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BV WM. E. RYTIIEK.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. APRIL 28, 1843.
VOL. IX. NO. 35.
From the Mitt LetlieU Magazine.
T II "E TWO MAIDENS.
BY T. S. AttTlIUU.
, ""Good morning, Mrs. llinton," said Mar
tha Green, liftingJier head, as a visiter en
tered the room in which she sat, busily en
gaged in sewing. "You see that I ant full
of work. ',-'-,
"So you seem to he," was the quiet reply,
"but I suppose you can spare to-night, for a
udrk.of mercy I" , ,
"How a work of mercy, Mrs. llinton t
""Poor old Mrs. Bender is very ill stf ill
that she cannot be left alone any length
of time. I have been up with her two nights
in succession, and am now looking for otic
"or two young ladies who will take charge
'oV her to-night. Can I depend on you V
"Not to-night, Mrs. llinton. It would
be impossible 1 It wilt take tnc till 12 to
night, and the most part of to-morrow, to
finish this dress, which I must wear at Mrs.
Corric's party to-morrow evening. Any oth
er time I would go with pleasure.
"I am really sorry for that: I have been
to two or three this morning, and all have
declined on account of this party."
Hannah Ball can go as readily as not,
Mrs. llinton. She had her new dress made
at the mantua-makcr's."
"I have seen Hannah.
"Does she decline I"
"That's very strange.
"What reason docs
"She says that if she were to sit up to
night, it would ruin her appearance to-mor-
tow evening that it would make her look
"There is something in that, you know
yourself, Mrs. llinton: Loss of rest Ins the
same effect upon me. I don't look fit to be
seen Tor two or three days after loosing a
"Yes, I know that sitting up docs not im
prove the looks much," Airs. llinton
gravely remarked ; and then after pausing a
few moments, got up, and said, as she
moved towards the door
"Well, 'I must bid you good morning,
Mar'!'? ; time is passing, and I must find
pome one who will relieve me, or i shall get
"I do hope you will," Martha said, in a
tone of concern. "Were I not situated
just as I am, I should go with pleasure."
And then the visitor went away. A fter her
departure, Martha Green sat thoughtful for
some time. She did not feel altogether
satisfied with herself, and yet, on reflection,
she could not see any cause for self-recommendation.
Sincerely did she pity the con
dition of poor old Mrs. Bender, who was
nearly seventy years of age, sick, and with
out any one in the, world up towhom she
could look and claim, from consanguinity, a
single kind office. "But it was impossible
for her to go," she reasoned, in the effort to
quiet her uneasy feelings, "under the cir
cumstances utterly impossible." Still she
sat thoughtful, without resuming her needle.
At length. she aroused herself with the half
audible remark "Somebody will go, of
course" and that settled the matter.
It was perhaps an hour after, that a
young friend, and confidant; dropped in to
sit an hour with Martha. The conversation
tun, of course on the party to be held at
"You will look beautiful in this dress,"
the friend remarked, lifting a portion of the
garment upon which Martha was at work,
in her hand, "it suits your complexion ad
mirably; besides being of a rich material,
and attractive, yet appropriate and not too
gaudy in color.
"I am glad you think so," Martha replied,
with, a smile of satisfaction. "I don't be
lieve there will be any thing half so elegant
at the party." "There will at least be one
dress there that will fully equal it," the vis
"Are you sure!" in a lone of disappoint
"Yes. As I came along this morning,
on my way here, I dropped in a moment to
see Ellen Willard, and tound her at work
as you are upon her own dress. She has
certainly selected it with exquisite taste.
Much as I admire yours, I really think that
I should prefer the one she has chosen.
She will attract much attention, of course,
for you know that she is a girl of a great
deaf of taste, and knows how to dress to the
very best advantage."
This intelligence had the effect to change
naturally the tone of Martha's feelings. As
far as was in her power, she concealed this
change from her friend, but after she had left
her counteuance expressed much concern.
The reason was this. A yottng man named
Alton, had paid her a good many attentions
for the last few months, and of such a
marked kind, that she had suffered her af
fections to become a good deal interested,
The extent of this interest had not become
apparent to herself, until within' a week or
two, during which time, she thought that
she perceived a slight change in his manner
towards her, united with, on two or three
occasions, a perceptable preference for the
company of Ellen Willard. One reason for
her being unusually desirous of making, if
possiblo, the very best appearance at the
party of Mr. Come, was to fix again the
wavering regard of Mr. Alton, To learn,
then, that Ellen was likely to equal, if not
to eclipse her, was no very pleasant infor
mation, and it troubled her in spite of every
effort to rally her feelings.
