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Stetetttehr ha® following chile
lines aboat the gift» : l: .,ÜPV • •
God bless the girl a
VT lioee golden cum
Blend with oar evening dreams ;
They haunt oar lives
»W They soothe oar pains,
They £11 odr brains
s< asau rtimj
Ood bless tbs girts, i .„
, Usd Uses Um writ,
1 bless our human flowers.
v fljrwin.
The wives are quite at deserving as
end we submit the following : ■
God Uas ssr wives,
They fill oor hives
With little bass mid boucy ;
They ease tits'i shocks,
They mead our sacks,
Bate—don't they spend the money I
When we ore sick.
They heal U9 .qUick—
Is, If they do love us ;
t, we die,
And then they cry,
, And Plane tomUtui** allure
roguish girls
may in fane f dream ;
ljat wives-—true wives—
Throughout our lives
Are everything they seem.
■■fiat, fof.fi.» fi, »
A correspondent of the AW OrUan»
Picayune, writing from Elizabeth City,
North OJL H
,___ Dismal Swamp lies between
tho Chaflapaake Bay and Albemarlo Hound,
partly ip Virginia and partly in North Ca
rolina, and extends about thirty miles from
north to south, and ten or -twelve miles
bread, sofld fit area is supposed to be about
150,000 acres. Its jp-owth is principally
thojfiiniper, not dissimilar to the oodar.—
The wood is soft, very durable, and much
used in the manufacture of tubs, buckets
and other vessels of convenience as well as
rails^ but the principal p
of this timber is made into shingles, which
find a market through the canal, via Nor
iainfti Other placés,' and
has been a source ef profit te those engag
edsnit. Thoetending «nfowteibf prat.;
S ich exhausted, it haa been obtained
jHtoMjMflÿy- by goiagMvenO fost.be
low the surface, and disinterring trees that
have fallen and been buried so lone that
sprung tip and irrtain/tf
ronsiderable «lie above them, Tho only
ni-oeaa to this swamp is on roads made with
lo«a. The akmgiec and lumber for other
«we« are prepared in tho swanfp, and
od out on these causeways, and it fokes
a mule trained to the work to do it, aa if
thnjr atop through the logs, which they oft
jfo, and miss the roots, they go to the
from. It is iaid that w many,peaces no
foundation has been found with the longest
pole. The hands who work in tho swfcmp
take the fr rations for'a month or longer,
and are tasked, all, overwork being paid
for. It hae.'for yens previous to emanoi
patten boon the resort of runaway slaves
who, it Ji«e been said, took up their abode
in tl^e wiWa, suWsti ng by working for
those sent there by their owners, apd rais
in this wilderness. A
iniper has sprung up In
ing tta
as a 'j
iaVir li
efest si te tw : ta useful. They
__ „ „ .......
smooth as n they had come from a lathe.
They make splendid telegraph pole*, and 1
saw large quantities on the banks of the
destined, T was told, for Europe,
in many parts there is a think un
wih bound together by the tangled
vines—w^ere the serpent feeds and man
hafi'^WÿÇpt trofl—there are various flowers ;
among- the most beautiful of which is the
ivy, with its rieh dusters, and the soarlct
of the sarsaparilla, which, abounds
in these dismal abodes. Fire, sometimes,
in • long drouth, makes groat havoo in
this swamp, not only laying waste its
growth, but absolutely burning for several
feet below the surface, the earth, which is
a decomposed vegetable substance, leaving
the roots of tho trees hare. A terrible
conflagration occurred a year since, which
mil tinted during the months of July, Ali
gnât mai September,
ly or quite rendered both the rond and
tst- this swamp, whiiUj
Albemarle Sound
with those of the Chesapeake Bay. It is
twenty-two mifodlhilg, -and, 'firith the ex
eeptibn «fa slight angle ncar-tehe middle,
is an air lüfre. On its banks there is a ve
ry good road connecting this- place with
Norfolk. The canal empties into Pasquo
tank River m this State, and Eliznheth
River In Virginia, about ten miles from
Portsmouth. It was formerly navigable
for «essais of sixty sad seventy tons, but
has now not more than three feet of water.
Two small propellers ply regularly between
this and Norfolk, and there is still cojasid
criroW trade sarried on throtlgh it. A pro
ject is on foot by the company to make it
a «hill channel. A survey has been made,
and the estimated cost is $600,000. Tfiii
eatiul iff supplied with water from Lakq
Drummond, through a feeder three miles
long, whfon enters about the centre and
flmtir towar d« hath «ad», and is retained by
stdne locks at convenient distances. The
ciiÿily is likewise held in
also a canal to Suffolk.
. Lake Drummond is an oblong body of
water .about fifteen miles in cireuinfereuee,
and it is said that bottom has not yet been
found in some port» of it. Hare H lies in
silence in the bosom of this interminable
sy*rei»W%iUhlt around the primoval for
ests watch «v4,*«nlnre keeping. Jt soems
be the most elevated part of the swamp,
its waters flötr out at both end» to sup
ply the canals. There is, therefore, a
rnystqrT »bere it goto its supply at wdter.
