The star of the north. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1849-1866, January 29, 1862, Image 1

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- t)0we poetrrj.
They're gone the watch firesthey have set
Glow round the mountain passes ret ;
Out throngh the darkness of the night
They flash a silent, flickering light.
They shine on victory's distant track, 9
Whence none, alas! for me comes back;
They let me bleed to death to night,
True eentry, on the field of fight !
Hushed in the tumult of the fray,
The powder smoke is blown awy ;
Faint broken shouts fall on my ear,
My comrades are all far from here.
Yet, though" m? comrades all are far.
There gleams foil many a golden star,
And angel bands light up on high
The eternal watch fire? ol the fcy.
On, comrades, brave, lo victory !
Farewell ye banners, high and free!
1 can no longer be with yon;
Another camp is near in view !
White banner, in the moonlight spread.
Float through the heavens above my head,
tlow sinking now 1 see them wave
And flatter o'er a soldier's grave.
0 loved onptis- the thought of thee
Alone weigh- down this heart in me;
Yet weep oi, love, be il.i the pride
That bravely at my poet I died !
The Lord of Hosts. nneen. on high
1 fad" out the armies of the sky
Soon shall He call my name out clear,
And I, trne sentry answer: Here!
C. F- Knapp, E-q.,
Sea do i y of Van Cnmp Lodge,
JVo. 140, 1 O.cO F.
Sir : According to a resolution
passed at VanCamp Lodge No 140, I O.
of O. F , Jan 14th, 1862. I would say that I
have, with great reluctance, concluded to
comply with the request of the brethren as
sembled on that day.
In doing this, I am gnided more by their
wishes than conGdence, on the merits of
the remarks. Still, if in their judgement it
publication will promote the objects of the
Order, I submit it to your disposal.
" Most respectfully, yours in F L. and T.
Brothers: According to your wish ( ap
pear before you on this occasion to contri
Lute my feeble talent to your enterprize. I
very much fegret that the offering is so un
worthy the occasion, as the time did no,
permit me to do more, therefore the most I
can promise, is an inadequate expres-ion of
my interest in the prosperity of Odd Fellow
ship, and the high regard I have for the
honor ol being associated wilh yoo in the
bo'nds of a fraternal brotherhood. In be
coming an Odd Fellow there is an intrinsic
charm which lures and enchants its vota
ries. Odd Fellowship is loved for the prln
ciples it possesses and the unqualified pos
session of those principles is a sufficient
reward of toil.
Odd Fellowship opens additional sources
ot enjoyment, fills the 6oul with new beau
ties and the most ecstatic delights. It ena
bles the possessor of its true principles to
travel throngh fields of amaranthine flowers
and constantly inhale celestial fragrance.
. It draws the curtain from the past and
ppreads before its members the grand pan
orama of six thousand years. It throws
wide open the gates of natures vast temple
the gigantic proportions of which, the true
Odd Fellow alone can fcurvey with a proud
satisfaction that he is treading- familiar
. grounds and
''With a propriety which none can feel,
He calls the beauteous scenery all his own ;
His are the mountains and the valley's his,
And the resplendant rivers his to enjoy ;
And with a filial confidence inspired,
lie lifts to Heaven his nnpresnrnptuons eye
And erailingsays,my Father made them all."
If in this iron age of cold blooded utilita
rianism he meet? with a man whose only
divinity is Hamtnon, and who deems noth
ing important unless it catar for his appe
tite or pander for his passion, who can ap
preciate neither hi3 labor nor his motives,
l.e can retire and wrap himself around with
themantlaof his owa thoughts and say,
"FrcculO! Proctil este profani." He has
within himself the elements of substantial
happiness which time cannot corrode nor
aver?l!y destroy. This is a rich reranner
Rtion for all time and labor expended, in
the attainment of the principles of Odd Fel
lowship which we denominate Fraternity.
Thsre are certain objects upon which the
nrs of the trtta CJJ Fellow is ever fixed.
