Newspaper Page Text
IS printed weekly. at Clevtletd, Pa.. by D. W 5100 Rn;
Editor and Proprietor. upon the follow lea Very favorable
ONE COPY ONE YEAR. IN ADVANCE. 00
f? NOT l'All) WITHIN THREE MONTH. 1V)
IF NOT PAID WITHIN SIX MONTHS. 50
IF NOT PAID WITHIN NINE MONTHS, 176
IF NOT PAID WITHIN TWELVE MONTIII3, 200
the above terms Wens liberal as those of any other
coubtry pager la the State. and will be exacted.
Nodircontionanco will hs allowed antilnll eirearagell have
DUTY AND LIABILITY OF POSTMASTERS.
Pmtmasters neglecting to notify the publisher, as directed
by law. of the fact thaspapws are not lifted by thereto when)
they are 'Howled, are themselves held. ragaadblo for the
amonet of the oobactiOtion mosey. • „
Persons di tine import niblresred to thrmeer en. or to Other',
brooms subscribers, and nro liable tot the price of subsadt.
Our we now Wooled by mall throughout the county.
free of charge.
The way to be Brave.
Speak kindly to that poor old man.
Pick up his toren cane,
And pltice it gently in his hand.
That he may ‘A alk again ;
His bundle, too, replace with care
Beneath his trembling arm ;
Brave all the taunts that you may hear.
'To give your life a charm.
braver deed than scorner. boast
Will be your I riuMph then.
Si braver deed then annals toll,
()Isom° distinguished men.
I(es. leave that thoughtless.sneering crowd;
Dare to be good and kind ; ,
Then lot them laugh as laugh they may,
Pass on ; but never mind.
fuss on ; but think once more of him,
Tho wreck that you have seen,
how once a happy boy like you,
lle sported on the green.
A cloudless sky afore his head,
Tho future bright and lair,
And Won& all watching o'er his couch,
To breath afl'ect:oWe prayer.
But oh. tho elinnge ! He wanders now,
Forsakon , lone end sad—
Thrice blessed is the task of those
Who strive to make him glad.
Speak kindly to that poor old man,
Pirk up his lullen cone.
For that %%111 CIIVe his burdened heart,
And make him smile tigain
One Story's good till Another Is Told.
There's a maxim that allillmild be willlee to misd .
're' an old one—a kind one—and tree as 'tis
' - ris worthy of not•o• wheripsts you roam.
♦nd no wpm (or the heart U rernambursd at hums!
scandal, or Ce 11111.21 hn rairvd 'l3ltigt a (lea'.
Ile the last to believe it—the first ID defend
Oar to-morrow will cotta—sod than Tints will enfold
lhot 'one story's gaud ti'l another is told !"
it Mood's Me a ship. whoa w:th M& * sad woos
The tide of co •d f• t . st.li speeds him aSise
Bet see hl.n when tempest bath jerk him a Irma.
♦ad all Moan nt!luer era batter his deck ;
Bat gore me the heart :hit true ern:weal/oho- R.
Aid clines toe ovum:sty N h•teve. wing
And says—when ospersino. sionuawro.l. grows bold—
W.it—one dotes Mood till aooth.r II ,01:t
The child of Mr. Watson Miller, which
we made allusion to in our last paper,
7 , (lied on Friday week. The circumstan
ces of its death aro truly distressing. An
examination of the body proves that its
death was caused by pins found lodged in
the gullet and other internal organs.—
. . 7 The following is a full and correct account
of the whole matter.—Lan.
