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The Columbia Democrat
I havo sworn upon tho Attar of Cod, eternal liostlllty to every form of Tyranny over tlio Blind of Man." Thomas JeiTcnon
II. WEBB, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR.
BLOOMSRURG, COLUMBIA COtNTY, PA. SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 1845.
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FINltJ OLD BALLAD.
The following touching ballad is of vcr
ancient origin, and probanly founded on
n..unl nr.purronco We conv it from the
'Ministrelsy of ihc Scottish Bordar.'
There wcro two sisters sal in a bower:
Binnnric, 0 Binnnric;
TScro came a night to be their wnorer,
By die hniinio mill dam of Binnorio.
He courted the oldest with glovo it ring.
Hut ho lo'ed the ymingett abiino a'thiny:
He courted the eldest with broach it knife.
Hut he lo'ed tho youngest abune his life,
Tho eldest she was vcxcdsair,
And sore envied her sister fairc.
The eldest said to the youngest anc (nV-)
Will ye on & see our fathers' ships conn
She's ta'en her by the lily hand,
And let horilo n to the river strand,
The youngest slude upon n stanr,
The eldest came and push'd hor in,
See took her by the middle sum,'
And dash'd her bonny hack to the jaw;
0 sister, siidcr.rearh your hand,
Anil yo shall be heir nf half my land.'
() frister, I'll not teach my hand,
And I'll be heir of all your land:
Shame f.i' the hand that I should take,
It's twin'd me, ami my world's make,
0 sister, reach me but your glove,
And sweet William shall be your love.'
'Sink on, nor hopo for hand or flove!
And sweot William shall bu my love.
Your cheny cheeks and your yellow hair,
CJarr'd me gang maiden evermair.'
Somotimes she sunk, sometimes she swam
Until she came to tho miller's dam;
'Oh, father, father' draw your dam !
j There's either a mermaid or u milk white
The miller hastod and drew his dam,
And there he found a drowned woman;
You could nql sec her yellow hair,
I'or gowd and pearls that were 10 rare;
You could not see her middlo sma',
Her gowden girdle was sae bra'.
A famous harper pissing by,
The sweet pale faco he chanced to spy,
And when he look'd that lady on,
He sigh'd and made a heavy moan;
Ho maJe a harp of her breast buno,
yVlnso sounds would molt a heart of stone;
The strings he framed of her yellow hair
Whose notes made and the listening car.
Iln brought it to her father's hall.
And where the court titsouiblrd all,
He laid his harp upon a siouo,
And straight it hcgaii to play alone
Oil yonder sits my father, the king,
A'id yonder sits my mother, the queen
And yonder stands my brother Hugh,
Ami by him Willi , sweet and true.'
lint the Inst tune that the harp play'd then
Binnnric, 0 llintiorio
Was Woe to my eielor, falso Helen!'
l I'y the bonny mill dame of Uintiorie.
When you have bountiful tabic, ic-uirin
I , 'he poor this coiu wcatner.
From the St. Louis Kovcillc:
Swullowing O j titers Alive.
Al a late hour, tho other night, the door
ifanoster house in our city was thrust
open, and in stalked a hero from the Suck
or. Ho was quite six feet high, Kpato,
somewhat stooped, with a hungry, anxious
countenance, and his hands pushed clear
down to the bottom of his breeches pocket
His outer covering was hard lo define; but
after surveying it minutely we came to
the conclusion that his suit had been math
in his boyance; of a dingy, yellow liny
woolsey, and that, having sprouted up with
astonishing rapidity, he had been forced u
piece it out with all colors, in order to keep
with his body. In spile of his exertions
however, he had lallen in artcars about
foot of tho necessary length, and rnnrequent
ly, stuck that fat through his inexpressibles.
fits crop of his hair was surmounted by
the funniest little seal skin cap imaginable.
After taking a position, he indulged in a
long stare at tho man opening the bivalves,
Hid slowly ejaculated 'Lters!'
'Yes, sir,' responded the attentive opera
tor; 'and tine ones they arc too.'
'Well, I've heart! tell of isters afore, 'say
he, 'but this is the first limn I've seed 'em
and prehnps I'll know what thar mado of
afore I git out of town''
Having expressed this desperate inten
linn, he cautious'y apptoached a plate, and
scrulir.ized lie uncased shell lish .with a
gravity and interest which would have done
honor to the must illustrious searcher into
the mysteries of nature. At length he be
gen to soliloquize on the difficulty of getting
lem out, and how queer they looked when
'I never seed anythin' hold on so 'takrs
in a-muzin' site of serewin' boss, toget'ein
out, and aint they slick and slip'ry when
they does come? Smooih as an .'el! I'vi
good mind to give that fellar lodgingsjes
to realize the pfirrt, as uncle Jess used ti
sav about spckclation.'
