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I have worn upon the Altar of God, otcrnal hostility to every form of Tyranny over the Mind of Man." Thomsw Jefferson
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THE FOREST TREE
111 to the lone old forest tree,
Though past his leafy prime .'
A type of England's past is he,
A tale of her olden lime.
He has seen hci nuns, for a thoufr.nd years,
A run ml him raise and fall;
Uul well his green olJ age he wears,
And still survives them all. fYarp
Then long may his safeguard the pride- and
Of our children's children be;
And longinay the axe and tempest epaio
The lone old forest -uoe !
The Norman baron his slecd has rein'd,
And the pilgrim his journey slay'd,
And the toil worn serf brief respite I'liinM
In his broad and pleasant chadv;
The frtar and forester loved it well;
And hitherto the jocund horn,
And the solemn lone of the vesper boll,
On tho evening breeze were borne.
F.risr snd forester, loid and elavr,
Lie mouldeiing; side by side,
In the dreamles3 sleep of a nameless grave,
Where revelling earthworms hide:
And Echo no longer wakes at the sound
Of bugle or vesper chime;
For castle and convent are ivy-bound
By tho ruthless hand of Time.
But gentle and few, with the stout old tree,
Have the spoiler's dealings been;
And the brook, as of old, is clear and fiec,
And the turf beneath is green.
Thus Nature has scalter'd on every hand
Her lessons since earth began.
And long may her sylvan teacher stand,
A check to the pride of man.
And long may his safeguard the pride&care
Of our children's children be;
Long, long may the axe and tcnipesl spare
The lone uld forest tree !
J' B" T
IT IS IN MEMORY.
BY J, E. CAnrCSTER.
It is memory stealing o'er mo
That (weel dream of olden time,
Vanished scones appear before mc,
Now I hear some olden ryme;
Pleasant songs and happy faces,
All that youth and fancy traces,
All thnto well remembered faces
Smile for me; ,
All that once appeared befor me,
Sweet droauj of youth ye still restore mc;
In memory !
It is in memoiy how together
With my little friends I sliayed,
Life was then all sunny weather,
Laughter then sweet music made;
But though all those days are over
When, a thoughllese, happy rover,
Sportive I audi the clover
Wander u tree ;
All that once appeared before me,
Sweet dream of youth ye still realoio me
In memory I
CiESAH AND THE RAZOR STROP.
During llio vice roy ality of Lord Dote
tourt, there lived and flourished in Will
iamsburg, Va. a black barber named Ctcaar
a queer old fellow, and famed through all
the .country around for llio hluntuess of hi
wit and die keenness of his rnzrtrs. Now
Conor's shop was, in llinse ancient day,
as tho barbers' shops are in modern times".
tlio focus of all the news imd sranlal of the
plane. And thither would the tliPn map
nates of Virginia repair, to enjoy the gossip
of the Cap'nal.and to have their 'chins new
reaped' by ('sugar's incomparable sharps
Even Colonel Bird llio mirror of the taste
joyous day, would discard his crowd nl
mletR and go to the barber's shop when hi
wisked to indulge in the luxury of a suiooil
1 ho tvoinne! doterntined to enquire into
the mystery of these su porior sharps, and
said, 'Cxesar, you old vitlian, surely tin
no vii must strop your razors lur yon oi
how do you acquire such an edge? Her
ani I importing year after year strops ol
reat price and elebrily, my rascals arc
otilintiBlly stropping, and yet we cannoi
raise an-cuge comparauie to yours, Here
I r t a
guinea coma show me your strop.' Tli
mystcnotisbarber took t!i geld, eyed it with
areal complacency, pouched it, and then
displaying his ivory from ear to ear ob
ervcd, 'Well, massa Bird, do you send
home for strop, hey, and still Cicsar's ra
znr's beat si' .' he, he, he. See here mas
a,' and giing to a box, ho produced
ohl bridle rem nailed to a piece of ivoudtl
I ho astonialisd ('oloncl cried, 'what the
devil is this t'resar. As the boys say, sure
ou are a poking fun at me." To whicl
tho barber of the ancient regime, making
bow, that for grace and dignity would noi
have shamed llio vice Royal Court itself,
laid his hand upon his heart and remarked
'run myhunnr.,uat ia all my strop;'
hen eonlimied, 'but mind inawa Bird, ii
iiust be old plough bridle rem, de more
nueat and dust de bitter.'
