Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, May 26, 1837, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated May 26, 1837 Page 1
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N O T T HE G 1, O U V O F jV H A K 5 II V T T If II AV K I. F A It II O V It O M II . Modern rolurmors are not (iilly nworo of the difiicully they will find In make cnn. verts, when that perioifwhich sonic io fond ly anticipate rhall arrive: nn oro of universal illumination. They will llirn experience, a siniiliir rclmfl", with those w ho now at tempt In innltc proselytes nmongst the Jew;. These c u n'ng descend' n's of Lr. bnn shrewdly reply; pray would it not he better for yon Christians, fir.-l of all to dc cido n tn mi ei yourselves what Christ iinnty is, n ud when thai import nut point ia fully settled, then we think it wi'l bo time enough for yu to begin your r.Uourpta nt converting others ? And the reasoning and enlightened inquirer will also naturally enough demand of the reformist, what is reformation? This he will find to be almost as vnrious os the advocates for it. Tfo thor ough paced and Unitarian reformer, who thinks one year a sufficient period for n parliament, in order to bring in another unity blill more absurd and dangerous, the intijoMy of tho people one, mid indivisible, mtif.t bo fit irreconcilable issue with the Trinitatian reformer who advocate? Irieu ii'al par'inmcnts, nod who has not lost ht respect tor lint old and orthodox associa ti n of king, Lords, r.ud Commons. In politic. &ri in religion, it so happens, that wo have let.s charily for those who believe tho hiil'of our creed, thru far three that do: y the whole of it; since if Sotvetus had been a Muhntncdaii, hn would not have been burnt by Calvin. There aie. two pur ties thercf tie, that will form r rent in the Babnl building of Reform, which unlike that of tho Temple, will not be confined to tl.c vail, but will in all probability reach the foundation. Time, of general calamity and confusion, have ever bcMi productive of tho grra'.e-t nutidtj. The purest o'e, is produced from the holiest, furnace, and the brightest thuti dcrbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Hypocrites eel by virtue, like Nutnn by his shield. They frame many counterfeits of her, with which liiey make an orienta tions parade, in nil public Sffcmbl e, and processions; but the original of what they counterfeit, and which may indeed be (-aid to have falltn from heaven, they produce to seldom, thai it is cankered by the ru.-t of sloth, and unless from non-application. The, wealthy nnd llic noble, when ihey expend largo turns in decorating their houses with the ra o and Cft'.y elTirts of guiius, With b'nts (rem the chtsH of a Cm ova, und wuh emtoons from tho pencil ol a Raphael, are to be commended, if Ihey do iiol stand rMll here, bill go on to bet-low Borne pnius and cost, that the matter him self m-1 not inferior to iho mansion, and that tho owner be not the only ihing that is ii lie, amidst every thing cl-c thr.t is gral. The liou.-e may draw visitors but it i-i the poeseff-or alono that can detain lliem. Wo cross tho Alps und after n thort interval, wo nro glad to return ; we 0 to nee Italy, ial the Ilnlians. Pub'ic events of moment, when deeply and fully considered, aro the fertile womb of political maxims, which ought to contain the very toul of tho mural history; nnd then Ihey aro iniperit-hablo und indcttrueli. ble, worthy of being resorted to us a tower or Blrcngth in tho norm, and spreading their effulgence over the tide of time, as a beacon in the night. Secrecy of decign, when combined with rapidity of execution, like the column that guarded Israel in the desert, hoeciiio-s tho guardian pillar of light and fire to our friends, n cloud of overwhelming "nd im penetrable darkness to our enemies. Felix yuan fitriw.l uUemi pcricula cait turn,' this is well translated by somo one .who observes that it is far better to borrow vxperieneu than to buy it. I Io that pympn ibises in till the hnppiuesij of othert,perhapi 'himself enjoys tho safest happiness, nnd he that is warned by till tho folly of othcr has perhaps attained the soundeul wisdom. Hut such is thu purblind cgntieii), nnd the ruicidal selfishness of mankind, that things w so desirable aro tcldoin