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ONE DOLLAR PER ANNUM INVARIABLY IN ADVANCE.
Thursday Morning, February 2 1869.
STORMING OF THE BASTION.
In one of the concluding chapters of Charles
Reade's great story, '• White Lies," occurs
ihe following description of an attack !>y the
French upon the Bastion St. Andre, during
the wars of Napoleon. The picture of the
event has no superior in the language for
graphic description and fearless interest :
" This wont do comrade 5 must go. I shall
attack from your position. So I shall go down
the line and bring men up. Give me a good
spice of veterans. I shall get one word with
.you before we go out God bless you 1"
" God bless you, Ray rial 1"
The moment Rayuul was gone, Camille
beckoned a lieutenant to him and ordered half
the brigade to form a strong column on both
sides of Death's Alley.
His eyes fell upon private Dard.
" Come here," said he.
Dard came aud saluted.
" Dave you a*iy one at Beaurepaire who
would be sorry if you were killed t"
"Yes, Colonel, Jacintha that used to make
your broth. Colonel."
"Take this line to Col. Raynal. You will
find him with the 12th brigade."
He wrote a few lines in pencil, folded them,
and Dard" went off with them, little dreaming
that the colonel of Ms brigade was taking the
trouble to save his his life because he came
Colonel Dujard then went into his tent and
Closed the aperture, aud took the pood hook
the priest had given him, and prayed humbly,
and forgave all the world.
Then lie sat clown, his head in his hands,
nnd thought of bis child, mid how hard it was
to die and never see him. One sad sob at this
Then he lighted a candle, sealed up his or
ders of valor, and wrote a line begging that
they might be sent to his sister. lie also
sealed up his purse, and left a memorandum
that the content* might he given to disabled
soldiers of his brigade upon their being in- ,
Then he took out Josephine's letter.
" Door coward," he said, " let me be not un
kind. See, I burn your letter, lest it should
be found, and disturb the peace yon prize so
highly. I, too, siia'l soon tie at peace, thank
God." He lighted it and dropped it on the
ground \ it burned slowly away. lie eyed it
de-pair 1 gly. " Ay, you perish, last record of
an unhappy love, and so you pass away, so I
1110 going, my soul to my Creator, my body to
(lust —aye, poor letter, even so passes away
my life, wusleii by generals not fit to command
n corporal's guard —my h< pes of glory, and
my dreams of love—it all ends to-day, at nine
He p*t his white handkerchief to his eye—
Josephine hod given it to him. He cried
n little, not at dying, but at seeing Ids lite
When he was done crying, he put his hand
kerchief in his bosom* and the whole man \va<
transformed beyond the power of la rig-cage to
to express. .Powder does not change more
w hen it catches fire. lie. rose that moment,
and went liko 11 uisU of lightning out of the
tent. The ne xt he came down like a falcon
between the lit.es ol the strong column to
" Attention !" cried the seTgeants, "the
There was n dead silence, for the bare sight
vif that erect and inspired figure made the
men's bosoms thrill with tin-certainty of great
diedi to come ; the imht uf battle was in bi.-
eye. No longer the moody Colonel, but u
thunderbolt of war, red hot r.ud waiting to
" Officers, sergeants, soldiers, a word with
La Croix —" Attention."
" Do you know what passed here five min
utes ago ?"
" The attack of the bastion was settled,"
cried a captain.
" It and who was to lead the assault
—do you know ?"
" No I"
" A Colonel from Egypt!"
A groan from the men.
With detachments from other brigades."
Ah ! an angry roar.
Colonal Dnjardin walked quickly away down
between the two lines, looking with his fin v
eye into the men's eyes on the right. Then
fie came back ou the other side, and as lie
went lie lighted those- wen's eyes with his own.
It was a torch i>assU)g along a line of ready
gas-lights. " The work to us," he cried, in a
voice like a clarion, (it fired the hearts as his
eye had grtd the eyes,) " the triumph tostraa
gers ! Our fatigue and our losses have not
gained the brigade the honor of going out at
those fellows that have killed so many of our
•A fierce grcan from the men.
