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'WHY SEEK YE THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD."
DT DID. L. D. SIGOVITTIZT.
Ye lock the raolt,—ye bar the tomb,
And to their keeping drear,
Commit the precious treasure, borne
Urn the sable bier.
Dot that which made your idol dee rs
The esse nce so refin'd
That woke the high, the smile, the tear,
Ten SOUL, ye may not bind.
Agnin'ke come,—the hcarded gem
tier which ye rear'd with care
Themarlde arch. the fretted shrine,
The sculptur'd column fair ;
Where is it !—ah ! the fearfotchange !
The flesh bath mock'd your trust,—
Th^ hone its fellow bone forsook.
And mouldering sank to duet:
1 . 10.5 o'er lh a close-seal'd tomb, where first
The Lord of glory slept,—
The Roman soldiers, still and stern,
Their sleepless vigil kept,
Down came.—the affrighted watchman quail'd,
The buried form hath 11Ni,—.
A n d E rier'd aflection vainly sought
The living 'lni3 the dead.
Battle with an Elephant.
In a few minutes one of those who had gone oil
our left came twining breathless to say that he
^u.l seen a mig,try game I halted for a minute,
1;1,1111(!!'il 143:1C, who carried Ihe big Dutch
to act In,lopethletti:y r f me, while Klein boy
Ws to a-=l.l me in the chase ; but, as usual, when
r rry be,ran, my followers thought only of num
;,r-t nip I bared my arms to the shoulders. and
Inv1:12 I , nb:twtl a draught of aqua pura from the
ra obA-a nt (vie of 'he Spnorers, I grasped my trus
t% two g , loved rifle and told my guide to go ahead.
tV,, , rnort.ded s.lonily as might be for a few hundr
a,i raids,i „ kovnig my guide, when he suddenly
” Klow r' and before us -wood
a 6 •• r! • e:ephauts, packed together
t.t a -na-y grove about a hundred And fif
--;•• . ;Os a•,re
rode Inwards them. and as
.11 , y .b-e , wed me they made a load rnm-
nre and to•inn,s their trunks, wheeled righ
qtoa, and n - •ade off to one dtretrion, crashing thro
..0-' a•I I Ir•dv:rn; cloud of dust behind them
..‘t.r.crnnpnrned ht n let lehment of my dogs
a•• • r ! roe in the purees I.•
T • T ' 11:111 come, anti d,frionlty I hay
bt.bolLl ilirse_elephaio., rose fresh be
me I •le'rrn mei' that on 'Chis occasion, at
my dory, and clashins my spurs info
ri!.. I was very soon winch loch - Ise in
...e r ••:c t); sale•y The elephants now made an
a'inn In my 'Pit, whereby I obtained -a good
rf he ivory. Th.. herd enn=isteLl of six bulls
• ; ;hem were foil grown first rare elephant=
'e , lher Iwo were line fellows, but had not ye
e•. re lal pertect stature. Of the four old fellows,
w:zl had much litter tusks than the rest, for a few
ecnnd• I was undecided which of thOse to follow,
wren •u?ldert'y the one which I fancied had the
.otvest iukks broke from his comrades, and I at
.-re tett convinced he was the patriarch of the herd,
r Hollowed him accordingly. Cantering along.
