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Thursday Morning, January 26,1860.
I Stletttii |)ottrj.
THE TIME FOR PRAYER.
I, When la the time for prayer ?
With the first beams that liyht the morning sky,
K re for the toils of day thoa dost prepare.
Lift up thy thoughts on high ;
Comm-.id thy lored ones to His watchful care !
Morn is the time for prayer !
And in the noontide hour.
If worn Isy toil or sad cares oppressed ;
Then unto God thy spirit's sorr J w pour.
And He will pise thee rest ;
Thy voice sha I reach Him through the fields of air,— I
Noon is the time for prayer!
When the bright sun hath
WUilst eve's bright colors deck the skies J
When with the loved at. home, agiia thou'st nict,—
Then Set thy prayer arise
for those who in thy j oft an J sorrows share ;
Kt e Is She tlrfe for prayer !
And wlien the ststrs come forth,—
When to the trusting heart sweet hopes are giten,
And the deep stillness gives birth
To the pure £rcnis of Heaven,—
Kneel to thy God—ask strength, life's ills to hear
is the time for prayer!
When is the time for prayer ?
In every hour, while life is spared t > thee
In crowds or solitude—in joy or care—
Thy thoughts should heavenward flee
At home—at mirn and eve—with loved ones there,
Bend thou the knee in prayer!
[from Once a Week.]
HOW Alf ADVERTISEMENT GOT A
" Tobacco is the tomb of love," write? n
tuodcru novelist of high standing; luit, with
every rcsjicct for his authority, ] beg to say it
was quite the contrary in my case.
Twenty-one years ago, 1 was sitting bv my
fireside, totting up innumerable pages of my
bachelor's housekeeping book, taking exercise
in arithmetic on long columns of " petty cash"
—comprising items for carrots and bath-bricks,
metal tacks and mutton chops—until, tired
nud wearied, I arrived at the sum total, and
jerked the book on the mantle piece. Nearly
at the same time I placed my hand in the :
pocket of my dressing-gown, drew out a leath
er case, and lit a priucipe. Well, having lit
(he priucipe, I placed my feet on the fend r
and sighed, exhausted by the lonu job of do
mestic accounts. I was then in business—'twas
a small wholesale business then, 'tis a large on"
now—yet-one mornings totting of carro's and
bath bricks, of metal-tacks and mutton-chops,
would tire me a thousand times more than
twenty four hours of honest lodger-work I
sighed, not from love, but from labor ; ;o tell
the truth I had never ieen in love. Is this to
go on forever ! thought 1, as I took my third
whiff, and looked dreamily through the thin
smoke as it ascended between me and a large
print of'the capture of Gibraltcr which hung
over the chimney piece. Am I to spend my
prime in totting up parsnips, and computing
carrots, and comutrolling washing bills ? I
sighed again, and in the act, off How the but- j
ton of roj neck-band, as though some superior
power had seasonably sent the accident to re
mind me of my helplessness.
The button settled the business ; though as
it slipped down insiJe my shirt, and ptssed
with its mother o T -pearl coldness over my heart.
It for a moment threatened to chill rut matri
tr.cuiial resolution. I pitied my own lonely
state, aud pity, we know, is akin to lore. Bat
how was the matter to be accomplished?—
Most men of my age would alrbadt have ad
justed their iacl.u&tion to some object so that
having tnade up their miud and counted the
cost, little more would have remained to have .
been done thau to decide tlfloil the day, and
hold upou the licem*. This, however, wa*
hot the case with me. I had been to much
bccnpied.to be idle, or too indolent too devote
the time or make the effort td "form an at
tachment. n It was through no disinclination
or difficulty to be pleased ; for lud any young
lady of moderately agreeable powers taken the
Iroubie, she might hate married me long ere
the*. 1 should have even been grateful to her
fd? taking the trouble of my hands ; but I
was too bashful to adopt the initiative.
