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A HIGILAND BALLAD.
the gift of the second-sight, and it may
And was walking home fore be said to be in the family — we give him
In this same position,
When my eyes beheld a single dram, by way of composing draught,
A beauteous apparition. and patiently await the result. Dugald pechs. That, though a familiar magnetic
“ From a tuft of rushes
Rose a splendid figure, sy!nptom, may be accounted for naturally, the
About a salmon's height, spirit being considerably above proof. But
Perhaps a little bigger. now a fine agitation convulses his furrowed
She was dressed in green, features. His hair begins to bristle, and his
Her arms were rather hairy, legs are jerked as if he were executing a
And I knew at once strathspey! There can be no doubt of it now
It was the Queen of Phaerie !" - he is fully possessed by the ancient Caledonian muse. Starting to his feet, he catches
At this point, owing to an unlucky acci
A large up a pair of bellows, which, inserted beneath dent, the recitation terminated. his left arm, makes no contemptible substitute chair, originally from Dunstaffnage, became for the bagpipe ; and, marching round the greatly excited by the strain; and, after atapartment, he delivers the following magnifi- tempting to dance a jig, rushed furiously cent fragment, which we hope will silence across the room, and came in violent contact forever the puny piping of the Yankee with Macvurich's shins. The inspired mespirits :
dium went down like a nine-pin, nor could we
again bring him to the scratch. That he was MACTAVISH AND THE QUEEN OF PHAERIE. under spiritual influence, however, there can
be no doubt; indeed, be muttered something, Communicated by the Shade of Ossian. though incoherently, about " the spirits I will sing you songs
employing, to denote them, the Gaelic synoTo make your heart-strings tingle ; nyme of Ferintosh. It is to be hoped that, They were made by me,
on some future occasion, the shade of Ossian Ossian, son of Fingal,
will condescend to dictate the remainder of In honor of a chief,
this delectable poem.
Will any one dare to doubt the authen-
quite prepared to argue that point, and to Half-way up the glen, Near the springs of Aven,
prove its possibility from antecedents. HoWhere the black-cock builds,
mer, a much older poet than Ossian, was As also does the raven
called up by the magician Faust, and we have There his henchman, Ian,
it, on the authority of Marlowe, that he was Found him on the heather,
compelled to improvise.
Have I not made blind Homer sing to me
Of Alexander's love and Enon's death ?
And hath not he that built the walls of Thebes,
With ravishing sounds of his melodious harp,
Made music with my Mephistopheles ?
We are ready, at all events, to make our
affidavit that the Ossianic fragment is quite That some wondrous sight The chieftain had been seeing.
as genuine as the American spiritual min
Well, dear reader, what do you say to all
this? Are you a convert to the spiritual manTo good Saint Fillan uttered ;
ifestations, or do you still remain incredulous ? Till Mactavish gave
We have positively nothing more to say
have simply expounded Spicer. He is a beAnd could undertake
liever, though less from anything he has seen The task of his narration.
(the spirits not being active in his presence) First his nose he fed
than from what he has heard. . It may, howWith a piroh of sneeshan,
ever, occur to you, as it occurs to us, that it Then he thus remarked,
is somewhat strange that this spiritual inter“ I have seen a vision ! I shall tell you all,
course should have been so long deferred: That you may judge the fitness
Possibly St. Anthony was not tempted by deOf the things whereof
mons, but simply haunted by ghosts ; possiI have been the witness.
