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BY D. A. & C. H. MEHL=
TUE DINNER PARTY.
The Rev. Mr. W— wagon officiating
clergyman, who bad charge of a little flock
in the State of blassachusetts: Re was
possessed of an excellent temper, gener
°as feelings, and a cultivated mind ; but
he was eccentric even to oddity. Ile was
a powerful speaker, and his ministration
was blessed to the conversion of many
souls. At the age of thirty-font. ho be
came convinced that it was not "good for
man to be alone;" and for the purpose of
hectoring his condition, he made proposals
to Mary 13. , a beautiful, light-heart
ed girl of seventeen, daughter of one of
bis wealthiest parishioners, and who ima
gined that to refuse the hand of the minis
ter would be a sin bordering upon the un
pardonable. In due time the marriage
was consummated, the bride's snug por
tion paid, and the happy husband, as hus
h:tads in their first love are apt to do, gave
up to the humor of his wife. and accompan
ied her to several festive parties given by
his wealthy neighbors in honor of his mar
One evening toward fpring, the happy
couple were sitting together in their com
fortable parlor. the reverend- gentleman
ier ply hurried in the study, of the venera
ble Bede, and his wife equally intent up•
on a plate of fashions, when she suddenly
looked up with a mingled expression of
hope and fear, and thus undressed her
"My luar husband, I have one recpest
Mary, anything consistent."
+-You do not imagine that I wi•uld make
tea illeon,islent request, surely?"
not a request that you would con
sider inconsistent. But come, what
"W Ity, my dear," and her voice trem
bled a little. "we have been to several par
ties among the neighboring gentry this
winter, and now, I dank, that to maintain
our pm.itien in society, we should give
.a party also.''
The miuister looked blank.
"What sort of a party, Mary ?" he at
"Why," she replied, "such a party as
those we have attended. We must have
an elegant thinner, and dancing after it."
"Danoiug, in a minister's house !" ex
claimed 3lr: W., in surprise.
••Why. yes, certainly," replied his wife,
coaxingly. "You wdl not dance, the par
tpw ill he mine ; and :her we have been
to similar rani, S all winter.''
rue. true," lie muttered, with a per-.
phrx ea air, and : , at silent for some
At. Jength he Yee. Mary, you may
tivike a party, give a dinner, and, if the
bae:as desire it, you may dance."
"Thick you, Inc. thank you," cried
his.th•lighted tcifc, throwing her arms a
round his, neek, and itnpriuting a kiss up
(.l, his cheek.
Mit I have .onie stipulations to make
aloutt it," Mr. %V , "I must se
lem and invite the guesnt, and you , must
1111... v toe to place sonic of my favorite
diskes on the guide."
"As you please, love," she answered
delightedly, ••but when shall it be r
"Next WedLesday, if you pleaiLe."
"But our-fartirdure and window draper
ies are very old.fashioned. It is now time
we had new."
"I ,-Could thir.k it hard:y necessary to
refurnklt our rooms, Mary. All our fur
uitore is excellent of its kind."
"But our smooth carpets, white draper
ies, and cane chairs, have auc6 a cold look.
Do you consent to have the rooms newly' .
fitted ; we'can move these things to the
"And of what use will they be in those
rooms which we never occupy ? Besides,
it is now nearly spring, and to fit up fur
winter seems superfluous."
"Well, I would nut care," she persisted.
"wore it not that people will call us parsi
monious and ungeuteel."
"Oh, if that is all," he said : gaily, "I
promise to spend one thousand dollars on
the evening of the party ; not in furni
ture, however. but in a manner far more
gratifying to our gui ete, and profitable to
ourselves, and which shall exhonorate us
from all imputation of parsimony, and you
may expend in dress, eatables, and dessert,
just what sum you please, and do not
forget the wines."
And so the colloquy ended. The min
ister resumed his studies, and his wife gave
her mind to the consideration of the dress
which would be the most becoming, and
the viands that were the most expensive.—
Then nest she went busily about her pre
parations, wondering all the time how her
husband would expend the thousand dol
lars; but as she had learned something of
the eccentricity of his character. she doubt
•ed not that hq meant to give an agreeable
surprise ; and her curiosity grew so great,
that she could hardly'sleep during the in
At length the momentous day arrived.
The arrangements were all complete, and
Mrs. IV— retired, to perform the all.
important business of arraying her fine
person in fine attire. She lingered long
:at the toilet, relying onthe fashionable un
-punctuality of fashionable people; and at
length, when everytLing was complete, she
*eft the room, arrayed, like Judith of old,
gloriously, to alhire the eyes of all 'who
should look upon her, and full of sweet
smiles and graces, notwithstanding the un
.comfortable pinching of her shoes and
corsets. Mer huaband met her in the
halL • . •
‘Well, sy dem.. our guests have all at
rived," he said. and opened the door of
the receivintroom. - Wonderful 1 what an
assemSly There were congregated the
crippled, the maimed, and the blind. the
palsied. and the extreme aged. A group
afthildren from the almshouse were also
there ; who regarded the lady, some with
spouths wide open. others with both hands
thrust into their hair. while others peeped
out from behind the furniture. to the covert
sebieh theyhml scolistectfrout her dazzling
pe . same. At first she was petrefied with
astonishatect, then a displeasure crossed
ber face, till, hiving run her eyea,mr the
gtolptuefswinbly. she met the «mica ,
grate expression of her husband's counts-
rs off .when she burst into a violent fit of
laughter, during the paroxysms of which
the bursting of. ber corset laces could be
distinctly heard by therbompany.
