Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, August 13, 1857, Image 1

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TOWANDA: fltormnn, ngnst 13. 183?.
ji,ev tell me, lore, that you mJ I
Oar happiest days are seeing,
While vet is shut from either's eye
The change that waits on being ;
Ah! life, they say's a weary way,
With less of joy than sorrow,
y„r where the sunlight falls to-day,
There'll lie a shade to-morrow.
If ours be love that will not bear
The test of change and sorrow.
And only deeper channels wear
In passing to each morrow ;
Then better were it that to-day
We fervently were praying.
Tlut what we have may pass away
While we the words were saying.
The heart hath depths of bitterness,
As well as depths of pleasure.
And those who lore, love not unless
They toth of these can measure.
There is a time, and it will come.
When this they may discover,
And woe if either then lie dumb
To power that moved the lover!
TV.e are some sporta where each will fall,
Ami each will need sustaining ;
And rfiU'-ring is the lot of all.
And is cl God's ordaining ;
Then wherefore do our he-arts unite
In bonds lbs; roue can sever.
If not to bh-s, Mcb -changing light,
Vnd strengthen each endeavor '
" i whii these happy days we bless,
' ;s no dmilg be !wir.g ;
i. ■mercy never will he less,
Ti; ■ igh he should change tie showing ;
> h is- our faith as on we tread.
Each trtistiag Jtnd obeying.
A ! two who by his hand are led.
And hear what he is saying.
ill i s 1111 unco us.
A correspondent of the San Francisco Bulle
• the celebrated "Big Tree Grove,"iu Gal ave
rs county. California :
We arrived at the hotel about sunset, and
i aud a large compauy already collected, ea
g :to engage iu the dauce of the eveniug.—
pery preparation had been made by the pro
prietor. Mr. Hayncs, for a grand time. Be-
I revu the hotel and the base of the Big Tree,
. 'Vie spring tloorhud beeu laid to dauce UJK>Q ; with the stump was covered with a large
i: or of evergreens, beautifully illuminated
.:h many caudles among the boughs. The
seme wus romantic and beautiful beyond de
scription. Here, fifteeu miles from any habi
tation. where but a few years ago nothiag but
v bowl of the wolf aud panther, or the still
iu re fierce whoop of the ludiau ever disturb
ed the long silence of nature, the wilderness
BOW echoed with the sweet note of merry mu
>o All seemed to enjoy the novelty of the
■ '.asion. free aud uurestrained from the cold
i rmai.tiesuf fashionable life We were some
'•-at wearied with the fatigues of our journey
frt there was
IX -i-yji till w.irn. when youth *n<l pleasure meet
'Wc the glowing hMir* with fiyicg feet."
The surface of the stump of the big tree is
* solid timber, and affords space for
t :ty-two persons to dance upon, being seveu
!; v.\ feet in circumference. Theatrical per
nnances have l>een given upou it by the
spin an laruily iu May, ISoo : also by the
tl Vasou family in the same year. It was
" i .;-covered by some hunters iu ISSO, whose
cuts were considered fabulous until ron
:by actual measurement. This proud
. monarch of the forest was destroyed bv
Hautord, who lias since taken a section
titty feet of the bark to New York and
: r - Ac ha met a just reward for his van
(■ by losing a tortuue in the enterprise.—
' rojuired the lalor of five men for tweutv
-7 days to cut the the tree down. This was
v by boring it with augers, aud theu saw
-1 - .e spaces between. It stood so perpeu
-1 uar tl ~t it required a we<ige and battering
® ' £ it to fall, after it was cut entire-
I: * 1 }>on its trunk, alvout one hundred
"rout its base, is situated a bar-room and
ru-p u a]|eys. exteudiug along its upper sur
guty cne feet affording ample room for
r more ailey beds, side by side.