DIED.—In the city of Philadelphia, on
Thursday night, the 27th of November I
last, FLORENCE, infant daughter of Watson,
H. and Emily Miller of this city, aged 101
The death of this infant, which occurr
ed under circumstances of painful interest
has, from the wanner in which it was
produced, added much to the distress of
its parents, and excited a feeling of uni
versal horror in thiscommunity. It seems
that some four or five weeks previous to
its death, and shortly before a visit which
Mrs. Miller contemplated making to her I
friends in Philadelphia, she discovered the
fragments of a cambric needle in the calf .
of one of tho legs. That it surprised her
is not to be wondered at; but how to ac
count for the appearance of it, was past
her comprehension. In the course of a
day or two after, Mrs.Milter and her in
fant, accompanied by the nurse, a girt
about 14 years of age, proceeded to Phila
delphia, where one day on returning from
dinner, idler leaving the child in the care I
of the nurse, she found the former in great
distress, and apparently suffering from
strangulation. Becoming alarmed, she im
mediately made an examination, and found
a common pin in the child's throat, which
she immediately removed. Then only,
taking this fact in connection with the for
mer, did it occur to her that her child had
been unfairly dealt with, and thereupon
she at once accused the nurse of hav,ing
given it to the child. After some little de
nial, the nurse admitted the fact, and that
had done so with the hope that she thus
would be relieved from its furthor care,
by the Mother taking it. Dr. Washington
L Atlee, one of the most skilful Physi
cians of the city was sent for, and under
- his care and treatment, some eight pins
and three or four needles passed from the
• child. • Still it lingered on in rapidly do
`clining health, until after intolerable suff
`:•i'ering, it died. On Friday the remains
• .were brought to Lancaster •for interment,
• and a post mortem examination being
'made by Drs. Baker .and John L. Atlee,the
:immediate cause, of death was found to be
'Lan abscess about one inch wide and
three inches long, containing about two ta
ble spoonsfull of pus or matter, and situa
ed within and behind the gullet. This
! . ltbscess was caused by. a needle found
within the cavity -'of • the Abscess. Tho
needle extending across the gullet, the eye
. : :7;of the needle pointing downwards and in
' .' 77 svards, the point looking toward the junc
,,iiim of the collar bone and the breast bone.'
'; 1 A more • horrible and atrocious crime,
dad a more tormenting and "destressing
,','death to an infant of such tender age, can
'• 'hardly be conceive . d. We trust that for the
>sake of common: humanity, if not of pith.
ic justice, there will,be an investigation
f the 'flatter, --Saturday Express,
- 1-r-dv l-44,
A WEEKLY PAPER: DEVOTED TO LITERATURE, AGRICULTURE, MORALITY, AND FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.
ABSTRACT OF THE REPORT OF THE
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.
The Secretary of the Interior, in his
annual report, sets out by enumerating
the'duties of his office as defined by the
law of fld March, 1849, viz : to exercise
supervisory and appellate powers over the
acts of tbb Commissioner of Patents, of the
GenetaltLand Office, of Indian Affairs, of
Pensiontl, and of Public Buildings, and also
over the accounts of marshals clerks, and
officers of the courts of the United States ;
over tho officers engaged in taking the
census, Pio inspectors and warden of the
Penitentiary of the District of Columbia,
and the subject of lead and other mines
of the United States; and with other duties
which appropriately belong to his office,
one of which is to supervise the proceed
ings of the commission instituted under the
treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to run and
mark the boundary line between the Uni
ted States and Mexico.
Tha estimates of appropriation of the
Department for the year ending 30th'of
June, 1852, is set down at $7,132,023 47,
while the amount for the year ending 30th
June, 1853, is $5,697,328 04, showing
that the estimates for the next year are
less by $1,436,605 43 than those for the
present fiscal year. The reduction results
from no diminution of the expenses, but
because the estimates for this year included
many deficiencies of the preceding year.
A vicious practice has prevailed of redu
cing the estimates at the commencement
of a session of Congress, with a view to
provide the amount actually necessary by
a difficiency bill. The expression of the
Secretary's disapprobation of this practice
in his last report has resulted in the defi
ciencies amounting to oalv $300,000, in
stead of two millions, as in years preced
ing. There is a reasonable approximation
to accuracy in this report, lie says, when
it is found that in the disbursement of more
than seven millions of dollars the expendi
tures exceed ihe estimate only about $3OO,
The estimate for the Department proper
next year is $7,577 50—the smallness of
the amount resulting from unezpended bal
ances of former appropriations.
