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citizen of this place. They have since
formed a respectable committee, con-
sisting of tliree gentlemen of candour
and respecubility, who, after mature
deliberation, deemed it a matter of the
utmost importance, and therefore have
made every exertion in their power
to hasten a speedy excavation, in
hopes to realize the benefits arismg
therefrom ; they have now sunk about
thirty feet below the surface, and have
twenty feet further to dig before they
find the hiddeu treasure; they have
already found several large veins,
which, upon trial, appear rich
silver ore — and notwithstanding the
general cry against silver mines by the
ignorant, the proprietors have the ful*
lest confidence of its vahie, and feel in

hopes that it will prove a cotnpfefr
antidote against hard times.''


There is no condition of life that
excludes a wise man from discharging
his duty. If his fortune be good, he
tempers it ; if bad, he masters it; Hfhe
has an estate, he will exercise his vir-
tue in plenty ; if none, in poverty.

For the Masonic Reoistkb

Surrounded by nigged eminences
which pushed tbieir summits imo the
" lazy pacing clouds,'' I came to a
small knoll, thickly covered with the
never fading laurel. Though unassu-
ming, and lowly in its growth, k car-
ried me back to the remote traditiona-
ry period, when its deity, in the full-
ness of his aflection for a cruel maid,
ordered that it should adorn the future
brows of the worthy, and of the brave !
It now shadowed a pUce, consecrated
as the burial ground of the humble
mountaineer. The day was doudy—
the sky was of that peculiar inky hoe,
which is ever the precursor of a wm-
ter storm. It was near the setting of
a sun, who in his course had ^^dis-
dained to shine" on the aspiring rocks
which environed this seclud^ spot.
Every object, and every recollection,
conspired to render it more doomy-^
the long rows of sepulchral hillocks
were arranged with the precision of
martial columns, and to the vision of
the observer, they appeared confined
to the circular boundary produced by
the natural curvature of the ground.

The silent tenantry of this solitary
and romantic hill, rested from their la-
bours, yet, "in my mind's eye," I
coold see the sturdy smith, of fonoer
days, leaning on his anvil, to swallow
the post-boy's news ; and the moun-
tain maid, tricked in all the finery of
gaudy riblx>ns, and fiimsy mustins,
tripping on airy foot across her native
rocks. But here, the one was no low*

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«r than the beroes wbomhe maysome-
cimes have envied ; nor the other less
happy, than those who in pablic as-
semblies had

nislled in unpaid-for vlks.**

To the same coniplezipn they all had
come a^ last^< Malice for them had
done Its worst,'' and the ^' storied urn,
^nd ^mated bust" of tlie one, afford^'
ed as little consolation, as did the lau-
rels which waved in the mountain
breeze over the lowly tombs of the

"extra(«dinary thirst.

Bt M. M. Bellot and Broroiartb.
(Tmnslated from the Mkreneh.)

The PhUomatic Society, desirous of
complying with a request made to
them by M. Parmentier, in the name
of Dr« Simmons, appointed M. Bellot
and me to examine the constitution
and bodily habit of a woman who
drank an extraordinary quantity of

On Saturday the 15th of October,
we accordingly repaired to the Hotel
d€9 ArUy Fauxbourg, Saint Martin,
where the woman reskMi but not
li>)dif]g her, we went to the place
where her husband was at work, after
procarlng from the porter of the house,
some information respecting her, which
corresponded perfectly witli what we
had before heard. When we found
her, she had a pitcher of water close
by he: ; and in order that we might be
witnesses of the extraordinary fact re-
lated, it was agreed tliat she should
ccHoe and pass a whole d^y with one
of us.

On Monday, October the 17th, we
met for that purpose, and received
fro» her the following particulars. —
Catharine Bonsergent, the wife of
James Fery , a cobler, residing at Paris,
m the Hordes ArUy Fauibourg, St.
Mntin, is forty years of age, and was
bonr at Senslis; she b of a very fair
cdDplezioa; her skin is delicate and
frtckled; she is rather thin than lusty ^

and appears to be of a bilious habit.^-
Her arms are mnch leaner than any
other part oi her body.

