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TSLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 1850.
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j Biooiusbutg, Jan. 12th, ISSO.
T JYCBI the National Anti-Shivery Standard.
112 L MUST SNOW-FALL.
SY JAMES RUssl-'.LL LOWELL.
I THE snow had begun in the gloaming,
| And buisily all the night
. Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and while.
' Ete.v pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine to dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm tree
Was ridged inch-deep with pearl.
' Front sheds: new-roofed with Carrara,
I Came Chanticleer's muffled crow,
I'll" .ill ra.l- we. sotlened to swan's-town, j
| And : ill Butler,vd down the sttow.
' 1 :-\i 0.l ami watched by the window
The ttoishn - works of the sky,
1 And tho sadden flurries of snow-birds
Like brown LAVS '.vhuling by.
• 1 thought cf a mound in sweet Auburn j
\ ..ere a littlo bead tone stood,
tbiw the liai.es were folding it gently,
As did robt ins the baber in the wood.
i'n !• .oke our own lii'de Mabel,
', : *• .-'a'.t.er, wito makes it sttow?
And ! laid of the good Allfalltcr
Wi.o ee.roj lor Us all oclow.
Again I 1 iked at the snowfall,
And thought of the leaden sky
1 But arched o'er our lir.-l great sorrow,
When that mound was heaped so high.
! I remembered dm gradual patience
That fell from that cloud like snow,
1-lakc by flake, healing and hiding
i The scar of that deep-stabbed woe.
And again to the child I whi-pored,
•'The mow that Lit liethall,
Darling, the merciful Father
Alone can make it tall!"
Then, with eye.', that raw nol.lkissed her,
Ami she. kissing buck, could not know
i That my kiss watt given to Iter sister
Folded close umler deepening snow.
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I TUB ACE OF HUMBUG. —A Mr. Martaiu
mysteriously disyppeared recently from
| Niles, Michigan, and murder was immedi
ately suspected. A clairvoyant in the neigh
| borhood saw hint with his throat cut at the
bottom of a river, which was dragged wilh
> | out producing the mutilated body. A few
I days alter the man "turned up" in Vermont
! alive and well.
! ' ti7" Dr. S. I'. Townsend, the New York
Sun says, has s tld out the good-will of his
I sarsaparilla business for $ 100,000; and the
> ; raw matetial and machinery of his manu
-1 factory at Albany for $26,000. Mr. Thomas
1 i \V. Camming? is the purchaser. Mr. Town
send re,.res with a very largo fortune.
1 THE "Iron Workers" of Pittsburg have
held a meeting and resolved to resist all at
tempts to reduce their wages.
The P. tinsylviinla Senate.
| The press continues its comments upon |
tho modesty of Mr Bnsr. We are glad to
perceive the healthy tone of the Democratic
portion upon the subject. The federal por
tion. without being sati-lied with lite traitor,
express their gratification at the result of the
i bargain, by which he was elevated—we
j trust, only to fall into the insignificance,
I which conduct, such as lie has been guilty
| of, is certain to bring upon its author.
From the Juniata Register.
Mr. Best is now, without a doubt, heart & '
| hand with the Whig party; anil we only j
| hope that he will learn to be an honest man !
For our part we say "good riddance to bad j
From the Bedford Gazette,
j V. Best, (n professing Democrat, but tin
j worthy the name.) refused to go iido caucus, j
j and by lite aid of the entire whig vote, sue- j
I cecded in reaching the Speaker's chair ol I
1 the Senate, aver J. P. Brawley, the candi
date of the party, and a firm reliable Detn
i oerat, every way worthy tho position. That j
matt who will unite with those as professes ;
to oppose, politically, for the sake ol eleva !
ting himself, cannot command the respect of j
tho body over which lie presides. Such j
men should receive no countenance from I
i Gut of the Stale al.-o, this event lots crea
ted a prolouml sensation. Wc have observ- |
ed that several of the leading Democratic
newspapers have indignantly commented |
upon it ; but we have no space fur extracts, j
I save One, which we copy from the leading
Democratic press of New Jersey, the i'rett
i ton True American:
I What a contemptible apology for a man
ntust he be, who will lend himself to the
: opposition, for the trilling consideration ot
J gratilyinghis vanity with tut office. The j
I whole object ol tho Whigs was, to create \
j discord in the Democratic ranks; but ltis!
childish desire to bo Speaker, makes hint
1 heedless of the intentions of tho opposition j
' and oven lead hint to tho unparliamentary
' act of voting tor himself. Verily, such "men j
ARE but children ol larger growth."
