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tains of water are playing in the pa- favorite saint, and, after his escape or revilions, and long vistas of sculpture covery, gives him a present of a little carry the eye a quarter of a mile in silver ship, or leg, or finger, which is length. The apartments amount to stuck up in the church as a memento of many thousands: the wonder is that the saint's intercession and the man's any man ever undertook to count them. gratitude. In this manner you may see All description of this place seems an ut- the walls of a church covered, for
many terly vain attempt. It is realizing the yards square, with silver legs, toes, arms, dreams of fairy splendor to wander over it. hands, fingers, hearts, ears, noses, and
After the ceremonies of the Holy nobody knows what else. A traveller Week are over, strangers generally leave unacquainted with the fact might take the city, and Rome becomes a quiet them for hieroglyphics. All sorts of place. There is little traffic or industry rich offerings are made to these shrines. here, although the population is nearly I have seen the figure of a saint in a double that of Boston. No rattling of glass case completely covered with gold carts over the pavements, no throng of watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, &c. busy passengers in the streets, give to. When the saint finds himself so overkens of active business. The shop- loaded with ornaments as to leave no keepers sit idly at their counters, and room for any more, he allows himself to look as if a customer would astonish be stripped. The watches and jewels them. Two or three little feluccas lie are sold, and the shrine is open for new at a landing-place in the Tiber, unload- presents. It is easy to see how, in a ing coffee and sugar from Marseilles, long course of years, this practice, and and this is all that looks like commerce. others similar, have brought into the Rome has nothing to export but rags treasury of the church that abundance and pozzolana, or volcanic sand, which, of wealth which has been lavished mixed with lime, forms the composition upon the magnificent edifices of this known as Roman cement. At sunset country.
The votive offerings above the genteel classes ride out in their described are so numerous and constant carriages to the gardens in the neighbor- that the silversmiths have always for hood of the city, and this gives some sale, heads, legs, hearts, arms, &c., of appearance of life to the place at that all sizes, to suit the customer as to wealth time. But far the greater part of the or devotion. Sometimes the offering is day the streets are lonely and still. accompanied with a painting descriptive The shopkeepers close their doors after of the event commemorated; and you dinner and go to sleep.
see a portion of the church walls covered Rome is full of splendid palaces and with the oddest pictures in the world. churches, profusely and magnificently A man is tumbling down a ladder; adorned with pictures, sculptures, pre- another is run over by a carriage ; cious stones, gilding, and every other another is knocked on the head with a sort of embellishment. The shrines of club; another is kicked by a horse ; the saints are very curious. They are another is running for life, with a mad covered all over with votive offerings bull at his heels; another is sick abed, from
persons who have been sick or have with a most alarming array of doctors escaped from accidents. If a man is in and apothecaries around him, &c. danger of drowning, or is run over by a Fountains are abundant throughout horse, or gets a bang on the shin, or has the city: and it is most agreeable, in the a sore finger, he makes a vow to his hot weather which prevails here for the
greater part of the year, to hear the work upon them, but the leather had murmur and bubbling of the rills and never been colored. "Body of Bacchus!” jets of water which adorn every street. said I-for that is the current Roman When we consider the enormous sums exclamation—"I don't want yellow boots, of money which the ancient Romans Signior Lapstonaccia!” I was expended upon their aqueducts, and be- prised, however, to be told that the Rohold the immense lines of arches that man cobblers always made the shoes stretch across the country, we cannot be first and colored the leather afterwards. surprised that the modern city is better The greater part of the campagna or supplied with water than any other open country about the city is kept waste place in the world. It is brought from by the malaria or unwholesome air of a great distance, as the water in the summer. What is the cause or nature neighborhood is very bad. In one of of this noxious vapor, no one has yet my rambles, a few miles from the city, been able to discover. The soil is perI passed a stream running into the Tiber, fectly dry, and there is no marshy land which appeared almost as white as milk, or stagnant water in the neighborhood and had a strong smell of sulphur. All which can impart unhealthy moisture to the country round here is of volcanic the atmosphere. The sky is beautifully origin; yet there has been no eruption clear in almost every season, and each or appearance of subterranean fire within breeze that blows seems to savor of the memory of man.
nothing but balmy purity. Nevertheless, Rome is a fine residence for a person the country for miles is uninhabitable, with a small income, no business to do, and shows a desolate plain, with a field and the wish to get as much as possible of wheat here and there, or a few scatfor his money. House-rent is as low as tered willow trees and thickets of bramone can reasonably desire. You may ble. Shepherds feed their flocks among lodge in a palace with galleries paved the ruins during the healthy season ; but with marble and the walls covered with there are no villages till you come to the finest paintings; for the Roman the hills of Albano, Frascati and Tivoli, nobles are poor and proud; they will not in which neighborhood the Romans have sell their palaces or pictures, even though their country seats. threatened with starvation; but they let The malaria also infests the city, partheir best rooms to lodgers, and live in ticularly the ruinous portion. Strangers
In all Rome I saw but one seldom pass the summer in Rome on new house :-a sure sign of the low this account, although I was told there value of real estate. The markets are is no danger of sickness for any one cheap; clothing costs about half what it who does not go out at night, and takes does in America. The people have care to sleep with the windows shut. some queer ways in buying and selling. The unhealthy season is from June Many things sell by the pound, which to September. During the remaining we never think of putting into scales: months Rome is thought to be as healthy apples, cherries, green peas, firewood, as any spot in the world. The winter charcoal
, &c. I inquired as to a pair of is delightful, being mostly like the finest woollen stockings at a shop, and the October weather in New England. goods were weighed before I could be I could fill a book with stories about told the price. I bespoke a pair of this wonderful place; but the brief space boots, and calling one day to see if they allotted to me makes it necessary to pass were done, I found the shoemaker at on in my story.
