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ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, ;FBfl)ATr MOBNIKGrMARCH 12,4841.
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gooth-Wwteni Chrfrfi- Advocate,
. U aterm derived from two
Tfda. and literally unporutt o
-ZTj&twik. It treats of tbe physical
teuij of our Globe, investigate its struc-
of the changes in the organic and inorgan-
fckiocdpo" niurc" ",1 ' , ' , '
Tbe different character of soils and rocks
rcsular tratification which they
eihibit. the variou beds aod
wini of metals and coal, the petrifaction
and olher which are found in all court-
trie the immense mountain raogc ubi
itreteli across states ana contioeou, togeui.
erwilh the agency of water, and fire in
producing changri on tbe earth crust,
Iwe doubtless excited the atlcntion of men
inrrerr age and prompted the desire to
know tbe physical history 01 ine pianei we
inhabit Accordingly wc find the earliest
records of history revealing traditions and
neculationsoa this topic But as the fa-
cjUues for acquiring correct views upon it
we dtficfeot jts mzM naturally ne ezpecu
ed the ardent and imaginative tuiit splen
did but baseless theories, apparently vteing
with each other in nropairatinff the most
naoaary and irrational hypotheses. Tet,
as oftea occurs in the infancy of other sci
ences, ve occasionally see these theorists'
striking npoiLimporiant truthsjinajw as
tooished they aid not follow out these views
aod at ooce achieve toe scienee.
As fllustratire of these remarks and as
introductory to tbe subject, it may not be
amiss W give, in this number, a short his
tory of the progress of tieology.
Tbe doctrine of tbe alternate destruction
and renovation of the earth, marking a long
succession of periods, each occupying ma.
ny thousand ages. Is taught in tbe sacred
book of tbe Hindoos: a work admitted to
have been composed at feast nine centuries
before Christ .'; : .
At a vervearlr neriod the marine shells
which were found upon the hills that sur
round the valley of the Nile attracted the at
tention of the Egyptian Priests ; and Plu
tarch says that one of the celebrated hymns
which Orpheus brought from Egypt, to
Greece related to this subject. Tie Egyp
tian, like the Hindoo system, assigned de
finite periods to these great revolutions,
which they ascribe to conflagrations and de
luges, whereby the gods punished human
crimes and purified the earth. Hence too
rose the poetical action of the golden aod
iraa ages. ' ,""', TT "
Pythagoras, Plato jnd Jlmtotlevere
aware that the surface of the earth has un
dergooe violent revolutions and speculated
poa the causes and periods of those con.
WlMoOa,-.r .. r-,Tr-... ,. ; .
During the middle ages a long and hitter
of animals and plants are truly the
remains of organized bodies or merely
M sports of nature," And scarcely had a
huadred years contest settled this question
before It was Bronouneed. that, to denv the
deluge of Noah insuflkieni to account forjtance with mineralp
the eiirfiv nt iiJr
era ami species to be a dangerous heresy.
But, greatly to ber credit, tbe church of
snw has redeemed herself from tbe impu
twn of persecuting this science ; for re
eently this " dangerous heresy has been
avowed and successfully defended in a
oorse of very learned lectures delivered in
ring of tbe Pope by one of the Pro.
lessors of tbe University of Rome. :"
Is the 17th centurv. IJhnil. rtvn nln.
as baintiMi xn.M - 1 : l :
OUSmaSS. Which Km Wn nCiiAinM
BTm wntiuawi uuruiUK IUIU1IJ-
IIS ClCSduin . I I
COOi. vannm mnmJ
Wat thlM fnmoA - ..-J -
caverns formed hw ( iJa nt
the earth mm Ao-.IT j .l.
splendid ezperirnenu of Sir H Tlww mm.
" rf mmxutM mm if - ana um
log that tbe earths am a!. ivt mav tie
Kduced to rrvXalLe K.. I :.. ;n iU
Opinion Of some. ComiidAnkU nbmaihilirv
to this htmntlw.
from tbe dinennm i
KIviM tLiiiiuiu' wnirn na lniprrvn
tween the Cvm'U r..l : r i A J .u.
