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ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. :
New York, Sept. 19, 1853.
Letter writing not always a pleasure Itt drawbacks Ole
Buirt t Concerts-StrakosehA little NightingaleThe
Fall Opera Season-Jullien's last weekThe approaching
tair of the American Institute The Fresnel Light House
at the Crystal Palace.
My Dear Post : Much of the vaunted pleasure
of letter writing is certainly destroyed, when it be
come an imperative duty, instead of a voluntary
employment, and I can testify that the day for
my correspondence with you, comes sometimes
without being welcome. It finds me, perhaps,
with an aching bead, oV Vkith weary limbs; or, it
may be, in the very midst. of absorbing and una
voidable engagements. I ccufebS to being occa
sionally tempted to omit the letter for just one
week, and sometimes trv to think at the sacra
lice, though it be of 'my vanity-that the readers
of the Post will be real! v triad to miss it occasion-
ally," ni its wonted corner. Give me credit, how-
ever, hjr-having faithfully resisted alt such allure
ments to a neglect ' of duty, and for ' having tried
every week to make up such a budget as might
afford some gratification to vour readers. .
There is, . certainly, no lack of material in this
great metropolis, for the letter writer to employ in
his periodical dispatches. Something new hap
pens every day, and our city press contrives to lid
immense sheets every, morning and evening, with
matter of some sort. Believe me, however, when
1 say that, notwithstanding afi .tlm, I am some
t mes much embarrassed when I sit down to vrite
to know what to chco-e as my theme. There
are, it is true, a legion of them. The Crystal Pal
ace is still open; but have I not written about that
half a score of time? already ? Jullien still wields
hi baton at the opposite hd of thejeity but are
not our readers weary of the meiitioii of it 1 Hiere
are ;t thousand other tuples, but they iare albminor
bne ui the esteem of the public. E.et me' glance j
ul some .of them however.- 1 had the' pleasure, J
erv recently, of attending one d Ik'LL s de
lightful concerts', 'which, notwithstanding it was
given upon a night famous .for attractions in divers
.juarters, thronged Niidv s Saioon vjith auditors',
entertainment was .conducted by Ma:kice Srr'.Aii-
oscu, one oi iue most amiaoiu geuuemeu, as ne
ccrtainlyis oi.e of the most talented pianists, of the
. t I ile.s. . . . , j
Oie IJ.ill and Strakosch upon tht-ir respective ;
instruments; and the little Path, with her es.jui-s- j
ite vocaliatiim,' constituted' the v.hoij; ana the suf j
ticient charuj of the evening. It. is ite in the day ;
to applaud tiie performances of -'fcifhier of the two j
instruiuentists, and yet I never-hear them, without !
doing so most heartily with my hajids, and why
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'shouid I not allow my en the s;:uie privilege?
But the httie Adelina Path, is not so fanous,
and perhaps some of your readers may like to hear
a little about hen !phe is a sister of Madame
Strakosch, and certainly not ov er thirteen years of
age pej hajSveii younger with a 'voice of wou-
aenui sweciness capacuy nu ciuuvituun. . que
ihas a petite arid beautiful figure, au'd her little face
lis ever beaming with happiness as she stands be
fore the admit ing' ' multitudes. She s'ung upon the
occasion to which I ailu'de, some of the finest mu-
ic of Ernani and Njunambuia, and also the won- j
derful " YAm S m-'' of Jenny Lind -and in every J
case she acquitted herself to my amazement. Her J
intonation is full and rich her verbal enunciation j
j'tveist and her feeling in the rendering of tiie j
various pieces, apparently as genuine and earnest
as those of the most famous prima donna. It was
' indeed a treat of no common kind, to hear that
.'mid pouring out, like a bird, and with just as
httie e.tibrt '. a tide of gushing and charming
song. The Echo Sung especially, was exquisitely j
given her little'laugh even m.)re musical though f
lt'ss extraordinary than that of "the-Nightingale"
herself ; and the cadences-managed w,ith a wonder-
fid degree of skill..-It is impusMble to predict w hat j
lier future will be ; but there is certainly nothing !
painful in her wonderful precocity. She appears I
and sings with all the simplicity of childhood, j
"Whv may she not become a second Jenny Lind j
as yet an unknown phenomenon i ' i
r Apropos of music. The opera season begins to
- night with Steffanone in Ernani, if I'miUake not.
