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And pour

Yeguardian angels bright, that shield old England's CLIMBING over a layer of congealed snow, strand,

hardened, I imagine, by the falling steam of the hot down richest blessings upon her happy spring, I saw right before me three jets of steaming land,

water--the largest one several inches in diameter Now shed your choicest favors, from Plenty's -shooting from the high, steep bank of the little golden urn,

stream, through the massive unyielding rock, and To welcome with rejoicing the “Wanderer's sending the steam high up into the clear atmoReturn."

sphere. The sight was most beautiful. The steep Lo! Spring has shed her mantle o'er mountain bank, and the boiling hot water, which shot hissing and o'er plain,

out, while flakes of snow lodged close around the and wild flowers by the road-side are smiling edge of it, was a strange spectacle in such a region bright again;

of frost. High over the edge of the bank hung an He is travel-stained and

immense quantity of snow, like a monstrous featherfrom where

weary, scorching sunbeams burn,

bed just ready to slip down by its own weight. The Then smile, oh! gentlest Spring-time, on the steam kept licking the lower parts of the heap; “Wanderer's Return."

while the sharp south-wester, which blew through

the dale, hardened the crust, and retained the snow From sweetest bowers summon the scented in its precarious position. The steam itself conzephyr's wing,

gealed and was transformed into icicles, and thus And bid it o'er his pathway a song of England served to prop the snow like so many columns. sing,

Out of this self-formed winter palace rose the steam Of green fields and of valleys, and dells of waving vapor; and the warm sun, shining upon it, changed fern,

it into myriads of glowing pearls, tinged with the That spread their leaves rejoicing in the “Wan- most radiant and beautiful colors of the rainbow. derer's Return."

-GERSTAECKER's Journey Round the World. Bid the waves with softest cadence, that dash along the strand,

DEFECTS IN MODERN EDUCATION. Murmuring, sing their welcome to his own, his native land,

OUR ASYLUMS are now affording proofs And the white old cliffs of England, so stately innumerable, of the error that exists in the

and time-worn, Rear their aged heads in sunshine on the "Wan early education of children. Their brain derer's Return."

is unfitted for the task assigned it, and in

later years the result is insanity. This is And ye, guardian angels, watch him ; hover round just what might be anticipated. with viewless wing ;

There are two classes of individuals to And o'er his pathway sunshine and early blossoms whom the truth, that the mind influences the

fling; Speed him on his journey, to his home where fond body, and through the body itself, ought

to be a subject of serious consideration-pubWith anxious longing always, for the " Wanderer's lic men and parents. It is the vice of the Return."

aye to substitute learning for wisdom, to

educate the head, and to forget that there From that home for many a year, at morning and is a more important education necessary

for the heart. The reason is cultivated at Earnest prayers for the beloved one have sought an age when nature does not furnish the

the gate of Heaven, That blessings might be showered from Mercy's vation of it; and the child is solicited

elements necessary to a successful cultiflowing urn, And our waiting hearts be gladdened by the to reflection when he is only capable of sen“Wanderer's Return."

sation and emotion. In infancy, the atten

tion and the memory are only excited strongly Lo! now our prayers are answered; and the God by things which impress the senses, and of Peace and Love

move the heart; and a father shall instil Has sent into our dwelling bright joy from Heaven more solid and available instruction in one

above; Then smile, oh! gentle flowers ; murmur softly, goodness are exemplified, seen, and felt,

hour spent in the fields, where wisdom and gentle burn; FOR TO

than in a month spent in the study, where “ WANDERER'S RETURN!”

they are expounded in stereotyped aphoALICE.

risms. May, 1852.

No physician doubts that precocious

children, in fifty cases for one, are much MODERN RELIGION.

the worse for the discipline they have under

gone. The mind seems to have been strained, The art of appearing what you are not ; and the and the foundations of insanity are laid. practice of hating bitterly the creed of every one

the studies of maturer years are who differs from yourself.

stuffed into the head of a child, people do

hearts yearn,

at even,





not reflect on the anatomical fact, that the

THE YEW TREE, brain of an infant is not the brain of a man; that the one is confirmed, and can bear THIS BEAUTIFUL TREE is supposed, in exertion, the other is growing, and requires former ages, to have prevailed in Ireland, as repose ; that to force the attention to ab- an aboriginal, by the number discovered in stract facts, to load the memory with chrono- a fossil state; though at present, there are logical and historical or scientific detail ; in said to be none but planted yews in that short, to expect a child's brain to bear with country. Those trees, situated in the accesimpunity the exertions of a man's—is just as sible parts of the mountains, are generally rational as it would be to hazard the same cut down and brought to market for chairs sort of experiment on its muscles.

