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WILLIAM BREWSTER, } EDITORS,
SAM. G. WHITTAKER,
You brommsh now, you gout man dare,
Vat sthands nbon de vloor,
To halt dish voinau vor your vile,
And lob her ebermore ;
To feed her yell mit sour crout,
Pettus, puttermilk and slices,
And in all tings to lend your aid,
lint till Promote her ease.
Yes—aul you voman stlianding dare,
Do ',ledge your cord, dish tay,
lint you will duke for yonr huspand,
Dish ;nap, and him opey ;
flat you rill ped . and poard mit him,
Vast, iron and rnent his clothes;
Laren he similes, veep ven he sighs,
Dus schare his shot's and voes.
Veil den, I now midin deco valls,
Mit shoy and not mit brief,
itronounce you both to be one mint,
Von name, von man, von peef.
I pooblish now dese sacred panda,
Dose matrimonial dies,
Pelore mine vife, got Kate and Poll,
And all dese gluon eyes.
And no do saehred Skriptures shay,
Vot Cot has joined togeddor,
Let no man tare ashunder put,
Let no matt dare dem obeyer.
And you bridekroom, tare, you Mimi,
I'll not let go your kolltir,
l'efore you wisher me dish tinp,
I/at ish—vare tub mine tollar ?
eittt 5t g.
From. Patnant's .Vagazine.
T 202 1211- Ork VIE 212 E
On the 23d day of February, 1836, Gen
eral Santa Anna entered San Antonio de
Bexar and took possession of the town with
out firing a gun. As he advanced to the
Alamo, the small garrison of ono hundred
and thirty men, under the command of
William Barret Travis, retired on the op
posite side of the river, determined there
to offer such resistance to the progress of
the tyrant as their energies and resources
should permit, by a ay, ant .a
God of battles. Flushed with the conquest,
so easily effected, of the town,' the Mexi
can commander prepared for an immediate
attack on the Alamo. lle ordered breast
works to be thrown up on every command
ing point, and artillery to be planted wher
ever it could be most effective. One bat
tery was completed on the right batik of
the river by the 25th, and without waiting
for others the siege was at once commen
It was a dark and gloomy morning, de.
voted to a dark and unholy purpose. Ex
ulting in the work of death, upon which
he is entering, Santa Anna crosses the ri
ver in person and establishes his headquar
ters in a small stone building—yet stand
ing—from which he may the store accu
rately perceive the progress of his designs,
without exposing himself to his enemies.
The signal is given, and before the sun has
risen upon those hostile hosts, the roar of
the Mexican battery awakens the echoes
far and wide, and rouses from their slum
bers the yet unconscious inhabitants. But
the defenders of the Alamo have not, for a
single moment, lost sight of the movements
of their wily and implacable foes ; they
watch the studied direction of every gun;
they s:e the match lighted ; they listen
breathless, as if, even from that distance,
they could hear the command to fire ; and
when the walls of the citadel tremble un
der the shock of the iron hail, and the
fragments of the parapet are whirled aloft
by the sudden impulse, they send back a
shout of defiance, mingled with a discharge
from their own guns, as distinctive, if not
as deafening, as the thunder of their assail
Before the smoke tolls away and the re
verberations are lost in the distance, while
the shouts of the besieged still linger in the
ears of the besiegers, the cannonade is re
sumed, and for seven hours, without pause
or relaxation, fiercely continued upon the
walls of the Alamo. But these walls yiel
ded no more than the spirits of their de
fenders. The fire is steadily returned ;
and, though stones are shivered around
them, there are stout hearts and willing
hands ready to repair every breach, and to
restore from the interior whatever may
have been destroyed from without. Earth
is thrown up; every crack or fissure is
closed as fast as created by eager efforts
of those who will permit no evidence of
success to cheer the hopes of their ene
mies. The sun is almost sunk behind
the western plains, when there is a pause
in the work of demolition. Ttie firing of
the besiegers cease for the day, with the
Mexican thirst for blood unsatiated. Not
a single drop has been shed within the
Alamo, Many of Santa Anna's own men
have bit the dust before the artillerists and
riflemen of the fort ; but thus far unaveng-
ed. Darkness falls upon the besiegers and
besieged. The former raise new entrench
ments to prosecute the assault ; the latter
establish a close watch for the night, arid
endeavor to seek that repose which shall
renew their vigor for the contest, which
they know will come to-morrow.