A brilliant corps has been organized, and success
is scarcely doubtful. I may sav, before dismissing
music (I heartily wish I conf l dismiss-that ever
lasting hand organ beneath niv window which ail
the day-long plays one of tw o tunes as the overture
to the performances of a learned bear !), I may
say, that this is announced as 4i the last week of "j
Jullieu." If there is no reprieve the musical world
here will be disconsolate next wee"k, for the Nation
al Quadrilles at Castle Garden have become a ne
cessarv of life with multitudes'. If he continues
his grand concerts, he must, however, inove up
town, for Castle Garden is to be opened with fjie
comjfg ia of "'"brown October," 'by tiie. American
lustitute, whose " Aunual Fair " is. not to be extiu
g'uished bv oui- glorious Crystal Palace. 1 am
" m-artilv glad of this for it s'uows the vitaiity of
" our industry, and its great resources. The Crystal
Palace has necessarily excluded hundreds from iis
jubilee, and these will gather in force at Castle
Garden. The spirit of emulation is awake, and I
do not question that there wiil-be such a fair as i
the American Institute has never before held.
At the Crystal Palace a new feature is riotice-
. aye especially at night. It is a magnificent diop
trie light, erected in the South nave.; It is intended
for the light house on Cape llatteras, and is exhib
ited here by the courtesy of the Bureau of Light
Ltouses of the United States Treasury Department.
The light is known as the Fresnel light, from the
name of its inventor. It is of French origin, and
the one under notice was manufactured for our
frovetnment by Lepoutin, of Paris. fcIt consists of
an immense lamp, placed within a pylinder, and
beneath'- dome, composed of immense prisms of
crystal of which the re are seven or eight hundred
iu number. Immediately opposite the lamp, -on.
each section of prisms there is a large lens from
wbichvwben the eye of the spectator is upon a line
with it, an intense and almost blinding light is.
flashed. The cylinder and dome resolve by clock
work, and hence the light is composed of a rapid
' ..succession of .these dazzling flashes. ' It ca"n be seen
fifty or sixty miles at sea, and will greatly diminish
the terrors of the stormy head-land of llatteras to I
the sailor. In 'the day; time the prismatic action
upon the light makes the "whole lantern a confused
mass of broken rainbows.
The Picture Gallery) is one of the most popular
haunts of the visitors to the Crystal Palace. I
think I have told you already that it extends com
pletely over the Machine Arcat'e having a length
of between four and five hundred feet. It is light
ed by sky windows on each side, and at night by
two rows of gas lights nearly one thousand in
number. The catalogue an advance Copy of which
is before me embraces six hundred and fifty titles,
of which more than one-sixth are examples of 'the
Dutch schools. Sixty-five are from the Academy
of Arts at Dusseldorf, and more than this number
from" other parts of the. German confederation.
France contributes nearly a hundred pictures, and
the Italian States nearly as many. There are fifty
from England and Ireland," and about thirty from
Belgium. Austria and Switzerland have a few
w orks on the walls, and there are perhaps forty from
Au.erican' artists. Very few, however, ofour paint
ers have sent any thing to the Gallery, a fact which
it is easier to deplore than" to explain. I have paid
several visits to the Gallery and have found many
meritorious works among the somewhat fewer than
seven hundred which hang upon the walls.- I can
not say that the collection as a unit is one of ex
traordinary excellence. There are hof a few unmit
igated daubs, and still moe of second and third
rate merit and this, in spite of the absolute exclu
sion of a-great many works, which were sent in for ;
the Gallery, but found utterly inadmissible. - There
are.however, some truly admirable pictures in the
gallery, and a dozen such would atone for as many
score of indifferent works. If this be admitted, the
collection must be pronounced a good one not
the' best w hich New York has enjoyed, but worthy
still of.much admiration., I will not now particu
larize the attractions of the Gallery reset ving the
task for another occasion. ' In the absence of a
catalogue of the paintings, it is amusing to witness
the embarassmeut of many of the visitors as they
pas's about with perplexed looks, and enjuiiy in
their restless airs. This woful : disquietude will be
relieved to-inoi row by the appeaVance of the official
guide to the Gallery. .
I have derived a Vast amount of amusement
during m'v recent leisure, moments in reading the
memoirs of Lorenzo Miitoni, a new book from the
press of Rtdji Id, of this city. Nothing like it- has
appeared these many days so fresh, so piquant,
so picturesque, and s genial. It is the story, to
be v..ry brief, of ait j.iiiian republican a refugee
from the Lombard v" martyrdoms of two .decades
ago ; and the work is full of a reformer's zeal and
en thus! sin, while-it illustrates aio the inefficiency,
ina praetic'al view, of Italian reform.. From be
giiHiin to end, the book is consummate v aiii-iic ;
and its picturesque views of Italian life and manner j
are as fascinating as the veriest fictions of the ro
mancer. 1 have a vivid recollection of the delight
with which I tead an Italian book, (some doseii
years' ago,) the memorirs of Benvenuto Cellini; and
although iienoti is a very different man, I cannot
tt Ap putting the two together, perhaps bwiause tfyej'
ivere both such' charming egctists ! Head Benoni,
mv dear Post, and tell all your readers, that it is
the most fascinating piece of semi-fiction w hich has
appeared within the century ; that they may par
ticipate of your delight in i is perusal.
