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Noah. Their tradition, among other evidence of its actual occurrence, and of things, says that at this period, soon after the fact that all nations have descended the Deluge, wine was discovered. The from one and the same origin. It is stated Bible tells us that after the subsiding of by Molini, in his history of Chili, that the the waters Noah began to be a husband- Araucànians, the ancient inhabitants of man, and he planted a vineyard; and the that country, have a tradition of a great probability is that, bad as were the ante- deluge from which only a few persons were diluvians, and we have seen that they saved, who took refuge upon a high mountwere desperately wicked, they were stran- ain, called the Thundering, which had gers to the use of intoxicating drinks. three points, and the property of moving
Scarcely less remarkable is the tradi- upon water. tion among the Hindoos. It is found The Peruvians had a tradition that a embodied in an ancient poem of which Sir great deluge occurred long before there William Jones gives the following abridg- were any Incas or kings among them, and ment: Their prince was, on one occasion, when the world was very populous ; that performing his ablutions in the river Crit- only six persons were saved by means of imala when the Hindoo god, Vishna, ap- a raft, and that from those six the earth peared to him in the shape of a small fish, was repeopled. The Brazilians not only and, after several augmentations of bulk preserved the tradition of a deluge, but in different waters, thus addressed his believe that the entire human race perished amazed votary : In seven days all crea- in it, with the exception of two brothers tures who have offended me shall be de- with their wives, who saved themselves stroyed by a deluge, but thou shalt be by climbing the highest trees on the loftsecured in a capacious vessel miraculously iest mountains. It is said, too, that they formed. Take, therefore, all kinds of annually celebrate the memory of this event medicinal herbs, and esculent grain for by religious ceremonies. food, and, together with the seven holy Acosta, in his history, says the Meximen, your respective wives, and pairs of cans speak of a great flood in their counall animals, enter the ark without fear. try, by which all men were drowned ; and Saying this he disappeared, and after in their peculiar paintings, which constiseven days the ocean began to overflow tuted their literature, there was found an the land, and the earth to be flooded with expressive representation of that event. constant showers, when the prince saw a In short, wherever the untiring enterprise large vessel floating upon the waters. of man has penetrated, with scarcely a He entered it, having in all respects con- solitary exception, there is found existing, formed to the instructions of Vishna, who, in some form or other, the memorials of a in the form of a vast fish, suffered the ves- watery deluge. The justly celebrated sel to be tied with a great sea serpent, as Humboldt, with great force and propriety, with a cable, to his measureless horn. remarks that similar traditions exist among
Even in the interior of Africa the his- all the nations of the earth, and, like the tory of a deluge is mentioned in their tra- relics of a vast shipwreck, are highly inditions, in which all human beings perished; teresting in the philosophical study of our but they add that the Deity was obliged, species. These traditions, he adds, reafterward, to create mankind anew. specting the primitive state of the globe
But it is in our own country, among the among all nations, coming to us in so aboriginal inhabitants of North and South many different languages, belonging to America, that are found the most striking branches which appear to have no conevidences of the truth of the Mosaic his. nection with each other, fill us with astontory, in the traditions current among them. ishment. Were the Mosaic record a fable, For ages prior to the time when Colum- an invention of the imagination, this would, bus revealed the new world to the old one, indeed, be matter of astonishment; but to this continent had been inhabited by a va- us, it is what might be expected; it is riety of populations in different states of the spontaneous and overwhelming corcivilized and savage life, unknown to the roboration of the account given of an actual rest of mankind, and maintaining no kind occurrence by the faithful pencil of inof intercourse with them. The general spiration. Turn we, then, our attention prevalence of a belief in a general deluge for a little while to the Scriptural narraamong a people thus situated, is strong tive of this great catastrophe.
