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it no in i: < LOCki \\ :;.leii, wind the clock again ; \li!.:> years arc g<* ing on, l }ir■ kJt 1' tin slr.idow and tie- dr* m \ nil th* hapjiy hearted daw n. \\ net again , wind again . I i't v hundred y* .itn havi • e : iir«..ugii t in h,uvcr-: :imi ihc nm* d. A e.iltiiy .1 mu and dewy M:i; . . w i in- new f.i’• lia.in ’ in • J • . i f'.v - i ■( liiu rrow n "in !-• day , Wiml again, v. ind nga " . \\ . ..ill V. • y 'y * i •*! * : .I kind IU i.iy C"ii.iurei> < u , ; mud and sea, 1 •: ■’ , a\ n ill" r*:.rtled -hi). . it ; idei'iug Hit* tree, jr . .. Ki;. w ind again. K , Mill.. ! ■■' !;; 1101' t It « . .j m euty kind.- to come ! 11,. m .. r-\a.mi.I air ; ! .‘.in aid twenty dead go down; i ;i>,,\ -aered "j!ig and prayer. Wind again . wind again \\ ii n n, u h> dt lay ing there t i, In iulerrujtled dream ■ !.,• tin- long entreated day \ ; ire le<s. r words to him - m i - u ing voices say \v 1, n v»i:v! wind again dden way.' k i K.iiil' v* il» wind the clock ... r>.e tre.jueni year« go on . . • noting lie* d or name, , Ik. imi lure of tlie dawn s\ ind again, wind again, i th* giv* n vear t><- gone. iratTiCHn Women and. Children. v ii w in \ i ouiuus ti,i mil |,,, i.l Jki'iMi;, ii Scul.ii writer, who re - uily \ isite.l (In' country', and apparently ,.,v. I unusual iacilitic- tin- studying the in■ c ter and life >i the people, lias pub -!nnine mile- o| travel, under (be title lb,u thin, are in America." The i : i his irepressions !•• dii. , l part i ft). • nation ; n : beauty d \ cllt 11 , 1 i. Am- :: lailie . iv.i lie, agreeably i ■ : c 1 lice are i*y no menus in ! i: 11 an ; 111 ii r. disagreeably i title- . leu;, iron.' minded wo men they are ,1 ,, rilicil Mere and there no doubt ■cad a lew ot the • lamp. Travelling ihi ciinntj \i a iiccasioually eneoun i 1 cb. w bo lectures, cr preaelies, or edits • » | ape . nr lilts a professional chair, or t, a regular practice a-, a physician. Hut me cases are very few and far between— And even tlu*y ■ ; >i' .11* 11 doctor 111 Mass .,-,•11- lie- -I dm 1 tIn-iii. “dir/-/ women." American ii-nuiK ■ a-, a rule are just as .-,i e, as kind. a hn el v, as agreeable, anil ■irU-, Iintmt,■ a- mi, own. Their loveli i ditlei cut type paler and more cal. A beam Hill Canadian or Ameri nd , unu nearer the popular idea of .,ii- el tlian any being 1 ever beheld out 1 ermainland. I’ale features ol exquisite mmelry. a delicately pure complexion, , ,a radiant with intelligence, a light, -till, often fragile lorni this is the oi ol loveliness that meets the eye in 0 .<t every American drawing room. I cr ;»s during all my life before so many onus, which it wmlil have surprised , le s to see shorn m • out wings ami float up into tlie empyrean. A met lean girls, ho w ever, are too ,/e><ci «/ pale and thin. ami. what is worse, arc , i.. 'nilv o pale and thin. Every other -lie i delieaei and dyspepsia ; and ... j. . in. like to think ol angels as dys 1 Tin- American girls 1 th-iuk, are , i .I. a their thinness, ami anxious . ! r the) a; e constantly having ■•in. '.:!<■ vv eight'll, and every ounce of iu ", ! i . i.-d with delight, and talked ■ ott ■ "a tin- most dreadful plainness of h 1 a i ed one beautiful Connecticut wl ■ u 1 in, i in l'emi vlvania, how site K I 1 unieii ■,■ f\ : he aid ; “1 have ,1 '"i edit' u I'oiiuds in flesh since last April. I his ■ i not a vulgar ;:irl. Ou the cou :i art -!.e w.a educated and reliued, and ,v - mill probably have liee.n shocked at some expression- that an- not ,a>n idered indeli cate here. tii m. i • 'ii >->.m iii m si ringer. * cry i. 11• •v-v — 111■ i own vwight to within . ; 'Miiio <• i\v«'. ;tml i ready to give it you t a nmmeiitV notice It seems to he a - 11■ I mm i-i :11 interest. ()ue ot the 1 thin • lit»11• ■ n itli a h:iby when it is horn t hurry it into i pair ol scales and have ;- weight dills r •'j -tcred. It continues to ' ■ - i'.'li- 1 at -hurt intervals all through - • hildh **d, and on t»> the time when the I ' -t’c-ii he< mm -me ot personal interest, 1 nd it i ' d enough to vveivih itself. But to iciuiij !>» the complexion. This paleness iu tin A men can girls, though often beautiiul, c- too miner al ; an eye iromihe Id country begin- to loug lor a rosy cheek. 1' well -aid that color was a thin; of eii • » ' and that 1 should lind plenty oi rosy luck- among the mountains ol Maine, > be v there is more moisture in the air. 1 ilia y be o; 1 never got to the Maine uiitaius to see. But as far as my obser n w nt, 1 never saw any either on •' n.i mi or valley m any part of New M v priv ah* impression is, making 'll ail. r . (or tii* mtlueuce of dry air, ha! tb- i i mliar ualeuev ol the New Kmr o ci'l "hI-. njuui- it.-.clI witli too much nn.il;i|.!i -i.' Ii.it bread mid pie. Nut Iu i " .i, ut un i.’ paleness, I du nut sec how Ibc \ in. i i. aii . 'in reconcile it with their nuti n ..I wli.ii i die.-!u the laws of nature, 1 I.', iu the ape lln-y du, considering the ■ iinoiim ut pic 11"■ \ cal, and the rapidity with wbii b lb.a i at it I don’t remember that I Clio - it ituu n to dinner in America, even Ui a pun man ■ liuiiic, without tiuding pie ’*• •"•e kind often of several kinds—on the table; and without finding that every 1 1, partook ol it, down to the microscopic ■idy "i gentleman whom we should call the hahy. I'ie is indispensable. Take any thing away, but leave pie. Americans can -land llic prohibition ot all intoxicatin'; drinks but attempt to prohibit pie, and you would plunge America into revolution iu a day. i lien metaphysics ! In one family which I x i-iti-d iu tlit- Connecticut valley, two of ila "irl- were deep in the study of algebra ,um uit'i;ijhiyHics, as ;i voluntary exercise, uiid shut themselves up lor three hours a day with C ‘denso and Sir William Hamil ton. and Kent. 1 his was, perhaps, excep tional. hut the Ni \\ Euglaud brain is