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about as great as it is over the United States dis- / badge for a brevet in our service,) "and his mind trict courts. If the Secretary of War is to super- reverts to the pay and pension which, in these insede the Commanding General in his duties, why stances, a grateful country has bestowed on her not dispense with that office? It would relieve the well deserving soldiers." Such is literally the case treasury of a heavy charge, some $7000 a year, with us. The only information which our Secreand in a short time render the whole Army so ob- tary can communicate is second-handed, and, as he noxious as to produce an entire re-organization or is so situated as to be daily, almost hourly, in condisbandment, the latter of which even would be stant intercourse with these staff gentlemen, it is not preferable to permitting it to remain in its present at all astonishing that their interests and their fame condition. But I would suggest whether the of- alone are trumpeted by him. I appeal to you fice of Secretary of War might not be abolished whether such should be, and whether it shall be. with more propriety, after being vacated by the

A SUBALTERN. present incumbent whose further researches may be followed by results which will redound to the honor of his country, and place him on an equality LINES BY A FATHER ON HE DEATH OF A CHILD. with the renowned Don Quixote.

(ADDRESSED TO THE MOTHER.) The 2nd section of the law establishing the de

Hid art thou in the dark grave--William! partment of war, approved 71h August, 1789, pro- In vain thy mother longs to press thee; vides : “That there shall be in the said depart- In vain, thy father to caress thee;

But not in vain in prayer they bless thee, ment an inferior officer, to be appointed by the

They fondly trust-my darling boy! said principal officer, to be employed therein as he

Hush'd is thy voice's prattle--William! shall deem proper, and to be called the chief clerk But list! that cry, that thrilling tonein the department of war, and who, whenever the

My slumber's fled the dream is gone :

But not in vain thy accents join said principal officer shall be removed from office

Th' angelic choir--my darling boy! by the President of the United States, or in any Sealed are thy sost blue eyes-William! other case of vacancy, shall, during such vacancy,

We

'e mourn in vain their early night, have the charge and custody of all records, books

In vain call back their joyous light:

But not in vain their radiance bnght and papers appertaining to the said department."

Shines still in Heaven-my darling boy! During the last summer, when the Secretary was Gone is the flush of thy cheek-William ! on a tour to New England, his duties were devolved In vain would we recall its bloom, on a young man, a subordinate clerk in the Indian lis kindlıng beauty, from the tomb:

But, cheering hope! He will relume
Bureau, who may or may not be a relation of the Its cherub-hues, my darling boy!
Hon. Secretary. The fact of both possessing the Young and innocent wert thou— William!
same name has created suspicion. The only very Then cheer thee, love! nor wail thy lot;

For “of such my kingdom is" He taught, distinguished act of this young gentleman was the

He kindly greels and forbids hun not, issuing an order, on assuming the duties of the of

Our angel-babe-our dailing boy! R fice, directing the Commanding Officer of one of our forts to fire a salute in honor of the President of the United States, who, if no accident occurred,

THE IRISH EXILE. would pass on a railway within about three miles

BY THOMAS DUNN ENGLISH. of the fort at, or about a certain hour. The inten

Dear was the cabin which stood in the valley, tion of the above law is very plain, and it seems The cot of my fathers, the home of my youth, strange that one who has graced the Bench should Green trees were round it where breezes might dally,

And lovers might whisper affection and truth. so easily misanderstand it.

Soon came the SASSENACH, bitter and bloody; I cannot forbear to extract from a foreign jour

Around us the red-coated minions were poured ;

Cottage so lovely and children so ruddy, nal a few lines which apply with much force to

The one led the torch and the other the sword. our service. A correspondent, speaking of a civil

Crush us they may, but we still must remember Secretary, says, “ Within the precincts of his own The wrongs of our country, the death of our sires; circle of acquaintances he will never meet the worn

Brooding in silence while memory each ember

Shall fan 'rill they kindle to terrible fires. and disappointed regimental officer, or have his Then shall the moment arrive when the cruel, better feelings touched by the sad spectacle of a

