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that it would be utterly impossible to return to more perplexing and appalling. A husband his affectionate arms. This dispatched, she she must have; so, as a first resort, she deterforthwith prepared to seek, and once more be mined to subdue her pride, cross the Atlantic happy with, the man who had won her virgin again, and present herself in' modest humility heart. But, alas for the fallacy of human to her abused sposa in America. To resolve, hopes! Verily

was to perform. Again she crossed the ocean, “ The course of true love never did run smooth."

when, horror of horrors! she found her love

snugly ensconced in the arms of another wife: The deserted husband, indignant at the seem- | He, poor fellow, having given her up as irreing want of affection and respect, as evinced trievably lost, had consoled himself philosophiin her second marriage, refused to recognize, or cally, and taken a legitimate antidote for his have anything to do with her. Here was a sorrows, by marrying again. This new troudilemma not anticipated. She had cast off ble appeared, at first sight, even more frightful one, and been cast off in turn by the other. than the former ; but matters turned out better The poor thing took it much to heart, as well than she anticipated. The “gude mon" was she might. To be a widow with two living not so fastidious as the captain, or else he had husbands was an attitude as unlooked for as it made a bad speculation in his last venture. was unusual, and her position afforded a spec- He no sooner knew of her arrival, than he pretacle for the world of gossip to gaze upon. sented himself before her, and finding her "disThe captain remained obdurate; and on the engaged" of all other matrimonial alliances, other hand, the idea of supplicating the other took her again to his arms, and coolly bowed was too humiliating to be entertained, to say the new incumbent out of the house. The renothing of the chances of being again rejected. turned wife still reigns mistress of the dupliThus things wore on for a few months, and the cate husband's heart, and she is well glad in the situation of the grass-widow grew more and privilege of loving, honoring, and obeying him.



" Columbia, Columbia, to glory arise,

thy “star-spangled banner," oh! how nobly The queen of the world and the child of the skies;

and how majestically it floats on every sea,Thy genius commands thee; with rapture behold, While ages on ages thy splendorg unfold:

how brightly it waves on the temple of liberty, Thy reign is the last and the noblest of time

and how grandly it displays its brilliant stripes, Most fruitful thy soil, most inviting thy clime; as the breeze of Heaven wafts it to and fro! Let the crimes of the East ne'er encrimson thy name; Be freedom and science, and virtue thy fame."

God bless that “flag of the free,” and guard

it with unceasing care! The idea conveyed by Sir Walter Scott That Flag! ah!-the blood of the patriot touching the reverence of one for his "native soldier consecrated it to liberty. Washington land" is most beautifully conceived; and the hallowed it, Jefferson venerated it, and Taylor most famous authors of every country on this would "never surrender” it :habitable globe have eloquently portrayed their

• Flag of the free heart's hope and home! partiality to the soil on which they drew the By angel hands to valor given; first breath of life.

The stars have lit the welkin dome,

And all thy hues were born in heaven. With this brief introduction to our theme,

Forever float that standard sheet! we shall at once discourse on the beauties, the

Where breathes the foe but falls before us glories the blessings, of this great land of lib With Freedom's soil beneath our feet, erty, and hold up to the admiration and won

And Freedom's banner streaming o'er us ?” der of the distant and powerful nations of the | Columbia! How rapid has been thy rise, earth, our institutions and our laws as a model how great thy prosperity, and thy commerce for all mankind, henceforth and forever,-aye! | how extended! Thy noble steamers, through until the end of time.

| the genius of Fulton, glide swiftly o'er the Columbia !—“hail Columbia, happy land"- "mighty deep; thy canals are proclaiming to

the world the lofty talents of Clinton, and the increased greatness and prosperity, until she rapid interchange of events is transmitting to becomes (if not already so) the most powerful posterity the splendid genius of Morse. nation of the earth. Let her uphold her dig

Floods of glory are bursting on our globe; nity and sustain her rights at every hazard. revolutions are everywhere accomplished - America never can be conquered. No, never, not for the purpose of introducing one tyrant never. She has God and Justice on her side, by expelling another-not with the intention and none dare molest her. If there are traitors of making one man more than another, that at home, let us brand them with infamy and others may be less; but for the glorious design degradation, and stamp on their 'cursed brows of recovering the human mind from the empire the mark of “ Benedict Arnold.” of fanaticism, of reinstating it on the throne of Who so base that would not be an American ? reason, and of ameliorating the condition of Who would glory in the downfall of this Union ? the whole family of mankind.

