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tti l tta isi" - ItOn . d :
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7ead round intiverse, and ebritud,tho'World Art
mot • •• 0 , „
th pale and.
night... ray, the
p, dun lone Or dituse op enguteltedbeard). , 4 •,'
rine rock ths sky, Otieted oot*tit
4 s*ngains biUowe tips the sliudde*lngstinie,
*round tbe eltqb, chanties reote,dte:Altitigliti
It was a delighlfut mottiing, Sunday, the
:cf gay :48 10;': Young persons
trei seen . walking across the' fields in ,the;
trthern pate. or 'Philadelphia; in that free
ereh'stige LLel thought, "'which to even 4
limit observer denoted . soineihing more
in mere acquaintance existing' between
t parties ; especially' if, as in' the present
se, they, were a young manend young
Where the young.people were walking
housand diowe,ri were, springing up to
ye redolence to she norning,'and 'to add
rimy to the . Oise xly rich herbage of the•
:la; 'fence after fence was aniseed;-but
ey prismted their way , northwesterly to
ards I.!reati• street::: indifferent to the ob-_
acliewhich,the enclosures - presented to
sir.progress, . and !seeming much more
!copied with the subject of •conversation
lae With thginTelinessof the scene around
lem, 'lying in all We lultnilatiVe barlY
• f aSabbath sue. ' The scene has %oil
ince that pair fortned a part of it. The.
ity has increased, and its. overteeming
opuletion has laid out streets, 'erected
°uses, and forbidden a blade grasi
vhere then only a farm house dotted the
ixuriance of the outspread meadows ; and
'road street, .which the party anon reach
d, wee ,a .duety road, in its 'Whole length
o and across the city. The few dwellings
.rected near its line siTtned . to.have been
milt without regard to street' regulation,
nit with reference to those conveniences
- which are looked for in farm houses, or
t emporary country residences.
The pair emerged :from the- gelds hear
lie lane that ..cstice passed through Green
Hill far'm, and standing beneath. one of
those beautiful elms that looked abroad up-
en the dietant cityineilieturb - eil by the hum
of business, or the senseless clatter of die
--si pated -- amniemerits.- - The m - orning sun
_ was _shedding_ askant his_bearns,. and-light
columns of smoke were here mid there
struggling up . through
Betwecn the. couple and „the city lay a
—broad expanse-of fields„whose greenness
idded to th'e loveliness of 'the scene, and
invited the heart to a contemplation of that
. power, whose hand had garniShed the hear
yens with its curtains of. blue, and mottled
the verdure of the field with the beauties
of a host of lotily and lovely flowers:
'lf we have to return ab ydu propose,'
said the young woman . I bY the ,way of
Centre Square, we , tvihfid better Move on
or 'We shall be tdd late for. church.' • ,
. 'But befote We gd let us conclude iiptin ,
a day;' said the young man.
I Theie iA tin necessity you il3-
tyrn.We ill' ppoint , the day:'
,et us fix on it now , While I ani
nie feel that ilieiejaan appointed
time, 7 =that only sci' , natis , .:days can
• 'flirt young ‘ifroman
thoughtfully; 'you , may not arrive sea-,
mono an d a Paalfa/PC,m, ( l l t is awia9 6B of.
you knOW Alai( is.'