Cc?i '-erir j it a fa'?a humility, that seeks
rccr to te teen, and wishes never to be
mentioned, hs places fcis roarV hih open
th piartac.'s of hnman influence, and rjse-
ifaln?? and seek to form for himseli
and seek. la form for himself a
which shall centra the con-
;ys a:
id blen-i i::e varied hues cf
lie wi?hes to
;:r".t i
n.e factors of his
it career shall tar-
ive behind an example
. a- ' x !--t h ill i
sued--' Jir c "?nerat ;or: j
with most endearing recollections of the
past. And what better, nobler objects can
man propose for himself ? Others tbTe
are. He way live for wealth and
"Throw up his interest on both worlds,
First starved in this, then damned in that
to come."
He may live for fame. But how capricious.
"Whom she praised to day,
Vesing his ear with acclamations loud,
And roaring round him with a thousand
To morrow blamed and hissed him out of
He may live for power. But
"He that a-cends the mountain tops shall
The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds
and snow ;
He that surpasses, or subdues mankind,
Mu6l look down on the fate of these below.
Though high above the sun ot glory glow,
And far beneath the earth and ocean
Round him are icy rocks and londly blow
Contending tempests on his naked head,
'And thus reward the toils which to those
summits led."
I am addressing a society whose imposing
motto tells me its highest ambition is good
ness and the object it most highly prizes
the best means of attaining it What more
fitting than a declination ot the noble means
by which this noble end obtains. This,
then shall bp my theme Suggested as it
has been by ihe ' of your association,
the age it represents and the Character it
It will hardly be expected that I should
give a minute detail of the rise and progress
ol Odd Fellowship on the American Conti
nent. That is a matter that has passed in
to, and become a part of the history of our
country. It is sufficient to say, that on the
26th day of April 1819, Ihe ' first Lodge of
Odd Fellows was organized, on the conti
nent of North America It was then in its
infancy. The first Lodge only contained
members enough for a quorum, for the pur
pose of transacting the necessary business
ot the Lodge. Now the members of the
Order are counted by thousands. Its pro
gress has been unparatelled in the history
of this country. The organization as such
ha. contributed vast sums of money, bor
dering upon millions towards the relief of
the widow, and education of the orphan, in
our own country, while the orphan's cries
have been stilled and the widow's tears dried
by corresponding relief bestowed by the
organization of the old world Now in the
strnggle of our country, we are separated"
from thousands of our brethren, in the south
ern part of this Union, some of these breth
ren might be bodily lo-t from ns, but in ti e
principles of Odd Fellowship they will be
united with ns forever, for principles are
imperishable, time may change, men may
change, the uuiverse itself may change, but
principles never change. The principles
of Odd Fellowship are as firm as the deity
from which they emanate,it were principles
of sound morality that called OJd Fellow
ship into an existence. In vain may we
search those imperisnable men who brought
such principles from darkness to light
Where are the founders of our Order? Where
ant the patriots of the Revolution, who
seemed almost immortal on the Field of bat
tle? Go read their destiny upon their tombs.
Their slumbering dust is beneath our feet,
their voices are suppressed in death ; but I
would hold on high, before you their beam
ing example, lo gnde like a pill&r of fire
your triumphal march to eminent useful
ness. But let ns turn from the history of the
past to ihe scene9 as enjoyed by us. The
nineteenth century has been characterized,
' the age of associations" or "the age of
societies," and yet out of the hundred and
one "societies" that are now putting forth
pretentions to public favor, there are bat
few worth of the name of "charity" and en
titled to the aid and sympathy of humanity.
' Whilst we have onr forms and ceremo
niesour signs and passwords, whereby
we recognize each other, ours is no fancy
association with gew-gaws to attract and
catch the silly and thoughtless; but it ad
dresses itself at once to the nobler and high
er attributes of oar nature. It is iha high if
not the distinguishing characteristic of an
Odd Fellow to believe that among the most
acceptable services which man can render
his God, is relief to bis fellow man; and
the exercise of this unselfish philanthropy
is emphatically his mission. Yes, Odd FeU
lowship is founded upon that eternal prin
ciple, which recognizing man as a constitu
ent of one universal brotherhood, teaches
him that, as he came from the hands of a
common parent, he is bound to cherish and
protect his fellow man. It thus presents a
broad platform upon which mankind may
unite, no offices of human benefactioi.
