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TH E HERMIT OF RUMMERFIELD OREEK.
sr a. muscat.
On sustiaehenna where evergreens bloom,
A Bonin once I:ved and left but his tomb ; .
Hi s only remain. iv's/ mingling with dust,
Still this gs ea - thly inevitably mast. --•
And Rummer Creek, though recent in name,
nn „ qui ty known should raise it to fame;
?„this rural stream this Hermit once chose,
fe Ire out Ms life in quiet - repose:
Doss in a small vale, and far up the stream,
R a miely made hut was once to be seen.
Nat be a salt spring he sat himself down ;
he wore not crown,
Though monarch of all,
Like Selkirk who had his !stand alone,'
Th e Orland brute he claimed as hts own,
Contented he his soul was resign'd,
To dwell thus alone from all human kind.
With feathers of birds he made up his bed,
Frucu-roatun's a cap In , cover his:head
The ,lons of the lox he wore for vest,
His outer clothes were of smoke leather dreaVd.
Ht.con it wav sure with powder anti lead,
W:th Venison plenty his ble was spread;
When appettte craved a mkt dainty dust..
He traver,ed the stream and caught the trout fish
. When hunter. , first came the forest to trace,
They followed his steps to his hiding place;
His language nknown. enquiry was vain,
To learn whence he came, or what was his name.
His language unknown. his brogue like the Scor4
To imitate sound they call'd his name Cox.
When emigrants came to clear up the land,
And form into one colonial hand ;
He lord his own ways and kept them profound,
And seldom he left his own hunting ground;
Inas onward he lir'd and few were his cares,
Ills soul was resigned to Gott in his prayers.
Repeated each night at the setting sun,
When all his labor was over aid done;
His prayer:, not filnghsh. like Attics he sung,
And pray'd to his God in some foreign tongue.
11$s mu>ir.al voice and pathetic strain,
Was like the Wild birds that sung round the plain.
How many years he'd he'd there alone,
Remained a secret he kept of his own.
Ho cabin was neat with ni.iass c,•ver'd o'er.
And strange to be seen, a panel framed door,
‘l , 4lpron.tbly brought from ancient remains,
Horatian huts far down on the plains. •
Wa , n, ace came on him he did not lament,
Lila a true chribuan was ever content;
And when hio feeble for hunting the deer.
wanierd among the settlements' itear,
keceiving with thanks what bounty betel.
nd stowing it safe in his little cell;
No one knee hin ace, yet vigor was lost.
Teaseed to stand the cold winter's frost.
The seders well knew his life it must end, .
and - ralked around as round an old friend.
The last word, he spake and accented clear,
•0, wtyli lam dead then bury me here."
Death came as a friend and not as a rod.
icul was prepared and went to his God.
Fneads bunted him there , on his cho en ground,
ty,th sods ,„ Vf en tour E ark out the rn.-und,
themonomenea left by nature alone,
To pint out the stint is one standing stone,
lifting its head above water's wave.
To point out the road t.v this Hermit's grave.
Rt:e Hommerfield laid the first tiettler's claim,
And both his lug house upon a small plain
And long was a place for trawlers to rest.
As he entertained the traveling, guett.
A add savage tribe here long had their home,
,111 here they hunted the fort alone.
T:d they wan•ler'd to come distant plain,
Ardis isey (wind it they left it again.
radio with the Hermit—nc. tillage was done,
Ele maintain'd himself by aid of his gun,
Cirdnaton first came with the axe,
And on the forest it levied a tat ; •
portion each year to axes must yield.
tad add to each farm another wheat field ;
And thus 'liras mangled and haggled around.
tstil the wild wood becomes a elear'd ground.
Oft here 1 hare traversed with compass and chain.
Wand this Hermit's once lonely domain;
" K " o'er the hills, and far up the stream,
Neat ferias and houses are everywhere seen
Where waters descend_from streams on the hill,
Tao hear the saw eat that hangs in the mill.
Where onee liv'd this Hermit so long and alone,
I,IIJI/ a rich token and call'd Standing Stone.
THE SURGEON'S REVENGE.
