Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, March 07, 1861, Image 1

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Thursday Morning, March 7, 1861.
jwlttltk JJoctrn.
u lh# J*y when and I were parted,
uure to dwell in friendship here below ;
1 uw the tears when to your eyes they started,
Bui haughty pride refused to let them flow.
I ~ your bosom heare strange emotion ;
1 saw your cheek grow red. then ashy pale ;
W* parted thus, and now o'er life's rough ocean
Our once twin barques no more together sail.
I do not murmur at this dispensation.
But meekly bow in humble resignation.
I know that we shall meet on earth no more,
A, we have met in days that now are past;
Those'days, so full of joy ami bliss, are o'er—
Too bright, too beautiful were they to last.
Ob. 1 had"hoped that life's short journey through.
Your hand might guide me safeiv to the end ;
And that amid its griefs and sorrows you
Wouid be my battlement of pride, ray friend,
1 shall not wish that we iuav meet aga.u,
•or well 1 know such wishing will be vain.
U T soul is eick with longing, hope and dread—
Longing for happiness that cannot be ;
Oh 1 1 could bear to know that you were dead.
But cannot bear to thick you lost to me ;
far 1 had hoped that in the years to come,
W might together sad life's changeful sea ;
Those years will o be sad and weansuiae.
The# hive no no joy in store for me.
y r vary soul cr:es out in bitter pain.
Ken for that love which ne'er will come again.
Oar# vou were milder than the Summer wind.
More f r and p ire than e'en the lillies be ;
Lose as yo:a star, that with the twilight twined,
Look* d >wn in loveliness from lleateu on me.
Ton bore of ali my woes and cares a part ;
You aud your lore were all the world to mo ;
1 wore your msge in my inmost heart,
My monolith of faith and hope to b.
Tis over now -'twas all a d rain—'tis paid,
i a;c awake to iter a reality at List.
MT "
Scottish Hoinor.
"Nothing invidious is meant by the term, but
relates to a general quality of mind that many
writers hare contended does uot exist among
Scotchmen. A lata writer refutes this and
savs that the quality of Scotch humor consists
in the fact that no ones tries to be humorous—
that it is the Scottishnes* which gives the zest
t t e same ideas dift'rently expounded might
h*ve no point at all. There is, for example,
K3ilhi:ig highly original iu the notions of
Ite.cst ai mechanics entertained by an bocest
Stott sti Fife In** regarding the theory of
Having occasion to go out after dark
s-d having observed the brilliant comet then
, " 1 SfS x she ran in with breathless haste
fa the honse, calling on her fo!!"W servants to
Come out and see a new star that hasna got
n i cnttit off yet !" Exquisite astronotn cal
'Ofcjiaiion ! Stars, like puppies, are with
and in due time have thorn docked
s? example of a story where there is no dis
plav of anv one's wit or humor, and yet it is a
cooi utorv. and one can't exactly say why :
An English traveller had gone on a fine high
land road so long, without having seen any cation ol fellow travellers, that he became
astonished at the solitude of the country ; and
no doubt before the Highlands were so much
frequented as they are in our time, the roads
bal a very striking aspect of solitariness. —
Our traveler at last coming up to an old mar.
hvsk rig stones, he asked him if there was any
fsf* on this road —was it at all frequented ?
' Aye," he aid, " it's no ill that ; there was a
boy yestreen, and there's yourself the
cij ' No English version of the story could
I mt half such amusement or half so quaint a
I tii-scter. An answer, even still more charae-
I krst 7, is recorded to have been given by a
Ift trvman to a traveler. Being doubtful of
I "ay be inquired if he were on the right
I'i to Dunkfeld. With some of his natioua!
