Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, July 09, 1850, Image 1

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The moon and al! her starry train
Were fading from the morning sky,
When home the ball roam belle again
Returned, with throbbing pulse and brain,
Flushed cheek and tearlul eye.
The plume that danced above her brow,
The gem that sparkled in her zone,
The scarf of spangled leaf and bough,
Were laid aside—they stocked her now,
When desolate and lone.
That night how many hearts she won!
The reigning belle, she could not stir,
But, like the planets round the sun,
Her suitors followed—all but one—
One all the world to her!
And she had lost him !--marvel not
That lady's eyes with tears were wet I
Though love by man is soon forgot,
It never yet was woman's lot
To love and to forget !
For tits Huntingdon Journal,
Ma. CLARK :—For a long time I have
been in tine habit of visiting the Seat of
Justice of, my native county. Bat never
dideld untingdon bring up to the mind
so many reminiscences of the past, and
excite such mingled emotions of venera
tion and wonder, as it did a few days
since, when on a visit to your place.—
After feasting upon social pleasures in
company with two venerable friends for
some time, I strolled out, and a few
steps carried me to the ruins of the first
Anglo-Saxon residerce of the place.—
Not a century has passed away since
the whoop of the Indian was echoing
from the surrounding • hills. The war
club and the war-dance were the highest
evidences of refinement then known to
those Aborigines, the only protectors of
the unbroken and uncultivated forest.
They are all passed away. Slow and
melancholy they have receded through
the recesses of the Alleghenies, to leave
their bones in some lonely valley, or
bleach upon some hill in the far west, in
order to make mom for our fathers, be
fore whose undaunted courage and unti
ring aorta the forest fell, fruitful fields
appeared, your town began to rise, and
civilization dawned. They too have
passed away, and most of them are now
sleeping in their last earthly resting
place. The modest marble tells that
they were, and the wealth of your place
fsrcibly reminds you of their powers, so
indefatigably employed for the promo
tion of your happiness. What a field is
herr opened up through which the con
templative mind may wonder, tire, re
pose, and wonder again. Standing, as
it were, in the middle of time, we look
back but a few years, and our county
was a howling wilderness. European
tyrants trampling in the dust the advan
cing powers of the human soul, and
strong barriers were thrown in the way
of the progress of human liberty. But
in due time, that God who can bring
good out of evil, and order out of con
fusion, sifted the nations of the old
world, selected from the whole a small
number of die most precious seed, steel
ed their minds against fear, braced their
nerves for a mighty contest, and thus
armed, they defied the power of earthly
despots, breasted the dangers of the
great deep, and cast themselves entirely
upon Providence for protection. Arid
lo! our fathers, like Israel of old, are
wandering in small tribes through the
interminable forests of North America,
the objects of scorn and contempt to
those who had driven them into the wil
derness. They were in deep poverty,
and destitute of all human protection
against the multiplied dangers with
which they were surrounded. But they
had an invaluable treasure; they had
the last boon of God to a fallen world,
the sacred charter of human liberty both
civil and religious ; they had the Bible.
A tender vine thus planted and protect
ed has nearly covered our land. We
number over twenty millions of inhabit
ants, capable of striking terror through
any foe, and repelling any assault.—
Ajities and towns have multiplied in an
unparalleled degree. We bid the light
ning to carry our whispers from city to
, city, and it obeys. We bid another ele
ment to expand, obedient to our com
mand, and we can breakfast with our
family at home, and it curries us safely
.hundreds of miles to sup with friends in
some city on the evening of the same
day. The Press is throwing its pages,
freighted with intelligence, upon ever . ,
breeze, and the American watch.word
is Progress.