A' tor a short rest, we hastened, the next
- ng, with much anxiety, to visit all the
.*'t> >? interest in the Grove. As nearlv
1 -be trees have already been described by
I shall uot consume time iu noticing
but only a few incidents connected with
.!t createst vegetable productions of the
At first sight the stranger can hardly
t eir massive grandeur—with truuks
" > x feet circumference, lifting their huge
' - ies three huudred feet towards the
' 5 It is only by comparing them with
>arrc*undiug pines, which are ten feet in
if 1r i a ~d then with those half that sixe.
V ;Q the eastern forest, would be consid
"• very large trees,) that, any just conoep-
I V be formed of their real magnitude.—
- *'.ber of the Forest;" who has long
bowed his "head to the dust," is still
V' T 3 ri " ns - His trunk is over thirty-
i T V 4 * 1 ; n diameter, and can be traced near
tandred feet here it was broken in
by falling on mother tree. Ac
: to the general tapper of other trees.
' - at progenitor must have been oTcr foor
.feet in ienglb. At the distance of
-aiidred aad fifty feet from the roots, we
T through a knot hole in a car
,eas' eight fact in diameter. The view
-•h seated upon the moss covered trunk of
T vaerab,e lather, -urrounded by a group
l * cut . T pi* 3 ! Joas sod daughters,
form one of the moat impressive scenes in the
forest. Near the "Father" is the famous
"Horse Back Hide," an old fallen trunk, one
hundred and fifty feet long, hollowed j out the
fires which hate in days past, raged in the
forest. The cavity is sufficiently large to al
low a person to ride through on horseback.—
Most of onr party, both ladies and gentlemen
enjoyed the remauce of performing this great
novel feat.
These mammoth trees resemble the cedar
very much, as is indicated by the bark and
leaf, and according to many botanists belong
to the family of Taxodiuius. They have justly
been named the Washington Gigantm, but ac
cording to two of the greatest English botan
ists, they are classified as an entirely new spe
cies, aud to gratify English pride and extend
the name of Waterloo they named them Se
uhin Wcllingtonia. There are niue-two large
trees of this family still standing. They meas
ure from fifteen to thirty feet in diameter, and
are from two hundred and seveuty feet high.
This pleasaut little valley in which the
grove is located contains about three hundred
acres of land, and in it—aside from the mam
moth trees, which will ever make the place
classical iu the future history of California—
there is much to interest and amuse lovers of
rural mountain scenery. The elevation being
nearly 4,500 feet above the level of the sea,
the air is always fresh, cool aud invigorating.
Through the valley there is a never failing
stream of water, gracefully meandering among
the trees ; aud the earth unlike the parched
plains below, is always moist and covered with
green vegetation all the summer. There are
luxuriant groves of young firs, cedars, dogwood,
and hazel, with a few scattering yew trees (of
which the Indians make bows,) forming to
gether a cooling shade under which the travel
er may sport and amuse, protected from the
burning rays of the noon-dav sua. The state
ly sugar pines, towering from two to thrie
hundred feet towards the clouds, like the as
pen, presents a gracefulness of form, and poe
trv of motion, while rocking their boughs in
the breeze, that none could look upon except
with interest aud delight. Through all the
Grove the proprietor, at great expense, has
cut fine walks and drives, thus enabling those
who do not wish to enjoy the manly sport of
climbing logs aud leaping brooks and ditches,
to enjoy the beautiful scenery upon horseback
or quietly riding in their carriages.
A short walk to a little eminence to the
right of the hotel gives a view of which is grand
beyond description. To the east are the peaks
of the Sierras, glistening in the eternal
snows of winter. Hundreds of feet below,
the Stanislaus, swelled by the melting snows of
the monntains, rolled rapidly through its wind
ing chanuel to the great "Father of Waters."
While to the south and west are parched and
burning plains of the great Sacramento and
Sau Joaquin vallays.
