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lowed. Another favourite expression of my as mute as a fish. Joe opened not his mouth father, when any thing went wrong, and in reply, neither did my father. My mother which was of the same pattern as the rest of then quitted the cabin, and walked round the his philosophy, was “ Better luck next time.” lighter, looked into the dog-kennel to ascerThese aphorisms were deeply impressed upon tain if he was asleep with the great mastiff, my memory. I continually recalled them to but Joe was no where to be found. mind, and thus I became a philosopher long Why, what can have become of Joe?” before my wise teeth were in embryo, or I had cried my mother, with maternal alarm in her even shed the first set with which kind Nature countenance, appealing to my father, as she presents us, that in the petticoat age we may hastened back to the cabin. My father spoke fearlessly indulge in lollipop:
not, but taking his pipe out of his mouth, My father's education had been neglected. dropped the bowl of it in a perpendicular He could neither write nor read; but although direction till it landed softly on the deck, then he did not exactly, like Cadmus, invent let- put it into his mouth again, and puffed ters, he had accustomed himself to certain mournfully." Why, you don't mean to say hieroglyphics, generally speaking sufficient that he is overboard?" screamed my mother. for his purposes, and which might be consi- My father nodded his head, and puffed dered as an artificial memory. “ I can't away at an accumulated rate. A torrent of write nor read, Jacob,” he would say,“ I wish tears, exclamations, and revilings, succeeded I could ; but look, boy, I means this mark to this characteristic announcement.
My for three-quarters of a bushel. Mind you father allowed my mother to exhaust herself. recollects it when I axes you, or I'll be blowed By the time that she was finished, so was if I don't wallop you.” But it was only a his pipe; he then knocked out the ashes, case of peculiar difficulty which would require and quietly observed, “ It's no use crying ; a new hieroglyphic, or extract such a long what's done can't be helped,” and proceeded speech from my father. I was well acquainted to refill the bowl. with his usual scratches and dots, and having 6 Can't be helped !" cried my mother; a good memory, could put him right when “ but it might have been helped.” he was puzzled with some misshapen x or % “ Take it coolly," replied my father. representing some unknown quantity, like “ Take it coolly!” replied my mother, in a the same letters in algebra.
rage" take it coolly! Yes, you're for taking I have said that I was heir apparent, but I every thing coolly: Í presume, if I fell overdid not say that I was the only child born to board, you would be taking it coolly.” my father in his wedlock. My honoured “ You would be taking it coolly, at all mother had had two more children; but the events,” replied my imperturbable father. first, who was a girl, had been provided for “Odear! O dear!” cried iny poor mother ; by a fit of the meazles, and the second, my 6 two poor children, and lost them both !” elder brother, by tumbling over the stern of “ Better luck next time,” rejoined my the lighter when he was three years old. At father; “so, Sall, say no more about it.” the time of the accident, my mother had re- My father continued for some time to tired to her bed, a little the worse for liquor; smoke his pipe, and my mother to pipe her my father was on deck forward, leaning eye, until at last my father, who was really a against the windlass, soberly smoking his kind-hearted man, rose from the chest upon evening pipe. " What was that?" exclaimed which he was seated, went to the cupboard, my father, taking his pipe out of his mouth, poured out a teacup-full of gin, and handed it and listeniug; “ I shouldn't wonder if it to my mother. It was kindly done of him, wasn't Joe.” And my father put in his pipe and my mother was to be won by kindness. again, and smoked away as before.