"Mary I" void her husband, sternly.—
She suppressed her mirth, stamsmered an
excuse, and added,
"You will forgive me, and believe your
selves quite Welcome."
"That is well done," whispered Mr.
; then turning to the company, he
"My friends, as my wife is not acquain
ted with you, I will now make a few pre
Then leading her towards an emaciated
creature, whose distorted limbs were una
ble to support his body, he said : "This
gentleman, Mary, is the Rev. Mr. Brown,
who in his youth travelled much. and en
dured much, in the cause of our common
Master. A violent rheumatism, induced
by colds contracted among the new settle
ments of the West. where he was engaged
in preaching the gospel to the poor, has
reduced him to his present condition.—
This lady: his wife, has piously sustained
him, and by her own latter procured
maintainance for herself and him. But
she is old and feeble, as you see."
Then turning to a group of silver locks.
and threadbare boats, he continued :
"These uro soldiers of the Revolution.—
They wore all sons of rich men. They
went nut in their young strength to de
fend their oppressed country."
"They endured hardships,,toils and suf
ferings ; and such as we hardly deem it
Testable for men to endure and live. They
returned borne at the close of the war,
maimed in their limbs, and with broken
constitutions, to bud their patrimonies de
stroyed by fire or the chance of war, or
their property otherwise wrested from
therm Aud these men live in poverty and
neglect in the land for the, prosperity of
which they sacrificed their all. These ven
erable ladies are wives of these patriots,
and widows of others who have gone to
their reward. They could tell tales that
would thrill your heart, and make it bet
Then turning to anothei. he said :
"This is the learned and celebrated Dr.
M—, who saved hundreds of lives du
ring the spotted epidemic; but his great
success roused the animosity of his medi
cal brethren, who succeeded in ruining
his practice ; and then blindness came up.
on him, lie was forgotten by those whom
he had delivered from death. This lovely
creature is his only child, and she is moth
erless. She daily leads him by the hand,
and eurnt the food she sets before him.—
i. her learning and accomplishments
aro wonderful. She is the author of those
exquisite poems which appear occasionally
in the Magazine.
"These children,' said he, turning to
the group'efjuveniles who gathered at the
other end of the room, "were orphaned in
infancy by the Asiatic cholera, and their
hearts have seldom seen cheered by a
smile, or their palates regaled with deli
' emus food. Now dry your eyes, love and
lead on to the dining room."
She obeyed ; and, notwithstanding her
emotions. the thumping of coarse shoes,
and the rattling of canes, crutches, and
wooden legs, behind her, well nigh threw
her into another indecorous latigh. To di
vert her attention, she glanced over the
table. There stood the dishes for which
her husband had stipulated, in the shape
of two monstrous homely-looking meat
pies, and two enormous platters of baked
meats and vegetabl es, looking like
mighty mountains among the delicate vi
ands which she had prepared for Gre refin
ed company which she expected. She
took her place, and prepared to do the ta
ble honors, but her husband, after a short
thanksgiving to a bountiful God, address.
ed the company with, "Now, brethren,
help yourselves and one another, to such
as you deem preferable. I will wait upon
I A hearty and jovial meal was made,
the minister setting the example ; and as
f the hearts of the old soldiers were warmed
with wine, they became garrulous, and each
recounted some wonderful or thrilling ad.
venture of the revolutionary war ; and the
old ladies their tales of privation and suf
fering, interwoven with the histories of
fathers, brothers, or lovers, who died for
Mrs. W was sobbing convulsive
ly. when her husband came round. He
observed it. and touching her lightly on
the stwulder, whispered :
"My love, shall we have dancing ?'
That word, with its ludicrous associa
tion, fairly threw her into hysterics, and
she laughed and wept at once.
When she became quiescent, Mr.
W thus addressed the company.
"I fear, my friends, that yon will think
my wife a frivilous and inconsistent crea
ture, and I must therefore apologise for
her. We were married only last fall, and
attended several gay parties, which a
our rich neighbors. gave, in honor of
our nuptials, and my wife thought it
would be genteel for us to give one in
return. I consented, on conditions, one
of which was, that I should be al.
lowed to invite the guests. So, being
professed minister of Him who was mails
so lowly in heart, I' followed the words of
the command : "But when thou makest a
feast, call in the tutor, the lame, the maim
ed, and the blind." Yon all recollect the
passage. Mrs. W- . , not knowing
who her guests were, was highly delighted
with the ruse I had provided ; and I do
not believe there has been so noble and hon
orable a company assembled this winter.--
My wife desired new furniture, lest,
we should be doe med parsimonious, I pledg
ed myself to expend ono thousand dollars,
in a manner morepleasing to our guests, and
which should obviate any such imputation.
