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BY S. B. EOW.
CLEABFIELD, WEDIJESDAY, MARCH 19, 1856.
VOL. 2.-NO. 32.
-; I YEARN FOR TOE SPRING.
-1 yern for the Spring, when the birds shall tine.
v" " ti. ji uiuj5 iwito iresn nowers;
, We have waited long for the lark's blythe tone.
A shroud of enow tad lain on the earth,
An icy band on each stream,
The sun in the sky oped it's languid eve,
And sent but a sickly gleam ;
-And the frosty brecse moaned among the trets
And the rattling bail and rain '
Came sweeping past, with an angry blast,
And dashed 'gainst the window pane ;
And never a flower in the stormy hour,
- Dared raise no its tin hi.f
For all gentle things fled on the Summer's wine.
I yearn for the Spring, when the birds shall sing,
- And each morn shall awake new flowers:
- r e nave listened long for the wood-lark's song
- And the thrush at the evening hours.
Tis a beauteous time when the bud first bursts,
And child-like the young leaf stands.
And eatohes the drops of the gentle shower
In its small and velvatv hnn.l. i
When the tender grass feels the south wind pass
In its chariot unseen.
And old mother Earth, at the new Spring birth,
s iu iuucs oi green
when the unbound stream, as if in a dream,
Murmurs on to its unknown home,
And tolls the tall reeds, as onward it speeds,
That the fair Lady Spring hath come !
Oh, I yearn for the Spring for the balmy Spring
And toucbeth the land with a magie wand,
Till all beauteous things are seen.
I long to be out at the early dawn
When the eastern light is new,
Among the odors borne from the scented thorn
And the showers of silvery dew, '
Oh, I oannot tell how my soul doth swell
With an inward happiness ;
, For simple To bb is a bliss to me,
For the which my God I bless !
With an unknown source comes a nameless furce
Which pervades my being through
A joy, and a love, and a strength from above,
And I seem to be made anew ! '
Ob, come then. Spring let the
- I O 'wwwa m siuk
T a k A r .
Like the lark I'd soar to thejcavea's blue floor
m-n. IUC UUTICICi. If I It: 11.1 EYM :
. .w uvnci, juic up 10 m say.
THE LITTLE HUSSAR;
ob, rarxcu military glory rirrr tears ago.
The Place Beauvau, in 1801, was a rugged
plain, through which vehicles passed with dif
ficulty, and when the rains had softened the
soil and almost liquified the mud which spread
treacherously over the many deep holes and
rats, tho place Itprfima - -
wtk wuury" passenger often floundered
most absurdly, and even dangerously, as upon
tho quicksands of an unknown shore.
It was after two days' storm, in the month
f November of last year, that a slender young
man threaded the dubious path of this slough,
evincing the greatest caution in picking his
dainty steps, as be directed his course toward
the Boulevards. The youth seemed scarce be
yond tho age of childhood, so small and deli
cate was bis figure, so fair and smooth wa3 Lis
cheek, and might have been taken for some
frolicsome young girl, in masquerade, from
his slender waist, tiny feet aud hands, and
long, fair, curling locks.
He was habited somewhat foppishly in the
uniform of the Royal Hussars, and displayed
great agility, as well as extraordinary care, in
leaping from stone to stone, clearing each
muddy rivulet, and tripping daintily over the
dry intervals of ground, when his attention
was attracted by a burst of laughter, and he
perceived four grenadiers of the Guard watch
ing his gymnastics with mocking glee.
Although indignant at their insulting con
duct, the young gentleman continued his
route until the grenadiers directly addressed
him ; "Look out for that hole," cried one, .'it
Is six inches deep you may drown in it."
'Hold your tongue,' said a second ; "don't
you see that it is a young girl t you don
know how to midress a lady : Mademoiselle,
we are going to the Barriere to drink some fa
mons wine ; shall we have the honor of your
'Bah !" sneered the third soldier, "it is on
ly a little boy running away from his father to
play truant for a while. Go home immediate
Iji young scamp ; do you hear me V
The youth stopped,half surprised.hal f angry
"Why do you annoy me, sirs ?" asked he.
