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with blue embroidered leggins falling over her an- a swamp full of larches and firs. " Are you not kles and sweeping the floor, the only peculiarity of afraid of Taoner!" I was asked. Mrs. SchoolIndian costume about her. The house was as craft, since the assassination of her husband, has clean as scouring could make it, and her two little come to live in the fort, which consists of barracks children, with little French physiognomies, were protected by a high stockade. It is said that Tanfairer than many children of the European race. ner has been seen skulking about within a day or These people are descended from the French two, and yesterday a place was discovered which is voyageurs and settlers on one side; they speak supposed to have served for his retreat. It was a Canadian French more or less, but generally em- hollow, thickly surrounded by shrubs, which some ploy the Chippewa language in their intercourse person had evidently inade his habitation for a conwith each other.
siderable time. There is a dispute whether this Near at hand was a burial ground, with graves man is insane or not, but there is no dispute as to of the Indians and half-breeds, which we entered. his malignity. He has threatened to take the life Some of the graves were covered with a low roof of Mr. Bingham, the venerable Baptist missionary of cedar bark, others with a wooden box; over at this place, and as long as it is not certain that he others was placed a little house like a dog-kennel, has left the neighborhood, a feeling of insecurity except that it had no door ; others were covered with prevails. Nevertheless, as I know no reason why little log cabins. One of these was of such a size this man should take it into his head to shoot me, that a small Indian family would have found it am- I go whither I list, without the fear of Tanner beply large for their accommodation. It is a practice fore my eyes. among the savages to protect the graves of the dead from the wolves by stakes driven into the ground
From the name and meeting at the top like the rafters of a roof,
MACKINAW, and perhaps when the Indian or half-breed, exchanged his wigwam for a log cabin, his respect
STEAMER St. Louis, for the dead led him to make the same improve
• Lake Huron, August 20, 1846. } ment in the architecture of their narrow houses. YESTERDAY evening we left the beautiful island At the head of most of these monuments stood of Mackinaw, after a visit of two days delightfully wooden crosses, for the population here is princi- passed. We had climbed its cliffs, rambled on its pally Roman Catholic, some of them inscribed shores, threaded the walks among its thickets, with the names of the dead, not always accurately driven out in the roads that wind through its woods spelled.
1-roads paved by nature with limestone pebbles, a Not far from the church stands a building, re- sort of natural macadamization, and the time of our garded by the half-breeds as a wonder of architec- departure seemed to arrive several days too soon. ture, the stone house la maison de pierre, as they 'The fort which crowns the heights near the shore call it, a large mansion built of stone by a former commands an extensive prospect, but a still wider agent of the Northwest or Hudson's Bay Company, one is to be seen from the old fort, Fort Holmes, who lived here in a kind of grand manorial style, as it is called, among whose ruined entrenchments with his servants and horses and hounds, and gave the half-breed boys and girls now gather gooseberhospitable dinners in those days when it was the ries. It stands on the very crest of the island, overfashion for the host to do his best to drink his looking all the rest. The air, when we ascended it guests under the table. The old splendor of the was loaded with the smoke of burning forests, but place has departed; its gardens are overgrown with from this spot, in clear weather, I was told a maggrass, the barn has been blown down, the kitchen, nificent view might be had of the Straits of Mackin which so many grand dinners were cooked, con- inaw, the wooded islands, and the shores and capes sumed by fire, and the mansion, with its broken of the great mainland, places known to history for and patched windows, is now occupied by a Scotch the past two centuries. For when you are at farmer of the name of Wilson.
