BY SAM. P. IVINS.
ATHEXS, TENN., FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1851.
VOLUME 3. NUMBER 122.
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ATHENS, FRIDAY, .TAN. 81,
THE " DALTON TIMES," AND THE
" ATHENS POST."
The last Dillon Times contains a column
of haded matter, devoted exclusively t the
Editor of ihis paper. We are not awnro of
daring at any time said any tiling, either
respectful or disreputable in reference to
the writer of that article, or of the Dallon
Time generally. We have, however, upon
several occasion, snl.l something about a
fraudulent attempt by certain individual in
Georgia to lake from the East Tennessee
and Georgia Railroad Company a portion of
their road; ni named some of the persons
engaged in the bumes. We published the
est of the Slate of Tennessee granting
Georgia tho right to make a road through
lier territory from the State line to the cast
crn margin of tho Tennessee river wo also
published the act of Assembly of the Slate
of Georgia granting reciprocal rights tt the
East Tennessee and Georgia Company, ac
companied by such remarks as we thought
proper and expedient. One or two of our or.
tides were copied into Georgia pipers,
and Col. Edmonson, the reputed President
of the Union Branch Company, thought
himself called upon In appear over his own
signature in the Daltnn paper. In his com.
munication he attempted to justify the
course of himself and associates, and frc
quenlly alluded to this paper. This ho
had the right In do, and to employ just such
language as he thought proper. But ni.-ilhcr
he nor his friends had any right to expect
uch a communication to pass unnoticed.
When it appeared we had the right to notice
it in the way we did treating it with all
the seriousness to which it was entitled.
But really wn had no expectation of waking
up our usually placid friend of the 'Times,'
nd drawing upon ouraelf such a withering
rebuke at appeared in tho last number of
that paper. Or, in other words, to usn his
own language, wn had no thought when we
aimed our "arrow at tho Eocle, whoe
flight ia towards the sun." we should n.iss
our aim, and only bring down a smaller
peeies of bird, whose instincts do not lead
them quite so high. But the best of marks,
men will fail sometimes, and instead of
wingi g Col. Edmonson it seems wo only
hit the gentleman who figures in the Times
aemi-occssjonally. The article, however,
is not so very had in some psrts a little
wrathy, and in others rather apologetics!
ometimes mad and sometimes sorry it
charges us with slandering Gen. Bishop
and CjI. Edmonson this we deny. It
bestows a good deal of parental advice up
on us, for which we feel extremely grateful,
but trust our friend has not exhausted his
entire stock, as it is possible he may, if en
ergetic in his efforts, need some for home
consumption. The writer also scouts the
idea of smuggling a bill through the Geor
gia Legislature. That the Bill was smug,
gied through, are thought, and still think,
the most charitable construction that could
be placed upon its passage. See here a
moment, friend : The State of Tennessee
granted Georgia the right to make a mad
through her territory upon the expressed
condition that Georgia would grant the
ame privilege to Tennessee, or her Compa
nies, when asked to do so. In view of that
condition so worded and stipulated, the East
Tennessee an Georgia Company applied to
the State of Georgia, end an act was pass
ed granting them the right to make their
Road below the State line and connect with
the Weatern and Atlantic Railroad at Dal
ian or some other point, and which act was
virtual repeal of the charter of the Union
Branch Company, if such charier existed at
the time, and your Courts will so determine
whenever the issue is made. At the last
session of your Legislature an act was pass
Ad reviving the charter of the Union Srsnch
Company. We have said we believed that
act was smuggled through the Legislature.
This idee, yon indignantly reject, and the
inevitable result of your position is, that
the last Legislature of Georgia deliberately
violated the plighted faith of the Stnlc.
There's where you stand in rrg-ird to the
matter, according to your own conclusion.
You have taken the mora dishonorable ol
ternative, and you must settle it with your
own people as you best can.
Our frimd of the Times thinks that it
was a great piece of presumption in us to
notice Col. Edmonson. Well, perhaps it
was hut. as that gentleman has been try
ing to defeat sn enterprise in which our
people aro vitally interested, e reckon ho'll
have to put up with the consequence.
