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COT OT FACTORS.
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V as " Unles earetNreO Datm. -
Congress has several times bad under
consideration a plan for organizing a
school of instrnetton for those who shall
enter the civil service of the govern
ment. It would not be a bad idea, if the
plan were adopted, to require that all.
candidates for Congress shall be matric
dated in this institution, and graduated
soly after passing through a full and
complete course in good manners. The
scenes which have occurred during the
present week are not such as to inspire
the people with respect for the breeding
of their representatives.
On Wednesday, Mr. Fernando Wood
earned a vote of censure by speaking of
the reconstruction bills as "the most in
ramons.mesanres of this infamous Con
gnress," and rethsing to retract when
asked so to do. Shortly afterward, Mr.
Farnsworth, as if not to-be outdone in
isecourtesy, alluded to the joy which
Caen. Hancock's policy gave the "rebels
at the South, and their rebel brethren
an the floor of the House." But he had
suficient lingering good sense to with
iraw the offensive expressions applied
to his peers. Yesterday, Mr. Ross, of
Illinois, spoke of Farnsworth as "a mock
soldier, who rotated from the station of
brigadier to that of congressman, and
took pay for both," and who had "all
his relatives quartered upon the govern
ment." Thereupon Mr. Washburne,
defending his colleague, complimented
Ross as one of those who "took heavy
onutracts from the government, and,
while fatting upon the spoils, attempted
to destroy it--entering the House while
their hands were dripping with blood."
Fhis suggested to Mr. Ross the fact that
Wash burne is "the groomsman of a
Presidential candidate in the bondhold
ers' interest"-with which observation,
and others of the same sort, the unpro
stable debate closed.
There is something very pitiful in this
tournacy of blackguardism, which would
disgrace a pot-house and make a loafer
blush. What shall we think of the
statesmanship of those who cannot dis
cuass the gravest questions of public pol
icy without calling each other names;
nor settle the fundamental principles of
government without raking the vocaba
lary of billingagate for offensive epithets
to apply to each other? Just now it is
in the highest degree important that
Congress should enjoy the respect and
sonfidence of the country. Members
who thus make it the arena for an exhi
bition of coarseness, not only degrade
themselves, but do infinite harm to the
cause of constitutional liberty, of which
they are the defenders. At a period
when the country is passing thronkuh a
crisis that may decade its destiny for all
time, ou~ congressmen, at least, should
approach their duties with a grave de
cormn that comports with their magni
tude and importance. Let buffoonery
and railery be reserved entirely for the
President and his allies. Such scenes
as those of the present week remind us
too forcibly of those in the French
Chambers which accompanied the dawn
ing of revolntion.-[Albany Evening
Journal, Jan. 18th.
It was the sa3 ing of a heathen that
he who would do good must either have
a faithfhl friend to instruct him, or a
watchfnl enemy to correct him.
"Who owns a city of New York to
dayT" asked Mr. Beecher, in his sermon
recenutly, and his prompt reply to his
own query was, "the Devil."
AvARICE AND &GENERO~iITY.-An
anecdote is told of Velpeau, the eminent
French Surgeon, who (lied a few years
ago. He had successfully performed on a
little child five years old a most perilous
operation. The mother came to him
"Monsieur, my son is saved and I
know not really how to express my gra
titude; allow me, however, to present
you with this pocket book, embroidered
by my own hands."
"O Madame,"replied Velpean sharply,
"my art is not merely a question of feel
ing. My lire has its requirements, like
yours. Dress even, which is a luxury
for you, is necessery for me. Allow me
therefore, to refuse your charming little
present, in exchange for hbore substan
"But, Monsieuir, what remuneration
do you requirel Fix the fee yourself."
"Five thousand franca, Madame?"
Tle lady very quietly opened the pocket
book, which contained ten one thonsand
franc notes, and counted out five, and
after politely handing them over to
A PAoCEL OF PROVERBs.-Ifthe Cap
Ats, wear it-out.
Six of one, and half.a-dozen of the
None so deaf as those who won't
Faint heart never won fair lady-nor
dark one other.
Civility costs nothing-nay, is some
thing to your credit
The best of friends must part their
Amy port in a strm--bnt old port
One good tnra deserves another-in
Youth a the plow-ad Pleasure at
t helm--vearp ssriieskh,
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NSw PurIrzxe Pauss.-M. Maaelnol,
a Parisia, has invented a new and re
.nrkable pristing press, which strikes
oatasi handeut espies a minute. Four
of these presses awe now i opeatio*p in
the ocee of the Petit Jouarnal, a morn
ag je6sSan, Sad wOorel146MIp 0apieU
o hour, the elseslatim of the psper
being 444,000 daily.