But how are we to look down into the
dark vista of the future, and predict with
certainty the circumstances of those who
are to succeed us. We can only judge
the effects of existing causes by infer-
enees from former consequences. And
if we are indebted to the Bible and to
its benevolent author, for our unparallel
ed prosperity, and the respectable sta. I
tion we occupy amongst the nations of
the earth, we may fairly conclude that
proirress will be the result of proper re
gard for these things, and that retro
gression will be the consequence of a
departure from that chrtstinnity which
impelled our patriotic fathers to endure
every privation save one, in order that
they tnight hand down to its such a birth
right as we now enjoy. But is it tint a
melancholy fact that men thus indebted,
and thus provided for, are going forth
employing all their powers io incorpo
rate upon our institutions that vain phi
losophy which hes been the curse of
France and other national They have
sought and are seeking to array the facts
of science against the facts of theology,
that science which justly claims the
most ancient province, and is sustained
with the most unanswerable arguments.
But n sheet is too little; we must con
clude by saying that if any desire to stop
our progress, ns a nation, they have on
ly to convince the rising generation that
the Bible is a fable, take away the Sab
bath, and close the doors of our church
es, and we would point them to the infi
del republic of France, and we would
predict with melancholy certainty that
ere long the best blood of our nation
would flow as from a wine press. 'But
on the contrary, if Christianity is per
mitted to have its full effect, then we
may rejoice in our strength ; we will
realize more than we can possibly anti
cipate. This, the last hope of the world,
will be the admiration of our race, the
joy of the whole earth, from whence the
divergent waves of peace and liberty and
true unselfish patriotism will extend
over all the earth. And the philanthro
pist tnay then stand upon an eminence
and look back upon the stream of mor
tality which has been flowing on since
• the creation of man, with mingled feel
, ings of sorrow and awe. But upon turn
ing his contemplations to the future,
, to a world disenthralled and regenera
, ted, to a hippy immortality beyond the
grave, and to a complete fulfilment of
, the predictians of his bible, he may go
forth in songs of joy, highly qualified for
all the duties of life. u. c. B.
For the Iltentingdon Journal.
Know Your Place.
In this world, men are not all born to
the same rank. But as they differ in
their habits, dispositions and tastes, so
also they differ in the respective places
they occupy, and the spheres in which
they move. Different tastes incline
them to different objects and pursuits,
and different dispositions adapt them to
different spheres of action. All cannot
follow the same profession, nor can all
occupy the same rank. Some are al
ways poor, and some rich. Some are
born to occupy the high places of the
world, to rule, to govern, and to teach
their fellow men ; while others are des
tined to play a subordinate part. Every
one should know in what sphere he is
fitted to act, and whet position he is cal
culated to occupy.
There are also other differences, in
which it is of the highest importance
that every one should know his place.
Difference in age, sex, &c. adapt differ
ent individuals to different positions and
grades in society. Man and woman were
formed to net in widely different spheres.
Their physical constitutions, and their
whole character, make men to differ
from women. and capacitate them for a
different sphere. Hence any process
which makes a different arrangement,
violates the laws of nature. By acting
the - part of a woman, a man sacrifices
that nobleness nnd manliness of charac
ter, which distinguishes him from the
opposite sex ; aid renders himself con
temptible in the eyes of his fellow men.
In such a man there is none of that wan
ly energy and greatness which charac
terize his sex, which qualify him for
grappling with the sterner realities of
life and taking part in the great affairs
of the world, for which his constitution
by nature fits him. He is no longer
lord of creation, but becomes weak and
not fit to act his proper part in the dra
ma of life. On the other hand, when
woman assumes the place of roan, she
sacrifices that modesty and delicacy
which are her peculiar characteristics.
She was designed for a more retired
sphere than man. It was mitres intended
that she should control the affairs of na
tions or bottle on the field of pulitics.
The man and the boy are designed for
different positions. It is very common
for boys to set themselves up for men,
long bercire they have attained to the
age and maturity of manhood. With
that self-conceit, so natural to our race,
they think they• really are what they
wish to be, and boldly meddle with men's
affairs. That is certainly a laudable
ambition which prompts a boy to act
like n man, and conducts himself in an
orderly and gentlemanly manner. But
the case is quite different when a boy
struts about with a bold, presumptuous
air, thinks himself equal to his superi
ors, and wishes to assume their place.
