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TRIAL LIST FOR NOVEMBER,
Isott, Wigton & Co.
A. J. Wigton & Bro
Saml. E. MeFenters
Wtn. Brewster •
D. Logan vs B. X. Blair.
J. &J. A. 'Hagerty vs Thomas Weston
.J. A. Hagerty vs Same.
E. J. Dougherty, indorses vs Jacob Cresswell.
vs M. Funk, et al,
vs Wm. McCauley, et al
vs Thomas Ewing, et al
vs Sila - s Lock.
vs George Derkstresser.
John Lyon, et al.
John S. Robinson
S. L. Keen vs Wilson d: Gorsuch.
George Householder vs Abraham Grubb, et al.
Milliken, for use vs John-McComb.
A. S. Harrison, for use vs . Mary A. Shearer.
Jacob Fisher vs J. &B. Hamilton.
James Gordon vv.! Cresswell &
Joseph S. Reed . vs The B. T. Imp't Co.
Same • vs Semi Anthracite Co. .
Silas Lock's use vs Benjamin Ramsey.
Horstman Bro. & Co. vs J. IL Dell & Co.
Moses Robison, for use vs William McClure.
Huntingdon County vs J. Saxtom, Committee &c
T. M. Owens, Adm'r vs Hugh Seeds. -
Jas. R. Crownover vs Wm. Crownover.
Morris,'Fasker & Co. - vs Harrison ,Nr. Hatters.
Ilarndorlar, Lowry & Co. vs Osborn & Cresswell.
William Crotsloy vs Abraham Kurtz, et al.
Thomas Weston, Jr. . vs Thomas Weston.
Perot & Bro. , vs Harrison & Couch.
Jas. Wall vs Jon. Wall.
rZ,lot ;V 1 11=1 ;i 1 ;F:1 1 4 4.i.- - 1215x1PAVii Laulti:t:9l
David Beck, farmer, Warriorsmark.
Robert Barr, farmer, Jackson.
Benjamin Baker, farmer, Tod.
Wesley Orotsley, farmer, Cass.
Henry Canan, chairmaker, Morris.
Asa Corbin, farmer, Union.
George Davis, Jr., farmer, Morris.
Robert Fleming, farmer, Jackson.
Samuel Goshorn, farmer, Tell.
George Gansimore, farmer, Warriorsmark.
William Hight, laborer, Barree.
James Harper, clerk, Cromwell.
Daniel hyper, farmer, Oneida.
Henry Miller, farmer, Juniata.
Simon McGarvey; farmer, Shirley.
Thos. Monteague, of John, lumbe'n, Dublin
Benjamin Neff, farmer, Porter.
John Oaks, farmer, Jackson.
Samuel Pheasant, farmer, Cass.
Elisha Shoemaker, Jr., farmer, Oneida.
Isaac Wolverton, millwright, Brady.
Robert Wilson, farmer, West.
Marshall Yocum, laborer, Union.
Edmund Yocum, farmer. Walker.
TRAVERSE JURORS-FIRST WEEK.
Jesse Rutter, farmer, Springfield.
Daniel Bolinger, farmer, Tell.
William Burket, carpenter, Warriorsmark.
William Boate, collector, Huntingdon.
Jacob Booher, farmer, Springfield.
Robert Baird, M. D., Shirley.
Jonathan Cree, farmer, Dublin.
Richard Cunningham, farmer, Jackson.
Joseph Cornelius, farmer, Cromwell.
J. M. Cunningham, carpenter, Huntingdon
James Clark, Sr., merchant, Warriorsmark
Jacob Fink, farmer, Penn.
Abednego Grazier, farmer, Warriorsmark.
James Goodrich, farmer, Henderson.
Israel Graffius, tinner, Alexandria.
Jesse Gorsuch, farmer, Oneida.
David Hawn, farmer, Juniata.
George Hartley, teacher, Huntingdon.
James Hamilton, farmer, Henderson.
John Hall. farmer, Oneida.
William Harper, J. P., Dublin.
Jackson Harmon, cabinetmaker, Jackson.
James Isett, farmer, Penn.
John Irvin, farmer,
Robert B. Jones, farmer, Tell.
James R. Lane, farmer, Cromwell.
Miles Lewis, farmer, West.
