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"To love, and to be loved." Oh happiness !
I have said all that can be said of bliss -
• In these few words! The young heart has
Such stores of wealth in its own fresh, wild pulse
.And it Is love that works• the mine, and brings
Its treasure to the light. I did love once,—
Loved as youili, woman, genius loves—tho' now,
My heart is chilled, and seared, and taught to wear
That falseetof false thingi—a wreath of smiles,
'Stet every pulse throbs at the memory
Of that which has been. Love is like a glass
5 That throws its own rich coloring over all,
. And makes all beautiful. The morning looks
Its veryloveliest. when tile fresh air
Eas tinged the cheek we love with its glad red;
And the hot moon flits by most rapidly
When dearest eyes gaze with us on the page
Bearing the poets words of Love.—And then
The twilight walk, when the linked arms can feel
The beating of the heart upon the air—
There is a music, never heard but ours.
A light that eyes can never see again:—
Each star has its own prophecy of hope
And every song, and tale of love, that breathe,
Seem echoes of the heart."—[Roland's Tower.
L E. L
There seems to be something in the very name
of this illustrious individual, that every American
seems instinctively, as it were, taught to venerate,
inasmuch as every incident of his life is becoming
mere and more interesting as time gradually is
gaining space from his life time to the present mo
ment. I was seated the other afternoon, enjoying
a cigar, at the Maspeth Hotel, when a plain, well
dressed elderly man drew a chair towards me, and
seeing me so much at Leasure, evinced a disposition
to enter into a conversation with me; when I ob.
`Well, friend, it appears from all accounts our
new President has left us.'
I Yes, sir,' so it seems—and on so short notice,
4 He was quite an aged man—not so old as my.
self by several years. Were you in this country
r during the Revolution, sir V
Oh, yes sir; I was born in.this country, thanit
Then, sir, you must haVe some recollection, but
I was too young to enter the service at the time.'
• And where were you, sir?
In Westchester, sir.'
Oh! then you had an opportunity of knowing
considerable about the great movements of that
day; and do you recollect the features of Go.
Washington as perfectly as.though it was yest!s z ,
day ? and Lafayette, too? and . Harry Pinckney?!
',Yes,' 'said he, laughing heartily. Crosby aid
my father were neighbors.' •
So saying, I offered him a cigar, which ho dt l
clined, and said—
'lf the landlord has a pipe, I will prefer it. I
should like to tell you,' he continued, a little ci
cumstance which took place between Gen. Warn•
ington and myself.'
I observed I should be delighted to hear it, and
he related the following history of a day in ue
'Well, one morning, 'father told me to take tSe
black mare to Sing Sing, and get her shod, and
Wait till old rum nose Ben, the blacksmith, shxl
her. So I stood at the door of old Ben's' shop, and
who should drive up to the tavern opposite, bet
lirashiegtcin in his coach, and Lafayette with hiin
They both . got out, and I saw both passed into tie
back room, and the landlord followed ; and in a feo
seconds; the landlord beekOned roe from the piazza.
I felt frightened at first, and wondered what it'
.tneant;•but. thinks I they want some grog and
treat' water. I was in my shirt and trowaers, with
' out shoes, and on my IMad an old cocked hat, and
my feet and armies you may judge. I had been
Boeing corn in the morning; but in I went. As 1
approached the square bar, I met the landlord ; he
- There are two gentlemen in the back room who
Vviish to see you. • • '
Linable to smother a laugh, I said—
' 'My Gods! . l can't go; Bee me,' and I exhibited
r myself and pointed to my feet
- 'Cotite along, I'll go with you'
.So in he went. • •
As I pulled off my hat the stoutest man says--
"Sit down young man: • •
'This boy,t said the landlord, ' I am confident,
twill do any service you may trust him with, to
your satisfaction,' and withdrew from the room;
and the General began, (for it was 'Washington
'Young man I wish yea to procure the neWspa.
per of to , dity, from New York . ; can you procure it
fcir me 7' .
I hesitated a moment and replied—
't think I can, sir''
'Well; says he to the Marquis, please inquire
°film landlord if he will ftirnish a raid horse.'
„` .1 4 To, n 0 ,9 Said 4 ! r. don't want a boric.'
fow will you go, then?' • '
In roy canoe, T Said. ' .
'o,3lartinie - etnild not refraiii from a'dcniantighf
li;;rhich brought thi landlord to the door.
