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oatur baß Morning, Ink sO,' 1851.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPORT.
DT MALES PrACICAL
Bear lightly on their foreheads, Time !
Strew roses on their way;
The young in heart, however old,
That prize the present day,
Are wiser than he pompous proud,
And wise enough to play.
I love to see a man forget
His blood is growing cold,
And leap, or swim, or gather flowers,
'Oblivious of his gold,
And mix with children in their sport,
Nor think that he is old.
I love to see the man of care
Take pleasure in a toy;
I love to see him row or ride,
And tread the grass with joy.
Dr hunt the flying cricket ball,
As lusty as a boy.
All sports that spare the hamblest pain,
That neither maim nor kill—
That lead us to the quiet field,
Or to the wholesome hilt—
Are-duties which the Ore of heart
Though some may laugh that full grown met),
May frolic in the wood,
Like children let adrift from school—
Not mind the scornful mood ;
honor all their hapidoess,
And deem it gratitude.
And though, perchance the cricketer,
Or "Chinaman" that fibs
His dragon-kite, with boys and girls,
May seem to some unwise—
I see no folly in their plays
Hat sense that underlies.
The road of life is hard enough
Bestrewn with slug and thorn ;
I would not mock the simplest joy
That made it less forlorn,
But fill its evening path with flowers
As fresh as those of morn.
'Tis something, when the noon has passed.
To brave the tou:h of Time,
But say—" Good friend, thou harm'st me not;
My soul is . in its prime ;
Thou canst not chill my warmth of heart—
I carol while Y climb."
Give ns but health and peace Of mind,
What-e'er thy clime or clan,
We'll take delight in simple things,
'? Nor deem that sports unman;
And let the proud, dim tly no kites,'
Despise us if they can !
A TALE OF CAUFORNIA.
In the year 1849, during the - hot mouth of An
gust, I left Sacramenth City, with a party of :six,
in eluding myself, for the remote regions ot Feather
Riser I had tried eeveral of the other rivers,
without much success ; and as some friems whom I
rust in town, endeavored to convice me that this
was the only true and legitimate spot where the
pile"' mild be made, I very willingly gave my
consent to make one of their party.
We settled all the arrangements to our satisfac
hon, and then bought provisions enough to last us
ax months, hired a six mule team, packed our
stufl on their backs, and, one afternoon, about six
o'clock. took up our lute of march for the above
named place, distant about one hundred and fifty
miles horn Sacramento City. One among their
company played upon the bugle decently well, arid
as the soul•inspiring notes rang out ,through the
rallies, We ail imagined ourselves worth at the least
calculation, fifty thousand dollars—or soon would be.
Alas! where are they ; and their hopes and ex
pectations now 1 All but one have laid their bones
hi a strange lint!. Famine, disease and murder
have taken them, one by one, until I alone am left,
a monument of God's mercy.
But lam digressing. Nothing worth noticing oc
curred on our route, and after four days' hard trav
el we arrived, with blistered feet anctaching bone;;
eurrybody unhappy and everybody as disa‘rjeeathe
u six men could conveniently be.
Aber unloading the team, and taking a good bath
in the clear, cold waters of the river, we pitched
our tent, cooked supper. and then, :semen generally
do in such cases, telt better. All retired early, and
enjle a good night's sleep, for upon the next day
we were to commence our labors, but t 'somehow,
nobody seemed to broach the subject 01 work ; so
we spent the day in visiting what few people thee
were camped in the immediate neighborhood of
ourselves. They did not talk very ercouragingly,
and after 'surveying the different " bars," I came to
the, conclusion that my fortune was some way from
me yet flowerer, it would not do to get discour•
aged so quick, and t look a stroll along towards The
score, as it was called. The store consisted of a
loge brush tent, where they retailed everything
that was likely to be wanted among a eel of hard
working, men, including a plentiful supply of alt
kinds of liquors, retailing at the rate of seven did
lays a bottle for brandy, and five for gin. •By such
rates as this, the store.keeper managed to put about
two thirds of the miners' earnings into his own
Pockets, and consequently was becoming error
toons:y rich. •
When I arrived at the tent, I found Satire twenty
people assembled, drinking, smoking, and
Plating cards. Their day's labor ,wis over, and
66 7 were nov: fpend lit what they had earned.—
perceived some tow were already in a happy
'ldle, and were trying to kick up a row with some.
