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THE MUFFLED DHCMINIEHA.
There is a sort of martial rhymth in long
fellow's "Psalm of Life," which makes it easy
to remember and rehearse. That well known
and justly popular verse, which tells us
"Art is long, and time is fleeting ;
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums are beating,
Fureral marches to the grave,"
we think is equalled by a production of an old
English poet and divine, who lived nearly two
hundred years ago. It is no "Elegy upon his
Wife," and works its way straight to the heart,
by its simple, tender and pathetic tone
"Sleep on. my love, in thy, cold bed,
Never to Ito disquieted I
My last good night I thou wilt not wake
Till I thy fate shall overtake t
Till age, or grief, or sickneds, must
Marry my body to that duet
It an much loves, and fill the room
My heart keeps empty in thy tomb ;
Stay for me there ; I will not fail
To meet thee in that hollow vale ;
And think not much of my delay ;
I am already on the way.
And follow thee with all the speed
Desire can make, or serums breed ;
Each minute is a short degree,
And every hour a step towards thee
At night when I betake to rest
Neat morn I rise nearer my west
Of life, almost by eight hours sail
Than when sleep breathed his drowsy gale.
"Thus front the Sun my vessel stears,
And my days compass downward bears,
Nor labor Ito stein the - tido
Through which to thee I swiftly glide.
"'Tie true, with shame and grief I yield,
Thnt, like the van first took'a the field,
And gotten host the victory
In thus adventuring to die
Before me, whose more years might crave
A just precedence in the grave.
But hark I my pulse like a soft drum
Beats my approach, tells thee I emus,
Allll slow howe'cr my marches be,
I shall at last sit down by thee.
The thought of this bids toe go on
And wait my dissolution
With hope and comfort, dear, (forgive
The crime.) lam content to live,
Divided, with but half a heart
Till we slosh meet no more to oust."
A SELECT STORTs:
Kate Irlie's Marriage
'lf ever I marry,' Kate Yale ostd to sa y,
half in jest and hull in earnest, 'the happy
man, or unhappy man, if you please, ha!
alien la; a 11l
three qualifications: first, a fortune; aecono
good looks and third, common sense.
'I mention the (intone first because I
thi• k it the moat needful and desirable
qualification of the three. Although I nev
er could think of marrying a fool, or a titan
whose ugliness I should be ashamed 01,
still I. think to talk sense for the one, and
shine for tho other with plenty of money,
would be preferable to living obscure with
a handsome intellectual man—to whom
economy might be necessary.'
I do net know how much of this senti
ment came from Kate's heart, She un
doubtedly indulged in lofty ideas of station
and style—for her education in the duties
and aims of life had been deficient, or rath.
er erroneous; but that she was capable of
deeper, better feeling, none ever doubted
who have obtained even a partial glimpse
of her true woman's nature.
And when the time arrived when Kate
was to take that all important atop of which
she had often spok so lightly—when she
was to demonstrate to her friends how
much of her heart was in the words we
have just quoted.
At the enchanting age of eighteen she
had many suitors; but as she never gave a
serious thought to mere than two, we will
follow her example, and discarding ail oth•
era, except those lavored ones, consider
their relative claims..
If this were any other than a true story,
I should certainly use an artist's privilege
end aim to produce aft effect by making a
strong contrast between the two favored
individuals. if I could have my own way
one should be a poor genius and something
of a hero, the other a wealthy fool and
somewhat of a knave.
But the truth is—our poor genius was
not much of n genius—not very poor eith
er. Ho was by profession a teacher of
music, and he could live very comfortable
by the exercise thereof without the most
distant hope, hcwever, of ever attaining to
xealth. Moreover Francis Minot posses
sed excellent qualities, which entitled him
to be called by elderly people, a -fine char
octet; by his companions a noble, good
fellow, and by the ladies generally, a tclar-
Knte could not help loving Mr. Frank,
and he knew it. He was certain she pro.
I forced his society even to that of Mr. Wel
lington, whom alone he saw fit to honor
with the appellation of rival.
