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" TAB GARDENER- AXD TUB MOLfc.
A gardener bad watched a mole,
And caught i: as it left its hole.
Mischievous beast '."cried he, "to harm
The garden as thoo do9t the farm !
Here thoo hast thy wicked will
Upon my tulip and jonquil.?
Behold them on ttj lira Wed bed
Dishonor'd, Drooping and half dead I"
The mole said meekly in reply,
It was my star it was not I,
To undermine is mole' commission,
We hold it justly from tradition,
And all the earth that lies near ours
It given us by the Higher Powers.
We bear of coonies and of hares,
ilut when commit we thefts like theirs!
We never touch the flowers that blow,
And onlv bulbs that lork below.
'Tib true", where we have run. the ground
Is raised a trifle, uot quite sound ;
Yet after a Sew days of rain,
Level and firm it lies again.
Wise men like you will rather wait
For these than argue against ' Tate,
And quarrel with o moles because
We simply follow Nature s Jaws.
Ve raise the turf to keep as warm,
Surely in this ye see no harm ;
Ye break it up to set iheceoii
A fo.tres or perhaps a crown.
Ye in the cold l.e all the n-g?t
Under thin tents, at morn to fight.
Neither lor horned nor fleecy cattle
Start we to mmgte in the battle.
Or in their pastures shed their blow!
To pamper idle churls iib food.
Indeed w do eat worm what then !
Do not thee very worms eat raer. ?
"We never kill or wound a brother,
Men kill by thousands one another :
AuJ though ye swear ye wish for peace,
Yonr fend a. l watfate r.ever ceae."
Such home-brought troths the gardener,
Though ruild by nature, could not bear,
And lest the mole might more have said
tie chopped it head off with the spade.
LI nXE EDDIE, TUE DRUMMER.
A Reminiscence of Wiisei'i Creek-
Correspondence of the Chicago Tribune
Camp Benton, December 20 -A few days
before our regiment received orders to join
Gen Lyon, on bis march to Wilson' Creek
the drummer boy of our company was ta
ten sick and conveyed to the hospital, and
t)D the evening preceding the day that we
were to march, a negro was arrested within
Ihe lines of our camp ani brought befere
t)ur Captain, who asked biro, What bosi
Tiess he had within the lines V He replied
'I know a drummer that yoa would like to
enlist in your company, and I have come
to tell you of it. He was immediaiely re
quested to inform the drummer ihat it . he
woeld enlist for oor short term of service
he would be allowed extra pay, and to do
ihia he must be on the ground early in the
morning. The negro was then passed be
yond the guard.
On the following morning there appeared
before the Captain's Quarters, during the
beating of the reveille, a good looking, mid
dle aged woman dressed in deep mourning,
leading by the hand a sharp, sprightly
"ooking boy, apparently twelv or thirteen
yers of age. Her story was soan told
She was from East Tennessee, where her
hnsband bad been killed by the rebels, and
all her property destroyed. She bad come
to St- Louis in search of her sister, and, not
finding her, and being destitute of money,
he thought if she could procure a situation
for her boj as a drummer for the short lime
that we had to remain in the service, she
could find employment for herself, and per
haps find her sister by the time we ere
During the rehearsel of her story the little
fellow kept hi eyes iotently fixed upon
the countenance of the Captain, who was
about to express a "determination not to
take so small a boy, when he spoke oat,
"Don't be afraid, Captain, I can drum."
This was spoken with so much confidence
that the Captain immediately observed with
a ini!e, u Welt, well, Sergeant, bring the
drum.' and order oar fifer to come forward."
lc a few moments the drnra was produced,
End oor fifer, a tall, rouad-shoaldered good
catered fellow, from the Dubuque mines,
who stood, when erect, something over six
feet ia height, soon made his appearance.
- Upon being introduced to his new com
rade he stooped down, with his bands rest
ing opon his knees, that were thrown for
ward into an acute angle, and after peering
into the Utile fellow's face a moment he
observed, "My little man, can yon drum !"
