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THE RICHMOND COUNTY MIRROR:
A WEEKLY PAPER PRINTED ON STATEN ISLAND, DEVOTED TO SCIENCE, LITERATURE, & NEWS.
THREE DOLLARS PER ANNUM.
NEW BRIGHTON, FEBRUARY 2, 1839.
VOLUME II.-NUMBER I.
BY MISS RUSSELL MITFORD.
unfitted for her station, but those better and rarer ad- | the poor half-starved wretch who is calling 'old shoes,'
vantages which regard the cultivation of the mind and through the winter snow, are more flourishing than aro THE WEDDING SLIPPEPS.
the formation of the character; and Mr. Sumner's opin- mine. Without your aid I am a bankrupt!”
since the death of his excellent wife, and the marriage to buy-shoes to sell-old shoes!” gave to the agitated ONE of the shortest and dreariest days in January was of his eldest daughter, committed the direction of his father the pause which his feelings required. His son drawing to a close. Snow had fallen some days previ- house and of his two younger daughters unreservedly to was too much absorbed in astonishment and horror for ously, and glared upon the roofs of the houses in the ir- her charge. A servant she is, but one accustomed to the speech; he could only listen in silent agony to a story regular and picturesque old town of Belford Regis, and management of a large family, to the keeping of the which seemed to him rather like a frightful dream than a lay mixed with ice, and trodden into a sort of a wintry most elaborate and correct accounts—to the prudent and stern and waking reality. Mr. Morris continued : dust upon the highway; snow, too, was visibly hanging careful expenditure of money-so every thing, in short, “You were too young when your blessed mother died in the gray and gloomy sky, waiting only for milder that is most desirable in a tradesmam's wife. I speak to remember her distinctly; and your poor sisters, gentle weather--for the hour when the mild south-west would now merely in a worldly point of view, and say nothing and amiable as they were, inherited rather her delicacy steal upon the bleak north-east-tocome down in a world of the beauty, the sweetness, the grace and the modesty of constitution than her vigor of mind. Far above of white, feathery flakes; and to cover the earth with its which make her an object of admiration wherever she me in birth, in education and in cultivation, she was left bright, level, uniform beauty. The streets, though not
destitute at the age of seventeen by the sudden death of yet lighted, were almost deserted of carriages and pas “She has no money," replied Mr. Morris, suspending her father, a dignified clergyman; and I owed the blesssengers, except, indeed, the well-wrapt little boys and for a moment his pen over the book in which he had ap- ing of her hand ciefly to her desire to procure for her girls tripping rapidly from school, with cheeks almost as parently been assiduously engaged in making various twin brother a home and a protector. Before our marred as their red comforters, and the noisier and merrier entries during his son's harangue. “She has no mon- riage she made me promise to treat William Arnott as troop of happy, ill-clad urchins who came frisking and
my own younger brother, as my own eldest son; to be shouting from the pond on the top of the hill, where
“Then her taste and skill in female apparel. You to him as a friend, a guardian, a father; and of this solthey had been keeping the cold at bay by sliding and know, sir, how often you have said that if my poor sis- emn promise she requested a renewal on her death bed. tumbling upon the ice, and pelting eac hother with snow
ters had lived, you would have added millinery and dress Heaven and you, my son, pardon me if I have kept it balls; making, as it were, a playmate of the frost; and making to our business, and converted some part of our too faithfully! excepting careful servant maids, wending with cautious large premises up stairs into show rooms. How often I Let me make short of this wretched matter. I placed speed over the slippery pavement, laden with smoking have heard you say that “one branch of trade helped the him as clerk in a banking house in the city, where, as dishes from the bake-houses; or hurrying pot-boys, or other;' and that our opposite neighbor, Mr. Welsh, you know, he soon rose to be cashier. I and another slower milk-men, raitling their jingling commodities up would not be able to keep his shop open against us if it friend of my family were his securities, and all seemed against the icy steps of the doors, or the iron railing of were not for his wife's caps and bonnets. Now, Eliza- fair and prosperous. Three months ago he came to me the areas.
beth's taste and Mr. Sumner's connexion,”
in an agony of guilt and despair. He had been specuIn a word, it was at the close of a winter's day, that
“She has no monay, Edward, she has no money." lating in the share market. He had embezzled a large the morning influx of customers having intermitted, the “Neither had she, sir, two years ago, when in conse sum belonging to the firm, and unless it were replaced shopmen and apprentices of Mr. Morris, the greatest quence of Master Arthur's venturing upon ice too weak by a certain day, his liberty, his character, life—for nevhaberdasher in Belford, had retired to warm their fin- to bear his weight, I had the happiness of being of use er, he swore, would he survive the loss of reputation gers in their own apartment-preferring the bright fire to her and her charge. Mine is no love of yesterday, were destroyed. Could I then hesitate ? Even had I of the open grate to the smoky heat of the stove-after no concealed or clandestine attachment. We have met abandoned him to his fate, I was equally ruined, since returning to their shelves--nicely folded up—the nume- openly at the institution lectures; have walked together the house would have come upon me and upon the friend rous articles taken down to gratify the fastidiousness or on summer evenings. Mr. Sumner, without any ver- who at my pressing instance had joined me as his bondsthe caprice of lady customers, (for men, to do them jus- bal recognition of our engagement, has often, after church man, to indemnify them for their loss. The sum wastice, seldom give this sort of trouble) leaving in the dus on a Sunday, virtually sancsioned it, hy smiling and sig- to a man in my station, enormous, exceeding by some ky range of show-rooms, rendered ten fold more gloomy nificant invitations to accompany Elizabeth and the chil thousands, the earnings of five and twenty years that I by the waving drapery which darkened the windows and dren to his house; nay, even you yourself, by your man- had passed in business. The deficiency was, however, swayed to and fro in the twilight, only two individuals— ner of speaking of her and to her, have led me to think raised for me within the stipulated time, by our friendly a respectable looking elderly man, who, mounted upon that you considered her as a daughter. You are too solicitor, Mr. Byrne, who happened to have, at the time, a high stool, was seated at a very business-looking railed keen an observer, too kind and faithful a father not to a client who was willing to lend the money upon my desk, employed in writing, by the light of a single taper, have seen the state of my affections, and I thought you personal security, and this house, with the stock and the in an equally business-like, tall, thick book, bound in too wise and too liberal to set a little paltry money in furniture. I gave him a bill of sale on all my effects; calf-skin; and a young man, particularly well looking competition with the happiness of a whole life, or to wish and was considering whether to break the matter to you, and gentlemanly, whose likeness to the former sufficient me to break my plighted troth to one whom I so dearly or to go upon credit, and leave the result to time, when ly marked their relationship, and who stood at his side, love-to one who loves me—to marry, I know not who, Mr. Byrne made me, two days ago, a most unexpected pretending to be occupied in arranging a drawer of rich for the sake of adding needless pelf to our already flou- overture from the friends of a young person with a porsatin ribbons, which he was rolling and unrolling, and rishing fortunes. I had thought your only son was dea- tion of five thousand pounds, who, although informed doing unconsciously his very best to spoil, in the eager- rer to you than money. But I was mistaken; you hold of my difficulties, were yet willing to marry her to you, ness of his appeal to his father's feelings.