William Madden, farmer, Springfield.
Charles McCarthey, farmer, Clay.
Peter Myers, tailor, Shirley.
Daniel Neff, - farmer, - Porter.
George Numer, farmer, Henderson.
James Neely, farmer, Dublin.
James Oliver, farmer, Franklin.
Geo. W. Owens, gentleman, Warriorsmark.
William Rothrook, brewer, Huntingdon.
Samuel Sharrer, farmer, Shirley.
Thomas Sankey, farmer, Henderson.
James Saxton, coal merchant, Huntingdon.
John Steel, farmer, West.
George M. Smelker, farmer, Shirley.
John IrStonebraker, potter, Franklin.
Daniel Teague, farmer; Cromwell.
George S. Tate, gentleman, Carbon.
William B. White, farmer, Juniata.
John Woodring, drover, Franklin.
Edward Zerner, farmer, Shirley.
David Zentmire, farmer, Franklin.
TRAVERSE JURORS-SECOND WEEK.
Alexander Baker, farmer, Morris.
Peter M. Bare, merchant, Shirley.
Jacob Baker, farmer, Springfield.
Win. Copley, Jr.; blacksmith,Warriorsmark.
Adolphus Cunningham, farmer, Penn.
Benjamin Corbin, farmer, Oneida.
Elijah Curfman, farmer, Cass.
Lewis Carothers, carpenter, Cromwell.
George Dare, clerk, Franklin.
Samuel Douglas, farmer, Shirley.
Wm. Drake,. coachmaker, Shirleysburg.
Isaac Enyeart, farmer, Cromwell.
Tobias Foreman, laborer, Morris.
Wm. H. Gorsuch, merchant, Shirley.
David S. Henderson, shoemaker, Alexandria.
Elijah G. Heck, plasterer, Clay.
Daniel Harris, carpenter, Penn.
Isaac Kurtz, farmer, Walker.
A. B. Lang, farmer, Walker.
Jno. A. McPherran, farmer, Franklin.
Thos. Monteague, carpenter, Franklin. •
John Moore, inn keeper, West.
H. L. McCarthy, surveyor, Brady.
John.R. _McCartney, farmer, Henderson.
Sam!. S. Marks, carpenter, Franklin.
Daniel. Piper, blacksmith, Alexandria.
Win. Philips, 'merchant, Alexandria.
Samuel Ralston, J. P., Warriorsmark.
John Simons, miller, Franklin.
Peter Shaver; Hill Valley, farmer, Shirley.
Richard Silverthorn, farmer, Tell.
Frederick Snyder, farmer, Henderson.
Henry Swoope, farmer, Walker.
Jno., B: Thompson, farmer, Franklin.
Leonard Weaver, firmer, Hopewell.
Henry S. Wilson, surveyor, Oneida. .
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vs Joshua Johns.
vs Benjamin Beers, et al
vs Joins -Jacobs.
vs M. J. Martin, et al.
vi George Bell.
ROPE AND FAITH
The sun shone dimly from the sky,
The forest leaves are tinged with brown
And Autumn winds go moaning by,
And Autumn leaves comes rustling down;
The flowers have faded from the hill,
The birds have sought some sunnier clime,
The golden grain supplies the mill,
And purple grapes have yielded wino.
The Summer with its gorgeous charms
Could not dispel the bitter woe ;
It could not woo us too its arms—
Oar lamp of peace was burning low,
But now on wings of love we soar,
And fear not winter in his wrath,
For Hope and Joy have strewn once more
Their rosy garlands in our path.
And we have drank the richest wine
That e'er was mingled in the cup
Of life, and won a ray divine
1 To light our world of darkness up;
And with that brilliant light within,
We yet may make our "lives sublime ;"
3 Twill save us from the snares of sin
And guide us o'er the sands of time.
He had black eyes, with long lashes, red
cheeks, and hair almost black and almost
curly. ,He wore a crimson plaid jacket,with
full trousers, buttoned on. Had a habit of
whistling and liked to ask quesitons. Was
accompanied by a small black dog. It is a
long while now since he disappeared. I
have a very pleasant house and much compa
ny. My guests, say, " 11h 1 it is pleasant
here! Everything has such an orderly, put
away look—nothing about under foot, no
But my eyes are aching for the sight of
whitlings and cut paper upon the floor, of
tumbled-down card-houses ; of wooden sheep
and cattle ; of pop-guns, bows and arrows,
whips, tops, go-carts, blocks and trumpetry.
