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For the Journal.
The Holidays.
I tem.mber. I remember
Bow my childish heart beat high,
Wh'n the dear oil month December
W:th its m , rth was drawing nigh;
And w th what joy 'twee laden
Tho' the last one of the year,
To a happy l'ttle mai len,
Who wish'd it ever near.
Oh 'twas feetlve, oh 'twos festive,
In my dear pat-rnal home,
When the many happy elanees
Told the holyhys had come;
And sweeter strains of music
!lave never tn.t my ear,
Then a merry christmas to you,"
Or a happy, blest New Year."
We were happy. v^rY hYPPY,
For many days before,
In th;nklnz of the treaeures
That the futuue held in store;
For we knew that strnams of gladness
From aff•ct'on's fount did sprng,
And beildes the yearly preeents
That old " Santaelaus" Would bring.
Then our father and our mother,
Oh! I'm cure their hearts were glad,
For their faces titd a lantuage
Their tonsu , s could not have said.
Their un t , d hearts were clinging
Around that household band,
And I icense sweet was springing
As from a fairy land.
But a dearer than all other,
For the joy her visit b rought,
Woe our aged, good grand-mother
With a heart so kindly fraught.
And her pockets, too, were laden
W"th many a gift and toy;
But we valu.d them lees highly
Than the love light in her eye.
There was beauty, rare beauty,
In her mild and pleasant face,
Tho' the rose of youth had vanished
And age had left its trace.
And the locks were white and silvery
Her placid brow above ;
Yet the glory of those features
Was religion's faith and love.
A thousand memories linger
Around her place of rest,
For the turf and w,ld spring flower
Her bosom lone have press'd;
And my heart knows no such rapture
Tho' to womanhood I'm grown,
As whin in love's full purpose,
With the holydays she'd come.
From the Apalachi.n,
In the summer of 1821 I boarded a
few weeks at the huiel now kept by Col.
H. B •ehler, in Harrisburg, then called
Mrs. B .eliler's, :in the mother of Col. B.
tvns •lien living, whose kindness an d
Ir disposition will he remembered
by all who frequented her house; and
more espei•inlly if they were on the sick
lint, or req.sired any attention to increase
their comrort.
At that time Gen. Heister was Gover
nor of Pennsylvania, and Andrew Gregg
Secretary of the Comrnenwealth. Mr.
Gregg also made his home at Mrs. Bu
On Saturday afternoon his office was
and he usually spent that part
of his time in the reading room, unless
invi!ed out, which not unfrequently hap-
It often occurred that gentlemen who
stopped at Mrs. B.'s sought Mr. Gregg's
company, and got him to-speak of the
early fathers of the republic, almost all
of whom he had seen and known—and
to me, his relation of matters and things
of a.ild lang sync," were very inter
esting. He had been a warm Jeffers°.
nian, was elected to Congress, at
an early day, by the anti-federal party ;
was nn intimate personal RF well an pa.
litical friend of Mr. Jefferson: having
messed and lodged with him several
years, after he was a member of Con
gress. And after the election of Mr.
J. to the Presidency, hail been reproach
fully spoken of by Mr: Rundo:ph of Ro
anoke, as the 't manager of the house
of Commons," Mr. Gregg being the at,
knowledged leader of the anti-federal
Jeffersonian party in the house of rep
repentatives. His intim ite knowledge
of p , .l3'ic men and events of those early
times as well as the candor and frank ,
nes. of his conversations, rendered them
as I have already said, very attractive.
It was on Saturday ateritouti, in A.
gust. 1821, that a particular friend o'
Mr. Gregg's, Mr. J. M. 11., then of Cum.
berland cot nty, who is still hying. tlrm
pad in at Mrs. R.'s and in coarse of
their conversation, Mr. Gregg .related
the following little story, which impress
ed me so forcibly, that I have out for
gotten it although year s
lute. since elapsed. It occurred in
Washington c.ty, while he was a mem
ber of Congress, and Jefferson was Pros-
Wont. _ _
•••,••• • •
He had just risen, he said, from tl e
dinner table, when a servant announced
that two persona on horseback were at
the door, who pi l they wele from Penn
sylvania, and wished to see "Andy
Greirg." Mr. G. went to the dour, and
fwind a, German from Marietta, with
his daughter, hound to Vir3inia to buy
lend, but who desired him to accompa•
ay them to see Mr. Jefferson.