very busy. It develops very soon and very fast, and begins at an exceedingly early age to exercise itself with abstruser studies. Par ents and teachers olleu told me that their ditlicuky, with the girls especially, was not to get them urged on, hut to get them held back. In oue young ladies seminary which I visited, they were held back with the lol lowiug light studies, in additiou to the ordi nary branches : Virgil and II trace, Latin Prose Composition, Anatomy and Hygieue, Moral Philosophy, Mental Philosophy and Quadratic Equations. To this add pie and hot bread, and what could you expect hut paleness, even among the mountains of Maine ? Paleness aud pie notwithstanding, the American girls are very delightful. Aud in one point, they fairly surpass the majority of English gills —they are all educated and well-informed. It is a very painful, but 1 fear a too incontrovertible fact, that most of the girls on this side are very ignorant on general subjects. I don't blame them : I blame tlie system of education. Some girls are very lasciuating whether they are educated or not; but to be left alone, as one sometimes is. with a girl who knows noth ing, in a room with no piano, is exceedingly embarrassing—after the weather has been exhausted. There is never the same diffi culty with American girls. The admirable educational system of New England, cover ing the whole area of society, has given them education, whether they he poor or rich ; has furnished them with a great deal of general information, aud has quickened their desire for more. Au American girl will talk with you about anything, and feel I (or what has the same effect, seem to feel) ! interest in it. Their tendency is perhaps to talk too much, and to talk beyond their knowledge. With the cleverer, (or as they would say themselves, the “smarter”) of them, it seemed to mo sometimes to make no perceptible difference whether they knew anything of the subject they talked about or not. But they generally know a little of everything; and their general intelligence and vivacity make them very delightful companions. I had au idea before going out that the New England ladies spent time over intel lectual pursuits to the neglect of household duties. 1 did n >1 find it so. Comparing class with class, they are quite as good housekeepers as ! have seen anywhere. They had need be, for service at present is in a verv wretched condition in America; so much so that middle-class families in the countrv often dispense with servants alto gether. The young ladies can make beds as well as demonstrate propositions, aud their mental philosophy,whatever it amounts to, never interferes with the perfection of the pies. Samuel Johnson used to say that a man would rather that his wife should be able to cook agood dinner than read Greek. But he does not seem to have anticipated a time when a woman could learn to do both. Auw lor 11 won! about the clulureu. 1 he childreu !—as I write the word, how the sunlight seems to burst around me !—how many sweet voices start from the silence ol memory and till the air with melody and laughter !—how many bright and beautiful laces, far far away gather round me ouce again! If i could picture forth some of these little ones with whom the happiest ol all my happy hours iu America were spent ill could reproduce the fun, the romping, the games on the carpet, the hundred little iunoceut delights we shared in common— my readers would see that after all that lias been written about American precocity, the children there are childreu still—iu most points just like our own—the joy and sun light ot every home. This, 1 hope, will uot he forgotten iu noticing at present one or two points of dif ference. (>ne tiling that astonished me was the food given to the children. It seems to be tiie rule in America to let the children have a share of everything on the iahle. 1 remem ber sitting beside one little boy of lour years who had soup, a slice of fowl with dress ing, a sweet potato, a plate of pudding, and a bunch of grapes, lie was a very small buy, and bad to get the .slice of fowl cut tor him by his aunt. A lady in Washington, speaking of her owe little boy of two years, said : “He cannot go to bed without liis piece of turkey. He must have it. ’ raucy this in Scotland ! At the Clifton House, Niagara, the hotel on the Canada side, a* family party sat down at one of the break fast tables. One of the party was a beauti fully dressed child, between two and three years of age, who was waited upon by a tall negro. The first tiling this small gentleman bad was a cup ot milk aud biscuit. Then lie bad two eggs, beat up iu a glass, aud a slice o! Johnny-cake (a cake made of Indian meal and eggs.) He sipped very little of ihe egg, and then called for fish. After lisli | lie bad beet, aud alter the beef-steak, bacon and biscuit. What more be might have needed was left uncertain, by reason of his spilling (lie remainder of the beat eggs o\er bis own aud his mother's dress which caused him to he carried away Iroin tlie table in a state of humiliation. American children are undoubtedly pre cocious. 1 think this peculiarity, though partly owing to the quickening effect of climate, is due, to some extent, to the American practice ot bringing children to the table from their infancy. A New Eug lauJ lady, who boasted of eleven children, (a very rare thing iu New England,) told me that every one of them had been brought to the table at seven mouths old, and at thirteen mouths could handle their forks as neatly as she could ! Brought to the table so soon, and hearing all that goes on, they begin at a preteruatimilly early age to lake an interest in general ufiairs, aud to acquire the ideas and language of grown people. An old doctor of divinity iu Canada said that calling one day at a friend’s house, a little girl was sent iu to amuse him till her mamma was ready. The child told him, among other things, that she had beau writ ing a parody ou Kingsley’s song of the •‘Three Fishers but when drying it at the open lire, it dropped from her hand and was burned. “Burned!” exclaimed the doctor; "it I had been the lire I should have stopped till you had got it out agaiu.” “O no, doctor,” said the child, gravely, “you couldn’t have done that. Nature, you know, is nature, aud her laws ure inviola ble!” It nearly knocked the doctor off his chair. 