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risen in her splendor, and was shedding a broad pathOPTICAL ILLUSION;

way of light through nearly the whole length of my OR, GHOST SEEING.

long and before dismal chamber, leaving the eaves and Although it is no longer the custom with the press the corners still in undistinguishable darkness. After ent generation to inculcate superstition by allowing admiring for sometime the surpassing brightness of the nursery maids, unrebuked, to relate supernatural tales moonlight, my thoughts turned inward, and I closed to their children, yet do I believe that superstitious my eyes for meditation. When I again opened them, fears and feelings still exist in some parts of our land I was indeed alarmed. In the diagonally opposite corto a very considerable extent; not with the young ner of the room from my bed, remote from the light of alone, but with the middle-aged and the old. It is in either window, and where, but a few minutes before, all the hope that these lines may be read by some of this had been pitchy darkness, there now glowed a broad, class that I now relate my ghost story.

softened, phosphorescent light. In vain I strove to acI had arrived at years of maturity before Sir Walter | count for it. I sat up in my bed, and gazed and specuScott's “Demonology and Witchcraft,” and Sir Davidlated. It seemed to my scared vision broader and Brewster's “Natural Magic,” had explained away all brighter as I looked upon it. Every thing was hush superstitious belief, with the enlightened part of the as death. I was nervous and alone, and I began to feel community, by taking them, as it were, behind the my hair stiffen, and to hear my heart beat with undescenes, and exhibiting to them all the wires and pullies fined apprehension. Again I feared the vision would of spectreism; so that those who now have the cour assume the semblance of some departed friend, and apage to look a ghost in the face, may literally see through proach me; and I was more excited than I bad ever beit as through a thin vapor. I had listened in my youthfore been with supernatural dread. But I remembered to many well authenticated tales of this kind, which I my determination, and resolved, in my desperation, to dared not distrust, and which I feared to believe; and ascertain its nature before I was bereft of my senses; perhaps there still clung to me an unacknowledged leav- and as I rose from my bed to approach it, my knees en of this sort; for I earnestly desired that I might smote each other with fear. There it was, still glowing never be visited by a spectre, but still hoped if I ever before me; but I drew nearer and nearer, as if drawn were, that I might have the courage, if not to “speak on by a spell—at last I reached out my hand to grasp, to it,” to reconnoitre and investigate it. My wishes as I thought, the “impassive air," and touched it. And, were at length granted. In the year 1834, I was on a reader, what do you think it was ?–a large black javisit to the southwest, and had been brought to the bor- panned wuiler, standing against the house. The ders of the grave by the prevailing fever of that coun- moon, as it rose, had shone through the window full try. It had left me in such a low nervous state that upon a looking-glass that hung in its track, which the slightest sound would awaken me from sleep, and caught its rays and threw them into this dark corner of keep me watchful for the night; so that in order to be the room, where they found a broad polished surface to entirely undisturbed, I had my bed removed to a large rest upon; and the waiter being bluck neutralized the unfinished upper room, extending the whole length of rays, and gave them that softened halo-looking light, of the house, with the rafters sloping overhead. Of this which the imagination ever weaves the drapery of room I was the sole occupant. My bed was placed ghosts. And thus was I deceived with my eyes wide nearly in one corner, and was so high as to bring my open, and in the full possession of my senses, until I head within a few feet of the roof. Here I had slept touched it. Had I remained in my bed trembling and for several nights in undisturbed quietude. But the speculating, I never should have arrived at the truth of night in question was dark and cloudy when I ascend- | the matter. When the moon should have attained a ed to my chamber; so that when I had extinguished sufficient altitude in the heavens, to have passed away my candle, there was scarcely light enough to make from the mirror, my ghost, which actually kept moving, the “darkness visible.” Although there were two would have vanished also; and I should still have conlarge windows at each end of the room, yet I could see tinued the victim of doubt and uncertainty. nothing; but it was delightfully still, and I soon fell Let every one who beholds a suspicious looking obinto a sweet, quiet sleep, from which, after the lapse of | ject in an uncertain or obscure light, approach and exsome hours, perhaps, I was suddenly awakened by a amine it; and then, and not till then, will ghost stories rude sound directly over my head; but at this I was not vanish from the dark corners of our land, and spectres, alarmed, for my ear recognized it to be the alighting of like witchcraft, be heard of no more. Reader, you some night bird on the roof, and I did not even unclose may smile if you will—I am no coward; and, all cirmy eyes lest I should induce a state of wakefulness. But cumstances considered, I esteem it the greatest act of it was all in vain, and my prudence availed me nothing.courage I ever performed; and I still contemplate the My sleep had been disturbed, and slumber had flown old black waiter with the greatest complacency, as the from my eye-lids; so, after tossing about for sometime, evidence of my heroism. CORNELIA AUGUSTA. I opened my eyes and looked around. The room now presented so different an appearance from what it did when I went to bed, that I could hardly realize where I Gov is on the side of virtue; for whoever dreads pun

The clouds had dispersed, and the moon hadll jshment, suffers it, and whoever deserves it, dreads it.