; '..vencss about strangers, the countryman
*'t i h s inquirer where he came from. Offend
' v. 'he liberty, as he considered it, sharply
"' fed the man that where he came from
* r thing to him ;but all the answer he got
| **■ the qaiet rejoinder, "Indeed, it's just as
•f'.orce whar ye'r gaen." A friend has
in® of an answer highly characteristic of
' -try a.i iuneoueerned quality,which he heard
r r> ' to a fellow traveller. A gentleman sit
• - pposite to him in the stage-coach at
•'*. complained bitterly that the cushion
• * he s: was quite wet. On looking
''o the roof he saw a hole through which
descended copiously, and at once ac
; seated for the mischief. He calied for the
'a- ioiia, and in great wrath reproached him
the evil under which he suffered, and
■oi to the hole which was the cause of it.
A r.e ntVivtion, however, that he got was
■ UAMOTED reply. '" AT, money a ane has
1 ""1 o'that hole." Another anecdote
'at! from a gentleman who vouched for
I "nth, which isjust a case where the narra-
I - r .V' a * ' ,s not rom *be wit displayed.
-• : "a : it mat'er-of fact view of thing*
~ lr to wee of our countrymen. The
' I ' tny informant wa waking in a street
- 10 his horror, he saw a work
t rem a roof where he was mending
*. ' r r P on pavement. By extraor-
- J good fortune he was not killed, aod, on
' ' rra an going up to his assistance and
*- -*.ag *i;u much excitement, " God bless
i !v' ' rs ' the answer he got
" • rejoinder." "On the contrary,sir "
, ". 4 ®atter-of-fact answer was made by
p. ' "'4 race of Montrose humorists.—
of. ° nt o{ c hnreh aod in the press
; T ™g. a yoang man thoughtless
® gentleman's toe, which was
n, He hastened toapologiae.
~*oi> forr J J ir; I beg your pardon.''
rWwW|tiit of which was the dry
. Aid y ve asmuckle need, sir.'
Popular Errors Corrected.
I)o not use avoeatiou for vocation; the latter
signifies occupation, employment, business ; the
former signifies whatever withdraws or diverts
us from that business.
It was impossible to suspect the veracity of
this story ; it should be, truth of story ; vera
city is applicable to persons only.
I had rather walk ; it should be, I would
rather walk ; and denotes past possession, not
I doubt not bat I shall be able ; it should
be, I doubt not I shall be able.
He was too young to have felt his loss; it
should be, to feel his loss.
I seldom or ever see him now ; it should be
I seldom or never, or seldom if ever.
Do uot say, rather childish, rather satish,
as the termination isk aud the word rather
have the same meauiug; such expressions,
though very common, are tautological.
I expected to have found him ; it should be,
I expected to find him.
I intended to have visited him ; it should be,
I intended to visit bim.
I hoped you would have come ; it should be,
I hoped you would come.
I rode in a one-horse shay ; it ought to be,
one-horse chaise ; there is no such word as
He can write better than me ; say than I.
When two things are compared, we must
say, the elder of the two, not the eldest ; the
richer of the two, not the richest ; my brother
is taller that I, not the tallest.
Though who is applied to persons, and which
to inanimate things, yet to distinguish oue of
two or more persons, which must be used :
Which is the happy mau ? uot who ; which if
these ladies ?
The observation of the Sabbath is a duty ;
it should be, the observance of the Sabbath ;
observation means remarking or noticing ; ob
servance, keeping or obeying.
A child cf four years old ; it should be, a
child four years old, or aged four years.
The negligence of this leaves us exposed ;
it ought to be, the neglect of this, etc. ; negli
gence implies habit ; neglect expresses an act.
No maa bad ever less friends ; it should be,
fewer ; less refers to quantity.
Be that as it will; it should be. as it may.
The above discourse : it should be, the pre
ceding discourse.
The then ministry ; it should be, the minis
try of that time.
Afi over the country ; it should be, over ail
the country.
Provisions were plenty ; say plentiful.
I propose to visit them ;it should be,l pur
pose to visit them.
The Sage Plains of the West.
The reading public are familiar with the
descriptions of the immense sage plains which
are found on both sides of the Fvocky Moun
taius, and which are frequently set down as
irreclaimable deserts.
