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“LET US CLINO TO THE CONSTITUTION AS TOE MARINER, CLINGS TO THE LAST PLANK WHEN THE NIGHT AND TEMPEST CLOSE AUODND HlM.’’ I ________ 4 51.50 PER ANNUM. BEL AIR, Ml). FBJ&tAY MORNING. DECEMBER 29, 1865. VOL. IX.—NO. 52. TEACHERS!' rPHE TEACHERS of Tlarlord county J- are hereby notified to meet in the; Court House, in Bel Air, on TL'ES-j DAY, 26th December. At 2, P. M., “ TEACHERS' .ISSO- [ CM TIOAT” will be organized, officers i elected, by-laws made, and subjects for | discussion suggested. Hours of attendance during meetings : 1 From 9 A. M. to 12 M. “ 2P.M. to SP. M. Public ADDRESSES and LECTURES delivered every evening, commencing at 7 o’clock. Among the speakers are Hon. | E. II Webster, Prof. William Garrettson, ■ Rev. IV. S. Drysdale, Rev. J. V. Cow I hick, P. 11, Rutledge, Esq., Mr. Thomas | a e fiery. Tiie public are cordially invited to be 1 present. Teachers will be examined in the fol- 1 lowing order : First District, Tuesday, at 9 A. M | Sixth “ Wednesday, “ Second “ Thursday, “ Fifth “ Friday, “ Fourth “ Saturday, “■ Third “ Monday, Jan Ist, 1866.! Teachers will bring their permits. | T. S. C. SMITH, dec 15 Pres. Board School Com. Thomas Guilfoy & Bro. Manufacturers of Tin and Sheet Iron Ware, Main street, nearly opposite Post office, sis.?, kvx m TP HE subscribers having located in Bel Air, J[ respectfully inform the citizens of Harford ; county that they will manufacture and keep on j hand every variety of TIN WARE HOUSEKSEPSNfs ARTICLES, Of a superior quality, which they will soli on i reasonable terms ROOFING and SPOUTING attended to, in j the best manner and with despatch. FURNACES and FIRE-PLACE STOVES I put up and repaired a< short notice. JA r MILK CANS of superior quality manu factured to order. Give: Us a Cali, ! TUGS. GUILFOY k BRO., j sepl-4m Main street, Bel Air 1 ~mi mobs. ! (j'llE undersigned have just received a; * large ami well selected stock of Goods ; suitable for the season. They are enn-i stantly making up the neatest work, and the newest and most fashionable style of! -fe BONNETS, an rcv tl;e S'all &. Winter. To which they invite the attention of the citizens of the town and the sur-i rounding country. They also desire an occasional call from their Baltimore friends, when they want something of ex-j tra style and finish, as they are aware that • the undersigned can and will take pleasure | in putting up work of that description. | In addition to all styles of Bonnets, \ they keep constantly on hand a variety of | LADIES’ AND GENTLEMEN’S i SlKAfcfc WAR£ ( Such as Ribbons, Laces, Gloves, Hosiery.! Suspenders, and many other articles in the Notion line. Thankful for the liberal patronage here tofore given thefirm, they expect by strict attention to business to merit its continu ance. M. J. WRIGHT & MITCHELL, VV ashington street, two doors north of the Railroad, and next door to Nixon’s Hotel, Havre-de-Guace. sep2s RATS MADE TO COME OUT OF THEIR HOLES TO DIE ! S'T ON EBIIAK Ell’S Eat, Koacli and Mouse ! EXTERMINATOR! WE invite the attention of the public to the above preparation, ns being one of the i ••‘I effectual preparations ever introduced for j l.*v destruction of the above vermin. We war- 1 rant it a DEAD SHOT FOR RATS I Tfy it— only 25 cents u box. jsS'Forsale by A. 11. GREENFIELD, Apft, j corner Main street and Port Deposit avenue, Bel ; Air, Md. seplo-Om ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTICE. | f PHIS IS TO GIVE NOTICE, That the sub-! X scriber lias obtained from the Register of Wills of Harford county, Md., Letters of Admin- i trillion ou the personal estate of JOHN L. WEBSTER, late of Harford County, dee’d. All persons have j big claims against said deceased are hereby noti j lied to exhibit the same, with the legal vouchers ! thereof, on or before the Tjth day of November, 1800, or they may otherwise by law be excluded from all benefit ofsaid estate. All persons indebted to said estate are request ed to make immediate payment. Given under my hand and seal this 29th day of November, 1805. JAMES R. CHBSSEY, ded Administrator. CARD." BEING in Philadelphia during the winlewat tending lectures, 1 lake this method of in forming the public that I will be at my ofiiee in Havre-de-Grace, during CHRISTMAS WEEK only. ’ , H. C. REGISTER, dec 15 Dental