« السابقةمتابعة »
they are wrong in their conjectures about your hav- No,” said Jesse," I struck into it when I dag ing sent her away; but if you would not be offend- the cellar deeper to make my floor dry, and I found ed with an old friend for saying so, I would say that it was ihe entrance to the land of shadows and that when Elizabeth reappears, as she soon will, visions, so I pot steps to it for the convenience of you ought forth with to declare your consent to her descending and ascending. Here, my father," marriage with Jesse Ballentyne."
said he, "take this candle and follow me; mother To make a long story short, Dr. Heilbrun, who will follow you. Do as I do." was sitting with Mr. and Mrs. Steinbach alone, So saying he began to descend, back foremost, easily persuaded them to promise that if Elizabeth on account of the sleepness of their stair steps, reappeared she should marry Ballentyne, now that which lapped over one another. They descended his relations were leaving the country. They be about six feel 10 a flat rock under the cellar walls, gan to suspect that the Doctor had some hand in which rested on a rock above. Between was an the disappearance of Elizabeth, and that this mys- opening three and a half feet high and fifteen interious affair had some relation to Jesse Ballentyne; ches wide, leading almost horizontally under the but what motive could have actuated those con- hill at the end of the house. About twenty feet cerned in it, or what end they could propose to ef- from the foot of the steps the passage widened and fect by the proceeding was as mysterious as the rose over head in the dimensions of a small room. mode and place of Elizabeth's concealment. Here was a wooden chest, out of which Jesse took
The next morning at breakfast, Ballentyne said two oil cloths formed into hoods to cover the head with a smiling countenance to Mr. and Mrs. Stein- and shoulders. These he put upon his compasbach, that he had had a strange dream : an angel ions, instead of hat and bonnet, which he deposited had appeared to him and instructed him how he in the chest. Thence also he took two long pibe might guide them to Elizabeth's place of conceal- torches, and having lit one of them by a candle, ment. "If you will come to my room after break. and then put the candle into a lantera as a resource fast (said he) I will conduct you to her; for I have if the torch should happen to be extinguished, he full faith in my dream, and engage in two hours said, “now we are prepared for dreams and visions : time to restore her to your arms safe and sound. you have your dream caps on, and I have the vis. But then you must accompany me to the land of inn forch that is to reveal to you this glorious laad dreams and visions : there we shall find her." of shades."
This speech made the old people stare. They In a few yards they come to a streamlet, the feared that he had lost his wits. However, as he same that George and Jesse had seen in gestelappeared to be in earnest, they promised to come day's exploration. to his room in an hour.
Here," said Jesse, “is the spring branch. It When they came he locked the door behind them. tried to get out by the way we came ; but finding His window was closely curtained, and a candle it uphill business, it squeezed through that crevica was burning on the table. He unlocked his closet there and got out under the kitchen. See what a door, brought forth another candle and lit it. Hold- pretty basin it makes here. You would say it was ing one in each hand he asked them to look into only four,inches deep: it is four times fonr at least. the closet while he held the candles over their But let us follow up the stream, you can walk safely heads, that they might see every thing distinctly. on this icy border." " You see that there is nothing remarkable in the Thus he led them by an easy way to the great bail appearance of this closet," said he : "yet there is where the mysterious music was heard the day bea great mystery in it. Stand back a little, if you fore. Here he lit the o!her torch, to make more light. please, good father and mother, until I unfold its Whilst the old people gazed with wonder at the migmystery." They stood back seriously afraid that he nificent sight, and thought themselves in the land ef was crazed. Setting the candlesticks on the floor, visions indeed, Jesse began to sing. He had a rich and taking a screw driver from his table drawer he voice, and was the distinguished singer of the neighapplied it successfully to two large wood screws borhood. He sang but one stanza, which he seeds that fastened down the door-sill of the closet--the to have composed for the occasion. sill being only an oaken board an inch and a quar
Melodious Spirit, awake and sing. ter thick. When he removed the loose sill, two
Make these arches and curtain ring: rings appeared in the flooring plank. Taking hold Charm our ears with your spirit-roice, of them he lifted up the fore side of a trap-door,
And make the hearts you love rejoice. which formed the floor of the little closet. All this No sooner had the magical echoes of his voice occupied only two minutes.
gradually died away in the nooks and gzlleries Now," said he, taking up the candles, “look around, then they heard the sofiest and sweetest again into the closet.” They looked and saw a notes in the world, flvating around them, and drnarrow flight of steps descending from the closet ing away like angel-whispers. Then fter a short door. “Why how is this,” said Mr. Steinbach, pause, a voice clear and foll chanted a response to " there did not use to be a hole here."
