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m xl <rC* y^* m m ♦ mtä r~ jgg lr '/-!• . , r " y B, *! I ' - ^ A À ' 4 * W1 [fi VOL. I. MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 22, 1868. NO. 34. NEW GOODS. Spring anil Summer Opening!! AT J. A. Reynolds & Sons' MIDDLETOWN. H AVING replenished our Slock with a large aud complete assortment of Spring and Summer Goods, wc are now enabled to olfer extra inducements to tho people of Middletown and vicinity, ns the following list of prices of some of our leading articles will show, Calicoes at 10, 12} and 14 ccuts per yard. B'd Muslins 10 12}, 15, 20 and 25 11 " Unblôaehed do 10 12} 14, 10 nnd 20 B-4 Pillow* Case do ll, and 37} " Am'r and Russian Crash. 12}, 15. and 18 " American Ginghams 12}, 15, and 2o " Tickings 25, 35, and 45 " DRESS GOODS. American Lawns 20, 22. and' 25 Jaconet do 31, 37}, and 45 Plaid and Fig. Cambrics 22, 25 and 31 " " American Delains 20, 22 and 25 " << Ali Wool do 37}, 45, and 50 " " Black and Colored Alpacas 50 to 90 " " Silk-Mixed & all Wool Poplins 75 to 1,25 " " per yard. Coatings and Cassimeres. A splendid stock of G-4 Coatings and Cloak Ings, consisting of Tricots, Piques, Doe-Ük &e., in Black and Fancy Colors, ranging in price from $1 50 to $0 00 per yard. Fancv Cassimeres for Pants and Vest 90, $1 * 1 60, $1 75 and $2 00 per yurd. NOTIONS, &c. Spool Cotton 5, 8 and 10 cts per .Spool.* Knitting do 62J, 75, aud 871 per Lb Linen itdkfs' lo, 12J, 18, 25 and 35 cts each. Ladles, Misses, and Children's White Cotton Hose a 12}, 15, 25, 37} and 50 cents Ladies and Misses Hoop Skirts $1 25, $1 50 each. 25, pair. i?l 00 50 BOOTS AND SHOES. Ladies' Lasting Gaiters a $1,25, $1,50, $2,00 nnd $2,50.per pair. Misses' Lasling Gaiters n $1,00, $1,25, $1,50 and $1,75 per pair. Gents' and Boys Lasting gaiters a $2,00, $2,50 $3,00 and $3,50 per pair. Gents' Cull' Hoots $5,00 $5,50 nnd $6,00 per pair. GROCERIES. Brown and White Sugars at 12}, 14, 15. 1G. 17, and 18 cents per lb. ril? njTâ aUd U '° CüfRiCfi 25 ' 28 > ftnd 31 cts - «Æ 1 ™ "S? nlack Teu3 S1 > 00 SI,25 $1,50 nnd $2,00 per lb. Brown per lb. ,r> ®' ''■S' Ï5 nnd 05 cts. per gallon. Please Cali and examine I JOHN A. REYNOLDS & SONS. April 25, 1868. and White Soups at 6, 8 anil 10 cents | LEWIS' PURE WHITE LEAD, IN 12J, 25, 50 AND 100 lb. Black Paint, Prussian Blue, CHROME GREEIV is.;ad YEIXOW, Burnt and Raw limber, BURNT AND RAW SIENNA, Indian Red, Red Load, VEN. BED, SPANISH BE0WN, Yellow Ochre, Ohio Brown, Dry and in Oil IN 1 lb. TO 25 lb. CANS. Putty, Linseed Oil, Turpentine, JAPAN DRYING, COPAL VARNISH, Glue, Gum Shellac, LAMP BLACK, WINDOW GLASS, besides a full assortment of Paint Brushes and Sash Tools, For Sale by J. A. REYNOLDS & SONS. Ma j 16, 18G8—3 in KEGS. BOWER'S COMPLETE MANURE, manufactured by HENRY BOWER, CHEMIST, PHILADELPHIA. MADE Super-Phosphate of Lime, Ammonia and Potash,* WARRANTED FREE FROM ADULTERATION. CM T HIS Manure contains nil the elements to pro duce larf'e crops of ail kiuils, and is iiiehh* recommended liy all who have used il, also liy distinguished (Jbemisla who have, by analysis tested its qualities. Packed lu : bags of 200 pounds each, DIXUN, 8HARPLKSS & CO. „ _ . „ SOI.E AC ENTS. 39 South Water and 40 South Delaware Avenue PHILADELPHIA. iFor sale by WM. EEYNÜLDS, 79 South Street, Baltimore, Md. Also by JOHN A. REYNOLDS & SONS, Middletown, Del. And by dealers generally throughout the July 18, *08. ■try. HARNESSJMAKING. T HE undersigned having commenced Harness making at ODESSA, DEL. Is prepared to furnish every article in 1Û3 line on the most reasonable terms. His experience in city and country jnstißes his promise that ALL IIIS WORK YVILL BE OF THE JtSTBEST QUALITY., g# And gives him confidence to solicit a share of the public patronage. ^^-His Shop is on Main street, in the house formerly occupied by Joseph Tawresv. • YVM. T. GALLAHEB. April 25—tf. A Chance for a Bargain. TlyfRS. S. M. HATCH. Middletown, Del. offers lfl her entire stock of MILLINERY GOODS for pale. Price $1,000. A First Glass Sewing Ma chine will be included. This is a fine opportu nity to secure a Good Business Stand and a Lu crative Business Aug. 15—tf j^tlrrt jJocJrtr. AN OLD MAN'S DHF.AM. HY OLIVER WENDEL HOLMES. Oh, for an hour of youthful joy ! Give back my twentieth'Spring 1 I'd rather laugh n bright-haired hoy Than reign a