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NEW SERIES. 0 c . .1 fa I'M GROWING OLD. I'm jjrowins old—'tis surely so ; .Aml host' f hort it seerns, I was but a *portive child, childish dreams. i rl niiot see the chance that comes With such an even pace : j murk not when the wrinkles fall I'pon my fading face. 1 know I'm old : and yet my heart [. just as yottns and jay \s Vr it was before my looks Ofbriuht brown turned to gray. J know these eyes to other eyes, Look" not so hright and glad \s once they )<-.okd : and yet 'tis not Recau-e my heart's more *ad. 1 never watched with purer joy The floating clouds and. flowing skies, While alisteninst tears of rapture fill These old and fading eyes. And when I matk the cheek where once The bright rose used to glow. It jrieves me not to see instead The almond crown mv brow. I've seen the flower grow old and pale, And withered more than I ; I've -een it lose its every charm, Then droop away and die. And then I've seen it rise again, Bright as the beaming sky. And voang and pure and beautiful And felt that so shall I. Then what if I am growing old— Mv heart is changeless -till. And God has given irie enough This loving heart to fill. 1 love to see the sun go down. And lengthening shadows throw Along the ground, while o'er rny head The clouds in crimson glow. I see, beyond thosp gorgeous ciouiie, A country bright ami fair. Which needs no sun —Go I an i the Lamb Its light ami beauty are. 1 seem to hpar the wondrous -ong Redeemed sinners sing; A nil my heart leaps to join the throng 'To praise the Heavenly King. 1 ,cpm Tn>ep three rheruh hoys, As hand ill hand they go, Willi g.dden curls and -nowv wings, Who.e eyes with rapture glow. When I was young. I called them mine— Now Heaven's sweet ones are they ; but 1 shall claim ny own again, U nen 1 am called away. Perhaps, when Heaven's bright gate I've past, They'll know iroin every other, The one who gave them hack to God, And haste to call me mother. I fihl I am glad I'm growing old! For every day l-speu<l. Shall bring me one day nearer that Bright day that has no end. GOLD WD ( UW. Tap following beautiful contrast between the 2 ..! oi California and the gold of Agriculture, rn the speech of the Hon. Edward Ever-' ••ft, at the National Agricultuial Fair. Boston, Oct. 26th : Ihe grains ol the California gold are dead, ,r rganic masses. How they got into the grav- • • between what mountain millstones, whirl- , •• :y elemental slorrn winds on the Iw.som of 1 -anic torrents, the auriferous ledges were . 2 und to powder : by what Titanic hands the vered grains were sown broadcast in the j>l a - ,v rs, human science can but faintly conjecture. A. only know that those grains have within "-m no principle of growth or re-production, ' Mt! when that crop was to be put in, Chaos !t.ut have broken up the soil. H w different tiie graii sof our Atlantic gold, . ■own by the prudent hand of man, in the kmtl >v alternation of seed-time and harvest; each curiously, mvsteriotislv organized : hard, hor ":.v. seemingly lifeless or. tiie outside, hilt wrap ' "2 up in the interior i seminal germ, a living acinic. Drop a grain of California gold in- : - ground, and there it will lie unchanged " end of tunc, tiie clods on which it falls ! triore eo-d and lifeless. Drop a grain of our I. of our blessed gold, in the ground, and b ! 1 mystery . in a few days it softens, it swells, it its upwards, it is a living thing. Jt is yel '' ilsi'ir, hut it sends up a delicate spire, v r 'ch rimes peeping, emerald green, through I *'il: it expands to a vigorous stalk, revels ; 1 he air an( | sunshine, it arrays itself more no' is I v than Solomon in its broad, fluttering, 'v robes, whose sound, as the west wind ls ße rs through them, tails as pleasantly on •'* husband man's car as the rustle of ins sweet "fs garments: still towers aloft, spins its dant skeins of vegetable floss, displays its fifing t ass*ls, surcharged with fertilizing dust, • at 'ast ripens into two or three magnificent like this, (an ear of Indian corn,) each of' j"-h is studded with hundreds of grains of' - I. every one possessing the same wonderful yerties as the parent grain, every one in- , ■ct with the same marvellous reproductive : ' lf rs- I here are seven hundred and twenty - "us on the ear which I hold in my hand.— '1 " ovv f v, sir, of this transcendent gold of . v ' p this year will be at least ten or , '• j'-n times that of California. " " it will h" urged, perhaps, sir, in behalf ' inks there is no music in the world equal ; Ito the chink of his guineas, that though one crop onlv of gold can be gathered from thesarne spot, vet once gathered it lasts to the end of time; while (he will maintain) our vegetable j gold is produced only to be consumed, and | when consumed is gone forever. But tins, Mr. , President, would be a most egregious error both 'ways. It is true, the California gold will last lorever unchanged, if its owner chooses: hut while it so la.