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THE CONSTITUTION AND THE UNION OF THE STATES THEY " MUST BE PRESERVED.'
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 2, 1850.
THE NORTH CAROLINA STANDARD
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TAKING A NEWSPAPER.
A PRACTICAL STORY, PLEASANTLY TOLD.
i Pleasant day this, neighbor Gaskill, ' said one
foster to another, coming into the barn of the latter,
vho was engaged in separating the wheat from the
chaff the means of a fan.
. Very fine day, friend Alton any news?' return
ed the individual addressed.
Nothing of importance ; I have called over to see
it you wouldn't join Carpenter and myself in taking
the piper this year. The price is only two dollars.'
Nothing cheap that you don't want,' returned
Gaskill in a positive tone; 4 1 don't believe in the
newspapers; I never heard of one doing any good,
ami nothing can be got out of them until it's read
through. They would not be good for a cent if the
paper came every week; and, besides dollars ain't
picked up in every corn hill.'
'But, think, neighbor Gaskill, how much informa
tion your gals would get, if they had a fresh news
piper every week, filled with all the latest intelli
gence. The time they would spend in reading would
be nothing to what they would gain.'
i AjdJ what would they gain, 1 wonder? get their
heads filled with nonsensica (stories. Look at Sally
13lack isn't she a fine specimen of your newspaper
esdioggalsl ot wort to her father three pumpkin
seeds. 1 remember well enough when she was one
of the most promising bodies about here. But her
father was tool enough to take a newspaper. Any
one could see a change in Sally. She began to
spruce up and look smart. First came a bow on her
.Sunday bonnet, and then gloves to go to meeting.
Aftrt that, she must be sent to school again, and that
at the very time when she began to be worth some
thing about home. And now she has got a forty piano,
and "a fellow comes every week to teach her music'
'Then you won't join us, neighbor?' Mr. Alton
said avoiding, a useless reply to Gaskill.
'0 no ! that I will not. Money thrown away on
newspapers is worse than wasted. I never heard of
their doing anv good. The time spent in reading a
newspaper every week would be enough to raise a
hundred bushel's of potatoes. Yonr newspaper, in
my opinion, is a dear bargain at any price. '
.Mr. Alton changed the subject, and soon left neigh
bor Gaskill to his fancies.
About three months afterwards, however, they
airain met, as they frequently did during the inter
Have you sold your wheat yet?' asked Mr. Alton.
'Yes, 1 sold it day before yesterday.'
' How much did you get for it?'
1 Eighty-five cents.'
4 No more ! Why I thought every one knew that
the price had advanced to ninety-five cents. To
whom did you sell ?'
To Wakeful, the stoorkeeper in R -. He met
me day before yesterday, and asked me if I had sold
my crop yet. I said I had not. He then offered to
take it at eighty five cents, the market price, and I
said he might as well have it, as there was doubtless
little chance of its rising. Yesterday he sent over
his wagon and took it away.'
' This was hardly fair in Wakeful. He came to
me also and offered to buy my crop at eighty-five
but I told him I had just received my newspaper, in
which I saw that in consequence of accounts from Eu
rope of a short crop, grain had gone up. 1 asked him
ninety-five, which, after some haggling he consented
Did he pay you ninety -five?' exclaimed Gaskill
in surprise and chagrin.
4 He certainly did.'
To bad ! too bad ! No better than downright
cheating, to take such a shameful advantage of a
4 Certainly, Wakeful cannot be justified in his
conduct,' replied Mr. Alton. 4 It is not right for one
man to take the advantage of another man's ignorance
and get his goods for less than they are worth.
But does not any man deserve to suffer who remains
wilfully ignorant, in a world where he knows there
are always enough ready to avail themselves of his
ignorance? Had you been willing to expend two
dollars for the use of a newspaper for a whole year,
you would have saved in the single item of your
wheat crop alone, fourteen dollars! just think of that.
Mr. Wakeful takes the newspapers, and by watch
ing them closely is always prepared to make good
bargains with some half dozen others around here,
who have not wit enough to provide themselves with
the only true avenue of information on all subjects
the newspapers. '
'Have you sold your potatoes?' asked Gaskill,
with some concern in his voice.
4 O no, not yet. W7akeful has been making me of
fers for the last ten days. But from the prices they
are bringing in Philadelphia, I am well satisfied they
are worth 30 cents here.'
4 About thirty ! Why I sold to Wakeful for about
twenty six cents.'
4 A great dunce you were, if I must speak so plain
ly ; he'oflfered me 29 cents for 400 bushels. But I
declined and I was right. They are worth 30 to
day, and and that price I am going to sell
4 Isn't it to bad ? ' ejaculated.the mortified farmer
walking backwards, impatiently. There are $25,
literally sunk in the sea. That Wakeful has cheat
ed me most outrageously.'
'And because you are too close to take the newspa
per. I should call that saving at the spigot and let
ting at the bunghole, neighbor Gaskill.
' I should think, it was indeed. This very day l'l
send off money for the newspaper ; and if any one
fets ahead of me again he'll have to be wide awake,
can tell him.'
4 Have you heard of Sally Black ?' asked Mr. Al
,ton, after a brief silence.
4 She leaves home to-morrow, and goes to R .'
'Indeed. What for?'
' Her father takes the newspaper you know.'
4 And has given her a good education.'
4 So they say, but I could never see that it had done
any good for her, expect to make her good for nothing.'