do not know obon't such 444
b'ut Well 'ex the if rqiivo 0; 1
all r iuirat arrive bifore'thn 4 Pme, alit
hay never , eieeedi.,three weeks. ;This
th e MI of May; the 4th ,of l
Jtir.' . , , , '
211 tki ini;olfe
had piin,rl .lie; might hiie heard
bairibeen inikiyg pro
by ( I )(49; 4 l#4 . fillf*ii! ,
M 8144 3. it
O'C r , . that
YOU its € ot , wtieii I'hare 40ne
di4i4 l l;;;o; l oK•i 6 i ), iiia%
re° for ,r,,a4 r af#,',#!tha,yetotio;:.atia the un
hart of 4,1i1 youth;
inehAeonsidet:4o9&4othe been, io light
jest et iiii): , iiiOo' , Ai . ,(:l:ol;s ' i,:iintiliOis * the
klb'o26leis to" , entho tre' a:1 of affeetion,and
qiiii4iiii•lnYi:ggli4iool° alif,f° '1 is
neither.. titnitl!ty, , itiriashness. gvery ,
Oloright„isTa u awl, ,eTeeir, , iesire is holy,
Ihe,iiititi gush Of bldud threegh the veins,
is Vie 'Oink of, meets! , ideasurei, and, for
.0,40,o; St least r lbe heart owns that it,is sat-
-., ',,,The pemeot Centre'. Square, , in, those
deis,,wris one of'llinee 'misno mers _Wilt)
Whiehrilie - bighWayikid - pleastire - groupd ..
of our. city abound.' The place ivase - vinit
circular piece of groupd,enelosed with, peat
railinge, an d, upplied With,a 'considerable
'abundance o f orinthean, and' Lombardy
Poplars.- . In the middle of this circle stood
-the-Centre : House f -e-beahtiful-edifice f used
for the elevation of water brought from the
Schuylkill in a subterranean aqueduct; to a
height sufficient to supply the citi...-'
• Half way between the eastern front of
the•centre houie, and the entrance to . .the
Square, was a small circular enclosure, in ;
the . centre of which. stood one of Rush's
finely . carved female 4gureo, holding over
her shoulder, a bird.from - whose mouth 0 7
sued a stream
_of_ water,...while. around the
image .were little )ets—vvliose gulling
streams perified the air, and by their gene
fie:murmurs' gave a dreamy influence to
the scene. It was one of much resort,and !
thousands flicked there' as .they now do
to the' VVathlngton and Franklin Squares.
There I, l :ee field in those days the sports
of-children`, , sitd--there the orgies of the
Penni! of - July *ere celeb'ated,
Gertrude and William had nearly reaAt'*- 1
ed Centre 'Square, when they drecovered
Rat there was an unusual crowasseitibled„
'Letts turn aside,' said she, 'there seeini
p; .so ethin g .11 k e
.a riot in the Square'.
They Oahsed, and the sounds of sacred
intisic . reached their-ear. 'Theta is preach
ing,' 'or worship atleast,
let. Ili see and what are they.'
The coltplltt enteted.the squall by 'the
'turn-stile ° at ille•NOrth aide, arid found a
vas} colleletion tif persona; lieiliTen the
centre holise and the little fountain already
muntlenetkafid asthey reached the outer
edge of the 'crowd, the last words of the
hymn had been sung, 2ind all eyes turned
at once towards the building, as if expec
tant of the appearance of some distinguish-
In a few minute's, a'nian of gigantic pro•
portions, rose slowly from the croft - 41, and
took hie staid upon the upper - elepeif the
Centre house, hit position was sufficiently
elevated to show the / Whole of his form.—
Ile was more than six feet in height, and
his fraine of proportionatesixe=though
the fiesh.seemed attenuated •by mental ef
forts. •Ms lon black hair slightly Mot
tled by age,. was parted from the centre of
his head top, and thrown over liFg shoulder.
His beard hung far down his breast, while
his dark eyes seemed to Wander with the
restlessness of insanity.
The dress of the avenge individdal was
mare in the extreme, and a loose blabk
wrapper or goWn was thrown over the
allele, with an air that seemed to mock all
ideat'of that clerical propriety, which it
was eVideittly intehtled imipato:,
the ero — Ohid - Settled loto-mreasy
standing posiuonjor seat() were not thought
of—the itiange man drew himself up to
his utmost height, and Coil. his eye around
upon his audience: - .
fie then elevated his right hand,in which
he lieid a small copy Of the Bible, into.
which hiS idie Anger was . thriist, while the
Other Angers and the thumb were used to
preaS iogethe the•parted portions of that
sacred boolt, ,
The crowd was brcathlescly noiseless.
