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“ Frank Herbert," said the Colonel, impa- stepped lightly by, and she naturally cast a tiently, “it is not worth while to talk any glance within. The young man sat with his

You are just graduated, and may head buried in his hands and leaning upon easily have too much logic for a plain old the table. She went on to her own room, man like me; but if you are sincere in your but in less than an hour came out again, doctrines, you of course have no regard in and walked so softly down the passage that such a case as this for the opinion of the a mouse would not have been startled by world. You are content to be despised and a footfall; when she was again opposite the ridiculed at every public gathering-at study, she laid her hand upon the latch, and every family fireside ; to have the very boys with the same quietness that had marked all point their fingers at you as you pass, and, her movements, looked inside. There Herin ridiculous show, mimic the operation you bert still sat with his head enfolded in his have undergone; to hear some negro, after arms. She entered, touched his shoulder being punished for a petty theft in the way lightly, and said: in which negroes are punished, tell his com- “ Frank !" panions with a grin, that he can stand a He raised his head, and his lovely visitor lashing 'most as well as Marser Herbert.' perceived that his eyes were almost bloodYou can endure all this, eh ?”

shot, and that his cheeks showed the

ravages Herbert was pale as death, but made no of a scalding torrent of tears. reply:

Ah, Lucy, is it you? Why come to “So you are quite pleased to be the look at me in my wretchedness ?' object of disgust and contempt, or else of “ Is it not reason enough, Frank, that humiliating pity; to receive the vilest you are wretched ?” insults from every bully; to be jeered at, “ Alas !” he rejoined, “why do you cuffed, kicked; to be avoided by every gen- remind me by your company that life has tleman and loathed by every woman? All any thing attractive? Lucy, this world has this you must bear, for it is the necessary never been an indulgent mother to me; portion of the coward—or of him, that is, now I am bitterly taught how utterly worthwho scems to be one."

less and intolerable it is. What do I live These last words were spoken after a for? Care-pain—distracting doubtspause, by way of extenuation, for the old unceasing torment. Where is the pleasure gentleman, in the energy of his application that I can hope to taste which will not turn of the argumentum ad hominem, had not to ashes in my mouth ? We exist and noticed the increasing emotion of poor Frank, suffer, but to die at last. Oh! what torture who finally had burst into tears outright. can be worse than that which now rends me Perceiving his rather awkward apology inad- body and mind? And to think how trifling equate to counteract his previous rhetoric, a thing might free me from it all: the work he added soothingly:

of an instant, and then—then—" Herbert “ Never mind, Frank; you know me; covered his face with his hands, but removdon't take it hard, my boy. We were only ing them, added, “ then a deliverance from talking, of course; you brought on the this woe-deliverance from the presence of debate, so you ought not to mind it.”

“ Excuse me, sir," said Herbert, rising “ But you could not,” said the gentle and hastily withdrawing.

comforter, "you could not lay violent hands There was silence when he left. Trench- on that life which it required Omnipotence ard looked alternately at the young lady and to give you ?" the old one. Mrs. Montgomery murmured, · No, Lucy, I could not. I am guilty in “ Poor fellow!". Lucy's eyes were directed even cherishing such thoughts. Oh! what to the floor, and the long lashes quite con- have I come to? How have all those resocealed their expression. The party then, by lutions, which I thought stable as adamant, a common impulse, separated. Lucy pro- crumbled ? But you would pardon me if ceeded to her chamber, and to reach it had you knew—what you cannot know—the to pass a pleasant little room which, in the excess of suffering I have undergone.” abundance of apartments in that large man- " I can feel for you," she replied, “ for I sion, had been appropriated by Herbert as a too have had to suffer keenly on my own sort of study. The door was a-jar as she account, and that within the limits of this

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day. The injuries of us both are inflicted come to a conclusion," he smiled for by the same person. We have a common fully,“it is this, that I am, as Cat pain caused by a common author. Cannot Trenchard says, a coward : is it not so: we then sympathize ?"

The maiden looked at him with si "What! has Stephen Randolph preprise and apprehension, for she belief sumed to offer you discourtesy? Tell it his mind wandering. me !"

