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THE SMOKY HILL AND REPUBLICAN UNION.
""WE JOIN OURSELVES TO NO PARTY THAT DOES NOT CARRY THE FLAG, AND KEEP STEP TO THE MUSIC OF THE UNION.
JUNCTION CITY, KAJSTSA.S, SATUEDAY, JAJSTUJEIY lO, 1863.
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THE RESERVED FORCES OF THE CONSTITU
TION. In the great trial through which our
unique frame of government is now passing
we are bringing out for the first time many
;f the lescrved forces of the Constitution,
i'n times of peace wo have been developing
the powers and limitations by which the
rights of the citizens are protected, and the
Government is held back from encroach
ments against either the States or individ
uals ; go that the public mind has been
chiefly fixed upon these developments.
Indeed, the preparatory measures of the
great conspiracy naturally included the
most subtle and persistent efforts to cripple
the Government and to fill the public mind
with the notion that all patriotism consisted
in contending against the assumptions of
the Government, in order that, when their
schemes sliould ripen info disunion, the
country might find itself a powerless victim,
incapable of all rational efforts for its own
In this way, a groat number of disabling
dogmas have become current among the
people, which have realty no warrant in the
Constitution. Some of these are misappli
cations of English maxims, which are
necessary safeguards of liberty against a
hereditary government, but havo no perti
nent application in the case of an elective
government, emanating from the mass of
the people, representing purely the ideas of
the people, and holding power ouly for a
short period. There canuot exist the ne
cessary antagonism between the Govern
ment and people, which constitutes the
bids of political science in Europe.
On the othes hand, our eighty years of
peace havo yielded very few occasions for
taking and disclosing the self-preserving
capability of the Constitution in times of
great and overwhelming difficulty. The
Shays and Whiskey insurrections, the wars
with France, England, and the Barbary
States, Indian hostilities, the Nullification
abortion none of them came so near strik
ing nt the life of the Nation as to call into
cxesciso any of the extreme prerogatives
which every well-constituted Government
must have in reserve, perhaps unthonght of
by friends and enemies, to put forth when
pushed to the extremity that threatens the
very existence of the nation. The suspen
sion of tho habeas corpus for a few days
by General Jackson at Now Orleans, and
his prompt imprisonment of the pragmatical
judge who attempted to embarrass him at
that perilous hour, wero indeed fully en
dorsed by the nation as a highly commend
able act. But yet, the lessons which it
taught of tho power of the Government,
and the true uso of the Constitution, wero
generally lost sight of, because no great
occasion for forty years called out any other
application of the same principles. Hence
we have come to this crisis with the self
protecting powers and reserved forces of
our peculiar form of government almost
Untried and unthought of.
Now we havo been compelled in limit
and modify the claims and assumptions of
state sovereignty by tho almost forgotten
constitutional provision, that "This Con
stitution, and the laws of the United States
made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties
made, or which shall be made, under the
authority of the United States, shall be
THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND;
and the-judges in every State shall be bound
thereby, anything in the Constitution or
laws of any State to tho contrary notwith
standing." There is no possible right or
power in any State to evade unreserved
submission to " the supreme law of the
land." The shallow pretension of doing
by a convention of delegates in a State
what it is precluded from doing under its
" constitution and laws' is a naked inven
tion of the South Carolina sophists. The
" supreme law of the land" must be main
tained, or we have no law, and shall ioon
find ourselves plunged into anarchy.
In like manner, we have learned from
necessity the true interpretation of the pro
visionHhat " The privilege of tho writ of
habeas corpus shall not bo suspended,
unless when in cases of rebellion or inva
sion tho public safety may require it," We
now understand that the privilege of the
wrv' of habeas corpus can never bo suspend
ed by the President, or by Congress, or
any other power, but that in cases of rebel
lion or invasion it is self-suspended when
ever, wherever, and to whatever extent
" the puDlic Eatety may require it," No I
court or judgo is allowed to peril the public
safety by his unseasonable interference.
There are many other reserved forces of
the Constitution now disclosing themselves
under the exigencies of the rebellion, which
we do not intend to enumerate in this article.
The power of Congress " To make all laws
which shall be necessary and proper for
carrying into execution the forgoing powers
vested by this Constitution in the Govern
ment of the United States, or in any de
partment or officer thereof,1' is likely to
have its comprehensiveness largely devel
oped bctore this rebellion and its conse
quences are ended.
