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    111YNTI)GDO1 .H 1 t "NAL:-:
VOL, XIII, NO. 16.
[From Godey's Lady's look.]
What though the sky is sometimes black
And melancholy looks the weather?
Fill up the sparkling cup, nod think
'Tie that which brings us altogether.
Paso round the jest, nor of the sky
Give to yourselves a single cure:
Hearts were no lighter, could you see
The moon and stars all shining there.
A foolish fellow 'lts who whines
Because his bread's not always buttered;
Or trembling, falls before a threat
Ere get the words are scarcely uttered.
Glvs-unto us the mnn who meets
Misfortune's frowns without sad fears,
Knowing no lighter they would ceme
NVere he to sled ten thousand tears,
Soule rnurm'ring, discontented wights,
Are like the spoiled and petted, boy,
Who, wasting pleasure's that he has,
ticeks only those he can't enjoy.
They think not of God's kindly gifts,
But let each trifling grief annoy,
And thee, in vain, ungrateful sighs.
The precious hours of life employ.
The I let us. friends, enjoy to-day,
Nor fret ourselves about the mom*,
For just as like it is to come
As full of joy as 'tin of ao:rott
A thousand ills, a thousand cared,
Heart the paths of every one;
Take earn( those, nor think of what
May in the future have to COMP,
A TRAGIC smozat
Much of the interest felt in beholding
a chain of lofty mountains, arises from
the feeling that on lands such as these
the foot of the invader has seldom rest
ed, and bus seldom long tarried. .So
often, from the pass of Thermopylcc to
the heights of Mogarten, have the brave
proved their own hills to be impregnable,
that no tale of overwhelming numbers
will counteract the feeling that a moun
tain land so won has been betrayed by
the cowardice of the inhabitants, Of
this cowardice, history unfortunately,,
gives us some proofs, But these few
instances of weakness and treachery
only serve to give the force of strong
contrast, to the bright example of higher
and nobler spirits. These reflections
apply more especially to Norway, the
tradition which often rouses the warm
Norse blood, when told by some of the
older peasants to the listeners round a
cottage hearth on a long winter's even
In 1612, there was . a war between
Norway and Sweden, distinguished from
a mass of the forgotten conflicts, at one
time so frequent between these rival
and neighboring countries, by the tragic
fate of Sinclair 's body of Scottish allies,
the remembrance of which is celebrated
in a fine Norweigan ballad. It is a mat
ter of history, that the Scots landed on
the west coast of Norway, to join their
allies, the Swedes, and wept along the
only valley pass leading to Sweden, and
were annihilated in the deep defile of
'Galbransdale, by the peasantry. At the
time when they should have arrived In
Sweden, a small body of Sweeds, en
camped in .lempteland, resolved to join
their allies, of whose movements they
had received intelligence, and escort
them over the frontiers, crossing by the
hill passes, and uniting with the Scots
on the other side. This band, to whose
fortunes we attach ourselves, numbered
but three hundred warriors ; but they
Were the flower of Sweden. They re
solved to penetrate the barrier at the
most inaccessible point, believing that
the Norsemen would collect in the South
ern country, where they were opposed
by a Swedish army, tind rest secure in
the deep snows ; which rendered the
hills impassible, for the defence and cer
tain protection of their mountain fron
. .
So they came,. says the legendary
story, to the foot of the wild pass of
Roden, n spot fitted to be dangerous to
the Swedes, and since strewed with the
frozen corpses of the hosts of Laharre
and Zoega,•who perished there. Their
company filled the few cottages of the
small hamlet on the Swedish side of the
barrier, where they the early
part of the day. They were eager in
their inquiries for a guide,. being resol
ved to pass the hills ere night,, lest ti
dings should reach the Norsemen of
their approaching foes but all their
search proved fruitless.. Many of ,the
Swedes of the village had been over
these mountains, but none were on the
spot possessing that ,firm confidence de
rived from certainty of knowledge, and
conscious intrepidity, which could alone
make them sure and willing guides in
an expedition of such peril and• impor
At last old Sweyne Koping, the keep
er of the little ina nt which. was the
Swedes' head quarters, shouted with
the joy of one who has at once hit upon
the happy solution of a difficulty. " kly
the bear !" he exclaimed, "could none
of you think of the only man in Jetup
teland fit for the enterprise, and he here
on the spot all the While! Whore ft
Jaris Lindens I"
A hundred mites echoed the eager
question, cad the leaders were told. to
their regret that they must wait perforce
till the morrow, for the only matt able
or willing to guide theriv(Lindens) had
gone forth on a journey, and could not
possibly return that day.
