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' DALTIMOUK LOCK HOSPITAL.
. mil', founder of this Celebrated lutllution,oirerthe
J. most certain, speedy, and only cirecluul remedy u
tho world for ctroclaf..r;ieet-i, Stricture!, Hcmlnalwcak.
nnss l'niniin the I.oius, Constitutional Debility, Impo.
teucv. Weakliest of tlio Uack and l.lniha, Allcctions of
, the Kidneys, rnlplutlon of the Heart, Dispcpsla, Nor-
Voi It liability, Disease of llio Head, Throat .. Note or
r Hkln and all thuso serious and melancholy Disorders
4 KirfJomtheilestrurtko habits of Youth, which de
slroyn both body and mind. These secret uml solitary
practices, oro more ratal to their let . lis than the sons of
the Syrens to tlio manners Ulysses, blighting! their most
' brilliant l.opct and anticipations, rendering inarri age i.c.
Married persona, or Yonne Men contcmplatlnj mar
, rlase, helim an are of physica l weakness, organic tlcabi I
k ty, deformities, ice, should iniincdialily consult I)r
Johnston, and bo restored to perfect health.
Ho who places himself under tlio care of Dr. Johnston,
may rcllKiousty conlldo In his honor as a Bcuucmcn, and
' confidently rely uisnn iilai itKill tits a plijrlcian.
Immediately cured and full isor restored. .
This deseaseis the penalty most frequently pa d by
those Mlio have become the . ictlm of Improper induleen
clcs Young persons aro loo apt to commit elcesslrom
not beiliB aware of tlio dreadful consequence th it may
ensue Now, who that understands the subject will pre.
t and to deny that tlio pow cr of procreation is lutl sooner
by those falliusJnlo improper habits than by t he prudent,
liesldes helm deprived of the pleasure of healthy oil.
minis, tho most serious and destructive sjinptoms to
' both body ami mind arise. The system become derails
. i ed! the pliislcal and mental powers weakened, iicrw-iia
; " debility, dy spepsia, palpitation of the heart, indigestion,
; a wasting oftlm frame. Couth, (symptoms of Consuinp-
L-k ''o-oincc, No. 7 Houtii rRinnicK 8iheet, set en doors
from llaltimore street. Hast side, up the flfi"; I'e par
tlcul.ir in obsertintt thoNAMU and NU.MIlKit.or )ou
' will mistake the place. .
vi A Cure I'orrcnliit, or no Caori'S Made, la from Out lo
v NO MCRCUUY Oil NAlMUtlUtf DUUUi L'BED.
,.i Member of the Royal ColleBe or Surgeons at Londnn-
Graduate from ono of tho luoit eminent lollcgcs of the
, Ki,i.,.,ni! the greater part of whose life has
been spent in tho flr.t Hospitals of London, r.uis, rhila-
,.r.,etn.,t ..eroever known: many troubled
M with rincias in the head and ears whi n asleep, great
nervousness, being alarmed at sudden sounds, and bash
rulness, w tttl freiuent blushing, attended sometimes n itl.
derangement of mind, were cured j Immediately.
When tho misguided and luiprude.it otary of pleasure
. finds 1.0 has imbibed tlio seeds of this p.ilnul diu-aac. It
' , t. often hapni na that an ill timed sense of shame or
' dread of discovery, deters him Irom applying to those
who from education and respectability cau almio befriend
Jinn, dclaiing till tho ronstltutionary symptoms ofihis
Jf horrid diseuse mukes their appearance, inch ni ulcerated
' jjoro throat, ilisia.ed noe, nortiirce, pains In the head
, . and IliilbJ, dimness of slltllt, duafness, nodes on the skin
. bonis, and arms, Mulches on the head, face an I eitreum
-'ales, pronresslns with rapldiiy.till at last tho palatu of
.lhe iu tilth and bonea of llio noso tall in, and tho Ictim or
''IjIiib d's-ase betouiosa horrid objectof rouiiuissornllon
till death puts a period tnhls dreadful sulterlnEs, by sen-
dini! him lo "that bourne from w Ileum no tr.iviler re
turns." To such, therefore, Dr. Johnston pledees him
, aclflonresenothoiiioslcmioablo secrecy, and Iroiu his
I eilensivo praitlco in the llrsl llospitilsof Ihirope and
'! America, he rail conlldently reciniiieud safe nud speedy
" cure lo the unfortunato iiliinofthia horrid disease,
f- curolul"! .rAK1; PAUTIUULAU NOTtCli
Dr. J. addresses alt thosu who hate iij'ired themselves
' liy private nnd improper indulaences.
