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Of a thousand sunset skies.
, Meads and Tes. of Jempp ifretching ., fc'
('Iveatb. 6oft skies ,ot changeless blue,)
.O'er wbfe&sYelretS od ere cluAcxpd on f3J"!
JToral Gems and l'carls of dew."
Oh wliatn licavenui ueamy ues;
Ere last year s moon had left the sky,
JL'birdling Bought my Indian nest,
And' folded, oh po lovingly, - '
vHer tinny wings upon my breast. '
Trom'morn till evening's purple tinge,"
-In winsome helplessness she lies ;
Two rose-leaves with a silken fringe,
. Shut softly on her starry eyes.
( There's not in India a lovelier bird; ' '
' - Broad earth owns not a happier nest ;
0 God, thou hast a fountain stirred,
Whose waters nevermore shall rest!
This beautiful, mysterious thing,
' This seeming visitant from heaven,
fais'bird with an immortal wing, '
To jne to me,thy hand has given.
The pulse first caught its tiny stroke,
The blood its crimson hue from mine
This life which I have dared invoke,
Thenceforth is parallel with thine. '
A silent awe is in my room
I tretible with delicious fear ;
The future with its light and gloom,
, Time and eternity are here.
'"Doubts hopes, in eager tumult rise ;
"" J Hear, ok my God I one earnest prayer ;
Hobm for my bird in Paradise,
And give her angel plumage there !
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WE'LL MEET AGAIN.
Seme future day, when what is now .is not,
'When all old faults and follies are forgot,
.And thoughts of difference, passed like dreams
'We'll meet agaiu upon some future day.
"When all that hindered, all that vexed omr Jove,
The tall, rak weeds, that climb the blade above,
And all but it has yielded to, decay,
"We'll meet again upon some future day.
When we have proved, each on his course alone
The wilder worlds and learnt what's now un
known, Have made life clear, and worked out each his
We'll meet again we shall have much to say.
Some day, which oft our hearts shall yearn to see.
In some faryear, though distant yet to be,
Shall we indeed ye winds and walers say 1
Uleet yet again, upon some future day?
THE RED STAIN ON THE LEAVES.
BY GXO. W. 0L.VGAT.
The wood-bird's nest upon the bough
Deserted hangs, ami heaped with leaves.
Once filled with life and joy, but now
Sad as a stricken heart that grieves.
'"'" Amid the light of such a scene,
Where silent vales and hills are clad
' ' ' In gayest hwes of gold and green,
7 ' Why should the human heart be sad ?
Yet sombre thoughts flit through the mind,
. And pass unspoken and unsung,
As leaves, touched by the Autumn wind
Fall from the twigs to which they clung.
Here, like the patriarch in his dream,
We see the ladder angels trod,
The mountainslo bur vision seem
"v J t0 ean against the throne of God.
; The vails of golden mist that rise
Overrthe woodVlands to the sea.
"Drop where the gallant soldier lits,
Whose furlough is eternity.
r Upon the leave now sear and red,
That once were flakes of fire tome,
' 'I see the blood our armies shed, '"
" .That our detr country mlrht be fm.
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Forget thee ! 'Tis a bitter word
I would it were unsaid
.2 1 Forgetfulnees is not with life, '
; ut7-a Ue sflent dead; .
; '- Aid till theieyhiia-of demtli ' "
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' MARTsVlLLE. KANSAS: "
:SMarday, December 37; 1863.
I hear the tread of pioneers,
Of nations yet toTe, .
The firstlow wash of waves
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Where soon shall roll a human sea.
The elements of Empire here
Are'plastio yet and warm,
And the chaos of a mighty world
Is rounding into ferm. '
Each rude and jostling fragment toon
-, Its fitting place shall find, ' f
The raw material of a State,
Its muscle and,its mind.
" John O'. Whiliier.
. FROM COLORADO.
We malce the following extracts in re
lation to the topography, climate, etc., of
oar neighboring Territory from a letter
written us by a' friend at Pueblo, Colorado:
Colorado possesses one of the finest
climates in the world. Situated 7000 or
8000 feet above the level of the sea, the
air is pure and bracing j the temperature
is at all seasons equable, there being but
very little rain or snow, (i e in the vallies)
which makes it a healthy country an es
pecial advantage in thesettleraent of any
new territory, where medical assistance is
often out of the question.
rlowing can be done at all seasons of
the year. Frosts never later than the mid
dle of April to the first of May earlier
than the middle of September. , Irriga
tion is necessary in order to produce any
crop to perfection , but the farmer is more
than compensated for his extra trouble in
the certainty and increased production of
his crops. No country is better adapted
to grain-growing when properly irrigated.