“ Yes, I see,” he continued; “ Fou The youth, as he uttered these words, lence acknowledges that you believe e sprang upas one transformed, and his correct.” fine eye sparkled with anger.

“No, Frank, you are not a coward; TOT " Nay, it was nothing ; I merely wished own heart tells you you are not." to divert your thoughts."

“I am-I must be. This accounts ir “ Lucy! Lucy! I must know it! What every thing. No wonder that my goes has he done ?"

dian reproaches me, that you pity me: "He has done nothing; he merely wonder that men cast upon me dit : said some inconsiderate words." looks from what other persons receive; D

“ Well, what were those words? Do wonder”-here the muscles of his mouth not vex me with such vague information." contracted spasmodically—" that I am

"Well, then,” answered the maiden, horsewhipped! Wherefore am I made a " though I had no thought of repeating feebler sinews than any other of Dia it, since

you will have me relate so trifling kind? Why is an excess or bodily rigx a matter, he called me” - she blushed given to one who is disposed to abuse his and hesitated—“Mr. Randolph called me gift, rather than to me who would use it a fortune-hunting dependent.

to raise, and to heal, and to succor tbe op“By heavens! the scoundrel shall rue pressed ?" it !" cried Herbert, pacing the floor ve- • Ah, Frank, ought you not rather to hemently ; " he shall retract the base, un- bless God for the disposition than to EDIT manly slander, or I will cram it down the those who, without that disposition, incur bully's throat !"

his fearful displeasure? Choose for yourHe started to leave the room, but Lucy self. If the Almighty thinks not fit to quietly restrained him.

confer all his gifts upon any one, how can “What would you do? Will you so you complain if you possess those which soon cease to obey the sacred duty of for- are most desirable ?” bearance ?"

" True, dear Lucy. What a wretch am “Oh, I forgot — forgot.” There was I to dare call in question the propriety of something in the tone with which these the appointments of my Creator! You simple words were spoken that must long are right, you are right. Why should I have rung in the ears of any one who had care for the judgment of man? To do so heard them, so much was there that told is not only wicked but weak and foolish.” of abandonment of hope and energy; of

"I am glad," said Miss Montgomery, a grief bordering upon despair; of a heart" to hear you speak thus once more. That well nigh broken. He resumed his seat which the devotees of the world might reby the table, and as at the first, his head gard as a disgrace, ought rather, as it is in rested upon his folded arms.

obedience of the law of God, to be reckoned Lucy was awed by an intensity of emo

an honor." tion so surpassing any thing that can be “Yes, yes," replied Herbert ; " but the felt by minds of ordinary organization, thought will recur, · What do men think?' and made no sound to disturb his sad To be dishonored-dishonored for ever! revery. What space of time thus elapsed, Oh! Lucy, what a fate !" we have no means of exactly ascertaining ; “Frank! have you never admired the the sun, however, in its descent had nearly martyrs of ancient time? Have you never reached the horizon, when the young man felt that you could endure like things to arose with a countenance as haggard and win a place in that noble army ?" care-worn as if years of anxiety had left “I have--I have indeed; and were I a their impress upon it.

minister of the gospel, I think I should "Lucy, I want your opinion. I have I prefer that field above all others which

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hould most signally try my faith; were ly tempted, and have not had such a monit hedged in with pestilence or with fagot, tor. But fear no longer for me. he more eager, I think, I would be to indeed sometimes fail to perform my duty, press on.”

but never again, so help me God! will I feel “ Then why not count your present suf- grief or shame at having performed it. But ferings a martyrdom, and summon a mar- stay; why do you go ?" tyr's temper to endure them ?"