The morning of the `2ath dawns and re
veals to the occupants of the fort the effect
of the midnight labors of their enemies, in
the establishment of two additional batter.
ice within the Alameda of the Alamo. The
bayonets of the infantry, which have cros
sed the river during the night, glittering in
the morning beams, and the plumes of the
cavalry are seen waving on the eastern
hills to intercept the expected aid from
that quarter. The contest is renewed by
a slight skirmish between a small party of
Texans, sent in quest of wood and water,
and a Mexican detachment under General
Sesma ; but this is a mere overture to the
grand performance of the day. The thun
ders of heavy ordnance, under the direc
tion of Colonel Ampudia, are soon roused
into action ; volley after volley is poured
into the fort, and answered only, except at
rare intervals, by the shouts of those with
in. There is no pause, no cessation. Still
the cannonade goes on; shells fly hissing
through the air rnd the balls bury them
selves within the rayons; but night
again comes on, and the Mexican General
in vain looks for evidence of success. Baf
fled, but not discouraged, he advances his
line of entrenchments, and prepares, with
the morning light, to' resume his bloody
task. The north wind sweeps over the
prairies, as it only sweeps in Texas, a
stormy lullaby to the stormy passions of
those contending hosts. The darkness is
broke only by the feeble blaze of a few
huts, fired by the Texans, which had fur
nished a cover to the enemy. The flames
curl upward with a sickly glare, and their
fitful flashes throw a lurid light for a mo
ment upon the slumbering army and ex
pires. The reign of darkness and of si•
knee is nosy restored.
active, though engaged in the construction
of additional batteries. There is but little
firing on either side. Travis and his men,
with spirits unsuodued and with energies
weakened, but not exhausted, are applying
their contracted resources to the purposes
of defence. No heart falters ; no pulse
throbs with diminished power; no hand
shrinks from the labor that necessity im
poses. All is confidence and determina
tion, and in every breast there is firm reli
ance, springing from the holiness of the
cause and the certainty of its final tri
Sunday follows, but brings no rest to
those whom God has created in his own
image, and who, in violation of His com
mands, are thus yielding to their erring
and unhallowed passions. Perhaps within
the chapel of the Alamo, consecrated to
the worship of the Almighty, and distin
guished by the emblem of suffering and
salvation which surmounts the dome, heads
may be bowed in prayer to the God of bat
tles for deliverance from their sanguinary
foe ; but that foe takes no heed of sabbaths.
Exclusive followers, as they proclaim
themselves, of the true church, they doom
to destruction the very temple they have
erected for its worship; and, kissing the
cross' suspended from the necks and plan
ted before every camp, they point their
guns upon the symbol for which they pro
fess such unbounded reverence. The fire
of the Mexican artillery keeps company
with the minutes as they roll on. Morning
mid-day and evening are passed, yet there
is no faltering among those who are defen
ding the Thermopylre of Texan liberty.
Another sun rises and sets, and yet anon
thee; still the indomitable hearts of Travis
and his companions quail not before the
untiring efforts of their enemy. In spite
of that enemy's vindictive vigilance, the
little garrison receives from Gonzales a re
inforcement of thirty-three men—addition
al victims for the funeral pyre soon to be
kindled by Santa Anna, on the surround
ing hills, as a human hecatomb to Mexican
New. batteries are erected by the beset
gers. From every point around the mis
siles of destruction concentrate upon the
Alamo. The final hour must soon cotno.
Provisions are not yet exhausted, but the
ammunition cannot last many days longer,
Water had long been supplied solely by
the daring efforts of a Mexican woman,
who, through showers of grape and mus
ketry, has threaded the way to and fro be
tween the river and the citadel, while her
own blood has marked the path. She bears
within her the stern and lofty spirit of her
ancestors, stretched upon the rocks of Cor
tez, and it is not the fear of torture or aeath
that can swerve her from her purpose.
The siege has continued for ten days.—
" LIBERTY AND UNION, NOW AND FOREVER, ONE AND INSEPARABLE."
HUNTINGDON, PA., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1857.