'Why ? because you arause us.'
'I have nothing to say to you ; let me pass
on my way V
"Not without chatting a little first."
""Well, then," said the young hussar, mild
ly, "what do you want ?"
"Let us see oh, tell us truly, if you are
You wish to laugh at me, comrades."
"Hal ha! he calls us comrades ! Because
is mamma has dressed him In uniform to
make him look rretty, be thinks he is a sol
dier. What fancy dress is that you wear child?'
"It is no fancy dress," replied the youth ;
-lt is ihe uniform of my regiment."
"Go to, boy 1 wc do not swallow such fables
that; go back to your school my lad."
"I am very young, it Is true, gentlemen,
but I am, nevertheless, a cavalier of the first
regiment of Hussars."
: "A fln regiment, truly," grinned the sol
dier, if it is composed of chits of your feather.
"It is a brave regiment and a good regi
ment,' returned the youth, loosing patience,
."of which the poorest soldier is worth all the
Impudent grenadiers of the Guard."
- OLo 1 you art getting angry, are you V
' "Because you torment me."
f AJ! you call yourself a trooper, and you
Uard the veterans of the Guard, doyouT This
ball not past, air Malapert yon shall prove
'your title to enrollment In a brave corpse.'
Altho' you are four to one, and have all joined
ia insulting me, I will not baulk you, airs."
"Oh, wo will not bo hard on yon. I shall let
you off with a scratch, on the word of a mai-
"Don't be too confident, Sir. Fencer ; I un
derstand how to handle a sabre somewhat."
"That we will prove immediately. Strip,
my cnua, ana taKe your position."
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iue noise 01 mis altercation had, by this
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time, attracted s nnmtmr nf nff'ifnr clinn.
keenpM in tln tn.iirt.wi . .
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alSDUtantK. PrrinO dlnwr pr.rv mnmont
all eaeer to behold the result, and Mml
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sabres, began the combat. The grenadier soon
perceived that he had no novice to deal with;
but as he bad bragged of his skill of fence,
and announced the nature of the wound he
would deal upon his young antagonist, he
fought with the sole purpose in view a meth
od which ended in five minutes, by his recei
ving the youth's sword through his heart.
The boy victor leaned calmly on his bloody
weapon, as if he had not yet finished.
The coPiras ,f a-m.. reicr Bai.
ing their comrade perfectly dead, left him on
the sod, and turning to the Hussar, one of
them, said : "You have fought bravely, young
man, and tho' you havetUled the best swords
man of the Guard, it was fairly done : there
fore, go quickly, in safety."
".Not so soon as you think," replied the lit
tie hero. "You have each insulted me; I in-
tend to pass you each in review that is our
way in the cavalry !
"What! will you fight again" cried the
"Come on, then, I will avenge our poor I
Charet," cried the grenadier, and a new com-
urguL. mis iime tne assailant regarded
neither the youth nor the apparent weakness
of the little Hussar, but fought with all his riaFe of 'their children while they are yet un
skill and strength, and the blows became fast I born- The New Hollanders steal their wives t
and fierce. But the great agility of the vouth
stomach of the burly soldier, which laid him
dying, near his comrade.
"The crowd buzzed in excited applause and
"Now for the third !" cried the victor iu his
The third grenadier strode forward. He
was gigantic in size, and the great length ot
his arm hindered all the little Hussar's efforts
to get within tho reach of his huge carcas for
a long time. But the boy, evading with great
dexterity all his savage thrust3 and fierce
blows, beset him so constantly and actively on
every side, springing here and thero like a
"saltin banque," and causing the great bulk
of his adversary to make most tiresome efforts
in guarding his quick assaults, that the giant
failing from very weariness, and dropping his
guard for a single second scaled his doom.
In that second, tho Hussar's sabre drank his
life blood, and he fell besides his brothers-inarms;
while almost in the same moment with
out a pause, the relentless youth cried, "let
me see tho last one ; I must finish the play
The spectators could no longer restrain their
applause withing the limits of murmuring.