I was a bashful man. This weakness cam?
from the same cau-e as my Uncle Toby's—
namely, a want of acquaintance with female
society, which want arose from another eause
In my case —namely, too close an application
Accordingly 1 thought of an advertisement;
yet with no practical design of doing business,
but, as I persuaded, for a joke. So I scratch
ed *ith a pencil ou the back of a letter, the
Wawrrn A WIFE —None but principals need
apply. The advertiser does not require cash,
but only a companion. He is six and twenty,
and tired of siugle lift, he thinks he can settle
down to married We. As men go, he believes
he has a moderate share of temper, and want
of time is his tjnly reason for bating recourse
to the tiewsjmpers. He has enough means for .
hifttself and a second party, a;id is willing to
treat at dnce. He is quite aware that a great
many attempts to convert Ms honest atten
tions into an extravagant joke will lie mde.
but he warns all rash intruders. If he finds
a man hardy enough td ntakc sport of his af
fections, he will thrash him—if a wdrtfan. he
will forgive bef. He has a heart for the sin-
Cere, a horsewhip for the impertinent. In
either case, all applications Will l>e promptly
attended to, if addressad to -P. P., to the of
fice of this paper.
I felt proud of toy composition, and puffed
away my principfe With a vfgue glee and an
ticipation of something coming oat of it. 1 ,
had no very great id** that anything but fan I
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PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY AT TO WAND A, BRADFORD COUNTY, PA., BY E. O'sIEARA GOODRICH.
would result; nud I certainly -hud not the
slightest notion of involving myself in a per
sonal collision with any on?. Still the pre
sentiment that it was not destiued to be all a
barren joke, pressei upou ine On Saturday
the advertisement appeared, and I heard its
style canvassed by all my friends, and it was
jokingly suggested by more than one, that I
was the domestically destitute individual who
i pot it forth.
On Monday morning I sent a boy to the
newspaper office for P. P.'s letters. I expect
ed lie might be followed by some curious ar.d
inquisitive persons ; so I told him on his way
back to call at a bachelor neighbor's of mine
for a hook. The trick told. The lad was
followed by some persons who never lost sight
j of him until they ran hiin to my friend's, and
i then went back and announced that he was
the advertiser. I thus discharged in full one
or two practical jokes which my neighbor had
I played upon no. The answers Were of the ,
usual character—several seeking to elicit tny i
j name, and stil! more suggesting places of meet-1
ing, where 1 was to exhibit myself with a bow- |
' cr in my button hole and a white handkerchief
in lUJ hand. One only looked like business.
I It was from a lady who proposed an interview
! in a neighboring city, about forty miles north.
She said there was something so frank and j
straightforward in my a"dvertiseineut, that she
! was convinced :t was real, and she could rtiy
| upon my keeping her name secret, if after we
met nothing came of the meeting. She would,
therefore, see me at the , at , on u ,
certain day, and if mutual approbation uid not
follow the interview, why there was no liarai j
Most people would have put down this as a
trap to give me a journey lor nothing. I did
I not. A presentiment impelled me to accept
and keep the engagement.
This was in the old coach ng days, when u
man had time to make an acquaintance in for
ty miles, not as now, when yon are at your
journey's end before you have looked round
your company in a railway carriage. Tiiere
were but two insides—myself and a pleasant,
ta kative, elderly gentleman. Shy and timi i
in female society, I was yet esteemed and ani- .
matt d anj agreeable enough amongst my own
sex. Wo had 110 trouble, therefore, in making ■
ourselves agreeable to one another ; so much ;
so, that as ill? coach approached G , and t
the old gentleman learned that 1 meant to i
stop there that night, he a-ked me to waive i
ceremony and have a cup of tea with hirn af
tor 1 had dined at my hotel. My " fair en-;
gagement" was not to com? off ti l next day,
and, as 1 l.ked the ol i gentleman, I accepted
After mv pint of sheiry, T brushed my liar
and went ia search of tny each c mptni n
and my promised cup of tea. Ihal no d :1a
cutty in finding him out, for he vtns a matt ol j
substance and some importance in the place.
1 was show i into the drawing-room. My uid j
friend receive 1 in? be truly, a id introduced me j
'to h s wife an I lite daughters " All spinsters,
sir. voung la ii —, whom an nnd-eriininat ng
world seems disposed to leave apoi my hand- '
" If we don't sell, ppa," sail the eldest,
who with h?r sister seemed to reflect hr fath
er's fua, " it is-not for the want of p iffi ig, for j
all your introductions are advertisements.
At the meution of the lost word. I felt a '
little discom os:* 1, and almost regretted my
engagement for the next day. alien that very
night, perhaps, my providential opportunity .
j had arrived.
I need not trouble my readers with ah our
sayings and doings during tea; sollice it to
' say. that I found luem a wry pfotflML friend
iy family, and was surpri-ed to find I forgo;
all my shyness and timidity, e.tcouraged by
their goad tempered ease and Cvi vtr-u; .ou.— .
