American citizen. (Butler, Butler County, Pa.) 1863-1872, April 27, 1864, Image 1

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    VOLUME 1.
The American Citizen,
1-8 published cverv Wednesday in the borough a 112 Butler
'by THOMAS K%INBO*AC\ K. A.IDEWSON on Main street,
•opposite to Jack's Hotel—office up stairs in the brick
ormerly occupied by Eli Yetter.M a "tore
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The Annapolis Fair,
A*? is my custom, I took an evening
wulkinto the town of Annapolis, and hav
ing passed a pleasant evening with some
of my soldier friends, and former comrades
in battle, I was returning to my quarters;
it was after 10 o'clock,and teaming Imight
be halted by the guard, I came the back
way, and as I came by the Methodist Epis
copal Church No. 1, my attention was at
tracted by a bright light at the open door,
and thinking it must be a glorious revival
that would be protracted to that late hour.
I ncared the door, through curiosity, and
inquired of the door keeper if the meet
ing was about closing; being answered in
the negative, I asked who preached? He
replied that it was "a Fairthis remind
ed me of the great sport I had often had
driving horses for the premium, and of the
fat cattle I had often scon at country Fairs.
A Fair! says I—a Fair ! How can they
have a Fair in a church . So I walked in,
but halt! a man asked me for "ten cents,"
nut having thought about paying to get in
to a church, this took me a little by sur
prise, but I paid, meantime inquiring if
the el.'/, hunt had performed yet, but pas
sing through another door, I wasstill more
surprised for instead of elephant 1 behcl'l
the preacher, instead of fat cattle I'beheld
poor soldiers , and instead of Just horses I
beheld fast worn in. And if you had seen ;
how fast thev took money out of my pock
et you would have called them fast too. (
"Here sir—have your fortune told." 1
told her I did not believe in fiMune tell
ing—«o neither do I, it's only for fun."
I told her I did not care, so 1 turned the
wheel of fortune, and she told me 1 " was
beloved by all —this provoked me for I
kuew she did not love, me herself. Sol
started on but, ? 'stop! you must turn three
times,"—so I did, and she told me "I was
—so I did, and she told me ' I was
married," and that I "possessed great wis
dom,'' these being equally untrue, I start
ed off in disgust, but halt! " Ouh/ ten
rent*." I told her she had said "it was
nuh/fun" and I would not haw paid,but
the preacher explained that the girls had
turned Gfor * puiil the
poor |_'irl but had not got my wallet in niy
pocket, when a beautiful girl of sixteen,
(pity her modesty.) asked me to pay for
her. The beautiful smiles put on for the
occasion, had the desired efioct and soon i
was minus another dime. Not waiting to
hear her fortune. I hasteued on. but only
to We met by another fair datnsel. dressed
in purple aud scarlet, with hair curled in
beautiful ringlets, hanging in rich profu
sion over her youthful form, addressing
me in the softest and most fascinating man
ner of her sex. her ruby lips whispered,
' Wont you take a chance?" I was all
amazement —certainly she does not mean
for me to /.•/«.< her before all this crowd,
but soon her epated attendant, who
no doubt had paiddearfor his whistle, and
was trying to build castles in the air—told
me about "a cake," and "such a beautiful
cake, all iced with sugar and floating the
stars and stripes." Well, I took a chance,
paid the immortal quarter —drew a blank,
aud had not gone two steps until I was
compelled to rei>eat the same, by a very
pretty girl who talked so nice, 1 gave her
a quarter , and traveled, but now I was told
in great earnest by a boy that there was
'•an exprett package for inc." 1 started
but had not gone far when a news boy in
formed me, there was a letter in the I'ost
Office for me. Then I will get the letter
first. After paying the unlawful postage
of "fen tent*" I proceeded to read, "Drar
e*t friend," —yes I think you are dear.—
'■ Ten Cent*" —only funr lines and five lies
—but I could excuse the writer though I
understood she had been a church member
for some time. I started togo to the ex