| Mackinaw you are at no new settlement. We climbed a ridge of hills back of the house to In looking for samples of Indian embroidery with the church of the Episcopal mission, built a few porcupine quills, we found ourselves one day in the years since as a place of worship for the Chippe- warehouse of the American Fur Company, at Mackwas, who have since been removed by the govern- inaw. Here, on the shelves, were piles of blankets, ment. It stands remote from any habitation, with white and blue, red scarfs, and white boots ; snowthree or four Indian graves near it, and we found shoes were hanging on the walls, and wolf-traps, it filled with hay. The river from its door is un- rifles and hatchets were slung to the ceiling-an is commonly beautiful; the broad St. Mary's lying sortment of goods destined for the Indians and halfbelow, with its bordering villages and woody val- breeds of the northwest. The person who attended ley, its white rapids, and its rocky islands, pictur- at the counter spoke English with a foreign accent. esque with the pointed summits of the fir-tree. To I asked him how long he had been in the norththe northwest the sight followed the river to the western country. horizon, where it issued from Lake Superior, and I “To say the truth," he answered, “ I have been was told that in clear weather one might discover, here sixty years and some days." from the spot on which I stood, the promontory of “ You were born here then?" Gros Cap, which guards the outlet of that mighty “I am a native of Mackinaw, French by the lake.
mother's side; my father was an Englishman." The country around was smoking in a dozen "Was the place as considerable sixty years ago places with fires in the woods. When I returned as it now is!' I asked who kindled them. “It is old Tanner," "More so. There was more trade here and said one, " the man who murdered Schoolcraft." quite as many inhabitants. All the houses, or "There is great fear here of Tanner, who is said to nearly all, were then built; two or three only have be larking yet in the neighborhood. I was going been put up since." the other day to look at a view of the place from all I could easily imagine that Mackinaw must have lovely eminence, reached by a road passing through been a place of consequence when here was the
centre of the fur trade, now removed further up the 1680, and has been a place of worship ever since. country. I was shown the large house in which The name of the spot is Point St. Ignace, and there the heads of the companies of voyageurs engaged lives an Indian of the full cast, who was sent to in the trade were lodged, and the barracks, a long Rome and educated to be a priest, but he preferred low building, in which the voyageurs themselves, the life of a layman, and there he lives on that wild seven hundred in number, made their quarters from shore, with a library in his lodge, a learned savage, the end of June till the beginning of October, when occupied with reading and study.” they went out again on their journeys. This inter- You may well suppose that I felt a strong desire val of three months was a merry time with those light to see Point St. Ignace, its venerable Mission hearted Frenchmen. When a boat made its ap- Church, its Indian village, so long under the care pearance approaching Mackinaw, they fell to con- of Catholic pastors, and its learned savage who jecturing to what company of voyageurs it belonged ; talks Italian, but the time of my departure was as the dispute grew warm the conjectures became already fixed. My companions were pointing out bets, till finally, unable to restrain their impatience to me the mouth of Carp river, which comes down the boldest of them dashed into the waters, swam through the forest roaring over rocks, and in any out to the boat, and climbing on board, shook hands of the pools of which you have only to throw a line, with their brethren, amidst the shouts of those who with any sort of bait, to be sure of a trout, when stood on the beach.
the driver of our vehicle called out, “ Your boat is They talk, on the New England coast, of Che- coming." We looked and saw the St. Louis bacco boats, built after a peculiar pattern, and steamer (not one of the largest, but one of the after Chebacco, an ancient settlement of sea-faring finest boats in the line between Buffalo and Chimen, who have foolishly changed the old Indian cago) making rapidly for the island, with a train of name of their place to Ipswich. The Mackinaw black smoke hanging in the air behind her. We navigators have also given their name to a boat of hastened to return through the woods, and in an peculiar form, sharp at both ends, swelled at the hour and a half were in our clean and comfortable sides and flat bottomed, an excellent sea-boat, it is quarter in this well ordered little steamer. said, as it must be to live in the wild storms that But I should mention that before leaving Macksurprise the mariner on Lake Superior.
