The star of the north. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1849-1866, April 03, 1851, Image 1

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Why this longing, clay-clad spirit ?
Why this fluttering of thy wings ?
Why this stiiving to discover
Hidden and transcendent things t
Be contented in the prison,
Thy captivity shall cease—
Tat'e the good that smiles before theo ;
Restless spirit bo at peace !
Willi (lie roar of wintry forests.
With the thunder's crash and roar,
With the rusli of (tunny wafer.
Thou wouldst sympathise, O soul !
Thou wouldst ask them mighty queslions
In a language of their own,
Untranslatable to mortals,
Yet not utterly unknown.
Thou wouldet fiuhom Life and Being, J
Thou wouldst see through birth and death j
Thou wouldst solve the eternal riddle—
Tuou a speck, a ray, a breath.
Thnu wouldst look at stars and systems,
As if thou couldst understand
All the harmonies of Nature,
Struck by an Almighty hand.
With thy feeble logic, tracing
if Upward from effect to cause.
Thou art toiled by Nature's barriers,
And the limits of her laws.
Be at peace, tliou struggling spirits,
(ireat Eternity denies
The unfolding of its secrets
In the circle of thine eyes.
Be contented with thy freedom—
Dawning is not perfept day;
There are truths tliou canst not fathom, !
Swaddled in thy robes of clay.
Kpstip hope flint if thy circle
Grow not wider here in Time,
God's Eternity shall give thee
i'owerof vision more sublime.
Clodged and bedded in the dnrknc s, ;
Little gorm abide lliine hour,
Thou'lt expand in proper season,
Into blossom, into flower.
Humble faiili alone becomes thee
in the glooms where thou art lain:
Bright is the appointed future ;
Wait—thou strait not wail i:s vain.
Cease thy struggling, feeble spirit !•
Fret not at thy prison bars ;
Never shall thy mortal pinions
Make ihe circuit of the stars.
Here on Earth are duties for ihee,
Suited to thine earthly scope :
Seek them, tliou Immortal Spirit—
God is with thee—work in hope.
The Senate Committee appointed to re- |
port upon the subject of tlio Sunbury ami
Erie Railroad, lately presented a report
through Mr. Walker the chairman, from ;
which we are pleased to extract the follow- i
ing conclusion in relation to the
Qcneral ternaries upon its Eastern Terminus be- j
I ween Sunbury, and the Valley nj the Schuyl• I
Several reports have been proposed ex- :
a mined, and surveyed, with a view to a rail
road connection between the waters of the j
Schuylkill and of (lip Susquehanna, at Sun- i
bury: which varioqs routes may be briefly j
elated as follows; commencing westwardly
Ist. By tho Mine Ihll and Schuylkill Haven \
from Schuylkill Haven, througli Miners-
Ville "id oa ' Castle to Sliamnkin, a dis
till IS of foi>t*° overcoming the
Broad Mountain b,'." a ' iun •' |.M> J"'
(above Delaware tidewater * l 1 hdadelphia.) ,
by eighty feet grades ascending v ;*stwar( ly, j
an I i'xty si x feet ascending easlwardly. - W |
would make the total distance from HiiJa i
delphia to Suubury one hundred and fifty j
miles, thus:
I'hiladelphia to Schuylkill Haven (Read
ing Railroad) 89
Schuylkill Haven to Coal Castle (Mine
Hill Railroad) 10
Coal Castle to Shamokin 32
Shamokin to Sunbury (Danville and Potls
ville) . '8
150 |
Of which qnly thirty two miles from Coal
Oasile to Shamokin would require construc
ting, at a cost oi about $1,280,000 the balance
,of the one hundied and eighteen miles being
already built and in operation.
