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CROSSING- THE RIVER.
, etor:ewall Jackson aRdying lay, .I hi would, with its fever, wrought tr,,ed his in the brain that had held at bay fthra e fith its martial thought, Td the bent to thearken his closing words, l'e th e V (',. the ullkllio n seals, EL to ;a to pce from the clash of swords, lTh iý'.old wli(' l tilcy heardi were these; ( etoieC L II CI'(r over the river, And 'est in the .uhade of the trees. ' ilia lhotghts were away from that field of gloom, Frit the ewarring of friends and foes, To the valley green of his boyhood's home, Wther tthe Sheuanlltloawh flows; In fncy aig:iun to the forests oltd ,h'at border its iblffs tand leas, liflit a:.worn Cyes in their auguishl rollred, IAnd1 he pr:)yed for their rest andl ease; .*'oile, let uS croiS over the river, And rest in the .l:ude of the trees.'' TheY he:Irkenc ~~ gain, in their rapt desire that Ihi lips would at last let Ifll Sonei sentence fraught with heroic fire [hat might ,erve as a battle-call. But his days of strife were a bygone dream; lie felt on his brow the l'eeze Of his native woods, and he marked the stream Of his boyish tasks and glees, And he wished.but to cross the river, And re.,t in the shade of the trees. Ant he cUne not out of that blissful dream, As shortened his feeble breath, And his soul drew into the sombre streamn That waters the shores of death; ,But a childish pileasure passed softly o'er The face ire its lines could freeze: And before he parted, he sighed once more Those words, Like a passing breeze: t'Come, let us: cross over the river, And rest in the shade of the trees.' A tenderer thought, like a zephyr, plays In these words of the dying chief, Than though he hadl uttered some famous phrase Of weighty and stern belief; Forwhat lovelier boon, after war's hot breath And at life devoid of ease, Than a mild return to our childhood's faith, When the simplest things could please, And then to cross over the river, And rest in the shade of the trees ? FAIRLY CAUGHT. A fetw evenings since, a party was given at the house ot one oft our prominent citi zens. One of the guests was a most charlin ing and accomplished la.;y, wio had worn the weeds of widowhood for two years ; au odther was a genileman tromn Elmira, N. Y. The pletasure's of the evening were varied an1( thoroughly enljoyable; but the chiet at traction proved, by,. delightful event, the gaene of Iassino. Several had tried their skill at the hoard, with varying fortune., when the gentleman and the lady referred to appronc-hed tlhe table, and the gentleman suggested to his partner that they should try their skill at the game. The challenge was accepted, and tihe lady playfully pro posed that they play for a wager. The gen tlemni gallantly assented, and asked her to name the stake. Seeing her confusion, the host jokingly said: "Hlis hand against yours !" The lady demurred, and was turln ing to leave the table, when the gentleman, after a moment's thought, said: "My hand for yours, if I win ; or at your disposal for any young lady of respecrability (her con sent beiº,g first obtained), if I lose." A proposition so gallant the lady could not resist, for the gentleman was a prize, who ever might win him. Excitement ran high -all other amusements being suspended as the company gathered around the bassino board. The lady was reputed skillful with the mace, but the gentleman knew nothing about the game, yet possesed an admirable coolness, whichl was almost an .fflset for in experience. The lady led off, getting a "king strike," and the gentleman followed. missing little bassjuo, and making a '"miit" with the third ball. A laughing sensation was indulged in when the score for the first play was announced--"lady, 45 and a bas sino spare; gentleman, minus 1g." Nothing daunted, S- continued the play, followed with equal spirit by'the fair antagonist, un til near the close of the game, after the sev enth play, when the score stood-"gentle lman, 215; lady, 104." The excitement among the guests was now intense; and the lady, flushed and trembling, played very badly her last three plays, losing heavily. At the close ot the tenth and last play, tile Score stood-"lady, 138; gentleman, 385" said to be the best score ever made in town. A decorous applause followed the announce meuit; and the lady, covered with confusion, a scarce had presence of mind enough to ac- ( knowledge the low bow of S-- , who mur- t inured a tow sentences expressive of joy. s The hostess now advauced, took the feebly a resi.sting hand of the fair widow, and placed ' it In the hands of the winning gentleman. i And we hear that the latter ceremony is to t be repeated with more solemnity, some few months hence, due notice of which will be r publi-lhed in the Register. The mace used a S-- begged of his host, saying he would t treasure it carefully for a perpetu:al remind er of that happy evening.-Franklin (Mass.) Register. PARENTAL SYMPATHY. Parents express too little sympathy for their children ; the effect of this is lamenta ble. 