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Adding omissions, and the infinite number of mother long since at rest in Heaven. Her sweet minor conflagrations, he supposes, perhaps with smile and ever clear countenance are brought justice, that it will be fair to estimate the entire vividly to recollection; so is also her voice; loss for ten years at $275,000,000; or $27,500,- and blessed is that parent who is endowed with 000 per annum.

a pleasing utterance. What is it which lulls Of his catalogue of fires, $37,000,000 of loss, the infant to repose? It is not any array of or more than one-fourth the whole-occurred in mere words. There is no charm to the unthe United States,-equal to $3,700,000 a year. taught one in letters, syllables, and sentences. Allowing for unrecorded fires, and the nume- It is the sound which strikes its little ear that rous direct and indirect losses,” and adding “the soothes and composes it to sleep. A few notes, expense of the fire-department,” &c. &c., he however unskilfully arranged, if uttered in a soft rates the annual loss in the United States, for tone are found to possess a magic influence. the last ten years, at from eight to nine millions, Think we that this influence is confined to the and supposes that we may anticipate a future cradle? No: it is diffused over every age, and loss of from at least five to six millions of dollars ceases not while the child remains under the a year,—an amount sufficient for us, he says, parental roof. Is a boy growing rude in manner “10 carry on the railroad proposed from Lake and boisterous in speech? I know of no instru: Michigan to the Pacific Ocean, as fast as labour inent so sure to control these tendencies as the could urge it.”

gentle tones of a mother. She who speaks to This is, indeed, a prodigious waste of pro- her son harshly does but give to his conduct the perty, and elevates fire, which man has made sanction of her own example. She pours oil his servant, into the dignity of a tyrant, a on the already raging flame. In the pressure of mighty destroyer of his works and his wealth. duty, we are liable to utter ourselves hastily to But let us not even do fire injustice. Its powers children. Perhaps a threat is expressed in a of destruction are not so great as ose of man loud and irritating tone: instead of allaying the himself. It took ten years for fire to consume passions of the child, it serves directly to inone hundred and thirty-seven-or at best, two crease them. Every fretful expression awakes hundred and seventy-live millions of dollars' in him the same spirit which produced it. So worth of property. Eighteen months of war does a pleasant voice call up agreeable feelings. have annihilated for the American government Whatever disposition, therefore, we would entreasure, doubtless, to the full amount of the first courage in a child, the same we should manifest named sum; and if we add the moneys sunk) in the tone in which we address it. by the Mexican government, and the losses of individuals of both nations, we shall perhaps find the total waste equal to the last named sum.

VELOCITY OF ELECTRICITY. Fire is a fierce destroyer; but the folly of bad rulers is still more destructive. War is, in fact,

The immense velocity of electricity makes it a more consuming fire than fire itself. Against impossible to calculate it by direct observation; the fury of flames we have, besides the courage it would require to be many thousands of leagues of firemen, the protection of Insurance Com- long before the result could be expressed in the panies, which can make us compensation for

fractions of a second. our

Yet, Professor Whea: losses. There are no underwriters to take the stone has devised apparatus for this purpose, real war-risks of war, the losses from which are among which is a double metallic mirror, no irremediable. Soldiers fight and victories are

which he has given a velocity of eight hundred won; but the treasure that is expended can revolutions in a second of time. The Professor never be reclaimed; and the blood that falls in calculates, from his experiments with this aps battle is lost for ever.

ratus, that the velocity of electricity through copper wire one-fifteenth of an inch thick, el. ceeds the velocity of light across the planetary spaces, and that it is at least 288,000 miles per

second. The Professor adds, that the lighi di It is usual to attempt the management of electricity, in a state of great intensity, does not children either by corporeal punishment, or by last the millionth part of a second; but that the words alone. There is one means of govern- eye is capable of distinctly perceiving objecie ment, the power and importance of which are which present themselves for this short space af seldom regarded – I refer to the human voice. time.-Sharpe's Magazine. A blow may be inflicted on a child, accompanied with words so uttered as to counteract entirely its intended effect; or the parent may use language, in the correction of the child, not objectionable in itself, yet spoken in a tone

DECREASE OF POPULATION IN CCBA. which more than defeats its influence. Let any The last number of the Verdad has a search one endeavour to recall the image of a fonding analysis of the statistical report of the Iskaat

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HOW TO SPEAK TO CHILDREN.

