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A Parody.
(Written for the Cincinnati iazette. )
Gold, bright gold is the chief concern
Of mortals here below;
May I its great importance learn,
Its sue'reign ca'lue know!
ln't needed is the glitt'ring wealth
Th' nurif'rous world bestows;
N ,t reputation, food, or health
Worth half so much to--!
CG ld-getting should our thoughts engage
Amidst our youthful bloom:
'Twill serve us in declining age,
And gild at last our tomb.
D. my hundred per cents. renewed
Till mine is Rothschild's throne!
Bi, all the bulls and bears subdued
My government to own!
L t others tell of faith and love
That to do wrong they fear;
I'|! let all my transactions prove
Mi heart is insincere.
K.ep me bad stocks from 'vesting in;
Tlhrugh my remaining days
L t Midas' virtue in me shine
.\ll toncl'd turn'd gold -that pays!
Let glitt'ring gold my soul inspiie,
My st ,cks like kites arise:
1:y pile, big as mortal desire
-. mount high as the skies!
is usual with me to find among paint
he. girattest ignorance on matters not
t Y connected with their profession.
rn is an absorbing purusuit ;to achieve
is in it is to be a one-idead man :
a was an exception to this rule also.
iadented upon it to him, and he ob
• , that he doubtless would have
:. better artist had his mind run
in one channel ; but that he had
itt higher than mere professional
rs clanimed every man's attention. -A
uimself among others, the consider
of various relations was of greater
to himself than worldly success,
e was by nature compelled to re
is practice of art as secondary to
u I u manhood. I thought him some
A'VI ' ranscendental in his views, but
was e:cedingly interested in them, and
not a Lttle astonished by certain of his
observations. He propounded many puz
zling questions to me, and I was so puz
zled in every way that I now remember
little of our conversation but its effects
Wet, my visit ended in gy giving him
three cmlunissiuns-a noontide effect, a
moonlight effect, and a marine view. As
I bid him good-day he had the impudence
to say he would be most happy to see
ae again soon; that he enjoyed my
ociety much. Before I knew what I was
oing I had expressed my satisfaction at
ie amount of pleasure I had received,
id ended by inviting him to my house-
picture-gallery, etc.
As I descended the sixth flight of stairs I
.o thought of what I had done burst 1
ton me. What would my wife say? I I
iddered, and yet I laughed. Jones's
indence was magnificent Ihad been
fly enslaved by it I brought to mindi
Car and Napoleon, and wondered if
indence were not geniuas.
bree days after, at half paet eight in a
tervening, Kalves, my footman, threw c
It the door of my drawing-room and i
0,uned "MIr. Richard Jones I" Was it 1
(ble ? Had I really set no time for
bvisit of that indomitable painter ?
[ I actually extended to him a cordial I
Steneral invitation to call upon me, I
i ame as I would" to Chancellor All- a
S or Professor Oddman ? My wife f
-,utally unprepared for his appear- e
Sic I had entirely forgotten my friend i
*t sixth story by the time I had reach- i
e . Circumstances had shut out a
s omry of his eccentricity ever since. g
4f" accomplished and fashionable t
rs would be shocked by his vnl- t
gar~ udence ; and present with us,
too the celelrated Oleander, whose C
lMt ne of poems were the world's t_
walk would his reined nature en- "
I dure such odious contact ?
