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- f r W1L 0, ii 1.U.0 W. II. JACOBY, Proprietor. ' Truth and Right Cod and our Country, Two Dollars per Annua. VOLUME 12. BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA , WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 1860. . NUMBER 3& 5 ) ? 9 i - STAR OF THE NORTH FCBLUHED XTKItr WSDNESPAT BT W35. II. JACOBY, Office oa Main St., 3rd Square lelow Market, TERMS -.-Two Dollars per annum if paid Within nix months from the time of subscri bing : two dollars and fifty cents it not paid Within the year. No subscription taken for a less period than fix months; no discon tinuances permitted until all arrearages are paid, unless at the option of the editor. The term of advertising will be as follows : One square, twelve lines, three times, $1 00 Every subsequent insertion, 25 One square, three months, 3 00 One year, . . . 8 00 VOMER WIHT'S TflEKEASOS ? BY J- S. BUKFHART. There's a little lovely valley, A romantic "Sprucy Dell," Where my spirit olten wanders What's the cause I cannot tell ! There I long to sit and listen, To the cheerful morning lay, Of a joyons little feathered tribe, A singing all the day. There are gentle summer sunbeams, Where the fragment flowers grow, . And they tet my heart a throbbing What's the cause 1 do not know 1 Over yonder in the valley Down along the "Sprucy Dell,''. Lives a lair and gentle Maiden Wonder whether she could tell! Wonder whether she is thinking, Of these singing little bird Whether sweeter strains of music, ' Could not dell iu little words. Yes, I wonder whether Cupid, With hib funny little dart. Kver writes his sweetest music, Oa the tablet of her heart. Shouldn't wonder when I know it 1 have seen her bosom heave ' And a lovely smile upon her face, That taught me to believe. But I wonder what's the reason, Why I love the "Sprucy Dell," Why 1 love the ''mowy valley" Could the gentle Maiden tell? ) am happy when a thinking Tis a wonder why 1 should, But I couldn't tell the reasou, No, 1 wouldn't if I could. JOSEPH LANE, OF OREGON. A RAPID SUMMARY OF HIS LIFE. . Joseph Lake, the second eon of John Lane and Elizabeth Street,' was born in North Carolina, on the 14th of December, 1801 In 1804 the lather emigrated to Kentucky, and fettled in Henderson county. He had the benefit of having sprang from Revolu tionary stock, and, if he learned little else, imbibed many stirring lessons ol patriotism and its glorious results from the elders who surrounded the hearthstone of his boyhood.' At an early age he shitted for himself, and entered the employ of Nathaniel Hart, Clerk of the County Court. In 1816 he went into Warwick county, Indiana, became a clerk in a mercantile house, married, in 1820, a young girl of French and Irish ex traction, and settled on the banks of the Ohio, ia Vanderburg county. Yonng Lane soon became the man of the people among whom he had cast his lot In 1822, then barely eligible, he was elect ed to the Indiana legislature, and took his seat, to the astonishment of many older worthies. Hon. Oliver H. Smith, a new member likewise, and since a United States Senator from 1837 to 1843, describes, in a work recently pnblished, the appearance of Lane on the occasion. "The roll-calling progressed as 1 stood by the side of the clerk. 'The county of Vanderburg and Warwick!' said the clerk. I saw advancing a slender, freckled-laced boy,in appearance eighteen or twenty years of age. ' I marked his step as he came up to my side, and have often noticed his air since : it was General Joseph Lane, or Mexican and Or egon fame in after years " On the Ohio, Lane became extremely popular as a good neighbor and a man of enlarged hospitality. Near his dwelling, the river hait a bar, which never fails at low water to deain a small fleet ot boais. Lane's farm-house had ever its doors open ; an in vitation was extended to all to come and help themselves, the host never consenting 10 receive remuneration, though hundreds hf ve partaken of his store. Any boatman en the river, says a reliable informant, lelt himself at liberty to take any of his boats for temporary use without asking. Such was Joseph Lane on his homestead. Ac quaintance with rirer life made him a good pilot of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, which gained him an additional meed of respect from the "river men." As farmer, produce-dealer, and legislator, many years rolled over his bead, every year adding to his popularity as a man, both in his private and public capacity...; He was frequently re-elected -by the people, and '-continued to