The estimate for the land set vice for the
present year amounted to $830,172 50
Amount appropriated for set-
cling land titles
in California $50,000 00
Surveys of pub
in present esti
mates to meet
the pres't year 155,305 00
Expenditures p r o p e r l y
chargeable to present
year $1,066,407 40
Estimates for next fiscal
year 1,284,916 41
Deduct sum to meet defi
ciencies of present year 155,305, 00
Amountchargcable to next
year is 81,139,611 47
Il i Ting an excess over esti
mate for present year of 63,153 97
This is accounted for by the unexpect
edly largo amount required for the sur
veys in California. Leaving California
out of the question, and the estimates com
pare thus :
Estimates for present year $536,152 50
Deduct the amount therein
for surveys in Cali'nia 7,000 00
Acd it will leave the am't
'chargeable to present
year $829,152 50
Estimate for the next fiscal
year 1,284,916 47
des of present
.3ear 8155,305 00
.A t - id the amount
Embraced f o r
California 307,575 00 '
--- 462,880 00
And Lilo amount properly
chargeable to the next
fiscal year will be $822,036 47
Thing $7,116 03 less than the amount
properly chargeable to the present fiscal
, The estimate for Indian affuirs for the
text fiscal year amount to $1,098,196 30
Ices than those for the present fiscal year.
For reasons stated in my lust annual re
port, the estimates for the present year
sere unusually large, but the estimates
for the next fiscal year are even below th
average of those for the last and present
For pensions, the estimates for the next
fiscal year are $2,053,686 31 less than i
Close for the present year.
The amount properly chargeable to the
;text fiscal year will be found to be $1,926,-
34U—only $6,268 81 more than for the
present year, notwithstanding the increase
of clerical force rendered indispensablY
lecessary in the execution of the Bounty
land law of 1850.
Fbr 'the Census, the further sum of
$150,000 is tsked to cdmplete the work.
For the United States courts,
of the estimates for the next fiscal year
over that for the present year is only
$34,306—an increase of expendittires not
inconsistent,it is believed,with the increase
of judicial districts and the business there
in, and not greater than the average ofthe
annual increase of expenditures for judicial
For pauper lunatics and agricultural
statistics,the estimates are the same as last
Under the head of public buildings, the
estimates for the next fiscal year aro $62,-
770 29 less than they wore for the pres
ent year, notwithstanding they embrace
items to the amount of $51,834 71 to
meet deficiencies in the appropriations for
the present fiscal year.
The estimates for the next fiscal year a
mount to 8418,504 71
-Deduct therefrom the a
mount of deficiencies,
chargeable to the present
year 51,834 71
And the amount properly
chargeable to the next
year will be $386;670 00
The estimates for the pres
ent fiscal year amount
ed to 481,375 00
Add the deficiencies above
stated 51,834 71
And the amount properly
chargeable to the pres
ent year will be $533,109 71
which is $166,439 71 less than is now es
timated for the next fiscal year.
For the Penitentiary, the estimates for
the next fiscal year is $2,690 less than
that for the present year.
For the Mexican Survey, an appropria
tion of $200;000 is asked, a large portion
of which is chargeable to a deficiency of
lust year, explained to the Finance Com
mittees of the Senate find the House at the
last st.sioi, of Congress.
The Pension Bureau has charge of pen
sions and land bounties.
The whole number of pensioners of all
classes now on the rolls is 19,611, of whom
13,467 were paid during tho first two
quarters oi the present year, the latest pe
riods to which we have reports. The
number added to the rolls during the year
was 2,287, and the number of deaths re
ported 765. The whole amount expended
for pensions during the year ending 30th
September, 1850, exclusive of navy pen
sions, is about $1,439,848.
Of bounty lands, the Secretary states
that in his last report, the whole number
of warrants issued to soldiers of our last
war with Great Britain was stated to be
28,978. Since that time one warrant has
been issued for 340 acres ; 45 have been '
issued for 160 acres; and 35 for forty a
each. There are still 450 claims sus
pendvd for further evidence.
