paper," called "ilia
Farmer's Friend." We congratulate him
on his promotion, and point to the case aa '
illustrative or the maxim, that industry and
application lead to success,!,
We are not obliged to say from which
of our cotemporaries we have cut this pre
cious scrap, nor from which again it pro
teoses to nave copied it lite little thing
speaks for itself, and as we only wish to
(and least of all to get into a controversy
witn an aaiior, lor some or them might -have
more " vomts? than we have time to
count;) we shall barely say ft word or two
concerning the vanity it discovers.
Who" hasTiot heard or-read-of -ftit-Jhf-which,
sitting on the coach wheel, remark
ed with great scIFcbmpTaccncy 161he"wheet7""
" what a dust e raise l" And when "Will
men learn that they are by no means as
much as they think themselves to be T -
It is true that a rifle in the "hands of an
experienced and veteran huntsman .ia,,
weapon of danger and of death; but sure
ly it is a matter of mirth to hear the pomp
ous exclamations of a lad who has just
changed his petticoats for, pantaloons, and
who, with his little gun bos been exploding
a blank cartridge. And yet with what
volubility he discourses of we, and ui, and
our t. And is it a whit less ridiculous to
hear an editor of some little country jour
nal talking of what toe have done, and
what we will do in the regulation of na
lion's business : supposing himself " caps
ble of directing, on his own responsibility,
much of the public miod."(!l !) y ,..
How easy it is to fancy our consequence,
and to think because a few people read our
paper that we are a very important person
age. "In a certain circle we may be so, but
the man who has not discrimination enough
to know bow to value tbe applause of such,
has, we think, very little capability of "di.
recting much of the public mind."
f Some folks don't seem to have the art of
ana who i atrcaca. il sinses us uierv
are very few of the Editorial fraternity
who " direct much of the public mind,
but there are a good many who know what
direction to take after they know "muck
of the public mind."
It is a pity some people could not be
taught that having one's nama-in the cor.
per of a printed sheet as Editor,' can no
more give them the influence and greatness -
they imagine, than does a chimney -sweep'a
ascent to the summit or the .highest chinw
ncjua aJQwnnyje8imwith mumcipal
authority. Southern AdwxMie. """""
A MOTHER'S DYING LOVE.
The plague broke out in a little Italian
village. In one bouse the children were
taken first, Tbe pirents watched over
them, but only, watched the disease tbey
could not cure. The whole family died.
On the opposite side of the way, lived the
family of a day-laborer, who was absent
the whole week, only coming home on Sat
urday night, to bring bis scanty earnings.
His wile leit nerseii attacked oy tne lever
in the night In the morning she waa
much worse, and before night the plague,
spot showed itself. She knew she must
die, but as she looked upon her dear boys,
resolved not to communicate death to them.
She therefore locked the children in a room.
and-snatched Jber Jr? they
should keep the contagion behind her, and
left tbe house. 2he even denied herself tbe
sad pleasure of a last embrace. O, think
of the heroism which enabled her to con
quer her feelings, and leave her home and
all she loved to die. tier oldest, chija
saw her from , the window, " Good bye,
mother," said he, in his tenderest tone, for
he wondered why his mother left them so
strangely. " Good bye, mother," repeat
ed the youngest child, stretching his little
hand out of the window. The mother
paused. Her heart was drawn towards her
children, and she was on the point of rush
ing back. She struggled hard, while tbe
tears rolled down her cheeks at the sight of
helpless babea, At length she turned
from them. The children continued loffryT-
Good bye, mother." The sound sent
a thrill of anguish to her heart, but she
pressed on to the house of those, that were
to bury her. In two days she died, re-,
commending her husband and children to
their care with her dying breath. ,
Highland Messenger (Asheville, N.C.)
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