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   Galesville Transcript (Newspaper) - August 10, 1860, Galesville, Wisconsin                               S. S. LUGE, EDITOR. Devoted to. ImpVOTeflientS. IN ADVANCE. Vol I. TKEMPEAL.EAllCOc AUG. 10, I860. No.Sti. SELECT POETEY; The following from an Addison County poet has seldom been equalled in tender iiiueicul pathos. Scene of our Youth. In memory of Kilwnrtl Downing llnrbor. who (Hod at Lake Duumoro, Ailisbury, Vt., Aug. iSJixl, 1805. TVIioso WHS tliv glnnco that kltuliwt marked thy billow; Wlicuotho fond word went sparkling with thjrthmo? M'lii? In lib '.Irciiin beheld thco Iron) his pillow M'lio in liia fato would mtnglo with thy mime? Whhpor it wlion thy soft, swuot wuvc is breaking, And Inpn tlic shore, with for its mind: JlltfW with it whim IVuiu night anil sleep awaking, Slindowti nnd liillj) invurtcd stuml. the hi'tul obovo thoe, Deon in thy brvatit its purest 'sliiitlow forms; I.o ti> Iho lietirt, the soul Mint loved thcc, Comes for its love, when fllos tho simile of atorina. Mix.wvtiimou! (lie Imuil thy wave hna painted, in liis own, has felt his busoui's tli'rlll; .Now from each brenst that muturoiu souse lias fainted, Vi't in thine own nnd mine they minglo stilt: from the t'rmont Quarterly Gazetteer. Rain' in, Summer. ITow beautiful is'tbc rniu! After the dust nnd heat, lit the broad nnd fiery street, In the narrow lane, How beautiful is the rain! II. W. LONGFELLOW. [I'rom Oodey's Lmly'a Bouli.J THE SOLDIER'S SON; OK, Tiio Triumph of Virtue. BY MARY, OT N J. thy brcrul ujion tln> waters, uiul tliou slialt fiiul it after many iluyf.'' [CONCLUDED.] For a little time, the pageantry of tho wurld lost its power on the and all the haunts of pleasure were for- gotten. He shuddered as he contrasted the elegancies that surrounded him with the destitution he had witnessed. The straw pallet of age and infirmity, the pic- ture that memory drew, seemed even yet more vivid than the reality. The follow- ing day, Mr. Wilton had left the city; but a blank cover, inclosing two hundred dollars, had been placed, by an unknown hand, in that of tho old soldier. Years passed away, and the glow'of unearthly pleasure that tho traveler then experienced was gradually The blandishments of pleasure -resumed t'icir wonted influence, her glittering wave hurried' him onward withoiit' the power of reflection; and, if..a momentary wish woidd have led him to inquire the further fate of .Wilder Lee, the bright phantasms that surrounded him diverted his purpose. Death had deprived him of an amiable wife, whose, influence :might have won him from the sphere of and Ins only :child, early accustomed to the rounds of fashionable pursuits, thought not of opposing them. The exalted sentiments, eVcn in sTi'o had- inrbi'bexVfroih her mother, preserved- her from that con- taminating irifluerice; the blights of rt gay world, the purity of her charae-: ter remained stainless as the snows of the unapproachable cliff. Gentle as the reed of summer, she, yielded; to the impulses of those with whom, her lot was; .cast; but her by high and frequent communion with the memory of her taint- ed mother, escaped habit might otherwise hacveisecu'roft. At the age of she accompanied, an in- valid friend to springs of Harrodsburg. This village, at that tiine, was a place of fashionable resort, "and; .to a mind like that of Isabel Wilton, afford- ed themes of1 limitless reflection. The buoyancy .of health was here contrasted with the languor of disease; the hectic of death iwit'h the laugh of images-of mortality mingled with the vo- taries of pleasure; ,tbe listless who strove to annihilate. .and the. dying who sought to- add; yeta few more days to those they had-now: to number.: Soon after the arrival of Isabel, she was one day struck, on entei'irig the com- mon sitting-room, by an old man, who sat alone, apparently unnoticed. His sightless eyes, his palsied limbs, and the white locks that were thinly scattered ov- er his pallid features, all at once riveted her attention. Her heart throbbed with pity, but reverence mingled with compas- sion, as she marked the settled and plac- id expression of his countenance; At no great distance, a group of ladies were in- dulging in bursts of merriment, which, at this moment, struck discordantly on her heart. She felt that the presence of un- fortunate age should least inspire-re- spect, and, involuntarily approaching, the unheeded old man, she was half resolved to address him. Her natural timidity, however, withheld her, until she was at length .called by one of the gay group to partake of some strawberries. The irres- olute expression of her countenance at once changed to that. of. pleasure. "I will she.said, unhesitat- ingly, presenting her work-basket, this, old gentleman." And she then ap- proached him without "Will ;yoiv accept some strawberries, The..voice of Isabel; was like the low, sighing tones of an instrument; it touched every chord .of tho The .old man received them with a smile, that spoke benediction; .elegant, though youthful who stood reading a newspaper with bis, >to wards, suddenly turned .round and fixed his eyes on the b-lushing.girl, with naiugled admir- ation and surprise; She instinctively re- will-! attend you whenever you feel-.able i to iTbe old man rose, and, lean- ing on