t was about to fire, when he instantly tinned
tneiing a trumpet blast so stiung and shrill that
the eat‘h f.eemed to vibe to beneath my- feet, he
char 2,, I foriouttly alter me for several hundred
ya-!4 la a direct line, not altering his course in the
~ ..Meat degree, for the trees of the forest, which
he•napped and overthrew like reeds in his head-
When he pulled up his charge, t likewise ha
and as he turned to retreat, I let fly at his
shoulders, " Sunday" Papering and prancing, and
ziving me much trouble. On receiving the ball
the elephant shrugged his shoulders, and made off
at a free majestic walk. This shot brought several
of the dogs to my assistance, which had been fol
lowing the oilier elephants, and on their coming
vp arid barking, another headlong charge was the
result. accompanied by the never-failing trumpet
14st as before In this Charger be passed close to
ine, when t saluted him with a second bullet in
the shoulder, al which he did not take the slightest
notice. I now determined not to fire again until I
enold make a steady shot; but although the ele
chant turned repeatedly, "Sunday" invariably dis
aPPs'rlle'l me. capering so that it was impossible
to fire At length, exasperated, I became reckless
of the dair:vq, and springing from my saddle, ap
proached the elephant under the cover of a tree,
and gave him a bullet on the side of the head,
when. trumpeting so shrilly that the lorest trembled
he eriarged among the dogs, from whom he seem
ed to far.cy that the blow had come : after which
I.e took up a position in a glove of thorns with his
head towards ins. J walked up very near, and as
I.e was in ihe act 01 charging, (being in those days
under the wrong impression as lo the practi'cability
of bonging down an elephant with a shot in the
farehead) stood coolly in his path until he was
within fifteen paces of me, and let drive at . the
hollow of his forehead, in the vain expectation that
by, so doing I should end his carreer. This shot
only served to increase his fury, an effect which I
have remarked shots in the head invariably pro
heed : and continuing his charge with incredible
ciaiiknetts and impetuosity he all but terminated
my elephant-hunting forever. Marge party of the
Beohanay who had come up, yelled out simultane•
sally, imaging that I was killed, for the elephant
was at one moment almost on the to g , of me. I,
however. escaped by my activity, and by dodging
round the trees. As the elephant was charging, an
enormous thorn ran deep into the sole of my foot,
tbv ° l 4 Bedenoeh brogues, which I that day sport.
THE. BRADF ORD
ed, being worn through, and this caused me severe
pain, lanteirig me through the rest of the conflict.
The elephant held on through the forest at a
sweeping pace, but he was hardly out of sight
when I was loaded and in the saddle, and soon
once more alongside. About this time , I heard
Isaac. blazing away al another bull; but when the
elephant charged, hie cowardly heart failed him,
and he very soon made his appearance at a safe
dietaries In my rear. My 'elephant kept Crashing
at steady pace, with blood streaTing from his
wounds; the dogs, which were knocked up with
fatigue and' thirst, no longer barked around him,
bin had dropped astern. It was long - before I agaib
fired, for I was afraid to dismount, and' Sunday'
was extremely trouble/tome. At tenth I fired
sharp, right and left, from the saddle; be got both
balls behind the shoulders, and made a long charge
after me, rumbling and trumpeting as before: The
whole body of the Bamangwattl,rnen had now
come up, and were following a Short distanie be:
hind me. Among these Were Molfyeon, who vol.
unteered to help; and being a very swift and Re
live fellow, be reneered important service by hold.
ing my fidgety horse's head while I fired and load
ed. I Then fired six broadsides from the saddle
the elephant charging almost every time, and pur:
suing us back to the main body in our rear, who
tied in all directions as he approached.
The sun had now sunk behind top of the trees ;
it would very soon be dark, and the elephant did
not seem much distressed, notwithstanding all be
he had received.
Riding , up to him, I dismounted, and approach
ing very near, I gave it to him right and lett in the
site of the head, upon which he made a long and
determined charge after me but I was now very
reckless of his charges, for I saw he could no'
overtake me, and in a twinkling I was loaded, and
again approaching, fired sharp right and left behind
his shoukler. The wounds which he had received
began to tell on his constitution, and be now stood
at bay beside a thorny tree, with the dogs barking
around him. Having loaded, I drew near, and
fired right and left at "his forehead. On receiving
and by various sounds and motions, most gratifying
to the hungry natives, evinced that his demise was
.Again I loaded, and fired my last shot behind
his shoulders; on receiving it, he tnmed round the
bushy tree beside which he stood, and 1 ran around
10 give him the other barrel, but the mighty old
monarch of the forest needed no more; before I
could clear the booby tree he fell heavily on his
.ide and his spirit had fled.
