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JiSS MY FAILTS BT.
EF WILLftM tVihK.
Perfection is an attribute,
I do not arrogate
To Deity. I must impu;e
A quality so great.
Just spirits housed in with the Lord,
'Tis said, are perlect made:
But mortals dwelling on eaith's saard,
Are not of such a grade.
Thej never sh;i.iM presume to bast
Of such a stie, at all.
Till they've regained what Adam lost,
By his degraditig fall.
That I have faults, ay, many, too,
I don't, I cati'i deny :
But let me be- kind friends, of yon,
That yon will pass iheu by.
For yon, perbap. my faults have seen,
Or ele have of them heard,
For ireat and many have they been,
111 ucli-n, deed, and word.
If I were like Jehovah's son,
Combining God and mail.
I then should have no faults, not one"!
For oiher folks to scan.
Hi life alone the model eives.
For perlect word ami deed :
Were all my word and deeds like his,
Ot faults 1 should be freed.
Bat I have faults, ay, many, too,
As I cannot eiiy :
So let , me bf, kind friends, of vou,
That you wi I pas them by.
A HARD SHELL SERMON.
BT THE REV. H.iriitKTO.V PLATIIER.
- Hie'Leiing, Sninls, nhd Sin hers-a h .-It's
sura lime since yore beloved pastor has
slung the Scripture at yore pore onsankti- !
fied heds He's not been a wrastlin with
"Satin so.newar else tho No. brethering
Thars r pastor fur every flock, and the
subscriber ever mixes in with outside
fights. I've been a trainin for the fall and
winter eaon a pre pa rirr fur to give old
born? and spear tail anoil.ej mill in this
1iar twenty four foot pulpit. I've he-n a
gatherin muscle an gettin my house in or-'
tier, fur such a fight as yo never dreamed,
nuch less rhunk of. in nil yore born days,
An ef I don't split o?d Satin's huff up plum
lo his knee in'mis and nut nn hi f.liitr
it won't be fur want of wind and bottom
that's so. "-
Your parstor has been a rustykatin at
Newport ah, whr he drunk old port, and
at the White Mountains ah, whar the din
ner mountains were black, and at the Sul
phur Springs ah, whar the devil war to
pay. and ginerally collected all he wanted
and down thar at Cape Cod ah, whar the
circulaiin meejum ar fish sea'es and lob-
f - : Mr 1 ,
ster's eyes ; yes, bretherins, that's whar thechozen. The congregation will sing the
I've bin. . I've been a lookin at sin in all i hundred and ninety-fust him, long dry me
its shapes. I've eat with it, drunk wi h it. , ,er beginniu at the third vers an toppiu off
leafed with it, fit with it, but I haint brot wilu Ilne Duxology, for verily I say untoe
any of it nome with me. Nary wurice. yo, utdess you are perTec in grace, an vote
They could'cl spare a mor.-ei of it in them akordin to Skriptur, yo thell all be taken up
places. I: war a luxury. j 'intce a high mounting wharthe curriculum
I met Sa'in lhar, but I did'nt tech him ' roameth and the wurrum disth not ah !"
It's no jcce a laeklin him in hot water. . Saym "menny shell cctne, but only the ap
Nerer tackel an euermy on his own guano 9lttlei suel1 be chozea ah V Thar will be
hill- Wait ontel you catch birn away from nieetin at airly candle light, in rhe base
home. Ketch Satin in the cold wether, and ,nent wen Brother Skeezicks will deliver
its as good as a hip-holt in a wrastle with a a Ieclnr fur the benefit of the heathen, at ten
Jerseyman. But 1 knowd, brethering, wun ' ca,,ts a Pf' to Pa' expeine ah. Brother
facV I knowd that the minit the old feller Wiggins will coi.clude the exercues.
got through a collectin his does thar. he'd,
make tracks furyore neighborhood. I also
knowd that when I opened my fall season
hyer, I'd find him ready for the fight, and I
a good menny of you pore, misaerbet sin-
O J - - J f ' . in i 'ot, i ti. i OIII-
-s ners and backsliders ' reddy to go yore pile '
- ' on TiTrh7, But you'll lose your money. A j
parstor.wjio's, Jia.3 Jywae- Jewke- ami Or-
gust toe- traiir Ifi, ami hez bin a practi'sin .
