The mountain sentinel. (Ebensburg, Pa.) 1844-1853, March 17, 1853, Image 1
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I ga iwn and listen while I tell you what I have ! learned 4ut West : I iin Vsck in old Connecticut, the Wand of stea dy ways." h Asfi if 1 wasn't diffident, and did not hate self praise, I wfU tell you what the people say about us "'Vaukee f ir e," How ""smart" au'l "wideawake" we are to all life's twibts and twirls. But. never mind ! I want, you know, to see the trld myself. And in the corutr of my brain I kept n little Vlielf, To stow away the facts I gained and pull them down at will ; ...... Aa-1 had & sharp lookout the while, this little shelf to til. Well, first I learned ere halfway there, to Call j tur baggage "plunder. In reckdh," too, instead of "guess," and 'toat" . without & blunder ; h'tver to full behind the time, but always be on 4&nd ; "" -Tor Western folks are prompt, nor like for lazy ones to stand ; Aad Nothing here lies long at rest the word is, "go ahead;" People don't atop to talk a thing is done as soon us said. A famous place it is for cash, to make, to lose, and lend it. The 4l'n know how to fill a purse the ladies -how to spend it. there I learned I j I wciffway up the country, aud a ""heap ;" ikey'have the "ague mighty strong. and it makes them "powerful weak ;" TkefV corn is of the "tallest." kind," "bacon the staff of life ;" Corn bread and homminy "the go," and hoe cakes worth a strife. They will keep 3-0U as long as you will stay, and make you welcome, too ; forever count the cost ot board, as Eastern I paigns and splendid victories. An active survey- ue know, too. that he should thus sacrifice the people do ; 1 or and the scholar of an ancient gymnasium, welfare of his country to that of Frauce. This Cut find a place to 'stow you in, however thick t might well be expected to discover the same i bis Amer.cau feelings forbid, and rather choos before, i trails of masculine firmness, moderation, an 1 iug to cousu.t the true interests of his country- Afito if another chance present, could pack a 'judgment. The energetic habits of mind tic- J men than to gain their applaure, he maintained doiuu more. ' quired while he breathed the mountain air and j a stca ly course, to t-ie ciose of his ad minis tra- j braved the fatigues of the f--rest, appear in an ; ti-u, Vneu suosequently the iusu'ts of the llere I was introduce to "gnats," and almost ' interesting point of view, in the influence on his mad dit eet iry of Fran-je tiecnn intolerable b caught a flea. rew closely intimate with ticks, who fondly clung to me. Or learned to climh a five rail fence, or trotting horse could ride. Cut got, as the old ladies 6ay, a "misery" in my side. At last, (and this I must confess, didn't exactly take.) So apt a learner I became, I caught the "Wes tern shake ;" f.ad after practicing a while, on every other day. Concluded I had learned enougn, and so I came away. Gloiious New Hampshire. At the election held in New Hampshire on Tuesday last, the Democrats carried their nomi ,tee for Governor Noah Maktin by double lt year's majority. They have also elected U three of their candidates for Congress, defea ting A.n ns Ti ck in the First District by a hand oine majority. He was supported by the whigs Free Soilers. There will be a largely in creased Democratic majority in the Houe from "18t year. The Council will be unanimously "tmocratic, and probably ten of the twelve Sen tnrsnre Democratic. Abolition is dead. Col. Jous H. George, who sueceeds Gen. I'ierce in the law business, is one of the representatives chosen. - Kittrepob's (Democratic) majority in 'he First Congressional District will be from 1.000 to 1.500 over Ti ck. Morrison's maiori- J will range from f.(0 to fi.OOO; last year it . "&j,j.w. uiorious ew Hampshire. North Branch Canal It is thought that the North Rranch Canal will be finished and in using order by the first of August next. Por tions ef it. vii : between Pittston and Tunka hatmock, and between Athens and Towanda, it thought will be ready for use by the first day f June next. , : Tight Screwixr. Do you support Gen Tay- No-" D" you support Gen. Cass V ' sir." What J d you support Van Bu " No, sir -ee I support Betsy and the cWdren, and it's mighty tight screwing to get 'ni?st that, with corn only twenty cents a ihtl. . . . . A despatch to the New-York" Herald says v " It ig reported that after the Inaugural, Gen. won thanked the , President for his remarks Wtit Piat &d the tkrxaj. Writtett fur the Sentinel. CHARACTER OF WASHINGTON ITS INFLU ENCE AND IMPORTANCE. In reviewing the changes of empire, and re fleeting on those viciss.tuies of uatioiial glory and decline, which ever furnish themes of his tor'c eloquence and poetic inspiration, no period so strongly arrests the attention as that in which : wtnen we are aO.e to attriouie u me energy oi an individual cli.ir.ictv.