From the I cnnsylvanian.
j The present Speaker of the Senate is al j
ready a historical character. His name isat- !
ready deeply impressed upon our annals. He
j is immortalised in the press and the forum ; j
and through >ut this broad Union, his exam- !
I pie is held up to '.he public gaze. The pro- j
cess by which ho has suddenly attained this
conspicuous elevation, is really novel. "The
youth who fired the Ephe-iau dome outlived
j the pious fool who reared it;" but Mr. BEST
I has improved upon bis model. ARNOLD,
I when he parted with his honor, still retained
his courage. That most expert of al! recre
ants, Mr. PENROSE, ami his confederates, ex
i cused their treason to a great cause by at
least an appearance of defending themselves.
: Gorgey, who sold poor Hungary to tho Aus
• tiians, now pleads the apology that ho only
i gave way when his country seemed to bo un
j able longer to resist. Even the bribed judges ,
of England, boasted of their conduct as a
I tribute to rovalily, and sought to palliatelheir
I infamy by cunningly excusing it. But Mr. '
Valentine Best goes into the Speaker's chair
ol the Senate, without the talent to ailorn it,
or the courage to defend the miserable do
-1 feetioti that placed him there. He parts with
his self-respect without compunction. lie:
| goes over to the common enemy, without :
shame and without provocation. He rivits a
bad bargain by a prostitution ol tnanly pride,
never yet equalled in our day; and votes for
himself with a craven and coward spirit,
tnoro worthy of the convict than the Senator,
lie totters up to llto scat surrounded with no
ble associations; and nearly sinks to the floor
in abject feat. Even his prepared speech at j
the same time a proof of his poor treson, is j
whimpered through white lips, while his ,
blanched checks, ami downcast eyes, tell
i "how hard it is to part with honor." Even j
the Whigs who have put up this, ana who
knew lie could not annul the Democratic mu
-1 jorily, save by publishing his degradation i
i with his own vote—accustomed as they are •
to intrigue, and reckless as they are ol the !
judgment of lite public—though constantly
writhing under the laslt of the people—scorn j
the shrinking object of their votes. Tltey
cower before the proud, glance of the defeat- i
■ ed but defiant Democracy ; who point at the
. 1 scandalous depravity they have encouraged,
. ! and recoil from the pestilential bargain coun-
I soiled and consummated by the Whig Sena
I Poor old Pennsylvania! Ilow often she
| has been outraged by these conservators of
! order—these lovers of decency-—these oppo
i nonts of immortality! With a noble and in
j telligent population, proud of the history of j
her career, and confident of a brilliant future
I —with a system cf Common Schools, emu
; lated and applauded every where —with a
' I chain of public improvements destitiei! to be
the admiration of llto country—how often is
1 Iter escutcheon stained by the Rimers, the
j Pentoses, and the Bests, who,obtaining pow
er at the hands of an honest constituency,
■ ; outraged the eonfidiiice that has trusted
5 ; them, and sully a reputation secured by thu
' patient industry, and lite ready industry of
■jhorsons! Have the Whig Senators, who
' ! have all prated against the shame of Repu
' 1 diation, reflected how the transaction leading
j to the present organization of the Senate,will
be commented upon to lite discredit of the
• 1 State elsewhere—how it will arm our ene
• | mies—liotv it w ill lead to misrepresentations
1 of our people—how in a word, it will he
1 ' I
Trulh and Rlfht-—God and our fonniry.
