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Volume VII, Number 14.
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From Godt i't Latly't Book.
Feter Allan's Panther Chase:
OK, INCIDENT j IX TIIK LIKE OF A BACK WOODSMAN.
BT SARAH HCriHRS HAYES.
The little story it is our present purpose
to relate, is one which may be depended
upon as strictly tiue. The leading inci
dents were related by a descendant of the
person we intend to introduce under the
cognomen of Peter Allan ; nnd, altho' un
der the necessity of detailing it in our own
way, we will give an unvarnished state
ment of facts. Peter Alien was a fine,
athletic young Irishman, who came from
ihe auld counlrie in the nineteenth year of
his age. Fifty years hack, the class ol
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eeuii'ry were, u? a j;ci..tiui tuiug, iv-o
itute than at present. As far as worldly
wealth was concerned, I'etr had a small
patrimony which he was fortunate enough
to dispose of to advantage. The sum thus
obtained he hoarded with great care, and
being possessed of uncommon natural
shrewdness, and endowed wi:h indomitable
energy of character, he managed by labor
ing with his hands to support himself in
comfort ; and, after a lime, to lay up a
portion of his earnings towards what had
ever been the summit of his wishes, viz.
the possession of a farm. Peter was up
rarly and down late ; no job that promised
the reward of a penny was beneath his
notice, and employment that required trust
was usually executed so as to give entire
satisfaction. So obliging was his disposi
tion, and so punctual his habits, that he at
length began to make friends among his
employers. t)ne rich gentleman in partic
ular, attracted, in the first place, by his!
open countenance, took a great deal of j
notice of him ; and, on Peter making him
acquainted with his secret and long-cherished
scheme, of some day owning a
farm, the gentleman promised to make in
quiry, and if he could discover a place
that would suit him, he would take an early
opportunity of acquainting him with the
Accordingly, one morning he sent for
Peter, and inlormed him that he had been
making inquiry, and had learned from a
correspondent that there was a farm, such
as Peter wished, about two hundred miles
from the city. This appeared like ihe end
of the world to the unsophisticated Irish
man ; but the gentleman, taking down a
map, made him acquainted with its loca-j
lion, and pointing out the advantages
which might accrue to him from being
among the first settlers, with the gradual
rise which rimst take place in the value of
property as the country became populated,
he became willing and eager to embrace
the opportunity thus oflcred for enriching
himself. There was another difficulty,
however, in the way. Allan had become
enamored of a blue eyed lass living on the
Jersey side, who could not see any reason
for going so far lo make a home in the
Pennsylvania woods ; and it required4 all
his power of persuasion, end eveiy epithet
of endearment the musical language of his
native land could supply, to alter her res
olution. At length, Debby consented, and no
time was lost in making their preparations.
Their mode of conveyance was after the
ancient fashion, a heavy wagon. It was
laden with such articles of furniture as
might be useful in their new home, and
with provisions for themselves, and pro
vender for the four stout horses whose
business it was to convey it over the
wretched road stretching from Philadelphia
into the interior. This mode of convey
ance had its inconveniences ; but, at the
time of which we write, no other was
practicable, and Peter and his wile, with
the man servant nod maid, who accom
panied them, endured1 the discomforts of
the journey with exemplary patience and
cheerful hope. The wagon was the shelter
and the transport ; for in their route, at
that day, few habitations were to be seen ;
abd when at night-fall they would halt in
some deep forest and kindle their huge
camp-fire, they would spread their repast
beneath some ever-arching tree, and, se
cure in the light or the cheerful blaze, talk
over the occurrences of the day with jests
mftd laughter ; while, perhaps, the owl
would boot and scream in the distance, or
the wolf bark and howl, in a manner
which wou'd set ihe dogs accompa nyiiing
ihem to baying, unlil the whole fores,
echoed to Ihe sound. Debby, it is true.
would sometimes It el a degree of alarm,
but daylight always had the effect of re
assuring her ; for the scenes through
which ihey passed possessed the charm of
novelty, and there was an
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a gentle elevation, in the centre of a love-
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hills, whose graceful and romantic shapes
added much to the beauty of the scenery.