A gentleman who has spent twelve years of
his Lfe in these regions, and who adds to the
opportunity of observation, the capacity to
observe to advantage, expresses to us the opin
ion, that these sace plains, generally coudemn
ed as worthless,will prove to be the great wheat
fields of the continent. His theory is, that a
soil which will bear the sage, wiil bear other
forms of vegetables, and he cites the experi
ence of the Mormous, in their occupation of
the San Bernardino mission in California,
which they have made so famous by its agri
cultural productions. He says that the Mor
mons at that mission first sowed upon the bot
tom or grass land*. The growth was too
rank. They got plenty of straw, but no
wheat. It was then, that as an experiment,
but one in which they had no confidence, they
commenced the cultivation of their sage lands,
and with the most surprii-ing success. And it
is these sage lands, and not the bottom lands,
whose productions have given such an agricul
tural celebrity to this mission.
The sage has a staik of the average thick
ness of a man's arm, and grows to an average
height of eighteen inches, or two feet. A
sage field has such au as[ect as an apple orch
ard would have, with the trees reduced to the
size of the sace.
There is probably no such thing as a real
desert existing between the Missouri river and
the Rocky Mountains, and, perhaps, no region
where the difficulty of occupation is any great
er than it was in what was called the grand
prairie of Illinois, thonght twenty years ago
to be incapable of settlement. Mr ater may
be raised from wells, where there are no run
ning streams, and the want of timber may be
supplied, temporarily by railroads, and per
manently by growing wood.
ly received twenty lashes, well laid on. at the
whipping-post, in an English town. The cul
prit, instead of bellowing when the constable
applied the lash, langhed immoderately, which
made the angry officer lay on with harder
force. On giving him the twentieth blow the
angry officer conld stand it no longer. "Well,
here. njister, r said he, " Ive done my duty,
and can lick yon no more, but I'd like to
know what it is that's so funny ?" "Funny 1"
roared the other ; " why it's excellent—glori
ous I—You're cot Sht rr rong Smith I ain't
the man that was to be whipped ! It's the
other one ! And now you'll havo to go it ail
over again ! Really, itis too good ' You must
lick the other man ! 11a, ha, ha !"
A CREEVHORV standing by a sewing machine
at which a voung lady was at work, looking
alternately at the machine and at its fair op
erator, at length gave vent to his admiration
" By golly ! it's pnrty, specially the part
covered with caiiker !"
A CAVE, two thousand feet deep, has recent
ly been explored near San Domingo, on the
Trhuantepec roate. It has at sometime been
inhabited, as several brokeu jars have been
discovertd there.
Sunset on the Prairies.
A correspondent of the London Tints in
describing the Prince's visit to the Western
prairies writes as follows :
" The Prince was certainly most fortunate
in his visit, for the time of year, he had almost
universal sport ; he saw a prairie thunder
storm, a prairie fire of immense extent, and
above all, a prairie sanset. The latter took
place in all its supernatural glory—a glory
which can never be described or understood,
by those who have not seen it—while the party
were shooting quail the night before their de
parture. As the son neared the rich green
horizon, it turned the whole ocean of meadow
into a sheet of gold which seemed to blend
with the great firmament of reds and pinks—
pale, rosy orange hues, and solemn, angry
looking crimson clouds above, till notouly the
sky but all the land around was swathed in
piles of color, as if the sinking sun 6hone
through the earth like mist and turned it to a
rainbow. The immensity of stillness which lay
iu the prairie then—a stillness as profound and
vast as the green solitude itself, while not a
breath stirred over the whole horizon as the
great transmutation went slowly on, and the
colors over the land turned from rosy to pink,
to orange, to red and crimson—darkening and
darkening always as the tints ebbed out like a
celestial tide, leaving the fragments of scarlet
clouds over the heavens—the etnbers of a fire
which had lit the prairie iu a llame of glory.
