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STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY, PA., FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 1840
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Many of us in our neighborhood are bad off for wa
ter, and the men don't take it as much to heart as
they ought to, or things would soon begin to mend.
Carrying water a long distance is real work, and i jrown l0 Mrs. Green, as they met, one mom
T2ie Wilson IIohisu,
OR VILLAGt GOSSIP,
nv MISS LSSLIE.
Mark how plain a tale shall put you down." Shnkspearc.
" Have you heard tlo news ?" said Mrs.
llannr a ircneral assortment of large dopant plain andorna
mental Type, wc are prepared to execute every des
Cartls, Circulars, Bill Heads, Hfotcs,
B Fa ii It Receipts
JUSTICES, LEGAL AND QTHER
P-.r.te-! with neatness and despatch, on reasonable terms.
Not thine not thwe is the glittering crest ; '
And i he glance f the snow white plume ;
N. rilie badge that gleams from the warrior's breast,
Like a star 'mid the battle's gloom !
Nor 's thy place "mid thy country's host,
Where the war steed champs his rein .
Whore waving plumes are like sea-foam tossedfiaJ
A id the turf wears a gory stain 1 "
N ir thee nor these are thy glorious bower ;
But a hauer gift is thine, , -r
AV u-n the proai have fallen in triumph's hour,
And the red blood flows like wine ; . ,
T wpp the dew from the chimmy brow
T. raise the dtxxjpiHe head w'-
T. c o! the parefcei lips fevered glow,
A.. 1 - KKhe the lowly bed '.
No! :hine not thine is the towering;!
U"'ire ambition makes hs throne
The- 'imui dove wings not her flighty
Wacre the carie soars atone :
Ii'i; m the halt and in Uie bower, j '
Aa.i by the humbly hearth,"
Man feel the charm and owns the power"
Tua: binds hua still to earth.
Yes these are thine '. aad whe can say
1L-- ; a brighter doom,
Wh winds fame's gory wreath of bay,
Tlnand an aching brsSv 'l bloom 7
Cii' to watch death's Bvflhaes depart
T soc.lie lie aefcug p6p of wo,
Anl to whisper hape to tht fiunUng heart,
U the proudest jnien bolovv1.
From the Farmers Cabinet.
so is drawing it from the bottom of a deep well,
and a tall pump don't work easy. A few of our
neighbors have good large cisterns, with pumps in
them, that save much time and labor ; and besides,
the fine soft rain water they contain is so good for
washing, that I wish you would give us a lift in the
Cabinet, so that every family may be furnished
with one, evenit should be thought to be for oui
Now there is the milking, which y6u know must
be done tain or jthinr, no matter how great the
storm, or deep the mud, or filth of the path, or barn
yard, or stable; try to help us along a little in this
important matter; the path might be paved or grav
elled, one would think, without much expense or
labor; and the stables, can't you teach our dear
masters how they as well as the cows, can be kept
clean during the winter season. It is said cows
give much more milk when they are kept tidy and
clean, and I think "it stands to reason that they
should. If 1 was a cowl wouldn't give a drop of
milk unless I was kept neat and clean, and weli fed
in the baigain, fori lintc these lazy, stingy fellows,
that are always trying to cheat and get something
for nothing : do give them a touch on those sub
jects, and if you do it handsomely, I will write to
you again, and tell you a few more of our grievan
ces, under which we have been long laboring to
our great discomfort, and the great injury of our
Go nut beneath the arched heavens in night's
profeund gloom, and say, if you can, "Tjiwik is
,jo uoo: nronoance tnat areau oiasoflainv, anu
iug, at the principal store hi the village of
Thebes, a place whichall our topographers
have most unaccountabiiorgotten'to insert in
their maps of the Slate of. IS'cw York. "No,"
repliod Mrs. Green. "Iis a long time since
there was any news in Thobes." "Well " said
'the Wilsot House is taken at
And who ms taken it ?"