I) %iy, no matter who. There were one or two
Frenchmen, one or two Chilians, and the rest were
made up of the overland and Oregon men.
As I stood leaning against a bariel; watching the
different expressions that played on their vounte
nances, a young man of about twenty.eight years,
cane up and inquired what part-of the cdUntry I
Ir as fame I informed him, and after a few more
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TIE " BRA DFOR D
words,, he informed me that he/was from New
York city, and asked me to drink with him which
I respectfully declined. He did not appear to rel.
lab my refusal very well, and turned abmptly away,
and commenced betting on mottle.
4 g What did that fellow say to you, Mister!" in.
quire 4 a large, broad shouldered man, who went
by the name of Jones.
"Only asked me to drink with• him, that's all!"
" Well, stranger, I am from Oregon, and my
name is Jones: I have been on the river about five
months, and some people call me the skittle of
these diggings. But that has nothing to do with
him. Let me advise you as a fellow countryman
to have nothing io do with that man. I 'have had
my es e on him for some tini; and it he ever does .
come under my discipline(l .
serve him out
Of what offence has he been guilty ?" I inquir.
ed, looking at the man more closely
" Well, we have not been able to prove any.
thing against him as yet, but there has been a good
deal of the dust lost out of our tents whenever they
have been left alone, and you will never see this
fellow at work, if you should stay here ten years
He has not got - it in him. Yet he has alwai money
to lose at the gambling table every night. Why,
before the fellow came here, I could go out and
leave a dozen pounds of the real stuff in my tent,
and come back and find it safe; but it won't do to
do it now," he said sorrtm fully, as though he was
grieved to find so much dishonesty in the world.
Jenes bade me good night, end walked towards
his tent, while I stepped nearer to the suspected
person, and had a good opportunity to examine him
as he stood at the card table.
He was, as I have said, twenty eight years old,
with sall dark eyes that never seemed to rest l
heavy be rd and moustache, and very white teeth,
which h took a good deal of pains to show. He
was about five feet eight inches high, ild rather
strongly built, with a certain reckless appearance
about him that denoted the lowest class of gamb
lens. He went by the name of Morgan. I finish
ed my examination of him, and then repaired to
my tent, where, after smoking and - relating the
news I had heard, I turned in, and was soon dream'
ing of the dear friends whom I had left in old Mas.
The next day we put our cradles together and
commenced operations, opposite Bidwell's ranch,
but I cannot say that we made the amount daily
that my sanguine friends had anticipated. At any
rate, we worked easy anti managed to lay up a lit.
tle ; but if we bad been obliged to buy provisions
the tate they were selling for at the store, we should
have had to send home for money to pay our debts
with, or else taken the benefit of the bankrupt act .
All went on smoothly for a week. We made
the acquaintance of most of the miners in the neigh
borhood, and found them to be : all pretty good fel
lows; their worst fault appeared to be drinking, but
then they worked hard, and - pleaded as an excuse
that the climate was so bad that drinking was
Ono morning just as day was breaking, our ac
customed hour for getting up to breakfast, we ob
served a large crowd gathered round the store, and
curiosity getting the better of us, we started to see
what the matter was, leaving one to cook the break
fast. As we drew near, I could see the tall form
of Jones mingling with the crowd, and gesticulating
violently.. I inquired of him what had brought so
many together, thus early in the morning.
Mauer enough," he replied. " Here's that
scoundrel of ,Morgan stole no less than three
thousand dollars from Dory, the storekeeper." •
" Is he taken ?" I asked, astonished at the rob
" Yes, we have him safe enough, and the money
also/' chuckled JOnes.
