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WV. F. DU~RISOE, Proprietor.ED FIUN3,15
WE ARE GROWING OLD.
We are growina old-how the thought will rise
When a glance is backward vast
On somei long-remembered spot that lies
.t late silence of thle past :
.It may be the shrine of our early Vows,
Or the tomb of early tears;
But it seens like a far off isle to us,
lin the stortiv sea of years
Oh ! wide and wild are the waves that part
Our steps fromtt its greenness now
.And we mis tie joy (of my a heart,
And the light of many a brow;
For deep o'er many a stately bark
Have the whelming billows rolled,
That steered with us from that early mark
Oh! friends, we are gr.wing old!
Old in the dininesh and the dust
Of our daily toils and cares,
01.1 in the wrecks of love ar.d trust.
Which our burdened menmory bears,
Each form na wear the passing etze
The bloom of life's freslnss yet,
A ntd beams mity brighten our latter days
Which the ntwrning iever mtet.
But oh ! the changes we have seen
In the far and winding way
.Tle graves in our path that live grown green,
And the locks that have grown grav
The winters still on our own may spare
The sable or the gold;
But we saw their snows upon brighter hair
And, friends, we are growimg old!
We have gain'd the world's cl1d wislom.a now,
We have learn'd to paiuse and fear
But where are the living founts whose flow
Was a joy of heart to lear!
We have won the wealth of tmany a eime
And tile lore of natay a page
But where is the hope that saw in Tine
But its bounlles heritage ?
Will it come again when the violet wakes,
And the womods their youtlh renew ?
We have stood inl the ligit of sunnty bralkes,
Where the libowm was deep aand blue;
Attnl outr souls tmiahit joy itn the sprintg-timie thten,
But tle joy was faint and c"l.l
For it te'er cotld give us the youth again
Of ltearts that are growiti old.
iY MRTA V. FULLER.
" Her laugh is like a firy's laugh
SO must.ic-al and swe. t :
Ier f o.t is lIke a fairy's foot,
So aintv atnd so fleet.
11tr smaihc it fittu! sm s'ait:e.
I er hanl is hinpted snow,
Iler lip is verv rosebtid,
int .weettess and in glow."
Hush! Did you hear that hrst of laugh
ter ? Let us peep itn this rose-wreatled wit
dow and see from whose merry leart came
those gushitng atnd tmusical notes. Sie tust
" Who, Leslie ?"
" Why, the one who created the laug
somtie fait, itnocetit voutig creature, with :t
spirit like splin tg jaters, attd a face all
"Aht, brothter ! in love witht a laugh'l ! -1
shatll tell Mliss 31lerrill; shte ttever contde
scttds to even smtile.."
"IPlease forget 3Miss M1errill, till I catch a
nearer glimnpse of the lightt form whlich just
glidled ptast the window. Comet, come,"
whtispered l4 a moment atfterw~ards, as he
catrefttlly parted thte twittintg roses from the
shtadowed casemettt, " saw you ever a bemng
so beautifl ?"
"Shte is, indeed, very, very lovely," an
swered Ada Herwood, as she obeyed her
brother and peeped throught the window.
A young girl, of sixteen stmmters, with a
profutsion of shining brown curls, a form of
exquisite gracefutlness, anid a Iace of soft antd
yet brilliant loveitness, was leanitng catreless
Iv :againtst thte high back of an antique arm
chair. Otne hare andi beautiful arm wvas
thrown over thte richtly-carved and polishted
ebony framte-work, and one titty foot was
untconaciously beating a merry tune on a pro.
trudittg rocker. She was alonet, and( ap
peared to be lost in pleasant thtoughats, fotr a
mischtievous smile stole graduatly ottt from
the (deepening dhimpltes of hter cartmine chteek,
and played aroumnd hter brightt attd htalf-ptarted
lips, whlilst the dreamy light itt hter soft eyes
grew elogttent with sparkling mterriuent.
A t letngth, site statrted frott hter revetie, and
thirowittg hterse-lf amotng thte cushions of thte
high armn-chair, agaitt burst fortht in a thtril
intg, mtusical, irrepressible peal of laughtter,
which rung throntght the little parlor, more
swteet thatt thte watrble of wyoodland birds, or
the gush of tterry rivulet. She ceased not
till thte glittering tear-s stood like gems on
the long silken lashtes, b~eneath whicht her vio
let eyes shown out like shtadowed waters;
'and whetn those gay atnd girlish tones tno
longer gushed out upont the ears of thte lis
tetters, she hounded frotmher seat, and cross
ing the apartment, to. ant open piano, run
her fittgers lighttly over the keys, singitng:
It is wi-ked, I know, to laugh at htim so
Jhtt ask me not to ntarry htint-dear!
