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Shadows o'er the valu
And the _
Twilight draws her curtains softly,
Golden clouds hang in the west.
Hushed tile noise of buBy labor,
Toil has sought its wonted rest;
Whispering trees and murmuring streamlets,
Sweetly sootho each troubled breast.
sinks to his R*st ;
Time is fleeting, nncl I'm drawing
Near the sunset of my life ;
Soon will end my weary journeyj
Soon will cease all toil and strife.
Shadows o'er my path are falling,
Earthly visions fade away ;
Voices soft and sweet, are telling
endless, orient day.
O'er the misty mountains hastens
One I've waited long to see ;
Soft as night-dow falls
His kind bidding, "
• Lo ! the purple light of evening,
Stealing gently up the sky,
Bears me on its wings to meet him.
Is this death? 'Tis sweet to die l
* Jesus calls me, and I'm going
Where the shadows never come;
Now the desert lies behind me,
And I hasten to my home—
To my home beyond the sunset,
Far beyond the day's decline,
Where tile glory is unfadiug,
Where the golden portals shine.
Come to me."
• from the |ant.
We oxtract from tho address of Profes
Coppce, delivered to tho graduating
class of West Point, a graphie version of
the treason of Renedict Arnold, which as
isdc of tho most impressivo lessons of his
tory, cannot be too frequently reviewed by
American youth, or harkened to by men
of mature years :
And now, gentlemen, lot mo spend the
very short time allotted to mo in elabora
ting one thought of common interest to
cadet» I find the text in the words of our
unimortal Washington, and a few statistics
■of the Revolutionary history, doubtless well
Ttnown to you all, must he given to cluci
dnto it. On the 22d day of September,
1780, General Arnold returned from an in
terview with Major Audro, at and near the
Tiouse of Joshua Ilett Smith, to Rcverly,
and then made all preliminary arraugc
auents for tho surrender of this post, bnt
without, ns far as is known, taking any
one into his confidence. On the 24th, the
British were to come up tho river and take
West Point. This was well timed, as
Washington was not expected to return
from Hartford until the 20th. « Most un
expectedly, he changed his plans and re
turned through Duchess County to Fishkill
on the 24th. He stayed that night with the
French embassador, who was there, and
in happy ignoranoe of the snaky treason,,
whose final coil was being wound ; he took
saddle before dawn "of t he 25t h, in order
to reach Gen. Arnold's headquarters jn
time to breakfast with tho General anil
Mrs. Arnold, and then to inspect the
works at West Point. Some soldiers had
gono heforo with Washington's baggage
to announco his purpose to Arnold; but
»8 he approached Arnold's house he turned
off towards the river. Lafayette, who was
riding with him, exclaimed: "General,
that is the wrong way ; you kuow Mrs.
Arnold is waiting fin- us." Washington
replied in a pleasant way, " All young
men aro in love with Mrs. Arnold," and
added Go and take your breakfast, aud
tell Mrs. Arnold not to wait for mo ; that
I will bo there by and by." So the staff
went to Arnold's house and took break
fast, the eountenanco of the host, cold
blooded as was the man, being unable to
conceal his secret trouble and misgivings.
The British had not come and there were
no tidings. Washington had arrived two
days Booner than he was expected. While
breakfast, Lieutenant Allen, of Arnold's
command, came in with a letter. It was
from below. He tore it open, expecting
to read news of the enemy's movement up
the river, norror and astonishment ; the
tidings were from Major Jameson, that
Maj or Andre was in his hands, a prisoner
r. Leaping from his seat, he an
nouncea to his guests that an urgent mes
sage called for his presence at West Point ;
and he left that as a message, should Gen
eral Washington arrive before his return ;
he would return, lie said, as soon as pos
sible. He went to his wife's room and
sent for her. In a few words lie announc
,ed the necessity of going at once to tho
British lines. Leaving her in a swoon on
the floor, he rnshed out, mounted one of
the horses of Washington's cavalcade in
Waiting at tho door, galloped down a steep
pathway to Beverly dock, got into his six
soared barge, and ordered the oarsmen to
pull with a will for Teller's Point, promis
ing them an extra ration of rum and a re
ward in money, and telling them that lie
was hurrying that he might transact his
ibusiness there and return without delay to
meet General Washington. As they pass
ed Teller's Point, and neared the Vulture,
a man-of-war, he Bprcad his white hand
kerchief as a flag of truce, and reached tho
British ship, a traitor, in rafety—a villain
under protection which could not fail. It
was a raoe for life, and ho won it. Just
after Arnold's flight Washington arrived at
Beverly. On being told that Arnold had
gone to West Point, ho took a hasty break
fast and hurried over to meet him there.
