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difficulties in relation to these things, and we
to ness, lest any be induced, either in respect of Of Dover Monthly Meeting, Ohio, concerning
DANIEL Bailey, deceased. their own property, or that which may be under their care, to seek, or when provided, to avail
The memory of our late dear friend, DANIEL themselves of this protection. Is not manifest, Bailey, being precious to many, we are induced dear Friends, that there would be an inconsist to prepare a brief account of him, in the hope ency in doing by the hands of others, that which that his instructive example of uprightness, simwe cannot do ourselves; and whilst professing plicity, and love of the Truth, together with his a Christian testimony against bearing arms, to peaceful close, may encourage others to follow be found directly or indirectly depending upon him as he followed Christ. the defence of armed men ? We renewedly feel He was born in the eastern part of the State the preciousness of the testimony which has of Virginia, the 31st day of the Twelfth month, been given us to bear, to the peaceable nature of 1777. His parents were Abidan and Sarah the kingdom of our Holy Redeemer; but there Bailey, members of the religious Society of is perhaps none which, in time of danger, in- Friends ; who were concerned to train their volves a closer trial of our faith and our allegi- children consistently with their profession ; his ance to Him. Yet how numerous and how mother died when he was quite young, and his encouraging are the instances of members of our father several years before he arrived at man's Society, who, in the midst of war or civil com- estate. motion have been strengthened to maintain it In the year 1804, he emigrated to the State of faithfully; and, under circumstances of great out- Ohio, and in the year 1807, he was married to 'ward peril, to commit themselves, and all that Mary Haworth, daughter of George and Susanwas dear to them in this life, to the care and nah Haworth, and was favoured to raise a large keeping of the Shepherd of Israel. Often have family of children. His uprightness, simplicity they had to experience, outwardly as well as and benevolence, tended not only to endear him spiritually, the fulfilment of the gracious promises, to his friends and family, but to gain the esteem “His truth shall be thy shield and buckler:" of his acquaintance generally. “ Because thou hast made the Lord, which is He occupied the station of an Elder upwards my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation, of twenty years, manifesting a sincere concern there shall no evil befall thee.” May we ever for the advancement of Truth, and encouraging retain a grateful remembrance of the preservation Friends, by precept and example, to a faithful vouchsafed to those, whose faithfulness was thus discharge of the religious duty of attending all manifested in a former time of trial in this land. their meetings for Worship and Discipline. AlBut let us also remember, that suffering in person though he was a person of but few words, his and property is often the portion of the devoted | labours for the maintenance of our various testifollowers of Christ, and we have ground to trust monies, and the strict observance of the order that their constancy under such trials will not and discipline of our Society, were marked with only be owned by their Divine Master, but may, much fervency of mind. under his blessing, be made a powerful means He participated with Friends in the painful of promoting the advancement and spreading of exercise occasioned by two separations in the the truth.
Society, within the limits of Indiana Yearly Beloved Friends, the day calls for diligence in Meeting, and manifested an unshaken belief in the great work of a preparation for eternity. the fundamental doctrines of the Christian reThe events passing around us, admonish us of ligion as held by our predecessors. the great uncertainty of life-that here we have The last separation took place a little before no continuing city—and this consideration ought his last illness, which gave him much deep consurely to loosen our attachment to the things of cern of mind, particularly on account of several time, and engage us in the earnest pursuit of a members of his own Monthly Meeting, who treasure laid up in Heaven. May our loins be were disposed to join with the seceders, which girded about, and our lights burning, and we
was manifested by much tender and ourselves be like unto men that wait for their pathetic expostulation with some of them who Lord, remembering that “ Blessed are those ser- came to see him before his death, desiring them vants whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall to remember it as his last admonition for their find watching."
good. Signed by direction and on behalf of the A few weeks before his last illness, he was meeting,
engaged as one of a committee of our Quarterly Samuel BEWLEY, Meeting of Ministers and Elders, in visiting the Clerk to the Meeting this year.