and steps of ladders; for which use their duraThe first eight or ten years of life should bility renders them valuable, while others unbe devoted to the education of the heart, to assailable by man, for a number of years, the formation of principles, rather than to bid defiance to the acquirement of what is usually termed The raging tempests and the mountains' roar, knowledge. Nature herself points out such Which bind them to their native hills the more. a course; for the emotions are then the

Strutt, in his “Sylva Britannica," gives liveliest, and most easily moulded, being as yet unalloyed by passion. It is from this some admirable representations of these insource that the mass of men are hereafter to Fountain Abbey, Yorkshire, supposed to

teresting trees: as the very ancient ones at draw their sum of happiness or misery; the have existed anterior to the foundation of actions of the immense majority are, under the monastery, or at least coeval with that all circumstances, determined much more by date (1128). "Of six remaining, one measures feeling than by reflection ; in truth, life pre. 26 feet in girt at 3 feet from the ground; and sents an infinity of occasions where it is the Fortingal Yew, in the churchyard, amid essential to happiness that we should feel the Grampian mountains, though now disrightly-very few where it is at all necessary joined by the lapse of many centuries, when that we should think profoundly.

entire, according to Pennant, was 56 feet in

circumference. At Marthy, Worcestershire, THE HORRORS OF PRIDE.

grows one twelve yards round; and an extraordinary tree of the same kind may yet be

seen in the palace garden at Richmond, Though Pride may show some nobleness

planted three days before the birth of Queen When honor's its ally,

Elizabeth. But still more interesting is the Yet there is such a thing on earth

justly celebrated yew, at Ankerwyke, near As holding heads too high !

Staines (fifty feet high, and in girt, three The sweetest bird builds near the ground, feet above the ground, twenty-seven feet), to

The loveliest flower springs low; which, and the current tradition connected And we must stoop for happiness,

therewith, as standing in the vicinity of RunIf we its worth would know.

nymede, Fitzgerald thus alludes : Like water that encrusts the rose,

Here patriot barons might have musing stood, Still haru'ning to its core,

And planned the charter for their country's good. So Pride encases human hearts

But for an unrivalled poetical description Until they feel no more.

of extraordinary yew trees, we are indebted Shut up

within themselves they live, to the muse of Wordsworth :-
And selfishly they end
A life, that never kindness did

There is a yew tree, pride of Lorton Vale,
To kindred, or to friend!

Which to this day stands single in the midst

Of its own darkness, as it stood of yore,
Whilst Virtue, like the dew of Heaven Nor loth to furnish weapons in the hands
Upon the heart descends,

Of Umphraville or Percy, ere they marched
And draws its hidden sweetness out, To Scotland's heaths, or those that cross'd the
The more-as more it bends !

For there's a strength in lowliness

And drew their sounding bows at Azincour ;
Which nerves us to endure ;-

Perhaps of early Cressy—or Poictiers.
A heroism in distress

Of vast circumference, and gloom profound,
Which renders victory sure !

This solitary tree! a living thing,

Produced too slowly ever to decay ;
The humblest being born, is great,

Of form and aspect too magnificent
If true to his degree;

To be destroyed—but worthier still of note
His virtue illustrates his fate,

Are those fraternal four of Borrow Dale,
Whatever that may be !

Joined in one solemn and capacious grove ;
Thus, let us daily learn to love

Huge trunks! and each particular trunk a growth
Simplicity and worth ;-

Of intertwisted fibres serpentine,
For not the eagle, but the Dove,

Upcoiling, and inocterately convolved,
Brought peace unto the earth!

Nor uninformed with phantasy, and looks


around us,

That threaten the profane ; a pillared shade,

Upon whose glassy floor of red-brown hue,
By sheddings from the pining umbrage tinged,
Perennially, beneath whose sable root

Oh! these are the words that eternally utter
Of boughs, as if for festal purpose decked

The spell that is seldom cast o'er us in vain; With unrejoicing berries, ghostly shapes With the wings and the wand of a fairy they futter, May meet at noon-tide— Fear and trembling And draw a charmed circle about us again. hope,

We return to the spot where our Infancy Silence and foresight-death the skeleton,

gambolled; And time the shadow, there to celebrate,

We linger once more in the haunts of our Youth ; As in a natural temple, scatter'd o'er

We re-tread where young Passion first stealthily With altars undisturbed of mossy stone,

rambled, United worship, or in mute repose

And whispers are heard full of Nature and Truth, To lie, and listen to the mountain flood,

Saying,“ Don't you remember?" Murmuring from Glennamara's inmost cave.