3d. By the Mount Carbon Railroad route
through Fobsville, New Castle, and Shamo
kin, to Sunbury, a distance of about fifty four
mites from end of Reading Raijrqad ; with
grade* of eighty gvo feet per mile ascending
west, and about sixty feet per mile ascending
east. By this route, at present unexplored,
the distance from Philadelphia would be one
hundred and forty six miles, thus:
Philadelphia to Pottsville 93
Poltsville to Suubury 53
14 6
Of whi thirty three miles would require
•to be cor.str.''e' eil ' a co4t of a3OUI
3d. By the Mu Crtek P ailroad vla ' Port
Carbon, St. Clair, Ne-' v Boston and Shamokin
to Sunbury, in all sixty m,les ' ,om P " d ° f
Reading Railroad at Mount 4 ' bon I ° ne
hundred and fifty two miles i. P ' •
The maximum grades in this route, will be
about one hundred feet to the mile going
wert, and about fifty coming east. Of the
whole distance one hundied and eighteen
miles are Bbilt and in operation, and five on
the Mill Creek Railroad are partially graded,
leaving twenty nine to be constructed, at a
cost of about 91,200,000.
4th. By the Little Schuylkill and Cattawissa
Railroad via. Port Clinton, Tamaqita, Tama
nend, and Cattawissa, to Sunbnry, in all one
hundred and sixty seven miles from Phila
delphia thus:
Philadelphia to Port Clinton, (Reading
Railroad) 78
Port Clinton to Tamaqua (Little Schuyl
kill Knilroad) 20
Timaqua to junction with Cattawis9a
Railroad 12
Thence to Cattawissa 35 !
Cattawissa to Sunbury 22 |
of which ninety eight miles are constructed j
and in operation, and thirty five of the Cat- |
lawissa Railroad are graded, leaving only j
thirty-four to be made, at a probable cost oi l
81,350,000. The maximum grades on this ■
route are only sixty six feet goUig west, and j
thirty three feet per mile coming east.
All these routes stated pass over or through j
the first iml second coal fields of Penn- 1
ej'ivatiia, containing the richest measures!
of anthracite coal in the United States; j
accessible at every point, by any of the j
routes, and therefore abundantly able to af
ford a local coul business sutficient to justify
their construction. For want of these im
provements, thousand of acres of most val-)
uable coal land, in the second coal field, are ]
liehl at a nominal value otdy, and rise or fall !
in price, as the prospect of a railroad im
proves or diminishes.
The " Girard Eestate," owned by the j
City of Philadelphia, in the second coal j
field, contains a large amount of most valua- j
coal land, at present entirely unproductive,
lor want of access to market.
Any railr.oad, connecting the Snequehan-j
na and Seuylkill valleys, must command the
entire passenger travel of the north and west
branches of that noble stream, at prosent '
dependent upon canals and stages. The ex- <
tensions already made, and making north- j
wardly, into New York State, will secure a,
large portion of the travel now seeking the ;
Erie Railroad, and of the rich and fertile !
\-uUeys of the Tioga, Owego. and Chenango
It i 3 worthy of remark, that by the Schuyl- j
kill Valley lies the shorter route from Phila- I
delphia to Elmira (on the New York ana j
Erie Railroad.) than from that latter potrt, '
by the same railroad, to the city of New j
Yoik, thus :
Philadelphia to Port Clinton "8
Port Clinton to Tamanend
Tainauend to Catlawissa 35 I
Ca'.tavvissa to Williamsport 45 j
190 |
Williamsport to Elmira 75 |
| Philadelphia to Elmira, total 205 (
t New York to Elmira 283 ;
Difference in favor of Philadelphia 18
By the proposed Sunbury and Erie Rail j
road, and the shortest (surveyed) of the :
routes just stated, the distance between Yhil- I
adelphia and Lake Erie is the most direct of!
any railroad now being constructed, or pro ,
posed, between the great lakes of the West, )
and an Atlantic seaboard city, as will be :
: shown by the following comparison :
! Phildelphia to Sunbury, via Mine Hill j
j Railroad 1 !
I Suubury to Erie, by Miller's Survey £B6 1
I New York and Erie route—
New York to Dunkirk, by Erie Ra.l
--i road 470
I In addition to the immense trade of the |
I Lakes, yearly increasing in magnitude, and j
, for which the Erie ami Philadelphia Railroad i
must ho a successful competitor, its local
business alone will be important.
