Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, April 29, 1854, Image 1

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An oh! man sire in a high-back'd chair
ne:ore an open door,
:he sup of a Summer afternoon , hot across the.floor,
the drowsy click of an ancient clock
Has noted the hour of four.
A 7ceze blows in and a breeze blows out,
From the Scented Summer air,
And tlotterS now on his wrinkled brow,
And moo = It lifts his hair;
leacl-eivlid•of his eye drops down,
u.! he sleeps in his high back'd chair.
The man steeps. and the old man dreams,
11,s drops on his breast,
relax their feeble hold,
And tt• his lap in rest.
, The. , ' man. sleeps, and in sleep he dreams,
‘4 AO In dreams again is blest.
The rears unroll their tearful scroll,
:1 Ile r a elii t again,
1 A-1 ...r's tones are in his ear,
across his brain!
He tharea r.audy butterflies
•! , aa Ote.rolling plain.
fi phicn , the w ;Id—ruse in the woods,
ri• eglantine,
the t:4.1,1en buperCUpS
r h, si.,tee.s chin;
„ the u t tendQw brook
V, , It 11 .1 naked put.
u n the grassy lane.
• ' . t ,, . brimming pool,
1.! esLpes hts parted lips
aears the bell fur school—
:tit! oe wishes it never w•as nine o'clock.
the 'horning never•was full.
A hanit i is press'd on his head.
is on his brow—
imaier breeze blows in at the door
Vv",.o a toss of a leafy hough ;
A: ! he boy is a whice.hairetl ~tan again,
Ind hi , eves are iear.filled now.
titctc Ealt.
F'... •1 ••• 1;•I tt!,nirgh Maanto
M Y W AI ,r:
Von mac say %%hat you like, gentlemen, but
every certainly that the 'Lurks will heat the
• Ve« I,ke a whale "
'• 1 have blood e yelations tn Constannitople, and
ey he same cliffig."
4 Very a wll.t!e
l'ray.).ir, ,h,l 3nu ever see a whale, that you
:e: so of co :o :hat animal!"
e 4." ine.l I, %oleo, of great firmness
Ll.2nen voices:
Davis' S!ratis "
tirml; 'Mg there was a complete silence ia
:rnme;r•i•al worn, and the whole inmates re..
i me with awe, it was 'evident they did not
tr:c.o the light of an ordinary mortal, and
they I I had been at the Arctic regions
seen a whale, a living, veritable whale,
gaga of your specimens of zoology, such
ilianilet and Polonins delighted to behold Every
e;otilil exalt himself when he has the oppor.
Inch is not ofen—and so lobking• round
a--pect of ap injured, reflecting person
oainier knows how to combine the two emo
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added this extra remark.
AY. and that same whale saved my life."
! we have heard of whales taking lives,
' :se never before heard of a whale saving a
rite :do let us hear. Pray do !"
away al my cigar, took two or three sips
and after looking benignantly at the assem.
tribe of bagman, just by way of keeping them
turpe:ise, I commenced my yarn.
1 ::a must know, gentlemen, that I began life as
i?o.s.ecary ; but you need not stare ; I ain't a po
riary won, any more than lam a rider. l am—
matter what. Well, as I was saying,l was
t po.l,ecary shop—some say, walk the hospitals
!` . i medical foundation, but I sky the pestle and
for a couple of years; but let that also stick.
• oils morning while I was making up an eye.
rtra 1)1 the dowager Lady Pinktippet, my master ;
'•-•• • also was my uncle ; called me suddenly into
-t;i2.:•1; shop one sunny forenoon.
Tim, my boy," says he, " I am going to make
you: you most start in half an .hour for
b affl• ! You are to - be surgeon of the Jupi
.‘"z..:,,e4lltp. Fifty pounds the run, you rogue,.
board. and washing—no, stop, I ain't so sure
r":int the last item."
was dumbfounded, clean capsized, but I was
principle, even at that early age,•as an egg
as+tall of meal, and I responded' accordingly.
a c..
l . 1? lei . said I, " I have only been one year at
668,and l 4 won't take the responsibility of
:it :oak)it
g men's legs until I know more about
• a.orry and physiology." ' •
• Was there ever such a fool"' replied my uncle,
asio was a little black man, very like Bonaparte ;
Bony. I mean, not iheThew chap.