with the -dam -b Us of Tevelatioh, aud, pun- j
chin his .tpaVteys hite the sari bags of i
Genesis, and 4 gottin up his Nebbyctidnez
zar ginerally, ain't toe be putt down by a
passel of pnbelievin, blackslidin heethen
-ah ! " No, not ef the parstor understands hia
constitusUun, and wears spiked brogans too
iproTule against stippin op on the bannan
ner rhine.- of iemptan'on which sin throws
in his 'vt-ay ah ! " -
Yore parstor air. home fcgin ar.d rejices
AO think he is recooperated t externally, in
ternally, eternally, and infernally .all over,
and kin afeo administer untoe yo tho grace
-of Jeremiah and 'whip you out'n the brod
rode 'wiih'tlte oxgad of trooth akardin to?
Script'ureah ! An ef I ketch yo at any of j
yoreJiule artnadilloes, I'll pot you through :-
(Si course.of moral kalomel on the ankshus f
bench that'll -make youcTyJippecavy. i. Ye
jtireihering, and I'll follow it. up with a dose
o! Solomous Rheuberba an.I a slaslin over
our heds with a Luch of Eclezeas sticks
;h1 .Well, I will. :
Sly tex on this occasion mar be found in
Jlevelatioa by fhem that looks of it. Sarch
(andye shall find, eez the holy Sams, pro
,vidin you look long euough. and. sharp
,eaorgh.. - Niuth vers, 'An he tnck hirn into
a high moun'iog 'whar iLe Cuniculum
Meny shall come, tut on'y the appointed
shell be choi-en-ah ! Brethering, them war
the wurds off a great profie, who fit the
good fout with Satin, and banged the old
fuller from Dan to Beerheba, but finally
hed to cave, 8fur he tuck him untoe a high
mom. tin, whar the Curriculum roamelh, an
the wurrum ilieth not-ah !'
The wurds of my tex refer specially to
the grate election fight wich is a goin on
and wont be ended ontil November, thout
tsorne of the fighters gin out. Brethering.
, this yere's a free figlit, an anybody kin run
,hat wanls :o- Thar s Major Breckinridge,
r , J , . , r
t a fino inr.nir man uhnsft irnt inln Inn firhe
j . j ..0 e- - " J
furnace, and wont get out-ah; and General
Jo Line is doltiu his eyes and crossin his
tees to shove him in furder-ah I It no juce,
for thars a big nisser a stirrin up the coals
with a rail ah, and Douglas is a pilin on
the kindlin, w hile Brother Greely and Sister
Weed are a runnin around the outside &
keepen themselves wurrum-ah! 'Kur men
ny shell come, but on'y the appointed shll
be chozen-ah !' and the rest of them who
have burnt their ile out. will find them
pelves rrp Mntoe a high monritit.g, whar the
curriculum roameth and the wurrum dieth
Thar's Brother Beecher, who's been a
slashin about from pnl pit, with a Sharp's
rifle on his shoulder, loaded to muzzle with
Independent powder and Tnbune wad Jin,
and in his hand a chunk of bleedin. Kansas
wrapped up in a piece of Scripture ah. but
hVs not one of the appinted-ah. No breth
ering, for he's played out. He may shoot
off his rusty oid rifle as oiten as he likes,
but he car.t hit the bull's eye-ah !
Thar's old Abe up ihar in Illenoy, who
thinks he's got a sure dead thins-ah; but
he'll keep on a wrasdin with that thar al
mighty nigger ontil the cussed heethen'Il
throw him "up intoe high monntin whar
the curriculum roameth and the wurrum
dieth nol-ah !" Thar' old Bell, whom ar
a fryin to rinr himself in as ore of the ap-pinted-ah,
but he's got a writer for the
Jjedger a hangin or.toe his heels and a copy
of the Fxp fs in his pocket-ah, which is
proof that he can't be one of the appinted.
Thar's Brother Brooks, who ar going from
place to place seekin whom he may de
vour somebody, a finhtin wind mills an
sich like, an Join odtl chores fur them as
wants em done chpap. an a inakhi fusion
intoe confusion he's a workin his way
'intoe a hiijh moun'ing A-har the curricu
lum roamelh and the wurrum dith not ah.''
