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?I1J lAiTSHAS'S JBIEIAl.
"Wednesday, December 6. 18f 4.
. . RAIL, ROAD 3IEETING.
"'" A meeting of the friends of the Tyrone and Clear
CM Hi!roa4. will bo held at Tyrone City. Blair
Coaoty, on Thursday the 11th of Jauary, 1855.
The Books will be open to receive subscriptions of
tock. - - ; - Br Order or the Board.
, D3We do not desire to be .understood as
endorsing the sentiments of the communica
tion in. another column, entitled . "Fawning
for Place." The mbtives'of the editor of the
Telegraph, m&? ha as pure" sb those of our
quondam Quaker friend himself, and we would
recommend to him the . passage . "Judge not,
that ye not judged.'! We do not doubt
that he baa written his article with the best in
tentions, yet we cannot coincide in all his
strictures on friend Miller. Nevertheless the
communication is well worthy a perusal, and
contains some quaint ideas, that may prove
beneficial to politicians generally.
. ; BOOK TABLE.
Hocsehold Wokds, for December, has been
received. , It is an excellent number of one
of the best re-prints of a foreign periodical.
The contents are interesting, and presented iu
a form, at once elegant and convenient. Pub
lished monthly by J. A. Dix, No 10 Park
Place, New York, at $3,00 per year, in an
oyance. - , : - - -
The MrsicAi Woatn, Is before us, from
Richard Storrs Willis, 257, Broadway, New
Tork. It is a weekly journal davoted exclu
sively to music, and this number contains two
excellent pieces entitled "Be Watchful," and
"Maggie Iy iny sila." . Terms 53,00 per
year, in advance, with the choice, from their
Musical Portrait gallery, cf two beautiful en
gravings. V " . AN OFFER.
' We will furnish, for 53,50 in advance, the
Journal, with either "Graham's American
Magazine," or "Household Words" for cne
year. Those desiring to obtain either of these
excellent Magazines, at a dollar less than the
usual rate, will do well to send ns their orders,
eo as to commence with the new year.
To any one who will raise us a club of ten
advance paying subscribers, we will furnish a
copy of either of the above Magazines, for
one year, gratis. For a club of eighteen, we
will furnish both, and a copy of the Jonrnal
for oue year included. For a club of twenty
subscribers, wc will furnish an elegant volume
of poems, suitable for a New Year's present.
"We learn that Maj. Over, of the Bedford
Inquirer, will be strongly recommended for
tiie appointiaeat of Adjutant General. The
Major served his country gallantly in Mexico,
and did noble service in the less bloody cam
paign through which we hive just passed. We
have no doubt his appointment would give
LOCOFOCO STATE COMMITTEE.
The renowned J. Ellis Bonhara, with whose
long, windy, and unfortunate addresses, the
Locofoco papers were filled during the late
contest, has issued a call for a meeting of tb.2
State Central Committee, for the purpose of
re-orgauizing the Democratic party on a new
basis. In the language of the Jeffersonian
"wc think it needs it, but if Mr. Bonham
wishes to saddle any more Nebraska addresses
on the party, he had better leave it where it
is" knocked into a "cocked hat." It is a
candid admission of the great Ellis, that the
party is disorganized, and we have no doubt it
is the first tim-3 he was ever accused of ingenu
ousness. THE USURY LAWS.
The question of the repeal of the Usury
Laws of Penna., is being generally discussed
by the public journals of the Commonwealth,
most of which favor the project. Money like
all other articles of merchandise, should be
permitted to regulate its own market value,
and 5s worth just as much as" it will bring. If
the market be well supplied the price will fall,
and if, on the other hand, tho comoditr is
scarce, the rate of interest will proportionally
Onr usury laws are not, and cannot be eu
forced. They merely serve to prevent those
who are conscientious about violating the
laws, from obtaining more than six per cent
Interest for their money, while hundreds of
those who are less scrupulous "get around"
them without difficulty, and take what rate of
interest they please. They serve to drive
honest and law-abiding citizens out of the
State with their capital, and permit dishonest
' and unscrupulous shavers, who disregard all
Legislative enactment on the subject, to profit
by the scarcity of money.
In addition to thislthe frequency with which
they arc openly violated, engenders a disre
spect for all lawand renders it necessary that
some means should be adopted to prevent the
injuries resulting from it. We are glad there
fore, that the press throughout the State is
calling public attention to the matter, and
that they arc so unanimously in favor of their
U. S. SENATORS TO ELECT.'
At the approaching session of the respec
tive Legislatures there will be Senators of the
United States to elect in Illinois, Iowa, Wis
consin, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, North
Carolina, Pennsylvania, New-York, Maine,
aad California. New Hampshire will elect
o in May next.
