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and blackens a dull surface into figures of love your wheels. Along our winding road, the tall liness and life. I care not how luminous a golden rods were coming into bloom, reminding man's personal or intellectual qualities may be, us that autumn was treading in the departing if he lacks amid the showy beams that are shin- footsteps of summer. The false.heath or dig. ing this one which is view less—this efficient ger-heel, (Hudsonia tomentosa,) in green and but inconspicuous beam of spiritual experience bristly patches, dotted the roadside ; and one -all his endeavors will surely prove iooperative small tuft, dwarfed by some infantile misforfor good.-Dr. Robinson in Hours at Home. tune, still carried a few yellow blossoms. About
one mile—one immensely long mile-of the For Friends' Intelligencer.
earth’s barren surface was crept over in this ONE HOUR AT QUAKER BRIDGE.
manoer, when we finally halted at a building in Perhaps most of our readers, who really love course of erection. Now we could understand wild flowers, have lieard of Quaker Bridge. To what that iron roller meant that we had been reach that classic spot in Flora's realm, was the conveying so tenderly along the road When uppermost thought in our mind on the first day the wind blows on these dry sands, they drift of this month, and, as the early morning gave about like the fine snows of winter; and we promise of a fair day, we left the Camden have seen door-posts and windows, in other depot at 8 o'clock on the Del. & R. Railroad, localities, nearly buried in these heavy sandand, after the usual —and, as we thought, un. drifts. Some attempt bad been made at garusual-detentions, the train stopped at Atsion, dening, too, around that new house in the which we were assured was within five miles of forest, and this roller was intended to press the Bridge. A responsible-looking gentleman, down the dry sand around the cabbage stalks at the depot, of whom we made inquiry, said he and sweet potato vines. knew about Quaker Bridge, and, if not particu- Here we took leave, thankfully, of our genlar about transportation, guessed he could haul tlemanly conductor, and made rapid tracks, us a bit on the road thither. This seemed pre-alone, towards our destination. Ionumerable possessing, at least, so we followed him towards lizards hurried out of the path as we rapidly a tree, beneath which our vehicle was waiting. threaded along over dry heaths, and through Here we saw a horse attached to four wheels low, damp places, our quick steps springing which were united by two axles, and across with anticipation of coming pleasure. these ancient centres of rotation two hard boards were loosely laid—and this was our car
" Through the forest, through the forest, oh! 'tis
passing sweet to take riage! All the choice seats were taken up by Our lonely way 'mid springing moss, thick wood an iron roller, like those used in gardens or on and tangled brake." iawns, but the room left, we were at liberty to In less than an hour, we entered the margin occupy at discretion. We took the back seat
back seat of a wide-spreading bog; the sand was now wet,
a that is to say, the ends of the two boards-and, and on either hand grew countless strange and with shanks dangling in the thin air, we pro- beautiful plants—we were at Quaker Bridge. gressed backwards, with extreme deliberation, Considering now that we were on sacred along our new road. Evidently, our horse was ground, we put the shoes from off our feet, and not valued on account of his speed, for he commenced looking around, as it is best always never accomplished anything more than a very to do when alone in a new, wild and solitary deliberate walk :
spot. You get, thus, the geography of a place; “ Indeed, he lifted heavier leg
all its points and localities become framed into Than Tam O'Shanter's famoas Meg,
a mental picture, on which memory can look Who galloped on right helter-skelter, With goblins in her rear to pelt her;
with enduring delight. An old mansion-house And closely pressed by evil kind,
stands, or rather leads, not far from the Bridge. Left her unhappy tail bebind."
