no matter how untoward the mishaps en-er, their journey by the river came to a sud. countered Less elegant and poetic than den end by the oversetting of their canoe, Tavlor, he dashes ahead with a more perfect and the loss of almost all their equipments. indifference to consequences, and a more ut-Gerstacker saved his rifle, and the ammuniter reliance on coming out all right at the tion that was upon his person : but the re

maining powder was spoiled, and the proviIn his last letter, he gives an account of a sions and part of the blankets and clothing voyage in a canoe from Albury, on the up- were carried away by the current The caper waters of Hume River, down to Mel- noe sunk, but by holding upon the rope as bourne, at its mouth. He had got out of they jumped out upon the overhanging funds, and was thus obliged to set out on trunks of trees, the voyagers succeeded in this route contrary to the advice of the set- | dragging it up again, and freeing it from tlers at Albury, who represented to him that water. Then one of them dived to the botthe danger of being killed and eaten by the tom, and managed to bring up the frying datives along shore, who had never coine in

pan and tea canister. They also recovered contact with whites, was inevitable, and that part of their blankets, and then, with the they would be sure to destroy him before he frying pan for their sole paddle, renewed reached his destination. This was, howev- their voyage till they found a good camping er, only an additional inducement to the place, where they built a roaring fire to dry trip. While making preparations for it, he themselves, and finally discovered that in fell in with a young fellow-countryman in the operations of the day, each had utterly the settlement, who desired to make the wined h

to make the ruined his shoes, so that they were aftersame journey, and who was willing to en

wards forced to go barefoot. In this way counter the risks of the river rather than pay they continued for some days, paddling with the heavy expenses of the trip by land.

their frying pan, and going ashore to get a They accordingly proceeded to dig a canoe

duck occasionally shot by Gerstacker. This out of a caoutchouc tree, furnished themselves with paddles, a frying pan, blankets,

was often exceedingly painful, from the stubsome crackers, sugar, salt, tea, and powder,

ble of the grass along the banks, burnt over and embarked. The river was shallow, and

| by fires accidentally set by the natives.full of windings and sand-banks ; sunken Luckily, through the whole they did not caoutchouc trees had planted the stream

come in contact with the natives at all. At with frequent snags, and often heavy masses

last they reached a settlement, where they of fallen timber, still adhering to the earth swapped their canoe for a couple pair of at its roots, and thus preserving its vitality, shoes, and started on foot for the rest of the and flourishing with all the luxuriance of a way. Gerstacker had for some time desired primitive tropical forest, covered the only to get rid of his companion, who was wilful, part of the channel where the water was and by no means a helper in their difficuldeep enough to admit of the passage of their

ties. They now came to Woolshed, a place canoe. Thus they toiled on day by day, of- 180 miles distant from Melbourne, whence ten getting out into the water to help their there were two roads to their destination ; vessel over shallows, or to pick up the ducks the one was perfectly free from the savages, that Gerstacker shot, which furnished the the other was dangerous. Here Gerstacker only meat for their daily meals. Cloudy or separated from his companion, giving him fair, cold or warm, rain or sunshine, found the safu road, and with his rifle on his arm Gerstacker still in the same flow of spirits, and his knapsack slung upon his shoulders, and the notes of his daily experiences show struck off alone into the forest-path, lighthim bearing ill-luck almost as gaily as good hearted as a boy, and sure, whatever might After they had gove some 400 miles, howev- happen, of enjoying a fresher and healthier


excitement in that journey through the

ARION woods of Australia, than the dwellers in Was one of the best singers and players d'owded cities enjoy in all their lives. of his time. His instrument was the lyre.

