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THE MISCHIEF MAKER.
crecy upon both. Hence, hearts become estranged, friendships are broken, and affec
tion is stifled. There are, we are aware, "Nor do they trust their tongues alone But speak in language of their own,
many mischief-makers, who are so, thoughtCan read a nod, a slirug, or look,
lessly, foolishly, and without any deep, deFar better than a printed book;
liberate, or serious design of doing evil. Convey a libel in a frown,
They are simply babblers or tattlers, who Or wiuk a reputation down."
lack discretion, judgment, and common The duties and obligations of social life sense, and who have never been able to prac are often misunderstood, as well as sadly tice the philosophy of holding their tongues. violated. The confidence of friends is The infirmity of such is soon detected, and abused, and the insidious, the hypocritical, thus by the practice of a little caution, their and the malignant, take advantage of power to do harm is nullified. But there thonghtless expressions, uttered perhaps, in are others who are subtle, wily, and adroit, moments of excitement, to provoke distrust, and who, as if prompted by some incarnate foment jealousy, and thus cause bitterness fiend, seek for and study every opportunity and ill-will. It has been well and forcibly to undermine, underrate, darken character, said, to “repeat wbat you have heard in destroy reputation, impair confidence, and social intercourse, is sometimes a deep sever friendship. We can conceive of no treachery, and when it is not treacherous, is darker illustration of human depravity. often foolish.” The idle tattler, who runs "A lip of lies—a face formed to conceal." from door to door, listens eagerly to all that There is scarcely an individual in exis. is said, then repeats,exaggerates, or by wick- tence who could not be injured, seriously if ed insinuation, conveys a meaning that was not fatally, by such insidious and doublederer intended, is a source of infinite mis- faced guile. It is impossible at all times to chief, and often of bitter and hopeless feuds be watchful and wary, especially in social between neighbors and families. We can life, and when the intercourse is free, frank, conceive of no treachery more deplorable or and undisguised. At such moments the more censurable, than that which abuses the thoughts and feelings are apt to be expressfrankness and confidence of an honest na-led with the utmost freedom, and even the ture, and by persuasion or distortion, cre- weaknesses and prejudices of cherished ates an offence and inflicts a wound, where friends to be alluded to, not in bitterness or nothing of the kind was intended. Thus, unkindness, but in confidence, sincerity, and a confidential conversation will b: repeated sympathy. If, however, a malicious miswith the most solemn injunctions not chief-maker happen to be at hand, it is the to betray the mischief-maker, who not only easiest thing in the world to misreptetells the whole truth, but adds some unau- sent the real facts of the case, so as to annoy, thorized interpretation, or describes the irritate, and inflame-to create a sentiment manner as having been offensive, when the fact of distrust and of coldness, and thus to lay was exactly otherwise. Some dark sugges- the foundation of a misunderstanding which tion, hint, or inuendo is also made, and if followed up, is sure to end in enmity and thus a playful remark or a frank expression, lill-will. Some persons are, moreover, quite is tortured into a slander, an insult, or a sensitive on certain subjects, whileathers are slight. The breach thus created-unwitting- particularly credulous. The mischief-maker ly created, so far as the original parties are is sure to discover all this, and to play his concerned---is widened from day to day, by game accordingly. We some time since a double system of treachery and betrayal— heard the particulars of a sad case. A the mischief-maker professing to be confi- young lady was engaged to be married, and dential with both parties, and enjoining se-Ithe wedding day was fixed. Meanwhile her affianced was accidentally thrown into character; perform their wicked work so artthe society of a former lover, and he either fully, stealthily and bypocritically, that they recklessly or maliciously made an insinua- see the ruin and the wreck they make and yet tion, utterly unfounded, as was afterwards contrive to escape the responsibility. Let shown—which shook the confidence of the them be assured, however, that a day of reckintended husband, provoked a misunder-oning will came!-- Penn. Euquirer. standing, and led to a final separation. He soon after left the city for California, was
THE TWO LEADERS. seized with illness, and died on the way! Her fate was equally melancholy, and is While Kossuth is receiving the enthusiembodied in the touching lines of the poet:
astic sympathy, admiration, and assistance "A whisper broke the air
of the people of England and America, A soft, light tone, and low,
Gorgey, the other great leader of the HunYet barb'd with share and woe
garian War of Independence, drags out a Now might it only perish there! Nor further go.