' Not quite so bad as that friend Gaskill. Bat to
proceed ; two weeks ago, Mr. Black saw an adver
tisement in the paper for a young lady to teach mus
ic and some ether branches in the Seminary at .
He showed it to Sally, and she asked him to ride
over and see about it. He did so, and then returned
for Sally, and went back again. The trustees of the
seminary liked her very mueh, and engaged her at
the salary of $400 a year. To-morrow she goes to
take charge of her respective classes.'
4 You surely cannot be is earnest V farmer Gaskill
said, with a look of profound astonishment.
' It's every word true, ' replied Mr. Akon. 4 And
now yo will hardly say that a newspaper is dear at
any price, or that the reading of them has spoiled
GaskiU looked upon the ground for many job urates.
Then raising hi head He half ejaculated with a sigh:
4 If I havn'c bee a confounded fool, I come plaguy
near it ! But I wil) be a fool bo longer. I'll sub
cube for the" Standard" lo-nwow see if I doV
THE pAMESE TWINS AT HOME.
The recent contradictory reports in regard to the
death of the Siamese twins, have recalled to our re
collection an account of a visit paid them some two
years since, by a gentleman who made notes of what
he saw and heard at the time the substance of which
we proceed to give to our readers.
After being exhibited in England and this country
for some years, and becoming tired of a migatory
lite, they settled down, strangely enough, in the
mountains of North Carolina, where they were
both married ; that is to say-each took a wife. These
were two sisters, named Adelaide and Sarah Lates ;
who were both quite youthful (under twenty years ;
of age,) when they entered into this strange union, j
They were married at the same time. So far as the j
young women were concerneo, u seems mat an went ;
smoothly enough during the court-ship ; but the two
brothers differed as to which should have Sarah, the
largest of the girls, and who is now a bouncing wo
man of some two hundred pounds, avoirdupois. Both
perferred the same individual, in the true spirit of.
tkoir nMMiliar Iwinahin Rnor hnwever. nrevailed I
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and the more ponly tairone became nis ; wnne v.nang
had to content himself with Adelaide who, by the j
way, to any but an oriental taste, was much the pret- ,
tiest ; being, in fact a very handsome and showy bru-
ne , , , . . . . . ... '
Chang and Eng first established themselves, built .
a house, and opened a small country shop, or store, on
rrapp-Hill, in V ilkes county, North Carolina. A
Mr. Hams, who had travelled with them while they ,
were exhibited in the United States, at first assisted I
them in their new business; but in consequence of i
his not marrying to the taste of Mrs. Chang and Mrs. j
limg tne twins aismissea mm, ana since mat time -
have managed for themselves. The opinion of Eng ;
is always the law ; and Chang cheerfully submits, as ;
in the case ot selecting their wives, xatg signs ail seemed to think it would be a terrible fate. But his
the witings required in the course ot their business ; ! reasonf and experience loo, we mav suppose, told
makes all the bargains, and throughout all their af- j him that Ulis tnreat would never be carried into exe
fairs, appears to be the controlling spirit. It is said, - cut-,on fje tried however for a little while to amuse
however (at least Mrs. Eng says,) that her husband j himsef with his mother's gloves, but they were
has much the best disposition ot the two; is much j
kinder to their slaves, (ol which they have a number, )
than Chang. They can handle an axe with much j
tiirff? and dexteritv nlaeincr their four hands, and i
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exerting their united strength upon the implement at :
the same time. They shoot their game, (being tond ;
of hunting,) with all the hands of both resting upon
the gun, sometimes one directing tne aim, ana some- ;
times me omer. in waiKing, or sianuiug, hm near-
est arm of each usually reaches around the waist, or
lies across the other s shoulder.
About the time they settled themselves in North
Carolina, they applied under a law of the State, and
had the name of Bunker added to their Christian, or,
(as I should have said,) Siamese appellates. This
was deemed necessary to a more legal, or formal trans
action of their business, in regard to real estate. Mr.
Bunker is their agent in New York ; and is under
stood to have some $10,000 invested for the twins ;
the annual interest of which is employed by them
in their North Carolina operations. I hey scrupu-
lously forbear to touch the principal sum lu Mr. Bun-
ker's hands. Since their location on Trap-Hill, they j
have purchased another plantation in Surry some j
forty miles distant; and at the time our informant
visited them Chang and Eng were residing there, j
while Sarah, Eng's wife, and her children were at:
the Trap-Hill establishment. As in point of time, j
the first call was upon her she, at first, is here en- i
titled to notice.
He found her with three children two girls and a
boy; the latter of whom is called Decatur. Their
flat, swarthy features, black coarse hair, and low, re
treating forehead, indicated clearly their Siamese pa
ternity. In the large room where the guests were
received, stood an enortnons bed, some ten feet in
width ; which Mrs. Lng Bunker explained, with all i
the innocence and naivette imaginable, was brought i
into requisition whenever her husband, his brother !
and her sister visited Trap-Hill. 44 Nothin shorter," j
she said, 44 would do for them all. The woman,
herself, was good looking, though rather corpulent;
with rich auburn hair, fine teeth, and hazel eyes. The
house was neatly kept; the supper spread for the vis
itors excellent; and although uneducated, Mrs. Eng
displayed much good sense and shrewdness in her
On paying a visit to the twins themselves, at the
plantation in Surry, they were found engaged in j
shingling a house, lhe indoor arrangements ot Mrs. j
unang, pronounceu cuuu,; were more uwwiui man ,
those of her sister ; as she also excelled the latter in j
point of personal beauty. She has also three children; I
the eldest of whom, rejoicing in the' name of Josephine j
V irgima, is six aays younger man mrs. rmg s nrei i
born, i lie next cmia, inow mat we nave come to
these particulars,) was eight days younger than her
sister's second daughter ; and there was about the
same discrepancy (so to speak) in the ages of the
younger, doubly cousins. As to personal appearance,
the children were all much alike.
