York City, where boarded a number of once on his mind, I must go now. Ac yung ladies, who were attending Mrs.cordingly he commenced his journey, and Green's school, (so celebrated at that time,) arrived just as his beloved relative had died composed and repeated to them one evening to comfort the bereaved family who were far the very same riddle, in my hearing. After removed from all their many relatives. they had occupied some time in endeavoring Many like instances no doubt are present to define it, she explained it herself. The to observing and reflecting minds. I never Lir sas not professedly a poetess, but pos- recollect of seeing but one well written ar. ssong a good, and well cultivated mind ticle on subjects relative to the above, and Eer version was,

that was in Littel's Living Age. As they

are not by me, I can not say in which numThere is a word that ends with s,

ber it may be found. Permit me to express An enemy to happiness, To pesce and quiet rest,

a wish that some of your talented corresponBut if another s you add,

dents will write an essay which would elicit *Twill make a word, that all are glad

some new ideas on a subject so interesting Wiren they can try the test.

but so little understood. The surprise was great, a few years after.New York, Feb. 7, 1852. on first sight of the same thought from a ridd so distinguished. One can imagine

For the Monthly Miscellany. be of her thoughts, that she had compos

MINISTERING SPIRITS. el what, as coming from her, would receive pot cren the slightest notice, and though

BY MRS. C. 1. PARLIMAN. certainly no great achievement of itself, yet from one among the great and popular of We know not that there is proof sufficient to Forl, had attracted universal attention. in Holy Writ, to substantiate the beautiful To digrese a little. How impossible for us, theory of “ministering spirits.” From our ebot sighted as we are, to acconnt for facts earliest remembrance, it has ever been a Eke the following:

source of pleasure to believe, that the spirits A clergy man, with whom we are acquaint-of departed friends, at times are permitted ed, vas telegraphed that his mother was in to hover near, and with their angel whisperdring state, and requested to hasten to her ings, guide us on, in our lonely pilgrimage

9900 as possible. He did not arrive until below. Why should it not be thus? The te lass of forty-eight hours, and on en- spirit, when freed from its earthy companion, tering the house of her home, immediately which binds it to this “cloud girded” sphere equired how long since she had died; when mounts upward and speeds its airy flight

zsered and questioned how he had ascer- over the boundless fields of eternity. Why taide1 the fact of her death, and who had amid the pauses of heavenly music, may it infyrrned him, replied promptly, no one. I vot stoop to earth, and echo the sweet strains knew it was so, for I could not offer one pe- upon the heart-chords of the friends, who tition on her behall, since last night, men- / listened in love, to tones which still linger toning the hour which was the exact time in memory's holy cell! There are times, we she went to her rest in another and a better know not why, that our hearts are as light world. Another gentleman of undoubted and joyous as an uncaged bird, and, were it piety and veracity, and without the slightest not for the feeble chain · which fetters tincture of superstition, had contemplated us down, and which we dare not break, our for years a visit to a distant uncle in Ver-fight, would like his, be up and away. mont, which he had deferred from various How know we that some angel-wing has circumstances from year to year. Last year not passed over our souls, sweeping away it seemed to flash as a sudden impression at the dark clouds which gathered o'er us

shutting out the sun-rays of joy and happi-ing, deceitful blandishments of the other, and Dess? We feel, at times, our hearts fraught turn a deaf ear to the syren song, which with high and noble aspiratious, glowing would lead us astray. For, as sure as there with pure impassioned impulses to press on- are good, there are also evil spirits. The ward, toward the achievement of great and more we cherish the heavenly visitants, like glorious purposes, to seize upon, and urge ouru earthly friends, the closer will they forward, the laggard wheels of reform, to cluster around us--while the evil, like our relieve the oppre-sed, encourage virtue, and our enemies, come all uobidden. To cherdestroy vice; in short, could we but follow ish the one, and resist the other is the Chris, the lightning foot-steps of mind,and achieve tian's duty, and the Christian's pleasure. the noble deeds which swell our bosoms; HANOVER, 1852. this beautiful earth, now the scene of so much misery, would again become a para

A FATHERS ADVICE TO HIS SON. dise of love and bappiness. Why these lofty impulses; th zse happy, almost entran

BY GOETHE. cing moments? May pot spirit-voices, vi

The time draws nigh, dear John, that I brating the air around us, thus nerve our

must go the way from which none returns. hearts with high and generous resolves?