And the Man fleece':
!The wortisi' said the preinher si ltAish
I hivetielectetifor your emiiiileiation- this
troduce my retliaritti; finii :record?
id in the Second Chaileiof the Prophecy
Of Sockand in the ist l ierbe • •
;Blow ye a,trunipet,in eOViid *
an alarm') in my fioly mountain, let all. the
ofthe land.treinble, ' for.thO any
, L,ordeometh, frit it ii nigh
. ot hand.'•
caine not to taletijste prophecies, - bat
to foretell., I
.caitionetftn eiplain;'; 66'1 to
et tort . . number .th'S hip,
of gioPheeyi,'etniing the wtokel.r.smong
ihopp tliefr 9*,9
tfitit flearts into have
been o'h;lipOplif.to AdUlate;
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aWay'One , pecipleAtid , 411q,111th r4,to
mirk:ita':deatriiatiod . bUt f it,ll"o4:Vvide)i
shall deatiotaa world, and lave no being
upon its'surface to deli*** desolation.'
.• In' this - ittraini, with exSeeding elhPhasig
and wonderful- the temarkable
man continued to ititractittehtion.and never
had Seen an audience Ma 4 Oefiply,wr l l). l
upin the subject to which - their attention
was called by the preacher. The gestures
Of the speaker were, ratheCibundant than
disciplined:and yet, seemed appropriate,
bmiaiise natural ;" his voice was sometimes
wild and offensive to the ear and then again
it would sink into delicate topes that charm
ed the listener, who readily forgot the wild
,appearance of Abe preacher in the startling
events lie announced. and , the ihrilling lan
'You start,' .said the • annuncia
tion which I make; thank God you (Wiwi
deride--no, you are spared that—the day
and the hour are too near for skepticism it
self to spoil with the' awful event. You
may disbelieve the prophecy, hilt you will
not ridicule it-,zynti may set down withou t
preparation for the event, but
„yen will not
forget the foretelling of its approach. Nay,
..st - this moment,, you startle,. and stand
closer to each otheras you antieipate what
I to deelare4—and 'scarcely now is it
necessary forme to. deliVer my iiiission
this audience the truth io on "yothand you
feel illy errand. You knoW.While I dela} ,
its utterance, that iam Commanded to de
'Clare to you, that
__ the kindling wrath of
Heaven lines of pro
phecy"of earth's destruction centre in the
present Year. .filay,the andel now standeth
upon theses and the land, with hand lifted
to Itea . tren; and awaits the' signal to swear
by Him that liveth for ever, who created
[leaven and the things that therein are,aint
Earth and the things that therein are, and
the Sea and the thin& that therein are;tliat '
time.shall be no longer.
'You doubt—but you do not doubt that
this event must come—why then not now?
--why may not this be the season—pro;
pliecy 'concurs to lead to the belief—the
calculation of the learned demonstrate the
truth of this prophecy4—and I declare tii,l
you by revelation that this is the year.—
'[low can it be?' you ask, . 'How Shall
night come down upon the people and no
non rise Shall the earth Cease her -Mak
i:al motion, or shall an angel'i arm anni
hilate the globe ?'
He who created can destroy: the, less ie
the smallest effOr.l7—and yonder.sun, now
climbing into mid Heaven, may go down
to us; and the Shadows that fade, nsiay in
evening darkness never be renewed by a
is - not. thus: --Me
quiet of creation and morning song of the
iri l s of God shallnot ba repeated in that
readtil day. , But tempests shall be the
mpsengers and egents of destruction—the
thunder shall shake the thick foundations
of man's highest effort, the lightning shall
blast and burn—and the waters of the
flrniament above shall mingle with those of
the rivers and• the seas; and earthquakes
heap in one mass of destruction the uncoil
burned Materials of all earth's strength,lier•
majesty; and her beauty.'
, . •
In this manner, though in far more en.
ergetic_phiateohe_preacher announced the
consummation of all things, and held his
immense audience in breathless attention.
