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where Angels fear to tread," said he, and the avenues to bliss, and the mind runs "dash on," was his motto.

along them, as if in reality of enjoyment. During a very long, tedious, and stormy In these dreams he was reminded of the voyage, he was often engaged in the duties prayers and tears and good wishes of his of the “Sailor Boy," and periled himself wife and daughter, and although amid the dangers of the Sea, to acquire a self-command and fortitude, essential to suc

“Sad memory brought the light

“Of other days, around him;" cess in untried scenes.

In slumbers of midnight, as he was dream- still by thoughts of home he gained fresh ing of home, “wife, children and friends," vigor and rushed on to the Hoosier Switzerand picturing his new career, a call to the land. Scarcely an object but interested his deck was heard. He springs from his thoughts, and the charming views of the hammock, and flies to the deck," and there river caught the impress of his peacil. “ If learns the fate of his companions, most of this is to be my country, how happy will be whom had perished in the fire and water.- my Egorina and Alpina when they arrive." He seemed almost alone amid the vast world But alas ! nor wife was he again to behold. of waters, and seizing the long boat, yet un

He at length reached the goal of his wishharmed, he and his few remaining compan- es, and the sound of his native language and ions launched into the mighty deep, and the sight of his countrymen made him committed themselves anew to the God of awhile forget tempests and vicissitudes.

That sorrow e'er bad crossed his path, Fortunately they were not far from the Or remorse had mingled in his cup her Coast of Bermuda, when their sad misfor

bitterness. tune occurred, and they were glad to be un- It is one of the beautiful features der the care

one of Her Majesty's ves of the American Government that indepensels, then going to North Carolica, and dence isoon granted to all who seek it, and doubly so when landed safely, a living mon

ere a year elapsed Frederick found himself ument of mercy on that hospitable shore.: the owner in fee simple of a fine farm, and

In the land of Freemen the stranger can- the Justice of Peace for as fine a settlement not be friendless, nor was Frederick, for he as the Hoosier State can present. soon found those whose kindness encouraged

So soon as possible after he had made his him, and whose ready hands placed him in a home in order, he sent to the Consul at condition to pursue his way over the Alleg- Basle to convey with all despatch his wife hanies, and by the Ohio, to his destined and daughter to his adopted country. Prehome.

parations were made for their departure, As he passed through the numerous vil- and with sadness did Egorina and Alpina, . lages and cities, and over the broad rich val- with the little children, begin their journey leys, scarcely visited by a vine, yet over-, for the "

new world." flowing with evidence of activity and plenty,

A Sea voyage is a monotonous affair, and his own wild country was spread in contrast to the Swiss group were allowed the privibefore him.

Ever in his wanderings his leges of catching the wild fish, that school heart would turn with fondness towards around the ship, and with the aid of the Switzerland. As he crossed the Blue Ridge, sailors, drawing them on deck. But ah! its summits were unusually enchanting, and little did Egorina or Alpina dream, that so also its valleys, and as he looked through soon such food should be cast over to them. them at an early hour, he fancied, with Os- Being the worst sailors in the world, they sian, in the misty air were forms he loved. suffered very much from the illness geneHe saw Egorina in her white turban, and rally attendant to ship board novices. AlpiAlpina in her new white dress. It requires na and the little children recovered from no stretch of fancy to see innumerable en-their serious illness, but the Mother sickened dearments in these mountain mists, as the and died. sun sends his first penetrating rays through Here was the outbreaking of Alpina's them. Like clouds at sunset, they open up mental aberrations, for her gentle spirit

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could not brook so many sorrows, and she who had been a Father, Pro tempore, for the bent and snapped—a tender plant,—which young plants. the winds and storms had visited too roughly. On arriving at their destined port, Alpina As Alpina gazed at the form of her lifeless was placed in one of those blessings to manMother, she was mute, her grief was too kind, named Asylums, where under the care deep, she could not realize her loss. So of its Physician, she became soothed and powerful was her attachment, that all she restored. heard or saw was only a part of the loved

The untold agony of her young heart, object that was motionless in death.

was obliterated by the kindness insinuated Painful indeed it was, to see her approach through itthe dear one in her grave dress, and that grave to be the bottomless Sea. But she did

" There is a gem more pearly bright, come up to the last kiss, embrace and fare

More dear to mercy's eye,

Than love's sweet star, well—an old salt, all bathed in tears, caught

Whose mellow light her up in his arms, and let her kiss the clay- First cheers the Evening Sky cold lips of her Mother. Poor Alpina !- A liquid gem that glitters

Where no sorrows now intrude, Poor Alpina! She was dumb with emotion,

richer gem than Monarchs wear, and loneliness—and felt the luxury of grief The tear of gratitude."- Woodworth. oozing out of her living soul—awhile after the sad ceremonials.