laughed at and elaborated as nn evidence of
j the mercenary meanness of the public men
I of Pennsylvania ! One such act as this, bold
ly carried out under the auspices o! the wltigs,
and their instrument, w ill be powerfully quo
ted against all the benefits rendered lit llto
country by our statesmen and orators. It will
alfect equally the eminent men of both par
tics; ami, in a short time, unless a terrible
public judgment overwhelms those who took
purlin it, will make Pennsylvania a by-word
and a hissing among her sisters. How gen
tlemen like Mailtias. Crabh, Dursic, & King,
| can justity their pan i t this miserable exlti
j liition, we cannot imagine,
j But we beg oi our countrymen to rernent- i
j bor that, extraordinary us this act has been, j
! the authors of the whole affair are Wltigs,
and the object ol it. long ago. more than halt J
: disposed to do Whig bidding, and to support
| Whig measures. He has, lor two years, mis- !
| represented, by ltis votes, a solid Democratic j
district; the assured Democratic majority of i
i which is at least 2000. If the act itself did j
j not dishonor tho Slate, we should rejoice that j
: Best lias thus proved his title to Whig sup
j port, by this public self-degradation. It will j
j at once show the Democrats ol Colutnbiaaud |
Luzerne what a viper they have been nurs- ,
j ing in their midst. II he has been inliueu- i
! tial in creating any ilissentions among them, I
' a common feeling of contempt for ltis con- j
duct anil character, will al once unite tln
I In this respect, good will nottie out of Itt
baseness; and though the Penns) Iviuiian i
1 may often feel the blu-lt of shame suffuse j
1 his cheek when, in other States, he hears the
name of Best pronounced, its one who re- j
reived high honors, he may rejoice that it is
! now certain tha that race ot politicians is i x
i tine.!, and that the lesson will produce healthy
From the Wilikesbarre Farmer.
I We cannot but note with admiration the !
j dexterity with which the Senator front tlii
1 district, Mr. Best, lias transferred himself, by
• aid of his own vote and that of the Wltigs,
jto the Speaker's chair. For this act many !
| of our coiomporaries arc unsparing in their
j denunciations. For our own part we are in j
| no-wise disappointed in the course of Mr. j
j Best. Nor do we as a Democrat, feel the
slightest responsibility for his acts, 'lite
County to which he belongs and which no- '
J inmatcd hint must shoulder the honor ot !
j fiis proceedings.
! Tlio fault of Mr. Best, is the fault of the
! school to which he belongs, and of the peo-
I pie in upholding the delinquencies of that
' school. There is not otic of hi- C'aiiieroniun
associates but would have dune lite same
thing, anil there is not one of litem but has !
approved with shouts of del", lit proceedings l
much more disastrous in tlicirnutseqttcnces.
It well becomes the Demon die Lnion. and
papers of that ilk. w hose editors lia'-e gorged ;
; up lite blood of slaughtered to |
endeavor to brighten ilieir damaged cltarac
lers with the emeried skin ol Mr. Senator
, Best. Tltey indulged in beastly origins when
the highe '■ interests arid the most important
trusts of the Democratic parly were betray
ed. unit now they ajjc'.t to cnuq.iu t when the
very same example wltic' J-oy approved ;
and endorsed i- followed by others. It rests j
with the people tn cetrect all these evils by
confiding their tmeres,s in the hands alone
of those in whom tltey have well grounded
From the Doyhstown Democrat.
Out upon the Traitor !
On Tuesday, tho Ist day of January. 1850, j
a certain Valentine Best, who was elected to
the Senate by the Democrats of Luzerne and
Columbia counties, perpetrated one of the
most disgraeerul and unmitigated acts of
treachery and soil-debasement, known in tlic
annals of legislative proceedings.
It is well known that the result of the laM
fall's election gave the Democrats 17 and
, tho Federals lti members. To make the 17,
however, it was necessary to incli.dclhis fel
i low Best, a politician long known as belong
ing to that striped cla.-s who carry their prim
: ciplcs in their pockets. As soon as the state
: of parties in the Senate, after lite last elec
j lion, was ascertained, and it was known that
! Best held the balance of power, there was j
but littio confidence entertained by those \
! having a knowledge of his want of political
integrity, in tint democrats having a practical
j majority m that body.