We treasure the picture where Color seems The cause of the general introduction of breathing the yew tree into cemeteries has been dif- In lineaments mocking a long-worshipped face; ferently surmised. The following explanation We are proud of some trees in a chain of close seems sufficiently probable. The sacred

wreathing, funeral yew, well calculated to give solemnity Oh! what is the secret that giveth them power

And gold-links of Ophir are poor in its place. to the village churchyard, and from its un

To fling out a star on our darkest of ways ? changing foliage and enduring nature, fit em- 'Tis the tone of Affection--Life's holiest powerblem of immortality, has ever been associated That murmurs about them, and blissfully says, with religious observances. When anciently

“Don't you remember? it was the custom, as it still is in Catholic The voice of Old Age, while it tells some old story, countries, to carry palms on Palm Sunday,

· Exults o'er the tale with fresh warmth in the the yew was substituted on such occasion för

breast; the palm. Two or three trees, the usual As the haze of the twilight e'er deepens the glory number growing in church-yards, were

Of beams that are fast going down in the west. enough for such purposes. Of these, one, When the friends of our boyhood are gathered at least, was more especially consecrated, and was then estimated at twenty times the value The spirit retraces its wild-flower track ; of less hallowed trees of its own kind, and The heart is still held by the strings that first double that of the finest oak, as appears from ancient record. An extract from Caxton's And feeling keeps singing, while wandering Directions for keeping Feasts all the Year,


Don't printed in 1483, may be considered decisive

you remember?" on this subject. In the lecture for Palm When those whom we prized have departed for Sunday, the writer, after giving the Scrip- ever, ture account of our Saviour's triumphant Yet perfume is shed o'er the cypress we twine ; entry into Jerusalem, proceeds thus : Yes, fond Recollection refuses to sever, “Wherefore holy chirche this day makyth And turns to the past, like a saint to the solemne processyon in mind of the


processyon that Cryst made this day. But for Praise carved on the marble is often deceiving, eucheson that we have nou olyve that berith But the strongest of love and the purest of grieving

of the stranger is all it may claim; green leaf, algate therefore we take ewe in

Are heard when lips dwell on the missing one's stead of palm and olyve, and berin about in processyon, and so is thys day called Palm

SAYING, Don'T YOU REMEMBER ? " Sunday" In confirmation, we may add, that the yews

MOUNT ETNA IN WINTER. in the church-yards of East Kent are, at this day, called palms. Small branches were I saw Mount Etna in its winter character at the likewise wont to be borne at funeral solem- beginning of March, 1830. Three-fourths of the nities, and cast into the grave. It is remark- mountain, namely, the whole of the naked, and able that bodies interred beneath the shade almost the whole of the wooded zones, lay beneath of trees, return to their pristine dust in a an unbroken covering of snow; while, at the base, very few years, perhaps one third less time all the fields were clothed in the brightest green of than when deposited in the open ground. spring. Peas, beans, and fax, were already in full This rapid decay may be in some degree blossom; the flowers of the almond had fallen, and occasioned by the perpetual percolation of given place to the leaves; and the fig-leaves were concentrated moisture, and the comparative with hyacinths, narcissus, crocuses, anemones, and

beginning to unfold. The meadows were decorated absence of sun and air. That our mortal re- countless other flowers. 'Etna stood there as an mains should be laid to rest beneath such enormous cone of snow, with its base encircled by natural canopy, seems almost an inherent a gigantic wreath of flowers.-Schouw's Earth, propensity in human nature. Puss.

Plants, and Man.

bound us,





footman or our housemaid, or any man or

maid on the face of the earth, destroyed at WE HAVE, MORE THAN ONCE, at all events one fell swoop the labor of years, we verily half, wished that we could conscientiously believe the readers of next morning's Times adopt the creed of the “poor Indian," who would have been horrified by three entire _"Thinks, admitted to an equal sky,

columns of “awful murder and felo-de-se." His faithful dog shall bear him company;

But had it been thou, oh, Rover, our little but, alas ! he is of “the brutes that perish;" harmless, playful doggie, thou who didst and the wish is an idle, it may be a murmur.

never provoke one frown of anger upon our ing one. But that a dog has nothing more

brow, but one way of thy tail dispelled it in than mere instinct-that a dog doesn't think, Hadst done the wrong, we should, with all

a moment—had it been thou, we say, who we defy the most learned Theban that ever the meekness of the immortal philosopher, wrote or lectured to convince us. We do

have not mean to say that he is a philosopher, or

Zounds, sir! what did your dog know a moralist, or a poet; but he feels and he

all this while ?" reasons, for all that-and he shames

“Why, sir,-he knew we were going out ought to shame, not a few of his

for a walk!"

