The Ebensburg Alleghanian. (Ebensburg, Pa.) 1865-1871, October 19, 1865, Image 1

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Henry Nutter, Chest.
A. G. Crooks, Taylor. -J.
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John Thompson. Ebensburg.
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Ilea Titter,
C. Jeffriee,
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Loretto. :
J. M. Chri3ty, ;
Wm Tiley, Jr.,
I. E. Chandler,
M. Adlesberger,
A. Durbin.
Andrew J Ferral, Susq'ban.
Stan. barton,
George Berkey,
B. M'Colgan,
George B. Wike,
Wo. M'Connell,
J. K. Shryock,
Croyle. .
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...rnf llCS, MINISTER S,
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every Sabbath morning at 10 j
reaching eW , Rt 7 0'clock. Sab
clock, and in the e-.ufe Pravermeet
th School at o clock, A. M. 1 rayermeet
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Sabbath School at 9
'ftTJkf A.M. Prayer meeting every Wednc
t -vninp, at 7 o'clock.
Preaching every Sabbath morning at
. v n,l in the evening at G o'clock.
ilbJih i.kool at 1 o'clock, P. M. Praytr
the trst Monday evening vi cam
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.siid G o'clock. Sabbatu fcchooi ai i u uu,
.. M. Vi:ncr meeting every I nir evening,
"oViGv'k. SocietT eterV 'lucsiay evening
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DUeiel't Re v.W. Lloyd, Pastor. rreaeu-
ig ertry Sabbath inornit g at 10 O ciCCK.
Particular lipfists Kkv. DatID Evaxs,
'jistor. Preachinir every Sabbath evening at
'c.'ock. Sabh.uh' Schc Jl ut at 1 o'clock, Y. M.
C.iiulicr.e.-. V-- C. CHKisiT, Pastor.
- : i es every Sabbath morning ut 10 o'clock
i ofperi
at 4 o cloth in tne et ening.
i.-ru, duilv. at 12.C0 o'clock, noon.
at 1 .oc & cioct, noon.
mails .:luse.
dailv, at 8 o'clock, P. M.
at 8 o'clock, P. M.
. in-t-'s frcm N'n-miTi's Mills. Car-
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on Monday, Wednesday
t:. 1 Frid.-v of each week, at 3 o'ciock, P. M.
Leave Ilbensbur cii Tuesdays, Thursdays
izd taluruavs, at . o tioca.,
.-::;:ssox station'.
Weet P.alt. Express leaves at 0.17 A. M.
" I'LiJii. EjcpitiS " lu.'-T A. M.
Fa . t Line P. M.
.Mai Train " t.'JS P. -M.
Pitts. Erie Ejc. 8. Id A. M.
Aliuona Accoci. " 4.30 P.M.
L.t I'iiila. Express " $.10 P. M.
Fast Line " 1.43 A.M.
lay Esiirtss
Pitts. & Erio
Mai! Train
Alt ona Ace
7.03 A.M.
12.22 P. M.
10.57 A. AI.
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r f the Cf'trtt President Hon. Geo.
, 11 r.Titing-ion ; Associates, George W.
, lier.ry V. levine.
h 'H'-tjry Jccjh M'Donal 1.
irr itnd Rrt-vrdrr James GriEn.
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.!; A'tom-;;. Philip S. Koon.
. . C 'mi"i')ti'rt John Campbell, Ed-'.i'.-.f?.
V.. H. Dtrsnegan.
:. tv C.f:uLaers William JI. Sech-
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-"-'rr John Lloyd.
ir(c(r.rt Georce M'CulIoufrh,
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Jol.r. A. Kennedy.
,v Xurrryr.r. Henry Stanlan.
'.t. -ASiiliam Flattery.
ck'i.V Atrxr John Cox.
r. of Cvtnmon Schoclt J. F. Condon.