" s it,e; 411%k 1, 10 gou7l ha drowned!' said the French.
'..rhero.l Bll %: , tter. enough , in the North Rive,
drown this oh I know,' said L
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. The Marquis and the landlord tajuyed the retort
by a hearty litugh, but the other tired to the win.
dow, looked on the river
,a few .econds, and , ob
. 'The tide serves, and I wish to se you off hat
time will you probably return ?'
' Between seven and eight this ifterpoon,' I re.
He handed me a gold piece.
/ don't want half so much ; I enly want suffi
cient to buy some fowls and eggs with, for I am
going to market.'
The General turned to the landlord and said to
.G.ve him as much change as he wishes,' on
. whieS.:he handed me about twelve shillings, while
.lcieW I'll run home and get some Clothes on in
a few minutes.'
'I wish to speak a few words with you before
I shall not be here again till I come from New
York, sir. In fifteen minutes I shall start from
the little stone dock,' and I pointed to it out of the
' I desire you to be prudent and keep your own
counsel,' said the General ; ' and should any mis
chief' befall you, so that you are dt !dined, do not
fail to let me know all circumstance- immediately,
so that I may relieve you.'
So saying good-bye,' I took my hat arid started,
and by the time I stated, I started from the dock,
and saw the carriage drive off.
I noon'reached the city, and went to Claus Van.
dales in the Bowery, who used to beep the Sour
bout club hobse, as it was then called, and where
I bad often been with my father, who was an old
friend of his. I told him my errand, arid the haste
I was in, on account of the time of tide.
Well,' said he, ' here's Hughey Gaines! to-day's
paper, and here is an English paper which came
in the British packet last night—take that, too ; and
the sooner you are off the
,better; it ca now dead
'I felt rejoiced at getting the other paper, and
had them between my shirt and •akin, in my bo
som, very soon. I left my fowls and eggs with
him, and took the baskets, back, but nut, till the
goad old Dutchman had tossed, into one, a large
roll of gingerbread, and which 1 began to need ve.
ry much. As I approached the wharf, there were
three red coats looking towards a ship at anchor
in the river. As I stepped into my' canna, they
walked to the place, and one, asked—
gilltere are you going ?'
'To Weekhawk,' said I.
• ere have you been ?'
'Tr market, to sell some chickens . and eggs,' I
They said no more, and I made the best of my
way to Sing Sing, with a fine 'tide, and soon arri
ved there, just before those I have mentioned, and
my heart felt gnud to see the carriage drive to the
tavern, and both 4 ;f them looking for me out of the
window. I fastened my canoe up but lell .both
bAßlots, for I knew that funny Frenchman would
make fun of the gingerbread. As I entered the
house, the landlord was in the bar. I saw the
back door open, and the landlord told me to go in,
which I did, and Lafayette shoved it slowly to.
Washington was en his feet, and before I could
take off my hat he observed—
' Well my young friend, what success 1' •
'All good, sir,' I said laughing as I thrust my
hand into my bosom and pulled out both papersoind
handed them to him.
' An• English paper—where did you get this
from ?' said he, as a look of approbation spread
over his noble face.
Soorkront Hall, sir.' •
He reached his hand and took mine, saying—
. lam greatly obliged to•you.
Sourkrout Hall, saidthe Frenchman, lookingat
me very very significantly.
'You've not had your dinner 1' said the General.
'Not to-day, sir.' .•
.Marquis, please order some, and a dish of tea'
No sir, I 'must go home.'
Washington took out his purse and held five
;:tineas towards me. I drew back and said—
.l am an American, sir, and father would make
me return it right away if he knew it.'
• Well; said he, I can reward you no other
Way, bear in mind this=Gen. Washington thanks
you; and give my respects to your father, and tell
him I congratulate him on having such a son ; end
1 remember, if at any time during thie contest or
hereafter, you get involied in any difficulty, let me
hear from you, and I will relieve you if in my
As he said this I thought I saw a tear starting
in his eyes, and Lafayette's likewise, as they both
hurried into the carriage, when the landlord fol
lowed to the steps. While the waiter was closing
the door, Lafayette said—
My God what a country ! patriots from the
co mmander-in.chief down to the ploughman they
deserve to be free.
Yes,' replied the other, and I trust in God they
will be,' as the coach drove off.
WOEDERFUL POWER of 111r.idORY.—One of the
' most remarkable instances on record of the tenn
cious power of memory, is related by Richardson in
his" literary leaves." 'where be states that an old .