-r, the origin of a coui.- try s p utical existence : J r S'lch a period seem- tnc ur',c cic age ot tliat nation. ine ueveioi - such ii character is viewed with emo tions the moat flattering to human pride with hopvs the most dear enlarged to philanthropy. I'o behold the grand enginery ot military and C'VI "b.v'P hand, affords a pleas, the mj.ulfit ot a sm isitig conviction oi nit enersrv ot intellect, when its powers are con ceutrated on a single object and guided with un wavering deci.sioii. Cut when to this energy is added the charm of moral excellence, the as- ! cendency of individual influnnce is complete : anu, as in ine iormer insiauce. nio omnia oi men yielded to superior policy, so in the latter their hearts are won by superior goodness, while the cheerfulness of obedience, and the enthusi asm of personal attachment afford fu'.l d-moti-Str.itiou of the controlling power of character. l History presents no personage, m whom this happr coinhin-itioit of talents aud virtues arc so ptrik na'.y illustrated as in the splendid charac- ter of Washixgto.- lle was formed to deserve and gain an illustrious name, to support it in the proudest elevation, by unremitted activity and superior conduct, and to ru e4 by its power ful in tgic. where discipl'.ne had scarcely found ft place win re trovernment in its infancy i Was compelled to resort to the assistance of iufltl- enc ml where all other influence was unavail- j nig. The circumstances which contributed to form the character of Washington, (so far as its for mation may be supposed to have reu!ted from external caus-s, ) are clearly apparent and are simple and natural. II id his education been conducted with a sole view to the part he was to act. a better method cuM not have been Cho sen than the one that wa pursued. The 8 acred regard to truth, which was per cr- his haps the earliest principle inculcated on mind, may be readi'.y followed to its admirable ivsult in the sincerity of his political conduct, so opposite to that Machavelian policy, whose prevalence in the old world fixes a stigma on its Courts and Totentates. His earlv course of mathematical disc plind aud its practical appli cation to the purposes of surveying, contribu ting iu no small degree, to form some of his m"it rumuraUe, nod decisive traits. To the former we may refer his habits of careful and persevering investigation, his caution in be'ief ami his attention to svstem and arrangeiu't; whi'e the latter produced far more important results, , -.... ? .1. . i ; . i . ' exercising ami maturing mai, piivsioai opr iu j ment ot our a .at s with ranee ; if any influ action and patience of fatigue,,! nobly displayed Kuce could hae warped the integrity of so stem in an early solitary embassy; in furnishing him ' a patriot, one would suppose, it were that of with those practical elements of field discipline, J attachment to brothers in arms, and sharers in as indispensable to the General as they are un- danger and triumph. The'uudue prevalence of attainable to the mere theoretic' student : and. J such ie-.inirs would have been extolled heroic. above all in ripening that consummate power of judgment which guided the powers of his self- . taught genius, tempered the ardor of his cour- age, and displaying itseu on ninumeraine occa- sions. through his whole life invaribly secured the ready confidence, and co-operation of his interior in command, and the final success of his military and political enterprises; In its practical character, his education was strikingly analogous to that which fitted the renowned i lonimaudcrs ot antiquity tor their severe cam-. reading and writing composition composition That he read j English style no oue can : the best authors of '. doubt, who hys seen a single effusion of his.