Peace Harrison Kinkead,
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Hughes, Evan Griffith,
D. Davis, Mj. John
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f'taV ii- Kinkead, George W.
va..f f Election. John D. Thomas
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Tuesday of each month, ,t iV
LO. O. IliLiani Lodge No. 425 I O
h'-;;S Allows' Hall, EbeasW.
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j-t'erv atnrjay evening.
Early Autumn.
Along the brook the jeHoTr, golden Teeds,
"With nodding plumes, stand idly swaying
: ' there ; ' -:
Above the stream the summer's flying seds,
- Like tuneless insects, 11 the balmy air.
A; golden light npon the mountain sleeps, '
.Hia feet are hid in Talley vapors wet ; ;
The highland blackberry on the wooded steeps
Wears its ripe berries of enamelled jet
The pearly, clouds becalmed within the Eky,
; Edged with pale gold, like cummer castles
Seen in a vision by some dreamer's eye, ;
Crowning the eunny slopes of fairy-land.
The gentle winds scarce stir the fading leaves,
Scarce move the brown and withered clo
ver heads r-.. - . :
And nndistarbed the busy epider weaves, -
From bough to bough, her web of filmy
Warm on the grass the brooding sunbeam lies,
The wandering airs are filled with faint
perfume ;
The gazer s eye along each ridge descries
The upland sumach's crimson painted
Tpon the topmost spray the blackbird sings,
With mellow note, his silver-throated song,
The drowsy bee. with purple gossamer wings,
Hums his low, surly hymn the whole day
Idly I lie with half-shut, dreamful eyes,
And listen to the sounds that fill the air
bee's low bum, the wind's melodious
" The wanton blackbird twittering blithely
there. ;
Oh, Eoon will come the melancholy days,
When nature seems to wear a hidden grief,
And Lleak and bare will be thoe pleasant
Where moaning winds shall whirl the faded
It was durinhe first months of my
residence in Paris, in tiie dajs of diaries
X., and nearly five and thirty years ago.
1 had been to take a farewell dinner, and
a temperate glass or two of Medoc, with a
fellow townsman and neighbor of mine,
who was on the point of returning to the
paternal roof in SouierseLshire. lie had
been studving medicine and th? elements
of practical chemistry for the last year,
under the watchful eye of his uncle, a
pharniacieu in the Place Vendouie, and it
was there, iu a small sky-lihtcd back
room behind the shop, which fronted Na
poleon's Triumphal Column, that we had
our modest - pytuposiuui. 1 was loth to
part with him, he had been so true a
friend ; he it was who crammed me with
colloquial French the popular idioms of
the Parisian highways : who zaade me ac
quainted with all the ins and outs, the by
ways and the short cuts of old Lu'etia,
and taught me how to solve the difficult
problem of cutting my coat according to
my cloth, which in those djys, was unfor
tunately very scant indeed.
It is not much to be ivondered at that
I forgot the lapse of time, and that, when
at length I screwed myself up to the pitch
of hayiug the last adieus, and had torn
myself away, it should be verging towards
flip tm 9 f In iiira nf tli mnrninrr In fmfK
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it was on the point of striking one when
I left the house, and before 1 bad we 11 got
clear of the broad '-Place," the hour had
At any other time I should not have
cared a straw about this, but have walked
on quietly to my lodgings in the Hue
Richelieu; but now 1 knew that would be
of no use. That old concentrated essence
of verjuice, Ganache, the porter, to pave
himself a little trouble, had detained my
letters of a morning till I oame down, in
stead of Eending them by .the yarcon to
my room, on the fourth floor, and' I had
quarreled with him in consequence, and
given him notice to quit at the end of my
month. ?ihceT5Ur'quarreLhe-had .used
me savagely, and I knew he was no more
likely to let me in after one o'clock than
he was to-pay my tailor's bill.