The twins seemed to be very happy; said they
liked farming very much, ln regard to politics, they
were decided Clay men ; and would like to vote for
him for President, as they expressed it if he (Mr. j
Clay,) 44 would let them." Their religious views j
embrace the Eastern doctrine of transmigration of
souls. They believe, on their death, they (we give ;
their own simple words) 44 go in hog first, and stay
until we repent for de bad in dis world ; den we go
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in l.orse, or deer, or some good animal, and stay al
ways. The Christian religion no good you quarrel
too much about him ; too much different church all
de preachers say him right 'tother church wrong, and
they no speak true all de time." They were plain-
Iv clad in the home-spun cloth of the country ; eom- 1
plain of being poor 44 large family coming," they '
say, and 44 must be saving haps have to travel again j
some time." I
When one is sick, the other is similarly affected ;
when one desires a luxury to smoke for instance the .
other desires the same thing ; in short, whatever ex- j
erts an influence upon the animal sensations of one,
also excites the other. j
Their reflective faculties, or ideas, however, not j
immediately dependent on any animal function, do j
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not seem to act in common at an tunes, in reason- ;
im?. they sometimes reach different conclusions.
North Pennsylvanian. '
Strive. That is the word strive. Whatever may j
be your calling, pursuit, or aim, you can do nothing
worthy of your being without striving without put
ting forth all the energies of your souls. You must
strive to become proficients in knowledge to acquire
a good reputation to amass wealth secure honor
or last, but not least by any means, to enter into the
straight gate and go to heaven. Without striving to
some degree, you will become nothing worthy of
note, but remain idle excrescences on the industrious
Show us a man of energy who is striving to raise
from the hold of poverty or the bed of obscurity, and
we can at once predict what he will become provid
ing he has health and virtue. We can see him rise
slowly it may be but rise he does, higher and high
er till be reaches the summit, where his fondest
hopes aspired. Behold him there the admiration of
all. It was not the love of praise, or power, it was
sterling integrity a God-like principle that prompted
him onward and upward ; and now his earliest and
his latest thoughts are in heaven. He will never be
satisfied till he walks through the golden gates, and
sees eye to eye the holy spirits, whose character and
virtues hs has been so long accustomed to reverence
Young men, what do you intend to become T Will ;
you strive for moral excellence and virtue T Let these I thrown carelessly on the grouna, resemoiea a sieep
be your ambition, and glorious will be your destiny, ing ngune, cast itself with violence upon them, roll
Evil men may entice you .glowing prospects may j ing with all its weight, and tearing them, most vici
I.KiuItnli t'nn kill if VOU have correct moral princi- : oualv with Us teeth. Satisfied that its revenge was
or- vr itvii f ww ww- - - j " 1
irTes in your henrts ilf you strive to overcome pride
ajrd every form of sin, you will escape the glare and
foils of the world, and stand forth a paragon of virtue !
tor the imitation of all. i
Boston Olive Branch. I
" My soul, look well around thee ere thou give thy
timid infant unto sorrows."
One of the hot days of the last few weeks, it was
my lot to be riding in the cars a long day's journey.
When we started in the early morning the traveling
was delightful. The country looking green and
bright with the night's dew, and the soft, cool morn
ing breeze refreshed us as it blew through the cars.
T-l ii aa xxro nunt nil. tlio Qnn (rrenr hntlor artA hiltsr
the d(J8t blew int0 the car80mingled with cinders
and we all felt lhat for lhe re8t of8thjr we wwe
doomed to discomfort. i triedj with a book to lose
sense of the nt but attention was
derted from rea5ing by a group wnih occupied the
seat nearest me it6c0n8j8fed of a molhe, Mhe.
. ,iule briffht.iookinff bov of three or four vears
old. I noticed them when the cars first started sit
ting at a distance from me, but they had now chang
ed their seats, and were so near to me that 1 could not
avoid both seeing and hearing all that was going on.
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me motner, saia in an excited ana impatient manner, i
But the ,itUe one coa,d not be jet He had bepn
traveling for many hours he ,,ad exhausted all his
mean8 0sf amusement, and eaten cake and candy till
he could eat no more He had examined tne cars
over and over again', until the novelty was all at an
end and he eridtmHj hot and uncomfortable. As
weH mi ht te)1 the wind t0 st blowingi as tel,
him t0 bse uiet So he lookcd at bis motherf and
then b 0 tea8e and whinv and t0 aay that he
wa8 UreBd and wanted some water- j thought she
would 8ympathize with the little one, and trv to
amuse omfort nim But the noise evidentfy ir-
ritated her If are not 8tiH in a minute, George
H rn throw you out of the window ; I will do
jL The c)i,d looked fritrhtened for a mjnute, and
8natched away from him, and then he was evidently
compeiled to begin again. " Mamma, mamma, I'm I
tjred," and then came a louder demonstration. By ';
.l c.i i i i.j r i,-. nnn ;n
mis inue uie lamer nuu nancu iiuiu m af, "
pleasant mood it seemed, for, hearing the child's
voice? he immediately made a dive at him, shook him,
and boxed his ear8 vioiently. 44 There now, stop
cryjna and be quiet." But that was utterly out ot !
