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mtm r ITT 1 1 1 1 j 1 U. (It JACOBFj Publisher. j Troth and Right -God and our CoontrjY $2 50 in AdTance, per Auuun. VOLUME 16. BLOOMSBURG. COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 1865. NUMBER 35. : III. H IIIIHiUlK ( ) i f -v, THE STAR OF THE NORTH IS PUBLISHED EVE RY WETjNESDAT B7 IVM. II. JjiCOXiYy Office on Main St., 3rd Sqnarc below Market. TCH II 8 : Two Dollar and Fifty Cents fn advanre. If not paid till the end of the J-ear, Three Dollars will be charged. No subscriptions taken for a period less thanix months ; no discontinuance permit ted until all arrearages are paid unless at the option of the editor. HATES OF ADVERTISING : TEN LINKS CONSTITUTE A SQUARE. One quare, one or three insertion, SI 50 Every subsequent inertion,lees than 13, 50 One column on year, 5o 00 Administrators' and Executor' notice, 3 00 TranHient adverting payab'e in advance, all other due after the firm insertion. I ESTERED T DEHfJ. I'm the last to complain, " But I don't like to see So many far fingers Directed to rr.e'. Atid no more do ! like4 Thy whispers to hear ; And insinuations Have thrown in myeRr, For, though I'm a bachelor why 1 should be Pestered. to death, T really can't see. I'm the last to complain, . , Bnt in truth I mnM say That from pleasant 'lis far, On St. Valentine's dav, t " To receive nfgh a score Of verses and print, UiuMtating horrors ' . Aud teeming with hints. Ftr '.hough I'm a bachelor. &c. I"m theTas! to complain. , But I don't think it fair To he penered to leath . For a lo -k tf my hair ; Fnr an autograph, or An original er.e, 7"o he teased for a son?. Or be made to converge. Far, though Im a bacl elur, &c. I'm the last to complain. Hut I'd tike to hare known' That J wih aM yonng ladies on'd leave me alone t . Kep their tongues and their eyes To themselves nnd receive ' Sincerely the thanks Of one they'll relieve. -For. thongh I'm a bachelor, truly PI! be Thankful if ladies w ill keep 'way from me. Saccrss fn lift. ' A shrewd, intelligent mm of the world, and one, too, who ha been eminently snc ceslnl for from a -mall beginning he had risen to the highest place in the department 10 which he was attached, and mnde the fortune ol his whole family ; brothers, sons and nephews, a well as his own once said to tne : . "The longer I live the more convinced I am that over-sensitiveness is a great mistake in a public mai. He might have said, in all men who de sire to six-cHed in life. Now I wish to be understood that what is expressed here by .his word ''over sensitiveness, does it not eitnify over-scrupulousness. Be as scru ' poloos as you will, but do not be over sensiti' e on the score of pride and vanity, or dominent egotism. Every successful man, you may be sure; has had much to mortify him in the coarse of his career He has 'borne many rebluffs ; he bas ua lained many failures. What if men do no' understand yoi, are not inclined to encour age yon, and exercise the privilege ol age or superior poiiion bear with it all. Jnvenis, your time will come: you i may tafce . your cnance out ol the world when you are a little older. Bah ! how does it hurt you ? "Hard words break no bones," aith the proverb. Aod they broak no spirit that is not.of the feeblest. The world may laugh at your failures what then? Try. again, and perhaps they will . not laugh. Try once more, and perhaps it may be your turn to laugh. ' He who wins may laugh,' eaitb another proverb. If you litre theTight stuff in ypo, yoa will cot be put "down. If we ha ve the right stuff in us, these failure at the octset are grand mate- ' rials of success. .To the feeble, they are, of course, tumbling blocks. The wretched weakling goes po further; he lags behind and subsides into a life of failure. And so by this great winnowing process the num ber ofathleies in the great. Olympic of life is restricted to a few, and there is a clear 4 vpace in the arena. - '...' There is scarcely an old man among u- an old and successful man who will nor willingly admit that he was made by his failures, snd tjial what he onqe thought hard fate was in reality his good fortune. . And thou, my bright-witted child, who thinkesl that thou canst carry Parnas3ua by torm, learn to possess tby soul in patience. If. success were to crown thy efforts no w, where would be the great .success of the hereafter? It is the fcrave resolution lo "do better next time," that lays the substrata of all real greatness. Many a promising reputa tion has been permanently destroyed