After some inquiries, I found that about two
o'clock in the morning Dory was awakened by a
slight nois° inside the tent. In an instant all was
quiet, but thinking that all was not right, he took
his revolver from under his bel, and commenced
a,search about in the dark: All at once his hand
came in contact with a man's head
" Who,is this?" he asked and received for an
tiger a tremendous blow which nearly stunned
him, but inst.intly rallying, he discharged his revol
ver repeatedly at a form that darted past him, and
then followed as swiftly as possible in pursuit,
shouting, " stop thief!"
Some dozen or two turning out, gave chase, and
succeeding in capturing Morgan, after a (tempera.°
resistance, in which he had used his knife rather
freely. About sixty yards from the store he had
thrown away the two buckskin bags which contain
ed the dust, and they were safely delivered to the
owner. They were now about forming a jury to
try him for the robbery, and twelve Americans
were accordingly chosen, with old Jones as Judge.
The trial was soon over, and the July were cot out
more than half an hour before they returned him
wmthy of death, leaving it to the Judge to decide
ill what manner lie mould the.
ft Well, boys, you have' acted wisely, and as f
am a merciful man, I decid_e that at ten o'clock this
forenoon_ he be tied to a tree, and iris of our best
marksmen load their rifles and have a crack at
him, and may God have mercy on his soul. Mr.
--," he continued, " I appoint yob, with as ma
ny assistants as you want, to see that the law is car
ried into effect."
1 intimated to the honorable judge that I should
like to be excused from performing sodisagreeablp
a duty, but with a sa•'age look, he ordered me to
perform the task he had imposed' upon tne, and
make no more words about. •
Morgan had had a fair trial. Iris guilt was too
evident, and as ho lay in thestore, with hie feet
and hands bound with strong cords, looking dirty
and ragged, with the blood dripping sloivly from
his arm, where a ballhad lodged from the revolver
of Dory. I could not help pitying the poor wretch.
He must have read compassion in my face, for,
to:Altos tin effort to sit uPriglit, in which he was
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not auccsasful, he asked me for a drink of water.—
I idstantly banded him some, and alter drinking
he appeared to feel relieved. I asked him if there
was anything else that I could do for him, when he
motioned me to come closer to him. He remained
silent for a moment, and then said'; ' The Judge
has appointed you to bee that the sentence is car.
tied ir•.to effect, has he not?"
" I am sorry to say that ho has, Morgan," I is.
" Well, never mind. I had rather it were you
than others here. But I have a particular favor to
ask of you. Perhaps you will laugh and think it is
a weakness, but I can't help it. have you a Bible
at youl tent ?" •
I told him thatl never traveled without one, and
that I should be happy to read it to him.
" Thank you," he said. " I have not looked
into one for years, more shame to me; if I had fol.
lowed its precepts I should not have been here.
I left him, and walked to my tent. how I hated
myself for the part that I had got to play in the mur
der, for I could call it no better. It • was in vaiit
that i pondered plans-to escape from my task. I
could see no remedy, and the idea that I must as
sist in the execution almost drove me frantic.
It was now about nine. Morgan had one hour
more to live I went the head oh my bed, and tak
ing my Bible, left for the store, where the prisoner
was still confined. A large collection of people had
assembled from the different bars, and were pans
the time away in taking ono or two drinks, to give
them an appetite for the tragedy that was soon to
" Make way for the Sheriff,'.? shouted one or two
noisy fellows, as I .entleaiored to force my way
into the presence of Morgan.
" Looks a blamed sight more like a minister.—
Don't you see his Bible I" said another.
I passed into the store, where I tound Morgan
seated on box. He looked pale And thoughtful,
but a smile illuminated his countenance when he
saw that I had broughi the book with me.
'.' I had almost given you up," he observed, as I
seated myself by him.
I made no reply, commenced reading a chapter
in a low voice. In an instant every head was un
covered within hearing, and all was still within the
store. Morgan Iheened with great attention, but by
the lime I had finished the third chapter, the loud
voice of Jones called out :
" Time's up, bring out the-prisoner."
