Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, August 14, 1849, Image 1
BY JAS. CLARK. From the Literary World, THE FLOWERS. Where'er earth's soil is by the feet Of unseen angels trod, The joyous flowers spring up to greet These visitants of God. They on celestial errands move Earth noiselessly to bless, Oft stooping down in balmy love, The flowerets to caress. And thus their breath its fragrance leaves Among the woodland blooms, And breathing scents thro' flowers receives Angelical perfumes. The scarlet and the crimson tips That flowery petals wear, May he the vermeil from the lips Of angels painted there. While spirit whispers safely lie Within each chalice That mutely speak to sorrow's eye And lift its drooping lid. But ah, that chrystal, glistening clear Upon the tinted leaf, May be an angel's holy tear, Dropped there for human grief. Forever hallowed then, as fair, Are all the blessed flowers, That scent with Heaven's ambrosial air, These fading earthly bowers. Through flowers Love finds fit utterance, And friendship solace lends ; For he that giveth flowers, perchance, An angel's message sends. DEATH OF THE GIANT CANNIBAL. FROM TIIE CHIPPEWA'S'. The following story was obtained from the lips of a Chippeway warrior named .Vaw-gint-nub, or Setting-ahead. He told it with as serious an air as if it had been a matter of actual and itiiportant history, and was evidently a firm be liever in the wonders therein contained: An Indian village stood upon the bor ders of the Lake of the Woods. It was a summer day, and a heavy rain storm bad passed over the country, when a large Giant or Cannibal suddenly made his appearance in the village. He was us tall as the tallest hemlock, and car ried a club in his hand which was long tr than the longest canoe. He told the Indians he had come from a far country on the North ; that he was tired and hungry, and that all the wild rice and game in the tillage must be immediate. ly brought to his feet that he might sat isfy his appetite. His orders vttre obey ed, and when the food was brought, and the inhabitants of the village were col leered together to see him enjoy his feast, the Giant told them he Was not yet satisfied ; whereupon with one blow of his huge club, he destroyed, with one. exception, all the people who had treat ed him so kindly. The only person who escaped the dreadful blow was a little bey, who happehed tobe sick in one of the wigwams. After the Giatit had committed this cruel deed, lie devoured a number of the dead bodies, and during the night dm= appeared tvithout discovering the boy. In a fete days the boy was wdll enough to move about, and as he went froth one Wigivam to another, he thought of his friends who had been so suddenly killed, and was very unhappy. For many sea sons did he lire alone: While very young his food consisted of such birds as the partridge, but as he grew to the estate of manhood, he became a succes ful hunter, and often feasted upon the deer and bufililo. He became a strong than, but was very lonely, and every time he thought of the Giant who had desttoyed his relatives and friends, lie thirsted for revenge. Time passed on, and the Chippeway hunter became uneasy and discontented. He fasted for many days, and called up on the Great Spirit to gift° him power to discover and destroy the Giant who had done so much harm. The Great Spirit took pity upon him, heard his prayer, and sent to his assistance a troop of an hundred men, from whose backs . _ grew the most beautiful of wines. They told the hunter that they knew all about the giant, and would help him to take his life. They said that the giant was very fond of the meat of the white bear, and that if the hunter would give a bear feast they were certain that the Giant would make his appearance and ask for r, a portion of the choice food. The time IS for giving the feast was appointed, and it was to take place in a natural wig wam, formed by the locking branches of many trees ; whereupon the strange people disappeared, and the hunter star ted towards the north after a bear. The hunter was successful ; the ap • pointed time arrived, the feast was rea dy, and the strange people were on the ground. The dancing and singing were all over, and the hot bear soup filled the wigwam with a pleasant odor. A heavy tramp was heard in the woods, and in a little time Giant made his appearance, attracted to the place by the smell of the soup. He came rushing to the wigwam like one who knew not what it r;nn - ti4bon was to fear ; but when he saw the array of people with wings he became very quiet, and asked the hunter if he