THE Fop DAGUEREOTYPED. —The following
portraiture is so true to life, that there is no
mistaking the character drawn :
" The fop is a complete specimen of an out
side philosopher. He is one third collar, one
sixth patent leather, one-fourth walking-stick,
and the rest kid gloves aud hair. As to his
remote ancestry there is some doubt : but is
now pretty well settled that be is the son of a
tailor's goose. He becomes exstatie at the
smell of new cloth. He is somewhat nervous,
and to dream of tailor bills gives him the
nightmare. By his hair, one would judge be
had been dipped like Achilles : but evident
that the goddess must have held him by the
head instead of the heels. Nevertheless, such
men are useful. If there were no tadpoles
there would be no frog-. They are not so en
tireiv to blame for l>eing devoted to externals
Paste diamonds mnst have a splendid setting to
make them sell. Only it seems to be n waste
of {materials to pnt five dollars worth of bea
ver on five cents worth of brains."
GROWTH OF MIND. —We wonder, indeed
when we are told that one day wc shall l>e as
the angels of God. I apprehend that as
great a wonder has been realized already on
the earth. I apprehend that the distance be
the mind of Newton aud of a Hottentot may
have been as great as between Newton and an
angel. There is another view still more strik
ing. Newton who lifted his calm, sublime eye
to the heavens, and read among the pianets
and stars the great law of material universe,
was. fortv or fifty years before, au infant, with
out cue clear perception, and unable to
gush his nurse's arm from the pillow ou which
he slept. Howard, too. who, under the strength
of all sacrificing benevolence, explored the
depths of human suffering, was, forty years
before, an iufant, wholly absorbed iu himself,
grasping at all he saw. and almost breaking
bis little heart with fits of passion when the
idlest toy was with held. Has Dot man already
traversed as wide a space as seperates him
from angels ?— CkanniHg.
A KRXTCCKT GIRL. —When the Steamer
Alida was sinking from her collision with the
Fashion on Tuesday night and the passengers
iu coi.fusiou. some preparing to secure a safe
retreat from the sinking craft, and some in the
water making their way to laud, a young girl
of about seventeen summers was standing
on the guard intently contemplating the scene
and looking anxiously to the shore. A young
man. in the ntsh of gallantry, stepped up to
her, ami remarked, " Miss, if you will pot
yourself under my protectiou I will convey you
safely to shore." " Thank you," replied the
rating heroine. " but you need not trouble
Vourself lam ooly waiting for the crowd to
get out of the way. when I take care of myself
and reach the bank." Soon the crowd
cleared the space, and she swam to the oppo
site bank with apparent ease and without the
least perceptible fear.
AVTJQCTKT. —Too often a collector of val
uables thai are worth nothing, and a re
coHector of all that Time has been glad to
The Quaker's Corn-Crib.
A man had been in the habit of stealing
corn from bis neighbor, who was a Quaker. —
Every night he Would go softly to the crib, and
and fill his bag with the ears which the good
old Quaker's toil had placed there. Every
morniug the old gentleman observed a diminu
tion of his corn pile. This was very aunoying
and must be stopped—but how ? Many an
one would have said, "Take gun, conceal your
self, wait till he comes, and fire." Others
would have said, "Catch the villain, and have
him sent to jail."
But the Quaker was not preparad to enter
iuto any sucli measures, lie wanted to pun
ish the offender and at the same time bring
about his reformation, if possible. So he fixed
a sort of a trap close to the hole through
which the man would thrust his arm in getting
the corn.
The wicked neighbor proceeded on his un
holy errand at the hour of miduight, with bag
in hand. Unsuspectingly be thrust his hand
into tiie crib to seize atl ear, when, lo ! he
found himself unable to withdraw it ! Iu vain
he tugged and pulled, aud sweated, and alter
nately cried aud cursed. His hand was fast,
and every effort to release it only made it the
more secure. Atter a time the tumult in his
breast measurably subsided. Ite gave over
his useless struggles, and began to look around
kim. All was silence and repose. Good men
were sleeping comfortably iu their beds, while
he was compelled to keep a dreary, disgraceful
watch through the remainder of that long and
tedious night, his baud in constant paiu from
the pressure of the cramp which held it. His
tired limbs, compelled to sustain his weary
body, would fain have sunk beneath him, and
his heavy eyes would have closed in slum
ber, but 110 ! there was no rest, no sleep for
him. There he must stand and watch the
progress of the uight. and at once desire aud
dread the return of morning. Morning came
at last, and the Quaker look out of his window
and found that he had "caught a man."
