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THE BEAUTIFUL DBOOY.
VltOM THE I'Xri'llMSIIKI) CllltOMCI.l; OK ,\ TU.\Vlll.l.lJlt.
It is well known to all in any degree
familiar with tho history of Mexico, that a
regular system of highway robbery exists in
every section of that miserably governed
country; ami that through a want of interference
of the autlioiittes, tiiis has grown
tip into such a regular ami formidable .shape,
that every traveller must be prepared to put
his life at hazard at every stage, or he pro
vided with a suitable eontiibutioii for fos
<cabulU'ros del rautiuo (the knights of the
road,) who, in the event of finding you prepared
and willing, will make their levy with
r politeness only equaled by tho smiling
\andiord, when he receives your overcharged
fare for your last night's entertainment.
AVIiv such systematic boldness of robbery
is allowed?if not with the connivance, at
least with rarely any in'crtVrence, of the
government or state authorities ? is one of
those mystical matters which among many
others, so puzzles and perplexes the intelligent
foreigners, but llial such is the disagreeable
truth every traveler through that
wretched country can bear am pic testimony.
Some years ago, h iving business which
first called me to the Capital of Mexico, and
thence through the interior of the country
to the northward, I in<-? with several tinil
ling adventures, which I have recorded for
the benefit of whomsoever may take an interest
therein, omitting only the dates, they
being non essential to the interest of the
The first of the series occurred on the
route between Vera C'mu and the city of
Mexico. In the regular diligencia running
between the places jti<t mentioned, 1 had
passed through the beautiful ci'y of Jalapa,
and entered the gloomy town of i'erote, i
without meeting with any unusual incident,
though being continually warned to be on i
mv frrn'irfl ntniiul tlir* il'iitir.trc of ilia rn-i.l
?r>* o n v.?#? ?.
At l'erote, where we halted for a relay ami
refreshments, all my fellow-passengers took
leavo of me, very solemnly assuring me
that, if assailed by the Imlranet?, or robbers, .
it would be much belter for mo to take
matters quietly, and sutler myself to be ,
genteelly plundered, than to mn tlic ri>k of.
having my threat cut for resistance, as I
hail somewhat boldly proclaimed it was my
intention of doing. I thanked them for
their advice, and replied that I would take
the matter into serious consideration.
At l'urotc, I repeat, all who had been my
companions from Vera Cruz took leave of
me, this being the end of their journey in
that direction, but there was one new passenger
here to go forward, whom, to my
agreeable surprise, I found to be a beautiful
young lady, some twenty years of age.
Seiiorita l'aula, as I subsequently aseer
taiued her name to lie, was indeed one of
those rare beauties seldom met with except
in works of fietion?tall, graceful, with a
profusion of long, black hair?soft, clear,
melting dark eyes?features as perfect as
ever came froin the hands of the sculptor,
and with an animation the most fascinating,
varying in expression with every changing i
mood of the intellectual possessor. A glance
at her bewitching dark eyes allowed me 1
that she was one who was naturally of'
social disposition ; and as we rattled away
from the gloomy town, I took the liberty of.
opening a conversation,.
"They tell mo," said I, "that the route be- ,
tween here and Mexico is a very dangerous
one to travel."
"There is littlo to fear," she replied, with !
a sweet smile and in a melodious tone, ox
c?'pt from the professional robbers, a ml they '
seldom harm any one wlio makes no resistance."
"It seems strange to me," I ivjoined, "tliat
you Mexicans should take such things as a
matter of course, and deem resistance a very :
impolite way of treating the knights of the
road, instead of boldly asserting your rights^ i
and abating tho evil by a manly spirit of
resistance. Tor myself, I must consider it !
the most cowardly of proceedings, for any
respectablo party to 6tt out prepared to
quietly gratify the cupidity of the lailrones
and unprepared to treat them to their just
' Every r traveller, Senor," 6he replied,
"should before setting out, count tho cost of
Iris journey, and as of courso it is natural
li&-8hould value his life highly, it seems to
ine natural that he shou!d pay a certain sum
for positive safety rather than put that life
in jeopardy. For instance, in travelling
from Ver/t Cruz to Mexico, if he will first
rcckon, that 60 much is tho fare by the diligencia,
nftd that so much will bo required
for entertainment on the way; and so much
for tUe contingency you speakof, -Itb will
then have the exact co*t between two points;
and if he wilt, look at the whole nsllio sum
total of hw jouruey, he will not seem to be
robbed by any ouo party moro than ah?
"Tjiat/* I repKed "may be,i^ tJefifctopfo,
the Mexican mode of doj^ 'l>faiQe*,*but
ddes not tally with the preconceitrftf ideas
^ateve?y one," replied the fair speaker,
"should codform to the customs of Hie country
"And Jo you then go prepared for this
highway rubbery? and have you n?> fear in
thus journeying bv yourself?"'
"Well, Seiior, what run 1 do? I am as
you perceive an unprotected ladv ; who
for certain reason*, am required to make the
jouruey between 1'wrote and the Capita!
some twice or thrice a year, and you certainly
could not expect me to go j ire pa ml
to resist an armed band ! As to fear, I will
not deny I have my share, of that; but, so
far, I have never met with any rough treatment,
and of course I trust to the saints that
mv fortune will ever he as propitious."
