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♦ A NO, 9. MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 27, 1869. VOL. 2. NEW GOODS AT REDUCED PRICES. G-. W. W. NATJDAIN, is opening a fresh stock,of FALL AND WINTER GOODS, P URCHASED since the fall in many kinds of the same. Being bought for Cash, and from first hands, principally—hence we avoid the second profit of the jobber and intend giving the advan liberal friends. tage to _ Our stock consists of Mcrinocs, blk. cord Al pacas, Wool Poplins, Wool de. Laines. Good assortment of Prints, Cotton and Wool I lanncls, 1, 24 Bleach'd and Bro. Muslin, Balmoral Skirts, Snawls and Hoods, Ladles Vests, Gents Knit Shirts and Drawers, White aud Col d Blank eta, IIATS AND CAPS, DRUGGETS, CARPET AND OILCLOTHS, Painted Window Shades, GLOVES, HOSIERIES, AND FANCY GOODS. In fact, anything kept in a first class country •tore. . , , We call particular attention to our fine stock ot Over-Coatings, Cloths & Cassimeres, which we make a Speciality. Receiving from the Manufacturers, Ladies' Misses, and Children's Shoes, Gents sewed and pegged, double upjier and sole, Gulf Boots, Men's heavy, winter Boots A Shoes, that vve have made of the best material ; und guarantee satisfaction. MACKERE' , HIHI), AND IIKHIUNG Hand. THOMPSONS' O LOVE FITTING CORSETS GENTS ARCTIC O VERSUOES\ MENS BUCK G A UNT LETTS, GLOVES ; MITTS. Always ment tion, edly cor. reigu ent ted they and 203 at 530 of and the in are are St. St of Ben The one of to is A Stock of Dried Fruit Consisting of LAYER RAISINS, NKWDRIED CURRAXTS, XKW RRIRD CITROX, extra article of Also Buckwheat Flour. JBri Liberal discount for cash, and show Goods with pleasure. Ci. W. W. NUiDAIS. Middletown. Dee. 12—ly TO THE FARMING COMMUNITY. IIE subscriber respectfully calls the attention of the Farmers of Now Castle t o. Del. and Cecil and Kent counties ,Md. to the following list of standard Fertilisers, always kept on and furnishsd to order, at any station on the Delaware Railroad, or on Chesapeake and Dela ware Waters.—Viz: RHODES' SUPER PHOSPHATE Moro Phillips' Super Phosphate, Whann's Super Phosphate, Croandale'N Super Phosphate, IIEWES' SUPER PHOSPHATE, COE'S SUPER PHOSPHATE, T hand, Berger and Butz' Super Phosphate. BAUGH'S SUPER PHOSPHATE, BAUGH'S CHICAGO BONE, PERUVIAN GUANO, PACIFIC GUANO, RODUNDA GUANO. K. T. EVANS, Opposit. Depot, Middletown, Del. July 18—tf BLACKSMITHING AND "Wheel wrigh tin g. HE undersigned have commenced the business in Middletown, corner of Mi Anderson streets, and solicit a share of the pub lic patronage. They flatter themselves that their work cannot be surpassed. The Blacksmithing will be conducted by John C. Vandenbraak, and the Wheelrighting department by J. Leauby. Wagon, Plow and all kinds of country work and Coach Smithing, done to order. "■ Repairing neatly and promptly attended to. Special attention given to the repairing. All work warranted to give perfect satisfaction. JOHN C. VANDENBRAAK, LEAUBY & LEE. il, T nd April llth, 1868—tf. Middletown Carriage Works. ESTABLISHED IN 1830. J. 91. COX II BRO., Proprietors. W E keep constantly on hand and manufac ture to order Carriages of the latest styles and finished in the best manner, ns wo employ none but first-class workmen and use only the t*«t mat« rial. Repairing executed with neatness nnd deapateh. All work warranted. Jan « —tf 'Farmers, Look to Your Interests. A. T. BRADLEV, At the Depot in Middletown 3KX7ILL pay the highest market price for Grain. JV He will supply Wright's and Ramho's Lime for Farm purposes. Also, Clover aud Tim ot hy Se ed. jffl^Special care will be given to shipping of «»trusted with It by parties ehippiug on ftieir own responsibility. No money advanc ed au grain before delivery. POR REISTT. ART Wrißht Shop, 20 by 22 feet, nearly new. Kï) Aloe Black Smith Shop, nearly new, with 2 forges: nie of the heat stands for repairing and wholesale new work, as it fronts on the railroad. Possession given on the 25th of March. SAMUEL TOWNSEND. Townsend, January 23, i8$0—tf in it a ling others, Davis, noted mens seen most to in is aged ing of also native ceived ted who scene, been crs. ted 18th of ing could sive of 10U0 iu in trees the aco, St. juried fjodrg. LITTLE THINGS. Shall we strike a bargain, Fate? And wilt thou to this agree? Take whatever things are great Leave the little things to me I Take the eagle, proud and dark, Broad of shouidvrs, strong