.; Authorship like all xther, professions,, has
its importers and empirics, and, perhaps, we
can find no more profitable employment, for
these long winter evenings, than to trace some
of the many impositions, in the history of Lit
erature, that have been practised, by various
authors, upon the public.
Gekilli Cabkeri, of Naples, was for a long
series of years confined to his chamber by a
lingering illness, during which time he amu
sed himself by writing the history of a voyage
round the world, describing countries he had
never seen, and peopleiug them with ideal
inhabitants. His Work was for a long time
regarded as authentic, until real disvoveries
and correct descriptions developed the fabri
. . , , , . ' ,
Tiievenot, the Royal Librarian of France,
who was never beyond the boundaries oi his own
country, wrote ten large volumes of ''Voyages
and -Travels." arid Dc Halde, who spent his
entire life in Paris, as Johnsox did in London,
wrote a most voluminous account of China!
., The travels of Rabbi Bexjamis, of Tudola,
written in Hebrew, (which of course, we have
never seen, much less read) arc said to be en
tirely ficticious, and at one time gave great
trouble, to the learned. lie affirmed that the
tomb of Ezekiel, with the library of the .first
and second temples, were to be seen at a place
on the river Euphntes, which caused a num
ber of the Literati to make a voyage "on pur
pose to Mesopotamia, where they discovered,
in the emphatic language of the present d.iy,
that they were "badly sold!" . The long voy
age ended in smoke.
. Who has not heard of the "Island of For
mosa?" It is one of the most brilliant litera
ry deceptions on record, and defied the pen
etration of the learned. It contains not only
the history of an unknown people, but the
formation of a language and its grammar. It
is said the deception would never have been
satisfactory ascertained, but for the penetcn
tial confession of the author Psalmanazar.
Sir Jous Hill once contracted to translate
Swammerdain's work on Natural History, for
filly guineas. After he made the . bargain, he
very easily remembered that he did not under
stand one word of the Dutch language. He
sub-let it," therefore, to another translator
for twenty five guineas. But the second was
no better than the first, and he again re-let it
to another who perfectly understood the lan
guage, for twelve guineas! The first obtained
all the honor, while the poor drudge, whose
name never appeared before the world, broke
his hard crust in his lonely garret!
We may hereafter refer to some of the more
modern impositions. At present, time and
Empty qmt pocket-book.
Full our letter box. with duns.
Sczrce money and printing paper.
Here winter, and first-rate sleighing.
On a the bat.ks, and some of the "Fancy"
Tight the money market, and some of the
b'hoys on Saturday night.
Got an Item col irmn the Clarion 'Democrat."
C'trioiftirs our devils "drum sticks." TLcy
are puLkins " and no mistake.
Coming Chris rors.ard the holiidays. Who will
furnish us a turkey for onr Christmas dinner?
Cool the weather, and the man with the 'white
hat.' Don't correspond with the blue coat, David
Room for improvement.
On hint onr friend Detrisk, Prince of Know
Notbingism.at hid LUa.-ksuiith i-hop in Curwensville.
Seo advertisement in another column.
Great rrcitemrnt that produced by the recent
arrival of the best and chapest goods ever brought
to Clearfield, at tho store of Wji. F Irwi.v.
iYo vonirr. Our merchants and business men
are complaining of hard times. Why don't they
advertise? They would thus help the printer to
live, and lire better themselves.
HI several of our citizens. We hare more sick
ness now, than we have had during the whole sum
mer and autumn. Typhoid Fever appears to be
the prevailing complaint.
Wound J a sportsman stopping at Hemphill's
Hotel, last week, by the accidental discharge of hi
gun, while in the act of hanging his shot-pouch"
on it. His finger was very much mutilated, and
far a long time he suffered the most intolerable pain.
Mort nete "heinies.''' Our friend over the way,
who immortalized himself by drawing the picture
of the Corporal on his way to Brady," has got a
fancy 4irig,:' that deserves a notice. Those who
wish -to follow suit," can jus, call at To.h Shea's
shop, where they will get 'fits,' and good cigars in
to the bargain.