Ref.r. I !.urhp
Wooders will- never cease. In this
progressive age and this rapid land it is
never safe to imagine we ame at the end
of our rope, and that no more new ideas
are going to be presented. After all the
af.uence of strange notions, intellectual,
religions, political, and social, that have
marked these last twenty-fiveyears, we
to-day ask attention to one not less
strange, not less revolutionary, not less
opposed to all our time-honored preju
dices and usages than any of its prede
cessors We refer to a movement lately
set on foot for the purpose of introdu
cing a new system for preparing for mar
riage, or, in ether words, a new system
of courting. To this interesting subject
we this morning devote a considerable
portion of our columns, as our readers
may convince themselves by turning to
another page, where they will find the
argument for this rather unexpected re
form presented with eloquence and ef
feet by one of the most distinguished
and admired of our female authors.
As we understand the proposition, it is
that-in the fbture, in all those tender
little acts of admiration and devotion
which make up so large a part of that
most delicious stage of human experi
ennce which begins with falling in love,
and ends-if events proceed favorably
---with a proposal of marriage, the ini
tiative shall be taken by the lady. It
shall be her part to make the first trem
bling, feariul, anxious advances. She
shall send the bouquets and sing the
serenades. She, finally, taking advan
tage of some lull in the intoxicating
whirl of the dance, or of some kindly
shade in the afternoon stroll, or of any
of these thousand protecting accidents
that are ever wont to befriend true lo
vers, shall whisper the momentous ques
tion, and, we presume, offer the first
thrilling kiss when the hoped-for affirm
ative response has been sighed forth in
We declare that we are as yet unable
to form a decided judgment upon this
important project. Our prejudices
and we confess it with terror, lest the
fair advocate of this interesting reform
should class us among those "Iimbeciles
of both sexes" against whom she launch
es her sarcasms in advance,-our preju
dices are decidedly in favor of the old
method. It is convenient; it is also
pleasant; and its results have so far been
pretty satisfactory; It is true, however,
that experience may prove to be in favor
of the new plan, and the fervor with
which Mrs. Oakes Smith advocates it
makes us feel that there is probably
something in the whole subject that
transcends our knowledge According
ly, we will take the course which pru
dence indicates; and for the present, at
least, will decline to be counted either
among the friends or the antagonists of
the proposed reform. We hope, never
theless, that the movement will not be
allowed to languish; measures should at
once be taken for a thorough agitation
of the country, in its behalf. Conven
tions should be held, societies formed,
and every other means of public discus
sion resorted to. In this way, whatever
truth there may be in the idea will soon
be established like a great rock that can
never be overtnrned.-[r[cw York Sun.
There are thirty pounds of blood in
the human frame, and two hundred and
forty-eight bones. Women have the
same number, not including whhlebone.
A Connecticut infant was so fortunate
as to be born with three noses. Would
do for a Congressional smelling commit
The entire amount of gold in the
world at the present time is estimated
at about $5,950,000,000 in value. If
melted together it would make a lump
of 660 cubic yards. If beaten out into
gold-leaf it would cover an area of about
ten thousand square miles, a tract one
hundred miles square, less than the ex
tent of Vermont, and little more than a
fifth of either Pennsylvania or New
An Ohio gentleman had a dream six
months ago, in which the day of his
death waspredicted to him. On the
day of his intimated, hlie took out an in
sarance policy for $3000, got on a rail
road train and was barned to death at
John Van Buren once sauntered into
one of our city courts, and seated himself
beside a friend who was conducting an
important suitf. After several questions
had been put and exceptions taken, Mr
Van fnren, thinking that the ruling of
the bench was a little odd, asked, in his
peculiarly quiet way: 'who is on the
other side, in this case, besides the
Congress has given to the different
Pacific Railroad companies one million
and a quarter acres of land, worth now
at least two hundred millions of dollars,
and in five years it will be worth a thou
sand million- perhaps twice as much.
A new st3-le of veil has been invented.
It alloirs the lady to see-the covering
for the eyes being of different material
from the prtton that cot.s the fae.
The London Times publishes a state
ment that the foaundation of Solomon's
Teasple has bean exhumed, and that
even the pihinnue on which the tempter
placed ourt iviur ht bese uandoer~aed
to its base.
As illic kistller in kept the
renue omicaeas way h petteg the ig
* Uasall poxf" over i~ drT.
