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From the New York Tribune.
LAST 'WORDS a
DT ELMDIA WALDO CARET.
Wrap my baby in his blanket,
With his broidery of blue,
Lay him in his little cradle
Softly, as I used to do.
Warm the pillows by the embers,
Lest the cold should make him wake;
Gently, gently, put him from you,
From his hand the rattle take.
Sit unwearied by his cradle,
Turn it from the sunlight glow;
Should a dream disturb his slumber,
Rock him gently to and fro.
Promise me to be as careful
As his mother would have been;
Teach him love, and thou wilt teach him
Farthest thing from every sin.
I am weary, very weary,
And I've nought to leave behind,
But my innocent young baby,
That to earth my thoughts can bind,
When the grave clothes are about me,
If, with wild and bitter cry,
He should press his face against you,
Sooth him with a lullaby.
I have done and life is ebbing,
Take my baby from my arms,
But, until my eyes are darkened,
Lot mo see his matchless charms !
tnE CANAL COiCIIISSIONERS.
More high-handed Outrage—New and
unparalleled Scheme by which the Pub
lic is to be Robbed and the Public
Money to be Corruptly used ! ! !
The Appropriation bill of the last ses
sion of the Legislature, appropriated $175,-
000 to the North Branch Canal, $175,000
towards the avoidance of the Planes on
'lle western slope of tho Allegheny Por
,;e railroad, and $98,000 to the Phila
•ielphia and Coltunbia railway. Relative
to this we take the following from the
West Chester Register and Examiner.
Its senior Editor was an attentive member
of the last Legislature, and is fully ac
quainted with all the circumstances atten
dant upon the grant of thett appropria
tions. He says :
K We have been assured that the Canal
Commissioners, ALTHOUGH DENIED
BY THE LEGISLATURE THE AU
THORITY, OR THE MEANS TO DO
SO, have UPON THEIR OWN RE
SPONSIBILITY, entered into contracts
on the three great divisions, for which
heavy appropriations were made, FOR A
FAR GREATER AMOUNT OF WORK
THAN THEY WERE AUTHORIZED
BY LAW TO LET, OR CAN HAVE
THE MEANS TO PAY FOR ! !
ing upon the notion of the next Legisla
ture, they will have incurred before the
close of the season, A DEBT OF MUCH,
MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A
MILLION OF DOLLARS. On the
North Branch Canal, the liabilities incur
red cannot fall much short of four hundred
and fifty thousand dollars: on the Colum
bia railroad, there will have been incur
red liabilities to the amount of one hun
dred and fifty thousand dollars at least,
and we expect a far greater amount; while
on the Allegheny Portage, four hundred
thousand dollars will not cover the amount
of work contracted for. It will thus be
seen, that, in reality, a MILLION OF
DOLLARS OR MORE WILL BE EX
PENDED BY THE CANAL COMMIS
SIONERS, or that liabilities to that
amount will be increased during the pres
ALL THIS IS IN ADDITION TO
THE ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDI
NARY REPAIRS OF THE LINES."
Every citizen of the Commonwealth is
interested, deeply interested in this ques
tion. We ask our readers to notice what
is oharged in the above extract by a gen
tleman of character and extensive means
of information. He says the Canal Com
missioners have transcended the authority
given them by the Legislature so far that
they have contracted for work to the
amount of nearly, if not quite, ONE MIL
LION OF DOLLARS ! ! !
We well remember when the Legislature
were determining the question of appropri
ation to these works. We remember that
the Canal Commissoners were anxious that
a loan should be made sufficiently large
for the immediate avoidance of all the
Planes on the Portage railroad. We ro-
member that, not content with recommend
ing this loan, they were daily in the halls
of legislation, appealing to members, an d
to members of their party particularly, to
place this immense fund in their hands.—
And wo remember that not satisfied with
this, they had one of their Engineers and
many of their pimps boring to secure this
object to control this fall's election ! The
Legislature, however, did not yield to these
entreaties and an appropriation of $175,-
000 was made to the Portage railroad;
with a proviso that it should be devoted
to the western slope of the mountain.—
Assurances were given by authority of the
Canal Board that nb more work would be
put under contract than that amount would
pay. The commentary upon these assu
rances we have in the statement given
above, that the Canal Commissioners have
transgressed the law, and entered into con
tracts on this one work to the amount of
more than four hundred thousand dollars,
or at least TWO HUNDRED AND
TWENTY—FIVE THOUSAND DOL
, LARS MORE THAN the Legislature of
last winter contemplated ! The Canal
Commissioners have thus sought to bind
the honor of the Commonwealth, and com
pel the next Legislature to place in their
hands an amount of money out of which
they and their friends may grow rich ?