Our friend, ton, commends us to study the
"dictionary and lenrn the derivation of
words." Now, the faet is, we don't Keep a
dictionary about our office would'nl it do
just as well to study the editorial columns
of tho " Times?" In conclusion, if our
friend of the "Times" will publish the act
of the State of Tennesscegranling Georgia
the right to extend her mad to the Tennes
see river, the act of Georgia granting sim
ilar rights to Hie E. T. &. Geo. Company,
and the nets in reference to thcUnion Branch
Company, wo will not trouble him any more
on the subject. Such a coure on his part
would be more commoudahlo than giving
aid and comfort to those who huve been en.
gaged in trying to embarrass- and retard
an enW'priso in the cotnplotion of which
the people of Dallon and vicinity have a
deep interest. And if he is not willing to
CDiiiiiiencc at the beginning, and publish
those nets, policy and good taste both did
Into th.it ho should stand aloof, and not
thrust himself forward to defend a had
cause, especially when ho is likely to got
"more kicks than coppers for his pains."
Editorial Homilies Reader! don't
look so melancholy there is belter times
for you yet in store and drop that unceas
ing monotonous expression ol yours of
"hard limes," Why, man, one would sup
pose you were under sentence o( condem
nation for homicide, fralicide or some oth
er wrong ett. Come, now, be cheerful
if you can't pay your debts immediately,
do the best you can, and pay them ns soon
as vou are able "care killed a cat" il
you hav'nt fifty cents to luxuriate on a beef
steak and "fixins." appropriate half the a
mount lor a codfish; it will prove equally
as palatable, if you drill your mind into a
proper humor. Kiss your wife, if you have
one if you hav'nt one, why ktss somebo
dy else's wile or get married immediately,
fur acts of desperation frequently result
happily and beneficial in their effects. If
you have got any children, romp with them;
if you hav'nt any, romp with somebody
else's children. Look upon the bright side
of things put on a cheerful countenance;
keep your mind in the right trim, by sub.
scribing for the paper, and if you have the
money, pay in advance if you hav'nt it,
why, they wiil trust you if you are worthy
it's all the same with them. Follow
these injunctions, and we'll answer for it,
you will Gad yourself a new man.
Washington, Jan. 12.
Hon. Jos. R. Ingersoll will be appointed
Minister to Rassla in the piece of Gov.
Brown, of Tennessee, resigned.
Baltimore, Jan. 15.
Cotton is quiet, both parties waiting the
advices per steamer.
Senators Hall and Seward presented pe
titions to abolish the fugitive slave law, both
of which were indignantly laid on the ta
The House in Committee, have agreed
on three cents as the uniform price of let
The Danville. Pa.. Democrat states tha,
John Brisbin, Esq., Dem., has been elect
ed to Gil the vacancy in the present Con.
cress occasioned by the death of the Hon.
Thos. H. Benton has been re-elected
Senator from Missouri.
Richard Broadhead, Democrat, elected
Senator from Pennsylvania.
Never Give a Kick for a Hit. I
learned a good lesson when I was a little
girl, says a lady. One frosty morning I
was looking out of the window into my
father's barn yard, where stood many cows,
oxen and horses, waiting to drink. The
cattle all stood very still and meek, till one
of the cows, in attempting to tarn round,
happened to hit her next neighbor; where
upon the neighbor kicked and hit another.
In five minutes the whole herd were kicking
each other with fury. My mother laughed,
and slid, "See what comes of kicking when
you are hit." Just so, I have seen one cross
word set a whole fstnily by the esrs some
frosty morning. Afterward, if my brothers
or myself were a lillle irritable, she would
say, "Tke care, my rhildren, remember
ho the fight in the barn yard began.
Never return kick for a hit, and you will
save yourself and others a great deal of
DISCOVERIES OF THE LAST HALF
There has been no penod since the corn,
mencement of the world in which so many
important discoveries, tending to the bene
fit of mankind, were made as in the last
half century. Some of the most wonder
ful results of human intellect have been
witnessed in the last fifty years. Some of
the grandest conceptions of genius have
been perfected. It is remarkable how the
mind of the world lias run into scientific
investigation, rnd what achievements it
has effected in that short period. Before
the year ISl'O there was not a single steam
boat in existence, and the application of
steam to machinery was unknown. Ful
ton launched the first steamboat in 1807.