They clapped and braved the young conqueror,
as they would an actor at the successful ren
dering of a difficult role, exported him to the
last combat with hurras of sympathy and en
couragement. That the last grenadier of the Consular
Guard advanced with a mournful resignation,
as if he foresaw tho fate that awaited him.
And his forebodings were not deceived.
Scarcely had three blows been exchanged,
when tho Ilussar drove his sabre through his
skull down to his very eyes.
The applause of the crowd now rose to a
pitch of intensity equal to the rejoicing over a
signal victory achieved by their own piowess,
or rather that of their chosen champion. They
surrounded the youthful gladiator; they grasp
ed his bands they embraced him in regular
order, and finally, when he bad been thus pas
sed entirely round amid his enthusiastic admi
rers, they lifted him, in spite of himself, on
their shoulders, and lighting torches, for the
night had gathered, they fairly commenced a
triumphal march through the streets of Paris
with their young conqueror, shouting and sing
ing, and replying to the numerous questions
of the fast gathering followers, "our infant
hero has just slain four grenadiers of the Con
sular guard in fair fight."
"Killed four grenadiers!" cried the new
comers, "unarming nuiuiKi
low! What glorious promise!" And while
the men kept joining in the procession and in
creasing the enthusiasm, the women even
threw garlands of flowers upon him in the
heighth of their admiration, until, between
his modesty and bis boquets, the poor little
Hussar was half suffocated before he reached
This, however, was not all. His regiment
gave him a grand jubilee; the master at arms
of the army offered him a banquet ; the ladies
of Paris got np a ball by subscription for him.
In short, for several months, he was the hero,
the lion of the day, and fond mothers held his
example before their tons gloriously worthy
Most fortunately these extravagances did not
turn the brain of the youthful soldier. He
possessed too much real courage and good
t ense to waste his fame on individual quarrels,
and his future efforts for "the bubble reputa
tion" were at the cannons mouth on the field
of battle ; for this same little Ilussar was no
other than the brave General Trobriant, whose
name became so distinguished in all the cod.
I Quests of the an
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i vvuuuj. auu wuu. aiier aiLainmir nianv ntirn
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uuuuts vi runs ana ioriunf . became so discus-
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.v.nwucuaiKu iwijiciiy.ioconimence new
career oi eiory. startin? as at first, with
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gooa saore as a simple Hussar, wh ch he knew
so well how to handle.
TIIE POSITION OF WOMEN.
The Westminster Review contains an atficle
on the positions occupied by women in differ
ent nations from which we derive the follow
The Mohammedans nearly all believe that a
woman has no soul. This is not taught in the
Koran, but is countenanced by the fact that
p.".. bo.ris . g, , ,u
launiui mstcaa of their earthly wives. The
Chinese make slaves of their women in this
world, and deny them any hope of compensa
tion hereafter. M. Hue states that the Chi.
nese women, in the Southern provinces, have
formed a sect called "abstinents," who live
wholly on vegetables. They think that after
death, if they have been faithful to their vows
ad abstinence, they will return to life as mon
In Western Australia, female child r l.
ways betrothed a few davs after thpir I.iHh
Should flirt first llllstir.nd Ain lmf,..., V I
.. ulv IIIC Jill l
tains maturity, she belongs to his heir. Iu
few Zealand, if a irirl's future husharwl bnnl.l
no other man can make a proposal to her.
-mong me Hindoos, widows mav not marrv
again- In China, parents banrain for the mar-
and if a woman attempts to escape from her
at once thrusts a spear, iluw
purchase is the most universal. It is prac
ticed by the Africans, by the black and brown
races of the Indian Archipelago, and by near
ly all the nations of Asia. The Circassian wo
men prefer being sent to Constantinople and
sold. Six girls, Intended to bo sold as slaves,
were taken from a Turkish vessel recently by
the Russians. They were informed that they
could either marry Russians or Cossacks, their
own free choice, or be taken to Germany
lastly be sold at Constantinople. "Without a
moments consideration they exclaimed "to
Constantinople to be sold !"