might participate in the feast. The hunter told him he might, on condition that he would go to the mouth of a certain stream that emptied into the Lake, and bring therefrom to the wigwam a large rock which he would find there. The Giant was angry at this request, but as he was afraid of the people with wings he dared not disobey. He did as lie was bidden, and the thong which he used to hold the rock on his back cut a deep gash in his forehead. The hunter was not yet satisfied, and he told the Giant that before he could be admitted to the feast he must bring to the wigwam a gill-net that would reach across the widest stream. The Giant departed, and having obtained a beauti ful net from a mammoth spider that lived in a cave, he brought it to the hunter. The hunter was well pleased, but not yet fully satisfied. One more thing did he demand from the Giant before he could be admitted to the feast, which was this, that he must make his ap pearance at the feast wearing a robe made of weasel skins, with the teeth and claws all on. This robe was ob tained, the Giant was admitted and the feast proceeded. It lasted for several days and nights, and the hurter and the strange people danced and caroused together as if they had been the best of friends. The Gi ant was delighted with the singing of his entertainers, and while he praised them them to the skies, he did het know that in his bowl of soup the Chtppetvay hunter, who had not forgotten the death of his friends, had placed it bitter root, which would deprive him of his strength. But such was indeed the case. On the lust night of the feast the Gi ant became very tired and stupid, and asked permission to enjoy some sleep. Permission was granted, and in the cen tre of the great lodge was spread for his accommodation his weasel-skin robe.— Upon the stone which he brought from the river did he rest his head, and over him was spread the net he had obtained from the mammoth spider. He then fell into a deep sleep, and the men with wings and the hunter continued their revelry. Each man supplied himself with a war club, and they performed the dance of revenge. They formed a ring round the sleeping Giant, and at a signal made by the hunter they all gave him a severe blow, when the spirit-men disappeared into the air, and the weasel skin robe suddenly became alive. The little animals feasted upon the Giant with evident satisfaction but by mor ning there was nothing left of him but his bones. These (lid the hunter gath er into a heap, and having burnt them to ashes, he threw them into the air, and immediately there came into existence all the beautiful birds which now fill the world. And in this manner was the great Giant of the Chippewas destroy ed, and, instead of his living to feast up. the flesh of man, his own body, by the wisdom of the Great Spirit, was turned into the birds, which are the animal food of man. Elegant Extracts There is nn even tide inhuman life! a season when the eye becomes dim and the strength debays i and when the winter of age begins to shed upon the human head its prophetic snows. It is the season of life to which the autumn is most analogous, ana which it decomes ; and much it would profit you, my elder brethren, to mark the instruction *hich the season brings, The sprltig and sums vier of your days are gone, and with not only joys they knew, but many of the friends who gave them. You hay en tered upon the autumn of your being= and whatever may have been the profu sion of your spring—or the warm tem perament of your summer, there is a season of stillness or solitude which the benificenco of heaven affords you, in which you may meditate upon the past and the future, and prepare yourself for the mighty change which you may soon undergo. It is now that you may understand the magnificent language of heaven—it mingles its voice with that of Revelation —it summons you to these hours when the leaves fall and the winter is gath ering, to that evening study which the mercy of Heaven has provided in the book ofsalvation. And while the shad ow valley opens, which leads to the abode of death, it speaks of that love which can comfort and save, and which can conduct to these pastures and those still waters where there is an eternal spring for the children of God. 0*- An Irishman called into a store and priced a pair of gloves. He was told they came to ten shillings. .. Och, by my soul, thin, I'd sooner my hands would go barefoot than pay that price for 'em." HUNTINGDON, PA., TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 1849. PAY YOUR Religion that does not make a man honest is good