As the boat approached the landing,
Washington was surprised to find that
there was no salute, and no guard turned
out to receive him. Indeed, the command -
jng officer, Cojopol Lamb, of the artillery,
wns hiisurcly strolling down tlio path as
the barge landed. Confused when he saw
the General-in-Chief, he stammered out :
"Had I any idea your Excellency was
coming, I would have given you a proper
reception." "Sir!" exclaimed Washing
ton, "is not General Arnold here 1" "No,
sir. Ifc has not been here these two days,
aud I have not heard-from him in that
time." Astonished, and recurring to his
old suspicions, Washington inspected the
works, and returned about noon to Ar
nold's house. There Hamilton mot him
with the proofs of the treason—all the pa
pers taken in Andre's hoot, which had by
this time arrived. The messenger had ar
rived just four hours after Arnold's escape,
hooking around him, lie turned to Knox
and Lafayette, and said, in a solemn, al
most heart-broken manner : "Whom can
wo trust now ?"
The papers taken from Major Andre
are still well preserved in the State Libra
ry at Albany. They hang against the
wall in a frame covered with glass. We
saw them in 1859, and stood and gazed at
them for some time. They were objects
of deeper iujerest to us than anything else
we saw in tho'Jauilding. We had read of
them in school, in our lessons of history,
and had read and heard of them since, but
there they were before us, these same identi
cal papers. We were carried hack in im
agination to the scenes of the Revolution,
aud the incidents of Andre's capture and
execution were ns vividly portrayed in our
mind, as if we had been a spectator of the
scene .—Editor of the Transcript.
THc Suez Canal.
A report was submitted by -M. de Los
seps, the engineer of the Suez Canal Com
pany, to a meeting of the shareholders,
held on June 1st, in Paris, that the com
pany has already expended $57,000,000
on the work, that a balance of $11,000,000
still remained in the treasury, and that a
loan by means of bonds, amounting to
$20,000,000, would be sufficient to
plete the undertaking. In 1852, M. de
Lcsseps undertook to form a company to
construct a canal through this isthmus, (a
project of the great Napoleon,) which is
about seventy-five miles broad, lying be
tween the Mediterranean and Red seas,
and connecting the continents of Asia and
Africa. Two years afterwards the Pasha
of Egypt conferred npon M. do Lesseps
the exclusive privilege of carrying out the
project. The proposed route wns exam
ined in 1855 by a commission of engineers
from various countries, who stntod in their
report that there were no extraordinary
difficulties in the way. It is said that,
with the exception of two small ridges, of
the respective medium heights of thirty
and forty-five feet, the surface is only ele
vated from five to eight feet above tho lev
ol of tho adjoining seas, - The company
was formed in 1859, and the work was
shortly afterward commenced. The pro
ject is to extend tho canal botwoon tho old
Afab town of Suez and tho Gulf of Palu
sinra. It is to lie ninety miles long, twen-,
ty feet deep at low-wateS level of the Med
iterranean, and thrcc'hundred and thirty
feet wide on the surface. Froiii Port
Said, qn the Mediterranean, the water tran
sit on the canal is now open -to Ismalia,
about sixty miles. Near Suez, the Red
sea termination of the canal, are some
formidable rocky obstructions, which,
however, tho labors 'of eight thousand
workmen ore so steadily removing that the
work is expected to be entirely completed
by October, 1809, tho time announced by
Do Lcsseps. Including the cost of the
new quay constructed on the Red sea, and
the additional docks that may he necessary
by a trade like that which will pass
through the isthmus, the cost of this
great enterprise may reach, it is thought,
a hundred millions of dollars.