my honor and my welfare at no higher price than this willing to pay off the debt, requiring nothing but a set"Yes, sir, it is but too true, and a thousand times has gaud.” And he threw from him in bitterness of spirit tlement of the rest of the money, and an arrangement, she urged the fact upon me—that poor Elizabeth is only the roll of ribbon which he had been so busily rolling as to partnership, which I should have been too happy, a servant maid in the family of our good rector, Mr. and unrolling.
under any circumstances, to enter into. I have never Sumner. A servant she certainly is, but a most honest The pen dropped from his father's hand. “You are seen her-I do not even know her name; but she is, and trusty one. Mrs. Sumner was so struck by her in- mistaken, Edward,” said he, in a low voice, which was they tell me; young, well-educated and amiable-a thos telligence and sweetness, above a dozen years ago, among interrupted for a moment by a sound well known to te roughly good and amiable girl.” the girls at the Green School, that she took her home to inhabitants of Belford—the deep, hoarse cry of "shoes ! “Oh, my father, do with me as you like L-But yet, her own house, partly to attend and partly to play with old shoes!” from beneath the window.
Elizabeth, dear Elizabeth, dear, dear Elizabeth!' her elder children. She shared their advantages of ed " You are mistaken, my dear son, not only in relation “You would rather, then, be poor and happy with her acation--not indeed, the accomplishments which were I to my feelings, but my circumstances. The fortunes of whom you love, So be it, my dear som. Go to your
Elizabeth. See if she is willing to share your poverty ; | from some uncurtained window that overhung the river. | chael's church every Sunday morning and afternoon, as or else wait until some prospect may arise which may The snow lay in drifts upon either shore, marking the regular as yourself. Jew! 'Tis an extrordinary comin some sort authorise your union. The unhappy man long perspective, and glanced upon the suburban cotta- pliment you idle folks pay to that tramping race, that, whose imprudence has been our ruin, spoke of a person ges, and the distant country, edging into gentle uplands, whenever you meet a body who takes care of the main whose defalcation had ruined him, and who might, who hardly deserving the name of hills, that closed the pros- chance, and turns an honest penny you call him a Jew. probably would hereafter make good the sums for which pect, strongly relieved, at the present moment, by the Well, Master Edward, you'll see that you'll come to me he was engaged. He has repeated this expectation in a dark and dusky sky. In spite of his distress and pre- for your wedding slippers.” And so saying, Isaac shoulletter which I received from him last week. But that occupied mind, poor Edward, who had probably, with- dered his bag again, and left the path free. hope is too vague to build upon. See Elizabeth—dis- out knowing any thing of those rare gifts, the poet's feel At another moment, Edward would have smiled at close to her, unreservedly, the position of affairs—I feel ing and the painter's eye, could not help stopping a mo- the old man's acute observation of the direction of his that with her, the confidence will be sacred—and then ment on the centre of the bridge, to contemplate so fine glances in church, and his preserving endeavor to gain act as you see good. Put me out of the question. I am an effect of chair oscuro, so striking and beautiful a pic- | a customer founded on that observation; but his thoughts still strong and healthy, and capable of earning my bread ture, composed almost without color—by the nice con were too painfully divided between his father and his as a shopman.” trast of light and shade.
mistress-his duty and his love; and during his rapid “O father! never, never!' interrupted Edward, with While he stood admiring the scene, he was overtaken walk to St. Michael's rectory, he could only resolve to a sharp and sudden revulsion of feeling. “Even if I by the old man whom he had heard a short time previ- be guided in all things by the judgment and feeling of were so undutiful, so unnatural, she would not consent, ously, crying, “shoes !" shoes!” under the window of Elizabeth. I know she would not. Often and often has she said his father's shop, and whom he had passed just before, She received her lover with all the gentle self-possesthat she felt our marriage would never take place; that while engaged in chaffering for some of his commodities sion—the calm and serious sweetness, which characteriit never ought to take place; that your son, the son of wite an orange woman, whose barrow was stationed at zed her manner, and which had been partly, perhaps, the most respectable tradesman in Belford, ought not to the end of the bridge.
