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i .T-!. per annum, la advance, or
-ntioa ducontinncd, (except al Uie op.
seat Zami& be inaetted at One Dollar
AAennt, and Twenty-Fivo Ceatsfcs
"Valient inaeruon. ... . ,
.SScatioM murt fc. port PA
it an extract from an
mL- 'm W h Iutiea f American cit.
- U the Ito. Dr. B. F. Adyblott,
p-jjjent of Wooawa.ru voiicjjo, vmuii.
We pot; recollect to lave
-n'jbr years past, ny thiug that ernbo-
jd-nuB plain, wnoicsomov
tin, and reirret that it , is not
enlforus ta Iny the entire address
tfore oar readers. This extract will giro
aide of the. whole, and withal, , carries
ytfh A mm tWt OUgn, to w nwre gcirer.
,ny known, and more furly -understood,
laxity of moral principle either in theory
.iw u the Drecursor of the down-
iff i I i
fj 'of any nation,; and particularly one
ac oors, Wre all depends upon the Intel.
Ejnicc and incorruptibility of the people
is tha idea of a healthy state of public
surals without religion, is perfectly pre-
paicruu. s, Wo ask for this, extract an at
IV Tkeiuty of " Am&rwncUuenaa
"mh, in kbor for the diffusion of m Bible
Cirutunilj through all part of the Repub-
ft. ..... ,Vj-- I ! "'.....
- ! ... , . , -
We said under our last head that only
die mighty and . benevolent lnfluncesE of
lirijtiamiy couUl, by universally spreading
the benefits or education, eievato ino peo-
HG IV III MM...,VMA .....- .....ot. " V
taild enable them to sustain a republican
goicromcnt : Hence the general argument
ix a Bible Christianity among us but the
occasion demands that wo here be somewhat
more nnrticu'.ar. ., Ni-
I tin UIVU . IHBIVMraiVI HJ9VIVIV
-will be sore, wherever it goes to carry bun
dar Schools with ft. ,-Tp
Besides itt direct influence in educating
auuuuscs oj cnaaren, who must other
ue grow ug fgneriuK and vicious, misera
ble themselves, and pests to the communi.
tr, the Sunday School will excite and dif.
sue among ail ranks, an educational apir.
i A people who have flourishing Sunday
fc&ools in ihcir bounds, caauot iut feel a
dees interest in educatioj) renerailr. The
Saoday School is an admirablo pioneer of
earaoo senppls, colleges, and all. other
JxatioaaJ 'institutions. -; It is since the
Kt effort of the American Sunday School
ta lit tbe Valley of the Mississippi,
ttat lha noUn Ml.wjitinn.il .,lrit which i
mm doing so much for us,has been awaken
a Bp. ; ..-j . . , . . -
eSly tfelaTuTary influence which
tbe peculiar discipline of Sunday Schools
nasthave in raising the 'moral character
f sther schools, and obscnrejsecondlyi
A BiUe Cliristinnky-'will operate- to
ntetbe moral character of teachers.
Bis it will do nut only personally, where
teacher comes under tlic influence of
awkes bo pretctisions to piety. Chris
Many will always, just so far as it prevails,
wer about its ministers a strong senti-
of veneration, but is it not equally a
W also that Christianity tends to assimi.
ate the character of the teacher iiu public
ra, to that bf the ministry t It is owing
tolas increasing influence of Christianity
j the judgment of the community, that
wteacheria nnw aimw n..
PWed to be second only to the pastor in
" elevation. Time was, and that with-
tae memory of most of us, when this
Jt'o, when even intemperate and dis.
"JJ teachers wert not uncommon " But
wm instructors eao now find no counte.
the Snmul it i " "
.k , " ww uiuie. ana ounuay
a-.,,!., . 7 B'wii VIVTW ts
hen. that wuiddo twenty year.
S'jthe public 'The
ymtT"ds th 0 these be of a fcrhigh
jatoralcharacter than they ooce-were-
imJhKS 5mmuni,y gin to foci.
hveEer interest in the cause of edu
". than was ever felt before. And
"H'iu uui. nmai kp Aiavaioii -
Dle. an,l "T ,r . " ?euy Pous
acaiHui l . ' cause oi ea-
makes rt our special duty to labor
JJffuaon of a Bible Christianity
But. tn mmittiui mm
coosjMfl,.i 5 ' r
. S Whole anlrit tnA -l. r-
bm - . r " "-"wi u, uio ii-
TVR M0r,Of free in-titutioruuWf .