English Reporter of the name of Woodall, bad a
strong faccity of recollection, that he.could report
entire debates in the House of Commons without
the aid of notes of any *kind or memoranda.
' was an editor also, and accuracy and precision of
his reports brought his newspaper * into repute.—
.During a*. debate he used to close his eyes and lean
with both hands upon his stick, resolutely °Zell's&
'dug extraneous associations. He would retain a
tun recollection of a particular debate a fotinight
NCASTER AND YORK COUNTY RECORD.
COLUMBIA, PA. SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1847.
after it bad occurred, and during the intervention
of cur her debates. lie used to . say thht it was put
by in a corner otliis mind for figure reference. .1
It is amazing to observe how little mankind
know of each other, although'the vanity of human
nature whispers to every distinguished person, that
his fame is, or will one day be universal. The
myriads of Asia and Africa, with a few solitary
exceptions, never heard of the .illustrious heroes,
statesmen, poets, and philosophers of Europe ; and
a vast portion of the inhabitants of the latter, lire
ignorant of the very names of the great men Of
the oast. But instead of an essay, we will give our
readers a story to illustrate .our meaning.
It happened once on a time, that an Israelite, an
Egyptian, a Greek, a Turk, a Persian, a Chinese, a
Frenchman, an Englishman, a German, an Italian,
and an American, met by chance at a caravansary,
somewhere in the east, and being all great travel
lers, speaking many languages, entered into con
versation with each other. As usual, they all dif
fered in their estimate of human happiness; the
comparative value of thevarieus enjoyments . oflife,
and, above their own individual importance,
in the scale of nations. Each one held up his own
country as the acme of perfection ; and the utmost
he would allow the others, was a degree of merit
exactly corresponding with their approach towards
the infallible standard of his own self-importancel
"The Isralites," said the Jew, "were tire chosen
people; therefore they must be the most true and
virtuous of mankind." •
" The Greeks," exclaimed the Athenian, were
the brighest race that ever adorned the world.—
Look at their laws, their literatur6, and their arts."
" Pooh!" cried the Egyptian, "you had nothing
hat what you stole from us. You were" ignorant
barbarians, and so would have remained, if your
wise men, you call them, had not come to Egypt
to learn their A B C."
"By your leave," said the Persian," the natives
of Irak being the most ancient people of the earth,
must base been the parents of all humble -knowl-
4 Hi Yah !" quad) the Chinese, "every body
knows my nation is the most ancient by at least
forty thousand years, and that the foreign barbarians
derived all their knowledge from them." •
Mashallah !" said the Turk, taking his pipe
from his mouth—Mashallah ! there is no religion
but that e Mahomet, and no •knowledge but
that of the Koran. • The Israelites are tehoufouts,
the Christians are dogs, and there is no truth but
among thd followers of the Prophet."
"Poste!" cried the Frenchman—" there • is no
body knows the trueart of living but the French."
. "There is no nation whose =isle is not intolera
ble, but the Italian," said the Neapolitan.
"The Germans are all philsophers," quoth the
native of Weimar.
"Yes, but England, old England," cried . John
Bull, "is the country for roast beef and freedom,
nobody can deny that."
"I do," exclaimed the Yanlie. The Ameri
cans are the only free people in the world."
" Mashallah! whence did you come?" asked the
" From the New World."'
"Pnever heard of it before," said the Turk.
"Nor I," 'said the Persian,
"Nor I," Said the Egyptian.
"Nor I," said the Chinese. "I don't believe
there is such a place."
" Nor I," said the 'Dirk. " There is but one
world, one God, and Muliomet is his prophet."
" What a. parcel of ignoramuses l" exclaimed the
As it is impossible to settle the claims of nations
by these loose geueralities, the company proceeded .
to particulars, each brir.gingfoFward the greatest
men and greatest achievements of his eoutry men
in battle 'array, to support his pretensions to supe.
"Was there ever so wise a man as Solomon, so
great a poet as David, so brave a warrior as Joshua,
who made the sun stand still, or such a prodigy as
Rabbi Ben Hamtheskend, who wrote beyond the
comprehension 'of all his readers?" asked the
"Did the world ever produce such a. hero as
Napoleon, such a poet as Voltaire, such tragic
writers as Corneille and Racine, such a comic one as
Moliere, or such a dancer as Vestris P' cried the
Bah exclaimed the Englishman. "What do
think of Wellington, Nelson, Shakespeare, Ba.