The Mexican general has received large I
reinforcements, and his army now numbers
thousands. Ho has been unceasing in his
efforts to batter down the walls, but has
thus far failed. The triumph is with
Travis ; but is written in the heart of his
ruthless foe that lie must die, and when
the cannonade is suspended on the 6th of
March, a small breach has been effected,
and Santa Anna has determined, without a
summons to surrender, that the hour for
the assault has arrived. During ten days
a blood red flag has been streaming from
the spire of the church in San Antonio;
proclaiming that no quarter is to be given
to the champions of the Alamo—that blood
alone will appease the vengeance and fury
of Mexican malice. When the sun again
goes down the flag is no longer seen, for
the deed, of which it was the sign, has
It is midnight; stars are smiling in the
firmament, and the repose of Paradise,
seems hovering over the armed hosts and
hills and plains which encircle the Alamo.
The calm is so deep and solemn that the
angel of death seems to pause before the
strife and carnage which are to follow. A
low murmur rises upon the air, which
gradually becomes more and more distinct.
Lights are glancing mysteriously in the
distance, and indicate some unusual move
ment. the besieging army is in motion.
There is no advance by columns, The
force of the Mexicans is so great that the
fort may be completely surrounded leav
ing intervals only for . the fire of artillery.
The place is girdled by a deep line of in
fantry; and there are hemmed in and in
compassed by another of cavalry. If the
first falter or shrink, they must be thrust
forward to the assault by the sabres and
lances of their comrades. Suddenly the
batteries are in a blaze, and, from their
concentric positions, pour fourth radii of
fire from the circle of Santa Anna's ven
geance, verging to a single center. Amid
the thunders thus created, their own shouts
hardly less terrible, and the martial blast
of s hnna.nd Inminn -.a
vance to thg Alamo. A sheet of flame
front the rifles that never failed, is the
answer to the charge. The infantry re
coil and fall back upon the cavalry, their
ranks broken and disordered by the deadly
fire of the besieged. The shouts from the
fort are mingled with the groans of the'
wounded and dying on the plains, their
scattered masses. They return to the at
tack, but the leaden shower which they
again encounter fells them to the earth by
Travis shows himself on the walls,
cheering his cool, undaunted followers,—
Around him ore Crockett, Evans and Bar
ham, roused to the last struggle, for they
know their doom is sealed. In quick suc
cession rifle after rifle is discharged, send
ing hundrealp their long account. The
Mexicans alir again repulsed; they fall
back dismayed and disheartened by the
dead and dying around them. The bat
talion of Toluca, the flower of Santa An
na's army, is reduced from four hundred
to twenty-three. Men have become for a
moment regardless of their officers, and
are almost delirious from the cries of an
guish of their fallen and expiring com
rades, yielding to the influence which no
discipline can restrain and no efforts re
press. But the breach now appears prac
ticable; the disjointed forces, by the aid •
of threats and entreaties, are rallied, and
once more return to the assauslt. The fire
from the Alamo has, for some time, been
growing slower and slower. Rifles have
dropped front many a vigorous hand, now
oold in death, while others cling to their
weapons, even in the agonies of dissolution.
Ammunition, too has been falling ; One by
one the muzzles drop ; and e're the last
rifle is loaded and discharged, the Mexi
cans gain the wall. Fearfully conspicu
ous in that awful moment, Travis receives
a shot, staggers, and falls. He dies not
unavenged. A Mexican officer rushes
upon hint and is about to plunge his sabre
into the bosom of the fallen man, when,
gathering his remaining energies for a des
perate effort, he bathes the sword to which
he still clings, in the blood of his enemy
and they die together.
In the meantime the conflict hasbecome
hand to hand, and has been raging hot
and thick. The Mexicans have poured
into the citidet like famished wolves, furi
ous for their prey. Each man struggles
with his adversary with the energy of des
pair, dealing the death•stroke with rifles,
sabrus, of• whatever missiles may be with
in reach...ithe Texans nre almost buried
beneath the numbers of their opponents.