Who struck without pity, our rage shall pursue ;

Then sball our Erin, our heart's only jewel, widow lady and her orphan children, reduced, in

Make bare to the stranger LAMBH GERRY ABOO !* one moment, from comparative comfort to the very

Hasten the time when from slumber arousing verge of poverty and despair. His associates and Our land from the scabbard shall draw the red brand, friends are amongst the wealthy and fortunate mem

Scatter the tyrants who now are carousing,

And strike right and left with a terrible hand. bers of the service : he sees, indeed, amongst them Then shall the sun-bursit awaken a glory the marks of severe wounds, and traces on the

O'er mountain and valley, o'er river and sea;

Then shall the land that is written in story, countenance the ravages of hardship and climate,- Be mate to her masters, be glorious and free. but, at the same glance, his eye rests on the bril- Philadelphia, Dec., 1843. liant star and medal on the breast,” (an additional'. The red right-hand. + The banner of ancient Ireland. THE ENCHANTED GIFTS.

may be lost, or stolen from you; there is no spell

to guard it from accidents like these." BY MRS. JANE L. SWIFT.

The second, Haladdin, eagerly pointed to the

ruby heart, “give me that, father,” he exclaimed, In the days when magic was practised in Persia, with a glowing cheek. A smile passed over the there lived in Ispahan a wise and skilful magician, countenance of the sage as he said, “ You would whose name was Kabulneza. He had spent a long try its power over the beautiful Kezia ; is it not so, life in acquiring the secrets of his art, and was Haladdin ?" The youth blushed and spoke not. consulted in omens and auguries by even the mon

“Take it, my son, and while it remains with you, archs of the East. He was a counsellor of prin- it will enable you to possess the heart of her you ces; and no chief, who could gain access to him, love; but remember, that it may be lost, and nowould commence any undertaking of importance, thing can replace it.” without first having recourse to his cabalistic lore,

The third, in his turn, came forward and chose and his enchanted spells. But he had never made the wand. “Your spirit, Hazif, is a high and noa bad use of the power which he possessed; and ble one, but this will prove a dangerous gift, unless knew little about evil genii, excepting as he in- used with discretion. It will give you power when vented charms to repel their baleful approach.

you wish to exercise it ; power 10 sway the minds With all his art, however, he was unable to re- of others—but the wand may be bruken, it is for sist the influence of time, or to ward off the stroke you to guard it well.” of death; and when he had reached his eightieth With downcast eye the favorite nephew of the year he prepared for the event, which he expected seer bent at his feet and said, “ This glass is mine, at a certain moment. His auguries proved true; father, without right of choice; but I shall value and on the last day that he had to live, he sent for and keep it in remembrance of you. When I am his brother's four sons, who were all young men old, I may need it.” “ Not so, Riezzin, it is for just entering upon the duties and cares of life. the young, as well as for the aged; and if I had He had loved them well, and they had been edu- my life to live over again, I would choose, my son, cated by him in the ancient lore of their land ; but what by chance has fallen to you. This glass will he had not initiated them into the mysterious spells enable you to view every thing in life through a by which he exercised so mighty an influence over true medium; but you must guard it and keep it mind and matter. He knew, too, the bias of their bright. You will find it a greater treasure than minds, and by his dying instructions he wished you deem it now." rather to leave them a salutary token of his regard, “And now, farewell my sons. The shades of than to bestow upon them the dangerous art he death are gathering round me, and I go to the home exercised.

of my fathers. Remember the advice of KabulAs with unfeigned sorrow they approached the neza, and cherish his memory when there is nothing dying magician, their eyes fell upon the articles left to you but his tomb.” that were placed on a small table before him; a golden purse, a silver wand, a ruby heart, and a Quarter of a century had elapsed; and the name magic glass.

of the magician no longer resounded through the “I have sent for you, my sons,” said the sage, length and breadth of the land. He had gone "to bestow upon you a portion of what I have to down with bis generation into the vale of forgetfulleave. You have seen me rich, powerful, beloved ness; and slept, undisturbed, in the tomb of his and happy; at least, as much so as mortal can be. fathers. Others, skilled in the magic of their clime, Here are the means, but I cannot give them; you arose to replace him; yet none acquired the influroast choose, and in the order of your birth. Nei-ence over the wise and great that Kabulneza had ther may I advise you in your choice; your own succeeded in obtaining. inclinations must prompt your decisions."