My beloved brethering. yore rarsior i
goin to imitate the example of Old Seward;
he's a goin to travel from pnl pit to pul pit,
a preachin the Gospel, according to bissell
ah; he's a goin to vote for hisself and ir.
"oin l"at ne " e eure ' wim ote, an ef
ne get any more he'il be thankful he
didn't gel less and git f-ent up "into a high
mounting whar the curriculum roameth and
the wurrum dieth not ah!"
Yore parstor is gUtin out of wind, and I
rolls severeal of the Deacons are going into
a protracted snooze. Sich is life. Little do
they think they ar a goin up "into a high
mounting whar the curricnlnm roameth and
U'e warrura dieth not-ah !;' ' Little doe they
think thai they are not of the appointed
ah! Deacon Slowboy vsill goe around with the
sarser an make a col!e-kun, for he is won of
lrk Sunday . Mas.
1 Eearly Lacjh.
After all, what a capital, kindly, honest,
jHy, gfnriocs good thing a laugh is ! What
J J J (5'"i'v'
a Ionic ! WI
Whal a digester ! What a febri-
What an exerciser of evil spirits !
Better than a valk lefore breakfast, or a
nap alter dinner. How it shuts the mouth
of malice, and opens the brow of kindness !
Whether it discovers the gums of infancy
or age, the grinders of folly or the pearls of
beauty; whether it racks the sides and de
forms the countenance of vulgarity, or dim
pies the visage, or moistens tho eye of re
finement in all us phases, and on all faces,
conterting, throwing the human form into
happy shaking and qauking of idiotcy, and
turning the human countenance into some
thing appropriate to Billy Button's trans
formation ; under every circumstance, and
everywhere, a laugh is a glorious thing,
Like 'a thing of beauty," it is "a joy for
ever." Their is no remorse in it. Ii leaves
no eunff ; "except in the sides, arid that
g 'off.. Even a single anparticipated
laugh is' a greal aflair to witness. But it is
seldom single. It is more infectious than
scarlet fever. You cannot gravely contem
plate a laugh. If there is one laughter, and
one witness, there are forthwith two laugh
ters. And so on.'- The convulsion is prop
agated like sound. What a thing it is when
it becomes epidemic 1 ' "
Thomas Hood died composing and that
too. humorous poem.-: Hef jis; faiU. to have
remarked that he was dying oat of charity
to the ondertaker, whi w.isaes to earn a
Siggcr in the Urash.
FCGITIVK SLAVE CASE IN DKCATPft COUNTY.
Our usually quiet village was thrown in
to a state of excited curiosity on Wednes
day last, by the announcement that a fugi
tive slave was to be tried before his honor
Judge Sales, on that day.
A runaway nigger had been captured
so the rumor ran by two citizens, and
from whoso custody said nigger had been
taken by a writ of Habeas Corpus, at the
instance of two or three of our citizens, and
he matter was to be judicially investigated.
Great was the desire to sue that nigger,
and equally great was the impossibility of
gelling to see him. Not that people in
general cared anything about that nigger,
or any other, but under the circumstances,
he had already become a lion a real Afri
can lion, and never since Hannibal came
through town we don't mean the Cartha
genian hero, but the big elephant but, as
we were saying, never since the classical
quadruped came to town, has o great a
crowd collected, on short notice to see any
animal, of any Color, and wearing hair,
wool or cotton.
Lawyers paraded the streets with bri.-ker
pace than usual, or stood in earnes-t consul
tation on the corners attd in by-places.
Tho town was ransacked for the Dred Scott
decision and Fugi;ive Slave Law, and we
believe in vain. At last, tho Court conven
ed, the crowd rushed into the Court 116 use,
the nigger was brought in, and modestly
occupied a back seat, as every nigger sho'd
when among white folkj.
But one thing seemed peculiar ; the nigi
ger sat with his hat on. Now we all know
that a well-bred nigger will never keep his
hat on in the presence of white folks, but
that nigger did, and hence it was evident
either that he was a very impudent nigger,
or something else, and not exactly famil
iar with the tninutia; of elevated nigger
character and their duties.