It has been reared at the cost of blood, and And to what cause can this be attributed ? must endure forever :What has produced a change so salutary

“ Fear not each sudden sound and shock, abroad? It may be answered, that the pros ?Tis of the wave and not the rock; perity of Columbia has wrought it all. Other

'Tis but the flappant of the sail, nations would follow the example that America

And not a rent made by the gale!

In spite of rock and tempest roar, holds

for imitation, and inscribe on a banner

In spite of false lights on the shore, of Liberty our beautiful motto_" Exact and Sail on nor fear to breast the sea ! equal justice to all."

Our hearts, our hopes are all with thee;

Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears, Columbia is destined to progress yet onward

Our faith triumphant o'er our fears, and onward, rising higher and still higher, to

Are all with thee are all with thee !"



In the summer of 1848, business called me As we reached the porch, a carriage drove up. to the city of Washington, and, of course, I could The President gracefully excusing himself for not leave without having had a chat with the moment, desired us to enter the house, and brave Old Zach. Accordingly, with a friend, then turned to address those in the carriage. a denizen of the city, for my cicerone, I applied | We entered, leaving him with the new comers. to th loor of the executive mansion. pull Having ascended to the private reception of the bell, brought to the door a well-dressed, room, and, as we were about to enter it. anand evidently well-fed, son of the Emerald Isle other Emeralder hurried across the room, ex-who drew the door partly open, and thrust claiming: Well, gintlemen, what d'ye want his visage through the space. My friend in- here ?” quired for the President.

" He's gon

was the

“We have come by invitation of the Presiout." response.

dent,” was our reply. "What hour will he be at home ?"

“(), thin, I s'pose its all right," said he. and “ The divil knows. He's gon over the Threa- returned to his employment. Following across sury office, and it's hard tellin' when they'l | the room, we found him tinkering rather bungit quit of him.”

glingly, at the lock of a door leading to the My friend, casting a look over the grounds, cabinet chamber. saw a figure approaching that resembled the “What are you doing, friend ?" said I. person of the President,--and he inquired, “I 'm thryin' to fix this owld lock, sir," was "Is not that the President ?''

the answer. The Melisian looked forth, and replied -- You would do well to employ a smith.” “Fa'th yis,– there he comes, todlin' over, sure “No, fa'th, I think I'll manage it very well." enough."

So we left him to his employment, thinking We turned from the door, and moved across the while how much longer it will be before the grounds to meet him. An introduction we have an Irish American President. took place, and the brave and good man cor few moments a third Irishman announced that teously invited us to return to the mansion.' the President was ready to recuve us.

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We cannot refrain from giving a few ex- | tempts to discover its true philosophy, the westtracts from a discourse, delivered by Joseph C. ern continent, at least our portion of it, stands Morton, Esq., before Marion Chapter, 0. U. A., rations of the former, and, to all appearances,

comparatively quiet-it passively scans the opeof Brooklyn, and a company of ladies and gen- seems secure beneath its beautiful and cheering tlemen, on the 15th of November last, on “ The system of government. necessity of teaching Political Science in this rights of man may strive unsuccessfully. They

Perhaps the nations now struggling for the country at the present time.” The views of miy, after their streims shall have been dyed the orator afford a fine reflex to the words of with the blood of bosts, retire from the contest, the Cardinal Woolsey, who in a letter to the

worn out, foiled, hopeless. They may return to

their first state, but with burdens upon their Pupe, written soon after the introduction of shoulders more onerous than were those they the art of printing in England, bewailed its bore at the time when they determined to bear adrent as an instrument that would give too them no longer. The European nations who are much light to the people. In that letter he seeking rights, no doubt will seek them in vain;

for while Monarchies clan together to crush their boilies, and a Republic stands really to excoriate

their bones, what hope can the true spirit of were once persuaded that they Republicanism have for the present ! could make their own way to God, and that prayers in their own native language might The next extract that we make, touches pierce hearen as well as in Latin, how much upon certain influences that are to be met by would the authority of the mass and of eccle- this branch of education. siastics fall."

