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tion, gong forth to the enterprise of a amue principles bold the supremacy. 'Tis life-time. All our sympathies kindle in bi were the mind can revel among unfading favor ; ite eye of rge drinks in youth as it beauties. Here can be seen the grand, the gazes upon him; and an involuntary prayer

sublime, the awful; all manifested in perquivers upon the lip, "propitious Providence, I fect harmony. bless the world with his success !"

No wonder then, that the feelings of a Newton were overcome by the discorery of

d new truth while contemplating these For the Miscellany.

grand manifestations of nature's laws. No BEAUTY OF TRUTH.

wonder that Archiniedes, as a new discovery

dawned upon his n.ind, in ecstasy exclaimed Ax object to be beautiful must possess a " Eureka! Eureka!!" I have found it, I corresponding symmetry in all its parts, have found it. having no eccentricities or irregularities; but Truth, to be appreciated, must be known. possess the elements of perfection in all its | Those who love it not, are those who are parts and correspondencies.

uvacquainted with its tendencies. Who can A complex object possessing these quali- avoid loving that which in itself is so inties is more beautiful than a simple one. A tensely lovely. If “ He who caused one circle is less beautiful than a well executed blade of grass to grow, where none before historical painting. The beauties af art are grew,desei ves a niche in the ten ple«f fame,” produced by imitations of nature; the works what greater honois ought to be bestowed of nature are all beautiful, because all per- on him who discovers a new truth, or defect. It is pleasant to go forth and gaze up-velopes a new idea. His Dame should be on nature in all her will grandeur-to watch eurolled among the benefactors of our race, vegetation in its growth, maturity and de- and landed down to the latest posterity.cay. It is delightful tv gaze on the passing He truly is one of nature's noblemen, and cloud, tinged with its rainbow hues-to bis memory will last when that of the man view the broad expanse of space by day, or of blood shall have passed into the land of the starry canopy by night. Or to listen to forgetfulness. the murmuring b:o k, the rushing cataract, Truth is older than creation, more enduror the deep-toned thunder as it majestically ing than the "everlasting hills.” It is eterrolls down the neighboring hills. But these nal, infallible, immutable. When all else phenomena are not enduring. Though they shall have perished, or paesed into one magare beautiful, their beauty soon fades. They wificent chaos, this will remain and shine appear, we view them, and admire, but ele forth in its original splendor. It can never We cease to wonder they vanish. They are be destroyed by feeble man, who oft times manise-tations, however, of all pervading puts forth his efforts to trample it under his principles through which creation had its foot. It is not dependent upon his likes or origin. These principles are the principles of dislikes for its existence. Were such the case, truib, and are rever-ending. llere new it would ere ibis, bare been blotted from beauties derelise themselves to the mind of existerce, and our world would have become the beholder. 'Tis liere that the student a chaos. Mankind may reject it, and retard gets his loftiest conception of perfection. its progress; but it will eventually arise and It is the study of these principles that ex- soar aloft, and triumph over all opposition. pands the mind, enlarges the intellect, and Here then, is work for the philantropist. increases the devotional feelings.

Let him engage heart and hand in the proIn accordance with the principles of truth mulgation of truth. The work is truly all material existences were created and gore magnificent. It involves the happiness and emed. From atoms up to torlds, and from des iny of our race. worlds up to lifu aud intelligence, these' The cause of truth is moving forward.-

Progress is the motto of the age in which The soul-fraught light of mother's sinile we live. The arts and sciences are making |

Again warms life's cold chill;

A father's too, beams on me while gigantic strides. Improvements and discov

I hie to do his will. eries are meeting us in such rapid succession; that the world is kept in continual sur The busy hum of joyous tones prise. The world of mind is being revolu

Now sports on ev'ry breeze;

And opening ears of laughing ones tionized. It is not political freedom alone

The passing rapture seize. that is waging war on old established cus

I list me now, with wakeful ear, toms. Neither is the continent of Europe,

To catch the wildest swell; the only battle-ground. The world of mind

And as fleet mem'ry bears it here, is being emancipated from a state of igno I'm bound by Childhood's spell. rance. Never before in the world's history Kalamazoo Theol. Seminary, June 9th, 1852 did independent thought take so wide a range. New developements in the arts and sciences are every day occurrences. Mankind

For the Miscellany. are throwing off the old custom of allowing

SUNSET. the doctor, the lawyer, and the minister to do the thinking for the rest of the world,

BY MARYIX MILES. and the masses themselves are beginning to

The sun was bright on his noonday throne, think.