Some have suppoeed from suhterranrep
springs. In my early days
lake. In passing through the feeder the
overhanging trees sad (tingled vines tortire
ly shut out the rays of the sun, and when
this beautiful and mysterious sboet of wa- I
and at «ne tim«
oonneeta (htt waters Of
the lake by a
flflritotetéd W thé- hW there V
I visited thfc
ter bultt Mdeuly up« tlfcjUH Wnfoas
I had been groping my way through a
dark and gloomy passage and entered ifl
spacious saloon. In rein-did I look around
lor the
some familiar sound. The serene sky was
led by the passing breeze, below ; while
lie king-fisher sat perched upon a dead
Umkwafokhig.fec si
fence reigned, and solitude brooded over
tjhe scene. Not even a hoot from the sol
loore, vial
on the Lake of the
Where, all nightlong, flre$y in
She padales her white canoe."
habitation of man, or lüsten to catch
' It
f h
of (or
to thé
adriftT ortMSIMS^sOfoéthmg fis follhw*: soOptfo.
A man named Drummond had committed a »nd
crime fur which he wW Sentenced to death.
He made his escape and took refuge in this
swamp, wfeH U rfiMmei ftp pome years,
when he again ventured into civilization,
and gave a very mysterious account of the l* 0111
Wonders of this lake and its quiet waters. H
t>H reyealing its locality he was reprieved, feet
Abodt ■fcm' »i ègnttl Steudtl i I
Stone which marks the"North Carolina and
Virginia line, which runs through this l n *t
»warn». In, yea?« gone bv. hut in my re
collection, a long building was erected bun.
here, »art pf whioh was in eaeli State. It denses
was kept as a house of aacomiuodatiDa for
trawdlers, but was a Gretna Green, and session
the landlordÖ^ A'XiBioffbfae Peace, I
and duly authorized to solemnize the rites
of dteili Mm pm. «ft W th *
the'hymeneal knot been tiro, and tlm twain
made one in th9,Nortb.ü»Miina end of thiB are
house, and the young and happy couple, I
after spending the night, returned, !
Ing at the law that forbid the marriage of One
ladies under a certain'dee without the con- ances
senurtparents or guardians. *The house way
was recently burned, and a rude hut now
occupies the spot. FU : -> Ht..' : UM bn
There is some arable land and a small I
village at each end of tbeeantl, and strange they
as it may seem, persons on its banks are pht
exempt from the diseases incident to this
climate—chills and fever and bilious fever, from
Thi* is thought to be attributable to the i n g
water which they use, and which is obtain- to
iiilrraCfiäl»fiUfrtiiiiiiii*nrr Vlh»mtw
ls very highly colored, having much the
appearance of being mixed with French mg
brandy, and is strongly impregnated with with
the roots ef the Juniper. The specific gra- as
Vity of this water is much less than that
elsewhere. It la 'not unpleasant to thei to
taste, and those who useit become fond of
It is considered. very eonAmivu to f»M
ealth. Indeed, some years since—and it
may Btill be stM-if Was used extensively by
»11 naval vessels sailing from Norfolk on of*it
longeruisas. U W»s not only more healthy that
but kept purer than any other water, and
fo* these reashna theft- sàp$ly WAs »htainfed I
»t some trouble and expense from the Dis- of
mal Swamp. the
I hew« just acMi rit Sbvtttl thel
company or association have submitted a |
proposition for Hite purehisete fHJni the State I
of North Carolina of all the Disiual Swanip I their
lands wiihÜMts i/rriuory. '1dm timber on 1
these larife'fc-'ralradMe,' trad «une portions
®f them may possibly, by d**inagc, be in
time, brought into cultivation : but there] with
iad kpanantedut'pAiduatUii ofilUtoiste'ïidpl
which can be immediately made available
and pru&toUt. anA whioh dtoiaieomowhat fruit
atrange has not been taken advantage of.
I t da the iantoeaao quantity of .w»tt»p»uill*.
nd snake rootgrowiug w gfeat profusion
»verywhere. Some specimens of these val
uabW oroduotiorui have bean taken tomarj l
kdt. -ofod wdfe pMnouhfced W ve*F supBWW
finality. The proceeds of the sale of these ! .,
land« have already boo* appropriated by
ihp u J < egi)|latUM)a>( y Nqrtlk,Q»(Pi)id^',t^„fJti'J
purposes of education. ]
~ lut MW n iB nil'll n rr u-i
the place. • The
lake add wrote a
Dismal Sw
wa- I School!).
Boo til nnd tHr Lord's Prayer.
In tho palmy days df Booth (the father
f Edwip Bpotli A the great tragedian, to
gethov WithS^Vte&KfrKfod#, Wall ftlvi«ed to*|
dine by a person who was opposed to thea
très and fheatre-gobfig, and yet who had
curiosity enough to wish to see something
of the lion of the day. During the even-1 to
ing some one requested Booth, as a par
ticular fuvor, to read the Lord's Prayer.
