Newspaper Page Text
yors&- and. evincing- greatsrratitude, have"?- " SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24,1859. A JalS and Female Bsd Warmua on their Wedding Tour. They visit Parkerslery and git for d'Pen . Picture front the editor of the Sews. i ' 1,1 " - ' The train from Grafton due here at 11 .40, A. M., under the management of that gen tlemanly, amiable, popular and efficient con ductor. Captain Scott, a few day3 since stop ped at one of the way stations, to take on a couple newly married. Both were young and loth were verdant ; having been raised in the wilds of western Virginia, neither of them had ever been fifty miles away from home. They bad heard of railways, loco motives, steamboats and hotels, but had never experienced the comforts of any of the afore mentioned institutions. Jeems and Lize had determined on this, the most important event' in their lives, to visit the city and see the world, particularly that por tion of it known as Parkersberg. No won der they were amazed, and delighted when the locomotive, steaming and snorting, with the train of beautiful crimson cars follow ing it hove in sight. ; These your trunks?" said the baggage master. - " Well, I sorter calkilate them's 'em," said Jeems. The trunks (a .spotted hair trunk and a very old fashioned valise,) were soon in the baggage car, followed by Lize and Jeems. " I'll be derned ef railroads aint a fine thing," 6aid Jeems, seating himslf on his luggage and carefully holding up the tails of his light bodied blue, adorned with re splendent metal buttons, out of the dust. " Lize, set here by me." " Come out of that," said the baggage man, vou are in the wrong car." "The h II am! D'de 'spose I don't know what I'm about ? These is my traps, and I calkilate to stay where they ar. Keep quiet Lize ; they say we've got to fight our way through the world any how, and if that chap with the cap on, wants anything, why, I'm his man. Don't want any of yer foolin' round me 1" Here the Captain interposed and explained matters, insomuch that Jeems consented to leave his traps and follow the Captain. What was his delight when he surveyed the magnificence of the first class passenger car into which he was ushered. His imag ination had never in its wildest nights pic tured anything half so gorgeous. He was aroused from the contemplation of the splen dor, around him by the shriek of the iron horse. 4 Jewhilikens ! What in thunder's that?" exclaimed Jeems. " That's the horse squealing when they punch him in the ribs with a pitch-fork to make him go along," said a sleepy individ ual, just behind him. "Look here, stranger," said Jeems, "I 'low you think I'm a durned fool ; may be I am, but there's some things I know, and one of 'em is, you'll get your mouth broke, if ye don't keep itshet. I don't say much" ' just at this moment they found themselves in Egyptian darkness, and then was heard a scream, almost equal to that of the engine, from Lize, as she threw her arms around the neck of Jeems. " I knew it 1 I knew it !" exclaimed the sleepy looking individual: "we're all lost, every mother's son of us. We can just prepare now to make the acquaintance of this gentlemen in black, who tends the big fire down below." " O Lord ! Jeems what will become of us ? I felt skeery about gettin' on the out landish thing, at fust." "Keep quiet, Lize! hollerin' won't do any good now. Ef you know any prayer now's your time to say it for both of us." "What's the matter here ?" said the as tounded conductor, coming up as the train emerged once more into the light: "That's just what I'd like to know," said Jeems, when he saw that Lize and himself were still alive. " Weve just passed through Eaton's tun nel," replied our polite Captain. "How far are you going ?" " Wall, reckon we'll stop at Parkersberg." " Show your tickets, if you please." " Sertinly, Lize you got some with you ? Let this gent look at 'em." Lize drew a piece of white paper from her reticule, and with a smile, handed it t our friend the Captain, who read : The pleasure of your company is re- specif uly solicited. " What's this ?" said the Captain. " Why, that's one of the tickets to our weddin; that's what you asked for, haintit ?" said the somewhat surprised Jeems. Whaw ! haw ! haw ! haw ! haw ! "was the discordant sound that arose from the Eeat of the sleepy looking individual. A bland smile passed over the face of the Captain, as he explained his meaning to our iu viivuiatiuu.'' i wreeis verdant friend. He had no ticket, but wil lingly p'nid his fare, and the .train, 6ped on towards its destination. But wonders did not cease here present ly our pert