I slowly (doted my book atAlarose. Morgan al
so arose. I cut the cords that bound his [set, and
he stepped towards the entrance of the store. He
was now very pale—whether from loss of blood or
anxiety, I did not know.
While I had been reading to him, they had
drawn lots on the outside, and ;•ix of the best marks
men on the river had the chance of shooting at the
poor fellow. Their rifles were_ taken arid lorded
by a third parry ; two of then with nothing but
powder, so that it should not be known who shot
We walked along with the prisoner to the spot
that had been chosen. It owas a high plain just
hack of the store. I asked Morgan it he was
"" Cut these cot founded cords, and take my
jacket off, so that I can stand up like a man," he
I unbound his hands, and commenced removing
his jacket, when something fell to the ground. I
stooped to pick it up, and found that it was a mi•
niature. It represented a young and beautiful fe
male, holding in het-arms a babe, apparently only
a few months old. The mother was looking at the
'child with such a look as' only a mother can give,
while the child apppared to be making a playful
effort to reach a ringlet of her hair which fell in
long curls about her neck. I filoked up and asked,
" Morgan' whose portrait is this?"
He then for the first time, noticed that t hai it.
" That is the portrait of my wife, and child Whom
I left in New York," he said, and burst into tears.
"Bury it with me, for it is all that I have now."
I felt as though a good crying spell would would
do me good about that lime, and if a drop fell on
!hal beautitul lace that was gazing so sweetly at
her child, let me hope that it did not tarnish the
bright colors of the picture.
In the meantime a large crowd had assembled,
and were gazing over my shoulder at the picture,
with evident delight. I passed it round to them,
and every one of those rough men appeared to
have a spark ol r .-human feeling in their breasts that
only needed to lie touched to produce good results.
I had never mail' a speech in my life, but a new
feeling seemed to flow through my veins. Spring
ing upon a large log, I commenced a raVitig ad.
dress. I alluded to this poor wife and infant child,
their dependence en him for euppoit ; and the
anxiety and sorrow they must feel, should they ne
ver hear from IN again. Before I had finished I
heard the loud voice of old Jones, exclaiming:
" Darn it all, boys, let the tellow go. I have go t
an old woman Myself, and -half a dozen children,
and I kinder guess how they would leel,if I should
"Yes, let him go," said half a dozen of the most
influential men ott l ho river.
" Put it to vote, boys, put it to vote," said an.
"To vote it is then," said I, overjoyed at my
success. " All those in favor of letting Morgan go
will please signify it by saj ing yes."
" Yes! yes !" roared nearly every voice in the
I now turned to look at 'Morgan. lie had sunk
on his knees when the result of the vote had been
declared, and I sincerely believe that he made a
short acknowledgment to heaven for his wonderful
[ reservation. Ile arose from his knee., and taking
my hand,,be thanked me for the interest I had ta•
in bis WO. I walked along with him towards my
tent, and observed that it would be beat for him to
leave, and go to some other mines immediately.
" I shall leave to night," he replied, "but there
is one thing that I should like to obtain from you,
and that is your Bible."
" Willingly," I replied;" and may it do yoh ap
much good as it has me."
I gave him some sapper ; and when he aros r e to
go, I put the Bible in his hand.. He squeezed my
Boger; and then taking his wife's Miniature put,
he breed it upon me saying,"keep that to rementiv
her me by," and was gone before I could'reply.
Limy° the miniature now. And each day when
I gaze at it, a sweet smile• seems to play upon the
lovely countenance of that young bride, as though
she thanked me for helping the partner of hei bo
som to escape from such an ignoble death.
As for Morgan, I never heard of him attetwPrds
Whether he is alive or dead, I cannot tell, and my
object in writing this sketch was to obtain if possi•
Bible some tidings of him. ..
The Family Opposed to Newspapers.
The man that don't take his county paper was in
town yesterday. He brought his whole family in
two,horse wagon. He still believed that General.
Taylor was. President, and wanted to know if the
" Kamasliations" hail taken Cuba, and if so, where
they bad mien it. He had sold his corn for 25Cts.