The Allans had been settled some weeks
in their new residence, and were beginning
to feel quite at home, when Debby. who
was engaged at some domestic duty on
thd outside of the door, noliced a woman
approaching the house ; she had a wearied
look, carried an infant in her arms, and
led by the hand a little one apparently
about three years of age. The coarseness
of their habiliments proclaimed their pov
erty ; this, however, instead of repelling,
opened Debby 's kindly heart towards her,
as to one less fortunate than herself. And
on her advancing, she invited her in lo rest
awhile. Thcrewas something pleasant j
about the countenance of this wayfarer.
anJialthoUi,h evidently inured to hardship,
her manners were far from being rough or
uncouth; while her language, although
she had acquired some of the inaccuracies
common to the woods, showed that her ed
ucation had not been wholly neglected.
On asking leave to slay all night, it was
granted with ready hospitality ; and after
being refreshed by a cup of milk and a hot
corn-cake for tea was a beverage more
difficult to obtain than at present they
asked as to her place of abode. She re
plied as follows :
"We live on a clearing about six miles
farther up. We have a garden and a few
fields; but as there is no house nearer than
yours, it is often quite solitary. I can see
squirrels at play in the woods w hen I sit at
work, and the wolves howl dismally around
the house sometimes.''
"Are you not afraid I" asked Debby,
with dilating eyes.
"Not olten,' returned the woman smi
ling. "I generally keen a good fire"
(wild animals always flee from a fire)
- and Towser there," pointing to a large
bull dog who had followed her, and now
sat sujlenly eyeing the group "Towser
there is is nearly as good as a man."
"Is your husband always at home 1" in
"No ; he is sometimes gone two or three
days to the mill, and then I have to stay
alone. But I would not mind if we had a
door lo Ihe cabin."
"Have you no door?" asked Debby,
again, in amazement.
"Not yet. A body can't get everything
at once. But, as I was going to tell you,
this accounts for my being here. My man
left yesterday morning, to be gone a cou
ple or three days ; and last night I hung a
quilt on two forks before the door, brought
in the pilch-fork, put the dog outside, and
after hushing the little ones to sleep,betook
myself to bed as usual. Some strange
noise awoke me in the night ; and on tur
ning around, the dog came in looking
dreadfully afraid, and whining as I had
never heard him do before. Feeling Geared,
1 got up, made a blazing fire, for jt had got
low, and epingout from under the quilt,
I sawthe most enormous bear you ever laid
eyes on, standing just outside. You may
be sure I put it down in a hurry ; and as I
did not feel much inclined to sleep again,
for fear the critter would come in, Towser
and I sat and kept up a fire the remainder
of the night.'
"Have you never been seriously alarmed
or injured by these wild animals?" inquired
Deligfitef with having an audience so
evidently interested in the incidents which
had befallen her, the woman commenced,
" I can't say that I ever was much
afraid but once. We lived the op in the
Green wood-, as 'much as fifty miles from
here, h was a terrible lonesome place ;
there was no habitation within a long dis
tance from us. This child'' pointing to
the elder girl " was a baby then ; and
one evening I shut her in the house, and
went out about twilight to look for the cow,
which had strayed away ; for my Husband
was from home. I had not proceeded far,
when I heard such a wild, strange cry
among the bushes on a bill, at a abort dis
tance ! It sounded almost like the cry ol
a child ; but so loud and shrill ! t had
heard of painttr$" (always the vulgar
name for panther) "what bold, dangerous
animals they were, hiding among the trees
and bushes, and springing uPoa the people
as they passed ; in, thinking this might be
one. I hurried home with Ihe cow as fast
as I could, got her under shelter, and then
went into the house ; pulling the leather
string lhat fastened the door inside. Our
cabin had also an opening, where the win
dow should have been, but it had no glass
in it, only a board shutter outside, which I
also drew in and fustened, and then felt
tolerably safe ; still it was lonely for me
and my little baby, up there in that great
fores'. After a while it began to rain and
get dark so dark that jbu could not see
an inch before you when, all at once,
there was 5 most fearful screech or yell
just outside, enough to make one's very
ears tin"le. I thought to be sure the
painter would he right in, for the door was
hung with leather hinges, and I knew that
one bound against it would fling it wide
open ; so, jumping up, I pushed the table
against it.nnd pi'eJ the chairs on the top of
that for greater security ; this done, 1 went
up into ihe loft, where there was a little
opening that I could get my head out, and
what do you think I saw !"
