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N. P. Willis writcs front Idlewild—When
Copra ay. our Ojibbeway friend, was here, a day
or two ago, he told the children nn Indian le
gend of the water•lily—how it came to earth—
heavenly flower that it is. One of our thir
neighbors who chanced to be a listener thus
rendered the beautiful story into verse :
A star looked down from its glowing throne
In the azure-vaulted sky,
And said—'l am weary here, all alone,
Doing naught but throb and sigh.
Far down in the rallies of earth I see
The red men's children at play;
The innocent sound of their careless glee
ltises faint on the air all day.
I will speak to the braves at their council lire,
And ask them to let me dwell
Where earthly lore may warm my heart
With its human, holy spell.'
So they told the star she might come at night,
When the wood and the wigwam were still,
And sit on the mountain, and throw her light
Through the vale and along the hill.
She came all trembling, bat when tie morn
Woke the birds and the children again,
The star sat grieving and All forlorn,
For she knew that her hope was vain.
'Not near enough yet I T can hear and see
'the rc d men's children at play,
But they waste neither wish nor thought on me
From morn till the close of day!'
'Then they bade her alight on the treetop
That Tailed them to sleep with its song;
And she rocked, and wailed, and shivered with
Impatient, the whole night long.
At length the children awoke once more,
And , they heard the pine tree sigh,
Butt took no heed or the watching star
Between them and the sky.
She saw them skimming, in light canoe,
O'er the lovely lake below;
glut tine longing, that hourly tenderer grew,
Flow could she make them know?
oliopondered another night away,
And at length, when morning brake,
She 4impped ,trans her Imight, with a hopeless
And sank in dee Aker lake.
The star was shivered! Dot every ray
Was caught by a faithful wave!
Each seintillaut beam grew a snowy flower, e
Mere she thought to find a grave !
Ana when the red maiden, in birch canoe,
Seeks lilies for bosom and brow,
The star is content, for she softly says—
hare conquered 1 They love me nom "
M. E. M.
The Old Woman- at the Corner.
What! an old woman for a mystery ? Yes !
my occasional glimpses at her had made her
so. In fact, she had become a matter of great
interest to me. There is nothing uncommon
either about old women, or apple-stalls gener
ally; but upon a particular ttro of these things had
my imagination become fixed, and my brain
truly puzzled. She sat at the corner of a new
line of buildings which were in all the freshness
of their first quarter and first tenants, standing
rather aloof from the ohler part of the town, as
if in pride of their new coats of paint, and
threading with their heels upon the grass of the
desecrated fields. Under the shelter of a new
ly-raised gable of a wall appertaining to one of
these, she raised her ricketty temple to Porno-
DO. It was a cold bleak corner; but she had
ensconced herself in a patched contrivance,
looking like a hull-porter's chair which had
seen better days, still good enough to keep off
the windy gusts that reveled around her; her
*eet were protected by being propped out of the
damp into a half-sieve basket.
Her stall wits a wonder of ingenuity. It con
sisted of a much worn tea-tray, balanced upon
'very dubious-looking legs, tied in the most
puzzling manner by wonderful diagrams of
string. The stock, which seemed to stick by
her most 'provokingly, consisted of a very few
ill-used tipples, bruised to a most uninviting
look, flanked by some neglected looking figs,
evidently robbed long ago of "all their sweet
!less" by some brigand flies. A few sauces of
liquid something, bad enough to the eye,—what
they would have been to the mouth no one ever
seemed to have the comage to try,—t vese were
held 'sentry' over by a dispensary threeLOunce
bottle, containing some dirty-white lollipops
and a solitary bull's eye. This being her small
"stock," her customers were, of course, scarce,
and you never discovered Tilly satchel backed
school-boy loitering over hor delicacies, There
.always did site eft, apparently without hope oh
‘otgoot, her dark, .wrinkled face, covered with it
cobweb of a thousand lines, was as immovable
us partite; her cold, grey eyes stared without
Vit . '. • Untingbn ;Itantal,
speculation from beneath the deep borders of
het clean mob-cap, which was surmounted by
a crushed little black-silk bonnet, worn out of
all its original semblance. So perfectly vacant
was her look, that for some time I imagined
she was blind, and the paltry stock merely a
ruse to extort charity; but, who brought her
there?—who took her and her stall away? No
husband or child was ever seen with her. Not
withstanding which, however early in the morn
ing I might look from my window, there sat
that everlasting old woman, as if she were a
fungus sprung from the early mists of the
morning, and her curious piece of architecture
the work of some familiar. There was a mys
tery in that old woman !