AAer she was weaned, she was pla-
ced under the care of her grandmo-
ther, who drank a great deal of wine,
and taught her to do the same. When
she returned to her mother, she vomi-
ted every thing she swallowed; and
the matter she threw op was of a black
colour. From her earliest rofaney she
had a very great thirst, and sought
every means of allaying it. Before
she was married, she drank three pail-
fols of water ; but after she married,
two pailfuls served l^rtill she brought
forth her first child, wlien she returned
to her former quantity till she had her
fourth child. Af^er that period, she
drank only two pailfuls in twenty-four
hours. '

When she is indisposed, she has not
the same thirst ; and when she does
not drink as much as she desires, she
finds herself ill. When she lies in,
she has a much greater thirst than usu-
al. Her thirst is never greater in sum-
mer than in winter. &ilt provisions,
which she is not fond of eating, occa-
sion no greater Hoixat to her than

Her thirst is atraoonced by a faint-
ness at the stomach, like that which
one experiences when hungry. She
has a elammy mouth, and cannot, as
she says, swallow a morsel of bread,
when she has drank, she feels about
the region of the stomach a considera-
ble coldness, which makes her shiver
for some time; and which obliges her
to be contmually by the fire whenever
the weather is in the least cool.

This woman's lower lip is very
thick, and covered with scurf; she
feels very severe shooting pains in it,
especially during summer; and she
is subject to hemorrhoids, which do
not discharge. When she is troubled
with these, her lip is no longer sore.

She has had eleven children at ten
births. She has been subject to the ^
I hemorrhoids since she lav in with her
H £rst child. Of all her children, none

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•re alive baltwo; aad aHthotetbat
ihe nursed were sul^ject to different
maladies. Her eldest, who is still
alive, has a disorder of the skin, some-
thing like the itcii, hot it is not infec-
tious. The youngest, whom she nur-
sed only a month, enjoys perfect

This woman b the only person of
her family, that has so excessive a
thirst. She perspires in sufficient a-
bundance; and voids urine in propor-
tion to what she drinks. She, how-
ever, never spits. She drinks neither
wine, coffee, nor spiritous lii|uors. She
informed us that she eats a great deal ;
but this we did At observe. During
ten hours, the time she remained with
us, she drank fourteen pints of water,
which might weiffh about twenty-eight
pounds. She tokl us that she refr^h-
ed herself every hour and a half, in the
Di|^t, with drinking, which makes ex-
actly the quantity which she assurred
us she consumed in twe^tv-four hours.
During the above time, she voided ten
pints of urine.

M, M. Bonnard, Lair, and llobil-
liard, Members of the Society, saw
this wonum with us for a great part of
Ae day.


Sweet tender lex ! with snaresencomptss'd

On others hang thy comforts and thy rest.

Nature has made woman weak,
that she might receive with gratitude
the protection of man. Yet how often
is this appointment perverted ! How
often does her protector become her op-
presser! Even custom seems leagued
against her. Bom with the tenderest
feeliags, her whole life is commiOnly a
struggle to suppress them. Placed in
the most favorable cineiimstances, her
choice is confined to a few objects ;
and unless where singularly fortunate,
her fondest partiaTities are only a n
■nodificatloi of gratitude. Shemi^

reject, but cannot invite; may uA
what would make her wretched^ bat
dare not even whisper what would
make her happy; and, in a word, ex-
ercises merely a negative upon the
most important event of her life. Man
has leisure to look around him, and
may marry at any age, with almost
equal advantage; but woman most
improve the fl^ng moBMOt, and de-
termine quickly at the hazard of deter-
mining rashly. The spring time of
her b^uty will not last ; its wane wiU
be the signal for the fiiglit of her lovev;
and if the present opportunity is neg-
lected, she may be left to experience
the onlv species of mis/brtune for
which the world evinces no sympathy.
How cruel, then, to increase the
misery of her natural dependence!
How ungenerous, to add treachery to
strength, and deceive or disappoint
those whose highest ambition is our
favour, and whose only saiety is onr
honesty !