They did tot inquire whether I was married
or single, for where there were live ununited
daughters, the question might seem invidious.
I, however, in ihe freedom of the moment, !
volunteered the information ot inv bachelor
hood : I thought I had no sooner communi
ted the fact than the girls passed round a
gianec of arch intelligen e from one to the
other. I cannot tell you how odd I felt at the
nloulent. My sensation was between pleasure
and confusion, as a suspicion crossed my mind,
and heijenl. I felt, to color my cheek. Pre
sently, however, the eldest, with an air of in
difference which cost her an effort,asked w here
I was sttyitfg.
" At the hotel," I answered with s::ne
It waswith difficulty thoy restrained a laugh;
they hit their lips, aud I had no longer any
suspicion—l wis certain. So, after having
some music, when I rose to depart I mustered
courage, as I bid them good bye, to say aside
to the eldest :
" Shall P P consider this fhr interview ?"
A blush of conscious guilt, I should rath r
Say innocence, told me I had sent my random
arrow to the right quarter; so 1 prtsstH the
mutter io turther at that moment,'bat I d.d
I remained in at my hotel next day. until
an honr after the appointed time, but no one
made their appearance. " Then," thought I,
brushing my hair and adjusting mv cravat,
" since the mountain will not come to M thorn
et, Mahomet must go to the mountain so 1
walked across to my old friends The young
ladies were ail in. The eldest was engaged in
some embroidery at the window. I had there
fore ar Opportunity, as I leant over the frame,
to whisper :
" S S is not punctual."
The crimson in her face and neck was now
So deep, that a skeptic himself would no long
er doubt. I need sat no iflore ; that ctening
in her father's garden, she confessed that she
and her sisters had conspired to bring me up
to G on a fool's errand, never meaning.
of course to keep the engagement.
" Then," said I, " since yon designed to
fake me in, too intra consent to make me ,
" And what did she say, pap* ?'" asks ray
second daughter, who is cow locking over ray
shoulder as I write.
I " yoa Lille goose, she promised to be
/oar mamma. *3i she b*s kept her word."* •
Swimming for Women.
As many persous are wishing to kuow how
girls can be taught the use of their limbs in
, the water, it may be interesting to them to
hear how the art is taught at Paris. The wa
( ter is that of the Seine. This is the least
agreeable circumstance in the case, ns the wa
ter of the Seine is quite as unfragranl in the
; Summer months as that of the Thames,
i Whether it is purified on entering the bath, I
do not know. Let lis hope it is. The bath
i is moored in the river, and the space occupied
by water is 120 feet'in length ; a course long
' enough to afford room for all tlie exercises
connected with swimming. A wooden piat
i form, three or four feet uuler water, reaches
to about the middle of the width of th? bath;
and this is for the use of children, and mere
bathers who do not swim. The other half is
of a considerable depth in the middle, admit
| ting of practice in genuine diving. The dress
,is excellent for the purpose. It is made of a
light woolen fabric, which does not absorb
much water. Tne trow-crs are loose, ar.d fas
tened at the ankles. The upper dress, a!o
loose, extends to the knee, and is belted round
j the waist, and closed at the neck. It is just
as decent a dress as English ladies used to
wear when Bath was called "The Bith," and
, when wigged gentlemen and powdered ladies
used to wade about in full trim, and chut in
the water. The first step in the process of
teaching is to make the pupils understand how
to keep on the surface, and how to sink to the !