inaw, we did not fail to visit the principal curiosities We took yesterday a drive to the western shore. of the place—the Sugar Loaf Rock, a remarkable The road twined through a wood of overarching rock in the middle of the island, of a sharp conical beeches and maples, interspersed with the white form, rising above the trees with which it is surcedar and fir. The driver stopped before a cliff rounded, and lifting the stunted birches on its shoulsprouting with beeches and cedars, with a small ders higher than they, like a tall fellow holding up cavity at the foot. This he told us was the Skulli a little boy to overlook a crowd of men—and the Cave. It is only remarkable on account of human Arched Rock on the shore. The atmosphere was bones having been found in it. Further on a white thick with smoke, and through the opening spanned paling gleamed through the trees; it enclosed the by the arch of the rock I saw the long waves, solitary burial ground of the garrison, with half a rolled up by a fresh wind, come one after another dozen graves.* There are few buried here," said out of the obscurity, and break with roaring on the a gentleman of our party ; “the soldiers who come beach. to Mackinaw sick get well soon."
The path along the brow of the precipice and The road we travelled was cut through the woods among the evergreens, by which this rock is by Captain Scott, who commanded at the fort a few reached, is signally wild, but another which leads years since. He is the marksman whose aim was to it along the shore is no less picturesque-passing so sure that the western people say of him that a under impending cliffs and overshadowing cedars, raccoon on a tree once offered to come down and and between huge blocks and pinnacles of rock. surrender without giving him the trouble to fire. I spoke in one of my former letters of the mani
We passed a farm surrounded with beautiful fest fate of Mackinaw, which is to be a wateringgroves. In one of its meadows was fought the place. I cannot see how it is to escape this destiny. battle between Colonel Croghan and the British People already begin to repair to it for health and officer Holmes, in the war of 1813. Three luxuri- refreshment from the southern borders of Lake ant beeches stand in the edge of the wood north of Michigan. Its climate during the summer months the meadow ; one of them is the monument of is delightful; there is no air more pure and elastic, Holmes ; he lies buried at its root. Another quar- and the winds of the south and southwest, which ter of a mile led us to a little bay on the solitary are so hot on the prairies, arrive here tempered to shore of the lake looking to the northwest. It is a grateful coolness by the waters over which they called the British Landing, because the British have swept. The nights are always, in the hottest troops landed here in the late war to take possession season, agreeably cool, and the health of the place of the island.
is proverbial. The world has not many islands We wandered about awhile, and then sat down more beautiful than Mackinaw, as you may judge upon the embankment of pebbles which the waves from the description I have already given of parts of the lake, heaving for centuries, have heaped of it. The surface is singularly irregular, with around the shore of the island-pebbles so clean summits of rock and pleasant hollows, open glades that they would no more soil a lady's white muslin of pasturage and shady nooks. To some, the savgown than if they had been of newly polished ala- age visitors, who occasionally set up their lodges baster. The water at our feet was as transparent on its beach, as well as on that of the surrounding as the air around us. On the mainland opposite islands, and paddle their canoes in its waters, will stood a church with its spire, and several roofs were be an additional attraction. I cannot but think visible, with a back ground of woods behind with a kind of regret on the time which I suppose them.
is near at hand, when its wild and lonely woods “ There," said one of our party, " is the old Mis- will be intersected with highways, and stuffed with kion Church. It was built by the Catholics in cottages and boarding-houses.
THE RAILWAY TO OREGON.
ously opposed are, that the means relied upon are
not adequate to the end, and that, after the work We have before us the report of the committee shall have been completed, there will not be suffon Public Lands made to the United States Senate cient transportation to keep such an immense length on the subject of a railway from the Mississippi to of railway in proper repair. As to the first of these the Pacific Ocean.