serve them at short intervals, in either branch ot lhe' legislature, for a .period or twenty-four years. , ? Mr. Lane was a fearless legislator, always ' acting from a conscientious belief in truth of his ;, views', and following them op with spirit and uadeviating vigilance." Those 4-who ara best acquainted - with this portion of his career, delight to dwelt upon the zeal and! tenacity' with5 which' he upheld the trusts confided to him, and denounced - the .trrrri which threatened to thwart hi des igns for grr J. : lis is, however; a man of i rcJs raihcr than words though ha does r.:t lack, the power to exprees his views Never in favor ol expediency, he was always for what seemed right to him. When it was thought that Indiana, overbur dened with debt, would be compelled to repudiate, the prospect of the disgrace which would thereby result to the Stale aroused all his indignant energies. He would not hear of such a thing. He felt it would be a disgrace to him, as a working man, with the will and the strength to labor, to repudiate a debt. What was tt, then, to a State of which he was a representative ? He toiled untiringly to avert it, and had the satisfaction of seeing his efforts successful. In politics, General Lane has always been of the Jefferson and Jackson school. Pos sessing a strong intellect, and a memory retentive of facts, and quick to use them, be has become thoroughly acquainted with the history and politics of the country. Mr. Yules observes, "He has written with bis plough and jword, and spoken by his deeds; and though unused to the ornament of rhetoric and literature, he is, nevertheless, powerful jin debate, and especially well qualified in political and Presidential con flict? on the stump to overwhelm the oppo nents of Democracy." He supported Jack son in 1824, '28, and '32, gave his voice and energies for Van Baren in 1836 aud '40, "as long as the latter followed 'in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor,'" and went for Polk in 1844. His activity and earnest ness were contagious, and could not but in fuse into those about him, and into the public men of the State generally, the spirit which bad led him to so honorable a prom inence. In the spring of 1846, the war commen ced between the United States and Mexico, and a call was made upon Indiana for vol unteers - Lane, then a member of tbe State Senate, immediately resigned, and entered Captain Walker's company as a private. He cho.e Walker as his commander, having a high opinion of his bravery an opinion which that gallant officers conduct and death at Bnena Vista completely justified. When the regiment met at the rendezvous New Albany Joseph Latm was taken from the ranks by the unanimous voice ot tbe men, and placed at the bead as Colonel; and in a very lew days afterward he re ceivedunsought and unexpected by him a commission from President Polk as brigadier-general. On the 9th of July he wrote a letter of acceptance, and entered on the command of the three regiments forming his brigade. Two weeks alter (24th of July) he was at the Brazos, with all his men, and concluded the report announcing his arrival to General Taylor in these words : "The brigade I have the honor to command is generally in good health and fine spirits, anxious lo engage in active service." On the 20th of August, Le wrote to Major-General Butler, claiming active service. His brigade did not relish being left in the rear to garrison towns or to guard provisions and military stores, while the regular army, and the volunteers ordered on to Camargo, would have the honor ot having been ac tivly engaged. Lane had ac idea that the Indiana men were raised to do some fighting, and be was impatient of delay. The second day after his letter to Butler, he wrote again to General Taylor, complaining of tbe advance of troops out of their order of precedence. Without being disrespectful, he demanded for his command a bhare in the dangers and honors of tbe active service. Despite his anxiety to go on, he had to remain sev eral momhsyin a most irksome mood,on the swampy banks of the Rio Grande, where his troops, suffering under the sweltering sun, were decimated by the pestilential diseases of the c I. mate. - At length he was ordered to Saltillo, and made civil and military commandant of that post by Major-General Butler. After the battle of Monterey, Lane was ordered to join General Taylor. The famous bat'le of Buena Vista was fought on the 22d and 23d of February, 1847. General Lane was third in command, and served on the left wing. From the beginning to the end he was