These arc some of the sad and nnlancholv cflectl pro
.luced by earl) habila ofjoilth, MZ. Weakness of the
Hack and Limbs, l'.iin ill the Dead, Dimiiess of h'i3ht
Loss of Muscular l'ower, ralnilntiou ot the lleait. Djs-
ocpsia, Nervous Irratabillty. Deranceineut of the Digca
" tlve Functions, Oeneral Dcbilitj, symptoms of Consump
"mESTAI.I.Y. Tlio fearful effects upon the mind nro
is. much to bo dreaded, I.o.sof Ms mory, Collision of ldius
J),'presionof tho Spirits, Util I'on bodinas, Aversion
of Society, Tlinity, &.C nro somo of tha ctils prodjeed,
5 Thousands of persons of all ages can now judge w hat
S is tha causs of their declining health. Loosing their
' isor, becoming enk, paio and cinaciated, haMiig sin
gular a(lpearanc about the eyes, cough and a) niptums cl
CntumptlA. IN,v,n0ATIN0 I!r,MI;ui. roR
IlytUis treataud iinportant remedy, weakness of tho
organs are tpceihly cured, and full tlgor restored.
Thousauds of tho most nervous and debilitated, who
had lost all hope, have been immediately relieved. All
Impediments to .Marriage, Physical mid Mental Disquali
fication, Nervous ratability, Tremblings and Uiakness
or eihaustation of tho most fearful kind, speedily cured
by Doctor J"""'Vo,.-x MHN.
Who have Injured thniselves by a certain practice.
Indulged In when alone a habit frequently learned rrom
eil couipaiilous, or at school tho eirects of which aro
nightly fell, even when asleep, and if not cured readers
luarriago impossible, and destroys both uiiud and body,
lliould apply immediately.
What a pitty that youni man, tlio hope of lilt reunify,
and th darling orbit p irents, should bo snatched from
oil pnupects and enJonients orhfe, by tho eonsequeu.
ccs of deviating from tin path of nature, and indulging
in a sertain tecret habit. Such persons before coil
ehould reflect Hint n sound mind and body arc the inos
, necessary rcquisitiut to promote conunbial happiness
Indeed, without these the Journey through lifo becomes
f v fljwenry pilgrnunge, tha prospect hourly darkens to
v the view: llio mind becomes shadowed with despair ic
.f filled with tho lanrholy reflection thai the happiuesi
jf another becomes bllehted with our own,
ofi'ici: no. 7 south ntr.ni;itii:icsT..at(wor, mj
Jl ALL SUlllllCAL OIM1UATIONS I'lUU OKMKD.
!al N. II. Let no ralso modesty prevent ou, but apply
Immediately eitlo-r personally or bv Letter,
j ' ( sKINDISliASL'SSI'EtDILYCUUUD.
'ill A HtJIA
T, mnnv llinlisauda cured st this institution Within
the last 15 years, and llio numerous iinportant burgicnl
Operation! performed by Dr. Johnston, witnessed by
the reporters of llio papers andmauy other persona, no.
(ices of which hato appeared ogain nud agaiu before tho
..Hi.!! hn.u,. l,ia ut.tiidma as n ecntleman of rlinrncter
. and responsibility, is a siitlicicnt guarantee to the atllicte J,
K. II. There are to many Ignorant and worthlctj
.hUaika advertising themselves i'hjsicians, ruining tho j
, wealth of tha already aolicted, that Dr. Johnston deems t
' .-.-lecesiary lo say, especially tu thoso uuacqoainled I
wth kit reputation, that his credential! and dipiomttj
a. uu) hang in his olflre. I
"vc irv Tiar. N'OTitE. All letters must bo nest paid, and
t rantaiu u postage stamp for Ihu reply, er no answer will
v " stc Mi: underilnnod. grateful for past patronage, respect
0 fully Informs hit cu. turners and the publlcgcnerally,
. .Atv, l,.t..ln .u.rlun.1 emu, Ihit TUtternn rillsu .1,0
Jurcst uud most select stock of
SWUNG AijD suaijjjm
Slst ha yt been opened In Hloomfburn, tu which he
ravites Ihti attention uf his friends, and asuures them
Vi tht-y are offered for talc t-Vt great bargains. JIU
tito:K cumprlscs a largtt assormen( of
3f OENTLKMUN'B AVKAUING A,lTAr,UL.