It was a pure offering in the spirit, and taken My father was correct in his surmises. It in the spirit in which it was offered. After was Joe who had made the splash which a few repetitions, which were rendered necesroused him from his meditations, for the next sary from its potency being diluted with her morning Joe was no where to be found. He tears, grief and recollection were drowned was, however, found some days afterwards; together, and disappeared like two lovers who but, as the newspapers say, and as may well sink down entwined in each other's arms. be imagined, the vital spark was extinct; With this beautiful metaphor, I shall wind and moreover, the eels and chubs had eaten up the episode of my unfortunate brother Joe. off his nose and a portion of his chubby It was about a year after the loss of my face, so that, as my father said, “ he was of brother, that I was ushered into the world no use to nobody.” The morning after the without any other assistants or spectators than accident, my father was up early and had my father and Dame Nature. My father, who missed poor little Joe. He went into the had some faint ideas of Christianity, percabin, smoked his pipe, and said nothing. formed the baptismal rites, by crossing me on As my brother did not appear as usual for his the forehead with the end of his pipe, and breakfast, my mother called out for him in a calling me Jacob: as for my mother being harsh voice; but Joe:was out of hearing, and churched, she had never been to church in
her life. I cannot recall much of my in- between them. In fact, as I grew more fancy: but I recollect that the lighter was capable, my father became more incapable, often very brilliant with blue and red paint, and passed most of his time in the cabin, and that my mother used to point it out to me assisting my mother in emptying the great
so pretty,” to keep me quiet. I shall stone bottle. The woman had prevailed upon therefore pass it over, and commence at the the man, and now both were guilty in parage of five years, at which early period I was taking of the forbidden fruit of the Juniper of some little use to my father. Indeed, I Tree. Such was the state of affairs in our was almost as forward as some boys at ten. little kingdom, when the catastrophe occurred This may appear strange, but the fact is, which I am now about to relate. that my ideas, although bounded, were con- One fine summer's evening, we centrated. Up to the time that I quitted the floating up with the tide, deeply laden with lighter, at eleven years old, the banks of the coals, to be delivered at the proprietor's wharf, river were the boundaries of my speculations. some distance above Putney Bridge; a strong I certainly comprehended the nature of trees breeze sprung up, and checked our progress, and houses; but I do not think that I was and we could not, as we expected, gain the aware that the former grew. From the time wharf that night. We were about a mile and that I could recollect them on the banks of a half above the bridge when the tide turned the river, they appeared to exactly of the against us, and we dropped our anchor. My same size as they were when first I saw them, father, who, expecting to arrive that evening, and I asked no questions. But by the time had very unwillingly remained sober, waited that I was ten years old, I knew the name of until the lighter had swung to the stream, every reach of the river, and every point-the and then saying to me, “Remember, Jacob, depth of water, and the shallows, the drift of we must be at the wharf early to-morrow the current, and the ebb and flow of the tide morning, so keep alive,” he went into the itself. I was able to manage the lighter as cabin to indulge in his potations, leaving me it floated down with the tide; for what I in possession of the deck, and also of my lacked in strength, I made up with the dex. supper, which I never ate below, the little terity arising from constant practice. cabin being so unpleasantly close. Indeed,
It was at the age of eleven years that a I took all my meals al fresco, and unless catastrophe took place which changed my the nights were intensely cold, slept on deck, prospects in life, and I must therefore say à in the large dog kennel abaft, which had little more about my father and mother, once been tenanted by the large mastiff, but bringing up their history to that period. The he had been dead some years, had been propensity of my mother to ardent spirits had, thrown overboard, and in all probability had as always is the case, greatly increased upon been converted into Epping sausages, at ls. her, and her corpulence had increased in the per lb. Some time after his decease, I had same ratio. She was now a most unwieldy, taken possession of his apartment and had bloated mountain of flesh, such a form as I performed his duty. I had finished my suphave never since beheld, although at the per, which I washed down with a considerable time she did not appear to me to be disgust. portion of Thames water, for I always drank ing, accustomed to witness imperceptibly her more wheu above the bridges, having an idea increase, and not seeing any other females that it tasted more pure and fresh. I had except at a distance. For the last two years walked forward and looked at the cable to see she had seldom quitted her bed-certainly if all was right, and then having nothing she did not crawl out of the cabin more than more to do, I laid down on the deck, and five minutes during the week-- indeed, her indulged in the profound speculations of a obesity and habitual intoxication rendered boy of eleven years old. I was watching the her incapable. My father went on shore for stars above me, which twinkled faintly, and a quarter of an hour once a month, to purchase appeared to me ever and anon to be extingin, tobacco, red herrings, and decayed ship guished and then relighted. I was wonderbiscuit—the latter were my principal fare, ing what they could be made of, and how except when I could catch a fish over the they came there, when of a sudden I was insides, as we lay at anchor. I was, therefore, terrupted in my reveries by a loud shriek, a great water drinker, not altogether from and perceived a strong smell of something choice, but from the salt nature of my food, burning. The shrieks were renewed again and because my mother had still sense enough and again, and I had hardly time to get upon left to discern that “ gin wasn't good for my legs when my father hurst up from the little boys.” But a great change had taken cabin, rushed over the side of the lighter, and place in my father. I was now left almost disappeared under the water. I canght a aitogether in charge of the deck, my father glimpse of his features as he passed me, and seldom coming up except to assist me in observed fright and intoxication blended shooting the bridges, or when it required together. I ran to the side where he had more than my exertions to steer clear of the disappeared, but could see nothing but a few crowds of vessels which we encountered when eddying circles as the tide rushed quickly
past. For a few seconds I remained stag. That dear familiar path, which oft his feet gered and stupified at his sudden disap- fu days of rapture past for ever by, pearance and evident death, but I was re
When life's gay morn was fresh, and hope was high; called to recollection by the smoke which en- And now again he treads it, there appears compassed me, and the shrieks of my mother, Naught to proclaim the interval of years, which were now fainter and fainter, and I Since the last time amidst these scenes he roved. hastened to her assistance.
