THE VANISHED SEASONS.
. BT RICHARD HO(fITT.
When first the snow drop told of flowers,
Os Spring, what busy hopes were ours;
Whilst yet fair nature's folded powers
Were silver cold;
Os April-sweets in sunbow-showcrs,
And May's flower-gold.
The violet and tlie primrose fleet,
In their old stations did we meet,
As travellers, passingly who greet,
Just seen and fled :
And then was Spring, that maiden sweet,
A beauty dead.
Then Summer came, a matron fair,
Showering June’s roses on the air;
With field-flowers waving everywhere,
In meadows bright:
With blissful sounds, with vissions rare,
A large delight.
How rich the woods '. how loud with song !
How glad was nature’s heart and strong!
With beams that might not linger long
The Summer shone :
A scythe was heard—a sound of wrong—
And she was gone.
Next sjjn-burnt Autumn trod the plain,
With ruddy fruits, and rustling grain ;
And laboring steed, and loaded wain ;
And mirthful cheer :
Then vanished she with all her train,
From stubbles sere.
The light unspringing from the ground,
The light of flowers no more is found ;
Nor song of birds, nor stream’s glad sound,
May longer flow :
Now winter with dead leaves is crowned,
Where shall we go ?
Whore gleams the fire on Milton’s bust,
Gold bronzing Time insidious rust :
And in strong Shukspeare's light we must
Our joyance take :
And, to the past and present just,
Fresh summer make.
It shall not he a time of gloom '
Gathered from nature's endless bloom,
With happy light will we illume
The season sad :
And nightly make our winter-room
An Eden glad !
They never more may breathe her name,
That cherish’d name of gentle tone ,
'Tis blotted out in lines of shame,
On every page where once it shone.
Oh ! may yon never," never know,
The startling dream'that haunts her rest,
Since that sad hour, her conscious brow
Was lent to warm a faithless breast.
That brow, whose changing lines were such,
As charmed the worn! ring painter s vie w.
At which the master gazing much,
Forgot his cnsal as lie drew :
The loftiest far among the proud,
And loveliest still amid the fair—
No more shall tempt the glittering crowd.
To l'orge the chains they smil'd to wear.
That voice, between whose words of guile,
Such 'witching tone of passion rung.
That music's soil would pate o the while,
Negleetlu! of the lute s! o strung ;
No longer 'mid the tuneful choir,
Shall strive to wake the trembling lay,
Nor love ia.r friendship more aspire,
To sigh beneath it- thrilling swav.
\et looks at . tl. ~ke are vain,
Though rn ik a 1 lay soothe, and pravers ir.tu
They cannot hre ik the galling chain,
hieh binds the victim child of sin,
I.ike some trail bark upon the wave,
Deserted by the idle air.
Not all the power which man may have,
l in burst the spell which keeps it there.
Affecting Anecdote of an Alger
ine ('aitaix. An Algerine Wlptain had
been taken ilurmg a piratical incursion bv
a French vessel, whose commander had
treated him with marked humanity and
kindness during his captivity, and had at
last restored him to liberty. The Algerine
r ecognized this officer in the person of one
of the victims they were in the act of tying
to the cannon’s mouth, lie instantly flew
to the Doy, implored the Frenchman’s
pardon, and stated the motives which made
him site for his life. The ferocious‘Dev
refused to listen to him, and ordered the
cannon to be tired. The Aigorme unhesi
tatingly threw himself upon the French
man, embraced him, and closely pressing
Inin to bjs arms, turned to the gunner, and
calmly said—“ Fire! since I cannot save
my benefactor, 1 shall die with him.” Ail
the spectators were affected at this sight:
the gunner withdrew, and the people re>-'
cued the Frenchman in spite of the l)ev
who, though unmoved at the scene, ivie
unable to oppose any resistance.—[Camp
bell’s Letters liutn the South
“Man, is the god of the dog lie knows
no other; he can understand no other;
And see how lie worship: him'. With
what reverence he crouches at his fi t
with what love he fawns upon him, with
" bat dependence lie looks tip to him, and .
uith what cheerlnl nlncritv he obeys him.'
His whole soul is v.lapped up in hi< god:
all the powers and faculties of hi* natur
mrs dev ited to hi s rvice. and these puv.-
fers and facuhie arc ennobled h v the in
tercourse. Dailies ndl U >ii on ;•« , :i * f f ,,'
bo so with the ci.rLt ; : f,.p tl-, .'- pr
lb ’ Christian to shame Hum.