points the committee say: This project has assumed a new importance since “Those means are to be derived from the sale of the late treaty with Great Britain has assured to us the public lands already acquired, and to be ac the possession of Southern Oregon, and left us at quired by the extinguishment of the Indian title, to liberty to form permanent agricultural and commer- the breadth of thirty miles on each side of the road, cial settlements in the country without disturbance extending from Lake Michigan to the shores of the or question. That the future trade of this country, Pacific." perhaps we might say the trade of Europe, with “ Through a considerable extent of the route the China, will find its passage through Oregon, we land is said to be unsuitable for settlement and culhave no manner of doubt. A dense and active pop- tivation, and could not, therefore, be expected to ulation, seated on the harbors of the Pacific, in a sell. But for about 700 miles from the eastern terclimate the most favorable to activity and industry, minus, the lands are said to be of good quality, will make themselves the masters of that great though for the most part destitute of timber, and commerce and scatter the products of Eastern Asia would readily sell at $ 1.25 per acre, if the road be over our continent. There will then be no further made; which, estimating that there would be occasion for doubling the Cape of Good Hope or 26,800,000 acres, would produce the sum of $ 33,tempting the storms of Cape Horn, nor even for the 500,000. Calculating that in the 1,483 miles, from shorter passage across the isthmus of Panama. the South Pass to the mouth of the Columbia, 1,000 This commerce, however, must have the usual miles of that distance would be found of sufficient means of transportation by water or railway. value, in consequence of the construction of the road,
The tributary rivers of the Missouri and the Co- to command the same price, (and it is believed that lumbia, although approaching to each other on the the value of agricultural productions, connected opposite sides of the Rocky Mountains, yet offer a with the water-power to be found there for mangvery imperfect means of transportation by boats, facturing purposes, fully justifies this estimate,) and ascend into elevated and cold regions far to the there would be 38,400,000 acres, which would north, where they are frozen for a considerable part amount to $ 48,000,000; and together these sums of the year. Nature has meanwhile provided, in would amount to $81,500,000, without considering the South Pass, as it is called, an opening through of any value the intermediate distance of 1,113 the chain of mountains which divides the immense miles, forming an area of 42,739,200 acres of land ; valley of the Mississippi and its tributaries from the but which, taking it at the worst, must have at region drained by the rivers which flow into the least some verdant and valuable spots, which would Pacific. This passage ascends from the east and become desirable for small settlements, and as descends to the west so gradually and impercepti- depots for the use of the road and for commodities bly, that art itself could scarcely have levelled the and productions of intersecting veins or lateral mountain ranges in a more perfect manner to form channels of trade and commerce. The length of the basis of a railway.
the proposed road being 2,630 miles, and the estiThe project brought before Congress by Mr.mate for its construction, according to Colonel Whitney, on which the committee make their re- Abert, being $ 20,000 per mile, the probable cost port, only anticipates what must inevitably happen. would be $ 52,600,000, leaving an estimated surThe South Pass is the channel of a great future plus for repairs, and to keep the parts in operation commerce, and the means of transportation, at some until the whole is completed, of $ 28,900,000. period or other, will be a railway. The new com- This would appear, on full reflection, to be a mod. munities on the Pacific, with their Asiatic com- erate and safe calculation; and, moreover, the commerce, must and will possess this mode of commu- mittee have reason to believe that, from the exciting nication with the Atlantic states, the seat of Euro-interest which would not fail to surround this under pean commerce. The question before Congress is, taking, when once begun, the pressure for acquisiwhether it is not more expedient to offer, at the tion and investments in the fertile part of these present time, facilities for building the railway; lands, and in the vicinity of so extensive a work, whether the channel for this future commerce could would place their value at least at the minimum not now be most cheaply and easily provided, and price of the public lands. The committee, therewith a certain and almost immediate increase of fore, incline to believe that the means proposed are the national prosperity.
abundantly sufficient for the end in view." The report which was presented to the senate by The question of the benefits of the railway and Mr. Breese, of Illinois, is decidedly in favor of the the extent to which it will be used, occupies a project, and we understand that it was agreed upon large portion of the report, and the committee seem unanimously by the committee. It discusses seve- to have labored this part of the subject with a good rally the questions whether Congress has the power deal of care. We have space at present only for to offer the facilities in question, whether the con- one of the remaining topics on which the report struction of the railway is practicable, whether the touches : means which it is proposed to apply are adequate “ Another powerful consideration in favor of the to the end, and what will be the effect of its con- proposed road the committee will advert to. It is struction. The question of constitutionality will the probability of the occurrence, that as the Ternot, we suppose, be attended with much difficulty. ritory of Oregon, now so distant from us, fills up The practicability of the work the committee con- with an enterprising and industrious people from sider as settled by the observations of Colonel Fre- the several states, they will attract to them settlan mont, and other practical men familiar with the from different parts of Europe, all wishing to share route along which it is to pass. The two grounds in the benefits of our free government, and claiming on which the project will probably be most strenu-l its protecting care, which cannot be enjoyed or be
· A SHORT CHAPTER ON ADVERTISEMENTS.