" What ! shall the colors of another brigade,
mid not ours, fly from that bastion this after
"No ! no !" in a roar of thunder.
"Ah ! yon are of my mind. Attention 1
tie attack is fixed for Gvo o'clock. Suppose
you and I were to carry the bastion ten inin
lites before the colonel from Egypt can bring
his men upon the ground i"
A fierce roar of joy nnd laughter—the
strange laughter of veterans and born iuvin
"That was a question I* pnt to your hearts
—your answer ?"
The answer was a yell of exulting assent,
but was half drowned liv another response,
mid thundering of the imperial drums, and
the rattle of fixing bayouets.
The Colonel told off a party to the battery.
" Level the guns at the top ties. Fire at
my signal, and keep tiring over our heads till
you we our colors ou the place."
He THEN DSFTED to THE head of the cofnmrt,
I which instantly formed behiud dim in the cen
ter of Death's Alley.
"The colors ! No hand but mine shall hold
them to-day." .
They were instantly brought to him, his left
baud shook them free in the afternoon sun.
j A deep murmur of joy from the old hands
at the now unwonted sight. Out flashed the
the sword like steel lightning. He waved it
towards the batteiy.
Bang I bang! bang! bang! went the can
non, and the smoke rolled over the trenches.
At the same moment up went the colors waving
: and the Colonel's clarion voice pealed above
" Twenty fourth demi-brigades forward !"
They went so swiftly out of the trenches
that they were not seen through their own
smoke until they had run some sixty yards.
No sooner were they seen coming on like devils
; than two thousand muskets were leveled at
them from all the Prussian line. It was not
a rattle of small arms—it was a era-h, and
the men fell fast ; but in a moment they were
seen to spread out like i fan, and when the
fan closed again it half encircled the bastion.
It was a French attack. Part swarmed at it
I in front like bees, part swept around the glacis
nnd flanked it. They were seen to fall iu num
bers, shot down from the embrasures But
the living took the place of the dead, and the
light raiured evenly there. Where are the
colors? Towards the rear. There the Colonel
and 11 hundred men are fighting hand to hand
with the Prussians, who have charged out at
the back doors of the bastion Success there
and the bastion must fall—Loth sides knew
All in a moment the colors disappeared.
There was a groan from the French line. No!
there they were again, and close under the
And now in front the attack was so hot
that often the Prussian gunners were soen to
jump down, driven from their posts ; and the
moment told that the French had won some
I great, advantage there. The fire slackening
told a similar tale, and presently down came
the Prussian flag>t;;ff. That might be acci
dent. A few moments Of thirsty expectation,
and np went the colors of the 241h brigade
upon the Bastion St Andre.
The vvhoie French army raised a shout that
rent the -ky, and their cannon began to play
ou the Prussian lines, and between the ba-tiuu
and the nearest fort to prevent a recapture.
Then shot from the earth a cub.e acre of
(ire where last tfie bastion was seen ; it car
ried up a heavy mountain of red and black
. smoke, that looked as solid as marble. There
was a heavy, sull> n, tremulous explosion, that
snuffe 1 out ihe sound of caution, and para
lysed the French ami Prussian gunners'hands,
and cheeked the wry beating of their hearts.
War itself held its br- a'h, and both armies,
like peaceful spectators, gnz <1 worn! r-struck,
I terror-struck. Great hell s.eeiued to have
burnt through earth s crust, and to he rti-h
-ing at l.eaveu. lluge stones, cannon, corpses,
and limbs of soldiers were -ecu driving or fal
ling through the smoke. (Some of these lust
came quite clear of the ruins, aye,s in the
French and Prussian fines, that even the
veterans put their hands ta their eye. Itiviiai
! felt something spatter on him from the sky.
ilt w.is b'ojd—Conrad's perhaps. Oil ! war!
The smoke cleared. Where a moment hc
j fore the great iia-:io.u stood aud fought was a
j monstrous pile of blackened, bloody .-tones and
I timbers, with dismounted caution striking out
here and t hi re.
And rent and crushed to atom- beneath
the smoking mass lay the relics of the gallant
brigade and the r victorious colors.