I cannot take thee with me; I must leave Some spirit-friend, with viewless hand,

thee in a world where good counsel is not brush away the dark clouds of doubt and

superabundant. No one is born wise.-evil which circle our souls, and with thrill

Time and experience teach us to seperate ing, silent eloquence urge us to pursue the

the grain from the chaff. I have seen more bright and heaven-ward way? ! Truly, there can be no theory more

of the world than thou. It is not all gold,

dear son, that glitters. I have seen many a fraught with pleasing associations! What

' star from heaven fall, and many a staff on theory is better calculated to dush down the

which men have leaned break. Therefore I wine-cup-paralyze the arm up-raised to shed his brother's blood-to restrain man

give thee this advice, the result of my exkind from adding to the black catalogue of


Attach not thy heart to any transitory crimes, beneath whose mountain-weight things

thing. The truth comes not to us; we must earth groans, and the pitying heavens echo

seek for it. That which you see, scrutinize back the mournful sound; than, the belief,

carefully; and with regard to things unseen that the pure spirits of the dearly loved, be

and eternal, rely on the word of God.hold with tearful eye, our every deed of evil? Search no one so closely as thyself. Within What theory, is better calculated to incite us dwells the judge who never deceives, and and encourage us in every good “word and whose voice is more to us than the applaus work;" to refine and ennoble the immortal of the world, and more than all the wisdom soul, and render us fit companions of angels: 1 of the Egyptians and Greeks. Resolve, my than, that they rejoice in our every effort to son, to do nothing to which this voice is oprise superior to the temptations which sur

sur-| posed. When you think and project, strike round us, and boldly tread in the path of on your forehead and ask his counsel. He virtue.

speaks at first low, and lisps as an innocent And this is religion. To listen to the low, child; but if you honor his innocence he sweet breathings of the one, following its gradually loosens his tongue and speaks gentle dictates, in all that is good and noble more distinctly. here, thus making our transitory stay, the Despise not any religion; it is easy to season of preparatior', for entering a higher despise, but it is much better to understand and pure existence hereafter; to resist with a Uphold truth when thou caust, and be wil firm heart and stubborn will, all the flatter. ling for her sake to be hated; but know

that thy individual cause is not truth, and as it lengthens. This goes on to a certain beware that they are not confounded. Dopoint, at which the greater growth is attaingood for thy own satisfaction, and care not ed; and then the hair grows fine by degrees what follows. Cause no gray hairs to any and beautifully less; until, if allowed its full one; nevertheless, for the right even gray growth as on the head of a young damsel, bairs are to be disregarded.

its point is many times smaller and more Help, and give willingly when thou hast delicate than the portion near the centre of and think no more of thyself for it; and if its length. Some hair is much rounder thou hast nothing, let thy hands be ready more cylindrical than other; some being with a drink of cold water, and esteem thy-oval and some flattened. The flat hair it is self for that no less. Say not alvays what that curls most. Adonis and the negro are thou knowest, but know always what thou therefore, alike in one point at least. Hairs sayest. Not the apparently devont, but the vary much, both in thickness and in length truly devout man respect, and go in his those on the female scalp being, naturally, viye.

the longest of all; and those of the beard of A man who has the fear of God in his men being next in length, and longer than heart, is like the sun that shines and warms, those of the male head. The hair of the fethough it does not speak. Do that which is male seal is not only longer than that of the worthy of recompense, and ask none. Re- male, but in proportion to its length, is larflect daily upon death, and seek the life ger in diaineter. The thickest of all which is beyond with a cheerful courage; and human hair however is that of the beard of further, go not out of the world without men; and the investigations of this subject having testified by some good deed thy love tend to justify the assertion of the barbers, and respect for the Author of Christianity. that frequently cutting and shaving the hair,

has a tendency to make it thicker. Every

hair has a stem and a root just as a tree has; THE HUMAN HAIR MAGNIFIED.