Often have I, when pondering on her at my
windows, from whence I could see her on the
foggy winter morning, looking through its me
dium like a faint ombre chinois. Often have I
allowed the lather to dry on my chin, and my
shaving water to get cold, during my imagin
ings, for my mind is of that intently inquiring
nature,—like that which led the young gentle
man to cut open the bellows to find out where
the wind came from that when any mind, or
phrenological bump gets into action, and works
into one focus, nothing can satisfy its longings
but a "full, true, and particular account," or
discovery of the object of speculation. "Time
discovereth all things;" and in time, by slow
and sure degrees, did I unwind the complicated
reel, and clear it to the end, to the full discov
ery that my old apple woman was indeed a
great mystery I
Wending my way towards my house in the
twilight, after a ramble of discovery amidst the
brooks and the hedges, in which I take a great
delight, as it informs my mind as to what the
little pyriads are doing in their depths, or oth
ers business' with the bright flowers on their
margins, all which are safety-valves to my bump
of inquiry, I approached almost unconsciously
through the fields to the back of my old woman
and her stall, and my thoughts soon took their
provoking usual train; and as any eye became
fixed on the object, getting indistinct in the
fast-falling evening, I thought I perceived a
figure stooping over the stall, in evident con
versation with my mysterious old woman. I
softly approached over the grass that margined
the road until Mutest close upon them, when
my foot striking the gravel, startled the strait.
ger, who immediately turned away, and walked
on. I soon overtook him,—for there was some
thing odd in his manner which prompted me
to follow him, and I was astonished to find an
elegantly-dressed man, with mustachios and
imperial, not of the neighborhood. His awk-
ward assumption of ease betrayed some embar
rassment and mystery. I turned upon my heel,
and repassed the fruit-stall. I looked piercing
ly at the old woman. She did not return it.—
There she sat, stolid and immovable. She
looked at nothing!
Lturned over in my mind all the possible or
probable young ladies in the neighborhood who
would be romantic enough to commit such an
net of imprudence as to indulge in a clandes
tine correspondence with such a dubious-look
ing gentleman, through such a very questiona
ble medium; but all my revolvings were unsat
isfactory; yet I was determined to find it out,
for I knew the danger to the young and inex
perienced which has accrued from the romance
wrapt round these pituresque mysteries of Po
lish nobles—too often assumed lippiekpockets.
Sonic few mornings after, I anise at an earlier
hour than usual to pack my 'carpet-bag fur a
railwaptrip, when, throwing up my window to
give admittance to the sweet morning air, I
beheld, (though so very early,) the old woman
and her stall. "Curious," thought I. 'Rather
early for customers, and for such wares! She
must sleep there," thought I, "and I have nev
er discovered it before?"
My reverie was soon broken by the appear
ance of a servant girl, who, gliding cautiously
from the door of a neighboringhouse, ran across
the road to the old woman's staa. Her apron,
which was rolled - partly round her arm, soon
yielded some small articles to the old woman's
outstretched bands, who in return handed a let.
ter to the giggling girl! Oh oh I—Love's mes
senger, by all the powers of ugliness ! A fruit
ful post-office, truly! She laureled back; but
in a few minutes I saw another nymph of the
dusting•hrush tripping over to the mysterious
matron, and yielding her oflering there. No
letter appeared, but much violent gesticulation
from the maid, ns if from some disappointment;
after a long parley she returned sulkily to her
work, and bestowed many savage blows upon
the door-mom, much to their benefit in the ex-
puision of the dust. She was quickly succeed.
ed by ether early-rising maids, who hung their
little bits of carpet and door-mats ou the rails,
whilst they indulged in a short chat with the
apparently general agent, popping across and
across front street doors and areas, like so
many, rabbits from their burrows. "There is
danger in that cold-eyed old woman," thought
I, "or lam very much mistaken!" A casual
glance from one of the laughing girls betrayed
my gaze, and they all vanished like the afore
said rabbits do at the approach of a poacher's
lurcher. The morning after my return from
my trip, when I had nearly forgotten my old
woman and my suspicions, the neighborhood
was alarmed by the account of the house at the
corner of the field having been robbed of plate
and money to a large amount. Upon inquiry,
1 found that the servant girl had been discov
ered by the inmates bound and gagged in the
kitchen. The niacin was given; the officers ar
rived, and after a minute's search found that
no forcible entry had been made from without
by the burglars, which led to a suspicion that
the girl was an accomplice; but the terrified
creature fell on her knees, almost paralysed
with horror at the situation into which her im
prudence had placed her, and confessed that
the truth was, that a lover was in the case who
had written to her, through the old apple-wo•
Man at the cornier, many lends of love annul
admiration; and being flattered by which, she
had ofteit met hint when not on errands or
messages. The evening before he had told her
that he was about to leave town for some time,
and begged her to admit him after the family
had retired, that he might have a better oppor
tunity of laying his plans before her for their
future marriage, which must be clandestine on
account of his family. Site consulted the old
woman, who strongly urged her compliance,
as it would be folly in her to throw away,
through a little squammishness, so good an op
portunity of settling herself, and she was sure
he meant honorably, for "she never saw a young
gentleman go on so about a girl in her life."