"And now, to you, patriot fathers, and
these nursing mothers of our country. I
present the one thousand dollars. It is
just one hundred dollars to each soldier,
and soldier's widow. It is a mere trifle.
Nolhanks, my friends."
"Then-addressing the children, he said :
"You will each be' removed tomorrow
to excellent places ; and if:Ton continue
to be industrious, and perfectly honest in
GETTYSBURG, PA., FRIDAY EIENIN . G, JULY 6, 1865.
word'and deed, you will become respecta
ble members of society."
To Dr. M
"To you, under God, I owe my life. I
did - not know your locality. neither had I
heard of your misfortune, until a few days
since. I can never repay the debt I owe
you; but if you and your daughter will
accept the neatly furnished house adjoin.
ing mine, I will see that you never want
"You, Mr. Brown, are my father in
the Lord., Under your preaching I first
became convinced of sin, and it was your
voice that brought to the words of salva
tion. You will remain in my house. I
have a pious servant to attend you. It is
time that you were at peace, and your
excellent lady relieved of her hasty bur
The crippled preacher fell prostrate on
the floor, and poured out such_ thanksgiv
ing and prayer as found way to the heart
of Mrs. W , who ultimately became
a meek and devout woman—a fit helpmate
for a Gospel minister. And strange to
say, she dates her conversion from the
day of that comical. but not unprofitable,
dinner party.—National Era.
A good anecdote well told, some years
ago of a polite Southerner, an accomplish.
ed and kind hearted gentleman :
On one occasion he had been driving
hard from morning till night, over the
rough roads in the neighborhood of Col
umbia, S. C., slighted at the only comfor
table looking tavern in the place, very hun
gry and very tired.
Sticking his eye glass to his eye—his
constant companion, lie being very near
sighted—he demanded a roast fowl, some
good wine, and a comfortable room for
The landlord was very sorry, but he
"couldn't give him a comfortable room—
the only place he could have to sleep in
was a double-bedded room with another
•Very well; let us have the best you've
got. No man can do more than that, sir."
After discussing his supperi-he sought
his chambers ; turned in,;and went to sleep.
His slumbers were destined to be of very
short duration. Before long he was a
wakeoed by a call from the other bed, .sir !
"Bless my soul !" cried D—thrust-
Mg his glass to his eye, and endeavoring
to peer through the dark,—"what's the
matter, my dear sir ? is the house on fire,
or are there bugs in your bed ?"
"Neither, sir ; but, my dear sir, you
snore so terribly that I cannot sleep, sir.—
It is most terrific, sir !"
"Bless my heart, my dear air, I am
shocked that I r.hould have been so rude
as to snore in a gentleman's presence, and
he a stranger-to me. I ask your pardon.
sir. and beg you'll overlook it. It wasn't
intentional, I assure you."
The apology was accepted, a egond
night" exchanged, and both parties went
to deep again.
It was not long, however. before a rum.
Wing sound was heard from the polite gen
tleman 's bed, every moment growing loud
er. until at last it ended in a thunderous
diapason. The other lodger driven almost
to madness, started up and exclaimed -
"Good gracious ! this is too much ! I l i
cant stand it ! I say, Sir ! Sir!! Sla ! I
wake up. Sir !"
"Bless my soul ! well, what's the mat
ter now ? cried out the offender, starting,
up in bed? "you seem to be very restless,
"Restless I I believe you!" said the dis.
turbed gentleman ; you've been snoring,
Sir, worse than ever, and I cannot get to
"You don't say so ! Have I been re
peating my rudeness to a stranger 1 I am
really extremely sorry, my dear sir, but
was really asleep. Good night—night--
night—; very sor—sor—sor—ry:'
And off ha drowsed again, and in five
minutes began snoring as loudly as ever,
until he was again awakened by his room•
"Snoring again, have I, Sir 1" said the
unconscious offender. •Well, the fact is,
I have had a hard day's journey and eaten
a hearty supper—and if I snore, Sir, I
can't help it. I have apologized twice
and that is sufficient. lam about to go
to sleep again 1 but allow me to inform
you, Sir, that if you wake me up again,
snoring or not snoring ; Sir, I shall .pro
ceed to get up and give you the soundest
thrashing you ever had in the whole course
of your life ! • Good night Sir l'
His slumbers !Fere undisturbed for the
rest of that night.
