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LIFE IS ONLT TO BE VALUED A3 IT 13 USEFULLY EMPLOYED.
V ASHEYILLfe, NORTn CAROLINA, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCII 5, 1841.
55SSmf FY k J. EQBERTV ID1T0ES. ,
1 1, ffiJaU' ' (wi f -
io axo wiuhd (WMrwMT, t-
r .aE"iHibiuuieamx wioiner nooa man your niiecuons r leit. tt
ii' " . .. t I . rt
Tj,CimUPMnuiinda, orJrnBy bo, the ease.flnddelicacy of a home of
. poWw jnacrtrd at One Dollar
ttli first, laATwoniy-x wsvwiww
must b port Pid
'TTT r.a-ux Husband.
,1k , with it valued I
JL bo bad been confined
f V ...j J:hi team a ffood
.waiw-- - -fi
good lesson by J
fned occasionally to his house,
leingconu an opportunity of
W "B ... nnH never-eudinf? I
WTih wife whose burdens and duties
w, . endurance be might never have
,r meals, and as they then
JTrW the same rouune of duty, they
!f 10 tluok that it is their own lot to per.
fPn L jdirerv. and to bo exercised
11 wpioht ot caro ana respounioii.
nf the case ; he needs an opportunity
t mnrfl extended DoseruiiiM,
h for this very reason that a kind
KlXce arrests him bv sickness that he
irtain what he would fail to ob.
i., tw-alth. We have seen recently 4 "
rlwtmftnvthioirs said in the papers to
.v -.nficiallv to vounz wives, exposing
"r faults, perhaps magnifying them, and
nouodinj to them, in none 01 we no
"terms, tbrir dutjMind the offices pertain
"Inf rJ""omn s sphere." Kow, we be.
Bcvc that wives, as a wholo, nre really bet.
ttrtlwB they jre generally admitted to be.
We doubt if there can be found a rgo
number of wives who are disagreeable and
.I ..... .l kl jinllniu.
orhort45omingoothe part of their bos-
bsmls. Sa far as we have had an oppor.
f.., ..Wrvmioa. thev are far mora
, ' j .' j :.tf..i ,"k a .,i I ot
eiKinm at Mocietr. bare other and PCDer-
unu itt4 w. - ' v j '
.n. m--Watand variedduties to ner.
form, vvs protest tnen against these tec
v. " r . . . .
form. We protest men against tnese lec-1
... .nd ohiriMlw .ddrH
to the ladies, and insist upon ii Aat they
mat-most -of theiir-4aWbea-written
ESefety bachelor, wbokoew BobeU
to have been old bachelors to the
oftheirUves. But is there nothing to
"Wrally the perfect, amiable, injured
wSare J foAeo represented 1 Jlen
SmJdeclare that their wives' extrav-
wuraimwuw. iv , ,, .
nave roooea mem 01 r -
their peace, and their general disagreea
has driven them to ihotvern
sod gaming table; but this is generally
the wicked excuse for a most, wicked life
m their part. The fact is, men often lose
their interest in their homes by their own
ud pleasant . It should never be forgotten
flat the wife has her rights as sacred af
ter marriage as before and good husband s
-jfciotiaa. to the .sifoAerarriage will
coaoefle to her quite as much attention as
ha gallantry did while a lover. If it is
otherwise, he most generally is at fault. ;
Take a few examples. Before marriage,
a young man would feel some delicacy
abjout accepting an invitation t6 spend an
ercningin company where his " lady love "
kid not been invited. After marriage is
he always as particular. 1 During the days
oreoart,WAi..llBntf uf rmtd Hfinrid 1
that he would make himself agreeable to I "
ter : atter marriage It often happens that
bethinks more of being agreeable to him-
elf How often it happens that married
RlCn &Upr hnvtnfrfwwn mwv fWim hfkmAthA I
fire long day, during which the wife has j
Frrtt00d.' There u a gpca( piy that you give ter a. hpmeitJiat you feed
fT. thoutrht, perliaps enough for an d clothe her. You do this for your help ;
Hf Men especially young men, you would do it for an indifferent bouse.