the cause, partly the result of the confidence placedin her be united to a poor girl from a charity school. And now This itinerant shoe merchant was, as I have said, well by Mr. Summer. His father had, to suit his purpose, that the union can only be accomplished by depriving known to the inhabitants of Belford by the name of old forced himself to advert to her situation and her origin you of your home, by sending you out in your old age Isaac; and from his name, his calling, his keenness at a in his conversation with his son; but Edward felt proudas a hireling—oh, she would never hear of it-would bargain, as well as from his quick black eye, acquiline ly that there was no trace of the charity school or of the never bear the thought!”
nose, and a greater proportion of beard than is usually servant's hall in this lovely woman who stood before him “Go to Elizabeth,” repeated Mr. Morris, in a smoth- suffered to adorn a Christian countenance, was gener- with a simple and unaffected propriety—in a higher rank ered voice, pressing his son's hand between his own, ally reported to be a Jew. He was a spare old man, of it would have been termed dignity—that would have with an energy that betokened the struggle of his feel the middle height, somewhat stooping, but with a pic-beseemed a palace! His distress was immediately visiings—"go and consult with your Elizabeth.”
turesque and richly colored head, surmounted by an old to her, and her anxious inquiries served to introduce his And as the shopman and apprentices came flocking slouched hat His patched and faded garments were history. in, and the lighted yas gave a glittering brilliancy to the well nigh hidden by two enormous bags, in which he “We must part, Edward; as to that there can be neirich and gaily decorated shop, radiant with shawls and carried the old shoes which he bought, and the new ther doubt nor question.” said she, in a low, steady silks and ribbons of a hundred varied hues—and a group one, or soi disant new, for he was a great man at his av- voice, whilst the tears trembled on the long fringes of of customers, gay country ladies, who wished to choose ocation, and had the art to “gar auld shoon look maist her black eyes, and the rich color went and came on the an eveming dress by candle light, appeared at the door- | as guid's the new"—which he sold.
finely turned cheeks and lips, which a sculptor would he escaped into the street with an instinctive desire for “* Buy a pair of warm slippers, master, on this cold have been proud to model. “We must part. I have solitude, and almost unconsciously took the road to St. night!" quoth Isaac. “Wedding slippers, fine enough | always known that it would be so—always felt, without Michael's Rectory. for a lord,"
suspecting or dreaming of this obstacle, that Mr, Morris The lamps in the street shops were now burning, and “Nothing this evening,” said Edward,
would find an insuperable objection to receiving me inshowed, with a most striking effect of light and shade, “Have 'em a bargain, master,” persisted the man of to his family. I ought, perhaps, knowing that, to have the fantastic outline of the picturesque old town—the the shoes.
visits. But I was encouraged in my aticicles hanging from the eaves, and the windows already “I am not in want of any,” rejoined Edward, moving tachment by one whom I was bound to obey, and by covered with icy frost work. The pavement was again on.
whose orders I have acted in this business; and my own alive with passengers-men and women hurrying to the “ Wedding shoes, then-wedding boots. Must buy feelings led me but too readily into the error. Oh! if Post Office; sleighs and carriages gliding with a sort of somewhat," continued the vender, pertinaciously keep it were only for ouurselves, this poverty would be nothdull, rumbling sound, along the snowy road; and a stage ing up with our friend's rapid steps, and thrusting before ing!-Young, active, accustomed to exertion, it would coach emptying itself of its freezing passengers at“ Red his eyes the articles which he named.
be delightful to labor with you and for you—delightful Lion;" a man with periwinkles, and a woman with hot " I tell you that I want neither wedding slippers nor to feel there is no superiority on your side, except that chestnuts, each so muftled, (the man in a frieze cloak, wedding shoes, nor any of your commodities,” replied of your respectable connextion, and your manly and viand the woman in a dread-nought coat, that) it would Edward with some ill-humor, endeavoring to escape from gorous character. But, your father—your kind and erhave puzzled an Edipus to decide betwixt the he and his pursuer,
cellent father! to tear him from his home, to send him in the she; one little girl lingering longingly in the wake of “Don't ye?" exclaimed Isaac, with a knowing twin- his old age to serve as an hireling—he, so long accusthe periwinkles; two great boys burning their fingers in kle of his black eye. “Don't ye? Well then, buy for tomed to respect and consideration! to banish him from a bold attempt to filch the burning chestnuts—and other the wants to come. I've set my heart upon having a bit his friends, his neighbors, his native town! We must children rushing aimlessly along, shouting and bellow- of a deal with ye to night, and shan't mind bating a not think of it. The sacrifice must be made. And you ing as if to scare the cold. Men were thumping their penny or two rather than balk my fancy. You shall will find your happiness, dear Edward—we shall find feet upon the ground and buffeting their chests with their have 'em under prime cost," continued Isaac, coaxing- our happiness in having done our duty." arms to restore the circulation; women were chattering, ly; " you shall have 'em for next to nothing. Do you Affectionate son as Edward was, and determined as dogs barking, beggars begging, fiddlers scraping, bells have 'em? We must have a deal. You will see that he had professed himself to abide by the decission of his ringing, knockers tat-tat'tatting;-in short, all the noi- you will be married sooner than you think of. Your mistress, he could not forbear from combatting this resoses of a wintry evening, in a country town, were in full time is coming. So you may as well buy the wedding lution. She listened to him with sweet and mournful activity.
slippers at once. What do you bid for 'em. Make an attention, as if willing to hear all he had to say; but her From the High Bridge, where the broad, bright river, offer.
determination was unshaken. She had just asked with its double line of wharfs and houses, crowded with “Not a farthing, Jew. I am in haste. You need not “Since we must part, dearest Edward, were it not people, its boats and its barges, forms so gay and pretty a untie the bag. You have nothing that I would take, if wiser to shorten this pain ?" when an odd looking little moving picture, so full of bustle and color, of light and you would give it to me. Let me pass on, I am not go note was delivered to her. life—from the High Bridge, the Rennet now showed ing to be married. I want nothing of you.”.