There have. been 90,146 applications'
filed for bounties under the act of 11th
February, 1647, granting lands or scrip
to soldiers engaged in the war with Mexi
co. In all 83,955 claims have been al
lowed, and warrants or scrip issued to the
rallies entitled. The warrants and scrip
istued since the last annual report are its
foNows, viz : 3,020 warrants of 160 acres!
eacl; 223 warrants for 40 acres each ;
63 certificates for $lOO each ; and 2 cer
tificakes for $25 each; and 6,191 cases
are sdepended for further evidence.
The'Bounty Land Law of 1850 donates
lands toarobably not less than 250,000
persons, after making proper allowance
for those 'who have died leaving no rep
resentative entitled to claim. Between
the 28th olSeptember and.sth of Novem
ber, 1850, 1,918 applications were filed.
On the Ist Of November, 1851, the whole
number recciied was about 157,000; and,
as they are still coming in rapidly, it will
not fall far belev 170,000 at the com
mencement of the session of Congress.
The duty of ackipwledging,regestering,
endorsing, fitting, ilvestigating b deciding,
and issuing* war: ts for sue • a vast
number of elaims, in lved great bor and
responsibility, and iPension Office has
been greatly straiten for want of a suffi
cient clerical force. t notwithstanding
all these difficulties, of e 157,000 claims
which had been filed on,the lst of Novem
ber, 1851, 70,000 had Wien examined and
54,000 carried into warrant ; 22,000 have
been rejected or suspendel for further con
sideration. The number'cf warrants now
issued daily exceeds 400 ttd by the meet
ing of Congress the aggro to number of
warrants issued will be übodt7o,ooo.
The Secretary avers that Ite invariable
rule of the office, has been tdict on cases
in the order of their presentatt n, and that
no caseliasbeen laid aside exc t for some
defect or informality.
The Secretary invites attenti to valu
able suggestions by the Comm ioner of
Pensions, viz : Ist: Confineme of the
pension laws to those who parlor ed mil
itary service, and to the widows an minor
children of_ such as are dead ; 1, The
adoption of more efficient provis ms to
prevent fraud—citing that, of two li dyed
and twenty-ono recent applications r in
valid :pensions from two of the W 't e rn
States, only sixtyrone were just ; 3 .To
make the warrauts-,for bounty land u '
Clearfield, Pn., Dec'r 20, 1851.
the act of 28th September, 1850. assigna
able ; and, 4th. the enactment of law ma
king it a felony to forge, utter, or publish
as genuine, any forged land warrant or
other evidence against the United States
for land, or any endorsement or assign
The Secretary recommends, in view of
the great increase of the business of the
Pension Office, the appointment of an As
sistant Commissioner of Pentitl3ns. lie
also recommends the graduation of the
salaries of the clerks according to the na
ture and value of the services rendered by
Of the public lands, the quantity sold
during the last fiscal year was 1,846 49-
100 acres, for which the sum of $2,370,-
947 45 was received. The quantity sold
during the first quarter of the present fiscal
year was 473,140 65-100 acres, produ-1
cing $601,691. The quantity sold during
the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal
year was 266,879 66-100 acres, the pro
ceedst of which amounted t 06349,876 06;
thus'showing a considerable increase in
Ole sales.of the present year over those of
the last fiscal year. The quantity of land
located during the last fiscal year, with
bounty land warrants, was 2,454,000 a
cresiwhich, added to the quantity sold for
cash; makes an aggregate of 4,300,847
49.100 acres. Had the quantity located
with land warrants durinr , the last fiscal
year) been disposed of for e ' cash, at the
mioitinim price, the aggregate of revenue
from Sales of the public lands would have
been:65,438,447 45. The whole num
ber of warrants issued up to the Ist of No
vemlier instant, under the Mexican war
bounty land law of 11th February, 1817,
is 80781. Of these 66,618 have been
located and returned to the General Land
Office; and of this latter number 66,200
have, been patented. The whole number
of warrants issued up to the same period,
under the general bounty land law ofSep
tembor 28, 1850, is 54,201 ; and of the
3,708 which have been located and re
turned to the General Land Office, 1,050
have been patened on the Ist ultimo.
