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they will do for selvedge and fringes; but by changing its channel. The judgment showy and shabby is a bad mixture to day divides the world into two classes make up by themselves. They are not of only, one right and one wrong. Do you the right stripe for democrats; they don't think you can make a better or more ac come up to the full measure of the Ameri curate division ? My dear fellow-citizens, can pattern.

don't be caught starting aside after every "I tell ye, my dear fellows, we have vagabond fancy that inspired idiots can the wool pulled over our eyes by the Eu scare up. Within the proper party of ropean writers which we are all the time truth and progress will be found all the reading. Of course they know no better available means of reform that political than to call Buonaparte a hero, and Wel agencies can ever effect. Jonah withdrew lington another for conquering him. That in a fit of disgust because the Lord would will do for t'other side of the water, for not destroy Nineveh for its corruption, every thing is great or small by com and sheltered his indignant head under a parison. But comparing themselves with gourd that grew up in a single night, and themselves they are not wise, and they of course perished in a night ; whereupon don't know enough to discern the true he wished himself dead, and fainted outstandard. Heaven help them to better right. Better bear your small percentage doctrine and diet. They will have such of your neighbors' sins and blunders till generals as Washington and Jackson when they are cured, than curse the world and they have the same occasion for them; quit it in a passion. It is good enough and when they go to fighting for progress for you to do your duty in, and too good instead of power, and organize their civil to be condemned as long as it is getting institutions in the faith of the people's better. honesty and capacity for self-government, " I'm done, for I don't jump off the fully, fairly, and faithfully, they may put stage or stump, like the pony in a traveltheir achievements down upon the page of ling menagerie, through a blazing hoop; history in parallel columns with us. and I wouldn't whine a dying doxology

‘Now, I have a few words to say that to my speech, if I knew that it was the I don't want you to forget. Turnpikes, last í should ever make to you in the canals, and railroads must be made, whe flesh. I will speak to you from my grave. ther they run in front of your cabin doors My voice will echo from these hills, as or not. These mountains must be tun long as the truth of my life is of any use neled, those valleys must be paved: must to you, and you are worthy of it. Wherbe, and will be. So, don't let any of those ever I am-here among you, or there miserables who sometimes get themselves above you, I'll be doing my duty and into your legislature, set you against the minding my own business-go home and necessity which is upon you; making fools

mind yours.” of you and scoundrels of themselves, by At seventy-five years of age, the coarse pretending that they will lighten your excitement and wild illusions of inebriety taxes and reduce the State debt.

replaced the healthy activities which had Finally-until every man is as wise been the very wine of life in his better as his neighbor, and as good as he ought days. The busiest occupation, the most to be, you must be governed by the ma perilous risks, the heaviest responsibilities jority, and that necessity will divide you of his eventful experience, had never into parties—two parties, mind ye, or one quite satisfied his great necessities, and and a parcel of fragments. Now, the now that the aching vacancy of leisure greatest of these will have the power in and enforced inaction had come before its hands, of course. How will you mend " the silver cord was loosed, or the golden it when it goes wrong? By drawing off bowl was broken, or the pitcher had into as many little squads as there may broken at the fountain, or the wheel happen to be differences of opinion among broken at the cistern,” he turned, by a you? This will only strengthen the party sad necessity of such natures, to the dethat you are trying to control. The moun lights of those passions whose indulgence tain-springs refresh the lakes by flowing remained possible, after his nobler faculinto them, not by running off into a mul ties had lost their occasions, and the power titude of puddles to stagnate in the sun! of exclusive occupation. Parties must be built upon general views The change was as rapid as it was terand broad policies. Organize as you may rible. I had seen him in the glory of his upon transient and trivial contingencies, strength. I was a boy, indeed, and could it is all fuss and foolery. A party with not fully comprehend or estimate him; any thing positive in it will outlive its own but a whole man is never wholly misunabuses and your grumbling; or, if the derstood, even by the least capable obreal majority of the nation is too corrupt server; and if the impression was someto purify itself, it will not be improved what confused and indefinite, it was,

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nevertheless, grand and inspiring. He to adorn the ruin ; a second childhood was a gentleman of the olden time, one would have preserved some symmetry in of those demigods of the pioneer period decay ; but-he remembered me and had of society that seem compounded of the forgotten himself! Like the chieftain of savage and civilized epochs which they a clan, he was naturally a foster-father to unite. He had outlived the fabulous era the children of his early friends. He to which he appropriately belonged, and had lost the habit of that respect, the was as ill-assorted to the new times, as consciousness of its mutual claims, and the the whole hero race of our idolatry would sympathies and demeanor of the relation. be, if we had their personal presence now Why does the church pray for deliverinstead of their consecrated memories. ance from sudden death! The battle-field