This Mr. Wellington, (his companions
called him Duke,') was no idiot or hump
back, as I could have wished him to be, in
order to make a good story. On the con
trary he was a man of sense, good l oo k s
and hue manners, and there w. nothing
of the knave about him as 1 could ever .-
Besides this, his income was sufficient
to enable hint to live superbly. Ales, he
wan considered two or three degrees hand.
somer than Mr. F. Minot• . .
Therefore, the only thing on ich
Frank had to depend was the power he
posseded over Kate's sympathies and of.
fections. The , lluke,' although just the
man (or her in every sense, being blessed
with a fortune, good looks and common
sense—had never been able to draw those
out, and the amiable conceited Mr. Fritek
was not willing to believe that she would
suffer mew worldly considerations to con
trol the aspirations of her heart.
" LIBERTY AND UNION, NOW AND FOREVER, ONE AND INSEPARABLE. "
HLNTINGDON, PA., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1859
However, one day, he pressed her to
declare his fate, when she said to him with
.6h, Frank, I am sorry we ever met.'
'Yes: for we must part now.'
'Port!' repeated Fronk, turning pale.—
It was evident he hod not expected this.
'Yes—yes,' said Kate casting down her
head with 'another piteous sigh.
Frank sat by her side, he placed his nrin
around her waist, without heeding her
feeole resistance; he lowered his voice, and
talked to her until she, proud Kate—wept
'Kate,' said he, then with a burst of
passion, 'I know you love me' but you are
proud, ambitious, selfish ! Now, if you
would have me to leave you, say the word
and I go.'
.Go - Lgo,' murmured Kate feebly.
'Have you decided?' whispered Frank
Then, love, farewell l'
He took her hand, gazed a moment ten
derly and sorrowfully into her beautiful,
tearful face, and then clasped her to his
She permitted the embrace. She even
gave wly to tho impulse, and twined her
arms around his neck; but in a moment
her resolution came to her aid, and she
pushed him Srom h.ir with a sigh.
Shall 1 go?' he articu l a ted
A feebleyes fell from her lips—and nn
instant later, she was lying on the sofa,
sobbing and weeping alone.
To rear the tenactOus root of love out of
her heart hod cost her more than she could
have anticipated; and the certainty of a
golden life of luxury proved but it poor
consolation it seemed, for the rocrilice alto
She lay long upon the sofa, I sae, sob
bing and weeping passionately, Gradtt•
ally her grief appeared to exhaust itself,
ft , r tears ceased to flow, and at length her
eyes arid cheeks were dry. Iler head
was pillowed on her arrn, and her face
was half hidden to a flood of beautiful curls.
The struggle was over The agony was
past. She saw %Ir. Wellington enter, end
rose cheerfully to meet him, Ills man
ners ',eased her—his station and fortune
fescinated her more. Ile offered her his
hand-sho accepted it. A kiss s, al it
engagement—but it was not such 1,
as Frank had given her. and sl
scare-tv repress a sigh
There was a mu
her beauty Om , adorned, with every! h jog
around her swimming in the churiii,l at
mosphere or fuiry land, Kate gave her
hand to the twit) her ambition—not h e r
But, certainly ambition could n o t have
made a better choice. Already she snit'
herself surrounded by a magnificent court.
of Nhich 'ht was the acknowledged and
admitted queen The favors of fortune
were showered upon the smooth and glas
sy wave of a charmed life.
Nothing was wanting in the whole cir
cle of her existence, to adorn it, and make
it bright with happiness. But she was
not long in discovering that there was some.
thing in her breast.
Her friends were numerous, her hus
band tender, kind and loving ; but all the
attentions nod atloctiona could not till her
heart She had once felt its chord and
sympathy moved by n skillful touch—she
had knows the heavenly charm of the deep
delicious harmony, and now they were si
lent— motionless, muffled, so as to speak
in silks and satins. These chords were
still and soundless, her heart was dead—
none the less so because killed by w golden
shot, having known and felt the life of
sympathy in it, unconsoled by the life of
luxury. In short, Kate in time became
magnificently miserable, splendidly un
Then a change became apparent to her
husband. He could not remain long blind
to the, fact that his love was not returned.
