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"Switzerland! in thy mountain scenery, all I adored of nature in my wild and frolic hour of infancy is met," exclaimed Alpina, while gazing at the summit of Mont-Blanc, as the morning sun peeped its brilliancy over the romance, and studded with dewy gems, the vista through which the artless maiden might look into Heaven.
"Heaven forgive my Father, even as I forgive him," said she, and as the sound of her voice vibrated on his ear, he put forth his hand and rested it gently on her head, as he had never done before, and as she looked up to him, the rays of the sun shone on her face, and through the Cottage, with radiance and beauty never equalled-and she implored as an angel the impress of the loveliness of nature on her Father, her Mother, and their home, and for very shame the old man hid himself in his pillow-her Mother joining the daughter's solicitude, there was a deep expression of sorrow for the derelictions of the Father.
She never told her grief for his debasement, "but let concealment, like a worm
Her spirit caught the inspiration of the scene, as ever and far she beheld the most picturesque scenery of the Land of Calvin, and her ear was blessed with the sound of Presbyterians, as it issued from an adjacent dwelling, where their founder had first inhaled the air of Switzerland, and learned from his Mother's lips, the first lessons of a Refinement of manners is always agreeasystem that hath extended itself to the far-ble, and this young and only daughter was thest verge of green earth, rivers unknown the idol of a fond parent. to song, and had so many able and eloquent advocates. It is soul-stirring to dwell amid the grovesi' the bud, feed on her damask cheek," and and academic shades of those whose witness is in Heaven, and whose record is on high, of the unassuming virtues of the Genevese. Alpina herself entered her Father's and Mother's apartment, with a fresh unction onority, as the superlative excellencies of his her soul, and kneeling at the bed-side of her inebriated parent, poured forth in convulsive sobs, half stifled ejaculations, for his restoration to reason and duty.
unlike the custom of the world, she never intimated that her Father was an inebriate, or told him how wretched he was.
Too well he knew and felt his own inferi
daughter, beamed forth in every look and gesture, and tone. Her music, and mirth, and piety, and indeed her whole education, was devoted to the happiness. of the loved
circle, and Alpina was constant in her attachment. She, with unwearied assiduity, pointed out the varied objects of interest that presented themselves either at home or abroad, in the humble but vain hope, that she might have conquered his inebrieties. Educated as she was to prefer others, to bring herself to the wishes of others, and to seek their best good and usefulness, she lent her ear to sorrow in its every form, and gave her heart to sympathies, and her actions to engagements that tend to woo. No reproof, nor innuendoes, led a suspicion in those whom she sought to ameliorate, but with every look of love, and every smile of sweetness, and each embrace she gave her parent it seemed as if an angel girded him around-and her kisses and tears (a lady's most powerful battery,) divested him of that rudeness he had acquired by associations with the reckless and the unprincipled.
Alpina had a cultivated understanding, › disciplined by the truest and best instruction the Genevese could bestow, and there was such a mellowness in her tempered manners, endearingly alluring, which powerfully affected the object at which she aimed-viz: The restoration to virtuous and prosperous life, of a once tender and affectionate parent. Once the happiest of the happy, their home was the attraction of the most polished of the refined, and every inducement tended to strengthen the mutual interest of the domestic scene.
Prejudices are too often caused by inattention to little matters, and Shakspeare never uttered a truer say—than that;-"Trifles light as air are to the jealous, confirmation strong as proofs from Holy Writ."
Mother oft chid her delay, as grief would impede her industry, "dear Mother, are we going to leave Switzerland? Shall we bid adieu to the Valleys that so bloom with health and beauty and worth? The Mountains that so radiate the sunbeams to the lowliest Cottage? The people? Oh Mother! The people of Geneva, where shall we find their equal for worth-and the flowers! dear Mother, the pretty flowers of my own planting—the little birds, sweet enchanters of the grove, where sister and I were accustomed to play and study, and sing those hymns you taught us, Mother? and where the response was from the native songsters of the wild wood-and my prettiest bird, that wears the tuft around his neck, and that I love to watch-may I not take them with us? and the tree, the Juniper, where night after night I've sat with my young brother Abaretti, in the bright moonlight, and sang of the joys that came over the Mountain to cheer the heart of the Swiss girl and boy.”