Ves, sir," ha replied, "I drummed for
Captain Hill, in Tennessee." Our fifer im
mediately commenced straitening' himself
upward until all the angles in his person
had disappeared, when he placed his fife
in fci3 month and played the "Flowers of
LJenboroogb," one cf the most difficult
things to IcHow with the drum that could
a?3 Lean selected, and nobly did the little
felloe follow him, showing himself to be
xr icir-r cf the'drsa. When the mnsic cess
cd cur Cap'.aia turned to the mother, and
f I ?er?sd, "ilaJaa, 1 will take yonr boy.
"Edward Lea," she
r';-!i?d: thea ptactr.? her hand con tha
Captaia tra, the cter?eJ, "Captain, if
he is not killed " here her maternal feel- j
ings overcame her utterances, and she bent j
down over her boy and kissed him upon
the forehead. As she arose she observed, J
Captain, you will bring him back w.th j
you, won i you y "ies, yes, ne repueu,
' we will be certain to bring him back with
os. We shall be-discharged in six weeks"
In n 'hour after, "our company led the!
hrwa Ffrst out of camp, our drum and fife
playing "The girl I left behind me." Ed
die, as we called him, soon became a great
favorite with all the men in the company.
When any of the boys had returned from a
horticultural excuision, Eddie's share of
the peaches and melons was the first
apportioned out. During our heavy and
fatiguing match from Rolla to Springfield
rt was often amusing to tee out long legged
gier wading through the mud with cur li;tle
drummer mounred upon his back and al
ways in that position when fording streams.
During the fight at Wilson's creek I was
stationed with a part of our company on
the right of Tot ten's battery, while the bal
ance of our com pany, with a part of the
Illinois regiment, was ordered down iuto a
deep ravine upon our left, in which it was
known a portion of the enemy was conceal'
ed.with whont they were soon "engaged
The contest in the ravine continuing some
hours. Totten suddenly wheeled his bat
tery opon the enemy in that quarter, when
they soon retreated ro the high ground
behind their lines. In less than twenty
minutes after Totten had driven the enemy
from the ravi:re, the word pasned from man
to man throughout the atmy, "Lyon if kill
ed," and soon alter, hostilities hav'u gceaed
upon both sidfs, the order cam for our
main forces to lall back upon Springfield,
while a part of the Iowa First and two com
panies of thn Missouri regiment were to
camp upon the ground and cover the re
treat next morning.
That night I was detailed for guard duty
my turn of guard closing with the morning
call. When X went out with the officer as
a relief, I found that my pot was npon a
high eminence that overlooked the deep
ravine in which onr men had
k ' ' . '
Bnemy until Totten's battery came
,me to meir i
assistance. It was a dreary, lonesome beat.
The moon had gone down in the early part j
of the night, while the stars twinkled dimly
through a bazy atmosphere, lighiing up j
imperfectly the surrounding objecte Oc
casionally I would p'ace m ear near the
ground and listen lor the sound of loo.steps
bu: all was siknt save the far ofl howling
of the wolf, that seemed to scent upon the
evening air the banquet that we had k eea
preparing for him. The hours passed slow-
ly away, when at length tne morning l.r,t
began to streak along the eastern J,
King snrrounuing oojecis mo.s F..u.j t.
ble. Presently 1 heard a drum beat np the j
morning call. At first I thought it came j
from the camp of the enemy across the
r creek, but as 1 lislened t lound that it came 1
op from the deep ravine; for a few minutes ,
it was silent, and then as it became more j
light I heard it again. I listened the sound s
of the drum was familiar to me and 1
knew that it was
Beating for help the teveille.
I was about to desert my post to go to his
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the guard approaching wan two men. We
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ad listened to the sound, and were satisfied
r.,,- , , i i, i '
that it was Eddie's drum I asked permis-
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sion to j:o to his assistance. Ihe otncer:
hesitated, saying that the orders were to
m arh in taonlv mtnnfna I nrnmiAAtl tn i
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be back in that time, and he consented. I
immediately started down the hill through
the thick undergrowth, and upon reaching !
1 the valley I followed the sound of the drum,
and soon round him seated upon the ground
( bis back leaning against the trunk of a fal-
lea tree, while his drum hang upon a bush
i r.--.. r h;m roa-hinr. .,-arir irt ih
I ground. As soon as he discovered me be
jdroped his drumsticks and exclaimed :
"Oh, Corporal, 1 am so glad to see you !
