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' ::*• ?ib -r TTT 3511 n 0» L '■ -* ^ t'n* Jf> ♦ * am ▲USl f T ifP 7 I ^ ^ ^ A ^ ^ lifter l|Hjp I ' : ll" 11 -i $ m mi' * t*** mm*t V hmuKT '*1 u l ftj , '°P »•d [fdc pt a »r.d j *d **»JL Uvik iJ <9 gwt «IT V &iii t m* MIDDLETON NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 15, 1868. VOL. J. (I«UM I t-unH NO. 7. ii 7 £clcrt .*>1 this ooi.nir* son*. BY MBS. M. A. KIDIIBR. Thera is many a rest ia tbe road of life If we would only stop to take it ; And many a tone from the better land ! If the querulous heart would make it ! To the sunuy «mil, that is full of hope, And whose beautiful trust new faileth, The grass is green and thu dowers are bright, Though the wintry storm previiitelh. Better to tio|ie though the clouds hang low, And to keep the eye still lifted ; For the sweet blue ssy will soeu peep through, When the ominous clouds are rifted ! There was never a night without a day ; evening without « morning ; And the darkest hour, us Ute proverb goes, Is the hour before dawuing. Ot There is many a gem in the path Of life, Which we pass in onr idle pleasure, That is richer far than the jeweled Crown, Or the miser's hoarded treasure, It may be the love of a little child, Or a mother's prayers to heaven, Or only a Iteggar's grateful thanks For à. eup of water given. , Better to tfeave In the web of life A bright nnd golden filling, . And to do (lod'a will with a ready heart, Asd hands that are swift and willing, Than to snap the delicate, minute threads Of Our curions lives asnnder ; And then blame tleAV And sit And grieve and wonder. tor the tangled ends, JntfiTßtinß jstorg. FINDING A HUSBAND. " Uncle, may I ride Milo ï" I said one bright Jurte morning us ho sat at the break fast table. " Ride Milo 1" " Yes I it is such a beautiful day. " But he will throw you." "Throw me I" And I laughed merrily! and inconsiderately. " Say yes, doar Un cle," I continued, coaningly, " there is no fear, and I'm dying for a canter. " " You will die of a canter then," he re torted with his grhn wit. " for he'll break your neck. The horse has been only rid den throe times, twice by ntyself and once by Joe." " But you have often saftl 1 was a bet ter rider than Joe.". Joe was the stable boy. "That's a good uncle—now dy." And I threw my arms arouud his ucck and kissed him. I knew by experience, that when I did this I generally carried the day. My Uncle tried to look stern ; but 1 saw he was re lenting. He made a last effort, however, to deny me. ■ , i# " Why not take Dobin ?" ha said. "Dobinl" I cried, "Old, snail-paced as this. One Dobin, ou such a morning might as well take a rocking horse at once," " Well, well," he said, "if I must, 1 must. You'll tease the life out of me if I don't let you have your own way. I wish you would get a-husband, you arc growing beyond my control." "Humpl'a husband. Well since you say so, I will begin to look out for one to day. Î iutof his bargain," is smiles belied his " He will soon rc said tny uncle, but words. " You arc as short as piecrust, if you cannot have your own way. There," seeing I was about to speak ; "go and get ready, while I tell Joe to saddle Milo.— You'll set the house on fire if 1 don't sec you off." Milo was soon at the door—a gay met tlesome colt, who laid his ears back mounted anti gave me a vicious look I did not quite like. "Take care," said my uncle, "it is not too late to give up yet."* A «1 "I was piqued." . , „ , - . I will never give up anytbiug," said J, never. ' ' Not oven the finding ef a husband, eh" 'Atefrcoa bn. t " No, I will riàc down to tho poor house and ask old Tony, the octogenarian pau per, to have me, and you will be forced to hire Poll Wilkes to cook your dinner." And os 1 said this there was a mischievous twinkle in my eyes, for uncle was an old bachelor, who detested all strange women, and held an aversion to Polly Wilkes, a soar old maid of forty-seven, because, years ago, she had plotted to entrap him into matrimony. Before he could reply I gave Milo hi» head. < 1 John Gilpin, w« are told, wont fest ; but I went faster. It was not long before tbe colt had it all bis awn way ; at first I tried to check his speed, but he got the bit in bis month, and all 1 «tould do was to hold 00 and trust to tiring him out. Trees, fences •ad bouses went by us like wild pigeons on the wing. As long so tho road was clear We did well enough, but suddenly coming to a blasted oak, that started out spectre like from the edge of a wood, Milo shied, twisted half around, and planted bis fore feet stubbornly in tbe ground. 