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is There's a formal kies of fashion ▲ad a burning kiss of passion, A father's kiss, A mother's kiss, And a sister's kiss to move ; There's a traitor's kiss for Ukea serpent's clammy A first kiss, A stolen kiaa, ** And the thrilling kiss of love : A meeting kiss, A maiden kiss, A Idn when fond hearts sever, But the saddest kiss On earth is this— A kiss to part forever. <S)ur ^ontspuiciue. Awotlxer Letter (Vom Millington. Correspondence of tbs iliddletoun Transcript. Millington, March, 1808. Mr. Editor: —Just imagiuc a mother dressing up her baby for public inspection —thinking in the depths of hcr fond heart that it is the greatest piece of perfection i> the shape of a baby that ever was seen, and then hearing some one say—" poor little thing, it's got a red head,"—if you oan imagine all that, you can sympathize with your unfortunate correspondent. "Oh ! my life ia Egypt, not " Oh I the dalliance and the wit," But oh ! the wrath and vent of it ; and in fact I thought it was just about what [ deserved,.and could abuse myself with*the best of them—but, though man may call himself a fool, he don't want any one olse to do it. Faith tho' there's one lot gone !—to a disciple of Eseulapius. The serpent and mace are taking the lead in this place. We have enjoyed unparalleled health of late, and if there is not soon a change for the better (or worse) our numerous 31. D.s will have to devour each other. I hope Millington will build itself up, or sell iteelf out, shortly—and then we'll be what we ought to be—what we have a right to be. Here, in the Spring, the Yellow Neds come up, and the water comes down, and we are almost drowned out. We have got tiling, however, and the gentlemen turn out on occasion and show the water the way into It. Oh ! the snow, the hail, and the rain ! March has clasped hands with February, over a tiny slip of sunshine, and each seems to be trying to get the mastery ; and in the mean time we are tho victims of the strife. One of these days will the bright sunshine aud the warm south wind, and Mr. March will have to wrap himself in his mantle and scuttle off (with out waiting for the Rail Road, as most of ns are doing,) and make room for sweet Miss April, all smiles and tears. But, comrades beware ; neither Iter smiles her tears are apt to be from tho heart. 11 1 know a maiden fair to see ; Beware, oh ! beware ! Site can both false and friendly be, Take care, oh I take care !" nor And just as you are beginning to bask in her suunv ray ske will give you a cold gleam from her blue eyes, and shake the snow-flakes over your hearts till you are fairly benumbed, and then nhe'll get up a smile again and thaw you out, but don't trust her; wait for the bright, beautiful, glo rious June, ere you yield up your affec tion, and verily you'll be rewarded, for she's ever warm and true; " too innocent for coquetry, too fond for idle scorning. Alas ! sometimes tho lightest heart, I fear makes heaviest mourning." Days have past—the "lot" has now the frame of a building on it—hauled from somewhere and put up in no time, with a most Yankee-liko celerity. Our up-town lots are being limed and drained. Our down-town lots are being negotiated for. Clur Engineers have taken in one stove-pipe, furred lint and all—though two still loom in gloomy ferocity from each end of the office. I hear the ladies have come to tiie conclusion that the corps, fearing a sectmd assault from the "Hooped Brigade," (it is Leap-year you know) for tified their quarters. Wooden guns have won the day before now, if you remember, Mr. Editor. We hope, however, the bristling semblances will soon doff their —hats, make their best bow to the public, and retire into privacy and seclusion, and by the time winter comes again we will have some other way of carrying off the surplus gasses ; for who ever heard of a fire deterred, or even deferred, by any proceeding so very absurd, as building a house without any chimney. I once heard of a man who kept himself warm all win ter on one stick of wood—by carrying it to the top of the house, throwing it down, and running after it. For a gentleman of leisure that might answer, but for Rail Road men, I presume, " it would not pay. must not neglect to mention the rest of tho improvements. A pleasant dwell ing on Sassafras street is being ornament ed by a nicely laid out flour garden and evergreen trees, and another by a neat pa ling, in place of