North Branch democrat. (Tunkhannock, Pa.) 1854-1867, April 25, 1866, Image 1

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4*<(kl} Democratic
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ftosiitMS jotirs.
r> R. LITTLE, ATTORNEY AT LAW
J\ log a street, Tunkhannockl'a.
HS. COOPER, PHYSICIAN A SURGEON
. Newton Centre, Luzerne County Pa.
GEO S. TUTTON, ATTORNEY AT LAW
Tunkhonnock, Pa. Office- :n Stark's Brick
eek, Tioga street.
WN. M. PIATT, ATTORNEY AT LAW, O
ice in Stark's Brick Block Tioga St., Tunk
annook, Pa.
£lje gJuejjbr flmije,
HARRISRURG, PENNA.
The undersigned having lately purchased the
" BUEHLER HOUSE " property, has already com
menced such alterations and improvements as will
render this old and popular Hours equal, if not supe
rior to any Hotel in the City of Hamsourg.
A continuance of the public patronage is refpect
fally se-uitei. GEO . J. BOLTON
STALLS HOTF.L,
LATE AMERICAN HOUSE,
TUN'EHANNOCK, WYOMING GO., PA.
TIIIS estaLliihraent has recently been refitted nn
furnished in the latest style Every attention
will he given to th* comfort and convenience of those
wae patronise the House.
T. B. WALL, Owner and Proprietor,:
Yutahannock, September 11, 186 M
fSORTH BRANCH HOTEL,
MESUOPPEN, WYOMING COUNTY, PA
Win. H. CORTRIGHT, Prop'r
HA\*ING resumed the proprietorship of the above
Hotel, the undersigned will spare no effort to
reader th# house an agreeable place of sojourn for
• *' " " ITH . U^SRTEIOHI.
fue, 3rd, 1863
~ L> H. ,T. C. BECKER .
PHYSICIAN & SURGEON,
Would respectfully announce to the citizensofWy
mieg, that he has located at Tunkhannock where
he will promptly attend to all calls in the line of
hie profession.
\"jgT Will bo found at home on Saturdays or
each week
fjleans Hotel,
TOWANDA, PA.
p. B- BARTLET,
[Bate ef BBRAINARD HOUSE, ELMIBA, R. Y.
PROPRIETOR.
The MEANS HOTEL, i* one of the LARGEST
ad BEST ARRANGED Houses in the country—lt
fa itted up in the most modern and improved style,
and no pains are spared to make it a pleasant and
aneeable stopping-place for all,
v 3, n2l, ly.
CLARKE,KEEHEY,* CO.,
MANUFACTURERS AND WHOLESALE DEALBRB 15
LADIES', MISSES' & DENTS'
ijilk aitlj Sassiimcre
AND JOBBERS 19
9ATS, CAPS, FURS, STRAW GOODS,
PARASOLS AND UMBRELLAS.
BUFFALO AND FANCY ROBES,
840 BITOADWA.T',
CORNER OF LEONARD STREET,
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M. GILMAN,
JL T ■ftILMAN, has permanently located In Tank
P L bannock Borough, and respectfully tenderhi
professional grvice to the citixens of this placeand
ear rounding country.
ALL WORK WARRANTED, TO GIVE SATIT
/ ION. '
•See ever taUea's Law Office naar ihs Poat
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ifie Blarth Branch Democrat.
f elect
A PRYING DISPOSITION,
Jeremiah Walpole was bom a "peeper."
His bump of curiosity—sec Fowlor for
the technical name—was most powerfully
developed ; indeed, so great and extraor
dinary was the protuberance, that the
symmetry and poetry of form was com
pletely destroyed. Jerry would have been
rather a handsome man if his head had
been well formed, but as it was, it lookod
very much like a pumpkin with a large
wart on it. The resemblance was the
more striking from the color of his hair—
bright and golden as the beams of day,
and a considerable more glossy !
Naturally of an investigating turn, his
propensity for prying into things was fos
tered by his parents, who regarded it as a
certain indication of genius, and felt as
sured, in their own minds, that their boy
would make his mark on the age.
When no more than eight years old,
Jerrv began playing the spy on the good
people of Hillsboro'; and as he grew old
er, he followed his avocation witli zeal and
persevcrenco. lie could not have slept
easy in bis bed, had he known that any
thing had been done in town of which he
was not cognizant.
