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Thursday Morning, February 17, 1859.
TO THE SKELETON OF A FOOT.
The following beautiful stauzns, which would not dis
e the pen of a Byron, appear to have been written on
in|T the articulated bones of a female foot in the window
, f :k .hinnable London bootmaker, to whom they were
0 tiesh'ess fragment of some female form !
Of nature's worknanship the last and best—
Which once.with life's mysterious fire was warm ;
What'impious hand disturbed thy place oi_rest,
And in a glassy slipper thee attired,
Loathed by the many, by'the few admired ?
The calm observers of the works of God
In thy anatomy his wonders trace
With purer leisure than, when silken shod,
The smirking fool beheld thy mincing pace.
And faultless symmetry, which made him sigh,
Though from thee now he turns.his ogling eye.
Let those whose folly seeks to draw a line
Of broad distinction between dust and dust,
Thv plebeian'or thy noble caste divine!
They cannot ; God immutable and just,
Alike to all heavenly images gave ;
lis nun that makes the monarch and the slave.
Perhaps thou once wert "cushioned iu high state
Amidst the circle of the drawing-room ;
Bnt no ! the bodies'of the proud and great
Are wont to rot in vault and marble tomb,
As if the bones of self-styled noble forms
Should be reserved for better sorts of worms 1
Perhaps thou trodst some humbler walk of life,
And wert from truth and virtue led astray
By one who thee the name of wife,
And praised thy symmetry, but to betray
The soul, confiding, innocent, and young,
That readily believed his liatt'ring tongue.
Thy perfect mechanism may have served
Some opera dancer fraught with every grace—
Save modesty—and with that courage nerved
Which quickly sears a young and blushing.face,
When oft submitting to the searching gaze
Of thousand eyes' midst thousand lights' full blaze.
And where's the soul that o'er thy frame once shed
The " poetry of motion ? " Who can tell
Into what realm the immortal part liath fled ?
Or if in misery or joy it dwell ?
Or'if each thought of all its earthly ties
Fades from the memory when the body dies.
lit ist cll aitto it s.
[Written for the Reporter.]
GLEANINGS FROM OLD TIMES.
F.ITTAI'HS —XO. 11.
A tombstone is a strange place for pnr.s, yet
we frequently find tlietu in epitaphs ; the fol
lowing is an example : the name of the chapel
in which the tombstone is found is All Hal
lows, Barking. A very singular uame for a
church, gentle reader !
'■ Hie situs exanimis Storki sub pnlvere Truncun.
Quem quandaui agnovit pastorem ccclc-ia fidem,
Ista suum nance sancta tenent habitarula sanctum
Ijuo maguivs pan ducit aves, O virunique magistrus.
Thy lifeless trunk, (t>. reverend Stocke.)
Like Aaron's rod, sprouts out again,
For why. this work of Piety,
Performed by some ol' thy Flocke,
To thy dead corps and sacred urn.
Is but the fruit of this old Stocke.''
The next is from All Hallows the Less, iu
" Jesu, that suffered bitter Passion and Peyn,
Have mercy on my soul. John C'huinberleyn,
And on my wives' two,
Agnes and Jane also.
The sayd John deceased the sooth for to say.
In the "month of December, the fourth day,
The yere of our Lord God reckoned full eevn,
A thousand, four hundred, fourscore and seven.
The sacred shades of St. Albans, in London,
give us the next. Poor Tom, he had to bear
the shame of rags when living, and leave when
dead, a ragged memory behind him.
" Hie jacet Tom Shorthose.
Sine Tombe, sine Sheets, sine Riches,
Qui visit .sine Gowne,
Sine Cloake, sine Shirt, sine Breeches."
The following inscription on the house where
tbe great fire began, which destroyed a large
portion of old London, in the year 1666, may
he interesting ; it is a kind of an epitaph :
" Here by the permission of Heaven, Hell brake loose up
on this Protestant city, from the malicious hearts of
barbarous papists, by the hand of their agent Hubert,
who confessed, and on the ruins of this place declared
the fart for which he was hanged, viz : that here lagan
the dreadful fire, which is described and perpetuated
on ami by the neighboring pillar, erected Anno 16*0."