Whyv ! he's fifty, at least, antd .so oddly drest,
Attd his qtteue atnd his coat are so queer 1
It's distresaing-hecigho!--to htave to say uo
To a quiet old gentlem'nan, too:
I never coumld see, how hte came to love me ;
I thoutghit he'd forgot how to woo-too woo
1 thtought hte'd forgot how to wvoo
-"Sotme sober old bachtelor htas been pro
-posing, and thtat is what made hter so merry.
I hope site does not treat the youn/g ones
so " and Leslie Herwood sighed.
~''da was a1ient aralyingbher brother on
't:suddin gravipy oLhbis handsome face,
wfkVb softooni tgbt ad'rovokfglY
'~' ~l~~iii~'eY e butat that moinent
Strcd g #dtb: h W
ed to tul~al hasty fetreaa -
Well, Leslie, have you concluded t4
make this quiet, beantiful village our sun
iner residence?" asked Ada, as they contin
ued their walk through the pleasant and tree
" Provided you promise to procure me an
acquaintance with that bewitching youn.
creature of the silvery laugh. I do so lovo
to hear a free, wild, musical, unrestrainct
burst of laighter."
"No doubt of it, Les," replied Ada, wirl
her bright eyes sparkling mischievously
But I am delighted that you think of remain
ing, for our friends, the Harveys, wish us tc
very much, and have made arrangements foi
a litle party. You will have an opportunity
of miakinig the hearts of the pretty little vil
laige gils thrill, wheni presented to the dark,
prond eyes, shining ringlets and faultless
mnustae-he of the princely Leslie lertrood
But take eare that you do not get served
like the quiet old gentleman, by the lovely
girl we peeped in at."
"Don't rattle on at such an eloquent rate
if you are released from the bondage of' a
formed city. No d-inger of my- ."
But the sentence remains even vet unfii
ished, for at that moment they met their
friends, who took theit home with them, to
dliscss the suiject of the party.
The next evening came, and with it a gay
and smiling of village lads d lassies, ratih
ered within th neat and tasteful parlors of
the Ularveys. Many a bright eve and dim.
pled ce teked imlaidenl, with :i eye more
brilliant :md a cheek more dimpling and rosy,
was presented to the stately and ehgant
31r. Ilerwood, but his restless glance found
not the fic it sought, and the nmsic tones
of the beautiful unknown met not his ear.
At length the bnz of many greetings and
welcomings, and words of admiration,
renched himit from the adjoining apartment,
and in a moment, the one he had so imipla
tiently awaited, glided into the room, smi
ing and blushing, and saying gay things in
reply to the flattery addressed to her. She
did not, for a moment, observe Leslie, and
and lie had full leisure to gratifv his wonder
md admiration at her exceeding grace and
loveliness. A dress of snowy nmuslin Fell in
rooping folds around her form, which was
If the most exquisite roundness and synmne
rv. 11er beautiful arms gleamed whitely
eneath a fall of shadowy lace, looped up
rith white roses, :amnd her Polished and dim.
ling shoulders seemed laughing at the tres
es which kissed them. A wreath of lillies
Vemed designed to confine her redundant
rown curls, but they were not used to res
tanding- her laughing gavety, there was an
Xpes1ion of spiritumal uritv tpon her white
:row, atnd ever and anoin a soft shadow in
eir deep violet eyes. Site was just mataking
me careless repartee to the remark ofsome
nay galiat, when her glance caught the
rnest and adtttitittg gaze of the proud
4ranttger. The dtrooping friiges Swept down
Iticlv over her crimsontin g cheek, mnd thein
hose Iarge, eloquient eyes were rmised to his
ith a timid, inquirin g look. That blush
td ghmee-how should lie uttderstamd
hemi The thrill of a long silenit chord in
is heart answered him. Advancing with a
right smile, he held out hii hand.
"_Liii LelfrrI! Is it possible ?"
Quite possible, Mr. flerwood ; none oth
r than little Lillie Leiford, whom you so
Mlantv rescued from a home amid thte muer
mids, on the borders of the A imatic."
" Alh! I suppose you would have been
erv glad to have reigned queen of thte re
els ini coralt palaces: but 1 prophtesied that
o rcignt the fair sovereign of one wyarmt heart
~vould better gratify your tatste. Was I
ight ?" and he drew her htandi through his
irmn anid led her out upjotn the vinetrellised
nud star-lighted portico.
A fter thtat eventing. the shadow of Lillie
eford's eye grew (deepter and dIreamtier,
mud thme laiugh seldom came from her quiet
ipt; andi when it did, her totnes wvere so low
mtid sweet, aitd half sad, it was like the tink
ing of silver bells rung at a fairy's funeral.