Locke, Newton, and all that port of thing T"
They can't hold a cundle to Armenius, or Kant,
or, Gall, or Schiller, or Goethe?" •said the German,
"Nor to Julius Cwsar, nor Scipio, nor Virgil, nor
Cicero, aor a thousand others...who were all my
countrymen, though , they called themselves . Ro
mans," cried the Italian.
"Pshaw 1" said the Yankee—"all your heroes'
and philosophers put together, would not make one
Franklin, or half a Washington:"
!" Gentlemen," said' the' Greek, "you' may boast'
as much as yon wilt, but had it not been for Greek
warriors, phildsophers, poets,' and' sakes', you would
ullilialte remained barba Hand 'tta What .
think you' of Homer, end Eactylui, and SOpiiitelea,
and &irides, arid pemOsthenes, and Themistocles;
and ten ihousand others, whose fame caw/ids to the
uttermost ends of the earth
" Who are these blockheads talking about?", ask
ed the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Persian, and the
Turk. of each other.
"Talking oil". cried the rest, with one voice--
"Of the lights of the world, the children of immor
tality, Tiur . . HEMS or urnVERSAL /Lazar
"We never heard their names before, and there-
fore they must have been rather obscure persons,"
was' he reply.
• "'rut- if you come to the Heirs of Univertial
Fame," cried the Persian—"what are all these to
the great hero Rustand; and the poet Gerdanal; Who
wrote a poetical history of Irak, in twenty thousand
couplets?" " -
"Did any body ever readit?" 'wired the Turk
"We neyer heard of either," answered all the
"What ignorant wretches !" muttered the Per-
' "Hi Ira r exclaimed the Chinese. "Hi Yah
Your elder brother Lno Choo, knocks heads and
worships. What - do you say to the grail Muon of
poetry, the light of thd universe, Hwang Chung,
bird of the Celestial Empire, and head of the world
oho wrote three hundred volumes of poetry, in the
inerpretation of which three thousand learned pun
hits lost their:senses T The whole universe was
idled with verses." - . .
"We never heard of biro before," cried they all.
" What a set of foreign barbarians :" said the
"And what think you of our great Prophet Ma
hornet 7" asked the Turk. "/lliishallah! his sword
was'invincille against the enemies of faith, and his
Wisdom more invincible than his sword. Allknowl
edge is contained in the Koran."
"It may be, but we have never read it," said
they all, with the exceptions of the true bclevers.
"Dogs!" cried he, "mayyour beards be convert
ed into shoe brushes, and your eyes become blind as
"As is usual in these cases, contention succeeded
argument, and abuse was answered by recrimina
tion. Each being unable to establish his own claim
to superiority, made himself amends by detracting
from the claims of his osponents; and if all had
been true Which they said of,each other, their he
rocs and great men would haie been a parcel of
miserable creatures, unworthy the gratitude, or
even the remembrance of posterity.
"And this is Universal Fame!" exclaimed an old
dervice, who sat smoking in a corner, without tak.
ing part in the debate, "to be adorned as a prophet
in one'quarter of the world, and abhorred as an int
poster in the others; to be a hero in one nation, an
oppressor in the eyes of its neighbors; to b'e held an
oracle of wisdom on onesidd of the river, an apostle
of error on the other; to be venerated in one place
as the champion of liberty,:and stigmatized in an.
other as a rebel and traitor;' and to be either un
known to, or hated and despised by more than 'one
half of mankind. This-Lthis is oravraiax. rails!"
Too GOOD LOOKING FDA SEIIVICE.—GDO of the
boys whets jest Cure home from Mexico wastellin
a crowd of fellers tether evcnin aboirt the, war, and
how he fit at Mounteray— "Thunder!" ses he,
" you may talk about your yeathquakes and sich,
but I can tell you what boys, one real, genewine
scrimmage like wo had at. Itlounteray, is worth all
the fourth of Julys that ever was nocked into one.
Titer aint nothin in creation like it. Gettin tile on
brandy smashes makes a lean feel pretty consider
able elevated for a while—its very inspirin to a man
of an active imagination. But if you want to feel
taller than a shot•tower, bigger than a..elefant, and
stronger than a jack ass—if you want to feel like
yeti could. pull up a tree by the roots and sweep all
creation into kingdom cum with the brushy end—
if yciu want to see further, hear better, and holler
louder, jump higher, and step further and quicker
than you ever• did in your life ; —all you've got. to do
is jest to taken hand with old Zack at them infernal
Mexinans, and be ordered up to the pints of their
lances and bayonets like we was at ,Illounteray:.'