From the Pike ('ounty Democrat.
His own tole w as ttecesssary to e ectliiin,
and no one who lias been acquainted with |
j ltis official lite, could doubt that lie would
lie would vote for himself, or do any other
dirty work of a similar kind. Mr. Best, •'• j
though elected as a Democrat, and from i ,e
of the strongest Democratic districts in the 1
j State, has, throughout, acted and voted with
the Wltigs. For our part, we are willing to ,
pass him over, and feel thankful that we aro
now likely to get rid of hinur*.
From the liellejbntc Democrat.
In the Senate, Valentine Best is elected as !
Speaker over the regular nominee J.Porter
Brawley, oi Crawford County. Mr. Best is 1
the Winnebago Senator from Columbia co., I
who voted with the Whigs last winter on nil I
banking and corporation questions, and was j
elected by the whole Whig vote united with
his own. We suppose lie will now go over j
to the Whigs body and breeches. Certain it
is, lie has not far to go. The Democratic j
party will be rid of a nuisance,and the Whigs i
will doubtless receive him with open arms !
on lite principle of "small favors thankfully
From the ll'estchester Republican.
We regret to write these tilings of Senator '
Best, for our personal relations hnve always ;
been friendly, and we have not unfrequently |
co-operated politically. But we cannot ap
prove in him, that which we would condemn
in others. To be silent, even, towards eon- '
duct so disorganizing and so much at vari
ance with all that is correct and honorable in j
politics, would be treachery to lite Democra
From the Norr stuwn IVatchmun.
It does seem that the Democratic parly j
should have learned wisdom, long ago from I
experience, in nominating men for office, j
j who are slippery itt politics, and bring for !
I ward no man for office, in wince political j
| integrity there can be any doubt. We know
j not what standing Mr. Best lias heretofore |
j laid vt'iih the sterling Democracy of Colum-
I bia county, but certain it is be represents a '
| Democratic majority of more than two thou- j
| sand votes, (Columbia and Luzerne,) and lie !
! must be a traitor of the worst kind,that would i
I when his vo'e was necessary, to sustain the j
; Democratic party, sell himself, ar.d the party i
j he represents, (or a mess of pelage, to the
i Whig party, and to the consumtnalioh of
• Whig measures.
From the Luzerne Democrat.
j The course pursued by the Senator front
- this di.-trici we cannot approve. We are sor- ,
rv indeed to see litis district represented as it !
lias been 'v Mr Bc-t. As a Democrat wc
j dectpi! him. Ho wat pre.-ented by Coliirn- j
i bia county and we went in for him in good !
faith, and did all itt our power to secure ltis |
! election, lie lias now laterally abandoned j
the party, and embraced tho wltigs—nay. j
| more than this, he has done what an honora- j
I ble man wo tld not do—vote for himself for j
; the chairman of the Senate.
Mis committees prove the bargain he con
mminateil with the wltigs. Me has louglit j
I new idols and henceforth he will worship at I
their shrine. He is not of the Democracy ol j
! Luzerne and Columbia henceforth and tor- |
j DELICABY.—The Neapolitan government
has ordered all the ballet girl's dresses to le
' lengthened, and the statues in tho Bourbon
' Museum to receive an addition of plaster 1
where it ivas considered exposure of the per- 1
son was immodest. The Vensuses are to ,
have petticoats and ruffs, the Apoilos broe- j
' cites, and the Cupids diapers. A collection
of line engravings belonging to the queen;
mother have been burned because the ladies ;
i represented had bare necks. While they '
are doing these tilings to the statues, tnisera- !
file human beings nearly naked are crow I
ding the streets, iheir \vant% totally unatten-:
ded to by tiie Government which helps to
reduce llient to this übjeet state.