1 remember one day at dinner—this was in tlie State ot New York—being amused at the exquisite combination of epicurean ism aud forethought on the part of a little boy of uine. “Mother,” said he, "give me only a little of the mince pie, as I shall want to taste the pudding!” The children’s remarks on political sub jects tickled me most, for the reason, per haps, that I have rarely heard anything of the sort from children at home. A small boy of eight will stand up to you—“What do you think, sir, of the state of the coun try ?” 1 remember being amused, beyond ex pression, at one little boy in Brooklyn, who during the time of the impeachment trial. began, one evening «l supper, to upbraid bis lather lb. having supported Andrew Johnson. In one of my former papers I spoke of a little Canadian girl, who, in the midst of a conversation on politicos, threw in her opin ion that Canada should have had Maine and a part of New Hampshire. A case suggested by its similarity occurred iu Bos ton, where a little girl, not much higher than my knees, with whom I was playing a game on the carpet, asked me with a seri ous countenance, what effect I thought the acquisition of Russian America would have on (treat Britain. I laughed, the question was so odd ; but, on seeing the little eyes looking up into my face in mute surprise, 1 recovered myself as suddenly as possible, and endeavored to put matters right by say ing that the thing might possibly lead to some snowballing between the two uatious But the little politician in petticoats evident ly thought this was trilling with a grave subject, and said no more. There is one unpleasant feature of Ameri can precocity—it tends much more frequent ly than here to pertness, and utter want of reverence tor parents. “Papa, don’t be foolish,” I heard one little girl say, when tier father was attempting to describe to me how some comical Freuclimau had spoken at a public meeting. Von will sometimes' hear a child say to its parent. “Y'ou get away; ” or “Don’t trouble me just now.” The parent never seemed to me feel this as a Scotch parent would. . 1 remember an indulgent father briugiug in a bunch of grapes for his little boy. “Come, you are a good fellow after all,” said the child cheerfully. The parent seem ed to be rather gratified at so kind are-; cognition on the part of his sou. I remember another brave little fellow of foilr years old, who sat near me at din ner, on a tall slim nursery chair, wiping his mouth alter the first course, and saying— “Give me some of that tart, mamma, and ring the bell for Fanma ; I want some water !” l ills is uuiy uue rites uul ui iijliu v unu help explain what a New England lady meant when she said, “I am learning to be a docile parent!" “Parents obey your chil dren in all tilings,” is the new idea. It is not, after all, so great a stretch to antici pate, as some-body suggests, that we shall by-aud-by see on the signboard o( some American store—“John Smith & Father.” Another incideut occurs to me iu connec tion with the same little fellow who direct ed his mother to ring the bell. One day, when dinner was over, his mamma said to him— “Wipe your mouth, darling." Precocity looked gravely at her. “Say please.” “Well, darling, please.” Precocity wiped his lips solemnly, as if an important moral lesson had been given, aud requested to lie lifted down Irom his chair. There is much less of this in the South, where subordination is more recognized, and where the modes of thought and feel ing are more like our own. But this is the growing idea iu the North—independence, reciprocity, the sinking of old aud even natural distinctions iu Democratic equality. Do to me whatever yon expect, me to do to you. Let it not be supposed, however, that American children are rude, or ill-behaved. On the contrary, they struck me as more polite, more considerate, more orderly, as a general rule, than our own ; but they need to be dealt with in a different way. You must treat with them as persons who have a will of their own, and a right to ex ercise it. You must appeal to their reason aud good sense. If you appeal merely to your own authority, you are apt to get a pert answer. “Remember who you are talking to, sir?” said an indignant pareut to a fractious boy ; “I am your father, sir.” “Well, who’s to blame for that?” said youusr impertinence ; “(ain’t me?” One little boy to whom I have already referred, was making himself very disa greeable on one occasion when his mother had him with heron a visit to some friends. She took him to the bedroom, and told him that if he did not behave himself she would shut him up in the closet. “You can’t. There ain’t a closet here,” said the child triumphantly. “I’ll put you into that wardrobe, then.” “No, you won’t.” “I will.” “ You try it.” She took him instantly, put him in, and turned the lock. Thereupon Young America began to kick up a tremendous noise inside, batter ing the doors of the wardrobe as if he would have knocked them off their hinges. Ilia mother, fearful that he woidd do mischief either to himself or the furniture, and re membering that the house was not hers, took him out and said, in great distress: “U, George, I don’t know what to do with you !” “Don’t you ?” said he, looking up into her face. “No, indeed, 1 don’t.” “Then," said he, “it that is so, I’ll be have which he accordingly did, march ing