. Mr. G. was rather at s lose bow to
arrange matters, and requested them to
alight and have their horses put away.
This they declined doing, but said if it
was not too far to the President's house,
they Would get off and lead their horses
there, as their call must be very brief.
The German's tone was positive, and
he would take no other course.—They
did dismount, and all three walked op
to the President's, tithing their hor s es
along.—Mr. J. must have occupied et
that time the block of buildings near
the capitol, that are still pointed out, or
were a few years ago, as his residence
whilst President.
There was a peiling around the buil ,
dings, to which the horses were hitched
and the party proceeded to the main en•
trance. Mr. G. took the lead. After
npplying the knocker, a colored servant
opened the door, but contrived to place
himself so as to obstruct the entrnnce,
" I gave him my shoulder," said Mr.
Gregg, "and sent him out of the way
so that we all got into the hall. He then
told os the President was at dinner ; I
knew the house well," added Mr. 0.
and I opened the room door to our right
and invited my friends in, and found
seats for them.
"There were folding doors between
this room and the dining room, and I
heard Mr. Jefferson ask the servant who
it was that was in the adjoining room ;
I also heard him reply that it was Mr.
Gregg and two other persons, a man and
a woman. Mr..). then ordered the fold
ing doors to be thrown open, and called
to me to come in and join him at dinner,
and bring in my friends with me.
"1 had dined, but my friends had not
—so we all sat down to the table, the
old man on Mr. Jefferson's right, the
daughter on his left. Mr. Jefferson had
the faculty of making every person nt
ease in his presence, and soon had the
old man, as well as his daughter, per
fectly at home. Ha was ever fond of
mixing and conversing with plain unso
phistocated men, and could uVbend to
them in the easiest imaginable manner.
They talked of farming, of the use of
the plaster of Paris, of raising clover,
and of stock ; meanwhile, after dinner,
the wine was circulated. It was good
wine, and our German friend was no
bad judge.
"At length he said to Mr. Jefferson :
going to such a place in Virginia,
and would like to know the best stop
ping places. As you are a Virginian.
you can tell me, of course. Yes, said
Jefferson, I know the road very well,
and will give you directions. Then
turning to his private Secretary, Mr.
Cole, he said : Mr. Cole, just take your
pen and note down what I am about to
say. He then proceeded to name the
places, observing to his guest, that in
Virginia lie must not expect to find tav
erns, as in Pennsylvania. But, said lie,
I atn giving you the names of planters,
at whose houses you will be kindly re
ceived and well entertained ; but they
will take no pity. This is our way in
Virgthirt, and you will have to conform
to our dilations. He *eta ofi till he na
med a lady—by such a day you will
reach Mrs. Dandridge's. "Mrs. Dand
ridge!" said the guest: "Is she the
Mt s Dandridge who had a child at our
school in Litiz, that took sick and died
at my house, in Marietta, on its way
home. Its mother was with us two
weeks. I shall he very glad to see her;
she was an excellent woman." "It is
the very same;" said Mr. Jefferson, "and
I am glad you think so well of her, for
she is my sister." "Yoursister!"sat
our Pennsylvanian—" us it possible I"
and fort thing that he was not in his
own well stored house, or a Lancaster
county tavern he smote the tabte with
his Fist, and cried out, " Come - ; by
Georye, we must have another bottle of
wine." " Certainly," said Mr. Jeffer
son, and it was brought, and the Presi
dent and his guests chatted till near sun
d.iwn. But our German said he must
he at n certain place that evening, and
erase to start. Mr. J. accompanied them
to the door, but the horses were gone.
This was •oon explained ; the republic,
can chief had even attended to them.—
They had beau sent to a livery stable
and fed. They were brought to the
President's and there, after cordial sha
king of hands, and kind adieus, the
company separated, with the free and
social intercourse they had enjoyed,
and as regarded ur Pennsylvania friend
and his daughter, delighted with the
kindness and urbanity of the great re chief, who in his intercourse
with hits fellow-men, was Wain as simple,
and ns free from artfulness or sham, as
the humblest man in the nation."
