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if a man who saw into the future inconti 6 And barbarism and idolatrous wornently lost the use of the common tongue ship disappear before them.” They will but it is yet quite as clear as any utterances together establish Christianity over the of the sort that we have had. It speaks face of the globe. thus :
All that is doubtful about this prophecy * The proud son (America) and the is, whether it was written at the time it ough and grasping ·mother (England) purports to have been, or whether it bears separate with looks of blood. The streams a later date, when the events to which it tow with blood.
alludes were already looming on the hori" The leopard (or lion, England) wars We have no knowledge on the subfearfully. A good man, wise, strong as ject which enables us to give an opinion, but David, when“ his divinely-directed sling we may state that the Almanach Prophéstruck down the Philistine giant (Wash- tique solemnly avers that it was printed in ington) raises up the azure standard sown a book written by one Pierre Matisac, with stars like the firmament. His mighty under the name of “Spectacle Merveilleux voice drives back the raging monster into et Edifiant de L'Avenir," as far back as the the seas (the Revolution).
year 1608, in Paris.
The publisher's “ And causes peace, equity, commerce name was Abraham Saugrin, and many and industry to flourish. A new world copies of the work are still extant in difarises. A powerful nation possesses the ferent parts of France. future. May the name of the just and Another prophecy, given in the same holy be three times blessed."
Almanach, relates to the invention of The prophecy then alludes in a brief balloons, and is credited to a Jesuit way to the contest between Napoleon and named Boniface Cerrachi, who went from England, which is closed in this figurative Italy to France in the suite of Cardinal line, " The claws of the terrible bird (Na- de Bernis, about the time the latter was poleon), are worn out by the patience engaged in the embassy to Venice. He and cunning of the leopard (England).” wrote a work which was entitled " ProThough, more authentic history relates phétie Mathématique pour la fin du dirthat those claws were rather extracted as a huitième siècle," of which a limited numskilful dentist extracts teeth, and the im ber of copies only were published. In perious eagle himself put into a small cage this work there is this announcement: at St. Helena, where he chafed and raved "In the middle of the nineteenth cenin a quite undignified way. Yet it was tury Europe will witness a real miracle. not to be expected, as the modern French It will occur in the air, will change the historians omit very particular reference face of the earth, and work a revolution to these facts, that an old French prophet in the relations of nations, their commerce of 1608 would be at much trouble to fore and industry.” tell them, and the more especially, as his This is briefer and more obscure than main object was to show how the proud the previous prophecy, and does not neson was going to whip his mother. cessarily refer to the construction of bal
But to resume our own more immediate loons; it may mean a comet or some unconcerns, the prophecy goes on to declare expected and unknown celestial phenomhow the leopard would make prodigious enon, but the writers of the Almanach incursions into India and China, and then are clear that it means balloons, and we says:
suppose they know as much about it as "Is poison then a weapon allowed a anybody. At any rate, balloons appear great nation (opium)? The land of idols, to be in the legitimate line of succesof rivers, of waters unknown to foreign sion, or fulfilment, and as we have some ships, is invaded by fire (men of war)! pet anticipations ourselves in that respect,
“But thy justice is eternal! Worlds we give in our adherence to the balloon arise from the ruins. The children recog theory, which, to say the least of it, is far nize their mother (the English and Amer more pleasant and christian-like, than any icans meet in the East).
bellicose upturn of the elements or a fizzing “There is the azure banner again, and spitfire of a comet that may take it into there the terrible and conquering leopard. its tail (comets have no heads-chave They are meeting beyond the sea (in they ?) to knock our planet into the future Japan most likely).
state. “But times are altered, the rough and Following these and other prophecies grasping mother and the rebellious son are a number of curious apparitions and meet in a friendly embrace at the limits other tales that might have been taken of the old world (take courage, Kossuth, out of Mrs. Crowe's “Night-Side of Naand ye who dream of an alliance between ture,” but that some of them have occurEngland and the United States, and mark red since that marvellous record of ghostly the consequence)!
