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fotbe ttinly of man, we should not con-
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Tu nhvsicalormtUectual charac
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f that t"11?.0' Jv A.-on wnrl,f whilp ""y nothing about lu style, its. rhetoric, or cesin knowledge, and the sciences are car
mint to ui!abit this present wonaj wmie ' 0 .u. ' I . j ' c.:u :
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He win be connected with all that
tn History is, and wUI bo inter-
1 -ila Jovermcnt of the unlJ
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h minum iu wuinvuv. i
' tmm the time it was hrst ftiruied
AJinA mhen God shall fold it Up,
Jalfbe cbaneed-" WUh" this explanation
rrZJ .i.hnot hesitation, the sentiment
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d the ojet. ' - .' .
J Jit proper itndy of raankiad, b maK"
Xbose advantages, peculiar to man cenT
MkiMbecn furnished him in view!of his
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ir 11 Mbie Been lurowneu
I lam and iotcllectuai natures. - Among
iKfaitimatelv blended in their origin, and I
'hould keep pace with each other in their
'lierelopemcaU. JIo who neglects the cut-
'iinttoo of the moral feelipgs,circumscribcs
.he exercise of bis intellect, tie who ne.
yu the intellect, will be a dwarf in rell.
moo. ue wno cultivates doui, win oy wis 1
incans lucuitaie me improvement oi cocn, i
and may shine in both the moral and Intel
Wtual worlL had it (here is an idbntily
ia the origin of the msnuiT itnd moral pow
km, and so mutual s dependence upon each
Vitticr in thfiiriuiltiVntion. it imiim not un.
Wionsble, to say tbo least, that those ob
jecti or parauits adapted to these particular J
nmrers should also oossess some sort; of I
I . .. la .
cooDecuoo with, and dependence on eacn 1
-ffiilTT. Vt IlKlll COllSlUcr TVllxlOll ailU t
.t . .r t 1 1 . 1 1 1 :
W. Jtbew religion and science stand lorta wan 1 surdities are mure aosurd tnaa tnat ignor- unitedly and unanimously agreed to" drive
a 'ihegreatcst prominence; the first adapted lance is the mother of devotion. That it dull ea re away," and join the jubilee to
1 'io hu moral, tke second to his jntellectual I is the fosterer of bigotry and superstition, celebrate the birth day of American Inde-
1 hi hmi itavra nnTiim m nun
aw fiie two grand subjects suited to the and give us the moat consistent display of " Why do you weep, my dear Harriet r'
meDttl and moral constitution of rrian.and the attributes of the Christian.- It is per. enquired VVilliam, inavoiceichasluic;
lilaBeogTorto trace the connection be. fectly reasonable that this should be the at the same time grasping affectionately her
tvwo them, their mutual dependence, and case. A" belief in the existence of one snowy tapering fingers, which wereorna
special1v the influence of Christianity on God lies at the foundation of all religion ; mented with three costly rings, tlie offerings
ths' cultivation of the mind, and the ad-1
aMHr)4y,i..Aa, I" adejjuateness of our views or the char-1
The c.-miicctiou subsisting between rclM acter ofGrod,"wiirour"rengiOTle"deepand
matsi science ta seen. f.rt. in their ori-1
gin: God is the author of both. . As all I
eorjttst notions of religion are derived ei-1
toer by direct revelation, or from that ex-I
hibition of bis character and attribtltes gi v.
lea as la the material , and intellectual
I world, sows are indebted for all we know.
I can know, of any of the branches
u Author ol nature. t
I But for the existence of the - material
world natural philosophy would not exist. I
Werethere no intellectuarTworld.Tnental I
oence could not be."; Had we no divine
revelation, we should have so .moral sci-1
- A J I
Aj divine revelation must furnish us
sita our system of religion and moral sci-
eoce, so the works of God must furnish us
with at least the first nrincnlcs of all the
ether branches of-philosophy-A lithe im-
proTcments in science which have reflected
I to much honor upon tlie scientific, and will
encircle their names with elonr-to the la-
fageneratiops;are but -the discovery-of
those latent Dlincinlea which hcfnrn print.
ed, and wbich only needed the effort of
anma nnkM : I . . i l
op their operations. ".'-"..