“I am not sorry to have stayed so long; · So I could, Lucy, were it not for one but see! it is almost night. It will soon be distinction, which you overlook. Those supper: remember-meet the Colonel firmglorious men who died to bear testimony ly.” to the gospel, suffered indeed pangs which "Doubt it not. Watch me well, and if I dare not equal mine to, yet they had I prove unequal to this occasion or any this happiness, that their courage was never other, then call me craven, and forbid me, called in question. I undergo an agony Lucy, to tell you how I love you." which to my frail strength is almost in- Frank perceived, dark as it was, that this tolerable, and I undergo it, I trust, from observation had brought up a blush, and principle ; but men—and this makes the sprang forward to quickly as to obstruct her bitterness of my lot-men attribute my con- passage through the door. duct to pusillanimity. If now some oppor- “Stop, Lucy! you must tell me. In case tunity would only occur, without the sin of I should prove a resolute champion of the my seeking it, to prove my courage in some truth, will you allow me to whisper what, dreadful danger-but what am I saying ? if you reject it not, I will dare avow on the Do I know myself so well? Might not I house-tops ?” succumb under such a trial, and then my “ Fy!" exclaimed the maiden, “ there is condition become worse than it is ? God magic at work. Where is that bashful Omniscient knoweth, and will direct the gentleman whom I saw here just now? He matter in mercy. But I dismiss all my has quite vanished and left no trace.” doubts and distress. I am a coward in- “He is here still,” said Frank, at once deed, so long as I remain enthralled by changing his tone and manner; “have you them. I see my duty before me, and I will nothing, Lu—I mean Miss Montgomery—to follow it—may Heaven bless the determina- say to him ?” tion-follow it, whatever obstacles interpose, “ Yes,” replied Lucy, coolly; “I advise whether it be danger, or, what is harder to him by all means to refrain from imitating hear—yet which I will bear—the hatred a certain wild youngster, not far off, who and scorn of my fellow-men."

presumes to lay restraint upon the liberty " Frank ! you are now like yourself.” of young ladies. So good evening to you."

“I am myself, dearest Lucy, thanks to Thus speaking, she tripped by him and you. How many, alas ! have been as sore-l disappeared in the passage.

[TO BE CONTINUED.)

VOL. VIII,

NO, V.

NEW SERIES.

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JOURNALISM IN NEW-YORK.*

The appearance of three new dailies in size of New-York, and would seem suffione month in this city is sufficient to dispel ciently great to satisfy our wants and to deter all doubts as to the enterprise of New-York capitalists from embarking in rival speculapublishers or the capacity of New-York tions. New-York, including Brooklyn and readers. If the establishment of newspa- one or two other suburbs, is inferior in size pers depended solely on literary men, we to three of the European capitals, London, should not be surprised at witnessing a much Paris, or Constantinople. We might theregreater number of these too fascinating fore be contented if we did not support as enterprises than exist among us at present. many daily journals as either of the two Writers as a class have not usually very first-mentioned cities. Yet we find that our much to lose. They are not particularly newspapers, aided by their new reinforcedistinguished for a distaste to running in ment, actually outnumber those of Paris or debt. They are not given to the calculation London, or indeed of any other city of the of probabilities in the matter of profit and world. And having already so many, we loss, and are always ready for new schemes are far from supposing that we shall have that may happen to consort with their no more. ambition for fame or their desire of filling The gentlemen who are severally contheir pockets. But men of capital—and nected with the Times, the Verdict, and the publishers now-a-days cannot be otherwise - National Democrat, have probably very are more chary of their fortunes, and calcu- good grounds for assuming their present late before they embark in any new enter-responsibilities. We take pleasure in recogprise how much they may expect to“ realize" | nizing most of them, and we speak more from their venture. With them the uncer- particularly at present of the business departtainty of human affairs” is ever a living text, ment, as old hands at getting up newsand their general sagacity and good sense papers; and we feel sure that they woula sufficiently indicate the training which a not have committed themselves to their firm disbelief in what is commonly called recent undertakings without first sitting “good luck” has given them. We must down and counting the cost. They cannot admit, therefore, that the sudden production have been deceived by false estimates, or by of three cheap daily papers in a city which unfounded advice from interested parties. we had imagined overstocked with journals, They cannot be supposed to be ignorant of somewhat startled our confidence in the the public pulse, or of the vexatious contradiscernment of New-York publishers. Our riety of opinions and difficulty of tastes established prints already form a portly among the readers who are to furnish the catalogue. Of commercial sheets we have ultimate means for the support of their the Journal of Commerce, senior and junior, journals. We are certain, therefore, that the Courier and Enquirer, the Evening Post, having allowed for all necessary and conand the Commercial Advertiser; among tingent expenses, they confidently reckon on their cheaper and more popular brotherhood, paying all claims and dividing fair profits. the Express, the Tribune, the Herald, the No one will deny, in view of their enterDay Book, the Mirror, the Sun, the Morn- prise and their reliance on themselves and ing Star, and the New-Yorker; the three the public, that they merit the success latter distributed at the low rate of one cent which they assure us they anticipate. each. This, it will be seen, is a very large Taking it into consideration that these number of daily journals for a city of the new papers are published on the cheap

* The Verdict.