"And have you really been robbed on
vonr journey back and toi-lli?" I inquired.
"I think I have paid my share t?? the*
/ftdrones for my transit through their country
!*' she laughed.
"Anil you expect tj continue a repetition
of the same for the rest of your li!"*
"Who knows?*' she replied. "At least 1
hope to bo always prepared."
"And your fellow-travellerssaid I;,
"have you never seen any disposed to resist
these unlawful acts'"
"Unco, Setior, an American and an Km*lishmau,
who were in the satin* dili<renc.ia |
with mi*. Hied upon the robbers, killing oik*
and wounding two."'
"And did the robbers fire hack ?"
"Ves, hut lh.il immediately, and fortunately
injured none of our party."
"As I should have expected,*' returned I.
"Von were not robbed on that occasion, I
"We were not, Setior ; but the two foreigners
subsequently paid dearly for their
resistance ; for in journeying bark and forth, >
liutli were killed, separate ami at different
times, near tlie same spot. Von see these
crosses l>y the side of the road, Senor?'1 |
I have observed them frequently, but here
they seem to be much more numerous,I
replied, looking forth from the Vehicle.
"Each stands on the spot where some one
has met a violent death,11 she rejoined ; "and
as \vc go along, I will call your attention to
those which mark the places where the
foreigners met theirs."
"Do you know," said I. "that I am resolved
to emulate their example, let the coti>e?pu?nces
be what they may J'1 I
"llolv saints defend us!" she exclaimed;
"you are not in earnest, Senor 2"
"Seriously so, I assure you."
"Voii would only bring certain death .
upon us both."
" ""av rather, I should lighten the expenses
of tlie journey?for your knights of the
road understand retreat as well as advance
?and you yourself have acknowledged that
firm roistince put them to lliglit for once."/
U15ut there were numbers opposed to
them, Senor, and you are only one."
"l?ut fortunately I have a couple of revolvers,
which, ii: two good hands, amount
to mine ten or a dozen shots, and my fiieiids
have repeatedly told me I am not a bad
"All! Santa Maria! you will think better
of this, Seiior?the very idea of resistance
"But not llic idea of robbery ?"
"Because I have never met with violence."
We continued to converse in a similar
strain for some time longer?my fair companion
gradually changing the subject, and
seeming much interested in myself. 1
learned that her family nati.o was Valcrde,
that she was unmarried, that her father and
brother were officers in the army, and so
forth, and so on; and in return I gave her
my own name, stated something of my history,
business and prospects and altogether
became more communicative than I would
advise any friend to bo with any stranger of
either sex in a strange country.
i\s we continued our journey, Hie conversation
gradually changing from one tiling to
another, Sonorita Paula suddenly brought
it back to the point where it first opened.
"We arc coining upon a dangerous part
of the road,'' she said ; "are yen still resolved
to defend yourself if assailed Y'
"With your permission, Senorlta ?"
"I don't think it advisable," she replied,
j ''but still if such is your intention, I think it
' 110 more than ri<jht that you should give rnc
a chance to take a prtrt in my defence, since
j my risk of danger will be as great as yours!''
"And have you really the nerve, after nil,
; to defend yourself ?'' I inquired.
"If I.h:?d the means, Senor."
"I have two pistol.*,* said I; "If you will
j accept of one of them, it is at your service!'
"You are very kind, Senor?but can I
fire it i"
"With ease, Senorita and producing
one of my revolver?, I explained to her tike
manner in which it was to be uwd.
"Aud thin, you say, will shoot some* hall
n dozen times 1"
"I think it Bafo to calculate that Ave
charges out six will explode, Senorita."
"A'Very formidaMeJVenpon, ind^d 1" aim
replied; "and with supb I can almost' fancy
we ar*#af??. Tou hate another,.. you #iy
I produced it.
"What ft beautiful invention !"
' ecrved, reaching over and taking it from
' my bnml. Tlieii extending licr bands, one
! of llie ri-v.ilvcrs in each, she continued :
' Armed like this, one mi?hl almost omul
himself safe against a host! Yon say this
is fired in this manner?'1 sin- proceeded,
cocking one of the weapons as slic
and pointing il toward the road.
'.lave a c.ire, Senori'a; or you uiildi.s
The woi'Is wore scarcely altered, when
Iier tinker pressed the trigger, and one of
tin; barrels was exploded with a shaip report.
A minute after ami while 1 was g-ati,.
,.i.; i:.,.. I i,. 1 .. i
tramp of horses, ami several sharp, raj?i<i
exclamations. Tim next moment our conveyance
was stopped suddenly, ami we saw :
ourselves surrounded l>y some eight or ti n
mounteil inen, on** of whom, in a haul voice,
"Yield, you prisoners or die !"'