pursued, things so ccssible, seldom attained. Thai is in dent! n twofl'l knowledge, which profits alike, Jiiv tho folly of tho foolish, nnd the wisdom o! Iho wiso j it is both n shield and a Eword ; ii horrows its socurily from tho darkness, and ',8 confidouco from the light. Wealth. ftXcssivo wealth is neither clorv nor happiness. The cold nnd sordid wretch who thinks of liinisolf; who draws his liead within liise'joll, nnd never nuts it out bul fi-r the purpotoof lucre and ostentation who looks upon :$ follow creatures not only without Bympali.v. bul wit h arrognnco and insolnnco, as if 'hey roj mode to bo his vassals, und he wis be rich; but tniht me, ho can never be hap py, nor virtuous, nor great. Thcro ia a fortune n golden mien, which is the appro, printo rejrion of virtue and intelligence ;--be content with that nnd if the horn of plenty overflow, let its dropping.! fall upon your fellow mcii let I hem feel the drop pings of honey in tho wildemers to cheer tho way worn pilgrim. I wish you indeed to be distinguished ; but wealth is not c.-seii.ial to distinction. Look at tho illus. trions patriots, and philosophers, nnd phi lauthropiuip, who in various ages have blessed the worlds was il their wenlth that made them great ? Where was iho wealth of Aridities, of fjocraten, of Plato, of Epa minnnda?. of Fnbricus, of Ciuciiinatii3 and n count less host upon the rolls of fame? Their wealth was in their mind nnd heart. Theso arc the tresures by which they have been immortalized and ruch alone aro worth a s.crir us rl niggle.--(Tret W 1 1 A T AC U IISbT" olT" J 0 1 1 N N Y MODGI2S. Till; ni.ACKy.MITH. 'The doctor is it kind man,' Faid Johnny Hodges, nd'lreev-ing a person of rcmrciu hle lU'pearonce, who was in tho net of re turning to his pocket book n phjvieiiio's bill, winch the blackMiiith did not find i! eoiiveiiient to pay. 'The doctor is a. kind mun, a very kunl man,- and has earned It's uionry, 1 dnie K.y, nnd 1'l b. 'grudge him .'shilling of'it all; hut for all ih;it,"l huve not the means of paying his bill, nor any part of it just now.' 'Well, well,' said the collector 'I shall be this way be fore long, and will call on you again. Johnny IJodgen thanked him for his indiilgenc', and proceeded with his work ; hut tlie hammer swung heavily upon t ho anvil, and many n long mj escaped, hi. I'.. the job in hand was fairly turned, oil". Tbrws or four times already, the eollec tnr had paid a ui the b!uck-mith's --h"p, who was always ready to ndinit the .jiM uo of iho e aim, end t'iin' the doctor lin.l h'-eu very kind ami attentive, nod had well earn, d his money; hut Johnny u;,s always behindhand ; und though full of pro.'eV.-ions of gratitude In iho good doc'or, yet the doctor's bill seemed not vcrv likelv to be paid. Familiarity, -wiilli the proverb, brenN contempt. Tins old saw is not ant to wot); more roughly, in nny rela'lion of lilt, l.'iuti uetweeo lh'. creditor, or the creditor's ft-icnt, cud tho mm performing i!.,!.tof. Tho pnrciting puny is apt io be. C'.nio impormnatf, nnd the pursued to grow griuiuuliy cuiious itulillorent Upon tne present occasi.ui, however, the collector, who was h benovoletit man, was extremely patient und foibuuing. lie had f-otiiciont peuetraiion to perceive, that poor Ji.iinuy, lor some cause or hIIkt, was nl wayn exceedingly muitifiud and pained, by ihe-e repented apphcui tuna. It did ti.jt however, ecap'! ilie nirpu ion of the col lector, Hint there imlit be a certain fu crct cane., for Jol.itti) 's inability to pay tho doctor's b;ll. Iui.inienince i. cxlnbt ted, in a gre,U variety of modifications. While Mono individual's aio roused nil o violent and dicotdurly acion, or hushed to slumber, and r duceii to tho con.litioo of a helpless and harmless masr; others, provided by nature with henda of iron and ieatliern skins, aro equally intemperate, yet i-carcol.V. for muuy years pro-.uit bo tliro iho wor d the sl'gh'est persoual indica tion of their habitual indulgence. Johnny Hodges was nu excellent work man, and ho had nbumWince of work'. Il was, not ea-y lo account for mic.Ii uii appro priation of 1 1 i-i earnings, as would leave him not enough for the payment of the doctor's bill, upon any othur supposition, than llint of n wasteful and cinfiil employ ment of them, for the purpose of strong drink. Johnny's C'Oiutenauce, to ho uuni, was exec, diugly pulo nnd snll.iw; but the pa!o faced tippler is bv no means, nn on- eoininon spectacle. Oo the other hand, Johniiv wns very iiidiutrmiis, coninnlly in Ins shop in working hours, mid uUvays em- nl.iveU. After un interval of several weeks, tho collector called again, ami put the custom nry rioi.