The above is interesting from the peculiar
ity of style. The following epitaph is from the
old church of St. Albans in London. This
church was erected by King Alfred.
" Here lyeth marmorate under thys Hepe of Stoan,
Syr Harry Wever Aldyrman, and hys
1-ady Da me Joan.
Thus Worldly VVorecliypp and Honor
Hi Favor and Fortune, passyth Day by Day ,
Who may wythatand Ilea thy* Scliorne
When I'ych and Por lie cktsyeth in Clay."
Wherefore to God hertilie we pray,
To pardon us of our misdeeds
And help us now in our most need."
lo rne there is something very tender in the
quaintness of the above. Many might still
prav "hertelie" to be pardoned "for their mis
The singular composition of the following
epitaph justifies its insertion here, it was taken
from the common burial ground, without the
Briinmesehe Gate, at Leipsie in Upper Saxony,
u '8 written iu High German :
Profit and Lo*s Account.
- 1, fortunate end a | For Christ's in valua
pnze; to die well ble purchase and
JGhe best prize 100,0001 Ransom 100.000
'' Adam Blecksmidt's death, which shall happen
twenty-prat of October. Anno 1700,1, Jesus Christ,
to pay unto him this my only bill of exchange,
"'log purchased the value thereof through my merits ;
• lerelore lieiug satisfied witii his life and faith, I give him
u nia! happiucss through grace. JKSUS (JURIST.
ft is said, that the common people suppose
la t thalers are meant by the 100,000. But
e re is no representation of such coin. The
trader will have observed that this extraordi
nary hill of exchange is dated at the time of
" ! " h-inidi's birth, and made payable to him
THE BRADFORD REPORTER.
on the day of his death. Some may think the
above impious; but I would ask them this
question : Have you not heard ministers em
ploy figures in their discourses which, if close
ly analyzed, would not appear equally impious?
Doubtless, the above was written earnestly,
and irreverence by no means intended.
I will give the names of a few, who were
buried in old St. Pauls, in London. The
whole list would be interesting to the curious,
but would occupy too much space.
Erkenwaldus, the 111, after the Anglo-Saxon
invasion of Britan. Selba, king of the eastern
Saxons. Ethelred, king of the English, son of
kiHg Edgar William, confessor to king Edward.
Simon Burley. John Gandavensis, known as
John of Gaunt, son of Edward 111. Sir
Christopher Wreu, employed by Charles 11, to
lay out the city after the destructive fire of
1666. One epitaph from the Church ofSt.Seph
ulchre.in Loudon, and my allotted space is full:
" Milde Childe, Chaste Mavden, and religious Wife ;
The Even Crowues the Day, Jan .Essex, Death her Life.'-
The student of history will derive instruc
tion, as well as amusement, from the perusal of
these relics of the past. They are the little
index marks on the scale of human progress,
marking the gradual ascent of the world in
refinement, Sometimes humanity takes great
strides. Such a one it took in the age of Au
gustus. Another, when Constantinople was
taken by the Turks in 1454 ; at the destruc
tion of the Eastern Empire, ami the introduc
tion of art and new means of studying antiqui
ty into Italy by the Greeks, who took refuge
there. The period of time between the burn
ing of the bull of Pope Leo X, by Luther in
Wittemburg, 1520, the treaty of Westphalia,
in 1649, is another step. This latter so pro
digious, that the eyes of all coming generations
will look back to it. In government, wb
might cite the signing of Magna Chartar by
King John, 1215, and the passage of the lla
beas Corpus Act in the reign of Charles 11,
May, 1679. These are some of the giant
strides. They are visible even to the superfi
cial student of history. They tell us, perhaps,
with the exception of the latter two, very little
about social refinement. To take them as our
only standard, would be about as foolish, as to
judge of the character of the people of the
United States from its Congress. We must
visit the homes of the people. Be not content
with a seat in the Cabinet of a Richelieu or
Colbert, but likewise rest beneath the honey
suckle porch of the peasant's cottage. We
must look as they looked on life, and most of
all on death, ere we stump their character on
them. For example, I have found three minor
sources of information with regard to En
glish social history. The drama, citizen 'ifc
in London, English graveyards and churches.
