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gitimate was binding—the universal desire to do all the good we can needs not the prompting of enacting laws, yet those laws making provision for the Order and its connexion, are scrupulously obeyed.

This Grand Lodge, on the 23d of April last, granted charters to institute two other subordinate Lodges, viz:-Concordia Lodge, No. 12, in this city, and Belmont Lodge, No. 13, in the town of Belmont, Ponola county

The anniversary of the Order in the United States was celebrated in this city by the following Lodges, vix:-Grand Lodge of the State, Wil. dey Encampment, No. 1, Mississippi Lodge, No. 1, Washington Lodge, No. 2, and Concord Lodge, No. 12, with the addition of a number of visiting brothers from the interior of the State.

The procession was large and respectable—after moving through some of the principal streets tney entered the Methodist Chapel, where they were greeted by the approving smiles of several hundred of our citizens, a large majority of whom were Odd-Fellows' best friends, the matrons, daughters and sisters of onr happy homes.

After prayer by the Grand Chaplain an appropriate Ode was sung by the choir; Rev. Bro. S. W. Speer then delivered an eloquent and instructive Address, closing his disdourse with statistical accounts, shewing the great amount of relief afforded by the Order throughout the United States for the fiscal year last past.

I forgot to mention in my last that P. G. D. N. Barrows, of Capitol Lodge, No. 11, at Jackson, was recommended by this Grand Lodge as a suitable person to act as Agent for the Covenant at that place to the above I would add my own recommendation. Bro. Barrows is a very worthy man, in every particular, and a most indefatigable Odd-Fellow. Capitol Lodge is abou 14 months old and now numbers between 50 and 60 members. Bro. Barrows' influence has had its weight in that quarter. Capitol Lodge I am informed celebrated the 26th ult.—an Address from Rev. Bro. Camp—53 members in procession, and an universal rush of the populace to the church to see and hear all about Odd-Fellowship. It is truy cheering to read the flattering accounts from all parts of our country, of the unparalleled progress of the Order. It cannot, however, be said to be astonishing, for it is almost universally admitted, that all intelligent communities seek how they may best promote their own and the happiness of their fellow-beings, and wherever the precepts of Odd-Fellowship are adhered to, that desirable object and end is obtained.

The health of our city remains good. Bro. Geo. I. Dicks and family are well; at present he is absent to Jackson—it is doubtful if he will visit the north this summer. We have just received the May number of the Covenant-I see a requirement in the May No. that shall have my attention, officially, immediately after our next, being our annual communication, to be holden in July.

EXPULSION.

BOONVILLE, Mo., May 14th, 1844. To the Editor of the Covenant, Baltimore.

DEAR SIR :-By a resolution of Far West Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F., am instructed to forward to you for publication the name of A. E. HARDY, who was formerly a member of this Lodge, but who is now by the resolution above referred to, expelled from all the rights and privileges of OddFellowship, in consequence of his being detected in forging, and leaving his family in a destitute situation.

Respectfully yours, in
Friendship, Love and Truth,

J. M. EDGAR, Sec'ry.

The Ark.-This is the title of an excellent poriodical, published at Columbus, Ohio, devoted to the cause of Odd-Fellowship—we acknowledge the receipt of the May and June numbers together this day, the 11th June, being the first we have seen of it. Will brothers Blain & Glenn receive this explanation for seeming unwillingness to exchange.

Independent Odd-Fellow. We received the June number of this work this day, 11th June, being the first number received since March last. The Covenant has been mailed regularly for it, as our printer advises us.

Erratum.-In our list of receipts in June No. R. L. Robbins, Nathaniel P. Brooks and Wecohamet Lodge should have been credited $4 each.

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A YOUNG German Artist, named Hasslinger, who was con veving an in valid sister, by easy journeys to Italy, stopped on a lovely evening, in the month of June, at ihe gate of the Model-farm, of Schleissheim castle near Munich.

The superintendent, Mr. Eberhard, had been a college companion of the young painter, and he jesolved to pass several days there, hoping in some measure to di:pel his sister's nelancholy by exploring the magnifi. cent palace, to which this rural establishment is an appendage.

Schleissheim stands on the monotonous and sterile plain, wbich surrounds Munich, where it glows like a diamond in the sand. This castle might indeed claim for itself alone, the eulogium which Gustavus Adolfhus bestowed on the capital of Bavaria.

“Munich,” said that prince, “is a golden saddle on a lean steed."

Schleis: heim, erected in 1634, by Max-Emmanuel, in the Italian style, is situated on the confines of an extensive down, enclosed on all sides by a belt of stunted pines, and other alpine plants. The vestibule, paved with Salzburg marble, terminates on either side by gigantic flights of st irs leading to a noble gallery, whose ceiling is adorned with the allegoric paintings of Amigoni, while its walls boast many valuable productions of the Flemish masters.

* Mac olide siguifies centenniol, or rather, one who has lived more i-an a century. With rrepect to the subject of this tale, il is in perfect conformity 10 the tradizionary bistory of the English revolution. The accessanes only, belung to the region of romance,

Behind the castle, the thicket is so close as to be nearly impenetrable, composed of ancient and often strangely distorted trees, u ho-e venerable moss the setting sun tinges with ylowing saffron or bloody red.