The carnage has been so great that the
slain are piled up in heaps. Death stares
each survivor in the face, yet still he
I struggles on. Crockett has been conspic-
I uous in the melee wherever the blows fell
hottest and fastest. He had forced his
way over piles of the dead bodies of his
ene rnieq; and has reached the door of the
chapel. Here he determines to make hie
last stand. At one glance of his eye he
sees that the fate of the Alamo rests upon
himself alone, and that fate nothing can
Travis has fallen; Evans is no more;
Bowie expires upon a bed of sickness,
pierced to the heart by a Mexican bayo
net ; Bnrham falls directly before him, and
he finds himself the only living warrior
of the hundred and sixty.thiee who had
been his companions. Perhaps at that
moment the life-blood creeps to his heart
by a natural impulse ; but it is only a mo
ment. The description of his position
sends it back with the force of an avalan
che. His foes glare on him with the fierce
ness of demons, and assault him with blows
from muskets, lances, and sabres. The
strength of a hundred men seems concen
trated in his single arm, as ho deals out
death to his pitiless and unsparing assail
ants. Their bodies have grown into a
rampart before him. Blackened with fire
and smoke, besmeared with blood, and
roused into phrenzy, he stands like some
fable and god of antiquity, laughing to scorn
the mrlice ancl the power and the fury of
his enemies. New fire flashes from his
eye and new vigor nerves his arm. On
his assailants rush, but it is upon death,
certain and immediate. They fall but
their places are still supplitd, and so
quickly the dead seem to rise up before
him like armed men from the teeth of cad
mus. At length a bull, from an unseen ri
fle, pierces him in the forehead; he falls
backward to the earth in the steams of gore
which curdle around him. No groan es
capes his lips, n) cry of agony gratifies
the implacable rancor of his enemies. He
dies, and the Alamo has fallen.
ot! l t pranta.
DAN DOUGHERTY'S ORATION OVER
THE DEAD BODY OF FORNEY, AS
IT OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN DELIVER•
El) AT THE INDIGNATION MEETING
AT PHILADELPHIA, JAN. 16th, 1857,
BEING A SLIGHT ALTERATION OF
ACT 3d, SCENE 2d, OF JULIUS CiESAR.
SCENE—KeyBtone Club Headquarters.
Eater Foster and Brodhead, amid throat, of
Democrats. We will be satisfied ; let us be
Foote, Then follow me, and give me audi
Brodhead, go you into the other street.
And part the numbers,—
Those who will hear me speak let them stay here;
Those that will follow Brodhead, go with him
And Iliadic reason shall he rendered
Of Forney's death.
nkin. I will hear Foster speak.
Nicholson. I will hear Brodhead and con•
pare their reasons,
When severally I hear thorn rendered.
[Exit Brodhead with some of the eitizeustl
Foster goes on to the stand.
31ellalcin. Thu oriole Foster is ascended.—
Fos. Be patient till the last.
Fellow Democrats and friends hear the for
my cause; and be silent that you may hearbe•
hove me for mine honor; and have'respect to
mine honor, that you may believe ; censure me
in your wisdom ; and awake your senses, that
you may the better judge. If there be in this
assembly, any dear friend of Forney's, to him
I say that Foster's love to Forney was no less
than his. If then that friend demand why Fos.
ter rose against Forney, this is my answer—not
that I loved Forney loss, but place mote. Had
you rather Forney were elected, and we all tur
ned out; or that Forney were defeated, and we
kept in. As Forney loved me, I weep for him;
as he was ualortunate I rejoice at it;as he was
useful I. honor him; but as he was dishonest I
slew him. There aro tears for his love; joy for
his mis.fortune ; honor for his usefulness ; and
death for his dishonesty. Who is here so base
to justify the Forrest letter ? If any, speak ;
for him have I offended. Who is there sorude
that would not be a gentleman? If any, speak;
for him have I offended. Whu is there so vile,
that would not spurn dictation ? If any, speak;
for him have I offended. I pause for a repl,
Dem. None, Foster, none.
Several veaking at once.
Fos. Then none have I offended. I' have
done no more to Forney than he'd have done to
Foster. The question of his death is enrolled
in the Capitol ; his glory not extenuated where
he was worthy, nor his offences enforced for
which he suffered death.
Enter—D•gh•rty, Carrigan, McKibben, Van
dyke, and others, with Forney's body.