What we object to is this: that the Ca
nal Board have by a high-handed and ille
gal proceeding attempted to deprive all fu
ture Legislatures of all discretion over the
question, and have attempted to make
themselves in effect the Legislative branch
of the Government. We want to know
where these monstrous evasions of Law and
Constitution are to stop.
First. The Law and Constitution have
been basely violated by the. Canal Board
in the appointments of William Brindle
and Timothy Ives.
Second. The Law has been violated and
the State Treasury robbed by the Canal
Board granting Free Tickets to traveling
Third. The State has been swindled out
of at least $38,000 by the Canal Board
selling a piece of railroad for $15,000
which they said last winter they could sell
for $50,000, and which originally cost the
State $500,000 !
Fourth. The public officers lutblicly
boast that instead of attending to their du
ties they will use their positions to carry
the State this fall for William Bigler, and
thus ensure themselves a: continuance of
Plunder without fear of detection.
Fifth,. The Canal Commissioners have
during the entire summer, ALL been ab
sent from their posts in pursuit of pleasure
Or politics, although the law of 1830 says,
they "shall devote thcirjwhole thee and at
tention, by personal examination, to the
general and especial superintendence and
repairs of the public works, finished and in
Sixth. Whilst they have been absent,
their Clerk has made out estimates of mon
ey required to repair a breach in the canal,
and without the approval of the men elec
ted to have charge of this Department, has
drawn and expended large amounts of the
People's money !
Seventh. 'While they have been absent,
and when they could not possibly have had
a meeting, the fare on the Philadelphia
and Columbia railroad has, without shad
ow of law, been reduced at a particular pe
riod to accommodate certain politicians who
were holding a meeting on the route of
Eighth. They have created many new
and entirely unnecessary offices, and for
political ends solely, Have appointed many
new officers, who receive large salaries and
perform no labor !
Ninth. The Canal Commissioners in vi
olation of a positive law now upon the Stat
ute book, are compelling laborers on the
North Branch canal to receive, in payment
of their claims, the depreciated small notes
of the banks of other States ! And
Tenth. We have here the proof that the
Canal Commissioners, to acomplish a po
litical purpose Phis fall, have entered into
largo contracts for work not authorized by
the Legislature; so that before the next
Legislature meets, they will have incurred
a " DEBT OF MUCH MORE THAN A
HUNTINGDON, PA., THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 1851.
QUARTER OF A MILLION OF DOL
LARS !! !" All of which is exclusive of
the large amounts asked by, and given to,
the Canal Commissioners, to keep up and
make repairs on the lines now in exis
tence ! ! !
Thus it is, Tax-payers of Pennsylvania,
that your money is spent, SQUANDER
ED WITHOUT LAW, AND AGAINST
YOUR CONSENT ! Thus it is that these
corrupt Locofoco officers are daily seeking
to cripple the Treasury, and prevent the
payment of the Public Debt by Gov. John
ston ! With difficulties such as these, he
has been contending ever since he was
elected to office. They have embarrassed
him, but he has nevertheless, under these
unfavorable circumstances, swept out of
existence more than HALF A MILLION
OF THE STATE DEBT. What more
would he have done if we had had honest
Canal Commissioners in office, who would
have managed the public works with econ
omy, who would have discouraged Pecu
lation, and who would have had but one
object, arid that the noble one of rescuing
Pennsylvania from the difficulties into
which Locofoco counsels and Locofoco
cers had led her. Re-elect Win. P. John
stbn Governor. Elect John Strohm Ca
nal Commissioner. Elect a Whig Legis
lature. Give the Whig party an opportu
nity to reach and drive out the Plunder
ers, and to introduce numerous healthy
reforms. And the day will not be far dis
tant when Million after Million of the
present debt will gradually disappear, un
til we remember it not, except as an evi
dence of the recklessness of Locofoceism.
On the other hand suppose you elect
Wm. Bigler Governor, Seth Clover Canal
Commissioner, and a Locofoco Legislature.