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White, Free Coloured. Slaves.

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of Cuba for 1847, which, it says, the Govern- exercise, but, after several unsuccessful efforts, ment, in the “inscrutable wisdom of colonial he relinquished the achievement, as a thing altoomnipotence," suppressed. By comparing the gether impracticable. Mr. Coleridge now tried population statistics of 1841 with those of 1847, his hand, but showed no more grooming skill it will be perceived there is a decrease of 112,736 than his predecessor; for, afier twisting the poor slaves, in six years :

horse's neck almost to strangulation and the great danger of his eyes, he gave up the useless

task, pronouncing that the horse's head must Census of 1841 418,291 152,838 436,495 1,007,624 have grown (gout or dropsy) since the collar was Census of 1847 425,770 159,233 323,759

898,752

put on, for he said it was a downright impossiDiminution, 112,736 108,872 bility for such a huge os frontis to pass through

so narrow a collar! Just at this instant a serIt will be seen, if La Verdad has quoted cor- vant girl came near, and, understanding the cause rectly the Government returns, that this blotting of our consternation, “ La, master," said she, out of a ninih part of the population of this "you don't go about the work in the right way. Island has not resulted from war, pestilence, or You should do like this,” when, turning the emigration. It is an absolute extinction of over collar completely upside down, she slipped it off one hundred thousand slaves. They have not in a moment, to our great humiliation and wonpassed by emancipation into the ranks of the derment, each satisfied afresh that there were free coloured population, for the increase of that heights of knowledge in the world to which we class is but 6,385 on 152,838, a moderate ad- had not yet attained.—Cottle's Life of Colevance through births alone in six years. As ridge. little can they have disappeared by emigration, for there is no perceptible departure of coloured persons from Cuba--there is no outlet for that Slandering is like opening a door, by which class of its inhabitants. What, then, becomes of the faults of the slanderer himself are more exthe slaves that vanish from the face of the earth, posed than they otherwise would be; while the at the rate of twenty thousand a-year? Hear errors or indiscretions of those who show no the answer of La Verdad, a Spanish American disposition to undervalue or backbite others, paper printed here, but having its editorials on are easily passed by and forgotten.—Dillwyn. Cuba prepared in Havana, within sight' and hearing of the palace of the Governor: “ The real explanation is that the coloured

Selected for Friends' Review. race exists in a state of slavery and hardship LINES ADDRESSED TO AN INVALID. unfavourable to life, and the country is still less favourable to increase than the cities, on account Parents, sisters, embrace thee, and brothers are near, of the greater severity of labour, the paucity of The smiles of affection around thee are shed,

And guests often enter, thy spirits to cheer ; females in proportion to men, the stinted and And the bosom of kindness oft pillows thy head; inferior quality of food, the harsh exposure, and But tell me, sweet sufferer, if each, all, impart the want of needful rest and sleep. All these A full cup of bliss to thine oft-thirsting heart. are more than sufficient to destroy the faculties When loved ones are sleeping and visitors gone, of man, moral, intellectual and physical, what. And thy drowsy nurse nods by thy bed-side alone; ever may be the colour of his skin or the lati. When the slow waning candle burns dim to thy sight, tude of his birth. Add to these causes the And each scene around thee confesses to night; horrid slaughter made by the military commission Then tell me, sweet girl, if a Being is there, of the Governor of Cuba, in which eight or ten Who can soothe every sorrow, and shield from despair, thousand negroes were murdered in Matanzas When pain racks thy form, and thy low struggling breath and Cardenas alone, by eight or ten thousand Seems almost engrossed by the stern victor Death ; modes of torture, to verify a supposed con

When all hearts seem bursting with agonized sighs, spiracy, which in any case could not have been And the fountains of sorrow are flooding all eyes ; known to more than a dozen of the race, and it No dove with her olive appears o'er the tomb.