After some time he paused—and
; difficult to say — but the in qu iry was .
heard :—'when shall these things be f' •
!Alt, that is well74hen shall they be
beiauee, if a few years may come and go,
then yoti will,eat and drink as you have
done, add laugh at the Calamity. But I
say unto you; it is not a few .yearti; not e
'en a bipgio year that yoti may wait—for
*Ws saith the lord On the sixth
Month of' thisi year. and the feiiirth day
of lhat month, and on the etiening that
day. at. the going down of the . suit, shall
these thing's be:-. 7 - antt yoti shall see it and
tremble, the agonies of death; and the cry
of ierro l iondSthe wail of ,wue, the bitter
eiCairt ifosliatt shall mingle with,the
'dash. of 1( ruined 4orldi for. the groat clay
oritiviiath hail'eoine; anti ' who slia4.bii
A. (w iiiiiiiiiii:,bi. ti:qty of ap - plfeaap .
((;)Intetl, a nti 'On; iiietnhel;t; le' a
, , .
eiotekfreetlJteelf (row its : ecinlitae;t 'posh
top, , antl, , peemeti,,to cover nearly one-half
of the area awe i6i; talking 'in ii:(iiii,ii4
the thing s that ho:t!elp ulterokatajnevi, -
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''" l:c7; *4 4 0 ) 74_ ',OtYr::+: 4l .4,Alioli
did Oot:bitores foS tteml much
of him and his prili . beey..i-, Boi l •somehow,
it seamed' tititdapili; if the: : truth, , of every
word heutternitikfaa'rtitiondett to by my
own heart—landjiid'you,doik,gia' asy he
ilesignatedl!! . - • , . c:
* No, I did not •pay rinitioultiivottention,
hut it was tiomethlng about the Sixth Month;
which itothat t'.. ' • '
'lt ic-4fle.Willitim, - and he said on the
evening of the itintilitirltini."
' Why. that is the very thni'' are have
just a'greed,on for our , wedding,day.'
' It is indeed—and as the preacher nam
•d that-rlay. it seemed as if I felt doubly
t truth of all he uttered.
--- Williram -- sityrthat - qertrude was -deeply
affected by the discourse of the propheay,
and especially by the coincidence of the
day; he therefore prudently forbore fur
ther remarks. • .-
'lt was not long before thefamilr Of Ger
trude discerned that something was prey
ing upon her mind and,. loving her as
they 'did,. it was not orange that they
shOuld have inquiredeand found out the
Meantime 'William entered upon hie
Journey, taking leave . of Gertrude in • the
affectionate eisurancti that- he would re=
tfirn at leait'one week before the tinie ap
pointed for their nuptials, mid - . claim the
fulfillinent of her promise. • •
The preaching of &Imam) Huongs and
his.emphatic prophecy were. not without
.efrect. even beyond the household of Ger
trude's parents, especially in the interior
counties of the State, not then, as now, ac
cessible by rail-roads and canals This
prOphei - of destruction had been for More
than a year lifting up his voice in the rich
valleys of nur•COMmonwealthe'and mak
ing the mountains echo with his'terrifying
denunciation ; and such .had
feete of his labors, his preaching .— and his
explanation of scriptural _prophecies and
types and hie own foretelling, that thous
ands Milk op the idea and became Convini,
ed that al, signs now indicated the consum
mation of earthly affairs, and the utter
Sweeping away of the human ra'e. To
stieh an extent had the doctrine gained
credence, that we are told in many town
ships the - farniers in the Aettimii•frt fused
to sow their fields with wheat, and they
and their families seemed to he lookin
for that great and terrible day.'. In dams
faeces-the- conviction of the: , people- led
them to' a.keforMation. of life p• in other& it
'appeared only to produce a studied indif
ference to the things of dila world, With
out any preparation for that which is to .