What t" cried Debby, almost breath
less with terror and emotion.
" Why, nothing more or less than the
painter. ' There he was, and he must have
had his fore feet on the low fence that
went round the garden, for I could see his
eyes like live coals "low ins in the dark-
ness. Now, if there is anything upon
earth to scare one, it is a fierce, dangerous
animal like Ihis. Bears and wolves are t
not half so terrible ; and I can tell you, 1 '
trembled from head to foot while he sat
there and eyed me for more than an hour,
every once in a while howling out in a way
thai made the woods ring again.''
" Well, what then ?" cried Peter,
w ho, with his wife, the man-servant, and j have before said, at a brisk pace ; and had
maid, sat with open eyes and ears drink- j proceeded nearly or quite half way, when
ing in every word that fell from her lips, j he heard a howl, accompanied by a crash
"Why then," said the woman, " he , ing sound, on the side of the field nearest
went away, and I heard no more of him i the forest. It was but a moment more,
that night. The next day my husband when an enormous panther, with tail erect
came home, and he said a painter had been and glow ing eyeballs, sprang into view,
shot near one of the clearings below, and Peter hazarded but one glance of terror at
I expected it was ihe same one which had ,
paid me a visit."
" This is a terrible region," said Debby,
who for the first lime began to realize the
full horrors of her situation. " Do, Peter,
let us go back home."
" Pho," cried Peter, holding out his
brawny arms, and pointing to the two
loaded rifles hanging over the manllepiecc,
" you will never be without sufficient pro
tection.' " 1 do not think the wild varmints har
bor much so near the settlements cither,''
chimed in their visitor.
At this moment, a cheerful " Gee up,
Dobbin," was heard outs'de ; and, running
to the door, the woman espied her husband
on bis return from the mill. He was trudg
ing along by his wagon, in the gathering
darkness, determined to reach home that
night. Peter ran out to call him, and lit
tle persuasion induced him to "tie up" and
remain with them until morning. Debby
and her maid bustled about to get him
something comfortable for supper ; and,
after this was over, he sat until a very late
hour before the pile of blazing pine knot,
relating, to a most attentive audience, the
different adventures which had befallen
him during the years he had spent in the
woods. When preparing to start in the
morning, he promised Debby that he would
make a door to the house, as she said she
would " feel easier in her mind." And
here, for the present, we will leave them.
In the course of a few years, under the
excellent management of Allan, connected
with his laborious industry, everything
pertaining to his farm began to give evi
dence of abundance and comfort. His
fences were in good order ; his trees thrif
ty ; his cattle sleek and well fed ; his
granaries overflowing ; and when he found
leisure to ornament, the white-washed cot
tage exhibited an appearance of Arcadian
beauty. It stood on a plat of green level
sward, which Peter inclosed with a rude
fence, also white-washed. Several forest'
trees had been allowed lo remain ; and
these flung their broad, green arms in
many fantastic and protecting shapes over
the lowly roof. Rose bushes, sweet briers,
and a few flowering shrubs, also shed
their sweetness here ; and, to judge by
their notes of rejoicing, made glad the
heart ofmany a bird. At the back door,
a stream swept gently past, at the distance
of a few hundred yard? ; amf within the
inclosure of the yard, shadowed by the
foliage of a couple of huge trees, the little
spring-house presented quite a picturesque
appearance ; it was supplier By a lountain,
where the water dripped constantly over
the moss-covered stones.with a cool, plash
iog sound. Here, under a tow, projeciing
roof, the active, neat-banded Debby kept
her well-scoured crock-covers and shining
pans, arranged on shtefrw is just and grad
ual order. 1 Here the briskets of foaming
milk wero brought ; and here the luscious
1 golden buller was prepared for market.
A-riid the abundance and independence
of their new condition, there was
little cause to regret the enjoy
ments of the place they had forsaken.
The settlement near them was gradually
enlnroir.". and rould boast a church :
w hile, on a still morning, its bell might be
d:stii.c;ly heard at the farm-house, calling
to the house of prayer. There was also
a school, were the children could be taught
all that was dsemed necessary for them to
know ; and a public house, where Allan
could while away a few hours much to
his satisfaction. He was not what is
styled a drinking character; but he was
very social in his disposition, and could
enjoy a joke with ihe best. Coming from
across the water." and having seen a
good deal of the world, he was looked up
on with respect ; and there was a degree
of deference paid to the opinions he chose
to express, which was highly flattering.