press office, but being outflanked by the
daughters of chance, I fell back in good
order aud sought refuge at Jacob's well—
having drank ot its sparkling waters, I
began to think truly this is the land of my
father's kindred and 1 shall be entertained
for the night, but as I wasabout to return
thanks for the hospitality of my father's
kindred in the land of Mesopotamia, 1
was politely reminded by .the lair damsel,
fliat this was only the "ten cent well of
Annapolis-" and having watered the Camp
bell which I had with me, she demanded
'auother dime- liutsoon Rebecca's broth
er Labau came out and invited me into the
house—soon some of the servants treated
me to some of the rich cake of JacoE's
house, and a saucer of the highly flavored
milk of htimanfcindiusi congealed uithoul
ice by tlie heart of the giver. The Camp
bell was provided with the same fare, but
refused to eat on account of the great noisq
kept up by the daughters of chance, in
fact I could not keep hitn in the stall, he
brokeloose and I havenotseen him since;
this cost me sixty cents, and fearing togo
out past Jocob's well I took another di
rection, and met the express man again,
"A package" indeed ! (?) Thinking per
haps some person had taken pityon a lame
soldier, I paid the charges, (only twenty
five cents,") opened the package, how arc
you, old black hat. Encouraged by this
success, I immediately took a chance in a
bottle of cologne, which I was assured
was prepared expressly for the use of The
Methodist Episcopal Church, and was a
superior article. In this I was fortunate
indeed. I drew the prize, but as I was about
to carry it off, Miss Cologne, said in a very
persuasive manner ''lf you do'nt want it,
you can leave it." AVillingtodoany thing
to please so beautiful a creature, I left it,
and would have left my pocket book if
she had asked for it, for it was now near
ly empty. Just then I felt something
pluck my'coat, looking down 1 was impo
litely accosted by two rude looking boys
(who no doubt learned their manners in
this fair institution,) "give me a dime?"
"give me a dime ?" Here I began to count
the cost of such folly, and found I had al
ready lost two dollars and fifteen cents, or
five day's wages, and had only tworitycents
left, and fearing lest I should have to pay
a "quarter" at the door to gel out, I excus
ed myself to the boys, and finally got rid
of them by giving them my '-obi black
hut." I was now shown a back room call
ed "ateltery" where the fair mistress in-
formed me, I could make a trial of my
skill for twenty five cents, but I declined
for I had only twenty cents, and 1 feared
if I run Jive cents in debt, they might cast
me into prison for it was a dark looking
place. Here I beheld several soldiers in
toxicated with water stronger than thatot
Jacob's well. They were shooting blind
mice, white mice, dolls, and pin-cushions
of so delicate a form they were encircled
by garters, and altogether too small for a
soldier. The condition of those"men was
fully appreciated by tho daughters of
besieged on all sides they had a
chance in everything, and one of them af
terwards told me he lost between five and
six dollars in those games of chance. It
was now twenty-five minutes past eleveu
—and "while good men slept, and in light
winged dreams ascended up to. God ' I
left those daughters of chance and sons of
folly, holding a midnight carnival around
this - ten cent'' altar, of modern vanity and
frivolity; and as I walked home T ponder
ed on tho scones which I had there be
held. This is a Christian laud—these are
professedly a Christian people and this
house is place of worship, where they
meet to sing His praises and I am told that
all I have scon in this "beautiful temple"
is for Christ's sake, and being a believer
in the truths of Christianity, I am dispos
ed to look at it all with a friendly eye,
but T must beg leave to ask the Reverend
Shepherds throughout our country who
presume to preside over the spiritual wel
fare of those young flocks of fair lambs
that play around Jacob's well, if thoy do
honestly believe that fueli "Fairs" are
right ? Can you show us where they are
sanctioned in all of ( 'hrixt'n teachings ?
