Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, July 14, 1859, Image 1

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Thursday Morning, July 14, 1859.
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Again my father I do come
Unto thy hallowed house of prayer,
To sit in my accustomed place
With the dear people of thy care.
And as 1 gratefully recount
Tli}' mercies manifold to me,
Who am unworthy of the least,
This is my only cry to thee :
If I have anything of good.
Any least spark of light within,
That is not wholly darkened yet
By the great blackness of my sin ;
Oh patient aud long suffering Lord,
Descend in mercy from above,
And fan it to a living tlanie
With the soft breathing of thy love!
The noblest men I know on earth.
Are men whose hands arc brown with toil,
Who. backed by no ancestrial graves.
Hew down the woods and till the soil.
And win thereby a prouder fame.
Than follow king or warrior's name.
The workiugmen, wliatc'er their task.
To carve the stone or bear the hod—
They wear upon their honest brows.
The royal stamp and seal of God !
And brighter are the drops of sweat
Than diamonds in a coronet!
God bless the noble workingmen.
Who rear the cities of the plain.
Who dig the mines and build the ships.
And drive the commerce of the main,
God bless them, for their swarthy hands.
Have wrought the glory of ali lands.
28 isc ell ;t nr o 115.
My First Love.
That I was in love was a fact that did not
admit of a shadow of doubt. I deported my
self like a person in love ; I talked like a per
son in love ; I looked like a person in love,
and felt a person in love The affection
that hud taken possession of my youthful
iieart was no everyday one : 1 was sure ol
'hat. There were not words enough in the
English language to describe the height, depth,
length and breadth of its grandeur. It was
destined to be a grand accompaniment of the
uges yet to be ; a fixed principle throughout
eternity ; a planet of surpassing beauty iu tlie
broad heavens of home affections. My love
was returned ! —the strong yearnings of my
niueteen-year old heart went out in the direc
tion ot the most beautiful maiden in all
shire, and in return, sent the yearnings of her
heart out to meet mine. Twice a week, a> of
ten as the week came around, I went up to
the old brown home of Dr Stoddard to tell
his daughter my love, and as regularly listened
to a recital of its return from the red lips of
my charming Janet The good doctor made
merry at onr expense, and his jolly wife took
a wicked pleasure in constantly reminding us
of our youth. Janet was tortured by sly ref
erences to her play-house in the shed, her long
sleeved pinafores and pantalettes of six months
before : while I was offered, while the doctor's
wife wore a face of immovable sobriety, auold
coat of the doctor's for my mother to make in
to a dressing-gown for me.
We were, nevertheless, determined to be
married. We would steal slyly away from the
house while our cruel friends reposed in the
arms of Morpheus ; hie us. on " the wings of
love" to the nearest city ; Janet would be
come. in a moment's time. Mrs. Jason Browu,
aad 1. Mrs Jason Browu's husband.
At once we set out aboot making prepara
tions for this important journey Everything,
of course, must be conducted with the great
est secresy. At twelve o'clock I was to leave
my home stealthily, get my father's grey nag
noiselessly out of the barn and harness her,and
then proceed to Janet. Janet was to be wait
ing for me at her chamber window. I was to
1 lace a ladder at that same window ; she was
to descend that ladder ; we were to fly down
to the road through the old lane, to the spot
w I ere the horse was fastcued, aud then the
wind should not outrun us.
There was but one difficulty in the way. Ja
net • room was shared by her sister Fanny, a
litt o, mischievous, wicked creature of eleven
Kimmcrs, who, to use Janet's words, " was
awake at nil hours of the night." There was
cut one way for us if Fanny was aroused : she
i .st be bribed into silence. For that purpose
1 placed iu Janet's hand a round, shining sil
ver dollar. But Jauet needed assistance, so
<-i'.e concluded to make F'auny her confidant
the very forenoon before we started, and in
that case prevent all possibility of her raising
the hou-e by a sudden outcry.