Time passed, and the evening came for
the anticipated company. Martha was thera
early, dressed with most scrupulous regard
to effect, yet tastefully in every respect. Al
ton came in perhaps half an hour after.
Tho maiden's heart bounded as sha saw
him enter, while the soft tint of her cheek,
delicate as the rose blossom deepened its
hue. i no eyo ot the young man glanced
around the brilliant lighted room, evidently
in scarch of some one, and then he seated
himself alone, as if disappointed, and again
slowly surveyed the company. Of course
he did not tail to notice Martha urecn. lh
a little while others made their appearance,
and soon he found himself by the side of
one of bis most intimate friends.
Did you over sec Martha Green look
so beautiful 1" he said to this young man.
"Where is she J Oh. yes I sec. Real
ly, she is a subcrb looking woman."
"Isn't she I Hut there is one whom 1 ex
pect here to night, that, if I am not mistak
en, will cclipsn her."
"Who is she r
"There she is now. Look at her, rtnd
then yield the palm at once to Miss Green.
Really I never saw Ellen look so indifferent
in all my life."
Alton turned his eves towards the door
and sure enough thcro was Ellen, plainly
dressed, though neat, and face wearing an
expression of weariness. It was a moment
or two before he spoke, and then he said,
in a tone of disappointment
"As you say, 1 never Baw her look so. in
different in my lite, bull, she is a sweet
girl, even though eclipsed to night in her
way, by Martha Green."
"They certainly will not bear a compari
son." responded the friend.
Martha Green, who was silting beside
the friend and confidant mentioned as hav
ing called on her the evening before, had
been glancing uneasily toward the door,
every time it opened to admit some new
comer and was the first to perceive Ellen
"O dear I If that is all. no one here need
fear being thrown into the shade to-night,"
was her exulting remark. 'Why I thought
you told me that she was at work on a dress
even more bcauiitul than mine? '
"So she was," replied her friend. "And
I cannot for my life, tell why she has not
"She could not get it done I suppose."
"Perhaps not. There was a good deal
to do on it when I saw her, Indeed, she
had just commenced working on it."
"Do you know that 1 am right down glad
of it i Martha said
"Because if she had come out in her very
best style this evcuing, I am very much
afraid Mr. Alton would have been too much
pleased with her."
"indeed l i thought no was paying al
most exclusive attention to you."
"So I have flattered myself until within
the last week or two, when he has seemed
to grow a little more attentive to Ellen
than is agreeable to me."
"You have nothing to fear to-night, Mar
tha, just sec ! She lias that old dress worn
by her at the last half dozen parties. And
instead of her usual brilliant complexion
her skin looks sallow, and her checks pale
and her whole lace has a mill, lilcless ex-
prcssion, What on earth can be the mat
tcr ? Something has Jiappeucd, no doubt
to prevent her getting that dress done, which
has worried her so much as to spoil her very
tace. .And see, with what. a look 31 r. Al
ton is now regarding her 1"
"Yes, I see; and what is more, I see that
I am safe.
In a feW minutes after, Alton took a scat
beside Martha, cured, as he tho't, of the
evident preference, which recently existed
in his mind for Ellen Willard, oyer her
anxious rival. This preference Jiad not
been so distinct as to have been founded
upon any serious comparison made in hi
mind between the intrinsic claims to cstima
tion, which the two young ladies presented
It Was rather leaning towards bllep, without
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more interesting to him than Alartha. Of,
course, it required but little to change that
state of mind. He now renewed his atten
tion lo Martha Green, with even more than
his former assiduity, to the entire neglect
of Ellen Willard, who retired at a very ear
Towards the close of the evening, he sat
near Airs. llinton, who was present, and
two or three ladies who were conversing.
The name of Ellen, mentioned by one of
them, attracted his attention.
"Ellen did not look like herself, to-night,"
was remarked by one.
"No," said another, "I never saw her
make n more indifferent appearance. And
she was besides, very dull, while sho re
mained, and has led the room at an unusual
ly early hour. What can be the matter
with her ?"
"She is not very well," Airs llinton said.