Baed upon certain troths, which are alike
axioms . among all cations, to tongues and
creeds, its sacred tolerance presents a nu
clenf, which by its gentle inflcence gathers
within its orbit antagonist nature, controls
the elements. of discord, stills the storm
and soothes the spirit of passion, and di
rects in harmony man's united efforts to
fraternize the world.
Like trutfc;, Odd Fellowship cannot lose by
investigation and comparison, and must fi
nally trtsrnph and prevail. And it fittingly
becomes us to render homage and adoration
to the Supreme Grand Sire of the Universe,
fcr his continued approbation and protection
to tjs and to that noble Charity for which
we are laboring, fcr wiihont his Fatherly
cars and love onr beloved order could not
in so few y.:ars have grown from weakness
to strength, and from poverty to wealth, and
from crte man, cow to number hundreds of
thousand. .
I Therefore, brethren, the study of the hcly
Bible, of which a copy is fonnd in every
Lodge, is necessary of a true Odd Fellow,
practice its precepts, for without a due ob
servance of the lessons taught in the Bil Ie
our Order could not exist a single ho ir,
study it, for it contains priceless truths. It
is the substratum upon which Odd Fellow
ship rests, and upon which "it is destin jd
immovably to repose amid the wreck of
matter and crash of worlds." Bind its hcly
principles as an amulet about your hearts ;
you will find it touched with more tbin
human influences over your coming vic'si
tudes. It is charmed with supernatural
power that can lift you to the skies. Tl us
freighted, you shall ride safely the ilor
my ocean of this world, thus arm sd,
yoo will "bo prepared for Life' gr;at
trials, and easily repel all the Harts of your
nemies. Thus qualified, with powers so
perfectly ba!anced,you can ascend with e ise
and certainty the hill of renown, which I
have supposed to be your highest ambi
tion as an organized body, and you 'rill
then stand .
"Like some tall cliff that lifts its av ful
Swells from the vale and midway cleares
the storm.
Thongh round its breast some transient
clouds are spread
Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
So shall you rise, and on the hig'iet
watchtower of human benevolence, md
charity, firmly stand. Deep, heartfelt en:
eration like the atmosphere shall encircle
yon, earths highest praises shall thickly
cluster upon your immortalized namn,
garlands of the richest laurel shall entw ine
around your time honored brow, peaceful
and triumphant shall be your passaa? to
the tomb. solemn, "as it were a pane in
nature," shall be your transit to eternity,
thronged by the shade of sainted heroes
shall be your approach to the Grand Lrdge
above, pjcans and the songs of areels
shall procede the opening of that Lidge
beyond the Mars Glory, that isnnfacinjz,
and sun like benevolence that is unclocded,
and God like pleasures that swell? ont
from the throne ot the Noble Grand in that
celestial city, into a boundless ocea i of
fruition, shall be your rich and eterns.1 in
heritance Mort of the Array FranJg.
Fpccli of air, Dawes,
FeptilUcnn meinher Jrom fiTafwchusctta, it the
House of Representatives, Washington, Jan.
13, 1862.
The House resumed the consideratit n of
the amendments, reported to the House
from the Committee of the Whole or the
State of the Union, to the Civil Appr pria
tion bill.