In Siam and Cochin China, men invariably
purchase their wives, but the women have one
privilege the parents cannot sell them against
their will. In Japan presents aro made to the
bride who transfers them to her relatives to
defray the expense and trouble in bringing
her. In China a woman is sold without being
consulted on the subject ; and has to obey ev
ery one in the fntnily of her purchaser without
exception. Her husband can strike her, starve
her, sell her, and even let her out for a longer
or shorter period. A large number of women
are thus driven to suicide, when tho husband
manifests a great deal of emotion being under
the necessity of buying another wife.
Truly woman, even more than man, should
be the warm supporter of Christianity, and all
institutions based upon Justice ard Freedom.
For wherever there are Heathenism and Injus
tice, she is the greatest sufferer.
Gcaxo. At the last meeting of the New
York Farmers' Club a resolution was adopted,
recommending all the Agricultural Societies
in the United States, to unite in a petition to
our government to take possession of all Guan-
o Islands which have been, or may be, discov
ercd by Americans, for the benefit of the TJni
ted States and of the discoverers the taking
of such possession to occur only on islands un
inhabited, and entirely out of the maritime
jurisdiction of other nations. Tho Farmers'
Club took the initiative last June, in request
ing our government to extend its protection
to two guano islands discovered by American
shipmasters inthe Pacific, and tho United
States frigate Independence was despatched
to tho islands for that purpose, several months
a-ro. It is estimated that, with the encour
agement of our government, pure guano can
be furnished to American farmers at three
fourths or even one-half the cost of the Peru
Nxw Variety of Fowls. Since tho war
with Russia a new kind of domestic fowl has
been introduced into England from tho Black
Sea, and is liacly to prove a formidable rival
to tbe Shanghai and and Cochin China. It is
quite as large as the Barndoor-fowl, is crested,
and has feathered legs, ita color is generally
all white or black when the latter, of a raven
hue, and glossy. This bird ia pugnacious
and its movements are very lively. Its most
distinguished peculiarity is, however, in the
arrtn trement of the tail feathers. These are
very lew, and do not project as in other birds:
but drop down and lie close to the body, ao
that tho creature appears tailless, and when
its head is erect it scarcely baa tha appear
anc of a bird-r-Fari Jfrnai.
About six miles north of Santa Cruz, Cali
fornia, there is a small romantic but secluded
mountain-bound valley containing about 10
acres of level and fertile land, formed aronnd
the junction of two small creeks coming from
tne northeast and north out of two deep can
yons. In the forks of these creeks rises to the
ekvatio-f four or five hnnr tt -
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mountain r mnA a : : .1. :
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I iitariy ocrnenair. n iap nmi nnrhaA. !tn n An
eieps icom its Dase. is an nhlnnov nnciont anA
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i w Jt-et west ana east, and an raf nnrth ani
aus are now to De seen. Tar ir
sucn mere Le. thev am rnvrt .-;h ,t,
I ..... . ' .,,.. nuu.vt, ut twuo woom boi nave set to
nicu IO an appearance has eraduallv fallen
from the point of this mountain, which has ev
idently formed a little more than half a pyra
mid, perhaps 60 feet high, the base of which
covers over two acres of land ; the sides of
which rise, at an angle of over 40 degrees, and
are composed of loose sand, in walking over
which you sink two or three inches at every
step you take. An occasional shrub is seen
growing over it, and several large pitch-pine
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resting on Us northside against the base of the
sand mountain before referred to. On that
part of this half mound, facing to the west, is
seen all the evidences of a building. There
were pillars of solid masonry rising out of a
coarse, sand rock, that is exceedingly hard.
I he masonry is laid in cement; the pillars are
circular, and of various sizes from 1J
feet in diameter all but two or three of the
largest have circular flues, as if they might
have been intended to conduct smoke from the
building below, and for this reason we call
them chimniet. The other pillars were solid,
and all of them were circular on tho outside ;
the mas nry is not only of the most substan
tial character, but unique in the manner of fit
ting and lapping the pieces together, that in
the writer's opinion is more substantial than
that of tho present mode of laying down a work
of a similar character. Starting in this valley
from, thrt level of this, nlatt-an. Jim -,,:.-w1-
ruin, as indicated by these pillars, they being
so arranged as to show tbe outline of an ob
long structure. These pillars number about
thirty, and appear to be regularly dispersed
around. the exterior, except the three large
ones, which seem to run through the building
at about 13 feet south of the north line ; and
Gve chininies in a cluster, being about 2 feet
apart, two in ono lino and one In another, near
the centre of the east end of the ruin.