"Qui; k, Seiioiita !*' said I, oxl?*in1:nj* my
hand ; "quid* ! iii 1leaven's name ! inve me
one of those weapons ! for now is our time
for decisive action
' Nay,*' she replied, p'.i'.tinif the weapons ><
1 K.-lii ml her, "v?;ii will he too hasty! I .el
them suppose we vie!.!?let them op:;n the
"< 'h, no! it will then lie too !:?t1
As I spoke, the dooi was suddenly thrown
open, ami three or foltr swarthy, heavilybearded
men presented themselves to my
'<iuiek, Setiorilu, for tlic love of <?od !"
I cried, ?;r;?~|?iiii^ at her arm.
' 1 luld !*' s!io exclaimed, instantly presenting
one <?t' my own revolvers to my
head. ''-Resistance is useless?you are our
' flood (!?.><]!"' exclaimed f, perfectly astound
trd ; u O'tr prisoner did you say ? It
is not possible that one so lair and lovely as
yourself, is in any maimer connected witii
'"It is even so, Senor," she replied with
one of her most bewitching smile-5, still
keeping one of mv own weapons fumed
norriivi&t niVsrll' .Mini vi-m?11. - -1 n I 1\? n..inl itt r
the other to tlx: dcor. "You will oblige
us by forth and giving yourself into
the care of these good gentlemen, who
will see that you are treated as a brave man
should be, but who will trouble you meantime
for any little change ami valuables you
might have to spare !"'
There seemed l<> be no help for it?the
beautiful Seiiorita 1'anla Yalerido was a spy
ami accomplice of the hulroius. .She had
entered the diligcncia at IVrote for no other
purpose than to asscertahi the exact condi- '
Lion of things inside, and be able to signalize
her assocates as she passed along, so 1
that they might know exactly in what manner
to conduct themselves and make their
work sure without ri?k. My a simple stratagem
she had obtained my arms, ju.-tat i
the point where site knew the attack would
be made ; and her discharge of the pistol,
as if by accident, was the sign to show them
t li'il all was secure.
"I acknowledge mysolf conquered by being
outwitted !"' said I, bowing to la Seiiorita.
Then turning to the robbers, who had
I now collected in a body, in front of the door
! of the diligencia, I e?.>i*tiitin.'il :
! "Gentlemen, will you permit me to alight
and make you some valuable presents? In
tliu language of your country, all 1 have is
The leader of the parly bowed politely in
return, and said, willi a grim smile :
"Sir, Seiior, we shall l>u most happy to rc
ceivc anything which so distinguished a
traveller may have tobiS'.ow."
With this I quietly stepped from the
; vehicle; and one quick giaine put me in ,
possession of the whole still" of affairs. The
diligencia had been stopped iu a wild,
gloomy place, and the driver was sitting
| i-arelessly on his box, taking everything as \
t a matter of course. lie might also be an
accomplice of the rubbers, or he mi^lit not, j
but. in either case, there was litlle hope of j
assistance from him?any attempt of the .
kind would certainly briiiir upon him a
, severe }>unisli tnc-nt, sooner or later. [glane,
c<l up and down the road, where it wound
! between dark, overshadowing tree?, but dis- I
covered nothing to give me any hope. The !
robber*, some eight or ten in number, and j
I all well armed, were collected around me, )
I part of them mounted am! the others stand!
ingot) their feet, holding their mustangs by
llie bridle. Looking upon my case as a des'
perato one, so far as being plundered was
concerned, I still retained lny presence of j
mind, and did not wholly despair. True, I
; had been outwitted, and disnitned, and now
' stood singly between numbers; but tlio j
I idea of yielding tamely to this outrage was ;
| repugnant to my very nature, and I resolved j
' to put the Icagt favorable opportunity for .
I defence and retaliation to the strongest test, j
L "Will you acccpt this purse ?" said I, j
1 producing one that held several gold coins, j
| and handing it to the chief of the ludroncs. \
**rTlionl/' t'nii Sinfinr ! Pnii ?rn i?a?? !" !
ho said, as Ihj took it in his hand, with a
polite bow, and chinked lliu money.
' This diamond pin may prove acceptable
to.your friend ?" I added, as I 'quietly removed
it from llio bosom of my shirt, and
' handed it to tho gentleman on his led, who J
received it 1ii the safrie polite inauricr. ''This
r diamond ring IL trust.. you will retain as a ?
keepsake.:" I continued; driving the jewel
from my-finger, and nrewtnting it to a third.-"
f be'g your ^>?Won, Senoref" iVuraufcd,
glan<juig at" tho-.SenoriU, wyo? with
iny*pistols Mill in |^r p<>ssbssiot>, was qui^tly%antH%w1ti?m-tlj?j'diVgcrt<rTa,Ir?gltKi}ng
the* wbohs ' proceedkijjr' Willi ?ne of h?r
sweetest saglttfi. ',4$ust not ftfrget Uii *
Itaufiful laity! I Wave hore," I went-'on, irt
, tli? wine producing 'article, "a v?ry
III <lWT**"*~ HWfi?ll>n*i'rtf?t *H?rfmrlr
beautiful u'-'M simtl" I?<>x ? sol, as you |?*reciw,
with diamonds?will your lad\sliip
honor iu<! bv arivpling tliisas a sliglit t?>lcon
of my ivgaid lor the pleasure afforded me
l>y y.>itr company ami conversation ?*'
"Voii arc a very gallant gentleman,
S.-iiorslic laughed, taking tlie two i? v?.1 vers
in one fair haiid, and present in*; (lie
I reached tin; box toward her- but my
hand li< inlil' d a little?and jnsl as the
present was about to touch her tingors, i>
slipped r.nd It'll between ii<.