By this time all the natives had come up—they
were in the'highest spirits, flocking around the ele
phant, latt2hing and talking at A rapid pace. rt a
few minutes night set in, when the natives, having
illurnitnOed the jungle with a score of fires lay
down to:rest without partaking of a morsel of food
My dinner consisted 01 a piece of flesh trom the
temple of the elephant, which I broiled on the em
bers. In the conflict I had lost my shirt, which
wag reduced to streamers by the wait-a-bit thorns,
and all the clothing that remained was a pair o
buckskin knee.breeches.—Cumming's Hunting ad
ventures in South America.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY AT TOWANDA, BRADFORD COUNTY, PI, BY E. O'MEARA GOODRICH.
APE ran WIIAT YOU WANT.—Several gentlemen
Ol the Massachusetts Legislature dining at a Boston
hotel, one of them asked Mr. M., a gentleman
who set opposite.
" Can you reach thetti petalors, sire'
Mr. M. extended his arm towards the dish and
satisfied himself that he could reach the " perta•
tern," and answered.
" Yes, sir."
The legislator was taken aback by this unexpect•
ed rebut] from the wag, but presently recor i ering
himself, he asked.
Will you stick thy fork into one of them
Mr. M. took the fork and very coolly plunged
into a finely Cooked potato, and left it there.
The company roared as they took the joke, end
the victim looked more foolish than before. But
suddenly an air of confidence struck him ; rising
to his feet he exclaimed with an air of conscious
Now Mr. M. [ will trouble you for the fork ."
Mr. M. rose to his feet, with the most impertur•
tubable gravity pulled the fork out of the potato,
and returned it, amidst an uncontrollable thunder
storm of laughter, to the untir discomfiture of the
THE SOAP Pt.atrr.—The soap plant, so calle ,
grow all over California, on high hills, as well as
in the valleys. The leaves make their appearance
about the middle of Sovember, or about six weeks
after the ra ny season has fairly set in ; the plants
never grow more than one toot high ; and the leaves
and stalk drop entirely off in May,t hough the bulbs
remain in the ground all the summer without de
caying. It is used to wash with in all parts of the
country, and those who know its virtues it is pre
(erred to the best of soap. The method of using it
is merely to strip of e the husk, dip the clothes in
water, and rub the bulb on them ; it makes s thick
lather, and smells not unlike new tirottn soap. The
botanical name of the plant is Phalangium pornari
Jiaum Besides this plant, the bark of a tree—
Chelaria saponarit, is also used in Serith America,
for the,,purpose of washing. Several other plants
have been used in various countrieS as a substitute
for soup. All of these contain considerable quan
tities of oleagmous and alkaline principles in their
composition, on whiclrtheir value depends.
AN ExPeatirerrr —" Dennis, darlant, och, Den
nis, what is it you're doing
g , Whist, Biddy, I's trying an eiperimenc."
Murder, what is it I"
II What is it did ye say ? Why, •it's giving
het wather to chickens I ant, so they'll be either
raying bailed eggs
Thought is eves unfolding. A good thinker
" RE6AEDLESB OF DENITMOIATION FROM AM' QVARTER."
From the Journal of E. Hunt
My Furst and Last Night to London.
was in the WI of 113—, that the Phip which
I belonged to, atter a voyage of four months in the
noithem Atlantic,,hove in eight of the Scilly Wands,
and Mk we wee bound for London, shaped our
coarse up the chatir.el, and, in a few days, were
anchored in the Downs. Having been r.hort of pro-
visions for some time back, we were obliged to stop
and replenish. The nett day, however, we were
towed op the river, and entered the Commercial
Dock on the 28th of October, 18—. It was a
grand sight to me, for I had nevUr been in London
and the city seemed like the world, in comparison
to my humble village in the west of England. We
were to be paid of! on the morrow, and I determ.
load, as soon as I obniS at liberty, to take a strol
and see some of the sights aboot which I had so
often heard. At twelve the next day, all hands
proceeded to the office in Leaden-hall street, Ant
received, severally, the amount due them. There
were just tea pounde coming to me, and I matted
alto see how I could hest make it conducive to
my •plea Sure. I had been strolling round for some
time, looking at the Tower and other places of note,
and finally walked into one of the parka, to see
what I could of the London fdshinnk I wag
leaning against a tree, watching a party which at
tracted my attention, when I was suddenly accost
ed by a female, apparently abont eighteen or
twenty, neatly dreasecl, and with an expression
which, although pleasing, seemed somewhat sac
" What is it yon wish ; my good lady ?" said
She looked at me a moment and said—
" You are a sailor, I suppose ?"
