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<? <$• a * Ä k/%/ k/% r Sfc= D! -lr V AIWS KO. 13. MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 28, 1868. VOL. I. geirrt THE GOOD OLD TIMES. The times! the times ! alas! the times Are getting worse than ever ; The good old ways our fathers trod . Shall grace their child The homely hearth of honest mirih, The traces of their plough, The places of their w orshipping Arc all forgotten now. Farewell the farmer's honest looks And independent mien : The tassel of his waving corn, Tlie blossoms of the liean, The turnip-top and pumpkin-vine, The produce of his soil., Have given place to flower pots And plants of foreign soil. Farewell the pleasant husking night, Its merry after sei nes, When Indian pudding smok'd beside The giant pot of beans, When hisses juined the social hand, Nor once directed fear, But gave a pretty cheek to kiss For every crimson ear. Affected modesty was not The test of virtue then, And few took pains to swoon away At sight of ugly For well they knew the purity Which worqfin's life should own, Depends not on appearances But on the heart alone. Farewell to all the buoyancy, The openness of youth, The confidence of kindly hearts, The conciousness of truth, The natural tone of sympathy, The language of the heart, Now curbed by pussion's ty Or turned aside by Farewelll, the jovial (juilting-raatch, The song and merry play, The whirling of the pew ter plate, The many pawns to pay, The mimic murriane brought.about By leaping o'er the broom. The* good old play of blind mail's buff, The laugh that shook the room. never : i. Farewell, the days of industry, The time lias glided by, When pretty hands were prettiest At making pumpkin-pie ; Tlieu waitin aids we :ded not, •nlng brought along The music of Hu* spinning-wheel, And milk-maid's careless song Ami J)opulir S'alfü. Katie North's Elopement. by iio::u:t Katie North was an like Icarus, too neiir the sun, her fragile wings melted away from her shoulders und she gravitated earthward. No other sup VH.TK. 1, hut flying. position to account for her appearance here below would satisfy the beholder, unless it were one involving the nebula theory. She seemed impalpable, intangiMc ; there was nothing gross, nothing "of the earth, earthly." Her light feet scarce touched the ground, and she seemed to float along —an airy, unsubstantial mass of curls, smiles and white muslin. Her eyes re tained the color caught in heaven—cloud less sapphires. Her hair was printed with the goldôn sunset; each instant changing to some new shade still more beautiful than the last. But, withal, Katie had some human attributes. She had an imperious little will of her own, because it had never been thwarted. Carressed and petted by her doting father from babyhood up, sh. had never known restraint or endured the pain of having the wish ungratified. A grieved look on her sunny face had ever been potent to banish parental frowns, and sho lived on, through the summer of child hood, the'happy careless songbird that fears not or knows not the coming winter, and burdens not its lays withj prophetic sadnesH. In one other respect Katie manifested a very human tendency. Sho had a great admiration for handsome young fellows with glossy moustaches ; an admiration which gave her father some uneasiness, for he was anxious to have his daughter com fortably married and occupying a re spectable position in society ; and he knew that, as a rule, hundsomc young men are not so well-to-do, so " solid," as uglier and older men. This rule can onty be ac counted for by the great law of compensa tion. Beauty, genius and wealth are sel dom united in the same person. Every blessing has its offset; every charm is matched by some unpleasant quality or condition. Youth and poverty, uge and wealth, beauty and simplicity, genius and (ugliness, are oftencst paired with each other. Mr. North had taken note of his daugh ter's unworldly disposition, her uncalcula 4ing nature, her preference of youth, beaut3*, and rags (metaphorically speaking), to age, ugliness, and wealth, and it troubled him not a little. He loved Katie and could tiot command, while wise counsel as to •matches, with illusions to certain middle aged and "solid" men, was thrown away on her. She could not understand, and was obstinate. Knowing nothing of the intricate machinery by which greenbacks are manufactured, nor of the trouble and application necessary to success in busi ness, she imagined mooey was one of the most plentiful things in the world, and agreeable qualities the most scarce. She continued to throw her smiles away upon handsome young