To see how slowly the popular taste was puri
fied, read the old plays from Gammer Gurton's
Needle up to the Macbeth of Shakespeare. To
trace the progress of household comfort, regard
for health, formation ot public libraries, peruse
the old histories of London. Last, but not
least, to get right to the heart of things, go
I into a great churchyard, remove the decayed
leaves and the long grass, bend down and read.
While silence is around you read what the dead
give you, and surely you will go out again into
the ceaseless care and tirmoil of lite, knowing
more of the olden times, and, what is best of
all, your heart purified. E.
FIGHT BETWEEN ELEVEN HUNDRED HORSES.—
Southly, iu his History of the Peninsular War,
relates the following: " Two Spanish regiments
which had been quartered in Fnnun were cav
alrv, mounted on tine black long-tailed Anda
lusian horses. It was impossible to bring off
these horses—about 1,000 in number—and
Romano was not a man who conld order them
to he destroyed ; he was fond of horses himself,
and knew that every man was attached to his
beast, which had carried him so far and so
faithfully. Their bridles were therefore taken
off, and they were turned loose upon the beach.
A scene ensued such as was never before wit
nessed. They became sensible that they were
uo longer under the restraiut ol human power.
A general conflict ensued, iu which, retain
ing the discipline they had learned, they charg
ed each other in squadrons of ten or twelve to
gether, then closely engaged, striking with
their fore feet, and biting and tearing each
other with most ferocious rage, and trampling
over those who were beaten down, till the shore
in the course of an hour, was strewn with the
dead and disabled. Part of them had been set
free on rising ground at a distance. They no
sooner heard the roar of the battle than they
came thundering down over the intermediate
hedges, and catching the contagious madness,
plunged into fight with equal fury. Sublime
as the scene was, it was too horrible to be
long contemplated, and Romano, in mercy,
gave orders to destroy tlium. But it was found
too dangcrons to attempt this, and nfter the
boat had quitted the beach, the few horses
that remained were still engaged in the dread
ful work of mutual destruction."
NATURE AVENGES HERSELF. —What wreck
so shocking to behold as the wreck of a disso
lute mau —the vigor of life exhausted, and yet
the first step in a honorable career not taken ;
in himself a lazar-house of disease ; dead, but
hy a heathenish custom of society, not buried !
Rogues have had their initial letters burnt
into the palms of their hands ;cven for murder
Cain was only branded in the forehead ; but
over the whole debauchee or the inebriate, the
signatures of infamy are written. How nature
brands him with stigma and oppiobium ! llow
she hangs labels all over him to testify her dis
gust at his existence, and to admonish others
to beware of his example ! How she loosens
all his joints, sends tremors aloog his muscles,
and bends forward his frame as if to bring him
on all-fours with kindred brntes, or to degrade
him to the reptile's crawling 1 How she dis
figures his countenance, as if intent upon oblit
erating ail traces of ber own image, so that
6he may swear she never made him ! How
she pours rheum over his eyes, sends foul spirits
to inhabit his breath, and shrieks as with a
trumpet from every pore of bis body, behold a
beast !— Horace Mann.
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" RESARDLESS OF DENUNCIATION FROM ANY QUARTER."
Too Proud to take Advice.
A boy took his uncle down on Long Wharf
to see a new ship that lay there. His uncle
was an old ship master, and Harry was at
some paius to show him round, partly to show
him his own knowledge. There was only
one sailor on board, and as the visitors passed
and re-passed the batches, " Mind ye, mind ye,"
he said, "don't fall into the hold,or ye'dnever
see daylight again."
" There is no danger of my nncle," said Har
ry proudly, "he knows a ship from stem to
stern ; and I do too."
As thej came down the ladder and walked
away, "I was so provoked with that old salt,"
said lie; "he seemed to think we were know
nothing landsmen, with not sense enough to
keep from pitching into the first danger. I
wonder you should thank him for the advice,
uncle ; I was provoked."
" I should be very sorrv to take offence at
well meant advice," said the uncle. "Did you
ever lead about the Royal George, llarrv?"