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Ho! Christian traveler!

Faint, yet pursuing, Why dost thou loiter thus?

Up and be doing— Gird on your panoply

Faith, hope, and loveSeek on your bended knee

Strength from above.

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Forth on thy pilgrimage,

Dark though it be, Light of eternity

Soon thou shalt see.
Haste, then, and while thou thus

Threadest the way,
Work for thy blessed Lord-

Work while you may.

III.

An! why do the sons of sorrow fear
To meet my form when I hover near?
I come to give the unquiet rest,
And heal the wound of the care-worn breast.
I enter the cell where the prisoners lie,
And the glooms of the dungeon fade away.
I bid the oppress'd go free, and no more
They bow 'neath oppression's fearful power.
I lay my hand on the tortur’d breast,
And the heart is lull'd to a dreamless rest.
To him of a sorrowful spirit I say,

Weep not,” and the last tear is wip'd away.
'The beggar who starves near the rich man's door,
I call—he hungers and thirsts no more.
I press the diseas'd to my tranquil breast,
And serenely calm is the sufferer's rest.
How sweet is the smile on the still pale face,
Where I leave the impress of my kind embrace!
I touch the check in its early bloom,
And it fades like a flower 'mid its young perfume;
For, blighted, it feels not the storm's chill sway,
That scatters the autumn leaves away.
I come on the cannon's deafening roar,
And the strife of the contest with thee is o'er.
I wreath the thorn with the laurels of fame,
And a glory links with thy deathless name.
With the dark assassin I come to heal
The wound he inflicts with his fatal steel.
The wild swimming eye I quietly close
In a sleep more serene than infant's repose.
I come to thee in the storm's career-
The deep-ton'd thunder is hushed on thine ear,
And the lightning that gleams thro' the stormy sky
Sends no fearful flash to thy rayless eye.
I cradle thee on the foaming wave
To thy last repose in a wat’ry grave;
And the storm that sweeps o'er the swelling sea,
Is the herald of calmness unto thee.
"Twill reck thee nothing, affliction's child!
If I meet thee in city or desert wild,
On the misty shore, or the stormy deep;
For sweet in mine arms is thy long last sleep.
Then why should the sons of sorrow fear
To meet my pale form when I hover near?
For I come to give the unquiet rest,
And heal the wound of the care-worn breast.

What though the tempests rave

From shore to shore, Oil on the troubled wave

Pour-gently pour. Tempest and storm may then

Cease their commotion, And the bright star of hope

Beam o'er the ocean.

IV.

Help to the helpless given

Rest to the wearyBid the despairing live,

Though life be drearyWhisper sweet words of love

To the heart-broken, Praying that they may prove

Words fitly spoken.

Hast thou a comrade borne

Down with life's woes? O'er his rough, thorny path

Twine Sharon's rose. There shall it sweetly bloom,

Yielding to sorrow, With all its rich perfume,

Hope for the morrow.

VI.

THE CREATOR. Thou art my Source of being-out from thee Streamed forth whate'er I am or hope to be, Save sin, which stains the current of my life, And whelms my placid soul in painful strife. Great Source of being, purity, and peace, Behold my bondage, and my soul release,

Deem not thy duty done

With the lone weeper: Rouse yonder careless one!

Wake up that sleeper! Tell him night waneth fast

Day-light soon shineth

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All this I give thee, all resign,
Without a tear, without a sigh;
To live unseen, unknown be thine,
Unlov'd and unlamented die!
I would not have thy reptile soul
For kingdoms, tho' their number were
Like stars which far above us roll,
Or drops which ocean's urn can bear.

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NOTICES.

days of the meeting with them, and felt continually (except STERLING's Poems.-Adequate judges pronounce these poems the painful interruptions and confusion of the holy Sabbath, to be “full of truth, fancy, and pathog.” Their versification is , which we have never seen more fearfully desecrated by the correct, and they have not that artificial manner which so mars | wicked) that God was with his people to bless them, and that the beauty of much that is called good poetry.

the Holy Spirit was present to convict and convert souls.

