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I'UBLMHEW EVKBV FRIDAY, kLLOWS FALLS, VERMONT. V. SWAIN. Editor and PublUUer. T all iwkswlbers la Windham ud Wind ia advance (2 m Ui.l in ftilvuftoe . 2 ho It- sutwcrioflre, hi mutiuivv, KATES OJ? ADVERTISING. .cmaro, one Insertion . .i 50 s,lar, lUren insertion!,.. ....Jj 00 rnn t-htnttnii line li furnished with th most Approved ma Ins! in the art, for doing jiih miNTiNd In all fa on sliart notice, and ua reasonable turni. IrTT. TOT-MAM Sr. PA Munnft nr., Piciuert IB rino. v nwiuui. nprurw ani liem V.SKD VETERINARY SURGEON, L. stable, K. A. W1KR. .r ma WALPOLB, N. H. I U. MAXFIELD, Dealer In Watchei, L,, Jewelry. Silrer. Fancy A Tollot Wares, t. Cutlery. Stationery, Photograph Albums, Icnee, VIOt.KS UIU jnr rvciiHirr'i. jiim, i doae. Hotel Iiuildiux, CJlEa'i KR, VT. MATHER, DENTAL SUROEON, CU ESTER, VI. W. POKTElt CO, Pealcn in Dry L l. nrnnarins A Flonr. Ilnrdware A Beltinr. ax'd aeaortineatof Zephyr Worstis and sntali f Sl'KINuKIKLD, VT. AN & RICHARDSON, Maufactiri ,h, Doora and tttinds. io TOUGIITON, Counsellor at Law and kitor in Chancery. nr.. 'ELLOWS FALLS. VT. BIXBY, Attorney at Law, GRAFTON. VT. LOW 8. MYERS. Attorney at Law, IttLLUHS J! ALLS, VT. A. BALL will friTa instructions in V American Method r for the Piano ErJan.lst, 17. nEfinRE. Dentist. Tt.inms in TWnt It and rubber. All work warranted. ;.Mitar attention oaid lo inaertinv tneth i HENRY, Attorney and Counsellor aw, and insurance Agent. vmeeorer . o. Ire, ttiMiLft, i. i WHITMAN, M D., (late Sor. lj. 8. A.,) i'hysipian and Surgeon. BELLOWS FALLS. VT. HheStiuare. nearly opposite the Timet Office. MERRILL, Teacher of Instrumental bellows FALLS. VT. fccntj aud Music furnished. Pianos Tuned. K. ARNOLD, Attorney and Coun- at Law. Office in Wen!worth' Block. HELLOWd FALLS. VT. B. EDDY A'trrner and Counsel- It Law. Solicitor anl M'itcr in Chancery. Arvt tor prtwurmw ienlona, boluiers Office opposite the Bank. BELLOWS FALLS. VT. BlilDGMAN, AuorncT ud Conn er at Law. and Solicitor in Chancery. HKLLOWS tibIA VI, mmtssioner to take the acknowlodiremeat and other instrument, Air the State of ii ew IRK II . CHAPMAN, Attorney and llor at Law, and Solicitor ia Chancery, ot fur Fire and Life Insurance Companies, i'lunJl'OKSi ILLS, Windsor I., t. S RT A. DAVI8. Attorney and Conn SratLaw. FELC11VII.LB, VT. t r and Master in Chancery, Notary Public, a and Fire Insurance AgrnL Also Licensed Went for the collection of Pensions, Bounties, Aces of GoTernment and State Pay. MADON, Watchmaker and Jeweller. k.tantly for sale Watches, Clocks. Gold and rk and Fancy Goods. Also a (rood assert 4 'iuns, Kifles and Fishing Tackle. Ia Wcnt Xew Building. . 4 BLAKE, Dentist. Performs all ope Vij in Dental Surgery, and manufactures Berth in Blocks and Pull Sets. Office in liock. up stairs. BELLOWS FALLS. VT. f.E E. WALKER, Manufacturer and r in Saddles. Harnesses, litankeu. Memo examine my stoca oi uhuwhw wiwi. ,u, Mscwhere. Repairing done at short notice. TAFT, Photoprrapher, B E LLOWS FALLS, VT. f. P. II AD LEY, BELLOWS FALLS, VT., Dealer in all kinds of PARLOR AND BOX STOVES 1 Hi- 1 r 1 T TavaaI fe e. I'umpfl of ftll bite. Flam liu aa "nro oi mil Ulna", Ma-irwiB, mho. oa lApannea v are, iruinDi . TnaiiM. T.itntArnt. tern Globes of all sisee. Tin, Sheet Iron a on hand and made to order. Also, HOT AIR FURNACES I fches. Town Halls, or Private Dwellings, set I in tne best manner. lu.'ive Aeent for the sale of P. P. STEW- Taier AK U wix'iEK COOKING . R Kim.-i VIV(1 AIW-TtllIT rtliM- m ciuta. ' t have Stores of various patterns from the wo Foundry of Barstow Stove Co., Provi- 4. 1., to which I call special attention. wve goods will be sold at reasonable prices, pay. '-It you waat a poor article go somewhere 'j 32 F. P. HADLEk. AT HYDE'S I hv be found the best assortment of CROCKERY In Town. SPICES, TEAS, SUGARS WOODEN WARE. TCB3, BROOMS. MOP HANDLES. FARMING TOOLS. PITCH FORKS, MANURE FORKS, HOES, "-t everything usually found in a Grocery Store. 8INOE Il'S WING MACHINES, finally acknowledged th ngar, for either I HEAVY OR LIGHT WORK ft'lj Machine that can sew all kinds of cloth, and with all kinds of thread." 5'ibseriber has always on hand and for sale Y AXD MANUFACTURING MACHINES. I A. AVORTHINGTON. Agent, Saxtons River Vt. Grass SSeetl TCSHELS nERDS GRASS SEED, NO. L f'li Feb. 2fi. 1S68. P FLORENCE SEWING MA- PINE is the beat machine in fhe world. Tt L four different stiti-hea. The LOCK. KNOT. S-r, LtK'U" T.,.,-..Vr,-f-: I. -i:.l. " both sides of the fabric. f 2 Taxire finer thread on the under than .100. 