Elizabeth read the contents once, twice, thrice, and like a mirror, reflecting on its icy surface, with a peculiar “Don't be too sure of that, Master Edward Morris. remained silent and perplexed, as if hardly comprehendbroad and blueish shine, the arch of lamps surmounting You and I may come to a deal yet. Jew, Quotha! No ing the meaning. the graceful, airy bridge, and the twinkling lights that more a Jew than yourself. If your eyes were not turn “ It is very strange!" exclaimed she, thinking aloud, glanced here and there, from boat or barge or wharf, or ed another way you might see me in the isle of St. Mi- | and forgetting that she was not alone, "very strange!
What can he want at this hour!"
fully-she lighted a wretched candle, led the way into friends and kindred, mayhap it might go nigh to reform “ He!" exclaimed Edward, jealous (so strange a thing the next apartment and endeavored, with a little damp 'em,” pursued Isaac. “So here you be, Master Edward, is a lover's heart) of her whom he was on the very point straw aud a few dirty chips that had evidently been long come to make a deal, as I prophesied; and
ha' brought of resigning “ He!-what he ? From whom comes trodden under foot in some carpenter's yard, to produce Bess wi' ye to clinch the bargain. So much the better that note ?"
in a small rusty grate from which the brick work was Gie me a kiss Bess. So thou be'st come to help Master “From one who must be apprised of this event.” breaking away, something as nearly approaching to a Edward to choose his wedding slippers-eh, my girl!”–
“Not surely, from Mr. Summer? No; from him it blaze as the state of the fire place and the nature of the And the old man nodded his head with a knowing cannot be. But from whom? Who can have the pow-fuel would allow.
wink, and chuckled, come to choose the wedding er so to absorb your attention at such a moment ?" Edward, in the meanwhile, took a mournful survey of slippers !"
Elizabeth paused an instant, and then said, gently, the wretched abode, contrasting as strongly with the ap · Alas, my dear father, you little know," began Eliza"come with me and you shall know. Although we pearance, the mind and the manners of the lovely wo- beth. are doomed to part, to meet no more, you must always man who stood beside him, the beloved of his heart. “ Alack and alack wench! No alacks for me, I do be among the most valued, the most cherished of my The hearth and its assortments—the bit of old iron that know all the story; ay, and a great deal besides, that friends. I cannot afford to lose your good opinion.— served as a poker, the broken dust pan that officiated as neither of you know, wise as ye think yourselves. Come Come with me and you shall know all."
a shovel, the pipkin upon two legs, and the lipless pint my good boy and girl, sit ye down here by the fire. Bess She tied on her bonnet, wrapped herself in a large cup that did duty as kettle, pot and saucepan-this nig- looks as white as the snow on the house-top; and thou cloak and then passed through the rectory garden into gard and beggarly type of the rugged and scanty plen- Master Edward are not much better. Sit dow and the church-yard. The fine old Gothic building, with ishing of the comfortless chamber. A joint stool, a rick- make yourself comfortable. I'll tell you all about it." its gray cloisters, its graceful porch, its towers and its ety table and two tutuble-down chairs, one of them gar- And the old shoe merchant drew his two chairs to eithsteeple, rose in sombre grandeur from the grave-yard, nished with a cushion, darned, patched and mended un er side of his little fire, seated himself upon a stool in covered with snow, by which it was surrounded—the til mending was no longer possible, figured in the cen- the middle, flung on fresh fuel, breaking the sticks with summit almost lost in the frosty mist of the air, so that tre of the uneven bricked floor; over the chimney was a withered hands, and did the honors of his little apartthe imagination added to the actual height; and gave a mug without a handle, a teapot curtailed of its fair pro- ments with much hospitality. "Well, Master Morris, cathedral-like grandeur to the edifice. A few yews and portions by the loss of half a spout, a tea-cup and saucer for all I cry old shoes about the streets, and my Bess, cypresses were clustered in one corner, and a row of of different patterns, and two or three plates aud basins, (heaven bless her sweet face!) was brought up at a chastately elms, their limbs partially covered with snow that all more or less cracked, and repaired, not very artificial- rity school, it ain't altogether for the want of a bit of lay in long intersecting lines, defining the forms of the ly, with putty and white paint. In one corner was the money. Many a year have I been hoarding and hoardbranches, led to an iron gate, which opened to a narrow inmate's humble bed—a chaff mattrass, with one or two ing, to save her a portion ; and I told her and Mr. Sumlane, leading to one of the poorest and least populous rugs of horse-cloth, much the worse for wear, in anoth- mer not to let out that she had a father, just for the pleasuburbs of the town. Along this lane Elizabeth passed, er the little pile of chips and rotten sticks from whence sure for the surprise like. So in the mean time comes sedulously attended by Edward.
the fuel now smoking rather than burning in the chim- the affair of Master Arnott. Ay, better cry old shoes “I ought to have told you before,” said she in a low ney, had been selected; and in a third, a dingy heap of than go gambling in shares. So I happen to have the voice-"only he whom it most concerns forbade the dis- old shoes.
