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The Dying Child's Request.
" Mother, don't let them carry me away down
to the dark, cold church-yard, but bury me in the
garden—in the garden, mother!"
b, mother! in you church-yard dread
Lay not your little one,
Where marble tomb-stones, o'er the dead,
Are shining in the sun.
I know, clear mother! I must die,
But let me not go there,—
In that sad place I fear to lie,
It is too cold and drear.
In our sweet garden I will rest,
Beneath the orange tree,
The mocking bird there builds her nest,
And she will sing o'er me.
And there, next spring, will roses, too,
Bloom red upon their stalks,
Hyacinth and hearts-case blue,
Flourish beside the walks.
The ehureh-yard, mother! is too fur,
So far from you and home,—
it looks so wild when evening's star
Hangs in heaven's azure dome.
Then promise, mother! near to you
My little grave shall be,
Where hyacinth and hearts-case blue,
Grow by the orange tree.
The dying child could speak no more;
When her lust wish was told,
Death's paleness spread Tier visage o'er,
Her lips grew white and cold.
Her narrow tomb, amidst the flowers,
Was in the garden made;
And oft that mother weeps, for hours,
Beneath the orange shade.
And When those flowrets bloom and blush,
With rich and varied dyes,
She thinks, and bids her sorrows hush,—
"My flower blooms in the skies."
Interesting Incidents.
The newspapers from all sections of the nation
come to us filled with the eulogies on the lute Pres
ident, pronounced at various mortuary comtnemo
rations. Most of these addresses, says the Phila
delphia Bulletin, though they abound in noble tes
timonials to the worth of the departed hero, con
tain little or nothing that is new. A few howev
er, are of a different class, and embody facts res
pecting General Taylor, hitherto not generally
known. Among this last description of addresses
is one pronounced at Salem, Mass., on the 18th
ultimo, by the Hon. C. W. Upham. It contains
an account of the celebrated flag of truce which,
during the battle of Buena Vista, was sent from
Santa Anna to Gen. Taylor; and as this account
was derived front the lips of the late President, it
is veracious in every respect, and will hereafter
pass into history. The passage is as follows :
" As this incident of the battle may possibly, if
the secret history of the war is ever fully revealed,
be found to shed light upon it, I will here record
the facts related to me by General Taylor himself:
During the height of the conflict, a flag was ap
proaching. The emergencies of the day had so
stripped bins of Isis staff, that, having no one to
send, he scent himself to meet it. As the young
officer who bore it could not speak English, nor
he Spanish, the conference took place in Francis.
The communication was this: "General Santa
Anna desires to know what General Taylor wants Y"
Feeling somewhat indignant that a message appa
rently impertinent should have been sent at such
a moment, and regarding it as perhaps a device
merely to gain time, or sumo other illegitimate ad
vantage, or at best, a species of trilling, he gave
an answer dictated by the feeling of the moment—
" What General Taylor Mina is Gen. Santa An
na's army."
• Here the conference closed, and the Mexican of
ficer withdrew. Upon a moment's reflection, he
regretted that he had given an answer so undiplo
matic, and having snarls the air of a repartee.—
He called to mind the filet that his government had
advised him that they had fisvored the return of
Santa Anna to Mexico, from a belief that he was
disposed to promote, and might have influence
enough with his countrymen to effect a termina
tion of the war, and it occurred to him really de-
Aped to open a negotiation, and, perhaps, a pa
cification—an object ever near Isis heart. He
rode over the field in search of Gen. Wool, and
made known the circumstance to him, and sag
vested, if not too great a personal exposure, the
expediency of his carrying a flag to the Mexican
lines to ask an explanation of the message.
To send ass officer of his rank, character and
position, would remove the indignity, if it should
lie so regarded, of his blunt and summary answer.
Gen. Wool readily and gallantly undertook the
service, and rode forth to execute it, but the fire
of the Mexican batteries could not again be stop
ped and no further parley took place. The next
morning when Col. Bliss was sent with a flag to
the Mexican Head Quarters, he was requested to
ascertain what had been intended by the message
of the previous day, but he found the state of
things such as to render it vain to enter wan the
subject. The import of this message remains un
riddled to this day. Santa Anna can undoubtedly
solve the enigma."
