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lowed intrusion breaking the still repose who guard the fields by night. By-andof the ancient dead. Then we shouted by the road began to descend, and I and listened to the hollow echoes that found we were close to the sea.
I was rumbled through the rocky mansion, and obliged to clamber down the ragged died away in the distance, among miles of rocks, but my companion jumped from long galleries and reverberating caverns. cliff to cliff like a goat. We soon No scene could be more impressive-I reached the margin of the bay, and he almost expected the dead inmates of this conducted me to a bold projection in the gloomy abode to start up before my rocky shore, which tradition has marked face, and greet me with the accents of out as the precise spot where the ship three thousand years ago. We tra- which was bearing St. Paul to Rome, versed one long passage after another, struck the land, as related in the twentybut the labyrinth appeared to be endless. seventh chapter of the Acts of the Apose The excavations are said to be fifteen tles. miles in extent; they may be twice as I walked out to the extremity of the long for aught I know: the only wonder point, against which the sea was dashing, is that any man ever undertook to mea- and sat down upon the rock to enjoy sure them. After all I have said, the the feelings excited by the history of reader will have no adequate conception this interesting place. I gazed for som of these wonderful abodes : he must go time upon the wild scene around me, to the spot to know what they really and called up in imagination the shad
ows of the beings who, 1800 years ago, I never knew the light of day so had figured in these events. Here stood cheerful, delicious, and exhilarating as the shipwrecked apostle and beheld the when I got out of this dark place, into same wild and rugged prospect that the open air; it seemed like passing strikes the eye at the present moment, from death to life. The little monk was for hardly a single point in the landvery thankful for a ninepence which I scape appears to have undergone any gave him for his trouble in showing me change since his time.
There is a through the catacombs.
chapel on the shore a few yards from Going along one of the streets of the the water, and two or three castles on town, I saw a statue of St. Paul, shaking the eminences around; these are all the the viper from his hand. This is be- buildings in sight. Three or four raglieved to be the spot where the house ged boys were picking up shells on the stood in which he lodged while in the beach, but no other living creature was island. There is a bay on the south- to be seen. I saw the sun sink into the western shore, where, according to tra- ocean, and was obliged to hasten my dition, he was shipwrecked. This I return, lest the city gates should be determined to visit, and hired a stout boy, closed. whom I found in the street, to show me
(To be continued.) the way. We travelled over a road on the bare rock, very rough, and which grew
WIT.-Some one observed to a wag rougher every mile. The country was
on one occasion, that his coat seemed to pretty much like what I have mentioned, have been made too short ; to which parcelled out into little square inclo- he replied, that "it would be long sures, with low cabins in the sides of the enough before he got another." walls, looking like dog-kennels, but designed as lodging-places for the men In delay, there lies no plenty.
Absence of Mind. with the pig under her arm, squealing
with all its might, as usual; upon which This is that habit which some people the following dialogue ensued : have, of thinking of one thing, while Woman. Good morning, neighbor ! they are doing another. The famous Good morning! I called to see you Sir Isaac Newton was a philosopher, about-about--something or other—but and he thought a great deal about in fact I forget what it was I was after. the heavenly bodies, and such mighty Neighbor. Oh! you wanted somematters. Of course, he could hardly be thing or other, and you thought you'd expected to think much about common come and ask me what 'twas you wantthings. However, he did once have a ed ? fancy for a lady, and one evening he Woman. Why yes-no.
Be still, went to see her. As he was sitting you naughty pig! be still! Yes, with her by the fireside smoking his looking for something. Stop your ever. pipe, he became absorbed in his mathe- lasting squealing! Oh! I remember! matics, and in his absence of mind he I've lost my pig. Have you seen anytook hold of the lady's finger and stuck thing of him? it into the fiery bowl of his pipe, thus Neighbor. Why, what's that you making it a tobacco-stopper!
have under your arm? I once knew an old lady who would Woman. Gracious! I've got the pig go about the room, looking upon the under my arm all this time! Poor, dear shelf, peeping into the table drawer, thing—that I should have forgotten you, tumbling over a cupboard that served as while I was all the time thinking of you! a kind of Noah's ark, where every strange and that I should have lost you while I thing was deposited-all the time teas was clasping you to my breast! Well ing and fretting because she could not done! I must be a genius, as aunt find her spectacles, until at last she dis- Dorcas says ! covered that the said spectacles were Some years ago there lived at the snugly sitting astride of her nose ! city of Washington a famous English
But this is a trifling instance of ab- man by the name of Thomas Law. He sence of mind, compared with some was very absent-minded, and often forothers. An old maid of Edinburgh, in got his christian name. One day, he Scotland, had taken an unaccountable was writing a letter, and when he came fancy to a pig, which she kept as a kind to the end, and wanted to sign his name, of pet about the house, and often took it he was in great trouble because he could into her lap. The poor thing seemed to not remember the first part of it. At be forever pinched with a pain in its last, Claxton, the door-keeper, chanced to bowels, and therefore kept up an almost be passing, and Law remembered that perpetual squealing, Still, the kind his christian name was the same as woman loved it all the better, and cher- Claxton's. Accordingly he said, “Claxished it the more for its very infirmities. ton, what is your christian name ?" The lady was withal a literary lady, and Thomas," was the answer. fond of reading and writing books, and Thomas," said Law, and immediately her head ran upon these operations so
name, “ Thomas Law!" much, that she often forgot where she These instances are somewhat amuswas, and what she was doing.