An honourable and beautiful lady
-oCihB IdamLof Naxos« named Poly-
crite, when her city was in daog^ of
being taken and destroyed by the Eth-
reans, was most kunbly besought by
the chiefs of the town, to undertake an
embassy, in order to proems them
peace, which she readily consented to :
and being mistress of a very ^
tongue, so prevailed with prince Diog-
netes, the general of the siege, that he
granted them peace, and marched

The people of the town hearing of
her success, ran out to meet her with
acclamations. Some strewing her way
with flowers, others with garlands,
and all returning her thanks as their'
sovereign preserveress. The lady
was seized with such a flood of joy,
upon hearing their gratitude, that in
the instant, she expired in the midst of
her honours, at the city gate; and i»-
stead of being carried to the throoe.

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was brooglit to her Umh, to tbe incx-
pressible wrrow of the wbole couotry.

The Graod Saline is between the
two forks of the Arkansaw, about 280
miles south-west of Fort Osage. It is
a hard level plaift of a reddish colour-
ed sand, of an irregular fieure, being
in circumference full eighty miles.
From the appearance of drift wood,
scattered on this tract, it would seem,
Ihe whole plain was constantly over-
fowed by the surroundhig streams.
This plain is entirely covered, in dry,
hot weather, from two to eighteen
inches deep, with a crust of clean
white salt, of a quality rather superior
to the imported blown salt, which
bears a striking resemblance to a field
of new fallen snow, succeeded by rain,
with alight crust on the top. No-
tfaing can be more picturesque on a
bright sunny morning, than tins natu-
ral curiosity.

For the Masovic RBoitrxm.


BriUantes fleurs naissez,

Herbe teudre croissez,

Lie long de ces ravages ;

£t vous, p^tits oisseaux,
Mellez vos nunages,

An doQx bruits de leun eaux.

Clemene sur ces bords,
Vicnt chercher les tresw
De la saison nouvelle ;

Messagers du matin.
Si vous voyez la belle,

Chantez sur son chemin ;

JBt vous cfaarmantes ftBun,
IXmces filles des pleurs
De la naissante Aurore,

Meitez que la main
De celle que j^adore

Vous mossonne &^ chemin.

On the rivulets margin wild,
2?epb7is sport aersne and mild,

Breathing perftmies, clad in g^,
Spring% sweet progeny unfoki,
'Mid the soft murmurs of the grove,
Linnets pour their songs of bve.

Here Clemina comes to seek
The primrose pale, and violet meek,
' The daisy and narcissus £ur,

The new-bom treasures of the yeai^—
Harbingers of the opening day,
Serenade her on the way.

Mom*^ 9oii children, fed with dew.
Clad in every varied hue.
Breathing perfumes, clad in gold,
All your sweetest charms uniold.
That the lovdiest of the fair.
May deem yon worthy of her care.

From thk Crarlvston Covaixa.
Lmes addressed to e friend daring a Thun-
der Storm.
Hear'st thou the awful Thunders roll ?

See^t thou the Lightnings fly ?
Does the dark storm appal thy soni ?
Remember ! God b nigh.

Ah! fear not than the dread alarm :

His ever-watchful eye
Will Iceep thee safe from every harm-^

Remember! God is nigh.

And should the storms of life assail

Thy heart, thy faith to^ !
Oh ! let them not, my friend, prevail-^
•Remember! God is nigh.

CheeriesB has been my conquer^ day ;

IVe known no azure sky
This hope alone, my only stay —

I know that God is nigh !

Fbok an Eholisb Paper.
To m littU^ hut veryhandiome lady.
Where any thing abounds we find.

