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I Have often been entertained by the importance of the little word “only.” As a weapon of attack and defence, it is wonderful; as an enemy, it is treacherous and destructive; a powerful incentive to virtue, and a frequent palliative of vice. I will give you a few illustrations :
Calling at a toy-shop with a young lady, I observed her pay five dollars for a prettily ornamented, but perfectly useless trinket. As a pupil of Franklin, I expressed the simplicity of surprise. She silenced me by the following unanswerable argument—" Phoo! it's only five dollars."
“ My dear," said I, one Sabbath morning, to my wife, with all the humility of patience, as she was dressing for church, “ we shall certainly be late." “ It cannot be,” she replied, “it's only three quarters past ten now.”
Some short time since, I happened to be present at a party, where a young lady indulged herself in the most bitter sarcasms upon several persons who were absent. A minister, at last, denied some of her statements, and was proceeding to unravel the truth, when she stopped him thus :-" Why, how rude! You cannot surely think me serious ? I was only in joke."
I was some time since at a friend's house, when his wife returned from market :-"My love, see what fine shad; it's the first this season.” “ Indeed! what did you pay for it?" " Only a dollar and a half.” “ And the peas ?” Only a dollar.” “ I shall be ruined! Two dollars and a half for a small shad and a handful of peas ! It is absolutely insufferable !” “Pshaw !” she replied, “ Nonsense! I'm sure it's very cheap ; besides, it's only once in the way."
I was standing before the door of a house, reflecting upon death, as a corpse was proceeding onwards. My acquaintance lived in this house, and saw me: “ Come in," said he ; “ do not stay there, man ; it's only a funeral ; did you never see a funeral before ?”
Watching some young women flirting about, with bonnets nearly large enough for parasols, and lace flounces, full half a yard deep, trailing in the mud, I asked a person, “ What is the price of that Leghorn ready to fly away?” “ Only forty dollars.” “What is the price of the lace ?” “ Only three dollars a yard.” “ How many yards in the whole ?” “ Only fifteen yards."
So I have seen heedless boys buying an orange, a stick, a knife :“ It's only twopence ;" “ It's only sixpence !” “What is six pence ?'' he adds, “ Nothing !”
I one day addressed, in a serious moment, a gay and beautiful girl, on the uncertainty of life, and the necessity of a preparation for its close. “ But,” said she, “is there any fear of that? All this may do very well for an old woman of eighty ; but you know I'm only eighteen."
Thus, evils are palliated ; extravagance excused; good purposes delayed and defeated ; defamation supported ; and roguery defended ; by the insidious sophistry of this little talisman, Only.--Adam PriMITIVE.
PRUDENTIAL MARRIAGES. No fact is more frequently proved than that human beings are prone to extremes ; and in nothing is this more evident than in connexion with marriages. We have known those who have been so imprudent as to hurry lovely and amiable females into this most important union without the least prospect of a comfortable provision; and, on the other hand, cases are not uncommon when money---money-seems to be the grand attraction. The following facts we glean from the American Father's Magazine, though some of them relate to persons in England. In this latter case we have omitted the names of places, and even the initials, because we would not needlessly grieve living persons :
As I cast my eye over the names of those who began life with me, my heart is deeply affected by the sad destiny of my friend C. The morning of his days was one of high promise. Educated in the first commercial house in one of our large cities, he became an accomplished merchant; and soon after the close of his apprenticeship, he removed to a distant city, and embarked in business on his own account. He soon became acquainted with a lady of wealth, but who possessed few qualifications to make happy a man of fine feelings. Some of his “prudent” friends soon proposed to him the excellent opportunity this lady presented of advancing his worldly fortune. But with the ingenuousness of a manly spirit, he turned a deaf ear to the bare mention of a union with one for whom he felt not the slightest affection. Still was the match urged, and by his father too, until the union was consummated. Years passed on, and C. was wretched. The alliance, which a kind Providence has instituted, to cheer the rugged way of life, was sacrificed upon the altar of avarice. At length he failed in business ; and when the fact was announced to his wife, she heaped upon him the keenest reproaches. He found no solace for his wounded spirit in her sympathy. One of the newest graves in the church-yard he now occupies-a suicide—and the victim of a “ prudential” match.