Jl ISC ELL AN V. I
[From the Boston Mercantile Journal.] j
The newspapers of the present day dif
fer from those which were issued from
the press half a century ago, when the
largest of the kind were only of the denti
size—and contained little more than a
brief sketch of important political events,
anil advertisements. But a modern news
paper is indeed “a map of busy life, its
fluctuations, arid its vast concerns.” We
find in its extended columns an enormous
variety of the most wholesome mental
food, accompanied with condiments of
almost every description. The oft quot
ed lines of the poet, will apply to the
newspapers of the present day:
“The grand debate,
The popular harangue, the tart reply,
The logic, and the wisdom, ami the wit
Os Patriots bursting with heroic, rage :
News from all nations, revolutions, wars:
Captions and suicides : mirth, madness, woe:
Houses ill ashes, and the fall of stocks :
Births, marriages, and deaths.”
The man who could sit down to a table
d’ latte, with such a bill of fare before
him, and fail to find something to gratify
liis appetite, must he fastidious indeed.
A newspaper is perhaps better adapted
to the genius of the American, than any
| other people. They thirst for information
| and are insatiable to a proverb in their
! inquiries after news. Perhaps no better,
j or more faithful transcript of events, can
I be found than in the files of a well con-
J dueled newspaper. The numbers are
placed on record consecutively, and can
at any time he selected and arranged by
illie historian. They furnish a rough
draught of the fortunes of the time, and
may afterwards be easily re-moddelled
and corrected. The twelve hundred
newspapers, of which it is computed 100,-
000,000 of sheets are printed annually
and circulated in this Republic, must in
fuse a vast deal of information among all
classes and conditions. And although in
some respeets they may circulate errone
| oils or dangerous opinions, the general
t effect will be highly favorable to the great
cruiso ot justice, sc ence, molality and lib
erty. A newspaper taken in a family
[seems to shed a gleam of intelligence a
i round. It gives the children a taste for
! reading—it communicates all the impor
tant events, w hich are passing in the busy
i world : it is a never-failing source of a
musement; and furnishes a fund of in
i strnction which will never be exliaused.
Kvery family, however poor, if they wish
! to hold a place in the rank of intelligent
I beings, should take at least one newspa
per. And the man, who, possessed of
property sufficient to make himself easy
lor life, and surrounded by children ea
ger for knowledge, is instigated by the
vile spirit of cupidity and neglects to suit-:
scribe to a newspaper, is deficient in the'
duties of a parent, or a good citizen, and j
is deserving of the censure of his intelli- ;
, PROPOSED MATRIMONIAL ENACT
[From n paper printed in 175:5 ]
| Tin- 10I! owing causes arc liumlilr firo
poscil to lie i'ddcd to the late act against
Clandestine .Marriages, in case the legis
lature should hereafter take that subject
into their further consideration:
V> hen two young thoughtless fools,
hating no visible way to maintain them
selves, nor anything to begin the world,
tit resolve to marry and be miserable,
h t it he deemed petty larcenv.
It a younger brother marries an old
woman merely for the sake of a mainten
ance, let it he called self-preservation.
AN hen a rich old fellow marries a voting
wench in her full bloom, it shall he death
without benefit of clergy.
When two old creatures that can hard
ly hear one another speak, and cannot
propose the least comfort to themselves in
j the thing, yet marry together, they shall
l>e deemed non compos, and sent to a mad
AN hen a lady marries her servant,-or a
gentleman his cook maid, especially if
there he any children by a former mar
-1 riu”c, they both shall he transported for
1 S years.
AN lieu a man has had one had wife, and
: buried her, and will nuirn/ a second, ii
shall he deemed ft !o dr sc, and he Lie huri
■cd in the highway accordingly.
AN lien a woman in good circumstances
j marries an infamous man, not worth a
'groat; ifslics betrayed into it. it shall he
! called accidental death: hut if she knows
it, it shall lie made single felonv, and she
he burnt in the hand.