*ts it is of n > use, no, not so much as its value in pig iron, which makes the best of , ballast ; whereas gold, while it is gold, is good fir little or nothing. You can neither eat it, : or drink it. You can neither wear it, nor burn 1 it a fuel, nor build a house with it : it is reailv useless till you exchange it for consumable, per ishable goods: and the more plentiful it is the less its exchangeable value. Far different thecas- with our Atlantic gold. ! It does not perish when consumed, but by a no j bier alchemy than that of Paracelsus, is transmit ted in consumption to a higher life. "Perish in consumption," did the old miser say ? •'Thou i t>ol, that which thou en west is riot quickened, except it <lie ." The burning pen of inspiration, ranging heaven and earth lira similitude to convey to our poor minds some not inadequate idea of the mighty doctrine of the Resurrection, can find no svmbol so expressive as bare "grain. It may chance of wheat, or some other grain." To-dav a *ense|ess plant, to-morrow it is hu j man—bone and music, vein and artery, sinew land nerve; beating pulse, heaving longs, toil- I ing, alt ! sometimes ever-toiling brain. Last dune it sucked from the cold breast of the earth ; the waterv nourishment of its distended sap j vessels, and now it clothes tiie manlv form with j warm cordial flesh, quivers and tin ills with the live-fold mystery of sense, purveys and tr.inis i ters to tiie higher mystery of thought. Heap !ed up in your granaries tins week, the next it will strike in the stalwart arm, and glow in the blushing cheek, and flash in the beaming eye— ! till we learn at last to realize that the slender stalk which we have seen bending in tiie corn | field, under the yellow burden of harvest, is in deed the "staffof life," which, since the world hecran, has supported the toiling and struggling myriads of humanity on the mighty pilg image : of being. Yes, str. to drop the allegory, and to speak without a figure, it is this noble agriculture, lor the promotion of which this great company is assembled from so many parts of the Union, which feeds the human race, and all the hum i bier orders of animated nature dependent on man. With the exception of what is yielded by the fisheries and the chase (a limited though certainly not an insufficient source of supply,) Agriculture is the steward which spreads the dailv table of mankind. Twenty-seven millions of human by aicurate computation,, iwoke this very morning in 'in* T nited States. , a!! requiring their "daily bread, 1 whether they 1 had the grace to pray for it or not, and under Providence all looking to the agriculture of the j count c" for that daily bread, and the foo ! of the dom-stic animals depending on them : a demand asgre.it perhaps a* their .own. Mr. President, jit is the daily duty of your farmers to satisfy I gigantic appetite ; to til! tiie months of these hungry millions, I might say, for if by any ca tastrophe, Ihe supply were cut off lor a few , days, the life of the country human and brute i —would be extinct. Pri'tridfiu Firres nut! fhe Cabinet. True greatnes. of son I consists in just such acts as President PIKUCI; has determined npon, in relation to the future treatmant of the Indi ins within the territories of our I niuo. "Lo, ! the poor Indian" has touched many a sensitive heart: but until recently, no rational etiorts have been adopted lo meliorate Ins future con ! dition. He has been robbed and abused by ras cally Indian Agents ever since the formation of lour Government, arid the "Winnebago' only followed in the footsteps of some of his illus trious predecessors. The "moccasin tracks ; have generally been the same, and •• Loc'iu-l .v , bargains with "halfand quaiter breeds' are not j isolated c.ises. We say all honor to President Pieces: for ids noble desire to protect ami civil ize the Red Man of the wilderness. The fol lowing interesting paragraphs we find in the Washington correspondence of the St. Louis . Republicm : '•I learn that the President has determined on a new Indian policy for the Government. — Heretofore the policy his been removal. So j soon as any question should arise between the ■vhite man and his red brother, involving any j serious difficulty and settling them, the pre vious policy of the Government has been to re move the Indians further into the wilderness, and stave off the responsibilities oi the issues.