men, and to pout her pretty lips at the heavy suitors introduced by her father. In this dilcmna pater fa - miliat determined to resort to strategy. The son of an old friend had lately turned from Europe. He was wealthy, intelligent, distiuguished-looking, and of polished manners, and Mr. North set his heart on having him for a son-in-law. He knew that Katie could have but two objeo re tions to this lover; 1 e .vas over thirty and wealthy. To remove one of these objec tions, Mr. North resolved that Arthur Langdon should play the part of a " poor young man," while he himself would enact the purse-proud, indignant parent. It was almost certain, in such case, that Ka'ie would fall desperately in love with her fa ther's choice, if she could overlook his ad vanced age. Mr Langdon, therefore, was invited to the house and prevailed upon, as a joke, to appear before Katie us one of her father's clerks. At dinner time that day Mr. North in formed Katie that one of his clerks would call on him in the evening in relation to business, and that he preferred she would absent herself from the parlor on that occasion. "Hois what you school girls call a fascinating u a *, and I have no de sire that niv daughter should he fascinated by a poor, beggarly clerk !" And Mr. North rose grandly away iu order that Katie might not see the , which her renellious Miss Katie had if a , and turned twinkle in his eye pout had brought there, intended to visit a dear friend that evening, hut now she determined to postpone the visit in order to catch a glimpse of this dangerous clerk. That evening Mr. Langdon came, tic saw him was pleased with his appearance, and de termined to see more of hint. He was ush ered into the parlor, and was soon engaged with his host in a pleasant conversation, when the door suddenly opened and the dutiful daughter entered as if unconscious of the presence of a stranger. When she saw Mr. Langdon she started as though she would retreat, hut her father called her in and introduced her in Ka he ascended the steps, and stiff, un gracious manner to his guest : " My daughter, Mr. Langdon," and tlieu sat down, as if aupoyed at the in terruption. Katie bowed and took a seat. Langdon start i d by such a vision of love liness, was dumb for a moment, then rising gracefully he made his most elaborate sg lam, and, in spite of the old gentleman's frowns, was soon engaged in a sparkling interchange of thought with the fair daugh ter. Arthur was as agreeable as he knew how to he, and Katie was charmed with him. AH she predetermined to be. went merry as a marriage bell, until Mr. North, thinking matters had gone quite far enough for a favorable first impression, hemmed, hawed, consulted his watch, and finally remarked :— •* Mr. Langdon and T have much to to each other. Katie have you ordered breakfast ?" 3 ls atie pouted ; The Langdon looked sad. hut sin; took the hint and withdrew, fascinating clerk held the door for her, and, ns he bade her good-evening, lie gave her a look which hauuted her dreams. Katie was smitten, and Langdon was no less so. The old geiitlcmiin's talk about business seemed-insipid, and Arthur soon took his leave. His calls were frequent after that, and while Katie wondered why her father should tolerate his presence, she became more and more entangled in the silken meshes of love. Langdon finally declared the state of his feelings, to Mr. North, and requested* him to become his father-in-law.. IIis suit was gladly accep ted, but he was told that his success de pended upon hts maintaining the charac ter of a remarkable genius in romantic poverty. lie accepted the situation, and went many times to see Katie when her father was out. They soon plighted un dying faith to each other. Langdon pain ted the picture of a pretty cottage, where love should be the" household deity, in colors as bright as Claude Melnotte em ployed to decorate his castle b3* the lake of Como, and Katie vowed to wed with him and other, with or without parental consent or blessing. But how was the matter to he broached to the stern father? Arthur shrank from the insulting answer to be anticipated, and Katie, wdiilo she feared, clung still closer to her adored one. Their anxiety on this point was destined to be relieved in a very disagreeable manner. One evening, us they were sitting in rather close prox imity in the parlor, the door suddenl}* opened, and in stalked the cruel parent with most furious mien. 44 What means this?" ho cried, frown ing savagely. " It means that I love"— 41 Fiddlesticks?" 44 No, sir; your daughter." 