The Surveys of California and Oregon
are making commendable progress. The
"geodetic method" has not been adopted,
further than to combine with the rectangu
lars a system of triangulations to prom
inent objects observable from the legal
stations on the main lines of the survey
between the Cascade mountains and the
It is recommended that provisions be
made by law for the prompt ascertainment
and final adjustment of all the claims com
ing within the purview of the treaty be
tween the United States and Great Britain
of the 15th June, 18
Tho commission fE settle private land
claims in California will convene at Sun
Francisco on the Bth of the present month.
It is recommended that our general land
system be extended over California, in
such details as, in the wisdon of Congress,
may be deemed best adapted to the pecu
liar condition and character of the country,
and that the actual settlers on the agricul
tural lands may have such preference in
becoming purchasers thereof as is in ac
cordance with the general spirit of our
In regard to the mineral lands of Cali
fornia, the Secretary has changed his
opinion as to the propriety of dividing
them in small lots and selling them at
public auction. Tho public sentiment of
California, he says, seems to be opposed
to any individual appropriation of the gold
bearing lands; and as the present system
of leaving them a common, open to the en
terprise of all our citizens,and subject on,*
to such regulations as the miners them
selves may adopt, and to the State laws,
for the preservation of the peace, seems to
have worked well in practice, ho is inclin
ed to the think that the wisest policy is
n9t to interfere with it for the pres
ent ; but to wait until time and experience
shall have pointed out some less objection
able ! mode for disposing of them. The
whole subject is embarrased with difficul
ties, and it would seem to bo better to sub
mit to the temporary inconvenience of an
imperfect system than to incur the hazard
of adopting one founded on erroneous
principles, under which rights might be
invested in individuals, and the evils be
come irremediabl e by the legislative
Of Indian affairs, the Secretary says the
tribes resident in , the State of New York
and the country west of Arkansas are
making advances in agriculture and civili
Treaties have been negotiated with tribes
in the northwest, and with those in New
Mexico, California, Oregon, and the coun
try west of • the Missouri ; but not having
been receivad,the precise character of their
stipulations cannot bo given.
The Secretary refers to the Indian dep
redations in New Mexico, and thinks that
our ucquisions and rapidly-expanding set
tlements-in the Far West may render ne
cessary a change in our whole policy in
regard to our Indian relations. A tempor
izing system can no longer be pursued.
The policy of removal, except under pe
culiar circumstances, must necessarily be
abandoned. Aud the only policy left is to
civilize or exterminate .them.' We must
adopt one or the other. A just, humane,
and Christian people cannot long hesitate
which to choose. Wo must commence by
substituting kindness for coercion ; by
feeding and clothing them, rather than
warring upon and driving them from their
The Secretary argues that dire necessi
ty compels the Indians to hostile depreda
tions, since they are driven from their fer
tile lands, and hunger impels them to seize
the horses, mules and cattle SF the pion
eers to relieve their wants and satisfy the
cravings of nature; and he says that by
mild means we shall soon reap our reward
in the suppression of Indian depredations
and diminished expenses of the Depart
ment of War.
The Cherokees,Chickasaws,Chock taws,
and Creeks are gradually adopting the
usages and- agricultural pursuits of our
citizens, and begin already to exhibit a just
appreciation of the principles of civil lib
Our Indian relations in Texas continue
in an embarrassed condition, and a suita
ble country should be set apart for the oc
cupancy of the Indians in that State.
Our judicial expenses aro very heavy,
and the laws regulating the fees of the
ministerial officers of the courts are ob
scure, confli,:ting, and, as a whola, incom
prehensible. The compensation in some
States is inadequate, and in others extrav
The Secretary nt some length reviews
the difficulties growing out of the fee bills.
He refers to the report of the First Comp
troller of the Treasurv,and recommends a
revision of the laws on this subject. lie
also suggests the propreity a general revi
sion of the salaries of the judges, with a
view to render them more uniform and
proportionate to the labor and responsibil
ity of the office.