Mr Dawes, (rep. of Mas., frott the
Committee of Investigation on Goven ment
Contracts, in resuming hi remarks com
menced on Friday last, said Sir, Ihaie not
failed to notice, and I believe the committee
of which I am a member have not fai ed to
notice, in common with the whole comtry,
that for some unacconntable reason the
charges upon the national treasury, at this
time of war, have been such as to reach
nearly the bottom of the public chest. Da
ring our investigation startling facts have
corne before the notice of this committee, &
to the notice of the whole country, torching
the mode and manner of the expenditure of
the public money. Some of these iUms I
proposeto call public attention to, ani then
to ask gentlemen the plain question, when
they propose to meet this question, i at all
I and if so, how, when and where? The very
first contract entered into by this government
after the troops had left their homes tc come
here, in April last, to defend the Capitol, by
which they were to be fed, was a contract
entered into for cattle. It was not made
with a man whose business it was t J sup
ply cattle to the market, jiot with i. man
who kne the price of beef in the markets
of the country, but was entered into y the
government here with a man well knwn in
this, and the other branch of Congress, for
the last ten years, as an old political stipen
diary one of the class of men who, ir. times
past, made their money by such operations
as buying the certificates of merabrs for
books at a discount and then chargiig the
full amount. This contract was rradeso
that the first twenty-two hundred had of
cattle furnished was charged at a rate which
enabled their original contractor to sub-let
it, in twenty-four hours after, to a nan in
New York who did know the price nf beef,
so that he put into his pockets, without
stirring from his chair, thirty-two thousand
dollars, and the men who actcaliy furnish
ed the cattle in question put into their pock
ets twenty-six thousand dollars nine, so
that the contract under which these twenty
two hundred head of cattle were fsrnished
to the army was so made that the jrofit of
58-thodsand dollars was realized o rer the
fair market price, ft takes a longer time to
enable a thovsaud head of cattle tit reach
this city from the states where they ire par
chased than it takes the army to consume
them. I ask the House, at this rate, to con
sider bow long the most ample provisions
of the Treasury would be able to n eet the
simple demands for the subsistence oi the
array. Sir, poorly as the array is siod to
day, a million of shoes have Already been
worn out, and a million more ais being
manufactured, and yet upen everyj one of
these shoe there ha3 been a wastlof eev-eD.ty-fe
cects. Three quarters cf iimi'lion
i t
of dollars have been already xvorn out, and
another three-quarters ofa million of dollars
upon shoes is now being manufactured.
In that department of the government con
tracts have been so plenty that government
officials have gone about the streets with
their pockets filled with them, and of which
they made presents to the clergymen of
their parishes, and with which were healed
old political sores and cured political feuds.
Even the telegraph has announced that high
public functionaries have graced the love
feasts which were got up to celebrate these
political reconciliations, thus brought about
while the hatchet of political animosity was
buried in the grave of public confidence, and
the national credit crucified amongst male
factors. We have reported to us the first
fruits of one of these contracts. A regi
ment of cavalry lately reached Louisville,
one thousand stropg, and the board of army
officers there appointed for the purpose
have condemned four hundred and eighty
five out of the thousand horses as utterly
worthless. The man who examined these
horses declared, upon hia oath, that there
was not one of them that was worth twenty
dollars. They were blind, spavined, ring
boned, afflicted with the heaves, with the
glanders, and with every disease that horse
flesh is heir to. These four hundred and
eighty five horses cost the government, be
fore they were mustered into the service,
fift) -eight thousand two hundred dollars, be
sides more than'an additional thousand dol
lars to transport them from Pennsylvania to
Louisville, where they werecondemned and
cast off.
Mr. Mallory (Union.) of Ky., asked what
regiment these horses belonged to, and who
furnished them?
Mr. DawesThey belonged to Colonel
Williams' regiment of cavalry, and they
were purchased in Pennsylvania, from
which State they were forwarded to Louis
ville, where they were condemned. There
are eighty three regiments of cavalry to-day
one thonand strotg. It takes two hundred
and fifty thousand dollars to pat one of these
regiments on font before it moves. Twenty
million ol dollars have thus been expended
on these cavalry regiments before they left
the encampments wheretheyjwere muster
ed into service, and hundreds and hundreds
of these horses have been condemned and
sent back to Elmira and to Annapolis, and
to this city,to spend the winter Any day
hundreds ofthem can be seen '"round this
city, chained to trees, where they were left
to starve to death. Gangs of two hundred
horses, in various places, have been thus
Ieftto die and'rot, till the committee on the
District of Columbia'have called for a mea
