Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, June 19, 1849, Image 1

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[For the Huntingdon Journal.]
About the noon or taglit,' Dreamo
was somnambulizing, when all at once,
After a very speedy transition, he found
himself reclining in a beautiful cloud
chariot, titirrounded with a halo of ever
changing eolofs. The chariot seemed
to be borne upward by two little; hides
eribable, Protean Beingsi—Ratict and
Phantazia,—ithose wings fanned the
breeze and rolled perfume around. Far
above the Mundane, twit Clouds end
stars, amid the Empyrian, they sped in
delightful undulation, until they arrived
at the portals of a vast and gorgeous
Palace,—substantial yet etherial, real
yet invisible to the unquickened eye of
mortal, 'The polished exterior appear
ed to catch the star-light, and reflect
figures and devices wrought out most
beautifully, and rich with instruction.—
In a semi-circle above the ample en
trance was the name of the edifice—
" Castello-Metaphysico," printed with
stars upon a faint, rainbow ground.—
Having been ushered in by Mons. Por
ter de Cogito, breamo found himself
within a spncionis Rotunda splendidly
illumined. Here he employed himself
for a While musing upon the emblemat
ical and allegorical paintings which
hung around,. Having seen these, his
attention Wile drettei to the floor of Mo
saic-work which was full of names which
had been scratched there by the visit ,
ors. On scrutinizing more closely; he
found that originally there had been en
graved there names of great and good
men, who had been founders or patron's,
architects or builders, Teachers or Pu
pils of the grand Institution ; or of oth
ers who had been deemed worthy of
having their names enrolled. But alas
these were well nigh entirely defaced
and effaced by scribblings of would , be ,
great visitors, who had gone no further
than the Rotunda, nor accomplished
anything except leaving their defacing,
deforming tracks and scratches. Dreamo
had just succeeded in making out sonic
of the good old names, when Sapientia
the Interpreter approached and pointing
to the door-ways which led to the vari
ous departments of the Institution said,
'-Mark the name and embleth of each
department, encircling the door-ways ;
and particularly notice the entrance in
scribed "Aula Juventus,'' the Hall of,
Youth—with the device of "a blindfold
boy with a world upon his shoulders." I
Here let us enter at present and see
illustrated three philosophic principles!
upon which rests the great idea of this
age, viz: 'the education of the Young,'
moulding the world by moulding the
boy, removing the bandage from the
Youth's eyes that he may not stumble
and blindly dash a world in ruins. This
idea seems now to have been gradually
developed by going back, or coming
around, to first principles. It is coun
ted by some a wonderful discovery, yet
in itself most obvious and simple. It is
merely beginning at the be-ginning. It
is well that it is becoming so absorbing,
for it unites so many other great yet
simple ideas and influences and is so
potent for good if rightly employed, as
we shall soon see." Having thus spo
ken, they entered the Aula Juventus.—
Dreamo had first pointed out to
him a row of minature garden-plats,
each with its own tiney gardener. The
soil of each was originally destitute of
need, i. e. had no innate reed ; yet the
properties of the soil had more or less,
in all, a tendency to receive and germi-;
nnte bad seed, which might either be,'
sown by the gardener or be received
like pollen from the unconscious atmos
phere. 'the first garden was bright
with gay flowers of etery flue wed odor,
French and Flander. And the little
gardener who owned the plat was vain
and joyous with success. But alas,
her plants were all flowers and no fruits.