Such children are neither agreeable to
their companions, nor well thought of
by others. if a boy wishes to art like a
matt, and secure the good opinion of
others, be should know his place, rind
know how to remain in it. Alen, also,
sometimes lose their self-respect, and
place themselves on n level with chil
dren. This always betrays a weak d►a•
position. For when a man frequently
condescends to regale himself in child's
sport, however high he may hold his
head, and however dignided he may ap
pear, on other occasions, we may know
that he is a childish man. He thinks
childishly, and this cruises him to act
childishly and by acting childishly he
forfeits the true and native dignity of
man, and loses the confidence and res t
pert of his fellow men. If a man there.
fore does not wish to render himself re
ally a child, in this world, where energy
and activity are so essential to success,
in the great battle of life, lie should be
in his place, and act like a man.
Thus it is with all mankind. No one
can act well his part without remaining
in that sphere for which lie is qualified,
and in that station most suitable to his
age, and in keeping with the character
to which he aspires. Every one looks
best, acts best, and is best in his own
place. D.
Rousing a Hoosier.
It happened my lot not many weeks
since to be a passenger on board the
first running steamboat, M-, bound
from Cincinnati to St. Louis. Among
the number of persons in the cabin was
H--, a would be wag, and a live
Hoosier, fresh from the swamps and bogs
of Indiana. It so happened that in his
humor for fun, H resolved to quiz
this as lie supposed, green individual,
and only waited for a good opportunity
for so doing. None occurred wail din
ner time, when the wag took particular
pains to place himself exactly opposite
the Hoosier at the table, and soon after
the company had commenced eating, he
hailed him as follows:
" 1 say, my friend, you're from Hoo
sierdom, 1 suppose."
1 am from Indianna,' was the civil re
"Do they raise cabbages were you
come from 1"
No but I reckon they du whar ye
come from."
" What do you judge from ?"
"By the looks of that ur cabbage
head between your shoulders."
Several sitting near H now hr.
gait to titter at his expense, but nothing
daunted, he returned to the charge.—
"Dues your mother know you're out 1"
he auked.
" Yes I reckon so ; she told me to
go talk to the gosling."
" Indeed," said H -, biting his
lips; "then you mast be a goose to un
derstand the language so well."
W hen among Romans I du as Ro
mansdo," waslhentstsnt retort. "I talk
the language of those Pin talkin7 tu."
" Which way are you traveling 1"
cried II --, as another giggle run
around the 'able.
" Down the Ohio river, I reckon," and
the Hoosier half filled his plate with
'poached eggs..
‘V hat business do yon follow 1" as
ked the wag; but instead of answering
the question, the lace of the Hoosier sod
denly became as red as blood, and he
dashed the contents of his plate full into
the face and bosom of the wag.
There was a sodden start among Or's()
at the table, which was turned into in
stant confusion, by the further move
ments of the Indianian. Raising aloft
the heavy plate in his right hand, he
brought it dowii withstunning force upon
the head of the individual at his right
side, knocking, him backward upon the
floor, where he lay sprawling unable for
the moment to rise. But the maddened
Hoosier was not yet pacified. No soon
er had the plate done its duty upon its
victim, than bending his left arm, lie
brought buck the elbow with terrible
force into the mouth of the man at his
left aide, knocking out a couple of teeth,
and also prostrating him at full length,
with his head against the door of a berth.
This done, the Hoosier jumped up, and
placing his back against the side of the
cabin, seized held of the chair which lie
had been sitting in, and stared around
him with eyes flashing like those of a
In the meanwhile the now thoroughly
excited passengers had risen from the
table, the female portion fleeing into the
after cabin, and the men gathered around
the assaulter.
i , He is mad !" shouted one
" Throw him overboard!" yelled an
"Knock him down !" cried R third.
"Bind him hand and foot!" bawled
out n fourth.
" Take care he don't kill some one !"
echoed a fifth.