newsboy, Billy, entered the car, and stepping up to Jeems, he asked "Have a Sun, sir ?" " Wal, ef I have my way about it, the fust one will be a son, seriin," said Jeems. Lize 11 u shed. , - -f ----- - " Don't count your chickens before they are hatched 1" said Billy, as he hastened on to the next car. In due time the train stopped at the big depot in this city. Amidst confusion of strange noises, and a babble of discordant voices, our friends landed on the platform. " Buss sah ? Buss sah free for de Uni ted States ?" said the sable porter of our up town house. "Lady take a buss, sah ?" "Wal, I rather 'spose she wont from any body but me reckon I'm able to do all in that line she wants, and more too." " Go to de Swann House, sah ? right cross de street best house in de city. This way, sah !- any baggage ? Have it sent to your room in a few minutes." In a short time Jeems and his bride found themselves in one of the comfortable rooms on the second floor of that well ordered es tablishment, the Swann House. The bag gage was sent up with the uual prompt ness, aild our fiiends were soon making their toilet far dinner. Jeems had coat and boots off in ajifIN, and Lize's hair Ml gracefully over her shoulders. " Thau aduced purty torsel," said Jeems eyeing the bell cord, "wonder what its fur." catching hold of it, look, how it works up there on some sort of thingumbob. I'd like to have that torsel to put on my horse's head next muster day : see how it works," said he, giving it a pull. Presently the door opened, and the sa ble face of one of Africa' sons was thrust into the room, with the inquiry of "Ring, sah ?" "Ring, ring what? you black ape! ef you don't quit looking at my wife and make yourself scarce, I'll wring your head off." " Stop a minute," said Lize. " What's the name of the man that keeps this tavern ?" " Mr. Conley, marm." "Well, tell his lady that she needn't go to any extra fixins on our account, for we're plain people," said the amiable bride. " As they used to say in our debating society, interrupted Jeems, I will amend that motion, by saying you can tell 'em to give us the best they've got. I'm ablo to pay for it and don't keer fur expenses." " Tee hee ! Tee hee !" was the only audi ble reply from the sable gent, as he hurried down staiis. Dinner came and was dispatched with a relish. Jeems and his bride took a stroll over the city, seeing the -lions and other sights until supper time, which being over they retired to their room. The gas was lit by the servant', who received a bright quar ter for his services. Jeems was the last in bed, and according to the rule in such cases, had to put out the light, which he did with a blast from his lungs. t The noise in the street had died away and quiet reigned in the Swann House. The young man on the watch dozed in his chair. The clerk (rather corpulent) was about to retire, when he thought he smelt gas. Some one came down stairs and said he smelt gas. The guests (some of them) woke up and smelt gas. Much against his will, the clerk proceeded to find where the leak was. It seemed stronger in the neigh borhood of the room occupied by the bride and groom. Clerk concluded to knock at the door of their room. " Who's there ?" came from the inside. "Open the door! the gas is escaping." Gas ! what gas ?" said Jeems. opening the door. "Why, here in this room. How did you put your light out?" "Blew it out, of course." "You played h 1." Our amiable clerk came very near saying a bad word, but re membering there wa3 a lady in the case, or in the bed, he checked his rising temper, and having lit the gas, proceeded to show Jeems the mystery of its burning as follows : "You see this little thing here ? well when you want to put it out, you give it a turn this way, and when you want to make it lighter you give ii a turn this way. Seri ous consequences might have resulted if it had not been discovered. It might have suffocated us all. Now be careful next time." "Much obliged. But how the devil did I know the darned stuff was scapin'?" re sponded Jeems. "Didn't you smell it?" said the clerk. "Pears to me I lid smell sumthin." said Jeems. "But Lize I'll be durned ef I didn't think it was you, kase I never slept with a woman afore." " Well, Jeems, I thought it was you that smelt that way all the time. I was jest a wunderin' ef all men smelt that way. It 'peared strange, but then I neer slept with a man afore or behind either, and didn't know nothin' about it," was the response of Lize, as she turned over for a nap. The red in our Clerk's face grew smiling uur cuuniy t " me urenerai responded mat - I tnn Innir v. il.t. , . ly redder, as it