The Secretary gives his views in rela
tion to the public buildings and grounds,
describing what has been done, and indi
cating what is proper to be done. He rec
ommends the completion of the west wing
of the Patent Office, and refutes the idea
that that building should not be occupied
for any other business than those connec
ted with the Patent Office. He says that
it is not true that the cost of the Patent
Office building has been paid out of the
patent fund ; that, on the contrary, it will
be found, on a careful examination of the
accounts, that but little more than one
eighth part of the cost of the principal
building and two wings has been derived
from the patent fund; but that, if the facts
were as represented, they by no means
justify the inference derived from them.
Since the adoption of the plan approved
by the President for the enlargement of
the Capitol, the work has been dilligently
prosecuted. The foundations of both wings
are now nearly completed, and if suitable
appropriations be made by Congress at its
approaching session no effort will be spa
red to push on the work with as much de
spatch as may be consistent with its faith
Returns have been received from the
officers engaged in taking the census in
all the States and Territories except Cali
fornia and Utah, and the delay has pre
vented the Secretary from making the ap
portionment of representatives contempla
ted by law.
The Secretary makes sundry explana
tions and suggestions in regard to the cen
sus, and recommends an additional ap
propriation of one hundred and fifty thous
and dollars to complete its preparation and
In connection with the Patent Office,the
Secretary refers to the London Industrial
Exhibition; to Charles F. Stansbury,whoin
he sent thither as an agent; and to the
valuable and interesting document which"
that gentleman has prepared in pursuance
of his instructions.
The Secretary iterates his recommenda
tion of last year in regard to the establish
ment of an Agricultural But eau,and offers
a number of reasons for his opinion.
The Secretary gives a sketch of the
operations of the Mexican Boundary Corn
mission, and of the final determination of
the initial point.
The Secretary invites particular atten
tion to the interests of the District of Col.
umbia, whose citizens, he says, being un•
represented in the councils or the nation,
are obliged to rely on the justice and mag
nanimity of Congress for such legislation
as its welfare may require.
The city of Washington, says the Sec
retary, has peculiar claims upon the mu
nificence of Congress. It owes its esist.
enco to the establishment of the scat of the
Federal Government here. It was plan:
ned with reference to the purposes of Gov
ernment, and not for the convenience of
its permanent inhabitants. The extensive
scale on which its public avenues and
streets and public grounds were laid out,
and the powers reserved over them, prove
conclusively that its founders intended that
they should be improved and'adorned by
General Government. It being the resi
dence of most of the Executive officers
during their term of service, and of the
members of the two Houses of the Legis
lature while, they aro in session, and also
of ,the representatives'of foreign govern
ments, near our ewn., We 'slietild feel
1 . 11:111=, I [nuttier, 49 t 0 notraes d months, 41 00
1 do 3 do W d cu t. 'nib in,,;• '1 IV
:Each subsequent do, :4 I d utoott,t, 4 , ) CO
square 3 months, I 5V U 11,,11 colnte., 8 raDzths ti bU
, 1 tl.l 6 month'. 0, t ( to ,hl t; ~,to.tht bOO
du I'd moniltA, lh t do do Id do 11101
113 8 moat*, 4(0 I c.,lu inn N month*, ti tat
• do V month., bbt 1 di, I mouths, •la w
do 13 nitwits. 8 a
iitpral reduction will Ist made to Melnl'Ws , end qtn , :i ■
Who ativotilm by the y oar.
On! payet °lmola et to even , nefiatb litho I. and by
nearly cosy luttvly In tiro couti.e.,illit the n 1,40 ull 0.1.
o,mi/cairn:it lied eb3ap maw f or out 0.00-
ty—fhe mit:bunt macitan:u. nod ad *then —to extend the
kocudodgc 01 their - 1001;1.0 and hornets We shoold like t."
arsiirt "A Catu" for every Mechanic, bierehaut stud Protev
stimuli mutt in the county, We have plenty of room without
oucrosethlng upon our sending co:umn.. and an man is, n le
giiiiunte business will use by uthertision estmlvely•—ltn•
hi a antlered tulo, the mote extensively a man 31.1111111iti. the
arouses will be 1,11 wake, .