There will now very speedily appear from the
press of Mr. Kedfield, a revised' edition of Mr
Simnis.' admirable novel " The Yemassee " to be
immediately followed', by "The Partisan.'' The
author has entirely re-written the first of these sto
ries, and it will issue on its new dress with ail the
charm of novelty. A complete and uniform series
of Mr. Simms' works is a 'desideratum, and Mr.
Hedrield will deserve the thanks .of American read
ers, if he supplies it for since the death of Coop
r Mr. Sim Ms stands at the head of the Ameiicau
What, extraordinary facilities for collecting a liA"
brary the present time affords. This'ris lb y frequent
thought as I notice the announcements of the most
popular and classic works in " new and cheap edi
tions." Messrs. Little, Brown & Co., of Boston,
are now reprinting the Pickering Edition of the
British Poets at seventy-five cuts a volume!
Goldsmith and Gray have already appeared in com
plete " Aldine"' dress. Nor is this as some sup-'
pose a feature of the book world peculiar to the
United States. The English publishers are out
doing bur own in cheap and beautiful editions.
Mr. BotiN of London, publishes several series of the
best books in all departments of Literature and
Science. His Standard Library embraces History,
Biography, Theology, Poetry and Fiction. The
volumes are of uniform size about 500 pages du
odecimo and can be obtained for less than, a dol
lar ! His Scientific, Antiquarian, and Illustrated
Libraries, and his Extra Vol 'uines, are all stories of
the most delightful and precious lore which our
Literature contains," and are but little more expen
sive. Messrs. Bangs, Brother & Co. the con
ductors of the gr.at semi-annual Trade Sales of
books are the agents here of Mr. Boux, and all
who are making up a library should certainly con
sult their catalogue of Mr. Bohu's numerous publi
cations. I have noticed that my recent letters intrude too
far upon a second column of your paper, but it
seems impossible to kepthem within mote reason
able limits. I send them to vou as they are ; sub
let them, if you will, to Procrustean measure, with
out fear of offending.
J WRITTEN TOR THE SOtTTHERS WEEKLY roST.l(
THE CIRCUS BOY-
Sometime during the Autumn of '51, the writer
left his home (Richmond, Ya.) to visit some rela
tives residing in the Capital of the Old North State.
He had proceeded as far on his journey as Peters
burg, and just as the cars were about leaving that
il ace, a well clad, intelligent looking boy, appar
' otly about eleven or twelve years of age, couduct
d by two individuals from the Bollingbroke Hotel,
.me up and applied for a free passage.
The attendants of,, the youthful traveller, who
.conded and urged with a good deal of pertinacity
his omewhatrsiugular request, seemed to feel more
aan an ordinary degree of interest in their little
! tu vf fc"l",i find been con-
jnjicg, Alley siaieu. iu ,- - . ; - , , ,
nected with.a strolling compan jcf-circus actors,
but by some accident bad beet rparated from
them at Richmon I, an J heart ; . 3$$m
that route, lie bad walked vehfrxru the latter city,
a distance of 22 miles, whhouot. money, in
order to join the troupesc " 4'T """' -
The conductor of the traiq bfsir -not .at' the mo
ment in place, the case was presented to-Ta s0rl of
sub conductor or baggage agent, wpoicu
that uader the circumstances th boy might gopn ;
so at the sound, of the bell, atdTierVen known
" all aboard," not being encumbero with, ahy bag
gage hes prang upon the platform; and I as we mov
ed ,bfff waved an adieu to his friend outside, ;
We had proceeded but a short 'tsce when it
became obvious that the young ;K .Vflj. would
nnf I. .nor romsnn stranffer to XV 5'.lhftWn.eeU of
the engine had hardly made a cxtT revolutions
before he commenced a series ofjjcinl istics well
calculated to attract the notice aoX excite the aP
miration of his fellow travellers. ' One ot his Yeats
was to pace as rapidly as the raovefjs-nt of the train
would permit from one end of, ihMfci.e 9 W Glurf
. ' . ts that hat. .ji: iivv
leering as he passed along wjuvVtheTT11 borne Yaptdly: on Lis swift emiwr tlirotign the
ous expression into the faces of th&tasseng
th& pas'sengfe'rar , V
This movement of course did tTioU. long escape
the observation of the conductor, who, meeting him
for the first time on his transit from-one car to the
other, enquired where he was going. This inter
rogatory led to a statement substantially the same
as had been made by the two persons who brought
him to the depot at Petersburg. And where,
my y .ung friend," asked the captain, ".do your
parents live?" The boy replied that his parents
were dead. "Your friends," again enquired the
