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The old prejudices are gradually giving of little David with his sling, -and little way to newer and better forms; and the George Washington with his hatchet, abungraceful yachts of to-day are in striking con- dantly prove! If we try and fail, we shall trast with the clumsy hulls of thirty years do well nevertheless. If we long for the ago. National competition has been one prize, but fail to make an effort to win it, great cause of this marked development; we shall continue to sit in the “shadow," and this spirit of commendable rivalry is while American yachtsmen bask in the constantly inspiring yachtsmen to perfect “sunshine" of well-earned victory, themselves in the subtle subject of yacht- Aside from this consideration, the greatbuilding. A wide-spread interest is taken est one of all—is that which will occur to in yachting,—for the “ Yacht List " of 1861 every spirited Canadian yachtsman,-the -the latest data we have on hand-gives desirability of fostering yachting among ourthe number of yachts owned in England, selves. The opportunities for yachting Scotland, and Wales, alone, as 1173 ; and along our lakes and rivers are absolutely the nine organized clubs in the United unsurpassed. From the head waters of States, show an aggregate number of 213 Lake Superior to the outlet of the St. Lawyachts. This paper has been hastily pre-rence, -over three thousand miles,—there pared, in the hope of creating a more gen- is one continuous succession of beautiful eral interest in yachting in Canada.
scenery, thriving cities and convenient harAn Amateur, for one, would like to see an bours. New resources are being constantly effort-A CANADIAN EFFORT—made to win developed, and the attractions for yachtsthe Cup which, for twenty years, has remain- men are yearly becoming more and more ed as a standing challenge to all the world. delightful. There is every reason why Surely a cup, which was the gift of our be- Canadians should foster and commend a naloved Queen, should stir us to make, at least, tional yachting spirit. Second to no people in an attempt to possess the coveted trophy! the development of the useful arts of peace, If" and there's the rub”-this could be we should strive to compete successfully for done, what an inviting field would be open- the honours which fall to victorious yachtsed up
for our American friends, as a sum- men in great international regattas. It is a mer cruising ground ! Along our magnifi- little surprising that thus far, notwithstandcent water course, there are points of ing the unsurpassed facilities for yachting interest far surpassing any that the sultry and yacht-building, not a single representtropics afford. The pure sweet water, the ative Canadian yacht has yet been a conbroad open lakes, the populous cities on testant in any great international contest. their borders, the beauties of the St. Law- A splendid chance is now open for our rence, the grandeur of the scenery of Lake yachtsmen to win a worthy fame in foreign Superior, with the infinite intermediate at fields. tractions, are all yet in store for American It yet remains for some future yacht club yachtsmen, should they ever find it neces- in Canada to enter upon its list of yachts a sary to visit our lakes, to win back their lost single one, the victories of which are famous Cup! This may seem visionary to the beyond our own borders. How long must timid, but earnest effort may make the this charge hold good? Let the spirited
yachtsmen of our Dominion-embracing To the zealous and persistent all things half a continent within its boundariesare possible. It is true that we are but a answer the inquiry ! The noble sport of comparatively little people,—but little folks yachting is fostered among us by many sometimes do historical things—as the story whose energy, enterprise, and zeal, warrant
idea a reality.
us in the prediction that in the near future, look with admiring pride upon Canadian -when capital is more largely developed, yachts, equal in all their appointments to and the attention of our public-spirited citi- any in England or the United States. zens is called to this subject,—we shall
Eloïse ! Eloïse !
And our green, mossy seat,
Where the flowers kissed thy feet,
Is here-just here :
But I miss thee, dear !
O seat, by the greenwood tree,
Thou art all unfilled to-day !
Eloïse! Eloïse !
And our low, grassy seat,
With the brook at its feet
Is here- just here :
But I miss thee, dear!
O seat, by the brooklet free,
Thou art all unfilled to-day !
Eloïse ! Eloïse !
And the seat where we prayed,
'Neath our home's blessed shade, With the soft shadows over us creeping,
Is here-just here :
But I miss thee, dear !
O seat, where she prayed of yore,
I am kneeling alone to-night!
And the stern, unyielding grave Will restore not the gift I gave To its bosom yesternight.
CONCERNING OLD AGE.
BY C. T. CAMPBELL, M. D.