1 Hem. Pall I):-J -,.., t : i n..:i. ..J h i,! ew on a ruffle at same time. It has a .h. . motion if desired, the work runs ? tie right Or left X n !, C.lr,. (, t,in I r range or work as the F LOKKN u K. adk ?" Machines, will be thoroughly in I iiW '"n" th"n on all kinds of work. "'" 11.S.U1RB A CO.. Agent, It HI. LOWS r ALLa. T. ? X'ONOArv T WP ATT IT fc oM..rIV OLD KEWSPAPERS. BOOKS, I'nts iT' 11. ? enow. Jr.. It ana ' "rtdlRL',b h'-J" '" W White I - - V - L X, rt W VOL. XIII. MERICAN AND FOREIGN PATENTS li. II. EDDY, SOLICITOR OF PATENTS, Lata Agent of the United States Patent Office. Wash ington, under the Act of 1837. No. 37 Stat St. opposite Kilby St, Boston. After an extensive praetlca of upwards of twenty years, esuunuea to secure patents in the Vnited Sutee; also in Great Britain. France, and other for eign countries. Caveats, Specifications, Bonds, As signments, and all papers or drawings for Patents executed on reasonable terms with dispatch, lte searchee made into American and Foreign works to determine the validity and utility of Patents of in ventions, and legal and other advioe rendered on all matters tuhiug the same. Oopiea of the claims of any patent lurmslied, by remitting one dollar As Blgnuients recorded in Washington. No Agency iu the United Statee, possesses superior facilities tot obtaining Patents or aeeertaining the patentability oi inventions. During eight months, the subscriber, In the course ot his large practice, made on ficiee nyVcfeii applica tions .Sixteen Appeals, Every One of which was de cided ta kuavor by the Commissioners of Patents, TESTIMONIALS. " I regard Mr. Eddy as one of the most cnnnW. md nuvritfid pracutluuersof whom I have had official intercourse. , CHARLES MASON, Oom'r of Patents." I have no hesitation in assuring inventors thai they cannot employ a man morr rfnttpttmt and frustf ert(t and more capable of potting their applica tions in a form to secure for them an early aud fa vorable consideration at the Patent Office. - a.EliM!-.KJ?J. VKliK K-,ate Co"-- f Patents." Mr. R. H. Eddy has made fur m Thirteen appli cations, in all but One of which patents have been granted, and that one is now pending. Such unmis takable proof of great talent and ability on his part, leads me to recommend all inventors to apply to him to procure their Patents, as thev may be sure of hav ing the most faithful attention bestowed on their ea ses, and at very reasonable charges. r . t , J0UN TAGHART." Boston, Jan. 1. 1868. 1-62 JJARDWA RE, &c, The Subscriber has now on hand the largest and best stock ef HARDWARE to K fm.nl in ih. State, consisting of BUILDERS' HARDWARE, ALL KINDS, ntON. STEEL AM NAILS. DOORS. SASll AM) BLINDS. Mill, X-Cut, Circular, Hand and Wood Saws; Glass, ail aires, vamage uaruware, (VC. Customers in want of Hardware will find it forths! interest to call before purchasing. JDStPH t UAKK, ' , . . No. 1, 2 and 3, Revere Hall. Brattleboro, Jan. 1, M USICAL INSTRUCTION. S. F. IQCUR1LL. And hi daughter. Miss ELLA MERRILL, are prcparpd to irive ltwont opon the Piano in Profeiwor Kobbia'c "America MetnoU," which comprisen in addition to leKstms on the l'iano, leMona in Harmony. We will also give leevont in the old Method if de sire... Allnapil!ttak.njt-leont In the "American Meth od" or us will be admitted to the "Schumann Jlub," a nniiieal onranitation which meets once each week for ronnicftl in traction and study. rv r. Mnmii will rire iwona on tne Violin. Piano fumtshed and tuned. Bellows falls. Dec. 5, 49 0 YSTERS! OYSTERSI! MR. SANDERS, Has fitted up a nice OYSTER ROOM! In the Square, lie Is an old hand at getting ud good Stews and Roasts. As nsual, yon will find him always ready to wait on b is customers, lie will furnish Ovstera bv the quart or gallon, and largerquantitiee at short no tice, lie deals in FRUITS OF ALL KINDS ! LEMONS. NPTS, CONFECTIONARY. Ae.. Ae, constantly on nana. Bellows Falls, Jan. S. 1868. 