You close the door to investigation. You
pay a premium upon villany. You hid
Plunderers in their career of crime. The
people's substince will be eaten out, and
the people themselves will continue, as
now; the subjects of a heavy taxation,
which will continually be demanded to
feed others whose characters unfit them for
offices of Trust.—Har. .ftmerican.
Rules for the Journey of Life.
The following rules from the papers of
Dootor West, were, according to his mem
orandum, thrown together, as general way
marks in the journey of life :
Never to ridicule sacred things, or what
others may esteem such, however absurd
they may appear. . •
Never to show levity when people arc
professedly engaged in worship.
Never to resent a supposed injury till I
know the views and motives of the author
of it; nor on any account to retaliate.
Never to judge a person's character by
Always to take the part of an absent
person who is censured in company ; so
far as truth and propriety will allow.
Never to think the worse of another on
account of his differing from me in politi
cal or religious opinions.
Not to dispute with a man more than
70 years of age, nor with a woman, nor an
Not affect to be witty, or to jest BO as
to wound the feelings of another.
To say as little as possible of niyself,
and those who are near me.
To aim at cheerfulness without levity
Not to obtrudo my advice unasked.
Never to court the favor of the rich by
flattering either their vanity or their vices;
To speak with calmness and delibera
tion on all occasions, especially in circum
stances which tend to irritate.
Frequently to review my conduct, and
note my feelings.
On all occasions to have in prospect the
end of life and a future state.
A PRETTY BELT.-" Come here, Kate,
love. Now toll me what does b- e-l-t
spell." " Don't know, warm." " How
stupid ! What is put round your waist
every day 3 Come now, speak out. What
do you look so sheepish for 3 answer me di
rectly. what is put round your waist eve
ry day ?" " Sniggle Frazee" arm; but bo
never kissed me but once."
Never betray confidence of any kind,
but particularly that of woman.
From the Zanesville Courier.
"JUGS HAS RIM
Oh ! you ought to hoar Sam Jones relate
'Bout the good old times in our native State!
When almost every gushing rill
In the Buckeye State could boast its still ;
When the strong, pore juice of the rye and corn
Was flowing on from night to mourn,
And every man could get a nonx !
Oh LIKKER was cheap, far cheaper than now—
A man could live without keeping a cow !
But Tem'rance has stun, Temperance AB ts,
And the price of our grog and jugs n ins.
Now Billy ! just wipe 'em tears from your eye,
And PINT me to ONE Distillery
Dark ruins lie scattered here and there.
Where once our large Distilleries were
But the STILLS are gone, and the wonm's decay'd
And their owners are in the Churchyard laid.
For Temp'rance has SPILED the LIKKER trade !
And now, ifyou'd drive the fog front your throat,
You must carry a Flask in your hat or coat :
For Temp'rance has KUM, Temp'rance AS IS,
And the price of our grog end jugs tits nts.
O Crtscany ! the joy good Tom will inspire,
When a ring is made round the tavern tire !
Alt ! what can compare with the Tier-room sent,
When the joke goes round, and the song and:treat !
But the HANDSOMEST places I ever saw
Are all shut up by the License Law,
And we must a vainn our LIKKEM alone and raw !
Does I beast of our freedom? no, no SIREN: ?
I 31OUT woo cheap and free,
But Temp'rance lies KUM, Temp'rance AS IS
And the price of our grog and jugs HAS ins.
I keeps my jug in the Cole-bole below,
But there it's cost and trouble you know;
Every time I gets dry I must go to the cellar,
And the wi mum folks play rich tricks on a feller !
As sure as my name in Swipcy Soakinn
If I'm pinned to death t mar Beelzebutn choke
For they puts in my jug that Tartarizml oakum,
And I pokakany and Dragon of return !
One half of my LIKKEny as I am a sinner,
Wont stay in that place where I puts in my dinner,
But Temp'rance has K 1751, Temp'rance AS Is,
And the price of our grog and jugs, if As ms.
SWInEY r. SOAKUM.
OPPOSED TO MATRIMONY.
, c Is your family oppos ed to matrimony ?"
