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changing its temper, it presents us with sleigh glides along as if upon a railsoft southern breezes, seeming to remind road, and in two days he reaches Bosus of spring.
ton. Here he spends a day or two, and As far south as Virginia, March seems then sets out to return. But what a to bring spring with it, and many of the change has come over the scene ! The flowers venture to peep forth during this wind has veered from north-west to month ; but even there, the eather is south-west; the snow is melting and uncertain. In New England, nothing running in rills down the hill-sides, and can exceed its versatility. Often the every time the horse steps, he is up to sun will rise bright and clear, and the his knees in sposh. The traveller with hills will seem to breathe the atmosphere his sleigh plods, on, but, after a seof spring. But before noon the scene vere day's work, he advances in his is entirely changed; dark and heavy journey but twenty miles. The next clouds come heaving from the west, the day the snow is entirely gone, and he is cold wind rises to a gale, and the whole obliged to proceed on foot, as you see air is filled with a whirling storm of him in the preceding picture, his weary
And thus the sun that rose on horse dragging the sleigh over the gratthe hills, where spring had apparently ing mud and stones. After five days began its reign, as it sets, sees these of toil he reaches his home, and has the hills re-conquered by winter
, and wear. comfort to be met by his wife and all his ing its white livery in token of vassal- neighbors, exclaiming, with a jeer, “I age. So sudden are these changes, that told you so !” the birds, weather-wise as they gene But although March has thus acrally are, are often taken by surprise. quired a character that is not the best in The blue-birds, sparrows, and robins the world, there are some pleasant things are always in haste to get back to their to be said about it. William Howitt, birth-places, and accordingly, following who takes a cheerful view of almost the retreat of winter, come northward everything in nature, admits that as fast as the season will permit. But “ March is a rude and sometimes boisspring and winter are, in March, like terous month, possessing many of the two armies, constantly contending—one characteristics of winter;"_" yet,” he prevailing one day, and the next day adds, “ it awakens sensations, perhaps, giving way before the other. In these more delicious than the two following skirmishes of the seasons the birds we spring months, for it gives us the first mention are often involved, and it is not announcement and taste of spring.” seldom that they are glad to escape to Bryant too-our own poet, and one the south, till the conflict of the elements of the sweetest that ever sung—finds is over, and the triumphant reign of something pleasant to say of March; spring is established.
a pretty good proof that nothing is wantNor are the birds alone in suffering ing but good humor to render a person from the capricious tricks of the month always able to find something agreeable of March. It sometimes happens that a to talk about. See how truly and yet Vermont farmer, tempted by the solid how pleasantly Bryant describes this snow-path, and the appearance of steady capricious month:cold weather, sets out with his onehorse sleigh upon a journey of a hundred
The stormy MARCH has come at last,
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies; miles, to Boston. Though it is perhaps I hear the rushing of the blast, the middle of March, still the traveller's That through the snowy valley flies.
Ah! passing few are they who speak,
Wild, stormy month, in praise of thee; Yet, though thy winds are loud and bleak,
Thou art a welcome month to me. For thou to northern lands again
The glad and glorious sun dost bring, And thou hast joined the gentle train,
And wear'st the gentle name of spring. And in thy reign of blast and storm
Smiles many a long, bright, sunny day, When the changed winds are soft and warm,
And heaven puts on the bloom of May.
The fourth day of this month will be distinguished this year by the inauguration of William Henry Harrison as
Varieties. President of the United States. The
How To SLEEP IN SNOW.—The manpeople of this country chose him to that office last autumn, and on the fourth ner in which Captain Ross'crew preday of March he enters upon its duties. served themselves, near the north pole, He goes to the capitol at Washington, after the shipwreck of their vessel, was and in the presence of the Senate, and by digging å trench in the snow when a great concourse of people, he takes an
night came on. This trench was covoath, administered by the chief justice of ered with canvass and then with snow. the nation,
by which he pledges himself The trench was made large enough to to use his best efforts to govern the peo- three trenches, with one officer and six
contain seven people; and there were ple according to the laws, and with a view to promote their best happiness.
men in each.. At evening, the shipwrecked mariners got into bags, made
of double blanketing, which they tied The Child and the Violets.
round their necks, and thus prevented "Oh, mother, mother!” said the child, their feet from slipping into the snow
" I saw the violets blue ; Thousands were there, all growing wild ;
while asleep; they then crept into
the trenches and lay close together. Mother, I tell you true ! They sat so close upon the ground,
The cold was generally sixty-four Here and there, and all around,
degrees below the freezing-point of It seemed as if they had no stems,
Fahrenheit; but in January, 1831, the And all the grass was strown with gems. 16 Whence came ye, flowers ?' I asked them all; half below the freezing-point.
mercury was ninety-two degrees and a They would not say a word ; Yet something seemed to hear my call, And near me was a bird.