I want to see boats a-rigging, and kites
a-making. I want to see crumbles on the
carpet, and paste spilt on the kitchen table.
I want to see the chairs and tables turned
the wrong way about ; I want to see .candy
making and corn-popping ; and to find jack
knives and fish-hooks among my muslins;
yet these things used to fret me once.
They say—"Ah I you have leisure—noth
ing to disturb you ; what heaps of sewing you
have time for."
But I long to be asked for a bit of string
or a newspaper; for a cent to buy
pencil or peanuts. I want to be coaxed for a
piece of new cloth for jibs or main -sails, and
then to hem the same; I want to make little
flags, and bags to hold marbles. I want to
be followed by little feet all over the house;
teased for a bit of dough for a little cake, or
to bake a pie in a saucer. Yet these things
used to fidget me once.
They say—"Ah I you are not tied at home.
'How delightful to be always at liberty to go
to concerts, lectures and parties ; no confine
ment for oou."
But I want confinement ; I want to listen
for the school-bell mornings ; to give the last
hasty wash and brush, and then to watch,
from the window, nimble feet bounding to
school. I want frequent rents to mend, and
replace lost buttons. I want to obliterate
mud stains, molasses stains, and paints of all
colors. I want to be sitting by a little crib
of evenings, when weary little feet are at
rest, and prattling voices, are hushed, that
mothers may sing their lullabies, and tell
over the oft repeated stories. They don't
know their happiness then—those mothers.
I didn't. All these things I called confine
A manly figure stands before me now. He
is taller than I, has thick, black whiskers,
and wears a frock coat, bosomed shirt and
cravat. He has just come from college. He
brings Latin and Greek in his countenance,
and busts of the old philosophers for the sit
ting-room. He calls me mother, but I am
rather unwilling to own him.
' He stoutly declares that he is my boy, and
says he will prove it. He brings me a small
pair of white trainers, with gay stripes at the
side, and asks if I didn't make them for him
when he joined the boy's militia ? He says
he is the very boy, too, that made the bon
fire near the barn, so that we came very near
having a fire in earnest. He brings his little
boat to show the red stripe on the sail (it was
the end of the piece,) and the name on • the
stern—" Lucy Low"—a little girl of ' our
neighborhood, who, because of her long curls
and pretty round face, was the chosen favor
ite of my little boy. Her curls were long
since cutoff, and she has grown to be a tall,
handsome girl. 'How the red comes to his
face when he shows' e the name on the boat.
Oh I see it all as plain as if it were written
in a book. My little boy is lost, and my big
one will soon be. Oh !-if he were a little
tired boy in a long white night-gown, lying
in his crib, with me sitting by, holding his
hand in mine„pushing his curls back from
his fore head, watching his eyelids droop,and
listening to his deep breathing.
If I had only my little boy again, how-pa
tient I would be ! How much I would bear,
and how little I would fret and scold ! I can,
never have, Vim back again; but there are
still many, mothers who haven't yet lost their
little boy. I wonder if they know they are
living their very best days ; that now is the
time to really enjoy their children ! I think
if I had been more to my little boy I might
now- be more to my grown up one.
ECONOMY IN LEATHER.-A firm in Amhurst
Massachusetts, are manufacturing about 1,-
500 pounds of leather daily, from scraps of
leather and old .pieces of rope. It has not
been introduced out of New England, yet the
demand is reported to be greater than the
supply. The process of making is similai to
that of manufacturing paper.
