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BY E. P. WALTON &
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2-1, 1S53.
VOL. XLVII, NO. 14..WJ30LE NO. 2419.
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Si.no-. JOSEPH ''. I! VYMIIMI,
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Wwwm, JO.N V A HIM ITT.
I" MB AuiliO ' lloiT C.MII.
r svch is Tin: icisodoji or
nr Mim. r. " tuusu.
How qaia. T l .
CIu.ci1.iii lha laairoaa '".
Whaia I napal
lir.i i th. plttld rhaal j
YVMIc, mutU lt fciehMd fair,
Twiria. iImi a- lMn ""
L'liafini wl'H woauiron.
I'oto tb. clrab f.o.
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1 wuitli Ml ! mi ilis Vt .o .
Jl-'lk k..w hi ku4 Ax' ""
I foa b.i kwi,
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Om Ii ll hMr of. I" li'- l''i
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Wkna od'iou Hoiei. .it !'. i"". g"Ji
Hlof.ooii mom .weal
Cinwa hor imrt hto . .nd f lurtar oVr bn fa.U
g. a rmb n.ili ne.. . k .o n " "
I I. uiilir Ui n.'y ci.nl ..o-nl.'i ' I
Al ' 'in I'a.'l", '.
1 lui jird h in ii lumtiai" di
No Ualrny Wrtttlh con.e. loi h
Fiaia lha alum panrd-n-..m ..
N.n neH.r. Ilif lil '"
In it. ant icWiftj I'
Ita.d l!inara ala(i
Ftow'fi in onooeioj. iao -
Woo. an n ma. aA! ! aiafi irwtlif r !
T- taaih ibai talk " irea.nr, mw6 aaoa aikai.
No mota I kaar tka rmra,
Wkaxa tonaj la Mwl a ajijkaait .Joicr ;
No oioie wMbin mf toi
To'd I mil raat ckaraat.
And J.iin dona iatai ka lio,id pla.liix
Of ilia kiaM if,nili, mmU f.
rrini notaraa. llM m ika .ail. k,
So eeM anal aalbd Mar.
Xii ie. na mar! rapUiiat kftil aiill.
Awl ua.l i lliua wbr BoU all tfciafa '.
How mm tar rara wm raja,
I l.i pain aad ratT'iiag a'",
llaraalf fraaa ia Hrl.
- .Nm taia la aad.r iknM(k ikt waHaof jo.li,
r-aaini la kapa to jathai aaafki but laai. i
Not eare, aar .tulc,
IliaioMal ka Iki.I o. ofl la.
All i.u aol. cheri.iioil Iwr. nod foorft. ira
Ja aaafl liaaiaie y illmj ooe. wot'o toic.
Irfvo, io iia anret
Toixdid kai .r..l o"'i".
Ila ailaoifl; noir hrr w.i ,
II. i li.ila 'KM liar ;i''o
And l'ia niu a ,liadio4 l hi-r looacoi ate.
8 ; .lie b." h .audn, o'l '!'
A. If no aourl, oo.-ar' ,
llaal .ti.jrad lloi llewvco, hi' e .
And, .airdaaod -i iba dm. and cloowan' toad,
Aiofii-d Uor Hiaak jam, asii .uutl ba. t'jikar. Cod.
j bai aaw .oiriiual tuiu.
JVa frala aoilcd arnli a.il't
t'hni iiMiod iba Imla (-mil, ihil bip .llaj.,
l!' ilmxiisb iba j.i. of l I aad ,oUj way.,
WUfte .i.tor .iiil. aleal hi'',
And uagof jujfal raaf bai.
ri.l.d ta lonaa of arlinr.
Mi walk, ilia pulil of ll.i l,
A orinorj ilia Imglil cny ot oui Ood
Tb. tlou-io. rr.lma b .mi. id maifyi. tiodl
1'rtxii Ctaatbor'. Kdialwtfk Journal.
An Adventure in the Wrong
nv mr. man i a nuBitr,
I will tell you about an affair important,
as it proved to me ; but you must not hurry
me. I have neier been 111 a hurry since
then, and never will. Up tu that time in
clusue, I was always in a hurry; my ac
tions always preceded my thoughts; expe
rience was of 110 use ; nuy one would have
supposed me destined to carry a young
head upon old shoulders to the grave.
However, I was brought up at lat " with a
round turn." 1 was allowed a certain space j
for reflection, and plenty of materials ; and
if it did'nl do 1110 good, it's a pity 1 ,
My father and mother died w hen I was'
still a great, awkward boy; audi, being,
the only thing they had to bequeath, lecaino
the property of a distant relation, I do not
know how it happened, hut I had no near
relations. I was a kind of waif upon the
world irom the beginning ; and I suppose
. . - .1 .
it was owing to my Having no tamily an-'
chorage that 1 acquired the habit of sway-1
ing to and fro, and drifting hither and thith
er! at the pleasure of wind and tide. Not
that my guardian was inattentive or tin-1
l i . . .1... .A. . l...i I.a ...... ..