Well, sir.' was tho reply, 'down will
two bits, and vou can have a dozen.'
'Two bits!' exclaimed the Sucker, 'no
nine, thiii's siiekin' it on titc strung, boss
'or isters. A dozen on 'mi aint nothin' ti
i ehirken anil there's no gilliu' mnro'n
iieu for them. I've only re alizml forty
'ive picayunes on my lirsl veotnr' to St
joins. I ll tell you what, I II pin vou lv
hickens for a dozen, if you'll conclude lo
A wag, who was standing by indulging in
dozen, winked to tho attendant to shell
nut, and the offer was accepted.
Now mind,' repeated tho Sucker, 'all
fa, two chickens for a dozen you're
witness, mister,' turning at tho saino time
in the wag, 'none of your Iricks, for I've
beam tell you city fellars aro mity slip'rj
coons ' "
The bargain being faiily understood, our
Sucker squared himself for the onset delil
irately put off his seal skfn, tucked up hit
leeves, and fork in hand, awaited the ap
oearanre of No, I, It came he saw &
quickly it was boiled.' A moment's dread
fill pttise ensued. The wag diopped In
knife and fork with a look
amazement and horror something akin ti
Shakapeare's Ham'et on seeing Ins daddy's
,,iom while he buist into the exclama
'Swallowed alive, as I'm a christian!
Our Sucker hem had opened his moutl
with pleasure a moment before, but now h
ilood open. Fear a hornd dread of
ilid'nt know what a consciousness lhal all
wasn't right, and ignorance uf the oxiont ul
tho wrong the uneeitainly ol that moment
was terrible. Urircd to desperation, he
. . a ,
'What on airlh's the lowl
Did you swallow it alive?' enquired tu
I swallered it jisias gin it to mel'shoutcd
'You'ro a dead maid-exclaimed his anxi
ous friend; 'the cicaturo is alive and will
oat richt through vou,' added ho, in a mosl
Get a pison pump and pump it out.'
screamed the Sucker, in a frenzy, his oyes
fairly starling from their sockets, 'Oh
gracious!' wlmt'll 1 do!' It's got hold ol
my inwards, already, and I am dead as a
chicken do something for me, do don'i
lettho infamal soa toad eat mo aforo your
'Wy don't you put some of this on it!
inquired the wag, pointing- to 'i bottle ol
strong pepper sauco.
The hint was enough the Sucker,upon
the instant, seized the bottle, and desperate
ly wrenching out the cork, swallowed half
the contests at a draught. He fairly squeal
ed from its effects, and gasped, and blowcd
it pitchedit, lwisiod.au if it were coursing
through In in with electric effect, tvhlle at
the same time his eyes ran a siream of tear,.
At length, becoming a liulc composed, Li
waggish adviser approached,ainost bursting
with suppressed latightor, and inquired.
'How are you now, old fellewr did you
Well, I did, boss ugli-ngh-o o o my
inwards. If that itter crhtei's dying agonies
didn't stir a ruction in me equal In a small
ainhquakc, than a sarpent when that killing
stuff touched it; but' and here, wiih
cotintenanco made up of suppressed agony
and present determination, he paused, as if
to t'ivo force to this words, and deliberately
remarked 'If any get two chickens from
me for that live animal I'm d d!' and seiz
iug his seal si; in, he vanished.
Tho shout of luughter.it the contortions
of ihc rompany at this finale, would have
made a spectator believe that they had all
been 'swallowing oyslers alive.'
What will other People say
Mrs. Child, in one of her letters, makes.
the following observations, which, we think
are well worth heeding:
'There is a falso necessity with whicl
we industriously suriound ourselves, a cir
:le that nevet expands, whose iron nerei
changes lo ductile gold. Tim is the pres
encn of public opinion, tho inloleiablr
restraint of con vent mil forms. Undor tin
lespotie. iiilluciice, men ami women chee!
their best impulses, suppress their noblest
feelings, conceal their highest thoughts
Each longs for full communion with other
souls, Inn dares not give utterance to it
veamings. What hinders! The fear ol
nhat Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Olatk will say, or
ihe frown of some sect, or the anathema ol
401110 synod, or ihc fashion of some elive.or
he laugh uf some club, or tint misrepreseu
luiinnofsnme political party. I Don an
ifraid of illy neighbor, and knowest not tha
ho is equally afraid of thee. He has bound
thy hands, and ttiou hast fettered his feel.