There is auothcr enabling clause in the
Constitution which has hardly begun to be
considered, but which may yet come in
play to show us tho way out of one of the
hitherto unsolved problems growing out of
the rebellion. The people of the United
States, with the President and Congress
and the loyal army, have resolved that the
rebellion shall be suppressed, and that the
rebels shall be effectually subdued and
brought into unreserved submission to tho
"supreme law of theh-nl." But in the
siow anu interrupted progress which we
make, the quest iou has arisen, How arc we
to deal with the populations of .the partially
recovered States ? And, under the obsti
nacy and perversity evinced by many of the
rebels, it is asked, How are we to manage
in the case of a State which may be thor
oughly occupied by our forces, and not yet
rendered loyally submissive to our laws ?
Here is a case which may call for the ap
plication of the first clause of Sec. 4 in the
fourth article of the Constitution "The
United Stales shall guarantee to evert Stale
in this Union a republican form of Gov
ernment." The force of this clause is ably discussed
by John Hutchins, M. C, of Ohio, in n
speech delivered in Congress on the 11th
of December, Under this clause, Congress
by its legislation, or the President by his
administration, must have ample power to
restore civil order in the rebel States, and
to secure to the loyal citizens therein, be
they few or many, their constitutional and
inalienable right to the blessings of ' a
republican frame of government." This
clause secures the rights of loyal minorities
in the several States against the insolence
of unbridled majorities. Wc cannot now
go into the full discussion, but only wish to
call attention to the subject, as it has been
presented by Mr. H. We copy a single
paragraph on the forco of tho "guaranty":
" I am not awaro that Congress has ever
acted under the authority of this clause, for
the reason that it has not been regarded
necessary, the exigency foi its exercise, in
the judgment of Congress not having oc
curred. The language of this clause is
clear and explicit. 'The United States
shall guaranty to each State &c. The
legal definition of guaranty, is an undertak
ing or an agreement thatacother person shall
perform what he has stipulated to perform.
This clause contains, first, an implied stip
ulation on the part of each State that it will
sccuro to its citizens a " republican form of
government'; and secondly, an express
stipulation on the part of the United States
that if any Stnte neglect or refuse to do
this, that it shall be done by the authority
of the General Government. The meaning
of the clause, then, is that the citizens of
each State shall be secured a republican
form of government in the Union, and
owing allegiance to the Constitution. No
conspiracy, however formidable, under this
clause, can lawfully deprive the people of a
State of a republican form of government
'in this Union The words 'in this
Union' have great significance. They
imply that if any portion of the people of
a State shall undertake to set up even a
republican government out of ths Union,
the United States will secure to the State,
for the benefit of its people, and for the
benefit of all the States, such government
1 in this Union,' thereby forbidding any
State from being taken out of the Union
even to establish the same government it
may enjoy in the Union
It is only necessary to add at this time a
reference to the decisions of the Supreme
Court of tho United States in the Prigg
case, where it was determined that the pro
vision in regard to fugitives from service,
although containing no reference to Con
gress, necessarily involves the right of
CoBgress to legislate as far as is necessary
for the carrying of tho clause into effect, of
which necessity Congress is itself to judge.
When the time comes to put this present
clause into effect,-Congress will have no
difficulty in adopting the necessary meas
ures for restoring South Carolina and the
other disorganized States, now under a
despotism, to the enjoyment of a republican
government "in the Union." The lnde-
save tftf; country.
What is a country ? Not the soil ;
The ripening grain, the waving trees ;
Not the flags of commerce on the seas ;
Nor wealth, nor arts that time can spoil ;
Its strength is not in things like these ;
Nor laws, nor institutions : then,
What makes a State, a. Country ? Men.
And what makes men ? Not blood and bone,
Fibre and sinew, with the gain
Of reason, o'er a brute, in brain,
Or what as love, joy, hope, are known ;
A demon might to such attain ;
But, beings whose true, Ood-like souls
A pure high principle controls.
What saves a country ? Not the pride
Of gold, or science, mind or art ;
Not statesman's wisdom, nor the part
That fleets and armies act beside ;
Nor laws from whence no virtue start.
To raise the weak, maintain tha true,
nuu every lorm oi wrong subdue.
What saves a country ? How or where
Lies the high power to raise a State
That totters 'neath oppression's weight ?
The help is men, the weapons prayer
The sword of stronger strength than fate
With lives that pray, "Thy Kingdom come!"
And stand for this, or martyrdom.
What is a country saved ? Whan men
As brothers stand, as brothers fall ;
When slave or master none may call ;
When freemen and not tyrants reign,
And God is throned above them all ;
When men assert the right to be,
The State is safe, the people free.