bly Luther mistook the nature of his annoy“ I had not consumed
ing, interruptions, and was precipitate in More than half a gallon,
shying the ink-bottle at what he imagined to With Rory Oig M'Craw,
be the head of Sathanas, when he ought to And Angus, son of Allan ;
have produced the alphabet, and endeavored
to ascertain whether his visitor was not the the wake of men who are called, or call themshade of some early reformer. But Anthony selves, philosophers. Many scientific inen, in and Luther, knowing the Bible, had, both of matters of reasoning, are asses ; and it is a them, a horror of familiar spirits. And, upon mercy that it is so, since otherwise, through the whole, we think you cannot do better their crude conceits, they would destroy the than follow their example. When we find an equilibrium of the material world. introduction to the inhabitants of the invisi Humbug, and deliberate imposture, are the ble world charged, according to the tariff of mildest terms we can apply to the American the Fish and Fox tribe, at one dollar per head, “spiritual manifestations, and with that we cannot avoid forming a most contemptible expression of opinion we dismiss the subject. opinion of the spirits who thus officiate upon hire. And as to the alleged readiness of the spirits to appear, we greatly doubt that. It tions" was confined to the class of persons who
[As long as belief in the “spiritual manifestais wholly in opposition both to inspiration and do not believe in the Bible, it seemed natural vulgar tradition. The spirit of Samuel, when evoked by the Witch of Endor, complained enough. Unbelievers in Revelation are prorerb. that he was disquieted. Ghosts are said in ially credulous. But now that this belief has later times to have appeared, and to have gone farther, it enables us to understand the pas. haunted dwellings; but, whenever addressed, sibility that educated and intelligent people could they have supplicated as a boon that they really believe in the follies of witchcraft many might be laid at rest. The new theory is years ago,
The “ Nineteenth Century” people quite otherwise. Your disembodied spirit'has are as ready to deceive themselves as the people not only the entrée to every circle, but it en
of the Seventeenth were. joys the amusements exceedingly — plays, in Let us make one suggestion : The miracles of fact, the first fiddle — and the dead jackass the Church of Rome are better proved than any has the advantage of figuring as a living lion. of these manifestations. More people have wit
But we shall not conclude in so light a nessed them, and testified to them. Why do the strain. In dealing with the details laid be- present believers set them aside ? Can they here. fore us, so utterly ludicrous of their kind, it after venture to call that church superstitious ? was impossible to avoid banter; but the preva- We do not see how they can resist the alleged mirlence of such a delusion — if it really be so acles which go to establish the divine authority prevalent — is most deeply and sincerely to of that Church. — Ed. Living Age.] be deplored. It is the worst and rankest form of infidelity which has ever been promulgated. It is utterly opposed to the Christian tenets, for it implies there is no judg DOMESTIC HABITS OF OUR ANCESTORS. — Erasment hereafter. A miserable debauchee like mus, who visited England in the early part of Poe, who had lived without the thought of a the sixteenth century, gives a curious descripRedeemer, dies; and straightway, through a tion of an English interior of the better class. medium, announces himself to be in glory. The furniture was rough ; the walls unplastered, Blasphemy must be common and congenial in but sometimes wainscotted or hung with tapesthe United States, before any one, capable of try; and the floors covered with rushes, which perpetrating a stanza, would venture upon cats had free access to the eating-rooms, and
were not changed for months. The dogs and such an experiment. But impostors stick at nothing. With the dollar per head in their fragments of meat and bones were thrown to
them, which they devoured among the rushes, view, they will produce any kind of phantas- leaving what they could not eat to rot there, magoria ; and enact, on a small scale, the with the draining of beer-vessels and all manner same kind of swindle which was practised at of unmentionable abominations. There was the Eleusinian mysteries.
nothing like refinement or elegance in the luxury Keep your mind easy, dear reader! You of the higher ranks ; the indulgences which their are not, one whit, more likely to be disturbed wealth permitted consisted in rough and wasteful by ghosts than your father or grandfathers profusion. Salt beef and strong ale constitutel were — and you may set them thoroughly at the principal part of Queen Elizabeth's breakdefiance. Comport yourself well, and you
fast, and similar refreshments were served to her may be assured that neither your shaving in bed for supper. At a series of entertainments brush nor razor will spontaneously smash the given in York by the nobility in 1660, where window - go to church regularly, and we it was universally admitted that Lord Goring - shall give our guarantee against your being affixed to the ceiling. Be easy on the score The description of this gupper will give us a
won the palm for the magnificence of his fancy. of your furniture, until you observe it to be good idea of what was then thought magnificent ; inconveniently locomotive ; in which case, no it consisted of four huge, brawny pigs, piping doubt, you will be able to dispose of it to hot, bitted and harnessed with ropes of sausages some railway company. And, above all to a huge pudding in a bag, which served for a things, despise humbug, and do not follow in chariot. — The Silent Revolution.
