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VOL. I. STK.0 UDSBURG. MONROE COUNTY, PA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1840. No 47.
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Farewell to the Year.
FROM THE SPANISH.
"Hark, friends, it strikes: the year's last hour:
A solemn sound to hear:
Come, fill the cup, and let us pour
Our blessing on the parting year.
The years that were, the dim, the grey,
Receive this night, with choral hymn,
A sister shade as lost as they,
And soon to be as grey and dim.
Fill high: she brought us both of weal and wo,
And nearer lies the land to which we go.
On, on, in one unwearied round
Old time pursues his way:
Groves bud and blossom, and the ground
Expects in peace her yellow prey;
The oak's broad leaf, the rose's bloom,
Together fall, together lie;
And undistinguished in the tomb,
Howe'er they lived, are all that die.
Gold, beauty, knightly sword, and royal crown,
To the same sleep go shorn and withered down.
How short the rapid months appear
Since round this board we met
To welcome in the infant year,
Whose star hath now for ever setl
Alas, as round this board I look,
I think on more than I behold,
For glossy curls in gladness shook
That night, that now are damp and cold.
For us no more those lovely eyes shall shine,
Peace to her slumbers! drown your tears in wine.
Thank heaven, no seer unblest am I,
Before the time to tell,
When moons as brief once more go by,
For whom this cup again shall swell.
The hoary mower strides apace,
Nor crops alone the ripened ear;
And we may miss the merriest face
Among us, 'gainst another year.
Whoe'er survive, be kind as we have been,
And think of friends that sleep beneath the green.
Nay, droop not: being is not breath:
'Tis fate that friends must part,
But God will bless in life, in death,
The noble soul, the gentle heart
So deeds be just and words be true,
We need not shrink from Nature's rule;
The tomb, so dark to mortal view,
Is heaven's own blessed vestibule;
And solemn, but not sad, this cup should flow,
Though nearer lies the land to which we go."
FronvBlackwood's Edinburg Magazine.
It was'Chrislmas eve, and the whole of the
family were congregated in the back parlour,
when young Jerry staited up at tne well-known
sound of a customer at the shop door at which
he arrived wilh a hop, step, and jump; and, jerk
ing it open, beheld a little old gentleman wrap
ped in a largo cloak.
'Please to walk in sir,' said Jerry Wag.
Hush!1 whispered the stranger, placing hk
forefinger on his mouth, 'I want to surprise
them. You're all together to-night, I suppose?'
Yes, sir,' replied Jerry, smiling, Jor ne
thought he knew to whom he was speaking.
That's right,' said the odd elderly gentleman,
advancing cautiously towards the darkest part
of the shop, and throwing off his cloak. 'Now
for a Christmas frolic! Come here, you rogue!
Why, you've grown taller than me. That's
right! a thriving Wag! Now, mind, you go
back as if nothing had happened, and give me
hold of your coat-tail, so that I can't be seen.
That'll do. No laughing, you young money.
There, step along.'
Jerry did as he was bid, save that, though
he bit his lips unmercifully, his risible muscles
would, not remain inactive; and thus the oddly
joined pair made their way into the family a-
partment just as the eldest daughter, had. ex
claimed, Now, mamma, it's your turn to wish!'
They were sitting in a semicircle before the
fire, and the stranger and his shield, of course
stood behind them.
Heigho!' said Mrs. Wag, 'there's only one
thing I wish for to-night, and that is the addi
tion, of one more to our party.'
'Name! name! You must name your wish!'
cried three or four juvenile voices, in full glee.
'I wish I could tell you his name,' said Mrs.
Wag, 'but your father knows who I mean.
Don't you; my dear?'
'I can't mistake you, my love,' replied Jere
miah, affectionately; 'and I wish he could see
how happy we are. It would do his heart good,
I really think.'
'Who can he be?' exclaimed the eldest daugh
ter. 'Perhaps it's somebody like me?' cried the
little old gentleman, stepping briskly forward.
'It is! it is!' shrieked mamma, and up jumped
the whole party, and down went Mrs. Wag
unnn Vir Irnooc tcliiln uttci-lr nnnnnnniAiic '
what she did, her arms were clasped round the i
neck of her benefactor, whose bodily frame,
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ueing uuauiu iu sustain ner matronly weigni,
gave way, and so they rolled together on the
'Ha, ha, ha!' laughed the eccentric elderly
gentleman, as soon as he recovered breath, but
without attempting to rise. This is a Christ
mas gambol, eh! Master Wag7 Eh! my merry
litle Wags! Needn't ask you all how you are.'