Would that all were as grateful as Alpina The Captain of the vessel had a strong Swartz, for that restoration to health, inregard for his precious charge, and with the duced by the skill, science and humanity of utmost propriety of demeanour, every man an Asylum, and as she glided over the splenwas there, and listened with uncovered did “high ways and by ways,” to her new heads to his reading of the sublime Funeral home in the far west, her countegance, manService, and as he was about to say,--“We ner and intelligence bespoke an interest in therefore commit this body to the deep,”— her behalf that words could not express. a vast billow overwhelmed, and dashed the She hastened to see once more her Father body into the Sea--and the people on deck and the “little children,” and to enter on a were only saved by clinging to ships appur- new career of usefulness, with her countrytenances.

people in the Hoosier State. Oh, it is hard to part with a Mother, The Telegraph had advised Frederick of for the cold, cold grave, hard to look at a the changes, and he met Alpina, and the form once cherished, becoming the victim of children, as if naught had occurred to mar decay—but then there is a comfort even in their felicity. Grief is a difficult passion to the desolateness that cometh with it. The regulate properly. It will vent itself somehand of affection can dress a Mother's grave how, and one evening as they were sitting with perennial flowers, can rear a monument by themselves, a simultaneous burst of lato her memory, can shed tears between it mentation resounded through the Swissand God, but alas! alas! when the briny Hoosier's Cabin. Then a calm ensued deep takes one's loved, the billows swallow and so for weeks. at periods, there would be

all semblance of them. The great Ocean weeping and not a word said, then a serenity receives them to its vast bosom, and rolls on ensued, that rendered Frederick Swartz's its mighty course, without a memento or home a Paradise. The hour of grief is the monumental stone.

hour for love, and Alpina was deeply symThe little children and Alpina were in a pathised with by a kind young hoosier who sailor's charge—a gallant one, who would had entered Justice Swartz's Office to beperish sooner than that ill should betide his come a lawyer. And he won upon her affecprecious charge, and the motherless ones tions; always together, their union was inse-found that a friend was in him of the stormy parable, and they were permitted to join Sea—in him whose affectionate solicitude hearts and hands and live as members of had preserved from wreck the beautiful and the same family on Earth,-hoping to meet accomplished mind of Alpina Swartz—and a dear departed Mother in Heaven.



There in the stillness of their evenings, another, her husband, and Father, could would the Swiss Guitar salute the ear, and “sit under their own Vine and Fig Tree, the little children, with Alpina for their and have naught to molest them or make foster-mother, loving and loved of one them afraid."

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If there is aught that, for a moment, can|Moon's silvery light, upon a leaf of her notedraw the veil of oblivion o'er the woes of book, There did they present themselves life, call forth a rapturous feeling, or awaken as emanations from a saddened mind,—and a poetic thought, is not such a night as was the overflowings of a riven heart. “Oh!" exthat which displayed itself around the Falls claimed the lone one, “I am weary of gazing of Montmorency, in the October of 1843 ? upon a scene so fraught with beauty,mone The Moon, as if robbing every luminous that so vividly recalls the past,” and resumed body, shone with redoubled effulgence, its her seat upon the sofa, her blue silken scarf beams gaily playing upon the sparkling spray falling in graceful folds over her symmetriof the Falls, while to complete the enchant- cal figure. ment of the scene, the gently-sighing breeze, Again, in deepened gloom, did the embitat intervals, so harmoniously mingled with terments of life return, and hope, which for the low notes of the whip-poor-will. Upon a moment had bestrewed her path with its such an eve, when nature was attired in blossoms, became seared, and withdrew the Autumnal loveliness, and tranquility, threw soothing influence it is wont to impart.her charm o'er terrestrial things, a retired, Once, Malvina . Floyd could scarcely have but rich apartment in the dwelling of Mr. defined the word, trouble : bedecked with Floyd, could boast of but one occupant.

fairest flowers was every avenue of life. Let us pause, ere we obtrude upon the soli- But, alas ! fortune frowned, and she, the tude of that spot, and inquire the name of fascinating Malvina, was a changed being. that saddened, yet lovely being, who, in a year previous to the present time, she half-reclining posture, had seated herself was bereaved of her parents, whose demise upon the crimson plush sofa. Why were compelled her, with her. only brother Arthe brilliant eyes suffused with tears, and thur, to relinquish the much-loved, family the ebbings of grief unchecked ?.