Ile sought the company of those whose
gaiety might lend hint to forget the sorrow
and despair of his soul. This shallow joke,
however, was unsatisfactory, and impelled
by a powerful longing for love, ho went
astray to warm his heart by a strange
Kate saw herself now in the midst of a
gorgeous desolation, burning with a thirst
I unconquerable by golden streams that flow.
led around her—panting with a hunger,
which not all the food of flattery and ad
mii ation could appease.
She reproached her husband for desert
ing her thus, and he answered her with
angry and desperate taunts of deception,
and a total luck of love, which smote her
' You do not care for me.' he said,
then why do you complain that I bestow
elsewhere the affection you have met with
, coldness ?'
But it is wrong—sinful,' Kate reman
grated, . _ .
Ye. I know it,' .aid her husband
fiercely 'lt is the evil fru , t of an evil
seed. And who sowed the seed ! Who
gave me a hand without a heart. Who
became a sharer of my fortune, but gave
me no share in her sympathy ! Who de
voted tne to the lite of A loving unloved
husband I Nny, do not weep nod clasp
pair hands, and sigh nad roh with such
tlesperation of migntleeee, lor I c..V noun
log you do not deserve t hear
Very said Ku, ni. , •.,
your reproaches are 1 ,, :l
granting low tlw 11: 11 . 1.,
call nit., 'Oil know
YV, I I,IOW it
01 1 '
J 7 r. brow ',ail
—his eyes flitshed with tletLriiiitiation—
his lips curled with scorn.
.1 have made up my mind,' said he,
that we mhonld not live together any long
er. lam tired of being called the hus
band of the splendid Mrs. Wellington. 11
will move in my circle; you will shine in
yours. I will place no restraint on your
actions, nor shall you on mine. We will
be free.' .
'But the world I' shrieked poor Kate,
'The world trill admire you the same—
and what more do you desire ?' asked her
husband, bitterly. This marriage of hands
and not of hearts is mockery. We have
played the farce long enough. Few un
derstand the true meaning of the terms
husband and wife ; but do you know what
they should [near) ? Da you reel that the
only true union is that of love and sympa
thy 1 Then enough of this mummery.—
Farewell. Igo to consult my friends about
the terms of separation.—Nuy, do not
tremble and cry, and cling to me now—l
shall he liberal to you. As much of my
fortune shall be yours as yon desire.'
He pushed her from him. She fell up
on the sofa. From a heart torn with an
guish she shrieked aloud :
'Frank ! Frank ! why did I send you
from me! Why was 1 blind - until sight
brsttght me misery ?'
:She lay upon the sofa sobbing and weep
ing passionately. Gradually her grief ap
penred to exhaust itself, her breathing be
came calm; her cheeks and eyes dry; her
head lay peacefully , on her arm, over which
swept her aishevelled tresses—until, with
a start she cried :
'Frank ! oh, Viank--come back
Ilere I am,' said a soli voice by , her
side. She raised up her head, She
opened her astonished eyes. Fronk Wes
ataild,ng Wore her.
Yt . it; have been asleep,' he said, smi
' Anil dreaming, tro, I should say, not
Dreaming !' murmured Kate, ' and is
it all a dream 1'
I hupe so' replied Frank taking her
hand-- Von e, tild not wenn to send tee
orliy, I knew. so I
St lid y li,t! 1 have
• `all I an hour. I
I I,t you
• dr, murmured
1 . % 1,. • i 11,S ,t 1 like
1 thought I was ontrrie,l!'
Arid wouirt that be so horrible?' asked
Fraok. • 1 Mir you did DOI dream you
were married mllll. 1'
No, I thought 1 gave my band without
my heart . . .
'Then if you give me your hand, it
would not be without your heart ?' aaked
No, Frank, said Kate, her bright eyes
beaming happily through her tears, .and
here it is.'
And soon there was a real marriage—
not a splebdid t'ut a happy one—followed
by a life of love and contentment, and so
ends the story or Kate Yale's marriage.
THE STOLEN SECRET.
