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peculiar feature of the theory. And that is simply this : strong men, there is in the theory of association a practhe association of large numbers in one great family-- tical utility-at least, the possibility of success as a bu. the joining of their capital, and the uniting of their siness concern. Beyond this, however, its mere outindividual interests in one great interest for the prosecu- ward physical success, we have no faith in its promises. tion of agriculture, manufactures, the arts and sciences, Liberal as they are, and beautiful in the picture as in education, and domestic industry. It is a great part- the condition of society anticipated in the scheme, we nership in all the interests of life; and is designed to can scarcely bring ourselves to believe in its successful harmonise the interests of society with those of the in- realization. The promise, impossible in the fulfilment, dividual. It is intended to teach men to regard and is indeed radient with a pleasing hope and adorned by cherish the welfare of each other, to look upon society whatever is excellent and useful in science, or beautias a great brotherhood, in every individual of which ful in the arts. As a theory, it has our admiration for every man has a brother's interest. It intends more.- its benevolence : but as a problem, it has no solution. It proposes to join science with the cultivation of the Depending for success upon a high sense of justice and earth, and education with the practical affairs of life, an unbought benevolence reigning in each individual to throw around the toils of labor whatever is delight- member and blending the whole in one harmonious ful in works of art, and a highly cultivated taste. It union, its first work is to elevate the moral character of will make labor honorable, and call into the field of its entire community—a work in our estimation of no active exercise the whole force of society.
easy performance, especially as it comes in contact with Now upon what practical plan can this theory of the the reigning passions and prejudices, with the avarice reorganization of the social system, proceed? Upon and ambition native to the human heart. Bat says the what principle can such a scheme go into operation ?- advocate of association: “When a body of persons, Will the rich and poor meet and make a common purse perfectly united, are working for each other's welfare, -buy a rich domain of land and build a splendid man- (as they will be in our system) how easy will it be also sion, live together and cultivate the earth ? No. The to put in operation that other precept—Love thy rich man will not divide with the poor. How then neighbor as thyself.' 'Man is not naturally selfishshall the land be purchased and how shall the rich and far from it: to love-taken in its widest sense—is the poor come together? Upon what principle? Why first want of his nature. To bestow the sentiments of precisely upon the principle on which financial com- friendship, paternity, love and other social affections, panies are formed; as men join their capital to forin a causes a happiness as great to him who gives as to him bank and divide into shares of stock—each holding an who receives. If men are now selfish, if they saeriinterest in proportion to the amount of money paid in. fice the love of God and their neighbor to worldly ends So is (his association formed. The rich purchase the and material wants, it is because they are poor, harrassed land; and the comparatively poor are to work in its cul- by cares and anxieties, and because a thousand conflicts tivation.
and discords divide them, fill their souls with littleness, In this manner and in this alone, can associations be and sınother the higher feelings of their nature.” formed; and this is the avowed principle of Fourier. And this is the basis on which a social reform is to He makes it every man's interest to join the association. be brought about and the welfare of mankind secured? There is great economy in it, much to be saved, and Is it true then, that man is selfish because he is poor? very little needless expenditure to reduce the profits of Does he in fact sacrifice his love of God and the neighthe concern. There is a great concentration of skill; bor to material wants? If it is indeed really so, and and consequently work is carried on to a very great ad- the system of association will provide for the mavantage.
terial wants of our nature, removing from society all The original, grand principle and problem of the ag- the constraints of poverty, truly this is a noble system sociation is how best to secure the individual interest. and worthy of a Heaven-commissioned propl.et to un
Can such an association go into successful operation? fold! Mankind are not naturally selfish. The old Beyond all question it can, if it be in the right hands, gospel was a mistake. Christianity taught nothing and guided in the right spirit, efficiently, skillfully and new. Her glad tiding of peace on earth and good will perseveringly. If the association be governed by men to men, her glorious hope and sublime teaching, her of stern integrity and active and practical talents, we lofty faith and heroic bearing, her benevolence and benecannot doubt its success, as a business concern. For it ficence, her courage and humanity-all that constitute is organised upon the universal principle of joint stock the spirit and genius of christianity filled with the everycompanies, to secure the interests of the whole in order where present, active, breathing energy of divinity, to secure that of the individual. Success to this extent, these is there no life of truth in them? The revelawe doubt not may crown the efforts of the unconquera- tion itself—is it but a useless repetition of what was. ble Phalanx. Honor to thee, then, thou patriot band ! known before, a reuniting of what had been read and One thing thou mayest ; and by dint of toil and strug- known of all men? “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”— gle, thou shalt accomplish. Thou mayest work, and by Is it the gently descending voice of christianity from work manfully done, demonstrate the practical truth Heaven. Or is it the voice of the human heart, speakthere is in thee. Work then, thou living argument, ing through the system of the French, theorising work; for in it lie the elements of all great and all suc- Fourier? For near six thousand years, did the univercessful things.