in the hottest of the fighc On the morning of the 23d; Land bad the honor of opening the contin uation of the battle, on the plain, where he was attacked by a force of from four to five thousand, infantry, artillery, and lancers, under Gen. Ampudia. At this crisis, Lane's force was reduced to four hundred men ; and wiih this phalanx he received the Mex ican onset. As Lane commenced the fight on the 23d, so was he in "at the death " The Ill inois and Kentucky regiments, suffering sorely, were falling back under a terrible charge by the collected iiifaolry of Santa Anna, when Lane, though wounded, came up with the ludiana men, and with tbe Mississippi men, onder Colonel Jefferson Davis, opened a destructive fire upon the Mexicans, checked their advance, and en abled lhe retreating regiments to form aud return to the contest. Failing to pierce the American centre, Santa - Anna retired irora the field. " "v , ... In this, battle, Where all were heroes, it is the more honorable lo find Lace, with four or five others, particularly noticed. Here is a picture cthim : "When the grape and musket-shol flew as thick as hail over and through the .lines of our volunteers,; who begaa to waver before tbe fiery storm, their brave ganeral could be seea fifty yards in advance of. the. lioe, waving his sword with an arm already shattered by a musket-ball, streaming with blood,rand mounted on a nob!tJ chatger, which was gradually sinking under the loss- of blood from five distinct .,-, ' t. r ' ": . t t . " Major-General Wool, writing to Lane, the event. A band serenaded the Presi May 23d, regrets that he is about to lose dent, Vice President, Mr. Stephens, of his valuable services, and testifies to his . Georgia, General Lane and others. In re readiness to do honor to his command, hi j sponse to a call,- Governor Stevens intro country, and himself. Again, July 7th, , duced General Lane new Senator elect wool wntes, -i navt, seen yon in an su- , nations at the head of your brigade, in j the drill, and in the great Datlie oi tne zzu and 23d of February ; and, in the course of my experience, I have seen few, very few, who behaved with more zeal, ability, and gallantry, in the hour of danger." And General Taylor, in his report, says, "Briga dier General Lane (slightly wounded), was active and zealous throughout the day, and displayed great coolness and gallantry be fore the enemy." Remaining encamped near the battle-field until June, he was ordered, with his brigade, to New Orleans, where the latter was dis banded, its term of service having expired. On his return home, public festivals at New Albany and Evansville greeted him, while his appearance everywhere commanded and elicited the most enthusiastic admira tion. An order to join Taylor's line, how ever, allowed him but a short season ol re pose in the bosom of his family. . Having been transferred to General Scott's line of operations, he reached Vera Cruz, with his command, on the 16th of Septem ber, 1847. On the 20th, he set out for the city of Mexico, at the head of two thousand five hundred men. At Jalapa this force was increased by Major Lally's column of one thousand men, aud at Perote by a company of mounted riflemen, two of volunteer in fantry, and two pieces of artillery. Leaving his train at San Antonio Taaroa ris with a suitable defence, Lane marched against Huarnantla with over two thousand men. On the morning ot the 9th of Octo ber, the people were startled by the ap proach of the soldiers. White flags were immediately displayed ; but no sooner had the advanced guard, under Captain Walker, entered the town, than volley after volley assailed it. A deadly combat ensued Walker gallantly charged on a body of five hundred lancers and two pieces of artillery on the plaza. General Lane, advancing at the head of his column, encountered the heavy reinforcement of Santa Anna, who had arrived with his full force. Soon the roar of battle resounded from street to street. For a short time the Mexicans confronted j their assailants wi h the energy of despair; i but the terrible decision of the Americans I prevailed, and tt.eir flag soon waved over the treacherous town. A large quantity of ammunition was captured, and some pris oners one of whom was Major Iturbide, ton of the former emperor of Mexico. This was the last field on which Santa Anna ap peared in arms against the United Slates. For this victory Lane was brevetted major general. . . Having rejoined his train, Genera! Lane arrived at Puebla oa the 12lh of October. Lane's campaign, from the departure from Vera Cruz up to this