the ouesl,on. He could not do it at once, and the I
; mother joined her voice to say in the same impatient,
i angry way, 44 Hush, hush, 1 lell you, or you'll get it
I again." As soon as possible the child slopped the ;
! loud voice, and cowed down in his seat with a sulky !
look, rind a disturbed exoression on his face. The!
next time 1 looked he had fallen asleep, much to my
satisfaction, and his sleep lasted till we were near our
Very much of this kind .of treatment of children is
there in the world, and if there were not a kind Prov- j
idence watchin? over these little ones to overrule the
bad influences of early training, still smaller than it:
;a WOuld he the nronortion of pood men and women; I
jjow many parents there are who seem to forget the
tremendous res'ponsiblity that rests upon them, the
great work that God gave them to do when he put
fjtte children in their arms, and who act, instead, as
jfthey sought only how to rear and educate them j
wit, the troilbie to themselves. They seem to I
bpruHcre the time it takes, as if their whole time were
too much to eive to the training of immortal souls
Uh, the impatience that seizes a little cnnu anu in-
i flicts a punishment in the heat of an angry moment-
J how much has it to answer fori Do not be surpris
; ed to see the temper of your child uncontrolled as he
! grows older. You have been teaching him day by
: riav. from his infancv. bv vour own impatience, and
basty yielding to passion, when waywardness and
carelessness have irritated you. Calmly, and quiet-j
iv an,i iovinpiv. must a child be aoverned. If severe
punishment must be inflicted, if in no other way can j
obedience be gained, wait until every spam ol angry
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i feeling has left you, and let him see that you go about
it solemnly and sadly.
This teach in? children falsehood, too, by unmean
ing threats ; what a store of trouble is a parent laying
up for himself who does it ! Not in the smallest de
gree, not in the youngest child, ought it to be prac
tised. The child will remember it ; he will look back
a few years hence ; he will feel that it was false; and
be mav jf falsehood is justifiable in one case it
,8 ln anotlier; if in my mother, in me.
j,0ve and tenderness go veryfar in the management
0f children; not a foolish indulgence that pampers i
the appetite and yields weakly to every foolish de-
8jrt! but the quiet love that wraps the arms about the j
child, and lays
ays cheek to cheek, and speaks so softly
that the little one feels in his inmost heart that he is !
blessed by it ; feels that he cannot slight it or disobey
it. The rough boy on whom threats would be lost, i
who feels too proud to be afraid of punishment, will j
be melted, and be ready to give up darling plans, by
such a love as this.
To educate children as God would have us, to feel
a bope that we are fitting them for heaven, requires!
a iife 0f watchfulness and prayer. Of watchfulness; 1
est we, by our example, by yielding to impatience j
or selfishness, may implant in the souls of ourchil-i
dren, seeds that in coming years will bring forth bit-'
ter fruits. Of nraver: that we mav be aided and .
strengthened by an Almighty hand,
The Flight of Time. In reference to the flight of!
Time, Dr. Spring once closed a discourse in the fol-1
lowing graphic language : !
44 1 shall never address this audience again. I shall .
nnvnr airain meet them but at the bar of God. That
interview seems indeed far distant. But it will be as I
SOon as time, wilh his eagle wings, shall have finished
the little remnant of his short career. 4 After death,
the judgment We die ; but intervening ages pass
rapidly over those who sleep in the dust. There is,
no dialplate there on which to count the hours ofj
time. No longer is it told by days, or months, or
years ; for the planets which mark these periods are 1
hidden from their sight. Its flight is no longer noted
bv events perceived by the senses ; for the ear is deaf,
J . . ' . . mi a IJ .f i:r. u :u
and the eye is closed. 1 ne ousy worm 01 me, which
wakes at each morning and ceases at every night,
goes on above them, but to them all is silent and un
seen. The greetings of joy and the voice of grief,
the revolutions of empires and the lapse of ages, send
no sound within that narrow cell. Ureneration alter
generation are brought and laid by their side ; the in
scription upon their monumental marble tells the cen
turies that have passed away ; but to the sleeping
dead the long interval was unobserved. Like a dream
of the night, with the quickness of thought, the mind
ranges time and space almost without a limit ; there is
but a moment between the hour when the eye is closed
in the grave, and when it wakes to the judgment."
The Camel's Revenge. A few years ago it
chanced that a valuable Camel, working in an oil
mill in Africa, was severely beaten by its driver,
who, perceiving that the camel had treasured up the
injury, and was only waiting a favorable opportunity
for revenge, kept a strict watch upon the camel.
Time passed away, the camel perceiving that it was
watched, was quiet and obedient, and the driver be
gan to think that the beating was forgotten, when
one night, after the lapse of several months, the man
who slept on a raised platform in the mill, whilst as
is customary, the camel was stalled in a corner, hap
nanintr to remain awake, observed, by the bright
moonlight, that wlisu all was quiet, the animal look-1
ed cautiously around, rose softly, and stealing towards i
a apot where a bundle of clothes and a barnous.
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complete, the camel was returning to Us eoeaer. when!
the driiter set up and spoke t at the mistake it had
made, the arrttnal was so mortified at the raHurs and .
discovery of its scheme, that k dashed its head a-j
gainst Uie wajl and died on the spot.. i
It is very amusing to observe how people change
their personal estimates of politicians, as the latter
shift and change their positions on the political board.