of wing, Leave the robin, leave the lark, 'Tis the little birds that sing ! Take the oak-wood, towering up, With its top against the skies ; Leave one little acorn cup— Therein all the forest lies. Take the numerous fountain heads, Take the ri hiding slow ly garden-bed Leave the dew-drop, s But ab(Mit !1 and low. Winding waves are fine to view. Sweet the fountain's silver call ; But the little drop of dew Holds the sunshine, after all. Take the sen, the great wide sea, oiling sail ; White with ninny Leave the little streams to me, Gliding silont through the vale. Take the palace all ashine, With its lofty halls and towers; Let the little house be mine. With its door-yard ttrassand flowers. Take tlic lands, the royal lands, All with parks and orchards bright; the little hands Leave to Clinging closely morn and night. Ah. for once, he kindly, Fate, To my harmless plan agree ; Take whatever things arc great, Leave the little things to me ! ,|lotcr> of Sürnufl. lier ol 1er(I oiih of tlie Mother Country. Writtenfor the Middletown Transcript NoT 5. Nearly opposite the Houses of Parlia ment stands the renowned Westminster Allay, where lie many persons of distinc tion, who lived in days past under the English banner ; many of whom undoubt edly strove to be famous in order to be cor. e worthy of an interment here. The Abby was thoroughly repaired during the reigu of William and Mary, aud the pres ent towers added. Six centuries have passed since Henry the third piously raised the many clustered shafts and poin ted arches of tho present structure, yet they still point high to Heaven, in undi minished grace, aud lightness, grandeur, and strength. It is 410 feet in length ; 203 feet in breadth at the transept ; and at the nave 102 feet; height of the west towers 225 feet. The exterior measure ment, including Henry the Eighth's Chapel 530 feet. To perceive the magnificence of this antiquated building the visitor should enter at the grent western door, and then the eye soars amid graceful col umns, tracery, and decorated windows, to the summit of tho eastern arch. The number of Statues and monuments in Westminister Abbey is very great. They are found in side chapels, of which there are quite a number ; viz :—St. Bouedict's, St. Edward's, St. Nicholas's, St. Paul's, St Erasmus', John the Baptist's, Henry the Eighth's aud others, About 101) monu ments of eminent men are seen here. Poet'8 Corner , in the south transept, is a famous place for the busts and monuments of eminent men, like Shakespere, Milton, Ben Jonson, Thomson, and Goldsmith. The latest persons of note buried hero were Lord Macaulay and Lord Palmerston, the one in January, 1860, the other in Oc tober, 1865. Tho following words of the poet arc apropos ; "Marb Tin Sept And t Aud shiuiug effigie* oi brass inlaid. The tribute by tlyjsc various records claimed Without reluctance do we pay—and read The ordinary chronicle of birth, Office, uHiuuce, and promotion—all Ending in dust." Divine service is performed daily iu a large enclosed space, at the eastern part of the structure, except ou Sunday even ings, when the service is performed iu the nave, in a similar way to tho Sunday evening services under the dome of St. Paul's. The choral service in this beau tiful temple is perfectly performed, and well worthy of imitation by those chur ches iu tho new world which arc striving to copy foreign customs. The celebrated author, Dean Stanley, is at the head of this collegiate church and from his great reputation we were led to believe that a sermon from his lips would be eloquent, or at least well delivered, but we were disappointed ; his delivery was poor, and his words could not be heard 75 feet from the pulpit. He possesses a great authority over the adjoining district, and a revenue of £30, 000 per annum is derived from it. Sine- our visit the system of feeing the beadles has been abrogated, aud the vis itor can now wander in every part of the building, without a guide, or fee, which is preferable ; previously, all were taken in parties of from 10 to 20, by the bea dles and escorted hurriedly through the chapels without giving them sufficient time to study the monuments and other objects of Interest. Days could be profitably spent there among the silent cjpful, in stud ying their histories, and rambling in the cloisters connected with the Abbey, where tho monks resided iu Roman Catholic times. Not