They were of little use and ere long as
sumed a faded, gaudy appearance, grew
sickly, drooped and died. Then decom
position soon followed, the soil became
corrupt and produced weeds and melt ,
ria. And now too late tears of sad regret
are the only fruits of the foolish garden
er. " Behold" said Sapientia " this plat
might have produced useful flowers and
good fruits if there had been proper
sowing and culture,'but Panita, the gar
dener, cared only for showy and fash
ionable flowers, to catch the eyes and
praises of the world. Well, she has
found that, as the Book of Wisdom says,
What a man soweth that shall he
renp.' " Then Dreamo thought of Mo
thers, for he perceived that the mina
ture gardens represented the minds of
children. The next pint which attract
ed his attention was a tangled waste of
noxious weeds and briars; no good fruit,
not even a flower was there, only thorns
to plant the pillow of the negligent gar--
dener, Inebrio. Finally among the oth
ers he saw one garden surpassing all
for neatness and loveliness, bearing a
rich harvest of both flowers and fruits
of immortal mould and fragrance.— i
' This' said Sapientirt is the plat of the I
happy and thoughtful Religio. Very
early she htid sown good seed before en
or *hide could deposite any nox
ious kind ; and if perchance a weed ap
peared it was soon plucked out, her own
plants nurtured and the celestial sun
shine and showers invoked. Thus ice
learn that wise Parents who diligently
cultivate the minds of their children,
sowing good seed from the beginning,
will in old age be made glad with golden
harvests. Their children will rise up
and call them blessed. We have now
seen an illustration of one of the three
metaphysical principles which consti
tute the great and good idea of the ace ;
long since thus ettibletnatically taught
in the Ancient Book of Wisdom—" In
the morning sow thy seed and in the
evening rut forth thy hand."
Dreemo was thee conducted to an
other part of the Hall where he snw an
exquisite piece of machinery, with in
tricate and beautiful wheels end weights ;
all influenced by a chnin which seemed
to wrap around all and connect with
every part. From this main chain there
were minor chains, branching 'and run
ning in all directions ; and the little
life-like links of this whole system of
[ delicate yet powerful chain-work mo
ving so rapidly, seemed to increase con
tinually in numbers and efficiency. The
trittehitie was an Automaton, partly self
constructed and partly from external
'Tey. Materials were received
throngli fiee appropriate avenues, not
only to be incorporated in the fabric
and composition of the machine itself by
a mysterious assimilation, but finally to
be wrought out into articles of utility
and beauty. The Interpreter said that
thirty-three years evas the avernge
length of nperatioe for such machines
before they were transported into a far
distant country, where, if they had pro
ved good, they would be retained in
most delicate and useful employment ;
but if worthless they would be destroy
ed. The first half of the time of trial
was by far the Most important for then
materials were for the most pan taken
in and formations so far completed that
much of the great chain which influen
ced all, was then forged and linked, and
the trains of future netion set iii Motion.
The' first sixteen years generally deter
mined whether the structure shall be
good or bad, the motiomr regular and
smooth, or irregular and by jerks ; whe
ther the workmanship be fine and deli
cate and substantial, or misshapen, im
perfect and useless; and whether the
automaton tan produce' any articles of
utility and beauty. Here we have, con
tinued Sapientia, a representation of that
mystery of the human mind, the greut
law of association, the intricate chain
work of thoughts, principles and oper
ations. The five avenues are the five
senses. Thirty-three years is the aver
age of human life. The whole truth,
with application and all, flashed upon
Drenmo's mind. He saw another prin
ciple which constituted the foundation j
for youthful education. The machine,
the human mind self moved, moves the
world. And he mused on the first six
teen years.'
In the next place his attention was
directed to n large pile of Bundles.--
These were of various shapes and qual.
ities. A celestial Being was searching
among them to find come, well propor
tioned and harmonious iii their conctit
nents, fit ter be Sound up in the sure
Bundle of Life. Hut only ri few could
be found. The others *ere then cast
into a great ben4fre where they should
remain in burninge forever, for they
Were crooked, heterog,enious and unfit
for a noble destiny. Evrenmo then learn
ed that all this deformity arose from
mill-construction at the outset. In vain
was the attempt afterwards made with
gauze and gloss and bandage to restore'
proportion and beauty. }ere he saw
illustrated the fact that "Man to a Bun-
dle of habits ;":'' as you form the Youth,
yen have the Man. And this is the third
principle, distinct from, yet canning into!
the others, which may With them be
considered the basis of the ruling idea
of this age. Hence it is " The Child is
father of the Man."
When Dreamt. o was musing upon these
things and thinking, how important
Sabbath Schools must be, Sapientis
very suddenly chew aside a curt'a'il, and
a new object attracted attention, it was
a boy dimly seen
,in the distance. He
seemed to have a bandage on his eyes ;
and to be unconsciously and laughingly
sporting upon the flowery verge of a
most dangerous precipice, steep and
high beyond measure, beneath which
seemed to be the abode of darkness and
destruction. Now Drenmo also thought
he saw a world upon the shoulders of
this blinded hoy, yet there was no one
to take ofT the bandage or warn him of
danger. He even appeared heedlessly
to be approaching the ago. One More
step! He bent. Did he stoop to pluck
a flower or did he stumble'? Ala's, he
disoppear.ed,—and the crash of ft World's
destruction rang through the abyss be
neath ! Dreamo, shuddering at what
might be, ceased froth somnambulizing.