There was such a quiet, unspeakable richness
in this grand farewell of the day—snch a ter
rible redness about the sky at last—that one
could almost fancy that supernatural phenom
enon had occurred, that the sun bad gone for
ever, and left a deep and gory wound across
the darkening sk v. Nicht was relief compared
to this dread lurid fire in the heaven—a fire
the clouds seemed to close in upon, and stifle
out with difficulty—a fire which, like the pain
tings of the suuset before the I>e!uge, left al
ways an ominous anger iu the heavens, even
when the night was far advanced, and the
prairie clothed in a blue mist which rose over
it like the water."
friend.contributes to the American Agriculturist
for boys and girls, the following capital story,
showing the danger of judging by appearances;
When I was eleven years old my mother
removed to the country. Our nearest neighbor
was a minister by the name of Wayland, who,
in addition to his ministerial duties, owned and
cultivated a large farm. Oue night, my atten
tion was attracted to a bright light in one of
the upper rooms of our neighbor's bouse. In
a moment I saw the wife fly past the uncur
tained window, closely followed by her hus
baud, who was armed with a huge fire shovel;
round the room she went, still pursued, and,
as I listened breathlessly, I thought, nay, I
was sure, I heard a scream. I hastened to my
mother, and told her what I had seen, and we
both looked out, but the light was gone, and
all was quiet. Notwithstanding my mother's
judicious warning to say nothing about it to
any one, before school was out the next day, I
had confided it to a bosom friend, and in a
weak half the village koew it,and a great talk
it made I assure you. Finally it reached the
ears of the deacon-, who proceeded to investi
gate its truth. My mother looked grave and
troubled when they called ; but, conscious of
having told only the truth, I met them fear
lessly, and related what I had seen. They left,
taking a bee line for the minister's to call him
to account. With many apologies they made
their errand known when, to ther surprise, the
minister burst into a hearty laugh.
" Wait a moment," said he, " till I call Pol
ly. You see, that night I found a big rat in
my meal chest, aud came down for the shovel,
and bade her hold the light while I killed him.
Finding no other place to hide, the rascal took
refuge iu the folds of her dress, and she ran,
screaming, till I managed to dislodge aud kill
I have ever since been careful no to repeat
an unfavorable report about my neighbors, at
least until I knew the whole truth.
ENDURANCE TESTED. — Smith was a man who
never permitted himself to be outdone—he
could do whatever anybody else couid. Smith
met Brown in a bath room, and Brown know
ing the other's peculiar conceit, sa;d that he
Brown cou'.d endure a hotter bath than any
liviog man. Thereat Smith fired up, and a
bet was made. The bathiug tubs were pre
pared with six inches of cold water in each.—
The fellows stripped, and separated by a cloth
partition, each got in and let on the water at
word—the wager being who should stayiu the
longest with the hot water running. Smith
drew up his feet as far as possible from the
boiling stream, while Brown pulled oat the
plug at the bottom of his tub. After about
half a minute quoth Smith ?'
" How is it. Brown—pretty warm ?''
" Yes says the other, " it's getting almighty
hot, bat I guess I can hold out a minnte yet."
"So can I," answered Smith.—" Scic-s-s !
squash !—lightning it > awfui !
Fifteen seconds, equal to half an hour by
Smith's imaginary watch.
" I sar, over there —bow is it now ?"
"O, it's nearly up to the bilin' pint—Oh,
Christopher answered the diabolical vi.,a;n,
who was Iving in the empty tub, whhothe hot
water passed oat of the escape pipe.
By this time Smith was splurging about like a
boiled lobster, and called again :
" I sav, over there —how is it now T"
" Hot as the devil ! repiied Brown ; but—
when ! sciss s s guess I can hold out another
miuute I"'
"The hell's fire you can 1 shrieked the now
boiling Smith, who ro.ied oat and bolted thro
the partition, expecting to find Brown halt
" Yon infernal rascal ! why didn't you pat
the plag in ?"
" Why, I didn't agree to," said the imper
turable joker ; " why'n thunder didn't you
leave jour's out ?'