Sugeon. A. PRESTON'GILBifiST,~ ATCBOM&Sftftfr W a BEL AIR, Md. Otfice with H. D. Farnandit, Esn. THE ms AMS (HTELLISEHGER IS PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY MORNING, BY -A- W. BATZHUK*-A-IJT, 1 AT One Dollar and Fifty Cents Per Annum, \ IN ADVANCE, OTHERWISE j TWO DOLLARS WILL HE CHARGED. j RATES OF ADVERTISING. One square, (eight linos or less,) three inser-[ I lions, Si-00. Each subsequent insertion 25 els. I I One square three months, $3.01); Six months, I i $5.00; Twelve months, SB.OO. Business cards of six lines or less, $5 a year. i No subscription taken for less than a year. *_ | | lUctintl. ! For the A?yis ami Intelligencer. THE BROKEN HEARTED. nv Jins. b. n. p.. She sal beneath Her vine-clad bower, With pallid brow and check, She heeded neither bird nor flower, She went not there to seek Companionship with man or bird, l!ul only there lo weep unheard. Life, oh ! what was such a life ns hers ? A torture, a regret, A withering blight, a vale of tears, A star that soon,must set Midst gathering clouds of deepest gloom, Quenched ’neath the cold and silent tomb. Her early years, bow more lhan blessed They seemed ; could she recall Their sunny brightness, now bereft Of hope, of joy, of all That formed the sum of human bliss, How great the contrast now to Ibis! Where now were nil those happy hours, So tree from anxious grief ? Some early friends, like Autumn flowers, Had withered on the leaf, V. hilst others roamed o’er foreign lands, Their brows by gentle zephyrs fann’d; Bm she, alas I must linger on, Consumed by grief and pain, To wish that she had ne'er been born, Or else born o’er again ; t To cancel all those better hours, In which her*hopcs weresluin, To , ntlh r up each shattered part Of her deluded, broken heart. IPmtllaiUiTO. From the Montreal ( On.) Otiz-Uc. The Future of (Jip African Race. Among the many important questions now agitating the minds of men, none can be of more importance than the future of j ! the African race, ami its proper position I among the races whither it has been trans ported. The greed and cruelty of our forefathers have been visited on their ehil j dren, and this generation must perforce solve a question it had no share in raising. ! There is no maritime nation that has not j assisted in tiie slave trade. Frenchmen, ! Spaniards, Englishmen and colonists have | all participated in Hie profits of uqright , eousness, and the children of all have I drank, and will drink more deeply of the | cup their forefathers mixed. Still the question stares ns in the lace, and it is useless now lo moralize. If wc j Canadians are more free than our neiglt | hours from this sin, it is only from the ! nature of our soil and climate. Slaves were sold in Quebec, within the memory of living people ; and old numbers of the Quebec Gazette show the sad stooping fig ure, with a bundle, which inaiked the ad vertisement of a runaway slave, as the house—the ‘ house to let,’ or the ship, the “freight wanted.” The well known accu- j sation against King George, which the 1 Virginia Jeftlrson pat in the first draft of! i the "Declaration of Independence,” was ! on being reported to Congress struck out! “in deference to the feelings of our Massa i ehusetts brethren, many of whom arc e:t --i gaged in the slave-trade.” _ Groan for groan and blond for blood. ; The baptism of blood and lire of the last few years may well have expiated the hor rors of the middle passage. The gift of! personal freedom lias been conceded to I the African ; and now political equality is j demanded also. This is the question w hich is now troubling men’s minds. To 1 state it ii) plain words—it is to take the African and place him on the level of a , civilization which is the accumulated | growth of eight centuries. But we should : consider how hardly our own race have I won this freedom, and how slowly they i have deserved it. Every step was won under the leadership of the privileged | j classes, from Rtmnymede to the last Rev- | j olulion. If at any lime the lowest classes I cropped out in leadership, it was to pul liberty in peril, hi the darkest ages, the Roman Church, then the nobility, now the middle classes, in future, perhaps, the working class, have been and will be the conservators of freedom. Drop by drop, then, as education, intel- j lectual and moral, fitted them for it, has ' the precious draught of liberty been impar- | j ted to our Anglo-Saxon race. Even in It ! al .v, highly gifted by nature and rich in ; memories of the [last, how anxious and hazardous has been thS experiment.