"A thousand liaitloiw. Seiim-ifa I*.i* ?i? !. .
I - " ' '
warduess !*' I said, as I bent down to pick
Now was tin* all important moment - (lie
moment of lit"'.- ami < 1 o:1111Ail were in a
measure <?1V their guard ; and ono ?|niek,
fin live glance show oil mo that tin* gill sliil
lifM my weapons carelessly in one liand,
with lli<! other remaining extended lor the
prize. I lifted the box carefully; hut as I
raised myself, 1 gave a wil.l, s l a it! i i >tx yell :
and as the S-norila started hack. I. with tin:
<piickncs.3 of lightning, m i/.ed both weapons
and wrenched them from her.
To wheel and comim-nro firing upon the
party, was now only the work of a moment.
Tin' first shot, fori nnate!v, sireldied out the
chili: the second took eliect on iheos:',
nearest to him; and l?v the lime tin.1 thiol
had been sent lo its mission, there arose one
simultaneous yell of dismay, and the astounded
robbers began to scalier in every diree- 1
t >n. 1 had tin di-poslioti lo f- llow them,
however, anolher minute they might rallv
riiid turn upon mo ; and springing forward.
I grasped the reins of a freed mustang, and
vaulted into the saddle. < >ne more glance
around mc showed mc the Seimrita l'atila
upon the body of I he ehief. Iter laughter
changed to grief, and some of the scattered
ro wards Insuring their wciimns lo bear upon
' Adios SenoM'ri, and Senores !*' said I
1 sj11?-i'v ; '"he laughs he<-t who laughs l.i-t !"
The next moment I was dashing away
.]i-.w 11 the ton.I, tIn! half vailled robbers p.>nriug
a ft or me a volley, but ! Innately ti? ?t
touching th< ir iii.uk*. They would doubtli-s
havts t'..!!..w.-.l tiu; in h??t pursuit, bu! for
the wholesome dread I hey had of lliv still
undischarged wcajisiii. As it \va? I escaped,
and entered the town nf I'uehla in triumph;
where it is almost needless to add, a narrative
of inv exploit made nte a hero and a
lion for the time. Here I sold my eap'ured J
mustang and trappings lor enough to in- (
deinnifv mo for what I had disposed of in t
the way of presents, and the next day saw -j
mo an inside passenger of the same diligen- 1
eisi, in ran If lor Mexico, where I arrived in '
safety, without any further event worthy of; '
note. i }|
What became of the rubbers and their \
beautiful accomplice I never learned; but c
the lesson taught me on that journey 1 have '
never forrgotten ; and during; the remainder !
oi my stav in that country, no pretty wo- j
men >vor had the honor of being mv biisi- |
ness conliduute, or of getting possession of i
my tm.ily ami unfailing revolvers. 1
A Sharp Housekeepor.
I never see the reason why your snvirt t
housekeepers must of necessity he Xan- ,
tippes. I once ha>l the misl'oitune to be dome.-ticatcd
(hiring the summer months
with one of this genius.
I should like lo have seen the ailventur- ,
ous spider that would have dan-d to plv his }
cunning trade in Mrs. Patriot's premises. ' '
Xobodv was allowed to sleep n wink after '
daylight beneath the roof. Kven the old i ^
rooster crowed nn hour earlier than any of
his neighbors. 4<!o ahead" was written oti *
everv broomstick in the establishment.
She gave her hu>baud his breakfast, but- ,
toned liini up in bis overcoat, and put liiui I
out of the door with hi. face in 'he direction !
of the store, in less time than I have taken '
to te ll it. Then sho snatched up six little ,
1'aniots, scrubbed their faces up and oowii, ! t
w thont leir n'.l to fee!iu?;* or pug-noses, till t
they shorn: l.ke a row of milk can*.
'Clear the track !' was her motto on wash- ; 1
ingdays. She never drew a long breath, t
till the wash tubs were turned bottom up | f
wards again, and every article of wearing ; I
apparel, spiinkled, folded, ironed, and re- j '
placed on the backs of their respective own- ,
ers. It always gave me a stitch in the side (
to look at her. '
As to her 'cleaning days' I never had ( 1
courage to witness one. I had to lie under i *
an apple tree in an orchard till she was : ?
through. A whole platoon of soldiers | <
wouldn't have frightened ino so much as : '
that virago and her mop.