This reflection brought me to a stand
still. What should I do ? Wh ere sho'dv
l go: 10 increase my cnagrm it began
to rain in a rather harp shower. In
stinctively I faced about, ran across the
Place, and got under shelter of the piaz
zas in the Hue de Castiglione, just in time
to save myself from a drenching torrent
which burst cn the streets like a water
spout. I was walking up anu down in
the dark, taking counsel of myself, until
the storm should cease, when 1 stumbled
and tripped over somebody lying crouched
up at the foot of a pillar.
"Ia that you, Jacin?" said a rather
whining voice, which seemed to proceed
from some one in the act of waking from
'No," said I, "it isn't Janin ; who are
you, and why are you lying here at this
time of night V
"Un pauvre aveugle I" said he; "I am
waiting-here for my comrade, who is gone
to the spectacle, and while he is getting
his fill of it, I take my pastime on the cold
I thought it but a grim sort cf joke,
and told him I should think better of
Janin if he were more considerate for bis I
friend. V " :
- The poor blind wretch, did not
with me, and, to my. surprise, began via
dicaticg the character 01 Janin. ?
"You see, M'sieu," he said "if I am
blind, Janin has good eyesight, and why
should he not enjoy it T he may as well be
blind as I, if he is to see nothings . One
ehould not be selfish although one ia un
fortunate.,, -
While he was speaking, and I was in
wardly admiring his simple magnanimity,
Janin came up at a quick pace, and chant
ing a lively ditty.
"What, my philosopher 1' so you
have company," he said ; "I am afraid I
must disturb your conference."
"Make no apology for that, I pray,"
said I ; "but if you can direct me to a
lodging, I shall feel obliged."
4 You are English," said Janin ; "there
is an English house in the Rue del'Odeon,
which is always open till two ; if you make
for the Pont Neuf at once, and step out,
you will be there in good time."
"Good night, then, my lads" and away
I trudged at a round pace for the Pont
Xeuf crossed it in a pelting shower, and
made the best of way to the Rue de
l'Odeon. I accounted myself fortunate in
reaching the house a few minutes before
the hour for closing the door, but found
that I had not so much cause for congrat
ulation as I had imagined, a? the place
was full, and the only accommodation the
landlady could offer me was a Email trundle-bed
in a two-bedded room, already be
spoken for the night by a previous comer.
lieing wet through by the rain, and
feeling that I should not mend matters by
faring further, I wa3 fain to make a vir
tue of necessity, and accept the trandle
bea. Moreover, wishing to get out of my
damp garments as quickly as possible, I
asked for my candle, and was forthwith
shown to the dormitory, which I found
was up four flights of stairs. . I lost no
time in getting between the sheets, but
had no intention of coing to sleep until I
knew at least what sort of a subject wa3
to be the companion of my slumbers. So
I took a book from my pocket, and plac
ing my candle on a chair by the bedside,
began to read, resolved to keep my lighi
burning and myself awake until the sound
of footsteps on the stairs should apprise
as of the approach of the stranger. Af
ter the lapse of about half an hour, the
sounds I was listening for approached, and
then extinguishing the light, I laid
tack, half-closed my eyes, and-affected- to
The figure that now entered the room
was not at all a fascinating one, to my
view at least, lie was a man of about
five and thirty, jauntily garbed in one of
the pea-green, high collared surrouts cur
rent among the fast men who affected the
Luxembourg quarter of the Paris of that
day, but which surtout, like the rest of his
garments, seemed to have run all too sud
denly to seed. There was something
boozy and vicious in the expression of hLs
face, which, spite of a fierce looking mus
tache, gave one the idea of meanness aud
servility, coupled with a reckless kind of
bravado, which smacked rather of swag
ger than of daring, and in every feature
there was the impress of debauchery and
intemperance, lie uttered a brief, common-place
greeting as he entered the raom,
but finding that I took no notice of it,
probably concluded that I was asieep, and
so said no more.
In less than five minutes he had bun
dled himself into bed and had put out the
light; and after a lew minutes more, be
gan to give audible tokens of the sound
ness of his slumbers. Though I had
formed the worst opinion of my compan
ion, I did not feel the slightest alarm.