Ho expressed his willingneteto dote, ànd I
all eyes turned expectantly towards him. <>f
Slowly and reverently he arose. All were
astonished at the play of emotions that con
vnlscfi kia Oowtonanoe. His fooq henfijme
deathly pale, and his eyes, tremblingly
nett upwards, wore Wet with tears. The
silence could almost bo felt ; it became abso
lutoly painful before his rieh toned votes
from the deatfobued lips indescribably in
syllabled forth, "Our Fnthar who art in
Evory heart was thrilled
with the pathos mtl solomnity of the octfl
sion. After he had finjshed the silence
continued, ffiiftl a sfitdüHr ÄiVfftim a re
mote comer of the too* broke the s^cUl
The host stepped forward with strcainlfi
eyes, andaeiztngBgatUby thpjuini said:
"Sir, yon hïvwâfoisïed «é » pfcasWre for I
whioh mywholo future life will fuel grateful,
I in »mold svan, an| t every day* from .say I
boyhood to the present time I thougth I had
repeated the Lords'S Frayer, but I have
never heard it before, never."
Booth replied: " To read that prayer as
it should be read, has oost rue the severest
study find labor fot thirty years; and'I am
from hclitg yet Safithfied with my render
ing of tfrat Wonderful production. Hardly
mon in a thousand comprehends how
muen beauty, tenderness and grandeur can
be condensed iq a space so small and in
words so simple. That prayer Of itialf I
suffioently illustrates the trni£ «f tho Bible, [
and stamps upon it the seal of Divinity.''
8o great an effect hab been produced by
the readmtt, Bigtaftef-V(qfoutes
euliduod oohveriamw the feompany broke [
up and retired, for the time àt least «4 th
full hearts. . .1 v, <
heaven," etc.
- --—— u di « «Mw F »
The gMneeter, it he die a martyr to life
profession, îs doubly ruined. Ho addk his
soul tdrëwry other arôrby of
' • j * J
interfered with I
The woman who
her husband's affairs arrived in town the
other day. She i» unnyirÿpd.
Biblical theatricals are a Sunday ovening I
amusement of the Connecticut Snnety I
ütel grading.
It is too much the practice of "*the
World" 'to* judge harshly all men who are
aiming to lead a moral or religious life,
wrong be committed by euch an one,
pone are so ready to censure as the wrong
doers, who seem to have but little charity
those wfid, like themselves, are subject
thé frailties of our common humanity.
such we commend the subjoined lesson
of-wisdom, which they should lay to heart :
Two friends lived together in a certain
city, the one a Christian and the other a
soOptfo. T'ficy ofiteii talked abont religion,
the chief objection urged by the sceptic
Gbri»t,.M*y v*» that those who
professed to be wirtuepeed by its principles,
have the course of their lives direc
through its precepts, wppe fa# l** 01 "
0111 © faultless. Purely, he said, it
were true, they would not be so imper
feet as they «re. If their religion had been
originated and were sustained by
should be able to discover no flaw
*t- ...
«>» ^ad frequency reasoned With
bun. He had spoken of the external cvi
denses of this religion, of its intrinsic ex
cellence, and of the great change its pos
session caused in the lives of those who
received it and tried to live according to
dictates. Put all had been of no avail;
* throw» hack with
redoubled toree ."lhose who profess it
are imperfect; therefore it cannot have
These friends often Walked out together.
One day they went to visit sqn.c acquamt
ances who lived in the country. Iheir
way led them through pleasant villages,
KW*«**found grofij* of diddren playing
bn def the elms that grew upon the village
green.. ^i^jt^thpy entered onç hamlet
they saw a throng of hoys and gills rush
pht of school and to various sports mar
bice,bull,cricket, and rounders; but not far
from them they noticed a little girl watch
n g tbc other children at play, yet not able
to join them because of her lameness. 1
K - ;iTi 7* The flowo / 8 w,Vi
eariietrt ütontfc <tf summer Were Just toifold
mg their petals, and the air was fragrant
with newly-mown hay.' Iho earth looked
as though she had put on one of her jewelled
dresses, and the sky its lightest robe of blue,
to woloome in the reign of the queen 1
Bummer. One thins; only disturbed i
f»M enjoyment Of the scene ; for weeks a
venomous east wind had been blowing, and
though the landscape was so fair, enough
of*it Mill remained to tell the wanderers
that the brightest day is not quite perfect.
Not long after taking this walk the
frie-wls wore strolling tliWiugh a gallery
of sculpture and painting, which contained
the inaster-pieces and choicest works of the
artists aud.aeulptors of every age. J
brandtraiiir Baffaelle, Tkian aim Till
Canova and the old Greek masters had left
their treasures to meet together in this
place, ' The friends marvelled at tho won
drous coloring, and at the marble whicli
almost seemed instinct with life. Madonag,
with auguish pietured upon their faces
Graces, that made the gazer grieve to
thinkmo broath of jife was in them, and
fruit that miglit have tempted tho very
birds^to peck'it, attracted their attrjutiun.
They 'wondered at tho power of man at his
highen inspiration ; hut yet they were
obliged to oonfese that nothing they saw
depicted then, beaiitiful though It was.
equalled even the imperfection of nature,
! ., goon after visiting this palace of art they
were Btrullirig through a garden. In its
fnidst ; ^_ood a mansion, agouud which was
everything that heart could desire. Its
owner also was renowned, and honors were
14 m m a«L % provisions
th wnich a grateful country coulu bestow
them, -liare they thought, 4a tlm hflart of
thiH lordly man, must happiness he found,
But no ; when they came to inquire, t lur,'
found that his only son was dead, and tile
possessor of all tlioy saw had no children
to perpetuate bis namo, uor any one whom
he cared to love.