The following dePplr-interetriing story Was re
wal by Dr. Goon, in one of his lectures, bete , "
the medical clArp of the University of Pentisylva.
r/i L The hero of the story is Vesale,..one of the
most eminent of the I IRIIOII surgeons.
every tongue. The altered appearance of Isabella
was antibutell, by Vesale, to griel fur the olysteri
. Andre Vesate, s ay. the m anuscript, first saw the one abeenee of Don Alver, and the, conviction took
:Ilit 01 the city of Brussels in the riper 1814. 1115 horn him ,all pity for h er . 1 .11 - eringe.
!ether was In apothecary, attached to the service It chanced in he the .festival of Sante Issabella,
°I the Pr itlee ,, %Tare', aunt of the Emperor aw l, i n do honor to her patron saint, end to vele-
Charles Y. and enverne.s of the I.ow Countries w ale the re turn of her no4bands Isabella put on
Lip to the item,' when Vesale first rendered her werldis.g dress, end seated herself by int open
, ottse..l consptconus, the anatomy of the human casement that overlooked the Alver gardens, she
body was impeilectly widentoad ; as scarcely to watched fur hie coming. But whilst her eyes were
_meet that the name of science should be applied vainly fixed upon the path by which he. expected
to m e dim and confused idea relating to it-. Ve. him to appear, .a baud was laid on her shoulder,
lee vitt the first to break through the trammels and turning around, she beheld Versate standing by
soh *filch ioorance and bigotry had 'crippled the her aide. - • • .
much of science ; surmounting with. admirable it I have onlered the supper to. be laid in my
courage and constancy the disgust 'the terror, and study," said'he r and, taking her hand; he led her
von the peril, inseparable froth This desctiption of away to the •room in question, &rimed the at.
Ito which he had devoted himestlf. He was tendatit and closed the door. Everything wore , a
to b 8 seen Whole days and nights' in the cemetries festive sir, yet the repast was cheerless. Tercet,.
'goaded by the festering remainsof -Modality, or ingshat she tasted nothingy Vesalepoured a few
gibbet,,. disputing With the vulture for.its 'prey, in drops' front a vial of elixir, in a cep of Malegi
° al_ et to compose a perfect skeleton from the. to. wine, and presented it to her.
',. El ' of Pereecuted crimuals left thewe to be de7 - " Drink this," he said ; "itis a Atnereign cure
!oiled by the carrion bind. tor the complaint you are suffering from. •
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It v as d •,
During a sojourn at Bole, after, his return ' " Pledge -Me i n tido draught," tube replied a fillin
_ t m lo hilly, that Vesale fi rst beheld, at the house up op goblet . the same peek, and handing I
!lila,. i Holbein, the painier i :ltebella Vansteen- f i! to him,- " and it.will ,blieil a quicker braling IP
7M, die daughter of as Mendota at Harlem, who me. Let ns drink boor absent friend, Andre. 7, ;
ru mm deitted to exercise some' infinencitever his , Vesakt excepted - tbe °flaring, and they emptild
hie. He was scarcely lurenty4ight' )it 3
.f i theie &Mete Inrisber. - -- '' . - -
Ice, and strew 'had attained the
, ii y i,h sammit of well l , 4Tolkitig - of ' one 'absent friend, aid
tooted ambition. '. 1 % auldenly fi ziithio eyesupon her , " yon ktve i rtot
ly of Van Swenwpir leas a' „wealthy ''f spoken,, toms of Don Alm de , SolliN . Are on
Ind ba com
tile. alle• far supenot to that of Vesale ; " hopes of liming of •hins relinquished! He wets a
but ths disrnSt . u 1
Ithod position the lanes bid eclair. 1 liraggen and a ilitioriind,'snd r billlinnilhaS no/ we ' .
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; to Aspire, to an alliance
even more,,exatted, The 601 of the Princess Mar
gansya apothecary ,wonlil have been rejected by
the rich Haden' burgher,--the-Emperor's firstphy
sician.was,acettpted by him as an eligible son-in
law. The marrige solemnized, Vesale at:comps
nied by-his young bride, set off for Seville, where
Charles then held his Court.
She loved her husband,; though, there was an
'Vetimingted with her affections, as to throw an
;i 4 "Vl,ltearance of constraint over demeanor towards
411 , i.11, even in the privacy of .ber domestic
43te very nature of his. profession and occupation
I was calculated to inerease that awe, and even to
' create some repugnance, in a shrinking mind,
which nothing but the strongest affection would
overcome. Isabella's nature required skilful draw
ing out and tender fostering. Vegeta, unfortunate
ly, mistook her timidity for coldness, and returned
it accordingly. This led to estrangement on her
part, which he attributed to dislike, and jealous
distrust took possession in his soul.