It is deserted now, and rank weeds, as tall as a Indeed, all things around Atsion seem to man, choke up the yard and doorway. The spimove slowly. The people talk with more de- der's threads, spanning the front door, told us that liberation than they do in the city, and when human foot seldom crossed that forsaken home. they do appear in action, they stir as though we explored its dilapidated, but once ample time were cheap, and to-morrow would suffice and numerous, chambers; its ceilings and walls for what could not be done to day. The trains were crumbling into dust; its windows were on the railroad were all behind time. The old driven in by time's hard fist, or by the storm's mill, even, seemed to doze in peace at the head pitiless blast, and its ample roof, once spread of that dreamy lake, and its monotonous humover human
joy or human
sorrow, DOW crept wearily over its bronzed and polished opened in patches, to let the stars of night look surface. The tinkling cow-bells fitfully chimed down into that forsaken abode. Some day, in with its rural music, and we were just able with knapsack beiter stored with provisions, we to distinguish these sounds from the soft rattle will return thither, and pass a night alone in of the white sand as it ran back in the track of that deserted home, and gather up the tradi
tions that must cluster around that solitary | with their golden flowers. Hypericum, too,
"—the herb of war,
many a scar." Quaker Bridge spans the Batstow River at Fine specimens of Zygadenus leinantboides this place. It is a plain, wooden, but substan. we found growing on the margin of the stream, tial structure, not differing much from other and alongside of these charming plants, a large, bridges in the pines. But we noticed there dark pine snake, banded with white, was enjoywere two bridges here; which, then, was ing his afteruoon nap. Quaker Bridge? Here was a dilemma; but we We were led far out into the swamp to gather thought we understood it. One was a Hicks specimens of the large white fringed orchis ite, and the other was an Orthodox bridge! (Platanthera blephariglottis) which grew abuo. Nothing could be plainer. One was built in dantly. Some spikes were as long as our hand. somewhat better taste than the other; it looked It is a marvel how the black earth of the more modern; it bad, too, a slight, graceful swamp erer becomes transformed into the per. curve as it stretched across the wide stream ; | fect wbito of this flower. Inoocence itself-if though it was only a little bit more like other yet found on this earth-is not whiter or more bridges than its fellow. We climbed down spotless than its fringed lip. No other petal, beneath the timbers, and stood with our feet in except Sabbatia lanceolata, has as little of earth's the brown water, in order the better to examine mixture in it, and both grow
company here. their foundations. It was impossible to dis- The yellow fringed orcbis, Gray calls our cover the least essential difference in principle, handsomest species, and we do not wonder, for and yet these two bridges stood apart and it is a glorious plant. We found two speciseparate, when only a few seasoned and straight. mens. The eye that can look for the first time grained planks would have united both into one at these golden blossoms and liquid ciliated lips beautiful structure. Shame! shame! but not without a tear is truly to be pitied. It is not to the bridges. There was no toll to pay on that bright yellow like the buttercup, which either, and both were equally adapted to trans- throws back the light into the eye, but a deep port people to the other side.
golden orange absorbs every ray like the The flowers growing here, many of them, nap of velvet, and while the heart holds its were old acquaintances. It seemed that these breath in admiration, a quiet joy creeps through brown, piney streams could not flow along so one's whole being in thankfulness for such rejoicingly, if the water-lilies did not watch beautiful gifts. them in their merry course. Never did we see
“Smile, if ye will, but some heart-strings larger blossoms than opened their silver cups Are closest linked with simplest tbiogs; on these soft waters. These delicate flowers And those wild flowers will hold mine fast, cannot bear to see the sun set, but always close Till love, and life, and all be past.” their dreamy eyes early in the afternoon. The Go not to the dictionary for the definition of Lilium superbum reared its tall pyramidal head the word beautiful, but go into the wild woods as high as our own, carrying a dozen nodding and ask of the yellow-fringed orchis what that bells, whose delicate, versatile clappers swung word truly means Oh! long shall we rememnoiselessly in the summer air. Noiselessly! ber thee! Can we say that ? Our deaf ears heard not the " How delicate the gauzy frill, music, but can we say that the thousand beau
How rich thy leafy stem ; tiful beings around—the painted birds, the glit. How soft thy voice when woods are still, tering insect,
And thou singest songs to them."
The orchids have ever been the delight of the
botanist, --such strange forms dressed in purest and all the other beautiful plants-ale insensi- colors—their delicate and transient lite-the ble to the chimes of the Turk's Cap Lily? We quiet and solitary places they grow in-their were not present at the vesper hour, but our strange habits of propagation, calling often the fancy heard the lily bells at evening, calling busy insect from his summer ganbols into their their sisters of the swamp to bow their heads in beautiful cups to scatter the pollen around, voiceless prayer to Him who gives them water, are chapters of deep interest, and by no means and air, and glorious sunshine.
satisfactorily worked out. Our old friends the Droseras grew in the wet The Gympaania tridentata grew rather sand-the filiformis and longifolia-both in plentifully in close companionship with the flower. Polygela lutea and cruciata mingled Rhexia Virginica. The Sclerolepis verticillata their golden and scarlet heads with the white stood quite ihickly in the shallow water, its sin. crowns of Erioca u lon decangulare. Arcyrum gle stem erect and fringed with thickish, linear, stans and Crux Andrea enlivened many spots pointed leaves in many whorls, bearing one
large head of Aesh colored flowers, was truly a some colorjog matter in chemical solution ; but gem.