"Vtral, no, I rather guess not, seem& as
how my mother has had four husbands, an'
stands a pretty smart chance for havin an
"Four husbands a Is it possible 7"
"0, yes. You see, my mother's chris
tened name was Mehitable Sheets, an' dad's
name was Jacob Press; an' when they got
married the printers said it was puttiu' the
sheets to press. When I was born they
said I was the first edition. An' you see,
mother use to bo the tarnalist critter to go
to evenin' meetin's. She used to go out
pretty late every night, an' dad was afraid,
I'd get in the same habit, so he used to
put me to bed at early candle light, cov
er mo up with a pillar, an' put me to sleep
with a boot jack. Wal, dad had got up
every night an' let mother in; if he didn't
get down and open the door pretty darned'
quick when she cum, he'd ketch partieu
lar thunder; so dad used to sleep with his
head out of the winder, so's to wake up
quick, an' one night he got his head a lit
tle too far out, an' he slipped out altogeth
er; an' down dad emu, callumus right down
on the iMvement, an' smashed him in ten
thousand pieces !"
" What ! was he killed by the fall !"
g 4 %Val, no, not exactly by the fall. I
rayther kinder sorter guess as how it was
the sudden fetch up on the pavement that
killed him. But maim she cum hum, an'
found him lyin' thar, and she had him
swept up together an' put in a coffin, an'
had a hole dug in the buryin' ground,' an'
had dad put in an' buried up an' had a
white oak plank put up to his head, an'
had it white-washed all over for a tomb
"So your mother was left a poor lone
" Wal, yes, but as she didn't mind that
much; wasn't long before she married Sam
Hide; you see she married Hide because
he was just dad's size, and she wanted him
to wear out dad's clothes. IVal, the way
old Hide used to hido me was a caution to
my hide. Hide had a little the toughest
hide of any hide except a bull's hide, and
the way Hide used to hide away liqour in
his hide was a cation to a bull's hide.—
Wal, one cold day old Hide got his hide
so full o' whiskey that he pitched head
first into a snow bank, and there he stuck
an friz' to death. So main had him pulled
out, an' had him laid out, an' then she had
another buryin' growl' an' had him buried,
an' then she had another white oak plank put
up at his head an' white-washed all over,
" So your mother was again a widow,"
"0, yes, but I guess she didn't lay
awake long to think about it, for in about
three weeks she married John Strong—an'
ho was tho strongest headed cuss you ever
did see. He went a fishin' the other day
an' got drowned, an' lie was so tarnal
strong headed, I'll be darned to darnation
if be didn't float right agin the current,
an' they found him about three miles up
the stream, an' it took three yoke o' cattle
to haul him out. Wal, roam had him buri
ed along side o'tother two, an' had a white
oak plank put up at his head, an' white
washed all over nice, so there's three on
'cm all in a row."
" And your mother was a widow for
the third time."
44 Yes, but main didn't seem to mind it
a tarnal sight. The next fellow she mar
ried was Jacob Hayes, an' the way main
does make him haze is a caution, now I tell
ye. If he does anything a lactic out of
the way, main makes him take a bucket
and white wash brush an' go right up to
the buryiu' ground an' white wash the
three old planks, jest to let him know
what he may come to when she's planted
him in the same row, an' got married to
the fifth husband. So you see my family
ar n't a tarnal sight opposed to a dose of
A California Widow.
An elderly gentleman and lady were
riding a few days ago, in an omnibus.—
Oppostite then► sat a pleasant looking,
young married lady, with a fine chubby
boy in her lap. Coversation arose be
tween the two parties. A steamer from
Chagres had just arrived, and the good
looking lady with the chubby juvenile,
wished to know the news, remarking that
her husband had been away fifteen mouths
that day, and she was very anxious to
bear from him. And then the good look
ing lady indulged in a pathetic disserta
tion on the discomforts and annoyances of
wives when their husbands go off and
stay so long from their homes.
"True, madam," remarked the elderly
gentleman, who had never known the pride
and pleasure of paternity : "but then that
fine little fellow must be a great pleasure
and comfort to you," chucking at the same
time the jolly little fellow under the chin,
who had stared at the old gentleman's
spectacles—"a remarkable fine boy—what
may he his age, madam r'
“Just three months sir,” replied the
proud young mother.
'Three months !" remarked the elderly
lady--“three months; I thought you said
your huAand had been gone fifteen
The good looking lady blushed very
deeply, but soon recovering from the mo
mentary confusion, and remembering,
ejaculated—"Oh but he has wrote once!"