sal race wait in dumb suspense the appearing of MonAt this point we meet the advocates of association, sieur Fourier, to utter the real meaning and secret imand on our part freely admit that in the hands of true, port of human character? And during all that time,
did mankind by a mistake as universal as its generations, vernment are not simply forms, wholly unimportant in in its wars and contentions, and toiling and struggling, themselves. They have a higher value than merely to utter what was not in its heart, a grand system of give shape to government, and consistency to the powers falsehood legible on every page of its history? that be. They are in fact intrinsically and inestimably
That man is not naturally a selfish being. Does this valuable as the means of informing and cultivating the then hold the place of a great fundamental truth in the minds of the people. To bring forth their higher system of the philosopher? Does it lie as the founda- powers, to inspire them with nobler virtues and loftier tion stone upon which he has so laboriously reared the aspirations after the excellent and true, to harmonise superstructure of his edifice? If so, he has evidently society and infuse through all its institutions order and theorised upon a principle not in accordance with na- beauty, justice and truth, is indeed the highest end of ture, not in accordance with truth. He has built upon human government. a foundation which exists only in imagination. He is To the particular forms and rules of the system of asnot in harmony with imperishable and unalterable facts.sociation we make no objection. They may or may not Nature cannot therefore accept his work.
be such as time and experience will approve. The Here then is the radical defect in the system of asso point most important in our view, is that the system is ciation. It attempts to elevate mankind by changing built upon a false principle. It assumes that society their social condition, to make them regard each other may be elevated in masses ; that men may be constrainas brethren by making it their pecuniary interest to do ed to walk in certain formulas, and by rule be elevated
It addresses man as a stock jobber : “ It is thy in- and refined. It is an effort to make the effect of educaterest to love thy brother. And wilt thou not do it?"— tion and a high moral cultivation, their cause ; to transDo it! In the name of Heaven how can it be done ? pose the order of events. Whereas, respect for the " Can love be bought with gold ?
rights and feelings of the neighbor, social union and reAre friendship's treasures to be sold po
fined society, spring up as the natural result of high INTEREST is not the cementing principle of society.-- moral cultivation; the system of association attempts to Higher, purer and stronger ties join man with man: A secure this end by rules and forms; to educate and elenoble principle is the bond of union; and higher truths vate mankind by a system of formalism. And herein the only elernents in which man's intellectual and moral consists its radical error. Gathered together upon a nature can attain its true elevation.
principle of common interest, associated as a pecple Given a good government and well ordered society, without regard to any religious system, bound by no obwhat remains in order to give man his true character ligation higher than that imposed by a mere external and bring forth and illustrate the higher faculties of his law, guided by no rule of right other than an individual nature? The schemer answers nothing. Given these sense of justice, the society can be held together only by conditions, and he will no longer be selfish, no longer the fact that its members are already prepared to go cherish conflicts and discord. Anger, malice, hitter. heartily at work in the spirit of association. If they ness and strife, these will have a way, as the combined are not prepared for this, by intelligence and moral fitorder, securing to every man his due, shall introduce a ness, they can do nothing. Their first step cannot be new condition of things, new social feelings, a new taken. Society is yet to be convinced that it needs faith, a new reign of peace on earth.
elevation, and its members are to be taught that they Thus dreams the man of theory. But what says univer- need instruction, cultivation. Till then the majority of sal experience? Was there ever a society in which man the people cannot be effected by it, cannot be interested was not selfish, in which crime and controversy did not in it. Indeed the advocates of the system do not even prevail ? What then does this universal fact indicate ? pretend that all men are prepared to enter into the asDoes it not seem to prove that the miseries of mankind sociation. No. And this is evidence the system is not grow out of a deep, radical defect; that they are not founded in truth. It addresses itself to a particular simply the result of circumstances; that they grow not class who do not require ils aid, and not to the indiout of the accidental forms of the social system? In vidual who is in pressing need of it. In this it is deshort, does it not seem to prove that the wants of man fective. Individuals compose society; and until they lie deeper than the outward forms of society; that they are refined and cultivated, society may indeed be ele. have their seat in his spiritual nature ?