Colonel Bird look the hint. He ceased
us importation of foreign strops, while his
vast estimate furnished a great choice of the
lomestic maleiia'jnnd sften would he relate
io his visiters al Westoer tho story of 'h
famed old Barber of Williamsburg, and the
liscovcry of the Magic Strop.
WORTH OF WIDOWS.
'Rich widders at! about yet (said Nick
Nollekins to his friend Bunker.) iIioul-Ii
ihey aae snapped i?p so fast. Rich widdeif
Billy, are 'special evidences,' sent here likt
rafts to pick up desetving chaps when they
nan l swim no longer. When you've been
down twy'sl, Billy, and are jist oh" again.
then rnmes the wnlder floalin' alone. Why
rfplattcrdoeks is notinn to it; and a widder
is the best of all life prasorvers when a man
is a'most swamped anu siiikin,' like you
'Well, I'm not partii'lar, tin I, replied
Billy,) nor never was, I'd lake a widder.
for my part, if the's git the mint dropf
and never tsk no questions. I'm not proud
never was harrystocrn'c I drinks with
anybody, and smokes all the cigars diet
gue me. What s the u4e of bem slueu Hp
s'iffy? It my principlo that oilier folks arc
nearly as good as inp, if iliey're not consla
bles nor aldermen. 1 car,' sl'nd ill s in sort.
'No Billy,' said Nollek.ns, with an en
couraging smile, 'no Billy, such, indiwidon
als as them, don'i know human natur.'
Jin Oulporing. A love sick swain
order more fully to ascertain the mind
his 'lady love,' closes a letter with the
If you was a dog and I was a hog,
A rooting away in the yard,
If the old man should say, 'drive llai
Would you worry or bile very hard!
A scmimenl so sublime deserves an an
swer, and we venture to suppose that the
lady said in reply:
When I are a dog, and you at a hog,
A wandering out from the sty,
I'd not breathe a bark) but meiely re.
'Go it, Porkio, root hog or dit."
;V. 0. Pic.
BiOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA. SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1844;
on, let eveky gikl choose heu
Seated in r. pleasant chamber, w.ig a
otine lady, the daughter of one of llw
nol aristocratic met'dunls! in New Eim-
ud Ha bund risen from obscurity, &
ly a cmii'AP, thi)iii;li not strictly lloituHl,
yet in accordance with the practice a I
iome of the wealthiest merchantu in the
country, had amassed a large amount ofl
properly. With htm wealth wos
every thing; he knew nolliing of hap
piness, save when it wag considered in
the scale of dollars and cent.0, and ii
needed only that a man be wealthy, no
matter by what means he became sc, to
ensure his respect.
His residence was but a few niMPK
from the city of Boston, and its one of
he most beautiful in that vicinity. No
pains had neon spared to make it worthy
of notice, tor Mr. Orafton wa& a man
fond of praise. His oungest daughter,
Maria, was now the only child remain
in ir at home. I wo sons, on whom he
had placed his hopes for the perpelua
tion of hi family name, and on whom
he had designed to bestow the greater
portion of his wealth, died ere they ban
attained lo manhood. Of three daught
er.!, two were mariied, leaving Miria
wilh her failher, who loved her next,
perhaps, to his money.
Sad were the thoughts of the fair girl,
as she sat alone in her chnmher;bul they
were soon interrupted, the voice oil
her father summoned her to the parlor,
when she descended, she found he was
accompanied by a young man named
SeveiiP, who-hud, some time previous,
(Hired his hand to Maria, but not con
tented wilh her refusal, and knowing
lhLatiaehmenl of her father to wealth,
had called him lo his aid. Mar'a raised
her eyes ns she entered the room. but a.
ioon as she uw Stevej.", turning hot
head, and sealud herself by the window.
Her failher addressed her, presenting
Mevcnts. and tntormeri her tjial it wai-
lits vvish that she should arcepl of him
is her future husband. Maiia iuformei
tier futile that she had irjpcled M
Stevens once, and that, even did h
love him, which she w:i very cerlim
she did not, her own judgment taught
hi r belter than to 1 1 U her happiurti'
n h's hands.
What do you know of lave?' sail'
Mr. Grpfion; 'and why are you tin will
ing lo riik your happiness with liimf
His wealth is sufficient to procure yon
very comfort, and his character IP
Infitthtous V interrupted Maria, look
ing liini full in the face.
Stevens turned pale, & his lips quiver
ed wilh rage, and the auger of her faith
or scarcely knew bouudj. For a mo
ment he did not answer her. At length
pointing his finger at Stevens, he in
quired, 'And what know you f hh
'Enough lo convince me that
words were true,' answered Maria.