Jesse's stanza, in these words :
To the land of the vision and dream have ye come, found themselves in the rock chamber with the
window looking out over the river. The entrance Here is peace when it storms above,
to this chamber had been closed by a quilt doubled Here is a resuge for ihose who love.
and hung before it as a blind. It was so much like When these lines were finished, the voice ceased the rock in color, that the passage seemed to have and the sweet echoes gradually died away. It was terminatell here, until Elizabeth suddenly drew impossible to conjecture whence the voice came. away the quilt and let the light flash opon the visWhen all was silent again, Jesse led them on to itor's eye. the farther end of the hall, where the passage The reader may imagine the surprise and the opened to the left. Here he stopped and sung the curiosity excited in the minds of the parents at following couplet :
thus finding their daughter well and joyful, yet beDaughter of music, awake again ;
traying no lilile embarrassment, from the consciousGuide us to thee with another strain.
ness that the explanations that were to follow might
not be altogether satisfactory. Immediately they heard the voice, apparently We shall wind up the story as briefly as possible bigher than before, sing these lines :
by giving the amount in a few words which she
and Jesse gave much more at large.
First, then, Elizabeih and Jesse, impelled by
indomitable love, had been clandestinely married This way," said Jesse, with eagerness ; " fol. in Pennsylvania, when she was staying there with low me."
her relations, and Jesse had gone, no one knew They followed all in amazement and with palpi- where. By letter they agreed to meet one evening tating hearts. They had all to stoop as they en- at the house of a certain magistrate, who for a tered the low passage through which the sounds double fee had agreed to marry them and keep had evidently come.
Presently the passage grew their secret. Elizabeth showed her parents the larger and higher. They clambered up a some- marriage certificate. what rongh slope, at the upper end of which Jesse They parted immediately after being married, left his lantern. They saw passages open, one on and did not meet again until Jesse became Mr. the right, then another on the left; but they continued Steinbach's steward. But soon it became necesalong the main one, until it contracted again and sary for Elizabeth to reveal her marriage. They Seemed to terminate. Jesse stopped and sang in feared as yet to do this, lest Mr. Steinbach should
be implacably offended. The discovery of the
secret cave by Jesse, suggested this as an effectual Daughter of music, where dost thou dwell? Cleave us a way to thy secret cell.
hiding place; and Dr. Heilbrun, a warm friend of
Jesse's approved of the plan. The voice which now seemed very near, sounded Jesse in laying his new fluor in the cellar, segofily, as if from the face of the rock before them. cretly contrived the trap door in the small closet. answering in these words :
In due time he filed up the broader part of the
passage next that door as a chamber, by stretching Quench thy torch and the day will appear, The lost will be found and the mystery clear.
blankets across it and laying down some planks for
a floor. He furnished it with a small table, a chair, i He extinguished the torches, and they stood for a couch, a large lamp, &c. Having, ever since
mioule in pitch darkness and perfect silence ; he was grown, been accustomed to occupy a room then suddenly the rock at the end of the passage by himself, and to shut himself up by night for the seemed to cleave open, and the bright sunlight purpose of reading, he found no difficulty in makflashed upon their eyes.
Jesse requested Mrs. ing all his secret preparations onobserved. Steinbach to enter first the room before them On New Year's Eve, Elizabeth, instead of going through which the light shone. She was
so to bed in her room, went into Jesse's after the family frightened at what appeared to be the work of en- all retired, and the next morning early she took chantment, that she drew back and said:
possession of her subterranean chamber. As "No! no! I can't."