From the Times. Stowe would prepare the slave for freedom, TIIE BEECHER STOWE DEMONSTRATION. and give him meanwhile the benelit of Chris
tian usages and laws; and so little is she It has been the fate of all the great epics prepared to see the whole three millions that their moral has not been very discerni- emancipated, that when she has got only one ble, or at least, so separable from the story, of the three millions, and him a very superior and so dependent on the caprice of the reader, specimen, free from the yoke, and on British that we are at liberty to admire to our heart's soil, her only resource is to send him to Licontent without drawing any inference what- beria, where we will venture to say he will ever. The Iliad was construed by subsequent not go. ages to prove an inveterate grudge between Accustomed as Mrs. Stowe must be at home Europe and Asia, which nothing could expiate to idle exhibitions of barren zeal, to indignabut the conquest of the latter by the former tion meetings that burn like stubble and leave in the person of Alexander. The Æneid was nothing behind, and all other forms of plausiwritten to prove the divine mission and de- ble folly, she must have been pained, not to scent of Augustus, and the eternal destinies say disgusted, with the frantic impotence of of Rome. The Lusiad taught the right of the Exeter Hall abolitionists. They rose as Portugal to the East, and the leading feature she entered the room and received her with of the Paradise Lost is a very earthly repre- more than loyalty. She deserves it, and we sentation of Heaven and the Divine mysteries. honor their enthusiasm. They repeated their On these great precedents, we do not scruple homage at her departure. But what was to admire Uncle Tom as warmly as Lord really done meanwhile? What was said that Shaftesbury, or Lord Carlisle, or any gentle could by any means help the poor slave and man or lady at Stafford-house, without sur- resolve this fearful enigina ? Absolutely nothrendering the right of private judgment as to ing. Lord Shaftesbury spoke as he is too apt the political doctrine of the story. We will to speak when he has discovered what he do all fitting homage to Mrs. Stowe, as a thinks a religious principle. He spoke as if novelist beyond compare, at least in the he had never read of slaves in the Bible - 48 living generation ; but when it comes to the if slaves had not been therein told to remain tremendous question how we are to deal with content with their lot - as if compulsory three millions born and bred in slavery and service was incompatible with social laws or in the most intimate servile intermixture with moral obligations; and as if three millions of a free people — still more, when
it comes to slaves could be safely emancipated by a single the question how we, another people—a rival rote of the American Congress, or any State nation and a rejected mother country — are Legislature, any more than all the infants in to interfere — we must beg to consult those the Union could be as summarily invested high political considerations which find little with the rights of full age. Indeed, he did not place in novels, and are particularly distaste- altogether blink the adverse testimony of the ful to the warm hearts of fair writers and Bible, but he disposed of that testimony by the readers. We take the liberty, therefore, of summary expedient of declaring that all who regarding Mrs. Stowe quite distinctly from rested on it were of the synagogue of Satan. the meeting at Exeter-ball on Whit-Monday This is rather a loose way of talking when it
- quite distinctly from the reverend gentle- comes to a question of doctrine, and to numen and professors assembled on that occasion merous texts with a definite meaning. Let - distinctly from the resolutions then adopted us beg to suggest to Lord Shaftesbury that, - and even distinctly from herself, so far as invaluable as his labors are in the work of she has been compelled to commit herself to social and material reforms, he would do well any definite proposal for the abolition of sla- to take counsel of some learned minister bevery. But even while we write we remember fore he resigns the texts of Scripture to the that Mrs. Stowe could not possibly agree with synagogue of Satan. Indeed, he has not done the very first resolution carried unanimously. even Mrs. Stowe that justice out of Scripture If we remember right, she has emphatically which she has a right to expect. The Lord, repudiated any such doctrine as that “the he says, will sell this Sisera, that is, the antiprinciple of immediate and unconditional abolitionists, into the hands of a woman emancipation is the only one that is consist- viz., Mrs. Stowe. Now, we protest, on the ent with the rights of the slave and the duty behalf of Mrs. Stowe, that she is not the of the master.” She does not think it the woman into whose hands the Lord has sold right of anybody, however deserving, however the anti-abolitionists. She is the Deborah of miserable, to be utterly ruined, which would this question ; the judge, the prophetess, the be the case of the Carolina slave suddenly inspired songstress. The craven-hearted Barak emancipated; nor does she think it the duty would not give chase to Sisera and his charof any man, however responsible, to ruin iots of iron, unless Deborah might be allowed his dependents, as the slave-owners certainly to go with him; so, to punish him, the victory would do if they gave in to this plan. Mrs. was to be utterly inglorious, at least to him;
a woman was to invite Sisera into her tent, of humanity. We have always protested receive him with pretended hospitality, and against the separation of husband and wife in kill him in his sleep; but in which respect our work houses at home, and we cannot do Mrs. Stowe is like Jael, the wife of Heber, less than protest against the separation of the Kenite, except that she has hit the right slave couples. The same analogy holds of nail on the head, Lord Shaftesbury himself mother and child, up to a certain age. The would be puzzled to say.