Mr. Upham, in the course of his address, gives
numerous anecdotes, exhibiapg the late President's
courage and generosity. Among other instances
of the display of these qualities on t!,e part of the
deceased hero, he gives the following:
" In the conversation, from which I derived
these interesting items of information, General
Taylor described to me the anxious consultations
of the second night of the battle. Ilis officers
came to him, one after another, expressing a deci
ded opinion that his army was too much broken
to be brought up to the struggle another day.—
Ile declared to them his belief that dreadfidly as
his forces had suffered, the enemy had suffered
worse; that retreat, or any other alternative, was
entirely out of the question; that he had madeNs
arrangements to present, still, a formidable 11.6nt
to the foe, and all that remained for them was to
make up their minds to conquer or die together,
if the assault should be renewed with the returning
light. "But," said he, "gentlemen, it will not be
renewed. I surveyed the whole field as the sun
went down, and I believe we have beaten the en
When the third day dawned it was discovered
that Santa Anna haul fled from the ground. Gen.
Taylor instantly ordered a train of wagons, provi
ded with medical and other moans of relief, and
accompanied by surgeons from his own army, to
follow on the track of the Mexicans and adminis
ter to the wants of the wounded and disabled whom
they lutd abandoned on their retreat. Upon some
one's expressing a doubt whether such a use of
the public stores and waggons, for the benefit of
the enemy, would he alowed by the Department,
Taylor cut the difficulty short, at once, by saying—
" Then I will pay the bill"—and to provide fur the
contingency, he directed a separate account to be
of all that was expended for the purpose."
Why Epidemics rage at Night.
It was one night that 4000 perished in the Plague
of London of 1665. It was at night that the army
of Sennacherib was destroyed. Both in England
and on the continent a large proportion of cholera
cases in its several forms, have been observed to
have occurred between one and two o'clock in the
morning. The " danger of exposure to the night
air" has Wenn theme of physicians front time im
memorial; but it is remarkable that they have
never yet called in the aid of chemistry to account
for the fact.
It is at night that the streams of air nearest the
ground must always be the most charged with the
particles of annualized matter given out front the
skin, and deleterious gases, such as carbonic acid
gas, the product of respiration, and sulphuretted
hydrogen, the product of sewers. In the day, gas
es and vaporous substances of all kinds rise in the
air by the rarefaction of heat; at night when the
rarefaction leaves them they fall by an increase of
gravity, if imperfectly mixed wills the atmosphere,
while the gases evolved during the night instead
of ascending remain at nearly the same level. It
is known that carbonic acid gas at a low tempera
ture partakes so nearly of the nature of a fluid,
that it may be poured out of one vessel into anoth
er; it rises at the temperature at which it is calm
led from the longs, but its tendency is towards the
floor, or the bed of the sleeper, in cold and unven
tilated rooms.
At Hamburg, the alarm of cholera at night in
some parts of the city was so great, that on some
occasions many refused to go to bed, lest they
should be attacked unawares in their sleep. Sit
ting up, they probably kept their stoves or open
tires burning fur the sake of warmth, and that
warmth giving the expansion to any deleterious
gases present, which would best promote their es
cape, and promote their dilution in the atmosphere,
the means of safety were thus unconsciously assu
red. At Sierra Leone, the natives have a prae
lice, in the sickly season, of keeping fires burning
in their huts at night, assigning that the fires keep
away the evil spirits, to which in their ignorance
they attribute the fbver and ague. Latterly, Eu
ropeans have begun to adopt the same practice,
and those that have tried it assert that they have
entire immunity from the tropical fevers to which
they were formerly subject.
In the epidemics of the middle ages fires used
to be lighted in the streets for the purification of
the air; and in the plague of London, of 1665,fires
in the streets were at one time kept burning inces
santly, till extinguished by a violent storm of rain.
Latterly, trains of gunpowder have been fired, and
cannon discharged for the same object, but it is
obvious that these measures, although sound in
principle, must, necessarily, oat of doors, be on too
small a scale, as measured against an ocean of at
mospheric air, to produce any sensible effect.—
Within doors, however, the case is different. It
is quite possible to heat a room to produce a rare
faction and consequent dilution of any malignant'
cases it may contain; and it is of course the air of,
the room, and that alone, at night, which comes
into immediate contact with the lungs of a person
sleeping.— irestminster Retie,
Site of Paradise.