Now 111 ere a re three thousand steamboats
traversing the waters of America, and the
time saved in travel is equal to seventy per
cent. The rivers of every country in the
world, nearly, are traversed by steamboats.
In 1800 there was not a single railroad
in the world. In ihe United Slates alone
there are now 8.797 miles of railroad, cost
ing 8280.000,000 to bull.!, and about 22,
000 miles of railroad in England and A
merica. The locomotive will now travel
in as many hours, a distance which in
1800 required as many days to accomplish.
In ISjO it look weeks to convey intelliaence
between Philadelphia and New Orleans;
now it can be accomplished in minutes
through the electric telegraph, which only
had its beginning in 18-13,. Voltaism ws
discovered in March, 1800. The electro
magnet in 1821. Electrotyping was dis
covered only a few years ago. Hoe's prin
ling press, capable of printing 10,000 co
pies nn hour, is a very recent discovery,
hut of a most important character. Gas
light was unknown in 1800; now every ci
ty and town of any pretence are lighted
with it, and we have the announcement of
a still greater discovery by which light,
heat, and motive power may be all produ
ced from water, with scarcely any cost.
Daguerre communicated to the world his
beautiful invention in 1839. Gun cotton
and chloroform are discoveries but ol a few
years. Astronomy has added a number of
new planets to the solar system, Agricul
tural chemistry has enlarged the domain
of knowledge in that important branch of
scientific research; and mechanics have in
creased the facilities for production, and
ihe means of accomplishing an amount of
labor which far transcends Ihe ability of
united manual effort to accomplish. The
triumphs achieved in this last branch of
discovery and invention ateenough to mark
the last half century as that which has
most contributed to augment personal com
foits, enlarge the enjoyments, and add to
the blessings of man. What will the next
half century accomplish? We may look
for stall greater discoveries; for the intellect
of man is awake, exploring every mine of
knowledge, and seaiclnng for useful infor
mation in every department of art and in
dustry. i'ti. Ledger.
A Political Anecdote. The lines
and fences of political parties have been
so much displaced since ihe Ancient Fe
deralists and Democrats contested so hot.
ly the political field, that we venture to
publish ihe following good one, believing
that at this day no party will feel particu
larly hit by it.
A worthy deacon in Connecticut, hired
a journeyman farmer, from a neighboring
town, for the summer, and induced him
although he was unaccustomed to Chucrh
coin:; to accompany the family la church
on Ihe first Sabbath of his Slay. Upon
iheir return lo ihe Deacon's house, he ask
ed his "hired man" how he liked ihe
preaching. He said that he didn't like to
hear any minister "preach politics."
"I am very sure you heard no politics
to-day," said the Deacon.
I am as sure that I did," said the man.
"Mention the passages," said the Dea
con. "I will. He said 'if the fcderalisU icarcei
ly are $avcd, where will the democrats ap
An," said the Deacon, "you mistake.
These were the words 'if the righteous
icareely are saved, how will the ungodly
and wicked appear?"
"On yes!" said ihe man, "he might
have used those words, but I knew darned
well what he meant !"
The Virginia papers say the whole pop
ulation of Eastern Virginia will amount lo
400.000 and or Western Virginia 494,000.
The enure population of the State will, it
is said; be 1,400,000. Virginia will loose
three members of Congress by the new apr
A Dutch Justice once decided lhat
man might bile his nose off if he pleased.
But the man appealed and the opinion ol
ihe justice was over-ruled by the higher
The publie sent of the United Stats on
the 30th of November, was $64,222,233.
Califoxnia Hens. The Rev. William
Colton, the late alcalde of Monterey, find
ing it difficult to procure eggs when requir
ed, either for love or money, bought some
hens. We give his description cf them :
'I pUTc.isfd six hens of nn Indian wo
man lot six dollars, and a rooster for fifty
cents. (On asking the woman why she
charged .'.'y half price for tho rooster, she
replied 4hnl tho fellow laid no eggs, and as
for his croving. that did nobody any rood.
