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be crushed into annihilation, no ribbons high places, and the suffering among the or silks to be ruined by the unrestrained lowly? Has love for our fellow-beings, operation of these elementary principles ! as children of the same Father, “breth

Having spread out our wet garments ren of one family," and heirs of immortal before the fire for the purpose of drying life, been smothered out beneath the them ready for a final repacking, and weight of unloveliness, the degradation having made such arrangements for per- and brutality which swarmed upon our sonal comfort as our unfavorable sur- senses from the overcrowded population roundings will permit, while the beloved, of long occupied countries? Has belief nothing daunted by the plashy state” of in the final triumph of good over evil, things outside, makes an inspective tour amid the sickening incongruities, the of the town, here in this dingy back room jarring discords of human weal and woe, let us sit down for a season of quiet med- thrust upon our consideration, died out itation upon our past experiences, and the from our soul? Has a dreary scepticism lessons which they have yielded from in regard to the capabilities of the race

for improvement and full redemption, At length arrived at the terminus of even among those classes who are now so our wanderings upon the shores of crushed down into bestiality, or variously “ Thither side," from whence we are so and imperfectly developed in the scale of soon to embark upon that long ocean- sentient existence, apparently without devoyage which, with all the possibilities of sign, without order or justice, taken capdisaster associated with it, sooms up fear- tive our judgment ? Has reverence for fully distinct before our vision (for we that which is holy, and confidence in the are constitutionally a sad coward while reality of that blessedness ever the attendvoyaging upon the high seas, and great ant of genuine cheerful piety, been cast indeed must be the longing and dear the away, and the glittering vanities, the object that could tempt us to launch selfish plausibilities of to-day, allowed to forth upon the“ trackless deep"),- here, usurp that place which only a trust in in this seclusion, sitting down amid the the higher spiritual instincts of our being thronging memories of past months of can worthily fill ? wayfaring, what lesson, O soul! wilt If this is the case with us, then in thou carry back to the old life of child- truth have we cause to lament over somehood's home, now beckoning us back to thing in the way of growing wickedness, its loving folds again ? What influence, worse than learning to deny the peti. gathered from its strange scenes and va- tions of beggars and the eating of little ried experiences, will be brought to bear birds,” which we had previously sumupon the current of future thought and med up as the measure of foreign idiqui"life as the result of this acquaintance ties engrafted upon the old stock brought with foreign lands? Let us endeavor to with us from native land. But and if define our position mentally and spiritu- in shaking off certain superstitions as unally, as we halt here by the wayside for a worthy of a sentient, responsible human few moments, standing, as it were, upon being living in the noonday light of the the verge of two worlds, the Old and the gospel dispensation, we still retain love

Moslem, Jew, or Christian, - all, all find by ten o'clock luggage and passengers protecting shelter ; all are recognized as were all aboard, and we steamed out of its members! If, looking below the sur- the harbor, making the port of Queensface of apparently conflicting elements, town the next morning at seven; here we faintly discern how seeming discrepan- we were to stop during the day for mails cies are in a measure equalized, discords and passengers, and taking advantage of modified into harmony, contradiction rec- this opportunity of setting our feet on onciled; how, in matters of climate, natu- terra firma once more, we joined a party ral situation, temperament, and condition, of excursionists, took the railway for all matters pertaining to the outer machin- Cork, and from thence hired a jauntingery of life are kept in proper equilibrium car (one of those queer one-horse vehicles, and governed by a just law of recompense, where the passengers sit two on a seat a “ so much rendered” “ for so much re- each side of the car, not vis-a-vis, but diceived,”—if, added to this lesson, we have rectly the reverse). In this novel mode learned to love our own country better be- of conveyance, we made a trip to Blarney cause loving it more intelligently, --if we Castle and its environs. The freshness learn to prize and improve its privileges and beauty of the green fields, the clear more fully, in short, if we are led to a bright air and loquacity of our Hibernimore perfect confidence in the reality of an driver, — who, by the way, was a " that world which puts this world right,” | miracle of temperance, not even tasting correcting all its evils, and finally turning of the common beer of the country, the last wail of woe and jarring discord rendered this ride quite charming and into holy joy and rapturous harmony,

healthful to mind and body. The genthen truly may we believe that these tlemen of our party bravely tugged up journeyings through distant lands have the old half-ruined tower, which is situnot been made in vain ; that our time ated so picturesquely among the green has not been wholly misspent !

fields and near a small lake that gleamed When the sun deigned to smile again like a silver star on the bosom of the emupon Liverpool, we sallied forth to make erald earth. A fringe of forest bordered our last purchases and found ourself in one side of the view, while, peeping out dulging in favorable mental comments here and there, a poor cottage or hovel upon the desirableness of the goods, their was seen, where, upon bare earthen floors reasonable prices, the well-ordered sys- and in various stages of poverty, lived the item of trade, and courteous manners of cultivators of the soil. salesmen with whom we had to deal, “Have you kissed the • Blarney Stone'?