1 did not know that I was foiling, till I felt myself in a mud-hole whieh lay at one side of the road. as I * ■: Here was a fine end to my boasted horse manship 1 )But as the mud was soft, I srt» not hurt, and the ludicrous spectacle I pre sented soon got the upper hand of my ven ation- " A fine chance I have of finding a husband, in this^ondhion," 1 said to myself, recalling my jest with uncle. If I could find some mud dried now, and pass myself off for a mud nymph, I might have some ohanoe." And I began to pick my self up." • t» , - "Shall I help jrow, Mies?" suddenly said a deep, rich, manly voice."' 1 »*■ ' I looked np and saw a young man, the suppressed merriment of whose black eyes brought the blood to my cheek, and made me for a time ashamed and angry. Bnt on glancing again to my dresa, f eonld halp laughing in spite of myself. I steod lit the mud at least six inches above the top of my shoes. My riding skirt was plaster ed all over, «0 that It waa impossible to tell of what It was made. My hands and arms were mud tothe elbows, for tively extended them in order to protect myself. The young man as he spoke, turnred fo the neighboring fence, and tefeing off the top rail, he placed it across the puddle, thon putting his arm around my Waist, he lifted mo out, though not without leaving my shoes behind. While he was fishing these out, which he immediately began to do, 1 staled behind an enormous oak, to bide ray blushing face and scrape the mud from my stockings and riding skirt. € had managed to get the first a little cleaner, bnt the last was as thick as ever when my companion made his appearance with the missing shoe«, which he had »craped till they were quite presentable, and leading Milo by the bridle. " Pray, let me see you home, he said." ''If you wHl mount again. I'll lead the colt ; and there will be no chance of his re peating the trick." I could not answer for shame ; hut when in the saddle, murmured something abont troubling him. " " It's no trouble, nettlicleast," hereplied, stsnding, list in hand, like a cavalier and still retaining Ms hold on the bridle: "and I can't really let you go alone, for tbe colt is as vicions as he can he to-day. Look at his cars and tl»e red eyes. I saw you tnniing down the road, and expected you to bo thrown every minute, till I saw how well you rode. Nor would It have hap pened Imdnt ho wheeled and stopped like a trick horse in a circus." I cannot tell how soothing was this grace ful way of excusing my mishap, I stole a glance under my eyelids at tfie speaker, and saw that he Was Very handsome and gentlemanly, and apparently about six and twenty, or several years older than myself. 1 had hoped that Uncle might be ont in the fields, overlooking the men ; hut as we entered the gates I saw him setting pro vokingly nt the window; and by tbe time I had sprung «to the ground, he came ont, his eyes brim full of mlsshief. I did not dare to stop, bnt turning to my escort, said: "My uncle sir-—won't you walk in 1" and then rushed up stairs. In about half an hour, just as I had dressed, there was a knock at my door, I could not but open it. There stood mV uncle, laughing a low, silent laugb, his portly body shaking all over with suppres sed laughter. " Ah ! ready at Inst," he said. " I be gan to despair of you, you wore so long and come to hasten you. He's waiting in the parlor still," he said in a malicious whisper. " you've my consent, frr Hike him hugely ; only who'd have thought *" finding a husband in a mud puddle Y" 1 slipped past my tormentor, preferring to face even my essort than to run the gauntlet of uncle's wit, sad was soon stam mering my thanks to Mr. Templeton, for as such niv onde, who Allowed tue down, introdncod him. To make short of what else would bo a long story, what eras said in a jest turned out to be in oamost ; for in less than six months, in that very room, I stood up to become Mrs. Templeton. How it all came «bout I hardly knew, but oertainly did find n husband on that day. Harry—that is the name by which I call Mr. Temple ton—-says I entered the parlor transformed, my lig lit blue tissue floating about me so much like n cloud wrenth, my cheeks so rosy, my eyes so bright, my ettrls playing such hide und seek about my bee, that not expecting such an apparition, he lost his heart at once. He adds—-for he still knows how to complimentas well as ever— that my gay intelligent talk, so different from the demure Miss he had expected, completed the business. Harry was the sou of aa old neighbor, who bad boen abroad for three years, and before that had been to college, so that l had never seen him ; bnt wnete remembered him at once, and had insisted on his stay ing till I came down, though Harry from delicacy would have left alter an inquiry about my health. My unole is one of those who will not bo put off, and so Harry re mained ; the luckiest thing, he says, he ever did. Milo is my favorite steed, for Harry broke him for me, and wn are as happy as the day is long, for uncle insisted on