O'er the world in its burning rest;
Let this state of things be continued. But a milder glory on earth was thrown,
Let the world become a world of divine As he sunk in the radiant west;
thought and intelligence, and in correspon-

And flung the shade of the woodlands where ding proportion will the condition of man The mirrored waters lay, be improved, virtue will supplant vice, And tinted the tops of the glorious clouds and happiness, misery.

In the azure far away.
M. D.O. And the air, from its breathless slumber deep,

He woke in the forest bowers,

Where weary and warm it had sunk to sleep,
For the Miscellany. Au faint with the perfume of flowers.
AN ECHO OF THE PAST.

And the moon's pale look wns faintly given,

In the warm, deep blue on high,
BY J. LANSFORD M'CLOUD.

Where, veiled and unseen, in the brightness of

heaven, FAR back again to sunny hours

It was treading the paths of the sky.
My soul has winged its way;
A youth I sit 'neath mountain bow'rs,

And lovelier still grew his parting smile
While sisters round me play.

On the world he loved below,

And drenched with splendor the cloudy pile, My thoughts invade the mountain spot

Reposed in the sunset glow. Where youth and I were seen,

He dipped his orb in the waveless sea, And hover round the rural cot

And purpled its bosom bright, Where hope and I have been.

Till its radiant waters seemed to be

An ocean of liquid light.
The sunshine links of Childhood's chain
Now shine in Memory's eye;

One last bright tint to the clouds was given,
I catch again my own free strain

To the flowers their first sweet dew;
As it comes swelling by.

A trembling star to the blushing heaven,

And his light from the world withdrew.
The sound of sister's childhood note-
Angelic strains they seem,

The glory went out on the shaded deep,
In memory softly, wildly float,

The bright, hued clouds grew gay; Like music in a dream.

But the stars were watching Earth's dewy sleep,

Ere the sky blush died away.

sing, and feasting. But to go back to where SKETCHES OF NEWPORT.

we started from, (we have an ugly habit of

getting out of the track,) the pride and splenBY MES. WILLIAMS.

dor of ancient Newport, which however,

might truly boast of some great men. The Tas English, always having a passion for

renowned Bishop Berkley was one, a man to fine sea-views, were not long in discovering

whom history has not done justice. His the beauties of Newport; and at a very early

** doctrine of Immaterialism, and his eccen2300 after its settlement, it became the res

tricities, constituting too large a part, whereas esce of some of the nobility, and mauy of

his benevolence, public spirit, and social yir. Se geatry, from the mother country. It is a 1

tues seem to have been overlooked. male singular, that where the aristocracy

The foliage surrounding the princely resiEs piteb their tents in any place, however

dences of the great in this region, is repre& apidated and reduced after, it will in time

sented as having been very fine; and several prive, and do credit to the taste and genius

streets are said to have resembled a beautiof the first settlers.

ful arbor, where the carriages of the gentry The rank and fashion of Newport were

n. of Newport were -splendid equipages, with their gold-lace Bostly congregated on the “ Hill,” or high,

gh appendages-were constantly whirling along ground immediatey back of the “Port;" and i

abd bearing more of beauty and loveliness, accorbantiful and tasteful must those residences di

idences ding to tradition, than has ever been seen in kave been in their day. During the years,

g the years any other part of the continent. But there doar childhood we explored some of the was an evil attending all this, that seemed Demains of those haunted palaces of depart- 'not to have been felt until the Revolution, and di reatness. The devastating war of the that was the immense gulf that seemed Perolotion had made sad havoc, and neglect continually widening between the two clasand desertion had done the rest. After an ses of society. It is true, that in our happy age of silence and decay, they have risen

country, the miserably poor were even then be the phonix from its ashes. Although unknown; but all that did not belong to the somewhat different in form, and occupied by PRIVILEGED ORDER, were sweepingly included a far different people-our lordly progeni- in that class. Honest, industrious, and wellcos vould perhaps say "inferior," but we bred the people hegan to feel they were not

but we bred, the people began to feel they were not es different, as sovereigns rank before no- enjoying the privileges they were entitled to. Llity-and the palaces of Newport are now