We are advised the best of the meeting was on Tuesday and THE DAUGHTERS OF ENGLAND.-This is a treatise on the

Wednesday after we left, and this, from all we hear, was doubt. relations, prerogatives, and duties of woman, by the author of

less the case. “The Women of England"-a lady whose writings have gain. || bath day's doings of the profligate, little evil will flow from

Great good, and, with the exception of the Sabed her a name, and won for her golden opinions.

this blessed opportunity to worship God day after day amidst DevotIONAL MELODIES. BY C. F. Deems, A. B.-This is a

the sylvan scenes of the forest. “Thanks be to God for his small collection of pieces for family or social use in the high | unspeakable” blessings! We shall look forward to next Aupraises of God. Its aim is excellent. The sentiments of the gust with great expectations of a camp meeting still more glo"Melodies” are truly devotional, and there is considerable | rious in ils results. Commencing on Monday, and closing on merit in the compositions theinselves. The author can safely Saturday, we may look for unmingled blessings, and we should cultivate his talent. Read the following:

not wonder if, in such a case, a thousand souls would be con" 'Tis pain to see our hopes go out,

verted to God. Like the unfed taper's light,

The camp meeting on White Oak circuit commenced on the And have the gloom of anxious doubt

27th, and closed on the 31st of August. This was, for several Envelop us in night:

reasons, a pleasant and an interesting occasion. Three of the 'Tis pain to send our purest love

most venerable ministers in the western Church were present. To find an earthly track,

Brother Q., the youngest of the three, is almost seventy years And then return, like Noah's dove,

of age. He is remarkable for his theological acquirements, and And bring no 'peace-branch'back.

for the gentle and winning persuasion with which he brings But O! how frightful is the pain

out of his treasury things new and old. Brother C. is more When Death shall read our doom,

than seventy, and yet retains all that is interesting in his originTo find that all our hopes are vain,

al, inventive, and philosophic mind. Brother L. is approachAnd crumble in the tomb:

ing eighty, and feels the weight of years, yet speaks with a To have no precious word of love

clear, full voice, and rejoices as in the days of his youth. Thrill on the failing breath,

Brothers Q. and C. preached, each in his peculiar style, and And see no arm around, above,

we know not when we have heard more instructive lessons, or To strengthen us for death.

melting appeals. The congregation was moved like the forest

in a storm, yet their eloquence was gentle as the softest breeze. Dear Savior, in that awful hour

Each of these aged brethren produces a happy effect by anecof darkness and of pain,

doles, which instrucl the mind, as well as move the heart. I O! let thine own right hand of power

will give one from each. My fainting soul sustain.

Brother C. was, at the close of his sermon, pointing his hearAnd when I tread Death's vale of night,

ers to their final blest abode; and to impress on them more faTo my poor hear be given

miliarly and effectually a sense of its nearness and its blessedTo drive away my spirit's fright

ness, he said, “I once knew a sea caplain by the name of One glimpse of God and heaven."

P****, who made a voyage to the Indies, and was absent sev. THE ELEMENTS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND of Politi eral years. In the meantime an infant child grew up to boy. CAL Economy. By Daniel Raymond.-It has passed through hood. He wrote to his family that the ship would sail on her four editions, is highly recommended, and is a valuable work, return voyage at such a time. When the period arrived which well adapted to the use of common schools, and the instruction might be expected to bring the vessel into port, this little boy, of the young

who had never seen his father, would go down to the dock daily THE AMERICAN ECLECTIC, for September, has been received. and watch for the ship. At last a ship of the same name came We publish the contents below. The articles will be interest | into port. The lad was there, and waited on tip-toe for her to ing to readers generally. The work is well conducted, and is haul in. As soon as she louched the dock, the little fellow published on the first day of every alternate month, at four dol- | sprang aboard, and saluting a gentleman at hand, he said, “Do lars, in advance.