Then tell me, sweet friend, if no bright rays illume, will be easy to understand the loss of the slave population.”

How charming is earth-how enchantingly dear
Are the ties and the treasures that setter us here,
Yet all that we love from our sight must depart,
Every tendril be severed that clings to the heart,
And the Giver of all, in His purity known,

To reign in our bosoms and worshipped alone. I led the horse to the stable, when a fresh perplexity arose. I removed the harness with- Then from sadness and darkness, what visions of light out difficulty, but, after many strenuous attempts, Would mantle the future and burst on the sight; I could not remove the collar. In despair I A prospect, whose glories no fancy can trace, called for assistance, when aid soon drew near. Exhaustless in bliss and from mortal ills free,

All fadeless in beauty and boundless in space ; Mr. Wordsworth brought his ingenuity into | The home of the sinless, a dwelling for thee.

THREE POETS IN A PUZZLE.

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To the disenthralled spirit, that rises sublime

Mexico.—The American troops, on both the l'era O’er its ruin of clay, and the turrets of Time,

Cruz and Rio Grande lines, are rapidly evacuating the This life seems a shadow, a dark troubled dream, country. An insurrection against the government has A bubble that floats on Time's rock bedded stream ; broken out, headed by Gen. Paredes. Guanajuato and A desert that borders a region of bloom;

Lagos were in the hands of the insurgents. The revoAnd, in short what it is—a sure path to the tomb. lutionists repudiate the treaty and the cession of terri

tory, and call upon their countrymen to put down the Go ask the bright spirits that Earth once have trod, government that agreed to the treaty. The plan pubIfaught here could tempt them from bliss and their God; lished by Paredes contemplates a national convention Go offer the joys of life's sunniest day

of deputies to be elected by the people of the several And they'd smile on the giver—yet spurn them away. States - the government to be conducted until the meetThe harp of the angel-and seraphim's lyre,

ing of the Convention, by an executive body of three They would tell thee, is theirs-and nought else they or five members, elected by a junta of one deputy from desire.

each State, Territory and District. A single chief,

chosen by a majority of the Legislatures, is to exercise And list, gentle spirit, methinks a glad strain,

the whole executive power until the latter body is Even now, lingers 'round thee, beguiling each pain ; organized. A minstrelsy, fraught with no accents of woe, No earth-tainted notes with the sweet numbers flow on the morning of the 12th, in ten days and sixteen

EUROPE.—The steamship Niagara reached Boston But rapturous, full, is the melody given,

hours from Liverpool, including six hours spent at And answering echoes are warbled from heaven.

Halifax. Her dates are consequently to the 1st inst.

The English money market was easy,--state of trade Then rest thee, sweet sufferer, thy friend bids thee rest, favourable,-corn not much changed,-cotton ratber While she chases each phantom of fear from thy breast, lower. The manifestations of disaffection in Ireland And offers to heaven a low whispered prayer,

were increasing. The terrible news from France, Invoking His blessings, protection and care;

however, engrosses almost the entire attention of the His arm to support thee, when friendship is gone,

newspapers. The insurrection, the commencement of And his spirit to guide thee, through all, to thy home. which was noticed in our last, was an awfully bloody

one, and although the government finally triumphed, But when health strews her roses, and life spreads its the struggle was long and severe. The first barricades charms,

were erected on the night of the 22d ult. On the 23d And pleasure invites thee with smiles to her arms, partial conflicts took place, and the insurgents took posWilt thou pause in thy mirth, and remember that power session of, and fortified, an immense extent of the city. That enfolded thy spirit in sorrow's dark hour? On the 24th, the combat raged with terrific fury. The And would shelter thee still when afflictions impend; Assembly declared itself in permanence, the Executive Thy Father and God, thy Redeemer and friend. Government resigned, and General Cavaignac was in

vested with the sole executive power. Vast bodies of

troops poured in from the departments around. One SUMMARY OF NEWS.