"nM bv their business, during the keeper. But forget not that a wifeis more
wuea at her duties, go at evening again to sight-bill either aid over or altogether pro.
ome place of amusement, and leave her to tested for want of time-funds to meet it
toil alone, unchcered and unhappy. How Notes of hand are more formidable than
often it happens that her kindest offices bonds of the heart Bricklaying is the
pass unobserved, and unrewarded even.by " sov'reigtwt thing on earth" for a fit of
,'mi'e heHbest efforts are condemn love. Love and castle-building always go
ed by the fault Bnduj! husband. How of- together ; well of course, as the bricklayer
ten it happens, even when the evening is sees that no house can stand unless it is
pent at home, that it is employed in silent regularly built upon substantial foundations
mding.orsomeother way that does not the hard-working "fellow will soon by
Tecogeizo the wife's right to share in; the force -of analogy discover that his aif,cas
enjoyments even of the fireside. ' ties are not inhabitable, and upon inquiring
Look, ve husbands. mmm.! nd n for the original draughtsman he'll find that
DPfYtrto taiUk i . all
, w wuoi your who was wnen vou iook i
nw, not from compulsion .1ut from your
"olof ihnnpv home, aha waa m and
f"" ''"ice ; a choice based probably, on ooy gang ixxn ms uumuum wucucver m
;nat youthen con: sid credhe raunp.ri riiw to feels a fit oflove corning on -and there's
all Otho CI 1 i .i .k. .11 I,.. ll.. kn QI--K.T " fin
hhthe as the lark, and the brothers and sis- Uful lip like a half-crushed red, rose upon
tenherfaUier'sfireside'cherisbed her as a bank of pearls? No, but itls pretty good
n object of endearment Yet she left aU reiwe though l"I thought you were going o
toJoia her destiny with yours; to make tell us a love-tale ."sighs the benuty being
your home "happy ; and to do all that wo- endrelvprtiUate4bymatampIroentto her
mn' love can prompt, and woman's inge- lip. 'And so we are.
Bu"y devise, to meet your wishes and light- n H4 voa ever a cousin, Tom T
the burdens which might press upon you ;: DWywweeum happen toamgl-"'
"your pilgrimage. JSIieVpf course," had .WeH.lwe had ..cousin heigho, ne's
WnIfPe?atMJn"!00' She could not enter the anxious mother" of half-a-dozen lit-
M . IDg h promised so much, Ue cousins now well she was of form and
wuiout forming some idea of reciprocation feature as far above , me concentrated
P?1' m jbe did expect you would charms of all the heroines of all the novels
marriage perform those kind offices of that ever were or win be written as Aman
mch you M of be.' da Malvina FitiAHcn was superior to Mrs.
her to ber father's fireside, and sought no
I . i t .1 nf i
indulgence; and now, what must be her
feelmzs if she gradually awakes to the con
aciousneas that you love her less than be
lore ; jiat your evenings are spent abroad
I that you only come home to satisfy the de
raanus of your hunger and to una a resting
place tor your bead when weiry , or a nurse
lor your sick chamber when diseased.
nWhy did she leave the bright hearth of
her youthful days I ; W by did you sk her
to give up ber enjoyments of a happy liome
Was it simply, to dam your stockings,
mend your clothes, take care of your chil-
dren, and watch over your sick bed 1 Was
t simply to conduce to your own comfort?
Or was there some understanding that the
was to be made linnpv 10 her connexion
the man slie dared to love ! ,
Nor is it a sufficient answer that you re.
and unless you attend to her wants, and in
"ome way answer reasonable expeuitions
you raised by your attentions before mar.
riage, you need not wonder if she bo dejec.