— I hough often tried, it has often failed until now. Austria is feeling her way on j the same path. France has even recc-j ded. It is useless to talk of despots en slaving a people. The people (unless in the ease ol a foreign conqueror) are gov -1 erned by that form of government which ' best suits their political and moral condi | otin. Considering then all those circmnstan staiiccs. how absurd dues it seem that a race fresh from the barbarism of Africa should at once enjoy a freedom earned by so many centuries of struggle. The child of the negro of Congo, Ashantee or Da | homey, with the savage instincts of canni j balisin, fetishism, and slave-trade-wars, I running in his blood, cannot be made by j the more Act of Congress fit for political j freedom. It will require assuredly more j than one generation of tutelage to lit this i race for the freedom for which it required j so many generations to fit us. i So much for a priori considerations,but i we have also the experience of countries j in which the experiment lias been tried. Who that has road anything of colonial I history does not know the fertility of the West India Islands—the gardens of the i world. Enjoying the most delightful cli j mate, and with a soil ot surpassing pro ductiveness, the resources of these islands I seem boundless ; and yet wherever politi ! cal equality lias louche.l them it has stricken them with ruin. In Jamaica, we are informed by Mr. Underhill, the blacks are starving ; there | is no work for them, and yet the few planters that are left are spending money and straining every nerve to import cool ies from the other side of the world to do their work. What folly to suppose that 1 any class of men would take such trouble to get labour i( it were to be had at their doors ! Steadily from the first did the Jamaica blacks refuse to work regulaily for regular wages. Large sums of money are taken away by the coolies on their j return to their homes. The black soldier of Ilayti supports himself on six cen times a day, but the Jamaica negro refus es twenty-five cents. From all sources the fapt appears plain that the African will not wttk steadily ; improvident in his na tive Hbnie lie is improvident everywhere ; he will do only that portion of plantation work which pleases him and when it pleases him. Now the essential of a pros perous plantation is steady labour, not fit ful alternation of activity and idleness, but the planting, hoeing, cutting and grinding must all be done in their season, and six days’ labour a week must be expended all the year round. The whole crop may i perish for want of a week’s seasonable j labour. And here is just the point: In j Jamaica, two day’s labour will support a | man a week. The urgent planter is met with “No Massa, I’se tired.” “No hungry, rnassa,” and the plantation goes to ruin. Jamaica is perishing for want of capital, say the quasi-philanthropists, but they take the effect for the cause. Capital is plen tiful in England, and seeks investments. It finds its own level swiftly and silently, and Hows away from a place where in i vestments are uncertain. One Island is, however, pointed to in triumph, and that is Barbadoes. But it must not be forgotten that Barbadoes is a small island, am! cultivated to the water’s edge. There is not enough vacant land to hold a pic-nic upon. The vagrant laws are strict and the negro must work or leave the island, lie cannot there set tle on a patch of wild land, and trusting to the banana or a few yams to indulge in his loved idleness. But it is in Ilayti that the negro problem has been worked out to the uttermost.