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761 01 .-M 7.20 U@W&SSOgle WEDNESDAY , MARCH 18, 1846 Forgive and Forget. DT TIM ACTIIOII OF rnovtuniAt rattosornT When streams of unkindness as bitter as. gall, Bui,hle up from the Iran to the tongue, " And Nfeeknes; is writhing in torment and thrall, By the hands of Ingratitude wrung— lo the heart of unjustice, unwept and unfair, While the anguish is festering yet, N one , none but an angel of God can declare I now can forgive and forget." But if the had spirit is chased from the heart, And the lips ore in penitence steeped, 'With the wrong so repented, the wrath will depart, Though scorn on injustice were heaped; pa the best compensation is paid fee nll ill, When the cheek with contrition is wet; And every one feels it is possible still, At once to forgice and forget, To forget! It is nand for a man with a mind, However his heart may forgive; To blot out all perils and dangers behind, And hut for the future to live ; Then how shall it be I for at every turn, Recollection the spirit will fret, And the ashes of injury smoulder and burn, Though we strive to forgive and forget. 05, hearken ! my tongue shall the riddle unseal, And mind shall he partner with heart, While thee to thyself I bid conscience reveal, And chow thee how evil thou art; Ilemember thy follies, thy sins, and—:thy crimes, How cast is that infinite debt ! Vet Merry bath seven by seventy times Been swift to forgive and forget. Eirk..l not on inFult, or injuries old, For thou art injurious too— Count not the sum till the total is told, For dm art unkind and untrue ; tad if all thy harms are forgotten, forgiven, Now merry wtth justice is met. ilk who would not take lessons of Heacen, Nor learn to forgive and forget. Vet, yes, let a man when his enemy weeps, Ile quirk to yeeei,e him a friend; For the; oft his head in kindness be heaps list reals—to refine and amend: And brans that are Christian, more eagerly yearn, A- 3 nurie on her innocent pet, .I.. er li r that once bitter to penitence turn, And whisper F,,rgive and Forget. Letter fronr the lion. G. W. Woodward. TS TilE EDITORS OF Tux PENXSTLAvIAtc : , U WILKES-BARRE. Feb. 'l4th, IS-16. Whilst making the circuit of my district for I the bit fuer weeks, I met a publication in ref erence to the causes of my late rejection by the senate of the United States, which im peached utv personal and professional charac ter in a grave moaner. That publication has been-republished, and with aid of industrious verbal defamation from some men in high pla es, Is well calculated to accomplish the object ;a view—the total destruction of my reputation. My reluctance to appear before the public la self vindication, is so great that I believe I - •inoulel have suffered the injurious statements, to which I allude, to have passed unnoticed, notwithstanding their character, if the •desire of friends had not been expressed tu see a pu'llic statement of facts which they deemed sufficient for my delence. It is urg tti wiat-I owe tt to my family, and to the many ;rten.ls who labored to sustain my !lamination, that I should correct statements which tend to Provo me unworthy of the confidence and sup port. winch I have received from many of the wisest and purest men in the nation. both Democrats and Whigs; and it is said that the absence of contradiction will at length be vouch ed as a justification of the slander. I yield to these considerations, and, for the first time in niy-life, appear before the public in vindication my motives and conduct. But I shall con -tine myself to matters that have been urged =race the rejection, and which affect my char acter as a man and a judge. It does not become me to discuss the topics that were urged upon the Senate to procure any rejection, nor to question in the slightest degree the purity of motive which influenced the op posers of the nomination, whether within or without the Senate. Having bowed my head in silence to thoslkcree that condemned nee, I telt that I was sec ure from farther assault. I tbought the sentiment was universal that the dead should be buried. Nothing but actual vxperience could have convinced me that the President and that great body of my conntry men who had honoredrwe with their support, were to suffer insult on my account. Other men have been rejected by the same tribunal, but I recollect no instance where the fact of rejection has been employed to annihilate character. In this respect my case is anomalous, and hope it will remain so. • The first matter to which I address myself is the insinuation that I went to Washington to procure the nomination of Judge Jones, and eopplanted him and obtained tt for my self. If I most humble myself to a defence against so odiou s an imputation, my mode of defence shall be a simple statement of facts ; for, if the • truth fail to shield me, I am without-ithetter.