- That he profited so well by his reading of any I study of the ancient classics, is to he attributed to the peculiar tone of an energetic, and pr.icti- I cal mind. His style of writing is precisely 1 what we might expect from a character which tre oer the closing scenes of his life. The in rather sought to develop itself by eloquent ac- j flueiice of Washington maybe regarded, as tions. ami retained the other modes of expfes- ; thoroughly interwoven with littf political desti sion. the marks of its strength, by preserving a : uies. As it was exerted in the early and elern nervous Conciseness amidst the grandeur of sen- eutury history of our country and gave to other tinient and elevati n of language produced by ; institutions their decisive tone and character, so occasions no Icbs august, than that in which a in our latest epoch posterity will trilec its effects warworn army is harangued by its veteran lea- : widely diffused as the spreading millions of our j der, or a nation receives the paternal benediction of its political founder. . i 1 he character of Washington, thus admiro- - bly formed in the s.diool of hardy action, was successfully developed in the fieid of national . enterprise ; called to command at an age when ; the facul ies are fully matured, he engaged in a most arduous course of military action, and by his consummate address supplying his country's deficiency of fore, he overcame every obsticle to the vindication of her rights. The simple reci'al of the events of the revolutionary war, while it affords the fullest evidence, of his men tal resources and transcendent moral excellence, almost supersedes the. necessity of comment on his absolute ami unremitted influence. It is there that we behold Washington uis- , playing the able field disciplinaiian, ami the se- verelv tried command, r. in the operations of the ' (Campaigns oi Ush; the enterprising warrior and consummate general, in the battles of Tren ; ton, Princeton, and Monmouth, the officer of true fortitude, conquering adversity itself in the event of Brandy wine and Germantown ; the magnanimous soldi r, moderate iu success as at Vorktown : and throughout his whole career, the inflexahle patriot, who disregarded the cor- nipt artifices-of those he served, and, with an I shaken trust in Heaven, and a single view to the ' glory of his country, rose superior to external ! . K .. .... mhiAD ryf Vl 11 111 .1 T ' vireuutaLaiicep, or t'l'iioiiijf wio,.! v. cthn. It was Washinoton. whi prescribed to Congress the only efficient mode of raising and orgnizing un army. w"ho often kept the army j united' by his soul pers nal influence, inspired t its ardor amidst its most trying sufferings and t discouraging prospects, who guided the discip- j (lined and managed the lawless of his ill ip- pointed forces, am', mediated between them atid Tim veomaiirv Iron, u.lm tliov uvrf ohiiged to extort nrovifimn ! nr.. K wh i ,-almd the " j tamulU of the people; too impatient for their promised liberty and who when he had success t uily terminated the noble conflict again display ed tue n residtab.e influence of his char:u:ter, by do.'teniug the indignation of his officers, exas perated at the delay of Congress to relieve per sonal. wants, and distrt.o-es incurred by their patriotic 'inherence to the o inmon cause in short we behold in him the guiding genius of the Revolution, and feel that nobly as they ac juittcd the. i. selves in subordinate - station, yet it is no disparagement to the host of wor thies who aide 1 him, to pronounce that none would have displayed the a:ne consummate skiil aud enterprise, so tempered with judgment and so graced and diguided with all that elevates the iiuiuau cuaracier, ami w.us irom an impartial l'r -Verity the free tribute of admiration. Nor j was his iuflueuc ein the formation of our admi- raole institutions of government of less impor- i ...... ii Mi.s.K. .13 woe tt o1' en i ti a i . u iu pro- ( .I,,- nnallv that the dramas should copv nature nouuee on the character of the old confedera- ; in our peculiar manners and sentime'nts and turn, so uo one was so confi lent in declaring its borrow its dignity from the moral sublime of the complete incompetency, not only for supporting Revolution. To'accomplish all this in a worthy the national dignity, at Lome and abroad, but manner, it is hardly ueedful to observe that even for the purposes of uuiou uud self preser- j mtn of genius must arise scarcely less tr:n-vat'oa- "I scendent in energy of thought, than was VVash- Ile had bitterly experienced the futility of the ington- in all that ex ilM the hero, an 1 all that syst. in of State requisitions ; he well knew the ennobles the patriotic statesman It were injns necessiiy 01 coufeir ng o i the general govern- tice to suppose that the influence of WasHISo- ineiii amine ani u.roct powers, and he was otreuuous in urging on the distinguished civil ad.iir.