AN hen a woman marries a man deeply
in debt, knowing him to he so, let her be
sent to the House of Correction, and kent
to hard labor fm thr"*. months; and if he
deceived her, and did not let her know his
v u ctimst.mi es, ihe ji -11111 1 I ><■ acijuilled, and
lie doomed • i heat lit; mall tiieduvs oflus
life. ' ;
NN n mail. 1 nv;ng no children, mar
r :> a woman with five or six. let the dc
'hu|m tit * -.ml thrice in the pillorv, lose
both his < ar.-, mid sutler otic year's im
Jia man marries a woman of ill fame.
Knowing her to be so, lie shall have a pair
ui horii' painted on his door, or if she lie
a known scold, a couple of neat’s tongues
m the room of them.
And when a man or woman marries to
the disinheriting ol tlmir children, let them
suiter as in the case of hi h treason.
A p 'destn.m m I .ici lon may walk em !:t
Hides oec -• ively, Inu'-rw lie will .-,•; 0!;t
of the td‘v.
I' 1 ." ye rly rental of thg houses is thir
' -fr. e nidiionaol dollars.
LA TIRANNA, THE SIDDOXS OF SPAIN j
So much has been written of late con-.
cerning the power and influence of prima ;
donnas, thatwc are inclined to record the'
rival triumphs of a female Roscius, the
most extraordinary, perhaps, who ever trod
the stage. This wonderful woman, who
flourished at Madrid during the latter [
half of the eighteenth century, and though
j her origin was involved in considerable
mystery, it was at length ascertained that
\ she was born of a Ghana, or gipsy tribe.
Cumberland, (the author of the “West
! Indian,”) who saw her in the prime of
her career, thus describes her attractions.
• ‘La-Tiranna’ was no less formed to strike
I beholders with the beauty and command
ing majesty of her person, than to astonish
| all that heard her by the powers that na-
I ture and art had combined to give her.—
j My friend Count l’ietra Santa having an
! nomiced me to her as a writer fbr the
I stage in my own country, she desired I
would not present myself in my box on
! any night, though her name happened to
j he in the bills, for it was only when she
liked her part and was in the humor to
play well, that she wished me to he pres
i ent. In obedience to her message I wait
jed several days, and at last received the
! looked-i’or summons; hut I had not been
many minutes in the theatre before she
'sent me a mandate to go home; for that
she was in no disposition that evening for
playing well, and should neither do jus
tice to her own talents or my expectations.
I instantly obeyed the whimsical injunc-
I I ion, knowing it to he so perfectly in cliar
j aeter with the capricious humor of her
tribe. When something more than a
week had passed I was again invited to
| the theatre, and permitted to sit out the
I whole representation I had not then e
| nougli of the language to understand much
| more than the action of the play, which
[ was the deepest cast of tragedy; for, in
| the course of the plot she murdered her
j infant children, and exhibited them dead
[on the stage, lying on the bare floor,while
j she sat between them on the ground—
[ (her attitude, features, tune, defying all
description)—presented such a higli
; wrought picture of hysteric frenzy, ‘laugh
(ing wild amid severest woe,’ as placed
! her in my opinion at the very summit of
her art. In fact, J have no conception
j tliaf powers,of acting can he carried high
ier; and such was the effect upon the au
| dienee, that, whilst the spectators in the
pit, having caught a kind of sympathetic
j frenzy with the scene, were rising up in a
, tumultuous manner, word was given out
1 bv authority fbr letting fall the curtain,
land a catastrophe, probably too strong for
exhibition, was not allowed to be coin
j A few minutes had passed, when this
wonderful creature, led iu bv I’ictra San
ta, entered iny box The artificial pale
ness of her cheeks, her eyes, which she
j had dyed of a bright vermilion round the
edges ot the lids, her fine arms bare to
the shoulders, the wild magnificence of
i her attire, and the profusion of her di
sheveled locks, black us the plumage of
the raven, gave her the appearance of
something so more than human, —such a
sybil—such an imaginary being—so aw
ful, so impressive, that my blood chilled
as she approached me, not to'ask, but to
j claim my applause; demanding of me, if
| I had ever seen any actress that could be
[ compared with her, in my own or any
j other country. “I was determined,” she
said, “to exert myself for you t his night;
I and it the sensibility of the audience
j would have suffered me to have conclud
led the scene, 1 should have convinced
j you that 1 do not boast w ithout reason of
S my own performances.