He could report with mathematical ex
actness the exact number of times a week
that the Jackson's had fish, the Davies
fresh meat, the Stone's greens, the Drakes
custards. The Wido.v Granger never
carried home a spool of cotton, or a new
apron, without Jerry's knowledge—and old
Mrs. Blakely never bought a quarter of
tea, but Jerry could have told the kind
and the price.
It really seemed, sometimes, as if the
fellow was omnipotent.
As for the affairs of the young people,
Jerry knew them all by heart. Not a
young man in the place had turned an
oblique glance at any particular girl, with
out Jerry s notice. He knew all about
the band sqneezings during the moonlight
walks—the soft nothings repeated ,at the
gate —and the clandestine interviews,
when papa was opposed to "dear William.'
In fact, Jerry knew all about the doings
in II llsboro'; and some things came to
his knowledge that never came to the
knowedge of any one else.
He have made bis everlasting for
tune and lame as a detective officer, if he
had only turned his talents that way. No
criminal, however shrewd, could have es
caped the unvarying watchfulness of our
hero, nillaboro' was noted, far and near,
for the extra morality of its inhabitants,
and the reason was found in the fact that
Jerry Walpole was constantly with them.
They could not commit an indiscretion, if
they wanted to.
Jerry's chamber was in a wing of tue
bouse, and had windows on three sides ;
these windows were hung with buff cur
tains, kept always drawn; but through
■curtains was a circular hole about the size
of a dime legitimate peep holes; and
through these Jerry took his observations
It must not be expected that the llills
bcrites took this constant surveillance
*cco!ly ; on the contrary, they, were impa
tient under the restraint, but it was no
use to "kick over the liaces.,'
Once, old Crptain Bodge undertook to
swap horses, and get the new animal home
without Jerry's knowledge, and in order
to make assurance doubly sure, he did not
not boing bis horse home until midnight.
When he reached th i barnyard gale to
take his new acquisition to the barn, Jer
rv was sitting on the gate post, and hailed
the captain with —
"Hello, Captain ! Got a fine nag-there !
Paid twenty dollars boot 'tween him and
old White foot, I understand ?"
The captain gave up beat, and confided
to Jerry the full particulars of the trade,
all of which the indefatigable Jerry had
known before. .
One summer a new "happening" dis
turbed the equanimity of Hillsboro'. —
Miss Sylvania Crocker, the most pci verse
old maid in the place, had a beau! Eve
rybody was surprised, for Sylvania had,
time and again, been heard to declare that
she would scald the first man that came
in her house for the purpose of courting
her! But two months had passed since
Daniel Clay, the carpenter, had first walk
ed home with ber from evening meeting,
and as he still went about with a whole
skin, it is to be concluded that Sylvania
did not perform her vow. '
Naturally enough, Jerry took a great
interest in the courtship of Mr. Clay. A
fine fellow Clay was—only one failing—
he was so superstitious that he was afraid
of his own shadow, if he saw it within a
mile of a grave-yard. We all have our
weaknesses, you know.
There was one serious obstacle in the
way of Jerry's finding out all that he de
aired about the doings of Daniel and Syl
vania, and that was—Sylvania's sitting
room windows had shutters, instead of
curtains, and these shutters were always
drawn when Daniel was present. Jerry
was not tall enongh to look over the tops
of them, and he hardly dared to bring the
ladder from the wood-shed, ltst he should
arouse the confiding pair, and bring down
vengeance upon his own head.
Daniel's visitingfnights were Thursdays
and Sundays, and Jerry always lay prone
nr.der Sylvania's windows, on these nights,
and listened to tty? conversation. One
Thursday night, he was more than usually
anxious to see what was going on within.
Daniel had bought a red and green shawl
at Jackson's store that Q ay, and Jerry
"TO SPEAK HIS THOUGHTS IS EVERY FREEMAN'S RIGHT. "-THOMSI JEFFERSON.
TUNKHANNOCK, PA., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 1866.
wanted to find out whether he gave it to
Sylvan ia.
But the devoted couple talked in lower
voices than usual, and the eager eavesdrop
per could make out nothing from their con
versation. He must get a peep in
those shutters. It would shorten his' days
if he didn't.
There was a stand of beehives at a few
paces, and Jerry pressed one of these hives
into the service. Placing it carefully on
an end beneath the front window, he climb
ed upon it and peeped in.
Daniel was eating apples and snapping
the seeds at Sylvania, and Sylvania was
combing Daniel's head with a fine tooth
ed comb. The shawl lay near by on'a ta
ble. Jerry's eyes were distended with sur
prise ; be bad hardly thought matters had
gone quite so far.