All the while, however, matters were
progressing. An attorney came in with
most impressive calmnes and astounding
dignity, and laid a huge pile of ponderous
volumes on the table. The opposing attor
ney, who sat at the table with his chair tilt
ed back, and his heels at angle of sixty de
grees from the horizontal, and consequent
ly 150 degrees from the place where they
ought to have been according to Chester
field, thinking it not best for the fun in hand
to be wholly without books, hastily dis
patched an associate to his office after a
few volumes, instructing him to get the big
gest he could find.
All things being in readiness, and all
parties anxious, the Judge ordered the trial
to proceed Observing lhat the nigger Elill
had his hat on, the court ordered it remov
ed. All eyes centered upon the nigger
The hat was removed, and a read head
blazed like a comet in the midst of the
crowd. And then, a shout, and a roar a
perfect thunderburst and hurricance c f mer
riment went up from the assembled multi
tude and announced to the plaintiff in Ha
beas Corpus and attorney, that they had
been sold !
The nigger was a sham a white man,
blacked for thh purpose, and acting the part
of a fugitive for the purpose of bambooz
ling a couple of zealous aud offensively of
We rnderstand the following to be the
origin of the affair :
Some time ago, a real nigger ran away
Irom Missouri, and was captured fcy two
citizens of this county. After that, several
abolitionists about Decatur City, concocted
a scheme to black a white man and send
him through the country, and thus decoy
those two who had captured the nigger,
into pursuit of him, and then rush upon
them from some convenient ambush, and
-thrash them tremendously. But the plan
leaked out. The two intended Aictims
heard of it, and resolved to beat their abo
lition friends at their own concocted sheme.
Accordingly they imrrovised a nigger,
ran him down and caught him, had the sat
isfaction of seeing their abolition friends
take him Irom them by a writ of Habeas
Corpus, and go into court for trial, with the
result above detailed. It was one of the
best jokeu of the season.
In half an hour alter the trial, one of the
gentlemen who got out the habeas corpus
was seen disappearing in the direction of
the big woods, with the speed of a comet ;
his coat, tail and all, streaming back from
his neck like a flag from a pole, only the
button at the collar holding it on. Another
was busily preparing affidavits to prove
that he had not been in town that day. -Aud
the third, who had the cost to pay,
was speechless with rage, and quite coma
tose when last eeea in this town. The nig
ger speedily disappeared, not in a thunder
gust, but in a pail of water, and then all
became quiet as before. And so ended the
first fugitive slave case ever tried in Leon
Iowa. Leon Pioneeri
"I have learned the prolound truth," says
Alderman Johnson, "from eating turtle, that
it. shows a most depraved taste lo mock
anything for its greenness."
A small shopkeeper in Chicago proffers
his services to the public as a letter-writer.
He guarantees his letters to "start a parent's
tear, establish' the durability of Iriend's
affection,' and waken the full- estacy of a
lover's heart." " ! '
Gold is so plenty in California that they
fatten their cattle upon it. Two half eagles
were found in the e'.omzrhJ'O'
Humors cf the Census.
Although the Marshals engaged in taking
the Census sometimes experience annoy
ances, yet they occasionally meet with pe'r
sons who afford them no little amusement.
Their task is often a hard one, and exposes
them to charges of impertinence from those
who do riot really understand the import
ance of "numbering people." One of the
marshals of New Jersey, whose field of
operations is in the interior, at a place
somewhat remote from rail road depots
found considerable difficulty in petting in
formation from an "ancient maiden lady"
whom he had addressed on the subject.
'Taking the census are yon? Well, I
reckon you car.t take none here." She was
indignant at his first remark. "'Taint none
of your business who lives here, nor who
owns this place. Its paid lor, and every
cent of tax on it tew. Taint best for yew
tew come snooping around to find out mat
ters that don't conarn you "
Her body, interposed at the doorway, al
though thin and wiry, prevented his pas
sage into the house. The marshal would
gladly have taken a seat, but she offered no
such luxury to her inquisitor. "Ilev I ever
been marrit ? We'd ! what next, I wonder.
Perhaps you'd like to have our pedigree
right down Irom Adam. But you can't!
I 'spect you're somo fellow from York,
come out lo seek whom you may devour.
You'd better go back again ! Take our
senses, indeed !"
The marshal tried to explain matters, to
wi lit I ivj uijucisiniiu tuts UCVJCOffUy illlU I c t
quirements ol the law, and particularly to
convince her that he was not a resident of
Gotham. He utteriy failed, however, for
his next (uestion only increased her anger.