"But even that does not account for the
want of taste-and effect in her dress, two
things that are always regarded by her."
"1 think that I can explain it all." re
plied Airs, llinton, smiling. '
Alton listened attentively to what fol
lowed, although it was not intended for his
cars. He sat near enough to hear all that
was said, without making any effort so to
do and he was too much interested to get
up, and move to another part of the room.
"Well what is the reason t" asked two
or three of the ladies.
"It is a plain case," resumed Airs. llin
ton. "Alosl of you know old Airs Bender.
On calling in to see her a few days ago, I
found her Very ill, and in need of nourish
ment and attention. She-is very old, and
lives entirely by herself, In the condition
that I found her, it would have been, cruel
to have, left her alone for any length of
time. For two nights I remained with her
myself, not wishing to trouble any one else,
anil being in the hops every day that she
would get much better. Yesterday I found
myself so much fatigued from loss of rest,
that I was compelled to seek for somo one
who would relieve me. Accordingly 1 called
upon several young ladies and asked their
assistance. But some, like Alartha Green,
had their hands so full in making up dresses
for this evening, that they could not pos
sibly sit up while others, wcrn afraid that
the loss of a nights rest wquld entirely unfit
them to enjoy this pleasant company, Any
other time, one and all would have come
forward cheerfully for the sake of Mrs. Ben
der. With a feeling of discouragement, I
called in to see Ellen, and found her busily
engaged on one of the swedtcst dresses I
have-ever seen. It was to be worn this
"Busy, too, I remarked as 1 sal down
by her side, wjth a feeling that my search
for a sitter up would prove fruitless.
"I am busy, Airs. Jlinton, was her re
ply, "but not so busy, I hope, but what I
can oblige you."
"Instinctively, it seems, had she perceived
from my tone of voice, that I had a request
to make, which her heart prompted her at
once to grant, if in her power.
"1 am rather afraid, Lllcn, that you arc
too much engaged for what I wish you to
lo. X Ins bcautitui dress is lor to-morrow
evening, I suppose 1"
"And is just commenced, I see."
"And of course, will keep you busy to
night and to-morrow." .
"I shall not, certainly have much time to
pare," was the reply, "But .what is it that
you wish tnc to do I"
"A did wish you to sit up with old Airs.
Bender, who is very ill."
"Yes. I have been to six or seven young
ladies, but not one can go. I have been up
for two successive nights myself, and feel
quite worn out.
"Is Airs Bender very ill i she inquired,
in a voice of sympathy and concern.
"I or a few moments Lllcn sat thoughtful,
and then said, with a cheerful smile,
"I will go over to-night, and sit up with
But you cannot finish this dress, and
do so," I said.
"I know that, Mrs. llinton. But Airs.
uender needs my kind attentions a great
deal more than I need this dress, much as I
have desired to appear in it to-morrow eve
ning, and much as 1 need a genteel dress
for such an occassion. But 1 had rather go
with a calm consciousness of having done
my duty, than, without it, to appear in the
attire of a queen."
riic dear girl spoke with an earnestness
that made her check glow and her eye
brighten. I thought I had never seen her
face wear so lovely an expression. True to
her resolution, she went over to Mrs. Bend
er's, and remained with her all night. Her
dress could not, of course, be finished, and
that was not all. An attack of sick head
ache was the consequence, the effects of
which, upon her appearance, you all ob
"Admirable girl!" murmured Alton to
himself as Mrs. llinton ceased speaking
"How or more beautiful is a truly good,
self-sacrificing action, than all the exterior
graces that art can put on."
As.hc said this, he rooked up, and his
eve fell upon the belle of the evening, Alar
tha Green. -But, like magic, faded all her
exterior loveliness as he compared it with
the moral beauty of the other, lie sought
not her side again, and led the company as
soon us he could do so with propriety.
