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"I have sworn upon the Altar of God, otcrniU hostility to every form of Tyranny over the Mind of Man." Thomas Jefferson.
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Volume II. BliOOMSBUBG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, FA. SATURDAY, TONE 9, 1838.. . Number 7. .
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From tho Buffalo Daily Star.
On beholding a morning learn on my prison wall.
1IT Til. 3. BUTllEHLAXIl.
Now a prisoner at the Garrison, Toronto, U. C.
Why thus obtrudo thy glittering ray,
Within my barred and dreary cell;
But lo the free proclaim " to-day"
My darkness thou canst not dispel
I, here, no day nor night would know!
So dazzling sun-beams quickly go !
Go, shed thy light o'er half tho earth,
And gild tho lofty mountain's top,
Awako the grove to music's mirth,
And let tho hind tho herbage crop
Call forth the ploughman to tho field,
And bid the soil its plenty yield;
do shed thy light on Ocean's wave,
Whcro loud terrific waters roar ;
Thcro thou somo shattered bark mayst savo',
By showing forth tho wished for shore:
And let tho shipwrecked seamen gain,
Tho port long strove for, but in vain'.
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Go bid awaken to tho drum, " v "' "v
Tho soldier armed for field or strife;
Arouso tho cities' busy hum,
And call tho living mas to life
Whcro gilded crime is meed of praise,
And what is hid by wcallh,s proud blaze,
Go wake tho slumbers of tho maid,
And break the lover's dream of bliss;
Merchants recall to schemos of trado
And let industry sleep dismiss ;
Go bring tho miser to behold,
And count again his mass of golJl
But shed for me no bcam'so fair,
Nor picrco with light my casement grate;
From every ray my dungcan spare,
Nor mako mo conscious of my futc,
Whilst bolts and bars proscribe my lot,
Let night and daikneaa shroud my cot.
April D, 1838.
"Fire! Firol! Firo!!"
It was deep midnight as this starlight cry
- resounded through the. streets of the city
l The boomintr of a dozen bells aroused tho
lllliauliaUla IIUIU IIIUll uuavjr buiiiiuuid, .in"
soon tho flaring of torches and tho ratling
of engines told that the watfchful guardians
r nrn- Rnfetv woro on tho alert. Tlirico
blessed is that city, which in tho hour of
danger, lias strong hands and willing hearts,
always ready to protect and save their pro
perly. We have no foo nioro to bo dread
ed than tho devouring clement, and we can
not be too lavish of our attention to that de
partment whose provinco is to battle this
enemy. ,
A broad lurid glare lit up tho heaven and
(served as a guide to those in search of the
source of alarm. It was found to bo a threo
story dwelling houso. Tho building being
of wood, by the timo a sufficient number
of persons had arrived lo act in coucort, Ihc
flames had mado such progress that tho sal
vation of the building was impossible. Tho
attention of the firemen, thcrcforo, was di
rected towards tho neighboring buildings.
Tho fire had taken in tho cellar, and tho
lower part of tho houso was completely
enveloped in flames,' beforo tiio family were
aroused to their danger. The cry of a
child who was nearly suffocated with smoke
was tho first alarm they had. Catching at
such articles of clothing as were within
reach the initialed had barely time to cscapo
from a back window,
They stood in a group congratulating
themselves on their narrow escape, and
watching with melancholy interest tho de
struction of their home, occasionally cast
ing glanced around to see if all were there,
when a sudden thought seemed to flash at
onco'upon their mind and a wild exclama
tion of Louisa Louisa is not here!' broke
from each lip. As the words passed from
mouth to mouth, that there was a pcruon in
tho house, a groan of horor burst from the
assembled multitude. Inevitable death
seemed to be her doom. No ingress could
be mado from tho lower part of the house
and from the upper windows there appear
ed no chance of cscapo. Still tho awe
struck spectators wasted no time. As quick
as thought, a dozen ladders were raiscd,and
as many resolute firemen mounted lo res
cue. Window after window was heard to
crash as the intrepid men proceeded in
search. Alas, their attempts were vain
the dense smoke and the flames drove them
back scorched and half suffocated. They
wcro about giving up in despair, resigning
the missing one to her fate when a young
fireman from a distant part of the line, broke
through the dense crowd with the impetu
osity of an avalanche, and with breathless
haste, flew, rather than ran up one of the
ladders, which reached to tho roof. Ho was
observed to have attached to his hell a coil
of small rope. Before tho astonished fire
men had time to warn him of the fruillcss
ncss of the attempt and -his danger he had
disappeared over the railing that surrounded
the roof.