Well, the long looked for, hoped-for, and
yet dreaded night arrived at last. Slowly its
. aden feet carried away the hours, and what
a *trange hcartful of emotions I bore np, as I
sat by my chamber-window, looking qut, as I
th mght. for the last time, upon the house of
oj father. The moon was out in ail splendor;
•" wa kind to me, lighting up, with her sil
v" touches, all the spots my eyes might wish
'o rest upon before I went out into the world
& wanderer. The broad fields lay out smooth
v ining before my gaze ; the fields iu
tt hich I had worked by my father's side since
1 *as a Utile boy—ah ! a dear, k:od father
he had been • (_\t this injuocture my throat
to swell.) I turned away from the win
It I could but see my mother once more!"
I exclaimed, nibbing my eyes with my coat
sleeve. "N'o ooe ever had a better mother
I have."
I sat down in a chair and sobbed ootright.
- looked a*oand for something to t&fce with
s mother's hand bad blessed with
her touch. There was a spinning wheel in
the room where I slept ; at the end of the
spindle hung a woolen roll. With my knife I
half cut and half tore it off, pressed it fervent
ly to my lips, and then placed it tenderly iu my
vest pocket. I had uot time to do more ; the
old clock in the kitchen warned me solemnly
that my ap|>ointed time had arrived ; and with
a slow, sad, yet noiseless step I left the house.
Once out iu the air my wonted lightness of
spirits returned. I consoled myself with the
thought that in a few years I should return
again, a strong, hea'thy, wealthy, respected
and influential man, an honor to my parents, a
blessing to my friends,aud the husband of Janet.
I have often wondered siuce, how I succeed
ed in getting away from the house with my
horse and cart without arousing any one. But
as good luck would have it, I made a triumph
ant exit from the old place, and in a few mo
ments was jogging fearlessly along tow ards the
home of Janet. My only dread was of the lit
tle Fan ; if alter all, she should betray us,
what a dreadful, desperate mischief it wuuld
be !—what a wretched predicament affairs
would be iu ! 1 groaned aloud at the thought;
yet I put a brave face upou the matter ; I said
that if it was right that we should go we
should go ; if it was'ut right, iu all probabili
ty we should stay at home ; yet, right or uot
right, if that miserable little Fan did betray
us,l'd spend all my days in avenging the wrong
—that was certaiu. Was lin earnest ? —did
I mean it ? But we shall see.
How earnestly and anxiously I gazed to
wards the chamber window of Janet, as, after
fastening my horse by the roadside, I walked
cautiously up the long lane that led up to the
doctor's house. O, joy inexpressible !—the
waving of a white handkerchief in the moan
light, told me that everything was right, that
in a few moments I should clasp Janet to my
breast, rniue, mine for ever ! Ah, how happy
I was !—so happy, indeed, that I stood still
there in the moonlight, with my two hands
pressed firmly to my left side, lor fear my over
loaded heart would burst away from me entire
ly. What a figure I must have cut then !
What an Apollo I must have looked, with my
flne proportious wrapped up iu mv wedding
suit ! I was slender ; I was tall ; I was
gaunt ; I am sure I was ugly looking at that
What possessed me I cannot tell, but from
an old chest I had taken a b'ue broadcloth
swallow-tailed coat that had belonged to my
grandfather in the time of the wars, and iu
the pride of my youth had got into it. The
tails came nearly to my heels, while the waist
was nearly to my arm pits. The sleeves
reached down to the tips of my fingers, hiding
entirely from view the luxuriant pair of white
silk gloves, which I had allowed myself for the
important occasion. Above this uncouth pile
of blue broadcloth was perched a hat. O ye
stars and moon that looked upou it, testify with
me that it was a hat !—a hat aud not a stove
pipe, a hat and not a boot-leg ! That hat!—
looking back at it through the mists ot twen
ty-five years, it seems to have arisen to the
stature of two feet full, while its brim appears
httle wider than my thumb nail. My eyesight
isn't quite as good now as it used to be,and so
I may not see quite rightly. Make all due al
lowance, dear reader.
I say that I must have looked ugly at that
moment. Be that as it may, I thought i was
looking splendidly ; I thought the figure I cut
was an honor to the name of Brown, aud 1
was proud of it ; proud as I stalked up to da
net's window, aud placed carefully there the
ladder that was to bear her to my side. Eve
rything was silent about the house. Fate was
surety with us ; Fanny had been bribed into
service. As I stood there. I could see her
light, little figure flit noiselessly to and fro by
the window, and how 1 blessed her—blessed
her, from the very bottom of my heart, for her
kindness !