Sounder reasons than these could riot be
furnished in a much higher plnce than a
hencoop. Tho habits of these hens are a
little singular. They are perfectly tame,
and areas much at homo in the kitchen as
the cook. They nover trouble themselves
mtioh, about a nest, but deposit their egg
vvliere.Iliey find it most convenient; one
takes iftea tray, another the ironing table,
a lhir2.l.,koven, mid there is one that gets
Wo The cradle. "She is nol at all disturbed
by the tossing of the little fellow, nn whoso
promises she is invading. Neiiher she or
any of her feathered sisters cackle when
tluy leave their nest. They don't seem to
think that anything worth making an ado
about has come to pass. The rooster, it is
true, picks up a little, and, perhaps, feels a
feather taller. But this is vanity of his sex.
There are a great many who crow over
what others have done."
A Real Yankee Thick. A man in Con.
necticut obtained a Winter's supply of ex
cellent potatoes in the following cute mans
ner. He gave out lhat ho was desirous of
obtaining a specimen of the best sort ol
potatoes, nnd would pay 83 for a peck of
such, hiintclf to be the judge. Potatoes
poured into his cellar from all the c mntry
round, a rid when the avalanche had subsided,
tho tnnn handed over his 33 for the best
peck, and the r.ext Spring sold potatoes
enough lo more than cover the original
outlay, besides having bed a first quality
article for home use all winter.
Nothing very novel ab'iut that. It is only
the application lor another purpose, of a
principle long since adopted by the proprie
tors of certain magazines and periodicals,
to obtain a supp'y of original matter at a
cheap cost. The new experimenter, how
ever, was more successful than the old. He
obtained, it appears, a "first quality article"
all round. With his literary prototypes,
the "best" is generally bad enough in all
conscience, JV. Y. Com Mo.
A correspondent furnirhes us with the
I following authentic version of an nnecdotc
which we copied lately: Whilo Mr. JJtir
chard vas preaching one of his hottest
sermons, fat 1'ie old Chatham street chapel,
New York,) he raised his eyes toward the
door just at ihe moment Col, Aaron Burr
entered, and exclaimed, ther i is the gray
headed sinner, 1 shall appoar in judgment
against him. Col. Burr walked down ihe
ais'e with that bold, firm military step, so
peculiarly his own, until he had reached the
centre w ith a low bow he addressed the
minister thus, "Mr. Preacher, I have been
n lawyer in this city for near half s century,
and of all the rascals il has ever been my
lot to deal with, none surpass that class or
criminals who turn stale's evidence." The
abovo may be relied on as erred. Provi
Pareociiic When a baby is cross, be
cause its clothes aro chalirg it, or it ia not
washed, or a pin is pricking it, or it has got
an indigestion, paregoric is a great tempta
tion lo a lazy and mercenary nurse. Moth
ers, who neglect the care of their own chil
dren, lillle d ye know how often they are
poisoned how often the seeds of disease
and premature death are sown by this dosing
of nurses who find that a few cents' worth
of Godfrey's cordial, or some oilier opiate
mixture, will ave them a wor d of trouble.
Often the heedless mother finds her child
sleeping quietly, and thinks il is doing so
well, when it is systematically filled with
opium, until the diseased habit is fastened
upon it. Such children grow scrofulous,
and die of the first severe illness. Then
come tho parents' anguish, and the conso
lations of a "mysterious Providence" on
which we are too fund of laying the respon
sibility of our own misdeeds,
Take ihe hand ol the friendless. Smile
on the sad and dejected. Sympathise with
those in trouble. Strive every where to dif
fuse around you sunshine and joy. If you
do this you will be sure lo be beloved.
To spin and weave, lo knit and sew, was
once a girl's employment; but now to dress
and catch a beau is all she calls enjoyment.
Thk Wapdbbiwo Jkw. The Memphis
Appeal of the 2Sth ull.. says:
"John Smith is in Memphis again!"
This man is evidently ubiquitous. On
that identical day he was seeu in this city.
As riches and favour forsake a man, we
discover him lo be a foul, but nobody can
find it out in his prosperity.
Sermox vs. Dimmer A minister having
preached a very lung sermon, ss was hi
custom, some hours after asked a gentleman
his opinion of it; be replied, that "'iw
good but that it had spoiled a guosa worth
two of it.
THE FAMILY JEWEL.