the shocking fence, th»t, thanks to our marble-playing boys, has been sat upon, till there was nothing left of it. A ought to dation : . Roaming the streets set-ms to be their principal occupation, and the only wonder to me, is, that by night they have a leg left to stand upon. Let us have some attention paid to their comfort and well-being, Binee on the rising generation rest the hopes of a mighty alas! " Firi!is descensus At Some of our bright-eyed lasses are get ting up a croquet club ; sue.ccss to them, "7 Ï' on t ' lc g re »t play-ground life that they may roquet their adversaries, croquet their rivals, pass easily through the wickets and reach the winning-post at last, is the wish of one who is very sin cerely their friend. Base-ball has not yst been resumed, but I have no doubt that ere long the air will resound with the shouts of the victorious players : It is a fine game, but open to one objection ; people have not generally more teeth or fingers than arc necessary for their daily use, and I have heard that a hotly contested game is apt to loavc propos of the boys, I think there be seats fixed for their accomino nation, and verni." of •ome unfortunate minus one or more of those needful appendages. Our Rail Road is advancing slowly. It curious to observe how soon the horses have become trained to ther work. The carts are loaded, and the animals move off with them of their own accord, proceed to the unloading place and retrace their steps without guide or driver. My letter must now he brought to a close, since it is very sure, if I've no more to say I can't say any more Very Respectfully Your Friend, Fama. \ A Floating City. One of the most wonderful cities in the world is Bankok, the capital of Siam. Did you ever witness such a sight in your life Ï On either side of the wide, majes tic stream, moored in regular streets and alleys, extending as fur as the eye can reach, are upwards of 70,001) neat little houses, each house floating on a compact raft of bamboos, and the whole interme diate space of the river presents to tjnished gaze one dense . mass of ships, junks and boats of every conceivable shape, eolor, and size. As we glide amongst these we occasionally encounter a stray house broken loose from its moor ings and hurrying down the stream with the tide, amidst the uproar and shouts of the inhabitants and all the spectators. We also noticed that all the front row of houses are neatly painted shops, in which various tempting commodities are exposed for sale; behind these again, at equal dis tances, rise the lofty, elegant porcelain towers of the various watts and templeS. On our right hand side, as far as we can see, arc three stately pillars, erected to the memory of three defunct kings, celebrated for some acts of valor and justice ; and a little beyond these, looming like a line .of battle ships among a lot of cockle shells, rises the straggling and not very elegant palace of the king, where his Siamese jesty, with ever so many wives aud chil dren, resides. Right ahead, where the city terminates, and the river, making a curve, flows be hind the palace, is a neat looking fort, surmounted with a top of mango tree, over which peep the roofs of two houses and flagstaff, from which floats the royal pen nant and jack of Siam—a flag of red groundwork, with a white elephant worked in the centre. This is the fort and palace of the Prince Chou Fau King Siam, and one of the most extraordinary aud intel lectual men in the East, er, we shall see and hear more after have bundled our traps on shore and taken a little rest. Now be careful how our ns ma Of him, howev you step out of the boat into the balcony of the floating house, for it will recede to the force of your effort to mount, and if not aware of this, you lose your balance aud fall into the river. Now we are safely transhipped, for we cannot as yet landed ; but we now form au idea, though a very small one, of the vast population of the city of Bankok. We take a brief survey of our present apartments, and find everything, though iuconveniontly small, clean, and in other respects comfortable. First, little balcony that overhangs the river, and is about twenty yards long by one and a half broad. Then we have an exoellent sitting-room, which serves us for a parlor, dining-room and all ; then we have side room for books and writing ; and be hind these, extending the length of the other two, a bed-room, must bring or make our own