vated upon the stills of an empty formulary, but it can Forms of social life, are indeed of very great value. make no sensible progress till it walk honestly on the Essential as the condition of spiritual life, as the organs earth. Neither the freak of a boy, nor the schemes of through which it speaks and manifests itself, as the na- the philosopher can transpose the order of nature, or tural representations of an indwelling truth, they are change materially the unvarying course of human like the legislature of a nation, clothed with sovereign events. majesty; and as such for the time being receive a sovereign respect, imparting a royal influence. Not Look to your Fruit Trees. On examining the bransimply on account of the mere fact of representation, ches of the plum, pear, cherry, and other fruit trees, but in the very nature of things, forms are in themselves before the leaf comes out, there will be found attached powerful either for good or for evil. We cannot say to the limb a small cell, an inch or more in length, fillwith the paper-saving Pope :
ed with the eggs of the caterpillar, and also cells holdThe forms of government let fools contest :
ing the germ of other insects. They can be easily reThat which is best administered is best.
moved by the hand and burnt, and great destruction to In our judgment it is a false philosophy. Forms of go-l the trees saved.
Notes of a Trip to New York, Brooklyn, and Coney Island. ing fellows attached to the establishment, to the North
On looking over the papers not long since, we disco- Carolina, lying in the harbor. Here we were received vered an announcement that some two thousand of the in the most courteous manner by Lieuts. Chandler and citizens of New-York, and its environs, were on that Gordon, and conducted through this noble ship, and af- ? day, in pursuit of health and a temporary repose from ter an introduction to the venerable Commodore Jones, the cares of business, with their faces steadfastly set to- from whom lime seems to keep aloof, out of respect to wards Saratoga. As if health, wealth, and peace of his virtues and sierling worth, as an officer and a man, mind, and innumerable other blessings which follow in we were landed at the Battery. From thence we availtheir train, could not be found without travelling a dis- ed ourselves of a polite invitation to visit the Mammoth tance of two hundred miles from the metropolis? It is Printing establishment of the Messrs. Harper's in Cliffa matter of some doubi, whether either of these com- street, where we were conducted by the enterprising modities abound in inexhaustible profusion within the proprietors through a perfect maze and labyrinth of crowded space, bounded on the north by Twenty-second apartments six or seven stories in height and depth and street, especially whether they, or either of them, are something less than half a mile in breadth,“ by the accessible during that most interesting season, beginning road,” and after diving through caves and recesses exon the 21st of July, and ending not far from the 30th of tending in every direction, tunnel wise, under the city, August, commonly called and known by the name of and filled with volume upon volume of stereotype Dogılays-lucus a non lucendono dogs being tolerated plates, ready at any given signal, to spring forth into by May::r, Aldermen and Commonalty, during that pe- innumerable printed books, we emerged into another riod. Invalids, exhausted receivers, and others, bow- building or series of buildings, on the opposite side of ever, who require a change of air, anda change of scene, the street, equally full of the animate and inanimate mahave only to procure themselves ferried across to Brook-terials “for the diffusion of useful knowledge,” from lyn, to enquire at random for any gentleman of their whence in due time, we found ourselves again in the acquaintance reported to have a domicil there ; in de- counting room of this vast and perfectly gigantic estabfault of finding such acquaintance, to bespeak an om- lishment. The senior partner of this celebrated firm nibus of the old school—or avail themselves of such | being at the time engaged in presiding in the capacity locomotive accominodations as may best comport with of Mayor, at the General Sessions, we were unable to the humor they happen to be in, for the time be pay our respects to him personally; but on our arrival ing, or the dense or rarefied atmosphere of their pock- at the immense pile of Egyptian architecture, in which ets, and to proceed forthwith by the most direct or the multifarious concerns of the police of this great city indirect route, or by two or more routes at once, ac- are conducted, we were shown through the building by cording as aforesaid, to Coney Island, or Rocka- his Hon. Justice MATSELL and Job Haskell, Esq. Here way Beach or Fort Hamilton, or any other practicable then were the Tombs, in all their gloomy desolation and harbor, where oysters and clams most do congregate, and utter dreariness : more gloomy, more desolate, more our word for it, the fragrant breath of old ocean, and dreary than imagination can well conceive, the fitting its playful embraces, will