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Give me a drink," reaching out hta hand
for my canteen, which was empty. I im
mediately turned to bring him. some water
from Ihe brook that I could bear rippling
the bnsbes near by, when, thinking that I
was about to leave, he commenced crying,
saying: "Don't leave me Corporal 1 can't
I wast-oon back with the water, when I
discovered that both of his feel bad been
shot away by a cannon ball. After satisfy
ing his thirst, he looked up into my tface
and said: "You don't think I will die
Corporal, do you This man said I would
not he said the surgeon could cure my
feet." I now discovered a man lying in the
grass near hm. By his dress 1 recognized
him as belonging to the enemy. It appear
ed that he had been shot through ihe bow-
els, and had fallen near where Eddie lay.
Knowing that he could not live, and seeing
the condition of the boy, be had crawled
to him, taking off his buckskin suspenders,
and corded the tittle fellow's legs below the
kaee. and then lay down and died. While
, he was telling me these particulars, I beard
i the tramp of cavalry coming down ihe ra
I vine, and in a moment a scout cf the enemy
was upon us, and 1 was taken prisoner.
I requested the officer to take Eddy np in
from of him, and he did so, carrying him
with great tenderness and care. When we
reached the camp of the enemy the little
fefiosv was dead.
1 1 is no-v, about two weeks since 1 made
my escape from McCulioch'e grap. 1
Lave re-etilisted for the war, and as we are
likely to be in camp for same time, I may
writs again cf cnber scenes through which
1 hare passed
A Long Story Briefly Told,
There wa9 a cer,aiu king) who nke a
ny Easlern fcingB Wa9 ver, fonj of hearhg
florie8 ,0,d; To thi, arnu8eraent he gave
his . b wa9 nevef 8aUfilML
exertions of all his couit'rers were in
vain ' He at last, made a proclamation, that'.
if any man should tell him a story that
should lat-t forever he would make him lis
heir, and give him the princess, his daugh
ter, in marriage ; but if any one should pre
tend he had such a story but should fai
that is, If the story did come to an end, he
was to have his head chopped off.
For such a price as a beautiful' princjas
and a kingdom, many candidates appeared;
and dreadfully long stories some of thsra
told. Some lasted a week, some a mocth,
some six months. Poor fellows ! they hll
spun them out as long a? they could; but
in vain. Sooner or later they all camii to
an end, and, one after another, the unlucky
story tellers had their heads chopped of.
At last came a man who said he had a
story that would last forever, if his majcBly
would be pleased to give him a trial.
He was warned of his danger; they old
him how many others had tried, and lost their
heads; but he said he was not afraid, ind
so he was brought before the king. He
was a mar. of a very composed and delib
erate way of speaking, and after mating
all requisite stipulations for time for his
eating, drinking and sleeping, he thus be
gan his story :
Oh, king ! there was once a king 'rho
was a great tyrant. And desiring to in
crease hi riches, he seized upon all the
com and grain in his kingdom, and pit it
in an immense grar.ery, which was l ailt
on purpose, as high as a mountian.
"This he did for several years, till the
granary was quite full up to the top. He
then stopped up doors and windows, and
closed it up on all sides.
"But the bricklayers had ; by acci lent
left a very small hole near the top of the,
granary and there came a flight of locusts
and tried to get all the corn ; but the hole
irn sn cmull thai nnltf nni InriiRl cnuln rasa
through at a time. So one -locust we it in
nrul frrin.t nf nn Train of porn, and lhan
, . . .
went in and carried off another grail of
, ano,hir ,. wanf ;n an,i
' carrieJ off a,l0incr Erain of corn, and then
( in am, off an
j q aJ ano)her ,cuM
.u anJ carried off auolhef gfa;n o
j one oc thus from morning till
j whgp hj eugageJ at
fof abo0, a monlhf whe lhe kmX) ,hugh
j tery patient king, began to be a little
. . f . I(jCllfil. and ilU-iruD,ed hit sto-
"Well, well, we have heard enoo h of
the locusts, we will suppose that they have
helped themselves to all the corn that they
wanted. Tell us what happened afterwird.'"'
To which the story teller answered very
"II it pleases your majesty, it is inipos-
( sible to tell what happened af'erwani' be
fore I have told you what happened finl."