"WJog species. This change of climate
Be attnhiftawl i. .- .i
tWn Of tluMptl.i i j .t .
rwJar notion that
' " MI I1H UmiDKU LIU.
wore had Iwwwut ki.ii .i . u
' u w uwu in IBH UHU
qnakes had kWnm Im rnonA
erful.aivrltt.L.k- a iTT.i
bad hwn - r - .i i
tbeeartt.'.-: " T""
MbHIOl IB fl. IEBT HMinilUl .1 linHIT
la 1695 Woodward came forward with
thtVe-var r r . I -s a
kf ttmtm dil l I J il r
Kuau uvwb i rut 11 um uiir
SDISCUOOS mass t amtJ in nmnf ntU tin in.
""ted thai snarinn KMLp. Bn LvImJ in tk
strata nccontint to a ..; it. i.:.
proof needs proof, or rather is disproved by
llcta.Ji,t.s J . Wi J v;f i liWi vi
- lrnett revived tbe ooctrine of a change
in tbe inclination of the- earth's axis ex.
plained how the primeval earth enjoyed so
mild a CJ i male how tbe eartn fiasured by
the sonVrays, poured oot the waters of tbe
deluge from a central abyss .-predicted the
connagrauon of tbe globe and the rising
of a new heavens andearthout of a second
chaos ' . ,
Whiston followed Burnet: but Newton
having dinoroved a ehanee in the axis of tbe
esrboauribnted the de-uge to tbe ap
proach of a cornet, wbicb by tbe coodenss.
tion of its vapoury tail, and by drawing the
water of the ocean over tbe land had flood
ed the earth.'1 He proposed so to interpret
the first chapter of Genesis that the doctrine!
or the earth having existed long prior to tbe
formation of man might no looeer be retard
ed as heretical. Jn this suggestion he was
in advance ot bis age.
The Italian Geologists refuted and ridi
culed the system of Burnet. Whiston and
Woodward, and declared that sound phi
losophr as well as religion had suSLrcd by
perpetually mixing up tbe sacred writings
with questions in physical science, beveral
eminent divines contended that the truth of
the Bible was involved in tbe question of
tbe origin of springs, and maintained,
in opposition to an.enlightcned Italian Ge
ologist, that -. :: z by subterranean
syphonf and C3VitfefTm the jea upwards,
losing their saltness in the progress ! Thus
has xeal without knowledge frequently ex.
posed the word of God to tbe attacks of its
Passing by a host of writers we hasten
to notice Werner a man who for i long
lime wielded an influence in Geology simi
lar to that which his great countryman Lu
ther exercised in divinity. He was vastly
superior to his predecessors and collected
and imparted much valuable Information.
its great error consisted in attributing too
much to the action of water and not enough
to 15i hJaifitajnin thatevenbesalt and
other volcanic rocks are " chemical precip
itates, from water. His was called tbe
Nevtunum theory, and inculcated the doc
trine of an original " menstronm or ch
otic fluid " which held in solution all the
materials of the globe, and from which his
universal formations bad been each in
succession simultaneously precipitated over
the whole earth. Ine amiability of bis
character, his ardor and eloquence in pur
suing awl explaining bis favorite science,
combined with bis intimate knowledge of
mineralogy rave a new impulse to the stu
dy of Geology, and a number of foreigners
nocked into baxony to attend the lectures
of this celebrated professor Tbia mmm- tat
era in Geology. ' v 1
( Ilutton, of lidinburgh, vraav eotempora-
ry with Werner, and was his great rival
and antagonist. He contended for the ig
oeous origin of besalt and the ether jocks
of that class that volcanoes bad not come
into play in modern times, as Werner sap
posed ; objected to the introduction of im.
aginary causes in producing tbe phenomena
of Geology, and advocating the permanent
gency of tbe same causes ra nature. "Ine
ruins of an older world," be said,-" were
visible in our planet ; the strata that now
compose our continents have been ooce be
neath the sea, and formed out of the waste
of pre-existing continents.-He. declared
that be found no traces of a beginning
no prospect of an end "that " tbe oldest
rocks are of a derivative nature, the last of
our antecedent series, and that, perhaps,
one of many pre-existing worlds." Huttonl
like Werner, bad considerable acquuin-
of organic remains, a department of, this
aasaaavs vi tvsasss as, ww isiuvh wv
science which subsequently - contributed
more than any thing else to unravel the
mvstery of Geology. ' Ilutton was ac
cused of the heresy of materialism and
much angry and violent feeling was ex
hibited against him. -The illustrious Play,
fair illustrated and defended tbe theory of
Ilutton, but neither learning nor genins
could stem tbe current of popular supersti.