Col. Chesney, who commanded an expedition,
sent, a few years back, by the British government,
to explore the Euphrates, has introduced into his
narrative, recently published, speculations on the
probable site of Paradise, which he believes he has
satisfactorily ascertained to be Central Armenia;
and "the Land of Eden" is there actually laid
down pu the index map. Be identities the Ilitlys
and Araxes, whose source exists within a short
distance of the Euphrates and Tigris, with the
Pisgon and Gihon of Scripture, while he considers
the country within the /Julys as the land liavilah,
and that which borders on the Araxes, as the re
mailable and much disputed territory of Cush.
Ce" We would take exquisite pleasure in kick
ing the &tiler to death, who, upon hearing of his
daughter's suicide, fur disappointed love, curls his
lip, and exclaims "Serves her right." Such a man
lives in Covington, Icy., and is named Kean.
A novel Suspension Mdge.
"They are coining towards the bridge; they
will most likely cross by the rocks yonder," ob
served Raoul.
"How—swim I" I asked. "It is a torrent
there !"
"Oh, no !" answered the Frenchman; "mon
keys would rather go into fire than water. If they
cannot leap the stream, they will bridge it."
"Bridge it! and how?"
" Stop a moment. Captain—you shall see."—
The half human voices now sounded nearer, and
we could perceive that the animals were approach
ing the spot where we lay. Presently they appear
ed upon the opposite bank, headed by an old grey
chieftain and officered like so many soldiers.—
They were, as Raoul stated, of the comadreja or
ringtailed tribe.
One—un aid-de-camp, or chief pioneer, perhaps
—ran out upon a projecting rock, and, after look
ing across the stream as if calculating the distance
scampered back and appeared to communicate
with the lender. This produced a movement in
the troop. Commands were issued, and fatigue
parties were detailed and marched to the front.—
Meanwhile several of the comadrejas—engineers,
no doubt—tun along the bank, examining trees on
both sides of the arro-go.
At length they all collected around a tall cotton
wood that grew over the narrowest pint of the
stream, and 20 or 30 of them scampered up its
trunk. On reaching a high point, the foremost—
a strong fellow—ran out upon a limb, and taking
several terns of Isis tail around it he slipped off and
hung head downwards. The next on the limb,
also a stout one, climbed slows, the body of the first
and whipped Isis tail tightly round the neck mud
foresees of the latter, dropped off in his turn, and
hung head down. The third repeated this ma
meuvre upon the second, and the fourth upon the
third and so on, until the last one upon the string
rested Isis fore paws upon the ground.
The living chain now commenced swinging
backwards and forwards, like the pendulum of a
clock. The motion was slight at first but gradu
ally increased, the lowermost monkey striking his
hands violently on the earth as he passed else tan
gent of the oscillating curve. Several others upon
the limbs above aided the movement.
This continued until the monkey at the end of
the chain was thrown among the branches of a tree
on the opposite bank. Here, after two or three
vibrations, he clutched a limb and held fast. The
movement was executed adroitly, just at the cul
minating point of the oscillation, in order to save
the intermediate links front the violence au too
sudden jerk.
The chain was now fast at both ends, forming a
complete suspension bridge, over which the whole
troop to the number of four or live hundred, pass
ed with the rapidity of thought.
It was one of the most comical sights I ever be
held, to witness the quizzical expression of coun
tenances along that living chain
The troop was now on the other side, but how
were the animals fonning the bridge to get them
selves over? This was the question which sug
gested itself. Manifestly, by number ono letting
go his tail. But then the point d'appui on the
other side was notch lower down, and number one
and half a dozen of his neighbors, would dash
against the opposite bank, or be soused into the
Here, then, was a problem, and we waited with
some curiosity for its solution. It was soon sol
ved. A monkey was now seen attaching his tail
to the lowest on the bridge, another girded him in
a similar manner, and another, and so on, until a
dozen snore were added to the string. These last
were all powerful fellows; and, running op a high
limb, they lifted the bridge into a position almost
Then a scream from the last monkey of the new
formation warned the tail end that all was ready ;
and the next moment the whole chain was swung
over, and landed safely on the opposite bank.—
The lowermost links now dropped off like a melt
ing candle, while the higher onos leaped to the
brunches and came down by the trunk. The whole
troop then setunpered off into the chapparel and
disappeared!—Copt. Reid's Adventures in South
Rejoice not at Misforttme.