A run off. Our friend Hemphill, started in a
sleigh, on Monday morning to the rescue of the
'wounded.' by the smash up of the coach. His
horse frightened at a buffalo robe, and oft' he star
ted, dashing the sleigh to atoms, and scattering tho
fragments along the road in every direction. We
are glad to state, that the driver, eseapod with but
a slight injury.
A nuisince squalling babies in church. Whon
women can't go to preaching without taking their
young 'uns.' they had better stay at home. They
not only prevent themselves from hearing the ser
mon, but disturb all the rest of tho congregation.
A coop full of Phapghais couldn't have kept up a
greater -squawking." than we had at Lutheran
Church on last Sabbath.
Fatal Accident. During last week, a son of Mr,
Samcel Clayton, at Trospect Hill, was killed by
-the accidental discharge of his gun whilo bunting.
He was found lying behind a log. with the baek
part of his head blown off. and the discharged
fowling-piece lying by his side.
Another. On Sabbath, a week, last, ayoungman
was killed, near Fruit Hill, by his horse falling
upon him. He started home from church, and a
short time after was found dead. crushed beneath
the horse which had fallen back upon him.
"Rayther rich." The Clarion 'Democrat attrib
utes the present hard times to the fact that a
change of rulers is about to taka place. We think
it would ba a litue more logical to attribute it to the
folly and mismanagement of the rulers about to go
oat. The tarriff of -W policy, and the prodigal
expenditure of money for the last three years,
are enough to destroy the credit of any govern
ment and render it bankrupt.
A 'smmh .' The coach which left thi for Ty
rone, on Monday morning, was upct ou the hill
this side of Clearfield Creek, and literally smashed
to pieces. Alex. Irtix, Esq.. of this place, Mr.
Georqe . and a man named Uoloks,
were seriously, but not dar-perously injured. Mr.
Irvin returned to town wi'Ji a very sore arm. shoul
der, and breast.- Tho ober passengers, four in
number, esenped uninjured. Two of the hunters
on board, bad their guns badly broken, and
their game scattered. The accident was owing to
the inability of the horses to hold baek the ooach
on the icy hill, and the inefficiency of the rubbers.
It would be hard to find alotof vebickles in worse
order, than those on thi3 ron.
. ITEMARtAff. - ..
- The best capital for a young man is a
capital young wife.
J Hydrophobia prevails among some . of
the animals in Lancaster co. '
. Coal is retailing in Louisville at thirty
cents a bushel.
The New York Kansas League has
sent out eight hundred settlers.
. Jenny Lind has hinted that she may
again visit this country professionally.
- In the town of Crockett, Texas, there
is not a single marriageable iemale." -
The rotnndi, in Washington, can now
toast some fine pieces of sculpture. - -
There is no pride in heaven, because
no corruption for it to thrive on.
The lady who threads the streets so
much is in danger a basting.
lie that listens after what people say
of h'.m shall never have any peace.
There arc only two million four hun
dred thousand farmers in the United States.
The State of Conneticut does not owe
a cent to any capitalist in creation.
, Monkeys in the neighborhood of Trini
dad are dying in great numbers of the cholera.
Whistling is an epistle from a conten
ted heart. Who's ready to put his mouth in
to a pucker ?
Col. Benton is to lecture in Baltimore
on the 12th of December, on the Pacilic Rail
road. - '
. : A m?.n was fined one hundred dollars in
Wilmington, N C, for defacing a monument
in a graveyard.
The young ladies say the times are so
hard that theyonng men can't manage to pay
. - Among the literary curiosities recently
brought to light in London, is a poem of 700
lines in the handwriting of Goldsmith. -
There are four thousand five hundre-d
linuapes throughout the world, besides the
language of the eyes.
A company of Chinese are on their
way Irom San Francisco to Utah having been
converted to Mormonism.
According to the census of 187) there
ar e four million children in the schools of the
Its that preaches gratitude pleads the
cause of God and men; for without it we can
neither be sociable nor religious.
A man who lives much in society will
have acquaintances enoug to fill a cathedral,
but a pulpit will hold his friends.
Miss Mudge, the victim of Beale and
ether, was married last week to Charles Throck
morton, of Philadelphia.
Mr. RrssELL. the correspondent of tho
London Times, who accompanies the army to
the Crimea, it is said, receives $1500 a year.
. It is estimated that over 7000 lives
have been lost 1 y shipwrecits during the last
During the recent session of the Ver
mont Legislature, Miss Lucy Stone received
seven votes for the office of Brigadier-General
Scarce one person out of twenty mar-
rie.i'his first love, and scarce one out of twen
ty of the remainder has cause to rejoice at
hrving done so.