Bench, who embezzled $20,000 or $30,-
000 from the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bank,
and *soaped to Europe. was arrested in
Paris and brought back in the 'teeth
ship Niagara. About $lB,OOO was re.
Gen. Taylor--His Age, Family, &c.
We find in the New York Herald a
letter from Baton Rouge, La., from which
we make the following extraets
Let me commence by correcting an
error which the press and the people
generally have fallen into in regard to
his age. General Taylor is not sixty
two or sixty-four, as has been so fre
quently stated. He is but fifty-eight,
and is therefore four years younger than
is generally supposed—quite a consid
erable difference in a man of his age.—
As a father and husband, he is unexcep
tionable. His disposition is exceeding
ly sweet and amiable, yet calm, cool
and firm. He is not liable to be carried
away by the emotions of the moment;
but thinks twice before he speaks once,
and therefore never has cause to regret
what he may iitti•C said or done.
Mrs. Tailor, his worthy consort is
just such a woman as he is a man—
plain and unassuming in her manner,
courteous and kind to her servants and
dependants, and affectionate and confi
ding to her friends.
They have two daughters; and I be
lieve, one son, living. One of the daugh
ters was married to Col. Jefferson Da
vis. She married against the consent
of her parents, and for a number of
years the old General never exchanged
a word with her husband. At the siege
of Monterey, however, chance placed
them closely together, and the opportu
nity was seized by Col. Davis to restore
the good feelings which formerly exist
ed between them. Satisfactory expla
nations were made; both shook hands ;
by-gones were forgotten, and the two
are now happily reunited in the bonds
of friendship. Mrs. Davis died some
years since, much regretted by all who
knew her.
His other daughter, well known as
"Miss Betty," and who it is presumed,
will be the presiding genius of the
White House, is a beautiful girl. It is
generally supposed that she will become
the better half of gallant Colonel Bliss,
and that they are engaged to be married
and have been so for some time. Col.,
Bliss is perfectly at home in the old
General's house ; he eats there, and is
always treated by him as a son, and he
looks op to General i itylor as a father. ,
The second daughter living is married ;
to Dr. Wood of the United States Army, I
residing in Baltimore.
A short time after the General was
nominated by the Whig Convention in •
Philadelphia, he received a number of
letters from distinguished politicians,
urging him to travel to the North, in ,
order to promote the chances of his suc
cess ; but he turned a deaf ear to all of!
them. One day he was asked why he
would not do so, when it was evident
that it would help him in being elected.
'lno this he made a characteristic reply.l
" Sir," said he, "I would riot so far de
grade myself as to go as far as that
terry, (pointing to a terry close by,) to
influence the public choice, or to secure
my election. I have never solicited the
nomination, and never aspired to the
Presidency. it the peoplo elect me of
their owiffree choice, my humble set-;
vices will be at their disposal. If they
elect some other candidate, I shall not
be in the slightest degree mortified."
It is supposed, by those who are com
petent to Lorin air opinion on the subject,
that Gen. Taylor will select Mr; Urit
tender), of Kentucky, as Secretary of ,
State or Attorney General. He has I
been hear., ou many occasions, to ex- I
press himself in the highest terms of
commendation of that gentleman's tal
ent and ability, and it is believed that
several leLters have passed between
them within. a short time.
GEN. Sum HOUSTON.—We met the
s a.wo th figure of the hero of San Jan
unit°, on the streets yesterday, shortly
alter his tarival here, en route for Wash
ington. hough more than three score
years—years too, lull of excliement, and
crowded with stirring events—have
passed over his head, Uen Houston still
maintains his erect and manly port, easy
and graceful manners, and benignant ex
pression of countenance. Nor has he
min all the eccentricity for which lic has
ever been distinguished. His dress was
quaint in the extreme, and betokened
more the frontier farmer and hunter,
than the grave and reverend senator.
A light brown frock coat with panta
loons to match, and seamed with blue
velvet, a seal-skin cap, and parsontied
white curvat, a faded straw-colored shad
bellied satin vest, "all buttoned up be
fore," and huge shirt ruffles, not suffl
cient, however, to conceal the handle 01
a large butcher's or hunter's knife,
which extended from an inside pocket,
made up the costume of this able and re
markable man. Gen. Rusk, the col
league of Gen: Houston, is alio in the
sity.—Neto Orlsatse Delta, Artiv.94,
A LITTLE WATCII.—The New Orleans
Picayune of the sth inst. notices a most
astonishing piece of mechanism, in the
form of a watch, at the store of Mr. Lou
is Mob, in that city. It is a perfect bijou,
says the Picayune, and is the work of
Mr. Augustin Matthey, of Geneva, and
was over three years in being completed.