point, was a series of brilliant movements and victories. A surgeon attached to his command wrote home, about this period, that no writers only the soldiers could tell with what in genuity and bravery Lane conducted his handtul ot men. l never ' be adds "Oe fore could understand how cowards were transformed into brave men as by miracle " The battle of Tehualtaplan was the last lougnt in Mexico, teacewassoon deciar - ed; but Gen. Lane who, not inappropn- ately, says Jenkins, was styled by his broth er officers and soldiers "the Marion of the army" remained some months directing the movements consequent upon tbe return ot our troops. On evacuating the conquer ered land, Lane remarked to a friend. "I left my plough to take the sword wilh a thrill of pleasure ; for my country called , me. I now go home to resume the plough ' with as sincere joy." About the 1st of August, 1S48, General j Lane reached Indiana. His fellow-citizens i were rejoiced to see him ; but he had not ' lime to re-pond to the favors extended to ' him, for on I8th he without any solicit iion ou his part were appointed Governor of Oregon. Ou the 28th his commission reached him, and on the next day he set out for his post. Oa the 2d of March, 1849, about six months after his departure from home, he arrived safely in Oregon City. This jour ney cost the Government nothing General Lane not making any charge for his expen ses, besides which, be aided largely in sub sisting the troops the greater part of the time with the product of his riflle, as he! was both the pilot and the hunter of the party. The Indians of Oregon of whom there were between 50 and 60 tribes kept tbe whites in a constant state ol jeopardy. The progress and settlement of the territory were greatly impeded by their depredations. In 185, a formidable outbreak took place on Rogue River, in the southern part of Oregon. Governor Lane took the field in person, collected a force of settler., miners, a few officers and men of the regular army, attacked the Indians at Taole Rock, and, after a desperate conflict, in which he was severely wounded, drove them from their position. Following this success up with his accuitomed vigor, he so severely chas tised them that they, were glad, to accept any terras of peace. As Delegate from Oregon, General Lane was unremitting in 'his" advocacy of tbe in terests of the Territory, and untiring in his efforts for her admission into the Union. N . ! Tbe evening of the day Oregon was ad milted to the sisterhood of Slates, the feJer- irora me state ot uregon iu . FF. j He made a brief speech, in which be Ba"l j mat a bulwark- naa oeen raiseu uui uj uu the shores ol tne racinc againbi iureau , vaders, and a iresn assurance give.. U m .u perpetuity of the Uuion While Governor Lane was in Oregon, he was named for the Presidency byjhe Con vention assembled at Indianapolis to revise the State Constitution of Indiana. The Democratic Slate Convention, which met f eoroary Z4tn isoz, lormauy present .... claims for the Chief Magistracy, pledging , .. r it .iu:. the vote of the Slate to him. On his arri val in Indiana from Oregon, he had a pub lic recption, at which, in the course of an address of welcome, Governor Wright thus briefly viewed the career of the guest of the day : 'He has been the artificer of his own fortunes; and, in his progress from the far- j mer on the banks of the Ohio and the com mandment of a flat boat, to posts of honora ble distinction to a seat in the House of Representatives and in the Senate of Indi ana to the command of a brigade upon the fields ot Buena Vista, Huarnantla, and Atlixco to the Governorship of Oregon,and thence to a 6eat in Congress he has dis played the same high characteristics, per severance, and energy. Hie annals of our country present no parallel for these facts. He entered the army a volunteer in the ranks, looking forward only to the career of a common soldier. He left a major gener- al, closing his ardent and brilliant services in that memonable caropagn Dyngnung its last battle and capturing its last enemy." We must acknowledge our indebtedness to the book entitled "Our Living Represen tative Men," by John Savage, Esq., for several extracts embodied in these sketches. A Fanther Story. The last Record rlhe Times gives the fol- lowing story of the presence ot one ottnese Up0n them by some one in the watch; ques animals in our vicinity : ! Zoning my men they all denied it so earn- About three weeks ago two little boys aged eight and six years, sons of Jesse S. Dodson, who lives in Fairmonnt township, in this county, some three cr four miles from the Long Pond and on its outlet, went to a spring about eighty rods from the house lor water. When they came within a rod or two of the spring a panther ftood by it. They at fir.