Vou should have seen her in her glory ]
on 'baking days,' her sleeves rolled up to ,
her arm pit? and a long check apron swath- j <
around her bolster-like figure ; the great j '
oven blazing, glowing and sparkling in a j
mat.tier very suggestive to a lazy sinner like . ;
myself. The interminable row of greased | c
pio plates, hikI pans of rough and ready i '
ginger bread, and pots-of pork and beans, ! '
in an edifying stato of progression; and the I '
iininenso embryo loaves of brown and
wlieaten bread. To my innocent inquiry, ,
whether 6ho thought the latter would rise, i
she set tier skinny arms akimbo, marched J :
up within kissing distance of my face, cock- i
ed her head on one side, and nsl?ed if 'f
thought slio- looked like a woman to be '
trifloil with by a loaf of bread?' Tho wny ! (
I settled down in my dippers without a j
reply, probably convinced her that I was no 1
longer skeptical on tlml point.'
Saturday-evening she employed in wind-1
ing up everything "that whs unwound in tho j
house, the old entry clock included. From '
that time till Monday morning^sho devoted 1
herself to h?r husband and* aabbaticai cxcrI
ciseB. All I li'ave to say is that it is to be I
liope<J she carried someot' tho fervor of'ber j
secular employmeivt into those haieyon dajfs. \
"Mr. Smith") you said yc>u ortee officiated .
in the pulpit-?did ycm mean by that thai
you preached f" "No.nir, I held th$ light
for the ml?n who did pr?arh." "A'h, the
coui$< understood .you differently. Th$y
ttupprfsed that the discourse came fiom
yy\fc' "No sir, I* only'throned a |;ttle
light upon it." !
There's Work Enough to Do.
Th? bliivkl>ir<l early leaves its ro<t
'l'<> tn?<*t ill.- -niiliiitr morn,
An*l ??altiering fragrant* f?r it-? iivst
l'rojn uplainl u'li'tj a:i>l liiwn ;
'l!i" liii-v Ik'ij that, win"* it* wiiy
'Mi?l sweet? of vui ii-il Inn-,
Aii-1 every (lower wuul-l seom to say?
'l'liere's work viMMIgli l.o do."
Tlio cowslip ."??? ? tin; ",>! . ;?. 1 itit; vine,
'Pic ilai-y in tlio grass
Tlio snow iSrnji ami tin- volant ino,
1'ivaeli sermon* jwtliey j>im.
Tin* ant, wi'liin it * cavern
WonM liiil ih lalior loo.
AII i writes ii|><*:i ins 1.1 iiv neap ?
Th.-r..\s vvi>i !; enough to do."
Tin- plimcl*, at their Maker'.* will,
M-iv? onward in llf-ir ear*,
lVr Nature's will is never si ill?
lYo^rer'.-ive ih I Ik- ,-lais !
leaves that flutter in the air,
And bUlnmel- btVeZcs Wmt,
<.?;i?? solemn truth to man declare ?
"There's w?>rk enough to do."
"Who, then, can sleep, wlici) all around"
l< net ive, I'l e.-h and fixe '
Small :nati?creation's lord- he fo;md
lui-y than t!u: bee '
Our ctiut t-and ii I' -w nro the tield,
11'man would Search them through,
The best of sweets uf labor yield.
And "work neiiyh t<> do."
To have a io.sr f.-r thoje '.vho weep,
She sotiiOi drunkard win ;
To risetie a'! I he children, dc'-Ji
1 ii ignoi a*i'jc or sin.
T?> ltel|> I lie poor, I lie lilltlgrv feed.
To irivt* hiiii c**at itiiJ shoe ;
To see that nil :iu \vrit<- and read "Is
wiiil: enough to do.*'
The time is Miort?the world ii wi<le.
All'! lillleh has lo .loin* ;
'J'lii.-? wond'roiis earth and all its ptide,
Will vaiii-'n with the ?un !
The moment.'* lly on liu'litnintj's wing?,
Ami life's imoertain loo.
We've none to waste nn foolish l!iing?-"There's
woil: emuiL'h to do."
The Washington l.'uion, of the tlOth lilt.,
uldishcs in lull the admirable oration of the
loll. I 'aleli t'llsllillg, ot Massachusetts, before
he 1 nited States Agrieultiinl Society, deliver
1 at Richmond Vn.. on Thursday, October
Sih. Wu .select from it the following short
xtraet ii: reference l?> the newspaper as an il
tHtrati'in of the intellcctual activity of the
ig.; in wliU'h we live:
' M?st wonderful, T ?av, is the intellectual
ln.l social activity and etliciency of our time-.
i\'e perceive it in th<! teeming earth, in the .
Towded c'ty, on the burdened sea ; v e , o ceiv d
it in tin: increased productions of society,
in<l its fixed monumants; wo perceive it in our
olb-geS and schools, in the debates of the ! *slntive
assembly, the court, the hustings, the
uljtit, uii'l the lecture room; we perceive it
n that uuiuiiiirimihlc fecundity of human
houghtof which printing is the prompter, the
niiiister. ami the propagator.