That nobody will have it!
But when there% litffe of the kmd,
Then aU the people crave it

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If wires are erili, aa Hm knows,

And frequently confeaaM,
The roan who's wiae will Bunely owb,

A lUtU one ia best

The god of love^ a little wigbt,

Bat beautiful as thought ;
Thou too art little^fair as li^^t,

And ercry thing — ^in short

O, happy fair ! I think thee so,

For mark the poet's song ;
" Man wants but iiUU here below,

<'Nor wants that HttU Umg,^^


Ifjcw Castlx, (Kt.) Jtif«7, 1821.

Should you find a spare column
in your Register, please insert the fol-
lowing abstract of the proceedings of
Simpson Lodge No. 31. You will
thereby gratify the fraternity here.
Fraternally yours,
David White, jr. w. s. d.
Brother Luther Pratt.


On Tuesday the 5th of June, in
pursuance of the order of the Most
Worshipful H. Clay, Grand Master
of Kentucky, the Masonic Hall of
Simpson Lodge, No. 31, in the town
of New Castle, was solemnly dedica^
ted to Masonic purposes, according to
the ancient custom and usages of the

A numerous assemblage of Masons,
from the surrounding lodges, assisted
on the occasion.

In the absence of the Grand Offi-
cers, the following brothers were se-
lected to officiate in the performance
of the ceremony of Consecration, as
Grand Officers protempore, viz :

M. W. James Moore, G. M.

R. W. David White, Jr. D. G. M.

W. John W. Brite, Sr, G. W.

W. Edward Branham, jr. G.W.
M. Rev. Charles Crwfoitiy G. C.

Bev. Joseph OgJesby, G. O.

Edward C. Draoe, G. &

William Smith, G. T.

Thos. Rodman, Sr. G. D.

Jno. T. Payne, Jr. Gw D.

Benj. F. Dupuy, G. M.

Edward George, } g^ o

Tho8.F. Rees, ^^- ^•

Zacheriah Bell^ G. S. B.

Nicholas L. Oliver, G. T.

WiUi^m BeU, P. A.
The following bretbrea-^were J6*
lected and appointed^earers of the
Lodge to the Masoi&Hall, vi%:*iJ^
James Bradskaw, Abraham Kini^
John Meek, Philip G. Payi^ Robert
Samuel, David Failey, Sainuel Ire-,
land, and Joham Henderson.

Much credit is due to the officers
and other brethren, for their good,
conduct, and correct deportment; tfaa
excellent order in which theyper>
formed the march in procession to the
Hall, and for the prompt discharge of
the several duties subsequently aamga*
ed them.

The Rev. Joseph Oglesby, acting
as Grand Orator, delivered a Sermon
from 12th Romans, part of lOth
verse, to the fraternity and a crowded
assembly of respectable spectators,
convened in the church. We cannot,
on this occasion, withhold the just
meed of praise due to brother Ogles-
by, for his able, eloquent, and appro-
priate address delivered on the occa-
sion ; which, in substance and form,
was so happily arranged, and so lor-
cibly and impressively delivered. —
Never, on any Masonic exhibition,
have we witnessed greater delight, or
a more universal unanimity prevailing
amongst the hearers, on the excdkasy
of the topics discMssed, and the styk
and manner of their delivery.

" Down witii the Carbonari.*'

It is with more titan common pleamre
that we haM read the feHowkig «rtM^
ngardlai^adRsiiiDiiof the i

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bly of TtmhyHsritaa, nflectiiig the hl^ieat
credit to tba sentiments of that reverend
association; for we deem their « indefinite
portpMement'' onijr as a gentle mode of
reprobating an aet of their misguided
brethren, that has incurred the extreme
censure of liberal minded men, and which
can find Justffieatlon from none but the
'* Holjr Alliance," or their worthy support-
Cirs> - the laxaroni of Italy^