What was to be done ? Some one would
say, "Go out and give him a good cowhiding
just as he stands, and then release hiru ; that'll
cure him." But not so said the Quaker. —
Such a course would have sent the man away
embittered, and muttering curses of revenge.
The old inau hurried on his clothes, aud start
ed at once to the relief and punishmeut of his
" Good morning, friend," said he, as he came
in speaking distance. "How docs thee do ?"
The poor culprit made no answer, but burst
iuto tears.
" O fie !" said the Quaker, as he proceeded
to release him. "I am sorry that thee has got
thy hand fast. Thee put it in the wrong place,
or it would uot have been so."
The man looked crest-fallen, and begging
forgiveness hastily turned to make his retreat.
"Stay," said his persecutor, for he was now be
coming such to the offender, who could have
received a blow with a much better grace than
the kind words that were falling from the
tQuaker's lips. "Stay friend, thy bag is not
filled. Thee needs corn or thee would not have
taken so much pains to get it. Come, let us
fill it," and the poor fellow was obliged to
stand and hold the basr while the old man filled
it, interspersing the exercises with the pleas
antest conversation imaginable, all of which
were like daggers in the heart of his chagrined
and mortified victim. The bag was filled and
the string tied, and sufferer hoped soon to be
out of the presence of his tormentor, but again
his purpose was thwarted.
" Slav," said the Quaker. a the man was
about to hurry off, having uttered once more
his apologies and thanks. "Stay. Ruth ha 3
breakfast ere this : thee must not think of go
ing without breakfast : Ruth is calling "
This was almost unendnrable. This was
"heaping coals" with vengeance. In vaiu the
mortified neighbor begged to be exensed. In
vain he pleaded to be released from what would
be to him a punishment ten times more severe
than stripes and imprisonment. The Quaker
wa- inexorable, and he was obliged to yield.—
Breakfast over. "Now," said the old farmer,
as he helped the victim shoulder the bag, "If
thee needs any more corn, come in the day
time. aud thee shall have it."
With what shame and remorse did that gnil
tv man turn from the dwelling of the pious
Quaker ! Every-body is ready to say that he
never agaiu troubled the Quaker's corn-crib.
I have still better than that to teil
voa. He at once repented and reformed, and
my informant tells me that he afterwards heard
him relate in an experience-meeting, the sub
stance of the story i have related, and he at
tributed bis conversion, under God's blessing,
to the course the Quaker had pursued, to arrest
him in his dowuward course.
MODEL ConrrsHiP.—Robert Hall, the most
eloquent of Baptist clergymen "proposed" to
and married a servant girl, because he was
captivated by the manner in which she put
the coals on in replenishing the fire. Abbor
ing the nsnal long and tedious process of wooing
—that is burning for mouths with alternations
of love aud jealousy, if not, Roger De Covcr
lylike, sighing a life-time for some unrelenting
fair one—he brought thiDgs instantly to a cri
sis. "Betty do you love the lord Jesus Christ?"
"I hope I do." "Then Betty you must love
me," and falling on his knees, he begged her
to marry him. And married tbej were, and
lived most happily. What an enormous con
sumption of "the stuff life is made of," especial
ly of the precious * wee small hours ayant the
twal," might be avoided by the general imita
tion of this example, we leave statistician* and
political economists to calculate.
j®- There are some people, according to
Hazlitt. who are governed almost entirely by
an instinct of ac-sanfity. From irritability of
nerve, the idea that a thing is improper acts
as a provocation to it. The dread of some
thing wrong haunts and rivets their attention
to it : they lose their self-possession, and are
hurned into the very mistakes they are anxious
to avoid
A Lesson to a Scolding 1 Mother,
A little girl who had witnessed the perplex
ity of her mother on a certain occasion when
her fortitude gave way under severe trial,
said :
" Mother does God ever fret or scold ?"