-t supposed it to be a deer, and thinking ii strange that it did not run, went on to the spring, the oldest passing within one ia -rjy watch. 1 went lorward again, five or six feet of the animal, which he by and found that the n.ost superstitious of the this time discovered was not a deer. It men believed that there was a ghost on made a spring passing close by him, he board. said, "he thought it was going to jump right The next night 1 kept a sharp lookout for on him." He then dipped up his water 1 Ward ; not one of my men went nigh the and they started for:he house The panther j scuttie, but a little past four bells, however, followed them alternately before and be- j e starboard watch made their appearance hind them, but always within a short dis- ; on deck. I was completely taken aback, tance, the dog (a middle sized one) keeping ping tain- between him aod the boys and main ing a threatening posture for about sixty i rods, when coming within about twenty todi an(J -n Bi;jht of lhe hoil&e tne whifker- ed entleman left them to make the remaiir- Jer oflhe jonroey wilh the j0i, ony for an ( con Qa arr;ving at lhp house the little j f ,low- told lheil father whatthey had seen. ; uho went on the gronnJ anJ found their . corroborated bv the track of a full grown panther. It is said that a large pan- i ther's track has been seen about the Long i Pond. Jt has been evera! years since one of these relics of the wild woods has been ,. , , , , . . . seen ia that vicinity. A Dclightfcl Lcgknd. There is a char ming tradition connected with the site upon which ihe Temple of Solomon was erected, to rea- on with them, although I must con It is said to have been occupied in common ie&s that things did begin to look a lit.le by two brothers, one of whom had a family; mysterious. I could not prevail on them to the o her had noue. On the spot was sown go below for the remainder of the vaich. a field of wheat Ou the evening succeed ing the harvest, the wheat having been gathered in separate shocks, the elder broth er said unto his wife. "My younger broth er is unable to bear the burden and heat of , the day ; 1 will arise, take off my shocks, j ar.d place with his, without his knowledge." Tbe younger brother, beiog actuated by the same benevolent motive, said within him self, "My elder brother has a family, and i have none ; I will attribute this to their sup port; I will arise, takeoff my shocks, and place with his, without his knowledge." Jude of their mutual astonishment, when on the following morning, they found their respective shocks undiminished. This course of events transpired for several nights, when each resolved in his own mind to stand guard and solve the mys'ery. They did so, when on the following night, they met each other half way between their re spective shock, with their arms full. Upon ground hallowed wilh such associations as this was the Temple of Solomon erected so spacious and magnificent the wonder and admiration of the world. Alas ! in these days, how many . would sooner steal their brothers whole shock, than add to it a single eheaf ! "GiNTLiMts of the Jury," said a West ern lawyer, ''I don't mean to insinuate that this man is a covetous person, but I'll bet five to one, that if you Bhould bait a steel trap with a new three cent piece, place it within three inches of his mouth, you would catch his soul. I would not the Court and gentlemen of the jury I would not trust A GHOST ON SHIPBOARD. BT CDGAB S. TARN'iWOHTH. Several years ago, I occupied the station of chief mate on board the old ship Flavin. w wefe homeward bound from Canton The n ,2h, after we cleared the Straits of Sun- . , . . . , t untU , aa a hMn.;,1 aiarli-rht niht. "" and the wat w-ih ,he e t;on of my. eelf and the man at the wheel, were for ward on the top gallant forecastle, listening to the yarns of an old graj-headed 6on of Neptune. I was lazily pacing the qoarter deck, when, on looking forward, I saw the whole of the starboard watch come tumb- np mU Q, ,he forcaslle iM haste. " . , , bevond mv comprehension, for it was but little past two bells, anJ the ship wan heading her course with all sails set. 1 went forward to ascertain the cause of their coming on deck before eight belli ; pausing-a moment at the gangway I heard the lollowing remarks: "Fine doin's this, to call all hands such a pleasai(t nihl as thi- ; "I wonder what skipper's thinking