bottom. Most people know that to spread
. oue the limbs is to float, aad to doable ones'-
self np is to sink ; but it is not everybody who
knows that the quickest way of going t~ the '
bottom is to raise the arms above the head
This is precisely what wome i do when they
faH out of a boat, or find themselves over
, board in a shipwreck. Up go their arms in |
their terror ; and do wn they go to the bottom j
like a --hot. Tills is the action used by divers
i who want to reach that point by the shortest 1
way. From the eeiKng of the I'nris bath
hangs a rope, which travels along on a sort of
crane. Where this rope touches the water u
J bro*d lvclt is attached to it. The belt is fos
tcned easily about the pupil's waist, support '
| ing her in the water, and leaving her at libertv '
: to learn the action of the limbs in swimming I
; So? is made perfect in tin -e, and most then
, try her powers without support. To render
j her safe and preclude Tear, the instructor (who
i- a master and not n mi-tress walks along '
i the edge, just before her. holding a pole with- 1
in her reach, which she can grasp inuii instant, ;
jif fatigued or alarmed. It does not follow
that we must have swimming masters in Eng
land. The art is taught ali along the rivers
of Germany, and invariably bv women in the
women's bains. In that c;.-e the d>*e-s i< less i
elaborate, and tiiere is more freedom and sim
i plicity in the practice. It is ii remarkable
j sight \vl. -ii the master is followed by 10 or "20
j pnpiN, his pofe reminding one of the magnet
winch brings -wia is cr fishes to the bread in a
basin of water, in the o! i fashion way which :
astonishes children. The second pupil L.-a
; hand on the shoulder of the first, arid swims
I with the other three limbs ; the third o:i the
shoulders of the second ; and so ou, looking
Ike a shoal of mermaids. When thorough
ly at ease To amuse themselves for a long lime
in the water, t!r la !•?$ sometimes grow hun
gry ; aud then is s?eu another remarkable ,
' sight, in! quite so pre'.iy. They ra-Ii from ■
the bath to n confectioner's shop, which opens
npan it, and rn-iy hi seen presenliv swimming
with one hand, and with the other eating their
lunch, com; lately at ens?. A : r learning the
art in fresh water, it is eay enough to gwim
in the sea, from the density of the water, and
s arceiv possible t > sir's A woman who
know- how to lloat is safe f r many hours in
the s?a, as tar a> keeping on tha aurfuce is
concerned. Among breakers or sharks, or in
extreme cold, the peril is not of drowning sim
ply. Tne simple peril of drowning might be
ri JuceJ to something very small if cvertbodv
could swim.— Once a icrtk.
Frv .AT lit ME —Pon't b? afraid of N Httle
fun at home, good people ! Don't shut np
your houses lest lite snu should lade your car
pets ; and your hciirts, lest a hearty laugh
should shake down some of the musty old cob
webs there? If you want to ruin vonr sons,
let them think that all mirth aud s cital enjov
-1 ment must be left on the thrcshboid without,
when they come home at i ght. When once
a home is regarded as only a place to eat and
drink in. the avork is begun that ends in gam
bling houses a IKI reckless degradation. Young
l?ojU- must bare fun and relaxation some
where; if they do not find it at their own
it arthstones, it wiil be suogth in other, and .
perhaps h-s profitable places. Therefore let
the fire burn brightly at night, and nuke the
home-nest delightful with all those little arts
thai parents so perfectly understand. Dox't
repre>- the buoyant spirts of your children ;
half an hour of merriment round the latnp and
firelight of a home blots out the remembrance
of tnany a care and annoyance during the
day, and the best safe-guard they can take
with them into the world is the unseen influ
ence of a bright little doaiestic sanctum.—
BEARDS —I HAVE seen it stated somewhere
that there is nu intimate connection between
| the nerves and luuocle? df the face and eyes,'
and aiiowiug the beard to grow rtrrnsrthens
' the eve. It is said that surgeons in the Frerocia
army have proved, by experiments in Africa, ,
that sold . rs wearing the beard are much less
I liable to diseases of the eye. and it is genera!
iv conceded thai it is a protection from the ui- !
eies ©f the throat and Mugs. It is asserted
that iu countries where it is the caast-ui towear
the beard, the eye retains its uster and brilli
ancy much Io iger. It maj be argued that
, lemqles dor net suff r more than tn des from
j diseases Of the eye, etc.. but it mu? be admit
ted that the* a'e less exposed to the elements
What did the Creator g.ve the lords of crea
tion a beard for? Ccrtainij not to support
the barbers. Tnere is just as maeh sense ia
i shav;Bg the bead as the :fcta
" RECAR-DLESS OP DENUNCIATION FROM ANY QUARTER."
Under the Microscope.
Some years agq a minute bit of nondescript
something, looking more like a fragment of au
old trunk, with a!! the hair worn off, than any
thing else, was sent to an eminent uiicroscopist,
to determine what it was The microscopic
placed it in the " field," and pronounced it to
be a piece of human skin —the skin of a fuir
man—covered with the hairs which grew on |
the naked parts of the body. Now, the frag ,
ment had been taken from under a nail on an j
oid church door, in Yorkshire, where, just one i
thousand years ago, the skin of a Danish rob- I
; ber, who had committed sacrilege, and been
| flayed alive, had been nailed up, kitewL-e, as a j
warning to ull evil doers. Time and weather I
had long ngo 'destroyed all traces cf this j
Danish Marsyas ; but the tradition remained
in full force, when someone more anxiousthan
i the rest, scraped away a portion of the door;
from under one of the nails, transmitted the
same to a uiicroscopist, aud printed the result
as we have given it.