In the hurry of the moment I ejaculat
ed to my companions, "A young artisi
who will makd his way yet !" when the
figure of Jones was presented. airayed in
the usual threadbare coat, and further
more adorned by a pair of cheap gloves
Jones advanced smilingly and easily
up to me, and my intention of requesting
him to sit in the back parlor for. few
moments until I could attend to him was
at once abandoned. With him came his
influence. I saccumbed. It was his first
visit, I was convinced, into "good society,"
and curious to see how gfeat his "genius"
was, I introduced him to the assembled
Any other man in his position, gifted
with the ordinary senitiments of humani
ty, would, I know, have exhibited some
hesitancy as he saluted the brilliant, and
in part scornful, circle. He surely could
not but feel that he had made a mistake,
that he was not entirely welcome. Not a
trace of embarrassment was visible in his
manner, and he seated himself on a chair
near my eldest daughter. When unob
served she threw a look at me which
made me pity Jones. His mistake, how
ever, was in some degree mine, and as a
gentleman I could not forbear rendering
him all the assistance I could to make
him feel comfortable. Yet I supposed,
of course, that he would act as though he
knew himself more fit to be an observer
than the observtA. His conduct for the
first few moments justified my opinion
He was quite silent, and after a few plea
sant remarks passed him by my wife he
was left to himself.
Oleander is a gentleman of fortune as
well as a poet. He is a decided aristocrat.
He is one of many Americans .on whom
t the traditions of the Old World have
greater inflnmnce than the noble spirit of
progress which characterizes our own
institutions. In an imaginative being,
- however, such as he, I consider this less
> reprehensible. The past must ever have
a halo which the present has not. He
was mounted on his hobby as J6ncs en
d tered the room. and, I could perceive,
I was intensely disgusted at his appear
ance and the air of equality with which
he shook hands with him. Jones must
r have seen it too, but it was altogether in
sufficient to disturb his serenity ; and
yet Oleander is a ;great" man. He has
0 been addressing many of his late poems
to my eldest daughter, whom he regards
it with the most refined affection. To this
d somewhat, I attributed his manifestations
s of impatience as Jones seated himself
beside her, and apparently unconscious
of the poor figure he cut, made some
pleasant observation.
As soon as sufficient civilities had been
paid "the painter," Oleander, ignoring
his presence, saw fit to take up his dis
course at the point where it had been
a broken oft and launched into a glorifica
tion of the feudal ages :
"In that bright star of olden time the
people held their proper place. They
were the rightful slaves of their noble
masts. That deference was paid station
which its merits accordetd 'Nobility was
transmitted from father to son, jnd no
aspiring demagogue could seat himself
beside it. Churls were churls then-by
themselves and all others so regarded."
Jones here interrupted the flow of elo
quence by sa ing, "You forget, Sir, that
in that 'golden era' all the more noble
professions were degraded beside that of
arms; the physician was but an apothee
ary; the learned man of science despised
or dreaded as a wizard; poets themselves,
instead of divinely-inspired teachers, were
looked upon as mere.servant."
This was outmrageously impudent of
Jones. Confound the fellow who was
he? A miserable dsaber, who could
hardly support himself l My wife gave me 
a suppligating look. My eldest daughter i
frowned and bit her tips; youngest laugh- i
edsoftlytohereldt Thaerw anawful ]
papse, and then Oleander, without reply,
in calm didain proceded. I could yeti
see be was enraged, and knowing his
iareastic power, fel ms the presumpm
tuous Jones woald at length be brought
to his proper level.
The system of caste was further lauded.
Oleander went more remotely ipto his
tory and extolled the agqient Egyptians.
Amonoug themsn," he obrvodb "was Care
fully studied the national fitness of thin
at- The carpenter's son must be a carpenter,
Lt the plowman's a plowman. Among them
he were not seen parents toiling hard and
in depriving themselves of comforts in order
er- that their chidjen might reach another
es and a higher position. No children de
ly spised their parents in that their educ
ng ation, their accustomed circumstances,
ew unfitted them for the circle in which their
as offspring moved."