-tiuii, 'Will, Mr. lloJges can von pay Hut d'.etom's bill." I'oiiripsj there win something unusually hurriul or tmporiu- unto, or Jnlutov so thought, m the iuaiiu.;r of milking the inquiry. Juliuny wns en gag'.d in turning n shoe, nu.i ho hammered it entirely oul ol ihape. lie hud down his hiiinuier nnd tongs, nnd, for a few second.-!, rented Ins cheek upon his hand. I don't know how I can pay the doc tor's bill,' said Johnny Hodges. I've nothing hero in iho shop, bul my tools ami a verry little stock ; mid I've nolhii.g nl home, bul the remainder of our c-canty fur. niuiro. 1 know tho duclor'u bill ought to li-i p.",'!.!, and if he will tako it, ho shall be volcomu to our cotv, lljougli I have five little children, who live upon Ihti nitii;.1 'No, no, Ilndges,' taid tho collector, 'you are much mistaken, if you suppose tho doctor, who is a christaiu andn kind-hearted man, would take your cow, or oppress you nl all, for the amount of lii-i bill, lint how is il, thai you, who havo nlways so much work, hnve no money.' 'Ah, sir,' taid Johnny llodge?, while ho wiped the perspiration from his face, for ho was n hnrd'Wnrliing iiiun; 'Ah, sir,' nr.ul he, what n cumuli is! can nothing bo done to put ii htop to this intemperance ? 1 hear n great. t,;a ()f lu efVorls, thai urn mtiking; but b'ill the rum hu-mess gnus on. It it were tioi lor tho temptation-, to take Htrouy drink, I should do well enough ; ami tho good djclor siiu ik! not havo si-nt twicn for Iho nmouiil of his bill. Very few i.CtliO"o, who w rtli! and tu'k so much of iMiuiprr tiiifi', kmw nny thing of our tun's mil troubles.' J confess,' Mini tlto cd'telor. Hint I havo had my suspicions nml tear? tifimo to the pledge; and pray God lo cnn bin you to keep it failhfullv.' Why, ns to that, sir,' Foid I lie bhicksmiih, 'ill" plei'je will do me no good; the difficulty tlo-n't he thMre, What n curs"! Is ihere no prospect of putting an end to intemper nuce ?'- 'To be sum there is,' replied the collector 'If people will sign the pledge and keep it too, there is no tlillictiliy.' 'Hot, suppose they will not sign the pledge, rejoined Johnny Hodges, 'still, if nun were not i-o common ns tt i, and mi cjmIv obtained, the temptation would be taken away'. 'That is all very true, hut it -is every man's duty to do something for him. self,' replied Iho collector. 'I ihImso you to pign the pledge, ns soon n- possible.' 'Wby'r-ir, r'aid the blacksmith, 'the difiicul. ly doesn't 'm there, as I tolo you; I signed the pledge long ngo, and I hnvo kept il well. I never was given lo tailing ppirit in mv life. ?.Iy labor at the forge is pretty hard work, yet I take nothing stronger, lor diink, than cold water.' 'I am sorry, that I misunderstood you,' replied tho collector. 'Hut sinco you do not tnko spirit, and your children, n yon havo led mo to suppose, nro of lender years ; why arc you so an.v ious for the suppression of intemperance.' 'Hccato,' said poor Johnny llodg"?, after a pause, and wi'h evident emotion, 'to tell you tho plain truth, it Ims inado my heiuo n hell, my wife n drunkard, and my children beggars ! Poor thing ,' said ho, n h' brushed nwny the tenrs, 'tliry have no mother nny more. The old cow that I of. fered you, jui now, for tho doctor's debt, and 1 believe it would have broken their hearls to have parted with eld Ilrindle, i. moro of n mother lo thrm now, Ihnn Iho woman who brought them into this world of trouble. I have lit I lo to feed old Hriudk with; and Iho children nro running here nnd therf, for n little swill and such mat ters, to keep her alive. liven the tinallost of these poor things will pick up ti bunch of Iny or a few f-cattcred corn stnlks, and f-lch it to her, nnd look on with delight, to see her enjoy it. I have scon I hem all together, when llmir natural mother, in u drunken .jtreo, driven them out of door-, (lying for refuge to iho old cow, and lying heido her in iho r.hcd. What ti cur.-'! ii i!' 