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It soon became a town-talk, how
r, and as John went staggering through
streets, swearing vengeance, and ex
ting his wounds—his right arm and
having received several of the shot
conduct tended much to increase the
itement against him. Judge Lynch
not slow to make a decision in the
s and before dark it was currently
en out that John Rodgers was to be
ien upon a rail that night.
iow, of all other men, perhaps John
igers had the greatest aversion to "sif-
ma ruif." He would rather have di
suffer such an indignity and im
liately on receiving this intelligence,
esolved that he would not be caught
cptn' bery sound.'* He then took an
er large drink, and after clearing his
exclaimed in a whining tone of
*Ride me on a rail!—-Why I'll be shot
I'd be rid on a rail, for five thousand
pfell you'd better put out, then,' said
^gentleman of the bar, as he set back
bottle and popped the "pic" into the
wer. "Judge Lynch has said it."
•Well, now^'m not gwaii^to, be serv
no such trick,'' said Jonb,
years ago, Judge Lynch claimed
jn aa^
voice against him, just so sure
[was compelto unlergo
ie i«dg*» without the benefit of clergy,
fcrrtt who was the first roi' role
hut I well recollect that
rjfew passengers were conveyed out
corporation limits of on a
i rait, that being the punishment in
__ cases, ttut I have not forgot the
fct time
that the judge's sentence could
[•be executed, and when his executive
si* met with a resistance which they
not overcome.
ftihn Itodgcrs was given to drink, and
iiqdjer the influence of the brain
pr, was, in his own estimation, the
infortuiiatc man living. Naturally
fellow, when intox-
he became noisy, quarrelsome and
able. On that day, he had iiadnlg
excess, and had got into numerous
els, in one of which he fired a horse
on a small boy, who returned the
pliment by peppering him with a full
of shot, from a fowling-piece.—
^distance between the parties, howev
prevented any serious damage being
and but for the great disproportion
||ie size and age of the antagonists, the
between John Rodgers and the race
r, would have passed off without no-
j? 4Judge
Ijich be hanged.'
pphn sauntered ont, crying and mutter
Jo himself, "1 11 blow 'em all to
|fty come to projectin about this child." i
then stepped into a store, and pur
three pounds of powder, which he
up in a silk pocket-handkerchief.—
grew dark, John, with his handker
Tunder his arm, walked into a confec
iary, kept by a good old Frenchman,
purchased a few cigars: lighted one,
[them, and commenced smoking. Al
ly the officers of the high court of
ige Lynch were in pursuit of him, and
saw them gather round the door, he i
to pufT away at his cigar and mut
curses against "The whole infernal
of 'em."
Yes,' said he, 'yon come tryin that are
you'll get waked up worse than ever
was afore—blast nation ueize your
ires. You jest fool with tliis child—
l!s all—and if I don't blow you to
lorn come—you see if I don't.'
Ilf erowd, which had assembled round
tdoor, now gradually entered the room
as they did so, John begaji to flour
Ems aegar and cry:
flest you tetch, now. If yon lay your
ns on me, I'll send you whirlin,' if
fcere powder's good for any thin.' I
Jlewe for myself—I'd rather be blow
the roof of this here store, than
on 6 rail—a,confounded sight.'
speech had attracted the at
the old Frenchman, who began
wry uneasy.
what dat you shall say?—blow off
Mrom my house I*
bold of him, said the jutge, who
ly attended the execution of sen
person 'lay Hold of him, fel-
off! Stand off! exclaimed John
top ofliis voice, as he held up the
one hand and the cigar in the
to you see this 'ere cigar, and
Jest you lay your
ut, and 111 tetch 'cm together,
i'l wmf dad burn me."