'The allowances which the Spanish tlie
j atre could ailirrd to make to its perform
ers were so very moderate, that I should
doubt it the w hole year s salary of the
i Tirrana would have more than paid for
the magnificent dress in which she then
.appeared; hut this and all other charges
appertaining to her establishment, were
defrayed from the coffers of the Duke and"
Ossuna, (grandfather, we believe, to the
ouo ol the same name, who lately visited
Rngl.mil,) a grandee of the first chi's,
j and commander of the Spanish guards.
This noble person judged if necessary to
his reputation to have the handsomest
woman in Spain attacked to his cstub
lisli incut, though it was by no means ne
cessary to be at the trouble of a personal
acquaintance wiih her: and his I’xcol-
Icucy, in spite ot the large sums paid to
her order, lend never once visited or even
seen her. Count Pietra Santa mention
ed th ;t he had himself remonstrated with
tile Duke upon this want of ciirio.-itv. and
having suggested to his excellency how
possible it was to order his equipage to
the door and permit him to introduce him
to this fair creature, whom he knew only
by reports and the bills drawn upon his
treasury, the Duke graciously set out with
him tor the gallant purpose of taking a
cup of chocolate with his invisible belle,
v-ho had notice of the intended visit.
The distance from the palace of the
grandee to the lodging of the (ritana was
not great, hut the lulling motion of the
huge stage-coach, and the sort ness of the
velvet cushions, had rocked his Excellen
cy into so sound a nap, that when his
equipage stopped at the lady's door there
was not one of ins retinue hold enough
to undertake the invidious task of disturb
ing his repose. After affording sufficient
time for the gallant Duke to w.ike, had lie
b i ii so mi lined, the equipage wheeled
i'«"nd. ami his Excellency lint ing slep:'
::u " ,v his curiosity, timer repeated the
<':tr‘ -. by whorn the
D.ilm d'O s:iim was educated, is uiy au
honty lb; the anecdote.
[From the London Coart Journal.]
SINGULAR DISCOVERY OF A NOBLE
MAN CHEATING AT CARDS.
One of the most curious instances on
record of successful swindling at the card
table’, occurred some time since at Baden.
Some weeks previous to the commence
ment of the season, just as the preparations
of the club and Hedoubtewere beginning,
a Jew pedlar arrived at the place, on his
way to Stutgardt, offering for sale, among
other articles, some hundreds of packs of
playing cards. The man stated himself to
he in want; and having, as he declared,
purchased the packs at the sale of a bank
rupt card-manufacturer at Paris, and
smuggled them over the frontier, was ena
bled to part with them at a very low rate.
On examination, the cards appeared of the
best quality, nothing unusual w r as perceiv
jed, and the whole two hundred and seven
tv packs were purchased in the place, and
[at the beginning of the season placed on
the various tables, for general use.
j Early in the season when society began
[ to throng to Baden, arrived from Belgium
the Count Van travelling with a well
[ appointed equipage, and well-filled purse,
j and expressing an intention of passing the
remainder of the autumn at Baden, for the
[ purpose of drinking the w aters.
Like other invalids” the Count, of
j course, betook himself every evening for
relaxation to the card-table, and, to
the dismay of all the players, fair or foul,
soon contrived to pocket winnings to an
extraordinary amount. No unhandsome
suspicions were entertained ; the Count’s
luck w as universal, whether his partner at
a arte happened to be the shrew dest cava
lier dindustrie of the place, or the idlest
fine lady of the empire. He paid his way
liberally—he dispensed his smiles popular
ly—he was invited every where— -feted ev-
I cry where—courted by mantas for their
daughters, by daughters for themselves; —
the Count Van , in short, was the
fashion. It was only regretted by certain
ladies of a certain age, not over fond of
subjecting their charms to minute inspec
[ tion, that Van , w as never to be seen
[ without his spectacles. Other near-sight
j ed men assumed a similar privilege; there
was nothing uncommon in the case.
At length, one very hot night in July,
when the rooms were unusually crowded,
and the ccartc table, where the lucky
Count was enjoying his usual triumphs,
surrounded by the admiring and the envi
ous, Van having taken out his hand
kerchief to wipe his forehead, was for a
single moment between the deals induced
to lay aside his spectacles. Compliments
were instantly showered upon him by his
fair friends on the rejuvenation of his ap
pearance by the absence of these unbe
coming appendages, when a young French
Colonel, a coxcomb of considerable pre
tensions, snatching them from the table,
and fitting them on, remarked that the
Apollo Belvidere himself would look fright
ful with such an addition to his toilet.