for nothing. If a man professes to be a Christian and defrauds his neighbor, the man's religion is vain. And he is dishonest who withholds from another that which is his due, when it is in his power to pay it. We, in this country, have acquired a bad name abroad from our State repudi ation, but it is not this of which we wish to speak just now. It is of the !excess ; not to call it by a harsher name, of many professors of religion, who seldom or never pay their debts until after being called upon again and again, perhaps finally being threatened with a suit at law. There are some such men in al most every community. We have one of these men in our eye. He is a very amiable, easy man, who never wished to quarrel with his neigh- bors, and is always willing to do them a favor when they are in want of help. But he never pays his debts, if he can avoid it. His bills at the store, at the shops of mechanics, perhaps for the food which he eats or the raiment that he wears, are unpaid, and he feels not the least compunction of conscience on the subject. He prays in his family and in the social meeting, and some people think that he may be a Christian ; but men of the world say that if he would be honest, they would have a better opinion of his religion. Are see another debtor. He - has no objections to buying anything that he can get on trust ; he will subscribe for a newspaper, or a new edition of the Bible, and make loud profession of his willingness to aid this object and that; but when called upon to pay his subscrip tion he is unfortunately just out of mon te will certainly pay it inn a few days; but ho is no more ready a month after wards than he was before ) and he never intends to pay. He pretends neverthe less to be a pious man ; but he deceives very few. Just now we see anothe=r man of this always-owifig and never-paying class. Some time ago, he contracted a heavy debt, and he has never yet seen the time when he could pay the whole of it at once, and, therefore he has paid none of it. His income has been such that he might, with a little economy and much self-denial, have paid a part of the debt every year, and by this time have extin guished it, but his• conscience does not seem to trouble him at all, although he lives on that which does not belong to him. Men may sophisticate aS they please, they can never make it right, and all the bankrupt laws in the universe can never make it right for them not to pity their debts. There is sin in this neglect, as clear and as deserving chnrch discip line,as'in stealing or false swearing. He who violates his promise to pay or with holds the payment of a debt, when it is in his power to meet his engagement, ought to be made to feel that in the sight of God and of all honest men he is a swindler. Religion may be a very com fortable cloak under which to hide; but if religion does not make a man 'deal justly,' it is not worth having. But what shall a poor man do who is in debt. Let him work and pay it.— Deny yourself all the luxilries and very many of the comforts of life; be wil ling to take a humble place in society, and mortify your pride ; in dress arid style of living be as simple and econ omical as possible; if necessary, live on bread and water, and labor diligently, until you satisfy the demands of your last creditor ; but never lay lip a cei,t of Money nor spend a cent needlessly while you owe it to another: Wa wish that this principle could be ingrained into the hearts and conscience, at least of professing Christians. There is a loose ness on the subject in the church that is perfectly irreconcileable with the law of God and the maintenance of a good reputation in the eyes of the world. Let no man be trusted who neglects to pay his debts. If misfortune has sud denly deprived him of the ability to pay that is another thing; but if by his con duct he shows that he has no disposition to Meet his engagments, especially small debts, let him not be trusted. He that is unjust in a little will be unjust in much. He who defrauds will steal, and there is scarcely any difference be tween stealing and wilfully neglecting to discharge a debt.