At last Janet commenced descending the
ladder, and as she did so, the moon crawled iu
out of sight under a huge black cloud. The ve
rv heavens favored us : our success might be
looked upou as fixed. Three steps more upon
the ladder's rounds, aud Janet's dainty little
feet would stand upon terra firma beside my
own. The steps were taken, and she held for
a moment fondly by the sleeves of my blue
broadcloth, before we looked up to the win
dow. boih wiih upraised hands to catch a small
bundle of clothing that Fanny wa* to throw
down to u ? , and which we had uo other means
of carrying with ns.
" I>e quiet, Fan," whispered Janet, as her
sister appeared at the window and poised the
bund'e over our heads. " I>e quiet, Fan, for
heaven's sake, and drop it quickly."
But Fanny still stood there, swinging back
ward and forward, backward and forward, the
huge bundle, without heeding Janet's earnest
" Do, do throw it. Fanny dear ! Do hare
some mercy on me ! What if father should
know of this ? What if he should be awaken
ed "
"La, give it to her Fan ; don't plague your
sister, she's iu a hurry!" called a voice at that
moment from the closed blinds of the parlor
windows, which belonged to none other than
Dr Stoddard. " Give her the things, and tell
the boys to carry out a bag of corn, a cheese,
some wheat, and some butter to the cart. Ja
uet must have a setting out. Only be still
about it, Fan."
For a moment we were petrified npon the
spot; I thought I should fall to the ground.
What should we do—run, faint, die. evaporate,
or go mud ? While we stood undecided, two
huge mattresses fell at our feet from the win
dow, followed at once by sheets, pillow-ease*,
quilts, table-cloths, and sundry other articles
necessary to the setting up of a respectable
housekeeping establishment.
" Mother, mother, don't one of these new
feather beds belong to Janet ?" called Charlie
Stoddard, from one part of the boose
" Yes, yes, sod a bolster, and a pair of nice
pillows, too. Carry 'era right oat of the front
door," was the answer.
" Whose horse hare you, Jason ?** asked
the doctor, pushing ap tie bfizd. " Year fa
ties !*
" Y-e-e-s, sir," I stammered.
" Humph ! didn't you know better than
that ? That old gray isn't worth a button to
go. Why didn't you come up to my barn and
get my black mare ? Sam, Sam, hurry away
straight to the barn aud harness black Molly
for Jason. If you'll believe it, he was going
to start off with his father's old horse ! Be
quick, Sam—work lively—they're in a hurry ;
it's time they were off."
" Have you anything with you, Janet, to
eat on the road?" put in Mrs. Stoddard, pok
ing her head out of the window.
" No, ma'am," faltered Janet, moving a step
or two from me.
" Well, that's good forethought! And if
I live, there isn't a bit of cake cooked in the
house, either! Cau you take some white
bread aud bacon, and some brown bread aud
cheese, do, Jasou. It's all we have."
" Yes, ma'am," I said meekly, stepping
as easily as I could a little further "from Janet.
" Look, father and mother, quick, now the
moon is out, and see Jasou's new coat and
hat !" called Fan, from the window, her mer
ry voice trembling with suppressed laughter.
" Isn't that coat a spendid one, father ?—just
look at the length of its tails?"
" Just give me my glasses, wife ?" said the
doctor. "Isit a uew one, Jason ?"
" \ es, sir, ruther new," I said, giving an ea
ger look in the direction of the lane.
" Well," drawled the doctor, eyeing me
slyly, " that coat is handsome."
"And his hut, father !" called the wicked
little Fan.
" I declare," exclaimed the doctor. "Wife,
wife, look here, and see Jasou's coat aud
hat !"
What should I do—stand there till morn
ing before that incessant fire of words ? should
I ruu ? should I sneak off slowly, as Janet was
doing ? What, oh*! what should Ido ?
" Don't they look nice, mother?" asked the
doctor, putting one broad, brown hand over
his mouth, and doubling his gray head almost
down to his knees. " He-haw, he-haw, hi-he
haw! mother—he-haw!— don't they look nice?"
roared the doctor.