An instructive lesson may be derived from a contem
plation of these changes. The lesson is this ; that
we may differ from others in opinion without being
justified in impugning the moral honesty or intellec
tual sanity of our opponents.
In this country it is too much the habit to impeach
the hearts or intellects of those who cannot, or will
not, agree with us in our views of political subjects.
Political discussions invariably sink into personali
ties. A sturdy partisan is considered as going too
far when he admits the leading men of the opposite
party to be honest in their intentions, or well endow
ed in their upper story. This would not look so bad,
if, in the constant changes and fluctuations of parties,
there was not a chance, almost a certainty, that
these very partisans, before they have got to the
end of their row, would he found singing the praises
of the very politicians whom, at a former period, they
were so loud in denouncing. It is therefore, we in
fer, the best policy to combat the principle and attack
the arguments of the political chief you are opposed
to, but to abstain from imputations upon the sanity
of their minds or the integrity of their hearts.
The best illustration of the danger of the opposite
custom we have seen for a long time, is afforded in
the case of our old friend Gen. Foote. We have
known the General a long time, as a high-minded
gentleman, intelligent, bold, and magnanimous, a lit
tle wayward, and self-willed as a politician, and ex
citable as a man and speaker. The General came to
this city some years ago, with the view of being ad
mitted to the bar. He was examined aboutthesame
time we were. He was rejected, we were admitted.
He is now a Senator, and we a poor editor. Despite
this inequality of fortune, (though, in justice to our
selves, we must state that the General is greatly our
senior in years,) we have ever felt an interest in the
General's political career, and have been sorely tempt
ed at times to depart from our independent neutrality,
to defend him against the floods of abuse and scurriii-
ty which it was much the fashion of some writers a ,
short time ago to pour upon his head. But the Gen
eral has had his revenue. These very persons, who
then abused him without stint, are now his fulsome, j
eulogists. His course on the Compromise bill has
entirely changed his mind, heart, and character. He
is now an orator of burning eloquence, stinging sar
casm and powerful invective. A little while ago, with
these very same people, he was the clown of the
Senate a pestilent little mischief-maker a diminu-
uvo cur, snapping ai me neeis oi eiepnanis anu wnu i
buffaloes. His quite creditable, though a little ego-
tislical orations, were farces, disgraceful to the Sen-
ate and his exhibitions ol pugnacity were truly hu- ,
milmting to all who venerated the Conscript bathers ,
Kit I'll- ucuuuilbi hi, iz. uu ncnui 1,1 ucuiiii'i "
five feet nine Hercules, who every day breakfasts
upon the sprouts of Chivalry, dines upon Disunion
is ts, and sups on old Benton, served up with roasted
44 Oh ! what a change is here my countrymen ! "
Will some one hunt up son.e extracts from the Bui-
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ago, and compare them with their present views ol
the same dintingmshed gentleman 1 A. 0. Delia.
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ing remarKaoie inciueni. vve uo not mm u mijiru-
per to state that the individual referred to is the late
Mr. Greigg, who was lost at Gloucester, Friday,
August 16th, 1850, by the capsizing of a boat in a
squall. It was at Gloucester, also, on the day pre
vious to this causuaity, that his adventure with the
robin occured ; and it was at Brighton, in our neigh
borhood, that his family met with a similar adven
ture. Button Transcript.
The following is a statement of facts as they oc
cured as simple and short as we can make them. It
would be easy to give wide play to sentiment and
fancy, in connection with so striking and unusual an
occurrence. Superstition might attach to it irrational
fears, or hopes as groundless. We confess we hard
ly know what to do with events like these ourselves
breaking in, as they do, upon the settled order of
our experience, and startling us with some new ex
ception to the common course of our observations.
They evidently belong to no system of distinct and
intelligible communication from the other world to
this. It is not easy to imagine a satisfactory plan of
spiritual disclosures to which they would be harmo
niously adjusted. In that sense they teach nothing,
and yet to us they appear capable all inexplicable
and exceptional as they clearly are, and though we
cannot take the first step towards interpreting them i
they appear capable of leaving us more pure, more !
reverential, and more believing than they find us.
We rejoice in a religion which does not exclude from
its subordinate confirmations the vaguestand most un
intelligible mysteries, nor forbid even creatures less
ilian human to be humble and dumb witnesses to its !
spiritual promises. j
A gentlemen, with some friends, was lately ramb
ling over the rocks, near the water, in one of our sea
shore towns. His attention was presently attracted
by a robin, full grown, and apparently quite unhurt,
running in his path, flitting about his feet, and, con
trary to the proverbially shy instinct of that bird,
keeping very near him. He took it up in his hand,
fondled it, patted its feathers, and, after showing it
to the party and remarking on its singular tameness,
tossed it into the air. The next day, this gentleman,
having put out from the adjacent beach in a boat,
with tour others, for a sail on his return, and when
within sight of land, by the capsizing of the boat,
a suddenleak sprung in her, was drowmul with all
his companions. His body was recovered, and a few
days afterwards was buried, in a cemetery some
twenty or thirty miles distant from the scene ot the
The day after the burial, the grave was visited by
his wife and daughter. As they approached the spot,
they were in hesitation for a moment, not being
familiar with the place, which, of several new-made
graves, was the one they were seeking. At this in
stant a tame but sprightly robin ran on the ground
before them and stood by them before the grave of
the husband and father. One of them took it up and
caressed it, and after some remark about the singu
larity of its conduct, let it go when it flew down,
alighted on the raised mound over the grave, and
laid itself close to the earth. The daughter immedi
ately took it up again, and it was dead.