The wickedness of the human race Noah had walked for so many years, would having increased to such an extent that still be with him, in what otherwise would God determined to visit them with swift have been a dreary solitude. And the destruction, he communicated his purpose Lord, says the sacred writer, the Lord to Noah; with thee, says the Almighty, shut him in, and by the same act, of course, I will establish my covenant. By special shut the others out. O, what an hour was directions from heaven an ark is built ; its that! the door was shut! an event probsize, and shape, and doors, and windows, ably in the mind of the Saviour when, urgare planned by infinite wisdom ; Noah the ing men to strive to enter in at the strait builder, God himself the architect. gate, he adds : When once the master of
It has been strangely supposed by some, the house is risen up, and hath shut to that Noah was occupied in building the the door, and ye begin to stand without ark for the long period of one hundred and and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, twenty years. There is no warrant for Lord, open unto us, he shall answer and the supposition. It has arisen from the say unto you, I know you not. declaration of the Almighty when he said, And now the sky is gathering blackness, My Spirit shall not always strive with the vivid lightnings and pealing thunder man, yet his days shall be one hundred and proclaim, in terrible language, God's day twenty years ; by which he intimates that of vengeance! All nature shudders at he will yet in his long-suffering bear with the frown of his anger. The rain dehim for that space, if perchance he will scends faster, and with still increasing vioimprove it, and repent that he may find lence, for now, in the language of the mercy. How long a time Noah was occu- sacred writer, the windows of heaven are pied, or what assistance he had in building opened. The waters, which he tells us it, is of little moment. It appeared, doubt- were above the firmament and separated less, to those who gazed upon it in its pro- from those below on the second day of the gress, much as many esteem the efforts of creation, now descend in violent masses Christians nowadays for their own salva- upon the doomed earth. To mingle with tion and that of their friends; a work them, the fountains of the great deep are unnecessary, if not absurd and foolish.
broken up; rivers and seas overflow their The immense building being finished, the banks, and rush together. In wild conanimal and the feathered tribes, probably fusion, the startled inhabitants run to and by a special instinct, are seen flocking fro: multitudes perish ere they can escape together, of the clean by pairs, of the un- from the valleys and the plains ; but there clean by sevens; they enter the ark, where is yet safety in the high hills: the lofty suitable provision had been already stored; mountains will afford security : thither in and at length, every necessary preparation wild despair they fly. A week elapses, a being made, the day of vengeance dawns second, and a third pass, and still the upon the world. It found the human fam- waters increase : gnawing hunger now ily still heedless; they were marrying and heightens the agony of those who still giving in marriage ; some absorbed in survive, and with cannibal ferocity the schemes of pleasure, others grasping after strong destroy the weak. But the foamwealth : all alike indifferent to the threat- ing waters still gain upon them ; they proenings of Jehovah ; all alike regardless of long their misery a little while by climbing Noah's warning voice. It was on the the highest trees; to them they cling with seventeenth day of the second month, frantic despair ; they hear the unavailing answering to the seventh of December, in shrieks of relatives and friends, as one by the six hundredth year of Noah's age, and one they drop into the flood; many behold, in the year from the creation, one thousand too, at a distance, that only place of safety six hundred and fifty-six, that God gives which, when building, they ridiculed, the command to Noah to enter into the which, when they might, they refused to ark with his wife, and his sons, and his enter. Like him, of whom the Saviour sons' wives with him. The command did spake, when, in hell, he saw Lazarus afar I say? I am mistaken. The language off, with an impassable gulf between them, of the Almighty is rather that of kind and they see the ark floating serenely upon personal invitation : it is not go, but come! the billows; its precious inmates safe, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; and God himself the pilot. But the storm implying evidently that He, with whom / is still increasing : the waters continue to
rise, and now the last strong man (he has “I did, most assuredly, dear. But”been clinging to the branches of the loft- abruptly changing the subject—" it's very iest cedar with the energy of desperation) strange Charlie Stevens wasn't here tobecomes faint;
night. I missed the old fellow all the time. “ No sound is heard, except the bubbling cry Perhaps he's ill. I must go round to the
Of that strong swimmer in his agony;" bank to-morrow morning, and see what's a chilling numbness seizes him; he falls the matter."
Marion blushed again—not from pleasinto the foaming flood, and the hoarse winds chant a melancholy requiem, which, wished that she had asked her husband's
ure this time—and for a moment she mingled with his last shriek, proclaims friend to the party; but the truth must that all is over: the earth one vast ocean,
come out now. that ocean the grave of all who rejected the proffered mercy of Jehovah.
• Fred, you remember you told me I might give out all the invitations to this
“ Well, I didn't invite Charles Stevens." A LESSON FOR YOUNG WIVES.
“ Didn't invite him, Marion ?" said is a prevailing fault of young wives Frederic, in a tone between surprise and
their husbands. It is not exactly jealousy, vented you ?" but something very like it, and “the Anglo “ Because—because-Fred, I don't like Saxon" tells an admirable story illustrating hiin as well as you do. He comes here, its folly and inculcating a good moral. and takes you away from me many evenFrederic Wilmer had been married about ings, and seems to consider his claims three months. His wife, Marion, loved greater than my own.” him as a wife ought to love her husband, Frederic gave a significant whistle. and was happy, but in her cup of bliss “Now, don't look so cross, Fred,” there was one bitter drop. Her husband pleaded the wife, laying her hand on her had a friend, one Charlie Stevens, to whom husband's shoulder. the pretty Marion thought he paid too much “Marion, I would not have had you attention. She determined to have that done this thing for a thousand parties,” he friendship ruptured, that, as she was her said, sternly. “Charlie Stevens is a true husband's best, so she should be his only friend to me, and would go farther to serve friend. The young couple gave a large me than all the people together who were party, and when the guests were all gone, here to-night."
