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or entering into other engagements in- make, and the pleasure which they decompatible with his station.

rive from it, are the best comments on If it be of importance to bave pro- its excellence. A class of from one to fessors to lead in our churches who have two hundred, by attending three times a cultivated taste, and a knowledge of in each week for one hour during three the principles of music, it is of priina- months, may be instructed to sing any ry importance to establish an institution common music at sight, and at the same in which these principles shall be time to know more of the principles taught, and where this taste shall be than can be learnt by any other method. cultivated..

Music was the first thing heard after This seems emphatically an age when the creation, when the morning stars different denominations of Christians sang together, and the sons of God are combining their efforts to spread shouled for joy. As a science, it is the benign influence of the gospel of deep, complex, and interesting.- As an Christ. This unity of effort in a great art, it is capable of calling into action measure allays the asperity of conflictall the finest feelings of our nature. It ing opinions, and extends and strength- can even excite and elevate devotion. eps the bonds of Christian charity. Let it, then, be hallowed to this exalted

There are grounds on which all sec. purpose. tarians may meet and harmonize. The appropriateness of vocal praises in the There is a degree of sprightliness sanctuary is one of those points on in the following letter, wbich we copy which all agree.

The American Conservatorio seems from the Gentleman's Magazine, of Noto be formed on a plan well calculated veinber last, that induces us easily to to promote the desirable object of im- overlook the national vanity that it beproving sacred music.

trays. It bears to have been written If suitable encouragement be given to it,-if the churches will unite in its by a tourist, in 1815. support,-it may be matured into a se. “My last letter left me at Atb, in the minary, where musical genius may re- province of Hainault. On our arrival ceive an elevating impulse that will at the Inn, we were told that the comconsecrate its efforts.

pany were just sitting down to dinner Much has already been done by the at the Table d'hote, and I proposed to Conservatorio with but very little pe- my fellow travellers (the English party cuniary aid. Compositions bave been whom I had joined at Lisle) that we produced and exbibited in it, which will should take pot-luck with our host. not suffer by a comparison with any in The moment we entered the room, the world. A solo singer has been al- where we found a numerous party, male ready formed, who has no competitor, and female, it was evident, before and who will devote bimself exclusive. We opened our lips, that we were rely to the service of the church, if a cognised to be of British growth. 1 competent support be afforded for the could hear some of the company whis. institution.

per, Ce sont des Anglois; and the eyes The system of instruction in singing, of the female part of the company were in composition, and for instruments, very significantly directed towards the which has been adopted, is that which young lady who was of our party. Bebas been used in the first conservatorios ing aware that this page will meet that in Europe, and would probably not bave lady's eye, 1 forbear indulging my pen been introduced here, but for this insti- in a strain of panegyric which other. tution.

wise would be grateful to my feelings, The rapid progress, which pupils although I hope I may be pardoned for

the application of the following beauti- all human beings. Upon finding that I ful couplet from Goldsmith :

came from L-c-t-sh-, his eye glisTo me more dear, congenial to my heart, tened while be thus addressed me, Eh One native charm than all the gloss of art.

bien ! Monsieur; il fout que vous aimez “I have also remarked, wherever I

la Chasse, and, grasping my hand, he have travelled abroad, that the name of

exclaimed in an elevated tone of voice, an Englishman is of itself a sufficient

YoicksTally hoTantivy. The compassport to civility and respect ; al

pany pricked up their ears at sounds so ihough I believe it happens not unfre. |

unusual, which he told them formed quently, that our fair country-women

"part of the delightful vocabulary of are eyed by their own sex with madı. Messieurs les Chasseurs Anglois ; and fest indication of envy and jealousy, then, turning round to me, he asked the more especially in France, where vani

following question, Dites moi, Monsieur, ly and ihe love of flattery form so con

qui est le premier Chasseur d'Angleterre spicuous a part of the female character.

et à present ? by which he meant me to There is, generally speaking, in Eng. understand that he wished to know who lish women, an air of sedateness and was at the head of the L- - --sh modesty, or, to use a scriplural expres- hounds: and whether the immortal sion, of shamefacedness, which, while it Meynell had left a successor wortby of is pleasing to men, even of profligate bimself: to which he subjoined, • How habits, naturally subjects them to the I envy your happiness in being within sneers and ridicule of those artificial reach of Quorndon Hunt!' - Happifemales (and such abound in France, ness. Sir.' I replied, ' is a relative term; Belgium, and the German courts, as and I am so far a stranger to happiness thick as locusts on the banks of Nile') in your estimation, that I never once, who seem to think the glory of their during the whole course of my life, sex consists in a bold mien, forward

ard galloped after a fox. •Don Dieu,' looks, and pert loquacity. This thought said be.