The pure principles of religion were the
awne before the Jewish and Christian dia.
pensations shed their pWW..
loicr uiiuu 1a aacermin ana iihvki-
that they have been since ; only they were
Botso fully and clearly revealed, and car.
ned out in their practical effect upon the
well-being of man ; so the principles and
operations brought to light by the astromi-
paniiion 01 a Newton were in exist-
and in as periect and complete a state
of operation hei ki. -) .v k..
oeen since.' AnA tk .0.
ai made in reference to nit the discoveries
j improvements of any one, or aU of the
fat?, that the principles and ope-
!.1iaI7 onderstood by us, is evidence,
hey are connected in origin, and
"nnd vastly superior to the moat exalted
SZt systems or re-
"fwa nd moral science owe their exist.
pee to God, is evident, not only because
man, but because, after the lapse of
-Hjawnmmdred years, tho thoughts and
Pfne of the most profound have not been
Me to discover one solitary new fort ' or
principle, or make the least improvement
Upon those originally revealed. There are
also mysteries in mental and natural phi -
iwsopny. we can go out a lew steps ml
our, Investigation here after which we
"H" either stop, or pass on in doubt and
uncertainty. ' i
I Astronomy, anatomy, chemistry, s and
mental philosophy, Dave each their myste-
I ries, which involve us in inextricable wby
are secrets that belong to God ; and these
are evidences to us that they originated in
mi0& of the Eternal," and are only un-
l aerstood dt us as ne eives us toe mina to
i compninena.anauw means ot Knowing
I them. Their connection anoears also (itm
the fact that they are blended in'lhe Bible,
wnere wanave taa-moei pencci aispiay oi I iu uvor. , And so it will he. .Divine rev
the mental and moral character of God. I elation can never be contradicted bv the
The Dible being professedly given to teach
man the knowledge of divine things, few!
study it lor its literature ; yet Uis cmphati-1
I60" acienunc oooiu vvnoevcr reads it
ii . a iiri
f h attention cannot a to perceive Ks
D w SntI9T7 cnaracier in ina numoeriess 1
""wnyo thevarious branches 01 science,
torrent, leaps from rock to rock, and foam-1
Ling, burls its impetuous flood over all the I
i - . . r . t I
Dihi ii contains a svnorais 01 ine icarn- 1
plain-it contains a synopsis of the learn-
the eastern world. Its allusions are
numero. to sciences the most exalted
?luLand arts the most difficult and
ornamental, as almost to merit the anhelia-1
tion of encyclopedia and these allusions
feierences are so conunuai, inrougn
out the whole of the Old Testament, espe
cially, that the commentator can make but
little advancement in bis work uuless
tal knowledge. Their connection U seen
in their practical developcments. ' . Few ab-
the whule history of the world proves ; and
the proof is equally abundant, that enlishu
ened and cultivated minds have given us
the most commendable exhibitions of Chris -
tian liberality, and the most perfect speci-
mens of Christian character. There may
be something of science where there is
notning 01 religion, ana sometmng ot reu.
gion wnere mere noiniDff ot science.-
iet go wnere you win, ana you wiu nna
the most perfect examples of each where
both are united in the same character Ue
whose heart is under the influence of divine
grace is best prepared to cultivate nn mind,
and Investieate-tlie laws of natureT and
rise through nature up to nature V- God.
And he who has made some advancement
in scicntinc Knowledge is oesi prepnrea 10 1
. ' .
uuucrsiauu 1119 uuiigaiiuiia ui u nwr,
1 l:- i : : . u . nL..
therefore in proportion to the consistency I
genuine. And while the Bible gircs us so I
glorious a display of the moral perfections j
of the Deity, how can we better obtain a I
correct view ot the cnaractcr ot uoa asi"vhatcantdo,"continueu wimam, "to
creator and governor of the vast extent of tear away the dark drapery which seems to
his dominions, than by tho study of those mantle your tender feelings in gloomy sor
sciences which take intthe works of crea- row on this high and happy day?" Har.