visitings was issued. Among the rest, the
Count de Touche-bæjf Claremont, one duplicate is hereunto annexed. For one of the most eminent and honorable sol cloak called a mackintosh,” &c., &c. Or, diers of France, relates that when he was " Mr. John Davis requests his friend with the army in the Peninsular, it was his Seathan to come and breakfast with him duty, on the night of the 5th April (1815), to-morrow morning, at, &c. Note.-He to be upon the main guard, during a bi has just recieved some excellent alligator vouac directly in front of the English from Florida." troops. It was in Madrid near the Escu The journal fell into an error of the rial. He made several rounds of observa press, and printed Seethan for Seathan. tion during the night, and having returned The next day a gentleman presented himfrom these, he got down from his horse, self to Mr. John Davis. it being after midnight, and threw him “What is your wish ?" self, enveloped in his cloak, upon a bundle “You have been so kind as to invite of chopped straw. But he had no sooner fal me to breakfast!" len asleep than a vision of his mother, then “There must be some mistake; you are in France, in a dying condition, appeared to not my friend Seathan !" him. He awoke under the excitement of “I regret that; but read the newspathe emotions caused by the event, but fell per, sir; there is my name, every letter asleep again very soon. The apparition of it,-I thought perhaps that you had was repeated, though at no time was a heard of me by chance, and desired to sign made or a word spoken.
make my acquaintance. As I have also He was very much impressed by the always professed great philanthropy, I circumstance, but as the French army am the friend of all the world, and consesoon after made a forced retreat across quently yours. It would have been conthe mountains, the tumult of camp-life trary to my principles to refuse your
kind quite erased it from his mind. The bat invitation. I dare to flatter myself
, too, tle of Vittoria, on the 21st June, in which that my appetite is as good as Mr. Seahe was engaged, and the flight that fol than's any time.” lowed, would have served to have dispelled Thereupon he sat down at the table and all traces of it, if any had remained. But devoured the alligator. at length, when the fugitive troops had suc The next day the newspaper had this ceeded in reaching the frontiers of France, paragraph. “Mr. John Davis conceives he wrote a letter to his mother announc it to be his duty to put his fellow-citizens ing his safety and return. It was a long on their guard in respect to the gluttony. while before he received an answer, owing of an individual, calling himself Mr. Seeto the various movements of the soldiers, than, who introduced himself to me under and when he did, it informed him that his the pretext of a mistake, and eat up all * dear good mother had died during the
my game!" night of the 5th and 6th of April."
A third example, As to the graver instruction vouchsafed "Mr. Edgar Mortimer, clerk in a store, these poor destitute French readers,—de to Miss Pamela, milliner, with whom he pendent upon the Almanac, remember, fell in love by looking at her through his for their intellectual pap,—we take the glass windows. Young miss! pardon me following statement, which is meant to the liberty I take in addressing you this illustrate the primitive condition of Ameri letter. Why strive to hide your ardent can journalism. The writer begins by passion," &c. saying that every body knows the gigan To which the young lady replies, in the tic proportions of American newspapers. next number, * These great sheets are such provinces
“I shall be angry, sir,
continue of paper, their conductors, to fill them up, to trouble the peace of a sensible milliner. are obliged to receive and print articles re with your inflamed accents. You wish lating to the most trivial domestic matters. to compromise me; but," &c., &c., &c. Thus, it happens that the fourth page is The next day a gentleman enters the always devoted to the private correspon store of Mr. Mortimer, reproaches him dence of different citizens of the Union, with his letters, and thrashes him with who thereby effect notable economies in
Then there is a silence for postage. For example:
eight days. The subscribers to the news" Mr. Crawford, tailor, warns Mr. Ed paper wait impatiently for the sequel of ward Burns that he will be compelled to the correspondence, conjecture a thousand send the sheriff after him, if he does not things as to the causes of its interruption, call and settle his little bill, of which a and renew their subscriptions."
AN EXCURSION TO CANADA.
" New England is by some affirmed to be an island, bounded on the north with the river Canada (so called from Monsiour Cane)." --Josselyn's Rareties.
