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the account of the Matimacos or transplanted Indians, who live in Capucabana, of what remained in gold and silver might have been constructed another temple, from the foundation to the top, and without mixture of any other material; and also, that these treasures the Indians throw into the lake, as soon as they knew of the arrival of the Spaniards and their thirst for gold.
The Erie Railroad.—The travelling public will find this route inviting for summer excursions, either to Niagara, or to intermediate places of interest. The cars are deliriously spacious and
cool. Much praise is due to Mr. McCullom, the Superintendent, for his efficiency and decision in orders fitted to secure safety, promptness, and expedition along the entire road. The luxury of a trip on this road is greatly enhanced by the beauties of nature through which it passes, the deep ravines, the wild mountain-passes, the dashing rivers, especially when one can ait in such wide easy-chairs with plenty of elbow-room. The Rev. Henry Ward Beeeher, in passing ove> the northern road, complains bitterly of the narrow seats into which he was crowded. "No such amplitude of space as one gets upon the Erie road; no soft embracing backs, enticing the
spine and its terminal knob to rest; but narrow, pent-up seats, and backs invented to fit the wrong place. After all our goings out and comings in, we publicly declare it to be our faith, unbought by free ticket, or any privilege whatever, that the goed broad-gauge Erie road is the only one on which comfort is indigenous."
A Christian gentleman had occasion to travel through a new and thinly settled part of the Western country. His companion was a man of intelligence, but of infidel principles, who was fond of discussion, and tried to beguile the way by urging arguments against the truth of the Christian religion. The thinly peopled section of the country through which they were passing was inhabited by people of bad reputation, and it had been rumored that travellers had suffered fatal violence from them when they were within their power.
As regular inns were unknown, our travellers were compelled to trust to the hospitality of those of whom they could not but entertain a secret fear. On one occasion, as the evening closed in, they sought a lodging-place in a logcabin far remote from other habitations. They anticipated but little comfort, and were induced to believe that it would be a measure of safety to watch alternately through the night.
As they were about to retire to their rude bed, their host, whose exterior had excited their distrust, proceeded to a shelf, took down an old and much-worn Bible, and informing his visitors that it was his custom to worship God in his family, he read and prayed in so simple a manner as to secure the esteem of the travellers. They retired to rest, slept soundly, and thought no more of alternate watching.
In the morning the Christian requested his infidel companion to say whether the religious exercises of the preceding evening had not dispelled every particle of distrust of their host's character, and had not enabled him to close his ears in the most confident security. He was evidently embarrassed by the question, but at last he candidly acknowledged that the sight of the Bible had secured h im a sound night's rest. Here was a testimony extorted from an infidel in favor of the influence of that religion which he sceptically assailed. He could not harbor a fear of violence from one who was in the habit of daily bending his knee before God. The very erection of the family altar rendered the house a secure
asylum. Who would not be a Christian I Who can be an infidel f
Irritable Christians.—There was a clergyman who was of nervous temperament, and often became quite vexed by finding his little grandchildren in his study. One day, one of these little children was standing by his mother's side, and she was speaking to him of heaven.
"Ma," said he, "I don't want to go to heaven."
"Do not want to go to heaven, my son I"
"No, ma, I am sure I don't."
"Why not, my son?"
"Why, grandpa will be there, won't he?"
"Why, yes; I hope he will."
"Well, as soon as he sees us, he will come scolding along, and say, 'Whew, whew, whew what are these boys here for?' I don't want to go to heaven, if grandpa is going to be there."
Our Musia —The fine piece of music, on Charity, in- our last number, as well as the equally fine piece in our present number, on Faith, are inserted by permission of the publishers, Hall & Son, 239 Broadway. In our next we intend to insert the other piece of the trio, on Hope, from the same source.
Duellmg.—Two mosquitoes, one morning, met on a leaf in a garden. Both were filled with the blood drawn from their last nocturnal depredations. They were silent and "dumpy," cross and savage. One of them ran out his sting, and wiped it on his fore leg. The other thrnst out his sting, and pointed it towards the first mosquito. This was considered an insult . And so the offended mosquito steps up to the other, and says:
"Did you turn up your sting at me?"
The answer was—" I run out my sting; you can apply it as you choose."
"Sir," says the first, "you are very impertinent."
Answer—"Sir, your remark eavors of rascality."
"Ha," exclaimed the other, "a downright insult! No gentleman mosquito will submit to such treatment without demanding satisfaction I Draw, villain, and defend yourself at once!" They rushed together, and running one another through the body, died "honorable" deaths.
