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f ... : . ''V;''y4v, V ,-. Msasaja BY SAM. P. IVINS. ATHENS, TENN.; FRIDAY, FEBRUARY. 26, 1858, 1 Tritium T1I POST li PUI1LI9IIED EVERY FRIDAY, AT TWO OOI.I.AII9 PKB KAn, PA YABI.B IH ADTASCS. . AATertlarmenta will be oneried 1 ner eqoare fW lines, or less, lor the Brut Insertion, and SO cents for -each continuance. A liberal .l.-.luctlon maile 10 thole whoadrwtleebjr the Tear. tts-PersoniseniliniiadTer-.Isenients muit murk the number of limes Ihevileeire h.m Inserted, or tliej will be continued untUforbla and Vharaad coorlln(rlr.H . .. ,..,...... for announcing tliiiauieeofcandlclatesrororace,sl, Obituary notice! over 1 llnei .charged atthereg alar advertising rates. A , .M Meetamunlc.tloilntnnn,to promotethe private nd Interenteof Corporathxie, Soelte,ohoUor tadlldole,wlll tie charged aeadvertlwwenU. Job wvrk.chiiPamphite,MlntM,Olrnlare, JaM."lMank, HaadWIle, o., wlU be executed In food tyl,and on reMonnhleterme. ni Alllettere addremed e Ptorfflelor, aoatpard ,WU1 tie promptly attended to. . k.-. P.r.on. it a dl.tane. lending M 1 i name. T W ejolTentiubecrlberi. will be entitled to allflhenprgratll. No communication Inierled nnleii aocompanled bj We name of the author. .,..v.jjjk r nmceonaialo itreel, next door to llie old Jack wan Hotel. THE POST. ATnr.KH. FRfO'YK 8.I858. NOTES OF THE BANKS OP TKNNKSHE3, Becelved b the Ctate, Union and Planter! Banki of Tenneuee, at Nlivlll. Bt tit IHtmUrf Ban. Hank of Tenneuee, Union Bank. Planter.' Bunk, Merchant!' Bank, Parmer!' Bank, P.ank of Pnrli, Hank of Commerce, Rank nf thn Union. Bank of Mempme, Northern llunk of Tenn. llnnk of America, Citizens' Bank, Bank of Chattanooga, Bank of Middle Tenn. Commercial Bank, iouthern liana. By Me Btink of TenntMt and. Ito Unto jsvibi Hank of Tenneuee, Bank of Middle Tenn. llantere' Bank, Union Bank, Bank of America, Bank of Chattanooga, Bank of Memphis, Bank of Paris, Baok of the Union, Buck's Bank, Exchangw Bank. Cltliens' Bank, Oily Bank, Farmer!' Bank, Merchants' Bank, Northern Bank, Southern Bank, Trader!' Bunk, Kentucky Banks, New Orleans Banks. Mexico.-Vf.ua Cnuz, Jim. 29, 1858. Messrs. Editors "Order rsigrm in War saw," after fashion. After eleven days of terrible Hunting nt the ciitiil the Pronuncia dus finally prevailed. Comonfort Aid inglo rloualy, if not ignominioualy; and Genernl Zulongn, the fnlher of the Plan of Tacubnyn, now warms the venerable Bentif Montezumo. Meanwhile the row is Increasing throughout the country, and they are bangiug away at each other in scores of places the press, (such portions of it as isn't suppres-pressed,) lang-wanging in a manner worthy of of say some of your cotemporaries. The new Government has formed a Ministry which will "bust up" In about a week. Next the victorioua gencrula will get together by the ears, and in all probability compromise by in viting General Santa Anna back once mora. Straightway upon the abdication of Com onfort Senor Juarez proceeded to Guanajuato and has establiehea, Furo, or Liberal Gov. ernment theie, ns the present headquarters of the nation. The Liberal Governors of the great Central Stutes sre marching upou Mexico; but on the other hund a column of 6,000 men under Ussllos and Lirmon has sallied forth to meet them, and warm Work Is vnfitif.itei. lxa( wetk the iTivnurbjtaJoa re ceived a terrible thrashing from the National Guard at Ouxaca; in fact, were efljiotually "cleaned out" of that place. v, We are under martial law here, and are threatened with a column from the ten Ire if the Plan of Tacubaya be not subscribed to and the new Government thereby recognized. Well, that were easily done. Our authorities have already turned a double summersault, why not try a triple flip-flap. There'll bo no bones broken, and they dou't lilad such things in this country of Dius Y Libertad. New York, Feb. 19 The steamship Bal tic has arrived with Liverpool dates to Wed oesdsy, Feb. 3rd. Money Market. la London, money con tinued easy. Console quoted at 95f to 96 for money. The Leviathan steamship is safely afloat No later authentic intelligence had been received froni'the East. The AtluDtte Submarine Telegraph Com pany will require additional capital to pay for seven hundred miles of cable. The Directors re very hopeful of the success of this great enterprise. Cyrus W. Field Esq., has been appointed the General manager of the Com pany. The Americans in Paris have delivered and published a congratulatory address to the Empersr, on the occasion of his recent es cape from the explosion of the "infernal ma chine." It is said that the Pope of Rome, and Kings of Sardinia and Naples, were to have been assassinated at the same time that the life of Nupoleon was attempted. Unfavorable news was current about the condition of affairs ia the Punjaub. John M. Bolts hss returned to this country on board the Baltic. h'xur York add the Specie Movemest The movements of specie are steady toward New York. Our city bunks, says a New York aper, report on hand (120,653,948, while the exports for t,he week ending Feb ruary 6th amounted to (13,928,270. This week another California