5b forbids nil iruality fo.
NcaT. If7- political! power, and throw.
h i"on around thaw iWi
tice, and oppression, as well as those un
righteous, proud selfish, domineering tem
pers from wnich tnese proceed.
Again, he Bible addresses all mankind
as equally tbe creatures of God, .children
of the same heavenly Father, abke involv.
edin sin, weakness and suSbring; and
commands tnem to lova one another, and
to do good to each other. Were the influ-
enoe of the Bible, then to prevail univer
sally, stnlo and wars woukl come to an
end, tyranny and oppression would cease.
justice would bo exactly administered, each
one would respect tbe rights of others, all
would bo united in one strong and holy
brotherhood of kindness and well-doinc
Such a state of things on earth has indeed
never, yet been witnessed; but there is
manifestly a tendency towards it wherever.
and just so tar as tbe UtWe is known and
obeyed Hence while out of Christendom
all is insecurity, disorder,' and bloodshed,
or the quietness of a crushing despotism
within Christendom, it is where tbe reli.
gion of the Bibio is most powerful, the
rights of men are best secured, and liber
ty is most largely enjoyed " Even in our
own- country it is manifestly true. ' Go' to
those-states where public worship and Sun
day Schools aro most cherished, (i. e.,
where a Bible Christianity is most fclt.)and
you will bear comparatively little of those
broils, and duels,' and different forms of
outrage, which characterize the less favor-
ed parts of our InndV , :aujj
Tbo whole spirit and tenor of the Bible
are in favor of free institutions, because
freef Institutions are reasonable and right.
But do not misunderstand us ; we do not
moan that the Bible teaches us to wage war
with every form of wrong, that it puts the
sword in tbo hands of tbe oppressed for the
destruction ofTflid6ppressorrollit aTT
the influence of the Bible is peaceful,
though powerful. It introduces freedom,
and enlarges its reign by teaching men to
govern themselves and respect, lite rights
of others. . Jt breathes into individuals and
communities the spirit of truth, and peace,'
and righteousness, those virtues which
lie at the very foundation of free institu
tions, and without which they cannot stand
lne fathers and founders of our repub
lic clearly saw "the necessity of a Bible
Christianity to its very existence. And
they have left many1 weighty testimonies
upon this subject, to only a very few of
which will our time permit us to ask your
attention. ...u - J
Durincr the rcvolutionarr strupcrfo. Con.
irressfreouentlv annotated' for the llniied
8tates,wdays of fastiofT humiliallonr and
prayer.: The followinir extracts, from
on, of theae act. will give a brief bot fair I
view of the whele, in spirit,. (matter, and
lonsmaffe. The -teoole are di recti v to nrav
Almighty God would - grant ta his
Church the plentiful effusion of Divine
grace, and pour out bis Holy Spirit on all
ministers of the Gospel, that he would hits
end prosper the mean of education, and
spread tne light ef Lkruttotn tnotetedge,
f-e.; that he would establish the independ
en( of .the JJnited State yo fAs basis of
religion, viitue, 6zc " (1779, Oct 14th
and 20th.) . . . . . .
Auef The close of the Revolution, Con-
gress called upon the people to offer up
solemn thanksgivings to Almighty God :
" Above all that he - had been pleased to
continue to us tho light of the blessed Gos
pel, and secured to us in the fullest ejtepU
the rights of conscience tn faith and wor.
step," and to pray that it may please
lim to give wisdom and unanimity to
our public counsels toeaable the pcople
to improve the days of prosperity by every
good work, aad to be lovers of peace and
tranquility; to smile upon oar seminaries
tad mean of education, to cause pure reli
gion and virtue to Jlourish, de.n " Upon
which, as the document continues, allu-
duing to tho sentiments just expressed,
the most essential netus of human nature
depend." (1783, Oct 18th.) -
But upon this point we can add only one
qtber testimony, it is that of Washington,
in his Farewell address.
t " Of all the dispositions and habits which
lead to political prosperity t religion and mo
rality are indispensable' supports. In vain
would that man claim the tribute of patri.