- aud the leading men of the times the ne cessity of forming a new constitution. lie pre vai.ed. ills success iu these efforts though it does not strike tha wondering multitude with that impo-iiiig brilliancy, which is sprea 1 around his mi.it iry chaioctir, has conferred on his eouu.ry toe blessings of civil lileity, secured by sound and energetic goverumeut, and his enable J her to rise to the uroudest elevation, in Sli that G .tnh.i.uted to render a nation truly re- ( spectauie una ptruiaiuniiy nappy Washington waa next calh d to try the eovt rnment he had proposed, fur the country he had saved : it was here too that he was to bring his own firmness o. principle and strength of mind to the seve rest ir.a;. iu adjustiug the rviuaiuing difficul ties wiiU Uritaitt, his preference of ultimate na tional a ivautage to the gratification of present ; r-t tumult and prejudice, exposed him to thc I clamor of party deiuajfngucs, and even in some j instances to the unjust suspicious of those who had witnessed his magnanimity iu the most try ing scenes of the Revolution. It was even sug gested that he had yielded to foreign influence iu this negotiation, but the suggestion arose from a party of men, who were blind euough to yield their unwarrantable assertions while they refused to believe ii proposition, of all others the least to be doubted, by an intelligent obser ver of facts, that Washington, was on' every principle of his soul, in every act of his life, an American patriot. This truth was fully il lustrated in the la-St great natiodal affair, which o.cupied his thoughts and feelings, the manae- .. . . . V ? generosity by most of his contemporaries, and a in .st p.ira-ned by posterity. Washington wa fully aware of this, he heard the clamors taised y this seady adherence to the prin ioles which his jiidumeut approved. He was not ig norant that by violating the neutrality of the laws of good faith required America to observe iu the contest between Frmoe and England, he iiiigui purcuase me most etitliusiastic praise as n gfcatl'ul and disinterested friend, a chivalrous avenger ot the wrongs of his late ally. But obeyed with alaci icty the call of his country, .noe more to defend her rights. He was as usu al equal to the occasion, and just to his elevated cuar-itter. Iu his spir.ted determination to meet the enemy at the very shores ; we behold the o!d heroic hre of the Revolutionary patriot. kindling for the last time and throwing it 1ns- population, au l a n-ibly felt as the sun beams, or the fcrtil.zing deus of Heaven. Such hopes should not be regarded as chimerical, merely because we speak the lauguage of another couu- try. This by no means excludes the idea of an original national spirit. We have manners, opin- T 1 - - ft ions iiiiu uoiions as peculiar ami idiomatic as any other country. We have superstitions and traditions of our own, if these are necessary ; and thanks to Washington and his illustrious associates, we have had our heroic age, whose : spirit, is by no means extinct, whose events and 't characters possess a most powerful hold on the prepossessions and associations of the people, and present a rich and almost unbroken field of I literary enterprise. Is it esteemed an advan tage to h ive the great national hero known onlV by darit traditions, that bis virtues may berepre- i seuted as god. Ike, and bis actions related with tlie iu irvelous eiuoellishmeuts of poetical fancy? It is surely a much greater advantage to have j one whom faithfu; history places far above such redoubled champions, whose actions shine with . one bright splendor wheu delineated with the j strictest truth. It is true that the tspunish, the most truly national of all literature, has its ori i giu in a remote aud uncertain age, and that the ! Cid is to be regarded more as a poetical, than ' a historical character. But it should not be for- gotten that the most truly national portion, of tllA P 1 1 fr 1 1 f . T -1 1 1 1 1 t ttia flli.inmu in .r 1. w.U mv-uiawns m nmui fhakspeare has represented their heroic and glorious age, take its rise in a period of consid- erable advancement in letters, and relates to well known characters and events. The favor ite era of unr history is by no means too recent . to furnish dignified subjects for the various de depnrtiuents of literature. , Our materials are abundant, but almost untouched. That s little has hitherto been effected, we are to, attrihute. that the brightest talents of our countrv instead of being - combined with profound ' erudition, have beeti too early -directed to political, profes sional, or commercial pursuits, that our writers from this cause, half educated and neither ex elusive scholars or authors, have idly dreamed of intellectual excellence without industry, have neglected nature and truth to imitate the man nerism in poetry, and mysticism in prose, which are the very symptoms of declining literature in England an 1 above all have deplorably neg lected subjects of national interest. We hnve hail abundance of empty declamations