At a meeting of a Philosophical Society, a
paper was read in support of the theory, that
the animal creation subordinate to man, is
possessed of intellectuality. Numerous in
teresting cases were mentioned, which show a
power beyond that commonly ascribed to mere
instinct. A cat was put into the receiver of
an air-pump, a situation in which she had
neved been placed before ; and while the air
was being exhausted,the inconvenience which.
she felt made her attempt means of relief.—
At last she placed her paw over . the orifice
by which the air escaped, and thus prevented
further exhaustion. Set a cat afloat in a bowl
on a pond, and observe how she will adapt
her positions so as to prevent an overturn.—
Bees taken from one part of England to an
other, make no alteration in their habits the
first summer'; but in the second they adopt
themselves to the different circumstances of
the new locality. Taken from England to
the West Indies, the first summer they make
a store of honey as usual ; but they perceive
that flowers bloom all the year around, and
that a supply of honey against the winter is
not needed. In the second summer, therefore,
they do not fill their hive. If the descen
dants of the bees are brought to England, then
the reverse takes place, and in the second year
they leave off their tropical habits.
The general tendency of the paper was to
show that what are called the inferior ani
mals, are not so far below the standard of
man as has been supposed. Among the more
remarkable facts brought forward in the dis
cussion to prove the existence of a reasoning
faculty, was one by Dr. Warwick, which may
worthily be reproduced.
When he resided at Dunham, the seat of
the Earl of Stamford and Warrington, he
was walking one evening in the park, and
came to a pond where fish intended for the
table were temporarily kept. He took par
ticular notice of a fine pike, of about six
pounds weight, which, when it observed him,
darted hastily away. In so doing, it struck
its head against a matter-hook in a post, (of
which there were several in the pond, placed
to prevent poaching,) and as it afterwards
appeared, factured its skull, and turned the
optic nerve on one side. The agony evinced
by the animal was most horrible. • It rushed
to the bottom, and boring its head in the
mud, whirled itself round with such velocity,
that it was almost lost to sight fur a short in
terval. It then plunged about the pond, and
at length threw itself completely out of the
water on to the bank. The doctor went and
examined it, and found that a very small por
tion of the brain was protruding from the
fracture of the skull. He very carefully
replaced this, and with a small silver tooth
pick replaced the indented portion of the
skull. The fish remained still for a short
time, and he then put it again into the pond.
It appeared at first a good deal relieved, but
in a few minutes it again darted and plunged
about, until it threw itself out'of the water a
second time. A second time Dr. Warwick
did what he could to relieve it, and again put
it into the water. It continued for several
times to throw itself out of the pond ; and,
with the assistance of b. keeper, the doctor at
length made a kind of pillow for the fish,
which was then left in the pond to its fate.
Upon the doctor's making his appearance at
the pond on the following morning, the pike
came toward him at the edge of the water,
and actually laid his head upon his foot.—
The doctor thought this most extraordinary,
but he examined the fish's skull, and round
it going on all right. He then walked. back
ward and forward along the edge of the pond
for . some time, and the fish continued to swim
up and down, turning whenever he turned,
but being blind on the wounded side of its
skull, it always appeared agitated when it
had that side toward the bank, as it could
not then see its benefactor. On the next day
he took some young friends down to see the
fish, which came to him as usual ; and at
length he actually taught the pike to come to
him at his whistle, and feed out of his hands.
With other persons it continued as shy as
fish usually are. Dr. Warwick thought this
a most remarkable instance of gratitude in a
fish, for a benefit received ; and as it always
came at his whistle, it proved also what he
had previously with other naturalists, disbe
lieved, that fishes are sensible to sound.
The spider, says an eminent naturalist, is
almost universally regarded with disgust and
abhorrence ; yet, after all, it is one of the
most interesting, if not the most useful of the
insect tribe. Since the days of Robert Bruce,
it has been celebrated as a model of persever
ance, while in industry -and ingenuity_it has
no rival among insects. But the most extra
ordinary fact in the natural history of this
insect, is the remarkable presentiment it ap
pears to have of an approaching change in
the weather. Barometers, at best, only fore
tell the state of the weather with certainty
for about twenty-four hours, and they are
frequently very infallible guides • particu
larly when they point to settled fair.—
But we may be sure that the weather will be
fine 12 or 14 days, when the spider makes the
principal threads of its web very long. This
insect,whieh is one of the most econormeal,does
not commence .a work requiring such a great
length of threads, which it draws out of its
body, unless the state of the atmosphere in
dicates with certainty that this great expen
diture will not be made in vain. Let the
weather be ever so bad, we may conclude
with certainty that it will soon change to be
settled fair when - we see the:spiderrepair the
damage whichz his web has received. It is
obvious how important this infallible indica
tion of the state of the weather must be in
many instances, particularly to the agricul
Dar Avoid those who take pleasure in
troubling others. There is danger of getting
burnt if you get too near the fire.
xer Calamity never' leaves us where it
finds us '• it either softensor hardens the heart
of its victim.
nair- Eagles fly alone. They are but sheep
which always herd together.