Amidst the galleries of Seville, where, for a
woman to be young and attractive, was to command
the attention and authorize the devotion of the
other - sex, it was no difficult task to arouse the sus
ceptibilities or a suspicions hosband.
Vesale's house becalm the t resort of all that WaS
noble and gallant in Seville, and he for a time her
lieved his own scientific conversation to be the
traction. Al first the young wife showed her usual
calm indifference to the admiration that followed
wherever she was seen; but at last something in
her manner and coontenanee, whenever one par
ticular person appeared, or his name was mention
ed, betrayed that there did exist a being who had
discovered the secret of closing the blood to flow
temltuously through her veils. That person was
Don Alver de Sallie. arid as he was young, hand
some, gay,' and the most inconstant gallant in
Seville, the suspicions of Vesale were painfully
aroused. He took silent note of the unusual emo
tions that agitated Isabeida, whenever that noble-
man was in her presence:
The gallant conduct ol'Elon Alver was calculated
to bane suspicion, being marked by indifference.—
This would have misled the vigilant husband
hadhe not on one occasion, whenhis back was
turned towards Don Alver, perceived him in an
opposite mirror, fix his kindling eyes upon Isabel
la, with an expression not tia he mistaken, while
she grew red and pale by turns,and then, as though
unable to surmount her agitation, rose and left the
room. Shortly after Vesale received an anonymous
" Look to your wife and Don Alver de Sollis,
and be not deceived by appearance. They only
want a fitting opportunity to dishonor you. Even
now he carries about him the gloves she dropped
him at mass." J
Vesale shot himself up to ponder over the most
effectual means of avenging himself. His resolu
tion was promptly taken. He had established
echuols of anatomy at St. Lucca and Cordoya—ob
mined the Emperor's permission to visit them,
quitted Seville ostensibly for that purpose, but re
turned the same night and concealed himself in a
tenement belonging to him, at some distance from
itis abode in Alcazar, which was devoted to the
double purpose of a labratory and dissecting room.
lie has taken no person into his confidence ; he
' was alone in his vengeance; and he listened to
hie own council. At dark in the following even
ing, he issued torch, muffled to the eyes in a wo
man's mantle and hood, and left_a note at Don
Al vet 'a habitation. containing an embroidered glove
i of Isabella's, and these words—
" I have obtained the key to Vesale's labratory
during . his absence; be at the gate an hour after
midnight, and you shall be admitted on pronounc
ing the name of Isabella."
The assignation was promrly kept by Don Al
ver. At an hour past midnight,' he left the house
alone; but he never returned. Whether he had
gone, ~one could say ; nor oold a-y trace of him
be discovered. It , was supposed he must have
inimisil his footing, arid fell in . the Gaudalquiver,
near which his house was situated ;- and that his
body had been swept away by the waves into the
.Such an occurrence was calculated to produce a
great, reirwation in the place where it happened_;
and yesalo, reralleil, by the illness of hie wife;
humid the dwappearance at Dun Alwer thethentienf
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man ever resisted his seductions—Mg no husband
ever suspected the injury he was preparing for
Then grasping his wife by the hand, he led her
%I to a door at the farther end of the room, and.
throwing, it wide open, revealed to her view •
skeleton suspended within, bolding in one of his
bony hands one of her embroidered gloves.
•t Behold," sold he pointing to the ghastly spec
tacle, "the graint and beautiful Don Alver de Sol
lie—the object or your guilty love. Contemplate
him well; and it the eight can render your ono.
meets happier—for you are about to die too—the
wine I have gave you was poisoned."