by arly success. -The good sap runs out from lha trunk into feeble offshots of suckers. The bard discipline of the knife is wanted. I repeat that it is not pleam ; bat when thoa fselest the sharpness of the edge, think that all who have qpma before thee ha?8 teen lacerated in lilt e manner. V A Christian had better go to any place of anssszasnt than" to go homa whining be cari he caa't zi. THE NIXE PORTRAITS. BT N EI. 1.1 E METTLE. It was a beautiful morning in the 'month of August. An old man lay on his death bed ;the morning sunbeams fell upon his eray hair, making it look, like threads of purest silver; a calm peaceful expression spread over bis countenance, showing that he was ready to go hence with Azreal, to wander in the beaa'iful land "beyond the blue.' . The old man was an artist, and now hung cp in his room, where his eyes could Gaze upon them, .were nine portraits, heads of females ; and, strange to say, they were the most hideous," locking por:raits that could be painted. It seemed indeed as if the old man had tried to make each one more hideous than the other; but, having made the first so perfectly infernal looking, j the others could not be worse, so all were horrible. The old man had sent for his two young est sons, and they were now approaching the room where their father lay anxiously awaiting them. As they entered and stood by the bedside, the old man's lips moved in prayer; fien raising his hands, he laid them in blessings upon their heads ''My son Henrick, and you, Franz, I have senl to tell you my last wishes. I know your brothers and histers are well provided for; now there is not enough here for two, but abun jan ly enough for one. Cast your eyes oppnsi ts, and you behold nine por traits ; now, whichever will marry a person resembling those pictures shall have what is left ; the other must work for himself. The marriage must take place before a twelve month; and if, at the end of that time, you are both unmarried, lh properly Koes to the hospital Society; but if either of you marry before that time, with one who does no- resemMe thoe portraits, then the property goes to the unmarried . one. I have dotie-:,s The vocng men gazed wiih horror upon :he pictures before therr, and thooght the hospital Society would claim the estate; for, to put all that hideousness toge'.her, and t form a whole, and rrmry the perpon resem bling it, was not to be thought of; for cer tainly no ma person could be found. Six months after the singular scene we have mentioned above transpired, the two brothers were sitting in the same room :he niiie por'raiti are still hanjjirj; :her. ! "What horrid Icokinj gorgons, Henrick ! See what monsters. No. one appars ith eyes set in her forehead instead of under it.'; "Yes, Franz; but what beautiful eyas they are, Ihonn'n," said he, to himse'f. ' "And look at No. two ; her forehead is I.injer than the rest of her whole face. Bah, Henrick, you may keep the estaie ; I shall marry Trnchden next Sunday. It is all settled between os. Her father will give us enough to live upon, even elegantly ; so my dear broth er, yon have the estate, and can rrarry your Franla the next Sunday, if yon choose." "Yes," said Henrick, (for there wa noth ing said about the remaining unmairied one marrying or not marrying,) "so, Go3 bless you, my dear brother, and may your mar riage be a happy one,-for you deserve it, dear Franz " Franz went out, and Henrick began to this question for some time, at last answer examine the nine portraits more carefully ed as follows : This puts me in mind of a than before. j Frenchman, who, having heated a poker At the lime appointed Franz was married, red hot, ran furiously into the street, and and he and his bride went on a bridal tour, addressing the first Englishmen he met and he wa happr. Meanwhile Henrick . there had studied the pictures. " J "Hah ! Monsieur ,voalez-vous give the "I think," soliloquizod he, r:that I have plaisir, de satisfaction, let me run this po found my father's secret ; let me see. No. ker.only one foot into your body ?" 