Of course, he was only occupied at inter
vals in producing this extraordinary
piece of workmanship. This wonderful
time•plece is perfect; keeps good time.
It is about as thick as three half dimes
laid upon one another—including case,
crystal and all —and measures in cir
cumference just half the size of a half
dime. It has a spring case of enamel,
gold dial, and steel hands, cylinder es
capement, with ten holes jewelled in
ruby. It runs twenty-five hours with
out winding up. Besides, it is so arran
ged as to admit of being worn either in
a broach or finger-ring. It is, to our
minds, in fact, a rare curiosity. Mr.
Mull authorizes us to say that he will
give $lOOO reward to any watchmaker
who make a similar watch iii the space
of two years. lie also goes further, and
promises to pay any one who will take
the watch to pieies and put it together
again, $2OO —provided they first depos
it its estimated value, ($1500,) as a
guarntee not to ruin it in the attempt.
THE PiVE CRAtTLES.—A than who had
recently become a votary to Bacchus,
returned home one night in an interme
ediate state of booziness. That is to say
he was comfortably drunk; but perfectly
conscious of his unfortunate situation.
Knowing t ha t his wife was asleep, he
decided to attempt gaining his bed with
out disturbing her, aid by sleeping off
his inebriation, conceal the fact front
her altogether. He reached the door of
his room without creating much distur•
bance, and after ruminating a few mo
ments on the 'natter, he thought if he
could reach the bedpost, and hold on to
it while he sliped off his apparel, the re
main der of the fent would be easily
accomplished. Unfortunately for his
scheme, a cradle stood in a direct line
with t he bed-post, about the middle of
the floor. Of course, when his shins
came in contact with the aforesaid piece
of furni Lure, he pitched over it with a
perfect looseness, ar.d upon gaining an
erect position, ere an equilibrium was
estalished, he went over it backwards iu
an equally su?nniary manner. Again he
struggled to his feet and wen t headfore
most over the bower of infant happiness.
At length with the fifth fall, his patience
became exhausted, and the obstacle was
yet to be overcome. In desperation, ho
cried out to his sleeping partner, "Wife!
wife! how many cradles have you got in
the house 1 I've fallen over five, and lime's
another before me!"
WOMAN'S LOVE.-A man who sting
gled with a malignant disease, nppoach
ed that crisis in its stage on which his
life seemed to depend. Sleep, uninter
rupted sleep, might ensure his recov
ery. His anxious wife, scarcely daring to
breathe, was sitting by his bed; her ser
vants, exhausted by constant watching,
had all left her.—lt was past midnight—
s door was open for air; she heard, in the
stillness of the night, a window open be
low stairs, and soon approaching foot•
steps. A moment more, and a man
with his face disguised, entered the rooms
She instantly saw her husband's dan
ger, and, anticipating the desi,gh of the
unwelcome intruder, she pointed to her
husband and pressing her finger upon
her lips td idiplore silence, held mit to the
robber her purse and keys. To her sur
prise, he took neither. Whether he was
terrified, or charmed by the courage of
affection, cannot he known. He left the
room, without robbing a house sanctified
by such strength of affection, and depar
TION.—"How these men do talk a
bout the exercising their right of suffer
ings!" said Mrs. Partington, "as if no
body in the world suffered but them
selves. They don't think of our suffer
ings; we, poor creturs, must suffer and
say nothing.about it, and drink cheap
tea, and be troubled with the children
and scour and scrub our souls out, and
we never say anything about it. But a
min comes on reeolarly once a year,
like a farmer's almanac, and grumbles
about his . suffering: and then it's only
jest to choose a governor, arter all.
These men are hard creturs to glid out,
and ain't worth much after you have
found 'em out."
ture of South Carolina, on the Bth inst.,
a resolution' was offered declaring that
the application of the VV ilmnt Proviso to
Southern territory. will be resisted at
any and every hazzard,-.SeVeral resolu
tions of similar import had previously
been submitted, but none of them have
yet been acted on.