! TIIE strongest case of love and devotion of i
which we remember to have heard, says an '
j exchange, is that of a Kentucky gallant,
who got into a hollow tree, w lioro lie lived a I
' whole week, peeping llironuh a knot hole at j
lii.t true love, as sli sa! -owing hearkin pel- :
i ticoats at her window. I
!<F A Sabbath Convention, at York, i'a.. 1
on the sth inst., Hon Samuel G. Bonham, [
presiding, adopted a memorial to the Legis- j
; lature. requesting, that all the lock on the cu- j
i nals be closed, and the running of the ears j
:on the railroads in the State be suspended !
on the Sabbath day
RIVALS TO TOM THUMB.—-Two children,
aged seven and five, are now living near
Antiadale, England, who are so small and
so intelligent us to protni.-c to rival Ceil, j
Tom Thumb. The eldest is no larger than |
: an infant of a few months old.
MORE MAIL ROEBEIIIES DISCOVERED. —A
; check for $23(1.00 mailed at Tuylorsville. j
Bucks county, on the I-l of December, by
M. IC. Tnyloj, payable to the order of N. D.
t'orlri--.lit, at Mauclt Chunk, ha* never'
: reached its de-tinatioit. It ttas mailed a
few days before tho arrest of Mr. Hunt.
DIM DENES IN BOSTON.—Nearly two and a
j quarter millions of dollars are lobe disburs
ed in Boston this week in dividends on rail
road, manufacturing corporations, city and
LARGE DIVIDEMI.—The St. Louis Gas-light
' Company has declared a dividend of tn 8-10
per cent. Irom the earnings of tho past year.
It is time that they hud reduced the price of
j tho gas.
A i nt mporary say?, 'the man who threw
that last brick,' lias boon discovered, but on
account of his previous good character, his
nair.o has been suppressed.
j GAS AT YORK—The gas works at York,
: Pennsylvania, were put in operation on Mon
! day evening.
| A sign in Gotham reads, "Dough inoslic
1 There were thirty fires in the city of New
York in November.
' lie who enlarges ltis heart restricts ltis
| lie who gives for the sake of thanks knows |
I not the pleasure of giving.
TIIE SNOW STORM.
BY MRS. SEBA SMITH.
■' Tho cold wind swept the mountain's height,
And pathless was the dreary wild,
While iriiil the cheerless hours of night,
A Mother wandered, with her child,
As through the drilling SIIOW tltey pressed,
: The babe was sleeping on iter breast.
Ami colder still the winds did blow,
; And darker hours of night came ott,
j While deeper grew the drifts of snow.
Her Inn lis were chilled, her strength was
I 'Oh, God !' she cried, in accents wild, [gone,
i 'if 1 must perish sa/e my child '
| She stripped her mantle from Iter breast,
And bared her bosom to the storm,
j While round hereliiid, site wrapped the vest,
And smiled to think that it was warm,
: With one cold kiss, one tear she shed,
And sank upon her snowy bed.
| At dawn a traveller pnsseil by,
j And saw beneath tiie snowy veil
The frost of deatli tvfts in her eye ;
llcr cheeks were cold, ane hard, and pale,
i He moved the robe from off the child,
| The babe looked up and sweetly smiled."
A TITII 1 IN TIIE DARK.
I am a young man, and, Messrs. Editors,
so are you—all young men. May we live a
thousand years and our shadows never i*'
; less, it's a good whit. It' it n.ver cotnes to
pass, it will no: be our faults. For it strikes
, me, we try to pick our steps along thro' this
world, as careful as any body else, parfieu
| larly when it is muddy. It is a little difficult
, to get along when it's dark, and no mistake,
as 1 could very easily prove to yon if I felt
-so disposed. And 10 confess ih • truth, I had
: a notion to tell you of a mishap I had not
| long since, when I commenced this; but ttp
j on second thought I won't do it, for there is
i no use in making one's private misfortunes
j the talk of the whole town,
j But while upon the subject of darkness
I and dark things; don't you think, Messrs.