money, waiting for a good security-nothing like turnclosure—and Mr. Sumner, I hardly know why, coinci The old woman, satisfied with her labor, returned to ing an honest penny—just when Master Byrne was cided in his desire—that although a charity girl, I am her part of the dwelling. Elizabeth was the first to wanting it for your father. So I lets him have it. Here's not, as you thought, an orphan. I have a father, a most break the silence that succeeded her departure. the paper,—that's what d'ye call it ?—the bill of sole. fond and affectionate father, one whom I dearly love, and " This, Edward, is the abode of my father—a father And I offered him my girl with £5000 to her portion ; who dearly loves me. He is a poor but industrious man whom, in spite of all that surrouuds us—I have good not letting out who she was. And here I've got a letter following a mean occupation; not so poor but that he reason to love. Does not the sight of this misery serve from him to Master Byrne, saying as how 'twill break makes me frequent presents, and is most kiud and gene- to reconcile you to the destiny that parts us? Such, at your heart to marry her; not thinking, mind, that she's rous to the widow in whose cottage he lives, and whom least, is the effect that it ought to have—which it has on she. And I s’pose as how you are come to say that you he mainly supports. Still I have always felt that he was me. I am not fit to belong to yonr family. I never won't have her, 'cause o' your father—eh? So she's not fit to be your father, uor to be connected so closely would have cherished such a thought. Strange—that refused o' both hands—ch, Bess? Well! I love a good with a man so intelligent, so well educated, and so res Mr. Sumner, knowing as he did, the whole truth, should father, and I love a good son; he'll be sure to make a pectable in station as Mr. Morris. I always felt that have encouraged our attaɔhment! Strange, most strange good husband. And if Bess don't make thee a good something would prevent our union, aud so, alas! it has that till now, the name and existence of my father should wife, my lad, there's no faith in woman. So take her, turned out."
have remained a secret! Well, my presumption is fitly and this bit of paper ; that's four thousand pounds; and By this time the clouds had so far cleared away as to punished, and you will turn with a freer heart to one there's one thousand that I promised,” continued he, goadmit glimpses of a keen and frosty moon, which shed a more worthy to share your home and to possess your af- ing to one of his corner heaps, and taking a couple of cold, pale, desolate light upon every object; dwelling fections."
bank notes, out of an old shoe; "and another that I with tenfold desolation on a hovel, whose rugged thatch Say not so, my Elizabeth! were it not for my para- give, 'cause of these two refusals. A good father makes and window stuffed with rags, as well as the broken- mount duty to my own most kind and excellent father, a good son, and a good son 'll make a good husband. down state of the little gate, (ajar, perforce, since hang- all that I see here would but supply a fresh motive for And I've heard to-day from a real Jew, who knows a ing by one hinge, it would neither shut nor open) that our union. All speaks of poverty and of industry, but great deal of what goes on on 'Change, that Master led into the narrow front court, betokened the most sor not of crime. And, next to the joy of offering you a Amott is likely to get his money back again. So now did poverty.
comfortable home, should I reckon that of securing one off wi' ye to Master Morris, and tell him the news. To to this court Elizabeth passed: aud knocking with, so near and dear to you from penury and toil. Oh! And, hark ye, my boy, don't forget to come back for it seemed, a forced resolution, at a low door, in little bet- that I were now the free agent that I thought myself yes- the Wedding Slippers.” Which last injunction he proter condition than the gate which formed the outer bar- terday! Not another night should your father spend bably did not forget to fulfil. ricade, was immediately admitted by an infirm old wo- beneath this roof. If my wretched uncle could but know man into a dark and dismal kitchen. the misery that his wild spirit of speculation has brought
Moral Cowardice of Society. “I look for your father every miuute, Miss Betsey," upon us all !"
BY ORVILLE DEWEY. quoth the totteriug crone, " for 'tis past his time o' com “ If he could, Master Edward, I am minded that he'd Why is it, in fact, that the tone of morality in the high ing in; and if ye'll wait till I strike a light, we may walk rather cry old shoes than gamble in the share market,” places of society, is so lax and so complaisant, but for into his room, and I'll kindle ye a bit o' fire; for you quoth our friend Isaac, advancing into the room, deposit- want of the independant and indignant rebuke of societender lassies that live in grand houses, cau't bear the ing, with considerable care, his two bags of shoes in ty? There is reproach enough poured on the drunkencold like us poor folks can, who be used to nothing bet- their appropriate corner, and emptying, with equal read-ness, debauchery, and dishonesty of the poor man. The ter."
iness, divers rotten sticks, fir apples, and stumps of good people who go to him can speak plainly, aye, very And so saying, she fumbled out an old tinder box, gorse, gathered during his day's travel—for apparently plainly, of his evil ways. Why is it, then, that fashionand having with some difficulty cherished a spark into a he had wended countryward—from the several pockets able vice is able to hold up his head, and sometime to flame for her old and withered hands and feeble breath of his nondercript garments. “If these Stock Exchange occupy the front ranks of society? It is because resseemed chilled by the cold which she defied so man- gamblers could but tell the sore hearts they cause their pectable persons, of hesitating but uncompromising vir
The Mirror has been well defined
tue, keep it in countenance. It is because timid woman only the first step which knowledge takes in subjugating | Island, her intrinsic worth will bear examination; and a stretches out her hand to a man whoản she knows to be the elements to its dominion. But their resistance to close scrutiny will convince the most ungreatful of her the deadliest enemy to morality and of her sex, while mental light is mere silence, and partakes but little of scions that Nature has not given to her these outward she turns a cold eye upon the victims he has ruined. It those ridiculous displays of insulted dignity which burst attractions as the specious covering of a latent deformiyt. is because there is nobody to speak plainly in matters in vengeance from the honest stubbornness of the savage. With the advantages of a soil rightly adapted to all the like these. And do you think that society is ever to be The gradual influx of strangers (which such retrograd- purposes of agriculture; together with a variety of varegenerated or purified under the influences of these un- ing masses will ever look upon with a jealous scrutiny) luable mineral deposites, it must be allowed that the injust and pusillanimous compromises ? I tell you never. will eventually brighten up the asperities of their gener- dustry of the people of this island has heretofore effectSo long as vice is suffered to be fashionable and respect- al character and give to their prominent traits a due pro- ed an extremely slow advancement. Yet, despite this able, so long as men are bold to condemn it only when portion and a certain usefulness.