account states that there were 250,000 troops of the

line, Guards Mobile, and National Guards, opposed to Congress.–Senate.—Hunter of Virginia and Davis about 40,000 insurgents, the latter fighting with desof Mississippi have spoken on slavery in the territories, perate fury, from behind almost impregnable fortifica. in connexion with the Oregon Bill. On the 12th J. M. tions. The contest continued unabated through the Clayton moved that the Bill and all the proposed whole of the 25th, and on the 26th, the force of the insuramendments be referred to a select committee of eight, gents was at last completely broken, and their remainfour from the North and four from the South, equally ing positions taken. On the 27th the insurrection was divided also as to their party politics, and to be selected considered completely crushed. All accounts agree by ballot, who shall report what proposition, if any, that the slaughter has been horrible, particularly can be accomplished. This motion was finally carried, among the troops. By some it is estimated that 10,000 31 to 14. Thecommittee consists of Senators Clayton, of the troops were slain, while others place the entire Atchison, Calhoun and Underwood from the South, loss in killed and wounded on both sides at 35,000. and Bright, Dickinson, Phelps and Clarke from the The Archbishop of Paris was killed by the insurgents

, North. The amendments relate to the question of whilst approaching their barricades, on a mission of slavery in the territory, and one of them proposes the peace ; 6000 prisoners are said to be in custody, and a extension of the “ Missouri Compromise Line” to the decree for their transportation beyond the seas ba

? Pacific. The adoption of this proposition would not passed the Assembly, the punishment of death for affect Oregon, the whole of which lies North of that political offences having been, as our readers will te line, but the object of the Southerners is to procure the member, abolished by the Provisionai Government, recognition of slavery South of the line, in the newly immediately after the revolution. The causes of this acquired Mexican territories.

terrible insurrection do not seem to be clearly known. House of Representatives.- On the 11th the remain. It does not appear to have been a Bonaparte movement. ing River and Harbor resolutions, of which the first The red flag of the Socialists and ultra Republicans was was noticed last week, were passed. The second reso- hoisted on the barricades. It is alleged that great lution declares “ that the interests of our national com quantities of gold had been distributed among the is merce, the common defence, and general welfare of the surgents. United States require a judicious exercise of the fore- The King of Prussia had published a decree, sacar going power." Yeas 112, na ys 53. The third declares ing to the members of the Assembly the usual prithe reasons assigned by the President for his veto of vileges of legislators, of freedom from arrest, and from last session, to be insufficient and unsatisfactory.” The cholera is said to be very severe at Moscow. It the River and Harbor Bill, passed at the close of accountability for words or votes in the Assembis

: Yeas 91, nays 71. The fourth declares, “ that it would appears that Great Britain is willing to recognize the be inexpedient to give the general consent of Congress, independence of Sicily. The proposed constitution of in advance of legislation by the States, to the impo- Sicily, now before the Assembly, provides for a limited sition of tonnage duties by the several States, as a means Monarchy, with two Chambers. The Catholic religioa of improving the ports and harbors at which such duties is to be the religion of the State, to the exclusion of all may be levied.” * Yeas 109, nays 59.

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FRIENDS REVIEW .

A RELIGIOUS, LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS JOURNAL.

VOL. I.

PHILADELPHIA, SEVENTH MONTD 29, 1848.

No. 45.

EDITED BY ENOCH LEWIS.

of Christ easy, and his burden light, she was Pablished Weekly by Josiah Tatam,

earnestly desirous that others might taste and see

that the Lord is good. She expressed an humble No. 50 North Fourth Street,

opinion of herself, and observed, she could feel. PHILADELPHIA.