And then he went on again
"And then a locust went in and csrried
off another grain of corn and then another
locust went in and carried off another grain
o corn, and then another locust went in and
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carried ofl acother grain of corn."
ineKi:ig liteneu wnn unconqueraui a jjt-
tience for six months more, when he igain
interrupted him with,
' Oh, f"end, I am weaYy of your locusts !
How soon do you think you will have done?'
To which the story teller made answer
J "Oh,'king, who can tell, at the ti ne to
which ray story has come, the locusts have
j cleared away a small place, it may be a
cubit, each way round the inside cf the
j hole, and the air is still dark with ! costs
J on all sides. But let the king have patience,
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j anu no uouoi we snau come io ui. B.u .
i mem in ume.
Thus encouraged, the king listened lor
another full year, the s:ory teller goirg on
still as before 5
"An then another locust went in anJ car
ried off another grain of corn, and then an-
other locust wen in and carried off at other
grain of corn, and then another locus! went
and carried off another gtatn of corn, till
at last the poor king could bear it no l.nger
and crid out
"Oh, man, that ia enough! Takj my
daughter! Take my kingdom! tak my
everything, everything; only let me hear
no more of your abominable locosts V
And so the tory teller was married to
the king:s daughter, and was declare! heir
to the throne, and nobody ever expressed a
wih to hear the rest of his story, Iir he
, said 5t wa imros6ible to come to the other
part of it till he had done with the locusts.
The unreasonable capriece of the fwlif-h
king was thns overmatched by the it geni-
ous device of this wise man. i
Oil. Refinery Burned. The oil re3nery
of Mr. S. M. Keer, on Ewalt street in Law
renceville was destroyed by fire last night.
The accident occurred through the acci
t'ei tal upsetting of a tank of benzols, the
contents of which communicating wi h the
fire, were soon in a blaze. The fire turned
with great fory for some time, and slnded
in ihe total destruction of the building : The
establishment was worth bat little, aed the
quantity of ben2ola destroyed wa Tery
small. Twd hundred dollars will probably
cover the entire loss. No insurance. 'Pitt
burgh Chrcmdi. .
A Dead Party.
-Is the Republican party dead ? We infer
so from the fact that its leaders are afraid
to call a convention in this Stale. The his
tory of that party in Pennsylvania is instruc- L
live. It is a history of fraud and deception.
Before the campaign of 1856 '.he Republican
party proper could not poll more than ten
thousand votes in the city of Phila., and
its strength throughout the country districts
was in about the same proportion. In the
Presidential election of 1856 Republicanism
was disguised by fusion wi'h Americanism
and since that time it has never dared to
make a fair, open fight with the Democracy
under its true name. In the elections o'
1858 and 1859 this state was carried against
the Democratic party by all thoe opposed
to the Buchanan Administration this cir
cumlocutory phrase being used for the pur
pose of fusing factions by the attraction of a
common antipathy which could not have
been united upon the basis of congenial
opinions. In the election of 1860 the Re
publican party, still afraid to prosecute the
campaign under its true colors sought ref
uge and concealment in the name of ' Peo
ple's Party," and now in trie year 1862 the
elements composing this organization are
about to undergo another change. The
People's Partj is worn out, effete, rotten.
The managers must devise some startling
novelty some fresh attraction something
to amuse and gull the innocent public, and
perpetuate the power of a circle of huck
stering politicians, who have not the cour
age to stand by their true colors.
This fact is suggestive of the incapacity
of the Republican party to sustain an ad
ministration of its own choice. Even when
in power they are an opposition party, rec
ognizing the Democracy as a centre against
which to combine Their only idea of a
political organization, is to defeat the Demo-
. . p t-i t
cratic party. Ine incapacity oi tne uepuo
lican parly to sustain the Administration of
its choice is clearly illustrated by passing )
events. Mr. Lincoln eucounters the great
est trouble from men of his own party.
