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By SiPNEy Gray.
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• It was evening. The last rays of the de
clining sun were fast disappearing beneath
4he western horizon, but its soft and mel
low beams were still sufficient to light up
the scene around. Beneath the arbor of
a country villa,sometwenty miles from the
city of Home, sat a maiden, over whose
head eighteen summers had not yet passed,,
In her .hand she held a roll of parchment,
upon which her eyes remained steadfastly
fixed, without once raising them to gaze
on the splendid scene open to her view.
And what could be traced on that parch
ment which could so absorb the thoughts
and feelings of the maid, as to make sur
rounding objects lost to her ?
It was the history of the works of the
Savior of mankind; of Him who, to re
deem the children of men from the trans
gression of their first parent, suff
j ered upon the cross !
As the maiden* read 6f the meekness,
and submission, and suffering of the Lord,
the tears started from her eyes; and laying
the parchment on the seat before her, she
gave herself np to sweet and holy medita
tion, uh mindful of, the increasing darkness.
Ah, maiden, awake from thine own
thoughts ! Gaze around, and ward off the
danger near. Alas I thou seest not that
form, which silently, and stealthily as a
serpent, is now approaching thee. Thou
, seest not the malign expression of that
dark face, as it now bends over thee. As
it gazes on the parchment a fiend-Hke joy
spreads over that countenance. Fora mo
ment the lips part, and the figure seems
| about to speak, but they are again closed
I without emitting any sound, aud the fig
ure glides away, unperceived, without the
slightest apise. All this passed, yet the
maiden was unconscious of aught around
her. Wrapped in her own meditations,
she neither heard nor saw the movement
of the figure which so lately stood near
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Another form now approached the maid,
but from a different direction, and in a
different manner from the one which had
before come near her. He came forward
quietly, but without attempt at conceal
ment, and as iffearingmothing. His form
was nobTc, and his face juoulded iu the
most correct style of Homan beauty.
He was dressed after the manner of an
officer of the emperor’s guard and wore, at
his right side, the Homan short sword.—
This was the only offensive weapon he had
about him.
JlJhe maiden, upon noticing his approach,
greeted him with a smile.. He seated him
self at her side, find, .taking up, the parch
ment, glanced atj it with a saddened brow;
turning to the maiden, he said, “ Virginia,
do you still adhere to these dangerous doc
trines? Know you not of the emperor’s
proclamation against all who profess to be
lieve them ?”
‘ I know full well, Lucius/ sadly, but
firmly, replied the inaidpn, ‘the danger I
incur by believing in but
were it threefold more dangerous, still
would I adhere most faithfully .to its cause.
O.h ! Lucius, you .know not the strength
thisfaith imparts. At the stake,>it would
susMo iny fortitude, and enable me to die,
ahisbotild a Homan maiden and a follower
Qsomst.’ . ; / ; | ' ' , ,
As Virginia spoke, Lucius gazed upon
her dilated and speaking eyes .with looks
of ardent admiration, and thought with
wonder upon a; doctrine which 1 caused even
a, tender maid, hot yet arrived at the age
of womanhood-—ohe that knew nothing of
the sorrows, but only of life’s joys
i—to taljk thus calmly ofan agonizingdeath.
‘ Lucius/ continued Virginia, ‘let us
talk no more upon this. Could J hope to,
convert you to thy siJjlime my ex
ertions would ber Well ' rhpafd; But no j
for that I can never hope. Yet the day
may 'come when, with me, you may believe
ifi,Christ; when : we inay worship Him
wheior-rtbese ymtings tell me-Hjppression
and tyranny will cease/
* Virginia,. |yjany has
pained your Heart, forgive huh. ’ The gods
know that the Jife of Lucius, is atahyTub
meat, at the disposal of Virginia,’
: As Xiuftwiknblt at the
%t f JWPy y and bar baud ip
his, itfeapecowlly to His lips.i-
Hethcn continued:— .? '
‘.l have.just left Aulas, your good
•of consent to oar betrothal.
