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is being used to warn them of their danger. They now, for the first time, become conscious of their situation, and head the boat towards shore. But, like a leaf in the autumn gale, she quivers under the power of the whirlpool. Fear drives them to frenzy! Two of the strongest seize the oars, and ply them with all their strength, and the boat moves towards the shore. With joy they cherish hope! and some, for the first time in all their lives, now give thanks to God,-that they are saved. But suddenly, CRASH, goes an oar! and such a shriek goes up from that ill-fated band, as can only be heard when a spirit lost drops into perdition !

The boat whirls again into its death-marked channel and skips on with the speed of the wind. The roar at the centre grinds on their ears, like the grating of prison doors on the ears of the doomed. Clearer, and more deafening is that dreadful roar, as nearer and still nearer the vessel approaches the centre; then whirling for a moment on that awful brink, she plunges with her freight of human souls into that dreadful yawning hollow, where their bodies shall lie in their watery graves till the sea gives up its dead!

And so, every year, aye, every month, thousands, passing along in the boat of life, enter almost unaware the fatal circles of the wine-cup. And, notwithstanding the earnest voices of anxious friends, “ Beware of the gut of the grave! of hell!" they continue their course until the “ force of habit” overpowers them; and, cursing and shrieking, they whirl for a time on the crater of the maelstrom, and are plunged below.


In a small, quiet country town
Lived Bob-a blunt but honest clown-
Who, spite of all the school could teach,
Fromí habit, stammered in his speech;
And second nature, soon, we're sure,
Confirmed the case beyond a cure.
Ask him to say, “Hot rolls and butter,"
A hag-a-gag, and splitter-splutter
Stopped every word he strove to uttor.

It happened, once upon a time-
I word it thus to suit my rhyme,
For all the country neighbors know
It can't be twenty years ago
Our sturdy ploughman, apt to strike,
Was busy delving at his dyke;
Which, let me not forget to say,
Stood close behind a public way:
And, as he leaned upon his spade
A youth, a stranger in that place,
Stood right before him, face to face.
“P-p-p-p-pray," says he,
“How f-f-f-f-far may't be
To-o,"—the words would not come out,
"To-o Borough-Bridge, or thereabout ?"

Our clown took huff; thrice hemmed upon't,
Then smelt a kind of an affront.
Thought he-“This bluff, foolhardy fellow,
A little cracked, perhaps, or mellow,
Knowing my tongue an inch too short,
Is come to fleer and make his sport:
Wauns! if I thought he meant to quarrel,
I'd hoop this roynish rascal's barrel !
If me he means, or dares deride,
By all that's good, I'll tan his hide!
l'il dress his vile calf's skin in buff,
And thrash it tender where 'tis tough!”
Thus, full resolved, he stood aloof
And waited mute for farther proof.
While t'other, in a kind of pain,
Applied him to his tongue again-
“Speak, friend ; c-c-c-c-can you, pray,
Sh-sh-sh-show me-on my way?
Nay, sp-e-eak !—I'll smoke thy bacon!
You have a t-ongue, or I'm mistaken.”

“Yes-that, th-that I-I-I have; But not for y-y-you-you knave !" “What !" cried the stranger,“ wh-wh-what! D'ye mock me ? T-t-take you that!"

Hugh! you mock-me!” quotlı Hob, amain “So t-t-take you-that again !" Then to't they fell, in curious plight, While each one thought himselfi'tl;' right; And if you dare believe my song, They likewise thought each other wrong. The battle o'er and somewhat cool, Each half suspects himself a fool, For, when to choler folks incline 'em, Your argumentum baculinum


Administered in dose terrific,
Was ever held a grand specific.
Each word the combatants now uttered,
Conviction brought, that both dolts stuttered ;
And each assumed a look as stupid,
As, after combat, looks Dan Cupid:
Each scratched his silly head, and thought
He'd argue ere again he fought.

Hence I this moral shall deduce-
Would anger deign to sign a truce
Till reason could discover truly,
Why this mad madam were unruly,
So well she would explain their words,
Men little use could find for swords.