Aunts AT THE JuDownrr.—At that
solemn tribunal, each man will be trans
parent before the searching eye of the
Son of God, as if that man and Jesus
were the only twain in the whole uni•
verse: such will be the intense light of
that day, that the lost will call out for the
hills to cover them, and the mountains to
overshadow them ; that they cannot bear
the intensity ofthat unutterable splendour;
and such will pe the dead silence of that
moment, that ech man will hear the pill
nation of his own heart, and if that heart
be unregenerate, each pulse will sciund a
death knell to his hopes and prospects for
ever. There is no escape in the crowd ;
there is no escape any away ; for "how if
we neglects° great salvation," says the
poetic, as satisfied that there is no escape
whatever,•tshall we escape r—Da. Cum-
• CAS • STATE GET DRUNK I—ln the
following item front the Boston Post it
would seem that the 4 State," as represen
ted, must have baen in a state of intoxi•
cation : A few years ago the State Attor
ney rola northern county in Vermont, al.
though a man of great legal ability, wad
fend of the bottle. On one occasion an
important criminal case was called by the
clerk, but the attorney with owl-like grav
ity, kept his chair, being,'in fact not fairly
able to stand on his feet. "Mr:Attorney,
is the State ready to proceed?" said the
judge. "Yea—hic—no—your honor."
sithitnered . the lawyer, "the State— is not
—in a state to try this cue to-day;..the
State your honor is—drunk !"
"FEARLESS ANA) FREE!,
We extraor from a recent letter of Mr.
IGlreeley, the following pangraphe on
France has more arable toil than almost
any other country of equal extent, and it
is very generally and laboriously though
not thoroughly efficiently cultivated...-.
Naturally fertile, it owes'.little to subse
quent applications ; not one acre in a
thousand is under-drainetl or subsoiled ;
and while England has brought millions
of dollar's worth of impeded fertalisers
within the last thirty years, half a million
would pay for all the pinto, bones,&e.,
imported into France. 'Oroughout this
country you pass miles aftelmilesof grow
ing grain or vegetables lifflelt promised
fair to middling crops ; I never yet obser
ved a French acre that pro:Anise', a luxu
riant or great one. The rigorous division
of a decendent't real esUnte among his
heirs, which a fundatnentalkiw of the first
Republic decrees, and whiclOto subsequent
Monarchy line ared to repeal, exerts a
salutary influence in mitiga(Uig destitution
and diminishing beggary, Nit it does not
tend to raise French Agrrulture "above
the state of mediocrity into shich it seems
to have been hopelessly Owned:. The
dying peasant's acre must he divided a
inoug his four or five children, who must
cultivate their severii pittandes with spade
and ~hoe only ; no !outliers can be
bougt by the itnpoverishekOwners ; no
animals employed ; her thin soil, slowly
and' tbello wly turned overthy the rude
exertion of human muscle, to sown, tilled
and harvested in the same rude, slow fash
ion, and the sheaves born on human ehoul.
tiers to the distant threshing-floor. All is
clumsy, feeble, hieffectiva, 'and I k i k °
that the grimes product of the . human I abur
of •Trance is less than a buithel of grain
*May.% Subtract from tliis the enor
mous aggregate exacted for the support of
ice, 'salaried priests, and =seven hundred
thousand janizaries, and it is plain that
the subsistence of its nominal freeholdm g
cultivators must be scanty indeed. I
doubt that the peasant 'Aurelio of England
who own no - land'fiCall: 'bin lire upon the'
scanty wages accorded them by the ten.'
alit farmers, are woke lodgml and foil
than the millions of rural freholders in
France who own and coltivate hiss than an
acre each. It is mournful to see steep
hillsides laboriously, tilled front year to
year when tillage is certain tit wash and
exaust them ; the eittistirof their cultiva
tors is a noble, a beniticuit ; but the
division of an acre atuciiig a hitlf a dozen
heirs of the late cultivator. non; deceased,
is not a happy illustration of it. Practi
cally, it is found that the pail holdings
are split up while the large Wales are
held intact through sii'veraVviterations
and even incteneed.
by way of illustration that the fine estute
of Lafayette, (La Grange,) comprising a
fine chateau and 700 acres of good land in
the heart of France, near this city, is now
in the market, hi a son being dead and
the property not well adapted to par
tition among the heirs. Were it but one
acre or so, each inherit would insist on
having and holding his share of it.
France, though rich and is silver, 13 es.
sentially a • poor country—that is to say,
the great mass of her people are poor.—
Labor is less effective here than in Amer
ica, and us not so well paid for what it ac
tually accomplishes. There are millions
of Frenchmen who earn less titan a franc
per day when they work, and cannot get
work at any price during a good part of
each year. Oi course there are the more
ignorant and ill-placed as well as ineffi
cient ; but two francs (forty cents)per day
for the men and half as much,for the wo
men exceed the actual average earnings of
the laboring class throughout the Empire
of Louis Napoleon. Yet it is held to be a
crime, under the Government of the man
who tries to ingratiate himself with the
toiling millions by dabling with the price'
of bread, and opening for a day the Pal,'
ace of lndnstry at his own cost to the
poor, for those recipients of his bounty to
demand peaceably an increase of their
The subjoined will be seen to be strik
ingly corroborative of our description lest
week of the general condition of the Eu-
ropean populace, who are now prim:ilia:ly
the emigrants to this country :
France anually produces more elegant
andtastellul fabrics than any other country;
yet her people are closely clad she largely
grows and • manufactures Silks yet the
great majority .of her population, and even
of her silk-producers, cannot afford to!