(l wero wise for both to snap the imaginary
bond, and walk onwards unschackled. I
thy heart yearns for love, be loving, if llisi.
wouldst have & brother frank to thee, ht
frank in him
But what will people say?
'What docs it concern thee what the
sav! Tfcv life is not in their hands.
I'hey can givo thee nothing of real value
nor take from thee any thinp that is wortl
having. Stian may ptomise thee all the
kingdoms uf tho earth, but ho has not an
icre of it to givo' He may offer much at
the price of his worship, but there is a flaw
in all Ins utile deeds. Internal and sure it
the promise, 'Blessed are the meek fur the)
shall inherit tho earth.'
But I shall be misundeistond, misrep
And what if thou srtt They who throw
clones at what is aboe them, receive tin
missiles back ngiin by ihe law of graviiy,,t
mcky aro they if they biuise not ilieirowi.
faces. Would that I could peisuade all win
read this to bo truthful and free, to say wha
they think and to act what they feel, to cas'
from them, like ropes of sand, all fear ot
sects and parlies, of clans and classes.
What is there of joyful freedom in om
social intercourse? We meet to sco each
other, and not a peep do we got under the
thick, stifling veil which each carries about
him Wo visit to enjoy ourselves, and out
host takes away all om freedom, while vt
destroy his own. If tho host wishes to woik
or ridu, ho dare not lest it seem impolite ti
'ho guest if tlio guest wishes lo read oi
sleep, he dare not, est It seem unpolite to
the host, so they both remain slaves, and
feel it a relief to part company. A few
individuals, mosily in foreign lands, ar
range this matter with wiser freedom. If a
visiter arrives they say, 'I am busy to-day
if you wish to ride, there are horsoi and
saddles in the stable if you wish to read
there aie books in lbs parlour if you want
to work the men are raking hay in the
lichl-if you want to roinp;lhe children are at
play in the court if you want lo talk to me
I can he with you at such an hour. Uo
where you please, and while you stay, do
as you please '
At some houses in Florcncedarge parties
meet without invitation, and without the
slightest preparation. It is understood
that on somo paiticular evening of the week
i lady or gentleman always receive their
friends. In one room aro books and flowers
in another, pictures and engravings: in
niiru, music. vjoupiesaro ensconced in
some shaded acolvj, or groups dotted abou
the room in mirthful or seiious conversation
No ono is required to speak to his Inn.
either entering or departing Lemonade t
baskets of fruits stand here and there on Uu
side tables, that all may lake, who like.bui
eating, which consiitutcs so large a part of
all American entertainments, is a slight and
almost unnoticed indent in these festivals.
of intellect and tasto Wouldst thou like to
sec such social freedom inti'otluccd here?
Then do it. But the first step must In
complete indiflcicncc to Mrs, Smith's as
sert on, that you were moan enough to ofl'ei
only one kind of cake to your company S,
to put less shortening in tho under crust ol
your pies than the upper. Let Mrs, Smith
talk according to her gfis; bo thou assured
that all living souls lovo freedom better
than cakes or tinder crust.'
From Neal'a Saturday Gazette.-
MAKE USE OF YOUR TIME
Some one of our cotemnoiaries we
know not which, as ihe paragraph floatr
aliotu without cieilit propose lo ihr
hoys, now that tho long evening bip on
hand that they devote a portion of their
nrplns nme sav two hours every eve
ning, to some useful study and he goe.
on as follows, lo calculate the advan
tages which will arise fiom so do
ing. 'Two hours each evening, make four
teen hours per week; lhal would make
-ixty hour per month, anil llnee bun
dled houis by the first of April. Think
of it. L iy out a syslcm of studies, ami
liitiKUi! it faithfully, and if you do noi
know more, and arc not wiser, and
consequently better fitted for the prac
tical duties of life, we shall be exceed
ingly disappointed. These Iwo hours
per diem will not at all encroach upon
me ii mo necessary to read Hie news
paper. The a'udy of any of the
-ciences will in fact give incieasxi zeal
foi the lighter and more practical con
tents which fill ihe columns of a well
conducted news sheet. The heud ol
a family who would cultivate a taste
for study and for knowledge among his
children, bhould not fail to keep con
linually within teach of ev ry membei
of the domestic circle the news
This is a hint which might be ai!(lro,.