j Another time microscopy was made to play '
even a more important part as evidence. In a i
certain late murder, where the victim had hud I
his throat cut, through both shirt and nceker- j
chief, tlic prison r attempted to explain away !
the presence of blood on a knife which was;
assumed to have been the instrument of mur i
der, by saying tiiat he had cut some raw beef !
with it, and forgotten to wipe it afterwards
The knife, with the blood upon its blade and
shaft, was sent to a uiicroscopist. and the fo'-
lowing was the chain of facts wlrch he educed j
, from it :
1 The stain was blood.
2. It was not the blood of dead fiesb, but of
a living body, for it hud coagulated where it
3. It was not the biood of an ox, sheep or
4. It was human 1/ood.
5. Among the blood were mixed certain
G They were cotton fibers, agreeing with
! those t f the murdered man's shirt and neck- j
ier chief, which had both been cut through. j
7. Tiierh were present, also, numerous tes
( selated epithelial cells.
That is, the cells of the mucous membrane '
I (called epithelial cells) were tesse-lated. or '
disposed like the stones of a pavement, which
p oved that they came from the lining of the
| tiiiuat. For the raucous membrane lining the
( throat is composed of tesselated ceils ; that
covering the roof of tha tongue of columnar ;
cells, or cell arranged in tu!i cones or cylinders;
and lint lining the viscera is ciiiated, or car-
I rying small waving hairs at tee tips. THUS,
I the microscope revealed beyond doubt that
this knife had cut the throat of a living ho 1
which thm-it had been protected by a certain •
cotton fabric. Tiie evidence tallied so exactly
i with the actnal and supposed condition of i
things, that it was held to le conclusive, and
the murderer wa? hung Without the micro
scope he might have escaped punishment al
The human hai-Ga singularly beautiful !
tiling to look at under the microscope. It is j
i made of successive layers, or overlaying cells, j
gradually tapering to* point, like tiie thinnest-!
and most infinitely twisted paper cone The
edges are serrated with shallow -aw ike teeth;
i: s perf c'' r tran<'•;••••?. and mark?] with a :
great many transverse hr.es, oxeeeduiglyjrreg
ular anu sinuous. bristles are more
like hnman hairs than any ot' er animal's; but
the sinuous lines are finer and closer, and no
saw teeth are visible at the edges. Ti.p tYer
hair* of tin,- horse and ass have the overlap
ping plates about as close as in the human
. liair.hut they arc strikingly d t; "eat ill the ar
rangement of the IE bulla or pith.
WHAT Ftim/v GOVFRMFVT L —lt is not to
watch children with suspicious eye, to frown
•at the merry outbursts of innocent h liritv. to
suppress tluir joyous laughter, and to mould
j then into melauciioly iiuJe modus of octogen
And when they have been in fault, it is not
simplv to punish them Di account of the per
sonal injury that yon have chanced tostiffer in
eonsequei ee, unattended by iuconvenience to
yourseil without re!"uk\
Nor is it to overwhelm the little emprit with j
' angry word- :to >t:i:i him with a deafening
. noise : to call him by hard rames, which do
not cxpuss his misdeeds ; to ioad h :n with
epithet- \ahbh w old be extravagant if applied
' to a fault of tenfoid enormity ; cr to declare
with p;is-io.natc vehemence tb-it he is the worst
child in the wold, and de-tined for the g al
But it is to watch anxiously to the first i
ri-ings of s.n, and to repress Ibe in ; to contract
1 the earliest work- of .-elti-hness ; to repress the j
fir-t beginning- of rebellion ngain-t right'*;il
authority ; to teach an implicit and Unqne-tion
. ing and cheerful obedience to the wifr of the
. parent, a- t;ie iest preimrntion for a future al
-1 legiauce to the requirements of the civil magis
trate, and the laws of the great Ruler and
Father in ll?av.n.
It is to prniish a fault because it is a fault :
because it is sinful and contrary to the cora
. mauds of God, without reference to whether
. it may or may net have been productive cf im
mediate injury to the parti t or others
1 It is to reprove with calmness and corrpo
f -ore, and not with angry irr.tation ; in a few
1 words, fitly chosen, and not with a torrent of
, abu-e ; to punish as'often as you threaten
and threaten only alien you intend andean re
■ toemher to perform ; to say what you mean, and
1 infallibly do a- yen ny
It :s to gOT?rn your family r.e in the sight
of him who gave yi>u authority, who will re
ward your strict fidelity with such biessiugs as
i he bestowed on Abraham, or punish your cri
j mnml neglect with such curses as he visited en
Eli.— Religious H(rltd.