PBAIEIES OF FOBE8T.
The Speedr Growth and Utlliy of tho White Willow
At the recent meeting of the Illinois
State Horticultural Society, held at Bloom
ington, many interesting facts were brought
out relative to the White Willow. The
1ST A wretched editor, who has n't a
wife to take care of him, went the other
night to a ladies' fair. He says be saw
there ' an article which he fain would call
his own, but it was not for sale.' He de
clares that since that night he has been
rapturously wretched As the article
Was bound in hoop, the supposition is that
it was either a girl or a keg of whiskey.
An iMPUTATioNAn officer of a Maine
regiment observing a soldier industriously
scratching himself said to him : " What's
the matter, my man fleas?" "Fleas!"
said he, in a tone of scorn, " do you think
I am a dog ? no, sir, them is lice!''
discussion will be valuable to our farmers.
and wegive the material portions of it from
uiu -.uicago xriuune:
Mr. Overman I am confident that this
wuiuw ia 10 cuangc we leatures or our
prairies, nt little cost, and in a short time.
It is good for almost everything. It will
make laths, hoop-poles, rails, shingles, &c.
iNot many years, and every locality will
have its mills sawing out tho logs. The
bare prairies will become timber regions.
You may say these are assertions. They
are, however, the expression of my belief
founded on these reasons. I believe it will
be generally introduced because of its vital
ity and certainty of growth, because of its
rapidity of growth, because of its shape
and habit, becauses it flourishes on dry or
moist ground, and on moist it will convert
the sloughs into a timber belt, planted on
tho sides of the slough ; becanse the quali
fy of the timber is sufficiently strong for
which the hardest woods are not required.
It is fine-grained, admits of a fine polish.
Kitcheu ware, all wooden ware may be
made from it. It is easy to split. You
can split a log which will make one hun
dred rails with an axe. It will make rails
lasting twenty or thirty years, if kept off
the ground, it gtows straight, and is more
easily worked into shingles than the pine.
The advantage soonest to be reaped will
be in the way of fuel. Had I, five years
ago, planted an acre with this, I should now
be independent of other sources for fuel ;
for in five years an acre of it will give more
fuel than a family can possibly use.
Dr. Morse How. many cuttings are need
ed for an acre ?
Mr. Overman At four feet apart, as I
set them, it would take a fraction less than
three thousand. The ground work of its
availibility is, that all you have to do is to
put a stick in the ground, and it will grow
as readily as a tree with roots. As to the
question of fuel, I asked a railroad engin
eer of the relative value of different woods
for fuel. He said that wood was valuable
in proportion to its specific gravity ; that so
many pounds of wood would raise the same
amount of steam.
Mr. M. L. Dunlap I cheerfully give my
testimony in its favor. Meehan says it will
grow sixty feet high in dry soil, and ninety
feet high in wet soil. The labor of plant
ing is nominal. It grows rapidly. Let
man get 1000 cuttings this year, and next
year he has 10,000; and the next year
100,000. An acre nine years old will give
160 cords of wood, equal to seventeen cords
a year. My German gardener says he has
long been familiar with it in Europe. He
says it makes aboard nearly equal to pine,
not warping; and just as good for all pur
poses not requiring exposure to the weather.
It will be so cheap in a short time as to
be our best fuel. That man who is four or
five miles from timber is blind to his own
interest who does not plant one or two acres
of this on his home farm for fuel. He is
a practised spendthrift. In fifteen years
we shall see it in the mills and being used
largely for timber and domestic purposes.
In ten years it makes a good dead fence. 1
have not regarded it as so valuable for posts.
I do not regard it as valuable for so many
purposes as the black walnut and other
woods, in itself considered, but as superior
to them when there is taken into account its
availibility, cheapness, harliness and rapidi
ity of growth. In three years it grows
from sixteen to eighteen feet high, Taking
these things into view, the white willow
challenges every other tree. I believe it to
be superior to the silver leaf maple. I
have a plantation of that four year old, and
in six or eight yearn-1 will hava more dol
lars worth of wood if I take them ap and
set out the willow slips next spring. It is
a bounty to the prairies.
