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the slain. These desperate conflicts not only take place between strangers, but also between inhabitants of the same hive-offspring of the same mother. The causes which bring division into so united a society have not been hitherto ascertained.


AMERICAN LADIES. PERHAPS there is no country in the world, where the women are more completely domestic, than they are in our own: and none where female influence is more gens illy felt. This is a most happy circumstance. And ic affords a powerful argument in favor of femal: education. It is trite, I know, but very important to ir mark, that when ladies are distinguished for domestic habits and virtues, their maternal influence is very great. They, mould he hearts, and to a great degree form the understandings of the future fathers and mothers in our country. Now they, who have in their hands so great a part of early education, certainly ought to receive that cultivation of heart and mind, which would fit them for the discharge of the very important duties of their station. This is no easy work. it demands skill and judgment as well as attention. Surely preparation ought to be made for it, that it may de done well. Look at the majority of girls of 18, in the country, and see what are their qualifications for a place at the head of a household. But female influence is not only felt in domestic life :--it reaches to every part of society. Every where it ought to be salutary. Our ladies ought to be intellectual as well as sensitive; intelligent as well as affable; good as well as pretty. No where, indeed are they more modest, more pure and delicate than among ourselves; but if to these graces of the female character, were added suitable mental improvement, the effect on the whole community would be most happy. A higher spirit of literature would pervade our state; and young men would spend that time in study, which now they waste in dissipation. A loftier tone of

moral feeling would be awakened, and we might hope to witness the purity, without the extravagance of chivalry.

THE LOVELINESS OF WOMEN. It is not the smi.es of a pretty face, nor the tint of thy complexion, nor the beauty and symmetry of thy person nor yet the costly robes and decorations that compose thy artificial beauty ; no, nor that enchanting glance, which thou dartest with such lustre on the man thou, deemest worthy of thy affection.—It is thy pleasing deportment—thy chaste conversation—thy sensibility, and the purity of thy thoughts—thy affable and open disposition-sympathising with those in adversity -comforting the afflicted—relieving the distressedand, above all, that humility of soul, that unfeigned and perfect regard for the precepts of Christianity. These virtues constitute thy Loveliness. Adorned with but those of nature and simplicity, they will shine like the refulgent sun, and display to man that the loveliness of thy person is not to be found in the tinsel ornaments of the body, but in the reflection of the rectitude and see renity of a well spent life, that soars above the transient vanities of this world. And when thy days are ended here upon earth, thy happy spirit shall be wafted to the regions of eternal bliss.

BEAUTIFUL QUOTATION. The Rev. D. Griffin, in his speech before the American Education Society, appealled to “the sex, who like ministesing angels, love to hover about the chamhers of sickness"--who owe so much to Christianity; and introduced this beautiful quotation

Not she with trait'rous kiss her Saviour stung,
Not she denied him with unholy tongue;
She, when apostles shrunk, could daggers brave;
Least at the cross, and earliest at the grave.


THE CAPTIVE PRINCE. Cyrus, the renowned conqueror of Babylon, had, in his Armenian war, taking captive the young prince of Armenia, together with his beautiful and blooming princess, whom he had lately married, and of whom he was passionately fond. When both were brought to the tribunal, Cyrus asked the prince what he would give to be reinstated in his kingdom? He answered, with an air of indifference, “ That as for his crown and his own liberty, he valued them at a very low rate. But if Cyrus would restore. his beloved princess to her native dignity and hereditary possession, he should greatly rejoice, and would [this he uttered with tenderness and ardor] willingly pay his life for the purchase.”

When all the prisoners were dismissed with freedom it is difficult to express how much they were pleased with their royal benefactor. Some celebrated his martial accomplishments; others applauded his social virtues. All were prodigal of their praises, and lavish in grateful acknowledgments.—"" And you," said the Prince, addressing himself to his bride, “ what think you of Cyrus ?” “I did not observe him," replied the Princess. “Not observe him! Upon what then was your attention fixed ?” “Upon that dear and generous man who declared he would purchase my liberty at the expense of his very life.”

If this lady was so deeply affected by the love of him who only offered to die for her temporal good, how much more strongly ought we sinners to be affected by the remembrance of the love of Christ, who actually died to obtain our everlasting salvation.