tion. net's feelings were too big for utterance;
tracted respecting the universal kingdom i
of Jehovah, and the range of his operations. I
They enjoy the light Tf the sun by day, and I
of the nxxm by night Hhy gaze upon the I
scintillating fires oi an evening s sky, with. I
out reflecting who kindled them into bright. I
ness. or originated the laws which govern
them and the general operations of nature. I
And even when they do in their retk-ions
connect the effect with iu original cause,
their views of the creation and of the gov
ernment of God are confined to a very
limited portion of his vast dominions:
Their mind Cur kkiim never taught to stray
Far as the solar worlds, or sulky way
Hence-to4hcm1litbe usual line tlt girts l
them round is the world's extreme." .1
But how different are the views of those I
who enter the fields of philosophy, especial. I
ly the science of astronomy, wliere they j
may travel from sun to sun, and from sys-1
tern to system, until, weaned witn tne
flighU-ib9mind."returns without having
found a resting place ! It is these enlarged
views of the extent of the universe, and ot
the government of God, which serve to
elevate our conceptions of his character,
and fill us with reverence' and holy awe
while overwhelmed and astonished at the
mighty scene, we are constrained to cry J
out, 44 Great and marvelous are thy works,
Lord God Almighty. Their connection
is seen also in the fact, that the constant!
improvements in science are furnishing ad-
ditional evidence of the divinity of our holy
religion. Great efforts have been made by
the whole boat of infidels, especially those
of the last century ,jtoarray science against
religion ; but their efforts nave bad no oth-1
er effect than to wake up a spirit of inquiry, I
ana ieaa 10 investigations uiui naie reron
ed moat gloriously to the cause of truth-
The battering rams with wbich they pro.
posed to beat down the walls of Zion have
been converted into bulwarks for the de
fence of Christianity; and an array of ev
idence has been brought to bear upon the
subject .which might never have been known
but for the circumstances which called it
ASHEVILLE, KOBTH CAROLINA,
out.. Infidelity has long tince lost the aid
I of science in framing objection to the
1 Scriptures. ' 4 r w
mining was more confidently asserted
a few years since, than that the astronomi.
I cal observations of China, and the eodiaes
of Egyptian temples, contradicted the Mo.
saic account of tbo creation butWore-
j cent discoveries prove that none of these
I sodiacs or observations possess 4 date more
fore the Christian era.
More recently the science of geology
has been seized upon with avidity, as af-
I torsinsr evidence sminst the truth or the
uiDie ; but this science ir not only begin
I ninv to vield its asafinttn the truth of divina
j revelation, but it ('furnishing evidence in
voice of true philosophy ..While ,in their
infancy, some branches of science tnayt
torn their pucnlo and .unnpe - deducbons,
tneone wun great coniiuenco.ana per-
luips make assertions derogatory to the
ciauns 01 tne uioie ( -.dui as tney advance
toward perfection, aqd theorize with more
deoces of divine oricinality will cluster
around the Bible, bright and numerous as
.l . i n i..t . . i.i i
ie iumns 01 nisni mai aiua ine neavens.
the lamps of night 1
azme and Quarterly Review,
THE POOR PRINTER, AND THE
tt n XC. LUSI V F.S,
On the frouth July,' 16 , Harriet Lee
might have been seen sittitur on the sofa in
her neat little parlor in a house situate in
P. street: New York. The metropolis watf
alive with men, women and children, of
esejipxiasndjcre ed-old men whose
heads were wn"iteneth"ine"snowTage
young men in the meridian of manhood,
pendence. Ever and anon the burstinr ar.
tillery seemed to shake the island of Man.
hattan; the carved eagle sat perched upon
a poll of liberty, and our star spangled ban.
ner became the plaything of the balmy
wind.. . "
Whilst every American heart was brim,
ful of joy and gratitude, there were two
generous hearted, noble minded individuals
bowed down with sorrow so pungent, and
disappointment so bitter, that the. soul stir,
ring proceedings of the eVer-to-be-remcm.
be red fourth could not raise their drooping
spirits. - Tnc pel auua auuucu w mr it
riet and tbelsuitor, Villiam Malcolm.