The Dent corn does well here after the
second year, and all the common garden
vegetables grow lo the utmost perfection.
Wild fruits abound ; this season plums
and grapes were plentiful; cherries of
different varieties one resembling: the
common choke-cherry, except the fruit
which grows in clusters like the tama and
is not as chohju those, in the East ; anoth
er which is very large and fine, growing
upon bushes not more than a foot thigh
3nd covered with fruit from the ground up.
Currants of three'varietiea, red, white and.
black, all superior in flavor and size to
those, cultivated in the States." Raspber
ries along the edges of the moWtains, the
largest I aer saw. ' Game is compara
tively plenty ; white and black taildeor,
antelope, bear, andin the mountains.
rWolres? panthers and mountain lions range
the mountains , and forest, and all the
smaller animals that generally abound in
an open cowtry, nor 0r lata broken' and
wooded. ' -a ! r -
The mines as a general thing are paying
betterthis reer Than ever before. The
rairiersare w6"rkin"3lch' diggings over
for the oondajidAixdtuBf, and are mak
ing excelleifc pay j Varioor part o the
ainiig region-Qwrt. ni?,,.? will rob
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THE HOMESTEAD ACT.
On the$fst dayorfannary,- 1863, this
-young man "twenty-oneyears of age, or a
young man, uader, that age, where. the.has
served in the army' 0f the Uofted States
fourteen days, can, on the payment of ten
dollars and. the office fees, enter one hun
dred and sixty acres,"or a less quantity, of
any-otstne puanc iana,i .not appropriated,
as Jiia Hoaieetead. ,-Ifthe land is on .the
line of a. Railroad, where the Drice of the
lan4 has, been increased to$ 2.50 per acre,
then eighty acres will be the quantity to
rhfch the settleris entitled. ,
Occupancy for five years .will secure the
Patent,and'in'themeamime, persons hav
ing filed under the previsions of-theActof
the4uYdf September,, 1841, can if they
choqseat any time, prove up and- pay ,for
their land, and thus secure a title' beforo
the expiration of the five years.
The provisions of the Act are ample in
reference to securing the property, in 'case
of death, to the heirs of the, deceased.
,tOn the payment of-$10 an the office
fees, at the time of making the entry, the
applicant will receive a Receiver's Receipt,
which will be'his title to the land till the
expiration, of , the five yearsf1 when the -final
certificate and patent will be received.
One provision of the law .allows 'per
sons residing on contigious'land to enter
such ah amount of adjoining1 additional
land to what they already .own,'a8iAvill in
the aggregate amount to one hundred and
sixty acres, ,
When we consider the vast amount of
excellent land lying immediately onA and
along the line of the Pacific Railroad, as
well as the vast unsettled tracts in all
Western Kansas, to not notice the land
elsewhere, we cannot but feel that the
passage of the Homestead Bill will form a
new era in Western emigration. The
field is now fully open to the honest and
energetic farmer, who wishes to secure
himself a home' on easy terms. Thou
sands of families can find the best of land
immediately on the line of the Kansas
branch of the Pacfic Railroad, but a very
small portion of the land being yet taken.
Let the Government surveys be at once
extended, and the effects of this beneficial
law will soon fill our beautiful vallies with
the .busy hum of active life. Junction
"Solace," Short Cut," awd ",Cav--endish.''
Tobacco has gone up. - A pack
age of .the filthy fodder that would only
have brought sixpence three months ago,
now sells for ten cents. 4t Solace" is be
coming a costly luxury, " Short Cut " is
held at a longer figure, '. Cavendish"
squares are no longer within the reach of
youthful loferism, and dust for the nose is
'rising daily. We congratulate the ladies.