Cousistinir ol FismoifApLB IIresj Coits, of fcry dps.
rrirtion; rants, Vcs;s, bhlrts, Cray at Stocks, Cuoq
llaudkerihlifs, Qluycs, Uuspmiders, &c,
'Of every daicrlpllon, fine and cheap.
'.N U. Reinember " .olpatrt" clitep rmeiium."
WU and tec, Ho charge for naming ijoods.
Dlstmikiri, Mitch'.', i:ei, (iucl.i-)
Tlio Empty Cradlo.
In tho lonely quiet chamber
There an empty cradle-lied,
With a print uputt the pillow
Of a baby's tinning head,
'lis a fair and dainty cradle;
Downy ma tho pillows white i
Hut within the blankets folded,
Lies no little form to night.
Once tha mother sat beside it
When the day was growing dim.
And her pleasant voice wo a singing
Soft an 1 low-a cradle hymn
Now there's no more need of singing
When tho evening shadows creep,
I'ot the cradle-bed Is empty
And Jh baby gone tu sleep.
Little head that used to nritlo
In the pillows white and soft;
Little hands, whoso restless fingers
Folded them in dreams bo oft;
Lips wo pressed with warmest kisses
Eyes we praised for purest ray -Undcrncnlh
the churchward daisies
Tiny have hid ou all awny.
Ah ( tha empty, melons cradle 1
We will put it nut of night,
Lest our hearts should grieve to sorely
Tor tho 'little one to-night.
We will think how safe forever
In the better fold above,
That young lamb for w hich w c sorrow
I'cstvth now in Jesus love.
Aa Appenino Adventure.
While stopping iu Florence, at thc"Casa
del Hello," my companion and guide wai
James L. Grover, an American painter of
somo noto, whom I had well known in tho
land of liia nativity. It was Sunday eve
ning, and on the following day I was to
start for Bologna. Grover and myself sat
upon ono of tho balconies of our chamber,
engaged in conversation over our segnrs,
and after we had talked awhile of tho
various things wo had been duricg tho
day, ho asked me if he had ever told mo
of his adventuro upon tho Appenincs. I
told him I had never hoard it.
"Thou. I mnst tell it to you," ho said,
throwing away his sugar, and taking a sip
"I lighted a fresh egar, and he related
it to 1110 -as follows :
"Four years ago thin summer, my bro
ther and two sisters vititcd me here in
Florence. They ipcut two weeks with
ms, and then started for Venice, by tho
way of Bologna, where they had friends
whom thoy were anxious to sec, I should
havo gouo with them had I not been en
gaged upon a work which 1 had promised
to havo done within a given time ; but, as
it was, wo inado tho thing work very well,
for my brother expected two thousand dol
lars by tho hands of a friend who was
shortly ospected from Borne, and it was
arranged that I should tako tho money
when it camo, and bring it with mo to
Veuica when 1 got ready to meet them
there My brother loft tho necessary
document for tho obtaining of tho money,
and in due time set out.
"On tho very nest day I was taken ill,
and was confined to my bed a week, but I
got out and finished my work just as tho
friend arrived from Itomo with the money.
IIo delivered it into my hands upon tho
production of my brother's written instruc
tions, and I set tho nest Monday as tho
day on which I would start. I was really
not fit to undcrtako such a joarnoy, but I
could not mis3 seeing my sisters once nioro
before they returned homo. I could havo
sent tho money easily enough, but I had
promised myself too much pleasuro with
my dear relatives in Vcnico to miss it
"Monday mornitig came, and I could
not ariso from my bed without assistance.