When I met this man again, after some is the fittest death-bed of the soldier. years of absence from my mountain home, When “it is finished," let the strong with my earliest apprehensions of him struggler give up the ghost, that the body sharpened and heightened by the distance may not become the grave of the soul, nor and difference of the commonplace plati- the holy ones see their own corruption. tudes of fashionable life, and graced by Before this strong man became incapathose teachings of the imagination which ble of active, useful life, his relations to adorn our ideals, and accommodate the it were divorced, and his great energies object to the homage which we must give were left to prey upon themselves. He somewhere, to keep our faith alive, and was not born to rust, but to wear out; our souls in tone—when I met him again, and when society refused his services and bowed with years, in a sadly disordered repelled his participation, the appetites. dress, with a dimmed eye, unsteady which had been suspended and controlled limbs, untoned features, and nothing of by a half century of intense engagement himself left but his noble form of head, in worthy offices, resumed their importuand that erect hair, standing like a monu nities; the vices of youth displaced the ment of the dilapidated man, I felt the proper dignities of age, and the offended contact like a blow. My habitual reve witnesses of his fall, lost their confidence rence groped for its object in that chaos, in human virtue by the shocking exhibilike a child in a darkened chamber seek tion of its weakness. ing for his father. Standing over his I did not reproach him for his infirmity. grave, I could have recognized him. I It was not his fault, but the fault of a could have found him all alive again in wretched meagreness and meanness of every street; and on my play-grounds, conditions which could not hold such a his presence would have answered to my mind and heart to their highest uses, and apprehension wherever I turned, if only noblest capabilities, to the end. I date he had not been there—there as he was. his death at the period of his discharge I could, I think, have borne the shock of from public duty; there Justice sets up all natural change. The even rush of his monument, and its broad shadow years would have left some noble traces covers all that lies behind it.

UNCLE BERNARD'S STORY.

UNCLE

folks, like you, should not love to hear

lies, nor old folks like me should not tell as a story.”

lies.” Uncle Bernard, a white-haired old man, “Oh! but uncle Bernard, we know that whose easy chair had been drawn to a fairy tales ain't true, but it is such fun to warm corner, for the winter was howling hear them.” against the windows, looked up from his “Well, my pets, I'll try to tell you a large-print Bible and smiled fondly on their story that sounds like a fairy tale, and yet rosy faces: "A story! let me read you is all true. Sit down and listen: me out of this good book.”

“Once upon a time, and a great while “Oh! no," says bold little Bob, as he ago, there lived in a wide wood a wild caught the old man round the neck, "we man, whose name was Sthenos. His faknow all the Bible stories; tell us a fairy ther and mother had been keepers of a

lovely garden, where they dwelt in peace “Yes! yes ! Uncle Bernard,” chomped with our good God; but he, very early the rest, "a fairy tale, a fairy tale, a fairy in his childhood, had wandered far off and tale; you have never told us a fairy tale." lost himself among the shadows of the

“No, deary, I have never told you á forest, where he soon forgot all the little fairy tale. Fairy tales are lies, and young that he knew. Not only his head and

tale!"

face, but also his whole body was covered broad breast, and felt an ecstacy of inexwith long shaggy hair; his nails were like pressible happiness. daws, and he could climb the trees or 666 And now that I am to dwell with you, swim in the water as easily as walk on dear Sthenos, lead me to your home! the ground. Gigantic in height, his shoul “ Home!' replied he, 'I know not ders were broad and his limbs sturdy. what you mean!' He could outrun the swiftest deer, hit 16 Where do you rest after the chase, or with a stone the flying bird, and kill with amidst the darkness? Where do you eat his knotty club the fiercest beasts. He your food, and where do you most delight ate only what he won in the chase, with to be? That is home.' some pleasant herbs or fruits, or honey 66 " I have no home. All places in the which he found in hollow trunks, and forest are alike to me. Where weariness among the rocks; and he drank only wa or night come upon me, there I lie down; ter from springs, or the deep river which when I have killed the deer then I cat. flowed through the valley. He slept in I have never thought of a home.' caves or in the crotches of trees, lest the “Come, then,' said she, sweetly, let prowling beasts should catch him una us seek a spot where we will make a home wares. Yet, savage as he was, he had a for ourselves;' and putting her slender certain nobleness and rough grace of mien hand in his, she led him on until they which distinguished him as superior to came to a fountain gushing out from unthe brutes around him, and made them der a high rock, before which a sunny acknowledge him as their lord. Thus he meadow spread itself toward the southlived, lonely and unhappy, and, notwith west, blooming with harebells and daisy standing his strength, full of fears.