—[N. Y. Observer. VOICE OE TUE SOVEREIGN PEorr.E—WILL Mix. TAYLOR siEnn rri"—There have been two Locofoco Conventions lately one in Maine and one in lowa--which revamp mi some of the stale slanders against the administration and Uttered them to the world in the shape of resolutions. This the Union calls the voice of "the sovereign people." We had supposed that the voice of the sovereign people was quite distinctly heard through the ballot box last November ; but it seems that the Union does not admit the sturdy voters of the country to be people, sinless they vote as it desires. If not "the voice of the people," Was it only thun der (ism. Cass heard at the November elections( A Prayer hi' Kossuth. The following prayer offered by Kos suth will be interesting to our readers. It was offered by him kneeling amid the multitude, at the grave of the Mag yar heroes who fell in the battle of Ra. poylna, and was originally published in the lOpposition,'a journal of Pesth.— We translate form the German : "Almighty Lord! God of the ma nors of Arpad ; Look down from thy starry throne upon thy imploring ser vant, from whose lips the prayer of mil lions ascends to thy Heaven, praising the unsearchable power of thine Om nipotence. 0, God, over me shines thy sun and beneath me repose the relics of my fallen heroic brethren ; above my head the sky is blue, and under my feet the earth is died red with the holy blood of the children of our ancestors. Let the animating beams of thy sun fall here that flowers may spring up from the blood so that these hulls of departed be• ings may not moulder unadorned, God of our fathers aid God of the nations ! hear and bless the Voice of bur warriors, in which the arm and soul of brave na tions thunder to break the iron hand of tyranny as it forges its chains. As a free man I kneel on these fresh graves, by the remains of my brothers. lay such a sacrifice as theirs, thy Earth would be consecrated were it all stained with ' sin. 0, God ! on this holy soil above these graves no race of slaves can live. 0, Father ! Father of our fathers l Migh ty over myriads ! Almighty God of the Heaven, the Earth, and the Seas ! From these bones springs a glory whose radi ance is on the brow of thy people. Hal low their dust with Thy grace, that the ashes of my fallen heroic brethren may rest in peace! Leave us not, Great God of battles In the holy name of nations, praised be Thy Omnipotence. Amen. Latest from the Vold Region The Knickerbocker Magazine tells of a place 'down cast,' where the gold fe ver rages with remarkable fury. A young lawyer there, remarkable for ve racity and disinterestedness, gives out that he is often receiving letters from the gold region, and he entertains his neighbors by reading them gratis. The following is his latest : We arrived at San Francisco three weeks ago yesterday, and after stopping three or four days to recruit and make preparations, we set off for the gold re- gums: The country on the banks of the Sacramento is exceedingly fine, and the soil the most fertile in the wbrld. We Passdd several wheat fields which had - just been reaped, and would yield over two hundred bushels to the acre. There, is, however, one draw-back; the neigh borhood is much infested with noxious' serpents, and more than likely as not, in picking up a bundle of wheat you will take a huge rattlesnake in your, arms I We passed along up the river without making much stop, and soon we came to the gold region. We found the gold in small grains or particles -- My companions all stopped to gather it, but 1 thought I would go to the head quarters, if 1 could find them. I soon ' came to where I found the precious me tal in lumps as large as a walnut. Pen etrating the country further, I fdund it became more plenty, and 1 frequently noticed pieces of gold the size of a con= mon tea kettle. In fact, the appearance of the country in many places, remind ed me of one of our New England corn fields, after the corn had been removed, and before the pumpkins are gathered. Still, 1 did not stop there, but kept on towards the source of the river. Here the country was broken and mountain ous, and large boulders of gold, of the size of a five pail kettle, were quite common. I came at length to a moun tain in which I supposed the river takes its.rise. On the side of my approach it was very rough and precipitous. At the base of a high cliff I looked and saw adout one hundred and fifty feet above me, and almost over my head, a mass of shining gold, large as a bunch of screw ed hay. It seemed to be suspended by a single root or vine. I had nothing with me but my gun ; it was loaded with a ball, and my first thought was to fire and cut the cord by which the glit tering mass was hung : but as I was on the point of firing, it occurred to me that if I did it would infallibly fall on tne and crush me : so I Here the reader was interrupted by a fellow with a largely developed orgnn of credulity, his eyes transfixed with won der, and tobacco juice running down each corner of his mouth, who broke out with, "By thunder, /'d a fired." ABSENCE or MIND.