'henm thmere was5 sucha a sotft subd(ued lighat,
utmbetring all over her becautifatl features:
nd it evetn seemed as if the rich golden
rown curls fell over her shtoulders in less
vild :and careless redundatncy titan was
heir wvont. Lilhie was into longer a child
er young heart had thrtilled to the mitiiC
f words of love, and its strings now vibtra
edI to thte touch of deep, holy, inexpressible
eeling, till evetn her fair foot pressed the
arth withi a more thaoughtftl step.
lThe snummer fled lay, and Leslie Herwood
matd ltis sister Ada were compelled to retmtn
o their city home.
" Do not wveep, Lillie," he said, as he
bde farewell to his btetrotlied, " the monthts
wil flee lby, and byv Chtistmaus youl munst lbe
edmy to return with me to my htome as my
ride. Ada wishes to wvrite to yomu, and
ou must answer her letters. D)o niot weep
-we will soon be happy,'v" and the sorrow
nggitrl was left to wait patietly for thte
ime wvhenm she should see him agaitn.
Throwvn once tmore amotng the life andt
aety of thte city, for a titte Leslie scarce
ly thought of anty onue but his distant love;
ut by-and-by her sensitive heart was pined,
eceiving shorter atnd colder and less fre
uent letters. Christmnas came, atnd the tn
mppy girl sat in her lonely chamber wvith a
throbbitng browv anid a bosom tortured to ag'
ny. No word-no lover?
Tlhere was Leslie Herwood ? At the feet
of his old love, Clara Merrill. Strange that
he could forget the young, pure and bewvitch
ingly beautiful Lillie, for that cold, disdain
ful, but brilliant creature, with hter scornful
eyes and smileless lips. Oh! it wtas such a
change~, and men fove variety ! So while one
young heart was silently breakinag, another
was feeding its fountaini of vanmity from the
love-vows- offered by the proud, the envied,
the handsoin&Lesliederwood. Clara Mer
rill did not iornhim, but sheewassa belle,
and it fisttered self, to iectnre in her chains
theie so utany lessifofturnfate ]aies vere
sig iig for. - -. ~ '-- -
STh i iter as~nearlj speut, lien anewi
stai apjearid aitid the galaxy of fashion,
dUC Befulty. Great wa 's "the commotiori
among the upper-ten thousand ; and at tie
opera, the ball, the private circle, every.
where was ringing the name of the beauty
and heiress, Miss Manley. Leslie Herwood
procured a presentation to her-what was
it caused his heart to thrill when her eyes
met his, and made him for the time forget
even Clara Merrill ? She was very beauti
ful; could that he the charm ? He gared
and gazed upon her queenly and graceful
form, her classically formed head, with its
heavy braids of rich, brown hair folded
around it; her exquisitely sculptured fea
tures; her gleanincr brow and lare, proud
eyes ; her clear, pale cheek and lovely lip
tie listened eagerly to every tone of her low.
musical voice, till tie was convinced that it
was one of his bovhood's dremns, grown to
perfection and gifted with life aid breath.
Clara Merrill's power was over.
Days and weeks passed hy, and he was
ever lingering by the side of Aliss Manley.
There was somrretliing mysterious and incom
prehensiile about her whichli e could not
account for. She ever treated him with tire
same unvarying coldness; she was ever
proud and dignified ; aid yet ie dared to
love--to worship tier, madly and devotedly.
She was so peerless, so uneqrailled ! and Yet
everY tone and look thrilled his heart like
tie forrotteri nmtusic ol old. She was very
intimate with Ada, wvho often threw oit
mysterious hints which lie could not under.
stand. One da tie fonrid them in Ada's
bonrdoir. There was a soft light in the eve
and a warm glow on the cheek of liss .\lan
ley which was inidescrilbrldt be:utifiul. On
some0 light prevteice, Ada 'left them alone.
Leslie was embairrassed, anid lie as-ked her
to sing: She iesitate:l, colored and began:
A young hairt is pining-forsakn--aoe:
gianimess tims 1iee1 frini a once merry tone,
Ali eve lias grtwn iiii, andt a che '' Imas grown
She was ove1, was forgo en-ai -
She attempted to finish, bulit her voice
trembled, and she butrst into teirs. Leslie's
heart beat faster, and tie feclt it was thie muo.
ment to decide his destiiny. In an agoniy of'
iingled hope and 1i-ar, ie poured forth a
wild hurried confessioi o f his love. lIe
dared not lmik ini her farce, but. he implored
her to pity him, to speik aid em his sis.
pense. A Iow sob wais the only reply. lie
raised his eyes to her flce ; tears were stai
ding on her downcast lashes, aid tier cheek
was burning crimson. They told him lie
was aceepted, and lie caught tier small soft
hand in a deliriam of dligit and pre.se( it
to his lips.
but firin, .s she ..'d -
"Perhapis,untiei othercirrums. -Mr.
lBerwood, I might he induced to aset he
hand vou have so generoinsly oiferel me.