ot ism, who should labor to subvert these
great pillars of human happiness, ' these
firmest props of the duties of men and citi.
tens. The mere politician equally with
the pious man, ought to respect and chcr
ish them. A volume could not trace all
their connections with private and public
felicity. Let us with caution induljro tbe
supposition, that morality can be maintain,
ed without relighn.'' Whatever may be
conceded to the influence of refined edu
cation on minds of peculiar structure, rea
son, and experience both forbid as to ex
pect, that national prospentv can prevail in
exclusion of religious principle.1
The moral power of a Bible Christian!
tyfia especially important to our country at
the present tune, because it is a period of
extraordinary excitement Great elemen
tary questions, deeply affecting the inter
cats of all classes, arc now under discus
on the lava of England. Bnder tba head of Petri.'
These privOep-l orders net with a moat op
pwaaire weight apoa the raeaa af the people.
That legislation whica aeearea Is one aun and
aia kcinj forerer, howiim vile aad kaaeeUe, the
haded aetate af aoaas fifty ar aknndred thowand
outMia rental a yrmr, eaaaot fail ts entail tUtUk
-or, ana aojeet pmrtr npoo mnltitude-. Ilenee
Utoae dionU)ato aad aonunobona vhieh mast
eventuate in a violent praatration of the whole
ayetea, anlraa the Briv3ed ordeia theina-Ivea
u..o mmaam fjaimiij an memtxtuUT to yield to
R-t aiaaavktaaajla L a.
sion. Perilous agitations, political, social,
nu religious, are tne natural consequences,
Nothing but the enlightening, tranquilizing.
and invigorating , influences of a , Bible
Christianity, can carry us safely through
the storm to the ',' haven where wo should
Our situation, as a people, is indeed full
of, difficulty and danger f the hearts of too
many are beginning to." foil them for fear,
and for looking after those thine which
axe coming on the earth." No human wis.
dom, no arm -of man is sufficient for us.
But the enlightened patriot fixioz his: eye
upon the conservative influences of a Bilk
Christianity, can cherish briirht hopes for
-l n if- , m .
ins iiepUDiio. ' ?
Would that this subject were more deep
ly reflected upon by every American citi-
xenj Do, not all. things about us, when
viewed in the light of the Bible j give over,
whelming evidence that our country is to
be the scene of the grandest dcvelopcments
oi rrovioenco I ilere the mind, and tbe
energies of man are free as they" never
were before, and there is every J thing to
arouse them to intense action. If left to
the mere natural influences, we must soon
grow up to a Sodom's height and call down
a Sodom's doom. Our liberty is our most
awful earthly privilege ; it may be full of
richest blessings, or it must be direst curse.
No political power or political management,
however wise and patriotic, can save us.
Not even Christianity, as embarrassed and
enfeebled in tbe establishments of tho old
world could meet our case. . Sampson can
not be bound with green withes. W need
a Christianity not the paralyzed and pol
luted thing of State policy but Christian,
ity as it came down from heaven, free, vis-
orous, eritorprizing the Christianity of the
Bible. This only has i resourccsTahdadapT
tations, and wisdom, and strength to save
us. With such a power in our midst, we
have all faith in the political institutions
and proa pods of our ;eountryv .Glori.
ous results, we doubt not, are here to be
achieved by H free peohle, guidefldTel
rated by a free Chnstuuuty results fraught
with wonder and blessings to the world.
Let American citizens ponder upon these
things.' - Providence has cast their lot in a
republic ' There is nothing to hinder their
doing all the rood which their " band find-
ethtodo." A Bible Christianity will work
out tbe salvation of this people, if we .are
only faithful to our high trust, .r ,.'
But has not our country too often present.
cd the painful spectacle of able and patri.
otic hut shortsighted men, standing aloof
Irom toe mass ot the people, wrapped up
-2: . . :t . - - - . . i i
ul" JcTuv n'ut
my meu own mnuence tor good, xne
multitude move on without the tit and leave
them alone In uir' dTgmfy
friends of a Bible Christianity fall into this
fatal mistake. " If indeed by standing afar
off, and sneering at democracy, it could be
rebuked into a larger measure of wisdom
and virtue, there would be some show of
reason in the position... But in truth, such
popular sympathies, and thus nearly des
troy their own power to benefit their coun. 1
try. j lJcmagogues wiser in their gen
cratibn," iuivo taken advantage of this
folly , of better men ; they - have thrown
themselyes into the field which the friends
of a Bible Christianity ought to have occu
piedand wieKJed Ihepowerof uWmukkudo
for their own selfish ends.