Kiuii ijuiiu uiu itiuuc, nm uc una iiiuu-,
lent nntl careless, f.nnlentillir himself Willi
providing abundantly for my schooling and
my pocket, Mid leaving everything else to
chance. He would have done the same
thing to his sou if he had had one, and he
did the same thing to his daughter. But
girls somehow cling wherever they are cast
-anything is an anchorage for them; and,
Laura grew up, she gave tho care she
had never found, and was the littlo mother
in nip Willi ri iwincn
As to the titular mother, she had not an
aiom oi cnaracter ot any kind. Mie might
nave ueeu a picture or a vase, or any thing
else that is useless, except the taste or
nUections. But mamma was indispensable.
It is a vulgar error to suppose thai people
Who liaVll IlOllllllir ill llipm ra nuluulv in 11
i o.. . 1 -
muse, uuf iiiiiinuia was me very ceuire
and point of our home feeling; and it was
strange to observe the devout care we took
of a personage who had not two ideas in her
Il is no wonder that I was always in a
linrri' Ri, l,.,i,.i U. I...1 -.. :.. .
idea that I had my fortune to look for. The
governor, as 1 called my adopted father,
lid nothing mote thait a geuteel iudepeu-
.. a., ,w. . t,u3. lulu null uii mail iliivo
Aiti cniire IB
tne so i
llow 1 (lul worry
ied old unman ! 1
how Laura lectured
and c.ildfd1 Imu the
That b i!
governor stormed ! and how 1 was forgiven ,derer in the nightmare. I al length gut
the next minute, and we were as happy 'into the room, groped for a chair and sat 1
again as the day was long ! j down. No inoro hurry now. Olio!
Uut at length the time nrscparatimi came, j There was plenty of time ; and plenty tu do
I had grown a great hulking fellow, strong' in it, for 1 had to wipe away the perspira- j
riiinigh to make my bread as a porter, if. timi that ran down my face in streuins.
that had been needed; and o a fiiuniion What was to he done T What had I dune ?
was found forme in a counting house at Oh, a trifle. I had only sneaked into a gen
iarcc!oina, nnd nfler a lecture and a hear-, tleman's Iioiims by the area window, and;
ty cry Ironi sister Laura, a blessing and a pocketed his table spoons ; and here 1 was
kiss from mamma, and a grcnt sob kept locked ami barred and bolted in, sitting
down by a hurricane laugh from the gover- very comfortably, in the dark anil alone, in
nor, I went adrift. his drawing room. Very particularly coin-
Four years passed rapidly away. I had fnriable ! What a capital fellow, to bo sure 1
attained my full height, and more than my What an amusing personage I Would'nt
just sharo of inches. I had already enjoy- the baronet laugh in the morning! wouldn't
ed n fair modicum of whisker?, and had be ask me to stay to breakfatl And
even made some progress 111 the cultivation wouldn't I cat heartily out of the spoons I
of a pair of moustaches, when suddenly bad stolen 1 -Dut w-liat name is that?
the house 1 was connected with failed. Who calls me a hniie breaker ? Whogites
What ta do? The governor insisted up- me in charge ! Who lugs meolT by the
on my return to England, where his inter- ucok ? I will not stand it. 1 am innocent,
est among ihe mercantile clas was consid- except of breaking into a baronet's house,
erablc; Laura hiuied mysteriously that my 1 am a gentleman, with another gentleman's
presence in the house would soon be a mat- spoons in my pocket. I claim the protec
ter of great importance to my faiher; and lion of the law. Police I I'oliccI
mtiinma let out thp .ecret by writing to me
that Laura was going to " change her con
dition." 1 was glad to bear ibis, for I knew he
would be a model of a ft-llow who was Lau
ra's husband ; and, gulping down my pride,
which would fain hae persuaded ine thai
il was unmanly to go hack again like tin.'