The Great Western Rail Road, from Niagara Falls
to Detroit, is put under contract, and will be com
menced immediately on the section lying between
Hamilton and London. A meeting was held a few
days since at the Clifton House, Niagara Falls, at
which all the Directors and a majority of the Contrac
tors were present, and the spirit manifested promised
a vigorous prosecution and early completion of the
work. The distance ot 240 miles from the snspen-
sion bridge at the rails of Sandwich, the grade ot
the road will be almosta perfect level, except amoun
tain at Hamilton. Another remarkable feature of this
road will be a direct ran of fifty miles, being the long
est tangent of the kind in the world. It is expected
that the trip from Niagara Falls to Detroit will be
made in six hours.
Work if you woulo Rise. Richard Bnrke be -
ing found in a revery, shortly alter an extraordinary
display of powers in the Mouse ot Commons by lust
brother, Kl.nund. and quei..neu ty Mr. maioue as
to the cause, replied : " I have been wondering how
Ned has contrived to monopolize all the talents of
the family ; but then, again, I remember, when we
were at play, he was at work." The force of the an
ecdote is increased by the fact, that Richard Burke
was considered not inferior in natural talents, to his
brother. Yet the one rose to greatness, while the
ether died comparatively obscure. Don1! trust to year
genius, young man, if you would rise : but work !
work ! work !.
THE COCOANUT OF JAMAICA.
Mr. Bigelow, writing from Jamaica to the New
X ork Post, thus describes the manner in which the
people of that beautiful Island neglect the blessings
of a beneficent Providence :
44 To illustrate this supineness a little more in de
tail, there is the coconut, one of the most profitable
fruits that the earth produces, is turned to no account
whatever by the Jamaicans, though it grows as
luxuriantly here as in any quarter of the globe. I
was told, by a gentleman who had a large number of
these trees growing, that he would esteem it the best
property on his estate, if he could get one dollar a j
nunared tor the nuts, but that there was a very limit
ed market for them at any price. And yet there is
no part of this fruit that is not valuable. It thrives
in a sandy soil, and bears in Jamaica within three or
four years after it is planted. From its flowers the
finest arrack in the world may be distilled, and the
best of vinegar. A coarse brown sugar may also be j
prepared from the flower. The green fruit yields a j
nutritious and delightful drink, and a more substan-
tial food in the pulp which contains the liquid.
When ripe, the fruit is popular as an article of diet ;
in all parts of the world. Prom that fruit a pure oil !
may be extracted, which may be manufactured into j
candles, soap, and used in a variety of other ways, :
in which vegetable oils are available while the re- j
fuse, or oil cake, as it is called, is a most excellent j
food for cattle.
44A medicinal oil is extracted from the bark, which
is used, 1 understand, in Ceylon as an efficacious I
remedy in cutaneous diseases ; the root is also used !
for medicinal purposes ; its elastic fibres are some
times woven into strainers for liquids, while the tun- j
ber may be used in building, or converted into beau- j
tiful articles of furniture. The husk consists of!
tough fibre, from which cordage and rigging of the j
best quality may be manufactured, and which furn
ishes the finest stuffing for mattresses that is used,
not excepting hair.
44 1 saw some of this fibre manufactured at the i
prison in Kingston, for mattrass-stuffi ng. I am satis- j
fled myself that if its value was known in America j
it would bring a higier rice tha an- commodity
now in use for bedding. The specimens that I saw
were manufactured by the convicts, at a cost, 1 was
told of six centg d Hajr C08t8 wilh t b
lieve, about twenty-five cents. The process of man
ufacturing it is very simple. The husk shells are
soaked perfectly soft, and then pounded out until the
fibre are all separated. This was done in the prison ,
by hand, and without the use of machinery, and yet
the article could be produced by them for six cents i
- nnnnA p- ,ua ;,i a 1TDr C11nitt ,!. ;lu
somelhing, foJr instance, iike that to which rags in a
papfcr.iniU are first subjected, it is very apparent that
lhe cost of inanurilcturing it might be reduced at
least one.half. When I asked whv machinery was
not employed in this department of the prison, I was
told that they had not work enough to occupy the
convicts if machinery was employed. Of course. I
had nothing to say to a reason so conclusive as thai
44 The supply of the e husks would be almost in- '
exhaustible. They have no more use or value here
! than walnut shells have with us, and may be had by
wiiiii nuinu oiiui ! v j win uc u I1U sua V uuu
of lhousand lons could' be manufactured lor
a thousand dollars, and be worth in the port of New
York not less than $4,000 as soon as the usefulness
of the article became generally known."
Schleswig Holstein. A court martial held in the
fortress of Rendsburg, the stronghold of the Schleswig
Holsteiners, the result of which has caused more
f rief and consternation than the loss of the battle of
dstedtor theexplosion of the great laboratory, which
cost so many lives. The accused were six hundred
and three in number, forming the 13th batallion of the
line in the Schleswig Holstein Army, or rather the
remainder of what was left of it after the battle of
Idstedt, it having before that day numbered nearly
nine hundred men. Among the accused were Colonel
Bandowsky and five officers of fifteen, the only sur
vivors of the battle. These men sought the post of
danger, and fought most valiantly, but they did so in
violation of orders from superior officers, and are
accused ot losing the battle, lhe court
urn u. "ruge o. un.urmuaie uien, out pun.sneu
them for disobedience of orders. Bandowsky fought
fiercely and lost between two and three hundred men,
but by not supporting the centre of the Army where
he was ordered, he is accused of losing the day.