TH FIGHTING BUSINESS. —- What I turned mine eye,—he flew away, - are you thinking of, my man?" said Up he went with joyous lay;
Lord Hill, as he approached a soldier, And seemed to sing, as high he flew,
who was leaning in a gloomy mood upon From yonder sky come violets blue.'” The mother answered thus the child :
his firelock, while around him lay man“The bird did tell you true ;
gled thousands of French and English; These pretty violets, low and wild,
for it was a few hours after the battle of Of heaven's own azure hue,
Salamanca had been won by the British. Though here they have their bloom and birth, The soldier started, and, after saluting
And draw their sustenance from earth, Still One, who fills immensity,
his general, answered, " I was thinking, Made these sweet flowers for you and me.” my lord, how many widows and orphans
I have this day made for one shilling." TALKING TO ONE's Self.-Earl DudHe had fired six hundred bullets that ley possessed in a remarkable degree day, and his pay was a shilling a day. the unpleasant habit of talking to him.
self. On one occasion he was driving ANECDOTE FRANKLIN.—While his cabriolet across Grosvenor Square, Franklin was ambassador to the Eng- in London, in his way to Park Lane, lish court, a lady, who was about being when he overtook an acquaintance of presented to the king, noticed his ex- the name of Luttrell. It was raining ceedingly plain appearance, and inquired quite fast, and his lordship good-naturwho he was. “That, madam," answered edly invited the pedestrian to ride. the gentleman upon whose arm she was They drove on till they had nearly leaning, “is Dr. Benjamin Franklin, the arrived at Lord Dudley's mansion, ambassador from North America.” where, Mr. Luttrell giving no hint of “ The North American ambassador so wishing to alight, the Earl unconsciously meanly dressed !” exclaimed the lady. exclaimed aloud, what many would have “ Hush, madam, for Heaven's sake!” thought under similar circumstances, whispered the gentleman; "he is the “Plague on this fellow; I suppose I man that bottles up thunder and light- must ask him to dine with me!” How ning!” I suppose my readers all know often, instead of flattering speeches and that Dr. Franklin was the inventor of soothing compliments, should we hear lightning-rods, by which the lightning unpleasant and reproachful remarks, if is drawn off from buildings, and thus people were in the habit of thinking rendered harmless. It was this that aloud, like Lord Dudley. gave rise to the humorous reply of the aforesaid gentleman.
BEING BEHINDHAND.-An idle fellow
complained bitterly of his hard lot, and INGENIOUS EXCUSE OF A SCHOOLBOY. said, that he was born on the last day -A country schoolmaster once having of the year, the last day of the month, the misfortune to have his schoolhouse and the last day of the week, and he burnt down, was obliged to remove to a had always been behindhand. He benew one, where he reprimanded one of lieved it would have been a hundred his boys, who mis-spelled a number of dollars in his pocket if he had not been words, by telling him that he did not born at all! spell as well as when he was in the old schoolhouse. · Well, thome how or APHORISMS FROM SHAKSPEARE. other," said the urchin with a scowl, “I A heart unspotted is not easily daunted. can't ethackly get the hang of thith ere One drunkard doth love another of thkoolhouth."
Do not cast away an honest man for KEEN SATIRE.—“You saved my life a villain's accusation. on one occasion,” said a beggar to a All offences come from the heart. captain under whom he had served. Every cloud engendereth not a storm. “ Saved your life!” replied the officer ; Ignorance is the curse of God“ do you think that I am a doctor ?” knowledge the wing wherewith we fly • No,” answered the man,“ but I served to heaven. under you in the battle of and He is but the counterfeit of a man when you ran away, I followed, and who hath not the life of a man. thus my life was preserved.”
There's small choice in rotten apples.
THE WORDS AND MUSIC COMPOSED FOR MERRY'S MUSEUM.
- on the
1. Tell me, snow wreath, tell me why Thou dost steal a -way so sly,- Why up
to - day, But to -mor-row gone a-way? “Spring is coming, spring is coming!"
“Spring is coming-spring is coming!"
me, little daisy, tell
'Spring is coming-spring is coming!”
My own Life and Adventures.
(Continued from page 35.) CHAPTER VI.
advantages offered them. It is their My new Gun.—Obstinacy.— Setting out on a duty to learn their lessons well and Hunting Expedition.- A Strange Character. thoroughly, and to obey the rules of the
- Mountain Sport.- A Snow-Storm.—Getting school; and children that are properly lost. - Serious Adventures.
educated, and who have right feelings, I have said enough as to the indul- will do this with cheerfulness and satisgent manner in which I was treated at faction. Thus they will find pleasure my uncle's, not only by him, but by in following the path of duty. others, to show that no very great re- This is very important for the happistraints were laid upon my wishes, or ness of children, while they are children, even my caprices. At the time, I thought for there is no pleasure so sweet as it very pleasant to be permitted to have that which is found in doing something my own way; but I have since been led useful and right; but it is still more to believe that most of the serious evils important in another point of view. In of my life have flowed from this defect early life, we form habits, and they are in my early education. We all of us likely to guide us ever after. It is easy need to be brought up to follow duty for us to act according to habit, and it rather than pleasure, or, to speak more is difficult for us to act otherwise. A properly, to find our pleasure in doing child who is brought up in the habit of our duty. If parents send their children finding pleasure in doing his duty, is to school, it is the duty of their children likely to go on so through life; and not only to go, but to improve all the thus he will secure happiness in this