.14u4, tut 1/I cuii:e, the manact-
V,' 0 W net of the Jupiter, and I was pantomimed
f ., t cnf o silence.
`• Does your nephew agree 3"
" He Dees."
I was going to speak, but my uncle got behind
38 manager, and brandishing, our biggest spatula,
.icas obliged to desist.
Come away then, doctor."
‘Nas always bad for blushing, and here was 1
spooney boy, with a dirty apron
'netting of casloi oil, opodeldoc, and tincture o
a 1 However, 1 took= oil my apron, and fol
wed the manager.
' I am airaid, sir, that my medical experience,"
—I was saying this to him when the crowd had
~ , c a:el my uncle from us. but he 'cut me short.
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"Oh of course we know all about OW"
Well, down we came to the quay, where . vie
found a long white boat in readiness, and I was
shoved on board without mud' ceremony.
"Good-bye, Tim,". /aid my uncle, ." 1 would
give thee some pocket money, lad, but there ain't
no specie going amongst the Esquirnapx."
I had neither father nor mother, and here ,was
my uncle deserting me ; what a fate to be sure.—
Besides, I waseot out of my teens. The boat flew
like an arrow across an ugly swell, and we pulled
away to the Jupiter, which had heaved to in the
"Is the doctor with you screamed a voice
through a trumpet.
" Yes."
" Then bear a hand, will San?"
The Jupiter turned round ; a rope was flung to'
us, we jumped up, and in three minutes we were
before the wind, and the steeplei of
last lading from our sight. I became . and s 4.
down on the deck, but was speedily ordere'd helot;
and remained there for two or three days, until the
sickness left me, and then I re•aseended the
deck, and ascertained the why and the wherefore
of my appointment IS surgeon to the good barque
It appeared that, by law, every whaler must car•
ry a surgeon of some kind, and generally medical
students, after or immediately before they have
passed, are selected for the office. The leech , who
had been appointed to the Jupiter was a lad from
the country who had seen little of the ocean, and
the sight of it—it being as I have said squally—so
terrified him that he took to his heels on the in.
slant, and ran off no one knew wheie. What could
the Jupiter do? Captain Junk would not lose a fair
wind for a lubberly doctor—he, Capt. Junk offered
to physic the crew to any extereand dctabdesithe
manager, would have taken him at his word as Co
that matter, but then the good man feared the le.
gal penalty, and so, in extremity, he applied to my
uncle. Junk would have sailed to the ibe as sure
'is fate without doctor or medicine chest, for he was
lerrible - fellow, but the manager took the precau.'
lion of c'etaining a boat's crew in the harbor, and.
that hook held on the gallant commander till I was
Most extraordinary thing," said the French
alarmist, " to send a shopboy- out to take charge of
a ship's crew. The law should take hold of such
I had a contempt for this tlersonage,and I answer
ed him accordingly.
There be many worse thingsthat the law don't
meddle with," was my reply.
" Specify, if you can."
" 11l ran it is worse to keep boats in passen
ger steamers with their plugs out, and their oars
tied down, so that when people are drowning by
the score, they can't make any use of the boats.—
The law don't look after that, does it!"
• "Go on, go on," said everybody.
Old Junk was a regular smasher—he would
knock dOwn a man with a handspike or kick one
of his bulldogs with as little ceremony, the one as
the other; but the old fellow was not what you
might call cruel, he only blated away when be was
in a passion. Give him everything his own way
and Junk was as peaceable as a lamb. I saw this
and made myself as serviceable to the cap'ain as
could. I mended his pens for him, sharpened his
pencil, rolled and unrolled charts, made his tea,and
all that sort of thing, and he and I got on smoothly.
I , But how did you treat the sick 1" queried the
" Bah ! there was no sick. Whenever any of the
crew took coliLl gave them black sugar, and that
agreed with them exceedingly. Sailors are wheal
thy set, and when at sea they have no wives, moth
ers, or sistersw annoy,them,or bagman melon them,-
and that keeps them itetilthy."