LTTUE Teffffs.—Springs are little th'rg.
bat tiiev are sourcesof large streana : a helm
s a Ltiic thi> g. ut ii governs tiie course 0!
the ship ; a hriu.giiit is a i.tUe tu.ug, bat, see
?)s use an I power • sails acd" pegs are Ht'le '
| things, hut they hold the partsof large buiid
iugs together ; a word, a look, a smile, a frown
—all are little things, but powerful for good
*or evil. Thick of this, and mind the lillie
things. Pay tbat littU debt—it's a promise,
redeem it—it's a shilling, hand it over—you
know not what important events hang upon it.
Keep yccr word sacredly—keep it to jour
children ; they will marg it sooner than any
one else ; and the effects will probably be as
luslii.g as life.— MlND THE LITTLE THINGS,
£From tbe Times' Calcutta Corroepoaaest.]
A Waterfall six times tlio depth cf
Did any of yoar readers ever hear cf the
Fails, near Ilonore ? If not, they
1 will probably read a description which has ju-t
appeared, with some pleasure. It is curious
that a fall six tiu.es the depth of Niagara should
remain aimcs! unknown. From tha village of
i Gairsoppa reached by a river of the same came
| the writer was carried for twelve miles up the
i Malimuuch pass, and reached the Falls banga
| low about three and a Lalf hours after leaving
; the too of the pass :
" An ainpi theatre of wtmds.. and a river about
■ 500 yards wide, rushing and boiling to a car
j tain point, where it is lost in a perpetual mist
j and in an uncea-iug. deafening roar, must first
be imagined. Leaving the bungalow oa the
Madras side of the rive", and descending ta a
position below the river Lve'. yoa work yoar
; way up cr.refuily and tecioisly ov ry slip; erv
rocks, until yoa reach a point, where a rock
about the size of a man's bouy juts out over n
prec'pice. Resting flu upon this rock, aad I
looking over it, yoa sec directly before yoa, '
two out cf the lour principal fails; these two i
are called the "Great Fail "and the "Rocket."
The one contains a large body cf wattr, tiie
main body of the river.perhaps 50 yards across
which falls massively and apparently sluggishly
into thechasm below ; and the other coatainsu i
- nailer body cf water, which shoots cut ia sue
i cessivc sprays over successive points of rock,'
( till it Talis into the same chasm. Tim chasm i
is at lea-: 900 feet in doptii.six times the depth I
of the Niagara falls, which are about 150 feet :
and perhaps a quarter to half a mile in width, j
: These are the first two fa.is to be visited. T hen
move a little below your first j ositioa and vou |
will observe first a turgid, boiling body of I
wat r of greater volume then the Rocket Fail,
running and steaming down into the some :
chasm, —this is the third fail, the "Roarer,";
and then carrying your eye a littfe further down
you wiil observe another fall, the loveliest.soft- i
est, and mo-t graceful! of nil ; being a broad cx- i
pins? of shallow water fading like transparent t
- her face over a smooth surface cf polished j
rock in tnio sameohasam ; this is "La Dame •
Biiscse,'' **d tbe Withe Lady of Atee!co Id '
not have been more gracrfu! and ethereal. But
do not confine yourself to any one place in or-'
der to viewing these falls. Scramble every-;
where ycu can, and get as many views as you
can of ti:em. and you wiil be unable to decide ]
upon which is lhe most beautiful. And do you '
v. ant to have a faint idea of the depth of the !
chasm ii to which tiie glorious waters fall ?
Tak? ou" your watch and drop as large a piece
of rock as you can hold from your viewing plat;;
it wiil be several seconds before you even lose j
sight of tiie piece of rock, and then even it wilt
not havi reached ti.e water at tiie foot or the ;
cltastn, it will only have been lost to human
sight ; <>r watch the blue p gcoiis whet-ling i
and circling i.i utd out the Great Fail within ;
the chasm, and looking like sparrows in size
in the depths beneath JAM. But van have Vet ,
only seen oue, and that not perhaps trial iove
lie.-i, and at lea.-t not the most comprehensive
view of the fads. You must p:o.'eei two miles
up tiie river above the talis and cro s s over at a
ferry, where tiie waters are still smooth as:
gia-s and sluggish as a Hollander, aad proceed ,
to tiie .Mysore side of the fails, waikii g first to ,
a point where you wi.l see them aii at agiauce
aud then descending as near ts you cau to the
foot of these, to be drenched by the spray,
deafened by the noise, and awe-struck by the
grandeur of th? <cene and by ti.e Vi-ibie pres
ence of th? Creator of it, in the perpetual
rainbow of many mid brilliant hues which -pans
the foot of the chasm."
