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pest sprung up, and the heavens were ebrated structure in the south of Engfilled with fiery spouts and whirlwinds. land, known by the name of StoneThe Romans desisted from their attempt, henge, is also considered a remnant of in the dread of being destroyed for their Druidical architecture, though we are sacrilegious invasion of a
not positive that the Druids ever perted spot. Probably all this was nothing formed their worship in temples. more than an ordinary thunder-storm, From all the accounts transmitted to which the fright of the Romans magni- us by the ancient writers, it is pretty fied into a supernatural occurrence.
evident that the Druids were possessed The Druids were also addicted to the of considerable knowledge for so barbahorrid practice of sacrificing human vic- rous an age, and that they made all tims. These were sometimes criminals possible use of this knowledge to perwho had offended either the laws or the petuate their authority and keep the rest religious prejudices of the Druids. It of the people in ignorance of the true often happened that, when a man's life character of their religious mysteries. was in danger, from sickness or any Their influence, wherever they prevailed, other cause, the Druids undertook to
was very great. When the Romans secure his safety by a human sacrifice invaded Britain, they found the inhabito their false deities. When criminals tants almost entirely subject to their could not be found, innocent persons were
control. “ The Druids offered an obstitaken for victims. Huge hollow piles nate resistance to the Romans, and inciof osier twigs, bark or hay were erected, ted the Britons, on many occasions, to and filled with these unhappy wretches; revolt against them. The Romans perafter which the whole was set on fireceived at length that the subjugation of and consumed. Under the guidance of the island would never be effected until the Druids, the people at their funerals the Druids were entirely extirpated. burnt the bodies of the dead, and threw They therefore waged a war of exterinto the blazing pile all their most valu- mination against them, put them to death able property, and even their servants in every quarter, and the last of the race and slaves. Sometimes the near rela- having fled for shelter to Anglesey, the tives of the deceased burnt themselves Romans crossed over to that island, dewith their friends, in the manner prac- stroyed their idols, cut down their tised at the present day by the Hindoo. groves, and burnt the priests to death, widows.
as they had been accustomed to burn The Druids extended their worship their victims. Such was the end of over the greater part of the modern the race and religion of the Druids. kingdom of France, which was then named Gaul, the southern part of the island of Great Britain, and the island of Hibernia, now Ireland. Their most PLAIN DEALING.-An impertinent felcelebrated abode was the island of low asked Lord Guilford, who that plain Mona, now called Anglesey, on the lady was before him.
“ That lady,” coast of Wales. In this island are some said his lordship, “is my wife. It is remains of the Druidical superstition, true, she is a plain woman, I am a plain consisting of immense blocks of stone, man, you are a plain dealer, and that is supposed to have been altars. The cel- the plain truth.'
Hospital of the Invalides, where Napoleon's body is now entombed, Paris.
Of all the great and remarkable men of mod. ern times, Napoleon Bonaparte was the most wonderful. He was a son of a lawyer of Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean sea, belonging to France. From a humble station he rose to be the emperor of France, and the greatest general of modern times. He hurled kings from their thrones, and put others in their places. He dismembered empires, and created new ones. He made the whole earth ring with his mighty deeds. But one thing he could not do—he could not conquer himself. His ambition led him on from one step of injustice to another, till the embattled armies of Europe appeared in the field against him. He was defeated, dethroned, and taken on board a British ship to the rocky and lonely island of St. Helena, where he died in 1821.
After being entombed for almost twenty years, the king, Louis Philippe, sent out a ship to bring back his body to France, to be re-entombed in the capital of the empire of which he once swayed the sceptre. The hearts of many of the French people adore the name of Napoleon; and the ceremony of his re-entombment, which has just taken place at Paris, is the theme of the following lines.
Sound the trumpet, roll the drum !
Come with sword and come with lance,
What is Truth?
Hear Napoleon's cannon roar.
Sound a sad funereal wail
Truth is conformity to fact, in a statement or representation. If I
that London is the largest city in the world, my statement conforms to fact, and is therefore true.
that Boston has more inhabitants than New York, my statement does not conform to fact, and therefore is not true. There is one thing more to be considered, which is, that the statement must conform to fact in the sense in which it is meant to be understood. If I say a thing which is literally true, but which is not true in the sense in which I mean it to be understood, then I am guilty of falsehood, because I intend to deceive. The following story will illustrate this.
Two boys, who had been studying geography, were walking together one evening, when one of them exclaimed, “ How bright the sun shines !” The other boy immediately replied that, as it was evening, the sun did not shine. The first boy insisted that it did shine; whereupon a dispute arose, one of the boys insisting that the sun did shine, the other that it did not. At last, they agreed to leave the point to their father, and accordingly they went to him and stated the case. They both agreed that it was nine o'clock at night; that the stars were glittering in the sky; that the sun had been down for nearly two hours; and yet John, the elder of the boys, maintained that, at that moment, the sun was shining as bright as at noon-day.