" Personal !" shouted one traveler.
"But when they broke their legs or arms'!" per
severed my tormentor.
Well, they knelw that I had not got my -diplo
ma, and so they were so obliging as not break
their legs or arms—will that please youl"
Go on !goon !" cried everybody. _
" If I am tor be interrupted in this, way," said
" I will ring the bell for some slippere and go
-to bed."
Here two patriotic persons seized the alarmist,
and, putting his chair into a corner, sat down in
, tront with the view of keeping him quiet.
I had a fice time of it on board the Jupiter, and
enjoyed myself exceedingly; by and by, it tnettril
uncommon cold, but I had served myself:1418 1 0
my predecessor's wardrobe, and in his chest thanks
to his mother, no doubt, I hid a good supply-Of
everything calculated to defend me from the kat
At last we came to the Artic regions) and we cast
anchor alongside a large floe of ice. Oldlank weal
aloft to the crow's pest, which I suppotle you 'alt
know -is a look-oui at the mainmast head,and ii
appears he did see some whales, for he ordered off
the boats immediately. This was on a Friday moan
ing; and as the boats were fully manned, all the
force left in the shipmerethe Opptelp, Apt
three Shetlandenr. YOu fringe kno - W - Vait When
whale shtps leave with a short complement of
hands, they touch at the Shetland Islands, where
useless fellows are always to bOiall
have no stamina these chaps,-they are ill-fed-end
have no enterprise, bet they are LOW ei n ulegir tor
pulling an oar, or hoilling'a i rovi;piany i lartiljabi
ber work at that kind. . , • t
Shortly after the boats had left, a dense fogFinie
on, and we could scaluely see the -Jupiter's bow.
sprit from the companian head: All day and night
the fog continued, and • there'll's - do sign *flip
boats returning; and, Innis bTaraermy Itnean3 4—
Next morning the darlineatt ,w45. - RlArnif* ll , l o 4 ,9
as be kre" -- vre shoutedi fued,gtms, rang habil 404
made every cotweiviable sad p!;:isObbiltind 94 torse;
but all to no purpose. 'No Walt' 6 10'7
We were not afraid of the MOWS, lertheY ha 4) "m e
provit , lo33 with them, and by the aid of their rifles
they could,lsill,Wild fowl, that is, if they could see
them ;. nor were we afraid of their ultimate return,
because_ we thouglit that from our peculiar } position
they had oply.te, hug the ice, and by this process
find us out. But Jenk could not• bear that. time
should be lost, and to one of his ardent character
mystery was insupportable. He paced the deck in
constant irritation, he could neither sleep nor eat;
tuitl - iitttitulay meriting he resolved on an ex
entbassy; of which I was to take the coin-
Doctot,".said he," I am uneasy about the boats
—will you put , on-ice boots and take a long pole
with you, and go straight across the ice—perhaps it
may be clearer there than here—at all events, if you
walk a mile or two, your voice will early farther
than it will do in the ship. I take it that if you
'walk for half an.hour at right angles !vibe ship,you
will come to clear water. Take care to notice your
oot prints in the snow, for they must be your guide
in returning back. I will send one of the Shetland
men with you.
I foresaw that the expedition was not likely to
be unaccompanied with danger, but I was tired of
the monotony of manna life in a log. I was also
not indisposed to show off my courage belore old
Junk; and so f consented.
I was speedily equipped for the journey, and the
Shetlandman set out in high spirits. We trudged
along, giving utterance to occasional shouts, for the
space of fully more than a couple of hours; but the
fog remained as before. At length we heard softie•
thing like the sound of the sea right ahead. This
revived our drooping .spirits; for the difficulty in
walking, and the frequent nse that we had to make
of our poles, had greatly wearied us; and so we
pushed on with more spirit, until we actually
ed the edge of the water. The locality in which We
were now situated was, as it were, one fork of a
bight or bay in the ice; all beyond, so lad as occa•
sional glimpses through the fog would, permit us
vision,seemed to be miles upon miles of ice: while
sea-ward a curtain or mist ouore.i.4 rho wiew, six -
cept for the space of about a quarter of a mite from
the edge of the ice. We stood on the remotest pro
montory and shouted till our lungs were sore, but
without receiving any response ; and, as the day
was now tar advanced, we resolved on returning
to the fupiter.