• Before the time to which we have allud
ed, when Nimrod stood
r in Centre Square,
the people of Philadelphia had heard, of
his - prophecy, and also o 1 the effects which
had been wrimght, in some of, the interior
,that when he came to utter
his monitions, people were prapared to
hear him..l . Theaddress, therefore to which
we. have alluded;Created much . talk thiough;
out the city, and prMluced serious effects
in many families, where fear of evil seem'.
ed to be easily excited. ,
Gertrude continued to Manifest her ap.
prehension — of - some impenilinj evil,- all
though she refused to confess that her fears
had reference to the prophecy of Nimrod
Hughes: She prepared, howeyer,, for her
nuptials, by purchasing and maltinii . ep her
dresses'--for When did woniau ever ne
glect such preparation i—but she evideritly
had little pleasure in the occupation,some
evil seemed t&iitand between that moment
and her nuptial hour, and to cast its shad
ow on what should have been lighted with
the clear sunshine of youth's brlghtest
hope.. I have heard those ‘lto were
with her at these titnes,say that a duetl ap
peared upon:her highly poliehed forehead;
end every smile was checked as if treason=
able to some hidden woe..
, , • ,
Ditisritimelthe day of Gertruilebe mar , .
riage was , ipproacping=tune Mei apace
and will coittknue:iiiiir,theugh,,ttr.end he
full .!n s eight—and people of
,oheuged with - trade and .;
feselitel'ealling,thoegli marrying and given .
in ete,tr t ei etill'reiireibered'4he ,prophel:
ey,;:fe w•,Of- them, indeed. aeffered,it to in; ,
*fere with thbir pPele, :het ,ell, - ,iieeptef 14.
look ;hurt the ifih• of 'bpi* some, itipointeal
deli; as, tit the approach; of an .
ent ;triter:A(4s, ihie deep Peti . en, ehilo.erery
, , • r
one•ffitt tieutto tipte!eastsi•'.
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'eirat change ‘‘hieli hati:CO ' fiie:ovei her
'-7Rh'ere' w '
,aii not an ; absence of affection,
still loss,anY,,tiptiartint inclination ,to be re
leased frost the engagement idle which she
had entered ? but she manifested a i solettini l
tv of feeling • when .ennversing of the , BP
ro '‘• ••• •
paehing iteddidg that 'ideated more ap-
Propriate,to. some ageriiitng scene; still
She, eras thssame hind s thinightiiii, effect .
tionate ha i l wooed, and
won, and his heart WDLI as much knit With
her's as when in the loveliness ate May
morning she had consented to be his bride s
by the brightness •of a countenance that
seemed to shame the sunshine of the-hour.
All the preparations for the .wedding
were completed, and Gertrude had talked
and talked over the atTair fifty times with
her bridesmaids—but-never--once -- -without
a shudder of fearful apprehension, • that
was easily imputed to the prevalent terrors
oldie times, but which all supposed would
pass away with the non-fulfilment of the
prophecy on the fourth of the next month.
On Friday, the 14th day of June, 1812,
the sun rose bright upon the, people of
Philadelphia. It was a lovely . morning,
warm indeed, but without a cloud. Men
and women were abroad that day looking
earnestly as-:if-half -suspicious' that the
prtiecY might folfillecirriany indeed'
jokini ahont the crazy piophet and. foolish
behei ere, bat feeling Occasionally gratified
to lierte some better infiiinted person attempt
io prove that the propheCy could
~ not be
fulfilled. In'ene parts of tiv3 town in.
dustry ceased, and ,petiple paused to await
the result of,the day—unwilling to he found
in-the midst of active einpl4inent—and
yet ashamed if the - e . vent should not. take
place to be detected in any act of speed
I . n a fetrchtirches theie wile continued
worship, and in niany houses the voice Of
prayer *as heard continually rising. .
The family. of Gertrude were willing
td pay a respectful deference to the • fears
of One part of their neighbors,•and the con,.
.oden'the of the other part. They %/Quid,
•at, any rate, have tinstponed the wedding,
but for the." bad eign" Which such an act
presents. They therefore proceeded; titn,
idly,, but criiiinantly,,in the preParatiOns
which are never entirely completed, until
the event takes place. , The lionr or noon
had passed.. The'white satin dress of the
bride, (rather ad extravagant article in ,the
family.) was laid out. The little wreath
entwined with orange flowers, was, above
it.. Aryrorid wrre ,t 4 appliances of thehti,
dal hour,and near were the attendants (lithe
bridal pair. A lid Willitun had comp itn,tii
(nice possession of his new'hdthe,•-and.pre
pare himself for the trying .ecrentonf.....