1, Beautiful blue eyes, large and lustrous. "My body!" replied the Englishmen: No. 2, Fair, high open fcrehead. No. 3, "what do yoa mean?" Beautifully arched eyebrows, and long eye lashes No.4, Grecian nose, thin pink nos irils. No. 5, Splendid mouth. No. 6, Teeth small and even, and like pearl. No. 7, Round, small, dimpled chin. No. 8, Round face, beautiful complexion. Ni. D, f.cng, golden corls, splendid head." "So each portrait contains one beautiful feature, but so placed among .the deformi ties as to be almost lost. I will paint a pic ture from them and see how it will look." He set himself to work, and, lo ! when the picture wis finished, whom did it re semble? Why, Truchden : the bride of Franz; yes there was the same blue eyes, the beautiful brow, everything that belong ed-to her. , . "Ah, Fran:!, my brother, you have won the estate, and ! must henceforth give np all thoughts of my dear Franla and become a wanderer." So Henrick shut up the house and went away. When Franz returned he was, sur prised to learn his brother had gone ; he searched be enquired, lie advertised for him, but all to no purpose "Ah," said he to his wife, "those horrid pictures must have been the cause; I will have them removed this day. You have never seen them; come with roe and I will show you what a beautiful bride we were to choose." They went t the house, and to the room where the portraits were hung with their faces to the wall. ' "Why, here are ten pictures, Franz; you said there wen) but nine." ' . ."Ten ! So there 'are; let's see." Hs turned them, and what was their as tonishment to behold the counterpart ol Trnchden. '. "My poor biother, so he left rne a token of remembmrce, did be. I wish I knew where hs was; bnt see, dear wife, are they not horrid ?" ' "Now, dear -Fraoz. I think year father had some good reason for this ; there is some hidden meaning here. Let me find it out. Give me leave to come here every day for one month aod see if I do not find the secret." "Well, dear, yon may come, but f shall take yonr piclore away from these gorgons." "Trnchden came every day and studied the portraits as Henrick had done, but with different results. . "I see, I see, now; so this is !he secret, is it? Well, to be sure. No. I, wavy brown hair'but so dreadfully disarranged. No. 2, small face, except the forehead, which is almost twice Joo big for it. No. 3, cunning little chin, but such great thick lips, that it almost hides it. No. 4, splendid col ored eyebrows and lashes to match the hair. No. 5, brown eyes. No. 6, fair brow. No.l 7, pert little turn-up nose ; face drawn one side. No. 8, round kissable lips but puffy cheeks. No. 9, splendid head but oh, how the face deforms it. Now I'll see what all this means." She then seated herself and began work ing a picture from her notes. She worked until dark, then went home. "What success, Trnchden?" "Very good, Franz; for. ia one week yon shall judge for yourself." Every morning Trnchden went to her work, and at last finished the picture. "Why, it's Franla; my cousin. Henrick's bethrothed. Oh, I wish Henrick was here now," "So he is, dear wife ; he came about an hour ago, but what is this? Franla's pic ture ?'' "Yes. Franz, that is the secret of the nine " "How," exclaimed Henrick, "did you paint that picture from those?" "I did." "Well, then, the vine ccnlains two secrets, for I painted yours from them ; and you was married, Franz, before the twelve months ; so " "There, there, no more, Henrick'; you just go and bring Franla here, and we'll all live together and will keep the nine pic tures as oor most valued treasures." "And what will yon do with the other two?" said the wife of Franz. "Oh, we'll hang one up at each end Gf the room." So the thins; was settled, and the two brothers lived there ia pbaceand happiness, and the portraits were handed down from generation to generation; and often, as the yule log burns upon ihe hearth, is told the story ot the nine portraits. Dr. F&ankmn's peculiar talent was thut of illustrating snbjic!s by opposite anec- I .1 -. ' i. . i r . i I ui'ip. urn ue va aeiii neio iui i:ie province of Pennsylvania he wa's fr quenily applied to by the ministry for his opinion respecting the operation of the stamp act ; but his answer was uniformly the same, "that the people of America would never bmit to it." After news ol the destruction of the stamp papers had ar rived in England, the miniitry again sent for the doctor to consult with ; and in conclu sion offered this proposal, "that if the A mericans would engage to pay the damage done in the destruction of the stamped pa per, &c. the parliament would then repeal the act." The doctor, having paused upon 'Vel den, only so far," marking about six inches. "Are you mad?" returned the other; I tell you if you don't go about yoor business, Til knock you down." "Vel, den," said the Frenchman, soften ing his voice and manner ; "vil you, my good sir, only be so obliging as to pay me for my (rouble and expense of heating this