Jesse always locked his room and closed his “ Then look in, Mrs. Steinbach," said Jesse, “and window curtain, when he went out, Lizzy someI am sure you will go fast enough.”
limes occupied his room during a great part of This was said in such a lively and cheerful tone, the day. After awhile, the discovery of the dry hat she ventured to look in. Ultering a scream, and pleasant chamber with the window over the alf in fright and half in joy, at what she saw, she river, induced Jesse to fit it with a glazed sash and telaimed
a small sheet-iron stove, and other needful furniture It is Lizzy!” and ran in and met her daugh- for his wife's occupancy. Here she could spend
embrace-and both burst into tears of joy. her days more comfortably, and be more retired tephen The father and Jesse followed, and they all'and safe if she should need medical aid. This
low vojee :
need came speedily. The water cave had been the summer was ended, it was found expedient w discovered, a ladder and a boat provided, so that publish the fact, for a reason that may be conjec. Dr. Heilbrun could be introduced with perfect se- tured. crecy in this way at night.
We conclude by saying, that these young people On the evening of March 10th, Jesse found his wife did wrong in the matter of their clandestine marquite ill. He went out as fast as possible; saddled a riage. Much trouble and suffering did it cost then. horse and galloped to Dr. Heilbrun's-had him on After all, the easiest and safest way is the way horse-back in ten minutes-galloped back with of duty. Whatever hardships it may cost, they with him to a point on the river a hundred yards come first, and the pleasure succeeds and eodores. below the water-cave, where they tied their horses Not so the way of transgression, it is like some in a thicket, two hours after dark. Jesse had liquors, the first taste may be sweet; but then it left the main cavern by the water cave, whence turns to bitler and becomes bitterer to the end. he had taken the boat, and landed it near the These lovers would have suffered more, if their thicket. Thus they got unobserved into the cav- fault had not been extenuated by the circumstances. ern. They found poor Elizabeth in great pain and for a week her life was in jeopardy. The Doctor staid with her until the following night;
OPHELIA. Jesse having disposed of the horses, by turning the Doctor's loose to go home, and putting his own
O rose of May, in the stable, before day. The day being Sunday, Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia !- Laerla. Jesse shut himself up in his room ;-that is, he locked the door, and staid most of the day with
Fairest creation of the teeming mind, his wife. The next night the Doctor returned
And plastic band of Avon's deathless Bard!
How freely gushes from the world's pierr'd heast, home and brought his eldest daughter to attend on
The briny tide of Pity's deepest fount, Elizabeth as nurse ; his family consisting of iwo
Drenching the page thal chronicles thy griess!daughters, and a faithful negro man, being all in
We see thee in the morn of youth and joy, the secret. In a week poor Elizabeth began to
With hosom bounding to the music vows recover; but she suffered awfully within that time,
Of noble Hamlet ; and thy trembling heart, and was not fully recovered until the middle of Woo'd by the summer of his genial smiles, April. From this time preparations were made Opes the sweet blossoms of its earliest love, for her re-appearance ; and the romantic plan al
Maugre the cold suspicions of thy sire. ready described was adopted.
But plot and counter-plot in thick'ning maze, To explain somewhat those incidents in the Pregnant with whisper'd hints of crime and blood, great cave, which may yet seem obscure, it may
Like sudden cloud, inrolv'd thy wond'ring mind;
Nor from its shrouded secresy, vouchsafed suffice to say, that from the water cave where the
One friendly wherefore to thy tortur'd thought boat was kept, there was a near way to Elizabeth's
On father murderd, and thy love estrang'd. room that had the window, by means of a passage Alas! the agony of keen suspense, which led through a large room between the great And the soul-sick’ning pangs of hope deferr'd, hall and the river. In this room Elizabeth was O'ertasking Nature, wrought a bitter cure! with her furniture, when George and Jesse visited
More piteous 'tis, to hear thy crippled wit the cave, and when her father and mother heard
Essay in scraps, the story of thy woes,
Than wholesome Reason, in his order'd speech. her voice in the great hall. The sound of her O what a world of mangled sweets fell forth, voice was conducted to the great hall by a passage From the crush'd casket of thy virgin heart ! leading to the drapery that lined the great hall.
There stands th' ungrateful willow that betray'd This was the delicate manifold stone drapery, Thy trusting footsteps to the death below; which had narrow openings between the folds not Waving its weeping and repentant boughs, sufficient to admit a person to pass, or even see
But all too late ;-there speeds the noisy brook, through, but giving passage to sounds, and sweet
As all regardless of the harm it did;
And in its babbling triumph, bearing off ening them in passing by their delicate vibrations.