ill sixpence, 1 set out oil my return Imn c
The fjind), I knew, hdd remowd an
other houe ; but bem well acu niiti d
with the town, 1 had no dillu-uli) 111 lindiiig
the plare. Il was a ran-'e of handsome
buildings winch had sprung up in the lash- sent Ir.un the house, and was there any
iouable outskirts during my absence; and thing more uatiind than thai I should de
altliough it was far 011 111 the eteuiug, my sire to pay my next visit thmugh a subter
accustomed eyes soon descried through the raneau window ? I had appropriated, it is
gloom the governor's old fashioned door- true, 1 quantity of silver-plate 1 had found ;
plate. 1 was about to knock, really agiut- but with what other intention could 1 have
ed with delight nnd struggling memories, done this than to present it to my distant
when a temptation came in my way. relation's daughter, and reproach her with
One of the nroa-uindo.vs was open, gap- he carelessness 111 leaving it exposed ? Fl
ing a if for my reception. A quantity of nally, I was snaied, caged, trapped door
plate lay upon a labia close by. Why and window had been bolted upuu me with
should 1 not enter anil appear unannounced out any remonstrance on my part and I
in the drawing room, a sunburnt phantom wus now some considerable lime in the
office feet eleven 1 Why should I not pre- home, unsuspected, yet a piisouer. The
sent the precise anil careful Laura with a position was serious, but come, suppose
handful of liflf 01111 spoon and for,lrftso itta woim, that J w uilh tod. botd f
conveniently at the lervice of hny area-
suenK unu uiigiit cnance 10 pass in ; n ny:
That is only a figure of speech. I asked
no questions about the matter; the idea
was hdidl) across my brain when n.y legs
were across the rails. In another moment
I had crept in by the window ; and chuck
ling .U my on il cleverness, and the great
moral lesson I was about to teach, I
slutling my pockets uilh ilie plaie.
While thus engaged, the opening of a
door in 1 he hall uboic alarmed me and,
afraid of the failure of m plan, 1 sipppr-d
lightly up Ihe stair, which uas partially
iiirhted bv the hall lamp. As I was hImmu
10 emerge at the top, a sen ant girl was opiums 111 my hand, 1 am sure li.al no maie
cnmiug out of a room on the opposite side, factor in a dungeon could h.ne envied my
She insmullv reireated, shut the door wtui reflection. In fact the evidence was so
a bang, and 1 could hear a halt suppressed, dead against me that 1 began 10 doubt my
hysterical cry. I .Hounded on, sprung up own innocence. Why should I desire to
the drawing room stair, and entered the come into any individual's area windoiv isi
firl door at a venture. All was dark, and stead of the door I And how came il that
1 stopped for a moment to listen. Lights all tins silver plate had found its way into
were hurrying across the hall; audi heard my pockets! 1 was nngry its well as tcrri-,
the rough voice of a man as il scolding and el"; I was judge ami criminal in 0110; but)
Hunting some pfl'son. the instincts of nature got the belter of my j
The girl hail dnubtlois given the alarm, oeiise of justice and I rose suddenly up to,
although her information must have been ascertain whether it M possible to get.
very indistinct; for when sin! saw me I was from the window into the street,
in the shadow of the stair, and she could As I moved, however, the horriblo booty
have had little more than a vague impres- I had in my pockets moved likewise, ap-
sum that she beheld a human figure. Ilow- peiring in 1110 10 shriek, like a senro of!
ever this mav bo, the man's voice npeared fiends, "Police! Police!" and the next in-1
to descend the stair to llio area room, and slant 1 heard a quick foot step ascendingthe
presently 1 heard a crashing noise, nut as it stair. Now wits the lalal moment come:
he was counting tho plate, but raiiier thrust- I was on my feet ; my eyes glared on the
ing it aside f masse. Thou 1 heard the door; my hands were clenched ; tho perspi
windovvs closed, toe shutter's bolted, and an ration had dried suddenly urii my skin , my
alarm bell hung upon them, and the man re- tongue clave to the roof ol my mouth. Hut
ascended the stair, half scolding, half laugh- the footstep, accompanied by a gleam ol
mg at thegiri's superstition. lie look care, liglu passed passed; and from very weak
tioiwiihstauding, to examine the fastenings ' ness I sat down again, with a dreadful in
of the street duor, and even to lock it, and ditTereuce to the screams of the plate in my
nut the kev in his Docket. lie then retir- oocket. Presently there were more fool-
ed into a room, and all was silence.
I began to feel pretty considerably queer,
The governor kept 110 male servant that I
1 knew of, and had never done so. It was
impossible that he could have introduced
this change into Ins household without my time to be up and doing. liut liral and
being informed of il by sister Laura, whose, foremost, 1 must get rid ol the plate. With
letters were an exact chronicle of every-1 out that hideous corpus dtlecti I should
tliiinr. down to the health of the cat. This' have some chance. 1 must at all hazards
was puzzling. And now that 1 had lime to,
think, the house was much loo large for a j
family requiring only three sleeping rooms,
even when 1 was at home. It was what is I
called a double house, with rooms 011 both j
sides of the ball ; and the apartment, on the '
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iiiicsiuium oi wiiicii i wassiiu lingering, i
uiresniiold ol which 1
anneared from iho ilim Inrlii nf tho wnulovi s
to bo of very considerable size. 1 now rec-1
otleCted that flip nnnhU .if oltitn I linil I
seen a portion of which at this moment '
felt preternaturally heavy in tny pockets
must have been three times greater than
any the governor ever possessed, and that
various pieces were of a size and massive
ness 1 had never before seen in the estab
In vain I bethought myself that I had
seen and recognized the well known door
plate, and that the area from which I enter
ed was immediately under ; in vain I argu
ed that since there was Laura lobe married,
the extra quantity of plate might be intend
ed to form a part of her trosseau ; I could
not convince myself. But the course of my
thoughts suggested an idea, and pulling
from my pocket a lable spoon, 1 felt, for i
could not see, the legend which contained
my faie. But my fingers were tremulous;
they seemed to have lost sensation only 1
fancied 1 did feci something more than the
governor's plain initials. There was still a
light hanging in the hall. If I could but
bring that spoon within its illumination I
All was silent ; and I ventured lo descend
step after tlcp not ai I Imtinileil up, but!