wear them : she exports rare and costly!
furniture to the ends of the earth, yet the
homes of the great mass of her people con-
Utiii only a few rude and clumsy articles,
inferior in cost and convenience to the
contents of our newest lorcabitis: but she
produces also vast quantities of Wine,
and of this, though much of the best is
exported, a far larger quantity is consumed
on her own soil. The Poor seldom pos
sess elegant Furniture nor costly 'Fabrics ;
but few Frenchmen are so poor as not to
The day laborer, whose entire subsist
ence must be eked out of less than eighty
dollars a year• In a country where the
coat of food is usually twice as high as
in Auterica. washes down his dinner of
dry bread with half a pint of red' liquid
whichints the smellof weak vinegar and
the name of wine—yin ordinaire they
call it, and very ordinary I judge it must
be. The work•girl living on her bard
earned franc a day in her miserable Pa
risian garret, buys'bread and shelter with
her wages; while her youth and comeli
nese endure, she wins clothes and finery,
balls and wines, in another manner, less
creditable, and more ruinous. Wine,
wine ! In the Provinces, the vine is the
leading staple of agriculture ; in the cities
wine is the great basis, of commerce. I
estimato that "March and de Vine" is
written over the door of one fourth of all
the places of trade in Paris ; certainly
there to no other sign half so common as
this. I may exaggerate in judging that
one-fourth of the cultivated land in Franca
and an equal proportion of the rural labbr
us devoted to the Vine ; but the proper-,
(ion is so great as to seem incredible in a
country like ours. ; ,
The American Bald Emile
The editor of the Ameirlean Agricultur
ist has a wall written article in the last
number of that journal o n the Nato ral
History of the American white head or
Bald Eagle, in tho course of which he re•
lates an encounter he had with a bird of
this kind. the particulars of which we
When about eighteen years old, spend
iegsome time in Me vicinity of one o!, tho
great lakes, one fine May mnrning, We,
went with a companion dawn to the shore
where a fisherman had put op a shanty.
and with his wife and inlaid child, had ta
ken up their summer risidenee. ' On our
way down, and about a hundred rods front
the water, in the topmost branchae of an
enormona oak, we spied,an .eagles .nest.
and as the old eagles were wheeling about,
it, we concluded the neat had either eggs
or young within it. and 'Which of the two
we soon determined to ascertain. As our
coMpanion was a middle-aged man, and
had no special taste for climbieg.the adven,
lure was left for rue. alone. The tree on
which the nest was built had no limbs for
thirty feet or more from tho ground, hut,
ftwitmately, , a smaller tree near it had been
felled, and its top had lodged midway up
among the branches of the oak. Ascend
ing the fallen tree, I soon reached the oak,
and catching the huge limbs ahove me, I
swung up one after another until I stood
on one a few feet tumoral' the trio of bran
ches on which the neat lay. , During my j
ascent one, of the eagles, with vociferous
cries, often wheeled within a dozen feet
of my head; hut, like other yonesters, as
I had at that time quite as much courage
as conduct, I stood in little danger of an
attack. Well posted on a strong liutb,xitb
a near branch. to-hold on 4,1 looked-Into -I
the neit. It was built of strong, heavy
sticky, laid cross-wise, perhaps two.feet in
thickness from bottom to top; and four or
five feet wide on the surface, covered with
long, dry grass,. and : leaves,
way on the nest lay two young eagles,
one somewhat larOir that the 'other, about
th s size of hull grown goslings, and, cav
ern(' with the seine sort* of down, it color
anfftippearence. Close by them lay two.
or three dead fish, half covered with; 'blue
hottle-fiies, and giving off an intolerable
stench. With a stick, which 1 drew out
of the lower part of the:, nest, I tried to
puke one of the young towards me; but
they turned up their claws in defiance,
with a sort of hise,and edged 'untie,. away.
r During this time one of the old eagles
had left the premises altogether, while the
other still kept wheeling and diving around
but approached no nearerthco. fvFfiltiit
iitiotteltefeeftif:!" - A ffbrifAittrigi,cii6"
tinned pokinglai the young ones (waxes
aerated one of them, that ho seized my
stick so firmly with his claws that I drew
him within reach. Determined to hold
divided empire with the old eaglet' in the
possession of their young, the next pro
cess was to get the bird to the ground
without damage: as I had no sack or bas
ket in which to deposit and let him safe
ly down ; but. like other youngsters, who
are seldom at a loss for expedients in mis-,
chief, a plan was soon invented. Taking
off my hat; coat and vest, and laying them
on an adjacent limb, my shirt was rapidly
drawn over my head, the sleeves tied;to
gethet at the,wristbands, and thrown o
ver my neck, the skitte bound into a knot,
thus making a sack, and the open collar
and bosom forming- its mouth. In this
con amore receptacle or bellidose "Young
America" was rapidly thrust, my outer
garments replaced, and flushed with vic
tory' I made a rapid decent down the tree.