A sort of ncuralgio affection had seized on
my nerves, and I was forced to stay in
doors, and to resort to hot baths and med
icine. But on tho following morning I felt
able to start, and did so. Upon reaching
Pistojo, I learned that there was no dili
gence to lcavo beforo tho nest day. I
oould not stand this. I was already be
hind my time, and if tho thing could bo
accomplished, I must go on, There was
a diligenco under the shed, but no ono to
drive it. "But can't wo havo somo ono I"
I asked. "If Signor will pay," was tho
laconio reply. Of course I would pay ;
and thought tho sum charged was a pretty
round ono, yet I did not hesitate. Tho
lumbering vchiclo was dragged out) four
miscrablo looking horses were attached,
and theu a yoko of stout oxen hitched on
ahead of them, Two rough looking fel
lows wero provided, one as a vctturino,
(postilion,)and tho other to drivo tho oxen.
Thus provided, 1 took iny teat, and the
"Wo w cro to cross the Appenlnes by tho
Pass of La Collina, and just began to as
cend tho rugged mountain path when I
heard a loud hallooing behind, and in a
moment the diligence stopped.
BLOOMSBU RG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA-,
"What's tho matter!" I asked, poking
my head out through tho .opening by my
"Two men want to ride," returned tho
"But I havo hired tha diligenco, and
am in a hurry; so drivo on. If thoy wish
to rido they must wait uutil to morrow."
"But the drivers wero not to bo govern
"It won t make a bit of difference,"
tlioysaiu. "Wo 11 just go as last; and
besides, they 11 pay us something."
"By this timo the cause of all tha trouble
mado its appcaranco in tho shape of two
dark visaged, blaok-beardcd,poworful men
who looked ugly enough for tho incarna
tion of murder, I recognized ono of
them as a fellow whom I had seen hanging
about tho hotel at Florence, and tho other
I wa confident I had caught a glimpse of
just as tho diligcnoo left tho yard at Pis
toja. "I was upon tho point of speaking when
tho thought occurred to mo that I had bet
ter keep my knowledge of the Italian lan
guago to myself. I might find out tho
character of tho fellows thus. I know
very well that further remonstrance would
bo useless, for tho drivers wero stupidly
hoggish, and the now applicants were
clearly not men to bo argued with. The
door was oponod, and the follows entered.
I occupied tho back seat, and thoy took
tho scat at tho other end, fixing themselves
so as to face mo, Thoy looked at mo out
of wicked eyes, and as thoy threw back
their short cloaks I saw they wero well
"Hope wo don't trouble you?" said ono
of them, in course Italian, aa tho diligenco
I gazed inquiringly into his face, but
mado no reply.
"IIo repeated tho remark.
"jS'o comprehend, Signor," I said, sha
king my head.
"Ah Englisc?" hbEUsgeste"a,- with a
shrug of his shoulders.
"No Irish," I told him.
"Ugh !" ho grunted, with another shrug
of tho broad, massive shoulders, and an
awful scowl of tho face.
"Wo had now began to ascend the moun
tain in good earnest, and our pace was slow
and lumbering. The fellow who drove
tho oxen mado noiso enough for an army,
while tho blows upon both oxen and horses
Ml hard and thick, but without accom
plishing anything. Had I been alono, I
might have enjoyed tho scenery which un
folded itself below us as wo crept up tho
Collina; but as it was I could not think
of anything save tho two men who had
forced themselves upon me. Pretty soon
one of them spoko, and though I appeared
not to notico them, yet I could sco that
they wero watching mo closely,
"Death and destruetiou !" ho uttered in
his own tongue, "wo shall bo over the pre
cipice if that drunken driver is not care
'I read the fellow's purpose in a mo
ment and not a movement betrayed my
understanding of what ho had said. My
eyes wero half closed, and to all appear
ance I was, unconscious of their presence.
"He's right. IIo don't understand us,"
said one of them.
"All safe," returned the other.
"After this thoy convorsed together quito
freely, and 1 was not long in having my
worst fears realiz cd. But not a change
could thoy detect iu ray countenance. I
I kept my knowlcdgo as secret as tho very
grave, and all my feeling was within mo.
After awhilo they became satisfiod that 1
know nothing of their language, and they
became more bold in their speech, and
talked their plan all over ; and from thorn
I learned tho following highly interesting
"The one whom I had scon in Florence
had by somo means learned that I was to
carry quite a large sum of monoy with mo
across the mountains, and ho had come on
to Pisjota, where his confederato was, to
await my arrival,intcnding to rob mo there,
if possible. But when they found that I
was to go alono in tho diligenco, thoy had
a better plan. They would rob mo on tho
mountain. Th two drivers wero friends
of theirs, and wero to bo paid liberally for
allowing themselves to bo overcome. Tho
villains talked about cutting my throat,
shooting me through the head, or plung
ing a knife to my heart, and thou throw
ing mo over the precipice, as coolly aa
though they had been planning tho death
of a fowl for dinner I Tho placo whero
they were to murder mo was about a milo
distant, whero tho road wound round a
high crag, with an almost perpendicular
wall of rock upon ono hand, and a deep
chasm on tho ether.