"Oh! 1 don't know; bdt'my Phillis saw the
windows'open this inorniij,aud old Polly Splat
ter door busy white-washing."
" I wonder," observe! vMrs. Green, "that
Phillis did not ai.k Polly. .Of course alio could
have told who hired her."
'Why, to tell the truth," answered Mrs.
Drown, " Phillis did inquire, and Polly said
the name of the family was either James, or
Clark, or Thomson ; though she could not ex
actly remember which. , But Polly is so'stupid,
that she can never understand names, and Phil
lis so giddy she always targets them."
"Did Phillis make no further inquiries ?" ask
ed Mrs. Green.
"To be sure she did," replied Mrs. Brown.
"But you know old- Polly-Splatterfloor is so
deaf that she eau scarcely licar, and has so few
teeth that she can scarcely" speak, and is, be
sides, so cross when she is white-washing. So
she told Phillis to mmd her, own business, and
make haste home with her market-basket, and
not stand there hinderinglhcr."
Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Green .have finished
their purchases at the stos, walked on togeth
er, making various conjectures to each other
about the people that had taken the Wilson
House, which was one of the best in the town,
and which originally belonged to a' family of
each, star above you will reproach you lor your un- that n wLo had ong jnce removed lo lll0
broken darkness of Intellect every voice that j pietropoiis.
floats Upon the 'night winds will bewail your r.ttcr As 13 the case in most American villages, the
i femaie population of Thebl's far outnumbered
hopelessness and despair ! Is there no God
"Who, then, unrolled that blue scroll, and threw up
on its high- frontispiece the legible gleamings of
immortality V- Who fashioned the green earth
with his perpeu&l roiling waters ind its wide ex
panse ofisltmd tmtl maftn Whu settlediliu foun-
Who paved the heav-
popuiatiun oi I iiee
the male ; and the matrimonial market
extremely deficient in the article of youirg men,
the ladies, in default of other occupation, wore
much addicted to rofqrminjnihe world and im
only kept a close watch over the little communi
ty around them, but hey had lately taken the Pe-
dations of the mountains ?
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: Women's work is never done, therefore you ought j ens wnn cjouas, ana uiuuuu amiu wc uauuexs ui . . Isldn(s unjer their protection, and had for
lo lend a hand. l storms the voice- of thunders, and unchained the , j 11P;r!tv for the nurnose of stmnlvimr tho.
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wants (both mental and phvsica!) ol these ami
able savajies the history of Prince Lee Boo
The Cabinet, and other agricultural periods, liavc lightnings that linei, and lu.k, and flash in their
mide our men folks very learned on the subjects i gloom 1 Who gave to the eagle a safe eyrie where
t.f manures, crops, short-horned cattle, sheep, the tempest dwoll and beat strongest, and to the ; having convinced them that his countrymen
dove a tranquil abode amid the forests that ever , were a peopie whose capacities were great, and
Ifwine, &c We hear them often discussing these
It vics, and they really appear toderive benefit from
it, for they seem to talk less of politics, and other
tverlastiug subjects about which thoy could never
?ome to any satisfactory conclusion, since agricul
tural papers have been generally introduced in our
jhborhood. But there are some matters that
te women folks, who constitute a part, and wc
tLink no -unimportant part of the agricultural com-
i mity, are desirous should claim a share of the
Intention of the Editor of the Cabinet; just give
us a page or two of your useful journal every month,
h.i which to discuss such subjects as may more par-
ftiruiarly appertain to our department of the duties
of hou-n-wifcry as connected with agricultural life.