A Panther Hunt.
Incredible as the following account
May appear to our readers, the incidents
related are strictly true, and the hero
of the tale still walks the earth in a
green old ages
In a certain section of our own good
ly state, the first settlers were obliged
to depend, for a part of thej, subsist
ence, upon the wild animals they might
take with the aid of their trusty rifles.
Many of them could eye a rifle, or take
a shot of white-eye (corn whiskey)
without blinking ; and it is to be regret
ted that some of them have suffered se
verely from wounds caused by the lat
In the autumn, after the leases had
fallen as a light snow lay upon the
ground, our hero, who rejoiced in the
cognomen of "Cal," (Calvin shortened)
started, with two companions and a dog,
to spend an afternoon on a hunt for deer.
Note Cal etas title of that coil, sel-pos
sessed, athletic, yet reckless kind of
men often met with in all new countries;
end on training-days, at logging bees
and at raisings, always ready to climb
a sign -post or stippling, feet foremost,
or walk a ridge-pole from end to end
upon his hands, with his heels in the
air, and then, by way of showing that
he was capable of even greater feats,
would descend a rafter to the plate of
the building in the same manner.
The party did not forget to curry their
canteens well charged, and as they pur
sued their way into the recess of the
forest, from time to time refreshed the
inner man by liberal draughts there
from. Not meeting with any game in
their progress, it was agreed to separ
' ate and pursue the hunt, and if either
fired his rifle, the others were to hasten
to his assistance. They had not been
• long separated, When one of them fired
• his rifle, and the others soon came up.
The one who fired had discovered a re
cent track in the fight sneer,. which re
sembled a tat's,but Was nearly an large
as n man could make with his hand, by
slightly bending his fingers inward, as
in the act of grasping. They knew it
tcibt a panther's track, and ; though the
day was far spent, re'solied to follow it,
and if possible to secure the animal.—
On they went, plunging deeper and
deeper into the forest, till the shades of
night gathered around theta, when they
came to a huge hemlock, and perceived,
by scratches on the bark, that the ob
ject of their pursuit was treed. It was
too dark to see him through the thick
foli'age,, and they dared not fire at ran
dom ; they therefore conclude to build
n fire at the roots of the tree and watch
till daylight, when they might secure
their prisoner.
Accordingly 1113 fire wns built ; and
after again Wetting their throats • they I
commenced their night's watch-. ' About
six or eight feet from the roots of the
tree lay the fallen trunk of another.—
Owing to the fatigues of the day and
their experiments with the canteens, as
the night wore away sleep weighed
down their eye-lids, and they sunk into
her embrace. Cal, however, had one
eye open for adventure. The fire had
gradually declined until only a few faint
flickerings shot up at intervals. Hear
ing a scratching above his head, he
roused himself, arose, and by the light
of the nearly extinguished fire, discov
ered the panther, about fifteen feet tip
the tree, gradually descending like a
cat. His long tail swung to and fro,
and as soon nP it entne within reach,
Cal seized it with both hands,. shouted
to his companions; nd gave it n desper
ate pully which brought the panther di--
rectly down into the burning embers.— I
Bewildered, and taken all aback, as the
sailors say, he started full jump around
the tree, while Cal, shouting and hold
tng on to thecandal extremity, followed
round and round, raising a fine dust it
the ashes. His companions had snatch=
ed their rifles ; and, at a safe distance,
called on Cal to let go, that they might
fire without danger of hitting him. But
Cal thought that a panther caught by
the tail was worth two running in the
woods ; so round they went as before,
till the panther, not liking the "circus,"
dnrted off, trod just art lie was leaping
over the before-mentioned fallen tree,
received a shot through the heart and
fell dead on the other side. Cal, still
retaining his hold, went over after him,
and his companions were duly notified
that the animal was his game. He was
of the largest size, measuring over nine
feet from the tip of the nose to the end
of the tail.—Syracuse Union.