579 stowed in full measure by reason of the difficulty a "card" that "he will spare no pains in extricatof access by land and by water. A well grounded ing the teeth of those who will favor him with a apprehension seems then to exist, that, unless some call." Favor him with a call! Yes, I think he means like the one proposed, of rapid communica- stands fair, if his assurances hold good, to be favored tion with that region, be devised and completed, with some extensively loud ones. And shall I, that country, soon to become a state of vast propor- who am neither a Fry nor a Howard, go out of my tions and of immense political importance, by reason way to patronize a tailor, because he gives us to of its position, its own wants, unattended to by this understand that he is famous for his fits? And is government, will be compelled to establish a sepa- a sensible person, with his eyes about him, to be rate government-a separate nation—with its cities, deceived by the specious notice of a dry goods man's ports, and harbors, inviting all the nations of the "selling off," when for the last six months his earth to a free trade with them. From their position, shop has afforded counter-evidence of his selling-on? they will control and monopolize the valuable fish- There, he is at it now; hear him recommending eries of the Pacific, control the coast trade of that piece of shilling calico to the anxious-looking Mexico, South America and the Sandwich Islands, woman : “Fast colors, madam." Yes, good lady, and other islands of the Pacific, of Japan, of China, you will say so yourself, when you come to see the and of India, and become our most dangerous rival rapidity with which they will disappear in the in the commerce of the world. In the opinion of wash-tub. Observe that ticket wafered on the winthe committee, this road will bind these two great dow-pane : “ Colored woman's gloves." Don't be geographical sections indissolubly together, to their deceived into patronizing the establishment on abomutual advantage, and be the cement of a union lition grounds, Mr. Birney, for you may read on which time will but render more durable, and make the ticket below, “ Green children's bonnets." He it the admiration of the world.”
has only put the adjectives in the wrong place. We are aware that the feasibility of this project · Perhaps the most “ taking" advertisements are has been called in question in a high quarter, and those in the controversial form, between individuals that some of its opposers who, however, have not who may both have happened to hitch upon the taken pains to make themselves very well ac- same branch of business for a livelihood. Two quainted with its merits, are very fond of calling it dentists had a brush some time ago; I forget which a humbug. It is no humbug, but a magnificent got the better ; perhaps it was what sportsmen call scheme, founded in large views, looking to noble - drawn ;' but the public seemed to think it strange objects, and presenting an aspect of great plausi- that they whose business chiefly consisted in holdbility, a scheme, in short, such as no man, who ing other people's jaws, could n't
; indeed, duly considers our geographical situation and the common sense and Æsop's fable might have dicclose intercourse with our western neighbors, the tated the policy of their both pulling one way. Asiatic nations, which we shall maintain at no dis- Then again, the “milk-question at one time motant day, when our steamers shall issue from the nopolized the advertising columns of the “Sun." Straits of Fuca to trade with Japan and China, will The savage manner in which it was handled, made feel himself justified in rejecting except afier very it but too apparent that there was no cow called careful examination.—New York Evening Pust. “ Human kindness" in the dairy of either solicitor
for public sympathy; and yet, such is man, we From the Knickerbocker. were unconsciously drawn into it; for although it
was no great vaccine matter to us whether the aniA SHORT CHAPTER ON ADVERTISEMENTS.