He evidently had no hostile purpose ; he
had no weapon of any kind, not even a
stick, and I felt assured that in a person
al encounter I could easily master him.
Still, there was something in his wander
ing eye, which never rested for a moment
on a single spot, that I did not like, and I
felt a little annoyed with myself that I
had not placed my garments nearer my
hand;"Jnstead of spreading them on chairs
in the"middTe of the room,, in order to get
them - dry. These thoughts, 'however,
were but momentary, and in a very brief
space I had forgotten cverythin'r in a
tuiet slumber
I suppose I may have slept about two
hours, and the dawn was just breaking,
when I awoke by a slight noise like some
thing falling on the tiled floor of the
apartment. Luckily, I did not start or
make the least movement, bnt, half-opening
my eyes, in the full consciousness of
the situation, I saw that my companion
was iu the act of getting out of bed. Ilis
movements were so slow and cautious, and
noiselessly made, that they roused my sus
picion, and I watched him narrowly thro'
my seemingly closed lids. With the
stealthiness of a prowling cat, he got upon
his feet, and, with hia eyes fixed upon me,
advanced slowly to the foot of the bed.
Ilis object plainly was to be sure that I
slept ; and I took care to betray no Bigns
of wakefulness that might undeceive him.
After a statue-like watch of a few mo
ments, he seemed to have assured himself
of my slumbers, and, turning softly round,
thrust his hand into one of the pockets
of my pantaloons, and withdrawing the
contents, retreated to his ted, carrying
the plunder with him. Here he lay mo-
minutes,- watching me
attentively the while. At length he rais
ed himself, and drawing a canTas bag
from beneath his pillow, deposited within
it the booty he had seized, replaced it, and
lay jdown, as if to compose hiaiself to
sleep. - "
My blood was boiling in my vein3 at
the fellow's impudent robbery, and I felt
half inclined to rise and pummel him ass
he lay, and recover my property. There
was no occasion for hurry, however; and,
reflecting that second thoughts are some
times best, I lay scill, endeavoring to form
some plan fur doing myself justice, if it
might 1 be without a., scene of violence,
which might he attended with unpleasant
consequences, but faily determined to do
battle for my own if no other alternative
presented-itself. The contents of the
pocket which the fellow had rifled amoun
ted to about three "pounds English, all in
five-franc pieces, which I had received
from my friend of the night before in fi
nal discharge of an accommodation ac
count between us. . This was no great
sum, to be sure, but it was more than I
could then afford to lose; and indeed the
idea of resigning it without a struggle was
the last I should have thought of enter
taining. '
While puzzling my brains for some
practicable expedient, which, however,
did not present itself, I could not help
admiring the calm placidity of the coun
tenance of the villain" who had robbed me,
who, from his satisfied expression, seemed
to be enjoying the consciousness of eome
good action performed ; but in this I was
much deceived. The rascal was no more
asleep, than I was. If my anxiety and in-
aiErnation were
. . .
me, his ap-
preuecsions were at me same moment
troubling him; and j ust as I was abandoning
all hope of concocting a plan for the re
covery of my money without fighting for
it, a movement on his part put me in
possession of one which had at least the
promise of success.
I saw him open hi3 eyes suddenly, and
fix them full on me; then rising, he with
drew the canvas bag once more from be
neath his pillow, and stepped out of bed
with it in his hand. There stood upon
the window-sill a withered geranium in a
glazed earthenware pot the plant was a
mere stick, which had dried up and died
for want of water. To my amazement the
Ihief lifted the plant out of the pot by the
stem, raising the earth in which it had
grown, and which was all matted together
by the joots, along with it ; he then de
posited the bag in the bottom of the pot,
and, replacing the plant, got quietly into
bed once more.