our liv ing with him, nnd I told him, atlast, Iwould consent if only to keep Poll Wilkes from cooking his dinner. To which he ans wered, looking at Hurry: " You soewhat a spitfire she is, and you may Mess your Stars if you don't rue too day she went oM to find a husband." not I had iftstinc of a»»d xd.iu. Pay your debts as you oan get jmy mon ey lu your pocket. Do without what you don't need. Speak your rnhtd when neces sary. Hold your tongue when prudent. Hpëak to a friend in a seedy coat. If you can't lend a town money tell him why. ' If you don't went to, do the same. Ct acquaintance who lacks principle. Bear with infirmities but not vises. Respect honesty, despise duplicity. Wear your old élothcg until you can pay for new ones. Aim kt comfort and propriety, not fashion. Acknowledge your ignorance and don't pre tend know lodge you haven't got. Enter tain your friends, but never beyond your U«aM. Three things to govern— Tes» per, tongue and conduct. Three things to think about —Life, death and eternity. nt an (Drainai glides. /hr tbe Middletown Transcript. A Word Abont SC. Ann'«. In those days, when piilpit eloquence, and clerical politics are so highly valued, oftentimes at the expense of more desirable gifts; when churches are built by contract, and paid fur by money raised by fairs and amusements ; when rich men give grudg ingly a pittance of their thousands ; and needy pastors are months behindhand iu their salaries ; and when yet, spite of these evidences of laggard Christianity, and leth argic religion, the historiée of old churches are eagerly inquired iato, and all matter concerning them is read with interest, a few words about old Bt. Ann's may not be amiss. The Middletonians acarooly seem to re alize their privileges in worshiping in one of the oldest churches in the Union; and there is little reason to suppose that the past generations rated their blessings more highly, since many points of interest, in the history of old A have been allowed to uinitnink Parish, altogether from memory, or at boat arc handed down by doubtful traditions. What fields of spec ulation are opened to us, as wo wander around, the old cucloBuro, searching vainly for some trace of the original building, or seeking to settle satisfactorily to our minds the exact cite of the ancient walls. No traces are to be ibnnd, but tradition tolls us, that the first church was erected in 1706 on a mound due east of tho present edifice ; and the workmen engaged in dig ging the foundations of the vestibule now used, found and rebuilt on a portion of the ancient foundations, Aus partially fixiig the site of the original budding. Little of the past of Jfit. Ann's is now certainly kuown however; we are told it was originally a mission church during Queeu A Hue's reign, nnd that this good queen presented to her namesake a hand some erimaon velvet alter cloth, a small piece of which marked with her initials, still remains framed at tlic parsonage, to provo that so for at least, faet is not foun ded merely upon conjecture. The second and present edifice is supposed to havo been built sixty-three years later, of brick imported from England, but wonderment vainly questions who first raised the sounds of prayer and prase among the echoes of Appoquiuimink crock. No mound marks the first pastor's last resting-place, no stone commemorates bis early works and trials, and the mind can find no tangible data wherewith to fill the chasm, wltioh makes all history here a tiling of tho past. The imagination may bridge it ever with ro mances fed by the odors of antiquity which Unger around tho apot, but after all, it was, it is, almost the sihn total of our knowledgo. Even more passers-by, unacquainted with tho extraordinary interest which attaches to tho old church, could scarocly foil to note the air of mystery which environs it. Seemingly the guardian of the town, a* it stands on the only ridgo of risiug ground within miles, (the same ridge which the English Committee, sent to oxamine the colonies, accustomed to flats and levels, de scribed tis a "huge mountain,") the old stone walls seem the past, all guar ken by the little gilt cross w the entrance. The own with secrets of ly from wôrldly hieb surmounts ivy cliugiDg to its th, transplan alnted pregnant ; tied sacrodl walls is of real English grow ted from the mother sou bt Bishop Doane. A lordly oak spreads out its pointing the way to the sanctn y our sa branches, sanctuary, as if the spirits of the early dead were watching somewhere in its hollows, and with* out stretched arms, were forever uttering a silent benediction on the old walls which had formerly sheltered thorn. Jn sum mer the leaves rustle, and the creek whieh washes the base of the hill murmurs a reply, and the old tree nods in the breeze, as if it upnrovod of