44 Ilcally, Mr. Langdon, you are mod est ; I had not expected this honor. The high alliauce you puffer is duly apprecia ted ; but allow me to bid you good-night." "My poverty is a crime iu 3 r our e3*es, but your daughter has a nobler vision," said Arthur, striking a dramatic attitude. I understand you, sir, and will take iuy departure." So saying, lie seized Katie'* hand for a moment, and darted from the house. Katie was sent crying to bed, and more deeply in love than ever with her beloved Arthur. The next day she re ceived a note through a confidential chan nel, appointing an interview. Loving, but disobedient Miss Katie, met him as desired, and they had many similar stolen interviews afterwards, until at last it was agreed that they'would elope, and trust to receive papa's forgiveness when all was over. Arthur said he could take her to his aunt's house, where the ceremony could be performed, and so the time was appointed and everything arranged. That day Katie was more thau ever ten der to her old father, who seemed in ex tremely good humor. »She penned a little penitential note and left it on her father's table, and, as evening approached, she ar rayed herself, and, fearful and trembling. hastened to the rendezvous. Arthur was there with a carriage, in which he placed her, and she wus whirled rupidly away. They stopped in front of a splendid man sion, which was brilliantly illuminated as if for some great occasion. Into this Ar thur led her half bewildered, and presented her to an elegant lady, his aunt, who took her up stairs to a private room, and calin-< ing her fears, decked her for her bridal. When all was ready, Arthur led her in to the parlor, where was the clergyman and a small company, at which the bride hard ly glanced. The marriage service was soon ended, and Katie felt herself receiving innumerable kisses and good wishes, and then she felt, her father's hand, and heard her father's voice, and saw her father's smiling face. 0 "Well, Katie, you have married your choice in spite of your father ; but I for give you, and give you my blessings." " My dear little wife, can you not wel come your father to your new home?" laughed Arthur. " My home !" said Katie completely be wildered, " I thought"— " You thought," interrupted her father, laughing heartily " that it was to be a small cottage with a leaky roof, hut it ends happily, after all, like a thrilling novel. The poor young lover has not been left a large fortune by a rieh East India uncle, but he has a fortune of his own, which is just as well." "Forgive me, Katie, for this deception, and it shall he the last," pleaded Arthur. " This is my house, and you are its mis tress. I am not poor, but l hope you will love me as well as if 1 were." Katie wisely concluded to forgive her father and husband the deception they had practised, and finally became ns happy n woman as the unfortunate wife of a wealthy man can reasonably hope to he. Am-rrtotc of AVebtttcr. Daniel Webster was a firm believer iu Divine revelation, and a close student of its sacred pages. On one occasion, a small company of select friends spent an evening at his house. Tea over, the Bi ble, and the relative beauties of its several parts, became the topic of conversation. Each one of the guests had preference. When the turn came to Webster, he said : "The master-piece of the New Testa ment, of course, is the Sermon on the Mount. That has no rival, no equal. As to the Old Testament writings, 1113' favor ite hook is that of Habakkuk, and my fu vori'e verse-, chapter iii: 17 though the ligtree shall not blossom, nei ther shall fruit be in the vine—the labor of the olive shall fail, and the 'fields shall yield no meat—the flock shall he cut off, and there shall he no herd in the stall—3'et. will I rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of my salvation." This, continued Webster, "I regard as one of the most sublime passages of inspired literature. And often have I wondered, that some artist, equal to the task, has not selected the prophet and his scene of di solation as the subject of a painting. " When in Paris, some years ago," con* tinued Mr. Webster, "I received an ac count of a French infidel, who happened to find in a drawer of his libnu^ sonic stray leaves of an unknown volume. Although in the constant habit of denouncing tli Bible, like most infidel writers, he had never read any part of it. These fugitive leaves contained the above prayer of Jla hakkuk. Being a man of fine literary taste, he was captivated with its poetic beauty, and hastened to the club-house, to an nouuce the discovery to his associates, course, they were anxious to know the name of the gifted author, to which inqui ries the elated infidel replied: "A writer b3 T the name of IIadiia-kook. of course a Frenchman /" Judge of the infidel's sur prise, when informed that the passage he was so enthusiastically admiring was not produced by one of his own class of so called Free-Thinkers, hut was penned h\* one of God's ancient prophets, and was contained in that much despised hook the Bible ."