FENS LE LOV ELT NESS.—Female loveliness
never appears to so good advantage as when
set off with simplicity of dress. No artist
ever decks his angels with towering feath
ers and gaudy jewelry and our human an
gels, if they would make good their title
to that name, should carefully avoid orna
ments, which properly belong to• Indians
and African princesses. These tinsclries
may serve to give effect on the stage, or
upon a ball-room floor, but in daily life,
there is no substitute for simplicity. A
vulgar taste is not to he disguised by gold
YOUNG AMERICA.-- , Father,' exclaim
ed the hopeful son and heir of a gentleman
of our acquaintance, on Friday last, while
the latter was congratulating the youth
upon his smartness in his scholastic stud
ies—the youngster having attained eight
years of age—' Father, I'm an American,
ain't I ?'
, Yes, my boy, you are,' responded the
Well, Father, you ain't, aro you
Not by birth, my son.'
Well, then,' exclaimed young Ameri
ea, in a thoughtful manner, g when I grow
to be a man; I will he able to lick two
like you—wont T r
• [rr An examining committee about to
test the capacity of an individual for
school teaching, put the following clues-
At what period did France produce
her greatest general ?"
At what period V' pausing and scratch
ing his head : at what—ah ! you have got
me there sure."
Well was it before or after Christ !"
Before or after Christ !—before or af
ter—well old horses, you have got me
again certain !"
trTi — The best thing about a girl is cheer
fulness, we don't care how ruddy her
cheeks may be, or how velvetty her lips, if
she wears a scowl, even her friends will
consider her ill-looking, while the young
lady who illuminates her countenanee with
smiles, will be considered handsome if her
face is coarse enough to grate nutmegs on.
As perfume is to the rose, so is good na
ture to the lovely. Girls, think of this.
Carrying politeness to excess, is
said to be raising your hut to bow to a young
lady in the street and allowing a couple of
dirty collars and a pair of socks to fall up
on the side walk.
Mus. PARTINGTON says that just before
the last war with England, circumstances
were seen around the moon nightly, shoot ,
ing stars perambulated tho earth, the desk
of the sun was covered with black spots of
ink, and sondes swept the horisen with
their operic tails. Every body said it
profligated war and sure enough it did
come. Its costiveness was felt throughout
the land, but the bravery of General Jack
son, expiated the American citizens, and
foreign dominer soon became a by-word.
[1:?" A western paper says
all the suicides in this country are by
foreigners. tinkees rarely make way
with themselves, for nearly every one
thinks he has a chance of becoming Pre
sident, and at any rate, his curiosity
prompts him to live on just to see what he
will come to.
Libelous,—An exchange paper says
“The Turkish costume may do well enough
for some ladies, but we know of females
who would be more appropriately clad in
1L Pleasure owes all its zest to antici
pation. The promise of a shilling fiddle
will keep a
in happiness for
year. The fun connected with its posses
sion will expire in an hour. Now, what is
true of schoolboys, is equally true of men.
All they differ in is the price of their
ELT- - The man that will take a newspaper
for a length of time, and then send it back
" refused" and " unpaid for" would steal
a blind dogs dinner, and then stone the dog
for being blind.
Yes, he would do worse than that. lie
would marry a girl on trial, and send her
bark to her father at the end of the hon
ey-moon, with the words 44 dont suit"
chalked on her back.
11. 4. A gentleman 3peaking of Cincinua
ti, says. 'Sits most appropriate name would
be the Hamburg of America:"
„Yes," replied another, 44 I think it
will be the ..41catropolis of the United
A RES.I7IIIIECTIO;/ AsrEcroorE.—An old
toper, who had long been accustomed to
sucking the stopper, being, on one occa
sion, pretty much as usual, I thank ye,'
his wife procured a coflin, and got some
men to put bhn into it and carry him to
the grave yard. This being done, they
watched to see what he would do when
he come to himself. By-and-by, having
slept off the fumes of the liquor, he awoke,
and the top of the coffin being unfastened,
he threw it off, and sitting up began to
stare about him in every direction. At
last, being fully persuaded that there was
nobody there, his keeper having hid him
self behind a grave stone, be muttered, in
a drowsy tone—' Well, I guess that 1 am
the first one that's riz, or else Papa