'What will become of them and of mr,' continued this broken hearted man, l can not ti.ll. I eouictioicfl I'ci.r, thnt I shall lo?o my rccEon, nnd bo placed in the madhouse, yuch is Iho thirst of this wretched woman for rum that t-ha has repeatedly taken my tools, und carried them five or six mile-, mid pv.vncd or sold them for liquor. The d,y b.o'oio yesterday. I carried hotn.! n joint of meat for dinner. When I went home, tireu am! hungry, nt the dinner hour, I found her drunk mid nsdecp op in tho floor. She had sold tho joint of ui"at. and pent tho money in rum. If.sgroviou to toll such mattens to n tlrnngor, but I can't bear that you or the good doctor should think me ungrateful any longer. I never shall forgot the doctor's kindness lo me, two years ago, when I had my iln .'.d 'ol fe ver; and, it ever I can get s i much money together, ho hhiill oerluiuly l.e p'.id. That IVyer was brought on, partly by hard work, but the unm spring of the mn ter win in the mind. My win was then getting very had, and when hhe was in liquor, htr language was both iiid'-eenl and profane; ih oigh, when wo w ro unrried, theio wasn't n more modest girl in tho parish. Just before tny fever caoin on, in one of her fits of intemperance, bin strolled away, and was gone three days nnd tlneo ni'its; and, to tins hour, I have never known where sho was, nil that time. It nlm-'.-t t.roko my heart. The doctor always snnl there was something upon my iiiiml ; but I never told him, nor any one eke, lli, cao-e ol my t rouni.i i in now. w lint a curse !' Don't you think, sir, that something can bo done to put mi end to this terrible curse of intemperance ?' Yoiir cao is a very hard one,' said the collector, after a solemn pause, nud I wi.-h 1 could point out a rem edy. Yon need give yomef no uqcasi uoss ntioni too doctor's mil, lor I nm sure he wid think no more of it, when I have told him your storv. If it would not mv you too much pain, nnd tnko up ro much ot your lime, I thoulii like to ue niloriueil n little more particularly, of tin coinni"uco iiient nun progre-, ol ton loioit to your wile, winch in ems lo Invo dorirnycd your domestic happiness.' Johnnv Hodges wi ped his brow, nml sat down upon n bench in his Kliop, und the. collector took n seal by 1113 suio. Tlight years ago,' said Johnny Hodge? coino tho Inst day of uoxl mouth, 1 wni iii'irned. l'olly Wilson, that was uiaiuou nam", iweiuv-iiiree, nml l wan four years older. I certainly thought it tho best day's work 1 ever did, and I con tinued of that mind, for about live years, Hinco then Heaven known I have had tea son to think otherwise; for, over since, trouble hus been about my palh, uu.l about my bod. About ihreo years ago, my wile toid; to drltik- I cannot tell how n hnp liuticd ; but she always stud, herolf, that the first drop of gin she ever drank, win upon u washing day, when nn old Scotch woman persuaded her thai il would keep tho cold oil' her Honiach. Fiom ihut tune, the habit grow upon her very fast. She has told mu an hundred times, in her sober moments, thai she would give tho world lo h avo it oil", but that she could not for tho lilo of her. Ko strong was her deniro to get liquor, thnt nothing wan ffoin her grasp. She has sold hei children's Sabbath c'olhes and my own foi rum. After I had gull en well of my I'uver, I woikod hard; nnd nt one tune, had Inn. by nearly enough, in I mpiin-cd, to pay thr doctor's hill, One dny, 1 hud lecuvol a dollar for work, and went to my dinwer to ndd It I o I ho lest ; mid all was g on ! Tin drawer had bieu forced open. She knew that I had b"en saving tho money ti pay Iho diclor mid tho apothecary, foi their services, during mv lover ; she knew Hon. She nflirmed. in the most solemn manner, that sho knew nothing nbuut it; but two of the little clnhlirn, m nns'.ver lo mv inquiry, luld me, that they had seen mammy bien': open tho tlrnwer, nnd take out the money ; and Hint she went dnecly ovoMo tho grocery, nnd in about half nu hour, a'lor Mm returned, went to sloop so oniiiliy in her elnir, that thev could not wake her up, to get lheni o little supper. At that tim,, I weiii to Mr Cilvtii JiCech, the grocer, and told him, thai I wondered, as he wns ti church member, how ho roul.l have the b".i;t to ruin the peiic ol my Inmily. Ho was very lmrh, and told me, Hint every mini iniisl take cue of his own vife.ood tlfTttit was out his business to look alter mine. I began lo think, with Job, that I would not hvn always. !