ed not to boys alone, but likewise to
people of a larger growih; or rather, all
should leuaid lhemselvesa,v 'hoys' whil
leading il if the term 'boy' be rtceived
as including eveiy body who has tin ca
pacity oT impiovement. lo this ex'eni
el us be hoys, lo the end of our earth
.y career, never being loo old lo learn
ind so taking tho advice il may be re
narked that the writer above quoted
does not overrate tho advantage lo be
Icrivcd Iroin tlio uxeil and steady de
votion of a small portion of lime to, the
study of a paiticular subject. In (his
is in oilier matters, it is not so much
ho'rapid tush of the transient Ibod, a
it is the continued dioppinir, thai wear
he slono. Many fail in their purposes
ol intullcctii.il cultivation, not from lack
il ability and inclination, but brcaiir
Ihey operate, no mailer how ardently;
ny ins aim staris. t ho Ihshinti of en
ihusiasm have their uses, no dotib'; but
f wo work only on impulse and whon
as llie phrase goes, wo happen to be in
Hie iiumnur, our achievements rarely
amount to inur.li. 1 Hero
ic.li. Ihero is o dogged
1101 tlliai'lnllsl V lalirlrmrs n I
"v - &
it,' which is tlio only true method of
surmounting difficulties, and without with he foe. One morning ho made a
which genious itself halls in the race, speech somehing to the following cf
Aud iwo hours a day, or only one, feci; which convinced them ih;it u,in..
when it issure, and not to be intermitted
on any account cauno fail to accomplish
results which will astonish him who has
ilitts been enabled to compass them.
It is dillicull. certainly, to return
igain and again to the samo iheme Ihe
human mind in general, is disposed to
wander and to 'hunt aflernew fancies.'
It will, if it be allowed to take tho bit
in its teelh, fritter away its strength,
itlainmg liltle of nolhine; and one of ihi
secrets of success is lo give it disciplitn
in mis respect, that it may wait upon
the judgement; and there is no betiei
nielhod of so doing than is pointed out
ibove certain hours for ceitain stu
I'liere is, moreover, a difpositioi.
wiih mosl people to endeavour to do toi
uiucli or once lo overrun ,is it were.
wnoie fields or literature and science a
a single incursion, instead of advancing
in compact column towards a specified
point. They arc thus tempted to lounge
i.tles-ly among their books; reading
here a little and there a lillle, cnqiMing
ill around negligent ot more serious ad-
tresses, and deluding themselves with
he never to be realized intention ot
neieafier giving up such desultory hab-
is. l or Ihe mind has its dissipation
is well as the body, and our reading
nay easily he made a gossip as unprof
tablu as ihc idlest inteicourse of con
vivid life. Almost eveiy body ha
fell how ihorougly he masters an jtilho
when detained by accident in some re
mote and isolated position, with noili
mg at hand, pcihaps, but a single vol
time, and itut probably not of the mos
attractive character how in mere sell
defence against Ihc approaches of cnui,
is the ruin palters on the window, h
reads it again and again, title-page, iui
pt in t, preface, text and apprehend nil
veriUcments, until he not only tindt i
stands iho work itself, but remember
lie printer, the publisher, ihe terms o
he copyright and every oilier pariicn
lar appertaining lo it. The few peopl,
ibout the house inn' not he of the con
vet sihle sort, or are of the kind whos
slock of ideas is soon exhausted the
log. as distant dogs are apt to b
s unsocial, and docs not understand
our way.'; while the cat is tiuinleres
ing and uncivilized; and under such cir
cumstance.', what a treasure is ihe ven
eral Almanac or anlediluvi in Duectoiy,
I he facls thus collected, however li ivial
'Hike so deep Into the memory iIm
ihey ate rarely forgotten; and there i.s .
lesson in I his which might be luiued li
idvaulage to diiucl our readme. iV
mailer how extensive ihe library, U
your use of it be as wore, i flaked on I aim
enclosed; and whon you have clusel)
ciopped the herbage within your leach
it will he soon enough to move on lo
fresh pasture. Otherwise, a wide ex
tent ol ground may be skimmed ovei,
lo hut little profit. It is desirable, ot
course, lo keep up with tho lighter
literature and llin journalism ct the
day lo read tho newspaper is essential
one might as well he oul of Ihe world
aa tint lo know una! is going on within
ii, and probably there is nothing more
awkward than not to have a general
acquaintance with the current topics
uf (he lime but the more serious atudv
irquires lo be syslemalic, and to be
prosecuted with conceulialed atteutioi
lo have its definod objects and H'
fixed hourn, that we may not play lb
truant fin in our own school, tuidei
all sorts uf pretences and eviasiuns.