The flow'ry trophies of the lovely slain. This great cave had rooms and passages which we have not described and cannot describe. Mr.
But newly rescued from the flood, thy form,
In peace, reclines upon the grassy bank; Steinbach kept it henceforth closed against all vis
Whose velvet herbage with a pitying kiss itors, except his own family and Dr. Heilbrun's.
Greets the pale cheek ; the freighted robe that strore Other people heard only vague rumors of it. Most In vain, to save thee with its buoyant aid, people believed after Elizabeth's re-appearance,
Now, in its weeping grief, with strict embrace that she had returned from a second visit to Penn
Claims the cold treasure of thy lifeless clay.
Like the drench'd streamers of the fated bark, sylvania.
Hugging the nast, thy clinging locks entwine For several months her marriage with Jesse
With wild and humid wreaths, the marble neck. was still kept secret, in order to let the memory The wave hath wash'd life's color from thy cheek, of his vile relations fade away a little. But before But stamp'd the lily of repose, instead.
THE VATICAN. In those silent halls are assembled Gods and heroes, while beauty in eternal sleep seems dreaming of herself.
Calm now, the tumult of that troubled breast,
Death's icy arms may hold thee; but Decay
With this my love doth come to you
Two things break the monotony
of an Atlantic trip,
Sometimes we see a ship.-Mrs. Osgood.
If you fix him at court he will never bend; if you send
him 10 the bar and his clients are rognes, he will throw up SCRAPS FROM A PORT-FOLIO. his brief; if you enlist him under government and he think
you wrong he will oppose.-De Vere. No. III.
The most gifted men that I have known have been the FRANKLIN'S EPITAPH, COMPOSED BY HIM. least addicted to depreciate either friends or foes.-Sharp.
The body of
CHATEAUBRIAND AT SPARTA.
Profound silence reigned around; determined to make
echo speak where the human voice is no longer heard, I (Like the cover of an old book,
shouted with all my might, Leonidas ! Leonidas! No voice Its Contents torn out
repeated the great name, and Sparla herself seemed to have And stripped of its lettering and guilding) forgotten her hero.
Lies here food for worms
The best governments are always subject to be like the
fairest crystal, wherein every icicle or grain is seen, which And beautiful edition
in a souler stone is never perceived.-- Lord Bacon.
When the world is dark with tempests, when thunder
rolls and lightning flies, thou look est in thy beauty from
the clouds, and laughest at the storm. But to Ussian thou FAVORITE VERSES OF SIR WALTER Scott.
lookest in vain, for he beholds thy beams no more-whether
thy yellow hair flows on the Eastern clouds, or thou trem“The dews of Summer night did fall,
blest at the gates of the West.--Ossian.
There is no saying shocks me so much, as that wbich I
time.-Cowley. In Rome that vast caravansary all is foreign, even the Romans seem to live there not like its possessors but I hope it is no infringement on better things, that my laste like pilgrims who repose among its ruins.
for humor and a sort of sensible nonsense, is no whit diMadame de Staël. minished.--Hannah More.
We never live-we only hope to live.- Pascal.
The stag roused from his lair, shakes his dappled sides, tosses his beamy head, and conscious of superior agility seems to defy the gathering storm.--Hervey.
Man never is—but always to be blessed.-Pope.
COLD IN CANADA.
The time will come, when three words uttered with charThe cold descends from the upper rryions of the at- ity and meekness, shall receive a far more blessed reward, mosphere with a feeling as if it were poured down upon
than three thousand volumes written with disdainful sharp
ness of wit.-- Hooker. the head and shoulders from a jug.-Sir Francis Bond Head.
The linle charmer to my view
Was sculpture brought to life anew;
Her eyes had a poetic glow-
Her neck and shoulders symmetry.- Cumpbell.