All at once Daniel declared he must
have a kiss. Sylvania was horrified, and
there followed a rough and tumble fight
and pursuit around the room. Daniel fin
ally conquered, and obtained the kiss by
holiring Sylvania's hands, and steadying
her head against the cupboard door.
Jerry was so tickled at the result, that,
forgetful of his insecure standing, he jump
ed up and struck his feet together. Fatal
strike! The beehive trembled, tottered,
and went over with a loud crash, "carrying
Jerry down with it to ruin.
The bees thus unceremoniouily disturb
ed, poured forth by the quart, and stuck
on to our unlucky hero at every point
available, and at the same moment the
window overhead flew up, and Miss Syl
vania's shrill voice was heard exclaiming—
" I tell you I will, Daniel. It's that
abominable yaller dog of Turner's. He
killed the grey goose and two of my chick
ens last night, and l,ve vowed I'd scald
him if ever he came this way again."
She kept her vow—poor Jerry could
testify to that —for simultaneously with the
conclusion of Miss Croker's speech, he was
submerged with a pailful of boiling hot
water. He sprung up with a howl of ag
ony and rage, and casting one look full of
vengeance toward the open window and
fled.
Daniel Clav uttered a wild shriek at
sight of Jerry's distorted countenance, dim
ly revealed in the light which slione out in
to the night, and then he fainted entirely
awey. It took Sylvania full two hours,
with camphor and hot cloths to bring her
valiant sweetheart back to life and con
sciousness.
When he did recover, he was firm in
the belief that he had seen the individual
known in polite circles as " Old Nick," and
not all the earnest assurances of Sylvania
that " she'd bet it was Jerry Walpole sneak-,
ing round" could shake his opinion.
" Whv -his head was all afire, and he
buzzed like a spinning wheel!" was Dan
iel's unanswerable argument.
Daniel Clay never again darkened the
door of Sylvania Crocker. He had been
warned not to court her any longer, he told
his friends, and shortly afterward *left the
village, and was heard of no more. Sylva
nia got a writ against him for breach of
promise, but the sheriff of the county, af
ter hunting after the accused six weeks, in
order to serve the writ on him, gave up
in despair, and Sylvania paid the costs.
Jerry was confined to bis bed three
weeks after this accident, and Old Dr. Hill
never was able.to decide whether it was
the measles or small pox that ailed him.
The doctor says it is a mystery to him to
this day what could be the cause of such a
singular disease.
In time Jerry got about somewhat
scarred, but otherwise good as new. Ilis
unfortunate experience had not cured him
of his propensity for peeping ; and the ve
ry next night after his convalescence, he
nearly broke his neck by falling down the
garret stairs, in trying to creep down in
the dark, to listen to the conversation of
his mother aud a visitor, on one of the
chambers. He got his hair pulled out by
the roots scores of times, having it sudden -
ly shut in door where he was listening at
the cracks; lost his coat tails, and had his
nose rendered unpresentable in the same
manner, and met with other casualties too
nnrrfcrous to chronicle.
The boys of Hillsboro' took it into their
heads to form a club. There was very lit
tle going on in the village, and Young
America needed excitement, so they orga
nized the " Secret Take Care of No. 1
Club."
Jerry would have joined it in spite of
the hot gridiron and greased pole which
gossip asserted were among the initiatories.
but there was an entrance fee of five dol
lars to pay, and three dollars more for a
certificate of membership. •
And Jerry was as much noted for his
stinginess as for his curiosity, therefore, on
pecuniary scruples, he refused to join. But
lie was continually tortured with a desire
to know what they did at their numerous
private meetings, and would have given
" all his old shoes" to have been a specta
tor of their proceedings. This desire grew
and strengthened daily, until our hero felt
as if he could not live long if he did not
get hold of the "Take Care of No. 1 Club's
secret.
All the meetings of this august and pow
erful body were held in the private cham
bers of the members—Hillsboro' having
no town hall, or public building suitable
for their accommodation. Jerry thought
and contrived, and one Fridry night his
mind was made up that he would, in some
manner, be at the meeting which
was to come off at the house of Judge Stiles
in Andy Stiles' chamber, the ensuing night.
He watched the Stiles mansion closely,
and fortone favored him, as he always does
the brave. The front door was left ajar,
for air, while the family were at breakfast,
and Jerry, improving the opportunity,stole
up the stairs to Andy's room, and esconced
himself into the closet.
