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THE MAINE LAW.
| how orderly our streets were--no clusters of
people around any grog shop-indeed not an The Editor of the Gospel Banner, a Uni-| intoxicated man was seen for the day--all versalist clergyman, in the capital of Maine, were sober, and behaved like rational men. has been in one hundred and three towns in God be praised for the Maine Law.” Maine, during the past winter, and has sat at the fireside of friends in seventy-five of thesc towns, and ought to know something TRUE ANECDOTE OF THE LAST of the workings of the "Maine Law." He
CENTURY. says, in one of his late papers:"Thus far, at the spring elections, Rum or
"More than sixty years ago,” said my no Rum has been made the issue in the
friend-a lady, whom I am proud to call by choice of Selectmen, &c. With devout thanks that name, in memory of my deceased to God, we say that in more than three-quar
friend, her husband, the Master of English ters of the cases the Maine Liquor Law has
Wit and Sense-“my mother and sister were been sustained by the people. In a few robbed by two highwaymen-myself a littowns, the Rummies have prevailed. Among
tle girl, in the carriage with them. The them, we are sorry to see Bridgton reported
robbery naturally became a subject of conin the Temperance Watchman.
versation for some time among our country Never did a law work so well as the Maine
neighbors. Our adventure called forth simLaw-it is a self-moving machine-it does
ilar narratives; and among them, one case its own work almost without the aid of sher
of personal identity which is very remarkaifs or constables. Let not our Massachusetts
ble. It was related by our neighbour, Mr brethren be discouraged, as if it could not be
Manners,(I will call him Mr. Manners) to enforced there. If enacted, it will certainly
| “Mr. Manners was walking over Westand with ease be executed. It is the most popular law ever enacted in
minister Bridge with his intimate friend Mr. Maine; you would no more get our people
Deacon, (I substitute another name for a to repeal it, than you could to repeal the
real one), when suddenly a stage-coachman laws against counterfeiting or murder. We sprang ir
sprang from his box, rushed at Mr. Deacon, are about ready to say now THERE IS NOT A and seized him by the collar. Grog SHOP IN THE STATE OF Maixe! Think
Think“You rascal! You are the man who robof that-all the world--in this great State bed the mail, I drove on such a night.' of Maine, as large as all the rest of New "Mr. Deacon smiling, said, My good man, England, you may travel from one end of it you are quite wrong; this friend of mine to the other, and crosswise every where, and will soon convince you that I am a gentlenot find an open grog shop or rum tavern ! | man, and totally incapable of such an act.' What a change! Did our blessed earth ev-1 “No, no! that's no go-that won't do for er see the like? Thanks to John Hubbard, 1e. I thought it was you the moment I Neal Dow, the Legislature, and the People saw you; but now, when I hear you speak, who sustain them.
I am positive of it. You must and shall go The other day, there was a horse race on with me before a Magistrate.' our river here. It drew 2000 people into “The two gentlemen unbesitatingly went town, from all the region around, and such with him. The coachman swore so posipeople as many of them, heretofore, would, tively to Mr. Deacon being the man, that the before the day closed, have been found thick magistrate had no alternative but to comabout shops and stores and taverns, and in mit him for trial. (In those days, as you a condition, too, that might show their famil- know, a convicted highwayman was bangiarity with spirits; but it was remarkable I ed.)
“Mr. Deacon was sent to Newgate. As asked if they had lately sold any quantity he was a man of careless habits, he could by of Court Plaster?'O yes, sir, we sold seyno means recal the unimportant monotonous eral papers to your coachman. events of the lounging life he led; but he "A constable was sent for, and an hour and his friends felt that the affair began to after Sir Lionell had driven to the shop, the assume so serious an aspect, that he directed man was identified and seized. all his papers might be conveyed to him, in
“ 'I came into your room,' he afterwards order that he might make every desirable |
said, 'with a fixed determination to kill you, preparation in case of the worst that might ensue. His friend Mr. Manners often
but your interceding for me in my supposed said, .
illness quite disarmed me.' “Is it impossible for you to recollect
When committed to Newgate, upon this. where you were on this day?