HUNTINGDON, PA., NOVEMBER 7 1 1860.
HOW A SLAVE SOLD HIS MASTER.
Matthew Hobson (generally called Black
Matt,' on account of the darkness of com
plexion, was well known by the inhabitants
by the seaboard of Virginia, some years ago,
as a slave dealer, and an accomplished
`breaker in' of bad flesh. He once purchased
a bright mulatto of the .1r me of Sam, at a
very low price, on account of his bad quali
ties, such as thieving, lying and drunkenness.
Sam was intelligent, with all his faults—
could read and write, and ape the airs of a
most polished gentleman. He was so far re
moved, too, from pure African, that he could
scarcely be distinguished from a white man.
On his becoming the property of the slave
dealer, he received several severe admonitions,
in order that he might have a foretaste of the
temper of his master.
Secretly he vowed vengeance for these strik
ing proofs of Matt's affection, and in a short
time an opportunity offered to gratify that
Matt took up his gang, and shipped them
at Norfolk. The bark arrived safe at New
Orleans, and was brought to the wharf. In
order that Sam might bring a good price, he
was topped off in fine clothes. calf-skin boots,
a silk hat, and kid gloves. Matt thought by
his external show to realize at least six hun
dred dollars for the mulatto, as the body ser
vant of some rich planter. Sam was conse
quently allowed to go ashore in order to show
himself off. He proceeded to the Alhambra,
and there strutted along among the best of
them. Hearing a portly gentleman remark
that he wished to purchase a good body ser
vant, he went up to him, and with aninde
pendent air, said :
My dear sir, I have just the boy that will
" Ha 1" ejaculated the planter, " I am glad
to hear you say so, for I have been looking
for one for several days. What do you ask
for him ?"
" Nine hundred dollars," replied Sam,
" and cheap as dirt. lie has every quality
—can shave, dress hair, brush boots, and is
besides, polished in his manners. I could
have got fifteen hundred dollars for him but
for one fault."
" Ha 1" ejaculated the planter, " and pray
what kind of a fault is that?"
" Why, sir, a ridiculous one—he imagines
himself a white man."
"A white man 1" exclaimed the planter,
laughing, " that is a funny conceit, indeed,
but I can soon cure lam of that—Lhr u za hurl
considerable experience in training and man
aging gentlemen of color."
" Oh !- sir," continued Sam, " there is but
little doubt that he can be cured—though
you may find some trouble at first!"
" Well, sir, you appear to be a gentleman,"
said the planter, who was rather too anxious
and confiding, " I will take him on your rec
ommendation. Where is he now ?"
" On board the bark yonder at the wharf,
you can eee him at any moment," replied
" Good I" exclaimed the planter. "I am
much pleased with your honesty and candor,
and in order to save time —here are nine hun
dred dollars—please give me a bill of sale."
Sam got the clerk to draw up a bill of sale,
signed the name of Samuel Hopkins, pocketed
the money, and told the planter to ask.the
captain for Black Matt ; he would himself
be on board as soon as he closed a bargain
with another gentleman who was desirous of
purchasing one of his field hands.
The pussy planter made his way to the
vessel and. demanded of the captain to see the
boy Black Matt. The officer pointed to Mat
thew Hobson, who sat on the quarter deck
smoking his cigar and superintending the
debarkation of his slaves.
" Are you Black Matt, my fine fellow ?"
asked the planter, addressing the slave mer
" Folks. call me so at hum," was the reply,
" but here my name is Matthew Hobson.—
What do you want 7"
" I tell you, Matt, what I want with you.
You're a likely fellow, and will just suit me."
" Look ye here, stranger," said Matt, rising
up, "it may be you don't know who- you are
" Yes I do though—you're my property—l
bought you of your master, Samuel Hopkins
just now, and—"
" You bought me," exclaimed Matt, stand
ing up at full length before the planter.—
" Hell and the devil! sir—l am a white man I".