When the last dreadful sentence, and its still
more dreadful illustration, buret upon her affrighted
senses she became paralyzed with an esce•a of
emotion, the scream which Ltd arisen to her
throat died there in strangling murmurs, and sink
ing back, she fell as one dead upon—the arm of
yeside. She was not dead, however, he had not
poisoned her ; that crime belted hesitated to corn
mit, yet he was not lea the tnorddrer. Convert.
vim followed ormvulsion, and in. that supreme mo
ment the hoer that preceded her death,-her hos.
band, who had never quitted, behtld one of those
phenomena, which sometimes attend the dying.—
A wakening from a torpin slumber, consciousness
and memory once mare resumed their ewer; and,
with a calm courage she never possessed in the
flush of life—
"Andre," said ahe, Szing her eyes,on her bus
haul, "I am dying by your hand, Lot I am inno
cent. I never wronged you in thought or deed.—
Don Alver pursued me with his love and threats,
tint I repulsed him. I never loved but you. I
feared and honored as much as I loved you ; but I
dared not tell you of his pursuit Oh ! Andre, bei
lieve my words; the dying deal not in falsehood
Should I be thus calm, it I were guilty!"
Vesalve, sinking upon bir kr.ees, solemnly pro
tested his faith in the innocence of his wife, and:
with choking sob, abjured her to believe that lie
only feigned to,give her poison—that he could not
nerve his hand to take away her lite; but the ter.:
ror of death, and not death itself, was upcn her;
and while he yet spoke,liabella murmured— •
"Thanks be to heaven for this!" and drawing ,
his hand towards her, laid it upon her heart, and,
as she did so, it ceased to beat !
One of the earliest settlers around Lake Cham
plain, was Col. Edward Raymond. He understood
the character and disposition of the natives of the
forest and lived with them in much harmony; fre
quently employing them to row him op and down
the lake as he had occasion.
One stool fellow by the name of Bigbear who
had his wigwam at no gem distance from the Col
onel's dwelling, was often there. The Colonel
having occasion to visit some distant shore of the
ake, employed Bigbear to row him in his canoe.
On their return, they passed near a high yet slop
ing ledge of rocks, on which lay an immense num
ber of rattlesnakes asleep and basking in the sun.
The Indian gave a penetrating look and then in•
quired : •
" Raymun love fun!''
" Yes," was the reply.
'• Well then, Raymun have fun ; mind Indian
and hole a glum."
So he rowed along silent and slow, and cut a
crotch stick from a bunch of hazels that grew upon
" Steady now, hole a glom, Raymnn," u the
clapped the crotch astride a serpent that was asleep
close to the edge of the water, " Take 'urn now,
Raymnn, hold fast"
The Colonel took hold of the stick, keeping the
serpent down, while Bigbear tied op a little sack
of powder, putting one end of a slow match there
He then made it fast to the snake's tail, and then
touching fire to the match, gave orders to let 'urn
go, at the came time pushing ofl from the shore ;
the snake liberated, crawled away from his den
Tbe Indian immediately stood op and clapped his
hands, making u loud a noise es possible, and thus
roused the serpents, who all in a moment disap
" Now look, Illymun, now lank, see fun," said
he, and in a moment the powder exploded, when
Mere, was•,to be sure fun alive, The snakes in than.
sands covered the rocks, hissing, ranliug, twirling
and jumping in every way imaginidde. Col. Ray
mond burst non a l o w laugh that ei.litoed amiss the
lake, pleased alike at the Nieces , of the trick, and
theingennity of the savage's invention.
A RAT STOUT —A remarkable Story of the con.
ning and intelligence of a nu, is narrated in the
Wilksbarre Advocate. It is this: A neighbor of
ours being ptagued" with rats about his barn, he
made various attempts to secure souse of them
with a trap, but, without success. The, trap used
was made of wire . and was so constructed that on
a rat entering and nibbling at a bait, the trap, would
spring and cage.the intruder. The man upon fre•
gnently finding the bait goste, concluded he would
watch the trap Soon hall a dozen rats made their
appearance, and among them one that,seemed to
have more years than the others. lie advanced
alowly and cautiously toward the trap, and when
the others would make a move as if intending to
rush, at the bait, the old felicity would wag, his led
lend they would hill behind him. After viewing
'the trap Closely,. the old fellow appitteeked the
tack part of it, and getting on it, shook the rsiWid
part,until the trap sprung, and then put a paw thro'
one of the Openings between the wire', and taking
the bait oil, made his retreat with it. The Seine
lhintwar repeated the seamid, figs° the same, after.
anew Ourneighbor detersdaed not to be outdone
• sat, and set a coatimm trap ins keg, BO eire•
oireti,ig, with Indian mewl. In due time the old cid•
prit entered the hest and was secured.. • -
foi Lila. The wain Who' ninnies
happily. • -"
" This is a connferkit bill, sir: , I cannot take it,"
used the Captain of this mitatner Knickerbocker, on
her way to Albany one night last week, toe bogs
fisted hoosier looking man, who had ollered die
said bill in payment itr bb passage. '7,--
1 . No !it is though asked the hoosier,,seeming
surprised. 11 Well, I got it on me, and f mars get
it oftsome how. Couldn't you sit it oft for me,
some way V'
No, sir ! I would not attempt to pass it on any
account," retained the Captain.