Urged by these motives, and the further elo
quence of the old woman, site consented, and
admitted her lover after the family retired; he
had hardly entered her kitchen when he threw
a shawl over her head; and boned her to the
dresser, then admitted an accomplice, who as
sisted in gagging her effectually.
,Every one's
suspicion immediately turned to the old woman.
I looked out of the window, and discovered
that the bird was flown. The officers, howev
er, soon traced, through the information and
fears of some of the neighboring servants, her
abode. Hero some important lights were
thrown upon the old woman's general useful.
ness and cunning ways in entrapping the fool
ish girls to her purpose. Parasols, boas, and
flaunty dresses for them to wear on "their days
oat;" which they dared not pat on under the
eyes of their mistresses, were stowed away in
abundance in the o-retehed•garret which scent
ed to have been made the 'tiring room of nil
the area beauties of the neighborhood; but no
trace of the old woman! The hearth was cold
and di; people of the house kndtv nothing of
her, except that she had a gr4itt many visitors
of all sorts, and that they supposed she was a
fortuneteller; but it was no business of theirs;
she paid her rent, which, in such a neighbor.
hood, was the highest guarantee of respectabil
A few weeks passed, when an Irish row of
the usual kind, made up of serious blows and
funny speeches, a bent poker ortwo, and heads I
tied up in pocket-handkerchiefs, brought some
parties before the magistrates with their alarm
ingly long tales of witnesses to prove that both
complainant and defendant were "kilt entirely."
The defendant in the case attracted the atten
tion of one of the officers, from bearing so strong
a resemblance to the description of the old ap
ple-woman. He despatched a messenger for
the girl, who upon her arrival soon recognized
her. The officer quietly awaited the conclu
sion of the case then on, which was decided by
the magistrate in the only way such cases can
be decided, by warning both parties to keep the
pence, and a delicate hint nt the treadmill to
1 1 be administered all round if he saw any of
their faces again in a like cause.
As the old woman turned to leave the bar,
the officer arrested her progress, and stating to
the magistrate the ensue of her detention, pro
(limed the witness. Upon her appearance, the
old woman hitched her shawl tightly round.her i
shoulders; and pulled her scrap of a bonnet
down over her forehead; the witness swore posi
tively to her, and stating her case, which was
confirmed, as far as the identity of the party
went, by the arrival of the master, and a host
of friends, to whom she had been known for
months. Though the ease appeared strongly
against her she kept en unmoved countenance,
• bobbing curtseys to the magistrates with the
most innocent look in the world, and when
called upon to say what site had to answer to
the charge, she burst out into a torrent of lau•
guage, saying that "the whole fiction of 'mu
would swear an mild woman's life away with
as much aise as they'd pull a daisy; a stall she
never had from her born day to the present
writing. Look at my rags," said she: do I
look like a collogurer with burglars, and the
like? or do they look as if they had had the
gentleman's spoons in the pockets of 'inn? Oh!
it is not so miserable and,,poor I'd be if I
wasn't as virtuous as the babe unborn ! But
know what's putting the swearing on thela•
dies and gentleman,—lt's the twin of me. Ohl
when I walked into this world of trouble, I
came arm-in-arm with another young lady
who's gone astray, and bin the death of me all
my life, for wore alike as my two eyes, and
its transported or hung be for not having a
face I can call my own."
"06, Biddy!" exclaimed a little round
headed Irishman, with half his head in a hand
kerchief, and the other covered, like Munchau
sen, with plasters,—"Och, Biddy!" said he,
"its the kay ill turn upon you this precious
mornin' and it's my broken nose that'll be re
venged of your faction. Please your worship,
continued he, pushing himself to the fore
ground, "It's myself knows the young gentle
man, that put the comet/ter on the young lady,
wid his whiskers under the nose of him. Just
send to the Red Lion, not a hat's throw round
the corner, and you'll find my jentleman be
hind a newspaper taking his drops. Och ! be
quick, or he'll get the Vice. Yow it's out of
me I"
Two or three of the officers left instantly, and
a dead pause ensued, during which the old wo
man threw up her eyes, and seizing with both
hands the bar-rail, kept up a continual rocking
motion while her breathing could be distinctly
heard through the court.