"This was an interesting position, suro
enough, I was weak weak at best but
doubly weak now with my illness and tho
only weapon I had was a single pistol.
Hither of tho brigands could havo thrown
mo over his head with case, and as for
fighting with them that was out of tho
question. What could Idol Both tho
drivers woro in league with them. If I
leaped from tho diligenco, I should die on
tho spot where I landed. If I shot ono of
tho bandits, tho other would annihilate mo
in a moment. I had the gold in a small
traveling bag under my feet, and as the
heavy carriago jolted over tho stones, tho
yellow pieces jingled sharply, and I could
sco tho eyes of tho villains sparkle liko
"At length tho high craggy peak was in
sight, and I could sco where tho road
wound abruptly round it. Thus far I had
been torturing my brains to invent somo
way of escape, but without effect. I was
as thoroughly hodged in as though bound
by iron chains. And in a few minutes,
all would bo over 1 Still' 1 felt for my pis
tol, and had it ready.
"Presently the diligenco stopped at tho
foot of an abrupt rise, and tho follow who
drovo tho oxen camo and told tho bandits
they must get Out and walk up. They
stepped out at onccj and in a moment I
heard a slight scufile. I lookod out just in
timo to -see both tho drivers lashed together
by tho arms, back to back. They must
hav, been placed ready for tho operation,
for the thing had been dono with incredi
ble quickness. I drew my pistol and
awaited tho result. My heart was in my
mouth, but the intense excitement render
ed mo strong for tho while.
"In a few sccouds ono of tho villains
came and poked tho muzzle of a huge pis
tol into my face.
''Gold! GV7 ho said. Givo me gold
"It was but tho work of a second to
knock hii weapon distvn with my loft hand
while with my right I brought up my own
pistol and fired. Tho ball entered be
tween his eyes, and ho reeled back and
fell. Then I leaped after him ; for I saw
his companion coming up upon tho other
f-ide. I hoped to gain the doad man's pis
tol, but ere I could do so, tho heavy hand
of tho living bandit was upon my shoulder
and his pistol aimel at my head. With
an energy which tho presence of death can
alono beget, 1 knocked his weapon down,
and grappled with him. lie hurled mo
to tho ground as though I had been a child;
but before ho could follow up his advantage
tho postillion cried out :
"Hold, Marco! A vcttura is coming I
"Tho robber turned, and in a moment
move a heavy vcttura, with four horses at
tached, camo round tho comer full upon us,
I started to my feet, and saw my brother
looking from the window.
"Help! Bobbers! I shouted with all my
"Tho bandit had taken aim at tho vct
turino of tho ucw team, but ho was too
late. My brother had comprehended the
whole truth in a moment, and with a suro
aim and a quick ono too, ho shot the vil-
througlt tho heart.
"Wo sccur'cd my two drivers, and then
matters were quickly explained. I told
my brother all that had happened, and ho
then told mo ho had hoard of my illness,
and was coming back to sco mo. Ono of
iny sisters had been ill at Bologna, so that
thoy had not yet gouo to Venice, but were
waiting until I should be ablo to join them.
You can imagino how deep our gratitude
was and how fervently wo blessed God for
this fortunato interposition. My joy seem
ed to lift mo up from tho paiu 1 had suff
ered, and I felt better than I had beforo
felt for weeks.
"And now what should wo do next ?
Should wo let the two rascally drivers go
and turn about for Bologna ?
"No, said my brother. Our sisters won't
expeot us for thrco days ; to we'll carry
theso villains back aud givo them up and
to-morrow we'll go over in ray vcttura.
"Wo tumbled tho two dead bodies into
the diligenco, and then bound the two dri
vers hand aud foot, and tumbled them in
after. Tho oxen were cast adrift, and my
brother's vctturino mounted and started
tho hoavy team back, whilo we assumed
the control of tho vcttura ourselves.