gray-haired king. Off with the wrinkled spoils of age ; ' Away with learning's crown : Tear out life's wisdom-written page, Aud cast its trophies derm. One moment let my life-blood stream boyhood's fonut of fame; one giddy, reeling dream Of life, and love and fame. My listening angel heard the prayer, And calmly smiling said, " If I hut touch thy silvered hair, Thy hasty wish hud sped." "But is there nothing in thy track . To bid then fondly stay, While the swift seasons hurry hack To find tile wished-for day?'' Aii, truest soul of woman kind ! Without thee what were life ? One bliss I cannot leave behind— I'll bike my precious wife ! The angel took a sapphire pen, And wrote in rainbow hue : "The man would be a boy again, And be a husband too 1" Is there nothing yet unsaid Before the change appears?" Remember all these gifts have fled With those dissolving years 1 " Why, yes, I would one favor more— My fond paternal joys— I could not bear to lose them all t i'll take my girl:; and boys." The smiling angel dropped his pen— Why this will never do ; The man would be a boy again, And be a father too I And so I laughed—my laughter woke The household witli its noise, I Wrote ray dream when morning broko To please my fair-haired boys. and of F Gi in - jopular Stales. A THRILLING ADVENTURE. I was a medical student in Paris at the time the strange and startling adventure happened which I am about to record.— Tired with long lectures and hard study, 1 was out one evening for a walk in the fresh air. It was a pleasant night in mid winter, and the cold, bracing air, as it touched my feverish brow, caused a grate | fill sensation. Passing through a rather lonely street near the river, 1 was supprisod at meeting a young and pretty girl, (at least so she appeared in tho dim light of a distant street lamp) who carried in her hand some three or four bouquets, which she offered for sale. "Will Monsieur have a bouquet?" she asked in a sweet musical tone, holding out to mo a well arranged collection of beauti ful flowers. " They are very pretty," said I, taking them iu my hand ; and then, somehow, I could not help adding, as I fixed my eyes upon her's, "and so, 1 think, are their fair owner." "Monsieur,-will buy and assist me?" she said. "Do you really need assistance, made moiselle ?" . ' ' \Y by else should I ho here at this hour of the night, monsieur ?" "And why here at all?" quickly retur ned I. "This street is little frequented, and it is about the last iu the world, I should havo selected for disposing of a lux ury most suited to wealth aud fashion." Hlic sighed and reached out her hand for the bouquet, which I "What is your price?" "Five francs." "A largo sum." "Monsieur, will remember it is winter, and flowers are not plenty." "To aid you, I will purchase," returned T, handing her the requisite silver coin ; "for though I love flowers, I would oth erwise hardly indulge in the luxury to night at such an expense " She thanked me, and seemed about to me, II retained. pass on, hut hesitated, looked up to mid said : "Could monsieur direct me to the house of a good physician, who will turn out to night and sec a patient at a small recom pense ?" "Any friend of your's ill?" "My mother," with a deep sigh and downcast look ; "Where does sho reside?" "Only a short distance from here." "YVhat is tho matter with her?" "Sho has a high fever for one thing. "When was Bhe taken?" "She came down last night, and has not left her fied since." "Why did you not send for a doctor at onoe ?" - "YVe hoped she would get botter and it is so expensive for poor people Jo employ a physician." "I am myself a medical student, with considerable experience among tho sick of the hospitals ; and if you are disposed to trust tho case to me I am at your service without charge," I rejoined, already feel ing deejdy interested in the fair girl. ''Oh, how shall I thank monsieur !" she exclaimed, with clasped hands, and an up ward grateful look, "Pray, follow mo, Monsieur lo Docteur.'' She turned at ocae, and moved off at a rapid pace down the street, toward tho river Seine, in the direction I was walking when we met. soon In less than five minutos we had enter cd a wretched quarter, among narrow streets, old tottering buildings, and squal id-looking inhabitants, some of whom seemed to glare at us as wo passed along. "Is it much