j Editors, that a groat while ago, in what were
called the dark ages, there must have been
! at, awful consumption ot" candles? For my
part, I don't see bow people got along at all
in those dark ages, unless, as happens with
! everything else in this world, after a time
i they gel use to it. What a harvest it must
have been lor tallow chandlers! If Franklin
j had lived at that time, just as like as not he'd
stuck to the trade. Printing would not have
been of much use. as people could not see
I They say, too, that people used to kill one
| another, and nobo-'y thought anything of it,
| in those days. No wonder, when it was dark
j all the time, and they couldn't be seen, it was
ino hard matter. There was no danger of be-
I ing caught. History say-, that the folks did
j not know anything. Ilow could they, when
i tltey couldn't get about to see anything. And
i now it seems to me doubtful, whether they
had any candles, and if they had,they would
| lie of littlo use to tltein when it was windy,
■ without lanterns. Just, see what a\i i i'.d of
; (rouble a little darkness engenders. Bui then
jit bus its advantages. Just think what good
| times the boys oould have kissing the pretty
; Going a whole life time through such a
state of tho elements, would aptly be termed
! "a trip in the dark." What a number ot sights
i a man could see, and then what a greater
number he couldn't see. Now ghosts in par
ticular might be seen, as they always come
in the dark ages. But if 1 say much mora I
shall darken counsel, so I retrain.
THE SECRET OUT. —At a large di-tner party,
given the other day, by one cf our fasltion-
I aides, who has already passed a certain age,
j yet who still piques herself on the beauty
j and abundance ol her raven treeses, her lit
; tie daughter, a fair-haired, blue-eyed fairy
of some six or seven summers, appeared at
j the desert, with her golden tresses died as
black as a raven's wing,
j "What's tins meaning <>f this metamorpho
sis? ' exclaimed both die parents a id gue.-ts
j in astonishment.
The little girl laugliei! joyously, and nai
"Ah. 1 have blackened my hair with tlio
water with which mamma blackens Iter's 1"
"SEE here, boy, how long will these lo
curt tail- last.'" inquired a traveler of a wes
tern urchin, while riding pasta long string oi
fence made of litis material.
"They'll last forever!" responded the boy
in a confident tone.
"Forever!'' exclaimed the stranger-—"how
do you know that ?"
"Why, my father's tried it twice, and i
guess 1 ought to know by this time, ' said the
lad very gravely.
SOME innocent compositor for ci.e of our
exchanges, instead of "following copy," and
setting up tlio genuine Latin "fiat lux" angli
cised by inserting in lieu thereof tho words
To have a clear head, have regard to what
you put in your stomach.
There is no religion like that of tho heart,
no charity like that which does not blow its
j own trumpet.
| Tho sum of behaviour is, to retain a man's
[ own c.ignity, without intruding upon the lib
j aridity of others.
[Two Dollars iter Annum.
(Correspondent*rf the 'tar.)
I KOH DIMI.ADfcM'IIIA.
I'HILAD., Jan. 9, isso.
1 Mnsns. Etiroas:—
1 hoard a leclure h few days ago by
| Fred. Douglass, a black man, formerly a
j slave ia one of our Southern Status, but now
! editor of a paper in the city of Rochester
; devoted to the abolition of slavery. Doug
lass is one of tho most impressive speakers
| I have over listened to. His language is
1 chaste and beautiful, his voice musical, and
! his thoughts calculated to fix themselves for
j life in the minds ol his hearers. As I listen
j eJ to the noble sentiments, clothed in strong
! and beautiful language, which leaped from
| his lips, snd hushed into silence, or roused
; into wild excitement the large and intelligent
j audioncc that crowded Sansom St. Hall, the
| African features of Douglass ceased to be rc
pressive, anil he became possitively berati
■ ltd. The black face ol Douglass is radiant
; with intellectual light, and instead of despi
| sing him ott account of his color, every true
man must honor and respect him. Cod bless
: him! 1 envy not the feelings of the man that
.can sneer at and ridicule such a parson as
Douglass But I remember that tho "Star ol
i the Noith i,- not on abolition paper, unJthat
I many ~f its re. I, m s ..re typo.ed to littering
or rending anything r.n d.o subject of Afri
; can slav.- :y.