" How long have you been in London ?''
" I arrived yesterday." .
" Have you been here before ?"
" Well, then, perhaps I can be of some use to
you. Suppose we take a cab and drive out to
Vauxhall this evening r
I hesitated for a moment, for, I thought to my
self, she no doubt thinks I have plenty of money,
and wishes to obtain a share. But then, again, I
thought, it makes no dillerence—l'll spend it any
She called the cab , and, in a short time, we
were at Vauxhall. I pulled out my purse to pay
the driver, when she anticipated and said—
" Never mind, sir—l have plenty. Besides, I
invited you here ; therefore I bear all expenses.'
1 ww4 astonished, for I had never doubted but
that m' money was the principal attraction, and I
was puzzled to think what could be her object.
After ordering some refreshments, of which she
ate and drank very little, but which she irnested
upon paying for, we strolled round the garden, lie.
tenin, to the music, until towards evening, when I
remarked it would be best to return.
" Yes, it will soon be dark, and we had better
go. But," said she, " you are a stranger in Lon.
don, and it would he folly for you to look for a ho
tel to-night ; and, besides, it would be ntinenerous
in me to allow you to. I reside in —street, and
yon will be perfectly welcome, and my husband
who is fond of company, will be glad to see you "
While hesitating she called a cab, and half•lore-
ed me in.
When the cab stopped, we got ont, and I found
myself ins narrow street, dimly lighted, and before
a large brick hnuse, with iron railings in front. She
-Opened the door, and asked me to sit down a mo.
ment, when she went into a room close hy, and
returned almost immediately, and said—" My hus
band has retired—l'll introduce you to him in the
morning. Here is a light—take the room at the
head of the stairs. Good night!"
I went up stairs to the room she had pointed oat.
Opened the door and went it. It was famished,
yoo might say, richly. The bed stood in the fur
ther corner, with bine damask curtains in front. I
Undressed quickly, as I was somewhat tired by my
day's adventures, walked .to the bed and drew asi le
the curtains, and there lay a than, weltering in his
blood, with his throat cut from ear to ear. It would
be vain to attempt to describe my feelings. I im
thediately dressed myself, with a presence of mind
which I have never been able to account for. I
then tried to open the door, which, to my horror, I
found Was locked. Glancing amend the room, my
eye fell upon the irons in the fire-place. 1 snatch
ed one up, and with one stroke broke the lock and
opened the door. Running down the stairs, I found
thefront door fastened also. having nothing to
break the lock with, t darted into the first room I
came to, and jumped from the mimic)* into an al
ley on the side of the house, and had merely time
to conceal myself, when I heard the people round
crying murder, and saw the very woman that I
came with,tollowed by several of the police, en
ter the house. thinking, I suppose, of course she
would find me. I left, as soon as the crowd ga'h.
ered round, and passed out unnoticed.
The next morning I was reading the paper, and
almost the first thing which attracted my attention
Was it notice of a bloody murder in street,
with the reward of fifty pounds for the apprehens
ion of the murderer It went further, and in the
description of the Opposed person, described me
better than I couldhave done mysell—even in
the manner which wore my beard. The first
barbeed shop received that gratis; and changing
my clothing, *hitt' wait also minntely described, I
went down to the docks, and the bark being
a hand short, I shipped in her for New - York, and
have never since, nor ever wish to, spend another
night in London :—.IY Della.
ft has been goggetted by a worn-oat wag, who
gives his mornings to conundrums, and hit nights to
pans, that Louis Napoleon, instead of being called
Bone-a-parte, should have conferred upon him the
title of Grab-the•whOle.- - -% Puha
there are readers of books who gPt no farther
than the tide•pageilike the Intlian . rox who de;oors
only the heads of insects.