When the intelligent, patriotic"! and" high
minded William entered Harriet s apart.
mem, ne was aisappointeo ana surpnsuu w
it . J. f ,J J
am iun uujcbi ui uu iuo iuuku in .vi
. I I.:.. nr I .n
which friendship and respect had laid upon
the alter of her tairy hand. Harriet genuy
warm tears of grief flowed free and fast
fair cheek like dew drops from a rose leaf.
go violent was the temper of excitement oc
casioned by one who bad broken up the
great deep of ;her-beartoonllkfhg
was able to speak, she said she had just
returned from a visit to her aunt
having paid her a visit for the purpose of
inviting her to attend the anticipated wed.
ding which would probably take place in a
few days. She described tho interview
which she had with her aunt ; it was as fol.
When she had made known ber errand
her aunt observed:
Is it impossible that yoti, Harriet have
assumed the responsibility of pledging heart
and hand to a man without -soliciting jriy
advice 7". " : '"v" ' T" ' :
1 Harriet replied, " When I first became
acquainted with the man of my rhnice. I
sought the advice of my mother, who hap.
pened to be in tho city at the time : upon
inquiry sne aiscoverea ma my invim -was
an honest and honorable man, and had no
objection with my; associating -with him;
our friendship has npenea into wye ; we
are pledged to each other and the wedding
day is appointed."
" What is the gentleman's name, Har-
44 His name is William Malcolm."
is be physician, or a lawyer, or n
Merchant, or a Minister what is ne 1
44 He is a journeyman printer, repuea
Harriet. - ,
44 A Journeyman Printer! exclaimed
her aunt with great emphasis. JJo you
intend to disgrace your connections by
marrying a man who picks up type for a
living! You must be toolisb, and yourmo-
ther must be mad to sanction your folly ;
nuu uewi iiunaggiiK!, nuna, uint "!?'
I condescend to mingle in the society of
I mechanics j you lack common sense, pr
you' would not thus throw yourself away.
Harriet again replied.
" 44 William is a respectable, industrious
and economical man, and loves me." ,
44 It makes roe think- of casting pearls
before swine," continued the old aristocrat.
JRIMY MORNING, JANUARY
" xouarea beautiful girl, your accom.
plisbments are superior to tha attainments
of most girls of your agehow can you so
lower yourself as to marry an illiterate mo.
' "My dear aunt, do you know that
printing office is an Academy, where lea.
sons of useful knowtedgo are continually
oetore tne mind I w iiilam not an illiter.
ate man, ho is a self-taught classical schol
ar, and occupies a lofty place in the estlma.
tion 01 aH who know him. : -
I will nnv Uic cx Dense of vour wedding
and give vou a splendid set of furniture, if
you will try to forget him, and take; my
advice f -there is Squire , he thinks
a great deal of you would you not like to
nave mm, or vocu . -, or jur. ,
the Merchant I You can, I have ' no doubt,
marry either of these gentlemen, and thus
keep up the dignity of your family r
" fa is a mechanic, and I am not too
proud to marry a mechanic," replied Har.
net. . - - - -
" Your father is my youngest . brother
ae is an extensive land-holder ; how can
you call him a mechanic T"
I have frequently beard him say, re.
plied Harriet, " that be earned his farm by
diligeutly using the saw, the broadaxe, and
the jackplane; furthermore, 1 have heard
him say that you, in your younger days,
used to pound putty, and prime ashes, when
uncle R . could not afford to hire help ;
you have not forgotten that my dear uncle
is a sash maker ; it is but a few years since
he relinquished that business.? L
Impudent creature, how dare you thus
innult rnfi in my own honse t -your uncle
is President of the -Bank of
one of tho richest men in this wealthy mo
" Aunt 1 do not intend to insult you nori
injure tho feelings .of my uncle ; you know
better than I do, that he shaved wood be.
stands tho old frame building which was
once his humble residence. -
" Harriet you most quia my- house im.
mediately, and never dare to darken the
door again. n
roor Harriet s fcclings were wrought up
to the pitch of excitement, when her proud
and arrogant aunt spoke disrespectfully of
William, she introduced the sarcastic re
marks which mortified the old woman's
pride. - Until that morning she always re.
pected tier aunt, but her tyranny complete
ly changed her feelings. ' ,
.-f V V W 9 .
On the 9th day of July, Mr, R..