Since we had begun our journey, occasional show.
era of snow had fallen, but it never had mewed to
us that these would prove any annoyance to us; but
to our horror wo discovered that with each suc
ceeding footstep the traces of ow boots became
more and more faint, until at last they were wholly
obliterated. I was terrified to express my fears, lest
I should lower the courage of my companion; but
he had no similar delicacy towards me, for he im
mediately burst Mid tears and declared that we
would never be able to get back to the l ship, and
that we would either die of cold or hunger, or be
eaten by the bears. I thought there was a prospect
of some portion of his prophecy being fulfilled ;but
I was too proud to show the white feathers before
a cowardly Shetlandman, and so I put on a bold
" Silence, you blubbering fellow. Doctors never
die of cold or hunger; and as for hems, I stiodd
like to see the one that would eat me. Urine were
to come up at this moment, 41 would thrust my
hand down his throat and seize him by the uvula,
and that, I take it would do his businOse."
The Shedander stated at me, for my physique
was slender and juvenile; hut he saw that I was
a regnlar fire-eater, and he rucumbed accord
'• Whal do yon mean to do, doctor !" as his sub
missive query'
" DoT why go back the way we came, to beanie,
and then hugging the watet•edge, get back to the
ship, She is on the other side of the a
roundabout way, no doubt, but we_ me certain of
reaching her at last. Come, push out'
We were by,this time very tired, I assure you,
but we turned back, and soon discovered,, to r
creased discomfort, that the same snow that had
effaced our outward footsteps, had also well nigh
erased the imprints of the return journey. We lot
lowed of rather tried to follow, the guidance, of
what traces were left; and alter a weary, weary
jouroey,,. we again beard the welcome sound of
theaea. But our gratification was momentary, as
we, speedily, ascertained that the place we had
come to was the other fork of the bay, and that be-
yond this limb, as in the cue of its tellow, there
was, nothing to be seen but illimitable acres of ice .
Supposing-ttor prospect to have been inviiir.g, we
were so thoroughly exhausted, that we could not,
although it might have been the saving of our li v e r .,
walk another quarter el a mile. It looked very like,
[confess; sail we had come thereto die. • .
" And dal you die? I mean either of you 'Pak _
ed. the alarmist; but the company immediately
put him down r and t was allowed to proceed. .
I had a pipe, tobacco, and matehee with me, 'I
offered to share the weed with my companion, but,
poor Wretch, be coal neither emote nor chew, it
rare dis ability with seamen. " I tell you whin
friend, r oll had better not sit down and cry on that
Piectiof ice; that keep upyour spunk in smite shape
far if yon fall"asleep die)* get" frost bitten."
' 4l Oh; Dacia, we'rer lost. I'm Very faint ; and if
the beats'hial the' smell of os ."'
`" Pooh ! hang the bears. Here_ try a whiff of
elfitift=firiararariiryc'ieffn muff."' ' -
He did trubatAt only sickened him, and had to
"'Doctor, what are we to do now I" was his
feeble enquiry.? • .6 r • , •
•, ,4, ••Dol,why takea seal and startwin ;btu
want-you-a woad Wiwi -- &yi that n give way to
fear, you are *dead man." • , • :
twartlibour as afraid as he war, but. ' , hair too
match pober to shale it.: • Ile avrend tinme. was ta
tbssevielfallingsugettp,:bat Irrouseif hid err' at
intervals; SW 44 list plaited the nighe r ' although it
could hardly beCittlednight,qor , we bad twilight
Ma; w a tidldie fog had grealtydiaapyear.
ed. 'I had no watch, end consequently could net
tell anything alitint!linurs;bdtearly In the morning,
I presume, I was aroused by the Shetiandman, for
I too had begun to nod, with the cry of " A bear !
a bear ! a bear !"
Whoo, wcirwhoo, wwhoo--000," crid sottid
thing, not in the least likes bear; something •like
the aupreased belching of a slow locomotive, but
only more piano.