remittance Is due, and the baluuce of the domestio exchanges is still in our favor, from the liquidation of ac counts still going on 'without any corres ponding amount of business or credit. Gee. Haskell a.oai Ibsahe. We clip the following paragraph from the Louisville Courier, of the 9ih iustont, from which It will appear that General Win. T. Haskell is sgain . lt..nn mr.A 1 1- I L t ..,!. l..l.. aw i . , sa. a iJUiiainaviiie, IX y, s, . :i VeL "Our attentive correspondent, "Broomatix," elegrapha us from Hopkinaville, under date f i Tvnnuav, tiia. udu. .11 ui. ... ijasarjii. ui Tennessee, hss tgsjn bee s deranged, and ia now conlijivd injlvNX e Asylum at Hopkiusville. . ' ... i-ff It is a curious fact lb the grammar of politics that whenitatesmen get into , placet thuy often beoomlr obilvlons of their snlece duals, but are sokvuot forgetful of their rela tives. 'i'''." THE DECLlf.K OP PUBLIC VIRIUE. From lac Columbus (Qa.) Enquirer. From many and various causes, which we have neither the time, space, nor ability to reveal, we are forced, from the testimony which comes before us by every mail, to con- olude that the standard of publio virtue is sinking lower and lower, and that the liberty of law is fast degenerating Into the slavery of licentiousness. Asa nation, though young in years, we are by degrees verging into crime and consequent decay, and ahould remember, before it is too late, we have Palace and a Prison on tuner hand, and that the steps sre few and irretraceable between the wild revel ries of the one and the clanking fetters of the other. Our mild and enlightened repre sentative republic is midway from ths lurid flashes of anarchy, and the sighs snd groans snd tear which seldom reach s despot's ears or eyes. ' We see butjittle that is hopeful In the fu ture, whether we examine the knotty ques tions which are now pressing for decision, or the agents by whom these questions will be determined. Two Territories are now in a state of rebellion, demanding a strong and expensive military force to stay the tide of bloodshed and revolution, while at the same time the North is arrayed against the South and the South against the North in sectional hostility. The great lights Clay, Calhoun snd Webster which but lately illuminated the political Armament, have disappeared, and in their places may be seen fierce comets, shaking from their horrid hair pestilence snd wsr, or little tuinklers, scarce perceptible through the largest telescope men, whose party littleness and official corruptions and speculations, whose sectional animosities and personul rencounters, are a reproach to our nation, and a sad commentary on that oft re peated declaration of tyrants, "Man is inca pable of self-government." We know no remedy for these ovila, pres ent and prospective, but in the patriotism, wisdom, virtue and vigilance of the people. They can command and their servants must obey. They make and unmake laws and government. They are the only Warwicks the setters up and pullers down of Kings and Presidents. Whenever they, through party demagogues, become corrupt, then all ia lost. Then comes the sad rehearsal of past Republics luxury, licentiousness, civil war, and despotism until all that is pure and holy in religion, all that is grsnd and elevating in arts, science and letters, and all that is godlike in man, is crushed to powder beneath the armed, iron heels of some Nero or Atllls. Here is our ouly hope of political salvation. We would not, if we could, pre serve our Government aside from the degen eracy of the people, if the past bus no glo rious recollections if the proaent is filled with only bitieines sud roprnsuus let us then cease to covet an age of corrupt, drivel ling dotage, shorn of reverence, or even of respect. Let us go the way of other Repub lics, with the full strength of manhood in our Muibs.and the impress of youth on our brows. Let the old Ship of State hang out the stars snd stripes, unfurl all her canvas to the breeze, and be given to the winda and waves. Let her go down headlong into the deep, amid the roar of the hurricane, with all her guue booming over the wide waste of waters, shaking the nations like the tread of an earth quake. Tliis, even, is a better fate than to be devoured by official ruts, or to rot at the wharf of Congressional corruption. We honestly believe that the greater part of this national demoralization may be traced to the leaders of Democracy. Their scram bles for the spoils, their system of proscrip tion, their false issues, and their intolerance of opinion when it will not bow down in adoration and crown them with honors, are working out the moat injurious and corrupt ing results. It will end either in the disrup tion of that party, or in the destruction of the noblest Government ever founded by the wis dom, the virtue, and patriotism of man. Acquittal or Governor Bebb. Mont of our readers will remember that ex-Governor William Bebb of Ohio, who now resides near Rockford, Illinois, was last Fall indicted for shooting at and mortally wounding one of a party of reckless young men who were in festing his residence and annoying