the root bedded in the skin just as the tree The following, from Dickens' “Household

is in earth. But the comparison does not Words,” confirms the oft repeated opinion. Vend here. The tree has bark, medulla, and that it is a violation of a physiological prin- intervening substance the hair has the same. ciple to shave the “human face divine.”- The bark (or cortex) of the hair displays a After some very sensible remarks on the series of scales placed oue overlapping anskin, and other organs of the body, the other, just as we see tiles overlap on a writer says:

house-top. Immediately below this scaly "The hair may be called the offspring of bark we have a fibrous portion, forming the skin; and in health and disease, youth two-thirds of the bulk of the hair. These and age, there is a close sympathy between fibres are seen to separate when the hair the two. A fine growth of hair, when mag- splits from being left too long uncut. The nified, might be compared to a plantation center of the hair has a little canal, full of an of osiers, when the leaves are off; with some oily, marrow-like substance, containing the difference of course. Human hair is not per- greater part of the coloring matter; black in fectly round, as it seems to be when seen black hair, brown in brown hair, and almost with the naked eye; nor is it of the same absent when the hair has become gray. The thickness through its whole length. At its marrow of the hair, and its two outer coatorigin in the skin, it swells out into a bulb-ings, are well seen in a section of a hair from ous form, like a crocus-root, or the body of a well-shaved chin. The razor, day by day, a young spring onion, before the leaves cuts it across; it cannot grow longer, so it have opened. From this base the hair grows thicker and stronger; and each slice springs forth, and gradually becomes bulkier taken away by the matutinal shave, looks,

under the microscope, like a section of a surf, the sweet voice of my boy calling bone; just as a bone is cut across when a ham 'Come this way, father! steer straight for me is cut into slices for broiling:while the stump I am here, waiting for you! We steered remaining on the chin has just the same look by that sound and soon my little boy leapas the bone on the section of grilled ed to my arms with joy, saying, 'I knew you ham ready for the breakfast table. The would hear me, father!' and nestled to sleep primly shaved mouth is thickly dotted 'on my bosom. The child and the maiden round by myriads of hideous hair-stumps, are both sleeping now. They died in two with inner layer and marrow all exposed.-- short weeks after the period I refer to, with Fashion ever since the days of Louis Qua- hardly an interval of time between their torze, has demanded the daily sacrifice, and deaths. Now, tossed on the rough sea of men continue to pay it. Happily they do life, without compass or guide, enveloped in not see the stumps of their beards through a fog and surrounded by rocks, I seem to microscope, or razor-makers would starve. hear that cherub voice, calling from the

“The hair, tortured by frizzling-irons and bright shore, 'Come this way, father! steer mutilated by razors, suggests a thought as to straight for me! When oppressed with sadthe purpose for which portions of the frame ness, I take my way to our quiet cemetery; were thus carefully covered by the Author still, as I stand by one little mound, the of all things.”

same musical voice echoes thence, 'Come this way, father; I am waiting for thee!'”

Surely, though the “child and maiden are "COME TIIIS WAY, FATHER !” both sleeping: now”—though they were

called, so soon, to their "home in heaven"“During a short visit to the sea-shore of

their mission here on earth was not without our state, some two years since, with a par

its fruits, that of guiding to a haven of ty of friends, it was proposed, one bright

* safety a parent and friends and of lengthenafternoon, that we should make up a party and go down the harbor on a fishing excur

ing the probation of souls probably unfit for sion. We accordingly started, and after

immortality. And who could measure the

joy of the angels in heaven on hearing, near sailing about three miles, a young lady of

the throne of God, the sweet welcome of the the company declined going any further, and

child, “Come this way, father; I am HERE requested us to land her on one of the small islands in the harbor, where she proposed to "