— The very necessity of the case now forces the Government to change it< policy, for there is no longer any West to which to remove the poor Indian. The white population of California, Oregon and Washington, will soon demand that this incumbrance be started on the opposite Hack, and that the red man's path shall be East : ward. In thi crisis, President Pierce has de termined to adopt the opposite policy, and con tinue the Indians on their reservation—curtail ing tlicir boundaries instead of enlarging them. This will force them to torn their attention to : agricultural and mechanical pursuits, and tend to their rapid civilization. "They will be surrounded on all sides by tbe mu*ic of the ploughman,s merry whistle and the busy clink of the mechanic's hammer : and jth ese influences must atlect, in a greater or less degree, 1 heir u ild and savage nature. On Lake j Superior Several tribes, who had been thus sur rounded, have become excellent citizens. One i of the Saganaw tribe is now largely engaged in ship-building, and has a laige capital invested ■in the business. Others of the tribe ere enga ged in the various mechanical trades, and aie doing well under precisely the same policy which the government lias ri< terminer! to adopt , towards all." From tiie St. Louis Republican. The Future of Fne Keystone State—Kcw York ant! Pennsylvania. New York is and long has been the Empire State of our confederacy ; hut there are causes •at work which are likely to reduce Icr fiom 1 tier pres. at proud eminence, and elevate a Sis ter State to the imperial position, and character ; she has heretofore enjoyed. Pennsylvania is; the towering rival, whose portentious crest is j looming up out of the shadow cast by her neigh- ! bor, and reaching forth to snatch the sceptre which that neighbor thought would always be: her own. New Yorkers are a demonstrative people, j Pennsvl vanians are the reverse. The former j are always in commotion—holding meetings, ; passing resolves, writing, speaking, talking, tra— ; iting and working noisily, and thereby impres sing on their neighbor* and the world a bewil- j dering sense of their superior activity, energy j anil enterprise. The peorisv Ivanians seem slow and steady-going : vet they are generally j earnestly and (ierseveringlv at work for the at - , compJ.islmient,of some great work, none the Uss j talked of. New York lias greater population, j and more votes in Congress than Pennsylvania: ! hut this order of things will be reversed in aj f-w years. Pennsylvania will lie the first, and j New York the second star in the political fir- j mament: Pennsylvania will rise, and New York j descend one step, thereby reversing their present : relative positions. Do..* any one ask how this will he, and is b< ing brought about I The an swer i* easy. New York has been building railroads from one centre—h--r chief cilv—towards the West. Instead of having to cut through, or go over mountains, as Pennsylvania did, she could go round them. Her huge canal and gigantic lines of rail, converging at Manhattan Island, radia ted towards the lakes on the North, and the opening between the lakes and the mountiaris on the West. The enormous trade of nearly the whole west rolled along tim Erie and Cen tral Railroads, or floated along the Erie canal, to be deposited for distribution in the warehou- ' *"s and on the quays ol her cbi- f city. But while these railr ads and this canal car ried this foreign wealth through the State, they also bore home wealth out of it. The high pri- : ces paid within the last tew years lor the very w-stern produce which sought a market at New York citv, together with the facility which the railroad of the State offered to emi grants going west, has induced a heavy emigra tion from the Empire Slate to (he cheap farm ing lands of tire Northwest. The consequence is, that while the stream oi trade Irom the wos! has swollen the dimensions of New "iork city, tiie stream of trade to trie west is depleting New \ orlc State. Tfie lornri 11s been fiiiift up to its present imposing proportjons. at such a fabulous rapidity, at the expense of the latter. In short, the internal improvements of New York State were built with an eye to com merce alone, and net with a view to the devel opment of her hidden eh-ments of wealth. The business they do is enormous; but it is a through busim *.-, whose benefits are n ' scattered >v the wayside, but deposited m a lump in the coder* of the merchant princes and ship owners oi glorious Gotham. Pennsylvania, with ail the old-fogy ism charg ed on bet, I,as pursued a wiser and more m*- creet policy. The Alieghenies long lay as an almost insurmountable barrier between her ..ml tl"• west. The buildings of tunnels through, and roads ov< r them, was the work of year*. — She c wild not run over the Alieghenies, to the \Ye*t, nimbiv and quickly as her msl could around them. She had, therefore, to give up the West, measurably, to New York, and look to ah ss remote source for wealth. Site turned her eve.