«_Dieu!" Mon Dieu!1' exclaimed
un. «6o out of ay house
with your poodre md your
didble will you blow all
Well, let 'em let me alone then.,, I'll
blow all hands up and myself, too, before
111 be rid on a rail.*
about the vi-
Florida. He took cog-
of all matters, and punished all
irhicb. were not otherwise pro
i^iof by ^aw* No informality, or hick
positive, screened the culprit from
of his summary mode of
BenU W an individual, by any in
la or impropriety of conduct, ren
himself obnoxious. Judge Lynch
j^oie to apply the corrective. The
Jfe constituted the judge's grand jury
Host so sure as an individual excited
him up, gentleman,' said the
sentence of the law must be
The crowd had now. increased in num
ber, gradually drew round the beseiged
Rodgers, and the end of the rail was seen
entering the door."
goes then!' exclaimed Rodgers,
drawing the cigar from his mouth, and ap
plying it close to the handkerchief. There
was a sudden rush to the doors, and a
confusion of voices crying out, Stop!
Stop!'—1'Don't! don't!'—above all of
which might be heard the old Frenchman
crying out,
Wei,' said Rodgers, as the crowd dis
on a rail.**
just as lieve be killed^ as rid
tell you one, two, several times, to
begone vid your poodre magazine, and
your cigar. Will you leave my juse
But Rodgers could neither be persuad
ed nor driven from his position against
the wall, until the old man had prevailed
upon the Lynch party to withdraw to
some distance from his door. He then
left the house, much to the relief of the
Frenchman but ever as the crowd ap
proached, he would prepare to apply the
match. At one time they approached
with more than usual determination, and
when they had got quite near,"*one was
heard to say—'Bring the rail!'
•You try it,' said John and if you don't
get into a hornet's nest it'll he because fire
wont burn powder now mind.'
THe circle began cautiously to close
round him, but as John knocked the ash
es from his cigar, at the same tim£ pro
ducing a few sparks, preparatory to touch
ing it to the powder, he was again sud
denly left alone. The individual who had
worried himself considerably, by carrying
the rail, in his sudden retreat dashed it to
the ground, and exclaimed, *Non comati
ble in statu combust ibusf' abandoned the
attempt—the rest of the posse soon imitat
ed his example, leaving Rodgers triumph
Thus Judge Lynch, for the first time,
witnessed the most utter contempt to his
authority, and the most determined defi
ance of his power. ir
The following morning found John
Rodgers a so! er man, and from that time
forth he was never seen within the juris
diction of Judge Lynch, of T—, Florida.
—Augusta Mirror.
Verily, verily, there is nothing new un
der the sun—Some four weeks since,
the New York Sunday Morning News
published an amusing story called the
*4The Old Clock," or "Here she goes
there she goes." It was so popular that
the News published it and re-published it
no less than four times, it has been dram
atised, and is to be produced at the Park
Theatre, New York, this evening. In
the mean time it has been published in
some 6 or 600 daily and weekly journals
in every quarter of the Union, it prom
ised to immortalize the author, and the
apotheosis might have been consummated
to night at the Park, had not the whole
story been divested of its originality by
the |ublication in the New York Gazette
of Saturday morning, of the story of
Wattie Dron, which appeared in a Scotch
paper many years ago. The story is,
that ail inveterate: wag was agreed to give
Wattie a guinea if he would leap back
ward and forward over his chair for the
space of an hour—leisurely yet regular-"
iy—crying at every leap, "here goes I,
Walter Dron, barber of Dunse but
should he utter any thing else in the
time specified, he was to forfeit the re
ward." Walter, though surprised at the
absurdity of the proposal, set considering
how easy he could earn the guinea, and
the improbability that such an opportuni
ty would ever again present itself, agreed
to the stipulations. The watch was set
and the barber, having ripped off his
coat, leaning with
off his loving but unwelcome spouse, but
it was now "no go"—his galloping was
at end "confound you for an idiot!" he
oitterly exclaimed. "I never could win
a guinea so easily in my life." It is on
ly necessary to add, that the gentleman
restored Walter to his usual good humor
by generously rewarding his exeirtions
with the well earned guinea.