reflected the light from the burning jet, and a-roguish' twinkle lured in the corner of his eye, as he turned off the gas and all was dark, and our friends were lsfi alone in their glory. . A sound of sup pressed mirth was heard in the reading room for a few minutes, and all was still. Beantifnl Snow. Oh ! tha snow, the beautiful snow, Killing the sky and earth below ; -Over the house tops, over the street, Over the heads of 'the people you meet, Dancin:r, -Fiitling, Skimming along. Beautiful snow ! it can do nothing wrong; Flying to kiss a fair lady's cheek. Clinging to lips in a froficksome freak. Beautiful snow f-om the heaven above, Pure as nu angel., as gentle as love ! Oh ! th enow, the beautiful snow. How the flakes gather and lauh as they go ! Whirling about in its maddening fun. It pVin its glee with every one, Chasing, Laughing, Hurrying by, It lights up the face, and it sparkles th eye ! And even the dog, with a bark and a bound. Snap at the crystal that eddy around; The town is alive and. its heart in a glow, To welcome the coming of beautiful snow. How the wild crowd goes swaying along. Hailing each other with humor and song! How the gay sledges, like meteors, flash by, Bright for the moment, then lost to the eye ; Kinging, Swinging, "Dashing they gv. Ov-r the crest of the beautiful snow ; Snow so pure when it falls from the sky, To be trampled in the mud by die crowd rushing by, To be trampled and tracked by the thousands of feet, Till it blends with the filth in the horrible street. Once I was pure a the snow but I fell ! Fell like the snow-flakes, from heaven to hell ; Fell to be trampled as filth of the street ; fell to be scoffed, to he spit on and beat : Pleading, Cursing, Dreading to die, Se'ling my soul to whoever would buy. Dealing in shame for a morsel of bread, Hating the living and fearing the dead ; Merc it ul God ! have I fallen so low 'i And yet I was onee like the. beautiful snow. Once I was fair as the beautiful snow, With an eye like its crystal, a heart like its glow ; Once I was loved for my innocent grace Flattered and sought for the charms ef my face ; Father, , Mother, Sisters, all, God, and myself, I have h-st by my fall ; The veriest wretch that goes shivering by. Will tak a wide sweep, lest I wander o nigh ; For all that is on or above me, I know, There is nothing that's pure as the beautiful snow. How s'range it should be that this beautiful snow, Should fall on a sinner with nowhere to go ! How strange it should be, when the night comes aga.n. If the snow and the ice struck my desperate brain, Fainting, Freoz ng, Dying alone, Too wicked for prayer, too weak lor my moan. To be heard in the streets of ihe c-azy town, Gone mad in the joy of the snow coming down, To lie and to die in my terrible woe, With a bed and a shroud of the beauuf'd snow. Tho Bachelor. One night, while I biy sle ping, I had a dream of joy,. I thought 1 had a charming wife And darling little boy. 0 ! who in this wide world was diere More happy than myself Possessed of such a lovely wife And prattling little elf. 1 loved, and hugged and kissed them, I almost eat them whole, But my Utile loy got angry. And my wife bgan to scold. The noise grew loud and louder ; The balnj brgan to claw ; I hugged it all the tighter I thought it loved its Pa. iJ y child was still uneasy. My wife began to weep, And sjon a scream terrific Awoke me from my sleep. My face was scratched to pieces Plague on that little brat ; For my wife she was n pillow, My baby was a cat. It is a fact that a man might go into Great Britain, Fiance, Austria, Russia, or any despotic government and use language directed against the heads of those irovern ments, or against the governments them selves, with impunity, that he would not dare to use in the Southern States directed against the instution of slavery. This is a signincant tact. Poverty is only contemptible when it is felt to be so. Doubtless the best way to make our poverty respectable is to seem never to feel it as an evil. "Tis much safer to reconcile an enemy than conquer him. Victory may deprive him of the power for the present, but rec onciliation disarms his wil?. No poultice has ever been discovered that draws cut a man's virtues so fully as the sod which covers his grave. ' A fellox who was caught beating his wife, excused himself by saying the treasure which we value most we hide. tnat vsasTi" rTZ " -rv- - " ,"V:"",V"' " I "nt' " 7Z. , pn both ars, mark in the dalap; large horns 1 LcVBiSa $25 00(S$3U 00. Visit to Brown by an Old Neighbor. The Erie ( Penn. ) True American publish es a long narrative of the visit of Mr. M B. Lowry, of that