slave ought certainly to have some protecGood advice, it is commonly said, is the tion, more than he now has, against excessive cheapest currency in the world, except bad punishment, for, without some power of penadvice, which is cheaper still, and impossible ishment left to the master, there can be no advice, which is the cheapest of all. Our slavery at all, and we are rather for its mitianti-slavery people advise the Americans to gation than its immediate abolition. As to emancipate all the slaves at once, as we did mere animal comforts, amusement, instruethe slaves in our West India Islands, though tioñ, secular and religious, we suspect the even that was not quite at once. We believe Americau slave is quite as well off in these the advice to be about as impracticable as if respects as the English laborer - at least, if we were to recommend the negroes to wash Mrs. Stowe is to be trusted. But these are themselves white, or to change places with remedies which, so far from being advocated their masters forthwith on the receipt of our or facilitated by our anti-slavery agitation, are letters. It cannot, however, be denied that only rendered more and more impracticable. the Americans are paying us off in our own we have on this point the express word of coin, for we never heard more impracticablé Professor Stowe, who says that in his own advice, if it means anything at all, than what early days black children were adınitted into Professor Stowe liberally presented to the the same schools as white. If it is not so meeting at Exeter Hall. The advice is, that now, it is not owing to the progress of the the people of England are to use free cotton, cotton cultivation, but to the excessive bitterand they are to get the cotton grown free by ness provoked by the abolitionists, and the the importation of Chinese laborers into the increasing difficulty of dealing with free perUnited States, who will work, the professor sons of color. Like many other people in the says, for sixpence a day. In the first place, world's great comedy of errors, the abolitionhow' are we to discriminate between two ists must retrace their steps and eat a little bales of cotton from New York — which was humble pie. They must give up - indeed, picked by Cassy and Uncle Tom, and which Mrs. Stowe herself does give up - immediate by Chinamen? Then, who are to import the and certain abolition, and return to the safer latter? It would be very imprudent philan- and less offensive plan of gradual ameliorathropy in the English, to carry a set of poor, tion. Let them put it in the power of every ignorant creatures across the whole globe into slave to purchase his own freedom, or have it the beart of an independent nation, particu- purchased for him, at a not exorbitant price ; larly jealous of our interference - a nation, and thus prepare them for that state of liberty too, the states of which are not less jealous which so few men born free know how to use one of another. What if the slave states find properly. the Chinamen exceedingly disagreeable people, and were to declare them all slaves or expel them? It is found impossible to import
From the Southern Literary Messenger. Chinese laborers into our own sugar islands without a great deal of suffering and hard- "TO MICHAEL ANGELO TITMARSH, ESQ. ship. If it is anybody's place to import them into the United States, it falls rather to those O., Titmarsh, Thackeray, or De La Pluche, who will have some sort of voice in their Jeames, Chawls, or dear, delightful Mr. Brown, disposal for the future. No man of common Wielding the author's pen or artist's brush, prudence will ever undertake a charge which Or lecturing in some provincial town; he will not be allowed to discharge, accord All hail ! King Satirist without a crown, ing to the dictates of his own discretion. But still of shillings fortunately flush, We will say, however, plainly, that we respect and able quite to go it with a rush". Professor Stowe; we respect all who fairly
(Don't treat this pretty sonnet with a frown), attempt to grapple with the practical diffi
If, in your tour from Boston to the South, culties of the question. The more we ask what is to be done, and the more answers are re
From Athens to Baotia, you should see corded, the nearer and more likely we seem
Some “swells” and “snobs" of very high de to exhaust the subject at last. We think, gree, ourselves, that nothing is to be done except Have mercy on them ; let your fearful mouth gradually to ameliorate the condition of the Not crunch them, like so many luckless snails, slaves, and to extend to them the first rights O lion with a large supply of tales !