THE THBONE OF SOLOMON.
a The following account of a remarkable
piece of mechanism is taken from a Persian
manuscript called " The History of Jerusa
lem." It purports to be a description of
the throne of King Solomon, and if the
details are correctly given, it undoubtedly
surpassed any specimen of mechanism pro
duced in modern times, notwithstanding
the wonderful inventions and improvements
which have lately taken place in every
branch of science:
"The sides of it were of pure gold, the
feet of emerald and rubies, intermixed with
pearls, each of which was as big as an
ostrich's egg. The throne had seyen steps:
on each side were delineated orchards full
of trees, the branches of which were com
posed of precious stones, representing fruit.
ripe and unripe ; on the tops or the trees
were to be seen figures of beautiful plum
aged birds, particularly the peacock, etuab,
and the kurgee, All these birds were hol
lowed within artifically, so as to occasionally
utter a thousand melodious notes, such as
the ear of mottal has never heard. On the
first step were delineated vine branches
having bunches of grapes, composed of
various sort of precious stones, fashioned
in such a manner as to represent the differ
ent colors of purple, violet, green, and red,
to render the appearance of real fruit. On
the second step, each side of the throne,
were two lions, of terrible aspect, as large
as life, and formed of cast gold. The
nature of this remarkable throne was such.
that when the prophet Solomon placed his
root on the hrst step the birds sprang forth
their wings nnd made a fluttering noise in
the air. On his touching the second step,
the two lions expanded their claws. On
his reaching the third step, the whole as
sembly of demons and fairies repeated the
paaises of the Deity. When he arrived at
the fourth step, voices were heard address
ing him in the following manner : ' Son of
David, be thankful for the blessings the
Almighty has bestowed upon you.' The
same was repeated on his reaching the fifth
step. On his reaching tho sixth, all the
children of Israel joined them; on his
arrival at the seventh, all the throne, birds
and animals, became in motion, and did not
cease until he placed himself in the royal
seat, when the birds, lions and other ani
mals, by secret springs, discharged a shower
of most precious perfumes on the prophet,
after which two of the kurgesses descended
and placed a golden crown upon his head.
tfetore the throne was a column of bur
nished gold, on the top of which was a
golden dove, which held in its beak a vol
ume bound in silver. In this book were
bound the Psalms of David, and the dove
having presented the book to the king, he
read aloud a portion of it to the children of
Israel. It is further stated that on the
approach of wicked persons te the throne
the lions were wont to set up a terrible
roaring, and lash theii tails with violence ;
the birds also began to bristle up their
feathers, and the assembly also of demons
and genii to utter horrible cries, so that for
fear of them no person dared be guilty of
falsehood, but confessed their crime. Such
was the throne of bolomon, the son of
A TEMPEKANCE LECTURE.
" He that hath eyes to read, let him read ; he
that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
Intemperance cuts down youth in its
vigor, manhood in its strength, and age in
weakness. It breaks the father's heart, be
reaves the doting mother, extinguishes nat
ural affection, eraces conjugal love, blots out
filial attachments, blights parental hope,
and brings down mourning age in sorrow to
the grave. It produces weakness not
strength, sickness not health, death not life.
It makes wives widows, children orphans.
fathers fiends, and all of them paupers and
beggars. It feeds rheumatism, nures gout,
welcomes epidemics, invites cholera, im
ports pestilence, nnd embraces consumption.
It covers the land with idleness, poverty,
disease and crime. It fills your jails, sup
plies your almshouses, and demands your
asylums. It engenders controversies, fos
ters quarrels, and cherishes riots. It
crowds your penitentiaries, and furnishes
the victims for your scaffolds. It is the
life-blood of the gambler, the ailment of the
oounterfeiter, the prop of the highwayman,
and the support of the midnight incendiary.
It countenances the liar, respects the thief,
and esteems the blasphemer. It violates
obligation, reverences fraud, and honors
infamy. It defames benevolence, hates
love, scorns virtue, slanders innocence. It
incites the father to butcher his helpless
offspring, helps the husband to massacre his
wife, and aids the child to grind the parri
cidal axe. It burns up man and consumes
woman, detests life, curses God, and despis
es heaven. It suborns witness, nurses
perjury, defiles the jury-box, and stains the
judicial ermine. It bribes votes, disquali
fies voters, corrupts elections, pollutes our
institutions, and endangers our Government.
It degrades the citizen, debases the legisla
ture, hishonors the statesman, disarms
the patriot. It bring shame not honor,
terror not safety, despair not hope, misery,
not happiness. And with tho malevolence
of a fiend, it calmly surveys its frightful
desolations, and, insatiatcd with havoc, it
poisons felicity, kills peace, ruins morals,
blights confidence, slays reputation, and
wipes out national honor, then curses the
world and laughs at its ruin.