Here comes his body, mourned by ll•gli -rty ;
who, though he had uo hand in his death, shall
receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the
Commonwealth ; as which of you shall not?—
With this I depart; that as I slew my best friend
for the sake of place, I stand the same chance
myself, when it shall please my party to need
Don. Hurrah I Foster ! Hurrah !
701 n it,,
Rankin. Bring him with triumph home to
Power. Give him a seat in the Cabinet.
Afc.ilakin. Let him be Governor.
Remak. Forney's better parts
Shall now be crowned in Foster.
Reilly. We'll take him to McKibbens with
ehouts and clamors.
Foster. Fellow-Citizens !
North, Pence; silence I Foster speaks.
Foster. Good citizens, let me depart alone,
And, for my sake, stay here with D-gh;rty.
Do grace to Forney's corpse, grace his speech
Tending to Forney's glories whirls D.n D-gh•rty,
By our permission, is allowed to make.
I do entreat you not a man depart,
Save I alone, till D-gh.rty have spoke. I
Lehman. Stay, ho! and let me her D-glerty.
.WI chell. Let him go up on the platform;
We'll hear him. Go it, Dougherty,—pitch in.
Dough. For Foster's sake lam beholden to
Sargeant. What does he say of Meter?
He says for Foster's sake
He finds himself beholden to us all.
.Fause/d. 'There best he speak no harm of
Creesicell. This Forney was a rascal.
Smith. Nay, that's certain ;
We're bleat the party has got rid of him.
Rice. Peace ! Let us hear what D;gh.rty
Dough• Friends and follow•conntrymen, lend
1710 your ears :
I come to bury Forney, not to praise him.
The evil that men do, lives after them ;
The good may be inferred from their votes.
So let it be with Forney. The noble Foster
Hath told you Forney was dishonest.
If it were so, then it was a grievous fault;
And grievously bath Forney answered it.
Here, under leave of Foster and the rest,
(For Foster is an honorable man ;
So are they all, all honorable men ;)
Come Ito speak in Forney's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me ;
But Foster says he was dishonest,
And Foster is an honorable man.
He bath brought many converts to the party here
Whose contributions did the general coffers fill.
Did this in Forney seem dishonest ?
When that his schemes have failed, Forney
Dishonest mess are made of sterner stuff ;
Xfih 11 - it&rioworadie man:
You all do know, before the late election
He gave to a kindly bribe
He might have fobbed himself; was this dia. ,
Yet Foster says he was dishonest;
And sure, he is an honorable man.
I speak not to disprove what Foster spoke,
lint here I am to speak what I do know.
, You all did love him once, not without cause ;
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him
0, judgment, thou net fled to brutish, beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with use;
My heart is in the coffin there with Forney,
And I must pause till it come back to me.
Rankin. Methinks there is much reason in
Power. If thou consider rightly of the matter,
Forney bath had great wrong.
Has ho, masters?
I fear there is a worse come in his place.
Remak. Marked ye his words? He did not
keep that money ;
Therefore 'tis certain he was not dishonest.
Power. Poor soul I his nose is red as fire
There's not a jollier brick in town
Reilly. Now mark him; he begins to speak.
Dough. But yesterday, the word of Forney
Have stood against the state; now lies he there,
And none so poor to do him reverence,
0 masters ! if I were disposed to stir
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
I should do Foster wrong, and Brodhead wrong,
Who, you all know, aro honorable men.
I will not do them wrong ; I rather choose
To wrong the dead, to wsoug myself and you,
Than I will wrong such honorable men.
But here's a parchment, with the seal of Buck,
I found it in his pocket ; 'tis a letter.
Let but the commons hear this document,
(Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read,)
And they would go, slap Forney on the back,
And with gyrating fingers upon nose upturned.
Would beg a hair of him for memory
And laughing, mention itsto all their friends,
Retailing it as a first-rate joke
Unto their fellows.
Morton. We'll hear the letter : read it Dan
Mitchell. The letter, the letter: let us hear
Dough. Have patience, gentle friends ; I
must not read it I
It is not meet you knowhow Old Buck lov'd him
You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
And being men, hearing the letter of Buchanan
, It will inflame you, it will make you mad.
Lehman. Read the letter; we will hear it,
. You shall read us the letter; Buck's letter.