conductor, " where are they ?" ' I have no friends
.;.. t n "Hut liavn vou! no money to
pay your passage " : The boy replied in the nega
tiveadding, the other gentleman (referring to the
baggage master) had told him he might ride for
This dialogue of course was notjfost upon the
other passengers. . The unusual sprightliness of the
boys manner, the wild and sometimes ; uunatural
expression of his eye, his youthful ease and confi
dence had attracted the notice of all;-.; but this in
troduction to his singular history greatly increased
..ui. iiiini-ul in liim -
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It mut be observed, (to be faithful in the de
scription.) that during the conversation with the
Captain the boy manifested no sign! of . fear or anx
iety ; no embarrassment. There was to be seen
in him none of that thniditv which would natural-
i iy have been looked for in one of suh tender years,
; His self-possession, his nonchalance was trulj re-
markable. lie liad cue assurance,; uijy uueiiuc
i of a man. and" withaV much of the
! least of the artlessness characteristic of;a child
; must contess my own syinpatmes wew greany ex
I cited on hearing the statements of the little wand
i'erer, a child without father or nfelher,; without
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ilieuu, uiLiiouu a uoiuc . ii .--ijwBpi,. tuuugu
J, here is an object rity arMl jftipby. "
Alter what hadpaedvwi
by theway, wasnotJytii
fied with his. passports,'! called' tjlieHintfortiVfTrte
child to me, determined to learu something more
of his history, ily fitat impulse naturally was to
rind out who the strange boy was;- the parentage
of one whose life hitherto had evidently been by
no means an uneventful one; and un enquiring I
elicited the follow iug facts: He stated that his name
was William Thomas Cox, aud that his parents,
who died when he was too young to recollect them,
hud lived in Fredericksburg, Va., and at their death
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lett iiifu m care otan old lauy ot me town.wim wnom
i he staid some years, but not liking his native place,
j and being naturally ofa roving'disposition, he ran otl
anu weni auoaru a bciiooucr pi ing oen ecu oi ioin
j and one -of the Northern ioits,oii which he served'
a while in the capacity of cook or scullion. But
the Captain not being pleased, as he said, with his
cooking, w hich indeed was not to be wondered at,
j discharge! him, and he quit the sea-faring life to
try the iiiore stirring scenes ot aj pilgrimage on
I and. Alter leaving me vessel, lie wauuerea aoout
i . . j
j in various places, both in his own and other States,
j his acquaintance with the localities! and geography
I of tiie country. fully corroborating this statement,.
and finally had gotten to Richmond, and joined a-
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circus company, which having left him, he had fol-
: low edit to Petersburg, where our acquaintance with
him commenced.- j
My interest in the boy increased as he told his
singular story, and I at once formed the resolution
of doing something to rec.aim hi in if possible. I j duced my voung adventurer to the several mem
began by endeavoring to hold out to his youthful j hers of the" family, it was soon remarked that al-
mmd some idea that might have the tendency to
direct his tliougtits irom tiie captivating, yet dan
gerous influences of the circus, anil I asked him if
he would not like to-go back with me to Richmond,
and go to a school where he would be taken care
of and instructed, so that he might grow up to be
a good and useful man. j
The proposition at first seemedj to please him.
He replied he thought, he ttwpiketo -o to
school ; that he had 'been to school onee in Fred
ericksburg and learned to read; but suddenly start
ing up as if some new idea had occurred to him,
and glancing wildly around, he exclaimed, " I must
go to "that circus must. There is a man there
I want-to see. Ho gives me fine clothes and
At this juncture several of the passengers pro-'
posed that a purse should be raised for him, on
condition that die would return to Richmond. The
suggestion was approved of by all, and in a few
minutes a purse containing several dollars was
placed in my hands. Supposing that we had at last
touched the boy on the right nerve, and should now
certainly succeed in accomplishing bur purpose, we
soon discovered that we were mistaken, for as the
cars approached the village where the circus riders
were said to have stopped, his restlessness returned,
and a change began to come over the spirit of his
dream. Soon he forgot school, money and every
thing but the circus ; and boldly expressed his de
termination to carry out his own plans.