'My dear sir,' exclaimed Jeremiah, 'allow me
to assist you. I hope you are not hurt.'
'Hurt!' cried the little gentleman, jumping, up
and offering his hand to Mrs. Wag. 'Hurt!'
Why I feel myself twenty years younger than
I did five minutes ago. Never mind, ma'am.
Like Christmas gambols. Always did. Hap
pen to hare such a thing as a bunch of mistle
I am sure, sir,' whimpered Mrs. Wag; 'I am
sure I shall never forgive myself. To think of
taking such a liberty; I 1 can't conceive how
'As often as
said the eccentric
sit down and compos
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calling them all by their names, as correctly as
though he were a constant vister.
A right merry Christmas Eve was that. The
youg Wags were, ever and anon, obliged to
hold their sides, as they laughed and screamed
with delight at the funny stories told by the
funny little old gentleman, who romped and
played with them wilh as much glee as though
he had been the youngest of the party. So the
hours passed quickly away till the unwelcome
sound of 'bed time' was whispered among the
little circle' and then one after another depart -
ed, until Mr. and Mrs. Wag were left alone
with their honored guest.
The hearts of both were full, and they began
endeavor to express their feelings; but the ,
singular old gentleman stopped them by say
Needn't tell me. Know it all. Shall run
away if you go on so. Remember, I told you
I had more of the 'ready' than I knew what to i
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do with. Coldn't have done better with it, eh?
Out at interest now. Best sort of interest, too.
More pleasure this evening than receiving div
idends, eh? Never was happier. So come,
let us wind up for the night. I've a memoran
dum or two for you in my pocketbook,' and he
placed it on the table, and began to turn over
divers papers, as he continued, 'Hem! ha! I
yes. 1 nose two. i ou a oeuer tane mem, my
good sir. They'll admit William and Stephen
to Christ's Church what they call the blue
coat school. Capital school, eh?'
'My dear sir!' exclaimed Jeremiah.
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'Don t interrupt me, that s a good fellow;
said the old gentleman.
'Hem! Do you ever
smoke a pipe?'
'Very rarely,' replied the
'Well,' continued his guest, Make that paper
to light your next with. Put it in your pocket,
and don't look at it till I'm gone. Hem! Tom's
master says he will make a good scholar; so, if
you've no objection, I was thinking he might as
well go to college in a year or two. Not in
your way, perhaps? Never mind. I know
some of the big-wigs. See all right, and enter
his name. Slwuld have one parson in a large
Here Mrs. Vrag could no longer refrain from
giving vent to her overcharged feelings by cer
tain incoherent expressions, which terminated
in a flood of tears.
'Humph!' said the old gentleman, ' my spec
tacles want wiping;" and ho took the opportu
nity of rubbing them and blowing his nose,
while Jeremiah was comforting the wife of his
bosom, and telling her not to be so foolish, al
'Hehm! ahem!' resumed their guest; 'think
I've got some of the mince pie sticking in my
throat. Stupid old fellow to eat so much, eh?'
'Better take another glass of wine, sir,' said
, n i , ; thy of their good lortunc. Then they retired
ever you please, my good lady, , J , , - , , t J,
i 1- i i . iu tuoi, in -wilt; 1 1 i 1. iiiuucuiuicM iw oiuu . lui
, handing her to a chair; 'but , ' . ? , . , J , . . 1 '
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e yourself, while I shake : J. , , , . . . - ,, ,, f , . '
. ' , T , and beheld in their minu s eye a black clerical
Jeremiah. Give me leave to pour it out!'
'No, no!' exclaimed Mrs. Wag, starting up
and smiling through her tears, 'let me! No
body else! God bless you, sir!'
'And you too'' ejaculated the old gentleman,
gaily; 'come, that's a challenge! glasses round!
and then we must say good night. Don't let
us make a dull end of a merry evening.'
Warm benedictions were forthwith uttered,
and the 'compliments of the season' were wish
ed with more than common sincerity, by all
three, as their glasses met jingling together.