.unforced economy may possibly abate in
some slight degree the pestilent nuisance,
that satire has assailed in vain. The dis
mal swamps on the floors of our., places of
amusement may, perhaps, be diminished a
little under the pressure of "tenpence a
paper," and iewer clouds be blown mfJ road
way. The " man who smokes in the. om
nibus" is understood to have waived his
privilege until better times, and the wretch
who puffs cigars in bed, to his wife's! un
utterable disgust, will, it is hoped, aban
don the recreation from prudential mo
tives. Pocket is mightier than politeness,
dimes than decency. We trust that tho
price of the weed has-not yet reached tho
maximum. It werejor the good of man
kind, and the comfort of womankind, that
the margin for an advance should be un
limited. All trie pel superfluities of the
crinoline sex ,afe getting 'dearer, why
should not the r broadcloth delicacies rise
too. Sijks are running up, why not cigars?
Loves of bomaets ; are .getting, higher
wlrjr not pig-tail? What is" sauce for the
goose should be sauce for the gander. N.
Soeg hum. This new product of the
western States is now a cash article in the
.Chicago market, and the demand far it is
active for' refining- purposes. It is esti-'
mated tnatthe crop of 'Illinois this year,
will reach iaihe neighborhood of 250,000
barrels. .The. Chicago Steam Sugar Re
finery have purchased within , the past
week about 400' barrels, atp'rices ranging
from 30 to 36 cents per gallonwhich they
are refining. The quality of the refined
ayrmp k, excellent.
- hat'tkree words did Adam rise when
nitf afraid. fcuMelf to Eva, oiu which
read tWaaae backward and forward?
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important and benencifti act takes enect.
'Ffpm that time in1 Srgon, male or fe
male, befbgthe 'head7' of a family, or a
The If ew York Tribune has a loo
tide relative to mouey matters,
from which we copy the following:
Speculation1 as to when the reign of
this universal paper currency is to end. is
not only premature but idle. .Conjecture
will be in reason when the rebel liuu has
been overcome. That dead, ar" fcope may
be entertained that we have seen at least
the beginning of the end as one dies the
other will revive. It is the present, not
the remote future that so nearly concerns
us, for posterity is to pay the dobt The
ichance is that that pursy individual will
have less embarrassment in doing so than
we had in contracting it. The nation is
once more experiencing the shock of a
universal rise, in prices. Paper now
stands for money. Roth Government and
banks are doing all they can to manufac
ture currency. . As currency becomes
abundant, prices must rise, because of the
increased numbers of competitors in the
market who have money to exchange for
property. No matter whether it be coin
or pajer, or a mixture of both, so that it
be sufficiently abundant. Let the clouds
suddenly rain down a shower of bank notes
giving five dollars to every man who un
til tnat moment nad but one, the rise of
prices would be instantaneous, because of
every individual's purchasing power would
be fourfold greater. Thus prices sudden
ly or slowly in exact proportion to the sud
or gradual expansion of the currenoy. On
the other hand, if the currency be contrac
ted prices fail, b'egause there are fewer
competitors in market having money to ex
changeibr property. Convulsions from
this cause have occurred so recently among
us as to be plainly remembered by many,
and the general principle is too well un'
derstood te need argument to enforce it.
Be of Good Heart.
This is a brave world, look you a brave
world and a blithe. The round, red face
of the morning sun what could be jollier?
The glorious pantomine of tho clouds, with
its innumerable changes how wonderful;
brilliant and fantastic, that celestial raree
show ! The multitudinous billows, charg
ing up the yellow sands, with their white
mane's streaming on the breezewhat a
spectacle of strength and beauty! The
green fields dotted with lowing: and bleat
ing life j the purple'mountains ;' the fer
tilizing nvers running on their shining
errands through the vales j the shouting
cataracts ; the broad lakes, with their fair
islands, thatseem-as they had floated from
the pleasant shore to their quiet anchor
age ; the treeiplumed hills ; the sky-bounded
"meadows of the wilderness;" the
roaring citips ;. the white villages, sleep
ing among groves and orchards all these
'to the unjaundiced mind are suugesiive of
cheerful thoughts and chappy fancies.
.Even when storms darken the political fir
mament, and he shadow of evil falls for a
time on the land we love, there is no ex
cuse for dolefulness. since gloom is trans
ient and light lives behind the" blackest
clouds: 'Be, then, of. good heart, and
never yield to dispair.
RSTThe States which have yet to elect
their Representatives to the next Congress
and the dates' at which they usually hold
their, elections? are as follows :
New Hampshire, on the 2nd Tuesday
in March I860.