further?" inquired I, be gining to feel uneasy. ' ' Only a. step, monsieur ; it is just hero." Almost immediately she turned into a covered passage, which led in back among habitations that I should never have vol untarily visited in the broad light of day. A distant light served to make the gloo visible, till she suddenly stopped and ope cd a door into total darkness. "Your hand, Monsior le Docteur," i __ said, at the same time taking it and lead ing me forward. I was tempted to draw back and refuse to go any farther, though I mechanically followed her. We now wont through a long passage, in total darkness, and after two or three short turns, began to * descend à flight of creaking, rotten stairs. "Is it possible you live in a place like this ? ' said I, secretly wishing myself safe ly out of it. "In Paris beggars eanuot be choosers," replied the girl. "but even in Paris it is not necessary for the living to take up their abode in se pulchers 1" I rejoined with some asperi ty, being vexed at myself for suffering my good nature to lead mo into a den from which I might never come out alive. To this my fair guide deigned no reply. On reaching the foot of the stairs she pushed open a door into a sma^l room, and I followed her in with some secret misgiv iugs. There was a bed in one comer, and upon it appeared to be a human form lying very still. ."I have brought a doctor, mother," said the girl as she closed behind there was no reply to this she turned to mo saying : "\I ill Monsieur le Docteur please to be seated a minute ? I think my mother i: asleep." "I bog that mademoiselle will bear in mind that I can only spare a few moments in this ease to-night, as I have another ted call I wish.to make immediately," I re turned feeling very anxious to depart from that subterranean quarter as quick as pos sible. is as ti site narrow of the I on as was mo. As is of leys Monsieur shall not he detained* long by me," rejoined the girl, passing out of the room by another door. I did not sit down, hut walked over to tho hod where the patient was lying very still—so still indeed that I could not de tect any breathing. A woman's cap was on the head, nnd the end of a shoot con cealed tho face. I ventured to turn this down carefully, and beheld the eyeless sockets and grinning tooth of a human skull ! ted, girl to I started hack in horror, and at the same intent tho door by which the girl had left was thrown open, and in marched one after the other four tall human forms in black gowns and masks. I knew at onoe, then, that I was to be robbed, aud proba bly murdered. I wore a heavy diamond pin and ring, carried a very valuable gold watch, and had in money about my person some five hundred francs, but not a single weapon of any kind—resistance being therefore out of the question, I felt that nty only chance—if, indeed, there were a chance—whs to conciliate tho ruffians and buy myself oft' Wi is of the gar This i a presence of mind, for which I still take to myEclf considera ble credit, T said at once : "I understand it all, gentlemen, and you will find me a very liberal person to deal with. •'There is ono thing I value very highly, because it is the only one I have, and I cannot replace it—that is my Everything else of mine is at your service, even beyond what I havo with me." day pies ribly their litb. I hey were undoubtedly surprised to hear me speak in that cool, off-hand man ner ; hut they marched forward and sur rounded me before either returned a word. "How much havo you witli you then ?" inquired oue in a civil way, hut iu a low, gruff tone. 1 immediately mentioned the different articles of value and exact amount ofmon ey, "ali of which I will he pleased to present you with, if ono of you will be kind enough to escort me to tho street above," I added. "You said you had moro Monsieur." "Yes, gentlemen, I have ton thousand francs in the Bank of Franco, and I will willingly add a check for one half that amount." "Checks don't answer our purpose very well," said tlic second yoice. "Then \ pledge.you my honor, that I will to-morrow, draw out fivo thousand francs and pay the amount over to any per son who may approach with this bouquet in his hand," said I, holding out tho flow i I had purchased of the fair decoy.. "And havo him arrested the next min ute, I suppose." "Nopon ii)y.honor he shall