CONCORD TO MONTREAL.
widely in youth, for then land is cheap, and it is but too easy to contract our views afterward. Youths so laid out,
with broad avenues and parks, that they FEAR that I have not got much to may make handsome and liberal old men!
say about Canada, not having seen Show me a youth whose mind is like some much ; what I got by going to Canada Washington city of magnificent distances, was a cold. I left Concord, Massachu prepared for the most remotely successful setts, Wednesday morning, Sept. 25th, and glorious life after all, when those
for Quebec. Fare seven dollars spaces shall be built over, and the idea of there and back; distance from Boston,
the founder be realized. I trust that every five hundred and ten miles; being obliged New England boy will begin by laying to leave Montreal on the return as soon out a Keen-street through his head, eight as Friday, Oct. 4th, or within ten days. rods wide. I know one such Washington I will not stop to tell the reader the names city of a man, whose lots as yet are only of my fellow-travellers; there were said surveyed and staked out, and except a to be fifteen hundred of them. I wished cluster of shanties here and there, only only to be set down in Canada, and take the capital stands there for all structures, one honest walk there as I might in Con and any day you may see from afar his cord woods of an afternoon.
princely idea borne coachwise along the The country was new to me beyond spacious but yet empty avenues. Keen is Fitchburg. In Ashburnham and after built on a remarkably large and level inward, as we were whirled rapidly along, terval, like the bed of a lake, and the surI noticed the woodbine (ampelopsis quin- rounding hills, which are remote from its quefolia), its leaves now changed, for the street, must afford some good walks. The most part on dead trees, draping them like scenery of mountain towns is commonly a red scarf. It was a little exciting, sug
too much crowded. A town which is gesting bloodshed, or at least a military built on a plain of some extent, with an life, like an epaulet or sash, as if it were open horizon, and surrounded by hills at dyed with the blood of the trees whose a distance, affords the best walks and wounds it was inadequate to stanch. views. For now the bloody autumn was come, and As we travel north-west np the counan Indian warfare was waged through the try, sugar-maples, beeches, birches, hemforest. These military trees appeared very locks, spruce, butternuts and ash trees, numerous, for our rapid progress connected prevail more and more. To the rapid those that were even some miles apart. traveller the number of elms in a town is Does the woodbine prefer the elm ? the measure of its civility. One man in The first view of Monadnoc was obtain the cars has a bottle full of some liquor. ed five or six miles this side of Fitz The whole company smile whenever it william, but nearest and best at Troy is exhibited. I find no difficulty in conand beyond. Then there were the Troy taining myself. The Westmoreland councuts and embankments. Keen-street try looked attractive. I heard a passenstrikes the traveller favorably, it is so ger giving the very obvious derivation of wide, level, straight and long. I have this name, West-more-land, as if it were heard one of my relatives who was born purely American, and he had made a and bred there, say, that you could see a discovery; but I thought of “my cousin chicken run across it a mile off. I have Westmoreland” in England. Every one also been told that when this town was will remember the approach to Belsettled they laid out a street four rods lows' Falls, under a high cliff which rises wide, but at a subsequent meeting of the from the Connecticut. I was disappointproprietors one rose and remarked, “We ed in the size of the river here; it aphave plenty of land, why not make the peared shrunk to a mere mountain stream. street eight rods wide and so they The water was evidently very low. The voted that it should be eight rods wide, rivers which we had crossed this forendon and the town is known far and near for possessed more of the character of mounits handsome street. It was a cheap way tain streams than those in the vicinity of of securing comfort, as well as fame, and Concord, and I was surprised to see everyI wish that all new towns would take pat where traces of recent freshets, which had tern from this. It is best to lay our plans carried away bridges and injured the rail