"Did you feel skeer'd, Bob?"
"Sheer'd the thunder," sea he, "I didn't have no
time to feel skeer'd. To be sure I felt a little skit
' tish when I seed we was gwine to luive it sure
enuff. Perhaps 1 did feel a little weak in the jints
when I seed the officers unbuttoning their shirt col
lars, and the, men throwing away their canteens
and haversacks, as they were marchin up to the
works, whar the grousers was wattle for us, every
devil with his gun Hinted and his finger on the
trigger-1 kncw'd they was gwine to let. us have it,
and I felt monstrous uneasy till it cum.. But when
it did cum—when I heard the balls whistle round
my hed and sad the, dust fly from the pavement
war they struck—when the whole street was in,a
blaze of fire, and the men was drappin round me
like nine pins after a ten strike—when! the :retain
of the cannons, the rattlin of the muskets, the
sguelin of horses, and the shouts and groans of the
men was 411,mixed up so I couldn't tell one from
tether. I never thought of nothin butgettin .t the
cusses what Was hid away behind the walls and
piles of rubbislVin the houses, on the roofs, and in
the cellars, givia us partickeler gosh." . •
" teel fraid norm then 7" ax'd a little
fCeller what hadn't sh6tltis mouth or tuck his eyes
off the speaker for ten minas.
"'Fraid, the, mischicf: How could I? wasn't
old Zack Oar, on his old mill Loss, prancing around
,the platoons- and colluros, given his orders
like nothin was the matter? Al, , toys, game:like
hie is hetehin, jest, like the measols, and one look.
from old Zack,,wbea he's got hia dander up, would
make a woman fight like a wild cat. He's.the man
to•fight volunteers that ever.shouldered the muskit
stand iigin the whole Ilexicau nation, led on by all
the ginerals they can muster. The boys knows be
don't never surrender, and they don't never think
of sick a thing themselves."
4.Wtten't you monstrous glad when yer time was
out, Bob—so you could cum home?"
"Not by no means, I wasn't. I'd staid til yit, if
it hadn't , liCen for old Scottt."
Why don' you like Scott?"
"To be mare I do---Le's a fug rate old feller, and
knows'how to lick the Mexicans too. But I didn't
"How was that?"
" Why, you see the gineral's got pretty well into
the hart of the country now—rite in among the
wimmin, and he ses he don't won't to enlist any
more good lookin men. He ses he aint afraid of
all the Mexicans that can bear arms, because he
knows his men won't surrender to them,, but he see
he don't like to risk 'em to the arms of the Mexi
can grills, who never fails to lay siege to the hart of
every good lookin volunteer they git their eyes on.
And, boys, Mexican bullets, and lances is hard
things to dodge, but look out for the black eyes of
them Senorectas as they call ?em—you mought as
well to bid defiance to a streak of-Irghtnini if you
happen to be good loukin snuff to draw ther atten
"So, then, it was your good looks prevented yon from stayinin Mexico?"
"To be sure it was. They wouldn't give no
bounty to good lookin men, so I cum home."
HOOKING A Not - civet' &um:l.—Between Chris
tiana and Frondheim there are many little post.
towns and villages : these are, unfortunately for the
traveller's comfort, not equidistant, so that some
managethent as to time of starting and arriving is
necessary, to insure snug sleeping quarters for the
night. The first day's journey will be to Garssoe,
distant about Eve or six and forty English miles.
Very tolerable accommodation will be found here—
the sleeping rooms clean and comfortable, and the
fare plain, but good for its kind. The second day's
journey may be long or short, at the wayfarer's op- I
Lion, asthere are two resting-places; and the night
may be passed at either very satisfactorily, at least
to those who do not mind reaching it en voyage.