The National Democrat. - New-York, September, 1851. The New-York Daily Times.

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plan; and that one of them in particular, } the energy that had hitherto sustained them with an amount of reading matter inferior seemed to be deprived of its ultimate deonly to that of two other New-York daily pendence. We cannot be accused, then, of journals, is afforded at one cent a copy; looking at these new enterprises with a disand that to obtain a remunerating circula- couraging aspect if we respond to the sentition they must from the outset be equal at ments of distrust and solicitude which, in least to their rivals in point of news and spite of their bold and cheerful tone, display literary merit; we cannot but see that they themselves in the prefatory remarks of their are surronnded by very imposing difficulties. conducters, and confess an anxious interest There is, indeed, no city out of the United in their fate. And should any of them fail States in which the publication of a news- to survive the year of their birth, we shall paper is attended with so small a tax-ex-) attribute such misfortune rather to an inevipense from government, or in which the table opposition of circumstances than to a inhabitants are such general readers, as the want of honest endeavor or of faithful study city of New-York. Yet nowhere else does of popular needs. competition reduce the price of newspapers The press of New-York, whose recent ento so low a mark, or dictate so high a stand-largement we have thus chronicled, although ard of literary excellence. The cost neces- it shares many of its characteristics with sary to furnish one of our journals with that of other cities and of the country at early telegraphic intelligence, authentic cor- large, constitutes, from various causes, a respondence from points of interest, full and subject of peculiar interest. Perhaps among reliable mails

, and with that style of edito- the least of these may be noticed the esperial writing which our improved taste begins cial consideration it enjoys abroad-a conto demand, is in itself immense, and seems sideration which we have sometimes been to one who has never been at the pains to puzzled fully to account for. As Newestimate its several items, positively over- Yorkers, although by no means unconscious whelming. And this aggregation of ex- of our advantages or our importance, we are pense constitutes but one drawback from certainly mindful of the existence of other profits. Paper and ink may indeed be pur- cities near our own, but little inferior in chased at low rates, but rooms sufficiently point of size, possessing equal facilities of large to accommodate the many fixtures of education and popular improvement, lying a newspaper are not to be procured in the equally open to commerce and to foreign heart of a city without the payment of a investigation, and equally distinguished for heavy rent, and printers will not be satisfied cultivation of pure literature and the arts. without they receive pretty nearly the value We do not forget that in this country cirof their services. Reporters and editors cumstances render it impossible for any one must be paid, punctually, if not liberally. city to be the focus of the intellect of all, or Gentlemen of the press are not noted for to monopolize the materials of any departeconomy, and generally live so close to their ment of literary activity. A central capital incomes that temporary suspensions of pay- and a jealous regard on the part of our risments involve them in the most disagreeable ing cities for their own rights and reputation, embarrassments. Their claims at all events combine to prevent the largest commercial must be attended to, even if those of the emporium of America from ever assuming paper merchant or the stockholders in the that position as a dispenser of intelligence, concern are suffered to lie over. And if and an authority for opinion, which is so returns come in but slowly—and when at the unhesitatingly and ungrudgingly accorded establishment of a new journal were they to London by sister cities. For our own known to do otherwise ?—there must be a part we are content to regard ourselves as capacious reserve fund to meet expenses. but one among many, and to prefer an exIn the history of every journal now promi- clusive claim to nothing which we cannot nently before the public there have been prove to be peculiarly our own. But when times when the most gloomy forebodings the foreign press has occasion to speak of were rationally indulged by its proprietors; American journalism, it invariably selects when the hopes they had entertained of the that of New-York as the representative of responses of public sympathy seemed illu- the whole, and according to the current tone sive and of doubtful realization; and when of our own prominent sheets draws conclu

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