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admission of a foreign territory, in oppo- territory, from the accession of which a sition to the dissent of even a small mi- corrupt political party may seek to derive nority of the members of the confederacy. political strength, irrespective of all other By making it now the successful watch- considerations. Finally, we disappoint word of the whig party, we render it for the hopes of English tories, and all Euall time to come the glorious motto of ropean aristocrats, derived from what constitutional conservatism. We wrest they have the sagacity to perceive must from the demagogue the hope of ever be the inevitable consequence of Locoagain playing the same game with Can- focoism, in overthrowing everywhere all ada, or Cuba, or any other contiguous respect for free institutions.
WHO SHALL LEAD THE NATION?
SOME POLITICAL LINES NOT REQUIRED TO BE SUNG.
In the land of the West, where the sun hath rest
And the evening-star hangs bright,
Upholding a banner of light.
We thrill when his voice sounds high ;
And burn at his eloquent eye!
While the evening-star hangs bright!
For our country, the truth, and right!
So bravely he stood, while the ceaseless flood
Bore off his earlier years-
And a soul unknown to fears ;
Was a part of the nation's fame-
Shone high with Liberty's name !
Then dark grew the hours! Base, treacherous powers
Long ruled by corruption and guile;
A traitor had made us his spoil!
The wide wings of commerce were furled,
Were a taunt and a jeer to the world!
And the profits of vice were bought at a price,
And infamy carelessly borne,
And the by-paths were planted with thorn ;
And sorrow came in like the sea
Seemed sadly forever to flee.
Yet brightly and high on the darkened sky
There streamed a broad banner of light, And He of the West, from his bold, stern breast,
Flung out a loud voice to the night :
Oh, bartered—dishonored-undone !-
Where the battles of freedom were won!
“ Who trample ye down, and laugh at your frown?
Who deem ye so easy to bind ?
When their promise proves vain as the wind ? And are ye then sold for a price that is told ?
Still know ye the soil of your birth?
Fling down the usurpers to earth !"
So looks he afar to the field of war,
And he calls to the homes of the free,
The woods and the mighty sea ;
As the hill-tops brighten with day,
"Prosperity, freedom, and CLAY!”
Oh! ever be blest, thou chief of the West,
While the evening-star hangs bright! We'll go with thee on till the battle be won
For our country, the truth, and right!
Maid, 'mid the autumn leaves
Wet the gray stone ?
Seal'd in thy breast ?
Early to rest ?
Or hast thou a sister
Remember'd in Heaven!
The lips of love given ?-
Wet the gray stone ?
RANDOM RECOLLECTIONS OF TRAVELS.'
THERE are many things of diversified my companion eloquent upon the useful interest in the north of Ireland, both in arts of peace and the evil effects of the inhabitants and in the scenery, whe- war. ther of land or water; and the Irish There were some twenty or thirty character is always a pleasant study. cabin passengers, and, on the forward
We left Glasgow, in a steamer, at four decks, some sixty or seventy Irish lao'clock of a pleasant day, and sailed rap- borers, returning from the harvest in idly down the Clyde. The spires and England. The men, women, and chilsmoke of the city were soon left behind dren were huddled together, in rags, us, but the spirit of the great emporium wretchedness, and filth, apparently maof commerce and manufactures was all king their stumps of pipes serve the place the way visible in great pillars of smoke of victual and drink; and for this purpose rising above it; and hundreds of black they gathered up with avidity every steamers, and sloops with sails nearly as cigar-stump the passengers threw away. black, were plying up and down the riv- There was a great glistening of eyes when er; and the hanks everywhere gave forth a few bottles of whiskey were added to the full hum of busy life.
their supply of creature comforts! They A hearty, good-looking Scotch burgh- Jaughed and joked with each other, and er sat next to me, and occasionally made their very rags a subject of sport. pointed out the objects of interest on the The steward's bell summoned us to shore.
dinner, and about twelve of us took our “ Yon' white monument's to the mem seats at a neatly-laid table, in a cabin mory of Watt, him that made the steam- more tastefully painted and adorned than engin'. He was a benefactor.”