The Count instantly claimed hack his
property, protesting that though his eyes
were opened to the ugliness of the specta
cles, they were indispensable to his pom
lort. But the Colonel’s eyes were, now
I opened also. The spectacles proved to be
magnifiers of the highest power, enabling
the wearer to discern on the back of his
antagonist’s cards, certain crosses and
marks invisible to the naked eve. The
Count Van , in short, proved to be
the brother and accomplice of the Jew'
pedlar, and had eventually tlie honor oi
atoning his six week’s success at Baden
by five years’ hard labor in one of the
State Prisons of the Grand Duchy.
The Sea Horse.—A captain of a West
Indiaman wished to purchase a horse.
He applied to a well known character,
j who sold him one. After the purchase
had been made the captain observed,
“Well, now the horse is mine, pray tell
me candidly whether he lias any faults,
Mind what they arc.” “What do you
j mean to do with hint !”replird the other.
; “W by, take him to sea,” said the captain,
j “to the West Indies.” “Then 111 he
i candid, replied the other, “he may go well
at sea, but on land he cannot go at all, or
1 would not have sold him.”—[Glasgow
Dramatic AA’riters. —Sheridan re
ceived from Kidgway OUO/. for the copy
right of'Pizarro, and Sir It. Philips paid
i Tobin a similar sum for the Curfew,
j Column's John Bull produced to him (by
nights ami copy) 1,21)0/. Morton receiv
ed for his play of Town and Country 1,-
00:)/. In fun representation; and lloleroft,
for his Road to Ruin, the same sum after.
.Airs. Inchbald, by her different comedies
and farces, amassed 8,000. Cumberland
(the most polished and classical dramatist
lof the last century) about half tint sum.
E. Reynolds, the founder of broad mod
ern comedy, (In his own admission in his
; “Reminiscences,”) has cleared nearly the
enormous sum of 21,000/.
John Smith vs. AViluam Smith.—
A most ludicrous incident took place 1
when these two redoubtable names were!
called. .No less than twenty-five litigants
ail cried “Here,” simultaneously. The!
crier was absolutely puzzled, but w ishing l
for the best, he ventured again—“John i
Smith and AVilliam Smith.” “Here!” 1
roared a pogy-looking baker, who had
just entered the Court. Matters got still i
more complicated. “Vich is the Rill'
Smiil w it owes nineteen bob for bread ?”
said t!ie crer. Nobody answered. “Vich
i the Si.df,. howes ,'e beer score.’” "I
doe-," -aid about on" half < f the Smiths,
P rr “ '-d. a:n! was :• considerable time lie
l 15 'rot’s family of the "Suiiiiis”
were cl.ssiti: and in anv thing like order.'
None would own the “half-penny worth of
bread,” but nobody denied the “sack.”
“But'tis a name so spread o'er Sir and Madam,
That one would swear the first who bore it
* Adam.” [Byron.
A SipRY told by Dr. Rush. —“Dur-
ing the time that I passed at a country
school, in Cecil county, Maryland, I of
ten went on a holy-day, with my school
mates, to see an eagle’s nest on the sum
mit of a dead tree, in the neighborhood of
the school, during the time of the incuba
tion efthe bird. The daughter of the far
mer in whose field the tree stood,and with
whom I became acquainted, married and
settled in the city about forty years ago.
In our occasional interviews, we now and
then spoke of the innocent haunts and ru
ral pleasures of our youth,and among oth
ers, of the eagle’s nest in her father’s field.
A lew years ago, I was called to visit this
woman, when she was in the lowest stage
of typhus fever. Upon entering the room, I
caught her eye, and, with a cheerful tone
of voice, said only —the eagle's nest. She
seized my hand without being able to
speak, and I discovered strong emotions
of pleasure in her countenance, probably
from a sudden association of all her do
mestic connections and enjoyments with
the words which I uttered. From that
time she began to recover. She is now
living, arid seldom fails, when we meet,
to salute me with the echo of “the eagle’s
A Dear Lobster. —The late Duke of
Norfolk was fond of the luxuries of the
table, and although apparently joyous and
blithsome as any one, he could be morose
and ill-tempered as any person breathing.
