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a THE BRIDAL EVE.
A TALK OF BOSTON IN THE OLDEN' TIMES.
In a retired avenue in the rear of Wash
ington street, and neaY ' the! 'eVer-'to -be re
membered 'Old Sotli,' stands a' Venerable
pile, surmounted by the uncouth figure of
a grim son of tlie forest, yet known as (lie
Province house. -This building WasohcC
tho gay head quarters of the commander in
' chief of England's -colohial troops, Yes,
' that antique relic of a departed ago where
now tho busy and important 'cit' resorts to
' enjoy his 'Havana,' and recruit his tempo
ral mart with life's luxuries, was, in bldch
times, the pi"oud court of -a icing's military
Some ix months after the incidents pffir
ccding, were seated round a table in 'this
mansion, a few gay young oflrccrs of the
English aritiy. Mirth and hilarity seemed
to reign 'triumphant. Among the number
not the least conspicuous, sat Lord B
nd if the "human face divine'"' be an in
dex to the heart, he would havn been pro
nounced the happiest of the group.
Mr. Lord A ,' said young Col.
f., a conceited and good humored officer,
1 what a lucky dog aro .you; And then the
mortification and envy you have caused a
SCOre of ttthefs by yihlr good fortune. P on
honor, I was just on tho point of attempting
an assault on her myself. A lovely wife
and, what is better, a plum by the way of
-settlement an your marriage a fine pros
pect for airing's officer in this cursed Yan
kee land. T wish to heaven there was aho
Hhe'r" wealthy and beautiful loyal hymph
hereabouts. I would make her happy, as I
live; for we have nothing else to lay siege
to at present. A rout of merriment followed
tlie colonol's confident speech-.
'My gallant cdldndl,'' said a more grave"
'inajor, 'I fear yrju will never succeed in
ybiir fbmlnlnd sieges. You always get the
lucre foremost in tho articles of war. Be
lieve me, you will never gain a damsel's
heart by courting the daddy's -breeches
Dont bo tbt) hard my good majof: iy
mind wanders to that which is most need
ful. These Yankee sharpers can drain
British purses, even though they excel in
nothing. JJut Jet us drop this, and drink
to the health of the fair Miss II. and our
good Lord Arthur, not forgetting thd ap
proaching festivity, which, thank heaven.
will be one bright spot in our dark ca-
Wo leave this merry company, and rd
" 'turn to the quarters of Lord B Sea
ted on a coach hi his apartment is the youth
ful messenger Eugene. But how chan
ged since the eventful nishtofhis arrival.
A few months of deep corroding anguish
had a fearful contrast in fair form. Tho
;jolly-nnd short curlintr hair1 is throw nsidn
and from her fair brow flow luxuriant locks
of beautifully tinged auburn. The flashing,
fearful eyes, the flushed cheeks, the fimly
closed lips, and heaving bosom, reveal to
'the reader the arden't, devoted Ladv .tulln.
Near at hand stands, reffardincr her with re
spectful look, the valet Ralph. After a Ion g
anu agonizing indulgence m her woe, the
lady raised her head and spoke. 'For this
rpainful confirmation of mv suspicions I
thank thee, my kind Ralph. Now that
Jus lalscliood is truly Unmasked now that
I feel he has filled my citp of bitterness td
tne brim 1 will witness with mv own
eyes these blasting events to my young"
'hopes. O, Ralph, what have 1 not sacrifi
ced lor this man? this base hearted monster?
Have I not suffered exile from mv native
"'land, and "passed even the bounds of my sex
to behold his smile to breathe tho same
air that is charmed by hia.prescncc? Haver
I not sacrificed home, friends, comfort,
tpcrhaps my own proud name, for this false
True, madam. But cannot yoUr feign
ed report of loss of fortune, and your great
distance the long period sinch his leav.