Here, the livelong day, he sweltered—
almost dead with the intolerable heat and
closeness, and suffer jag severely from a
chaos in the region of the stomach. But
the end would pay him for all inconven
ience, he said, byway of consoling him
self ; and with what patience he could com
mand, he waited.
There never was a longer day than thai
weary Saturday, and after it began to grow
dark, it took much longer than usual to get
sufficiently obscure to bo denominated
"candle lighting."
At last the welcome sounds of steps on
the. stairs were heard, and quietly the door
of the chamber was flung open, and in
came the Club in a body. Jerry put his
eye to the crack of the closet, and saw the
young gentlemen dispose of the contents of
two or three long necked bottles, and then
light their cigars for consultation. Andy
Stiles broke the silence—
%i Well, boys, what's up to-night?"
" Old Jerry Walpole has got some tip
top water melons," said a small voice.
"Hurrah!" cried the boys in chorus,
"hurrah for the old stingy trumps, water
melons and all! We'll try their flavor,
lads!"
" You will, will you ?" muttered Jerry
to himself, shaking his fist at the crack
" we'll see about that are !"
" It's near nine o'clock now, and we
might as well be off. Jerry will be abed
by the time, we get there, unless he has
some particular case of investigation .on
hand. And we shall have time enough to
stop in and get Frank Merrit—he's a reg
ular brick."
Out they all went, and locked the cham
ber door behind them. Here was a pretty
fix for Jerry ! He was under lock and key
and his water melons at the mercy of those
unprincipled Take care of No. 1 fellows,
Something decisive must be done at once.
He tried the door. It was fast enough.—
The house, at that portion of it, was three
storied ; he should break his head if he
jumped out of the window. But Jerry
was fertile in expedients. lie had not
been in so many scrapes for nothing. He
must have his melons, or perish in the ef
fort!
He stripped off his clothea, without a
moment's hesctation, and tearing them in
to strips, and tying these together, he soon
had a strong rope in his possession. But
he was destitute of covering, and the night
had set in chilly. There was nothing in
the closet where he was, but in the adjoin
ing press he discovered a long night gown
hanging against the wall.
This he got into, and then fastening his
rope to a staple in the blind, be lifted the
window softly, and got eut. It was dark
as Erebus, but Jerry could distinguish the
black surface of the ground, and slid toward
it. This rope lacked about six feet ,of be
ing long enough to reach terra firm a and
there was no time for hesitation. An in
stant's delay might be fatal to those mel
ons ! Jerry took a flying leap, and alight
ed on the head of Deacon Ray, a substan
tial citizen, who was returning home from
a love-feast. The Deacon was crushed to
the earth ! Jerry did not stop to ascertain
the amount of damage done by the colli
sion—he made his best speed for home. —
He reached the melon patch just as the
desperadoes had begun to select the best
fruit. With a wide yell of triumph he
dashed in ajnong the bewildered plunder
ers,and at sight of his long white garments
streaming in the wind, they every one
threw down their spoils and fled!
Jerry was victor. The melons were
saved. The whole story . transpired in
time; the boys agreed to give Jerry a free
membership to their Club if he would not
act against them in the business ; and
Mrs. Stiles forehore from asking Jerry to
deliver up her night gown which he had
so ungallantly appropriated.
CAN'T COOK.—It is a sad defect when
young ladies are incapable of directing
their own servants —shoes without soles or
wristbands without a shirt are not more
useless than one of these. One day, short
ly after his marriage, a young merchant
went home, and seeing no dinner ready,
and his wife appeared anxious and confused
asked :
"What is the matter ?"
"Nancy went off at ten o'clock this morn
ing," replied his wife, "and the chamber
maid knows no more about cooking a din
ner than a man in the moon."
"Couldn't she have done it under your
direction?" inquired the husband, very
coolly. +
"Under my direction ? 1 should like to
see a dinner cooked under my d'rections."
" Why so ?" asked the husband in sur
prise. *
"You certainly did not think I could,"
replied the wife: "how should I know any
thing about cooking ?"
The husband was silent, but his look of
astonishment perplexed and worried his
wife.
"You look very much surprised," she
said after a moment or two had elapsed.
" And so I am," he anrwered, "as much
surprised as I should be at finding the cap
tain of one ofmy ships unacquainted with
navigation. You don't know how to cook
and the mistress of a family ! Jane, if there
is a cooking school in the city, go to it and
complete your education, for it is deficient
in a very important particular."