Jonx RIIOF.MX IN* THE LACKS' CAR. —John
Phoenix, the iu mitiWe wit, thus tills an inci
dent connected with a ride on the N- w Yo k
Central Ilailioad. He rtlaies it na htt rto
the K n i kei 101 ker Magazine, and puis it in
n cord to serve us a intuitu to further ii.i.o
ccnt travelers. He says:
"I had observed at eacli change of the
ears, and they were frequent, when the gen
eral s -ramble took place, one was defended
' 'r m the n->at It by a stalwart n un, usually of
j stalwart IH r-u-a-ioiis, who, deaf to menaces,
; iiiisofti rred by Bribes, maintained his po.-t for
! the benefit of the Eddies."
| "• Leddics' car, sir, uv yon please, forrcd eat*
! for gentle men without leddits."
"Need I say that this car was the ino>t
I comfortable of the train, and with the stern
- resolve which ever distinguished me in the dis-
I charge of my duty towards myself, I determin
ed to get into it. So when we changed cars
at Utica, I ru-hed forth and seeing a nice
young person and a pretty face, urging her
wnv through the crowd, 1 stepped tip to her
side, and, wirh my native grace and gallantry,
offered her my arm and ns-istanee They were
gracefully accepted, and, proud cf my success,
r urged my fair charge upon the platform of
the Indies' car. My old enemy was holding
" Is this yonr fady, sir?"
" With nu inward apology to Mrs. Phoenix
for the great injustice done to her charms, 1
replied yes. Judge o! my horror when this low
employee of a monopolizing company, said
with the tone and manner of an old acquaiu
! tauce :
" Well, Sal, I guess you've done well, but I
don't think his family will think much of the
fcg-" A worthy but poor minister," writes
a fncud from the country, " requested a loan
of fifty dollars from the cashier of our bank.
: and in the note requesting the favor, he said
he would ' pay iu ten days, on the faith of
• Abraham.' The cashier returned word that
by the rules of the bank, the itidorser must
1 reside iu the State "
A sensible writer remarks: " Man
doubles all the evils of his fate by pondering
over them ; a scratch becomes a wound ; a
I sbglit an injury ; a jest an insult; a small
peril a great danger ; mid a slight sickness of
, tin ends in death by brooding apprehensions."
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY AT TO WANDA, BRADFORD COUNTY. PA., BY E. OWIEARA GOODRICH.
" REGARDLESS OF DENUNCIATION FROM ANY QUARTER."
LOVE ON AN APPLE TREE,
Every body said that Nettie Gray was a
beauty, not One of your polished city belles,
lint a gay, romping, saucy piece of natures
handiwork, yet gentle, affectionate withal,
possessing a depth of feeling aud sentiment
which few are able to fathom.
Now " sweet Nettie Gray," as she Was call
ed had long been loved by one Charlie Grat
ton—the handsome young merchant who kept
the only store the village of N could
boast of ; where he had for some four or five
years, dealt olit sugar, ten, coffee, tobacco,
si!k<, pins, hardwares and a variety of mer
chandise, to t''e villagers and the surrounding
farmers and had realized quite a iittle fortune; !
a part of which lie invested iu the purchase
of widow Morton's bountiful cottage and
grounds, which at the death of her hu-band,
she had been obliged to dispose of and take a 1
cheaper place, where she could live less ex- 1
pensively ; while from the surplus ot the price
she received for the cottage she received a
nice little income. Charley had also taken the
widow's son into the store, as his increased
business made it necessary to procure assist
ance. The salary paid to little Johnny was a
material help to iii.s mother for which she was
very grateful and she nevec failed to speak a
word in his praise whenever an opportunity
This, with the numberless acts of generosi
ty which Charley was never tired of perform
ing, made him the Jicro of that little village,
and caused him to be beloved and respected,
by both old and young, for many miles around.
