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POOR BESSY'S LAMENT.'
Does my sweet William sail among your crew ?"
Weeping for her true love, weeping all alone:
And had not been heard from since he left home.'" “Je-hu," shouted Hotspur, with so long an emphasis upon the first syllable of his exclamation, that we shuddered for its conclusion.
“This is trifling with the dignity of the occasion,” said King Jowl, “and I move, Mr. Chairman, that the Editor be called to order.”
“Order, order, sir,” cried the infuriated Chairman, while Lean Jack resumed his seat, enraged and embarrassed.
“I move that the remaining articles of poetry be immediately consigned, “unhonored and unsung,' Mr. Chairman, to the coffin,” said Bardolph, with his characteristic aversion to “rhyming nonsense," as he styled the efforts of our College bards.
“ No, no,' exclaimed several voices simultaneously. “Hear them, let us hear them."
And Hal accordingly picked up several. First, “The Lyre,” eight verses of fraternal love, was offered but rejected ; a poem without fault and without merit. Then followed “ Lines to a Friend,” by Lamba, a bad eulogy upon Virtue, Happiness, and Peace. It is noticed in our Table as its ambitious author requested, very poor “grist," ground in a very bad mill-“ Lines to the Young Ladies who attend the Chemical Lectures," and the mournful ditty of the “Old Horse upon the Green," were also respectfully declined. Fifteen different effusions to “ Mary,” each worthy of a Chatelar, were decently placed in the coffin. But a truce to poetry.
Hal then resumed the article, which had been temporarily laid aside, to give opportunity for Lean Jack's unhappy effort. It was headed, “A Few Thoughts upon the Sub-Treasury and Finance in general."
King Jowl said, that he did not think it was necessary to read the article, as how. ever excellent it might be, he should for one object to its political character; and Hotspur swore, (not profanely, of course,) that it would undoubtedly put him to sleep, for he hated money-matters most bitterly. Bardolph, however, rose and requested the attention of the Club for a few moments; (a great many wry faces, as Bardolph was the Treasurer of the corps.)
“I have long forborne, gentlemen," said the officer and Editor, slowly and distinctly, “ to mention so uninteresting a subject, ay must necessarily be, the finance of our Magazine. There are in it alike many bright and many dark spots. We have, I rejoice to say, quite a large list of subscriptions, which if promptly and punctually paid, will be adequate to defray all expenses ; (loud cheers from the corps :) but, (great and sudden silence,) I fear, gentlemen, lest, as in years previous, many of these may be unpaid, and the deficiency consequently fall heavily upon us. I therefore would propose, in order to secure this payment, that we require every subscription to be paid on or before the delivery of the third number of the present volume of this magazine, or its delive
discontinued. (C ries of good, good; and the law was unanimously passed.) 1 propose, also, gentlemen, provided a sufficient number of paying subscribers can be procured, that we issue the portrait which we have so long promised. (This was also acceded to.) And finally, gentlemen, I would suggest, as an action worthy of the kindness and extended liberality of ourselves, that we collect all the back numbers of our cherished Magazine; and having bound them in fine cloth, with gilt edges, that we present them, as a species of hereditary bequest, to the future Editors of the Periodical. The expense for each editor would not exceed fifteen dol” . We heard no more ; suddenly the lamp was overturned, a hurried scampering and shuffling of feet, with now and then an oath, succeeded, and the Editorial chamber was as still and dark as the grave. Whether or not Bardolph completed his speech, what was the nature of his feelings, or what his subsequent actions, we are not informed. We presume, however, that as soon as he recovered from the shock to his self-possession, he followed his associates in their adjournment. Reader! a hasty Good Bye.
Note. We have been reluctantly compelled, by want of room, to omit many things which we had prepared for insertion in our Table,-our Literary Notices, a sketch of the Grand Jubilee of the College Temperance Society, words to Correspondents, chitchat with readers, &c.-Eds.
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In pago 118, 2d line from top, for “showed,” read shaved.
121, 14th line from top, for “ wife," read rifle.