I saw at once that this move placed the
result of the game very much in my own
hands, and I soon made up my mind how
to act. I do not suppose that either of
u?5 went to sleep again; aud I have often
thought since, what a curious study we
must have presented to any concealed
spectator who might have been in the se
cret of our relative predicaments during
the following two hours or so. I knew,
of course, that my light-fingered friend
would not think of rising till I was up and
gone ; having placed his booty where he
might reasonably deem it beyond the pos
sibility of recovery, he was doubtless pre
pared to outface any suspicion or accusa
tion that might ba made against hiin, and
therefore he would lie there till he had
the field to himself.
Accordingly, about seven o'clock, I got
up, deliberately washed and dressed, and,
having finished my toilet, was almost
ready to start, being well aware all the
time that the fellow, who was feigning
sleep, had his eyes upon me, and was
watching for the moment when I should
discover my loss. Of course I did cot
discover it; but when I had drawn on my
boots and was ready to go, I became sud
denly aware that the atmosphere of the
room was insufferably close, and began to
puff and blow, and to ejaculate interjec
tional complaints of the want of air. At
the next moment I ran to the window, to
throw it wide with one hand, and leaning
forward as if to catch the morninc: breeze,
awkwardly swept off the flower-pot down
into-the little court seventy feet. below.
In an instant the seeming sleeper was
standing in his shirt in the middle in the
floor, and demanding with an angry oath
what I had done.
"Nothing," said 1, "beyond breaking a
flower-pot the plant was withered ani
good for nothing. Excuse my awkward
ness ; I will indemnify the landlady.
Good morning."
My nonchalance deceived the scoun
drel, and he sood aside to let me pass,
looking rather black, however, as I walked
out. There seemed to bo no one astir in
the hou?e save the garcon, who was roast
ing coffee at the open front door, and I was
only made aware of hi3 preseme by the
agreeable fumes which assailed my nos
trils as I sped like a grayhound down the
Etairs. In half a minute I was in the lit
tle back court, where lay the smashed re
mains of the pot and the withered flower.
Feeling morally certain that the shock
head and scowling visage of the thief were
protruding from the window above, I drew
the canvas bag from the crumbled mold
and held it up to his gaze. There he was,
sure enough, growling and grinding his
teeth with rage and mortification.
"Why don't you cry 'Stop thief?'" I
bawled out to him. "Did you think to
1 - . .
tiortles3 for several
eateb the Englishman asleep?. Au're-
voir, coquin !'
I awaited no reply, bu making for the
street, jumped iuto tne first fiacre that
came in view, and in half an hour had
alighted at my own lodging. As I was
mounting to my-apartment, I met on the
stairs my friend and chum Ollendof, who
was sallying forth to meet his pupils.
"lia'.iol said he, "you've been out all
nurnt f
said I, "and I've had an advea-
"Good ! let me hear all about it."
I told him how I had passed the night,
and all that had happened.
"Capital!" he cried; "and have you
examined the thief 's bag ?"
"No, I have not done that yet ; but cf
coni-se it contains nothing but what is my
"Do not 03 too sure of that. Come, we
will examine it together." ?
lit; followed me into my room, and I
lugged forth the bag. To my astonish
ment, there was in it, in addition to the
money rifled from my pocket, a gold Na
poleon, a five-franc piece, and a pair of
enormously large circular ear-rings of al
lojed gold, such as 'one often sees in the
ears of the provincial emigrants who crowd
the wharves, the markets and warehouses
of Paris. ' .: -
"There !" said my friend, 'you see the
rascal had more strings to his bow . than
you gave him creiit for. If you had made
an uproar and a charge of theft, he could
nave retorted the charge upon you would
have shown his own empty pockets, and
mijrllt Lave Stood as Jroal a rhanrtA n?
criminating you. However, you may for
give him, since he has paid you for the
trouble of defeating his purpose; and
really, I think he has treated you hand
somely." I'Against his will. But, seriously, what
6uc.ii t I to do ? Had I not better put the
affair into the hands of the police."