I pricked ears and zrasperttot P,41!),-aml
after listauiuo for a few seconds I wiersatisfled itat
the soands proceeded from the sea—and at length
a Week mass, like a huge block of mahcigariy,
slowly swam towards me, and came up almost to
my feet. No trout, swimming in an inland loch,
could have made less disturbance in the water—m-
deed, s.carcely a ripples was to to seen. Tbs fins
were quiescent, and the tail gave the gentlest of
all posiible Mote - m.)11m; and Aids sufficed to cause
the monster to guide big smooth progress along the
face of the deep
" Who°, whoo," breathed the Oale ; and the
Shetlander and I gazed in wonder and astonish
ment. If 1 had a harpoon, I could have transfixed
him as easily as I could plunge a fork into a sleep.
ing dog on the rug—hut what would II have reek.
ed ? of what use would a dead whale have been
to two starving, dying men?
" You could have thank the oil„" insinuated the
" Yes—after we had. first boiled it," replied I,
with a sneer
"Put him out again resounded horn an sides;
the alarmist apologised, and I resumed.
I never had seen a whale in all my tile r and,
except from description, I knew nothing about the
habits of the animal. I was aware that leviathian
came to the surface at certain intervals to breathe,
and that alter performing the Inaction of respira-
tion for a very "brief space, it again resumed its
movements below. But it appearet to me that
this whale breathed very irregularly, and rafter a
labored fashion, and also that it remained on the
surface for the nervosa of iuhailing oxygoo for ■
much longer period than a healthy fish should have
done. Could it be that this was a dying whale,
and that IL had come to diCharge itself of Itfe in the
presence of two human beings, the last sands of
whose existence, apparently, had also tun their
course The thought quickened me into renew
ed vigor, and, strange although it may appear, the
solution of this question in comparative physiology
made me for a time forget both cold and hunger.
Not so the Shetlander—his curiosity was soon sati
ated : and despite of all my entreaties and remon
strances, he sat down in in abject despair, and after
groaning and bewailing his fate, he fell into a sort
of stupor, which I was at no loss to set dogmas the
harbinger of death.
But he was not yet dead nor was the whale; and
surrounded still:by lite, I could hot resign the hope
that deliverence might yet be achieved, although
when or how, I could not imagine. Farther ex
planation was useless, as my strength was wholly
gone, and I was sore from the gnawings of hanger
and from the cruel biting of the cold. I sat down
and watched the whale. lie tumbled uneasily on
the surface, and the breathing became lower and
more and more irregular. If not dying, he was evi
lenity ill—but how came the monster to be ill f
Ofcourse, like all other members of the siiimal
kingdom, whales must die sometime or other; and
here might be one of the tribe shuffling ofithe mat
ter coil at tlie bidding of ribme constitutional organ
ic complaint. Or it might be'that he hail been har
pooned; but, it so, where was the blood I Perhaps
the external wound had ceased bleeding, and there
may be internal hemorrhage; or he may have
been wounded by some new (angled shell, winch,
after impinging on a vital part, has exploded. I
knew that such infernal machines had been invent
ed for the express ptirpose of destroying the whale
—but, whether by disease or by violence, it Was
clearly the case that the huge creature was near its
last hour ; and the question with me was, will it or
I be the longer, in yielding, to the last enemy
_1 had not long to , wait for the solution of this goes.
urn. After rutting about liktPa heavy Dutch India.