But the voice of the sixth speaker
was drowned by the louder lungs of the
Hoosier, who suddenly exclaimed itt a
voice of thunder. ' —
" Wha r's thlTaptain
Here I air" answered the person
called for as lie came to lip to the spot.
4. Wall I want that man and this man
sarched i" and he pointed to the two
whom he had linoehed down.
What fur 1" asked the captain.
What for 1" Why for stealing.—
The blackguard on the right stole my
pus, containin' five hundred dollars, all
in eagles which I've been a year lyin'
up to go ,to Kalifornia ; and that thief
on the left stole my new silk pocket hand
kerchief, that Polly gun me just afore I
left home.
By this time the fellow who had fal
len under the plate had managed to get
"You're a liar, sir I" he shouted in a
passion, at the same time thrusting his
hand into his bosom.
" You're a thief, you son of a gun !"
retorted the Hoosier in a rage. "larch
him captain, and if you don't find the
pus on him, why chop me up into sassa
ges and eat me for slipper, that's all."
" We must search you, sir," said the
captain to the man accused.
" I won't be searched !" answered the
fellow haughtily. "Pin a gentle:nip."
"That remains to be seen," replied
the skipper calmly. "Searched you
shall he."
The man was accordingly examined,
and tho' every pocket was looked into,
no money answering the description of
the Hoosier, was found and they were
about giving it up.
‘• L;iok in his . boots!" exclaimed the
loser of the purse. "He's some kin to
John Andre, and will be hung yet afore
he dies."
The left boot was pulled off, and sure
enough, there was the mony, exactly an the description, confirming the
guilt of the gentle•man.
Upon the other fellow the handker
chief was also found; having the Hoo
sier's name upon it, and the two ras
cals were, with the permission of the
Indianian, landed ashore at once. The
Hoosier was also for putting H
ashore, declaring that he had engaged
him in conversation on purpose to call
his attention, so that the scoundrels
could rob him. But as the wag was well
known to many on board, he was left off,
the Hoosier swearing it was some satis
faction to know that he had spoiled his
hest ruffled shirt with the contents of
his plate. H-has never since at
tempted to poke fun at an Intliarian,
and doubtless the two thieves are also
careful how they proceed in ROUSING A
VIRTUE.—"To the child daily sent out
from some rickety hovel or miserable
garret to wrestle with poverty and mis
ery for such knowledge as the teacher
can impart, what true idea or purpose of
education is p How ran he be
node to realize that nis daily tasks con
cern the soul, the world, and immortali
ty lie may have drilled into his ears,
day after day, the great truth that the
life is more than meat, and the body
than raiment ; but so long as his own
food and raiment are scanty and preca
rious, his mind will be engrossed by a
round of petty and sordid cares. * * *
The child whose little all hith arta of life
has been passed in penury and conse
quent suffering—who lives in the con•
scant presence, on the very brink of
want—how eon he have a higher idea of
lile than that it is a struggle for bread,
or of education than that it is a contri
vance for getting bread more easily and
more abundantly, Uf else a useless ad
dit ion to his t o ils Mid cures He whose
energies have been, must be, taxed to
keep starvation at buy, can hardly real
ize that life has truer ends than the uvoi
dance of pain and the suuslaution of
[ry• "Ah doctaw, does the cholera w
awieet the higher °Maws 1" asked au
exquisite of a celebrated physician.—
"Nu," replied the doctor, "but it is death
011 louts, and
.) ou had better leave imme
diately." The fellow sloped.
07- "Well, wife, 1 doi.'t see for my
part how they send letters on them wires
without tearing 'em all to bits."
"La is , e," replied the knowing spouse,
they don't send the paper, they jist send
the writin in a fluid state."
)iciO tna
the Bell Tolls.
" I have been expecting daily to hear
the bell toll," was the exclamation of a
father whose child had been sick, but was
recovering. It had been near the grave
and the parent daily expected the bell
of death would peal out its funeral notes
for the fondly loved and early lost.