ing England, bo some atonement for mas
No, Ralph, this will not atone for
wrongs like mine. It is but a foolish roman
tic whim of mine, to witness its effect on
liimj for this'I bore to him my own letters,
and ohl the love and devotion he show
Wed on my thirsty spirit on that night of
our meeting Little knew ho who listened
artel feastotl on his every word", "flad tho
fond dchfsioir of that night existed unbro
ken for one short weok, how gladly would
I have thrown off all disguise, and surren
dered myself, my fortune, and my whole
soul to lihn! But to be thus cast off, sligh-
ltd, and forgotten! Shall the last of iny
proud and ancient line be thrownasidc by
him who once thought, lived, and breathed
but in my presence; and all this for an ac
quaintance of an hour. No, Ralph, I have
fed upon his bounty like a dog, and of late,
his very brute has had more smiles anfl kind
looks than the neglected and despised Eu
gene. But I have passed the bound of mai
den honor from shantb and an insulted
spirit there is ho retreat There yet remains
Tovengcl Revenge, such as woman's heart
can only drcaml My kind Ralph, you have
been faithful to me be silent yet, and
Another flood of scalding tears burst from
h6r Wild and flashing eyes, and she bent
her aching head upon the couch in silent
Bright and joyous was the festal 6n the
night destined foi the marriage of Lord
Arthur B and tlie lovely Miss II
. Her fathcrs's mansion was filled
with fair ladies and gay officers of th6 king,
and tho 'bright lamp shone o'er bright wo
men and brave men.' Sweet music filled
the hall, and proud figures, clad in scarlet
and gold, blended with those of virgin
whiteness, flitted through the mazy figures
of thd giddy dance. All present appeared
joyful and light-hearted, save one. In tho
deep recess of a window atdod a paid boy.
An unnatural brightness beamed from his
dark eyes, and he seemed not to note the
gaiety before him. The gushing m elody
that floated through tho brilliant apartment,
and the ringing laugh of youth, fell not in
gladness on his ear. There was no room
for tlie jdys within the bursting heart of that
The hour for tho c'erMony drew neai,
but where are the happy beings for whdm
this festive circle is gathered? In a seclu
ded arbor of the garden sat a -youthful cou
ple, conversing in a low aiid confidential
tone; and how many blissful dreams of the
future, and what high and happy hopes
urged their delusive visions on the minds of
that young pair. They are waited for at
the altar. The aged father of the young
bride approaches tlie pale Engeno. 'Tell
thy master that the hour is at hand. Tlie
boy started like one awakened from a dream
he looked around with a wild amazement,
then answered in a voice of hoarse, un
earthly tone, 'I will.'
The agoiiy expressed in those brief
words rang strangely on thd happy group
around. The boy had vanishedj
Suddenly a shriek rang through the
mansion that blanched thd blood from many
a lovely dheeki All rushed to the arbor.
The yourtg nobleman lay stretched upon
the earth 'the life's blood gushed from his
heart, tinged with yet dcCpci' shade than
his crinison. attire. Sinking by his side
was tlie slight figure ofayduth; his open
garment revealing thd white bosom of a fe
male, with the undrawn dagger yet flashing
within its faintly throbbing heart. With
the last exertion of fleeting life, she exclaim
ed, 'This is my Revenge? This the
fearful price of a blighted name, df womaii's
The bodies' of these victims df broken
truth were borne to their far distant land
uu uuium ji nag long since
been laid in the family vault of ancient
'Copp's.' All has since changed, save the
certainty that mankind are prone ttf false
hood, and that vows, like bubbles, are as
easily broken as made.
From tfic Boston Courier.
DUTIES OF WOMAN.
We arc indebted to tlie Mercantile1 Jnnr.
nal for the following extract from a sermon
delivered at thd church, in Bo
by its minister, the Rev. II. Winslow. It
contains a merited rebuke on those women
who are perpetually exhibiting themselves
before tho public as officers of societies and
aspirants for civil arid political distinction.
' l lie physical con'stitution of tho sex
plainly indicates that as a ccncral rule, thn
more severe manual labors, the toils of tho
field the mechanic tfrfs, the care's anil bur.
dens of mercantile business, the exposures
and perils of absenco from home, the du
ties of tho learned professions, devolvn
upon man, while tho more delicate and re
tired cares and labors' of tho household de
volve upon woman.'
J ho intellectual and moral constitniinn
of tho soxes, as well as tlie bihlo. insininii
us that all rfio affairs of state, both civil and
political, all the affairs of tho chiirr.h. n
respects both government and public teach
ing, all the enterprises for evangelizing and
reiorming me world, all tlio more public,
literary nnd religious Institutions, especially
those embracing both sexes, should behead
ed and controlled by man; while the mod
est and retiring, though not less valuable
and powerful influences of her personal
character and conversation upon her do
mestic circle, her neighbors and associates,
and through them upon tho world, together
with the fruits of her intellect, imparted not
in public lectures 'but by private instruction,
or communicated to the world through the
medium of the press, belong to woman.'