ABr AVIIFCL NATL R.AL LAW. —No fin-. R proof
of provident legislation aad benevolent design,
in the arragenr.-nt of lite laws of nature,can be
ii uned, says the 13 i-ston Transcript, than is
oilk-re 1 by the method by which ice :s forme i.
By a laiv of the phy-i al unrierse water conde
ue-es and grows heavier, and as it lieconits
, chificd at the -uifaee si ks to the 1 ot'otu un
der influence of cold. Whenever tie e npcra
| cure is not lieiow forty degrees, tiie coid a:
a*er i- found at the bottom pirt of a Vt.s-t'l
or stream. Num'wrlcss go d effects are pro
duced by this condensation. Bit if litis liw
was not modified, it is plain that freezing
would ''egin at the bottom of ponD, stream-,
and lakes. In this case thp summer's heat
wou d not d<> aw.iv the effects of the winter
a r, and in j.rocess cf time every northern river
ttould become congeale4 and useless for navi
gation, the polar waters would became s?!i<l
fields of ice, and the temperature of the world
snff- r a dis•irtrous'change.
But. as it to remedy this ev'l, an 1 mike the
skill of Infinite licnevoience me>re exquisite.and
suggest to us palpably the Creator's wisdom,
this law is modified. We Gml than when wat
er reaches a few degrees of the free ring point
instead of continiiing to condense, if the cold
increase*, it suddenly expands, even bevond its
temperate density. Th? heavy cold strata
which had sink to the bottom rise again to
surface and expand still further when thr-T
freeze, so that the ice is lighter than its ele
ment and must always float. Iu this way,
though ail the beneficial rcsjlts of contraction
are preserved, etery bad effect is obviated
Thus by the sudden reversal of a iaw, at r. cer- ,
tain point, in favor of the interests and cora
fort of mankind, dangers that might prove a
final barrier against commerce are averted.and
the temperature of.th? globe is d.stribnted in
its preseat moderate aitercatioLS aad beallh- f
fa! variety. • '
VOT.. XX. —NO. 34.
■ I MM
ANCIENT ASSYRIA AND THE BlBLE. —Tbedis*
coveries of Lnyard at Nineveh, tbeagh ca*
rioas and instructivo in all respects, are moat
important for tile light tiny throw on Scrip,
ture. In reading the narrative of the bold
explorer, we seem to be transported back to
tbe days of the Hebrew prophet, for sabstan
tiaiiy the same manners and customs prevail
in Mesopotamia now as did three thousand
veers ago. Tuere are stili the lodges in the
cucumber garden l ", which Isaiah describes ;
the oxen still tread out the corn ; the vessels
of bulrudies may still be seen ; and the wild
asses of thcdcaert, so poetically aiiuded to in
Job, still watch the traveller from a distance,
pause for him to draw near, and then gallop
away to the shadowy horizon. To realize tha
Old Testament, Layard shou d be read. That
ancient portion of the Bible ceases to be the
dim, far-off record it lias heretofore appeared;
light gleams ail afeng its pages ; its actors
live and move before us ; wc become ourselves
sharers in the story ; and tho past, for the
moment, is vivified into the present.
Tne confirmation of the truth of Scriptore,
derived from the sculptures of Nineveh, is not
less icrnarkabie. The bas-reliefs on the wails
of the puiaces, now just restored to light, af
ter being c-ntombed for neatly two thousand
i years, verify peraetdailj the Hebrew liii.Je.