Willi the Jtcallliy step of a tlucl, and tlie plntc
crowing heavier in my pocket. Atlengtli
1 was near cnonnh to sec in spite of a dim-
ness tlint liad gathered over invees: anil ,
ill tlie , Willi a Sensation of absolute fa in In cms I lie
I lield upon tbe tpoon an enpraved crest the
latter i red riybl hand of a baronet !
1 crept liack aain, liolding uy tlie bams-
tcrs. faucviiiL' every now nun then that I
heard .1 door open behind me, nun yet my
feet no more consenting to quicken my mo-
'lion than if I had been pursued by u nuir-
Aly brain was wandering. I pressed im
hand upon tny wel forehead, to keep down
the thick coming fancies, and determined,
for the first time 111 my life, to bold a delib
erate consultation with myself. I was in
an an k ward predicament il was impossi
ble io deny the fact ; but was there anything
ri-.il!) -erious in the case 1 I had unques
tiou ib') descended into the wrong urea, the
nr,i-h md one instead of the left-hand one ;
inn 1 not ai unquestionably the relation
the very ditant relation of tne m-M-door
nei'Mihoi ? I had been four ear ab-
as a inalcnrctor, and commanded to give an
account of myself. ell : 1 was, as afore
said, a distant relation to the individual j
next door. 1 belonged to nobody 111 the
world, if not to him; I bore but an indif-;
ferenl reputation 111 regard to steadiness ; 1
and after four year's residence in a forei".i
country, had returned, idle, penniless anil
oliiecilc-s just in tune to hud an area-win
dow open in the dusk of tt e evening, and a
heap of plate lying behind it within view of
This . eir-evaminalioii was not encourag
ing; the case was decidedly queer : and as
I sat thus poiiderniL' 111 the dark with the
steps 111 the hall ; then voices; then draw-
ing of bolts and creaking of looks ; then ul-
ter darkness ; then silence lasting, tern-
blc, profound ! The Ivnuso had gone 10 bed ;
the house would quickly be asleep : it was
creep down into the hall, find my way to
the lower regiuns, and replace the accursed
thing where I lound it. It required nerve
to attempt this; but I was thoroughly!
wound up; and alter allowing a reasonable
time to elapse, to give my enomios a fair
. r r.. n . I I . . ... I
opportunity oi lulling usieep, i sli uui ujiuiii
tlm nlvomnrii 'I hp ilnnr rrri:il:pii us I wnnl
out ; the plate grated against my very soul
I .Ipnaiwlnil flip slplw lint klriu'lv stp.'tl. '
tluly I crept along the wall ; and at length
found myself on the level floor. There was
bin one door on that side of the hall, which
led to the area room 1 recollect the fact
distinctly and il was with inexpressible re
lief 1 reached it in safety, and grasped the
knob in my hand. The knob turned but
the door did not open ; il was locked ; it
was my fate to be a thief; aqd after a mo
ment of new dismay, 1 turned again dogged
ly, reached the stair, aud ie-r utered the a
partmciit I had left.
It was like getting home. 1 was snug
and private. 1 had a chair there wailing
ine. I thought to myself, that many a man
would take a deal of trouble to break into
such a house. I had only sneaked. 1 won
dered how Jack Sheparil fell on such occa
sions. 1 had seen hiiiiat the Adelplu in the
person of Mrs. Keelcy, and a darling little
dog he was. He would make nothing of
getting down into the street from the win
dow, spoons and all. 1 tried this the shut
ters were not even closed, and the sash mov
ing noiselessly, I had no difiiculty in raisiug
it. I stepped out into the balcony, nnd
looked otcr. Nothing was to be seen but n
black and yawning gulf, beneath, guarded
by the imaginary spikes of an invisible mil
ing. Jack would have laughed at this diffi
culty; but then he had more experience in
the craft than I, and was provided with all
As for mc, I had stupidly forgotten even
my coil of rope The governor', house
cither had no balcony nt all, or it was too
faroffto be reached. Presently I heard a
footstep 011 the sidewalk, 11 little vtaj oft". It
was approaching with slow and measured I
pace; the person as walking as calmly
and gravely in the night as if it had been I
broad day. Suppose I hailed tlm philo-l
Eophicnl stranger, and coijJJi!ed to him, in a I
friendly way, the fscUtllit the bnrtillel, !