" Von mean that big ship which foundered
one pleasant day iu some English harbor, and
all on board perished. I knoowsmething about
it ; but tell me more, uncle. How did it
" It was at Spithead, where the English
fleet were at anchor. The Royal George was
the flagship, and the Admiral Kempenfelt's
blue flag flouted from the mizzen. She was a
fine ship of a hundred guns She was abou;
ready for sea, when the Lieutenant discovered
that the water cock was out of order. It was
not thought necessary to haul her into dock
for repairs but keel her over until the damaged
part was above water and repair her there.
Keeling a ship, you know is making her lean
over on one side. A gang of men was sent
from the Falmouth dockyards to help the
ship's carpenters. The larboard guns were
run out as far as possible, and the starboard
guns iu midships, which made the ship keel to
larboard, so that her starboard side was far up
out of the water. The workmen had got at
the mouth of the water pipe, when a lighter,
laden with rum, came along side, and all hands
were piped to clear her. Now the port-sill of
the larboard side was nearly even with the
water before the lighter came alongside, and
when the men went down to take iu her casks,
the ship keeled more than ever ; besides, the
sea had grown rougher since moruing, washing
the water into the lower deck pirts.
The carpenter saw there was danger. He
ran to the second lieutenant, who was an offi
cer of the watch and told him the ship must
be righted. The lieutenant, angry that the
carpenter should nictate him, ordered him back
to his work. Growing every instant more con
vinced of the eminent peril of the ship,the man
went a second time to the officer, warning him
that all would be lost if the vessel was not
righted instantly ; but he only got a volley of
oaths for his pains. The lieutenant, however,
at last ordered the drummer to beat to quar
ters ; but, before the drummer had time to lay
hold of his drum, the ship keeled over a little
and a little more, and the men began to scram
ble down the hatchways to put the heavy guns
in their proper places. Alas, it was too late.
Men may begin their duty too late. Already
the water was rushing in ; she filled rapidly,
settled fast, and almost before help or rescue
could be thought of, down went the Royal
George, carrying her admiral, officers, men,and
many nobles and strangers on board, to the
nurub.r of a thousand souls, down, down, to a
watery grave, so awfuly sudden, that a few
only on the upper deck could save themselves.
And to perish on a fair day, in sight of land,
surrounded by a fleet of ships, all aggravated
the terrilde disaster. As un English poet,
Cowper, has it :
" It was net in the Battle :
No tempest (tave the shuck,
Khe sprung no fatal leak :
She ran upon no rock."
" Awful said Harry,shuddering ; " and to
have it owing to the pride of that foolish lieu
tenant. Too proud to take the carpenter's ad
vice ; that was the worst of all 1 suppose
you told it to me on that account. I thank
you, uncle. Oh, that poor lieutenant. His
own life, and the life of thousand others, staked
upon his feeling proud. lam sure it makes
the bible account of pride awfully true: "Pride
goelh before destruction, and a haughty spirit
before a full."
LEARN ALL YOU CAN. —Somebody has given
the following excellent advice, which is worthy
of being treasured up by everybody :—" Never
omit any opportunity to learn all you can.—
Sir Walter Scott said, even in a stage coach
he always found somebody to tell him some
thing he did not know before. Conversation
is generally more useful for the purpose of
knowledge. It is, therefore, a mistake to be
morose or silent, when you are among persons
whom you think ignorant, for. a little sociabil
ity on your part, will draw them out, and they
will be able to teach you something, no matter
how ordinary their employment. Indeed, some
of the most sagacious remarks are made by
persons of this description, respecting their pe
"Hugh Miller, the famous Scotch geologist,
owes not a little of his fame to observations
made when he was a journeyman stone mason,
and worked in a quarry. Socrates well said
that there is but one good, which is knowledge,
and but one evil, which is ignorance. Every
grain of sand helps to make a heap. A gold
digger takes the smallest nuggets, and is not
fool enough to throw them away because he
hopes to find a huge lump some time. So in
acquiring knowledge, we should never despise
an opportunity, however unpromising. If there
is a momeut's leisure spend it over a good book
or instructive talking with tbe first person you
A waggish hnsband recently cured bis wife
of diver Ills in this wise : He kissed the ser
vant girl one morning, and got caught at it.—
Mrs. J. was up in an iustant. She forgot all
her complaints, and the man of the house de
clares that lie has never had to pay a cent for
The "Poison Wind."
