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THE PERRYSBURG JOURNAL.
BY S. CLARK.
"Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures
$1.50 In Advance.
PERRYSBURG, WOOD COUNTY, OHIO, SATURDAY, MAY G, 1854.
Romance in Real Life.
Mr. C , assuming tin: name
some years since, purchased a small piece o!
land, and built on it a neat house: on the
:dge of a common in Wiltshire. Here lie
long resided, unknowing, and almost un
known, ly the neighborhood. Various con
jectures were, form -d respecting this solitary
and singular stranger ; at length a clergyman
took soiru: notice of him, and occasionally
inviting him to his house, he found him pos
sessed of intelligence, and manners which
:vid-ntly indicated his origin to have, been
in th : higher stations of life. Returning one
dav from a visit at this clergyman's, he pas
sed the house of a farmer, at the door of
which was the. daughter employed at the
washing-tub. lie looked at tlu girl a mo
ment, and thus accosted her: "My girl.
would vou like to get married? because if
you would, I will marry you." " Lord, sir!
this is a strange question from a man I nev
er saw in my life Ik-fore."
" Very likely," replied Mr. Jones, " but I
hin sciinus, and will leave you till ten o'clock
to-morrow to consider of it; I will then call
on you again, and if your father consents,
we 'will be m irried on the following day.''
He kept his appointment, and meeting
with the father, he thus addressed him : "Sir,
I have seen your daughter. I should like her
for a wife, mi I I am come to ask your con
sent." " This proposal," answered the old
man, " is very extraordinary from a stranger.
Pray, sir, who are you ?" " Sir," replied Mr.
J., "'you have a right to ask this question ;
my name is Jones; the new house on the
edge of the common is mine, and if it be
necessary, I can purchase your house and
farm ami half the neighborhood."
Another hour's conversation brought all
parties to oik: mind, and the friendly clergy
man aforementioned, united the happy pair.
Three or f ur years they lived in this retire
ment, and were blessed with two children.
Mr. J. employed the greater part of his time
in improving his wife's mind, but never dis
closed his own origin. At length, upon ta
king a iournev of pleasure with her. while
remnrliin'r the lwanties of the countrv. lie !
noticed and named the different gentlemen's
wats as they passed ; coming to a magnificent
one, " this, my dear," said he, " is B 's
house, the seat of the earl of E., and, if you
please, we will go in and ask leave to look
at it, it is an elegant house and will probably
The nobleman who possessed this mansion
had lately died. He once had a nephew who,
in the gaities of his youth, had incurred some
debts, on account of which he had retired
from fashionable life on about 200 per an
num, and had not been heard of for some
years. This nephew was the identical Mr.
Jones, ihe. h ro of our storv. who now took
Dossession of ths house, title, nnd estate, and
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is the present earl of E ! English paper.
Tunnel at Chihaoo. The voters of Chi
cago, by a majority of 290 votes, have deci
ded in favor of constructing a tunnel under
the river. It is supposed that the tunnel
will answer the purpose of the present bridg
es. The bridges cost 812.000 each, and the
expense of repairs and tenders for 1S50 was
about 2.000 each. It is estimated that the
tunnel will nrnvn n savins nf mon?v to the
city in ten vears, besides doing awav with!
the bridge nuisance.
Clerical Strike. One. of our Presbyteri
an exchanges says : " What has often been
remarked upon jokingly, has come to pass.
Ministers have struck for higher pay not to
say wages. A body of Unitarian clergymen
held a convention in Boston recently,' and
fixed a tariff of prices for occasional supplies.
They agreed that ministers without charge,
supplying vacant pulpits, either by request
of churches or pnstors, should receive pay
varying from B12 to $25, and expenses, ac
cording to the salaries paid. They voted
unanimously not to supply a single Sabbath
on any less terms."
How to Live Long.
It is the easiest thing in the world, per
haps, to secure a long life, provided there is
a moderately good constitution to start with,
and provided no accident intervenes. Yet
how few there are who seem to be aware of
this ! If persons are to be judged by their
conduct, indeed, we might conclude that
nothing could be done to prolong life, but
that it depended entirely on chance whether
adult years were attained, whether death
came .t forty, or whether existence was pro
longed to the scriptural " three score years
The laws of life, however, are as immu
table and regular as those of astronomy.
Whoever lives according to those laws may
reasonably calculate on a good old age.
Whoever systematically violates them may
as certainly expect to shorten his existence.
The human body is, in truth, but a machine ;
land, like all other machines, it may be
worn out before its time by abuse and neg
lect. Excesses on the one hand, or want
of exercise on the other, will tear it prema
turely to pieces, or allow it to rust away.
Too little work, or too much, will alike
prove fatal to a prolonged existence.