lonely and monotonous existence at KlagenAh me! a quick and eager ear
furth, in Carithia, a city much resorted to Caught up the little meaning sound!
by pensioned officers of the Austrian army. Another voice has breathed it clear,
There he lives with his family, consisting of And so it wandered round
his wife, a single child, now but three months From ear to lip-fron lip to ear, Until it reached a gentle heart,
old, a woman servant, a soldier who was And that-it brokel"
his attendant through the war. He sees litBut who cannot point out illustrations?
tle society, hardly a family in the city hav. The vice is heartless, cruel and dangerous,
ing sought his acquaintance. He has but
one intimate friend, and that is an English and its victims, directly or indirectly, may man. His time is passed in studying chembe counted by thousands. It is such an easy
easy istry and physics, and his priucipal amusething to wound a sensitive spirit. It is so
ment is lecturing upon physical chemistry light a task to stain or soil the reputation |
to a few persons. Of money he has plenty; Conffdence may be so readily disturbed-1
disturbed from the Austrian Government he receiver suspicion may be so promptly excited !
a yearly pension of 3000 forins; and from How many merchants have had their credit
ait that of Russia he has received 60,000 silver ruined-how many honest men have had rubles. He is very seldom seen in public; their prospects blighted, and their families
| about once a month his wife prevails on him subjected to all the horrors of poverty-how
to take a walk for the sake of his health, many unkindnesses have been provoked but in general he avoids appearing abroad. how many ties of love have been severed
The common people regard him with aver how many hearts have been lacerated-how
sion. many families have been made miserable-1 The contrast in the present condition of by the thoughtless or the vicious, the lieed- these two leaders of Hungary is no greater less or the crafty and malignant propensity than the contrast in their characters and of the mischief-maker! The poor wretch conduct. Each is endowed with eminent who, in a moment of necessity, and laboring abilities, and each had opportunities seldom under all the horrors of hunger, commits alloted to man. Kossuth was faithful to some paltry theft, with the object of satisfy- his country and to liberty; Gorgey betrayed ing the cravings of nature, is promptly ar- both. The one never filled so large a place rested, convicted, and sent to "durance vile.” in the esteem or affections of the civilized But how many destroyers of the peace of world as now; the other is despised and de families, disturbers of the happiness of tested. The patriot as well as the traitor bouseholds-in brief, moral assassins of l has his reward. --N. Y. Tribune.
For the Miscellany. here, whose existence is but of yesterday, WHAT SHALL WE BE? shall continue to have an existence millions
of years after this Earth shall have been BY MRS. 8. M. A.
wrapped in flames, and the heavens rolled
| together as a scroll. Yes, we shall have a WHEN we contemplate this world, teem- being endowed with consciousness, sensiing with human beings of every grade--see bility and thought. What to us then, is forsome in the deepest degradation and want, tune, fame, knowledge, or all earthly interseeking from door to door their only suste- ests, compared with the question- What nance-others basking in the sunshine of shall we be, when all earthly connexions fortune and wealth. Some drinking at He shall have been dissolved—all mistakes and licon's sacred fount, and holding converse errors ended—every false foundation underwith the muses,-others searching into the mined-every character drawn out, as with Laws of hidden nature, -and others still, a sunbeam, upon the immortal canvass of whose lofty aspirations soar away beyond eternity, and time itself at an end. This the limits of their vision, and traverse worlds will arrive-and what follows? We stretch om worlds, until lost in wonder and delight. our eyes on, and on, through the unnumberAnd when we behold the little neglected ed cycles of eternity, and find that we shall wanderer, rising to the honorable statesman, then live. And what characters shall we poet, philosopher, or divine; the playful possess? what will be our employment?school-girl, delighted with a doll, becoming With whom shall we be associated ? what & Mrs. Sigourney, Hemans, or Fry, and find place shall we inhabit? Although we know qurselves with rationality, consciousness, and but in part, we are taught this much,—that powers capable of expansion, placed in this there will be a reality, answering to all world of progression, we enquire with a these questions ; and that the fearful respondeep solicitude-what part shall we act sibility of determining our destinies for in the great drama of Life? What shall eternity depends upou ourselves. It is for Die be? What shall we be as scholars, as us to decide whether bright-winged angels citizens, as rational and accountable beings? be commissioned to conduct us to the realms Shall we be intelligent and virtuous? Re- of light, where we shall behold the ineffable spectable and respected? Shall our hearts glory of the king of kings-approach even revel unconfined through all the charities unto His eternal throne-cast our crowns at and gympaties of nature, and be sanctified His feet-and serve him continually, with by the dew of holiness, shed from above, songs of praise, and