The next evening found him at the dwell
ing of Ellen, in whose very look and tone
he now perceived a new attraction, and in
every movement a licw grace. He soon
yielded his heart lo the power of virtues un-
perceived and unlelt belore
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, virtues, whose
bloom and fragrance time nor change can
A HonsK's Foot.' The foot of a horse
is one of the most ingenious and unexampled
pieces ol mechanism in the animal structure
and scarcely yielding lo any in regularity
and in complexity ol parts, under simplicity
ol design. J he liool contains a series o
vertical and thin lamiuac of horn, so numer
ous as to amount to about 500, and forming
n complete lining to it. In this arc fitted
as many laminae belonging to the coffin
bone : while both sets arc clastic and ail lie
rent. Tho edge of a quire of paper, in
serted leaf by leaf into another, will convey
a sufficient idea of the arrangement, Thus
the weight of the animal is supported by as
many clastic springs as there arc laminae in
all the feet, amounting to about 4,000 ; dis
tributed in the most secure manner, since
every spring is acting in an oblique direc
tion. Such is the contrivance for tho safety
of an animal destined to carry greater
weights than that of his own body, and to
carry those also under the hazard of heavy
Laiigb Rope. There is now being made
at Pott Richmond, above Kensington, a rope
for tho inclined Plane, at Schuyklll, which
when completed will be 3,000 vr.riU long, 9 in.
in circumference and will weigh upwards of
! . m r t tur " 1 .i
iiiiio iuiis. .nr. ui-uryu j. r eaver is me con
tractor, who furnishes tho yarns, and Mr. Ker
makes the rope. The rope is equal to any in
this country or Europe. The gentleman un
der whose superintendence it is made (Mr.
SeisingerOileserves great credit for the skill he
has evinced in making iL Philadelphia Led'
Ahrcst or Captain Mackenzie. Clark
A. Wilson, the Naval apprentice with the
long knife, (thirteen inches long according to
some accounts,) has brought an account against
Captain Mackenzie, damages 910,000. On the
5h Inst, the Captain was arrested at bui.resi'
dence at Tarry town, and held to bail for 2000,
dfftupondence.ofthe A'alional Intelligencer.
MISERY IN CITIES,
TIIJB FIVE POINTS.
New York, March 18, 1843.
As I presume you arc interested in the
one portion of New York made classic by
a, foreign pen, let me jot you down a memt
or two from my first visit to Dicken's Hdlo
at the Fvo Points, made one evening last
week wit a distinguished party under charge
of the Boz officer.
I had an idea that this celebrated spot
was on the eastern limit of this city, at the
end of one of the omnibus routes, and was
surprised to find that it was not more lhan
three minutes' walk from Broadway, and
in full view from one of the fashionable
quarters. It lies, indeed, in a lap between
Broadway and the Bowery, in what was.
once n secluded valley of the island of Man
hattan, though to believe if ever to have
been green or clean, requires a powerful ef-
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ion pi imagination, tie lurucu into An
thony street at half past ten, passed "the
Tombs," and then look the downward road,
as did Orpheus and Dickens before us.
Il was a cold night, but women stood at
every door with bear heads and shoulders,
most of them with something to say, and,
by their attitudes, showing a complete in
sensibility to cold. In every thing they
said, they contrived to bring in the word
'shilling." 'Ihere were few men Iq be
seen, and those whom wo met skulked past
as if avoiding observation possibly ashamed
to be there, possibly shrinking from any
further acquaintance with officer Stevens,
though neither of these feelings seemed to
be shared by the females of the community.
A little turn to the left brought us up against
what looked to be a blind, tumble-down
board fence ; but the officer pulled a latch
and opened a door, and a flight of steps was
isclosed. He went down first and threw
open a door at the bottom, letting up a blaze
of light, and we followed tnto the grand
subterranean Almack s of the Five Points,
And it really looked very clean and cheer
ful. It was a spacious room with a low
ceiling, excessively whitewashed, nicely
sanded, and well lit, and the black proprie
tor and his "ministering tpirits (literally
fulfilling their vocation behind a tidy bar.
were weil dressed and well-mannered peo
ple, and received Mr. Stevens and his friends
with the politeness or grand chamberlains.
We were a little early for the fashionable
hour, the "ladies not having arrived front the
Theatres ;" and, proposing to look in again
after making the round or the other resorts,
wc crept up again to the street.
Our next drive was into a cellar crowded
with' negroes, catkBr, drinking, and dancing.
one very well-made mulatto girl playing the
castanets, and imitating busier in what she
called the eracover again
In their way
these people seemed cheerful, dirty and
comfortable. Wc looked in afterwards al
several drinking places, thronged with
creatures who looked over their shoulders
very significantly at tnc otticcr ; touud one
or two bar-rooms kept by women who had
preserved the one virtue of neatness, (though
in every clean place the hostess seemed a
terrible virago,) and it was then proposed
that wc should sec some ol the dormitories
of the Alsatia. And at this point must end
all the cheerfulness of my description.