furniture; for though those houses arc pretty well off, on this score the Siamese have seldom any thing besides their bedding materials, a few pots aad pans to cook with, a few jars of stores, and a fishing-net or two. " house has a canoe attached to it, -and nation detests walking so much as the Sia mese ; at the same time they are all expert swimmers, and both men and women begin to acquire this very necessary art at very early age. Without it a man runs a momentary risk of being drowned when a canoe upsets, noue of tho passers by ever think it necessary to lend any aid, supposing them fully adequate to the task of saving their own lives, hourly being upset, owing to the vast con of vessels and boats plying to and fro; and owing to this negligence or care lessness in rendering assistance, a Sir. lien ham, an American missionary, lost his life some twelve years ago, having upset his canoe when it was just getting dusk, and though surrounded by boats, no one deemed it necessary to stop and pick the poor man up. sa v we have a little Of course we Every nu as, Canoes are course Secret, of Magic.. Robert Houdin concludes his with a chapter of miraoles, which he plained. The Aissona eat pouuded glass. Houdin powdered some for himself aud ate it, and he avers that his appetite for di ner waB improved by tho dose. They walked on red-hot iron with bare feet, and passed their tongues over white-hot plates Prof. Semctrici discovered that by rubbing into the skin a solution of alum evaporated to a spongy state, it was ren deretf insensible to tho action of red-hot iron. He rubbed himself with soap, and found that even the hair did not burn. He rubbed the alum into his tongue, and lapped the glowing metallic surface with out pain. Houdin himself then tried mcmoiiB ex lu of iron. pas sing his hands, slightly dampened, through a stream of molten iron and found, as oth ers have done, that it left no scar on him. An English conjuror used to thrust a sword through his body, shove a knife up either nostril to the handle, and thus spitted sing a song. Houdin bought the secret of the invulnerable, and now divulges it. The performer was very thin. With a wast belt be bound his tender paunch tight down upon the cerebral oolumn, substitu ted a card-board stomach for the suppres sed part, covered all with flesh-covered tights ; between the true and false abdomen he fastened a scabbard, covered the aper tures on the side with rosotts, placed a sponge filled with some red liquid in the scabbard and there thruat his Bword which came out covered with bogus blood, of course. The pug-nosed mountebank enjoy ed a physical conformation which permit ted the delicate and delightful perform anco. Virtue, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines. BOOKS, STATIONERY, AND VARIETY STORE. S CHOOL BOOKS and Miscellaneous Works, Bibles, Prayer Books and Hymn Books, \ BLANK BOOKS, in various styles of binding. Tuck, Memorandum and Pass Books. Stationery or all kinds. 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Frank Leslie, Chimney Corner, Weekly, Boys and Girls Weekly, Gleason's Literary Companion. Godey's, Peterson's, Atlantic, Arthur's, Galaxy and Mm'e.Demorest's Magazines. ßeit-A large variety of Fancy Articles.-"®^ Call and examine, at D. L. DUNNING'S, Corner of Main and Scott streets, Middletown, Del. Jan 4.—3mo. POPULAR GOODS AT POPULAR PRICES. TTAV1NG completed our arrangements for the -L-L following year, we arc now prepared to offer great advantages to our friends and the public in general in the assortment and prices of our usual large lino of well selected Goods, con sisting in part as follows : NEW YORK MILLS, WAMSUTTA, WILLIAMSVILLE & AMOSKEAG FINIE m.EACIIE» SHIRTINGS. Utica 5 tic A, Ne -4 and 10-4 Bleached Sheetings. Atlan Market R R. Pacific and Salmon Falls Heavy Brown Shirtings. Pocosset 40 inch, and Indiun Head 6-4 Brown Sheetings. ' Mc Trim AC, Cocheco, American, Sprague, Ori ental, Richmond und Concstogh Prints ; besides a full assortment of the best makes American Printed Delaines. frit- A few pieces of those EXTRA HEAVY KERSEYS at the old price. An unusually large and attractive stock of DRESS GOODS, Alpacas, Cloths, Cassimeres, Hosiery, Linens, \\ lute Goods, Shawls, Flannels, Notions, Balmo ral okirts, Gents' Furnishing Goods, kc. Ac. BOOTS AND SHOES. Gentlemen's Calf Bools and Over Shoes. Men's and Boys' Extra Heavy Leather Boots and Bro gans, Ladies, Misses and Children's Balmorals and