* homeward, and saw coal veins and j iron beds inviting labor, ami promising riches j to fiios" who would turn them up. She built | mills, factories and furnaces, and filled them with dm workers whom new York sent abroad. She buiit farming towns io her valleys, and, manufacturing towns among her coal and iron ; hills, and connected the two by railroads, that the firms might supplv the mills with food, whife the mills supplied the farmers with man ufacturers. In short Pennsylvania buiit roads to servo as channels for the reciprocal trade of her own citizens, as well as for the transportation ; of foreign through trade. Her industry was j therefore diversified, enlarged and enhanced.— - j She kept her citizens at home by giving (hern j work. No one can tail to remark the paucity of j Pennsvl vanians to be found living out of their ; native State, as compared with the numbers of New Yorkers to he found scattered throughout 1 (he West. Ihe p-sults of these causes aie; what we might naturally suppose they would , he. At the last census, New York lost two Rep resentatives in Congress, while Pennsylvania! gained two. The causes which led to I his (lis- i parity are still at work, and will produce more : palpable relative changes in th" future. Penn sylvania i* not now equal in population or im portance to h'r Sister State : but she is march ing in physical power and political importance with Min-r and steadier strides than her neigh- : bor. She is increasing more rapidly in propor- j tion, and even the imxt census may show that she has achieved the same level with New \ork, Irom whence her elevation to superiority is inevitable. In 1S(iO, the Keystone State w ill he also the Empire State of the l. nion, first in the develop- i ed elements of physical wealth, first in commer cial and political importance, and first in ca pacity to influence tin* destiny ol fhe nation.— j We have no regrets to express at the prospect. ! Pennsylvania is eminent for the conservatism of j her political tendencies, the soundness of her : economy, and the sagacity of her Statesmen. — IL-r elevation to the post of Empire State Mould insure stability and consistency to the j nation. A Kiss IV FEE.—A young German girl was acquitted on a charge of larceny, yesterday, in Freedom of Thought and Opinion. BEDFORD, PA. FRIDAY MORNING, Dec. 14, 1855. the Court of Quarter Sessions. Upon the a ward ofacquUtal being rendered by the jury, she manifested her joy and her gratitude in a manner which very much astonished her coun sel, the Court and the bar. Willi tears of joy ful .happiness bursting from her sparkling eyes, I she embraced b-r counsel, and imprinted upon his glowing cheek a kiss which resounded i throughout the Court room, like the melody of sweet music. Her counsel, a young gentleman of fine personel appearance, though taken by . surprise, received this tender acknowledgement o! Uis valuable services from his lair client as a legal tender. The gul lelt the scene of her tii- I al and her triumph, unconscious of the gaze and ' the smiles of a crowded Court room, and only j grateful to tier counsel for her deliverance from a charge which had threatened, but a moment J before, like a dark cloud, lo burst upon her head and darken her future life with the perpetual blackness of despair and degradation.— P/tila. Ledger. From the BosTon Mail, '2'2.t. SPICY CHAPTER OX BOSTON MORALS. The great interest which the recent cow-hi ding affair has occasioned, has induced us to in vestigate the preliminary facts connected thcre ! with. The first lime that Josiah F. Porter ever saw I Mrs. Cohnrn was at a ball of the City Guards at | Union Hall, in February last. It was simply a ball-room acquaintance. Mrs. Cohnrn at that time requested an introduction to the Lieuten ant, and through an acquaintance of her own she received it. If a flirtation was commenced that night, it ended that, night fih* > —hut that was by no means the end of Mr. C'oburu's jeal ousy. From that time forward Mr. Porter never. me( bis ball-room acquaintance for about six J weeks, when fie was quietly sitting in Vinton's, getting his supper with an intimate friend. Mr. Summer. While these gentlemen were tints profitably employed, two ladies, most richiv dressed, entered the saloon, and taking a seat I near them, with much coolness, called for a glass of soda. Like >.: me servants that can he seen in any ice cream or o\ st. r saloon in the countrv, there was much delay in answering the ladie.*' call, whereat they made those ordi nary remarks which ladies will make u hen they are if>\i il. and at the same time are observed bv vouWg gentlemen. Perhaps their hell had k>*t : its tongue, it thev bad not : at any rate they ! needed another one, and Mr. Porter and Siim i mer passed the hell from their own table to thero. Mrs. Coburn at this time remembered (lie February introduction, (it was not on the 14-th,) ami reminded ti;e gentlemen thereof.— which recailed a circumstance which, had it not been for tlie !adi<-s, importunity and eloquence Woufft never have been remembered 'bv them. Bv this time the ladies announced that thev vi*- ited Vinton's nearly every afternoon, and it ■ would a fiord them grent pleasure to meet tin* young gentlemen there. Mr. Porter had pre viously, t >r .a long time, taken his supper a* the saloon, and, of course, continued to do s> : and subsequently lie met these ladi-s at the same plac.