The northern tier of counties in our Slate,
is quite equal, in fertility of soil, and Car
superior in mineral wealth, to its southern
: portion. The former have not increased in
! wealth or population, as have thoir more
' favored southern brethren, aided by large
expenditures from the State and the capital
ist. Let the porlhern terjitory of Pennsylva-
I nia have but a fraction of such outlay ex
! pended in constructing such an improvement
! as this railroad, and with the natural advan
! lages already possessed, she will exhibit re
! ults as brilliant as ever witnessed in the
I history of our progress; and assist most ma
, terially in establishing, in lt>6o, the Keystone
State in the proud position she is proved to
occupy by the last census-the first of the
Atlantic States in the increase of her popula
READING, Penn., Feb. 13, 1851.
Your committee, then recommend the
renewal of tho charter of the Sunbury and
Erie Railroad, a reorganization of the com
pany, and a more thorough investigation of
the subject.
We do not recommend that the State take
stock, but suggest the propiiety of a legisla
tive appeal being made to the general gov
ernment, tor a donation to this State of
3,000,000 acres of and, the proceeds of
which to bo invested in this road, and the
dividends arising therefrom to be pledged for
tho support of our Common Schools.
This, if Pennsylvania insists upon it, can
be had. It is due to her position, and the
objects to be accomplished—the education
of her children, and the improvement of her
■ territory, are worthy of the exertion.
In Pittsburgh, during 1850, there were 54
Conversing with a friend, some days since,
on the ordinary topics of the day, including
the proceedings of the Legislature, ho ob
served that he was afraid the Free Banking
Law would not pass. Our fears were in the
other direction. The gentleman is a me
chanic. Of course he expects to be bene
fitted oy the establishment of the proposed
system of Free Barking, with its attendant
increase of nominal capital and expansion
of the currency; end "if he knows t' lß
ropes," and works them right, ho may. But
while individuals may be benefitted, the
mass mustsufTer; and thcugh the anticipa
tion of some may be realized, the hopes of,
many are doomed to disappointment. In
considering the probabilities of mechanics
such as our friend who fears the free bank
ing system may be defeated, boing benefit
ted by bank facilities, let us take a leaf from
It is now some 16 or 17 years sinco the
Exchange bank of Pittsburg, was charteied
by the Legislature of Pennsylvania, with the
privilege of a branch. Hollidaysburg was
then a new and thriving place: the comple
tion of the main line of the public works
had given a fresh impetus to business ; lots
were laid out in a new part of the town and
in Gaysport; with increase of business came
increase of population, and many industri
ous and enterprising mechanics wore among
those who came to share in the business and
and the advantages of the place.
Hollidaysburg and Beaver became the
contestants for the privdegc of having the ]
branch of the Exchange bank, and the vie- |
tory was finally gained by Hollidaysburg to ;
the great joy of its inhabitants, including of I
course many of the mechanics. We thougt,
at the time, that the latter were in error, and
and looked forward to see them deceived in
their expectations of the great advantages to
be derived from having a bank in their
midst, to furnish, them, not merely a curren
cy, but the means of extending their busi
ness; and we were not disappointed in the
result. The men who were most anxious
for the location of the Branch in Hollidays
burg, were the first to sufTer from its opera
tions. Thus things went on swimmingly for
a while ; it was a nice affair to be able to
get money, neat, now notes too, dated in
your own town, merely by sending in your
note ta the Board of Directors, with the :
name of a neighbor or two on the back; and !
it was so comfortable to have the power ot
assisting a neighbor to obtain money also,
by giving him the use of your name ; and
then it was so much easier to borrow mon
ey from the bank than to collect it trom your
debtors that it was no wonder that alt were
tempted to indulge in the new process, and
did indulge as long as it was the interest of
the President, Director & Co., to allow them.
Evety body, of couise, bought lots; ami
as a matter of necessity almost, commenced
the erection ot houses; and every body "ex
tended their business," as the phrase is. But
after a while "a change came o'er the spirit
of their dreamdiscounts were less readi
ly obtained, and notes, when due, were not
so easily met ; and it was not unusual to
find a mechanic running the street, when he
should have been in the shop attending to
his business and his customers, borrowing
ilvo dollars hore, ten there and twenty in an
other place "to help him out of u Rank scrape,"
with the comlortable assurance that by the
time he would be able to replace what he
had borrowed, the thirty or sixty days would
be round, and he would be ready to go thro'
precisely the same operation.