But I lluge a vyounig friend, surely You re.
memmber her, Lillie Leliord ; and for hler hip
piness and vour own, I iuist reiniii y ou of
your dlutv. Think not that I conl ever
consider von bnoeless or wot Iy oh 1 ove
with the 'knowledgne emnbittering nay exis.
tence, thait air innocent voing hmin wars
sliding into the grave because her attectiotis
had been igained aid then thrown away iy
one whom I cnled tmly husbamid. Drema
not, then, that I shall ever listen to vows
which I have reason to believe false or un
enduring' ; but of I have any influence over
youfeelings, prove it hy returing to her
von have so ieartlesdlv forsaken."
Ste arose, and left Iim to tie burting
thonghits of shramme and guilt arid dlespair
which agitarted his bosom. A thousnd con
Ilictinig emotions tromubled his heart, as he
tossed thiait rnighit on his restless conch, and
when lie catte with heatvy eves anid achiig
heart to the bire.akfatst tattle, Ada informed
him that MSiss.. Manley ha~d left the City that
For a week ire rovedt restlessly abiout tihe
city, ptlungedt into every kind of atmisemetit,
atdstrivigto forgetlhislaite re fusait, byv re
newing his attenttions to Miss Alerrill ; bt
that lady was no longer even interestitg
tie name, 'Litlie Lelford,' wasj forever ring-~
ing in his memory. So, oiie plteasant spring
morning, Ada was surprised anid delighted
by tthe propositioin of tier brother, to return
for a short t ime, to the residlencee of their
friends, the lIa rveys. Th'ley were soon
boirne, byv car and carriage, bick to the litle
vilage whiere they hacd spenit the pireceditng
summier so demligtfrilly. As they passedt
again through its q1uiet streets, a 'thoiusand
olden memiories' gushed over the heart
striigs of Leslie, arid a strange fear stilled
hijs impuirlses as lie prassedt by thre silenit cot.
tage of Lillie. Wh'lat if she hard forgottenr
him-what it shre wvere dead ?
Scarcely were tire greetinigs of friends
over, w~hmen LeQslie beggedt Ada to call on
Lillie, atnd tell tier of his airrivat, Iris repei
tarce, and plead~ with hrer to recei' e himi fa
vorablv. Ada~ consenrtedi to hiis wishets, anrd
talf an hour aifterwvardsn, he' fntdlowed her.
low his heart beat as lie stood aga in on the
viiewretheiid piza and( looked itnto thre
i ttle hall. A whrite mistliin sun-i bonniet lay
on the carpet, which hre k new to be Lillie's.
lie a pproiachied tire parlor dloor andr~ ratisedl
ris haind to knock, hut his cora~ge failed
him. Thie voice of Ada reassured him, and1(
he tapped lightly oii tire podishedc oank panel.
TLhie door wvas openied and~ ihe stood ini thre
room. A fair form was btefore himi, and as
his eyes rested on thart face, hec gazed int mrute
"Miss billie Manley Lelford," saiud the
gay voice of Ada. Leslie comnprehenldedl
all. Lillie heldt out tier hrand, arid her suniles
ad( tears told hrim Ire was forgiven.
"Strange that I never recognized you,"
he said, as they sait together on the sofa,
where they had so often sa~t before.
"Time atnd sorrowV andi~ entire change ini
dress arid rmannter, made time diffenrenice. Burt
J should have been. too proud to have w~on
joudack in that manner, had it not been
through the persuasIon of dear, good, kind
'It was Ma1y-day, andthe bells of the lit
~tIeillage rang merrity. -'1'he snowy muslin
*nians, in a certain Iparlor, )were .looped.
bck by wreaths .of pale, roses, and the fra
gant breeom as It stole lnto .tho apartment.
fluttered t I ride
Orange flo r shi
ning curls, .iln
her bosom. e wav
from her el I li
quivered wi -,.e a
smile beam, -n
oi her youg c'r -.ack
among i.s CIimta
She was ver.. er,
proud eyes f her
ness, too de ho
had brought ;.nd
merry as a I
cheek, and c.on
pave thle wlute
TIhe fo~llowing~ S
A sailor, rowL
through tile in-!
a rather dahe
and( the rise w 1 or
tier of a nIivi.:3V
h- observed er
te muddy ne,;. spo
site Side walU. -t.Ory
Cll IIlloin -0.