Then, the whimsical guest tossed off his wine,
jumped up, shook his hosts heartily by the
hands, wished them good night, and sallied in
to the shop to find his cloak. Mr. and Mrs.
Wag followed, and expressed a hope that he
would honor their Christmas dinner by his
presence on the following day; but all they
could draw from him was Can't promise. Ate
and drank a little too much to-night, perhaps.
Getting shockingly old. See how I am in the
morning. Enjoyed myself this evening. A
jolly set of Wags altogether! Merry Wags,
a, ' e ..ou
Good night!' a
loung and old. Well, well, was
my dear Mr. and Mrs. Wag!
and after once, more shaking hands
with them, he nimbly whisked himself out of
the shop-door, and trotted across to the King s
No sooner were the worthy couple alone,
than curiosity led them to examine the piece
of paper which their benefactor had presented
to Jeremiah, for the purpose of lighting his
pipe; and it proved to be the promissory note
which the latter had signed for the first thous
and pounds. The donor's intention was plain
enough, as it was regularly cancelled; so Mrs.
Wag was obliged to use her pocket handker
chief once more; and her spouse, after striding
three or four times rapidly across the room, felt
himself also under the necessity of taking out
his, and blowing his nose with unusual ve
hemence. Then they congratulated and com
forted each other, and said their prayers, and
offered up their thanksgivings, with a fervor
and sincerity that proved they were not unwor
Wag, two long-coated little blue Wags, with
yellow nether investments, and other Wags of
assorted sizes, but all very happy,
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I 0n lhe following morning, being Christmas
j fortunate shop-keeper equipped him-
; self ln hl3 besl apparel, and, before breakfast,
, stepped across the road, and found Mr. Titus
j'1 wst. rubbing his eyes in his own gateway.
! Mulual salutations, and 'compliments of the
; season,' were exchanged in good neighborly
( slyle ad thre" mine ll0sl exclaimed, 'There's
j a box lor you, Master Wag left by that
! queer little gentleman. I'm sure he's cracked!
, ln h.8 c?mfs ht!re yesterday, just after dark,
' posting in his own carnage. Well, he orders
I UP anything as we chanced to have ready, and
1 uuw" ,u 3 S,JUU uei us evcr
y gentleman need sit down to, though I say
considerably well stocked at this season. So
down he sits, rubbing his hands and seeming
as pleaed as Punch, and orders a bottle of wine;
but'. before he'd been. ten minutes at table, up
li r inmnc nlano nn hlu fln-it nnrl lint nnrl tVion
he jumps, claps on his cloak and hat, and then
runs out o' the house, and never comes back
again till past eleven at night, when he pays
his bill, and orders horses for six o'clock in the
'Is he gone, then?' exclaimed Jeremiah.
'Off. sure enough,' replied Titus; 'but he's
left a great box for you, which I was just going
to send over. fco, 1 suppose you and ne have
some dealings together.
'Yes,' said Mr. Wag, 'I shall have cause to
bless and thank him the latest day I have to
live; but I wish he had stopped here to-day.
Well, God bless him, wherever he's gone.
Hark ye, neighbor you have often heard me
speak of having a friend well, that's him. I
don't know why, but he's taken a fancy to me
and my wife and family, and has done for us
more than you'd believe, if I was to tell you.
However, we can chat that over another day,
as 1 can't stop now, as Mrs. Wag and the chil
dren are waiting breakfast. But whore's the
box? I'll take it with me, if you please.'
If two of the strongest fellows in my yard
can take it over, it's as much as they can,' re
plied Titus. However, they shall try; and I
hope you'll come over this afternoon, and crack
a bottle of my best, to drink the little queer old
gentleman's health. Hut, mind me, he's cracked
to a certaint', and" you'd find it out some of
The box was accordingly delivered, and, on
being opened, was found to contain a dozen se
parate packages, each directed for one member
of the Wag family; the largest for Jeremiah,
the father, and the smallest for little Philip, a
'rising three' year old Wag. Their contents
were far two various for precise specification,
but could not have been more judiciously ap
propriated nor more gratefully received, so that
Christmas day was a day of rejoicing; and the
only regret felt by one and ail of the Wags, was
that their very kind friend had not stayed to
spend it with them.