, neon u& " iubcihiiuihij ,
bu. if this be , think well who i.the
cause of it - We repeat it, very few wo-
have not met with some outward shock, by
Jhe indifference or thoughtlessness of their
husbands. , It is our candid opinion that
large majon'y of instances of oomcs.
tic misery, the man is the aggressor.
From tha Natchez Courier.
Ire arid C3beberrics. " "" "
A SENTIMENTAL STORY.
It is a horrid day and why shouldn't wo
write sentiment T An Englishman would
hang himself in such weather well senti.
mentalize. Bulwcr writes sentiment, and
what is to hinder us? It is better than
committing suicide !
If you should not
agree with us, gentle reader, get two feet
of strong rope, and hang
'",ng n.pe, onu nang yoursen oy waj
experiment And should we ever wan.
issue. But we'll not believe a word
Wul we " not. believe a wordyou
ma mv strains! nurthroirv. until vnn hftR
-i - 77 ' .
ma',e way w,th yourself,
, Well, now font! Shall wo psiot you
w.ful horrorsofthe temptest, showyou
tbe 'r pumps of heaven suckfnupf
ta! draughts with a forty Uiousand horse
power, and take you a. an ins.de passenger
in.carof the Storm-K.ng as he careers
You st.olila sup fuH of horrors" nre
0 oa. PntlocomoUve-steel-pen upon
te" n r , '
v Or shall we write a tale of fiendish ne-
cromancv ! How a roun, ladv was belov.
- rr - . ' v c -.
eu oy iwo uroinrr nuw oik;, uicu
young man," was blest by her rosy smiles,
and me ether, a darkJiaittKUbele-browed
ruffian, blasted by her thunder-and-ITghu
ning frowns how the black individual in.
voked the aid of Satan, and became a
the damsel to an enchanted castle, Into
which no one conld enter except he had the
pass-word, prcstovado-vedincum bow a
kind fairy, what a delightful little creature !
ave the nice young nmalhB,pa??how he
rescued the maiden " aH forlorn"' and
how all the neighbors lynched the magician !
. Or of love r ..." Yes, let it oe ot love,
I heard a fair one cry," or if we did not hear
her, we take it for granted that every . Tuir
reader when she came to the question, made
that answer. An ancient authority, which
is generally esteemed upon such points, has
1. , . 1 . . i
lines, wmcn run somewnai in ims way ,
Love U a dizxinea. -
" wmn Kl : ""J W 00001 n"
and a very sensible thing is it in love, arid
that can be rarely said of him. For if the
would " gang a boot hisbusi.
ness," love would be very apt to have his
1nr ui tKss saiVat hsiuia will Irtvsft
have against ft trowel r No ; let a " puir
vou call that sewiwCTil'sneers some beau
trothment. She became your, wife!
her home for years ; burst asunder, i
were, the bands wf tore which had be
Jerry Sneak. J Her voice, jt was like the
wild warblings of an Eoliant harp as it lulls
tne zephyrs to their slumbers lier eyes,
look, not upon tlie stars, you dan'match
them tliere, and the cunning little gipsy
had such a way of half closing the brilliant
Lprbs, veiling (heir dangerous beams, and
uiku van m buuuuo. siun, nasning ueir
dcathlealing rays Ppon you, that yoor very
heart incontinently felt the process of com.
bustion her brow, shaded by ber auburn
hair, was Iik4 a band-breadth of white cloud
mid the rich! lustre of a Southern sun-set-1
her hands Were fitted for nothing but to
sweep the harps mellow chords, and to be
kissed by a lover and herect oh, how
we adore a pretty foot ber feet Titania,
queen of the fairies, Would have given her
most beautiful nut-shell chariot, just to have
seen that perfect feature, we must call it
Well, we were in a dreadful condition
about that cousin sometimes, we'd call her
" cousin, it was so delightful to claim re
lationship with such a perfect creature
and, then we wouldni call her cousin, for
we hid a sort of trap, that if she asked, as
we hoped she would, why we used not that
cousinly title- we had a very pretty speech
mode up to intimate that we desired, when
manhood came, to call her by a dearer name.