on these subjects'; but this hati given" tis no honorable advancement. It is required that true noefrv should find A corporeal habitation among the traditions, and recollections of the people; that history should choose as its favorite theme, the forming period of our national existence," the i actions of our early patriots ; that eloquence j should persuade by their illustrious example i ... r. .... . ... r ton's character were confined to a single coun try or period; we could point odt its effects on distant nations and remote events. We could follow Lafayette, and his brave compeers, re turning to the Old World, with the remem brance of his generous virtues, and declaring how he had asserted and preserved the sacred liberties of his country. " We might r-'m irk the influence of this example in raising the tremen dous storm of Revolution, where there was no Washington t guide it. and where its effects were as terrible and desolating as the more im mediate result of his actions h id been g'orious and happy. But we should still n5sTgn too nar row limits to oar subject. To follow the exten sive and operative influence of Washington's character, were we write the history of every grand effort for freedom which the world has witnessed 6ince America was liberated. J. J. W. Ashland, February 15, 1853. A VISIT TO THE BIRTH-PLAGE OF BURNS. ' BT CRACK GREEN WtfbD. Dene M : I left lielfast on the evening of the 23d of September, with my friends, Mr. and Miss N L. for a short tour in Scotland. We lauded at Androssan, a port of no particular note, and from thence took the railway to Ayr. Thro last la a fine, flourishing town,- bat aside from the "ra brigs," containing no objects of peculiar iuterest as associated with Rums. lleie we took a droskey, and drove over to the old parish of Alloway. I cannot tell you how sadly 1 missed you from my side; iffy dear M , when approaching with the true spirit of a pilgrim, the birth-place of that noble poet of Love and Nature, whose sweetest Songs I had learned from your lips, almost with my cradle- h vnins As i gazed around on the scenes once. dear and fi miliar t bis eyes, my heart, if not all a-glow with its earliest piftftie enthusiasm, acknowledged a deep sympathy for, and did hon or to him who. while his soul was lilted into the divine air of poesy, withdrew not his heart from his fellows who shared humbly in their humble fortunes, ami felt intensely their simple joys aud bitter sorrows who. with all his faults was holiest and manly; with alt his wants and pover ty, proud and free, and nobly independent who, amid all his follies and errors, acknowl edged God and reverenced purity. The cottage in which liurns was born, and which his father built, was originally what is here called a "clay bigging." conSiStiug oiilyoftwo su'iall apartments on the ground floor a kitch en and sitting room. The kitchen ha it recess for a bed. and here the poet first opened his be wildered baby eyes on a m st unjenial world. This room, it is supposed, Vas the scene of "The Cott- r's Saturday NighL" I was somewhat dis appointed to find this cottage btanding on the road, and that it had been built on to, aud white washed out of all character and veuerablent ss. It is now occupied as au ale-house, which be seemeth it little as the scenes ot the beautiful religious poem above named. A few rods from the doof stands the" ."auld haunted kiik," thro' onfe of Whose windows luckless Tam O'Shanter took his daring observation of Did Nick and the witches, as they appeared when enjoying themselves." This Is it picturesque, fu tiess faftless edifice, in a good state of preservation. In the pleasant old church yard rests the father of the poet, beneath the tombstone erected and inscribed by one whose days slpu d have been "long in the land" according to the promise, for Burns truly honored his father and hia mother. From the kirk we went to the monummt. which stands on the 6ummitof the eastern bank of the Doon. aud near to the "auld brig, on the "key-stone" of whi;h poor Tam O'Shanter was delivered from his weird pursuers, and his gray mare "Meggie" met with a loss irreparible. This monument, of which the prints give you a very good idea, is of graceful proportions and a graceful style of architecture. The grounds a bout it, though small iu extent, are admirably kept, shaded with fine shrubbery, and made more beautiful by hosts or rare and loveiy now ers. There seemed to me something peculiarly and touchingly- fitting in thus surrounding an ' edifice, sacred t the genius of Burns, with the leafy haunts of the birds beloved, iu whose songs alone would his tuneful memory live, .and