The intim distinction between iron and 1 in possession of European news to the 20th
steel is that one holds carbon, or the flint , Oil., and though no important events have
ter of charcoal, whereas the other does token place since preceding dates : some
not. The amount of carbon is trivial, and items ore reported which enable us to
is imparted by heating bars for a long pe- judge somewhat more correctly as to the
rind together, surrounded by powdered exact state of European affairs. The arri.
broken charcoal in a box. Having ragard val of the Emperor at St. Cloud, whence
then, to this operation, it seems natural he probably designs a triumphal entry into
that the outer portion of each bar should his capitol, is reported, as also the forma
become more completely ' steelified' (if • I lion of a Sardinian Ministry, the denth of
may be allowed to coin an expressive the Queen of Portugal, the dissatisfaction
word) than the internal portion!, —Now of Palmerston with what has been done in
steel of this sort, though perfectly gond Italy, and the general feeling of distil).
for many purposes, is objectionable for pointtnent felt by the liberal party through.
others. 'l'o give an example :itis by no out Western and Southren Europe.
means good for the manufacture of watch convention of the representatives of France,
springs ; nevertheless before the invention Austria and Sardinia is also announced to
of cast steel to which the readers attention meet at Zurich, to conclude the treaty of
is to be directed, watch springs had to peace, on the basis agreed upon by the two
be made of it.
Emperors. The other powers are to be
There lived at Atterclifle, bear Sloi• excluded (reason participation in the heal
field, about the year 1760, a watchmaker adjustment; but what degree of success
mimed Huntsman. He was very much 'gill crown either the effort at exclusion. or
dissatisfied with the quality of' steel of float adjustment, is yet an open question.
which watch springs were made in bin The English press, Derby and anti-Der.
tiny, and he set himself the task of thinking by, Ministerial, Tory and Liberal, unite in
out the cause of inferiority. Mr. Hunt— criticising the treaty and its snicker, Napo.
men correctly inferred that the imperfec. •bee, with ' , allow degrees of asperity.—
tion of such watch springs as come in his None ore satisfied. Nearly all agree that
way was referable to the fact of the irregu- Italy Is in no better condition now than in
tar steelification' of the metal of their lsls or in 1849, that the Italian question
manufacture. r If,' thought he, r I can is no nearer a settlement than before, and
melt a piece of steel and cast it into irgets, that Napoleon has disappointed the patri.
the composition of the latter should be ots of Europe, if he has not betrayed them.
regular and homogeneous.' He tried, he ; The private conforence which took place
succeeded. The forte of Huntsman's n the Emperors at Villa Franca is
steel became widely spread, but the dis• Ijustly regarded with great suspicion. Ns
coverer took cure not to designate it by lit has already converted ore open en•
the name of cast steel, under which it is miry, Russia, into n fast friend. May he
familiarly known. That teas his secret. ' nut have made overtures to Francis Joseph,
About the year 1770, a hvge manatee. such an would secure to him, it' complied
tory of this peculiar steel was established with, both the personal friendship of Na.
at Atterelitle. The process was wrapt in , polcen, and lasting ndvantages in some
secresy be every menus which the it, i t . other quarter ? The rumored visit of Na
to, could commend. None but workmen p01e... arid his Empress to Vienna, is also
of credit and character were engegeit, mut . steniti• ant. The virtual arrest of the Hun.
the, wey rrraidrir n to disclose the secrets gamin- lenders is not without meaning.—
.1 the be a strint,:ent font. of The reili•osis assioed by both Emperors for
to h. At isst hie secret was stolen in clesing the war, are very properly colloid
ii.•• to", o : t rho try i.t in mid erect as threats directed at Prussia she hay.
lb. :all 0... et et Attr.rcli lie mg menaced one party, without proving
1, , .c1...1 i un.ar, giving herself the • natural ally' of the other,
pi,...raw hr •. intent s. eu, Fugland is frightened at the prospect be.
• ,:irked at the fore her, and is continuing her immense
, to with a bit. preparations (or defence.
.1 1,1 • I lie m ind There is still u possibility--we dare not
; . use a stronger word--that Napoleon does
oat, the tired not design this fora final settlement. The
I, . t% 1,, re Puns correspondent of the London Poet,
twrkvt.l, arid ~0 3, 0 that both of the Emperors ere con.
the door was opened. A wptkrnan pre. ninced that the boeis of ponce agreed upon
seated himself, whom the wayfarer ad
dressing, humbly begged admission.
No admission here except on business.'
The reader may well lancy how this
intimation fell upon the travellm's ear on
such an inclement night. But the work.
