Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, March 17, 1855, Image 1

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Ouioibiin' ftlonuun, fllarcl) 17. 1555.
Stkctcli I'oclrn.
I know that in this world of strife,
Our paths will ever parted tie,
Yet sometimes on the hill of lite
I pause, and turn to look for thee.
1 trace our footsteps back again.
Down Youth's forsaken slope of flowers,
Where all we know ol hope or pain
Passed by, like April sheen and showers.
I see the glen, the grove, the rill.
Where last we sung of joys to come,
And mourn to think we re living still.
Without a joy, without a home,
Without a pillow for the head,
Which may not know nor seek relief
Till, in the dwellings of the dead,
It tinds forgetfuluess of grief.
Kememb'rest thou those days of bliss—
To us. alas! forever gone—
And did'st thou dream it night like this
Would dim their splendor-beaming sun ?
Ah 1 then we loved the beauteous earth,
The earth that now so lonely seems;
We lclt the thoughtless bands of mirth.
And told our love by summer streams.
And then skies were brighter far—
When trust was beaming from thy brow,
The glory of the smallest star
Was more than all the sunshine now.
We listened to the wild brook's flow,
The blue-bird's chattering on the lea;
The rose looked lovely then, but O 1
It blooms no more for you aud me.
The radiant June of love lias fled.
With all its birds and blossoms gay;
And we, like forms among the dead,
Ik-calling spirits back to clay,
Mill cheerlessly must wander through
Tlic silent vaults of buried years,
Where sleep the hojies no longer true,
Aud memory lives in groaus and tears.
We're travelling on a lonesome road.
Deserted by the gleam of day,
And on the heart there lies u load
That death alone can take away.
Farewell ! Thy soul, oppressed with strife,
Will weep for scenes no more to be;
And sometimes, on the hill of Life,
I'll pause, and turn to look for thee.
|holjii)itonj liquor safo.
[From the Philadelphia Sun.]
Discourse on a Prohibitory Liquor Law.
Preached by tier. Jacob M. Douglass, Sunday evening,
December With, Hot. in Zion's Church. (Protestant
Kpiacopii!.) Kensington.
It is good to lie zealously affected always in a good
tiling."—(ialatians iv. 18.
The friends of Temperance have desired the
car iperatioii of the Ministers of the Gospel of
the Lord Jesus Christ. And as it is our duty
to " be zealous of good works," and to teach
men '* to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts,
and to live soberly, righteously and godly," 1
do not know how we can refuse our co-opera
tiott. In regard to myself, were 1 to consult
my natural temperament, 1 should be silent in
regard to the exciting topics of the day—l
should be more fond of attending to the quiet
and unobtrusive duties of my sacred calling.—
But it were to be feared, that silence would be
construed into indifference, and that my refu
sal to encourage great aud good men in their
labors, would be imputed to lukewarmness—
lukewarmness in the cause of virtue, of humani
ty, of God. Rut I thank nty God fc that, thro'
lii- grace, I am not ashamed of the Gospel, or
of any of the virtues or duties of the Gospel.
I humbly trust, that I do not feel lukewarm
ness in any cause that tends to benefit the
Church of Christ, and the great family and
brotherhood of man. I can lay my hand on
ray bosom, and say that J love the cause of
Temperance. When it was introduced into the
city and county of Philadelphia—when the
k llendid'and philanthropic scheme was spread
out before us, 1 could not but admire and cs
jiouse it. And i Itocame a member, aud bless
ed Ite God! T have continued a member unto
the present time. I have been a participator
in it- fortunes and phases, its prosperities and
adversities, unto the present period. 1 have re
j'deed when she has rejoiced, aud 1 have wept
when she has wept.
The -übject of intemperance has excited great
iut"rest in the religious and moral world. This
-abject, it is supposed, has received more atten
tion. it has elicited more investigation, in re
-|-'-t to its origin, its effects, its prevention, aud
its cure, in this country, than in any other of
the known world.
lutein [>erance is condemned by the inspired
writers of the Holy Scriptures, and by moral
ists ami philosophers of all ages.and countries.