far from the residence pf the Amer ican Minister is situated the celebrated Madame Tusmnd's Gallery, on Baker st. and a one of and of the of " ita arc here rlispl: 1 tOUll #'»t r Gw; «Tirai stoii luaitalli, i the I!' Hr 1h iVt pb ".J » Willi small 2 that paid nal on don there Much green small birds out wind tho and Portman square. This is one of the most extraordinary collections of wax figures in the world, and the stranger should pay it a visit. Some of the figures are start ling for their life-like appearance, whilst others, such as Lincoln, Grant, Jefferson Davis, and Johnson, are ridiculous. Generally, collections of wax figures are noted for their coarseness, but these speci mens arc in the main life-like, and clothed tastefully aud richly. The "sleeping beauty" always to be seen there is well calculated to deceive the most incredulous. By a mechanical in vention the reposing female figure seems to be really alive, only sleeping. On a divan in the centre of the first reception room is seated a figure representing a middle aged Quaker lady, spectacled, with the characteristic dress. A lady from Phila dclapliia, (one of our party,) while view ing the sights there, noticed this disciple of the Friends and supposing she was also a visitor and an acquaintance from her native city, stepped up to her and com menced conversation, but of course re ceived no response; knowing that her supposed friend was quite deaf the inat tention was laid to that fact, and she shou ted louder and louder, until her husband, who had observed with others this little scene, modestly hinted that she had only been deceived by a lady of wax. The Chamber of Horrors is well calculated to horrify the most exacting of horror-seck crs. Here arc exact copies of all tho no ted criminals who have figured in the 18th and 19th centuries, and many relics of prisons and prisoners are on every hand; especially many articles formerly belong ing to Napoleon the first, while in exile including his state carriage. All of this collection is exposed at the low price of an English sixpense. Until within a few years Now York could not vie with London in her exten sive l'arks, but now tho former city boasts of her Central Park, with an area of about 10U0 acres while Regent's Parle (the largest iu London) has only 450 acres. In many respects, our park excels the foreign ones, in its variety of bridges, and beauty of design, but still it lacks age, and forest trees which are seen in English and French parks. In the vicinity of London are several noted parks, called there the "lungs of the city," and iu visiting St. James' Pul aco, and Buckingham Palace (the town residence of the Queen,) the visitor crosses St. James' Park, of 87 acres, and beau tifully laid out. Marlborough House, the residence of the Prince of Wales, is also situated on the borders of this enclosure ser sons ly, or or of to my eye as of in lowed in the United States. The most ar tistic blending of colors, and grand de signs in flowers are seen on every haud, which cultivates the tastes of all classes, Green Park, is only 60 acres iu extent, and is almost a continuation of St. James', a road Here, as in foreign Parks generally, flowers are cul tivated in a manner which should be fol ly separating them. Even the lower classes there (not ex cepting the beggars,) are often seen ad miring those beautiful walks among the flowers, aud will spend the last penny for one or two beautiful buds. Constitution Hill, which forms a part of this park, was the spot where Sir Robert Peel was thrown from his horse and killed, and at the extreme point, fa cing Hyde Park, is the equestrian statue of Wellington, the " Iron Duke," on the triumphal arch erected by george the IV. Of aft the choice spots in the English capital, Ilyde Park is the choicest tfnd the most noted. And who has not heard of Hyde Park cornet acres in this enclosure Kensington Gnrdous about 390 mot Tln; number of 388, exclusive of which comprises At one moment crow led with the beautiful, the refined, and the ntcUcciuul, at tho next filled with the de tnd the iguoblc. En tered by a handsome gateway from Pica dilly, ou your left you have the renowned " Rotton Row," devoted to equestrians, stretching off in the distance ; whilst in frout is the famed " Drive," which makes ita line through the whole park, amid charmingly devised beds of choice flowers, sweeping by the Marble