what they were saviuir. if it upprovod of what they were paying, and it shakes its branches dt the straggler, beckoning him to ooine and interpret the lungu&go of nature, and enjoy the tout tories of funner generations. Into fancy's car may then softly be whispered the tide of the first baptism, when the ains of the little one were washed away ere committed, and the prayers of the congregation gath ered from for and from near, to welcome the lamb to the fold, arose as incense from the shadows of the old trea to the blue vault beyond. Fancy may learn tbe fur ther history of the child, as maturing into manhood, the gathering years found it ready to renew its baptismal vows ; and the old oak and the rippling waters may even tell of later vows more softly spoken, and heard only by one chosen one. It would seem that the Old tree itself loved these associations, and we may readily Imagine that more than has stolen his first kies his beneath its quiv ering shadows. How the birds would twitter then, and the leaves tremble with joy, aad how the top wonld sway to catch a glimpse of the happy frees beneath, aad telegraph it to the creek, aad how the waters would gush and ripple aloag, break ing into snatches of praise for the heaven bora love, which had brought peace and joy to two youthful heart#. Perhaps fancy might even hear of the last honors paid by the same love, years later, to earthly de cay; when one of this happy pair who in youth uttered their wooing beneath the tree, or parohanoe pressed hands fartivsly at the ohancol rail ; was laid in her allotted portion of ground, leaving no consolation save the same voire which had onoc rus tled a Messing over their wadded heads. There is no end to all the tales with whioh the waters and the tree might delude the imagination ; for there is no raconteur like — nature,; and could fancy listen, weeks would not be sufficient to weave into words, all the revolutionary stories, histories of the aborigines, and experiences of love and war, which the old tree might tell. Even now decked in its fleecy covering, and with all the dignity of hoary looks iu place of rustling leaves, and dancing fo liage, it impresses one with an idea of all it oould tell, if it had not been chilled into silence by the touch of the frost-spirit. The merry waters of the little creek too, are icebound, and sigh sorrow folly beneath the winter's sculpturing, while thoughtless skaters take advantage of its temporary hush, to glide over the smooth snrfaco, lit tle dreaming of the secrets frozen underfoot. Perhape tree and church arc alike grieving now ; for the footsteps of our late beloved pastor bave ceased, to. echo them, and his dear voice do longer makes the old church ring with prayer and praise, ind urgent appeals to cold consciences. sad that an occasional service Is be come the only Inducement to church-goers to seek the alter, aft love. But lot uBnopc that before Bpring dissolves the frost-pic tures, a newer association may he added to the many already clustering aronlM the old spot, and that the generally Indifferent vestry, may have awakened to the fret that excellence and eloquence, not politics, arc tho requisites for a ''country parson." Onr last rector by energy and earnestness has left all things pertaining to the parish in a flourishing condition ; the church shows many signs that the old life still exists, and may yet renew ito youth; and the Sunday school is well attended. Our last Christinas festival was one of the most pleasant St. Ann's has had for years, and the need of a town church attests the grow ing wants of the congregation. Let us he up and doing, and while we send a heart felt * ■ God speed " along the necessarily troubled path of our regretted pastor, let us give proof that his words of counsel have not fallen on unwilling hearts: Let us collect and build ; that when Eng lishmen look at the old church and its offspring, they may cease to say that America has no antiquity. B. Tuesday, February 4tA. 1868. It 1» For the Middletown Transcript. Mess**. Editors:— LikeGcorge'uPoint, year humble correspondent desires not to enter the arena of controvcrscy, but some ideas conveyed In his communication seems to place manufacturers in snch a false light as to demand at their hands a defence, however feeble and weak. In justice to your humble Borvant be it knowu, that "since three arms of mine bad known their nine years pith till now, some three moons wasted, their dearest action hath been in the furrowed field," »nd I regret exceedingly that any contro versy should arise between two great and important branches ef industry, and while 1 hold there are errors upou Loth sides ol this question, I consider there is a "happy medium," an honest platform whore each may ataud securely. From George's Feint I hunt