his family, with a charivari or horning party on the oc casion of the marriage of one of Gov. B.'s sons. He was tried for murder last week at Rockford, and triumphantly acquitted. Tom Corwin and Judge Wui. Johnson of Ohio, conducted the defence. The verdict is said to be in accordance with publio sentiment In Rock county, and, while the fatal result of Gov. Bebb's shot is deeply deplored, it is hoped tbst the verdict Will do much to put down those disgraceful exhibitions of bru tality and ill breeding known aa charivaris. The Mule Contract. .The Washington States corrects a statement which originally appeared in the St. Louis Democrat, and which we re-published, to the effect that the Secretary of War had recently made a private arrangement with certain speculators, for the delivery at St. Louis of fifteen hundred mules at $150 per head. No such arrangement has been msde. ' Sioxs is Massachusetts. On Thursday, in the Massauhusett's House of Assembly, there wss an animated debate on the resolve to amend the Constitution, so as to prevent foreigners from voting until the expiration ot two years after their naturalization. The reaolve was psssed. In ths Senate, the bill to allow Atheists to testify as witnesses, was defeated, SO to 13. "Atheam" must try again.f - Wasiiiroton, Feb. 18. Jack Henderson, the Clerk to the Sunveyor-Genural, aud Mar ahull, the Governor-elect of Kansas, have ar rived in this eity. THE NEW EXEMPTION LAW. AN ACT to introduce into one, all laws npon ths subjeot of exempting property from execution and attachment in this State. 6(0,1. Be it enacted 631 the General Assem bly of the State of Tennessee, That hereafter there shall be exempt from execution or at tachment, or aoizura in the hands of all heads of families in this Htats, the following named property and no other, to win two beds, bad teatls and necessary bed clothing and for each thres children belonging to any family, ons sdditional bed, bedstead and bed sloth ing, the value of such hsdatead in no case to exceed twenty-five dollarii ons cow or cow and calf; and if the family consist ol six or mors peraona, then two sows or cows snd calves, one dosen knives and forks, ons dozen pistes, half dozen dishes, ons set of tea spoons, ons set of tablespoons, one brsd trey, two pitchers, ons waiter, ons coffee pot, one eanistsr, one cream ng, one dozen cupi and saucers, and dining table, two tnbls olotbs, ons dnxen chairs, one bureau, not to exceed forty dollars in value, ons wash basin, one bowl and pitcher, ons wash kettle, two wash tubs, one eht.ro, ons looking glaes, ons chop ping axe, one spinning: wheel, one psir of cot ton eards, ' ons psir of woolen earda, one! cooking etove and utensils, not to exceed twenty-five dollars in value, or ons set of oooking utensils, ordinarily used in eooking, one seive or sifter, one eradle, one bible and hymn book, and all books used in sehonl, one loom and gear, one horse, mule, or yoke of oxen, ons ox cart, ring and staple, or one, or two, or ons horse wagon, (not to exceed IB dollars in value) and harness, ons man's sad dle, ons lady's saddle, two riding bridles, twenty-five bsrrels of corn, ten bushels of wheat, five hundred bundles of oats, five hun dred bundles of fodder, one stack of hay, not to exceed twenty dollars in value; and if the family consists of leas than six persons, one thousand pounds of pork slaughtered or on foot, or nine hundred pounds of bneon; all poultry on hand, and fowls to the value of twenty -five dollars. Seo. 2. Be it further enacted by the authori ty aforesaid. That in addition to property mentioned in the first section of this act, there shall be exempt exeoution or attach ment or seizure, in the hands of all heads of families in tuts state, who are engaged in agriculture, the following named property, to wit; two plows, two noes, ons grubbing noe, oue cutting knife, one harvest oradle, one set of plow-gears, one pitch fork, one rake, one iron wedge, five head of sheep, and ten bead 01 eioojc nogs. 8sa 8. lie it further enacted by the autho rity aforesaid, That there shall be exempt from exeoution or attachment or seizure in the hands of each mechanic, who is the head of a family in this State, who is engaged in hia trade or occupation, one set ofmechanie's tools, not to be worth more than one hun dred dollars, (who is the hesd of a family,) such as are used, or necessary for carrying on aid trade or occupation. Sko. 4. Be it further enacted bg the authori ty aforesaid. That all the property exempt by this act, shall not go into the hands of the exeoutor or administrator of any decedant's estate, but shall descend, and oe vested in the widow and minor ohildren of such de ceased persons, and when there is no widow, then eaiel property shall be exempt in the bauds of said children, without regard to sol vency or insolvency of said estate. Sao. 6. Be it further enacted by the authori ty aforesaid, That all laws and parts of laws in eoniliot with the provisions of this aot, be and the same are hereby repealed, Seo. 6. Be it further enacted, That in addi tion to the property enumerated in former kewtiooa W