The sailor, ouad.
mirer of ia' . -ce
and the rise o ~ and
ititenfine .: night
temt ev ed a ance.
Perplexed, pa . foot,
wthe mudd . Tic
l:1dy, Shonk ,. flith Of
tiik laitie; '.,and I
shiroler f. plank
btad that d con
ilZ b~ack t( vas just
tie tandso '';ed the
n;rrowvI l .01:1 across9
wait a en
.. her eloqulent qnflm. -'rel4untly
our lit-ru saw -fle young Ihidy- trip tip the
ouride stepis of a1jmalace of a houseS, and
disappear within its4 rosewood entrance ; for
ull a niiute lie stood looking at the door,
und theu with a wonderful bi- sigh turned
;wiy, dlisposedI of his draiwbridge, and
weded'( his way hack to is ship.
TIhe niext dav lie was astonished with ,il
order of promiotion from tee captain. Pooi
thick was specless with annazement ; i
ha1( not dreamed of being exalted to the
igity of a secoid mate'Is office 611 boardl
one of t e most splendid ships that sadom
nut of the vaort of New Orleans. jue ket
lie was competent, for instead of spending
his money t1or amusements, visititig theatre!
and lmwling-rillevs, on his'returii from sea
the purchas d hooks and 'a-d ;econie quite
hiwith cosierel lninc, naih
ime, knwmga adi eatehn
oni, be.itlmnyyug e a cnr
Ot.. nih he logt smaites Presetly
wir oherswash iongited ti np tei
Jisatpa thains ose.o Heentce for
oi a ntestoodiet mookng te the idoorc
eps that wthwodersbfor thi rightred
viodisposd of se rawrider andmo
wen'te his bray heart is wa sh t
Te ret palo he aslk asised whan
itbeat ofrooain, froimz Captain.ti Proor
hard ot dreed daeigherand toithe
leasanth smle, spdid sthip yohat laldn
ioutdf the por oltNeswOrleasaHe n
dry walk omeetfo iseadwr all spend
hismoney fron cmueets, iseitg thte
n ol ain-allensreturleng sen
h ae ur at his side ha d income qte
berisl abts nos ndsome aulieda
ie spertiior andcer teemedrtt ladle."o
hiswhconiderablte querenc andcgav
hiomnly a airdt opportt togater mitht
taim ~ knotde o an in ai vese, tei han
sometii gefhemanlaunghmte, geadl racie
manecapaHm, who had firststakeriedrsc
th noathlitle bloc~ved elw ihh
nt arpaliandtid thnde bashscabi
n nioght h on m n, wal th
ther 01ceswa innied oan benea
mnateCaptain 'soue.hoeset, san<
this son i hmet mute he Cdentien
ite tad twI easbeoe the brghte'
pvrtiof had eve sentase vr a vitio
ne thneve aogotedogp thm
wenas rave herash a hred int
ftienreat palo ;'nnlk y seg hme
ookirt hi leee dagh eanih, a
lesan sme, sad*"hyu gay onc
indebtedrto4 yorpltns o a isen
an' hs ron chesflse hoty, asth
aote captai sanee-wy evn a
Grae Hme athssd.Adisl tha
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umeywho ha alas hrshdrs
A TMMEACE ?hICY.
Joe Harris was a whole souled, merry
ellow, and fond of a glass. After living in
New Orleans for many years he came to
the conclusion of visiting an old uncle, away
up in Massachusetts, whom he had not seen
for many years. Now there is a difference,
between New Orleans and Massachusetts,
in regard to the use of ardent spirits, and
when Joe arrived there, he found all the
people run mad about temperanee; he felt
bad, thinking, with the old song, that "kee
ping the spirits up by pouring the spirits
down," was of the best ways to make time
pass, and began to fear, indeed, that he was
in a pickle. But on the morning of his ar
rival, the old man and his sons being out at
work, his aunt came to him and said:
" Joe, you have been living in the South,
and no doubt are in the habit of taking a
little something to drink about eleven o'clock.
Now I keep some here for medical purposes,
but let no one know it. as my husband
wants to set the boys a good example."
Joe promised, and thinking he would get
no more that day, took, as lie expressed it,
a " buster." AIfter he had walked out to
the stable, who should lie meet but his uncle.