to waiting for you!" stay till our return. My little boy, then about four years old, preferred remaining THE QUALITIES OF THE HEART.—Let me with her. Accordingly, we left them, and see a female possessing the beauty of a meek proceeded about six miles further. We re- and modest deportment-of an eye that bemained out much longer than we had inten- speaks intelligence and purity within-of ded, and as night approached a thick fog set the lips that speak no guile; let me see in in from the sea, entirely enshrouding us, her a kind, benevolent disposition, a heart Without a compass, and not knowing the that can sympathise with distress, and I right direction to steer, we groped our way, will never ask for the beauty that dwells in along for some hours, till finally we distin- ruby lips, or flowing tresses, or suowy hands, guished the breaking of the surf on the and the forty other etceteras upon which rocks of one of the islands, but were at a loss our poets have harped for so many know which one of them. I stood up in Those fade when touched by the hand of the stern of the boat where I had been time; but these ever enduring qualities of steering, and shouted with all my strength. the heart will outlive the reign of those, and I listened a moment, and heard, through grow brighter and fresher as the ages of the thick fog and above the breaking of the eternity roll away.

EDITORIAL MISCELLANIA.J swer: let his liberty be abridged. If they

were asked, shall a man be permitted to The Maine Liquor Law is receiving at the

continue the sale of unwholesome meats? the present time, almost universal attention in

answer would be ready, because these things

have been done, and it would be no new this country; and enquiries have been made in Europe with regard to its character and

thing. The other is new, and the thought its effects—the inquirers manifesting a deep

has not occurred to them that there could be interest in the matter. So far as we have

an enactment absolutely forbidding the sale been able to discover the feeling existing in

of intoxicating drinks, because they have so our own land, we are of the opinion that

| long been vended in accordance with law,

and in fact, supported by the law. public sympathy is awakened, and that

This is in accordance with the law of the there will be a firm and decided effort made in most of the northern states, to affiliate

human mind. Every discovery that has

been made, conflicting in any wise with prethe doctrines of that noble State, which has

conceived notions, has been refused and taken the lead in the glorious Temperance

spurned, until by dint of argument the mind Reform. Our exchanges are pretty general

has become convinced. So doubtless will it ly interested in favor of the law, and many

be in the present case. For our part we express the wish that it may be adopted by

can see no reason why the vending of unall the States. Such a thing is most desira

wholesome meats should be forbidden, and ble, and no doubt devoutly wished by many

the vending of unwholesome drinks be althousands of our people who have beheld

lowed; or why the midnight assassin should the devastation caused by alcoholic drinks.

Shave his liberty restricted, and others perBut there are some who, much as they desire such a state of things, stand in doubt of

mitted to"go on in their murderous way, who the constitutionality of the thing. Such strike not so sudden, but more sure. These,

to see beneed a clear and logical exposition of the while they permit their victim reasons why it should be done, and also a fore him the yawning gulf, still bind him plain statement of the manner in which it for the funeral pile, still urge him to the hor. may be done, and the constitution remain

rid death. inviolate. Their hearts are interested and

The man who falls by the murderer's their feelings enlisted on the side of benev

steel, sees not the gleaming weapon--dreads olence and virtue, but they are perplexed

not the fatal blow. But the poor wretch about the question of liberty. How can it

| bound in the chains of appetite, moves on be consistent with liberty to deprive a man

in his unsteady step, in full view of the of his rights? Some men are engaged now

death awaiting him, and with the full conin the sale of intoxicating drinks, and by

sciousness of the misery now surrounding this means secure to themselves a livelihood.

him, and receiving his daily stab from the Now if that law prevail it is manifest to all,

hand of his murderer, each succeeding one that these must yield their hopes of gain

s of gain striking nearer to the seat of life. He knows from such a source, and perhaps be deprived

|full well that with awful precision these of the means of existence. And the ques- / wounds shall be made deeper and deeper tion is with them, can the restrictions con- until the last, which shall consign him to a templated be made consistently? If we

drunkard's unhonored grave, and leave perwere to ask these persons if the prowling as- | haps a suffering wife with her wretched sassin, who waits his opportunity to strike children, pennyless in the world, to endure home upon the heart and life of his victim,

ife of his victim. its cold charity or its unmerited scorn. should enjoy the liberty of pursuing his own Shall we still ask the questiou about the course, and working out the destruction he restriction of this unboly traffic ? Let the contemplates, we should find a ready an- deep untold miseries of the drunkard's fam


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