Of course this would not lost always, Fif
teen or sixteen years have rolled away since
the citizens of Hollidaysburg were blessed by
the location of a branch bank among them,
and looked with fee'ings of mingled awe and
admiration upon the little brick building,
with its wooden shutters and door frame cov- j
cred with sheot iron, the latter strongly bar
red, as the source from whioh was to flow
unnumbered blessings to the town, and for
tune) to its inhabitanis. Let us look around
and sag the results.
Of all thp mechanics ar.d business men
who were in that place, in active business
and with fair prospects, very few remain J
some have gone west to rooruil tkeir shatter
ed fortunes; some have died and left noth
ing for their heirs to quarrel about; and the
instances are rare indeed, in which they who
remain, are as well off this day, as they
were at that time; and rarer still, in which
they have continued prosperous through the
whole term, or retain the property they then
possessed. Of the lots bought and houses
erected, few indeed remain in the hands of
the original builders and purchasers, and the
court records will show, we think, that most
of the present owners hold their titles, direct
ly or indirectly, from "the President, Direct-'
ors and company, of the Exchange Bank of
Pittsburg." Tho only portion of business
men, who have, as a general rule, secured
the bank blessings, aro tho forwarding men,
and to thein the bank was useful and neces
sary. But there have been some wrecks a
mong them also, and "the Pilot line," and,"
and "the Baltimore line," will be long re
membered with regret by those who, invest
ing there the savings of their past life, ex
pecting to eke out the deficiency by bank
accommodations, find themselves in the con
dition of the dog in the fable, who lost what
he had by grasping at its shadow. Their
real capital has gone to swell the the pocket
of the "President, Directors & Co." 8o gn
eral has.been the disappointment in relation
to the operations of this great blessing, so ar
dently dasired by the Hollidaysburghers, that
even those that should have profited by the
losses of the rest of the community, have
not done se, and we find some of the resi
dent Directors and officers of the bank, suf
| f'rers by its operations.
We would not pretend to say, without an
examination of the records of Blair and
Huntingdon counties, how much of the real
estate of Hollidaysburg and neighborhood
now belongs, or has belonged to the Ex
change Bank ol Pittsburg; but we can look
around that town and Gaysport and single
out much of our most valuable property, that
either now belongs to that corporation, or
has changed owners through its instrumen
tality and by the intervention of the sheriff
After having accomplished this; after Hav
ing driven off maat of fftf. meehanitps and
business men,, and taken thtfir property, and
drained thoso who were left until they were
no longer worth operating on, the President,
Directors, & Co., concluded to wind up the
branch, nnd managed in that process to wind
up the cashier, who had continued to flour
ish among ihe-general wreck, "like a green
bay tree," as a cashier should flourish, and
his possessions were in due season added to
the possessions of the bunk. And now if
any one should desire to read ths history of
the Branch of the Exchange Bank, of Pitts
burg, at Hollidaysburg," he may find it at
the court house on the jugdement docket, i
and on the trial list, in characters such as
these : " The President, Directors, If Co., of
the Etchunge Bank of Pittsburg, vs. John Smith
endorser of John Jones Su." The unwritten
history meets the visitor at every turn. He
sees a page of it in thai sung bnck house,
commenced by a wonhy *nnif industrious'
mechanic, in the fond expectation that it was
to be a home for him and his children, now
occupied by a stranger; while he, in the dis
tant west, in middle age, with depressed
spirits and diminished strength, is striving
to lay the foundation of another fortune ; and
many similar pages could we un'old.
