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Faith.-Implicit Faith has been sometimes ludicrously styled fides carbonaria, from the noted story of one who, examining an ignorant collier on his religious principles, asked him what it was that he believed? He answered, "I believe what the Church believes." The other rejoined, What then does the Church believe?" He replied readily, "The church believes what I believe." The other, desirous, if possible, to bring him to particulars, once more resumed his inquiry: "Tell me, then, I pray you, what it is you and the church both believe?" The only answer the collier could give was, "Why truly, sir, the church and I both-believe the same thing. This is implicit faith in perfection, and, in the estimation of some celebrated doctors, the sum of necessary and saving knowledge in a christian.

Laconic Order of the Day.-Frederick II. wrote one day to Gen. Salmon, Commander at Cleves," My dear Salmon, if the Austrians come into my territories, tell them they have mistaken their way; if they begin to argue, make them prisoners; and if they make any resistance, cut them to pieces.

Aboriginal Character.-As an Indian was straying through a village on the Kennebec, he passed a gentleman standing at his store door, and begged a piece of tobacco. The person stepped back and selected a generous piece, for which he received a gruff tank you,' and thought no more of the affair. Three or four mouths afterwards, he was surprised at an Indian coming into the store and presenting him with a beautiful miniature birch canoe, painted, and furnished with paddles to correspond. On asking the meaning of it, he was told, “ Indian no forget; you give me tobacco-me make this for you.' This man's gratitude for a trifling favour had led him to bestow more labour on his present, than would have purchased him many pounds of his favourite fumigatory.

Composure.-On Friday se'nnight, as the condemned prisoners were entering the goal, of this town, one of them, of the name of Bradnum, convicted of the burglary at Glemsford, was thus accosted by his mother:-"Well, boy, what are you to be done to?" "Hanged mother." replied the son. “Well," rejoined the mother," be a good boy, and don't be hanged in your best clothes, but let me have them-I had better take your red waistcoat now.--Bury Post.

A Querulous Man.-Mr. Tyers (the proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens) was a worthy man, but indulged himself a little too much in the querulous strain when any thing went amiss; insomuch, that he said, if he had been brought up a hatier, he believed people would have been born without heads! A farmer once gave him a humorous reproof for this kind of reproach of Heaven: he stepped up to him very respectfully, and asked him when he meant to open his Gardens. Mr. Tyers replied the next Monday fortnight. The man thanked him repeatedly, and was going away; bat Mr. Tyers asked him in return, what made him so anxious to know. “Why, sir," said the farmer," I think of sowing my turnips on that day, for you know we shall be sure to have rain."

Over-feeding. Mr. Abernethy agreed with the opinion entertained by Frankiin, who said that nine-tenths of the diseases were caused by over feeding. That learned surgeon, in one of his lectures in 1827, thus addressed his hearers:"I tell you honestly what I think is the cause of the compli cated maladies of the human race; it is their gormandizing and stuffing, and stimulating their digestive organs to an excess, thereby producing nervous disorders and irritation. The state of their minds is another grand cause; the fidgetting and discontenting yourselves about that which can't be helped; passions of all kinds-malignant passions and worldly cares, pressing upon the mind, disturb the cerebral action, and do a great deal of harm,"

VOLTAIRE's character of Cromwell is an admirable example of wisdom and conciseness." Cromwell is described as a man who was an impostor ali his lite. I can scarcely believe it. I conceive that he was at first an enthusiast, and that he afterwards made his fanaticism instrumental to his greatness. An ardent novice at twenty, often becomes an accomplished rogue at forty. In the great game of human life, men begin with being dupes, and end in becoming knaves. A statesman engages as his almoner a monk, entirely made up of the details of his convent-devont, eredulous, awkward, perfectly new to the world: he acquires information, polish, finesse, and supplants his master."


National Physical Force of Animals.-The account given by M. Dupin, of the Physical force of the animals of France, affords a great number of interesting observations. remark, that the whole animal force of the kingdom is only equal to four times the physical force of the people; while in Britain, the whole animal is equal to eleven times the physical force of the people; whence it follows, that in France the labourers are three times less assisted by animals than the labourers of Britain. In Britain, they have one horse for every ten inhabitants; in France, one for every thirteen. The diligences, or stage coaches, except on a few roads, travel at the rate of only two leagues an hour, while in England, the same conveyances travel at the rate of three, and even four.

When to kill a Lion -The following curious circumstance is related in Thompson's Travels in Southern Africa :-"I was told here that a lion had just killed an ox, and had been shot in the act. It is the habit of the lion, it seems, when he kills a large animal, to spring upon it, and, seizing the throat with his terrible fangs, to press the body down with his paws, till his victim expires. The moment he seizes his prey, the lion closes his eyes, and never opens them again until life is extinct. The Hottentots are aware of this; and on the present occasion one of the herdsmen ran to the spot with his gun, and fired at the lion within a few yards distance, but, from the agitation of his nerves, entirely missed him. The lion, however, did not. even deign to notice the report of the gun, but kept fast hold of his prey. The Hottentot re-loaded, fired a second time, and shot him through the head. This tact, being well anthenticated, seemed to me curious, and worthy of being meutioned."

Slavery. Without slavery," say the advocates of the practice," the plantation could not be worked; for the negro has such a constitutional abhorrence of labour, that nothing but blows and threats can force him to exert his physical powers; money or entreaties would be found insufficient to make him rise from the sand, on which he would bask the whole day long." And, therefore, for the sake of sweetening our gossip-cups with a little cane-juice, the bitter sweat of agony is to continue to be wrung from the brow of a fellowmortal; his back is to be so lacerated, that, when he starts from his short sleep, at the voice of his imperious task-master,” he carries away with him half of the rotten litter which kept his bleeding limbs from the ground. Bat, enough! We hope the time is near when such scenes will cease, and only be remembered with horror.


Narrative of Three Deserted Chüdren.—“ I will record in this place," says Mr. Fiint, in his Travels in America, ፡፡ narrative that impressed me deeply. It was a fair sample of the cases of extreme misery and desolation that are often wit nessed on the Mississippi river. In the Sabbath school at New Madrid we received three children, who were introduced to that place under the following circumstances: A man was descending the river with these three children in his pirogue. He and his children had landed on a desert island, on a bitter snowy evening in December. There were but two houses, which were at Little Prairie, opposite the Island, within a great distance. He wanted more whisky, although he had been drinking too freely. Against the persuasions of his children, he left them, to cross over in his pirogue to these houses, and renew his supply. The wind blew high, and the river was rough. Nothing could dissuade him from this dan. gerous attempt. He told them that he should return to them that night, left them in tears, and exposed to the pitiless pelt ing of the storm, and started for his carouse. The children saw the boat sink before he had half crossed the passage: the man was drowned. These forlorn beings were left without any other covering than their own scanty and ragged dress, for he had taken his blanket with him They had neither fire nor shelter, and no other food than uncooked pork and corn. It snowed fast, and the night closed over them in this situation. The elder was a girl of six years, but remarkably shrewd and acute for her age The next was a girl of four, and the youngest a boy of two. it was affecting to hear her describe her desolation of heart, as she set herself to examine her resources. She made them creep together, and draw their bare feet under their clothes. She covered them with leaves and branches, and thus they passed the first night. In the morning, the younger children wept bitterly with cold and hunger. The pork she cut into small pieces. She then persuaded them to run about, by setting them the example. Then she made them return to chewing corn and pork. In the course of the day, some Indians landed on the island, found them, and, as they were coming up to New Madrid, took them with them."


Fashions for August. 1833.

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