MONSTER BELLS. —Russia is pre-eminently
the country of great bells, where they may be
heard in full vigor, "swinging slow with sullen
roar," for they are too heavy to be swung, but
incessantly tolling and booming, and deafen
ing all cars but those of Russians, who almost
worship their bells. In Moscow alone, before
the Revolution, there were 1,700 large bells,
which cumber has increased now to 5,000. —
The great Bell of Moscow, of which every one
has heard was cast in 1653, by order of the
Empress Anne. Its weight is variously esti
mated at from 860,000 to 440,000 lbs. It is
twenty one feet three inches high, and about
twenty-two feet in diameter at the mouth.—
In 1857 the Czar Nicholas caused it to be
taken out of the pit in which it lay, and to be
placed upon the granite pedestal as it is now
seen. Upon its side is seen the figure of the
Empress Anne, in flowing robes. It has been
consecrated as a chapel, the Rustiaus regard
ing it with tuperstitious veneration, and will
not allow a particle to be taken from it as spe
cimen of the metal. The eutrance to it is
through a large fracture or opening in the
side, whence a piece has been broken out. —
There is now suspended in Moscow, upon the
tower of St. Ivau, a bell weighing 144,000 lbs.,
cast in 1817 ; the diameter of which at the
mouth is thirteen feet.
The bells of China rank next in size to those
of Russia, there being several in Pekin, cast
in houor of the transference of the seat of gov
ernment from Nankin to that city, which are
said to each weigh 120,000 lbs. Auother, at
Nai.kin, of nearly cylindrical shape, is estimat
ed to weigh 55.000.
Of European bells, the famous one at Er
furt, in Germany, cast in 1497, and weighing
about 30,000 lbs., was long celebrated not
only as the largest, but also as the best in
Europe. One placed in the Cathedral of Paris
in IS6I weighs 38.000 lbs. Another in Vienna,
1 cast in 1711, weighs 40,000 lbs., and in Olmutz
is another of about the same weight. The eel
ebrated Great Tom, of Oxford, Kugland,
weighs 17,000 lbs., and was cast in 1860.
The great bell recently #u*t for the Parlia
ment House in London weighs 30,000 lbs. ;
that in York Minister, called Great Peter, of
York, weighs 27,000 lbs : and that upon the
Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal, (the lar
gest upon this continent,) weighs 29.400 lbs.,
aud was imported from England in 1543.
" RALPH EASL," the correspondent of the
New York Express, tells the following capital
Oue of my Parisian confreres tells a capital
story to the discomfiture of a celebrated phy
siciau, who is not, as he carefully declares, the
famous Dr. Trousseau, though the initial of
his name is among the last letters of the
alphabet. 1 will add mv own assurance that
the member of the faculty in question is not
Professor Valean, whose initial letter might
be compromised, if this precautionary state
ment were omitted. If you should really be
curious to learn who is alluded to, I recom
mend you to apply to one of our Parisian med
ical brethren.
" The celebrated physician, whoever he may
be, had attended the only child of rich parents
and had, with the aid of Providence, saved the
infant's life. A day or two after the darling
was pronounced oat of danger, the grateful
mother visited the man of science at his office.
" Doctor," said she, " there are certain ser
vices which mere money cannot remunerate.—
Scarcely knowing how to discharge my debt
to yon, I have thought that you might be
willing to accept this pocket-book, which I
myself have embroidered, as a trilling tuken ot
my gratitude."
" Madame," retorted the disciple of JEsca
lapius, somewhat rudely, " thepratiee of medi
cine is not a matter of sentiment. 'Time is
money. Pretty presents may serve to perpet
uate friendship, but they do not contribute to
the cost of house-keeping.
"Well, then, Doctor," replied the lady,
much wounded by his tone and manner, " be
good enough to name the sum at which you
value your professional services."
"Certainly, Madame. My charge, in your
instance, is 2,000f."