"The drivo down tho mountain was
quickly performed, and tho city ofPistoja
was reached without mishap. Tha two
dead inon wero recognized as old offen
ders at once, and my testimony very qui
etly settled tho business for tho drirers.
On tho nest night wo were in Bologna,
where my sisters rccicvcd wo with open
arms, and two days afterwards we wero
all 5b Venice.
"So much for my trip across the Appc-uiuci."
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1861.
Frightful Explosion of an Oil
Wo havo already mado mention of tho
explosion of an oil well in Warren county,
Pennsylvania. Wo extract tho following
A well which had been drilled two hun
dred feet by ilawloy & Merrick, had
struck oil, but tho yield being less than
expected, tho pumping was abandoned and
drilling commenced. Over ono hundred
feet further wero drilled, when at half past
flvo on Wednesday evening a sudden rush
of oil through tho fivo and a half inch
tubing throw out tho drills and gushed up
forty feet above tho surface of tho ground.
At tho least computation it was throwing
from seventy to one hundred barrels per
hour, Abovo this mass of oil, tho gas of
benzine roso in a cloud for fifty or sixty
feet. As soon as the oil commenced gush
ing forth, all tho fires of engines in the
neighborhood wero immediately extin
At about half past cloven, as a largo
number of men and boys wero about the
well engaged in saving tho oil, tho gas from
tho woll which had spread in every direc
tion, took firo from tho engine of a woll
over four hundred rods distant, when in a
second tho whole air was in a flamo, with
a crash and roar liko discharges from a
park of artillery. As soon as tho gas
took firo, the head of tho jet of oil was in
a furious blazo, and falling liko water from
a fountain over a space ono hundred feet
in diameter, each drop camo down a blaz
ing globo of boiling oil. Instantly the
ground was a flamo, constantly increased
and augmented by tho falling oil. At
once a sccno of indescribable horror took
placo. Scores wero thrown flat, and for
a distance of SO feet, and numbers hor
ribly burned rushed blazing from tho hell
of misfortune, shrieking and screaming in
Just within tho circlo of the flamo could
be seen four bodies boiling in tho seething
oil, and one man, who had boon digging a
ditch to convoy away tho oil to a lower
part of the ground, was killed as ho dug,
and could bo seen as ho fell over tho han
dle of his spado, roasting in tho fierce
clement. IV. r. H. It. Houso, of tho firm
of Rouse, Mitchell & Brown, of the village
of Enterprise, Warren couuty, a gentle
man largely interested iu wells iu this
locality, aud whoso income from them
amounted to 51,000 a day, was standing
near the pit and was blown twenty feet by
the explosion. IIo got up aud ran about
ton or fifteen feet further, and was dragged
out by two men, and conveyed to a shanty
somo distance from tho well. When ho
arrived not a vistago of clothing was left
upon except his stockings and boots. His
hair was burned off, as well as his finger
nails, his cars and his eyelids, whilo tho
balls of his eyes wero crisped up to noth
ingness. Iu this condition ho lived nine
hours mado his will, leaving 81 00,000 to
tho poor of Warren county, and $500 a
year to his father, his only living relation,
for lifo. Ho died, however, without sign
ing tho will.
Tho bodies of fivo other men wero re
covered and recognized. In addition thero
arc skeletons of five others visible within
tho circlo of flame, and many aro missing
strangers who came to witness tho oper
ations of tho wells. It is supposed that a
uumber of others havo boon burnt to pow
der closo by the mouth of tho well. Somo
thirty-four wero wounded.
At tho timo of tho cxplosiou everything
in tho neighborhood sixty or seventy
rods took firo, and shanties, derricks,
cngino houses and dwellings woro at once
involved in flames. The boiler of Dobbs'
well, eighty rods from tho original well,
blew up with a tremendous explosion, kill
ing instantly the engineer Wcsloy Skinner,
adding another intensity to the evening's
horrors. At this timo tho whole air was
on firo. Tho jet of oil rushing up forty
fect was almost a pillar of livid flame,
whilo tho gas abovo it, to the distance of a
hundred fect was flashing, exploding,
dashing toward tho heavens, and appa
aently licking tho clouds with its furious
tongues of heat. Wheeling Union,
Oun Aiimv and Navy. The Govern
ment has mado official proclamation for
additional troops to crush out tho rebell
ion. Tho amount and conditions of the
Government forces aro as follows:
Volunteers by proclamation 75,000
Volunteers tor a years servico .... -l'J.ouo
Regulars for 0 years' servico .... 25,000
Seamen ' 1S,U00
That is, seventy-flvo thousand week be
fore last and cihty-fivo thousand now.
