Jeffersonian Republican. (Stroudsburg, Pa.) 1840-1853, January 15, 1840, Image 4

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" Cold and raw the north winds blow,
Bleak m the morning e?rly ;
All the hills are corered with snow,
And winter's now conic fairly."
Winter, with silver locks and sparkling
cicles, now gradually approached, under cover
or his northwest winds, his pelting storms
cold, frosty mornings, and bitter, freezing nights
And here we will take occasion to express our
obligations to the popular author of the Pion
eers, for the pleasure we have derived from
ins Happy delineations of the progress ol our
seasons, and the successive changes w)iich
mark their course. All that remember their
youthful days in the country, and look back
'with tender, melancholy enjoyment upon their
slippery gambols on the ice, their Christmas
pies, and nut-crackings by the cheerful fire
side, will read his pages with a gratified spi
rit, and thank him heartily for having refresh
c d their memory with the half-effaced recollec
tions of scenes and manners, labors and de
lights, which, in the progress of Time, and
the changes which everywhere mark his course
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win, in some iuturo age, pernaps, live only in
the touches of his pen, If, in the course of
our history, we should chance to dwell upon
scenes somewhat similar to those he describes,
or to mark the varying tints of our seasons
with sameness of colouring, let us not be stig
matized with borrowing from him, since it is
next to impossible to be true to. nature, with
out seeming to have the sketches in our "eye.
The holydays, those wintryblessings, which
cheer the heart of youngjaiid old, and ghe to
the gloomy depths of winter the life and spirit
of laughing, jolly spring were now near at
hand. The chopping knife gave token of good
ly minced pics, and the bustle of the kitchen
afforded shrewd indications of what was coming-by-
and'by. The celebration of the New
- l ear, it is well Imown, came originally from
the northern nations of Europe, who still keep
up many of the practices, amusements, and
enjoyments, known to their anccsters. The
Heer Piper valued himself upon being a gen
uine northern man, and, consequently, held
the winter holidays in especial favor and affec
tion. In addition to this hereditary attachment
to "ancient customs, it was shrewdly suspected,
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iuai ins .uui m ceieuraung uiese roou old
sports was not a little qnickened,
quence of William -Penn, having hinted, in
the course of theirjeontroversy, that the prac
tice of keeping holidays savoured not only of
Popery, hut paganism.
Before the Heer consented to sanction the
projects of Dominie Kanttwell for abolishing
sports and ballads, he stipulated for full liberty
on the part of .himself and his people of El
singburgh, to eat, drink, sing and frolic as
much as they liked, during the winter holidays.
I i fact, the Dominie made no particular oppo--jSiuon
to this suspension of his blue-laws, be-
fcwtlataatncted to good eating and drink-
that is to
ing whenever the occasion justified
sny, whenever such accidents caine
w ay.
It had long been the custom with Governor
PJperio usher in the new year with a grand
supper, to whicb the Dominie, the members of
the council, and certain of thetmost respectable
burghers; were always buhlen. This year he
determined to see the old year out, and the new
one in, as the phrase -was, having just heard of
a great victory gained by the Bulwark of the
Protestant Religion, the immortal Gustavus A
dolpbus; which, though it happened nearly
-four years before had only now jeac.hcd the
vn.e of Elsinburgh. Accordingly the Snow
Bull limbic was set to work in the cooking of
a iriortal sujfir, which, agreeable to the taste
of Wx'st Indian epicures, she seasoned with
suchjiormous quaiivs 0p r pepper, that
whoifpM- te was obliged v drink ib- keep his
mauttffrom getting on Hre, W-Uf,t0 a chim
n y.