A few minutes only elapsed when a slight
bustle announced the return of the officers who
bad the accused in custody. The moment my
eyes fell upon him I recognized, as I bad all
along suspected, the person 1 had seen conver
sing with her in the twilight. He was a fine
handsome young man, elegantly dressed, and
of very prepossessing exterior. The girl turned
pale as she instantly recognised and swore to
him. The old woman hardly noticed him; but
her anxiety was apparent, for in endeavoring
to shield him, she lost herself, for, turning with
a fierce look upon the witness, she said,
"My pretty miss, its anything you'd swear to;
the man who courted you was shorter by a
head, and as swarthy as a blackamoor."
She here suddenly stopped ! She saw she
bud committed herself. Her observation was
put down, and she relapsed into silence. I
here felt bound to come forward, and state all
I knew of the case and both prisoners, which
was final.
A few weeks brought the sessions and the
trial. The prisoners were placed at the bar
together. The old woman was much altered; a
sickly hue overspread her countenance, which
was shadowed by a scrupulously clean cap, and
her eyes appeared more
. colorless than ever,
which gave her a curious vacan t look, which
is seen only in the blind. Her young compan
ion stepped up boldly to her side, and bowed
elegantly to the court. He was shorn of his
mustaches, which altered his appearance very
much, but not sufficiently so to leave a doubt'
as to his identity. As lie took his place beside
her, a' nervous feeling ap peered to shake lice
frame, and her hand trembled over the herbs '
that laid strewed on the dock before them.
The facts of the case were so plain and simple
that there appeared not the slightest doubt
from the first of the verdict; and notwithstand
ing the ingenuity of their counsel, the verdict
"Guilty" against both prisoners was given.—
As the judge delivered his sentence her gaze
was painfully acute, and her hand became
claSped in that of her accomplice. As the sen
tence was uttered'of "transportation for life"
on both, she uttered it wail that vibrated
through every person present, and seizing her
fellow prisoner round the neck, covered him
with kisses, amidst e. storm of the most endear
ing epithets. She clutched him with the fierce
ness of a tigress in her embrace, which no
force could separate and they were dragged
from the court together. You could hear her.
cries as she was borne through the subterane
sus passage of the jail. Her piercing shrieks
echoed mournfully along the walls that would
soon part her and her only child for ever, for
such ho was stated to be by the governor of the
jail. I never pass the corner where the old
woman used to be stationed without expecting
to ace her and her stall at their wonted place,
and it will be a long while ere I forget the old
woman and her child.
Why Napoleon Invaded Russia.
A work has een quite recently published in
France, by 31. Villeman, an ex-professor and
ex-minister of State, which throws a strong. ,
light on the ulterior objects of the elder Napo
leon in his invasion of Russia in the year 1812. I
As a war between England and Russia is flint
by many to greatly endanger the possessions
of England in the East, the views of Napoleon,
who aimed nt this object, present more than
usual interest, and will not be deemed out of
• place at this time to notice, as every idea con
nected with the present issue or relating to Eu
ropean affairs, as existing on the continent,
will be read by the general reader. Among
the Statesmen in his confidence to whom he
unbosomed himself, on that occasion, was N.
Talleyrand, the Duke de Bassano, and the
Count do Narbonne, all of whom counselled
against the invasion of Russia. M. Villeman
narrates the conversations held by the latter
with Bonaparte, who contended that after all,
lie long Russian road is the route to India.
Count de Narbonne frankly reasoned against
the invasion of Russia. He urged that it would
be wiser and safer to command with the French
armies the entire course of the Vistula and Ni
eman than to organize a Polish nation behind
that rampart—a Poland able to furnish two
hundred thousand soldiers, Russia would not
he conquered at Moscow, though Austria and
Prussia had been at Vienna and Berlin. A
,onflict with civilized nations at your door was
lifferent from sem i•harbarism at a vast distance.
The Russians may have been overcome in Iti
aly, Prussia aud Germany; but who knew that
they could be in the depths or their own coun
try, armed with their climate, the rugged na
ture, and fbnntical desperation.