—.--An elderly gen tleman, walking along the street, took hold of a cow's tail, and gracefully pla cing it over her back, exclaimed, " Ala dam, you have dropped your boa." ~~~~~~~~ How David Price Cured his Wife's Shocking bad Temper. David, a man of meek and kindly spirit, had long suffered from the patter clatter, never-ending, scolding tongue of his worser half. One day a herb Doc tor greeter! David at his work, with n— " Well, Master David, and how be youl" "Oh, I be very well, thanks to ye, but my wife's not so very ricely !" "Indeed," said the gatherer of sim ples, with a quick ear for an ailment, "what may be the matter wi' she, Mas ter David!" "Well," said David in his usual and quiet way, "she hev' a bad breaking out about her mouth every now and then, that troubles her and me varry sore, 1 'sure ye, Matter Doctor." "Well," said the latter, "1 could make a grand Cure of her, I'll Warrant ; I heir' sslife 'at i makes of the juice of the juniper tree, and by bilin up a vast o' different kinds o' things it quite cures in no time!" "Deed," said David, "an' what might your charge be now, for a box o' that 'intment 'at would quite cure hell" "Oh," said the herbalist, looking amt= iously up in David's face, "only a mat ter of a shilling!" "Well, that's dirt cheap," said David. "If you cures her, I'll give you eighteen pence—there now.'l With this offer the doctor set off hbme to prepare his nostrum, and straightway hied the very next day to David's house, box in hand. lhere he found Mrs, Price and went at once to business. "Well, Mrs. Price, your husband told me that you hev' betimes a had brealtin' out about the mouth, and I've brought a box o' fine 'intment 'at will cure ye!" With this announcement Mrs. Price, fi ring up,at once seeing her husband's jest, raised the brush with which she was sweeping the floor,,and pummelled the doctor to her heart's content, even fol loWing to beat him a-field from her house, he screaming out all the while "Oh, Mi,sus Price, be you gone madl" From that day however, Mrs. Price has been wholly cured of her scolding hab its. David has only to look tip in her face and say, "I'll get a box of that 'int ment," and there's an end of the matter: David honorably paid the doctor his ls. GI and treated him to make him forget his pummelling. The whole of these circumstances are strictly true,—B ur - /aim Chronicle. How Mum BRANDY I—A CorreSpOn. , dent of the Tribune comments upon the Instructions issued by the Medical Coun cil of New York and the recommenda tion of "a little britudy and Water." He asks "how flinch a link brandy and wa ter is 1" To which the Tribune replies that, haVing a sort of outsider's faith in horrioeopathy, he should adVise three drops of brandy in a bucket of water, and that a spoonful of the mixture be put into another bucket of water, from which he thinks the patient might safely drink. The New Orleans Piettyune re: lates an anecdote of a man in that city, who s being seized with the premonitory symptoms, was advised to take nn ounce of brandy a duty, but, having no scalds in Which to weigh it, and luckily recol lecting that eight drams make an ounce, he adordingly took eight stiffhorns, and told the doctor that he felt "much bet ter." UGLY EIIITORS.—The editor of the Louisville Democrat, and Prentice of the Louisville Journal s hate been dis cussing the itlatitio personal beauty of each other lately. Prentice says that a lady, under the influence of chloroform, kissed the editor of the Democrat, and upon returning to consciousness, was so mortified at *lint she had done that she went away and hung herself ; and that on another °tension, when the same ed itor tried to look his prettiest, he was knocked down by a fellow from the coun try, who supposed he Vt'as making faces at him. The editor of the Democrat re torts by saying that Prentice might be of some service as a 'scare-crow,' and Prentice in reply denies that his neigh , bor of the Democrat could be of any use even in keeping oil the foul birds, for for although he might scare away the crows, he would be sure to attract the buzzards! HE Him nim MERE.—A son of Erin once accosted n reverend disciple of Swedenburg thus "Mr.