A Russian nobleman, who has been travel
ing in Africa, gives the following account of
the Samieli, Simoon or poison Wind, which is
such an object of iuterest and terror to all
classes and all nations. He says: "The
Samieli is felt in the desert from about the
middle of June to the 21st of September. It
is experienced with a very violent South-west
wind, and on those days when the heat of the
KUII is most ardent. It is burning ; it comes
in gusts more or less scorching, of moro less
duration ; each of them, however, even the
shortest, exceeds the time that a man could
hold his breath. The wind consists in a suc
cession of burning and cool gusts. In the first,
there is a double degree ot beat and impetuosi
ty. The difference between the hot and cold
gusts according to my observation is from 7
to 10 degrees. The highest degree of hot
gusts was 73 degrees of Farenheit, the tem
perature in the sun, without the Samieli, hav
irig been constantly from 53 to 57 degrees. I
thought I could observe that when this wind
blows, a yellowish tinge, iucliuiug to be livid, is
diffused through the atmosphere ; and that, in
its most violent periods, the sun becomes of a
deep red. Its odor is infectious and sulphur
ous ; it is thick and heavy, and when its heal
increases, it almost causes suffocation. It oc
casions a pretty copious perspiration, partly
excited by the uneasiness which one feels, and
the difficulty with which one breathes, on ac
count of its fa'tid quality. Tills perspiration
appears to be more dense and vicious than the
natural perspiration ; the wind itself deposits
an unctious fluid. The better to examine its
qualities and its nature, I opened ray mouth to
inhale it ; the palate and throat were instantly
parched. It produces the same effect when in
haled through the nostrils, but more slowly.—
To preserve one's self from it, and keep the re
spiration more free, it is usual to wrap up the
face with a haudkerchief. In passing the tissue,
it loses a part of its action and of its destructive
principle ; and besides, the breath keeps up a
degree of humidity, and hinders the burning air
from suddenly penetrating into the mouth and
lungs. The Arabs therefore, are accustomed,
whatever the heat may be, even in the shade,
to wrap the whole body, not excepting their
head, in their mesehlah, (cloak,) if they desire
to sleep. This wind causes, by the rarefaction
that attends it, a pretty strong agitation in the
blood, and this increased movement soon brings
on weakness. It in general, produces on man
two effects distinctly characterized. It strikes
him mortally with a kind of asphyxy, or causes
him a great debility. The corpse of a person
so suffocated, has this peculiarity, that in a few
days, or even hours, as some Arabs affirm, the
limbs separate at the joints, with the slightest
effort, so powerful is the action of the poison
on the muscular parts, giving an astonishing
activity to the progress of putrefaction. Such
a corpse is reported contagious. I know noth
ing as terrible as this wind ; 1 felt it almost
continually in the desert, bating some interrup
tions, one of which wasfor three days and three
uights successively. My interpreter, Mr. Rossel,
was struck by it, but escaped death by ajdischarge
of blood. That which confirms what I have
said of the separation of the limbs, is that hav
ing been struck by this air, I was affected for
some weeks with an extreme weakness ; and
whenever the least warm wind blew oil me, I
felt a great faintness, and perceived iu my joints
a relaxation of the muscles.
The dangers of this wind is guarded against
by inhaling the fumes of good vinegar, and
covering the face with the handkerchief. 1
asked the Arabs if lying down on the ground
was a preservative against it ; they assured
me it was not, I should be inclined myself to
think it prejudicial."
FEMALE BEAUTY AND ORNAMENTS. —The Pe
ruvian ladies wear a heavy ring suspended
from the nose—sometimes two rings, of gold
or precious stones. Some invidious traveler—
no doubt an old bachelor, has remarked that
" they never perform the very useful and salu
tary operation of blowing the nose." The ring
being there prevents it.