HOW APES CATCfl CRABS.
A traveler in Java relates the following amu
sing scene, whicn ne witnessea in tne compa
ny of aome of tho natives:
After walking close up to the old campaign,
they were upon the point of turning back,
when a young fellow emerged from the thick
et, and said a few words to the mandoor. The
latter turned with a laugh to Frank, and ask
ed him if he had ever seen apes catch crabs.
Frank replied in the negative, and the man
door taking his hand, led him gently and
cautiously through the deserted village, to a
spot which the young fellow had pointed out,
and where the old man had formerly planted
hedges, rendering it an easy task for them to
At length they reached the boundary of the
former settlement a dry, sandy strip of beach,
wbert all vegetation ceased, and only a single
tall pandanus tree, whose roots were thickly
interlaced with creeping plants, formed as it
were the advanced post of the vegetable king
dom. Behind this they crawled along, and
cautiously raising their heads, they saw sever
al apes, at a distance of two or three hundred
paces, who were partly looking for something
as they walked up and down the oeacn, wnue
others stood motionless.
It was the long tailed, brown variety, and
Frank was beginning to regret that he had not
his telescope with him, to watch the motions
of these strange beings more closely, when
one of them, a tremendous large fellow, be
gan to draw nearer to them. Carefully exam
iniog tbe ground, over which he went with all
fours, he stood at intervals to scratch himself.
or to snap at somo insect that buzzed around
him. He came so close that Frank fancied he
must scent them, and give the alarm to the
other monkeys, when suddenly passing over a
littlo elevation covered with withered reedy
grass, he discoveed a party of crabs, parading
np and down on the hot sand. With s bound
he was amongst them, but not quick enough to
catch a single one for the crabs, though ap
parently so clumsy, darted like lightning into
a quantity of small holes or cavities, which
made the ground here resemble a seive, and
the ape could not thrust his claws after them,
for the orifice was too narrow.
The mandoor nudged Frank gently to draw
his attention, and they saw the ape,- after
rawlin.r ud and oceoint into tho various
boles, with his nose close to the ground, sud
denly scat himself very gravely by one of
them, which he fancied most suitable. He
then brought round his long tail to the front.
thrust tbe end of it into the cavity, until he
met with an obstacle, and suddenly made
a. Mh an amniad Frank, thai ha would
have laughed loudly, had ot the Btaadoof
raised his finger warningly and directly the
ape drew out his tail with a jerk. At the end
of it, however, hung the desired booty, a fat
crab, by one of its claws, and twinging it
round on the ground with such violence as to
make it loose its hold, he took it in his left
paw, picked up a stone with the other, and af
ter cracking the shell, devoured the savory
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Thus then the ape, quite engaged with tho
sport, and without taking his eyes off the
ground, had approached to within about
twenty paces of the party concealed behind
the pandanus tree. Here, again, the ground
was full of holes, and looking out the one he
conjectured to be the best, he threw in his
line once more, and probably felt that there
was something alive within, for ho awaited the
The affair, however, lasted longer than he
anticipated j but being already well filled by
his past successful hauls, he pulled tip his
knees, laid his arms upon them, bowed up his
head, and half closing his eys, he assumed
such a resigned and yet ' exquisitely comical
face, as only an ape is capable of putting on
under these circumstances.
But his quiet was destined to be disturbed in
a manner as unsuspected as it was cruel, no
must have discovered some very interesting
object in tho clouds, for be was staring up
there fixedly, when he utterod a loud yell, left
hold of his knees, felt with both hands for his
tail, and mado a bound in the air, as if the
ground under him was growing red hot. At
the end of his tail, however, bung a gigantic
crab, torn with desperate energy from his hi
ding place, and Frank,- who could restrain
himself no longer, then burst into a laugh.
out "W.ft?nff?fi- fA.-U,-VA;?N'"KL i,s- .rovil. .