I know a rich man in whom the love of gold has swallowed up the kindlier feelings. He argued, and persuaded' his favourite daughter to marry a million of dollars against her will. The victim resisted, but yielded at last to the powerful argument, that love matches are always unhappy, and that love, which comes after marriage, is by far the most enduring. For a little while all was pomp and splendour. In two short years, where was the million gone? The sea had swallowed it, fires had consumed it, the whirlwind had swept it away. Even, according to her father's views, she might as well have married the man she liked best. So vain is it for mortals to contend with Providence.
Another, in the middle class of life, had the same views on a more moderate scale. He had a pretty and intelligent daughter. Her hand was sought by a coarse and selfish man, whom she regarded with utter aversion. But the coarse and selfish man had gold, accursed, polluting gold, and with it he bought the father's heart. Long and varied were the persecutions which broke the spirits of the young creature, before he persuaded her that worldly prudence sanctioned perjury. What could he expect from such an union? The selfish man was selfish still; for he who consents to take a wife on such terins is ignorant of that pure and holy affection which elevates and improves the whole character. His fortune is nearly spent in dissipation; and she does her duty, as well as patience and gentleness can do it, towards her negligent husband.
The Rev. Mr. — was educated for the ministry in England. His first efforts in the pulpit were successful; and he eventually became a popular student. During his academic visits to various congregations, he became acquainted with a young lady in the county of - She was exceedingly interesting in her person, pleasing in her manners, and serious. The intimacy was kept up during the remainder of his term at college ; and, while there, terminated in a promise of marriage. Subsequently to this, he preached on probation in the county of — There he boarded with the widow of a townsman, who had been extensively engaged as a smuggler. She was vulgar in her habits, and coarse in her manners, but she had property. He was fond of music. She immediately gratified his taste by supplying her parlour with an elegant pianoforte. Her attentions were costly, marked, and incessant. He became a pastor. He first neglected and then deserted the lady of his first intimacy; and then, in the spirit of sordid calculation, married his hostess. In two years the congregation were disgusted with their minister's wife. He removed into the county of - From the same cause the same effect eventually followed. He removed into the county of
There his own life soon became miserable. As a relief from the disagreeableness of home, he became a stage-coach proprietor, and actually drove four in hand to London. The concern failed. He lost his reputation ; and, as a minister, was ruined.
Poetry. “GO, FAR FROM THE LAND OF From the lash and the servitude vile THE FREE."
That so long with reluctance they've
For Britain, the far-renown'd isle, Addressed to a Sister leaving England
From her slaves has the manacles torn. for Bahia, in the Brazils.
Go-tell them the Sabbath of rest
Was design'd for the whole human race,
A day that Jehovah has bless'd, Go-far from the land of the free,
For advancing his truth and his grace. Where the captive groans under his Go-tell them that erst you have spent pains;
The sacred, the heart-hallow'd time, And asks that no longer he be
When to Zion you joyfully went, Enthrall'd in his fetters and chains.
To partake of the pleasures divine. Go: haste to Bahia away,
Go-may the Most High with you go, Tell her sons 'tis Jehovah's behest, Till you stop on the far distant strand, His truth shall prevail and bear sway, And there His rich blessings bestow,
His creatures on earth shall be blest. And guide you with tenderest hand ! Go tell the oppressor of man,
Go—and though in a different sphere That England has nobly achieved
For a time you are destined to roam, The freedom of Africa's clan,
Oh may we in some future year, And claims that all slaves be relieved Gladly hail your arrival at HOME.
As fleets, the fluttering, dying breath,
In tones of heav'nly love : Triumphant, over sin and death, Her spirit wings above!
A CHILD'S HYMN. By the Author of " Little William." Look on a little sinful child, Giddy, wayward, guilty, wild, 0! Jesus, lovely, meek, and mild,
My Saviour. Nothing in her hand she brings, But simply to thy cross she clings, And thy free grace alone she sings,
THE HOUSE IN HEAVEN.
BY E. DERMER.
Not made with mortal hands;
This heavenly building stands.
Shall crumble into dust;
Among the ransomed just?