Port Said, on the Mediterranean, which
six years ago was a solitude, now has a
population of ten thousand, and its ton
nage lias nearly doubled sinoe last year.
It has a fine hnrbor, and is expected to
become the seat of an extensive commerce.
Suez lias also risen from a population of
two thousand a few years ago to ten thous
and. In the roadstead, about two miles
off, vessels of a largo size can find safe an
chorage, though it is said there is only suf
ficient depth of wator for hoots and light
ers to como alongside the quay. Its im
irtnnee has been hitherto derived from
..jing a port of tho overland route between
England and India, China and Australia.
If tho canRl shall prove a sucocss, it must
he one of the most important of modern
improvements in its effocts upon trade and
commerce. - ..
Tho word "its" is nowhere to he found
in tho English version of the Bible.—
"Its," the possessive of "it," was not in
our language till about the beginning
tho seventeenth century. Tho Anglo S
on word is "his," and this is the word for
"its" used by the translators.
Humbolt regards tho climato of the Cas
pian Sea as tho most salubrious in the
world. There ho found tho most delicious
fruits that he saw during his travels, and
such was the purity of the air that polish
ed stcol would not tarnish evon by night
Tho love of goodness only becomes real
by doing good. Tho mere admiration of
duty, without an effort for its accomplish
ment, will hut resolve itself into cant or
unmeaning phrases
• 'SSlit and
At Mereer, Pennsylvania, there is a
colony of Freedmen from C'liarlottsville,
Virginia. One of them, for some reason
or other, had to buy his son, for whom he
had to pay four hundred dollars—out of
the money given to him by his master.
A year or two after settling hero, his boy
died, and some of the sympathizing white
neighbors went to . his house to condole
with him. He took them into the
where the corpse was "laid out, 1
pointing to it, with every evidence of gen-
uine grief, exclaimed : " Dar he is ! -Dat's
him ! I paid foah hundred dollars for dat
boy, and dat's all I's got to show for it!"
Southern Home Journal.
On the day of an eclipse, when all the
inhabitants of Paris were outof doors, pro
vided with telescopes and pieces of smoked
glass, an Englishman was seen driving fu
riously along one of the principal streets.
"Where does my lord wish to go ?" as
ked the driver.
"To see the eclipse," answered the En
glishman, poking his head out of the coach
window, "only drive up as near to it as
possible, for I am short sighted.
"Is your horse gentle, Mr. Dabster?"
" Perfectly gentle, sir ; the only fault he
has (if that he a fault) is a playful habit of
extending his hinder hoofs now and then."
" Ry extending tho hinder hoofs, you
don't mean kicking, I hope?
people call it kicking, Mr. Green ; hut it's
only a slight reaction of the muscles; a
disease rather than a vice."
" Home
A lady who, though iu tho autumn of
life, had not lost all dreams of spring said
"I cannot imagine what makes my hair
turn gray. I sometimes fancy it must he
tho essence of rosemary with which my
maid is in the habit of wetting it. "What
do you think ?"
"I should be afraid, madam," replied
the distinguished dramatist, dryly, "that
it is the essence of thyme."
A quaek advertised to cure among other
incurable diseases, Mareobozarris, Abdel
cader, Hippopotamus, Pota-toe-rot, Gasti
cus, Hydrostatios, Inflammation of tho
Abominable Regions, Ager Fits, Shaking
Quaker Visits aud all kinds of Anniversa
r y
"I want you to explain the points of the
compass to mo. Bobby, what is tile high
est latitude known ?" said a teacher to his
"Tho highest latitude known is that
which Bill Jones allows his feelings when
waltzing with our Kate."
A lady was urged by her friends to mar
ry a widower, and as an argument they
spoke of his two beautiful children—"Chil
dren," replied the lady, "are liko tooth
picks. A person wants her own."
A'Vermonter has invented a new and
cheap plan for boarding. One of his
boarders mesmerises (ho rest, and then
cats a hearty meal, tho mesmerised being
satisfied from sympathy.
When a man and woman are made one
liy a clergyman, the question is which is
tho one ? Sometimes there is a long
struggle between them heforo this matter
is finally settled:
Pat O'Leary, a fresh importation just
brought over, gazing iu astonishment upon
an elephant in a monagorio, asked the
keeper, 1 ' What kind of a baste is that
aitin hay wid his tail ?"
