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THE SOLDIER'S BURIAL.
Where shall' we lay our comrade down ?
Where chatt the brave one sleep!
The battle's past, the victory won,
Now we have'time to weep !
Bury him on the toupptain's brow, ,
When he fought so well;
Bury him, where the laurels grow—
There ha bravely fell!
There lay him in his generous blood,
For there first comes the
When mornings earliest breaks the cloud,
And lingers last at night!
When though, no flow'ret there may bloom
To event the chilly air, . • '
The sky shall stoop to wraihis tomb,
The stars will watch him there.
What though no stone may mark his grave,
Yet fame shall tell his race .
Where sleeps the one so kind, so brave, '
And God will find the plaeq
Bury him on the mountain's brow,
Where he fought so 'well;
Bury him where the laurels grow
There he bravely fell!
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THE PATALi STEP.
BY MARY E. LEE.
" Or all:thtead,words.of tongue and ,pen,
The saddest are `these—it might have been."
In the valler.or Mohawk, about forty miles
from la(' souree, , stands a large old-fashioned
house whose weather-sparred walls seem long
to have ,withetood • the actions of theelements.
A.,date graven on a corner stone of the under
pinning points far •beak to the commencement
of the revolution as theera of-its origin, which
statettient the 'antique style of the superatrue.
Lure fully corroborates. At the foot of an ex
tensive lawn in front flows the quiet river whose
peaceful waters have long since ceased to mirror
the plumes, and ,tomahawks of the warlike
tribe whose name it bears. • Far to the south,
looming 'up in- cloud grandeur, rise
the terminating peaks of the Catskill `range,
while CO either kand extends a luinriant7piain
studded k with
,neat firm houses "
herds of cattle, alt.,hespeaking , quietude and
comfort. - Thus beautiful byinature, and no less
'by art and affection, were rendered the scenes
of WalteF Leland'iboyhoOd days. ,
The pride , of the , home circle and the delight
of his companions, Walter never •lacked the
=tender assidutios of one, nor the cordial, heart
felt greetings of the other. If a skating or
coasting party was Eitel:fel:l7h must be at the
•head of it;—if a fishing party iproposed, no
one but Walter could take the lead; in fact,
he was the life of every circle, and a favorite
with ill who knew him. • •
If ,any one was in trouble and it was in , his
power,to. lend a helping hand, the opportunity
would never be allowed to pass unimproved,
although it might cost some self-denial on his
part; ever noblb hearted and generous almost
to a limit, it was not surprising that he was
beloved by every one.
And yet with many good qualifications there
was one great failing,—he was too easily influ
enced, often yielding to the wishes and opin
ions of others wl.en he should have had a mind
of his' own. Full well the temper knew his
vulnera . ble point, slid assailed him there in an
evil hour, when the promptings of his.better
nature were, no match for the legion hosts of
In the winter of his seventeenth, year a , ,
lect school was organized ut a village Omit,
half a mile distant. Walter had heretofore
enjoyed good common school privileges, and
his parents now thought best to avail them
selves of au opportunity to give him a more
advanced education. Accordingly he was en
rolled as one Of the pupils, and tieing a bright
scholar and food of study, soon won the appro.
bation and regard of his teacher.
At the commencement of the second week a
new scholar appeared by the - name of Robert
Mason, an !ti . te;ligent, fine looking boy of eigh
teen; he was, however, wild and impetuous,
and for the,past few years of his life had not
been accustomed to the best of his associates.
The temptations of the city, where he had al
ways resided until this time, had proved too
lunch for his powers of resistance, and when
but a mere boy he had learned, to love the wine
Robert and Walter were very soon acquaint
ances,• and from acquaintances became fast
friends. There was much attractive in both,
for in many points of character they were sim
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ilar, and yet in others as widely different ;—the
former being artful and intriguing, while Wal
ter, unhabituated to schemes of evil, seldom
suspected it in others.
One day as he wa s leaving l the school-room
his friend invited him to spend the next night
at his boarding
• . , place.
Walter thanked ill . p; T anil promised that he
woLildif 'hiamother consented. ' ..
Upon reaching homee proceeded d ire c tl y
look for hisother a o s f
to the eitting yount . ' to mother
usual; and ' tell hei the exp e riences lii'tle
ay- s : in e found ? her busily engaged in the
..,F- Without scarcelY . : waiting . to
take 0 hi hata4r 1 .
sail i_. - -: . ay. as id e his book's, he
“kotVar, may I stay with Bob bitten to
"I should think, my eon, that it would 63
,to ask him home with you first;
besides, I am very desiious of seeing this friend
tor whom yoU profess such a warm attach-
wotild like'him, mother ; DO one could
help liking him; as t whule-souled a kellow
as ever lived."
