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GALLAGHER's Poems. - We tucky forest, surrounded by the have just received Erato, No. 2 lofty Tulip tree, the rich and briland 3, by Wm. D. Gallagher.- liant Beech, and the stately SycMr. Gallagher is well known to amore, to read poetry which the literary community by his pre- seems to have been nourished by vious publications. His Month- such influences. We advise our ly Magazine, we are happy to readers to get the book and do see, is acquiring favor, and ad- the same. In the mean time we ding to its subscription list. We copy the following which hapintend to take this little volume pened to strike our eye, though into the woods some fine day of probably not so good as many this lovely month, and there un- other pieces in this little voder the grand shadows of a Ken- lume :
THE MOTHERS OF THE WEST.
The Mothers of our Forest-Land !
Stout-hearted dames were they ;
And join the border-fray.
In its days of blood and strife
Aye free to peril life.
The Mothers of our Forest-Land !
On Old Kan-tuc-kee's soil,
War's tempest and Life's toil !
They quailed not in the fight-
And soothed them through ihe night.
The Mothers of our Forest-Land !
Their bosoms pillowed men !
In hammock, fort, or glen.
To run the leaden ball
And fill it should he fall :
The Mothers of our Forest-Land!
Such were their daily deeds.
Their epitaph !--who reads ?
No nobler matrons Rome-
Ev'n in their own green home!
The Mothers of our Forest-Land!
They sleep in unknown graves :
Of ingrates, or of slaves,
But their graves shall yet be found,
"The Dark and Bloody Ground.'
BURNING OF STEAMER Ben. SHERROD. wholly unnecessary. Those from ex
The news of this terrible disaster, plosion are far less destructive than what reached Louisville on Saturday evening, arise from fire. Fire is the greatest but was not confirmed until Sunday, danger, and has caused the most dreadMay 21st. During that day it was the ful loss of life. But it is perfectly clear, subject of anxious apprehensions and a
that this awful navoc, is more the result visible gloom weighed on the spirits of of carelessness than of necessity. It all. As yet (May 23,) we have no cer. need no! be. if the community were atain account of the number of lives lost live to the subject--if owners and offiby this calamity, but by the lowest esti- cers would take the proper precautions, mate yet given, it exceeds ONE HUN- at least nine-lenths of the fires might be
Thus by the most horrible of prevented. And if the passengers and deaths, without a warning: our neigh- crew, and officers, had presence of mind bors, relations, and friends have passed after the fire was discovered, not one intu eternity. If any thing can arouse a life need be lost where fifty now are.. too careless community it is an event If, for instance, the following precaulike this. May God grant that the im- tions were taken, could fires be as frepression do not pass away from our quent as they are now ? minds like the early dew, but produce
1. Keeping a Watch. When a boat reflections calculated to be of lasting is burnt, it is generally in the night time. service.
Why? Because if it catches in the day, Within the last two or three months, it is seen and immediately extinguished. four steamers have been entirely con- But in the night half the boat is a perfect sumed, and one partially so, on the Mis
solitude, yet the fires are burning in the sissippi river alone.* Accidents from
stoves, the candles on the tables, and snags are becoming rare, and when they the sparks flying about the roof and occur, are seldom dangerous. Those guards. If there was a man whose bufrom collision are too numerous, but are siness it was to look about the boat, and *Ben. Sherrod, Rob Roy, Ione, Fancy, Sul.
visit every part of it frequently, many tana. The four first were wholly destroyed.
fires would be prevented. A proof of
this is the following fact. A passenger
happen. It is the duty of every one then, on the Sherrod was saved by swimming
to discountenance by word and example, several miles. He had also been saved
this mad disregard of life. It ought to be
seen, that so far from being the same thing in the burning of the Fancy. His mind
as true courage, it utterly disqualifies a was so impressed with these two fearsul
man for showing true courage in the hour scenes, that he determined not to sleep of danger. These same passengers and another night on a steam boat till he crews on our Western boats who scoff at reached home. Accordingly, in coming precaution, and ridicule the idea of danger, up to Louisville, he walked the boat all who throw themselves recklessly in the night long, examining every part, and in
way of it, lose all presence of mind when this voluntary office of watchman, actu
it comes. They are like a flock of fright
ened sheep. This is, indeed, the other ally discuvered a state room on fire. He
great source of the havoc of life on these gave the alarm, and it was extinguished, occasions that the officers, crew, and pasbut had it not been for his watchfulness,
sengers, lose all presence of mind. When he would have been a third time exposed the Brandywine was burnt, we have been to death from this element.
told, that the passengers jumped into the 2. Another precaution might be to make
boat while it was hanging at the stern, the wood work partially incombustible by without waiting for it to be lowered, and saturating it with some alkaline prepara
then cut away the rope on one side, by tion. The intense heat of the boilers which of course all were instantly pitched makes the wood work like tinder. It is so
into the river. Others made a rast of inflammable that it burns with wonderful planks, and launched it so that twenty rapidity. But it might easily, even by a
were instantly carried under the wheels preparation of common potash be prevent and killed. The great loss on the Sherrod ed from burning so rapidly, and afford was owing we are told, to the tiller rope time to extinguish it, or at least for the being burnt, so that she could not be passengers to escape.