" Come, come, now," calmly said the man,
" it won't do—l know you—l'll whip it out
of you, sir—l'll teach you—"
Here Matt drew back and aimed a blow at
the ruby nose of the planter, who seized him
by the throat and bellowed for the police.—
An officer happened to be on the levee—he
at the instance of the planter seized the re
fractory slave and bore him to the calaboose,
where be remained until evidence could be
obtained identifying him as a free born citi
zen of the United States.
Sam in the meantime had got on board a
ship that was just weighing anchor for an
European port, and never has been heard of
Thus has the rascal had his revenge—Matt
lost his slave, and the " green" fat gentleman
THE VALUE OF CORN.-It is said that a sin
gle year's crop of corn is worth more than all
the gold of_California. In addition to its oth
er uses, it is now found that it produces a
clear fluid, that burns without odor, without
smoke, and is inexpensive, affording a good
light in an ordinary kerosene lamp for half a
cent an hour. The corn oil is as clear and
colorless as water.
Ax EXODUS OF Jxws.—Several thousand
Polish Jews have recently passed through Po
sen on their way to the United States, via
Berlin and Hamburg. The German papers
say that such an exodus of the children of Is
rael has never been witnessed since that out
VirThere is a young girl in Massachusetts,
a daughter of a Mr. Wilbur, who on her 10th
birthday weighed 175 pounds.
Editor and Proprietor.
THE GRAIN TRADE OF THE WEST.
The surplus products of the Great West
this year are astonishing to contemplate.—
The foreign demand for cereals continues
brisk, and every steamer from over the big
waters puts prices up, up, up. From every
point on the shores of these Great Lakes,
breadstufl's are being shipped, but the main
artery of this trade and the point where the
grain most concentrates is at Chicago. Here
the receipts and shipments exceed belief.—
No mart in the old world, not excepting the
corn cities of Egypt, can compare with the
grain trade of Chicago. On a single day,
(Oct. 10th,) there were shipped of wheat
alone, two hundred and ninety-eight thousand
bushels! The season's business sums up of
actual shipments, Wheat, 7,500,000; Corn,
13,750,000 bushels, and the trade is now pro
gressing more briskly than ever. Every
species of water craft that can float a cargo
is in requisition to carry off this surplus to
the sea side. No sailor is idle, no sail vessel
not in commission. But the most pleasing
part of the grain ovation is the prices at
which it moves out of the country. The av
erage of wheat for the season will be in the
vicinity of one dollar per bushel at Chicago.
The farmers throughout the North-west must
realize very nearly at that figure. Every day
tt en for months must there have been left in
Ci..:.ago for distribution among them for
coin and wheat nearly half a million ofmon
ey. This is for but one years' crops, and
this years' corn is not as a general thing mar
keted until another year, it requiring one
year to cure.
So we see, the short crops of the East, the
wars and rumors of wars prevailing there,
the great abundance here and the facilities
for buying and moving it away, all contribute
to flood the West with wealth. This in its
turn sends a revivifying influence through all
branches of business, and wakes up for the
first time since the great panic, the dormant
energies and capital of the country.
The ready means thus put into the hands
of the farmers will stimulate to greater pro
duction and a third more soil of a rich and
limitless prairie country will be put under i
the harrow for another crop. Should the
next season prove favorable the problem
would have to be solved "how can the sur
plus products of the Great West find trans
portation to the sea side?" The Now York
canal, as these great prairie countries become
e developed, will not be able to give passage
to a tithe of these products. It has not ca
pacity for the present crop and as yet not
one-eighth part of the prtiirie country is un-
TIT" I.....7‘,Flnrieruan -11 f nirArx
, ion that the St. Lawrence must be so unprov- '
ed as to furnish the outlet, for this vast trade,
and that the time will come, and that soon,
that the export and import trade of " The
Great West" would be direct between the
ports of the Lakes and the world outside.—
fifer A. sickly girl in Plymouth, N. H.,
somnambulist, with a strong propensity to
run off with things and hide them where they
could not be found, nor she herself remember,
so that at last it was found necessary to lock
her securely at night, made off a few weeks
since with a valuable watch. Then the fam
ily gave her liberty, and watched her move
ments in hope that the same somnambulism
that carried it off would again find it. The
other night she started out, followed by her
brother. She walked places that he dare not
follow ; but the moonlight helped to show her
course, and he kept along._ Finally she walk
ed up the trunk of an old tree that hung at
an angle of forty-five degrees over a brook,
stood firmly at the end while the tree swayed
beneath her, and stooping,down brought out
that watch. Returning to terra firma the
brother waked her, took the property and
then hurried home.