No triumphant plOnderer ever' felt proud
der of his trophy thap I, and, like the kilt
ed Highlander in Rob Roy. I could sing:
The eagle, he was lord above,
And Rob was lord of all below I"
I took the eagle down to the fish er
man's hut, and after spending an hour or
two, began to consider what to do with
the young ruffian I had so wantonly
caught, for I had neither a suitable place
nor proviesions on which to keep him,
and wisely concluding that the second, if
not the better part of valor was discreetion.
I gave him to the owner of the hut, for his
I saw no more of the eagle for some
weeks, when I again visited the fisher
man, and found the young, tawny-looking
thing an enormous bird, lounging about
the door, and grown stout and saucy from
generous treatment and the fish garbage
on which he had been profusely fed.
the next report I heard from the young
savage, few weeks since, was near being
a tragic one. The wife of the fisherman
having occasion one day to go to the
shore, a few rods distant, after a bucket
of water, while there she heard a scream
from her child, which in her caution she
bad placed upon the bed when she left
the room. •Rushing back, she found the
child postai() on the floor, screaming
in terror and agony, the eagle on its
breast, with one claw , transfixed into
its lace, and the other, as she approach
ed, turned up, with open beak, in defiance
at the mother's approach. With the
quick energy of a, woman in extremity,
she struck the eagle off with her foot, and
caught tip the child, its face badly cut and
bleeding, and, deposited it at once' in a
place of safety. This done. an axe lay
at the door, and that eagle died probably
as sudden a death as ever malefactor did i
"on execution of any sort whatever. The
little sufferer, after a few'week's careful
attention. recovered of its wound, but with
a lasting scar on its temple.
That• was the first and the last of the
race that we ever attempted to tame, and
long will the bald eagle '.tower" over our
homestead in his '4pride of place," ere we
shall seek to disturb his authorty.
The quill of the bald eagle is peculiar
ly hard and elastic, and tq those who pre
fer a quill to a metal pen, like ourselves.
we commend their use when they can be
obtained. We have Ling used , them.
. Tnith is beauty--basal; jath:
General !ivied of the Latham Church.
This body, which met at Dayton, Ohio,
on the 14th ult., closed its labors on the
20th, aftef an interesting session of one
week. Among the measures acted on at
the present session, the moat important sink
the following :
The subject of ;Church Extension was
debated at length, and it was resolved to
make another effort to raise the fund of
$50,000, originally contemplated by the
founders of the Society. Sermons are to
be preached in all the Lutheran churches
throughout the country, on the 31st of ()e
-toher, the anniversary of the Reformation,
and collections are to be taken up. Great,
•nfdence was expressed in the ultimate!
incoess of the Society.
It was resolved, if possible, to establish a
Lutheran Mission in Africa, and the neces
sary incipient steps were adopted.
The objects of the Lutheran Tra i ns!alien
and Publication Society, whose depository
into be located in Philadelphia, were ap
proved, so soon as opportunity shall be af
forded to - the General Synod to have a rep
resentation in its Executive Board.
The office of General Agent and Corres
ponding Secretary a the Home Missionary
Society ants created, and was filled by the
election of the Rev. F. W. Conrad, one of
the profes'sors in Wittenberg College.
- The sums collected and subscribed, at the
present meeting of the Synod, for the dif
ferent societies, chiefly by 'the citizens of
Winchester and delegates in attendance,
wore as follows :—Foreign Missions, 8454;
Home 'Missions, ; Parent Education
Society, sl,sso—total $3,004 These are
very liberal contributions to Fe raised on
such an occasion. The amounts annually
paid to these various objects by the entire
church are very large, and are annually
A fond for the relief of disabled pastors,
and widows and orphalts of deceased clergy
man,- haeliecn established ; -and a board of
trustees for its disbursement hat( been ap.-
pointed, all located in- Philadelphia. to con
sist of Rev. E. W. Illutter, Rev. B. Keller,
Daniel. K. Grim, Wm. Moped', J. Leh.
Rev. George Diehl, of Frederick, Md.,
was appointed to deliver the next biennial
address before the Historieal Society con
nected-with the General Synod—Rev. J.
A. Siess, of Baltimore, alternate.
A union of interest, not heretofore exist
ing; has been effected to a gratifying extent
between the different theological and colle
giate institutions of_ the Lutheran chiaroh,
more particularly the college and seminary
at Gettysburg, Wittenberg College, at
Springfield, Ohio, and Illinois University,
at Springfield, 111.
Rev. W. D. Strobel, of New York, was
appointed .the delegate to represent this
.41.5sembly of the
reitiy - terian tßiiicbriiid Rev. F. R Ans-
Paoli to represent it in the General Synod
of the German Reformed Church.