Bt. Paul declares, " Re not drunk with wine,
wherein is excess." " Let us walk honestly, us
iti the day, not in rioting and drunkenness."
' Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, tier adulterers, nor thieves, nor cove
tous, u„ r drunkards , shall inherit the kingdom
"f (Jed." Solomon says, " Who hath wo?
w ho hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who
huth babbling? who hath wounds without
''•'use? who hath redness of eyes?" Then the
King tolls us, "They that tarry lung at the
hitemporanee betrays men into sins of lcwd
and the misery aud wretchedness and
cr '"ies, that never fail to follow lewdness. * In
b'mperaiiee leads to auger ami all the crimes in
wake, to quarrelsomeness, toriot, to brawls
,I!, d fightings, and finally to murder. Why is
' 'hat there is so much rioting in our streets on
1,1 •Sabbath? Why are peaceable citizens ul
nfraid to walk aboad? Why is it that
I '' night is hideous with noise, ami shrieks and
P' -' Why is it that our city of Brother Lore
■' giving the lie to her name? Why is it that
" r n is mure security of life, and limits, and
in London" aud Paris and Rerlin, un
'r governments that we Americans are taught
J - V; " T;b]hoo<! to abhor? Because there
are accursed rum holes iu every street of our
city, and our present iniquitous laws are not
strong enough to shut them up! Oh! when—
when—when will our lawgivers listen to the
voice of reason, of virtue, of religion and hu
manity, and ordain wise and salutary and effi
cient laics.
We do assert, without fear of being gainsay
ed, that a Prohibitory Liquor Law is necessary,
most especially accessary, at this time. The pre
sent law, which licenses or permits any person,
on the payment of a certain sum of money, to
sell intoxicating beverages, has been found to
tally ineffectual in the suppression of intemper
ance. Xav, as it may be satisfactorily shown
from the records of the Courts of Philadelphia
county, the number of cases of drunkenness,
assault and battery, riot and murder, has been
doubled and trebled since the passage of the
License Jane. According to the best informa
tion I can procure, the revenue which accrues
from the granting of licenses is something more
than 40,000 dollars; but mark ! the county
pays directly or indirectly, in costs or expenses
of crimes, clearly traceable to intemperance,
more than 130,000 dollars. So that, in a pe
cuniary point of view, the people of our city ami
county are greatly the losers by the present
law—this feeble, ineffectual, injurious, execra
ble law.
Rut we are to consider-the subject in anoth
er aspect; not merely in the light of dollars
and cents; we are to consider it iu a moral, iu
a spiritual light. Thirty pieces of silver are
paid into the treasury by thesejJndases, but the
filthy lucre is the price of blood. When we
reflect on the hundreds aud thousands urged to
the grave of the drunkard, aud the fate of those
hundreds and thousands beyond the grave, we
may well stand appalled. We may ask what
indemnity can the venders of spirituous liquor
make, for the destruction of which they have
been the cause? Oh, said our Lord, with con
summate wisdom, " What shall a man give in
exchange for the soul?" Ah! we require, we
stand in need of a restrictive, a Prohibitory
Law. Rut, we hear men say, " a Prohibitory
Law is in contravention of liberty; you take
away our liberty—-you deprive us of our
rights." But I say such opponents are mista
ken, and attempt to cause others to be mista
ken. They make no distinction between na
tural liberty and social or civil liberty. A Pro
hibitory Law is not opposed to social or civil
What is natural liberty? Natural liberty
consists in the power of acting as one thinks
fit, without restraint or control, except from
the laws of nature. This liberty is necessarily
abridged by the establishment of organized so
What is civil liberty? Civil liberty is the
liberty of men in a state of society; or natural
liberty, so far abridged and restrained as is ne
cessary and expedient for the safety and inter
est of the society, State or nation. Civil liber
ty is secured by established laws, which re
strain every man from injuring his fellow man.
As the wisest jurists have laid down, the re
straints of law are essential to civil liberty.—
Yes. verily, there is a distinction between na
tural ami civil liberty. On entering the social
state we must relinquish many things, many
rights aud privileges, that we might have pos
sessed in the savage or solitary state.