'larriet's uncle, whilst perusing one of the
daily papers, discovered the following, and
- :- mffi - c
4 Married, in this city, on tho 8th inst.,
by the Rcvr MrrChaseir Mr. William Mai.
culm, to Missi Harriet JLeer fcoth of this
ity." Un lho opposite page he saw a long
editorial article r as pec ting the wedding, the
following is an extract :
" last evening, m eooforrmty with a
polite invitation, w attended -wedding
party ; every tiling went off with greateclat;
the cake, coffee and wine, were excellent ;
the bride looked more like an angel than a
human being, her hair was smooth and dark
as a raven's wings, her mouth like bloom
ing tulips. The groom' we aTiewe1lac.
quainted with he is a clever fellow; tlie
wealthbTihtellect shone on bis superb fore,
head, and a great soul looked through his
calm blue eyes ; ho is tho talented author
of several splendid articles which have ap
peared in our most popular periodicals. We
understand he is about to assume the man-
agementof a periodical in this city. May
thcsuuligbrof sucOTS-r-beam 1
ertions." . I
Patient reader, allow the, author to di-
gress a few moments, in ordenotay be-1
fore you a-brief history of tlie two profea.
sional men, and the merchant who was sc.
lected by. Harriet's auntas a suitable com
panion for a young lady, occupying such a
conspicuous stand in society as she did.
The physician was an inferior looking man
rather ill-formcd and dwarfish. He was
round shouldered, small, twinkling grey
eyes, a heavy intellectual brow, and mouth
indicative of eloquenccJ Notwithstanding
bis personal appearance, ho was esteemed
and respected by a large acquaintance ; he
was aaturalwariyiHit aniotcllcc.tua
ant ; ho was an ordinary looking man,
bbt his attainments were rich and rare ; his
brilliant talents won for him an imperish
able name on the page of immortality ; by
marriage he cdnncctcd himself with a poor
but honest family ; he has obtained a prince
ly fortune since the sacred band was riv
eted, and still lives to enjoy It with his
most amiable companion and beautiful chil
dren. , "
The lawyer was a tall, graceful man, he
had an eye like an eagle, was straight as a
pine, and strong ar Hercules ; a large pair
of brown whiskers fringed his expressive
countenance; no artist ever chissclled a
better looking mouth than his; a heavy
mass of rich brown hair hung in clustering
curls over bis fine forehead. He arose to
eminence in his profession ; the syren song
of flattery was perpetually sung in his ear ;
one praised him because of his eloquence,
another alluded to his benevolence. At
the age of twcnty.fi ve he married the daugh-
tcr of a rich merchant.
m v -
Let us leap over a period of ten years.
Iu yonder , white frame house , in Centre
street. New York, may be seen the wreck
of a ruined man; bis eyes are bloodshot,
his teeth yellow, his hand trembles, bis face
is as red as the rising sun ho is a victim
of intemperance. If, readerr you choose
to look' into this dwelling house, you will
nna 11 neatly mnushed, and clean as a new
pin ; a pale female, plying that little polish,
ed la nee, the needle, attracts your attention:
she has seen better days, but now she cams
a subsistence for herself, her unfortunate
husband, and three little ones. She is the
wife of the talented and liberal lawyer, we
spoke of a few seconds since ; the bewitch.
ing voice of flattery spoiled him 2 be nun.
glea mncb in society, and was a public pet.
His friends deemed it an honor to drink
social glass with him ; thus he engendered
an artificial appetite which like a serpent
imprisoned hirn in its folds; his business
was neglected, his timo misimproved, his
property worse than wasted, his intellect
blunted, and his health destroyed
m I he merchant wns a hungry speculator,
erecdy after dollars and cents, wealth roll.
ed in its golden tide around him, the more
music there was in his purse the more
friends he won ; he was too stingy to cct
married f determined to get rich in a hurry J
he leaped into tho dark, he committed
forgery ; in Auburn prison may be seen the
man who was selected for Harriet by her
aunt ; fortunately ho has no wife nor chil
dren to mourn his fate. -
We will now resume the narration of the
poor printer's .history. Twas on a bright
and beautiful morning in the month of May
that one of the splendid steamers that ply
between New York and Albany, was crowd
ed with beauty and fashion tho passen
gers were amusing themselves by gazing on
tho romantic scenery which nature had
spread with lavish hands on both sides of
the Hudson. At noon the bell rung to in
I to in.