'But let itho't be supposed that her agen
cy is to be restricted to mere temporal af
fairs. She ought not, like a sisler of old,
be 'cumbered with much serving' to the
neglect of other and higher duties. To
'look well to the ways of Tier household
and eat not the bread of idleness,' to sec
that whatever her husband provides, (ells to
advantage in the heat and tasteful apparel,
the well spread table, the comfort and hap
piness of her family, is of course a duty
never to he neglected; but more, much
more than this, remains for her to do.' It
is hcr's also to nourish and adorn the young
and growing minds; to cause her instruc
tions to distil upon them as the dew; as
the small rain upon the tender herb, and as
showers that water the earth; to bend and
direct tho infant twig in the way it should
grow, that it may grow, that it may shoot
erect toward heaven; to put forth a moth
er's restraining and elevating influence upon
her sons, that they 'may be as plants grown
up in thcii youth,' and to bestow a moth
er's guardianship and delicate care upon
her daughters, that 'they may be as corner
stones polished after the similitude of a
palace;" to exert a holy influence upon
her husband, and by her sweet and tender
sympathies to calm his anxious mind,
smooth his milled brdw, and cheer him in
the path bf tclf denying duty and bfhigll
endeavor to diffuse all arotind her, as she
mingles in society, the pure and mighty in
fluences of 'female piety, always savoring
of delicacy, modesty, good sense, intelli
gence, and transparent benevolence and
all this, if you please, adorned with a fin
ished culture, sparkling with chastened and
refined wit, and attended with whatever
may be most attractive and commanding in
the peculiar graces and beauties of the fe
male character these are the noblest vir
tues of woman, these arc what render her
what shd wds made to be, if we may cred
it the bible, the help that is 'meet' or suita
ble for man such is the help he needs,
And who will say that thev are not as im
portant, as honorable, as elevated, and that
they do not invito and give ample scope to
as high intellectual and moral cultivation,
as the distinguishing duties of men ?
IIow sadly then do Ihdv mistake, who
suppose that the sacred writer's depress tho
female sex, when they so much restrict
their lnlluencc to personal, essential, in
trinsic elevation and goodnoss! This in
fact is the only true excellence, the most
glorious of all power. Even the j)i who
must needs stretch for an nrtW nr
some public notoriety to make himsel? felt
in the world, or to secure honor, is but a
sorry man: how much more is she but a
sorry woman, who must heeds resort tn
these adventitious means of influence or
distinction? No to far from ilnnrpi
the female sex, it Was tho wise intent of
1'rovidencc in this arrangement to elevate
her to tho highest point of the most excel
lent worth and influence; to protect her
wno was to he the model of all tW ; i..
ly in character, and tho source of the most
traiiMornungand bfcnisrn influent r,.,
world, from all temptation to' seek il, r
ouiwaru and vulifar forms of l,n.
shine in the adventitious distinctions of of-
uce, 10 challenge lor her fair name a place
in the rude ballot box. or amnmr i. i:
dates for' public office, or hi tlio noisy halls
w. uovei ior herself a share with
those who shine in public &cploitoHora
was to be pre-eminently the intrinsic Worth,
tlio essential honor, the
. . , ' num.
m personal excellence; always unsha
ring, always modest and dnlifntn
gentle and kind, always full of mercy and
good fruits whose subinni i
loved and admired al home, and then by all
who knew her. Who can tell how great
he influence, how wide and lasting the
7 V,r 14 w""an 01 such a charac-
tor will bequeath to the wnrl.l v i.. ..,v
, , ; "mv raui-
ant the glory with which Christ will adorn
n-t jii:uu in inc Inst day?'
He who begins with ...... .
0r another. ,,. ":vrsn8
4 v""""i nun falsehood
Tl.IE DEATHS OF KIN'CiS.
