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beautiful groves, through which you get and at each end there are two rows of them. glimpses of the most tasteful private residen. In its interior I counted no less than sixty ces that can be imagined, as you pass along, fluted columns, vith Corinthian capitals, which residences are located back at a con- all covered with gilt. Three arches are siderable distance. It is here that Bona. thrown over upon either side, supported by parte resides. As you enter the Champ E. columns, under each of which is a recess, lysee from the Place Concordia, you see di- where stand statues of the Virgin, &c., and rectly before you the triumphal arch erec-over each end is an arch, under one of which ted in honor of the victories of Napoleon, is an organ and several statues, and under the and you think that two or three minutes other the altar, back of which is a group of walk will bring you to it, but you have de- sculptured angels, and the Virgin looking ceived yourself, and after having traveled down from their midst. Corresponding with the two or three minutes, it seems about as the three arches upon each side are three far off as when you started. You keep circular concaves in the roof, gilded and fintravelling on, and after half-a-dozen similar ished in the most costly style, and through deceptions, and having travelled a mile and these the light is admitted. a half and upwards, you find yourself at the By no means the least beautiful part of the base. You was deceived by its great height city are the Boulevards, which are very - I should think it covered a space ten rods wide streets, lined with trees on each side, long, by five wide, an arch passing through and having wide side-walks. They extend it both ways. I should judge that the all around the city, and add greatly to its highest arch, the one passing transversely, attractions. was two hundred feet from the ground. Its And theu the streets generally are of a exterior is sculptured heroes and battle good width, and clean, the buildings good, scenes, and strange to tell they have got the and many of them elegant. What is called angels of heaven mixed in with them. Upon the Palais National, is a square of some fifits interior are lettered the names of Napo- teen acres, I should think, right in the midst leon's Generals, and I should think all bis of the business part of the city, forming an officers, for it is all covered over with them. open court of considerable rural beauty, sure
Seven or eight miles further down is the rounded by shops, with a most splendid porpalace of St. Cloud, and about as much fur- tico extending around all the four sides of ther on is Versailles, with its palaces and
es and the square, the shops being occupied by gardens, and its world-renowned water
terbrokers, jewelers, &c. This beautiful place
rokers, works, neither of which I have as yet seen. 15
an is only entered by a narrow paved way , Many of the churches are on a scale of
of from one of the streets. most wanton magnificence. The Notre
The houses are all high-six or seven stoDame, the old cathedral, built probably a-l
Jries. You see no low, poor houses in the
* suburbs, or elsewhere, as in English and bout seven centuries ago, is an immense pile, and presents a front of as costly a construc
American cities. The lower story is occution, one would think, as it was possible to!
pied for shops, and the stories above as resi
dences--the wealthiest and most fashionable make it. In fact, the simplicity of an un- | vitiated taste is so outraged by it, that it
| taking the first story above the shops, a clase
a little below them, the next story, and so cannot be contemplated by a modern eye
on to the garret of the seventh story, which with any sort of complacency, but it is in
is occupied by the poor. The houses are teresting as a memorial of the past. Of the modern churches the Madalein, (the Magda-1
all furnished with blinds, but they are the
Magda color of the buildings, cream color.-Michilen) presents probably the most imposing
gan Farmer. appearance. Exteriorly, it is entirely surrounded by massive fluted stoue columns,! Life is worthless if not earnest.
I MEAN TO BE A MAN; OR,' EARLY
had given the lads a few words of suitable INFLUENCES
advice; urging them to aim, above all other
earthly things, to be MEN. · BY CHARLES WIGHT.