If you will agree to furnish us with the uset of a
chinviey corner of the Cabinat for our own use, we
-will a?ccpt it with thanks; if not, we will have a j
pipr of our 0&m for onr otcn use, edited by one of
r j Ota numbers, and then look out, and stand
c3. tvlien the hot water begins to fly about your
I w ill now tell you ome of the matters we want
' r jj:'it :efore the public, widtthe view of meliorat
) . : - u ' conliUOMjUjtd promoting t&a interest & com
n of all concerned. You raiy call these small
i'.vU 'jrts, but of email things, groat ones are com-
-.se!; praia f sand make mountains, drops of
wau?r consttuue the ocean, a4 liule babies make
J i'jn and women al! the world over; no exception
! E iitor. The gc& matters of agriculture are
echo to the minstrelsy of lier moan ? ""ho made
tiiee, oh Manl with thy perfected elegance of in
tellect and of form 1 Who made the light pleas
ant to thee: and the darkness a covering and a her
ald to the first beautiful flashes of the morning ?
Who gave thee that matchless symmetry of" sinew
and limb 1 That regular flowing of blood ? Those
irrepressible and daring passions of ambition and
of love ? No God ! And yet the thunders of hea-
v. hose necessities were numerous
One learned Thvban, a lady, whose"chiof
two female servants, one black and one white,
had arrived in the steam-boat that had stopped
at Thebes about noon ; and that they also lfad
gone to the mansion in question. Putting all
these things together, it was evident that the
strangers had furniture, sen'ants, and a dog.
As the ladies of Thebes looked down into
the Wilson House they saw the furniture un
packed, or unpacking, and some of it actually
arranged. Curiosity increases by feeding, and
they would now have given almost any sum to
be inside of the house, with an opportunity of
They saw a long rough box, which, from, its
apparent weight, when moved, was declared by
Mis. Cobalt to contain minerals, and she was,
therefore, convinced that the stranger was a
man of science. Mr. Warspite rather believ
ed he was a British i.py, and that the box was
heavy with British goid. They were so fortu-natc-as
to see it oput, and they found that it
contained the kitchen clock.
Aniono the objects that were not familiar to
J our fair Thebans they perceived something that
was only intelligible to Miss Cnerubina Moon
shine, who had been educated at a city hoard
ing school, where she read nothing but history
in public, and nothing but romance in private;
and who pronounced the thing in question to be
a guitar case. And this lady immediately con
jectured that the expected occupants of the
Wilson House were a. young couple just eloped,
and that this was the very guitar on which the
lover had serenaded his mistrsss.
A square box, very strongly secured, was the
next thing to be wondered at. Mrs. Dailydove
procounced it a medicine chest, and felicitated
herself on the arrival of a new doctor or a new
invalid. But Miss Watermilk feared that it was
rather a liquor ca.se, and thought it shouldjie
inquired into by the Temperance Society.
While this, the moat mysterious of the box
es, was under discussion, a chaise, "with a black
leather trunk behind it, drove up to the door of
the Wilson House, and. a gentleman alighted
from it and handed out a lady, whose figure was
concealed by a shawl, and her face hidden by
a close straw bonnet and a green veil. The
mulatto man received them at the door, and af
terwards look the chaise round to the stable.
The lady entered the house immediately; but the
gentleman stood a few minutes on the steps,
givlrrgBOrnfrdTf odipns to Jthe servants.. He was
a. man of middle age, neither tall nor short,
nor handsome nor otherwise.
Shortly after, the lady was seen going thro'
the rooms without her bonnet; and various in
deed were the opinions respecting her, as the
spectators in the opposite house pressed close
to the window, and looked over each othej's
shoulders; though all the glimpses they could
obtain of her were certainly very imperfect.
Miss Crow thought the strange lady's hair
tudy was that voluminous work mis-culled the too light; which very much surprised Miss Flax,
I T.' . . 1.- 1.1 I , 1 ' . I I 1 A T-
Library of Entertaining Knowledge, was enga
ged in writing a scries of paper on Natural Sci
ence, to be translated into Pelen, whenever a
professor of that language could be found ; and
another was employed on an octavo of six hun
dred pages, designated "a Synopsis of Ancient
History, also to be translated by the same hn
ven, and the waters of earth are calm ! Is there ! guist, and for the especial benefit of tho same
no lightning that heaven is not.avenged ? Are there ; benighted islanders
no floods, that ma rfis not swept under a deluge ?