Although much has been written on prairie life,
many wild adventurer, and yet many a wilder
scene has been left undescnbed. Poor Ruxton
who died at St. Lonis, left us a highly entertaining
and valuable work, "Scenes in the Far West,"
which is enriched with many a story and scene
that, no doubt, to the people of the Ea■t, seem like
tales from the "Arabian Nights." There is so
much originality about the manners and habits of
the trapper and frontiers man, that one is struck
with their peculiar language or mode of expressing
themselves, as well as their singular costume.—
They are,•in fact, as distinct anti marked edam' as
sailors, and have as many odd and quaint sayings
It is generally the commission Dt crime, some
disappoirument in life, or a native love of advent
ure and peril, that make these men desert the corn
forts of civilized society for the wilds and haunts
of the red man. We can imagine the terrible re
action which takes place when the stout of pas
sion, or the wreck. of disappointed hopes, sweeps
over the sensitive soul and leaves a desola.ion, a
ruin 01 the former man. It is misfartanea like these
which dry up and scorch the finest feelings; some
mortal Wrong or injustice committed by others to
wards them, in revenging wit ch they have been
compelled lo leave their homes and becorne exiles
in the Far Went
A story is told of an extraordinary meeting, and
an act of revenge, said to have taken place many
years ago, en the fork of the Pawnee. A parts nt
lour, who had been roving many years in the West
all strangers to each other, were one day accident
ally thrown together. when a strange and bloody
scene ensued. These men presented a striking
contrast in feature. 'The youngest was delicately
made, with long, light hair, and blue eyei his e‘-
postire had given him a rich, brown complexion
Ile was of the medium stature, and ma le for
strength and agility. Tneie was a dark void over
his featnrea, which toll that with him the light of
hope had untie nut. Ile was travelling on a mule,
with his title in his gun leather at the how of his
saddle, when he overtook a man on foot, with a gun
on his shoulder and pistols in his belt, who was
six feet, and had a deep, wide scar on his right
cheek. As day was drawing to a close, they pro
posed to camp, and brcm_tht up at the head of the
Pawnee. Shoddy after they had camped, a man
was seen reconnoitering them, with a rifle in his
hand, and having satisfied himself that the sign was
fiendly, he came moodily into the camp, and after
loooking sternly at the two men, was asked by Scar
Cheek to " come to the ground." lie was a stout,
mnsrelar man, much older than the other two,
with a dead, habitual scowl, long, black, matted
hair, arid very unprepossessing Smite
common place remarks were made, but no crea
tions was asked by either party.
It was near twilight when the young man, who
had gathered buffalo chips to make a fire to cook
with, suddenly perceived a man approachieg tharn
on a mule ; he came steadily and fearlessly on to
the - carep, casting a look at the three. said Took
ye for Indians ;" dieti glancing at the deer skin of
the trio, he observed, " Old leathers—some time
nut, eh ?" The mat, was about lift, years old, his
gray eves contracted strangely with his clink, bronz
ed features upon which care and misfortune were
strongly stamped. He was milt clad by the mis
erable ' , kiwi he Were ; and as he dismounted, Scar
Cheek asked " Where from ?" From ihe Kaw"
(Kansas) he replied, throwing down a bundle or
otter skins. Ater unsaddlin4 anti stak in t out his
mule, he brought himself to the ground, and taking
his rifle, looking at the primin:, and shaking the
powder in the pan, he added a few more grains to
it ; then placing a thin, dry skin over it from the
clamp, he shut the pan. The group watched the
old trapper, who seemed not In notice them, while
Scar Cheek became interested and showed a certain
uneaamess. lie looked towards his own rifle, and
once or twice loosened his pistols in his belt as if
they incommoded him. The young man, and the
stout man with the scowl, exchanged glances but
no word passed. So far, no questions had been
asked as to who the other was; what little conver
sation passed was very laconic, and not a smile
wreathed the lips of any one et them.