The principal difference between the
new story of "Here she goes—there she
goes,' is that the latter is amplified to a
greater extent, and its hero is the landlord
of a tavern near New York, who laid a
wager of 0100, with two wags, that he
would point at an old clock, and, every
motion of the pendulum, move his arm,
right and left, and repeat the words "here
she goes—there she goes," for an hour,
without suffering himself to be interrupt
ed. He accomplished the feat, but in
the mean time the wags had run off with
his pocket book, containing nearly two
hundred dollars, which they subsequent
ly restored on being released from their
wager.—-Bos. Transcript,.
M. B., a young fashionable of considera
ble wealth, being one evening where play
ran high, one of his comrades, the Count
de—, Who had not a high reputation
for paying his debts, became reduced to
his last Napoleon, and borrowed of M. B.
two thousand francs, promising to return
them next morning by his groom. Some
time, however, passed without the mon
ey or the groom appearing. M. B. called
upon his debtor, who always happened to
be out, and was for some time lost sight
of, when last Sunday night M. B. acci
dentally met the Count at the Bureau des
Supplements, in the lobby of the Theatre
de Renaissance, just as the latter had laid
down a five franc piece to obtain a better
place in the theatre, which M. B. instant
ly snatched up, saying, "Now sir, our
account stands l,995fr. instead of 2000i'r."
Next morning M. B. was roused by the
Count entering with two friends, and ap
a dejeunt.
Lu.id on the back
of his chair, commenced leaping over the
seat, uniformly repeating in an exulting
tone, the words prescribed. After matters
had gone on thus smoothly for about five'
minutes, the gentleman rang the bell, and
thus accosted the waiter:—What.is the
reason, sir, you insult me by sending a
mad fellow like that, instead of a proper
barber, as you pretended he was? Bar
ber. (leaping)—"Here goes I, Walter
Dron, barber, of Dunse." Waiter:
Sir, I don't know what is the matter I
never saw him in this state before. Mr
Droii, Mr Dron, what do you mean?''
Barber: "Here goes I, Walter"—Waiter:
"Bless me, Mr Dron, recollect there are
gentlemen here how can you make such
a fool of yourself." Barber: "Here goes
I,—" Landlord, entering in haste:
the devil sir, is all this? The fellow is
mad. How dare you to insult gentleman
in my house, by such conduct. Barber:
—"Here goes I, Walter Dron." Land
lord: "I say Bob run for his wife, for this
an't be put up with. Gentlemen, the
man |s evidently deranged, and I hope
you will not let my house be injured by
this business." "Here goes"—Wife,
pushing in—"Oh Walter, Walter, what's
this that's come ower yet—Do not ken
yer ain wife!" Barber: "Here goes I
Wife weeping—"Oh Walter, Wal
ter, if ye care na for me, mind your bairns
at home, and come away with me."
Barber: "Here gdes 1, Wat—'' The af
fected wife now clasped her husband
round the neck,a and hung on Kim so ef
fectually as to resist his further progress.
Muchdid pow Wter smiggtejo shake
The Lady of theJirst Governor of Ver
mont—an Authentic Anecdote,—Thomas
Chrittenden, the first Governor of Ver-
he conducted every thing in his public
duties, and in his domestic establishment
was onee visited by a party of traveling
fashionables from one of our cities.—
When the hour of dinner arrived, Mrs
Chrittenden, to the astonishment of guests,
went oiut and blew a tin horn for the
workmen, who soon arrived when to the
still greater surprise, and even horror of
these fair cits, the whole company, Gov.,
his lady guests, workmen, and all, were
invited to sit ddwn to the substantial meal
which had been provided for the occasion.
After the dinner was over and the ladies
were left by themselves, one of the guests
thought she would gently take Mrs Chit
tenden to task for this monstrous violation
of the rules of city gentility, to which she
had been as she thought, so uncourteous
ly made a victim.