— In old days, Ilayti proper exported 400 millions of pounds of sugar; now she does not raise enough for herself. Then twen ty-two millions of Irancs of surplus reven ue went to France; now, seven millions arc hardly raised for the whole revenue. The population has diminished in proper-! lion. In the year 1850, but 4 per cent of; i the births were legitimate. Not content; with expelling the whites, successive mas sacres have nearly exterminated the mu lattoes. The shadow of representative in -1 solutions barely survives under a tyranny j of the true African type. The brutal ser i pent-worship of Africa divides the reli gious sentiment of the country with a bastard corruption of Roman Catholicism. Children are scrupulously baptised,but the funeral rites are chielly those of the Vau doux god. The surface of civilization has disappeared and the barbarian is manifest. Everywhere at night through langled un dergrowth of the ruined plantations gleam the fires, and sound the horns of the Vaudoux incantations. And this in an island near the centre of civilization, fer tile to a degree, and free from what some would call the baleful influence of the while planter. To any mind not heated with prejudice such considerations as these should weigh heavily towards the exclusion from politi cal equality of a race evidently unfitted for so great a trust. The white race have a duty to fulfill to these their poor fellow-men ; hut this is nut their duty.— Strict marriage laws, strict education laws, strict labour laws, strict vagrant laws are needed. Let the friends of the negro guard also against the servile war which threat ens the South. The gift of freedom has been of little service as yet to the negro. A little more agitation of ids so-called polit ical rights and a reaction will set in which will crush the radical party, and fearfully accelerate the destruction of the negro race. - JGfetf’A clergyman, having called up a class of girls and boys, began with the former in the words : “My child, tell me who made your body ?’’ She bad no idea of the question applying to anything be yond her personal appearance, and drop ping a quick courtesy, replied :—“Please, sir mother made tho body, hut I made the skirt.” Sxff" A woman is not fir. to have a baby who doesn’t know how to hold it ; and this is as true of a tuuguc as of a baby. i I From the New York Herald, The Resources of the South. As soon as the Southern States shall be restored to thoenjoyment of all their politi cal privileges and be put on an equality ’ with tho other States in this respect, as I they were anterior to tho Rebellion, , their varied and abundant resources must , attract capital and labor front both the , North Mid Europe. It used to he said. j by sectional agitators—sueh as the aholi t j tion press, pulpit, and stuuip orators, and , [ book-makers for tho Northern market— | that tho South was a poor country, that [ i it could not feed its own people, and that , j these people would starve without sup , i plies Irani the North. This was said gen . j orally from prejudice, though sometimes from ignorance, and for the purpose of ex , citing and pandering to sectional jealousy or hostility. , Up to tiio time of the war, and even af ter it commenced, such statements wore reiterated by those who knew or ought to , have known better. Tho consequence . was that the mass of the people of the North were deceived and remained igno rant of the Southern portion of the coun , try. Intelligent and unprejudiced travel ;! lers, as well as the people of the South, , | were surprised at the misrepresentations, . I and wondered how their fellow citizens , j could bo so blinded. Such false or dis • | torted views were impressed to a great ex tent upon Europe also. The obnoxious . institution of slavery proved a bar at the . same time both to investigation and en . terprise. It was like a Chinese wall, hav . ing the effect of shutting out immigration i and enterprise. Tho prejudices in favor of slavery on one side, and against it on , tho other, made the South almost as ex cluded and unknown to the rrst of the world as China is. The North lost sight of fciots as the vast and valuable produc . tions of that section, of its immense tern . tory, rich and teeming soil, extraordinary variety of products and its attractive cli mate, and the people of the South smiled in indolent contentment with their coun try and themselves at this real or feigned ignorance. Rut the war just concluded is produc ing a great revolution in men's ideas as , well as in our public affairs and domestic life. General Grant, speaking of the Southern people in the concluding words of his admirable report on the last year of the war, says their “manhood drew .forth herculean deeds of valor.” lie i might have said, too, that