cups, and pansies, and many more wild “One day as he was pushing through flowers. "Is it not charming ?' said she; a thicket to reach the river, he heard sing 'the spring shall give us water, and the ing sweeter than any he had ever heard. He rock guard us from the fierce north wind, thought at first that it was a bird, but and we can look out upon the sunlight he knew the songs of all birds, and that and the shadows as they float, mingled this was not like any one of them. He together over the green grass and the flow- , dashed on, and saw reclining on the bank ers that spring up through the verdure. of the river a creature so lovely that he "Sthenos smiled, and though he could stood still in wonder, trembling with a new not understand all her meaning, he felt a feeling that shot like fire through his charm of nature he had never before heart and joints. Her form (his wood known. man's eye saw at once that the delicate “Now,' she said, 'the sun, though its proportions were those of a female) was light be pleasant, looks down too hotly something like his own, but fair and ele upon us, and when the night comes the gant where his was brown and shaggy. dews will fall and the winds chill us. Around her was cast a loose white robe, Go, break off boughs from the trees, and and about her shoulders floated a scarf, strip the broad bark from the decayed blue as the sky. While she sung she birches.' Th was an easy task for the looked upward as if some one was hearing vigorous man; and in the mean time she her. whom Sthenos could not see, and then had gathered heaps of dry mosses, and she listened as if to a voice he could not the spicy shoots from the hemlocks, and hear. Soon turning her eyes upon him, spread them deeply over the leaf-covered she smiled with ravishing sweetness, and ground. Then leaning the thick boughs beckoned him nearer. Awe-struck, but against each other, and laying, by her didrawn irresistibly on, he fell at her feet, rections, the curved bark, overlapping in gazing on her beautiful face. She spoke successive and continuous layers upon in accents of his early speech, which now them, Sthenos saw as his work a rude, came back to his understanding, and said: but safe hut, and said: “This shall be our "* Sthenos, our good God whom you have home. I go for our evening meal ;' and, so long forgotten has not forgotten you; dashing into the forest, he soon returned but pitying your loneliness and misery, with wood pigeons and a young fawn, has sent me to live with you and be your which he had killed, casting them bleedfriend. Already I love you, and you ing at the feet of his gentle wife, who had must take me to your heart and give me already arranged in leafy cups the berries

which she had gathered from the meadow; " As she spoke she bent down and wiped and Sthenos beheld wild flowers, mingled his forehead, from which she had parted with long, trailing, delicate vines, adorning his matted locks, looking with her clear the entrance of their home. blue eyes into his, until his whole being “ The simple meal soon prepared by her seemned drawn out to her, and he laid her skilful hands, he thought more savory head with its bright golden curls on his than he had ever had; but before she

your love."

guffered him to partake, she pointed up endeavored to learn the hymns and praywards and with clasped hands sang praise ers of Enthymia. They lived long in the to our good God the giver. An hour of forest, and children were born to them. delicious friendship stole away, as hand three sons like their father, vigorous in hand they looked into each other's eyes three daughters like their mother, graceful. -thoughts he knew not how to speak, and But one fair morning the father and the she needed no words to utter. Then an mother came not from their chamber other hymn to our good God, the sleep (for the little hut had given place to a less Preserver. she warbled from her lips wide dwelling); their children went anxof gurgling melody, and the pair sank to iously in to seek them, but they found rest.

them not. Sthenos and Enthymia were “Thus sped on day after day, and night gone to the garden of our good God. after night. Gradually Sthenos lost his “The children were mute in wonder and fierceness, save in the struggles of the sadness, when suddenly the chamber was chase. She had fashioned for him soft filled with ravishing light and delicious garments out of fawn-skins and feathers, odors, and three radiant angels hovered which now he wore less for need than over the bed; and the roof opened, and pride, and to please his skilful friend. the children could see far up into the sky, His shaggy hair was smoothed into and saw a glorious being standing under curling grace; the hut constantly re the Tree of Life, before the throne of God; ceived new conveniences and ornaments and in the smiling countenance of the from his strong or her cunning hand; and glorious being they recognized strangely, happy was he after his toils in the forest, but sweetly mingled, the love of both to return bearing a rich honeycomb, or father and mother. And one of the angels leading a goat with full udders to his said (he was the tallest of the three) : home, dear because hers.