Never rejoice at another's misfortune because it
may turn out to your advantage. In some parts
of Germany they make use of the saying "my corn
is ripening," which a person will repeat who has
the prospect of something profitable occurring to
him. Once while a surgeon and carpenter were
taking a walk together, they observed at some dis
tance a small village, known to them both, on fire.
The carpenter pointed to it, and said to his com
panion, "my corn is ripening," for ho concluded
that if the old houses wore burned new ones would
require to be built; but, as he looked intently at
the conflagration and not at the road, immediately
after saying this he fell into a ditch and broke his
arm. "Ah 1" said the surgeon, "it appears to me
that my corn is already ripe."
The following lines convey a very correct
description of Governor Corwin, tho present Sec
retary of the Treasury :-
----, A man as dusky as a Spaniard,
Sunburnt by Native, yet a portly figure;
Though colored, as it were, within a tan yard,
As being a person both of sense and vigor :"
65 - The impression produced in Europe by the
intelligence of Gen. Taylor's death seems to have
been most profound. The leading journals make
the event the subject of elaborate comment, and
uniformly speak of the deceased as one of the
"foremost men of all this age."
The newspaper is the library of the people.—
Wherever newspapers are extensively rend and
paid for, you will find a thriving, intelligent anal
enterprising community. The newspaper, coining
periodically, fresh from the press, with the latest
news, editorial notices, and interesting varieties,
is a powerful stimulant to the reading appetite and
naturally creates a desire for useful knowledge,
excites thought, sharpens the mental vision, and
largely contributes to the formation of good habits.
The newspaper is the palladium of our rights—
the out-post of Liberty—else annihilator of distance.
The western farmer in his cabin, by looking thro'
a newspaper, may see what is going on in the cap
ital of his own State; or in that of the nation, and
Wlistever transpires of public interest in any other
part of the country or of the world. The news
' paper furnishes valuable business information, and
contributes something for the amusement, instruc
tion and gratification of all. To an American ci
tizen it is an invaluable necessary, far more so
than tea, coffee, or any other luxury. Ha who
reads not the newspaper is behind the age—he is a
,genuine outsider, not knowing what is going on in
the world, and a bore and burrowing pest to his
neighbors who take newspapers. lie and his fam
ily must grew up in ignorance, of little use to so
ciety, liable at all times to become the victims of
Therefore, if you wish to become valuable, in
telligent and thrifty citizens—if you desire to rear
moral and intelligent families subscribe for a news
paper, if you do not take one already. If you can
subscribe but for one paper, let that be your coun
ty paper, fur it is your interest and duty to support
that handsomely. To you no paper will be so in
structive and vahutble. This is a manifest propo
A nation must be truly blessed, if it were gov
erred by no other laws than those of this blessed
book; it is so complettta system that nothing can
be added to it or taken from it; it contains every
thing needful to be known or done; it afibrds a
I copy for a king, and a rule for a subject; it gives
instruction and council to a senate, authority and
direction to a magistrate; it cautions a witness, re
quires an impartial verdict for a jury, and furnish
es a judge with his sentence; it sets the husband
1 1 as lord of the household, and the wife as mistress
of the table; tells him how to rule and how to
manage. It entails honor to parents, and enjoins
obedience upon children; it prescribes and limits
the sway of sovereigns, the rule of the ruler, and
authority of the master; commands the subject to
honor and the servant to obey; and promises the
protection of its author to all who walk by its rules.