It must be remarked that up to this t:me the
conductor, as well as the passengers, had treated
William with the utmost kindness He had era
ployed the mildest means to induce him to abandon
his object, but finding that these measures were
unavailing, that official announced ; his determina
tion, which was warmly seconded by all, to prevent
his leaving us at Warrenton. He said he thought
it his duty to take the boy on to Raleigh, and seed
him back on the rkurn train next day.
. This remark unfortunately was made within the
boy's hearing, and was by no means lost on him, for
very soon after the threat was made it was dis
covered that ie had leaped from the platform aud
made his escape. 4 'J he intelligence soon reached
the ears of the conductor, who immediately gave
a signal for the train td stop, and several of the
hands were sent out to bring back the little fugi
tive. After a fruitless search they returned without
any tidings of him.
Longer delay being inconsistent, even with the
arrangement of our slow coach, and there being no
encouragement to extend the search farther, the
bell sounded, and we were on our way again, leav
ing the homeless,' though not friendless boy to
gt ope his way alone through the dark forest not,
1 thought, disturbed by any boyish fears, for he
j seemed to have little of lhat element in his nature ;
but I fancied that he already saw. in "imagination
"the- tents of his former, companions, and wild itb
excitement, pressed.; on ; as , the-sound r of. distant
"music orthe jests of the cloWni fell upon his .ear.
---v -r -i-" - - i- ' ' i - - . s-. ,.""-"" "1 'v m- ' t'r"-
.'mazes of the enchanted ring. In the meantime
we sluggishly pursued our, journey, it being beiore
the days of improvement, on this road, and on
reaching Raleigh and meeting with my friends, I
told them my story, but never expected " to see the
circus boy again.
r One Sabbath morning, nearly six months af
ter the incidenTabove related, the w riter return
ing from church, observed - two individuals on the
street in earnest conversation with a rather badly
dressed, ill looking youth, who appeared from his
excited manner to have received some affront from
the other two. This being no very uncommon
occurrence, even fur the Sabbath, I should most
probably have passed them without further notice,
had not m v ear. been shocked by a rather strong
j expression, amounting to an oath, which appeared
to have been uttered by the smallest of the trio.
On a nearer approach, whilst I felt sure that the
voice was a familiar one, that I had heard it some
where before. I must 'confess, I was not -a uttle sur-
j .,rjsej to find that the young swearer aud Sabbath
breaker was my old acquaintance, the circus boy .
It was tire same boy indeed, but the poor fellow
seemed to have undergoue a sad change since our
first meeting. His clothes, or i-at least a p.a t of
them,-appeared to be the same that he wore when
I last saw him. though they had by no means im-
j p,.,-,vej by. the long and hud service. He wore a
j .,aie aut careworn expression, and the marks of
i ..v,,sure and disease were cleaiiv discermbfe.
Accosting him in a kind and gentle manner,
though taking occasion to administer a reproof for
his profanation of the Sabbath, I asked him if he
knew me. He seemed at first to mauifest no sigu
of recognition, but after a motneut's reflection said :
" Yes, I know you now," and stated where and the
circumstances under which we had met. Then, as
an apology for the oath, he saidV' ihose men have
f!L'iuio S,m-tli-MoT'anSl7 pity
ing the poor Loy,and seeing tShtiik' was "fain t amT
weary, I asked him if he would go home with me.
lie replied in the affirmative, adding that he was
very hungry and tired walking.
As we walked alonjj 1 gathered from him the
following account of his adventures af.er we part
ed. He sail that the circus riders had pitched their
j teuU tie immediate neighborhood of the place
j where he jumped from the cars, and. that he found
; tht..)J ,luu ni hu Bei bil(i!v UvilUid a.
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sured hiU hJ WULilJ h Lis ai.pientieesh.p was of
-suort Juration, and leaving the troupe, (no doubt
j u!,! tu lllt.ui as his exit iVoin the cars
j jjj been lo us, he went to lialeigh. where he
spent some days ; theuce to Fayeiteville, Wilming
ton and most of the principal to.vns in the Slate.
Leaving North Carolina he went back to Fi der
icksburg, (his native place.) but finding u not more
agreeable than in former davs, he visited Baltimore,
Sulf0ik) pol t5mouih aud some of the country seats
in lower Yirgiuia. In Baltimore, (and this fact w as
told me- by an acquaintance connected w' tih the Rich
mond aud Fredericksburg Railroad Company,) he
fell under the notice of thy mayor of the citv, w ho
kindly took him into his familv, kept him some davs,
j aUil offered to send him to school. But soon grow
ing tired of the hospitality of tiie worthy mayor,
he, ran off, and came to Richmond, w he.e he had
been wandering about several days.