"Yes, dear-but a broad Ocean lies between, and ere we embark we propose to visit some of the more delightful towns of Switzerland, to learn the art now practised in a far distant land."
With inexpressible emotion, did Egorina Swartz discover that the preparation was tearing up Alpina's heart strings, and she sought to divert her by directing her attention to the Penates she cherished as a sort of guard against the domestic vicissitudes incident to life.
Mothers are the world in all to daughters. Their myriad intimacies entwine the hearts in indissoluble bonds, and lead the youthful to trust the form and feature of the loved, Alpina's Father, Frederick Swartz, had as indicative of their anticipations. Many become the object of universal prejudice, as hearts can remember the unction of a Mothhe had by degrees acquired a relish for his er's prayer-the sweet, tender, inexpressidrops so had he gradually diminished in the ble advisings, the bracing up to the adversiesteem of his early friends and neighbours, ties-the buoyant face divine, even amid caand Alpina and her Mother, Egorina Swartz, lamities that startle the uninitiated in advendetermined to take a tour with Frederick turous strife,-hath inspiritings so comfortover the Mountains and Valleys of their na-ing, so entrancing, so exhilarating, that its tive land, ere he should embark for America well remembered influences, come through "Rainbows in the to seek a Colony of Swiss, who had settled the mists of years, as at Vevay, in Indiana, and were cultivating cloud of war, the harbinger of victory." Often would Alpina look up to her Mother the grape. With heart-rending emotions, Alpina com-in artlessness, to see if she was really surmenced her task of "packing up," and her prised or alarmed, or joyed, and so as Mother
the scene, which Frederick proposed to bear with him to America.
was, would she be, and therefore she comforted herself with doing as Mother did and wished, and relying on her judgment :- As they ascended one of the loftiest peaks (as when a little boy ran to his Mother, on of that ever to be admired Mount, Fredea day in which a false Prophet had intimated rick and Egorina had taken arm in arm, for that a third part of the Earth must be de-a walk at eve,-and Alpina was running stroyed, it being bright and fair and beautiful, along before them playing and singing and he playing, but doubting, ran and asked, to please her Mother-"Alpina,” called her "Mother, will the man's word prove true- Mother, Alpina, will you sing for your of the destruction of the world? Will it Mother, dear?" She replied with her usual Mother? I see the Poplars bending in the naivete, yes, Mother; if Father will only breeze-but Mother do say?"—"No, No, listen to me," and seating herself on the my child, the world will not be destroyed lawn of one of the openings-began the this day"—and he played on, as his Mother beautiful song of the Swiss Boy, accompaknew of course.) nying it with her violincello.
It will not be dreamed that Alpina's Mother was superior to all Mothers. Oh dear, no, for every one who hath properly loved so blessed a being, but would cherish as the very nestlings of innocence all that cometh from her, the Queen of the affections, enthroned in virtuous love.
It moved to tears the hardened Father, and caused a parent's pride to thrill through his bosom.
As they proceeded on their journey, Egorina forgot herself, and Alpina observing herself at ease in release was unmindful of her danger-and passing over one of the crags of a ravine, fell headmost, and caught by her tresses on the branches that jutted out from the sides.
Quick as lightning, Egorina sprung to her relief, disengaging herself from her husband. Looking down the avenue of the mountain, she beheld Alpina suspended over the awful chasm beneath,-she heard the cry of "Mother, Mother!" and summoning all the energies of her instinct, she made her way to the object of her love, with as much risk, and certainly with greater aim than General Washington did, when he ascended Cedar Creek Bridge, to write his name above the rest. With some difficulty, she ascended with her precious charge, her
"Mother," exclaimed Alpina, "Mother," and she sprang to her, and clung to her as though pierced by some hidden dart-hugging her close to her bosom, she felt as if reason had forsaken her; there was a wildness about her eye, and a haggardness in her fea ture somewhat indicative of the ill-fatedbut like a true Mother and friend, she was more tender of her, and hid, if possible, her deformities, in her superabundant bosom. Oh, would that the delicacy of a Mother's love, and refined sensibility, and tender care, would insinuate itself in all the receptacles for those, who are left sometimes at the beck of those, who give to misery all they have a tear. Alpina was decidedly divested of her self-husband having taken the precaution to control, and she had a Mother's wing hovering over and sheltering her-her erraticism was like Ophelia's-she was singing of flowers and talking of love-"The very honey moon of madness"—and ere she commenced her route, the proper restoratives had been applied.