depart un harmed and unquestioned, and no other human being shall be informed of tho tran saction for a week, a month, or a year." "Let us handle what you have hero," said the first speaker. I immediately took out my pin, took off m J riffg' Avow out my watch, produced my pocket-book and purse, and placed them in tho extended hand. "You make us a present of those now ?" ho said. " Yes, on condition that opo of you will forthwith conduct mo to the stpoot abovo, I replied. ' ' Monsieur is a very liberal gentleman indeed 1" was the response. They then drew off together, scrutin izing the articles by tho light of a smoky lamp and conversod together iu low tones. are their A time, a A fies else. the of ful, wife their for than their able a near men thing ture, ora how than a arms, ted and fell, The four I felt they wore holding a consultation that involved my life, and, to speak the honest truth, it seemed as if every nerve in me quivered ; and it was with difficulty I could stand. At length the principal spokesman turned to mo and said, in a eool and methodical manner : " Monsieur has acted moro like a gen tleman than auyothor person we ever had dealings with, and if we could, _ tent with our business, oblige him, would bo happy to do so; but, unfortu nately, wo arc governed by a rule, which is a law with us, that tales, and we think it will not do to make an exception in this case. Wo will, how ever, in consideration of Monsieur's gou tlemanly behaviour, be as mild and lenient as possible in doing our duty, and grant Monsieur five minutes for saying his prayers." "You have then resolved to murder me ?" gasped I. " Monsieur uses a very hard term, but wo will let that, consis id men tell no pass. You have five min utes yet to live by this watch." Tho villain then held my watch to the light, and I felt indeed that my minutes were numbered, and secretly began to pray tor the salvation of my soul, be lieving that I could not save my body. A death like silence now reigned in that gloomy apartment for some time, and then one of the ruffians bent down aud lifted a trap door, and from the dark pit below issued a noisome smell, as might he, of putrid bodies. I beheld my intended grave, and shuddered and looked aspen. But why stand here and die like a dog, without a singlo attempt at escape ? At the worst it could he hut death, and there was a baro possibility I might get I .fixed my eyo on the door which oponoi on tho stairway, and with a single sudden bound reached it hut it was looked. Then, as the ruffians seized me with a murderous intent, I uttered a wild shriek, tho door was hurst in with a loud crash, nnd i._ moment tho room Tf I I To away in a was filled with gond' I saw that I was saved, and fain ed to tell " mask«, tho fair decoy, and some two or three others concerned in that murderous don, were all secured that night, and I subsequently had the pleasure of giving in my evidence against them and seeing them all condemned to the gal leys for life. Tho place had for sometime been _ suspec ted, and the decoy marked. On that night a detective had secretly followed the girl and myself, and after ascertaining whither she had conducted mo, had has tened to bring a body of gciel": place. The delay of the' ruffians in their murderous design had been ju I scarcely need never again volunteered to distressed damsel while I remained in Paris. ns to the sufficient hi that I to save me. accompany a a secret adventure nn Destroying the Ants.—T he following is said to be a sure way of ridding houses of these pests : Procure a largo sponge, wash it well and press it dry, which will leave tho colls quite open ; then sprinkle over it some white sugar and place it where ants troublesome. They will soon collect upon the sponge nnd take their abode in tho It is only necessary to dip the sponge in scalding hoi water, which will wash them out —dead. Put on more su gar and set the trap for another haul._ This process will soon clear the house of every ant. We hear at for this can ing are cells. great deal of complaint of these miniature pests, and it was only a day or two ago that wo overheard several ladies taking on so about tho ants eating pies and "getting into everything so ter ribly !" They now have tile remedy in their own hands. So says an exohango. not he and with Intelligence the Charm. —Young