In this latter state, a man may kindle as ma
ny fires, and burn as much wood as he pleases.
In the social, he shall not burn his neighbor's
forest; lie shall not set fire to his neighbor's
house or barn. Should he do so, he entrenches
on the rights of his neighbor; he injures the
property of his neighbor, the just fruit of his
labor. In a state of nature, a man may
shoot as many beasts of the field or fowls of
the air as lie pleases; in the social state, he shall
not shoot his neighbor's fowls or his beasts of
burden. In a state of nature, a man takes
food wherever lie may find it, on the tree, on
the bush, in the river, in the lake; in the so
cial, he shall not take his neighbor's grain or
fruit; he shall not appropriate the products of
his field, his garden or his orchard. No, to
prohibit the selling of so great a source of in
jury to our fellows as ardent spirits, is iu no
antagonism to the rights and privileges of so
cial liberty.
Rut, would a prohibitory law be indeed such
a strange and unheard of thing? Have we
not already laws against lotteries, against stor
ing more than a certain quantity of gunpowder
in our towns and cities, against the running at
large of mischievous and injurious animals?—
Why could not a law be enforced against the
venders of intoxicating drinks, as well as against
the venders of lottery tickets ? Roth are nui
sances, and both should be abated by the pow
er of the magistrate. We have laws against
selling unwholesome meats in our markets, and
what umbrage is taken at them? And I de
mand. are the evils occasioned by unwholesome
meats one tithe,one-hundredth, one-thousandth
part as deadly ami destructive to the commu
nity as those caused by unwholesome drinks ?
We have not time to speak of tlfe various
reasons, why a prohibitory law should l>e en
acted. Had we time, we might advert to the
enhanced prices of grain, flour, and butcher's
meats, and the probability of their continuing
enhanced, in consequence of the troubled aspect
of the political horizon in Eastern Europe.—
Why arc they almost beyond the reach of uur
suffering poor? One great reason is, because
so much of our corn and rve and other grains,
instead of being ground into flour, or fed to
lieeve* and swine, is made use of by distillers,
to be converted into alcohol.
Hut a doubt may arise in the minds of some,
in regard to the enforcement of a prohibitory
law. Yon query, "can such a law be enforc
ed ?" We think it can, and we bes|oak a can
did and patient hearing of our reasons. Such
a law commends itself to the moral sense of our
citizens. It is a just, wise and salutarv tfiw
for the protection of the lives, the health, the
fortuues, the reputation, and the public and
domestic happiness of our people. Such a law
will be agreeable to public sentiment, The re
ligious, the wise, the good, the friends of law
and order, are in favor of it. And it is a well
ascertained fact, that many confirmed inebriates
when in their sober moments, demand such a
law for it would cut off temptations to acrinit,
I the indulgence in which is attended with such
bitter remorse. Our present license law is odi
ous in the eyes of public opiniou, und she loud
ly culls for a change.
That a prohibitory law will be enforced, may
be inferred from the fact that it will not be
suddenly sprung upon the people. It will not
take them unawares. The subject has been
before them for months and months. All pre
vious notes of warning will have been given to
the small minority than may suffer from it.—
Let it be remembered that "the people of Penn
sylvania are, generally speaking, a virtuous
people. We are law-loving, a law abiding, a
law observing people. We obey the directions
of the sacred Scripture, " submit yourselves to
every ordinance of mad for the Lord's sake."
Such is the character of Pennsylvania, that she
obeys laws which are revolting to her seusibil
ites. The fugitive slave law is repugnant to
our inborn love of liberty, and our abstract
views of freedom; and yet so attached is Penn
sylvania to constitutional law, and convention
al rights, that the law is enforced through the
length aud breadth of our Commonwealth.—
Judging from the character of our people, we
say that a prohibitory law can be enforced.