— Some time after the death of Jutlge Bald 7hle I united with the gentleman of the bar of l24aitN county in recommending Chief Judge Gibson to the President as hts successor. En ieriainin the ofoudes respct for tbe iner ectual endowments n and t legal e atta inments t of our Chief Justice, I declined to recommend 2 . 11 Y other man until I heard from - various guar rls that his nomination was out of the Ties 'son utterly. Some time last sp ri ng, and Sim. 111 . 440118 /Y• I received fro aco mittee of the ( Heads, offudge Grier. itrPittsb ni tirg, and from Personal friends .of Judge Jones, in. Philadel setinrots that I would address the Preai- THE ..BRADFIRD REPOR TR. dent in behalf of each of those gentlemen. I had long known both Judge Grier and Judge Jones, aud,beside the claims of personal friend. ship, they had my highest respect as men of learning and as upright and able Judges. 1 deemed them both worthy of the President's favor, but how was I to decide betweed them It was not for me to decide, and I did not. 1 wrote a duplicate letter to the President, in which I spoke of them both, and told hint he might choose either with safety—that betwixt two such men he could not fall into error. I sent copies of the letter to friends of each of these gentlemen. About the first of October last, I had occa sion to go Pluladelphta, with part of toy fami ly, for the purpose of obtaining medical advice for a little boy, and anticipating some delay with the physicians, I determined, if leisure Ovoid occur, to visit Washington, for the pur pd,se of paying my respects to the men whom I had assisted to elevate, and whose aLll7llll ' l , . was giving me perfect satisfaction Doctors Mc- Clellan and Chase were called in and consult ed, and finding a week week) be occupied in preparing to treat the case, I resolved to exe cute my purpose of visiting Washington. A distinguished member of the member of the Philadelphia Bar hearing of my desizn. called on me to request that 1 would take charge of and deliver to the President some documents in his possession, favorable to the appointment of Judge Jones. 1 assented readily to his re quest, but urged him to accompany me, which a professional engagement in court prevented his doing. I took the documents, and went to W ashing. ton. Mr. Buchanan was absent, and so entire ly was 1 a stranger there, that I could find no body to introduce me to the President. I re solved to call on hint without an introdurtion. On my way to his residence for tins purpose I met three gentlemen of. my hripiaintance from Pennsylvania whom-I asked "accompany me. They said they did not know the Presi dent, and, like my myself. wanted an introduc tion. I agreed to introduce them it they would go with me. Very fortunately for my pres ent purposes, they went. The Prestdent re ceived us all in tie most obliging manner.— We were seated, and after a few minutes of general conversation, I handed him the docu ments that had been entru-ted to me. and men tioned the name. of the gentleman to whom they related. This led us to speak of Ju lge Jones, and I assured the President that this :,p -piontment to the vacant Judgeship would give great satisfaction in Peitns!. tvania. and in My opinion prove a blessing td the country. Much inure to the same effect as said. which I need nut repeat. The President listened in the-most respectful manner to all I said in regard to Judge Jones, but gave no intimation whatever as to whom he meant to appoint. Conversa tion soon ran into other channels—another gentleman from Pennsylvania entered the room, and after sitting i few minutes longer, the three gentlemen and' myself, uho had en tered at the same time, rose and took our leave. Such was Myinterview With President Polk. There was nbt an allusion, the most delicate or indirect, to myself in connexion unit the Judgeship or any other subject. If, in the President's mind. my name was associated with the office, such a.4sociation manifested it self by no outward sign. And to exclude all misconception, I will add there was no allusion made to the Senatorial election last winter in our Legislature. I have never had a syllable of intercourse with the President on the subject of the Judge ship since that interview save to