Over Shoes. A Full Assortment of Groceries, ^visions, Hardware. Quoonsware. Wooden ware, •Stoneware, Earthenware, Paints, Oils, V " indow Glass, Paint Brushes, &c. we offer at the very lowest cordially invite all 1 o cull Pr nishes, All of which arket rates, and , _ xaniine for them selves before purchasing elsewhere, us it is no troulile whatever to show The credit sy3te -1 goods. having been recently reduced among the Wholesale Merchants and Jobbers v,. the cities almost to a cash basis, our terms herc ufu-r will be six months credit, OFF FOR CASH of FIVE PER CENT all sums over $1. JOHN A. REYNOLDS k SONS. Middletown. Fcbuary 8 TO THE READERS OF The Middletown Transcript. WELL KNOWN wit A :e said : Clothes do not make the man, but they do very much ike him look respectable utter lie is made, always apt to judge others by their ex ternal appearance, and justly person is just tletnan to Men . so, for neatness of -h the characteristic of gen unqucstionable \ therefore, it behooves every ly to procure good clothing but to in the most elegant and fashionable shape, and we know of no establishment i which better insures these desirable qualities than WILDES' STAK CLOTHING HALL, Street, Middletown, Del. N. B.—Cloths, Cassimeres and Vestings kept constantly on hand and made to order January 25—m a high sense of horn veracity ; in this vi man not on have it made Mai GOLD MEDAL PIANOS AND PARLOR ORGANS. STIEF'S PIANOS,—THE BEST NOW MADE. /^OLD MEDAL for the best Pianos manufac VB turei has been awarded for the vear 1867 to OH ARLES M. STIEFF, examined and pronoun ufc!T V nil v"!/™ 1 " 30 ''" in . Ual,i "> ore >he no- 1 ."? d , , wcre ln competition with Baltimore-', I'Uiliuldphia and New York Pianos otielr s I mnos contain improvements that not to he in other instruments, nnd ure all made at hts extensive Factory and out of tiie best soned material, and warranted for five tears Call and examine for yourselves They are sold at lower prices than any other house SECOND HAND PIANOS front §50 to $300 Also, PARLOR ORGANS for sale cheap STIEFF'S, No. 7 North Liberty Street, January 4, 1868. Baltimore. at FRANCIS TARONI R ESPECTFULLY informs his friends and the public generally, that he has reeentlv located on the north-cast corner of Broad and Lake streets, Middletown, nnd is prepared to do all kinds of llotiNe nnd Sign Palntln?, Graining, China Glossing, Calcemining, Paper Hanging, kc. * All work do ith neatness and despatch. He invites the public to give him a call, as he flatters himself that he will lie able give satisfac tion to all who favor him with their custom. All orders will be thankfully received and promptly attended to. January 11—6m NOTICE. T HE Stockholders of the Middletown Hall Co. are hereby notified that an instalment of One Dollar per share upon the Capital xStock, will be due and payable to John R. Hail, Treasurer, on Monday, May 4th, 1868. By order of the Board, Mrrch 21. J. THOxS. BUDP, Sec. LUMBER. LUMBER. T HE subscribers offer to the citizens of Middle town and surrounding country their thanks for the very liberal patronage they have receiv and embrace this medium m announcing to builders and contractors and those in want of Lumber, that they are prepared to supply them on the most liberal terms. We have reduced our price, as the market has demanded, and we think Our r<\. all that they will compare with the city prices, stock is very large, embracing a full assortment SPRUCE, HEMLOCK, AND OAK FRAMING STUFF, of ALL SIZES. WHITE PINE BOARDS, HEMLOCK " OAK PLANK, WHITE PINE DO. WHITE PINE SIDING. YELLOW PINE FLOORING, HEMLOCK PLASTERING LATHES. SPRUCE AND CYPRESS SHINGLES. PLAIN AND FANCY PICKETING. SASH, DOORS AND BLINDS. Building Hardware, SNAILS AND SPECIALITIES.^ BRICKS, CALCINE PLASTER, LIME & HAIR. II EWE 8' PHOSPHATE. PAINTS, OIL, TURPENTINE, VARNISH, DRY JAPAN, GLASS. J. B. FEN I MORE & CO., On the Railroad, above the National Hotel. January 25—tf The Knickerbocker Mutual Life In surance Company of New York, ACCUMULATED CASH ASSETS FOR TIIE SECURITY OF POLICY HOLDERS, $3,300,000, Policies Issued, 1867; 10,3000 Income for the Year, over $2,000,000 Paid to Widows and Orphans ok Deceased Members, $300,000 Amount of Insurance Covered by Policies, $50,000,000 NO RESTRICTION ON RESIDENCE OR TRAV EL.—ALL POLICIES ARE NON FORFEITABLE. Premiums can re paid all in cash, or A PREMIUM NOTE* CAN BE GIVEN FOR ONE HALF, IF DESIRED. Tlte Company Is Mutual In Its Plan or Operation*. TJENJAMIN FRANKLIN, SAYS.