poker ?" Remarkable Works. Ninevah was fif teen miles long, eight wide, and forty miles round, with a wall one hundred and eight feet high, and .thick enough for three, chari ots abrest. Babylon was fifty miles witiiin the walls, which were seventy feet thick, and four feet high, with one hundred bra zen gates. The temple of Diana, at Epbe sa,wat4our hundred and twenty feet to the support of the roof. It was a hundred years in building. The largest of the pyramids is four hundred and eightty-Dne feet high, and six hundred and fifty-three on the sides ; its base covers fifty acres. The stones are about thirty feet in length and the' layers are three hundred and eighty. It employed three hundred and thirty thousand men in building. The labrynth ia Egypt contains three hundred chambers and two hundred and fifty balls. Theb'is, in Egyptj presents ruins twenty-seven miles round. Athens was twenty five miles round, and contained three hundred and fifty thousand citizens, and four hundred thousand slaves. The temple of Delbpoi was so rich in donations that it was plundered of five hundred thou sand dollars, and Nero carried away from it two hundred statues. The walls of Kane were thirteen miles round. L ' "I never betrayed a friend's confidence," said tne lady to another, by way of insin uation. '.'Very true," was the answer, "for yaa never were entrusted with it." Strikim Oil. That mental malady, "oil on the brain," at first attacking the citizens of Pennsjl vania, had proved corvtageous, and spread nntill it reached the furthermost parts of our extensive country. The result was the formation of hondreds of companies to embark in the problematic speculation which they expected to solve by borin&in mother earth, and arriving at the cin. ion in petroleum. The newspaper columns teemed with fabnlous statements in regard to the immense fortunes made by certain individuals, and immeasurable quantities of oil that were pouring forth to enrich the owners of wells or certain companies, until one would be led to be lieve that the inside of the earth was an immehce deposit of grease, which "only needed to be developed" to remunerate the speculator. One enthusiastic Pennsjlvanian who had amassed a fortune by the lease of land, devised a plan by which he proposed to torn this account by manufacturing soap for the whole world, with which he would wash out the national debt; The peculiar order attached to petroleum, we have no doubt, would prove a favorite of the snob ocracy who render themselves offensive by the use of musk, and place this soap upon thousands of toilet-tables. It was jn the midst of the excitement that Stephen Harris was. attacked by the aforementioned disease. How he caught ii is not definitely known ; but he was ex posed in a variety of ways, by the conver sation of acquaintances who dropped in lo see him at his effice; the exaggerated and highly colored accounts in the newspapers; the veroose advertisemeeta of the various companies forming, announcing shares for sale, ran ging in value from fifty cents to one hundred dollars ; and there was scarcely a day but that he received direct appeals to ''lake block," by circulars which he re ceived through the Tost Office. These statements figured imrnenre for tunes, on paper and showed she prospec tive receipts, with all the plausibility and guessing abi!ity,of a sharp Yankee. -They turned many an old head ; and snoum we express any asiontment inai a comparatively young man like Stephen Harris should not have fallen in with the tide, and imagined a forune made alter the manner of the crpation of fairies? He was not oil his feet, beyond his depth i in the swift running current ; his mind was not lull made up ; he hesitated; he was at the even balance when the weight of infia etce might turn the scale either way. It was in jijt spch a mood as this that S f phen Harris left his office and walked thoughtfully towards his home where his wife and little boy and girl were awaiting his coming to partake with them the even ing meat. He was a man of thirty, engaged '. . . .. fn a I l r r . rl i n! n -f k!a e . n n u rt '1 , i tmn. emD ovinff some twentv men. and was t , i --cs J ' j rearlv adding o a comfortably large capital, i In some instances, "leave the shop behind , J . . , i. t pleasure in lalk;ng over his place and busi v . i ness matters witrt nis wiie. one was me t , , . . ! oaugnter ot a n:gaiy-success;ui mercnani, and partook from him many exce lient ideas of business ; and her husband found that he possessed not