Take, us exhibitor, ami at the same lime as
Uustratioii of this fact?take that fiimi'iar
bin jr. a newspaper, a rare luxury of the rich
nee, now the neeercary of universal daily life
?of th<! mental life of men?as much as food
iiul drink are of the physical life, llow various
ire the contents of that diurnal sheet?how exensive
is the knowledge it imparts?how va?t
s the lield of its action and its usefulness!?
iVIiatever wants there may bo in the human
jleast, it shows how they may be satisfied. If
t be, as (Jowper say.-1, "the herald of a noisy
'News from nil nations lumbering a t its back'
o it is the silent monitor of the erring, the so i
ace of tlie sorrowful, the companion of the sol- i
tary, and the messenger to all of thought and
'elleetion. When Shakspenre, with not un....
I..I.I.. ^li.nnlinni.ri.lc n'.ui. fill ..C.
i............ ... .v ...
J?r?"\vli??#e end, both at the tir.^t ami now, iriw
ind is. to hold, as it wcii>t I lie mirror ii|> to na- ,
iiiv,.l<> show virtue her own feature, scorn his
>wn linage, nnd the very age ami body of the
itno its form ami pressure*?how felicitously,
hough unknowingly, did he not. represent the
iHer", of the newspaper press at the present
iitic! Faults it has in ample iinnibc:* and de?re?\
undftubtedly : for whatever iu.*n do, in
licit- hiirlitest as in tlieii lowest woiks, testiios
to the imperfections of our nature ; and the
tress, with its very short-comings, is indeed the
. cry mirror of the passing day, and of course,
witli its wisdom and folly, its virtues and its
/ices, and nil there is of hleuded good and evil,
>f Orinuzd anil of Ahriuian, in the ways of the
ivorld. And how the steam engine, and the
-ail ron.l car, and the ocean ship, and the telegraph,
conspired to accumulatc and to diffuse
lie mass of intelligence in that newspaper
ilieet! l.et us ad<l, as another sign of the ad
.aneed state of society, that the knowledge
lad scholarship manifested in the callings of
.lie hi.her class of the newspaper pres.', wlicth i
inCKurope or America, arc e.jual now to the
'anions literary authorship of other tiinas.?
What a reputation was attained l>y Junius
?n account of a few newspaper articles ill the
Loudon Public Advertiser I And yet many a
leading column of the better journals of England
b'rauce, Germany, Spa In,-Italy, and the United
States, cuino before us day by day, nnd passes
>tf without our special note and with no individual
fufhe to its author, though it be higher
in composition and purer in spirit than is any-'
Liang irom llic iiami 01 Junius.
Man with a 1'etmfied Wife.?A few
lays since, (says tlio Cincinnati Inquirer of
Oct. 30tli.) a gentleman residing in Rising
Sun, Indiana, wbo li:fd married n Bfcond
Lime, wished to remove tlio body of his
wife to n new cemetery. Preparation |
were madefto that effect, and laborers opened
thegravo in the usual nfanner; but when
they reached tho coflin they could not lift
it, so great was tho weight. After obtaining
considerable assistance, however, the
men succeeded in raising the coflin from
tlio tomb. They then could not resist thy
temptation of peering into the coffin and
learniiig the reason for its unusual' weight,
and found instead of tho wmaips ofa.corp.se
a stono figure, (.ho exact counterpart of the
tyomaii who hu.4 died. Tliis'tftfaiigo story
soon'spread, and hundreds and thousands
of persons *cro present to eeo tho felrango
ppucincle. luo UiwOHnu'toot t(io tKKiy or
hiudepQrted *potiso homo and has it tliero
noM,-wlxro it is viaitetPby hundreds of the
curious arid scientific. .The body seams to
have been petrified, nnd to ha*e become a
perfect stone vfornan. Tlie probability is
that, tbfe body has become adipoccre and
will before long mtlt and crumble.
MiihMttBib ran hii> ' Ml i'nsitriiiii'
A New Life Preserver.
An invention recently patented, which in
iu constructions embraces a two fohi purpose,
viz : thiilof :i vast and a IiI* preset ver,
was exhibited yesterday afternoon at the
Washington Navy Yard in the presence ofa
board of naval ollieers appointed for the
purposes by the Secretary of the Navy, and
of a largo number of gentlemen who had
b.'en attracted thither Injtlie announcement
that tiie experiment* were to be made.
ii t... \r..
J. T. Allies, who placed life* preserving vests
upon t\v<? voting men, who thereupon jumped
into the \v.-,tor ami floated in security
upon its surface, perfectly well demonstrating
the fact, that when properly encased in
one of these garments, it would l>e imnos-ihle
to sin!;, and that no discomfort woiilil
he experienced in wearing it. The young
ni<*n stood upright in the water, floated or.
their hacks with crossed fict and hands
e!a>ped under their heads; lav on their
chests and placing tlu ir hands behind them
clasped the feet, utihiiltoiied t!ie vest, and
still its buoyant <|Ua!ilies were unimpaired,
and its great superiority over invention of
the kind must sali.dacturilv demuiistiated.