—" A Policy -1-1 of Life Insurance is the cheapest and safest mode of making a certain provision family." Lire Insi-iuncz, lias the approbation of Cler gymen, Statesmen, Lawyer's Physicians, Mer chants Ac. Get your Life Insured without delay, Life is uncertain and full of contingencies. ALFRED G. COX, Agent, Middletown, Del. for one's Jan 18—Gm ORIGIN And History of the Books of the Bible, B OTH the Canonical and Apocryphal, showing what tiie Bible is not, what it is, and how to use it. (New Testament.) With Illustrations. By Prof. Calvin E. Stowe, D. D. for more than s Bibicul Professor ut Andover, Cin cinnati, and other Theological Seminaries, and acknowledged to be one of the best informed Bible students of tl% age. This work is one of patient research, diligent study, and ripe experience, be ing in fact the life work of the author. It will treat of 1. The common popular objec tions to the Bible at the present day. 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Paper covers, $1 50; cloth $2. Marie Antoinette and Her Son. 1 vol. 8vo. Paper covers, $1 50; cloth, $2. Joseph II. and llis Court. German by Adelaide de V. Chaudron. 1 vol. 8vo. Cloth, $2. Frederick the Great and His Court. Translated from the Gcrmun by Mrs. Chapman Coleman and her daughters. lvol.l2mo. 434pp. Cloth, $2. Berlin and Stms-Souci ; and His Friends. 1 vol. 12mo. Cloth, $2. The Merchant of Berlin. Translated from the German by Amory Collin, M. D. 1 vol. 12mo. Cloth, $2. Frederick the Great and His Family. 1 vol. 8vo. Illustrated. Cloth, $2. Louisa qf Prussia and Her Times. 1 vol. 8vo. Illustrated. Paper covers, $1 50; cloth, $2. Henry VIII. and Catherine Parr. An Historical Novel. By L. Muhlbach. 1 vol. 12mo. Cloth, $2. leon. Translated from the Frederick the Great PROMINENT CHARACTERISTICS. I.— They are Instructive. "As purely literary works, these historical ro mances possess a high degree of merit. They read like genuine histories ."—Catholic World. correct descriptions of the countries and the people described."— Herald. "They II-—They are Entertaining. "We regard .these hooks as among the liest and most entertaining novels of the day."— Spring field Republican. "The reader is at once fascinated and held spell bound until the volume is completed ."—Free Press. 'There is no dull chapter in it.— Utica Herald. III.— They "No Mirrors of can ]>erusc them without conceding the author's great skill in grasping and delinea ting the characters which figure conspicuously in them. "The study which enables the author to deline ate so accurately the emotions and incentives to action which moved men and women of a past age must be close and untiring, and Louisa Mühl bach shows in all of her works a perfection which carries the reader into the very presence of the characters represented ."—Syracuse Journal. Times. IV.— They are Historically Correct. "Historically correct, and us entertaining many of the volumes of Sir Walter Scott." idence Herald. m "Louisa Mulbach must have carefully and dili gently studied the seerect histori anti countries of which she writes, and her task is done well and effectively."— Worcester Spy. "No Historical Novelist has labored so faitli •cessfully to reproduce a complete picture of past times and events."— Utica Herald. of the times fully and V.— TnF.r are Original. "It has agreeably surprised renders to find 'ith such constructive ter new knowledge of character us Louisa Muhibach ses." — Public Ledger. 'Each succeeding'novel adds to Mrs. Mundt's reputation as a writer of historic fiction.— N. V. Times. ins and pos Y I ■ They are full of Imagination. "She is not only the skillful joiner, but a neat handed artizan."— Christian Witness. "There is seldom any straining after effect, but is really wonderful bow Madame Mundt mana ires to sustain and i end."— City Item. "1 he word-pain tin g of the authoress is much more effective than the best efforts of the engrav cr."— Illinois State Register. it •reuse the interest to the VIT.— Thev Contain Anecdotes of Cocbts. 'Scottish history offered no fresher and more romantic material to the magic working hand of Sir Walter Scott than she finds in i_. the German courts."— Evening Omette. "There are not lie found anywhere in human annals, unused, such magnificent, such sunera bundaut materials lor romance, as clog the chroni cles of the Prussian und Austrian courts of the 18th century. By their dress, their manners, their molles uf thought, their .language, they are al most as much separated from us as if they had lived one thousand years ago."