But if the Bible be the " perfect law of
liberty, then it is in our country that its
power is most to bo seen, Z IndjedYiU dis-
plays here have already been equally grat
ifying and wonderful. It has, in the short
space of our. countryls history, done great
er things for us raised up vastly more and
better Christian institutions, and diffused a
larger amount of Christian influence than
the Church establishments of the most favor
ed nations of the old world have for cen
turies accomplished among them. '
And yet we are but in the, beginning of
our existence, j The miracles ot civil and
religious liberty, among us, have only com.
me need. .What wo have seen, extraordin
ary and gratifying as it1 is, all " the signs
of the times 11 assure us is nothing to what
is to come.- Here the Christianity of the
Bible, we confidently believeus to achieve
her most splendid triumphs -triumphs which
shall spread joy over the whole, earth, and
call all nations to that glorious liberty
wherewith 44 the truth alone can make them
free." ; - : ' y -
' Is not this distrait the rock on whir.h some of
our political parties have also aplit T They . hare
manifeated it in all their language and movements.
They have looked to able and elnmted and
relied on a eoorae of meaaurce which they be tier
ed manifcatiy betr the coon try, without giving
themaelves mnch eoneern about public opinion.
Hence aa they never threw theinaelvcs opon the
people with a ftankneae aad confidence calculated
to mpire a heartv tract la return ; so the people
have not gathered about them or quickly deser
ted them. The whole history of our country
shows a continual advance towards a pure democ
racy, and yet bar not the boldest atepa m this
movement boon bctcIv the actings of the Consti
tution f We shall behold more startling things
yet, before the principles of our government are
fatly developed. Are we not this aaoaaent en the
ra oca inn monaeiw aw as
alsions revnlsione whose
already agitating the na
of the oeeea ; and whose
aat ehanrrS iai the eendi-
eve of some great revu!
premonitory throes are already
tkma on tba other aide of the a
mflaenee will operate vaat ebanrra iat tbe
tioa and policy of all people T No public assn,
party, or system of a-caaures, can stand long that
m arrayed against this movement of the age. .
Ubsmcbi has 17.000 citiaene over SO veara of
are who Mm neither read nor write- She takes
rank along aide at oar frte and enligkttntd "
State, Artanani UeinAr. tduei.
(Kr We (ecomniend the following to the
attention of those vain boasters'" who are
in the habit of swelling and puffing about
every thing they possess.. Wo rarely ever
saw a great boaster, but what would tell
more than was true, and was," withal, a
great coward, . They fully verify tho old
adage, a a barking dog never bites.' v N
0 THE MAN WTTH THE PAST HOSSS.
A braggart was one" day boasting about
tho swiftness' of his horse, and declared he
could outrun any thing which went Upon
four legs.. A neighbor of his disputed it,
and said he had a muku which could beat
him. : ' ' '" -
" A mule," said the boaster; 111 bet
you a hundred dollars of that"
"Done!" said the other. " ' ' '
" Done !" said the boaster.
Now cover that, said tho owner of the
mule, laying down a hundred dollars
Ine boaster began to be frightened at
this. He thought there must bo something
more about tho mulo than he was aware of
otherwise his owner would'nt plank a hun
dred dollars, to run him against a horse.
He began to hitch about uneasily. He put
his band in his pocket ; he pulled it out
again ; and at last said" I dont know 1
swow, about the tarnal mule he may be
mischief and all to run, for what I know.
Do you back out, then I s
" Yes, I back out and treat. J So say.
ing he called in the liquor ; but declared that
his horse could beat any thing which went
upon four legs except the mule. . ' '
Why, said the other. I vo got a jack
ass that will beat him.1
bet a hundred dollars of ll)atlsaid
the boaster. ....
Done !"-said the other-
And "done !n said the bonstcr.
1 "Cover that ."said the man, again nut
ting down the hundred dollars.
Cover that I"; exclaimed the boaster-"
I will Dbapuev nuick' taklnar oufliuT
pocket book. -' -
Well, cover a it you dare, and 1 11 put
another hundred on top of it Why do you
hesitate T Down with your dust I say."