with the sweetness and brightness of. flowers, fmni whose glowing hearts he would have drawn deep meanings of love and pure breathings of passion, or on whose frail, fragrant leaves he would have read holy Sabbath truths, - lexsoi.s of modesty aud meekness, and teachings of the wondrous wisdom of Him who planted the daisy on the lonely hill side, and the P0"1 ia a weary world the one to delight the eyes, the otherto charm and cheer the souls, of his creatures. . . Within the monumeut, we -saw .that most touching relic of Burns, the Bib'e which hegavi to "Highland Mary at their solemn betrothal It is in two volumes. On the fly leaf of tin first, in the handwriting of the poet, is the texl And ye shall not swear by my name falsely 1 am the Lord." , In the second. "Tlwrt hba not forswear thyself, but ahalt perform nto th Lord thine oaths." In both volumes is the nam if Burns, with his Mason's mark, and in one i.- j a lock of Mary's owo beautiful golden hair u soft, glos-iy cuil, which in that last tender part ing may have been smoothed down by the car es-ing hand, may hi.ve waved in the breath, or j laiu against the breast of the poet-lover. The view from the summit of the monument is exceedingly beautiful aud interesting, embra cing, as it does, many of thi scenes of thc life and song of Burns. The scenery of air is not graild, surely; not etrikingly picturesque; but this vieW is totely, qtiiet and pleacant, beyond description truly, a untiling landscape. Per haps something was owing to the rich sunshine and soft air of the day, and more to the won drous charm of association ; but I never remem ber to hnve felt a more exquisite sense of beau ty, a ielight more deep and delicious, though s aadowed with sad and regretful memories, than while sitting or strolling on the lovely batiks of the Doon. half cheatif ! by excited fancy with the hope that I might see the rustic poet lean ing ovi-r the pietut-esqde "auld br'.g." following with his great, dark, dreamy eyes, the windings of the stream below, or, with glowing face up raised, revelling in the clear deep blue, and fair floating clouds above : or, perchance, walking slowly on the shore, coming down fr ra the plea suit "Braes o'B illochmyle," raus'.ng, with fold e 1 arms and drooping bead, "on "the bontiie lass" who had there unconsciously strayed cross the path of poet, and chanced upon im mortality. The Doou seemed to roll by with the melo lious flow of his song now with the impet uous sweep of passitfn : now with the fine spar kle of pleasant wit; now, under the solemn shad ows of sornw; uow out into the clear, sunlight of exu't.int joy ; now with the Soft gurgle aud silver trickling of love's light measured: now with the low. deep murmur of devotion. As I lingered there, countless snatches of the poet's songs, and stanza after stanza of long forgotten poems, sprang to my lips: rare thoughts, the sweet, fresh flowers of his genius, seemed sud denly to blossom out from ull the hidden nooks and still shaded places of memory, and the fair children cf his fancy, who had sung themselves to sleep in my heart long ago, stirred, awoke, and smiled into my fare again. Happily for me, my companions fully under stood and sympathized with my mood: so lit tle was said, that touch might be felt. One sung Ye banks and braes o'bonnie D on!" and whether it was that his voice, in its deep, i patbetio tones, w peculiarly suited to the ' mournful words and air, or that the scene itself mingled its melodious tkcmory with the s'.nging, I know not; but never before had I been so af fected by the song. " On our way hack to Ayr, we called to see the sisU-r fcid nieces of Burns Mrs. Beggs aud tier daughter who we had been assured were most kindly accessible to visitors. This visit was aU together the most interesting and gratifying e veut of the day. Mrs. Beggs lives in a simple but charming little rose -embowered cottage about a mile from her birth-place, where all who seek her with respectful interest, receive a cour teous and cordial welcome. Mis. Beggs is now about eighty years of age, but looks scarcely above sixty, and shows more than the remains of remarkable beauty. Her smile could hardly have been sweeter, or her eyes finer, at twenty. Her sight, hearing, and memory, ttem uu m paired: her manners are graceful, modest, and lady-like, and tdie converses with rare intelli gence and animation, speaking with a slight, sweet Scottish accent. Her likeness to Nay smith's portrait of her brother is very marked her eyes are peculiarly like the idea we have of his, both by pictures and description large, dark, ludrous, aud changing. Those eyes hone with new