The little supper was eaten in silence, each
man seemedi to be wrapt in his own thoughts. It
was agreed that the watch should he divided equal
ly among the four, each man standing on guard two
Firma—the old trapper taking the fine watch, the
young man next, and Scar Cheek, and he with a
scowl, ft - Mowing.
It was a bright moonlight night, and over that
wild waste of prairie not a sound was heard, as the
three lay sleeping on their blankets. The old trap
per paced up and down betnre them, and then
would stop and minter to himself. " It cannot be,"
he said to himself, tint lime and that rear may
have diaguired him. That brit, too, it is strange I
feel drawn !Meat(' him ; then that villain with his
Fermi," and the muscles of the old trapper's fare
*card convulsively, which, the moon beams fall
ing upon, disclosed traces of by-gond refinement
The trapper noiselessly approached the sleeping
men, kneeling down, gazed intently upon the fea
tures of each, and Permed thein deeply. It'alk leg
off, he muttered to himself again, saying, " it shall
be" and then jetiging by the Stars that his watch
•was dp, ho approached the young man and woke
him, pressing his finger upon his lip to command
silence at the time,:and motioned him to follow.—
They walked oft some distance, when the trapper.
taking the young man by the shoulder, turned his
face to the moonlight, and after gazing at it wiatfol
ly, whispered in his ear, " Are you Percy Ward r
The young man started wildly, but the Dapper pre
vented his reply by saying, ‘• Enough. enough "
He then told him that he was his uncle, and 'hat
the man with the scar was the .murderer of
fether, arid that he with the scowl had convicted
him, (the trapper) of forgery by his false oath
The blood deserted die lips 'of the young man, and
his eyes glared and dilated alnirk from their sock:
Ile squeezed his uncle's hand, and then, with
a meaning glance as he looked at his rifle, moved
towards the camp. " No, no," said the old trap.
per, " not in cold blood give, them both a lair
They el:intim:loly returned to the Camp and (mind
both the men in a -deep sleep. The uncle and
nephew stood over them. Scar Cheek was breath
ing hard, when he suddenly cried oat "I did not
murder Perry Ward !" 41 Liar !" said the trapper,
in a voice of thunder, and the two men started and
bounded to their feet. " Red Skins grout," asked
they in a voice. " No, worse than red skins," said
the trapper, " Perry IVard is about !" and Seizing
his knife he plunged it into Scar Cheek's heart:—
" Then take that," said he with a scowl, and, rais
ing his rifle, the trapper fell a corpse, With a bound
and wild cry the wing man jnmpett at the mug'.
erer of his uncle, and with his knife gave him eev
eral fatal wounds. The struggle was a fearful one,
however, and the young man also received sever
al cats, when his adversary fell from the 10-s of
blood, and soon after expired. Thus ended this
strange mooting, and thus were lather and uncle re-
IN VIVO VIERITAS.--" Mr. B—, adistiagnished
advocate and attorney general of a far " down
east" elate, was sitting with his hat over his eyes
and his chin on his breast, bolstered up on either
side with chairs and table, and sleeping as com
fortable as " the indomitable spirit of gin would
allow, in the court house at A—, when " the
coots" entered and took his seat on the bench. Ob.
serving the situation of Mr. B—, which had not
changed on the entrance of " the court," the judge
looked at the sheriff, who seemed to understand
that it was hie duty to get the sleeper into " condi•
" Mr the court is in."
I won't give the reply. Suffice to mak, the sher
ifl had a decided objection to going to the murky
and :+rdiditiroug place to which he was consigned.
" Mr. 13—," said the judge, " we have obsery
ed with profound regret, your conduct during the
past week ; and this morning we find you in no
!inner condition to take up your cases than before.
"vVe are disposed io bear with you no longer. You
disgrace 31,urself and your family, " the court,"
and the profession, by your course of conduct"—
This rerool elicited the fallowing colloquy :
" Did your honor speak to me I"
'' I did. sir !" •
" What re-maik di-did you make ?"
'' I said, sir, that in my opinion, you disgrace
yourself and fainify, ilia court, and the profession,
by your couise of conduct."
