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acts which violate the decencies of civilized life. An eminent statesman of this country, who had returned from the court of France, was asked whether gentlemen smoked in France? “Gentlemen,” said he, “smoke nowhere.”
7 The Americans are remarkable for neglecting the
teeth. Paley says that “ God did not make the teeth to ache.”. It is the most unpardonable neglect that makes them ache. The teeth were given to us for many highly necessary purposes. They are indispensable in preparing food for the stomach ; equally so in speech. They may be highly ornamental, or otherwise. They suffer as much as the skin by neglect; and they make known . their complaints, when neglected, in a manner which
cannot be disregarded. Notwithstanding these things 8 are so, probably not one child in some hundreds, in the United States, knows that there is such a thing as a' brush for the teeth. Whatsoever the Creator has gwen to us, he has required of us to use according to his laws, and, consequently, we are to preserve what he has given to be used. This is not the less true of the teeth, than it is of the eyes, the muscles, or the.diges tive power. We frequently see males and females, whose intelligent and pleasing expression: of countenance prepossesses us in their favor., but the minute -* 9 they go to speak, and laugh, the charm vanishes, and . we feel a sensation of disappointment at the disclosures ***, which they make. This is the consequence of ignorance or neglect, for which parents are directly chargeable. Ignorance is not an excuse for the violation of any plain law of nature. Voluntary neglect aggravates the wrong. If a child has once learned the comfort of cleanliness in this respect, he will duly value it, and never give it up.
Gertrude.- Mrs. Hemans. The Baron Von der Wart, accused, though it is believed unjustly, as an accomplice in the assassination of the Emperor Albert, was bound
alive on the wheel, and aitended by his wife Gertrude, throughout his last agonizing moments, with the most heroic fidelity. Her own sufferings, and those of her unfortunate husband, are most affectingly desribed in a letter which she afterward addressed to a female friend. an'l which was published some rears ago at Haarlem, in a book entitled "Gertrude Von der Wart, or Fidelity unto Death.”
1 Her hands were clasped, her dark eyes raised,
The breeze threw back her hair;
All that she loved was there.
The holy heaven above;
The might of earthly love.
“My Rudolph! say not so!
Peace, peace! I cannot go.
When death is on thy brow ?
I will not leave thee now?
Of glory and of bliss,
To strengthen me through this !
Bear on, bear nobly on!
Whose rest shall soon be won.”
4. And were not these high words to flow
From Woman's breaking heart ? -Through all that night of bitterest wo : . She bore her lofty part: . But oh! with such a freezing eye,
With such a curdling cheek-Love, love! of mortal agony,
Thou, only thou; shouldst speak! :5. The winds rose high-but with them rose
Her voice that he might hear;
Perchance that dark hour brought repose
To happy bosoms near :
Beside his tortured form,
Forth on the rushing storm-
With her pale hands and soft,
Had stilled his heart so oft.
She bathed his lips with dew,
As Joy and Hope ne'er knew.
Enduring to the last!
And his worn spirit passed.
She knelt on that sad spot,
Strength to forsake it not !
LESSON CXXIII. . The Disabled Soldier.-GOLDSMITH.. 1 No observation is more common, and at the same.
time more true, than that, “one half of the world is ignorant how the other half lives.” The misfortunes of the great are held up to engage our attention; are enlarged upon in tones of declamation ; and the world is called upon to gaze at the noble sufferers; the great, under the pressure of calamity, are conscious of several others sympathising with their distress; and have, at once, the comfort of admiration and pity.**.
There is nothing magnanimous in bearing misfor2 tunes with fortitude when the whole world is looking on; men in such circumstances will act bravely even
from motives of vanity: but he who, in the vale of ob-
While the slightest inconveniences of the great are
calling on their fellows to be gazers on their intrepid4 ity. Every day is to them a day of misery, and yet they entertain their hard fate without repining.
With what indignation do I hear an Ovid, a.Cicero, or a Rabutin, complain of their misfortunes and hardships, whose greatest calamity was, that of being unable to visit a certain spot of earth, to which they had foolishly attached an idea of happiness! Their distresses, were pleasures compared to what muy of the adventuring poor every day endure without murmuring.
They ate, drank, and slept ; they had slaves to attend 5 them, and were sure of subsistence for life; while many of their fellow-creatures are obliged to wander, :1. without a friend to comfort or assist them, and even without a shelter from the severity of the season.
I have been led into these reflections from accidentally meeting, some days ago, a poor fellow, whom I knew when a boy,dressed in a sailor's jacket, and beg. ging at one of the outlets of the town, with a wooden leg. I knew him to be honest and industrious, when in
the country, and was curious to learn what had redu6 ced him to his present situation. Wherefore, after
giving him what I thought proper, I desired to know
the history of his life and misfortunes, and the manner .in, which he was reduced to his present distress. The..
disabled soldier, for such he was, though dre sailor's babit, scratching his head, and , crutch, put himself into an attitude to co request, and gave me his history as follows
have gone through any more than othe
he was, though dressed in
attitude to comply with m y
tory as follows:
nh, and my being obliged to beg,
is Bill Tibbs, of our regiment, he has complain; there is Bill Tibbs, of our re
lost both his legs, and an eye to boot; but, thank Heay-
“I was born in Shropshire ; my father was a laborer.
they said I should run away ; but what of that? I hate
the liberty of the whole house, and the yard before the
out to a farmer, where I was up both early and late ; ,
** In this manner I went from town to town, worked
could get none; when happening one day to go through
the devil put it into my head to fling my stick at it:
was bringing it away in triumph, when the justice hi