William tho Conqueror died from the ef
fects of enormous fat, from, drink, and from
Iho violence of his passions. William Ru
fus died the death of the poor stags which
he hunted. Henry the First died of glut-
... rf n Cell nf
tony, having caicn iou ii. . -
laVnpreys. Stephen died m a few "days of
what was called the iliac passion, wliich
we suppose maybe a royal word for prils
sic acid, or something like it. Henry the
Second died of a broken heart, occasioned
by the bad conduct of his children. A bro
ken heart Is a very odd complaint for a
monarch to die of. Perhaps "rats-band in
his porridge' meant the same thing as a
broken heart. Richard Cicur do Lion died
like tho animal from wliich his heart was
named, by an arrow from aA archer. John
died nobody knows how, but it is said of
chagrin, which we suppose is another name
of a dose of hellebore. Henry the III. is
said to have died "a natural death," which
with kings and in places, means the most
unnatural death by which a mortal can
shufllc off his "mortal coil." Edward
the Firstis likewise said to have diedofa
"natural sickness," s sickness which it
would puzzle all the colleges of phesicians
to nominate. Edward the Second was
most barbariously, indecently murdered by
ruffians employed by his own mother and
her paramour. Edward the Third died of
dotage, and Richard the Second of starva
lion, the vcrv reverse of Gconrc the Fourth
Henry the Fourth is said to have died "of
fits caused by uneasiness," and uneasiness
in places in those times was a very common
colnplaint. Hetlry the Fifth is said to have
died "of a painful afllictlon, prematurely."
This is a courtly phrase for getting rid of a
king. Oh! that the glorious hero of Agin
court should have been got rid of by the
priests "by a painful ailliction prematurely.
Henry tho Sixth tiicd in prison, by means
knbwn then only to his tailor, alld kilown
hbw only by heaven. Edward the Fifth
was strangled in the Tower by his uncle
Iiichard the Thirtt, whom Humo declares
to have possessed every quality for gov
eminent. This Richard the third was kil
led in battle, fairly of course, for all kiiips
were either killed fairly or died naturally
according to the court circulars of those
days. Henry the beventh wasted away,
as a miser ought to do; and Henry the
iMghth died of carbuncles, fat and fury;
whilst bdward the Sixth died of a decline
Queen Mary, thd most heartless, or the
most bloody hearted of wretches, is said to
have died ofa "broken heart." whereas
she died ofa surfeit, from catinr too much
of black-pudding?, her sanguinary nature
uemg prone to hogs bloo'd, or blood of any
sort. Old Queen Bess is said in lmvn
of melancholy from having sacrificed Essex
to his enemies. James the First died of
dnnkiugand of the effects of vice. Charles
the 1 irst died a righteous death on the scaf
fold, and Chalcs the Second died suddenly,
it is said of apoplexy. James the Second
died abroad, thank God! and wo trust that
the Duke of Cumberland will do the same.
William the Third died from a consumptive
habit of body and from the stumbling of a
horse. Queen Anne died from her attach
ment to "strong waters," or in other terms,
from drukenness, which' the physicians
pumuiy caned the dropsy. George the
x u.uu oi urunkenncss, which his doc
tors as politely called an apopletic fit.
George the Second died by a rupture on
uio iiL-un, wuicn the per Od nnk nf (1,.
termed a visitation of God. It is thn nnl!
instance' in wliich Gnd nw.r i..i..i t
heart. Georgo the Thinl ,ii,i i. ,
" ua itu Jiau
lived, a madman; Throughout life ho was
atleast a consistent Monarch. George the
I'ourthdicd of gluttony ami of drunken
ness. Wilham the Fourth died amidst the
sympathies' of his suhinniu .. . .
, --J "uiiiity u oca
long time before we have the means of de
scribing the death of hi, Rnn..
n r. vvmuij-- rival
A description oftlm
iB anancle"1 m'p
cn by Publms IiBntuI p. . '
to tho senate of R6m6':
"There livns i ti.;
r., i. "t "'"""Jjuuca.aman
.8u.ar caractcr, whose' name fs Jesu
Chris. Thn t Lau,
prophet, bin his followers adord hurt as
the .mmediato offspring of the immortal
God. Heft endowed with such unparal
lelcdvirtuo as- in Mil i i- , .