I couldn't stand it any longer The doctor's
laughter was a signal ; it was echoed from all
parts of the house. Fau cackled from the
chamber window ; Sara shouted from the
barn; Mrs. Stoddard " ho-ho-ho'd !" from
the kitchen, while Charlie threw himself down
iu the door-way and screamed like a wild In
dian. 1 turned awav ; I gave a leap across
the garden. Every Stoddard called after inc.
I am wroug ; every Stoddard but Janet ; she
remained silent. One told me to come b u ck
for the bread and cheese ; another that I had
forgotten my bundle and bride ; another bade
me wait for black Molly and the new buirtrv;
Fan bade me hold up my coat tails, or I should
get them draggled. I didn't heed any of these
requests ; I went directly for home I reached
home, teeliug sheepish—uo, sheepish is a weak
word for it—l can't express to you how I felt
I had a great idea of hangiug myself; I
thought that I had better be dead than alive:
that I bad made an idiot of myself. All was
plain : Fan had betrayed us. I vowed ven
geance upou her uutil broad-daylight, then
sneaked out into the barn, and hid iu the hay
stack. 1 staid there until Charlie Stoddard
brought home my father's horse.
The old gentleman was frightened ; wanted
to know how he came by the horse. He was
told to ask me ; he did ask me, and 1 made a
clean breast of it. I didn't promise him to re
peat the offence ; there was no need of it ; but
I am sure of this, 1 did uot look at a girl fur
seven years—no, not for seven years. When
tlie eighth year came round, I remembered my
old vow again-t Fauny Stoddard. Well, to
make a long story short, I married Fauny. Ja
net became a parson's wife.
And here let me tell you in
er, that I really think little Fauny Stoddard
had a deep motive in her head when she be
truyed Janet and me, though she was but a
child. She liked me, even then, I believe.—
Well, she declares every time that the affair is
mentioned, that I have had my revenge upon
her. Bless her faithful heart, it has been iu
deed a sweet one.
I KNEW SHE WOULD. —Deacon W was
a staid and honest deacon iu one of the interior
towns in this State, who had a vein of dry
caustic humor in his composition. Tue dea
con bad a boy of -ome dozen summers, who
was somewhat inclined to be a little ugly w hen
not under the parental eye. In schools, espe
cially.John was a source of constant annoyance
to the teacher. One day the mistress punish
ed him for some misdemeanor, and Johu went
borne crying, to enter his complaii t, and told
hi- father the mistress had whipped him.
" What !" exclaimed the deaeon, elevating
his eve-bows, - been whipped ?"
" Ya-a as. I couldn't help it."
" Weli, Johu, you li;tie rascal, you go to
school to-morrow, and if Miss • undertakes
to whip you agin, you just pitch in ; don't let
a woman whip you if you can help it. Don't
take any stick to strike with, but ye may
strike, scratch, bite, and kick as much as ye'r
a'mind to."
The next day the boy went to school, and
emboldened by the permission giveu by Ins fa
ther. was soon brought out before the tribunal
of violated rules. Tne teacher undertook to
correct him. The re c ult was that John got a
most unmerciful trouncing and was thoroughly
subdued. When he west home to his faiker
" Well, dad, I go: an awful bad licking to
" What ! w said the old deacon, " hare you
let that woman whip you agin ?"
" Ya-a-as," whimpered John. " I kicked
her. and struck her, and fit her ail I coald, but
the ianmed me orfullv."
" Aha !" chuckled the humorous old dea
con, " von ternal little fool, I knew she would,
and abe'H give too a troaneing every time she
undertakes it. and I advise you to behave your
self in future." John began to have some per
ception of bis father's motive, and aver after
was a sadder and fiser boy
(From Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life.)
T&e Baptism.
It is a pleasant and impressive time, when
at the close of divine service in some small
country church, there takes place the gentle
stir and preparation of a baptism. A sudden
air of cheerfulness spreads over the whole con- ! (
gregation ; the more solemn expression of all i,
countenances fades away ; and it is at once '
felt that a rite is to be perfenned, which, j ;
although of a solemn and awful kind,is yet con- :
nected with a thousand delightful associations
of purity, beauty, and innocence. Then bere i
is an eager bending of smiiing faces over the
1 humble galleries—an unconscious rising up in
affectionate curiosity—and a slight murmuring .