is He talked splendidly, and we all thought
t Jones completely apnihilated. Every
y,' word uttered was a stab at the young
s"' ster's insolence. How elegantly it was
Led done too ! Oleander had never impressed
us more favorably. My wife and daugh
ed ters interchanged looks of ill-concealed
ci- satisfactsfaction. No one of us glanced in
ne Jones's direction out of pity for his ex
ad treme discomfiture. Imagine, then, our
ad astonishment when, in a firm and digni
e, fied tone, that individual again interrupt- I
a ed our esteemed friend's oratory:
is "As a philosopher, Sir, you are, I must i
ir suppose, inclined to honor those who love d
,b the truth. You will'oblige me by throw
h ing more light upon what you have just
w- uttered. It appears to me that the laws
a of God are higher than those of man;
rg that where He gave talent He meant it
ke should be used. No one, I believe, can
d, deny that the common people have pro- I
he duced the greatest gbniuses. What I
er would not mankind have lost had they e
he been compelled by law to devote them- i
n. selves exclusively to the parental profes- ¬
a- sion!"
he Jones spoke well-there was no ques- I
tion of that. But then what impudence !
as I never saw the gentlemanly exterior of
t. Oleander so discomposed. He turned
ai pale with indignation and bit his lips be- 1
ye fore he responded, in a frigid tone:
of "I know of no better illustration, Sir,
u of the truth of my remarks than yourself.
g, I bid you good-evening." He glanced at t
ss the clock upon the mantle, and added,
ye gayly: "Yes, ladies your pleasant converse
e has delayed me many minutes beyond 9
a- the time set for an appointment else- I
e, where." And bowing himself out of the
- room he was gone.
h Jones, the indomitable, had, however, t1
st opportunity to declare to him that a gen- i
- tleman did not know what a verbal in- n
sLd t was; he cared merely for the auth n
is concerning himself My youngest daugh- b
is ter now asked him for his opinion on a t
s book of engravings just published, and f
is he seated himself besides her to examine r '
s them.
f I was lost in a reverie for some meo- t
s meats, and then invited Mr. Jones to ii
3 visit my collection of paintings. My Y
daughter Emma accompanied us. I had t
n intended to give' the young man some di
g fatherly advice, but her presence prevent- o
ed it. Would I have been able to do so I
n had she not been withus.? Ireally doubt n
-it, so self-possessed was he with all his
impadence. Had Oleander maintained
e hls supremacy ? or had Jones- ? I tl
y looked at his ill-clad figure. I thought
of his position in society. I wondered
and well I might. My enthusiasm for C
a art, however, soon absorbed my mind.
o In an animated.and learned converstion bh
with my protege (?) I again forgot my
Sself, and, bidding him good-by, cordially
invited him again to visit me.
"'Why, George, how could you m aked c
Smy wife, indignantly.
"The impudent little wretch!" exclaim
ed my ekiest daughter.
S"He's shockingly vulgar r' declared t.
both Eliabeth mand Matid t
"Oh, PSI thiuhe's so feanyl" langhed
SEmma, my youngust
How could so much impudence lbe
fjoined with suck good ense wms that
whiech panled me.
. IewJones twoer three tms afteri
a this behore I stt in myulf the ability to t
rpeakto him za I deired, and a my t
-natural kindly feluing peompted me. At dr
I1c tthe co mms . e. At the private c
viewo aithe Natiuoal Academy I aes so
inspired. A friend wie about to present
Jones to the great 8pltrwdaeh--- hi- da
tericel painter f rsenoa. That worthy to
bowed stiffly and eontemptinoldy ae di
Jones advanced, wheraipos he inconti- io
nenitly turned upon his heal and wliked tia
away, leaving the famed artist in a state he
of rage too gigantic for description. I ye
saw the whole seer, and mweg Jnesa br
iga* i istantly after addr a iel him :
ter, "My young friend, you will surely no
em refuse advice from' a man like me, ol0
md enough to be your father."
der "Certainly not, Sir. I have every rea
her son to respect you. Your opinions wil
de- be listened to gladly. If I prove the,
ac- correct I shall be happy to adopt them.
es, "Well, I have observed what )as jus
leir passed. It appears to me you do no
sufficiently study what is customary. Nc
,ht one knows better the worth of your hear
ry and mind than myself, but from a mai
ig- in your position--you have no name, yot
rae are poor-the world expects greater de.
ed ference. It adjudges impudence the ab.