tisisj , brs slmll else be a smpt from exeoution end attachment, one gun in the hands of every free white male oitizen in this Stste, of the age of eighteen years and upwards, and every female who is the head of a family. Sso. 7. Be it further enacted. That a home made carpet, manufactured by the wife or any female member of the family, for family use, and being so applied, shall bs exempt from execution. Seo. 8. Be it further enacted, That ten wag on or cart loads of wood, or its equivalent in ooal, shall bs exempt from execution in the bands of ths hesda of families. Seo. 9. Beit furtter enacted, That when the articles on hand, to which the above limita tions apply, exceed the amount of limit, and are sold, there shall be reserved out of the funds arising from suob sale, s sufficient amount to supply said artioles to said fami lies, within the range of ths above limits, and said reserved fund shall be so applied to the use of said families. Seo. 10. Beit further enacted. That no ad ditional article, by this act exempted, other than those exempted by previous laws, shall be exempt from attachment or exeoution, up on contracta made prior to the passage of this act. Passed January 26, 1858. Pittsburo, Feb. 12. Two of the McKees port murderers, Henry Fife and Charlotte Jones, were hung this afternoon, at 2 o'clock. About thirty persons witnessed the execution inside of the jail yard. A large crowd gath ered on the outside of the walls. Both de livered addresses, acknowledging the justice of their sentence, but pronouncing Monroe Steward, (who is sentenced to be hung in a fortnight,) as innocent of the crime. Washington, Feb. 18. The Union of this morning contains s letter from the Pro visional President, Col. Culhoun, of Kansas( in which he states that ha has written to Gov, Deliver to procure the sworn statement of the Judges of the election held at the Deleware Crossings; and says thut he will be governed entirely by that return in giviug certificates to the members of the legislature. St. Lctjis, Feb. 15. Recent developments show that George Smiaer, the late Collector of St. Louis county, s defaulter to the amount of one hundred thousand dollars. Extreme Gratitude, The New York correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer relates the following: It is currently repor ted about town, as an Illustration of extreme gratitude, that the elerk of s bunking firm in Wall street lost s pnekage of money and checks amounting to $20,000. It was pick- ed t)p by an apple woman, at the corner of William Street, and very aoon reatored by her to ths owner, who magnanimously rewar ded her with a present in current funds of two hundred cents. The old lady is said to have used Dominie Samson's favorite exclamation, "Pro di-gl-oue," on the receipt of this magnificent renumeration. 03r The five steam sloops-of war now be ing built have been named by the President as follows : The one building at Pensaco la, "Peueocola;" ths one at Norfolk, "Rich moud;" the one at Philadelphia, "Lancaster;' the oue at New York, "Brooklyn;" and the one at Boston, "Hartford." , AN ARKANSAS WEDDING. Spade,' a traveling eoriespondent of the New Orleans Delta, gives the following rick wedding scene. 1 'Spades am trumps. Ths groonjwaa a lanky specisien in homespun and'tfd hia bride by ths hand. She wass bouncing, rosy-cheeked damtel, following it sup or two behind, feeling evi dently In a novel position. 'You' Melindy, take yer linger' onten yer monthl' Melindy cast a defiant look at her maternal telative, withdrew the offending member, wiped it on her apron and quickened her pace. The young parson, alter aome little trouble!, ar ranged them to hia satisfaction snd proceed ed. John Stribner, do yon toko 'Melindy Woods, in the presence of these witnesses, to be your lawful wedded wife!' 'That's wot I'm hear for,' answered Mr. Stribner, cramming his hands into his breech es pocketa. You will please answer, Yes or no.' 'Yes or no,' promptly returned the gentle man. 'No, not say yes.' Y-a-s, theuf casting a sheepWlt lusk around him. 'Melindy Woods.' . Y-s-sl' ! 'Wait a moment, please. Melindy Woods, do you take John Stribner, in the present's of these witnesses, to be your wedded hus. bandr 'I reckin.' 'Then in the presence of these witnesses spoken of, I declare you man nn 'wife, 'cor din to the laws of Arkinsaw an' the Oospillf an' wot'athus jiued let no mun put in aun der. The parson turned away, flushed and ei cited; but was recalled by a queny from Mr. Stribner. 'Mus' a' kiss her now, Genrgef 'As you please, John; she's yours now.' 'Hole up your mouf, Meliiidy.' Shan't do it! Right here afore folks.' John did'nt argue the point, but slidrd up to the grinning group where I was standing, and proposed that 'us boys should take some 'bust head,' ('"hiskey.) Meanwhile I heard melindy s triumphant voice among aome 01 her companions, 'hiss! humplilJawns turn ed fool, I believe.' 