" Well, Joe," says lie, "I expect you are
accustomed to drind something in New Or.
leans, but you will find us all temperate
here, and for the sake of my sons, I don't
let them know that I have any brandy about;
but I just keep a little out here for my rheu.
matisim. Will you accept a little I"
Joe signified his readiness and took anoth
er big horn. Then continuing his walk, he
came to where the boys were maulirrg rails.
After conversing a while, one of the cou
.< Joe, I expect you would like to have a
drink, as the old folks are down on liquor,
we keep some out here to help us to work.
Out came the bottle, and down they sat, and
he says that by the time he went home to
dinner he was as tight as lie could well be,
and all from visiting a temperance family.
A DIntAx RALMZED.-Some time du
ring the past summer, a stranger stopped at
one of the watering places on the moun.
tains south of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
After his arrival there lie was , taken sick,
and for several days was apparently derang.
-in his recovery lie informed the pro.
.. dr in.
Afterwards, ho-wevnr, they were walkine
together in that direction, when the drean
was again adverted to by tl'' stranger, am
the proprietor at once proposed an examnt
nation to satisfy their curiosity. The roel
was sooi found, and after carefully brush
ing the leaves away, it was removed, ai(
to their utter astonishment, there sat a croel
full of silver. They took it out Md con
veyed it to the bonse, aid on examination
was found to contain $400, all in hl~f dol
lars, which was divided equally betwee
The day after this discovery, the strange
was about to take leave of the mountain
and complained to his friend, the proprieto
of the springs, of the inconvenience o
carrying the silver, when an exchange wa
propose] and made, the stranger receivin
bankable paper for his silver. It was no
logafter his departure, however, that th
proretor made another discovery-u
four har.dred dollars in silver was counter
feit, and he lhad thus been ingeniousl;
swindled out of two hundred dollars.
ToLFERENCE.-AbinmeleCh came home on
Sunday a little later than usual to dinnei
which called to Mr. Slow's mind the fac
that he had not seeni his boy in the famil
pew during the reading of the "lithargy-,
iand both facts together, suggestedl to hin
ithe bare possibility that lie hand not been a
" Bimelech." said Mr. Slowi, solemnly, a
he stood towards the grate; " Bimneleek~
have von been to meetin 1"
"Yfes; sir," saild Ahbimelech stoutly, " I'y
Sbeen to the Universalist."
" Well, my son, I aint like a goed man
fathers that don't want their children to g
anywhere but jest where they say. No, mn
son, 1 ain't one of these. Toleration is mn
motto-largest libnerty, and all that, that or
r forefathers fit antd bled for. Yes, my so
t go where you lhease to meeting' I dot
care; only this I will say, that if I ketch yo
goi' to thsat meelin' agin, I'll take your hid
e ATTENTION THEF WIroLE.-A major 4
militia, in Pennsylvainia, wvho had recentl
e been elected, and who was riot overbnrthei
ed with brains, took it into his head on ti
m oring of parade, to go ont and exercise
little by himself. The " field" selected f<
this purpose was his own sloop. Placinm
himself in a military attitude, with his swot
drawn, he exclaimied--"Attention the whole
~I" Rear rank, three paces, march !" and I
tumbled dow~n the eellar.
His wife, hearing thme noise occasionedi
falling, came running out and asked
r " My dear have you killed yourself?"
t Go inito the house, woman," said ti
t major, " what do you knowv about war I"
A PICTURE-A fair youing girl is leanir
pensively on the casement, gazing wvil
a thoughtful brow up)on the scene belos
t'The bloom of fifteen summers tint her so
t cheeks, the sweets of a thousand flowers ai
gathered upon a neck of perfect grace, i
d swimming eyes seenm lighted by the tende
s est fire of poetry, and beauty hovers ov<
a her as her own mostdavored child. Wh:
ssare her thoughts! 'Love cannot stira bl
d som so young, nor sorrow yet have'touche
s a spirit so pake. Innocene itset seems
have chosen hier as her owdn lati
"disappointment tougehed that enthfu.:hear
it Yes, it mastsbe so,; but hist! she: staita; b
bosom haves.; heir eye brightens;' her 1i1
part; she speaks; listen-" Jim, you nasty
fool! quit scratching that pig's back, or Il
Correspondence of the Mercury.
WASIImGTO, May 23.
Henry Clay's obituary was pronounced
too soon. le still clings to life and baffles
both his doctors and his disease. Withimi
the last few days lie has rallied, and his
sanguine friends say that he may yet live to
see the nominations. If he does this, it will
probably be the utmost limit of his life.