They oppose his policy and give his admin
istration all the trouble it has to contend
against. While the democracy are support
ing the government without making any
noise about it, the Republicans are perpet
ually wrangling and squabbling about the
policy of the Administration. They seem
to have entered into a conspiracy to dis
credit the Administration. They have plon-
derad the treasury to the extent of millions j Pn, opium is in Java for the Moham
upon millions of dollars anlii this infamous edan and Chinaman. A European of the
buoiness culminated in the withdrawel of a ! lower clasps many sit in his ta.nproom and
cabinet Minister and the substitution of a debase himself by his sotushne, ; but he
L-emocrat-yes, a Democrat who belonged j Joes it with an upro-nou merriment whtch
to Mr. Buchanan's administration. Repub- would make 008 hink he was reaI1 haP"
licanism as a governing power is a failure j PJ- Pi of the headaches and dehrwn
-asad and miserable failure. What won j may know are in store for h.m.
t-aiUr. rd dfat in the future
and are seeking some refuge from the com
inn atnrm ! l hat wonder that they are .
. r un;,
willing to give up the name of Republican
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and enter into 3n alliance with any set oi
. .u --r.il i ti,.
men mat win enuure meir leiiuwsiup : "
Republican party is dead yes, foul and re
pulsive. Fat i jot If Union.
Gov. Lctciibr's Mkssgb On the 6th
inst. Governor Letcher, of Virginia, sent
his me-sage to. the Legislature of the State
accompanied with a letter from Governor
Brown, and the joint resolutions recently
adopted by the Legislature of Georgia, in
which they declare that the separation of the
latter State "is final and irrevocable, and
that they will, under no circumstances, en
tertain any proposition from any quarter
which may have for its object a restoration
or reconstruction of the old Uniou on any
terms or conditions whatever."
The message is an extraordinary 4 State
paper;" a portion of it imitates the style of
our Declaration of Independence, substitu
ting the name of President Lincoln for
George the Third, in setting forth his griev
ances. The Governor is full of fight, and
m-niTa-i- a ft!rit nf rpkts Harincr and a
de(errninalion ,0 conquer or die. One of
his closing paragraphs is the following :
"The occarrences of the past nine months
have demonstrated conclusively that we
cannot live together as equals under the
Government of the United States; and the
j habituaj violation of the provisions of the
j Constitution, and the open disregard of the
J Jaw8 by p,esident Lincoln and his officials,
rerKjer governmental association between
us " impossible. Mutual confidence has
been succeeded by mutual distrust, and
mutual good will by mutual aversion No
government cau be enduring which does
not pos"ess the affection and respect of the
governed. It cannot be that the people of
the Confederate States can again cetertain
feeling of affection and respect for the
Government of the United Slate. We
have, therefore, separated from them ; and
now let it be ur.derstcod that the separation
"is and ought to be final and irrevocable"
that Virginia will, under no circumstances,
entertain any proposition, from any quar
ter, which may have for its object a resto
ration or reconstruction of the late Uciou,
on any terms and conditions whatever."
Got Letchef, of Va., In art official state
ment, says the amount elpended by the
Slate of Virginia for war purposes, since her
secession, exceeds six millions ot dollars,
and that every demand againt her has been
considered and disposed of, add that every
demand allowed, has been paid on presen
tation at the treasury.
A smile rhay be bright while the heart
is sad the rainbow is beautiful in the air
while beneath is the morning of the tea.
Two heaps ofMantire.
The fessbh inculcated by the fallowing
from the pen of Hon. F. H. Halbrook, in the
New England Farmer, is one of the great
value to the thinking farmer :
"How true is the remark of Mr. Ccke,
late Earl of Leicester that the value of farm
yard manure is in proportion to what it is
made of. If cattle eat straw, alone ;
the cattle are straw, the farm is straw,
and the farmer is straw they are all
straw together. Not long ago I had four
come to the stable in the fall, which 1
thought might yeild a good supply of
milk through the winter if well fed. I
also had foar other animals, cows and heif
ers, which were not expected to give milk
till the following grass season. The first
four were tied in the stable side, and receiv
ed each, in addition to hay and stalks, four
quarts of small potatoes each morning and
two quarts of corn and oat-meal each even
ing during the winter. As we expected,
they gave a good mees of milk, and came
out well in the spring. The manure of the
four cows was thrown out of a stable win
dow under the cattle shed by itself. The
other four animals were tied in the same
stable next to the first four, and received
only hay and corn fodder. Their manure
was thrown out by itself at the next stable
window, at.d under the same bhed, so that
the two heaps lay side by side. The heap
that was made by the first lour cows that
weredaily messed with potatoes and meal,
kept hot and t.mokin,j ail winter, and wts
wholly free Irom frost. The heap made by
the other animals that had only hay and
stalks, showed no signsof termetation and
was somewhat frozen. Observing this diffe
rence from time to time, curiosity prompt
ed me in the spring to app'y those two
heaps of manure separately, but in equal
quantities, side by side on a piece cf corn
ground. The tuperority of the corn crop
where the manure from the messed cattle
win applied, over that were the other heap
was spread, was quite apparent and striking
and called my attention more particularly
than it was ever before directed to the im
portance of feeding out our best or richest
product if We wouldhave the best kind of
manure lor our lands, and targe crops from
the Opium Shops of Java.