1 slept on my cor n-shuek shake down afore the fire soundly that uight, beinii separated from the bridal apartment hy a curtain extemporised for the occasion. from behind its lolds 1 heard 'Jnwns, re. monstruting voice, followed by a host f loving apologies Irom Melindy for the rela- sed kiss. 11 take mv 'nfivdavv that he re ceived that ones hundred fold, with interest. "Pitching In." The Philadelphia Bulletin says, the greatest of all nuisances, to s re spectable editor, are these small-minded gen try who believe that the mission of a journal is not to disseminate news, and uid buyers and Boilers by advertisements, but to be per petually "pitching in" to this or that subject; more generally into this or thst individual, Such characters are generally very loud and talkutive specimens of the genus irritabile, prone to hint that they could curry on s jour nal with all its dilhcult details much better than nnybody else in the country; that they would "stir up things," and that their firm belief ia, that ail 11 paper uot'ia is (t,ifut" 10 make it excellent. We cur Imuglou us ve write, that we even now hear ttie fumiliar accents: "Now I just want you U write an article and give ao and ao fits" -fur men of this ilescrip'.ion are generally gifted with degree of assurance which respebts no duty or dignity, snd suffcis the possetsor to be lieve that his miserable fancies wil actually receive consideration. And yet is can sar with truth, that we never met with one of these advocates for indiscriminate "pepper" and abuse, who would not writhe With agony at the rainiest allusions to himself in type which fell short of flattery, or who was not in fact a coward. ' Men who put faith in abuse as necesssry element in journalism, who take to interest in articles which are not in some way per souul, and who relish no "fun" uolisa it cuts, are invariably vulgar and selfish, just in pro portion to the degree in which such tastes prevail with them. It ie melancholy, how. ever, to see the number or them in every community, and the degree to which they often aucceed in inapiring writers for the press with their own spirit :' fcsf" The Baton Rogue Comet, speaking 01 the late fight in the House of Represen tutives, says: "There should be a kind of bull pen (for the convenience of bsainess, we would suggest an anteroom for It,) to which, when one member culls ancther a "liar," they should each be conducted, and allowed to prove which is the liar, by the bone and muscle. There could then be standing rnles, limiting fights to fifteen or twenty minutes, which ia long enough to settle an affair of houor of this kind." trf Dissimulation in youth, is the fore- runuer of perfidy in old age: its sppsarsnca is the fatal omen of growing depravity snd future shame. It degrades parts tf (aruing, obscures the lustre of every accomplishment, and sinks us luto CDnteuipt. The path of falsehood is a perplexing mute. After the first departure from sincerity, it is not in our power to stop; one artifice unavoidably lend onto another, till, as the intricacy of the labaryoth increases, we are left entangled in our snare. - ' r A Witty Reply. During the discussion in the Virginia Senate last week, on the bill for the purchase of a piece of statnary from Wm. B. Bnrbee, Dr. McKenney, ef Norfolk eity, gave another example of his ready wit. Mr, Stuart remarked that Mr, Barbae hod quitted the profeaaton of the law to puraus that of art. in reply to thia Dr. McKenney asked Mr. Slusrt, in a sage whisper, if he did not eonsider law s more artful profeasion than that of sculpture, and if lawyers didn'l chisel more than sculpturers. Singular Fact. The Constitution of the Uuited Stales namca ths 4th of March for the inauguration of the President, Upoi expressing doubts as to what course would be adopted, should the 4th of March fall on Sunday, it was ascertained that it would no fall on Sunday for three hundred years. THE WIFE'S DOWER. , . BY A RETIRED TTORRET. Everybody who knew John Gordon, knew him to be one of ths meanest and moat con temptible men thst ever was permitted to walk the earth. His brother Peter waa not a hit better so that It Would appsar that meanness ran in the blood of the family. John was pretty veil off, so far ss this world's goods were concerned. His property Was sll invested in a building which had eoat m about thirty thousand dollars. lis did not marry until hs waa forty, probably from the fear of incurring unnecessary expense; snd when, finally, he did take a wife, it was only aa he would have taken him a house- eeper, a servant. Mrs. Gordon was a poor woftnm, and had been obliged to work very hard for a living. Probnbly she married on purely prudential considerations, for she eonld not possibly have loved, auch an abOit,ipt pi men aa John Gordon. She made a mistake but she meant right. She took good care of her hus band, treated him better than he deserved, snd waa in every reaped an obedient and faithful wife. All she received in return waa the meagre aupport which her huaband'a house afforded her. When they had been married soms three years, John waa taken sick, arid lingered long for a year, during which time hie wife waa an excellent and devoted nurse. Her whole aim aeemed to be to discharge her duties to her loid with fidelity. She hsd made a bargain with him, and she performed