Can you point to a single justifying exam
ple in the history of the primitive Chris
tian's ? Or do you suppose if Christ were
here, lie would sanction any Such unhal
lowed conduct?" Canyoustraptliis - Lot
tery Box" upon your back, take this "for
tune telling machine" in one hand, these
'■dice" in the other, fill your pockets with
"white mice" aud "useless toys," then kneel
down in"the archery," or the "ice Cream
Saloon," and invoke the blessing of God
upon such an institution ?—Then as you
rise up from such a sacrilegious devotion,
I imagine I hear you sing:
Ten cent* ft chance inJJacob'i well,
0! have your fortune told
Hero is a mourn:, I'd liko to sell,
id uot very old.
And then the DOXOLOOY :
Praise Hiatwf. from whom all blewingn flow,
Comenhakr these dicr before you go,
Praise Chance and drink a toast,
Aud se? who can drink the mott.— AMES.
Is it not an appeal to the depraved pas
sions and appetites of humanity ? Is it
uot giving your sanction, to games of
chance, aud training the youth of ourjand
for the gambler's hell ? Is it not an in
trigue and deception unbecoming a Chris
tian people ? Is it not a studied aud labor
ed effort to cheat all who patronize them,
an act which cannot be justified by any
purpose whatever ? Is it not ou the part
of those fair youths who conduct them a
sacrifice of modesty, and is not modesty
virtue? Can any good intention justify
such conduct ? Or can such conduct have
a good intention ? Is it not foolish ?
Why not substitute instead of those mis
erable lottery tickets, common playing
cards, and have"2s cents Ante," and if
it be such a very good cause, perhapi-some
" Let us have Faith that Right makes Might; and in that Faith let us, to the end,dare to do our duty as we understand it"—- v - LINCOLN.
of the brethren would "go a blind?" Or
would not a faro-bank be easier managed
and more remunerative? liutto keep up
a vain show of morality, yon of necessity
condemn in word, \fhat yon teach by ex
ample ? Is not your whole conduct, "strain
ing at a 'jnat and swallowing a gambling
saloon ?" Did not Christ when He en
tered into the temple at Jerusalem, over
throw all such Fairs and cast out both
those that bought, and those that sold, and
began to teach saying, "My house is a
house of prayer, but ye have made ft a
den of thieves 1" He said nothing ab.out
"'25 cents a chance," but liavingno where
to lay his head he preached from the
mountain top a free salvation to all. And
such conduct was never sanctioned by the
early Christians, no! never! l'aul rec
ommended that they give "according as
the Lord had prospered them," but I do
not read that he ever recommended that
the house of God be turned into an In.
CREAM SALOON, or that the sisters should
lose theirslecp to sell articles of vanity, to
decorate God's house with articles l corse
than vanity. No ! —"The groves were
God's first temples," and sooner wauld
they have worshipped amid the deep,
calm shades of the forest than have stoop
ed to such acts, to purchase all the luxu
ries of earth. Buttho fae\ is, such "Beau
tiful Temples" are just now in fashion,
and it is your pride that creates your im
aginary wants, and to gratify that pride
you stoop to means unbecoming and sub
versive of the religion you profess. For
one monttnt imagine you see John th'e
Revelator, getting up a Fair and calling
on the people to have their fortunes told,
"Only2sCents!" No! He choserathcr
to tell them without charge, the fortune of
Babylon, and the final overthrow and sor-
rcno of all those who bought and sold in
her "Fairs" of luxury and vanity. Or
PAUL when lie entered Athens, setting up
a Post Office and writing "billetdoux" to
the Athenian soldiers, "Only ten Cents!"
and all to Decorate, the temple of that God
whom ye-ignorantly worship. No! lie
chose rather to rebuke such folly and gave
his life a sacrifice to the plain unvarnish
ed' truths of Christianity, preaching hu
mility aud self denial,obedience and LOY
ALTY to the powers that be. Or imagine
you see PETER with the keys of heaven
and earth in his hand standing by the
door of the church of Annapolis, at the
midnight hour demanding "ten cents" of
all who chose to enter, and after lie had
got them in, dressing up the young and
fair sisters of the church, in purple and
scarlet, curling their hair and prompting
them to ask the soldiers to'-tahe a chance''
in some article of -vanity or luxury, "Only
25 Cents," tyjd all this to buy himself a
spring sofa, and marble pulpit. Ao.'—
PETER spent his nights quite differently
and yon might have heard him at the mid
night hour denouncing all such folly and
offering all " a chance" in the kingdom of
heaven-without money and without price."