Politically lie is dead already, for the jug
gernaut car of party never pauses for
crushed and broken bodies to be dragged
away -its progress is always over them, and
if at times the wild cry of a broken heart or
crippled body breaks on the ear of its high
priests, it is drowned by the chaunt of re
joicing devotes whose enthusiasm and
hopes are as yet high because untouched by
disappointment. Although Clay's life yet
'lingers in his worn out frame, the might and
majesty of that potential name are already
traditional: the fox Seward succeeds the
I old lion in the leadership of the Whig party,
and Southern men are the sycophants and
satellites of his court.
Evil in many respects as was the in
fluence of the former leader of the Whig
host, far worse is the ruling spirit now;.for
amidst all his errors and aberrations, there
was a redeeming nobleness about Henry
Clay. There was nothing mean, nothing
malignant in his nature; he scorned to
stoop to subterfuge or stratagem, but with a
mailed hand tore down the rights of his
section. Both in his public and private
career, his faults and errors were those of a
generous impulsive lavish nature, recklcss of
consequences, and seduced from the beaten
path of prudence or propriety by over-mas
III his character could be found nothing
cold or calculating; but his successor
Seward is the personification of calculating
hypocrisy and deliberate malignity. Rob
espierre alone can furnish his exemplar. Ii
such hands the power of the Whig party i
perilous indeed. With the prestige of Scott':
name to aid him sand the countenance ol
.0 South it
I the outsiders show very little fight eve:
should the Northern men have things al
their own way. They (the Seceders) havi
been themselves demoralized, and aided ii
demoralizing the Southern Constitutiona
Union party, of which high hopes were one,
entertained, by their timid and imbecili
orse. Most of them will probably eraw
back into the ranks, and a few he madi
examples of-with their own privity an
consent. Local causes, had much to di
with their apparent pincking up of spirit
and dIne all allowances for this necessit;
will be made by their political brethren j
they will not actively oppose the regula
. nainee. Mr. Cabell could not suppor
- Scott in Florida, nor Marshall do' so in hi
District, because lie would not be necepta
hle, and for this reason they will not b)
preseI too hard by the Party. :he rig
of self-preservationI is acknowledged by al
sensible leadlers of partiies. anid the Whij
leader is a very sensible man.
.So much for the Whigs, whose diflicul
ties are now narroawedl down v-ery' muel
The Democratic camp is in a stato of gre:
agitation. Plots and counterplots, wir<
working, anud log-rolling occupy the Genei
als amid the privates, both of whom munst<
'here in great force at present. T1he qumarri
, among these, is more about men than me:
'sures. TIhe former is deemed a paramonni
ithe latter merely an incidental matte
t Platforms are easily made ; the miain quel
tion is, who is to secure the possession <
s the place and the power. " Under wvhic
King Bezonian ?" And wihose next friem:
is to be the partitioner out of the places
e These are considered as the practical issue
and these occupy the attention of the deli
w ates, a number of whlom are already
his city for purposes of consultation am'
conference. Every hotel swarms with na
bent on saving the country ; every bar ron
r is redolent with the praiises of Cass, B
ebanan, Lane, Stockton, Rusk, or the lift
tfour other prominent candidates. As Ti
u Tappertit says: " Something must conme
e Ithis; may it not be human gore ?" TI
general average of intelligence am ong tl
delegates is very good. They seemi, mo
,f of them, to be sharp fellows, and in point
v ability, the Conventioni will probably be
7superior body to the House of Represent
e tives. It certainly is able to exert a me
a controlling inmfluence over the policy of ti
ir country for some time to com:e, which
Srather an anomaly in our institutions. The
i Conventions are most, dangerous bodie
," because so irresponsible, ,and so irregular
constituted. They constitute the urnperu'
in imperio, and make pai-tisans more pote
a than legislators. The first'are the muaster
th latters, though it often hnppens th
both functions are combined in the san
e individual. Then they are like two-edgm
swords, and cut both ways.
The time is rapidly approaching, when I
g 'ho is the most adroit intriguer, w~ill be r
I: garded as the ablest statesman. Look
r. Cass for instance. In fact, to listen to ti
ft conversations here, one would suppose th
-e the one thing needful, was availability in
cadidate andl nothing else-the rest":
r- leather and prunella." or course, pendim
r the meetin5 of the Conventions no inmpc
it tant public witf'efs ~wi be meddled-wvithi
s either House. The cojfsequence is t
. p'rivate ..chimb anil iIril sihes
o have siome showing. So little his
a s dani in this tvay, ow~eyer, ince
? g of theo Selion, that ar~ ith
1 member seriouslyfstd to eysrayt
until September, unless some greater be
way was made. The sessions of Congress.
are becoming perpetual, for a very narrow
isthmus of recess is now left between the
adjournment and the succeeding session.