Wear your learning, like your watch,
in a private pocket, and don't pull it out to
show that yon have one; but if you are asked
what o'clock it is, tell it.
It is pretty evident that when a man
buys a hundred-dollar handkerchief for "a
duck of a wife," that he is "a goose of a hus
band." Precept is instruction written in the
sand the tide flows over it and the record is
gone. Example is graven on the rock and the
leSon i3 not soon lost.
; Hon. Ellis Lewis is now Chief Jus
tice of the Supreme Court of this State, in
place of the lion J. S Black, whose term as
Chief Justice expired on the 1st inst.
Give a man brains and riches, and he
is a King. Give a man brains without riches,
and he is a slave. Give a man riches without
brains, and he is a fool.
There is nothing on earth so beautiful
as the household on which Christian lovo for
ever smiles, and where religion walks, acoun
sallor and a friend.
Miss Dobbs says that the sweetest line
she ever read was her Simon's name written
in molasses, on the front step. Enthusiastic
girl that Miss Dobbs well she is.
A woman has suggested that when men
breake their hearts it is all the same as when
a lobster breaks one of his claws another
sprouting immediately, and growing in its
The common council of Erie have pas
sed resolutions authorizing the mayor to di
rect the high constable to remove the railroad
track occupying the street, after one week's
notice to the company. More warahead!
The Detroit Times aays the assump
tion that Gen. Cass bad laid aside all aspira
tions for the Presidency, is entirely gratui
tous. His friends will being his name forward
in their own time, and he will be a candidate
before the National Convention.
In New York colored persons, posses
sing property requisites, are allowed to vote.
A Know-Nthing Lodge of colored persons
was organized in Elmira, N Y., last week,
being the eighth of that complexion in the
A nam siys, tho first thing that turned
his attention to matrimony, was the neat and
skilf nl manner in which a protty girl handled
a broom. He may ee the time when the
manner in which tho broom is handled, will
not aifordhira aomuch satisfaction.
; ... - For ihe Journal. -
V::-, ; v FAWNIXG; FOR PLACE.
Frxexd Swoopk : I suppose thoa liast ob
served, as I hive' done, ' with -a good fdeal of
Indignation, what I woud call the sycophan
cy of the Pennsylvania Telegraph. I have been
considerably exercised from reading' the last
number, and have been moved toVrite thee on
the matter. W know the Telegraph was pret
ty sound on the political questions before the
people during the late canvass for Rulers. (I
love to choose upright men to rule over me
and mine.) Well that was very good, but
from what has taken place ; since, 5I fear the
Editor was not so disinterested as we; could
wish, ,. I assure thee, I have, been ledf.to sus
pect "something more than meal in that
lump." : , ; , , ".
Now I tell thee, I have no oljiction to thy
friend Miller wanting an office. He has as
good aright to it as any other man, if be is
as well qualified and I consider iutegrity a
necessary, yea, an indispensable qualification
but I dislike hTs mode of seeking it.. As
soon as the election was over, thy friend nom
inated James Pollock for President. : Well
I have no objection to that either. I know
James Pollock is a worthy man, and would
make a good President, and he would be my
choice too, of all who have been befoie us. I
tell thee, what I dislike in the Telegraph, is,
the hot haste with which the thing was done,
as if thy friend Milter was in fuar that thee or
sonic other clever man might do the same be
fore he could do it, and then his zeil to pub
lish that he was the first to hoist the Pollock
flag lor the Presidency, the election to tike
plice Itroyears afler (hit. Witness the fol
lowing from the Telegraph of Nov. 8th :
"At seven o'clock on the evening of Octo
ber the 10th, '1831, we belisrel James Pollock
to be the Governor elect of Pennsylvania; :tt
nine we knew it ; at ten we nominated him as
the People's candidate for the I 'presidency in
185G; and at seven the next morning nailed his
name to the mast-head of the Telegraph and
sjnt it flying through the length and the
breadth of the land by steam, in order to give
the magnanimous people and our editorial
brethren an opportunity to pass their judgment
upon cur selection.''