Having by this time reached home and iutro-
j though he had lost some of his former spirit, h
still displayed his natural characteristics m a
decided degree. In a few minutes he appear
ed to feel entirely at home; indeed, so much
so, that his ease of manner was rather an
casion of censure than of commendation. Mak
ing allowances, however, for this undue freedom
the natural consequence of travel and intercourse
with the world, dinner being announced, we in
vited him to take a seat with the family at table,
where, a3 might have been expected, he waived
many of the restraints of etiquette. His dinner,
which was a moderate one, he was soon relieved of
by a fit of vomiting,-and bis illness beinr nolono--er
a matter to be concealed, a physician (Dr. P.)
was sent for, who; promptly responded to the call.
The Doctor found in his patient, he said, an old
acquaintance, William having paid him a visit the
very first night after his arrival in the city. He
stated further, that he had provided sleeping con
veniences for him in his own room, and invited him
to stay all. night; but his hospitality was only half
way accepted, the youth having absconded before
the next morning.
The usual remedies being administered, our pa
tient soon recovered sufficiently to leave the house,
and he was not slow in taking advantage of the
liberty afforded him of going out. Indeed, but a
small portion of his time was spent in the house
When, quiet at all, his talent for drawing would
display itself in sketching different kind ofVuw
animals, ships, &c. But his chief amusement was'
the performing in a miniature circus, which he got
up for his own, and the amusement of the children
of the neighborhood, performing the parts of rider
and clown with equal versatility.
Feeling that my second meeting with the lad
was quite providential, I conferred with Dr. P. and
other gentlemen, as to the best cpnrse to be pur
sued ia regard to him. A suitable home and an
education were " of course the first things to
be secured. Dr. P. presented and warmly urged
his case before the Board of Visitors of the Male
Orphan Asylum, but without success ; the charier
of that institution requiring that the parents of
boys entering the school should have been residents
of the city.
This scheme having failed, efforts were again made
by benevolent ladies and gentlemen of the city, to
procure for the boy some employment that would
interest and keep him steady especiallyto the
unliritif efforts of Dr. P. and Mrs. S.yihe writer
bears grateful testimony; but it sootl became olh,
vious that for work he had no particular fondness
and his spirit would not brook restraint. Finally,
as a last resort, ouryoung hero was taken to the
aucaisterian School, then under the supervision of
a gentlemen eminently fitted for the management
of youth, who kindly look him, and promised.jto
use his utmost endeavors to ititerest him and se
cure his attendance at the school.
( But I was again disappoiu ted, for on the same
afternoon, I received a note fromTihe worthy teach
er, stating that iy . protege had left him at noon,
and hud not returned. Fearing, no doubt, there
strains aud discipline of school, he 1ft the city, nor
have any tidings of him been heard of since that
The w riter lias given a sinip'e, though very im
perfect sketch, of one of the most singular speci
mens of humanity that it lias ever been his fortune
to meet with. That there must have been some
physical or mental derangement in this strange
boy's organization, there can be little doubt, ilis
conduct was so unusual, that ou the journey to
Raleigh, suspicions as to his sanity were even then
excited; and an intelligent physician, who saw
him afterwards in Richmond, immediately gave it
as his opinion that he was deranged,
A gentleman in Fredericksburg, who was ap
plied to for some information in regard to him, re
plied that the tad was well known in. that town ;
that he was wild, but not vicious, and that an ex
traordinary aud uncontrollable restlessness seemed
to be his prominent characteristic. "The "boy
would do well," he wrote, " if anv. means could be
j devised to ' fiV him in one place." '
i A$ to his fate since leaving Richmond, nothing
certain is known, but k is sincerely to be hoped
! that'he has h:id the good fortune to fall among
those whose efforts to 'fix' and reclaim him have
proved more successful than those of his friends in
from a 1eaf-ml"1 e 1 0 a fk1end ix ih1s cuv, ox
the death of hek moiiier.
Fabics, Onondaga Co., New-York,
Aug. 29th ;1S53. )
To C. M. G. Sin : I now comply with your
request to give you the information of my mother's
name and age, the time of her birth aud death.
My i : other's name was Ruth Benton Hills, born
on the 24th of August 1804, and died on the 11th
-thisinpnt, and wald ltve been 4,ears of
agel had she not taken her final repose ou the 5J4tli
of this month. A tranquil summer day was fading
away into a cloudless, serene and beautiful evening,
and the rays of the setting sun shone cheerfully
upon the bed where my mother was dying. She
lingered in her mortal frame until about half past
four in the morning and then tranquilly sank into
that sleep which" knows no waking.