"Jist in the way . nt ching•—f don't care how
you git it off, so long as it goes, and I ain't stuck
with it," urged the man.
'‘ I tell ynn No !" said the captain. "I must
have a good bill in the place of this from you, so
The man saw plainly it wash() go, and reluctant
ly gave the Captain good money, and put the bad
bill in his pocket, managing that " it must be got
When the clerk of the boat tem to count otter
the money he had received at the supper table, he
found a bad bill, and immediately intormed the
Captain of the tact, but was unable to recognize the
man who gave if In him. Upon examination by
the Captain, it was round to be the same bill, end
of course he knew. his customer.
On ascending the upper deck in search of the
hoosier, he received a slap nu the back that came
nearly pitching him on his face, and - on turning to
ascertain who his assistant Was, fie encountered the
hoosier, who, with a face beaming with smiles,
confidently informed I im that he had " passed the
bill, and it was all right."
" Indeed !" said the Captain.
" Yes by gosh, I done it slick as grease. I gave
it to the victualer down in the cellar at feeding time.
He never winked at it," said the homier, evident.
ly much pleased at the success of his •tlliany.
" I know all about it, and was looking (of you
—here is your bill I will again trouble you for good
money," said the wor thy officer.
" Oh ! git out, that's a regular swindle on MA ! I
didn't know that the teller down in the kitchen was
connected with op stair fixings, no hew, end / be
lieve its a set game between you, to humbug good
money out of me an, how," said the dumfounded
countryman, as he exchanged the bill. "But some
, body's got to take it anyhow."
The Captain warned him against another attempt
to pass h.
OTHER SmOrnric Dwcovsatts MAT SITPERSEDE
&rue —ln speculations like these, the probable,
if not certain progress of improvement and discov.
ery, ought not to be overlooked; and we may pale.
ly pronounce that, long before such a period of time
shall have rolled away, other and more powerful
mechanical agents will suspend the Use of coal
Philosophy already directs her finger at sources of
inexhaustible power in the phenomena of electricity
and magnetism. The alternate decomposition of
water, by electric action, has too close an analogy
to the alternate processes of vaporisation and con
sideration not to occur at once to every mind. The
development of gases from solid matter by the op.
eration of the chemical affinities, and their subs&
quellt condensation into the liquid form, has Area.
ey been essayed as a source of power. In a word,
the general• state of physical science at the present
moment, the vigor, activity, and sagacity with which
researches in it are prosecuted in every civilized
country, the increasing consideration in which sci
entific men ere held, and the perional: honors and
rewards which begin to be confreted upon them,
all justify the expectation that - we are on the eve of
mechanical discoveries still greater than any which
have yet eppeared ; that the steam engine itself,
with its gigantic powers, will dwindle into eignifi
'eance in comparison with the •energies of nature
which are yet to be revealed, and that day will
come when that machine, which-is now extending
the blessings of civilization to the Most remote
eking of the globe, will cease to have existence,
except in the page of history.
PRIT/RATION OT GOTTA Piraeus TOR
Some of the Inmps.in reacher this country
are not unlike flattened CilePile, double tilo'ster, for
example ; whom areldre eticornots in their rough
shells; and this . .rsiep to betoken with -it-is to
bring these within the action of • vertical wheel,
with kaives.lizeilmi the lace 'of it, which, revolt.
lug rapidly, cm the material - into thin slices, sad
open expose the •progreae of the °Malays towards
the deceits of cis ilaatinu, in airships of lamps of
woad encased, to iticrease the apparent quantity...