I don't know, fahh. I never saw that
jackass of yours run, said the boaster, be
ginning to hesitate " he mayjio the mis
chief and all upon a race for wnatLknow."
" Doyouam out then r
" Yea, I nummix this time ; but by jinjro
there's nothing else you can bring except
the jackass and the mule, but what my horse
can beat" '
Aro you certain of that, my good fel
low t" '
'I tJunks.laithf, -
t " Why, if you are not quite certain, 111
hot you TsomeihingnhalTVe gonrnlgger
that will outrun him.1
"A nigger!" 1 '
" Yes, my Tom will beat him. ,
111 bet a hundred dollars of that
there aint no nigger that ever breathed can
beat my horse.
this the man once more put down the hun.
d red dollars But-said he' if you back
out this time you shall forfeit ton dollars,
and if 1 back out, I II do the same.
' Agreed, said the boaster. " I'm sure
my horse can beat a nigger, if ho can't a
mule or a jackass.
-"Vell,-lemtthe money yopleaserJJ
" " Plank it ! so I will lon't you fear
that ! saying this he once more fool-out
his pocket book and began to fumble for the
lamef ' " ' ' r T -"-r
. " Come, man," down with your dust,
said the other taking out more money
" for I'm ready to back my bet with anoth
er hundred dollars or two hundred as you
like. Come, why do you hesitate t Here
is three hundred dollars more I'm ready to
stake. ' ' ' '
"Three hundred dollars !n exclaimed the
boaster, staring like a stuck pig "three
hundred dollars upon a nigger ! I don't
knew, I swan." :
s; W bat, ma nf you're not going to get fright
ened again 1" ' it V . -J
Frightened ! oh, no oh, no it's no
easy matter to frighten mebut really"
" You meaq to back out
I declare neighbor, I don't know what
to think about it It s a kind of risky
" You forfeit ten dollars, thenf
" Why, yes, I snose I must," said the
boaster handing over the1 money, With an
air of great mortification better to lose
this than more for there's no knowing how
fast these blame niggers will run., But any
thing else you can bring except tbo mule,
the jackass and the nigger, I m ready to
run against'' '
(From the London Visitor.
-i ; Tl IAW-Snlt. vy '-'
The village of Yewford very much re
sembles a hundred other villages in Eng.
land. It has its parish church "overgrown
with ivy on the south side ; the parsonage
house is very much like other parsonages,
and the squire's mansion on the hill, with
its tall elms and rookery, is as like what I
have seen in a half dozen other countries as
one pea is like another.
Again the church warden of Yewford is
a man before hand with tho world, one who
likes to keep up tho different grades in
ciety. ! The lawyer is an incessant talker ;
and the schoolmaster a tall thin man, with
a pale face. The butcher, too, has a broad
back and capacious front ; and the landlord
of the Bull, a fae as red as a rose.
- .Besides theso characters, Yewford has
many others, male and female, old and
young, gentle and simple, all of them well
worthy of being introduced into thisr naro
tive ; but as such a proccedins would mate
rially interfere with our present subject, we
must, IcaVe them to be severally described
by those who have more talent and more
leisure. One personage, however, wo
must not forget especially as he happens to
be the principal fie roof our history.
, A.VM r, Douglass had taken a lodging at
tbe widow Freeman , hut as tho village
knew next to nothing of him and of his con.
corns, so tbe good people were at a loss
how to speak pf him one to another, lie
was a civil well behaved mad, respectful to
tbe rich and kind to the poor,- hot no one
can live long any where, and least of all
in a village, without making fncDds or foes
sad-doubtless Mr. Douglass would havo re
ceived an earlier intimation of the position
which he occupied in the estimation of those
around him, had it not been for a circum
stance i which for a time prevented the wor
thy inhabitants of Yewford from making up
their minus about binx.