As they wandered on through the
I grounds they saw a tree covered with roses
<>f a brilliant color. "Here," said tlio
sceptic, plucking one of the flowers ; "I
have nt last found something that is perfect,
and has no flaw within it." lie looked
into it, as did his friend also, expecting to
find it as he said. But as they gazed in
tently at the btosiom, they saw that some
few of iU petals were withered, and hiddon
in it* very centre lay a worm,
Not long after they were once more talk
ing of the imperfections of thoso who pro
fossod to be Christians. They remembered
that they had not found anything absolutely
perfect in tho world. The village green,
with its groups of merry children, had its
oripple also ; the glory of the early day of
summer was marred by a biting east wind;
I man's most beautiful works were faded and
flawed all over ; the peer, who was sup
I posed by tillKie who did not know him to
be amongst the happiest of the eurtli, had
no son to hear his lionors into the future ;
and even the flowers which'seemed of
everything the freshest from the hand of
O-od 1 ) hid worths 6t blight witliin then
leave. Then the seeptic remembered thqt
he expected perfection only in erring mna,
and, ceasing to wonder why God had not
mado His servants perfect in the world
while all arouud them was imperfect, he
became himself a Christian. And then
I every doubt was removed ; for he found that
[ even when he would do good evil was
present with hint' so, tlm! he began to long
for a world ia whiuh he should he freed
of!from wrong, and seeing God as He is, be
[ like Him.— Tcuchcr't Trcaeury.
A Postscript. —" I love to looK upon a
young man. There is a hidden potency
eonoealed within his breast which charms
and pains
The daughter of a clergyman happening
to find the above sentence at the close of
her father's manuscript as he had left it in
I hi " stnfly sat dovytnivl added :
" Thém'l niy sentiments exactly, papa,
excepting the ' pains.
I The tree: poet Js always great if enm
I pared with others ; not ul«#ys if computed
with himself.
Bonifocci are tnoro subject to imposition
from penniless travelers than any other
class of purveyors, and itinant bo admitted
also meet with less sympathy when they
taken in. If what we hear of Vallojo
landlords be true, they must have suffered
heap of martyrdom from itinerant Bohe
mians before tlioy resorted to the present
ingenious measure Of self-defense,
seems that the rule adopted there is to pay
dinner immediately upon the delivery
the plate of soup. The other day a
fraudulent genius; having unsuccessfully
exploited one hotel, boldly entered the
Washington and called for dinner. He
Was astonished to see the waiter approach
him with a plate of soup in one liapd, a
towel in the other, and a large fimily
syringe a
the plate
and significantly placed the palm of Ills
hand under the nose of the hungry man.
As out friend had not as yet tackled his
meal, ho modestly inquired the meaning
of the open hand.
"Pay in advance!" was the torso and
peremtory reply ofthe waiter.
' ' Can't you wait till 1 get through my
my meal, first ?"
" No, sir. Our rules are positive. On
delivery of the soup plunge down the
"Singular promptitude," he muttered.
Then reddening up with natural indigna
tion, said he :
"I suppose, if I don't pay you, you'll
brain me with that bludgeon pump of
" Not at all, sir. Through this instru
ment we secure our business on a cash
basis. Your money, if you please!"
He thought he had the dead-wood on
the soup anyhow, and dipped his Bpoon
for the first mouthful. Before the spoon
reached the broth, however, he was trans
fixed at seeing the waiter coolly introduce
the point/if Ins syringe into the piste, and
pulling the suction handle out to its fullest
.extent, the soup suddenly disappeared,
leaving his plate, us empty as his stomach.
He turned around, hut the waiter had
jassed to another customer, and our friend
eft the establishment in disgust.
under bis arm. The waiter laid
of soup in front of the customer,
w r
Honorable Courtahlp,
We beard a very pretty incident the
other day, which we cannot help relating.
A young lady from the South, it seems,
was wood and won by a youthful physician
living in California. When the engage
ment was made the doctor was rich, having
been successful at San Francisco. It bad
not existed many months, however, when
by an unfortunate investment he lost his
entire " heap." The event came upon
him, it should he added, just as he was
about to claim his bride. What does he
do? Why, as an honorable and chival
rous young man, as lie is, ho sits down
and writes the young lady the particulars
of the unhappy turn whiuh had taken place
in his fortunes, assuring her that if the fact
produced any change of feeling toward him,
sho was released from all the promises she
had made to him. And what, does she,
the dear, good girl ? Why, she takes a
lump of pure gold, which her lover had sent
her in his prosperity as a keepsake, and
having it manufactured into a ring, for
wards it to him with /he the following bi
ble inscription engraved in distinct char
acter on the outside :
"Entreat mo not to leave thee;
to return
from following thee ; for whither thou goest I will
and wlwc thou lodg$»U will lodgo ; tliy peo-»
plo-Atl! *)w my people, arid thy £<A •>by God ;
where thou diest 1 will die, and there w
buried; theLord do so to me and more also, if
uuglit bof (fokth piwt the and twb<y. r * * •.