without the slightest provocation, had lock-j
cd me up in his Iioum;, with his silver j
spoons in my pocket f Perlwps he would
advise tne what to do in the predicament,
Perhaps ho would take the trouble of
knocking at the door, or erring fire, and '
when the servants entered 1 might rush out, j
and so mako my escape. Uut while I was ;
looking wistfully down to see if I could not 1
discern the walking figure, which was now
under the window, a sudden glaro from the
spot dazzled my sight. It was the bull's
eye of a policeman ; and with the instinct
of a predatory character, I shrunk back
trembling, crept into the loom and shut j
the w mdow. 1
By this time I was sensible that there was , than the last. Being less in a hurry, I
a little confusion in my thoughts, and by 'took time tn build up a flourishing business
way of deploying them on practical and in partnership with Laura's husband. As
useful object!, I determined to make a tour fnr the baronet's daughter for we must gel
of the room. Bui first it wns necessary to everybody into the concluding tableau
get rid, somehow or other, or my plunder ; why there she is that lady cutting bre.nl
to plant the property, as we call it ; and and butler for the children, with as mat
with that view, 1 laid it carefully, puce by j ronly an air as Wester Charlotte: she. is
piece, in the corner of a sofa, and conceal-. my. wife ; and wc laugh to this day at the
ed it with the cover. This was a great le-1 oddity of that First Interview which led to
lief. I almost began to feel like the injured : so happy a denouement.
parly more like a captive than a robber ; '
and I groped my way through the room, 1 . Baby-carls on narrow side-walks are
wiih a son ol vague idea that I might per- awfl) boreS( c?)ccjay ,0 u hurried bui
hape stumble upon some trap door or slid- nu-s milu,"
ing paiiuel, which would lead to the open Are they t Suppose you and a certain
air, or at worst, into a secret chamber, ' pair ()f blle eyC3) ,hat you would give half
where I should he sale for any given mine )mir patrimony to win, were joint proprie
her of years rrom my persecutors. Uut , l0rs o! that baby ! I shouldn't dare to stand
there was nothing of the kind in this stem , vcry ienr V0U) aj ca jt ;l .. a nuance."
prosaic place; nothing but a few cabinets h's a very well for bachelors to turn up
and tables, and couches, and arm-chairs, ,ieir sillue.blessed noses at these little
and coiumotrcliairs, and devotional chairs, dimpled Cupids ; hut just wait till their
and footstools, and lamps, and statue'.ts, lilll0 lime comcsI See'cm, the minute
and -lass shades, and knick-kuacks ; and their name is written " Papa," pull up their
one elaborate giriudole hung round with dickies, and strut oH down street, as if the
crystal prmtn, which played such an inter- Commonwealth owed litem a pension! When
mumble tune against each other when I they enter the office, see their old-married
chanced to move- thorn that I 'tumbled a- partner (to whom babies have long ceased
way as fast as I could and subsided into a t() 00 a 0VeIly) lau-h in his sleeves at
fdHlcuil so rich, so deep, that I felt myself ,le dignity with which that baby's ad
swallowed up, as it v.cro, in its pillow of Veut U announced 1 How perfctiy u.i
wnU)u. - - 'fir MslitfU they feel thai they etiould have been
llow long I had been in tho house by this t() inratuatcd as not to perceive that a man
time, 1 cannot tell. Il seemed to ine, when is a perfect cypher till he is at the head of
I looked bdek, to form a considerable por- a famiy 1 lw frequently one may see
lion of a lifetime. Indeed, 1 did not very them now, looking in at the shop windows,
well remember tho more distant events of i,fcn,0 interest, at little hats, coral
the night; although every now and then beads and bells, and baby-jumpers. How
tbe fact occuried to 1110 with startling dis- they love to come homo to dinner, and press
tiuctuess, that all I had gono through was their little velvet cheek to their business
only preliminary to soiuetuing to happen ; facet,'. Was there ever any music half so
thut the morning was to come, the family sweet to their ear as its first'lisped " Papal"
to be ustir, ami the house breaker to be ap- Oh, how closely and imperceptibly, one by
prehendeu. My reflections were not con- one, that little plant winds its tendrils round
liuiioua. It may be that I dozed between the parent stem ! How anxiously they hang
whiles. How else can 1 account for my over its cradle when the clicek "flushes and
sister Laura standing over me wheie 1 re- the lip is fever-parched; and how wide,
dined, pointing to tho stolen plate on the and deep, and long a shadow in their bap
sofa, and lecturing mcoii my horrible pro- py homes, itsliitle"grave would cast I
pensities till she grew black in the face, My dear sir, depend upon it, one's own
and her voice rose to n wild, unearthly baby" is never " a nuisance." Love heralds
scream which pierced througjr my brain I ;
When this fancy occurred! started from
my recumbent posture. A voicc.wiw'actu
nlly in my oars, and a living' form before
my eyes: a lady stood contemplating me,
with a half-scream on her lins. and the color
fading from hel cheek; andjss 1 moved the I
ai 11 . - ? I I I T . 1
would nave laueu 10 mc grounu, nau 1 1101
sprung up and caught her in my arms. I
laid her softly down oii the fauhuil. Il
was the illuming twilight. The silence was
profound. The boundaries of the
were still flint ami indistinct, is It any
wonder that I was in some considerable de-
gree of perplexity as to whether I was "ot '
siiu in ine loiiu oi ureaius i
" Madam," baid I, " if you are a vision it
is of no couseqiiucce ; if not, I want par
ticularly lo get out."