The query was so abrupt and startling it ar
rested the mother's attentiou almost with a
" Why, Lizzie, what makes you ask that ques
tion ?"
" Why God is good—you know yon used to
call him the Good Man when I was little
—and I should like to know if he ever scol
" No, child, no."
" Well I'm glad he don't ; for scolding al
ways makes me feel so bad, even if it- is not
me in fault. I don't think I could love God
much if he scolded."
The mother felt rebuked before her simple
child. Never had she heard as forcible a lee
lure on the evils of scoldiug. The words of
Lizzie sank deep in her heart, and she turned
away from the innocent face of her little oue
to hide the tears that gathered in her eyes.—
Children are quick observers ; and Lizzie see
ing the effects of her words, hastened to in
quire :
" Why do you cry, mother ? Was it naugh
ty for me ask so many questions ?"
" No, love, it was all right. I was only
thinking how bad I am to scold so much,
when my girl could hear aud be troubled about
"O, no mamma, you are not bad ; you are a
good mamma ; only I wish there were not so
many bad things to make you fret and talk
like you did just now, It makes me feel away
from you so far as if I could not come near you
as I can when you smile and are kiud, and O,
I fear I sometimes shall be put off so far I
never can get back again."
" O Lizzie do not say that," said the mother
unable to suppress the tears that had been
struggling in her eyes. The child wondered
what could so affect its parent, but instinctive
ly seeiug that it was a case requiring sympa
thy, she put her little arms about her nei'k and
" Mamma dear, I do make you cry ? do
you love me ?"
"O, yes, I love you more thau I can tell."
replied the parent clasping the child to her
bosom. "And I will try never scold again
before my little sensitive child."
"O, lam so glad. I can got so near you
when you dou't scold ; and do you know
mother, I always want to love you so much."
This was an effectual lesson, and the mother
felt the force of that passage of scripture,
"Out of the mouths of babes have I ordained
strength." She never scolded again.
CALIFORNIA POETRY.— When from my room
I cLanced to stray to spend an Lour at close
of day, I ever find the place most dear, where
some friend treats to lager beer.— Sacramento
Ah ! yes, ray friend, of city life, sure such
a treat cures such a strife ; but better than
such a dose far, are pleasures of a fine cigar.
Placer IP raid.
Such pleasure may suit baser minds, bnt
with the good no pleasure finds ; we think the
purest joy of life, is making lore to one's own
wife.— I Clcano Ledger.
Most wise your choice, my worthy friend in
Hymen's joys your cares to end ; but we, tho'
tired of single life, can't boast of having our
own wife, and so when 'neath our cares we
faint, we fly to kiss some gal that ain't —yet.—
X ifti Reporter.
That *• lager beer " will bile provoke, while
" fine Havanas" end in smoke. To court
cue's wife is better far, than lager beer or vile
cigar. Kisses, the dew of Love's young morn,
break on the lips as soon as born. These all
are nought to that greatest joy—the first proud
glance at your first-born boy.— Evening Led
Tis true a boy's a wished for blessing, but
then suppose the first's a girl ! A dear sweet
child with ways caressing, ami pouting lips
and flaxen curl, with dimple cheeks and laugh
ing eye. to come and bid " papa " good bye !
So whether boy or whether t'other, embrace
the babe and then the mother ! Sun Iran
cisco Glebe.
ANECDOTE OF SHITFR.— As Sliuter, the cele
brated comedian was once travelling to the
north of England, the coach was stopped by a
highwayman. 011 Finch ley Common. His on
ly companiou in the journey was au old gen
tleman. who, to save his money, pretended to
be asleep. But Shuter resolved to be even
with him. Accordingly, when the highway
man presented his pistol, and demanded i?hu
ter to deliver his money, or he was a dead
man ; " Money 1" returned he, with an Idiotic
shrug, *Dd a countenance inexpressibly vacaut,
" Oh, Lod. sir. tbey neTer trust roe with any;
fcr nuncle, here, always pays for roe. turnpikes
and all, your honor !" V[<on which the high
way man gave him a few hearty curses for bis
stupidity, aroused the old gentleman, aud rob
bed him of every sh lling ; whilst Shuter hear
tily eojoyed the joke.