The lawyer, though not profosscdly em
ployed by Mr. Douglass, had discover
ed a trial was pending, the issue bf which
would put Mr. Douglass in possession of
five hundred a year, or reduce him to the
situation of a beggar ; who would expect
then under such circumstances, that the
villagers of Yewford, could come to any
satislactory conclusion, aa to tho esUma
lion in which Mr. Douslass ought to be
held until the i issno of the trial should be
Mr. Douglass, whatever good qualities
bo might possess, was evidently not a rich
man; and by degrees an opinion got abroad,
that hcwagpoorrFor some monthsnc-faction
was punctual in his payments as the church
clock was to strike the; hour ; indeed more
so, for it sometimes happened that the clock
was sadly beyond time. ' ;t ly '
At. length,, symptonts appeared which
most peopk, wlicthctliving iu towa.ocUe
country, aro quick to understand. A few
articles sent to Mr. Douglass by the village
draper, were not paid for on delivery. The
butcher Had a small account unsettled, and
widow Freeman had wluspertd to Mr. Per-
kins, tho publican's wife, that her lodger
for the last month, had not paid her a single
si x pence.
. ; Tilings were in this critical state, and the
reputation of Mr. Douglass hung trcmb.
line in the balance, when a few of the
villago worthies met together at the Bull,
to settle- some thins connected . about the
The 1 important affairs of the parish be
ing discussed, the lawyer took up the news
paper which had just been brought in by the
landlord, and -sown read iu a rapid manner
the following announcement : -.
" The long-pending cause, Douglass ver
sus Itobie , is at length decided. The plain
tiff proved successful.''
The, lawyer immediately threw down the
paper on the table, ' Just as I expected,'
said he, ' and just what I think Douglass
deserves. If lie had applied to ' mo before
he commenced his suit, I could have saved
him hundreds of pouuds. .A man must be
non compos mentis, to take such a cause
into court But 1 saw how the case stood,
ho has been led on by a swindling attorney
who will now most likely arrest him for
cost. So Mr. Douglass instead of having
a rent-roll oi five hundred pounds per an
num, must ha contynt Li live in Jocaia pan.
I never- thought that he w-ould help-to
pay poor rates," said the church warden.
" Poor rates,"- cried the butcher, " was
it ever likely that he -would pay poor rates,
when ho could'nt pay his butcher's bills ?
It has run in my head for. some time past,
that his noble would come to nincpencc, and
I told my wife so. j
" Had Mr. Douglass taken a lesson from
those who were ablo to instruct him," said
the schoolmaster, slowly delivering his opin
ion, " had he correctly calculated his profit
and loss, he might imvo been aware that
the sum total of all Iks expectations would
only amount to a cipher.'
" There was always too much froth about
him for Jiie," said the publican; " for tho'
ho could talk fast enough when it answered
his purpose, he was never the man to stop
tokenrmUgrale, or a glassi)rtrandy
and water, from one month's end to anoth
er. However, he has run up no score at ih(T
Bull, and 111 take pretty good care that he
has not even a pipe of tobacco without pay
ing for it"
For somctimrr nothing interrupted the
tide of unpopularity which had set in against
tho unfortunate Mr. Douglass; each ex
pressed bis opinion in his own way, but all
agreed that too ihuch forbearance had al
ready been exercised, and that it was high
time to let Mr. Douglass understand, that
an upstart having nothing but a trumpcay
claim of five hundred pounds a year to
support him, would no longer be counte
nanced by the worthy inhabitants of Yew.
At length during a momentary pause, the.
schoolmaster took up the newspaper, with
the idle curiosity of one who has pleasure
in reading with his own eyes what has al
ready been read to him by another, when,
to his great astonishment, and apparent eon
fusion, he made the discovery that the par-;
agraph had been incorrectly read by -.the
lawyer, and that instead of Mr. Douglass,
the plaintiff, having been unsuccessful in
the suit, he was reported to have, been sue,
I -This announcement having been made
I bv the schoolmaster, accompanied with aa
' observation on the great advantage of cor.
rect reading, a thing which he always tried "
to impress upon the minds of his scholars,
every countenance - underwent a sudden
change. - Tbe lawyer looked as keenly at
the newspaper as though be would cut out'
the piece withhis eyes ; tho church warden,
half opening his mouth and "raising his
browi, sat like a statue ; the butcher stared
at the publican, and the publican stared at
the butcher. . A clap of thunder would
scarcely have been mora instantaneous in
producing an effect on tho whole group..',. I.