'My daughter,' said Mr. Grafton, as-
urr.ing a milder lone 'though you may
have hoard reports unfavorable to Mr.
Sievens, hclic vt me, thry are without
foundation. lie is oneot the wcdlihiet
men in '.he cil) .'
IJ may he all that you think he is,'
-aid Maria, but I cannot marry him.'
'You may go to your chamber,' said
her father; 'I am determined tha'
Henry Stevens shall be my son-in-law,
mil you must marry him, or quit my
house, I wrll neither own nor support
ui ungrateful and disobedient daught
er. To-morrow I shall expect youi
Maria knew too well the character of
her father to rmke any reply. A crisif
had arrived which she had for soon
lays feared. She knew that her refusal
if Stevens would bring down the wrath
f her father on her head, and hid writ
ten lo boil) her sisters, staling the cir
cumstances, and requesting, if her fath
er should drive her from the house, tin
privilege of remaining for a short timr
with thorn. Contrary to her expectations,
both had refused her. Their husband
had married more on account of the
wealth of their father, than for any af.
feetion they had felt for them, and they
feared, if they gave Maria a homo their
father would disinherit them.Such is the
'.-fleet wealth, hag on tho affections.
Miris retiied to Iter chamber, and
afier giving vent to a flood of tears, dr-
liberated on what course to pursue.
One thing was certain she deierrnined
not to marry Steven,. Then.xt thing
wag, how should sho obtain a liviiiE?
After thinking of the matter for some
lime, she said to herself 'Well, I have
a good connlitution, and can labor; hut
how would il appear for the daughlei
of the rich Mr. Grnfton logo abiut the
cilv soliciting employment? .ThiH
would not aricwer. A I l ist she con
cluded that, rallaer than remain in the
cily, she wotil.I go to some village, and,
if possible, obtain employment. At
this moment she reoollecled having
heard one of the house-maids gpeak oi
using employed in a factory, and slu'
descended to the kitchen.
'Hsnnah,' said she, addressing thf
eirl.'I r.eard you, a few days since.tppak
ni woruiM: in a taciory; now dm you
r I- r . i ...
'0, I liked verr much, Miss Maiia,
anu iineuiu navt, remaineu mere nail my
health been good,'
... i ill..' ...
'Was the work har.ler than yodr work
here?' inquired Maria.
'No, ma'am, I don't Iktfck it was, but
it was moie confined.'
'Will you tell me where il wa&?'again
The girl gave her the required infor
mation, and also the name of the over
seer of the room where she had worked,
and the name of tho lady wilh whom
she boarded, adding. 'She is the kindest
woman I ever saw.
The mind of Maria wag now made
up. She decided upon entering a fac
tory. Another uiUiculiv now presented
ilSelf. Would her father allow her to
lake clothing and what money she had?
ahe determined, if he should still ad
here lo his resolution, to ask him (he
In the morning she met her father al
tin' brsakfast (able. Neither spoke un
)il the meal was finished. At length
her father inquired
. '.-Wjdl-. Mjrilhv-VOU oonoludotle
marry Henry Stevenls?'
Maria hesiiaied for a moment, but
v i i t firmly, 'I have not.'
'You heard my determination las'
night, 'said h 'I now tepeat il. Yoi.
must marry Henry Stevens, or quit m
'I cannot mairy him, father,' siid sh
'sooner would I quit, not only this hous
nut the wuild.'
Then go,' said hc,angi ily, rising from
'Shall I take my clothes?' a.'ked
'les; and never lot me see or hear
fiom you agiin;' said he, flamming iht
dour violently, and leaving her alone.
Matia sank back in her chair and wep
hilierly. For a moment she seemed
ilmost inclined to comply with his wis!
but the idea lhat she mut Le furevet
linked to a villian, and suffer reproach
if his villanies wore discovered, wai-
nore than she could hear, and she pru
erred the anguish of separating from
nil her friends, free and with honor, In
ihal of marrying Stevens. She hastily
. -1. i i . . i . ' i '
picien up uer mines, anu in a lew
hours lelt her father's b0usc.
As she passed throught the cily of
Boston, where her sisters resided, adc-
iire sprang up lo see Hum million)
their recent treatment she dared no'
visit them, and she fcaicd again meet
ing her father.
Maria was well furnished wilh cloth
ma and had about twenty-five dollars in
noney. Although she had been sur
rounded with wealth, shenevcr,till now.
knew the value of money. A thousand
reflectiongdoubts and fears crossed her
mind, as she was pursuing her journej
to the place designated by the girl ol
whom she had enquired in her father'
kitchen; and though she felt sad nl the
noughts of being driven from home.she
jauld jcaicc suppress a smile at the awk
wardness with which she should engage
in any kind of labor.