'■What a pity it is, my dear sir," said a
lady to Garrick, "that you are not toller."
I should lie supremely happy, madam."
replied Garrick, "to be higher in your es
A Husband complains sadly at tho price
of "ducks." Plis wife rccontly bought
three for $'210, viz:—A "duck" of a
dress, a"duck" of a bonnet, and a "duck"
If you want to make a long story short.
It the teller to begin at tho end ; in oth
er words, to give the tail of the tale first.
It ÎB a good method to pnnish bores.
"Sam, are you ono of tho Southern
ohivalry?" "No, massa, I'se otic of the
Southern slinvelry. I Bhovclcd dirt at the
Dutch Gap Canal."
"Pat, is your Bister's child a "hoy or
girl?" "Faith an' I don't know yet
whether I'm an uncle or aunt."
"I wish," said a son of Erin, "I could
Tlffd a place whore men don't die, that I
may go thoro and end my day3."
When Amherst College proposed to in
fliot a title on Henry Ward Beecher, ho
vowed he would not be d—d.
Adam wns the only man that never tan
talized his wife about the "way mother
used to cook."
Men, like books, have at each end a
blank leaf—-childhood and old age,
Hljmutiurat .Department.
Fruit lu Maryland aud Delaware.
The National Journal, of Philadelphia,
in answer to a correspondent in New York,
who seeks information as to fruit culture in
these States, says :
"Wo are strongly impressed with the
belief that the State of Delaware and the
eastern shore of Maryland are destined to
be "the fruit garden of America,
sedge fields, forests and pines aro giving
way rapidly to extensive peach orchards
and acres of small fruit. Four gentlemen
of this city have, within the past eighteen
months, ' invested over $100,000 in the
purchase and improvement of land in Som-
erset Co. Maryland, near Westover Sta-
tion, on the Eastern Shore Railroad, a
continuation of the Delaware Railroad.—
One of the parties says that up to Nov.
20th last, he had planted 250 apple, 250
pear and 10,000 peach trees. He had also
set out 10,000 blackberry, 2,000 raspber-
ry and 27,000 strawberry plants. lie
purposed planting last fall 200 plum nu<l
100 quinco trees. A neighbor of his put
out last fall 55,000 peach trees, and will
go largely into cultivation of small fruits.
At the next station below, another gentle-
man has planted 20,000 peach trees, 1,000
pear trees, and will also engage largely in
Fruit Trees.
11. "When fruit trees occupy the ground,
nothing else should—except very short
2. Fruitfulness and growth of the tree
cannot be expected the same year.
8. There is uo plum that the oirculio
will not take, though uuy kind may some
times escape for one year in one place.
4. Peach borers will not do much dam
age when stiff clay is heaped up round the
tree a foot high.
5. Pear blight still puzzles the greatest
The best remedy known is to plant
two for every one that dies.
0. If you don't know how to prune,
don't hire a man from the other side of the
sea that knows less than you do.
7. Don't cut off a big lower limb unies.
you are a renter, and don't care what be
comes of tho tree when your time is out.
8. A tree with the limbs coming out
near tho ground is wortli two trees trimm
ed mp five feet, and wortli four trees trimm
ed up ten feet, aud so on till they are not
worth anything
9. Trim down, not up.
10. Shorten in, not lengthen up.
11. If you had your arm cutoff, you
would feel it to your heart—a tree \v ill not
fool, hut rot to the heart.— Mass. Elough
How Can I Raise Quinces? —So asks
a correspondent in Lehigh county, and wo
answer that they can he raised as easily as
apples or pears, in the way we shall de
scribe. There is no secret about it, Get
the "orange" variety. See that they are
entirely free of the borer heforo planting.
Set six or eight feet apart in rich soil.
Bandage tlie stum in two or three wrap
pings of muslin, or any kind of cloth, as
far down in tho ground as possible, as tlie
roots start from near tlie surface. Let this
bandage run six or eight inches above
ground, then pile the soil compactly a cou
ple of inches around the bandage, and re
new this early every spring. ' Fine, large
golden quinces, rivaling tlie largest oran
ges, will bless your efforts annually.