The broad, handsome streets, the noble was the first question, as the party deedifices, and cheerful air of the city, con- scended without broken limbs from the trasting so pleasantly with the murky at- perilous stairs. The reply was promptly mosphere of London in its brightest as given in the affirmative; but we have pect, gives the stranger a pleasant im- grave doubts upon the subject until this pression. In fact, we were no less pleased day whether the kissing of one's cane exthan surprised at the cleanliness and tended over the battlements so as to touch beauty of the city, which we had expect the sacred stone could really be the ored to find a crowded, noisy place, reeking thodox way of performing that ceremony, with ill odors and begrimed with smoke or would be capable of producing the and filth, as such seaports are wont to be magical effects which the virtue of that

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nines, from the difficulty of reaching the Boston and New York, and according to necessary point, we shall decide

as a custom our ship's arrival was telegraphed matter of principle — that the canes to the port whither she was bound. used as a medium of communication are Right happy were we when emerging without doubt non-conductors; for who is from the region of fogs and icebergs, both willing to accord to any of the sons of of which are fraught with such danger to Adam such advantage over their sisters the mariner, and happier still the next in the way of persuasive speech as an ac- day after leaving Halifax, at the close knowledgment at this point would imply? of a prosperous voyage of less than ten

Returning from Cork to Queenstown days (exclusive of stops on the way at the by the river Lea, we reached the ocean latter place and at Queenstown), to land steamer at evening, and in another hour in safety upon the shores of our loved nawere again ploughing our way far out tive land once more, after these long upon the deep. Of the details of this journeyings upon the ocean-parted Thithvoyage until we made the port of Halifax er-Side ! it is needless to particularize. Suffiee it Lilfred's Rest. to say there was the usual amount of sickness, of eating and drinking, gaming,

THE SHORTENED VISIT, amusements, and gossiping. A choice little library of British classics was no

“ Why have you come home so soon?" mean addition to the bill of fare, and was

said Mrs. More to her daughter Julia.

“ Was not Susan at home?a source of daily comfort when we were able to leave our berth. About this

“ Yes, ma'am,” said Julia, “she was time, certain evil-disposed rats, who had

at home.” taken free passage in the “ Arabia " when

“Why did you leave her? I hope you she was in the Crimea, continued to make have not left in a quarrel.” nightly depredations upon the passengers'

“No, mnother; I did not leave in a boots and leather gaiters, – they evident- quarrel, but I left to avoid getting into a ly having a predilection in favor of leath. quarrel. Susan was so unreasonable that er as an article of food, or else, as is I was afraid that if I stayed I should be most probabie, being on scant rations, provoked to quarrel with her.” took this method of eking out a subsist

“ Did you tell her why you left her ? " ence. Taking this view of the subject, to tell her that perhaps you wanted me,

Yes, mother. At first I was going we nightly stuffed a big rat-hole in our state-room with crackers, and the result

but then I thought that would not be proved highly successful in respect to the right; so I told her the real reason.” gaiters at least , while we had the satisfac- should always avoid temptation when we

* You did right, my daughter. We tion (?) of knowing that the rats in our department must have been in a better can with propriety; when we cannot condition, physically speaking, when

avoid it, we must pray for grace to resist we landed than before starting upon

it.” that homeward voyage! At Halifax we stopped several hours, which afforded us A GENTLEMAN was surprised, during the an opportunity of visiting the town and late frosty weather, to see his little fortifications, the former looking insignifi- daughter bring home from the Sunday. gant and almost squalid with its array school library a grave treatise on " Back. of small old wooden buildings scattered sliding." My child,” said he, " this is here and there, without order and without too old for you; you can't make anybeauty. The forts however are models of thing of, it.” “I know it, papa,” was strength and apparently kept in excellent the reply, “but I thought I could when condition. At this station we left a I took it. I thought it would teach me number of Her Majesty's soldiers who how to slide backwards." had been sent over on the “ Arabia," and here, too, fresh news was received from The reapers are the angels.

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SHUTTING DOORS.

very well, you are fast going down to “Don't look so cross, Edward, when I ruin. call you back to shut the door; grandpa “ If you carefully guard the outside feels the March wind. You have got to doors of the eyes and ears and lips, you spend your life shutting doors, and might will keep out many cold blasts of sin, as well begin to learn now, Edward.” which get in before

you

think. " Do forgive me, grandpa. I ought to

“ This shutting doors,' you see, Eddie, be ashamed. But what do you mean? | will be a serious business, - one on which I am going to college, and then I'm going your well-doing in this life and the next to be a lawyer."

depends."
“Well, admitting all that, I imagine
• Squire Edward Carter' will have a good

SPEAKING CROSS.
many doors to shut, if he ever makes much

You gain nothing by a harsh word. of a man.

What if that boy broke the pitcher, or 6 What kind of doors? Do tell me,

put his elbow through the glass ?