her psrt of the contract with scrupulous ex actness. One day I heard that John Gordon waa dead. It waa a email loss to the community snd I could not think of pitying hia wife, for er lot would certainly be ameliorated by his eparlure. She would be entitled to .one- bird of the income of his real estate, which, for a poor woman, as she had been, and hav ing no luxurious tastes to gratify, would be a princely stipend I neither thought nor hesrd any more of Johu Uordoo or his wife for two months. when a woman appeared at ray office and in troduced herself aa the latter. "Mine iaavery bad case, Mr. Docket," said she, seating herself by my side. "Indeed, madam, I thought you were very comfortably provided for. You have one- third of the income of your huaband'a estate, or about a thousand dollars s year." "It aeems I am not to have thia," she re plied, gloomily. "Not to have iti" "Peter Gcrdon has taken possession of the estate, declaring it belongs to him. He saya my husband sold it to him it few week before he died." "How could thst be?" "Peter showed uie the deed, and savs it Tins been recorded." "Does he! So much the better for you, madam. The law givea one-half of hia per sonal eslato " "But he sold it for one dollar," interrupted Mrs. Gordon. "He could not sell it without your concur rence. Did you release your right to dower in the premises?" "No, sir; Peter says I dfd, though, and shows me my name, duly witnessed, on the deed." "Didn't you sign it?" "No, sir." "Then it ia a forgery." "I suppose it is." "You are confident you did not aign your name to the deed V "I am very aure I did not, and for a very good reason." "How's that V "I cannot write; I never even wrote my name. I was brought up in the eountry, where girls did not get so much schooling ss now. My folks were very poor, snd I never had a chance to go to school," replied Mrs. Gordon, with some confusion. "Did not your husband know that you eould not write!" "No; I never told him." I dismissed her with the request that she would call the next day. I went at once to the Begislry of Deeds, and found that Mra. Gordon had told a atraight atory. Her miser able, contemptible husbsnd had given hia property to hia brother In hia last days, so as to cheat hia wife, who had cared for him in health, snd nuraed him in aickneua. of her just clate'upon his eststel He was a villain I I need not say I felt a deep interest in the case of my olient, and re solved to bring matters to an issue at once. The next day, when ahe called, ahe directed me to her aiater, by whom it eould be proved that Mra. Gordon eould not write her name; who had aeen her make her mark often, within s very short time. The person who professed to have wit nessed the signature of Mrs. Gordon was clerk in the office of Peter. My Srst move wss to take steps to arrest him 00 a charge of fraud, and to sue his employer for my client's share of the rente, which he had just collected, and which he had refused to pay over to her. When I had proceeded thus fsr, I received a visit from Peter Gordon. "What do you mean, sir 1" he asked rather aourly. . "I mean to get Justice for the widow." "Her husband was worth nothing when he died." "But his wife has one-third interest ia his real estate" "It was sold to me; and she signed sway her right to dower. ' . "Did she?" ' - "Certainly she did." "Did you aes her sign t" - To be surs I did; so did my elerk, "There hi a warrant oat for the -arrest of yonr clerk; and I have some hopes thst bs will turn 8tale's evidence, snd . convict his principal." . He started back with aatoni'inient and terror. ' . :. "I I don't understand you IT he stammer, sd out. , . 1 . "Don't trouble yourself abont it, Mr. Gor don; yon will understand It all In due time. f.nJ'For God'a sake, don't arrest my clerk. He Wui be the ruin of me," grosned he. "You should hsve thought of thst before," I ssld. You don't msan to say that evsrylhinir isn't all right about my brother's aflsiist Be cause, if it isn't I will make it right, you know," he whined In supplicating tonea. You say you saw Mrs. Gordon sign that deedr Well no; not exactly; but I inppose ahe signed it." , . .. i. .s You know she dido V - "How should I know!" "She can't write! She never even wrote her name ir. her life I" "Gracious!" 1 pressed the rascal closely and made him acknowledge that his clerk had signed the name for a consideration. I would have caus ed both of them to be aent te the Slate Prison, if Mra. Gordon had not begged me to spare them. Aa it waa, I aecured the entire income of the estate for my client, and charg ed my bill to Peter, who waa but too glad to pay it. . BENEVOLENCE. . A benevolent man was Abiolora Beta At ssoh ami every tale of diatreas He biased right up like a rocket; He felt for all beneath poverty's smsrt, Who were fated to bear life's roughest part, Hs felt for them in his inmost heart, aut ne never ieit in u,ie pocsetl He din'nt know riehtlv whst wss meant By thellible'e promised four hundred per cent, For eharitv'a aanli rlnnat.inn. But he acted as if he thought rsilrosd stoeks And bonds seeurs beneath earthly locka, Were better, with