Napoleon listened at'entively and calmly; he
. .
replied, in substance: "You think me wild,bnt
my rashness is calculation; I must strike far
off in order to control matters at home. Where
should I find a king for Poland? No member
of my family is fit; it would be dangerous to
take one out of that circle. Barbarous nations
are nnperotitious; a terrible blow once struck at
at Moscow the great, the holy—the heart of
the empire—will deliver into my hands, that
blind, unelastic mass. I know Alexander; I
have possessed an ascendency over bins that
ran be regained; a grand stroke of daring and
power will subdue his imagination; he will then
yield. That Russian barbarism of which you
are afraid, is an inferiority before our tactics
and organization.
As fur the vast dimensions of Russia, tiiey
will afford so many stages the more, to be
marked by victories. With such forces as I
propose to assemble, and such arrangements
as I have in view, I shall not dread her deserts.
After all the long Russian road is the route to
India. Alexander reached the Ganges from
point as distant us Moscow. If I had not kik
baffled at St. Jean Acre I should have achieved
the conquest of Europe. I have explored my
line of march, I can get to the British posses.
sions of Erivan and Tifflis. You have heard
of the missions of Gardanne and Jaubert in
Persia. Suppose Moscow captured—Russia
beaten down—Alexander won over, or a victim
to some court conspiracy, and Turkey enlisted
on my side, as she naturally and necessarily
would be—and then tell me whether for a grand
army of French ad auxiliaries, access to the
Ganges would not be possible. The scaffold
ing of mercantile greatness when touched by a
French sword would fall to the ground over all
India. The expedition is gigantic, I admit;
but it is feasible in the nineteenth century; thus
at one dash France would have conquered the
independence of the West and the liberty of
the seas." _
SEA.If there is anything an American likes
better than a 'morning paper,' it is haste.—
Whatever be wants done, ho wants it done in
haste. Should the country ever issue propo
sals for taking down the Rocky Mountains, the
country would become impatient if it were not
done 'inside of ninety days:
Aggassiz on the Races of Nan,
We give the following from the Boston Tra
veller' of Aggassies lectures, delivered
at Lowell, Mass:
We next come to the geographical I sionally 'saw n ship,' and but once 'shipped a
tion of the races of man; and here we must sea,' of which latter occurrence I will give you
leave out of consideration all question as to the a brief sketch. The weather was rei7/ hot on
unity of the race. Professor Aggassiz is con- the Gulf, our state rooms rather close and con
scion that his views, on seine points, are not fined, and for fear of shipping water through
generally received, end he fully respects the i our port windows, they were ordered to be clo
motives which make the views of others almost sed during the night, rendering our situation
sacred to them. lie liopes that his views will very disagreeable. About sunrise our pas
be received in the same spirit ns he reprbsents stingers on the windward side, most ex
them, viz: in the effort to arrive at truth. posed to the sea, could not or would not stand
We will first study the limits of the range of it any longer, and began opening the window
each race on the different continents, and , lights, and commenced washing, dressing, sha
must consequently eliminate every element de- ! Ving, &r., refreshed by the cool trade-wind.
pending upon migration, ns the present Ameri- ; .In a few moments a terrible outcry was
eon races. We are to consider the primitive heard ibom many of the state rooms. First Mrs.
location of the races, that is, the distribution of , 1)., a lady from Texas, dashed open her room
man as recognized by the earliest traditions.— door, her hair dripping with brine and exclaim-
The question is, where the races were originly ing, "Oh, Lord, have mercy, a whale has spout
placed, rather thou what are the modern then- ed an ocean of water into my roqm, I tun as
ges in their distribution. wet as a drowned rat, and we shall all be lost!
The first race to be considered is one peen. Oh, dear, what shall we do?"
liar to the Arctic regions, a race differing dutch Next, a young lady from Poston, very deli- , 1
from any inhabiting the temperate zone, and 1 rate and fastidious, who fancied the fanning of.l
still more from those of the tropics. This race a mosquito's wing would give her cold, made
comprises the Esquimaux of this continent. the a hop from her berth for the door, and actually
Laplanders of Europe, and the Samoydes or , exposed to public gaze, two eery bequlTul Lira-
Asia. They are all characterized by a broad ekes opoes! exclaiming, "Stewardess, steward-
face, short in its vertical diameter, a low fore. ! ess, why am I treated in this shameful insurer.