into the’other room with her, and con ducting himself for the rest of the eveu ing like a little gentleman. She had capit ulated—given up the struggle for authori I ty. He was now behaving on his own re | spousibility. This case suggests another which illus ' trates the same point, but has a grotesque feature of its own. A geutleman in North ampton with whom I spent a very delight ful week, and who belongs to one of the old Puritan families, told me that for sev eral years he had tried whipping with his hoy, but found it ineffectual. On one occa sion the boy was caught in the oft repeated fault. His father took him to his room ; upbraided him for his persistent disobedi ence ; reminded him (which was probably unnecessary) that he had several times been obliged, in the way of parental duty, to ap ply the rod of correction ; that it seemed as yet to have been in vain ; that he was much disheartened, and was at a loss what to do with him. A bright thought occurred to the boy. “Father,” said he, “suppose you pray.” The father was a good man and could not refuse to do this. But having a strong suspicion in his mind that the boy had suggested this Christian exercise in or der to escape punishment, he prayed tor the young reprobate first, and whipped him afterward. lie told me, however, that he had novel- been aide to make anything of the boy lili lie gave up flogging and ap pealed to (lie boy’s sense of what was l ight and proper. This seemed to be a general experience iu tho States. In most of the American schools whipping is discontinued, and in mauy cases prohibited by law ; and yet I can testily from my own observation, that the order maintained in these schools is more perfect than I have ever seen in sim ilar schools elsewhere. The precocity of American children and the democratic ideas that pervade society, and filter down even into the minds of the youngest, account, probably, for three (acts—first, that American parents, guar dians, and teachers do uoL expect the same reverence and unquestionable obedience that is looked for and inculcated here ; sec oud, that the children the: will not be gov erned by mere authority and three ; and third, that happily, as a counterpoise, they become at an exceedingly early age amena ble to reason. Legislative Matters. a correspondent writing from Augusta, gives the following as the principal matters to be acted upon this winter Our educational interests will claim special attention. Our tommou school system is very defective, and a remedy will be prescribed that was recommended by the late Educational Con vention in this city. It will be urged upon the Legislature to establish a State Board of Edu cation, to consist of one member from each County ; to establish Teachers’ Institutes iu every County; to place the power of employ ing teachers in the hands of Superintending School Committees instead ot District Agents, which is now the case; to compel the attend ance of all children of the State from six to sixteen years ot age, at some school, at least three months yearly; and, lastly, to provide for a uniformity iu text hooks. Our railway system, which has done so much to develop the immense resources of the State, will form an important subject of debate, ef forts being made to establish new lines of com munication, and to extend existing lines. Ap plication will be made for an act of incorpora tion, authorizing the building of a railroad from lloulton to the St. John river, opposite Little Falls iu Aroostook county; also for building a railroad from some feasible point on the European and North American Railroad, in or near the town of Winn, iu Penobscot county, thence through or near the town of Sherman, and the plantation of Island Falls, by the most direct and feasible route to Presque Isle village in Aroostook County; for a rail road from some point on the European and North American Railroad, between Lincoln and the State boundary, to the north line of the State; for an extension of the Bangor, branch thereof, to tlic tide waters of Penob scot river; and authority to connect this road with the European and North American Rail road, at the Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad, and to contract with either of these roads for lease, sale or management ol tins road; for an enlargement of Ihe chattered rights of the Portland and Rutland Railroad Company, and for State and municipal aid; for a branch line from the Maine Central to llartland, with the expectation of going to Athens. Charters will he asked for a railroad from Skowhegan to Athens, or Irom l’itfslield to Athens, with the right lo extend the road to Moosehead Bake; also irom Skowhegan to Solon. The directors of the proposed railroad from Wiuterport to Bangor will ask for an in reuse of their capi tal slock lo §100,000. An effort will lie made to re-enact the Slate Police Act that was repealed last winter, with several modifications; also to modify the law lor the suppression of tippling shops. A call will he made for the passage of a law forbidding the taking o[ porgies on the coast of Maine earlier in the season than the lirst day of August, each year, and for making oil or slivers ior bait. The capital punishment question will be dis cussed, and an effort made for its abolitiou. A movement will bo made lo extend the right of suffrage to women. A revision of our statutes will be considered. A division of Aroostook county will be asked for, and the formation of a new county by tne name of Matiawaska. Also for the incorpora tion of several towns in the French settle ments. An attempt will be made to annex Ihe town of Auburn to the city of Lewiston, and to pro cure a city charter for Ellsworth. Several charters will be asked for to incor porate water power companies and to establish savings banks, while efforts will be made to continue the hydrographic survey another year, aud to establish an inebriate asylum, and an industrial school for girls. Appropriations to erect a uew wiug to the State Insane hospital, and for aiil to the State Agricultural College, will be asked for. A Sixuui.au Case of Sham Motherhood. Mr. George 1’. Elliott, Visiting Agent of the Tewksbury, Miss., Almshouse, iu his work, the past year, ol looking after the children put out to service from that institution, encounter ed the following decidedly novel case: “A foundling babe was charged to a man in-. 