There, it docs all that and more. It
murders the soul. It is the sum of all vil
lanics ; the curse of curses ; the devil's best
T Why is a kiss like a sermon ?
requires two heads and an application.
A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT.
George D. Prentice, many years ago, in
the tale of the " Broken Heart," used this
beautiful language on the immortality of
man : " It cannot be that earth is man's
only abiding place. It cannot be that our
life is a bubble cast up by the ocean of eter
nity, to float a moment upon its surface, and
then 6ink into nothingness and darkness
forever. Else why is it that the high aspi
rations which leap like angels from the
temple of our hearts are forever wandering
abroad unsatisfied? Why is it that the
rainDow ana tne cioua come over us with a
beauty that is not of earth, and then pass
off and leave us to muse on their faded
loveliness ? Why is it that the stars hold
ing their festival around the midnight
throne are'set above the grasp of our limit
ed faculties, and forever mocking us with
their unapproachable glory ? And, finally,
why is it that the bright forms of human
beauty are presented to the view and then
taken from us, leaving the thousand streams
of affection to flow back in an Alpine tor
rent upon upon our hearts ?
We are bora for a higher destiny than
that of earth. There is a realm where the
rainbow never fades, where the stars will
be spread out before us like islands that
slumber, and rwhere the beautiful beings
that here pass before us like visions will
stay in our presence forever !''
IA-Perhaps the most distinguished for
eigner jn our service is Baron Steinwehr, a
brigadier general in Sigel's corps. The
Great Frederick, of Prussia stood godfather
to his father, and the latter was commander
in-chief of the Prussian Army, as was also
his grandfather. He, with all bis uncles
and brothers, was trained to the military
profession, and is otherwise educated ac
ooupHshed to a degree unusual in this
country. He is besides an earnest Christian
and a Protestant, and perfectly modest and
unassuming. A finished scholar, soldier
and gentleman, and a Christian. We know
that his management of his brigade has
been fie. And his whole heart is in the
ET Promissory notes Tuning the fid
dle before the performance begins.
Cairo, Dec 22.
The rebels have steadily advanced up the
Ohio and Mobile road to within seven miles
of Columbus. Part of our forces at Col
umbus had gone out to meet them, and
firing was hea.d at Columbus this evening.
Rebels number about 7000. It is believed
that the force at Columbus is sufficient for
the emergency. The rebels are destroying
the railroad as they advance. They have
six or eight pieces of artillery.
Hickman is not in tho hands of the
rebels as has been reported.
A Louisville dispatch of Dec. 26th says:
Morgan's command, about 3000 cavalry,
entered Glasgow Wednesday morning.
Three companies of the Second Michigan
cavalry opposed their entrance, but fell back
on Mumfordsville, having lost one captain
and two private. The rebels lost two cap
tains, five privates and seven prisoners.
The rebels were then reinforced and re
mained in possession of Glasgow. On
Thursday Cols. Gray and Shanks attacked
the rebels at Bear Wallow, the robels hav
ing previously damaged the railroad near
Glasgow Junction. At last accounts the
Federals drove off the rebels, killing one
and taking sixteen prisoners, but sustaining
no loss. The train of ammunition cars
which left here this morning was fired into
at Nolcn and returned. No Nashville pas
sengers. A train left there this morning.
Telegraphic communication between hero
and Nashville was interrupted this morning.
" How much did it weigh ?"
"Is it possible?"
" I never ! You don't say ?"
Thousands of times has the question been
asked, and thousands of times has it been
wondered at and " nevered."
And what commodity is that is great at
ten pounds and a marvel at thirteen ?
Don't look at the price current for it isn't
there. It was something bundled up in
a flannel blanket the blanket securely pin
ned and notted at the corners the some
thing in a state of unrest. The steel-yards
bad been called into requisition, and its
bended iron was indeed u hooks to hang a
hope on." The bundle was swung up ; the
weight clicked along the bar. " That's the
notch. Eight and a half!" Eight and a
half of what ? Why, of humanity. By
the memory of Malthus there's a baby in
the blanket ! So there is a little voter, or
as Shakspeare says, a " child." Something
that may cut a figure in tho woild and break
heads or hearts have a great name and bo
a man or a woman. Eight pounds and a
half of a hero or heroine a monster, or
miuistcr. Piety and patriotism by tho
pound. Beauty and baseness by the blank
etful. Queer measurement isn't it ? But
there are queerer still.
Time wears on apace with us all, and tho
something in the blanket too. He is a boy
of five, ne stands erect, as God mado
him, " that he may look," as a writer finely
says, "upon the stars. But they are
talking again, but the steel-yards hang un
disturbed no use for thorn.