alidtfoi 111 tlie pqascHger4hat dinnemaaj
a rush was made to the table, . winch was
oaded with the richest luxuries the market
afforded ; at tlie head of the table sat a man
somewhat advanced in life, the hand of
time had scattered a few grey hairs upon
seat to fciisviaw, aoeii..
pied by his wife ; with an air of affected
dignity, she looked towards the door;
at that moment it was opened by : the Cap.
tain, who politely requested the gentleman
and lady at tho bead of the table, to give
up their seats to the Hon. u illiam Malcolm
and his lady 1 If a voice from Heaven, in
tones of thunder, had spoken, they could
not have been more surprised, than was
Harriet's uncle nnd aunt, when they in tlie
presence of more than ono hundred persons
were obliged to make room for the plcbians
they refused to associate with ten years pre.
vious to that event; to this proud pair ot
aristocrats, the .scene was extremely hu-
milialing after all, it was an honor to sit
by the side if this great self-madS man ;
after the cloth was removed, a great many
apologies were maae oy the 01a couple.-
They invited the honorable tv imam m. and
his lady to call and see them ; they did so;
and the old hypocritsc strained every nerve
to please the once poor printer and his beau
William assumed the management of the
periodical spoken of in ilie commencement
of this article ; his labors were crowned
with success ; at the close of the year he
removed to the south, the same success at
tended his footsteps ; he rose in spite of
the obstacles in his way to the honorable
I eminence ho '-now-occupies,
QUICK, WAYTO GETJIICJL
A Miss Ingram, of Pontiac, sometime
since was perusing a Texas paper and ob
served among the persons that bore a
prominent part in the affairs of that gov
ernment, a man bearing her own
and jocosely remarked to her companions,
that she had found" a namesaleHTexfl
as. and intended to write to him and 1
relationship Thia:reseluyon more
curiosity and a desire of novelty than jrom
any conviction that her hopcswduld be re
alized, was carried into efjUft Sho wrote
bim a respectful lettcrgiving him a histo.
ry of her family and parentage, and sug
gesting that as the name was not as com
mon as most'of the names of our country,
the probability was strong that a relation
ship existed between them. . Sho received
in teptyTa friendly and aflbctionate. letter
acknowledging her as a cousin, and ex.
pressing an earnest desire that the cor.
responde nee might be continued, tins
was readTlyaceedca-tovand it was carneu
on agreeably "and satisfactory to both par
ties, until very recently, when she received
intelligence ot his death, and information
that in his will he had bequeathed her the
handsome sum of twenty thousand dollars
in gold and silver, leaving his personal pro
perty lind immehselandcd estatCT-to- his
relatives in that country. A few days
previous to the reception of this joyful
communication, she had connected her lor-
tuncs with those of a Methodist Clergy man,
and should their deeds of charity comport
with their means, the widow's jheart will be
filled with iov. and many an orphan live to
imnlore blcssinirs upon the heads of their
benefactors, for their deeds of benevolence
and generosity. Northern Advocate,
' ' The number of newspapers in England is
about 230, and the annual average number
of convictions for murder is 1 3 or 14. I ne
number of newspapers in Spain, a few
years ago, was one, and the annual number
it i-iiiivii'liiHta Awr rnmtpr- mnm npwnrrU nf I
1200, 'f A little learning; is a dangerous
It is dreadful to Jive without aim ; to be
a wanderer without purpose, hoping noth
ing from the future, nnd not daring to dwell
upon the past . . 1
A PAINFUL SPECTACLE; :
We had the unhappiness to see a sight
on Tuesday, which is unforturatily too
common the possessor of a ne ana well
cultivated mind, debased to a condition
below that of the brutes that perish, Wa
suppress names, because that he has friends
wIhjso feelings are tremblingly acute to hit
disgrace ; and because the man himself in
his lucid intervals, is painfully sensible of
the condition1 to which he has reduced him
self. It is unnecessary to say thai he is a
slave to the bottle.