. . - mo uead irom
her graves, and to heal every kind of
disease w th a wnr.l n ....... ' ... 01
u muuii. ins nnr.
son , s tall and elegantly 8llaped, Ws aspPccl
.v.v.wiui his nair flows in
",v"v ' milieu a
ors can match, falling with graceful cm;,
below his ears, agreeably conching on
shoulder?, and parting on tho erowimri:.
head, like The head-dress of the Nnzarito 1
his forehead is smooth and large; his chcekj
ivittmnt snnt. snvo Hint nf n i ..
nosc:artd mouth arc formed with exquisite
symmetry; his beard is thick and suitable
to thchalrof his head, reaching a. little be.
low his chin, and pariod in the miil1li;i.
a fork; his eyes arc bright, clear, and st-
rcne. He rebukes with majesty, couj.
scls with mildness, aiid invites with tit
most tender and persuasive language. 1J
whole address, whether 111 word or
beingelcgant, grave, and' strictly character
istic ot so exalted a being. No man 13s
seen him laugh; but the whole world lJeCj
him weep frequently; and so pcisuasivcar
his tears, that the multitude cannm V
hold their tears from joining in symp, &
with him, 11c is very modest, bnincrj
and wise. In short, whatever this pliDuoij.
enon may turn out in the end, ho seeimy
present a man of excellent Beauty amUt
vine perfections, every way surpassing tlit
children of men.
Jlcccnl occurrences. Loafer, with l
hair hanging over the collar of what h)R
once cviuentiy necn a coat, brought h?kM
the Recorder. Recorder intimates that h. -?
mode of life is more economical than W
est. Loafer suspends the tails of hii run "
over his reversed arms, and enquires of h A
Honor 'what lie will lake to drink;' f
New poetess makes her appearance it J
Ladies Magazine; fond of getting into the
comer of a dimly lighted hall, sittinjom
reversed flower pot, looking up ata.st.irlM
sky, and weeninrr ever sn ninr-b.
Charitable old woman calls upon cdiior 1
to assist in relieving a faniily fduml 'drown
ed in tears.' Editor assumes an pxnrft
sion of face disgraceful to nd tombstone, ani
refers her to the Coroner; ,
Seven kittens, scarcely a day old, w. '
their fruitful mother, tho tenants of an olh
hat. Loafer walks off with the cmlmo a
hopes of future Whittington's. Ulli-et
stops him. Recorder sends thief to prison '
and kittens to the sausage merclinui's-u
institution for the blind.
Gentleman at Jcrsdy City om h !o"
bathe. Loafer steals his clothes. Cni.V.
man standing on the shore without t.v."
stitch, asks a passer-by if ho cannot up
pose the perplexing delicacy of his sitw
lion? Passer-by says he can.
Frail young woman, with a cam'in; '
handkerchief, brought before the upper po
lice. Crime, night walkinir. Maeistra 1
enquires if she don't think she's a prcm .
mature! i oung woman authorise urn .
to 'say that when he writes home to b"i
'I'avcrn keeper bawls across tho slrm u ,
ice merchant, 'How is ice this morning!
Merchant cocks his head like a magpie, x
bawls- "back, 'Cold as ever:'
A Disappointment. A ladv. who hail
boasted highly at dinner of the good man-
iieruoi iter little darling, addressed liim vl
'Charles, will you have some more beans!' j
'NO,' Was the ill fnnnrn.! rnnkv
'No' exclaimed, the astonished mother, 'i
'No beans, rria,' saidjio child.
Men Of Letters 'l'l, K. .,.!:,.. ,. ni
-. " . iiu lituuuofc jl,lv J
Orphcus's descent into hell, is when a gleam
of inspiration breaks upon a man of genius ?
when surrounded with trouble. All the j
sound of tho lyre, all his pains arc at an i
end; tho hot tear leaves the sparkling eye; J
the snake's of the furies are quiet; Ixioifs
wheel discourses rfiusin. nml SvsvnhuJ t.
rests upon his stone, and pauses to listen.' ,
Fame; flow munv .-.ni-e l'.nii- much (:
blood havo been shed to nourish the tree of
freedom, of knowlcdgo, or of life eternal,
and forirotlfint 'i'i,n ...i hr. ('
roic actions aro done at lmmn. nml ihu snir h
it or tho world will surely read our annals
wi u inore indulgent oye than the Jiisto- "
rian, wllO can SCarnnlv oo!-nnnnn nun in a t'
thousand of our good and groat deeds. j.
Witltl Atittinneer An AnfilioilCCr '
said 6f a gentleman who had bought a ta- j
""j, oin nover camo to take it away, thai
he was one of tho most for-tabli
persons ho ever knew in tho whole course J
Why is a dog, biting his tail, like a goo
Xccavse he mahtt both mds meet.