The Mountaineer

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I. Collet, 1823 - American essays - 204 pages

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Page 142 - Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation DESERT the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ; and let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.
Page 107 - s quite deform'd ! And yet the case is clear ; What's female beauty, but an air divine, Through which the mind's all gentle graces shine ? They, like the sun, irradiate all between ; The body charms because the soul is seen. Hence, men are often captives of a face, They know not why, of no peculiar grace : Some forms, though bright, no mortal man can bear ; Some, none resist, though not exceeding fair.
Page 65 - Such a nation might truly say to corruption, thou art my father, and to the worm, thou art my mother and my sister.
Page 25 - 'shall aim at brevity. But should I take up " 'more of your time than you expect, I hope " 'you will hear me with patience, when you " ' consider that blood is concerned.
Page 25 - A great mass of testimony was delivered. This was commented upon with considerable ability by the lawyer for the commonwealth, -and by another lawyer engaged by the friends of the deceased for the prosecution. The prisoner was also defended, in elaborate speeches, by two respectable advocates. These proceedings brought the day to a close. The general whisper through a crowded house was, that the man- was guilty and could not be saved. About dusk candles were brought, and Henry arose., His manner...
Page 128 - Whether any kind of gaming has even thus much to say for itself, I shall not determine ; but I think it is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense passing away a dozen hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards, with no other conversation but what is made up of a few game phrases, and no other ideas but those of black or red spots ranged together in different figures. Would not a man laugh to hear any one of this species complaining that life is short...
Page 25 - This bowing of the soul must have been universal; for the profoundest silence reigned, as if our breath had been suspended. The spell of the magician was upon us, and we stood like statues around him. Under the touch of his genius, every particular of the story assumed a new aspect, and his cause became continually more bright and promising. At length he arrived at the fatal act itself. ' You have been told, gentlemen, that the prisoner was bound by every obligation to avoid the supposed necessity...
Page 24 - When he arrived within a short distance of it, the master appeared coming out of the door with his rifle in his hand. Some witnesses said that as he came to the door he drew the cock of the piece, and was seen in the act of raising it to the position of firing. But upon these points there was not an entire agreement in the evidence. The constable, standing near a small building in the yard, at this instant fired, and the fire had a fatal effect. No previous malice was proved against him ; and his...
Page 25 - Yes, since blood is concerned, in the name of all that is righteous, go on ; we will hear you with patience until the rising of to-morrow's sun! ' This bowing of the soul must have been universal ; for the profoundest silence reigned, as if our very breath had been suspended.
Page 26 - The effect of this terrific image, exhibited in this great orator's peerless manner, cannot be described. I dare not attempt to delineate the paroxysm of emotion which it excited in every heart. The result of the whole was, that the prisoner was acquitted ; with the perfect approbation, I believe, of the numerous assembly who attended the trial. What was it that gave such transcendent force to the eloquence of Henry ? His reasoning powers were good ; but they have been equalled, and more than equalled,...

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