Louisa Wcntworlh, for whose safety, all
were now anxious, was a niece of Mrs,
iLiltleton. tln otfffiir'or" thedwclfitfir:i,"'3li&
arrived at her uncle's but the afternoon be
fore, on a visit to her cousins. She had
been so short a timo with them, that in their
fright they had forgotten her.
Miss Went worth was about nineteen
years of age eminently beautiful and tho
solo stay of a widowed father. His heart
was bound up in his daughter, and it was
only at the repeated and urgent solicitations
of the nieces that he consented to part with
her, (he lived in an adjacent village) for a
short visit. The agony of the Littleton
family may be imagined as they stood trem
blingly watching the cflorts made to rescue
her. They thought no more of the destruc
tion of their property their hearts were
bound up in the peril of their rolation and
guest. With despair they witnessed the
termination of the efforts made to save her,
while hope again animated them a3 they
witnessed tho desperate attempt of the
young fireman. No one could tell who he
was. His coming upon them, and his ap
pearance had been so sudden and rapid no
ono had time to recognize him. A minute
or two of anxious stispenco, which to tho
spectator seemed so many hours, passed
by and there was no sign of his re-appearance.
As they stood gazing at the roof, a
black body of smoko rolled through tho up
per windows, streaked with flames, and
soon broad shcols of the destroying clement
shot liercoly up, like fiery tongues lapping
the air. An universal shiver ran tlnougli
tho crowd below, and an anguish cry,
they're lost thcy'rolostl' wasutlercd from
many a withering lip. Tho ladders were
hastily removed, for tho fire had seized up
on them, and hope had fled from every bo
som. At this awful crisis a hoarso and half
smothered voico was heard from tho back
part of tho house; thcro was a general rush
to that point. Tho flames had not reached
this part of tho building, but heavy wreaths
of smoke were curling from all tho windows,
giving ovidenco of their feaiful proximity.
As tho wind occasionally blow tho smoKo
asido tho young fireman could bo dimly
seen, clinging lo tho railing, making rapid
and vehement gestures to those below.
Ladders wore placed against the building,
and men rushed up, groping their way amid
the blinding nnokc to their assistance. Not
observing this demonstration in his favour, I
the young man was scon to lift as if it wcro
a dead weight, a body over the railing, and
bending fearfully over the roof to lower it
carefully down. Tho apparent lifeless form
of Miss Wcntworth was received into the
arms of the crowd. Seeing his chargo in
safety the young fireman threw himself on
tho railing and descending by the same
rope, which he had seemed around tho
chimney, with Ihc rapidity of lightning to
the ground. A sudden cracftling of timbers
and a loud roaring of the flames caused a
cry that tho building was falling. In tho
agitation of tho moment he escaped from
the scene, and when the grateful crowd tur
ned to reward him for h.s noble deed he
was not to be found. v
The next day the city rang with the pra'r
ses of thcyoung fireman. His reckless
ness of danger, determined courage, and
successful attempt, was the theme of every
lip. And still ho remained unknown.
Diligent inquiry was made, but no Iraco
could be found of him.
In the evening a group of persons were
collected in a house in Ihe neighborhood.
They consisted of a household family; the
rescued one and her fathcrwho had just arri
ved, they were listening to her account of her
escape. She had not yet recovered from
the excitement of the sccno and was re
gailing on a sofa, over which her father
bent with a pale face, listening with trem
bling eagerness to her recital.
"I was aroused," said Louisa, "from a
death like slumber by tho crashing of a
window in tho back part of the building.
It was some time before I collected my sen
ses to perceive a thick smoke in the room.
I immediately aro30 from bed and hastened
.to the &!Qr.,'.wliich. .led--to cnusin .Alary'
chamber. As I opened it a dense volume
of hot smoke drovo into my face, which
nearly blinded and strangled me. I had
presence of mind enough to close the door.