"You do no not generally sit down to
the same table with
paratus for a duel, which M. B. observed his back. Never trust him who flies in a
would not be fair, as they were not upon passion on bemg dunned —make him pay
equal terms, for if he fell he should
his life and his money too. Upon this,
one of the Count's friends fetched the
money instanter, when M. B. being paid,
said he now considered the Couut a man
of honor, and there was nothing to fight for support. Agree beforehand with eve
about and as the Court of Cessation had ry man about to do a job and if large,
decided that seconds must be dealt with put it into writing—if any decline this,
as principals, he could not think of bring- quit, or expect to be cheated. Though
ing two of his friends into such a predica- you want a job ever so much, make all
ment. Accordingly the sjffair ended with sure at the onset and in a case at all
doubtful, make sure of a guarantee. Be
not afraid to ask it it is the best test of
responsibilities, for if offence be taken
you have escaped a loss.—Somebody.
KINGDOMS.—There is no account of witch
es in the sense in which we understand it
until the year A. D. 1400. The Hebrew A LAWYER OUTWITT :D.—Several years
term, translated witch, means literally poi- ago a young gentleman went to consult a
soner: and magician, primitively signify- !eertain attorney, how he might carry off
inga wise man, so witch probably signi-
accused was immediately committed to
the county jail, and at the assizes held
soon after, was hanged and burned In Joshua, 'that your God is everywhere,
1722, at Dornock, Southerland, an old
workmen I sup­
pose, Mrs Chrittenden?" she commenced.
"Why," replied the Governor's lady,
whose quick wit instantly appreciated the
drift of the other, "why I am almost
ashamed to say we generally have, but I
intend soon to amend in this particular.
I was telling the Governor this very
mornfing, that it was an absolute shame
that the workmen who do all the labor,
should fare no better than we, who sit so
much, of the time in the house earning
little or nothing, arid I am determined
hereafter to set two tables—the first and
best for the workmen, and the lasti and
poorijst for the Governor and myself.—
Green Mountain Emporium
EXTRAORDINARY Cows.—Great efforts
are made in some sections of the country
to improve the breed of horned cattle and
horses, but too little attention is paid to
Pnme milch cows. Why a farmer or any
other person, should be willing to keep
an unproductive animal, when a far more
productive one would cost no more ior its
support, is a wretched species of political
economy. The value of a piece of ground
is in proportion to its products, and the
actual worth of a. cow is predicated upon
the quantity and goodness of the milk she
yields. Therefore it is the worst folly to
feed a poor animal, at the same expense
required to support a good cow. The or
iginal outlay may be more but in the end
the increased yield will jrreatly augment
the owner's profits. Mr~ Colman's Se
cond Report mentions some superior cows
in Berkshire, some of which probably,
can be equalled in Hampshire. Mr. S.
D. Colt of Pittsfield, has a cow whose
milk yielded pounds of butter in 148
days. Mr. Merrill has one which gives
30 beer quarts daily. Mr. Fenn, of Stock
bridge, has a cow, eight years old, which
has produced in one week, 12 lbs, 9 oz.
butter, besides milk and cream used in the
family. Win. Dewey, of Alford, has a
cow, which has produced for some time,
14 lbs of buttes a week. Mr. Stephen
Willard of Stockbridge has a cow, which
produced in 21 successive days, 331 lbs
of butter. Mr. Ashton, of Ashfield, owns
a cow, whose product for less than eight
months last year was 303 pounds of but
ter. None of these animals had extra
feeding.—Northampton Cour.
GOOD RULES.—-The way to get credit
is to be punctual—the way to preserve it
is not to use it much. Settle often—
have short accounts.
Trust no num's appearances—they are
deceptive perhaps assumed for the pur
pose of obtaining credit. Beware of a
gaudy exterior. Rogues usually dress
well. The rich are plain men. Trust
him, if any one, who carries but little on
quickly if there be any virtue in the law.