. -.-.v.u. uv me strange
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. . 'ir at the end of his tail, the old man
could no longer refrain eitner; ana tney both
Iughed till the tears ran down their cheeks
The ape, in the meanwhile, flow across the
narrow .i..r ,and. followed by all tho oth
ers, towaras ine jungio, nu
not a single one was visible
How to keep Smokeo Haus. Hams can be
secured and sweetly preserved through sum
mer, by packing them in cobs in the following
manner; first, a layer of cobs In the bottom of
the cask ; then hams and cobs until you finish
the whole. Be particular that they do not
come in contact with each other. Unbroken
cobs I would prefer, but broken ones selected
will answer. It would be necessary to take
them out once in summer, and givo them a
dry rubbing. Your cask should stand upon a
bench, in a dry, cool cellar. Having packed
in this way, the cobs absorb the heat and air,
sufficient to keep them fresh and fine. It has
been my practice for more than ten years, to
treat my hams ia this way, and I have never
lost one. You take them out perfectly clean,
not plastered, not ashed, not greased ; neither
is there any chaff to be swept off. Cask to bo
covered. Michigan Farmer.
Tbe Brooklyn Eagle thinks in rhyme, that
shawls should be worn for the following rea
sons : "If you want to bo in fashion, wear a
shawl ; if to ladies an attraction, wear a shawl ;
if to sheep and cows a terror, or liko shang
hai in full feather, or even racs upon the
heather, wear a shawl ; if your hips are badly
moulded, or your shirt and vest unfolded, are
unpleasant to behold, wear a shawl ; if you're
courting some gay linnet, wear a shawl ; you
might wrap your lassie in it, in your shawl.
It's like charity on pins, and hides a multitude
of sins, although It causes grins, does your
shawl. If vou wish to be a dandy, wear a
shawl ; or have a cover handy, wear a shawl.
In a word, it is a most useful article, as you
may wrap your feet, head, body, knees ; make
a seat, a blanket, a bed, a mug, a pillow, a
wrap-rascal, or a Scotch plaid, of your shawl."
Tkasscesdestai. very. Some enthusias
tic exponent of "Free Love" gives the fol
lowing very lucid description of what it Is :
"Free love is essentially and solely a spherical
elementone of the fundamental spiritual har
monics a primordial inseparability of tbe
eternities a primogenial co-efficient of the
supersensible Zones a cognate principle of
original materiality, flowing lineally towards
matrimonial, social and moral consonance la
the universal and eternal Jluz of things !"
"An he played on a harp nr a fAeaiand
strings, spcrits of just men made perfec'."
What is Faswoji ? Pinner at midnight,
and headache in the morning. What ia idle
ness? Working yellow mountains on a pink
subsoil or a-blue-tailed dog In sky-colored
convulsions. What 1 joy ? To count your
money and find It run over a hundred dollars.
What is knowledge 1 To be away from home
when people come to borrow books and um
brellas. What is contentment ? To sit in the
hnnu and see other people stuck ia tbe mud.
Ia other xorifc ft off thaa ycux
HISTORY OF DRUNKENNESS.
Dr. Turner, in an address which he deliver
ed at the Broadway Tabernacle on the I7th of
November, in behalf of the U. S. Inebriate
Asylum, in speaking of the influence which
inebriety has upon nations, uses the fallowing
Inebriety . is tho first disease of which we
have any record. It dates its existence from
the birth of the grape, the formation of wine
from which was one of the first disecTries of
man. We find nothing in the medical records
of thcEgyptlans to prove thet it was recogniz
ed as a disease. Esculapius.nispocratesand
Galen are likewise silent on the subject. Yet
we have for the recorder of the pathology of
inebriety, the most renowned man of the aa.
cient or modern times.' Sclomon describes
tho malady in the most significant lar.is je. .