Man may plough the earth and cut his way through moun. I have seen and lamented this propensity, the tendertains or contract rivers into canals, for the transport of his cy has been exactly opposite, and, we suspect, ha: merchandise, but if his fleets for a moment furrow the been carried to excess. Their objections to heroei Ocean, its waves as instantly efface this slight mark of servitude, and it again appears such as it was on the first day are partly intellectual and partly moral. As Təci. of its creation.-Corinne.
tus says : Credunt militaribus ingeniis subtilitaler C. C. deesse, quia castrensis jurisdictio secura et obte
sior ac plura manu agens, calliditatem fori non ererceat. The philosophic Burke, on the other hand, has remarked that an habitual exercise of this very
calliditas fori disqualities for liberal and compreCONNECTION BETWEEN THE QUALITIES OF A GREAT hensive statesmanship. However that may be ex
perience proves that there are few if any instances COMMANDER AND A GREAT STATESMAN. in which military genius of the highest order is
combined with political incapacity. A great genIt has often been made a question how far splen. eral may sometimes have lived so exclusively in did military success indicates qualification for civil camps as to be ignorant of the forms of politieal administration. To no people under the sun can business. But while he may not understand, and this be a more interesting question than to ours. may be inclined to despise technical minutiæ, the At all times, and in all countries, the populace has same intuitive practical sagacity which has made been more dazzled by a military reputation than any him a great commander, will soon render him misother, and even persons of the most cultivated in- ter of every thing essential to a successful adminlellect, of the coolest judgment, and most refined sen. istration. sibility, have not been proof against its fascination. He never refines, nor speculates, nor hesitales, But in these United States, whose true policy is but is always decided, energetic, and practical. peace, there is an absolute and an increasing mania His character must contain all the elemeois of ad. about military heroes. The war of the Revolu- ministrative talent. He may be neither a Milton, tion furnished one military President, (if he who a Bacon, nor a Demosthenes; but he must possess was greater in peace than in war, can properly be that wisdom of action far more important to a stalescalled military,) two distinguished in the war of man than imagination, or philosophy or eloquence. 1812 have filled the presidential chair, and how His acquirements and qualifications are not limmany Mexican heroes will rise to that eminence, it iled to the narrow sphere which some imagine. is now hard to foresee, but we may safely predict Tactics, fortification, gunnery and engineering may that there will be several.
be acquired, and thoroughly acquired by men of The military tendency, therefore, "has increased" limited intellect, allerly incapable of enlarged views and “is increasing;" we propose to inquire whether either in war or peace. But these bear about the it “ought to be diminished."
same proportion to all the accomplishmeats of a It is easy to account for the popularity of the great leader which orthography and geography do hero, especially with the unthinking multitude. 1o a complete education. It is not enough that he His achievements are not only more brilliant, but should know how" to set a squadron in the field" to more palpable, and apparently more substantial plant or point a cannon, or throw up a fortification than those of the orator, legislator, judge, or di- secundum artem. All these things he must do, bat be plomatist. If he has distinguished himself in de must not leave others of far greater moment anduse. fensive warfare, his countrymen feel all the grati- He must not be a military pedani, who, like Geotode due to one who has preserved their rights, eral Braddock, imagines that Indian savages nasi their property, and perhaps their lives. No rea- be encountered, as Marlborough met the French st soning nor persuasion can make them sensible of Blenheim, or like the old Hungarian, who accused equal obligation to those who have done them equal Bonaparte of gross ignorance, because he attacked is or perhaps greater service, by calm legislative, di front, flank or rear, as circumstances and his owo plomatic or executive wisdom, industry, and saga- genius prompted. He must not only be perfectly city.
acquainted with the resources and character of the If his military genius has shone forth in a war of nation to which he belongs as well as of the cocaaggression, he will excite the admiration even of try in or against which he is warring, but capable those who consider the war itself as unauthori- of making that knowledge available in every emerzed by any principle of justice or expediency. gency. He must study the finances, the agrical This has been strikingly exemplified in the war ture, the commerce and manufactures of his enewhich has just closed; many have forgotten what mies, their history, their relations with other nathey themselves regarded as its anjlisi commence- tions, their peculiar genius, and the means by whileh, ment in its brilliant successes, and all hare united as the case may be, they can be inspired with ierio pæans to our victorious commanders.
ror, or soothed into submission or accommodation. But with writers of the modern peace school, who'lle must not only possess ever ready informales