clear statement of robbery, he subsequently "'I cannot recollect; it is above six weeks owned that it was he who had committed. since, and I never kept any journal.
the robbery of which Mr. Deacon was ac"The day appointed for the trial was cused. Mr. Deacon was therefore released. drawing near. On turning over some ap-1,
When he was about to quit the prison, Mr. parently unimportant papers in his prison,
Manners, his faithful friend, said, 'Before Mr. Deacon met with one, on the outside of
leaving this dreadful place we must see you which he had noted his having dined with a likeness.' They were admitted to his cell. party of friends, and they had not separated The moment Mr. Deacon saw him he fainttill one o'clock in the morning (he was a
ed away, as if he had been shot. Mr. Mauman of very early habits). --The mail was
ners, when his friend recovered, said to him, robbad at twelve. Here was a complete
“Although I am so intimate with you, I alibi; bat every one of the parties present at could not have believed, had I met this that convivial meeting were in Scotland. The
man anywhere, that it was not yourself. trial was postponed, with difficulty, until Had any doubt crossed me, the moment I they could be summoned. . .
heard him speak, I could no longer have “In the meantime Sir Lionell Lloyd's had one.' coachman was taken up for robbing his mas- ' "The real culprit, I need not add, was ter. Sir Lionell Lloyd was awakened one hanged.”—Household Words. night by a man at his bed-side, who, holding a pistol to his head, commanded him, on pain of death, to deliver his keys and prop
PURITY. erty. He had lately received his rents.The man's face was striped with black. I would have you attend to the full s'gSir Lionell, unresistingly, gave him his keys: nificance and extent of the word holy. It but he said, 'I beg you will make no noise. I is not abstinence from the outward deeds of for I have an old and valuable servant. my profligacy alone-it is not a mere recoil from coachman, who is very ill, and I am very impurity in action. It
| impurity in action. It is a recoil from im-. unwilling that he shoald be unnecessarily purity in thought; it is that quick and senagitated.' The man went to the bureau. şitive delicacy to which even the very conrifled it of its valuable contents, and silently ception of evil is offensive; it is a mrtve withdrew. The next day Sir Lionell, looks which has its residence within, which takes ing over the scattered wreck of his papers. I guardianship of the heart, as a citadel or infound on the ground, where many of them violated sanctuary. In which po wrong or bad been thrown, a printed envelope that worthless imagination is permitted to dwell. had contained Court Plaster. He instantly It is not a purity of action that is all we recollected the black stripes on the robber's contend for, it is exalted purity of heartface. He walked to the village shop, and the ethereal purity of the third heaven; and
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if it is at once settled in the heart, it brings tellectual light. The Briton, considering the peace and the triumph, and the untrou- the advancement of his nation in morals and bled serenity of heaven along with it. In iu the arts and sciences, is confident that no the maintenance of this, there is constant nation can reasonably claim to be its equal. elevation ; there is the complacency, I had one of her latest historians speaks of her as almost said the pride, of a great moral vic- having ‘risen to the place of umpire among tory over all earthly and accursed nature ;- the European powers.' While at the same there is a health and harmony in the soul, a time the French, with the same degree of beauty of holiness which, though it efilo. confidence, place their nation upon the highresces in the countenance and the outward est eminence, believing that, as a people, path, is itself so thoroughly internal as to they have no successful competitors. Exmake purity of the heart the most distinc- pressing undoubtedly the feelings and views tive evidence of a work of grace in time of the nation, the distinguished philosopher the most distinctive guidance of character and statesman Guizot, says, “without intenthat is ripening and expanding for the glo-ding to flatter the country to which I am ries of eternity.-Thomas Chalmers, D. D. bound by so many ties, I cannot but regard
France as the centre--as the focus of the For the Miscellany,
civilization of Europe.” OUR REPUBLIC.
| Enumerating his historians and learned
men, the German points as proudly to his BY BEY. W. G. STON EX.