Boys, the bell has tolled "many a time
and oft," this passing year. Its solemn
tones have carried an additional pang of
sorrow, and sunk lower still the hopes
of many whom you know. If you will
think, fur a little lime only, you will
miss playmates—some a father—some
a sister—some a brother—sonic n young
and faithful little friend. The bell has
tolled for them, and, sooner or later,
its sound will summon your friends to
follow you to the gritve yard. It may
toll before this hand shall address you
again. The invisible messenger may
be on your door step now, and the coffin
may come to-morrow. _ _
Think not, young friends, because we
speak thus seriously, that we would
throw over the bright hopes of boyhood
a pall that shall shut the sunlight of
pleasure from your path, or heap up ob
stades in your wry to happiness. But,
while in the midst of enjoyment—on the
spots which you love, and the studies
you are pursuing—in the school rcom—
on the play ground—at home —at night—
in the morning—at all times, we would
have you conduct yourselves so as •to
feel content, that when you hear the bell
toll for others, you may be so situated
that when it tolls for you, sorrowing
friends may say the early taken was
Are your on the play-ground, or at
your lesson, or wherever you may be;
does the bell toll 1 Pause, some one is on
the way to where the weary are at rest.
Reflect ! It may toll for you the next
time. How careful, then, should be your
intercourse with playmates, sisters, bro
thers, and parents. You would not like
to go down to the grave, unforgiven by
those around, if you have offended them
or if they have offended you ; you would
not love to think, while lying upon your
last bed, that an angry playmate's eyes
were upon you. You would shudder, to
know that harsh words or unkind acts
towards sister, or brother, or parents
were haunting your last hours. Such
thoughts would be poor company then.
How necessary it is to be kind and obe
dient, to be forbearing, to forgive, to
avoid offence, you all can see. Nor are
these things hard to be put into practice.
A spirit determined to do right—a lib
eral view in regard to the failings of
others, will always secure you true
friends among your associates, and the
best friend of all, an undisturbed con
The bell must toll for all. Our own
knell will be rung out, unheared by the
ear in death, and heedless of the iron
tongue which tells, of a spirit departed.
But near and dear ones will hear it—and
as the heavy peal falls upon heavier
hearts so should all live that the fall may
be ligh'ened. Let this he your aim--
1111t1 whether in the discharge of your
home duties, in the school-r.iom, the
pla, -ground, the church, or the Sabbath
school--remember the bell must toll—
and, daily expecting it, so act that when
it shall have tolled for you, whether yet
the buy at the task, or the man high in
name and fame, wielding an influence
over nations, those left behind may have
the satisfaction of saying that you were
ready for the final summons—and that
solemn tone which announced the burial
of the body, give assurance to weeping
friends that the departed had lived "ex
pecting daily to hear the bell toll."
07 - if you don't wish to fall in love,
keep sway from calico. You can no
more play with girls without losing your
heart, than you can play at roulette
without losing your money. As Dobbs
very justly observes, the heart-strings
of a woman, like the tendrils of a vine,
are always reaching out for something
to chug to. The consequence is, that
before you are going you are "gone,"
like a one-legged stove at an auction.
Kr A Dandy entered a book store,
and with a very consequential air in
quired, "Hub you a few quires of letter
paper of the very best rate, for a gentle
man to write lub letters on 1" "Yes,"
was the reply, "how many will you
hove 1" "1 'spose," said he, "my stay
at the springs will be about two or three
weeks. Gib me 'nough quires to write
four letters."
[lj- A would-be Prophet down South
said lately in one of his sermons, that
he was sent to redeem the world and all
things therein. W . h e reupon a native
pulled out two five dollar bills on a bro
ken bank, and asked him to fork over
the specie for them.