They remain but the bow of reconciliation hangs
But the largest proportion of the members of
this praise-worthy society being ladies whose
out above and beneath them. And it were better ! stociungs were out narrowly siripcu witu ume,
that the lnnitiess waters and the strong mountains ' ther wur, content to be employed in making
i i i -uii. .i ,-,. up long flannel lackets, substantial quilted bon
were convulsed and commingled together it were;
. , a 1 1 r nets, and thick doable calico wrappers, to su-
better that the very stars were conflagra ed by fire, 'edc cmtumo of pclcn h
or shrouded m gloom, than that osu soul should be ! , j as
t Vr t j j : i -r. i o . a . ' J
the Altar of imrccssin !
And old continental arrived at an inn, and ask- j Society were hold in a ci-dovast- scl
i c . 4 . u r ' directly opposite the Wilson House
-. ! v and amply dicowed in your journal, but we
'a:it something aid about "our own wants and
rn jr or t mr o .rtt mii-ilflnxl n ' nrnnil A-
y y a -jt a " wood houee, for the convenience
a.i'J comfort of females ; it was much talked of, anci
( cry man in or neighborhood, oxcopt-an old bach
t - r, approved of it, and most of the men said they
v, .rjld b lild a receptacle for keeping the fuel dry.
f.-.r ecn went so fir as to et the stuff (or it, but
a L:r jrJi tuedjl for anodici purpose, and to tin's
t , -re !m not Wnh binh a vi iMjil house i.i the
, . .-, w-
i " i .ip ; st we lu re burnt vet wood, and go out
1 - i jr:Jinner is delayed fieyond the usuni lime
' 'ir':Jefle lite fuei being wet nnd groen,
i WiMi:ierer 'h$petis, we nfe.jjure te hoar of j
i x way oi CQiOfMim, SOOUZn me lanii mys
e. ise'.y vhre uWiMhU frft). I
.'.ikinjr, jxw knmv, ejftpt WUm JteU?;(Hl
- woo J. si we 'want ' fy&Mar emif
n keej-ing wdofn tl;3ry, acl having it cut
strangers to the comlorts ol warm clothing.
I he weekly meetings of the Pelon island (
u ior reireiiii:uui. n ire nusiu&s aci iroiuiu nuu , i,:i,
bone of ham, and a crust of bread. Her son, who; r, , ,. 1l3nnonpjl fltIll
had been an officer, gave the poor fellow a shilling themselves, at the place of rendezvous, by two
when ho had dur. pieking, and bid him march off. i o'clock in the alicrnoon, an liour before thy usu-
Soon after the old wonmucorr.es in to loolc lor her; al tJmo. There was inucli discussion on the
par. "Mother," auvs the officer, "what might the men tenants of the Wilson House the owiut
nickinir of that bone be wortli ?:' "Why, about one of which lived, as we have staled in the city.-
and sixpence, thee hard times." " Well," cries ! And Mr. Brown and Mrs Croon gave in their
the humane son, "I have made a fine bargain, and
saved sixpence, for I gave him but a shilling to
pick the whole."
To Soften 1Va4er. A few ounces of soda will
. Mrs. Pcttyfaqt deposed that her son Johnny
(a boy of ten years old, who lived mostly about
the wharves) had seen, eaiiy that morning, a
number of packing-boxes landed from a low
boat and put into two carts. The boxes were
soften a hogshead of the hardest water. It is ; escorted by a man servant, a stout mulatto, very
greatly superior to pot or poarl ash, giving a deli
cale whiteness to linen, without the slightest inju-j only the varioloid, lie was dressed in a brown
much marked with the small pox, or, perhaps.
ry, and it never, unless excess is.usod, in the least
-?' w,wwiinnJle,'gtllwis. if Johnny
, ' : , , , . . ,1 colored man s hat was good, but not quite now
shoifla bo warfied m vesv hot suds, and not rmsudinn , , , " ;, ,
. . ' . 11 he boxes evidently contained lurnuuro ; an
, lUAKWJiiui wttwi sununo mum.
