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fastens his little silver railroad to glitter in In the September of life we feel the change the sun ; or he detaches it altogether, and, that steals gradually over our habits and taking advantage of some passing breeze, feeling. The first gray shadow of advancing - trusts his brown frame to his delicate para- time creeps upon our path—the excitement chute, and is wafted through the air, like the and consequent reaction of our vigorous Chapel of Loretto to the desired spot, and manhood are past, together it may be with there he “locates” his downy cabin as does the wild gusts of passion and sorrow, and a the American settler far from the place of clearer beauty falls upon our being. Still do his former labors.
our years press on, and we come to the OcOctober succeeds ; and now occurs a gala- tober of our days, when the fruits of our show—the very carnival of the seasons. A early labors are gathered. Perchance then, stern, black frost comes some chilly night, when the energies of our existence are deand the morning sun looks upon a splendid caying, and we are approaching the grave, pageant. The whole forest is in one blaze of the goal of our ambition may be reached ; glory. A thousand rainbows—a thousand suddenly our life may blaze out into the sunsets seem to have melted upon them, until pomp and glory of wealth, fame, or power, the splendid scene appears the very garden but alas ! there is a warning voice even then of Aladdin, where the topaz, the sapphire, for ever whispering in our ear“ beware!" the amethyst, and the ruby vied with each
“ All that's bright must fade!” other in their glittering colors. The maple is in a flush of scarlet, the oak is swathed in The most beautiful portion of a truly good the imperial purple of the Cæsars, the birch man's life however is, when the leaves of his flaunts out with its golden banner, the beech ambition and wordly hopes and aspirations has the orange tint of the sky just over the have fallen, and a calm, mild, peaceful serenspot where the sun sinks, the pine still lifts ity spreads its Indian summer hush over his its changeless plume of green, meet emblem existence. His sun glows with a tempered of fidelity in a faithless world, whilst a multi- radiance-a holy quiet broods around himtude of tints are upon the plants and bushes, the soft light of good deeds sleeps upon his as if the leafy gems on the branches above daily walk—and although the haze of old had flashed their superb hues beneath them. age mingles with his horizon and glimmers on
But now the fierce Autumn wind is let his path, he is cheered with the consciousness loose, and the air is darkened with the flying of integrity and virtue, and he awaits the leaves, whirling here and scattering there, period when his life will glide like a calm until the paths of the forest are covered with river into the ocean of eternity. their sear and withered heaps, and with a There is an interest and charm surrounding leaden eye and tearful cheek, November steals Autumn which no other season possesses. It along as if mourning over this decay of na- is the season of memory-tender, chastened, ture.
softened memory--when the mind is directed But amidst her gloom, like a sweet tone of backward upon the past, and the heart comlove mid the harsh accents of wrath-like munes deeply with itself. Spring, that seaone hope that remains when all others have son of hope, the very reverse of Autumn, fled-or like the fortitude of woman when when Nature awakening from her winter life has been withered into a desert, and the torpor with the song of the blue-bird upon boasted courage of man has departed—the her tongue, and her hand full of breathing beautiful Indian summer glides upon the violets-sweet, joyous Spring has departed. scene. A purple haze is mingled with the Summer with her roses has given us her brief azure of the sky-purple smoke glimmers presence, and likewise gone in the eternal over the earth-the sun is like the great system of change, which is the order of moon in the heavens, and his light falls upon the universe.” the earth in red and timid hue. The bark of
• rules the scene." But to the squirrel is heard as the ripe nuts of the this cold dreary season there are few phases forest click upon the dead leaves in dropping, -a cold monotony takes possession of Nathe most distant sounds are borne to the ear, ture. Still there are some points of interest and the whole landscape is one soft and lovely which should not pass unnoticed. picture, in which all the rich coloring and The sweet Indian summer may be lingerdeep shadows and bright lights are shaded ing and kissing with its bland breath the and toned down by that matchless artist, Na- forehead of December, when, towards the ture, into a harmony of tempered and sub- close of the shortened day, a leaden bank of dued beauty
clouds rises from the south-west, whilst the
snowbirds are twittering around our dwell- ous chorus o'er the beaten snow upon the ings, as if forewarning us of a change. shores.
Presently the sullen covering is drawn Then comes February, and with it a mild over the sky like a gray blanket, and a few air and fine rain, that freezes however as it flakes flutter along the harsh cutting air. The falls. As the morning sun rises, a magical flakes soon thicken until they stream down in scene is presented. The leafless trees stretch dense columns upon the earth, which mo- out their branches even to the minutest twigs, mentarily whitens. Then the black night as if they had been carved from silver; the strides over the scene, and the morning dawns hemlock is covered with a rich gleaming with a fierce wind. How the bitter blast glaze, every roof flashes back the sun from rushes from the north-west! how it howls its polished coat, whilst the wide landscape and shrieks in its fury ! how it whirls up the around is blazing in smooth armor to the snow into clouds, or drives it along like the cloudless but heartless light. All over, too, spray of a tossing ocean ! how the forests are a million of dancing atoms in rainbow groan and rock and sway, as if in agony, and coloring, like the hues that glitter and chase how the summits of the distant hills seem to each other along the threads of the gossareel and stagger as the snow flies over them! mer.