Gazing upon her children who were weeping by
her ;bedside, she said " I would Hot .feci bad. Do
not weep for me; I am going home to my God
and she would have said more, Were k not for her
person so exhausted and weary. As she has gone
to sleep in her grave with the congregated dust of
her relatives and friends, i would not wish her
back a;ain in this miserable world, for-nhe had suf
fered much under the pressure ofa painful disease
during eight months. Now her sufferings are over
audi her weary soul, passing through the river of
death, has reached the heavenly shore where no
farewell tear is shed. The funeral services took
place the next day after her death, at 2 o'clock; the
verse, preached by the minister, was selected by
j my mother before her death. It was Isaiah XLI1,
23, Who among you you will give ear to this?
Who will hearken and hear for the time to come ?
Those who have lost what worlds cannot supply,
can give the sympathetic tear and sigh. Though
friendship can- impart a soothing balm, Heaven
alone can heal, the mourner's heart. She left a hus
band and six children, four of whom' are educated,
graduates of the New-York Institution for the Deaf
aud Dumb, and the rest are gifted with hearing
and speech, and her loss is deeply lamented by all
the members of her earthly home and by manv
who are well acquainted with her.
May we be prepared before the sun of our life
will set behind the horizon of time to rise in the
morning of glory. There will we sing the songs of
Moses and' the Lamb.
Yours, Res. ectfullv,
L. L II.
Writino and Circulating Good Books.
In the first ages of Christianity, as well as in the
present, there were evil books and good books.
The evil ones were made a bonfire of by the early
disciples, and the good ones were read, as the Apos
tle enjoin?, when he says, give attendance to
reading." The authors of evil, books are doing
mischief as long as their works continue tot be read,
though not so long as themselves will be suffering
for them in another world. The authors of good
books are doing good long after tlfey have ceased
from their labours. This is true not only ofa book,
but even of a tract, or the simplest and smallest
books. Much as Mrs. Hannah More did for the
benefit of mankind by her larger w rks, as by the
books she wrote for the education of the Princess
Charlotte, it is doubtful whether her simple, cheap
Repository tracts for the poor, which have never
been surpassed, did not effect more good at the time,
and have not ever since, than all her other more
Dr. Watts wrote sermon,'and versified the Psalms
for the use of the great congregation, but none so
struck the mind ofa Samuel Johnson as his Hymns
for; Infant Minds. And who can tell the good which
these and his simple Catechisms have done? Was
it a foolish saying of one who prophesied that the
day would come when it would be considered a
higher honor to be the author of the "Dairyman's
Daughter," than to have Written the Iliad orEueid?
ouco wjmg lue wuse, wuo, navmg the
. - .. euueavnr .r
only one tract, for the rich or poor, 'r;;:
the times are Always needed? Let nii fi k
i f our n;
tetha care, now thev lmru . .1 'tout,
f r .
" J J in.
the eartn. tut wnat is the use of h, 1. '
unless they be-put iu circulation? T.
think bow manv o-ood nnw U,.,. 1 i
havedeen comparatively useless only . "n
wprfl not Ilhlivd within tli- ' 1 ' iii-
- i icaon f t10
would read them if they had tiieill
CALVIN H. WILEY. I vii n,,,:
' LYTTELTON WADDELL, ja
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Southern Weekly Post. Aflenu -.:
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WILLIAM D. COOKE. PK ,F
Mr. H. P. Douthit is our nuthoriz'd aeoi ''r-'
of Alabam-a, Mississippi and Te.nxessee. ".r':tJ;
Whilst many part of our country ;,re y.
with the subject of " Woman's Rights," v'0l;''
occupy the attention of our lady reader v. i;
more important sulject of" Wni'n IW.-"?"
can be no more, effectual means of seinr'r
nier, than by a strict observance of tb,. lVr .
influence of the female ch,ir.:cter -is in , . j
when directed '.o the great ohjects wlik;,
nature to their 'par', icukir sphere. Thev ;.,
i:l!l50 Jlnfl ft rwrr-wl n lliiiii.nli..c .t
. ..i. ..Vv HIIUI-I.I11C, m iieu u;e'ii f.,.
noisy arena ot public afh.irs, and ciSnhnd ,p;i.
culine boldness' for the acquisition of politic-,,,
clesiasticnl power. They wotifd act nmro vu.
more decently, if they would "devote n'.on oi !
time and talents to the proper training of tti-t.
and lessi to public efforts to increase their inl
and gain Jin unbecoming no oiietv.