pocketa brim full of rocks, man neavsniy speculation. Yet all said he was sn excellent man: For ths poor he'd preach, for ths poor h'd plan, To better them he was willing; But the oldest man who had beard him pray, And preach for the poor in a pitiful way, Could hardly remember him riehtlv to say Mr. fiess hsd e'er given a shilling. Oh, an excellent man was Absolora Bess, And the world threw up its bands to bless Whenever his nsms was mentioned; But hs died ons day, hs did. snd ohl But be went right down to the shsdes below, rvnere ail are bound, l m afraid, to go Who are only good inteutioned. A Bad Case or the Aoue. The following is qnits ss trsgio if not so beautiful as the death of Minnihaha. Ita talented author ii unknown to us: . v And h tok Si )? ImdTjrt " " Ob ilaitools kiw, .liooli Wtm aarely - - Shook his boots off and bis toe-nails, Shook hia teeth out and his hsir on, Shook his coat all into tatters, And his hair all into ribbons; Shirtless, coatless, hairless, toothless, Minus boots and minus tos-nails, Still it shook hial, shook him, 'till it Made him yellow, gaunt and bony. Shook him 'till be reaojed his death bed. Shook bim 'till it shuffled for him Off hia mortal coil; and then it Having made him cold as conld be, tehook the earth still down upon him; And he still lies 'neath bis gravs-stous, . Ever shaking, shaking, shaking. European Troubles. The revolutionary spirit, on the continent, is actively at work again, under ground. The staple of the Inl est newa Irom Italy haa reference to "insur rections," "incendiary plaearda," "arrests" an 'expulsions" for "political offences," with an attempt to murder the King of Naples. Th Pope is in hot water again at Rome, in con sequence of aome enthusiasts there trying to regalvanize "the Republic." The narrow es cape of the French Emperor, the other day, waa the narrow escape of France. The du ration of "Order," there, many think, depeudi entirely upon a pistol shot, a well directed poinurd, or the explosion of an infernal ma- chine. Austria keeps the peace only at the point of the bayonet. Of the Western Pow era, England alone is quiet and ol all th crowned heads, that of Queen Victoria would seem to be about the only one that ia aufe on ita proprietors shoulders. Washington, Feb. 18. In the Senate to day, the Hon. Jamea S. Green, of Missouri, from the committee on Territories, presented a bill and report in favor of the admission of Kanaaa into the Union aa a State, with one representative, until thst State is known to be entitled to more from the regular oensus returns of its populstion. Meaara. Douglas, of Illinois, and Collamer, of Vermont, pre aentsd minority reports. (rtr" We see it staled in Northern papers that there are ao many domestics out of em ployment at the present time, in all the large cities, that the value of their labor haa fallen off nearly fifty per cent, from the scale of prices that obtained a year ago. It ia said that servants, both male and female, are ao pleuty iu New York that many are willing and anxioua to work for their board. Three dollars a month ia ths highest wagea that the womeo are able to secure. Wages sre now lower than they hava been for fifty years. 0 Said old Mrs. Philanthropy, the other day, accosting s precious urchin in the street, with a wardrobe remarkable foalte ventila ting advantages "Bubby, why don't you go home and have your mother aew up that awful hole In your trowaerst" "Oh, you git out, old "oman," waa the respeetlul reply, "our folks is economizing, and a hole will laat longer than a patch, any day." The nld lady's honest sympathy was wssted, while the youngster beat a retreat around the coi ner, diaplayiug a flag of truce In thu rear, ' v LIFE IN TEXAS. ;l - , George W. Kendall, one of the proprietor - of the New Orleans Picayune, ens large . estates to Texas. - Writing: to a friend In. Boston, he describes bis mode of life as fol lows: -; .'... . -. v..:-...v-' You may, perhaps, wish to leera the macU and, manner of my life hereaways; let me en lighten you. Three days In esch week I n -diuarily pass at my rancho here, three or four miles trom New Uraunfela, with my family; two days I spend at the Estaocia, a Place of. - mine, thirty miles West, and wliere my flocks of sheep are postured; and ths othsr two I am on the road backwards snd forwards, my -conveyance an old Jsraey wapon, with twe truaty horses. There Is one gap or eight ' ' miles oe the road without s houac,and aooth- , or of twelve; yet the way Is not loaosoma. I ' never paas over it without seeing aa abun- , dance of deer, turkles, ducks, patridges, and ths like; I carry alongside of me a double- ' barrel gun, a Hliarpe'e rifle, and one of Cult's revolvers, and aome kind of (rams h sure to grace my wagon both going and coming. v My sheep now number some three thou. oaaa, and Miies'fiuoke-yea never set eye up , . on; m may 1 nope to be able to count up wards of four thoussnd, as my Ismbs eoms In N April, I hsve, besides, s fine gang of brood niares, besides some forty cows, and like the elder Mr. Norvnl, "to feed my flock and in crease my store"-is now "my constant care." Did 1 not ooce tell you that I had much rath-' ersee my Ismbs skipping upon the hills and pinying in sue vaiieya man 10 witness tlia pirouettes and entrechats or the best corps da " ballet that ever exiatrd t If I did not say aa much to you it is nevertheless true. I have seen a good deal in my day, Jim the world, the elephant, Ac, but never saw anything whieh afforded so much real enjoy ment aa my flocks when doing well. And -aince I have been here on the spot in person, 1 . oow neariy two years, i nave nad extraordi nary good luck; I have not loat two per sent, of my sheep per annum, and when I tell you ' 11. ui iwoiuy per ceni. ia me average loss the . world over, you may well imagine that mv success is remarkable. 