Arch, and past the base of the bronze Achilles. praved, the coa During the fashionable season (June and July,) in the morning, brave men and beautiful women, mounted on the finest horses in the world, throng the Rotton Row ; whilst in the afternoons grave sen ators, demure dowagers, natty beaux, and sentimental damscU, dawdle their time in magnificent equipages, guided by wig pated coachmen, aud superuaturaily gray young footmen. On the bosom of the tranquil river, float hundreds of tiny vessels, impelled by opposing breezes, or scores of sharp-nosed canoes, urged by the uncertain stroke of the incipient oarsman, or woman, as the case may be, and now and then disturbed by tho heavy paw of the clumsy New foundland. or rapid beat of the yelping terrier. On the south side of the Park once stood the world-renowned Crystal Palace of 1851, on the sito of which the memorial of Prince Albert, now raises its monumental head. About half a mile to the north-west stands " Regent's Park," with its 450 acres, and its villas, terraces, gardens, lakes, and shrubberies. To the extreme north aro situated the famous Zoological Gardens, whilst at the other end aro found the Botanical Gardens. Of all the parks of London this is perhaps the most beau tiful, and the few private houses built within its precincts by no means detract from its charms. The "Zoological Gardens," the prop erty of the London Zoological Society, and established in 1826, pjee] everything of that nature in the United Kingdom, and Gothamites when rovicwiug the objects of interest contained there, and attentions paid to the brute creation by the keepers, contrast the condition of the small and ill-kept collection now seen in the old arse nal building in the Central Park, and heartily wish that the projected Zoological Society of New York, could be established on the firm and liberal basis of the Lon don Society. Tho grounds havo been disposed in pic turesque style—»here a clump of trees and border of flowers, indigenous and exotic; there a pretty miniature lake ; and at in tervals a neat rustic cottage, with straw thatched roof and honey-suckled porch. Much of the ground, also, is occupied as green meadows, cither subdivided into small paddocks, for deer and other quad rupeds, or dotted with movable trellis houses, the abodes of different kinds of birds which require the refreshing exer ciseof walking on the green turf. Through out tho whole 115 acres, neat gravel walks wind their serpentine course, and conduot tho visitor to the carnivora-housc, reptile house, bear pit, monkey-house, aviaries, aquaria, and other departments of the garden. The mammoth and sleek African lions and Bengal tigers, the camelopard and rhinoceros (said to be the largest in the world) are among the curiosities, and the sight of these alone, well repays a visit. New York, Feb. 18G9. as a B. S. T. Strawberry Raising. —The ltev. Le onidas Rosser, who owns a farm near Rich mond, Va. has been a most successful rai ser of strawberries, and thus gives his rea sons for engaging in their cultivation. 1. Because it is the earliest and most delicious of our fruits, in my judgment. 2. It matures in our latitude, when we have the most abundant rains. Ordinari ly, the harvest of it is over when the drought sets in. 3. It stands drought as well as clover or the black-eye pea. 4. It stands the winter as well as wheat or clover. 5. It recovers from the heat or drought of summer, in the fall rains, and puts on strength for the severest winter and next spring's crop. 6. The bloom is rarely forward enough to be damaged by the frost., and never wholly by the latest frost This has been my observation for ten years. 7. No insects will attack it. rogue can steal it. The best eye cannot distinguish a ripe one from a green one the brightest moonlight night; while the sense of feeling is too tedious a guide for patience sense will as likely select a half-ripe one as a ripe one ; aud while you are gather ing, you are guarding, in the daytime, from morn till eve. 9. Almost every other crop has draiued our soil of its appropriate nutrition, and the strawberry is a capital succession. 10. With the proper fertilizers, proper cultivation, and the best varieties, it is the most proper investment in horticulture in Virginia. 11. It is impossible to exceed the de mand in the country for this fine fruit. 