Americans violate the laws of life prin
cipally through their excesses. In early
manhood, excess in convivial enjoyments,
and even in worse kinds of dissipation, is
unfortunately too common. But excess is
far from ceasing even with muture manhood.
With energetic persons, the desire to achieve
a fortune has, at this period of life, general
ly succeeded to the pleasure-seeking phase of
earlier years. The man, still radically un
changed, purjues business with as much
avidity as ever he sought recreation. Early
and late he is at his work, overtasking his
mind, and exhausting his body by undue
labor. At first, indeed, he does not feel the
effects of his indiscretion. Morning finds
him refreshed by the repose of the night; he
seems to himself as vigorous as ever; and
he returns to his pursuits with the same
eagerness, the same tenacity, the same folly
as before. But nature at last avenges her-
By middle ace he is already an old
man. Or, perhaps, he suddenly breaks down,
even at an earlier period, becoming a con
firmed valetudinarian, the victim of dysp?p
sia, rheumatism, gout, nervous disorders, or
possibly a complication of all four.
If men would attain to the allotted term
of life, they must shun excess in work, there
fore, as well as in pleasure. To kill oneself
by a greedy haste after richps. is as much a
moral suicide as to destroy one's life by wine,
by tobacco, by dining out, by late hours.
It is not sufficient, however, to avoid excess
merely, in order to arrive at " three score
and ten." Judicious exercise must be min
gled with habits of moderate living. Per-
I serial cleanliness must be preserved by bath
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ing, uy irequeiii cuanges 01 unen, ana uy
friction of the skin to induce a healthy state
of that membrane. Many an excellent
clergyman has shortened his days involun
tarily by remaining in his study, when he
should have been sawing wood in the cellar,
walking in the fresh air, or galloping oer
breezy hills. Many an individual, in both
sexes, has brought on disease by neglecting
to keep the pores of the body properly open
ed. Ihe iasruonable practice ot turning day
night into (lav. is also nn
lenemv to length of vears. There is no light
so beautiful as God's free sunlight. The
fair, fresh complexion of most Quaker girls,
and the comparatively faded ones of fash
ionable women, is a testimony, present be
fore us all. iti favor of regular hours, and
against gas-lit ball-rooms. Plenty of light,
also, even in day time, conduces to health.
The inhabitants of dark courts, like prison
ers, wilt and grow wuiv.
A long life is rarely the lot of a passion
ate person. Indeed, only nn iron constitu
tion can withstand frequently recurring tem
pests of anger, hate, jealousy, and other evil
emotions. Literally is such, an individual
"given over to o demon," to. be racked and
into night, and
torn, year after year, till life escapes beneath
the torture. To be just, moderate and true,
is to be, almost certainly sexagenarian.
Yet indolence, either of body or mind, much
less of both, is almost as fatal to a protract
ed existence as excess in pursuit of fortune,
or in the chase of pleasure. Nature is never
idle, and will not allow a man to be so,
without dwarfing his intellect and shorten
ing his days. But as few Americans permit
themselves to rust out. we dismiss this part:
of our subject without further comment.
Who will be wise and live long? Who
foolish, and die prematurely ?
is before you, reader.
No Mother. " She has no mother !" "What
a volume of sorrowful truth is comprised in
that single utterance no mother 1 We must
go far down the hard, rough path of life, and
become inured to care and sorrow in their
sternest forms, before we can take home to
our own experience the dread reality no
mother without a struggle and a tear. But
when it is said of a frail young girl, just
passing from childhood toward the life of
womanhood, how sad is the story summed
up in ihat one short sentence! Who now
shall administer the needed counsel who
now shall check the wayward fancies who
now s'lall bear with the. errors and failings
of the motherless daughter?
Deal gently with the child. Let not the
cup of sorrow be overfilled by the harshness
of your bearing, or your unsympathizing
coldness. Is she heedless of her doing? Is
she forgetful of duty? Is she careless in her
movements? Remember, oh, remember,
"she has no mother!'' When her young
companions are gay and joyous, does she sit
sorrowing' Docs she pass with a languid
step and a downcast eye, when you would
fain witness ths nisliincr and nverflnwina
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gladness ot voulh Chicle her not tor she
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is motherless ; and the great sorrow comes
down upon her soul like an incubus. Can
you gain her confidence, can vou win her
love ? Come then to the motherless with
the boon of your tenderest care, and by the
memory of your own mother, already, per
haps, passed away, by the fullness of your
own remembered sorrow by the possibility
that your own child may yet be motherless,
contribute, so far as you may, to relieve
the sorrow and repair the loss of that fair,
frail child, who is written, motherless.