When the festive season was over, matters
went on as usual with Jeremiah, save that per
haps there, was more of cheerfulness in his man
ner while pursuing his course of steady indus
try. The fact was, that he never now felt perr
plexed about money affairs, which wero wont
formerly to occupy much of his time by day, and
to cause him many sleepless hours by night.
Those who called for payment were as welcome
as those who came to pay, and consequently
his credit stood high; and the travellers and
London houses strove, by tempting bargains and
peculiar attention in 'selecting the best articles
to complete his kind orders,' to keep his name
upon their books. So he went on, prospered
in all his undertakings, and m the course there
of, visited the metropolis to make purchases;
and, when there, called upon Mr. Goodfellow,
who gave him a heartv welcome, but could not
be persuaded to reveal the name of his eccen
tric client, though he scrupled not to say that
he was in good health, adding, with a smile,
'and in perfect possession of his intellects.'
Jeremiah next endeavored to worm the secret
from his bankers, but with no better success.
The partner who received him, assured him
that the steady increase and respectability of
his account had wrought such an impression in
a quarter which he was not permitted to name,
that their house would feel much pleasure in
making advances, whenever anything advanta
geous offered itself for purchase.
'It is wonderful!' exclaimed Jeremiah.
'A good character, my dear sir,' observed the
banker, 'is everything in trade. We are deal
ers in money; and nothing pleases us more than
placing it where we know it is safe, and have
every reasen to suppose it may be useful.'
'But,' observed Jeremiah, 'you know nothing
'I beg your pardon, Mr. Wag,' said the bank
er, 'you are what we call a good man, and have
got a back.'
'A back!' exclaimed the bewildered shop
'Yes,' said the banker, smiling, 'that is, a good
friend to your back; and though he chooses to
keep himself in the back ground, depend upon
it he'll not forsake you so long as you go on as
you have done. Therefore, buy away for ready
cash as largely as you please, and we'll honor
On this hint Jeremiah subsequently acted, by
making purchases which enabled him to serve
his customers 'on terms that defied all competi
tion. Therefore, and by dint of strict attention,
and civility, his trade continued to increase, till
he was obliged to add a warehouse to his shop,
and employ a regular clerk and collector,besides
shopmen, porters, and wagoner.
ln the meanwhile young Tom Wag studied
Ijatin and Greek with a neighboring curate;
William and Stephen were, in due course, ad
mitted into the Blue-coat school, and the educa
tion of the other children went on precisely as
had been recommended by their eccentric ben
efactor, whose advice Mr. and Mrs. Wag con
sidered equivalent commands. Still they were
often uneasy about him, and more particularly
after another Christmas eve had passed without
his appearance. Poor Mrs. Wag was very sure
ho was ill, and would occasionally charge him
with unkindness for not letting her know that
she might go and nurse him. But again months
and months rolled away, and at last autumn ar
rived, and with it brought the grand denouement
of the mystery, as suddenly and unexpectedly
as their former good luck.
All the Wags who were at home were sitting
round a tea-table, in the little garden at the back
of the house, and Mrs. Wag was sedately filling
their cups, when one of the younger children
exclaimed, "Who's that?"
Jeremiah looked round to where the child
was gazing, and beheld his benefactor stealthi
ly approaching from the back door with an arch
smile on his countenance, as though wishing to
take them by surprise; but perceiving that he
was discovered, he stepped nimbly forward, ac
cording to his usual custom, and holding out his
hand, said, "Well, my dear Wag, how are you?
How are you, my dear Mrs. Wag, and how are
you, young Jerry Wag, Mary Wag, Sarah Wag,
Henry Wag, and Philip Wag?"
All expressed their delight at his appearance,
according to their different ages and abilities,
but all were evidently delighted, and none more
than the strange little gentleman himself, whose
eyes sparkled with gratification as he took his
scat, looked round at the joyous group, and beg:
gcd to join their family party. Mrs. Wag felt
some what tremulous at first and doubtless hor
visiter perceived it, as he turned his attention
to the little Wags till she had finished her table
arrangements, and presented him with a cup of
"Thank you, my good lady," said he, "that's
as it should be. All merry Wags together,
'We we thank God!' whispered Mrs. Wag.
