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•• We can't afford to wait,"— Bisnor CLARK.
Lo! from the wild the city starts,
And ou the prairie's breast
Spring dome, and tower, and spire, like dream
Of Araby the blest;
And they who fall l>ehiud the age,
Or move with snail-like feet .
Are in these days of progress deemed
Defunct or obsolete.
The world grows busy, and expects
Her sons to do the same ;
She makes the boiling water work,
And yokes the winged flame ;
She bids the mightiest elements
Her varied will obey,
And calls the lightning from the skies,
Her whispered words to say.
The idle man is like the dead.
Who can no burial find :*
HI fares it, in the race, with those
Who halt and look behind ;
Even she. who backward gazed of old,
Was petrified, we read,
Aud how cau we afford to wait
Amid this railroad speed ?
The tares are growing in the field,
Though we supinely sleep.
And he who sows no seed 1-crimes,
May hope iu vain to reap.
The prince of evil never lags,
X--r loiters o'er his prey,
And they rau-t needs be wide awake
Who think to bar his way.
The paean people fade and fall
lit ignorance aud night. a cheering ray from heaven
The dreary grave to light.
Tue ready mission ship but asks
Our bounty for its freight.—
Hark ! to the cry of dying souls,
They can't afford to wait.
If there's a duty unfulfilled.
A blessed word unspoken—
Haste ! ere the hour glass of our days
1- wasted, spent, or broken ;
Xor let procrastination lend
Its burden to our fate.—
We can't afford to wait, ay friend.—
We can't afford to wait.
* •• The idle are a peculiar kind of dead, who cannot
be buried."— Arxbisn Proetrb.
Jfi isre 11 a iu ou s.
I From the Missouri Democrat.]
W presume our Illinois readers will readily
expand the tew it C mentioned into the
id ..owing sketch into Carlyle :
About three or four years ago, more or less.
I was practicing law in Illinois iu a pretty
large circuit 1 was called on oue day in my
office, in tLe town of C . by a very pret
ty woman, who, not without tears, told rae
her i.usbaud had been arrested for shorse-teal-
wished to retain me fur the defence.
I -.-kid her why .-he did not go to Judge 8.,
an tx -euator of the United States, whose of
fiee was iu the same town. I told that I was
a young man at the bar, Ac. She mournfully
said that he had asked a retaining fee above
ter means, aud besides did not want to touch
the case, for her husband was suspected of be
• Qsring to a gang of horse-thieves aud coun
terfeiters, whose head-quarters were on Moore's
I a*ked her to tell me the whole truth of the
natter, and if it was true that her husband did
belong to such a band ?
" Ah, sir," said -he, "a better man at heart
than my George never lived ; but likes cards
and drink, and I am afraic that they made
co what he never would have if he had not
c.ruuk I fear that it eau be proved that he
had tii-. horse ; he didu't steal it ; another did
and tossed it to him."
I didn't like the case. I knew that there
a great dislike to the gang located where
-r Bsuued, and feared to risk the case before
••She seemed to observe tuy intention
' refuse the ease aud burst into tears.
I aevtr could see a woman weep without
tecling '.ike a weak fool myself. If it badu't
Lru for eyes brightened by "pearly tears,"
ibUst the poets that made them to come in
by praising 'em.'i I'd uever have beeu
cAight in the lasso of matrimony. Aud my
tud-be-elient was pretty. The handkerchief
"•it Lid her streaming eyes didn't hide her
r i -hp 4, aad her suowy bosom rose and fell
; ic a wuiio guil in a gale of wind at sea.—
1 took the ease and she gave me the partieu
, The ga! g. of which he was not a member,
Lad t. r-uaded hiin to to take the horse. He
knew the horse was stolen, and like a fool
- \:.c dged it when he was arrested. Worse
I L- had trimmed the horse's tail and mane
- n ' r his appearance, and the opposition
i prove it."