Dot. lords and masters.

When we threw down our newspaper this morning after breakfast, and sauntered to GULLS AND THEIR VICTIMS. the parlor window for the mere purpose, as an ordinary observer would have conjectured,

THE MATRIMONIAL FLAT-CATCHER. of standing there with our hands in our

(Continued from Page 11.) pockets—our children didn't know it—the wife of our bosom didn't know it—we scarcely WE ENTERED INTO A FULL EXPOSURE, even knew it ourselves—but Rover, our dog, in our January number, of certain ignorant knew it; and he came frisking and bounding and unprincipled quacks, who deluged the from his prescriptive corner of the hearth town with their deceptive advertisements ; rug, and looking up in our face, and bow- luring thousands into their deep-laid snares, wow-ing (for which we first thrashed him and practising seriously upon the wits bodily, and then ourselves mentally, though, as well as the purses of their numerous in truth, the cuff we gave him would hardly dupes. We have reason to believe that have sufficed to disturb the most superannu. our exposure was attended with some beneated flea of the tribe which made in him their ficial results. dwelling), and running to the door, and Another of these advertising sharks is scampering back again, and then jumping in the field; and we are requested by & bolt upright as high as he could jump, and correspondent, to register her among the looking as if he would give his ears to say other speckled birds. Her avowed name bow-wow once more-only he durst not- is Madame Maxwell; and her mission, she tells and so, as it was there ready at his tongue's us, is to bring about unions between people of end, easing it off gently through his teeth in opposite sentiments, rendering the matter the shape of a sort of pleasurable growl; delightfully pleasant to both;" and being and then lying down, and yet peering up in all cases "highly successful.” This from ever into our face with a kind of half suppli- the mouth of a woman ! cating, half reproachful expression, which We should have let this pretender pass said, as plainly as looks can say, "Well, I'm down the stream of time forgotten, had we almost afraid it's of no use, but I won't give not observed how energetically she is adit up for all that," and then—" Bless my vertising, and spreading her nets to catch soul! are we to be kept a whole month the unwary. She is a first-rate artiste in learning what this dog of yours did know?" humbug; consequently, her victims are

Now, thank your stars, good readers, that numerous. Her presumption is only exwe are of a placid and gentle disposition, ceeded by her gross indelicacy, or rather for, by that intemperate interruption of yours, profligacy. you have cut short one of the most faithful Her mode of procedure is this. AII touches of description that we have penned persons who want to "win a lover," as she for this many a day. Had we been sudden terms it, are to enclose her thirteen stamps, and quick in quarrel, it might have cost you and she will then furnish them full instrucmore than the loss of the picture you have tions.* These instructions are received in so unceremoniously marred. But, alas ! you feel it not-we say to you as Sir Isaac said to bis spaniel, “ Ah! Diamond! Diamond ! note, the report of a curious" action " recently

* We may very appositely introduce here, in a thou little knowest what mischief thou hast brought to recover fifteen shillings. Mr. Gay, done !" Had we been in the knight's place it appears, wanted a wife, and did not know how on that most trying occasion, and had our to " set about " getting one. What an odd idea the form of a small printed book ; consisting she keeps “a stock on hand " of lads and of some seven pages. It is entitled “Matri- lasses, men and women-all ready and eager mony made Easy. There is also another for partnership-only waiting the waving of abomination, called the “Etiquette of Love.” her wand. We shall not waste time nor