Finding my cscapo cut off in that direction,
I rushed to the windows but owing to my
hasto and terror, and not understanding the
manner of their being fastened, I could not
raise them. Filled with despair I stood
for a moment unresolved what to do. An
idea darted through my mind, if I could
but reach the roof I might get assistance
from those bolow, as I could plainly distin
guish the shouts of the firemen. With this
intention I rushed out of the door which
leads into the back entry it was like plung
ing into" a hot oven. The hot air and
smoke nearly destroyed respiiation, and the
cracking of tho burr.!' 3 wood with the
fierce hissing of the flames, like the sound
of an angry serpent at my heels, overcame
me with terror. How I reached the third
story I know not. I was on the point of
ascending the garret stairs when a sudden
dizziness seized me my head reeled vio
lently I havo a recollection of grasping
the banister as a draught of suffocating air
passed by mo. A wild harrowing feeling
of despair of utter hopelessness; a thought
of homo and you dear father of your deso
lation flashed through my mind and I be
came insensible. When consciousness re
turned, I found myself in this room in the
arms of my uncle."
And may heaven bless the preserver of
my child, said Mr. Wentworth, in a tono
of deep feeling, as he pressed his daughter
to his bosom.
" Is it not strango that no traco can bo
found of him?" said Mr. Littleton. "I have
made diligent inquiry, but have been unable
to get the least clue of him. Ho was seen
to descend the ropo and in tho consternation
that onsucd ho was lost sight of."
" You will oblige mo," added tho father
of Louisa, stopping to the table and writing
on a slip of paper, "by continuing your in
quirles, and should you bo successful, and
he bo found ono in needy circumstances,
you will present to him this," handing a
paper which was an order on his banker
for $1,000, "a3 a trifling recompense for re
storing to mo a treasure for which tho wealth
of the world would be a poor return. And
do not fail sir, in bringing him with you,
that wo may thank him in person for his
noblo praiseworthy exertions."
In a few days Mr. Wcntworth returned
homo with his daughter, retrrcttintr that
mysterious concealment which prevented
his rewarding tho preserver of his child.
He, however requested Mr. Littleton not
to relax in his endeavors to find him out.
But a year rolled by and in despair of bring
ing the generous unknown to light, Mr. L.
gave up his search after questioning, indi
vidually, every member of the fire depart
ment and inserting advertisements in tho
papers of tho day, and mentioning the re
In the village of C ' the place of Mr
Wentworth's residence, Louisa was a gene
ral favourite. Though the daughter of the
wealthiest man the village could boast, she
had a kind look and friendly Word for all
who were worthy, unfettered by those vain
feelings which are tdo often attendant on
those who enjoy tho smiles of Fortune.
Of all aristocrats, your rich family in tho
village is most unendurable? The father
of Louisa had too much good sense to give
way to this weakness. He allowed Louisa
to choose her own associates, and tho daugh
ter of the poor and hupiblc were welcomed
as heartily to his board as were those who
had been born to a belter fortune. If ho
was thus free in permitting her to select
companions of her own sex, he was not re
gardless as to tho acquaintances she formed
with the young men of the place. Depriv
ed of a mother's watchfulness and counsel,
her mind strict notions of propriety. He
felt the responsibility that rested upon him
and perhaps, he guarded her with more care
from forming chance acquaintances with his
rnvn -SCX-than he, would hnvo done, lind'slie
had a maternal eye to scan her conduct, and
a maternal hand to guide her in the path of
duty and safety. The obedience and affec
tion of Louisa amply repaid the care that
was bestowed upon her. Her father's
wishes were her own. From him she im
bibed those principles which moulded her
character and to him she looked for instrue
tion and advice.
Two years before our story commenced
there resided in the village a young gentle
man who had commenced tho study of law,
in tho office of a distinguished lawyer, Albert
Charlton was of humble " parentage. Ho
was left early to struggle alone in the world
Gifted with good natural abilities, he devoted
himself to study, and by perseverance had
won himself an enviable name. He became
acquainted with Louisa, and from a slight
intimacy his feelings towards her ripened
into affection. But while he indulged him
self in the pleasure of her society, he allow
ed not a hope to dwell within him aspiring
to her hand. What hall he to offer? A
poor student relying upon the uncertain
chances' of a crowded profession. He
knew it would bo presumption to allow a
hope. Yet it was a long timo before he
could break away from the spell which her
beauty and worth had thrown around
him. But Charlton was not one to remain
in idle despondency. IIo knew that to
even indulge a hope of winning the prize,
ho must bo well prepared for the race. He
resolved to be something! In accordance
with this resolve, ho determined to enter on
a larger field of action. He left his native
village, and in the office of an eminent jurist
in the city ho entered upon his studies.