is usual on English steamers. The I ventured a remark about Fulton's captain, a fine-looking old Scotchman, labors in that line, but he seemed never reverently asked a blessing, in which to have heard of him. We soon came every one joined with, as I thought, inin sight of Dumbarton castle, a memora creased earnestness from having just. ble fortress, associated with Bruce, and left the half-starved laborers on deck. other glorious names in Scotland. It I could not but feel the full force of is situated on a rock some hundreds of Burns's blessing : feet high, which seems to have been
“ Some ha' meat and canna eat, made by nature for the express purpose And some wad eat that want it ; of protecting the river. The last rays But we ha' meat, and we can eat, of the sun were falling upon the old gray And so let God be thanket.” walls,and the troops were beating the evening reveillée as we passed. Observing There was ham, and Scotch muttonthe evident pleasure with which I gazed the best in the world—and dishes of. upon the scene, the old Scotchman turned smoking potatoes bursting open with deto me, and, with a quiet smile, observed: sire to be eaten, and huge sirloins of
“Ay, it's a braw sight! And so is beef from which the juice flowed at war alway, till the broken banes and every turn of the knife. It was well the brakin' taxes tell its cost; but, then, poor fellows above could not look on: there's mony a man wad rather be march- the wretched condition of Tantalus would ed after with the funeral-drum and a have been illustrated in a large number train o' soldiers on a distant shore, than of very ragged cases. be buried a few years later by a plain By degrees, the conversation became procession o' his ain townsmen, and the general, the captain taking the lead, auld kirk service."
and the topics being constantly varied I made no immediate reply to this the free church, the state of Ireland, and singular comment upon the passion for the merits of potatoes—and, finally, when glory "e'en at the cannon's mouth ;" the crackers and cheese, the decanter of but our subsequent conversation showed mountain-dew, the sugar and hot water,
had been brought on, every one seemed occupied, so I camped down on a settee to be on the best possible terms with in the coffee-room, and, wrapping my himself and his neighbor. They were cloak around me, was soon fast asleep. all, except myself, bound to Londonderry, I arose at five o'clock, and finding no one which was the destination of the steamer, up, unlocked the front door and wanderand they appeared to be plain farmers, ed forth to look at the town, which I had or traders, in and about that place, with concluded, from the appearance of the the exception of my friend the old burgh- hotel, must be a place of some importer, who was a manufacturer at Glas
My astonishment was of course gow. Anecdote and story-telling now proportionable at finding nothing but mud became the order of the day, or rather hovels around me. They were well night ; and, finding that I was bound to whitewashed, however, and had an apthe Causeway, they each contributed pearance of neatness which I have not their share of information for my gui- seen since. Few of their occupants dance. All the traditions concerning it were yet out ; the very pigs were snug; were told over-how the giant Fingal ly asleep around the doors. I found had commenced building it in order to finally a straggler with a pick-axe on his cross to Scotland, but he did not lay the shoulder, on his way to work upon a bit foundations well, and it sunk into the of road they were cutting through a hill. sea-or, perhaps, he had given it up in On asking him a few questions, he andespair—the legend went both ways; swered civilly, and, finding I was a stranhow, too, the Spanish armada fired into a ger, seemed disposed to do the honors. part of the basaltic-bound coast, thinking He told me that it was a very thriving it a fortress. They came afterwards to place-the people were all Protestants, more veritable history, relating all the and “as industhrious a set as ye'll find pugnacious feuds between the McQuillans in all the county of Anthrim.” who originally owned the country, and “Are you repealers ?" the McDonalds, who now possess it, by “No indade, sir-devil a bit do we which it seemed that McDonald, being a care for O'Connell here!" powerful leader of a gallant band of high- “ Have you any thing like a bookstore landers, seeking occupation in a warlike here ?" way, assisted McQuillan to fight his “A booksthore ! ye'll find one, maybe, neighbor; in return for which kind- at Coleraine, a few miles off. Did you ness the latter invited the whole clan to want a histhory, sir ?" his castle of Dunluce; but McDonald “No, a map of Ireland, or of the counfound his quarters so comfortable, that ty." he first made love to the old man's “Is't a map ye want? For the matdaughter, and then, with her assistance, ther of the county of Anthrim, I can defeated all plans which McQuillan laid tell ye the way as well as any map to get rid of him, till, at last, the propri- can. See here, sir-here's Port Rush, etor was glad to give up possession to (marking with his pick on the sand,) his guest.
that's this place, sir; and there's BallyWhen we returned to the deck it was lough, that's five miles; and there's Ballyquite dark—a cold wind was blowing castle, that's a thrifle more than tin miles ; from the land—a few sea-sick passengers and there's the Causeway-ye'll see the were lying about upon the settees, and Causeway, sir !--and there's Coleraine, the Irish harvesters were crouched to that's in the county of Derry. Is there gether, wrapped up in awnings and old any other place ye'd like to see, sir?" sails, and, for the most part, fast asleep. “ No, I thank you; you are well en. We were nearly off that part of the coast titled to the shilling I should have paid where the Causeway lies ; but I was told for the map." that it was difficult to distinguish the Returning to the hotel, the door of columns even in the daytime, the whole which was ornamented on each side by coast being for miles formed of the same a pillar from the Causeway, I ordered material.