M de Bandowsky, who was ignorant of the crime
which he had committed congratulated himself at first
at being so providentially saved. Leaving his ba-
. i c .1 r- . i . i i I
tallnn ho hnctpnpn in thp nrnfiAniifi nf dan W imiodoii
whose intimate friend he was. It is said the General
embraced him and then bade him go and seek a glo- i
rious death. M. de Bandowsky understood his friend,
and took up a position in the rear guard, to cover the
retreat of the Schleswig Holsteiners against the ex
pseu ,,Ursuu ui me enemy, oui uu pumuu was mnue
toe v.ctors had nought Iheir success dearly.and
leu noi uisposea 10 nope any longer wun so onsunaie
and brave a foe. The Colonel of the 13th therelore j
! had no chance to die a glorious death, and before the
sun rose on the following morning, he and his brother
officers were placed under arrest, while his men were
disarmed and marched off to Kendsburg.
nn 1 , t - "5,
1 he membersot the Court were unanimous in find-
ing all the accused guilty, and the sentence was, that
M. de Bandowsky, with the five surviving officers,
be shot, whilst the non-commissioned officers and pri
vates were to be decimated. The Lieutenancy of the
Duchies confirmed the judgment so tar as regards toe
! six officers ; the sentence upon the non-commissioned
officers and privates was commuted into a less severe
but more degrading one, namely the serving as out
i Psts for three months, clothed in a uniform made of
g"y '' a,iU WMI'"8 ",c J 10 UU'P,W"
1 1 : a r . am a d 1 1
only worn by convicts. As for M. de Bandowsky
and his five brother officers, they have probably ere
this succumbed to their fate on the glacis of the fortress.
John C. Calhoun. The character ot this extraor
dinary man has been the theme alike of extravagant
praise and obloquy, as zealous friendship or earnest
enmity have held the pen. His sun has lately sunk
below the horison; it went down in all the splendor
of noontide, and the effulgence of its setting yet daz
zles the mind too much, to justify an impartial opin
ion. But whatever may be the diversity of opinion
as regards his patriotism, or the integrity of his pur
pose, no one who respects himself will deny him the
possession of rare and intellectual faculties; of a mind
capacious and enlightened ; of powers of reasoning !
almost miraculous ; of unequalled prescience; and of
a judgment, when unwarped by prejudice, most ex
press and admirable.
On this, the greatest occasion of his intellectual
and political life, he bore himself proudly and glori
ously. He appeared to hold victory at his command,
and yet determined, withal, to show that he deserved
j it. There was a strength in his argument that seem-
ed the exhaustion of thought, and a frequency of ner
vous diction most appropriate for his expression. The
extreme mobility of his mind was felt every where
and immediate. It passed from declamation to in
vective, and from invective to argument, rapidly, but
not confusedly, exciting and filling the imagination
j In his tempestuous eloqiiencp, he tore to pieces the
1 arguments of his opponents, as the hurricane rends
j o,.K "7" m,na;
P.s-, " '"7 . ' 1 "'"V no
ZSS u - . a 7 u
'oc that seemed impregnable, and demolished the
most compact theory, in a breath.
Advertising. Horace Greeley says, some men
who know enough to advertise, are s narrow as to
confine their advertisements to journals of ttw?ir own
creed or party. If they do no choose to trade with
any but men of like faith, this is wise ; but if th'y
desire tohev the whole public for customers, it is
Solemn Soliloquy of A Defunct Loafer
IS WHICH TBimX IS XOBSTBVTI THAW POITBT.
Seth Grimes and I were elcssnritM once,
A nd I was rich and be was poor ;
I had alas! it was my hane !
The wealth a father laid in tore.
Seth toiled at mom and noon and night,
Until his hands were hard and brown,
To pay his board and tailor's bills,
While I was lounging round the town
But mostly in the dry goods stores,
To see the pretty girls come in,
Or smoking with my jolly peer.
Who were the fools of Auld Lang Syne.
The village belles looked proud and fierce
If Seth made e'en the least advance ;
And none from Inez down to Poll,
Would be his partner at the dancs-
But I, half drunk with sparkling port,
Waltzed with the fairest of the fair ;
And " high born " Inez' proud papa
Once asked what " my intentions were !"
Thus stood Seth Grimes and I at school ;
And yet on exhibition day,
Although the ladies praised me much,
He, somehow, bore the prize away.
In brief through long and weary nights
He stored his mind with knowledge rare.
And I learned how to guzzle wins
And how to pick a good cigar.
Some three and thirty years have passed
Since we on life's great sea set sail.
And lo ! the beam is sadly turned
In fortune's strange uneven seals.
My vaunted wealth has taken wings
And flown awav to parts unknown ;
Indeed with sorrow be it said
I'm on the poor-Htt of the town ;
While Seth, who toiled to pay his way,
Until his hands were hard and brown,
Is now receiving his reward
As Senator at Washington.
Bethel, Vt. O. V. M.
HINTS TO HOUSEWIVES.
Vanilla Charlotte. Buttera plain mould, split
t'ome sponge biscuits and pack them close, the brown
outside; pour vanilla cream into the centra, then set
in a cool place all night, and turn out when required.