Exactly at ten o clock, the guest sat down
to the table, where they ate -and dranY to the
siK ccss of4he Protestant 'cause, the gbry of
the great Gustavus, the downfall of Pojry
and the' Quakers with equal zeal and patriot
ism. The insta'ntthe clock struck twelve, a"
round was fired from the fort, and a vast and
bottomless bowl, supposed to be the identical
one in which the famous wise one of Gotham
went to sea, was broughtin, filled to the utmost
brim with smoking punch. The memory of
the departed yoar, and the hopes of the future,
were then dronkCja a sperial bumper, after
whic'h the Jadidsjjire3, and noise and fun be
came the order ofKhe night. The Ileer told,
his great storvojjhaving surprised and ta"ken
a whole pIcKeuard under the great Gustavus ;
and eachof the guests contributed his tale,
taking spec: J care, however, not to outdo their
host in the nmrvellous a thing which always
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I'm in'- nuiiTiKiruiuui uittnor,
juusollor Langfa;
auom puotic improvements
leltlgung. or rather roared.fa hundred verses of
a song in praise of Rhenish wine ; and Oth
tmtrr Pfegel, smoked and tippled, till he ac
pupHy came ton determination of bringing mat
ters Jo. a crisis with the fair Christina the very
xt dy. Sucn are the wonder working now-
is oi not punch ' As lor the Dominie, he
departed about ihe dawn of day, in such a
f light, that, if it had not been impossible, we
should have suspected him of being, as it were,
a little overtaken with the said punch. To
one prtwc4persons, jvho;chanced to'see him,
hcaqtually appeared jorslagger a little ;. but
sucliTLswas the stout faith tof the. good -Dominie's
parishioners, that either of tjiese wor
thy feJlow would believe his owu eyes suffi
ciently to state these particulars. .
. . A couple of. hours' sleep sufficed lo disperse
the vapours of punch, .and ipepper-potfor
lilads in those days were .much harder tfian, and the Heer, aV vdll ashis 'rbfsLering
'companions, rose betimes to give and receive
the compliments andt good wishes of the sea
son. The sun shone with the lustre, though
hot with i the warmth, of summer, and' his bright
beams were reflected, with indescribable splen:
dbur, from the glassy, smooth expanse of ice,
that spread across, and up and down the broad
river, far as the eye could see. The smoke of
the village chimnies rose straight into the air,
looking like so many inverted pyramids, spreed'
ing gradually broader and broader untiifhey
melted away and mixed lmperceptiblygwith e
then Scarce was the sun above thlrhorizon
when the village was alive with rosy boys and
girls, dressed in their new suitsjlw going forth
with such warm anticipationsfmhappines, as
time anu experience linpercepuoiy irmcr away
into languid hopes, or strengthening appre
hensions. 'Happy New-Year!' came from e-
very mouth and every Heart. Spiced bever-
ages aim iiisiy cattcs were given away wiin
liberal -open hand ; every body was welcomed
to every house ; all seemed to forget their lit
tle heartburnings and" disputes of yore : all
seemed happy, and all' Avcre so ; and the Dom
inic, who always wore his coat with four great
pockets on new-year day, came home and emp
tied them seven times of loads of new-year
When the gay groups had finished their
rounds in the village, the ice in front was seen
all alive with the small fry of EIsinrbursh.
gamboling and skating, sliding and tumbling,
helter-skelter, and making the frost-bit ears of
winter glad with the sounds of mirth and rev
elry. In one place was a group playing at
nirley, with crooked slicks, with which they
. t".i. in t
sometimes nit tne oan, ana sometimes each o-
thers shins : in another, a knot of sliders, fol-
owmg in a row, so that, if the foremost fell,
the rest were sure to tumble over him. A
ittle further might be seen a few, that had the
good fortune to possess a pair of skates, lux
uriatmg in that most raceful of all exercises,
and emulated by some half dozen little urch
ins with smooth bones fastened to their feet,
in imitation ol the other, skating away with
a gravity and perseverance worthy of belter
implements. All was rout, laughter, revelry
and happiness ; anil that day the icy mirror
of the noble Delaware reflected as light hearts
as ever beat together in the new world. At
twelve o'clock, the jolly Heer, according to
his immennnorial custompvent from the edge
of the river, distributing apples, and other dain
ties, together with handsful of wampum, which
rolling away on the ice in different directions,
occasioned innumerable contests and souab-
ibles among the fry, whose disputes, tumbles,
and occasional bufletings for the prizes were
inimitably ludicrous upon the slippery element.
Among the most obstreperous and mischievous
of the crowd was the likely fellow Cupid, who
made more noise, and tripped up more heels
that day, than half a dozen of his cotempora
ries. His voice could be heard above all the
rest, oopooinlly aftor tho- arrival -of llic Hctjtj-
before whom he seemed to think it his duty to
ingorr talked wmderfully
ojnents , -Counsellor Tar-j
exert himself, while his unrestrained, extrava
gant laugh, exhibited that singular hilarity of
spirit, which distinguishes the deportment of
llic African slave from the invariable gravity of
the free red men of the western world.
All day, and until after the sun had set, and
the shadows of night succeeded, the sports of
the ice continued, and the merry sounds rung
far and near, occasionally interrupted by those
loud noises, which sometime shoot across the
'ice like a rusnmg eartnquake, anu arc occa
sioned by its cracking as the water rises or
' I am the true laborer. I earn that I eat,
get what I wear, owe no man hate, envy no
man's happiness ; glad of other men's good,
content with my farm, and the greatest of my
pride is to see my ewes graze and lambs suck.