Should the borer by any means steal in,
ferret them out carefully witli a piece of
wire. Should they, however, get tlie ad
vantage of you and your trees become hon
ey-combed, set out again young trees, so
that by the time the old ones are gone, the
young ones will be finely in hearing. We
have raised these quinces in perfection,
but not caring for the fruit, they were re
moved when they were about to die from
the operations of tlie worm.— Gcr. Tel.
Sweet Potato Vines. —A correspond
ent of tlie, Georgia Telegraph states that
tho vines of the sweet potato may be saved
during the wiuter and used in spring for
propagating a ucw crop. In the fall, any
time before frost takes place, tlie vines may
ho cut in any convenient length, and placed,
iu layers, on the surface of tho earth, to
tho depth of twelve or cightccu inches ;
cover tho vines, whilst damp, with partial
ly rotten straw (either pine or wheat will
answer,) to the depth of six inches, and
cover tlie wholo witli a light soil about
four inches deep. Iu this way tho vines
keep during tho winter, and in spring
will put out'sprouts as abundantly as
the potato itself when bedded. Tile draws
or sprouts can be planted first, aud the
vino itself can be subsequently cut aud
used as wo generally plant slips.
Feed your poultry on raw onions chop
I fine mixed with other food, about twice
a week. It is bettor than a dozen cures
for chicken cliolora. Pulverized charcoal
given occasionally is a preventive of putrid
affentions, to which fowls are very subject.
The veterinary editor of Wilkes' Spirit
of the Times recomnieüds tho following
for scratches in a horse : take sulphate of
zinc, ono drachm ; glycerine, two ounces ;
apply every morning.
When you hear a man say, "Life is hut
a dream," tread on his coruB and wake
him up. Lifo is real.
Manure heavily, plough deeply and cul
tivate thoroughly, if you would farm well,
Jlopular JtJTißcettang.
The Abbio Mignc has just addressed a
letter to a very honorable director of one
of the great seminaries of Paris, condem-
ning the use of tobacco and snuff,
letter furnishes us with an opportunity of
relating a fact that is personal to us.
Several times in our youth and riper age
wo have taken up and discarded the use
of the snuff box. In 18(51, when writing
our mathematical treatises, we used snuff
to excess, taking 20 to 25 grammes per
day, incessantly having recourso to the
fatal box, and snuffing up the dangerous
stimulant. The effect of this was on the
other hand, a rapid loss of memory, not
only of the present but of the past. We
bad learned several languages by their
roots and our memory was often at a loss
for a word. Frightened at this consider-
able loss, we resolved in September, 1801
to renounce the use of snuff and cigars
forever. This resolution was the com-
mencement of a veritable restoration to
health and spirits, and our memory re-
covered all its sensibility and force. The
same thing happened to M. Dubrunfant,
the celebrated chemist, in renouncing the
use of tobacco. Wo do not hesitate in
saying that for one moderate snuff-taker
or smoker, there arc 99 who use tobacco
Hippophagy, or Ilorse-cating, is repor
ted by the French journals to have failed.
Reef is still preferred. Although the
learned experimenters have assembled
around perfectly well appointed tables, and
eaten horse steak, with truffles and horse
kidneys, with champagne dressing, and
horse tongues with tomato sauce—all ac
companied with good wine, and have
praised the excellence of horseflesh, yet
the poor will run tho risk of starving rutil
er than accept a meal of horseflesh. In
addition to the natural anti
kind of food, they very
horses slaughtered are fi
old, poor, worn out, and not unfreequently
diseased animals. There are 22 shops in
Paris for the sale of horseflesh, hut it is as
serted they do an insignificant business,
and up to March there had boon slaugh
tered for food only 3728 horses, 80 asses
and 23 mules in Paris, making in all, say
IGU.OUQ pounds of meat. This, for a pop
ulation of two millions is not very strong
cvidcnco that this article of diet will prove
acceptable to the palates of the Parisians.