What spirituous liquors are for the Euro-
i in an opium neii an is sun as me grave.
A mntky lamp spreads a flickering light
through the low-roofed suffocating room . in
, which are placed bae-bae or rough wooden
tables, covered with coarse matting, and
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i divided into compartments by means of
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bamboo reed wainscoltin; The
smokers men and women lost to every
sense ot modesty, throw themselves lan
guidly on the matting, and their head sup
ported by a greasy cushion, prepare to in
dulge in their darling vice.
A small burning lamp is placed on the
(able, so as to be easily reached by all the
degraded wretches who seek forgetlulness
or elysium in the fumes of opium. A pipe
of bamboo teed, with a bowl at one end
contain the opium, i generally made to do
service for two smokers. A piece of opium
about the size of a pea, costs a sixpence
(a day's wages ;) but it is sufficient to lull,
by its fumes, the senses of the smoker.
These fumes they inhale deliberately, re
taming them in the mouth as long as they
can, and then allowing them gradually to
exhale through their nostrils. Alter two
or three inhalations, however, the opium
is consumed, and the pipe falls from the
hand of its victim.
At first the smokers talk to . each other
in a whisper, scarcely audible ; but they
soon become otill as the dead. Their dull
sunken eye gradually become bright and
sparkling their hollow sheeks seem to as
sume a healthy roundness a gleam of sat
isfaction, nay of ecs'.acy, lightens up their
conntenaces as they revel in imagination
in those sensual delights which are to con
stitute thei' Mohammedan paradise. Ener
vated, languid, emaciated, as they are in
fact, they seem and feel for the time regen
erated ; and though they lie there, the
shameless and impressive slaves of sensu
ality and lust, their senses are evidently
steeped in bliss. Aroused, however, from
iheir dreams and delusions the potency
of the charm exhausted, driven from their
"hell" by its proprietors see them next
morning walking w'nh faltering step, eyes
dull as lead, and cheeks hollow as coffins,
to their work.
A beautiful young lady, only daoghter of
rich parints, cut ol all her long golden tres
ses one night last week, while in a som
nambulistic state. She was quite put out
at the army style of her bead in the rooming,
but was soothed by the barber, who prom
ised a wig of the locks which should defy
detection. The occurrence took place at
Upon the 19th of May, 1790, the mem
orable dark day, a lady wrote to Dr. Byles,
as follows: "Dear doctor, ; how do yon
account lor this darkness 1' '
He replied, "dear rhad&rri, tainlat mttch
in the dark as jria.we."
SlXT WiD OX THE SHORE.
Breathless and blue stood Sixty-two
On the brink of Time's great ocean,
Where together the Vast and the future are
In a world of wild commotion.
The little poor fellow looked blue and yel
low, With frost and with fear he shivered,
As wave on wave did roar and rave,
Till the very rock it quivered.
Jump in! jump in"! said Sixty- one,
As out of the spray he straggled,
With battred legs and bleeding feet,
And salt hair ooze-bedraggled. 1
Jump in! jnmp in ! The waves beat strong
The Spring-tide mns a brimmer,
The sky is dark and the night is long,
Brave time for a sturdy swimmer!
" Now out and alas !" said Sixty two,
That 1 this sea must swim,
Above me the shroud of the storm swept
Around me the sea-rack dim !
The Past flows out in sorrow and doubt,
Dark rolls the future in ;
Through the merry moeic of Christmas
I haar the death bell's din.
Oh, woe is me that my lot should be
This night to put from shore,
Against the wrath of a darkling sea.