country, and enquires if that country's
claim to pre-eminence is not equally as well That we should be the most interested founded; and we know that, as Americans, in that with which we are the most inti- / when we cast our eye over our own land and mately associated, is according to a law of observe its physical, its political and relig. our pature. This is seen not only as it re- ious advantages, together with those which gards our fellow beings, but also the country correspond with other nations, we cannot we inhabit. The citizen of any country, consider ourselves as less entitled than othwhen his attachments have not from differ- /ers to the greatest elevation. ent causes been estranged from it, uniformly
| While these views, and the feelings which regards it as the most favored of others, and
tend to give existence to these views, are
found to be common to all, it must be adis often loud in his expressions of commendation.
mitted that the wiser course is for us simply Frequently the more degraded portions of to refer to existing facts--facts which canour race look down upon others, who are not be contested, and with these spread out immensely in advance of themselves, as before the eye, let others who can judicious. heing in every way their inferiors, consider-| ly discriminate see wherein the point of ing that their different advantages give national superiority is placed. Whenever it them this superiority. The supercilious is fully ascertained that one nation possesses Turk has been accustomed heretofore to advantages which others do not, instead of look scornfully upon the intellectual Frank, allowing it to foster a vain-glorious feeling and apply to him the epithet of Dog; while it would certainly be indicative of a correctthe degradel Mexican and the civilized | ly enlightened sentiment to endeavor, as far Chinese have, in the same spirit, termed him as possible, to put others beyond us in pog. nothing more or less than a Barbarian. session of the same advantages.
We need not go, however, to the unen- That was an important era when Columlightened nations, we can find the same bus first placed his feet on the shores of the spirit strikingly exemplified among those, American Continent, It was important who are enjoying the highest degree of in- I both to the discoverer and to the world.-
The correctness of the theory for which he, have long been turned upon us from abroad, had long contended, that there was in the and interest has long been awakened. -Western Hemisphere a vast extent of land Those who love the sound of freedom have which gave balance to the terraqueous hoped, that in whatever light our national globe, was established; and it made known superstructure ought to be regarded, that yet to the pations of the world that there was a the noble edifice might forever remain percountry, to which portions of their popula- manent; and they have hoped and continued tions might emigrate, and thus the subse- to hope, that other nations may be induced quent densely populated countries be greatly to take our political fabric as a pattern and relieved. It could not but be regarded as a fashion their governinents by it. On the universal blessing; and when in the sinceri- other hand those who sit on thrones have ty of his heart he bowed before God upon desired its overthrow that the people they the new-found soil to return thanks, it is govern may be assured that republics are probable his thoughts dwelt upon the good, mere fallacies, and that there is nothing left which in this, as well as in other particulars for the multitude but to bear the yoke, they must accrue to the world.
may see proper to impose upon them. We are confident we do not exaggerate To those who make their advent among when we affirm that almost of equal impor- us from the limited divisions of Europe, tance was that event, when upwards of a nothing seems to strike them more forcibly century after the Pilgrim fathers landed up than the vastness of our country. Said one on Plymouth Rock. They sought a refuge who traverscd our shüres not long since, adfrom the hand of oppression. They caine to dressing his countrymen after his return, the wilderness world chiefly, for the purpose “we have, as yet, no adequate idea of the colof enjoying that liberty which they could ossal greatness of this young Republic.”_ enjoy no where else; and though in no ordi- | Many again, as they have navigated our nary degree influenced by the spirit of the lakes and rivers, and traversed our almost age in which they lived, they yet came with limitless plains, have exclaimed with surthose impressions, and with that determina- prise, 'what a mighty continent is this! tion, by which they were subsequently eno With the late accessions, it is estimated abled to raise up an enterprising and pros- that our country embraces nearly hrce perous people. When in after years it was Millions and a quarter square miles, thus decided that this nation was to be a repub- | making it within a trifle equal to all the lic, and that no titled ruler should sway a nations of Europe. It is not a little resceptre over the land, it was then that the markable that our geographical history is early spirit which actuated the pious pil- so imperfectly understood by intelligent grim received its full form and its proper Europeans. American travellers are unicomplexion; it was then, in a worrl, that formly struck with the meagre conceptions the great idea which they entertained was entertained by those from whom they ex. fully elucidated.