1 visited the family and louud them to be worth a little property, frugal and indus trious. 1 saw the man and asked him about the child. He indignantly, but with apparent honesty, denied ever having taken such a boy from the almshouse; and I could get no infor mation from him concerning the child, though he admitted having one iu the house about the age of the one I was iu search of, but said it was his own, born of his wife; aud he produc ed a priest's christening certificate as testimo ny to his truthfulness in the matter. 1 left him, as he became abusive iu his language, and made inquiries of his neighbors, who corrobo rated his story, as also do the town records. On further inquiry, however, i found a gentle man who was personally cogui/.auL of the fact that the man’s wife did take a child from the almshouse, aud that the child so taken was the one claimed by the man to be his own. Be coming convinced that I could not satisfactori ly get at the true facts iu regard to the child’s welfare from the family at their home (the man haviug threatened to shoot me if I ever visited him again,) 1 soon after caused a letter to be sent, enjoining him to appear at the institution at a time specified. He did not come in answer to the letter, but his wife appeared in his stead, humbly confessing that she intercepted the let ter, her husband knowing nothing about it, or of her comiug in answer to it; that she took the child on the day it was charged to her hus band, aud without his knowledge—haviug left home in the morning with the intention of get ting the infant, but falsely telling him that she was going to a neighboring city to see some friends ; and that sue went home in the evening with the babe, telling him that she had given birth to it on Llie cars during her absence; which state of things, she said, the husband had always believed. This belief on his part, doubtless accounts for the indignation with which your Agent’s inquiries of him about an almshouse child were treated. The wife, on her knees, begged piteously that the husband might not be told these Lhiugs, saying that it would break up the family, separate man aud wile, &c. In consideration of the child's temporary good, its home being a pleasant and satisfacto ry one, aud with a view to its heirship of the property, this wish of the wile has been grati fied; the husband aud neighbors remain in ig norance of the true circumstances of the child’s birth, aud I now call attention to the case, be lieving it to be an instructive one, as showing to what curious menus childless wives may re sort to gratify maternal instincts.” Maine Legislature. JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES. Judiciary. Luddeu of Androscoggin, Bol ster of Oxford, Lane of Cumberland, ol the Senate; Hubbard of Wlscasset, Rust of Bel fast, Gilbert of Bath, Cram of Brunswick, lieed of Portland, Bliss of Washington, and Powers of Houlton, of the House. Federal Relations. Stevens of lvenuebec, Ilersey of Penobscot, Matthews of Kuox, of tlie Senate; Stoue of Kennebec, Wedgewood of Biddeford, Duuning of Bangor, Farwell of Augusta, Oak of Garland, Dodge of Oxford, Dickey of Port Kent, of the House. Military Affairs. McArthur ol York, j Murry of Washington, Snell of Kennebec, of the Senate; White of Bangor, Pray of Liver more, Duncan of Kittery, Bowler of Winn, Goodwin of Penobscot, Bragdon of Limlugton, j Crandon of Maehias, of the House. Coast and Frontier Defences. Morse of Sagadahoc, Cushing of Waldo, Talbot of Wash- j iugtou, of the Senate; White of Bangor, Pray , of Livermore, Duncan of Kittery, Bowler of Winn, Goodwin of Penobscot Bragdon ol Limiugton, Crandon of Maehias of the House. Railroads, Ways and Bridges. Horsey of Penobscot, Morse of Sagadahoc, Messer of Cumberland, of the Senate; Hincks of Bucks port, Blaisdell of Waterville, Goss of Bath, Twitchell of Portland, Lougley of Greene, Fos ter of Argyle, Dinsmore of Bingham, of the House. Mercantile Affairs and Insurance, Buck of Hancock, Tyler of Oxford. Metcalf of Liu coln, of the Seuate; Morris of Portland, Rau dall of Stocktou, Blake of Auburn, Somes of Mt. Desert, Sawyer of Falmouth, Lord of De troit, Watts of Thomastou, ol the House. Legal Reform. Snell of Kennebec, Murray of Washington, Webb of Somerset, of tlie Senate; Kempton of Mt. Vernon, Wedgewood of Biddeford, Farwell of Augusta, Teague of Lyndon, Farrington of Fryeburg, Frederick of Starks, Carlton of Camden, of the House. Education. Snell of Kennebec, Patten of Piscataquis, McArthur of York, of the Seuate; Whidden of Calais, McFadden of Dresden, Bigelow of Clinton, Stone of Keunehuuk, Har ris of East Maehias, Plummer of Dexter, Gun nison of Scarboro’, of the House. Banks and Banking. Messer of Cumber land, O’Brien of Kuox, Metcalf of I.iueoln, of the Senate; Chamberlain of Ellsworth, Duu uiug of Bangor, Chapman of Damariscotta, Chandler of New Gloucester, Chase of Fayette, Tolrnau of Harrison, Bennett of Sanford, of the House. Agriculture. Lang of Kennebec, Mitchell of Cumberland, Garcelou of Waldo, of the Senate; Abbot of Glenburu, Weston of Poland, Calderwood of Waldo, Toothaker of Phillips, Dunn of Peru, Barker of Montville. Small of Cornish, of the House. Manufactures. Gibbs of ( umberlund, Lang of Kennebec, Hanson of York, of the Senate; Case of Rockland, Briggs of Freeport, Ham ol Lewiston, Dolbier