WA nod from tho gracious heads of the nosoupied by the SOVEREIGN PEOPLE-persons 1.15

bility and a “ do this,” or “do that, my good The hare, for the most part, carved out their fellow.” was not sufficient to satisfy the good

fortunes, and by years of untiring in- citizen, who found his wife and daughters estry amassed an independence, or the sons

18 shut out from the amusements of the place ( such, from all the different States. The by a fiat as arbitrary as court etiquette. poate Bostonian, the chivalric Southerner,

There was a grumbling of indignation on be staid Connecticut man, and some from

the one side, and an increase of arrogance fa dosn-east, mingle with much gayety

on the other, that, like the pent-up fires of ul good-fellowship with the gentlemanly iaisianians and West-Indians; and sum

a volcano, were ready to burst out upon the

first occasion. Der months, so dull and languid in many That occasion came in the form of the piaces, glide on here in delicious intercourse, Revolution. The refugees, having rendered while “all goes merry as a marriage bell." themselves conspicuous before that time by Taree months of the year in this delicious their zealous defense of the arbitrary edicts tamate is a season of positive enjoyment, of the “ Home Govero ment,” as they termed when the cares of life seem suspended, and it, were marked men, and very many fled at u is walking, riding, bathing, dancing, dres-'the first intimation of danger. Others, sanguine in the sucress of British armis, in reilu- ! Tory belles sought fruitlessly to influei.cr by

Among the cing the colonies to obedience, remained, and the magic of their charms." became for a time the scourge of the place. most admired was the Count De Luzerne, a

man of noble presence and elegant manners. When the Britis!ı landed in Rhode Island,

"We omselves have heard in our childbood they were of course welcomed with open

"many a sigh from son e of the aged spiristers, arms by thun, and long before that, they

Y when reference was made by any «ne were scorelly aided and encouraged by these

py these to the fate of that captivating soldier, wlio

thi. people. But although the Vaudals were ofte

| afterward suffered decapitation in the Revofeted and feasted to their hearts' content, it',...

"lution in France, as the Duke D'Byron, 10 did not in all instances protect their proper.

alieh title be succeeded bis father a few years ty, and some fine houses of their friends

af.or leavin, our shores. Several of iheze anwere imceremoniously turned into quarters, cient dames bad danced with bim while in their best horses taken upon pretenices Rhode Island, and they would mou v wicb of carrying dispatches, and the beautiful

much feeling “ that he could not have retrees of their parks and pleasure.grounds

nounced the dream of grandeur aud continruthlessly hewed down for fuel, that money

ley ued with 118." would not procure from the incensed Amer- The review of the French troops at New. ichus. Indeeil, ko great was the destruction!

"port, by Washington, was one of the most of property, and so wantou the devastation,

splendid spectacles ever exhibited on tbis that several gentlemen, becoming disgusted

ecoming disgusted continent; and as history bas not giren a at the evacuation halted, aud refused to leave description of this pageaut, we shall endear. with the Tories, trusting rather to the mer- or to ju so. We received our information cies of the justly-incensed people, than to' from a dying patriot, in 1839, who was prestheir conquerors. It would have been a'eni, and with this we will close vur present great mercy to the place if all possess«d of sketch. Tory principles had left; the remains of ihati The narrator, the late Daniel Updike, Esq., leaven operated in alculable mischief thro'-of East Greenwich, observed that Washing. out the war, by their constant aid to the en- top never appeared to greator advantage than emy, for whom they acted as spies and in- on this occasion, and that be preserved, thru' formers to the last. But the day of their all the adulation le received, in the entbositriumph was short. When the French army astic admiration of the French and the grateentered New port, they were obliged to con- ful Americans, the same placidity of cuunfine themselves to close quarters; for though tenance and equanimity of manner, that nothing could exceed the politeness of that distivguished him on ordinary occasions.habitually polite people, yet their vigilance General Washington and suite went over was unremitted.

from Connecticut, and was received at the The English had stabled their borses in bead of Long Wharf by Count Rochanibeat, one of the places of Worship, and torn up at the head of seven thousand French, wło the pews to make fire-wood of; and it was a lined the way from thence to the Court common saying of the Tories, that “the House. Mr. Updike said he never felt the French bad repaired all the mischief the En- solid earth tremble under him before; but glish had done." But although they were the firing from the French ships that filled constrained to do thim this justice, they the harbor, was tremendous. Washington, were plotting in secret to do them all the rbo, it will be recollected, was a marshall of injury possible.