A BODY WHICH HAS BEEN IN THE
VAULT FOR A STILL WARM.—The
following is undoubtedly one of the most
remarkable cases we have ever beard of,
and is creating considerable excitement
among parties who have witnessed what
we are about to relate : On the sth of
February last, Michael King about seven
teen years of age, was killed at Oakland by
being struck on the head with a stake,
which was drawn from the ground by an
unruly horse. Two days after the fatal
accident, and when the body was about to
be buried, the relatives of King thought
they noticed evident signs of life, and the
body was removed to the house, where it
was kept fcr several days. A report got
into circulation at the time to the effect
that the boy -had come to life. After
keeping the body for several days it was
removed to the lower graveyard and
placed in a vault where it is now, and it
has been visited by hundreds of our citi
zens. The body retains its natural appear
ance, is limber and warm, after being dead
and in the graveyard one month. We
have heard no reason assigned for this
strange phenomenon.— Atlanta Intelligen
cer.
>• ■ "■
SMART DOG.—The town of Astoria,.
Oregon, can boast of the smartest dogs
that has been heard from lately, if Van
Dusen tells the truth in relation to the
doings of his canine. While visiting Tilla
mock Beach this Summer, the dog was
troubled very much with fleas, and had
become tired of scratching. He was dis
covered one day hunting around the house
for something, and finally picked up a
piece of loose soft cotton batting and start
ed off for the beach with the cotton stick
ing out of his mouth. He went to the
water, slowly backing down into it, and
holding his head up so as to keep the cot
ton dry. The fleas started for his head as
the dog kept backing in the water, and
finally there was but the cotton out of the
water, when suddenly cotton disappeared ;
and the dog made his appearance minus
cotton and fleas. The cotton was picked
out of the water, and was found actually
alive with fleas,
EXCELLENT HINTS.
Do everything in its proper time.
Keep everything in its place.
Always mend clothes before washing.
Alum or vinegar is good to set colols of
red, green or yellow.
Sal soda will bleach very white ; one
spoonful is enough for a kettle of clothes.
Save yourtuds for garden plants, or to
harden yards when sandy.
Stir Poland starch with a common can
dle, and it will not stick to the iron, and
will be much nicer.
Count your clothes-pins, knives and
forks, towels, handkerchiefs, Ac., at least
once a week.
Wash your tea-trays with cold suds,
polish with a little flour, and rub with a
dry cloth.
Frozen potatoes make more starch than
fresh ones; they also make nice cake.
Save all your pieces of bread for pud
ding dry, or they will mould.
Examine your pickles, sweetmeats, and
■everything put away.
Buy small quantities of cheese at a time.
A hot shovel held over varnished furni
ture, will take ont white spots.
A bit of glue dissolved in skim milk
and water, will restore old crape.
Ribbons of any kind should be washed
in cold soap suds, and not rinsed.
If your flat-irons are rough, rub them
well with fine salt, and it will make them
smooth- *
Oat straw is thq, best for filling beds—
it should be changed once a year.
If you are buying a carpet for durability,
choose small figures.
A bit of soap rubbed on the hinges of
doors will prevent their creaking.
Scotch snuff put on holes where crickets
come out, will destroy them.
Wood ashes and common salt, wet with
water will stop the cracks of a stove, and
prevent the smoke from escaping.
A gallon of strong lye put in a barrel of
hard water, will make it as soft as rain wa
ter.
Half a cranberry bound on a corn will
kill it.
In winter set the handle of your pump
as high as possible at night, or throw a
blanket over it or straw it up.
CURE FOR LOVE —Take 12 ounces of
dislike, I pound or resolution, 2 ounces of
the powder of experience, 1 large sprig of
time, 14 dram s of the guilt of dishonor, 1
quart of the cooling water of consideration.
Set them on a gentle fire of Love. Sweet
en it with the sugar of forgetfulness, skim
it with the spoon of melancholy. Put it to
the bottom of your heart. Cork it with
the cork of a sound conscience, and there
let ij remain, and you will instantly find
ease and be restored to yeur right senses
again. The things are io be had of the
apothecary at the house of Understanding
next door to Reason, in Prudent street, in
the parish of Contentment
<a
Prentice says if you want to get a favor
from a man feed him. A man like a
horse, can't be managed till he has a bit in
his mouth.
Reputation is a good deal like a bonfire,
you've got to keep piling on the shavings.