When it has been sliced, it is boiled in coppers,
forcit'S into a hopper, when serrated knives tear it
into shreds ; and-iris washed- itt various waters, in
the' course of whiclrtlirrfurnigir Matter sinks lulhe
bottdm and 'is removed, - and this is of great const.
quenee, eiPeciallvfor covering telegtaph wit.* the
material is 'pat benison millets, which partly
squeezes out the moisiure; sad
s it is then placed in
a kneading. 'machine, and uhimauity is isk-Ift7-1 !
through rollers to form sheets and bands, or
mined drawing - mill I. be formed into;
'cords or pipes. At the the teroPeglbro• of .boiling
water it becomes. soft,' will - take - any form ar the
finell4Tripresiskin, iirid the indirnir# iemperetereie-.
Milts the ronsietenei of feather ! 'Harem Pies,
bri seen ! al- once, its' ettranrilinaly valne.:iss
entribined with itfiphet, if may ifir 'midi' as haill
as ebony too, but fir"rforlhe condition in'
which ids:Moat niefrit? pa and: for
edetirloi 'tileoaphrittliti - st'h:rther'eferinairnipia.
aims' is' ghats itironikkit l is•;driVenitir iMimnont
'proem the hydrinslid
pose . ..who anrierlrblii7teliiin n eteel - plete,
and it is - ritiled sail kneader)
You win'itariys I* -- ilielionia!of the 'iiatid fuous•
ly , of thifsainii4iitocter 'told mole *hale ioinfio.
t 1 , , % - 1 1.. - :;'' , •-•
me d ietith it .ilti.
iienemous serpents abound in all the tiarras ca
lientssAttot hinds) of America. The fcequent fe
4alitylollowing their bite—particularly among the
Indians, who roam bareloot through the wood'—
renders the latowl4dge of any counteracting reale
dyNi matter of great importance to these people...
lo*taelluenee much diligence has at all times
bein 'need in seeking for such remedies; and
many more or less' eMcatious, bare from time to
time been discovered
That of 'Mem virtues yet known is,s Plint called .
the guaco—the sap of whose leaves is stioitrplete
antidote egainst the bite of the most poisonous rep
tiles. The guaco is a species of willow. hs met
k fibrous, the stem stroight and Cylindrical vihon
young; but as it apprtieeher maturity, it asrumos a
pentagotal form. having five reliant angled Tli
leaves grow lengthwise from the stem, opposite, ,
and cordate. They are ea da.k-green color mixed
with violet, Mouth on the Under darilice, but on` . '
the tipper rough with a slight down. The flowers'
are of a yellow color and pros.c in clusters—each'
calyx holding foot. The corrolle is nionopetalous
iniubdiboliforrn, odd contains five stainenb Uniting
at their ‘ anthers into a cylinder which embraces the
style with its stigma much broken.
The guaco is A strong healthy plant, but grows
41111 y in the hot re ions, and flourishes best in the
shade of other trees, along the banks of the'streatn 7
It is not found in the colder uplands (herrn frias;)'
and in this di.posal nature again beautifully field):
its her design, as here exists not the venomous
creatures against whose poisons the guaco seems
intended as.an antidote.
That part of the plant which is used far the
snake biteis a Bap or tea distilled tram its leaves
It may be taken either as a preventive or a cure
is thz former case, enabling hit!) who has drunk of
it to handle the most dangerous serpents with im
punity. For a long time the knowledge of the en
' tidotal qualities of the guar° remained a great mys
tery, and was confined to a few amohg the native
inhabitants of South America. Those of them who
possessed the secret were interested in present ing
it, as through it they obtained considerable recom ,
penses, not only horn those who had been bitten
by venomous snakes, bat also from many who were
curious to witness the feats of those snake-tamers
themselves. However, the medical virtues of the
gnaio are now generally known in all countries
where it is found; and its effects only causes as.
tonishment to the stranger or traveler.
Being at Margarita some time ago, I heard of the
singular plant, and was desirous - of witnessing the
test of its virtues. Among the slaves of the -place
there was one noted as a skilful snake doctor ; as
I enjoyed the acquaintance of his master, I was
oat long in obtaining a promise that my curiosity
would be gratified. A few days alter, the negro
entered my room, carrying in his arms 11 pair o
coral snakes, of that species known as the most
beautiful and venomous. The negro's hands and
arms were completely naked; and tie manipulated
the reptiles, turning them about and twisting them
over his wrists with the greatest appearer.t confi•
dence. I was for a while under the suspicion that
their fangs had been previously withdrawn; but I
soon found out that I had been mistaken. The man
convinced me of this by opening the mouths of
both, and showing me the interior. There, sure
enough were both teeth and fangs in their perfect
state, and yet the animals did not make the least
attempt to use them, Oa' the contrary, they seem
ed to exhibit no anger ; although the negro handled
them roughly. They appeared perfectly inocuous,
and rather afraid nf him I thought.