—the price being 31 cm-41ot upon going to depo
sit the money, they told him it was mostly counter
feit. The only hard money he had was some three
cents pieces!, and those some sharper had " run on
him " for half dimes! His obi lady smoked a "cob
pipe," and would not believe anything else could
be used. Duo of the boys went to a blacksmith
shop to be measured fora pair of shoes, and anoth
er mistook the market house for a church. Auer
hanging his hat on a meat hook, he piously took a
seat on a butcher's stall, at ti listened to the auction
eer, whom he took to be a preacher. Ile left be
fore "meetin' was out," and had no great opinion
f the "sarmint "
One of the girls took a lot of " seed onions•" to
the po . st office' to trade them for a letter. She: had
a baby, which she carved in a "sugar trough,"
stopping at times to rock it, on the side-walk.—
When it cried, she stuffed its mouth with an old
sock, and sang "Barbara Allen." The oldest boy
had sold two "coon skins," and was on a "bust "
When last seen, he called for a glais of "soda and
v - ater," and stood soaking gingerbread and making
wry laces. The shopkeeper mistaking his mean
ing, had given a mixture of sal soda and water,
and it tasted strongly of soap. But "he'd !learn tel!
of soda and water, and woe bound to give it a fair
trial puke or no puke." Some "town fellow" came
in'and called for a lemonade with a "fly in
whereupon our " souped " friend turned his back
and quietly wiped several flies into his drink.
We approached the old gentleman and tried to
get him to "subscribe,'k but he would not listen to it
lie was opposed to " internal improvements," and
he thought "lamiri" was-a wicked invention, and
culterwation nothin' but wapiti and %vexation.—
None of his family ever learned to read, but one
boy, and he "teached school awhile, and then went
to studying iliwin.ty." .
ANECDOTE or Gen. JACIESON.—The lion 'and
Rev. d-‘ 4 lt- 464 , who as a Baptist preacher and lieu
tenant governor, had at one and the same time
been in the service of the Lord and of the State of
Illinois, becoming dissatisfied with the honors or
profits of both the posts he held, determined to
resign them, and devote his time and talents to the
assistance of the administration in carrying on the
general government of the country. Accoidingly,
he came to Washington, anti laid his case herons
the President. Ile stated his pretensions and his
wishes, narrated at some length all the prominent
events of his political life, d welling especially upon
his untiring devotion to the democratic party, the
sacrifices he had submitted to, the exertions lie had
made in its behalf, and its consequent indebtuess
to him, but said not a word of what he had done
for the cause of religion. Gen. Jackson heard the
clerical aspirant through in silence, and after musing
a moment, put the following questinn to him :" Mr.
K., are you not a minister of the Gospel P " I am
sir," was the reply. "Then sir," said General, with
his uses! ouietAlignity,," You hold already ' a higher
office than any in my gift—an office, whose sacred
duties, properly perfortned,'require your whole at
tention; and really, I think the best I can do for you
will be to leave you to devote your whole lime to
them ; for, frogs what you tell me, I fear dint hit,h
erto they have been some what neglected."
„REAL AND IDEAL—Dow, Jr., ia one of his iliwour•
rem, in which he describes the e contrast between
semblance and reality, hits off a ball scene:
” A woman," says he, "may be an angel ; though
she glides through the mazes of the dance, like a
Fpirit clothed with a rainbow. The young man
may behold his admired object on the_ morrow in
the true light of reality, perchance emptying a wash
tub in the putter, with frock [firmed up tichind—her
cheek pale for want of paint—her hair mussed a n d
mossy, except what lies in the bureau ; anik , her
whole contour wearing the appearance of an angel
rammed through a brush, fence into 'a world of
wretchedness and woe!"
Pooa WEAR WOMAN I .—A tin.ati Nipper,
who Ives in a small tenemen:, a lone woman,
was quite is prostrated " 11113 other morning by the
early call of a bachelor neighbor.