Radiant little household treasure,
Magnet of the ingle side !
Nut a star in night's broad cluster
Shines with sofier, purer lustre.
Fondest parents' hope and pride!
Words, though passion-lit and burning,
Might not breaihe the joy they feel ,
flint their lives, in one uniied,
By thy smiles are daily lighted,
Loveconnubial's golden seal I
Pure as in thy primal selling
In thy parents' love enshrined,
Be thou lone their spotless treasure.
Source of hope and sacred pleasure,
Pearl of truth by grace refined.
Then shall He, the great Refiner,
When, ero long, his eye shall roam
Through ihe earth for "jewels," beaming
Fresh in light from glory strenjning,
Snatch thee lo his bosom home.
Gold and Death. The New York
Star says: "Three millions of gold and a
list of more than one thousand deaths, are
the latest importations from California!
Let those who would have gone to the
mines long ago, if they had possessed the
means, knee! down and thank God for their
poverty. As yet we have only the begin
ning of the end. The cholera has scarce
ly yet taken hold of the ill-clad, hardly-fed
multitudes on the placers, and the still
more squalid horde now approaching the
confines of the mining districts overland.
Wo lo those seekers of g-old when the pes
(Hence shall overtake them in the wilder
ness. The spades and mattocks with
which they hoped to exhume the buried
treasure, shall be used for a more mournful
purpose, and thousands, we fear, will sleep
their last sleep entombed among the glitter
ing dust thai has lured them from home
Benefit of Railroads. The Wheeling
Gazi.'lte slates that in 1840 the average as
sessed value of lands in Marion county was
V!,50 perocre; and in 1850 it is 9,50 per
acre; showing an increase in the value of
real estate of near four hundred per cent.
This increase is almost wholly owing lo (lie
fact that the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is
being made through the county.
A Coon Tariff Argument. The
Southern Democrats, so culled, have in
limes past insisted thai any tax laid upon
foreign imporiaiious was a tax upon the
consumer. At the present lime, Gov.
Floyd, and other distinguished democrats
of the South, propose lo levy a lax of ten
ppr csn!, upon productions of the Northern
Stale hy way ol retaliation on I hose Stales
for their breach of faith in rezard lo the fu
gitive slave law. But if their old argu
ment was a coud one, and a lax upon for
eign productions does really lall upon the
consumer and not upon the producer, the
proponed retaliatory law will he a verifica
tion of the homely. proverb of "hiiing oil
the nose lo spite Ihe face." Wash. Re
public. Facts to be Noted. Within the last
few week, at leal livo fugitive slaves hove
been brought back to this city from fre.
ytate, wiili as little trouble as would bo
had in recovering stray cows.
We occasionally receive letters notifying
us that a Wv aaid to be the properly ol
some one ir. tins vicinity, lias bun lodged
in jail in Illinois or Indiana for his owner,
who will please cult, pm charges and lake
him away. .Memphis Eagle.
An English paper makes tho folu'ing
observations: "The United States send ns
four-fifilis ol the raw material, which tins
iimneiisH p'ipuUtion works on. and without
which this immense population seems
doomed m be thrown out i.f employ. Our
yearly tupply of coUon from other quarters
has been steadily decreasing, and in fuel
America is substantially tho sou-re by
which, and by which alone, our cotton
manulitcturcs can uj kept jri licaltliy ac
A man in Michigan, not long sine, com
milled suirido by drowning. As the body
could not bo found, ihe coroner held an
inntiesi on hi hat and jacket, lound on the
bank of tha lake. Verdict, "found empty."
Genius vs. Common Sense. There
is a lower kind of discretion and regu
larity, which seldom tails ol raising
men to tho highest stations, in the
court, tho church and the law. It
must be so; for Providence which de
signed the world should be governed
by many heads, made it a business
within the reach of common under
standings; while one great genius is
hard'y found in ten millions. Did you
never observe one of youi clerks cut
ting his paper with a blunt ivory knife?
did you ever know the knife to fail
going the true way? whereas, if he
had used a razor or penknife, he had
odds against hitn of spoiling a w hole
Revolt op the Femai.es. A let
ter from Bonn, lOili instant, in the
German Journal of Frankfurt, states
that on the "th a revolt had broken
out among the young girls in the fe
male prison of l'ulzchen, when from
one hundred and twenty to ono hun
dred and thirty of them took to flight,
after breaking all the furniture.