It was a gala day in the city of Ispahan. The “The glass will be for me,” thought the youngest, sun had shed its last ray upon the gilded domes as he looked with a sigh upon the other glittering and minarets of the gorgeous capital ; and as darktreasures, and regretted, for the first time, that na ness drew her veil around, the glimmer of lamps ture had not bestowed the privilege of seniority gradually brightened the scene, until thousands of upon him.

them glittered in the streets and squares. The Elmana, the eldest, came forward ; and bending city was illuminated to celebrate the accession on one knee said, “I choose the purse, father.” of the recently appointed Vizier Azem* to his “ As I thought, Elmana, you have chosen what you office. He had that day made his triumphal entry imagine will procure all that your heart sighs for; into the city, and had taken possession of the palace it is yours, but yours to use and not to abuse. prepared for him. While that purse is in your possession, you have

* The Vizier Azem is the prime minister of Persia, or bat to wish for the gold that you desire, and it will

the great supporter of the empire; as he alone almost susfill your coffers at your bidding. But the purse tains i he whole weight of the administration.”

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From the balcony of his princely residence, the love, all were his. Step by step he had ascended Vizier looked out upon the eager crowd anxious to the eminence of fame, and now he could look down do honor to the new favorite ; while, undazzled by from the summit, and trace the various means that the splendid career that seemed to open before him, had aided him in the ascent. The past rose behe calmly listened to the seductive tones of fattery, fore him with its many colored hues; years gone and turned away with a smile from the obsequious by seemed but as yesterday; and as he retraced attention of his followers. He was a man about the path of existence he felt as if he must be still five-and-forty years of age, tall and commanding a boy, so vivid were the reminiscences of his early in his form, with a mild, benignant expression of youth. While he yet pondered on these things, he countenance, that seemed as if it had never been turned, and beheld the outline of a figure shrouded ruffled by the contending passions that so soon grave in a filmy haze, yet sufficiently distinct to present their deforming furrows in the brow.

the semblance of a man. As the night waned, festivity and revelry gave “I have come to thee, my son," said the spirit, place to a profound stillness; and, at length, dis- " in thy hour of triumph; dost thou know me, missing his attendants, the Vizier retired to an Riezzin ?" apartment that overlooked the gardens of his se- “Shade of Kabulneza! I welcome thee—though raglio. The moon shone brightly in, and lent a the chill of the tomb surrounds thee, and I tremble softened beauty to the oriental magnificence of all in thy presence, still, I welcome thee.” that surrounded him. He had sought the quiet of Nay, stretch not out thy hand to grasp mine, the midnight hour to compose his excited mind, and Riezzin. The frame I once tenanted is mouldering to commune with his spirit on the eventful proceed in the dust; it is my spirit alone that is with thee ings of the day. He had not long been there, now.” when a veiled female glided quickly to his side, “What would'st thou, revered shade of him who and before he was aware of her entrance, she had was my best friend?" cast herself upon her knees at his feet, and was “I have been permitted to revisit these earthly gazing with an expression of the deepest attach- scenes, that I might learn what has befallen those ment into his face.