tion originating in a misanprebension of
the Bible. His was called the Vokania
theory. ' ' ' '
Voltair, true to his infidel pnnciplasi, at.
tacked the popular opinion among the Catlu
olics in France which attributed fossil shells
to .the deluge, by denying that they- were
true shells, but "sports of nature. Still he
knew better, and has admitted it in his oth
The controversy between the Neptunis'.s
and Volcanists continued to rage most of
tbe literary men of the' time taking side
with one or the other theory ; but the con
test had led to the discovery of many im
portant facts illustrative of the subject, and
excited a general spirit of enquiry and ob
servation. Ine putT"? mind bad become
at last disgusted with v"- hypotheses,' and
many tearnodmen sougut, oy travelling to
distant countries and by close and patient
nspection of nature, to arrive at just and
tisfactory conclusions. 1 oe relations ot
certain mineral groups in the order of their
superposition their mineralogical charac
ter and tbe fossils peculiar to certain for-
matiaos were severally investigated by tbe
most distinguished scholars, and Chemistry,
Comparative Anatomy, Zoology, Botany
and Natural Philosophy au contributed to
illustrate tbe science or Geology ana to
give it the station which it now so deserv.
edly holds as one of the most interesting de
partments of natural science. p
The Geological Society of London.
founded in 1907, has cciiduced greatly to
this end, , They have multiplied and record'
ed observations and ; patiently waited for
such as accumulation of well authenticated
facta as justify a general system of Geolo
gy. .Bakewell, Do La Bache, Buckland,
Sedgwick, Murcblson, Philips, SyeU and
auntell, off Jbogwnd, have contnbuted by
the masterly productions of their peas, to
raise Geology to tho reputation of a science.
Germany has done her part in this noble
wore, especially in the department of nun
eralogical Geology. France has produced
among others ber Cuvior and Brogniart,
Whose work "On the Mineral Geoersnbv
and organic tlemains of the neighborhood
of Paris", is a monument of science. The
U, States can also boast of her Silliman,
Maclure, Hitchcock, Johnson, Dana, Ea.
too, and last, though not least. her-Troost
who, though not a native, is an adopted
and favorite son ; and who, to a profound
knowledge- -of chemistry and mineralogy
has added much practical Geological infor.
ma tion acquired by years of toilsome travel
and patient observation. . ,
Many of tbe states of tbe Union, aware
of the importance of Geology, have en
gaged the services of talented gentlemen to
make Geological surveys, and a, mass of
fuels is now; collected aod being collected
from tbe wide spread limits of our country
which is not only to secure fame to the en
terprising Individuals engaged in these pur-
suiuatjdjcootribwte . to ih rmjfort and
Wealth of the community, but to settle points
still id dispute among tbe, trans. Atlantic
Geologists. Mow wide ana interesting is
the field which our vast continent presents
to the American student of natural science !
. , Robe bt Paihs.
,La Grange CoIL AhwFeb. 4, 1841..
From Chambers Ediagburg Journal
Tlirllllag Narrative. ;
tEMAEtABLE COJiDCCT OP A UtTLt CIEt-
The following extraordinary act was per
formed by a child in Lyons not long ago,
according to a continental papers
An uutortunate artisan, the lather of a
family, was deprived of work by the depress
ed state of his trade, during the whole win.
tcr. It was with great difficulty that he could
get a morsel of food now and then, for his
famished wife and children, r lmngsgrew
worse and worse with him, and at length,
on altempiing to rise one morning for the
purpose of going out as usual, in quest of
employment, he fell back in a fainting con.
diiion beside his wife; who bad already been
confined to her bed by illness for two
months. The poor man felt himself ill and
his strength entirely gone. He had two
boys yd in mere childhood, and one. girl
about 13 or 13 years old. For a long time
the whole charge of the bonaehokl had fallen
on this girL She bad tended the sick-bed
of her mother, and had watched over her
tittle brothers with more than parental care.