only an excellent housekeeper I bnt a good business counselor ; and as Mr. j Harris resolved the matter in his mind, and j presented to himself the rjros and cons he UC V. IUCU IU UlUdtl Hit? CUWjTiWI IIP Ml HMCp and let the result of their "talk" decide whether he should invest So. 009 in a new company just forming, that apparently offer ed extraordinary inducements to khare-liold ers. His thoughts xere so much occupied that his customary salutes to his wife aod chil dren were performed with a coolness that was not his wont. Mrs. Harris .noted it, bat made no remark, being satisfied in her mind of the subject ol his thoughts. The supper was dispatched wi'hoat much inter rupting conversation, after which Mr Harris dropped back in his chair, and, stroking his beard with one hand, said: "Wile, Brown and Strong and half a dozen others have been in the office this af ternoon urgingme to take stock in the green back International Petroleum and Mining Company. They are quite confident of success, and are all going to invest. I told them I would decide in the morning, and I wmt to talk the matter over with you, and let the renlt we arrive at decide the ques tion. For ray part, I don't see how I can miss it much when I follow the example of such uniformly successful men as Brown and Strong." Then the balance tipped down a little toward buying oil stock. Mrs. Harris smiled, and then her face re sumed its grave look, showing that she considered the question of some weight. ' How much do yoa think of investing, Stephen ?" she asked. You see I have about what I want to con duct my business easy, and something like five thousand dollars which I consider "loose change." "Now," said he, "I am going to tell you what I think about it.. ,Yoa mustn't inter rupt me ; for if you do-yoa will displease the court, and subject yourself to its dis pleasure." .At which Mr. Harris smiled grimly. "Are you willing to loose five thousand dallars." This question took him rather back, bat he summered out "Wio why, of course coarse not,"and woaldhare contined had not his wife jnst put her finger warningly upon her lips. " "Of comse ;you must know tharif yen venture this fie thousand dollar yon run the risk of losin? it. It's' a sort of camb ,ing. yoo roar wjn ,Brgeiyj but yon stand a much greater chance of losing. 'Von have always said that it was your ambition to make good provision for Id age and your children. The loss of this money now would be a great pnllback. You place great reliance on the jadgment of Brown and Strong. I have often heard my father say that they were what business men call "sharp" and I can recollect when I was a school girl that these same men got a great many into speculations in buying some Western land, a c :ty land out on paper only, and it turned out that the land was so valueless that it would not pay the taxes upon it. They averted public indignation by showing that they were deceived them selves, and that they had lost money by the operation as well. My father said at the time that he was well enough satisfied that they did not lose one cent, but made large sums out of their dupes ; they had so much of the land giren to them for selling a given qnatiti'y and took gor.d care to get all cfl their hands arid the. money into their pockets, and in them I do not see the dis interested stock-takers t hit you do. I think that they are in collusion wiih'New York brokers from whr-m they receive a certain per cent, in stock for all lhey sell, and then, when the stock has reached its zenith, they will sell out." Mr. Harris twisted nervously in his chair, hitched from side to side, and ran- his fin gers through his hair; he began to open his eyes a little; the motives of Messrs. Strong and Brown did not look quite so disinterested in his eyes, there did eeem to be a little bit of personal aggrandizement in the mat ter, they did seem to have a single eye to themselves. "My father always said, 'nothing vcn tcre nothing have,' if you expest to reap you must sow, and yna have :o wait from seed lime till harvest to get a crop I have often thought that you might increase your business, and thus increase your income, be-ides conferring a benefit to the place by the employment of more men, and the disbursement of more money in the neigh borhood." "B'H how am I going to do this ?" broke Mr. Harris, forgetting his pledge not to interropi. "My manufactures now are full up to my sale-."' "To be sure," said Mr-. flarri, "yon now supply the market as far as your j manufacture ars