that Plummet has had trouble in getting bis wages, sad Observer was troub led in getting it for him, but Observer re quests Plummet to let the censure foil upon his (Observer's) long-winded cus tomers, which arouses George's Point, from bis apathy, and'like the King of the For rest he growls defiance at the intrusion upon his lair. Let us examine tho position both Plummet and Osorgo's Point have taken in this paper war. the employers walk about town with well fillod pockets and refuse to him bis well earned wages. George's Point refutes this by acknowledging that from employers he takes one year's credit upon all the work tha) he indirectly has Plummet to do for him ; acknowledges, or rather asserts, that fiirtuer» cannot meet obligations short uf a credit of twolvs months. Only, think ed it 1 Such a oountry sottlod and owned, by what Georgo's Point asserts are the " bone and sinew" of the world, cannot liva upon any other system than one of extended credit, which he, like the old lady in tbe fable, takes himself but gives not to uthers. To explain—does George's Point sell his wheat, corn, oats, peaches, cattle, butter, eggs, poultry, hay, pork, in a word any thing, for other than cash (or its equivalent As a lummot asserts by acceptable paper) to any one system, does he or any other former dis pose of his production upon any other terms than cash ? Certainly not, neither should he do so. Then in all foir dealing does not George's Point wonder that mechanics oan subsist at all upon tho long credit, without interest even, he as sorts formors demand. M'e are not disposed to underata the formers ; wo acknowledge to George's Point- that they are the foundation of ail «lasses of business, the removal of them would entail poverty and "pangs unfolt before," but wo mutt claim they ore but dependant creatures after all. and this de peudkueo is the very cement of all society. While their welfare is the prosperity snd subsistence of the world, the downfall of the meohanio snd merchant is their ruin. They cannot succeed without them, and it behooves them to sustain them so long as they find it to their interest so to do. Jtnd now the question is how can they be better sustained than they are? George'» Point asserts that this tion consumes as mueh machinery as any corresponding territory, where the demand is solely confined to formers. Hare we must differ with him. and we hope to show him how and why. There is less of mod em machinery sold in this place .than any ether town of its importance aad surround ings upon the line of tbe Delawre Railroad. There's more tinkering and repairing done by the mechanics of this place than at any candor aud other place on the line of the Delaware Railroad. Mow I refer George's Point to the mechanics of this place for the corrobo ration of the. assertion. Now why is thiol The old system of long credit« have, to a certain extent, been abolished over our entire country, and a better system of cash 1 or very short indulgence substituted.— What is the result ? Wherever it has been tho following results h I : ave Men attained : »1st. A reduction of from lfl to 25 per eent. in the prices of goods. 2d. A greater variety of desirable ma chinery has boon brought into the market. 3d. More industry and energy among business men, and by couscqucnco of tips competition labor-saving implements of ruakmprit hare been brought out by the labor and genius of our mechanic«. Such desirable ends have not been ac complished with us, and why t 1st, -We cannot purchaso material and pay labor now and make Die living at the prices we get upon the time we are obliged to wait for our money. 2d. The mind of the employer is solely occupied in financiering, so ho cannot da vote the time nor has he the money to bring into the market, upon small advances, new and improved work. 34- 4)1 business men do not have the encouragement, to enter an honorable com petion with each other when no money is to bo realized by it. Do we want a radical change fn the matter ? Is it desirable that we should advance with the era iu which wc live! Shall qur farmers have and enjoy the ben efits of cheap labor, cheaper implements, cheaper goods, and in a word a redaction in their expenses of from 10 to 50 per cent over the present system of business Ï If so " come let us reason together," for crimination and recrimination cannot ac complish it. Now let us try this plan : A is »farmer, Ba merchant, G-a mechanic. A finds he has on hand January 1st, his stock only, perhaps that partially unpaid for. Jle needs implements, store goods, harness, Sic. Sic. Now instead of purcha sing at " public sale," upon nine mouths credit interest added and good let him purchase of U just as little as he can do with, give C his endorsed note and demand his discount. Let him open an