Tho lover idolized his sweetheart more
than evfcr when he received this procious
evidence of hçr devotion to him in both
storm and sunshine. We may add that
fortune soon again smiled upon tho yonng
physician, and that lie subsequently re
turned to the South to wed the sweet girl
he loved, and who loved him with such an
undying affection. Young ladies who read
the bible, as the heroine of this incident
seems to have done, oro pretty sore to
make good sweeathearts and better wives.
—Louisville Journal.
•ill I be
Sign* of Character.
A lady who appears to have given the
subject much thought, submits the follow
ing suggestions to enable women to trace,
the character of men by outward signs :
If the man you contemplate have - thick
red lips, he will be simple, good naturud,
and eusily managed.
If ho speak and look with his mouth ex
tended, it is a certaiu murk of stupidity.
If lie speak quick, hut distinct, and
walk firm and erect, ho will be ambitious,
active and probaly a good husband.
If he blush, it is a favorable sign ; but
a speaking bluntly and positively betokens
much of headstrong self-will.
If he lese at cards snappishly, he is im
patient ; and to client at play for gain
shows a mind unworthy of trust.
If ho boast of a ladys favors, he Is to he
If he look pale in a passion, with pale
lips, he cannot have uitlior true love or
real coin-h Jpi to defend you.
If he luive a manly dark beard, a hand
some nose, ho will be furnished, with good
quulitios and abilities to please.
If ho be of a yellow complexion, it im
plies morosoness and jealousy ; if he have
a puguose, suappishness and vulgarity.
If he he beetle-browed, it shows duplici
ty and fickleness.
If he has a dimple on the cheek or chin,
he will bo the father of a handsome race,
or generous.
Ked hair shows great hmorosness ; au
burn, loye and *cal ; a mellow brown, fi
delity ; black, love and jealousy.
The open bold forehead in amiable ; blue
and black eyes arc more amorous than
gray or hazel ; the G recian uose implies
rnanlinCHH ; the broad bottle-nose, late hours
and drink- - • i
Jcriku, who "d as appealed to for aid for
tho snffering poor of Crete, replied tfoit
there were poor "oretnrs" enough neait-r
homc to claim all jhc aid that ho eoqld af
ford to give,
• A Frenchman, wishing to speak of the
cream of the Knglish poets, forgot the
word, and said: " Dc butter of poet».''
Popular Ideas Concerning Ke
The Janesville Gazette talks very sensibly upon
point and says there is a class ot* well menn
but thoughtless jiorsons who regard u news
paper as a sort of benevolent enterprise gotten hp
some liberul-miiided gentlemen for the sole
Purpose of doing all the good possible, and who
las selected the milllon-tongued press to accomp
lish it, They are the regular poachers upon the
pressmen who always want their favors inserted
gratuitously, and are always read v to inform the
publisher that he is engaged in publishing a news
paper, and they are always sure to hare some
thing of a business nature that they believe to be
good news which ought to be given to the public
at once. One man has just patented a new heat
ing apparatus that will save half the fuel
used, and of course it will be a great favor to the
poor if the editor will just tell the people free of
charge, where such apparatus can be bought,.
A man engaged in the manufacture of reapers,
récerttly sent the editor a communication of two
columns solid matter, setting forth the saving his
machine would bo to farmers over the common
reaper, which he wished inscjtcd gratis, it would
be helping the farmers, don't you see? Then
there are nuinbfeless organizations and associations
of individuals that nre clamorous for free rides in
the publisher's wagon. The different religious
denominations want all their notices of meetings,
conventions and festivals published free : first,
because they are too poor to
cause they are engaged in
the busUiesspf the publishers to help on the noble
work. Firemen get no pay for watching the
property of citizens, and must have their notices
of elections, meetings, Ac., given them pro bono
publico. The temperance organizations are busy
in the noblest work that can engage the effort of
men—that of uplifting the fallen and ruined of
our race.
John I)oe takes a weekly paper for which he
pays two dollars a year ana gets five dollars
worth of reading. His
itor to print au obituary notice that costs ut least
two dollars to get it put in type. John might as
consistently ask the undertaker who furnished
the coflin foe his poor wife, to throw in a small
one tor bis youngest child, simply because he was
a patron of bis, as to ask such favors of a news
paper without pay.
A* mean IpiÉÉfli
expects the editor to put
on his fitness for the position, whitewash his
character, print his tickets and vote them too, all
for the good of the cause and the success of cor
pay, and second, be
uoing good and it is
wile anti he asked the ed
is nominated for office, nnd lie
tiie best possible luce
rcct principles.
Wo beg all whom itniny concern to remember
be nmde without it
that no good newspaper
has the whole time and industry of those engaged
on it, und its expenses are comparatively larger
in proportion to its gross receiots than almost
any other sort of business. If you read a paper,
pay for it; if you need its facilities for getting
your business before the public and increasing
trade, pay for that , but don't sponge.
Varulih for Short.