" Well," said Eric Von Dalin, the
chief of the Swedish detachment, "there
is no hope for it. To-day we must de
pend upon the kind entertainment of
our hose: beware, my brave Mon all,
beware of deep horns of ale or mead.—
Remember," pointing to the rugged
peaks glittering in the snow, " remem
ber that nil Who would sleep, beyond
those to morrow will
! need firm hands
and true eyes. And, good Sweyne, (ad
' dressing the inn keeper who was the
chief person in the hamlet) loolc, well
that no sound of our coming reach those
Norse sluggards. There may be some
here, who for their eouhtry's sake,',
would cross the hills this night With
" Thou art right, by IVlnnheim's free
dom !" cried the host : " here sits Alf
Stavenger ; he knows those hills better
than his own hunting pouch, and would
think little 6f carrying the news to his'
countrymen. lam sorry," he continued:,
turning to Alf, " verily I•grieve to make
an old friend a prisoner; but you must
bide here in safe keeping till our men
are well forwarded."
"I care not if I stay here to night and
forever," replied the Norseniun. Eric
now looked for the first time on the
and confessed that he had 'ne
ver beheld a finer looking man. In the
prime of the beauty of the Northern
youth, Alf Stavenger was remarkable
for a caste of features bearing the tra
cesof a higher mind than can often be
discerned in the cheerful, lusty faces of
his countrymen. "Does the valley
marksman speak thusl" said the host.
"Ay," answered the youth, " when
you are thrust forth from the fireside,
you can but seek another roof. , If your
own hand cast you out, you are fain to
cling to the stranger—the enemy !"
" Has Einlan's father been rough V'
inquired Swene. •
"Name hiin.not I" replied the young
peasant angrily. " They have heaped
refusal and insult upon me—let them
look for their return."
ti Ay, Skihnan Harder mny one day
wish I had wed his daughter—my name
shall yet be fearfully known throughout
Norway. . Swede, I will myself guide
your troop this night over the Tydel.—
Trust the fully , tend you shall be placed
to-morrow beyond those white peaks."
"You will have a fearful passage first!"
said an old peasant ; there is no moon
now, and it will be pitch dark long be.
fore you cross the Nrorm."
44 The nights Is to us as the noonday,"
cried a young soldier; for your crags
we fear them not, were they as high as
the blue heavens. Our life has been
among rocks, and in . our land we are
called - the Sky-leapers."
" I will trust the' young Norseman,"
continued the chief; wounded • pride
and slighted love may weil.make bitrl
hate the land that has spurned him,
were it his own a hundred tithes."
As dig day Was fast wearing away,
but little dine was lost in preparation.
Each man carried with him shifts, to be
used when, alter climbing the rough as
cent, they wound along those narrow
and difficult paths which skirt the face
of the cliffs crossing the mountains.—
Their guide told them, when it grew
dark . , they would be guided by lighted
torches, to
,be procured and used as he
should afterwards direct them.
During their slippery and rugged
journey, Alf could not help admiring
the spirit, coolness and activity shown
by the party in sealing the dangerous
rocks ; and they felt insensibly drawn
one to another by that natural, though,
unuttered friendship Which binds togeth
er the brave and high-souled. Still few
words passed between them though
many of the Swedes spoke Norse well,
and Alf knew Swedish as thoroughly as
his own tongue. On both sides wore
feelings which led them to commune
with their thoughts in silence.