Ihe v 1i„ running mad after secret so
cieties. The order of Masons, Odd Fellow*,
1 rinds, l.ac.iibiies, SPUS of Temperance,
Sens of Liberty, Brotherhood of t'uion, ice.,
among the men are weil known. Among
females we l ave the Daughters of Temper
ance, 1 liiloitathians. fee. All these societies
are busy in reforming the world; each has
laid hold ol some idea, and being carried a-
I way with it, seems to think that all which
! the world needs to make it a perfect para
dise, is the acknowledgement of and practice
l in accordance with, this single idea. They
can do no harm, anil it is tint worth white
opposing them, but those who unite with
them are often disappointed. Ido not know
one of these societies which inculcates one
printi>>l inimical to the best interests of tho
community, and yet great good is to be ex
-1 peeled from none of them perhaps, except
I the Suns of remperanee. The Sons of Tem
perance have less ceremony, less show arid
parade, and a inoro immediately important prin
ciple as their Inundation stone, than any other.
J here is one objectionable feature, however,
in litis organization, viz, that of benefits.—
1 litis is tho source ol nearly all tho troubles
which the order has, or will meet with , and
it it ever lulls, th itfeature will be the weapon
by which it dies.
The young and enthusiastic may join one
or more of these societies not only without
; injury to his morals, but with real benefit;
i but let him nut fancy that his order will soon
revolutionize the society, and make earth a
j paradise. Alter ho has learned the weak
ness. as well as the strength of his order, in
llie great battle of life, he will be a ntoto
useful, though a less enthusiastic member.
I v a ■ led to make these remarks from see
ing an account this morning of the installa
tion of the officers in the 87th Circle of tho
brotherhood ot Union. This is anew order,
originating in George Lippard. It is spread
i iag pretty rapidly, but what are its distin
guishing characteristics I have not learned
so as to justily me in saying much about
This is a great ago. -As soon a man gets
hold of some idea which warms and heats
his own blood to the boiling point, he founds
a secret society, and with a few others,whom
j lie has brought over to his views, sots about
I reforming the world. Go ahead, all ye secret
societies! call each other brothers; paint tho
future in golden colors; it makes you fuel
good, and can injure nobody else. W.
SOUTHING Nr.v. U.spcn Tttc Sr.v.— A
thieves' convention has been held in Lon
don lor the purpo -e of adopting measures to
I rocure an hone.-! livelihood. Two .hundred
and seven avowed thieves attended. Tha
mooting was o; enod with prayer and nhi/nn.
' An address was proposed to Lotd Asley, ask
ing if any hopo was presumed of their ob
taining an linnestiiviug in the British Colon
ies. His Lordship expressed his willingness
to befriend them, as it was his duty to do so.
He candidly told them that there was little
hope fot thorn, unless they turned their at
tention to the back settlements of tho New
World. Suggestive of levity as may bo
those facts, there ia something serious and
solemn in them. "We must ftsal or dio,"
was the response or one of the thieves;
"prayer is very good, but it will not fi'l an
empty stomach." Can any thing be moto
expressive of the depraving influences of
the social evils ot English society.— Ledger.
A ScGGBs-rio.N.—The New Orleans Bulic
tin, in commenting on tho late disorganized
state of the House of representatives, sug
gests as an elfuctuakgiuird to the recurrence
of such a slate of things an amendment to
| the Constitution, providing that whenever
either House shall not complete its organiza
tion within ten days after tho legal day of
meeting, that house should be ipso facto dis
solved, and new elections shall take placo
' within thirty days throughout the Union.
With such an amendment the organization
would always take place in due season—
j "Illustrated with cuts,'' said a young urch
in us he drew his jack knife acroos the loaves
' | of his grammar.
j "In Rt fott there is ITISOTH.''