head, and great length of body, compared with ! it is really too bad !" Next made his appcar
the. shortness' of the legs. For inure minute ante, Mr. -, a very jolly, good nature-1,
descriptions the works of Pickering and Prick- ! smooth faced, middle aged gentleman, who hr
awl must be consulted. The distribution of ! been sitting on the side berth directly uno , -,
these races correspond very nearly to the zoo. 1 the port hole when the sea popped in upon
logical regions of the north. I him, divesting one side of his face of the frothy
The races of temperate zones are three: The ! lather, and completely saturating hint from
mongolians in Asia, the, whites in Europe. and head to foot; he appeared scantily clad at his
the aborigines in America; and it is remark- ! room door, blowing "very like a whale," with
able, also, that these races occupy the same Isis raze: in one hand, and Isis boots in
territories as the faunas previously described. I the other, wbich he Thrust oust to a gentleman
In Asia has been described the terrestrial Jup. in a similar predicament, telling lLjs s to dry
anese fauna, the insular Jananese fauna, the ; and black them. A more ludicrous object
Chinese fauna, and the famm of the Caspian could scarcely he imagined.
regions, intermediate to that of Europe and ' Mrs. F., next made her appearance in wet
Asia. Inhabiting precisely the same coon. robegdc-chambre, with her little boy in her
tries, are the Japanese, Chinese and Turks. I arms crying out, "Ma, ma, aro we drowning
The Indians of North America are a distinct I now?" "Oh, yes, nay dear child, we shall all
rare, (on this point Prof. Aggassiz disagrees be lost, the ship is sinking, why (71,1 I come?"
with Dr. Pickering,) ,iiiTering from the races or Your humble servant escaped a personal wet.
the Old World, as the inferior animals of North ling, being for the moment in his berth, but
America difforin species from thoie of the his hat, boots and sundry small items were
Old World. It is only within- a few years that ; completely drenched. After the alarm had in
the animals of North America have been con- a measure subsided and the ladies had become
sidered not to be identical with those of Europe.
The aboriginal Indian race is identical, from
the Arctic regions to Terra del Fuego, the on
ly difference being one of tribes, not of races.
These tribes are divided into an infinite num
ber of small tribes, n fact perfectly in accor
dance with the distribution of the inferior ani
mals upon this continent.
We have seen that a greet mountain chain,
extending from the Canadas to Patagonia, con
nects North and South America, and produces
a certain uniformity in their faunas; that their
faunas arc subdivided into those of the Pam
pas, the Antilles, the Andes, the Southern
States, the Middle States, the Canticles, the ta
ble lands west of the States, and those of Ore
gon and California. In the same manner the
aborigines are sub-divided inch a large number
of smell tribes, which are circumscribed within
narrow limits. They form no great nations,
as do the Chinese, Tartars and Japanese of the
The Caucasian race is widely distributed and I
divided into many nations. Those inhabiting
the eastern part of Africa, the northern part o£
Arabia, Mesapotamia, Asia, Minor, the., all
constitute different nations, with ditlerent lan
guages. The Teutonic branch, including the
German, Dutch, English, Danish, &c.; - the Se
lavonian branch, including the Russians, Poles,
&c., each have a nationality and language pe
culiar to themselves. But they all have a fea
ture in common, viz: a noble expression of the
face, above that of all other laces, a mirror of
the innermost movements of . the soul, and it is
their branch,also, which is capable of the high.-
est degree of civilization.
Africa has one characteristic race—the
gro. But the interior of the great desert, Nu
bin mad Abyssinia have races different from the
negro. The Ifottentot lives at the south, and
the western shores have their peculiar tribes.
It was possible, even during his recent visit to
the Southern States, to recognise among the
negroes those belonging to these several Afri
can tribes.
In the East Indies are three distinct species:
the Malay, Telingan and Negrillo, (like the ne
gro only dwarfish.) The Australian is a tribe
peculiar to that country. The features are
those of the negro, but the hair is straight and
flowing. The inhabitants of Madagascar arc
a peculiar tribe, but our information concern
ing them is scanty. They aro not negmes,
but resemble more the inhabitants of the Sand
wich Islands.
With these facts before us we can assert that
there is a law of distribution of the human
race, as well as of the inferior races, and that
these laws are in accordance with each other.
MAKING INITIALS.—i tows correspondent
says he "feels it his duly" to send us the sub
joined: "Ar. old woman, living near
Long Island, has a school master for
son. When his occupation called him away
from home, he found it necessary to have all
his clothes marked. "Now," the old lady said,
'it took her two daughters all their time to
mark her son's clothes; so she procured a bot
tle of "durable ink;" and said she, "less than
halfan-hour them gets had my sou's entrails
on all his clothes l"—liniekerbocker.
sar A Yankee and Southerner were play
ing poke on a steamboat.
'I haven't seen an ace for some time,' re•
marked the Souther.