Again imagine you see MARY going around
with her alabaster box of precious oint
ment "Only 25 Cents," <)! the idea is
perfectly ridixijlcrxix, yet those pious shep
herds attend these festivals and sanction
them by their august presence, but I must
confess I never saw any of them ' take a
chance." Now I beg leave to say to all
such shepherds, would you uot feel more
noble worshiping in a plainer house built
by honorable means ? Could you not sit
more comfortably in a rude scat purchased
by honorabte means than upon a spring
sofa purchased by the sacrifice of your
moral dignity and Christian consistency 112
Would you not feel more like a minister
of CHRIST, standing behind a rude pulpit
purchased by honorable means, than you
do behind your .structures purchas
ed with the proceeds of your '-Archery."
your "Fortune telling machine," your
"lottery and dice boxes," and 'white mice,'
to say nothing of the sacrifice of the
modesty of the fair ones of your flock.—
If ye be men of honor, do you not despise
such chicanery forany purpose whatever ?
And as Christians, instead of spreading
those rich carpets upon your floors should
you not seek to spread the rich tidingf of
the Gospel in heathen lands, and instead
of pointing Kn<\ freseoeing the walls of your
temples should you not seek to paint the
name of JESUS on the walls Of "heathen
temples of idolatary, paint the let
ters of the alpabct upon the minds of
some of your ignorant sen ants.
But having seen the Fair I concluded
to attend divine services the neit. Sab
bath evening, in the same "beautiful tem
ple," accordingly I accompanied some of
thefaithful and was politely conducted to
a scat in tho gallery. "The Beautiful
Temple" was crowded. The ' daughters
of chance" were there, and tlioTtcns of
fortune sat beside them, but I could see
no sign •Ice Cream," and "Jacob's
Well," was not there, but the Itoverend
came, he had no "Fortune Telling Ma
chine," no "Chance Box," no "Dice," as
J to the "White Mice." I could not say,
but POOH he opened the "Archery" of
Truth.ami "took a chance" in Esther:—
'•lf I perish I perish." The subject was
perseverance, fhediscourse delightful, and
the conclusion. "COME TO THE FAIR !
Come every night until the debt is paid,"
just as if a soldier's money was made by
such "midnight chances," and as I walk
ed to my quarters I pondered,on what I
had heard. "If I perish—l perish," but
I cannot goto the Fair, for I have not
money enough to buy a postage stamp.—
If there should be no Fair when the In
valid Corps is paid, I connot practice this
'■Perseverance,', and my chance will be
hopeless. Again ho said : "Come every
night." Is not this a wi eked allurement
to the waste of precious time ? If a sol
dier desires to give anything can he not
it in one night ? And does not such
perseverance as ho preaches, tend to re
duce to poverty and want the poorsoldiers
who have given their ALL, to a cause I nev
er heard HIM PRAY FOR! Even if these
Fairs are light, would not one night be
enough for each j y day ? I'm sure one
night "strapped" me. But the worthy
Patron of Chances, informed us that he
had "neglected to take up the usual col
lections for The Tract Society, and for
The Sabbath School cause," of course, be
cause of the debt on"THE BEAUTIFUL
TEMPLE," and as I looked upon its gran
deur. "I said :—Beautiful! beautiful! !
indeed—but what a pity to neglect the ed
ucation, even of ONE child for all such
vain beauty and grandeur."
Tn conclusion I would say in all kiud
iic-s to these Gospel Ministers who pat
ronize and conduct such "Fairs," —IF
In my opinion when vice and immoral
ity become Christian virtues then will
•Kueh "Fairs" become Christian institutions,
and yon will occupy an enviable position,
bitt under the teachings of CIIRIST, and
His Apostles, your position is ridiculous ,
and as you cannot defend your course by
any acknowledged rules of morality, 1
would advise yon to repent of your past
fully, and instead of practicing "such chi
canery" to use the last dimcof the wound
ed soldier to carpet the walks of ~Trea*<m.
you give the remainder of your days to
deeds of love, charily and LoVALTtf.