Well, haven't we had a good time, This praise was not pleasant to the Fred ?" said the young wife, as she threw young wife. A little frown gathered over herself down by the side of her husband, her face. and surveyed, with real pleasure, the dis “I think you set quite too much store ordered parlor, and the tables confusedly by this friend of yours," she said. “I scattered over with heaps of china, and can't, for my part, see in what his great glass, and silver, intermixed with broken merit or attractions consist.” pieces of cake, and fruit, and cream. “ In his noble soul and in his warm heart,
“ Yes, a most delectable one; and do Marion. I must call upon him to-morrow, you know what I thought when you stood and make up this matter, somehow. It at the table, Marion ?"
will be a disagreeable business, though." Looking down, and smiling with the Marion burst into tears. dark blue eyes in her face, she replied : “And make your wife ridiculous by
“No; something I shall like to hear." throwing the blame on her. I would not
“ That, though there were a great many have believed you could do this, Fred, even lovely women around me, none, after all, for Charles Stevens's sake!" could compare with a certain Marion Wil Her tears softened the young husband mer.”
at once, and he was ready to promise al“0, Fred! did you think that ?" And most anything to call back the old smiles she looked doubly beautiful now, with the to that bright face; then he saw clearly smile coming up into her blue eyes, and that he could not apologize to his friend the blush into her fair cheeks.
without implicating Marion, and he finally
concluded to let the matter drop, hoping he found a large addition had just been that Charlie would hear nothing about the made to the party, and among them was party. And so Marion Wilmer had tri- his old friend, Charles Stevens. They umphed. With her woman's arts and met cordially, of course, with mutual exfears she had come between her husband pressions of surprise and pleasure, which and the best friend he had on earth. How were interrupted by the hurried preparamany a wife has done such a thing? tions to embark.
The sailing-boat was not large, and, Frederic Wilmer and Charles Stevens when all the ladies were seated, the boatdid not meet for several days after this ; men thought it unsafe to put off with so and when the former called to invite his large a company. On this account, a friend to dine with him, he felt at once that number of the gentlemen volunteered to he was no longer the Charles Stevens of take a small boat that lay on the shore the old time. He talked and joked after near them, and among these were Charles the old fashion, and said the old words, but Stevens and Frederic Wilmer. his manner, and even his very smile, had It was a beautiful day when the two lost their old heartiness ; and Frederic boats swept from the shore, the one ridfelt it all.
ing the waves with her white sails leaping Men have not the tact of women, in to the wind, and her green sides breasting making graceful apologies, or getting out the blue waters, as if she knew and reof an awkward dilemma. The young joiced in the proud manhood and womanly merchant had it several times at “his loveliness which she carried. tongue's end” to allude to the party, and The small boat was quite filled by the apologize in some way for the inadvertency six gentlemen on board of her, who, waron his part. But he could not implicate ing their hats to the ladies, plied their oars Marion, and he was too conscientious to right bravely, as they followed in the wake tell a falsehood. So they parted, and of the larger boat. Charles Stevens did not come to dinner, Again the heavens grew black with because an imperative engagement pre- great masses of cloud. The wind freshvented; and after this Marion had Fred-ened. The two boats had separated long eric all the evening to herself.
before this ; but now both were turned
homeward. Fiercer and fiercer stormed The afternoon wore brightly on; but, the wind, madly hurling up the waves : ere long, the wind sprung up and strength and the boats, now far apart, rocked and ened, and thick black clouds began to pile quivered as they plowed through the white themselves in the sky.