The Secret of Success What
is it ? In this country, among people
who are equally protected and en
couraged, it lies in the steady pursuit
of intelligence, industry, temperance
and frugality. So far as outward
comfort and competence constitute
wealth, there is but a fraction of
S onnia I if mhn mntr nrifr ft ji o aaaa it if ABsjk
J 'VIWIV WIM Mill V IV'lj ivi'sawoa I If II VHWII
will but turn his hand and brain to the
vocation for which his instinct and
capacity most fit him. If the great
fortunes which so dazzle the mis
juilgingpoor.be analyzed, they will
be found, in nearly ninety-nine of the
hundred cases, to have sprung and
manned from calm, patient and simple
toil toil which had an endurance
and faith behind, and an object and
):ope before it. So, too, with success
in whatever man seeks to accomplish.
A clown may stumble upon a splendid
discovery in art or science, but a
fixed general law provides that high
achievement shall require profound
nr.d ceaseless labor. The price of
success, except in isolated cases, if
the devotion of one's life. He is a
fool who trusts to any dream for pos
session or advancement, unless he
connects with it the prudent exerciie
of his own energy and judgement.
The little spring in the mountain
rock, becomes a brook, a torrent, a
wide rolling river and a part of the
lathomless ocean, simply by pushing
steadily and bravely forward.
"What are you writing there, my
boy?" asked a fond parent, the other
day of his hopeful son and heir, a
shaver of ten years.
"My composition, thir."
"What is the subject?"
"International law, thir," replied the
youthful Grotius. "But, really, I shall
be unable to conlhcntrate my ideas,
nnd give them a logical relation, if I
am conthanlly interrupted in thii
manni r by irrelevant inquiries."
Dust and Ashes. I do not know
whether it was Lowth, but it wa
some bishop, to whom my father one
day, in the midst of a warm discus
sion, being asked "if he knew who he
was!" replied, with a bow, "Yes my
lord; dust and ashes." Leigh Hunt.
A Lesson. A clerk in a mercantile
establishment, writes to his friend
home, "I have a plaguy time of it
now-a days very little work to do
our Jinn don't advertise !"
When Billy Button lost one of his
fingers, a few evenings ago, "Old
Saratoga" overhcird n conversation
between him an J Skesicks, in refer
ence to the loss. "Billy, how did you
lose your finger? "Easy enough,"
said Billy. "I 'spose so, but how?"
"I guess you'd a lost yourn cf it had
been whar mine was." "That don't
answer my question." "Well ef you
must know," said Billy. I had to cut
il off or else steal the trap.
Speckles says he is a firm believer
in dreams, for he once dreampt that
he was flayed alive, and the very neit
morning he had n suit in Chancery
commenced against him.
No Northern papers were received
at New Orleans on the 2d inst., the
mail destined for that city having been
destroyed by Arc, which caught inside
the stage before reaching Stockton.
Conscience, Thou Tnou blest mi.
Gen. B. E. Cook, and J. P. Willie.
Ion of Northampton received by last
Friday's mail from New York, the
one SI and the other 815, enclosed
each in envelopes, but without any
accompanying explanation or any
writing whatever. They were evi
dent I v from the san e person, and are
supposed to be the voluntary resto
rat'ons of wrongly-taken property by
some conscience stricken individual.
The receivers of the money take thia
method to acknowledge it. and we
may add that the example is one of
which it may be said to all delinquents
especially newspaper delinquent!
"Go thou and do likewise.
Value of Vanity. Franklin taya
"Most people dislike vanity in oth
ers, whatever share they have of it
themselves; but I give it fair quarter
wherever 1 meet with it, being per
suaded th-it it is often productive of
good to the posfessor. and to others
who arc within his sphere of action;
nnd therefore, iii many cases, it would
not be altogether absurd if a man
were to thank God for hit vanity.
among the other comforts of life."
Never set yourself up for musician, jal
berai'se you have drum id your ear; oor
believe y.'urjell cui out for a school teacher
mere y br cause you have a pupil is otusya.
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