from wbat source does it come? We think not Riding gracefully on the brown water, we from living roots of plants now growing in the found the floating-heart (Limnanthemum lacu- logs, because it is just as dark in little pools, nosum) one of the Gentianacea. We must be distant far from either pipes or cedars. Old pardoved a little if we do not feel compassion Time, for ages, has spread a rich carpet of for the botanist who has not himself waded vegetation over these bogs, and Death's iron after the floating-heart. Its roots are buried in heel has trodden to pieces, year after year, the the mud beneath water, often two feet deep, as warp and the woof of that green and flowerwas the case with our specimens. From these spangled carpet. Generations of lilies, of vig. roots rise up long and slender petioles, darkly ger-heels, of white and golden-lipped orchids, spotted all over, and each one bearing at the end of Droseras and meadow beauties, of Hyperione floating heart-shaped leaf, with its margin cum and Zygadenus, of Polygalas, of Nympheas dark olive in color, and its centre irregularly and of Floating Hearts, and Mermaids, too, marked with vivid green. These leaves are have laid themselves down in these wet grave. purple uuderneath, like the water-lilies, and in- yards, like generations of our own kind elsedented with numerous spots
About one inch where; and the all searching river steals the below the leaf an umbel of flower stems bursts soft jewels, packed away in their crumbling from the petiole, and it is very curious to see cells, to dye its own cool veins in remembrance how these peduncles curve round the floating- of so much beauty. We love these dark rivers, hearts in order to lift their white flowers above and, in bidding them adieu, shall employ the the surface. These blossoms are a charming thoughts of anotherstudy. Five golden introrse anthers, alternate "Go, dark river, and to the young and kind, with each division of the white monopetalous Speak thou of pleasant hours and lovely things; corolla, and scatter pollen all over the fragile
Of fields and woods, of sunsbine, dew and wind; cup. Each lobe bears, near its base, two ap
Of mountains, valleys, and of river-springs;
Speak thou of every little bird that sings, pendages of singular beauty not mentioned in
Of every bright sweet-scented flower that blows; the books, and besides these, there are five But chiefest speak of Him whose mercy flings glandular bodies in the throat of the corrola al. Beauty and love abroad, and who bestows ways gemmed with the golden pollen grains.
Light to the sun alike with odor to the rose.' They fade with the sun, and when the stars
J. G. H. come out, they dip their withered heads be- 8th mo. 1st, 1867. neath the leaves. It did seem a pity to crush such beautiful things between brown paper in The great purpose of all afflictions, where order to preserve them, but so it is all over the God is really feared, is to oblige us to cleave world; hearts are daily crushed as between the more closely to Him, by allowing us no other upper and the nether mill-stones.
source of consolation. We never value the preserve the form of the floating heart in our grace of God so much as when we are obliged browo. paper, but the picture of its fresh and to have recourse to it for support against what living beauty we commit to the keeping of mem would be, otherwise, overwhelming. ory's fadeless herbarium. On the plains of Eona, in Sicily, we are told,
SOCIAL LIFE. dwelt a Grecian goddess. They called her Abridged from " Work and Conflict," by Kennedy. Proserpine; and she was very beautiful. “No man liveth to himself.” The most selQuaker Bridge we found her representative, the fish, the most solitary, exercise an influence be. Prosperidàca pertinacea; but we call it the yond themselves for good or for evil. The Mermaid-weed. Ah! we were sure this wild thoughts they think, the words they speak, the spot had its myths and traditions, but our time very looks they look, however much they may was too short to discover them all. For one intend them to be bounded by the narrow circle hour we gave ourself up with entire abandon to they draw around themselves, pass beyond that the sweet company of the forest flowers, and circle without asking their consent, and tell on time burried along like the water of the rapid others whom they have no desire either to benestream.