'^ AiDOog the subjects that came b^
fore the late General Assembly of the

£)byterian (^rcb, was one submit-
by the Synod of Pittsburgh^ viz : —
tber it was consistent with the cha«
meter of a minister of the Gospel to
attend and participate in the meetings
of the Masonic Lodges 5 and whether
it was right for them to hold rebgious
communion with those persons who
visit and belong to those lodges ? The
General Assembly, deeming it inexpe-
dient to decide upon a subject on
which they did not possess sufficient
information^ and considering that some
of their own pious and excellent mem-
bers belonged to the Masonsic frater-
tAtjf judiciously and wisely determin-
ed not to act upon the questions pro-
posedy and indefinitely postponed



Addressed to a member of the fraternity,
by a person who never was initiated in*
to the mysteries of the order.

When first the Architect divine

His glorious edifiu began,
He form'd the great, the grand design —

In wisdom form'd the Modal plan :

To show his wond'rous power and skill,
■Made all things diflerent in degree,

Tet, by this holy cenunt, still
Must all unite in harmony.

( Vh ! what a precious, gloriotts boon;

Tis Nature, in her loveliest dress;
Tis that unerring rule which soon

Shall point the way to happiness.)

And man, as one constituent part,
Was/otAtenedby the obsat fiest cavsi,

And taught that att the work* of art
Are subject to unvarying laws.

The noble fuperstrudure raised

'Twas eontecraUd by his will;
The matter-workmatuhip that grac'd,

Adorns the beauteous fabric still.
One vcuel of superior worth

Was plac'd within the vtttibule,
(The spacious portico of earth)

To man his guidance and his rule ;

And deck'd With hieroglifics bright-—

With emblematic beauty crown'd,
It shines alolt, and spreads the light

Of science, and of virtue round ;
In fiblden characters appear.

Conspicuous for their beauty rare,
For mortals ever to revere

Three Jigures e^iquisitly fair ;
To men, in every varied scene,

In whatsoever sphere they move,
They teach those maxims, so dlvhie.

Of TRUTH, and charity, and Love.
Hail Charity/ celestial maid!

Great source of joy to mortals, given,
Within thy sacred dome, display'd

The choicest blessings sent from Heaven,
And in thy beauteous walks so rife

With odoriferous sweets enchanting,
How charming are the scenes of life !

How few the pleasures that are wanting;
And " ye enlightened few" who know

The way, and e'en the hall have entered,
Where all thooe blissful pleasures flow,

And where all social joys are cent'red.
Oo on, and with a due regard

To justice, heal affliction's wound ;
You all shall meet a sure reward.

If in the path of duty found.

When each his work hath done complete,
The which the Matter hath assign 'd,

He then, a calm and safe retreat
From storms and scorching suns shall

Within a mansion of delight

While ages shall on ages roll,
Associate with the " sons of light,"

And joy eternal crowns the whole.


Mount-pleasant, Ohio.

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Htil mystic friend! whose ark impervious

From Eden*8 soil tlie emblematic lore.
Hail Hakyon treasure and redemptiou's Joy!
All hail each Uvd of tiiy chaste employ !
The striving waters by thy magic wand,
Smile to the star-clad heav'ns.of peace, as

And Joseph yields his party-colour'd vest
By envy crimsoned, to the high behest
Of that supernal Lamb, who wip'd men's

In coat of unity, and love as meet.
Thy nightingale to lunar brightness sings
The song of death to tyrants, lords and

The cuckoo of this spring proclaims a blase
Of solar light, to cheer expectant gase.
And superstition shrinks with selfish fear,
And faithless hirelings breathe their last

career —
Order^ by wond*rous numbers charms cha-
otic men —
Franklin's magic circle greets the Essen;
And John's Jerus'lem traces all the twelve
As Aaron's jewels to the Christian's delve.
A zodiac of truth ! as true they rear.
An Urim, Thummin flag, as moons, a year.
The seven primitives of Deity may grace.
The five recipients in fond embrace :
Eutnct, Ufe, Immofitdiiy, Witdomf
And PowoTf and Light, and Love — ^how