Without further remark, the lady opened
the rejected pocket-book, which she still held
iu her hand, took two of the fire l,ooof. notes
stowed inside, placed them on the great man's
table, and quickly bid him good morning. The
doctor has not yet entirely recovered his dis
turbed equanimity.
GOOD. —There are many kinds of "good."
To trading people, any mart who cau pay
his debts is " good." A moral person is un
doubtedly " good bat then, a very immoral
one is often esteemed a " good fellow." With
commercial people goodness consists in mon
ey : with the " fancy.' in muscle. In short,
everywhere, and with ali sorts of folks, " crood "
expresses simply what is much liked or desired.
A traveler on the cost of Africa, writes that
a native said to him, eyeiog his abundent
apparel—of which the negro had next to
none—" Yon very good man—yoa got plenty
shirt !"'
Ax exchange states that the breaking of
ground for the commencement of the Lynch
burg and Tennessee Railroad, at Lynch
burg, a clergyman slowly and solemnly read a
manuscript prayer—at the conclusion of which
an old negro man, who had been resting with
one foot on bis spade and his arms on the
handle looking intently in the chaplain's face,
straightened himself up, and remarked very
andibiy. Well, I reckoned dat's de fust
time de Lord's eber bin writ to oa de subjic
ob railroads'.''
As the polite omnibus agent of the Lex
ington and Louisville Railroad was going
through the ladies' car, checking bageage, he
asked a very pretty young lady if she had any
baggage she wished taken to the hotel ?
She replied, " No, sir." The agent then asked
i her if she desired a 'bos ? No, sir, I am not
jin a bnssing humor this evening " The agent
• dropped his memorandum book, hastily retired
1 to the baggage C3r, and said he felt unwell.
READINO BY SOUND. —Wo chauced to be
conversing with the manager of a telegraph
office in his connting-room, says a writer, when
an individual entered, and proceeded to the
counter where the business was transacted,
which was at the father side of the room,some
little distance from where we were standing,
and commenced preparing a dispatch for the
clerk, who stood ready to receive it. The
manager, with whom we were conversing, made
several apparently careless taps upoa a shelf
behind him with a pencil, which he held iu
his hand ; the clerk at the other end of the
room was also, apparently to ns, drumming
listlessly with bis penholder as he waited on
his customer. All this time, while four of us
were holding colloquial intercourse, the appar
ently careless taps of the two telegraphers
were intelligible communications exchanged
between them.
The following was the dialougue which oc
curred ;
MANAGER. —" Give your attention for a dis
patch," (the usual taps for a "call" of an op
erator from one station to auother implying
the above).
CLERK. —"AII right; go ahead."
M.—" Don't send that man's message un
less he prepays in cash."
C. —" All right ; won't credit him a dime "
M.—" After he pays this one, collect sixty
eight cents for a message sent by him yester
day, which he was trusted for."
By this time the clerk had a bank note
which the dilatory customer had produced, up
on learning that it was necessary to be pre
paid, and from which lie blandly made change,
deducting the 68 cents.
The communicated sound had, in this in
stance, proved of some little service, and was
utterly unnoticed save by the parties interest
lady, a perfect specimen of an old maid, being
on a visit to a friend who lived in a large
manufacturing town, went on Sunday to church
alone, and was shown into a large square pew,
in which half a dozen females were seated.
The prayers were drawn to a conclusion when
the officiating minister deviated from the af
ternoon service into another with which she
was unacquainted. This was a novelty to Miss
P—; who was in the habit of attending pub
lic worship at a fashionable chapel in London.