itmost willingly, although;
.pthenvis^.’■ ‘^:r^f
said r tho maid, ‘ will hot;
the knowledge of my belied 1 in Christianity
prevent your wish to wed me?’ ' •
‘And can Virginia think that of on©
who has always loved her so devotedly
cried Lucius, in an impassioned tonO.-r
-‘ But let us now retire dear. The shadls
of ovening have fallen fast, and the dew
will soon cover the earth." ” , ;i
, H ® *™P|; ed her mantle closely round
her fragile |orm, and they both
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ged from the fmrroundiugbushes. A more
dark and than belong
ed to that man whs never made. Conflic
ting passions had combined to render a
once, handsome fiUe direful to look upon.
He gazed aftef tHe receding forms of Lu
cius and Virginity and his face expressed
the fierce passfonp. which raged within his
bosom; ; • ; , '
As the last glujbpse of them disappeared
among the treijis, |iis rage found vent in
words. ‘So thou art to have her, Lucius,
who scorned the offers of Caiua Sempro
nins. Thou mayest, if naught should hap
pen to prevent. But beware ! thqu art not
yet secure. 1 hold a secret which shall
yet satisfy niy jdearest hopes of vengeance.
Nero will gladly Welcome new victims to
satisfy his insatiate thirst for blood ; and
then shall Cuius be revenged, proud maid,
for all thy scorn, ! Thou art a Christian,
Virginia, and can endure tortures, and not
renounce thy fiith ’: This is well. Thy
constancy may ope day be put to the proof.'
Although thy antic has been Senator, and
Lucius is now he. cap tain of Nero’s guards,
yet all this will net tempt the emperor to
spare thee. S Jpfier far will ho involve the
others in thy ruin.’
' So saying, Gams Sempronius once more
disappeared among the bushes; and, mount
ing his which had been concealed
without the wajlls, he set out toward home,
revolving in hijs own dark mind schemes
for compassing! the ruin of the unsuspect
ing Virginia, i
*.** * ♦ *
Two months parsed over the heads of
Lucius and hia betrothed Virginia, and
nothing occurred to disturb the felicity en
joyed by them. ; Virginia continued to
hear of the cruelty of the emperor Nero to
her persecuted Christian friends, and her
heart bled as she thought of their suffer
ings. Nothing hid been said by either
herself or Lucius upon the subject of
Christianity, since the night on which Lu
cius had .asked the consent of Aulas to his
betrothal with liisi niece. Both mutually
forbore speaking to each .other upon a sub
ject which caused;pain to both. -
Virginia knew not that any one but Lu
cius was aware of her departure from the
faith of her She was fully con
scious of the danger she was in, should her discovered. Even her uncle Au
lus v who loved her as his own child, would
probably disown Her, if he knew of her
heresy. i , -' ,
Once more id that arbor, where, two
months before they bud sat, Lucius ami
Virginia were sidfl by side. Happy were
their faces, and jhappy were their thoughts,
as they thus sat; add poured into each oth
er's ears their words ol'luvc. They thought
neither of the past nor future ; the present
was theirs to enjpyj unmixed by any gloomy
forebodings. M
What had they ;to do with the cares and
troubles of the cold and selfish world!—
Their happiness was centered in them
selves ; and evefitg, which might ruffle the
smooth serenity of their lives, were passed.
unheeded, by. :i f ( f
How bright, but yet how transitory, is
the first dream of love ito youth ! Like a
flake of snow, wMeh we may hold for an
instant in oufchinils, find admire its beauty
and purity, it within our grasp and
leave* nothing but a drop of cold water,
with no resemblance to its former beauty.