brightness as 1 told her of our love for the memory of her beloved brother, our sympathy in his sorrows and our honor for bis free aiid fnahly Spirit" when 1 fold her that the New World, as the Old. bowed to the mastery of his genius, and were swayed to smiles or tears by the wondrous witchery of his song. But when I spoke my admiration of the monument, and said, "what a joy it would have been to him. could he have foreseen such noble recognitions of ' is greatness!" she smiled mournfully, and shook her head, saying. "Ah. madam, iu his proudest moments, my poor brother never dream ed of such a thine;" then ad led that hisdeath chamber was darkened, ami hia death agony . deepened by want and care, and torturing fears for the dear ones he was to leave. I was re minded by her words of the expression of an : old Scotch dame, in our country, on hearine of 'the completion of this mouumcnt: "Puir Rob ! ! he asked for bread, aud now they gie him a i t"tae." I Mrs. Beggs says that Kaysmith's portrait of her brother is the best, but that no picture could j have done full justice to the kindling and vary ' ing expression of his face. In her daughters. who are pleasant and interesting women, you can trace a strong family resemblance to the po et. The three sons of Burns are yet living two in the army, and one has a situation under Government at Dumfries. All three are widow ers. When I saw her. Mrs. Bgzs was expec ting daily the two youngest, the soldiers, who as often as possible visit Ajt. and cherish as tenderly, as proudly, the memory of the'rfatlifr. It whs with deep emotion that I parted ft"n this gentle and large-hearted woman, in' whose kindred and likeness to the glorious peasant I almost felt that I had seen kim. heard his voice with all it searching sweetness, and had my j soul Bounded by the deep divinings of his eyes. I It seems, indeed, a blessed thimr. t tat after the j sorrow which darkened hei youth, the beholding j the pride of her house sink into the grave in his prime, broken-hearted by the neglect of friends, the contempt and cruelty of foes, b care and poverty, and bitterest of all. by a wei ry weight of self reproach that she has lived to see his children happy and prosperous hit birth-place and his grave counted among the world's pilgrim shrines 1 be herself iKmored and beloved for his 8 ike. and to sun her chilled ge iu the noontide of his glory. Xational Era T3.m WASHINGTON. Gen. fierce 2nd tils Views Afjointmsnts. ' From a gentleman who accompanied Gen ierce from Bi'timore to Wash ington. the edito f t!i Journal of Commerce learns thot Mrs ierce will remain at Baltimore tiU aftir th ' :c:teuient id" the Inauguration Miall have pa" : way. ' General Pierce srated in conversation . i ith this gentleman, that the only place wher ie felt truly happy, was in the quiet enjoyment f the home circle ; that the wisest thine he ver did. wnS to resign his sent In the Caits-1 States Senate, und retire to private life ; that he looked forward to hi presidential term na a period of toil and difficulty, but. he added, emphatically, if a man who has Attained to that office, cannot free himself from cliques find act independently, our Constitution is valueless." Reference having been made to one of his , nep relatives who might be expected to have a good office, he replied, "My is a, thriving frm-r, iu comfortable circumstances j I shall uot inter fere with his happincs by offtringhim an cCice, and believe he is too wise to ask for one."' ,' A Washington Despatch to tho New York Courier, eays : - The present arrangement of the Cabinet is considered only temporary. Cwl. Benton remon strates against Marcy aud Cushing. The fal lowing nominations will probab'y be made : Hon: Mi. Buell, Michigan. Minister tl Berlin ; R. K. Meade. Yirgihis; Minister Hi "Peru ; Bu ihauan, Minister to Loudon . Nicholson, Teen.. Minister to Spuiu : Bcdinger, Va., Minister to Central America ; D. K. Cartter. Commissioner of Land Office. A large proportion of the office seekers are the officers in tie Mex"cr.n war. Thirteen officers of one regiment have waited on Pr.s'd nt Pierce in a body, and linifieJ their expectation of reward. It is understood that the President is partial to this class of appli cants. Senator Dixon, of Kentucky, is very ill. and bis recovery is considered doubtful, t'ril tendon will probably be his successor. There are six vacancies in the Sei a'e. AffcT having received a host cf jpcop'e at the White House, General Pierce retired, and the floors closed. Ex-President Fillmore took up his quarters at three o'clock in the rocms nt Willard's, vacated by his successor two hours previously. A few "friends dined with Geutral Pierce at tho White House, but. Mr. Fillmore, consulting the General's repose, declined.