"Have I got enny children? Why, you im
pertinent puppy, how dar you asperse my
character ? Here hev I lived for forty eight
years, and haint never been ten mile from
home. If you doubt my respectability you
had tetter go to our minister, he knows
all about me; he lived here when I was
born; he knows that all I possess in tho
world is in this farm, and the two houses
down to the village, worth altogether about
fftt een thousand dollars. He can tell you
that I lived with my father till he died, hav
ing no brothers and sisters, and lhat I nev
er was married, and haint no children ; he
is well acquainted with the folks living with
me, which is a little girl, farm man and a
big stout Irish girl. But you can't git any
information out of me. I'm a woman of
few words, and 1 don't allow meddlers"
The good woman had now worked herself
into a passion, and turning away slammed
the door in his face. From her remarks,
however, he gained the following facts :
"Miss Abigail ; azed forty eight; never
married; has no brothers or sisters; carries
on farming;" which after all was about all
the information he cared to possess. New
Yoik Evening Post.
In Antl'fciliioas Turkey.
Cuff was a gentleman's gentleman down
in Old Virginia, and a darkey of most un
doubted honesty aud truth ; but he would
sometimes tell though stories, lie met
Kuruel Jnsing's nigg," as he called him,
the other day, and after cussing and discus
sing various matters appertaining tothe
masters, they fell into the following conver
sa ion :
Sam Well, Cuff, how you was !
Cuff Oh ! I isn't no wuss.
Sam How is all de folks down at de
Cuff Oh, dey is able to bo 'round, 'cept
de o!e man's darter j she had de doctor de
other day. He came in, looked at her, an'
6ay she was bilyus, and guv her a box of
engine vegetable pills. Whe do doctor go
she up an' trew de pills out de winder.
She wouldn't take r.o pills, no sah ! Wal,
de ole turkey cock kum, an', greedy cuss,
he gobbled down de pills, box an' nil, wid
de whole direcshnns in four different lang
wiges. Next day we had company, an' had to
kill dat turkey cock, yer see. Brought him
on de tab le biled wid eyster sass : massa
flourish his knife, and try to cut him up
couldn't git de knife into him.
"Cuff," says he, ' how long did yer bile
dis turkey ?"
"Bile him an hour, sah."
"Take him away and bile him anoder
So I took him an' biled him anoder hour.
Sam Did de company wait?
Cuff Oh, yes, d- company wailed. Wal,
I bronght de turkey in, and mass flourish
his big knife ag'in and try to cut him ; but
Le couldn't do it, no 6ah !
"Take him away and bile him anoder
So I take him down into do kitchen
Sam Did de company wait ?
Sam Of course dey wailed. I bronght
in de turkey ag'in, an' massa try to cut.
But it was no go ; masse git mad.
"Take him away an' bile him week.
Sam Did de company wait ?
Cuff Oh, yes, de company waited ?
Dey were bonnd to see de fun out, yer
Know. Wal, in a week I bronght in. dat
turkey. Massa thought he got him dis
time, sure. Bat he couldn't cut a hole in
bim de old cock wouldn't be cot. Massa
send for de doctor lo have de turkey exam
ined. De doctor come, look at de turkey
look all over bim. Say he. ,
''It's no use ; you can't bile dis turkey
for he has taken a box of dese engine vege-
An Eight Mile Swim for Life.