known, pr;neipa!!y in two or three States, but there is an immense field as yet comparatively untouched ; now I have to propose that yon rik five Uundred instead of five thousand dollars, in an at tempt to insrease your business, and I think you will find that you can employ your looe change, as you call it, to advantage.," Mr Harris cotinced at some lenti de- tailing her ideas, until at l-ngth he declared . . i that be was beat by the "fair lawyer who took the opposite of the question." and their confreres the he had decided not to next morning lhat invest in o'l-tock , . , . . as he intended to increase his business They didn't see "bow under the sun he cosli do this." A few weeks after our Tit;i to Mr. 'Har ris's house, the subjects of our sketch were assembled in their sitting-room busily en ' gaged. Mrs. Harris was folding and pLciug i in envelopes circulars illustrating and des ! cribing the articles manufactured by her l husband, while he was directing them from a Commercial Report to that class o per- sons who delt in or could employ to ad vantage his inventions. The venerable postmaster opened his eyes and mouth in unison, at the quantities cf circn'ars that Stephen Harris poured into his office, and his call for pos'age-jtamps was so great that the official remarked to his worthy j spouse that "if every oie bought as many s:aaips as Steve Harris, the overnmei t would soon be able to pay off the national des;. " Shortly after, Mr. Harris's receipts j of letters began to increase week by week, grauua.iy tne numoer ol men in nis emioy increaed, end it began to be remarked that, "Sieve Harris had struck oil !" Time passed on, and he persis'ed in for warding circulars, and inserting advertise ments in the leading papers, until-the sum which he had expended would have fright ened him at the outset, but the reult hsd proven perfectly satisfactory, as persistent and judicione advertising ever will. "Wife," said Mr. Harris, as he returned from the post-office oue evening, and threw into her lap a number of letters containing several large orders, "they say up to the office to-night that the Greenback and In ternational Oil an Mining Company has gone op, and is not worth ten cents on a dollar and that it caused some failures in this State, and will affect some seriously here, among them young Rowland the gro cer." "I am real sorry," said Mrs. Harris, as she though: what might have been, "they are young folks, and it will be hard upon them I suppose that Strong and Brawn haven't any of the stock on their hands." "Oh, not they! Brown congratulates me this evening on the increase of my busi ness, and said, "by tha way, Harris, you were a lucky fellow not to go into that oil speculation. Strong and I thought we'd get out of the thing locky Weren't we, my boy ? "The land speculation repeated." "Yes j just as yna prophesied; and I have learned the lesson that one can 'strike oil' as well at home," or in his legitimate busi ness, as in Pennsylvania, or by investment of moa'jy ia ttneertain speculations." A Ghost Story. I In all ages, persons of weak intellect' have believed in apparitions; yet we may confidently affirm lhat stories of ghosts are mistakes, or impositions, and that they may always be detected by a proper exercise of the mental faculty. In all relations of this kind there is manifestlyan endeavor lo make the even's as supernatural as possible, to prevent the suspicion of trick, and to si lence all objections which might be mac"e to their credibility. In compliance with this custom we will recount a ghost Mory, which seems to posiess all the requisites. At a town in the West of England twenty four persons were accustomed to assemble once a week, to drink, smoke tobacco, and talk politics. Like the Academy of Rubens, at Antwerp, each member ha'd his peculiar chair, and the president's was more elevat ed than the rest. As one of the members had been in a dying state for some time, his chair, while he. was absent remained vacant. When the club met on the tisnal night, inquiries were naturally made after their associate. As he lived in the adjoining house, a particular friend went to inquire after him, and returned with the melan choly intelligence that he could not survive the night. This threw a gloom on the com pany, and all efforts lo turn the conversa tion from the sad subject before them were ineffectual. About midnight the door open ed, and the form, in white, of the dead man, walked into the room, and tcok his seat in his accustomed chair. There lie remained