Let us look at our second point of discourse, The Cardinal was avowedly of opinion, that and inquire, While the pursuits for money are in order to make people follow" the faith” and going forward, what are they doing who tempoobey the sovereign, they must be held in igno- the Propagandists and Jesuits ?

rarily s'journ among us under surveillance of rance, and the same doctrine holds to the pre While our attention is bestowed mostly to acsent day. Hence the importance of general quisition of money, the Propagandists and Jeedacation for the generations of freemen.

suits are working for intellectual fortunes. They Mr. Morton commenced his subject with the theories of government, social and religious

are establishing themselves—that is, their following spirited proem :

upon bases which will be impervious to attacks

from their enemies. They are instructing the We are living in the midst of wondrous mo young, or are making every effort to get them ments—not limes, times is a term admissive of under their control. They are specking this too much indefinitude-moments! moments laden whole country with their preparatory schools, with much and little good, much and little evil; erecting colleges for the more scientific or higher moments fraught with matter so weighty as to branches of education, and thus molding from cause almost the stoppage of the oscillation of the youth to manhood the public American mind. pendalam. There was a time when individual Do you tell me these words are not true? The motients were allowed to pass the mind of man late Archbishop of Baltimore, in his report to a un noticed; now, every one is an historical page. foreign society established some years since, for The time was when one man alone was almost the express purpose of spreading Romanism in sufficient to chronicle the events of passing days America, holds the following language on this -now, the pe'ns of all statesmen, of the clergy, subject :-“I cannot help mentioning, that in of the press, philosophers, astronomers, poets, the school, as in all the Catholic institutions for painters, sculptors-even the pen of the sledge education, a large proportion of the children are harmer blacksmith-are employed to dot, with Protestant,-a circunstance which contributes phonographic rapidity, the incidents of mo not a little to the spread of our holy doctrine." fents, instants. These events of moments will “ Bishop Flagel, of Kentucky, in a letter to a serve as topics for philologists and metaphy- friend in Europe, says :- Had I treasures at sicians for thousands of years. They affect so my disposal, I would multiply colleges and ciety as do earthquakes the globe-leave their schools for girls and boys. I would consolidate impressions upon, but do not destroy it. all these establishments. I would build hospitals

The principle which gives the largest amount and public houses. In a word, I would compel of impetus to the great occasions now transpiring, all my Kentuckians to love and admire a religion is that of politics. While, however, the whole so beneficent and generous; and perhaps I should Eastern world is occupied convulsively with at finish by converting them.”

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“In connection with this, the editor of the offer the hand of followship, the other party * Annals of the Association for Propagating the would scoff at such an overture, and point at the Faith,' remarks :- M. Flagel's establishments issues existing between them. Did the latter, do wonderful good. Protestants, after having upon reconsideration, decide to accept the once completed their education, return to the bosom proffered embrace of friendship, the former would of their families, ready to refute the calumnies decide it was now too late to acknowledge it, as which the jealousy of heretics love to spread not only had it been refused, but the refusal had against the religious communities; and often, been taken in no other light than that of an inwhen they have no longer the opposition of their sult, and to all appearances the party hankered relatives to fear, they embrace the Catholic re after old customs - a return to the mother ligion.'”

church, from which each had sprung. Thus was

the breach, caused at first by the Jesuits within . After well investigating this theme, Mr. either body, widened by the same enemies ; ani Morton proceeds.

thus was the war lengthened out to such an es

tent that every nation of Europe felt its direfal I tell you, while you are pursuing, catching, effects. The Jesuits of each sect had a perfect hoarding money, Jesuitism, i.e., POPERY AND understanding with each other's manœuvres; DESPOTISM, is filling your green fields, your and so skilfully were these manoeuvres conceivel valleys, your mountains, with its schools. Your and put into practice, that never a thought was children are being gradually drawn into those given to the possibility that they were created schools, and if ye pay not more attention to the by the society of Jesus. This system of duplieducation of your children, in the right place, | city, like the pendulum when once put in motion, and less to traffic, ye will spend your profits be- moving with equal ease to either side, is infused, neath a monarchy, and be led to the altar of and is being more and more advanced, into the forms and ceremonies of Romanism, by your oft. very vitals of our Civil, Religious, and Sospring.