Dough. Will you be patient ? Will you stay
I have o'erohot myself to tell you of it.
I fear I wrong the honorable men,
I Whose votes defeated Forney; Ido fear it.
Lehman. They were traitors. Honorable meld ,
All. The letter I the document I
I ;Weer. They were villains, scouuch els.
I Read the letter.
Dough. If you have teats, prepare to shed
You all do know this overcoat. I remember
The first time ever Forney put it on !
'Twos on an Rotumal evening, at his hotel I
The day he overcame the Know Nothings.
Look in his place how Waionseller voted;
See what a dig the envious Lebo made ;
And now the well-beloved Foster bolted,
And as he threw his cursed vote away.
Mark how his pack of traitors followed him.
This was the most unkindest cut of all ;
For when the noble Forney saw him vote,
Ingratitude more strong than traitors' arts,
Quite vanquished him. Then burst tho mighty
And in his mantle muffling up his face,
Even in despite of all Buchanan's influence,
On which he so much reckoned, great Forney
0, what a fall was there my countrymen
Then, I and you, and all of us fell down.
Whilst Simon Cameron triumphed over us.
0, now you weep I and I perceive you feel
The dint of pity ; these are gracious drops !
Good friends, sweet friends, lot me not stir you
To any sudden flood of mutiny.
They that have done this deed are honorable,
And will no doubt wills reasons answer you.
I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts
I am no orator as Foster is ;
But, 118 you know me all, a plain, blunt man,
That love my friend l and that they know full
That gave me public leave to speak of him.
For I have neither wit, nor worth, nor words,
Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech,
To stir men's blood, I only speak right ou ;
I tell you that which you yourselves do know !
Show you sweet Forney's wounds, pour, poor
And bid them speak for me. But were I Foster
And Foster Dougherty, there •vere a Dougherty
Would ruffle up your spirits and would make
The very For(r)est howl in agony and rage.
All. We'll mutiny.
Ran. We'll burn the house of Foster.
Mc"Vakin. Away then, come seek the con•
[Exeunt Democrats with the body.
Dough. Now let it work, mischief thou art
[Enter Wm. Rice.
Rice. Sir, Magraw is already in town.
Dough. Where is he ?
Rice. He and Dawson are at Forney's house
Be comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry
And in this mood will give us anything.
Rice. I hearti him say Foster and Brodhead
Are rid like madmen to the Western cars.
Belike they had some notice of the
How 1 had moved them. Bring me to Magraw.
This Foster was the noblest of them all,
All the conspirators save only he,
Did that they did in envy of great Forney;
Ile only in a general honest thought,
And common to all, mode one of them,
But I must on to see Magraw.
~i~Z CCZX u
A CALIFORNIA PEAR.—The Rev. Eli
Corwin, Secretary of the California State
Agricultural Society, who.arrivcd from
California, on Saturday, brought with him
a remarkable speci:nen of the fruits of that
State, in the shape of a monster pear. It
is of the species known as the pound pear,
and weighs 21 pounds. It measures 21.1
inches around, the long way, and 14d in
ches the other way. Mr. Corwin has left
this curiosity at the American Institute.—
N. Y. Tribune.
THE EFFECTS or LATlN.— An d rew
Jackson was once making a stump speech
out west, in a small village. Just as he
was concluding, Amos Kendall, who sat
behind him, whispered, "Tip 'em a little
Latin, General ; they won't be contented
without it." The man of the iron-will in
stantly thought upon the few phrases he
knew, and in a voice, of thunder wound up
his speech by exclalming, pluribus u
num—sine qua non—ne plus ultra—mul
tum in parvo." The effect was tremen
dous, and the Hoosiers' shouts could be
heard for miles.
• .1k t
J "I have found," says Addison "that
the men who are really the most fond ot
the ladies, who cherish for them the highest
respect, are seldotn the most popular with
the sex. Men of great assurance, whose
tongues are lightly hung, who make words
supply the place of ideas, and place corn-,
pliment in room of sentiment, are the fa
vorites. A due respect for women leads
to respectful action towards them ; and re
spect is mistaken for neglect ot love."
elir Among the queer things that have
already taken place in 1857, we notice that
the bar of Lower Canada has had a baby.