-, you stty we are to folio* the same business in heaven that we do in this world 1" "Yes, that is in perfect accordance with reason : for the Creator himself is not idle, and why should his creatures be 1" "Well, then, yer honor, do people die there V' "Certainly not—they are as Immortal as the Creator himself." “Thin, I should like to know, yer hon or, what they'll find for me to do, for I'm a grave digger in this world.” VOL. XIV, NO. 31 .4 kage with a Porker. An amusing incident occurred in this city one day last week, which we think will bear telling. A Dutchman who was at work, had taken off his coat, and fot want of a better peg, he hung it on thd ground. Notit the Dutchman being a family man, and withall rather generous, had taken care to store the pockets of his outer garment With gingercakes for the benefit of his 'grow,' and his little ones at home. A long, slab-sided, gaunt locking pinker eatne up shortly after; and smelling the saVbry ginger cakes ; thought, doubtless, he had as good ti right to steal a dinner its some of his race that walk on two legs have to cab. bag e things of more value. At all events he began snuffing the air for n time with a very wistful look, and finding the smell wholesome, determined to have a taste, Accordingly he nude a dite upon the Dutchman's coat, and seizing it by thd pocket of cakes, made off with it as fast as his legs could carry him, in a very hoggish manner. yV 'O, mine Cott ! mine coat ! mine cakes!' cried the Dutchman in conster. tion ; and forthwith his two legs were moving like drumsticks, in competition with the four of his hungry friend.— Away bounded hog and coat, and onward leaped the coatless native of 'fader-land' in the eager chase. Talk about the race between the celebrated race nags, Fash ion and Boston it wasn't a circum stance, even for a cold dinner. Mile— beg pardon--curb=stones Were passed with a Velocity that almost drew fire front their flinty heads, While the puf fing of the racers drew persons to the doors and windows to ascertain what was going on. Some laughed at the fun, and so did the Dutchman, but on the 'wrong side of the mouth.' By this time the cakes e llaci found an exit thro' a tremendous rent in the pocket and were leaving a trail behind that required none of the Indian's sagacity to follow. At length the porker, finding the contest dubious while ho carried weight, drop , ped the coat and seizing a plumb cake, which drew a groan from the pursuer, deliberately turned aside to make 'asst.' , ranee doubly sure,' by devouring the precious morsel. The Dutchman stop ped, picked up his coat, and examined it with a too begone look. 'then he took the backward trail to collect the scat , tered cakes, muttering— 'o; mine Cott I vat a country. Even de pigs steal like ter teyfel j and nobody knows when nobody is safes. Mine Cott ! I vill co pack agains to Yarmauy ; and stay trait my mudder vat ish dead. Mine Cott I cakes losh ! 0, vat a Mer iky for liberties. You all ish liberties here—too much liberties, by tam, a good deal and away lie went to console him self as best he could. . They Say. "They say," tells that which is not true, at least three quarters of the time. He is about the worst authority you can produce to support the credibility of your statement. Scarcely was there ev er a suspicious report put in circulation, but this Mr. They Say was the author Of it ; and he alivays escapes responsi bility and detection, because, lit'ing just nonihere, he can never be found. Who said that Mr. E., the merchnnt, vas sup• posed to be in a failing condition / Why "they say" so. On 'what authority do they affirm that neighbor F. has been in bad company I Why "they say" so. Is it a fact that Miss 0. is not so chaste and circumspect as she should be 1 Why "they say" so. Plague on this Mr. They Say j he is ti half-brother to that Mr. Nobody, who always does all the mischief, and who lives nowhere, but in the invention of those who, undeserving respect them selves, are desirous to pull down others to their own level. We always suspect the truth of a report which comes from the authority of "They Say." SINGULAR PROPHECY.—Lorcrizo bow, of eccentric memory, was in possession of a German work on the prophecies, which he valued highly, and frequently made quotations from. Among other remarkable sayings of the author were these : '1 would not be a King in 184.8: 1 '1 would not ben grove in 1849,' 'I would not be a - soldier in 1850.' would be either in 1551.' The work alluded to was wtittch about 200 years ngo. It Certainly possesses an interest for the curious. How frail the tenure by which Kings held their crowns, in 1848 ! Who would like the office of a grave digger in 1849, unless he were solely tnercenaryl How more than presumable it is that the military men of the earth will contribute multi= tudes, in 1850, to fill a wide and quiet grave! And we may hope, at least, in 1851, for the fair harbingers which pro. miss "peace on earth and good will to men."