There is stiii to be seen the wild boll in the
net, mentioned i:: Isaiah ; the Babylonian
! princes in verahhon, with dyed nttireou their
heads, cescubei by hzekiel ; and warriors
J bringing tne heads uf their enemies iu caskeut,
to cast tiiun cown at the palace gates, as was
done with the h.-aus of the seventy sous of
A'nab. There, too, tre painted shields hong
j on the wails of besieged towns, as we are told
i by the J wish prophet he beheld at Tyre.
| There arc* the forts built over against the be
leaguered city ; the king placing his foot on
lbs n.ck of toe captive princes ; and the idols
of the conquered carried awr.y by the victors,
precise v cs described by Ilosea and other
-acred authors. There arc a.so the Assyrian
j go.::, stiii the same as when their portrait was
drawn fire and twenty cc-nturies ago— cntfrcm
the trees cf toe forest, decked with silver and
gold, fastened with nails, and clothed with
purple and b'ue. Tue very star to which
Amos aiiulis is yet on those palace wail 9,
above the horned cap of the idol, tbongb tbo
wor-kippers have been dead for thousands of
years, uud though the wild boasts, as predic
ted. have long made their lairs there.
Evia the enormous circumference which
Jonah gives to the wails of Nineveh is fully
corroborated. The three day's journey of the
prophet is stiii required to make the circuit of
the great ruins on the east bank of the Tigris
' —for the people of Mesopotamia built their
; cities as the Hindoos still construct theirs.
First, or,e k.ng erected a palace, around which
grew up a town ; then a new monarch built
one, for fresh nr, on the verge of the open
country, whither soon followed another town ;
and this process Was repeated till several con*
tiguous cities were decaying and beingcricted,
ah passed, however, under the general name,
ami covering together tin extent of ground
which would otherwise be incredible. The
light thrown cn Scrip!ore, the confirmation
afforded to tlie 15.tale, by these recent discov
eries at Nineveh i- so remarkable that it al-
I most seems as if that ancieut city, after being
buried, had been allowed to be disinterred
solely to confound the t<iiy of modem skep
ticism.— Boston Ixtcslig itor.
THE MYSTERY OF SICSNF.SS. —If we could
, have the experiences of sick rooms ail written
: cot ;n a manlier which should approach justice
to the subject, embracing ail ranks of human
i lift* and condition, from those who suffer in
the in list of luxury, t) ihise who languish in
itiie iv-gltclcd places of earth ; if ail the
glimpses of light and shade which pass before
ue eves of tho-e wearied sous and daughters,
couid IK? pictured, 'twould m ike a literature of
more than .Miltonic graudeilr. The vast io>
ag nation oi Shikesjiear would l*s over-arched
by the reality of human thought and feeling,
as the flight of an eagle is encompassed be
neath t!ie Wtidlng heaK'its.
O.e of the most obvious reflections, per
, haps, in respect to sickness, is its profound
uiy-tery. Its effects are palpable and plain ;
b'j' the mode of its operation—'he precise how
—is t s inexplicable as the darkest providence
of G>d No chemistry has revealed to us the
wo k• f these 1 .viog crdeibies. The relation
which nil tins • |bwcr* < Main to the mmd, to
, that sp ritual e-- ncc which we lielieve capab e
of supporting an existence indejaendent of
co"• iit •> i-, hut now so tenderly attach'd
! even to the actioa of a muscle, or tie condi
tion of the brain— all this is unfathomable.
Tt.e no tl 3iid the immortal are so blended
in th £ earthly mould to make the wondrous
mixture man, that th? soul, capable of life in
itself. anJ of glory and immortality through
Svsns Christ, is of matter; the conditions of
material forces; of ropes and pa'leys, and
wheels and levers, aid fi-e and and water.
T lis great mystery, revelation itself Ras not
disclosed ; it does not till how the immortal
becomes tlisenthra'led : and the great apostle
imuly in this: "We sbafl lie changed."
Bat the absence of health, in tho-e who are
disposed to ront-m;I it®, brings (hem face to
ince with this combination of material and spi
ritual powers And many a shallow doubt
and feeble skepticism have been dissipated in
the presence of t'rs awful mystery of oar be
ing In the midst of health, we do not get
down to the facts of what we are. There is a
sort of grossness in oar hfe, which ccaeeals
the finer springs of being ; and it is r.ot until
the veil is lifted by derangement in oar
physical power*, that we clearly discern that
there are any ether powers at all. It is th f
mysterious relation between ourselves and our
materia! power*, which sickness reveals, that
makes the hoars cf a wenvy convalescence fre
quently more fu'.l of thoughts than whole years
of ordina-y life. The break between the body
and the mind seem :o be gradually coming to
g-iihcr, a;.d we feel our dependency npoo
causes which w- ennne: ; sad ns
tore, putting forth her wo.td-oos foree, kht
dies acswrha of life 823 th^ist,