pected better things. There is a singular Familiar as we are with our civil institu- unwillingness on the part of some Eurotions, and endeared as they are to us, it is peans to give credit to that which exceeds not to be forgotten that other nations have the standard of things around them. This looked upon our form of government, and has been the subject of much animadversion. political institutions differently to what we Certainly none among us would expect to are accustomed. We have always regarded hear an intelligent editor of a popular them as fully established; they have looked English journal, seriously assure his reaupon them as unsettled. We have regarded ders that the city of Philadelphia is the capithem as being well-defined, while they have tal of a slave state; and to hear from another viewed them as mere experiments. Eyes that among the States of the Union, there is
the State of Baltimore. Yet so it is; this To the no slight annoyance of our countryindicates a corresponding degree of intelli- man, the other cast upon him a look of ungence with another, who always understood mitigated scorn, at the same time turning that Massachusetts was the capitol of the upon his heel he walked away with an air State of Boston.
| which seemed to say, that any one who One of our countrymen observes, that in would attempt to impose such a Munchausen the presence of a company of intelligent story upon him, must of necessity be an ingentlemen in England, he remarked, that if famous character. But whatever opinions all the running waters in Great Britain and may be entertained by others, those opinions Ireland, were poured at once into that father do not in the least effect the fact itself; our of waters—the mighty Mississippi in the republic stretches, with a mighty stride time of the spring floods, fifty miles above from ocean to ocean, and from the region of New Orleans, the people of that city would snows, to that of almost perpetual sunshine. not know that any thing unusual had hap- If national greatness, however, consisted pened. It was amusing, he assures us, to chiefly in territorial extent, some of those sce the incredulous expression which every nations which have won for themselves imface assumed. It was of course, he said, set perishable renown, and which have long down as a fair specimen of Yankee exagger- been regarded as great, must necessarily be ation.
ranked as diminutive. Proficiency in the Another whilst traveling, had formed an | arts and sciences, in deeds of noble daring. agreeable acquaintance with an English I in the elucidation of unknown, yet imporgentleman while passing down the river tar
tant principles, as also in other particulars, Thames. With feelings of national pride he
ve he have conduced to give character to pations. commended to the notice of the American It has been reserved for our republic to the majesty of the stream, at the same time demonstrate to the world the fallacy of old he reminded him that it extended to the dis- I theories—theories which had long been retance of about two hundred miles, assuming garded as immutable. It was laid down as that this last item of intelligence, together I an axiom, by the author of the Spirit of with the expanse of water before them, Laws, that republics to exist must necessari. vould produce the impression that he was | ly be small. This principle was considered then fivating upon one of earth's most mag. I to have been fully established by the histonificent streame. The traveler having been ry of the past. And with this admitted accustomed to see land and water on alto-principle before their eyes, others looked gether a different scale, was not at all pre-l that our wide-spread commonwealth must pared to be thus impressed by the scene be one day be disrupted; that if no other causfore him; in fact the first thought in bis
es sprang up for this purpose, it would fall mind was to question the actual seriousness to pieces in consequence of its own weigbt. of his friend. Finding that in this particu- But in its continuance it has marked the lar there was no ground for mistake, he con- fallacy of this fundamental principle, and tented himself by simply assuring the other has bade the statesmen look to other causes, that such was the extent of many of the as those which have effected the overtbroj rivers of the country to which he belonged, of extensive republics. It is not improbathat a person could pass up one river and ble but that the framers of our Constitution then another, to the distance, of not merely had their misgivings upon this very pointseveral hundreds, but thousands of miles.- Perhaps not a few of them feared, that as In making this statement, however, he bad the Continent was improved, and State was. gone too far; in the estimation of the other added to State, and territory to territory,that the assertion was so monstrous, as to prove from the numerous conflicting interests without any additional evidence, that the which might eventually be awakened, it American was utterly unworthy of all belief.' might become necessary for a separation to