This is called "murdering' alley," said our
guide. We entered between two high
brick walls, with barely room to pasj, and
by the police lantern made our way up a
broken and filthy staircase to the first
floor of a large building. Under its roof
the officer thought there usually slept a thou
sand of these wretched outcasts. He
knocked al the door on the left. It was
opened unwillingly by a woman who held
a dirty horse-blanket over her breast, but at
the sight of a policc-laiitcr'n she stepped
back and let us pass in. The floor was
covered with human beings asleep in their
rags, and when called by the officer to look,
in at a low closet beyond, wc could hardly
put our feet to the ground, they lay so close
together, black and while, men, women and
children. The. doorlcss apartment beyond,
of the size of a kennel, was occupied by a
woman and her daughter, and the daughter's
child, lying together on the floor, and cov
ered by rags and clothes of no distinguish
able color, the rubbish and bones and dirt
only displayed by their emaciated limbs.
The. sight was too sickening to endure, but
there was no egress without following close
to the lantern. Another door was opened
to the right. It disclosed a low and gloomy
apartment, perhaps eight feet square. Six
or seven black women lay in a heap, all
sleeping except the ono who opened the
door. Something stirred in a heap of rags,
and one of the party removing a dirty piece
of carpet with his cane, discovered a new
born child. It belonged to one of the sleep
ers iu the rags, and had had an hour's ex
perience df the tender mercies of this world!
But these details arc disgusting, and have
gone far1 enough when thev have shown
those who have the common comforts of life
how inestimably, by comparison they are
blessed ! For one, I had never, before, any
adequate idea of poverty in cities. I did
ndt dream that human beings, within the
reach of human aid could be abandoned to
the wretchedness which I there Baw and I
have not described the half of it, for the dc
icacy of your readers would not hear it,
cvn in description. And all theen horrors
of want and abandonment io almost within
sound of your voice as you pass in Broad
way ! The officers sometimes make a. de
scent and carry off swarms to Blackwcll's
Island for all the inhabitants of the Five
Points are supposed to be criminal and vi
emus but still thousands arc' there, sub
jects for tears and pity, starving, like rats
and dogs, with llic sensibilities of human
As we relumed, we heard screams and
fighting on every aide, and the officers of
the watch were carrying off a party to the
lock-up house. We descended once more
to the grand ball-room, and found the dance
going on very merrily. Ejeveral very hand
some mullatto women were in the crowd,
and a few 'young men about town' mixed
up with the blacks r and altogether it was a
picture of 'amalgamation' such db I had ncvl
cr before seen. I was very glad to get out
of the neighborhood, leaving behind me, I
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am ucu iu cuiiicss, nil uiscnuicill Willi
my earthly allotment. One gentleman who
was with us left behind him something of
more value, having been robbed at Almack's
of his keys, pencil-case, and a few dollars,
the contents or two or three pockets, I
wind up my 'notes,' with the hope that the
true picture I have drawn may touch same.
moving-spring 01 benevolence in private so
cictics or in the Common Council, and thai
something may soon be done to alleviate the
horrors of the r ive Points,
iriiirEMiK?iCE op yitr, farmer.
BY IIKNUV COI MAN,
Of all conditions of men and I have
mingled wjth every variety I believe in
truth that none is so independent as thai of
an industrious, Irugal, and sober farmer
none affords more the means of content
ment and substantial enjoyment, rione, where
the education has not been neglected, nre
cents, better opportunities for moral and in
tellectual improvement none calls more
loudly for religious gratitude none is sui
ted to give more lively and deeper impres
sion of the goodness of God. Some vears
since, iu the most rugged parts of New
Hampshire, among its craggy cliffs and
rude and bold mountains, I Was travelling
on horseback, and came suddenly upon
a plain, and moss-covered cottage in the
very bosom of a valley, where the, brave
settler had planted himself on a few acres
of land which alone peemcd capable ofcul
tivalion. Every thing about the residence
bespoke uidusiry and care. Being lutigued
1 stopped to ask refreshments' for my horse.