I pointed out the way to them and en"On walking one dewy morning, he look couraged them to strive to reach the gared fondly in her loving face beaming with den.' tender, holy thoughts, and said : You 6 6 And I,' said the second, on whose called me Sthenos, but have never told bosom shone a gem like a golden anchor, me the naine by which I am to call you, · bore them up on my wings.' my dearest.'

" And I,' joyfully exclaimed the third, - You have just pronounced the name who had eyes like the first spring violets I love best, except when you call me your washed with rain, “have made them both wife and your friend. I have had several one forever.' names in the land whence I came to be " Then turning to her sister angels, she near you; but that by which our good said: Your tasks for them are over ; God wished you to know me is Enthymia. but I go to fill their united being with And, dear Sthenos, whenever you are in immortal happiness.'” trouble, in need; or in doubt, call Enthy “Ah! uncle Bernard,” cried Gertrude, mia to your side, and whatever love can * that is better than a fairy tale; but do, I will gladly perform. With your what queer names, Sthenos and Enthystrength and my affectionate zeal, and the mia ; what do they mean?” blessing of our good God, we shall be "I made them out of the Greek," anhappy as we may in this wild wood; but swered the old man; “ and by Sthenos, I the good God has promised me that when mean man left to himself, when he would you shall have learned to sing and pray be a mere savage; and by Enthymia, I with me, that our two beings shall be mean wisdom sent to him by our good blended into one, and we shall leave God, to teach him how to live on earth the forest to go and dwell in a garden and prepare for heaven. When man is with our good God, far more beautiful transformed to holy wisdom and uses his than the one from which you strayed a strength for wise ends, he becomes all long while ago.

good, and God takes him up to the second "" () happy hope,' replied Sthenos, :I Paradise.” can think of no higher bliss than that “Yes," says little Charley, " and the your loveliness should be mingled with angel with the anchor, is Hope." my strength, except that my strength And the tallest angel is Faith,” adds shall be for ever united to your dear Robert, for faith gives pious people courthoughts.

“Say not so, Sthenos,' answered she, *" And the gentle blue-eyed one must be looking up with a holy smile, like morn Love, for love lives for ever," whispers ing light sparkling in the dew; "our Gertrude in uncle Bernard's ear. highest joy will be to dwell with our “Bless you, dear child, you look like good God.

her," whispers baok uncle Bernard. " From that moment Sthenos earnestly

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UR great city has the name of loving

the dollar well; she ought equally to have the glory of spending it kindly and freely. Our charities appear on the same grand scale as our business. It is a refreshing thing—and in the whirl and struggle of New-York life, it does one good—to turn aside a moment to our great institutions of mercy and world-wide charity-to find that wealth, and talents, and enterprise have at length been employed to make men less selfish, and to bring them nearer to one another, in kindness. Will the reader accompany us to one of these-perhaps the greatest in influence and strength. We walk up the Bowery in a broad and busy part, until it separates into two Avenues, the Third and Fourth. On the point, where they diverge, you see some little old buildings; these are all to come down, and a park is to be laid out there, with a fountain. Beyond, where the men are excavating, will rise the Cooper Institute, the splendid gift of a mechanic, for the instruction and amusement of the people; and still beyond, and above that, forming with the others one of the finest architectural objects appears the grand building we are to visit,

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the new Depository and Printing-House of the American Bible Society. We have no other building like it in the city. It is six stories high, with a frontage on four streets of seven hundred feet. It seems as we approach, square, yet you will find it an irregular, four-sided figure in shape; the longest side (232 ft. 6 in.) being on Ninth st., and the shortest (76 ft. 11 in.) on Third av. We enter at the principal entrance on Fourth avenue ;-a rather handsome portal with columns and arches, and a heavy curved pediment. Above, in a niche on the outside, is a figure of Religion, of brown freestone, pointing with one hand to heaven, and the other to the open page of a Bible. There are three other entrances; we ascend the broad stairway. and enter first the manager's room on the second story, a large room-fifty feet by thirty-fireproof and lighted by a dome: under it is the library, also fireproof.

If we go up to the fifth and sixth stories on the north side, we shall see the great press-room-one hundred and nineteen feet long by forty-one feet wide. Near it are the bindery, the gilding and the finishing rooms, all on a similar grand scale. There are huge hydraulic presses ;

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