,h- sence of that deference."
led "I know the world, Sir, only when it it
in right. I have long ago convinced mysel
-x- I should not know how to act should 1
cur yield myself to the opinons of others. 1i
ni- would be making of myself a shuttle-cocl
pt- to innumerable battle-doors Study, re
flection, the exercise of reason, are guidl !
let that alone have helped me in my onwar
ve course through life. Should I give then
w- up I would be compelled to consider my.
ist self a fool I would be a fooL I honoi
ws distinction, and I honor wealth, but only
n; as they should be honored. Possession
it of those advantages often proves ability
an but possession of them does not necessa
-o- rily exact servility from others. A greal
rat man, Sir, does not wish the marks of re
ey spect so much as respect itself. A great
n- man respects others. It is the duty of a
rs- gentleman to prove himself one. Thai
Splatterdash did not regard me in my pro.
?s- per light. I took the only course I knev.
e ! to make him acquainted with his error
of I could not have respected myself hal' I
ed acted differently. He maybe great artist
"e- but he is not a noble man. I no soone.
saw his manner toward me than I per.
ir, ceived I understood the gentlemanly char
If. after better .L,: he did. I, exalted to
at his station, con it: not so act toward a poor
d, er brother. Such pride as his is meannee
ae of soul. The nobility of a man is much
id greater than the nobility of a painter.
e- He is above me in smah things. I am
ie above him in great,"
What could I say to such a tirade as
r, this? His impassioned manner, his flash
.. ing eye elevated his stature and gave dig
s- nity to his ill clad form. The man before
y me was not the man whom five minutes
- before I had accosted. I had no advice
a to offer him. Luckily for me a mutual
Id friend came up at this juncture, and my
e reply was not necessitated.
All this.happened two years ago. Yes
. terday I had another instance of Jones's
,o impudence. With a bland smile, a firm
y yet respectful manner, he solidted of me
d the hand of my favorite, my youngest
e daughter Emma. She it is to whom the
t only heir of the great Cr msu has been
o paying the most impassioned addresses
it my most beautiful, my most loving !
, "Well Jones, really I-"
a 'Sir, I have a certainty now of three
I thousand a year, and I,-"
't "Oh, pa, I love him so much l"
- That magnetic eye was upon me. How
r could I refuse ?
L "Well, well; bless you my children,
a blese youl"
i corenlmuaoT or TaE TUL--a Ba5xmm_
The tril of Cadet James W. Smith
was continued yemtday. The examina
I tionotCsdets Bailey, and Biraey oeupied
the day. Other witmsmes remmaia tobe
I examined, and the trial will probably
consume threel day. me. Beside two
or three reprea atativmaettbepreu, there
t bave been prm t but bw apectator. At
tr it was amuned that as the abrges
r so istly contradiCEted 8mait's semnmnt,
Stbe trial would bevs srt, ad that
r thesiter he woald he iry promptly
- dmrqped.frm tbhe ml To the urprirs
e of everybody, however, the chargee that
s eemed so nelive have adumy be
lcome rather ry. Witames havein
Sdeed uwora to what tbhey were es~pected
Itosweurto. Theyhavedhelaimed, n
,der eath, tb elmgmge which in his
- frsmal "ephADtiOha" he had ianputeM to
I tlmhen~ Cadet Anderon has sworn that
y he didn't step oa Oadet Semith's toes-and
[ yet Cadet Snith's prospecta have been
m brightuiqt dauia..'uery day of the tril
Yesterday morning when Cadet Smith
appeared at the Court-room, he looked
well, and his air was self-possessed. He
is provided with a table at the right of the
Judge-Advocate, and closely watches the
witnesses and the Court-not with a'pe:
turbed or down-ast look, but searchingly.