Mats scanning the traveller over, and dis•
covering nothing suspicious about him,
granted the request and let him in.
Feigning to be completely worn out with
cold and fatigue, the wayfarer sank upon
the floor of the comfortable factory, and
soon appeared to have gene to sleep. To
go to sleep however, was far from in
tention ; the traveller closed his eyes all
but two little chinks. Through these two
little chinks he saw all that he cared to
see He saw workmen cut bars of steel,
into little bits, then place into cricibles,
and •with enormous tongs pour their liquid
cottents into a mould. Mr. Huntsmen's
factory had nothing more to disclose.—
This was the secret of cast steel.
THE CLAY FAMILY.
• An o:d letter, written in 1848, by the
late He' Porter Clay—then preaching at
Alton ill.. gives the following facts in
regard to the origin of the Clay fatuity.
Your wishes to know something about
the history of our family could not be grat
ified within the limits of a letter. The
billowing concise account must suffice
lit the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter
Raleigh brought over to the Virginia
phi ma [low., among others, three brothers,
sons of Sir John Clay. of Wales, England.
He gave t 1 em $lO.OOO each, which was
a very large fortune at Oat time. Their
name, were (Marley, Thomas, and Henry.
They settled on James River, neer lames.
town. Tat ti of them, Charles and 111011111 P,
had large families. Henry had no chil
dren. The name Henry has been handed
down in both branches of the family with
tenacity ever since. Cassius M. Clay is
descendent 01 Charles Clay; Henry and
myself from Thos. Clay. Thus the two
brothers alluded to are the progenitors of
all the Clays in the United States.
My father no you have heard, was a
clergyman of the 13.ptist denomination.
Ile died in early life, leaving seven chil
fren—lour sons and three daughters; all
of whom died withoutchildren, with the
xceptemi of Henry and myself. My
mother was married the second time, and
raised a family of six ehildren, two of them
are still living—Nathaniel W. Watkins
• Fr r olithr n ! Pi " iiiPtart d aireieen
dren—six daughters and Five sons. Toe
daughters are all dead and One son, H.
Clay Jr., who was killed at the battle of
Huena Vista—his wife having previously
died, leaving. three children, who are with
their mother's connections in Louisville.
Three of ray brother's sons nre settled
tear him, in the neighborhood 9f Lexing
ton. Two of these, Thomas and James
13. Clay are. married and doing well—one
• lawyer, the other a farmer. John the
youngest, whom you saw at Washington,
is with his father at Ashland. Theodore,
his oldest sou, is in the lunatic Asylum
at Lexington, a confirmed lunatic.
Further from Europe—Napoleon and his
Pence. What next 1
The steamers, Ocean Queen end Allele
Saxon, whkh arrived last week, plareTus
by them is in twiny respects impracticable
If so, it is possible that after a month or a
year of negotiating, he contemplates a se
ries of diplomatic victories aiming the Ger
man States, and an ability then to over
reach Austria, and accomplish his designs
in Duly at a less expenditure of treasure,
and of life. It is possible, on the other
hand, that he is planning to turn Ita:y into
a French dependency; and if so, his com
mencement is admirable. Sardinia is now
his; and a complicated confederation will
afford numerous excuses and opportunities
for seizing feher portions of the peninsula,
But whate , er his project may be, if he
sees his way safely through, he can boast
of a penetration superior to that of any nth.
er European statesman. If it should ulti
mately appear that he has been beaten in
diplomacy by his Imperial cotemporary,
the world rosy regard it as his first defeat;
but if it should prove, what we half sus
pect, that he has ulterior plans in mind, to
which the present is subservient, then it
may safely be assumed that the last defeat ,
of Austria Is as certain as her present ap
POPPING THE QUESTION
Popping the question,' which has
heretofore proven such a' tenter,' to bash
ful young men in pursuit of matrimony
under difficulties, is likely, after awhile, to
be rendered us easy as 'rolling off a log.'
All aorta of methods have, front time to
time, teen resorted to, to get around the
difficult point in courtship—advertising in
newspapers, corresponding by letter, ne
gotiating through an agent, dtc.— but an
improvement has been made upon all these
plans lately as witness the following:
A few nights back, a small party of la- t '
dies and gentlemen were laughing over the
supposed awkwardness attending a dec.
laration of love, when a gentle-man remar
ked that if he offered himself, he would do
it in n collected and business like manner..