i: -- trial came on. I worked hard to get a
of gnoraat men, who had more heart than
3 '• who. if they could not fathom the
of argument, or follow the labyrinthine
-■—*> >.'! the law could fee! for a yonug fellow
&' fix a weeping, pretty wife, nearly
' farted and quite distracted. Know
- the use of "effect," 1 told her to dress in
CMjrniag bring her little cherub of
"' i' y three years old, into court, and sit
."f'ir r husband as the officer would let
" 1 tried that srame once in a murder case
£r \* *vep-uig wife and sister made a jury
. -<r a verdict against law, evidence and the
.•ngre* charge, and saved a fellow that ought
tate beta hung as high as Hainan,
the prosecution opened very bitterly ; in
v -"fd against thieves and counterfeiters,
V; '-aie the hud a terror to strangers
ir -vv--vrs. auk \ ho Lad robbed every for*
mer in the region of their finest horses. It
introduced witnesses, and proved all and
more than I feared it would.
The time came for me to rise for defence.—
AY ituesses I had none. But I determined to
make an effort, ouly hoping so to interest the
judge and jury# as to secure recommendation
to gubernatorial clemency aud a light scutence.
So I painted this picture : A yonug man
entered into life, wedded to an angel ; beauti
ful in person, possessing every gentle and no
ble attribute. Temptation was before aud all
around him. He kept a tavern. Guests
there were many ; it was not for him to inquire
into their business ; they were all well-dressed :
made large bills and paid promptly. At an
unguarded hour when he was insane with the
liquor they urged upon him, he had deviated
from the path of rectitude. The demon of
alcohol hail reigned in his brain ; aud it was
the first offence. Mercy pleaded for another
chance to save him from ruin. Justice did not
require that his youug wife should go down
sorrowing to the grave, aud that the shadow
of disgrace and the taunt of a felon father
should cross the path of that sweet child. O,
how earnestly did I plead for them. The wo
man wept, the husband did the same ; the
judge fidgetted and rubbed his eyes ; the jury
melting. If I could have closing speech he
would have been cleared ; but the proseentor
had the close, and threw ice on the fire I had
kindled. But they did not quite put it ont.
The judge charged aecordiug to law and evi
deuce, but evidently leaned on the side of mer
cy. The jury found a verdict of guilty, but
unanimously recommended the prisoner to the
mercy of the court. My client was sentenced
to the shortest imprisonment the court was
empowered to give, and both jury aud court
signed a petitiou to the Governor for an un
conditional pardon, which has since been grant
ed, but not before the followiug incident occur
red :
Some three mouths after this, I received an
account for collection from a wholesale house
in New York. The parties to collect from
were hard ones, but they had property, aud
before they had an idea of the trap iaid, I had
the property which they were about to assign
before they broke, under attachment. Find
ing I was neck ahead, and bound to win, they
"caved in," and "forked over" three thousand
seven huudred and uiuety-fonr dollars and
eighteen cents (per memorandum book) iugood
money. They lived iu Shawneetown, about
35 or 40 miles southeast of Moore's prairie.—
I received the fuuds just after bank opening,
i but other bnaness detained me till after diu
' ner. I then started for C , intending to
go as far as the village of Mount Yeruou that
I had gone along ten or twelve miles, when
I noticed a splendid team of horses attached
to a light wagon, iu which were seated four
men. evidently of the high strung order. They
swept as if to ?how how easily they could do
it. They shortened in, allowed me to come up
with them, and hailiag me, asked me to "wet,"
|or in other words, diminish the contents of a
jug of old rye they had aboard ; but 1 excused
myself with the plea that I had plenty ou
board. They asked me irow far I was going.
I told them as far as Mouut Vernon, if my
horse didu't tire oat They mentioned a pleas
ant tavern ten or twelve miles ahead, as a
uiee stopping place and then drove on.
I did not like the look of those fellows, nor
their actions. But I was bound to go ahead.
1 had a brace of revolvers and a nice knife ;
my mouey was not in my valise or my sulky,
; but iu my belt about my body. I drove slow
in hopes that they would go on, and I should
j see them no more. It was nearly dark when
I saw a tavern sign ahead. At the same
| time I saw their wagon stood before the door.