Men- were ritio, seen at the coriers of
the streets, talking, gravely of the prophet
and Ids prophecy . ; and while some ridi
etled the, whole.', it Was remarked that they
cast furtive glances to.different parts of the
Itorisoh, to . see
,whether any signal of dam
ger presented i. i4self; even if ".no bigger
than a Man's
,But• none was seen.
The heat of the day. meantime, grew more
and more oppressive. The slight breeie
of the morning had died away; and there
came Op from the street pavements a re-,
fleeted heat, parching,and dry. like that of
a furnace.. It was almost iinpossilde to con
tinue ahroad, - So ftercelY did the Burt pour
down his rays.
!It is now fbur. o'elnek. my dau*hter,',
said Mrs. Schaeffer with.a smile to Ger
trude, and thiire does not seem to ba . any,
signs of the fulfilment of Ninirod's
i Gertrude, who was sitting near a bed
upon which was spread. out heriptptial
rohe, looked pp inquiringly. Mrs. Scheid:
ter rep eated her remark.
• f „. ..
' On the sixth nßonth,'• Bald Gertrude„enl
emnly repeating the langesite of the proph
et; ' on the fourth day of that month, and
on ,thwvening 01 l that day-:.'
.. tgtheF, is it , evening, yet?' ?".
• Z ..
• "It is evening after mid-day,' said Mrs,
,S But, mother, is it not evening also tin
[ill midnight?' '
Mrs. Bcneafier turned to make inn; a t .
rangennents, and•directed the, attendants to
prepare gertrude; wilt the exception of the
:own. , This taas.gompleted ,at once; anti
Mrs;•Sciieatter went to falal.other duties in
.., ii •' 1 1 of
her houlehold o atrs. grow og out the
uppteaching , Weddini.: , • -
• It Wii; about tic;ihilokii iiithe'afte;non'n
and .Ow "a lso, 4Aili2lat;";lnabittail: boiiev=
had gnno.,fo4 ~ no . to
,business, hut to
;on nvorani, ,Tha4 : was in a ; streek,in- the,
'ttOrtheiqnitt tttlie:if t lY;'°' 4 lu,,ie , "oi iB A l , ark *
;11'!)IiI•ithlikt . Ce!, 4 0. 1 0 'oloie hinrk'' been heard
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!''ttitit' i Otit*:Aiirts4oilogiiiitriiO4
earth, 'vie thecen t ititg . ia of a sitarlemi
Meantime tlielltit:iuter'tiliOn to toiiiti k 4
increasin g in soondme,the cloud apptosa
. , . .
ittlnuteS,iliti,,Wfiels horizon was
covered' 40004; sudden bitrst
of'.lightnin ,' atietided,without.a,Minute's'
payee' tiYiai'otifful n!' er of thunder karve
griping: feirs :: or. the; : pae-, -
pie, and '; eereami • horror ,, and ?!.espali t
and the tones of the thunderohat seemed
to.know no cessation,: were Mingled With
the .hlaste .4.wind that
uproar a new, source. of „Wedii4 , arld. f e ar .-
So dense - i 789 ,the c l o ud, :.lutog•over
the city, that there .was, upon its. sttrfaee a
the, prominent objects, beiaw, •,aUd • men
thought they saw. hill •and, tree end house
and people, in the thidk ceiling of the hea
vens above them.. . ,
.., In the midst, of this wild uproar of the
elements, the. rain commenced as if "the.
windows .of heaven, bad. indeed been open-
edr,there was no prelusive drop,no thick
ening of the Anwar; • but a down-pouring
of the elements, pa if the incontinent clouds
had been ,ient hyo.the'lightnings,aod their
treasures of Water,poured„ forth without
stint:. In two thinntei the streets were inr
undated, and appeared like MOtintain tor.