tardiness, it was not to be supposed that a place possessing it is clothed in rags, there will never be any radical im Painfully tardy_slow though steadfast—were those to many natural attractions, should lie dormant at a time provernent. You may multiply temperance societies, stilly throes by which Intellect emerged from the dark- when the contagious influence of land speculations was you may pile up statute books of law against gambling ness which for a long time veiled in second chaos the extending itself from the lakes to the gulf
, and clutchand dishonesty—but so long as the timid homages of destinies of this little spot of earth. But still it has grown ing in its embrace the remotest interests of our wide the fair and honored are paid to splendid iniquity, it will into importance, and as its opening energies are sum-spread country. be all in vain; so long will it be felt, that the voice of moned into action, be it our task to mark the history of The past rage of a speculation is sometimes likened the world is not against the sinners, but against the sin- its advancement.
to a flood; but it was more similar to the fire of Prome ner's garb: so long every weapon of association, and At the period above adverted to, when the clouds of theus, which gave animation to a mass of clay, and inevery baton of office, will be but a missile feather against war lowered over the fates of the infant republic, we be- spired with life whatever of earth it touched. This rage the levia than that is wallowing in the low marshes and held Staten Island offering her mite in due season to was felt in the remotest hamlets of the west as well as in stagnant pools of society.
swell that tide of blood and treasure so freely flowing the Atlantic cities. It overcame the country not with the for the defence of that liberty which had filled with awe genial breath of a benign prosperity, but with the heat
and admiration the wondering gaze of the civilized world and aridity of the sirocco; carrying its consequences inThe Mirror.
-but which it must be confessed she had, in a former to the intricacies of society, like the sand of the desert
generation, contributed little to procure. From this time which flies on the wings of the tempest and with the FRANCIS L. HAGADORN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR.
forward, therefore, may we date the accelerated progress same breath bespreads the tesselated porch, or insinu-
Thus Staten Island is not so much indebted to her Seated in the lap of an extensive plain, which stretch- fine location, as to the all-pervading influence of specuNEW BRIGHTON, N. Y. FEBRUARY 2, 1839.
es from the Newark mountains to the Heights of Never- lation, for that sudden advancement which has placed I Owing to the interrupted communication with the city during the week sink, the famed bay of New York, would boast but few her upon the present footing. Although it is not to be ** were compelled to print a part of to-day's Mirror on the old type.
charms but for the bold summits which frown in abrupt denied that her many natural advantages have enabled THE PATHWAY BEFORE US.
grandeur above the shores of Staten Island and form her to hold her new possessions, and have contributed The Mirror reaches its third volume with an enlarg- those landmarks of exceeding beauty which have earn- much to characterize those embellishments thus added to ed and still enlarging list of subscribers. Its legal ad- ed for the American metropolis a portion of that fame her pristine beauty. vertising and other business having increased with its which in former times belonged exclusively to Naples. The improved taste of a community genearally makes circulation, the proprietor feels a pleasure in recording Morning, noon and night, the perennial beauties itself first known in architectural ornaments. It is proud so certain (and at the same time, so profitable) a testimo- which Nature has thrown around this island are con- of its acquisition and naturally endeavors to make that ny of the growing taste for letters which characterizes stantly flashing up to delight the gaze of those who love acquisition conspicuous, as a first step toward retaining the present population of Staten Island.
the loveliness of Nature. When the early morning is possession of its new attainments. In this feature of Prior to the commencement of the Mirror succcessive folding up the dank vapors of the night, and the fleecy progression Staten Island is by nc means deficient, and experiments in the way of periodicals had signally failed mists are coursing up the hill-sides to receive the golden now her acquired taste is seeking various other channels; to draw from Richmond County an adequate support ; offerings of Phæbus, the student of nature, strolling up among which we are happy to notice the contour of a it was therefore deemed advisable to commence a work on the heights of Staten Island, may watch the sun ris- literary era.
But we must refrain from a unlike its predecessors—being devoted to literature ra- ing from his ocean bed, far beyond the outskirts of Long speculative extension of our present remarks, and satis ther than news, advocating no partizan interests and Island cheerfully commencing that diurnal task which fy ourselves with the certain knowledge of those imcombatting no fixed principles. In this straight-forward ages of time have successively imposed upon him.- provements which make themselvs known to our visual and simple pathway we have met few obstacles and en- When the sun has progressed to the meridian, another organs. And while we see comfortable farm houses countered no personal enmity. In our humble efforts change of the day's scenic history presents before our and splendid villas rising on the former sites of riekets we have labored to add another ray to that intellectual shores a hundred steamers ruflling the bosom of the glas- cabins and mere habitations—while good and broad effulgence which is constantly spreading its esnignant sy bay; and other vessels in abundance sprcaling their roads are taking the place of those abominable by-ways influence, and must eventually banish mental darkness white wings and skipping to and fro like the sea-gulls for which this island has once been so proverbial—while from the chambers of the mind.
which sport around them, or perchance lying at anchor Improvement is breathing its plastic influence upon eveIt would be too gross a flattery should we commend at the foot of Tompkins hill, as if reposing from their ry thing around us and 'excelsior' is vividly inscribed the state of society which existed on this Island prior to occan toil in still recumbency. And when the day is on every landmark of its progress, we must hope for the the second war of independence. And indeed we might waning from the rude peaks or the rounded hill-tops future, but act for the present; and we shall find that mention a much later period, but that we must select a of this island the breast of the enraptured beholder will the story of our times will will be enough for our concep conspicuous starting point wherefrom to mark the grad- be fired with the glowing tints of our peculiar sunset. tions, without astounding ourselves with mathamatical ual advancement.