12. You can transplant from March till December. The Names of Our Colleges. —Most of our collgces have been named cither af ter the founders or donors. Harvard Col lege was unmed after John Harvard, who, in 1838, left to the college £779 and a li brary of over three hundred books. Hams College was named after Colonel Ephraim Williams, a soldier of the old French war. Dartmouth College was named after Lord Dartmouth, who sub scribed a large amount and was president of the first board of trustees. Brown Uni versity received its name from lion. Nich olas brown, who was a graduate of the col lege, went into business, became very wealthy and endowed the college very largely. Columbia College was called King's College until tho close of the war for independence, when it received the name of Columbia. Bowdoin College was called after Gov. Bowdoin, of Maine. Yale College was named after Elihu Yale, who made two very liberal donations. Colby University was named after Mr. Colby, of Boston, who gave it $50,000, and Dick College was named after Hon. John Dickinson, who made a very liberal dona tion to it. 8. No profit ; besides, this Wil of in in by of the the its and of insmi In Rochester, New York, a few days ago, in answer to a bell ring, a lady went to the door, aud to her amazementdiseov ered a visitor in the shape of a dog, which sitting upright on his haunches, had evi dently performed the singular feat, and upon the appearance of tho lady, very much abashed, wagged his tail in an ecsta sy of penitential apology for his boldness. He was, however, admitted and treated most hospitably, and will find a permanent home whero ho so strangely introduced himself. A Cure for Sore Turoat. —Take the whites of two egg» and beat them with two spooDfuÜB of white sugar; grate a little nut meg, and then add a pipt of lukewarm wa ter. Stir well and driuk often. Repeat the prescription if necessary, and it will cure the most obstinate case of hoarseness in a short tipie. The body of William Fenn lies in a lit tle church-yard, scarcely twenty miles from London. Th° church and surroundings nestle in a deep gorge among the Chiltern Hills, in Buckinghamshire. The grave is enclosed in a little square of hodge, and no marble or other ornaments mark the spot. of ty, of I the ject 'SSlit and Humor. The Weather has Moderated. —We recently heard of an individual whose wife had long importuned him to buy her a pair of skates. On leaving the house af ter tea on Christmas eve, he promised to bring her the coveted articles that night as a Christmas present. Of course she was delighted. Visions of daily trips to the Rink (and trips on the ice,) perhaps ran through her head during the evening. But the hours wore away, and still no husband, and what was worse under the particular circumstances, no skates. Along about two o'clock in the morning the tru ant husband came stumbling in. It was a terribly cold night, but he was all aglow. In a voioe reudered exceedingly thick by the egg-nogg he had been taking, he said: "My dear, (hie) wish oo merry Chris to ed of in at 'us." Tho good woman's thoughts were too intent on skates to fully comprehend his situation. "Where are my skates?" she exclaimed. What skates (hie) my dear." "Why you told me you would bring me home a pair of skates for a Christinas pres "So I did, my love." suddenly reccol leoting, "so I did; but you can't go, (hie) the weather's mod'rated." A man once asked a boy if he knew where Jake Klcinfelter lived. "Yes, sir," s.»id tho boy. "Do you see our barn down there?" "Yes," says he. "Go tothat. About three hundred yards beyond the barn you will find a lane. Take that lane and follow along about a mile and a half. Then yOu will come to a branch. Qo up the branch about a quarter of a mile, and then you will come to a slippery-elm log. You be mighty careful, stranger, about going on that log ; you may get iuto the branch; and then you may go up until you get to the brow of the kill, and there the roads prevaricate ; and you take the left hand road, and keep that until you get in to a big plum thicket ; and when you get there, why then—then—then—■" "What then?" "Then, strannger, I'll be durned if you ain't lost," "Old Frit*," who raises pigs and cab bages somewhere in Queen's county, ap peared the other day before Judge ÎI - as a witness. Question by the Court :— "Yourname?" Answer by Fritz:— "Voll, I calls mineself Fritz ; but may be so—I don't know—it is Yawcup. You