A VALUABLE JEWEL. BEHOLD the road to happiness rows of trees on each side, uniting at the top, form a beautiful arbor. See! woman strewing it with flowers—how sweet how refreshing the smell-see, too, the temple of happi

ness built of the purest alabaster-its white columns rise amidst the green foliage—it stands upon a foundation of adamant. Its interior is one large and spacious dome, around which are set many jewels of uncommon lustre, namely,--virtue, truth, love, affection, friendship, and innumerable others. But in the centre is one far brighter than all the rest—it sheds no single ray—but one vast volume of uncreated light, surpassing in brilliancy the sun itself—yet mild as the moon beam ; It penetrates, fills and surrounds every part of the spacious domeand reflecting all the colors of the rainbow, flit, quiver, and stream with flickering radiance. This jewe! is RELIGION—under its power, age assumes the freshness of youth.-new beauties are added to the blush of love-contentment sports around and the placid smile of real pleasure sits upon every lip, and lightens every countenance.

KNOWLEDGE. Dig the earth for knowledge, search for it in the ocean, extract it from minerals, get it from vegetables, and obtain it from birds, beasts, and the lowest insect , finally, read the wisdom of God in all things.

NOTICES OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS. Discovery and Adventures in the Polar Seas and Regions, with en

gravings. 1 vol. 12 mo. pp. 374. Being No. XIV of HarpersFamily Library.

We have rarely indeed, met with a work more interesting and deservedly popular than "Harpers' " valuable “Family Library.” In its wide range it embraces all subjects, of interest to the great mass of the reading community, while the great and varied amount of popular talent brought in requisition to its compilation is a sufficient guarantee, that the several works of which it is composed will amply repay the reader for the time devoted to their perusal. The object of the Messrs. Harpers is to form an American Family Library, embracing all that is valuable in those branches of knowledge, which most happily combine amusement with instruction ; and in the prosecution of their design, they have made arrangements for enhancing the value of the series by adding to it works of an American character--the productions of writers of enimence. The work will embrace every thing calculated to confirm the most salutary impressions, to the exclusion of whatever may have an injurious tendency on the mind.

The volume, (the title of which is prefixed) is replete with interest-its design is to exhibit a succinct, yet complete and connected view of the successive voyages made to the Arctic regions. In those climates, says the preface, "nature is marked by the most stupendous features, and the forms which she assumes differ from her appearances in our milder latitudes almost as widely as if they belonged to another planet. There the scenery is awful and dreary, yet abounds in striking, sublime, and even beautiful objects. The career of the navigators, who at various times have traversed the northern seas, amid tempest, darkness, and mountains of floating ice, presents such a series of peril and vicissitude, and has given rise to so many extraordinary displays of intrepidity and heroism, as cannot fail to render most interesting the story of their several adventures. The narrative of these Voyages has been carefully drawn from the most authentic sources, by Mr. Hugh Murray; and the most distinguished men of science in Scotland have lent their aid to illustrate that wonderful order of nature which prevails within the Arctic Circle. Professor Leslie has commenced the volume with a full examination of the Climate and its Phenomena,-subjects so prominent in those high latitudes, that, without a preliminary knowledge of them, the progress of discovery would be but imperfectly understood. A general Survey of all that is known of the Geological Structure of the same interesting regions is given by Professor Jameson. The chapter on Natural History, though it treats the subject rather in a popular than in a scientific manner, has received the careful revision of a distinguished naturalist. The Whale-fishery forms an essential branch of the present work. Of its daring operations, and its various perils—as they occur in the depth of the Polar seas—the description here introduced may be the more acceptable, as it is presumed to be the only one hitherto attempted within a moderate compass.

Eulogy on Dr. Godman, by Thomas Sewall, M. D. Washington,

(D. C.) 1831. THOUGH the late Dr. Godman had none of the advantages of an early education, and though he died at the age of 32, he was one of "he most distinguished scientific men, which our country has ever produced. He indeed fell a victim to his ardor in his favorite pursuits. From the works of French philosophers he early imbibed a spirit of infidelity; but the death of a pupil led him to reflection, and the consequent serious study of the New Testament was the means of his thorough conversion to Christianity. His religion ever after appeared to be of the most spiritual and evangelical kind. His only hope was in the merits and atonement of the Redeemer ; this hope cheered him through a life of unusual toil and sickness, and made his death triumphant. Dr. Sewall, by the very faithful and perspicuous manner in which he has developed the religious character of his friend, in the pamphlet before us, has rendered an important service to the medical profession and to the cause of evangelical piety.

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