Air The men and women of Maine appear
to exceed in weight those of Massachusetts.
At the recent State Fair at Portland, 3,820
adult persons were weighed upon the same
scales used at the Mechanics' Fair in Boston,
and of this number 2,042 were women, whose
average weight was one hundred and twenty
six pounds five ounces ;1,773 were men whose
average weight was one hundred and fifty
two pounds. The average weight of the wo
men weighed at the Mechanics' Fair was one
hundred and sixteen pounds fourteen ounces,
and of the men one hundred and forty-six
pounds seven ounces—a difference in favor of
the Maine women of nine pounds seven
ounces, and of the men five pounds eight
STRUCK ASLEEP.—lreland furnishes the fol
lowing remarkable item, contained in a late
private letter from Limerick : • •
"A most extraordinary transaction has re
cently occurred within six or seven miles of
this place. A farmer, when going over his
crops, accompanied by some of his neighbors,
was so grieved at witnessing the injuries in
flicted by the rain, &c., that he prayed to God
that he might be struck asleep until fine
weather would come. 11e has only uttered
the prayer when he fell to the ground at full
length, fast asleep, and so firm in the earth
that he could not be removed. A shed has
been built over him, and hundreds are daily
going to see him ; he breathes as naturally as
if he was lying asleep on his bed."
,J An old Dutch clock in Albany brought
to this country in 1765, although out of re
pair and running order for years, invariably
strikes previous to the death of any member
or relative of the family. This the owner
has found to be the case in the last six instan
ces of death in the family. The last striking
took place a week ago Sunday. A short
time since the news came that a nephew of
the owner who was traveling in Europe had
been suddenly killed while out riding.
RAILROAD CONNECTION.-12110 connections
between the Shamokin Valley and Pottsville
and the Mine Hill Railroads have been com,
pleted, forming a direct line from Sunbury to
Philadelphia by way of the Readipg Road.
Sam. Prior, a colored man, died late
ly, at Petersburg, Va., aged 132.
- Let's see, where am I ? Yes, I mind now !
Was coming up street, met a wheelbarrow--
was drunk, comin t'other way ; the wheelbar
row fell over me, or I over the wheelbarrow,
and one of us fell into a cellar—don't know
which now—guess it must have been me,
I'm a nice man—yes, lam tight! tore I drunk!
Well, I can't help it—tain't my fault—won
der whose fault 'tis ? Is it Jones' fault ?
No. Is it my wife's fault ? Well it ain't.—
Is it the wheelbarrow's fault ? No. It's
whiskey's fault. Wha is whiskey ? Has he
a large family ? All poor, I reckon. I think
I won't own him any more. I'll cu his ac
quaintance—l've had the notion for about
ten years, and I always hate to do it for fear
of hurting his feelings. I'll do it now—l
think liquor's injurin' me its spoilin' my tem
Sometimes I get mad when I'm drunk, and
abuse Bets and the brats—it used to be Liz
zie and the children—that's some time ago.
I'd come home of evenings, she used to put
her arms around my neck and kiss me, and
call me her dear William. When I come
home now, she takes her pipe out of her
mouth, and hair out of her eyes, and says
somethin' like "Bill, you drunken brute, shut
the door after you ; we're cold enough havin'
no fire, "thout lettin" the snow blow in, that
way." Yes, she's Bets, and I'm Bill, now, I
ain't a good Bill nuther ; won't pass a tavern
without . goin' and gettin' drunk. Don't know
what bank I'm on. Last Saturday night I
was on the river bank—drunk.
I stay out pretty late ; no, sometimes I'm
out all night ; fact is, I'm pretty much out all
over—out of elbows and knees, and always
outrageously dirty—so Bets says ; but then
she's no judge, for she's never clean herself.