Exchange: o
Passing along one of our streets tile
other day, we saw written in (taming
characters over the door of one of our
rum saloons, "The Axchange."
change, exchange, thought we, musing
as we wended our way ; surely that is
art appropriate name ! Hare a man can
exchange wealth for poverty; health
for disease, and an untarnished reputa
tion for the drunkard's notoriety. Here
a man can exchange the respect and es
teem of acquaintances for the hoots and
derision of the rabble; the pleasure of
social intercourse for the companionship
of vagrants; and the delights of a happy
fireside for the miseries of the gutter.
tle can exchange the cheerful counte
nance, with the impress of intellect, for
the bloated face and unmeaning stare ; a
proud and manly bearing for the drunk
ard's stagger; comfortable and respect
able garments fo7 those soiled and torn;
all that is pure, and lofty, and noble in
humanity, for all that is foul, and grov
elling and debased. Ho can exchange et
happy home for the drunkard's grave,
and the joys of heaven for the miseries
of hell!
An appropriate name is "Exchange,"
for all our groggeries, and we recom•
mead its universal adoption.—Banner.
THE ABUSE or• TIME.—The following
beautiful extract, is from n lecture delitr•
ered before the New York Mercantile
Library Association, in March, 1819, by
Rev. George %V. Bethune. "Durirg a
recent visit to the Ynited States Mint s
1 observed in the gold room, that a rack
was placed over the floor for us to tread
' upon, and on inquiring its purpose, I
was answered that it was to prevent the
visitors from carrying away with the
dust of their feet the minutest particle
of the precious metal, which despite of
the utmost care would fall upon the floor
wheh the roughest edges of the parts
were filed ; and that the sweepings of
the buildings saved thousands of dol
larh a year. How mucb more precious
the most minute fragement of time !
and yet how often arc they trodden upon
like dust, by thoughtlessness and folly.
LONG SPEECHES.—The Presbyterian,
in speaking of the impropriety of long
speeches nt the anniversary, tells the
following anecdote :
At a religious anniversary mEng,land,
a few years ago, a very excellent and
eccentric clergyman was called on to
close the meeting with prayer, and as
the exercises had been protracted to an
unusually Into hour, and many of the au
dience had already left the house from
excessive fatigue, he was requeeted to
offer a short prayer, which he did In the
words following:
"Oh Lord, forgive the tediousness of
the speakers, and the weariness of the
hearers. Amen."
Ds- It must be very romantic to be OM
yo..r knees belore one of Love's lovely
daughters, heaving up a torrent of sweet
words between her glowing, parted lips,
1 raising roses on her cheeks by Old acre,
bringing tears of humid pleasure to her
eyes, and just at the identical mornvnt
when she is going to swoon away into
your arms, to hear her anxious mother
cry : "Sal, have you fed the pigs ?"
LovE.--The editor of the Methuen
Guette ma!:es the followitig sweeping
"What ! a marl, and never in love
['shim! Such a man mast have a heart
of ice, a soul as lifeless as a corn•cob,
he gizzard of a goose, and a head as
sappy as a coeca•nut."
We were made to serve the Good,
the True, and the Beautiful; and our
untrammeled Spirits tend to these, as
sparks and flames tend upward. Souls
are becoming daily assimilated to these
primitive excellencies as flowing rivers
ure entering & mingling with the ocean.
I :7-The Hindoo law says ;—"Strike
riot even with a blossom, a wife, though
she be guilty of a thousand faults."—
The English law would let you "kit her
again" with what the blossom grows on.
Some difference, elt 1
Is them Lb:lr bibles 1" asked a
verdant specimen, of a Clerk of the Su
preme Court, as he pointed to a pile of
blank record of tvil•ls. ~N o," answer
ed the clerk, "these are lestaments."
ILLI7STRATION9.— . IIIustrated with cuts'
said a young urchin, as he drew his
pocket knife across the leaves of his
grammer. 'lllustrated with cuts,' reit
erated the schoolmaster, as he drew his
cane across the back of the young urchin.
"t hen a !Ilan attempts to tie his
cravat around a lump post, he may be
canaidered in a rather ' , how cone you
so" condition.
OtrThe Whigs of lowa have nomina
ted the Hon. James Harlan as their can
didate for the office of (.4orernor.