1 never aeli s ewe er ' anything which produces;! have pasturage, for twenty thousand aheep and any number of horses and Cattle; and to see nil this space 1 covered is now what 1 am working for. I don't bother my mind a moment about Kan-s.-s, or Brigham Younir, or politics of any Kinn uon i care wno la President tear God and hate the Indians am indifferent about walker and the devil try to keep my feei warm and head cool ana smoke my plpo in ' peace with all mankind. . . , Here, notwilhatandinir we occasionally hava ; a cold and blustering norther, our climate ia delicious; I am now writing, on this 1st Jan- ' uary, a. u., loss, aitling in my shirt sleeves, dootsand windows w ids open, no fire, and robins snd other summer birds singing in ths ' green live oaks of my yard. Think of that, all muffled op aa you are, and weep. And ' men nere among me mountains we hsve no fevers, no chills, no consumptions, no sickness of any kind. There's balm in Texas. XW No family is perfect without s dsugh- ' ter or a sister in it. A round dozen of 'great big' brothers will nut compensate for ons aol't eyed sunny-hrurted girl. Such a treas ure, numbered in the household, has s hu- . maniziug and civilizing tendency better to a rough, ungainly fellow in bouUaad STtlmrsj than two senaona at a dancing school, or a year at eolti'ge.--Ohe can thnoat invariably select a youth who haa no sister tojrlese bins . with. He ia awkward sa an auA? one of those fellows that is proverbially 'afraid of the girla,' and blushes like a cauliflower at the eight of oue, . And it is not because he is modest but because he is s sort of an un blanketed savage. Blessed lis the circle that hue a daughter in it. To Sairatds Eaters. At a lata con vention of Dentists it was asserted that thu main if not the aole cause of the great in crease of defective teeth, was the uae ot aulojrntus and cream nf tartar in the manu facture of bread ; and Dr. Baker fully agreed with the facts offered iu proof, adding ths results of seme experiments made by him- self. He soaked sound teeth in a solution of sulcerntus, and they were destroyed in fourteen doye I We here have the opinion of men whose talents, time snd zeal sre given to dentistry, thut satorntus snd cream of tar tar in bread area chief Cauae of ruin to teeth. Now, will those who know thia fact go on ' eating all that come in their way, without inquiring what it is made of! .V. Y. Presby- terian. "Sahivel, Bevake or Vidders." The Schenectady Reflector is responsible for the following: Quite a mistake lately occured in ' a love affair at Duuuesbiirg. A couple of young ones agreed to elope together, aud, by some mistake in the preliminary arrange ments, the gentleman put hia ladder up to the window of the room in which his sweet heart alept and which proved to be that tn which her anxious mamma, a handsome wid ow reposed. She turned the mistake to bi-r own advantage; got into his arms; returned ' hia uflectionate embraces; wss borne by bltn to the carriage, and by preserving becoming silence until daylight kept him blind of bis error, and, by the potent power of her blan- " dishments, actually charmed him into matri mony with herself. We give these facts oa . the authority of s responsible correspondent, Brooklyn, Feb. 14. George H. Simon son, s well known cilizei was to day badly ' aasaulted by rowdies. He haa since died. The excitement in the eity Is Intense and ths -citizens havs sppointed a vigilance committee. - A Painful Case. A Philadelphia paper says that one of the moat painful cases that ever came before a Coroner was presented oa Wednesday morning. A woman, forty-fly yeara of age, who is said to havs children married and in good circumstances, died with, out s home, from exposure, starvation, and intemperance. Her name waa Mary Me Mseksn. Her clothing consisted of strips of rag csrpet wrapt around her person. Death or a Phominset CirrziR. The Memphis Avalanche aays: We regret to announce the death of one ' late fellow-eilizen, David Adams, Esq., whit ' occurred on the steamer Ben Franklin, on Saturday last, In this pott. Mr. Adams , just returned from the far South, where ho' had been with the hope of restoring his that-' tered constitution. He returned, however, in , despair to die among hia frieoda, and it was permitted to him to depart from the home ef hia early adoption. " . r 13 rV :; . i ' - 1 . r X 1 -. . .v .. ... A- .-