of Kingfleld, Foss of Fail Held, Coles of Cape Elizabeth, Haines of Bid deford, of the House. interior w atkks. westoi naucocK, uusii iug of Waldo, Talbot of Washington, of the Senate; Palmer of Bangor, Sturges of Vassal boro, Hammond of Westbrook, Folsom of Skowhegan, Lane of Unity Plantation, llol- i yoke of Brewer, Simmons, of the House. State Lands and State Hoads. Gardiner ot Penobscot, Cary of Aroostook, Mitchell of Cumberland, of the Senate; Perry of Mars Hill, Crockett of Hoeklaud, Hatch of Alton, Smith of Hodgdou, llussell of Cambridge, Fisher of Charlotte, Caldwell of Waldoboro', of the House. Division oe Towns. Goodwin of York, Kingsbury of Penobscot, Stevens ot Kennebec, of the Senate; Patten of Hampden, Averill of Winterport, Hopkius of Bluehill, Shaw of Mi not, Metcalf of Monmouth, Hammond of El liot, Pike of Princeton, of the House. Division of Counties. Webb of Somerset, Garcelou of Waldo, Fuller of Franklin, of the Senate; Clark of Lewiston, Knowltou of North port, Kimball of Bethel, Blackman of Bradley, Bracket of Berwick, Holland of Waterlmro, Turner of Cutler, of the House. Incorporations of Towns. ('ary of Aroos took, Fuller of Franklin, Mathews of lvuo.v, of the Senate; Puriugton of Bowdoin, Dickey of Fort Kent, Kelley ol Home, Newhall of Pa ris, Waugh of Levant, Mayo of Dover, Far rington of Lovell, of the House. Fisheries. Mathews of Knox, West of Han cock, Stevens of Kennebec, of the Senate; Stover of Harpswell, Bartlett of Trenton, Mears of Bristol, Bridges of Castiue, Minot of Phipsburg, Carver of North Haven, Hosmer of Deer Isle, of the House Indian Affairs. Kingsbury of Peuobseot, Black of Hancock, Patten of Piscataquis, ol the Senate; Bradford of Eastport, Brawn of Oldtowu, Irish of Sherman, Coffin of Thorn dike, Huntress of Lincoln, Whitney of Jones- ; boro, Howe of Whiteheld, of the House. Claims. Metcalf of Lincoln, Lane of Cum berland, Bolster of Oxford, ol the Senate; McOausland of Farmington, Leighton of Yar mouth, Lucas of Guilford, Clark of Lewiston, Knowltou of Northport, Junkins of York, Edes of Naples, of the House. Pensions. Murray of Washington, Patten of Piscataquis, Fuller of Franklin, ol the Sen ate ; Dodge of Oxford, Potter of Hampden, Brown of Perry, ltichardsou of Manchester, Muzzey of Searsmont, Holman of Dixtield, Tripp of Lyman, of the House. Insane Hospital. Patten of Piscataquis, Stevens of Kennebec, Carr of Aroostook, of the Senate; Brackett of Augusta, llussell of Farmington, llussell of Gorham, Palmer of Gardiner, Eatou id Prt^pect, Peables of Wa terford, of the House. Hefokm School. Lane ol Cumberland, Buck of Hancock, Webb of Somerset, of the Senate: Lord of Standish, Sawyer of Booth bay, Noyes of Jay, Ferguson of Dixmont, Thompson of Madison, Wyman of Newport, Thompson of Friendship, ot the House. State Prison. Goodwin of York, Fuller of Frankliu, Garcelou of Waldo, of the Senate; Parcherof Saco, Thwiug of New Sharon, Lib- i by of Durham, Lymau of Sullivan, Giveeu ol | Newtleld, Daufortii of Atkinson, Greeley of t Cumberland, ol the House. Public Buildinus. Hanson of York, Mes- j ser of Cumberland, O'Brien ol Knox, of the Senate; Tolmau of Harrison, Baker of Steu ben, Kicbardsou of Manchester, Mayo of Do- j ver, Haley of Dayton, Patterson of Solon, Dunn of Peru, of the House. On Library. Patten of Piscataquis, Cary j of Aroostook, and ateveus of Kennebec, of the Senate; Messrs. Palmer of Gardiner, Potter S of Topsham, Brackett of Berwick, Tuell of i Sumuer, Soule of Lagrange, Gunnison of Scar- I boro, and Peables of Waterford, of the House, j Movement in Virginia. Richmond, Jau. 2. For two days past a conference of some of the leading men in the State has been in session here, attended by Hon. A. li. H. Stuart, of Stauuton, Hon. Thomas S. Flourney, formerly a Whgig candi date for Governor, John L. Marye, Jr., the present conservative candidate for Attorney General, VVyndhain Robertson, formerly acting Governor of the State, George \V. Rolling, James J. Johnson, a former Whig Senator. Frank Gruflln, Gen. John Ecliolis, W. T. Stu therliu and others. Last night after midnight they agreed on a preamble aud resolutions which set forth, that while the people of Vir ginia do not believe that the negroes in their uueducated condition are as yet tit for suffrage, yet in view of the expression of public opinion in the recent national election, aud in the hope of restoring harmony and union, they are will ing to accept universal suffrage coupled with universal amnesty. A committe of nine was appointed to visit Washington aud urge Congress to legislate so as to secure these to the people of the State. The committe is composed of Messrs, A. H. II. Stuart, W. Roberston, Jr., R Baldwin, James Nelson, W. F. Sutherlin, J. L. Marye, Jr., J. F. Johnson aud W. L. Owen. A resolution was adopted recommending the people of the State to hold a convention on February 10th in Richmond to rccieve the re port of the committee and arrange for the can vass. Who Ate Roger Williams ? Steel’s “Fourteen Weeks in Chemistry,” says : “The truth that animal matter passes from the animal back to the vegetable, ami front the vegetable to the animal kingdom again, received a curious illustration not long since. “For the purpose of erecting a suitable monument to the memory of Roger Wil liams, the fouuder of Rhode Islaud, his pri vate burying ground was searched for the graves of himself and wife. It was found that everything had passed into oblivion. The shape of the coffins could only be trac ed by a black line ol carbonaceous matter. The rusting hinges and nails, and a round wooden knot, alone remained in one grave, while a single lock of braided hair was (omul in the other. Near the grave stood an apple tree. This had sent down two main roots into the very presence of the coiiined dead. The large root, pushing its way to the precise spot occupied