members of that body with their families, and
expressed much satisfaction in attending to the A man who makes pleasure his business, in-service. Before it was fully accomplished he stead of business his pleasure, will be likely ere was taken ill with a fever, though not entirely long to have no business to follow
confined for a week or more at first, in which
time he observed, that although he felt himself of mind. Then taking his wife by the hand, he
| weakening fast he had no pain, but of nights said, “I wish thou couldst feel just as I do." could frequently lie quiet and comfortable in body Then calling his two youngest sons, he said to and mind, which he considered a peculiar favour. them, “I desire you to remember your mother His fever continuing to increase, he was seized | (for she will have much upon her) and assist with a violent pain in his side, which soon pro- her to get to meetings; though meetings may duced symptoms of dissolution. A physician come in a very busy time, no matter; leave your was called in, and medicine seemed to produce outward business and take her to meetings, and some relief, he being favoured at intervals with you will be rewarded for it.” Pain coming on ease, for which he remarked there was cause of very severe, he said, “ Lord have mercy on me, thankfulness. During the latter part of that for in thee alone do I put my trust.” night he slept comfortably, and in the morning On Fifth-day, being in a sweet frame of mind, he appeared to be refreshed. On seeing the sun he frequently said to those about him, “ I am in shine soon after it rose, he very pleasantly said— no pain, but feel very pleasant;" speaking " the sun is shining once more," and a friend further of the boundless love that filled his heart, replying that it was a very pleasant morning, he and which overflowed to the whole human responded, " yes, to me the pleasantest morning family, and expressing gratitude and thanks to that I have ever known, and it is marvellous to his gracious Redeemer for his many and con
tinued favours to him. To some of his children He continued to express the boundless love that were in the room with him, he said, “0, he felt in his heart towards our great and good how good it is that I can have my children Creator, and towards all His creatures.
around me.” After a short pause he continued, At another time he said to one of his daughters, I desire to ask if ever you felt the tender love “ I have been favoured beyond what I ever ex- that I now feel; I have sought after it when pected; my heart is full of love to every body, labouring in my fields; I have craved it more but I do not know whether this is a sign that I than my ordinary food. I desire you to strive shall leave this world or not; my children feel after it; I want you to seek for it when you are very near and dear to me, more particularly in meetings.” when I think of parting with them.” At another Although he manifested much piety of life, time he said, “ It is marvellous how I have been and had experienced, as we believe, in a large weaned from the things of this world; my out- degree, the renovating influence of the love of ward affairs are no more to me than the leaves God in his heart, which works repentance, puriof the trees." On Third-day morning he grew fies the soul, and through mercy and forgiveness, worse, with much difficulty of breathing, and and that redemption which comes through our his wife being called into the room he said to Lord Jesus Christ, renders it fit for the kingdom her, “I am going;" she being much affected, of Heaven, yet he had an humble opinion of his he added, “ the Lord will bless thee.” He then own religious attainments. desired all his children to be sent for, which On the day before his decease, he expressed being done, when they arrived and were mostly to those who were present, that he had thought collected in the room, he first addressed those at the beginning of his sickness that much still who had the care of raising families of children, lay upon him to do, but he had since found the desiring them to be mindful of their dear off- burthen taken away, through the tender mercy spring, and bring them up in the nurture and of the Lord, no doubt; whereupon he broke admonition of the Lord, and to instruct them by forth, “0, praises be unto him who hath so precept and example in the principles of our helped me! O, how can I forbear to praise so religious society. After which he exclaimed, gracious a Redeemer!" Then entreating all “Oh! it is a joyful day to me, though it may who were present to seek an interest in Christ. seem strange to some; my body is very much On the evening before his departure, he said distressed, but the Lord's favour to me is beyond to one of his daughters who stood by his bedside, expression ;" continuing, as at many other times, " I desire thee not to set thy mind too much on to considerable length, in expressions of praise the things of this world, but to set it on things and adoration to his bountiful Redeemer, in lan- above, and prepare to meet me in Heaven ; this guage which cannot be correctly recited. In a has been my prayer for thee.” It being evident short time afterwards he added, ·0, it has been that death was fast approaching, his sons were a great comfort to me to think that all of my called in, and his brother informed him that his children are within the pale of our Society." four sons were all present, if he wished to see
Shortly after he expressed himself nearly in the them. He looked on them and said, “ Ah! I same language : “ What a great satisfaction it is, am almost gone, and I want you to settle all when I am about to leave this world, that I can your affairs in peace, and never let in hardness leave all my children under the care of so good on any occasion ; never let it have place within a Society;" desiring them duly to appreciate your breasts, for if you do it will ruin your such a privilege, and especially to be careful in peace; and further, as you are passing through the attendance of meetings, in a right disposition the world, and in the necessary intercourse with
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men, you no doubt, at some time, will apprehend you are wronged, or unjustly treated; but never
TERRIFIC ALPINE FLOOD. let in any hardness against any mortal, but rather To us who are accustomed to living and Suffer wrong, for it will destroy the sweet moving only in a district, almost as level as a peace."