Books, Jobs and Blanks,
OP EVERY DESCRIPTION. PRIZTTPD IN TUC YE
la BEST STYL.t., AND ON LI/ ti
MAIM. AT TUE orrikx. .10 'l . llb
patriotic desire to add to its comfort's and'
attractions, and to render it worthy of
name of its founder, and of its relatip,
our great Republic.
The Secretary says, therefore, he can.
not hesitate to urge the adoption of a
for supplying the city with pure water, re.l'
commended by the War Department some
time since under a resolution of Congress.
The Secretary concludpd by renewing
the recommendation of his predecessor for,
the creation of the office of Solicitor.
"' TRUE DUNCAN AND TUE CAT
A STORY FOR CUILDRF.N.
Once there was a little boy named Dun
can. Tho boys used to call him True
Duncan, because ho never would tell a
One day lie was playing with tln axe
in the ) ard of the school, and while he was
chopping a stick, the teacher's cat, Tabby,
Duncan let the axe fall right on poor
Tabby's head, and killed her.
What to do he did not know. She was
a pet cat of the master's and used to sit
on a cushion at his side, while he was hear-
ing his lessons.
Duncan stood and looked at the dead creat
ure. His face grew red, and the scars
stood in his eyes.
All the boys came running up, and
every one had something to say. One of
them whispered to the others and said,
"Now, fellows, we shall see ‘ihether.
Duncan can make up a fib as well as the
rest of us.'
"Not he !" said Thomas Pooley, who
was Duncan's friend. • Not he; I'll war•
rant you Duncan will be as true as gold.'
John Jones stepped up, and taking the
cat up by the tail, said:
"Here boys, I'll just fling her into the
allevand we can tell Alr. Cole that the
butcher's dog killed her; you know he wor
ried her last week.
Several of them thought this would do
very well. But Duncan looked quite an
gry. His face swelled, and his chocks
grew redder than before.
"No !" said he; 'no ! Do you think I
would lie for such a creature as that 1 It
would be a LIE.'
And each time he maid the word, his.
voice grew louder.
Then he picked up the poor thing in
his arms and carried it into the scoot room;
and the boys followed to see what would
The master looked up and said, What
is this? My faithful mouser dead? Who
could have done me such an injury
All were silent for a little while. As
soon as Duncan could get his voice he
"Mr. Cole, I can't lie, sir—l killed
Tabby. But lam very sorry for it. I
ought to have been careful, for I saw her
rubbing her side against the log. I um
very sorry indeed sir.'
Every one expected to see Mr. Cole
take down his long rattan. But he put
on a pleasant smile and said:
"Duncan you are a brave boy ! I saw
and heard all that passed from my window
above. I had rather lose a hundred cats
than miss such an example of truth and
honor in my school.
"Your best reward is what you feer i iin
your own conscience ; but l beg you to
accept this handsome penknife, us a to..!cn
of my approbation.'
Duncan took out his handkerchief and
wiped his eyes.
The boys could no longer restrain them
selves; and when 'chums Pooley cried,
"three cheers for True Duncan!" all join
ed in a hearty hurra.
The teacher then said: 'My boys. 1 air
glad you know what is rivht, and that
you approve it; though I em afraid some
of you could not have done it.
"I learn from this that nothing can
make a falsehood necessary. Suppose
Duncan had taken your evil advice, and
came to me with a lie ; it would have
been instantly detected 1)1. I was a wit
ness of what passed.
I trust ho has been governed._ in this by
a sense of right; and I exhorr.you to fol
low his example.'
When traveling, put your watch and
wallet at niOtt into your stockings, and
then place the stocking under your head.
It will then, be imposstble to leave thew,
unless you have been accustomed to go
It is estimated that the great coats cal
ed 'sacks,' have srved millions of dollers
to mankind since they came in fashion, by
covering up old clothes.
Correspondents should, in all eases, use
the 'l,'—.we' alone belongs to the editorial
profession, and ineans simply:tditor, his
wife and young' tins. , .•
A country editor thinks that Columbus
is not entitled to much credit for diScover•
ing America; as the country is so large I.
could not well kayo' missed it.
lid perform nceordingt. 7 s .