Iu China beauty is characterized by small
feet, ami long thin eyebrows, and small round
eyes. The Chinese belle, in addition to these
personal charms, tops herself off with a bird
of copper or gold, according to rank. The
spreading wings fall over the front of the head
dress and conceal the temples,and the tail forms
a beautiful tuft of feathers behind.
The Myantses carry on their heads a light
board, about six inches broad, and twelve or
fifteen inches long, sealed to the hair with wax.
Their country being woody, they not unfre
qnently become entangled by the head dress
among the bushes. When they "comb" an
hour must be taken to melt the wax ; but this
operation, we are told, is performed but once
or twice a year.
SELF INFLICTIONS. — It is a fact as trie as
the sun shines, that nine tenths of all the mis
eries which humanity is groaning under are
self-inflicted. People are terribly bent cn ma
king themselves miserable. They go out iu
cold stormy weather thinly clad, with no care
to their feet, when they know the result of
their imprudence may bring fever and perhaps
consumption ; they will venture on the railroad
and get smashed, when they are continually
reminded to " look out for the engine when the
bell rings ;" they will eat hot suppers late at
night and imbibe bad liquors when they are
perfectly aware of the execrable feelings that
must follow, and, in short, expose themselves
to all sorts of evil conseqneuces, which a little
caution and forethought, in a majority of cases,
could have prevented. The common saying,
that one must live twice to know to live once,
is quite true.
A SPEAKER enlarging upon the rascality of
the devil, got off the following :
" I tell you that the devil is an old liar ; for
when I was about getting religion, he told me
that if I did get religion I could uot go into
gay company, and lie and cheat, or any such
thing, but I have found him out to be a great
A DESTRUCTIVE WEAPON. —it seems a par
adox. but it is nevertheless a fact, that the
more deadly and destructive war is made, the
greater economy of human life ; the more cer
tain the missle, the fewer the number on the
death roll. Gunpowder with musketry and
cannon destroyed the use of oefensive armor,
yet battles are gained with less loss of life
than in the days of the long-bow, cross-bow,
and the deadly hand-to-hand encounter
These considerations must be our excuse, on
the ground of humanity and true patriotism,
for calling most forcibly the attention of Gov
ernment to a very important implement of war
fare We do so the more earnestly, as we be
lieve it will afford us a means of improving our
The failure of the Lancaster shell makes it
doubtful, if we succeed in manufacturing rifle
cannon, whether they could be applied to any
thing but the propulsion of round shot. To
increase the deadly nature of our round shot,
with the same instrument, we divided our shot
into parts, or contrived to burst it into frag
ments among our adversaries. Seeing that we
cannot rifle our cannon, because of the mass of
metal we have to deal with, Sir Charles Shaw,
the author of the in vent ion which we now pro
ceed to describe, proposes to divide our can
non itself as well as the shot. He replaces the
field piece, cannon or howitzer, by a row of
rifle-barrels, twenty-five in number. These are
accurately placed on the same level, each bar
rel diverging slightly from the central, and so
that the volley of rifle bullets discharged by
barrels will cover a width of about five yards
at a distance of eight hundred yards. Sir
Charles Shaw's rifle battery is indeed a repro
duction of Fiescbi's infernal machine,'placed on
wheels, and made far lighter and more mana
geable than a light brass-uine-pounder gun.
This implement, therefore, may be regarded
as a rifle cannon divided into twenty five por
tions, as destructive as grape or canister shot
at five hundred yards; the Slirapnell shell at
eight hundred yards ; with its deadly aim ex
tended as far as the rifle can reach. Conceive
a battery of horse artillery, with four of Sir C.
Shaw's infernal machines substituted for their
guns. The rifle battery is equal in effect to
twenty-five rifles deliberately aimed, not from a
man's shoulder, but from a fixed rest. It is
no exaggeration, therefore, to regard one rifle
battery, manned by three riflemen, as u fair
equivalent for a company of soldiers firing from
the ranks.— London JVeics..