7 Blessed is the man who has no money,
for he is not obliged to mend his pockets.
The Liberty (Missouri) Tribune had
the following letter, dated
SUTTFRSF'ORT, U. Cxi,iFoicNtA feb. /, '4/
Cot. A. W. Do'Nirrth; i I am here at
this point having been attracted hither
by the unlimited gold regions of Califor
nia. . 4 *
Men are here nearly crazy With the
riches forced suddenly into their pork:
ets. I have had sotne opportunity in
the couse of my life to study Ultima ria:
turei but the ii";liool here is upon a
grander scale than you or 1 ever saw
before. Perhaps a few anecdotes rtfay
illustrate the state of thingsi and afford
you some atriusetitent.
- An honest, close-fisted shoerrialiefi
by the name of Spec, came from Ore
gon to California about a year ago.—
After the gold Was discovered, he went
into the mines, and was soon Making
his hundred dollars a day. A quiical
shrewd fello* from Philadelphia met
hit) one day :
"Well; Mr,pe6; Ina* do you get
along I"
"First rate, sir. I would not he n
member of Congress with his eight
dollars a day, nor the President of the
United Starers I can make more mop
ney than they."
"Well, Mr. Spee, I suppose you will
make no more shoes."
Our shoemaker thought himself in
sulted, and indignantly replied, "No
not I. Let those make shoes who will
—I make no more." He is now a mer
chant, and deals in goods, wares and
1 was here during the Christmas ho
lydays, and saw a great number of
young men, who had never worn.a cloth
coat before, with at least one thousand
dollars worth of finery upon them.—
They were almost loaded down with
trinkets. I saw one fellow dressed in
a splendid suit of black, over which he
wove a superb black cloth cloak; and
instead of drawing his cloak around
him to shelter him from the cold wind
then blowing, he was careful to let it be
unfurled, like a flag in the passing
breeze ; that fie might catch the admir
ing glance of the passers by: Another
gay fellott, dressed equally as well,
save the cloak, was strutting up and
Ow" before the door of a large tavern.
In his right hand he held a large bell,
and at short intervals he would stop
and tinkle his belt, as mach as to say,
"Look here—this is me !."
Another dandy went into a store, and
took out a fine silk handkerchief and
commenced wiping the mud off his
The merchant said, "You will spoil
your handkerchief, sir."
“Oh, that's no difference--I have
another. I wipe my boots with one,
and my nose with the other.
Some time during the last autumn a
young man was at work in the mines,
who had his heart set on marriage.—
Whether he had courted the fair one,
and she had refused hi's offer, or whether
he had always considered himself too
poor to tfilit upon hinaself the support of
a family Ido not know. At all events,
he one day rolled aside, by means of
levers and props, a large stone, under
which there was a deposit of several
hundred dollars of pure gold, in smalil
peices the' size of flax-seed. The mo
ment he cast his eye upon the shining
treasure, he threw himself flat upon
his back, in an extacy, among the rocks,
clapped his hands, kicked up his heels.
and exclaimed,. "A married man, by
gosh f" . .
Colonel you have been through
co, and elsewhere, but you never saw
Anything like the state of affairs here.
The accounts you have seen of the gold
region, are not over colored. About 4525
per day is the amount of the produce of
one hand. I was in thy irrilies forty
days; and was careful to make nn accu:
rate estimate. The gold is positively
inexhaustible'. One frundred millions
will betaken out annually in the'course
of two years. Town lots at San Fran
are Worth .$lO,OOO,- for the - best;
and no title tit that.
THINK a THAT, Boys !—Daniel Web
ster says, in his autobiography, that
when at school, he could not for his life,
get up and speak. When his turn to
declaim came, he' sat down and wept
with mortification at his inability. Novi
he is one of the ablest speakers in the
A CLEVER Bor.—A farmer's• wife, in
speaking of the aptness, and intelligence
of her son, a lad six years old, to a lady
acquaintance, said,
: , He can rend fluently in every part
of the Bible, repeat the whole catechism,,
and weed onions as well as his father."
"Yes mother," added tbe young hope
ful,•"apd yesterday I licked Ned Raw
son, tlirowed the cat into the well, and
stole old Hinkley,s gimlet."
