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16 To endeavour to conceal india Were my income far superior to gence by the affectation of extrava what it is, it would not be adequate gance, is committing a great offence, to such unbounded extravagance. both against ourselves, and the com- Besides, where so little economy is munity to which we belong. The practised, while under parental gormeans of support should always be ernment, what must be the confeattended to. "A conformity to these quence of that unlimited indulgence, will render you more respected for which the confidence due to a wife prudence, than a deviation for the demands ? Were I to abridge hier fake of show without substanee, can expenses; and endeavour to rectify admired.
her fantastical taste, it would doubt. “ Louisa and Clarinda are strik: less foment diffenfion; discord, and ing examples. They were both the animosity, which must terminate in daughters of reputable parents, whose wretchedness. He resolved, howsituations in the world were eafy and ever, to try her real disposition, by comfortable, though not affíuent. gently hinting his disapprobation of They were able to give their chil- her gaiety. This she resented ; and dren a good education, but no other a rupture, which ended in a final portion. Gay, volatile, and ambi- feparation, ensued. She found, too tious, Louisa was the votary of falh- late, the value of the man, whom ion. A fuperior in dress excited the she had lighted; and ever after rekeenest sensations of envy in her gretted that folly which had irrea bosom ; and a rival in appearance trieveably alienated his affections. gave her unspeakable mortification, " The modesty and neatness of Dissatisfied with her natural charms, Clarindia's garb next caught Leancosmetics and paints added to her der's eye. Conversing with her on expenses, and betrayed her folly. the subject of dress, the justness of She had many professed admirers, her sentiments gave him the highet who found her a willing dupe to ideas of the rectitude and innocence flattery, and who raised her vanity of her mind. A costly artiele was by praising her excellent taste. offered for her purchase ; but the
« Leander, a gentleman of liberal refused it. It would not become education, superior merits and hand- me, said she, nor any other person some property, cast his eye around who has not an affluent fortune. If for a companion to fliare and enjoy I had a sufficiency to buy it, I would these advantages with him. Louisa procure something more simple and caught his attention. The ele- necessary for myseif ; and the overgance of her perfon, and splendor plus might render an object of difof her appearance, charmed his im- tress contented and happy, agination, and inspired the idea of a " Yet was Clarinda always cle. fortune sufficient to support her ex- gantly neat ; always genteelly fashpensive style of living. He paid his ionable. Frugality and economy, addresses, and was received with the free from profusion and extravagance, moft flattering encouragment. But enabled her to indulge her own taste how great was his disappointment, entirely ; and while she enjoyed when he discovered the smallness of that, se repined not at the fancied her resources, and the imprudence superiority of others. Leander of her management ! This, said he found her all he wilhed, in appearto himself, will never do for me. ance; all he hoped for, in reality.
As their tastes were correspondent, in the cultivation of taste and im. and their highest aim, when united, provement in knowledge and virtue. to pleafe each other, they were not We know of no book of modern dependent on the breath of fashion production, which may be more for their happiness. A compliance fafely recommended or promises with its forms did not elate their greater utility to the daughters of pride, nor a departure from them, America. fill their hearts with peevishness and While man, ambitious to enroll discontent.”
his name on the list of fame, can The Author has justly considered see it written in characters of blood the art of letter-writing among the with exultation, and trace it in the first of female accomplishments. To enormity of his crimes without a sender her work complete, she has blush ; it affords pleasure to the phiadded av epistolary correspondence lanthropic mind to fee woman af. between Mrs. W. her daughters and ferting a fairer claim, and building kate pupils. These letters embrace the superstructure of her fame on the a variety of subje&s, general and lo- firm basis of the social affections cal, and are marked with that senti. and domestic virtue. To cultivate ment and vivacity, which form the and extend these, appears to be the first qualities of this species of com- laudable object
laudable object of our fair Authors position. Though this art, like that The real friend of " focial order," of conversation, is acquired more by we wish every success to the efforts practice than precept, good models of her pen. While she and her are absolutely necessary for the be- kindred fifters devote their labours ginner, as imitation must always pre to the cultivation of the vineyard of cede excellence.
domestic happiness, we hope their The letters serve as a comment example will draw the misemployed on the didactic part, furnished by talents of our own sex, from the experience from the common occura. beaten and barren field of political rences of life. While the young
calumny, and convince them that correspondent finds in them a ready laurels planted in fuck a foil, will afhftant, as a formulary, she will de- foon wither, and that public good rive from then a greater acquisition must grow out of private virtue.