40 JOBACCO TWINE. ' A Nice lot just received by ARMS A WILSON. LANK BOOKS, For Sale by 48 F. C. EDWARDS. DOWNER'S KEROSENE OIL, the Beet article in the market.at HIDE'S 'piIERE has been so much said, if yon want PAPER COLLARS AND CUFFS, Oct them of Whitney, at his llair Dressing Rooms, Bellows Falls, Vt. 44 pOTASH! r-OTASH! Prime selected Potash for sale by the Cask or at retail, small quantities, by JOSEPH CLARK. In Brattleboro. March 3, 186t. JADIKS AND GENTLKMRN, WHITNEY'S VEGETABLE COMPOUND Never injures the Hair, but will keep it clean, soft and moist, remove dandruff, and core your headache. With an experience of fifteen years among the hairs, I know of what I speak. M. M. WHITNEY. Bellows Falls, Vt. IF YOlJ WANT TO DYE, Oct a box of Whitney's New England Hair Dye! It is the most perfeot Dye in the world. Manufac tured, warranted and sold, wholesale and retail, by 44 M. M. WHITNEY, Bellows Falls. Vt. WHITNEY MAKES THE BEST HAIR OIL YOU I EVER SAW. He also will sell you Phalon's Night Blooming Ce reus. Sweet Opopoonax, nice Colognes, Extracts, Raiors, Straps, Soaps, Brushes, Ac. NOVA SCOTIA GRIND STONES, and GRIND STONE CRANKS AND ROLLERS. The above just received by ARMS A WILSOX J)OTY CLOTHES WASHER. ARMS & WILLSON mvn vno eitp TUP CVT.rnn 1TRII HOT V CLOTHES WASHER We will warrant the Ma chine to give the most perfect satisfaction. GIVE IT A TRIAL. Billows Falij. Jan. 22. 1SC8. t 4 DISSOLUTION. NOTICE Is hereby given that the Copartnership heretofore existing under the name of CH Afeh & HOOl'EH is this day dissolved by mutual consent, and the business will be continued at the old stand by E C. HOOPER t CO.. who are also authorised to settle all accounts of the late firm. V. ri. V'll w ... E. C. HOOPER. Bellows Falls, April L 1868. 14 PREMIUM TELESCOPIC RIFLES. i, .1 l. ,1,- Lm InrltrMi in hn F11 IXTIOf tO attT rronuoncfu "i v. in the country. Have in every instance DRAWN A PREMIIM. Manufactured and for sale by AM ADON. Bellows Falls. Vt, Oct S. 1867. 40 Oil Meal ! TEN TONS OF SUPERIOR OUALll I roil gale by WILLsON CO. Billows Falls, April . iota. " JEATHER BELTING. ARMS & WILLSON n ive COSSTANTY ON n AND A LARGE LOT rf (k best OAK AND HEMLOCK TANNED BELTING which they will sell at about m.nufacS- BLLPoriTFALLS.Jn.22.1868. Farm Tor Sale. TnK SUBSCRIBER offers for sale, his farm in South Reading. Vt, formerly known a-1 he Eb eneser Robinson farm." Said farm eonta ns about 3U1 acres of gmKl land, well divided itl'fi luring, and wood. Good two story house. Darns and other outbuildings, all in giJJi nALL. South Reading. Vt, Oct 8. laoo. 1 BELLOWS FALLS, VT., FRIDAY, ; AVlmt is Life? A little crib benide the bed A little face above the tiprcad, A little frock bohiml the duur, A little shoe upon the floor. II. A little lad witb dark brown hair, A little blue-eyed face and fair; A littlo lane that leads to school. A little pencil, slate and rule. A little blithesome, winsome maid, A little hand within bis laid ; A little ootupe, acres four, A little old-tiuie household store. IV. A little family iratherinr round. A little turf-heajted, tunr dewed mound ; A little added to his soil, A little rest from bardeet toil. A little silver in his hair, A little stool aud easy chair; A little night of Earth-lit gloom, A Uttie" eortage to the tomb. C. Stein, in the Lutheran Observer. Bereavement. Fair the soul's reeess and shrine. Magic-built to last a season ; Masterpiece of love benign, Fairer that expansive reason. Whose omen 'tis, and sign. M ilt thou not ope thy heart to know What rainbows teach, and sunsets show T Verdict which accumulates From lengthening scroll of human fates. Voice of earth to earth returned. Prayers of saints that inly burned Saying. What is excellent, As God lives, is permanent: Hearts are dust, hearts' loves remain; Hearts' loves will meet thee again. Itevere the Maker; fetch thine eye Vp to this style, and manners of the sky. Not of adamant and gold liuilt he heaven stark and cold ; No, but a nest of benjing reeds. Flowering grass, and scented weeds ; Or like a traveler's fleeing tent, , Or bow above the tempeft bent ; Built of tears and sacred flames. And virtue reaching to its aims; Built of furtherance and pursuing, Not of spent deeds, but of duing. Silent rushes the swift Lord Through ruined systems still restored, Broadsuwing, bleak and void to bless. Blunts with worlds the wildorness ; Waters with tears of anoient sorrow Apples of Eden ripe to-morrow. House and tenant go to ground. Lost in God, in Godhead found. Jaiph Waldo Emerao. Majorie's Almanac BY T. B. ALDBICH. I. Robins in the tree-tops. Blossoms in the grass ; Green things agrowing Everywhere you paBS ; B a dd en little breezes, Showers of silver dew. t Black bough aud bent twig Budding out anew 1 Fine-tree and willow-tree. Fringed elm and larch, Don't yon think that May. time's Fleasanter than March? Apples in the