" Offer me no injury," she replied in a
tremulous voice, " and no one will molest
you. Take what you have con:e for and
" That is sooner
doors and window:
said than dune. The
below are kicked and
bolted; and beneath those ot tins room tne
perplexity the whole of laff miht;" and,
drawing a chair, I sal down in fionl of her.
iiether it was owing to this action, or i
to my complaining voico, or to the mere . .
for! .if linr rinilitnr hnrofir !n 11 mlint tplp.n.
tete with a housebreaker. 1 cannot tell, but ,
the ladv broko into it low hysterical laugh.
" llow did you break in I" said she.
" 1 did not break in : it is far from my
character, I assure you. But the area win
dow was open, and so 1 just thought I
would come in."
" You were attracted by the plate 1 Take
it fur hum an's sake, desperate man, and go
a";!y.i i . , , , i ., lock bark, timber for wooden ware, in large
" I dpi take some of it, but with no evil , , ,
intent.ou-oi.lybywayofamuse..iet.t. Here;'lu!"""lcs. a,ld lal,cr'y nnd 8U8ar-
it is;" and going to the tofa, I drew ofTthe maple keels for ships, are drawn through
cover, nnd showed her the plate. jour streets to the railroad station, for cast-
"You have been generous, said sne,em 6Up yarjs New England and
her voice getting quaverous again, " for the
whole must have been in your power, 1
will let you out so softly that no one will
know. Put up in your pockets what you
have risked so much to possess, and follow
"I will follow you with pleasure," said
I, " were it all the world over;" fur the in
creasing light showed me as lovely a ereu
turo as the morning sun eter Iioiie upon ;
" but as for the plunder, ypu must excuse
me there : I never stole any thing before,
and, please heaven, I never will again!"
" Surely you aro a most extraordinary
person," said the young lady, suddenly, for
the light seemed to have tnqde a revelation
to her likewise; "you neither look nor
lUlh IIKU it iiujuur,
"Nor am I. 1 am not even a robber
I am nothing; and have not property in the
world lo the value of thebe articles of plate."
"Then, if you arc not a robber, why aro
you here why creep in al the area win
dow, appropriate other people's spoons, and
get locked up all night in their house?"
" For no other reason than I was in a
hurry. 1 had come home from Barcelona,
and was going into my guardian's, next
door, when your unfortunate area-window
caught my eye, with the plate on the table
inside. In an instant, I was otcr the rails
nnd in through the window like a harle-
! quiu, with the intention ol'jminr the f.nni-
ly a pleasing surpriso, and inv old mum-
tress, sister Laura, a great moral lesson on
the impropriety of her leaving plate about
in so careless a way.'
" Then you aro Gerald, my dear Laura's
cousin, so long expected so, beloved, by
thfiil All So"
Here the young lady blushed celestial
rosy red, and cast down her eyes. What
these two girls had been saying to each
other about mo, I never found out; but
there was a secret, and 1 will go to death
She let mc cut so quietly, that neither
her father nor the servants ever knew a syl-
lable about the matter. I need not say how
i was received next door. The governor
swept down another sob with another guf
faw; mamma bestowed upon me another
blessing and another kiss ; and Laura was
so rejoiced, thai she gave mc another cry,
and forgot to give me another lecture. My
next four years were spent to more purpose
its birth I Fanny' Fern,
Stye plow emu iljc i)oc.
nv i:. i. WAirotf.
' Mia that bjr tbe I'low would thrive
!lin.elfuiut eilber hold or ui re."
Railroads and the Fau.mers. Rail-
roaus aro a very grea; ueiiciu io un classes
jn community, save, in some instances, the
s,ock.10!,crs, many of whom have bled pro-
fusely in the purse, for the public good.
But no class of men have been benefited so
much as the country farmers. In the vi
cinity of railroads, all over the country, and
especially in Vermont, the iron track has
brought customers to the vcry threshold of
their doors, with cash, al an advanced price,
for the products of their farms. Their
pockct.books are bursting out with bank
dug from the earth without tho expense of
a trip to California. " Not only have the
great ,narkets, at a mero trifle of expense
transportation, been brought to their
doors. but llie llom0 market
extending." According lo the Keene Sen
Uriel, " the rise of agricultural products has
been on an average perhaps 'M per cent,
within a few years. The thousands of
cords of wood consumed extra, nnd the dis
tant calls for lumber of various kinds, have
given a new value to our forest lauds. Hem-
New York nt least arc to be supplied with
the finest slate from the Castletou quarries.