Herodotus tells the following story of him. A WORD FITLY SPOKEN,HOW GOOD

He was the companion and teacher of the

king of Corinth, whom he left to go to Italy IT IS!

and Sicily. Having acquired sufficient riches, LITTLE things make up the sum of hu

he wished to return to Corinth, and took man existence. In the natural world, ani

passage in a vessel for that purpose. The mate and inanimate, are composed of par

crew of the vessel conspired to murder him, ticles. Innumerable shining sands forms and take his money for their own use. He the boundary against which old Ocean loves

freely gave them all his riches, but begged to fret. Crystal drops compose the vast ex

them to spare his life. They, however, would tent of water which covers nearly three- listen to no en treaties, and only allowed bim quarters of our globe. The blessed light," to choose between killing himself in the which cheers us day by day, may be s, par-ship, or throwing himself into the sea. He ated into an infinite number of rays, each dressed himself in his richest apparel, and blending with its neighbor while faithfully taking his lyre, stood upon the side of the performing its work. And the rich odors so vessel, whence, after singing an ode, he grateful to the senses, which float in our at threw himself into the sea, while the vessel mosphere, are actually tiny atoms, escaping continued on her course. He was not born from the dewy petals of the rose or lily, to be drowned, however, but got ashore on which blossoms at our feet. Meet emblems the back of a dolphin-(perhaps a sea serare those odors-floating around us all un- pent, or perhaps a seal; see Professor Owen,) seen-of the influence of "fitly spoken” and upon confronting the men, they conwords.

fessed their guilt. Words are among the little things" which determine our influence for good or ill. | THE MISSISSIPPI UNLIKE OTHER Speak they of sympathy, or encourage

RIVERS, ment, or reproof? If so be they are spoken kindly, they are like “apples of gold in pic- A river that runs east and west crosses no tures of silver.”

parallels of latitude, consequently, as it flows Would you have an influence with those toward the sea, it does not change its climate. who look to you for guidance and instruc- | The crops that are cultivated at its mouth tion? Bear with you the law of kindness. are grown also at its sources, and from one Would you command their respect? Let end of it to the other there is no variety of your words, though they indict pain for the productions; it is all wheat and corn, or time, drop kindly from your lips.

wine, or oil, or some other staple. Assorted The youthful heart, however hopeful, will cargoes, therefore, cannot be made up from sometimes be depressed, discouraged. Then the products which such a river brings to a single wond, if it be “fitly spoken,” will, market. like a magician's wand, work wouders. On the other hand, a river that runs north The child has his troubles, as well as the land south crosses parallels of latitude, changman, and they are as hard for him to bear, ing its climate at every turn, and as the therefore he needs words of sympathy :- | traveler descends it, he sees every day new for it is the wonderful virtue of sympathy agricultural staples abounding. to lessen grief--and the troubled spirit sooth-! Such a river bears down to the sea a vaed, will rouse again its energies, and toil'on riety of productions, some one of which the as before--Ladies' Keepsake.

I different nations of the earth are sure to

want, and for which each one will send to English malady in her constitution, and she the market at its 'mouth, or the port whence escaped. Still, however, the vessel did not they are distributed over the world. The heal, and after attending her for a twelveassortments of merchandise afforded by such month at her father's house in Wimpole a river are the life of commerce. They give street, Dr. Chambers, on the approach of it energy, activity and scope. Such a river winter, ordered her to a milder the Mississippi, and the Mississippi is the Her eldest brother, a brother in heart and only such river in the world.-Selected. talent worthy of such a sister, together with

other devoted relatives, accompanied her to . ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING,

Torquay, and there occurred the fatal event, which saddened her bloom of youth, and

gave a deeper hue of thought and feeling, Miss MITFORD, in her pleasant Reminis- especially of devotional feeling, to her poecences of a Literary Life, gives the following try. I have so often been asked what could sketch of this charming poetess :

be the shadow that had passed over that “My first acquaintance with Elizabeth young heart,that, now that time has softened Barrett, commenced about fifteen years ago the first agony, it seems to me right that tho She was certainly one of the most interest-world should hear the story of an accident ing persons that I had ever seen. Every in which there was much sorrow, but no body who then saw her said the same; so blame. that it is not merely the impression of my

"Nearly a twelvemonth had passed, and partiality or my enthusiasm. Of a slight,

the invalid, still attended by her affection

ate companions, had derived much benefit delicate figure, with a shower of dark curls

from the mild sea-breezes of Devonshire, falling on either side of a most expressive