-, for several afternoons. Sometimes it so happened that thev walked from the saloon, on Washington street, and there are some persons who have seao Mr. Porter m an omnibus with the c'iilectionarv-lo\ ing wives, and occasional ly the gentleman attended the ladies n part of the way on their walk homewards. W hat was said during the sweet and happy hours we know not. That the husbands will, oi course, find out. During one of these chance confectionary meetings, Mrs. Unburn and Mrs. Daiton told "heir accidental friends that thev were going to visit a sister of theirs at Cambi idgeport. on a particular afternoon and with exquisite modestv i requested the voung gentlemen to meet them ' there. Their carefuliy wedded husbands were 1 not going to Cambridge at the sam- interesting • urtie. The gentlemen did a* they were reques ted, and (Livingout to the Port, they funnel out the iaiii' S. and returned with them, in tin ir own hired hack, to Boston, leaving them at • their house on Sliawmut avenue. On their re torn passage, whatever Mrs. Cohnrn did, is her i own lookout, and site remembers i; very well. !l she ki*sed a young gentleman, it i* no rea son that fie should, on that account, be killed. Kissing always goes by favors. Vlrs. Dai ton'* little pleasantry with Mr. Summer,at the ! sail. • time, is .something for her to settle with I her husband, and no one else. From tills time the fever o! the flirtation com menced, so far as the ladies were concerned.— | | Now note writing became a profession. The ' fervor and the fondness which wjs breathed in-; to ttie tender missives sent by the ladies, the world ought not to know. All is, the notes on the part of Mr. Porter, were unnoticed, and with one exception, were never answered.— The place where Mrs. Cohnrn desired to meet hiin lie did not visit. Accidetttly they met a few times, and the lady used her utmost ability : on these occasions lo disclose her passion for himself, and she was accustomed to speak of the ; constant abuse of her husband towards her. Her ; passion reached tiiat point that she declared that , the inmost wish of her heart was to get divorced Irom her husband on account uf hi* abuse to her and her jealousy of him. The very la.*t time that Mr. Porter and the ladv met previous to last Saturday, (which, by i the way, was a fortnight) she undertook to speak of her grievances in a most energetic strain : so ; much so that when the Lieutenant tec.eived her 1 note on that day, lie presumed that she desired to take steps relating to a divorce and nothing more. In consequence of that note he called at her house for the first time in his life, and the reception he there met with is already well known. From tin* nature of the cases and sticks used on that occasion, it would look as if Mr. Coburn wished to get a divorce from bed and board. The teal cause of the immediate trouble that has oocurred hetween the descendants of the house of Gove and their accidental friends, is i quick'v told. .Mrs. Dolton had a large number | of Utters which she and her sister, Mrs. Co burn, had received from various gentlemen,and these were seen by their husbands on Friday evening la*t. The Utters were laid a*uie with commendable rapidity, and the name of Lieut. Porter was given by the faithful wives, in order to screen the real authors. This, at the time, was meant as a subterfuge, hot Mrs. Coburn was thereupon compelled, bv brute force, to write the letter which drew Mr. Porter intothe lion's j den. Report has if, and report does not always ! lie, —that Mr. Coburn has not been excessively kind to his wife. Ori the contrary, domestic 1 difference* have been of almost daily occurrence : between him and her, and the same i said oi ! Mr. and Mrs. Daiton. From tbe Bath Commercial Advertiser, Nov. 30. A IBIIBLE ELOI'EIIEXT. That portion of tbe city known as Dumfries, w as thrown into a state ol excitement yesterday | in consequence of tiie elopement of two wives from their husbands. The first case was that of a young woman who hari he-n married only a tew months, ft appears that before tier iriai nage she was addressed by a young man to whom *ii M engaged herself, hut from some cause | the contract was nut consummated, and the . husband whom she has left making b*-r acquain tance, and being a respectable voung man, who : had a good prospect for independence, she mar ried him. Shortly after her marriage she com menced visiting a place where lottery policies are sold, where she met the party whom she first loved, and who was married to an- tiier.— At these meeting.