- 1 4 0 0tirttai i
tif a certain ditine an anecdote is
told, whichlloak used to say exceeded
any specimen of cool assurance that he
ever exhibited. A young clerical friend
of his, staying at his house, happened
to be sitting up one right reading, af
ter the tardily; as he supposed, had re
tired to rest: The door opened, and
his' excellent host re-appeared in his
,dressing-gown and, slippers;
"My dear boy," said the latter, sea
ting himself, and looking pathetically
dt his geust. "1 have a few words to
say—don't look alarmed—they will
prove agreeable enough titi you, rely
bpott it: The fact is Mrs.------and
Myself hate for sonic time observed the
attention you pay to Betsey. We can
make every allowance, knowing your
excellent principles as we do, for the
diffidence which has hitherto tied your
tongue, but it has been carried far
enough. 1e a Worldly point of View,
Betsey, of course, might do better, yet
we have all the highest esteem for your
character and disposition—but then our
daughter—she is dear to us--and where
her happiness is ut stake all minor con ,
siderations must give way. We haire,
therefore, after due deliberation---1
must own not altogether without hesi
tation--made up our minds to the
match. What must be, must be; you
are a worthy fellow, and therefore, in a
word, you have our free and coreial con=
sent. Only make our child happy and
tve ask no More."
The astonished divine, half \ petnfied,
laid down his book.
"My denr sir," he begun to murmer,
"there is some dreadful mistalce. I re=
idly never thought,. that is, never intenz
'No ! no! I know you did not. You
modesty, indeed, is one of those traits
which hat Made you so deservedly a
favorite with us all. But my dear boy,
a parent's eyes arc chary. Anxiety
sharpens them. We saw well enough
what you thought so well concealed.—
Betsey, too,- is just the girl to be so
won. Well ! well! say no more about
it, it's all over now. God bless you
both t Only make her a good husband
—here she is. I told Mrs. to
bring her down again for the sooner
young folks are put out of suspense the
better. Settle the matter as soon as
you like; we will leave you together."
Thus saying, the cosiderate parent
bestowed w most atTectronate kiss upon
his daughter, who was at this juncture
led into the room by her mother, both
en dishabille, shook his future son-in
law cordially by the hand, and with a
"There, there, go alon g , Mrs.—,"
turned his wife out of the room, and
left the lovers to their tett a tete.
What was to be done 1 Common hu
manity, to say nothing of politeness,
demanded nothing less than a proposal;
and it was tendered accordingly ; and,
we need scarcely add, very graciously
received:--.Memoirs of hook.
Editorial Difficulties.
Next to poverty, c!e!inquent subscri
bers, and duns—to which most editors
' are subject—the greatest difficulty is . to
please the public.. For sty great is the
variety of public taste and feeling, that
had the conductor of a periodical paper
as many heads and as many pens as
his paper has renders, he could never
hope to please all ; for they cannot
please themselves. Does ho speak out
in language plain and simple It is,
mere common place; the taste of the!
learned is not gratified ; it is fit only
for the vulgar: Does lie aspire to elo-
(pence 1. The unlearned Cannot under- I
stand ;" and the learned re'gard' him as a
pedantic fellow, dabbling in what lie
has no pretentions to: Does he show
hts colors and boldly contend for his
ground T He is too severe. Does he
hide himself beneath a mass of une
quivocal matters 1 He is a temporizing
hypocrite. IT he ptNrshes extracts
that are better than he can write, he has
no talents of his own to display ; and
if he fills his paper with original mat
ter, he might have given something bet
ter from the works of others. If lie
attempts to philosophise, it is dull and
uninteresting; and if he *rites on plain ,
and familiar subjects, every body knew
then, before. Does he attempt to in- •
struct He needs to be' instructed.---
Does lie use Iris endeavors to amuse
It is too light and trifling. People gen
erally are fond of being praised ; and
one would suppose this might satisfy
But let an' editor try the expedi
ent, and he will soon find out his mis- ,
take ; for suck is the power of an en
emy that no one will thank him for
praising Mm, and every one will hate
him- fot praising another. Most people
are fond of hearing their neighbours ;
slandered ; but if you matte an attempt
tio' point out either the vices or follies of
mankind ; every one will find something
VOL. XI V, NO, '23
applicable to hint:l6lf, and here again
you enteunter thri litttred of the whole
mass. Eery person can tell you how
to conduct a paper to please himself;
and of course, to offend every one else;
These beim! stubborn facts there is no
alternative but for tin editor to please
himself, if he trite; Mid hitzerd the con•
sequence: If hei do this he will be cer.:
to saisfY one, Which is more than he
cat, Say, if he tries to pease all.