Determined to assure myself beyond the shadow
of a doubt, I ordered a large mastiff to be bionght
into the room and placed so that the snakes roui.d
teach them. The dog was sufficiently frigh.ened,
but being tied he could not retreat; and after a .
short time one of the serpents struck' and bit him
on the top of the neck. The dog was now set loose
but did not first appear to notice the wound he had
received. In two or three minutes, however he
began to limp end howl most fearfully. In fite
minutes more he fell:and straggled over.the ground
in violent convolsions, similar to those occasioned
by hydrophobia. Blood and viscous matter gushed
from his mouth amktiowtals, and the end of a6,guar
irr el an hour by 'he watch be wail dead.
Kitnesstng all became extremely desirous
of possessing th finprirtant secret—which, b.) to
way was not so generally known—l offered a good
round sum; and the negro promising to meet
my wishes, took his departure.
On the following day he returned, bringing with
him Whanenl Of heart shaped leaves, which I re.
cognised as those of the bejuco de guaco, -or-snake
plant. These he placed in 'bowl, having first crush
ed between tWo stones. He next poured a little
water into the Vessel. 'ln a few minutes maceref
tiaritcrok pled., and 4 tea' was ready. I was in
structed Its swallow two small spoonfoleof it, which
f did. The negro then merle three incisions iii each
my hands at the forking of my fingeis, and
three similar ones on Oath We of the foot - Through
these inoculated me with an extract of the pa
ce. He next punctured my breast, both on the
right and left side, and pollinated -a similar Menu ,
latian. I was now ready for the snakes, seveml ni
which, both or, the coral and eascabel species, the
newt:the& btonght Wong tsoh him. •
• With all tiny wi nto become a ottakeirliarmer.
meat cantos the at the sight of the Ithitotts ler! .
!fart Myetiorte thrthigh my Thai
Mira/ hoiveiar; bolitinued io swim's me ;an as I
toOlegretil Pihte to continue hint that , my 'limb
'ire:mad conthifil his lice, ind haw that hei'aill
'heated Mein go itheeit, l'Osme at length to the
teittilMitlol"to'rnit ) the ktiotnewliat
ithailtY htUbl 't took up oonlofilte'iOnds, eppinmtly
cowering end hightertiti: . I tom Om, bolder, and
took , up =Other snit' inichitr i •until bid'ttiree of
reptilei itzrey grasp '
at one time: I then pat
thein. diwit Mill eibgbt Weeok e` of Mit:Mabel sp..
(leg-114 ituletinelliVerhe enfH. Thiekkirw be-
Mused in a more lively manner, but didlnot show
any symptoms of irritation. After I hid handle/1-
reptile for some minutes, 1 was holding it astarthi
middle, when, to my horror, I saw it suddenly ell
crate its head,. Ind strike at my left arm ! 1 fell
-that 1 was bitten, and, Hinging the snake from inn,
turned to my companion with a shudder el despaitt
Tut negro, who, with his arms hided, had eteadl
all this while calmly looking en, do* likwallerell
my quick and terrified inquiries with repeated
surances that there was no danger whatever, and.
r - , - .J.aoihmg serious would result from the
he did with as much et:iambi and cornlkiiiiik
as if it had been only the sting of a mosquito.
wn more cativo/tied by the manner of my convert.
ion than by- his words; but to make assurance
doublo sure, 1 took a fresh sup of the gusto tee,
_and waked tremblingly the molt. A alight ht.