After some hard and successful climb
ing, they halted at the close of the day,
on the snowy sdmmit of a ridge they
had just ascended to fasten on. their
skates. They, had now to traverse the
long slippery, defiles so peculiar, to Nor- .
way, where the path, rips up, narrow
ledges •of, rock, at an awful height, wind
ing abruptly in and out along the rug
ged loco of the hills. Jim they form- .
ed in single file, and their guide taking
the lead of the column; kindled by rap
id friction, one of the pine branches, of
which each had, by his orders; gathered
an abundance on their way. Ile.said in
a few brief and energetic words; " that
here must they tempt the fate of all Who
would Conquer Norway, unless they'
cheese to return 3 now Were they to win
their proud name of SirpLenpers. h Ile
bade them move along rapidly ; and
steadily follow the light of 'his torch,
Every man was to bear a Waking pine,
kindled from his, and thus, can pres
sing on the line before him, the track
Would not be lost in the turns and wind
lie placed:the Coolest Mid Most fictive
in the. rear, that they might pass lightly
and skillfOly over the snow, roughened
by the track of their leaders, and keep
the line or lightB, which was their only.
safety, compact and unreserved.
What a change from the toilsome
climbing which had.. wearied the most
enduring spirit ! They flew over the
narrow slippery path, now lost and then
emerging in the sharp turning of the
The dangers of the Nterce, which
make even the natives shudder at the
giddy narrow path and awful depths,
were half unseen in the darkness, and
all unfeared by these brave men, who I
darted exultingly through the keen bra,
eingnight breeze of the hills.
At every step the Windings became
more abrupt, and it seemed to his near
est follower, that even the guide looked
anxious and afraid, when almost close
toliim at a turning, he saw, by the join
ing light of their torches, the counten
ance of. Alf turned back towards the
linaof flying stars, with a troubled and
sorrowful look. To encourage him he
cried in a bold and cheerful tone, "No
fear! no danger!"
On, brave Stavenger I The Sky.
Leapers follow thee !" On !" shouted
back the guide with .a cry that echoed
through, the whole band, and quickened
their lightning speed. Their torches
flew along in one unbroken straight
stream of fire, till n wild death scream
arose, marking the spot where light afA
ter light dropped in the dark silence.—
The depth was so terrible that all sound
of fall was unheard. But that cry reach
' ed.: the sinking line, and their hearts
died within them; there Was no stopping
their arrow flight—no turning, aside
without leaping into the slicer air.
Alf Staveuger shuddered at the death
leap of these brave men over the edge
of the rock. His soul had been bound
to them in their brief journeying togeth
er, and had they not come as his coun
try's invaders, he would have loved
them as brothers for their frank cour
age. But Alf was nt heart a true son of
Norway. It is true he bad resolved,in
the desperation of his Karen-, to leave
his father land forever; still, when he
sew this band coming to lay waste the
valleys which he knew were undefended,
his anger was jolt moment forgotten,
and all his hot Norse blood was stirred
within him, He was deterred, as we
have seen, from crossing the hills to
warn his countrymen; and he knew that'
when Jeris returned, he would be able
and willipg to guide the Swedes over
the pass. He soon planned his daring
scheme, " Ay," thought he, while this
waving train followed his leading torch,
I told them that here they should earn
the proud name of Sky Leapers! that
here those who warred with Norway
should have their fate ! I said that
Skialm Hardner would wish he had
given me his fair daughter—that my
name should be known over my land for
a deed of feat and wonder! I promised
they should sleep on our side of the
hills! Now will I keep all that I have
sworn. Ms a pity for them, too, so
young, so unsuspecting; but two words
have made my heart iron—Emlen and
Alf well remembered one point where
h long straight path ended suddenly in '
a peak of rocks, jutting far into the open
air. The road was continued round so
sharp a re , entering, angle, that much
caution and nerve was needed, even by
one well aware of the danger, to wheel
rapidly and steadily around the face of
the abrupt precipice and avoid shooting
straight over the edge of the rock. He
had fixed upon this spot for the death
leap; in fact 'the . Swedes never could
have passed it in safety without having '
before been apprised of the peril, and
afterwards cautioned of its vicinity as
they approached its brink.