account with B, and at the end of each month demand his bill and close his ac count by a note, and so on through all his dealiugs, go upon the plan of cither easli or the shortest possible credit, and if he gives a note reduce it whenever lie can possibly do so. Then turn his undivided attention to hn farm. It is a gold mine. Bell everything be can from it for cash, ( not sell ouly enough to meet his moat urgent wants, and run bis or edit for all he can, for pay day will come,) and he will be surprised ha one year by the dollars he will realise from what before he thought worthless. If you waat a bill of groceries hunt about your farm and you can always find there wnat our merchants can readily dispose of and will accept it as cash. If you want a horse shod or any work done by a mechanic he will be glad to do it for £ our produoe, for it is as cash to him. et our farmers adopt this plan and wc will never again see Observer throw up their backs for Plummet's lash, hut on the contrary will find Plummet will have no time to write for the paper«, as his work wUl so be increased that it will require all his spore time to keep pace with improve ments of the day, and Observer too will find the quill belongs to meu of leisure, and his brairf will be constantly employed competing with Yaukee manufacturers in furnishing goods of the best adaptability at the very lowest prices. And now, Messrs Editors, I leave the matter to tbe minds of our intelligent read ers, to reflect upon tho plun 1 propose and the sequel of it «ball be recognized in the filters prosperity of the noblest employ ment of man, and in. tho cheerful oottages and familiar faces of the real bone and sinew of out country) Plcb Ultra. even a comforta endorser, Far the Middletown TraeueryU. «VhCMatoum. At the expiration, of our three years term of service ia tho 221st Ohio Volun teer Infantry, my partner aud I found ourselves in tho red-hot loyal city of Cin cinnati. On examination of our finances wo found ourselves without postal curren cy. Being ashamed to show our Veteran pliizzes to any of our very loyal aud knowing bnt too well that stain stituted loyalty, we wisely refrain tempting them to lionize our wounds and present us to tho Freodmen's Bureau for promotion; for sixty shot-holes through us would not have put our loyal friends' hands in their stamp-pile, but more than likely we would have got the very gratifying consolation of—you ought to have stayed till ' tbe war was ended and got a big bounty. After mature deliberation in council of two, we determined to present our dama ged carcases on board of Tin-Clad No. 44, then fitting ont for tho Mississippi fleet, said fleet to patrol the Mississippi river sod tributaries for the very good purpose of protecting the citizens from marauding bands ef skedaddled Confederates, Who were reported to be "too numerous to mention," as the vendue bills say. Now, this cruize in No. 44, I wish to put before vour reader* as tsi unvarnished fact, as it is Strictly true, in every particular, as the records at Washington WHl show. *' After being duly enrolled tel to tbe executive tbarOte school-ship of friends, con front fis seamen,'my had partner sta served fifteen mont hs -on a the Navy, and he was inraaodiately promo ted to the rank of gnnncr'a mate. We had not been on board 24 hours before we found that the executive was the only offi cer on the boat that knew anything of his duty. The ('aptain of the boat ranked en sign commanding, and was a superannua ted preacher ! and with the exception of the executive the rest were clerks, fresh from the band-box, and knew positively nothing ; and not one ef our officers had ever seen service where gunpowder was used. The crow were nearly all veterans, and about half were skedadcilers from the Confederate army, but like my partner and I they had no visible means of support, and no employment, as tho whole oountry was dangerously afflicted with war on the brain. After getting our guns on board, con sisting of two 80 lb. rifled Parrots, and six £4, lb. Mass howitzurs, and our ammuni tion, we (darted for Cairo, to report to the Admiral. On the first day out the Cap tain mustered the crëw and rated his petty officers ; ho then preached a homily on morality, making it a high crime and mis demeanor to drink, taste, smell, or smug gle, spirituous liquors on his boat, and «ailed on his officers to support him ; but in less than two bonrs after, his steward smuggled me a good glass of his private stores, and told me whenever I became seriously sick ho would most fra ternally ' ' tap the cask " he thought the Tatiou too large for one man fur a . year. On arriving at Cairo we were inspected and dispatched down the Mississippi, to patrol roe river between Memphis and Vicksburg. Now tho whole Mississippi fleet