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of the volute before mentioned, which came down with a thundering sound, and was carried to England by one of the captains, as a present to a lady who had commissioned him for a piece of the pillar. The discovery which they made amply compensated for this mischief; as, without their evidence, the world would would not have known at this hour that there was originally a statue on this pillar, one foot and ankle of which are still remaining. The statue must have been of a gigantic size, to have appeared of a man's proportion at so great a height..

“There are circumstances in this story which might give it an air of fiction, were it not authenticated beyond all doubt. Besides the testimony of many eye-witnesses, the adventurers themselves have left us a token of the fact, by the initials of their names, which are very legible in black paint just beneath the capital.”

“ Alas! what differs more than man from man!

And whence this difference?-whence but from himself?
For see the universal race endowed
With the same upright form! The sun is fixed,
And the infinite magnificence of heaven,
Within the reach of every human eye:
The sleepless ocean murmurs in all ears;
The vernal fields infuse fresh delight
Into all hearts. Throughout the world of sense,
Even as an object is sublime or fair,
That object is laid open to the view
Without reserve or veil; and as a power
Is salutary, or its influence sweet,
Are each and all enabled to perceive
That power, that influence, by impartial law.

Gifts nobler are vouchsafed alike to all ;-
Reason,-and, with that reason, smiles and tears;
Imagination, freedom of the will,
Conscience to guide and check; and death
To be foretasted,-immortality presumed.
Strange, tben, nor less than monstrous, night be deemed
The failure, if the Almighty, to this point
Liberal and undistinguishing, should hide
The excellence of moral qualities
From common understanding; leaving truth
And virtue, difficult, abstruse and dark ;
Hard to be won, and only by a few :-
Strange, should he deal herein with nice respects,
And frustrate all the rest! Believe it not:
The primal duties shine aloft-like stars :
The charities, that sooth, and heal, and bless,
Are scattered at the feet of man-like flowers.
The generous inclination, the just rule,
Kind wishes and good actions, and pure thoughts-
No mystery is here; no special boon
For high and not for low,-for proudly graced
And not for meek in heart. The smoke ascends
To heaven as lightly from the cottage hearth,
As from the haughty palace.”

“Oh! I would walk
A weary journey to the furthest verge
Of the big world, to kiss that good man's hand,
Who, in the blaze of wisdom and of art,
Preserves a lowly mind; and to his God,
Feeling the sense of his own littleness,
Is as a child in meek simplicity!
What is the pomp of learning? the parade
Of letters and of tongues? Even as the mists,
Or the gray morn before the rising sun,
That pass away and perish. Earthly things
Are but the transient pageants of an hour;
And earthly pride is like the passing flower,
That springs to fall, and blossoms but to die."


M Y readers likely know that the Sandwich Islands, I T or the Hawaiian, lie just inside the Tropical belt; and that Honolulu is the capital of the group. But, may be, they do not know that they are 2,100 miles, or a week's sail by steamer, and two by sailing vessel, from San Francisco, and that it is a most delightful voyage to make! They are 3,800 miles from Auckland, 4,480 from Sydney, and 4,803 from Hong


The islands are seven in number; four of them being of great commercial importance-Hawaii being the largest (and so giving its name to the group), Maui, Oahu (on which is Honolulu, and which is supposed to be the oldest island of the group), and Kauai (where is the new plantation of 60,000 acres). The other three are Molokai, Niihau, and Lanai, the last-named, a sheep-ranch owned by the late Mr. Gibson (Premier)

-Niihau, owned by one family. Nor do I think that my readers know there is constant and regular steamer communication between the more important islands; and that no rougher sea can be found than in these channels. But, "use is a second nature," and the people appear not to mind it much! And the journey is only for one or two nights.

The largest active volcano, Kilauea, is on Hawaii, and it is almost worth while going around the globe to see; so one need not mind a few hours' shaking up, if sight-seeing brings them to Hawaii. It would be a thousand pities to miss it!

Haleakala--Hale-a-ka-la-house of the sun is the largest extinct crater, and is on Maui. There is a cave where a few travelers at a time can rest for a night and be quite comfortable if they don't mind the music of a mosquito now and then. The trip is not too hard for one used to mountain climbing. A firstrate horse and good equipments are the requisites, together with a purse not too light, in making a tour of these islands. While the roads are sometimes good, they are often very bad ; ruts, ravines, gulches, etc., for which one must be prepared. There is no climate to fight, all is perfect, unless too warın for a stranger may be, or unless, in the rainy season, one be overtaken by a local flood.

“The surface of the three larger islands is made up of volcanic peaks and their valleys, formed by the decomposition of the lava, and partly, perhaps, by upheavals, too. Thus by the elements and cycles of time have been formed the many beautiful valleysthe Manoa, back of Honolulu, with its fine waterfall and natural bath; Palolo, next beyond-the botanists' paradise—where, in a circle of one hundred feet, twenty-five different varieties of ferns were found; Kalihi-the wild and picturesque; and the historic Nuuanu valley. This is one of the most beautiful drives about Honolulu. Here are the royal mausoleum, the electric works, two large reservoirs which help the water supply, the picturesque ruins of a home of Kamehameha III., and the gentle slopes covered with a dense, thick foliage. Here Nature prepared the strategic point for Kamehameha I. The valley widens as if a rolling plain were beyond, and then suddenly closes, leaving a very narrow gap-the Pali—1,200 feet above the sea level and through perpendicular mountains over 3,000 feet. It was up this valley and through the gap the old conqueror rushed the last of his enemies headlong down the precipitous sides to death. The wind blows fiercely through the gap most all the time. Tradition says this is on account of the furious anger of the spirits of the departed enemy."

On the east side of Honolulu is an extinct crater called Punchbowl; and you can surmise why it takes that name. Government has put a fine drive around the hill to the top, where a magnificent view of the city can be had, looking like an immense grove, with a few houses and spires interspersed, and bounded by the sea. Nothing could be much finer in the way of a splendid picture. On leaving the foot of the hill, against which are crowded Portuguese shanties with their tiny patches of vineyard and melon, in a few minutes you can pass the Royal School on Emma street-a school of two hundred native boys, includ. ing a sprinkling of half-castes.

These native boys are good in drawing and in pen

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