No earthly circle can be compared
with that of the family. It comprises
all that a human heart most values and
delights in. It is the centre where all
human affections meet and entwine the
' vessels into which they all pour them
' selves Oillt sad) joyous freedoM, There
is no one word which contains in it so
many. endearing associations and pre
cious remerhbrances hid in. the heart
like gold. It appeald at once to the very
centre of man's being,—his 'theart of
hearts." All that is sweet, soothing, ten:
der, and true, is wrapt up in that ono
name. It speaks not of one circle or
one bond, but of many circles and many
bonds, all of them near the heart. The
family home, the family hearth,- the
family table, family habits, family voi
ces, family tokens, family salutation,
family melodies; filthily joys and so,
roWs what a mine of recollections lie
nnder that one word take these away;
and earth becomes a Mere churchyard
of crumbling bones; rind man as so many
grains of lodsened sand, or at best, but
as the fragments of n torn flower, which
the winds are scattering abroad.
All that is beautiiful in relationship;
or tender in human affection, or gentlu
in human intercourse ,• all that. is toVa
ble" nod precious id the moVethenta of of
!IMMO heart from its lowest depth to its
Uppermost surface, all these are wrapt
up in the one name of family. For
closeknit bonds, for steadfast faithful
ness in love; for depth of sympathy, for
enduenee in trial and danger—where
shall we find anything can be compared
to the story of earth's Wilily circles I
Conjugal love, parental love, brotherly
love, sisterly lave,—all are here. The
Malik g,trearrritef hatruin affection empty
thenselreS info it, or flow out of it for
the fertility and gladness of the earth.
A GOOD REPROOF.-A certain lady
sent the celebrated Dean Swift an invi
tation to dinner; but, having heard that
he was not easily pleased, she had taken
a month to provide for it. When the
time came, every delicacy Which coal
be purchased the lady prepared, even to
profusion. The Dean was scarcely sea
ted, when she began to make a cer
emonious harangue ; in which she told
him that she erns srncerly sorry she had
rot a more tolerab'e dinner, since she
was apprehensive there was not any
dung there fit for him to cat: in short,
thitt Was a bad dinner'.
, 'Dende ltike you," said the Dean,
“why did you not get a better then! sure,
you had time enough !. But, since you
say so hod, I'll e'en gO home and eat
a herring," Accordingly he departed,
and left her justly confounded at her
fully which had spoiled all the paint
and expense she had bren at.
A New RAti?..—A lirtherto unknown
race of people has been discovered, it is
said, in the interior of Africa. The
men are tall and powerfully built, stand
ding seven nod a' half English feet ire
height, and black iticoloe, although des-•
titute of the usual character of negrocs
in features. Mehemet Ali sent an ex
pedition up the White Nile in search of
gold, and there found this raceof people
—fifteen hundred of whom, armed to the'
teeth came doWn to the shore of the
river where the vessel lay.. The mime
of the kingdoatecdupietf, b fhks people
is Bari, and its capital Patenja. They
raise wheat, tobacco, etc, and manufac. ,
cure their own wenpons.
A young lady of
. this eity,•*ho is en
gaged and Will s hortly be united to t
gallant son of Neptune, visited the .
Mariner's Church a couple of Sundays
since. During the sermon, the pastor'
discoursed eloquently and with Much
earnestness of mariner on the trials;
dangers and teintat ions of the profession
of a sailor! He concludedby asking':
the following question :
"Is there one who thinks anything of
him who wears terpanlin hat ; a blue
jacket, or a pair of trowsers made of
dack—in short, is there any osme who ,
cares aught for the poor sailor
A little girl, a sister of this young
lady, who was sifting by her immedi
ately jumped up, and looking archly
at her sister, said, in atone loud enough.
for every one to hear :
“Yes, sir, Beck does!"
The audience were convulsed with .
laughter; the minister bit his lips, and
concluded the services by requesting the
congregation to unite with him in prayer: