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BIRDS OF PARADISE.

although his was confirmed by other wri. The surprising beaury and elegance of these ters, as Maregrave, John de Laet, Chisius, birds, irresistibly attracts the attention. In the Wormius, Bontius and Hernandez, the public

exuberance and delicacy of the plumage they chose to believe the marvellous and ridiculous 3 so far surpass all other tenants of the air, that and to reject the truth. It would be well if,

the sight of them calls forth curious enquiry, in our day and country, the people would s as well as the highest admiration. For a imitate this example in nothing more import. 3 long time, however, absurd notions were en ant than questions in natural history.

tertained in Europe respecting their nature s and habits. Some of the species are loaded

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. with a surplus of long and light plumes, A MAGNIFICENT TEMPLE.—The travels of which appear wholly useless, and convey the

Missionaries are daily bringing to view obe

jects of interest, alike to ihe enterprising idea that they must materially impede flight,

merchant, the man of curious research, and and expose the bird to be actually blown the Christian philanthropist.-The Rev. Euaway by a high wind. This peculiarity gene Kincaid, for many years a devoled misdoub!less favored a belief in the childish story

sionary in the Burmaz Empire, has recently

returned, and is now addressing crowded au. told by the Chinese traders, that these birds

diences, on the condition of the heathen. In are naturally destitute of legs, and spend their a recent discourse he described a magnificent whole lives in the air. To this men of lively temple, which, while it slamps with litleness imaginations added, that they never alighted

the greatest of Christian churches, for arcbi

tectural display, in many will excite fervent for a moment, and builded no nests, but car.

prayers of benevolence, that the zeal whict, ried their eggs upon their backs until they

in the space of two years, among a heathen were hatched. They were said to feed only people, could erect such an edifice, to the on dew and vapors rising from the earth, and honor of gods that have no knowledge, may 10 take their rest only by hanging themselves

be speedily enlightened and consecrated to

the God of the whole earth. by their longest feathers io the branches and

The foundations of this temple (in the city twigs of trees. It is needless to say that all of Ava, the capital of the Burmese Empire,) this has since been proved to be pure fable: are of solid masonry, composed of bricks of but it was long supposed to be countenanced

the best materials. It is two thousand feet

square, the walls being eight feel thick and by the fact, that the skins imported into Eu

seventy feet high. On the top of the wails rope came without legs, the natives of New rest two rows of massive pillars. At each corGuinea and its neighbortng islands, from ner of the walls rises a beautiful spire. On which they are derived, uniformly cutting

the top of each spire is placed a huge bar of

iron, surmounting which is an iron net work, them off in preparing them for sale.

ten feet in diameter, in the shape of a spread The Germans call this bird Paradyss umbrella. On the bottoni edge of this are vogel and Lust.vogel, [Paradise aud pleasure suspended bells of every size and tone. A bird ;] the Spaniards, Passaro del Sol, (spar.

piece of bright copper is 'attached to every rows of the sun;) while one species receive

clapper, so arranged that when the wind is

strong every bell is set ringing. ed the name of Phænix ; and the terms natur

On the top of this temple is a second one, ally aided in continuing such ideas among one hundred and fifty feet square, and ifty the people. It is strange tbat long after the feet high, each corner having its lower and truth had been discovered and published by

bills; and surmounting this ihird is a fourth

and last lemple, seventy-five feet square and writers of science and reputation, it made its ten feet bigh, each corner also having its way but slowly, and encountered great op spire and bells. From the top of this fourth position. Merchants in Europe were inter. temple ascends a magnificent spire, with an ested in maintaining a high appreciation in

immense iron net work at its summil-having

numerous bells suspended from its edge.-On these precious articles of trade, and encoura

walking by the temple, when the wind is ? ged these false notions; as in the East they strong, aná all these bells, comprising an end. favored the idea that the plumes of Birds of less variety of tones, are ringing, a wonderful Paradise would ensure a superhuman protec

sensation is produced, as though music was

falling all around from the clouds. Lion on the chiefs who wore them in their

The whole of the interior of this temple is turbans.

stuccoed, and has the appearance of polished It is supposed that specimens of the skins marble. In the centre is an immense ihrone, of these birds were first introduced into Ea

on which is a most gigantic image. Mr. Kin

caid had the curiosity to clinib up, for the rope by Pignasetta, who had the honesty to

purpose of measuring some portion of it; and attest that their legs had been cut off. Yet, s from the end of the thumb to the second

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“Wandering Jew" is said to be an attack on popery, but it is also an attack upon the foundations of all religions. He spoke powerfully upon the necessity of pastors utiering their loudest warnings against this kind of read. ing, in public and private.