rents; and the already iininanagerible fears
of the people were increased 'by the• up
pouring of water from the as if the
fountains of the great deep had been broken
up, "and the elemeiite 0114 . .81r - end, of the
nether world, the thingii of the heavens
_brave and the earth:berieatii, and. the water;
under the, earth"
.wero. uniting to break
doWn , the middle wall of partition, and to -
Confoand all of order that had resulted from
their distinct separation. . •
In all' this, Man felt his insignificance—
"there was nothing to which he-,could 'turn
his haitti with even an appearance.of ape.
fulness i,the thoughtful and the pious awed
waiting; . .the voice of prayer_ was heard
amid the deep thunder tones without; and
here and there the Wild ehriek of • despair
rose sharp amid the turmoil, 'and told the
progress ofthe day's .disaster.,
One loud thunder-clap atid,a flash of
lightning that blazed over the Whole Orna
ment, were accompanied ,with, additional
out-pouring of water; trees came prostrate
to,the earth,or crushed the windows of the
houses agaimit Which they fell, and she wild
uproar was doubled, , .
Atter :thia",there Waa if:sudden 'pause - of
the rain—not a drop:fell ; here and there
a stream of lihhtning,. played fantastically
in the edge of the horizoe,..and the distant
thunderinf.; kept•o low knit constant mutter
ing, and those who did, not look forth,, be
.gart to hope that the worst.was,past.
tn a fewMomentspeople were ettan at
the windoWs and doors, and some in the
street, loOking.uptvards, but the glossy re'
fleeting black Of the clouds above them and
the wild movements of the 'maws on . the
horizon told them that the elemental strife
hail only paused as if fur fresh efforts—and
the wind appeared to be gathering new
,foree, beneath the.weetern hori;on; where
a strip of
.grey clouds was moving fantas
tically,as if to spring. upward to bear the
. additional horrors.
Not a breath agitated remainingieaves
of the trees. Scarcely a word from the
oithered,gremps interfered, with the Bound
of prayer or the shriek of continued terror
that broke from the neighboring houses.—
There was a pause in nature,
hushed the emotion of his fears as if silence
was the true attribute of the hoin. A wide
spreiding Mate of lightning almoit seared
the upturned eye or the people, and a peel
of thunder Beamed to -break in ihe • very
midst—,many sunk tlown in abler weakness,
and some sc reamed i aloud' in the agony of
fear. Thera 4e another pause, when one
universal cry o f horror fixed every eye up
on the Bond? West portion ofthe burizon:
There had sprung upward, as if, froin the
eartli.for its base could not be eeen,a,mighty
coluinn of lire, it reared itself toward the
sloud—a wild, lurid flame &shed from its
sidCti quits across the whole heavens leav
ing a sickly light oqUiti the northern and
western , sidea of all the b . U6diiigs. , W hen
the'COluinn had attained. whil seemed to bit
Beady the height or the olOnti, 4.i r nieffea
cone of 'vm,.,ditnenoion ,epp , earad, to reach
dOvio summit tit the earth.konte
pi),144.'0f fire; 'Thet t i`Cintiii(ett‘otili.i•taieoe•
of wildest herror. • bogie • end; per/mos
rose wildly 0 0n 111b0.4#, " while he a>a d
theta was seen 'onto siittot. wailer Wing
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in :die this awful
liam-WbOutt4ore once.. tiitht'to,
gain Access to Giertegdec ehemhee a lnetwi
ell hia; attempt, and found frier 15 tFe.10114,94
iippn the,hod„ nearly tiressad'for ( theetred.-. ,
ingApremouy.," It was afferfiik sight Ott'
emelt a moment, bee it Was titrikbly,. painful
fOdnd - hei.dneensible to tile' peeience,'lnid
to the 'lmpttiling,tiiiroar. itbroad.,,
316 :kneeled beside her bed. And.called,yi
her. in every ioneW - affeatiort to reetigniati.
him--but she gave,. tie heed.