meadow, compared with the wild gorges of other That evening, a few hours before his depar- lands, or even with those of other parts of our ture, he took a solemn leave of his physician, own country, it is difficult to picture to ourselves expressing his satisfaction with his attendance, the furious character of nountain streams, and a hope that they would meet again in or the desolation often times produced in their Heaven.
course, after having been augmented by sudden It would exceed the design of this short ac- and heavy bursts of rain-or by rapid thaws of count of our dear friend to attempt to set down the mountains piled on mountains of snow-or in detail all his impressive language, he being after having broken loose from some temporary, much engaged the last three days of his life to coun- but serious obstruction to their ordinary flowings. sel his family and friends who came to visit him; Cheever, in his wanderings around Mont being desirous that all might come to see the Blanc, gives an extract from the Bibliothéque de beauty of holiness, and to have a foretaste of the Genève, which the artist Brockedon had com. glorious reward of the righteous in Heaven; in piled from the account of Escher de Linth, and the prospect of which he often broke forth in which may serve to show us some of the characvery moving and sublime ejaculations and praise teristic dangers of a country whose streams it is to his glorious Redeemer; even to his own adini- no uncommon circumstance to find—scarcely ration, as he expressed, saying that he seemed rolling—but absolutely leaping down the precipiconstrained to do so, and that he could not hold tous ravines, as leaps the chamois down the
mountain side. The rushing of the avalanche, Notwithstanding the violent pains of death huge in bulk at first, and increasing that bulk, as which racked his frame, he was favoured with well as rapidity, at every rod of its thundering unde standing and a composed mind, and made progress, is truly fearful enough—but it is limited some remarks on the manner of his burial, ex- in extent, and consequently limited in the depressing a desire he had often felt, that Friends, struction which it is capable of producing. How on such occasions, may be duly thoughtful of overwhelming must be the forebodings of a neighgood order, in affording opportunity at the grave bourhood stretching for many miles along the for a pause, suited to the solemn occasion, and rapidly descending valley of a river, and comthat common or unnecessary conversation might pletely within range of the certain ultimate be refrained from when met at the house, in order breaking asunder of the fetters which bind its to accompany the corpse. Then he said, “ I now accumulating and maddened waters ! feel clear, and leave it to the judgment of Friends The river Drance has its rise in the vicinity to do as they think right.”
of the Grand St. Bernard, and “thunders down A few minutes before his close he requested the gorge between rugged and inaccessible mounthose around his bed to let him alone, and not tains, where there is no vegetation but such as trouble him in the conflict. A few more struggles has fallen from its hold, as it were, in despair, ended the suffering scene. His spirit being and struggles in confusion.” It passes by Marreleased from its earthly tabernacle, took its tigny, and loses its waters in those of the Rhone. flight for ever, to dwell, we reverently trust, in the The catastrophe described below, occurred presence of his Lord and Saviour. He departed in 1818. History tells us that more than 200 this life the 12th of the Seventh month, 1844. years before, in 1595, the same valley was His remains were interred at Dover meeting visited by a still more unrelenting desolation, and house, on First-day, the 14th of the same month, from a similar cause—the falling of great glaciers preceding the public meeting for worship, which from the mountains across the bed of the Drance, was large and solemn.
and thus completely damming it up, and obstructLet the Elders that rule well be accounted ing its course. It is said that more than one worthy of double honour, 1st Tim. v. 17; and hundred and forty persons perished; the whole we can in no way so truly honour their memory valley was overwhelmed-mountain ridges were as by following their good example, and yielding bursi asunder-nature's great local land marks obedience in uprightness of heart io the word of were changed, and the centuries that have interdivine grace, hy which they obtained a good vened, have scarcely sufficed to obliterate the report, and through faith and patience inherit the evidences of that terrible disaster. T. U. promises.