1, What did you 'come hero after I"
" I came to borrow matches," lie very meekly
" Matches!—that's a likely story'—Why don't
you make a match 1 1 know what you come Inr !
cried the exasperated old virgin, as she backed the
bachelor into a comer; "yen come here to hug and
kiss me almost to death! gut you shan't—without
you're the strongest, and the Lord knows you arc
Why is a fractious cow like a certain town in
New York I Because she'll Kindet•hook.
Why i s a j ue t an d particular titan like a crow
ale does uothin without taws.
The air contains at all times more or less of mois
tore, though in a state so ratified as- to be imper.
ceptible. To prove this it is only necessary in a
summer's day to fill a glass w ith cold water, when,
dry as the atmosphere may seem, its moisture will
beconilensed, and made visible, in the form of small
pellucid drops upon the outside of the glass. This
condensation of moisture is caused by the water's
reduction of the temperature of the glass below that
of the surrounding atmosphere. On this ptir:oiple
distillation is conducted; and in the same manner
dew is found. No sooner does the sun sink towards
the horizon, than the blades of grass which clothe
the earth's surface give out the heat they have been
receving during the day, and consequently they be
come so much colder that the atmosphere, that the.;
condense in the form of dew part of the rerified
moisture , immediately surrounding them. Dew,
being thus formed, is, of course, more abundsetbe•
fore and after rains : when the rorn o sph 3r e is moil
test. Catm and clear night's are essential. also, for
the copious deposition of dew; for then the glassy
blades emit their heat freely, and it 'is dispersed
through the atmosphere wjthout any equivalent re
turn. On the contrary. however, if the night bel
cloudy, then the clouds, by abstracting jt e heat '
from the atmosphere, contribute, in some degree,
to keep its temprature on a level rviih_ that of the
grassy blades, and thus so nearly eqtrelise the two
that but little dew is depreitteil. It; in addition to
clouds, a high wind is blowing, no dew will he
formed, for the tempature of the grass is prevented
from sinking by the agitation of the air continually
bringing a warmer current to succeed the colder
current, by which it is surrounded; or, it maybe,
that the night winds, , being generally cool, so rap
idly reduce the air's temperature es to bring it be
low that of the grass.
As substances differ in their power of losing their
heat so do they differ in their attraction for dew.—
On grass, swan's down, and other filamentous sub
stances, which readily part with their heat, dew
copiously condenses. The mechanical condition of
objects likewise affects the formation of dew, as
shavirm attract it more than wood. Dew is more
plentifully deposited on meadow ground than on
plough lands; and cultivated soil are refreshed with
abundance of dew, while barren rocks and sandy
deserts, not needing, do not receive this general
moisture. Indeed, every plant, possesses. accor•
din; to its kind, the power of condensing as much
dew as is necessary for its peculiar and individaLl
exigencies. Thus, not even u dew.drop seems to
have been formed by the blind actions of. chance,
but gathering together by the hand of Infinite WiE.
darn for a definite and benevolent end.
A WORD TO LITTLE Gras-t—WItO is 1.)Ift•ly It
is the Mule girl who drops sweet words, kind re
marks, and pte-sant smiles as she passes along—
who has a kind sympathy tor eNery girl or boy she
meets in trouble, and a kind hand tn 110 p her com
panions out of diticrilty—who never scolds, never
contends, never teazel her mother, nor seeks in any
way to diminish, but always to increase her happi
ness. Would it not please you to pick:up a Filing of
pearls, drops of gold, diamonds, or precious stones
as you pass along the street But these( are the
precious stones which rover can be lost. Take the
hand of the friendless—smile on the sad and deject
ed—sympathize with those in trouble—strive every
where to diffuse around you sunshine and joy. If
you do tbie, you will be ewe to be loved.
O" A %V F.S•TERN EDITOR thus sums up the pe
culiarites of a cotemporary : He is too lazy to earn
a meal, and to mean to enjoy one. Ho was never
generous but once, and that was when he gave the
itch to an apprentice boy. So much for his good
opts of heart, Of his industry he says, the public
may the better judv, when he states that the only
day he was over worked, was the day he mistook
castor oil for honey. Complimentry that.