'Illow your children love you ! I 'would give the world to have my children so de voted to me !" said a mother to one who did not regard the time to her children as so munch capital wasted. Parents err fatally when they grudge the time necessary for their children's amusement and instruction; for no investment brings so sure and so rich returns. The child's love is holy; and if the par ent does not fix that love on himself, he de serves to lose it, and, in after-life, to bewail his poverty of heart. The child's heart is full of love ; and it must gush out towards somebody or some thing. If the parent is worthy of it, and possesses it, lie is blest; and the child is safe. When the child loves, worthy persons and receives their sympathy, he is less lia ble to be intluenced by the undeserving; for in his soul are models of excellence, with which he compares others. Any parent can descend from his chilling dignity and freely answer the child's ques tions, talking familiarly and tendetly with him ; and when the little one wishes help. the parent should come out of his abstrac tion and cheerfully help him. Then his mind will return to his speculations elastic and it will act with force. All parents ..can tiidl A lew minutes, occasioUialy, during the day, to read little stories to children, and to illustrate their respective tendencies to good and bad feelings. ThIey -can talk tq theui about flowers, birds,, trees, a:bout angels, and about God. They can show interest in their sports, determining the character of them. What is a surer way than this of binding the child to the heart of the parent? When you have made a friend of a child, you may congratu late yourself you have a friend for lite. .CAUGHT INI THE ACT. An entertainment given in Boston by the Ilellers the other night, at the suggestion of a lady in the: audience, the magician pI)laed his hand on the sloulder of her male conm panion and dmannded that Miss Helier, who was exercising her power of " second sight," should read a let ter that was in the gentleman's pocket. lThie latter became ob viously nervous and would have .ieft the hall, but the audience, comprehending the situation, burst out in a roar of laughter and loudly called for the reading of the entire ',orrespondence in his possession. Miss leller accordingly read : '"Dearest George, meet me by moonlight alone on the comnuon when the clock strikes llilne.'' The victim, amid the yells of the audience started down the center aisle, closely fol lowed by his wite,.who merely stopped to ' thank Mr. Heller and exclaim, with an omi lnus shake of her head: '-Just what I expected from the old de ceiver." WHAT KILLS. In the school, as in the world, far more rust t out than wear out. Study is most tedious and wearisome to those who studyleast. D)rones always have the toughest time. Grumblers .1 make poor scholars, and their lessons are un itorimly "hard.l" a. I'' too long." The time and thought expended in shirking would be ample to master their tasks. Sloth,gornmand .t izing, and worry kill their thousands, where e over-study harms one. The curse of Heaven y rests on laziness and gluttony. By the very constitution our being they are fitted to beget e that torpor and despondency which chill the - blood, deaden the nerves, enfeeble the mus . cles and derange the whole vital machinery. -Fretting, flidgeting, ennui, and anxiety are among the most commorn causes of diease. st On the other hand,, high aspiration and en- p; thusiasm help digestion and respiration,and p send an increased supply of vital energy to 1i all parts of the body. Courage and work in- tl vigorate the whole system, and lift one into tl a purer atmosphere, above the reach of con- w tagion. The lazy groan over their "arduous o duties," while earnest workers talk little o about the exhausting labor of their profes sion. Of all crt atures, the slhith would seem to be the most worried and worn. ASK THE. OLD WOMAN. e A gentleman traveling out West relates f the following : r Riding horseback just at night through c the wodds in Signor county, Michigan, I came into the clearing, in the middle of f which stood a log house with its owner sit- t ting in the door smoking his pipe. Stop- I ping my horse before him, the following conversation ensued : "Good evening, sir," said I. "Good evening." "Can I get a glass of milk to drink ?" "Well, I don't know. Ask the old wo nlman." By this time his wife. was standing by his side. -"Oh, yes," said she, "of course you can." While drinking it I asked: "Do you think we are going to have a storm ?" - "Well, I really don't know. Ask the old I woman-she can tell." " "I guess we shall get one right away," she said. Again I asked: "How nmch land have you got cleared , here ?" "Well, I really don't know. Ask the old woman-she knows." "About eighteen acres," she replied. Just then a troop of children came run rn ning and shouting around the corner of the shanty. "All these your children ?" said I. c "Ion't know. Ask the old worman-she 11 knoWS." c 1 did not wait to hear her reply, but ' drew up the reins and left immediately. CHARACTER. I rThe differences of character are never more t distinctly seen than in times. when men are ( surrounded by difficulties and misfortune. f There are some who, when disappointed by t the failure of an undertaking, from which c they had expected great things, make up their minds at once to exert themselves no longer against what they call fate, as ifthere by they could avenge'themselves upon fate; others grow desponding and hopeless; but a third class of men will rouse themselves just at such moments and say Lo themselves. "the more diflicult it is to attain my ends, the more honorable it will be;" and this'is a maxim which every one should impress upon himself as a law. Some of those who areguid ed by it prosecute their plans with obstinacy, and so perish; others who are more practical