; sound in which no violation of the Sabbath
sanctity of God's house, when in the middle of
j the passage of the church the party of women
are seen, matrous and maids, who bear in their |
bosoms, or in their arms, the helpless beings i
about to be made members of the Christian i
Communion. I
There sit, all dressed becomingly in white, :
the fond and happy baptismal group. The 1
babies have all been entrusted for a precious (
j hour to the bosoms of young maidens, who ten
derly fold their yearning hearts, and, with en
j dearments taught by nature, are stilling, not I
; always successfully, their plaintive cries. Then i
j th(s proud and delighted girls rise up one after
the other in sight of the whole congrepation
and give up the infants arrayed in neat caps
und long flowing linen, into their lathers hands.
For the poorest of the poor, if he has a heart
at all, will have his infant well dressed ou such
a tlav, eveu although it should scaut his meals
j for weeks to come and force him to spare fuel
to his winter tire.
And now the fathers are all standing be
low the pulpit, with grave and thoughtful
faces. Each has tenderly taken his infant iuto
his toii hardened hands, and supports it in
gentle and steadfast affection. They are all
; the children of poverty, and, if they live, are
destined to a life of toil. But now poverty
puts on its most pleasant aspect, for it is be- i
held standing before the altar of religion with i
contentment and faith. This is a time when j'
the better nature of man must rise up with i
him ; and when he must feel mere especially, , |
that hois a spiritual uud immortal being, raak
| ing covenant with (rod. He is about to take ' l
upon himself a holy charge ;to promise to look <
after the child's immortal sou! : uud to keep his i
little feet from the paths of evil, and in those .
of innocence and peace. Such a thought elevates i
the lowest mind above itself—diffuses additional 1
tenderness over the domestic relations, and I
makes them who hold up their infants to the j <
baptismal font, better husbauds, fathers, and
sons by the deeper insight which they then !
possess into their nature and their life.
The minister consecrates the water, and as
:t falls on his infant's face, the father feels the
great oath in his soul. As the poor helpless
i creature is wailing in his arms, he thinks how
i needful indetd to human infaucy is the love of
Providence. And when after delivering each
ch J into the arms of the smiling maiden from
whom ne had received it, he again takes his
place for admonition and advice before the
pulpit, his mind is well disposed to think on
i the perfect beauty of that religion of whom
; the Divine founder said, Suffer little child
ren to cotne unto me, for such is the kingdom
of Heaven "
The rite of Baptism had not been thn per
formed for several months in the Kirk of
Lanark It was now the hottest time of per
secution, and the inhabitants of that parish
J found other places in which to worship God
and celebrate the ordinances of rehgion. It
i was now the Sabbath day, and a small congre
gation of about a hundred souls, had met for
divine service in a place of worship more mag
nificent than any temple that human hands had
ever built to Deity. Here, too. were three ]
' children about to be baptized. The congrega
tion had not assembled to the toll of the bell, 1
but each heart knew the hour, and observed <
it ; for there are a hundred sou dials among the '
hiils, woods, moors and field, and the shepherd ;
of the peasant >ee the hours passing by them
in the sunshine and shadow. <
The church in which they were assembled i
was hewn by God's hand, oat of eternal rocks, i
A river rolled its way through a mighty chasm
,af cliffs, several hundred feet high,of which the i
one side presented enormous masses, an 1 the
other corresponding recedes, as if the great
stone girdle had been rent by a convulsion. —
The channel was overspread with the prodigious
fragments of roik, or large loose stones, ?