To say that Nettie Gray was indifferent to
his many visits or for the ardent love he en
ter ta; ued for her, would be doing injustice to
her warm appreciative heart. But the spirit
of mischief seemed to possess her, and. though
she was uniformly kind and gentle in her dis
position towards Iu r lover, nnd would converse 1
freely and unreservedly with hint upon any
topic,"yet, when he approached the subject
nearest to his heart, she was off like a fright
ened bird. Not that she was afraid of him.
or that the subject was distasteful to her, (for
I her own heart was equally intetested ) Imt she
delighted to tease him and heartily enjoyed
j his discomfiture on such occasions. She knew
he loved her with all the strength of his soul,
and she had no fear of alienating his affections
from herself—an event which would have giv
en her lite deepest pain.
Cha.ley had begun to think seriously of
marriage ; and why not ? There stood the
cottage emlxtwc-red in trees, many of which
were bending nndtr their load of rare fruit,
unoccupied. It needed only the presence of
his bright-eyed Nettie to make it a Paradise.
His income was more than sulllcient to satisfy
their most extravagant wants, and why should
he not marry ? Mary times lie had visited
Nettie for the express purpose of making
known ins wi-lies, but ho had a- often pre
vented from saving what he wanted to SHV, bv :
the little mistlii -f running away at the fir-!
word he Uttered on the sn'nj"ct. To think of
supplying her place from the many fair dam
sel.- iu it—who would gladly have accepted
his hand, was out of the question. It was
N"ttiu 1.0 lori-d, and Nettie only, and lie f-!t
sure -itc returned his affectioni, tint lrow could
he ever get married if lie was not permitted
'toprojrtve? "J must re-ort to stratagem,"
lie thought, and he put'ally formed ntanyjihins
to bring the little beauty to terms, and as of
ten ABANILOH'-d them.
ILs mind was bu-y with such thoughts, as
one brig!;' morning iu September lie walked
toward Farmer Gray's mansion. Tie leisure
!y n-srt wdi d the hill, at the top of which, upon
a lovely table laud, stood the great old house,
when he was startled by a familiar voice, call
V Bring the lad ler, Dick ! I want to get
down." And looking up, lie beheld N< ttie
seated in the wide spreading branches of an
apple tree that stood in the ti-ld near the road
Dick, perched upon tie topmost round of a
ladder that leaned against a pear tree, was
; quetly tilling his basket with the rich fruit.
'• Wait a minute, Sis," replied Dick, with
out looking np ; I've got my basket almost
full. I'll come in a minute."
Dick evidently began to think there was
something wrong, for as he turned around, his
ive instantly caught sight of our hero coming
up the road, but a few rod- from where they
were. He instantly descended the tree, but
instead of carrying the luddi r to assist his sis
ter to descend he gave a loud shout, threw up
iiis cap in the air, cleared tlie wail with a
liound and ran rapidly down the hill, shouting
at the top of his voice., " (>, Mr. Grat ton I've
treed a coon !" Then placing his hands upon
the ground before him, he turned some four or
five somersaults, picked up his cap, and ran
with all his might to tlie house. The Utile
rogue evidently loved mischief as well as did
his pretty sister.
Chariey's first thought was to go to the ns
; sistance of Nettie, and he leaped the* wall and
; approached the tree. Taking the ladder from
! the upper tree, he was about placing it for her
j to descend, when a sudden thought suggested
itself. " She cannot run away from him now,"
and not stopping to consider the nngallant act,
he grasped the lower branch, and with some
gay remarks swung himself lightly up, and
took a seat by her side.
Nettie who was on amiable girl and could
! take a joke as good naturedly as she could
give one, and laughed heartily at the trick her
brother played upon her, complimented Char
ley upon his agility, and invited him to help
himself to the blushing fruit that hung in such
tempting profusion about them. After chat
ting on a variety of themes, he determined to
approach the subject, and if possible get an
intelligent answ< r. For some time lie sat in
silence, then said—
" Nettie, 1 have something to say to yoa."
"Ah, have you?" she replied. "Well
Charley please, help me down, and you can
guy it as we walk to the house.
Charley saw the mischief in her eyes, and
resolved to go on without heeding her request,
yet he changed somewhat in his mode of at
" Nettie I am going to be married."
" Married, Charley, married ?"