—Lutheran OU serve r. 18: "Al 10 Of Moose limiting In Cniiadn. The chase of the moose deer, or 41 cari boo," in the forests and plains of British America, especially in New Brunswick and Lower Canada, is one of those manly sports which beguile the long winter of that region, and call into exercise the spirit of adventure, the courage, skill, and fortitude of its ardent votaries among the colonial population. The noble animal iu question, sometimes called the American elk, is rather larger, than a horse; it has a short, thick neck, which, as well as the wither«, is clothed with* heavy mane ; the head, which is vary long and narrow, boars a huge pair of horns, often six feet wide, and weighing fifty or sixty pounds ; and to its throat is attached a pendulous gland, which gives it rather a peculiar as pect. Its tail is but four inches in length. Though it never gallops, but strides or stalks along, holding its nose up, and its bonis laid backward, it runs with great speed. Its habits are solitary while feed ing, and its acute sense of hearing makes it very difficult for the hunter to approach. It is usual to look for the foot-tracks of the moose iu the snow, and to follow its course, but with extreme caution, making as little noise us possible till neur enough to get a shot. When the snow is deep, the. hun ters are accustomed to wear the long und broad snow shoes of the country, in which they can walk upon the surface without sinking. Ydu may joke wben you pleiffce, if you nre careful to please when you joke, Fur the Middletown Transcript. BOHEMIA MANOR. Earth hath her beauties, and Eden's prototypes, oasis-like, stud surrounding landscapes, hut few places exist more wor thy of note than Bohemia Manor. At this season of the year when young Spring laughs most bewitchingly at the retreating footsteps of hoary Winter, and voluptuous Summer with joyous train prematurely heats by radiant beams the robe of her lovelier sister, the place is surpassingly beautiful. Grand old trees, waymarks of extensive forests, lift their budding boughs to heaven at almost every step, dotting the lands of different owners, while neat farm houses, embowered by blossoming shrub bery and dark evergreens, diversify the scene. Bohemia Manor is a vast extended plain of fertile territory, tenanted by thrifty farmers, where honest praisewor thy nvalship exists to outcrop by thorough workmanship and strict attention to agri cultural pursuits, successful neighbors. No land is more susceptible of improve ment or better repays the husbandman for his toil. Although line farms and situa tions abound on each side of the road lead ing from the King's Highway towards the bay, Town Point, the terminus of the Manor true, must in regard to scenery and surroundings wear the laurel. That which lieth before me is an exhil erating picture, lovely and picturesque. Terminating in a promontory the Manor is laved on the northern side by the Elk, while the glistening waters (if the rippling Bohemia skirt the southern. Stretching out inimitably, dotted hither and yon by the white wings of commerce, Town Point can behold the blue waves of Okesapcakc Bay jagged by numerous headlands, in dented with inlets, breaking the monotony of the wide waste of waters. The music of trolling birds and the gleeful laugh of children float on the air, accompanied by strains of a boat-horn, mellowed and soft ened by intervening space to -.Eolian sweetness. Afar oft' where the heavens bow to kiss the earth, strained vision dis cerns the curling smoke of a solitary steamer, while on the steeps of the foreign shore apparent residences of charming as pect reward the gazer from Graham's Taste and neatmss denote that ele gance and refinement preside in the domi cils of those who outside are so elaborate with their domains, while health and good feeling float on the verv z.phyrs of Town Point. That hospitality which Maryland ns a Southern State grasps as an heir-loom, rules dominant here; though the custom of Dutch Pennsylvania is not adopted of keeping a chair in the doorway, one al ways sees the host on the alert to welcome those who call. Those from a distance appreciate the romance, even now, that first seduced the Lord of the Manor from his English es tates ; for stately castellated