Each of the Stato has enrolled more than
douolo the number of rcgiuicuU asked of
A Privato Room.
One particular dark, damp, dull, driz
ztlj, and disagrecablo day in tho latter
part of November, a tall, gaunt, queer
looking customer, dressed in a blue coat
with brass buttons, with yellow striped
pantaloons, and calfskin terminations, sat
solitary and alono in ahttlo room, situated
in a certain littlo restaurant in the city,
beforo him was a littlo round tablo on
whoso marble top was "not a littlo pitcher
of smoking punch, "sarccohing hot," and
a wino glass. Tho solitary individual was
York nothing else and that was his
second pitcher nigh his second empty.
One minuto after and you couldn't fact,
you sco havo squeezed out of cither pitch
er or glass by a hydraulic press.
York rang tho bell. Tho waiter popped
his head in at tho door.
"ring, sa V
"Of course I did. Is it clearing off?"
'No sa damp, sa fog so thiok ycu
could ladlo it with a spoon, sa. Havo
'More punch and stroag.
"Yes, sa immediately."
Tho waiter withdrew, and in a few sec
onds returned with tho third pitcher of
punch aud York was beginning to feel glo
rious, when, on raising his eyes, he saw
his own figure in a pier glass opposito.
He rubbed his eyes again.
"By thunder !" said ho, "hero's somo
follow sitting right beforo me. I'll swear
thero's impudenco for you. This is a pri
vato room, sir, for my solo accomodation.'
IIo waited a minute,cxpcctingan answer
swer; but his reflection only stared at him
and held its peace.
"I was saying sir, that this is my pri
vato room mino, sir 1" cried York, fetoh
ing his voico an octave higher than it was
No answer, and ho rang furiously. Tho
waiter mado his nppearanco ugain.
"King, sa !"
"Yes, I did rinc Dou't I ask for
" It is? Why thero's a fellow setting
right opposito mo now, on the other sido
of tho table Hot his impudtneo.
"Tablo, sa fellow sa?"
"Yes, thero is. Well, just never mind
Bring in somo more punch and a coup
le of glasses."
In a very short time, tho fourth pitcher
with two glasses, mado thoir appearance.
York filled ono of the glasses, and then
shoved it over to the other sido of the ta
ble. "Will jou drink ?'' said ho, addressing
tho figure in tho glass.
"Oh, you won't, eh?" "Well, I-I
And so he did.
"Better drink, old follow," continued
York ; "your liquor is getting cold, and
you look as if you was fond of tho thing."
No answer being roturncd, York rang
tho bell again.
In popped tko waiter.
"Ring, sa ?"
"To bo suro I did. Binn't you hoar
tho bb bell?"
"Didn't"' I order a p-p privato room.
"Yes, sa; this is a private room, sa."
"A pretty privato room this, with a fel
low setting right opposito, that won't tako
a glass of punch with you when its offered
aud a red noso man at that. Oh, well
never mind ; bring nioro tumblers and moro
punch. I'll try him again."
Pitoher number fivo was accordingly
brought in, with duo stato.
"B b better try some, old boy," said he,
coaxingly, to his double.
The reflex merely looked good natured,
but said nothing.
"Well 'continued York, with a sigh,
"if this isn't most infamous. Never mind,
I'll drin; tho punch 1 '
And so ho did, every bit of it. About
fivo minutes sufficed to end tho pitcher
York rang the boll suporfluously.
"Certainly. Why shouldcn't I?"
Whcro's tho man who keeps the placo ?''
"Boss, sa? I'll sco him, sa."
Shortly after, the host, a quiet little man
with a mottled, calico pattern faco and a
shinning bald head, mado his appcaranco.
"W-w whats to pay ?" demanded York
rising and assuming an air of dignity.
"Firo punches fivo levies, Bir."
"There's tho monoy, sir," said York,
forkinir over tho coin. "And now I want
to know why, when I c o-called for a pri
vato room, you put mo in here with some
"Thero's nobody here but you and 1."
1 "Nobody ! Do you think I can't see.