— Observer. the annals of ' HI-—They tell adout KMP*nons, Kings, . _ , , , ly how Frederick \\ ill mm and Frederick the Great. Joseph the Sec ond, Voltaire, Rousseau, Baron Trcnck, the Em press Catherine, walked and talked in their grand roles, but how they powdered their hair, flirted and took tea."— Register. "The choice of h and "We learn from her not subjects exhibit!» her ge . She takes the time of Frederick the Great Joseph tiie Second, for example, and upon the background of the facts which the chronicles of periods afford, she embroiders the bright and sombre colors, the light and shade of her fiction with the skill of u consuma te artist. "—The Eagle. IX.—Thk Style is Interesting. "The style of tliis writer for purity, perspi cuity, and elegance, is something grcutly to be commended. It is free from imitatious, manner isms, and tricks of every kind ."—The Argus. "The translations do justice to the vivid, pi quant style of the original ; and the storv is full of movement and crowded with instructive and entertaining incident."— The Chicagopost. ' ^ interest of the book does not depend upon its character nor its incidents, nor yet on ming^style, but in its general harmony of position."— Dug Book. nius the its cliar co in X.—Every non y "Ouv people seem to have stopped readme French novels, and English works are com plained of ns dull. Miss. Mühlbach precisely sup plies the public want. "The Rkadino them. novels of Clara Mundt are being read by le."— Times. ' " Muhlbach's novel's have a world-wide repu tation, and are read wilh avidity, as fast as is from tiie press .''—Springfield Reovblirvn. They are winning a wide and deserved ularity in this country."—State Journal. every Either of the Novels sent free by mail to adpress on receipt of price. January 18—lm. any Middletown Furniture Warerooms. JOSEPH II. ENOS K EEPS constantly on hand an assortment o F LRNtrURh, suitable to the murket, con sisting of COTTAGE SUITS, BEDSTEADS, CHAIRS, WASHSTANDS, Parlor and Dining Room Furnitur«, dee. ï FURNISHING UNDERTAKER. COFFINS of ail kinds and styles ; Metal ic Cat kets ; Patent Burial Cases to order . Jan.4.tf. Dr. J. E. REGISTER, DENTIST, ELKTON, MD. Nortl1 8tr ®et, two doors above the Odd Fellows' Hall. February 8, 1868—tf E. REYNOLDS, Notary Public and Conveyancer, MIDDLETOWN, DEL. D EEDS, Mortgages, Bonds, Leises, *c. fully aud promptly prepared. Feb 1—tf care LIYERY STABLE. H ORSES AND CARRIAGES for hire at the Stables of L. R. Davis' Middletown Hotel, ihe horses are safe, and careful drivers will be provided when desired. Terms moderate THOS. MURRAY, At the Sublet. Ap ply to Jan. 4.—y. e: T. EVANS, COMMISSION MERCHANT, AND DBAALKft IN GRAIN, LUMBER, COAL, BUILDING LIME, BRICKS, HAIR, CEMENT, AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, TIMOTHY SEED, CLOVER SEED, LAND and CALCINED PLASTER, LAND LIME, GUANOS, SUPER-PHOSPATES, Ac. OFFICE AND WAREHOUSE opposite DELAWARE RAIL ROAD DEPOT, MIDDLETOWN, DEL. January 4, 1868—tf PENINSULAR MACHINE WORKS. J. THOMAS III'DD, MANUFACURER of . Hand and Power Corn Shelters, Ptitan's Triple Geared Horse Powers, McCorkle Gang Plow, Cultivator and Cor Planter, Pennington's Improved Reaper, Buckeye Steel Tooth Self-Delivery Horse Rake, Montgomery's Celebrated Rockaway Grain Fan, Gale's Lever Cutting Boxes, I FAT Forgings ami Castings of all kinds, Iron Railings of a variety of new and beautiful patterns. Sole Owner of Noblett's Patent Iron Railing for Yards and Cemetery Lots. Verandah and Porch Railings of various Patterns. Hitching Posts, Cellar* Gratings, Gearing and Mill Work. Jobbing promptly executed. Orders by mail punctually filled. Janm 4—tf MIDDLETOWN STOVE HOUSE. S. W. ROBERTS, FT^AKER pleasure i JL of Middletown i announcing to his friends and surrounding country, that the liberal patronge he has received has in duced hi ricty, to offer to the public the greatest va d best selected stock of Stoves, both Cooking and Heating, ever offered in Middletown, and ut prices that cannot fail to please. Among the assortment ure the following COOK STOVES. NIAGARA, CORAL COOK, und others made in the city. PARLOR STOVES. DEW DROP, . UNION AIR TIGHT, OUR PARLOR. Also, SEXTON'S PARLOR HEATERS. NOBLE COOK, WM. PENN, MONITOR, LEHIGH, BRILLIANT, GAS BURNING BASE, GEM, Stoves of all kinds suitable for Stores, Offices, Bar-rooms, and School Houses. Also, the