In these books, the strictest secresy is space upon this most infamous book ; but we promised to be observed. Of course! Now notice it, for the sake of seeing whether such the iniquity of this, must be self-evident : a system cannot be put a stop to. It genders for so artfully are

the advertisements an amount of moral evil which it is perfectly worded, that victims innumerable must fall terrible to contemplate. into this creature's clutches. It appears that We hardly need say, that when a woman

is bad, she knows no bounds. Whether it is, for people to want “assistance ” in so plea- | Madame Maxwell is bad, let our readers judge. sant an occupation as wooing! We confess We Her book ends thus :cannot understand it at all. To oblige Mr. Gay, a friend, Mr. Paine, feigned illness; and by these I feel increased confidence in publishing my means, Mr. Gay got a “nice” introduction to a system of "introduction ;" and shall with much delightful family. He slipped in as a doctor! pleasure advise any person, male or female, by Oh, fie Mr. Gay! But here is the Report :- | letter or otherwise, on any difficult point, draw up “Mr. Gay was a surgeon, of Old Brompton, and and insert their advertisement in the most eligible the defendant, Mr. Paine, is an unmarried gentle- medium, arrange for a private address; and then man, of Wellington-square, Chelsea. Mr. Gay forward their letters. Indeed, I will conduct the said he had supplied the defendant with a mixture matter to a successful issue. The strictest and a box of pills, and had attended him six secresy will be observed; and, be it remembered, times; for which visits he charged half-a-crown there is such novelty and fascination about the each. He had not charged for the mixture. Mr. system of courtship, that none can resist its capDelamere, the defendant's solicitor, said that his tivating influence. There is also another way by client resided with a gentleman at Brompton, who which the above object can be realised. I am had a family of beautiful daughters. Mr. Gay, daily in communication with hundreds, of the who was a single man, was anxious to obtain an highest respectability, of both sexes, as to ages, introduction to the young ladies, with the view classes, and conditions (having at the present to choose a wife. With this object he sought the moment the names of thirty-five titled persons in services of Mr. Paine, who very foolishly pre- my list), who are anxious to form matrimonial tended to be ill; and, accordingly, the professional alliances. It therefore necessarily follows, that services of Mr. Gay were sought to alleviate the ! can generally introduce any person to a partner sufferings of the patient. Mr. Paine, on being in every way suited to their fancy, possessing all called, stated that Mr. Gay informed him of his the qualities essential to happiness; and render wish to pay his attentions to a nice young lady, as the married state, what indeed it ought to be, an he was sick of being single-(laughter) -and he earthly paradise of bliss. intreated witness to introduce him to

Thus it will appear, that although I have re(laughter): He mentioned and recommended the commended advertising, such a course is rarely young ladies at their house ; but how to get an necessary; that is, where my correspondents will introduction was, for some time, a poser to them- avail themselves of my experience; for(as I before (laughter). It could only be carried out by strata- intimated) being in communication with hundreds, gem; and it was devised by plaintiff and himself both male and female, of the first respectability that he (defendant) should fall ill——(roars of and standing in society, I can always introduce laughter)-and write a letter to Mr. Gay to visit the exact style of person that is required, and will him-(prolonged merriment). He felt unwell— pledge myself not to introduce any who I am (laughter)—and wrote the note proposed by Mr. not fully satisfied are in every way eligible. All Gay :-“Dear Sir, I want to see you imme- those who may feel diffident, may rest assured diately. I am alarmingly ill. Yours, &c. Post- that, with my mediation, an introduction can be script. Only myself and the Misses- -at home, my arranged with the nicest delicacy and secresy--boy- (shouts of merriment).” Mr. Gay came im while all may be married if they will only avail mediately. There was nothing whatever the themselves of my recommendations. Marriages matter with him—(laughter)--and he never took promising the happiest results are almost daily the stuff that was sent, but threw it to the dogs- occurring through my assistance, and I hope that (renewed laughter). As to the six visits the plain- all my readers will have more good sense than to tiff had charged him for, it was a downright" do." allow their prospects of future happiness to be in At any rate, five out of the six visits were paid to any way impeded by the silly forms of etiquette ! the young ladies, and Mr. Gay had the modesty I shall be happy to arrange the whole matter for and impudence to charge him half-a-crown for each any person, on condition of receiving part of any of the wooing visits-(shouts of laughter). Besides amount agreed upon at the commencement of my that, he was invited to dinner each time. He had services, with an understanding that I receive the never had any rash, saving the rashness of intro- remainder when marriage is effected; and if ducing the plaintiff to his friends. The judge favored by letter or otherwise with full particulars (Adolphus): I think, if it be a joke, it ought to as to age, appearance, circumstances, prospects, be followed out-(laughter). Fifteen shillings is, &c., &c., with the style of partner preferred-all perhaps, too much to pay for it. My judgment this can be settled to the satisfaction of both will be for ten shillings, and that is not too much parties previous to the first interview, which may for a rich joke like this."— [Dirt cheap!! En. K.J. I take place at my residence--it being excellently


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