And hastening to their fall, Well may the glorious prospect cheer, And dissipate each rising fear
Which nature would appal. When God's appointed time shall come, To fetch our ransomed spirits home,
May we be willing found To part, though hard the task may prove, With those we here so fondly love,
And be with glory crowned, Our God will make their lives his care, And they shall in his goodness share
As we have done before; Soon shall their pilgrimages end, And they to the same joys ascend,
To meet and part no more. So blest a vision can sustain The throbbing heart, the fever'd brain,
Whilst health and strength decays; We soon shall meet on heavenly ground, And, with eternal glory crowned,
Shall sing our Saviour's praise.
HOPE. Heavenly messenger of peace,
Walk with me in my lonely way; When with thee my sorrows cease,
Realms of bliss around me play. Oft, amid this vale of tears,
Fear depresses all my powers ; When thy angel form appears,
Bright and gladsome are my hours. By my couch thou angel kneel,
Tell me of my Saviour's love; On my heart that token seal,
Which assures of joys above ! When life's cares and toils are o'er,
My companion still remain ;
Till my rest and bliss I gain !
THE FADING FLOWER. The lily, that adorns the vale,
When summer's warmth hath fled; With'ring 'neath winter's icy gale,
Soon slumbers with the dead !
In touching beauty, dies :
Exhaling,-mount the skies!
Like falling primrose leaf I
'Neath Time's cold hand of grief!
SUDDEN DEATH. The following striking article appeared in the Morning Herald á few years ago. Its adaptation to the present times will be felt by our readers :0! who could have thought when he
passed by that morning, So firin was his footstep, so bright
was his eye, And the blossom of health every feature
adorning; O! who could have thought that so
soon he must die?
But I saw him at noon, and an ominous
sadness O'ershadowed and darkened his fine
manly brow, And the look which so oft was expressive
of gladness, Seemed suddenly altered and comfort
less now. I saw him at night, on his bed he lay
dying, His lips were fast changing from
vermil to blue, And his children around him were bit.
terly crying, As he kissed them, and blessed them,
and bade them adieu. I saw him again on the dawn of the
morrow, But nature was vanquished, the strug
gle was o'er, And the spirit had quitted her partner in
sorrow, And fled to the place where distress is · no more.
In de dark woods, no Indian nigh,
Upon my knee so low :
My Priest he tell me so.
If Indian heart do pray:
Me wid you night and day.”
He save um life before :
Me pray him two time more.*
* Twice as much.
Anecdotes of Animals.
Gibraltar, had been committed to him,
and he was happy to see the poor beast One day, says Mr. Hope, I had the honour of dining with her Grace the
show so much gratitude for his at
tention. Duchess of Hamilton. After dinner,
The lion, indeed, seemed perfectly the company attended her grace to see
pleased; he went to and fro, rubbing the feeding of a lion, which she had in
ħimself against the place where his bethe court. While we were admiring his
nefactor stood, and licked the serjeant's fierceness, and teazing him with sticks
hand as he held it out to him. The to make him quit his prey and fly at us,
man wanted to get into the cage to him, the porter came and informed the
but was withheld by the company, who duchess that a serjeant, with some re.
were not altogether convinced of the cruits at the gate, begged permission to
safety of the act. see the lion.
Her grace, with great condescension and good nature, asked permission of the company for the travellers to come In the beginning of the last century, in, as they would then have the satis there was in the menagerie at Cassel, a faction of seeing the animal fed. They lion that showed an astonishing degree were accordingly admitted at the mo. of tameness towards the woman who ment when the lion was growling over had the care of him. This went so far, his prey. The serjeant advancing to the that the woman, in order to amuse the cage, called out, “ Nero! Nero ! poor company which came to see the animal, Nero ! don't you know me? Nero !" would often rashly place not only her The animal instantly turned his head to hand, but even her head, between his look at him; then rose up, left his prey, tremendous jaws. She had frequently and came wagging his tail to the side of performed this experiment without sufthe cage. The man then put his hand fering injury; but having once introupon him, and patted him ; telling us duced her head into the lion's mouth, at the same time, that it was three years the animal made a sudden snap, and since they had seen each other, but that killed her on the spot. Undoubtedly the care of the lion, on his passage from this catastrophe was unintentional on