There are a very few original thinkers
in the world, or ever have been ; the greatest
of those who are cailed philosophers, have
adopted the opiuions of seme who went before
them, and so having chosen their respective
guides, they maintain with zeal what tbej have
thus imbibed.
6a?" A venerable young gentleman, four
years old. recently threw his maternal relative
into a fit of admiration by the following speech :
T like all kinds of cakes—pound cake,
sponge cake, and jelly cake, but I don't like
stomach ache."
We paint our lir:s in fresco Tbe
soft anl facile plaster of be moment hardcLs
tutder every stroke <>• tbe brush into eternal
LEATHER —In the production of the well-known
Russian leather, the hides to be tanned—
whether wet or dry—are first laid to soak for
three days and nights, in a solution of potash,
to which some quicklime is added. The pot
ash used is made of the common elm, which is
said to le preferable to any other, if not essen
tial ; it is not purified, so that is of a brown
color, and of earthy appearance. About four
buudred and thirty-two pounds of this and
seventy-two -pouods of lime, serve for one hun
dred skins. As they have no other way of as
certaining the degree of cauctity of the alkali
but by its effect on the tongue, when they fiud
it weak, they let the skins lie louger in the so
lution. When the skins are taken out, they
are carried to the river and left under water
for a day and a night. Next, two and a half
gallons of dog's ordure is boiled in as much
water as is enough to soak fifty skins ; but iu
the winter time, when the ordure is frozen,
twice that quantity is found necessary. The
skins are put into this solution when it is about
as Lot as the baud can bear, and in this they
remain on* day and one night. The skins are
then sewed up so as to leave no hole; in short,
so as to be water tight. About oue-third of
what the skin will contain is theu filled up with
the leaves aud small twigs chopped together
ofthe plant called bearberry, which is brought
from the environs of Soiikamskaga, aud the
skin is then filled tip with water.
Thus filled, they are laid oue on the other
in a large trough, and heavy stones upou them
to press the infusion through the pores of the
skin about four hours—the filling up being re
peated ten times successfully, with the same
water. They are theu taken to the river and
washed, and are ready for the dying—the whi
test si ins beiDg laid aside for the red and yel
low leather. The skius are softeued after dye
ing, by being harrassed with a knife, the
point of which curves upwards.
SOME Pi.orciuNG.—When we lived in Maine
said Uncle Ezra, I helped to break up a new
piece of ground ; we got the wood off in the
winter, and early in the spring we began to
ploughing on't. It was so eonsarr.ed rocky
that we had to get forty yoke of oxeu to one
plough, we did faith, and I held the plough
roore'n a week—l thought I should die It
e'euiuost killed me, I vow. Why one day I
was lioldiu', and the plow hit a stump which
measured just nine feet nud a half through—
hard acd sound white oak. The plough hit it,
aud I was going, straight through the stamp,
wheu I happened to think it might snap to
gether again, so I threw my feet out, and iiad
no sooner done so than it suapped together ta
king a smart hold of the eat of my pautaloons.
Of course I was tight, but I held on the plow
handles, and though the teamsters did all they
could, that team of eighty oxen couldu't tear
my pantaloons, nor cause me to let go my
grip. At last, though after letting the cattle
breathe, they gave another strong pull all to
gether, and the old stump came out about the
quickest. It had monstrous long roots too,
let me tell you. My wife made the cloth for
them pantaloons, aud I hain't worn any other
kind since.