men. if they have failed in one way will 'try another. DISAGREEABLE SORT OF PEOPLE. It will always be a nice and dillicult ques tion to de; ide who are the most disagreeable people in the world to live with. Our first thoughts would be directed to the more ug ly and venomous passions, such as hatred, envy, jealousy and the like. It will prob ably be found, however, that those qualities which come under .the head of follies rather than of vices render people more intolerable as companions and coadjutors. For exam ple, it may be observedl that those persons have amiore worn, ja(ced and, and dispirited look than any other, who have to live with people who make ditfficulties on every occa sion, great or small. It is astonishing to see how this practice of making difliculties grows into a confirmed habit of mind, and what disheartenmnent it occasions. The savor of this life is taken out of it when you know nothing you propose to do or suggest, hope for or endeavor, will meet with any response but an enumeration of the difficul ties that will lie in the path you wish to travel. The diticulty-monger is to be met with not only in social and domestic life, but also in business, c It not unfrequently occurs in relations that the chief will never by any ehance receive, without many objections and much bringing forward of possible difficul ties, anything that is brought to him by his subordinates. They at last cease to take, pains, knowing that no amount of pains will prevent their work being dealt with in a spirit of ingenius objectiveness. At last they say to themselves : "The better the thine we present the more opportunity he will have for deloping his unpleasant talent of objectiveness, and his imaginative power of inventing difficulties." A GOOD WIFE. In the S4th year of his age, Dr. Calvin Chapin wrote of his wife: "My domestic enjoy ments have been, perhaps, as near per fection as the human condition permits. She made my home the pleasantest spot to me on earth. And now thht she has gone, my worldly loss is pertect." ,'Iow many a poor fellow would be saved from suicide, from the penitentiary and theigallaws every year had he been blessed with such a wife. "She made home the pleasantest spot to me on earth." What a grand tribute to that wo man's love, and piety, and common sense. Rather different was the testimony of an old man some' three years ago, just before he - was hung in the Tombs' yard of New York city. "I didn't intend to kill my wife, but s she was a very aggravating woman." Let each wife inquire, "Which am I?" A NEWSPAPER 'man who breaks the Sab bath excuses himself thus: "If fish are wicked enough to bite on Sunday, they ought to-suffer for it." JosFs was always complaining of his wife's ' memory. '"She never can remember aiy - thing," said poor Jones. "It's awful l" "My wife was just as bad," said Brown, "till 1 d found out a capital receipt." "What is it" said Jones, eagerly. "Why," said Brown, d "whenever there's anything particular I want the missus to remember, I write it on a piece of paper and gum-it on the looking l- glass." Jones is now a contented man. ie If you have something to attend to, go about it coolly:and thoughtfully, and do it as well as you can. Do it as though it were Ie the only thing you had ever to do in your life, and as if everything depended upon it; then your work'will be well done, and it will afford you nenuitbe satisfaction. Often much more does dependtupon the manner in which things, seemingly trivial, are performed than one would suppose, or than it is possible to foresee. Do everything well, and you will find-it conducive to your happiness, and that of those with whom you come in contact. A NEAT StOry came1 out in a recent conver sation of a well-known member of the Hamp den county bar at Westfield, Mass. In his youthful td:ys he was very expert at kicking toot-ball, and one night he dreamed he was again in the fresh vigor of. youth engaged in his favorite sport. Suddenly waking from his dream, he found the bedcloths in the middle of the floor andlhis wife-upon them, weeping} as if her heart would break, and crying, "Oh, that I should come to this! oh, how could you! how could you-!" It gradually dawned upon the eminent legal gentleman that lie had unconsciously used his wife fdr a foot ball, but it required some of his most powerful pleading to win his case, and obtain a verdict of acquittal from her. GOLDEN SHEAVES. Enjoy to-day. While yet you may; Why wait until to-day becomes to-morrow? --Brutes leave ingratitude to man. -If all were rich, gold would be valueless. -When you lind .fault, do it with true pity for the person, as a weak brother. -How indestructibly the good grows and propogates 'itselt, even among the weedy entanglements of evil. -Help and give willingly, when you have anything, and think not the more of your self; and if yon have nothing, keep the cup I of'cold water always at hand, and think not less of yohrself. i "-~ow often do NWe try, and persevere .n trying, to make a sort of treat show of outer good qualities, without anything within to correspond, just like children Who plant blossoms, without any rbots in the ground, t to -make a pretty show for thie hour. Wei t find fault ntu our lives and we dtit off t1hb weed, but we do 'nbot otlit up:; W.' find r soinething . hnt1trg In dtrrselves, admd we 1 supply It not by soking the'hdlvine seed of - heavenly principle, but by copying the 3 deers that the prinelple ought to produc e.