" In the spring of 1818, the people of the
valley of Bagnes became alarmed on observing Seest thou not that the angry man loseth his the low state of the waters of the Drance, at a understanding? Whilst thou art yet in thy season when the melting of the snows usually senses, let the wrath of another be a lesson to enlarged the torrent; and this alarm was inthyself.- Economy of Human Lifc.
| creased by the records of similar appearances
before the dreadful inundation of 1595, which I thirty-two hours the lake sank 10 feet, and was then occasioned by the accumulation of the during the following twenty-four hours 20 feet waters behind the débris of a glacier that formed more ; in a few days it would have been emptied; a dam, which remained until the pressure of the for the floor melting, and being driven off as the water burst the dike, and it rushed through the water escaped, kept itself below the level of the valley, leaving desolation in its course.
water within ; but the cataract which issued “ In April, 1818, some persons went up the from the gallery, melted and broke up also a valley to ascertain the cause of the deficiency of large portion of the base of the dike which had water, and they discovered that vast masses of served as its buttress; its resistance decreased the glaciers of Getroz and avalanches of snow, faster than the pressure of the lake lessened, and had fallen into a narrow part of the valley, be- at four o'clock in the afternoon of the 6th of tween Mont Pleuseur and Mont Mauvoisin, and June, the dike burst, and in half an hour the formed a dike of ice and snow 600 feet wide and water escaped through the breach, and left the 400 feet high, on a base of 3,000 feet, behind lake empty. which the waters of the Drance had accumulated “The greatest accumulation of water had been and formed a lake above 7,000 feet long. M. 800,000,000 of cubic feet; the tunnel before the Venetz, the engineer of the Vallais, was con- disruption, had carried off nearly 330,000,000. sulted, and he immediately decided upon cutting Escher says, 270,000,000 ; but he neglected to a gallery through this barrier of ice, 60 feet add 60,000,000 which flowed into the lake in above the level of the water at the time of com- three days. In half an hour, 530,000,000 cubic mencing, and where the dike was 600 feet thick. feet of water passed through the breach, or He calculated upon making a tunnel through this 300,000 feet per second; which is five times mass before the water should have risen 60 feet greater in quantity than the Rhine at Basle, higher in the lake. On the 10th of May, the where it is 1,300 English feet wide. In an hour work was begun by gangs of fifty men, who re- and a half the water reached Martigny, a distance liered each other, and worked, without intermis- of eight leagues. Through the first 70,000 feet sion, day and night, with inconceivable courage it passed with the velocity of 33 feet per second, and perseverance, neither deterred by the daily four or five times faster than the most rapid river occurring danger from the falling of fresh masses known; yet it was charged with ice, rocks, of the glacier, nor by the rapid increase of the earth, trees, houses, cattle, and men ; thirty-four water in the lake, which rose 62 feet in 34 days—persons were lost; 400 cottages swept away, on an average nearly two feet each day; but it and the damage done in the two hours of its desoonce rose five feet in one day, and threatened lating power exceeded a million of Swiss each moment to burst the dike by its increasing livres. pressure; or, rising in a more rapid proportion “All the people of the valley had been than the men could proceed with their work, cautioned against the danger of a sudden irruprender their efforts abortive, by rising above tion; yet it was fatal to so many; all the bridges them. Sometimes dreadful noises were heard, in its course were swept away, and among them as the pressure of the water detached masses of the bridge of Mauvoisin, which was elevated ice from the bottom, which, floating, presented so 90 feet above the ordinary height of the Drance. much of their bulk above the water as led to the If the 'dike had remained untouched, and it could belief that some of them were 70 feet thick. have endured the pressure until the lake had The men persevered in their fearful duty without reached the level of its top, a volume of any serious accident, and, though suffering se- 1,700,000,000 cubic feet of water would have verely from cold and wet, and surrounded by been accumulated there, and a devastation much dangers which cannot be justly described, by more extensive must have been the consequence. the 4th of June they had accomplished an open- From this greater danger, the people of the valley ing 600 feet long; but having begun their work of the Drance were preserved by the heroism on both sides of the dike at the same time, the and devotion of the brave men who effected the place where they ought to have met was 20 feet formation of the gallery, under the direction of lower on one side of the lake than on the other: M. Venetz. it was fortunate that latterly the increase of the “I know no instance on record of courage perpendicular heights of the water was less, equal to this: their risk of life was not for fame owing to the extension of its surface. They or for riches—they had not the usual exciteproceeded to level the highest side of the tunnel, ments to personal risk, in a world's applause or and completed it just before the water reached gazetted promotion,—their devoted courage was them.
On the evening of the 13th, the water to save the lives and property of their fellow-men, began to flow. At first, the opening was not not to destroy them. They steadily and heroilarge enough to carry off the supplies of water cally persevered in their labours, amidst dangers which the lake received, and it rose two feet such as a field of battle never presented, and above the tunnel ; but this soon enlarged from the from which some of the bravest brutes that ever action of the water, as it melted the floor of the lived would have shrunk in dismay. These gallery, and the torrent rushed through. In truly brave Vallaisans deserve all honour !"