"At the last it biteth like a serpent ari siirj
eth like an adder." Thus we have sacred his
tory to establish the fact that inebriety waa
the most frightful and destructive disease then
known ; comparing it to the venomous bite of
serpont and the deadly sting of tho adder,
which have no specific no cure.
We aro compelled to trace the influence of
this disease in all nations rather than Individ
uals, and from our opinions from the facts of
history which record the rise and fall of races
and nations. When the seeds of this deadly
malady were sown by the great men of Baby.
Ion, Egypt, Greece and Rome, in their Bac
chanal feasts, then the greatness of these
mighty nations began to decline,' and their
chosen people perished and passed away. Ba
bylon, with all her glory and magnificence, fell
into the hands of the Persians, when herru
lers were drunken with wiae, and her people
were maddened by the intoxicating bowl.
By inebriety Egypt lost her ruler, the world
her conquerer, in the death of Alexander the
Great, in the thirty-third year of his age.
The historian pens the fact that be perished
through self-indulgence by a disease "that
biteth like a serpent and stingeth liko an ad
der." T,.?!t.V,, -. at. .."
sciences or the civilized
residence of tho historian.
did her great men consider that they were ded-
icating a temple to a god on whose alter would
be sacrificed the glory of their beloved conn.
The Bacchanalian feasts in the Roman' Era-
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cils and her wcaltnS.0J-.ncr generatea coun
the malady that destroyed the BTomVdiJrja
man, general and soldiers. Thus Rome fell
by this physical and moral contrgion, and the
dark ages followed in her downfall.
MYSTERIES OF TIIE AIR.
Let a man roll a little air in his month, and
what is that 7 Let Napoleon twist it between
his Hps, and all the world is at war ; give It to
a Fenelon, and ho shall manage it with hia
tongue that there shall be everywhere peace.
It is but a little agitated air that sets mankind
in motion. If we could live without air, we
could not talk or hear any sounds without it.
There would be a blading sun and a black sky
sunshines mingled with thick darkness; and
there would be an awful silence. Thcie is less
air in the upper than in the lower regions of
the atmosphere j tho bottom crust of air is, of
course, densest. Suassure fired a pistol on
the summit of Mont Blanc and the report was
like tho snapping of a stick. There is a well
at Fulda three hundred palms deep ; throw a
stone down it, and the noise it makes in Its
descent will be like the firing of a park of can
non. It goes down among the dense air, and
also it reverberates. When a man speaks,- he
strikes air with his throat and mouth as the
stone strikes water, and from hia tongue ae
from the stone spread undulatlug circles with
immense rapidity. Theso circles may be
checked and beaten back In their cocrse ma it
is with the waves of a sonnd made by tho eitnt
tumbling down a well, beaten back and furi
ously multiplied. At the castle of Simenottf,
near Milan, one low note of mrsic will beget
a concert; for the note is echoed to and fro by
by the great wing of the building that reflect
and multiply a sound just as two mirrors re
flect and multiply alighted candle. Sound is,
in fact, reflected Just as light Is, and nsy be
brought quite in the sine way to a feces.,
A word spoken in tbe focus cf one ;-.:
will ba hesrd in the roens cf an
linso hundreds of y.uis away. Sue- ap
pla was illustrated oddly in the great church ct
Agrigentum, Sicily. The architect perhaps
intentionally built several eonressionaU of
an elliptical form, with corresponding oppo
site ellipses, in which, whoever stood, heard
all the secrets whispered to the priest. A hoc
rible amount of scandal sprang up in town ;
nobody's alns were safe from getting tnto un
accountable publicity. The church sooa be
came such a temple of truth that nothlng was
left to be hiddep in it ; but at last by chance a
discovery was made of the tale telRnj atoas.
and the walls had the!rara stepped. -
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The Dutchman who refused take a oae doL
lar bill because it might be altered from Un,
prefers stage traveling to railroad. The-'for-mer,
he says, rides him eight hours for do!-,
lar. while the Utter only rides him eae.
I tfpi fceeplea aaA't i&eat me, L" ,
-Thatl. you wish roe to flghtf
of emulation. . . - ,...