Well now, I have no particular objection to
all that either, if there was nothing more hate
ful to come after it. While this is pretty good
evidence that thy friend Miltor wants to be
paid, (and has made something of a fool of
himself,) he is very anxious tiiat no man shall
claim his labor, and beguile him of his re
ward. Well let him have all the merit of his
zeal, and if our excellent Governor elert shall
sec proper to appoint him to some office, I
care not for that. This is what I so hate, and
what so exercises me, and what moves me to
write to tliea on the mattur. As soon as thv
friend Miller nominated our good James, of
Milton for the Presidency, he begins to hare cn
inclination to pro-slavery sentiments. What is
the reason our would-be politicians have no
consciences, and not brains enough to perceive
that other persons havo ? This is just what
killed thy friend William of your place, or he
would have been Governor yet. He bad an
eye to the Presidency and he thought he must
come out pro-slircry. So with Pierce and
Douglas, and all that class. Just see the fol
lowing articles from the Telegraph of the loth
The Commerci . commenting upon the de
feat of Clark, the Whig c imltd ate for Gover
nor, trusts that the result will not be without
its use to the Whig party. "It is now plain
that even with the aid of so good a cause as
that of temperance, and so strong an excite
ment as that awakened by the repeal of the
Misonri Compromise, men of imn and set ion
aliiies cannot secure the public confidence.
The country is na iotutl, and so must the Whig
party be ; and so it is at heart, as from the very
nature of its principles it must ever be."
The Express says .one definition of the elec
tion is, "that the New York people, though
indignant baciuse of the repeal of the Mis
souri Compromise, are not going to create a
secti nal Abolition party, therefore, in order
to run Mr. Seward lor the Presidency, as the
Northern candidate,' only in the Northern
States of this Union." "This election, and
past experience, clearly deni- nstrate the truth
that no party can long prosper in New York
unless it be conservative in principle, nd -tional
in character." The Mirror hails the
defeat of Clark, and the large vote cast fot
Ullmann, as a triumph of Americanism."
"It seems to be the aim of the Know Noth
ing party to steer ciear of all the factions and
isms of the day, and plant' themselves upon a
broad National platform. The Know Nothing,
published at Boston, which wc take to be an
acknowledged organ of the "invisible reform
ers," squints very strongly towards a National
organization that will unite the friends of
American principles, North and South, in a
bond of common brotherhood. We quote: -
"A National Americas Party. That is
our favorite idea. It is a great idea ; and the
sooner it is carried out the better it will be lor
the country audits wholj interests. Let us
have an organization, the heart cf which shall
throb in unison lrom Maine to Tex is, from
the east to th far west. And every tiling tends
to that point. Our ranks are swelling, our
principles spreading and deepening in every
quarter. Men good men and patriotic, the
best in every community are with us. To
carry, out our glorious destiny we must be
shaped into a national form. Our power will
be formidable indeed. A National Ameri
can Party. Let the words echo lrom every
hill top and mountain height in the country."
We agree with the "Know Nothing," that
the idea "is a great one." There is too much
sectionalism mw-a-days; and if this new par
ty succeeds in crushing out the various isms,
silencing the agitation of sectional pnestions.
and building up a great NATIONAL PARTY
upon a purely American platform, it "will be
come formidable indeed." One thing is cer
tain, if this Know Nothing or American party
is to have & permanent organization, i must be
National! The moment it becomes mixed np
with the exciting sectional questions which
now divide and distract the existing parties,
and embitter the citizens of different portions
of the Union against each other, that moment
will its glory and power depart! We shall
note the progreess of this new "National
American Party" movement with interest.
"It is time for America to become a little
more Jmrricanized." So said Andrew Jackson,
and we heartily endorse the sentiment. If
we find this movement tending towards such
a consumation, we shall bid it God speed.'
Now,friend Swoope, although the Telegraph
quotes from New York papers, ho seems to
show ioo much the bias of hia own raicd, ' I
ask indignantly, s Slavery air Liberty a part
of I Ainerianism i vfenaitii be American
ized I "We ari' Jlrneneanizel.' i : American lib
erty has growrf in u tbith rtr bontt. jSee bow
our great American heart has burst out in the
late elections overthrowing the pro-Slavery,
Kanzasj, Nebraska, Pierce, Douglas factions.
Out on': such base crifjyngto'tbe slave power,
l ean tell thy friend ;.MilIer,'that we will take
off his political head quicker, a great deal,
than we did thy friend William's, if we see
these awful pro-f lavery horns growing on it.