A hale young girl of about fifteen, bare
headed and bare footed, but perfectly mod
est and courteous, with all the ruddincs of
Hebe, and all the mmblencssj and vigor of
Diana, went, immediately for an armful of
hay and a measure of oats for my horse;
and then kindly spread a table with a clotl
as white as the snow drift, and a bowl of
pure white milk and brown bread for his
rider. I never enjoyed a meal more. I of
fered the family pay for their hospitality
but they steadily refused saying that I was
welcome. 1 was not willing tluis to tax
their kindness, and therefore took out
piece of money to give to one of tfie children
! that stood near. 'No,' said the parents
i 'he must not take it '. wc have no use for
money here.' 'Heaven be praised,' said I
that 1 have found a people without avarice,
I will not corrupt you :' and giving them
hearty thank oflcring, wished them God
blessing, and took my leave. Now here
were these humble people,, with a homo
winch, if it were burned down today, their
neighbors would rebuild for them to mor
on- witti clothing made lroin their own
flocks, by their own hands with bread e-
uough, and beef, pork, butter, cheese, milk-
poultry, eggs, in abundance a good
chool lor six months in the year, where
their children, probably learned more, be
cause they knew the value of time, than those
who were driven to school every day in the
week and every week in the yfiar wiih
plain religious meeting oh Sunday, where.
without ostentation or parade, they met
their neighbors tp exchange friendly salu
tatious, to hear words of good moral couu
se,l, and to worship God in the most siuipl
out not the less acceptable lornv: and, abov
all, here were hearts at peace with the world
and with each other, lull ot hospitality to
the passing stranger, uncankercd by avarice
and undisturbed by ambition. Where upon
earth, in a humble condition, or in any con
ditton, shall wc look for- a more beautiful
example of true independence, for a bright
cr picture of the true philosophy of life? -
jY. E. Farmer.
Birds, Farmer? take care of the birds
and they will take care of vou. A little attcn
tion to their habits and regard for their safe
ly, Will repay you for your trouble, and al
so render them agreeable companions,
writer in the New York Journal of Com
mcrcp, relates the following pleasing anec
"Early last summer, I was on a visit
an old friend in the country, and while w
sat on his piazza, talking ofthings Ion
gone by, I noticed that on the trees and
shrubs in his yard, there were a great num
ber of birds. Presently they flew down up
on the piazza, and quite a troop of them
came hopping towards me. Aly old frien
put his hand in his waistcoat pocket, and
took out some seeds and crumbs of bread
and scattered them close by his chair. The
birds picked them up, and then flew upon
the trees again, singing out their nolosswcct
cr than the strains ot liclliui or Aubcr,
Aly friend then remarked, that the spring
ol lor-J having come on early, had brotigl
on the birds earlier than usual, The ground
havjng. become covered with snow, they be
took themselves tq his house for food, He
took special pains to give it tothcin.nnd they
came regularly to bo fed, They built their
pests in the neighborhood, and when their
young ones were hatched, they brought them
to the house also. He said that he took h
afternoon nap on, his piazza, and the bird'
fldng him tq sleep! . Indeed, they seemed
quite Ins pets."
Punishment of Drunkards. , '
The laws against intoxication arc enforced
with great rigor iu Sweden. Whoever ii
scon drunk is fined, for the first offence.
rcc dollars ; for the second, six : for the
urd and fourth, a still larger sum, and. la
so deprived of the right of voting at clcc-
oris. and of bcitiff annniutcd a reutesentai
live. He is besides, publicly exposed' ik
the parish church on the following Sunday',
If the same individual is found committing
like ollence a htth time, he is spot up in
house of correction, and condemned to
six month's hard labor ; and if he is ngaiti
guuiy, 10 a twelve months' punishment oi
.i similar description; u i ne oncuce nas
been commitcd in public, such as at a fair:
an auction, &c, the fine is doubled ; arid
ftlie offender has made appearance in a
church, the punishment is still moro revere
Whoever is convicted of having induced
nothcr to intoxicate himself, is fined three
ollars, winch sum is doubled if the drun-i
en person be a minor. An ecclesiastic'
who falls into this offence loses his benficc ;'
f it is a layman, who occupies any consider-.
ule post, his lunctinns are suspended, and,
perhaps he is dismissed. Drunkenness is
never admitted as an excuse for any crime i
and whoever dies while drunk, is buried ig
nomiuiously, and deprived of the prayers
of the church. It is forbidden to give, and
more explicitly to sell, any spirituous liquor
to students, workmen, servants, apprentices,
and private soldiers Whoever is observed
drunk in the streets, or making a noise in a '
tavern, is sure to be taken to prison; and.