by the skull of Roger Williams, had made a turn as if passing round it, and followed the di rection of the backbone to the hips. Here it divided into two branches, sending one along each leg to the heels, when both turn ed upward to the toes. One of these roots formed a slight crook at the knee, which made the whole bear a striking resemblance to the human form. There were the graves but their occupants had disappeared ; the bones even had vanished. There stood the thief—the guilty apple tree—caught in the very act of robbery. The spoliation was complete. The organic matter, the tiesh, the hones of Roger Williams had passed into an apple tree. The elements hail been absorbed by the roots, transmuted into woody fibres, which could be burned as fuel, or carved into ornaments, and bloomed in to fragrant blossoms, which delighted the eye of the passer by, and scattered the sweetest perfume ot spring; more than this—had been converted into luscious .nut, v>hicli, Irani year to year, had been gathered and eaten. Ilow pertinent then is the question, “Who ate Roger Williams?” A Sad Story of the Soa. It is difficult to imagine a sadder story or oue better calculated to rouse a just indig nation, than that related before the High Court in Edinburgh, Scotland. The barest statement ot facts is sufficient to draw tears, or rouse decent men iulo a fever of iuilig nation. Last April, five lads of Creenoch, three of them (piite children, resolved in a passing caprice, to enjoy a pleasure sail, aud stowed themselves ou the Arrau, a ship bouud for (Quebec. When they were fairly at sea they revealed themselves, to (lie great aud not unjust indignation of the mas ter, Robert Watt, aud bis mate, James Kerr, who avenged themselves for a mouth by inflicting a curious variety of tortures. All seemed to have been half starved, aud oue was repeatedly flogged, soused in ice cold water, and ordered to stand naked in the Arctic cold, at the. forecastle head. By May the Arrau was ofl the coast of New foundland, from fifteen to twenty miles from shore, imbedded in the ice, aud the Captain determined that the lads should be expelled from the ship. Two of them were only eleven and twehe years of age, half clad, with no shoes, and out ol condition from continued hunger, while one, "a nice wee bit of a fellow, but not strong.” sivs bis mother, was spitting blood. The ice was most unsafe, the bore was scarcely visible, and the Arran was lull of provisions; but, no matter, the boys must go, and crying and frightened, they went. Three of them were saved almost by a mir acle, getting so far ou the ice that they were seen from the shore : but the two lit tie shoeless lads perished. Oue Oil inio the water almost at starting, the "ice just closed over him,” and he was drowned. The other, MeGinues, the youngest ol all, walked ou tor two hours or more, aud then unable to exert himself, with his leet cut and his legs swollen, aud that dreary waste of ice all round, lie sat down to die. His companions did what they could to urge him ou, but the lad could only sob, still, as they testify, "they heard him greetin’ when they a long way oil',” and so, still in sight of the ship froze to death. If ever there was murder done on earth, that lad was murdered, hut the Edinburgh jury found that the Captain had a reputa tion for being "kind and gentle”—indeed, that reputation had originally tempted the lads—aud they added a recommendation to mercy in their verdict of culpable homicide, aud Lord Justice Clark, who had charged dead against the Captain sentenced him to eighteen months’ imprisonment, the most astounding failure of justice in a British court it has ever been our lot to record, the more astounding because Watt’s ouly de fence, that he urged the hoys on to the ice in the full expectation that they would re turn, was exposed by the learned dodge himself. A Modei. Maine C'i. aei . The following article was clipped from the Alta Califor nian of Nov. 27th, aud forwarded to the builders, Messrs. E. Dean, dr. A Co., of South Thomastou : “The brig “Joseplioue," built at South Thomastou, Maine, arrived a few days ago iu this harbor from Port Isabel, at the head of navigation on the Culf of California, af ter the unprecedented rapid passage of nine teen days. She is of 218 tons burthen. During the last three years she lias been plying between San Francisco, Guaymas and Port Isabel. She carries down to the latter place miscellaneous cargoes, and brings back copper ore from the Williams’ Fork and other mines iu Arizona. In 1807 this fleet craft made the down ward trip in sixteen days, that being the shortest trip on record. Her captain says that if he had had favorable winds on his last trip he would have moored his brig alongside her wharf here in nine days from Port Isabel! She brought up on this trip a large amount of copper ore. The owner of this vessel is It. E. ltai moud, Esq., oue of our pioneer aud most enterprising merchants. Her Master is A. N. McDonough, a youug aud thorough “Dowu East’’sailor, who has been Captain of the dosepheue since last dune, having made live trips to aud Iro during this pe riod. The brig is staunch aud strong, and rates A No. 1 1-2 clean, aud a better coast er never visited this port." Grant ap4 McClellan. Ouc of tiie correspondents at Washington details a recent conversation with Gen. Grant. The following reference to Mc Clellan is creditable to the President elei t : In answer to the inquiry about the news paper story Unit he had offered a cabinet portfolio to General McClellan, Gen. Grant said : “There is no truth in tlie report that I have offered Gen. McClellan a place in my cabinet.” After a moment’s reflection he added: “I do not say that 1 have not thought of doing it, anil it 1 do it I know of no one who has a right to object. When I aril inaugurated 1 shall be President of the I'uited States—not the head of a party. 