orchard. Mellowing one by one ; Strawberries upturning Soil checks to the sun; Rosea, faint with sweetness; Lillies, fair of face ; Drowsy scents and murmurs. Haunting every place. Lengths of golden sunshine. Moonlight bright' as day, Don't you think that Summer's Bleaaantvr than May t Ttl. R,orer in the eorn-patch. Whistling negro songs ; Puwy by the hearth-stone, Romping with the tongs ; Chestnuts in the ashes, Bursting through the rind ; RHi-leaf and gold-leaf Rustling down the wind; Mother " doin' peaches" All the afternoon, Don't you think that Autumn's Fleasanter than Jane? IV. Little fairy snow-flakes Dancing in the flue; Old Mr. Santa Claus, What is keeping you? Twilight and firelight. Shadows come and go ; Merry chime of sleigh-bells. Tinkling through the snow ; Mother knitting stockings, (Fussy got the ball ! Don't you think that Winter's Fleasanter than all ? Our Young Folk for October. 'fttisttlUmt). Where ottr 3fews Comes From Uooth Jackson. From a Washington letter to the Hart ford Post we clio the followine interest- ins account of that important news cen tre, Washington, and how it is managed for the press : Not to know Gobrifrht is to be un known. He is perhaps the oldest, cer tainly the most reliable and painstaking acrent of the Associated Press, the charge d' affaires at the vital point, Washing ton. Here he has been, heaven knows, how lone I pulling the only just and du tiful wires that are pulled here, those of public intelligence. He is an elderly, most gentlemanly, very old fashioned man, like the better kind of fathers, put incr all thintrs on the ground of honor, commanding by kindness, holding self- respect to be sure of the commandments, and truth and manhood to be insepara ble. His features are small and delicate. His head is gray. You are forever im pelled to ask, by reason of his gentleness, not his years, "How are your grandchildren, Uob- ricrlit?" o . . . .... It is this smoothly-dressed, small-loot ed, timid little gentleman who supervises tliB vsLilness of daily news that is sent to you. He appreciates the responsibility of his position more than its power. 1 never asked nor hinted it to him, but I am willing to be qualified that he never made an aside penny out of all this lm mense and prompt information. Being f),o nnl of honor he never makes mis takes, preferring to be slow instead of daring. Although the Washington pu rpmi is altogether the most busy ana lm portant of the Associated Press, it is pro- bably more rausiatuiiii; than any in America. Thi celebrated dispatch on Bull Run, which electrified the country, was sent w,m tnis office bv John Hasson, aprote- nf finbritrht. The latter had many griefs during the war, and was often se verely treated by the War Jjcpanmeiu ; but his self-respect never suffered him to lose politeness, while his devotion saved him from discouragement. At oue time Stanton forbid any clerks or subordinates of the AVar Department telliug any news whatever. Gobright came iu one day, mild and patriarchal as usual, and said to au officer: " The Secretary has refused to let you answer questions. That is why I will not ask you one, though it would oblige me greatly to do so. Suppose I ask you the question, and then you can refuse to answer it if you pleaae. Shall I?" " Yes ! put your question ! " . ' How do you do, sir 1 I hope you are well?" In this good-humored way Gobright often softened even Stanton. ; I had a talk with Gobright the other night upon mutual experiences of the war. A good book for newspaper folks might be made out of " The Press in the Rebellion." Newspaper men buy more books than any profession, notwithstand ing so many are sent tbem. I asked Gobright if he could make himself believe, on just consideration, that the censorship of the news in the war accomplished good. The old man said " No ! It was a prodigious executive failure in the interests of the vanity of generals and the jealousy of the depart ment." And he illustrated this in many ways, saying particularly of a censor named Sandford, I believe afterward a foreign minister. I sent a message during Early's last raid : " The rebels are again in Maryland ?" This Mr. Sandford suppressed. Said I to him, " This is not giving information to the enemy except about himself. Will it do him any good to know that he is in Maryland, being there." After a day Sandford said: "You may telegraph as news this message which I sent to my wife yesterday ; " The rebels