A ploaglinan in not an ignorant man because Ijp
doos not know hiw to read; if ho knows how to
plosgh, he is not to be cH5 an ignorant man ; but,
a wife nwy 19 jusflycaited an ignorant- woman, if
She does not lftieW holv to provide, a dinnor for her
'husband. It1 is oW comfort Tor a hongry man ,10
loiymn liow doiiitfuliy his wife plays and slags :
toVorsnuy live on very serial, diet; but husbands
dtiuid in need of the solids.
cloth coatee, gray trowsers, and a green and
yellow striped waistcoat; tho stripes going
was not mistaken. J he
on the Up of tho last cart rode a dog-house
which -was not surprising as the servant was
followed by a large black and white dog, which
Johnny know to . be a pointer, and therefore
valuable. The dog'; name was either Bings or
Mings, for he heard the. man call him so.
Mrs. Potlyfact finished her narrative by in
forming the' company that dear little Johnny
had traced. the carts (that Is, followed. them,) to
the Wilson House. Aed Mrs. Scoutwell as
serted that she knew, from good authority, that
to whom it appeared almost a jet black ; Miss
Maypole thought her entirely too short ; Miss
ilfifestone was just going to say that it was a
pity the lady should be so tall. All, however,
agreed in pronouncing her young, except Miss
Parchment, who advised them not to make up
their minds lo suddenly, as nothing was more
deceptive than distance. The husband was
decided, by an unanimous vote, to be not young,
but they raised as to his most probable age
the thermometer of their op'inion ranging from
forty-five to seventy.
Thevsaw him i.earlv all the time in one ol
the front parlors, which he evideutly intended
for-a library and once he camo to the iront
door and look twice up the ' street, and three
times down it. One lady lemarked the curls
on his temples were evidently those of a wig
but when he turned to go away, another point
cd out to her companions that the back of his
head was beginning to grow bald, and that it
must be his own hair, as nobody ever wore a
The attention of the spectators was now a
gain directed to the mysterious square box,
which, to their grr.at delight, the gentleman was
proceding to open. They almost fell out of the
window in leaning over to look, and when the
lid was linally raised, every head tried to bo a
neck in advance of all the others
'The box was found to contain sundry articles
of plate, including silver forks ; the latter uten
sils being prool positive, m the opinion oi the
gazers, that the gentleman and his lady won:
undoubtedly genteel people, and therefore quite
proper to be countenanced by all Jhebes
place which had always held its head very high,
in consequence of the universally good society,
most of its inhabitants being lit to visit each
There was one unopened package of silver
yet remaining at the bottom of the box, when a
total eclipse was put upon all, by the coloured
man shutting the front windows at the approach
Wo need not stop to remark how little ad
vancement was made this afternoon in the great
works that were in progress for the unhappy
natives of the Pelen Islands.
Next day, a brass plate was seen oi the door
of the Wilson House, and in half an hour all
Thebes was acquainted with the fact that tho
name of the new resident was B. Morrison.
Coniecturc was next at work to divine the pro-,
bable signification of the initial letter: some
contending that B. stood for Benjamin, as was
most natural ; others suggesting that it meant
Bartholomew, Basil, Bernard or Barnabas.
One man we acknowledge that he had always
been considered the greatest fool in Thebes
opined that the name might b"e Benedict ; but
this absurd conjecture was indignantly scouted
by his hearers, who unanimously declared that
no American could possibly bear a name that
had been disgraced by the traitor Arnold.