of them sra >olh and bare, others containing
soil and veudure in their rents and fissures, and
here anl crowned with shrubs and trees. The
eye could at once command a long stretching
vista, seemingly closed and shut un at both
extremities by the coale- -ing cliff- IVis ma
jestic reach cf river contained pools, streams,
rushing shelves and waterfalls innumerable ;
and wheu the water was low, which it now
was in the common drought, it was easy t
walk up thi- r-cene.with the calm blue sky over
head, an utter and sublime solitude. On look
ing up, soul was bowed down by the feeling of
that prodigious height of unscaUable and often :
overhanging cliff. Between the channel and
the summit of the far extended precipices were
perpetually flying rooks and woodpigeons. and
aud uow and then a hawk, filling the profound
abyss with their wild eawicg. deep murmur or
shrilly shriek. Sometimes a heron would *t-. d
erect and still on some little stone island, or
ri*e up like a white cloud along the black wall
of the chasm, and disappear. Winged crea
tares aldne could inhabit this region. Toe fox
and wildcat cho*e enre accessible haunts.—
Vet here came the persecuted Chnstiaus a. d
worshipers of God, whose hand hung over
their heads those magmficeot piilars and arches,
scorped oat those galleries from the solid rock
and laid at their feet the calm water in its
transparent heaaty. in which tliev could see
themselves sitting in reflected grocps, with
their Bibles in their hands.
Here, opon a setni-circulnr ledge of rocks
over a narrow chasm of which the tiny stream
j played, a murmuring water fail, asd divided :
the eongregatiee into two eq*;a! parts, id
about a hundred persons,all devotedly listening
to their minister who stood before them on
what might be called a small natural pulpit of
living stone. Up to it there led a short flight
of steps, aud over it waved tiie canopy of a
tall, graceful birch tree. This pulpit stood in
the middle of the chaunel, directly facing that
congregation, uud separated from theui by the
clear, deep, sparkling water into which scarce
heard water, as it left the streiin, separated
into two streams, nnd flowed on each side of !
that altar, thus placiug it in an islund, whose 1
large inossv stones were richly embowered un- !
de." the golden blossoms aud green treSses of :
the broom.
Divine service was closed, and a row uf j
maidens, clothed iu purest white, came gliding
on from the congregation, and crossing the i
stream on some stepping stones, arrauged them- j
selves at the foot of the pulpit with the iufant.s
about to be baptized. The fathers of the |
infants, just as if they had been in their own
kirk, had beeu sitting there during worship 1
and now stood up before the minister. Baptis ;
rail water, taken from that pellucid pool, wa> j
hiving consecrated iu a small hollow of one of:
the upright stones that formed one side or pil
lars of the pulpit, and the holy rite proceeded
Some of the younger ones in that semicircle
kept gazing dowu into the pool, iu which the •
whole scene was reflected, and now and then, j I
in spite of the grave looks or admonishing |
whispers of their elders, letting a pebble lull |
into the water, that they might judge of its ;
depth from the length of time that had elaps- '
ed before the clear air-bells lay sparkling on !
the agitated surface. The rite was over aud j
the religious service of the day closed by a j
psnlm. The mighty rocks hemmed in the hoi",
souud, and sent it in a more compacted volume, ! i
clear, sweet aud strong, up to Heaven. When j •
the psalm ceased, and echo hkc a spirit's voice i >
was hea.d dying away high up among the mag- i I
uiticeut architecture of the cliffs, and once more j
might be noticed in the silence the reviving '
voice of the waterfall. j !
Just then a large stone fell from the cliff in- .
to the pool, a loud voice was heard, and a plaid J ;
hung over on the point of a shepherd's stuff
Their watchful sentinel had decried danger, i 1
and this was his warning Forthwith the con i
gregation arose. There were paths dangerous i
to unpructiced feet along the ledges of the ■
rocks, leading up to several caves and places : .
of concealineut. The more active uud young j
as-isted the elder—more especially the old j
Pastor and the women with infauts; and not ■ i
many uiiuutes had elapsed till not a livintr crea- ; i
tare was visible iu the channel of the s-ream, | '
but all of them, or uearly so, in the clefts and <
The shepherd who had given the alarm, had ■
laid dowu again in his plaid, instantly, on the I
green sward upon the summit of these precipices
A parry of soldier? were immediately upon him
uud demanded what signals he bad been muk
ing, and to whom, whem one of them, looking i
over the cliff, exclaimed. "Seesee ! Humphrey,
we have caught the whoie I'aberuacle of the
Lord in a net at la?t. There they are, prais
ing God among 'be stones of the river Mouss
Th??e are the Curtlatid Craigs. By my soul's .