With his baby arm for an ott I
With never a moon to give me light,
And never a pilot star,
Only the white of the foam crest bright,
And the harbor lamps afar.
Oh. scant of faith ! In mild rebuke
Even as he spoke, o'er head
Oji burst the light of the gentle moon,
And broad on the waters spread.
Then Sixty two his trust he'kr.ew,
That still there was liaht on high
And with sodden leap he took the deep,
And breasted the surges high !
Iloa. Simon Cameron Retired."
Unw ih RdDtiblicans trv to smooth over
Cameron'sremoval Irom the Cabinet. They j
saj he only " retired." Thit'sonnds very
nice, but there are many who will not swal
low such misrepresentation. He was com
pelled to resign. The Sunbury American,
one of Cameron's tools seems to speak &s
it were by authority when it say:
Gen. Cameron, we know, contemplated !
months ago rearing from the laborious and
responsible duiies of the War Department (
as soon as he could conveniently do so.
Strange that Simon could not find it "con
venient Vo do eo" until he had his pockets
and those of his friends well lined and the
Government well nigh broke up by robbing
the Treasury! Cameroncoold no longer
stand the storm of public indignation that
was gathering round him. His place is now
filled by Mr. Stanton, a democrat. What a
commentary upon the Republican party,
when they must take a democrat into the
The Harri.-burg Tzlcgrnph, one of the
meanest and most unscrupulous Abolition
papers in the State, and one of Cameron's
leading tools, says:
" Amoug the immediare friends of the
distingu'n-hed ex-Secretary ofWar, it is well
understood that he occupied that posil'on
with grea'reluctance, and that it has been
his determination for a long time to retire
from that department as soon as be had ac
complished all the good in j hi power, for
the immediate organization of the army and
the future success ol the.slruggle to crush
" As soon as he had accomplished all the
good!" Just 6ee with what irapudentcom
pUcency these Republicans can talk about
the deposition nla political scoundrel from
a high place. How they try to let him
down easy! This is the same'Simon Cam
eron whom oor neighbor ot the Post so
zealously urged for the Presidency in 1860.
Had Simon been made President, how won-drou-
fat some of our wide-awakes would
have wsxed ! Selinsgrove Times.
Mas. Partington Visits the Cii or
the Flvino Artillkrt. " Mister Century"
said she to the guard at the gate, " is this
the Camp Meeting of the Pennsylvania
"Yes," replied the sentry smiling, " this
is one department, the Flying Artillery de
partment is over on 'he hill."
"Oh," said she " this is the light infantile
corpse, is it i When is the artillery going to
" Why, ma'am," aid the guard, "the
artillery is moved by horses and wheels, as
jou see that gun now moving."
" Oh, I thought it was one of the wings of
the army !"
The old lady soon left, thanking the sen
try fot hia attention.
Learn id childhood if yon can, that hap
piness is not outside, but inside. A good
heart and a clear conscience bring happi
nesa which no riches and no circumstances
alone ever do.
A jolly old doctor said that spedple who
were prompt in their payments always re
covered in their sickness, as they were
good Customer, and physicians could not
afford to lose them. A good hint and a
Why ia a vain ynans ladv like a con
firmed dronkered 1 because neither ol
them is satisfied with the moderate use of
A man advertises for a "competent per
son to nndertake the sale of a new rnedi-
, cine and adds that it will be profitable u h world-one where bis sweetheart i,
1 to the wderluUr." No doubt of H. the other where the bnu
iVere are many euphonious words in ihe
English language more perhaps than ia
any other modern tongue except the Italian
of which the sound so harmonizes with
the sense, that they charm at once the ear
and the heart. The voual body, so to speak
with which the sentiment iskclothed, seems
as appropriate to it as a lqvely countenance
to ihe possessor of a beautiful mind.