Without heeding the prying glance that
was raised to his face, he went on :
"\ r es, Nettie, my business is now very pros
perous—l have a pretty home, which needs
only the additional charm of a pair of bright j
eyes. I have found a sweet, gentle girl, whom j
I love with all my heart, and who is willing I
[ to become my wife ; and I have resolved to
I marry. 1 have tried a long time to tell you, j
but you would not hear it."
Nettie hapl listened to this speech in utter
amazement. She had long believed that she !
was the beloved of Charley Gratton's heart,
and she meant—after she had teased him to
! her heart's content —to listen J.o his love, and
become Lis dutiful and loving wife. But her j
hopes were now suddenly dashed to atoms. It
was too much. A giddiness came over her, !
nnd but for the support of Charlie's arm she i
I would have fallen to the ground. Charley j
noticed her emotion, and feared he had gone I
too far. It was l>ut a moment, however. She
soon gained her self-possession,aud sat upright- j
ly by his side. Her face was very pale, but
her eyes flashed proudly as she replied and i
there was a spies of bitterness in her tone :
• " May I ask the name of her who has been
honored with the offer of the hand of my noble
"First let mc describe her. She is a beau
tiful girl, and possessed of a warm, loving
heart. She has but one fault—if fault it may
tie called. She delights to tease those who ;
love her l>est ; and often she has given ine a
severe heart pang. Yet, Nettie, I love her
deeply and fervently, and it shall be the object
of my life tt> guard her from harm, to protect
her, as far as I am able, from the slightest i
breath of sorrow, and I shall lie abundantly
rewarded by her love. Nettie, I have never of
fercd her inv hand, though she has long pos
se- od inv heart. I do it now, Nettie. Dearest,
can you ask her name ?"
Nettie gave one long, inquiring look, ns
thooirh she but half comprehended his words.
" Will you be my wife, Nettie?"
" What!" she replied, half bewildering!)*,
" are you not forever 10-t nie ?'
; " No, if you will consent to be mine."
Siie realized what it would lie to 10-e him; .
her head sunk upon his bosom, and bursting
into tears, she murmured—
" Yes, Charley, I will."
Soon master Dick came bounding into the i
orchard, one hand filled with a large slice of
bread and butter, while with the other he :
tossed his cap into the air, showing that he
fully comprehended the state of affairs, and j
shouting at the top of his voice—
" Hello, Mr. Gratton, ain't you glad I treed
ner for yon i
We hardly need add that the same autumn
witm s. Ed a right merry wedding at the old
mansion of farmer Gray.
Er.OQRUXCE OF A LOOK. —"Surely," say-
Blunt. " no malefactor eo dmn .ml to snff-r for
the violated laws of hi- counu v r.v r heard the
I ;st hour strike upon the prison bed with half
the agony of feeling with which that cock
crowing rang upon the ears of IVb r. Still
was there a si?;ht which smote far deeper than
the sound : "The Lord turned and looked
upon Peter.*' What can j ortray the i-itcut
eloquence of that last look ? What volumes
uui-t it hive spoken to the apostle ? Could
j he behold that wel'-known countenance, and
aga u repeat, " I know not the man ?" Could
lie see his Divine Master, "as a -liecp before
bis shearers is dumb," and again break forth
into oaths and imprecations? Cotiid lie hear j
the reproach of that meek eye, and vet remain •
in the guilty scene amid those enemies of the 1
Saviour and of his own soul? No ! that single
glance was all that was required to send home
the arrow of conviction and repentance to.his i
j bosom ; he instantly- remembered the word
that the Lonl had spoken and he went out
and wept bitterly."
HARD TO PI.EASE. — Pitts is a fast man, a
share man, a man ot business tact. And \
when Pitts goes into a store to trade, he al
, ways gets the lowest cash pflce : and tie says,'
" Well, I'll look about-, and if I don't find
anything that suits me better, I'll call and take
Pitts, like all fast men is partial to women, i
and young ones in particular. Now, quite
lately Pitts said to himself, " I am gettiu' j
rather along in years, and guess I'll get mar
His business qualities wouldn't let him wait,
so off ho travels, and calling upon a lady friend
opened the conversation by remarking that he ;
I would like to know what she thought about
j his getting married.
" Oh, Mr. Pitts, this is an affair in which
I am not so greatly interested, and I prefer
to leave it with yourself."