Now when the father too was taken ill, there
seemed to be not a vestige of hope in the
family, except in the exertions that might
be made by ber, young as she was. : , .
Ine first thought of tbe little girl was to
seek for work , proportioned to tier strength.
But that the family might not starve in the
meantime, she resolved to go to one of the
bouses of charity where food was given out,
she bad beard, to the poor and needy. The
person to whom she addressed herself, ac
cordingly inscribed her name in the list of
pplieaBtsuand told her tacome back again
in a'duy or two, when tbe case would have
been deliberated upon. Alas, during this
deliberation her parents and brothers would
starve ! The girl stated this, hut was in
formed that the formalities mentioned were
ndispcnsable. Site came again. into the
street, aod, almost agonized by the- knowl.
edge how anxiously she was expected with
bread at home, she resolved to ask charity
from passengers in the public ways.
IMo one heeded the modest, unobtrusive
ppeal of ber outstretched hand. Her heart
was too full to permit her to speak. Could
any one have seen the torturing anxiety
that filled ber breast, she must have been
pitied and relieved. As the case stood, .it
is not, perhaps, surprising that some rude
being menaced her with the police. She
was frightened. Shivering with cold and
rying bitterly, she fled homeward. When
site mounted the stairs and opened the door,
the first word srw heaid war the cries of
her brothers for something to cat bread ! I
She saw ber father soothing and supporting
ber fainting mother, and beard him say
Bread ! she dies for the want of food.
" I have no bread," cried the poor girl,
with anguish in her tones.
Ine cry ot disappointment and despair
which came at these words from ber father
and brothers, caused ber to recall what she
bad said, and conceal the truth. " I have
not gotit yet," she exclaimed, " but I will
have it immediately. I have given the baker
the money, he was serving some rich peo.
(lc, and he told me to wait or come back,
came to tell that it would soon be here."
After these words, without waiting for a
reply she left tlie bouse again. .A thought
had entered her bead, and maddened by the
distresses of these she loved so dearly, she
had instantaneously Resolved to put it into!
execution. &he ran from one street, to an
other, till she saw a baker's shop in which
there appeared to be no person, and then,
summoning all her determination, she en.
tered, lifted a loaf, and fled! The shop,
keeper saw ber. from behind. He cried
loudly, ran out alter her, and pointed her
out to the peoplb passing by The girl ran
oh. She was ptmrned, and finally a man
seized the loaf which she carried. The ob
ject of ber desire taken away, she had no
motive to proceed, and was seized at ooce.
They conveyed ber towards the office ; a
crowd as usual having gathered in attend,
ance. The poof girl threw around ber
Despairing glances, wmcn seemea to sees
some favorable object from whom to ask
mercy. At last, when she had been brought
to tbe court of the police office, and was iu
waiting for the order to enter, she saw be
fore her g little girl of ber own age, who
appeared to look on ber with a glance fun
of kindness and compassion. Under the
Impulse of the moment, still thinking of ber
family r she whispered to the stanger the
cause of ber act of tneft
? " Father and mother, and my two bro
thers are dying for tbewant of bread!"
" Where T" asked the little girl anxiously.
f' Buo. ' u No. 10, w " She
bad only time to add the name of her parents
to this conwnunication, when she was car
ried in before tittcomraissionary of the po
Meanwhile, the poor family at borne suf
fered all the miseries of suspense, fears
of their child's safety, were added to the
other afflictions of the parents. At length
they heard footsteps ascending the stairs
An eager cry of hope was uttered Dy an trie
four enfbrtunates, but alas ! a stranger ap
peared in tbe place of their own little one.
Vet the stranger appeared to them like an
angel. Her cheeks had a beautiful bloom,
and long Saxes hair fell in curls upon ner
shoulders. She brought them bread, and a
small basket of other provisions. " Tour
girl," she said, " will not be back perhaps
to-day ; but keep up your spirits, see what
she has sent you." After these encourog.
ing words, tbe young messenger, of good
put into the bands of the father five francs,
and then turning around to cast a look of
pity and satisfaction on tbe poor family,
who were overcome with emotion, she dis
appeared. ' - .