Morning Glory and the Oriental, both unsurpassed in beauty and efficiency. They u„.. be seen in operation at the store of tiie proprietor. ^ All sizes of Bar-room Stoves and Ten-plate Stoves repaired at short notice. Old Stoves taken in exchange. jÆ®r*TlN WARE at wholesale and retail. As I have practical workmen employed, I think give satisfaction to all who favor me with their work. Particular attention paid to Roof ing and Spouting. R. W. ROBERTS. Middletown, January 4, 1868—ly Marble Hall, the Great Popular Olo* thing House. B OVS' JACKETS, COATS and PANTS, Men's Fine Cloth Coats, Men's Sack Coats, Men's English Walking Coats, Men's French Sack Coats, Men's Black Pants, Men's Fancy Pants. We have THE BEST AND FINEST STO CK OF Men's & Boy's Clothing in the City together with a superior stock of Piece Goods Tor Custom Work, at less than gold rates. Persons visiting the city, who may be in want of anything in the Clothing line, should not fail to visit . SMITH, BRO'S. k CO., US T* Marble Hall Clothing House, 40 West Baltimore Street. Baltimore, Md. Jan 4—1 y _A_ WINE AN» EIQIÎOR STORE, MIDDLETOWN, DEL. cpiIE undersigned take this method of notifv -L ing the public that they have opened a • WINE and LIQUOR STORE In Middletown, Del. opposite Davis' Hotel, where they have on hand a large end varied as sortment of WINES AND LIQUORS, in bottles and casks, which they ofTer on advan terms to the purchaser, at wholesale or re JMt'Aiso, a f CO AND CIGARS. Jan. 4—6mo. tageous fine assortment of choice TOBAC COCHRAN A DAVIS. Middletown Carriage WorkB. ESTABLISHED IN 1830. J. M. COX. & into., Proprietors. W E keep constantly on hand and manufac ture to order Carriages of the latest styles and finished in the best manner, as we employ none but first-class workmen and use only the best material. Repairing executed with neatness and despatch. All work warranted. Jan 4~*tf BOOKS FOB WINTER BEADING. Not*.—A ny of the books named below will l>e forwarded by mail, postage paid, on recieptof the price uttuched to each. rUBLISHKD BY HERD & HOUGHTON, 459 BROOME STREET, NEW YORK. 1 TWO THOUSAND MILES ON HORSEBACK, Santa Fe and back, A Summer Tour through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico, in the Year 1866. By Colonel Jas. F. Meline, 1 vol. crown 8vo, price $2. " He is a good traveller, and combining the disciplined mind of a student with the training of an army officer, is well qualified to give an opinion upon what he observes. His mode of travelling has furnished him with excellent op portunities for careful observation and with great variety of adventure in the prairie."— Standard. Nan Bedford, Maes. " It is a lively, descriptive history of the coun try passed through, impacting much valuable information, and makes a capital companion to the Across the Continct, and other books of in ter-continental travel of the past few years."— Commonwealth, Boston. 2. FOUR YEARS AMONG TIIE SPANISH AMERICANS. By Hon. F. llussaurek, late U. S. Minister Resi dent to the Republic of Ecuador. 1 rol. crown 8vo, price $2. "The subject is full of interest, and we com mend the volume to our readers as one of the best of the year for information."— Press, Harford, Connecticut. "The result is a work which for its wealth of informttion, for its broad spirit of philosophy, ia seldom equalled. In style it is graphic and net* vous. The description of the ascent of Chimba is a fine specimen of vivacious narrative, while the portraiture of Spanish-American char- V-' aeter and life, as displayed in the cities and tha Country, is minute, and evidently faithful."— lip Express, Albany. 3È 3. ITALIAN JOURNEYS. By William D. Howells, Author of Venetian Life. 1 yoI. crown 8vo., price $2. "Since the days of Montaigne and Lord Her- | bert of Cberbury ( not to mention James Howell again ) no traveller in Italy has written mote en tertaining accounts of bis journey than our coun tryman, Mr. Howells, whose Venetian Lift we noticed some months ago."— Commonwealth, Bos ton. " There is in all Mr. Howells writes a freshness and sincerity, a quiet and perfect renunciation of pretence, a subtle and strong humor, a liveliness % of description, combined with a grave and self- Jfx possessed calmness, which make the expression of opinion, the narration of fact, the utterance of emotion, or the bubbling out of an irrepressible sense of the ludicrous alike no w enjoyable Ji oi an irrcpressiDi charming. There i writer of travels in our day so simple, si yable, and profitable." —Brooklyn Unie is , sincere, ooklyn Union. 