see, Mr. Ohudge, mine inoder she have two little poys ; one of ent was me, and t'oder was mine proder, or one was my proder, and t'oder was me; I ton't know which, and my moder she ton't know ; and one of us was named Fritz, I ton't hnow which: and one of us got died ; but mine ntoder she never could tell which it was, me or mine proder, who got died. So Mr. Chudge, I does not know whethor I am Fritz or Yaw cup ; and mine tnodor she ton't know." Popular Service —Silver. Minor Items —The little folks. Still Lire —The whiskey manufactur ers. A Lone Man —The pawnbroker. A Flourishing Business —Ornamental penmanship. Everlasting Flowers —The wall-flow irs of evening parties. A "Girl of the period" comments thus upon Mnrtnonism : "How absurd—fouror five wives for one man, when the fact is, each woman in these times ought to have four or five hushaudg. It would take about that number to support her deccnt iy A girl presenting herself for a situation at a house "where no Irish need apply," in answer to the question where she came from, said; "Shurc, couldn't yo persave by my ac cint that it's French I am ?" A story is going the rounds, of a party of ladies who were caught in a shower hav ing tho color washed from their cheeks. A lady at our elbow thinks the color of some of the gentlemen's noses would not be washed out without a waterspout. "Do you understand me Dow ?" thun dered a country schoolmaster to an urchin at whose head he threw an inkstand. "I've got an inkling of what you mean," replied the boy. An old salt, sitting on tho wharf the other day, very soberly remarked: "I be gan the world with nothing and have held my owtTever since." A man named Tease has married a Miss Cross. He Teased her till Bhe «greed she wouldn't be Cross any more. When is a young man's arm like the Gospel? When it maketb glad the waist You may joko when you please, if you are careful to plcaso when you joke. Why do birds in their little nests agree? Because they'd fall out if they didn't. What is the largest room in the world ?• The room for improvement. Does a man consider a woman a poem when she is a-ver-e to him? can In old izens of terests call some to I to has way' ness ness ing pose Answer to "Stockholder.** For the Middletown Transcript. Me. Editor: —The railroad enterprise of our Maryland neighbors, in Kent coun ty, can scarcely fail to interest the readers of the Transcript, so fliany of whom have substantially become identified with the pro jeot. On this account I venture some obser vations on a letter which appeared in a late issue of your paper, signed "Stockholder." do so in no querulous spirit, but because the oracular style of Stockholder is well calculated by its very flippancy to mislead readers who are not familiar with the sub ject of railroads in general, or the opera tions of this road in particular. Stock holder reminds me of that patient animal who, having Ilalam on his back and find ing liia rider unable to apeak for himself, tricked up his ears and spake for him. jet us sound a little of hiB braying and find out its value. To read bis fling at the respectable and wealthy gentlemen to whom the Kent county 11. It. Co. awarded their contract last Spriug, one would think him devoted to our local interests as opposed to all "itinerating conti actors." This sounds first rate if you're green enough to be gull ed by bim. What is the true meaning of bis advice ? A few facts will show : We all know that the P. W. & B. Rail road is owned almost entirely in Boston ; that tbo same parties own or control the Delaware railroad, and nearly every mile of railroad on this peninsula; that Mr. Felton is from Boston, as is Mr. Hinckley ; that the executive ofliecrc on our oirn (?) local road are, with a single exception, Boston yankccs ; tlmt Mr. Parker and Mr. Stearns are also from Boston ; iu short, that Boston, a city which some among us have spent a great deal of time in blackguarding, a city not located pre cisely iu Delaware or Maryland, carries about this cosy little peninsular in the breeches pockets of its solid men, who sell us at the board every day on State street, at so much or so little per share ! When, therefore, we arc told of the "magnanimity of tho Del. R. R. (Jo." we are reminded of the "magnanimity" of the spider, who so generously offered the hos pitality of his parlor to his neighbor fly. If Stockholder were candid be would talk