mals are fed upon carrots or hay, yet we are free As a tree is known by its fruit, so is a man by to confess a prejudice in favor of taking the “ pale his advertisement. Let craniologists amuse them- result" of their ruminations in the natural way, selves by manipulating the outer skull; give me a without the addition of the Croton, which, to use peep at his “ three times inside" development, and the mildest language, does not shine in the galaxy. I will distance them all, with Combe at their head, But the great caoutchouc controversy now raging, in arriving at his true character. He will betray bids fair, from the very nature of the subject, to himself in his advertisements, as in his cups. " stretch to the crack of doom." Infringement of
Even when he thinks himself best concealed, hav- patent right is the causa belli, and as this is a game ing assumed a fictitious signature, he is but playing at which two can play, “ cribbage" seems to have the woodcock part of hiding his head to no pur- naturally suggested itself, from the analogy, perpose. To illustrate : I am not the owner of any haps, between “ two for his heels" and the article * two-story house in a pleasant neighborhood ;'' of over-shoes. Ambitious of a rubber, however, but if thus comfortably possessed, I should hardly they have called in judge and jury. Did it ever be induced to pay much attention to the inquiry occur to them that the lawyers are keeping the after just such a tenement by “ a young gentleman game? with a small family," who desires you to address We can arrive at no positive conclusion from the a line to " RollA." I have met with a notice of a signs of individuals denoting their different trades, stray dog who was represented as “ answering" to mysteries or callings. To be sure, a little pardonthat name, but doubt whether, under the circum- able vanity may be predicated of the poulterer who stances, I should feel inclined to emulate that quad-calls himself "Turkey Merchant;" but he is doubtruped's sagacity. Indeed, from the extent of clev- less as well entitled to the appellation as the crockerness displayed, in the adoption of such a nom de ery-man is to that of China Merchant." A worker guerre, I should entertain a suspicion as to the in hard-wood and ivory has a sign at the corner of advertiser's being endowed with a sufficient strength Sixth-avenue, whereon is neatly enough inscribed, of mind to know when quarter-day came.
"Turning up this Alley"--which reads more like But it is the body-the spirit, I may say-of the the fragment of a broken sentence than an intimaadvertisement which should especially guide us. tion respecting billiard-balls and chess-men; now, I can barely imagine that any one, unless in ertre as " it is a long lane which has no turning," and this mnis, would voluntarily submit his head to the oper- alley happens to be a short one, I doubt the necesating hands of a dentist who assures the public in /sity of any notification whatever. Perhaps this
very idea crossing the mind of the painter while nose, I believe,) to call themselves Romans ! Now, at the job, accounts for its singular want of finish. this is unfortunate ; for to the ear of a KNICKERBut, as I before remarked, it is dangerous to spec- BOCKER it sounds not unprettily-certainly not unulate too closely upon this species of advertisement; patriotically—to hear a good matron boast of her for, as in a drouth, so in a metropolis, all signs fail. being " an old New Yorker ;" whereas it would
The title of a book is an advertisement, and one go against the grain of any lady in our sister city, which requires more consideration than it generally Troy, to proclaim herself an old Trojan." receives. An author has become so familiar with To conclude. In former days the names of indithe common-place sound of his own name, that he viduals were advertisements of the quality, shape, is unconscious of the effect it may produce when or occupation of their respective bearers. As the conjoined with the subject on which he has been Boncours (now Bunkers) were so called no doubt writing. Mark that short-necked man who came from their generosity; probably the first of the into Appleton's just now, for the purpose no doubt name kept open house. Little, from the recipient of making something of "a bill." Why has he of that cognomen being perhaps of a short stock; colored up, and why does he move, in somewhat of the Clarks, from their literary propensities, and so a circular manner to be sure, toward the door? Is on. But the only name which occurs to me as he offended ? No; the first book he set his eyes substantially carrying out, even to the present day, upon was “ Rush on the Brain.” Observe that the idea intended to be conveyed on its first appbwell-fed-looking old gentleman; what a screwing cation, is that given in the Scriptures to the devil up of countenance, and sudden twitching up of " Abaddon." right foot : “ Treadwell on the Gout” meets his glance. “Is there nothing else, madam, you would like to look at?" “ Nothing !" says the lady with
with Lo! The Poor INDIAN.—The Albany Herald the smelling-bottle, hysterically, as she leaves the
the relates the following incident which occurred at the shop. She had seen quite enough-the title of the
recent robbery of a German family in that city: first book which had greeted her, was “ Bell on
“ They stood in a group on the pier, the women the Nerves," and the second was is Pitcher on the wringing their hands and crying most piteously : Head.” Now, I myself am not more squeamish
the old man and his sons and sons-in-law standing than most persons, but on a certain occasion, when
by with agony imprinted on their faces in stern a little more bilious than usual, I confess to a very
lines. They were in a strange land, and their all bilge-watery sort of feeling coming over me, as
was gone. The crowd stood gazing at the group, “ Watts on the Stomach" stared me full in the
some curious, and some, shame be to them! merry. face. Let authors, who themselves of all others
The law was by its agents seeking for the money dread to be ill-spoken of behind their backs, have
and the robbers ; but sympathy was what the poor the same consideration for their books.