How loath arc |ail |to awake from this
bright and pleasant' dream, to the stern
and cold realities of life, so different from
our fond anticipations IButsoitis; sooner
or later, all must find this life to be \a
drepi, an empty -buoble j and, unless pre
pared for a better jOne hereafter, how chill
is the, ptospect before us ? A
long and wefury ,pi|grimage would lay be
fore ns, without a-jay of hope or comfort
to light us updo dprjourney. ‘ Vanity of
vanities—all is Vanity
Long did Luciqs and Virginia sit to
gether in that arbor; and sweet to each
other’s care werV |lie words that fell from
their lips-—words bflove, andjoy, and hap
piness te come. 103 b T that they should o’er
awake from thete dreams!
j But why starts Lucius so suddenly ? Is
his dream already; ended f Hark ! along
the garden paths! comes the heavy tramp
te® 0, ? I Nearer and nearer the
sounds approach; but still stands Lucius
at the entrance':,of the a.rhbf, tmpsfiiied
whh wonder at those strange sounds in
that,plajoe. But riow all Is explained to
him ; for, adyanpiijig towards, him,, he be
holds a hand of !thc
hy ; oaiuB,[aud trembled when she
looked upon ? In a loud voice, ho
saidi-r* , ..r • ' bbbb;' ''' '
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Wteear ;b^pw|h|i w , pud has sent ine 'M
fulfil those commands.' ’ '
At Chose wordsMo onhnuess pf Xnoios
returned to him, he spoke to Seinpro
of the gpMps, to to the fulfillment of
the.fimperof!acommands.’ ~:': '’ ’t.
. Soniprowug updu Lucius, as IEeJ
thus spoke ;—J :i '' ■ : - Si -» ' *
( Limius/ ho said •< is. no longer/ captain
.' Lucius now comprehended the full ex
tent of theii* danger. No chance of escape
appeared to him. He knew well the bloody
character of the relentless Nero, and that
both friends and enemies became victims
to his savage cruelty. Unsheathing the
sword buckled to his side, he placed him
self before Virginia.
‘ Soldiers, Romans/ he cried, ‘ come on
and slay your captain; alive he will never
be taken. As a Roman will Lucius die,
with his sword-in his hand. The gods
will protect me; and, if it be their will, I
shall yet be saved from your hands.’
For a moment the soldiers hesitated;
they all loved Lucius, and were loath to
attack him,,but the stern voice of Senjpro
nius ordered them forward; and fear be
ing stronger within them than, love, they
rushed upon the brave Lucius. The twov
foremost men fell before his flashing sword;
a third met the fate of his companions;
but numbers at last conquered, and Lucius
was borne down and overpowered by his
Sempronius had commanded the soldiers
on no account to slay him. He was firm
ly bound, as was also Virginia. Aulus,
too, was taken, and carried with the oth
ers before the Emporor’s tribunal.
When iu Rome, the prisoners were con
fined in different dungeons, and were not
allowed opportunity to speak together. —
They remained long in suspense as to their
future fate. Had not Lueius resisted the
Emperors commands, he might soon have
regained his liberty; but that crime alone,
he well knew, was sufficient to be punish
ed by death. But he cared not for life,
now that all hopes of saving Virginia had
She had been offered life and freedom,
on condition of her abjuring Christianity,
but her firmness forsook her not in this
emergency, and she persisted in her be
lief. Aulus, her uncle, wa« liberated, and
allowed to retain his possessions.
The dooms of Virginia and Lucias w ere
at last fixed upon, and communicated to
them the night before they were to be put
into execution. v They received their sen
tences calmly, and with no signs of fear.
**.* * * * *
The morning sun shone down brightly 5
not a cloud obscured, its flashing rays.
At an early hour the amphitheatre was
crowded with an anxious populace, await
ing the destruction of the Homan Lucius
by wild beasts. As soon as the Emperor
had arrived, the busy hum of voices was
suddenly hushed, and all looked into the
arena for thu; entrance of Lucius. They
waited not long for his appearance } soon
ho entered the arena. In his hand he held
a drawn sword, which was allowed him tu
defend himself from the attacks of the wild
beast that was (o be let jn upon him.—
Should her be ’able to save himself, the Em
peror had promised him life.
Lucius looked calmly around upon the
asembled thousands gathered together to
witness his destruction, and then stood, j
waiting the appcayauCfc of his formidable |
antagonist- A gratedidoor, at one side of
the arena, was now pushed .open from a
bov.e by one of the keeper?; and with a
roar that reverberated through that spaci
ous building, flic savage animal that had
been therein confined, .sprang out.