sure ol legislation to protect the city from
the danger to be apprehended from these
horse Gslgotha. An ex Governor of one
State offered to an ex-Judge of another
State five thousand dollars to get him per
mission to raise one of these regimen's of
cavalry, and when the ex-judge brought
back the commission the ex Governor lakes
it to his room at the hotel, while another
plunderer its at the key-hole watching like
a mastiff while he inside counts up forty
thousand dollars profit on the horses, and
calculates twenty thousand dollars more
-upon '.he accoutrements and the details of
furnishing these regiments. In addition to
the arms in ibe hands of the six hundred
j thousand soldiers in the field, there are nu
j merous outstanding contracts, made with
private individuals not made upon adver
tisement, not made with the knowledge of
the public, but made by ex-members of
Congress, who know no more of the differ
ence between one class of arms and another
than does a raethodist minister. There are
outstanding contracts for the manufacture
of Springfield muskets, the first one of
which cannot be delivered in six months
from this day. There is a contract for the
supply of one million and ninety thousand
mnskets at twenty eight dollars apiece,
when the same quality of muskets is manu
factured at Springfield for thirteen and a
half apiece ; and an ex member of Congress
is now in Massachusetts, trying to get ma
chinery made by which he will be able to
manufacture in some six months hence, at
twenty one dollars apiece, these rifled mus
kets manufactured to day in that armory for
thirteen dollars and a half. Providence,
before six months, will dispose of this war
or He will dispose of us. Not one of those
muskets thus contracted for will be of the
slightest service in this emergency, or be
fore the Providence of God, whether for
good or for evil, will dispose of it. I ask
my friends from the North and Northwest
how they expect to benefit by an armory at
Chicago, at Rock Island and at Quincy,
where a million and ninety-two thousand
muskets will, according to this contract, be
thrown upon the country, and that after war
is over, and at such an enormous price, in
addition to other outstanding contracts lor
the manufacture, sometime hence, of two
hundred and seventy two thousand Enfield
rifles. Besides there are seventy five thou
sand five hundred and forty three setts of
harness, to be delivered by and by, at the
cost of one million nine hundred and seven
ty eight thousand four hundred and forty-six
dollars. I have not time to enumerate all
these contracts. When we appropriated,
at the last session of Congress, for this pur
pose twenty millions of dollars, thirty seven
millions -and some thousand dollars had
been already pledged to contractors not
for the purchase of arms or the men in the
field, not to protect thera in fighting their
country's battles in this great emergency
and peril, bat for romo future occasion,
or to meet some present need ol the
contractor, I don't know which at this mo
ment. And not only the appropriation of
last session has been exhausted, but seven
teen millions put upon U. The riot of the
19th of April in Baltimore, opened this bull
and on the 21st of April, in the city of New
York, there was organized a corps of plun
derers of the Treasury. Two mil!ions of
dollars were entrusted to a poor, unfortu
nate, honest but entirely incompetent edi
tor of a paper in New York, to dispense it
in the best manner he could. Straightway
this gentleman began to purchase linen
pantaloon,straw hats Loudon, porter, dried
herrings, and such like provisions lor the
army, till he expended iii this way three
hundred and ninety thousand dollars of the
money, and then he got scared and qnit.
(Laughter.) There is an appropriation,
also, for the supply owood to the army.
This contractor is pledged the payment of
fceren dollats a cord for all the wood deliv
ered to the different commands, wood col
lected after the labor of the soldiers them
selves had cut down the trees to dear the
ground for their batteries, and then this
contractor employs lh army wagons lo
draw it to the several camps, and he has
no further trouble than to draw his seven
dollars for a cord, leaving the government
to draw the wood. Langhier. It costs
two million-j of dollars every day to support
the army in the field. A hundred mil
lions of dollars have thus been expended
since we met on the 22.1 day of December,
and all that time the army has been in re
pose. What the expenditures will increase
i t r tL'Kan tiat rrraal ilair chatt orrlv d tvHfiri
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our eyes shall be gladdened with a sight of
the army in motion,! donotknow. Another
hundred millions may be added to those be
fore the 4th of March. What it may cot
to put down the rebellion,! care vpry little,
provided, always, that it be put down ef
fectually. Bnt.sir, faith without work is
dead, and I am free to confess that my faith
sometimes fails me. 1 mean my faith in
men, not my faith in the cause. When the
history of these times shfcll be written, ' it
will be a question upon whom the guilt will
rest most heavy upon him who has con
spired to destroy, or upon him who has
proved incompetent to preserve, the institu
tions bequeathed to us by our fathers. It is
no wonder that the public treasury trembles
and stagsers like a strong man with too
great a burthen upon him.