The history of one batik, is Ihe history of
all; "like causes produce like efiects," and
whenever mechanics attempt to improve
their condition by the use of hank accommo
dations, like results will follow. And the
misfortune is, that where a curse of the
kind is inflicted on a community, it i* scarce
ly ir. the owner ot any one to avoid its ef
fects; it pervades the business ol the place,
and all who share in the business, roust
share in the evil. We have given a more
sketch ; a backward gmnia at tlier history
and effects of this institution; the story
could be made much longer and mora pain
fully interesting. "A burned child," it is
said "dreads the fire," and it might be sup
posed that in a community that lias been
thus blighted by a motiied corporation, arul
among men who have or seen
their fellows suffer, there copld be found to desire a repetition of the dose. But
on these subjects men are slow to learn ;
many do not, or will uot, seo the conoexion
between the effect and cause; and we do not
doubt, that when this article meets the eye
of somo who, with us, have witnessed the
occurrence of these things, they will wonder
thai wo have thus connected tho failure of
many of the former citizens of Hollidaysburg
with the existence and operations of the bank,
let them take up the identical instances that
we have generalised, and see if they can
trace them back to any other cause. The
fact that the bulk of the wealth that was
created in Hollidaysburg, in the ten years
from 1836 to 1845 has gone to swell tho cof
fers ol the President, Dimeters & Co., of the
Exchange Bank of Pittsburg, that lh cor
poration now owns more property in Holli
daysburg than is owned by any individual,
and thai it has been enabled to accomplish
this by a grant of special privileges from the
Legislature of Pennsylvania, cannot bg suc
cessfully denied.—Then, if like causes pro
duce like effects, unless banks and men
have changed their nature in the last twenty
years, the location of a bank in every vil
lage of the commonwealth, the result look
ed for from the establishment ol the free
banking system, cannot tail to end in wide,
spread ruin and general distress; tho robber
yof the many tor the benefit of the few ;
the creation of a few millionaires from tho
fortunes of ' the toiling millions; the expul
sion of the meohanic from his home and the
possession of hi* home by strangers; and the
"fertilizing the rich man's field by the swoat
of the poor man's brow."— Keystone.
THE NEW TESTA M*NT.~ The parables of
the Tew Testament are eminently practical.
They teach a lesson that may be happily
practiced every day. The parable of the
ten talents is intended to show thai each
man will be called to account, and judged
according to his pretensions and advantages.
The humble individual, whose example ex
tends over a small circle, will not be held to
as strict an account as the roler, who stands
as it were on a pinnacle, and is seen and
observed by multitude#. The faults of the
mere individual are lika She errors of a
pocket watch which effect only an individu
al; but when a man, high in position and
office, errs, it is like the toum clock going
—it leads thousands into error.
The Virginia Elect ions Postponed.— The Le
gislature of Virginia, on Thursday, passed an
act providing for the submission of the new
Constitution to the people on the 4th Thurs
day in August, and for the postponement of
all the elections, both for Congress and the
State Legislature, until tha 4th Ttursday in
October next.
XT There era now forty-one newspapers
published in Texas.
The Poor Man to His Son.
Work, work, my boy, be not afraid,
Look labor boldly in the fi'ce,
Take up the hammer or the spade.
And blush not for your humble place.
Hold up your brow in honest pride.
Tho'rough nnd swarthyour hands may be
Such hands ate sap-veins that provide
The life-blood of the nation's tree.
There's honor in the tho toiling pari
That finds us in the furrowed fields;
It stamps a crest upon the heart
Worth more than all your quarter'd shield*
Work, work, my boy, and murmur not,
The fustaiu garb betrays no shame;
Tho grime of forge soof leaves no blot,
And labor gilds tho meanost name.
A man is never half so blest
As when Ihe bu-y day is spent,
So as to make his evening rest
A holiday of glad content.
God grant thee but a due reward,
A guerdon honest, fair and just,
Ar.d then ne'er think thy station hard,
But work, my boy, work, hope and trust.
Perbatim report of a Meeting of tut Spirits
at the House of Simon Jones, Esq , Belknap
At 8 o'olock, Simon Jones, Esq., arose
and addressed the company, consisting of
some twenty-five or thirty perspiring darkies,
as follows:
As the timo of conserwation wid der spir
. its hub cum, I mus reques do 'omtdy to mix
demselves inter two extinct circles round dis
pine wood table, dp ''belebers in de spirits"
to consumate de inside ring, and de sceptics,
not belebers, and inconwincibles, to make
de outside ring, givin, as a reason, dat uni
wersity and hominy oh do mind wos indis
psnsible to attract dcr spirits. The circles
being formed, Misses Jones was requested
to invoke the spirits.
Mrs. Jones—Ar dar any sperits here tlis
night? (All heads bent over the table, ears
open, eyes rolled up, under jaws dropped.