May it please your honor, I have been an at
torney in-in in this c-court for fifteen years; and
permit me to say, your honor, that film is the first
c•c-correct opinion I ever kne% )ou to give I"
FFATA OF THE CHINESE JUGGLERS —A correspon
t'ent 01 Vt.! Puputi thus describes one
of the ',let (urination, ot the Chinese jugglers in San
A plank .ixteen inches cit ide and six feet high
was plact•,l at the back of the stage, and the irnpa
ler with knives took his stand about fifteen or twen
ty fret In troitt of it. Th:• knives were about seven
inch blades and four inch handles, strong and point•
ed. Af.er playing wiih them for a time, tossing
ant! whirling them in a most wonderful manner, he
threw them one at:er another, fastening them firm
ly m the plank betore him. He then drew them
out, and another Chinaman took his sand before
the plank, or rather at the side of it, holding out his
arm aciaiii the same, and the impaler threw one
knife etre and another below it, as closely as
they could have been placed there by the most
careful hand, completely lastening his arm upon
the plank. The other arm was then reached across
and faatened in the same way, the knives sticking
firmly and the handles crossing each other. The
Chinaman then reached forward his heed, and
quick as thought two knives were thrown—the one
above and the other below his nook, seemingly
within one-fourth of art inch on either side. Such
precision and daring was truly wondertut, and the
whole evening's performance elicited unbounded
THE FESTIVAL or Lira—Life is a bill-room,
whose guests are constantly pouring in al the front
door, and out at the back door, without apparent di
minutions of the number within ; who are neither
less Ray nor mare miserable on accomitef the per.
-petnal entrance and exit of the two thresholds of
Time and Eternity. And whoever looks into the
ballroom in ages to come, will dial its youth cull
as buoyant, as graceful and as beautitul as ever,
just as happy and unconcerned as it Death never
hail occurred, Ind never would occur upon,earth
Oh Life ! the fascinating disgnise with which Yonth
invests thee, is thy precious amulet, for it is their
hands that include thy blooming fields with those
gorgeous curtains which veil from the eye of
consciousness the rongh scenery that lies beyond—
its retreating storms, is porientious clouds, its mburn-
Inl and its painfel ficure !
Speak in." of speed, said a wag the other day, "
reckon they travel come on the Iltidson River Rail
road. I rrepps I in the car at Albany, got fairly
seated at Hudson, lighted my cigar at Poughkeep:
sie, spit out of he window at Peekskill and bit a
man at Sing Sing. The telegraph poles looked like
rinse picket fence, and on going tithe rear of the
train, I tow] that we hail a rope walk and ten-pin
alley in mw, each filled with br ck—both rack
reraight out like the tail of a kite, without touching
the track—and were used merely to steady the
Well, Inhn I am going East, what shall I to
.10h, nothing; on!y if they Pfly anything aboitt
svhiske.s, just ten them I've got some:'
The itiermising delight in natural ivenery im one
of the proms that man ie growing near to God.
Untolsm and Cruelty
A most touching instance of heroism, and one ni
the most atrocious acts of cruelty, the nuth of which
is vouched for by the most respectable authority,
occurred during the Colombian struggle for inde.
pendence. The Spanish General Morillo--the
most hlood4hirsty and treacherous tool of Me Span
ish Lint who was crested Count of Carthage***
and Marquis de la Puerta, for service? which rte•.
ther entitled him to this distinction of butcher we
hangman—while seated in his tent one day during
the campaign of Carraccas, saw a boy before Was
drowned in tears. The chief demanded of him for
what purpose he was there. The child replied abo r t
he bad come to beg the life of his father, thee Eh
prisoner in Moriilo's camp.
g 4 What can you do to save your father T' asked
he General. ti
" I can du but little, but what I can shall to.
Morino seized the little fellow's eat ; Would,
you suffer your ear to be taken off to procure you.
father's liberty r'
certainly would," was the undaunted reply.
A soldier was accordingly called, and ordered to
cot off the ear with a single stroke of the knife
The boy wept but did nut resist while this barttar.
oua order was executed.