When this interpolated service began, her co
pewers stood np ; she as a matter of course,
followed their example and on doing so,
was surprised to see ail the congregation ex
cept thmseives either sitting or kneeling.—
Iler companion presently knelt down' She
again followed their lead, and by prayer she
discovered tht it was a thanksgiving for safe
deliverance from the great pain and peril of
childbirth. The usual afternoon service being
finished she rose from her seat with crimsoned
cheeks in an agitated state of mind, which w as
not lessened by the clerk coming into the
pew, and asking her, 'have yon a child to
be christened, ma'am V She pushed out of the
pew, and made the best cf her way cut of the
church. OD entering her friends drawing
room, she looked so excited and alarmed that
Mr*. M. exclamed : ' my dear what hes hap
ened to you ? Have you been robbed or as
saulted V ' Worse, worse, much wor?e,' hys
terically sobbed the old maid, ' I've been
letter from Constantinople has the following
interesting items :
There are new published in Constantinople
more than twenty newspapers ; one in Eng
lish—a well conducted weekly, with a daily
bulletin, having a large circulation ; three in
French—one daily, owned bv the government;
one semi weekly, with a bulletin—an ably con
ducted paper, which is very apt to expose all
the weak points of the government ; one month
ly medical paper ; three in Turkish—one offi
cial, one semi official, and one altogether inde
pendent ; oue in Gre f k. having a large circu
lation representing Greek influences ; ten in
Armenian, owned bv the American mission,
and edited by Rev. Dr. Dwight, which is par
tiallv religions and partly secular; one or two
of the others are able papers.bnt most of them
are of rather low order, and devote themselves
especially to slandering the American mission
aries. There are also two Bulgarian papers,
which have a good circulation and much influ
ence, especiallv at this exciting crisis of the
Bulgarian church. There was also a small
German paper, but it has died out, although
among a German population of about 7,-
Asa whole, there is a steady improvement
notieabiein the character of these papers, and,
within a month or two.a new liberty has been
given to the Turkish papers, which they im
prove by publishing free criticisms on the inter
nal affairs of the empire.
BLACK DAYS. —Have yon ever known days
that were black ? Have yon ever known days
in which everything went wrong as thooirh
seme invisible hand turned your whoie life
tO}>sy-turvey ? Did every sharp instrument yoa
handled pierce or cut ycu of iu own accord ?
Did some u('.discoverable individual throw
vonr neat'v arranged work into confusion,and
abstract the book in which yoa were aeepiy
interested ? Did the current of your thoughts,
which usually flowed w th pleasant freedom,
suddenly become stagnant ? Did the persons
yon least wish to see force themselves into
yocr presence, and those yon loved best re
main absent ? Did yon labor with more than
wonted zeal, yet accomplish nothing? Such
unbalanced days when life seems ail a game of
cross purposes, will come to meet us :and how
is this unhoiy spell to be broken ? Very often
the presence of s-me beinggifted withastrong
genial temperament, and sympath
etic nature, will chase all the shadows, restore
serenity to the ruffled temper, and evoke order
out of oofusioo even as the voice, the look of
one single ai gel can put to 2 ght a legion of
ewil spirits.
How TO FINISH ROOMS. —Bayard Taylor's
opiuion on this subject is thus expressed in
the Independent:
" For the finishing of rooms there is nothing
eqnal to the native wood, simplv oiled to de
velop the beauty of the grain. Even the com
monest pine, treated in this way, has a warmth
and lustre, beside which the dreary white paint
so common even in the best of houses, looks
dull and dead. Nothing gives a house so cold,
uncomfortable an air as white paint andplaeter.
This color is fit only for the tropics. Our
cheap, common woods—pine, ash, chesnut, oak
maple, beech, walnut, butternat—offer us a
variety of exquisite t'nts and fibrous patterns,
which until recently have been wholly disre
garded in building. Even in furniture we are
just beginning to discover how much more
chaste and elegant are oak and walnut than
mahogany. The beauty of the room is as de
pendent upon the harmony of its coloring as
that of a picture. Some of the ugliest aud
most disagreeable apartments I have erer seeo
were jtst those which contained the most ex
pensive furniture and decorations. My ex
perience shows that a room finished with tha
best seasoned oak or walnut, costs actually less
than one finished with pine, painted and grain
ed in imitation of those woods. Two verandaa
of yellow pine, treated to two coats of boiled
oil, have a richness and beauty of color be
yond the reach of pigment: and my only regret
connected with the house is, that I was pnr
suaded by the representations of mechanics, to
use any paint at all.