I would have pressed ou. but my horse ueeded
rest. I hauled up, and a woman came to the
door. She turned as pale as a sheet when she
saw me—she did not speak, but with a mean
ing look she put her finger ou her lips, and
beckoned me in ; she was the wife of my late
YY'heu I entered, the party recognized me,
and hailed me as an old travelling friend, and
asked me te drink. 1 respectfully, but firmly,
declined to do so.
"By G—d, you shall drink or fight!" said
the noisest of the party.
"Just as you please ; driuk I shall not 1"
said I, purposely showing the butt of a
Colt, which kicks*six times iu rapid succes
The party interposed, and very easily quelled
the assailaut. One offered me a segar, which
I reluctautly refused, but a glance from the
woman induced me accept. She advanced
' and proffered me a light, aud in doing so siip
! ped a uote into my haud, which she must have
written a moment before. Never shail I for
get the words. They were :
" Beware, they are members of the gang.—
They mean to rob and murder you ! Leave
soon ; 1 will detain them !"
I did not feel comfortable just then, but
tried to do so.
j " Hare you any room to put up my horse V
I asked turning to the woman.
" What, are you not going on to-night ?'
! aAed oue of the men ; we are."
"No," said I, "I shall stay here to-night."
I " We'll all star then. I guess, and make a
night of it !" said another of the cut-throats, j
" You'll Lave to up your owu horse—here's
a lantern," said the woman.
"I am used to it," I said. "Gentlemen, ex
cuse me a minnte ; I'll join you in a drink
when I come in." I
" Good on your bead. More whiskey, old
gal," shouted thev-
I weut out, glanced at there wagon ; it was
old fashioned, and "liuch pins" secured the
wheels. To take out my knife and pry one J
from vbe fore aud hind wheels was about the
work of au instant, aud I threw them as far j
off in the darkness as I could. To uQtie my ■.
horse aud dash off was but the work of a mo- j
| ment. The road lay down a steep hill, but my
lantern lighted me somewhat.
I had hardly got nnder full headway, when
I heard a veil from the party 1 bad so uacere-
I mouiously left I put whip to tuy horse The
next moment with a shont they started. I
threw my light away, and left my horse to pick
his way. A moment later I heard a crash—a
horrible shriek. The wheels were off. Then
came the rush of the horses tearing along with
the wreck of the wagon. Finally they seemed
to fetch up in the wood. Oue or two shrieks
I heard as I swept ou, leaving them far be
hind. For some time I hurried my horse—
you'd better believe I "rid" 1 It was a lit
tle after mid-night when I got to Mount Ver
The next day I heard that Moore's Prairie
team had run away, aud that two men out of
the four had been so badly hurt that their
lives were despaired of. But 1 didu't cry.—
my elieuts got their money : and I didn't trav
el that road any more.
A NARROW ESCAPE.—M. Charles Maurice,
the French Journalist, in his " Historic Au
ecdotes," relates the following :
" A man had been condemned to death du
ring the Preconsulate of Lyons, and on the
day of execution there were twelve in the cart.
In such cases, whether it was out of refine
ment of cruelty, from iudiffercuce, or to reuder
the hetacomb more easy and prompt, the mis
erable men were placed under the scaffold, so
that the blood of the victims fell upon them.