edifices stud the different elevated points—rural re treats of monied princes from distant ci ties. is it Hill. Random. Rather Spicy. —A lady being invited to send in a toast to he read at the anni versary celebration of the Pilgrim Fathers, furnishes the following. It is spicy enough to flavor half a dozen anniversary dinners : " The Pilgrim Fathers, foorsooth ! What had they to endure in comparison to the Pilgrim Mothers ? It is true they had hunger* Und cold, and sickness, and dan ger—foes without and within—but the unfortunate Pilgrim Mothers! thay had not only these to endure, hut they had the Pilgrim Fathers, also ! and yet their names arc never mentioned. Whoever hoard of the Pilgrim Mothers? Whoever gave a dinner in honor of them ? Whoever writes songs, drinks toasts and makes speeches in recollection of them ? This self-sufficcncy of the men is beyond endurance. One would actually suppose that New England had been colonized by men, and posterity provided for 1)3* special providence." * Quarreling. —If any thing in the world will make a respectable sensible man feel badly, it is a quarrel. No man worthy of the name ever fails to think less of him self than before. It degrades him in the eyes of others, and, what is worse, blunts bis sensibilities on one hand, and increas es the power of passionate irritability on the other. The truth is, the more peace ably and quietly we get on, the better. In nine cases out of ten, the better course is, if a man cheats you, cease to deal with him ; if he is abusive, quit his company; and if he slanders 3'ou, take care that no body will believe him. No matter who he is, or how he misuses you, the wisest way is to let him alone ; fur there is no thing better than this cool, calm, and qui et way of dealing with the wrongs we meet with. Remember, that too much familiarity among friends is apt to end in estrange ment and enmity. A becoming respect and modest deferential reserve, should mark our intercourse with all. 'When people become too intimate, look out for a rupture. It seldom fails. Therefore, if you value a friend, remember ever to ac cord to him a certain degree of deferential reserve, in your closest intercourse. The hoys in Salisbury, Md. are forming themselves into an Anti-Tobacco Society, and are Signing the following ^Believing the use of Tobacco to to the hod3*, mind and morals, I hereby solemnly pledge myself never to smoke, chow or snuff it, nor partake of it in any form ; and I will ,use my best endeavors to indue? others to abstain from it also. E l edge :— e hurtful •t; The Credit Sy«t«m. From the U. S. Economist and Dry Goals Reporter. Personal Credits. —There is an ob vious distinction between credits for arti cles for personal and family* consumption, and credits for ajticles upon which the debtor trades. In the former case, the article purchased, as so n as it is is put to use, is either consumed, or so altered in value, that for all purposes of trade it may he considered as property annihilated. The credit in such cases has. no basis, because the property upon which it should rest is no longer in existence. But articles purchased on time, to be re sold, are citlnr in existence, or their equi valent is. Credits for such articles are based on existing property. But credits for articles for personal consumption are based on nothing. No man or woman, therefore, has a moral right, either to eat, drink or wt a" any article for which they hsvc not paid the money, or which they have not earned, by rendering an equivalent of labor. For what right has any person to enjoy that which he has neither earned A purpose to pay for feed or clothing, or an expectation, which may be disappoin ted by a hundred accidents, does not con stitute such a right. Nothing can give a •al right to enjoy the property of another but the actual completion of the exchange, by rendering for the commodity either labor or money. Sound business principles, as well as the interests of the consumer, require, that when goods pass out of the hand of the retailer, they should only be sold for cash. For the chief cause of the failure of business men is the failure of individ uals who have purchased for personal consumption to pay their debts. The re tailer buys on time, and sells on credit. When 1ns paper matures, he finds in his possession a number of accounts against various parties, all of which may he re garded as good, but of which he is only able to realize a part, lie is compelled to ask for an extension ; his credit suffers, so that lie is not able to buy on as favorable terms as heretofore. The failure of retail dealers occasions trouble