-traii''0 Ijiicios came into my head about thnt time, mid I tried hard to think of somo .'.icitpe from such n world of sm nnd sor row ; but a kind mid merciful (md would not lei nio tnko my own wild way. I read my IJiblo: nnd tho children kept nil the wliilo in my way, smiling in my fnco nnd driving all evil thoughts from my mind. Iy oldest, boy was then nboiit seven. Don't take on so, daddy,' tho little fellow used to sny, when ho found mo tdiciMing tear-1, 'don't crv, daddy; I shall ho lug 1 i enough to blow the bellows, next yenr, have tried to keep up, lor the srihe ot these poor children ; nnd t't;v would he better, for their years if their mother did not teach them to cur.-e nnd swear. Thev have the iu ne bright look and gentlo temper that ny wife find wh- n wo were married. There never was n milder temper than dear Polly's, before thin uir-o fell noon the noor ereaiuro. Oil, Fir, it 13 nothing but rum, that has nneed our hopes of hanpine-:s in this world. How strange it is, thai nothing can be uojie to stay Mich a dread lul iilngue !' The collector shook the poor blacksmith by tho hand, au.l bade him keep up hi) spirits, as well as ho could, nnd put hi. trust in God's providence. Promising lo iiiuke him n frieml'v call tn tho course ot a few davs he took hn leavo. This interview, with tho blacksmith, had caused his vinto? to contemplate the ju! j"ct of 1'ie tompeinnco reform (umewhat hi n novel poini of view. Too importu. nnd Ireoueiiiiy reji.-nted intorrojraior y of Johnny Hodges, "Cannot s nnothiiig be lo toit an end to the cv:ls of niiem pnrotioo ?" to most individuals, would Pavor of ignorance in tho inquirer, as to those efforts, which huvo nliendy been und.; at home and abroad. Uut it oun-t not bo for. gotten, that poor llot'ges wns no Iheorizur, in mat ! vartmcut nl domestic wretehed- which nnses from intemperance. Ho war. vi nwure, thatn prodigious effort had been inado, for tho uurilicatiun of the world, by voluntary association.! ndopimg iho r.ledge of total abstinanco. He per fectly tmd'Tslood. that nil those who had ub-eribed such n plutlgo and faithfully ad. tend to it, were safe from tho r-fiVcts ol intemperance, in their own persotu. let tins poor fellow crioil nloud, out of Iho very d'.plhs of In.i real uii-ery, ' Can. not something be lo put an end to the vi's of intemperance ?" IJh own bitter experience had tmighl him, that there was a pjrsou who could never be provided upon lo sign the pledge? one, upon who.-c faith till execution ol iier domoMic duties, Im whole earthly happiness depended; the oartner of Ins ho-oui the mother of Ins children ; nnd .-ho hail become a loaiii- m ) nn- ungovernable drunkard. Hera tiooelly oile'rc'l, ind.-ed ho well knew the fuel, fi oui his own nbuiTvati'Mi upon the s-iirroiiiid:ng tteigl.h irhoud, that ruch nn uieiirreneo wa-i not of unconiiiou chnniC' ter. liiteinnera'o hu-band-s, - inteuiperiite wives, and intemperate chilJren were all around h.m. Johnny Hodges wns n man of good com inou sense. IN; entertained no doubt, that iiutwitb-tmiding tin niot energetic, volun tary ell'' r's of nil tho sicieiies upon the fnco oftho earth, drunkenness would cer tainly continue, in a greater or less degree -o lung ns tho menus of driiukeniii's-, were Miff.'rcd to remain. The proo-" of renornng in Johnny's mind may bo very easily .le-cribed, Ho long, thought he, as rum rolling com limes to he sanci ieiicd by law. and grog simps arc legalized, nt every connr; so long ns even deacons tiii.l church members distill rum, and sell it. reducing the temperate drinker's nim peuee to nothing nnd n j nl; winning nwny the bread from Iho miserable eon!, r's ehil dreii; and ciu-iiur tho hu-hnud ami wile lo hnto mid abhor the very presence of each other, so long u very com-iderablo number ol porMJiiH, who will not sign tho plod go, will be nnntnlly converted from loinpurnio men nod women, into drunken vagabonds and paupurs. Tlio queetion is tiierefore reiluc'd to this; Cnn no ell'jcliml mens iircs lie provided by law, lo prevent c. cold ealeuhiting mercenary body of men from trafficking nny lunger, in broken