men are mistaken when they think good looks their principal recommendation to women. A tnoman admires a handsom man, for a time, ; but it needs something more than a good looking face to retain this feeling. A woman is, as a general rule, more strongly drawn by the intellectual quali fies of the opposite sex than by anything else. YVhat is above said is also true of the gentler sex. A man frcqncntly says of soipo belle, " Yes, she's very beauti ful, hut I thank Heaven sho isn't my wife !" Women like to bo admired for their loveliness, and we do not blame them for it; but jt requires something more than mere beauty to enable them to retain their influence over lects pay ed tials for can have of men. Marrying for "Shekels."— Lawrence, tho distinguished Boston chant, was strenuously opposed to any marrying a fortune. Speaking of a desir able match for a friend, he said : " My objection to her is, that sho has a few thousand dollars in cash. This, however, might bo remedied ; for, after purchasing a house, tho balance might bo given to near connections, or to some publio insti tution." Women got married because thoy don't consider it respectable to bo singlo ; and men becauso thoy think a wife a good thing to havo about the house, like furni ture, to bo both useful qpd ornamental. Mr. Amos mer man Dr. Franklin used to soy, " No matter how long a man has been married, he should nover cease to court his wife." A beau dressed out resembles tho cin namon-tree—the bark is of greater value than tho body. jsMfrt JJoefrß. From rooms of Faith, Hope and Chairiy. TUE OLD MAN'S DARUNO. So I'm 11 crazy," in loving a man of thrcc-scoce ; Why, I never had come to my senses before, But I'm doubtful of yours, if your're thinking to prove My insanity, just by. the fact of my lore. You would like to know what are his wonder ful wiles? Only delicate praises, and flattering smile3 ! 'Tis no spell of enchantment, no magical art, But the way he says " darling," that goes to my heart. Yes, he's "sixty," I cannot dispute with you there, But you'd make him a hundred, I think, if you d. And I'm glad nil his folly of Prat love is past, Siuce I'm sure, of the two, it is best to be lost. "Iiis hair is as say ; bite as the snow-drift," you :vor shall see it change slowly to gray ; Bui I almost could wish, for his dear sake alone. That my tresses w Then I nearer tin- 1 i ..rhis o,i ;" then I'll help him to see ami er of of bo all bo to ll Tf it'F needful, you know, T can Pit very near ; Aud lie's young.enough yot. to interpret the t< heart that is heating up close to his own. Of I "must aid him; n ah ! that is my pleasure and pride, I should love him for this if for nothing beside ; And though I've more reasons than I can recall, Yet the one that "he needs me" is strongest of all. b »So,* if I'm insane, 3*011 will own, I am That the case is so hopeless i ' And, heside8| it is acting no __ t To he treating the head for dise And if any thing could make That no dream can delude, past any euro ; wise part, ;e of tho heart woman believe aid no fancy de cm vc : That she nev knew lover's enclin ntmeiit before of three-score ! It's being tho darling of Mit and Dunnn;. Ax Equivocal Answer.—A certain lit erary gentleman, wishing to be undisturb ed one day, instructed his Irish servnnt to admit no one, aud if any one inquired for him to give him an " equivocal answer." Night came, and the gentleman proceeded to interrogate l'at as to his callers. "Did anyone call?" " Yis, sur, wan gintle inan." What did he say ? was yer honor in. tell him ?" viklo ansur, sur. " I axed hint was his grandmother a monkey !" The Palindrome —Is a lino that roads alike, backward and forward. Une of the host is Adam's first observation to Eve : "Madam I'm Adam." Another is the story that Napole ion at St. Helena, being asked by an Englishman if he could kayo sacked Lou don, replied ; "Able wax I «re I saw Elba. " He axed Well, what did you " Sure, an' I gev him aquiv " How was that?" on, The latter is the best palindrome, prob ably, in the language. Another very good one reads thus ; Lewd did I live and evil I did dwell. An indefinite postponement of religious services was recently announced in church at Saratoga Springs. Tho edifice was un dergoing repairs and the congregation met for worship in .the basement. During tho morning service the