- 1LJ will dine together perhaps to-morrow. rfsylegtSL tUii. ' MOW IT 11 VOVi ST SOU. . The other evening we were at A party of a friend of ours, and amongst the lot was a gy young Misf, who had just returned from boara icg school, where, after many solicitations iui apologies she seated herself at the piano, rocked to the right, then to the left, leaned fur ward, then backward, and then t-egnn. She placed her right hand about midway the keys, and Lor left about two ctaes below them. She now puts oft the right to a brisk canter upon the tre ble notes nml her left after it. The left thra led the wiit back, and right pursued it In like manner. The right turn d and repeated Its movement, but the left outrun it this time, hop ped over it and flung it eutirely off the track. It caftie in again, however, behind the left, on its return, and passed it iu the same style. They now became highly incensed tit each other, ami met furiously ou the middle ground. Here most awful lonflict (UMitdfor a short spa wheu the right whipped off all of a sudden, as we thought fairly tauquished ; trtit we were in erroi in what Jack Randolph cautions us it had only "fallen back to a stronger position." If had mounted up two back keys, and commenced the note of A rattlesnake. This bad a wonder ful c fleet upon the lelt, and placed the doctrine of snake charming beyond dispute. The left rushed toward it repeatedly, but seemed invari atdy panic Struck When ft came within six keys of i, and as invariably retired with a trt mendi ue roar down the bass keys ; continued its assults, sometimes by a zigzag movement, but all its at tempts to dislodge the right from its strong hold proved ineffectual, it tame close up to its adver sary and expired. Anyone.- tx rather no one, can imagine what kind of noises the piano made during the cot;1 flict; Certain it is that no one can describe thera and therefore we sha!l not attempt it. The bat t'c ended. Miss Jane moved as though she would have risen, but his was protested agaiiist by a number of voices at once. "One eoug my dear Jane." "you must s'.ng that sweet little French air you used to fing, an i which Madame Pig gis jueaki is so fond of." Miss Jaue looked piti fil! at h r mamma, and her mamma looked 'sing it Miss Jane ;" accordingly she squared her.elf for a 6ong. She brought her hands into a caput th:s time in fine style, and they see ued to be per fectly reconciled to each other, theu commenced a kind of colloquy ; the right whispering treble very sadly, aud left responding bass vory loud ly. The conference had been kept up tini!. wa be gan to desire a change upon the subject, whea our cars caught, indistinctly, some very curious sounds, which n-,pei rtd to loct i d fr ru tl.e lips of M'ss Jane : tliey seemed to be a compound of a dry cough, a grunt, a hiccough it appeared to us, ns interpreters bi twen the right and left. Things had progressed in this way frr about 15 seconds, when we happened to dir ct mr utttn ttoft to Mr. R. His eyes were closed, bis head swung gracefully from side to side, n beam of heavenly complacency r s ed on his countenance, and his wholeman gave irresistible deraonstrati'i: that Miss Jane's music hail made him feel good aU over. We resolved, fira this contemplation of Mr. R's transport, to see Letlicr we could extnet from the performance anything intelli- gi-tble. when Miss Jane made a fly cutching grab at hnlf-adozen keys in a row, and the same instant ehe fetched a long dung hill cock crow, at the conclusion of which the grappled at as many keys with tho. left.. This came over R. like a warm bath, and over us like a rack cf h-imboo briars. Our nerves were not recovered nnt'.ll Miss Jar repeated the movement, accompanying it with the squeal of a pinched cat. This threw us into in ngue fit. but from reprct to the performer, we maintained our tiOditir n. fhe now made a third grap with hef ribt. Mid t the snuie tia.o raised, oue of the most unearthly howls tht ever sMMiel from the throat of unr ln man being.. This seemed tb signal for universal uproar and b-strurtioN. he now threw away all reserve, nd ehraed thepianno with her whole ft.te. he boxed it, she clawed it. she s raped it. ler neek veins dwelled, her chin flew tip. her -op flushed, hfr eyes glared, her bosom heaved he wrenmed, he howled, she yelled, she cck--I. and wn in the act f dwelling upon the not f a screech owl, when we took the St. Vititx'a 1'iiif anil rushed out cf the room, 'Good e.-s!" said a bystander, 'if tliis to ber soic"" what must be fcer cry in 5 T"