There is a salutary principle pervading our
whole political and social economy—it is, that
the minority yields to the majority. When a
President or Governor is elected,"however tu
multuous and fearful the excitement and party
spirit previously to the election, the storm soon
subsides, and the minority quietly abides by the
choice of the majority. Thus when laws" are
passed, however unpalatable aud ungracious at
first, the minority yields to the majority, and
makes no resistance to the enforcement of the
law. We are not like the people of South
America and Mexico. In these countries, if
a law is displeasing to a party, they make a
pronunciameuto and take up arms, liut we are
an enlightened, aud educated, and, upon the
whole, a virtuous people ; we respect and obey
the laws passed by our representatives. We
agree that a prohibitory law could be enforced
in our State from the example set by our sister
States, such as Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, and Vermont. The law has been pro
ductive of the happiest effects in those States,
and 110 one offers opposition, because, as will
be the case in Pennsylvania, it is backed and
and supported by an overwhelming i>otency of
public opinion.
Ah ! brethren aud fellow citizens, the tears
of mothers cry to our legislators for just and
righteous and stringent laws. There is a moth
er in yonder street. She has been jaded and
weary with the day's household duties. Aud
she has gone to her bed. She endeavors to
steep herself in forgetfuluess—but iu vain the
effort. She cannot quiet her distracted inind.
Her mind is " like the troubled sea, when it
cannot rest." Are her thoughts upon the or
derly, the dutiful children, who are reposing so
sweetly in their chambers ? Oh ? no ; her
thoughts are wandering from sacred home.—
She cannot compose herself; her brain beats
like the death tick upon the wall. She be
thinks herself of her guilty son. That son is
in the vile, low drinking house. He is reeling,
and cursing and blaspheming. The mother
raises her head from the pillow ; she inclines
her ear, for there is a sound of feet upon the
pavement. Rut the foot falls arc not her son's.
They are the firm, stalwart stepping of the
watchman, as lie treads his beat. Again she
lies down. All is quiet—all is still. Aud she
counts the stricking of the clock—one—two—
ten —eleven—twelve. The hours seem length
ened out to a mysterious length. And now
she recognizes the uneven, irregular pace of
her lost one —-she hears him muttering and
cursing as lie tries the door ; and then he finds
an entrance.
Oh ! where, where is the child, that years
goue by, she clasped to her bosom ?—the flax
en haired little boy—the red cheeked little boy
—the bright eyed little boy—the idol of her
heart—the loved one, who kneeled down and
put his hands within his mother's, and prayed
"lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil." He is here—but ah ! changed—
He lies on the floor —a wretched, degraded
brute ! Oh! mothers, mothers, will you sit in
dolently down, and not put forth your energies
to arrest a monster, that devours what is dear
er to you than your own lives ? Could you
look with apathy on some panther or bear, from
our mountains, seizing on your children, mang
ling them, tearing their limbs asunder —sucking
their very life's blood ? Could you endure this
with indifference ? Oh ! no—you would not—
you could not. Your children before you bath
ed in blood ! every fibre of a mother's heart
would be stirred. And yet there are leasts
of prey, in human form, that are destroying the
bodies and souls of your children, and you
make no effort to arrest their ravages.
Hut objectors to stringency of legislation
say, " why do you not employ moral suasion ?
Why do you not persuade mou to be temper
ate and virtuous ?" Have we not tried moral
suasion—have we not tried it the last twenty
years? And what amount of great and per
manent good has it affected ? We have per
suaded men to avoid the tavern as they would
the cholera or the pest house. We have, un
der God, <Jpne something in the way of reform;
but temptation offers her baits in every street,
and incu relapse into crime. We have attempt
ed to persuade men engaged in vending ardent
spirits to reuouncc their infamous traffic ; but
they shield themselves under our conniving
laws, and treat us with scorn. Moral suasion
to men who deal out " liquid damnation," is
but casting pearls before swine, the}'" do but
.turn again and rend us.
The noble founder of our Commonwealth,
William Peun, with his fellow collonists, enact
ed wise and salutary laws. They knew that
moral suasion alone would not prevent crime.