cided whether “length of days” is a hesitation. Even the strongest religious faith, thing to be desired or not. If “the first though it may have a confident assurance of commandment with blessing” would seem a happier home “over the river,” will often to indicate an affirmative answer to the hesitate on the bank, loath to say farewell question, the inconveniences and discom- to life. The evidence of things not seen may forts so often attendant on old age would as be strong, but it cannot altogether destroy clearly point to a negative. Differences of the influence of the things that are seen. opinion, however, will depend on the vary- Just how long a man might live or ought ing circumstances and conditions of the in- to live is another of the disputed questions dividual. In times of mental depression, involved in the consideration of old age. bodily illness, or personal poverty, desire Moses (was it not he ?) set down the limit may fail and life become a burden. But at three score and ten; yet he himself, re with favourable surroundings few people gardless of consistency, lived out full six score, will discuss, even theoretically, the advisa- and even then “his eye was not dim, nor bility of praying for shortness of life. Not his natural strength abated.” Hufeland, many are like the quaint old physician, Sir who wrote pleasantly on “ The Art of Pro
“ Thomas Browne, who seemed scarcely to longing Life,” thought people might reach approve of any one who should desire “to 200 years, if they only took care of themsurpass the days of our Saviour, or wish to selves. But he died at 74 ; presumably, he outlive that age wherein He thought fittest did not take care of himself. Buffon, calto die;" and for this reason, among others, culating from the ratio which the life of an that “if (as divinity affirms) there shall be animal bears to the years of its growth, held no grey hairs in heaven, but all shall rise in “ that the man who did not die of accithe perfect state of men, we do but outlive dental causes, reached everywhere the age these perfections in this world to be recalled of ninety or one hundred.” Others who to them by a greater miracle in the next, and have written and talked on this subject
on here but to retrograde hereafter.” adopt various opinions as to the duration of Yet we never heard that Sir Thomas la- life. Individually, they have generally trieci mented greatly the prolongation of his own to live as long as possible. life to the age of seventy-seven.
That people do at times reach an age far Despite any theorising, life certainly seems beyond the ordinary limit is evidenced by to the general mind something worthy to be the records of history. It is often difficult, clung to with a most tenacious grasp. He though, to decide how far romance enters was no unwise observer of men and things into the composition of some of the marwho gave it as his opinion that though in vellous stories of longevity we hear. In the philosophic moments Hamlet might gravely case of a sheik of Smyrna still living at the soliloquize “To be or not to be !" yet should advanced age of 600, or in that of one some one suddenly point a pistol at his head | Astephius, who claimed for himself not less
than 1,025 years, there need be no question. chemical experiments, rejuvenated her But in the multitude of cases credited with father-in-law, Æson, and, we presume, provarying ages from 100 to 200, there is more longed his life by a very free venesection, room for doubt. Yet the evidence is some followed by the injection of certain vegetimes very clear. Take the Countess of table juices into his veins. Very probably Desmond for an example, among those this was the origin of the regimen favoured generally accepted as true. Born in 1465 by some medical men—not yet dead--who she is said to have danced with Richard the used to recommend a bleeding every spring, Third while yet Duke of Gloucester, and to followed by a course of bitters to purify the have outlived all the English sovereigns of system. the Houses of York and Tudor, dying dur- The alchemists were all earnest seekers ing the reign of James I., at the age of 140. after some clixir vita—some magic potion A lively old lady she must have been, if the which should preserve youth and vigour tradition be true, which attributes her death for ever. None succeeded, judging from to a fall from a cherry tree! Then there is the fact that they all died themselves ; but Henry Jenkins, of whom it was said, that in some of them imagined they had discovered his youth he was present at the battle of what would prolong if not perpetuate life. Flodden. He died in 1670, and could not, Friar Bacon compounded a nostrum of gold, therefore, have been less than 170. But the coral, vipers, rosemary, aloes, the bone of a evidence is not so satisfactory in his case'as stag's heart, and certain other mysterious in that of Thomas Parr, who was born in ingredients. Arnoldus de Villâ, a French 1483. We are told that he married his first physician, proposed to feed the seeker after wife at the age of 80, and his second at 120. long life on pullets fattened on vipers, Gay young bridegroom ! worse than the which, after being whipped to death, were perhaps mythical John Weeks who married to have their heads and tails cut off, and be his tenth wife when he was 106, she being stewed in a mixture of rosemary and fennel. then only “sweet sixteen.” Parr survived This formed the pièce de resistance of the his second and last matrimonial effort 32 feast ; the entremets were composed of years, dying at the age of 152. There are emeralds, rubies and other precious stones several other cases on record of whose truth- dissolved. There would not be much obfulness we can have little doubt, where jection to the latter articles ; but most persons have passed the century mile-post people would prefer them raw rather than of life's journey, and got some distance cooked. beyond ; but we shall not occupy space Commend us, however, to the prescripwith their names.
tion of Claudius Hermippus, who taught a The best evidence that people think it school of girls in Rome, and died at the desirable to live long, is to be found in the age of 115, having thus prolonged his life, exertions that have been made in all ages in his own opinion, by “exposing himself, to accomplish this end. The Egyptians daily, to the breath of innocent young maids.” supposed life could be lengthened by the The remedy might not be unpleasant, even free use of sudorifics and emetics. They if it should not succeed as well in this ninetried to "keep the pores open,” as the old teenth century as in the days of the Roman women--professional and non-professional dominie. If, however, a deeper meaning is -say. Two emetics per month were con- to be placed upon it than appears on the sidered the proper thing in Egypt. If surface, it will not be so ridiculous as it classic poets are to be credited, Medea, a looks. Read the prescription in the words philosophic young lady, much given to of old Marshal de Schomberg, who was