One fine summer morning, her favorite face, large, tender eyes, richly fringed by

brother, together with other fine young men, dark eyelashes, a smile like a sunbeam, and

his friends, embarked on board a small sailsuch a look of youthfulness that I had some

ing vessel for a trip of a few hours. Exceldifficulty in persuading a friend, in whose

lent sailors all, and familiar with the coast, carriage we went together to Chiswick, that

they sent back the boatmen, and undertook the translatress of the 'Prometheus' of Æs

themselves the management of the little chylus, the authoress of 'Essay on Mind,' was

craft. Danger was not dreamt of by any one; old enough to be introduced into company,l.

after the catastrophe, no one could divino in technical language, 'was out.' Through

the cause, but, in a few minutes after their the kindness of another invaluable friend, to

embarkation, and in sight of their very winwhom I owe many obligations, but none so dos

dows, just as they were crossing the bar, the great as this, I saw much of her during my

ng my boat went down, and all who were in her stay in town. We met so constantly and so

perished. Even the bodies were never found. familiarly, in spite of the difference of age,

8C, I was told by a party who were traveling intimacy ripened into friendship, and after

that year in Devonshire and Cornwall, that my return into the country, we correspond

it was most affecting to see on the corner ed freely and frequently, her letters being

| houses of every village street, on every just what letters ought to be-her own talk

church door, and alınost on every cliff for put upon paper.

| miles and miles along the coast, handbills, "The next year was a painful one to her

offering large rewards for linen cast ashore self and to all who loved her. She broke a

and marked with the initials of the beloved blood-vessel upon the lungs, which did not deadfor it so chanced that all the three heal. If there had been consumption in were of the dearest and the best ; one, I bethe family, that disease would have inter- lieve, an only son, the other the son of a vened. There were to seeds of the fatall widow.

“This tragedy nearly killed Elizabeth May heaven continue to her such health and Barrett. She was utterly prostrated by the such happiness!”- International. horror and the grief, and by a natural, but a most unjust feeling that she had been, in some sort, the cause of this great misery. It WILLIAM VINCENT WALLACE. was not until the following year that she could be removed, in an invalid carriage,and This remarkable man is occupying so large by journeys of twenty miles a day, to her a share of public attention at the present afflicted family and her London home. The time, that partly from a desire to keep pace house that she occupied at Torquay, had with the times, and mostly to gratify our been chosen as one of the most sheltered in admiration of his genius, we feel constrainthe place. It stood at the bottom of the ed to say a few words about him. cliffs, almost close to the sea ; and she told It is difficult to state when Art begins in me herself, that during that whole winter, the one whom God has gifted with genius; its sound of the waves rang in her ears like the principles unrecognized, are present when moans of the dying. Still she clung to lit-consciousness begins to dawn upon the inerature and to Greek; in all probability she fant mind, and everything within and withwould have died without that wholesome out tends at first indirectly to develope the diversion of her thoughts. Her medical at- innate susceptibility to impressions of the tendant did not always understand this. To beautiful, from which all true music springs. prevent the remonstrances of her friendly It is certain that where such genius exists, physician, Dr. Barry, she caused a small edi- its very earliest years are susceptible to the tion of Plato to be so bound as to resemble most rapturous sensations from musical a novel. He did not know, skilful and kind sounds. It may be that the gifted one is though he were, that to her, such books unable to combine the musical ideas it were not an arduous and painful study, but dwells so dotingly upon; it inay be also, a consolation and a delight. Returned to that it cannot analyze the emotions that London, she began the life which she con- shake the young heart with a fullness of de. tinued for so many years, confined to one light; but the soul recognizes the harmony large and commodious, but darkened cham- which is a principle of its existence--an esber, admitting only her own affectionate sence of its being, and the mystic spring is family and a few devoted friends (I myself | unsealed from whence in after years shall have often joyfully travelled five-and-forty flow the streams of melody that will immormiles to see her, and returned the same talize a name, and make poster ty its debtor, evening without entering another house)-1 We will leave some minute historian to reading almost every book worth reading in decide at what period WILLIAX VINCENT almost every language, and giving berself, WALLACE first recognized the presence of heart and soul, to that poetry of which she