Will the South go with any party that will not
bow down ani worship its Gods. If we would
succeed, we must put down these chuckle
And dost thou not know, that the Telegraph,
and the papers he quotes -from,: crowed before
they were out of the woods, and.that the Anti
slavery, Temperance,. American, Know-Noth-ing
party have elected their man, and that
Clark is that man. ' It is true that Ulman re
ceived a vote of a branch of the .Know-Nothings,
that the Know-Nothings divided on their
cmdidites. but Clark was their successful can
didate. Slavery ought not to be any part of
Americanism. Nitin- is rum.; It was the for
eign Catholics that defeated prohibition in onr
own State. Now, friend Swoope, just whisper
to the Telegraph to "stand from under."..
Thy friend, ...
Pennvillc, Nov. 17, 18-51.
. From the Yoik Republican.
LETTER FROM SALT RIVER.
Head of Salt Riveu, Oct. 21, 1S54.
1 'Messrs: Eli ors: Yon will perceive by the
heading of my epistle, th.it our crew has safe
ly ar.r' in this far-lauied country, oud as we
iiitend (by the kind permission of the sover
eign people) to make this our permanent resi
dence for the next half century, I have con
cluded to give you a description of the peculi
arities ol the country. However, before enter
ing into a detailed account, respecting the cli
mate of the country, salubrity of the soil, and
habits of the peop'le, I shall endeavor to give
you a brief history of our trip " the Hicer."
We lelt good old Pennsylvania, on the mor
ning of the 10th inst, in the beautiful Steamer
Nebraska, commanded by Cipt. Bigler, an ex
perienced Raftsman from Clearfield. White
the Steamer ' was put in readiness for her de
parture, thousmds and tens ot thousiiids. 'it-Ac
knac i.o Ajhc,' assembled on the shore, to bid
n.s an eternal welfare, and cbecr up our droop
ing spirits. At a qu .rter of nine the signal for
onr depart uru was riven. the cable was cut,
when ami l the waiving of handkerchiefs, and
shouts of the multitude assembled, we
afiectionite adi-eu to the gre?t:13e!i3.
bright skies and fit offices teft behind r.s.
Among the many distinguished personages
on bond the Steamer was J. LIlis DoTihr.ra,
Es .. Chairman of the State Central Commit
tee, who so terribly astonished the natives with
his important dinii.rer es from the "Utile lock
uri.h ilie yaller hirer," swearing most lastly at
his nou-come-at-a-lde constituents for being
too overly fond of Tobd-y. Nothing worthy
of note transpired on our routo through tiie
rural district of the State, except an occasional
shout from those on shore greeted our ears, to
rouse us from our dull stupor. As we crossed
the western border of the State we were joined
by the Ohio delegation, commanded by Capt.
Oids, who is "just now ret quite in a position
to ask for something fr ni the President.'7
And such a mournful spectacle I hope nevcrto
see again; utter despair was depicted on every
countenance, as in solemn funeral-like proces
sion they came, column after column, upon
deck, followed by the 'Cincinnati Know Noth
ing B ind,' playing the 'Rogue Mare'T,' toct.ni
fort the.ii in their sorrow and distress. The
meeting of Messrs. Olds and Bonhum was tru
ly affecting,- both having been political aspi
rants lor Congressional honors, and both resi
ding in districts "gerry maudered" by them
selves for their own 'special benefit and both
so egregious!' out-gerrymandered by those
who "Knew Nothing ;" you can imagine the
scene when they met. As they shook hands,
their minds wandered back to Washington.and
"tears unbidden, started" at the sad memory,
that tho place that knew them, and was to know
them again, should know them no more forever.
The Steamer, to use a familiar expression, be
ing now jng full,' we hurried rapidly oh tow
ards our place of destination, the only curiosi
ty attracting our attention, being the peculiar
course of the -stream. An imaginary "Mason
& Dixon" line running along the middle of the
stream dividing the waters in two separate and
distinct channels, called by the natives North
ern, and the Southern channel,that of the north
running d wn stream, and that of the south run
ning up stream. We of course were in the
southern channel, the natives informed ns that
at some seasons the channels change courses,
the northern ruuning up s:'reum, and the south
ern do I n s.ream, and vice versa. This strange
phenomena is readily accounted for when we
reflect that this stream is only adapted to the
us.t ol the ijandowKsintheworldof o!itic3.