A tron man
in an air exhausted receiver is not morg
helpless to-day than is the treasury of this
government beneath the exhausting pro
cess lo which it is subjected. The mighty
monarch of the forest himself may holi at
bay the fiercest, mightiest of his foes, while
the vile cur coming up behind and opening
his fangs gives him a fatal wound, and al
though he may struggle oh boldly and val
iently, the life blood is silently trickling
from his heart, and he is at last forced to
loosen his grasp, and he grows faint and
falters and dies. The Treasury notes issued
in the face of these immense outlays, with
out a revenue from custom houses, from
land sales, from any source whatever, are
beginning to fall in the market. Already
have they began to sell at six per cent, dis
count at the tables of the money changers,
at th very time, too, tHat we here exhibit
the singular spectacle of frauJ, and of a
struggle with the committee of wavs and
means itself, in an endeavor to lift up and
suvain to government of th9 country Al
ready the sutler that curse of the camp is
following the paymaster, as the shark fol
lows the ship, buying np for four dollars
every five dollars of the wages of the sol-
have no desire to hasten the movements
the array, or criticise the conduct of its
leaders, but in view of the' stupenduoos
drafts upon the Treasury, I mu; say that I
long for the day of striking the blow which
will bring this rebellion to an end Sixty
days longer of this state of thirgs will bring
about a result one way or another. It is
impossible that the treasury of the United
States can meet and continue to meet, this
state of things sixty days longer, and an ig
nominious peace must be submitted to un
less we see to it that the credit of the conn
try is sustained, and that, too, by the con
viction going forth from this hall to the
people of the country that we will treat as
traitors not only those who are bold and
manlj enough to meet us fate to face in the
field of strife, but all those also who clan
destinely and stealthily suck the lifeblood
from us in the mighty struggle. Whatever
mea.ures may emanate from the Commit
tee of Ways and Means to meet and re
trieve this state of things, they will but fall
like a dead pall upon the public unless
they give this assurance, that these extraor
dinary and extreme measures to recusciate,
revive and replenish the treasury, are not
made to fill farther and longer Ihe already
gorged pockets of the public plunderers.
How then are we to contribute in this mat
ter lo revive bublic confidence in our pub
lic men here, if it be not when these appro
priations come up that we probe them that
we ascertain whether there be anything in
them that at this moment can be spared.
Our pressing duty now is to protect and
save the treasury from further wholesale or
other system of plundering. In conclusion,
he argued against paying for printing the
Treasury notes, on the ground that the con
tract was improperly obtained.
'Is anybody waiting on you ?" said a
polite dry goods clerk to a girl from the
countrv. "Yes. sir", said the blushing
damsel, "thai't my feller outside. He
wouldn't come in."
I sit in my chair by the blazing fire
And doze away my life.
And the laughing flame leap higher and
As I dream of a little Wife ;
On my shoulder I feel a pressure sweet,
And arms like the snow on, whiter!
About my neck in a warm-clasp meet
And the flames flash brighter and brighter.
And ringlets of gold pout over my face,
As my bead to her bosom's pillow,
Sinks down in a cloud of perfumed lace.
That heavens like a foam on the billow ;
And 1 hear her warm heart's quickening beat
And her eyes glow briht a fire,
As my lip are covered with kisses sweet,
And the flames leap higher and higher.
A soft check nestles close to rny on,
And the sweet smile o'er it char-e ;
Like sundrops upon a calm lake thrown,
Her dimples the smiles efface
A flute-like laugh, and her swelling breast,
Heaven joyous high anil higher;
How happy my lot, and how sweet my rest,
With a wife in front of the fire!
And drink her beauty into my heart,
And the love-light of her eyes :
With a crash the red brands fall apart
My wife np the chimney flies.
Thas oft in my chair bj the blazing fire
I doze away mj life,
And the mocking flames laugh high and
At my dream of love and a wife.
News From The Himalayas.