The incident made a strong impression on Many years ago, a gentleman, traveling in his mind, a d he inwardly resolved to watch the western part of Massachusetts, passed them as they advanced in life the night with the family of a village black. Years rolled on, and William, by industry smith, which consisted of the man, wife and and perseverance, had beconie the worthy four boys between the ages of four and owner of a large and valuable farm. His twelve years
gentle and prudent wife made his home the The parents were of that class who are the abode of happiness; and his own good manpride and boast of New England. Intelli- agement and cheerful labor had received its gent, virtuous and industrious, they were merited reward. enabled to enjoy all the comforts of life and Each spring his honest hand restored the give their children the advantrges of a com- seed upon the fruitful field, and each recurs mon school education. As a matter of ring harvest filled his barns His intellicourse, the children of such parents were gence, integrity, and uprightness won the well-bred, and their good deportment made love and respect of his neighbors. a marked impression upon the mind of their John, the youthful trader, at the age of
sixteen, entered the counting-room of a Conversing with them, he asked the very wealthy merchant, in a distant city. In this common question, what business they would situation the principles instilled into his devote themselves to in life, or, as he ex- mind by the home fireside, were an honor pressed himself, “What they were to be both to himself and to his parents. when they grew up?"
His industry, application to business and William, the eldest, promptly declared that perfect trustworthiness, made him a favorite he would be a farnier.
with his employer, and during the years of John thonght he should be a mercbant- his clerkship he saved a considerable sum of vas fond of trading, and wished very much money. This was not dona by the practice to be rich.'
of mean and miserly habits, for he dressed “And what do you say, Charles?” inquir- well, not extravagantly, but with a proper ed the gentleman of a little black-eyed fel- | respect to a gentlemanly appearance. low, about ten years of age, who had kept Not a small amount was expended for in the back-ground during the conversation. books, which were selected with a wise ref
"I mean to be a man, sir,” replied Charles erence to his intended course in life. Thus drawing himself up proudly, while his black improving his leisure hours, and attending eyes kindled with enthusiasm'; “I mean to faithfully to his daily labors, he obtained a be a man, sir, if I live."
thorough knowledge of his business. "That's right, my son,” said the proud At the age of twenty-five he was received father; and a tear stood in his mother's eye into partnership with his employer. Pruas she drew him to her and imprinted a warm dent and punctual in business, they were kiss upon his brow. The other boys were successful for many years. The old gentlesilent, evidently thinking that their brother man finally withdrew from the firm, leaving had spoken better than themselves. John with a large capital and prosperous
I mean to be a man! What a world of business. meaning was embodied in that one short Fortune smiled upon him and he amassed sentence. How much of true nobility did great wealth. But while he thus prospered those words imply.
his heart was not hardened, he was not inThe traveler departed, but not until he sensible to the wants of the unfortunate.
The widow and the orphan found in him high honors, he commenced the study of the an able and warm-hearted friend. Conscious law, and in two years was admitted to tho that he was but the steward of a wise and bar. merciful God, he emploved the vast wealth! Possessing a thorough knowledge of his thus entrused to him in alleviating the profession, and gifted with a large share of wants of the poor, and in the promotion of
shrew.ln. ss and penetration, he was well calevery good cause: thus securing the appror- culated to succeed. He removed to a disal of conscience and the favor of his fellow- tant state, apel commenced practice.
Three years passed. The successful and men.
But where was Charles, and how well popular lawyer revisited his native place, had he kept his resolution to be a man?- where he was soon after joined in the bonds Charles was called by the honest villagers, a of matrimony with a lady of estimable charsingular boy. Debarred from the usual acter, with whoia he had been intimate in sports of childhood by sickness, and a natu- early childhood. After a short stay he arally feeble constitution, the village library gain left his early home, and retumed to his became to him a never-failing source of en- | adopted state. joyment. He delighted in the biographie
nhil His public spirit, good talents, and known of eminent men, and fortunately possessed
integrity won the confidence of bis fellow
townsmen, and for several years he represenin the person of his mother an able and faith
ted them in their state government ful instructor. She did not fail to point out Many years have now passed since he left the defects to be avoided, as well as beauties his native state, and his lead is whiteved by to be imitated, in the character of those be- the frosts of many vinters. But time has roes with the history of whose lives he was dealt gently with him. His eye has lost none familiar.