The unbelieving lawyer was the first to
take tho newspaper from tho hands of the,
schoolmaster, and as soon as he Was con
vinced of the error in which he had fallen.
he burst into an aJIected giggle, a little fb
sembling a laugh. You must, be said,
" really forgive the hoax I have put upon
you, but 1 wanted to soo whether it . was
possible to persuade you to believe so im
probable a thing as that Mr. Douglass losing
his caiisc. I was convinced, a priori, that -a
verdict must be given In his favour. ' The .
defendant had no evidence to bring for.
ward, and I quite expected that he ' would
have allowed judgment to go by default.
Never did a jury decide .more, uprightly, .
and I shall have great pleasure in con g rat- ,
ulating Mr. Douglass on his well deserved J
success. " r - . - I
" Ah! ha! ah!' hers burst from.the
open mouth of the church warden, who In
his turn affected to1 VOiry merry. " I saw "
plain enough," said he, "the trick' you
were playing us, and was willing to keep up
the joke as long as possible. From what
had been told me by Mr. Douglass, I knew
he had too much cood sense to brine an'
that he could not sustain, and it wee
but the other day I was saying to justice
Villers, that before long, I hoped to see Mr. '
Douglass in the office of church warden, for
that a more respectable man was not to bo
found any where. Wcr must set the bells
toringjM tfie orc
may see that his neighbors are almost as
much pleased at his good fortune as he is
himself. . . !
r The schoolmaster though not bojd enough
to assert that hd had at first been aware" of
the incorrect reading of the lawyer, main
taincd that, had tho verdict been as describ.
aa, be should have been justified in the sen
timents which escaped him , inasmuch as tho
decision of a British jury would have prov
ed, as plain as two and two make four, that
the- calculations of Mr. Douglass had been
worked in . error. JIo declared he bad
much rather enumerate the good qualities '
of Mr. Douglass, whom be had always con
sidered a man of education, than subtract
from his merits J pronounced him worthy
to bo classed among pent lemen, and con
sidered it the undoubted interest of the in
habitants of Yewford to cultivate good fcU ,
lowship with so respectable a character. -The
publican confessed that he had been
fairly taken in, but no wonder ; as he should
as soon of thqught of drinking a pint of
neat brandy, as differing in opinion from
ins good leicnrtsTTliSwyeT
warden, and the schoolmaster, who had so
long frequented the Hull. Mr. Douglass,
be had no doubt, was a good fellow at bot
tom , and he should be glad to take from him
an order for the best hogshead of ale he hud
in his cellar. v '
Though the churchwarden stv through
the'dceeit of "tfie law-vefi "and "the lawyer ,
iirWi,T.til ti trirltnry of the ghurchwar.
den ;' though the publican laughed at the
backing out of The scfiboTmostcr, and the "
schoolmaster despised the selfishness of the
publican ; yet every one tried to persuade
himself that his hollow.hcartcdness was un
known to his neighbor.
When the party broke up, each indjviou-
al determined in his own mind to pay some
immediate tribute of respect to Mr. Doug-
lass and secure his favor; thus affording;
another instanco of the insincerity and
meanness of those who. pay . homage to
wealth rather than to worth i who wquldr
honor the rich though deformed with every
vice, and despise the poor though adorned
with every-virtue. , . -
" Every man is a friend to him that giv.
eth' gifts. All the brethren of the poor do
hate him ; how much more do his 1 needs ;
go far from him !" Prov. xix. 6,7.
The GinreBi?fo home of the ws.
be allowed to purchase the land of Pales
tine, their ancient and once honored land. .
The Turks want money and will sell
Great Britain wants dominion, and in or .
der to maintain her power on the coast of
Syria, will aid tbe project under the hypo
critical pretence of liberal tuid. fhrisiian
protection to that down trodden nation.
" Dcr Uricnt, a ucrman newspaper,
thus concludes a lengthy and abler address
to the Jews, upon the subjectof their nation.
" People of Jehovah, raise yourselves .
from your thousand years' slumber ! Ral
ly round leaders ! have really the will, a
Moses will not be wanting. .The rights of
nations will never grow old ; take posses,
nwui of the land of your fathers ; build a
third time tho temple of 'Zion, greater and
more magnificent than ever. Trust in the
Lord, who has led you safely through the
vale of misery thousands of years. He
also will not forsake you in your last con
flict." , ;
A hatter in Newark, New Jersey, save, mrr
head dhd ears in debt, means a man that ladnt
pUr kit . .' .
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