ght said he, shrugging up his shoulders with was forcibly suggested to my mind by amazement, est id possible ?' 'But, the behaviour of some of the female Monsieur le Chavelier,' said an English guests at our Table d'hote, from whom gentleman, who sat vis a vis, a great I obtained a happy relief alter dinner lover of the chase, I presume I am adin a walk round the ramparts with my dressing a Catholic.' * Most assuredly, (air fellow-traveller.

sir.' • Permit me to ask you one quesSo when the sun's broad beam hath tir'd the tion: What would you think of your

sight, All mild ascends the moon's more sober light, Father Confessor, if you were to see Serene in virgin modesty she shines,

him mad at a fox-chase ? Ma foi, And unobserv'd the glaring orb declines. Monsieur, c'est une autre chose; I should

Pope. be shocked at such a sight.' • And so “ Before I dismiss our Table d'hote, should I,' replied the Englishman, however, I must observe, that I hap- ' to see the Vicar of my parish bawl. pened to be seated next to a decayed ing out Yoicks and Tally-ho, and riding French gentleman of fashion and rank, Tantivy with roaring lords, squires, who wore various insignia of his at- gamblers, and grooms, amidst volleys tachment to the house of Bourbon, and of cursing and swearing.' But, Sir,' who had been many years an emigrant rejoined the Chevalier, I have seen in England. He had acquired a strong in England, black coats as eager in the relish for our customs and diversions, chase as red coats. And more particularly the diversion of fox-hunt- sbame for them,' said the honest Eng. ing, which he considers as the noblest lish squire ; adding, you may rest of all pursuits, and thought an English assured that Clerical fox-bunters are fox-hunting squire the most enviable of generally held in great contempt by

the thinking part of the laity, especial- namely, the Bible on the one hand, and ly, wben, to borrow the words of a hunt, the council of Trent on the other. Aling-song, they renew the chase over ter a little skirmishing on the threshold the bowl;' and I am confident of being of the controversy between the Romanbacked by the suffrages of the whole ists and the Protestants respecting the Quorndon hunt, from the premier Chas. Irue church, Monsieur le Cure was sumseur bimself, down to the whipper-in, moned to take his departure in a stage. that a Priest of that description is one coach wherein was a passenger ; and of the last men upon earth to whom we took a kind leave of each other, they would have recourse either for with the expression of a charitable wish advice or consolation in the hour of on his part that we might meet in those perplexity and distress.' l remarked regions of peace and love, where the that a considerable reforination had voice of controversy is never heard. taken place among us in regard to Coffee was then introduced, according Clerical sportsmen since the days of to the general custom on the continent Mr. Meynell ; and that I had good rea. after dinner; and the French Chevason to think there were few districts lier, finding there was a fox-hunter of in the kiagdom of equal extent, that !he party, resumed his favourite subcould produce a greater number of truly ject of conversation. He inquired a. pious and learned Parish Priests than bout the Ninirods of England with an the county of L- tr. What a eagerness that reminded me of the folpity it is,' said a Popish Cure, who was lowing lines in Virgil, wherein Dido at my elbow, that men so estimable in questions Æneas about the heroes who all other respects should lack one thing bad figured in the siege of Troy : --even the sine qua non of being within Multa super Priamo rogitans, super Hectore

multa : the pale of the true Catholic church.'