They knew that u the magistrate beareth not
the sword in vain." They wished men to ob
serve the Sabbath ; but they knew that they
eould best uphold its sanctity by punishing its
violation. They therefore passed a stringent
law against the profanation of the Lord's day,
They also enacted several laws against the dis
turbance of public worship, against murder,
again .t perjury, again; t profane :> wearing, and
against the violation of tlie marriage tie. They
were aware, for they were well read iu Scrip
ture aud in the knowledge of man, that " the
law must be a terror to evil doers," and not a
mere play thing, to be treated with scorn.
Men aud brethren, have we the feelings of
Christians ? Have we the feelings of humani
ty; aud can we look with apathy on the ruin
that is going on uround us ? We see men ply
ing their hellish trade, on land and on water,
by day aud by night, on the Sabbath and on
weekdays. No day is sacred iu the eyes of the
rumseller. No state or character is spared.—
The rich aud the poor are lured in. The strong
est inducements are used to entice the laboring
man, when his pockets contain his weekly wa
ges. The money that should be spent in pro
curing bread for his wife and ill-fed children,
fiuds its way into the till of thegroggery. No
age, no sex is spared. Young men and young
women are brought under the influence of poi
sonous drinks. Nay, it is well known that
small boys are in the habit of resortiug to these
vile depositories, and getting their penny worth
of whiskey. They have been seen reeling and
staggering iu the streets, and giving every in
dication of being disguised in liquor.
Fathers ! mothers ! brothers ! sisters ! will
you not send your petitions to our lawgivers to
grant us stringent, restrictive laws against in
temperance. I know you will—l cannot mis
take you.
Remarks of L. M. Hewitt,
Delivered before " Martha Washington" Dodge, Xo. 135, 1
of /. O. of (J. T. at Camptosen, Bradford County. J
By a very commendable resolution of our
Lodge, it is made the duty of our chief officers
to appoint some member to address it, on the
next succeeding meeting. I therefore, in obe
dience to my appoiutmeut, appear before you;
and while I attempt to say a few words, let me
hope you will look charitably upon my effort
to make myself both iuterestiug and instruc
In choosing a subject upon which to address
you, is a matter not so easily settled; aud too,
it would seem perhaps to some, a very easy task.
Rut when we view the whole subject of intem
perance in its relative connexion with the innu
merable evils under which the world is now
groaning, we must coiae to no other conclusion
than that intemperance is the procuring cause
of all the misery, of all the crime, and of all
the unliappiness which have, or does now, dis
turb the peace of society. And, in viewing it
in this light, there are many points through
which an attack uj>oii this monster, " Alcohol,"
can be made; and us each attack requires dif
ferent arguments, of course, equally numerous
will be the subject matter upoii which those ar
guments may be based.
I will not weary your patience or waste time,
iu introducing facts to show that intemperance
is a direful, deadly, and destructive plague to
human happiness. There is no vice that carries
greater shaine and odium in it than drunken
ness. There is no spectacle we behold with
greater aversion aud contempt. It sinks a man
infinitely below the beasts that perish. This
shameful vice throws the mind into universal
confusion and uproar—lays the understanding
and reason in sad and deplorable ruin—effaces
everything that can be called the image of God.
Extinguishes the mind—inflames the passions,
ami dethrones the judgment. The world lias
not in it a more detestable sight, thau a ration
al creature in the condition of a drunkard.
Contemplate the danger to which we arc ex
posed, the sorrow and dishonor which accom
pany excessive drinking. There is scarcely any
vice which entails more complicated misery up
-011 the unhappy wretch that is a slave to it,
than drunkenness. It gradually undermines
the strength and vigor of both body and mind.
How often we see the most deplorable effects
of this shameless vice in the ruined health, con
stitution, and fortunes of vast numbers ol' our
fellow-citizens. 11 ow many ingenious and indus
trious persons has this eurse rendered useless
and worthless! llow many happy families doth
it reduce to indigence and beggary ? How ma
ny innocent sufferers doth it involve in its ter
rible consequences ? How many have ruined
themselves and their families forever ? Of all
the evils, there is none so incurable as this,
when it is once contracted.