The efforts which have been made fcr
several years to recover the lost records of
the intrepid and accomplish Asiatic ex
plorer, Adolph Schlagintweit, have at lat
been crowned with sucess It will be re
membered that, with his brothers, Herman
and Robert he1 set out in 1S54, under
th patronaga of the East India Society, to
explore the mountain system of the Himal
ayas and the adjacent regions. They were
provided wi'h the best instruments, trave'ed
wherever it was possible with a lit'le army
of dromedaries and coolies, ascended the
peak of Hi Gamin, in Thibet, to a height
of 22 260 feet, greater elevation than Hum
boldt attained in South America, and had
communicated the most valuable results to
the learned societies of Europe, before the
return of Hermann and Robert, in 1857.
Adolph pursued his explorations alone,
advanced in a north wester'y direction into
central Asia, went beyond Yarkand in:o a
region that has been described by no ecien-
I unc ir:iveier since iviarco roio, ann readied
j the walls of kashgar There he perished in
j a melee between the rative savage tribes,
I after having triumphed over the greatest
; difficulties of his perilous journey. The
! English authorities of India, prompted by
; the universal interest of savants, have from
j that time been energetically endeavoring
I to recover his papers, and to save to science
! the great amount of knowledge he had
accumulated. A communication from Sir
j R J. Murchison, in a late number of the
London Time, announces the gratifying in
telligence that his journal has been recov
ered through the agency of the Civil Com
missoner in Cashmere ; that it containes
full records of his discoveries np to the
time of his death, and that it will be in
corporated in the splendid narrative of their
travels which the surviving brothers Schla
gintweit are now publishing.
A Joke all Around.
There is a quaint hnmor attached to
somebody connected with the Rochester
Express 'hat breaks out in spots occasionally
in that sheet as witness the following :
"A gentleman, (whose name we sup
press fnr 'obvious reasons,)' while return
ins home with the family purchases on
; w'liiuiua) c riling, ptcj'j'cu iniw a u ujoici
saloon on Main street to refresh himself
with a stew. While thus engaged a friend
who had followed him in, abstracted from
his groceries a package containing a pound
of sround coffee, and having emptied it
refilled the paper with saw dut, and restor
ed it to its original place. The mistake
was not discovered until the following morn
ing, when the wife of the injured man
prepared his breakfast. Laboring under
the misapprehension that the grocer had
swindled him, the husband returned the
sawdust in the morning, and indignantly
demanded, and finally received, its -equivalent
in Old Jave. The unhappy grocer
who is notoriously subject to fits of 'absent
tnindneos,' declared most solemnly that it
was unintentional and. that, really, it was a
little the worst mistake he ever committed !
What renders the transaction still more
perplexing is, that "for the life of him he
can't remember where he got the sawdust !"
Vanity of Life When 1 look upon the
tombs of the great, every emotion of envy
dies within me ; when I read the epitaphs
of the beautiful, every inordinate desire
goes out ; when I meet the grief of parents
on a tomb stone, my heart melts with com
passion ; when I seethe tombs of parents
themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving
for those whom we must quickly follow;
when 1 see kings lying by those who
dispose them, when I consider rival wits
placed side by side, or the holy men
that divided the world with their contests, 1
reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the
little competitions, factions and debates of
mankind ; when I read the dates of the
tombs of some that died but yesterday, and
some six hundred years ago, I consider
that great day when we shall all be cotem.
poraries and make oar appearance together.
In Connecticut they find a use for almost
everything. An "old lady in the State is
collecting all the daily newspapers she can
lay her hands on to make soap of. She
says "they are a 'ight better than
ashes they are as good as clear fie."
A Fnnny Acetion Sale.
The Providence Journat thus recorden
one of those funny afttirs a sale of
unclaimed packages :
Mr. She! Ion sold yesterdayat auction the
various packages which have lain in tbU
office of the Express Companies, uncalled
for and unclaimed, for the last two Or three
years. There were some two hundred lots
or rr ore, of all shapes and sizes, and they
were offered without reserve, for cash, to
the highest bidder, the auctioneer adding
to hi general terms the wise provision
that each package was to be paid for before
it was opened and delivered. Quite a
numerous company attended the sale, and
the idea of buying a "pig in a poke" but
every body into a pleasant humor ol excite
ment and fun. The package were mostly
btown paper parcels, some small 'some
large, some uncomfortably heavy, some
remarkably light, with an occasional sprin
kle of keys, boxes bottles, and broken
varieties The first tot pot np was a woo len
bcx, No. 13I, contents unknown, and this
was purchased tor two dollars and a half
by H. L Foster, Joseph Belcher bought the
next lot, Nov I03. at the same price, and
sale continued until the last lot found a
purchaser, the various pickages bringing
various prices, from 12 cents to Sl(, as
their outside looks seemed to indicate
their valce Among otberthings wenoticed
a bundle of hoop skirts, patent forty spring
skirts we presume with all the latest
improvements, the grace of the tulip
combined with spiral accompaniments and
graduated exr&nsions. There was no ex
cept on in favor of these womanly ele
ments. ' Sv-eights," cried Mr. Sheldon.