On the evening in which the occurrence
look place with which we have headed ouj
little story, Peter had tarried, with somb
acquaintances, in the landlord's bar-room
until after ten o'clock, when, knowing that
Debby would " sit up'' for him, and the
idea of a curtain lecture, perhaps, looming
out indistincty in his mind, he then started
for home in considerable of a hurry. The
night was a bright and beautiful one, for
the moon was full ; and, as he could see
jevery object distinctly, he determined to
, take a nearer cut. The distance by the
highway was two miles; but, by going
through the fields, he could shorten it nail
(a mile ; and, as the ground was frozen,
i and there were openings through each
j fence, left -for the sake of convenience in
hauling in grain, this route was quite as
agreeable as the other. He started, as e
the ferocious brute, which, doubtless, half
maddened by hunger, was now in full pur
suit; and, giving the reins to his horse, he
started at the top of his speed. As it
chanced, he was riding an English mare of
uncommon strength and action. She was,
as " Jemmy Joyce" would express it,
every inch a Tartar." Seeming, with
unerring instinct, to comprehend the slate
of the case, and bristling with terror, the
animal put forth its utmost powers. She
dashed onward with her terrified rider ;
and, as there was no tiino lo look for the
openings, cleared the first fence in a style
which would have brought down thunders
of applause on any steeple chase in the
United Kingdom. Rut there were yet
three fields, with two fences to surmount :
the last of these was the orchard, separated,
by a lane of fifteen or twenty feet, from
the paling which inclosed the yard. Allan,
who had recovered his presence of mind,
now cheered his gallant horse, and sped
onward with the rapidity of the wind: but
the panther was close behind ; he could
hear his quick bounds, and plainly distin
guish the angry snarl which seemed lo in
dicate a fear lhat his prey would escape
him. Another fence was gained, and
nothing but the orchard remained to be
crossed. Peter knew that his horse was
taxed to the utmost ; yet the brute was
evidently gaining on hiin,and one moment's
flagging in their headlong course, or one
false step, and a horrible death was inevi
table. Happily, no such accident occur
red. In frantic haste, he reached the last
barrier. It was high and difficult ; but,
with a glorious effoit, his marc surmounted
it ; and she was in the yard at the moment
the monster in iheir rear leaped the en
closure of ihe orchard. In the twinkling of
an eye, Peter had thrown the reins over
the neck of his horse ; and, leaving it to
shift for itself, dashed into the house. Here
he found the family awaiting his arrival ;
and, taking down two rifles, he with the
hired man, sallied forth to see to the fate of
the " bonnie gray' which had carried him
so bravely. They found the trembling an
imal had escaped to the barn-yard ; but
the panther, doubless alarmed by the light
emitted from the opening of the door, had
taken itself off.
The next morning, ot J
examinin the tracks made by its feet iul
the sandy soil of the lane, they
it to have been one of the largest size.
Peter had been so thoroughly frightened.
that you may be sure Debhy did not have
to lecture him soon again for staying away
so late at night. As for the mare he
always declared he owed his life to her
matchless speed she roamed the greenest
of pastures, and eontinseo the rarest of
pets untif the end of her days.
Lewinbarg, Union Co., Pa.
To Parents.-Boys that have been prof,
erly reared are men-in point of usefulness
a! sixteen, whilst tSoss that nave Seen
brought up in Hie hnbits-are a- at
SI OLIVES WKSVELL HOLVt.
Slowly Ihe mist o'er the meadow was creeping,
Bright on Ihe dewy bud glistened ihe un.
When from hi. couch, while hi children were
Roae the bold rebel and shouldered hi gun.
Waving her golden veil
Over the silent dale.
Blithe looked the morning on cottage and spire ;
Hushed was his panting sigh.
While from hi noble eye
Flashed the last sparks of Liberty's Cre.
On the smooth green where the fresh leaf is
Calmly the first born of glory have met ;
Hark ! the death-volley around them i ringing !
Look! with their life-blood the young graa it
Faint is the feeble breath, wet !