the war drew , | forth from their country extraordinary and I unexpected resources. Few ou this side 1 belived that a people who had appeared to be dependent upon Northern and for eign supplies could carry on the war two , years when cut off from them. We were all astonished at tho resources they dcvel oped. They succumbed not from the want of natural capabilities in the coun try, but from the destruc ion of those by an overwhelming antagonist, by tho colos sal power of the North, by the terrible drain upon a limited population to supply the armies, and by mismanagement ot their finances and the conduct of the war. The war undeceived the world in a inca sure as to the resources of the South.— Still they are not yet well understood; the Southern people themselves have not fully comprehended them. We can do no more within the limits of this article than advert to or take a ; glance at this magnificent region of our j country. From the fortieth degree of latitude to the tropics, and from the At ; lanlie to Mexico, embracing an area long er than France, Germany, Great Britain, Spaiu and Italy combined, and with every variety of soil, climate and productions, it. is CHpjible of sustaining a population of ■ one hundred and fifty millions. It is, be yond all doubt, the best portion of the American continent. Tho hardy grains • grow in all the States on tho northern hor j dor and through the highlands of the Al | leghcnics to tie border of Alabama.— j And where is there better wheat or flour ■ j than Virginia and some other parts of the • j South produce ? The flour is noted for its line quality in the markets of the 1 world. In one part all tho fruits and ve getables of the temperate zone grow abun ■ dantly, and in am ther flourish the orange, 1 banana, pine-apple and other fruits of the ! semi-tropical or tropical zone Nature has given to the South a mo 1 nopoly of the most valuable productions 1 that enter into the commerce of tho world. • Nowhere can such tobacco ho produced, I there is no rice superior if equal to that ! j of South Carolina, and as to cotton —that wonderful product which clothes mac ' | kind; employs millions of human beings i j in its manufacture; builds great cities; : | creates untold wealth ; and spreads the I! sails of commerce over every ocean—that '|is a monopoly of the South. True, oottou 1 | is grown in India, Egypt, and some other 1 countries, but not our long staple American • cotton, which is the cotton of commerce, 1 and which is an article of prime necessity in manufactures,, The Gulf stream which • sweeps along cur Southern coast raises the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic in clouds, and spreads them over the favored 1 South, dropping rain in just such showers ! as the cotton plant needs. i - I SSaS“A temperance lecturer, descanting - on the essential and purifying qualities ■ of cold water, remarked as a knock-down , argument: “When the world had be j come so corrupt that the Lord could do , nothing with it ho was obliged to give it j a thorough sousing in cold water.” — ’ I “Yes,” replied the toper, “but it killed II every darned critter on the face of tho ' earth.'’ The Pneumatic Despatch Railway. Yesterday morning two trucks contain -3 ing u quantity of goods were driven through tho Pneumatic Despatch tubular lino of , railway from tho central station in Hol , born to the terminus on the premises of the London and Northwestern Railway, t near Euston Square. In their transit > through the tube the train passed beneath 1 tho thoroughfare of Uolbnru, New Oxford street, Tottenham Court Hoad, the Hamp | | stead Hoad and Drummond street. The . I lime occupied in running between tho two t stations, a distance of two miles, being t about five minutes. Goods that are to be dispatched from llolboru to Euston will be taken from the street to the platform, t which is on a level with the latter, lower ed to the trucks lying on the traversing j • tables, and shifted to the tube entrance j (of which there are two, one for Euston and the other for the postofffee), within . which the train will be placed, and then i literally blown to its intended stopping ■ place. i , Tho height and width of the completed iron tube are respectively four feet six I inches, the width between the rails being 1 three feet eight and