Beware of him who is an office-seeker
—men do not usually want office when
they have any thing to do. A man's af
fairs are rather low when he seeks office
fied a skilful woman, and was applied to ty,' replied the counsellor, 'but I'll tell
simples and medicines. The following y0U what you may do—let her mount a
brief notice of the last persons who suf- horse, and hold a bridle and whip, do you
fered for witchcraft in these kingdoms is then mount behind her, and you are safe
curious. In 1698, a girl 19 years of age __for she mns away with you.' The
having eaten a leaf of sorrel, which she counsellor, however, was sufficiently pun
got from a reputed witch, fell into convul- ished for his quibbling advice, when next
sions and vomiting. She is said to have day, he found it was his own daughter
vomited needles, pins, leathers, an iron who had ran away with his client.
knife a span long, egg shells, &c. The
heiress. 'You cannot do it with safe-
said the Emperor Trajan to the Rabbi
woman wa3 accused of being a witch.— nation I should like to see him.' 'God's
Her crime was, transforming her daught-1 presence is indeed everywhere,' replied
er into a pony, and getting her shod by Joshua: "but he cannot be seen no mor
the Devil, of which crime she was found
guiltv, and burned Tlie act against peror insisted. 'Well,'said Joshua,'sup
witchcraft was repealed in England and pose we try to look first at one of his am
Scotland about 1750 but not in Ireland bassadors V The Emperor consented.—
until l82l!
boast that he resides amongst your
eye call
behold his glory.' The Em-
1 he rabbi took him in the open air at
noonday, and bade him look at the sun in
his meridian splendour. 'I cannot, the
light dazzels me.' 'Thou art unable,'
said Joshua^
mont, who was a plain farmer alike re- his creatures, and canst thou expect to be
markabie for strong native powers of mind, hold the resplendant glory of the creator
and the republican simplicity with which Would
endure the light of one of
not such
a siirht annihilate vou?—
Would not such a sight annihilate vou?
Goodhugh's Lectures on biblical Litera.
Daniel Rosh, in Hancock, Md., was re
cently blown up, by a spark of fire fall
ing into a keg of powder, which was open
under the counter! One account says
that Mr. Rush, who was serving goods to
his customers, snuffed the candle with hfs
fingers, and carelessly threw the snuff in
to the keg. Fourteen persons were in
the store at the time the explosion took
place—several of whom wem-dreadfully
injured—uome had their limbs broken,
and their faces dreadfully scarified. Mr.
Rush, and two journeymen shoemakers
were not expected to live—and three of
Mr. Rush's children were among those
who were seriously hurt.
SUGAB.—The island of Sicily, says a
writer on the subject, was the first spot
upon which the sugar cane is known to
have been planted in Europe, though it is
altogether likely that it was planted by
the Mooru full as early, if not earlier, in
Spain and Portugal. The island was con
quered by the Saracens in the early port
of the ninth century, and was retaken "by
the Noimans at the close of the eleventh.
Immediately after that event we find that
large quantities of sugar wefe made there.
According to records still extant, Will
iam 11. king of Sicily, in 1160, made a
donation to the convent of St. Benedict, of
"a sugar mill, with all the workmen, pri
vileges and appurtenances thereunto be
Hayward, in his excellent New England
Gazetteer, says that the ladies of Barnsta
ble, are peculiarly subject to the vicissi-
The London Literary Gazette states
that some successful experiments have
will probably become much more com
mon, and even more generally applicable
than lithography, because all the means
are more readily accessible, while it will
receive its rank as an art, and be excellent
in proportion to its skill of the artist as a
draughtsman, with the etching needle.
An epidemic has broken out most vir
ulently on the eastern shore of Maryland,
in Kent county its effects are most singu
lar and are thus noticed in the Bugle:
"Are you gardening? says one. No
I am planting morus multicaulis! Are
your potatoes in the ground? asks another.
No I am planting morus multicaulis!!—
Have you any lettuce plants? queries a
third. No I plant the inorus multicau
lis!!! Have you seeded oats? ask a fourth.
No, I am planting morus multicaulis!!!!
Are you ready to plant corn? inquires a
fifth. Not quite but I shall be when I
have planted my morus multicaulis!!!!!
It is said that an old lady actually sold
her silver spectacles and antique snuff
box to pay for a share of morus multicua
lis stock."