I wonder why she doesn't wear good clothes
—mae be she hasn't got 'ern ; whose.fault's
that ? 'tain't mine—must be whiskey's
Sometimes I'm in, however—l'm intoxica
ted now, in somebody's coal cellar. There's
one principle I've got, I won't get in debt ;
never could do it. There, one of my coat
tails is gone—got tore off, I expect, when I
fell in here ; I'll have to get a new suit soon.
A fellow told me that I'd make a good sign
for a paper mill, t'other day. If he wasn't so
big I'd kick him. I've bad this shirt on for
nine days, and I'm afraid it won't come off
without tearing. People ought to respect me
more than they do for I'm in holy orders.
I ain't a dandy, though my clothes are pret
ty near the Grecian style. I guess I tore this
window shutter in my pants 'tother night,
when I sat down in the wax in Ben Rugg's
shop, and I'll have to get them mended, or—
or I'll catch cold, I ain't very stout as it, is.
As the boys say, I'm fat as a match, and
healthy as the small-pox.
My best hat has been standing guard for a
window pane that went out the other morn
ing, at the invitation of a brick. It's gettin'
cold down here ; wonder if I ain't able to
climb. If I had a drink, I could think better.
Let's see ; I ain't got three cents, if I was in
a tavern I would sponge one. Whenever a
person treats and says, "come, fellows," I al
ways think my name is "fellers," and I've
got too good manners to refuse. Well, I must
leave this, or they'll arrest me for an attempt
at burglary. I ain't come to that yet. Any
how, it was the wheelbarrow that did the
BEGINNING TO BELIEVE.
"Bubbles," of the 'California Golden Era,'
gets off the following:
I begin to believe that the purse is more
potent than the sword and the pen together.
I begin to believe that those who sin the
most during the week are the most devout
I begin to believe that honesty is the best
policy—to speculate with until you have
gained everybody's confidence; then line
I begin to believe in humbugging people
out of their dollars. It •is neither stealing
nor begging ; and those who are humbugged
have themselves to blame.
I begin to believe that man was not made
to enjoy life, but to keep himself miserable in
the pursuit and possession of riches.
I begin to believe that the surest remedy
for hard times and a tight money market is
an extravagant expenditure on the part of in
dividuals—to keep the money moving.
I begin to believe that none but knaves are
qualified to hold oit ce under Government—
with the exception of a few natural born fools
I begin to believe that a piano-forte is
more necessary to a family than meat and
I begin to believe that a boy who doesn't
swear, drink, smoke and chew tobacco, may
be a very good boy, but is naturally very
I begin to believe that if the devil should
die; one-half of the world would be thrown
out of employment.
I begin to believe that he has the most merit
who makes the most noise in his own behalf;
and that when Gabriel comes, not to be be
hind the times, he, too, will blow his own
horn pretty loud.
COME IT WlLL.—Manhood will come, and
old age will come, and the dying bed will
come, and the very last look you shall ever
cast upon your acquaintance will come, and
the agony of the parting breath will come,
and the time when you are stretched a life
less corpse before the eyes of weeping rela
tives will come, and the coffin that is to en
close you will come, and that hour when the
company assemble to carry you to the church
yard will come, and that minute when you
are put down into the grave will come, and
the throwing in of the loose dirt into the nar
row house where you are laid, and the spread
ing of the green sod over it—all, all will come
on every living creature who now .hears mo ;
and in a few little years, the minister who
now speaks, and the people who now listen,
will be carried to their long homes, and make
room for another generation. Yes, the day
of final reckoning will come, and the appear
ance of the Son of God in heaven, and His
mighty angels around Him, will come, and
the standing of men of all generations before
the judgement seat will come, and the solemn
passing of that sentence which is to fix you
for eternity will come.—. Dr. Clzalnwr.
Star The following is a very significant
epistle to be presented to the present degen
erate age, which, if • answered correctly,
would be found to contain more truth than
Is there a heart that never .sighed ?
Is there a tongue that never lied ?
Is there an eye that never blinked ?
Is there a man that never drinked ? • -
Is there a woman that - never fainted?
Is there a woman that never painted ?
If so, then heart, and tongue, and eye
Must tell a most confounded lie.
ler More reading matter in the "Gums,"
than any paper in the county. Only $1,50,!
SOLILOQUY OF A LOAFER.