The only reply made to this was, I " sho'd
have thought it would have come hard on your
" Powerful bard !"
do people seem more prone to commit blunders
than at a wedding. The following incident
actually happened in a neighboring town. In
the midst of witnesses, the clergyman had
just completed the ceremony which binds, in
the silver bonds of wedlock, two willing hearts,
and stretched forth his hands to implore the
blessing of heaven on the union. At this |>oiiit,
the groomsman seeing the hands, reached out,
supposed it was the signal for him to surrender
the marriage fee, which was burning in his
pocket. Accordingly just a the clergyman
closed his eyes ia prayer, he felt the pressure
of two sweet half dollars upon his palm®. The
good man hesitated, appalled by the hidier-ras
ness of his situation, but cooly deposited the
money in his pockets, and proceeded with his
A SAFE MAN TO INSIKF..—L>y a steamboat
explosion on a Western river, a passenger was
thrown unhurt into the water, ami at once
struck out lustily for the r-hore. blowing like a
porpoise ail the w bile. lie reached the bank
almost exhausted, and was caught by a by
stander and drawn out {mating. "Weil, oid
fellow," said his friend, "had a hard time,
eh?" "Ye-yes, pre-prettT hard, cousideriu'.
Wasn't doing it for myself, though ; was a
workin" for one o' them iusnrance offices in
New York. Got a policy on my life, and I
wanted to save ikem. I didn't care."
fcg"" A humorous old man fell in with an
ignorant and rather impertinent yonng minis
ter, who proceeded to inform the grmlcrnan.
in very positive terms, that he would never
reach heaven unless he was bora again, and
added, "I hare experienced that change, and
now feel no anxiety." '"And have TOO been
born again ? r ' said his companion. "Yes, I
trust I have."' , Well, r said the old gentle
man. eyeing him very attentively. "I shouldn't
think it would hurt you to be boru once
BRooorw, OVTBTEOTBLES. —Man doubles al!
the evils of his fate by pondering over them ;
a scratch becomes a wound, a slight an injury,
a jest an insnlt, a small pearl a great danger,
and a slight sickness often ends in death-brood
ing apprehensions.
COETDX'T HOLD OCT.—A girl who had be
come tire-d of single blessedness. wrote to her
intended, thus :
" Dear Jim. come rite eff if yoa'rc ramie'at
all ; Ed. Keidermau i= insistin" that I sha!
bare htm. and he hag* and k;ss rae so coo-
I ticwTfy that I an": held oot muck Icapr '
AMERICAS WINE?. —The American grapo
crop is becoming something of an institntion
in our country. In the Great West, especial
ly in Ohio and Missouri, thonsnnds of acres are
set apart for the cultivation of the Tine, and
large quantities of -wino are now manufactur
ed annually. It has been demonstrated by
numerous experiments-, that our tintiTe grapes
produce wines fully as good as the best impor
ted from abroad, and so well aware are the
people of Ohio and Missouri of this fact, that
most of them prefer their own to the best im
ported brands. Xo erop, we hare been in
formed, yields a more profitable return for the
care and labor expended upon it, than the
One acre produce? about four hundred gal
lons of juice, and the wine sells at a higher
price, the demand for it being greater than the
snpply This very circumstance, however, has
led to it adulteration in some cases, as liquids
have been sold for the pure native juice of the
grape which were but mixtures of logwood,
caramel, and a little native wine, to impart
its peculiar aroma to the whole. It is great
ly to be regretted tbat any wine mannfactnrer
should do such a thing ; but for all this theie
are a number of Ohio brands much prized by
those who have quaffed the juice of the grape
in sunny France, on the banks of the Rhine ai d
I>ouro. The brands of Mr. Veatman, of Cin
einatti, and some others, have very high repu
tation in the market.
The soil and the climate of several of our
States are very favorable for the cultivation of
the grape, and we think that not mauy years
hence, the importation of foreign wines will
cease entirelv.
In Missouri, a whole county is chiefly devot
ed to the raising of grapes, with the sole view
of manufacturing them into wine ; while a com
pany has been formed there, with a large cap
ital, to manufacture, bottle, store and sell it.
