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of war, and to molder in a grave upon which the rewards of vicious ambition are to rest forever.
9. The life, the death, and the grave of Colonel Burr carry their own moral. The simple facts tell a tale that needs no comment. Words need not inform us that genius, however transcendent, unless virtue is one of its elements, can not attain eminence on which an unclouded sun will forever beam.
LXV.-RING OUT, WILD BELLS ! 1. Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. 2. Ring out the old, ring in the new,
, Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. 3. Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind. 4. Ring out the slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws. 5. Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
6. Ring out the false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right; Ring in the common love of good. 7. Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old; Ring in the thousand years of peace. 8. Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land, -
Both swords and guns are strong, no doubt,
And so are tongue and pen,
To sway the souls of men ;
Though mighty in their sphere,
And weaker than a tear.
LXVI.-AN ARMY OF MONKEYS: A NOVEL
1. “ They are coming, and will most likely cross the river by the rocks yonder,” observed Raoul.
2. “How, swim it?” I asked. “It is a torrent there !"
3. “O no," answered the Frenchman; “monkeys would rather go into fire than water. If they can not leap the stream they will bridge it."
4. “ Bridge it! and how will they do that?”
5. “Stop a moment, Captain, and you shall see.”
6. The half-human voices now sounded nearer, and we could perceive that the animals were approaching the spot where we lay. Presently they appeared upon the opposite bank, headed by an old gray chieftain, and officered like so many soldiers.
7. One - an aid-de-camp, or chief pioneer, perhaps,ran out upon a projecting rock, and, after looking across the stream, as if calculating the distance, scampered back, and appeared to communicate with the leader. This produced a movement in the troops. Commands were issued, and fatigue parties were detailed, and marched to the front. Meanwhile several -- engineers, no doubt,ran along the bank, examining the trees on both sides.
8. At length they all collected around a tall cottonwood, that grew over the narrowest part of the stream, and twenty or thirty of them scampered up its trunk. On reaching a high point, the foremost — a strong fellow — ran out upon a limb, and, taking several turns of his tail around it, slipped off, and hung head downwards.
9. The next on the limb, also a stout one, climbed down the body of the first, and whipping his tail tightly around the neck and forearm of the latter, dropped off in his turn, and hung head down. The third repeated the maneuver upon the second, and the fourth upon the third, and so on, until the last one upon the string rested his fore paws upon the ground.
10. The living chain now commenced swinging backward and forward, like the pendulum of a clock. The motion was slight at first, but gradually increased, the lowermost monkey striking his hands violently on the earth as he passed the tangent of the oscillating curve. Several others upon the limbs above aided the movement.
11. This continued until the monkey at the end of the chain was thrown among the branches of a tree on the opposite bank. Here, after two or three vibrations, he clutched a limb and held fast. This movement was executed adroitly, just at the culminating point of the oscillation, in order to save the intermediate links from the violence of a too sudden jerk.
12. The chain was now fast at both ends, forming a complete suspension bridge, over which the whole troop, to the number of four or five hundred, passed with the rapidity of thought. It was one of the most comical sights I ever beheld, to witness the quizzical expressions of the countenances along that living chain.
13. The troop was now on the other side, but how were the animals forming the bridge to get themselves over? This was the question which suggested itself. Manifestly by number one letting go his tail. But then the other side was much lower, and number one, with half a dozen of his neighbors, would be dashed against the opposite bank or soused into the water.
14. Here, then, was a problem, and we waited with some curiosity for its solution. It was soon solved. A
A monkey was now seen attaching his tail to the lowest on the bridge, another girded him in a similar manner, and another, and so on, until a dozen more were added to the string. These last were all powerful fellows; and, running up to a high limb, they lifted the bridge into a position almost horizontal.
15. Then a scream from the last monkey of the new formation warned the tail end that all was ready; and the next moment the whole chain was swung over, and landed safely on the opposite bank. The lowermost links now dropped off like a melting candle, while the higher ones leaped to the branches and came down by the trunk. The whole troop then scampered off into the chaparral and disappeared.
LIEUT. MAYNE REID.
LXVII.-ENTHUSIASM NECESSARY TO
1. There was never, probably, a time in the world's history when high success, in any profession, demanded harder or more incessant labor than now.
Men can no longer go at one leap into eminent position. The world, as Emerson says, is no longer clay, but rather iron in the hạnds of its workers, and men have got to hammer out a place for themselves by steady and rugged blows.
2. Above all, a deep and burning enthusiasm is wanted in every one who would achieve great ends. No great thing is or can be done without it. It is a quality that is seen wherever there are earnest and determined workers - in the silence of the study, and amid the roar of cannon; in the painting of a picture, and in the carving of a statue.
3. Ability, learning, accomplishment, opportunity, are all well ; but they do not, of themselves, insure success. Thousands have all these, and live and die without benefiting themselves or others. Men, on the other hand, of mediocre talents, often scale the dizzy steeps of excellence and fame because they have firm faith and high resolve.
4. It is this solid faith in one's mission - the rooted belief that it is the one thing to which he has been called
this enthusiasm, attracting an Agassiz to the Alps or the Amazon, impelling a Pliny to explore the volcano in which he is to lose his life, and nerving a Vernet, when tossing in a fierce tempest, to sketch the waste of waters, and even the wave that is leaping up to devour him that marks the heroic spirit; and wherever it is found success, sooner or later, is almost inevitable.