It was a lion of the fiercest and largest
species, which had been hut the day be
fore brought to Rome, lately caught from
the forests of Asia. For a xuomeut the
king of beasts gazed upon that great as
sembly j but his eyes suddenly lit upon the
form of the man' placed to contend with
him. He crouched, and made a fc:vrful
spring at Lucius* but the Roman had
watched till his movements, and rapidly as
the spring of the animal itself, ho had
drawn himself to one side, and before the
beast could recover himself from the effect
of that spring, he passed Jus sword into
his body. i"
With a terrific howl the lion rolled ov
er on the floor, and was quickly despatch
ed by Lucius. Shouts of joy from the
multitude shook the amphitheatre, There
’were but . two persons in that crowd who.
did not.rejoice; one was the Emperor Ne
ro, and the other the baffled Cains Sem
proniuS. Lncius stood calmly, until the
tumult subsided j and then turning his
face towards the galleries, ho said' in a
loud voice:— ‘ K ’
. /‘Romans, until this day I was not a
Christian; but now 1 know that the God
of the Christians alone saved me:
Romans, willa Roman show you how to
'die. Virginia,' thy God is now my God S”
. As he said this, he plunged his sword
into his fell dead upon the
body of his fallen adversary. A breathless
throughout the
tracing : with tho tnamult that
bad there. ■.< .■■. -Ihehodies
of the tho lion were removed
ft® M m 4 the prpwd
dispersed. . , . .., ; . ... <. = . ,’., 5 v-;
of the same day, the
populace of Rome were amused by another ;
sight, even more Indeousin itsdetaWthau
the .one dbovc narrated'; this was thnbvh.
■ tUO-StpJc#/ . . ’- ■ •. .
She remained ealm and ihhnowsdtothe
■ jT. ■ TS-sIffTSSE aTSopsa
jlore«o ojtpirea , she creed mood--- .j ■,
* ‘‘Lucius, we meet in heaven. oh,&>d,
receive my soul I”
With these words upon her her
pure spirit left its earthly tenement, and
winged its epurse upward to the thronofof
that God for whose faith she had suffered.
(Jaiua Seinpronius witnessed this horri
ble acdne, but be did not long opjoy. ths
fruit of bis wickedness. Hb sjiojtly
after denounced to the Emperor is a trai
top, and, by his order was stripped, aus
pended by the hdftd 'iyitb a fork, and whip
ped to death.
Of the after fate of the Emperor Nero,
it is unnecessary to speak. 1 Readers con
versant with Roman history know'it ns
well as I. r :
Death of Monroe Stewart.
The curtain has dropped on the last act
in the eventful life of this unfortunate
man. He has fallen a victim to the fell
disease with which he was some days since
attacked, and gone before that 1 judge in
the presence of whom we must all sooner
or later appear. Stewart, it will be re
collected, was sentenced to' he hung on Fri
day, the 26th of February. On Tuesday,
the 28d, his pardon was received, and ou
the evening of the same day he complain
ed of being unwell and chilly, ; He asked
Jailor Philips for a little liquor,AO see if
it would not break the svyeat Upon him.—
Ou W ednesday he still complained of chills,
and MrJ Philips gave him a dose of whis
ky and cayenne pepper. On Thursday he
lay in bed most of the day, and! Dr. Bald
win was sent for, and administered pills.—
Ou Friday he was quite unwell, jaud the,
doctor did not call. On Saturday the doc-'
tor came, and found him very bfld. On
Sunday the rash appeared upon the skin,
and on Monday the doctor thought it re
sembled measles, 0» Monday night the
patient was very had, and a neighboring
physician was called, and pronounced the
disease small pox. On Tuesday/Dr.Bald
win was not yet prepared to acquiesce in
this decision, but on Wednesday he was
Certain the disease jvas small pox, .aud the
same evening the patient was removed to
the 'Hospital..
On Friday Stewart was reported dead,
but on Saturday he conversed with Mr.