We have come to the conclusion that Nature's
truest nobleman is the man who earns his bread
by the sweat of his face upon his bought and
paid for plantation. Ah independent farmer
may stand upon his own house-top and say to
himself as Selkirk- did :
" I'm monarch of all I survey,
My nqlit there is none to dispute :
Prom the centre all round to the ea,
I a.n lord of the fowl and the brute.'
H is truly a monarch, with a landlord title
more ixjeure than that of feudal lord or baron,
more eas'Jy preserved and protected, not by
deeds of va!0r, and through the shedding of
blood,but by the lawful labor of the hands.
His house is his castle, his acres his dominions.
His gardens are 4s parks, his grass plats his
lawns, and his forest his groves. His cattle,
sheep and poultry areis subjects, and he be
comes at pleasure the crccutioncr and the mul
tiplyer of such subjects. . Tell us if the king
upon his throne has more power worth possess
ing. His happiness we knoy is less, as he
increases toils, cares, and soriows in propor
tion as the cultivator of the soil diminishes
his. " .
In the spring he sows, in the aunmm ho
reaps. Providence has assured him thatSpring
lime and harvest shall not fail, and he has the
assurance of the Giver of every go'od tmd
perfect gift, that as he Sows so shall he reap
His grounds are watered in theseasqn of draught
with rains and dews of heaven, and in the
damp season the sun' shines to cheer, invigo
rate, and give promise to his labors. The se
verer tasks of the summer are succeeded by
the lighter labors of the winter. As we have i
said in the words of Will Shaksneare. 'he'
ing bricks and mortar for elbow room of a spa
cious farm house the dust of a town for a vil
lage the three story brick house for the gran
ary or the hay-cock for the purest .air 'of
heaven, the atmosnhere of a thousand un-
Avholesome smoky houses, and teu thousand
unwholesome breaths! How could a farmer
make such a, choice as this ? We would pause
lor a reply, did we nat know that the only an
swer which could be devised after a long stu
dy, would be the unsatisfactory one that some
thing better, was anticipated only, for it would
be a miracle; almost, for a man to find him
self happier or in better circumstances after a
change of residence from a country to a city.
No, no. The true, elysium, the real paradise on
earth, is the country, the green, fertile, beauti
ful country. The city for the task-master and
his hard-working servant ; but the country for
the man who wishes for health and leisure,
contentment and a long life.
The ancient Romans venerated the plough,
end at the earliest, purest time of tho Repub
lic, the greatest Upraise which could be given
to an illustrious character was a judicious and
industrious husbandman.
Vrnm V V Klin.
There are very few individuals comparative
ly speaking, whoever obtain a knowledge of
their own capabilities. The desire of whiling
away the passing moments with the least ex
ertion possible, and the greatest case imagin
able, is seemingly so incoherent in human na
ture, that ninety nine out)f a hundred indi
viduals go out of the world tor the most part
ignorant of the full range of their faculties. As
far as animal enjoyment goes, man is essenti
ally epicurean in his dispositions ; to seize the
enjoyment of the passing, is the guiding max
im ol his life ; and
only by the
crisis that he is startled and awakened to the
knowledge and use of the abilities with which
nature has endowed him. To hear people talk
one would be led to conclude that the almigh
ty is excessively partial in the distribution of
mental gifts ; while instances are every day
eccurring around us, which pro-e that the im
agined descrepency rests almost entirely with
ourselves. How often have we smiled at such
and such an one being pointed out to us as a
remarkably clever man ; while we were aware
that had not circumstances favored him, he
would never have been in the slightest degree
distinguished-above his fellow men.
It is a melancnoly truth that the motives
which stimulate most men to exertion, and lead
them to a discovery of their own talents, are
either such as arc condemned by tho princi
ples of correct morals, or originate in circum
stances which they most unwillingly submit to.