* an intimacy sprung up which ! soon ripened into an agreement to 'dope, and they accordingly went oti a dav or two ogo, the , wile taking all the money her husband had iri the house with her. Her injured husband had determined to take tiie matter philosophically, satisfied that he i* much better off without an unfaithful wife. The wife oi tiie u retch wiiq. j has thus assisted in destroying the happiness of a worthy fellow man will have the,sympathy of all rieht minded persons, and she too will doubtless be quite as happy alone, as with a inan who po.*s-.*>es so litife of tiie principle which makes the character oi'his sex noble. The other ca*e is tfiat of a female in the same locality further advanced in lit!-, and who has been married for several rears. V\ e could not learn whether the gnv Lothario who went off with this deserting wife, left one erf his own to mourn over his ingratitude. This is a singular coincidence, that our neighborhood siiouid give birth to two ••'. t-'its of like reprehensible char acter at the same period. From the Chicago Tuue.*, Nov. IG. THE EU.ERSOLL TRAGEDY. Yesterday morning, Doctor Variatr, a voung and accomplished surgeon of this citv, succeed ed in extricating the bullet from tiie body of Mrs. ingersoil, the lady \i iio was shot, a few days ago, by her husband, uho also shot and kiiled himsejj. Doctor \ ariau performed the operation unassisted, and accomplished his ob ject in aiiout two minutes of time. The L-ail enured ihe body about fur inches from the sternum, between the second and third ribs.— Passing upward ami outward, its course was around the ifiy, through the n.uihi, and strik ing the outer p"itio of the neck of the scapula, lodged lijioii the dorsum ot this bone— being much flattened it its transit. The lady sutier ing very little pain during the operation, and is nov. past danger and doing well. Frequent, inquiries have been made as to ihe conversation which passed between Airs, luger - Al and tier husdmid, during their walk togeth er on the evening of the fatal occurrence, and u i.ioil V' as not made known by her at that time. It seems that lie was with her several minutes before he prevailed upon her logo with him at all. As th-y left the tioor of her hoarding house, he referred to the subject of her application for divorce, and endeavored to obtain from her a promise to withdraw her petition. He made many a: den I protestations of love and affection f . her, and promised to conduct himself differ ently i a tiie future, if she would Consent to five with him agam. To all, she j-pplied in the neg ative, and expressed a determination to proceed until a <iivoice should be granted. This is the substance of all that was said on either side In fore Ingersoil drew the pistol and fired. it would ti>us serin that he went with the inten tion of first '.tying to regain possession of his wiie, and, failing in that, to murder her. I ' FEMALE HEALTH AMI EDUCATION.—Tiie fol lowing paragraphs are extracted from Miss Beeciier's new work ; Th e work that Provider.ee has appointed for woman in the various details of domestic life, is just that which, if properly apportioned, is fit ted to her peculiar organization, ff all the | female members of a family divided all the !a --' bors of the cook, the nurse, tiie laundress, and tiie seamstn ss, so that each should have four or five hours a day of alternating light and heavy work, it would exercise every muscle in the : body, and at the same time interest and e.xei cise the mind. Then the remaining time could be safely given to intellectual, social and bene volent pursuits and enjoyments. But no such division is undo. One portion - of the women have all the exercwe of the imr i ves of motion, and another have all the brain work, while thev thus grow up deficient and I deformed, intellectually or physically, or both, i And so American women every year become ; more and more nervous, sickly and miserable, while the)- ate bringing into existence a fi eble, delicate or deformed offspring. \V e are convinced that this statement, teiri fle as it is, is no exaggei ation, and may be con firmed by thousands of cases very near us, and atnong those w ho are called ignorant,orthought- I- ss or unkind. It seems to me that tiie educa tion of daughters is more badly managed than anything in American society, and in some r<- j spects the position that is regarded as most fa vored is actually the opposite. If any enemy TERMS, 82 PEEK YEAR. of the human race who wished to destroy the hope of the nation, could devise any more ef fectual method of breaking down the ht-allh of gils than the method pursued by our current fash ions, he must befitted with superhuman ingen uity. leafing Oysters. it was only a few evenings ago* that J hap pened to he silting at a side table at it's, eating saloon, in this place, indulging in "j few fried," before going to bed. The oysters were particu larly fine, and.should have engrossed ail ir<V at tention : but visions of doctors and dyspepsia would intrude themselves