I loved since I quitted this vale of tears. Tell me, "Jewel of my heart!" murmured the Vizier, re- Riezzin, have my dying gifts been blessings to thy moving the veil, and stooping to kiss the fair, white brothers, as well as to thyself ?" brow; "more precious art thou to me than all my “ Alas! Kabulneza, they but betrayed my brogreatness. Yanina, beloved Yanina, thou hast thers to their destruction." shared the triumphs of this day with Riezzin; is it “ I would know their fate, Riezzin, if thou may'st not so, my fairest ?"

reveal the story of their lives." “As the parched flower drinks in the dew that “Thou knowest, father, that Elmana chose the nourishes it, so has the triumph of Riezzin refreshed purse. He was immediately surrounded by every the heart of Yanina."

luxury that wealth could procure. He denied him"I knew it dearest; and amid all the pomp and self nothing. He built palaces; he laid out garparade of power, I did not forget my rose of beauty. dens; he hired singing men and singing women; How fair thou art, Yanina; fairer, it seems to me, the costly wines of Shiraz sparkled at his board, than when first thy charms awoke the thrill of love and viands from distant realms were heaped upon within my soul. Time has dealt gently with thee, his table. Gold was lavished among his depenloved one; he has not marred one dear lineament." | dents, as if it had been but the sand of the desert.

“ The rose is withered by the unkind frost; but He went to every extreme of indulgence; and inthere has been no wintry chill within our bower. jured his health, and enervated his frame by riot The suns of ten summers have risen and set since and excess. He lost the esteem of his friends, and I was thine, and yet thou lovest me, Riezzin ?" consequently his self-respect. He sank lower and

“ Aye; as nature rejoices in the sunbeam; so lower, until, one fatal evening, he fell asleep among does my spirit find its light in thee, Yanina." his companions with the golden purse in his bosom.

“Dear Riezzin!” she murmured; and, rising, While he slept, it was stolen from him. To others, she stood before him in all the matured loveliness the purse was useless, excepting for the price its of female beauty. She was past the age when the weight would bring; but to him it had become the women of the East are usually most attractive; alpha and omega of existence. He has sought it but not one destroying trace of time was visible in vain for years; but, with an infatuation as veheupon her countenance.

ment as it is fruitless, he still continues a wanderer “I would be alone, Yanina, for a little while. on the face of the earth, expecting to recover his I need composure. In an hour I will rejoin thee, lost treasure. I have entreated him to resign the dearest."

hope of finding it, and to begin a life of activity She left the apartment; and the Vizier reseated and usefulness; but those years of sapineness and himself at the open window. The events of the day self-indulgence have prostrated his energies. With again passed before him. Honor, power, wealth,' a body enfeebled by former excesses, and a min

unfitted for employment, he will probably pass the “Behold thy gift, my father. The magic glass remainder of his days in pining after the enjoyments ever rests upon my bosom, and is guarded by a which he abused, and which he can never expect massive chain. When I first received it from thee will be his again."

I did not prize it, for I was disappointed in the al" It is as I feared-but Haladdin—what use did lotment of thy gifts. I saw my brothers enter at he make of his gift, the ruby heart ?"

once, without effort, into the possession of what " He soon succeeded in winning the affections each had sighed for; while I was left to toil and of his first love, the beautiful Kezia. For a time, struggle in the world. I envied Elmana the wealth I thought my brother the happiest of mortals; in which he revelled ; I coveted the love of beauty ; he lived but in her smile, and serenity and bliss I yearned for the possession of power. I felt within seemed to wait upon his steps. But, true to the me the aspirations of a proud and ambitious soul, fickleness of his nature, he soon wearied of one but discontent of mind impaired my happiness. I who had charmed him only by her beauty, and was not willing to make use of the necessary means while her whole soul was devoted to him, he cruelly to advance my fortune, but wished that what I deneglected her. Her very attachment to him tended sired might come at my bidding as by the touch of to strengthen his growing dislike; but she was an enchanter's wand. Envy of my brothers made bound to him by that fatal spell, and the cast off me miserable, and in pining after some undiscovered leman only found repose in an early grave. Halad- good, I lost the precious amulet of content. The din gave himself up to the worship of woman; and dark temptations of Eblis beset my path, until life in that idolatry of the heart he wasted all the noble became a burthen almost too grievous for me to and high-toned energies of his nature. He could bear. In despondence of soul, I invoked the angel influence the love of the fairest with that ruby gift : of death to summon my spirit to his home; but and at last, it became the instrument of his destruc- Azrael was deaf to my entreaties, and I lived on tion. He saw by stealth the flower of his sove- during many moons a prey to vain regrets. But reign's harem. To see, was to love-to love, was at length, O Kabulneza, I visited thy tomb, and to obtain. By stratagems, their stolen meetings as my tears fell upon the costly shrine, I rememremained long unsuspected; but Haladdin became bered thy gift. Thy words arose to my memory, careless and confident, and his deluded victim could and I sought in haste the magic glass. After thy Dot know the fearful danger of her position. A death, I grieve to say, it had been thrown aside in spy of the Shah's household betrayed them; and the disappointment of the moment, and for hours I the bow-string was the punishment of both.” searched for it in vain ; but at last, amid a heap of