" But," says Pitts, " yoti are interested and
my dear girl will yoti marry me ?"
The young girl blushed very red, hesitated, j
and finally, as Pitts was very well to do in the
world, and morally, financially and politically .
of standing in society, she accepted him.— ;
Whereupon the matter-of-fact Pitts respond
ed, " lIV//, well, I'll look about vw, nnd if J ;
; doii t find anybody that suits me better than you ,
J I'll conic back."
&2r A Single Government Arsenal of Great
Britain covers 2(50 acres of land, and is divi- !
ded into the gun, carriage nnd laboratory de
partments, employing at times, 12,000 men. j
| During the late war, 10,500 shells were made j
and passed out of the laboratory. A large
building is now being erected with machinery
i and other conveniences expressly for the
manufacturing of the Armstrong gun.
is sufficient to have a simple heart
iu order to escape the harshness of the age —.
in order not to ily from the uiiiortunale ; but
it is to have some uuder.-tauding of the irn-
I perishable law, to seek them in the forgetful
, ness against which they dare not complain, to
- prefer them in their ruin, to admire them in
Calender of Operations fcr Feb. 18G0.
FARM —February,though the shortest month
of the year is nt the North counted the most
tedious by many. The energetic farmer wear
ies of the comparative inactivity of the sea
; son, aud is in haste to start the plow ; the
i careless one finds his neglected stock rapidly
j losing in value, and is waiting anxiously fur
; the lirst springing of the gra<s, The animals
, themselves grow restless under confinement.
THE main care required during this month
j will be additional attention to animals, to keep
, them "in good heart," that they'may have no
loss to recover when sprihg opens. Much
preparatory work may also be dcr.c, plans cf
work completed, implements prepared, market
iHg finished, and every tiling made ready for a
prompt beginning with the opening season.
ButnnjxGS need frequent inspection.to keep
them from decay. .Fasten all loose boards ;
properly secure widows and doors ; batten
cracks, knot-holes, and other leaks where cold
enters'and hay is wasted. Get out timber for j
new buildings if needed.
CATTUE —Give frequent changes of food, al
- roots, bran mashes, a little grain, ect.,
with bay. Cut and cooked foods are most j
economical. Give plenty of litter. Keep j
cows about to calve, in scperate stalls with ;
CELLARS —Protect from frost but provide
for ventilation, especially where there is damp
ness. Sort of decaying vegetables ; allow no
accumulation of re'use, but remove all to the
Cues* Stalks still standing oa the field to be
plowed next Spring, may be leveled during
open freezing weather. This will greatly
facilitate the plowing.
DRAlNS —llemove obstruc ions of ice, etc ,
both around the buildings and in ihe field.
FENClNG —Materials may be got out, and
1 prepared under cover. Build new and repair
old. at the earliest available time.
FLAX AND 111 MP —Finish dressing.
Fi EL--BC sure to provide a year's supply,
cut and stored before Spring.
GRAIN should all lie thre>lied now—vermin
are taking heavy toll ; secure the bins from
their entrance. Market whenever prices are
GRAIN AND CLOVER FIELDS —AIIow no stock
to toed or trample the young growth.
-HELP —S cure a full supply before choice
1 hands are all engaged.
HORSES AND MI I.ES —Look well to their
feet; keep sharp -hod and clean well after
travelling. Give carrots nnd cut feed. Keep
them in comfortable stables ; blanket when
excessively cold, and allow plenty of bedding,
i, I locs —Feed liberally, with warm, cooked
food, with which mix charcoal and salt oc
casionally, especially for breeding sows. fv>pp
pens well littered with leaves or short straw,
to increase the stock of manure.
ICE lloocs—Complete filling ; examine
drainage and ventilation toseeusc perfect pres
MANURES— Depend on 110™° manufacture,
rather than ti ■ purchase of highly advertised
compounds. Keep muck or pla-ter in all
1 places where ammonia may he absoibcd. Cart
: out in open weather.
MAPLE SUGAR— Have all apparatus in read
i incss. Commence tapping as ston as'sap will
, .-tart. For I irge groves, an improved evapo
ration will pay.