WISDOM IN LOVE MAKING. — I know that
men naturally shrink from the attempt to ob
tain companions vvlio are their superiors ; but
they will find a really intelligent woman, who
possess the most desirable qualities, are uui
form!y modest, and hold their charms in modest
estimation. What such woroeu most admire
in men is gallantry ; not the gallantry of courts
and fops, boldness, courage, devotion, decision, '
and refined civility. A man's bearing wins ,
ten superior women where his boots and brains I
wins one. If a man stands before a women j
with respect for himself ar.d fearlessness of her,
his suit is half won. Therefore, never be
afraid of a woman. Women are the most j
harmless and agreeable creatures in the world
to a man who shows that he has got a man's
soul in him. If you have not got the spirit in
you to come up to a test like this, you have
not got that iu you which most pleases a high
souled woman, and yon will be obliged to con- !
tent yourself with a simple girl, who in a quiet
way is endeavoring to attract and fasten you.
But don't be in a hurry about the matter.
Don't get into a feverish longing about mar
riage. It isn't creditable to you. Especially
don't imagine any disappointment in love
which takes place before yon are twenty-one
years old will be of any material damage to you.
The truth is, that before a man is twenty-live
years old he does not know what he wants
ihraself. Sodou't be in a hurry. The more of
a man you become, the more manliness you be
come capable of exhibiting in your association
with women, the better wife you will obtain ;
and one year's possession of the heart and hand
of a really noble specimen of ber sex, is worth
nine hundred and nine-nine year's possesion of
a sweet creature with but two ideas in her bead,
and nothing new to say about either of them.
" Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of
Cathay." So don't lie in a hurry I say again
Vou don't want a wife now, and you have not
the slightest idea of the kind of a wile yon will
want by and by. Go into female society it you
can find that which will improve, but not other
wise. Vou can spend your tiinc better. Seek
the society of good men. That is often more
accessible to you than the other, and it is
through that mostly that you will fiud your
way so good female society.
How IT STRENGTHENED HlM. —Astndentof
one of our State colleges had a barrel of ale
deposited in his room—contrary, of course, to
the rule and usage. He received a summons
to appear before the President who said :
" Sir, I am informed that you have a bar
rel of ale in your room."
" Yes, sir."
" Well, what explanation can you make ?"
" Why, the fact is, sir, that my physician
advises me to try a little each day as a tonic ;
and not wishing to stop at the various places
where the beverage is retailed, I concluded to
have a barrel taken to my room."
" Indeed ; and have you derived any benefit
from the use of it ?"
" Ah, yes, sir ; when the barrel was first
taken to my room, two days since, I could
scarcely lift it; and now 1 can carry it with
the greatest ease." The witty student was dis
charged with a special reprimand.
A DOCTOR np town gave the following pre
scription for a sick lady a few days ago : "A
uew bonnet, a cashmere shawl, and a pair of
gaiter boots?" The lady recovered immediate
J ONES says he hates to see women bnying
furniture at auction. The prettiest of them
look ugly—their counteuauces are so for-biu
VOL. XIX. —NO. 37.
WHITTIKH ON SOCIAL AMUSEMENTS—I do
not believe in tin* propriety of leaving the
young to the unrestricted ami unregulated ex
ercises of their love for recreation and social
enjoyments ; nor, on the otlier hand, do I be*
lieve in tlie wisdom or practicability of its en
tire repression and crushing out. But do I be
lieve in such a combination of authority and
sympathy, of wise restruint where necessary,
and general encouragement and guidance,with
in proper limits ; as maybe made, nnder Him,
who can alone give success to human effort, an
important menus of promoting the teinjieranca
and moral health of the young and inexperi
enced. I would throw open, as far as possible,
to this class, the curious and beautiful in art,
science and literature, the telescopic revelations
of astronomy, the wonders of geology, the
lithography of the eternal finger on the primal
formations. I would open to them new sources
of enjoyment in the study of natural history and
botany, show them the almost magical results
of experimental chemistry. I would give theua
every opportunity to listen to lectures and dis
conrces from variously-gifted orators and
I would encourage reading circles; heathful
sports and exercises and excursions amid the
serene beauty of nature, so well calculated to
exalt the mind towards that which St. Augus
tine speaks of as the
"Eternal beauty always now and always old."