The first of these little towns is Vingnus; the other
Moshuns; both of which, as we have said, afford
good quarters. On the third clay Viig should be
the resting-place. The fourth dry will be found
the most trying, for the journey is a long and wea
risome one: passing over Feekstuen to Ferkin,
albeit, very little butter is to be found there- At
Ferkin, barring the lack of butter, accommodation • I
of a very superior stamp will be found, as well as
at Kongswold, the nextstage, or rather, the termi
nation of the fifth day's journey. At ;both these
little towns the traveller will find luxuries he little
dreamt of meeting with in so wild and desolate a
country ; and he will do. well to lity in a goodly
store of creature comforts,lboth inwardly and out
wardly, while at Ferkin or Rongswold, for at the
intervening post-houses; Birkager and Garlic, he
may perchance obtain refreshment, such as is pro
mised on the sign-boards of read-side inns at home,
under the announcement of " Entertairment for
man and horse ," but in What the said " entertain
ment" consists, we confess to have been puzzled
from our youth - upward until now. The sixth day,
which will include a halt at these two last named
places, will bring the salmon-fisher to Frondheim,.
within a short distance of the goal of his wishes—
the beautiful river Gaul. Here it was that Mr.
Hornden, en enthusiastic and practised trout and
salmon-fisher, took up his quarters this time last
year : end before we proceed to describe the Alters,
and the magnificent copper-works on its banks, we
Tor the reader's edification, recount 'a -feat-per
formed by this gentlernan,'which, from its daring,
and the success which attended his bold attempt,
1-deserves a notch on the butt of every fisherman's
rod, end to be chronicled in the annals 'of-piscato
rial skill and enterprise as a- matchless perfor
mance. At. the focit of a slight, and in a pool most
romantically situated, with high banks of granite
.on one side of the river Guul, and a dark, over
hanging wood of pine, firs, and larch on the other,
Mr. Hornden hooked . 'a:remarkably fine salmon,
which soon gave him a Mete of its quality by run
ning out every inch of his line. What was to-be
done? the fish a very large heavy one, was pulling
vigorously, and making down stream towards some
rapids. Mr. Hornden waded into the water: but
:his courage was not cooled by the immersion of
his extremities, with the rod uplifted in his left
hand, he made a plunge for it, while with his right
he gradually swam to a shelving bank on the op
posite side, some hundred and fifty or two hundred
yards below Else spot where the struggle first com
menced. Nought was seen but the supple and
well poised rod, and a white Jim-Crow hat peering
above the flowing water; but an experienced band
was beneath the surface. A sure footing once ob.
tained, the odds became karfully against the sal
mon, who fought bravely against his skilful and
wary antagonist. As each yard of the' line was
wound on the reel, the•chance of escape for the fish
diminished.. He turns ; he rushes up stream: wild
ly and madly he darts to and fro'; but at each at
tempt the distance between'the angler and
is lessened. No chance has the noble stamen of
disengaging the well-tempered hook'frotra the firm
hold it bad taken in his gullet,by grinding the line'
against a projecting stone.' As a last expiring effort
the kingly fish makes for the' bottom ; but a steady
strain defeats his purpose, " I ttia4, being drawn with
an. equable pull down the stream towards 'a shal
low, the prize is exposed to the view of the exult,
ing captor, whoin masterly style exhausts his prey,
which he gaffs and lands after a tuatle of nearly
an hour's duration. The weight of this leviathan
was a trifle under eight-cad-forty pounds."
A yooorand very pretty lady, riding in the Con
eord cars, was observed to have a piece of " court
plaster" on her lip. When the cars had emerged
from one of the long, covered bridges, into the light,
it was observed to have disappeared; but they In
stantly detected it clinging to the lips of the young
man who sat on the' Seat 'with her! They both
looked as innocent as if they "hadn't been doing
[WHOLE NUMBER, '.89q.,
A Cuittotts WILL.—The Courier dee Etats Unie
gives an account of a singular will left by a wealthy
notary in Paris, about twenty-five years sinoe, arid
which is yet in course of fulfilment. His greatest
pleasure in life had been to gather his 'numerous
friends around his table and treat them splendidly,
being generous and a good liver, and he conceived
the notion of perpetuating these social gatherings
after his death. Accordingly by his will, ho in
stituted an annual banquet for twenty of his chosen
friends, appropriating to the purpose the sum of
2000 francs. The details of the feast were strictly
enjoined, directing the expense always to be 100
francs a head. The memory of the deceased was
to be toasted, and to be made the subject of conver
sation as friendship 'or politeness might dictate•
The feast was to be inviolably the same, twenty.
one plates to be always set, (one for himself as per
petual head of the table,) and the 2000 francs al
ways to be expended.
The first year the twenty friends were all there,
but year after year they were removed by death.
until in twenty years they were reduced to eight.
These partook as customary of the feast, and toast
ed the memories of their departed companions.
