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establish, although by the material means of a metallic conductor, is miraculously direct and intimate. But what must that uniting attraction of souls be, which requires no corporeal medium, but darts instantaneously through an all-uniting spiritual element from Dne disembodied spirit to another! Even now the director of an electric telegraph, although confined by the burthen of a body to a certain spot, is able at pleasure to converse with a distant friend, and be present with him in thought- and will. What will not be possible when this confinement to the conditions of our planet shall fall away! Schdbkrt
CLXXV.—THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.
1. Hark! the warning needles click,
Here the instant message read,
Sing who will of Orphejjn" lyre
2. Let the sky he dark or clear,
Sing who will of Orphean lyre,
3. Think the thought, and speak }he word,
Borne o'er mountains, lakes, and seas,
To the far antipodes
Boston speaks at twelve o'clock,
Natchez reads ere noon the shock
Seems it not a feat sublime?
Intellect has conquered Time!
Sing who will of Orphean lyre,
1. Marvel — triumph of our day,
Flash sincerity of speech,
Noblest aims to all who teach;
Flash till Power shall learn the Right,
Flash till Reason conquer Might;
Flash resolve to every mind;
Manhood flash to all mankind!
Sing who will of Orphean lyre,
CLXXVI. — LOCHIEL'S WARNING.
lochiel, a Highland chieftain, while on his march to ioin the Pretender, is met by one of the Highland seers, or prophets, who warns him to return, and not incur the certain ruin which awaits the unfortunate prince and his followers, on the field of Culloden.
Seer. Lochiel, Lochiel, beware of the day
Lochiel. Go preach to the coward, thou death-telling seer!
Seer. Ha! laugh'st thou, Lochiel, my vision to scorn?
Fr:m his eyry, that beacons the darkness of Heaven.
O, crested Lochiel! the peerless in might,
Whose banners arise on the battlements' height,
Heaven's fire is around thee, to blast and to burn;
Return to thy dwelling! all lonely return!
For the blackness of ashes shall mark where it stood,
And a wild mother scream o'er her famishing brood!
Lochiel. False wizard, avaunt! I have marshalled my clan;
Seer. Lochiel! Lochiel! beware of the day!
Lochiel. Down, soothless insulter! I trust not the tale!
Shall victor exult, or in death be laid low,
With his back to the field, and his feet to the foe!
And, leaving in battle no blot on his name,
Look proudly to Heaven from the death-bed of fame!
CLXXVII. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
1. On the second of July, 1776, the resolution of Independence was adopted by the old Congress; and, on the ever-memorable Fourth of July of that year, the Declaration reported by the Committee, with some slight alterations, was agreed to and promul'gated. It is now a nation's creed. Let it not be supposed that the measure was carried without opposition. Assaults it did encounter, resistance it did suffer; not from the enemies only of our country, but from her most sincere friends. The timid were alarmed. The minds of men of ordinary constancy were possessed with doubts and hesitation at this final, this irretrievable step. Heroic courage and patriotism were what the occasion demanded, and what — let us be thankful for it! — the occasion found.
2. It was, indeed, a fearful question. At the last moment, when it was about to be put, a celebrated member of the Congress, a gentleman of undoubted patriotism, rose and spoke against the proposed measure. He stated the consequences of it in alarming colors. Silence and- doubt ensued. It was then that John Adams, the "pillar of its support," as Mr. Jefferson has styled him, rose in reply. His fervid eloquence silenced every doubt. The question was settled, and the vote of the States was unanimous. In what language he made this last and powerful appeal, we may judge from the triumphant burst of patriotic exultation and pious emotion with which he wrote to a friend on the following day.
3. "Yesterday the greatest question was decided that was ever debated in America; and greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided by men. A resolution was passed, without one dissenting colony, 'that these United States are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.' The day is passed. The Fourth of July, 1776, will be a memorable epoch" in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It Might to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn »cts of devotion to Almighty God.
4. "It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever. Yon will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cos* to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States; yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means; and that posterity will triumph, although you and I may rue, — which, I hope, we shall not." John. Sergeant.
CLXXVIII.—THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS AMONG THEMSELVES.
1. Hoping to reach the camp of the rangers before nightfall, we pushed on until twilight, when we were obliged to halt on the borders of a ravine. The rangers bivouacked" under trees, at the bottom of the dell, while we pitched our tent on a rocky knoll near a running stream. The night came on dark and overcast, with flying clouds, and much appearance of rain. The fires of the rangers burnt brightly in the dell, and threw strong masses of 1 ight upon the robber-looking groups that were cooking, eating, and drinking, around them.
2. To add to the wildness of the scene, several Osage Indians, visitors from the village we had passed, were mingled among the men. Three of them came and seated themselves by our fire. They watched everything that was going on round them, in silence, and looked like figures of monumental bronze. We gave them food, and, what they most relished, coffee; for the Indians partake in the universal fondness for this beverage, which pervades the West. When they had made their supper, fchey stretched themselves, side by side, before the fire, and began a low nasal chant, drumming with their hands upon their breasts by way of accompaniment.
3. Their chant seemed to consist of regular staves, every one terminating, not in a melodious cadence, but in the abrupt interjection, huh! uttered almost like a hiccup. The chant related to ourselves, our appearance, our treatment of them, and all that they knew of our plans. This mode of improvising" is common throughout the savage tribes; and in this way, with a few simple inflections of the voice, they chant all their exploits in war and hunting, and occasionally indulge in a vein of comio humor and dry satire, to which the Indians appear to me much more prone than is generally imagined.