one instance. which, to prevent future surinissing, I must explain. Some time alter my name was sent to the Senate. I saw in some paper. nut now recollected, a statement to the effect that time President hail been deceived in regard to me, and regretted the nomination, and was desirous to withdraw : it. I wrote a note to hint to say that it the withdrawal effigy name would relieve bim from any embarrassment. or promote the prosperity 'of his administration, he would eon fer a favor on me by withdrawing, it. What he said to the friend who placed that note in his hands. it is not meet for me to State. The truth then is, that I did not go to Wash. ington for the purpose of promoting Judge Jove's interests : but being there, did earnest ly recommend his oppointnient. And now I will add, that the man does not live who can say with truth that I ever spoke or wrote a word, or did an act, to obtain the appointment. On this - point I defy keen-eyed maitre. I nev er had ant• taste for intrigues, and never was engaged in one. But had I been skilled in such affairs, my reverence for that office and my diffidence of my abilities, were too profound to permit me to seek it by indirection, or in deed in any manner. Why the President hon ored me with the nomination I have never in quired, and he has never informed me. Two of the persons who accompanied me to the Pres ident, and who heard every word that was spoken between us; have authorized me to in troduce their names, and if any man wilt do me the great injustice of doubting the accuracy of what I have stated, let hint appeal to-them. They are Major Bailey, of Jersey Shore. Ly. coming county, and Alison White, Esq., of Lock Haven, Clinton •county. The other gentleman 1 have not seen since I was at Washington, or he would doubtless have giv en me the same license. When I returned to Philadelphia, having spent less than two days in Washington, 'a very particular friend of Judge Jones requested me to write to Mr. Buchanan, whom I had not met, in reference to the attainments and qualifications of the Judge, which I did, and here ended all I ever did in reference to the subject. If I betrayed the interest of Judge Jones. as has been published to the world, he a n d hi s intimate friends in Philadeladelphia were guil ty of great insensibility to the outrage for they have taken unwearied pains to express their acknowledgements and their gratification with the nomination of myself. I may not introduce the warm, eloquent and affectionate language with which their letters abound throughout this most painful trial,hut 1 must say that how ever editors may cause the world to judge of , PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY, AT TOWANDA, BRADFORD COUNTY, PA., BY E. 0. & H. P. GOODRICH. " REGARDLESS OF DENUNCIATION FROM ANY QUARTER." me, that pure man and accomplished scholar, who i would be an ornament to any bench, sus pects the of no delinquency. But the author of the publication to which I refer, seems to speak against my. reputation as a Judge, by authority from some of the Judges of the Supreme Court, and I have no reason to question his authority. for many witnesses have testified to me of the opprobrious language which certain of those Judges habit italiy employ in respect to me. I do not re gret that they have lound an organ at length, for I had rather meet open. printed defamation, than convert insidious assaults, sometimes on. ly insinuated, and sometimes using a language. higitive and vague for notice and explanation. From the time I voted fur the limited tenure in the Reform Convention to this day, I have heard nothing but reproaches of myself from thief Justice Gibson, Judge Rogers and Judge Burnside. It woad not comport with the tem per of this letter to write down the hard speeches and abusive epithets, adjectives being omitted, which I have been compelled for years to hear from these distinguished men. And since the President honored me with the nom ination which they so much court. their wrath seems to have burst all bounds. Self respect forbids me to notice in detail the many unkind things they have said of me. but it is time for them distinctly to understand, that if there be not voluntary and total reform in that regard. that such notice will be taken of the matter as may possibly,in their cases, abbreviate the ten ure already limited. My personal relations with these gentlemen, so tar as 1 have had any intercourse, have been of the happiest character; and this fact, in connection with the unvarying testimony of those who have reported