This subject, intemperance, was a baneful
vice as early as the Deluge, aud eveu before,
for we have abundance of evidence that it ex
isted prior to that event; —and if we may ven
ture an opinion, there is little doubt but intem
perance was one of the grievous sins which that
great Flood was especially designed to sweep
from off the earth. Re that as it may, wecer
| tainly can find some excellent lectures upon the
subject among the writings of the Apostles,
which give unquestioned proof of its existence
as early as their day.
This then is a vice, not of this generation
alone, nor of a single century's growth; but
one that has spread its paralyzing influence
through all ages—over all classes and condi
tions of society. We then choose to examine
it in this light; for were it confined to a single
class only, whatever grade in the scale of hu
man society that class might occupy, the ever
withering rebuke of public sentiment would ere
now have driven this scourge from our land.
But instead of this being the ease, it has
spread its devastating effects among the high
aud the low, the rich and the poor. So uni
versal has been its ravages, that the Press—
which has not unwisely been called the "Ar
ehimedian lever which moves the the universe,"
dare not speak, except iu tones of doubtful
meaning. The Clergy, too, a class of whom I
would speak deferential enough, are mute, or
perhaps look upon it with awe and amazement,
afraid to grapple with the monster. And why?
Is it because the subject is of too delicate a
matter to openly denounce from the Holy desk?
for fear some influential, or perhaps more like
ly, some wealthy member may happen to think
your remarks too personal ? or what is some
times unhappily the case, may themselves fear
the Scriptural reply, " Physician heal thy self ?"
Or is it because intemperance is of too little
consequence for teachers of Holy calling to en
gage in ? Or, would they have usbehere that
the sin of intem]erauce is no barrier to heaven
ly abodes ?
Our law-makers, too, seem to have caught
the general apathy; for they much to unwilling
to take the almost universal voice of their in
telligent constituents as a guide for their action
upon this subject, and appear as equally unwil
ling to allow the masses the privilege of expres
sing their opinions through the ballot-box.—
Yea, they even, though politely insinuate that
the ballot—the prerogative of freemen —the
great distinguishing privilege of Americans, is
an unsafe channel by which to arrive at the
true sentiment of public opinion.
Thus the great majority of whom I speak
have acted; and while I question both the wis
dom and the sincerity of their professions of
friendship for the cause, I will most cheerfully
bear my humble testimony toward that honora
ble few who have nobly stood at the helm, and
fearlessly battled for the cause temperance. — j
Rut the field of labor was much too large for j
the united efforts of these co-workers in the '
cause of human emancipation from the scourge !
of intemperance; and almost every gale blew I
us the unwelcome tidings that this, as well us
many other vices were rapidly on the increase.
In this deplorable condition of society, we
find the friends of the cause banding themselves
together anew, to drive this curse from off our
land; and though numerous have been its ad-'
vocates, and great the good that has been ac
complished, nevertheless, in this stage of the
world the slow stridesof decrepid moral suasion
would not do. Something iu keeping with the
telegraphic speed of the age was needed—some
thing that would rouse anew the slumbering eu
ergies of man. While in this state of careless
inactivity, the fog began to disapi>ear—a voice
was heard iu the far blast, the sound came roll
ing along, until its awakening peals spoke the
glad tidings of Prohibition. The friends of
temperance with renewed zeal, eagerly and per
severingly started again the noble work of re
forming and reclaiming the too long neglected
and deluded inebriate. Societies that had long
since ceased to exist, at once set themselves at
work re-organizing anew; pressing forward with
praiseworthy determination the entire expulsion
of all intoxicating drinks from the land. Sons
of Temperance found a new impetus given to
the cause. Daughters of Temperance, too,
came forward to the noble work of reform. A
society, which if conducted as its early origina
tors no doubt intended it should he, would most
assuredly assist to drive this degrading curse
from existence. And lastly, though by no
means the least meritorious, among the advo
cates of not only temperance, but the entire
prohibition of all that can intoxicate, comes
our timely and most noble Order—a beacon
light to guide the protectors and defenders of
our firesides, our homes, aud our country, from
a curse more destructive to peace and social
I happiness than war or pestilence.