are said to be again in Maryland." That dispatch, shown by Mrs. S. to a friend, sent him to gold-buying, aud he made " his little pile." The office of the Associated Press in Washington has always been managed with singular honesty, as compared with the main office in New York. There has never been a scandal about the Capitol headquarters, whereas the New York office has always been a prolific house of speculation for Wall street. In 1867 a man came to me in New York, and of fered a draft for 15,000 if I could ob taiu a small despatch of, say, twenty lines, sent over the Associated Press from the Capitol. He wanted gold to go up only two per cent. Af course his propo sition was conceived in ignorance both of my ability and disposition to do this thing, but it was such a trite piece of ig norance that I declined it without indig nation. Gobright might have been among the richest men in Washington to-day had he used his vocation for spec ulation. The great crime of the world after the crucifixion, was the murder of Abraham Lincoln. To it the death of Henri Qua tre was a popinjay's taking off; the death of William of Orange a soldier's fate. It may be that some public spirit ed hand is gathering all that relates to the crime. For him let me relate Gob- right's reminesceuce of the murder on that Good Friday, not that it is peculiar, but that nobody else may think to relate it and thfi man and fact may perish. I was sitting in my office, busy but not pressed," said Gobright, when a car riage drove up to the sidewalk and a man came hurriedly up stairs, saying : "The President has been killed. I came round right from the theatre to tell you." ' Nonsense ! " said I, feeling a sort of thrill that anybody should trifle so. Well I I saw him killed myself, and looked at him dead in the box. Get in my carriage and go round to the theatre with me." , "This man who had been at pains to ride here so promptly, I don't think I ever knew at all. Some sense of public duty or happy Providence probably struck him. " I found the theatre surrounded and policemen mounting guard. Being a little near, however, I got in, saw every. thing as it was, pushed along to the box and looked at the blood on the floor and saw the torn flag. In this box I picked up a fan, which I still retain. AVhile I was getting all the information I could, in the confusion and nervous state of the witnesses, I was told that Seward had been killed. This I thought a new edi tion of Lincoln's death. However, I pushed up to the White House, made the tour of the cabinet officers, discover ed the whereabouts of Andrew Johnson, who als had been reported dead, and that night, at one o'clock, I sent away as satisfactory dispatch as ever left my of fice." It was this dispatch that first took the breaths of your readers. The para graphs I have quoted of Mr. Gobright's conversation, supply the links between the murder and your hearing of it. The only time I ever spoke to Wilkes OCT. 30, lSGS Booth was, if I am not at fault, on Suu day, April 5, eleven days boforo the as sassination. I had returned from Now York from the battle of Five Forks, and was again on my way to Richmond. At tho Metropolitan Hotel, looking in Sun day at eleven o'clock in tho morning, I recognized John McCulloch, an actor, whom I had met at the house of Edwin Forrest, Philadelphia. McCulloch wa9 an amiable, companionable fellow, and one of very few theatrical people that I was acquainted with. He came up at once, and then introduced me to Mr. Booth. Booth I had often seen perform, and had a poor opinion os his talents. Ho was interesting to me chiefly as the son of his father, about whom I had heard stories enough to fill a book. Standing together . in a group, several other persons being of the party, I turn ed my entire conversation'upon young Booth and made a study of him. The first thing that passed through my mind was his good looks, fine brown col or, good head, strong hair, eyebrows and moustache, teeth and breath most envia ble, well knit arms, shoulders and neck. ' Here," I said to myBelf, " is one of those superb vagabonds who can drink all day without headache, smoke iuto a cast-iron stomach, look well in any clothes, be a devil in quiet hospitable families, aud a breaker of hearts of wo men whose hearts have been broken al ready." Leauing easily on the counter, finger-, iug his moustache and the shaved under lip below, his face lay close under mine, 1 looking up