speedily restore them to an receptacle of buried hopes, of lost character, and of hope. unwonted degree of vigor, brace their animal frames, re- less despair—the monument and the result-alas! that new their lease of life, at the rate of ten years per day, we should be compelled to say it, of the festering cor. or indefinitely, as the case may be, and put them on ruption of a great city. The necessity of such an institerms of friendship and good will with every living be- tution,-for we are not prepared to denounce it as unn ing on the face of the earth, and every green herb. Oncessary-does it not speak trumpet tongued, against the this subject, we speak feelingly and ex cathedra ; for civilization of the age—that portion of civilization at not long since, and at and about the commencement of the least, which is congregated in and about these “sores on pleasant season above mentioned, being for all practica- the body politic” which make up the great mass of trade ble purposes in the condition of an exhausted receiver, and commerce! Here was pointed out to us, the cell of we languidly threw ourselves on board the steamer Co- the murderer Colt, - the "very place” where that lumbia, at the foot of Lydius street in our goodly city, misguided and most unfortunate young man, and were put on shore at the head or foot of some avenue away the long and dreary hours, which preceded the leading via. Broadway and Fulton-street to Fulton-fer- deplorable catastrophe which terminated his existence; ry, from whence we proceeded to Fulton-street, in the “very place” on the narrow wall where on the day of Brooklyn. Availing ourselves of a friendly footing pre- his death, he had inscribed the words “Sufficient unto viously established with certain distinguished function. the day is the evil thereof;" the very place” where he aries of that city, connected with the Board of Education, must have stood-the very position in which he must and of whom we shall have occasion to speak more at have sat, when he plunged the fatal darger into his heart. length hereafter, we promptly accepted an invitation to the contracted dimensions of the cell, left no room for take a stroll over the Navy Yard for an hour or two. Here doubt on these heads. There and there only must have we had the honor of making the acquaintance of Com- been the spot; it could not, by any possibility, have been modore Stringhanı, Captain Hudson and Lieut. Ellison, elsewhere. The imagination had no room for play ; who politely escorted us through the establishment-on you had only to fancy that Colt was before you in bodiboard the noble ship of war Columbus,-to the stocks ly presence; and his precise locality was undeniable. where the magnificent ship “ Albany,” is in process But enough of this. In another cell, busily engaged in of erection, and at the close of a delightful excursion writing at a desk attached by a loop to the wall immeover the grounds, sent us under convoy of six fine look. I diately under the narrow aperture at which air and light
are admitted, was the pirate Babe-a young man of an the Blind--a noble charity-situated in the upper portion engaging countenance, affording no indication of the of the city of New-York. The exercises were extremesleeping tiger within. In another was the associate ofly interesting—the music unrivalled.
The “deep Saunders, the forger—a young man of an extremely in- diapason” of the noble organ in the performance of that teresting and attractive countenance. His cell was car- magnificent piece “The Dying Christian,” filled the peted and his bed curtained; for they were shared by a vaulted arches of the chapel—and sounded in our ears beautiful wife and a lovely child. Yes she had come long after its reverberating echoes had ceased to fall to be with him in his loneliness—perhaps she believed on our senses We felt the full beauty of the chris. him innocent-perhaps she knew him to be guilty- tian's hope: the full triumph of the christian's faithperhaps—but why heap up suppositions—innocence or and were prepared to respond from the depth of our guilt were alike to her. She “knew not-she asked heartsnot”—“she but knew that she loved him," and that he
"Oh grare where is thy victory, Was all the world to her and her child. Saunders him
Oh death ! where is thy sting !" self occupied another cell at the extremity of the gal.
It is due to this excellent Institution to Mr. Boggs, lery. His countenance was indicative of vice and guilt the Principal, and his assistants—and to the Board of and of the hell in his heart-sinister-cold, callous, Managers under whose supervision its affairs are condestitute of all interest-repulsive and forbidding.– ducted, to say that we found every thing to admire and What was it to him that a young heart was lacerated, nothing to censure in its arrangements, discipline and torn and bleeding in an adjoining cell, where she at course of instruction. The pupils—one hundred in least, would never have found her way, but for him- number, of which seventy are educated and supported for the fatal temptation which he held out to her de- at the expense of the State-exhibited unequivocal eviluded husband ?