" Tali of his age, isn't he 7 He looks
over the table like a man ; the ' high chaii '
has been put away months ago."
Tall is he ! Three feet and an inch high,
and this is the altitude of humanity. No
more use for weights ; estimates now all
turn to height. Ambition is but another
name for altitude, and success a synonym
for getting higher. The boy is a man ; the
man climbs a rostrum to get higher. Mon
uments go up ; shouts go up ; favorites go
up at court ; conquerors go up to glory.
Hight, hight, everywhere bight. Six feet
of glory, six feet two of honor and dignity.
By and by, melancholy trio, tho form is
bent a little, and there goes an inch or two
from the stature. He or she is looking at
something in the dust. What can it be?
Surely it is not a grave they look at. Eyes?,,
grow dim and they bend lower to sec. To v
see? What can there be to be seen, we
JBy and by they grow weary and throw
themselves along the bosom of tho dusky
mother of us all. They sleep sleep, but
do they dream ? Where are your altitude
now your mountains, monuments aid
thrones ? Men take up the sleeper careful
ly, slowly, as if it were a treasure anl so
it is a trcasuro of dust. The old estimate
16 A subscriber in Minnesota sends us
tho following : A Methodist minister was
tramping through the settlements, doing
good where he might. He tarried for the
night at one of the "pioneer's" cabins.
The old 'oman, while preparing supper,
entered into conversation with her visitor,
and the following colloquy took place:
" Stranger, where might you be from ?"
"Madam, I reside in Shelby county,
" Wall, stranger, hope no offence, but
what mought you be doin' way up here."
" Madam, I am searching for the lost
sheep of the house ot Israel.
" John, John I" shouted the old lady,
" come right ber this minit ; here's a stran
ger all the way from Shelby county, Ky.,
a huntin' stock, and TU jest bet my head
that that tough haired old ram that's been
in onr lot for the last week, is one of
is resumed, weight has come
dead weight nothing more.
And this would be queer too, if only it
were not sad.
But they arc talking again. " She had
three names, hadn't she ? " Indeed, but
I can remember only two."
Remember but two, can they. Names of
what ? Why, all that weight and hight of
fame and love, and hope and fear, and
thought and passion.
And two words, two breaths of air, two
murmurs are all that is left of what was
onec a man, a woman.-
Years elapse, and age is talking : "there
was was I can't remember the name now
well, well, it's what we are all coming
too," and the old man sighs sadly.
The last syllabic of all his died on the
lip, is eraso from memory, ripples not on
the still and listening air is lost ; not a
murmur lingers in the " tearful hollow " of
a human ear ! " Pah I how the dust flies !"
Dust, did you say? Listen, and we'll
whisper just a word ; that dust was warm
once, loved once, was beautiful once.
Morgan the Guerilla. A witty
damsel of Danville, Kentucky, Miss Sue
R , said a neat thing about him the
other day. One of his gang, a youthful
Kentucky hotspur, made a morning call
upon ber. Allusion was mado to Morgan's
gang, and the rebel, evidently very proud
of his associations, asked: "Were you
afraid of us, Miss Sue ?" " Afraid of you ?
No. I ain't a horse."
A vulgar word from a woman's mouth is
like a bullet from a rose.
GREED OF GOLD.
When Napoleon, about 1811, desired to
build a palace for the King of Rome, near
the Barrier de Passy, the shop of a poor
cobbler, named Simon, stood in the way.
Simon having learned what was going on
demanded twenty thousand francs for his
tenement. The administrator hesitated a
few days, and then decided to give it ; but
Simon, goaded by the greed of gain, now
asked for forty thousand francs. The sum
was more than two hundred times its value,
and the demand was scouted. An attempt
was made to change the frontage, but being
found impossible, they went again to the
cobbler, who had raised his price to sixty
thousand francs. Ho was offered fifty
thousand, but refused. The Emperor
would not give a cent more, and preferred
to change his plans. The speculating son
of St. Crispin then saw bis mistake, and
offered his property for fifty thousand francs,
for forty thousand, thirty thousand, coming
down at last to ten thousand. The disasters
of 1814 happened, and all thoughts of a
palace for the King of Rome were aband
oned. Some months after Simon sold bis
shop for one hundred and fifty francs, and
in a few days after the sale was removed to
an insane asylum : disappointed avarice had
driven him crazy.
3T What a good lesson the old matron
taucht to children when she said : Children,
you may have anything you want, but you
musn't want an v thing vou can't have."