Do grandpa."

you mend either by applying harsh epi“Sit down a minute, and I'll give you thets to him? Does it make him more a list.

careful in future? Does he love you bet“ In the first place, the door of your ears ter ? Hark! he is murmuring. What must be closed against the bad language says the boy? " I'm glad of it; I don't and evil counsel of the boys and young care how much I break.” He talks thus men you will meet at school and college, to be even with his master. It is very or you will be undone. Let them once wrong in him, we know; but it is human get possession of that door, and I would nature, and the example has been set benot give much for Edward Carter's future fore him by you. prospects.

Say to the careless boy, “I am sorry The door of your eyes, too, must be shut against bad books,

idle novels, and you must be more careful in future," and

what will be his reply? " It was an aclow, wicked newspapers, or your studies cident, and I will be more careful.” He will be neglected, and you will grow up a will never break another pitcher or glass useless, ignorant man. You will have to if he can help it, and he will respect and close them sometimes against the fine love you a thousand times more than things exposed for sale in the shop win- when you flew in a rage and swore vendows, or you will never learn to lay up

geance on his head. Remember this, ye money, or have any left to give away.

who get angry and rave at a trifle. “ The door of your lips will need especial care, for they guard an unruly member, which makes great use of the bad com- of the helm that steers him; you reach a

Touch a man's heart, and you lay hold pany let in at the doors of the

eyes

and ears. That door is very apt to blow power that lies deeper than appearances,

and behind reason. Thence proceed the open, and if not constantly watched, will

shapings of circumstance, the interpretalet out angry, trifling, or vulgar words. tions of outward existence, and the inteIt will backbite sometimes worse than a March wind, if it is left

rior scenery of the soul; for “out of the too

open long. I would advise you to keep it shut

heart are the issues of life."

much

Editor's Table.

SINCE our last issue, the old year has depart- “ The American people will have to march to ed, and the new year has taken its place, – the severe music, and it is better for them to face old year with its joys and its sorrows, its fail-it in season. A few years ago, it did not seem ures and its successes, its good and its evil. To difficult first to check slavery and then to end how many has it brought sorrow which no it without bloodshed. I think it cannot be done „words could picture ! to how many joys equal- now, or ever in the future. All the great charly inexpressible ! both, perhaps, now forgotten, ters of humanity have been writ in blood. I like an old song that is out of fashion, but once hoped that of American democracy would making their mark deeply while they remained. be engrossed in less costly ink ; but it is plain It is well for us that the deeper, more poignant now that the pilgrimage must lead through a our griefs, the sooner they exhaust themselves. Red Sea, wherein many a Pharaoh will go unIt is well that the mind is so soon attracted der and perish." by new scenes and new objects; otherwise, What a prophecy, and how soon fulfilled ! how would all the world be in mourning! It Even he did not dream how soon the music is well that we lose sight of what falls down would sound and the dance of death begin. under our feet, in looking at what rises up be- And the dancers, yet unwearied, foot the measfore our vision.

ure still ; but we see on one side signs of weariIt was reading an account of another bril- | ness, whose increase will soon bring submission, liant victory won by our arms that suggested when the trumpet of victory shall tell the world this thought, - a victory over which the whole that Liberty is triumphant. So mote it be! land rejoices, and is gay and glad, looking not The year that is past has, for all its cloudsdown into the trenches and on the ramparts, been a glorious and triumphant one. All who where lie the dying and the dead. And that, love the Lord and his created works cannot but too, is well. The struggle is for the freedom of sing " hallelujah” to the tale that is being una race and for the preservation of liberties folded by the weeks and the days that go by us which, for all time, are to be the inheritance of now. May the year on which we are entered the oppressed, wherever the sun shines or the open wide the illuminated book, and we see only shower falls. What is it, then, though perbaps blessing and happiness for all! hundreds, nay, thousands, of one generation are swept away, so that countless generations to come reap the benefit of their immolation ?

We have received from our correspondents The prize is worth the struggle and the sacri- several tributes to the old year, of more or less fice; the goal is worth the race. We are reap- merit, from which we select two or three which ing what our fathers and ourselves had sowed, will please our readers. - a bitter, bitter harvest. The generations of

The first, from one whose pleasing pen has our successors will, we fervently pray, reap a often contributed to the pages of the “ Reposiglorious and blessed harvest of happiness and tory," has some touches of considerable merit. joy and freedom for all our sowing in tears. The time has come. The sun and the showers had nourished and made fat the dragons' teeth Step softly! for that aged form with which they had filled the soil, and it need- Outstretched before us here, ed a dauntless husbandman to mow down and With silvery beard and snowy locks, consume the horrid crop. Few of us, perhaps, Is the departing Year. anticipated the result of our early sowing; but Hark to the cold wind's mournful wail, some have been prophetic. As long ago as As it rushes wildly past ! 1859, a great American preacher in writing and voices strange and wild are heard from Rome, thus speaks :

To mingle with the blast.

TRIBUTES TO THE OLD YEAR.

THE DYING YEAR.

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