But the provoking little minx never seemed
to notice whether we cmuinci her ornot !"
She was older than wc and her name
One day, walking in the garden with the
fair one, we determined to divulge the yet
un8poKcn tale.or atiecUon. which surcharg
ed my heart We were in a beautiful walk
fringed with gooseberry bushes, when, alter
the most approved fashion of romance, sink.
ing gracefully upon -one knee, in burning
words, we poured lortn the story ot our ctcr
nal love. : -.1 :-
Eglanlina calmly listened we thought
that we perceived a kind tear dimming her
radiant eye- we-.rose-and- stretched out
our arms, expecting, of course, that she
would sink upon our breast, and murmur
theentle confession of reciprocated attach
ment Reader, she did no such thing.
She serenely turned, and pulling a.hand.
ful of green gooseberries, gravely asked,
'Cousin John, what are these! ,J
'. Goose-berries, my darling Eglantina !"
answered cousin John.
Eat them, she replied, xwe-berrics must
be good Jor your complauU!
The Indiasu. "
We have seen their tribes one after an
other wane arid become extinct But - we
trusted the time was at hand, when saved
by the Cross, they would no longer waste
wyt.L4 h folio wina statement, however.
leads us to doubt whether " their time Is
not drawing near." Ir would seem that,
moved by the seduction of the whites, they
are preparing the way for their own cer
tain and sudden destruction. It is a mourn-
ful picture which follows
" In the splendid regions of th "far
West," which lio between Missouri and the
Rocky Mountains, there sre living at this
moment on the prairiesTvarious tribtis, who,
if left to themselves, would continue for
ages to live on the buffalo which cover the
plains. The skinajiLihcselaiiimals how.
ever, have become valuable to the whites,
and accordingly, this beautiful, verdant
coudtry, and these brave and independent
psbple"have -beetr invaded bY white" tnu
ders, who, by paying to them a pint of
whiskev for each skin, (or " robe," as they
are terfned in America,) which they sell at
ew. i orit tor ten or iwcive aoi.ars, induce
crrr1trraughter these amn uuinmenSc
t "wt i as a'
numbers, leaving thcr flesh, the food of
the Indian, to rot and putrify on the ground.
No admonition or caution can' arrest for a
moment the propelling power of the whis
key; accordingly, in all directions these
poor, thoughtless beings are seen furiously
riding under hs influence In pursuit of their
game, or, in other words, in the futal ex;
change of food for poison. It has been ve
ry attentively circulated by the traders, who
manage to collecf per annum, from one
hundred and fifty thousand to two hundred
thousand bufliilo skins, that at the rate at
wi,;rn trtnsw ajjiirrmla are now disposed of
in ten vears the will bo killed oft When-
ever that event Happens, Mr. Catlin very
justly prophecies that two hundred and fif-
ty thousand Indians, now. living in a plain
of nearly three thousand miles in extent,
must die of 'starvation, and become a prey
to the wolves or that they must either at
tack the powerful neighboring iribes of the
Rocky Mountains, or in utter phrenzy of,
despair rush upon the white population in
the forlorn hope of dislodging it In the
twolalter alternatives there exists no chance
of success; and we have therefore the ap-
Calling reflection before us, that tlicae two
undred and fifty thousand Indians must
soon bo added to the dismal list of those
who have already withered and disappear
ed, leaving their country to bloom and flour
ish in, the possession of the progeny of an
other world." Quarterly Retictt. T-7
For the first time in Turkish history,
the tomb of Mahomet has been opened to
visitors of every denominationJews.Chris
tians, and all, Hitherto, none but faithful
Musselmen have been permitted to visit its
sacred precincts. It is believed that all the
places of Turkish worship will soon be
opened in the same way, -
"Birth at of the Pkesidext elect.-
Tuesday last was the 68th anniversary of
the birth of Gen. Harrison, who. was born
on the th of February, 1773. -
1 ' C02rvEB.S4.TioN witha YorNd Sceptic.