Eleven had been executed, when the assistants
oblivious of the number, began to take the
machinery to pieces, the crowd looking ou
whilst the twefth remained below, without
power to sjieak or move, indeed half dead with
horror. Among those present, however *oue
rnau noticed him. He was a butcher. Creep
ing up to the cart beneath the scaffold, he took
a nightcap out of one j>oeket and a knife out
of the other, then putting the one on the pris
oner's head with the latter he severed the
cord that bound his bauds, behind his back,
and, taking }him by the arm, walked away
with him, as if it was some oue faint with ter
ror of the spectacle. Nobody took notice of
them. Draggingthe victim along, rather than
leading him, for the poor man had lost almost
consciousness, he at length got him into a cof
fee house, where he was soon brought to him
ftgp 3 * The most eloquent of all the Southern
ers, as I thiuk, Mr. Prentice, of Mississippi,
was addressing a crowd of some 4000 people
in that State, defending the tariff, and in the
course of an eloquent period which rose grad
ually to some beautiful climax, he painted the
thrift, the energy, the comfort, the wealth, the
civilization ot the North, in glowing colors,
when there arose upou the vision of the as
sembly, in the open air. a horseman of magnif
icent proportions ; and just at the moment of
hushed attention, when the voice of Prentice
had ceased, and the applause was about to
break forth, the horseman exclaimed, " Damn
the uorth !" The eurse was so much iu uuisou
with the feelings of a Mississippi audience, that
it quenched their enthusiasm, and nothing but
respect for the speaker kept the crowd from
applauding the horseman. Prentice turned
his lame foot around aud said, " Major Moody,
will you rein in that steed a moment ?" He
assented. Said he, " Major, the horse on
which you sit came from L'ppcr Missouri ; the
saddle that surmounts him came from Trenton,
N. J. the hat that on yonr head was made
in Danbury, Conn., the boots you wear came
from Lynn, Mass., the liuen in your shirt is
Irish, and Boston made it up ; your broad
cloth coat is of Lowell manafacture, and was
cut in New York ; and if to-day you surren
der what you owe the " dauiucd uorth," you
would sit stark naked."—lJ endall Phillips.
MOSEY.—Mouey is a queer institution It
buys provender, satisfies justice, and heals
wounded honor. Everthing resolves itself
into cash, from stock jobbing to building
churches. Childhood craves pennies ; youth
aspires to dimes; manhood is swayed by the
mighty dollar. The blacksmith swings the
sledge, the lawyer pleads for his client aud
the judge decides the question of life and
death for his salary. Money makes the man ;
therefore the man must make the money, if he
be resjiected by fools ; for the eye of the world
looks through golden spectacles. It buys
Brussels caqiet, lace curtains, gilded cornices
aud rich furniture, and builds marble mansions.
It drives ns to church iu splendid equipages
and pays the rent of the best pew. It buys
silks aud jewelry (or my lady—it commands
the respect of gaping crowds and insures obse
quious attention. It enables us to be charita
ble, to send bibles to the heathen, and relieve
domestic iudigcuce. It gilds the ragged scenes
of life aud spreads over the rugged path of ex
istence a velvet carpet soft to our tread : the
rude scenes of turmoil are encased in a gilt
frame. It bids care vanish, soothes the an
guish of the bed of sickness, stops at short of
nothing save the grim destroyer, whose relent
less hand spares noue, but levels all rank and
mortal distinction, and teaches poor, weak
humanity that it is but uust. Thns wealth
pauses on the brink of eternity ; the beggar
and the millionaire rest side by side beneath
the sod, to rise iu equality to answer the final
man who has a just sense of his own value,
will sport with his character. A watchful
regard to his charater in early youth, will be
of iuconeievable value to him in all remaining
rears of his life. YY hen tempted to deviate
from strict propriety of deportuieut, he should
ask himself, " Can I afford this ? It is of ele
vated mind ; for this is the foundation of a
good character. The mind, in order to be
kept pure, must be employed in topics of
thought which are themselves lovely, chastened
and elevating. Thus the miikl has, iu its own
power, the themes of meditation. If youth on
ly knew how durable and how dismal is the
injury produced by the indulgence of degrad
ing thoughts—if they only realize how fright
ful are the moral depravities which a cherish
ed habit of loose imagination produces—
thev would shua them as the bite of a uriKLt
[From the Lewisburg Chronicle.]
Useful Receipts.
Bleeding of the nose. —Elevating the right
arm aud keeping it in that positiou for some
time, will stop bleeding at the Dose, according
to Dr. Negrier, a French surgeon.