The river still, from its unfailing source, A strong empyreumatic thick smoke as- Pursues the even current of its course ; cended from the hatch way of the cabin, and
From the same spots the self-same willows dip as it had now fallen calm, it mounted straight The crystal waters, which in shining tide
Their pendant branches, as if bowed to sip up in the air in a dense column. I attempted Beneath their trembling shadows softly glide. to go in, but as soon as I encountered the Nay, in their wouted nooks, the very flowers, smoke, I found that it was impossible; it from spring to spring still rear their silvery heads
Remembered even from his boyish hours, would have suffocated me in half a minute.
Iu placid beauty from their watery beds. I did what most children would have done in The air is breathing its accustomed balm; such a situation of excitement and distress,
The heavens are still as lovely, blue, and calm;
And were it not that now the dewy sod I sat down and cried bitterly. In about ten
Bears not a vestige that a foot has trod minutes I removed my hands, with which I For years its verdure, he might deem all past had covered up my face, and looked at the Since he pursued that grass-grown pathway last, cabin hatch. The smoke had disappeared, Was but a vivid and eventful dream.
Aud gazed in musing silence on that stream, and all was silent. I went to the hatchway, But now, once more he breathes the soft perfume and although the smell was still overpowering, of those bright roses that profusely bloom I found that I conld bear it. I descended the
In fair Ismeua's garden, and entwine
Around her latticed porch with jessamine little ladder of three steps, and called “Mother,"
And clasping tendrils of the clustered vine. but there was no answer. The lamp fixed His hand is resting on the wicket-latch against the after bulk-head, with a glass be
Where he so oft has paused, a look to snatch fore it, was still alight, and I could see plainly On the enchantment of her solitude.
Of the loved inmate, ere he dare intrude to every corner of the cabin. Nothing was E'en now he pauses, and his eager eye burning---not even the curtains to my mo
Dwells on some object with intensityther's bed appeared to be singed. I was as
That form, whose drooping head support has found
Against a pillar, wreathed with roses round, tonished-breathless with fear, with a trem.
O'er which, and mingling with the blossoms there, bling voice, I again called out “ Mother." Float the rich tresses of her ebon hair, I remained more than a minute panting for
In glossy ringlets waving, unconfined,
In playful dalliance with the summer wind, breath, and then ventured to draw back the
Should be his own beloved one; though her face curtains of the bed—my mother was not Is shaded with her hand, the touching grace there ! but there appeared to be a black mass That marks her attitude, the forehead fair,
The dark luxuriant locks, the pensive air, in the centre of the bed. I put my hand fear
Denote Ismena ; and but sometimes she, fully upon it-it was a sort of unctuous, pitchy Across the lute that rests upon her knee. cinder. I screamed with horror, my little Her half unconscious hand at moments fings senses reeled-1 staggered from the cabin
And to uncertain music wakes the strings
And that he felt her presence in his heartand fell down on the deck in a state amount.
He could have deemed that Praxiteles' art ing almost to insanity: it was followed by a Had, in his happiest mood, a figure made sort of stupor, which lasted for many hours. Of Contemplation musing in the shade, As the reader may be in some doubt as to For countless ages, as a relic fair.
Which had from common gaze been hidden there the occasion of my mother's death, I must inform him that she perished from what is termed spontaneous combustion, an inflam
FEMALE EDUCATION. mation of the gasses generated from the NOTHING is more remarkable in the present spirits absorbed into the system. It is to be age of mental excitement than the care with presumed that the flames issuing from my which, by most of the prevalent customs and mother's body, completely frightened out of a system of fashionable education, the minds his senses my father, who had been drinking of the generality of females are consigned to freely; and thus did I lose both my parents, inactivity and utter uncompanionable insione by fire and the other by water, at one and pidity. Whilst the expression of almost the same time.— Metropolitan.
every elevated feeling is repressed as incon
sistent with refinement, every artificial want, Notes of a Reader.
every habit of selfish gratification, is as much
as possible indulged. Active exercise in the THE YOUNG GREEK'S RETURN. open air, cheerful country walks, a joyful (From Demetrius, by Agnes Strickland.)