" Would, you lose your other ear rather than fail
of your purpose I" was the next question.
" I have sulteretl much, but for my falser I sari
suffer still I" was the heroic answer of the boy.
The ether ear was taken off rrrcemerr, without
flinching on the part of the nobe child. "Au
now go !" exclaimed Morlllo, untouched by his
sublime courage; j the father of such asun is dan
gerous to Spain and musi•dte !"
In the presence of his agonized and vainly suffer
ing son the patriot father was then executed. Nev
er did a life picture exhibit such truthful lights and
shades in national character—such deep, trencher
ons viflany—such luhy, enthu4iastic heroism.—
The Snake and the Crocodile.
The following thrilling account of an engage
ment between a hoa•conettictor and a crovetlale id
Java, is given by an eye witness:
It was one morning that I stood beside a 'mall
lak4, fed by one of the rills from the tponntaina.-- 1
The waters were clear as crystal, situ everything
could be seen to the very bottom. Stretching ita
limbs close over this pond, was a gigantic teak tree,
and in its thick, shining, evergreen leaves, lay a
huge boa, in an easy coil, taking his morning nap.
Above him was a povilertu! ape of the baboon spe
cies, a leering tare of scamps always bent on Luis;
Now the ape, !rem his position, saw a crocodile
in the water, rising to the top, exactly beneath the
coil of the serpent, quick as thought he jumped
plump upon the snake, which fell with a splash"in•
to the jaws of the crocodile. The ape saved him•
self by clinging to a limb of a trees, but a battle
royal immediately commenced in the water. The
serpent grasped in the middle by the crocodile,
made the water boil by his furious contortion■.—
Winding his folds round the body of his antagoutit,
he disabled his two hinder legs, and, by his con-
ructions, made the scales and bones of the mon-
The water was speedily tinged with the blood
of both combattants, yet neither wu disposed to
yield. They rolled over and over, neither being
able to gain a dectiled advantage. All this time
the cause of the mischief was in a state of the
highest eestacy. He leaped up and (lowa the
branches of the tree, tame seversl times ethos to
the scene of the fight, shook the limbs of the tree,
uttered a jell, and again frisked about. At the
end of ten Minthes a eilenoe began to coma ever
the scene. The folds of the serpent began to be
relaxed, and though they were trembling Ideas
the back, the bead hung lifeless in the water.
The crocodile also was still, and though only thir
spines of his t'ack were visible, it was evident that
he, ton, was dead. The monkey now perched
himself on the lower limbs of the tree, (lois to the
dead bodies, and amused himsell by making all
sons of faces at them. This seemed to be adding
insult to.injury. One of my eompanions was stand
ing at a sh o rt distance, and taking a stone Irom they
edge of the lake, but!ed it at the ape. He was tn-
tally unprepared, and as it struck him on the side
of the head,he was instantly tipped over, and fell
upon the crocnilile. A lew bound, however, bro . t
him ashore, and taking to the tree, he speedily
disappeared among the thick branches.
A fiLrisseo Paoseecv —The ties which 1)10 bi
gether a family who all have a good thristain'hope,
shall never be dissolved Death cornea among
them, but we take the bible in nor hantla, and in
scribe on their torpbs•nnes. " Pleasant in life, and
in eternity not divided." dine after another tails,
until the last of the circle is carried to his long
home, but the grave cannot retain them. BY and
by the family is to meet again—husbands and
wives—;parents and children—masters and servants
are one day in stand within the gates ol the New
Jertisalem, all washed and eancttfied and jostified
in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of
A swell clerk of the oily, who was spending an
everting in a country tavern, cast about him for
amusement. Feeling secure in the possession of
the most money, he made the following offer: „ la
I will drop money into a hat with any one in s ' . %
mom. The one who holds nut the longest, shall
take the whole and treat the company."
I' VII do it inid nn old farmer.
The cockney dropped in n gunner—the COandy
man with a bongtown copper,
41 Go on," said the cockney.
" I won't," said the farmer, " take the whottl
and treat the company." '