mansion,—that spot where life had so calmly The fair one was no other than Malvina blended its joys,—and where they had ever Floyd, whose mind was reverting to the experienced all that delight which flows from fairy-like scenes, and sun-bright hopes of kindred hearts, and home endearments.former days,—when life was tinted with its All conspired to entwine more closely those most brilliant hues. The home of youth," feelings of attachment, that time or absence with its terraced garden, and trellised arbors can ne'er unloose. They were, after a appeared anew, and even the old Maple short period, received into the family of their grove, the silent spectator of many a juve- uncle, where we now find them. Although nile ramble, portrayed itself in unfading Malvina, at times, permitted the shades of colors. All these, by contrast with present melancholy to obscure her mind, it was not ills, served but to augment her anguish.— always thus. In the daily avocations and But from this unwelcome reverie was she, amusements of life, she evinced an air of at length, aroused by the refulgence which cheerfulness and placidity ;-contributing, the Moon's powerful beams threw o'er the also, by her numerous acts of kindness and room. Suddenly grasping her pencil, and benevolence to the well-being and scomfort seating herself by the window, her mind of others. Varied were the sources from wandered, as oft it had done, in the realms whence she derived pleasure and improveof Poesy, and gathering some of its choicest ment. Added to domestic enjoyments, she gems, she inscribed them, aided only by the found undiminished delight in the perusal

say, that

PENCILLINGS BY MOONLIGHT. amera of books, and the wielding of her pen.- there seems to fall upon my ear, as the Much did she love to roam in the mazes of zephyrs fit by, dismal whisperings that now literature, or drink at its Elysian fountains. and unforeseen trials await us.” Thus, no day passed without some gleams He entreated her not to permit sombre of comfort,--and with the poetess, she could fears, and gloomy forebodings to distract her

mind,-saying, " he felt an unwavering assu

rance that a few short months would find him Sweetly through the darkest donm,

again upon American soil, and restore to “There shone some ling’ring beams of gladness." them both the delights, and undisturbed pros

perity of by-gone days." Malvina, a few evenings subsequent to the This interview terminated with repeated one upon which she is introduced to the

assurances of undiminished affection, and reader, was awakened from a similar reve- pledges of mutual love, and as the carriage rie, by the appearance of a carriage at the made a graceful detour in leaving the house, door. A tall, well-dressed gentleman soon she was afforded an opportunity of returning alighted, and with a dignified, yet hurried

a low and meaning bow. step, approached the house. A hasty ring

Scarcely had the last, lingering looks been of the door-bell

, and soon was ushered into exchanged, ere Malvina's cousin Alice boundthe presence of Malvina, one Francis Ro-ed into the room, and with her accustomed senworth, to whom she was betrothed.- volubility and pertness, commenced in a most Some months had elapsed since last they satirical manner, to condole with her upon met ;—not that the same tender, ardent at- the pangs of separation ;—but, continued tachment had ceased to exist, or that they she, “console yourself with the truth that were less firm in the determination to ad- absence makes the heart grow fonder.'”. here to their long-cherished hopes. No,- Her humor, and good nature failed not to it was not such obstacles that had appeared elicit what she intended, viz: a smile from to render less frequent their interviews than her cousin, as she followed her from the in days departed, but circumstances beyond room, -Alice, at the same time, wishing her present control, had intervened since her a sweet good-night, and pleasant dreams. Father's death, that precluded the possibility “But dreams, Alice,” said Malvina, or even propriety of frequent visits. As delusive,-phantoms of a moment; so, whatFrancis was aware that to Malvina's uncle ever may have presented itself of an agreehe was not a welcome visitor, he had availed able nature in our slumbers, we may find at himself of his absence, to pay her a visit, morning's dawn, sadly reversed." and as he informed her, “these few hours

In many respects, Malvina Floyd, and her of happiness would, probably, be the last he cousin Alice were totally unlike. Added to should be permitted to share with her in the fascinations of wit and gayety, Alice several months;—the separation might be," possessed amiability, and an overflow of be added, “ prolonged to a year."

kindly affections that endeared her to a large This was said in a suppressed and tremu- circle of friends. But with all this, she was lous tone, clearly indicative of the wretched- a devotee to the fashion and gayeties of the ness he felt. He then made known to her world. She loved its frivolities, and pahis intention of soon bidding adieu to his na- geantry,—and not unfrequently, did she tive clime, as business of no small import- grace the merry dance, or lend a charm to the ance demanded his immediate presence in a brilliant soiree. Although Malvina loved foreign port. For this intelligence, Malvina many traits in the character of Alice, she was not wholly unprepared, as intimations could not but deplore the avidity with which of it had appeared, in recent letters. But an she sought the evanescent joys that spring increased feeling of loneliness stealing upon from modish life. Alice, also, loved and adher, she exclaimed,

mired the gentleness and dignity of Malvina, “Oh! that heart-crushing word, adieu! while, at the same time, she felt restrained and it may be a long and last adieu! an in- by her presence.

What Malvina had approdefinable sensation of fear seizes me, and hended as a new source of trial, ere boing


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