It gives directions for weddings and for burials; it
promises food and raiment, and limits the use of
both; it points out a faithful and eternal guardian
to the departing husband and hither; tells him with
whom to leave his fatherless children, and in whom
his widow is to trust, and promises a father to the
former and a husband to the latter. It teaches a
man how he ought to set his house in order, and
how to make his will; it appoints a Bowery for his
wife, and entails a right of the first-born; and
shows how the younger brunches shall be left. It
defends the right of all and reveals vengeance to
the defrauder, over-reacher and oppressor. It is
the first book and the oldest book in the world.—
It contains the choicest matter, gives the best in
stmetion, and affords the greatest pleasure and
satisfitction that ever were revealed. It contains
the best laws and profoundest mysteries that ever
were penned: It brings the best tidings, and af
fords the best comforts to the inquiring and discon
solate. It exhibits life and immortality, and shows
the way to everlasting glory. It is a brief recital
of sell that is to come. It settles all matters in de
, bate, resolves all doubts, and eases the mind and
conscience of all their scruples. It reveals the on
ly living mai true God, and shows the way to him;
and sets aside all other gods, and describes the
vanity of them, and of all that put their trust on
The Rose, in all countries and in all times, has
been held as the queen of flowers. The name, us
it cornea to us, is frosts the Greek radon; it has re
lation to the color red. The Greeks took their
impression of the rose, and all matters of taste in
the vegetable kingdom, front the Egyptians, Per
sians, and other nations of Asia. Everywhere it
is the type of beauty and love. The Greeks had
more taste than imagination, and they found in
their beautiful fitbles the luxuriant growth of Ori
ental fancy. They have this tradition. The god
of love made a present to Ilarpocrates, the god of
silence, of a beautiful rose, the first that had been
known; and hence it has become a custom to have
a rose placed in their rooms of mirth and enter
tainment, that smiler the assurance thereof; they
might lay aside all restraint, and speak what they
pleased. Thus did the rose become a symbol of
silence, and sub roan, under the ruse, denotes as
much as to be out of danger of any disclosures.—
ln India and in other portions of the East, the rose
was commingled with sentiment and song. Its
beauty and its perftune made it, in their imagina
tions, a match for the sweetest of Nature's music,
and hence the Nightingale to the Rose. Flowers
are delightful to all. The tasteful Athenians, who
had a market for the sale of them, were obliged to
pass sumptuary laws to restrain the extravagance
of purchasers. Such was the passion over every
mind in the East for flowers, that from them has
been made universal language of friendship, affec
tion, and love. It is one of no difficult acquire
ment, and fragments have been diffused fir and
wide. Roses are ornaments of the altar of Hymen,
while vases of Fillies are placed upon the gave of
youth and innocence.
16," MIND, nut money, makes the Mall.
Or, Love and Dull Dogs:
IThey do say that gals is a iced° contrary bid
'taint so. They may act a kale baulk sometimes,
but then arter all they like a feller well muff.—
'Taint gal fashion to tell on't rite off; they're a
sort o' turkey buzzard, they'll peck around for a
spell, then all to oast they'll git up an 'nub a feller.
I've had considerable 'spearience in that line, an'
I know a beetle sun:thing 'bout it. Now I've court
ed a darn many gals in my life, en' perhaps more.
The that gal that I ever went to see was Nutley
Nevelett. Sweet Sisslly! she was a scrouger. If
a feller should see her once, he'd nick sure.—
There was sun:thing' sernmshus' about that gal,
that made me love her mor'n I could pick up chips
for a week. Many an' many's the time when I've
took that gal to meethe. All the other fellers
would look at us, as tho' they'd like to mix in ;
but 'twarut to be did! I swan to a man if I ever
belched a teller winkin' at my gal, I'd knock him
blue'rn a jay bird. Ono Sunday that gal axed me
to come an' see her, when the old folks wawnt to
1t5,,,,. Jells ! I'd go if Beelzybub stood in the door.
Sunday come, an' I put on my best rig, rubbed
'hoist a pound of taller candles an' a quart a' goose
grease in my hair, an' off I started, a whistlin'
Yankee Doodle, an' prouder',, old Zach Taylor at
Bony Visty. I got thar an' there wallet a soul to
hum /km Ike, her little brother. Well I wallet
to be skeert by trundle-bed trash, so 1 took a char
an' sot down 'bout a rod from Nance. I felt all
over as queerish as a hen with her head off. She
looked at me an' I blushed so that I feel the grease
run down my back a perfect stream. We sot than
'bout an hour 'thout saying a word. By-and-bye
she broke out
" Is thar any news up your way 7" says she.
"No," says I," not as I knows on. Oh! eh,
yes, Sake Wakefield's got married, au' run off
wills the tea-spoons an' a pot o' phun sass."
" Anythise else 7" says she.
"Yes," says I.
" What 1" says she.
" Why ono o' our matte-kittens got her head
into the lasses-cup, an' when we took her out o'
it the young 'uns gut hold on her un' licked her to
" Anythin' else 7"
" I believe not," says I.