LAWYERS.—The Emperor of China
seems to be of the same opinion as Peter
the Great in reference to lawyers. The
Czar said he had but two in his dominion
and that it was his intention to hang one
of them in order to secure concord among
his subjects. The Chinese Autocrat has
issued an edict to suppress 'the multiply
ing of such people,' who he is pleased
to designate 'villainous and perverse vag
abonds, fond of creating disturbance.'
There is something exceedingly compli
mentary in this description.
THE GREEK FIRE.—An ingenious me
chanic, named Dupre, in Dauphing, in
France, in 1758, in the course of some
scientific investigations, discovered the in
extinguishable fire of the ancients. He
proved his discovery before Louis XV.
and several officers of the army and navy.
The king, however, was not pleased with
the discovery^ielieving that it would not
benefit mankind. He bought the secret
of the inventor, on condition that it should
not be disclosed to any other person.—
The receipt,,, was immediately destroyed,
and after the death of Dupre, his children
looked in vain for the secret)
SAD ACCIDENT.—Tile National Ga
zette says that the wall of a building in
Strawbury street in Philadelphia recently
gave way and buried five or six persons,
carpenters and bricklayers, in the ruins.
Four of them, three men and a bo were
so badly injured that they died soon after.
A BROAD HINT.—The editor of the Sa
lem Gazette, speaking of the promise of
a communication from a correspondent,
says, "We must beg of him to take time
enough to make it short. Brevity is the
most attractive feature of a newspaper ar
reflection, you are persuaded a thing is fit
to be done do it boldly and do not affect
privacy in it, or concern yourself at all
what impertinent censureB or reflection
the world will pass upon it. For if the
thing be not just and innocent, it ought
not to be attempted at all, though never
so secretly and if it be, you do very fool
ishly of those who will themselves do ill,
in censuring and condemning what you do
PERSEVERE.—If a seaman should put
about every time he encounters a head
wind, he would never make a voyage.—
So he who permits himself to be baffled
by adverse circumstances, will never make
headway in the voyage of life. A sailor
uses every wind to propel his vessel so
should the young man learn to trim his
sails and guide his bark, that even adverse
gales should fill its belaying canvass and
send it forward on its onward course.
"I meant to have told you df that hole,"
said an Irishman to his friend who was
within his garden, and stumbled
into a pit full of water. "No matter,"
says Pat, blowing the mud and water out
of his mouth, 'Tve found it,'V
tudes pertaining to a maritime situation, The creature is represented to stand erect,
It has been acertained that there are near he is eight feet high, and covered with
onfe thousand widows living in that Coun- hair, &c. &c. On looking at the date of
ty, whose husbands have perished at sea
Of this large number, 223, or almost one
quarter of the whole, are residents of the
towns of Harwich and Wellfieet. Speak
ing of the Barnstable ladies, Mr* Hay
ward says they "are celebrated for their
fair complexions, and good housewife
ry." Our acquaintance with the "Cape"
ladies is not so -extensive as perhaps it
might be with advantage to ourself, but
as far as it extends, we fear not to en
dorse Mr. Hay ward's statement, and to
add, that, for amiability and intelligence,
the fairer portion of the natives of Barn
stable are not surpassed by those of any
other County in the Commonwealth.—
been made in the application of the new i prevent the total annihilation by Great
principle of "Solar delineations" or "Pho
togenic drawing," which appear to be of
considerable importance. It seems that
by covering glass with etching ground
and smoke, designs may be sketched up
on it,—and through the glass thus expos
ed by the scratches, the photogenic paper
receives the light, and the design, which
the sun may be said to print, may be
multiplied with perfect identity forever, committing sundry forgeries at Richmond.
Designs thus multiplied, says the editor,
The Boston Times has a very interest
ing account of the capture of a wild beast
resembling a man, on the upper waters of
the Mississippi, and his arrival in Boston.
the paper, it is found to be the first day
of April.
We notice that in a public meeting re
cently held in London, the private Jebts
in Great Britain are set down at $20,000,
There is so much Temperance at Lynn,
(Mass,) that the Poor House, which used
to yield $2000, cannot now furnish'men
enough to work the farm.