It is a lucky circumstance that the quantity
of new legislation does not keep pace with
the extension of the time of sitting. The
growth of the country and the extension of
the " area of freedom" of course, must take
the responsibility, not the members them
selves, who, poor fellows, are always anx
ious to get home, disdainfully disregarding
the eight dollars per diem, which Cass
Parish's restaurant ablorbs a large propor.
timE 3EGR EGISLA2I0.
The States are beginning to legislate for
a ridance of 'free negroes. The Louisiana
legislature has passed a law prohibiting the
emancipating of slaves in that State, except
on conditiort of their being sent out of the
A very stringent bill against free negroes
has been reported in the Virginia legisla
ture, the enforcement of which, it is said,
will drive them out of the State.
A bill of similar import has been reported'i;
to the Maryland legislature. It im ses an
iinnual tax on free negroes, and-in efault of
payment, the tax collectors are authorized
to hire them to any persons who *ill pay.
their tax. Those who have not regular
employment, or are of idle habits, may-be
hired to the highest white bidder for them.
The bill also provides that after. its passage
no slave shall be manumitted, except upotn
the condition that he shall emigrate to'
Liberia. The last section of the bill is as
"That all free negroes and tnulattoed 1;
who shall be born in this State after the first
day of January, eighteen hundred and fifty
five, shall, upon their arrival at the age of
twenty-one years, be compelled to emigrate
to Liberia, in Africa, or upon their remain.
ing within this State for more than twelve
months thereafter, unless in the hands.
the Maryland State Colonization Societ
shall, upon proof thereof, before the Circu
Court of any county, or the Crimin"
Court of Baltimore city, be ordered by
judges thereof to be sold as states for a
Sterm of not less than five, nor more thj
ten years, and the proceeds thereof shallib
applied to the colonization fund of said
county or city."
Ma r E iC 'D Fi- t
Th' NewYork Courier and.
tains the following important a
"We learn by special telegraphli des
patch from our Washington correspondent ,
I that Senor Larrainxar, the Ministe- orthe
Republic of Mexico, near this Government;:-j
will he officially presented to the President
tn-day. The published letter purporting to.
he from President Arista is' not a correct
copy, our correspondent informs us, of that
presented by Senor. La Vega, Secretary of
the Mexican Legation, preuious to the arri.- '
IVal of Senor Larrainzar. President AristaI
in his communication, declares that Mexico.
-- iever consent to the opening of the
Tehuantepe b a foreign company. .!A
IIf the work is execu t all, says the
Minister, it must be by the 'can Gov.
ernnwt. lI taking this position, ico
contemplates the contingency of war,
relies upon the aid of the English Govern
minent tonmaintain her declarations."
-'navy of Great Britain, available for th
-national defence in time of need amonn
ton th" first of January last to twelve hun.
-(dred and eighteen vessels;'and it is states
- upon authentic information that there wer
SIat least one hundred rsteamers In adwince
I states of construction or completed sine
- the beginning of the year, and not included
e in the ofliciail return. '[he vessels consti
r tu ting this great steam-navy in size fromy
two hundred tons' burden to three thousand(
The steamers of' four companies how em-W
Iployed in the ocean mail contract service,'
IIand which were, under their contracts,
Iavailable for warlike operations, compriked d
Y seventy vessels, amouniting In the aggregate
-of tonnage to 03,431 tons1 with 3'2,500.
mi horses power.
ii Tiui DEADu SEA AY JoRnoss=-The Rev.,~
SDr. Odenhimer, in a letter fram Jericho ad.
dressed to the Banner of the Cross, makes
this beautiful allusion:
S" The contrast between the natural ap
pearance of the Dead Sea and the Jordoam.
eC was strongly symbolical of that between
eC their moral asipects, as looked at by th.
t thoug~htful Christian. Behina us was
fDead Sea, perfectly enveloped in cloud
a and hidden fro~m our viewv by the mist and.
"- rain; before u-s wias the Jordon and place of~
e Christ's baptism, with the bow of promise'
eC resting above it. ~ 'The one spot marks the
s wrath of God against sin ; the other declareR .
e the inifinite mercy of' God towards sinners..
5, The bitter wat'e that rolls above the doomed
y cities of the plain, may wvell be covered wvithj
aclouds and darkness; the refreshing stream
t that Jesus has, (as our haptismal servic
'says,) sanctified, and in, and by it, "a~"
t to the mystical wvashing away of sin;s.
eC most fittingly spnned by the sign ,of by
d'bright and beautius.Gods love to
certain and uifallin.0
it "Should you find it, npee~~'
a undoubtedly will, many of yoii~
1 your husbands, you should perow
g aff'ectionate duty with the soft endo
- broom, and not with the handle,"