Terrible suspense.) Nothing heard. Uf der
ar some sperits here, will dey be so grateful
as to mauifold demselves by rapping on dis
ere table, right whar we can see urn. Distinct
raps were heard.
Soft Shins—Dar dey be.
P:to Smith—-Shu enuff, I aur.ioM scod
Mrs. Jones—ls dat my brudders sperit dat
raps? mymuddei's? my sister's? Raps!
Dus my sister see my mudder ? Raps ? Is
my mudder and sister happy ? Raps! Ber
ry happy ? Rapid number of raps. Dus
my sister see Bam Jenkins der? Nothing
Mr. Thicklip—Wha da yar ax sich ham
bigalus questicfi at* Jat for ? Wha don't yer
ax uf she sees der sperit ob Sam Jenkins.
Mrs. Jones resumed—Wall, duz your sis
ter's spent see Sam Jenkins spirit, what died
last week. Nothing heard.
Mr. Flatfoot—Missus Joies, sposo you
ax yer sister uf she sees Old Knothead dar.
The question was asked and answered by
Mr. Fla'.foot—Jist ax bim will he corros
pond to me.
The question was a-kod and answered as
Mr. Flatfoot—Duz yer know old Knothead
hnw long uze ben extinguished from dis
spear ?
Mr. Flatfoot—So duz I. Wall, duz yer
know yer never paid old Solomon Ghess dat
twenty-five cents commiseration for selling
dem old pants for yer?
Nothing heard.
Yer dun no anything about dat ha ? Well,
duz yer know what a muss yer wife had wid
Simpson de butch er, about dem sassages she
buy'd ob him, jist because she found some
bits ob yaller ribbin in um ?
Raps loudly a'-d spritely.
Wall, don't you tinK de ribbin kum off lit
tie Tammy's dog, wol's been missing dese
j two weeks?
Number of raps!
Walt, 1 link so too.
Thicklip—Mr. Flatfoot, I guess as how uvu
axed enuf. I link you got yer twelve and a
half cent wurt ob iufiamation.
(Mrs. Jones' spirit was recalled and show
ed herself quite willing to act as messenger
—she was requested to bring the spirit of Mr.
Bones' brother.)
Raps were soon heard signifying his pres
Mr. Bones—la de sporit ob my deceased
brudder Bone i here ?
Will he conwince me dat he is a rpirit by
moving dis table ?
Mr. Squi Bob—llow small was yer brud
der, Mr. Bones, when he died
Mr. Bones—l guess dat he was about 130
Mr. Squi Bob—You don't cozactiy under
cumstand me—l mean how many feet small
was he ?
Mr. Bones—Oh! yah! he had jist two feet-
I didn't cumbehind ye at fust.
Squi Bob—Ob, ya, tick head—l mean was
he small enuf to move de table.
Mr. Bones—To be shoa ho war !
Squi Bob—Wall, den, why didn't you say
so at fust ?
Bones again oalled on his brother's spirit
to move the table. Breathless silence,
rupted by
Simon Jones, dat epirif got
kinder and clared aut.
Qowione then followed from Pompey.
j Ar der any sperits here dis ebenittg dat
want communicate wid me ?
I Long pause.
Uf dar any sperits hero I wish dey'd jist
[ rap demselves on de table.
Three distinct raps heard.*
What sperit is dat ?
Nothing heard.
Simon Jones, Esq.—Dat's a kinder crook
ed question—dey neber answer loss you put
de question in do infinity.
Pompey, Esq.—What de debil is de infin
ity ! yah! yah! I epose you mean infirma
tive !
Simon Jones, Esq.—Yiv, dat's it.
Pompey—l know what 'tis, but I dun no
what it means.
Simon Jones—Dal is, yer mus ax uf dat's
de sperit ob so and so.
Pompey, Esq.—Well, is dat de sperit of so
and so ?
Simon Jones, Esq —Y'ou unsophistercalcd
nigger, why don't yer ax uf it's de sperit ob
fadder, mudder, brudder OA sister ?
Pompey—ls dat ue sperit ob ladder, mud- (
der, brudder or sister?
Pete Smith—l guess as how he's beep a '
communicatin' wid sperits down in old John
son's cellar afore he kirn hero.