To man's absorbent soul ; the VUalf
Undertlanding, Mtmary, Conacienu, Will,
Twelve planets (prime) this mental system

Thus God and man in one associate dress
Reversing birth, and in the wond'rous

Concatenate, restoring life again.
And living souls may call each ima^ up—
Shade of my father I with me come and

My mother's likeness (at this gen*ra! voice
Of human concert voices) rise ! — rejoice !
Electric sympathy pervade* the whole ;
Magnetic virtue daims for brutes the goal.
And lo ! we eat their hieroglyphic meat|
Long since mistaken for a viler treat.

Now, be k knowflj that ttt the fomfly
Indissohibly join'd in harmony,
By a long and a strong poll together
Will raise from TopheC each departed bi#-


The Masonic Oration, communicated
through the hands of brother Jobn Rok,
Esq., of Maysvflle, Kentucky, may be et'
peeted in our next.

An article on <* Slante," shall appe^
and we should be pkaaed to hear i$tm
freqnentiy from the writer.

The productions of our " cosmopolite
friend" E. F. Face, shall occasiooally ap-
pear, provided he is careful to be brief,
and does not attempt to "jp/oy wHk edgjd
<oo(t," the use of which, he is entirely ig-

The '< Notice of Napoleon's Memoirs,"
shall appear in number twelve.

«AvoR," oannot be admitted; sis we
have laid down a rule, that we will in no
instance give publicity to private feods;
and we feel in no wise disposed to depart
from the regulation.

We must decline giving the w^ written
j^ece respecting " Dandfes," an insertkiB>
as we consider them an article of litUe Im-
portance to any portion of society, bat—

The article respecting <' Strawberries aaJ
Coach hire," oannot obtain a place, till the
editor b better convinced of the reality of
' the writer's assertions. It is true, tbal aB
GOOD Masons are upon a level, and agree-
ably to the ancient landmarks of the order,
" no worthy brother is to be treated conto*
meliously, because his coat is worn thread-
bare, or because unforeseen misfortnnei
have reduced him to poverty." It is equal-
ly true, that ** no person ought to ride in a
coach, at the expence of the widow^ and
the orphan, or to deprive a poor ahd peo-
nyless brother, of that assistance to whiefa
he is justly entitled."






Ladies' and Gentlemen's Magazine.



righteous eonsidareth the eause of the poor; bat the wicked regardeth not to
know it.
bl men bring e city into a mare : bat wise men torn away wrath.


[No. Xn.] FOR AUGUST, A. D. 1821. A. L. 5821. [Vol. I.]


Fon TBS MASomc Rxoistbr.
JVoymfle, (Ky.) Jwie 12, 1821.
Br. Lutbvr Pratt,

Sir — ^I have been requested by several
members of the two lodges of this place,
to forward you the enclosed address, and
should you think it worthy of a place in the
^Register," you will please to insert it.
I am, Sir, yours,

JoHV Rob.


Delivered in Maysville, on the 24th ult.
before the members of Maysville Lodge,
Ho 26, and Confidence Lodge, No. 62,
by Brother M. R Satres.
(PMuhtd hy requett of the Lodget.)


I thank you for this mark of your
respect and esteem. In having se-
lected me to address you upon this
day, so revered by Masons, you have
excited feelings in my breast which
hiDgua||e is too feeble to express. Rut
those teblings will live whust memory
holds her seat in this tabernacle of
day ; an(l whilst one pulse beats with-
in my bosom, it shall beat with warm-
est gratitiide to you. I am well aware,


that others might have been selected
from amongst you, whose talents and
information would have enabled them
to do more justice to so sublime a sub-
ject; but believe me, brethren, none
who would have felt more anxiously
solicitous to meet your approbation.

The diUdence I feel in thus public-
ly addressing you upon so important
an occasion, and so important a sub-

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