steered into shore. Was there no one who 3. Another precaution might be to allow had presence of mind enough to cause a no candles but only hanging lamps with foot plank to be run out at her bow, or a glass covers, to be used in the state rooms, cable let go astern, by which means we clerk's office, steward's rooms, &c.
are assured, a boat might easily be turned? 4. There should be an ample provision There is another difficulty, we know, esof cork mattresses, or India rubber pillows pecially felt at such a time, and that is the and Life Preservers. If there were en want of subordination. There is no one ough of them, no one need be drowned in to command. The captain, pilot, and ena river like the Mississippi.
gineer are three equal and sovereign pow5. There should be a fire-engine to every ers, who all act according to their sepa boat connected with the engine, with the rate judgments. This evil must be reme. hose constantly attached and ready for died before there can be safety on the riuse, so as to deluge at once any part of The captain must have the entire the boat with water. This was of great and supreme command. service, we believe, on the Sultana.
But even suppose the boat wholly on Many other precautions might be adopt- fire, not to be put out, nor capable of being ed, such for instance, as iron rods in the run into land. Even in this case, there place of tiller ropes, which in the present
need not be such a loss of life if the pasinstance, would have saved all on board sengers keep their presence of mind. the Sherrod. But as long as neither the Surely, though the Mississippi is a very law nor public opinion commands them to rapid stream, and full of earthy matter, be adopted, we fear there is little use in making it difficult to float without a sup naming thein. While the community are port, some kind of support might be found so indifferent to their own safety as to be by each one-a stick of wood, a chair, a equally ready to patronize a notoriously hencoop, a plank would secure the life of careless boat and a safe one, we can hard. any one who should confide themselves ly expect owners or officers to trouble with courage to its support. But yet many themselves about such things or feel any remain on board, and are burnt, rather responsibility for the lives of those confi than venture themselves in the water. So ded to them. Public opinion alone can great is the fear which many entertain of set this matter right. While the present the river, that they will not plunge even recklessness and indifference to life pre at the last moment, but are burnt alive. vails, so long must accidents continue to
Art. 1.- HISTORY OF OUR LORD'S PASSION;
Abstracted from the German of Olshausen :
PART SECOND. THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST.
(Matt. 28: Mark 15 : LUKE 24: JOHN 20, 21.)
As death and the shedding of blood were essential parts of our Lord's work of Salvation, so must death necessarily be overcome by a subsequent resurrection. So that death and resurrection represent the two halves of his united work, the negative, as well as the positive. It is accordingly evident, that the resurrection represents an essential point in the developement of the sublime life of the Savior, and it is this, that the history of the apostolic church represents it. The resurrection was the one great fact, which the apostles felt themselves peculiarly bound to declare. After the ascension and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, whch were the first acts of the glorified Savior, the disciples, who a few days before at the arrest of Jesus, appeared so weak, now appear thoroughly settled in mind and fully armed with unconquerable boldness and also with wisdom, peace, serenity. The rise of the Christian Church is an incontrovertible actual proof, that a great and astonishing event must have taken place, which could give rise to so persevering a zeal for such an undertaking.
But this importance attaches to the resurrection, chiefly, if we established the fact that the Saviour did not rise with the
mortal body which he bore before the resurrection. If we consider the resurrection as many well meaning people do, and suppose the actually dead Saviour was restored to life by an act of the almighty power, without any change taking place in his body, it cannot be shown wherein the weight of this fact lies; the raising of Lazarus was just such an event according to this view, and Paul could not justly have represented Christ's resurrection, as the foundation of faith, as the seal of the victory over death and the grave, if the body of Christ were still no more than mortal.
The defenders of this view are accustomed to consider the ascension, as the period of the glorification of the Savior's body and of the victory over death; but this cannot be, because the apostles universally consider the ascension only a consequence of the resurrection, which last was for them the great essential fact. Certainly this mode of viewing the resurrection, which Tholuck maintains, could not be entertained for a moment, if the statements regarding the appearances of the risen Savior did not seem to speak for its authenticity. By these it appears, that the Lord had a body of flesh and bone, that he still bore the mark of the wounds, that he took food, and that his frame in all respects appeared like a common earthly body. These expressions and statements do not seem to be suited to a glorified body. But important as these remarks at first sight appear, a more careful examination shows their fallacy.
In the first place we must remember, that the spiritual body is not to be confounded with spirit itself
. According to the express representation of the apostle Paul, the natural body became by the resurrection a spiritual body, but yet remained a true body. We must moreover consider, that the body of Christ from his very birth, although so similar to our own, was in many respects different from ours, and therefore the change, which it went through in the process of glorification, becomes less surprising; and thus on the one hand it is explained how the disciples were able to recognise him and observe the marks of the wounds, and on the other hand, that they observed so great a change in him, as often not to know him. This view gains more weight, if we consider that the process of glorification continued through forty days, and was first entirely completed upon the ascension. Finally, we are not to consider the remark in the Passion History regarding our Lord's taking food, as implying any need of it, but merely as intended to convince those present of the reality of his body. Besides it is supposed in scripture (Rev. 22,) that the glorified body takes food, but the physical process is expressly excluded. (I. Cor. vi. 13).