France, (he could not command the French There were many gentlemen in the French forces until invested with ibat title) wore garris, n of bigb rank, and of grent personal on this occasion the insignia of his office, and worth, and several quite remarkable for per- was received with the honors dne to one in sonal beauty; and these, tradition says, "the that capacity. The staff of Count Rocham

out

i bau consisted of many of the flower of captivity; she that had drank at the bands

the French nobility; "and never," said of the Lord the cup of His fury, even the the aged narrator, “will the scene be eraset dregs of the cnp of trembling, and wrung from any memory--the attitude of those vo- them out! "It was fisting this triumph bles, the deep ubeisance which they bowel should be hers.”- Family Circle and Parlor. before the republican hern, and the waving of caps and plumes, the long line of French |

THE KENTUCKY FORGER. soldiers, and the general disposition of their arms, unique to us.

It is related of that unfortunate man, Mar"Seperating to the right and left, the chief, \ tin Brown—who was once a prominent with Count Rochambeau on the left, unbon

member of the Kentucky Legislature, but Detted, walkel through, the French nobles was confined to the l'euitentiary for forgery, and officers, according to their grades, follow

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that when he fire

that when he first settled in Tex: 8, the ining in their wake." Count. Rochambeau,

habitants he described as a small, keen-looking man,' of Austiu's settlen ent of San Felipe, benot so handsome as his son, the Governor of

cause he had been a convict. Austin bad Martinico. Count Noailles was a splendid I forbidden such persous to sutile on this figure, and made a most commanding ap

cominandny ape ground, and colonial law passed by bin was pearance, as did also a Prussian baron aud

strict in prohibiting an asylum to refugees Polish count. who walked vext. But the

and persons rendered infamous by co omes, resplendent beauty of the two Viosmivils

of whatever description they may bx—a law eclipsed all the others. One of these broth.

which the father of Texas always enforced €.8, so celebratel for their personal beauty

with the utmost rigor. Hence, as soon as as well as brasiry, was a general in the ar.

the settlers mformed the General of this my, and bore the title of mount. Hu must

new case, be inimeciately sent out an order have been yommy to be irrvested with tbat

waruing Brown to ceramp within three days office, for both the brothers were represented

on pain of summary puni: hment. as being in the first bloom of manhood. The messenger was William

, A18Many others of inferior grade, tvo, follow

follow. tin's private Secretary, a young mau of cul

in's cd; but,” said the narrator, “the populace

the narritor, “the populace tivated intellert, a noble lieart, and generous only saw them; for the eye of every French

to a fiul. He arrived at the Green Heart man wa-direx ted to WASHIXGTON.” They proveeeded to the Court House, and

lirove, the residence of Brown and bis famfrom thence to the lodgings of Count Ro

ly, one summer's noon and found the famichambeau, down Spring slreet, preceded by

tec billy circle formed around their frugal table. the " Pioneers," a company armed only wish It was the dinner hour.

- forth with delivered Austin's writ. axes, which they held straight before thei

en order, wbich Biow'n glanced over and faces, with the eilge outward. It was amu.

then saiil mourufullysing to see how fır those fellows would rol

"Tell General Austin that I shall rerer their eyes to catch a glimpse of Washington

nore f.om this spot until I more into my for they dared as well die as turn thei

rave. It is true I have committed a gie:it heads. The roofs and windows of ever

rime in my native Siate; but I have sufe building were filled with ladies, and th:

ered the severe penalty of ibe laws; and fluttering of handkerchiefs, and showering

hen with my dear wife and children, who of favors, greeted them on every side.

till love me, I stole away from the eyes of This must have been a proud day for

ociety, which I no longer wish to serve or New port; she that had sat for three lon;

jure, tro live in quiet and die in peace. I years at the fout of a ruthless conqrero:

'n rendy and willing to die; but ou my bub en laid bare and desolat, hads ei bo mily's account I cannot and will not leave fields laid waste, and her sous dragged intu'mis spot."

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