pathy of this
well know that the
for tho most part,
Tiie Number of American Ficiiitino
Ships. —During the war our fighting ships
afloat numbered over five hundred. They
are now reduced to about 80—screw sloops,
paddle wheels, frigates, gunboats, store
ships, &c. Five of tho most effective of
these are yet in the navy-yards, and mount
oighty-tlirco guns; seven are with Admi
ral Farragut, numbering also eighty-three
guns; twelve, of one hundred and thirteen
guns, form the Asiatic squadron, under
Rear Admiral ltowen ; seven, with fifty
seven guns, are with Rear-Admiral Dahl
gren, on the South Pacifio station ; Rear
Admiral Graven commands eleven with
one hundred and twenty-four guns, on the
North Pacific station; Rear-Admiral Da
vis lias seven with seventy-five guns, on
the South Atlantic station ; eight, with
seventy-three guns, aro with Rear Admiral
'Hoff, on tho North Atlantic station; while
Vice-Admiral Porter lias thirteen, with
one hundred and forty-five guns, in the
Naval Academy squadron; aud seven,
witli seventy-three guns, are on the lakes
and on home stations.
The Eobobean Drought. —England has
recently been relieved from a protracted
drougt of probably from one hundred and
twelve to one hundred aud fourteen days,
embracing April, May, Juno and tlie lar
ger part of July, a season of great impor
tance to the spring crops. This is said to
have been the most extraordinary drought
which lias prevailed in Englaud since 1789.
Pastures iu England and Wales are unu
sually dried up. Every thing planted or
sowed in the spring, hut especially the
root crops, received almost irreparable in
From Ireland aud Scotland we
have similar accounts, and reports of
drought, although of a less serious nature,
are brought from Gcrmauy and parts of
Spain and France.
Tho Knox (111.) Republic
following: " A farmer near Onodia, one
day last week, while on an unfrequented
part of his farm, near a ravine, discovered
that an oak Bapling had been cut and
dragged to tho ravine, which caused him
to investigate the matter, the result of
which was he found a trap door covered by
the sod, which opened into a room exca
vated in the ground. This room was quite
well fitted up with tables aud chairs, and
containing stolen property of all kinds, and
was evidently the rendezvous of thieves."
has the
California is likely to become tho great
est raisin-producing country in tho world.
The best grape for this purpose is one of
the Malaga varieties. Tho process is to
break the stems of the principal branches
and thus prevent the flow of the sap. The
fruit thon shrinks in tho sun, tho watery
portion is dried and the sugar concentra
tion increased in proportion. Last year
one farm yielded twevty-fivc thousand
pounds, and a single Isabella vino bore
twenty-fivo hundred bunches.
Calico, the well-known cotton cloth, is
named from Calicut, a city in India, from
whence It first came. Calico
brought to Eugland iu the year 1031.
was first
For the Xiihllctoun Transcript.
Dedicated to my School.
The world is but a vast field of conflict,
in which man is placed to contend against
the host of cares, perplexities, dangers
and temptations arrayed against him ;
and oftimes the soul grows faintand weary
beneath the burden of toil allotted unto it.
And yet, scattered along the pathway of
laborious striving are beautiful resting
places, all radiant with those welcome
gifts of our Heavenly Father—Leisure
These are the vases, the flowery dells
in the desert of life, toward which we
look forward with yearning gaze, that
there we may rest awhile from the world's
busy din, and cool the fevered pulse of
action in the soothing fountain of thought,
to draw sweet draughts fooiu the spring of
memory, or, perchanoe, paint fair pictures
of fancy on the canvas of the future. Yes,
t hey are precious gifts, those Leisure Mo
ments ; but, aro they given ns only to
squander away in idleness and dreamy
self-satisfaction over what wo deem work
well done ? Nay, we think they are bo
stowed for a higher, holier purpose. Q od
hath not planted the rose merely to bloom,
wither and die ; but while it unfolds its
beauty to gladden the eye of the beholder,
the wandering bee revels in its richest
sweets, and the pale invalid blesses the
flower that shakos out its faagranee on the
dewy air. The pearl was not designed to
rest bidden in its native shell beneath the
ocean wave, but, brought to light by the
adventurous diver, and wrought by the
skillful baud of art it is bound around fair
brows to render beauty still more beauti
The glittering diamond elicits no
admiration in its dark birth-place, ainid
the murky coal, but, fashioned by the
cunning artisan, it sparkles in the diadem
of royalty, the most precious of all gems.