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have done, but according to his mercy he saved This paper is subject to newspaper postage only. us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing

of the Holy Ghost." A TESTIMONY

It appears, by the minutes of the Monthly From the Western Monthly Meeting of Devon-Meeting of Kendal, that she was acknowledged shire, Eng., concerning Sarah ABBOTT, who was a member of it, she was frequently engaged

a minister in the year 1794, and that whilst she died at Plymouth the 1st of 7th month, 1843, in religious visits to the meetings and families of aged 84 years; a Minister about 49 years.

Friends in different parts of the kingdom, and Whilst recording a few particulars of the life occasionally had meetings with others not proand last hours of a devoted servant of the Lord, fessing with us, in all which we believe her and noticing the Christian virtues that adorued labours of love were highly acceptable. her character, it is not our intention to eulogize On her marriage with our late dear friend, or exalt the creature, but to show forth the efficacy John Abbott, in ihe year 1806, she came to of that divine grace which brings salvation; that reside in Plymouth, and it may be truly said, by her example, survivors may be animated to that her example, both in a religious and social pursue the same blessed course, and enabled to capacity, has been a blessing to many among us. reap the same reward of righteousness, peace, The predominant feature of her mind was uniand joy, ascribing the honour and praise to Him versal love-it was manifested in her daily walk alone to whom they are due.

through life, and was strikingly conspicuous in The subject of this testimony, our much be- her ministry, qualifying her to impart counsel loved and valued friend, Sarah Abbott, was the and encouragement to the rightly exercised, condaughter of Isaac and Rachel Wilson, of Kendal, solation to the afflicted, and warning to the lukewhose religious characters and services are well warm and the transgressors. known in our Society. She was born there the During her residence at Plymouth, she was 11th of the 6th month, 1759, and is described several times liberated with certificate from her by an elderly Friend who remembers her when Monthly Meeting, for religious services in various young, as being naturally of an amiable dispo- parts of the kingdom, and we believe these en. sition, manifesting early a serious state of mind, gagements tended to the edification of others and and much interested in the spiritual and tempo- to her own peace. She was much interested in poral welfare of those around her; visiting and the right administration of our discipline, esteemrelieving the poor, particularly in sickness, and ing it essential to the good order and Christian evincing that alacrity in doing whatever her character of the Society; and although conhands found to do, which so remarkably cha- siderate toward human infirmity, she saw the racterised her in after life.

need that moral delinquency should be subjected It does not appear that our deceased Friend to right judgment. Whilst confidently believing has left any memoranda of her religious experi- in the truth of our Christian principles, she was ences, but she has frequently been heard to say, charitable in judging others who differed from that “ from early childhood she had mercifully her in religious profession, and evinced a due known the drawings of the Father's love, through regard for the sincere of all denominations. the Spirit of his beloved Son, our blessed Advo- In the domestic circle, she was kind, affectioncate and Mediator, and that she could testify to ate, and considerate, and this extended to every the all-sufficiency thereof, to sanctify and redeem, branch of her household. Being naturally of a to strengthen and lead along, in the way of safety cheerful disposition, her society was both pleaand of peace;" and having found the yoke I sant and instructive to young people, many of whom, connected with her own and her late | words in Revelations being repeated to her, husband's families, she had, at different periods - Worthy is the Lamb,” she instantly, in a of her life, taken under her immediate protection, sweet and powerful voice, continued the context, to whom her warm affection, unceasing solicitude, “ that was slain, to receive power, and riches,

66 and truly parental kindness, greatly and de- and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and servedly endeared her.