When a young man puts his foot on the threshold of active life, he finds it expedient to settle in his own mind several questions, which, if wise, he will consider and answer to the best of his ability before he takes another step.
There he stands—the world spread out before him, the uproar of its busy millions sounding in his ear; throngs are hurrying past him ; he is erect and eager for the start. He feels within him, we will suppose, the natural impulses of uncorrupted youth. Honest, generous, ardent, he prefers right to wrong, truth to falsehood, honor to shame, action to sloth. Distrustful, perhaps, of his own abilities, he still ventures to believe that if there had not been room for him in the world, he would not have been sent into it, and he has reason, on the whole, to expect that if he is not to occupy a respectable position in society, the blame will belong less to evil stars than to his own misconduct. Feeling and thinking thus ; knowing, too, that the reins of his destiny are now, as it were, placed in his own hands; he is naturally anxious to shape his course right in the beginning. Therefore it is that he pauses; therefore he stands, gazing around and before him, thoughtful of that Present, which is the germ of his Future, and of that Future which is to be leaf, and flower, and fruit of his Present. To such an one, at such a period of life, particularly in this country, and in these days, it is an important inquiry how far his personal interests require him to engage in the strife of politics.
That he should keep himself entirely aloof from it, is not to be expected or wished. For he is a citizen, and may not shrink from the performance of his duties as a member of the commonwealth. The State is free ; political distinction is therefore a lawful prize of virtuous ambition. But while it is incumbent upon him to form as sound opinions as he can on political affairs, and on suitable occasions and in a suitable manner to express them; while the road to political eminence is wisely left open to him as to all; his country makes no unreasonable
demands upon his time or attention ; never requiring him, except on very extraordinary occasions, to neglect his private affairs for the sake of promoting her welfare. On the contrary, it is a fact worthy of notice, though sometimes lost sight of, that no man is morally or legally bound to become a statesman when he becomes a voter; and this truth is so universally acknowledged by society, that whenever a stripling, just on the verge of manhood, is seen to display a profound acquaintance with all the various departments of political science, together with all the wisdom of age, all the sagacity of experience, and all that confidence in his own judgment which properly accompanies such superior powers, he is looked upon with smiling astonishment, even by the shrewdest observers.
The expectations of the community being thus moderate, it appears somewhat strange that the arena of party strife should be so crowded as it is with youthful aspirants for public favor ; stranger still, when we consider the false position in which a young man places himself when he assumes to be the instructor and guide of the people in matters of highest concernment; the hazardous nature of the service in which he enlists-hazardous alike to purse and character; and the extreme uncertainty of his desired rewards.
A man may, doubtless, consistently with perfect modesty, make known the bias of his mind, by vote or otherwise, though conscious of his inability to trace out all the bearings of a question proposed. But when he comes out openly as the champion or adversary of important measures ; when he takes it upon himself to harangue the people and handle the wires of party machinery ; it is fair to presume that if he be not a knave, he thinks himself qualified for the task he has undertaken,—that he supposes himself to possess sufficient information and maturity of intellect to grasp, in their various relations, the great subjects he professes to discuss,—that he has devoted time enough to the consideration of them, and, after a full investigation of their merits, feels moved by a laudable anxiety to inculcate his views upon the minds of his fellow citizens. A more ridiculous idea than that of a young politician, “not yet hardened into bone and sinew," advancing such monstrous pretensions as these with regard to any disputed question of national policy, surely Satire never laughed at. Take, for example, the Tariff question. How extensive a knowledge of constitutional law, of history, of statistics, of the present condition of our own and other countries, and of the policy of foreign governments; how many years of labor and how vast an amount of thought must be brought to bear upon a subject like this, before the mightiest intellect can possibly comprehend it! And yet the fifty thousand presidential aspirants of the rising generation are ready, every one of them, to make public addresses on this topic or any other equally difficult, that may chance to arise. Among this multitude, indeed, there may be one or two strangely gifted of heaven ; exalted, as it were, by superhuman intelligence, above the reach of ordinary mortals. There have been such men, "kings by divine right,” into whose nostrils the Deity seems to have originally breathed something more than the breath of life,-a flow of his own