a half inches. The i driving power is stationed at Holborn, and t consists of two 24 horse power engines, by I , means of which a disc of about twenty two feet in diameter is sot in motion, re- ■ volving with great rapidity in an immense ; , air chamber, creating an irresistible at- i . mospheric power, capable of being used | either for the purpose of blowing the trains through the tubes or literally suck i ing them back again. In the coarse of i . last week the Duke of Buckingham, i , Chairman, and several of thp Directors of the Pneumatic Despatch Company, inspec- 1 > ted tho works, and were blown in a train i t of three carriages, under the superinten dence of Mr. Hammcll, the Engineer, from j the llolboru station through the tube to ■ | Euston in five minutes, their arrival being . j announced at Holborn by one of Wheat -1 | stone’s telegraph apparatus, tho wiies .! of which are carried through tho tube.— j ! The line is now ready for opening between I llolboru and Euston terminus. —London Telegraph. . -< +-■ An Amusing Mistake. Count d’Artoise wore very tight leath (| cr breeches. He ordered bis tailor to at- 1 ■ j tend on him one morning, when his grand ■ ; daughter, who resided with him, had also > i ordered her shoemaker to wait upon her. . The young lady was seated in tho break [ fast room when the maker of leather > breeches was shown in ; ami as she did 1 ! not know one handicraftsman from anoth . I ur, she at once intimated that she wished i I him to measure her for a pair of “leath . i ers,” for as she remarked the wet weather j was coming, and she felt cold in “cloth.’’ > i The modest tailor could hardly believe his ears. r “Measure you miss!” said he, with hesi tation. .! “If you please,” said the young lady, , who was remarkable for much gravity of deportment ; “and I have only to beg that you will give me plenty of room, for I am a great walker, and I do not like to wear anything that constrains me.” , “But miss,’’ exclaimed the poor fellow r in much perplexity, “I never in my life measured a lady ; —’’ And here ho paused. 1 “Are you not a ladies' shoemaker ?” r was the query ealmly put to hi.u. f “By no means, miss,” said he ; 1 am a leather breeches maker, and I have come to take the measure not of you, but Mr. j Gilbert.” Tho young lady became perplexed, too, t, but she recovered her self-possession after f a good common sense laugh, and sent the maker of breeeties to her grandpa. 3 f The Irish Sentinel —A son of the Green Isle, a new member of Col. Gil man’s Middle Tennessee Regiment, while . stationed at Nashville, recently, was de r tailed on guard duty on a prominent street j 2 of that city. It was his first experience r : at guard mounting and ho strutted along e I his boat apparently with a full appreoia . j tion of the dignity and importance of bis . I position. As a citizen approached, ho | shouted — a “Halt! Who comes there ?” “A citizen,” was the response. “Advance, citizen, and give the coun -3 tersign.” “I haven’t tho countersign; and if I had, tho demand for it at this time and place t is something very strange and unusual,” t, rejoined tho citizen. “An,’ by the howly Moses, ye don’t 8 pass this wav at all till ye say Bunker • Hill,” was Pat’s reply. e The citizen appreciating the “situation” t I advanced and cautiously whispered in his , ear the necessary words. r “Highlit Pass on.” And the wide- Q awake sentinel resumed his beat. ’ O l #’* A son of Neptune who was in the \ habit of quarreling with his better half, s was one day remonstrated with by the n minister of the parish, who told him he j and his wife ought to live on more amioa s hie terms, as they wore both one. “One!” said the old salt, shifting his quid ; “if you should come by the house sometimes, g blast my tarry-top-lights if you wouldn’t s think we are about twenty'' j <■■ Jgy-Josh Billings says —“when a man’s 0 dog deserts him on account of his pover t ty, he can’t get any lower down in this world —not by land.’’ d o rain has one disreputable fault; j it is an raves dropper. An Indignant Magistrate. , Some years ago, iu Egypt, Illinois, a rough looking man was brought before s county justice on the charge of assault and battery, lie bud beaten some one very badly. “1 am astonished,’’ said his honor, “at your arrest on such a charge. You have beaten the