If you don't, the flame will soon subdue.
d'JimMS, 88,00 3PBR. A.ZVKTDM
The walls of these vaults arc of stupen
dous thickness. On descending the steps
leading to their entrance, the first obstacle
we find is an iron door, locked with three
keys, one ot which is in the hands of the
Governor of the Bank; the second is
kept by the cashier, and the third by the
censor: so that the door cannot be opened'
without the simultaneous consent of these
three functionaries. We thus gain ac
cess to a first compartment, containing the
funds for current use. The safe kept here
is so curiously constructed that if you do
not know the secret of its construction the
slightest touch anywhere will set a noisy
alarm a going, loud enough to startle alt
the inmates of the establishment, The
next compartment is circular, and called
theSerre; it cannot be entered without
the same ceremonial, and it is fitted trp
with fire-proof shelves. It contains all
the importnnt-dreds, notes and papers be
longing to the bank, also deposits of pri
vate persons. Here the Duke of Bruns
wick used to leave his jewels, previous to
going on a journey. Mademoiselle Mars
used to send her diamonds there; the
lingot d' or was deposited in the same
place, See. After the Serre come the
vaults so called, the entrance to which is
closed by an iron door, secured by combi
nation locks; it turns on cential pivots,
like Italian doors. It gives access to a
well-hole, containing a winding staircase,
admitting but one person at a time, and
leading to subterranean galiaries 420 me
ters in length. These arc filled with iron
casks containing lingots and coin, and la
belled according to their contents. By
way of additional security, the well hole
might be fiiled up with clay, and the vaults
with water, at a minute's notice, if the
safety of treasures were menaced in the
slightest degree.
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TRUTH STRANGER THAN* FJCTlO.V.—Ga
lignani's Messenger says: The past histo
ries of the families of Louis Napoleon and
the Sultan of Turkey is full of interesting
and marvelous incidents, some of
probably, not generally known to oWead
ers.
' The two monarclis, a few years ago so
cordially united in the struggle to maintain
the integrity of the Ottoman Empire, are
both descendants of American ladies—the
one a grand-son, and the other a great
grand son. The ladies were bftrn in the
same neighborhood, on the island of Mar
tinique, one of the West Indies. They
were of trench origin, and companions and
intimate frietids in childhood and youth.—
They were Josephine de Tascher and Mis*
S . The history of Josephine is gen
erally known. She went to France, and
was married to M. de Beauharnais, l>7
whom she had one son (Eugene) and st
daughter (Hortense). Some time after
the death of Beauharnais, Josephine was
married to Napoleon Bonaparte, and be
came Empress of France. Iler daughter,
Hortense, was married to Louis Bonaparte
then King of Holland, and the present Em
peror of 1" ranee is her son by this mar
riage. But now for the romance of tho
affair. Josephine's bosom friend quitted
the Island of Martinique some time beforo
she did. But the vessel that was carrying
her to France was attacked and taken by
Algerine corsairs ; and the crew and pas
sengers made prisoners ; but the corsair
ship was in turn, attacked and pillaged by
Tunis pirates and Miss S. was carried by
them to Constantinople and offered for sale
as a ller ller extraordinary beauty and
accomplishments found her a purchaser in
the Sultan himself, and she soon became
the chief lady in his seraglio, and Sultana
of Turkey. Mahmoud 11, was her son,
Abdul Medjid was the son of Mahmoud,
and the present Sultan. Abdul Aziz Kahn,
is the grandson of Mahmoud. Thus tho
two sovereigns who occupy so large a
space in the world's eye, are descended
from two American Creole girls, who
were playmates in their youth, and as re
markable for their Beauty and excellent
dispositions as for their varied and singu
lar fortunes. Both these women, in the
height of their power remembered the
friends of their youth, and provided munif
icently for their welfare. Many of tho
relatives of the Sultaness left the Island of
Martinique and settled at Constantinople,
where their descendants still reside and
enjoy the favor of the Sultan.
The Sultaness died in 1811: the Em
press Josephine in 1814.
WHY X CAT WASHES AFTER EATINO.—
Probably our young readers have noticed
that cats wash their faces after eating, in
stead of before, as people do. Now, we
will tell you the cause of this. When the
first cat was made, she went out into tho
fields hunting for birds, and one day she
caught a swallow, and brought it home—
"You ve got a very dirty face," said the
swallow, you should wash it before you
eatand the cat was foolish enough to
drop the bird, so that she could wash her
face, and away flew the swallow. The
cat was vexed at the manner in which she
had been outwitted, # nnd exclaimed :
"Henceforth I will eat first and wash after
wards," and the vow is kept faithfully by
all cats.
Give a man brains and riches and'
he is a king ; give a man brains without
riches and he is a slave ; give a mau ri'h
without brains and be is a monkey.
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