In front, stretches the level down where quiet reizos unbroken, save when some distant noise of the farm alarms the watchful frogs and sends them with headlony ha-te back to their :ed sy homes. The model farm is located in that part of the down which till lately con:tituted the park and gardens of the palace. Its dependencies resemble a hamlet, with all the rural characteristics of poultry-yards, di-aled wayons, pools of stagnant water, and a plentiful swarın of blue-ryed and bare-footed children.

This was not apparently a spot calculated to raise the spirits of a young girl in feeble healih, and secretly condemned as incurable by the physicians of Berlin-yet there was such an air of repose in this a-semblage of princely ruins, and German comfort, the grass and the earth smelt so sweet, the milk from the farm was so refreshing—and they had entered through a gate so beautifully carved, that the poor invalid was charmed with it, perhaps the more for its melancholy aspect, which so much accorded with her own prospects.

• Therefore, when her brother offered his hand to assist her descent, she sprang from the carriage with the light joy of a child. It was then eight o'clock, and the moon appeared just rising above the pines.

“Wilhelmina," said he, as he received her into his arms, "is not this a lovely evening, and yonder inoon beautiful?”

Wilhelmina stood for some moments leaning on his arm, apparently absorbed in the contemplation of the deserted palace, and the balmy fields.

"Brother," said sbe, suddenly awakening from her reverie, I have been confined to the carriage ever since we left Ingolstadt, it will refresh me to ramble round the castle before I sleep.” • Though somewhat apprehensive of the night air for her, Mr. Hasslinger reflected, that the moral satisfaction resulting from the indulgence might counterbalance its disadvantages, and having carefully assured himself that no vapor obscured the serenity of the sky, he pressed her hand affection. ate'y in sign of acquiescence.

"What do you think of it, Fritz?" said he, turning to Mr. Eberhard. "The castle terrace is rather exposed," said the superintendent. “But there is no wind to-night," said his friend.

"The dew however always produces a degree of dampness on our lawn," replied Mr. Eberhard.

"This path I perceive leads to the palace," observed Wilhelmina, “it appears as smooth and dry as the foor."

The superintendent finding that she persisted, made no farther objec. tion, he only requested permission to accompany them in their walk, and the young lady whose head was protected by a large handkerchief tied ovir her hat in the German fashion, wrapped herself in a large shawl, and taking her brother's arm, the three friends proceeded towards the palace.

The front terrace of Schleissheim, with its magnificent ranges of marble steps, is the point from which the imposing solitude and wild vegetation of this northern Versailles appears in ils utmost grandeur.

The admiring visitors lingered long upon it, but at the moment of their departure, Wilhelmina by a new caprice, insisted on making the entire circuit of the palace.

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"I fear that the wetterseite (weather side) may be injurious to you," said the friendly superintendent.

In Gerinany, this naine is given to the eastern part of an edifice, because the rain usually coines from that point; and even in the most fa. vorable localities of liavaria, this exposition is always damp.

“We will only pass it," said. Wilhel.nina, hastening on. They reached the eastern wing, to which stran zers are never introduce ed, and had only to pass its extreme angle, to find themselves again in front of the lawn –when Wilhelinina su:ddenly uttered a sharp cry, and with a terrified expression, clung convulsively to her brother's side.

On hearing this cry from Wilhelinina, their guide stood as if rooted to the earth, while Mr. Hasslinger, after rapidly glancing around from earth to sky, and perceiving no cause for her aların, concluded that his lovely young sister had experienced a sudden return of the latent illness that was destroying her.

Are you in pain, dear sister?" said he, tenderly, mastering his inquietude as far as possible, “this night-air is too much for you; come in quickly, I entreat."

And the young man, both impatient and vigorous, raised her in his arms like a child, nor did he stop with his precious burden, till he placed het before a blazing fire of pine knots in the saloon of Mr. Eberhard. Reanimated by its glowing warmth, Wilhelmina slowly recovered from the faintness which had followed her alarm, while her brother watched every movement with intense anxiety.

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ill?" said he, gently. "No," said she, in a languid voice. " Way did you cry out so?"

"Oh, that was very foolish, but while you were talking with Mr. Eberbard, a bat, Aitting like an arrow through the air, brushed my face with his wing; this drew from me the cry of surprise which alarmed you my weakness must be my excuse."

Saying this, she essayed to smile, kissed her brother, and supported by her attendant, left the room.

Mr. Hasslinger remained for some moments after her departure, buried in thought, with an expression of dissatisfaction and deep anxiety on his countenance; but perceiving Mr. Eberhard enter the room, be bastened to him.

"Did you discover any one on the terrace ?" “No one,” replied the superintendent, “did your sister see any one?" added he, with an air of great concern.

"No," said the painter, tranquilly, but her sudden fear alarmed me."

The two friends, after a slight repast, separated for the night-and soon silence and repose reigned undisturbed over that spacious lawn, bathed in the calm light of the moon, while scarcely a breeze from the Tyrol wav. ed a leaf.

The next morning at day-break, Mr. Hasslinger having risen, as was his habit, to smoke a pipe, descended from his chamber, and seated himself on a fallen tres upon the lawn, overlooking the cultivated fields. To the calm of the evening before had succeeded the noise of labor. Steers were drawing the plough to field; ducks, turkeys and hens clucked, gabbled and sung from pool, perch and barn--butterfies of various bues dut

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