, In a party of Christian friends a ypung
man was introduced, shrewxT, well read
and amiable; but a professed sceptic ? He
had engaged a pain of the circle in the de
tails of the objections against the Scrip
ture. "How unlikely the story of the
temptation, the universal darkness at the
crucifixion, the dead coming out of their
graves jnto the city, &c ! ! fcmbarrass
mcut sat in the faces of some, while others
were endeavoring to make the accounts op
pear to be very probable.
I fjuud it necessary to expose him- "You
have doubts, then,' sir, respecting the Chris
tian revelation ; may I ask the ground of
those doubts, and to what parts they jefer 7
" To the whole," ho replied, with a smile
of apparent satisfaction and confluence.
ray, but we must descend to particu
lars. Do vou doubt whether the books of
the New Testament were written by the
persons whose names they bear ?"
" Do you then believe that the works
which are ascribed to Cicero, and to'Virgil,
were written by them 7"
" Certainly ; they have been in tlie world
a long while vwe can go back to very ear
ly editions of -them, and these refer- us to
earlier ones still. And the learned have
admitted them to be genuine. They could
not have oeen written by other men,
for they must have been clever men who
wrote those works, and, could not be un
known, or deprived of their famo."
W hy, said one of the company, '"we
have just all these grounds for believing
theijferipture to be the work of the parties
who -are said to have written them;, so we
must take all or none."
The young man was silent.
-"1 Then. sir. since it si-(!ms nrettv clear
theltooks are genuine, what sort of persons
do you suppose their authors to be f Were
they bad men 7" , .
" They might be, said he, " for aught
" But could bad men be the authors of
such r'trsystenrof morality ? I believe-you
can mention no vice, which they have not
reprobated in the severest terms, nor any
virtue which they have not placed in the
clearest and most attractive light. Were
they impious figures which they drew such
a portrait f ... -
ell. they murnt have been very good
sort of men, and copied their system from
But, if good, they were inspired, for
they declare they spake and wrote as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost ; under the
teaching promised them by their Master,
Now, it is not compatible with the charac
ter of good men to lay claim to so high a
matter if they were not fully assured of its
" Oh, they were a set of enthusiasts."
" Pray, sir, what is enthusiasm 7"'
iWhYviLis, a heated imagination, a
set of wi!J incoherent notions; and this is
what they, have uttered. ' a
" But what has this to dosir, with the
fads which they relate 1 Enthusiasm does
not depn vis a man of cyes,ears,ftmch,mra.
ory. They declare what they saw, heard
and felt: and being good men, the facts
were soT'thff miracles they relate did take
place; then their author must have been
divine ; then their inspiration is true ; and
the Christian revelation imperishable.
' Well ; he had his own opinions, he did
not wish to press the subject further, nor to
be so obtruded on the company." .
" Nay, young man, you ought to be in-
mmintia vnli nurrjit tn nu'n vnn wem
mine eonccrnins a matter which you have
not examined.' Why not yield to conviction?
Abandon sceptical modes of thinking;
they have a direct tendency to beget .cap.
tiousness and conceit : to destroy whntev.
er is candid and generons in controversial
warfare; to lead the mind to view ques.
Hons of great and acknowledged interest
to our whole species, with coldness, apa
thy and distrust. In one word, the gener
al and most valuable of our mental princi
pies become paralyzed and enfeebled by a
constant bin bit of frivolous doubting and
minute fastidiousness as to the degree of
evidence required to prodiicerfirm and in
ternal conviction on subjects of vital impor
tance." - CAtBoucs.ia.TlilmTT? ?n copying
the following from a daily paper, we would notice
a irht discrepancy 5f3 rhurchra and rhnpcla
with 394 other Motion, would hardly be r xpectrd
to contain 1,300,000 pcraoni. A few month a ago
we noticed, as an exaggeration, the number of
Romaniata In the Union atatcd at 800,000. la,
in the meanwhile thpy have nearly doubled- We
remember that a German profcuaor in thia country
not Ion f ago estimated the German popnlalion of
the United States at fire million. Estimates
without data are dangerous matters of specula
tion. Baptut Advocate.
