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enjoy perfect liberty. Here is no prison can freely pick the fruit from the trees like the Bastile ; here is no king to according to my choice or my wants. make slaves of his fellow-men; here is How different is my situation from what no Robespierre to plot the murder of his it was in France! There, everything fellow-citizens. Oh liberty ! how have belonged to somebody, and I was reI worshipped thee, and here, in this lone strained from taking anything, unless I island, I have now found thee. Here, paid for it. Here, all is free ; all is mine. I can labor or rest, eat or drink, wake Here I can enjoy perfect liberty. In or sleep, as I please. Here is no one France, I was under the check and conto control my actions or my thoughts. trol of a thousand laws; here, there is In my native country, all the land no law but my own will
. Here, I have belongs to a few persons, but here I indeed found perfect liberty.” can take as much land as I please. I
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The Sailor's Family. THERE once lived in Ireland a sailor, West Indies, and, when he returned, he who had a wife and one child. He was always brought back some nice oranges poor, but still he provided a small house and other good things for his little son. for his family, had it decently furnished, Well, the Irishman, whose name was and, as he always brought them money Kelly, had once been gone on a voyage when he came home from his voyages, to the West Indies for several months, they were quite comfortable.
and his family were expecting every day He was very fond of his little boy, that he would return. Whenever the door and he, too, was very fond of his father. was opened, the boy looked up to see if The sailor used to go in a ship to the it was not his father who had come.
Four months passed away, and no what she owed him, and then turned news came.
And now Mrs. Kelly had the widow and her family into the street. become very much afraid that some The poor woman was still unwell; thing had happened to her husband. and it was with great difficulty that she She feared that the vessel had been cast walked about a mile to the house of a away upon some rocky shore, or that it farmer, whom she knew, hoping that he had sunk in the deep sea, or that some would render her assistance. But he other misfortune had occurred, by which would give her nothing. her husband had perished.
She was now in great distress, and The boy, too, became very uneasy, did not know where to find even shelter. and was every day expressing his won- Sad, sick, and almost broken-hearted, der that his father did not come back. she crept toward a stable, and sat down At length, a man, who lived near by, upon some straw. Here she remained came into the house, and told Mrs. for some time, with her infant in her Kelly that he had brought sad news. arms, and her boy's head resting on her He then went on to tell her that the lap. vessel in which her husband sailed, had Where could she now look for aid ? been driven ashore in a gale of wind, She had no friends, from whom she and dashed to pieces upon a rocky island, could expect assistance. At length her and it was supposed that all on board thoughts turned to that good Being, who had perished.
is ever the friend of the poor and the Some persons from another vessel had distressed. To him she prayed ferventlanded
upon the island, and found papers ly, and so deeply was her mind absorbed and pieces of the wreck upon the shore, in this act of devotion, that she did not by which they knew it was the vessel in notice a man who at the moment was which Kelly had sailed. The island passing by, on the public road. was small, and there was no person He was on foot, and seeing the woman
and her children, stepped toward them, This was sad intelligence to the poor to observe them more carefully. When sailor's wife, and it was long before she Mrs. Kelly had finished her petition could find it in her heart to break the and opened her eyes,
man was standnews to her child. When he heard it, ing before her. he shed many tears, and peace
returned She instantly perceived that he was a no more to the sailor's home.
sailor, and that his countenance bespoke Being deprived of the assistance of amazement; and then it struck her that her husband, Mrs. Kelly was obliged he seemed to bear a wonderful likeness to make great exertions to support her- to her lost husband. At length he spoke self and child with comfort. She was, her name, and the poor woman, betwixt however, very industrious, and, for a fear and joy, would have fallen through time, she got along pretty well.
faintness to the ground. Kelly supAt length she was taken sick, and a ported her, for it was he! little girl was added to her family. When she recovered, mutual explanaWhen she was partially recovered, she tions took place. She told her story, found herself poor, and a good deal in and he related his, which was this. debt to her landlord. He was a cruel The ship in which he sailed was wreckman; he took away her furniture for ed upon the island, and all perished save
himself and two others. These were thus, after an absence of eight months, taken off the island, by a vessel going returned to his country. I need not atto the East Indies. As soon as he tempt to describe the happiness that could, he left this ship, and got into a now filled again the hearts of the sai. vessel that was going to England; and lor's family.