Rhode Island, first Wednesday in April,
Connecticut, first Monday in April
Maryland, first Wednesday in Novem
ber; 1863. " "
Kentucky, first Monday in Aogust,
California, first Tuesday in September,
r Virginia, fourth Tuesday in Ma J 18
63. . y
North Carolina, (Time not yet speci
fied.) Tennessee, (time not yet specified )
The Cheyennes a'd Arapahoes ore an
noying greatly the teamsters engaged in
hauling corn to Fort Lamed. They want
something ,10 eat, and in many cases strip
the teamsters' of everything they have.
They want killing off or driving back.
JJew Haxpshike Girls. Fourteen
young women, of Brentwood, New Hamp
shire,4 went.a few nights sinee,v iohe house
of an aged farmer who -has- eent 'three
sons to the war, -arid husked one hundred
busbele.of, corn for him." z fc j .
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Out with Tlxeml
The evidence of new vigor and earnest
ness in the conduct of the war shines out
in many other things besides the removal
of Buell and McClellan and the forward
ofthearmyofthe Potomac. The. order
purging the Service of" the do-nothings of
the lesser rank by whom it has been afflici
ted the gentlemen under a load of shoul-'
der-3traj, who'find a'cosy hotel and a
luxurious table more comfortable than a
November tent and camp-fire, and who,
consequently are free to go without' or
ders from their duties and leaveu their
men to shift for themselves gentlemen
whose private affairs do not permit them'
to earn their pay, and others-who are sus
pected of laving no Btbma'chfor the fight
y-the order purging the army of all such
is what the country has Ion? looked for and
will now receive with delitrht- It will be
equal in effect to the old self-denying or
dinance of the parliamentary army in the
days of that eminent pro-slaveryman
Charles, "the blessed martyr," who ought
to'have been hung instead of beheaded.
Out with them ! will be the cry whenever
earnestness atfd loyalty are the rule 1 l
Burnside'8 Repdxse. Rebels rejoice
over the repulse of General Burnside's
gallant forces before the Fredricksburg
intrenchments and they now declare that
the Confederacy must be recognized. Let
us say one word to Union men. Do not
be discouraged. The sun will shine, and
clouds cannot forever obscure the brillian
cy of daylight,
Truth is mighty and will prevail. Re
publican institutions are again on trial.
They are founded on the eternal rock of
truth, and will triumphantly'stand the test.
They were in their infancy baptised in
blood, and they are again passing through
the crimson flames of a terrible revolution.
They will come out of the ordeal victori
ous, Nothing has yet been revealed which
should shake our iaith in free gevernment,
or cause us to embrace the principles of
secession. Treason is the same monster it
ever was, and will be made to bite the dust.
Patience and courage, friends. We must
conquer eventually St. Joteph Herald.
A Platfhm fob LoY2tiis2s. In "the
House, on the 5thlnst., Mr. Stevens sub
mitted the following resolutions, which on
his motion was postponed until the follow
ing Tuesday: ' : ..
Bcsohcd, That this Union must ber and
remain one and inseperable forever. t
Resolved. That if anybody in the em
ployment of the United States, either in
the Legislative or Executive1 branch,
should propose to make peace, or should
urge the acceptance of any such-proposition,
on any-other basis than the integrity
of the United States and territories, as thy
existed at the time of the rebellion, he will
be deemed guilty of a high crime. " ' '
Resolved, hc Government Can never
accept the mediation, nor permit the inter
vention of any foreign power in this rebel
lion in our domestic affairs, J 7
Resolved, That no two Governments can
exist within the territory now belonging to
the United States, and which acknowledg
ed their jurisdiction at the time of the in
surrection. . . .
A gentleman who has carried a Mexi
can dollar for a pocket picco for many
years has done a pretty good business with
it lately by exhibiting it at a three cent
postage stamp a sight.
There isa Gaelic proverb : " If the best
man's faults were written on his forehead,
it would make him pull his hat over his
True courage always counts the peril, as
an agile leap is always measured first with
a cool, clear eye. t ?
Cheerfulness arises' half from 'fjersqnai
goodness, half from a belief in the per
sonal goodness of others.
It may do little good to follow good ad
vice if you follow at too great a distance.
An IJnglrshman never knows happiness,
with him Ft is only 'appiness.
The sourest cider in the world is made
from the apples of discord, y
industrious worms are employed
making silk to clothe idle) ones:
We can rarely be wnat we would be, but
always what we should.
. The child is the future', the adult is the
present, the old nan iathe pest. 1
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