It is a had plan to grease the upper lea
ther of slides for the purpose of keeping
them soft ; it rots the leather, and admits
the dampness more readily. It is tatter
to make a varnish thus: — Put half »
pound of gum shellac, tanken up in small
pieces, in a quart tattle or jug, cover it
w r ith alcohol, cork it tight, and put it on a
shelf in a warm place ; shake it well several
times a day, then add a piece of gum
camphor as largo as a lien's egg ; shake it
well, and in a few hours shake it again and
add one ounce of lamp-black ; if the alcohol
is good, it will be dissolved in three days;
then shake and use. If it gets too thick,
add alcohol—pour out two or three tea
spoonsful in a saucer, and apply it with a
small paint-brush. If the materials were
all good, it will dry in about, five minutes,
and will be removed only by wearing it off,
giving a gloss almost equal to pateut lea
The advantage of this preparation above
others js that it docs not strike into the
leather and make it hard, hut remains on
the surface, and yet excludes the water
almost perfectly. This same preparation
is admirable for harness, and does not soil
when touched, as lump-bluck mixtures do.
The ParadUe of the Peach.
It is becoming known that the Penin
sular east of the Chesapeake bay is " The
Paradise of the Poach," and a most favored
locality for every variety of fruit. This
branch of Agriculture, needing in order to
its perfect success, thorough knowledge
and the utmost public enlightment, is not
ikiuiliar to northern editors ! It is well
known that nearly all the Agricultural and
Horticultural publications of great circu
lation come from north of Pennsylvania.
They do not understand the fanning inter
ests of the Border nnd Hnuthem Htatcs,
and the articles published by them will he
found to be only adapted to the north,
the farmers of Delaware, *M ary land and
Virginia, is offered the Delaware Tribune,
which is advertised elsewhere.
We are ruined, not by what we really
waut, but by what we think we do ; there
fore, never go abroad in search of your
wants, if they be real wants, they will
come in search of you ; for he that buys
what he does not want, will soon want what
ho cannot buy.
A little girl, walking one day with her
mother in a church-yard, reading one after
another the praises of those who slept be
neath, said: " I wonder where they bury
the sinners?"
A revengeful knave, will do more than
he will say ; a grateful one, will say more
than he will do. •
or TUB
(Piiddidoum ^ranstripf.
rriHE TRANSCRIPT is published evory S(>
X urduy morning, at TWO DOLLARS per tp
, payable iu advance. Single copies
The growing importance of Middletown, situ
led as it is in the midst of a wealthy and popi
1 otis region of country, and the centre of
tive ami steadily increasing trado, requires he
aid of ft local press to develop still further
abundant resources, and to bring more fully i/to
view the Agricultural, Horticultural, and Poho
logical advantages of New Castle county, .nd
the adjacent parts of Delaware and Mftr.vliud.
It will be the aim of the Transcript to advmce
these great leading interests, and to encodage
manufactures and the piochanic arts. It wj) al
so present an abstract of the current news.nnd
an accurate report of the local and city markets.
It will aim to take a broad, liberal* andeom
prehensive view of public affairs ; upholding the
('onajtituUon as the bond of union botwefti the
States, and steadily maintaining the priciples
of a sound Democratic Oonservaflsm.
nmns will be open, however, to a proper inscus
sion of all topics of general interest, itsWitors
holding the sentiment, with Mr. Jeffers«, that
"error of opinion may safely be tolcrate|\
reason is left free to combat It."
It is unnecessary to*say more within le
limits of a prospectus. The p*yH* p v 1 speak
for itself. The friends of the enterprise till ob
lige us by canvassing energetically for ibscrib
ers, writing the names legibly.
letters should be addresse to the
TRANSCRIPT, Middletown, Del.

Jan. 4tb, 1868.
Mlit and lumoi[.
Joali Billing» on Prayer.
From too many friends and things at
loose ends, good Lord deliver us.
From a wife who don't love us,' good
Lord deliver us.
From snakes in the grass, from makes
in our boots, from torchlight processions,
and from new rum, good Lord
From pack peddlers, from young folks in
love, from old
from kolcra morbus, good Lord deliver us.
From wealth without charity, from praise
without sense, pedigrees worn out, and
from all poor relations, good Lord deliver
deliver us.
aunts without money, and
From newspaper sells, from pills that,
ain't physio, from females that faint, and
from men who flatter, good Lord deliver
From gals that chaw gum and wear dirty
stockings, nnd from men who don't love
babies, good Lord dolivor us.
From other folk's secrets, und from our
own; from Mormons, and ineguuis, and wo
men committees, good Lord deliver us.
From virtue without fragrance, from
butter that smells, from nigger eamp-nieet
tings, from cuis that are courting, good
Lord deliver uj.
An Oui La|iiy in a Bau Fix. —A very
good widow, fho was looked up to by the
congregation to which she belonged as an
example of pi|ly, contrived to bring her
conscience to terms for one little indul
gence. She lived porter; and one day,
just as she hail received half dozen bottles
from the mail who usually brought her the
comfortable (leverage, she—oh, horror !—
discovered tto of the grave elders of the
church appi iaching her door. She ran tin
man out of / lie back door, and the bottles
under tho hid. The weather was hot, nnd,
while coniersing with her sage friends,
pop went i cork. " Dear me," cxuluiined
the good Jady, " there goes the bed cord;
it snapped yesterday the same way.
must liav/ another* rope provided."
few mi mil's went another, followed by the
peculiar lies of escaping liquor. The rope
would ink do again, but the good lady was
notât a loss,
black ca
under there,
poped off, anil the porter came stealing out
from under the bed curtain. "Oh, dear
me !"
these bottles of yeast away!'