" Won't you Oct up near the fire?" says she.
" I don't cure if I do," says I.
So I hitched up closer. She commenced a lof
ting. Trowsers an coff-candy ! I could'nt star' it
no longer, so I jest up and gin her a kiss—maple
=lasses! if a feller could only spread sich things
on a chunk o' short cake
Arter a while the old folks come home and axed
me to stay to supper, so I staid. Well, to cut a
long yarn short I concluded to stay all night. So
sorter talkin' with the old mina a spell 'hoist har
vestin' an' the like, I bid all good night ass' start
ed for roost. "rwsw 'way up in the cock-loft, whar
I could look through the rafters and see stars.—
So arter skarin' a couple o' cats off o' the ruff that
was a mewin', I lulled into sly nest ass' 'mann
long afore I was snorein' like a roach. I slept all
night till nigh mornin' when I head the &rudest
racket that ever was. So I tho't I'd gest git up
an' see what on airth was the matter. Jest as I
was gettin' out s' bed, my shirt some how or oth
er gist over the bed post, the head-board came out,
I slipped and fell head downwards. I tho't o'
Captain Kidd, Absylom, and all other unfortunate
twins what got !mg, but they had a consolation
what I hadn't got—they hung right end up. I be
gun to say the Lord's prayer as loud as I could
holler, when I heerd that gaul darn noise agin, an'
I looked—crippled crea.shun, ass' Tom Walker !
when I think on't 'tis enuff to make use kick my
old blind grandaddy from here to kingdom come,
an' from there to the salt-works. I hope I may
he scorched if thew warn't the old man's toy New
foundland dogs had my trowsers in thar jaws, one
holt o' one leg, ms' the other a puffin' on ens, an'
a tearin' 'em up the crotch—net satinetts, cost isle
twenty York shillins—it's a fact! What did Idew,
then? you'll ask. Why I was thunderstruck with
the cussed dogs' imperdenee, so I jest concluded
to come down. I gin a jerk an' down I come, flat
on the floor, 'thout a darned rag on me 'ceptin' a
sieve o' my short; the rest hung to the bed post.
Arter I'se down I darsent to go near the dogs, for
Pee [steered they'd put their dental arrangements
in my rutinin' bosuns.
The nest minut I heard the old man a comin'
up stairs with a pitchfork, a nankin there was rob
bers or a dromedary tryiu' to set fire to the house
—so I thought it was time to marvel. I eyed them
are cussed brutes an' then,
" With Tarquin's ravishin' towards his design I
moved like a ghost,"
grasps a sheet, raps it around me, jumps out'n a
tow story winder on a shed, an' from thar to the
ground, an' skeeted quicker'n a streak o' lightnin'
thro' a pertater patch. '
I never went to see Nance arter that. In con
elusion I would any to all fellers what's a goin'
"to sparkiu'," to find out whether thor's any bone
hunters 'bout the premises; if thar aint why buck
right up an' don't be skeert, but if that is, turn
your heel ate—travel.
Commonplace Talk.
Fuseli, the painter, bad a great dislike to com
monplace observations. Alter sitting perfectly
silent for a long time, in his own room, during the
"bald disjointed chat" of some idle callers-in,
who were gambling with one another about the
weather and other topics of as interesting a nature,
he suddenly exclaimed, "We had pork for dinner
to-day !" "Dear Mr. Fuseli, what an odd rci
murk 1" " Why, it is no good as anything you
have been saying for the last hour,"
VOL. XV,--NO. 33.
Queer things occur amid the blaze of noon,'
but queerer still take place among the still hours
of the night. The following, for instance, is one
of the queerest in the category, and as Watts says,
The deeds of darkness we have done,
Must all appear bane the situ.
It may not lie quite improper to make it public,
pmifive that the parties therein concerned will not
object thereto, us their identity must remain a mys
tery to the inquisitive.
It was upon a public occasion, when all the ho
tels in call the place what you will, were
tilled from top to bottcat. Landlords economized
room and space with amazing cunning, packing as
many so, three fat Men in one bed, on a dog-day
night too; or on the fluor in such copious confu
sion us to nulle the property of certain sets of limbs
to particular body a mutter of serious doubt. Bo
nifitee with' not put out a single individual, but he
could put him away some how or other.
