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BY N. P. WILLIS.
conduct him down to her submarine palace. And of the battle-field—remembering all that has been he hastily arose to walk towards her, but no kind thought and felt in the saddle which that horse was hand now held him above the water ; he sank—and wont to wear-it was impossible to look upon him the cool waves closed over him. For a moment the without a throb in the throat-one of those unbidmirror of the lake trembled and shook, and then it den and unreasoning tear-throbs, that seem to deagain became quiet and calm as before.
light in paying tribute, out of time and unexacted, Seppi never again rose from the waters ; and to to trifles that have been belongings of glory. We this day a soft sighing and murmuring is heard saw General Taylor himself, for the first time, the through the reeds that grow in solitary lakes and next day-with more thought and reverence, of ponds; and that is the endless sorrow of the poor course, than had been awakened by looking upon transformed fairy, for her lost favorite.
his horse-but with not half the emotion.
The “hero-president” has been more truthfully From Morris and Willis' Home Journal.
described than any man we ever read much of be
fore seeing. One who had not learned how exOLD WHITEY AND GENERAL TAYLOR.
tremes touch, in manners—the most courtly polish
and the most absolute simplicity-might be surWe were standing at the corner of President one in his presence at ease, which is looked upon
prised, only, with that complete putting of every Square, in Washington, the other day, literally in England as the result of high breeding; and brought to a stand-still by the heavenly beauty of which General Taylor's manners effect, without the weather-when a loose horse trotted leisurely the slightest thought given to the matter, apby us in the open street, and we found ourself expanding towards him, in sympathetic recognition of parently, and with the fullest preservation of digthe similarity of our respective happiness. “There English duke would be, as well; and, by the way,
“ Rough and Ready”—in this way-an are two of us out of harness, to-day," we mentally his readiness is of a simplicity and genuineness said—“God bless you, old brother worky, and may which it is wonderful indeed to find so high on the you enjoy, as I do, this delicious sunshine and its ladder of preferment! There were but six or heavenly nothings to do!" On he trotted towards eight persons in the room, when the party we acthe president's gate, and, halting a little before companied were presented to the president ; and the entrance, he seemed hesitating between per- the conversation, for the ten minutes we were fect liberty to go in or stay out—when it suddenly there, was entirely unstudied, and between himself occurred to us that our fellow-idler might not be, and the ladies only. But we should have been after all, the “ private individual” for whom we had fancied our sympathy to be rather
a condescen- anywhere struck with the instant directness, obsion than otherwise ! What if it should be “ Old
viousness, and prompt and close-hitting immediate
ness, with which he invariably replied to what was Whitey,” reposing on his laurels !
A moment's look, up and down the pavé in front said. Let it be ever so mere a trifle, the return of the president's mansion, corroborated the conjec- Most great men, diplomatists and politicians partic
thought was from the next link of association. ture. There were, perhaps, twenty persons in sight, and, among them, we recognized one of the ularly, go “ about the bush” a little, for a reply to cabinet secretaries, a venerable auditor, the Aus- a remark, omitting the more obvious and simpler trian Chargé, and two of those unanxious and yet an appearance of seeing more scope in the bearing
answer it might suggest, for the sake, perhaps, of responsible-looking persons whom you know to be
of the matter. But Taylor-(we thought we could “ members,” and not office-seekers-and-(curious to see) —all eyes were fixed, not upon the distin- make certain, even from these few brief moments guished foreigner, not on the honorable officials, mind exactly as it works ; and has no care what
of observation)-has no dread of your seeing his not on the honorable members, not on an unharnessed and loose editor of the Home Journal—but on the ever, except to think and speak truthfully what
comes first, regardless of any policy, or manageunharnessed and loose white horse ! We felt the smoke of Buena Vista and Resaca de of his voice, at the same time, is that of thorough
ment of its impression on the listener. The key la Palma, of Palo Alto and Monterey, pushing us frankness, good-humor and unconsciousness of obtoward the old cannon-proof charger. He went smelling about the edges of the sidewalk-wonder- servation, while his smile is easy and habitual.