detained until sober, without,, however, bc-
ng on that account exempted from the
fines. Half of these fines go to the inform-,
era, (who arc generally police officers,) the
other half to the poor. If the delinquent
has no money, he is kept in prison until
some one pays for him, or until he has work
ed out his enlargement. Twice a vear
these ordinances arc read aloud from the
pulpit by the clergy ; and every tavern kecr'
er is bound, under the penalty of a heavy,
fine, to have a copy of them hung up in tlie."
principal rooms of his house. Flowers of
Mr.XiCAN Staob Robiikhs Thiir Pol'
litencss. A gentleman, recently from ''the
city of Mexico, gives lis the particulars of.'
an attack upon the stage and the subsequent,
robbery of the passengers by a body of Mex-,
iean brigands. ". Ji
Two stages left Alcxico in the morning'
for Pucbla. Fgw of the passengers had.
arms, and our informant, who was the only.
American, had but a single pocket pistol,'-
and that was safely stowed away in his
trunk. A guard of .six dragoons accom-'
panied the stages! and all went on well un-"
til they reached the pine woods in the vi-1
cinity of Rio Frio. Here some eighteen.
gentlemen of the road, who were dressed as.
rfinchcros, suddenly appeared from behind a
small grove, and discharged their carbines
and pistols at (he guard. The latter with
the single exception of the corporal, fled 'at
the first fire. The corporal charged ih'
among the robbers sword in liand, but re-"
ceiviug a pistol hall in the neck, he too left
the unequal conflict, and rode ofT as fast as j
his horse Avould carry him. . ,..-
The passengers of the two stages were
now politclv requested by the captain of the'
robbers to step out and undergo a .se.Vrch.7-7,
Their trunks were next overhauled, and all ,
the money and valuables, .together with
such articles of clothing as the robbers
might chance to fancy, removed. From
our inlormant they took somo three hundred.
dollars in'gold, and he says that the robbers
: 1 ..i 1 1 1 - . . -
111 guuu sci pnrasc, ocggeu 111s paruon lor
thus putting him to inconvenience. Olio
of the gentlemanly scoundrels said thau.it.
was with the greatest reluctance he, thus? t
levied taxes ; but hard times, and the diffi-
culty of obtaining an honest livelihood in
any other way, induced him to his present '
calling, lie sincerely hoped that oiir'
fi-icnd was a rich man, and had plenty mora,
where the present money came from, and
after politely. raising his hat, turned to search
some other person. After collecting mon
ey and valuables, to the amount of some
three thousand dollars, the robbers told the',
drivers oCthc stages they might proceed on,'
their journey, and they finally drove, off
amid the "adios, eabalttros" of tho bandits.
The gentleman who gives us tin's account
says he could not. but laugh al the easy but
impudent politeness ol the robbers, although '
far from being pleased with the loss of his
money. Picayune. t
Good Example. A friend re-commenced
taking our paper a few days since, who dU
contiuued it s'une time ago because the limes
were so hard. Wo welts about putting it
down as a "nign" of better times, when he re
plied that he had "left off chewing tobacco."-- .
We inquired what he would save by this ope
ration? He answered about two dollars per
year" 25 cents more than the price of .his ,
paper and his health he. thought was sensibly '
improved. We concratulale him on ihe nbnu-
doqment of a useless and Injurious habit, and
mention the case as one well worthy otimita-,
lion. Is retrenchment necessary? dont begin ,
by lopping ofT the newspaper, but look, about ,
and see if there are, not other things that can
better be dispensed with. Skanealees Coi.
Air. Wm. Putnam of Methuen, tells us ho
soaks his cabbage seed in brimstone and soot .
to keep the worms from the roots. Ho savs
ho has good cabbages when others haye notli-, ,
ing but pork for, the boiler. He says any one
cm raise the Early York, but it requires moro
attention to raisq the Drumhead.
He recommends coal d ut for vines of all kinds
even cinders from the forge where sea ooal
is burned. He, spreads his coal dust on 'the
surface, covering the whole ground, ami he
says the squash bug and tho yellow b are
so much. offended with such proceedings th
they fly away. Mittsachutetlt I'loUghmm,