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other matter, should obstruct the action of the valve, the bell would be instantly filled with water, did not fail to create for a short time a kind of uneasiness. One of the workmen, however, to whom I imparted my thoughts on that subject, desired me, with a smile, to look at one of the glasses placed above us, which I observed to be so much cracked in the middle, that bubbles of air were continually escaping.
We breathed during the whole of our stay under water with much ease. We experienced now and then a great heat. Our perspiration was sometimes copious, and sometimes there suddenly came over us so thick a vapour as to prevent my seeing the workmen placed opposite me ; but as by means of the signals, they constantly sent us from above pure air, in so large quantities, that a great part of what was contained in the beti made its escape with great violence, this inconvenience very soon disappeared. Our pulse was not affected.
Having remained more than an hour at the bottom, and having seen the men work as easily as in the open air, they made some signals, and we ascended, fully satisfied with what we had seen, and convinced of the facility and safety of these submarine operations. Before we went down, they had lost their basket at the bottom of the water, and in order to find it again, they were obliged, in using their signals, to have the bell moved in every direction, which gave us the advantage of becoming well acquainted with the method they employed to make themselves understood. In going up, the sensations which we experienced in the head were very different from those which we felt in descending. It seemed to us that our heads were growing larger, and that all the bones were about to separate. This disagreeable sensation, however, did not last long; we were in a short time above the surface, not only much pleased with what we had seen, but also with the idea of emerging safe from our narrow prison.
It is peculiarly grateful to a benevolent mind to contemplate the successful efforts now making for the mental and religious improvement of that unfortunate but very interesting portion of our race who are born deaf, or early deprived of their hearing, and are consequently dumb.We have not room to give an abstract of the Report, politely sent us. We notice it for the purpose of selecting from it.
The youthful readers of the Monitor, we hope, will do more than sympathize with these youths of the asylum. They must pray for them; imitate their profound attention to their studies and their rapid improvement.
The following interesting compositions by pupils in the Asylum are extracted from the Report before us.]
A gentleman was engaged to be married to a lady, and they said they fixed on a day in a month. The bridegroom chose a gentleman to be his groomsman and the bride also asked a lady to attend her at marriage. The bridegroom sent a billet to a clergyman, who read it about an invitation of giving an unity of marriage to the bridegroom and bride. In the evening the company assembled in a room to attend the wedding, and the clergyman was there. The bridegroom and bride were prepared to dress cleanly. The groomsman and bride-, maid put four chairs for them and the bridegroom and bride. They separately went to the two rooms to bring the bridegroom and bride. The groomsman led the bridegroom and the bridemaid led the bride and opened the door and sat down on the four chairs, which were set. On the left side, the groomsman sat near the bridegroom, who sat near the bride, who sat near the bridemaid on the right side. Pretty soon they rose and stood and the clergyman also rose and stood and spoke to them and I was not informed what he said. At last the com
pany rose and stood, when the clergyman prayed to God for the bridegroom and bride. After praying, he told them that they should continue to be united in a state of matrimony for life and they should not desert each other. The bridegroom took off his right white silk glove. and put it into the hand of the groomsman and the bride also took off her white silk glove and put it into the hand of her bridemaid. The bridegroom took the bride's right hand, when the clergyman prayed to God to bless them and also asked them to be continually joined in marriage. They said they promised to be friendly and kind to each other and to be in a continual state of matrimony for life, till death. The clergyman advised them something again. Pretty soon the groomsman and bridemaid went from the room into another apartment. The groomsman carried round some glasses full of one of the liquors with a waiter to the bridegroom and bride and ladies and gentlemen, who took them and drank one of the liquors. The groomsman carried empty glasses from the company and went to the room.
He carried round bridecake; the bridemaid carried round the cheese with two waiters to the bridegroom and bride and company, who ate cake and cheese with pleasure. They carried round one of the liquors and cake to the bridegroom and bride and company several times. At length the bridegrom gave the clergyman some money for his coming and praying for him and his bride. At last the groomsman took the hand of the bridegroom and the bridemaid took the hand of the bride and were in procession and went to the door and bid adieu. The bridegroom took the hand of the bride went to the room, because they would stay late and be troubled in the company-room. Soon the company went away. The bridegroom became a husband and the bride was called a wife. They settled in a house and lived happily and were constant in kindness and friendship.
A funeral is always a solemn procession. A person, is dying and lying on his bed. A clergyman talks to him
on his feelings. He prays God to take up his soul to Heaven. He has finished praying, and he goes away. A few minutes he expires with ease or difficulty. His family are affected with a great deal of sorrow for his death. Several friends put him on white clothes, and he is laid in a red coffin which stands on a table. There are many persons who come to see the corpse. A few hours they are going to the meeting house. The strong men carry the coffin on their shoulders in procession to the burying-ground. Before they go to it, they put the coffin into the church. The clergyman preaches to the people solemnly on the death, and then he prays God to bless the sorrowful persons who lose their friend. A short time he has finished praying, and the persons are dismissed. They are going to see the corpse before the coffin is carryed by them to the grave-yard. At length a man faste
the coffin with several screws. It is covered with a black pall lying on a bier, and the persons arrive at the grave-yard. The men begin to inter it with a leather string into the grave. A few minutes the clergyman is talking to the persons, while the men take off their hats, and hold them, and at length they put them on their heads. They leave the grave, yard to go home, and the distressed persons continue to wear mourning clothes during one or two years.
ORIGINAL AND SELECT ANECDOTES.
An impious Landlord beheld a stranger enter, whò he conjectured was a clergyman. He at once determined to torture the pious feelings of his guest. For this purpose he commenced uttering vollies of profane and blasphemous language, carefully noticing the appearance of the stranger, who remained silent. At length, when he had exhausted his vocabulary of oaths and curses,
he went up to the gentleman, and inquired, sir, are you not a clergyman? I am, was the answer. Why then did you not reprove me, said the host ? --Because, said
the other, I am forbidden to cast pearls before swine. The self-importance of the swearer was annihilated, and he instantly slunk from the company.
DURING the peace of Amiens, when Lord Nelson was at Salisbury, in the middle of those popular acclamations which followed him every where, he recognized amid the huzzaing crowd, a man who had assisted at the amputation of his arm, which he lost in the attack of Teneriffe. He beckoned him to come up the stairs of the council house, shook hands with him, and made him a present in remembrance of his services at the time. The man immediately took from his bosom a piece of lace, which he had torn from the sleeve of the amputated arm, saying, he had preserved, and would to the last moment preserve it, in memory of his old commander, whom he should always deem it the honour of his life to have served. How ought Christians to be quickened to lay in their bosoms mementos of a Saviour's wounds, and of their attachment to his person.
MIRACULOUS ESCAPE OF GENERAL WASHINGTON.
MAJOR FERGUSON, who commanded a rifle corps in advance of the hussars under Knyphausen, during some skirmishing a day or two previous to the battle of Brandywine, was the hero of a very singular accident, which he thus relates in a letter to a friend. It illustrates, in a most forcible manner, the over-ruling hand of Providence in directing the operations of a man's mind, in moments when he is least of all aware of it. 66 We had not lain long, when a rebel officer, remarkable by a hussar dress, pressed towards our army, within a hundred yards of my right flank, not perceiving us. He was followed by another, dressed in a dark green and blue, mounted on a bay horse, with a remarkable high cocked hat. I ordered three good shots to steal near to