theta to me, leave me to no doubt that their indignation was purchas ed by my conscientious support of the limited tenure. Nlv defence in this enequal war inu,l be found in the facts of the case. In ItE;:id, was chosen a Senatorial delegate to the Con vention to amend our State Constitution, by the people, of ,Luzerne, Wayne. Pike and Monroe counties. I knew the sentiments of my constituents well to reference to the judi cial tenure. they knew mine. I took lily seat in the Convention to 1.337, one of the younoest members, and without req ice t. was placed on the Judiciary Committee., and in the Conveo tion.l advocated the introduction of the hooted tenure "'fledges as a reform demanded by the people and sanctioned by the soimilest consid erat,ons both of principle and polies . . Ihhers maintained the same views with an ability to could lay no claim. Vile measure was was carried, and the people ratthied tc by a direct vote—my constituents by a ma jority el five thousand. It does not fall within the purposes of this letter to state the grounds of that change in our Constitution. hut tv hoev• er wishes to know my views of the matter, will find them displayed in the fourth volume of the debates, commencing on page nd at page :320, they will find a statetnetit ill my reasons why the more permanent tenure is proper in the constitution of the federal iodi c-oars.. Ainom,,rst other things it has been ob jected to me that I sought a judicial appoint ment under the consthution of the r n ited States, after having repudiated the 200i1 beha viour tenure which is known to prevail in that constitution. 'I hat I never sought such an ap pointment I have already said, and that I jos. titled and applauded the good heleavior tenure in the federal constitution fur reasons peculiar to itself, and not applicable to our state judici ary, may be seen by reference to the speech I was influenced in my support of the limited tenure by no prejudice against the judges, hot nide by a sacred regard to duty. I find at the conclusion of the speech to which I have refer red, the following: t• 11r. Chairman, justice to myself requires ate to say, in conclustou, ilvit I have been in fluenced to my support of this measure solely by a conviction that it is right, and that the public interests deiziand it, I have no prrju dice o r pique against judges to gratify—no wrongs to redress—no secret griefs to assuage. I have in that department many friends—l d o tint know that I have a single enemy. " Rut that was the last dal' I could say I had no elle iny in that departmsent of government.— The most painful experience has taught the how hazardous a duty I was called to perform and how an honest constituency may be visit ed with indignant reproach. Bow effectually I have guarded myself against a loss of the res pect and deference which was due from me to the age. the learning and the station of these honorable men, is evidenced not only by the humility with which I have borne myself to wards them at the bar and on the bench, Int by the fact that I encouraged the re-appoint ment of Judge Rogers—recommended die Chief Justice Gibson to the President for the vacant seat on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, and put no obstacles in the way of the confirmation of Judge Burnside. Nor do I now complain that they advised the Sen ate to reject my late nomination, for they do not deem more humbly of my qualifications fur that exalted office, titan I de myself. My high ly' respectable correspondents and my editorial (lims who have referred the opposition of these gentlemen to the deep prejudices they were known to entertain against me on account of the limited tenure, have in my °phonon done their Honors injustice. I prefer to re. gard their opposition as the result of conscien tious conviction. and as the exercise of their undoubted right. But whilst I concede to them purity of motive in the very article of condemnation, I have a right to protest against the vituperative language whir which they are in the habit of visiting me. They did not op. pose my emdirmation any more himestiv than I supported the limited tenure, and us I have no reproaches for their act, they should have none for mine. They should consider that I am not alone responsible for this hated reform. The people of Penwylvania incorporated the limited tenure Into their fundamental law, and they hail a right to do so—a' perfect right.