w of its brilliancy, and his mind still preserves Under such instruction, it is not wonderful that he should have grown up with fixed
and its early vigor. A life of useful industry bas
| secured to him a competency for the support habits of reflection, nice perceptions of right
of his old age. Children have grown up a- . and wrong, with high and noble ideas of
“I round him, useful and happy members of manly character.
society. He soon mastered the branches of com
- George, the youngest of the family inbermon.school instruction, and made such pro-lits his father's trade, and still lives, an ingress, that at the age of seventeen he was dustions and worthy man. prepared to enter college. But, further than The brothers met, a few years since, at the this, be must depend mainly upon his own old homestead, which still remains in posexertions.
session of the family. It was a most interHis father, though not rich, had savedesting event: four old and grey-headed men somewhat of this world's goods, and would met after a separation of many long years, gladly have parted with it all to educate his upon the spot where their lives commenced. favorite son, but after some consideration, What a lively interest did they take in vishad concluded that he would be better pre- iting every spot connected with the memopared for the active duties of life, by learning Iries of youth. while yet yonng, the important lesson of What numberless events were recounted. self-dependence. Nor, in this, had he calcu- What hallowed recollections interchanged. lated too highly upon Charles' energy and Nothing marred the harmony and peaceful perseverance. His cultivated mind and kind pleasure of that meeting. They each looked manners fitted him, in a peculiar manner, for back upon a well-spent and happy life; and the office of a teacher, and in this manner, all alluded to the impressions of a life of useduring vacations, he earned enough, with fulness, which were produced upon their assistance from his father, to pay the expen-minds by that one little incident of their Bes of a collegiate course. Graduating with childhood.
statesman, that I wish to prezent Martha
Washington to the attention of my young BY GRACE GRAFTON.
country women. It was the crowning ex
cellence of her character as a woman, that In the bright galaxy of female worthies, she possessed, in rare perfection, those dothere is one name to which every American mestic virtues which render home an earthly woman turns with even more of fond affec- paradise. She was formed to be the ornation than of respectful admiration. It is ment of society--but at an early age, she the name of Martha Washington---the be- retired from the noise and glitter, into the loved and honored wife of the father of his calm privacy of domestic life, and there, as country; or him who was first in war, first the idolized mistress, the tender mother, and in peace, and first in the hearts of his coun- the fond and faithful wife, her days were trymen.” The distinction was an enviable filled up with duty and usefulness. In all one which made her the chosen of his heart the details of household economy she was and the sharer of his fame; but it was well- an adept; and if she was, beyond dismerited by personal excellencies on her pute, a lady in the parlor, she was equally part, which have seldom been equalled. so in that terra incognita to most fashion
Eminently beautiful in form and features able ladies--the kitchen. Her skillful man-descended froin one of the noblest fami- agement and efficient control were felt lies in the Old Dominion--and allied by throughout every part of the extensive esboth her marriages to others not less distin- tablishment; and during the long absence guished--this illustrious woman might seem from home which her husband's public stato have found a shining mark for the shafts tion rendered necessary, she sustained the of envy and detraction; but she bore her additional load of care thus thrown upon honors so meekly-her native firmness and her, with an ease and cheerfulnes that knew dignity were so tempered with winning ro variation and wo abatement. The accomsoftness and feminine delicacy, and her re- plishments of Martha Washington were not, finement of manners with unaffected benev- like those of too many at the present day. olence—that envy stood abashed in her pre- "kept for show," and worn only in the sence, anu detraction turned away from the presence of company. They were made to sight of excellencies it could not depreciate contribute to the happiness of all around Her character was one of deep sensibility her, and, like the rich setting of a diamond, guident by judgment, and passion controlled only gave additional beauty to a character by reason and religion. In her, the sorrow. whose sterling value they could not mateful, the tiruid, and the erring, found a sym- rially enhance. pathizing friend and a judicious counsellor There are comparatively few who possess for she felt that her “mission on earth was the proud but daogerous gift of geniusto pity and to heal, and believed that the and to the multitudes who have no such disstrongest ani purest have within then the tinction, I would say, Martha Washington germs of those frailties which conquer the was not “a genius;"but she possessed what weak." The heart of her husband safely is in reality more valuable--good common trusted in her-'and, and all the cares and sense, and intellect sufficient to direct it in. trials of public life, nerer, during his whole the very best manner to all the practical pureventful career, wiis he disappointed in his poses of life; reasoning powers, strengthenreliance on her wisdom, her prudence,or hered by a thorough course of mental discipline; affection.