“Alas! he was a youth of promise ; unfortu- rubbish, I found it. It was tarnished by neglect, nately, wavering in his principles ; yet I trusted and the glass was soiled and dim. However, I that he would not have abused the gift he chose. cleansed it; and then, invoking thy blessing, I But Hazif, the proud, the noble Hazif-what of looked through it. I beheld letters of gold, but him, Riezzin ?"

they sparkled like the diamond with such dazzling " He did nobly, father, at first. He used the brilliancy, that my eye could not at first bear the wand to advance himself in the councils of his lustrous splendor, and around these letters streamed country. He exerted his power for the benefit of beams of light, that seemed to radiate until their others, and made himself a name and a reputation outer circle reached the heavens. By degrees I that outvied the great ones of our land. All bent was enabled to decypher the shining characters, before his talents; and his eloquence was like the which, as I read, were engraved upon niy memory breeze of heaven, bringing freshness and purity to with magic power; and this, Kabulneza, was the the soul. His career was glorious, and would have transcript of that luminous and enchanted pagebeen happy, but ambition gradually twined her “Pause, Riezzin-the rose of youth is on thy letters around him, and whispered, at length, ac- cheek, thy hand is strong, and thy frame vigorous. cents of treason in his ear. I warned him; I en- Life spreads itself before thee; thou art but on its treated him to be content with the love and admira- threshold, its many paths are round thee, which to twn of a people. I told him to beware how he choose ; but in supineness and regret thou art waststepped upon the paw of the sleeping lion. Reasoning thy strength in mourning after the shadow when availed poi, when ambition lured; and I saw at thou mightst possess thyself of the substance. length, with heart-felt sorrow, that the favorite of Wealth, love, power, confer not happiness, exceptthe Shah was suspected as a traitor. He was too ing as the mind is disciplined to make a good use of popular to be destroyed at once, but he was banished them; and the vicissitudes of life are intended for from the land of his birth. He now finds a home that discipline. Naught but sunshine will wither on the confines of Arabia ; and still possesses, I hear, and blight the garden flowers; they must have the magic influence given him by the silver wand.” clouds, and rain, and tearful dews. Youth is the

" He may retrieve the past, Riezzin ; it is not season for effort. Employ then thy talents with yet too late. But tell me now, my son, the story all the energy of thy nature, and the bread that is of thy life.”