upon me. Flie opening ul the door disturbed mv not very pleasant reveries, and when i raised my head, my eyes fell upon a rather strange look ing specimen of humanity. He evidently he longed to lhat class ot persons called Yankees— riot a genuine Yankee, such as come horn V i mont State, and are notorious for their wooden nutmeg propensities: not that kind. Here hv apply the term "Yankee" to thoee individuals who come down the river semi-annually with lumber. Weil, as soon as he entered, he walked or rather lounged, up to the counter, behind which R. was standing, and after watching his motions lor a moment or two, broke out with— "l say, Captain, they look plump, s'pose rou open a few raw." A place was put before him, and R. com menced serving them out pretty rapidly ; as I thought, but not last enough lor the impatient river man. The oyster hardly touched the plate before the Yankee would hook up with his fork, and gulp it do wn at one sw allow, and then he would flourish his lork ordure R's, lace and cry— "Hurry up the cakes! Wake up, old man ! ike., until R., who had always prided himself on his dexterity in uncasing the "sea toads," be came quite excited* At last, in reply to some cutting joke of the Yankee, R. said in no very gentle tone — "Look here. Llend, you seem to pride your self on being a fast cater. Now J'li bet vou $-0 ] ca:i open oysters faster than you can pick up and swallow them, and not half try." '•1 don't like to be bluffed oil in that way, stranger, " says the Yankee, "but you are a h eile ahead of my pile. S'pose you make it vUO, and f swan if 1 don't take you, and give you live lor a starter." This was agreed to, and both parties pullet! out their money, and deposited it in rr.v hands. Alter all was fixed, It. deliberately opened the five he was to start with : and then rolling his sleeves up to his elbows, culled out to the Yankee, who was standing, fork in hand, and atixiously awaiting the commencement— "Now for i!."' The words hail hardly left his- month before l.e had added another to the plate, and then a M-eond ant! a third, f Rowing in quick succes sion. The Yankee was not idle ail (his time, but had be.m stowing them away at a rate that threatened soon to empty the plate before him. R. was beginning to ioak h.'atik, and I was just thinking thai he was going to give up and "ac kr -wong- the com," when suddenly, by a tjex terous twitch, he threw one < ut u:i the tar counter. Yanke- slopped a moment to cry "foul," hut seeing that one had been gained on him by his hesitation, swallowed it, dust and ail. The next weni clear over the counter on the floor, and the next, arui the next. The Y mkee evnlentl}' began to see the game, for instead of losing time expostulating lie went scrambling over the fiooi after the oysters, which now flew to <.!! corners cf the room, only wait ing to give them a wipe on the sleeve of coat before enguiphing them. i o lis we were kept in doubt which would beat, until U. capped the climax by making on alight— acciilently, ol course—light in the spit box ' The astonished man gazed lor a moment at the oyster as it lav, half embedded n the dir ty saw dust, and then dropping his fork, made a straight coat tail out of a side door. As Lie door ct'vsui upon htm, all hands joined in a heatty laugh at the expense of the van quished hero, in which R's voice was most con spicuous : but a wofui change ia me over his countenance as he examined the stakes which I just handed hint. You nav judge how the laugh turned, when he exclaimed, in a voice not unlike the tumbling of distant thunder "Counterfeit, by the eternal!" A Car irixiox ix CuiXA.—An American, writing from China to the New York Times, alter giving an account of the numerous execu tions of the rebels, says : "Two weeks since, to vary the scene, they had a crucifixion. A woman was sentenced to l;e crucified for the crime of heving given birth tonne ofthe rebel chiefs. Ifa father is a rebel, his family is considered the same, and the whole family, from the old man ol fourscore to the child of loui years, share the same fate.— The poor woman was nailed to the cross while living, a gash made across the forehead to the hone, and the skin peeled down so as to hang over the eyes; after which the breasts were cut of!: they then proceeded to break every bom iri ber body ; a large knife was next thrust in his hand, and grasping the heart, tore it from its socket, and laid it beating and reeking before the Judge. At Shanghai thay drown them by dozens." y At Wakeford, Mich., on the Ist instant, four sons of Jesse Chapman, Esq., living in dif ferent parts of the State, all made their appear ance at the paternal mansion with a ladv ac companiment, followed by a clergyman, who joined the whole quafern in the bonds of mat rimony. After a chat with the "old folks," the girls and boys started eti'on then wedding four. VOL XXIV, NO. 16.