"I am certainly very much prejudiced in his
favor from yOar"descripiio- trust thr hr
ui yo . ant. rust that he
is all that you think him to be."
"I know Bob will be disappointed if I don't
go to-morrow night.",
"Oh, I have no particular objections to your
going, Walter; I only suggested the propriety
of here visiting here first."
"I will do just as you say," replied the du
tiful son, fearing that he was uiging a consent
beyond his mother's wishes.
"You may accept the invitation, and next
week I would like you to invite Robert here."
"Yes, I will, and we shall have capital fun,
for it's good skating on the branch."
It was ever with the deepest solicitude that
Mrs. Leland watched over her only son, for she
foresaw the temptations to which his peculiar
temperament would render him liable. Oh I
who can number the earnest prayers, or mea
sure the untiring watchfulness of a pious
mother? and sad is it to know that they should
ever be forgotten when the boy, merging from
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the Bundy paths of childhood,,takes his plaee
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from among the moving throng of actors in
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life's great arena.
The next night, according to promise, Ws'-
, ,3. 1 11.1 11#/$.llll $l , l !$.. • .!I''
ter remained with his friend, and after, tea the
latter proposed that Alefshould
.1, take hhort
$1 • .
"BUt we must learn our lessons for to-mor-
row, first," replied Walte r; on stud y you
evenings 1 1 "
"Yes, sometimes, but not to-night."
"Why not ?"
~"Because I have company, and don't consid
er it polite to mope over books under such cir
"But, you mustn't allow, yourself to fail in
to.morrow's recitationvon my account."
''"Nevir mind atioutlhVe; 'I shall
some way; come on; you can study enough
after we get back.... I say take a little comfort
as we go'along."
'Walter knew that Algebra problems for the
next day were diffieulk,,,ancLthat they ought to
'be studying, but 'he was the guest and 1311ppilied
he must submit to being entertained, whether
lessons were learned or not.
About ten minutes walk from Robert's
boarding place was a kind of restaurant and
oyster eakien, which answered several' purposes,
and thither he conducted hia l frien'd.'
"What are you going to do here ?" ipquired
the latter. -
"Why, get some oysters of course, aren't you
fond of them ?" • •
, Walter glanced around the apartment as they
entered with a good deal of curiosity, for al
though he had passed' there several times, he
had never before stepped over the threshold. 7 7:
And not at all did he like the .appearance of
the lounging occupants, some of whom were
smoking cigars over games of whist and euchre,
while others related the most iricreduilous stories
to groups of gaping, bloated-faced listeners,
evidently astonished themselves at their powers
of retailing baseless scandal ' . ' But his atten
tion was soon directed to the oysters, of which
Robert 'had ordered a generous supply, and the
merits of which were very soon discussed.'
"Now for something• to drink," said he, ad
dressing the waiter. •
"Yes, sir, what will you have ?"
"Oh, something a little stronger than water,
to keep oysters down ;" was the reply r casting
a furtive glance at Walter.
"For two r
"Yes, of course."
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"None for me," said Walter, turning towards
the door. , • . .
"Why; eertainly,"..replied the other ; "do
you suppose that I am mean enough to drink
alone ?" .
"You drink alone if at all."
"Pshaw I I'd like to , know the harm of tak
ing a single glass." •
"The harm is this,—l might acquire a taste
that has - proved the-ruin of , thousands" -
"Pretty well said, for• the' first time," sneer-'
ed 'bystander; "come, boys, here's a young
temperance , lecturer just feathered out, let's
get him on the <stump and- give .him three
cheers 4". •
, Upon this-.the rabble gathers& round, and
poor Walter heard nothing but, taunts and jeers
upon every side. One accused him of coward
ice, and another said he waa afraid of breakirig
his mother's4apron-string, while a third passed
him a. dhair, saying that he looked as if some
thing to.lertn , agaiost would be acceptable.
Walter entertained a sensitive horror of be
ing made a laughing stock, and almost decided
to take just: that one glass, and thereby prevent
anymore words. 0 • '
Robert, who was - Ward . hink; him closely, saw
that he wave'red, and improved his opportuni-
i." Come," said he,. "tbis•is capital ;. just try
it; what's the use of being afraid ?"
"PH wager. five 'dollars," said a voice near
by, othat le doesn't touch it; he's afraid that
his head,will take to describing circles.!"
Walter raised the glass to his lips and hesi;
"That's right,"• said one; "hold on a minute
—you must make your will first, for who can
tell what .the effect may be !'
He paused only an instant longer ;—the ex
citement of the hour, together with the fumes
of the intoxicating drinks; were overpowering.
and the proffered .cup was drained to its dregs !