'"'With a face bruised by contact with somo y
obstruction in his dubious progress ; with
a coat torn nearly from his body , and other
parts of his attiro dismantled, a hat beaten
in, dirty linen, and his whole person smear
ed with the mud in which he had been roll
ing, walked a man. who, but a short' time
ago, had thousands hanging upon tlie words,
as they feU from hi lips. He has been a
popular lecturer, is a close reasoner, and
elegant writer. I la has commanded tho
esteem and tespect of thousands ; and
there are those living, whom no persuasion.
short of that of tho evidence of their own
eyesight, would convince that he is- the
fallen creature which we have seen mm.
Ho has been, accustomed to-, and might still
move in tlie best society lie prefers tho
debasement of intoxication. (,
Even in his depraded condition, he seem
ed to us no less than a master? spirit ruin,
ed. His intellectual countenance gave an '
impressive idea of the capacity of the gifts
thrown by him unheeded aWiiy ; as black .
ened ruins denote the size', and intimate
,)0 magnificence of thejbuiiding of which
1 thiy np thn wreclf I.iouor could not dis-
guise his high forehead, nor could drintf
entirely break the 3tatrjinca of his car
riage. JJut his fine eye was dimmed, ana
in its lack of luslre gave no expression.
His lios. which in the human face are
expression, were half open and filthy; il
lustrating that cruel but witty pun of John
son, in the engraving where he- gives Jtbn
drunkard s mouth as
a breach in nature :
For rain's wasteful entrance.
Tlie reeking fumes of alcohol issued from
the aperture from whence have so often 1
proceeded such words of wisdom as might
induce some modern painter to apply to
him the old conceit of bees hovering about
the lips of the sage. The ruip is complete.
We fear it is permanent and incurable.
- Only upon the evening previous, the car
and kindness of friends had "replenished
his wardrobe, and put him in a position to
appear respectable. But as 44 the dog re-
and the sow
to her own wallowing in the mire," the vie.
tim to a disgraceful passion for drink, had
in one night put himself in worse condition
than that from which he had been tempow
rarily rescued. The friends who had coun- .
ted upon a visit from a' rational man, fled .
at his approach, pained and sick at heart
Reader, this is no fancyr sketch. The
original of it is in all probability in duress
at this moment a portion of that sweeping
of the streets, for gathering which, the po
lice of a city is organized a living nj
ofDhvsical corruption and mental Jjfosti.
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Werohc the onlyl sufferer', the subject
were less painful. Uiit Jtf a distant city a
wife sits consciousof her husband s fail
ings undoubtcdlyfTut unconscious of hia
hresenr condition. Who-shalL break it to
her 1 Shalfshe wait to hear of a coroner's
inqtiesdpon an unknown man, iucuucui m
description with him to whom she is bound
who has sworn to cherish and supporthcr T
1 some of whom can oti-
ly lisp the name of father are
grow up to learn tharhe whonT-theyniusi -
love and would fain, respect, is a Dy-wora
among men and that the very blackguard
boys may throw filth at him with impunity.
as he staggers through the streets 1 Are
they to hearthat the tenderest mercy shown
him by our institutions, is his consignment
to a damp and cold cell in his insensibility
tlicrc to wuken with all the jiorrors of
hell on his soul, and all the types of it pre
sent to his fearfully excilt d imagination ! ,
Let us suppose it possible that all ine- '
bTIatlhg substances. could be atinihilntodr
pass from use like fhtrihousaiidsfothr .
things familiar to past generations, but
now forgotten. Wouldit be possible, think
you, to convince a generation who hud nev.
er seen alcohol, that there had been times
when men sold thtmsclves into a debasing
slavery for it, and sacrificed all the attri
butes which ennoble man, for the gratificai .
tion of a passion for poison ? He who
should tell them that the love of the wife,
the duty of tho father, the husband and tho
son, and all the contentment an4JiaPP'ne .
which bless man's social relations were
tl; us sacrificed, would lie ridiculed as a ro
mancer. Such a happy people as we have
hinted at, might believe in the history of
witchcraft ; the) might believe in the feats
of the magicians, or in the existence of
dragons but they never would willingly
credit the too plain fact (too plain to us,)
that man can be capable of ruining himself
for nothing. Tbey never would believe
that so unaccountable a Vic as drunken."
JV. Y. Brother Jonathan.
Benbtolekce. Joseph Curacy, tbo
celebrated Quaker, during his late visit to
this country, made donations to charitable
associations to an amount exceeding t80,
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