When his father demanded an explanation, John said that the geography he had just been studying, stated that when it was night here, it was day in China—"and now,” said he, “ of course the sun is shining there, though it is
Let the city's busy hum
night here. I said that the sun shines, man,“ under these circumstances;" and and so it does."
ccordingly he allowed the man to proTo this the father replied as follows: ceed. About two days after, the travel"What you say now, John, is true, but ler was returning, and happened to meet still, what you said to James was a false- the tythingman in the road. The two hood. You knew that he understood persons recognised each other, and acyou to say that the sun shone here--you cordingly the following conversation enmeant that he should so understand you; sued: you meant to convey a statement to his “ You passed here on Sunday mornmind that did not conform to fact, and ing, I think, sir,” said the tythingman. which was therefore untrue. You had Yes, sir," said the traveller. a reservation in your own mind, which “ And you told me you were going to you withheld from James. You did not your father's funeral-pray when did he say to him that you restricted your state- die ?" ment to China-that was no part of “I did not say I was going to my your assertion. Truth requires us not father's funeral—I said he lay dead in only to watch over our words, but the Sutton, and so he did ; but he has been ideas we communicate. If we inten- dead for fifteen years." tionally communicate ideas which are Thus you perceive that while the false, then we are guilty of falsehood. words of the traveller were literally true, Now you said to James that which was they conveyed an intentional falsehood to untrue, according to the sense in which the tythingman, and therefore the travyou knew he would, and in which you eller was guilty of deception. I know intended he should, receive it, and there that people sometimes think these tricks fore you meant to violate the truth. I very witty, but they are very wicked. must accordingly decide against John, Truth would be of no value, if it might and in favor of James. John was wrong, be used for the purposes of deception ; and James is right. The sun did not it is because truth forbids all deception, shine as John said it did, and as James and requires open dealing, that it is so understood him to say it did.”
much prized. It is always a poor barThere are many other cases which gain to give away truth for the sake of illustrate this “ truth to the letter and lie a momentary advantage, or for the purto the sense.” Some years since, during pose of playing off an ingenious trick. the laws against travelling on the Sab- To barter truth for fun or mischief is bath, a man was riding on horseback giving away gold for dross. Every time near Worcester, in Massachusetts. It a person tells a lie, or practises a decepchanced to be of a Sunday morning, tion, he inflicts an injury upon his mind, and the traveller was soon stopped by a not visible to the eye of man, but as tythingman, who demanded his reason plain to the eye of God as a scar upon for riding on the Lord's day, and thus the flesh. By repeated falsehoods, a violating the law.
person may scar over his whole soul, so My father lies dead in Sutton,” said as to make it offensive in the sight of the other, " and I hope you will not de- that Being, whose love and favor we
should seek, for his friendship is the Certainly not,” said the tything. greatest of all blessings.
the table, and exhibited signs of the most ecstatic delight. It was observed, that in proportion to the gradation of the tones to the soft point, the feelings of the animal appeared to be increased. After performing actions, which so diminutive an animal would, at first sight, seem incapable of, the little creature, to the astonishment of the spectators, suddenly ceased to move, fell down, and expired, without any symptoms of pain.
TRAVELLING Cats.—A lady residing Varieties.
in Glasgow, Scotland, had a handsome
cat sent to her from Edinburgh. It was A Child's AFFECTION FOR A KITTEN. conveyed to her in a close basket, and -A short time since, a little girl, daugh- in a carriage.
She was carefully ter of Mr. Alexander Rice, lost her life watched for two months, but, having through her affection for a kitten. She produced a pair of young ones at the had followed a small boy to the river, end of that time, she was left at her own weeping bitterly because he was about discretion, which she very soon emto drown a kitten for which she had ployed in disappearing with both her kitformed a strong attachment; and no tens. The lady at Glasgow wrote to sooner was it tossed into the water, than her friend in Edinburgh, deploring her the agonized child took off its shoes, and, loss; and the cat was supposed to have raising its clothes, walked into the river formed some new attachment, with as with a firm and determined step, towards little reflection as men and women the object of her affection ; but, before sometimes do. reaching it, she suddenly sank into deep About a fortnight, however, after her water, and her gentle spirit returned to disappearance at Glasgow, her wellthe God who gave it.
known mew was heard at the street-door
of her old mistress in Edinburgh, and A MUSICAL MOUSE.—One evening, as there she was, with both her kittens ! some officers on board a British man- they in the best state, but she very
thin. of-war were seated round the fire, one It is clear, that she could carry only one of them began to play a plaintive air on kitten at a time. The distance from a violin. He had scarcely played ten Glasgow to Edinburgh is forty miles; minutes, when a mouse, apparently so that, if she brought one kitten part of frantic, made its appearance in the cen
and then went back for the tre of the floor. The strange gestures other, and thus conveyed them alterof the little animal strongly excited the nately, she must have travelled one attention of the officers, who, with one hundred and twenty miles at least. consent, resolved to let it continue its Her prudence must likewise have sugsingular actions unmolested. Its exer- gested the necessity of journeying in tions now appeared to be greater every the night, with many other precautions moment; it shook its head, leaped about for the safety of her young.