The mechanics had a good and well im
proved harvest, laying a good foundation,
while the railroads were building. Indeed
almost every class amongst us have been
benefitted, with the exception of those who
furnished the means of building tho road.
This is yet only hopeful " deferred stock ;"
but the prospect is yearly more encouraging
of a fairer remuneration."
In this connexion wo take occasion to
i 6ay that the railroads in Vermont show a
i bera m,j comlneiidahIc spirit towards the
farming interest, giving to the nflicers aud
directors of the State Agricultural Society
free tickets for the season, when travelling
Peaciibs. It may strike some readers
as rather out of season, nnd inappropriate,
to bestow much thought or attention on the
culture of fruit, such as the peach, so far at
the north as Vermont. We think other
wise. There is no season of the year more
appropriate to planning, reading and think
ing, than the winter. Ii has already been
demonstrated that Peaches, with proper
care and culture, can be raised even "away
out of the world up in Vermont." We
have feasted upon ns rich and delicious a
peach, raised in Bratticiioro', as upon the
best of which New Jersey can boast.
Among the varieties of the peach for nor
thern cultivation is the Mclocoton Peach,
of which the above engraving is a fair rep
resentation. Tho following description of
it we copy from the New England Farmer:
This peach has been raised by Col. Cli
sha Hale, of Rock Bottom, (Stow,) from
the sectl, for more than twenty years, and
it invariably produces the same fruit. This
fruit is remarkably rich and sweet and uni
formly good. It is also noted fur its long
keeping in excellent condition. We re
ceived a quantity of these peaches from
Col. Hale one season; we took no unusual
pains tu preserve them, and used them d, li
on agricultural business. The superinten
dent of the Vermont Central is entitled to
high commendation fur his liberality in
pledging the handsome sum of $1.00 to
wards defraying the expense of preparing
the grounds nl thii place for the next State
l'jtir. -Wo iope-tho Ocntrn,Vur.tarY-undTS",yrtiicrwgiiVao, uur entire export ifr'Tn'-'
1 nlhpr rn'ilro'.ittt li, Vpnnniil will mm n rii-ti ri. I llinil r.nrn. PnfTpra Tiin7tT nmt nnttii. ,
' other railroads in Vermont will reap arich re
I ward for their liberality in conveying stock
1 for nothing, &, visiters to the fair, half price.
I Provision Packing House. A, new
and substantial building has been recently
I erected in Boston, at a cost of thirty thou
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e.iui 'lunula, unu iiiiiauuu ill iiniwiy uava
I, , . , 1 . 1
, from the commencement of the enterprise,
for curing and packing provisions fur tho
Boston market. Messrs. I). Pulsifer &, Co.,
No. 77 Quincy Hall Market, are the pro
jectors and owners. Every convenience is
afforded fur the reception of beef and pork,
in the carcase, where it is cut up, salted,
cured, sinoaked and packed. We notice
this, fur the information of farmers in the
'country, and those engaged in the purchase
and sale of beef and pork.
India IIuiiuer. Wo have heard of in
dia rubber consciences, but never heard
that it was good for burse shoes until re
cently. A Boston paper says that experi
ments recently made indicate that India
rubber horse shoes will prove quite as du
rable as iron, and twice as light and com
fortable to that noble animal the horse.
It's a pity the horses that are to trot mi the
iff, near Prescott, Canada West, the pres
ent month, were not shod with India rub
ber shoes. For some of their drivers In
dia rubber might operate as a "shin-plas-
ter" for a wounded head.
A Good Example. Mr. James M. Whi
ten has given 0 to the New Hampshire
Agricultural State Society, with a request
that il may be given in premiums fur tho
best specimens of needle work, in patching
and darning. Who will give a similar sum
fur a similar purpose lo the Vermont State
Agricultural Society? We know of a gen
tleman, on the west sido of tho mountain,
who offers a gold watch, and 'fixins' to
match, for the best specimen of horseman
ship, by a Vt. lady, althe next State Fair, but
wc have heard of no premium for those es
sential qualifications of a tidy house keep
er, expertness and neatness in patching and
darning quite as important to the thrift
and welfare of a family, as tho fine and
more beautiful specimens of needle work
Maple Svnur. It is excellent on buck
wheat cakes. The lovers of hot cakes and
maple molassey, in Boston, have been feast
ing upon new-made syrup, or maple honey,
the genuine Vermont article, made in
Woodstock, February, 1S5U. If any body
is disposed to find fault with a Vermont
winter, let them call upon Messrs. T. M.