Germans needed. No white man or woman conThe Obituary and the Epitaph form another spe- / veyed it to them. cies of advertisement. The latter, like the signs
A beautiful squaw came by and looked at the before mentioned, are rarely to be depended on : mournful group with her piercing black eyes-her their falsity has passed into a proverb; and " Hic
nd " Hirface except her eyes was as stone--but her heart jacet" is generally with correctness spelled in trans
understood and felt for the distress she saw. She lation, “ Hear lies.” The shorter the epitaph the st
vitaph the stole noiselessly up to one of the women and plackbetter. “My griefs cry louder than advertisement."ed her robe ; and then with a smile like an angel, says Shakspeare ; and hence I was always favora
that must have shot deep into the woman's heart, bly struck with the one on the tomb of an actor,
she offered her a shilling. It was refused with once well enough known_ Exit Burbage." ' kindness and with fresh sobs; but we know the act With respect to the Obituary, I remember to have
was registered with a shout of triumph in heaven." seen one in by-gone days, which, after setting forth -Philadelphia American, 26 Ang. the customary “Christian fortitude and resigna- ! THE LATE ALEXANDER LAWSON. - We should tion," contained an invitation for the friends and have noticed, more particularly than has been done relatives of the deceased to follow him, on the next in this paper, the death of the late eminent and day, to " that bourn whence no traveller returns." venerable artist, Alexander Lawson, who expired The style of the above betrays the pen of no very in this city, on Saturday last, in the seventy-fifth close reasoner, as the terms of the invitation would year of his age. Mr. Lawson, like his celebrated be apt to produce what logicians call a "non sequi- friend Wilson, was a native of Scotland, but like tur." The " useful with the sweet" was well the “ Paisley packman,” he discovered here his combined in the obituary of a French shop-keeper abilities and won here his reputation. As an who died years ago in Paris. Therein we were engraver of birds and animals, Charles Lucien made acquainted with the virtues of the defunct, Bonaparte declared that he had not an equal in the and informed in a " nota bene" that “his inconsola- world. His chief excellence was, no doubt, in this ble widow still continued his business at the old department of his art, but everything from his stand."
burin was executed with great taste, skill and deliThe grave got no victory, worth speaking of, cacy. over that woman.
The plates to Wilson's Ornithology are a lasting In days of yore something might be gleaned monument of his ability, and of his devotion to sezfrom the names of cities relative to their several ence also, for he bestowed so much labor upon founders, locality, or other peculiarities; but that them, that we have understood that the price which sort of advertisement does not obtain to any great was paid to him, did not amount to more than extent with us of the New World. One would seventy-five cents per diem for his services. Ho suppose that an insane schoolmaster had stood god- died suddenly, having been engaged with the graver father for half the villages in the state of New but two days before.-He was one of the most kindYork; witness Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Troy, Car-hearted and honorable men in the world, and it may thage, etc., etc., and Rome, too! I wonder whether be said very truly that “none knew him but to love the inhabitants have the face (the face includes the him."