The first thing that I remember was Carlo tugging away With the sleeve of my coat fast in his teeth, pulling, as much

as to say: Come, master, awake, attend to the switch, lives now de

pend upon you, Think of the souls in the coming train, and the graves you

are sending them to. Think of the mother and the babe at her breast, think of

the father and son, Think of the lover and loved one too, think of them doomed

every one To fall (as it were by your very hand) into yon fathomless

ditch, Murdered by one who should guard them from harm, who

now lies asleep at the switch.” I sprang up amazed-scarce knew where I stood, sleep had

o'ermastered me so; I could hear the wind hollowly howling, and the deep river

dashing below, I could hear the forest leaves rustling, as the trees by the

tempest were fanned, But what was that noise in the distance? That, I could not

understand. I heard it at first indistinctly, like the rolling of some muf

fled drum, Then nearer and nearer it came to me, till it made my very

ears hum; What is this light that surrounds me and seems to set fire to

my brain ? What whistle's that, yelling so shrill? Ah! I know now; We often stand facing some danger. and seein to take root

it's the train.

to the place; So I stood – with this demon before me, its heated breath

scorching my face; Its headlight made day of the darkness, and glared like the

eyes of some witchi,-The train was almost upon me before I remembered the

switch. I sprang to it, seizing it wildly, the train dashing fast down

the track; The switch resisted my efforts, some devil seemed holding

it back; On, on came the fiery-eyed monster, and shot by my face like

a flash; I swooned to the earth the next moment, and knew nothing

after the crash. How long I lay there unconscious 'twas impossible for me tu

tell; My stupor was almost a heaven, my waking almost a hell,-For I then heard the piteous moaning and shrieking of hus.

bands and wives, And I thought of the day we all shrink from, when I must

account for their lives; Mothers rushed by me like maniacs, their eyes glaring niadly

and wild ; Fathers, losing their courage, gave way to their grief like a

child; Children searching for parents, I noticed, as by me they sped. And lips, that could forin naught but “Mamma,” were calling

for one perhaps dead. My mind was made up in a moment, the river should hide

me away, When, under the still burning rafters I suddenly noticed

there lay A little white hand: she who owned it was doubtless an

object of love To one whom her loss would drive frantic, tho' she guarded

him now from above; I tenderly lifted the rafters and quietly laid them one side; flow little she thought of her journey when she left for this

dark fatal ride! I lifted the last log from off her, and while searching for

some spark of life, Turned her little face up in the starlight, and recognized

Maggie, my wife! O Lord! thy scourge is a hard one, at a blow thou hast shat

tered iny pride; My life will be one endless nightmare, with Maggie away

from my side.

How often I'd sat down and pictured the scenes in our long,

happy life; How I'd strive through all my life time, to build up a hoine

for my wife; How people would envy us always in our cozy and neat

little nest; How I should do all of the labor, and Maggie should all the

day rest; How one of God's blessings might cheer us, how some day

I p'raps should be rich;But all of my dreams have been shattered, while I laid there

asleep at the switch! I fancied I stood on my trial, the jury and judge I could see; And every eye in the court room was steadily fixed upon me; And fingers were pointed in scorn, till I felt my face blush

ing blood-red, And the next thing I heard were the words, “ Hanged by the

neck until dead." Then I felt myself pulled once again, and my hand caught

tight hold of a dress, And I heard, “ What's the matter, dear Jim? You've had a

bad nightmare, I guess!" And there stood Maggie, my wife, with never a scar from the

ditch. I'd been taking a nap in my bed, and had not been “Asleep

at the switch.


Here, in this leafy place,

Quiet he lies,
Cold, with his sightless face

Turned to the skies;
'Tis but another dead;
All you can say is said.
Carry his body hence, -

Kings must have slaves;
Kings climb to eminence

Over men's graves:
So this man's eye is dim;-
Throw the earth over him.
What was the white you touched,

There, at his side?
Paper his hand had clutched

Tight e'er he died;-

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