On consultation, it was determined that Alpina and Egorina should remain in Switzerland until Frederick had settled a new home for them on the Banks of the Ohio, and that instead of journeying to Bex to pass the holidays, they should only make their tour to-Mont Blanc, and prepare a view of
throw a noose around her waist, which sustained her amid her fears. Having deposited her charge on terra firma, she fainted, and Frederick, for the first time, proffering some of his stimulus, bathed her temples, and laved her.
Recovering herself, she called Alpina to her, who was unconscious of the danger she had passed, and who ran to her assistance as if nought had happened.
"What Mother, dear Mother?-can Alpina serve you?" "Yes, my darling—bathe my eyes love." "I will, Mother" said she, "I will bathe them in my own," and gazing
at her, looked complacency into her soul's | Intemperance should be no longer his pesdepths--"There, Mother, have I not bathed tiferous annoyance. you with a daughter's love?" Egorina said
"Resolutions are as pie-crusts," saith a nought, but looked a look that told how homely adage, and before Frederick's oath much she loved and valued her whose con-was registered in Heaven, its violation was stant care was to increase their affection by assiduities of the tenderest mould.
So soon as they were recovered from their perplexities, they took up their march for home, and arrived just as the setting sun was casting his radiance around the loved scenes. Their lowly dwelling seemed dressed in crimson drapery, and a richness infused itself in all its associations.
witnessed on Earth, but so importunate were the impleadings of Egorina and Alpina, that the Angel blotted out his Sin, and the | repentant one resumed his intended destination to the land of Liberty and eminent domain.
After he had prepared his family for the parting scene,—and committed his cares and sorrows to the Lord,-his eye turned toward the very domicile where Calvin lived, and around which the sun's rays were reflected as from a crystal lake, the morning Alpina bent her knee in prayer for him; and now as the declining rays of that same old brilliant converged on the same spot he heard the Evening Hymn, and being reproved by its symphonies, his soul melted before his GOD,-he knelt where Alpina did, and prayed for her as she did for him. This praying is curious, sometimes it exasperates.
Alpina,” said her Mother, as she pointed to those objects the household loved,-she ran and kissed her Mother, but turned from her Father, with a sort of instinctive horror, remembering how kind he had been to her, she relented and kissed him too. She well remembered how oft that Mother's bitter tear did flow, as her Father had rioted amid the excesses of the town, and in all their vascillations Alpina leaned toward her Mother. Prior to Frederick's embarkation, a party was made by his once particular friends—a | Once there was an inebriate, whose friends, very numerous one too-there being repre- (ladies they were too,) met to pray for him, senstatives from nearly every Canton of and the return for their kindness was turnSwitzerland, and the interest was enhanced, ing them into the street as intruders. Often as opening the way for an enlargement of it operates differently, and often it effects the colony of their countrymen. Accord-a change by the contemplation of the exingly, each member of the company, as healted object. The lamented poet, Montentered, enrolled his name to a form, and received a medal of friendship, obligatory in a most special manner of the virtue of Temperance, as a lure to Frederick, knowing that there is no prosperity without it, and that with it, numerous Harpies and Hydras are expelled from the imagination, and an open Sea is presented to the mind, with Free Ships, Free Goods, and Free Men.
The effect on Frederick's general disposition was good, but there was not that firm step, elastic spirit, hearty laugh, that were characteristics with his friends. He seemed, like most inebriates, somewhat conscious of his own deficiencies, when in company of the virtuous.
He vowed he would be the source of independent happiness to his family, and so he dashed to the floor his cup of luscious drink, he lifted up his arm and swore by "HIM that liveth forever and over," that
gomery, was desired to send his view of the
"The upward glancing of an eye,
This truth came to Frederick's heart, and he blended his tears with those who loved him, as sure pledges of his adherence to his determination.
It was determined that Egorina and Alpina should remain at home, and that Frederick should migrate to the new countries, and build up a dwelling place for the friends of his heart. Sadly, though bravely, he bade farewell, and embarked for the scenes of his prosperity.
Frederick's engagements, tastes, and habits, led him to court dangers unseen, and hasten to unbidden scenes-"Fools rush in,