Hi MAN X ATURE. —In the story of the " Roy i
and the Rricks," it is related that a boy, hear
ing his father say, "Tis a poor rule that won't
work both ways," said:—
" Jf father applies this rule to his work 1 will
test it in my play."
" So, setting up a row of bricks, three or four
inches apart, he tipped over the first, which
striking against the second, caused it to fall on 1
the third and so on throughout the whole row,
until the bricks all lay prostrate. Well, said
the boy, each brick has knocked down its
neighbor, aud yet I only tipped one. Now. I
will ruise one and see if it will raise its neigh
bors. 1 will sec if this rule will work both
lie looked in vain to see them rise.
" Here, father," said the boy, " it is a poor ;
rule that won't work both ways. They knock
each other down, but uro not disposed to help j
each other up."
" My son," said the father, " bricks ami man
arc just alike—made of chiv—active in knock
ing each other down, but not disposed to help
each other up. When men fall they love com
pany; but when they rise they prefer to stand
alone, like yonder bricks, und see others pros
trate and below them."
The Railway (X. J.) Advocate tells the follow
ing good story at the expense of one the " up
per ten" of New York: —
Mr. is one of the " merchant princes"
of the Empire City, and though livinsr in one
of the most spacious mansions on the Ftth ave
nue, his entire family consists of himself and his
wife. Meeting a friend from the country one
day, he invited him up to view his house.—
The friend was shown the gorgeous rooms, with
tessellated floors and magnificent frescoed ceil
ings, and was finally taken into the lower rooms,
in one of which he found a small regiment of
colored servants seated at a bountiful dinner.
On his return home he was asked if he had
seen Mr. So-and-so? "Oh yes !" "What is
he doing now ?" "Well, when I saw hiin. he
was keeping a nigger boarding house cm the Fifth
avenue !"
A N KNT.I.ISH " CORN QUARTER." —The foreign
news informs us that 7357 quarters of wheat
were received at"Liverpool on the oth of Janu
ary. A correspondent enquires, "how much
is a quarter."
An L'nglish quarter of wheat means 8 bu
shels of "0 lbs., or 5(10 lbs.—being the "quar
ter" of a ton of 2250 lbs.
The standard weight of a bushel of wheat
in England is 70 lbs.
When Wheat in England is worth 80
lings a quarter, it is equivalent to 10 shillings
a bushel- or 120 pence, and a penny is equiva
lent to 2 cents—or thereabouts. .
cleer awakes in the morning, flaps his wings,
vociferates at the top of his voice : " Woman
rules h-e-r-e !" Immediately a neighboring roots,
ter answers—"So they do h-e-r-e !" This is
uo sooner uttered than a third responds at a
considerable dissance—" So they do every
w-h-e-r-e !" In this woman's rights era it is
rignifican*; for old Chanticleer is a keee obser
ver. and know-. <
VOL. XV. NO. 40.
Power of Imagination.
Or. Noble, in an üble Jet-tore at Manchester,
On the Dynamic Influence of Ideas," told a
gx>d anecdote of M. Boutibouse, a French sa
vant, in illustration of the power of imagina
tion. As Dr. Noble says—"M. Boutibouse
served in Napoleon's army, ami was present
at many engagements during the early part of
last century. At the battle of Wagram, in
IXOy, ho was engaged in the fruy ; the ranks
around him had been terribly thinned by sbot,
and at sunset he was nearly isolated. While
reloading his musket he was shot down by a
cannon ball. His impression was that the ball
had passed through his legs below his knees,
separating them front the thighs ; for he sud
denly sank down, shortened as he believed, to
the extent of about a foot in measurement. —
The trunk of the body fell backwards on the
ground, aud the senses were completely para
lyzed by the shock. Thus he lay motionless
amongst the wounded and dead during the rest
of the night, not daring to move a muscle, lest
the loss of blood should be fatally increased.—
He felt no pain, but this he attributed to the
stunning effect of the shock to the brain and
nervous system. At early dawn he was arous
ed by one of the medical staff, who came
around to help the wounded. " What's the
matter with you, my good fellow ?" said the
surgeon. "Ah! touch me tenderly," replied
M. Boutibouse, " I beseech you, a cannou-balL
has carr ed off my legs." The surgeon exam
ined the limbs referred to, aud then, giving
him a good sliuke, said with a joyous laugh,
" (Jet up with you, you have nothing the niat
t'-r with you." M. Boutibouse immediately
sprang up in utter astonishment, aud stood firm
ly on the legs which he thought he had lust
forever. " I felt more thankful," said M. Bou
tibouse, " than I had ever done iu the whole
course of my life before. I had no wound
about me. I had, indeed, been shot down by
au immense cannon ball; but instead of pass
ing through the legs, as I firmly believed it
had, the ball had passed under my feet, aud
had ploughed a hole in the earth beneath, at
least a foot in depth, into which my feet sud
denly sank, giving me the idea that I had been
thus shortened by the loss of my leg.-." The
truth of this story is vouched for by t)r, Noble.