'For instance,' he continued, addressing I
himself to a lady present, I would say,
Miss S—, I have been two years look
for a wife ; I nm in the receipt of about
a thousand dollars a year from my busi
ness, which is daily on the increase ' • dell
ladies of my acquaintance, I dmire
you the most; indeed I love you and
would gladly make you my wife." You
flatter me by your preference,' good hu
neon:tile replier' Miss S—, to the stir
' none! aller:nt ; I refer you to Ivey
men. Well. I declare' '' - salei k t n he - liits
in chorus. The lady and gent eman were
married, good reader, soon after.'
Wasn't that a modest way of coining to
the point,' and a ladylike method, especial
ly during leap year, of taking a man at
his word ? Here is another method of
'popping the question,' quite its cool as the
foregoing, though perhaps not so commen
dable ir. prudish eyes :
,! A gentleman was riding with a lady
all of a summer's day,' and accidentally
—men's arms. awkward things are ever in
the way—dropped an arm around her
waist. No objectiou was made for awhile
and the arm gradually relieved the side of
the carriage of the pressure upon it. But
of a sudden whether from a late recogni
tion of the improptiety of the thing, or the
sight of another beau coming, never was
known, the lady started with volcanic en
erg, and with a flashing eye exclaimed,
Mr y . B—, I can support myself I'--
• Capital 1' was the instant reply, you
aro just the girl I have beets looking for
these five years--will you marry me !'
Speaking of popping the question,' we
don't know but it would be fairly in order
to ring in the following from an exchange,
.13e sure before you commence wooing.
Our friends P-and S-met one eve
ning at th house of an acquaintance, for
one of whore both gentleman entertained
tender feelings. In a spirit of frolic, one
of the ladles blew out the lamp, and our
two friends, thinking it a favorable mo• 1
ment to make known the state of their foal
;no to the fair object of their regard,
moved s , ats at the same instant, and
placed themselves, as they supposed, by
the lady's side, but she had also moved
and the gentlemen were in reality seated
next to each other. As our friends could
not whisper without betraying their to here
abouts, they both gently took as they
thought, the soft little hand of the charmer
and when, after awl ile, they ventured to
give a gentle pressure, each was surprised
to find it returned with an unmistakable
squeeze. It may be well imagined that
the in ments flew rapidly, in this silent
interchange of mutual affection But the
rest, wondering at the unusual silence of
the gentlemen, one of them slipped out
and suddenly returned with a light ; and
there sat our friends S
most lovingly squeezing each other's hands,
and supreme delight beaming in their
eyes. Their consternation and the vests
oy of the ladies may be imagined, but not
described Both gentlemen sloped, and
P-was afterwards beard to say, that
he thought all the while S-'s hard felt
HOME.--How touchingly beautilnl are
the relations of home ! There each is
bound by en electric chain that seems to
pass to all hearts in the family group; so
that one cannot enjoy pleasures unless all
partake in it. If one heart is oppressed,
all sympathise; if one is exalted, all must
share the happiness. It is in the hone
where the aching heart is soothed, when
the oppressed are relieved, the outcast re
claimed, the sick healed, or falling the
tear of pure love drop from the mourner's
eyes, when the dear ones are gathered to
their long home
OW Look cn the inside of to.days po.
per for the procoedinga of the Convention
Editor 8, Proprietor.
A CURIOUS EXPERIMENT.
Work being about to be renewed on the
Washington Monument at Washington,
preparations were made last week for com
mencing operations. Only one rope was
left by which the top could be reached, but
it was considered unsafe to attempt to as
cend by this, lest It shou:d prove to be rot
ten, and loss of life ensue. It was there
fore necessary to get a new rope across
the top. To do ibis a man was produced
who, standing upon the ground outside the
column, threw a stone over it—more than
one hundred and seventy feet in height.
Having ascertained that he could perform
this teat a small pack of thread was attached
to the stone, but the resistance of the air to
the thread prevented his casting the stone
more than half the height of the column.