Vanity, ambition, avarice, or necessity all
these are powerful agents in the good work :
but how few proceed upon the only truly com-
principle tiro -invramlvrit-uii
them to make the fullest and best use of the
with which they arc gifted ! How
they who voluntarily apply them-
it is, generally speaking,
occurrence of some compulsive
eats, and gels that he wears
truly, and with an honest pride,
earns that he
He may say
" l eat rny owii lamb,
My chickens and ham,
I shear my own fleece, and I wear it,"
What could a man-want more, and how can
ia -.tanner: canable.on eniOvinp"life..nosSfi55Sfi(l nf
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nis larm-nouse, his larmpind his necessaryim:
plements ef husbandry;; everv sigh 'for'a resil
dence within the Clotures ofra ciiy---clibos-
few are
selves to the disciplining and improving of their
own minds, as if they imagined that the pro
cess was one merely of trouble and inconve
nience, without any immediate equivalent be
nefit or pleasurable enjoyment to de derived
from it ! We know many men whose neces
sary daily occupations require little or no men
tal exertion, and do not engage more of their
time than from nine o'clock in the morning till
four in the afternoon ; that is to say.
hours of twenty-four ; the other seventeen are
consumed in eating, drinking, sleeping, and
other desultory amusements. Yet these indi
viduals regard themselves, and are indeed re
garded by the world, as respectably fulfilling
all the purposes of life. They, are moral in
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their behaviour, punctual andr-attenlivc to busi
ness, and maintain themselves In independence
some of them in affluence. But we regret
to think there are some of them, who, if they
they would but dedicate one fifteenth part of
leisure time to study and self-improvement,
arecfualified by natureto become the brightest
ornaments oi society, anu attain uisiiitcuuu m
any department of science, to which they
might direct their attention ; but who will go
down to the grave quite undistinguished, and
ignorant in themselves of the fine gifts which
they have suffered to remain uncultivated and
unemployed. It is not so much of the
and thoushtlesS that we are speaking, as of
the great mass of individuals, who without the
necessity of laboring hard for their daily bread
dissipate their leisure tune in the most frivo
lous, and too often the most pernicious amuse
ments. It is upon these we would wish lo
impress not only the usefulness, but the posi
tive amount of pure, rational, and saiislactory
enjoyment they deny themselves, by suffering
their faculties to lie dormant. I hey neither
fuifil the intentions of their Creator, nor do jus
tice to themselves or their fellow creatures ;
and it is to be feared in this and in other res
pects, the sins of omission, so seldom and so
lightly thought of by mankind, would upon
strict investigation, be found even to outweigh
those of palpable and actual transgression.
What elevates and adorns a Suite ? An in
telligent and worthy people.
What is the highest praise and greatest ad
vantage of a neighborhood ? A well informed
industrious, anu well behaved people.
What makes property desirable and valuable
in a district ? The skill, diligence, know
ledge and nonus- of the people.
What makes men happy and useful ? The
cultivation of ttp mind, expandjjjand improv
ing ii.
; ah jhis
depends upon ;fhe education of
A party at'Lynn, Mass. on thanksgiving day
amused'themselvcs with the classic recreation
of catching a greased pig.
Nay, hearme out,' dear, nephew.- I am not
blaming youbut I would have you remember,
that though-dear Lady Mailory maybe, a year
or two older than yourselF, and tltbtigh you" have
been accustomed for years to treat her almost
as an elder sister, yet she is still most beauti
ful, young, and.deeply interesting ; and what
is still more to tho purpose, Ralph, she is ev
idently of an affectionate, warm, and sensible
heart. Now, Ralph, in the good world in
which we live, I am sorry to saythat men who
consider themselves persons of high honor,
seem to place their dealings with women be-
yond that code of laws by which they regulate
their dealings with other men. The man who
would think himself disgraced, and would be
so in his own eyes forever, if ho were to tell a
lie, to break a promise or a "Vow to cheat or
deceive in the most trifling particular to mis
lead, by any false showing whatsoever, anoth
er man scruples not but too often, to mislead,
deceive, to break his promise, to violate his
oath to a woman, to cheat her out of that which
is her noblest possession peace of mind and
tranquility of heart lo infie-with her afiec
tions, to insult, to dishonor to betray. " Even
after he has done so, he is received in society,
courted, flattered, liked, and the acts which
should stamp him with eternal infamy, are re
garded almost ni tne same class with some
gallant feats performed in the chase some act
of skilful policy, or manly daring. There are
some, however, who differ from the creed, and
who abhor such conduct. 1 own myself one.