! One dollar, a quarter d'ear it," be did
hear it, and the hoop skins were sold for
one dollar a id a quarter in the general limbo
of sacrifice. Altogether the auction was an
amusing occasion. The bidding was quite
spirited, and several individuals ventured
their lack in numerous purchases. It
seems a pity that the packages conld not
have been opei.ed on the spot as they
were sold. The best partjof the entertain
ment was lost through the provision that
every lot should be bought and paid for
without a look at its contents. Now we
sh all only know who made good bargain.
j The poor bargains -the buyers will gene
rally kepp to themselves.
One gen'.Ieman. however, who was quite
liberal in his purchases, buying some eight
or ten packages at a dollar apiece and up
ward, has confided to us his experience in
breaking the seals and strings O ie pack
age was filled with "Trigone Campaign
Documents for 1856 in German aDd En
glish, ' in another were carefully packed small cotton samples; another inclosed
two daguerrotypes ; another contained
a grape vine, dry and withered ; and 'in One
portly bundle was done op with all a muci
cian's tenderness, a brass trombone, some
what worn and dinted by use, and without
a mouth-piece, but still, so much of it as
was lelt, a powerful instrument. Our,
friend still recognizes that the owners have
claims upon the.-e valuable articles, arid
very liberally, we think, offers to give them
up on payment of expenses.
The Female P risocers At Washing ton.
Yesterday afternoon, at five o'clock, the
female prisoners, Mrs. Greeuhow and Bax
ley; who have been confined for some time
pa.-t at the Sixteenth street pri-on (Mrs.
Greenlsow's former residence), under the
care of Lieutenant N. E Sheldon, were by
order of Brigadier General Andrew Portef,
removed to the old Capitol prison, where
apartments have been provided for them.
At half-past four o'clock acariage was
drawn up in front ol the door of the prison,
and at the hour first named, the prisoners
left tho houre on their way to their new
quarters. Before leaving the house, how
ever, both the ladies look occasion to shake
hands with several members of the guard
who stood to the left of the house, when
the prisoners came out. Mrs. Greenhow
was the first to advance, and taking one of
the soldiers by the hand, said to him.
4 Good-bye, sir. 1 trust that in the future
you may have a nobler employment than
that of guarding defenceless women." As
she dropped the hand of the guard and
walked towards the carriage, we noticed a
nervous twitching at the lips, and a watery
look about the eye.
Mrs. Baxley also shook hands with the
guard, and, without speaking, entered the
carriage. She was followed by little Rose
Greenbow, the daughter cf Mrs. Greeuhow,
who will, at the request of her mother, be
incarcerated with her The carriage then
drove off, followed by an army wagon,
drawn by six horses, containing the bag
gage of the prisoners. Lieut. Sheldon also
took a seat in the carriage with the
Arriving at the jail, th.e prisoner were
delivered to the charge of the parties having
control there, by whom they were con
ducted to their quarters. At this point,
both Mrs Greenhow and Mrs. Baxley took
leave of Lieut. Sheldon their parting being
of the most touching nature. Fnr.h the
ladies expressed their thanks for the cour
tesy and kindness with which they have
been treated by the Lieutenant since their
incarceration ; while lit'le Rose threw ber
arms around the Lieutenant's neck and
embraced him.
On Monday morning, Mrs. Ellie Poole,
one of the women confined at the Sixteenth
j street prison, will be'relea-ed on hr parole,
and conveyed lo Fortress Monroe,' under A
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