road, though I had heard nothing of it. first fair view of the Lake at dawn, just In Ludlow, Mount Holly, and beyond, before reaching Plattsburg, and saw blue there is interesting mountain scenery, not ranges of mountains on either hand, in rugged and stupendous, but such as you New-York, and in Vermont, the former could easily ramble over-long narrow especially grand. A few white schooners, mountain vales through which to see the like gulls, were seen in the distance, for horizon. You are in the midst of the it is not waste and solitary like a lake in Green Mountains. A few more elevated Tartary ; but it was such a view as leaves blue peaks are seen from the neighborhood not much to be said ; indeed I have postof Mount Holly, perhaps Killington Peak poned Lake Champlain to another day. is one. Sometimes, as on the Western The oldest reference to these waters railroad, you are whirled over mountainous that I have yet seen, is in the account of embankments, from which the scared Cartier's discovery and exploration of the horses in the valleys appear diminished to St. Lawrence in 1535. Samuel Champlain hounds. All the hills blush; I think actually discovered and paddled up the that autumn must be the best season to Lake in July, 1609, eleven years before journey over even the Green Mountains. the settlement of Plymouth, accompanyYou frequently exclaim to yourself, what ing a war-party of the Canadian Indians red maples! The sugar-maple is not so against the Iroquois. He describes the red. You see some of the latter with islands in it as not inhabited, although rosy spots or cheeks only, blushing on they are pleasant, on account of the conone side like fruit, while all the rest of the tinual wars of the Indians, in consequence tree is green, proving either some partiality of which they withdrew from the rivers in the light or frosts, or some prematurity and lakes into the depths of the land, in particular branches. Tall and slender that they may not be surprised. ash trees, whose foliage is turned to a tinuing our course,” says he “in this dark mulberry color, are frequent. The Lake, on the western side, viewing the butternut, which is a remarkably spread country, I saw on the eastern side very high ing tree, is turned completely yellow, thus mountains, where there was more on the proving its relation to the hickories. I summit. I inquired of the savages if those was also struck by the bright yellow tints places were inhabited. They replied that of the yellow-birch. The sugar-maple is they were, and that they were Iroquois, remarkable for its clean ankle. The and that in those places there were beautigroves of these trees looked like vast ful valleys and plains fertile in corn, such forest sheds, their branches stopping short as I have eaten in this country, with an at a uniform height, four or five feet from infinity of other fruits.” This is the earliest the ground, like eves, as if they had been account of what is now Vermont. trimmed by art, so that you could look The number of French Canadian genunder and through the whole grove with tlemen and ladies among the passengers, its leafy canopy, as under a tent whose and the sound of the French language, curtain is raised.
advertised us by this time, that we were As you approach Lake Champlain you being whirled towards some foreign vorbegin to see the New-York mountains. tex. And now we have left Rouse's Point, The first view of the Lake at Vergennes and entered the Sorel river, and passed is impressive, but rather from association the invisible barrier between the States than from any peculiarity in the scenery. and Canada. The shores of the Sorel, It lies there so small (not appearing in that Richelieu or St. John's river, are flat and proportion to the width of the State that reedy, where I had expected something it does on the map), but beautifully quiet, more rough and mountainous for a natural like a picture of the Lake of Lucerne on a boundary between two nations. Yet I music box, where you trace the name saw a difference at once, in the few huts, Lucerne among the foliage; far more ideal in the pirogues on the shore, and as it than ever it looked on the map. It does were, in the shore itself. This was an innot say, "Here I am, Lake Champlain,” as teresting scenery to me, and the very reeds the conductor might for it, but having or rushes in the shallow water, and the studied the geography thirty years, you tree-tops in the swamps, have left a pleascrossed over a hill one afternoon and be ing impression. We had still a distant held it. But it is only a glimpse that view behind us of two or three blue mounyou get here.