differently ; he would say, "gentlemen, let me sell you to Boston, I've suld myself, and therefore I know bow to conduct the negotiation ; Boston stands ready to take you ; she has reached out her dutches to Massey's Cross Roads, and next May she'll stand there and whistle for you; I've been well paid for what I've doue in sell ing the Queen Anne's people to Boston, and I'm willing to sell you and take the chances of the pay ; its a glorious privilege to be sold to Buston, don't you sec you have a railroad aud havo the luxury of paying more than four cents a mile for traveling on it; why this is only 33 per cent more than is paid on any railroad in the country no further south nor west of this peninsu lar ; see how proudly aristocratie is your position ; these cursed yankccs only pay 3 cents a mile at home—there's are cheap one-horse railroads !" This would have been an honest state ment that we could understand. Do I seem to impeach tlio accuracy of Stockholder's statements ? I trust so, be cause this is precisely what I mean to do, and I proceed to notice them a little more in detail. First, we are told that iron is $8 to $10 per ton higher than it was last Spring, when the company made a contract. such thing ; English iron was then $51 in gold, in store in New York, and to-day be bought for $52, gold. Gold was $1.35 and now is $1.35 to $1.36. Second, the assertion that the road can't be built for first mortgage bonds, has about as much truth in it as the other fa ble. Propositions have been submitted to the company for the construction of the work in every one of which the first mort gage bonds were tho basis, by Messrs. Watson & Co. of Baltimore, Stearns aud Rutter of Wilmington, and Sears, Backus and Sanford of New Jersey, to whom the work was let, and threw up the contract because of the tyranical administration of tho Chcstcrtown Directors—that portion of the Board who acted in concert with such as Stockholder to defeat the road of its most natnral terminus, t. e . Middletown, but pandered to the becks and nods of the Del. R. R. Co. who, after using all the duplicity in their power, bad to hunt up a defunct charter, showing an authority "as clear as ntud" to the intelligent people of Cecil and Kent. It dred and ist. ted shall how a six On vivor had not have self my and time were since the have have and a In Miss the the ten only into of dies bly the tion to let, er an to go A7 can ty I a all Third, Stockholder intimates that the Chestertown wharf was built by the cash of the company. This is true only so fur as county bonds represent cash, though the contract was made for first mortgage bonds, and tho company's indebtedness would have been paid in them if they had been printed ; as it was, a large discount was made the company for differences in value. Stockholder asks if any one will explain why the Directors voted away so many thousands to build the wharf. The Chestertown wharf or some wharf on nav igable water was necessary, heeauBC, for the cross-ties of Kent R. R. it is nccessa ry to go to the Western Shore where they can be procured at a comparatively cheap cost, and also because the iron may be de livered there, without transhipment, in vessels drawing 14 feet of water. It was agreed upon after consulting railroad men, who, proBhhly, knew as much of such matters as this sapient Stockholder. There is a class of people which are sometimes advised to expend their superfluous know ledge by " teaching their grandmothers how to milk ducks. is of of ?• One eiretuttstance can fayc this venerable fogie from going In the teaohing business—bo roust be too old to have many grandmothers. The cit izens of Middletown will bo amused at his suggestions for Directors of the Co. Somo of the gentlemen named are so thoroughly identified with railroads and the publie in, terests of the community, "by all means call a meeting at once, and tender your resignations j" elect somo of the gentlemen Stockholder names, only first give them some stock, for they have not subscribed to a single share to make them eligible) have done with this man's twaddle, Mr, Editor, and I have shown that he is trying to mislead the people in this mattor. It ig childish to talk about "unselfishness" In connection with business ; the tract society has never published any memoirs in tho way' of pious tracts, that I have heard of, illustrating the benevolent disinterested ness of railroad men. We transact busi. ness of all kinds for the purpose of advanc, ing our personal interests and when a man appeals to you to build a railroad with dis» interested motives he simply wishes to im pose upon your credulity. Observer. Amusing Calculation op Chances.