"It is stated in the Catholic Almanac for 1811,
just published in this city by Fielding Lucas, jr..
that the Catholic ponulnlion of the United Mates
is estimated at 1.300,000. The number of clergy
men in the ministry ia 436; otherwise employed
103 total 545. The number of churches and
chapels is 5 12 ; churches building 27 ; other stations
394. There ate 17 ecclesiastical institutions, with
144 clerical students. The female lelifioa insti
tutions number 31, and the Jcmale academies 40.
There are in the (rmale academics 2,?tt2 pupil.
The literary institutions for youne men number 1M,
and the young men in them 1 ,5.1. The number
ofCalhohe bishops in the- United' States is 17.
During 1840, the accessions to the priestly office,
have been 85. The Archdiocese of Baltimore,
which comprises the State of Maryland and the
District of Columbia, has 68 churches and chap,
ela 3 churches bmldihg, and 10 other stations.
The number of clergymen in the ministry is 36 ;
and the number otherwise employed 31. There
ant 633 young men in the colleges of the See, and
531 p.rpils m the female academies.
Thonsbts after Election.
FOR T0USG W0RK1.NG MES.
Tha heats of electiou-timo are over, and
we think it might be well (or us to look
about us for something with which to occu.
Ey the minds of our restless population,
luring the long winter evenings, our work
ing men need something to take tlio place
01 Hie calculations, the arguments, tlie wa
gers, and the wordy war, about Van Bu-
rea and Harrison. We have had our pa
geants, our beacon fires, our salutes, and
our treats : it is time to sit down to the
quiet enjoyments of the season. . ,
And a blessed season it is, after all.
Spring, summer and autumn, have each
their appropriate delights, and these are
mostly enjoyed under the blue heavens and
in the balmy air ; but winter, cheerful win'
ter, is the time for in-door comforts, the
quest of knowledge and the flow of afTcc.
tion. They may talk of May : but who
does not know that the mutuul attachments
of young hearts put forth tlieir clasping
tendrils most lustily between 1 hanksirtvinij.
day an4 the returns of the blue-bird ? Now,
when ruddy fires begin to throw tlieir
dancing flames over the snug sitting-roomd
when the piping of the wind tells how close
the house is ; when Jack Frost drives the
rosy children to wanton about the father's
knee, or roll, half asleep, upon the rug ;
now is the time when the working man,
who has that best of "earthly gifts, a wife,
and abundance of little olive brandies about
his tabic, learns fully what is meant by the
happy 8y liable, home.
I ho rivals of our borne are many and
fearful. Among the direst is the drink
ing place, whether known as porter-house,
grog-shop, or tavern. The man who
spends his evenings in these stygian fumes,
soon grovels, and- wallows away half his
civilization.- - VV hero ourht he to be, but
by his own warm fireside, rewarding his
w41e-for for the solitary- labors andvexaJ
tioiis of the dav, and receiving, on his part,
those cheap but invaluable pleaaures, which
are as much above tho .-delirium and ribald
ry of the bar-room, as tlio light cf day is
above the glimmer of a dipped candle.
am no enemy totavern-keepcrs. Tlieyare
a useful class of men. Tlieir offices of
kindness to the stranger and the traveller
ought to be remembered and paid, but they
ought likewise to be freed from the cnor-
mities which proceed from their phials ,of
mnnness and death. 1 he worst effects ol
ill.conductcd taverns are felt, not by the
wayfaring man, for whose behoof the inn
is instituted ; but by the throng of villagers
and neighbors, who have, or ought to have,
homes of their own, who need no tavern,
and who resort thither for idleness, from
lovo of excitement, or from hcastlyitipprj
tito. Go into any town, and abide for a few
days at one of these marts of alcoholic
temptation. Mark the men, from day to
there for hours, some at frequent Intervals,
somf; are miudlin by the erato or stove,
others are hmiriti:; about the parch. You
have before you the representatives of in
dolencey the 4oquacityr-thc-uniliriil. the
mischicf:making, and the insolvency of the
place. Is there one of them who drives a
handsome btisiness t' Is there one of them
who is reputed for philanthropy, public spir
it, or successful talent, in any department?
his own "earnings on his back ? Not one.