Hiccups. —Hold up high above your head
two fingers of your haud, lean back in your
seat, and opening your mouth and throat so
as to give free passage to your lungs, breath
very long and softly and look very steadily at
your fingers, and it will cure your hiccups iu
less than two minutes. A traveler on the
railroad from Cumberland and Baltimore, who
was nearly " worn out with suffering" from
hiccups, and could get no relief from a physi
cian to whom he applied, was cured in this way
by a stranger in the cars, iu less thau two min
utes by the watch.
Cough. —YY T henever a conghi ng spell comes
on you, take a spoonful of the syrup of a
quart of molasses,containing a lump of alum of
the size of a hen's egg and simmered over the
fire in an earthen vessel till the alum is dead.
Cold. —Abstain from all tood for a day or
two, aud drink cold water freely, aud your cold
will be gone. This is the simplest aud most
effectual remedy yet known .
Inf amotions. —A snow ball wrapped in a
piece of cloth, or a rag dipped in cold water
aud applied to any iuflamatiou or swelling ari
sing from a fall, cut, bruise, or cold settled in
the part, will reduce the iuflamatiou quicker
than all the camphor, spirits, and other hot
stuffs you can apply.
J lea da chs, Vomiting, and Pain of the bowels.
—lnto a tumbler two-thirds full of hot water,
put oue teaspoonful of ground ginger, one of
brown sugar, a piece of butter about the size
of a walnut, aud half a spoonful of soda, and
drink it warm. This is a sure and rapid cure.
A cloth dipped iu cold water and applied to
the head, will also cure the headache wheifthe
stomach is not disordered. So au occasional
table spoonful of strong hot coffee, without
sugar aud milk, will also relieve the vomiting
peculiar to cholera morbus aud cholera infan
Sprain. —A poultice of wheat or rye bran
and vinegar will soon reduce the iuflamatiou
produced by a sprain.
Fresh cuts and wounds. —An application of
New Eugland rum in which balm of Gilead
buds have beeu soaked in a bottle, it is said to
be the best cure in the world for fresh cuts aud
wounds. The buds must be gathered when in
their most gammy or sticky state, which con
tinues only for a few days in spring. If a fin
ger, Ac. be cut off with a scythe, Ac., take the
piece off aud (if it js already pale aud cold)
wash it in warm water—this done, pat it to
its place by sewing and bandages, and it will
grow fast and become sound again. This has
often been done—then be sure iu such cases
to " save the pieces."
Tooth Ache. —A few drops of hartshorn or
equal parts of alum or salt, applied to the cav
ity of the tooth in a bit of cottou or lint, will
often afford relief. Aud so will freshly slacked
liiue water, and warm and strong salted water
when held to the aching tooth.
Snake bites. —YY'hiskey, brandy, gin, or any
alcoholic liquor drank by the patient in smail
and oft-repqated doses, will neutralize and cure
the bite of rattle suakes, copper-heads aud oth
er snakes. So will a free application of spirit*
of turpentine to the bitten part. And so will
a plaster composed of salt stirred into the yolk
of a good egg until it is thick enough to form
a plaster. "The Wisconsin Fanner" says it
will ensure your life for a six pence, agaiust
the bite of a rattlesnake, if you apply this aud
egg plaster to the wound.
Bee, Wasp, Spider and other insects Bites.—
Rub the bitten part with spirits of turpentine,
or spirits of hartshorne, or pour on it a drop of
the liquor of j>otassia and it will affurd imme
diate relief.
Over-loaded Stomach. —The best remedy in
cases of extreme danger from the excessive eat
ing of too much fruit or any kind of food, is
said to be eating a good quantity of old cheese.
Goitre or Swelled At'eek. —YY*ashing the swell
ed part with brine or strong salted-water, and
drinking it twice a day, will, it is said, care it.
Hydrophobia or Bite of a Mad Dog. —Wash
the bitten part immediately with warm vinegar
or water, and after the wound is dry apply
thereto a few drops of muriactic acid, which will
nuetraiize and destroy the poison of the saliva
and enrethe bite. Au English Journal says
that an old Saxon has urged this remedy with
perfect success for the last fifty years. This
is the simplest remedy 1 have yet seen —let it
be tried.