Ine history of these fire francs is the
most remarkable part of this affair This
little benevolent fairy was, (it is alniost un
necessary toMsay,) the same pitying specta
tor who had been addressed by the abstrac
tor of the loaf at the police omce. As soon
as she had heard what was said there, she
had gone away, resolved to take some meat
to the poor family. But she remembered
that her mamma was from home that day,
and was at a loss how to procure money or
food, until she bethought herself at a re.
source of a strange kind. She recollected
a hair-dresser who lived near her mother's
house who knew her family. He often com.
mended her beautiful hair and told her to
come to him whenever she wished to have
it cut, and he would give her a louisdore for
This used - to irmkfr her proud - and
pleased, but she now thought of it in a dif
ferent way. In order to procure money for
the assistance of a starving family, she went
straight to the hair-dresser, put him in mind
of his promise, and offered to let him cut
off her pretty locks for what be thought
Naturally surprised by such an applica
tion, the hair-dresser, who was a kind and
ntelligcnt man, made inquiry into the cause
of his young friends visit. Her secret was
easily drawn from nerTandircaused" tlw
hair-dresser almost to shed tears of pleas-
ure. lie feigned to comply with tlie condi.
tions DroDosed. and save the bargained fif
teen francs, promising to come and claim
his purchase at some future day. The little
girl then bought provisions,.. &. basket
and set out on her errand of mercy. But
before she returned, tbe hair-dresser had
gone to ber. mother's, found that lady at
home, and related to ber the whole circum
stance. So that when the possessor of the
gqldenjresses canie back , snejiras gratified
by being receivedTin the open arnuoThcr
blessed and praising parent. ,
.When the story was told at tbe police
office by the hair-dresser, the abstractor of
the loaf was visited by no very severe pun
ishment The singular circumstances con
nccted with the case, raised many friends
to the artisan and bis family, and be was
soon restored to health and comfort
Lead Philippe, the Kiag ! the
- HIS POSmOJf HIS rOLJCV HIS FAMILY.
The present King of the French is just
y regarded, by all correct observers, as
one of the most extraordinary men of-the
day, and is likely to shine in the pages of
history as a Prince of great wisdom, ener
gy and firmness. His career since the cel
ebrated, revolution of July, 1830 has been
marked by almost every vicissitude to which
monarchy is liable. , He has been compell
ed time and again to change his ministers ;
attempt after attempt has been made upon
his life ; various popular tumults have bro
ken out in bis capital, and be was very re
cently threatened with a conflict with four
of the most powerful European nations.
Even the war spirit of France, excited in a
great measure by the mistaken policy of
the Prime Minister, has bees resisted, and
with success, by the Monarch of the
Barricades " and at the last dates- the !
French capital was quiet Peace had again
unfurled her bloodless banner, and the wise,
virtuous Louis Philippe was exerting him
self to the utmost for the happiness of his
Perhaps no greater calamity could hap
pen to Europe, in the present condition of
flairs, than the death of this represents,
five of tbe Bourbons. It should be remem
bered that be holds tbe throne by no regu
lar tenure : that be was placed there in a
moment of great difficulty and excitement,
principally through the agency of La Fay-
that be is not entitled to the eminent
position, by any immediate ancestral right ;
and that even now, a doubt exists in the
minds of a large body of the French peo
ple, whether a succession would, in the
event of bis death, be permitted to either
of his sons. Seeing this' condition of af.
fairs, and thoroughly conversant with the
temper of his '- countrymen, tbe French
monarch has, at every opportunity, tent
his children among' the peogle, and min
gled them up in military atEiirs, in order if
possible to soften the prejudices of the pop
ular mind, and to inspire a degree of confi
dence and affection. Doubtless he has suc
ceeded to some extent, but not to the ex
tent necessary ; and thus his death, we fear,
will lead 16 another serious and perhaps
dreadful convulsion. u
A late number of Blackwood's Magazine
has an article devoted to Louis Philiooe.
which accords him high praise. Ine wri
ter states, that he " now stands forth the
sole barrier to France, against her own
pbrenzy. The popular cry, the provincial
parties, even the journals of his own min
isters assail him. Yet he has hitherto stood
firm. The position becomes a king, but a
patriot still more. He might survive a war,
but the monarchy and tlie constitution
would run the most extreme peril. On the
manly firmness with which he shall show
himself the ruler of opinion during the next
six months, may depend a question higher
than even tbnt of peace or war; the ques
tion whether France will not be revolution
ized, her government inflamed into a fierce,
loose, and desperate democracy, and. the
final Duniahment inflicted on its nolitica!
crimes in a new invasion of tbe armies of
Europe, a total partiuoo of her territory,
and the extinction of her power of evil for
ever among nations."