worthy pastor made this announcement :—" Our usual after noon services will bo suspended until we can meet iu the sanotuary above." A lady asked lier little girl, on return ing from church, if she remembered the text. O yes, said sho, it was this:—"The ladies' sowing society will meet at Mrs. McCracken's house on Monday evening next." " Hero I can't pass you," said the door keeper of a western theatre. " You need not pass me," said the irrepressible dead head whom he addressed; "just you stand wlicro you arc, and I'll pass you. he passed. A lively urchin accosted a traveling pp plo-mcrchaut in the street tho other day, and cried, in an earnest voice : " Mr.—— please give me an apple ; my brother goes with your sister 1" lie'll do. Anil it No fathor isn't a drone, cither, said a bright lad ; he's a philanthropist, aud col lects money for tho heathen ip Africa to pay for our houso and things. That's what I call a repetition, exclaim ed a wag, the other day. What is it, in quired liis friend. Why, look at that sign across the way.—J. E. YY'cller, jeweller. The word debt is composed of the ini tials of dun every body twice. Credit is formed of the initials of—call regularly every day, I'll trust. In a game of cards a good deal depends good playing, and good playing do pond* on a good deal. An old maid, being asked to subscribe for a newspaper, refusod, saying sho al ways mado her own news. Don't havo your chairs covered with plush or hairejoth, for in that ease thoy can pever be satin. Liyo within your means, if you would have means to live with. The oldest lunatic on record—Timo out of mind. LONG ENGAGEMENTS. iu has if so to be he trial ing and to best cess On very den as has at if tho and dead of ter is She she from she and a did more ny girl every a well life novel a where we a one it ringo, as Tho practical spirit of tho age has dis posed people to look with marked disfavor upon long engagements, and for once the spirit of the a.gc has invaded the domain of domestic ethics without doing them any hurt. Nearly everybody now approves of matrimonial engagements being, like oth ers of not quite so bloodless a character, short, sharp-, and decisivo. Marriage is one of those desperate experiments to which Macbeth's famous words, used in tho half sciiso in which alone they seem ever to be employed, are peculiarly applicable—If the thing . is to ho done at all, "thou '(.wore well it wore done quickly." The old saw abuut marrying in haste and repenting at leisure can scarcely ho construed ns referr ing to betrothals, siuce even the law on the subject, which is by no means new, does not contemplate such a process as repent ance, and attaches a heavy penalty to in dulgence iu it. Formerly, people who were engaged wore considered to he as good as married ; and the canon law as un derstood at Borne, wo believe, requires a formal dispensation from sneh a pledge be fore any other union is permissible. li must, therefore, have been rather to enter ing into engagements than to their natural and final result, that the familiar waruiug referred ; and to that extent, it was, per haps, a sound one. Modern practice, however, for tho most part, docs not pay much heed to it, even when taken iu this sense ; the fact being, that there is often quite as much haste iu getting two persons engaged as in getting ried. A cynical writer has remarked that a man cannot know too much about his wife before marriage, or too little after it. YY ithout accepting tiio disagreeable obser vation, we may still allow that there is a certain amount of perfectly inoffensive wis dom in tho first. But it tells against has ty engagements, rather than iu favor of long ones ; and wore the former instead of the latter our present inquiry, we think we could show grave cause against a habit which is becoming exceedingly But it is not ; and wo iiave alluded to it only because we are inclined to think that a brief engagement finds its full justifica tion only when it has not been a rich one. But whether rash or the result of due flection, when onoo entered upon, tho soon er it is closed the better. When so very fine a boundory separates an ardent couplu from their mutually desired destiny, they might as well "jump tho life to come," as Macbeth again has it, witli happy des patch : and, where matters are arrauged with sagacity, any