The Groom and the Horse; A FABLE, TO SHOW THE DISADVANTAGES OF DECEPTION. A GROOM, whose business it was to come up to him. But the animal shook take care of a certain horse, let the ani- his head, saying, “Nay, master groom; mal go loose into the field. After a you told me a lie the other day, and I while, he wanted to catch him, but the am not so silly as to be cheated a second brute chose to run about at liberty, rather time by you. than be shut up in the stable; so he “But,” said the groom, “ I did not tell pranced round the field and kept out of you a lie; I only held out the measure, the groom's way. The groom now went and you fancied that it was full of oats. to the granary, and got the measure I did not tell you there were oats in it.” ivith which he was wont to bring the “Your excuse is worse than the cheat horse his oats. When the horse saw itself,” said the horse. “ You held out the measure, he thought to be sure that the measure, and thereby did as much the groom had some oats for him; and as to say, “I have got some oats for so he went up to him, and was instantly you.' caught and taken to the stable.
Actions speak as well as words. Another day, the horse was in the Every deceiver, whether by words or field, and refused to be caught. So the deeds, is a liar; and nobody, that has groom again got the measure, and held been once deceived by him, will fail to it out, inviting the horse, as before, to shun and despise him ever after.
THE DRUIDS were a remarkable race but these countries were so wild and unof priests, who first came into Europe cultivated, and the manners of the peowith the Celts, the first settlers of that ple so barbarous, that all the intelligence quarter of the globe, and who seem to he could collect respecting this singular have exercised almost unlimited sway race of men, is far from satisfying our in civil and religious matters. Of their curiosity. origin and history very little is known ; The Druids appear to have exercised but the early writers have given such the office of civil magistrates, as well as accounts of them as to make it evident that of ministers of religion. Neither that their influence among the Gauls their laws nor precepts of religion were and Britons was very great. At the committed to writing, but were pretime they flourished, Christianity had served in poems, which were learned by not penetrated into those countries, and heart, and recited on special occasions. the religion of the Druids was exercised They had the power of life and death there without check or control. The over the multitude; and such was the best account of them is given by Julius superstitious terror with which they Casar, who conquered Gaul and a part inspired the people, that their orders of Britain about fifty years before Christ; were always implicitly obeyed. The
most characteristic part of their religious damp and chilling darkness reigned worship was their veneration for the oak throughout. Nothing was to be seen in tree, and the mistletoe, which is a plant the neighborhood except a multitude of that grows on the trunks of the oak. altars, on which human victims had No ceremony was performed by the been sacrificed, and the blood of which Druids without some part of this tree had stained the trees of a horrid crimbeing used to consecrate it. They wore
Ancient traditions affirmed that no garlands of oak leaves upon their heads, bird ever perched upon their branches, for they believed that everything which no beast ever walked under them, no grew upon this tree came from heaven. wind ever blew through them, and no
The ceremony of gathering the mistle- lightning ever struck them. toe was always performed with much The idols which these gloomy recesses solemnity, and in such a manner as to contained, were a species of rude and strike the multitude with awe. This shapeless trunks, having some resemplant is very rare, and when any of it blance to the human figure, and covered was discovered, the Druids set out with with a tawny yellow moss.
If the sugreat pomp to procure it. This was al. perstitious belief of the multitude might always done on the sixth day of the be credited, these mystic groves were moon, a day which they deemed of par- frequently shaken by some unearthly ticular sanctity. When they arrived at movement, and dreadful sounds issued the oak on which the mistletoe grew, a from the caverns and hollows which great banquet and sacrifice was prepared abounded in them. Sometimes, we are under the tree. Two white bulls were told, the woods would be wrapt in a tied by the horns to the trunk of the tree. flame of fire without being consumed ; One of the priests, clad in a white gar- and sometimes the oaks would be twined ment, then mounted the tree, and with a round with monstrous dragons. At the golden knife cut off the mistletoe, which hours of noon and midnight the priests was received by another priest in a white entered these gloomy abodes, to celebrate cloak. They then offered up their their mysteries with trembling and terprayers and sacrifices. The mistletoe, ror. Such appalling accounts of these besides being an object of religious ven- frightful regions, probably originated eration, was considered an antidote to with the Druids themselves, who wished poison, and to possess many other vir- to deter the multitude, by every sort of
dreadful description, from penetrating The Druids performed their worship into the secrets of their superstitious in the deepest recesses of the woods, far practices. from human dwellings; a circumstance Plutarch informs us that a Roman which added to the superstitious awe commander named Demetrius was sent with which the common people regarded by one of the emperors to an island of them. One of these spots is described by the Druids, for the purpose of making the poet Lucan. This wood, according discoveries, but that the Roman advento his account, had never been touched by turers were repulsed by a strange phethe axe since the creation. The trees of nomenon. Immediately on their arrival, it grew so thick and were so interwo- says the account, the heavens grew black; ven, that the rays of the sun could not the winds arose ; strange apparitions penetrate through the branches, and a were seen in the sky; a dreadful tem