14mtnsiton icon appcarsd about the orifice of the.
wound, but at the e±piration of s few hours it had
g:•-npletely subsided, and I felt that
. 1 was all right
On nvany occasions afterwards f repeated the ca
periment of handling serpents I had myself sakes
in the wools, and soma ol them of the most polo
sonous epecies. On these eetaaions I adopted no'
farther precaution than to swallarr a dose of the
guaco sap, and even chewing the leaves of the
plant itself was sufilciedt. This precaution is alai
taken by those—such a 9 hunters and wood chop
pers—whose calling carries them into the thick juun
glee of the southern forest, where the dangerous
The guano has no doubt saved featly a life. The
tradition which the Indians relate of the discover,
of its virtues as interesting It is u follows:—Id
the tierrascalientes there is • bird of the kite spa
cies—a yaedon, Whose load consists.ptineipally at
serpents. When in search of its victims, thit bird
utters a load but monotonous note, which sounds
like the , word gesso slowly pronounced. The In•
diens allege that this note is for the purpose of
in to it the snakes, over which it possessele mya
terious power, that summons them lorth from than'
hiding palees. This may nevenheleas be trod.-4
They relate that before making the- attack upon this
serpent, the bird always eats the leaves of the ba
juco de guaco This having been observes, it wee
inferred that the plant possessed antidotal powers,
which led to the trial and ceesequent discovery of
its v irtuea.—Chamber's Edinburg Journal.
LAZY Bois.—A lazy boy makes a lazy man, just
es sure as a crooked twig makes a cranked tree
Who ever yet saw a boy grow up in idleness, that
did not make a vhildesz vagabond when he be.
cams• a man, unlese•he had a fortune left him to
keep op appearances 1 The great mass of thieves;
paupers and criminals that fill oar penitentiaries
and alms houses, have come op to what they are,
by being brought up in idleness. Those who eon• f
initute the business portion of the community, those'
who make our great and useful men, were trained
up in their boyhood tribe industrious.
When a boy is old enough to begin to play in the
street, then he is Old enough to be taught to work,
Of course we would not deprive children of healtt.
playful exercise, or the time they should spend
in study, but teach them to work little by little as a
child is taught at schciol.—ln that way, they •ao
gnire habits that will not forsake them when Met
Many persons who are poor, let Their children
grow up to fourteen or sixteen years of age, or un3
hl they can supprit them no longer, before they put
them to labor. Such children, not hsvinteny idea
of whfil work is, and having acquired habits of idle.
nes., go forth to impose upon their emploterit'aritl?
laziness. There is a rernlsiveness in all labor Bel
before them, and to get it done no Matter how, is
their only aim They and ambitioda at play . ,bol
dull at work. The consequence is, _they do not
stick to one thing, but a short time ; they rove
"beet the world, get hito misehisi, and finally tad
their wiry to the prison or the alms house,
MACKCREL —The following at cx tint qt
the rne:ltod of catching tnackthel will probably be
new tomany of our readers 'The mea:id df
letting the mackerel is very simple. The veOsit .
" hove too," and men are arranged on the "_iini•
ward" side, as many as can conveniently atstril
from, bow to stem. Each num is• provided with
four lines, but only two can be used in fast fishing.
On each line is attached the book, which is sunk
into an oblong bit of lead called a "jig." 4,41 Y
xel is placed behind each man, into which the . filb
are "snapped" as caught, the jaw mating out if
though made of paper. Owing to this ter:dogma,
of the jaw, the fish must be hauled very cerehdly i
,with great rapidity. One , tnan. plant!"
tnidship," throwing the belt *hich has been
carefully ground, to keep the fish eleatrltp vessel,
while the hooks ate baited with any toujekantr
stance, either pork rind, a bit of liver, or.a.piece, cif
mackerel itself. When the fiat bite rapidly, trt
spoil, is more exciting—.e dozen men, will o.r_tart
catch from thirty to fifty barte:s in an hour. .:01,40
caught they are split, gibbed, serafiet4 is** in
three watervi and then salted—the whole beini
done with astonishing celerity."
SIistIII[GCNTLY.-•-"-Dear Mdtber s " sail a ideff...
cute little girl, " I have broken your china we
." Well, you are a naughty, careless, troubleiorrie
little thing, always in mischief, go up stairs till
send for you."
And this stag a christien Mother% *miter to the
teeth,' little culprii, who had alma*
congnerid temptation to tell a I:ajsibiri!lo_llPter
her 6010 With disappointeJ,tliateol/gild
ilitichild obeyed ; end m that moment' shut inOs
' , ed in her little nears the sweet flower of troth, pe4
h - apa never again in of er year , to be reelpd
Oh ! what were a thousand erisseln Cmuirafreen I
Be Ara to Make • trinnintni skni s to. Ottani,
him; eouttoons to all; intimate twit& bur tlieelti
notion for hit mennnoro, nor humor Gni , for tent