were stretched out on this river and its tributaries for the laudable purpose of protecting the non-aggressive citizens, as the whole couutry was infested with hands of skcdaddlers from the Confederate army, who were levying bluck mail on every one. On arriving at our station we Wore in formed that a band of those brave soldiers had captured, plundered and sunk, a gov ernment transport of sick soldiers return big home. We got under weigh and pro ceeded to where she was sunk, and found her on tbe Arkansas side, run ashore, l>ut do sign of men on hoard. A master's mate, a very pious grocery clerk, was sent ashoro with an armed party to get what information he could and to search a planter's residence which lay im mediately back of the levee, and if any arms were found to arrest and bring all white men on the premises. I, one of the erow, was detuilod with two others to deploy and feel the way to guard against ambush. So, having the centre, I was the first over the levee, and seeing a negro comipg toward me, 1 asked, him if there were any white men at the house, ne answered " Yes, Marsa at home, told him to run like a turkey, and tell him we ware going to search for guns, and he put out for the house. Finding the coast all clear, we halted for the line to come up, and 1 reported one scared negro. The valiant master's mate stationed us around the premises, and taking us three, enter ed and told the plauter (a very aged man) that he would like some information of the sinking of that steamer. The old gent, told him he knew nothing of it, only that he was awakened in the night by some one knocking at hhedoor, and on going to see who it was, he saw four men, one of whom Ordered him to get them some breakfast, and after doing so they filled their haver sacks &ud told him ho might take his pay out of the steamer's loud laying at his lan ding, but if she was not burnt before 12 o'clock, they would bum him, and left. The mute then told him his instructions were to search for arms, and comuicncod by searching him, and found a very small silver mounted four-barrel pocket pistol) which ho appropriated. M'c then search ed the house and finding nothing danger ous we went on board taking the planter with us. He was ashed if ho had taken the outh of allegiance, and answered in the negative, saying he did not require it, as he was not much of a beligerent. He was sent ashore, and a boat's crew were detail ed to go and kill os good a beef os oould be found, for tbe crew needed freph pro visions, and to get all the vegetables pos sible. And the Captain told the planter to present his bill to the Quartermaster General. As I never volunteer my ser vices, _a ml was not detailed, I know noth ing of what passed ushore, but the officer brought off a magnificeut violin with him. VoLUNTKKK. ac front again for me, as of twelve men, aboard being I For the SfidtUeiown Transcript.. Messrs. Editors:— In one of your late issues I saw an article over the signature of Joseph Earnest, in which ho appeared to be very indignant at being classed with the filthy mechanics in your classification of the different occupations of the citiiens of your town. I was not at all surprised at the article, knowing so well the promi nent position of Mr. Kämest and his busi ness. But there is one other gentleman of your town who you entirely overlooked, and whose modesty would never pe rafft him to complain or resent an omission of individual alluded to is my old and worthy friend, John Thompson, Esq. whose business capacity is acknowl edged by all who come iu contact with him to be of a very superior order, intrudes himself the kiud. John ppon any one, but is consulted'on all important occasions by those doing business in town or oountry. 11») is the associate of the vary best class of tfSeiety, and enters into all ties of that trade or apU< he is consulted always before and after a sala it) regard to the fairness ♦f thé transaction. If a »air of young mules are to be harnessed to a sleigh, John's on hand and will contribute his share to make the thiug go. If they should never e cunriviali circlo. Jqhn's some on a mule ""rrö. take a drive into the country to visit a few . friends to give them a nocturnal serenade, John goes, it a matter of course, to him-' die the ribbons and take riiréflflils'fHetFfr*. 1 •John's great for dayiug ; he rich* with «H«» drinks with al), ami sleeps with ail.if iu.