The gleaming gold of California confers
no favor on men until tho swarthy miner
tears it from its mountain-bed, that it may
become the medium of commerce, and in
the hands of men with souls unstained by
Avarice, it shall render many a home hap
py, and drive gaunt poverty from the
widow and the fatherless.
And thus it is with our Leisure Mo
ments, while they are given us for recre
ation aud pleasure they should not be con
sidered as mere baubles, nor bo suffered
to pass away unadapted to some useful
purpose ; for they are the roses, the ]>earls,
the diamonds, and tho precious gold of life.
Rut, says one, bow shall I best make use
of them that'they maybe both pleasant
aud happy ? Perhaps you have a friend
on whom disease lias laid its bands, who
canuot go forth with you to.drink in the
charms of nature, or bow at tho slirine of
Pleasure. Rind some of these rosy mo
ments into a hoquet of cheerfulness, and
carry it, all sparkling with the dew-drops
of Hope, to the ohamber of the languish
ing one, and the grateful smile and kind
ling love-light in her eye shall bestow a
pleasuro which time can never steal away.
Yonder is a widow, who has laid her
only sou on the sacred shrine of liberty.
Gather a few of these pearls, and weaving
them into a coronal of Consolation, place
it on her care-worn brow, whispering
words of Faith, that tell her she shall
meet her loved one in the bright world
beyond. In the busy street wanders an
outcast orphan child, Ü let us spare him
some of our golden moments, and in the
loom of Renevolenco weave him
garments to shield him from the pitiless
winds ; and all through coming years the
chambers of memory will glow with the
light of our polished gems. As we look
abroad wo may behold reeling to his
wretched home a sad wreck of humanity,
with all his God-given attributes blighted
and Beared by the burning breath of In
temperance, Lot us take some of the
dinmonds of time and setting them in
crown of Truth, Virtue and Religion,
place it on our fallen brother's temple,
and reinstate him on the glorious throne of
Manhood, and tils angels of heaven will
cease to sweep the trembling wires of their
golden harps, to turn aud whisper " well
Have you still more of the Leisure
Moments ? Take then the Roses, the
Pearls, tho Gold and the Diamonds, and
bring them all glittering in the sunshine
of God's love, to lay on the altnr of Grat
itude an oblation to the glorious giver.
Retirement, July 22nd, 1808.
Advantages of Association between
the Sexes. —What makes those men who
associate habitually with women superior
to others ? What makes the woman who
is accustomed to and at ease in tho compa
ny of men superior to lier sex in general ?
Solely because she is in the habit of a free,
graceful and continual conversation with
the other sex. Women in this way lose
their frivolity, the flicultics awaken, tlioir
delicacies and peculiarities unfold all their
beauty and captivation in tho spirit of in
tellectual rivalry,
pedantic, rude, declamatory
ner. The coin of tho undi
And the men lose their
or sullen man
erstanding and
the heart is interchanged continually.—
Their asperities arc rubbed off ; their bet
ter materials polished and brightened, and
their richness, like fine gold, is wrought
into finer workmanship, by the figure of
woman, than it could do by those of men.
Tho iron and steel of our oharaotor aro
laid aside, liko tho harshness of a warrior
in a time of pcaoe and scourity.
Beautiful extract—helping a handsome
young' lady out of n mud hoio.
For the Middletown Transcript.
Middletown, July 22nd, 1868.
Mr. Editor: —Your last "Transcript"
presented quite a leugtby urtiule from
"Lucius," in which he uttered many
things hard to be belief, à by those who
live so near his town, The first and only
truth lie uttered, was that Odessa did not
"present itself before your readers as the
substance of greatness, or the paragon of
Ah! some "blessed by nature with
pretty faces but really I think if any of
our young men were permitted to have a
view of their toilet, aud see the mass of
confusiou they leave on going out into
company, they would ask, as Homer,
' • help of the godB and no doubt Mr.