man in a swell, the monster turned partly over on
its back and stretched out its head ; and then, like
Pharaoh's host, it sank in the mighty waters. It
was not entirely dead, luor did itsink so as to be
oat of sight, and I watched with keen interest, the
convulsive twitches of the fin muscles : and noted
in my own mind, with• duo soteranity, how hard it
is for all created beings to perform the last.act.ol
life's drama, and how they seem to persist in al
towing life to
,linger in nooks and corners of the
frame after it has received distinct intimation to
quit its mortal tenement. 1 knew that, after death,
certain gases would. be evolved and that in due
season the carcass would again mount to the sur
face; and 1 thought I might fry to cheat death for a
time, so far as my my own case was coneernedi
by watching for this otberphenomencirt.'Hot I liras
soon called from this pursuit . -by the , occurrence of
a new danger. •
The ice around us was piled mountains high in
some parts, and a thaii fiailltig, taken place, enor
mous, masses came hurling down With the noise of
thunder. These descents might -have been avoid
ed ;' bet ['underneath our feel The treacherous ice
began to"crank and to open by in huge Nimes, and
a new form of ilesolitioitnisenr i itself to oar hot,
tid,imaginstionsr-or, at ire - ients, to . "Me,
; he
Shedauder sae„ rapidly„ becoming insensihie.,, A
few more cracks, and the apparently solid, masa on
which I now stood might Ari The compass, ofs brief
minute ,he converted hato,a fleating ; iceherg . Slow
death hy_atatvition :night be oar. end rev? our,,lo
cality„to„ stir vise, he gettFal, vy ice lut.sup i arated
- km the mainAxidy, of ico,lPOrTlpgwOplii
sooner er later ' be the Rode of_our. taiidg
Crack succeeded.orack l as. 41.24 of , attilley,linid
been eniitaged•i.n*la-Pg4ticFr;, 1 ; 1 a-tRcluPt a itl°4 11
masilos.lell to the ground } the i p.Wcts. and. tot
rets of a city which had been !andante:lo, c. Deetb
seemed very near ; already I thought I felt his cold
hony , hatid placedmrtny slionkleri-ind the teen'
!enacts (Thome flatted upon in., aad” the • iiitts
upon my bead Kiwi:Tip judgment against me ; I
could not bear. to look, or think upon the circa] fu.
tare without shivering terror.
dh, agony of relief! f
desCried a bloat in the die
lance, and I shouted with all the force that remain
ed in my emaciated body--but If the cry was fee
ble in volume, It was thrilling in earnestness; for
it was the wild shriek of despair: The crew heed
ed me not, and the boat glided on. t stamped, and
raved, and tore my hair, but all to no purpose ; she
still moved on, and now was farther away than
when I first saw her wllcome farm. These men
have no hearts—they are not men, but monsters in
human form—then the idea-suddenly occurred to
me, if 1 cannot move their compassion, 1 may work
upon their selfishness. This whale at my feet is
worth hundreds of pounds, and they would surely
come it they knew oldie treasure. I again collect-
ed my whole remaining vital power ; and shouted
at the full stretch of my now hoarse voice—
A fall ! a fall ! a fall !"
The well-known cry appeared to fall on the ears
of the boatmen like music, and the vessel chang
ed her course and bore towards me. By this time
the floating ice had struck against the carcass, and
suspended as it were in the water, and momenta•
rily getting:more buoyant,the huge dark mass grad
pally rose to the surface.
" Where is the whale ?" inquired the harpooner
of the approaching boat.
" Here, here," I replied, pointing in the direc
tion but from the posit ion of the interveninglee they
did not appear to see the place distinctly.
" What are you doing here ?"
" I am the surgeon of the the Jupiter, and com
ing out in search of our boats, this Shetlander and
I lost our way, and I ant afraid he is dying."
" We shout you were Esquinwx, and that's the
ray that we didn't answer when you hailed."
The whale now rose its the
just at my
very feet—and seeing that I was out of danger, the
commercial principle with strange inconsistency
immediately attained the ascendancy in my mind.
I sprang on the back of the whale with the view
of claiming hitit
" You are Englishmen," I said,' and of course
love fair play. I take possession of this fish as one
of the officers of the Jupiter; Captain Junk, the
commander, and I ask your aid in securing the
6 ' Doctor, you are very cold, my good fellow,
and you look more like a ghost than anything else.
Come on board and get a glass o' eurnm - ut and put
my coat round you'
I thanked the harpooner for his friendly offer,
and stepped into the boat accordingly; and the in
stant I was on board he stood up at the bow and.
plunged his harpoon deep 'into the flesh. The op
eration was dexterously performed, but while pre
pared to admit ihis,,l did not comprehend why
my host should put his finger to his nose, and why
the whole boat's crew should set up a shout of
laughter immediately thereafter. I therelore yen
tnred to inquire politely into the rause of their .
mirth, ani speedily obtained the desired . infoima.