Pompey, Esq.—Shoa enuf! Who told
yer ?
Pompey, Esq., was obliged to give up in
terrogating Ihe sperits. Mr. Miller succee
Mr. Miller—ls der sporit oh my mudder
here .'
My Faddtr l.
Is my fadder happy ?
Does he moct de sporils ob white folks
Duz my fadder ebcr see dat old gernman
he used to brush boots for ?
Nothing heard.
Is do sperit ob white folks jist as good as
de niggers in dat place ?
Loud raps end plenty of them,
Dat's jist de way he did de uder night,
when I axed him dat same question,
i Some dissatisfaction expressed among tho
non-believers in the outer circle.
Mr. Miller—Will my fadder conwince dis
meetiu' dat he is my fadder, by makiu' dis
table turn round and look um in de face ?
Long pause—agonizing suspense—perspi
ration on tho company like dew on the
Table moved!
(Three darkies dodged behind their shirt
collars and are seen no more.)
Table half round ! !
( Two men and one woman swooned.)
Table quite round !!!
Mr. Miller—(To the company,—Now
what yer tink About um ?
All speechless!
Boy Bills ghost seen to vamose at this mo
ment.— Boston Post.
The Language ot Flowers.
Bci g present at a part ynot long since, our J
botlaniual knowledge was brought into re- i
quisition Oy several persons, who were de
siious of sending bouquets to their friends, 1
composed of flowers significant of their
entimentß. As well as we are able, we
gave the most approvod floral language to
our young friends, and this week we re
solved to publish that attached to each of
the common blossoms. It is a pretty thought
to talk in flowers —those brightly tinged thin s
which God has strewed all over the hil) sides j
and vallies ol our land. It is recorded pf a j
celebrated botanist —-Linnccus, the Sweeps, we j
think it was—that he once ccnstruoted a dial .
of flowers. The flight ol time was told by j
their opening and closing. But to our task. I
The language commonly attached to the J
Dahlia, is—Forever thine. \
Hyacinth —Affection returned.
Jonquil —First love.
Blup Violet.—; Faithfulness ; or 1 must be
sought to be found.
if'htte Violet —Modest virtue. .
Althea —l would not act contrary to reason.
Bachelor Button— Hope even in misery.
Cape Jessamine —My heart is joyful.
Cedar-- Y'ou are entitled to my love.
China Aster— You have no cause for dis
Bay—l change but in death.
Broom Corn—lndustry.
Heart's Ease— Forget me not.
Locust —Sorrow ondeth not wheu it seem
eth done.
Mccgnolia —Perseverance; or, you are one
of nature's nobility.
Myrtle —Love. Withered —love betrayed-
Peach Blossom —Here 1 fix my choice.
Pink variegated —You have my friendship;
ask no mom.
Evening Primrose —Man's love is like the
changing moon.
Rose Bud —Thou hast stolen my affections.
Rotem ary—Keep this for my sake ; I'll
remember thee.
Daffodil —Self-love is thy bosotting sin.
Ice Plant —Your very looks freeze me.
Ladies Slippsr —You are too wild for sober
Oak —l honor you above all others.
White Rose— Art has spoiled your boauty-
Tanse y—l mean to insult you ; I declare
war against you.
care of your ears; thsy aro
the best part about you.
Mmosa— Your irritability bides your good
Box Kins—l obaage net
Wall Flatter— My affections is above time
or misfortune.
Vtrain —Now thy art is known, thy spell
binds not.
Holly— Lome near mo if yon dare.
Butter Cup— Deceit is often thus covered.
! George I.ippard, in his new work called
the Nozarine, thus speaks c,f president Jack
son ' HE WAS A MAN ? Well, I remember
ho day I waited upon hitn. He sat there in
his arm chair—l can nee that old warrior's
face with its snow white hatr, even now.