POTATOES— Secure the best for seed; keep
varietii separate. At the South plant early
. for northern market.
POULTRY —wiII repay proper carc.
SALT —Give potatoes, turnips and other
roots cut iiuc, with hay, and a little grain for
- breeding ewes. Allow them warm-beds sop
1 urate from other stock. Salt regularly and
irivo plenty of water.-
SWEET Potatoes at the South nny be bed
' ded out for a supvly of se!.s for transplanting.
TOOLS —Repair all needing it ; replace those
lent, and return borrowed ; select new fcr
; coming season. Keep iron front rust, with 3
> parts lard and oai' of resin, melted together.
I'aiut all wood-work needing it.
ORCHARD AND NURSERY —UNLESS the season
jis early enough to admit of transplanting
during the latter part of the mouth there will .
i not be much required here. Where trees are
j taken out early to be shipped South, great,
1 care is needed in packing, to guard against
freezing. Those which are frozen, should be
unpacked carefully and the mots buried in
I sand until thawed. Earlv planting in the
nursery is desirable, and everything should be
in readiness to commence work at the first
favorable weather. Grafting is better done
herein March ;at the South Februaryjs fa
('IONS— Cut any time this month. Label
each sort distinctly.
INSECTS —ScaIe btig can now be readily dis
troyed by scraping the trunk and main limbs,
and scrubbing with whale oil soap or lye. Ex
amine the forks and ends of limbs for cocoons
i and eggs of worms.
MANURE is needed to promote fruitfnlness
|in the orchard. Apply a heavy coat around
: each tree, of good compost, or decomposed
j muck, spreading it well.
PRUNING —We advise late Summer or early
Autumn.for this work, but now is a better
i time than after the buds have swollen and the
I sap started. All dead wood may be removed
SNOW —Remove from the branches of low
! spreading trees, to prevent splitting of the
j limbs r.s it settles.
! STAKES, lublcs, tallies, packing baus, mats,
etc.—Have a good stock in readiness for
Spring use dining the busy season of nursery
sales or planting.
TRANSPORTING may commence as soon as the
i frost is out of the ground, and the soil iu work
! ing order.
KITCHEN AND FRUIT GARDEN —Active ope
rations commence in this month at the South,
particularly where produce is raised for northern
markets. The earlier vegetables can be brought
forward, the more remunerative are the prices.
IN this latitude, preparations can ho made
by planning the grounds, providing abundance
'of manure, putting implements in order, and
VOL. XX. —NO. 35.
in tlis latter part of the month .making hot 4
COLD FRAMES— Air may he admitted DURING
' i mild weather. It cold continues, do not re
move the snow covering. During cold, opeu
weather protect with mass of straw.
CUTTINGS of Currants, Gooseberries and
other fruit may be taken when the wood is not
frozen. Keep them buried in sand in the cel
lar or other secure places.
FENCES —Keep in repair, and prepare MA*
terials for r.ew where wanted.
An Irish Expedient.
Governor Snyder, the Governor of the Key 4
stone State, was sitting comfortably in his par
lor at Selinsgrove, his rural abode, the cures
or state sitting lightly 011 his breast, for he
had just left the dinner table, and felt at peace
with all the world, when a knock was heard
at the front door, and Patrick O'llannigan
was ushered into the presence of the good
i natured governor.
" Guv'tier Snyder, I suppose,"said Pat, with
au attempt at an elegant bow.
"So I am called ; pray be seated, and tell
j me what I can do for you to-daV."
Pat iast a look around the room, robbed
i bis knees as he sat down on the edge of the
! chair, and after a few moment's hesitation he
began in this wise :
" WVal, guv'tier, its about six years since I
came till this country, and I've been aliviit' alt
tliat time np there on Lycomitt' Creek, and I
thought it was about time I was going homo
till the ould couuthry, to see mv po <r ou!d
mother, God bless her, before she dies, and all
my ould friends there ; and so Put on my way
you see ; and I thought, as I bad heard the
people taikin* a great deal about GuT'inf
Snyder, and what a great guv'ner he was, that
I would stop and f ay my respects till him."—
Here Pat took a rest, and began again :
"And so I'll lie goin' to Pliiladelfy, and a
goo.j long step it is to go afoot, and then Pll
go to New York and go aboard a ship, and
-ail till ould Ireland, and (here be took a'ong
look at tie- side board, sparkling with its well
lilled decanters) when I see my ould mother,
and all my ould friends, I'll tell them how 1
called on the Guv'ner of Pinsylvany, and how
lie was mighty polite, and gave mc a glass of
brandy to drink his honor's health."