When he looked back, as he led the
line rapidly to the unseen and •dreadful
fate, he shuddered • to think on what a
death the brave and ligbt-hearted men
who followed him w,ere rushing. A
word from the nearest followers roused
him: he shouted to hasten their rapid
flight, and darted boldly on,•throwing !
hisieading torch far over the point
Wfiere they should have taken the sud
den turn ; but he had neatly fallen into'
the ruin of hit followers. With the I
sounding speed of the flyers pressing!
hard upon his footsteps, all his nerve
was barely sufficient, after flinging his
blazed pine straight forward as a lure,
to check his own course, and bear him
round the point which severed life from
Tom Tunwell is a genius—a enpital,'
genius T-for genius is his only capital.—
Hts is of that class called by. financiers
"floating," in contradistinction to ftind- ,
ed, and hence he is enabled to get switti-,
mingly along. In aliment he is an epi
cure, preferring fluids to solids, and
though not of the tion , resistant or qua
ker creed; is frerjtiefitly moved by the
spirit. He despises a toddy, but los'es'
a toady, and as a kind of satisfaction for
the slings which outrageous fortune is
ever making at him, he is in the frequent
habit of tossing cuff gin stings. Debts,
he says, are the peculiar privile g es of 1
War of Christian Principles. igentimeri. The only one which he
,One of the conditions of the treaty I ever means to pay is the debt of nature,
with Mexico, it is said, is, that any fur- and before doing that, he will claim as'
ther war which may break out between many days' grace as 'tis possible fat
the two countries shall be conducted on him to'obtaitt. He thinks there must be ,
Christian principles. -Now we all know something shamefully wrong in the'
that this is an age of progress, and that structure of 'society, when the letter ofl
all sorts of improvements are constant- a member of Congress can go free from
ly, taking place in all sorts of matters, one end of the country to the other.
but war on Christian principles is cer- ,
cmtertaining these peculiar ideas, it
tainly the latest, and if it be carried out, is not a mat'er of wonder if Toro
we think it will prove the greatest of times find, hi s „.ay to the calaboose, or
them all. if some obtriNtive cicerone; in the shapel
Just imagine it; we think we can see o f a watchtribii.would ievolUntarily con , '!
the two armies drawn out in battle array, duet him there: Tom was noticed last I
A fair field is before them ; the ranks' night, sitting on the soft side of n
are formed, the positions arc taken; the opposite the new Municipal Hall, indef.
greet guns are unlimbered. Gen. Scott ' ging in one of his peculiar ruminations
is just about to give the order to fire, on the event of the day. "They call
when an aid comes up and respectfully, this the, age of intention, said Tom,
reminds him that "the war is to be con- but why does not some feller tithe out a
ducted on christian principles," and that " patent, for prowiding drinks on tielt ;
it will not do to fire. " Very true, very , would not lie be a benefactor of his spec
true," says the commander-in-chief, "but des Of course he would, because it
what are they 1 I have read Vauban, 'nd be a substitute for specie. Or if a
and Scheiter, and 'rurenne, and Coehorn. bill was introduced for perpetual elec- 1
I I have read the lives of the old conquer- Itions, it would go far to obviate the difil
' ors, and have studied the campaigns of culty. They talk of the good that nos ,
the greatest soldiers, but I never hap- sionary societies'rloes, but they ain't no
pened to come across these principles in circumstance *in 'humbling the exulted
any work upon the military art. Do and exalting the humble, to an election
lyon know anything about it Colonel I" by the 'people. You don't see no folks
"No." , putting on airs in 'lection time : every
"Nor you Major 1" feller is as good as another, and some a
"I really don't know how to begin. I dam'd sight better. Candidates are ne . -
suppose it would not do to shoot. Sup- ver near-sighted : they sees every body:
pose we send for the Chaplain." , I
they aint no teetotalers among them
The Chaplain arrives—"Do you know neither, for they treeta every body ; the
anything about this fighting on christian very arkwardest of 'cm could make a
principles ?" fortin, one would think, jest by teaching
"Oh yes ; it is the easiest thing in the the principles of politeness at which
world 'l' they are a fay, as the French say.—
" Where are the books 1" Could anything on itirtit equal_ the hos
" Here," and the Chaplain takes out pitality o f ----- to me last night, who
the Bible. is a candidate for Alderman in my ward.