Home,', 4 Love, ' Slumber,,.'Cares8,?i 'Wel
come,', Wiong to th 'category, but 'ft is -fn
certatn pathetic expressions that the agree
ment of sound and sentiment strikes os as
most perfect. Poe said that 'Nevermore
was the most mournful of all words, Byron
gave the same melancholy pre-eminence
to 'FarewII,' and Dr. Johnson thought that
of all phrases 'The last' was the most
touching. 'The last look' 'The last sigh
'The last of earth ;' these are certainly
solemn and effecting utterances, but w
think, with a'late writer, that there is ma.i
real pathos in the word 'gone' than in an
other in the language. To nse a Spanish,
or rather Moorish, metaphor, it is ,'full of
tears.' t How it appalls the sensejand deso
lates 'the heart of "the weeping watcher
when spoken, ever so softly, in the cham
ber of death. Gone h cut s'off all hope.
It vibrates on the air like the tone of a pass
ing bell. Gone, foreverj! what four sylla
bles in any language comprehend co much
of mystery, and desolation and woe. Gone
says the lone mother when the dark angel
has borne away the last lamb of her fair
flock, 'and I am left alone, alone !' 'Gone-,
shrieks the distracted widow as she reads
the name of her heart's idol on the death
scroll of war. 4Oh, husband, that I had died
with thee ! Gone, sobs the strong man, as
he totters, weak as an infant, fro '.a the room
where the wife of hisjbosom lies cold and
pulseless. Ah ! it isaword of sorrow even
when spoken ofjthe absent who'may return
but as applied to the unreturoing dead,
there ' no elaborate; sentence that ever
was carved on totinb.'or monument so full of
genuine pathos. Yet there is a connection
in which it imparts consolation to the be
reaved. If we can sav'trutnfuily 6r those
who have left os 'Gone, gone to the bt
ter.land,' andihcpe and believe that wo
haI1 3,ecl lhera where lh,cr8 ar8 no raor 1 1
partings ana tne language oi sorrow is on
known, we shall not ret use to be comforted,
because they are not,
Shells To the uninitiated this is a word
of stapls and harmless significance. NeU
ther bivalveSf.uuivalves, however, and by
no means to the recipients safety-valves,
but iron-framed and faty.filled are the shells
in which the army is hearing such constant
repor's, and which form a curious species
in the natural history of war.
"Shells," says Major Joseph Roberts, in
his " Hand book of Artillery," are hollow
sphers of cast-iron powder, which is ignited
by means of a fuse, and a fuse is a small
cylinder or conical shaped piece of wood,
metal or paper which i filled with a slow
burning composition, and is inserted into a
hole in the shell.
The rate of burning of the fuse is graded
according to its length, and is so arranged
that the fire shall be communicated to the
mo ving missle at the proper moment. When
fireJ at troops the shell should be timed to
burst directly over their heads or amonr
them, when fired at buildings or works, it
should explode after it had penetrated. To
vary this family of shell, we have spheri
cal case shot, filled with leaden bullets and
a charge of powder just large enough to
burst it, canister shot a tin cylinder, iron
headed filled with ca;t iron ba'ls, grape
shot, consisting of nine balls in a bag or
confined cylinder rings, and numerous
others ingenious as dangerous. No former
war has tound such virtue in shells as has
the prresni. McClellan declared that this
would be an artillery war, and that meant
Anecdote or Simon Cameron. A Penn
stlvaniati now in the army, relates us a
traditional anecdote of the Secretary of War,
which is probably as true as the posthom
ous stories of juvenile days of great mea
generally are ; and we therefore put it on
record for the benefit of his future biogra
pher. It was the bbstc'm aforetime in Penn
sylvania for mothers to place an apple, a
silver dollar and a Bible before their chil
dren, as soon as they were able to toddle
about and, with a mother's interest watch
them make their choice. It was considered
indicative of their more matured predilec
tions. In accordance with this custom,
the mother of the infant Simon, as soon as
he was able to stand on bis pins, produced
the articles and set them before the child,
hoping in heart he would select the Bible.
But not so Simon. The future Secretary of
War took a somewhat diliberate view, and
with less reverence ihan King Alfred
mcunted a Jop of the Holy Writ, pocketed
the dollar and commenced munching the
apple ! It is needless to add that he has
been at that business ever since CIn.
"Facts are stubborn things," said a law
yer to a female- witness. "Yes; sir, and so
are women," she replied ; "and if you get
anything but of roe just let me know it"
"You'll be committed for contempt' said
the lawyer. "Very well," said she, "I shall
sorter justly for I feel the utmost contempt
for every lawyer present."
To the lover there are bat two places ia