—At hum urn.
A TEMPERANCE STORY.— Une evening last
week we took our place at the supper table pf
a Cincinnati and Louisville packet. Supper
■ and conversation had progressed some before
we were seated. An animated discourse was
going on 'twixt an old gentleman and an ex
ceedingly sober-faced lady, not less than thirty
years old. on the subject of temperance.
"Oh!" exclaimed she, with horror depicted
on her thin lips, " 1 do despise the whiskey
The gentleman dropped bis knife and fork,
seized her hand and gave it a hearty shake,
we thought tears were going to drop from his
twinkling eyes.
" Madam," said he, " I respect your senti
ments and the heart that dictated them, 1 j>er
mit no person to go beyond me in despising
the whiskey drinker. I have been disgusted
011 this very boat, and I say it now, before our
1 worthy captain's face. What, I ask you, can
be more disgusting than to see a well-dressed,
i respectable, aye. virtuous looking young man,
whose mothers are probably even now praying
that the tender instruction by which their youth
was illuminated, may bring forth precious fruit
in their maturity. I say, to see a young mau
step up to the bar of this boat, and without tho
i fear of observing eyes, or the condemnation of
; enlightened opinion, brazenly ask for old Bour
bon or Kve, or Monongahela whiskey, when iu
that bur they know there is the very best of
I old Cogniac Brandy."
A VFrnoTK. —It is often made a subject of
i complaint that Ministers of the Gospel partici
pate in political matters. An anecdote of a
Rev. Mr. Field, who lived in Vermont severnl
years ago, contains a good reply. As the rev
erend gentleman went, on a time, to deposit
his vote, the ofl'u er who received it, being a
friend a parishioner, but of opposite jiolities,
: remarked:—
" I am sorrv, Mr. Field, to see vou here."
" Why ?" asked Mr. F.
" Because," said the officer. " Christ said his
! kingdom was not of this world."
" Has 110 one a right to vote," asked Mr.
F.. " unless he belongs to the kingdom of Sa
tau !"
lowing was picked up inside the bar at tho
Court House, in Springfield, Mass., on Satur
day, and challenges admiration, equally for ita
wit, its poetical perfection, its philosophy and
its orthography !
Now arter settln' here 7 week*
This Koari i* goin ? for to adjouru
And any won hoe-jestis seeks
May cum next Koart & take his turn.
Smith, that you have lived with the defendant
for eight years. Hoes the Court understand
from that tfiat you are married to him?"
" In course it does."
" Have you a marriage certificate ?"
" Yes, your honor, three 011 'em, two gals and
a boy."
Verdict for the plaintiff--call the next
fcgf"Sir," said a little blustoriug mau to
his religious opponent, " to what sect do you
think I belong?"
" Well, I don't exactly know," replied the
other; " but to judge from the make, size and
appearance, I should say you belonged to &
class called the insect!'
fiuding a cabbage seed in a letter received
from a brother quill, wants to know if his cor
respondent hac rhe habit of scratching h'.shead
, while writing.