A ery Bespeetfully Yours,
Monkay in Church.
There was once an eminent clergyman
by the name of Caassaubon, who kept in
his family a tame monkey, of which he
was very fond. This animal, which was
allowed its liberty, liked to follow the
minister when he went out, but on the
Sabbath was usually shut up till his own
er was out of sight, on his way to church.
But «ne Sabbijth morning, when the cler
gyman, taking his sermon under his arm,
went out, the monkey followed him un
observed, and watching the opportunity
while Iris piaster was speaking to a gen
tleman on the steps, ran up at the back of
the pulpit, and jumped upon the sound
ing board. Here he gravely seated him
self, looking round iu a knowing manner
On the congregation, who were greatly
amused at so strauge a spectacle. The
service proceeded as usual, while the
monkey, who evidently much enjoyed the
sight of so many people, occasionally peep
ed over the sounding-board, to observe the
movements of his master, who was un
conscious of his presence. When the
sermon commenced, many little forms were
convulsed with laughter, which conduct
so shocked the good pastor, that he tho't
it his duty to administer a reproof, which
he did with considerable action of his
hands and arms. The monkey, who had
now become familiar with the scene, im
itated every motion, till at last a scarcely
suppicsscd smile upon the countenance of
most of the audience.
too, in one of the most solemn passages
in the discourse; and so horrible did the
lovity appear to rtie good minister, that
lie launched lftrth into violent rebuke,
every word being enforced by great ener
gy of action. All this time the little fel
low overhead mimicked every movement
with ardor and exactness. The audience,
witnessing the apparent competition be
tween the man and his monkey, could no
longer retain the least appearance of com
posure, and burst into roars of laughter,
iu the midst of which one of the congre
gation kindly relieved the horror of the
pastor at the irreverence and impiety of
his'flock. by pointing out the cause of the
merriment. Casting his eyes upward, the
minister could just discern the animal
standing on the end of the sounding-board,
and gesturing with all his might, when ho
found it difficult to control himself, though
highly exasperated at the occurrence.—
He gave directions to have the mouldy
remcved, and sat down to compose him
self, and allow his congregatiou to recov
er their equinimity while tie order was
being obeyed
For the Citizen.
The reckle«s youth drives on with furious heat;
With dangers great hi?pathway is replete:
He labors not to curb his fiery steed,—
Increasing ev'ry moment is his speed;—
Instead of toiling his. momentum to
lie cracks his whip, and loosely gives the rein :
Unconscious, he enthely seems to he,
Of perils imminent the prudent gee.
Above his head are cliff*, abrupt and high,—
.Inst on each side, doep, awful ravines lie.
The danger still increases—more ami more,—
While, light ahead, hi* gp'ninir eyes explore
A frijrhtfnl gulf, moat ftarful to behold,
>\ hich yawns to drown him in it- depths untold:
He nears its dreadful brink with lightning speed,—
Onward, with fur.v, bounds bis tirysteed,—
He sees his danger.—labor* to restrain
His courserV rapid force, —but 'tis in vain,—
And why? the renson'« obviously plain-
He has too long enjoyed the slackened rein:—
11 i« blood is high, restraint he will not know,—
Thty plunge into the dread abyss below!
The reckless, furious, tragic race is o'er, 4
Driver and courser can be seen no more ! * *
Philosophers of ancient times declared —
•• Man'* paa.-ions with wild horses w ell Compared
His reason did the driver represent.
Which was to give the passions proper bent.
Hut many—what a truth to understand !
Their chargers better than themselves tommand;
Their horses are instructed to keep still,
Or, well perform what is their owner's will;.
While man permits his passions have the sway,
And with their driver,reaaon, runaway.
A governable horse, all must agree.
Alone, can to his owner useful be:
And he, that he may servo hi id well and true,
Must be ''broke in" betimes.—completely too.