A yoanp lieutenant, residing in lodgings,
the sitting room of which nas very small,
was visiloii by one of his fashionable mili
tary friends, who on taking leave said,
alluding to the smallness of the apartment,
"Well 1 , Charles, and how much longer
do you oraii to continue in this mttslrll?'
To which ho wittily repied, " Until I
become a kernel."
" Doit you know me? said a Massachu
setts soldier to his former commander.
" Nt my friend, I don't."
" Wiy. sir, you once saved my life."
" Al, how was that ?"
" Why, sir, 1 served under yon nt the
battle if Fort Donclson, and when you ran
away k the beginning of the fight, T ran
after j-vu-else I might have been killed.
God hiss you, my preserver, my benefac
tor !"
" Pipa, please buy mo a muff when yon
go toi Boston," said little three-year-old
Until., Her sister Minnie bearing this,
said : j
" Y ni arc too little to have a muff."
" Au I too little to be cold?' rejoined
the iijiguant little Butli.
Offv A CfUKii.—A famous Judge came
court one day in busy season;
wherlit his clerk, in great surprise, in
quirdt of him the reason. "A child was
born,' his honor said, "and I'm the happy
sire,] "an infant judge?" "Oh.no," said
he, "as yet he's but a crier."
(la of the most original of juvenile in
ventifs was that of little Fanny, who, in
strajif saying her prayers at night, spread
out jar alphabet on tho bed, and raising
her tves to Heaven, said. " O Lord ! here
are lie letters—arrange" them to suityour
H< Dear me," said she "that
of mine must he at some mischief
Scat !"
Another bottle
said, she, "I had forgot ; it is my
! Here, Prudence come and take
]■ I say, Clem," said two disputing dar
kii^. appealing fur decision to a sable .
pi/-., " vvhich word is right—di-zactly ot
dttzactly ? " Tilt sable umpire reflected u
us inent, and then, with a look of wisdom,
said : "I can't tell per-zactly."
It is said to be dangerous to be working
laehino near a window when
ritli a sewing
(acre is a thunder storm. It is also dang
, 0-0118 to be working near some sewing ma
chines (that wear gaiters) when there is no
thunder storm !
Tbndkr II ka r.'TT.n.—Mrs. Jones, a far
'mer's wife in Cometicut, gays: "1 Move
I've got the tenderost hearted boys in the
world. I can't t<|l one of'em to fetch u
pail of water but what he'll burst out a
" Papa," said à little hoy, " ought the
master to flog me for what l did not do?"
" Certainly not, illy son," said the father.
" Well," replied t|io little fellow, " lip did
to day when I didn't do my sum."
Never set yoursalfup for a musician just
because you have got a drum in your car,
nor believe you are cut out for a school
teacher merely because you have a pupil
"Johnny," said it carpenter to a rather
green apprentice, "have you ground all the
tools right?" " All but the handsaw, I
could not get all the nicks out of that."
Why arc young ltdics kissing each other
like an emblem ot Christianity ? Because
thoy are doing unto each other as they
would that men should do unto them.
A man wt^o had a scolding wife, being
asked what he did for a living, replied that
he kept a hot bouse.
Why is a newspaper like a wife? Do
man should
you give it up? Bceauso every
have one of his own. *
It is vary curious that a watch should
bo perfectly dry, when it has a running
spring inside.
It is a part of the Boston creed that one
who is born in that city docs not need to
lie born again. ,
Democratic Dally and Weekly
T HE attention of the Democratis and Conscrv
•ailves of the country is called to the Daily
rmd Weekly issues of this widely circulated journal.
The dissemination of sound political doctrines
should commend the earnest attention of every
true friend of the Union and tho Constitution.
The events of the past poljjical year are full of
significance. The uprising of the People in op
position to the destructive policy of Radicalism,
clearly shows that the masses are determined to
restore again to power the great Democratic party,
every page of whose history is filled with the
glory and prosperity of our common country.
No more effectual method for presenting the Truth
can be devised, than in circulating Democratic
ournals. It is the intention of the Proprietors of
hr Aok to make it, in every way, worthy of the
support and confidence that have heretofore been
extended to it. Improvements are contemplated
every department, and no puins or expense
will be spared to keep it in tnc front rank of
American journalism.
The Daily Auk contains the latest intelligence
from all parts of the world, wHh articles on Gov-'
eminent, Politics, Trade, Finance, and all the
current questions of the day ; Local Intelligence^
Market Reports, Prices Current, Stock Quotations,
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Criticisms, Reviews of Literature, Art and Musi ,
Agricultural Matters, and discussions of whutt v. i
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Besides special Telegrams, it bus all the dispute he.,
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United States, and also the Associated Press dis
patches recived by the Atlantic Cable: and ibi
news from all parts of Europe brought by
steamers, is instantly telegraphed frean whatever
point the steamers first torn h.
The Wkkkly Aok will be n complete compen
dium of the news of the week, and besides the
leading editorials from the Daily, will contain u
large amount of interesting matter prepared ex
pressly for the weekly issue. It will be
respects n first-class family journal, particularly
adapted to the Politician,*the Farmer, the Mer-,
liant, the Mechanic, the Family Circle, and the
ïcneral Reader, having, in fact, every character
istic of a live newspaper. At an early day will!
be begun an intensely interesting serial, by one!
of the most popular And fascinating authors, andj
it is also the intontiolf to publish, from week to
*se of the year, three or four of
the best und latest novels.