"Do you know the rule in such cases
here ? If not, I must tell you that if you
put the thief's money into the bands" -of
the police, you will also be compelled to
hand over the entire contents of the bag;
and how much cf it you will get back, and
when you' will get it, you must be cleverer
than I am if you can guess."
I finally decided not to trouble the po
lice with the business ; but as I could not
have made use of the scoundrel's money,
any more than I could have worn the hue
ear-rings, I wrapped both up ia paper to
gether and placed them ia my pocket
book, until time and circumstance should
present some fit mode cf disposing of
dA . O
It was about a year after the above ad
venture, and when the details of it had
almost faded from my memory, that I was
invited by a friend from Eg land to accom
pany him on a visit to one of the Parisian
prisons if I recollect aright, it s-as the
New Dicetre, which, after a deal of solici
tation and trouble, he had obtained per
mission to inspect. While we were wan
dering through the workshops, ia which
the prisoners labor together in silence for
so many hours a day, as my friend was
committing his notes to paper, I amused
myself by scanning the demoralized phys
iognomies around me, little suspecting
that I was destined to find an acquaintance
among tncm.
Close to
my elbow there
stood a man at a bench,
bendir,? over his
work, which was that of carvinar sabots
from unshapely blocks of willow wood.
I was admiring the rapidity and baldness
of his execution, when he suddenly lifted
his head and exposed to view , the face
of the thief of the Rue de l'Oleon. I
knew him at once, and saw that the recog
nition was mutual, for he lowered his head
instantly, and plainly sought to elude my
gaze. I could not, of course, speak to
him then, without contravening the rules
of the prison ; but on imparting my wish
to do so to the guide who had us in charge,
he promised to give me the opportunity- I
sought when we had finished our survey.
He was as good as his word, and before
leaving the prison I was cndacted t the
delinquent iu his own cell, whither he had
been remanded that I might see him,
The poor wretch, who, it was clear, imag
ined that"! was going to LjJge a fre?h
charge against him, seemed struck with a
mortal pallor as I entered.
"Do not be alarmed," I said ; "I have
no complaint to make against you; but I
have been wishing to meet you, and to
make a restoration of property which may
perhaps ba of use tc you." i unfolied
my pocket-bojk and took out the little
packet containing the Napoleon, the five
franc piece and the ear-rings. "These, 1
think, belong to you is it not so ?"
He bowed assent, but did not speak.
"Take them," I said, "and take better
care of them than you did when you had
them last."
He glanced at the attendant, as if to
intimate that the man's presence preven
ted his saying more, and merely replied,
with impressive earnestness, "M'sieu, you
are a man of honor I"
I wished that I could return the com
pliment. r2? The Pension Bureau desires it to
be known by applicants for pensions, that
it is unnecessary for them to go to the
expense of obtaining certificates of the
loss of limbs, as the Bureau has that in
formation already.
,T llv.oo n auvasci:.
Tiie 1'yrauiid-.
..I cc nearer we approached, the Great
Egyptian Pyramid,' the more it rose upon
us as a ievelatiuti of majesty and power.
When it wa? praised .to, -me to asex-trd it,
I agreed, as a. matter of course; and wheu
one of Our party kindly hinfej at the dif
ficulty, 1 looked up to the" artificial molo
hiL.and, swaggering about my exploits
onilighlund aud Swiss Mountains, I ex
panded my chest, drew myself upright,
and pitied the skepticism: of my fellow--traveler.
The offer of the Arabs t help
me up I rejected vith a smile of quiet as
surance and eontempt. Walking alon"
the base of the structure, which seemed
interminable, we got upon the first lcde
and began the ascent. Half adozen bare
armed, lightly clad, dark complexioned,
white teethed children of the desert sur
round me measuring me with their eve?
and jabbering - irreverently in Arabic
about my size, I believe ; but they ended
by volunteering their - assistance. Their
speech was interlarded with thc one word
which constantly occurs and forms an
important portion of the language of mod
ern. Egypt and Canaan backsheesh. I
begged them court enusly toleave me ; and,
with an elasticity remarkable to no ona
but myself, I mounted the first step.