in silence, and in silence was he gazed at. The apparition continued a suf ficient time in the chair to assure all who were present of the reality of the vision. At length le arose, and stalked towards the door, which he opened, as if living ; went out, and shut the door after him. After a panse, some one, at las?, had the resolution to say : "If only one of us had seen this he would not have been believed : but it is impossible so many of us can have been deceived." The company, by degrees, re covered their speech, and '.he whole con vention, as may be imagined, was upon the dreadful object which had engaged their attention. They broke up and went home. In the morning inquiry was made after ! their sick friend. It was answered by an account of his death, which happened near ly about ihe time of his appearance in the club room. There could be little doubt be fore ; but, now, nothing could be more cer tain han the reality of the apparition, which had been simulianeoukly seen by so many persons I; is unnecessary to fay that such a story spread over the country, and fonnd credit even from infidels ; for in this case a!l reasoning became superfluous, when opposed to a plain fact, attested, by iLree-and-iwenty wi;nese. To asert the doc trine r.f tie fixed laws ol nature was ridic ulous, when there were so many people ol credit to prove that they might be unfixed. Years rolled on, and the story was almost forgo'ten. One of the club was an apothecary. In the course of his practice he was called to an old woman, whose business it was to attend sick persons. She told him she could leave the world with a quiet con science, but for one thing, which lay upon her mind. "Do yon not remember Mr. , whose ghost had been so much talked r.f ? I wa hi nurse. On lht night of his death I left his room for something 1 wanted. 1 am sure I had not been absent long ; but at my reiurti I found the bed without my pa tient ! He was delirious, and I feared that he had thrown himself out of the window. I was so frightened that I had no power to 6!ir ; but. after so'ne time, to my great ae- lonishrcent, he en;ered the room, shiveirng, and his teeth chattering, laid himself down on the bed, an J died ! Considering my neg ligence as Ihe cause of his death, I kept this a secret, for fear of what might be done to me. Though I conld have comra dieted all tl.e story of the ghost, I dared not j do it. I knew, by what had happened, that it was he himself who had been in the club room (perhaps recollecting it was the night of meeting;) but I hope God, and the poor gentleman's friends, will forgive me, and I shall die contented." DrFtxiTioNs.-MAN.-A conglomerate mass of bair, tobacco smoke, confusion, conceit, and boots. Woman. The waiter, per force, on the aforesaid animal. Husband. An instrument constructed to growl over shirt buuons that "arn't there.". Wife. A machine made for darning stockings, making puddings, and sewing on shirt-buttons. Father. A being who thrashes the boys, and won't "fork over" as his olive branch desires. Mother. A pleasant song; a 6weet vision of childhood. Child.-t-A compound of delightful and distressing elements. Babt An invention for keeping people awake nights, and lor the aggrandizement of washer-women. Whrs Pope Clement XIV. (Ganganelli) ascended the papal chair, the ambassadors, of the different states waited on bim with congratulations; when they were introduc ed they bowed, and he returned the com pliment by bowing likewise ; the master of the ceremonies told his holiness he should uct have returned their salute; "oh, I beg your pardon," said the good pontiff, "I hare net been Tepe long enough to forget goad manners." A Million Dollars. People say "Th steamer took away a million dollars," just B COmn!acBBtlv as though a million dollars t could be picked up like dirt. An anonymous writer remarks lhat few people have any. more idea what millions, billions and trill ions are than theyhave of the brogans worn by the cobblers who inhabit the moon. A million of silver dollars possesses a va6tnes thatjis rather startling to a roan who has ne -er faced such a pile. To count this sum, at. Ihe rate of one thousand five hundred dol- lars an hour, and eight hours a day, would , require a man nearly three months. If the said dollars were laid side by side, they would reach one hundred and thirty-six miles ; their transportation would require fourteen wagons carrying two tons each. If millions become thus overpowering in their magnitude, what shall we do with still larger