you command this ship?" The answer was yes. " Is your “Memoirs of Jeremy Bentham, with an Introductory Note by name Captain P**** ?" "Yes, my son; what is your name?" the Editor-from the Westminster Review. The Church and “My name is Janies P****-come along with me and I will the State, with an Introductory Note by the Editor-from the show you where mother is." British and Foreign Review. The Oriental Plague and Quar The application of this simple incident, which very few men antine Laws-from the British and Foreign Review. Moham- | would have thought of using to illustrate the possible state of medan Dominion in India - from the Asiatic Journal. The the soul entering upon a fulure lise, will be made by the reader Reign of Terror, with an Introductory Note by the Editor- as it was by the hearers without any farther aid. In the audifrom the Foreign Quarterly Review. Colliers and Collieries, ence were some who had buried their partners and their chil. with an Introductory Note by the Editor-from the Quarterly dren. They doubtless seemed to see their spirits, just escaped Review Ignatius Loyola and his Associates, with an intro- from the perils of their earthly voyage, entering the confines of ductory Note by the Editor-from the Edinburgh Review. Bib-eternity, and overwhelmed and lost in the first burst of glory liographical Notices. Select List of Recent Publications." which encircles them, almost incapable, even in their immortal

vigor, of calmly surveying so wonderful a scene. In the midst of their awe-struck wonder, a little cherub approaches, all cov.

ered with celestial grace, and says, "My name on earth was EDITOR'S TABLE.

, I am your child, redeemed by the sufferings of Jesus, THE CAMP MEETINGS.—These extraordinary means of grace come let me lead you to my mother, who is seated in yonder are becoming more and more valued by the Church, and are throng, with a crown upon her head, dressed in flowing robes attended with clearer tokens of the Divine favor than hereto- like these, which have been washed and made white in the fore. The meeting for the city stations and Madison circuit blood of the Lamb." This little incident, related in father commenced on the 17th of August, and continued seven days. C.'s peculiar manner, was, to the hearts of his hearers, like the The weather was good, and a great number of people were in || prophet's rod to the smitten rock. attendance. The ministers of Christ were filled with love for To illustrate man's poverty, and show our entire dependance souls, and preached as dying men. We enjoyed the first five on God, father Q. says, “When I was at the General con

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ference nearly forty years ago, one of the preachers wished to Terms of Tuition.-Terms of tuition from $4 to $12 per quarhave a line in one of the hymns changed. And which line doter. The extra branches, as Music, Painting, &c., will be a you think it was? It was the first line in the following coup- separate charge, and as moderate as circumstances will justify. let:

Boarding can be obtained, for any number of pupils, in the Nothing but sin have I to give,

family of the Principal. Nothing but love shall I receive.'

Further information, if desired, can be obtained by addressDr. Coke said, 'And how would you have it read ?'

ing the Principal. Nought but a broken heart I give,

References.--Hon. John M'Lean, John Reeves, Esq., William Nothing but love shall I receive.'

Neff, Josiah Lawrence, Dr. Charles Woodward, Moses Brooks, *But,' said the Doctor, 'where did you get your broken heart ?' Esq., Harvey Decamp, Joseph G. Rust, Edward Taylor, Thog. "From God.' 'It stands just right as it is. All we have that is H. Miner, Dr. Samuel A. Latta, Dr. Mussey, B Hazen, John our own is sin, and that line must not be changed.'”

Litherberry, William Johnson, Esq., Dr. J. Seagar. Reference We wish that those who call us legalists could have heard

can also be had to all the stationed preachers in the city. this.

Fourth ANNUAL CATALOGUE OF THE OAKLAND FEMALE Trust in God.--In all the works of nature and grace God SEMINARY, for the year ending August 5, 1842.- Teachers: has a constant and an overruling agency. This should be al Rev. Joseph M'Dowell Mathews, Principal. Miss Ann E. ways impressed upon our minds. Whether we seek some good, Shields, Miss Joann Wallin, Miss Selina Blanchard, Assistant or strive to avoid some evil, we need to act under the conviction Teachers. Mrs. M. C. M'Reynolds, Teacher of Music. Miss that all is vain unless God be on our side. Let us learn to Sariah R. Wilson, Miss Sarah J. Hibben, Miss Mary A. Jones, trust in God. No cordial is so comfortable as that which is Miss Sarah E. Kibler, Assistant Pupils. drawn from words like these, "Come unto me all ye thai labor

Whole number of pupils 105. and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Nothing so

The winter session of this institution will commence on Monfortifies the mind and invigorates the spirit as faith in God, day the 10th of October, and continue twenty-one weeks. blended with a holy life. Such a life and trust warrant us to

Patronage of the Conference.-The Principal, having for. look forward with the blessed expectation of a life to come, in merly been a member of the Ohio annual conference of the which the soul shall be a stranger to every form of evil and sor