CIAL pont. Well, you ask me, perhaps, what shall we do

* . . . . . to remedy the evil alluded to? Obtain as many The gurest means of security for our institu. as possible works, which treat of the policy of the tions is to take care of the GENERATIONS. Send Church of Rome in both its religious and politi- | them to those schools where they will be certain cal character. The American Text Book of of learning the truth of History. Send them Popery is a very good work for information in to Protestant schools, where whole historical reference to the tenets and creeds of the Romish pages referring to Romanism and Despotism are hierarchy: Prof. S. F. B. Morse's “ Foreign Con not blotted out by the hand of the Roman Catholic spiracy' is a capital volume to make individuals -There they can read and learn for themselves, acquainted with the two features of that church from the unmarred page, what was and is Popery --its political and religious systems. These and Absolute power; what was the Reformation, works will interest you so much, that after their and what have been its results. Let the scholar perusal you will be prepared to take up that not only read and learn by rote these facts, but most interesting of them all--the History of the let the teacher explain to him the meaning and Jesuits, by Steinmetz. The reading of these importance of them. By the Historic page the volumes will draw the veil aside from those dark world ever has been and will ever be controlled. designs against Republicanism. If, after the If we place our children under the tuition of the perusal of these books, your minds are not en- | teachers of that sect, they will find no leaf upon lightened with respect to the secret work going whose sides are chronicled forth the dark transon in our midst, I do not know what will en actions of the Papal power for 1400 years. All, lighten them. If you are told that they have on the contrary, will appear bright and lovely; been written in a spirit of intolerance, point your the dove will coo on every page, and as the knowing ones to the history of the Church of scholar proceeds line by line, the priest-tutor Rome and its followers, and to that of the Jesuits, will contrast so sweetly, with his wonderful and to the convulsions which have shook the powers of language, his sect with the reformed, world. Point them to the 30 years' war of Eu- that the pupil will be drawn, as the traveler rope, during which the most powerful attempts among the fabled haunted mountains is attractwere made to crush the Reformation. Point to led to the brink of, and over, the precipice, by the chicanery that divided the Reformers; which heavenly music, to destruction. Send your separated the Calvinists from the Lutherans ; children to Protestant schools, at which the bold which caused asperities between the two sects voice of the patriotic schoolmaster will be heard of such rancorous nature as to place, for a declaiming to his tyros upon the iniquities of long continuance, a barrier to their union the church of St. Peter--where the schoolmasagainst the common enemy-Rome. Point them ter, fearless of his patrons, speaks the TRUTH in to the blood which was needlessly shed: need. | tones of command and admonition, and not with lessly, had the opposite portions of the Reformers honeyed words and in poetical sentences. Send been allowed to carry on their operations with your children not to Romish Seminaries, where out secret plottings and interference of the Je. the Holy Bible is kept from sight, and where. suits. There were Jesuits among the Calvinists, instead, relics, saints, and holy water*are held there were Jesuits among the Lutherans. The up for their adoration; where the vilest passions former would create issues incompatible with are hinted as being not vile, so long as absolu. the theories of the latter; the latter would cre- tion is asked after the indulgence of them. Send ate issues as inconsistent with the speculations them to Protestant Academies, at which they of the former. Would one party, seemingly, will be taught that the only relics claiming our after a while, for the purpose of overpowering estimation and consideration are those of Nature, the TYRANT, come to a better understanding, and or of ancient learning; the only saints desery.


ing your regard, the Apostles, and, if they can The speaker, after much logical and elobe called saints, the Reformers and achievers of the liberty of peoples; where they will be in

quent reasoning in support of his theme, closed structed that there is but one church to serve with the following: and that-God, through our Saviour; where they will be told that the indulgence of passion or Sprague says, “ It belongs to cultivated men vice is always reprehensible, and that know to instruct, and put in motion, and direct the ledge with virtue alone for its foundation can complex machinery of civil society. Who origidwell on earth securely.