Ralph. I look upon it that the man who be
haves ill to a woman, and vet would not do so
to a man, onljr shows himself to be at heart a
coward ; for the only cause which enables,
permits, or justifies any such act is, that wo
man cannot protect or avenge herself. She is
trusted, Ralph, by God, and by her weakness
to man s honor ; and if wo prize our honor
if we hold it really dear as a true and veritable
principle for the guidance of our conduct and
not merely as a lantastic and relative notion to
be formed upon the opinion of others, we
should be far more scrupulous, delicate, thought
ful, in all our acts and feelings towards Avoman
than towards man. We'" know that every gen
tleman has his sword by his side to redress
himself if we do him wrong ; but we know
that a woman has no redress but silence, sor
row and endurance. JUo not look grieved,
Ralph, for heaven forbid that I should insinu
ate such a charge against you, that you could
knowingly behave ill, or would ever break a
vow, or willingly fail in any promise to a wo
man ! I know you, too well, Ralph, your mo
ther was my sister, it is impossible. But con
sider sufficiently that the structure of a wo
man's heart and feelings is as fine, as delicate,
as easily affected and injured as her corporeal
frame. We may unintentianally raise thoushts
and expectations which may be disappointed,
for the gratification of a few hours in pleasant
aucleiy 7 we may-ieacn a Avomarf lo believe
that we seek to make that society our own
forever. From that belief may grow up feel
ings deeper, stronger, more enduring ; and
then, when disappointment comes, sorrow
takes possession of the heart where joy once
dwelt ; shame at having aided to deceive it
self, gives an additional pang to the agony of
being deceived, an age of regret,, and mortifi
cation, and cold chagrin, very often succeeds
from such causes alone, to a youth of joy and
thoughtless happiness.
graphically, some thousands of little pieces, of
metal.' iexiMjomes a nan a dozen shrm
with advertisements
oaf You'-are too late
fnr f lio novf . , ' i
whydid you nut hrir,.,
-we toruot- to. mtr
ilium iuiuiy;. ,-io iwiiiui- iu, our ITfn7ir
wrote mem in me morning, out they shpt om.
memories.' Wo must again go to work un
lock our paper and. new arrange Our busm: v.-
advertising patronage.
the bucket
or loose our
'i I tit t rrro tn f IitrLTr full .i
to be "sure they only lake three" or four hoars
from our necessary rest and sfeep Vcn
all classes in the spirit of of kindrvcsfand acco
modation more in the habit of locrking into and
understand, the cause.sof each other's "private
griefs" ihey might afford much-mutual aineliora-
Tub Rosk. I sawjga rose perfect in beauty,
it rested upon its stalk, and its perfume filled
the air. Many stopped, to gaze upon it, and
taste its fragrance, tfnd its.owner hung over it
with delight. I passed it again, and behofel it
was gone its stem - was leafless its root had
withered the enclosure which surrounde'd
was broken. Tho spoiler had been- 'there
he saw that many admired it, and knew it w'a
dear to him who planted it, and besides it he
secretly from the hand that cherished it b
had ho other true love. Yet he snatched it
secretly from the hand that cherished it, he
worcjif. on his bosom till it hung its head ;ml
faded, and when he saw that its glory was de
parted, he flung it rudely away. But it lll a.
thorn in his bosom, and vainly did he seek to
extract it, for now it pierces the spoiler even
in his hour of mirth. And when I saw that
no man who had loved the beauty of the rost
gathered again its scattered leaves or bouii4i
up the stalk which the hand of violence Bad
broken. 1 looked earnestly at the spot where
it grew, and my soul received instruction-1-
nd I said Let her who is full of bearutr.
and admiration, sitting like a queen ofr flc'wer
in majesty among the laughters women, let
her watch lest vanity . enter her heafct beguil
ing her to rest -.proudly upon slippery places
and be not high-minded, but fear.-Mrs. Sig
ourney. Captain Trevett commanded the only artill
ery company in the engagement at Bunker Hill,
and after he was seventy years of'agc, possess
ing great bodily vigor, he would dance about,
with a fine high' color like a young man. "Talk
(he would say) of the battle of Bunker's Hill ;
it was no such a thing,, the battle was fought
on Breed's Hill. I was there, commanding
the only artillery company on the ground ; we
had a warm day. On the" morning, ,as 1 was
leaving my home my mother called me to her
'Sam, said she, ' you are to-day going to fight the
battles of your country : conduct yourself as be
comes a man fighting for his freedom; remem
ber every bullet that will be fired will have
its commission from Heavenj and fearnothing,
for your fate is in the hand of God ! ; Aswent
to tne scene of action, which was entirely new
tome I discovered a large-tree, right before me
and for a while I kept it- solMy moiherljiec
ture, however, flashed upon my mind, and'from
that moment I thought no more oftha-trecnor
of danger during the whole day. -v
are best
The 1 private griefs' of each one,
known to himself. This is unquestionably that
each one thmlcs his own the heaviest ; and the
cause of so little sympathy among mankind.