i the arm of the youth, they left the apartment. "They temporary-sojourners in the thought Isabel, and a sensation-.of pleasure, of which she was perhaps unconscious, arose from the idea of again meeting them.: They met the next morning at the treated, and joined hitherto. the group mingling in she had -their spring, and again arid again met. Who shall'id-escribe the: mingling of kindred Who shall trace: the in- tricate and delicate sources of that myste- rious passion ,which sweeps like a torrent over the humane soul? Scarcely a word bad passed between the youthful stran- they knew nothing of each other ;be- limits of a few the years that s-preceded bad become to them as a tedious dream, their present was their all of existence, and" resembled the renovated life of the chrysalis, when it "sails on new winga through summer air." As yet, however, unconscious .of the dangerous source1 of this new sense of en- joyment, they met without embarrass- ment. The blush that dyed the cheek of Isabel; in the. the stranger was that of abstract pleasure; and the light that flashed Upon his eye at her ap- proach was brilliant as the rays of heaven. The failing health of .the old''-blind man, whom he daily attendedto! the spring, af- forded their only clue even to a passing remark. The deep interest which his appearance excited" in the bosom of Isa'- bel conqueaed the scruples1 of vestal re- serve, "and she frequently ventured a tim- id inquiry respecting the'aged invalid. There are a thousand namolcss atten-j tions too trifling ;for description, that come with a cheering' influence over the feeling heart, like tire imperceptible breeze that stirs the 'delicate leaf. Such the attentions which misfortune in- :variably elicited from the hand of no matter how narrow her sphere1 of ac- tion. Her voice, her step, were arready known'to the discriminating ear'J6f the old man; and, if his cane was or a seat knew the ready hand that He was, evidently and 'rapidly 'failing j at length, Isabel met th'6 interesting stran- ger no longer. Three days 'and her attend- ance on her a- penance. A walk was propo'sed; arid, weary'bf she gladly became one of-the pariy.' As they' passed-: wifftmJ view of the village- youth himself approach- ed with hei'jjbasket. Presenting it- 'with; a look of L indescribable import, he said, thayiks; an4 -.blessings 'of age disappeared. .-In a short 'time, he :re- tiyne.d, and addressed; thgi .old mania a tone of respect and tenderness: 1'ength' found more qiiiet lodgings, and feelings.: of Isabel .were rendered yet more intense; by the [softening influ- ence of the hour, and, almost unable, to proceed, she leaned on, the arm .of her friend, whose health was yet. but imper- fectly restored, ;and fell behind her gay- er companions. .Again her eye was turn- ed asylum of humanity; the solitary, mourner had: left the spot, and, with; :a faltering step, was slowly re- turning to the village. -Their paths in- tersected, and already ibefore her. and :both were for some: mo- ments silent- 'He...atlength said, in a voice of suppressed "The cause that brought- me hitber'is now terminated in the g.Tave. I leave this place to-morrow. Permit me, then, miss, even at this moment of sorrow; to thank you for the interest you have evinc- ed iti the -suffering's of my departed fath- er, and for the soothing attentions you have paid him. If the cup of affliction is ever yours, may some gentle spirit as your own; temper its being, bright and lovely as yourself, hov- er around your Isabel could reply; Her party had now baited, and'-she rejoined them. -The; young stranger uttered a stifled farewell; and, striking into another path t disappeared. On her return, the subdued Isabel wag pressed to the bosom of her father. If anything at that moment could have giv- en her pleasure, it was his arrival, as she'was. anxious to leave a 'spot that was :h'bw'utterly 'devoid of interest; The light adieus of c'ereiriony were easily cioriclud- ed; and; early t'lie following morning, she was equip-jje'd for departure. As her fath'er handed her into the car- riage, he Stripped to speak to an acquaint- ance, man, who waa pass- ing at that moment, suddenly paused, and, clasping his his hands, "Mr. 'myi '''I do not'understand you, said "I know of no attention was Tlieir duties'were: finished, and; Jthey were returning) (but 'there Ws.o'ne Vhia y'ct'lingered, folded arms, leaned 'over 'the new-inade 'gfave.'' it waa thei 'young strVri'ger, arid Isabel edihprehend- ed the melancholy'.1 scene! The" party: proceeded, "aridV fere' there sur- rounding landscape was'flooded witbytfre silver light ofHhe full niooni" one who can, give ine so 'flattering said the young man, whose countenance and voice were -but too fa- miliar too tho trembling Isabel, "am I then so changed? Lee, .the soldier's son, whom seven years ago you rescued -from poverty." Mr. .Wilton T pressed hi.B hand ;with, emo.tion., have rescued, .but his: intolerable -ovasioi'n is Unnecessary. We 6ould not '-hanidnthat relieved us. Have you, nq interest in hear- you 'me to tell you what has been the effect of your shall ;gladly listen to anything whicfei yoii air'e1 said Mr. WiUom 'ntwo; you my.fatu- er was reirioved to a niore coniforibre "dwelling, and I was entered at schoot.   

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