Baldness of t the head. —Rubbing the head
once or twice a day with the surface of a raw
onion, till the roots of the hair are moistened,
wiil, it is said, prevent the hair from falling off.
Aud a mixture of brandy and sweet oil is said
to be very good for cleaning the hair aud ma
king it grow.
Tooth and Gums. —Washing the teeth and
gnms every morning with salt and water will
preserve them aud answer all purpose of the
costly deatrifiees used by" fashionable people.
Dr Johnson in his " Economy of Health" says
" The mouth should rinsed in hot water and
then immediately with cold every rooming
throughout the year. If this were regularly
done in infancy tiie dentist might shut his
shop 1 Others tell ns that the best article
for keeping the teeth clean is soap-suds made
ont of the purest white soap, for no other
soap should be used for this purpose.
Lightning. —Persons rendered insensible by
a stroke of lightning, may be revived by pour
ing cold water over the face aud bead.
Bod"smells, Infectu ns J-?-. —Dissolve a pound
of copjeras (six cents worth)Jin a gallon of
water, and sprinkle the water in your privy
and over your drains, ditches, Ac., producing
noisome smells, and it will speedily remove the
smell and make the air wholesome. If the
smell be very bad, double the quantity of cop
peras should be used, with as much ground j
plaster as will form a thin paste.
65?* What is the differancc between a Pu
seyite and a Baptist ? One uses wax caudles,
and the other d'ps
In the families of many of the nobility and
gentry of England, possessing au annual in
come which of itself, would be an ample for
tune, there is greater economy of dress and
more simplicity in the furnishing of the dwell
ing than there is in many of the houses of our
citizens, who are barely able to supply the
wants of their families by the closest attention
to their business. A friend of ours, who so
journed not long since, several months iu the
vicinity of some of of the wealthy landed aris
tocracy of England, whose ample rent rolls
would have warranted a high styie of fashion,
was surprised at the simplicity of manners
practiced. Servants were much more numer
ous thau with us, but the ladies made more
account of ono silk dress than would be thought
hereof a dozen. They were generally clothed
in good substantial staffs, and a display of fine
clothing and jewelry was reserved for great
occasions. The furniture of the mansions in
stead of being tnrned out cf doors every few
years, for new and fashionable styles, was the
same which the ancestors of the families for
several generations had possessed—substantial
and in excelleut preservation bat plain, and
without any prettnsious to elegance. Even
the carpets, ou many suits of parlors, had been
on the iloors for fifty years, and were expected
to do service for another half century. With
us how different is the state of things ! YVe
are wasting au amount of wealth iu this coun
try, ou show and fashion, which if rightly ajc
plied, would renovate the condition of the
whole population of the world, and Christain
ize, civilize aud educate, all mankind.— Calen
[From Chambers' Edinburg Journal.]
On the subject of the scarlet fever, which
has lately been extraordinary havoc among
old and young, the following useful observa
tions occur iu a small tract intended for pop
ular dissemination by Mr. R. Pairman, surgeon,
Biggar :
After referring to the value of thorough
ventilation, light, and cleanliness, in order to
disinfect clothes and apartments from the in
visible air-poison exhaled from the sick, the
author proceeds : It is important to know
regarding infection, that when not destroyed
or dispersed in the sick-room, it attaches it
self aud adheres with great tenacity to all arti
cles of furniture—chairs, tables, drawers, Ac.,
nestling in their innumerable pores ; and unless
these articles be scrubbed with a solution of
chloride of lime, or exposed to a strong heat,
or a free current of air for several hours, it
may again become evolved, more virulently than
'at first, after the lapse of many weeks. But
! it chiefly adheres to cotton and woolen mate-
I rials. The patient's body-clothes and blankets
1 become saturated with it, like a sponge with
water. And iu airing these materials, a mere
passiug breeze is nut always sufficient to carry
it away. A genteel country family lately re
lated to me that a few years ago they Lad an
occasion to reside some time fu Edinburgh ;
while there, one of the domestics became affect
ed with fever of a j>eculiar type. After her
recoverd, the bed-clothes—as was tLought—
were sufficiently aired, packed up, and convey
ed home along with the family. Through
some inadvertence, they remained for four
months thus folded up ; after which being re
quired for use, they wereopenedcut and wash
ed. YY'ithin a week, the person who washed
them became attacked with the same type of
fever, though none was prevailing in the dis
trict at the time ; so that infection thns im
prisoned in a blanket, or anywhere else, aud
not exposed to any current of air, seems uot
ouly quite indestructible, but. while tlins con
fined, probably grows in virulence every day.