A RHAPSODY. Half a word to the wife, and the other half to the otherwise. HAPPINESS is the avowed pur- some rash design, which will only
suit of all mankind, from the tend to lead them into a labyrinth king to the beggar ; and the fatter of perplexities, that may endanger as often approaches it as the former. their crowns, or even their personal Ambition fires the breast of princes, fafety. The beggar's ideas are all and few consider the real welfare of confined to the fuftenance of life and their subjects, but are animated, in fufficient cloathing : these ends obniost of their pursuits, by' misguiding tained, it matters not to him, whethpride, or delusive vanity. From er the Corsican Peacemaker reigns these motives thousands of their peo. in Egypt or France, whether the ple are often facrificed to accomplitk Constitution is kept whole or Je fer
fon is made President. Having gain- proached the goal of their constant ed fufficient alms, he fits down to a pursuit and wishes ? Those ingredicomfortable meal at night, and en
ents of felicity which are in our pose joys his coarfe repast beyond all the session, or within our reach, we def. dainties of the greatest monarch on pise and contemn, because we know earth, who, cloyed with niceties, and we can command them; whilft we the refinements of the table, his ap- soar at other objects that are unat, petite is vitiated, and he has no rel. tainable, and which render us miser. ish for all the profusions of the culi- able, When we hear of a man who
unexpectedly fucceeds to a great ef. To descend a step lower, let us tate, and whose abilities and merit view the statesmen at eternal warfare we are apt to think inferior to our with opposition ; daily and nightly own, we naturally fay, at least to he fees and hears himself abused ourselves" What a lucky scous, his plans are marred and his projects drel ; what right had he to such a circumvented : his abilities, nay his fortune !" Yet such reflections are probity called in question. His pil- mean and ridiculous, and only prove low is strewed with thoras ; rest is our envy and our folly. a stranger to him ; his thoughts are The only man who can be confiel totally occupied for the good of his crcd happy, is he who can reconcile country, (for we will fuppose him himself to his circumstances, bo honeft) whilst his ungrateful country they what they may; who can live revile him, and represent him as a
within the limits of his income, monster in human shape.
and be independent of the world. Even in more private life, a thoua But how few are there who have the fand anxieties await the rich and fortitude and resolution to pursue great.
Solicitude for family con such a plan of conduct ! Not one in nexions-a spendthrift fon--an ir- a thousand, I might say ten thouregular daughter-a careless or in- fand. The luft of power, .the blandiscreet wife, with a variety of other dishments of wealth, the phantom of cares, throw a melancholy gloom honour, whether it stalks forth with over the life of the supposed most a coronet or a ribband, a title or a happy man.
place, are so many stumbling blocks In a word, happiness, though the to our felicity, which, as the poet ultimate pursuit of every human be- happily expresses it, is ing, from infancy to dotage, if we « V'erlook'dfeen double by the look round among our acquaintance,
fool and wise." how few shall we find who have ap
FASCINATING POWER OF SERPENTS.
(From the Travels of Le Valliant into Africa.] IN the additional volumes of the author himself, and the other is sane
Travels of Le Valliant into tioned by his belief in the veracity Africa, appear some very striking of the relator. facts relative to the fascinating power The basilifk of the ancients, the of serpents. Two of them are au. rattlesnake, &c. have been adduced thenticated on the evidence of the as instances of animals who poffefs
the power of killing by their look. be measured. Upon doing so, wo The power
in the former has been, found it to be three feet and a half, perhaps prematurely, treated as a fa- and we were all convinced that the ble that of the latter has been bet shrike had died neither from the bite, ter, though vaguely, afcertained, but nor the poison of its enemy.