— And in my opinion, the enthusiastic admirers or life offices aro not likely to convince the pen. [de that they erred in the exercise of this right by heaping reproaches on the heads of their faithlul representatives. But the Editor who echoes the reproaches of these honorable men, laments the numerous reversals of my decisions in the Supreme Court, in regard to most of which the Court declared that they were too plain to admit of any argu ment." This is certainly very lamentable. but the statement of a few facts will alleviate in some degree the distress occasioned by this calamity. Every lawyer knows that when a case is reversed it needs to he reported to guide the Court in the future trial, but lilt be affirmed, no such neces sity exists, mid the Supreme Court report or Aurpress it according to no i rule that I ever heard of or have been able to imagine. The conse quence is that the books of reports generally ex hibit more reversals that atlirmances, though in respejt to my judicial labours, the number of reversals and affinsances reported, le.ppen to he very nearly equal. During the time I have been upon the bench,every case that has been reversed lets been reported. save one, which will doubt less appear in the next book, but many cases have been affirmed which are not reported. I have no means for consulting the records at this distance from any district ; and no taste for it WI hail the means, but I can recall tomy memory numerous cases that have been affirmed. inso much that if they were added to the affirmances that are reported. the preponderance wont: be very great, and would chew that a state of things exists in my district not more lamentable than did exist under my illustrious predecessor. I remember one unreported case well, for it turned upon,a constitutional question:which I had ruled in auf opinion filed. Whilst it was under review in the Supreme Court, Judge Rogers is said to have ejaculated that my constitutional opinions were" monstrous." I think,lowever, the obitir dictum. of his Honor must have teferred to the Ignited tenure, for they affirmed the opinion I had tiled. Those who east up the number of reported eases for the purpose of destroying my policed diameter, should know that the case of Adams vs. Jackson, 4th Watts and Sergeant. was tried before we at a special Court in Cam bria county, though, throughout the thirty-pages which it occupies in the book, there is nu inti mation of the fact. and that the case of Brower vs.Osterhout, in 7th Watts and Sergeant, was also tried before me notwithstanding, the silence of the report on his head. Both these cases were affirmed. They should have noticed also the cases of McCulloch vs. Cow per, sth Woos and Sergeant. in which the Supreme Cout publish my opinion en extols°. and append the following decomm :•• Pm: Cuann. The law of the case is so well stated by the Judge who tried the cause, as to render any further examination of its principles unnecessary. Judgment affirmed." Another tact should not be forgotten. During ' the year which ended in May last, the time when any causes carne before the Supreme Court at liarrisfmr , , various writs of erior had been taken to indenteut's in each county "1 my district— the records were removed—the judgments at tacked by :11,1e counsel. and every one of them 1.11 .S'upreme court. Counsel me that not one was reversed, though sere al of them involved important principles. And, yet not one of these cases is reported. A case that stood over fur re-argument from the year be fore was reversed on a point ofminor importance. but as to the labors of the last year, nothirig, had to be undone or done over. A. case that went to Sunbury from a special Court in Bradford coun ty. did not constitute an exception. for that too was affirmed as one of the Judges informed me. And then, to arrive at a just estimate of official competency, it would he necessary to consider_ that a very small proportion of the Judgments entered in my district are removed an to the Supreme Court. Perhaps there is no district in the State where counsel take fewer writs of error in proportion to the causes tried. Now, thesee fact, which it is extremely mor tifying for me to be compelled to state, do nut prove that some of the judges of the Supreme Court did wrong in killing toy nomination in the Senate. but they tend to mitigate the editorial p a ins occasioned by this post mortem examin ation. 