Frederic Wilmer and Charles Stevens “I'm very sorry you can't go, Marion ; were the only two on board the smaller but I'll run down and tell them not to wait boat who understood perfectly how to for me, as I shan't leave you alone." manage her, and she was by no means
“Yes, you will, Fred,"answered Marion, well constructed to ride against the wind. lifting her head from the pillow, and faintly Two of the gentlemen, thoughtlessy standsmiling. “I shall sleep until your return; ing up in it, grew dizzy, lost their equilibriso your being here will do me no good. um, and, in attempting to regain it, fell to Kiss me now, and run off.”
one side, nearly capsizing the boat. In Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer had ridden down Fred's alarm, the oar fell from his hand with a large party to the shore that day ; into the sea. He leaned over, making a but she had been taken ill with a severe quick, blind motion to secure it; the boat headache, to which she was subject, and dipped again, and when she righted a obliged to keep her chamber in the hotel, second time, Frederic Wilmer was in the while the rest of the party were preparing sea. to go off on a sailing excursion.
He was not an expert swimmer, and, Well, then, if you insist upon my going, after battling for a moment with those good-by,” and Wilmer laid back the up wild waves, he went down, and there was lifted hand very tenderly on the pillow, and none to save him. left his wife to that best physician of head The men in the boat sat horror bound. and heart aches-sleep.
None of them, except Charles Stevens, When the young man reached the shore, I could swim well, and the shore was at a
it would have been certain death. It was evening, and Mr. and Mrs. Wil
distance ; to have committed themselves to the mer, with Charles Stevens, sat together
in one of the chambers of the hotel. Frederic Wilmer rose again ; and “Charles, my dear old fellow, to think Charles Stevens saw that wild, white up- I owe my life to you!” said the young Jifted face-the face that had beamed up merchant, lifting up his pale face from along his path from boy into manhood, the hand that rested on the arm of his and his heart stood still for pity.
chair, for he had not yet regained his A moment more, and he had thrown strength. “ There are debts too great for down the oar, and sprung into the waves. a man ever to cancel; there is a gratitude
He clutched the young merchant by his too deep for words. Charlie, what shall long hair, and beat out for the shore. It I say to you ?" was a terrible struggle for life. Frederic Nothing at all, Fred. It is enough was completely exhausted, and soon little of reward to me to think that I saved you." more than a dead weight upon his friend ; “ And to-night, if it were not for you, but courage and skill triumphed at last, Charles” — she had never called him and, thoroughly exhausted himself, Charles Charles before—"instead of sitting here by Stevens drew his friend upon the shore. Fred's side, a happy, happy wife, I should
“My husband ! my husband! Is he have been —” drowned ?”
The lady could not finish the sentence, White as the dead were Marion Wil- for the tears that sprung up from her mer's lips as they asked this question, heart into her eyes—those eyes that bent while she stood upon the wet sand, with down on the young man, from their blue the rain beating through her long, unbound depths, a glance of gratitude that he hair.
thought repaid him fully for all he had The storm had roused her from her sleep, done. He smiled lightly. and she had rushed out on the piazza, “ You would have made a charming straining her eyes for the large vessel, widow, certainly, Mrs. Wilmer; but, notwhich was not in sight, and in which she withstanding, I had rather see you a lovfully believed her husband had sailed with ing wife.” the party.
She observed the smaller And then the memory of their recent boat, and thought it was filled by a com- neglect of Charles Stevens smote the pany of fishermen, who would understand heart of both husband and wife ; but Mamanaging it well enough. But her eyes rion felt it far more keenly of the two. were bent in another direction, and it was She was an impulsive little woman, and, not until the swimmers nearly reached the in her gratitude for the life more precious shore, that they attracted her attention. than her own, which he had saved, her
Suddenly a change came over her face. pride entirely vanished, and she determShe grasped the railing of the piazza, ined to confess the wrong she had done and gazed with distended eyes and quiv- the preserver of her husband. ering lips on the two heads that one mo- “I am very much ashamed of it, but I ment rose, and the next were buried under can't keep it back now," she said, turning
round her tearful face, and flashing up It was some distance to the shore, and through it her smiles on the young man; the young men reached it before she did, “but I was really jealous of you, Charles, though she rushed almost like a spirit over and—and when I gave my last party, I the sharp rocks and wet sands.
just didn't invite you, because I thought “No, he'll revive soon; don't be alarm- my husband would care less for me, if he ed !” said Charles Stevens to the fright- loved you so much. It was very, very ened wife, and then fell down on the wicked, and God has punished me for this ground, overcome by his long struggle feeling; but still, if you knew what a with the waves.
young wife's tenderness is for her husband, There was help at hand, and the two you would not find it so hard to-to do young men were conveyed to the hotel, what, with these tears of penitence and and, in a short time, both were restored shame, I ask you now to do — forgive to consciousness, to learn that the storm had abated, and that both the boats had, “ To be sure I will," answered the hearty after imminent peril, reached the shore. tones of Charles Stevens, as he lifted the