Gentleman (dismounting from his
horse.)—" Stabler attend—refrigerate
my beast by allowing him thrice to cir
cumatnbulate yonder fountain ; that ac
complished, to imbibe a moderate quan
tity of nauseous particles; conduct him
then with care to the repository for
wearied beasts ; and, having clothed in
lustre his dusky skin by a gentle appli
cation of the vegetable material vulgor i
larly called straw, suffer him in quiet
to partake food which shall afford nour
ishment and generate repose.
Stabler, (laughing)—\Vha-a-a-t, sirl
Gent.—" What. sir! Stand ye thus
like one who has not reason in his soul,
while this poor beast whose every pore's
a fount of gushing strength grows val
etudinary 'neath Sol's oppressive raysl
Ye volatile barbarian !"
Stab. (Laughing still more unrestrain
edly.)—" I can't understand a word you
say . sir ; but I 'spose you want your
horse put up."•
Gent —“Stupidity unequalled ! Land
lord fulminate your censures against
the tardy churl, who thus manifests op
pugnation to my desire ; and conduct
me to secluded apartments, and bring
restoratives of the most civic character,
to reinstate in their former power the
varying energies of my exhausted
Lafidlcird, (laughing.)—" I will, sir."
Gent.—" Preposterous! and you; sir
unite in the disgraceful merriment of
your minion! I should really surmise
myself the first of the species yeti had
ever beheld,
Landlord—(Laughing still more.)—
"Indeed you are sir."
Cient.-- ,, Terminate this prolix scene,
and officiate as my guide to apartments.
At the hour of dinner summon me; tf
weariness should have caused me to be
recumbent in repose, gently reanimate
me with the breath of a fan."
I Gent.—(Seating himself at the table
—dinner over—others standing in the
room.) "I should judge veracity and
ignorance the prevailing characteristics
of this mansion. I sec nothing amid
these reeking ruins worthy the regard
of a gentleman's palate. Waiter, I de
sire a female fowl, sufficiently but not
abundantly made eltble by file." (It is
brought.) Waiter, dissect with care
the same ; do not violently separate the
parts, lest my joints suffer dislocation
from the discordant sound." (It is
done.) " Waiter, place a tender por
tion of the breast upon my plate, with
the necessary accompaniments." (It
is done as ordered, and the gentleman
commences his dinner.)
(A wag, who With others had obServ=
ed these proceedingt, seats himself tit
the table opposite our hero.)
Wag.—" Vaiter, furnish me with a
female fowl; 6e sure of her virginity.'
—(The waiter understands the joke and
does as he is bid.)
Wag.—" Vaiter, dissever now her
component parts." (It 1. ddne.)
11 ag.—" Vaiter, divide these parts
into portions suited to my labial . capa
Wag.—(Opening his mouth find dire*:
ing himself back in his chair.) " Vait
er, place one of theirs in the orifice be
reft you." (Our hero begins to under
stand the quiz, and is evidently discon
Wag.—" Vaiter, wag .my jaws !"
(Amid roars of laughter, and with cur
ses on his lip, our hero rushes from the
Anecdotes of Duelling:
In Japan, instead of fighting duels,
the parties endeavor to show their valor
by committing Suicide. It is related that
two officers of the Emperor's house
hold, meeting on the stairs, their sabres
happened to tangle; words arose, one
imputed it to accident, adding, that the
quarrel was between two swords, and
that one was as good as the other. " We
shall see about that," replied the other,
arid instantly plunged his weapon in his
own heart. The other, impatient to
show his courage, ran up, and waited
upon the Emperor, returned, saying he
was sorry to let the other get the start
of him, and threw himself on his own
sword ; thus proving that one sword was
as. good as the other.
the court of Henry IV., noted for hit
brutal deeds, named Lagarde Ba'vie,
anxious to make a trial of skill with
another named Bazenez, sent him a hat
ornamented with fenthere, accompanied
by a message for him to wear it at the
peril of his life. Bazenez immediately
pit it on his head, and went out in quest
of Lagarde, who was in search of him.
They met, and after a change of civil'•
ties, the contest began. Lagarde in
flicted a wound on the forehead of the
VOL, XIII, NO, 51.