With untiring zeal ho prosecuted them;
bending all the powers of a strong mind
to tho task. Tho result cannot be doubted.
His course of discipline through, ho was
admitted to the bar, and promised to bo its
highest ornament. In process of timo ho
visited his native place, not as tho needy
adventurer, but as the successful competitor
for fame and distinction.
His character had always been esteemed
by Mr. Wentworth, and ho was ono of tho
few who were admitted ficoly to tho hospi
tality of his hours. Ho was now welcom
ed with doublo pleasure, for his good name
Jiad preceded him.
It was with no small anxiety that he a
gain bent at the slirino of his carlior wor
ship. Ho know not wether a more favor?
ed worshipper had preceded him. A slight
observation assured him that he had nothing
to fear on tho score of livalship. He soon
became a constant visitor, and as the reader
no doubt surmises, a favored one. , .
It is not our purpose to detail tho progress
of that passion which grew out of the inr
timaey suffice it that, at least in their case-,
tho course of true love did run smooth, the
Bard of Avon to the contrary notwithstan
ding. They were betrothed and in duo
timo they ycre married. The prayers wero
said and tho "twain became one." ., ju
After the conclusion of the ceremony
Mr. "Ventworth approached the happy pair
with a full heart, to bestow his parental
blessing. Albert stepped forward to meet
him with a glowing face and taking his hand
said notwithstanding, my dear sir, you have
bestowed upon mo a priceless gift, for
which the devotion of a life, will but poorly
repay you, I still have another claim npoa
you, which I am persuaded you vil readily
acknowledge," so saying he placed in tho
hands of Mr. Wentworth, who was,natiil
rally astonished at his .address,' a (Small
piece of paper. All eyes were fixed on
Mr. Wentworth as he glanced over the pal
per. A sudden and delightful flush passed
over his countenance, and seizing th& hand
of Albert he hastily led him to the wonder-
ing bride, and joining their hands said in a
tremulous voice, while a tear glistened in
his eye, "my child Louisa behold ijj
your husband, your preserver the YoUtig
fireman!" We will leave the reader to imJ
agine the scene that ensued. The paper
was Mr. Wentworth's order h his. banker
which he left in the hands of Mr. Littleton.
, From the Book of Politeness.
The truly polite person is polite every'
where. He docs not reserve his good
breeding for great occasions, or put it ort
only when he puts on his dress coat., At
home, as well as abroad, he practicoa tho
rules of politeness, which he has taken care
to render habitual. . -
Towards all the members of oncjs owri
famly, one should habitually be governed
by laws of civility not less precise' than
those which govern the intercourso of gen
cral society; but modified by a degrco of
tenderness mingled .with respect, .which
cannotbc claimed by common acquaintance-
To your father you should show adegreo
of respectful deference, to which no, other
person is entitled.. His opinions should bo
received with submission, and his adce
with gratitude and attention. His foiblea,
if perceived, should be concealed more care
fully than your own. His comfort and com
venience should be studiedon every occasion!
and your own should be cheerfully-sacrificed
to promote them. Your mother may perhaps'
bo treated with more freedom, but with more
tenderness. Happy is the mother to whom'
her children render the unreserved homage
ofthoheait. "" sr
Other relations, a3 unclcs,aunt3, brothers,
sisters, and cousins, claim attention and.
respect in proportion to tho dignity and
worth of their characters or the nearness of
their relationship. They should always'
receive a preference over common acquain-'
tanco in respect to visits, invitations and
other attentions of tho samo kind. This is'-
tho law of nature; ami nowcvqrusviuiauuir
mnv be sccminclv passed over, the world'
nover forgives a man for slighting those con
nected with him by ties of consanguinity.
The politeness which should govern the
conduct of married people .towards cacti
other is ono of the most important elements
of conjugal felicity: Men who lay aside"
all tho civility which they practised before
marriage, as soon as the nuptial knotis tied,"
and substitute for it the most unlimited free
dom of behaviour, will soon find that fa-'
miliarty breeds contempt and leaus to uisocn-
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tion. A certain degree 01 rcsuu i.u..a-
ent, with, and indeed essential 10, a wen
regulated affection, and a mart should prove
by his attention to the laws of politeness m
tho presence 01 mswiiu uuno......
tho truth of tho observation "he who ts4ii
gentleman at all, is a gentleman a', all
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