When the direct examination of the wit
ness is concluded, he hands to the Judge
Advocate, his written questions, to be
propounded in the cross-examination.
The questions are always well framed,
written in his own hand, and evidently
prepared as occasion arises. Several
not times one memblr and, another of the
old Court objects to a question; the Court is
cleared for deliberation; loud talking is
T heard within; theadoorsare presently re
opened; and, in every case, the decision
is announced to be "Objection overruled,"
and the questions are again put. Some
l't times, it must be admitted, the questions
not were such as could only be permitted as
No indulgence, and perhaps were not strictly
'it legal; but numbers of the Court, and es
an pecially the Jugde-Advocate, in behalf of
'on the prosecution, expressed a magnamin
ous disposition to allow the widest lat
lb- itade in the cross-examination.
At least two of the witnesses who have
i been called to testify against him have be
l trayed such feeling, and at times such
d Iconfusion is rendering their testimony,
that his own composure and patient wield
ing of his right to examine, have createdl
re-a strong impression in his favor. This
is especially the case in view of the fact
ird that it is found that the case turns sim
em ply upon the question whether or not
ay- Cadet Anderson stepped on his toes ; and
nor this question, it is already found, can on
Uly iy be settled by an agreement between
o. Anderson and Smith upon the point, no
other person being able to say that An
sa- dterson might not have done so. The
Sother question as to what Cadet Smith
re- sys he heard Cadet Birney say, at the
t time, sinks into unimportance beside the
Sformer; for it has become clear that
at Smith's attention was distracted by some
ro- unusual cause, so that he was found look
ew ing to the right when be should have
r. been "dressing" to the left
A fact should here be stated, which
ist, has yet been brought to the attention of
ier the Court, which is well understood by
er- at least some of the officers concerned : It
ar- is that some two months ago, Cadet
Smith oflficially complained to the Com
or- mandant that Cadet Anderson had been
annoying him by wantonly standing on
his toes when he could do so covertly,
er. nderson was called to account for the
Un offense. Anderson gave, the explanation
that, 'if he had trod on Cadet Smith's
a8 toes he had not meant to do so." The
examination of Cadet Birney yesterday
was a remarkable scene. He is about
r the same age as Smith, and the contrast
between his personal appearence and
Sthat of the accused was ingularly effect
Smith rapidly handed over his ques
- tions, when the direct examination of
's Birney was concluded at last it came to
, the point, "Why have you pursued this
1e course with regard to Cadet Smith?" and
st the answer came promptly, "Because I
se think he has lied." Cadet Smith bore this in
amannerwhi desa allvent. led lookers.
on at the trial to believe that the chargeo
was unjust
The first witaes examined yesterday
Swas detCrpor Anderson. He gave
his sentiment in a dear, Fstraightforward
manner, and evidently without the slight
w est coloring of prejudice against Cadet
Smith. The witness explained the cir
,cumastanees of the ease, as they are al
ready understood, with reference to the
positiona of the parties in the ranks. He
had not heard the alleged con4rsations,
norse m any " eon Cadet Smith's
toes Cdet then ~ros-eamined
Sthe witness as follows:
h . "Did any reason ocur to you why he
(Cadet Smith) was looking in the wrong
direction, ater the command to dress to
dthe left had been given"
S"No." [Witaes here explained, in
answer to a question, that he had talked
with other cadets genrallmy about the
t ircumstaes of the ease, but not speci
mly as to the evidmmee he should give.]
By the amused-"Did you ever speak
to Cadet dern rspe to this
S"Did you ever speak to Cadet Dirney
asto Eet oiyour testimony in this
i Objected to a irrelevant.
SThe aimed explained that his inte
"tip wasto ad out whether there was
o any v ou nderstanding between the
Switnees as to the evidence they should'
of'er. Court reopened, and the objection
overruled.t The question was repeated,
t (Cocudeodo Thint Peole

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