Williams, the undertaker, and sent his re
spects to Jailor Phillips, of whom he ever
spoke with gratitude. Since thgoato has
been rational diiring the day, hut nighty
at flight. The discale waS fully developed,
but inflammation of the throatsupervened ,
and. he ,died of strangulation, mHe was
perfectly conscious* and was aware of his
approaching dissolution. He left directions
about sending some little mementos to hia
sister, Mrs. Shcllito, for whom he enter
tained a strong affection. He was watched
over in his last moriients by kind trad sym
pathising nurses, who now weep, for him
as for flj’lost brother. His t remains were
interred in the Methodist burying ground
Wednesday, subject to order of Iris friends.
He has several brothers reridingnearSteu
benville, Ohio, and hia father still lives,
though in delicate health. We; presume
his body will be removed thither/ ;Hc had
almost attained his twenty.-seventh year,
and was a man .pf much more ihan ordinary
intelligence, and was a favorite '; with all
who knewbim. i f
A report has been current in ; | the city
that Stewart, immediately death,
made a confession, admitting bisparticipa/
tion in the murder ofthe Wilson f family.
We took the trouble to inquire into this
matter ourself, and Icarfl ihat thpre is npt
a pflrticle of truth in the fumpr. I The un
fortunate man never once/ during his stay
in the Hospital,, referred to the crime with
which he was charged, find dieof without
either a denial or of his guilt.
We deem it hut due to jkhose yrtjjp jhavp al
ways belie ved firmly in Stewart's innocence,
and tire public at large, to mako;thisskte
ment. It is hard enough, now thathe has
passed away, that some should bpliWehim
a murderer, wUhout
go abroad that he himself had admitted the
fact, when; in truth he ahrays, at all times,
and under, all circumstances, maintained
the contrary an j Entire in
nocence, either as a prln cipal, or kebessory,
ofthe Wilson murder.—A" 1;
!■ A General Ban K rapt Jkair»
Jhe foUpwing issuei^romjSief ;
York to the business nieupf
was referred to |p ? hut
wife crowdedppt )^y
Ag thehjlj bpjpgssed'is-Wg of
oyershadbwipg spipe ofthe ar’-
gumentO ffiepefore desexyp pur ; attentive
pernsall jDhose whofayor such I a jaw
tpohested to dhtain ’ to;i Congress
in crddf that iherO mdy bh'lramkdiatf ac-
T'':; vv "
; if Bia ;~A movement is being
made fey the b'usihees meh df thls city to
bring before Congress, at an early dajr, the
great our country ! of secu
ring thepassage Of a general bankrupt law
afcthispresenfc session. :
measure is of a national ohar
, aoter, and demanded alike by every bust*
cbnMnnnity, it is confidently hoped
that those friendly to the. passage, of suoh
10 «Wfc«wll:oot ©nly use their yafiuencfi in
friends. iift JCongresa,
ject, Secimngsignaturea thereto/ihd,whM
signed, forward. thfi‘saLine,lo Congress with
t'T -r •vilA;;'
- * 1 ■■-j'
>< »•
; M ». r
ipaJittleiJelajr aa possible, in, order thatthe
yfciee of the people may be beard, by odr
upon this great and vital
ly iimttrtantmeasure.
. ** The friends of the proposed law offer
the few following; as among the many ar
gumenta iu fayorof its adoption;
‘ First—That all- credits should alone
be unto property and character;and
that creditors should have the right to pe*
cure to them, by laws equally operative
throughout the land, by widen they can
share 'pro rata in the distribution ofallin
solyeut debtors’estates.
t i liberal pi
its and which shall discharge
the debtor from his.liabilities, upon the
surrender of his property, will not ohly be
humane, and a great public gain, but mil
leave the great: moral lint connecting deb
tor and creditor nnsevered, impelling the
former to use the energies.thus generotydy
released in repaying the losses' Of this lat- i
ter. '■■■■ ■ ■ ■■ ■'■ '
• ‘ Third—-That the small dividends under
the laws of 1841, should have no. weight
against the passage of the present prspop>i
ed law, from the fact that the insolvents of
1841 made so by the revulsion of
183 T, or previously, and, as a natural con*
sequence, had used np their assets byfiun
ily livings, spectilatipas, lawetpehaes,&o.*
previous to its passage.