AN OLD GENTLEMAN'S SECOND MAR-pered to me, “He 'll be poorer pretty soon, I RIAGE.
warrant you. — Give thee my troth!" she re
peated after the colonel. Bring her on the COLONEL Baxter's nuptials! We- the lund, and give her a pension! I say it 's a whole regiment — turned out in full-dress fraud !” to witness their celebration. Even Mrs. Brill “With this ring I thee wed,” old Baxter went to the expense of a white satin slip and feebly repeated after the clergyman. a bonnet trimmed with orange-blossoms for the
With this fiddlestick!" whispered Mrs. occasion. (Brill had been appointed Brigade Brill, carrying on her commentary loud Major of the Division.) The colonel looked enough for me to hear her. “I have no about forty years of age. The bride was cer- patience with an old man who paints his tainly a very pretty girl. Major Green gave cheeks, and dyes his hair, and comes to her away. I wished Mrs. Brill had stayed at church clothed in such abominable falsehood.” home ; for her mind was always running on • Yea, and thou shalt see thy children's matters of business, and she made me laugh children,” said the minister. in the church, close to the altar, by saying “ Children's children, indeed! Now, the seriously, in a whisper — "She 'll come very idea,” said Mrs. Brill. nicely on the fund, cornet, as a colonel's “ You had better leave the church, Robwidow, if anything happens to old Baxter. ert,” whispered my wise, “ if you cannot It's a fraud! He ought to be ashamed of behave better." himself! I wish the old woman's ghost Mrs. Brill heard her, and replied, “ He could walk in just now, and see what was the had better stay where he is. You would n't use of her saving and pinching, as she did. I have him cry, would This young woman will spend it all, you “ Hush ! ” said I, in an agony of fear lest know. I should like to catch Brill making Mrs. Brill should come to words with my such a fool of himself, after I'm dead and wife, and interrupt the ceremony. gone, and ducks and drakes of all I have " Spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." scraped together. When I'm dying, I'll When the minister came to these words Mrs. burn
every bit of Company's paper, or tear it Brill was very indignant. into little bits, and throw it into the chicken Spot or wrinkle!” she repeated. “ He has broth I shall call for on purpose ; and then, if filled up all the wrinkles with white paint and Brill likes to marry again, let him. It will putty! I could pick it out with a penknife ! be quite optional.
The old man is a walking fraud ! I've no Ilush!” said I. “The parson is looking patience with him; and I will say so at the at you."
breakfast. Brill is on the staff, and can no *** Well, let him look, the pasty-faced longer be bullied by any ragamuffin of a comman," said Mrs. Brill. “I think he might manding officer. have put on a clean what-you-may-call-itsurplus " - (she meant surplice) — “although it is a dirty business be is engaged in My wife, when we came out of church,
marrying an old painted man to a mere begged of me' not to sit near Mrs. Brill at the child. There were we pitying old Baxter not breakfast. But of what avail was my promlong ago, when the old lady died; and now ise, since Mrs. Brill was determined to sit you see there are all the cornets envying him. next to me? The world is full of hypocrisy and humbug. “ Robert, there is room for you here,” said What can that young girl care about that my wife, when we were about to be seated, old thing? It is not in human nature. She and she pointed to a vacant chair. Mrs. wants to be Mrs. Colonel Baxter, and have Brill observed her look, and said, “Don't be a carriage-and-pair, and all the rest of it." alarmed, Mrs. Wetherby. Although bolting,
“So long as ye both shall live," said the they say, is catching when it gets into a regiclergyman, concluding the vow.
ment, don't suppose I'd be so weak as to go " I will,” said the colonel.
off with the cornet. Brill is on the staff.” "I will !" echoed Mrs. Brill in a loud Sophy roared with laughter; and so did whisper. Why, his three-score-and-ten is every one who heard Mrs. Brill's remark. up already so that his promissory note is “Have you congratulated the colonel?" I overdue before he makes it."
inquired of Mrs. Brill. I could contain myself no longer. I tittered - No," said she ; " and I don't intend. I aloud. My wife, who was leaning on my am not an impostor and hypocrite, like some arm, gave me a look expressive of extreme other ladies whom I could mention.” (She disgust; but it did not reduce me to gravity. looked at my wife.) “I always speak my On the contrary, it provoked me to titter feelings. An honest man 's the noblest work loudly again.
of God - and so 's a woman." " For richer and poorer.” When the old I filled Mrs. Brill's glass several times with colonel came to these words, Mrs. Brill whis- champagne, and the beverage appeared to