Is there one of them who enjoys the alert
ness, the clear spirits, and the rosy hue of
health ? Not one ? That increasing ple
thora and sluggish growth is not the sign
'Plir la fl.'tliliv Anil tli
hand is soft. Tlie redrufWFvfrall
'nose is not the color -of geuuinc health.
That simpCr and that laugh are not the gay.
ety which irradiated, tho face before the
tavern became a shrine.
Ah ! if thit bar-room could be 'abjured
to testify if those books, redolent of bran
dy, and spotted with the marks of many a
tumbler, could be put to the question if,
after every name, you could read the his
tory of the drunkards who -. have dropped
off, one by one, how would tlie hi!cousTev
elation scare the very sot from his swinish
uidul"i.'iice ! Flic spell, however- ts not
nee ! - r lie spt
broken , becapse the true Lethe is ever nigh,
The first twinge of conscience is quieted
by brandy and water. Hence it is, that
the tayern haunterja 1 so often hopeless. He
drinks till he feels himself half rulricdhe
is wretched lie drinks to drown his wretch
edness he does drown it,and his soul along
with it. O, hapless youth! before such be
your fate, break awav, by a sudden, an
a2ouizinr effort, or you swell the list of
The brandy house and home arc anta
gonist powers, deadly foes, irreconcilable
rivals. If you wish to embitter a man's
home, aqd break his young wife's heart,
introduce him to tlie bar-room. Grant all
you plensdofattractionathdme the drink
ing place will have more. Has he a; virtu
ous, sensible, notable, comely, loving) wife,
and endearing babes t No matter ; his
leisure hours arc not for them, but for the
lounger atlie bar and porch. He will
feign business, or anxiety for news, or the
expectation of a customer, or any of a tlwu
sand pretexts, to take him and to keep him
there. There he is, at noon and at night,
and on the Sabbath. Until habit has steel
ed hmvlnrsneaks thither. Grown bolder,
ho becomes a fixture of the establishment.
Every drinking place has its reu'nue of at
tendants, known to every passerby. The
tavern sisrn is not more familiar than tlie
tavern suitors. Homeless creatures! each
of whom, in some bright or humble sphere,
might have been enjoying such innocent de
light around the domestic altar, as could
make this world a type of Paradise !
To young men beginning life, especially
to newly married men, the counsel is sen
sonoble. Reverence the fireside. Admit
no rival hero. Let your chief joys bo
shared by her who has forsaken all other
hearts and hopes for you by ' those who
must inherit honoit or disgrace from your
course of life. Shun tlie bar-room and the
purlieus of intoxication. It is to thousand
the avenue of infamy. Holp to rid thoso
industrious men to preside over public hous
es, and succumo to the sad necessity of
leading sober men into' drunkenness, and
drunkards into despair help to lid them of
this unpleasant part of their office. They
protest their grief for these results. Ypn
caunotjtut believe them. Help them to wash
tlieir liands of the horrible stain.-Newark '
Never wait for the last Bell.
It was a beautiful morning in the month
of May, 1825, 1 was sitting by the side of
ueien 4 l.irns, tne Qiiiy Ctrl 1 ever loved.
and I believe the only girl that ever loved
me any how, she was tho only one ever
told me so. We were sitting in the piazza
of her father's house, about a quarter of a
mile ,froiTi ths.janding place, wailing for
the bell of the stu&mboat to,, warn me of the "
moment that wns to " part my lovo and
me." It came to pass in the course of my
history, that in order to accumulate a little
of this world's gear, that I might be better
prepared to encounter the demands of mat
rimony, I was destined to cross the, blue
Chesapcak, and seek in the metropolitan
city the wherewithal so much desired. How "
many swains have been compelled like me
to leave home and the girl they loved, in
search of gold? And good gracious J how .
many have been disappointed t But to tho
Well I we were sitting in the 1 biazzaQidr"
talking of our lovo and separation, etc.