participation of the hearty pleasures of any Now Demetrius gained the branching road
society in which every movement is not That leal to princely Castriot's proud abode, taught by the posture-master, or conversation Whose polished columrs might be plainly seen Through the long vistas of embowering green ;
conducted according to the rules laid down Yet not on these Demetrius cast a look,
in books professing
to teach female duty and But the lone path beside the river took ;
behaviour;-all this would be inconsistent with the general aim of all classes to imitate to give your little girls a good physical edu. the manners and habits of the highest. All cation. Let their early years be passed, if kind of reading, except of works the most possible, in the country, gathering flowers frivolous, is considered ungenteel, or, at in the fields, and partaking of all the free least, singular; and any display of deep and exercises in which they delight. When unsophisticated sentiment excites universal they grow older, do not condemn them to pity. The beauties of nature, the triumphs sit eight listless hours a day over their books, of science, the miracles of art, excite no more their work, their maps, and their music. Be than a languid expression of wonder. To assured that half the number of hours passed apply the mind to read or understand such in real attention to well-ordered studies will things would destroy the apathetic elegance make them more accomplished and more which those desire to preserve, who still agreeable companions than those commonly believe knowledge to be a very good thing are who have been most elaborately finished, for persons who live by it. With as much in the modern acceptation of the term.” The care as the natural proportions of the female systems by which young ladies are taught to figure are destroyed by stays made upon move their limbs according to the rules of abstract principles, is the mind cribbed and art, to come into a room with studied difficabined by custom and fashion. Then, uni. dence, and to step into a carriage with meaversal ambition leads to universal difficulties sured action and premeditated grace, are as to furtune; and the only serious duty to only calculated to keep the degrading idea daughters is to obtain an advantageous set- perpetually present that they are preparing tlement, which, whether gained or missed, for the great market of the world." Real is too often thus the cause of cureless dis- elegance of demeanour springs from the content, injured health, and all the nervous mind; fashionable schools do but teach its maladies incidental to an ill-managed mind imitation, whilst their rules forbid to be and infirm body.
ingenuous. Philosophers never conceived Barely equal to sustain a life of indolence, the idea of so perfect a vacuum as is found from which all strong and all noble emotions to exist in the minds of young women who are shut out, the slighter pains and disap- are supposed to have finished their education pointments of life induce suffering in the in such establishments. If they marry husfrivolous and morbid mind; and any serious bands as uninformed as themselves, they contradiction, any check to indulgence, any fall into habits of indolent insignificance appeal of duty against pleasure, produces without much pain; if they marry persons discontent, agitation of the nervous system, more accomplished, they can retain no hold tears, low spirits, bewailings, the vapours, or of their affections. Hence many matrimoa hysteric fit. The tendency to the latter nial miseries, in the midst of which the exhibition of feelings injured or irritated, is wife finds it a consolation to he always comfound to be partly under the control of the plaining of her health and ruined nerves. will, or is at least often yielded to as the In the education of young women we shortest way of putting an end to the disa. would say—let them be secured from all the greeable opposition of parents or a husband. trappings and manacles of such a system; Youth gives place to middle age, and middle let them partake of every active exercise not age leads on to declining years, and, the absolutely unfeminine, and trust to their mind having no resources to retreat upon, being able to get into or out of a carriage the frivolity of early life is too frequently with a light and graceful step, which no exchanged for a feverish devotion and a drilling can accomplish. Let them rise chronic hysteric sensibility. Vainly hoping early and retire early to rest, and trust that to obtain from various stimulants that feeling their beauty will not need to be coined into of health which no stimulants can bestow, so
artificial smiles in order to ensure a welcome, long as good atmospheric air is not breathed, whatever room they enter. Let them ride, and the voluntary muscles are not exercised, walk, run, dance, in the open air. Encourage the invalid sinks by slow degrees into all the the merry and innocent diversions in which selfish inactivity of a confirmed valetudina. the young delight; let them, under proper rian; and in these cases the double grievance guidance, explore every hill and valley; let of hypochondriasis and hysteria is often in- them plant and cultivate the garden, and curred by the same individual, and seems to make hay when the summer sun shines, and furnish an excuse for the neglect of every surmount all dread of a shower of rain or the duty requiring the smallest exertion of body boisterous wind; and, above all, let them and mind.