Journal in
reek, in the
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six months, $4 f>0 ; three months, $2 SO ; for any
less period, at the rote of $1 per month. Pay
ment required invariably in advance. Postage
on the Daily, 30 cents per quarter, or $1 20 per
annum, to be prepaid at the office pf delivery.
Terms of this Weekly. —One copy, one year,
$2 ; five copies, one year, $9 ; ten copies,
year, $17 . r iU ; twenty copies, one year, $33.
clubs, where the papers are sent to one address,
the following reduction will lie made: — Five
copies, one year, $8 50 ; ten copies, one year,
$10 50; twenty copies, one year, $30. A copy
will be furnished gratis for each club of ten, or a
more, to one address, for one year. Payment re
quired invariably in ndvance. Postage on the
Weekly, five cents per qnarter, or twenty cents '3
per annum, to be prepaid at the office of deliverv.
_ -mH
jt#' The above terms will be rigidly adhered ff
to. Drafts on Philadelphia, or Postoffice Orders,
payable to the order of the Publishers, being igL
safer, are preferable to any other mode of remit« m
tance. All who send money by Express, niust ^
pre-pay Express charges. Specimen copies of tiré %
Daily and Weekly sent gratis, ou application ut$
this office. Advertisements inserted at modern té i
rates. Address
430 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
January 4, 18tiH—tf
W 'ILL commence tho year 18<i8 with a thorough
and well-digested plan of devoting its
interests of runners. Its has rc
colums to the
eeived, and will commence at au early day, the
1. A complete series of articles on Peach CuD .
turc, by an Experienced Observer, residing in ^
one of the greatest' pcucli-growing districts of
Delaware. •» /->,
2. A regular contribution every work, by a V'
Delaware Lady, Under the head Of "The Houifet «
wife," containing Recipes, Practical iliuli Expe
rienced Suggestions, Ac.
Thos. B. Poursey, the well-known Agrirnl
turist of Kept eounty, has contributed tp our col- «p.'
umns the valuable results, in facts and figures, of 1|j
his carefully conducted experiments with various .ff
fertilizers, ou the wheut and corn crops of Dolu- v
ware. These cxi»eri^ioois have been conducted (
for a series of years, and the rcKiilts have been
repeatedly' published,
practical value, i
uioujit of their
pamphlet form, by the
County Agricultural Society. . >
4. We are promised further practical contribu- jm
lions from Prof. David Stewart, of Port Penn ; *,vi
James ('. Jackson, of Mill Creek ;• John Gow, of
Kent County; und other Practical Fanners uud VMI
1 eat
Fruit Orowera.
We shall commence, the first week in January,
a delightful continued nmianoe, " THE GOV
EltXOR'8 DAUGHTER'' a Tale of the East
Polish Insurrection ; by II. Sutherland Edwards.
It will run through the paper in about 3 months.
Terms of the Delaware Tribune, $2 00 per
annum, in advance.
Wilmington, Delaware.
January 4—tf
.4 Weekly Journal of Literature, Society and Atm
B ELIEVING that the peuple of the South
ot lonuth convinced of the duty and impott f
Pmce of Huppurliug their own literature, we com- r
me lire it, on the first uf October, IS.iT, in the citj Susflto
of italttniure, the pubUontlou of SOUTHERN Sb .1,
SoVTHERN Society is tho literary, social and V"
artistic exponent of the South. The most distir. '
guished poets, novelists, critics, essayists, artis „
of the South are contributors to Southkhn Soe 1 -
-essary for the prcLO
It is absolutely
<i future welfare of the South tlm
«he should have a literature of her ovru, We It
tend to do our part in this noble cause, and ear«
nestly appeal to all who love the South to aid ut
now* in establishing a worthy representative of itA
refinement, taste aud culture.
SOUTHERN SOCIETY will be supplied
the following te
One year, $4.00; Six mouths $2.50; to elub*
öf ten or more; one year, $3.50; six months $2«
Address all communications to
No. 220 West Baltimore Street,
Jan. 4.
C 'A OLD MEDAL for the best PiaJ
T tured has been awarded fo« t|*> year IdUTj.
to CHARLES M . STIEFF, exumiued/und pronoun- |
ccd by the liest Professors in Balt*
BEST PIANOS, and were, in co
Baltimore, Philadelphia and 1 Nett
ßtlctt'e Pianos contain improvements that are
not to be ih other instruments, qM are all made
at his qxtauvivc Factory and ou/ of Hie best sea*
soned material, and warranted
Gall nnd examine for youi$rivc».
sold at lower prices than any oiher house. '
SECOND HAND PIANOS from $fl0 to $300.'
Also, PARLOR ORGANS for sale cheap ut
No. 1 Nort)/ Liberty Street,
Baltimore. ■
to be tho
ipetition with' '
York Pianos. -ÉÈm
five years.
January 4, 1868.
1 ated Soluble Phosphate, for Çottao, Tobacco»
Grain, Grasse* and Root tYops.
NE A LF, HARRIS k GO. General Agents,
2G Cvnimercc st. Baltimore.
Jan. 4.

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