1 shall be the executive officer ol ihK whole people—not of a mere majority. McClel Ian, continued Gen. Grant, is an able sol dier, a good citizen, and a pure man. The army of the Potomac was the best organ ized, the best equipped, and the best disci plined army the world ever saw. For ac eomplishiug this at least the country is in debted to McClellan. Another remarkable fact is that, while to a large extent, McClel lan lost the confidence of the country, he never lost the confidence of hi- army. 1 know full well that when I succeeded to the command ol that army l did not supplant him in its affections. 1 le was its first love, ft was natural and just. 1 should dislike to think that I was supplanted in the affections of my old army of the Tennessee by either of my worthy successors." Reminiscences. Mr. F.dwin Sprague, who has assumed sole management of the Rockland Free Press, and will doubtless conduct the paper with ability and success, made his first acquaintance with types in this office, lie thus refers to some of the old time employees ot t ie paper— We took the first degree as printer’s dev il in the Belfast Journal office, in 18-PJ, with Messrs. Wing A Moore. Strange are the changes which have occurred since that time. Wing, the head of the firm then, has returned to the case as a journeyman printer. Moore, the genial and talented editor, died a few years since, while em ployed on the Portland Argus. The fore man at that time was J. W. Brown, a right good fellow, who left the composing stick for the yard stick, and has been fortunate enough we learn to gaiu a handsome com petence us u dry-goods inert-haul in Boston. Charles A. Sprague, a brother of our own, was senior apprentice : he bought into The Mirror, a weekly paper at Bath, and a sttmed its editorial management, but after a connection of only three months with it, died ol typhoid fever, at the age of J:' years. Charles B. Moore, brother of the editor of the Journal, then in the office as a journeyman, ended his days in an insane asymrn. ne was a young man oi goon habits, a great reader, and when not affect ed by insanity, was very companionable. Our immediate predecessor, to whose du ties we succeeded bv virtue of our otlice, was F. M. Swan, a brusque fellow, but with a good heart. He died just before the w ar out iu Mississippi. The last news we had from him was contained iu a letter w liich appeared iu the columns of the Free Press. Thus only one beside ourself of the six who constituted the Journal force at that time is living. Our friend Simpson, now editor of tiie Journal, was then a frequent visitor at the Journal otlice, and its columns some times contained a w itticism or a neat bit of poetry from his pen. File printing office seemed to have an attraction for him w hich lie did not care to resist. 1 tiese few years, so short to look back upon, are indeed tilled with strange memories. A •>.'>0,000 Bond Robbery took place iu New York on Saturday, dan. :M. The bonds belonged to Bierworth A Rochall, shippine merchant.-. O'* Fine street, and were in a tin box with other valuable pa pers. The box had been brought from the bank and placed mi a desk in the inner of fice. Soon afterward three men called and engaged those iu the outer otlice iti conver sation relative to shipping matters. l’lii eouversatiou lasted from ten to fifteen min ntes. ! laving obtained the desired infor mation, the men departed. Within halt an hour of their departure, a woman called and enquired the price ol a passage to Hurope. She was given the rates of passage, and m turn went away. So far as known these wore the only strangers that called, up to three o'clock 1*. ji. At the last mentioned hour it was discovered that the box and contents had been stolen. Ii is believed that one of the three men mentioned above stole 1110 box while his companions engaged the employees in the outer otlice in corner satiou. But little is known o' their pel sonul appearance, and the chance cf arrest ing the thieves or recovering tin- valuables is very slim, indeed. The modus operand) iu thi ease is simi lar to that which is supposed to have been pursued iu the late robbery oi a tin box, wiih bonds and securities to a large amount, from the Pequonnoek Bank, in Connecticut The business seems to have been reduced tu a “science,” and those who engage in it. become most skillful and daring adepts. Janvier St. George, gent., married just tin1 prettiest girl in 15-. Maria, beside* being beautiful, was educated, accomplish, ed, artless, innocent, and decidedly the most blushing hit of dimity that bridegroom e\ er captivated. Two years of matrimonial heaven hud passed, when one evening as St. George came home from down town, he found be side his angel Maria the sweetest little four year-old darling that ever charmed the heart of a benedict, and'Janvier St. George, gent., went into unreasonable raptures over the beautiful little fairy. “Oh, what a charming, sweet creature! I have never seen a child half so beautiful. Whose darling little girl is it, love?” “Minn” replied the vestal wife, just a* uouchalantlv as though they were discussing a poodle. “Yours, madam ! My God, Maria! why have you uever informed me ot tliis f” “Why, my dear, you uever asked me !” Mr. St. George took a suddeu fancy to visit Egypt and the Holy Laud. A young man sent his father iu the coun try his photograph, accompanied with a re quest for aid, as he was poor and required inouey for the necessaries of life. The old man looked over the photograph, and then responded, “ You can’t he very poor to be living among marble vases and statues and (lowers and nice furniture, such as your pickter shows !” Brigham Young’s eldest sou Joe is a hope ful youth. He smokes good cigars, drinks good liquor, gets drunk, plays poker, licks his wives aud preaches the gospel.