‘ Fourth—The immediate passage of *«
liberal bankrupt law would hot only sebiuh
millions of dollars to present oreditefrt,
that must otherwise he wholly loat,' but
would immediately rcitore to the
iness community tliousandS of honest, ip*
dusfirioua and enterprising ken,
debt and without
friends, or the entire destruction oftktit
faculties by hopeless deky or
' ‘ Fif^h—The" passage pf
law would operate to
system of preferred creditors,
money-lender takes not >
over all others, bat absorbs
erty sold and delivered in
importers, jobbers, manufacturers, <&0u &o. t
instead of securing, with stylet and lequita
ble justice, an equal diviidoiiofthetmtJiftf
estate, of bankrupts, among?aUa|id
description of creditors, i ? hu
gress of the proposed law will restoreray
oral confidence/ and rieVivtr
once; not merely by
the /debtor for the o*T
charge of the'former that
of use tp himself, family,
as a basis on which thousands ,doing
business can meet their creditnm.
ing their positions without
possibly, be saved firdm ultim«teßJ3rifrSf£
cy. : P..P- 1 \L
tion made within the last six montly,
asserted that a great majority iof thp bum.
ness community, at the
fully of jho opteion thatPtheßahliTO^fiw 1
qf/1841 should not 1 have hbeetti
but simpjy amended in smpeof itep|ftvs*
ions; had that have been done,
law remained upon the'stellite' book to
this day, it Would be looked
onlyithe great for
teetion of the creditors, bu* bathe too*;
conservative law of tlm lapd.'
A P£w Yeas®-
My dear, I will thank you tp paa4 'tliii#'
gar; yim did notgive me bat one lbi£||U
Snooksj, I deckrsyautse«|n
gar,<mough to sweeten a bogabeajnf vjjyy
;gaf. James keep your flngors djut r
sweetmeats ; Susafcj, keeji still yduir 4
iugj .l declare it is fenough to set one'
that, you little wretch.
W&iMWft-1m t% cliUd J:
I w|sli, Mr. Snook’s, you . would
yoiw own business; you’realwayameddSt&"
with something that does not belong M*'
ydu. :< v.. v.;
; Spooks, I want tokßo:fp ( »ba>.
has a hmteir right than I have-—yp* are
always ftettidg dndfdamthg about nothing.
Pa,Tom. btearing your iiewspaperafl lip, 1
i come here—bow dare you ahpse
it—rll teach you to tear it again—-there,
snyhowdoea that feel ?—now go to v h^i; :
iMr. Spooks you horrid wretch^-boW :
jiarPiyoU Ptrike a child of mine !-^-here ; w i
a lump ofsugar; there, that’s a good hop. ■
I Mrs. Snooks,'let me tell you, you will,
; sptiil |he children; you know I never‘in
terfere when you think fit to punisfi ;
i child—it’s strange a woman can neve? tfo'
anything right.
(jap nevOr do anything right! faith,|fc,
x Snpoks, if nobody did anything
this hohse hut yourself, what womu B&j
come'of us? ' . t‘ il "
Let/me tell yon, ma’am, this is ittprUp-
N^ge 'l,ol you, ma’nm, and Idlbesr
|t nolonger. Your’e as snappish
S 3—4 — s h® dog—and if there’s a diverge
|n the land I'll have it—you wcitdd
out the patience of Job.
Oh, dear; how mad .the poor h|
well, good night my dear—pleaaantdreMqs.
There, she is gone I Thank heaven, £m
done once more. Qh unhappy man thsM
aw, to be chained down to such aorestme
she ia the very essence of
and peevjsh; oh, that I coumbßohoe^mm 1
a bachelor; curse -the dayand
,ever i'saw the likeneea irfhir. -Yet,
get a divorce;-I can’t live with hit: jaw l
longer ; it is utterly impossible.-
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