Prim's description would foil to portray **
in colors that would do justice to suen a
chaotic muss of powder, rouge, pomatum,
and many other cosmetics that the fair
sex use to beautify themselves, so they
may appear lovely, while the inward ador-
ning of ' ' grace und meekness," aro nev-
er sought after.
-So you have some literary characters in
town 1 I wonder when they show forth ;
doubtless at night, when darkness per-
vades, and all ears are closed; what a pity
such eloquence is left to echo and re-echo
through the vastnoss of space, liut,
"Full ninny a flower is born to blush unseen
tho desert air."
Aud waste its sweetnm
Whore is it that drunkenness is not
frowued upon Y No one unless destitute of
humanity and intelligence can look upon
the poor inebriate without feelings of pity
that one of Adam's race would become a
slave to the influence of King Alcohol, nntl
in order to reclaim such, we have a flour
ishing " Good Templars'Institution, and
many, who years ago, were seen winding
their way home reeling beneath the weight
of intoxicating drink, now hold a respect
able position in society." Where has Odes
sa such an institution ? I have been In
formed that the ladies of our town h&Te
become so absorbed in the Temperance
cause, that through their tears and entrea
ties they have reclaimed the most aban
doned cases. If any of our citizens, in
an hour of temptation, yield to the temp
ter, they seek the glass in the midst of
their friends, and do not sknlk from public
gaze, for they know that the community U
ever williug to lend a helping band to re
store them from the slough of druukeness,
aud throw the mantle of charity o, er such,
exclaiming: "To err is human, to for
give divine," and with the Rible to sanc
tion their proceedings, they can proceed
without fear, for it emphatically declares
that a fallen brother can be reclaimed not
only seven times, hut seventy times seven.
Rut the thought strikes me that the Ode»,
sonians ride to Middletown to obtain their
favorite drink, knowing that the best qual
ity of everything ib sold in our progressive
little town, which bids fais, at no distant
day to hold an equal footing with towns of
note. Aud when did Madame Gossip
shake off this mortal coil ? I have noticed
none of her offspring draped in the habili
ments of mourning ; perchance her family
is too numerous for such an expensive
dress. I do not know of any special tele
graph being instituted iu town when oi$r
ladies havo a beau, hut methinks it is a
sly way for "Lucius" to inform tho puWlo
of the various attractions that the belles of
Odessa possess, tho manner in which they
are "sparked" by the opposite sex, and
the different manner that Cupid has to bait
the ladies witli baskets of fruit ; while tho
ladies of our town think that such means
are udapted only to children, and the bait
that we nibble at is an unblemished char
acter well adorned with virtue aud purity.
We are very glad to hoar the ladies of
Odessa have made a raise and got "pew
bonnets instead of hats." Wo are aware
that many of your citizens have amassed
fortunes, hut did not know it was from at
tending to their own business, but thought
it was by economy and industry.
So you have a Library in town ! No
doubt most of its volumes are "settled and
fixod," from a long residence in one plaea,
and tho dust that has accumulated on each
volume so completely covers its title-page
that it is really necessary for Mr. Fostèr
to know the accustomed place of each vol
ume ; so that after all, the donor of that
Library in the great day of reckoning wjll
not ho denfened with the acclamation of
" Rlcssed."
Humph ! Benovolenc is characteristic
with your citizens ; our citizens from early
life, were taught to know and feel that it
is more "blessed to give than to receive/'
and tho poor mondicant receives attention
and is never spumed from the hospitable
roof of any, but with a gladdened heart
leaves the door, fully persuaded in his own
mind that Middletown shall over live upon
the tablet of his heart os green as the toil
age in midsummer, or ns sweet as the roso
that wafts its fragrnnoo from bough to
Mr. Editor, I had no Idea of writing
such a long article ; I imk tho forbearanoe
of your readers; and tho wee hours of
night remind me that I should seek my
bed, hut before I closo my eye-lids, let me
softly whisper in the ears of "Luoins" that
"self praise is half scandal."
In the artic regions, when the thermom
eter is below aero, persons can oonverse
more than a mile distant. Dr. Jamison
asserts that he heard every word of a sap.
mon at tho distance of two miles.
To ho always intending to livo a new
life, hut never to find time to set about ft,
is as if a man should put off eating from
ono day to another, till lie starved.

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