I would promote libraries and debating clubs;
whatever, in short, promises to unite social en
joyment with the culture of the mind and heart
and the healthful derelopement of a sound mind
in a sound body. I do not undervalue other
instrumentalities, especially the higher ones of
a religious nature. But, at the same time, I
believe that a cheerful, social Christian is better
than a sour ascetic one. That good old Puri
tan, Richard Baxter, used to regret bis own
melancholy and gloomy temperament, arising
mainly from bodily infirmity, and in the latter
part of his life strove to introduce a more
cheerful disposition among his religious friends.
" True religion," he says, " is not a matter
of fears, tears, and scruples ; it doth principally
consist in obedience, love and joy."
For myself, so far from advocating laxity of
moral discipline, I strongly deprecate the li
cense and weak indulgence which prevails at
the present time. I believe in law and order
—parental authority ; the unescapble repousi
bilities of the adult members of society in re
spect to the younger. But wisdom is profita
ble to direct; and it is by no means wUe to
disregard, even for a good object, the natural
laws which govern mind and matter. Unnatu
ral repression in one direction is sure to lead a
corresponding protuberance of deformity in
another. The folly of the Flathead ludian
mother who binds with bark the forehead of
her child until the frontal portion of the head
is forced backward in idiotic prominence, finds
a. parallel in all ffurts (or moral reform with
which overlook the great laws of our being.
UXIVKBSALTTY OF THE IL)EA OF RKLIOIGX
If there be in man's heart a sentiment which
is unknown to all other human beings, and
which always manifests itself, whatever may be
bis position, is it not likely that this seutiuieut
is u fundamental law of his nature?
Such is, in our opinion, the religions senti
ment. Savage hordes, barbarous tribes, na
tions enjoying the full force of the social state,
those which are languishing in the decrepitude
of civilization—a'.l demonstrate the power of
this indestructible sentiment.
It triumphs over a I interests. The savage
to whom fishing or the arduous chase furnishes
an insufficient subsistence, consecrates to his
Fetish a portion of that precarious support.—
The wart.ke colony lays down its arms to unite
at the foot of the altar. Free uations inter
rupt their deliberations to invoke their gods in
temples. Despots grant their slaves days of
intermission for the same purpose.
The passions, as well as interest are submis
sive. When suppliants embrace the knees of
sacred statues, vengeance is hushed, hatred is
calmed, man imposes silence silence upon his
most imperious desires. Pleasure is interdict
d. lov." abjured, and he precipitates himself
upon suffering and death.
This sentiment is, however, associated with
all our needs and all our desires. The citizen in
vokes the Deity in favor of his country ; the
lover separated from the object of his love,
! confides her to the superintending care of
Providence. The prisoner's prayer pierces
the wails of his dungeon ; the tyrant upon
his trone is disquieted, harrassed by invisible
power ; lie can scarcely reassure himself in
imagining tlieiu mercenary.— Comtant dt U
DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS — I one me on
the sea shore, said the eastern poet Sadi, a
pious man, who had been attacked by a tiger,
and was horribly mutilated. He was dying
and suffering in dreadful agonies. Neverthe
less, his features were calm and serene, and
Iris physical pain seemed to be vanquish by
the purity of his soul. "Great Go I," said fie,
" I thank thee, that I am only suffering from
the fangs o: a tiger and not from remorse."
A REGENT traveler gives an account of a
very curious mode of trying titles to land, as
practised in Hindoos?an. It seems that con
testing parlies, in certain eases of appeal, dig
two holes in the disputed piece of ground, in
one of which the lawjer on either side putsono
of his feet. Their positions being thus arrnpg
e I, they arc expected to remain tli -re until on
of them becomes tired, or is obliged to give
out from being stung by the insects ; in which
ca-e the client of the exhausted advocate is de
feated. A cote in pom ry remarks, that the case
is somewhat different in this country—as, here,
the lawyers dig the pit, and the clients put
their feet iuto it.
A D r ws' east editor has got such a cold In
his head, that the water freezes on his faoo
when he undertakes to wash it.
WHY is an overloaded gun like an office
holder ? Because it kicks mightily when dis