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SKETCHES FROM LIFE.
Take then O world ! thy much indebted l tear.
How sad a sight is human happiness
To whose whose thought can peirce beyond an hour *
WHEN I look back upon my past life,and reflect upon the many days that have been spent in the most supine idleness, which might otherwise have been devoted to the acquirement of some useful science, and of that knowledge, which has for its aim, the teaching of men the ‘better how to live ;’ and,that those hours are irretrieveably swallowed up in the boundless ocean of eternity ; my mind is harrowed up with the keenest poignancy of self reproach, and sickens at the gloominess of retrospection. When I look back to the nights of debauch—the hours of dissipation, and the scenes of vice which I have passed over, to the impairment of my health, and the subvertment of those resicctions which must ever arise in the bosom of him who is couscious of nothing but a well spent life ; the compunctions of that internal monitor of my soul is ever on the alert to invent the most excrutiating torments and pours them with a merciless fury upon a head con
night revel, the splendid ball, the
facinating charms of music, and,
scious of its guilt. The mid
tact with mine ! Beauteous Eve
lina, your angelic face then glowed with the strongest liniments of health and innocence; but my mechanisms found too easy an avenue to an heart inexperienced in wily guile. er just opening thy various sweets to the morning sun–I like the deathly night-shade entwined thee, and thou sunk polluted to the ground. A father and tendermother fell with thee I Yes, their grey hairs could not brook thy disgrace—they are now happy But thou—oh soon may thy head too be senseless to the pelting of the storms of life. Am I not then a murderer and a villain 2 Oh
Thou wast a flow- |
On Thursday evening last, at half past 9 o'clock, a fire broke out in a Pottery on the premises of Mr. Joshua Sands, at Brooklyn, and raged for an hour and an half with almost unconquerable fury, consuming in its course seven buildings, chiefly stores, and a shed, with the most of their contents.The buildings were the property f Mr. Sands, and the goods, principally cotton and hides, owned in New-York and stored in them.— The whole damage is estimated at 30,000 dollars. The floating engine from this city, arrived in season to be of essential service in finally terminating the ravages of the destructive elemcnt,
she would have been totally
Singular combat with a Bear.
On Friday the 21st instant, [September] two lads by the name of David and Samuel Morse, of Concord, Vt. one of whom was aged 13 years, the other 16, went for the purpose of helping to kill a bear, which was caught in a trap. When within a short distance of the bear, it extricated itself from the trap, and closed in with the oldest lad, who brought the bear under him as he fell. The other youth with that true courage which characterises the “Green Mountain Boys,” willing to share the danger with his brother, caught the bear's head and confined it to the ground with his hands, having no weapon about him. This alarming scene being in sight of Mr. Morse's house, the mother of the lads flew to their assistance, caught the trap, which in her cool moments
unable to manage, and with the first blow beat out the bear's eye, and then drove the spring of the trap into his mouth, and held it in that position until Mr. Carruth and Mr. Hamilton arrived and dispatched him. In the wrestle with the bear, he caught the youth's
right hand in his mouth, which very considerably wounded
No other injury was sustained. So striking an instance of preservation, by the judicious effort of true cour
age, probably has not occured since the settlement of this State.