But the tempest wails and sobs itself into And the winter night, how full of quiet repose, and the wild struggling landscape at peace and household content it is! The last is still. The earth is wrapped in its soft wide blaze goes crackling and sparkling up mantle of ermine, here ruffled up in great the spacious chimney, casting its red light wreaths, and there streaming out like the upon chairs and tables, soft carpet and drawn surges of some pearly sea. Here are edges curtain, and making fantastic shadows stream brushed to a delicate fineness--here basins and waver upon the walls. In the warmest scooped beautifully out, and there are domes nook of the fireplace sits the venerable grandsmoothly rounded as if by the hand of an sire, the flame bathing his snowy head, and, architect. All is pure, bright, and quiet clustering around him, are vigorous manbeauty.
hood, lovely matronage, smiling youth, and January follows; and a clear cold day innocent childhood. shines upon the earth. The sky is blue as As our linked round of the seasons is steel, and sparkles with cold, and the dark brought to a close, let us, with reference to smooth ice spreads like a polished mirror them, in the language of Thompson, Nature's amidst a landscape of ivory. Then how the secretary, exclaimmerry skater launches away upon his gleam ing path, the trees appearing to skim past “These as they change, Almighty Father! these him in a contrary direction ! how the pulse
Are but the varied God. The rolling year
Is full of Thee, leaps and the blood glows, and how every sinew is strung to high and vigorous life! whilst the gladdening sleigh-bells ring a joy- Come then, expressive Silence, muse His praise."
EMIGRATION OF PAUPER CHILDREN.- A , immediate steps to forward the emigration of comprehensive scheme for the relief of the orpban girls, inmates of the several workrate-payers, the benefit of the colonies, and houses, and capable of entering service, to the positive good of a large and increasing Australia as apprentices.” He stated that class of pauper children, has been propound- “the total number of children in the worked by Mr. W. Miles, who, in his place in the houses in England and Wales was 56,323, House of Commons, has lately presented and that the number of these capable of en. several petitions in favor of a plan of emi- tering into service were—boys, 4,579, and gration which shall be in accordance with girls, 3,698; making a total of boys and the views and wants of all parties. His mo- girls in those workhouses capable of entering tion was in these words : “That it is expedi- service of 8,277. The number of male orent that the government, with the consent phans capable of entering service was 1,578, and assistance of the boards of guardians while the number of female orphans so qualthroughout England and Wales, should take | ified was 1,171 ; making a total of 3,740.
JOHN KNOX'S HOUSE IN EDINBURGH.
. In the Netherbow, the street receives a salary of two hundred pounds Scottish mocontraction from the advance of the houses ney, and paying his house-rent for him, at on the north side, thus closing a species of the rate of fifteen marks yearly. In October, parallelogram, of which the Luckenbooths 1561, they ordained the dean of guild,“ with formed the upper extremity--the market al diligence, to mak ane warm studye of place of our ancient city. The uppermost dailles to the minister, Johnne Knox, within of the prominent houses—having of course his hous, aboue the hall of the same, with two fronts meeting in a right angle, one lyht and wyndokis thereunto, and all uther fronting to the line of street, the other look- necessaris.' This study is generally suping up the High Street-is pointed to by posed to have been a very small wooden protradition as the residence or manse of John jection, still seen on the front of the first Knox, during his incumbency as minister of floor. Close to it is a window in the angle Edinburgh, from 1560 till (with few inter- of the building, from which Knox is said by ruptions) his death in 1572. It is a pictur- tradition to have occasionally held forth to esque building, of three above-ground floors, multitudes below. constructed of substantial as hler masonry, The second floor, which is accessible by but on a somewhat small scale, and termina- two narrow spiral stairs, one to the south, ting in curious gables and masses of chim another to the west, contains a tolerably spaneys. A narrow door, right in the angle, cious room, with a ceiling ornamented by gives access to a small room, which has long stucco mouldings, and a window presented to been occupied as a barber's shop, and which the westward. A partition has at one time is lighted by one long window presented to divided this room from a narrow one towards the westward. This was the hall of the the north, the ceiling of which is composed mansion in former times. Over the window of the beams and flooring of the attic flat, and door is this legend, in an unusually old all curiously painted with flower-work in an kind of lettering :
ancient taste. Two inferior rooms extend
still farther to the northward. It is to be LVFE. GOD. ABVFE' AL' AND 'YI'NYCHTBOVR
remarked that the wooden projection already •[As ] YI•SELF
spoken of extends up to this floor, so that The word “as” is obliterated. The words there is here likewise a small room in front; are, in modern English, simply the well, it contains a fireplace, and a recess which known Scriptural command, "Love God might have been a cupboard or a library, beabove all, and thy neighbor as thyself.” sides two small windows. That this firePerched upon the corner above the door is a place, this recess, and also the door by which small effigy of the Reformer, preaching in a the wooden chamber is entered from the pulpit, and pointing with his right hand to a decorated room, should all be formed in the slone above his head in that direction, which front wall of the bouse, and with a necessary presents in rude sculpture the sun bursting relation to the wooden projection, strikes one from clouds, with the name of the Deity in- as difficult to reconcile with the idea of that scribed on bis disk in three languages- projection being an afterthought; the apΘ ΕΟ Σ
pearances rather indicate the whole having
been formed at once, as parts of one design. GOD
The attic floor exhibits strong oaken beams, Dr. M'Crie, in his Life of John Knor, but the flooring is in bad order. states that, the Reformer, on commencing In the lower part of the house there is a duty in Edinburg at the conclusion of the small room, said by tradition to have been struggles with the queen-regent, “ lodged in
used in times of difficulty for the purpose of the house of David Forrest, a burgess of baptising children ; there is also a well to Edinburgh, from which he removed to the supply the house with water, besides a selodging wbich had belonged to Durie, abbot cret stair, represented as communicating subof Dunfermline." The magistrates acted terraneously with a neighboring alley. . liberally towards their minister, giving him a
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“Past and Present," over again. Mr. Carlyle has touched piece of heart-history” by the Atheneum.