Thus the infection of plague—which is just a
form of typhus fever —has been packed up in a
bale of cotton, and after beingcouveved many
hundred miles, struck with instant death the
]>erson who uulooscd it. The following cu
rious and dreadful incident, related by I>r. Parr,
of Exeter, shewing how p'ague was once dis
seminated iu an Euglish town, we extract from
Macaulay's Diet una ry of Medicine: "The
last plague which infected the town in which
we now write," says Dr. Parr, "arose from a
traveler remarking to his companion, that in a
former journey he had the plague in the room
w here they sat. "In that corner," said he,
"was a cupboard where the bandages were
kept : it is now plastered, but they are proba
bly there still." lie took the ]>oker and broke
down plastering, aud found them. The
disease tns soon disseminated, and v:as extensive
ly fetal?
The next point requiring notice is, that one
man may convey infection to another, while he
himself escapes the disease, borne year> 3go
I received a message from a much esteemed
and worthy miuister, requesting a visit to two
of his children. On arriving, I found them
ill with scarlatina ; j.nd as they i.a 1 b; th be
come suddenly affected a' the very same, hour
the previous evening, it was evideut that both
had simultaneously imbibed the poiso ous dose.
But the question arose : Where could they
possibly get infection ? for they had ever been j
carefully tended by their nurse, come in con
tact with nobody but menders of the family, j
and no fever of any description was prevailing
for several mile 4 around. At length the fath- I
er remembered that abuut a week before he
hail visited a little girl under a scarlatina in au j
adjoining parish : had, in the act of religious j
conversation, sat by her bed, taken her by the
hand, nibbed his clothes on the bed-clothes of
the patient—in a word, had quite unconscious
lv done everything likely to saturate his own
clothes with infection ; after which, the night.
being cold he wrapped his great-coat firmly
aronnd him—thu- inadvertently preventing its
dispersion—mounted his horse, and trotted
home at a rapid pace. On reaching home;
threw off his great-coat, drew in his chair to a
comfortable fire, and as any fond parent wnoki
be apt to do, forthwith got both of the child- j
ren perched upon his knee, little dreaming of.
the poisonous present a father's lore was uu- f
consciously bestowing Thai this wi: the
' mode of communicating the disease was evident
! by a process of exact calculation ; for the in
| fection of scarlatina lurks in the blood about
five days before the fever shows itself; and on
calculating five days back from the onset of
the fever, we were brought exactly to the time
when the incident occurred.
; If two pieces of cloth of the same material
the one black, and the other white, were in
! equal circumstances, and for the same length
I of time, exposed to infection, the black cloth
i would be far sooner saturated with it than the
j other. We have here something analogous to
the well-known law about the absorption of
heat. As dark objects absorb heat more pow
erfully than white ones, so do they also more
: readily absorb infection, and all kinds of smells.
| Ileuce the mere fumigation of closes and wynds
in epidemic seasons is not enough ; they are
: afterwards very properly whitewashed. Hence
I also the wholesomeness of light as well as air
in the dwellings of the poor, and of all those
measures of cleanliness and comfort which the
whiting-brush is able to impart. The haunt 3
of infection realize those conditions with which
childish fancy clothes the haunts of spectres. —
Dark and cheerless are its favorite dens.—
j The "bleezing ingle and the clean hearth
stone," it seems to shun ; but lurks and lingers
in the gloomy hovel, fattens on its diet, and in
the crevices of its smoked and dingy walls find
those most congenial nestling-places which it
j cannot find in the plastered, white-washed,
smooth, and shining walls of cleanliness. Its
fittest emblem is that mysterious plant the dead
ly nightshade, which loves the darkness: rather
, than the light, and luxuriates less abundantly
than in sunshine than in gloom.