glory, and blessing," for evermore. She was an example of Christian disinterest- The illness which terminated the life of our edness in the ordinary affairs of life. She sym-beloved friend was only of ten days continuance, pathized deeply with the poor in their dis- during which, from the oppression of disease, tresses, and was a liberal benefactor to them and she was incapable of much conversation of any to institutions for their benefit, experiencing, we kind, yet at intervals, not a few precious and doubt not, the truth of our Lord's declaration, consoling expressions fell from her lips, evincing " It is more blessed to give than to receive." that her soul reposed in peaceful, humble confi

About the seventy-second year of her age, she dence in her God and Saviour, whether for life met with an injury from a fall, which occasioned or death, being enabled to commit all into the lameness the remainder of her lise. This was Divine hand, to cast herself in the full assurance peculiarly trying to one of her active habits, but of faith upon Him who, she thankfully acknowit was borne with exemplary patience and ledged, had helped her even from early youth. resignation, under the belief

, that all things Gratitude for present mercies seemed to be the work together for good to them that love God.”' covering of her spirit, and solicitude for the Notwithstanding this infirmity, she was diligent spiritual and temporal welfare of her household, in the attendance of our ineetings, although it continued prominent even in this state of weaksubjected her to great personal inconvenience ness. To one of her young relations who kindly and suffering, regarding it as a peculiar privilege, attended her, she said with much fervour, " My and believing that many sustained great loss dear, seek the Lord and his strength ; seek his from the neglect of it.

face evermore ;" and clasping her hands, repeated, With advancing years her bodily strength seek his face evermore.” During much of the gradually declined, but she was favoured to retain last night of her life, those who had the privilege her mental faculties with great clearness. About of being with her were impressed with the perfive years previous to the close of her life, she suasion, that whilst the redeemed spirit yet linhad an illness, apparently near unto death, gered here, something of a foretaste of the headuring which she was mercifully preserved in venly joy on which she was about to enter, was patience, uttering many impressive observations. already granted her. That universal love which On one occasion, after much bodily suffering, had distinguished her character and conduct having obtained some hours of refreshing sleep, through life, was still conspicuous as she apher lively sense of gratitude was expressed in proached the immediate presence of Hiin who these words of elevated thanksgiving: “Ado- is love itself. On being asked whether she had ration unto Him who is above all knowledge any particular message to her friends, she anand beyond all praise ;-magnified be his name swered, “ Love to all," adding with affectionate who has so helped me this night.” Another emphasis, “most sincerely, I wish none may be time, being asked by one of her daughters if she lost." Not many hours preceding the close, did not feel the everlasting arms underneath, she she uttered the vocal tribute, “ Render unto the replied, “ Yes:- I have remembered the language, Lord thanksgiving and praise," and remarked, • He upholdeth all things by the word of his in evident allusion to the prospect of dissolution, power. A remark being made as to the de- " His own appointed time is best, I hope my sirableness of being able to say " Thy will be head will be kept above the waters," which tras done,” she responded, " It has been my desire : indeed graciously realized, and we doubt not she Not my will, but thine be done, O God!" An- was found among the number of those servants, other time she said, “ I am not anxious about who, when their Lord cometh are found watch. getting better, but desire to leave every care to ing, with their loins girded about, and their the Judge of all—my great concern is, that love lamps burning; that to her, death is swallowed may prevail over all.” Being for a short time up in victory, and that she has entered into the supported in bed, she broke forth in a strain of joy of her Lord. devotional fervour ever memorable to those around her, “ Fear not, I am with thee; be not

COST OF ANIMOSITIES. dismayed, I am thy God. The eternal God is my refuge, and underneath are the everlasting One cannot pass over from Dover to Calais

, arms; yes, this is his assured language. Trust without being struck with the immense expendiin the Lord at all times, and no disappointment ture which has been lavished upon the animosiwill attend. I have no anxiety, but if it please ties of the two countries. We hear with astonishInfinite Wisdom to sustain me a little longer in ment of some hundred thousand pounds raised this dark valley, all is safe. The good Shepherd in England, for the dispersion of the Bible has been with me all my life long." On the l through the world; of £20,000 per annum

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