The wine made in Missouri is quite equal to
the best in Ohio. The vine-yards around Cin
cinatti are extending rapidly every year. One
horticulturist alone, as we learu from a cotcui
porary, sold one million of cuttings the present
Whenever a plentiful supply of good pure
native wine is obtained, it will supersede dis
tilled wine and nialteJ iiquors—beverages
which are now too commonly used.
LOST LUGGAGE —PeopIe in the United
States arc rather careless of their lives when
traveling, but they are a great deal more care
less of their luggage. Every railroad compa
ny has a depository, in which are placed all the
trunks, boxes, carpet bags, and parcels that
are not claimed by passengers, and these ac
cumulate with snrpris ng raj idity. Under the
law of New York, a!! such unclaimed articles
may be sold when they have remained on hand
more than a year, and the New York Central
Railroad Company announces sach a sale to
take place at Albany, on the 18th of Augost.
They advertise a list of no less than two thou
saud one hundred and six articles that had
accumulated daring the years of 1852, 1853,
1854, cud 1855. Iu these are comprised
trunks, boxes, chests, band boxes, hat boxes,
bags, bundles, and packages of these every
size and description. About one-half of these
are not marked in any way, while others are
only marked imperfect!; by initials or cij>hers
The aggregate value of these articles and their
contents must be many thousand of dollars.
On all the railroads of the United States
there must he auunaily some hjiudred- of thou
sands of dollars worth of jtr.-onal property
lost or abandoned in this way.
in his last great work. " The Testimony of
the Rocks*' etc., that there is earoe!j an ar
chitectural ornament of the Gothic or Grtc'an
styles, which may not be found as fossils exist
ing in the rocks. The Ilklendron, says Mr.
Miller, was sculptured into graofnJly arrang
ed rows of pointed and cicely imbricated
leaves, similar to those into which Roman ar
chitects frvtte<f thetorns of the Corinthian or
der. The Siggilliaria were fluted columns, or
nately carved in the line of the channeled
Antes : the Lepidodendra lxre, according to
their species, scnlptured scales or lozenges, or
egg-hollow?, set in a frame, and relieved into
knobs and farrows : all of them furnishing
examples of a delicate diaper woik, like that
so admired in onr mere ornate Gotbie buildings
such as Westminister Abbey, or Canterbury
and Chlr.che-ter Cathedrals, ordy greatly
more exquisite in their design and finish.'
Xo one can raise from the pengsal of Mr.
Miller's vulnme, without feeling coo viuccd that
it is one of the most interesting and erudite
contribution to scientific literature of modem
t mcs.
SivmrrrY —Our life is frittered away by
detail. Simplicity. simpbeity,simplicity ! I say
let yoar riff iir- le a< two or three, and not a
hundred, or a thossand : instead of a million
connt a halt dozen, and keep yonr accounts on
your thumb nail. lu the midst of thi® chop
ping sea of riTifiaed life, such are the cloud*,
and storms, ami quicksands, and thousand and
one items to be allowed for, that a man has to
lire, if he would not founder and sro the bot
tom, snd rot make h:< port at a!?, by dead
reckoning, and must be a great calculator, in
d> oil, who su>-eeeJ>.
of three meals a day, if it be necessary, cat
bat one ; instead of a hundred dishes, five ;
and reduce other things in proj>ort:on. Our
life is like a German confederacy, made up of
petty S*a:<;s. with its boundary for. ver flu'*-
taating .-o that a German cannot tell how it
is bounded at any moment. Oar nation it
self. with all so-caned interna! improvements,
which, by the way, are all external and su
perficial,is hist suvb an unwieldy ami overgrow
ing establishment cluttered with fumatorr,
ard tripped np by its own traps —rmned by
want of cnlcnlitiop and worthy aim, as the
million house holds in the land ; and the only
cure for it, as for them, is a rigid evon-Tiv a
stern an mere ?fcan Spa-tar r'ntplof l::e.
3"d elfvatiou -f purj>ose Jt 'u;*o:* i—.
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