salvation a noble cathedral ! Fling the lying
-eutiuel over the cliff. Here is a canting cov
enanter for you, deceiving honest soldiers ou
the very Sabbath day. Over with him, over
with him ! .ml of the gallery into the pit."—
But the shepherd had vanished like a shadow
and luixiug with the tall gieeu broom aud
brushes, was making his unseen way towards a
wood. "Satan has saved his scrvaut ; but
couie my lads, follow uie. 1 know the wav
dow u into the bed of the stream, and the step?
up to Wallace's cave. They are called the
•Kittle Mine Stancs.' The hunt's up We'll
be all iu at the death. Halloo, my boys, hal
loo ! "
The soldiers dashed down a less precipitous
part of the wooded banks, a little bel-w the
craigs and hurried up the channel. But when
they reached the altar w here the old gray hair
ed minister had been standing, and the rocks
had been covered with people, all was s.ient
and solitary, not a creature was to be seen.
" Here is a Bible dropper! lit -ome of them "
cried a scltiier, and with Ii- foot -pun it away 1
iuto the pool. " A bonnet, a bonnet 1 " cried
another, " uow for the pretty sancified face
that rolled its demure eyes below it" But
after a few je?ts and oath*, the sold trs stood
-till, eyeing with a kind of mysterious dread thr
black and silent walls of rock that hemnv d
them in, and hearing only the small vol. e of
the stream tnat scut a profoundcr stillness
through the heart of that unjestio sol tude.
" Curse these cowardly covenanters ! what
if they tumble down npon our heal- pieces of
rovk* from their hiding pace? Advance ?or
retreat ? *
There was no reply. A slight fear was np
on every man ; mu-ket or bayonet could be cf
little ux* to man obiigid to clamber up rock*,
along slender paths, leading they knew not
where : aud they were aware that arm d men
now-a-days, worshipped G d—mm of iron
hearts, who feared not the glitter of arms—
neither barrel nor bayonet— UKnol long -true
firm step, ai.d broad breast. w..0 on tae i,eu
field would have overthrown the marshalled
line, and gone fir.-t and foremost if a o.ty had
to be taken by storm.
As the soldiers were standing together. irre
solute, a came upon their eai * like dis
tant tkuuder, but even more appal ig ; a 1 a
slight correal of air, as though propelled by it,
' assed whispering along the sweet briers amj
brocm, and the tresses of blreh
deeping and ro'.ing, and roaring < •., and the
very Cartload Craigs shook to their founda
tions, a? if iu an earthquake.
" The Lord tare mercy upon u. wbat is
this ?'' And down fell man* of the m.scrahb?
wretches on their knees, and some upon their
faces upon tne sharp point d rocks Now, u
was hke the sound ot ma y ruyria '.s of chari
ots roiling on their iron axlfa down the stony
channel of the torrent. Tr.e gray-laired mil s
ter issued from the tcon'h of Wallace's Cave,
and sa.d with a loud voice—" The Lord G d
terrible rt'-gneth.'' A waterjv>ct had bur*!
: up among the tnoorlaod*. and the river, in its j
' power was at fair.d There it ciine, toicohrg
voi.. xx.—is 1 o. e.
along into that long reach of cliff*, aud iu a
moment filled it With one mass of waves. Huge
agitated clouds of foam lode on the surface of
the blood-red torrent. An army most hnv
been swept off by that flood The soldiers
perished in a moment, but high upon the cliffs,
above the sweep of destruction, were the cov
enanters, men, women, and children, uttering
prayers to God.unheared by themselves, in that
raging thunder.
Visit to the Farmers' High School.
Vi e last week visited the Pennsylvania
Agricultural College. The Manager, Mr.