As we passed along we met three Steamers,
Whig, Anti-Nebraska and Know Nothing com
manded by Captains Pollock, WilmotandMott,
freighted with our ancient enemies on their way
down in the northern channel; as we drew near
we heard shouts as the shouts of those whore
turn from captivity, and in the sound of their
peans of victory, the practiced ear of ourcom
m mder recognized f jmiliar voices. and c isting
a momentary glimpse among them, his eyes
rested upon familiar faces. - The surprise of
C.es ir at the conspiracy of his beloved Brutus,
could not have surpassed that of our Captain,
when he recognized those, who so often met
with him in sjcret council, plotting the anni
hilation of our adversiries, now mingling with
the officers, crew and passengers of those who
lead us into captivity, singing peans of victo
ry, and exulting over our discomfiture. And
here I must not forget to mention another fact
which I shall leave to older and wiser heads to
elucidate. Thousands nnd tens of thousands
who (as we all thought) had taken passage
with us, were found on deck of the Know No
thing and Anti-Nebraska Steamers, with their
thumbs upon their nose, and twirling their di
gitsatotir crew, for all the world as if they wish
ed to siy, yi couldn't come it.' Fired within
dignation at this insolence, I ran into the cab
in, calling upon the "Lancns.'er Wen Ilonv" to
hurl his "thunder-toned anathemas upon the
heads of this impudent crew, but abis! I was
doomed to disippointment, the Colonel was
not there I was certain he was a cabin passen
ger, and hoping to find him on deck, I return
ed, when (perdition seize the scoundrel.) I no
ticed him (with a wide-a-wake hat) on deck of
the Know Nothing Steamer, arm in arm, with
Pollock, Johnston, Wilmot, Mott, Stevens
& Co., in the highest kind of glee smgng
or rather roaring, one of our oil "D, Dak
songs, every now and then casting a con
teinptuotis look upon our motley crew, as if he
actually felt ashamed of bis former company.
The sight was sufficient to raise the spirit of a
dead louse, and our first impulse was. to anch
or snd reclaim our deserters, but a sweeping
gale from the Buckeye State soon decided oth
erwise, and drove r.s swiftly out of each other's
sicrht. As we passed alorg the country along
the riTer shore presented a dreary aspect i t!
p-mengers bee m:e clamorous, the crw nmtfu
ous, some propos-ed to change the Dsrrc cf vcr
Steamer turn pirate,-cross Mason & Dixvn's
line, and return to the. State. The Caj.ta;fc
joined in the proposal (provided it was Co-iti-tutional)
but in apite ot all efforts to check or
change her course, the Steamer passed along
with unabated velocity and unerring certainty
tru.t jl precisely at t P.- M., we found ourselves
at bur journey Vend,-thankful for having so
miraculously escaped the dangers ol the break
ers, snags, shoals and sand twrs of Salt River,
Our present locality reminds me of "Gold
smith's deserted Village;"lhose of our crew
and passengers who had been np here a few
years ago, swear that the late inhabitants had
turned everything topsyturvy. The climate i
cold and dreary, the soil barren, and the .mor
als of the country in proportion.' Our Captain
has taken head-quarters-in- the late residence
of James Pollock, but it had to undergo a thor
ough repair,' the walls of the visiting parlor
had been papered with."Bigler's address from
Waverly" revised by Arch-Bishop John ; the
window bliuds consisted of "Boubam's address
to the faithful," and the floor was literally car
peted with extras Irom the Pe tmjtv txi in. It
yon happen to meet with any of our friends be
low, give them our best respects, and tell them
that 'our harps are hanging upon the willows,
and the only music that greets our ears, is the
chainiing song of the mosquito, mingled with
Lhat of the 'rich lrish brogue' and 'sweet Ger
man cadence' of our emigrants, who take mat
ters pratty much as we do, only a little more so.
Yet among curses deep and loud, scenes occa
sionally turn up, producing a smile upon onr
dejected countenances- It was but yesterday,
I met a gentleman formerly from the cnuiald
Isle, but literly from the mining regions of the
Schuylkill, enquiring cf me, Faithan how did
tho 'lection go ! faith an didn't we sock it into
the bloody Natives.' I told him, I rather tho't
the boot was on 'tother leg. 'The divilye say t
an let us hould an election here an be j ibers
we'll make our capting Prisiuent over the howl
counthry until the bloody white hats send ould
Gineral Pierce up this way.' I couldn't help
but 1 mgh at the quaint idea, and if hi plan
should happen to be adopted. 1 shall give n
the official result by an underground Telegraph
ic despatch. If in the meantime any stranger
should bapien to sojourn among you, not ac
quainted with the late elections, and inquiring
a'.t jr any of us, you may inf or;a them, that out
of a decent respect for the late whig party we
attended iis funeral, and low water, occa
sioned by universal drought, and different oth
er tnings, prevented our return, and that we
have now pemvjueutlv locited ourselves at
the head ot SALT RIVER.