take no medicine except when the doctor If any hope could be entertained that orders it. The demons of hysteria and declamation against follies so notorious and melancholy might hover over a group of hurtful would be rewarded by success, or young ladies so brought up; but they would that advice given to counteract them would not find one of them upon whom they could be listened to, we would say to the parents exercise any power. of the present day," Let your first care be When a system quite opposite to this is pursued, what is the consequence ? A bloom- by a love of home-duties, country scenery, ing girl, just on the verge of womanhood, and useful occupations; by a reasonable begins to wither and decay. Her complexion acquaintance with some of the sciences; by fades, her spirits desert her, she becomes a taste for the arts, and for the improving hysterical, she cannot walk, or ride, or hold pleasures of elegant literature, and the society herself upright. The physician is consulted; of the virtuous and well-informed. The he advises what we have advised ; but the divine, the philosopher, and the physician cure is entrusted to other hands. The young speak the same language. The dictates of lady is removed to London, and placed under reason and of duty are sufficiently plain, and some one who professes to cure deformities few are blind to them; and they are the dicof the spine, as if the feeble bend, which tates of health, bodily and mental; but so probably does exist, were the cause of all the opposed to them are the dictates of fashion, bad health, and not, as well as the hysteric and the habits of what is called the world, in feelings, the result of a foolish system of a country too much given to the worship of physical education. And now for many gold, that of all who profess to acknowledge months the young patient passes the precious their truth, the greater number are still ever morning hours in rooms crowded with other found victims, and in an atmosphere no better than “ To see the best, and yet the worst pursue." that respired by the factory girls; and, as
Foreign Quarterly Review. substitutes for all the natural exercises which she ought to be taking in the country, instead of playing with ball and battledore,
Spirit of Discovery. instead of riding, walking, running races,
LANDER'S NIGER EXPEDITION. jumping, swinging, and other vulgar but healthful diversions, she is instructed how (We abridge from the Kelso Chronicle, the to climb ropes, or to get to the top of a pole; following interesting account of Lauder's she is indoctrinated in the mystery of throw. Second Expedition, given in the above jouring summersets over a bar; or applied to the nal, as“ from the letter of an officer of the rubbing and scrubbing of tables; or drilled party.”] by calisthenic arts to emulate the mystic
Fernando Po, His Majesty's ship, Curlew, May 12. motions of a telegraph : and all this time,
Mr. Lander arrived here some days ago mental education is suspended as a matter
from the Nun, or Niger. I had been there of course.
in the Curlew only a week before, when they We do sincerely believe, that if parents had received no intelligence of the expedition could be convinced that by their endeavours for five months. to produce an excessive and mistaken refine. It appears the large steam-boat, the Quorra, ment, a refinement which, confined to looks, after a passage of three months, only reached and words, and motions, and attitudes, does the river Tchadda, or rather within six miles not imply the greater refinement of mind of it, when she was thrown by the strength of from which all the rest would spring, they the stream (or by bad steerage) upon a bank, are only laying the foundations of suffering, where she remained for three months, with and would determine to follow entirely oppo- about three fathoms water close to her. This site rules, there would be as few instances of delayed the expedition, for the little steamer, spinal disorder, and as few hysterical and the Alburka, was obliged to attend her connervous complaints in the upper classes of sort for fear of accidents. Mr. Lander left society, or in families in comfortable circum- them about three or four weeks ago, in order stances as to fortune, as there are in those in to get a supply of medicines, tea, &c. Curious which the luxuries of life (very erroneously so enough, the medical man who went up the called) cannot be procured, or the indulgence river was an inexperienced practitioner, and of superfluities allowed. Many a young neglected to take up a proper quantity of
now. doomed to peevishness, pale stores ; the consequence has been, that, after sickliness, disappointed hopes, or matrimo- getting into the Nun (having lost about six nial discontent, would become a cheerful, men before), twenty white men died of fever active, happy person, and if married, a con- and dysentery, and amongst the number the tented wife, a healthy mother, and a blessing doctor himself (Dr. Briggs), and all the to her husband and her children.
officers excepting Mr. Laird, Mr. Lander, · The chance of freedom from all nervous Lieut. Allan, and the Captain of the little complaints, including some of the most steamer. There are now living on board the dreadful mental visitations, is increased by two boats only fourteen whites. They luckily every rational means of increasing individual took plenty of blacks with them (Kroomen), happiness; by that great blessing, a content- twenty in one boat and fifteen in the other, ed mind; by a calm dependence on a bene. who are all alive. The success of a future volent and all-wise Creator ; by a freedom expedition is now certain, if properly cun. from all mean forms of ambition--as for ducted, for the only opposition Lander has establishment, equipage, and restless gaiety; met with was between the mouth of the river