health, and broken con-linuious , nml to restrain, at. least, deacons and church members, who pray to the Lord lo lend them not into temptation, fiom laying snares, ulung iho highways and hedges of the land, to entrap iho fet of their fellow creatures, nnd tempt their weaker brethren to their rum. A mouth pnnsod away, before the collec tor was brought ngnin into the neighbor hood of tho black-milh's thop, Johnny Hodges wns nt woik as usual. Ilunpueiir. ed d joctod and emo worn, 1 1 1 visitor shook linn by Iho Itnud nnd told htm, that tho doctor 6.iid bo should conriilor him ns old Hoofh'.nvu u-ed to say, one ol his best patients, for God would bolus paymaster. I be told, in ii very ftw words, tho wile, ll,,..l, nf ll,. it..lo mm iimui iilni.'wlin il nniinnis mil ll- it list mill 10 !' lie r I'lH,. .. ...... i .1... .0,... p . .i. I.... ..:.!.., ''i..- ),, i ' mr.i.iii, .1 . .,..1 now Mill "U .no '. n-s'-'i'" "I n io mo till von thai il n Iml" in . o-y .... i.l.l I.. I. , it "in toior I roolilfi eon Mwni e ho blncl.sinU'i "iho doctor n ii ki-id ir'cui , but I oupposo nolhutg cnu be done lo pin ' ' ' url, u v.r e or i ) ll "n' et said tetnpernnce hnve petitioned the legi-laturu . to pull this old idol down. Now there nre I,. ,1,. ....... .. .. ...,.nl tittnu ineir,!..r. who love the iilol'demU: there nro mnny. Ing." .-aid I he old linn from whom I oh who are sent thiilier exnre-Iy to k".p the tniued the itHornia'iof.' "Thn fi.-st four idol up. Ko yini t-ec, that pmr i the Ipgi.-laturo such a-i it now i.!, lo alnlish the Irnfiic nT mm, i- I. lie petitioning t In prie-ls of Haul to pull down iheir lalso god. But you look pale nnd sad: I as nnv now Iron tile come upon you. or do you find tho old one more greviom to bear? "Ah. sir." snul thn man of iminy woes, "we have had trouble enough old nnd new, miico v."ii j were here Insi. Inti-inpernuou mint be n sellis'i virr, I cm sute. ' About u fortnight! ago, my wife contrived winl" I win gonuto the city to procuro a few bars of iron, to sell our old cow lo n drovnr ; and thn wo man once -n kind hearted and iliougtful of her children, would see them starve rather than deprive herself of tho means of iutoxi cation. Uhc h.n been in liquor every day since. But all this is nothing compared with our other Into trial. Last Monday night, I was obliged to be from homo till n vury lain hour, 1 hadn promise from a neigh hor to sit up at mv house till my return, to look after tho children and prevent the homo from being set on fire. But the promise was fo'gotten. When I returned about eleven o'clock nil was quid. I rtruck n light nnd finding my wife was in b'd nnd sound asleep I looked round for the children. The four older children I readily found but lilt It? I'eter our infant nboul thir teen mouths old I could find no where. A I. ter n careful ccnroh, I shook my wife by the fihoulder tr. wake her op, that I might learn if possible, what had become of the child. Alter sometime, tliouuh evidently un der the influence of liquor, I nwekened thi wretchet' woman, nnd made her understand me. She then made n sign that it was io tho bed. I proceeded to examine, and found the poor Miftenug babe beneath her. She had pressed tho hto nut of its little body it was finite dead. It wai but yes terday, thai 1 put it in tho rounJ. If you can credit U, this miserable mother was so intoxicated tint she could not follow it to the grave. Wliut can a poor tnnu do witli such n burthen n- thn? The owner of the li'.ilo tcnim.iil, in which I Invo lived, lis-, given me notice to quit, because ho s.iv-, and rcnsor.ab'y enough loo t lint tho chance o: my wile s setting the houso on fnu i. spowing greater every day. However, 1 ieel that within me that promi-e;) a relco.-e before long, from all this in-ufTctablo inn- cry. But what will become of my poor elnilren ! Johnny sat down upon n bo rich and burst into tears U'S vi-itor as we have said, rvns a kind hearted man, "up pjre I should get some di.-creet person to talk with your wife," said he. Johnny raised his eyes nnd his hands, al the saui" moment. "Talk with hot !" he replied, 'you may as well talk with a whirlwind ; the abuse, which sho poured on me, this mottling, for propo.