So well is the ve*t anatigcd. that when simply
l.titlonoil :itout1.1 tlie wearer, it is sti(11
eiently well inilated to snppoit hint in ill"
water ; :m< 1 should circumstances require ,
additional buoyancy suilicicut l? simpoit a
friend not provided witli one; all the wearer
has to do is to throw the vest open and
blow slightly into a tube attached to tin: inside,
and the requisite llating property is
Tim vest is mado of coarse or fine mateii:d,
to suit the means of the wearer, and
may be worn in the drawing room without,
attracting unusual notice. Il is peculiarly
adapted to persons wealing largo amounts
of coin about tin ir person*. TIi'ih was tested
by placing a heavy stone upon the breast
of one of the young men w ithout causing
him to sink in the water. Its great strength
was shown by two heavy gentlemen placing
their feet upon it and springing up ami
down, without, in the slightest degree, impairing
ExrK.uiKUiNAiiv Ui:voi.i;iion is IUsia.
?The London N ews of the 1 St It contain* >t
letter from St. Petersburg!), which makes
the following remarkable disclosure."
Tim result of the calculations lately made
by the well known astronomer, l'ru lessor .
S'ruve, of the University of Dorpart, rel; live
to llio true geographical positions of 1
St. I'etersburgh ami Moscow, ami the dis- j
tance between tlie two capitals of the em-i
pire, is that actual length of tho railroads
is, by astronomical observation, no less than
8812 wersts (:d>out (30 miles) shorter than :
its nomical length of 007 wersts, or, in oth- i
er woids, that the government, for whose
account the railroad was constructed, has
had to pay about one seventh the value, or i
twelve millions of roubles, moro than it ,
ought to have paid. As the rolling stock
of the St. I'etersburgh and Moscow li:iilroad
is furnished by an American company,
who aro paid for the same at so much per
wersts, it follows that in this quarter the
government have been paying also a most
fearful overcharge. The poles erected along
tlie line to denote the distances have been
systematically fixed in the wrong ph.ces, so
as ta mislead both the go vein met and the
The Kmperor was in the most violent
stale ol excitement on learning the above,
! and gave immediate orders for the strictest
i investigation into the facts of the case to be
I made, with the view toinilict the most summary
punishment on tlie parties inciilpa
lu(i in uiis uumnous 11 hiisucuou, mil as so
many persons of the highest rani; ami importance
are compromised in the affair, it ,
is not likely that the investigation will l>e i
| continued, l>nt on the contrary, tlio matter <
rtill be hushed up t.? prevent the public i
: scandal of the real delinquents being expo- !
; sod and made to suffer the penalty they so |
richly deserve for the share they have ta- i
ken ill this atrocious fraud.
I?k Pleasant.? 1>o bo pleasant?oh '
i why can't you ? Will you feel any better j
for snapping, snarling or growling ? Von :
know you won't . If your heart was really 1
a dirty dish, and ugly emotions and cross j
\ words were tho uncleanliness, it would be a I
! good plan to get them all out as fast as !
| possible ; but unfortunately there can bono !
. such sudden cleansing of a man's interior.
| The more objectionable stuff he throws out
the more there grows to replace it?'tis on|
ly smothering and choking that suits this
! case. Speak pleasantly. then, especially to
! tho people in any respect beneath you? i
! whether they bo inferior to you in rank, !
| learning, power or age ; try to he pleasant toI
wards them whether you really leel good i
j natured or not. If you got your mouthopen
to throw out a spike or n dagger, shut
I it till you, Kko the juggler, transform tho
' weapon into a flower. Oh, do be kind and
i p'easant, everybody to everybody, and tlie
! millennium will come at once.
A Thick.?The following story is told of
a "boy who was asked to take a jug and get
some beer for his father, who had spent all
his money for strong drink: "(Jive me the
money, then, father,"' replied tho son.
' My son, anybody can gtt U13 beer with
money,' 1JUL to get tho beer without money,
that is a trick."
So ll:e boy took the jug and went out.
! Rlwirllv tin roMirnail un/l rwlooinrr lliA inrr hp
fore his father,paid, "Drink."
' Ilow ?nn I driuk wbon there is no beer
in the jug." *
"To drink beer out of a jng," Bays the
boy, "where therein beer, anybody could do
that'; but to drink beer out of a jug where
! theic is no beer, that ii a trick !"
uttjaiiliaiifciftl ii'i i?m*iI im 11-iilililiilii MytiitaMiiiaaWfc
Simplicicily ot Woman.
Among other definition?, Mr. Webster
yives the following to' the word sunplkily :
"Artk'ssnc*s of mind; fr?^c?Ioni from nrtitirial
ornament/' Now, l< t :uiy uno unnli*<;
tliC"-i? ti-nn-- niul tin.ti iH.i.li' 'I-*"
, I'l'iJ iMirilt IU lllUII.'lll
cliaraHoi, ami wli.it. can make a creaturo
ofCu.l - a rational, inU-llcutiial, immortal
<TO'?tur<! ?mow lovely tlian sim/ilicihf ?\\
c ?o a farther, ami ask, w} :it in theie
;ii woman ?o riijjai^ini'j, so fascinating, so
charming, as simplici: v
Aillrssnc>s of iniii"!II?w sweet and
IfO'.iniit , to a fair ??ikj whose fact: is tlio in*
ilex to the heartN<> running craftuess,
ni> stratagem, no v! ml it <1 concealment, but
like uninixctl wiliris if tin* jx.-lluciii hike,
unrnlllcil hy tli-- win<i*of I leaven, you can sou
to llit* voi v t!?*ti'lis of llit: heart iui'1 see nothing
to ilotrai-t from its beauty. No duplicity,
liut smnalioyt-'l s-iucerity. l'laiimess;
no ostentation : no tli*jilay ; no artificial
oruauK-nt by which the real th-fects an<l
deformities i.l'eharaeUr an- hid from tin: \
i*y<) of llio sii|u:i(:ci:il ob'eiver.