At Burlington you rush tains in Vermont and New-York. About to a wharf and go on board a steam nine o'clock in the forenoon we reached St. boat, two hundred and thirty-two miles John's, an old frontier post three hundred from Boston. We left Concord at twenty and six miles from Boston and twentyminutes before eight in the morning, and four from Montreal. We now discovered reached Burlington about six at night, but that we were in a foreign country, in a too late to see the Lake. We got our station-house of another nation. This
building was a barn-like structure, looking that was kept a profound secret, perhaps for as if it were the work of the villagers political reasons; and therefore we were tied combined, like a log-house in a new set to our seats. The inhabitants of St. John's tlement. My attention was caught by the and vicinity are described by an English double advertisements in French and Eng traveller as "singularly unprepossessing lish fastened to its posts, by the formality and before completing his period he adds, of the English, and the covert or open “besides, they are generally very much reference to their queen and the British disaffected to the British crown." I suslion. No gentlemanly conductor appeared, pect that that “besides” should have been none whom you would know to be the a because. conductor by his dress and demeanor; At length, about noon, the cars began to but, ere long we began to see here and roll towards La Prairie. The whole disthere a solid, red-faced, burly-looking Eng tance of fifteen miles was over a remarklishman, a little pursy perhaps, who made ably level country, resembling a western us ashamed of ourselves and our thin and prairie, with the mountains about Chamnervous countrymen-a grandfatherly per bly visible in the north-east. This novel, sonage, at home in his great-coat, who look but monotonous scenery, was exciting. At ed as if he might be a stage proprietor, cer La Prairie we first took notice of the tintainly a railroad director, and knew, or had ned roofs, but above all, of the St. Lawa right to know when the cars did start. rence, which looked like a lake; in fact it Then there were two or three pale-faced, is considerably expanded here ; it was black-eyed, loquacious Canadian French nine miles across diagonally to Montreal. gentlemen there, shrugging their shoul Mount Royal in the rear of the city and ders; pitted as if they had all had the the island of St. Helen's opposite to it, small-pox. In the meanwhile some sol were now conspicuous. We could also diers, red-coats, belonging to the barracks see the Sault St. Louis about five miles up near by, were turned out to be drilled. the river, and the Sault Vorruan still farAt every important point in our route the ther eastward. The former are described soldiers showed themselves ready for us; as the most considerable rapids in the St. though they were evidently rather raw Lawrence; but we could see merely a recruits here, they manœuvred far better gleam of light there as from a cobweb in than our soldiers; yet, as usual, I heard
Soon the city of Montreal was some Yankees speak as if they were as discovered with its tin roofs shining afar. great shakes, and they had seen the Acton Their reflections fell on the eye like a clash Blues maneuvre as well. The officers of cymbals on the ear. Above all the spoke sharply to them, and appeared to be church of Notre Dame was conspicuous, doing their part thoroughly. I heard one, and anon the Bonsecours market-house, suddenly coming to the rear, exclaim, “Mi occupying a commanding position on the chael Donothy, take his name!" Though quay, in the rear of the shipping. This I could not see what the latter did or city makes the more favorable impresomitted to do, it was whispered that Mi sion from being approached by water, and chael Donothy would have to suffer for also being built of stone, a grey limestone that. I heard some of our party dis found on the island. Here, after travelcussing the possibility of their driving ling directly inland the whole breadth of these troops off the field with their um New England, we had struck upon a city's brellas. I thought that the Yankee, harbor-it made on me the impression of though undisciplined, had this advantage a seaport-to which ships of six hundred at least, that he especially is a man who, tons can ascend, and where vessels draweverywhere and under all circumstances, is ing fifteen feet lie close to the wharf, five fully resolved to better his condition es hundred and forty miles from the Gulf; sentially, and therefore he could afford to the St. Lawrence being here two miles be beaten at first; while the virtue of the wide. There was a great crowd assemIrishman, and to a great extent the Eng bled on the ferry-boat wharf, and on the lishman, consists in merely maintaining his quay, to receive the Yankees, and flags of ground or condition. The Canadians here, all colors were streaming from the vessels a rather poor-looking race, clad in grey to celebrate their arrival. When the gun homespun, which gave them the appear was fired, the gentry hurrahed again and ance of being covered with dust, were again, and then the Canadian caleche riding about in caleches and small one drivers, who were most interested in the horse carts called charettes. The Yankees matter, and who, I perceived, were sepaassumed that all the riders were racing, rated from the former by a fence, huror at least exhibiting the paces of their rahed their welcome ; first the broadcloth, horses, and saluted them accordingly. We then the homespun. saw but little of the village here, for nobody It was early in the afternoon when we could tell us when the cars would start; stepped ashore, with a single companion.