Doctok said he of the javelin, you are a
[Molar Johnny Raw. The whale was the Jupiter's
eo long as you stood on it, but when you jumped
ofl its back without keeping a hold in some fash
ion, it was free to the first man that liked to fasten
tackle to it. Look you, this is the Nancy Dawson
harpoon, and the Nancy's role, and the Nancy 's
boat, and we pull her off as der Nancy's fish, and
let me-see who'll iake,the atUcle , lrom usoliat's all.
If you had even put you knife into the jaw, and
° held oh by your napkin, the diamond would have
been 3 outs. Perhaps you'll mind this, doctor,next
time that you pick up a dead whale."
"And is this law 1" queried the alarmist.
" Settled in the House of Loris, as I afterwards
found out."
I cut a sorry figure, you may well suppose, after
this discovery ; but seeing I had lost the whale I
bethought me next of the Shettandman. He was
in a sad plight ; but after the liberal use of restora
tives he regained his senses, but the surgeon-of the
Nancy Dawson found that the cold had so told up
on him that he had to lose four toes and three fin
gers. I was welt received on board the Nancy
riactson, bet there was a constant under-current of
sneering at me for the greenness I had shown in
the matter of the whale, and I wistfully looked out
for the Jupiter; but no Jupiter was to be seen, and
sow last, after a fair flasging, we set sail for mer
ry England. On our arrival I hurried home to my
uncle, and was the first to tell the news of my den
ger and escape, for as yet there was no intelligence
of the Jupiter, Captain Junk. A week or so after
wards, I:heard that'my old commander was in sight
and I rushed to the quay to meet him.
" Hato r' roared Junk, " by the, living George
there's the doctor. Give me your paw,youtig Mag
nesia. I could have sworn you had got a bole in
Davy's locker."
"Have you more stories about the Arctic region,
sir ?" said a civil bagman.
'' Not that I can give le-night."
" Very good, J dare say," remarked the alarm
ist,. "but--I have-teen as good a story even in Ma.
HINTS To FSRSICIIIS.—P I say, Sambo, doer ye
know what tnakesrle Corn grow so - last when you
put de manure on it !" "No, I don't know hardly "
"Now I'll jikt tell ye. When de corn begins to
smell de . manure, it dont like • the 'foolery, so it
lonics out ob 4o ground, and gets up as high as
passible; so alum to breathe de bad air " 4
Kr It was a pertinent and forcible saying ofthe
,Empermplapoleon, that a " handsome woman
pleases Alio eye„tast a good woman pleaseithe
hears. The one isa jewel and the other is:st trea•
Sere.. • •
LJ 41147 e Richardson once said that " every
thine .wa4 forekwiwn by the Altnighty l eXceptwha
would be to vitcriict of a petit jug.
Au Arctic Explorer's Dm.
Dr. KANE, in his history of die Gairessu. Expedi
lion in search of Sir does FRANZLIN, thus describes
the dress he wore while in the Arctic r*ions:
You are'anxions to know how I manage tostand
this remorseless temperature. It is a short story,
arid perhaps worth the telling " The doctor" still
retains three luxuriPs, remnants of better times—
silk next his skin, a tooth-brush for his teeth, and
and white linen for his nose. Everything else is
Arctic and hairy—fur, fur, fur. The silk is light and
washable, needing, neither the clean dirt of starch
nor the uncomfortable trouble of flat-irons. It
secures to me a clean screen between my epider
moid and seal-akin integuments.
I try to be a practical man as to clothing and the
et ceteras of a traveler. All baggage beyond the
essential I regard as impedimenta, and believe in
the wisdom ()Mien Peale, who when preparing
for an exploring tour rour•.d the woad, purchased—
a tin cup. For the sake• of poor devils condemned
to cold winters, I give in detail my dre.s, the result
of much trial, and, I think, nearly perfect- Here it
is, tram lip -to toe : •
I Feet.—A pair of cotton socks (Lisle thread)
covered by a:pair of ribbel woken stockings, rising
above the knee and half way up the thigh. Over
these a pair of Esquimaux hater-proof boots, lined
by a sock of skin, the inside hair; the leg of
dressed seal hide; a sole with the edges turned up,
and crimped so as to form a water- tight cup; the
I furred edge of a dog skin sock inserted as a lining :
and some clean straw laid smoothly at the bot
tom, which forms the elastic cushion on which you
2. Legs.—A pair of coarse woolen drawers, and
a pair of seal skin breeks over them, stitched with
reindeer tendon.
