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Methinks that some street spififin yon stat;
1 Looks out even aa gnze, as if it knew i
."_-How, gladdened with the beautiful in view,
-tWe-Watched it with keen yearnintrs from afar,
" rKmhcaoi?g? through the beautiful, the truo.
Fitith tutors faith to worship, and the ?mile
_Of ode that loves will waken love in turn.
And when stais?Watch us, aud with fondness
They do oar eyes to kindred fires beguile.
And warn us into wooing with sweet wile.
So to a height like theirs at last we ?limb,
."Insensibly; and who shall stay tim flight,
Wings-growing at the shoulders of. delight--'
Which, in heart gladness, ?loth the soul sublime,
And makes star passages for all our night.
Ti,rs do we shape the cloud into a car,
? And silver its dark skirts into thc glow
Of the pure crescent moon above the snow,
Charming it into smiling, till each star
M Looks down as if the moon herself had sunk
Facts about tba Qlpseya.
The name Gipsey is a corruption of
Egyptian of Egypt, from whence they
originated. In tbe fourteenth century a
party?>f one hundred and twenty arrived
at Paris. They "were probably political
exiles; among them was one duke, a count,
ten lords, and many women. They repre?
sented tliemsclves as Christians expelled by
the Saracen?. They said thr. they , had
confessed to his holiness, Martin V, who
bad condemned them to a penance of wan?
dering seven years without sleeping in
beds, as a punishment* for sins committed
on the way. These representations wore
They professed the art of divination, and
people flocked tc thom in great numbers,
but the authorities soon expelled them from
tito limits of thc city, and assigned La
Chapelle, near St. Denis, as a residence;, but
they were dually driven from there by the
bishop of Paris, and all persons who had
consulted with them were excommunicated.
From this time fot th they were driven
from city to city, from country to country,
yet retaining their organization, all their
distinctive habits, and rapidly increasing in
numbers, until they became a nuisance
The Gipsey physiognomy is Asiatic;
taWny complexion, black eyes, high cheek
bones, small mouth and white teeth; and
many of their wom^n are co sidered beau
tiful. They ar?-; tolerable musicians, some
r? tbern having becoiu.- cu. brated violin?
ists. The young peop e of both sexes ar?
passionately fond of ci an ci pg, and exbibil
their proficiency f^r money. Their lan?
guage has no words to signify God, tb?
soul, or to. convey ideas of immortality
In fact, they have no religious belief.
Their whole industry consists in tinker
ing various kinds of-fiardwace, and in prac
ticing their skill in divination, priacipallj
by means of palmistry. Tbeir observa
tiens are always mad? upon the left hand
and with a. tolerably well developed system
The elements observed aro tho thumb
?^erst,--nails,- joints. Hoes and roountnj?sV
There; are Your -principal Jraes;JtKe line of
life, which is tbe ?nost important, curving
between,, the forefinger and the thumb,
around,the base of the- thumb to the
middle of the "wrist; if regular, and dark
colored, it indicates a long life; if crooked^
pale and broken, ill healthy and. short life.
The line of health starts at- the base of the
forefinger, and passes directly across the
hand; if clear and regular, it indicates
soundness of mind* and body; if tortuous,
it reveals a propensity to steal; if interrupt- j
ed in the middle, it points to great perils.
The line of fortune runs to the base'of the |
little finger, and, according to its various
phases, indicates happiness or misery, pov?
erty or riches. The mountains are the va?
rious protuberances within the palra, and
are called respectively the mount of Venus, j
mount of Mars, mountain of the Sun or
Moon, and BO on. Small lines parallel!
with the line of fortune at the base of the
little finger, promise happy marriage.
Small lines taking the form of the branches
of a tree indicate general prosperity-spots
on the nails, the fulfilment of hopes.
The foolishness of all this is perfectly
apparent, jet tbe longing which exists in
all minds to penetrate the future, in a
measure sanctions and fosters its profes?
sions; if tho forttsnes of ks dupes are not
manifested, the fortunes of the diviners are
-an i ?M
'UP TUE SPOUT.'-This expression, of
such familiar use among all classes, es?
pecially the soldiers, for a year or two past,
is doubtless supposed by most persoss lo
be of modern origin-in fact, to have been
originated by one or the other of the
parties to the present war. it is curious
t<- note how sueh sayings take hold of the
popular mind. 'Up the Spout,' 'Go
Ahead,' 'All Eight,' with many others, have
become an inseparable part of tbe daily
language of America, if not with the
English language at large. But the first
named expression may be traced to a period
long anterior to the present troubles, j
though numberless contemporary incidents
may have served to intensify its meaning.
We find it used'once or twice in the works
of Dickens, whose knowledge of the fa?
miliar language of tho .masses surpasses
that of any ether writer. --Thus Mr. Samuel
Weller, in lamenting the death of the
Little Gentleman, in 'Master Humphrey's
Clock,' gives vent to his feelings in these
words: 'And him as I never could do
enough to '''serve or show my likin' for, is
j up the great universal spout o' natur.'
PAYING FOR THINGS.-One cannot bear
to pay for articles, said Charles Lamb, he
used to get for nothing. When Adam laid
out his 'first penny for apples at some stall
in Mesopotamia, I think it went hard with
him, reflecting upon his old goodly orohard,
where he had so many for nothing.
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Very few practice charity, but almost
everybody'seems to think he can afford to
give it a good word.
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ECONOMY IK LINE? -WxsaiNo.--A.
minali quantity of pipe bray d"i8?>lVed in
water employed, for washing, gives the
dirtiest linen the appearance of having
been bleached, and cleanse tberathoroughly
with about one half of the labor, and a
saviog of full one fourth pt the soap:
The proper method is to dissolve a little
of the pipeclay with, the warm water m '
the washing tub, or to rub a little of it, to
"ge th er with the soup, on the article to be
washed. THe process should be repeated
as often as required, till the articles are
The best advantage ?jf employing this
j article with the s ap is that it gives the
hardest water almost the softness of rain
water. Any person can bring this to the
proof by trying it on the bands, when
very dirty, and it may be done without any
fear of the skin being injured; on the cou*
trary, they will find it much softened by
A Chinese giant, beliered to be the
largest in the world, and the most amiable
man alive, is on exhibition in Hong Kong.
He stands about eight feet two or three
inches in height, and is proportionately
broad. His figure ig good, his movement
as graceful as is compatible with bis ex?
traordinary height, and his manners are re?
Queen Elizabeth was a good Bet, but
play monte and you are a better.
Wanted to Hire,
GOOD COOK, WASHER and IRONER.
Apply to R. SWAFFJELD, Arsenal HilL
may 9 8*
Bar Iron and Scrap Steel,
OF the following sizes:
Iron, 5xi, 6x?, 6x?, 7x?,
Steel, 3Jx?, 4xA, 4x?,
Will be exchanged for PROVISIONS, at the
South Carolina Railroad, on application to
W. Ii. SMITH. Master Machinist, "*
Or C. J. BOLLIXj Agent,
i April 22 f
State of South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, May 8, 1865.
To the Officers of the Civil Government of the
'"I'MIE cessation of hostilities renders it proper
JL that the Civil Government of tho State
6bould be restored without delay, and that the
functions of the several departments should be
at once resumed. To that sud, all officers ot
the State, whose offices have bien kept in Co?
lumbia, will with all convenient promptitude
return to that place, re open their offices and
resume their proper duties.
By the Governor. A. G. MAGRATH.
Official: W. S. MuiXTSS, Lt. Col. and A. D. C.
I3g~South Carolina newspapers will copy
once. ' may 8