fit or harm. Let them but utter a word and "We quenched our thirst at the forest well,
it is gone from them forever ; they cannot reWe ate of the forest berry ;
call it if they would; it fulfils its mission, And the times we spent in the good green wood, / whether benign or malign, on some ear or some
Like the times of song, were merry." heart; and thence it proceeds in its onward proWe have never heard a satisfactory solution gress, cursing or blessing, it may be, till the given for the dark color of these forest streams. end of time. And even if men should resolve It is not a mechanical mixture of some coloring to speak no word lest the spoken word should substance with the water, for long standing or grow and multiply in fruits which they do not filtration will not remove it. It is stained by desire, their self-imposed silence, the co npressed
lip, and the unhappy look, will produce some But Christian love beginning at home, will impression on those who witness them—an im- not be content to be confined there. It is too pression which will not terminate with itself; expansive for that. It will overleap the narrow and which will verify the social fact that no one boundary; or if it be forcibly restrained within liveth unto himself. Our example may be it
, it will resent the wrong by dying a natural silent and unobtrusive, but it cannot be wholly death in its prison. That it may live and thrive unobserved. And if the first circle of observers it must breathe the fresh air of the world, and be small, yet each of them becomes the centre brace itself with exercise in deeds of mercy. of a new circle, and our influence becomes thus What shall I do? is probably the question diffused far beyond our control and even our which has been asked by many. A question knowledge. Whatever station we occupy, which has been answered sententiously, thus : whether we live in the public eye or in the “Do the duty which lies nearest thee, which deepest privacy; whether we are ambitious to thou knowest to be a duty; thy second duty will be something, or ambitious to be nothing; it is already have become clearer.” And this is only a necessity of our social existence that we can- a paraphrase of the inspried saying, “ Whatsopot live to ourselves. There is no wall of ex-ever thy band findeth to do, do it,” and “ do it clusiveness so thick or so high, but that the in- with thy might.” Christian love will find obfluence of our character and conduct, the injects on which to expend the energy of its well. fluence, io short, of what we are and what we doing at the very door, lying in sin and wretchdo, will penetrate through it, or climb over it. edness, in more desparate case than the man
It is a solemn fact that we are under the who fell among thieves in the solitary and roboperation of this law of social life, and that its ber-haunted defile which lay between Jerusalem operation is involuntary and constant. Life it- and Jericho. It will find them in the furthest self is a solemn thing. We may so use it that regions of the earth, all “neighbors" according it would be better for us if we had never pos. to our Lord's teaching, everywhere needing and sessed it. Or we way so use it that it shall be awaiting the application of the same Christian * a thing of beauty and of joy for ever.” Social balm. Let it lay its bands of mercy on some life with its voluntary and involuntary contribu. of these and bind up their wounds, and pour in tion to the common weal, or the common woe, the oil and wine of gespel truth and love. is doubly solemn. There may be some whom we have already unconsciously benefitted, and FRIENDS INTELLIGENCER. who bave been made more strong, inore holy, more happy, by some casual word we have PHILADELPHIA, EIGHTH MONTH 17, 1867. dropped, or some casual deed we have done, of which there is no record in our own memory. THE INDIANS.—The communications of Sid. There may be others whom some casual word or deed of ours bas accelerated in the downward neg Averill and Gideon Frost, in relation to Inpath of unbelief and upgodliness.
dian outrages, which have appeared in this paThe apostolic words, “ None of us liveth to per, have afresh awakened the feelings of sadhimself,” are not, however, the mere declaration ness and sorrow which in times past have been of a social fact; they are the declaration of a Christian law. 'Our involuntary influence may this suffering and deeply injured people.
so general throughout our Society in relation to be either good or evil. It may be the influence of selfishness producing selfishness. But the The thoughtful among us will remember that Christian law is, “ Look not every man on his national crimes are generally followed by cwn things, but every man also on the things of national punishments, and will look forward others." “ Ye are not your own. For ye are with apprehension to the fearful reckoning we bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's." may have to pay, when inquisition shall be made
The Christian love, which forms the soul of at the hands of the perpetrators of these outthe law“ po one liveth to himself,” may very rages. We have received several communicaappropriately begin its social work“ at home.” tions on this subject in addition to the one Let Christians give it full sway in their fami: which appears in this number, urging that imlies. If there is “ no place like home,” let love destroy those selfish, crooked tempers which mediate action may be taken by our Society, mar its peace; those tempers which break up
that the effusion of blood may be stayed. families, even while outwardly one, into frag- One of our correspondents in this city recently ments, that are brought indeed very near to received a letter from the Commissioner of Ineach other, but are not “ like kindred drops which mingle into one." Let all seek within dian Affairs, in which he says:their home circle, their first and best sphere of
“The genuine spirit of Christian philanthropy well doing. It will amply repay their toil. has invariably distinguished the Society of
Friends in all its history, and the tender of the
For Friends' Intelligencer. services of Friends in the accomplishment of peace does honor to them, and is very gratefully has been directed to the condition and prospects
Since public attention, within a few weeks, appreciated by me."