The Geneva Synod resolved to hold its
ni3rt biennisfmeeting, commencing on the
second Thursday of the month of May,
1857, in the city of Beading, Berks county.,
A Mammoth Ocean Steamer.
The new' steamer Leviathan, which is
now being constructed in London, promises,
when finished, to be the wonder of the ago.
To grasp the idea of a vessel measuring
more than an eighth of a mile in length,
Iwith a capacity of twenty thousand tons,
and room enough besides for four thousand
passengere, with all their luggage, certainly
requires some mental effort ; but to con
ceive of such a monster grappling with wind
and tide, and triumphantly forcing his way
through the mighty billows of the Atlantic,
becomes a task quite sufficient to stagger
any ordinary intellect, and niore than suffi
cient to exhaust the faith of the most cred
ulous. If the Leviathan shall be able to
show a full list or passengers for her visit
to our shores; it will certainly appear that I
the people of this day have more confidence
in art •and science than their ancestors,
whom Fulton attempted to "humbug" with
his "foolish invention." Bat science has
achieved so much since the days of Fultcio,
that any want of faith in the success of this;
great ; enterprise would smatter of "old fogy
iem ;" nevertheless, in view of the fact that ;
the sea has a way of knocking to pieces 1 ,
sometimes vessels of all sizes, and leaving i
no possible way of escape for humanity, a
little hesitation in a matter of this kind is
pardonable. The engines of the Leviathan,
although said to , be of 2,600 horse power,
will, in reality be capable of being worked
up to 10,000 horse power. The united
!strength of 10,000 horses would seem to
'be power enough to move a small sized
globe, if not such a one as oars, at least an
asteroid.' It is, confidently predicted that,
notwithstanding the . great length of this
steamer, she will be enabled to pass through
'the water at an average speed, in all weath
ers, of fifteen knots an hour, and with a
smaller, power in proportion to tonnage than
ordinary vessels now require to make ten
knots. The contract speed of most ocean
mail steamers is eight knot,. A ship of
this huge capacity can carry 12,000 tons of
coal; quite sufficient, it is said, for her oat-
ward and homeward voyages. She will be I
launched unlike any other ship—broadside !
ba the water, by means of hydraulic power,
and early in next spring is expected to make
a trip to, the United States, and back, in al
Sixty feet of Datighters.—ln the Half
Century Sermon of Rev. Dr. Brace, of New
ington Connecticut, we find a fact respect
ing the Edwards family which' we do not re
member .to have Seen elsewhere stated.—
Speaking of Mr. Backus, one of his prede
cessors, he says : "His wife was one of ten
daughters, every one of whom has been
said to be six feet tall—making sixty feet of
daughters, and all of them strong in mind
—children of Rev. Timothy Edwards, of
East Windsor." That man who had sixty
feet of daughters, and besides them one son
who had more than sixty. feet of intellect.
must, according to the Psalmist's view of
things, have been a very happy man.
Rev. Mr. Boeld, a Catholic priest. •a
thrown from his hone and killed in Cam
bria county. Pa.,lut Tuesday.
• roa FLoamari.--As the whatweath
er approaches. crowds of persons resort to the
river and ponds ht' the vicinity to blithe, STA
indulge in sailing and othiltsqoatie 'Torts; by
which, many careless persona will endanger
their lives, as usual. As it may be of some
service to those who do not understand bow to
conduct themselves in the perilous struggles
in water, we re-publish the following dire*.
lions from the Spirit of the Times:-"Any hu
man being who will have the presence of mind
to clasp the hands behind the beck, Isnd Nan
the face towards the zenith, may Mat at ease
lied in perfect safety in tolerably stip water—
aye, and !lap there, no matter how. long. If,
nokknowing how to swim; you would escape.
( drowning, when you find yourself in deep we
t ter, you have only to consider yourself an nip
' ty pitcher—let your mouth and 'nose. not the
:top of your heavy bead, be the highest part of
you and you , are Vb.. But thrust up one; of
yourbony. ,lugolt and down you go : turnimi
.the handle tips over the pitcher.. Baring
the happiness to prevent one or two , r
drowning by this simple instrnotionNe pia>.
I lish it for the benefit of all who 'either lava
aquatic sports or druid them."
[l:7The Saha Public of j.yons gives the firl-.
lowing most strange story:
..A few days ago a certain number of Et
lishmen established in this city gave • splend d
banquet to a' countryman of theirs, tl Mr.
Arther Fleming, a rich merchant of London,
then at Lyons, and who had just completed a
residence of eleven months in the 'prison of
Frankfort, in which be has been placed under
the following circumstances:—About a twelve
month ago. Mr. Fleming stopped for two days
at ono of the prineipal hotels at Frankfort.on.
the• Maine. and on the third day, when about
to leave. called for his bill,.which to his as
tonishmest, amounted to about -250 francs.