and perplexity to the wholesale dealer and importer. He does not only fail to realize the gain of exchange, which was based on the supposition of a settle ment at the time agreed, but he finds him self in possession neither of his goods nor their value ; and besieged by petitions for extensions, or offers to go into liquidation : —petitions and offers which, however he may meet them, he is obliged to re-echo with chagrin and humilitation, to those who trusted him. The failure of the pur chaser for personal consumption, is felt like an electric shock by every party, through whose hands the property has passed ; the paralyzing effect of which in creases as the sources of distribution are reached in the wholesale dealer and im porter. Thus as credit produces credit, so insol vency produces insolvency. And the source of the mercantile embarrassment and finicial ruin, which appear to come so sud denly and uncaused, is always the failure of consumers to pay their debts promptly. The interests of the consumer, likewise require that lie should never take credit for articles which are purchased for his own personal or family consumption. The consumer, who buys on eredit, pays not only for the goods he purchasos, but lie pays for the credit also; something which can be put to no use, but which has to be paid for ns though it had. Its cost to him over and above the price charged to the man who pays cash, is from ten to twenty five, or even fifty per cent, varying with the necessities of the debtor. And after he has opened an account, even if the article is not exactly what is required, yet there are influences at work, which com pel him to take it. lie fears that credit, when he again desires it, may he refused ; or that the creditor may bceome inconve niently urgent for a settlement of his ac count. As the time passes when his ac counts should have been settled, he finds himself almost unconsciously, at first, avoiding passing by the stores where he is in debt. He is gradually losing his man liness. Of two ways to business, or an appointment, he chooses that, in wieh he is least likely to meet his creditors. All this he feels the more, the more conscien tious he is. If he never intends or peets to pay, he may feel no thraldom from debt. But an honest man iu debt, with his income absorbed by current expenses, and his home or farm, if he owns one; mortgaged to his creditor, is under a shad ow, which the brightest day cannot dis sipate. Sometimes a man has reached this sition by yielding to the temptations to ex travagance offered by the facility of ob taining credit. Articles are purchased by himself or family, both of a kind, and iii amounts, which would not he purchased if they were paid for at the time. It is so easy for people to believe wlint they wish. They are confident that they shall he able to meet the obligations they incur, and therefore they gratify their present de sires. Especially is this temptation to ex travagance irresistible, where the debtor lias nothing to lose ; or where there is no stain, ar is the ease in this country, at taching to insolvency. Sometimes, this state is reached by an honest man. For instance:- A member of the family of a working man dies, income during the week will pay his rent bills. But now an exception hi the current expenses of the family paid for? ex po His cur eurs. Besidcs a bill for medical attendance, his family, and probably himself, feel that af fection for the dead, and a due respect for propriety, require that they should mourning. The articles deemed ncc can only he acquired in one way ;—by run ning iu debt for them. The debt is con tracted. Each succeeding week brings with it its own outlay, which absorbs all the earnings. The debt remains unpaid; and is a constant source of discouragement. Both he and his family feel that they have entered a state of oppressive thraldom, which there is apparently no escape. The curse and burden of debt crimsons the check and bows th<k head as often as they appear outside of their own home. This situation is that in which some persons spend their lives, is spent before it is earned, credit. Their food and clothing are never paid for. They are always behind hand. They have acquire 1 a habit of being in debt. Through the temptation of the un scrupulous trader, offering them goods on credit at enormous profits, they have en tered a state of perpetual slavery, when they might be freemen by simply adhering to the rule to earn their money before they spend it. A mail should let no temptation induce him to mortgage ||is future industry to creditors, when it is already mortgaged for the support