3. Chest. —A jumper or . short coat, double, of •
seal skin and reindeer fur. This invaluable article
I got at Disco on my fur journey , obtaining a good
number besides for men and officers. It consists of
an inner hood shirt t f reindeer skin, with the hair
inside, reaching as tar as the legs, and tilting abon t
the throat very closely. It is drawn on like the
shirt, and except at the neck, is perfectly loose and
4. Head.—Our people generally wear fur caps.—
I wear an ear-ridge, a tiara, to speak heroically, of
wolf Akio. Excellent is this Mormon furl— Leav
ing the entire poll bare to the elements, it guards
the ears and forehead effectually; in any ordinary
state of the wind above-15 ae g .-1 am not troub
led with the cold. Before I resorted to this, my
cap was full of frozen water, stiff and uncomfortable,
all the condensation turning to ice the moment I un
covered. %Viten the weather is very cold, I up•
hood ; when colder--say 40 deg , with' a middling
breeze— quite cold enough, I assure you— I wear
an elastic silk night cap in addition, - one of a pair
I forced on me by a certain brother of mine as I was
leaving New York, drawn over my head and face,
and lined with a mask of wolf liktri To prevent
excessive condensatio3, I cut only two eye holes,
arid leave a large apeture below the point of the now
fur talking and breathing. A grim looking object
is this wolf Fkin mark, its openings lined with
waterproof Oil silk.
The only changes in the above are a pair of cloth
pants lot fur, when the thermometer.strays above
—l6 deg., and a plir of heavy woolen wad mail
leggins, drawn over my fur pants, and worn, stock
ing fashion, within my boots, in windy weather,
when we get down to 30 deg., or thereabouts. A
long waist scarf, wore like the kummerbund of
the Hindoos, is a fine protection white walking to
keep the cold from intruding at the pockets and
waist; it consummates, as it floats martially on
the breeze, the grotesque harmonies (Amy attire.
AWFUL —• Henry, Jost thou love me dearer:?"
" Ask the stars if they love to twinkle, or the
flowers to smell. Love you ! aye, as the birds do
love to warble, or the breeze to fly. Why ask the
(Lionel of thy heart?"
" Because my soul is grieved. Care has over
cast the jay which once spread a sunshine o'er thy
face; anguish sits or) thy brow—and yet your
Helena Ann knows not the cause. Tell me &chi
ing, heart, why doops thy soul—has mutton ra.
" No my Helena—thank the gods, no, but my
credit has tell. Cleaver, horn this day forth,vtlls
meat for cash !"
Helena screecti ( ts, faints, and falls into her hus
band's aims, who in the anguish of the moment
seizes a knife, and stabs himself—orrr thc left shout _
(kr—while the curtain daps.
(j*— Two Irishmen were going to tire oil a
cannon just for fun; but, being of an economical
turn of mind, they did not wish to lose the
So one of them took an iron kettle in his hands to
catch it in ; and stationing timself in front of the
loaded piece he exclaimed to the other, who alma
behind it, holding a lighted torch," Touch if aisy,
Oztl- The year 185-1 begins and ends on th,.4
Sabbath, there are five months to the year that
contains five Sabbaths, and there are tiny-three
Sabbaths in the year. 'Socha coincidence:wilt not
occur again for oventpeight years.
(ley- That young mao to whom the world "owes
a living," hia been turned out of doors—his land
lads not being wiling io like the indebteduess of
the world on her sloullent.
Ozr Whas been discovered that feathers unskil ,
fully cured and put in beds, are deadly to persona
of it•cak lungs sletOing upon them. , ;
- Igr There is a boy in Chicago, fifteen years of
age, who measures in his booteAlow heeled) six
feet eight inches. His name is Long.
();:r A hospital for the core of wooden teg has
:lasi beta opeattl al Buffalo.