Other, but the skull being harder than
the steel, his sword was bent. The
next lunge he was more fortunate, and
penetrated his body, exclaiming.
"This is for the hat !" another thrust
was equally lucky; "This for the feath•
ers I" giving him a third, "This fee the
loop!' During this polite conversa
tion, seeing the blood streaming from
his opponent's wounds, he compliment:
ed him on the elegant fit of the hat,
when Bazenez, infuriated, rushed upon
him, breaking through his guard, stab
bed him in the throat, chest, and stom
ach. At each stab. the wretched mao
roared for mercy, but the other replied
at each thrust, "No ! no ! no !" How ,
ever the prostrate Lagertle Was not idle;
he bit otr pert of Bazenez' chin, and
fractured his skuull with the hilt of his
sword, and only lost his courage with
his fife.—During this scene, the sec
onds were amusing themselves,
and one
of them was laid dead upon the field of
honor. This Lagarde was as concise
in his epistles as when fighting.
The first duel fought in AmeriCa was
in 1830, between Edward Doty and Ed
ward Sester, two servants in Aidssachn
setts. We find the particulars in Holme's
annuals. They fought with sword and
dagger, and were both wounded, one iri
the waist, the other in the thigh. Both
were punished, by being tied together
for forty-eight hours, without food, then
to receive twenty.five lashes on the Veer
back. This punishment we reeoinruced
to yoting d sure cure for
wounded helot. in preference to Glou
cester point, and Bladensburg practice:
In the expedition of the Duc de Guise
in Italy, in 1557, under Henry 11. , a du-:
el was fought at Fenera in the presnce
Of the Due Hercules d'Este, and his
brother the Cardinal, in a hall of the
pallace, which was brilliantly lighted
for the purpose.
In the 18th century, St; Foix; who
was a noted duellist, entering a cafe in
Paris; at dinner time, saw a gentleman
drinking a Bavaroise, (a mixture of Or
neat and Tea) and exclaimed, " that is
a confounded bad dinner for a gentle
man !" The stranger, thus insulted,
insisted on immediate satisfaction
which was granted, and St. Foix war
wounded. Notwithstanding this injury
he coolly said to his adversary, "If you
had killed in* sir, I should still have per
sisted that a Bavaroise is a fiery bad
, .
the celebratlid Patrick Henry, of Vit.;
ginin, was near the close of his life he
laid his hand on the Bible, and address
ed a friend who was with him: "here is
a book worth 'more than all others
ted; yet it is my 'misfortune never to
have read it with 'proOper attention un
til lately." About the same time, he
wrote to his daughter: "I have heard it
"said that Deists have claimed me.
"The thatight pained me more than the
"appellation of Tory; for I consider re
"limion of infinitely. more importance'
"than' politics, nnd,l And much cause to
reproach myself chat I have lived and
"giveu no decided proof of my being a'
Good wife.
A friend of ours, who has been spend:
ing a feW Weeks in the country, and who'
has visited some of the private dwell.:
lags of the rustic inhabitants, tells of a
singular old man who lives near Brook
field. He was one day visited by a
small party of ladies and gentlemen,
who *e.tit to hear his " talk. ' "Now
young gentlemen," said he, I will give
you some directions how to tell a good
wife. A good wife will be like three
things, and again she will not be like
them. She will be like the snail who
slays at home, and she will not be like
the snail who carrier all it has on its
buck. She will be like the echo that
speaks when spoken to ; and she will not
bt like the echo aßvays to have the last
word. She Will be like the town clock,.
that speaks at the right time and she
will not be like the town clock, beard
all over the town !"
We have I;ee - tiiet;;;Kat surprised
says the Home Journal, that Tempe
rance Societies (on the lookout of course
for tokens and symbols by which to
recognize and promote fellowship in
their vast league of reformation) havet
never adopted the temeeum kiss which
prevailed in the temperance times of
old,- and which is thus mei.tioned in Hol
land's Pliny It was the custom that
men should kiss women when they met
them, to know by there oreath whether
they smelled of temetum : for so they'
used in those days to term Wine ; and
therefore drunkenness was called temvP,
entia."—Fancy the temperance m- d a i s
that would be called for, if 5P gentle
man with a coin of total abstinence hung
round his neck might fulfill the holy
mission of seeing whether the ladies'
breath "smelt of temetum,"