The grace with which these out-of-door charactering, probably, at such warm weather and no grass istics accompany a mouth of such indomitable reso--and we crossed over to have a nearer look at him, lution and an eye of such searching and inevitable with a feeling that the glory was not all taken from keenness, explains, perhaps, the secret of the affechis back with the sa Whitey” is a compact, hardy, well proportioned tion that is so well known to have been mingled of the style usually defined by the phrase “ family: hero, we should say, without loving and believing animal, less of a battle-steed, in appearance, than with the confiding devotion felt for him throughout
It is impossible to look upon the old horse," slightly knock-kneed, and with a tail (1 in him. afterwards learned) very much thinned by the numerous applications for a “ hair of him for mem
REPORT OF CHOLERA IN BOSTON. ory.” He had evidently been long untouched with a curry-comb, and (like other celebrities, for want In view of the approach of summer the authoriof an occasional rubbing down) there was a little ties of our large cities are beginning to bestir themtoo much of himself in his exterior—the name of selves for the prevention, if possible, of another - Old Whitey,” indeed, hardly describing with visit from the cholera. We have received the fidelity a coat so matted and yellow. But, remembering the beatings of the great heart he had borne
“Report of the Committee of Internal Health on upon his back—ihe anxieties, the energies, the the Asiatic Cholera, together with a Report of the defiances of danger, the iron impulses to duty, the City Physician on the Cholera Hospital.” It is thrills of chivalric triumphs, and the sad turnings very full and minute, and creditable to the intelliof the rein to see brothers in arms laid in the graves gence, industry and fidelity of those by whom it was prepared. Wood cuts are given, together law to construct dwelling houses under the direcwith a chart, showing the topography of the in- tion of the board of health ; that every landlord fected districts and representations of the filthy should be required to fit his building properly to alleys where the disease established its head quar- the purposes for which it is to be used, in respect ters.
to light, air, and necessary conveniences; that Thus we have capital daguerreotype views of some provision of law should be made, by which “Half-moon place” in the rear of Broad street, of the number of tenants should be apportioned to its tenements in Burgess alley and Stillman street, size and general arrangements; and that the occuand of a house in the rear of 136 Hanover street. pation of under-ground cellars as dwelling-houses A glimpse is afforded us, too, of a “subterranean should be prevented. bedroom in Bread street." There is a reality in All these measures are proper and necessary to these sketches, which conveys an idea of squalid the sanitary welfare of the city. It is well known misery unequalled by anything in the fancy etch-that the landlords who let or under-let these imings of Cruikshanks and Brown. The description mense hives swarming with occupants, derive from of the cellars in Bread street is unparalleled by them a revenue wholly disproportionate to the the minute accounts which we find, in “ Jack Shep-value of the buildings, and if the public health is pard” and “Oliver Twist,” of the dwellings of to suffer in consequence, we do not see why approthe poor, the vicious, and the outcast. Many of priate restrictions should not be adopted. the inhabited cellars in this vicinity are inundated We are much indebted to Dr. Henry G. Clark, by the back water of the drains during high tides ; City Physician, for an early copy of his interesting and being entirely below the level of the sidewalks, report, accompanying that of the Committee of they are necessarily, therefore, almost entirely Internal Health. His associates, Doctors Buckwithout light or ventilation.
ingham, Dalton, and Williams, have contributed One cellar was reported by the police, during much to its completeness ; for which he makes the the last summer, to be occupied nightly, as a sleep- proper acknowledgments. The drawings by Biling apartment, by thirty-nine persons! In another, lings are truly said to be “most faithful representhe tide had risen so high that it was necessary to tations of the scenes they are intended to exhibit” approach the bedside of the patient by means of a Transcript. plank, which was laid from one stool to another ; while the dead body of an infant was actually float- The following lines, by Miss Catherine Ponsoning about the room in its coffin.