So, too, our passions must be well" broke in"—
They are the drivers to the gulf of sin,—
Oi liiey o'er re.i->>ii will their pow'r extend,
A lid lead to dreadful ruin In tin* end.
Philosophy, indeed, may show us how*
To make our wilful, furious passions bow;—
Hut luMv'n-in*plred Religion will impart
A pow'r to govern and to guide the heart,
Philosophy—the ancient and the new—
Has never yet performed—can never do.
CONSIDER whence thou comest, wftlior
thou gocst, and before whom thou art to
stand. .
THE most disagreeable of all bats to
have flying about one's head, arc brick
bats. %
llow did Noah preserve honey bees
during the flood-? In the ark-hives of
the world, of course.
WHAT is the difference between one's
mouth and a bandbox? Not much; ci
ther is a good place to put a mvff-in.
A LOVER is most eloquent when he
talks to his sweet-heart about marriage.
Then his speech is ringing eloquence.
A GENIUS out west has just patented a
machine for making chestnuts out of sweet
potatoes. He is a brother to the old gen
tleman who put handlcs'to prickly pears
and sold them for curry-combs.
THE editor of the Rochester Democrat
gives this recipe to kill fleas ou dogs :
" Soak the dog for five minutes in catn
phene, and then set him on fire. The
effect is instantaneous."
A GOOD deal of the consolation offered
in the world is about :iS solacing as the
assurance of the Irishman to his wife
when she fell'into the river.• "You'll
find ground at the bottom, my dear."
A I.ADY, just returned from a foreign
tour, said her husband purchased, among
other things during their travels, a lot of
stationery to putin tlic nicks, and soipe ar
ticles of virtue to adorn his parlor with.
A MAN had a sign up, " Cheap Ladies'
Shoes for sale here." He found t":ut not
a woman entered his store. No wonder ;
the ladies don't like to be called cheap—
they want to be called dear.
A WAG remarked the other day that
people treated postage stamps now-a-iays
iu the same manner as school-masters used
to treat their pupils iu his time—licked
tliem to make them slick to their letters.
" So.MB people," said a red-nosed indi
vidual, haranguing three or four bystand
ers, " waste their money in charity, oth
ers squander theirs in supporting wives
and families; but as for me, I save miuc
to buy spirits."
AN old bachelor of our acquaintance
says lie doesn't wonder that married men
over thirty-five years of age are placed in
the second class conscripts under the new
conscription law. They have suffered
enough for their country.
TIIF. wit .deservedly -won his bet who,
in a company where every one was brag-
his tall relations, wagered that he
himself had a twelve feet high.
Ho had, he said, "twohalf brothers,each
measuring six feet."
How do you like me now ?" asked a
belle of her spouse, as she sailed into the
room, with a sweeping train of muslin fol
lowing her.
" Well," said lie, " to tell the truth, it
is impossible for me to like you any long
A.CYNlc,*by the name of Wright in
Wrightsville, Wright county, out West,
recently writing on Woman'} rights,—
" that it is so seldom that women do right
what is right that it is more thaii right
that when they do what is right that it
should be rightly done." Now, if Mr.
Wright is not right, then he had no right
to write the above.
AN officer of South Adams on a fur
lough was recently addressed by a pom
pous individual: —
" Oh, you feel big, don't you 1 with
your shoulder straps and brass coat and
blue buttons? Well, I could have had a
commission, too, if 1 had wanted it, and
gone to the war, and fought and been kill
ed and been buried by this time."
'• It's a pity you hadn't taken the coiu
mi-iion," said tlic officer, quietly
A rin.v ( orrcspomU'iice.
April 6, 1804. j.
Messrs Editors: —This is a very pleas
ant day.and the bright rays of the sun I
hope speak freedom to Maryland, this
county is a dark corner, but I
some as true and active t'rioifcls of the Union
as can be found any where, gray haired
citizens at the polls, exerting themselves
to give the death blow to slavery, before
they leave, were it to be their last act,
could be none more noble. I hope history
will prove that, to-day a bloodless victory
forever freed "My Maryland" from the
dead weight of this degrading institution,
liut. be the issue of to-day what it may
"Let us have faith, that Right makes
Might" and do our duty.