Next, an Inchon bow and arrows were ob
tained, but the arrows, with thread attached
would not rise above a hundred feet. A
rifle was next obtained, and experiments
were inade inside the column by shooting
the ramrod, with a pack of thread attached
upwards, in the hope that it would fall
across a particular brace, but sometimes
the rod took a wrong direction, and at oth
ers the thread wan burned ofl by the pow
der, and ihis plan failed. At last a pigeon
with a pack thread tied to its leg, was star
' red on a flight upwards inside the column,
and by dint of whooping and shouting by
the persons below, the bird was frightened
trite a continuance of his flight, and he res
ted on the very brace over which it was
desired to cast the thread. A pistol was
then fired to startle him from his perch,
and he luckily descended upon the right
side of the column. The pack thread was
caught, a heat ier cord was attached and
drawn up, then heavier and stronger cords,
until a rope of sufficient size was secured
over the brace to enable the riggers to pro
ceed with safety to the work of refitting
the machinery in complete order fat future
A CURIOUS LOVE STORY.
Says the Easton dirgus : • First love,
the world generally admits, is always the
most sincere. An instance illustrating the
truth of this, recently came to our knowl
edge, which is worth repeating. Forty
five years ago, a young man named Peter
son served his apprenticeship at the prirt
ingbusiness, in the office of Chris. Jacob
Flutter, of this place. Whilst in his em
ploy he became interested in a young lady
of anr lawn onA rlt
was accepted but emo her of the air!
npposeu crie dimen at m uroee it on. ismer
finishing his trade he went to one of the
Southern States, and married a sinter of
lion. John M. Clayton, former United
States Senator from Delaware. After hav
ing two children, his wife died and left
him a widower. lie then emigrated to
Canada West where he became quite a
wealthy and prominent man, and filled the
office of County Recorder, a life appoint.
ment, nt Guelph. There he married the
second time, a widow. Last summer he
passed through Easton, on his road to 1,
Wilmington, where his daughter was at "
school, and whilst here made enquiry after
the sweetheart of his younger days. As
certaining that she was a widow and resi
ding in Philadelphia, he called upon her,
renewed his acquaintance, and after more
than forty years separation, again propo
sed marriage to her, and was accepted.
De was to have came on hero this very
week to be married, but was taken and,
denly sick about ten days ago with an at
tack of pleurisy, and died after a short W
HIMS, A few dads before his death, he
wrote to the object of hie first affection,
telling her that lie was doubtleee on his
dying bed and never expected to see hen
again on earth.
A CHARMING CREATURE.
A young clerk has been for the last four
years employed in the counting-house of
Paris, a merchant. in the Spanish trade.
'Phis latter has a niece brought up in Spain,
arid an orphan. She is not beautiful, but
refined and intelligent. At balls which
she attended here, the past winter, escor
ted by her uncle, she danced but little ; the
truth being that she was seldom invited,
except when the young clerk chanced to
be present and offered the civility of re
quesiing her to be his partner in a quad
rille. Ir was thus that their acquaintance
was made and ripened.
A fortnight ago the clerk obtained per
mission from Mademoiselle Frbricia to de
mand her hand in marriage from her guar
dian, his employer. The latter seemed
surprised, and received the proposal with
coolness. However, after a long consul
Cation with his niece, he gave his consent,
and the marriage took place as soon as the
necessary formalities could be accomplish
Two days subsequently, at breakfast,
the young bride, observing the discontent
of her husband at being obliged to return
to his business so early in the honeymoon,
said, Well, don't go to-day. Don't go
any more !'
Not go to tho counting house, my love!
That is easy enough to say, but—'
It is easy enough to do, also.'
Indeed how so ?'
Nothing more simile in tho world.
have a million and a half of fortune ! In
my apparently modest position I determin
ed to choose a husband with a good heart.
Do you blame me!' Thu gentleman's
reply is not recorded.—Paris Letter.
sir"[ wish I was a ghost, blamed it I
don't,' said a poor covy. the other night,
as he was soliloquizing in the cold. 'They
goes wherever they please, toll free; they
don't owe nobody nothin,' and that's cont.
fort. Who ever heard tell of a man who
had a bill against a ghost? Nolsuly.—
They never buy hats and winds, nor has
to saw woad nor run alums, as I do.'