SoLOMON'S TaowRE.-The following
account of this remarkable piece of me
chanism purports to be taken from the
Persian manuscript, called "The History
The sides of it were of cure gold, the
feet of emeralds and rabies intermixed
with pearls, each of which were as large
as an ostrich's egg. The throne had
seven sides, on each side were delinea
ted orchards full of trees, the branches
of which were of precious stones, repre
senting fruit, ripe and unripe; on the
tops of the trees were to be seen figures
of plumaged birds, particulariy the pea
cock, the etnaih and karges. All these
birds weie hollowed within artificially,
so as to occasionally utter melodious
sounds, such as the ear of'mortal never
heard. On the first step were delinea
ted Vine branches having bunches of
grapes, composed of precious stones of
various kinds, fashioned in such a man
ner as to represent the various colors of
purple, violet, green and red, so as to
render the appearance of real fruit. On
the second step, on each side of the
throne, were two lions of terrible aspect,
large as life, and formed of cast gold.
The nature of this remarkable throne
was such that when Solomon placed his
foot on the first step, the birds spread
their wings.and made a fluttering noise
in the air., On his reaching the third
step, the whole assemblage of demons,
and fairies and men, repeated the praise.
of the Deity. When he arrived at the
fourth step, voices were heard address
ing him in the following manner: "Son
of David, he thankful for the blessings
which the Almighty has bestowed upon
us." The same was repeatel on his
reaching the fifth step. On his reaching
the sixth, all of the children of Israel
joined them; and on his arrival at the
seventh, all the Lirds and animals be
oame in motion, and ceased not until he
had placed himself on the royal seat,
when the birds, lions and other animals,
by secret springs, discharged a shower
of the most precious perfumes on Solo
mon, after which two of the karges de
scended and placed the golden crown
upon his head.
Before the throne was a column of
burnished gold, on the top of which was
a golden dove, which held in its hands
a volume bound in silver. In this book
were written 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
telateil that on the approach of evil per
sons to the throne, the lions were wont
to set up a terrible roar, and to lash
their tails with violence, the birds also,
and the demons and genii to utter hor
rid cries; so, for fear of them, no one
dared be guilty of falsehood, but all
confessed their crimes. Such was the
throne of Solomon, the son of David.
FuuN AT IIOME.-Don't be afraid of a
little fun at home, good people! Don't
shat up your houses lest the sun should
fade your carpets; and your hearts lest a
hearty laugh shakes down some of the
musty old cobwebs there. If you want
to run your boys, let them think that all
mirth and social enjoyment must be left
on the threshhold without, when they
come home at night. When once a
home is regarded as only a place to eat.
drink, and sleep oen, the work is begun
that ends in gambling houses and reck
less degradation. Young people must
have fun and relaxation somewhere; if
they don't find it at their own hearth
atones, it. will be sought at other and
perhaps less profitable places. There
fore let the fire bun brightly at night
and make the homesteat delightful with
all those little arts that parents so
prefectly understand Don't repress the
buoyant spirit of your children. Halt
an hour of merriment, round the lamp
and firelight of a home; blots out the
remembrance of many a care and
annoyance during the day; and the best
safeguard they can take with them into
the world is the unseen influence of a
bright little domestic sanctum.
A new daily paper has been started
in Paris. It is printed on a paste form
ed of confections, and can be eaten after
it is read. All its news will be well di
gested, of course.
The word "tariff" comes from the old
Moorish fortress of Tariff on a promnonto
ry at the straits of Gibralta', The
Moors occunpying this fortress exactedl a
duty on all merchandise coming in or
going out of the Mediterranean sea.
The Ronsd Table is authority for the
statement that Gen. Grant's reticence
is carried into religion '.s well as poli
tics, and that he attends Dr. OGallaudet's
Church for deaf mutes.
The Paris papers insist that the object
of the English expedition tq Abyssinia
is to establish the:s.elves permanently
in that country, as an offset to the
French establishment in Africa.
rssID IT.-"Do you believe in ap
pearance of. spirits, tfathert" asked a
rather fast yeang man of his indulgent
"No, Tonm, but I believe in their dis
appearance, since I missed my bottle of
Bonrbon last night," replied the old
What s. 'eurbelt ht Pat! The man
that measured me sald ft was five foot
ten, or ten foot five, I am not eiactly
Inse which, bua it was either one or tIme
Ztisbtedthathe fhads remove
from the Th~suary o he 8tae of OGes
gaia by he pOLvr Jemhie bere hi. kimm,
al ss t* $35d,00
NECESSARY RULBS OP SLEEP.-Dr..