by, a blind lady, are from a volume of poems just The houses in which the epidemic prevailed issued from the Edinburgh press. most were in Broad, Wharf, Wells, Bread, Oliver, Hamilton, Atkinson, Curve, Brighton, Cove, and
Hail ! holy Light! in memory dwells
A vision of thine image bright; Ann streets, and were occupied by the Irish. In
Of past and perished bliss it tells, these houses, several families were sometimes
When heaven poured radiance on my sight: found occupying the same room. Of course, in
The beauty of that vanished scene such a state of things, there can be no cleanliness, My darkened eyes can never see ; privacy, or proper ventilation, and little comfort ; A dream of brightness that has been and, with the ignorance, carelessness, and gener
Is all that now remains to me! ally loose and dirty habits which prevail among
Though darkness shrouds me, gentle beams the occupants, the necessary evils are greatly in
Of mercy cheer my clouded view ; creased both in amount and intensity. The Cors- The love of Jesus sweetly seems mittee on Internal Health report that
To pierce the shadow's deepest hue.
Can orbs imprisoned e'er control In Broad street and all the surrounding neighbor
Ileaven's holy effluence of light, hood, including Fort Hill and the adjacent streets, Poured in its richness on the soul, the situation of the Irish, in these respects, is par
To beam-and bless my spirit's sight? ticularly wretched. During their visits the last summer, your committee were witnesses of scenes Nor loved familiar face, or form, too painful to be forgotten, and yet too disgusting Nor glowing tints in beauty's guise, to be related here. It is sufficient to say, that this Nor ocean in its calm or storm, whole district is a perfect hive of human beings, Nor splendors of the starry skies ; without comforts and mostly without common Not one illuminating spark necessaries ; in many cases, huddled together like Of living brightness can I see ; brutes, without regard to sex, or age, or sense of But Jesus shines where all is dark decency; grown men and women sleeping together His glory is a sun to me! in the same apartment, and sometimes wife and husband, brothers and sisters, in the same bed.
And when I leave this troubled scene, Under such circumstances, self-respect, forethought,
His blessed and benignant love, all high and noble virtues soon die out, and sullen
Bright 'mid the gloom my soul has seen, indifference and despair, or disorder, intemperance
Shall beam in cloudless bliss above.
Mine and utter degradation, reign supreme.
shall then behold his face,
No night-no darkness then shall be ; The committee close their report with recom- The glories of his love and grace, mendations that owners should be compelled by) In light shall be revealed to me.
TO THE BINDER. — Title and Index of Vol. XXIV., are in the middle of this Number.
No. 306. 1. Southey's Life and Correspondence,
577 2. Unprotected Female at Bank,
591 3. Letters from Jamaica, 3, 4, 5,
N. Y. Evening Post,
593 4. Lord Jeffrey,
599 5. The New England Flag,
Journal of Commerce,
603 6. Deaf Smith, the Texan Spy,
604 7. The Russian Loan,
607 8. Germany,
608 9. President Taylor,
Examiner, Spectator, Journ. des Debats, 610 10. Switzerland and the United States,
N. Y. Evening Post,
612 11. Seppi, the Goatherd,
Swiss Fairy Tale,
615 POETRY: Disunion ; Miner's Dream, 590; Return of Prosperity, 592; The Flag of our Union,
597 ; Father to his Son, on leaving for California ; Emigrant Mother to her Children, 598; The Life Book; Valley of Dry Bones ; They were Lovely and Pleasant, 602 ; Daily Life
of the Christian Child; Out of the Depths, 614; Hail Holy Light, 619. SHORT ARTICLES : A Faithful Slave Liberated; Garrick's First Appearance in London, 589 ;
Black Statue to Carlyle, 592 ; Testimony concerning William Penn, 601; Bible in 1782 ;
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