'We are yes! But its all your doing, sir, 1
wish I could thank thank you as I '
Hera, Jeremiah perceived that-his spouse was
too nervous to make an excellent speech, 'took
up the cudgels' of gratitude; but, saving that
there could be no doubt of his sincerity display
ed no great oratorical talents. Brief, however,
as his speeches, or rather ejaculations were, the
funny old gentleman stopped him by the appa
rently funny observation,
'So, my good Jeremiah. Wag, you don't know
where your father come from?'
'No, sir, indeed,' replied the shopkeeper mar
velling at the oddity of the question.
'Well, then, I do,' said his benefactor; 'I was
determined to find it out, because the name is
so uncommon. Hard work I had, though.
Merchant to whom he was clerk, dead. Son
in the West Indies. Wrote. No answer for
some time then not satisfactory. Obliged to
wait till he came back. Long talk. No use.
Well, well. Tell you all about it another day.
Cut it short now.. Found out a person at last
who was intimate friend and fellow-clerk with
your father. Made: all right. Went down into
the north. Got his register.'
'Really, sir stammered Jeremiah, 'it was
very kind of you, but I am sorry you should
have given yourself so much trouble; but I'm
sure, if I have any poor relations that I can be
of service to in employing them, now that your
bounty has put me in the way of doing well, I
shall be very glad, though I never did hear talk
'No, master Jeremiah,' said the eccentric old
gentleman, 'you have no poor relations now,
nor ever had; but your father had a good-for-nothing
elder brother, who left home at an ear
ly age, after your grandfather's death, and was
enticed to go abroad by fair promises, which
were not fulfilled. So, not having any thing
agreeable to write about, he didn't write at all
like a young scamp as he was, and when the
time came that he had something pleasant to
communicate, it was too late, his father was no
more, and his only brother (your father) was
gone nobody knew where.
Well, to make a short story of it, that chap,
your uncle, was knocked about in the world,
sometimes up and sometimes down, but at last
found himself pretty strong upon his legs, and
then made up his mind to come back to old
England, where he found nobody to care for
him, and went wandering hither and thither,
spending his time at watering places, and so on,
for several years.'
"And pray, sir," inquired Jeremiah, as hia
respected guest paused, "Have you any idea
what become of him?"
"Yes, have," replied the little gentleman,
smiling significantly at his host and hostess.
"One day he arrived in a smallish town, very
like this, and terribly low-spirited he was, for
he'd been ill some time before, and was fretting
himself to think that he had been toiling to
scrape money together, and was without chil
dren or kindred to leave it to. No very plea
sant reflection that, my worthy Wags, let me
tell you! Well, he ordered dinner, for form's
sake, at the inn, and then went yawning about
the room; and then he look his stand at the
window, and, looking across the road, he saw
the name of Wag over a shop door, and then
you know all the rest! The fact is, I am a
Wag, and Jeremiah Wag, you are my nephew,
and you, my dear Mrs. Wag are my niece, and
so we be merry Wags together!"
Frost Bitten. From the information of
such as are afflicted with frost bitten hands or
feet, we publish the following from the New
Dissolve half a pound of alum in a gallon of
warm water, and soak the hands or feet before
going to bed for ten or fifteen minutes. I had
one of my hands frost bitten, and tried various
remedies, expending five or six dollars endeav
oring to obtain a cure, but all to no purpose,
until I tried the above. In my case, I dis
solved about three ounces of alum in a quart of
warm water, (keeping it pretty warm,) soaked
my hands three or lour nights, when a enro
was effected, the expense was two or thrae
A Hint "Recollect, Sir," said a tavern
keeper to a gentleman who was about leaving
his house without paying 'reckoning;' 'recollect
sir, if you loose your purse you didn't pull it out
At a camp meeting lately held in Connecti
cut, a preacher delivered himself of the follow
ing: "I would that the gospel were a wedgo
and I a boetle, I would whack it into every sin
ner's heart among you."
Queen Victoria has engaged a nurae at the
rate of j300 for the first month, and 1 per
Bristol AviU your. Bulsara of Hoarhound euro
a turn. .i-,'
Certainly, sirVtJftiflable remedy.
You will obltg6frtipiryou will give the
weather a doso. ""-v '
Got out you importinent puppy.
"Hallo there ! I say! Murder ! Fire ! Watch!
Gridirons! Helloah ao ! !" "Ho, ho! what's
the matter? what's the matter?" ; iMWhy, I'm
out of tobaccogot any about ye,?J? .