—• It is easy to show, reader, that five hun» dred years ago the chances were ten thous and to one that j t ou and I would never cx * ist. If we look at the chances as exhibi ted in only two or three generations, wo shall be astonished and horrified flt seeing how narrowly wo have missed having no being. For instance, my grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary army for six years, and repeatedly exposed *.o death, On one occasion, when his company was engaged by platoons he was the ouly sur vivor in two different attacks. Now if ho had fallen in any of those attacks, he would not have married, my father would not have been born, and consequently I my self would huve had no being. Again« my father paid addressee to a certain lady, and was engaged to her. Just before the time appointed for the marriage, a misun? derstanding arose betweeu them—all ties were dismissed, and my father married another woman, the same woman who has since done me the honor of being uiy mother. Now if lUV father had married the first montloned lady l never should have been born, as her children could not have possibly been my mother's children, and my mother might not have had any children at all. You soc, therefore, that a mere lover's quarrel may change the whole of a family for thousands of years, In fact, if Miss Smith is sought in mar* riage by both Jones and Jenkins, it is for Miss Smith to decide (as she certainly has the power of doing) whether she will be the ancestress of ten thousand Joneses or ten thousand Jenkinses, for on her choico depends the very existence or non-cxis* tence of those possible descendants. Tho whole subject is so full of fatalism that the only thing wo can do, after onco getting into existence, is to shout with the Arftbrt "Allah il Allah Y What is to be will be." The Language of a Ringlet. —An ex change gives the following interprétation of the fashionable queue worn by the lu dies : The solitary ringlet which so fashiona bly floats from the waterfall of our mar riageable belles here, not only looks mo»' provokingly sweet, but has a language very significant, anil is indicative of the state of the wearer. Report says it is a "notifica tion on the part of those who wear them, to all male persons, that the girls are not engaged." The length of this lonely ring, let, or shoulder queue, indicates the deslro —for instance, if extremely long the wear er is very' desirous of getting spliced at once—if only moderately long, it shows that only good offers will he entertained— an extremely short, meagre ringlet, would show that the wearer is very particuk to who she accepts, but nevertheless shows that she is not yet engaged. Young men, you have the guette, t)Otf go act accordingly. A Golden Thought. —I havo never found pride in a noble nature, nor humili ty in an unworthy mind. Of all the trees, I observe that God has chosen the vine— a low plant that creeps along tho wall ; of all the beasts the patient lamb ; of all the fowls tho patient dove. When God ap peared unto Moses, it was not in the lofty cedar, nor in the spreading palm, hut in a bush—as if he would by thoso selections, check tbo conceited arrogance of man. Nothing produces love, like humility, noth ing hate, like pride. Dora d'Istria, the Wallachian priuccss, is believed to be the most leavued woman of our times. She reads and speaks fif teen languages, writes beautiful novels and profound essays, has a thorough knowledgo of the most intricate positions of tho Ori ental question, is a brilliant conversation ist, and, at the same time, very handsome and graceful. The Oxford (I'a ) Press gives a table which exhibits the mean temperature of the past month, (January) for tho several years from 1851 to 1869, inclusive. This table shows that although the past month was unusually warm, there have been three warmer Januaries since 1850, thu months of January in 1851, 1858, and 1863, exhibiting a higher mean tem perature. The Mount Vernon esiato ia ouly guar, ded by two ladies, and is subject to all manner of vandalism, even the ivory keva have been wrenched front Martha Wash» ington's harpsichord.