aud being agreeable as the firstglimpse of the great world. I thought again : " What an agreeable fellow ! Soft as a duke, modest as a virgin genius, with out antagonism, making himself like an old acquaintance, yet without familiar ity 1" He talked of oil, the stage, said he should reappear, asked if he could find me in New York, and took my address in a little note-book. Not much a trust er of actors, I heard it all like a man of the world, and forgot it. Some one ask ed us to go to a club room on Louisiana avenue. There I asked Booth about his fathei, .wondering all the time what it must be to be a son to a tragedian, brother-in-law to commedians, wondering if he had ever seen old Junius Brutus come home reeling, wondering many things, but without the least idea that Booth would ever remember more than my name again, and indifferent about it I saw him next a dead carcass, and felt how truly I had divined that his life was hollow. Pleasant CosvERSATioN.-The Obser ver gives the following admonition, both to those glum persons who talk very lit tle at all and to those that think all con versation should be of a serious nature, for the purpose of mutual instruction ; Conversation should be the relaxation, not the business, of life; and the moralists who require that it should always be of" Improving" character have no icjca of its proper social usas. Improving! Have we not books, lectures, institutions aud a complicatedcdueatinoal machinery enough of all kinds to improve us all off the face of the earth, if nature did not oppose a little wholesome duncehood to this sweeping tide of instruction f Must the schoolmaster still follow us into our little holiday? If the " queens of socie ty" will only give us talk which shall be bright without ill-natured sharpness, playful without silliness if they will show us that affectation, vanity, jealousy, and slander are no necessary ingredients in the social dialogue, but that rather they giv an ill-savor to the wittiest and cleverest play of words if they will re member that good-humor, syrapathy.and the wish to please for the sake of giving pleasure, will lend a charm to the most common place thoughts and expressions their conversation will, " improve " us, perhaps, quite as much as most pop ular lectures and some popular sermons, The talk which puti you in good hu mor with yourself and your neighbors is not wholly profitless. If it has but made half an hour pass pleasantly, which with a less agreeable companion would have been spent id gloomy silence, brok en by spasmodic efforts, resulting in dis gust atyourown and his or her stupidity, it will have effected one of the ends for which speech was given us." Living without Sleep. Five young men in Berlin lately mado an agreement for a wager, to see who of them could keep awake for a whole week. They all held out for about five days and a half, by drinking largely of strong coffee, and keeping up a constant round of active exercise and exciting amusements, at the end of that time two of them yielded to drowsiness. A third soon after full asleep while riding, tumbled from his saddle and broke his arm. A fourth was attacked by severe sickness and com pelled to retire from the list. The fifth held out to the end, but lost twenty-five pounds of flesh in winning the wager. Long ago, Frederick tho Great and Vol NO. 44. taire, mado a similar experiment, mak ing use of the same stimulant of strong coffee but they did not succeed in driv ing away sleep for more than four days. 1 1 red nature" obstinately refuses to ac cept any substitute for her " sweet re storer." Art Hour With Nasby." A writer for the Rochester Chronicle describes an hour's interview with " Pe troleum V. Nasby." We make few extracts from his accouut s - The portrait of him by Nast, as he sits in his famous post office, onrjosite Bascom's grocery, with his feet on the table almost touching a bottle of whis key, and the longed for commiehun' firm in his hand does him great injustice. He really don't look half so surly and cross.,. But his trials with A. Johnson about that 'postoffie' probably soured him some. Aftesa few moments' wait ing in the editorial sanctum Nasby comes in. He has that quiet, easy, unpretend ing manner that wins you over at once. xou see in him the honest, candid, intel ligent, thoroughly posted and most in tensely earnest political writer of the day. He has noue of that light, pun ning, yet droll wit of the Arteinus