Having done so, I felt entitled to pau?3
and breathe ; for this step seemed to be a
five foot wall of limestone. To my amaze
ment I found another before me, and an
other, each of which I climbed with the
assistance, I confess, of. the Arabs two
before and three behind but with a con
stantly sense of strength, and
au " increasing anxiety to know when I
should reach those short, easy steps which
I had been gazing at from below. I was
told that the steps to the summit were all
like these I had passed,, but I was also
told not to be discouraged thereby, as, by
hard work, I should be a good way up
in half an hour; and once up I could
rest, : eo as to be fit for the descent,
which, -after all, was the real difficulty!
I gazed up to a series of about 2o0
stone walls, which, after reaching to an
elevation of 120 feet higher than the ball
of St. Paul's, were lost at last in the blue
sky, and 1 looked down half dizzy to the
base beneath me. The next wall above
me was somewhere about my chest or chin !
So, meditating upon the vanity cf human
wishes, upon the loss to my parish (so ar
gued the flesh) by a vacancy occurring,
upon the inherent excellence of humility,
the folly of pride aud siuful ambition,"!
then in a subdued yet firm tone declared
that no arguments with which I was then
acquainted would induce me to go a yard
higher. ' I pleaded principle, but strength
ened my convictions by pointing to the
burning sua aai the absence of a lad
der. DiJding, therefore, farewell to my
companions, who went ap those giant
stairs, begged my clamorous guiJes, who
clung around, to leave me until they re
turned. The obvious terror of the A rabs
was that they would lose their p?y ; but I
mustered breath enough to say, in the
blandest manner, - "Unloved friends and
fellow laborers! sons of the desert ! fol
lowers of the filse prophet.! leave me; go
round the corner ; I wish to meditate
upDn the past; depart!" And then I
emphatically aided, "Backsheesh, back
sheesh, backsheesh ! Yes.!'' They seem
ed to understand the latter, part of my
address, held up their fingers, and respon
ded, "Backsheesh? yes!" I bowed,
"Good I" They replied, "We are satis
fied!" and vanished. And so they left
me, some twenty steps up the pyramid,
and lookiug towards Ethiopia and the
sources of the Nile. I was thankful for
the repose. One had time to take ia the
scene in quiet, and to get a whiff of the
inexhaustible past in that wondrous spot.
The Arabs away, everything was calm as
the grave, except for the howls of a wan
dering jackal that, like a speck, was trot
ting away ever the sanJ beneath me.
Good Words.
m .
The TowEa of Babcl. This won
derlul tower, on which late accounts an
nounce that a cross wa3 recently placed by
a missionary, consists now of only two of
the eight stories originally erected. The
remains arc, however, visible from a very
great distance. Each side cf the quad
rangular base measures two hundred yards
in length. The bricks of which it is corn
rosed are of the pure white c'ay, with a
very slight brownish tint, which, in the
sun, assumes a wonderfully rich hue. The
bricks; before beiog baked, were covered
with characters traced with the hand iu a
clear and reguhr style. The bitumen
which served for ccmetrt was derived from
a fountain which etill exists near the
tower, and which Sows with such abun
dance that it sooa forms a stream, and
would invade the neighboring river- did
! Dot the natives, from time to time, set fire"
to the stream of bitumen, and then wait
quietly until tho flames die out for want
of aliment. is recorded that a soap pelller
was recently caught at sea during a vio
lent storm, when be saved his life by ta
king a cae of his toap aud
i himse!f ashore !.
i CoT" noker was mar
ried a few days, since, in Cincinnati, to
I Miss Oiivia Groesback, of that city. Lo,
J the conquering hero ia conquered !
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