delay that may take place is commonly due to artificial, rather than natural obstructions, vial postponement is, of course, inevitable, aud is always accepted with good grace. In tho first place, as everybody knows, a marriago is not a marriage, or, at any rate, it is not a wedding, unless the whole world is there to see it, and how ean the whole world be there unless it is properly appri sed of the intended ceremonial i? It thus becomes obviouB that consideration must bo paid to the convenience of the specta tors as well as the feelings of the principal actors, and a severe penalty may be in curred by neglecting this important point. It is true that the uudieneo docs not pay at the door of the building in which I he spectacle is to be witnessed, hut tiie speci ally invited portion of it is usually expec ted to give a gratuity—and no slight one —-for tho benefit of the chief performers. For it must, furthermore, be remembered, that the hrido and bridegroom, though the chief are not the only performers ; and the convenience of those who piay secondary, but, nevertheless, indispensible parts, and oven that of the supernumeraries, must ikewise ha consulted. Next to the two protagonists, the bride and her walking gentleman, come those inferior but deser ving characters, tho bridesmaids and the best man. The engagements of the lat ter are not usually of so pressing a charac ter ns to make him stand in the way of early arrangement. Ilis role requires ve ry little poquing, and his wardrobe is al ways more or less ready. Moreover, he can always answer for himself, his monts not being dependent upon those of other people. But with the bridesmaids Their time is not altogeth their own : and the date, which may ho perfectly agreeable to ope of them, or to the maternal regulator of the movements one of them, may completely clash with the arrangements of the maternal regulator tho movements of another of them. Of course, the more numerous the bridesmaids the more complex tho difficulties of this discriptioR. Supposing these little pre liminaries to ho got over smoothly, there is still (ho grave question of costume to be considered. Hero, however, it is the wardrobe of tho prima donnq, and not of tho subsidiary artistes, which governs tho interval between engagement and uuion. Tho time that is long enough for her is more than long enough for them. Wc are assured that six weeks is a short allowance tho preparation of a trousseau —that is, it understood, when it is onoo, ns the feminines phrase it, put in hand. Taking theso various matters into considera tion, we shall arrive at thfl conclusion, that the period of engagement oannot well less than threo months, and that tfiis brief interval must be regarded as in serted rathor from noçessity than deliberate choioo. I young them mar common. re girl Some such In an move is different. ster " ish faco our with *nd on Whenever an engagement is protraoted much beyond this limit, it is seldom the fault of the feminine obstruction. It is not women who aro responsible for long engagements and their accompanying evils. Ono would havo thought, indeed, that uoithe* would men do anything to quor lengthen so trying an ordeal; and no doubt they never do when they can help themselves. But the proverb femme le veut. Dieu le veut, cannot be modified iq favor of the sex that has less influence with the higher powers. A man may de sire a thing very ardently, and yot the gods remain truly inexorable. lie is fet tered by circumstances much more than the objectif bis affections. Ilis love, at least, is very rarely 1 ' free as air. may say that it • never is, unless he bo either very rich or entirely without occu. pation. liven a thriving young banker or a rising barrister can got away for the indispensible lioney-moon only at fixed seasons of the year, jjSid to take the case of the latter, should he engage himself iu the spriug, at the very period when arc told that a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, how can ho possibly go to the Tyrol or South Italy—■ iu other words, how can he possibly get married—before the long vacation ? A rival, or a pardonable impatience, may have hurried him into the step; and the consequence is that the engagement must perforce be one of six months, instead of the normal three which was the accurate and conscientious