I the fact has not been implicitly relied stripped it also before the whole on by our naturalists. The testimo- company, and made them obferve, ny, however, of so refpe&table a trav that it was untouched, and had not eller as Le Valliant, leaves it no received the Nightest wound.” longer in doubt, and Physiologists have now before them the curious “ Hunting one day, in a marshy question to detesmine, as far as posfi- piece of ground, I heard, all at once, ble, relative to the caufe of this ex in a tuft of reeds, a piercing and very traordinary property in serpents. lamentable cry. Anxious to know · Le Valliant fupposes the effect what it was, I stole softly to the may be produced by a power fome- place, where I perceived a small what like that of electricity, as pof- mouse, like the frike on the tree, in sessed by the torpedo and the elec- agonizing convulfions, and two yards trical eel of Surinam, This opin- farther a serpent, whose eyes were ion may deserve consideration it intently fixed upon it. The moment does not, however, account for an ef- the reptile faw nie, it glided away : fed produced without actual contact. but the business was done. Upon
The instances produced by Le taking up the mouse, it expired in Valliảnt are briefly as follows: my hand, without its being poffible
for me to discover, by the most at« One day, in one of our excur tentive examination, what had occafons in hunting, we perceived a mo foned its death." tion in the branches of one of the trees. : Immediately we heard the « The Hottentots, whom I conpiercing cries of a fhrike, and saw it sulted upon this incident, expressed fremble as if in convulfons. We no fort of astonishment. Nothing, first conceived that it was held in they faid, was more common; the the gripe of some bird of prey ; but ferpent had the faculty of attracting a closer attention led us to discover and fascinating such animals as it upon the next branch of the tree, a wished to devour. I had then no large serpent, that with stretched-out faith in such power : but some time neck, and fiery eyes, though perfectly after, speaking of the circumstance still, was gazing at the poor animal
. in a company of more than twenty The agony of the bird was terrible; persons, in the number of whom was but fear had deprived it of strength, Colonel Gordon ; a captain of his and, as if tied by the leg, it seemed regiment conørmed the account of to have lost the power of flight. the Hottentots, and assured me it One of the company ran for a fufee ; was an event which happened very but before he returned, the thrike frequently. My testimony,' added was dead, and we only shot the fer- he, ought to have the more weight, pent. I requested that the distance as I had once nearly become myself between the place where the bird a victim to this fascination. While had experienced the convulsions, and in garrifon at Ceylon, and anuling that occupied by the serpent might myself, like you, in hueting in a
marsh, I was, in the course of my tents of my fusee. The report was sport, suddenly seized with a con a talisman that broke the charm. vulsive and involuntary trembling, All at once, as if by miracle, my different from any thing I had ever. convullion ceased; I felt myself able experienced, and at the same time to fly; and the only inconvenience was strongly attracted, and in spite of this extraordinary adventure was of myself, to a particular spot of the a cold sweat, which was doubtless marsh. Directing my eyes to this the effect of my fear, and of the viospot, I beheld, with feelings of hor- lent agitation my senses had underror, a serpent of an enormous size, gone.' whofe look instantly pierced me. “ Such was the account giren me Having, however, not yet loft all by this officer. I do not pretend power of motion, I embraced the to vouch for its truth, but the stoopportunity before it was too late, ry of the mouse, as well as of the and faluted the reptile with the con- frike, I aver to be fact.”
For the COLUMBIAN Phenix.
HORAT. MONK, be not frightened-Rev. tress, and especially those invisible
erend Gentlemen of the scarf, enchanters, if the angel had never be not grieved_Deacon Numbhead, taken it into her head to have laugh. do not reel ; for I assure you I will ed at him. never laugh unseasonably.-Fellow I do not pretend to originality fufLaughers, marvel not, although I ficient to keep me constantly in stock, thus publickly assume a title, which did I not occasionally laugh at other the rigid Chesterfieldians call clownish, folks ; and now, Gentlemen, you and although I, with the same pub- are called on to point out the harm licity, in open effrontery to many of in this ; provided always, that I their straight-haired maxims, declare, never laugh at a stranger, an honest that I am glad I can laugh. I could or poor man, merely because he is never see the harm in making one's honest or poor, or any other person fides, any more than in shaking one's whomsoever, without describing to head, or shaking hands.
him, in a good-natured and tolerably Fifty incontrovertible arguments polite manner, the real and primary might be adduced to prove the
mirth. If he is diffatis. utility of this practice, as it re fied or angry, he is just fit for my spects the health-here, “Friends to shafts, and may expect more ; if
Phylic,” sneer not; as it respects the otherwise, the great object is obtainfeatures and the ornaments of beauty: ed, he is reformed-I am gratified. we never hear the poet chant the, If I laugh at a man's foibles, praise of the coral lip, without pene. which have become troublesome to trating, at least, as far as the row of my neighbors and myself ; if I farivory, which he sometimes calls castically shrug at his vices, which pearls. Now pray tell how he would are effecting his speedy ruin, and enhave so exa&ly described his mif- dangering society, I plead specially,