-ing to bring our good minister to talk with her would have undo your hair stand on end. No I am broken, mid undone, for thn world. I have no hope save in u belter, through tho mercies ot Ijou." I ho visitor took the poor man by toe lintul nnd silently departed. He nl tered not a word; ho was sati-fieil that nothing could he. said to nbate the domestic misery of pour Johnny U nices in the pres. ut world ; unu there was somelliing in his Inst word-: and thn tone in which tin y were uttered, which assured tho visitor, that Johnny's unslnken eoiitidepce in the prom- s ot tied would not bo disappointed in another. How entirely inadeqinto is the most fin ish' .1 delineation, to m;I forth, in true re. lief, the actual sum total of euc'i misery nslhis? Ilow hlllo conrrptiou have nil those painted tunic and fennlu butleillies and unit lis. who stream along our public walks of a sunny morning, or flutter nwny their lives in our tathionnblo saloons; how little conception havo they of the real pro-sure of such practical wretchedne-s ns I Ins? To ihe inlerrogatory of pour Johnny Hodges, "Cnn nothing be bom: to put an end to t he evils of intemperance ? what nnswur hero nnd hearafter do those in. dividual-) propofo to offer who not only withhold thoir nam's from the temperance pledge, but w!iOhght up their castles ; and call together th" giddy mid the giy ol both sexes ; and dtvolo one apartment ol palace-, in Ihe piescnl condition of public bcoiimrim, chastened and purified, ns it is, lo tho whukoy pouch bowl ? Tho Himuior had pased and the harvest was over About four months after the 'oM interview, I heard, for th.. fir.-t lime, Iho story of poor Johnny Hodges. Ta king a particular direction tolm homo and "hop, I soon put on mv surtoiit, and t-cl forth, upon a clear, cold November iiiuin nig, to pay the fellow n visit. It wm not three miles from the city to his dwelling. By thn special direction winch I had re ceived, I leadily idc ntiliail tho thop. The doors were closed, for it wns n tl nrp frosty morning I wished lo see the poor fellow nt his forge, before I ill-cloned the object of tny vibit. 1 opened the door. I In wus not'there. Tho bellowa weru still The Insl spark had gone out in forge. The hammer and lungs wcro thrown together. Johnny's apron was lying care lessly upon the bench. Anil the iron upon which he had been woikmg. lay cold upon thoanvil. I turned loivnriN the little dwel ling. That nUo had been abandoned. A short conversation with an elderly man who proved to bo neighbor, soon put my doubls nnd tincerlniniies al rest. The conclusion of tins painful liulo liis'ory may I , ..,,,,..,,l rn:i'i. I,..', ,.r iii.rdin.iil emu !.i."k3. wl,' t '.. nbsolut. Iv druok , hud run oil, m e ui.pny u'.fi n e 1001 01 S Ml -. lib H'lJo il.lL' III r b tore. Five days only btforo my visit, .c imi; .c , li n n ' louro u qu ci, poor Johnny Il)dr' s, hnviog died ol a j uod ,1 ..o d u s not k ep timu w-itli hie pawt, ' -otedu.thatneueo.lti.o shiyeriiu ol Ic slnwsc , no lUlu n' .1 C II ur 11 nn iiiiureo in urns the snn.o day, four little children were received ns tho inttntes ol the poor house ' I ImVO ktl'i'.VO t lieOI We' I, (ill lllt'ir III' years of their married hfe there wns not a likelier nor a thnliier nor u hnpjinr coup lo III til" Village. H"dgi'H wri- ut li I-? wotlc early nnd late : and Ins wifu was u pattern of ne'ilnf'n nnd lod.ntry. But tho poor womii'i wmjost in much poisoned with rum as ever a man was wuh arsenic. Il chang ed her nature, iinUl nt hist it rendered her ti pcrf. ct nu-iaiice. Every body speak i n kind word ol poor Il"dges; and every body t-nys ihut hn wilo killed bun. mid brought his children lo Iho poor-house. This is c terrib'e curs" to lie sure. I'rnv, sir. "can't something bo done to-put nn end to tho evils ot inteinp'Tiuco ?" buch thought l, was thn inquiiy of poor Johnny Hodges. o'v oti!i can the iniolliitoiil legislatures of our country conscientiously permit this inquiry to pne', without n satistactory re ply ? How many more children Mian uu made orphan-; how mnny more tompernto men shall ho converted into drunken pau pers; bnforo the power of the law shall bo exerted, to May the plague ? In tho present condition of Iho world while the , legislature throw-, iis fostering arm around 'this cruel occupation, how many there nre, who will hnve abundant causa io exclaim, like poor Johnny II ..lees, from the boiiom of their .nui, Wi.'at a cunst-.? How many shall take ns fair a depntture for the voyngo of life, r.n.1 make shipwreck of all their earth ly hopes, in a similar manner? How many ti. arts, not guilt v of presumptuous bins, but gratotul for Heaven'-, blessing in somo humble sph. io, -hail ho turned, by such misery ns thn. into broken cisterns, winch can hold not earthly joy ! How many hus.. bands of drunken wives; of drunken hus bands ; how many miserable children, Hy ing from the walking corpses of inebriated parents shall cry aloud, like poor Johnny Hodges, in tho language of despair, What A CUIl-K ? THE .MECHANIC'S SHOP. A Correspondent of the New York Sun ray; Hnvii g occasioned to employ a mechanic lor he purpose of doing somo slight repairs to nn article of fumitute, I carried it to iho tirr-t shop where such w irk wus done. When I first entered tho shop, there was an air of neatness nml good otder strikingly apparent, end kindness nnd good hu. moor was visiblo in every counlenanci'. The mn-ter, his journeyman, and apprenti ces, were all closely engaged in their sev eral employments, nnd it waj evident that none engaged in i hat shop "mo the bread of idleni'fs." No one was surly, or ill na t u red, or boisterous . each one "minded hu own bu-iue--;" n nwered readily and cheer ful'y when addressed : every implement of lab jt was al it place, and each person em. pi, veil knew where each tool was, and could have laid his bauds upon u in tho dark. In short, every thing was managed Willi so iniich order mid regularity, that I could not help thinking that somo mure ''Inn ordinary cause wns the occasion. While, therefore, nn apprentice was des patching my work, I entered into conver sation with the master, exprersmg tny sur pno and ploaMire at what 1 had witnessed, and c.s-koil hun tho principles upon wh.c.i lie conducted his establishment. Ho re plied Iho grand secret of ell you see is, thnt I aliow no nidentspml to be brought into m shop; mother ih 1 continue a man in my i iiiploy, who is n dram-drinker. My self nod nil inv men nod boys are members ol "The Mechanics' rernpo. mice .society ; nnd each oin of them is furnished, nt my expense, wuh n monthly temperance paper; lor 1 net upon the principle that knowledge is one of the best securities against vice." Upon your plan, have you no difficulty in obtaining workm-u? I nsked. "None at all. When a man m-ln me for employment, or n friend wi-hes me tn lake Ins son ns au apprentice, 1 toll them frank'y my awn practice, mid the rules of my shop, assuring that ihey must bo Mnctly ob-eivcd, und setting before them the ndlautoges of tern permicu nnd thu di-jdvniitnges of moderate drinking: so Ihcl if they then feel di.-posc 1 to enter into my employ, they may act nn -dcrsiniidingly. After n IV w week's i rial i i my plan, though they may not at lir.-t b exactly pleased, they are eatbfied, and I -cldom have n man leave my employnn.ii'. I have men w ilh me inw, who have bt. o with mo for jenr-; and when my appren tices huve served out their time, in addi'iou to liie articles I am bound by their iiukn torci to (arin.-lt them, I give" them each n copy ol Beeeher on lutempetance, aid cr tho'Cold Water Man, that they may go out nrmcd, in some mencuro, ngnin.-l the ecduc Hons of iiitemperunce." My work being finished. 1 took my lenvo much gratified tu what I had seen und heard. A Mu-cai. Doc. Tar. Waspciiim. Pirr.n. Thu Clureinont Eagle states that there is a dog in that place that has n "wonderful car" for music. "Wo do no know," nays the Eagle, "that Im bnrk mora mmically ihnn many others ol (In canine rnee. But ho goes to Iho singui" tchool regularly, and appears, lo take grea interest in tho 'perfuiuiauces pricking up Ins ears as much us to say, 'You see I lo Invo nu mr for minic' Ho appears to b moved entirely by musical impulses. I uiy one pa-ses'ihe house sirginga luiio, Ii rushes out incontinently, fcliukoahiiusell nn bromen us docuo ns u Itiiten. At Iho sr; ..f ii bi) -s viol lu pV's nil manner ol miltc Ho !'ots in ehi.r Ii t'.s r"o'ar ns tho uior r. , i m', nml squiii-. h in Ii near ih.o pulni' . 1 I tlV'UlllllVI IV I nn eaoir. 110 hn d . e. no u but ' 1 , hut hen the singer n l lours very quiclu

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