calculation we just now made. Even six months, however, though long, no doubt, to a couple of lovers so licitous to annihilate time, are in practico tolerable, and certainly need not be sper cially reprobated on the score of ethical ex= pedioncy. But when it is a mattof of twice six months, three times six months, possibly with " perhaps" at the end of them—when, in a word, the length of the engagement becomes indefinite—the saga, oious moralist has a right to step in and shako his head. It i3 not often that he has to do so, inasmuch as ho is now a-days usually antirrpated by a person of at leo^t equal sagacity, the young lady's mamma, if not by the young lady herself, a most natural proceeding, seeing that where a lover pleads for so long a delay, lie does so on the preprosterous plea of temporary poverty, which is, of course, shortly to disappear.. Sometimes, however, the plea is weakly listened to, and then we have a genuine instance of a long engagement. To thq poor man himself, who has labored sq fiupfj to obtain the concession, it eaBUQt fail tq be a serious affliction of the flesh. Fop he is, as it were, in the dock, and on his trial the whole time IIo cannot help feel ing oouscioua that all his acquaintances— atjleast, all his female acquaintances—arq perpetually on the point of saying to him, and hut for consideration for his feelings would say to him, " Wheu ure you goiug to bo in a position to marry that poor IIo knows that they think thé * best days of her life are slipping away iq wearisome waiting for his jiecqnjaj'y suu r cess ; and at one or two states of mind be must, pcrfoico, soon arrive. He must be made either exceedingly irritable by, op exoeedingly resigned to, the aituatioa. On the first supposition he cannot well bq very happy, nor on the second, a very fas« cinating lover. Ho becomes either a bur den to himself or to other people ; eitfier as nervously anxious as a man who has not yet been accepted, or as offensively at homo and satisfied about tfie matter as if ho were already a husband. But it is tho girl who really deserves all our com misseration. She is bound hand and foot, and tied to a man who is neither alive nor dead ; neither lover who draws her, nor q husband whom she draws. She can think of nobody aud nothing else, and yet she thinks in vain. She is ruined as a daugh ter and sister, and utterly spoiled as q member of general Society ; and yet she is not a wife or mistress of aJmf.delflJJSJjM She has given up almost everything, and she gets absolutely nolfliiug in return; nothing, at least, but rebukes from her parents for being absorbed iu vacancy ;ui;j neglecting lier duties ; nothing hut jokes from her brothers ; nothing hut lukewarm invitations from her old friends. At homo she feels that she is there ou sufferance ; and abroad she is a superflous nondescript, a situation that ought to ho sublime, aud did commence by being, at any rate, pa thetic, hut liefere very long is something more than ridiculous. It is positively fun ny ; and the sacred affections of the young girl become the sport of every idle wag, every merciless gossip. Even a short en gagement is not the pleasantest position of a woman's life ; but a long ouo must be well nigh insufferable. When married life docs come—if it ever does—its more novel and delicato pleasures havo been discounted, and at what a price! It seems a bard doctrine that there must bo no lov« where thorq is not sufficient money ; hut we must take this world as wo find'it, and a very limited experience is enough to convince anybody that it was not mado exclusively or expressly for love, indulge in the pleasing hope that the next one is. And ns we know, at least, that in it there is no marrying or giving in mar ringo, engagements can evidently there bo as long as auybjdy could possibly desire. of of Wo wo girl ?" Let us The Immortal Mind. —Dauiol Web« ster penned the the following boautifuj sentiment : " If wo work upon marble, it will por ish ; if we work upon brass, timo will cf faco it; iî wo rear temples, thoy will orumblo into dust ; but if we work qpqq our immortal minds—if wc imbqe ti,cm with .principles, with the jusftbiu of Go4 *nd love of our fellow-q)en—wo engravs on those tablets something which wilj brighten for all eternity." If a man is given to liquor, lef no jj T quor be given to him.