Ho told him of tho publio distress—tho
manufacturers ruined, the eagles shrouded
in crapo, which wero borne at tho hcatl of
twonty thousand men into Independence
Square. He heard us all. We begged him
to leave the deposits were they were; to
uphold the GREAT BANK in Philadelphia;
Still ho did not say a word. At last one of
our members more fiery than tne rest, inti
mated that if the BANK were crushed, a re.
j be/lion might follow. Then the old man
rose—l can see him yet. "Come!" he
I shouted in a voice of thunder, as his clutch
ed right hand was above his white hairs—
" Come with bayonets in your hands in
stead of petitions—surround tho Whilo
House with your legions-1 am ready for
you all! BY tho Eternal! With the people
at my baclf, whom your gold can neither
buy nor awe, I will swing you up around
the Capitol, each rebel of you—on a gibbet
—high as Hnman's
" When 1 think," says tho author, "of
that ONE MAN standing there at Washington,
battling with all the powers of Bank, and
Panic, combined, betrayed by thoso in whom
he trusted, assailed by all that the snakes of
malice could hiss or the fiend of falsehood
howl—when I think of that ono man placing
his back against the rock, and folding his
arms for the blow, while lie uttered his aw
ful vow, " By the Eternal! I will not swervo
one inch from the course I have chosen !"
I must confess the racords of Greece and
Rome—nay the proudest days of Cromwell
or Napoleon cannot furnish an instance of a
will like that of ANDREW JACKSON, when ho
placed life and soul and fame on the hazard
ot a di.Q for tho people's welfare.
A Beautiful Illustration.
A florist will tell you that if you paint the
flower pot that contains a favorite, beautiful,
fragrant flower, Ilia plant will withei and die
Y'ou shut out the air and moisture from pas
sing througli the earth to the roots, and your
paint is poisonous. Just so, mere external
accomplishment, or a too exclusive anxiety
and regard for that, infuses die soul. Tho
vase may be ever so beautiiully ornamented,
but if you deny the water of life to. the
flower, it must die. And there are kinds of
ornamental accomplishments, the very pro
cess of which is as deleterious to die soul as
paint upon tho flower pot is pernicious to the
plant, whose delicate leaves not only inhaio
a poisonous atmosphere, during your very
-process of rendering the exterior more taste
ful, but the w hole earth is dried and devoid
of nourishment. Nature never paints, but
fall her forms of loveliness aro a growth, a
native character, possession and develops
meat from the beginning. If the sun can
| never be called a painter, it is only because
the plants absorb his rays, and receive them
into tho very texture and life their vegeta
tion. So, whatever is real knowledge, wis
dom, principle, character and life in educa
tion, is a process of the absorbing and de
velopment of truth, and is uot rnero paint
j '"g —[ Rev. Dr. Chcevtr.
From the Albany Dutchman.
Crumbs for All Kinds of thickens,
! If you would make u good speech, be on
the opposition. There is a charm about
abuse that no other species ol eloquence
j can even approach. Till Byron look to sa
' tire, np one ever noticed him. Had Junius
praised the Duke of Grafton, instead of "lam
mingf' him, his letters would never hare got
beyond the the newspaper they first appear
ed in. One of tha best speeches that will be
made this winter WM that ofSonator Carroll's
against the Governor's Message, and all be
cause it is BO interestiy malignant. Orations
are like oysters, the mote they are cayenned
the better tney are relished.
Almost every body has a hobby to ride.
The statesmen of Massachusetts think that
the prosperity of the country depends on
the tax on shirting. The iron men of Penn
sylvania, tirat it is closely identified with the
price of Railroads and skillets.
on the contrary, attributes our progress to
the great rise that took place in the Mississ
ippi some fifteen years since. Previous to
that date, he says, corn might be bought for
a shilling a bushel; it is now worth 50 cents.
You may smile at Abrowang, and yet wa
quostion whether fie is much more crazy iu
his notions than half our statesmen are.
Pratt, of Lansinbmg i, went upon tho ica
last week with a pair of skates, and cut a
" spread eagle," that has laid two eggs a day
ever since. The eggs may be seen by cal
ling at the Phoenix.
Women are like houses, tho longer they
remain "to let," the more dilapitated they
become. To keep either from going to do
struction, they should be'early ocoupiod.
Miss Tulip, tn speaking of old bachelors,
says they are frozen out old gardeners in tha
(lower-beds of loee. As they are as uselssa
as waeda, thay should be served in the same
i man nnr—ehnhtd— Albany Dutchman.