Sho at last arrived at the house of
Mrs. D tha lady designated by
Hannah, and easily obtained tho board
in her family. She also learned that
Mr. P , the overseer whoso name
sho had taken, was in want of help,
It is unnecessary for us lo follow the
forlutes of Maria through their various
channels, She entered the factor y.lcarn-
ed to work,&fouiid many friends, anion u
whom, and the only one it would be oft
interest to the reader
lo name; was
Caroline Perkins, a git!
about her own
'i-i.,,. ,. . . .
M ' ,. , S0D" becam.e nlimalp
were '., " nh .k 7 t. '"'V1"
lfi Mmn " " ' 'r'" "upieri
1 hey wpre much otlaehpd ,i M,. ii
wilh whom they boarded.nnd ,1,,..
cvniccu a ueri in nrpi
in their wcl
About ,ix months fier Maria entpr
d the ficlorv, an inci.loi.f 1
Which bound,. f pn5.ible.the two friendv
doner lo each nilu.p. D,. :.. .
Iiey weie in their cb
.t ("nil Wil IJ
line was cut-aned in rpnaL-;n,r I
irunk, Maria who was lookimr nn. w.
rau.er surprised at the amount of cloth
ing.and jervelry pn,essrd by Caroline,
md jokin5ly innuircd if her beau was
Caroline blushed, and after some hesi
lauon iniormeu Maria that hi.r fr.itio.
had once been wealthy, but, at his death
it was a.cerumed that his properly,
though amply sufficient to nnv hi.,
debls,would be sivept away by the fail-
puine irends lor whom he hatt
enuQrseu notes. I ho creditors had a
lniVfl tlPI In lrA.,
. ..w, creiy ining givet
tier ny Her fatliPr exeept her piano. Sht
itsoioiu ner that alihnugh she might
iiiiuin;(i nerseii by music teach
ing, sho preferred working in a faciorj
to remaning among those, who. thr.!i"V
they were ence intimate friends, wnnl.)
consider hpr, afcr the lose of wealth,
Maria repaid Caroline by telling he
own histo.y.and her reasons for leavine
IL'I I I rl 1 1 I
home, and corroborated her mmv hv
display of jewelry and other trinkets hei
lather had allowed her tn ial.
Probably there were never two net
oits who enjoyed themselves belter than
these Iwo girls. None; save themselves,
knew their history, and as their natural
impositions were not arroi'anl, the
never appearcu lo Uo above l ie r fle ow
Jnfiorers. For two years Ihev rpmninei
;ll,h?r.l-lho J of 'which1 OjtoIiiW
v,i. uidjin.ujHnii ai mo urgent rrquasi
i narseii anu ousnand, iWaria was in
iuced lo laave the factory, for s while,
it least, and take up her abode will-
One d:iy, while Miria was engaged ir
wrusing a paper which had been left a
the house, her eyes fell on a paragrapl
.til inn llii -tr ii. e, ' ...!.
.....v ...i. jiciiij- oieveus, who
ml always been considered a ven
vealthy merchant, was arrested am
lommitteq 10 prison tor commuting
ns-avy lorgeries. ane handed it u
Larolinc, with a shudder, cxclaiaunp
' I expected.' The next paper brounh
intelligence lhat no douhl was entertain-
en ot ma guii ;and that JVIr irafion,i n t
e.itiiely ruined, wou'd be heavy loser i n
ic:ount ol his villanies, as he had hired
ol him a larce sum of money. For i
moment Maria indulged the idea o
immediately visiting her falher;but after
consulting with Caroline, concluded to
write lo him, which she did, begging
iiispaiuuu uir nm oneying iiimfnnd re
questing hi in lo receive her aaain lo hii
aimi', adding as a postcripl .that she 'had
one hundred dollar.", which she would
acnu nun, u nc was in wani ol rnonej'
o pay his losses by Stevens.' II- fjth-
i. ... . r i. . . . f
tr read her letter with feelings more of
sorrow than anger.bul at the end of i
bioke into a heariylaugh,exclaiming'wel
women are Ihe best judgeg of rascals.'