man horribly, and I must pun ish you severely. Why did you do it ?” “Because,” was the reply “he provoked me.” “What did he say ?” “Ha said sir, that 1 was a thief.” “Wont do sir.” I shall have to fine you heavily.” “lie said I was a liar.” “Wont do—no excuse.” “lie charged me with having poisoned my grandmother!” “Shouldn’t have beaten the man so badly.” “He said 1 was the offspring of a ca nine species of the female sex.” “No sufficient provocation ! Shouldn’t have been so severe. Should have got a warrant. Any other excuse '(—must pun ish severely.” “Yes, your honor, he accused me of being a Republican.” “Did he '( the scoundrel ! Called you —you sir—called you a Republican. If you had shot the scoundrel dead any jury in the world would not havo found you guilty. I dismiss the case.” S&~ A gentleman in Alabama, in exert ing himself one day felt a sudden pain, and fearing his internal machinery had been thrown out of gear, sent for a negro on his plantation, who made some preten sion to medical skill, to proscribe for him. The negro having investigated the ease, prepared and administered a dose to his patient, with utmost confidence of a spee dy cure. No relief being experienced how ever, the gentleman sent for a physician, who, on arriving, inquired of the negro what medicine he hud given his master. Bob promptly responded, “Rosin and alum, sir !” “What did you give them for ?” continued the doctor. “Why,” re plied Bob, “de alum to draw the parts to gedder, and de rosin to sodder um.”— The patient eventually recovered.—Ex change. Man Killed by a Bear.—A young man named Friester, residing near Bear Meadows, started from his home to the Meadows for the purpose of hunting small game, taking with him a shot gun. After being out a short time, he came across a huge bear into which he poured the contents of his gun. The bear, aggravated by his wounds, made at the defenceless young man and succeeded in devouring all of him but one leg. When what was loft of young Friester was dis covered, the bear lay dead a short distance away, having died from the wounds in flicted from Fricstcr’s gun. —Huntingdon Monitor. A Sad Practical Joke. — A foolish practical joke was lately played at Rastatt, Prussia, which proved eventually to be no joke to the party playing it. A soldier belonging to the company on guard, ; wrapped himself up in leaves and branches I in such a manner as entirely to conceal his humanity, and in the middle of the night crept on all fours to one of the sen tinels. The latter astonished at the extra ordinary phenomenon, challenged it three times without receiving any answer.— Upon this he put his bayonet into it, and the intruder fell without uttering a sound. It was his last joke. The man was dead. Lord Bacon says that the friend ships iu this world are very few. Ae quaintuuces arc made and forgotten all through life, and many go through life without anything more, without ever knowing tho high and beautiful, and al most sacred moaning of the word friend. He who, by his conduct, makes good friends on the one hand, and bitter haters on the other, gives evidence of the bold, independent, upright man in bis composi tion ; while the chicken-hearted imbecile character is capable of making neither friends nor foes. teg-Tho first consideration with a knave, is how to help himself, and the second, how to do it with an appearance of helping you. Dionysius the tyrant, stripped the statue of Jupiter Olympus of a robe of massy gold, and substituted a cloak of wool, saying, “Gold is too cold in winter, and too heavy in summer—it behooves us to take care of Jupiter.” “Talkin’ of law” says I‘ompey, “makes me think of what the mortal Cato, who lib most a thousand years ago, onoo said —tho law is like a groun glass winder, that gives light enuff to light us poor mor tals in the dark passage of life; but it would puzzle do debble himself to see troo it.” An lowa editor acknowledges the receipt of Congressional documents in ad vance of the mail,” iu consequence of a flock of wolves and bears chasing the post rider across the prairie. Books.— Sterne used to say, “Tho most accomplished way of using books is to servo them as some people do lords, learn their titlcs, and then brag of their acquaintance.” ttgrlt is dreadful easy to be a fool— s man may be one, and not know it.