"Wall, I guess you haint,' said the Yankee,
'but I can tell you where they are, ono of them
is up your coat ricevo there, and the other
three aro in the top of my boots.'
Crossing the Gulf of Mexico,
A citizen of :ewark gives his experience on
board the steamship Crescent City, while cross
ing the CI itlf of Mexico. He says :—"We occa-
somewhat aware of their ludicrous appearance,
a general retreat to their rooms took place, and
amid a floating mass of shoes, stockings, 'hats,
caps, Sze., crept into their berths, to await
the arrival of waiters, who soon got their state
rooms in some order, amid grumbling and
growling, about having port holes open. The
ship soon appeared strung up with wet clothes,
like ft man-of-war on washing day. The third
evening we made "Pas L'Outre," and came to
anchor in the muddy Mississippi, amid a fog as
dense almost as the raw article prepared for
the beloved buckwheat cake. So ends our voy
age across the Gulf of Mekieo."
The Slack-Twisted Girl.
I wish that you could see our 'Seidl' just for
one week—you would see a first-rate manager,
I assure you. In the first place, she is always
late to breakfast; she never combs and ties up
her hair, but only gives it a smooth and a twirl,
sets in her comb awry, and so much is comple
ted. Her dress generally has two or three
green , spots on the front breadths, her shoes
are down at the heel, and she scuffs about ra
ther than walks. She is too lazy to open her
window to air her chamber; too indolent to take
her night dress out of bed; too inefficient to
throw back the bed clothes. She yawns overher
breakfus;; laughs with her brothers about some
young 'gent,' hopes 'somebody can take hints,'
looks over the morning papers and reads the
marriages,tho Museum,and what is going ou at
the Athenaeum, and then sits over the parlor
register, with a yellow-covered book of the last
trash of literature, till her motbersays, 'Sophia,
dear, do you know how lute it is? Do, child,
make your toilet. Mr. W. may call and what
would he think ?' for this pretty piece of clay
is to be married to PUT Tom.
Well, she goes into her nicely arranged bed,
chamber, which the maid has so carefully put
in order. Heavens I how pretty it looks in a
few moments! Stockings thrown heifer skelter,
a pair of boots, both stringless, and worn thread
bare; the morning dress left just as she dropped
out of it, and her two old faded skirts all tatter
ed about the bottom. Her brush is full of hair,
her comb looks black as ink, her toilet cover is
bedaubed with Macasar, bears' oil, and rose
mary. But she is now dressed for the parlor,
ready to receive Mr. Woodman. Her hair is
combed over her ears as smoothly as if a polish
ed iron had flattened every stray lock; her dress
neatly hooked up, and what a trim little form
she assumes. Her boots are hemmed close,
and she holds the identical piece of ruffling in
her hand, to hens, which she began a month
ago. 111:r mother speaks of Sophia's industry
—she is afraid she will sew her life out of her.
She was thankful Mr. W. called to invite her
to the evening concert. And previously to go
ing them, another dressing takes place, and
her coons again looks as if bedlam had broke
loose, which only makes three times a day that
her maid is called to put things its order.
And the worst of all is, 'Sople is expected
to marry Tom, whose father is a rich man, and
put Isis sots to a clerkship at the rate of $5OO
per annum. Tom, do take another look before
you leap—just ono more, my good fellow.—
Take off the finger rings, take out the watch,
and look at the mended hose; lift up the dress
and see the holes under the arms; take off the
ribbon around the neck, and see how greasy it
is inside; and, as I live, the hankerehief isn't
hemmed. What a wife you are getting! Think
of her management-405 your shirts and dick
, ies would bo folded, your stockings darned,
, your pants* mended, your rips sewed, and your
• pockets fleeced. to pay for a few gewgaws, and
dressing Maids, and cooks, and chamber girl:.
VOL. 19. NO. 14.
With your salary of live hundred all 'spent in
three months' housekeeping, and you with you
finger - in your mouth, asking your father to lend
you a thousand or so and then to comfort you,
the slack•twisted girl is your wife, cad is yours,
entirely yours. Now, don't talk about hang
ing, or drowning, or being swallowed up! Only
let your wife do her work her own war, and ,
my word for it, something akin to the cholera
will take yon otF for malignant diseases did
their smart marks when , dirt and vegetable de
composition goes uninterrupted.—Christian
singing School in Snckerdom.
An Illinois gentleman furnishes his friend
in Union County with a sketch of a singing ex
ercise, worthy:of chronicling, as folluws:
"A few nights ago, I atteridentled a singing
school, a few miles from this place. It was a_
foe simile, in its way, of a western - deltatitig so•
ciety. I took a back seat in the synagogue,
(front seats reserved fir the ladies and singers.)