Ward kind, for he is not at all that kind of man. . He is a deep, thoughtful man, with a purpose, with a great work laid out for him to do; occasionally in con versation a rich nugget of wit will fall out from the well-known Nasby vein, but rarely in fact he says he cares but lit tle for the reputation the Nasby papers have brought him if he weie to be known by them only.". The following is the history of the origin of the " Nasby" papers. It seems that during the campaign for the re election of Mr. Lincoln, when Mr. Locke was editing a country paper in Ohio, a petition was drawn up for circulation, asking the legislature to banish all col ored persons from the state. The writer savs : "This petition, for some time, they were positively ashamed to circulate; but at last a package was sent to Levi G. Flenner for distribution. At the mention of this name Nasby paused and indulged in one of those quick chuck ling laughs of his, and remarked : ' What a lucky thing for me that that Flenner was ever born into this world. If there had been no Flenner there might have been no Nasby.' ' Who was this Flenner?' I asked. 'He was a "poor white" from Virginia, who had come into the state years before with his father and mother, neither of whom could read or write it ; and his only oc cupation had been hanging around the bar-rooms, drinking whiskey and talk ing politics. Neither father nor son had ever been known to do a single day's work in their lives, and of course they were the great democratic oracles of the place. For their valuable political ser vices they were let into the ring of the overseers of the town poor, and had managed to steal enough of the supplies furnished by the town to eke out a mis erable existence. Such was Flenner; and when I saw such a creature circulat ing such a petition document so wholly beneath the reach of any digni fied or serious discussion the idea of the first Nasby letter came to me. My main idea was to ridicule this Flenner, and it took so well, was copied so extensively, and so effectively squelched him and his petitions, that I was satisfied that I had struck a rich vein and must work it out. " Force of Imagination. An esteem ed friend of ours heard much of the beneficial properties of the water from a certain spring some distance from where she resided. She had read a pamphlet that enumerated many diseases for which it was a specific, among which she recog nized at least half a dozen that she was afflicted with. Much to her joy she was told that her son had a business call to the very town where the celebrated spring was located, and a five gallon keg and a strict injunction were laid upon him to bring back some of the water. ' The keg was put into the wagon, aud slipping under the seat was quite over looked. The business was urgent and took some time to perform, and the wa ter was entirely forgotten. He had got near home in the evening, when feeling down under the seat for something he felt the keg. To go back was not to be thought of, and to admit his stupidity was impossible. He therefore drew his horse up by the side of a wall near which was the old sweep-well from which the family had drank for a century, and fill ing the keg went home. . ' The first question was t : , ' i 3 ,! " Did you get the water? " Yes," said he, " but darn if I see any difference in it from any other water," and he brought in, the keg. A cup was handed to the invalid, who drank it with infinite relish, and said she was surprised at her son's not seeing any difference. There was undoubtedly medical taste about it, and it didn't fill her up, as other waters did, which she bad always heard of mineral water. Her son hoped it would do her good, and by the time the keg was exhausted, he was ready to give a certificate of the value of the water, it having relieved her of all her ails. , f ', Flowers at Funeraln. ' ' BT HENRY W. BEECHER. A correspondent in the West, formerly residing in Brooklyn, N. Y., and there ' accustomed to see flowers employed free ly at funerals, writes to us to say that he had brought down upon himself severe animadversion by following this beauti ful custom, on a recent funeral occasion, and he asks ns to explain some opinion of the use of flowers at the burial of our dead. t About fifteen years ago I was called to officiate at the burial of a sweet girl, about sixteen years of age. Her pa rents stood high in society, and she was their only child. When I