Every department of life has its cares and per
plexities : and no doubt exists that they are not
pretty lairiy apportioned among them
The merchant thwarted by wind or wave
perplexed by the fluctuations of the market,
and ruined by misplaced credit and failures.
thinks no place so trying as his own
The physician is liable to be called and dis
turbed at all times and seasons ; his repose is
broken, and his health is exposed ; he has to
ward off from his patients, the shafts of a prac
tised and " insatiate archer;" and if he be not
always successful the doom of all flesh is
forgotten, and his failure ascribed to his want of
The preacher is gricrved and disheartened
in vain efforts to make impressions on tho fro
zen and stubborn soil of the human heart as he
terms it.
The Lawyer is reouired to make white ap
pear black, or ho is no lawyer at all. J&tti
The schoolmaster becomes iaded. ands55r'i
plexcd to tho bono with spoiled children, and
with sawing wood with a mallet, and sighs in
his soul for some other troubles.
The printer what has ho to do but to print
and pocket money? Dear reader, you know but
little of his case, or of the woesjhat press him
down. His griefs have often been groaned
forth:, but there are thousands that are 'unwrit
ten," and imprinted. We will not attempt to
enuinerato them they are, more numerous
than the typos in his case. There are some
however, which if known and understood by the
community, might lead to mitigation. We will
cite an examplo for illustration. A well minded
neighbor comes into our office just as the paper
is going to press: ' Dear sir' says ho at tho same
time putting his arm familiarly on a column of
set up matter and destroying the labor of half a
day 'Dear sir, will you have the goodness to
just clap into your paper this obituary notice of
my late friend, it is rather late I know I had it
prepared I meant lo have had it brought be
fore, it will not make more than half a column"
What shall wo do ? What can we do? Why
wo must, deny him and therefore affront him
Just clan it in!" Ho little knows thelabor of ar
ranging geometrically, grammatically, syntacti
cally, orthographically, sentimontally, and typo-
" While childrenare young they-iay-nefhaps
lean to the parent who spoils t h e i lfhy wcps -sive
indulgence, but we have never yetee.n an
instance of young persons, where the paremjfdjf
fered, who did not afterwards discover aniniqh
stronger affection for the one who had: reason
ably restrained them, than for the other, whose
blind Jndulgence had at once diminishediher im-
rnrtfinc.n nntl thmr own revfirflnoft-
Idl-esfess.: Time is precious, life shorthand
consequently not a single moment sholdlbeylo:.
Sensible men know how to make the rnoftrr
time, and-put out their whole sum either tp .f
terest or pleasure : they are never idle, bo
continually employed either in amusement: or,
study. Itjs a universal maxim, that idlen-s,
is the mother of vice. It is, however, cert tin", a
that laziness is the inheritance of fools, a: id
nothing can be so despicable as a sluggard.
Cato, the censor, a wise and virtuous Rom:th,
used to say, there were but three actions of
his life that he regretted : The first was, tin
having revealed a secret to his wife ; the sec
ond, that he had once gone by sea when w
might have gone by land : and the third, the
having passed one day without doing any
Rather odd 7nistahes. The story of Freder
ick the Groat's recruit is well known. It wa
tho custom of this monarch to ask a new sol-
dier appearing m ins guards three ouosiions.
' ilow old are you i How long
m my service ? Are you satisfu
pay and treatment !' In anticipation oC this u
sual catechism, a young Frenchman totally ig
norant of the German language was" taiiuht by
rote proper answors.
Tho monarch appeared, but happened to
transpose the questions. , ,
' How long have you boen in my service.;?'
' Twenty-one years.' -
As his appoarance indicated lhatVhe was
scarcely past that age, the king, much aston
ished, said, ' How old are you V ,
' One year, an't please your majesty.'
' What, sirrah !' said the king, enraged at
the fellow's answers : ' do vou take me for n
fool or a madman V
' Both an't please your majesty.'
Ajsiie mystery was ai lengm explained,
nnrl .
theklng laughed heartily : a happy thing for a
J Tho history of the hiunen race most-strongly
mvnmnUfioo iliof ! Klrrr1 rT .n . :ii 1
v.vuiiiiuiiuu uu nu uiuuu ui UKIliyrs, spillCll
in whatever causo, whether political er religious
is the most fruitful seed for establishing favor
towards them, and extending conversion to
their opinions, so far. as it depends upon, feel
Vanity makes fools of us all