The several cities of the plain,' darting their spires in- demonstrations of futurity. The first settlers of this island-banished from their to the upper air, and spreading their continuous fields of homes by the heat of a frenzied rancor, which took its tiling far in the dim distance, present a host of glittering rise in fanatic zeal and unchristian persecution—were objects to reflect the dolphin fires of the expiring uay. GREAT HURRICANE AND FRESHET. forced to face the savage in his native home, to conciliate The bellied sails are tinged with ruddy beauty, and eve On Saturday last at about three o'clock A. M. a viohis favor or terrify him into compliance. The business ry wave which sparkles on the bay borrows the hue lent gale from the S. E. set in with the heavy rain which of occupying a new and untaxed soil—of clearing wood of the surrounding splendor. The sunset view from had fallen steadily since about nine o'clock on the prelands, cutting ditehes, and spreading nets-never can be New Brighton, as oyr gazo follows the course of the vious evening. The wind continued to increase until 3 friendly to the speed of letters and the dissemination of wandering Kill Van Kuyl, rests upon the hills behind or 4 P. M., when it raged a perfect hurricane, and did literary taste. The superiority of the invaders over the Elizabethtown, whence the lord of light smiles his last considerable damage in and about the harbor. children of nature who fly before them, naturally satis- smiles upon the scene around him, and like an experienc Ar QUARANTINE, the floor or bridge of the emigrants' fics its possessors, and renders them careless of its culti- ed diver, proposes to plunge beyond our view, and come dock was broken through with the great weight of ice vation, until they become degraded nearly to the level of up at the other side of terra firma.
floated upon it; damage from $600 to $800. The steam. those whom they supplant. In this condition they form But rich as may appear a superficial view of Staten | boat dock was much injured and all the wood on the
From the Philadelphia National Gazette.
outer pier washed away. The water came up into the bank, and was instantly killed by the falling of the cross- rious reports are still thronging in, but we must selec store of Mr. Root at the Quarantine gate and great quan- | beam of an awning post.
those of general interest. tities of ice remain strcwn over the whart.
On Avenue C, near 10th street, an unfinisbed three At Allentown the mail carrier was drowned in at On the north side of the island, the tide rosc over the story house was completely demolished.
templing to enter the town. Dawaye in the neighbor. wharves at all the landings, but did very little damage.
On Tenth street a row of six or seven three story hou- hood about $30,000. The steamboat Waler Witch suspended her afternoon ses (luckily being just finished and untenanted) were The Philadelp bia and Baltimore Rail road has been trips and the San.sun aiso lef: off her middle trip in con- stript of their roofs and balconies. On Cortlandt street irrupted by the rising of several small streams near Wilsequence of the severity of h: gale. The Philadelphia two chimneys were thrown down. Old Tammany lost minglon. Two bridges have been carried away, and steamboat Swan pulin at New Brighion, and laid here two chimurys and half of the side roof on the building, the track otherwise broken. till the sturm was over. with a part of the inner gable. Several chimneys on
From the Philadelphia National Gazette. In the East River wo or three sloops were suuks- Broadway near the park were destroyed.
The steam tow-boat Delaware arrived at the Point The ship Louis Philippe is supposed to be injured to
Of the instances of houses unrooted we record the House, three niles below the city, on Monday evening, the amount of ene thousand dollars. A small periagua following, being all those we have heard of. G, Bars- and landed the southern mail ard Baltimore passengers. and a sclivoner were cuneid, rably dumaged at While tou's store in Fulton near Gold street. Lord & Tay. It was down on the Exchange books that the City Ice hall dick.
lor's building, 91 Chatham street. Two houses in boat met fifty-six csnal boats, stacks of hay, &c. drifting The schooner Tess, of Boston, loaded with copper Whitehall street. The large building in Clinton street down the Delaware on Monday. from Porto Rico, came into the lower bay, with used by the Tobacco Inspector 10 re-pack tobacco in un There are five or six breaches in the canal near Manout a pilot, Juring the alternoon, and drifted in such a roofed and otherwise nuch damaged. Row of houses ayunk. manner that her crew were compelled to cut both of her on the corner of Thirteenth street and University Place The dams on Frankford creek were all destroyed and masts down. After this she dragged her anchors, and had their roofs taken off' and laid in the street. On 3d the buildings on the banks received more or less injury. finally stranded on this island, at the Great Kills, but Avenue near 15th street a dwelling-house was unroofed Many persons have been thrown out of employment by bie was towed off on Sunday afternoon by the stiam
and the fansily had barely escaped when one of the ga- the stoppage of the mills. boats Samson and Swan, and brought up to the city by ble ends fell in. Dwelling-house corner of Second Av
Mr. M'Creedy's cotton factory at Norristown was vethem.
enue and Tenth street. The large brewery in Woos- ry much injured—loss said to be ten thousand dollars. The brig Susquehanna anchored with two anchors ter street, between Grand and Broome streets. On Ex- Two others belonging to Mr. Jamison were badly inin the East River, was driven against pier No. 4, dam- change street, Broadway, Fulton street, Broad street, jured. The gates at the guard locks of the canal are aging her bulwarks considerably, breaking a pile of the Whitehall street and Maiden Lane, several stores part- gone, with six canal boats loaded with coal for N. York, pier and carrying away a part of the wharfing.