Oh ! fatal step ! and yet it was only •one
among many that are daily taken—one among
many that almost hourly swell the dread ac
count that must stand against the great reckon•
ing day !
It is , needless to follow the 'errieg wanderer
through , _ cad' successive step in the downward
,of evil; for' his history is.only 'that •of
thousands who lack' sufficient strength of prin
ciple .Ito-refuserthe , first, glass:' Little had , he
thought , of yielding to the first temptation, and
as sure was he of resisting- the next,. and the
next—until repeated failures taught him his
own weakness. The eddying whirlpool was
drawing -in, while every '.'next time" he
resolved td , be free; but the-chances of escape
were fast lessening, and more and more swiftly
flowed the dangerous current that had , already
wrecked myriad numbers on the shoals' and
quicksands. beneath • •
A few short years passed by, and Walter Le
land aitw that+ his character, once so fair `and
untarnished, *as gone ! no , one would trust him
—no one , seemed to care•for him, except 'the
dear-ones , at home, who .still• plead earnestly
and tearfully 'for the stray lamb of the field.—
Tire(l of. lifer and:wearied of scenes that re
minded him of his once innocent boyhood ; he
bade adieu keall his , heart held: clear, hoping
to drown sad recollections in the novelties of• a
if Young couples, if , they are wise; -will •not
devote theirlwhole honeymoon to merely Mous
ing and carressing , each other.' Let-them re
member the-pastry-cook; who, when his. ap
prentices first came, always 'gave them a sur
feitt of pies .to insum their subsequent indif
For )ten years he'wandered self-exiled and
alone, a; withering• curse still clinging like a
shadow-to him, , deeper and deeper he drank-to
stifle.-the:pangs of conscience; then in sober
moments would come a mother's'voice immourn
ful cadence, begging hiarto leave the Path of
vice. At length he could endure it . no longer,
and with a light purse and a heavy heart start
ed for the land of his birth. • He had occasional
ly written home, , but in consequence of roving'
about , from place to place, letters from there
seldom reached hini, and it was now two years
since he.had heard any thing atoall. The day
on which he arrived was a calm and cloudless
one in the latter part of spring, and never did
the Mohawk valley look more enchantingly
beautiful. Few changes hid taken, place in'
the outward appearance of the old homestead;
and as he-beheld it'again.after a long absence,
it seemed almost as if he was a boy once more, ,
and his , past life only a troubled dream.
He knocked at the front door and was admit
ted by a stranger. Upon enquiring for Mr.
Leland he was admitted into the . isetting room,
Where the did gentleman sat reading. Walter ,
saw at once that he was not recognized, and
advanced to make himself known.
"Father, hare you forgotten your only son 1"
The old man looked for a moment, and then
grasped his hand, exclaiming,—
"Walter ! can it be tliat my prayer is answer
"I trust so • but where is mother?"
"She is dead, my son'. we laid her in the
church-yard three months ago."
"0, God!" exclaimed the heart-broken man
‘.‘ is not My cup of anguish full!" and he bow.
his heid and wept as be had never done before
He remembered her kindness, her gentle
ness and lOve, and the poor return made for
all,—how she had warned and intreated him
to consider well the path he was treading,—
and then of the many times he had lisped his
evening praier beside that mother's knee, till
it seemed as if the remorse of a whole life-time
was centered in that hour !
As the shades of twilight drew on, he bent
his steps to the newly made mound in the lone
churCh.yard, and there in true penitence offer
ed the first prayer that has passed his lips for
Many years. He knew that the better of his
life was gone, and the remainder seemed almost
a worthless consecration, but the unconditional
promises, "Whoever will,, let him partake of
the waters of life freely," proved a strong hold
for his new-born spirit, and he faltered no
HERO WORSHIP. •
Carlysle defends himself with great modesty
for taking up the subject Heroes and Hero
worship by sayiu. "Great men taken up in any
Way are profitable company."
In spite of all the sham reviewers of his leo
tures on this subject, and the vulgar saying
that no man is a Hero to his own valet," it
would not be difficult to show that there is a
natural principle of reverence for some great
men in human nature.
The child, whose nature , is unbent by any
straight jacket educational forms, , shows it in
many says., looks up to his parent as the
greatest of all beings inferior only to the
ant and bugbears of oursery,tales; he :trusts
implicity in his power . , and wisdom, believing
that he pan do all things.
A mother told her,little boy of the great God
in .the sky'who thundered ; of the kind God
who loved little children and would take them
to Heaven if they, were good. The little fel.
low looked up with sparkling eyes and said,
"Father will carry me to [leaven if I am good."