Those who knelv him could pretty well
anticipate when a breeze was likely to
spring up, as an ebullition of temper was
always proceeded by a convulsive heav
ing of his ponderous shoulders, as exem
plified by the following trait. A select
party about twelve in number, had assem
bled in St. James’ Square, and were par
taking of a sumptuous dinner, when on a
sudden the earl-marshal’s shoulders be
gan to undulate, and the following short
colloquy between a then favored servant
and his grace took place “I do not see
a lobster on the table, Dodson,” “No,
your grace.” “I think I -ordered one,
sir?” roared the duke. “Yes,” replied
Dodson, “you did, your grace, and I bid
as far as £4 10s. tor one ; but, there be
ing but one in the market, I could not
get it ; the same lobster being divided be
tween the Lords Anglesea and Sefton,who
were resolved to have it !!” —Jockey of
Norfolk said no more.
The Journal du Loirvt of the Bth inst.
contains the following: A village in this!
neighborhood has recently witnessed ave- j
ry extraordinary act of monomania. By !
dint of labor and economy a vine dresser I
had amassed a sum of from 5 to GOOOf. |
An estate which he coveted for some time
past was to be sold. He became the pur
chaser and paid ready money for it. It
will no doubt be thought that he had now!
attained the summit of liis wishes and
would enjoy his acquisition in peace ; but
unfortunately this was not the case. To
contemplate his treasure, to count it over j
and over again had been the only distrac
tion, the only enjoyment of this unfortun-|
ate being, for several years past. It is
true, the estate was still there, but alas his j
beloved gold was absent and he could not
support such a privation. He gave him
self up to despair, and on Saturday last
put an end to his existence by blowing out
his brains with a gun. He was in GOth
year and employed as a vine dresser at !
M. Mont el's, Saint-Denis-en-Val, near [
Oil Monday, Col Thorn, a rich Amer
ican long since established at Paris, and [
allied, by his wife, to Prince Metternich,
gave a grand ball at which the whole j
dramatic corps ami all the beauty and
fashion were present. The residence J
of the Colonel is particularly remarkable j
for the union ofluxury and elegance.
• Anecdotes of the Russian Cam
paign.—When the French fugitives enter
ed Ivoingsberg, many of them made a most j
ludicrous and motley appearance, having,!
in their retreat accommodated themselves '
with garments of every description and !
color. One of the most conspicuous in-
stances was a French general, who arri
ved riding on a little pony, wearing a la
dy's pink silk cloak, with hat and feathers
to correspond. Another general, who, on
the retreat, found himself alone riding
through a forest at night, scarcely know
ing in what direction he. was proceeding,
was not a littie pleased at perceiving a
light which seemed to issue from a cot
tage. He accordingly rode up to it, and
hearing as lie approached, loud voices
within, dismounted, and went cautiously
forward, uncertain whether the inmates
were friends or foes. Happily, he heard!
them talking French, and 'on entering, j
was still more gratified at recognising some !
j men ofhis own regiments, flis fust ques
tion was, whether, they had any thing to
•cat ? to which they replied, they had a
piece of meat at the fire. This w as, in
deed. good news; and some hot steaks be
ing served up, the general, as well as his
1 men, did them ample justice. The for
; mer. however, remarked, that it would
not be prudent to stop longer: and that,
as they were now strengtened by a good
meal, it would he host to set out immedi
ately, and desired them to bring him his
horse. A our horse, general, said they,
why you have just been eating a jm cr of
hn i. How do you think we should have
go: mem,if you had not so luckily brought
us a supply? YVe intend, now. to carry
ofTas much as we pan of the choicest parts,
to subsist on bv the way.” — JTheCieruian.
Ladies Companion for I*ll7.
Devoted more especially to the interest ot the
TERMS THREE DOLLARS A TEAR.
Til E LADIES COMPANION, a month
ly periodical, commenced on the broad
grounds of diffusing general information, far
and wide—at a price* which is within the reach
of all classes of the community. The plan has
succeeded beyond the most sanguine anticipa
tions of the proprietor. The first number was
issued to the public, with only seventeen names
of subscribers, and at this day it boasts of a cir
culation nearly double that of any monthly
Magazine in America; and is daily increasing,
at an average of twenty subscribers. In Uie
pages of the Ladies Companion, every class of
readers will find that which will tend to their
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humorous; choice essays anil sketches by the
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and Hebrew languages ; original and selected
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Leigh Hunt Lady Blessington
John Neal E. Burke Fisher
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Grenville Mellen Isaac C. Pray, Jr.
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