A correspondent of the New York Herald,
writing Irom Walker's expedition, tells the
'.he following story :
The day before yesterday wo had an ex
citing scene, which has been the talk two
days. As we were near the Rutan shore, a
boat was dispatched ashore on business by
Gen. Walker. There were five men to
poll and stear the boat. On attempting to
return to the vessel, the boat was capsized
by a heavy 6ea breaking over her, and the
men where left clinging to the boat's bot
tom six or more miles from the shore, and
little hope of life. They at one time saw
our vessel, ar.d signalized her in several
ways, but to no effcet. One of the men,
John J. Shirkey, of Delaware, proposed
swimming to the vessel, and giving notice
of the condition of his companions, aivd if
possible, have them relieved. He started
out without clothes, and swam for the
schooner. The sea was rather high, and
he often was engulfed beneath its waves ;
yet he exerted himself manfully for the
salvation of his companions, and nobly he
succeeded. The first that was seen of him J
fiom the schooner was just as breakfast
came on, and the cry, "man overboard '"
roused every man on board, all supposing
that a man had fallen overboard from our
vessel. A boat was immediately let down
and sent to the swimming man for he was
still some distance from the schooner. On
being taken abord Shikey gave us an ac
count of the affair, stating tha: he left his
companions about eight miles distant.eling
ing to the boat, which was bottom upward,
and that the) would continue to make a
signal, a waving shirt, for as long a time as
possible. The vessel was immediately put
about in the direction from which Shirkey
came, and in less than an hour we came
upon the boat and the four wrecked men
They had thrown off all their clothes, and
had thus been exposed for five hour?, with
out water to drink or food to eat, since the
alternoon of the previous day. On being
picked up and taken on board the)' were
properly cared lor, and were soon full of
life, and mingling with the general crowd.
During the day we have been cruisingoff.
the inland of Barbarat, one of the bay Is
lands. The islands are still under the
British flag treaties are nowhere.
The Railroad Peculation.
The "Harrisburg Telegraph," 6ays, the
investigations into the recently discovered
conspiracy among Conductors and Ticket
Agents, to defraud the Pennsylvania rail
road and its immediate connection, are not
yet concluded. It is rumored, however,
that the developements have gone so far as
to implicate all the through conductors,
with a single exception: and these, with
the ticket agents implicated, number twenty-one
persons ! Under a law enacted in
1S58, these dishonest officials are gnilty of
misdemeanor, and liable to imprisonment
for two years or a fine of Sl,OoO, at the dis
cretion of the Court. If report be true, the
Railroad Company, instead of making an
example of these polite thieves by handing
them over for trial are rendering themselves
liable to indictment for misdemeanor by
"compromising" with the thieves, some of
whom have already disgorged the full
amount btoleu. We call the attention of
the officers of the Company to section ten
of the renal Code passed last winter, rela
tive to "compromising crimes," by which
it wiil be seen that a very sevpre penalty is
imposed for the offence. In receiving
"money, goods, chattels, lands ox oilier
reward," as a consideration for compound
ing or concealing the crimes of the thieves
in their employ, the officers of the company
are guilty of a misdemeanor, and liable to
line and imprisonment:
Section 10. If any person having know
Iege of the actual commission of any mis
prison of treason, murder, manslaughter,
rape, sodomy, buggery, arson, forgery,
counterfeiting, or passing counterfeit mo
ney or notes, burglary, house breaking,
robbery, larceny, receiving stolen goods or
other property by persons knowing them to
be stolen, kidnapping, bribery, perjury shall
take money, goods, chattels, lands or other
reward, or promise thereof lo compound or
conceal, or upon agreement lo compound or
conceal the crimes aforesaid every person
so offending fhall be guilty of a misde
meanor, and on conviction thereof, be
sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding one
thousand dollars, and to undergo an itn
prisonment not exceeding three years.
When a young man is clerk in a ware
house or bank, and dresses like a prince,
smokes "fo'n cigars," drinks "noice bran
dy," attends theatres, balls, and the like,
wonder if he does all upon the avails of his
clerkship? When a young lady sits in the
parlor all day, with her lily-white fingers
covered with rings, I wonder if her mother
don't make the p.iddings and do a good
deal of work in the kitchen ? When a man
goes three times a day to get a dram, won
der if he will not, by and by, go four times?
When a young lady laces her waist a third
smaller than nature made it, I wonder if ber
pretty figure will not shorten life some
dozen years or more besides making her
miserable while she does live? Wheu a
young man is dependent upon bis daily toil
for his income, and marries a portionless,
finelv ladv. who does not know ho
A Touching Story. j
The following effective narrative purports
to have been given by a father to his Eon,
as a warning derived from his own bitter
experience of the sin"cf grievingand resist-1
ine a mother's love and counsel.
What agony was visible on my mother's
face when she saw that all she said and suf
fered failed to move me ! She rose to go
home and I followed at a distance. She
spoke no more to me till 6he reached her
"It is school time now," said 6he, "go,
my son, anil once more, let me beseech
you to think upon what I have said."
"I shan't go to school," said I.