ANECDOTE OF GEN. PUTNAM
Among Ihe worthies who (inured dur
ing the era of the American Revolution
peruaps iiieie wuro nonn possessing
mnro originality of character than Gen
Unam.,who was ecci nlric and leaflet
blunt in Ills maniiL'is, the during soldier
wnnoui i tie poilsii ol tho gentleman.
lie might well be callrd the Marion of
hu north, ihoiiuh ho disliked dineui.-e
piuuaiiiy ii u in uu- ijci Of hl.s :,snii
1.. I.I.. r. .i.. r . r . . . " .
vhich was veiy apt to ovcij-lunw anv
tr'ckery he might have in vimv.
AI the time a siionnhold.calleil Horse-
nccu, some miles (loin New Yoil;,was
in possession of the Hiili.-li.Pinnam with
alew ftutdy patnoU, wos lurking in
uie vicinity, uent on driving thrni
Irom the place. Tired of I V I ii or in om.
bush.ihc incn hrcamo impnik'nt, and im
' rvnxl im ml ll.n .........I .....
I"""""." "iv &.iic;u! wiih questions, or
to when ihey were going lo have a 'hi ut
thing was In ihe wind. 'Fellers you'vu
been idle to lone, and so havo I. J'ni,
uoing down to Hush's Horse ueek.in an
hour,with an ox team and a load of corn
If I comoback, I will let you know thu
particulars. If I should not, let them
havo it, by ihc hokey!'
lie shortly afier mounted his ojc-rsrf.
dressed s one of the commonest order
of Yankee farmers, and was soon at
Hush's tavern, wcich was in possession
of the British (room. No sooner did
the officers espy him; thar. they began
to question him as to his whereabout, &
nuuing mm a complete simple, (as they
thought.) they began to quiz htm. and
threatened lo seize the coin sod fod-
'How much do you ask for vour
whole concern?' asked they.
'Fur mercy sake; gentleman, replied
'he moch clodhopper, with the most de
plorable look of entreaty , 'only let rnt?
offand you shall have my bull team &
load for nothing; and if that won't dew,
I'll give you my world I "li return to
morrow, and pay you heartily for your
kindness & condescension. '
'Well, said ihey, we'll lako you at.
your word, leave the team & provender
with us, and we won't require any bail
or your appearance.
Putnam gave up the team, and saun
tered about for on hour or so. eaininc
ill the information he wished; he then
returned lo his men, and told them of
the foe and his plan of attack.
1 he morning came,and with il sallied
itit the gallant band. The Uritish were
handled with rough hands, and when
they Mirrendcrcd to General Putnam,
the clodhopper, he sarcastically remark,
ed, 'Gentlemen, I have kept my word:
t torn you i would call and pay your
kindness and condescension.'
REWARD OF HONESTY.
A Touching Liltle Story There is
uimething in female honesly which
iharm as much as honesy in a man
ind both are so rare, and at the sam
imo so ineslimable, that the celebiated
listich ot our moial bard will equally
ipply lo either:
'A wil'a a feather, and a chief's a rod,
n honest man's the noblest work of God.'
The Cardinal Fames, who was very
pioperly named the patron of the poor
gave public audience onco a weei to in
ligent persons in his neighborhood, and
listributed his bounty among them accor
ling to their wants. A woman of gen
eel address, but in a dejected foilorn
condition, presented herself one day
with her daughter, a beautiful creaturo
ihntit fif'een years old, before this Iiber
'My lord,' said she, 'the rent of mv
house (five crowns) has been due somo
lays, and my landlord threatens to turn
me into the street, unless ho is naid
v'uhin the week. Have the coodness.
my lord Cardinal, to interpose your
acreu auinorny, till by our industry
ve can satisfy the demand of our perse
The cardinal wroM a billet, which lie-
put into the petitioners hand, and said,
Go lo my stuward with this paper, and
receive fiom him five crowns.' Uuf
the, on presenting the document, paid
down fifty. The womah absolutely
refused to receive more than live, alleg
ing lhal his eminence gave lo hef- expect
0 more, anc mat itmusl be a mistake.
Until were so convinced ol acting liter
illy according lo order lhal it wasmutu
illy agreed lo refer ihe mailer lo the
'It is true,' said he, Mhere must be a.
misiBke. Give me the paper and I will
rectify it.' He then returned the billet
thus rectified to the woman, saying, 'So.
much candor and honesty deserves te
compence. Jleie; I hnvn ordered you
a thousand crowns. What you can
spate of it lay up as a dowry for your
daughter in inairiage, and regard my
donation as the blessinc nt God on
Ilia upright disposition of a puro mind.'
An old lady having heard somebody
.nv 'ihe mails wero vcrv irreeular
lemiu ked; t was just so in her young
days no nuking lo any of their fate
'My son, remember that your cha:sc.
tcr ouiihl to shine bilghirr than your
boots.' Suppose I blacken in tlienaihyi''