He would also use the fact that this corrupting and poisonous literature is so gener. ally spread, as a powerful argument for circulating religious publications. In his opinion some publications of the Tract Society, in a literary point of view, would yield to none, and might be given to the most refined and most intelligent.

joint, was eighteen inches. It was placed

There at the cost of 150,000 rupees, or sixty the Thousand dollars. Besides this, in niches in 12 The wall, are placed five hundred other ima.

ges, each one larger than lile, and each upon ia throne, wiin inscriptions on the wall direct

lv above them. On ihe wall are other ima.

ges 10 tiers, higher and higher, until they I reach the lofty ceiling. Look about you which

way you will, in this immense building, and

it seems as though the gods were looking "Ş dowii upon you wherever you turn your eyes.

Look up this 274 feet of solid mason work, 3 dedicated to idolatry, and see the thousands as upon thousands of worshippers, who pour in

their offerings of gold like water, and fancy, if you can, the expense of this idolatrous worship.

The temple, with its images-the immense amount of brick and stone work-the two thousand bells the sculpture which adorns the building within and without-and the lotiy towers-must have cost more than the creation of a hundred commodious churches in New York.

It was begun and finished within 2 years. Thousands were making brick, thousands more laying them, and thousands upon thousands engaged in the various departments.Thousands of poor nen cheerfully gave two months' labor to the work, Oihers four, and but few citizens gave less, while the wealthy gave large sums.

GERMANY.-Heidelberg, Sept. 27.-Yesterday evening, soon after ihe arrival of Ronge and his companies, the heads of the German Catholic community were cited to appear befure Stadt Director Bobme, who made it known that, in virtue of the rescript of the Minister of the Home Department, the said Ronge could not be permitted to perform ecclesiasti. cal service. or to deliver any public address. At the same time it was intimated that if security for compliance with this order should not be given, Ronge must leave the town im. mediately. Under these circumstances the persons who had appeared felt theaiselves bound to give the required security. From the prohibitior against speaking, addresses on giving toasts were expected. In consequence of this order no devotion can be performed by German Catholics, and the voice of Ronge must not be heard in any public place. A festival was, however, held at Prince Max's at which more thad 400 persons allended.Konge was there joined by Paulus and Winteri; and the priests Dowait and Jerome Reuchler, who had appeared for the German Catholics, gave the meeting an account of the proceedings taken by the police, and led a cheer for Ronge, which was given with great zeal.

DR. ALEXANDER'S REMARKS ON THE PRESS. - While the subject of the Press was under discussion, at a late meeting, the Rev. Dr. J. W. Alexander, of this city, who has given neuch altention to this point, made a few very eloquent and impressive remarks. He said it was not possible to exaggerate the evils of the cheap printing of the present day. It is a curse. He had never been so alarmed as during a recent journey. Every where had the vile irash, the yellow-covered literature; and the cheap novels that are sent out from this city, been obtruded upon his notice. The country is flooded. When visiting the Great Britain a few days before, he found in its lowesi depths a man perusing a vile publie' cation. Go down Nassau street, said he, and and you will see unblushingly exposed in the windows, buoks and prints that not only shock the eye of modesty, but pandering as they do to the lowest appetite, are eminently calculated to deprave the mind and intiame the worst passions of the soul. He had made it a matter of conscience to look into ibis sub. ject, and to see what was the character of these publications that are sent out in such vast numbers. The increase of this kind of books is dreadful; the stream runs blacker and deeper every day. The press is used here extensively to print Infidel publications for the South American Stales. He spoke of Eugene Sue's writings as being most danger.

ous: he has a wonderful power of exciting > the basest passions of the heart. “His

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MISCELLANEOUS.