COUNTERFEIT LIQUORS. — Interesting State
ment.—The London Times notices, in a list of
joint stock companies in Paris, formally saut
| tioned by the prefect of jxjliee, the name of
i the "General company of Fictitious or Coun
terfeit Wines." The company boldly state
. that no grape juice or alcohol is used, but do
not specify the ingredients. The article is sold
at from four to eight sous per quart, and the
company Las a capital of six million francs.-
These liquors are, of course, sold as genuine.—
i Our markets are flooded with ?purious liquora
and no ouc cun tell when he buys the genuine
j article. The Springfield Republican says,
! that au informant of that paper was on a visit
to a friend, a liquor dealer iu a western city,
and, in the space of an Lour, he saw himtrans
i form a barrel cf high wines into "pare French
: brandy." The barrel was stamped with tLe
custom Louse brand, and had all the appcar-
I ance of a sea voyage. The manufacturer
! poured in the basis of the ingredients (the high
| wines,) and then, having scented it with about
; two ounces of the oil of cognac, added a pail
i full of a compound which he had mixed froia
one bucket to another, and which was to give
jto it its taste and color. TLe component par's
j of this last mixture were absolute poisons, di
• rectly destined to sap tLe energy, and finally,
destroy the life of the poor victims to a habit
that leads them to the use of stimulant;.—
When such facts are taken into consideration,
there is no wonder that a prohibitive law is
demand for the suppression of the traffic.
ERRORS. —The little I have seen cf the world,
says Longfellow, and LLOW of the history of
j mankind, teaches me to look upon their errors
in sorrow, not in anger. When I take the his
tory of one poor heart that has sinned and suf
fered, and represent to my.-eif the struggles
and temptation it passed through ; the brief
pulsation of joy ; the tears of regret ; the fee
i bleness of purpose : the pressure of waut ; the
desertion of friends : the scorn of the world,
that has iitt'.e charity ; the dissolution of thu
soul's sanctuary and threatning voices within ;
health gone ; I would faiu having the erriug
soul of my fellow man with Him from whose
hands it came.
A SOI.EMN THOUGHT.— It has been observe 1
with much significance, that every morning
we enter on a new day, carrying an unknown
' future in its bosom. How pregnant and stir
! ring the reflection. Thoughts may h; boru to
I day which never extinguished. lloi>e may be
I excited to day which may never expire. Acts
| may be performed to dry, the conseqnence of
which may not be realized till eternity.
Sitting on a pile of lumber yesterday, a
couple of yawning loafers were talking jwh
! tics :
" Well, Joe," said oue, "when a fellow rum*
for Governor Le gets awfully abused don't
he V
" Yes," replied Joe.
" I wonder what they would say about me
if I was ruuniug ; I expect they'd say I stole
horses, ami didn't pay any l>oar>i "
" Yes," answered hU comrade, "and if they
should ask me about it, I would say it is
Joe was shoved off the lumber by the other,
and they both started down street to ring ;u
I for a lunch and a glass of the be-joyful."
fito?"Now anl then yon meet with a j*rsou
so exactly formed to please, that he wnl gain
npon every one that hear or beholds him : this
disposition is not merely the gift of nature,
bat frequently the effect of much knowledge
! of the world and a command over the passions.
fer" Gaiety is to good humor annual
perfumes to vegetable fragrance. The one
overpowers weak spirits, the other recreates
and revives them. Gaiety seldom fails to give
some pain : good humor boasts no faculties
which every one does not believe in his own
power, and pleases principally by not offend
ing _
BEST THSNG. —The best to give to your en
emy is forgiveness: to your opponent, toler
ance :to a friend, your heart; to your child,
a good example : to a father defueuce ; to your
mother, conduct that will make ber proud o
her son : to yourself, respect, to all men. cha;-
i*y : *c God. obed.euce