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there is no denying that this administration in Cam. , so, he makes pictures of all the subjects he writes byses’ vein has done it little good. It has laughed upon; and had he painted as he has written, or used when it was to have trembled,-held its sides, bis pencil equally well with his pen, two more dewhen, according to the design, it should have bent lightful volumes, to any lover of Greece it would its knee. We think Mr. Carlyle is badly informed be difficult to name. With an evidently refined if he imagines that these monthly explosions have taste, and a perfect acquaintance with the ancient alarmed the people of England, or in any way history of the country he travelled through, and shaken the isle from its propriety. We suspect the the ever famous characters that made its history Latter-day Saints-some of whose doings we chro- what it is, his descriptions combine most pleasingly nicle in another column_will make a greater sen- together the past with the present. He peoples sation than the Latter-day Pamphlets.
the scenery with the men whose deeds give to that
scenery all its interest; and whether on the plain of The Early Conflicts of Christianity. By the Rev. Marathon or the site of Delphi or the Acropolis, he
W.J. Kip. Originally published by APPLETON & has a store of things to say of their past glories, Co., New York, is thus spoken of by the Literary and links together, with great artistic skill, that
which is gone with that which remains. By the Gazette :
echolar and the man of taste the volumes will be The book is easily written, in the ornate and read with no little delight, as they abound much flowing style now common to transatlantic ora- more with reflections and sensible observations, than tory; but there is no point in the composition, lit with the common-place incidents of travel. tle grace,--and although elaborate attempts are made to paint pictures, no success is achieved. Howitt's Year Book of the Country, published in There is nothing in these “Early Conflicts” which London, by COLBURN, and about to be reprinted by could induce us to advise Mr. Kip to carry the cam
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The “ Year Book of the Country” is at once welRural Hours. By Miss Cooper. 2 vols. Original: ically, picturesquely various. We cannot doubt its
come to read and goodly to see. It is richly, poetly published by PUTNAM, New York, and reprinted having a welcome as wide
as its range of contents, by Murray, London, is highly spoken of abrond. as cordial as the love of man and of nature It is thus noticed by the Athenæum :
which every line of it breathes. The illustrations
are excellent." This pleasant book is said to be the maiden production of the well-known American novelist's daughter. Germania ; its Courts, Camps and People. By We have hitherto been treated to no minute pictures
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Pub of such life and nature from the other side of the Atlantic as are here exhibited. Mr. Audubon gave us
lished by COLBURN, London. the wonders of the wilderness,—Mrs. Clavers sketch- To give an idea of the scope and variety of ed the oddities of life in a new settlement,--the the contents of this work, comprising so many sister of Mrs. Howitt in “Our Cousins on the Ohio,” curious disclosures concerning the various Sove-and Mr. Headley in his “ Adirondack,"--have se reigns and Courts of Europe during the recent verally and variously contributed stores to that trea revolutions, it need only be mentioned that among sury out of which imagination can conjure up visions the countries visited by the distinguished auof transatlantic places, —but Miss Cooper's year-book thor will be found Prussia, Austria, Hungary, Bafills a niche which none of the pen-and-ink painters varia, Saxony, Servia, Styria, the Tyrol, Hanover, aforesaid have occupied. She chronicles village, Brunswick, Italy, &c. To enumerate all the distinwood, and meadow life,--tells how spring wanes guished personages with whom the writer had interinto summer, and autumn is followed by winter, in course, and of whom anecdotes are related, would districts where nature is not so wondrous nor man be impossible, but they include such names as the so “unhewn” as in the scenes selected by the writers
Emperors of Austria and Russia, the Kings of Prusenumerated. Her entries remind us in their poeti- sia, Hanover, Bavaria, and Wurtemberg, the Count cal feeling and gentle perspicacity of Gilbert de Chambord (Henry IV.), the Queens of Bavaria White's. Miss Cooper's allusions to books, too, and Prussia, the ex-Émpress of Austria, the Grand though not very numerous, are of good quality and Duke of Baden, the Archdukes John, Francis, and in good taste.
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