4. VENETIAN LIFE. By William D. Howells. 1 vol. crown 8vo. piree $2. "Seldom mark with his first p our late accomplished writer makes so broad and fine a -stroke as Mr. Howells, Consul at Venice, made ith his Venetian Life. The critics found so *h to praise in this book that for once they r forgot their avocation and paused to admire and enjoy instead of hastening to point out the defect« and faults ."—Liberal Christian. 5. THE TURK AND THE GREEK ; Or, Creeds, Races, Society, and Scenery in Turkey and Greece, and the isles of Greece. By S. G. W. Benjamin. 1. vol. 16mo, price $1.75. y bodv wishes a small volume of facile, 4 ' graceful, mobile prose, we commend him to these, rather miscellaneous, yet entertainiug pages."—* New Yorif Independent. " The style of this book is that of rative, the sympathies "If easy nar those of a right minded American, and the predictions Are shared in common with intelligent observers every where."— Brooklyn Union. * ? • " The author's account of Greece is not flatter* ing, but no doubt it is true.' pal Methodist —Baltimore Episeom, 6. THE DIARY OF A MILLINER. By Belle Otis. 1 vol. 16mo, price $1. 25. "The diary is apparently truthfully written it indicates some very queer fucta for the reformerai and economist, some phases of familiar experience, M of which a populur novelist might well avail him- > self, and is a memoir of a kind of life about which many people know little."— Transcript , Boston. " A smart milliner could tell many u fine story A smart milliner is " Belle Otis," and that is juslfl what she docs. Her narrative has all the vira», und piquancy which belongs to woman*** ' it sends a keen shaft, and then follows a sally of exquisite humor ."—Albany Express. city 7. THE OPEN POLAR SEA. A Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery towa the North Pole, in the schooner United Statt By Dr. Isaac 1. Hayes, Commander of the E pedition. Embellished with six full-page ilh trations, drawn by Durley, White, and othei from Dr. Hayes' Sketches, three full-page chartaj: twenty-eight vignettes, and a fine portrait of the author, engraved on steel. 1 vol. 8vo., price.'" cloth, $3.75; half calf, $6. "He has culled the most significant facta, the most picturesque scenes the most dramatic and pathetic incidents from this diurnal record woven them into a consecutive, pleasing, and pressive history ."—Boston Transcript. % I 8. OLD ENGLAND : Its Scenery, Art, and People. By James Hoppiu, Professor iu Yale College. I vol. lGmofT* price, $2. " It pleasantly revives our choicest .memorUf ? England, and suggests motives and means for a more enjoyable aud instructive sojourn thai.' pid countrymen usually devote to the land of their fathers."— Transcript, Boston. 9. HOMESPUN; OR, FIVE - AND - TWENTY^ YEARS AGO. By Thomas Lackland. 1 vol. 16mo. price ia cloth, $1. 75. ' " The description of the landscape on a ni day, the country Habbnth, the babbling brook« even-tide, the rich glories of Summer, and tm mellow, softening beauties of autumn Sm wrought with exquisite skill."— Journal, Albjtk 10. POEMS OF FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVBi»*» By Phoebe Cary. 1 vol. 16mo. price, $1 M " We do not often meet witli a more satisfae. lory and comforting little collection of poem than the unpretending volume just publishcdtv Hurd t Houghton of the Phoebe Cary's Poems W' : Faith, Hope, and Love. They are utterance*of a truly chastened spirit, submissive but not- sad. lull of hope ns well as acquiescence, of pati ""her than passiveness."— Republican, Sp: • For sale by all Booksellers. January 25. ODESSA NURSERIESi W E arc now offering for tale, for Sgfl Planting, 1868, No. 1 Plants of the BLACKBERRY, RASPBERRY, STRAWBERRY, GOOSEBERRY, Mk CURRANT and S • GRAPE VINÉB by the dozen, hundred, or thousand, all of wfcftd will be warranted genuine and true to name. TÏ Also, Osage Orange Plant«, Asparagus Root« and Early Goodrich Potatoes. POLK k HYATT, Odessa, Del. <j *>' January 25—3m CHARLES BALLIARD, SUCCESSOR TO CHARLES BOURQUIN, M Broad Street, Middletown, Dil, 1 VAJATCHES Carefully Repaired, and ' \ Jewelry of all descriptions neatly mended, with care and dispatch March 14.—2m. 1 L ,?ÏJÎ, ECEIVED — A fri ? h lot of MACKERe£ ! ", HERRING, and MES§ SHAD, in barrels^' half barrels, quarters and kitts. For aale at tilt lowest market rates. % % J. A. REYNOLDS 4 80NS, March 21.