dence of happiness and contentment—and a proficiency Our conductor, Mr. MATSELL, seemed a great favor- in the various branches of science unsurpassed by the ite with all these unfortunate beings. He had a kind inmates of any educational institution in the State. The word for all—and each returned his greeting with an Institution itself and the grounds about it afford every affectionate interest. He had found the key to their facility which the most philanthropic mind can derugged hearts. He treated them as fellow beings— sire for the accomplishment of the noble object erring, ab indoned, -guilty perhaps : but still men and which the State has in view. The specimens of manuwomen, of like nature with his own. Here was the facturing industry and ingenuity were plentiful and cre
While he could not avert the fearful conse- ditable: the instruction in music perfect-and the quences of their crimes, he did not feel himself called modes of communicating intellectual, moral and reliupon, officially or otherwise, to add to their burdens: gious knowledge, admirable and effective. The pulpit and for this they were involuntarily attracted to him by in the chapel is occupied each Sabbath, alternately by those ties of brotherhood which the Creator has im- clergymen of the different religious denominations in planted in every heart.
the city: and no expense or pains is spared to carry out On leaving the tombs we crossed over again to Brook- the liberal and enlightened views of the managers of lyn, and after partaking of the hospitality of the excel- the Institution and the benevolent policy of the State. lent President of the Board of Education, we visited There is ample room for double the number of pupils Coney Island, by a most delightful route across the now receiving an education there—and the existing country—the whole of which presented at this season number of vacancies in the list of indigent pupils enthe aspect of a highly cultivated garden : returning by titled to be educated, supported and clothed, it necesway of Fort Hamilton, and stopping awhile at the spa- sary, at the public expense, is upwards of fifty. It is to cious hotel in its vicinity, commanding a magnificent be apprehended that the provision made by the State in prospect of the ocean and bay, we again found our this respect, is not as generally known as it should be: selves in Brooklyn, and were landed at the mansion of and that bundreds of this unfortunate class are annualSamuel E. Johnson, Esq., the County Superintendent of ly thrown upon the cold charity of the world, destitute Kings, where we enjoyed a "feast of reason and a flow of the means of support, and unfurnished with the reof soul”—to make no mention of sundry other edibles sources of knowledge, who would on a proper applicaand fluids of a less 'etherial quality, which after the tion to the Superintendent of Common Schools, gladly bracing atinosphere of the ocean, were by no means be received and munificently provided for at this Instiunacceptable. Brooklyn is a pleasant and delightful tution. city-embowered in a profusion of shrubbery-taste But we must bring our. hasty and desultory remarks fully laid out-and with all these advantages it is only to a close, with the expression of the high gratification matter of wonder that half New-York does not emi- which our brief excursion gave us, and our cordial apgrate thither at once. There is a striking uniformity in preciation of the kindness which rendered it, in an emi. the appearance of the houses—a circumstance which in nent degree, pleasant and agreeable throughout. To a crowded city might lead to awkward after dinner mis- those of our fellow citizens who desire to pass an hour takes—especially on the part of strangers. The next or two, or an entire day, during this oppressive season, day, in company with Dr. THORNE, President of the with interest and instruction, we especially recommend Board of Education, Dr. King of N. J., formerly the in- a visit to the Navy Yard in Brooklyn—where they will cumbent of that stativn, and County Superintendent of find every attraction, under the gentlemanly guidance Kings, Mr. Dwight of Albany, Editor of the District of the officers connected with that establishment, which School Journal, and others, we visited the Institute for Ithe beauties of nature, the resources of art, and the as
BY ALFRED B. STREET.
sociations of an enlightened patriotism can afford. It And the sky too. Why it is brightening up wonderfulmay be useful also to state in this connection, for the in- ly. I should not be surprised if we had a very pleasant formation of all who visit New-York, and have an hour day to-morrow. I really think it will be the commenceor two's leisure on their hands, that the most liberal ar- ment of a long “spell” of fine weather. And that “pic rangements have been made by the officers of the North nic” too-how delightful it will be. Carolina and other ships of war in the harbor for the Summer has another mood also. A mood of sublime reception of visiters unprovided with the usual intro-majesty and terrific grandeur. We'll suppose it, reader, ductions from citizens--boats being constantly in atten- to be a hot day. An easy supposition too about this dance at the Battery for this purpose, under the direc- time. Not quite hot enough to fry a salamander, but to tion of the officers.
S. S. R. all intents and purposes a hot day. The sky sparkles.
The usual morning breeze has fairly swooned away.Summer Fancies, No. 4.