AN INOENIOTS REBCIE.—A general officer,
who was in early life addicted to profane
oaths, dated bis reformation from a remarkable
check he received from a Scotch clergyman.
When be was lieuteuaut.and settled in New
castle, he got invo ved in a brawl with some
of the lowest class in the pnblic streets ; the
altercat on was carried on by both partici with
an abundance of impious language.
" Oh, John ! John ! what is this I heard ?
You only a poor collier-boy, and swearing like
an laird ! 00, John ! have you no fear of what
will become of you ? It may do very well for
the gallant gentleman ''pointing to the lieu
tenant) to bang and swear as he pleases, FTot
for you—you, John, it is not for you to take
in vain the name of liim in whom yoa live and
have your being.''
Then, turning to the young lieutanent, ha
" You'll excuse the poor roan, sir, for he's
an ignorant body, and kens nae better."
The yonng officer shrank away in confusion
unable to make any reply.
Next day he waited on the minister, and
thanked him very sincerely for his well timed
reproof, and was ever after an example of
purity in language.
LACGHABT.E XOTTCE —We are indebted to
the Warren town, (N C.) News for the follow
ing advertisement, which was posted np in the
tavern in Newborn, while the Legidature was
iD sessieti at that place Mice host, it seem?,
was an honest, well moaning fellow, who had
conceived tne idea that the members were tha
very salt of the earth, and bad listened to tha
complaints of certain of them, relative to the
doings c>f a few wilder characters who did nol
belong to their fraternity, Here is the notice
which he posted in the most compicuons pla
ces in the hou®e : " Look Here—The follow
ing rules of order will be hereafter observed in
this hotel : Members of the Assembly will go
to the table first, and the gentlemen after
wards." After reading it over, he did not
exactly like it. It didn't say anything about
rowdies and ! ; so to cautioo them
particularly, he aJltd : " N'ota Bena.—Row
dies and blackguards will please not mix with
the members as it is hard to tell one from tha
SWAI-LOWEO A Ilot.n—The other day, oar
Charley, live years old, found one of tboa
cunous bone-rimmed circles, which, I believe,
ladies have named eyelets, and while playing
in the earden, swallowed it. The family were
in the house, engaged with a wo.k on
entomology, when Charley ran in with month
wide open, and eyes distended to their utmost
capacity His mother caught him by the arm
and, trembling with that deep anxiety which
only a mother can fee!, inquired :
■What's the matter ? What has happened T'
The urchin, all agape, managed to articu
late :
" Water!"
It was brought ; when, after drinking copi
ously, he exclaimed :
" Oh, mother, I swallowed a hole ! n
"Swallowed a bole, Charley?"'
" Yes, mother; I swllowtd a hole with a
piece of ivory round it. n
present aspect of the question between the
North and the South i thus priefiv stated by
the Albany Ecrvinz Jo&mai:
" Those who have cherished the idea that
Pe3ce will best be promoted by yielding to
the Traitors, are getting rapidly udeeeived.
The Secessionists ar? determined to coerce tha
! T"nited States Government to submit to them.
They intend to siexe the Capitol and all the
archives and pub;ic buildings, and to rule tha
Nortern States as conquered provinces. We
mav as well look the matter square in the face.
Every time the U. S. Government takes oo
step backward, the Traitors will take two
steps forward. Their pretext of " Peaceable
Secession"' is no looser persisted in. They
are not content to go out of the Union peace
ably and stay there. Toey tnean to rain and
rob us, as they go, and to be oar LHctatora
after they have gone. n
WHAT a glorious world this would be,
if all its inhabitant* couid say, with Soak
speart's Shepherd: "Sir, lam a true labor
er; I earn that I wear ; owe no maa hate ;
envv no roan's happine®? : g'sd of other meaw
i good ; content with my farm."