In a few days, it being supposed that Mr.
and Mrs. Morrison must be quite settled in their
new domicile, the Thebans thought it timeto
call upon them. The first visitors were their
nearly opposite neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Elliot,
the clergyman and his wife; the next were the
ladies that lived next door on each side; and
all the rest followed suit immediately: so that
long before the'next weekly meeting of the Pe
len Society, all its members were competent,
from personal observation, to compare notes a
bout the new residents. Tho substance of the
reports was that the house wasliandsomelvTur
nished, though neither Mrs. Brown nor
Green liked the patterns of the carpets ; and
and that the age of the lady was somewhat be
tween twenty and thirty ; but all agreed that
she was considerable younger than "the hus
band. It was generally concluded that, on her
part, the marriage must have been a mercenary
one, except by Miss Moonshiife, who adhere!
to her theory that it had been a runaway match;
but she explained the anomoiy of a eloping
with a gentleman so much older than herself,
by the probable conjecture tint shti had only
done so to avoid the horrors of a union with a
man still older, and in every respect worse,
whom no doubt her flinty-he.trted parents had
selected for her very likely an old fat fellow
with a real wig. and the gout in both feet.
"Now,'fsaid Miss parchment, "I am not
sure that Mrs. Morrison-is so very young her
self. I doubt if there are many years dirl'er
ence between her age and her husband's. I
observed when I called upon her the other day,
that she took care to sit with her back to tho
" Whatever may be their ages," said Mrs.
Peltyfact, " I can't believe thay they arc peo
ple of general knowledge, or who had soen
much of the world. The day I visited them,
Mr. Morrison said something about s'the inhab
itants of Thebes,' instead of calling us ' the
Thebans,' as he ought to have done. It is as
tonishing what ignorance and what rudeness
there is in the world. Once, when I was on a
visit to my uncle Krips Yanblunk of Troy, I ac
tually heard a Philadelphian talk to him of tho
'Troy people,' instead of saying 'the Trojans,
as was right and proper. Could any thing have
been more disrespectful? Uncle Vimblunk
was quite affronted, as he had to-be he that
was one of the very oldest of Trojans !"
Mr. and ilirs. Morrison continued to be the
objects of constant speculation to the Thebans,
who cossipped over every thing concern
ing them, till they made mountains out of
mole-hills? What was first mentioned as
conjecture was repeated as fact, each report
being like'a snow-ball, that gathers additional
snow as it rolls along. Still, every body visit
ed the Morrisons, and various and contradicto
ry were the opinions expressed of them, while
those two little important words, "if" and 'but'
were in perpetual requisition whenever they
were talked of. Theirs was an ant illustration
of the" position in which strangers frequently
find themselves in a dull village.
Old Judge Heavyhead, whose costume was
never very recherche ; and who, when the court
was not sitting, spent most of his time in going
from house to house to get people to play chess
with him called one morning on Mr. Morrison,
for that purpose. As it happened the door was
opened in the absence of a man by a very sim
ple country girl, called Becky, whom Mrs. Mor
rison, had recently hired a an assistant wait
er, and was yet a stranger to tho Thebans. On
Judge Heavyhead, inquiring for Mr. Morrison
the girl replied he had gone down tos.he city,
" Is Mrs. Morrison at home r saiu uie juago
thinking he might have some chance oJVnlay-
ing eness witn lier.
' Are you sir. Smith ?' asked the girl.
" No ; 1 am Judge Heavyhead."
'Then.' answered Becky, " I cant let, you in.
for Mrs. Morrison is engaged this morning.
She axed me to sav them vory words. And
she told me sho could not see any body but .nr.
Smith. She has been expecting him theso two
tours, and won't have nobody let m but turn. I
guess you will have to go away."
Judge Heavyhead Avent away ; but the dia-
ogue had been overheard by airs. Brown and
Mrs. Green, who were passing at tho time arm.
in arm, and who loitered and lingered near the
to distinguish Avhat was said,
In tho course of ths morning all Thebes was
alive wilh the rumor that Mr. Morrison having
gone on a long journey about some important
business, his wife had taken advantage of his
absence, and made an appointment with Mr.
Smith the only doubt was what Mr Smith it
could bo. Some said it was Hopestill Smith,
that occupied a front closet in Mrs. Poorstocks
boarding-house, and who, while waiting ipr cli-