1 know, Ili well as the whole profession, that it is most unjust to try the reputation of a Common Pleas Judge by the hooks of reports, but the world dors not understand this. W hat would heroine of the pretensions of some of our very hest judges, if the last hook of reports. Bth Watts & Sergeant. should be made the standard of judgment in respect to them And what sort of :in estimate could be formed of - the learning and abilities of the gentlemen of the bar, particu lady in the interior, from the ghostly skeletons of their arguments as exhibited in our books ? Neither the lawyers nor the inferior judges have any control over the reports, and it is of itself unimportant that their hest performances do not appear in them ; but when the reports come to be used as a means of defamation, as has been done against me.thetv acquire a new importance, and it becomes judges and lawyers to look out for their reputations. Such use of the reports is unfair in the extreme. What judge in Penn sylvania could not be impeached'by such means ? Even their honors on the Supreme Bench, to whose reasonings these volumes are dedicated, could be prejudiced by farts gleaned from the reports. Two or three of them are understood to be applicants to the President for the vacant judgeship, and after they should have been nomi nata, and rejected. seriatim, would the editors whit have assailed me, ,deem it fair war on the charaCters of those judges, to point to their rever sals of their o wn opinions, or to the numerous Acts of Assembly which have been enacted to remedy their mistakes ? I think not. More likely it would he considered as due to their feelings & their future usefulness, to leave unsaid many things which might with truth he urged. And as to longs Mat Will' not tint-, the common instincts lit till Inanity would forbid their utteran ce on such ma occasion. A rejection by so en lightened a body as the Senate o f the U n i te d States is sufficiently destructive to character, without the aid of a mischievous press, and yet mote mischievous tongues. It has afforded me unspeakable satisfaction itt the midst of abounding misrepresentations, to witness the fit Fitness with which the whole - community with whom I exercise myoffice,hare withstood the injurious asSaultsopon the personal 'and professional reputation . ofTheir judge. The gentlemen of the bar, the press, and the polite, without disunction of party, have spoken lately. in the most emphatic manoci. \\ hat unfavor able.impressions may' be produced hereafter, by the means which are in active employment, I know not, but I have mistaken the intelligenee and virtue of that community, if a faithlul and, riinsmentions discharge of the dunes of 'a reset,- stole office, do not retain fir me the enniiirenve and affection of which they have given me so many proofs in the past. And now my unwelcome task is done. If I were not afraid of appearing obtrusive, I wound notice other matters in the 1)111)1'w:owns which has called forth those explanations. but they relate to public questions, and me to private cr official character, and I must be content to let them run their course. I have confined myself 103 defence of my reputation as a mutt a judge, and have restained myself from saving ally thing merely to wound the feelings of any assailant. lam before the public for no office. I am no aspirant for places that others may desire. Pce haps I err, but it seems to we that in such .eir cumstances, I might be spared Intuit further in sults and defamation. This communication would have been made some days sooner, if me dirties while in my dis trict would have premitted me to prepare it.— But I was compelled to delay it till my return home. Yours. respectfully,. GEO. W. WOODWARD ANECDOTE OP DANIEL IV EB 4 TER.—The Boston Transcript copies copies from the London Sun, a pleasant sketch of Daniel Web ster—which concludes with the following amusing anecdote of this remarkable man - : The distinguished man, just before Lafayette's last visit to America, formed one in a fishing party in Massachusetts. He had been select ed to deliver the welcoming speech to the Frenchman on his apprimehin,g visit, and dur'- ing his'occupation of hauling in rod fish and tatting, he was observed to he very abstracted. It appeared afterwards that he must have been studying that part of his speech in which he afterwards addressed Lafayette, for a gentle. man who was fishing next him observed him pulling in his line. hand over hand, with some difficulty. as if a large fish was hooked. yet without exhibiting any satisfaction on his fare at having captured a prize. At length the fish was seen approaching the surface and gleam ing through the green waters. like a lively bladder of quicksilver: still, Webster's face gave no smiling welcome ; but just as the fish came to the surfabe, he burst out with Ven erable man! the representatives of the two, hemispheres. welcomeyou to our shores," anti' down flopped the monster cod" on the deck.! ANECDOTE.