Nsw Castle Pcdding. Butter a basin or mould,
stick it all round with sultanas or dried cherries, then
put in a slice of bread crumb soaked in milk, and ov
er that layers of thin bread crumb buttered, and boil
for an hour and a half.
Beef Pressed. Salt a piece of the thin ptrt of
the nanli, the tops ot the ribs, or a piece of the brisket.
wth sa's and saltpetre for five days. Boil until very
tender, then place between two boards, with a heavy
weight upon thc top one, and let it remain till cold.
Serve as it is, and garnish with parsley.
Orangeade. Squeeze out the juice of an orange,
pour boiling water on a little of the peal, and cover it
close. Boil water and sugar to a thin syrup, and
skim it. When all are cold, mix the juice, the infu
sion, and the syrnp, with as much more water as will
make a rich drink. Strain through a jelly-bag, and
Durable Whitewash. Mix up a pailful of lime
and water ready to put on the wall ; then take a quar
ter of a pint of flour, mix it up with water, then pour
on it boiling water, a sufficient quantity to thicken it;
then pour it, while hot into the whitewash. Stir it
well together, jand it is ready for use. This white
wash will not rub off.
Scouring Drops for Removing Grease. 1st. At
cohol, pure, ( oz., rectified essence of lemon 8 oz.
2nd. Camphene 3 oz. essence of lemon 1 oz. mix.
Some dirpct them to be distilled together.
3rd. (French) Camphene 5 oz. pure alcohol I oz.
sulphuric ether 1 oz., essence of lemon 1 drachm.
4th. Spririt of wine a pint, white soap 3 oz., ox gall
3 oz., essence of lemon I oz.
, Thk Ngw Steam Chatham, Arrived St
FayetteviUe on Sunday last. We are much pleased
j her a pearance She lookg trim and neat.
j She w , 12 , and 1? wide. Thfl ho,d . 1Q0
feet Sh(J ig bMt f n ht materia,s and dra w,
: b(U 12 feet w light. She has but one wheel
, and the ate, Sne ifi steered whh 3 rudderB
. Im nn thft nmmftna(ln au . 9nil RmtZ '
. - . !.. . '
informs us she wilt turn any of the ugly points on
! our crooked river with great ease. Two hundred
and fifty persons can be' seated on the promenade
The Chatham was built at
Newbern, by the
by the Cape Fear
Messrs. Dibble, and is owned
; Steamboat Comnanv
, Her fa 't. and tellti,. filt(wI op.
Btain-(l ,flss kv ,:t,t. - - -fi.n,ifo infM1
ance to objects within range of their reflection.
There are berths for 24 persons, and accomodations
n j ..j, e j -rri
Her Captain says she will beat anything on the
1 1 1 11.1 vi aueiii, aim win ivii 111iii 1 a,ni iciiiD 10
Xi:i - .: e. n
1 Mira. V . r cnua unjl i. til run f.AiTt C" i .
ti-iiiiugiuii i:a iiyni ai any unit;. r uv. 1JT,
Narrow Escape. Upon the arrival of the New
York, on Friday night of last week, abont 11 o'clock
amid the hurry and confusion of landing some fifty
mules from the boat, and just as another drove of
mules came upon the dock, a young lady, a stranger,
fell or was accidentally thrown from the plank into
the water. AH was excitement and hubbub. It be
ing dark she most inevitably have perished had net
Mr. Geo. H. Townsend, of East Haven, discovered
her just as she was sinking for the last time.
With the rapidity of thought, he suspeaded him
self by his bands from the wharf (built on piles) un
der which she was sinking, and reaching his feet in
to the water as she was passing out of sight succeed
ed in exciting her drowning grasp upon his legs. He
remained some time thus suspended, sustaining her in
the water, while the bewildered spectators were run
ning here and there and calling, some fer lights, some
for ropes, and some for a boat.
At last they raised Mr. Townsend by his arms,
the lady still grasping his feet, until they were able
to reach her, and her rescue was effected. When ta
ken from the water, she was entirely insensible, and
it was several hours before she recovered.
New Haven Palladium of Seturday,
This Attkmpted Abduction Robinson It Be
dred's Circus. An article appeared in our paper some
two weeks since, in which we alleged an understand
ing that sofue one of the company of Robinson &
Eldrcd's circus had attempted the abdnetion of two
young girls, the daughters of a widow Clark, living
on Beebee's Island. From inquiry of the girls in
question, it appears that the individual who desired
them to accompany him, and who refused, until se
verely threatened, to give them up, turns ont to be the
keeper of a side show merely, and thai he had ne con
nection with Robinson & Eldred's circus. The whole
facts in the case are as then represented by us, with
the exception that the person who attempted the of
fence was not of the circus, although he represented
himself as such to the girls. WuLertown Union.
Edwin Forrest, the Tragedian, was arrested
I Sheriff Carnley, at the Astor Hoase, yesterday mor-
h eomplaintot Catherine Forrest, hie wife,
toW t0 jii a 10,000 to hoco the
peace so far as Mrs. F. is eeoeerBed, she neftnc tosff
ful of an assault frees film. An injunction ban sjeo
been granted to restrain Mr. Forrest from conveying
away his property to the injury of the right fceb
Mrs. Forneat has therei n. M re. Forest has else, WM8V
in a few days, commcnod a tri$gn the Cowls of this
State for divorce against Mr. Forrest, en the charge
of adultery oouunttted with several persons.
New Turk Tribune.