Indignant at this demtud, which he considered
exorbitant, be tendered era half ern, but the
landlord persisted in his demand, and threat
ened to send his customerio prism, as the law
of the place allowed him to do. the'English
man. however, was obstinate, and suffered
himself to be arrested and kicked up. • Al
though the laws of Frankfort give this power
to creditors. they at the same time impose' 011
them the necessity of supporting their debtors
while in prison, and also, to furnish them with
clothes and o4ier articles suitable to them he
life.. This thelotel keeper was compelled to
do in J7r. Fleming's case, and ea little care did
the Englishman take of the articles supplied to
him, that the former at last, found himself
minus $ sum of nearly' 20,000 f., and thinking
that amount quite enough to expend for his
obstinacy, he ordered the release of his cap
tive. Mr. Fleming, not wishing to triumph
over his creditor. Immediately on his release
gave a sum to the poor of Frankfort amounting
to double that exuended by the hotel keeper.
A GATHERING or THE CLANS.—Among other
queer things that have sprung out of the Na
tional Baby Show. is an •.enterprise" the like
of which, if successfully carried out, the world
will never have seen before. Several gentle
men, it seems, have associated together and
subscribed $lOO,OOO, to be expended in getting
together a ..Congress of Nations," that la to
ray. living specimens. male and female, Of eve.
ry nation on the habitable globe, all in their
native costume. except when they are node.
tlreat care will be tak.en in selecting the !beet
specimens, and when convenient. pre*rence
will be given to such persons es ploy upon some
iusuument of music.
Such & study was of course never before
brought under the eye of mortal man. • The
Congress of Nations will necessarily include all
the various tribes of Indians in the world—lam
quimaux, Japanese, Laplanders, Persians. Cir
cassians, Turks, Arabs, Hottentots; Bushmen.
Kadin, all the Asiatics, dm, km Some 18
months or more may be required to make the
entire collection, but interesting portions of it.
it is thought, can be obtained at s much earlier
SAILS OF A COSTLY Snewt..—The great cabby
mere shawl—the finest needle-work shawl ev
er seen in America—which cost 32,700 at Con
stantinople. and was imported expressly for
Exhibition at the World's Fair. was sold at
auction, in New York, few days , since, kr
one thousand and twenty-live dollars. The
purchaser's name was given as Jae. DeWolts.
Another sold for 8500. •
WHO WANTS WOHICT—The tummy Oat
West are complaining bitterly of the lack of
laborers to do harvesting work. A letter from
Eaton. (Ohio,) dated June 18th.says: "Several
thousand able-bodied men are needed. here.
They would receive $l2 to $lB a. month and
found. Several hundred could find employ
tnent in this section from now until fall. and
receive good wages, and be otherwise well
WEEVIL IN WITICAT.—The Columbia (Pa)
Democrat says Mr. aacob Gerard, of Rohn
burg. in thatcounty, claims to have disoovered
a core for the weevil in wheat. #io says that
several days ago, observing that the weevil
was destroying his crop, he sowed over the
Held a moderate quantity of slaked lime. and
since that time their ravages seem to have
LOANING NIFIWSPAPERS. —.SUbsouibeni to
newspapers make complaint of the non-arrival
of their papers, and, in some Instances,' inti
mate that the loss is occasioned the &Os
of the postmaster loaning to his neighbors the
papers of others for perusal. 'The papers fail
to be returned to the proper place. and.
the dissatisfaction. Postmasters are
forbidden to loan newspapers that are in their
office for delivery.—Union.
A Cnow Sronr.—A man io Pawlet, Vt. of.
ter having his corn destroyed and his wined
field attacked by the sable depredators. sad
having tried every kind of scare crow. to no
purpose. procured strychni no. in which he teak.
ed some corm and strewed it over his field. As
a result of the first day's effects °flit; prevent•
adve, ho found the dead carcasses of 200 crows
in and about the field.
Ter Tamastivri.—The tamarind has been
grown in Virginia from seeds, led is highly
spoken of as promising to be a vablable rm.
quisition to the fruit trees, eipsoiall3i on
the prairie lands of the West. Its growth le
rapid, its appearance very ornamental, sad Is
is perfectly free from blight and from ths
depredations of insects. last season theism*
in Virginia p ro duced fruit as good La the kW.
rreapt. Rodman. the comniaedant of tho
Ordnance Department at Baton Rouge. Lm.
has invented a machine by which aisty3ihinho
rifle balls per minute eon be out. .Thir Bar
liah machine cuts only forty per minute.'
&Timm Cnintinta.—An English nide.
madden. named Balllly. berg calculated the
weight of the earth to be 1.25&195=
000.000.000,000. or. in words. m a i
iwo hundred end flfty-six tbouss seas bar
died and ninth fire trillions, six he
siventren no a 'taw avoirOpeisr.
The lfissiseippi p stsft, N di hs!,
show= of kiwi* ye Withiago
within the hut Ore Mee tom**, s •
sad mien to be imeise.