of," says another. "He means to work us up a little for be in' so long bendin' at that new mainsail this morning," said a third. "What does all tht3 mean, boys ?" said 1, stepping lorward ; "what are you on deck beiore eight bells for ?" They all locked at me in utter astonish ment. "1 ax pardon sir," said one, "but wasn't we called V "Not a bit of it," said I ; "you must have been dreaminz. for it ha. only struck two be3 (Jo beiow anJ lnrQ iBj and raind how you dream." "It all hands warn't called, then my name aim Bob Wilkins," said another of the rren. "Shiver my timbers, if we wasn't," spoke a third, stepping forward, "for I was as wide awake as 1 am at this blessed minute, and I'm beggared if somebody didn't come to tbe scuttle and sing out 'All hand ahoy." I now suspected it was a trick played etly, that I iramediaiely came to the ccii- elusion that some of the off watch had in dreaming, imagined he heard the watch called, and arousing up on the instant had awakeued the rest. I sent the oil wxtch Deiow again, and went aft. , Judge of my surprise, when, at seven bells, the starboard watch aain came on deck. I was provoked, lor i was now fully j confident they had been called by by some ; for I had been looking forward continually, from (he moment I came on deck, and was certain not one of my men had been near : the scuttle. I weit forward, and found the men nearly lriluened out of their senses. They all declared there was no longer any doult lhal there was a ghost aboard, and one of them, who happened to be awake when they were caJled, said the voice didn't sound like any one of the crew, "but t-;,,,! m,Mnhlv lik. . ,ahed lhe idea of a host caii;02 hj , b ha raao ghook fais heaci at)j , . .,,,! ha un,. - ... v,n.,a ;n ' ....... j b ... his day to doubt that there was one on board the Flavio now. This was conclusive evidence, lor the man who had spoken had been in nearlj every art of the world, and was a great favorite with the crew. I tried They all stayed upon deck and tcld ghost stories till the least flapping of a sail or creaking of a block would cause them to start as if they exepected to see a ghost im mediately. In the morning I made the affair known j to the captain. He promised to solve the mystery on the following night, provided the watch came on deck before eight bells again. Not much was talked of during the day by the men, but the ghost that called the starboard watch the night before. Tbe next niht, soon after my watch came on deck, the captain came up, and going to leeward into the taade.of the bulwarks. crept forward and went down ir.to the fore castle without being seen by any of the watch or. deck. His -Ian was to station himself in the forecastle o that no one could come mgh the scnitle wiihou. being seen by him, for he thought, as 1 had doue until convinced to the contrary, that it was one of my men who had cursed the disturbance. I station ed myse.f in the starboard gangway, where I could command a view of everything for ward without being seen, and awaited pa tiently Ihe result of the captain's investiga tion. 1 had been waiting nearly an hour, when the captain made a furious rush up on deck, exclaiming, as his head made its appearance above the scuttle : "I've got you now, you salt water ras cal .! -; I'll teach you to " Here he stopped as suddenly as if he had been struck by lightning, for Dot a soul was near the scut'le excepting the captain Tim I Kenfield. The men were all forward, loung , , , ii the forecastle door. On my informing him that not a soul had been near there, he slop ped :ne short. "I know better," said he, "some one came to the frcuttle of tbe forecastle, and called the watch, or began to, at least, but I slopped him by springing upon deck. The rascal was too quick for me this time, but he won't escape again." The captain, thinking it not at all likely that the attempt lo call the watch before eight bells would be again made that night, went aft and ' turned in," although he an nounced to me his determination of watch ing again on the following night. He also declared his intention ot immediately ad- d:ng half an ounce of cold lead to the ra- j tions of the first raari whom he should de- , tect in alarming the watch before e'gtt be8 I 1 resolved to solve tne mysiery :nai very f night, however, if possible, which 1 did in the lollowing way. As soon as the captain had gone below, I weut forward and de scended into the forecastle. I satisfied my self that the off watch were all fast asleep, and then stationed myself as far up on the ladder as I could without having ray