COL. A. G. CTRTIN.
It is s2ldom that an appointment has been
received with such unanimity of approbation,
fior hoi'ii f rieti'ls and adversaries, as that f
Col. Ccrti.v, to be Secretary of tij Cowrcor.
wealth. It is one of the best evidences of ttc
soundness cf Judge Pollock's judgment" aril
even the strong Democratic organs J.peak of
it iu the very highest terms. The followis;
are some of the opinions of the press :
"The selection is a good one: a;jd, having
only the welfare cf ihe people in view, we sin
ccrely wish that the governor elect 'nv.iy l c
eqaaliy fortunate in all his other sppii-ithicnts.
We have known Col. Cui tin long and Xavoral-h ,
and we predict that lie will ma.ke an able and
efficient officer. The duties of his i lfice are
various and arduous, but he is qualified by na
ture and by education to dischargehem wi h
credit to himself and benefit to the state."
"We observe by our exchanges that Gov.
Pollock has tendered the appointment f See-,
retary of the Commonwealth to A. G. Curtain
Esq., of Centre county, and that he has ac
cepted the appointment. Mr. C. has mauy
warm persoual friends in this and adji inii
counties, who will feel pleased with the ne"
Governor's selection-'7 JifftrsOiiim.
"Col. Curtin, although comparatively
young man, is conceded to be one of the soun
dest lawyers in the State, a gentleman of ex
tensive literary, scientific and political 'V
quiivmonts, aiid possessing in aa trr.inent de
gree all the qualifications for the important
position to which he has been called under the
new Administration. One of the very s'.t it.i
gest evidences of the soundness ol Gov. Pol
lock's judgement is the selection of Col. Cur
tin for Secretary. That the appointment f a
fortunate one is demonstrated by the unani
mity with which it has been endorsed by tho
people and presses of all parties.' Telegraph.
"Col. Curtin is a gentleman of popular
manners; enjoys a high and well deserved per
sonal popularity in the section of the State in
which ho resides, and, we doubt net, ill make
an efficient and popular officer." Washing
"Col. Curtin is admirably adapted, in every
paticular, to fill tnis. the first and most im
portant office in the gift of the Governor elect,
but, nevertheless, his appoiniment and Accep
tance will not prevent his friends from still
urging his electien to the United States Sen
ate. Firmly of the opinion that he is the man
lor the times, and believing that his eminent
abilities can Ij better applied in behalf of the
interests of Pennsylvania in the Senate of the
United States, than as Secretary of the Com
monwealth, his numerous friends will contin
ue to use all honorable etfbrts to secure bis
election by tho Legislature.'" M-incy Lumi
nary. SANDWICH ISLANDS. , -,
The New York Journal of Commerce, Is op
posed to the annexation of the Sandwich Is
lands, and in an article upon the sul ject, uses
the following language: :
"The fact that they are not in the posscs
s;ssion of a strong Power, and that they are
open to the ships of all nations on terms of
equaiitv, should satisfv the people of the Uni
ted States. In our judgment that is precisely
the relation they should occupy to the com
merce of the world. It would ba the duty of
the United States to protest against the ac
quisition of this group by any other nation,
as is is the interest of oilier nations to prevent
its acquisition by us. Those islands are as
necessary to the commercc of other communi
ties as they are to our commerce." The sel
fishness which seeks to obtain them for our
exclusive purpose may cost more than we sup
pose. If the option of taking them for noth
ing, in preference to allowing them to remain
as they are, were offered to the country, we
believe that the true interest of the United
States would best be consulted by refusing to
receive them; but to pay $300,000 per annum
to the King as long as he lived, and a liko
sum to his successor as long as he lived, for
two volcanoes and a hundred thousand natives,
would be the extreme of follv, especially as,
if W3 attempt to hold them exclusively, w
might purchase a contest with the ether Pow
ers of the world. . : - -' 1
The French; vscer Loris We see that
all religious teachings cut of the p f the
Catholic: church hive, bsen nnppresedby th?
Emperor, and that Protestant clergyman i an
other teachers who lately began to get a foot
hold, am being imprisoned and fined for ex
ercising their functions. At tho name time
Catholic churches are everywhere undergoing
repairs and nw ones constmcte-i.: - ; : - ?