Are not traits of this kind, coming from the
youngest prattlers , proof that there is in them
a natural budding of reverence for whoever is
greatest P And doeshe ever lick a fit subject
for this feeling ?
As the child grows older, the influence of
some pedagogue is superadded with ferule and
rod, more potent to command respect, than were
ever Jove thundering in might, or the will of
the all run). fate.
characters are moreover overpowering
to his comprehetision. He can never be their
equal. The boys who excel at marbles, goal
or ball, are looked upon in nearly the same light,
and soon he begins to reard' them as crowned
heroes. He may, possibly be, such himself, if
he, will but, wait and work.
When his ideas expand, the number that
he eau find worthy of worship is undiuminish
on a lung joorney„
the one who had been to the circus, one whu
has rode a spirited, horse, or been to a hocus
poet's performance, or one who can swear,
smoke, or chew tobocco, range themselves on
the, peaks of his Olympus, and when one
or all of these cease to command his homaue,
the lad with the spending money, the bully.
the bragging stage-driver, take form and shape,
and stalked forth into the foreo.round boldly
take their places. These, again, yield to others,
fully equal to them in his enlarging, views, who
in varied succession call to him to fall down
and worship. Thus far nature goes.
Education is but little more than placing
before the mature minds worthier objects of
The ancients regarded Saturn, the sire, of all
the Gods, as the one who planned and ruled
their Golden Age in a manner worthiest of
the olden times. A nineteenth century man
is educated in the belief that the divinity i f
his worship should be practical, every day
Golden Age, taking form as an honored old
man with gold headed cane, full wine cellars;
gilt carving, armorial devices, and his very
image wherever seen, acknowledged by wiUint
offerings of bowing, scraping, and bared heads.
Is it not well so ? To speak with reverence
of great men, to whatever age-they, belong; to
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erect universities dedicated to their merits, is
it not worthy true men ? We think so. How
much of contemporary work which soon be
comes classic, is thus called forth. And that
we, too, may record our name upon the golden
tablet, how it cheers us on in the rugged path
way of life. Then let us not deny Hero wor
ship, but carefully educate the human mind to
the worship that is worthiest.
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The strongest words are generally the often•
There is no fear that a man of skull can't
scull himielf over the sea of life.
,beautiful is as useful as the useful ;
perhaps more so
Hope, the last resource of the miserable,
comes to all but the damnsd and the sicksea.
A smart young woman can judge by a kiss
of the quality of her lover's liquor.
Little squalls doU't upset the lover's boat;
they drive it all the faster to port.
The book of a growling, snarling, snapping
author may very properly be dog's-eared.
Those blockheads who are always itching to
write should be scratched with thorn and briar
An : old maid sometimes bites her lips in rage
at finding that nobody wants to bite them in
Seem as you are. When you are simply
fortable dOn't pretend to be tremendously hap-
Do not wait supinely tor opportunity to come
to you, but go and seek her in the highways
A man's wife often gives him all the moral
strength he has. She is at once his rib and
` The best way of raising money is by the
lever of industry. The •griping miser raises
People have so often picked crows with each
other that it seems strange there is a leathered
raven left in the woods.
When annoyed half to death by an everlast
ing talker; ve scarcely know which is the worse,
a footpad or a tonguepad
A lady who has lost all her teeth on one side,
should take care not to laugh out of the wrong
side of her 'mouth.
Perhaps moles were originally men, and be
came what they are from continually burrow
ing under ground, as many men do in our day.
If a fellow, has an ugly club fuot and a hand
some wooden one, what isle to do when told
to put his best foot forward?
Somebody says that a pun has nothing in it.
No more has soda water; its attraction consists
in its effervescence and volatility.
Our tokens of compliment and love are for
he most part barbarous. Rings and other
ewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts.
The world is in a state of bankruptcy; the
World owes the world wore than the world can
pay, and ought to go into chancery and be sold.
Because you can't get all you want, don't
neglect what you can get. Squeeze out of
the world all the juice there is in it.
A woman out west, describing her run-away
husband, says : "Daniel may be known by a
scar on his nose, where I scratched him."
We think Dan did well to run away.
Do your duty, however dangerous. Death
comes to all, and the world does not need your
bodily presence so much as it does your moral
The simplest thing turn out to be unfathom
able mysteries; the most mysterious appearances
prove to be the most commonplace objects in
Life is adjusted to the wants of the stronger
sex. There are many torrents to be crossed in
its journey , but their stepping stones are
measured by the strid of man, not woman.
Jupter made a wound upon his head to let
Mineava, the goddess of wisdom, find her way
out, and ever since many mortals have thought
it necessary to scratch their heads to enable a
wise idea to escape. .