earned by thy daily toil will taste sweeter to thee

than the luscious viands which are heaped upon with every accession to my wealth, or fame, I took the table of Elmana. Win, by the consistency of thy gift from my bosom, and from it, I learned to thy principles and the purity of thy life, the respect be prosperous without exultation, and to be great of thy fellow men; and power, honorably acquired without pride. It showed me that life was never and nobly retained, may crown thy brow with greener a state of perfect happiness, or of unalleviated laurels than Hazif will ever wear. Place the affec- misery, and that contentment was the key that tions of thy manhood where they will meet with a would open the secret treasure-house of earth. It pure return, for even in the harem's casket there reminded me that the great and the mighty must may be found a precious pearl: yet, enervate not sleep at last with the lowly, and that none of the thy soul by the worship of beauty that may perish world's glittering baubles could be carried with us in an hour, and the rose of thy garden may bloom to the tomb. Thou seest, oh! Kabulneza, upon when that of Haladdin shall have passed away. what an eminence I stand; dare I hope to sway Go forth then, to toil, to strive, to overcome, to with judgment and integrity the mighty destinies of endure. The warrior wins not the victory without this land ? I tremble, lest, having attained the sumthe battle; the poet wears no: the wreath without mit of my loftiest ambition, I should forget myself.” having won the prize. The world is man's battle " The glass, the glass, Riezzin," murmured the ground, worthy of his destiny. Coward he, who departing shade; "it will warn and guide thee to faints ere the conflict is begun; and traitor to him- the end of thy pilgrimage." self, if, when the first blow is struck, he dare not With reverential awe, the Vizier gazed once strike again. On! on! Riezzin; stay not to ponder, more through the enchanted glass, and these were the angel of life weeps over every wasted hour. the characters of light reflected from its surface.

“The golden characters disappeared, the dazzling “Success is the test of greatness. The moth is light faded; and as I pressed thy gift to my lips, I overpowered by the light of a taper; the eagle can felt that a veil had been lifted from my moral gaze into the sun. If thou art truly great, Riezzin, vision. I saw life for the first time through a true thou wilt feel that pomp and power can never elemedium; but a partial glimpse, it is true, yet enough vate the soul; it soars or sinks, as it is true or false to point the stepping stone of my career. I waited to the nobler impulses of its nature. Thy position only for the morrow's dawn; and, resuming the will have for thee no dangers, if thou wilt value occupation of my father, I determined to excel as rightly the elevation it bestows, and guard thy an artisan, and leave to destiny the shaping of my spirit from the treacherous whisperings of pride." fortune. A load was lifted from my heart; my

The Vizier turned to address the shade of Kaprostrate energies revived, my drooping hopes bulneza, but it had disappeared, and the veiled form seemed to bud and blossom beneath the refreshing of the beloved Yanina again stood by his side. influence of high resolves, and in the useful exercise of my faculties, I found my nature invigorated and improved. I had no time for repining; and when at night I sought the restoring comfort of|

THE BURIAL OF EROS. repose, my sleep was sweet, and undisturbed by the wild dreams of ambition. Once, the throb of envy and regret returned, when I beheld Elmana Love lieth in his halls a corpse, showering dinars of gold among the multitude While, mourning, round his coffin, stand thronging round him; but, looking through my

The wan and pallid Feelings, like glass, I read these words; ' Better is poverty with

Dim spectres from the shadow-land.

His nose is pinched, his lips are blue, honor, than wealth with degradation.' I turned, and

His once round cheeks are sunken in, recoiled as I marked the reeling, staggering form And heavily lie his clotted locks of Elmana, and returning to my employment, I felt, Upon his yellow, waxen skin. in the approval of my own heart, a sense of happi

Poor Love, dear Love," the mourners say, ness hitherto unknown.

'Tis sad that one so young should die.

Poor Love, dear Love, ah, dreary day "I need not dwell, Kabulneza, upon my rising

That seeth him in cold earth lie." fortunes. In the pursuit of my calling my wealth increased, and the warnings of the magic glass

“He was a merry wight," saith one,

“ But fond of mischief,” saith another, prevented my placing undue value upon worldly

“And yet, despite his wayward ways," treasures. As the stream of time flowed on, the

Quoth Hope, “I loved him as a brother. lessons thy gift imparted, added the weight of truth He used to laugh and chat with me to my decisions, and before one gray hair had For days, existing on my smiles, tinged these locks, the name of Riezzin was known I heedless of his many tricksthroughout Persia. They said that the wisdom of

There was such magic in his wiles."

Poor Love, dear Love," the mourners say, Kabulneza had descended to me, and from the poor

He was loo good a lad to die." artisan, I became the wealthy, influential counsellor And then uprose from every lip of princes. Success would have been my ruin ; but

A wild and weird and wailing cry.

BY HENRY B. HIRST.

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