Wc were waiting for the unwelcome sound
of the steamboat bell, and you may rely
upon it wc talked fast and abbreviated our
words into such rugged sentences that no
body out ourselves could understand them.
The first bell rang, and I sprangtomy feet,
and trembled like an aspen." Oh, George,
wait till the last bell rings," said Helen, as
the big bright tear came over her blue eyes."
" Do no such thinjr," answered the hoarse
voice of Mr. Harris, as he aro: like a spec
tre from tlie cellar, where he had been put
ting away his cider "George, never wait
for the last bell. I was o.Tlikca deer, and I
arrived at the steamboaFmercIyin timo to
go on board before she was pushed off from
jho wharf. 7 "". -
My.career in search 6f pelf, has in ado?"
gree been successful; bu I believe had not,
the old farmer told me " never wait for thef
last bell," that I should have been as poor
as the morning that farewell shivered from
my lips uponh&4ieaTt of my- kvJy-I let-.
en. Anyperson who has lived nt a hot-,4
even for a single day, knows tho danger of
waiting for the last bell. I did it once, and
lostnry dinner. The first stroke" of tins
Jinncrbell sinccttTicn has fitways found imr
at tho table. For six months I was c'.erk,
uuu my nvvur.wauiug ir uiu iak uvu
cured for me tho confidence of my employer,
who offered me a partnership, which I ac.
ccpted, and iu every instance when Uie bell
"Tfrarreffdy; " "" " , " 1 u rt-
I had almost forgotten to tell you that
Helen Harris is my wife1, and she will nev
er repent the morning I took her father at
his word, and ran. over the field to get to
the boat in timo. When I arrived at Bal.
I had some introductory letters, and7they'
recommended me for a situation, one was'
soon offered which had been refused by four
young men who were waiting for tho last
bell, and which I accepted- it was the ma
king of me." Huste for the first bell ; ac
cept tlie first ofler, and keep it until, you
irct a better. Life is short, and be wh
puts off until the last bell, will, as Former
Harris prcdeits " come (jut ot the little end
of the born." . .' '
Young ladies, I have a word for you.
In the street I live, there is a lady who hns
been seven veara chQsinsr a nartnerfortrffer
She has had several resH.ctable offer, but
she was waiting for tho " Inst be.Il ;"' and
she is now likely to renlnin to the last, a
bell forfchc la turned of thirty, and it
morc than probalJc that she must bide her
blessedness forever. Now I beseech all
you who may read this , sketch, Whenever
you may feel a disposition to postpone any
thing which should be dorm now, to remem
ber the words of Farmer Harris, " never
wait for the last licll."
Not Constitutional The " Spy in
Washington" says that Mr. Repre
sentative from Virginia, was taken ill." Ilis
physicians, after a few days attendance ex
pressed apprehensions that he would not re. ,
cover. Mr., continuing togroW worse,
sent for a fricnd.m whom he communica.
ted the npprchensions of his physician, an;
then said in a solemn manner, " Nowm
friend, I have a favor to ask ; if I shouU
die, do not let me be buried at the expense
of Congress, for by Jove it is unconslitu
tionaUr ; .
DEsianoit or FaicsDS. Old Kit. Lie, the
mad poet, wrote the following lines, or something
like them, while confined in Beldlaim. Thou.
sands hav realized, inctt bitterly, their truth 1
If Fortune is sunny.
And you've plenty of money.
Friends throng like br round a honey- pot' t.
Bui 11 name r online frown.
A nil tbff iadfteaat vniv
jjy Jove! you may lie and rot.
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