Jand, above all, that genuine piety which led But it is not as the high-born and courtly her to forget herself, in seeking the glory of belle of the drawing-room-not as the ad. God and the happiness of her fellow-beings. mired and envied wife of the hero and the Her own character was one of transpareut
simplicity, and truth and candor were im
A MODEL TRAVELER. pressed on every line of her speaking countenance. Hers, in an eminent degree, was. One of the most readable of living travel. that charity which “thinketh no evil,” for ers is certainly our own Bayard Taylor, wbo though she usnally read character accurate is now somewhere in the interior of the Afly, it was strictly true in ber case, that
rican continent, and whose letters in the "Oft though Wisdom wake, Suspicion sleeps
Tribune are everywbere perused with the At Wisdom's gate, and to Simplicity
greatest satisfaction, Worthy to be named Resigns her charge; while Goodness thinks no ill, along with him is the German, Frederick Where no ill seems."
Gerstacker, whose adventures form one of Is the character I have faintly and imper-| the most interesting features in that cyclofectly sketched, winning and attractive to pediac journal, the Augsburg Allgemeine my youthful readers? It is indeed one of Zeitung. It is now some two years since rare symmetry; but there are about it no Gerstacker set out upon his present explopoints of anattainable excellence to discour- rations. The backwoods of the United age attempts at imitation. The guileless States furnished a broad field for his love of simplicity, the warin and generous sympa a wild and changeful life, and gave full play thies, the untiring energy, the lofty purpose, to his passion for the study of human charand the consistent piety of Martha Wash-aoter in all its out-of-the-way phases. His ington, are virtues that may be cultivated accounts of these regions were touched with by the humblest daughter of the land which the most vivid colors; not Cooper nor Irgave her birth. Let woman be but true to ving has more truly reproduced the grand herself—to her nature and her destinies; Iet and savage features of American scenery, or her dare to break away from the slavery of the reckless, generous daring of the rude fashion and the allurements of pleasure, and backwoodsman, than Gerstacker, writing seek ber happiness in the path of duty alone from some chance hut, his nocturnal landing
-then would every household be blessed place on the shore of some mighty river in with a presiding spirit such as Martha Nebraska or Arkansas. Washington, and the purifying influences of Next we bear of him in South America ; home flow out in streams of life and bles- and then in California, passing a winter sing through the laud.
among the miners of the remotest districts, "After the death of her illustrious com- digging gold, hunting, trafficking, fighting panion, which occurred in December, 1799, in case of need like the rest, and everywhere she remained at Mount Vernon, where she sending home the most lively daguerreotypes spent seventeen months mourning her loss, of the country, the people, and his own adreceiving the visits of the great from all parts ventures among them. Finally, having seen of our landand from various parts of the earth; all that was in California, he takes passage attending,as heretofore, to her domestic con- for the Sandwich Islands, where he remains cerns, perfecting in the Christian graces, and long enough to exhaust all the romance reripening for the joys of a holier state of maining, and to gather every sort of useful being. On the 22d of May, 1801, she who, information, while on earth, could be placed in no station From there he sets out upon an indefinite which she did not dignify and honor, was voyage on board of a whaler going to the welcomed to the glories of another world.” Southern Seas in search of oil. Chance,
"She healed the hearts of the sorrowful, however, brings him up at Australia ; and while living, and broke them when she he at once sets about travelling through the died!”_Ladies Keepsake.
settled portions of the continent, taking the
luck of the day everywhere with exhaustless We ghould believe Gıd fully, not in part I good humor, and never getting low spirited,