X a ring, and his assistant, Mr. Gilliland, hud
the kindness to shew us over the most attrac
tive parts of the farm,which contains 400 acris
all in one field, and upon which great deil of
labor lias already been performed. The nursery
contains innumerable me-, ahrubber*, 4c.,
from different parts of the globe. They arc
planted in families. Mr Waring {minted out
to us GO different kinds of willow trees, aud
this novelty will be found among all the trees
and shrubbery on the farm, some to the num
ber of 10, 20, GO, lUO uud perhaps 200differ
kinds. The wheat field contains 10U different
kinds of wheat—what a feast for the eyes of
farmers 1 This is also the case with other
kinds of grain. Seeds are brought from all
parts of the world, for the sake of erperimtnl
ing, so that farmers may learn which kiuds
are the b<—t suited to our soil, and which are
the rao4 productive. Persons desiring any of
the different varieties of the products of this
model farm, such as ornamental or fruit trees,
shrubbery, seeds, or grain, can in time get theia
at the Institution. The barn aud workshops
belonging to the college, have a great many
objects of interest. The main building is only
about one-third completed ; it is five stories
high, built of stone, aud makes a very impos
ing appearance. We were conducted through
the post-ofilee, library, and reading room, the
latter containing news-papers from all sections
of the State, for the benefit of students. The
philosophical apparatus is complete. The in
stitution numbers 103 students. A more con
tented and happy looking set we never eaw,
and we felt as though we could always be
among them. Students are required to labor
o-; the farm three hours each day, which they
do in classes; whilst there, one set engaged in
planting beans, another at harrowing, others
plowing, Arc.; and Mr. Waring assures us that,
they are always ready and willing to perform
the labor aligned them, urid do it cheerfully.
This speaks well for them, and is a promising
omen. Mr Whitman is Professor of Natural
Sciences, and we feel assured that this impor
tant s f atio:i is filled by the right man. Every
farmer in the State should visit the Agricul
tural College. All are welcome, and have the
privilege of going over the farm and through
the buildings but can not expect to have any
of those conuected '.rich the management go
with them, as the number of visitors is too
great, and it would require all their time. We
hope the institution will go on, as the com
mencement bids fair to make it all its f:tends
could desire.— Aaronsburg Beriehtcr.
THK.IVIUHT BIRD. —Odd and good is old Pr.
Nichols, who formerly practiced medicine.—
As the fee calls did not come fast enough to
please Li:n, lie added an apothecary's shop to
ins bus.iir;.-, for the retail of drugs and medi
cines. He had a great sign painted to attract
the wondering eves of the villagers, and the
doctor loved to stand iu front of the shop and
explain its beauties to the gaping beholders.
One ot these was an Irishman, who gazed at
it for awhile with a comical look, and then
" Och ! and by the powers, doctor, if it
isn't fine. But tLert's suuietlnug a littic but
wauling in it.''
" Aud what, pray, is that?'' asked the doc
" Why yon see," says Pat, " you've got a
beautiful sheet of water here and not a bit of
bin! swimming in it."
" Ah— yes," replied the doctor; "that's a
good thought. I'll have a couple of swans
painted there, wouldn't they be fiue ?"
"Faith and don't know but what they
would," said Pat ; " but I'm tbinkiug there's
anither kind o' bird would be much more ap
" And what's that?" aked the doc'or.
"Why, I can't exactly think o' his name
jist now, but he is one o' them kiud o' birds
t at when he -iugs he savs " Quack ! Quack !
Q lack -
1 lie la-t that was seen of Pat and the doc
•or, was Pat running for dear life aud the
doctor after tnm.
fifiT' The customers of a certain cooper in a
town out We-t caused him a v >t deal of vex
,;':or. bv th- ir saving habit- and persisting in
getting all their old tabs and casks repaired,
an 1 buying but little i-w work.
"I stood it. however," said he, "nntil one
d i v oM Sam Crab tree brought iu an old "bung
hole," to win-h fie said he wanted a new bar
rel made. Then I quit the business in dis
gust !"
A lady called on a witty friend who
was not at home, and finding the piano du-tv,
wrote upon ;t slattern. The next day they
tn—t, and the lady said, " I called on you yes
terday " "Yes, 1 saw your card on the piano."
flaf "Mi. Timothy, von remind me of a bnr
o ne-er that ;< filled nothing iu the npp**r
story." " I.v;n* Afmira," uj*ek!y replied the
adorer, "iu thanking you for that compliment,
let me remind you that you occupy my upj>cr
story entirely."
teF" " Are you near sighted. Mlv> ?"' said an
impertinent fallow, to a young lady that (lid
choose to recognise Lirn "Yes, at this
distance I can hardly tell whether you are a
pig or poppy."
Cay Lady Marv W ortley Moot ague says that
the only thing which reconcile* her to being a
; wtmaa is. that she will never be obliged to
-ify ca*.