Nunc, quibus Aurora vinisset filius armis, "I am not aware, Sir,' said I, ‘of our Nunc, quales Diomedis equi, nunc, quantus Jacking that one thing in the church Achilles. whereof I have the bappiness to be a He said he had been at Donnington Park, menber, which I am firmly persuaded the princely residence of the Earl of is a sound limb of the Catholic body.' Moira, on the beauties of which he ex• You mean of Christ's visible church.' patiated con amore, and spoke with • I do, Sir ;' then please to give us admiration of the hospitalities of the your definition of that church.' • Most noble earl to the French Princes, and wilijngly, Sir; and you shall have it in many more of his exiled country. the very words of one of the articles of men, who owed bim a debt of gratitude religion which our clergy are required which they could never sufliciently reto subscribe--" The visible church of pay. He is, indeed,' replied the Christ is a congregation of faithful men, gentleinan whom he addressed, ' worthy in wbich the pure word of God is of the warmest eulogy you can bestow preached, and the sacranients be duly upon him--oble in soul, as well as by ministered, according to Christ's ordi. blood ; and it may truly be said of him, nance, in all those things that of neces- that the amplest means are scarcely sity are requisite to the same." Upon commensurate with the generous feelthis solid and impregnable foundation, ings which warm and actuale his heart.' Sir, I set my foot, believing that “the At parting, my friend gave him an invi. gates of hell shall not be able to pre- tation to his house, if ever he should be vail against it." It is needless to add, induced 10 visit England ; and the last that we could not come to an agree. Fords of the Chevalier were, . Ah, meni about some of the terms of this Sir! my bappiness could be great definition, inasmuch as neither of us indeed, if I could once more hear the seemed willing to quit his strong bold, music of an English pack of fus bounds.' “ After dinner I took a survey of Ath, dulgent landlords. The leisure of the a small, but very neat town, well forti. cloister has not always been wasted in fied, and pleasantly situated upon the indolence : among the monks in this river Dender. It consists only of one country have been found men that were parish. The church, the Motel de eminent in arts or letters; and the Abville, the governor's residence, and the bots here, as forinerly in England, have arsenal, are handsome edifices. The stood forth the advocates of the liberty rainparts are prettily shaded by trees ; of the people. It may be added also, and the Dender adds much to the beau- that the lives of the religious have been ty of the surrounding scenery. There for the most part without scandal, an was once here (I mean before the ac- example of severe virtue ; and that, if cession of the Emperor Joseph the unwilling captives have been detained Second, and the subjugation of the within the convent-walls, victims to the Netherlands to Revolutionary France) pride of families, yet sometimes the un. a college of secular priests, who taught happy have found a suitable retreat in the literæ humaniores; and this semina- these mansions of prayer and medita. ry used to furnish the university of tion. This praise may be bestowed on Louvain with many of her brightest Monachism before its final departure ornaments. There were also several from these regions." religious houses here, male and female, " Ath is the capital of a considerable which since my former visit to this Chatelleny, which, I was told, comcountry, upwards of twenty years ago, prises not less than one hundred and have shared the common fate of all the twenty-two towns and villages. It carMonastic institutions. Notwithstanding ries on a pretty good internal traffic, my staunch Protestantism, I sighed du- and has a considerable manufactory of riog the course of my tour over the linen. No country in the world is bet. ruins of many a Convent, and lenderly ter adapted by its situation for the coinsympathized with many a monk and bined advantages of foreign and domes. dun in their privatious and sufferings ; tic commerce, than that which formerly nor can I forbear transcribing from an went by the name of the Austrian Neinteresting book*, to which I made fre- therlands--as must be evident to every quent references in my former tour, the one who looks at the map of the counfollowing passages in regard to the ef- try, and considers the siluation of Ant. fects of Monachism in the Low Coun- werp, Ghent, Bruges, and Ostend, as tries :-" Justice requires that the well as the easy communication which merits of the religious orders in these ils nuinerous rivers and canals maintain lands should not be forgotien. Let it in the interior. be remembered that the monks gave “ Alh originally belonged to the the first lessons of agriculture in this House of Trezegnies, which held the country, and that the rude wastes of title of Marquis, by whom it appears Flanders were converted into fruitful to have been sold in the twelfth century fields by the labour of holy men. If to Baldwin the IVth, Count of Hain. too large a share of the lands has been ault. This town subunitted to the vicallotted to convents and monasteries, torious arms of Louis the XIV th, during yet let it be remembered that the wealth the rapid and successful campaign of the religious houses has been einploy. of 1667, when, with an utler disregard ed chiefly in hospitable acts, in the en- of every principle of justice, that amcouragement of elegant arts, and in the bitious Monarch attacked the Spanish construction of edifices that have adorn- Low Countries. By the treaty of Aixed the country; whilst the farmer has la-Chapelle, which was concluded the found in the fathers of the convent, year following, Ath was allowed to rewhose lands he rented, humane and in- main in the bands of Louis, who order

Shaw's “ Sketches of the History of the ed it to be strongly fortified under the Austrian Netherlands."

direction of the celebratei Vauban.