Troops are arriving here daily, part of
the 3d. N. J. Cavalry, came yesterday,
the 17th Mich., last night, and a few days
pgo I observed marching through to their
encampment, the Ist Michigan, (colored)
regiment; they marched to good music of
a brass band of their own color; they
carried the good old flag of the Stars and
Stripes, ou one side of which I read, —
"I'rescntc.d hy the Soldiers Aid Society of
Detroit,'' on the other : ' All men are
born free and < , to realize which we
As rlookod upon tlio forms, many of
whom hail once worn the white man's
chains, but now carried the musket to
defend the white man's Government, who
once Were slaves under the flag they now
rally to defend, who but a few years ago
had "no rights a white man was bound to
respect," but who now volunteer to defend
the rights of all, ami are welcomed to the*
noble defence of the Government of our
fathers, whose motto they have inscribed
upon their banner, to realize which they
fight. I could only s:iy, "truly the change
is great" ;wid if it be a crime for a white
man to axsail that flag and that motto
certainly it is a noble act in the black man
to defend it."The world moves" onward.
• Error and dccfty are synonymous terms,
and that which is not right must cease to
exist, fur " God reigns.'' Rebellion against
free institutions must end in its own over
throw, and in the glorious triumph of that
flag, and that motto, for "the service of.
(•'oil tj perfect freedom."
When the discoverer of our country
declared this planet to be round, he but
told a truth of nature, which nothing but
the hand of (jod can change. When
Roger Williams declared amid the forests
of the new world, that "All men had a
right to worship God according to the dic
tates of their own conciencc, ho but de
clared a truth of (-.1 <>d's moral Government,
which shall only cease to be, a right, when
man shall' cease to have a conscience or
God an existence. And when our vener
able fathers declared that "All men are
created free and equal," they only express
ed a simple truth of (1 oils creation, which
all the tryants in the world can never
erase, and all the rebellions on earth can
never overthrow, but this immortal truth,
a stifr pf hope shall forever glitter upon
u Flag of tlio free In-art* only home,
By angel hands to valor given;
Tliy fc/iw'« ure from yonder doino,
AtV.I ;ilI tli v iron/* wero born in hoaven.
Korererfl««ut that moUnshoot,
Wh. ro br<jatb.* tho Hr.b, but fall* before UA,
With freedom* noil beneath our f<-et,
And freedoms IHOUO floating o'.r u«.
" To Realize. vhich u-c fiyhl" was the im
pulse of our noble sires, and by (heir val
or, suffering, and per servancc during
seven years warfare, they secured for our
realization the liberty we enjoy and gave
into our hands this blood stained Charter
of universal freedom. Let it be inscribed
upon (he banners and hearts of all. Let
it never pass from our hand? except as a
rich and untarnished legacy to our chil
dren. Lot that motto of Gods creation
be inscribed upon our banners until it be
comes a living reality, acknowledged and
realized by all, then rebellion against this
law of natures God, will be unknown.
All will be free, all will be equal, nil will
all will be Happy; none will wear
crowns, none will bear arms, none will
live in chains. And then it will be the
glory of America, that she has been the
asylum for the oppressed. The birth
place of Civil and .Religious Liberty. The
Cradle of Human Freedom, and the
grave of Human Slavery. "To realize
which wcfight."
er who took the course of human events
has never been heard of since ?
If the hollow of a log can be heard ?
If twelve inches make a foot, how many
will make a leg?
Do potatoes ever wear out, as we often
hear of potatoe patches?
Will the Cape of Good Hope fit a fash
ionable lady?
Men are made in the image of
God." Gentlemen arc manufactured by
tailors, barbers, and bootjacks.
"Woman is the last and most perfect
work of God." Ladies are the production
of silk-worms, milliners and drc.;sinakcre.
From the New York Home Journal.
A OoufidQjice Woman.
Our Western exchanges contain lengthy
accounts of a young married woman nam
ed Mrs. Van Vleet, who lias been swind
ling the people of Michigan and Illinois.