-d vited. lie etten^lf ull fhçportiqiyia tjjgj, neighborhood by special nivitatjon, never slighted, always on haihf. , '"'W'h RtfwjfrSÎ* ! )ius are to lie dressed, John han't» do Ht« ■e can do the thing so nice. audliisfricadUs rejoice so much iu his good taste. Quai,, living and good cheer are Lis forte. After partaking of the hospitalities of nigfri?iMt of an evening, if they wish to CfaitritHttéi to their own and his enjoyment by intM»ij dueing a littlo gamo of euuhre, old siedet,] Seven up, draw pokçr, or division luo, r; John's in. He is good at most of tlic mentioned, bnt draw peter' is ' Wt favorite. He is hard to Muff, goes a blind or a straddle with great success. On aanhr ocuasioiis tlierc is gçnprzUya pretty heavy,, raise, and John is pretty certain for a flush or foil, his'opponent' i* Dound to go undir.* 1 In draw or division, John is capital. Bvt' is good on a draw, bat seldom takes ihm I widow. John attends all the polo raising«» and pic nies. Guod Templars cujvy Lift, society exceedingly ; he is often seen wear ing a Templar's badge. John fVeqttènfly visits the oountry by special invitation and remains over night with his friends, ; who arc always too happy to hath' his good company, lie skates well, and, in fact, participates in all the enjoyments of cola 1 weather. Bathing is « great luxury With him. At this season he may be soon oe- • casioually enjoying himself with a friend, swimming in a gentleman's lawn through the deep snow, which he thinks is equal if not superior to swimming in water. How John would do ilia printing entaldishwMwt ,■ 1 am uuabie to say, but, but 1 ate sum ha* would make a good Devil, pntl.utiglrt pesrj sibly raise the DcVil if iu such an estab lishment and turn up Jack. Now.'MossrsV' Editors, 1 do not wish to ho udderjfoofl tut ' recommending Mr. Thompson to yorirtfa curable consideration for employment in your ofliee, having no authority to do aq t nor do 1 know that you arc in want of an employee of the kind, hut hope that Hi this 3 next classification of your ci«izen* you will not omit a favorable notice of one eo worthy» Uin« Aroiuid Appl« Tree«« * AYc have known formers to make it a. regular practice, for a succession of years,« to throw caustic lime around their apple trees in the spring and summer. M r once noticed that a tree standing iu the imntc-* diato vicinity of our dwelling had, alt 'ht once put forth with renewed energy, antLi wc were at a loss for some time ta define, the cause. On examination, we fpund that a quantity of lime, which had acci-' dentally been spilled, and rendered worth** less by becoming mixed with therofosowtel tbe stable fluor, had beau thrown at 1 fo V fiait and around the tree, und to this, the principal cause, wc immediately credited the rcvtvlsttensc and renewed ft ifieatiou of the tree; Taking tits hint from the arei<lent ...wer purchased twelve casks of lime, «qd ap-, ; plied half a bushel to each of the trees in our orchard, and found that it pnwluerif 1 immediately beneficial effects. Not WnV T health of the trees only, but the quality cf ' the fruit also, was greatly improved, i'i hwq application will he especially heu»ficial. j» . soils where there is a redundancy of veg ne 1«! deni stable matter. ■q oil Tuf. Pt ty èü IWorteD Cattt.f..—P nitiY' missioner Capron, of tho Department "*f-' Agriculture, lias scut a cotuinuniimtiun toil the House of Representatives asking that , a resolution might be passed repealing the duty of twenty jier cent. 1 in posed by the ' revenue laws Ml the importation of fordgif J cattle for breeding puqatses. The com missioner states that the duty now required, together with Ute difference uf exchange. ^ amounts almost £0 prohibition ; that Dtp foreign stock that has hitherto been Ini-" ported has effected a very important q im- 1 provemont in our domestic animals, and 1 « also mentions that an act of the same kind was passed by the government of Canada on the 81 ht of last December. ArraoTtNO. 1 —A'forlher going to ''got his grist ground" at a mill, borrowed, «T* bag of one of his neighbors, The pour man was somehow or other knocked iqto. the water by the water wheel, and the bag went with him. ! He was firowndd, and when the molsnobelynews was brought to bis wife, <Uo exclaimed,My gracious' what a fuss there'll be .new about the bag!. . -;— ,1 * — -- .»»..• A sporting Quakor put his bet thualy« " Friend Edward, time tbjnks thy h» r "«V fiistcr than mine. I value my opinion at fifty dollars. Now if thoc valaes thy opih-' J • ion at tho same rate, ww will put the nron- « ey together, aud ask the horses wbu* thsydr think of it, aud leave the conclusion 4 taa them." Goon Advice. —Be reserved, mys Wif-** liant Pena, but wot sour; grave. batmMrt formal ; bold, bnt not rash ; humble, te*« not servile ; patient, but not obstinate;* cheerful, but not light) rather be sweet teifljSèred than familiar; familiar rather 1 * than intimate, and intimate with very few • and upon good grounds. -' «j " One " Jcames Flaherty" washrogg^t gf» before a magistrate for marrying six wivea. The magistrate asked him "how jm conk) be so hardened a villainT* ' ' Please yoy r worship," says .Tearoes, " I was trying 1o * get a good oue. "