thanksgiving—where or shall it be ours to bear deserved scorn, we shall listen to the melodies of the hea. ridicule, and hate? These are questions of venly choir, and glide amid the angel bands, interest to each of us, and awaken deep feel as angels too. Or, whether we shall go ing and earnest thought; they are ques. | down to the midnight darkness of eternal tions which all would solve if they could; death, where no ray of hope can ever reach, and may they not? Are we not the archi- wher ewe shall forerer drink the bitter cup tects of our own characters? Have we not of remorse—and where, after ages on ages. abilities, and may we not use them as we have rolled away their lonely, dreary, linplease? But the light which is reflected gering years, we shall still read our doom from the pages of inspiration, shows us that of everlasting despair. Surely there can be our lives terminate not with a few flourish- no subject demanding more solemn and deer ing years—but still points us on to another consideration or earnest inquiry, than this state of being; and how our utmost facul- 1 WHAT SIALL WE BE? ties of thought are over-powered, when we attempt to realize that we--we, who are! We can never sin with security
EDITORIAL MISO EL LANIA.ple of exercising the prudence necessary to a
mm healthy continuance of his possessions. But The press of basiness attendant upon why is wealth desirable? What are the obtaking new friends by the hand, and the jects that nine-tenths of those who seek it, exhausting duty of giving the parting hand have in view ? Is it that they may become to a few restless friends, who must needs the benefactors of men ? Noble object / leave us, to go to the Land of Gold, added / which, if carried out, will ally one in spirit to which we have been very deeply afflicted and affection to God! But is this the obwith indisposition caused by a severe cold, (ject? We confess that in a great majority and we think friends will excuse us for any of cases, we do not believe it is. It is meraliek in our Miscellania. For some or all of ly for the glitter-the show-the dashing the reasons named, we have not attempted equipage--and to enjoy the satisfaction of to write, and now it is the last day for set the stare of the gaping multitude, who will ting up the Miscellany, and the inspiration look upon the evidences and display of necessary to a profitable article is not vouch- wealth with wondering, but often stupid gaze. safed us. But, reader, suppose we, for a But how often is it with the rich man as with moment, look at the propensity of our peo- Haman, one real poblenuan, who is undaz ple to change. How wonderfully diffused is zled with the blaze and glitter of wealth and this spirit among men-pervading to a con- who will, with an unblenching cheek and aiderable extent, probably all classes. We an unshrinking eye, look upon these things sue a man to-day surrounded by all the ap- as merely adventitious circumstances, and pliances of case and comfort, if not of wealth will measure the man by the true standard ; and fortune. His friends are numerous, and I say, how often docs such a one damp all they are tried friends. In the hour of his the short-lived joys of the merely wealthy, peril, they have not forsaken him, but have who are not rich in noble principles and seemed to gather closer around him, as ad- glorious deeds. If a man seek wealth for verre circumstances have made it necessa- | the influence it may give him for the right,or ry that the links of their friendship should the opportunities it may afford him to do become stronger. All at once he becomes good--that man will never be honored impressed with the absurd idea, that it is enough on earth. But there will be a future impossible for him to sustain himself in so- for his enjoyment. Holy intelligences will ciety, without some more available means, or accord him honor, and the Eternal will besome greater flow of wealth, and anon, he is stow on him greater honor, for his faithfulat once on his way to sôme El Dorado,wbere ness to the great instincts of his nature, and he expects, in a few days, to reach the sum- his cheerful obedience to the law of his God; mit of bliss, and secure a fortune which may and eternity, with all its wealth of glory and fill the largest wish of his now unsatisfied enjoyment, shall be his. Those, who seek mind--not realizing that experience is ne- wealth, that they may dry the widow's and cesary to his retaining what he may gain, the orphan's tears, that they may forward and that the experience necessary, is the the holy mission of mercy, and aid in carrygrowth of years, and must be trained amiding out the purposes and plans of Him who the rugged ways of life. Who has ever“ was rich," and yet, " for our sakes, became know, the young and inexperienced man to poor, that we, through his poverty, might hold firmly, and with a steady hand, what be rich," doing all that wealth and influence bar, by some sudden turn of fortune, been can do, for the advancement and accomplishshowered into his lap. No, it is only the ment of these worthy ends, can show no man who has gone step by step, with a higher patent of nobility,can give no strong measured and often slow tread, towards the er assurance of their greatness, and can preobject of his desire-wealth-who is capa-sent nothing worthier the admiration of
universal worlds, than the monument they
IRELAND. thus raise to their own greatness, and the The return of many Irish emigrants to infinite mercy of Heaven.