entered the spacious parlors, and went to the coffin, the face was so fair that it seemed to me as if the world on the other sido was shining through it But she seemed lonely. In her narrow chamber she lay, in pure white, without a single flower. I could not bear it, and without saying a word to any one I left the room. There was, within a block, a garden and nur sery, whose proprietor I well knew. I fairly ran to his greenhouse, and without salutation cried out, " Davidson, cut me everything choice, that is white, that you have got." AVith my hands full of white roses, tuberoses,- orange-blossom", sweet alys sum, Ac, I returned and entered the parlor. The moment I passed she door, every one seemed moved by the same im pulse. The father and mother rose up in tears and came to tho coffin. Friends took them from me and began dressing the coffin with them, and tho mother, with a deep sigh, said, "Oh, this is just what we wanted. " But we were too full of sorrow to think of them." Will any one tell me why those flow ers ought not to have been there? Can any one refuse flowers to dying bodies of "those who are disciples of Him of whom it is said,' Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulchre. There laid they Jesus." For my own part, I shall never cease to be thankful that John (he only of all the Evangelists,) mentioned that com forting fact. i After the grirn horror of the arrest night, the fierce cruelties of the trial, and the burden and anguish of the cru cifixion, it is inexpressibly soothing to follow the sacred form to the quietude of a garden and lay him down in a cool rock chamber, around which flowers hung.' There, in the morning, flowers drooping with the weight of dew, leaned : their heads against the stone, not know ing whose sepulchre they mado beauti ful, nor that the perfume which they ex haled was a nobler offering than all the incense of the sanctuary 1 There, in a garden, among green leaves, and fra grant vines, and spicy blossoms, and ' leaves murmuring in the gentle wind, he rested, and waited Tor the auspicious day when, lifting his head with renewed life, : he should lift up to new hope and sub lime destiny every man on earth 1 If there were no other reason, it is enough that friends are comforted. What mother but is glad to see her innocent child, never so dear and beautiful as ia death, lying amidst fragrant flowers? ' Who that has true sentiment but feels ' that something is taken away of the earthiness of death by the presence of flowers? 1 ;'- Must we forever regard death from the heathen stand-point? Shall we for ever give way to grief without restraint? Shall we studiously endeavor to make saduess yet sadder, and grief yet more anguishful ? Shall we muffle ourselves in black and funeral smelling crape, and sing doleful hymns, and weep out mourn ful prayers, and meanwhile refuse all 1 sense of victory, all hope of immortali- ty, all knowledge that there is no death to a true soul, but only exaltation into better life? "I will not leave you comfortless,", said tho Saviour. Yet, ten thousand Christians have so gloomily borne their bereavements that the young and men of the world look upon death as the one aw- , ful catastrophe of life. They have dressed their houses in weeds, and left j the corse so bold and bare, in the bodily dishonor of death, that men have no rea son to believe that Christ walks with his : disciples in the valley and shadow of , death, or that he plucks heavenly flow ers and dresses therewith the hearts of his followers, so that their griefs, like his own suffering body, shall rest iu a garden." " --"-.--- - The Great Vice of Our Agje. Dr. Kirkbridge, Superintendent of the Penn- ' sylvania Insane Hospital, in his last re port, refers to 334 cases of insanity as in duced by intemperance, but says that he is satisfied that this is far below the result of intemperance of parents, bus- bands or others, without which the die- ' eases would not have been developed. -He says Intemperance is steadily on the increase in both sexes, and with all classes of people. Of this there can hardly be question. It is indeed rapidly becoming the great vice of our age and country, to the Criminal Courts the largest share of their business, filling up the wards of our hospitals and other Charitable Institutions, "crowding our Almshouses, and blighting anticipation of whole families in every walk of life. r 1 1 t ! i ',1 . j 5 V i! 1 1 t : -. S ', - -i