The Deluge. This event, described in the sixth and portray many affecting scenes that must seventh chapters of Genesis, is one of have been witnessed in the fearful overthe most wonderful that is recorded in throw of the great human family. the history of the world. It was a judg- Noah, who was a good and wise man, ment sent upon the earth by the Al- was forewarned of the coming destrucmighty, in consequence of the great tion, and, by the command of God, he wickedness of mankind. His purpose built an ark, of vast dimensions, and which was to destroy not man only, but the cost him the labor of a hundred years. animal tribes, except a pair of each spe- It was a sort of bark, being shaped somecies, so as to repeople the earth, after what like a chest or trunk. It was having thus set before the world, for all larger than the largest vessels of modern future time, a fearful warning against times. It is a large ship that measures disobedience of his commands.
a thousand tons, yet Noah's ark measThis great catastrophe occurred 1656 ured forty-two thousand tons ! years after the creation, and more than Into this ark Noah collected his family, 4000 years ago. We have not only the and a pair of each kind of bird, each kind testimony of the Bible to assure us that of quadruped, and each kind of reptile. this event actually occurred, but most Under the guidance of the Almighty, nations, particularly those of high an- this vessel and its numerous inhabitants tiquity, have either historical records or floated safely on the water for a whole traditions of such an occurrence. The year. Here they were fed, and here account given of it in Genesis is one of the lion was made to lie down with the the finest pieces of description that has kid. When, at last, the waters had
, ever been penned ; but it is very general, subsided, and the ark rested upon the and gives us few details, or minute inci- land, then they all came forth. dents. Yet the imagination can easily This story of Noah and his family is
not only interesting as a wonderful piece Morpeth visited the Philadelphia Almsof history, but it conveys to us an im- House, Blockley. Considerable anxiety portant lesson. It teaches us that wis- was manifested among the inmates to dom is imparted to the children of God, obtain a sight of the distinguished stranwhich is not enjoyed by the wicked; ger. After he had departed, a little boy, that there is an ark of safety provided the son of Mr. S--, who was present, for the true believer, while the scoffer remarked to his mother that “ he did not is left to work out his own destruction. know that there were two Lords—he
thought there was but one, who lived up ANECDOTE.—On Saturday last, says in the sky.” the Philadelphia North American, Lord
A Page for Little Readers. One of my young black-eyed friends, give two pieces from “PARLEY'S PICTURE who has just learned to read, has asked Book," a little volume full of pictures me to give some simple stories, in the and stories, which may be found in the fashion of Peter Parley. I have prom- bookstores. ised to comply with this, and therefore
BOYS AT PLAY.
street. A horse was coming along, but
the boy was looking at his hoop, and he HERE are three boys at play. Each did not see the horse. His hoop rolled boy has a hoop, which he strikes with a close to the horse's fore feet, and the boy stick, and it rolls along. It is very ran after it. pleasant to roll a hoop. If you strike The horse was going fast, and he it hard, it flies along very fast
, and you struck the boy with his foot. The boy must run with all your might to catch it. fell down, and the horse stepped on his
You must take care not to drive your leg. The poor boy's leg was broken, hoop among horses. I once knew a and it was many weeks before he got little boy playing with his hoop in a well.
LONG BILLS.-Gentlemen of the med.
ical profession in London are said to be MUSICAL DIALOGUE.—“Major,” said a called snipes, from the unconscionable minor to an elderly gentleman," I must length of their bills. say your speech to-day was very flat.” “ That,” said the major, " is very sharp
POETRY AND PROSE.—“I say, Pomp, for a minor."
wat be de diffrence 'ween poetry and de
wat you call plank verse ?” SINGULAR, NOT PLURAL.—The mayor
“Why, I gib you something, Sip, I of a small town in England, thinking think will be lustratious of de subject: that the word clause was in the plural
Go down to mill-dam number, always talked of the last claw
And fall down slam'of, parliament.
dat be poetry; but
"Go down to mill-dam, A DUTCHMAN.—A Dutchman was seen
And fall down whapp'one day bidding an extraordinary price dat be blank verse." for an alarm clock, and gave as a reason, “ Dat ash he loffd to rise early, Good."
1.-“Bill, lend us your knife.” he had nothing to do but bull the string, “ Can't ; have n't got any; besides, want and he could wake himself."
to use it myself."