gance. Its stately gateway is occasionally ,

opened to receive the remains of an Israel. A Princely Hebrew.-From Prague,

ite from some distant place, whose last wish we hear of the death, at the age of 77, of

may have been to rest here with his fathers. a Hebrew merchant. In his lifetime he

Even the Jewish street is still kept in perdevoted the larger part of his immense reve- 3

fect repair, through the munificence of a nues to the encouragement of science, art

Jewish merchant, whose grandfather was and natural industry—and to the relief of

a Rabbi of this place. I notice, too, with the indigent, without distinction of religion

pleasure, that the classical building of the or race; and by his will he has bequeathed

Redwood Library' is undergoing a comthree millions of florins--300,0001-among

3 plete renovation at the expense of the same the benevolent institutions of all the princi.

individual, who is a citizen of New Or. pal cities of Bohemia.

leans." Water well set at work.-In the village The following additional particulars form of Hastings, on the east bank of the Hud. a portion of the early history of Rhode Isl. sun, 20 miles from the city, is a large and. October 191h, 1667, thirty-five feet of spring affording water sufficient for two or square ground was deeded to Mordecai

three small factories. From this spring Campaunal and Moses Packeckoe for a 3 Mr. B. has laid a pipe of three-quarter inch Jewish cemetery.--The first Jewish settlers

bore, 2,393 feet long, supplying the houses were of Dutch extract from Curasao. In with water. The fall is 110 feet, being 20 1750 and '60, many wealthy Jews from greater than the Croton in Fulton street. It Spain and Portugal settled amongst them. operates to the entire satisfaction of this A few most conspicuous were the Lopez, projector, Mr. Peter Nodine, fulfilling the Riveras, Pollocks, Levis, and Hart and most sanguine expectations. The price, Isaac Touro. The latter was at the head exclusive of the expense of digging, is 10 of the congregation as clergyman. They cents per foot, which is 33 per cent cheaper erected in 1762 a house of worship, which than lead pipe. It may be considered indis. was dedicated on the 2d of December, 1763, tructible.

with great pomp and splendor, by a congre. Mr. Ball has laid 800 feet of his pipe of gation of over three hundred Jews. Aaron 2 1-2 inches bore in Providence, R. I. We Lopez was celebrated as a merchant of 3 understand gives entire satisfaction. In { great enterprise, seeking out new channels

other places, and in numerous houses in for the promotion of commerce, owning this city, he has put his pipes of various si some thirty sail of vessels, and about thə zes, and for various purposes. Mr. B. is a first to fit out whalemen for the Falkland persevering and ingenious mechanic, en Islands. An instance is also related which titled to the patronage of his countrymen.”

should serve as an example to the present

enlightened period. A merchant, an Is. To the Editors of the Louisville Jourual : raelite, of great enterprise, largely embark.

GENTLEMEN.-I find the following touch ed in commercial pursuits, was in the end ing incident in the Mobile Advertiser :

unsuccessful, losing his all, and with large “A correspondent of the Charleston Cou debts unpaid. He removed to Boston, riei, writing from Newport, Rhode Island, where, in a few years, he accumulated relates the following touching incident in wealth, returned to Rhode Island, and setconnexion with the early history of the tled himself permanently with his family. 3 Israelites of that city, and the religious de Soon after, he gave a dinner party, inviting votion manifested in the preservation of their among his guests all to whom he was ininstitutions, by one of the denomination debted. Dinner announced, each gentleman who reveres the faith of his fathers :"

was assigned his place at table by cards - The liberal policy of the founders of with the name written on the plates. On Rhode Island had drawn hither (to New. turning them over, under each plate was port) a community of wealthy and enterpri. found a check for the principal with interest sing Israelites, who gave an impulse to its in full to that day. He thus liquidated commerce. Now there is not a single every liability, which his creditors, from the Jewish family, nor one of their descendants length of time that had elapsed, had entirely on the Island; but their ancient and vener relinquished. Abraham, the son of Isaac able synagogue still remains in perfect or. Touro, a native of Rhode Island, made his der, as if prepared for their reception, and > fortune in Boston, and died in 1822, leaving their cemetery, with its monumenis, walks, 3 $10,000 and $5,000 in trust to the Legisla and trees, is a model of neatness and ele- ture for the support of, and to keep in order

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the synagogue and burial ground with the streets leading thereto, now called Touro street, which to the present is strictly complied with. Moses, the nephew of Aaron Lopez, was the last resident Jew. He died in New York, and, at his request, was removed to Newport and buried beside his brother Jacob. *Not a resident Jew was left on the island in 1820. The history of Rhode Island lauds them for their integrity and upright course, and refers to them as an ex. ample to be followed by all.