One of these good natured hosts, however, was
sadly perplexed where to lodge a particular friend.
lie could not, consistently with correct notions of
amity, run a pole out of the window and request
his friend to roost for the night, as a Kentucky
landlord is reported to have done when pressed lbr
room ; and it was only after a good deal of calcu
lation that a bright and generous idea canto to his
and his friend's relief.
'My old woman's gone to see her folks,' said
he, 'end won't come home till to-morrow—now
you take my bed, for I shan't have occasion for it,
seeing I must attend the folks and keep them ar
chaps, scattered on the hall floor, from fighting.'
Accordingly the guest took possession of Boni
face's bed—sunk up to his nose amid the feathers,
and soon scent to the land of Nod, thanking his
stars for having escaped the confusion below. Ilad
he known what sonic post had written, with a
chuckle, smothered in his two pair of pillows, ho
might have exclaimed,
• In this tumultuous sphere fur the unfit,
llow seldom art thou found, tranquility.
Ile slept and snored, but it wits for a little while
only. An intruder appeared, and he awoke with
the inquiry, ' Who's that ?'
'lt's me, old man—go to sleep again,' was the
reply, given in female accents, 'but don't take up
all the bed'
' It ain't your old man,' said the stranger, whose
nose, by the way,. singularly resembled that of
Bonithee, whose wife the reader has already guess
.edto be the new corner. Being very bashful, the
poor fellow drew the clothes over his head, and in
smothered tones besought the landlady to clear
right square out.
'Just as I expected,' exclaimed the old woman,
drunk again when the house is full of folks what
can steal, rob and murder the hull on us,' and she
proceeded to the bedside, and groping in the dark,
contrived to uncover the unfortunate mall's head
and then he had to 'take it' in every sense of the
word. Being a bachelor he had merely heard of
a matrimonial combing down of the locks, but his
experience of the operation so the outstripped his
conceptions that he bellowed murder most lustily,
Cry murder and raise the hut! house, will yotil;
cried the landlady, shaking her victim's scalp front
the root ehoost,
Let me shouted the man, 'I ain't yer
man—Murder ! Murder I'
The last yell wrmlg by the intense pain front
the greatest power of the sufferer's lungs, brought
Bounce and posse to the door. A general rush
was made to the apartment, and the matter was
explained amid the shouts of the assemblage.
' Now,' whispered the jolly 'landlord, in his
friend's ear, when leading hint to Sicker,' just
think how I've got to be put through.'
A Moral for the People.
• The Carlise Volunteer, in speaking of the Web
ster case; with its characteristic good sense gives
the following instructive moral reflections:
But we cannot dismiss the subject without a
brief remark upon the most probable cause of the
crime. Society is not clear of a share in this sad
catastrophe. If wen reach a certain position, the
loss of it is degradation. Hence sea and law? aro
ransacked, heaven and earth are compassed—for
what? To maintain appearance. • Poor Webster's
real income was below the standard of his repor
ted wealth. This kept hint forever in debt to sup
port his carriage, parties and equipage. At last
he became the debtor of a practical financier,
whose call for his money was as certain as the ar
rival of the day on which it became due. Web
ster knew this, and the ties of Dr. Parkman haun
ted hint like a spectre of doom. But oue alterna
tive remained—either his own loss of caste, or the
assassination of his creditor. Pride and moral
timidity forbade hint to come down, and conse
quently Parkman was murdered.
We are witnesses of the mawkish sentiment to
which we have referred, and on several occasions
have not hesitated to denounce it. True we have
had no murderers, and trust we never shall; but
we have our artificial lines enclosing cliques and
parties which possess pores' affinity fur each oth
er. Neighbors meet every day in the year, and
with no feud or quarrel, refuse to recognize each
other. The heads of families encourage and prac
tice this system, and the sons and dang,hters fol
low obedient and cheerfully. if they possessed
influence of the means of independence, their con
duct would not seem so supremely foolish, but in
many cases the very reverse is the fact. In God's
name, young men and young women, wo beg you
to reflect. Living as you do, in perfect idleness,
whence is your support to come when your fitth
ers and mothers are in their graves, and yourselves
thrown upon a world that is wide awake for num
ber one? Assume a regular business, practice in•
dustry, resist she devil of indolence; and health,
',tee, and „happiness will attend yon.