These doctrines may seem wild, but they
nevertheless, possess more truth than would
at first arrest aUentien. Tbe Governments
of the Old . World, whether right or wrong,
see the necessity of standing by each other,
and resisting any rash Or headlong cliange
in the eeneral system. This may be con
sidered peculiarly andimpressively the pol
icy of Russia ; and on reviewing the re
cent movements of the four powers with
regard to Mehemet AH in Syria, one can
not but be forcibly struck with a conviction
that something more serious and admonito
ry was designed than the mere adjustment
of the Eastern difficulty. IJnder these cir
cumstances, therefore, and with this view,
the conduct of Louis Philippe, in braving
popular clamour and excitement at home,
and even in perilling his liwn position on
the throne, for the sake of his country,
cannot but challenge admiration. He was
born in 1773, and is consequently sixty
seven years of age. . General .Cass states
that his health is vigorous. Of his family,
we are told that the duke of Orleans, his
eldest son, is now 30 ; tall, graceful in his
movements, and handsome. He acts a sort
of Viceroy, sometimes attends tho -armies,
sometimes travels through France on a tour
of inspection, and is always in readiness to
allay public tumults or promote the royal
Tbe younger sons are " the' Duke of Ne
mours, the Prince de Joinville, the Duke
of A nmalcT a nd the Duke of Montpentfter.
The King Knows the value of activity
turning men to many uses; and he theret
fore keeps them all employed as much as
he can. The Duke of IMemours is a sol
dier, and hffs served in Algiers." The
PjiincedeJoinville is a Captain intheNavy,
and behaW blave
had the command of the squadron recently
sent to St. Helena for the remains of Napo
leon. The two younger sons are said to be
fine young men, and are destined for the
army. Surely under such circumstances,
proud position among the Kings of Europe ;
a position, the duties, ot which he appears
anxious to discharge, not only with credit
to himself, but in a manner at once calcula
ted to promote the happiness of his coun
trymen, and the general interest of man
kind. riul. Inquirer.
From the Pilot.
PebttintvEBeBuxh ! Tipsey
A recent Publication contains a icrio.
eomico description of the navigation of
Drunken Sea, from which we take tlie fol-
iowing-description of . PuinfaJmfcKuQUgh
aml Tisy Island. The writer seetm well
acquainted with the difficulties and peculiar
character of the navigation :
The longitude and latitude of Point-
JusuEnough never having been, exactly as-
certained, either from Us being situated ,0s
already mentioned, in a floating Island, or
whatever other cause, gcograplM-r have
found it very difficult to assign the precise
limits of Pleasant Bay. It is perhaps to
get rid of this difficulty, Unit some geog
raphers describe Pleasant Bay as extending
the whole way from Soberland to Tijisy
Island. But wliether it be or be not geo
graphically correct to apply the name of
Pleasant liay to that pan oi me urunsen
Sea which lies between Point-Just-Enough
and Tipsy Island, it is quite certain that
there is no part of this sea where the sky is
so bright, the air so fresh and exhilarating
or the motion of the water lively and buoy,
ant as it is here. . .
It happens, therefore,' as might be ex
pected, that many of those who leave So
berland,' with tbe intention of going no far
ther than Point-Just-Enough, do yet, when
they arrive at that Point, extend their voy
age to Tipsy island, and tempted by the
increasing beauty of the scene, the favoring
wind and current, and the easy landing
which the shore of the island presents at
no great distance.
Besides those who thus
voluntarily extend their voyage irom Point.'
Just-Enough to Tipsey Island, there are
others who, overshooting the Point either
through ignorance or inadvertence, mis.
stays iu their attempt to tack, and are car. r
ried to tlie Island by tbe force of the wind
As it generally happens that those who
have once visited Tipsey island in either of
tlie ways just mentioned, return to it again
direct from Soberland, and repeat their vis.
it with great regularity during the remain--der
of their lives, Tipsy Island is always
full of visitors. The sensations experi- ,
enced on this Island, diner only in degree .
from those which are felt at Point-Just.