Murmuring low in death,
"Tell to our sons how their fathers have died ;'
Kerveless, the iron band
Raised for its native land
Lies by the weapon lhat gleams at his siJe.
! Over the hill-sides the wild knell is rolling.
From Iheir far haml-ti the yeomanry come.
As thro' the storm clouds the thunder burst rolling
Circles ihe beat of the mustering drum.
Fast on the soldier's path
Darken the waves of wrath.
Long have they gathered and loud shall they fall;
Ked glare toe musket nam,
Sharp rings the rifle's crash,.
Blazing and charging from thicket and wall.
Gaily the plume of the horseman was dancing,
Never to shadow bis cold brow again ;
Proudly at morning the war-eteed was prancing,
Keeking and panting he now drop the rem ;
Pate is ihe lip of scorn.
Voiceless the trumpet horn,
Torn is the silken-fringed red cross on high ;
Many a belted breast
Low on the turf shall rest.
Ere the dark hunters the herd have passed by.
Snow-girdled crags where the hoarse wind is
Rocks where the weary floods murmur and
Wild where the fern by the furrow is waving.
Reeled with the echoes that rode on the gale ;
Far as the tempest thrills
Over the darkened hill.
Far as the sunshine streams over the plain.
Roused by the tyrant's band,
Work all the mighty land.
Girded for battle from mountain to main.
Green be the graves where her martyr are lying !
Shroudless and tombless they sunk to their rest,
While o'er their ashes the starry folds flying
Wrap the proud eagle they roused from his nest
Borne on her northern pine.
Long o'er the foaming brine
Spread her broad banner to storm and to sun ;
Heaven keep her ever free,
Wide as o'er land and sea
Floata the fair emblem her heroes have won.
Old Elias Keyes, formerly first Judge of
Windsor County, Vt., was a strange com-
position of folly, and good sense, of natu
ral shrewdness and want of cultivation.
The following sentence, it is said, was
pronounced upon a poor ragged fellow
convicted of stealing a pair of boots from
General Curtis, a man of considerable
wealth, in the town of Windsor :
" Well," said the Judge, very gravely,
before pronouncing sentfnee of court, un
dertaking to read n following lecture,
you're a fine fellow to be arraigned be
fore a court for stealing. They say you
are poor no one douuts u who iooks at
you, and how dare you, being poor, have
the impudence to steal a pair of boots ?
Nobody but rich people have a right to
take such things without paying ! Then
they say you are worthless that is evi
dent from the fact that no one has ever
asked justice to be done you ; all, by unan
imous consent, pronounced you guilty
before you were tried. Now, you, being
worthless, was a fool to steal, because you
might know jou would be condemned.
And you must know that it was a great
aggravation that you have stolen them in
the large town of Windsor. In that large
town to commit such an act is most horri
ble. And not only go into Windsor to
steal, but you must steal from that great
man, General Curtis. This caps the cli
max of your iniquity. Base wretch ! why
did you not go and steal the only pair of
boots which some poor man had, or could
get, and then you would have been left
alone ; nobody would have troubled them
selves about the act. For your iniquity in
stealing in the great town of Windsor,
and from the great General Curtis, the
court sentences you to three months' im
prisonment in the county jail, and may
Uod give you something to eat !
A- little before 9 o'clock yesterday mor
ning, as the train was going out for New
ark, when rounding Bergen Cut.was close
ly upon a gentleman and lady, who were
walking upoir the track. The locomotive
squealed and they jumped acrosson anotn-
er track but horror! Just ahead was an-
other train from Kamapb.on this track,
and the next moment would hurl them in
to eternity. They had no room on the
outsides of either track, from the embank
men and not knowing whicbtrain would
pass first, were almost patalised ! But the
next moment the gentleman seized the la
dy, who had nearly swooned' placed her
on the narrow walk between two tracks,
embraced her dress ill bis circling arms to
keep the cowcatcher from hooking it and
thus awaited their fate. The twa traius
passed" them at the same moment, roaring
amf thundering on, but neither the lady or
csntleman were injured more than an
vM fright. .Jersey city aenunei.