loader, if you were linked, what is this
must desirable imilily of a woman's heart
.<!'a wniiiriii's manners, of'lies-, and of ad<liv^.
woiiiil you nut answer simplicity'
In tlsus re?j? >ndii>g v??u would only **e?
!li" seniim.nt uf. very w? ll regulated
.\u I ewry honest heart. Ami vet it.
Iraugethat woman so often misapprehend
the real sentiments of the sterner sex ? To
!>'??!; abroad upon society atul mark tin)
maimers of the fair, one would he led to think
that the idea hut too generally prevail*
that women regard art, eoiieealuu-itt, nml
ornament, as essential to perfection of character.
Heiieu (he display of costly ornaments,
the exhibition of gaudy trappings,
the rude attempts to improve the beautiful
finish which has been imparted to the hu- J
man fare by the hand of the Creator.
Simplicity ! How quality attract*
tliu admiration ol'tlio good ! 'She is u child
of nature 1"' This characteristic at onco secure*
your confidence and affection. Such
an one can be trusted. S lie is worthy of
your-heart's love, anil will not fall below
your high estimate of real worth.
1Ytishi'ille Christian Ailvocatc.
"Lot thoso laurjh who V7tn."
Hoys, don't be afraid of being laughed at
if you are doing right, for sooucr or later,
truth will prevail ; and then those have ridiculed
others may be, in their turn, objects
About one hundred years ago, Benjamin
Franklin sent a paper containing his
opinion, as the result of hia experiments,.
electricity and lightning wero one and the
same thing, to a society of learned scientific
men in Loudon. Ile got laugkcd at for bis
pains, and was problibly i. <!PJisidered ,very
visionary and fojblijh .fc^$host?. wise men.?
IIow js it aowT^qOyfrthe justly celebrated
remains of Morse .oud FioKTlliat of Ben:
i.< :n < *
jumiii i iunnii? ?iu ever resound irumone
ciul of llie earth to the other, while thoao
learned scientific men who despised the A1
inci'u-an philosopher's theory are comparatively
Christopher Columbus too was laughed!
at for what was considered his insane notions
when ho went from court to court trying
to get kings nnd great men to listen to1
his great theory of ft vast undiscovered
world beyond the s^n. Ridicule and cruel'
: contempt wero heaped upon htm. Hq.w is
it now i The name of Christdjihtr Col urn- t
bus is known throughout the earth, and although
the country he discovered wa? not
named after him, his history has become a>
nursery tale over the civilized world. The
king and queen, Ferdinand and Isabella, aro
more famous for having aided the poor and
unknown navigator in h"^discovery, than'
fltnv ,r?r\iil<l tiouft'liu^n fr\ ???' ????* ?
~ ?v? ulluilm
or victories. Those who so cruelly ridiculed
him arc unknown, except ns having helped
to crush.a noble man who wjis tiying
to honifit mankind by tho discovery ofli*
, new world.
If yon excel in wisdom, courage, goodness,
or in the discovery of truth, you will;
he very apt to he ridiculed by those wlfotoo
ignorapt, wilful or envious to^tlnderfttojvl
you. mind ridiculb" nity, more<fhaiv
the flies that light on f?u v/hen yoij jtfre- <
rimuing a footrace. Shako them off nti<fc
run on. If Franklin, Columbus, and 4 host
of other great metf, had been fridUenod bjr
a Iftttf/hf I ho world might have xyaitcd ijirfrty
years longer fv>r tlrtr discovery of'.a iiwv cJjiliueut,or
for the wondtTful.fclchtUrtelo*gr%J?licAmericun
j To Spoii. a Dauohtkr.?Bo always tel"-I
ing her how very pretty* slip ip.
Instill in'o In r young mind an undue love'
I Allow hej to read nothing but work* of
i fiiction. Teach her all the accomplishments, >
but none of the utilities pflTTo. j
Keep her in the darkest ignorance of mys^ .
teries of house-keeping. _ 'f
Initiate hor into the principled tjfcat i^? ; *i
vulgar to do anything for ttercfelf, 76
strenghten the laHer have a lady's rrtaid.
Tcach her (o thidk that shd is better tbno .
Make her think sho is sick when she fa l!
i not, and let Her lio in bed tfckmai'neiii/tinM
when halt' nn hour's ottt of-dopf CUroiM
would cotnpi&Uly cure her lazineu.
And lasily, Wing giving hcreurhan ?d? '
uoation, marry hertoa mou&tacbedjenift
m?n, who is ft cle;k with a i.ilxry of 1260/"