—When Clingman was election eering in one of the obscure villages of North Carolina. lrst summer, he asked a young lady. (a good democrat by the by) if the ladies in the valley were not in favor of him. She re plied we are too good deinocrats for that. But says Clingman, down in Cleaveland all the girls go fur me—why, not long ago, theie at Court, ween a young lady was Snout to give her evidence in Court, the Bible being pre sented to her, she asked his honor if it wouldn't do as well for her to kiss the lawyer, for she would a great deal rather kiss Mr. Clingman. Yes, Mr. Clingman," retorted the spirited mountain girl, .‘ I can tell you why —she didn't want to kiss the troth." Dpu. PREACIIER9.—Some ministers are so intolTerably dull, that one can hardly keep him self awake under their preaching. We once heard a man preach, who made such long paus es between his words, that a gentleman re marked, there was sufficient time to strike up a tune on the organ. It is seldom that a non fall's asleep while listening to an animated dis course ; but sometimes it will happen, as it did in the case of a Methodist divine. Obser ving several of his congregation nodding. he exclaimed at the top of his itings—.. Fire ! fire! fire !" W here ?--- where I" exclaimed sev eral of his audience, rising in their seats. In hell !" replied the preacher, as he continued his discourse. INDC/STRY.—Men mast have Gemination. or be miserable. Toil is the price of sleep and appetite, of health and enjoyment. The very necessity which overcomes our natural sloth is a blessing. The world does not contain a bri ar that divine merry could have spared. We are happier with the sterility that we ran over come by industry, than we could be with spon taneous and unbounded profusion. The body and the mind are Improved hs the toil that fatigues them : that toil is a thoitsand times rewarded by the pleasure which it be. stows. Its enjoyments are peculiar, no wealth can purchase them, no indolence ran taste them. They flow only from the excruonS which they repay.m STEEL BELLSCIIIIICh bells can now he made of steel, as has been proved by an inge nious American mechanic, from a suggestion in an English paper. A hell weighing fifty pounds, made of steel will only cost about $3O and can he heard two miles or more. Thetall - of this invention are said to he two fold, first, it is so cheap that every church may have a bell of a clear. brilliant nail mnsical tone, second, it is so light, and being stationa ry, that even a slight belfry will sususitt This newly invented bell is rung by a crank, and any boy can do it as well as any regular parish bell ringer. For Ann% Intl„ a chime of seven bells can nnw he I N THE liv EHNo .—V o n do not like to he. knowledge you have been in the wren; but it is better than to persist. Who wittlatigh at you for saying you were in error No (the whose npinirin is worth a groat.—Come 'out speedily and manfully and confess yotii faith. and hundreds - stand and givi3 you , a God speed in the path of truth. OLD Bsettmons.--Jerrold says old bachel ors are like dry wood ; when they do take flame they him prodigiontly. -It takesittore Natio start the flame, than it is' worth after' it is kin dled. MaiIIEXIB Wor WOMEN AND DANcom.--- I believe a wo man would do a great deal for a dance," said Dr. Growling •• they are immensely fond of salsa o:y mot.on. I remeniber once in my life I used to dirt with one who was a great favo rite in a provincial town where I lived, anti she tt as invited-to a ball there, and confided to me that she had no stockings to appear in. and without them her presence at the ball was oat o f t he que:stion." That was a hint for you to buy the stock ings." said Dick. .• No: rou're out." said Growling. " She knew I was as poor as herself ; but though she could not rely on my purse, she had every confidence in my taste and judgment. and con sulted me on a pl:n she formed for going to the ball in proper trim. Now what do you think it was !" "To go in cotton, I suppose," veil:wiled Dick. ••out again, sir,---you'd.._ never guess it; a nd only a woman could gave hit on the expe dient. It was the fashion in those days for in full dress to wear pink stockings. and she proposed painting Jut legs.' - Painting her legs !" they all exclaimed. Fact, sir," said the doctor, " and she re lied on tue to tell her if the cheat was success full. And was it ?" asked Burly. Don't be in a hurry, Tom. f complied on one condition, namely--that I should be the painter." 