"Really," says the General, "we ought He brought me home with him : he was
to have thought of this before. lis a' a little !relit—corned some folks call it
bad time to commence the study of me- —it is true, but that was because lie
tics when the enemy is right before us; wanted to show his'ecnistittients he tra7.
but I suppOse we are bound by the treaty. one of the people, Well, he tapped at
What is the first thing Mr.'Chaplain 1"; the door : he held me by the ann ; I
"Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt love I don't well see how he could stand
I thy neighbor as thyself." I straight if lie hadn't. When his wife
" But these arc not neighbors. They ' opened it, he said, " Mr. Tunwell," said
are Mexicans."' ! he, introducing the to that amiable lady
"The same book tells us, a little furth- Tunwell, one of my best sup
er on that the opportunity to do good to I porters," which at thelitne wnsliterally
a man makes him our neighbor." I true. " Why, Charles my dear," sail
" Will you go on, Mr. Chaplain 1" site, " you seem tipsy:' , " No l l ain't---
"Love your enemies. Do good to I ain't tipsy," said he, "but I'm fresh
them that hate you. Pray for them that front the people," and, my eyes! didn't
despitefully use you, If a man smite' he treat me' to a cold supper and to
you on one cheek, turn to him the other." Scotch ale; and didn't I give for a toast
"But while we are praying for the the unbooght suffrages of a free pebtjlei
Mexicans they will be firmg into us." I and didn't he say it was glorious! capi
, Not they are bound by the treaty ! tat ! and so it was the only capital which
also. It works both Ways.'' I was operating on at the time. But I
" Then what is the use of our arms 1" said something about my ward, didn't
" This is all provided for in the salt - mill I'd like to know what ward is riot
book. Beat your swords into plough- I mine 1 I'd like to see any one that
shares 'and your spears into pruning would attempt to keep me frem wotie
hooks." j wherever I d—d please ; I'd bring any
Then I don't see as there is anything one that would before the court on - It
for us to do here." haby corpus, on the charge of restrictin'
"Nothing, unless you send over and . the right of franchise—on the charge
ask Santa Anna if he needs anything in of—"
the way of medicinns or provisions, orl “Having no visible means of support,"
clothing. I rather think the treaty re- said the watchman, who just happened
requires this of , us. And I don't know to come •up, arid heard Tom's dismissive ,
but we ought to send them a few school- , comments.
masters, for I understand that they are " Hello. Charley," says• Tom, for he
shockingly ignorant people." , well knew his man, " these are 'lection
"But how do you ever know . which
times; and it ain't constitutional to sop-
Press free opinion.A feller can give
party conquerS'in this fighting on Christ
ian principles?" ' • • his reasons for votin , , can 't he?"
"That is the great beauty of it. Both "Come, move on to the calaboose,"
sides conquer and there are never any
said the "
Oh, I see," says Tom, "that's mo
killed and wounded," .
vitt' the previons question on me, and
Now this is all the way that we know 'that ain't no better titan gag law, no
of conducting war on Christian princi
ples. In any demand which may be how. you can fix it."
! The watchman poked Tom off, and
made upon this State for men to carry
tom kept arguing the constitiitienal
on a future war with Mexico, we think
question with him till lie entered the
the Governor will , best commit the con- watch house,
ditions of
.the treaty by directing that
(r - ?• A young lady, scolding her beau
the recruits shall all come from the eace
for . not sending her' a pair of new shoes
Anthony society. Colonel of the rHe shoeld app egiment, and oint Th peace
tie promised her, writes in a postscript
John Meader Major, and he should go
as follows : "P. S. Them' shuz ort to be
down to Newport on the first seventh
on hand (!) and the reeklelection stix
day after the .steind sixth day in. time
Olt about a let t,"
sixth months and walk right into the
Yearly Meeting and ask the clerk to
draw up a plan of the campaign. That
is the way to fight on " Christian prim.
ciples."— Providence Journal.'
His speed Was slackened by turning,
and for a second, he fell giddy and
senseless every nerire had been strung
for the decisive moment, and his brain
reeled with the struggle. He nivakened
to consciolisness to see the last of the
line of torches dart into the empty space
—then sink forever; and he listened
with a told thrill of awe and terror to
the echoes of the death scream of the
last of the Sky-Leapers.