She looked astonished at my boldness,
but replied firmly :
"Certainly you will go, Alfred, I com
'M will not," said I, in a tone of defiance.
"One of two things you must do, Alfred
either go to school this morr.ing, or I will
lock you in your room, and keep you there
till you are ready to promise implicit obe
dience to my wishes in the future."
"I dare you to do it, you can't get me np
"Alfred, choose now," said my mother,
who laid her hand upon my arm. She
trembled violent'y and was deadly pale.
"If you touch me I wiil kick you," said
I, in a terrible rage. God knows I knew
not what I said.
Will yon go, Alfred V
"No," I rep!iedKbut quailed beneath her
"Then follow me," said 6he, as she grasp
ed my arm firmly.
I raised my foot oh, my son, hear me !
! raised my foot, anil kicked her my
sainted mother ! How my head reels as
the torrent ot memory rushes over me. I
kicked my mother, a feeble woman my
mother ! She staggered back a few steps,
and leaned against the wall. She did not
look at me ; I saw her heart beat against
'Oh, Heavenly f ather," said she, "for
give him, lie knows not what he does !"
The gardener just then pased the door,
and seeing my mother pale and almost un
able to support herself, he slopped. She
beckoned him in
"Take this boy op stairs, ami lock him in
his room," said she turning from me.
Looking back as she was entering her
room, she gave 6U'ch a look of agony, ming
led with the most intense love ! it was the
last unutterable pang from a heart that was
In a moment I found myself a prisoner in
my own room. I thought for a moment I
would fiing myself from the open window,
and dash my brains out. Then I became
penitent. At times my heart was subdued;
but my stubborn pride roe in an instant,
and 1 ade me not yield. The pale face of
my mother haunted me. I flnng mysellon
the bed and fell asleep. Just at twilight, I
heard a footstep approach the door. It was
"What may I tell mother for you ?" she
"Oh, Alfred, for my sake, for all our
sakes, say that you are sorry. She longs
to forgive you."
I would not aaswer. I heard her foot
steps slowly retreating, and asain I threw
myself on the bed, to pass another wretch
ed and fearful niaht Another footstep,
slower and ftebler than my sister's disturb
ed me. A voice called me by name. I
was my mother's.
"Alfred my son, shall I come?" she
I cannot tell what influence operating at
that moment made me sppak adverse to my
feelinss. The gentle voice of my mother
thrilled through me, and melted the ice of
my obdurate heart, and longed to throw
myself on her neck, but I did not. But my
heart gave the lie to my words when I said
I was not 6orry. I heard her withdraw. I
heard her groatt. I longed to call her back,
but did not.
I was awakened from ray nneay slum
ber, by hearing my name called loudly, and
my sister stood at my bedside.
"Get up, Alfred. Oh, don't wait a min
ute ! Ge up aud come with me. Mother
is dying !
I thought 1 was yet dreaming, but I ot
up mechanically and followed my Mster
On the bed, and cold as marble, lay my
mother. She was not undressed. She had
thrown herself on the bed to rest ; arising
to go to me she was seized with a palpita
tion of the heart, and was borne secseles
to her room.
I cannot tell yon with wh3t agony 1 look
ed upon her; my remorse was ten fold
more bitter from the fact that she would
never know it. 1 believed myself to be her
murderer. I fell on the bed beside her I
could not weep. My heart burned within
my bosom ; my brain was on fire. My sis
ter threw her arms around me and wept in
silence. Suddenly we saw a liaht motion
of mother's hand ; her eyes unclosed. She
had recovered her consciousness but not
speech. She looked at me and moved her
lips. I could not understand her words
'Mother, mother !" 1 shrieked, "say only
that you forgive me." She could not say it
with her lips, but her hand pressed mine
She smiled upon me, and lifting ber thin
white hands she clasped my own withitt
them, and cast her eyes upward. She mov-
Boys who spurn a mother's control, who
are ashamed to own that they are wrong,
who think it manly to resist her authority,
or yield to her ifluence, beware. Lay not
up for pourselves bitter momories for fu
The Mothers of History.