As a mark by which to be - distinguished from
common folks, the teacher kept his hat on un
til the services had fairly commenced; and - by
way of "livenin' the exercises," ho interrupted.
the "execution" with numorons.bursts of orato
ry, the "product of his own toaster applica-
tion 1 ." It was the second time the class had
met, and he was putting them through on the
•',end'_:,,,cnc,"•with variations, in the following
"Feller citizens of the community, and mem.
I;ers of lily class! Iu lambi' to sing the sci.
.•no• of music, it is permanently - necessary to
.• • discover the music of sounds; and,
t•-. become perfect in thC melodi
oi. of the many harmonious voices
whic:i will blend the music of their melody in
the sacred *rah, that sdiall emancipate from
the consecrated fro-teed (I) walls of this school
house institution. Yee, feller citizens, to con
tain all this vast amount of constitutional lat.'
ilia', it is ne:eszary, yea, so' are hound by the
respect we have the people of the column
city, whose hearts we ace now making glad by
our voeubular sprains, and for the love we feel,
yea, verily enjoy I for these fair, rosy-checked,
blooming, buxom larisea! I repeat, it is ne
cessary, we are bound to practice—as—a-hem!
—lwa ire pieces, sons to contain all this afore
mentioned constitutional knowledge of lambs'
to sing the science of music—and fee the above
aforementioned object we will sing and prac
tyze from that very knowiu' hint,: which coine
mences mu the following language:
"Oh that will be joyful!"
Now, feller citizens, I want you, I desire you
to sing this soul-expiring song with true phee
links of devotion and pyty, -.Thiel:, when once
done, you will have lamed the inexcusable sci
ence of lerMn' to sing the science of music.—
Take the note—all together—do, aol,
sing I
"Oh, that 7l be choyful, choyful, thoyfull
To meet to part no more,
Ott Cal-nuns happy shore!"
Good ! (Claps his hands.) Now, 'in the len
gunge of the conspired book-keeper; the ice is
broke ! You can turn to the him recorded
on page, named Boylton (Boylston.) Sing
with the understandin• sol, do!"
! This is a ,:erbaliat sketch of his harangue,
as near as I can recollect:
The Honse mit a big Chimney.
A few years ago the pruce2dings of the Wash
ington Monument Society, received a sudden
impetus. Among other measures adopted to
procure sufficient funds fur the completion of
the edifice, was that of appointing an agent is
each congressional district throughout the Uni
ted States, who were furnished with lithographs
of the future monument, which wore presented
to such gentlemen as chose to subscribe.
One of these gentlemen called oue day at
the house of a very wealthy fanner, in the up
per end of Dauphin county, Pa. The wholo
family were soon assembled to look at the beau.
tifnh pictures. In the meantime the agent used
all his eloquence to induce the old German to
'plank the tin.' He portrayed the service of
Washington to his country; he dwelt in glowing
terms upon the gratitude we should feel for
Suddenly the farmer broke silence!
'What is all this for?'
The agent began again
'You know who Washington was V
'Yes; he was the first President; he !Wiwi
the British, didn't he?'
'Yes; that's the man; and this monument is
to he erected as a fitting testinidnie of the eter•
nal gratitude of his countrymen, Se.
'Well,' said he, 'I won't pay anything towards
it: I don't see no use to build a house mit such
a big chimney.'
The agent immediately vamose•l.
YANKEE GALLANTRY .—A 'llO6OE' seller Nan
offering Yankee clocks, finely varnished and
colored, and with a locking ;Mass in front, to
a certain lady not remarkable for personal
'Why, its beautiful,' said tie yeuder.
'Beautiful, indeed f.—a look at it almost
frightens me l' said the lady.
'When, marm,' replied Jonathan, 'I guess
you'd better buy one that hain't got no lookin'•
16/- Tastes are not alike. In Siberia, tho
greatest luxuries are raw cats served up in
bear's oil; while in Japan, a stewed crocodile,
flanked with monkey's feet, is the height of
"fat things." We should prefer a plato of neith
er, with a dozen buckwheat cakes between 'em.
* The people who send money to the
newspaper office, with a request to usetid the
paper as long as the money lasts," are respect•
felly informed that, generally speaking, the
money does'nt "last" long.
SM. The training institution is "some" down
east. We notice that a company has a captain,
one private, and two guns, minus the barrels.
The countty is safe. Let down the Lars.