By virtue of the treaty of Nimeguen, at about the height of a man's breast. One in 1678, Ath reverted to its old mas. of the observers made the experiment of ters, the Spaniards, who kept the pos- a similar light to proceed from his fingers ;

elevating his hand above his head, and found session of it until 1697, when it was anolber raised his cane, which immediately invested by a French army, under the emilled light from its ferule. The stakes in command of the famous Marechal de the fence from which this light and noise proCatinat, to whom it surrendered after a

ceeded, were covered with snow; on brush

ing off the snow the sound was diminislied. siere of thirteen days ; but, during the We do not remember ever to bave met course of the same year, it was restored with any notice of a similar pbenomenon at to Spain by the peace of Ryswick. In the same period of the year, but we have 1706 a detachment of the allied army. been informed by a gentleman of intelli

gence and observation, that bc had noticed under the command of field marshal an analogous appearaoce from the bayonets the Count of Nassau Owerkercke, sat of the soldiers at Fort George, in an evening down before Ath with a forinidable train in July, at the time we were in possession of of artillery. He forced the garrison to th Ho forned the corrison to that furtress.

A very extraordinary occurrence, which capitulate in a few days, and to sur- nust be referred to the same class, is related render prisoners of war. The town in an article which we copy from a Boston was put into the hands of the Dutch, paper. who kept possession of it till the year

Boston, April 14. 1716, when it was given up to the

SINGULAR PHENOMENA. emperor conformably to the Barrier We have received the following (certified)

statement from the officers and passengers on Treaty. It was agam taken by the board the Ouly Son, arrived here this foreFrench in 1745, when the inhabitants noon from Norfolk : suffered grievously from the bombard. “On the 3d inst, at 9 P. M. Cape Henry ment, and at the peace following was lights bearing W. by S. about 7 leagues dis. again restored to the emperor, since lan

tant, the male's watch on deck, he beard

strange noises in the air, with distant thunder which period it remained free from the and lightning, black clouds rising at the same din of war until the year 1792, when time from the north; be thought it prudent it submitted to the French force under to call all hands on deck, although it was the command of general Berneron, two ne

nearly calm at the time. On coming on

deck, every one on board bebeld the main. days after Dumourier's victory at Ge- topmast apparently all on fire, the fire des. mappe. They now form a part of ihe cending down the main-topmast stay to the main kingdom of the Netherlands ; in fore.mast bead, and thence down ihe jibthe stability and prosperity of which I stays: rosnority of which I stays, with a large blaze at the jib-boom end;

at the same time the five came trickling down feel deeply interested, and rejoice that I the main-topmast, and ran across the fore and have lived to see the day when the Aus- aft stay to ihe foremast head, and also destrian Netherlands have been severed cended down the main-topmast-lift to the from France a incorporated with outer end of the main-boom-all sails were

down to be booms--but the appearance of Holland.

fire alost increasing, all on board were fearful " CLERICUS LEICESTRIENSIS." of a consuming fire; but the clouds arose

from the N. attended with lightning, thunder ELECTRICAL PHENOMENA.

and rain, and these fiery appearances, (the During the excessive cold in February last, duration of which was 30'minutes, and which & singular electrical phenomenon was no: had spread almost all over the rigging, though ticed by several gentlemen in the State of not quite to the decks.) were extinguisbed, Vermont, who have published accounts of (and no damage done.) The above phenoit. In the evening after a snow.storm, which menon was the more alarming, from the bad been accompanied by thunder and light great hissing noise attendant, (like Ibrowing ruiny, a flame of ibe apparent size and bright- tish into a pan of hot fal) attended with Ness of the diame of a candle, was observed to snappings, (similar to those from oyster-shells issue from many of the more elevated points in a hot fire,) and with sparks flying there. in the rail !ences, which are frequent in that from in every direction to the distance of two part of the country, attended by a crackling or three feet from the spars and rigging noise. On approaching these luminous ap- aloft." pearances, they were found hovering over A writer in the New-York Evening Post, ike sharr perpendicular stakes in the fences, quder the Signature of W. S. in remarking

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