Wonders Of Travel—A traveller narrating the wonders of foreign parts, declared he had seen a cane a mile long. The company looked incredulous, and it was evident that they were
Peruvian AirnQrmES. Translated into English from the original Spanish. By Francis L. Hawks, D.D., LL.D.— The antiquities of America have a charm and an interest about them, equal to the old world, and will be quite as eagerly sought after by the lovers of antiquarian research. The first of its ten chapters treats of the relations between the two hemispheres prior to the discovery of Columbus. The reader will find a vast amount of interesting matter in this volume, in regard to the ancient Peruvians, rarely found in so small a compass. The work is beautifully illustrated with numerous engravings, for samples of which we refer the reader to those inserted in our present number. A. S. Barnes & Co.
Mrs. Partington.—The Sayings Of Mrs. Partington, by Mr. Shillabkr, one of the editors of the Boston Tost, have acquired a wide notoriety for their wit and good nature, which, it is very agreeable to say, there is no immorality nor irreverence to detract from. The humor of these sayings consists in the adroit double meanings given to words and phrases. The sly satire they inflict upon pompous vanity and fashionable foibles is enlivening enough. The queer old lady secures the reader's respect, even while he laughs at her mistakes. Let every hypocoadriac read it. J. C. Derby.
Hills, Lakes,and Forest Streams. By S. H. Hammosd.— This work is a sort of hunter's tramp in the Chateauguay woods. It comes to us just in the season to relish the cool and pleasant scenes described in iis lively pages. It gives w a picture of one of the wildest and most romantic regions in our country, in the fresh and dashing style of the author, and in a way to appeal very strongly to every nomadic instinct of the reader's nature. Its typographic dress is elegant, and benrs testimony to the good taste of the enterprising publisher, J. C. Derby.
More Worlds Than One. By Sir David Brewster.—A work was recently issued, entitled," Plurality of Worlds," which advocated the theory that our own planet only is inhabited. This book is a reply to that work. It maintains, on scienti6c and moral grounds, the high probability that other worlds are%nhabited. It possesses great value and interest, both in its subject and in the ability and learning which it displays. The argument seems conclusive that the planets are inhabited. And the theory is Bo congenial to our own feelings that it cannot be read without interest and profit. It is a remarkably vigorous and able piece of logic. It evinces tact and skill, and deep research; nnd its conclusions are thoroughly and satisfactorily established. R. Carter & Brothers.
The Parish Fide.—The parish has a side, and ought certainly to have a hearing as well as the minister. Thi>
not prepared to receive it, even if it had been a sugar-cane. "Pray, what kind of a cane was itf" "It was a hurricane," replied the traveller."
book comes in to take rank with Sunny and Shady Side*, and gives us a most pleasing variety of incidents and facts, both useful and instructive. It is a pleasing feature of the book that the writer has not arrayed the parish against the minister, but presents them both laboring together in Jove for the great ends of the gospel. Love for the pastor, unity, benevolence, reverses and annoyances, and amusing incidents of a country parish are here described with vivacity and life. There is an air of great sincerity in the book, with no attempt at display, which w calculated not only to please the imagination, but to warm and improve the heart. Mason Brother*.
Things To Be Thought Of.—An admirable title book, addressed to the young. It proposes to show, in a pleasing way, some of the most important questions touching the great ends of life. It shows that it is not a gloomy thing to be religious young; and that true happiness and true religion are identical. It shows that the service of God is consistent with every rational pleasure. Let the youth of our land read it. They cannot but be pleased, instructed, and profited. A. D. F. Randolph.
Fashion And Famine. By Mrs. Ann S. Stephens.—The name of the gifted authoress is sufficient to guarantee the literary merits of this work. Nowork that she has written will contribute more substantially to her fame than this brilliant production of her sparkling pen. The subject m rich, and the plot is full of interest, portraying and bringing in thrilling contrast the two extremes of city life. Th# story is based on facts and incidents in real life, but the effect is powerfully dramatic. It chains the reader as by a magic spell, and he follows the narrative with delightful enthusiasm. It will, doubtless, make a sensation in the reading world. Bunce & Brother.
The Eclectic for July contains a fine portrait of Alexander Dumas. The number is unusually rich in its article* from the English Reviews.
The National Preacher for July contains the sermon preached by Dr. Allen before the General Assembly, on the comprehensiveness of the doctrine of the cross. Also one by Rev. A. Elmendorf, on the excess of future glory over present suffering.
Putnam for July contains a fine portrait of Mr. Curtis, author of the Fotiphar Papers, with a promise to continue the series of portraits in future numbers.
People's Journal.—This popular monthly is out for July, with forty engravings. These all pertain to the various useful arts in practical life. The twelve numbers of lb* year comprise a volume of great value. AH success to the enterprising publisher, Mr. Alfred E. Beach.