Methodist Episcopal Church, and knowing the members of that row, and shall be intimate with many forms of heavenly felic body to be deeply interested in the cause of education, solicted ity and joy. This hope may well warm the coldest heart, and them to patronize his school so far as to appoint a committee to infuse into our hearts a preliminary comfort, even while we

allend his examinations. This they consented to do. But it dwell in this vale of tears. The strength of this trust and hope is not the object of this patronage to exert any sectarian influhas been tried by thousands. They appeared to best advantage lence in the school. in the early Church, when persons of the tenderest age and of

We cordially commend this excellent seminary to the pathe timorous sex would embrace the slake or the rack, without

rents and guardians of youth. the least uneasiness in look or gesture, and never quailed or CATALOGUE OF THE OFFICERS AND STUDENTS OF NORWALK trembled at any torture which the ingenuity and malice of the Seminary, for the year 1942.–Faculty: Rev. E. Thomson, M. persecutor could invent or inflict.

D., Principal, and Teacher of Moral and Intellectual PhilosoAnd if religion had such power in it then, is it degenerated phy. Rev. A. Nelson, Teacher of Natural Science. Rev. H. now? Does it not contain the same supports at this day? If it Dwight, A. M., Teacher of Ancient Languages. Mr. J. S. was thus effectual in the hardesi circumstances of life, has it Mitchell, Teacher of Mathematics. Mr. E. W. Dunn, Teacher not virtue in the ordinary and lesser evils of our lot ?

of Primary Department. Female Department: Mrs. J. Z. Nel. Let us fortify our minds by faith. And to do it, knowing that'son, Preceptress. Mrs. A. Dwight, Teacher of Ornamental the grace of faith is from God, let us diligently apply to him

Branches. in prayer for an increase of faith. Then shall we be able to Students.--Males, 265; Females, 126; Total, 391. adopt the language of the Psalmist in the 46th Psalm: "God is The annual examination takes place on the second Tuesday our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. There and Wednesday in July in each year. fore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though

There are four vacations in the year—the first five weeks the mountains be carried into the midst of the sou; though the from the annual examination, and a vacation of one week at waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains the close of each quarter. shake with the swelling thereof."

This institution is located in a healthful and beautiful vilMethodist Female Collegiate InstituTE OF CINCINNA-lage, and in the midst of an enlightened, moral, and religious TI. North side of Ninth-street, between Main and Walnut - community. Faculty: Rev. P. B. Wilber, A. M., Mrs. Mary C. Wilber,

The building is an elegant three story brick edifice, affordPrincipals. Rev. Charles Elliott, D. D., Professor of Greeking ample accommodations for three hundred studenis. The and Latin. Rev. William Nast, Professor of Hebrew and Ger.

two departments, male and female, although under the same man. Rev. L. L. Hamline, A. M., Professor of Elocution and roof, are conducted separately, except so far as to be under the Belles Lettres. Mrs. Emma Behne, Professor of Music, Orna- supervision of the same Principal, and the same Board of mental Needle-work and French.

Trustees. The preparatory departinent will be under the superinten consisting, among other articles, of an air pump, solar micro

The institution is in possession of a philosophical apparatus, dence of competent instructors.

Division of the Year.---The regular collegiate year consists scope, lenses, electrical machine, artificial fountain, model of of forty-four weeks, divided into terms of twenty-lwo weeks

inechanical powers, globes, orrery, pneumatic cistern, lubes, each; and a quarter, of one-half a term, or eleven weeks. The receivers, and materials for a variety of chemical experiments. first term commenced on the first Monday of September, and During the winter, lectures are delivered to the students on will continue twenty two weeks. After a vacation of two philosophical and historical subjects by an association of gen

tlemen formed for that purpose. weeks, the second term will commence, and continue twenty.

The success of this institution outruns all hope. It is to be two weeks, succeeded by a vacation of six weeks.

the instrument of incalculable good. Course of Study.The course of study embraces all those branches usually laught in common and select schools, together

To READERA.–The necessary absence of the editor for sevwith those pursued in the most approved female institutions; eral weeks, must account for some errors in the last two numand some of the branches will be pursued as far as they are in

bers. Errors, however, are unavoidable, and will always, with colleges and universities. The course will be divided intó de our best care, now and then appear in our work. partments, forming a systematic and regular course, which will To CORRESPONDENTS.-We appeal to our friends to be more be so arranged that young ladies may have an opportunity of prompt. For several weeks their minds seem to have been di. receiving instruction in any one branch, as well as the whole. verted from us and our necessities. Will they favor us?

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