Enough. The pulse and heartbeat a little
quicker and stronger, the eyes become
brighter, tho skin hotter, the face more
flushed, the voice louder, the gestures more ,i
vehement, the conversation less connected,
the ideas rambling and incoherent.
" borne dance, some sing, some swear,
some fight, all stagger about; some be.
come loyal, others philosophical; all are
veracious, disinterested, magnanimous,
chivalrous. It is usual to remain several
hours, and even to pass the night upon tbe
Island. A few remain upon it for several
hours together ; but as it is discreditable to ,
be seen upon it in '.he morning, those who
regard appearances, usually leave tat So.
berland sometime before day -break ; many
fall asleep on the Island, and are carried in
that state to their boats. In the morning
all awake unreireshed with a parched mouth,
hot skin, red eyes, aclung head, and no ap
ipetite for breakfast, aud spend the day.
drinking soda water at the great fountain iu.
the quay of boberland, which looks to- .
wards Pleasant Bay. and lomrtaff for eve
ning in order to return to Tipsy Island, or
at least as far as Point-Just-Enough."
Things certain ta IS 11.
The year 1841 will be a very eventful one
every body who gets married.
Throughout tbe whole course of the year
whenever the moon wanes tbo nights will
grow dark. l - .
1 nose who have debts to pay, and do
cash will lose their credit.
It is probable that if there is no business
doing, people will complain of hard times,
but it is certain that those who hang them
selves will escape starving to death.
Many a man will grow rich this year in
a dream. . ..
II the incumbent of a fat office should die.
there will be a dozen feet ready to step into
one pair ot shoes.
Ho who marries during this year will
rurt a great risk that is, if be does it in a
hurry. . - -'
HclwIio steals a match, will make tattlers
gossip, and get himself into a scrape.
lie who is penny less this year will not
gricvo much at the fall of stocks.
lie that grows without growing wiser,
will be a long time coming to the years of
He who wants to borrow money, will
know the value of it
He who laughs at his own dull jokes, and
hunts for a cat with three tails, or becomes
ah applicant for "office, will rival honest
Dogberry, and be content to " write himself
I nn " . ..
There will be more books published tin's
year than will find purchasers more
rhymes written than will find readers, a.)d
more bills made out than will find payers.
If a tnan-builds a house thiaysar. without
counting the cost, be will know moreat the "
end of his undertaking than at the begin
If any body jumps overboard without
trnsiurinrr tiiur in iwim it ia (wn in nna flint
If any one lends an umbrella, it is two to
one that be is obliged to go home in the rain
for his pains. .
There will be a great noise about tbe
country whenever it thunders, aod a dust
wilt be kicked up by coach horses unless -the
roads are McAdamized.
Whoever makes the discovery that the
world is given to lying, will only do wliat
Jack Fallstaffhas done before him.
Many an old sinner will resolve to turn
over a new leaf this year, but the new leaf
will turn out a blank.
Many a fond fool will jump into a honey
pot , and find it mustard, without bung
to say7ilh the fly,-" Im ou."- -
Many things will be wondered at this
year, and turn out not to be miracles. ...
Finally we are of opinion, that this will
be a wonderful year just like all that
have gone before it Politicians will make
fools of themselves, pettifoggers will make
fools of others, and women with pretty fa
ces will make fool both of themselves affd
others. The world will go round and -round
back to the place from which it set
out aod this will be the course of many ay -man
who should be up and doing. There
will be a great cry nod little wool, aiyat
tlie shearing of pigs or a session of Con.
Good FKfrmG. In the trial of some
patriot prisoners at Kingston, Upper Can
ada, a British officer disclosed on oath the
fact, that the British loss in the " Wjnd- .
mill " affair at Preacott, two years since,
was 442 killed. This, for execution, con
sidering the nujriber of Patriots engaged
(180) beats San Jacinto, which is often '
quoted as the most remarkable in that re-
spect among the hotly contested fields - of
modern times the patriots killed, it will be
seen, almost three to one, a fact which suA
ficiently accounts for the exasperation of- -the
British troops oh that occasion ao4
caused them to refuse quarters.
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