SUSPENSION BRIDGE AT NIAGARA.
the investigation into the cause of the groanings
. communication in the Lockport “ Courier," by evening in his company a month or two ago, and This bridge is the subject of an interesting of the mountain in the fable.
The writer had the pleasure of spending an Lor Clarke, Esq., from which we learn that at a joint meeting, early last month, of the Boards must confess him to be one of the greatest natural
curiosities on record. of Directors of the two companies incorporated in Canada and New York, for the purpose of
His mouseship is very particular about his constructing a suspension bridge across the company, and, unlike most vocal performers, Niagara, below the Falls, it was satisfactorily prefers a very small and quiet audience,-moreascertained that stock to the aggregate amount of
it is necessary for the apartment to be per$200,000 had been taken by parties fully able to fectly dark to insure the finest display of his
In truth, he must be induced pay the instalments as they should be called for. At that meeting notices were given that the he will give utterance to his more melodious and
to suspect no one is present but himself, before Directors would receive plans and estimates at a future meeting, which assembled at the Clifton powerful notes.
There were several in the company on the House on the 4th inst., and continued in session several days. A number of the most ingenious tinually giving out the delicate chirpings noticed
evening referred to—and although he was conand scientific artists from different parts of the in the annexed description, yet it was only after United States and Canada, appeared with their plans and designs, and much time was taken up in waiting in patience for full half an hour, that he
broke forth into his bird-like songs. Had we examination and explanation, the result of which not been fully assured by the direction and was that the construction of the bridge contemplated was practicable
, and that stockholders might proximity of the sounds, and by a subsequent safely invest their funds in the undertaking. hardly have credited the fact,
personal inspection with a candle, we could The entire cost, it was estimated, could not in any event exceed $190,000. Chas. ELLET, Jr., scratching vigorously the bars of the cage, and
But there he was, seated on his hind feet, of Philadelphia, who has had much experience chirping cheerily over a bit of cheese which we in works of the kind, was appointed engineer, handed him. This continual scraping of the and bound by contract to have the bridge ready wires adds to the deception, being almost prefor use on or before one year from the 1st of cisely like the sound produced by the beak and May next.
claws of a canary
bird. The bridge is to be suspended across the river at the narrow gorge, between the cataract and
One of our company, possessing much more whirlpool, in view of both, immediately over the musical talent than the writer, asserted that his rapids, about 230 feet above the water, by sixteen than those of any bird he knew; for, though the
notes possessed a far greater variety of compass wire cables, about 1100 feet long, and upwards of twelve inches circumference each. Its strength in, yet he would frequently vary his persormances
seemed to be the model he most delighted is to be equal to 6,500 tons tension strain, and to with all the skill and much of the power of a be subjected to the most severe and conclusive tests before used, so as to render its safety be
In short, our friend, John K. Townsend, the yond possible contingency.
naturalist, to whom we were indebted for the The structure is to have a railway track above opportunity, assured us that though (to through the centre, so as to pass locomotives and trains to accommodate the two railways that
use his own expression) he “had been a curiosity
monger all his life, this was the greatest curiosity terminate there.
he had ever yet met with.” No corresponding structure in the world will equal this in the grandeur of its accessaries; and, the Franklin Institute for Ninth month.
The following is taken from the Journal of independent of the facilities it will afford to the vast tide of travel between Canada and New which excited considerable interest. This was
“A natural curiosity was next exhibited, York, its fame, scarcely less than that of the a singing mouse, which, though declining on sublime cataract, will attract visiters from every this occasion to perform in its best style, yet
, part of the world.-Baltimore American.
gave sufficient proof that its musical powers are wonderful for an animal of its kind. It is a
common domestic mouse, (Mus Musculus,) and THE SINGING MOUSE.
in appearance differs, in no remarkable particular,
from other individuals of its species. Never, we ween, since the days of Æsop, have “It was the musical talent of this little creature the performances of a mouse excited so universal which led to its capture. A lady, who kept an interest, as those of this little animal have some canary birds in her room through the day, done. Unlike his prototype, however, a closer but who was in the habit of having the cages examination of the matter is attended with rather removed to another apartment for the night, hapmore satisfaction, than appears to have followed pened to hear, after retiring, a musical chirping
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