6. Oh. you old rascal !" said Dick. 66 A capital bargain," said Tom Duffy. •. But not a safe covenant," added the :Atm ney. •• Don't interrupt me, gentlemen," said .the doctor. •'I got some rose pink accordingly. and I defy ati the hosiers in Notungham to make a tighter fit than I did on little Jenny ; and a prettier pair of stockings I never saw." And she wont to the bad?" said Dick She did." And the trick succeeded r added Dully. So completely." said the doctor, " that se veral lathes asked her to recommend her dyer to them. So you ace what a woman will do to go to a dance. Poor little Jenny ! she was a merry minx—by the bye, she boxed my ears that night for a joke. 1 made about the stock ings. " Jenny." said I, " for fear your stock ings should fall down when you are dancing, hadn't you better let me paint a pair of garters on them ?" Dui'r FRET.—Of all disagreeable persons. habitual Getters are the most so. You never can do anything that will please them. If they should ever be found to laugh over a good joke or a thrill at the recital of some noble deed, should, for a wonder, run through their frame, they will not commend the noble BOW that did the act. But let the same person commit a trivial error, and they will hear from the fretter. "There Jane, I knew you would apill the water What did you get the pail so full Gar ?" And the next time, if Jane should fetch the pail half full, tt will be,—" There Jane, you hav'nt got half enough to fill the tea-kettle! You never do anything right. , You are too lazy to bring water enough! Such a good for nothing huzzy I never did,see I" Poor woman„ She scarcely draws a pleasant breath from morning / till night ; and even in her sleep, fretful winds will come out occa sionally. She never keep any " help." But what is worse than all, her children, under the influence of her example, are apt to grow up selfish and bad tempered. " Tom," says the man, " Why did n't yoif hut the gate when you went through it You always leave the bars down, or the door or gate open l" But Tom, on the whole, Was a pretty careful boy, yet one day seeing farmer Fretful coming towards him, he resolved to do right this time, so he shut the gate tight. But it aappened that the farmer wanted to go thro' it. Therefore lie cries out, "Tom you are al ways shutting the gate when> person want's to use it ! You are more trouble than profit ! A plague on such heedless fellows - - A child to be pitied that falls into the hands of fretful persons ; so is a than or woman.— One fretter is enough to mar the peace ofany family. Perhaps the only cure for a habitual fretter, is that recommended to a wife who quarelled with her husband. She was told to hold some water in her mouth when her husband scolded her. She did so, she could say nothing back, cad he soon scolded Name( out. Let the fret ter. when inclined to speak, seize a tumbler and ti'tho mouth with water ! It will work like a charm. If persevered in, it will entirely eradicate the evil, which will be the most as tonishing water cure ever yet put on record. Mrslear,.--A correspondent of the Herald; says the origin of a difficulty, which resulted at last in the dismissal of a clergyman, in the neighboring town, can be traced to a very tri vial affair. which is as follows : At a confer ence meeting of the church, the pastor g :ye out the hymn commencing with • I lova to steal awhile away," when, the chorister commenced singing. hut owing to some difficulty in recol lecting, the nine. could proceed no farther than I love to steal." which he did some three or f l our times successively, when the elergymin. in order to relieve him from his dilemma. re marked. that it was very muck to be regret ted." and added, •• let us pray"l"liits. of course. put the chorister's pipe out, in short metre ; pitched a different'tune tram what thn pastor intended, and furnished the key to his dismissal. K„ ei , r , R ' s ExvltAvseJ . % NC2.—Kerier. who ul. ins:He ly discovered many important truths. was. through life. the dupe of v a g ar i es isinukA on the auper:tititnns of the age. In one o f hi s e a r ly works he imagined the planets to'be huge :mi. orals Wit() swam round the sun, by means,of certain fins acting iiimu 'the etherinl fluid; as those of fishes tin in the water, and agreeahly to this tctiritt. heimagined the comets to ho none. turns and uncommon nuitnala•gmer.ted in the celestial spaces s nild•ho exp'sitted how this et cited this animal faculty.