A Montreal paper gives him this first-rate
"George Baby, Esq., after a highly cre
ditable examination before the council, was
admitted to the bar. Mr. Baby studied
under the Hon. Mr. Drummond, late Attor.
ney.Gencral for Lower Canada."
VOL. xxii. O. 8.
The Pope and the Roman Catholic
Church in America and Switzerland.
In a secret conclave held at Rome on
the 15th of December, the state of the
Roman Catholic Church in Mexico, South
America, and Switzerland was taken into
consideration, and an allocution since pub
lished by his holiness on the subject clear
ly shows that the Papal influence is con
siderably leas in those countries than in
this. The Pope complains bitterly of the
new government of Mexico, which has
completely set aside the elcesiastical juris
diction and sequestered the property of the
We are told that the monastic establish
ments have refused to permit the "visita
tion" of the bishops, and that some of
them have, in open defiance of the canon
ical laws. sold part of their property.—
The permission given by the government
to all seats publicly to practice their re
ligious rites, is denounced as an "abomi
nable measure, which is calculated to un
dermine the most holy Roman Catholic re
ligion." After summing up the various
backslidings of the Mexican government
his holiness declares all the measures
which it has taken against the authority of
the apostolic chair to be null and void.—
The Mexican statesmen are also remdined
that the church has the power severely
to punish those persons who have the pow
er to disobey her behests. That the be
haviour of the majority of the South
American States towards the church does
not give satisfaction will be seen by the
following address to the bishops: "You
will see, reverend brethern, that we must
necessarily condemn and abhor the at
tempt of the civil power to overthrow all
spiritual authority and discipline, and to
insult the dignity and might of the apos
tolic chair." The state of Switzerland
makes Pius IX quite disconsolate, "so nu
merous are the encroachments of the civ
il authorities on the rights of the church
and of her bishops and servants." After
hurling his thunder at those priests who
obey the laws of the resntrie■ in whn-h
Warded to them from Rome, the holy fa
ther entreats the Most High to enlighten
the minds of men, and to bring back those
gone astray into the right path. As
a matter of course, the Wiener Zeitung
gives the allocution in exienso, although
it is a very lengthy document.—fienna
correspondent of the Times.
Rather Ton ghish
A correspondent of Porter's Spirit, wri
ting from Cleaveland, Ohio, declares that
a large dry good establishment was recent
ly burned down in that city, when one of
the large fire-sate manufacturers of New
York, who knew they had one of their ar
ticles in the building, wrote on and repea
ted :he proprietors of the ruined store to
state how their safe had withstood the
conflagration, and the answer received,
was an follows :—"Gentlemen, your sates
are wonderful. Nothing can surpass
them for protecting books and papers,
though they have some unfortunate oppo
site effects. One of the clerks, on Satur
day bought a Shanghai rooster, and at night
unknown to any of us, put it for safe keep
ing in the safe. That night our establish
ment was destroyed by fire, and its con
tents were exposed to a tremendous heat
daring the apace of thirty-six hours, at
the end of which it was hoisted out, red
hot. As soon as possible it was opened,
and you may judge of our surprise when
we found within it the Shanghai rooster,
leaning against the ledger, frozen to
A SINGULAR FASCINATION.—An English
paper relates tho following unaccountable
"One of the most singular instances in
connection with material things exists in
the case of a young man who, not very
long ago, visited a large iron manufactory.
He stood opposite a large hammer, and
watched with great interest its perfect reg
ular strokes. At first it was beating im
mense lumps of,Frimson metal into thick
black sheets, but the supply becoming ex
hausted, at length it only descended upon
the polished anvil. Still the young matt
swed intently on its motion, then he fel
laved its stroke with a oorresponding mo
tion of his head; then his left arm moved
to the same tune; and finally, he deliber
ately placed his fist upon the anvil, and in
an instant it was smitten to a jelly, The
only explanation he could afford was, that
he felt an impulse to do it, that he knew he
should be disabled, that he saw all the con
sequences in a misty kind of manlier, but
that he still felt the power within above
sense and reason--a morbid impulse, to
which, in fact, he succumbed, and by
which he lost a good hand."
se- Learn to labor and to wait.