Winslow wisely says there is no fact
more clearly established in the physiolo
gy of man than this, that the brain ex
pends its energies and itself during the
hours of wakefulness, and that these
ire recuperated during sleep. If the
recuperation does not equal the expen
liture, the brain withers-this is insani
ty. Thus it is that, in early English
history, persons who were condemned to
death by being prevented from sleeping,
always died raving maniacs; thus it is
ilso that those who are starved to death
become inseane-the brain is not nour
ished, and they cannot sleep. The prae
tiesl inferences are three:-lst, Those
who think most, who do most brain
work, require most sleep. 2d, That time
'saved" from necessary sleep is infalli
bly destrnctive to mind, body, and es
tate. Give yourself, your children, your
servants--give all that are nuder you,
the fullest amount of sleep they will
take, by compelling them to go to bed
Lt some regular hour, and to rise in the
morning ae moment they awake; and
iithin a fortnight, Nature, with almost
the regularity of the rising san, will
inloose the bonds of sleep the moment
nonugh repose has been secured for the
wants of the system. This is the only
safa and sufficient rule; and as to the
iuestion how much sleep any one re
auires, each must be a rnle for himself
treat Nature will never fail to write it
gut to the observer under the regula
tions just given.--[S(ientis( Amerteas.
Wao Is SAE.--God has never yet
created a mind that can safely challenge
;ombat w,th the appetite for drink.
Earth has no ambition that is not en
iulfed. no hope which is not blasted, no
tie which is not broken, no sanctuary
which is not invaded, no friejpd, kins
nan, brother, wife, or child that is not
Forgotten; no fibre of human agony
which is not wrung. Minds of common
nould will go through life without ex
jess while those gifted with God-like
sowers are smitten with weakness. The
sifted author of Childo Harold walked
n fetters, and died at Missolong'hi of a
Irunken debauch. He who led the pro
section in the British Parliament
)gainst Hastings, was hurried to the
;rave to escape the clutch of his land
ord. Poor Charley Fox; and the author
)f Gertrude of Wyoming, died a drivel
ing imbecile. How the "Gentle Elia"
wept of the habit that enthralled him.
Ah! how the tragedies of human individ.
al history-of temptation and fall
stalks before us! The history of the
beat minds of our land is darkened by
these episodes of weakness and ruin.
THE>PAPER BUSINESS.-It is estimat
ed that there are 1000 paper mills in the
United States, with about $40,000,000
capital, and producing about 1,200 tons
)f paper daily. The rags that are used
innually are said to be worth $60,000,
100, and amount to 37,500 tons.
Press.-A Frenchman having heard
the word"press" made use of-to imply,
persuade, press the gentleman to take
some refreshments, press himn to say,
atc.-thonght lie would show his talents
by using what he imagined a synony
nons term, and he therefore made no
scrnple.to cry out in company, "Pray,
squeeze that lady to sing."
Some of the results of tihe censns taken
throughout Germany, on the 3d1 of
December, 1867, have already been
published. Breslan has now a popula
:ion of 1864; Erfurt, 40,555; Cologne,
119,516; Eberfel, 68,000; Aix-la.Chapelle,
38,000; Leipzig, 91,508; Nurembnrg,
1,798; Dusseldorf, 62,806; Esson, 40,430;
Warzbnrg, 41,6061 Osnabruck, 19,574.
A negro delegate offered a resolution
in the Georgia Convention to the effect
that "no man or woman, of either race,
be allowed to intermarry, unless he and
she, the contracting party, want to."
The total number of emigrants that
sailed from Liverpool to all parts of the
United States, British North America,
the Australian colonies. South America,
etc., for the year just closed, amounted
to 115,681, and for the previous year
123,383, showing a decrease as compared
with 1866 of 7702.
The entire corn cropfor l867 amounted
to775,820,000bushels. One-fifth small
er than the year preceding.
The girls of Northampton have been
sending a bachelor editor a bouquet of
tansy and wormwood. lie says he don't
care-he'd rather smell that than matri
The New Haven Register tells of one
of the best mechanics in that city, who
cannot obtain work at any price-end
his case is not an exception-while his
farumily for a month hare been living on
one meal a day. His color is white,
otherwise ise might go South and draw
his rations from the Bureau.
An editor in Michigan, talkingof eorn,
professes to have a cuaple of ears fifteen
inches long. Some folks erj remarkable
for the length of their two ears.
GentlUeness and forbearance are so
sweetly teampered ad. mingled in the
constttitteos of women, that they bear
the hardship of their lot, Lheree
pecliarly severe it may be, witeat
leveling a satire gfleet auek as m,
by the generality ot tbitrseat Mt auged
as more fortuaste.
Whtaeer iaslvely elhaget-the see
and the harra reeks will remain Imer
ts bhey are.