sums ? The seconds in six thousand years seem almost incalculable, and yet : they amount lo less than one-fifth of a trill- -ion. A quadrillion of leaves of paper, each, of the two hundredth part of an inch in -thickness, would form a pile of which would be three hundred times the moonrs distance , from the earth. A cannon ball flies swiftly but were one fired .at the moment that . one of our National Presidents takes his seat at the White House, and were it to continue with an unabated velocity of twelve hundred feet per second during bis whole term of office, it would not travel three million of miles. We never hear ot the "Wandering Jew:' but we mentally in qnire,what was the sentence of this punish ment? Perhaps be was told to wslk the earth until he cocntcd a trillion. But we hear somebody say he would soon do that !" We fear not. Suppose a man to count one in every second of time, day ana night, with out stopping to rest, to eat, or to sleep, it would take him thirty thousand years to count a trillion, even as the French under stand the term. As we said before, what a limited idea men have of the immensity of numbers! Apropos to the foregoing which we cut from the San Francisco Murcury, a gentleman of this city has offered a yocng lady two hundred dollars for the volunteers when she shall have succeeded in collect ng a million of cancelled postage stamps. Her chance of gaining it may be estimated by the above circulation. At a late meeting of the Union League the following resolutions were presented : Resolved, That in the opinion of the League, everybody must and shall have their rights. Resolved, That women shall have their rights, whether.married, single, widows, or otherwise, and that the laws of Nature, which compel beings to be women against their will, are repugnant to all fundamental ideas cf justice, and oughflo be abolished. Resolved, That ail negroes shall have their rights, and ought, in justice, to be entitled to while skins and straight hair, as well as any o'her man. ' Resolved, That Free Lovers, Mormon, Shakers and soldiers (provided they be not too old) shall have their rights. Revived, That contractors, jobbers ant speculators of all kinds, (provided they be of the riht political stripe,) shall have the'r rights Resolved, That homrrpathis'.s, dydropath ists, kanesipathists, botanists, steam doc tors, mesmerizers, and spiritualists and rap pers shall have their rights. Resolved, That medical education is a humbug. . Resolved, That military education is a humbug. Resolved, That all educatisn is a humbug. Resolved, That all men are equal in all kinds ol know'edge. Re-olcel, That everybody knows as much about any body 's ele profession as they do themselves, and a little mere. Resolved, That everybody knows ai much about their own business as everybody else dees. These resolntior.s were nased onani- ) mously, and the meeting adjourned but not tine die by a jug full. A Fkcgal Scotch Woman. As a late minis'er of Dumblane happened to be one day visiting his fir.ck, along with one of his elders, they felt extreme hungry, ad on arriving at the house of Janet , they aeked for some re.'reshmeuts. Janet speed ily set before them everything of an eata ble kind she possessed, which consisted of oat cakes and butter. This was all the poor woman had to serve her for some time to corrle' and he naturally felt some anxiety for its rapid disappearance. The minister began conversing pretty freely with Janet, and asked if she had been to church the previous Sunday, and if so, whether she heard the sermon.- She replied in the affirmative, and, on. the minister inquiring whittle text was the said it was the miracle of "The loaes and the fishes ;" and adJed, still noticing the gradual disappearance of the cakes and butter : "'Deed, sir, if ihe multitude had been as hungry as you and the elder, 1 think there would have been fewer fragments left!" Gcss were invented by Swartz, a Ger man, about 1378, and were brought into cse by the Venetians in 1385. Cadnon were invented at an anterior date. They were used at the battle ol Cressy, in 1346. In England they were first nsed at the siege of Berwick 1405. It was not until 1544, however, that they were cast in England. They were csed on board of ship by the Venetians in 1430, and were ia use among the Turks abont the same time. An artil lery company was instituted in England, lor weekly military exercises, ic 1610. It requires le6 strength of character lo do a brave act in secret than not to brag of it afterwards.