of the Indians in the far West, the evidences Another correspondent, in the State of New have been rapidly increasing that many of the York, hopes “that Philadelphia Friends will alleged barbarities of these Indians are either move in the matter, and desires to contribute to acts of retaliation for wrongs inflicted by the sustain their action.”
whites, or are false accounts, manufactured for We are glad to know that Friends of Balti- natural hostile feeling, for the purpose of en
the occasion, by parties who desire to create a more Yearly Meeting, who are near the Seat of couraging the Government to wage against Government, have had personal intercourse, them a war of extermination. These misrepreand are in correspondence with the Commis- sentations are generally made by contractors sioner of [odian Affairs, and also that a num.
and Government agents, and other interested
parties, some of whom have heretofore accumuber of judicious Friends have been set apart by lated much property during the prosecution of the Representative Committee of Philadelphia the Indian wars, and who desire the continuYearly Meeting to attend to the concern, and ance of the present hostilities for the same purpursue such course as the wisdom of Truth may pose. Official information amply justifies the suggest . We hope, however, that this action peaceable Indians have been slaughtered in cold
belief, that potwithstanding a multitude of will not prevent individual effort, and that not blood by the whites, without provocation, still a only the members of our own Society, but every large proportion of the now hostile tribes are Christian man and woman, will do what they willing to make peace, provided they be comcan in this emergency. Those who may not pensated for their destroyed property, and probe able to act, may, in the spirit of prayer, de- vided that railroad companies and other en
croaching parties be compelled to make satissire that the Ruler of Nations may put it into faction for land occupied without the Indians' the hearts of our legislators to do justice to the consent, and that their annuity goods be faithred man, that so the Divine judgments may be fully paid to them. averted from our land.
If a compliance with these Eædian demands
will adjust the difficulties, it would clearly be MARRIED, on the 18th of Seventh month, 1867, the duty of the Government to comply. If onewith the approbation of Horsham Monthly Meeting, tenth or one-twentieth of the money now wasted David Foulke to Susan Y. MICH ENER, daughter of in the prosecution of the war were to be exSilas Shoemaker, all of Montgomery Co., Pa. —, on the 4th of Seventh month, 1867, with the from violence and their property from depre.
pended in protecting the persons of the Indians approbation of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting, at the residence of the bride's parents, WM. Balderston, dations at the hands of white men, the work of of Burlington Co., to ANNIE H. Boggs, of Camden permanent pacification would doubtless proceed Co., N. J.
rapidly. DIED, in Howard Co., Md., on the 30th of Seventh
The testimony of the Governor of Idaho is mooth, 1867, Elizabete Byrnes, daughter of Francis worthy of being continually borne in mind by W. and Elizabeth B. Plummer, and only grand- Friends, that “in no case that I have examdaugbter of Richard Plummer, aged nearly 5 months. ined have I fouud the red man the aggressor ;"!
on the 26th of Seventh month, 1867, at bis and yet we are prosecuting a war of threatened residence in York Co., Pa., Thomas Jones, an Elder extermination, attended by barbarities on our and member of Fawn Particular and Deer Creek Monthly Meeting, in the 74th year of bis age.
part the most horrible that can be found upon -, on the 29th of Seventh month, 1867, Bessie the pages of bistory, while our own people, who Wilson, daughter of Edwin and Mary A. Mitchell, are the guilty and original aggressors, are selaged 3 years and 8 months.
dom or never punished. The only instance of --, at Salem, N. J., on Fourth-day, 31st of Seventh month, 1867, Isaac Nicholson, in bis 76th year.
an attempted retribution was that of Captain in Philadelpbia, on the 4th of Eighth month,
who was tried for the murder of four 1867, Joan Burton, M. D., in bis 83d year.
peaceable Indians, without the least provoca
tion, but from mere wantonness; and being “Fear not, little flock, it is your father's good found guilty, was simply cashiered, or dismissed pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Learn from his command. thus to contemplate the sovereignty of God, as There is reason to believe that a memorial it is His delight to exert it for His people ; find, to Government, signed by as many Friends as in it, and not in yourselves, an all-prevailing ar: might be convenient, asking that early measures gument for grace to help in every time of need. be taken to obtain a pacification of the difficul. - Goode.
ties, by securing to the Indians the undisturbed