ly unroofed, among which latter was Marquand's fine and several belonging to this city. The bridge at NorThe brig Laurel put into the outer bay with her fore. jewelry store, 187 Broadway.
ristown is impassible; and the bridge six miles above is mast cut away. Being without a pilot, the captain de
Castle Garden bridge is damaged so much that it can entirely demolished. termined to drop anchor and endeavor to ride out the not be repaired. Two milliners in Division street lost
Three men were drowned above Phænixville by one storm under bare poles. But she continued lo drag her their bow windows and contents. One of the small end of a house giving way and drifting away with thein anchors at so fast a rate as to induce her crew to attach spires of Trinity Church fell and shattered one of the
on it—one attempted to save his life by clinging to a tree, a cable to a large iron cage on deck and to cast it over
window sashes in its descent. At Fulton ferry a boat- but after remaining there some hours he became exbaustboard. This held her until relieved by the Steamboat
man and passenger were capsized, but not injured. At ed, and perished. A female in the part of the house left Samson on Sunday afternoon, but the officers and crew
one time the tide reached to the second story windows standing, was hauled on shore by a rope. Much other suffered greatly during the storm and the severe frost
on Washington street. Two or three hundred bales of injury was done in the same neighborhood. which ensued.
cotton, with a large quantity of wood, lumber and other The lock house on tbe canal at Coneshoken is entireThe pilot boat Lafayette was the only one which did merchandize, were drifted down the bay and will be lost. ly gone, with a stable, &c. A marble mill damaged and not succeed in running in before the tempest had reach
The damage in New York is averaged at one million two canal boats lost. The new bridge at Watson's Ford ed its greatest violence. She came in at about four o!- of dollars. At about five o'clock the wird subsided and is entirely gone. About five hundred yards of the rail clock, with her larboard quarter stove in and her foresail the sun set very red.
road was washed away; two aqueduct bridges across the torn to talters.
In 1723, a great storm and hurricane occurred in this Conoshoken canal, and the outlet locks entirely gone, The docks and joiers at New York were more or less city, on the 29th July, that ruined the docks and did and many breaks in the banks of the canal. Scotus dainaged along both sides o! the city.
mueb mischief and caused the city no inconsiderable ex- dam near Laurel Hill is gone, and it is reported that A fore-and-afi schooner from Richmond, loaded with pense for repairs.
the dam and bridge at Reading are also demolished. coal, was carried ashore with the ice half a mile from
Another heavy gale of wind took place on the 5th of The stable, bake house, and a store belonging to SaStapleton, and afterwards dristed below the Narrows, Dec. 1818 from the S. W. that tore up and demolished muel M'Cana, containing five men, washed away; the where she sunk in five fathoms water. No lives lost. the front of the Battery, and did considerable damage to
men staid in it till it was washed against a tree. They The schoorer Chesterfield of Hudson, of 125 tons the shipping.
then left it, and clung to the tree until daylight, when burthen, was driven ashore at the Great Kills, on the
The great hurricane of the 5th September, 1821, le- two meni, named Benjamin Harry and Andrew Rogers, south side of this island. She was heavily loaded with gan from the S. E. about 3 P. M. and lasted 6 hours. came with a boat and released them from their perilons coal and flour, and being bilged, cannot be got off.
It was the tide of ebb when the storm conimenced, but situation. Another schooner ashore at the Gt. Kills-condition the water rose rapidly above high water mark, and did
At Eaton, on Friday evening it commenced raining, unknown.
great injury to the wharves and shipping, and to build and come down without any intermission until last evenA large brig and a fore-and aft schooner went ashore ings, chimneys &c. It hauled round to the sou:h and ing continued to rise until 11 o'clock. The ice broke on this i land near the Princes' bay light house. Con- south-west, and soon finished the destruction of the Bat- loose snd came down in a mass. It has taken away about dition unknown.
tery that the foriner December gale had injuredt; many 75 feet of the embankment of the Pennsylvania Canal. The schowner Alabama, with torjentine, from North vessels were driven ashore on the Quarantine dock and The water rose 15 feet above low water mark. The daCarolina, and the schooner D. M. Smith, with rice and other places, but the United States ship of war Frank- mage on the Bushkills is incalculable. cotton, weut ashore on Squam beach. The latter is a
lin, of eighty-four guns, rode out the gale in safety in At Albany, on Wednesday,the water was still two
the Hudson River. perfect wreck. Cargo damaged.
feet deep on South Market st. opposite the Eagle hotel The large dismasted ship which was seen on Sun
PennsylvANIA.—At Philadelphia, the rain abated at and the people were passing the streets on skates. The day about eight miles from Rockaway was towed up to
about three P. M.on Saturday, but the cold was ex- ice was still slowly descending the Hudson, but the ex. the city on Tuesday morning by the U. States stcamer treme, and the wind which succeeded very violent.- cessive cold by this time must have again closed the rive Fulton.
The tide is said to have been two feet higher than dur-er. The steamboat North America was torn from her New York.-—In the city, much damage was done in ing the great freshet of February 21, 1822. The two moorings and sunk; and many suppose that she canevery direction, in the recountal of which, prostrated bridges at Gray's Ferry were carried away, thus cut
not be repaired. A large number of canal boats passed chimneys and signs are counted as of little consequence ting off the communication with Baltimore. The Fair- nown the river on Saturday, one of which, having two because of their frequency.
mount water works have received very little damage, but men on board, lost one who attempted to jump ashore as Mr. J. F. S. Randolph was passing down Chatham
were stopped in consequence of the esplanade being so the buat neared a pier. The damage in Albany is esti. strect, on his way from the Butchers' and Drovers' | inundaled as to prevent the necessary inspection. Va, mated at one million of dollars.