The Goddess ok Reason. In a Paris pa
per of August 1st, 1817, we find among the
obituaries the following announcement :
" Died, within these few days, in the hos
pital of pauper lunatics of St. Petrie, when;
she had lived impitied and unknown for ma
ny years, the famous Theroigne cle Mericourt
(the Goddess of Reason,) the most remarka
ble of the heroines of the Revolution."
This female was seated upon a throne by
Camot and Fou che, in the Champ de Mars,
and hailed alternately as the Goddess of Rea
son and the Goddess of Liberty. There, was
something remarkable in the latter days of
this poor creature, and her life is not without
its moral. She, who was publicly taught
to blaspheme her Creator, and to dishonor
her sex, was for the last twenty years of her
miserable life, subject to the greatest ot Jiu
man calamities the deprivation of reason.
She. repented severely of her horrible crimes,
unci uer lew uicm intervals were nuea ud
by the most heart-rending lamentations. She
died at the age. of 57. This is another awful
warning to the living atheists, radicals, and
" free thinking Christians." who are now fol
lowing in the steps of the French revolution.
Land Owners in France. The tax books
for the year 1854, show that 12.000,000 of
the inhabitants, or one in three, own land,
with or without buildings upon it. It may
be safely said, that in no country, and at no
period, has thers ever been such a general
subdivision of the foil. Some of the lota
are very small, but neverthel ss the holder is
a landed proprietor, and proud of the title.
Treed by a Locomotive. Some years ago,
Prof. Larabee visited Portland, Maine, lie
had been strolling in the neighborhood, and
was out till nightfall, which found him a
mile or two from his quarters. He started
homeward, and soon came to an inlet for the
tide water, spanned by a railroad bridge,
nearly half a mile in length. One of the
three alternatives must be chosen to walk
about an extra mile to the head of tide water
and to this his tired legs shook a remon
strance or stay there and wait until the
evening train from Boston came in and then
cross and to this his empty stomach de
murred with earnest supfperjlication ; or to
cross now on the bridge and risk it. His
reason protested that was dangerous, but the
legs and stomach had a majority of two-
thirds, and carried the question.
U ver he sta rted he had got a bout one third
of the way across, when he heard the scream
of the steam whistle, and looking back, saw
the " lightning train coming on, at fortv
miles an hour. To get back was impossible :
to outrun it was equally difficult ; to stand
by the side of the track ou that narrow bridge,
with a considerable specimen of the " deep
blue sea" beneath, was inexpedient. What
should he do? One thinks very fast under
such circumstances. On came the train
louder shrieked the whistle; the bridge was
gained and the Professor teas on it. At this
moment his eye caught sight of the telegraph
post standing beside ihe bridge. He ran to it,
caught hold of it and cooned up in very un
dignified haste, while thescreaming,snorting,
galloping train clashed by. As soon as his
nervous excitement calmed down, he descen
ded and walked slowly " supperward." He
thinks, however, that " climbing the pole" is
a serious matter, owns up to having been
tree 1 by a locomotive and escaped by tele
graph. Brookville American.
A Man Before Adam. A conglomerate
work, to use a geological phrase, has lately
been published in Philadelphia, entitled
" The Types of Mankind," made up of con
tributions from the late Dr. Morton, Agas
siz, Usher, Nott and Gliddon. This work
is destined to create something of a commo
tion in the religious world. The idea of the
unity of the race of man is totally discarded
by the authors, one and all. Dr. Usher
makes the astounding statement in this work
that a human fossil has been found in New
Orleans, in the course of some excavations
in that city, to which a pre-Adamite age is
attributed. According to his authority, ihe
skeleton of a man, of the conformation of
our native Indians, was discovered at a depth
of sixteen feet, lying below a succession of
four fossil cypress forests, to each of which
the age of 14,000 years is given. Agassiz is
said to have accepted this as a fact, and
based upon it his assertion that man existed
upon the earth at least 150,000 years ago.
The theologian must either disprove this
statement or be compelled to admit a new
exegesis of Holy "Writ.
The Evening Pest is responsible for the
above. We do not see how the fact that
Dr. Usher makes an " astounding statement
about a " human fossil to which a pre-Adamite
age is attributed" or even that said skel
eton was found at the depth of sixteen feet,
below "four fossil forests, to each of which
the. age of 14,000 vears is eiven." is an ade-
Considering the volume of the mighty Mis-
sissippi, the liberties it takes with its banks,
the rapid growth and luxuriance of vegeta
tion in that semi-tropical region, and the
concurrence of natural convulsions in pro
ducing physical changes, we think he must
be a bold rather than a safe generalizer who,
could deduce with any confidence from such
a data as arc here given the conclusion that
Man his existed on this earth 14,000 years,
much less than 150,000. We do not pro
pose to dogmatize in turn ; but we cannot
believe " the theologian" is " compelled te
admit a new exegesis" on any such. grounds
as these. N. Y. Tribune.