It :s a noticeable fact in history that the
mothers of all the truly great men, were
women of uncommon talent, or great ener
gy, fhus proving'most conclusively, that the
character of man lakes its cast from that of
the mother. First impressions are the stron
gest, and no matter what causes are brought
to bear in after "life, the lessons learned ifi
childhood are sure to leave iheir indelible
impress upon the mind of man. Few
mothers realize the responsibiliiy of rearing
a family of children. They are conscibu
of the trouble, the vexations, the sorrows
they have to undergo, but how often do
they reflect that they are forming the char
acters, for good or evil, of men who will,
perhaps, distinguish themselves in the
world ? Mothers will do well lo think
deeply on this important 'subject.
It is said of Sir Walter Scott's mother,
that she was a small, plain, well educated,
woman, of excellent sense, very charita
ble and a great lover of poetry and paint
ing and on the whole a superior woman
'Tis evident from the writings of Sir Walter
that he had an uncommon gift in wonl
It is said of Byron's mother, that she
was a proud woman, hasty, violent and un
reasonable, with not principle sufficient to
retrain her temper. Unhappify, Byron in
herited his mother's inflamable temper, ami
instead of being subdued and softened by
the harshness with which she often traeted
him, he was rendered mo're passionate by
it. Thus we see that this infirmity, which
by gentleness and kind treatment might
have teen greatly checked, if not cured,
was suffered lo enslave one the most o'f
talented, 'brilliant, poetical minds which
has ever shown among men, entailing a life
of misery upon its possessor, and an early
termination to his career !
The mother of Bonaparte was a woman
of great beauty and energy of character.
This last trait ha been strikingly exempli
fied throughout his whole life.
The mother of Robert Burns was a wo
man ol moderate personal attractions but
in every other respect a remarkable woman.
She was blessed with a singnlar equanimi
ty of temper, an.I her religious feelings
were constant and deep. They used to
give wings to the weary hours of her
I checkered life by chaunting old songs and
ballads, of which she had a large store. -Her
perception of character was very quick
and keen, ar.d she lived to a good old age,
; rejoicing in the fame of her poet son, and
partaking of the fruits of his genius.
j Lord Bacon's mother is said to have been,
a woman of superior mind, of great leara-
; ing, and deep piety.
Little is said i-f the mother of Nero, ex
t cept that she murdered her second hnsband
( the Emperor Claudius, about four years
I after her marriage. Do we wonder that
Nero was a cruel Kmperor, if his mother
was a murderess ? How stronlgy does the
mother of Nero, an ancient tyrant, contrast
with the mothers of our modern philanlhro
j pists and statesmen! the mother of Wash
ington, whose history is familiar to every
, reader of history; the mother of John Jay,
i who deserves a place by the side of Wash
, ington. Mr. Jay is said to have had a cuU
tivated mind, a fine imagination, and affec
' tionate temper.
I Themoiherof Patrick Henry was a wo
man of great excellence of character, and
marked by superior conversational powers.
Hence, doubtless, the oratorical gift of her
son. With the mother of the Adamses all
are well acquainted. Where will we find
more real practical common sense than
Johu Quincy's mother possessed? The
mother's impress was truly stamped upon
, her ton.
Origin- or Texts The taking of a texl
is 6aid to have originated with Ezra, who,
accompanied by isome Levitee, in a public
congregation of men and women, ascended
a pulpit, openeu tho book of the law, and
after addressing a prayer lo the Deity, to
which the peopla said "Amen," read the
law of God distinctly, and gave the sense,
and caused them to understand the reading.
Previous to lhat time, the patriarchs deliv
ered in public assemblies either prophecies
or moral instruction for the edification of
the people. It was not until the return of
the Jews from Babylonish Captivity, during
which period they had almost lost the lan
guage in which the Pentateuch was writ
ten, that it became necessary to explain the
Scripiures to them a practice adopoted by
Ezra, and since universally followed. la
later times the book of Moses wss thus read
in the synagogue every Sabbath. To this
custom our Saviour conformed, and in a
synagogue at Nazareth read passage from
the prophet Isaiah.; then, closing the book,
returned it to the prie.t, and preached from
ihe text. The custom which now prevails
all over the Christian world, was interrupt
eJ in the dark ages, when tae ethics of Ar
istotle were read in many churches on Sun
day, instead of tha Holy Scriptnres.-
SAvsthe lovely Julia to tLe bewitchin
Fanny, "Why is a new-born baby like a
SOW'S tail "Pip i