place, to John Brown.! Mr. Lowry says: "I felt that it was due to the old man and to my old friendship for him, to visit him in his prison, and bear to him the salu tations of his old neighbors in Norih-wes tern Pennsylvania. I have just teturned having seen the misguided but honest old man, and brought a message from him. Ic is this given to me as the door was clos ing between us : "Say to those without, I am cheerful." I obtained, before leaving, a letter from the Adjutatt General of our State, and was well armed, in addition, with letters to Gov. Wise, Senator Mason. Andrew Hunter, Col. Washington and others, from friends in Philadelphia and Biliimore. I was in. formed for the first time when I readied Philadelphia that all Northerners who had been indentified as fiiends of Brown had been warned from the State, and that the country about Charlestown was under mar tial law, and I was strongly warned not to venture any further on my journey. Mr. Brown did not, at first, recognize me, but on my giving my name, greeted me cordially and gratefully. He said there were man' whom he had hoped to see, whom he had not seen, but he had not expected to see any of his old Crawford eountv friends. lie alluded to Crawford as being very dear to him, as its soil was hallowed as the resting place of his former wife and two beloved children, and the sight of any one from that res'ion was most cheering. 1" cannot pretend to give his language it was the natural expression of a deep and impas sioned nature, and as eloquent as words could be uttered. I remarked to Mr. Brown that there had been a different version given to his Kansas exploits by the Herald of Freedom from that which his fiiends gave, and ventured the opinion that his reputation demanded an explanation. H replied that he understood my allusion, but that I was mistaken in sup posing that it needed any refutation from him. "Time and the honest verdict of pos terity," said he, "will approve of every act of mine to prevent slavery from being. es tablished in Kansas. I never shed the blood of a fellow-man except in self-defense or in promotion of a righteous cause." He spoke in indignant terms of the editor of the Herald of Freedom, characterizing him as "selfiish, unjust, revengeful, mercenary, untruthful and corrupt." I remarked that I regretted to hear him speak of G. W. Brown in such 131ms, a3 he was an old ac quaintance of mine, and had been trusted and respected. His answer was "Mr. Lowry, you are mistaken if you suppose that "anything that George Washington Brown could say can tarnish the character of John Brown.'' During our conversa tion, the martial music (where Gjv. Wise was reviewing his army near the prison,) made a great noise, and thinking it must annoy him I asked him if it did not ? "No," said the man, "it is inspiring." And here, as I parted with him, telling him I would see him again, if possible, he repeated to me "Tell those without that I am cheerful." My time was up and I was invited to leave."' The Great Mystery. The following beautiful passage is taken from Timothy Titcomb's or Holland's 'Preachings upon Popular Proverbs," which the Springfield (Mass.) Rejmblican is now giving to the world : "The body is to die ; so much is certain. What lies beyond ? No one who passes the charmed boundary comes back to tell. The imagination visits the realms of shadows sent out from some window of the soul over life's restless waters, but wings its way wea rily back witii no olive leaf in its beak as a token of emerging life beyond the closely bending horizon. The great sua comes and goes in heaven, yet breathes no secret wilderness. The crescent moon cleaves her nightly passage across the upper deep, but tosses overboard the message and displays no signal. The sentinel stars challenge each other as they walk their nightly rounds, but we catch no syllable of their countersign which gives passage to the heavenly camp. Shut in ! shut in 1 Between this and the other life there is a great gulf fixed, across which neither eye uor foot can travel. The gentle friend whose eyes we closed in their last sleep long years ago, died with rapture in her wonder-stricken eyes, a 6mile of in effable joy upon her lips, and hands folded over a triumphant heart, but her lips were past speech, and intimated nothing of the vision that enthralled her. Union is not always strength, as the sai lor said when he saw the purser mixing h:s rum with water. A philosopher being asked what was the first thing necessary towards winning the love of a woman, answered, "an opportu- mtv. Apropos of earthquakes One touch of Nature makea the whole world kick.