Last yeir, however, there were but two, who solely
shared the luxurious but melancholy banquet. Thin
two knew each other but little; and met but once
at this table. Their positions were very different.
One was very rich, while misfortune had reduced
the other to destitution. The rich and poor Sat
coldly opposite to each other until, warmed by the
wines, they had forgotten their different circum
On the first of June, this year, the feast again
returned, but the rich man was dead, and the pool•
and only survivor seated himself at the table laden
with silver, with its twenty:one covers and its deli
cious viands. There he sat the victim of poverty,
subject to all privations, pervaded by a feeling of
sadness and desolation, to a magnificent banquet of
2000 francs. • -
Pressed by his wants lie made bold to request that
the sum which was applied to this yearly feast, for
himself, might be appropriated to his daily suste
nance. The lawyer showed him the positive clan's°
of the will which he vras . compelled,to tho executed
to the letter. The poor man retired in sadness,
thinking how many days he would be obliged to
go without a dinner, while once a year he wasconr,-
pelled to be surfeited with a &list prepared for 12
persons and values at 2000 francs! A, singular
piece of folly truly.
' Too Goon To an rosy.—We find the follotVit4
amusing incident on the Baton Rouge (La.) Con.
servator of the 30th ult.:—
"One tall volunteer from the pine lands -of 'Ala;
bama was uhappy for the Want of omploym;mt
be sauntered along for "something to dot" when it
occurred to him that he might, nile.express'ed it,
take a good wash." He was a tail lank fellow
with a shockey heed of dry grassy hair hanging
down to his shoulders. With a deliberation coa
sistent with en idle sea voyage, he, commenced
rubbing the turpentine soap of the ship into his hair
and skin with commendible vehemence. He had
cause to take a great deal of pains, for he observed to
himself "that he had an acre of barrack mud on
It must be observed, that'all this while, the ves.
sel was blowing further out into the sea, and by
the time the 4. Alabamian rose" and soaped himself,,
the Mississipi water in the wash room had become
exhausted and he threw his bucket over the vessel's
side to replenish his basin.
The first dash he made was at his hair, the tar,
pentine of the soap and the saline of the water in.
stantly formed a chemical combination, and the
oily qualities of the soap disappeared and left
sometbineir. its stead resembling tar. Two or
three rakes of the lingers through the hair elevated
it upright about the Alabamian's head, stiff as the
quills of a porcupine. 44 Thar's another trickplay
ed on me," said the unwashed in a rage, his hair
growing fiercer. At this moment the water ,drip
ped across his face and he commenced spitting, °sit
nauseated to the last degree. Cooly, derteeminate
ly, he went to his belt, took a " bowie" Bente fifteen
inches long, and delivered himself thus:—..Soma of
them thar Louisianians has played tricks enuff on
me, now if any one dar, let him fotch out the one
that put salt in this water.
ExpEETED RETURN OF TEE COMET or 1556.---Wo
arc indebted to John Taylor, Esq., of Liverpool, - for
,several interesting astronomical notices published
.by him during the past year in' the public prints of
that city ; but we believe we; have not hitherto re=
lbrrcd to the approaching expected return of the
Comet of 1556, with the disenisiori of which One of
those notices is occupied. As long since as 1.451
Mr: Richard Dunthorue. of Cambridge, England; i 8
computing the elements of the Comet of 1264,
.found them so similar to those of the Conielof 1556
that he was led to the conclusion that the iwoivere
indentical, and that its return might be . expected
about 1848. Subsequent investigationewhieh havd
been made by different astronomers, confirm thi s
conclusion; and there is, thereßne, gocid reagens' tie
look for the re-appearance of this. Comet during the
year 1848; although it would not be surprising - 4f
this event should happen a year earlier or later than
this data. • ,• ,•
Span:num 'FONERAL,....Onie ,the . most
modes, perhaps, on record of consigning' nt 04 re.
mains to their final resting place, says Mel - X.1444w,
burg Standard, was witnessed in our boroughotin
Wednesday last. Thc child of a German emigrant
died on Tuesday last, and 'on Wednesday thefiithee,
procured.a coffin in whiCh ho , placed Lie child
His sister took the coffin, and rwittlzyslancinrit
on her head, proceeded towards the, grave r yard,,
followed by the philosophic Gcrnsan,,l'soluary.and,
alone," with his hands thrust deeply into his
breeches pockets. .