• At length
the thunder was silence&—the rain:anti hail
ceased,, and William ,called, to thepeoide . ,
of ~the hous e to aid ; him with Partrude..-
,In.a,short time be took - .4r4 1 41 1 !. POI
and carried her, to the door.of her chiMbee
with a, view.; of showing, to ber,,tite ticea!
;ion of ber.fears had :.been, removed. and
that the storm which had;so much ala rmed
herbed passed, aw!y.,, Ile , directed her at
tendon I,,Qthe west,Where, beneath the '
ed.masses'of'.the clouds , the sun was Awl:.
ing his glorious . set—and , all. around
seemed to be a trembling 104,44 light , and
heat 'of which the sun, was only a cettire:„...
'Do,,yon see how. lovely the evening
:tomes in 2'. said
, see it,' raid ebe--Nt, is, k►eautiful. far
far more..beautifhl, than itenTnx. - itteeneg.?
. 'and. such, an evening 'too for. our , mar.
riage, better than we had ventured to hope.'
added William... .
. • 'ls
.there, marriage in Heaved r said
Gertrude—With hesitancy. , . .
William •turned towards the east.-and
looking out saW that the sun was.throwing
a moat brilliant rainbow cin the water cloud,
that had passed. It was. a Mingnificfnteight
—the whole horizon was gpanned by,,tho
gorgeous arch which was
heautiful by the dark cloud upon hieh it .
rested. . • ._
. 'aid ,William, 'what .a heayenly,
eight—how full of hope and promise- is
that token.' 1 ,
Pertrude, , lifted her eyes towards the,
east—then dropped gently on her 'tires,
and with her
,hands ;Crossed en her breast
and eye. upturned, she rather sighed. than
uttered "there was a rainboW round about
the throne." .
William's heart sunk within ' him ss he
felt that the mind of his betrothed had re-,
ceived an irreparable shock. He eallediter
mother attd placing Gertrude in her, aims,
turned with a smitten heart from her,cham-•
The dorm had indeed ceased ;to wild ~
uproar had sucroeded.the soft love=.
!Messier a eummees evening, dortbly en
joyed from the tremendous terror which
had been endured..
It was soon known that the ,column of. „
fire which had , been seen near the clos of
the storm, sprung from an immense mass
of lumber and wood lying near 'and on a ,
Krick kiln . in the,south-western part, of, the •
city—fire. had been communicated - either
from the kiln or by lightning, and the per,
cellar state of the atmosphere - Mill the den!
sity of the dark clouds above, exaggerated
the terrific appearance.
Poor. Gertrude:--1 Saw her at ,the ,does,
of 1815, and the few words which she ut! ^ -
lered; the only Ames for. many, days, NOM •
indicative of the, state of her mind. 'lt is,
something,' said she, to ciente the plans,
of punishmerit 7 -hut I not the pleas
ores of a better state—this lingering on this
confines of earth, with earthly feelings and
heavenly hopesls a sad prohation.'.
More than a Yen; after that interview,
her, wounded spirit escaped. Williamorho,
had eat for hours by her side, repaired the., .
laq look she, had to give. After lingering,
beyond.all expectation, And appearing in.
deed often to have departed,Zertrudeturni,
ed toward her haver—.—the On ; tod,paseexl
from her , 'eyes, and there, was. at
them beyond, that of theirmarly:y - onth and
soundest health. Gertuide—;Gertrude,'
exclaimed .he !tit!' eubdutsd• , voice; as
pressed,a kiss . upon her.foiehead.
' William, is 4 you ?inleed--where,,,,,
I ?—ibis looks like
,earth—aut? yet suiClt,. ‘ ,
strands, strange thoughts I have 4O-7 , 7101„,:,
me, :aie you .4 . r s e, thelp???,bi4Vftt^::
well i onSanh:.-,; , 0r the first to . we a unty
to jl43avott 1' , , ~ , ,', ',:, '' "
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'We ata in' t h e : ,
house: of -your:TotioAs„,'
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'Not ieir-not yet-4 ii; now. no*ilndl.,
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