ing, but I can tell you of an instance in One day, she appeared at the door of which absence of mind proved more a neighbor in a good deal of trouble, serious. A famous courtier once wished
66 Oh yes,
to ingratiate himself into the favor of
Varieties. two persons of great rank and power, but who were deadly enemies to each
PuN.-While the repairs were going, other. These were Lord B. and Lord on in State street, Boston, two gentle. R. In order to please these two per
men of the bar happening to meet, one sons, the courtier wrote a letter to each said, " I think this looks like putting of them. That of Lord B. was as fol- new cloth upon an old garment.” “I lows:
think so too," replied the other ; "but
it will make the rent greater." My dear Lord B.
I met with Lord Q. last evening at HUMOR.-A number of years ago, an Lady Lackaday's. It was the first time eccentric old gentleman, residing in a I had seen him.
I felt instinctively cottage in England, was greatly annoyed an aversion similar to that which is in- by noctural depredators, who broke the spired by the presence of a serpent. I can fences in his garden, in order to get at easily enter into your feelings respecting the good things contained therein. As him. Indeed, I do not see how any one he did not care so much for the loss of can differ from your lordship in this the fruit as the damage done to the matter.
It is impossible not to feel a enclosures, and as he was rather fond sympathy with the man who stands in of witticisms, he had the following noopen and manly opposition to one upon tice put up: “ All thieves are in future whose forehead knave” is written by to enter by the gate, which will be left the hand of his Creator. I am, dear Lord, yours,
open for the purpose.” B. L.
HAS A Dog WINGS ?-"Father, has a The next letter was as follows: dog got wings ?” My dear Lord Q.
“ No, my son." Lord B. is an ass, and I ask no better
"Well, I thought so—but mother told proof of it than that he seems to hate me, the other day, that as she was going you, whom all the world beside agree along the road, a dog flew at her.” to love and admire. He is stark mad
IRISH WIT.-An honest Hibernian, with
envy. You have only to let him alone, and he will make himself ridicu- upon reading his physician's bill, replied, lous before the whole town. This is all that he had no objections to pay him for his you have to do to destroy your rival. medicines, but his visits he would return. Let him alone! Yours faithfully,
B. L. Death of the President. Such are the two letters; but unluck WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, who became ily for the success of the courtier's crafty President of the United States on the 4th of schemes, he was addicted to fits of ab- March last, died on the night of the 4th of sence of mind, and when he came to April, just thirty days after he had entered superscribe the aforesaid letters, he ad- upon the duties of his high office.
This event is calculated to cast a gloom over dressed the one intended for Lord B. the whole nation, for Gen. Harrison was geneto Lord R., and that for Lord Q. to rally esteemed a good man, and most persons Lord B.; so that when they were read, believed that he would govern the country in
a manner to promote the happiness of the peoeach of these persons discovered the ple. He had lived to be almost seventy years trick and hypocrisy of the courtier. of age; and now, being elevated to the highest
office in the gift of the people, he is suddenly tecting care of Providence. But at last he was cut down, and laid in the same dust that must elevated to a great office; he became the occucover ordinary men. This dispensation of pant of a palace; he was the hope of a great Providence seems almost like quenching a nation ; he was surrounded with friends, with great beacon-light upon the sea-shore at night, mighty men, with skilful physicians, with tenjust at the moment when its illumination had der nurses-with the great, the good, the begun to scatter the darkness around.
prayerful—but all in vain. His time had A solemn thought is suggested by this event. come—the arrow was sped from the bow, and Gen. Harrison has lived a long life, and has no human arm could stay its flight. And this often been in the midst of seeming peril. He should warn us all to consider well the lesson has often been in battle with savages and with conveyed by this event—which is, that life and the British soldiery. He has often trodden the death are in the hands of God. He can proforest amid all the dangers and vicissitudes tect us everywhere—in the cottage or the log. that beset the traveller there. He has spent cabin, in the forest or the field; or he can many days of toil in the field, laboring as a take us away in the midst of power and pomp farmer. In all these situations and conditions and riches. Let us therefore be ever prepared -from youth to age—he has enjoyed the pro- for the decisions of his wisdom.
THE APRIL SHOWER, A SONG.