of his family. The farmer who runs in debt, in expectation of pay ing from the proceeds of the next crop, has enlisted against him all the contin vrhich can defeat success. His wear fr Their income They live on genctes calculation is based oil uninterrupted strength to labor, or a favorable season, or good prices for his produce. Lot any or all of these suppositions fail, and he is un able to pay, without a sacrifice. There have been occasions for expense, which were not anticipated, when he ran in debt. The debt grows by the accretions of in terest. After a while the retailer has a mortgage on his farm, the interest on which is as much as he can meet. Ami from a mortgage to a foreclosure is hut a short stage with some. In brief, credits for personal wants is an unmitigated curse to the consumer. Be sides robbing Jiiin of a large part of his income, without any equivalent, it culti vates in him servility, untruthfulness and dishonesty. It unnerves his energies, and crushes him with the apprehension of his property, if he possess any, being swept away through mortgage and foreclosure, and of himself and his family beggared. This is the situation of thousands through out the length and breadth of this land, who have contracted debts for personal expenses. They are the victims of their own ignorance, or the dupes of the man who, 1)3* wheedling, has induced them to contract debts, and thus made them slaves. Contrast with the debtor, the man who never permits himself or his family to eat, drink or wear, what they have not paid for. He need not skulk around corners, vert his eyes to avoid the gaze of a creditor. lie can walk with his head erect, and feel that no man has the power to deprive him of his home or assume to him the language and tone of a master. In short, he onl3* can enjoy, whatever may be his circumstances, the happiness which springs from conscious independence. or Philadelphia Couf ;imc Appointments* The Philadelphia Methodist Episcopal Conference adjourned 20th March, after a session of ten days. A report was adopt ed in favor of a division of the Conference, to make the State of Delaware and so i the counties of the Eastern Shore of Ma ryland and Virginia, a new Conference. The report is subject to the action of the General Conference, which meets this year. The next Conference will meet in Wil miugton. Among the appointments are the following;— Wilmington District. —Jns. Cunning ham, P. E.—Asbury, J. D. Curtis; St. Paul's, Aaron Ritteuhouse; Union, Wm. E England ; Scott, Andrew Cather ; Grace, Alfred Cookman, T. F. Plummer, Sup. ; Grace mission, to be supplied ; Brand3 r wine and Lebanon. Joshua Hum phries ; Mount Salem, J. D. lligg; Si ioain, W. W. McMichael ; Newport, H. H. Bodinc ; New Castle, Leon. Dobson; Delaware City, John Allen ; Port Penn, W. T Tull; St. George's and Summit, W. B. Walton ; Sutton, J. A. Watson ; Newark, John France and II. M. Gilbert; Christiana, O. W. Landreth, one to be supplied ; Elkton, L. C. Mutlack ; Bethel, J. W. Pierson. Easton District — T. J. Thompson, P. E.—Smyrna, S. L. Gracy ; Smyrna Cir cuit, W. B. Gregg, J. W. Wright; Mid dletown, H. Colclazer; Odessa, G. A. Phoebus; Leipsio and Raymonds; E. B. Newnam ; Dover, J. H. Light bourne ; Camden, J. O. Sypherd ; Willow Grove, A. D. Davis; Frederica and Barrett's Chapel, A. W. Milby ; Felton, T. J. Quigley. W. M. Warner, sup. ; Milford, B. F. Price ; Harrington, J. S. Willis, ,T. M. William» ; Sudlersville, Edward Page Alfred, I. G. Fosnotch; Church Hill, S. T. Gardner; Kent, J. B. Quigg, Enoch Stubbs; Still Pond, H. S. Thomp son ; Millington, J. Hough, C. W. Pret tynian ; Cecilton and St. Paul's, J. E. Brvan; Warwick, to be supplied. The Maryland Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, closed its labors after a session of eight days, last week. The following are among the ap pointments:—Cecil, James M. Elderdice, John Watts; Chesapeake, J. E. Maloy ; Kent, J. T. Murray, A.W. Mather; Ken nedyville, II. E, Miskimon. Missions— Delaware, A. S. Kversole, one to he plied; Newark. Frederick Swentzel, sup Delaware and Maryland Mail Con tracts. —The rotre registers of the spring lotting* were on .Saturday thrown open ut the Postoffice Department for the informa tion of bidders or others interested ill pro posals for .mail service to commence on the tirst of July next and continue until June 30th, 1872. Routes in Maryland and Delaware arc awarded as follows : Maryland Doutes . —Elk ton to Cheater town, Dishop A Ferguson, $1,647; Ri sing Sun to Kirk's Mills, Henry Rilvy, $100 ; Port Deposit to Roland ville, offer, $110; Head Sassafras to Millington, of fer, $100 ; Millington to Long Marsh, offer, $3"ô; Kennedyville to Rock Hall, Edward Wilkins, $600 ; Chestertown to Easton, Divan & Ramsay, $1,795. Delà ira re Doute *. —Wilmington to Av ondale, Calvin Scripture, $308; Wilming ton to Ceiitrcville, Edward Strong, six times a week, $300 ; Newcastle to Red Lion, Calvin Scripture, $231 ; Stanton Station to Christiana, six times a week, Samuel Butler, $*200 ; Newark to Glass t Upw, offer, $75 ; Kirkwood to Delaware City, George W. Craig, $600 ; Middle town to McDonough, William T. Chance, $345; Middletown to Cecilton, Isaac Slaughter, $248; Townsend to Deukync ville, Dinnn & Ramsay, $447 ; Mount Pleasant Station to Summit Bridge, John M. Brown, $200; Clayton to Chcstet town, Jones & Rodrock, $1,048; Clay to Temple ville, Calvin Scripture, $693; Camden to Hazlettvillc, Calvin Scripture, $297 ; Felton Station fo Frod , Vincent E. Moore, $249 ; Felton Station to Greensboro, W. 11. Jones, $786 ; Harrington to Denton, Jones & ltodrock, $740; Farmington to Federalsburg. An drew (Tullalian $225; Milford, now Ëlfcn dalc, to Lewes, Dagworthy & Joseph, $800; Wyoming to Magnolia, Ed. Stout, $156; Moorton to Leipsic, offer $200 for six times a week; Milford to Georgetown, not let; Georgetown to Snow Hill, F. J. II nr mon son, $799; Millsborongh to Lewes Thomas Z. Barker $118; Dagsboro' t*> Tun null's Store, Thomas Z. Barker, $118; Seaford to Concord, Win. C. Tull, $175,; Laurel to Berlin, Jacob Payn, $C>!3. ton eric Great Snow Storms, —The 'ftlcSt snow storm recorded in Russia occurred 011 the steppes of Kirghcez, in Siberia, in 1627 destroying 285,000 horses, 30,000 cattle, 1,000,000 sheep, and 10,000 cam els. The greatest recorded in England is that of 1814, in which, for forty-oigbt hours, the snow fell so furiously that drifts of sixteen, twenty, and twenty -fou» feet were recorded in various places. In the south of Scotland, in 1820, there were thir teen drifty days, which killed nine-tenths of all the sheep. On Eskdale Moor, out of twcnt3* thousands only forty-five wer; left alive, aud the shepherds everywhere built up huge semi-circular walls of the dead creatures, to afford shelter to the liv ing till the gale should end. An inch an hour is thought to be the average rate of deposit, though four inches are said to have fallen during the severe storm in New York, Jan 3. 1859, and Profiieosqr Thatcher asserts positively that seren and a-liulf iuelies fell during the storm ou the 19th of January last. To Measure an Acre. —The following . may be useful to some of our readers m "R "Laud 3UJ square yards mako one square rod : 40 square rods make one square rood : 4 square roods one acre: 946 acres 1 square mile ; 4,840 square yards, or 190 rods, make 1 acre. In measuring an acre hv yards the usual practice is to trace off 76 yards in length and 70 Junis in width. This, considered near enough for practical pur poses; but as 70 yards cither way make 4,900 square yards, it exceeds an acre by 60 yards. To determine an accurate acre it may be measured 70 yards in length by 69 1-7 yards in width. The same result may he arrived at by measuring 220 feet in length and 180 feet in width, or by 78J yards in length by 66 yards in breadth. Ex-Kino Ludwig, of Bavaria, Lola Montes's Friend. —The news reporters of the Atlantic cable announced by tele gram a few weeks ago the death of the King of Bavaria in such form that it was assumed that the reigning monarch, young Otho, was deceased. By mail from Ki - rope we learn that it was the ex-King Ludwig, a much more remarkable mnn.Àe "friend" of the late Lola Montes, wRo departed this life. The English paprt-s contain lengthy obituary notices of the late ox-ruler. in a rough way. may be The family of the late John C. Calhotin of South Carolina, it is reported, nre re duced to penury. His library was lately sold, with some other personal property, to satisfy debts, at about ft'J50. Whole shelves of books were knocked down for four to six dollars per shelf. The sale of the house and land was then advertised V> take place within a short time, but Gen. Canhy's order, reserving to every family a house and twenty acres of land, will fi r the present, enable the widow and tie children to retain their home. A Fervent church member recently astonished a pn^er meeting by supplica ting for the preservation of the lives of the young ladies of the congregation, and that one of them might be eventually reserved for him. On being remous (rated with by one of his brethren, he said such was tho honest wish of his heart, and that he did not see the impropriety of praying for it. If a small hoy is u lad, a big boy nnM ho a ladder.