nated these free institutions --the arteries Not only should we direct the mind of the through which the life-blood of our country's young to the truths of History and the Bible, prosperity circulates ? Who built and rocked but also to the different policies of governments. the cradle of American liberty, and guarded the

There have always been more or less dark infant angel, until she walked forth in the vigor clouds hanging over us, but our growth has in of a glorious maturity? Whom do we welcome to a great measure been productive of a spirit of the helm of State, when the storm of faction disregard to the portentousness of them. These beats, or dark clouds hang about the heavens? clouds now, however, are assuming an attitude Who speaks, trumpet-tongued, to a nation's ear, more threatening, and it seems to me, as I con- in behalf of a nation's rights? Who hold the template their aspect, that I can see the tomb at scales of equity, measuring out a portion both Mount Vernon open, and the admonitory spirit to the just and the unjust? Are they men who of the Father of our Country arise, shining like have been nursed in the lap of ignorance? or are à severe glory through the gloom of a tempes- | they not rather your great and cultivated minds tuous night, and saying, “ BEWARE!" Now, one -your Franklins and Madisons, and Adamses; great remedy, the only remedy, for the disper- your K'ents, and Spencers, and Storys? And sion of this gloomy foreboding, is, the infusion then again, who framed that social system-if into our school ethics, of politics as regards system it could be called-which exploded Democracy. The teacher should explain to his the horrors of the French Revolution ; sporting pupils the true difference between Monarchy | with time-hallowed associations, and unsealing and Democracy, in their divers phases. He ought all the fountains of blood ? Think you that ignoto explain away the most anomalous idea that rance was the presiding genius in that war of Switzerland and Mexico are, or were ever, Re elements ? Oh, no; the master-spirits had many publics. He should show why & wicked son, of them been known as standard-bearers in the after having turned his wicked father out of empire of letters ; they partook at once of t his own house, was not free so long as much of strength of the angel, and the depravity of the his father's and his own sins remained with him. I fiend. And as it is in these opposite cases that He should explain in what respects we as a na- I have mentioned, so it is always and everywhere tion differ from Monarchies and Republics which -men with cultivated minds will ultimately are or have ever been in existence. He ought to have power, whether they use it in the spirit of show that there never was a free country before a lofty patriotism, or pervert it to do homage to this, and that there never will be another after faction, and tear society in pieces.” this shall have been subjected to the affectionate pattings of the Pestle and Mortar of Foreign My friends : Take care of the generations, Influence. A teacher who cannot instruct his for as truly as that the world turns round every scholars in these matters, is not fit to be a teacher twenty-four hours, thereby causing day and -in fact, is not one. If he can teach these mat- | night, do I believe that they are to be either the ters and will not, patronage should be withheld | upholders or debasers of our Liberty and Instifrom him. His duty would not be to make a tutions. Train the intelleat of the young that they future party man of his scholar, but to instill may be competent to argue; and cultivate sentiinto him true principles of national policy--ment, that they may always feel for Republican American policy. “Just as the twig is bent, Patæiotism as their forefathers argued and felt; the tree's inclined,” is an old saying which should then you need apprehend no danger to our naoften recur to the mind. Sow the germ of a tionality, but it will live on in Glory, and from true spirit of patriotism in the breast of the the mountain tops of our country, there will go young, and by the time they arrive to the age forth voices, exclaiming in reference to our conof manhood or womanhood, its eradication will quest over despotism, “ Praise be to God, who be impossible.

gave us the Victory."


The eye that drinketh too much light, will The gainer in the race runneth to one point; be drowned in tears. So our brightest hopes so if our attention is distracted by various oboften end in disappointment. We sometimes jects, we are likely to gain neither. grasp too much. .'

We should never make positive calculations The eye that looketh through a tinted glass upon our desires, however well-grounded they cannot see truly ;-even so doth prejudice dis- may seem. It is always safest to expect the tort our judgment.

worst, and provide accordingly. VOL. 1.

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