The governor took the hint, and filled a
glas-. which Pat empt'ed as soon, saving,
" Your gcod lieai*h. guv'ner, and long life
til! ye, and ali your kith and kin I"
Down sat Pat again, and after answering
a few kind inquiries of the governor, he rose
and spoke ;
"Wa'al, I spose I must be movin'. I'm
i goin' from here to Phi! add fv, and its a long
; step to go afoot, and from there I'll go till
N w York, antl then I'll tro aboard a ship to
j ould Ireland, and then I'll till all my ould
friends that here 1 called on the great Guv'-
ner of Pinsylvany, and be gave me two glasses
of 1 randy to dtink his honor's health."
The governor was caught, and poured out
iho - e u:d glass, which loosed the other end
of P t's tongue, and he went over the rigma
role again, ending with threeglasscs of brandy.
" Ali !" said the governor, "but you have
not bad three glasses."
Pat was cut up and cut down by this un
expi'cft'd answer. lie pushed his fingers
through bis hair, dropped bis lower jaw, and
looked like a d cp'.y wounded '' jintlemau " as
lie v. as. A happy thought hit him, and bright 4
, eniug up, he said :—-
" Put you wouldn't lnrc rae tell my ould
mo*her a lie, would yon ?"
The good governor was melted for a mo
rn"!:!, ami the third glass passed from tho
side-boar 1 into into the longing bosom of tho
dry Irishman, who drank, and thus began :
" A thousand thanks, guv'ner ! the saints
Mess an 1 the Virgin kape you, and give you
long life and plenty of such brandy as this,
your honor ! And HOW I'll be goin' to Pliila
delfy, and its a long way there afoot, and
j The governor could stand it no longer, but-,
h.nlf langhii g. and half mad at the impudence
of Pat and 1 is own readiness to be coaxed, ho
, showed his guest to the door, and told him. ma
it was so far to Philadelfy, he had better bo
111 k ng tracks in that direction without any
GOING Hour, \virn THF. GIRLS. —The en
trance into society may be said to tike placo
immediately alter boyhood has passed away,
yet a multitude take an initiative before their
beards are presentable. It is a great trial,
either at a tender or a tough age. For an
: overgrown boy to go to a door, knowing that
there are a dozen girls inside, and to knock or
: ring with absolute certainty that in two ruiti
: utes all their eyes w ill be upon liitn, is a severe
tot of courage. To go before those girls and
make a satisfactory tour of the room without
stopping on Uieir toes, and sit down and dis
pose of one's bands without putting them ia
one's pocket, it is an achievement which few
boys can boast. If a boy can go so far as to
measure off ten yards of tape with one of tho
girls, and cut it -harp at each end, lie may
stand c. chance to pass a pleasant evening,
but let It; 111 not flatter himself that the trials
; of the evening are over.
There comes, at last, the breaking up.—
The dear girls don their hoods, and put 011
il.iir shawls, and look so saucy and mischiev
ous, and unitnpressible, and independent, as if
they didn't wish anybody to go home with
them. Then comes the pinch, and the boy
that has the most pluck makes to the prettiest
girl, his heart in his throat, and his tonguo
clinging to the roof of his mouth, anil crook
ing out his elbow, stammers out the words,
" Shall I see you horue?" She touches her
finger to his arm, and they walk home a foot
apart, feeling as aw kward as two go-dings—
, As soon as she is safe within her own door he
i sti nts home, and really thinks he has been,
: and gone, and done it. Sleep comes to him
.! at last, with dreams of crinoline and calico,
; and he wakes in the morning antl finds the
■ doors of life open to him, ami tho pigs sqncal
-1 ing for breakfast.