D'yo think I'm drunk!" Thero look
thero ! Two of ,em, by jingo."
"Well sir, I must confess, I can't sea
but U9 two."
"You can't, oh?" and York dragged
tho landlord to tho table. "Look there,
then; thero's the rascal slill.now. On
of 'om is enough like you.to bo your brotho
cr and the other is tho most God-forsa
ken, mean looking whito man that ever I
A nusDAND A Convenient Thing. I
asked a pleasant Iookinir German woman
in market, one cold morning, if it was not
naru worK to como every morning and
miad her stall.
''Oh, yes," was her renlv. ,'lsh nrettir
cold, but I must do somcthinff. I did not
uso to tend market."
I asked her how it hanDoned that lipr
circumstances had so channed. In Iter
brokon English sho told mo tho following
"Mo and my iiusband ooino from Ger
many, and on the sea ho die, and when no.
cot to St. Louis mo havo nd monish. anrl
four, five childrcd; sol wash, I iron, I
do every thing I can do, nnd I only get
bread ; den I gets sick ; washin' and iron
in' too hard for mo. So I said I will go
in tho country and work carden : so I
sells my irons and everything, and works
somo more, and gets twenty dollars, and
then I rents of a German man one aero of
ground, and I spado him, and work him
all mjrself my boy only soven years old
then and l raiso lettuce, and beets, and
cabbage, and onions, and corn.anil nvrrr.
thing,and Iniako monish. Thenin two years
I rent two acres, and then mv bovs and
girls help somo, and I mako lots of monish;
men l uuiius me a iioot homo, and two
years ago I gets mo a husband."
"llow Uo you get along now?" I asked."
"Oh, very well," sho answered, and
with a merry twinklo in her oye, sho add-
cu, -no is uc most convenient thing about
do house, but my new cooking stovo. no
Epaacs my ground, and helps mo to get
ready for market, and nurse my baby
while I come, for I know better how to
soil, I been koin' so long."
JfST WHAT HE WAD WuEN A DOT. A
fow evenings since, whilo slonly making
my exit from a crowded lecture room-
whero an appreciative audience had been
listening with absorbed interest to the glow;
ing pictures of India, presented by a pop
ular and gifted lecturer, and earnest voico
by my side exclaimed :
"Just what ho was when ho was a boy.
I heard him offer his first prayer in public
and I shall never forget my feelings. Ho
was just as earnest then as now. Yon
could scarcely breatho for listening."
'But, said a lady in reply, "can you
bcliovo all he has said ?"
"Yes," was tho instant reply. "That
boy could never say what was not exactly
truo. I bcliovo him just as much as I be
lieve tho Bible."
I mused upon tho words, "Just what ha
was when ho was a boy." Tho same quick
thoughts, glowing with poolio imaeory
tho samo fervid oloquence, seemed to lift
the hearer to somo lofty standpoint,whcnc
tho far-famed luxurianco of Eastern climos
stretches out a sea of vcrduro beforo his
admiring gazo, or amid this oriental gran
deur of scenery scos tho vast crowds held
in thraldom of debasing errors, till his heart
glows to stretch forth his hand to those
perishing millions, and pluck them as
"brands from tho burning."
un that tneso oarolcwly uttorrod words
might havo fallen upon tho heart of overy
boy in our land, making each realize that
oven now he is weaving tho mantlo of his
futuro manhood, tracing his character in
dim outline, to which future yoars Bhall
only add tho shading ? How wise, then,
in youth, to follow noblo ambitions, to do
those things which aro right !
A CoKuurr Institution. A pious
old deacon used to inspiro us with so much
awo by tho sanctity of his manner, that
wo dare not say that onrsoul was our own
while iu church. Deacon F, camo to Cal
ifornia, and was tempted after small gaim.
A friend and member of tho same church
found him one night "bucking tho montc."
With holy horror ho nudged tho the ab
sorded player into a knowlcdgo of his
prosenec. "Deacon, do I find you gam
bling?" With ready wit to release him
from embarrassment, he chuckled, "No,
no, friend S , not gambling 1 You
sco this is a corrupt institution, txnd I'm
ibing my lest to brepk it uo!"
"My namo is Summerset. I am a mis
erable old bachelor. I cannot marry, for
how could I hope to provail on any young
lady, possessed of tho slightett delicacy, to
turn a Summit iCtt "