CounviNo.—An institution made up of flutes and
moonlight—a perioithat brings discretion to a full
stop, and marks with a star the morning of out hopes.
Coustings converts women in to angles, mouths
to honey-comb the heart becomes s great hive of
sweet—while kisses are the bees that keep up the
supply. Again we.ailr, did you ever hold the head
of a blue eyed girl ?
CIIWIIIV.NS AND ECG .—Mr. Spriggrns in n Dilem
ma—" 111 y von," said Mr Sprigitis to his little boy,
w•ho was devouring an egg—it was Mr. Spriguitts'
desire to instruct his boy—" my son do you know
that chickens come out of egg-
" Ah , do they, father r' said the young hopeful
"1 thought that eggs came out of chickens ?''
The elder§priggins drew brier trom the hiltle
and gazed on his son, then put on 1116 lair
and went to work.
Kr' MICANVSEa having done a mean aelniii s.iys
he felt as if the Devil had been throwing dice for
his soul, and just turned sixes. lf we are not ir 4 inth
mitakened, this is the way every body feels who
stoops to duplicity. A person never sets a smaller
villas cm himself ; than the day he, undermines
.otr Three Jays uninterrupted company in a re.
hide, will make you better acquainted with anotli •
er than ptie hour's convti?eation with him • every
day (or three years.
Whother it is wordr ti e•lrile to keep any body's
company ler three days without interruption, for the
sake n 1 making WS acquaintance, i$ a que3tio.; tur
4ebate. We take the'negalive
Did you ova' iinnw a atm' with a si,oLking
bad hat and a long beard and a ragged coat, who
coal find a reve:tuble hoel that eras not full.
Melanetban was reproached by borne one with
changing his view's. 1:J1)o you think, 6r," replied
he, "that have beet .studying, tisbidnowly titi ty
'Taro m ithoul hat tr,4 learned an) thing ''
Formation of Dew.
Killing a 'Ornate;
One bright, calm morning, on the coast cf Japan,.
whales were discovered about four miles distant
from the masthead of the ship Brighton. fnetant.le
every one was in motion; there being no wind to
bring the ship nearer to them, three boats were
lowered to give chafe; The captain remained on
board, as two of hie boat's crew:lsere on'tho sick
list. When the boats were about three miles off,.
a large whale was seen from the ship not more
than thirty yards distant. The only beet now on
the davits was lowered and with a crew of four, all
we could muster, proceeded to tackle the monster.
He lay perfectly still, spouting the water out of his
huge nostril* at long intervals. We approachut
within ten feet, when the captain, in a whisper, or.'
dered the harpooner to stand up and dart. Ti;11
being his first attempt to strike a whale, his irons
passed harmless over the leviathan's back. The
captain jumped forwri . rd, end hauled in the liar;
ponns and threw one into the whale's hump The
boat was directly over the whale's flukes ,
the non entered his back, with seemingly no effort
they raised. sma.h:ne the boat, I might say in a
hundred pieces, throwing the captain full thitty lett
in the air. wi'h me to keep him company. We
both fell close to the remains of the boat where tbd
two other men were hanging on. -,,N0 one nag
hurt lo!,` the accident. The whale had gone about
five rods from where he had stove the boat and ley
Ele if waiting for further attack.
Floating close by the captain found a lance made
fast to a piece of the wrecked boat; being a good
swimmer he said he would soon make that fellow
spout blood, and it would he something worth salt •
ing about, to kill a whale without a boa.- Taking
the lance in his teeth, he swam close to the n-hafe
and plunged it into his heart. The next spnct bloo,t
*as sent up from his nostrils twenty feet high, anti'
lie commenced lashirtg the water furiously with
hie flakes. So close were we to him, the water
was thrown over us every splash. One poor fellow
could not swim, and as we struck out for the ship,
he implored us not to leave him to be killed. But
what could we do l The whale was in the death
flurry; whit ILI; round us, and every turn coming
nearer. The men were busy on board clearing
away one of die spare boats, but it would !eke
them half an hour to launch her. Taking the poor
fellow between us, we swam towards the ship
tVhen almost near enorezh to catch a Tore thrown
to re, we felt ourselves drawa down by his weight.