OLD MA r. 3AlT 80ovnas ga Bo
"ULYas"-TLOe Geeral's father esne to
town the other day, and stopped with
"Uyss," as he calls his boy, whom hl
found seated at his fireside, smoking, of
course, and surrounded by members of
his private and military family. About
the first thing the old gentleman did
after shedding bis overcoat, was to come
at his unpumpeble offspring with,
"Ulyss, are you i favor of negro snffra
ge'" [No resDonse, only vigorous
pUff.] "I say U]yss, are yeo is favor
of negro suffrage?" "What do you think
of it?" inquired the General, with Yankee
shrewdness. 'The old one stated his
position-he's for an intelligence quali
fication, and so oa.-"Well, now, Ulysa,
I've answered your question, I want
you to answer mine. Are you in favor
of negro suffrage? If you are, you'll get
beat all hollow, wtth all your popularity,
for Ohio went fitty thousand against it.
and if she was to vote on It again to
morrow, she'd go a hundred thousand
the same way." "I havn't talked poll.
ties much in the last five er six years,"
was the reply of Ulysses, the Silent.
At last accounts, the old gentleman
was in doubt as to the position of
"Ulyss" on negro snffrage.-lWaat. Cor.
A ball was recently given in Chicago
"gor the benefit of the poor,"which cams.
within four thousand dollars of paying
expenses. The Chicago T'ribxue pub
lishes the balance sheet and calls- upon
the poor to liquidate the bill forthwith.
No young man in OCyclades, where the
principal business is diving for sponges,
is allowed to marry until be can descend
easily to a depth of twenty fathoms.
They dive deep out there for a wife.
The codfish aristocracy propose to
hold a convention to look after the
interest of the fisheriesa.-. B. Mer
PLBASUR.LS OP READING.--Of all
amusements that can possibly be ima
gined for a working man, after a day's
toil, or in the intervals, there is nothing
like readiag a good newspaper or inter
eating book. It calls for no bodily ex
ertion, of which the man has had enough
-perhaps too much. It relieves his
home of dullness and sameness. Nay,
it accompanies him to his next day's
work, and gives him something to think
of besides the mere mechanical drudge
ry of his every day occupation-some
thing he can enjoy while absent, and
look forward to with pleasure.
Robert Stevens, colored, of Charles.
ton, has entered suit in the United
States District Court against the Rich
mond and Fredericksburg Railroad, for
compelling his wife to ride in a second
class ear, when she had a first class tick
et. He lays damages at $18,000.
A paper notorious for its veracity says
that a man in New Hampshire went out
gunning one day last spring-he saw a
flock of pigeons sitting on a branch ofan
old pine, so he dropped a ball into his
gun and fired. The ball split the branch.
which closed up and caught the 'toes of
all the birds on it. He saw he had got
them all, so he fastened two balls
together and fired; cut branch off, which
tell into the river; he then, waded in and
brought it ashore. On countinu them
there were three hundred pigeons, and
in his boots were two barrels of shad.
A badly-bunged-up Emerald-Islander..
in response to the inquiry," Where hlavo
you been?" said, "Down to Mrs. Mil
roony's wake and an illogant time we
had of it. Fourteen fights in fifteen
minutes; only one whole nose left in thle
house, and that belonged to the tay.
SOUTHERN INDUSTRIAL CoNvENTIrrN.
-)r, A. L. Plough is endesvoring toin
augurate a Southern Industrial Conven
tion, which shall have for its object the
education of the young men of the Soutts
as practical mechanics, and the estab
lishment of mechanical schools, where
they may be taught.
The day fixed for holding the Conven
tion is the 13th of next April.
The preliminary arrangements and
the plan for the final operation of this
project will be given at an early day.
We were shown a circular, setting forth
the objects of the convention, whichl
was ntumerously signed by some of our
largest merchants and most nfluential
That the South needs mechanics of
he: own, and that she has been too long
dependent upon the North, in this, as in
many other respects, does not admit of
a doubt, and any plan looking to the
educatieon of our own mechanics, and to
the development of our own resources,
should meet the approbathon and cordial
support of every 8onthern man. We
wish the Dr. success in his very lauda
ble umdertaklng[.-(r . O. Piepsme.
There is a story of a party of ladic~
on board a ship in a storm ef Cape Hat
teraMs, who shamed their male friends by
their superlor resignation to the imme
diato pttepeet of thipwee, bhtt Who,
fortunately artriving at NIbera, broke
inte waslinst end 'lmlams exeration
over the saturated odltionof thime damery
in tbder trunks.. L._a mm ma esndure
th- Vatte Satus,.