breakfast, and immediately after mountAt about twelve o'clock we entered ed a jaunting car, (a queer vehicle, lookthe harbor of Port Rush, distant a few ing like two settees placed back to back miles from the Causeway, where I com- upon wheels, with resting-places for the mitted myself and trunk to the care of a feet,) and was off at a brisk trot for the solitary porter, who conducted me to quite great point of interest. My driver, a a spacious hotel; but the beds were all bright little Irishman, entertained me constantly by his accounts of the people of it broke off one stormy night, carrywho lived here, nearly all of whom he ing away with it a portion of the castle knew, and whose intelligence and pros- in which several girls were sleeping; perity, as compared with those who lived whereupon the rest of the occupants further south, he was extremely anxious wisely deserted it, and the place has been to impress upon my memory.
left to go to ruin. So strongly is it "It's only in the south, sir, where the built, however, that but few of its towers praists is, that they care about rapale ; have yet fallen, though the hand of time and, troth to tell, sir, it's hard to see has been busy with them for many cenwhere's the good they'll get out of it, turies. It is a somewhat picturesque down about Dublin.-Get along with ye! ruin, full of interest to the antiquary, ye've ate too much braikfust to carry though it does not appear to have been ye'r weight! He's a good horse, sir, more than two stories high, and has not when he gets a start-seeing, as I was a all that striking effect which we see in saying, that the parlyment can't make the more lofty towers of Scotch and bread, sir, and that's the most-(how do English ruins. It belongs to the Earls ye do, Misther M’Kane ?)--that's want- of Antrim, who are descendants of the ing, sir. They're a saying that it will kape McDonalds, and also own the Causeway, the landlords more at home-(what are to which we now proceeded, about two ye afther, shying so, for? If ye was a miles further on. The guide mounted man I should think ye'd been a taking the jaunting car by my side, and began to a dhrop loo much!)--and maybe they tell me all about the Antrim family. would, sir ; but it's not much of their “They are a good family in the most rints they'd be a spinding at home, sir, part, sir, and arn't over hard on their except at the time of elaicshun. I'm tinants; but they thrayten a writ against thinking they'd find the worth of money any poor fellow who stales a bit o' the betther at Dublin or London.”
Causeway; so, sir, if ye should want "Take care that ye don't be a falling a column shipped for you to ornamint off with ye'r legs a danglin' that way, ye'r libreery, and give an idea of the my darling!” exclaimed a bare-legged, matther to others, jest be careful to spake thick-set Pat, who was driving his cow to me privately, and won't I get one out along the road.
in the night time for ye? It's the only " It's grateful ye may be that it's not way in which we can get at 'em, sir. yerself behind me horse's heels, seein' Bein' a nathral curiosity, it's wrong it's none but jintlemen he's used to draw.” they should kape it all to thimselves, and
So he rattled on, now enlightening I don't think it staling, do you, sir ?" me on the subject of repeal politics and The idea of such an act of ownership the country at large, and now turning to over the Causeway, struck me very much exchange a joke with passers-by on the as would the possession by an individual road. In about an hour we arrived at of a fee simple in the falls of Niagara ; Dunluce castle, (the scene of the Mc- and I could not help coinciding with the Donald and McQuillan feud,) and were guide, although I was informed afterimmediately surrounded by about fifty wards that the practice of carrying away ragged urchins, offering to act as guides, columns had become so general as to each with his well-thumbed book of re- make such a regulation necessary in orcommendations. I selected the best- der to preserve the best ones. looking of them, in whose book I found We stopped at a small bay, where a several familiar names. A rocky island, large boat with six stout oarsmen was about seventy feet in diameter, rises ab- ready to take us out to the front of the ruptly from the sea to the height of one Causeway. We were followed to the hundred feet, and at a distance of only water's side by a great number of boys, about ten feet from the land, so that on each of whom had some crystal or oththat side there is a deep gulf into which er minerals which they had picked up it might be dangerous for a man of weak in the neighborhood, and which they innerves to look while crossing the frail sisted upon selling to you, taking no rebridge of boards, with the sea roaring in fusal. A man with a gun and powdera perfect whirlpool among the rocks be- horn, for whom we had been waiting, low. Upon this island is seated all having at last arrived, we pushed off and that remains of the castle of Dunluce. were pulled over a heavy sea around to Portions of the rock are much wider at the front of the bank, which formed a the top than at the bottom, and a part wall of dark rock, here and there vary.