their native country, is attracting considera
ble attention in Ireland. It appears that THE INTERNATIONAL.—This Magazine for
their anticipations in regard to America has been laid upon our table by our enter
| have not in many instances been realized
The Irish, consequently, are congratulating prising neigbors, C. Morse & Son. We have bəfore intimated that we consider, this at the
themselves upon the event, and regard it as hondartha Voving family We spa na la ground of hope for the future.
FRANCE. reason for changing our opiniou. Always found at C. Morse & Son's.
The election still continues to engross the public mind to the exclusion of every other
subject. Louis Napoleon 'was everywhere The Grand Division of the Sons of Tem- triumphant, and it is possible that his inaperance, in this State, will meet at Lansing, iority will exceed that of 1848. The polla au Wednesday, the 28th inst., at 9 o'clock, in 68 departments, though incomplete, give A M. G. TAYLOR, Grand Scribe. 5,040,000 ‘yeas' against 600,000 'voes. A Detroit, Jan. 17, 1852.
telegraph despatch from Paris, of the 20th,
gives the vote of 81 departments, in which For the Miscellany.
6,110,000 are recorded 'yeas' and 709,000
‘noes.' GRAND SECTION-CADETS OF
Many of the imprisoned deputies bave TEMPERANCE.
| been set at liberty. Speculations were free All Sections of Cadets throughout the ly indulged in relation to the new press law Btate are earnestly requested to send in shortly to be promulgated. It was general full reports of their condition, and address 1 ly supposed that each journal would have to to brother G. Taylor, Grand Scribe, in or- deposit a certain sum with the gorernment der that the Committee (of the Grand Divi- as a security for its good behavior. Offences sion.) whose duty it is to organize the Grand of the press are to be-1st, Attacks on the Section, may have the necessary informa- government; 2d, Exciting hatred among tion, and know where to direct communica
citizens; 3d, Attacks upon religion, family tions. It is hoped that old Sections will be or property. Such offence to be puuished revived, and a large number of new ones
with fine and imprisonment. formed. The Pass-word for the current quarter will be sent to all Sections who fur-1 Old folks say last December was the se nish their address. Brothers be up and verest December month, that has been ex doing---the temperance reform rests, to perienced in this latitude, for fifty-one years. a great extent, upon your efforts-- Temper- The present month bids fair to equal it in anca boys, make Temperanco men. Temper- severity. Heaven only knows the extent of ance friends let us begin at once, with the human suffering now endured by thousande. beginning of the rising generation, and! You that are blessed with plenty give liber guard them against infernal nurseries of in- ally, and don't let the cold winds close with teon perance-by providing other social op- an icy seal the fountains of charity.- Wash portunities where higher and better princi- | ington Weekly Revicw, Pa. ples will be inculcated. Bro. Luther Beecher, “ A. M. Baker,
Committee | An exchange says, since the new temper 28 « A. Burlingame, Grand Division, ance law went into operation, in Portland, « H. Decker,
S. of T, • T. H. Armstrong, )
Mo., crime has decreased nearly 70 per cent