The agents of Illinois, General Raw
lings and Governor Reynolds, have sold"'
in the cities of Philadelphia and New
York, bonds of the State to the amount of
one million three hundred thousand dol
lars, to enable her to carry on the work
of her canal.
The St. John Chronicle, speaking of a
war between Great Britain and the Unit
ed States, says. "We see nothing to
Britain, of the U. States as a nation
You dont say so
An individual lately, on a wager ran a
distance of ten miles at Philadelphia in
fifty-fie e minutes. What a splendid leg
treasurer he would make.
The Governor of Virginia has offered
a reward for the detection of an accom
plished swindler who has been guilty of
He is supposed to be named McCioudr
who defrauded his employers in New
York a few years since of some $30,000
or 40,000.
The Journal of Commerce intimates
that some cunning trader, taking advan
tage of the silk worm fever, has been sup
plying the people of New Jersey with
shad's eggs, at a considerable reduction of
price. The mulberry trees in that quar
ter will probably be laden with shad next
He who has struck his colors to the
power of an evil habit has surrendered
himself to an enemy, bound by no articles
of faith, and from whom he can expect
only the vilest treatment.
The N. Y. Herald says, nothing more
demonstrates the imperial greatness of that
city than her annual taxes. Last year
they amounted to $3,000,000. During
the Revolution and after, the expenses of
the Union hardly surpassed this outlay.
In a case recently tried in the Superior
Court of New York it is stated that one
of the witnesses who had been subpoena
ed to attend, had gone from Buffalo to
New York seven times to be present at
the trial.—the case having been called up
that often before it was terminated—and
that he had travelled for the purpose six
thousand miles
Mr. Stephens, the well known traveler
has been designated by a special act of
the Senate of New York, to go to Europe
to gather historical documents of interest
to that State.
It is said that a steam engine, driving a
gigantic violin, and a whole team of or
chestral instruments has been invented
in Germany.
A collector of newspaper bills, writing
to his employers, respecting some of their
subscribers who could pay, but wouldn't,
described them as being "good but tuff."
SHORT HAND.—An individual who
keeps a small store, for the sale of 'no
tions,' in a country town, placed the fol
lowing notice on his door, when about be
ing absent one afternoon—"B back at
An old coquette, looking into her glass,
and seeing her wrinkles, cried, "This
new glass is not worth a farthing. They
cannot make mirrors as well-as they used
to do.
A Mississippi editor puts sheriff s salei
under the head of "awful occurrences."
The advice of a sagacious mother to
her daughter, in some old novel, is said
to have been "Anna, my dear, you can
never be pretty, so you had better be odd
and the editor of the N. Y. Gazette thinks
that a considerable proportion of the mod
ern belles have acted upon this advice.
Sir George Arthur has issued a circular
strongly condemning the practice of firing
at American steamboats, &c., and direct
ing the local authorities to be vigilant in
preventing such disgraceful occurrences.
Bill Johnson is reported to have return
ed to his favorite vocation of pirating in
the Thousand Isles on the St. Lawrence.
His daughter, the Canadians aver, is to
be married to a rich sympathizer, who
furnishes the quid pro quo for a new fleet
of small craft to be employed.
In the course of an examination in Eng
land, respecting the patent right to a pin
making machine, it was stated that, the
average quantity of pins manufactured dai
ly, is equal to a weight of two tons, and
that one house has a contract for the man
ufacture of pins to the amount of 650,0QQt,«
000 yearly.
The Philadelphia Ledger publishes au
account of the recent death of a fine child
eighteen months old, in Southwark, from
swallowing percussion caps. The child
was taken ill and remained in great agony
for about twenty-four hours, but it was
only upon a post njtortem examination
that the cause of its death was discover-,
•'They say the fitsh '11 bite now, fa
ther."—"Well, well, mind your work
then and you'll be sure they won't bits «fk
you." -y
A man named Firehawk has applied to
the Mayor of N^w Yo*k for the situation
of lamplighter* .i-'f

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