A New City. The following animated description of one of the last wonders of our day, the new city now rising at Birkenhead, near Liverpool, is from the pen of a noble diplomatist, and will be read with interest : “ I have made a very agreeable trip to Birkenhead, which is a place rising as if by en. chantment, out of the desert, and bidding fair to rival, if not eclipse the glories of Liverpool. Seven years ago there were not three houses on that side of the Mersey

- there are now above 20,000 inhabitants, and on the spot where Sir W. Stanley's hounds killed a fox in the open field, now stands a square larger than Bellgrave. square. every house of which is occupied

At Liverpool there are now ten acres of s docks, the charge for which is enormous ;

at Birkenhead there will be forty-seven acres, with rates two-thirds lower, which will gradually diminish until (supposing trade to continue prosperous) they will almost disappear and the docks become the property of the public at the end of thirty years. It would have been worth the trouble of the journey to make acquaintance

with the projector and soul of this gigantic { enterprise, a certain Mr. Jackson. With

his desire to create a great commercial em. porium proceeds, pari passu, that of improving and elevating the condition of the laboring classes here, and before his docks are even excavated, he is building docks for 300 families of work people, each of which is to have three rooms and necessary conve. niencies, to be free of all taxes, and plenti!ully supplied with water and gas, for 2s 6d a week for each family. These houses

adjoin the warehouses and docks, where the { people are to be employed, and thence is

10 run a railroad to the sea, and every man Tiking to bathe will conveyed there for a penny. There are to be wash.houses, where a woman will be able to wash the linen of her family for two pence; add 180 acres have been devoted to a park, which Paxton has laid out, and nothing at Chatsworth can be more beautiful.

At least 20,000 people were congregated there last Sunday, all' decently dressed, or. derly, and enjoying themselves. Chapels and churches, and schools, for every sect and denomination, abound. Jackson says he is sure he shall create as vigorous a-public opinion against the public houses as is to be found in the higher classes. There are now 3000 workmen on the docks and build. ings, and he is about to take on 2000 more. Turn which way you will, you see only the most judicious application of capital, skill, s and experience-every thing good adopted, every thing bad eschewed from all other places, and as there is no other country in the world, I am sure, that could exhibit such a sight as this nascent establishment, where the best interests of commerce and philanthropy are so felicitously interwoven. I really felt an additional pride at being an Englishman."-[The writer of this tribute to Birken head, “the City of the Future,” is Lord Clarendon, formerly our ambassador to Madrid. 1-European Times.

From another English paper. BIRKRENHEAD.—The commissioners of this rising town, which is exactly opposite to Liverpool, on the other side the Mersey, have given notice of their intention to apply to Parliament for power to purchase the basin and property adjacent to the south end of George's pier, on the Liverpool side, for purposes suitable to the increasing wants and importance of their town; they also seek to obtain power to purchase property adjacent to the present ferry, for the purpose of greatly extending the ferry accommodation, and for widening the streets and approaches to the same.

A Child Choked to Death by a Chesnut. -An interesting daughter, about eighteen months old, of Mr. John H. Walker, of Gardner, Mass., while eating chesnuts on Wednesday, was choked to death. As soon as it was discovered to be choked, a messenger was sent for Dr. A. S. Carpenter of 3 South Gardner, but before he arrived the child was dead. - Worcester Spy.

The population of the earth is estimated at one thousand millions. Thirty millions die annually, eighty.iwo" thousand daily, three thousand four hundred and four every hour, and fifty-seven every minute.

In the Arctic region, when the thermometer is below zero, persons can converse more than a mile distant. Dr. Simmons asserts that he heard every word of a sermon at two niles dis'ance.

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