strong musical influence; we shall consider seemed born to be the priestess. Gradually ourselves sufficiently minute in our narraher health improved. About four years tion, if we commence with the commenceago she married Mr. Browning, and imme- ment of his public career. Very few have diately accompanied him to Pisa. They achieved so responsible a post, at so early a then settled at Florence; and this summer I period of life. But Wallace, independent of have had the exquisite pleasure of seeing her his fine genius, had many early advantages once more in London, with a lovely boy at His father was the master of a military band, her knee, almost as well as ever, and telling and an excellent practical musician, playing tales of Italian rambles, of losing herself in nearly every instrument in the orchestra.chestnut forests, and scrambling on mule- | Young Wallace displayed a wonderful apti. back up the sources of extinct volcanoes. Itude to excel bis father in all these accom

plishments, and at the age of fifteen could heart seemed to spring at once into vivid Landle with considerable mastery nearly life, and he became possessed with the great Every instrument, and could play with ex-musical desire. Much to the surprise of his traordinary excellence, the piano-forte, the host, he played first fiddle to the next quarrolin, the clarionette, and the guitar. Nor tette, and so they played on till morning. Fas this a display of mere mechanical fa- The fame of his playing spread through the cbty; his great store of mechanical power town like wildfire, and reached the ears of vas practically applied, for he had written the Governor, Sir John Burke, who persuaOver two hundred compositions, fantasies, ded Wallace to give a concert. After much marches, &c., for military bands, before the persuasion, he consented. His success was period at which we have commenced his great, and Sir John Burke, as a mark of his history. So Wallace at fifteen, though a delight, sent him two hundred sheep, which Foung leader, was an old musician. His was in that country a princely gift. position in Dublin, brought him in contact

| After giving several concerts, a restless de

After with all the musical celebrities of that day,

'sire to travel seized upon him, and to use a aad ve have no doubt that his musical pur

nautical phrase, he became a “roving blade," puses were much strengthened by the kind

he wandered, be and his fiddle,into “strange encouragement and judicious commendation

countries." First be visited Van Dieman's, of Paganini, Catalini, and others.

then New Zealand, from whence he went on For three years he occupied a high musi- a whaling voyage in the South Seas. In al position in Dublin, and haul the honor of New Zealand he met with many hairbreadth direeting the first performance of Beetho- escapes, which we have not space to enu. ren's “ Mount of Olives," in Ireland. At merate. From New Zealand he journeyed the age of eighteen his strength seemed to to the East Indies. With that unconscioussink under the pressure of his many studies ness, or recklessness of danger which was und pressing engagements. A long sea voy- his characteristic in those days, he penetraage was recommended for the establishment ted far into the interior, and encountered of his health ; so he packed up his fiddle, “incidents” of travel from which nothing sbat else we do not know, and sailed for

but a remarkable coolness and presence of Sidney, far away in the South Seas. For a mind could have delivered him. After seekog period after his arrival in Sidney, he ing all he deemed worthy, tiger hunting inled an active life; his fiddle remained un- cluded, he longed for change of scene, and packed, and be literally plunged into the 80 started from Madras, after half a day's bosh. But for one characteristic circum- thought, for Valparaiso, in South America. stance the world might never have known From Santiago, he crossed the majestic CorWallace, the composer; and he might now dilleras of the Andes,to Buenos Ayres, where be counting his sheep and telling the hoards his stay, however, on account of the blockof wealth they produce or perhaps digging ade, was but brief. He returned to Santiaup heaps of gold at Bathurst

go, where he displayed a remarkable eviDuring one of his brief visits to the town dence of his enthusiasm for Art. He had of Sidney, he was invited by some friends given a pledge to play at a concert, on a to attend a musical party. He went, little certain day, in Valparaiso, for the benefit of dreaming how that evening was to influence a charity; but some circumstances drove the his destiny for ever,and to add another name promise from his memory. Being reminded to the bright list of musical celebrities.- by a friend of the fact, when it was appaWhen be entered the room, he saw four gen- rently impossible for hiin to reach Valparaitlemen seated round a table, working away, so in time, Wallace resolved to ride on horsewith greater will than power, at a duetto of back the whole distance, one hundred and Mozart All the music slumbering at his twenty-five miles, to keep faith ; and he

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