Learned &. Co., Ul Congress street, Boston,
aud smack their lips over the purest of
sweets from the juice of the maple, made
as early as the 7lh of February, instant.
Cattle. The cattle growers of .Madison
County, Ohio, have formed a company,
with a capital of teu thousand dollars paid
in, to mako selections and purchase the
best stock from England. A similar com
pany, with a capital of $25,000, is about
being formed in Indiana.
ly for one week, and they continued good
until tho last. We regard this as a vcry
important advantage. Another great ad
vantage attending this variety, is the pro
duction of precisely the same fruit from
seed, saving the trouble and uncertainty of
budding. Wc have raised hundreds of
these trees in the nursery, which were per-
fectly uniform in their appearance; as much
so as Baldwins, or any other variety that
have been budded. As this peach is not
very large, nor very beautiful, it may not
bo so saleable in market ns large and showy
peaches. It may not sell for what it is re
ally worth, while peaches of mure show
may sell beyond their intrinsic value. Yet ,
a moderate proportion of them may he prof
itable for market, and fur one's own use it
is a vcry valuable variety. There arc. oth
er peaches raised from seed, and propagat
ed also by budding, that very nearly re
semble this, and some arc doubtless iden
tical with it. This peach resembles the
English Mclocoton, so called, raised in
.Maine some forty years ago. The fruit is
of medial size; oblong, flat at the base,
slight suture on one side; bright yellow;
flesh yellow, of a very rich, sweei, and ex
cellent flavor; freestone. The tree is of
moderate growth and very hardy. It is a
good bearer, and bears early. Ucinform
glands; ripe from tho 5th to the loth of
Wheat and Corn vs. Brandy' and To
iiacco. By the treasury tables, just issued
at Washington, made up from the census
returns, the astonishing fact is revealed,
that wc smoke up, in Spanish cigars, our I
whole export of wheat, and guzzle dawn, ,'
dian corn. 4..rufiers, guzzlers, and politi
cians, think of that.
Butter. It has gone down in the Bos
ton market from iJj to 11) and 20 cents per
lb,, and the hopes of many a butter specu
lator have gono down with the butter, A
, r II ' .1 . I i
similar fall in the article has taken pace n
., , ,Vffife
Profits or Fa tun no. Tito stnto
niciits furnsslicd of tlie iimnagv inent of
four Sititu premium ftirms, servo ns a '
good answer to the linclmeycil asser
tion that farming can never be nmdo
profitable, or that two or three per cent. '
U nil that can be expected from capital,
invested in land. The form of JN. liny
ward & Son, of Brighton, Monroe Coun
ty, contains 78 acres, 68 of which are
" improved." The total expenses nre
given at $1470, which sum includes 7
per cent interest on ,$10,000, estimated
value of tho farm, that is about ten dol
lars interest per acre, besides till taxes,
cost of manure, labor, seeds, insurance,
and even newspaper subscriptions. The
receipts arc 3'iao, making the net fro
nts x lyou that is, S1S.-18 nrr acre.
after paying all expenses ami interest.
Hits is better than bank or railway
slock. A lew of the principal items of
this large amount of profits ate the fol- -i
lowing: wheat, .iOIJ; hay, I0(J; po'i'
tntoes, $'101; peaches, $'1G0; tipples.'
SIG'2; onions, 8311; seed onions,
SI 00; garden and farm seeds,
besides many crops of less value. It
may bo proper to sfato that the proprie
tors of this farm aro among the best and
most intelligent cultivators of fruit in ;
tho Stale, as tio frequent premiums they
have drawn from tho State Society fully
Tho farm of McCulloch & Kirtland,
ofjGrcmbush, consisting of 130 acres
of land, chiefly occupied for dairy- pur
poses, is managed ut a cost of,. 1409
per tinnum ; on which tho receipts aro
8335S, leaving $1918 ns net profit, or
about 15 per acre, out of which inter
est is lo bo paid on the land.
Albert G. Ford's farm, in Fairfield,
Herkimer County, contains 130 acres,
93 of which ttto improved land. Tho
manufacture of chcesa is the cmcf busi
ness; tho yearly cost$92G; tho vv halo , ,
receipts, including 1200 worth i.o'f
cheeso, and $510 of liny, are -30(5, or
1-100 net profits. This is a I el teiurn "
of 1 1 per aero for tho whole farm, or
15 per aero for the improved portion.
Now, such statements ns tlitse, (and
wc could furnish twenty more not un
like them from our own knowkdge,)
ought to convince all who laco the
hiJiest net profits on farm investments '
aft per cent., either that they are de
ficient in abilities, or liavo never been
informed themselves of the best modes
of farming ; and we udviso them to buy
at onco this volumo of Transacti'n, tnd
lead over carefully the statements of
tho pdmirable management of these pre
mium farms, and ceo if they cannot'
make some improvement on their prev
ent, superficial, skinning, earth-rubbmf
system. Country GentlemUH.