In a few days he visited Maria express
ud his regret for the sorrow Uo caused
her, and requested her lo return with
him. Maria complied wilh his. reques1
md became onee more an inmslc of hei
jarly home. Her father endeavored b
ivery meaivs to make her happy, as an
atonement for past wrongs; and when
bout. a year after i-he asked his consent
to her maruage with a mechanic, with
out wealth, he answered, Do ag you
please, Maria; I have learned tn let
every girl choose Jier own husband. '
A Heart. What curious thing s
heart is; ain't it, young lady? There U
as much difference in hearts as in faces.
A woman's heart is a sacred thing, and
of purity. How pround a man oughi
lo be, lo have il placed in his keeping
to have a pretty girl love him go well
lhat the will give it to him, and tell
him that the love,s him more than nnj
olher. Icii't it cuiioue ludiek? Wc
migiu say oi a neait as the oltl woman
did ol the first rabbit she cvfrv saw
'La, how veiy funny it is-'Kiuckt r,
Kindness, Is there otio being stubborn
hi tljo rock to misfurlune ilmi Lin.l....
loes not atTeeiJ Foi mv part it seemd ir.
ne in eome with double grace and tender
less from the old; il seems in them the
marded and long purified benevolence of
vears; as if it had survived and counuetpil
ho baseness and selfishness of the otdeal
U had paosedj s if the winds which had
broken the form, had swept in vain omobs
the heart, and the frosts, which had -chilled
(he blood and whitened the thin loci:?, h;,
possessed no power over the wu;m tid of
ho affections. It ii trium;h nf raiurn
over art; it is the voice of ihe anjje which
s yet within its. Nor is this nil; lender-
tess of age is twice blessed blessed in- it
'rophios over die obduracy of increasing
nd withering years; blessed becaiu it
tells us that a heart will blossom oven up-
m mo precincts of the tomb, and flatters
us wiili the inviolacy and immortality of
A Good Answer. An anecdqro as re
lated lo us lately by an eye-witness of tho
ready wit of an unsophisticated son of tho
,'tecn Isle. A case was Irying heforo one
4 Ihe judges of our cily Cutirl In which a;
drnymi.i. a legitimate son of Erin, vtas
sailed l testif, . A limb of tho law who
prided himself on hii.dcxterity in perplex-
If . t
g Wlln6see. eommiit
lo.y by the1'"" V'm 1 ray' S,r are ',H
r 'mdirpcily interested in thp termination of
tt.tsstm'' -Not a bi; sir.' Will you noi
gain nnything in case of its determination
in fwvor of the plaini'iffl' Gm any thing?
By my sowl, I'll raiher lose than gain any
'bingl' 'Ah liar says tho wi?e one with
'ignifiu'snt look, so you will rather Inio
'nan gain by it. Fray how may you lose.
'v iiJ' 'By minding Uere answering cues-
uonf, while my lurao and dray stand ida
in the street !
A RICH SCENE.
A day or two since a countryman walk-
d into an offico in litis cilv; wiihout tak
ng any particular notice of his whereabouts
he took off his coat and cravat, threw ihem
in a cluif, and sat down, crossed his legs,
ind in an authurilatjve tone called out, 'Is
hat water hot!'
'Water, sir!' said the Clerk, who hd
been watching his movements wilh son a
'What watetl You must be uudei a
'Mistake the devil, sir, I want to be shav
ud, why don't you get things in readiness,
I'm in a hurry?'
'I beg paidon, sir, this is not a bsrbar'
shop, it is an exchange office !'
'An exchange office! there must be somo
thing wrong by hokey; I asked a person in
ihe street where I could gel shaved, and ha
diiected me to come here.'
The clerk looked daggers, and the cus?
omer put on his coat rnd sloped.
CLERGYMAN AND PARISHONER
'Since what passed between u,'.-mid n
very zealous clergyman, ! hopu y ,;j do
not open any letters wh ttever on Suii
'I do not,' replied the inrUhiocer,
'you must know 1 received ono iiik!
very tnorningjus' as I was leaving hou.f
for church, but I left in unopened.'
' 1 hat was right. And what did von
think ef tho rervice to day-r-my new
curate's reading and my sermon on t
tention to religious duties?'
Indeed I can hardly sav.lo tell tha
truth, I could scarcely notice anyihinp,
for-I could not help thinking all tho
time what there might happen to be u
A western editor sayg? that not until
his dying day .not even will be give up
the great principles fot which he is con
tending. This chap holds on about as
enaciously os did the negro w ho fought
i hi; iiiMiuiaii in l-illlMlcipilla.
'Ye black vagabond,' said Poddy,
liMild up and hollir enutf. I'll fnU
fill T Aa
till U lk
'So will I,' sung cut the negrp;'! u.
ws (doer, hnsi!'