head seen from deck, and there 1 awaited the coming of the ghost. I did not have td wait long, however, before a voice directly over my head cried out, "Starboard watch ahoy! eight bells, bullies ! arouse up there !" The voice sounded bo strangely, that I was not a little startled, and if, at any one period of my life more than another, 1 have become nixh believing in the existence of ghosts, I firmly believeit was that moment; but I sparrg immediately on deck. As I did so, 1 heard a sort of whizzing noise, and the next instant 1 caught a glimpse of some thing crowdingltself between the slals of a hencocp, that was lashed by the mainmast I went immediately to the cabin and pro cured a lantern, and upon searching the hen coop, I found not a ghost, but a large parrot sitting quietly on the perch with the hens. The mystery is now fully explained While we w ere stopping at the "Straits," the ship Vancouver put in there for the pur pose of trading with th3 natives. Upon ex amining the parrot, I at once found him to be a deserter from that t-bip. I had seen him on board of her the morning before we sailed, and one of the Vancouver's men had given me a full account of his wonderful powers as an orator. He bad been taught 1 to call the watch, and I suppose he consid ered it to be his duty to do so now that he was in a new ship, although he did not seem to be paritcular as to the time. As soon as he had alarmed the watch, he would immediately secrete himselt in the coop with the hens. It was sometime after this before he ventured to make his appearance in the day time, and never would allow himself to be caught, although he was very tame on board the Vancouver. A Scene In Taris Life. A young blade, meeting a handsome in- j triijuannte at the opera, who seemd to be a ; lady of quality, in default, of the appear ! ance of her carriage, oflered to see her down in his own. Siie consented, and her valet de pied mounted the box. The ac quaintance was mutually pleasing, and re sulted in an appoiatment to meet the next noon. The young man, surprised that the valet did not follow his lady, when she en tered her home, learned that he resided a long distance off. In the goodness of his heart, he oflered to set him down also at - l his home. Before separating, the valet ap i nroarhd the window of the carriage and r -- O made a li'tle Frency speech as follow : He informed our friend exactly what would occur if he went to the house at two o'clock At three precisely, the door bell will ring. Madam will be thrown into a fright, you will ask why, 6he will say, "nothing.only.j a constable is come to levy on the furniture." Lady will faint, and you will pay the bill. Having a carriage of your own you will pay l,l74fs. If you had a hired carriage you would pay 528 fs. For gentleman on foot the sum is only 2 1 1 fs. If you pay, as it is possible you will, and as all your predecessors have done, you will place the money in my hands, for it is I that am the constable, thanks to a red wig, a black coat aud blue spectacles. You can scarcely imagine, eir, how much a red wig, a black coat and blu glasses gives one the air of a constable. I see by your expres sion that you do not believe what I have told you. So you had better come to-morrow at two o'clock, and if the programme is not executed, point lor point as I have de tailed it to you, you may break your cane over ray back. I wish you a good evening, sir. The young man kept the appointment aud found everything according to the pro gramme, except that instead of I,174fe, he gave a Nap, to the constable and slipped out ol the door with a hearty laugh. A remabxablk inundation ocourred in Scotland in the year 177, which ever since that period has been known as the "flood." A little town called Paradise is situated within the district which suffered from this disaster. At a subsequent trial, a Scotch man of sixty years of age, who was a wit ness, was asked if be knew Mr. 1 "Noa," he replied, "but aw kend his faith ur." "When was thatV "Beiore the flood." "Now, ray man,' inquired the -learned counsel (who knew nothing of the flood of 1771, and thought to be "down" upon the witness,) "where did you live, then V "In Paradise, to be sure !" A roar of laughter Child Charmed by a Snake; We liave heard the particulars of a won derful case of snake fascination from an au thentic source, which we will briefly relate, however much they may shock the sensi bilities of the delicate portion of our readers. There is residing on Monroe street, near the eastern line of the city, a worthy family by the name of