Music in Germany
Vocal music is, in Germany, deemed of
such importance to all classes, that for gen
erations it has been introduced by govern
ment, as a prominent branch of popular
education. The child enters school at the
age of eight years, and remains in ihe
same school unlil fourteen or fifteen. No
parent is allowed to umovo a child from
one school to another, (unless a change of
location renders such removal necessary,)
under a heavy penalty. Commodious, con
venient, and pleasant sehuol-houses, and
thoroughly qualified teachers in all the res
pective departmcuts, being provided, there
is no other reason for removal than the
change of residence. The advantages of re
maining in the same school and under the
same instructions are very grat, and w:ll
readily suggest themselves to ihe minds of
all friends of edncation, whether parents,
teachers, or school committees. One of
these advantages is ihe opportunity afford
ed to teachers of studying and becoming
thoroughly acquainted with the natural dis
position, temperament, talent, or turn ol
iiind of the pupil. This, I believe, com
prehends almost everything else, and is the
corner-stone of a thorough and useful edu
cation, both mental and moral.
There seems to be three paramount rea
sons for making music a branch of school
education in Germany and Switzerland.
First, its power as a direct means of men
tal and moral discipline. Secondly, its at
tractiveness as an amusement or relaxation
from laboaious study. Thirdly, its advan
tage in after life to the pupil, boih as a so
cial and a religious being. In all these
particulars it is considered of great impor
tance ; and in the best schools 1 visited,
viz. those of Leipzig, and Dresden, in
Saxony, and Zurich and Berne in Switzer
land, the popular course has been to adapt
each music lesson to one or the other or all
these branches. To be more explicit :
The music teacher either gives at one sea
son of the year his particular attention to in
struction in the elements of music and mu
sic reading ; at another to rehearsal or
singing for relaxation or amusement ; and
at another to practising the music of the
church ; or else, as is more generally the
case, he combines the three departments in
j h jtg proportionate
share, viz.: 1st, practice of the music of the
church, (choral singing ;) 2d, instruction
in musical notation ; 3J, singing of cheer
fiil and lively juvenile songs, for recre
ation. This arrangement pleased me
much. It affords great variety, and does
not become tiresome to the pupils.
The pupits begin to study note singing
at the age of nine or ten years. Previous
to lhat they sing chiefly or entirely by note.
This is considered advantageous until the
musical ear is sufficiently trained and cul
tivated. The scale is first presented to the
pupil, not by sight, but by sound. The
teacher sings it slowly and distinctly until
all seem to understand, or at least to get
some idea of its construction, and of the
comparative relation of sounds, one to an
other. After explaining something of the
formation of the scale, its intervals, &c,
ihe teacher writes it upon the black-board,
or calls their attention to it in the note-book,
observing particularly the situation of the
semi-tones. He now tells them that these
characters (the notes) represents the sounds
they have just sung, and that each sound
has a name taken from one ol the letters o!
ihe alphabet. This method is very ihoro',
although somewhrrt lengthy." The pupils
sing almost entirely from books, the black
board being used merely for illustrations.
The more advanced classes of pupils are
improved by the frequent introduction and
regular practice of new and interesting mu
sic, rather than by dry and unconnected
exercises. Much time is spent, and in the
best schools, in practising the vowels,
merely articulating them for the purpose of
obtaining a good delivery both in singing
But one of the pleajantest features' of all
is, that the pupils are not wearied by too
hard study, or, if they become a little fa
tigued at any time, they know that some
delightful recreation is to follow. Variety
and entertainment are mingled with' in
struction.and the pleasure of half an hour's
social singing is a sufficient reward for per
severing in any of the more laborious and
less interesting exercises. I was much
amused and delighted, on one occasion, to
see the young countenances beam with a
smile of approbation, amounting to u
thank you sir," when the teacher, after a
lesson of elementary study,said, "flow
we'll sing something lively," for it is natu
ral for children to love that music best
hich is most like thcirtowrr natures
light, joyous; and free. Now they sing
briskly, merrily, heartily, because natural
ly. The little mill-stream that has been
dammed up that it may accumulate strength
to drive the heavy wheel, wlien once more
set at liberty goes leaping.and dancing.and
siuging along its sparkling way, rejoicing
in its freedom..