To woman especially belongs the dutv :.r.-J-leje
of forming the character of man. Fmrr
irifancy. he is placed in her hand-, to lu-nrnv,'-
ed, disctplinedf r.nd educated ;. 'and i: i-i'i ; f
es iniate the extent of .her nnwr mr.- i.,., t
tiivy. The statesman, the philo-opln r. and ih-,
have to deal with the matured ai d .b. rd-ne u;
of grown up.mtn, after they have b come j-ttrk.
it were," wilhin, and incriiNted, widi'mt, wit.'j
and. circumstances calculated lo icd-t tiicnf
mm mtluences that may tie brought to be; r upDiiJ
But the receives them into her plastw huidfe
from the bosom ftf n.'lm-o nnrt
upon ine character and welfare of society ' Its
measurably greater than that r of all other H
AVe. wish to call the nt'emion of ? mhen a
particularly, to the noble fiejd of iisciula.ii-
fn. 4 K . I... - i ...
' mem oy rroviaence.- v c rv'i.v tk fc: ., -'',
improper public displays have yet -aded d v f. . , ;
them the censures and lidiculc of-a (iiirlit : i- I '
Their fault doc.s not lie. in indelicate f nv'ri - s
brazen sclf-exposnre to the sneers an 1 lii-v- : , . .
lie assemblies.' They are too prone, on ;.lat- d trr-?
to maintain an excessive reserve, mi 1 to i .:! ". f ",-."-selves
and the light, that should shire ,.iv.; , -.7
the seclusion of domestic retir. merit. Their : C
coniinb Ihem entirely loo much within (Ur.-J fij '" '
impairing their physical health, and clmir ' :"'
sphere which they ouht to ox-cupy witli a.'V4
and beneficent activity. .
The occupation of a teacher is one which k:
too generally avoid. It is one whidrthcr v.td
delicacy and self-r'espect, and through ' wh'u : 'k
benefit society more effectually th ui in rune:
ployment suitable to their sex. ' liv. kif in:
selves to its dutic, they can beci.i;c ,'; t
members of society, and openly, ye! lao.jc t j "
lo mankind the inestimable value of tin ir r ? f
prcparii g.the young for the vai i'ohm ;;. - f
socialstate. The reat want of the SoiidiV.".!,
potent body of teachers to instruct Jh rhi ':r' 1
people. The reluctance rtf well miaiirio.1 r
engage in such pursuits is the most formi-ia
diment we experience in our efforts to. enii.!'''
masses, and a vast field of usefulness thus lies i-:
unoccupied, which southern" ladies . ir.i? '
py with becoming pride, and fi!I with t-.i "
and flowers of their own direful ci;l;u:f . '
out leaving their own sphere, wy ouU
partment of the public service, exhibit as isui?'
olism, and contribute as much to the pro'"
u.eir country, ns all the politicians put ig- y
There is too much false piide in b"th '
South, which deters tliem from mbraci:t?ti lij5
opportunities of usefulness. . Youcg me"
to engage in teaching, almost alys &rnrt w
thing above the reach of the great ho iy '''1
may need their services. They are apt
the common English school as beneath t!if"' 1 u
themselves degraded by their profession
c:m invest it with some lofiy, prcten ious
tractions. Schools of a humble grad- , :ire ' c, .
abandoned to incompetent men, or to t!i il"
...:n: . . . ' . i It i nn UIr'!lt
imnrpctii.n tKat i....i,; cmo.i! and poor th'"rt y.
C " , I li 111 JIIHII' w " I , 1 .
elementary branches of-education, is bciie-i"
niiy of gentlemen and ladjes. HJ, on "'
far above the qualifications of "!a;T r;t,
fill a higher sphere, aud we would urge "j0"
rliic if Vi,. . t . u ciiiiiir 1!1
iur t-UUlll, WHO UCSlie iu i--l' - . .
1 n rt rin ii rl ii . n thi.ii- c
kind,, to look upon it in its true light, aj1
thrmsplvac k.a.. a, ,.)0ia!cfl niir'1'5, ,
. . uruiinji ii nsciv'"i r(iU''ii;'l
bors and responsibilities of a teacher are j
know. But the very difficulties" they I'l
tendency to form those talents wbidi ibf) J'.j
overcome them. It is a path of d;.ngl'r a f
verely trying to the htren-fth and paW'
wno enter it; but these consul" j,,
deter thos whom doty.-calls to an '""V.
They should gather nerve and in-pire i
reer which, however humble it may " siiz
less blessings in its way and leads to sux
tisfaction at last. .krt
mu. o.... , i, rt do.toovcrw f
of the other States in the education of '
' f.,nf icturcs, -
Agriculture, i commerce, ji.o"--- a
Railrnna :inrrt lonf make US ?e:l .. Vn.
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Education and intelligence have wane - ?
..rini lo i,:ii Y.jr cities. riaus a' ,4-
tories, and whitened every sea with her