Davis, tbe head of the fami ly being employed in a nursery. Mr. and Mrs. Davis have a daughter tn 6 years of age, who has become attached to a snake, which came in the yard from an adjoining field a few days since, and has become so much unier the influence of the reptile that it appears id think of but little else. The ,iake anJ lho chijd fir8t met no dobt, whi!e the ,atter wgs play in the yard r4ear the house, but just how long since lh parents do not know. One day Mrs. Davis . . uk - :h f h-,d and the little girl was fondling it as she would a kitten. The mother was naturally much alarmed by the apparent peril in which t-he saw her child, and seized a stick to destroy the reptile. The snake retreated, showed its tongue, and hitsed at the mother. The child cried, and begged so hard of its parent to desist, that she allowed the snake to retreat to its hiding place. It soon became apparent that the little girl thought of little else but her compan ion, the snake, and would return to the yard ic search of it as often as she was allowed to do so. Under the fascination ot this rep tile, the child a very pretty little girl hat begun to decline, and now weighs but eigh teen pounds. Respectable physicians were consulted, it is said, and advised that no violence be use toward the snake, as it might prove fatal to the child. How many meetings the child and the snake have had we are not positively informed, but we in fer that they have been frequent- When they meet they rush to each other with all tbe apparent emotions of friendship aud at tachment that can exist between two living beings. O.ily yesterday Mrs. Davis came lo the city with the little girl, and when 6he returnd the party left in charge of the Louse informed her that the snake had been. more bold than U5ual, and had actually been upon the steps leading to the door, awiting the appearance of the child. As to the size and variety of this reptile we are not advised. We suppose however it is one of the common brown wood snakes which are regarded as harmless and which seldom attain a length of more than three feet. This affair has attracted tbe attention of the neighbors of Mr. Davis and many have urged that the child be allowed to play wiih the snake for their amusement; but this has been denied we understand. The parents feel much alarmed and desire to remove their little girl from the fascinating influence of the snake without prejudice to her health and existence. They have been, told that it is dangerous to take any sudden step in the matter and have not yet done an j thing to avert the consequences they fear. Our informants are men who are reliable and who have conversed with the family and have seen the child referred to. They represent the parents to be worthy people and the child to be a pretty one, bright and intelligent but evidently in declining health. Rochester Union. Simplicity A little unbreeched fellow, the idol of bis mother, and plague of his father, went to the post office and inquired if there was a letter for his "Dranpa V "For whom 1'' inquired the Postmaster. "Fur dranpa," answered the little fellow. " tVe'l, what is your grandpa's name V "Why uranmama calls him Josh" "Well, what does your grandfather call her! "He say, "Oh thunder, J3ets, do keep y0Ur clack still for once." The Postmaster batfled by the urchin simplicity dismissed him, wiih the request that he should re' urn home aad ak his "Dranmama her name. "Sat, madam fair, why dost thou weep ? Some secret sorrow, hidden deep within j thy heatt, is bringing into thine eyes those pearly tears, s"eet memory of by-gona years, tlus lou&tain, like up springing of unrequited love, a dream walks from some hidden source, the stream that down thy cheek is stealing V "Nay, 'tis not love " "What then, oh, say !" "Well, then, we dine on goose tcilay ; the onions I have been peeling." Tut most amusing man in tbe world is a Frenchman in a passion. "By gar, you call my vife a woman two tree several times once more, and 1 will call you to the vatch-house ; aud blow out your brains like a candle. Timothy says the first time he went a courting, he felt as if pink angel had hand ed him down a rainbow with a piece of chain lighting, smack into a pile of feathers. - Turks paliceznan and two surgeons ram a mile, on tbe first of April, lo see the body of a man who was reported to have Uowut out his brains with a "trombone " Thcrk's a man at Caraberweit so fat that thay grease the oncibus-wheels with bit shadow. "Mart," aked Charles, "What animal droped Irora the clouds V "The rain, dear !" was the whispered reply.