To save ourselves we had to let him go. Blood,
which soon rose to the sut Owe, told nein plain lee.
guage the fate of poor William ; he had been
caught by a shark. After getting upon the .ide are
soon lannched the boat ind went irusearch of the
!captain, who had not been leers since he lane
ed the whale. The mots-ter was now dead wit'i
his side turned u;-. Close to tun was the captait:pl
hat. Out eonimuuderkilled his last whale. Eig
nalsi mean imp ; had bete made to the boats to re
The %%hale :he I*
a monster, turnon, , , c ont rl,e,hu:ntred an.! fir 3
:els of is RI ! J. CL•ier, A. S. S O.
Ehules 1iTc111.1.1., the great A!Titrr,::ll: i
omer, has been delivering a course of •popular !et •
tures in New Yolk, on his favorite seience. Fror;
a report of these lectures in the New Yolk Tr.' , uns,
we select the hilloyring relating to the moon icl.;er;
strikingly illustrates the harmony of tLe ut,iveise •
" By a compai ;5011 of the accounts of eclipses Lv
the ancients, paniculitily the Babylonians,
modern observations. it appeared that the Moon
moves swifter than r•he did three thousand )eanl
a;o. The increase wag amt,h , to be su:e—lie;
place having only advanced three diameters in that
that time. But what was the cause, and what
would be the result ! The problem was solved he
La place. The Earth's orbit round the SAIL, thougli
eliptical, is minutely opening throngh the anractiort
of extraneous bodies. The orbit being thus en)
and the Suit's influence diminished, the Earth's
influence over the Moon becomes proportionately
greater, its °Wit is diminished, and 45 yeed in•
creased. Though the whole disturbance is so sligi.t
it has been accurately calculated. 11'e F.aith's
orbit will continue to increase ih ough flirt:ion" et
centuries, till i; 611.111 became a circle. end then I
&Ara ly rerun again :0 1:8 peseta shape, skving.:;•,..,,
b irk and 1, r•h, him a pendulum, sinking the eb
second, of eternity
Bu', though sixty or sever ty different sruilerS •1
di•:urbrvlces Lave been t:isinti card and calculated,
11 e get t pliten. I: vt ill art
answer for the minute and hoor hand id :he icruhr.
inev,a to be Wrfariz. It .6hc hides a pa . 'itlla •
day. We 'loud khow exavt:y when , Ite v‘t
11.mson, a most ittrle:.nigaLle German
a.stronontvr. t,ir calcnlated, several et the tlt , turbing
forces, and ‘vi'l probably conquer diliteel.tes
rnamite4. a t i• ut those overcome VA`f 11$,
which moves more !pectl.ly :hart the Earth, t tr one
htmllT eti and forty years tends,to 1,5 2 2 1 ,1 1:
0:111: Ott? way, and then the .tathe lete,;.h
counteract- the inffeence. The Earth it, fa, s'l.
feels the Moon. srithat it has advanced in ca:a
100th part of i:s diame:cr.
So pet feet atte the calculation' , at preset,' ::rat f
11 1 alai
plare can never be more than tie er t'A
san t lfi l , of ;twit ilianieter front that as-toned her . n
the tables. But it IY inipoilaut That the tablesilioul 1
be perfectly ac,xteure, an.l tl.ii u 11; prubaily I , e ,i..•
The Professor then ‘lesciibetlthe'pliysical apik!.. •
use's' Moult, as seen ihrouali a hrlescoe,
itit in a range of 2-411
all its erzei,r.: iifainsxl.l rat itte•
lie explaiii..,l fact that :Ilts u . •
teouiti than the other p;anets : never 6:101V21 but eue
Nee to us, ret 1. 1 .1 rig un her axii in lhe 11111113
Inch she oecupie% in her ortat. tact ;hat het
revointion feu) never beats areelieri.le,!, uas
denea that Ito comet, or other burly every tE3*
tuibetl the leirmeri) wi o,..utui! out the
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