There is a swimming haze in the air. The sun is a fur.
nace. It is an effort to move. There is a dull weight Summer with all her beauty and glory is capricious upon every limb. As usual, imagination presents as a faunting belle of eighteen. When she does put images directly opposite to the realities around you.herself upon her good behavior, her soft blue eye is full In your mind's eye the smooth glib ice spreads out-a of delicious beauty, and the sunshine of her smile per- glossy mirror. You see the air white with snow flakes. fectly enchanting—and then her breath—what can be You stretch out your hand to catch some of the meltmore sweet than the delicate kisses she bestows! Free ing spangles--and you even try to fancy that the pure and without stint too. She does not regard ranks and bracing wind from the North is blowing upon your castes and conditions. Not she. Her mingled perfume forehead. And then you think of some clear shady melts as blandly on the beggar's brow as on that of Mr. pond sprinkled with the wrought pearl of the waterlily, cent per cent. She dries as well with her downy where you used to bathe in times past. But it wont do. handkerchief the beaded drops upon the face of the As Sam Weller says, its only a “ haggravation.” You toiling and industrious laborer in the grassy field as the must bear it, that is as well as you can. Well, about scented person of the worthless fop, strutting with lu. noon, peaked clouds rise above the horizon. The air dicrous self importance upon the finty pavement. She becomes if possible more close and sultry. The pantis not “ aristocratic.” She does not withhold her smiles ing sheep lay their sharp noses to the roots of the grass. from all but those of “one set.” How “horridly vul. The cattle, lashing off the flies, stand leg-deep in the gar” she is—is ’nt she.
pools of the streamlet. The birds keep in the cool Nevertheless she has her faults, as before stated. She shadows of their tree-houses. The tops of the hills is capricious. She is not always in the best temper. seem trembling in a pale haze. The clouds in the east She scolds sometimes. And then, like all that indulge are burnished with copper. All this while the “thunin such pleasant occupation she loses her beauty. She der caps” are thrusting themselves up. At length is not to be recognised for the same person. Yes, she about four o'clock in the afternoon a dark ragged outline does scold sometimes confoundedly. And then, whew! appears in the west. It rises higher, and now a black what a screech her voice has. She pours out a volume breast is seen surmounted with turrets and towers. An of breath that literally unroofs your house. As some occasional glance of lightning glimmers, followed at a one used to say, “you cant hear yourself think.” And long interval by a low growl of thunder. The air feels her looks too—sour as verjuice. And such torrents of damp. Still the trees are motionless. Not a leaf stirs. tears. Dear me, how she will cry. Patter, patter, pat- All is hushed. Solemn, still and gloomy. Something ter, palter, all day long, with such occasional gusts of terrible seems brooding over nature. Higher and higher breath, as almost to deprive you of yours. You go from rises the cloud. Broader and broader the lightning. room to room, from basement to garret, there is no re- Louder and louder the thunder. An unnatural horrible lief. You long for a smile. You would give anything shadow covers the earth. It is not dark, it is a ghastfor a smile. But it's of no use. It is as it is. You ly yellow tint like the shade of corruption over the submit then calmly to your fate. It will clearly be so face of a corpse. The atmosphere is more damp and to the end of the chapter. It will prove the most dis- heavy. Still all is motionless as though nature has agreeable summer you have ever witnessed. It will do hushed her very heart. The cloud touches the sun.nothing but rain and blow, blow and rain. You are con- It swallows it and a few big broad drops that seem vinced of it. Why how can anything ripen in such wrung out by intense agony splinter upon the earth. A weather. What will become of the “pic nic next short pause succeeds, and then with a rush that bends Wednesday. The party all invited too. How ridicu- down the trees like reed, and dims the air with dust, lous it is to set a part a day for diversion. It is always on sweeps the blast. A quick red dazzling gleam--a sure to rain. It always has been so and it always will terrific burst, and like a cataract down dashes the roar
I have never known it to be different in all my ing rain. Flash, comes again the awful lightning, as life. I am a fool to think otherwise. But I declare the though some demon hand had burst open the portal to room is lighter—and the rain too is decreased into a give an instant glimpse of the place of torment, and gentle and pleasant murmur. Hah-sunshine, I vow, with a crack, and metallic rattle as though the portal shooting across the chamber and striking in rich gold had been dashed violently back, the thunder bursts.against the wall. How beautifully that mellow radi. Another gust-another torrent—the lightnings thicken ance dances now along the floor, and now upon the in the swathing mist—the thunders leap, and riot in ceiling, as the branches toss it in their gentle waving. I the heavens. Oh, the dark rain, how it slants and