_----~~r.= _~-
T 0.111 TUNWELL;
ID- It is said that extensive orders for
American stocks came over in the Cale
donia. that vast sums of
money will seek the United states for in
j I 111 i
4i - IIOI,P, NO. 688„
We do not relish the trol,b the less for
being occasionally spiced ,with a little .
humor. The following extract from the
report of a committee on hogs, send be
fore on Agricultural Society' down east,'
contains some excellent hits :
" Agniit'Sorne folks accuse pigs of
being filthy in - their habit's., and negli
gent in their personal appearance. But
whether finid is best eaten off the ground,
or from Chino plates, is, it seems to nit;
merely a matter of taste and convenience,
about which pigs - nod men may honestly.
differ. They ought then, to be-judged
charitably. .At .any rate, pigs are not
filthy enough to chew tobacco, nor to
poison their breath by drinking whi4ey.
And as to your'persoaal appearanee, yod
don't catch a pig playing the dandy, nor
the female •ntraia them picking their
way up this muddy village, trer a rain,
in hid slippel's.•
Not Withstanding their heterodox tic
tionS, hogs have some excellent traits of
character. If one happens to wallow a
little deeper in some mire than his fel
lows, and •,,Arries off. and comes in pos
session' of more of this earth than- his
brethern, ho Sever assumes an extra'
pOrftince on that account ; neither are
his brethern stupid enough to worship
him -for it. Their only. question seems
to be, is he, still a hog r If lie is they
t eat him as endh.
And when . a hog htts no merits of his
own, he never puts on aristocratic airs,
nor claims any particuln? rapec; on ac
count of his family euntiectiOns rind
yet some Hogs have th , seeticledfroM very
ancient families. They understand full
well, the common sense maxim, "every
tub must *and upon its own bottom.",
'Dodging! a linnet•.
John Quincy. Adana ontd tfteiti•ed
the folloting challOgc :
St —Your remarks in the' House on
Tuesday last, relative to my deceased
friend and relative, I consider us a per
sonal insult. Being at leisure to-day,
bade prevailed on my frMndi the non.
Mr. Jameson, (whom you will find to
be a man of the strictest honor,) to call
upon' you and arrange for a proper set
tlement of the matter,-Irs- is customary
among gentlemen..
Very respectfully your ob't servant,
To which Mr. Adams made the fol
lowing reply:
"My Draft titanic you for haw =
ing aflotcled the the opportunity of half
an licrur's conversation With.the .agreea-
Lie and excellent Mr. JMnieeon: As to
the . proposal which you were 'good
enough - to Make—and which I pregame
is intended as an invitation for me to.
set myself up as a mark to be fired at
—excuse we it I decline it. 1 can do so
consistently, as I assure you I have not
the honor to beta gentleman but yet I
remain, • , ,
Your humble and ob't servant,
The paper, in which AVC
. fjnd this cor
respondence, says that Mr. Sattetleis
vifterwards met Mr, Adams With the in , '
tendon of caning him ; but the mild
and beneVolent countenance of Mr. A,
deterred him from the assault. A short.
&planation, which succeeded, made
Mr. Satterleeoe of Mt: Adamsi.warin
est friend and admirers. •
EFIECTS or SEj'Elt ITY.—A father in
Troy recently chastised his daughter.,
12 or 14 years of age, with a raw hide,
for being suspected of dishonesty. One
week after, she died from the effects of
the punishment. The father, who is an
industrious and trustworthy man, is al
most crazy at the and result of his
judged treatment of his only daughter,
REVERENCE FOR AGE.—How beautiful
it is to see the young yercrence old age!.
We never sec a little boy bowing res
pectfully to on aged Man in the street,
but•we feel sure that he is a good boy.
"Reverence is always due to aged peo
ple. Good nature and a proper educe•.
tion say to the young: ReVerdnee old'
age, Gray hairs are crowns of glory,
when found in the way of righteousness.
The promptings of our kindly nature:
tenth us to respect the aged, to rise up
before the hoary head. The dim eye,
the fiirrotved!brow, and temples thinly
clad,—who would not respect,reverence i
and love them 1"
SrooKEe.—Much excitement is prei'u•
lent nmong the people of Doylestown,
by a Ghost which, in the form of a yoga
I:3dy, is said to preambnlate the *trots
at night.
Doinu WELL,—A Kentucky lady bin
just presented her delighted lord, with.
three babies—two girls and one boy!—
The editor who announces the tidings,
innocently adds, that "she is doing
well." Unquestionably she is