The annals of femalo crime and fraud du
ring the past quarter of a century scarce
ly present a parallel, case. Her opera
tions have been distinguished by a bold'
ness, a dash of romance, and, until recent
ly. by an unvarying success at onee sur
prising and evincing talent of a high or
der, worthy of a better, use. She is de
scribed as young in appearance, not over
thirty years of age, of handsome and pe
culiarly attractive manners. She drosses
with exquisite taste, and moves iu good
society with all the ease and sclf-possdsS
iou of a traveled woman of tlio world.—
Sho has resided from childhood in Mod
roe county, and, until her recent arrest,
has moved iu good circles, whore licr res
pectability has been undoubted. It is
said that she Ims realized untold sums from
her swindling operatious during the past
seven or oight years. During this period
she'has absented herself from home fre
quently weeks at a ti*ie, roturhing as mys
teriously as sho disappeared. While at
home, she lived in a style ot luxury and
magnificence that has been the envy of
her friends and acquaintances.^! hiring
some of these periodic excursions Mrs.
Van Vleet played the literary role, and
claimed to be authoress of " Butledge."
Soon after the appearance of " Rutledge"
she made her advent in the quiet East
ern city of . Ilerc she sought out
a prominent real estate agent, and conti
ded with him the important information
that she was a woman of means, and do
sired to purchase a residence in the vi
cinity. The confiding man of real estate
was flattered by the prospect of selling
property to the authoress of " Kutledge,"
and iu deference to her literary fame, in
vited her to a homo in his family. Her
blandishments secured her an introduc
tion to financial men, and she was ena
bled to get a check for two thousand five
hundred dollars on a Boston bank cashed.
It was altered from twenty-five dollars to
two thousand five hundred dollars. This
fraud was soon discovered, but not beforo
the fair ,swindler had escaped. Sho is
said to have operated extensively in mi
nor swindles in the East, many of which
transactions will probably never see the
light. She has at different times person
ated Mrs. General Van Vleet, and it is
stated that not l«ag since she put on a
brigadier's uniform and went to Chicago,
where she had the audicity to personate
(ieneral Van Vleet himself. Sometime-)
she made her husband put"on the uni
form, and the pair traveled as General
Van Vleet and lady. The arrest of this
woman at Dundee, Michigan, has caused
considerable excitement and gossip in the
neighborhood where she is known, and all
kinds of stories are afloat. One is to the
effect that she donned the uniform of a
lieutenant, and by her dashing and brill
iant appearance, won the effeetions of a
young lady,•married, and then cruelly de
serted her. She has a young child about a
year old, which gossip says she has ab
ducted in some of her wanderings.
J lev husband is said to be an •offen
sive man, and has been used as the tool of
this artl'ul and designing woman. She
took her arrest with the utmost sang/'raid,
and said to a female acquaintance as she
was about to leave with the officers for
Chicago, that she had " escaped from a
good many worse scrapes than this." Her
arrest and exposure will probably close a
career of crime that has been as riftiantic,
as successful and remarkable, as anything
of the kind we have ever been called up
on to record.
A few days ago a lady alight
ed from the New Haven train at Guil
ford, Conn., asked for the residence
of a well to do gentleman living near
the centre of the town, and proceed
ed thither. She was admitted, Lad a
five minutes interview with the said
gentleman, when both went to the
minister and were married. The
next day she left and has not been
seen in Guilford since. In reply to
the. questions of the • curious, tho
gentleman says: "She is my wife, and
she has gone away." This is all tho
satisfaction he gives, and the gos
sips are wild with excitement
A country editor living on
the line of a railroad, sent to the su
perintendent of tho road for a pass
for himself, and added, "please cm
brace my wife." The superintendent
returned a pass to the editor, but de
stined the proposed honor.
fair A Man at a fair was asked if his
horse was timid. " Not at all," said he j
'•he frequently spehds the whole night by
himself in a stable."
Santa Anna has, it is 3aid, given
in his adhesion to Maximillion and
is going to Mexico to tell him so.