So do tliese l!:t!e singers pass from the -heavy
and useful but not dull, choral prac
tice and elementary confinement, to that'
of the "merry song of the cuckoo" and ihe
"lark, to the "singers' son, and the -"soug
of the father's birth-day," to ihe
songs of the season of the sua aud stars,
of ihe "beautiful world and the blessed giv--
er, God ; with the ever dear an j welcome
songs of " Vaterland.'' These a re the dai--
Iy occurrances of ihe "school-room," and
if you would know how children prize
their school you have just to step in and
heer therii merrily sing
"No scenes of earthly pleasure,
No hoard of sordid treasure,
Delight us now so well.
Tes, 'tis singing we do prize.
Cheerful hearts in accents rUe.
Hid play farewell."
With us in America it is different. As
a nation, we have neglected entirety this-
subject in our early education, and the oa- .
tural result is, lhat the large proportion of'
our adult population can not sing, and.
thousands mourn over their loss, when it is .
too late, or the pressure of care aod.busi- .
ness prevent therii from attending U the.
subject. Could our school committees.
trustees and parents be prevailed upon to ,
take this matter in hand, and be in earnest,
about it if they would have it properly, ,
and on a permanent basis, introduced into,
the schools as a branch of study, not of re-,,
creation merely an incalculable amount .
of good would follow. The next genera-. -tion,
at all events, would feel its revivify. .
ing influences, in thtsir social and horns.,
circles, and in the public worship of the.,
sanctuary, and would "rise up and call us
Resignation of a Priest,
A card from "Rev. Mr. Brown." who
says he is a Catholic priest from France,
appears in the Richmond, Va., papers, de
claring that he has "resigned all functfons
of the sacrcdotal ministry," after having ..
discharged for two years the pastoral func- -tions
of a Catholic congregation, attended ,
by German and French people living in -Richmond.
He gives among others, the
following reasons therefor :
"I can not keep fJarn avowing trm't my
principles, in regard to the temporal pow
er ol the I'ope, ana in many omer respecis.
are not in harmony with the principles ot
ihe Church of Rome. 1 think the sove
reignty of the Pope is contrary to doctrines
and eaampfc-i ot CJeit, an obetaala to ihm
liberty and welfare of the people, and a ',
cause of discord and trouble io ihe political
and religious world."
Rival to Lambert.
The curious nnd inquiring pre not even -willing
lhat Daniel Lambert.who died some
years ago, weighing 739 pounds, shall en
joy the reputation of being a greater prodi- .
gy than even the State of New Jersey cuo ,
furnish. A correspondent of the Newark :
Advertiser mentions the fact that Lewis,
Cornelius, who was born at ffew 3rtins-
w ick, N. J., and died at Milford, in Ta., io. .
1311, at the age of 48, weighed some -years
before his death 675 pounds, .
or but 64 less than Lambert, and does not .
doubt that at the time of his death he was
even heavier than Lambert.
New Coins. We are shortly to have a .
new coinage of one cent and three cent -pieces
of a new and .novel character. The
cent is to be one tenth silver, nnd will con-' .
sequently be about ihe size of a dime, with -a
hoi- is the middle--so they can be strung
on a string, Chinese fashion. The three
i-Ant npipp will be about the size of a hall
dime ; but different in appearance anJ ,
make. Thee coins ate to be exrfhanged .
at the mint for the present Spanish 6J and
121 cent pieces, at their nominal value,and
will thus throw them out of circulation. A"
good move. t
Taking the Census for 1850. In a'
short time Uncle Sam's census takers wilt .
be about ; and it behooves good citizens to
give them at. the information they may .
ask for. It a sign' of ignorance and stt- ,
pidity w hen people refuse the cessus-takers
a cheerful welcome. They only go round .
once in ten years. Some persons imagine .
that taking the census has something to do
with lax-paying, and hence they will witb
hold information. We hope all newspaper
readers, ;n thls enTightened age, know bet
ter, and the census for 1850 will be a cor
rect and authentic document-'
A Western editor announces that his
belter half had the previous day presented t
him with "a twelfih little responsibility,
an immediately below makes the follow,
ing appeal, which we hope was duly res
ponded to : "More subscribers wanted af
this office." ;
Andrew Young,- of Harrisbore. bar"'
been appointed Superintendent of the Pub
lie Buildings, at Harrisburg, in the place
of Isaac Hovis, deceased.
It has been decided, in Berks count j ,
lately, that it is illegal lo tax Farmers for,