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-jpff; I Kâ 1 I/' W&*. A 7 m/K A <5 VOL. 2. MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 26, 1869. NO. 26. ENOCH L. HARLAN, »91 MARKET STREET, Formerly of the Firm of Harlan & Bro. DEALER IN FINE GROCERIES, PROVISIONS, Foreign. Fruits, DOMESTIC FRUIÏS, GUNNING MATERIAL, Fishing Tackle, WOODEN WARE, SALT, OILS, Teäs, «fcc. W ! arc prepared to supply bnyctrs from the country with the above goods at the low est prices. Our stock once tried will recommend itself, as great care has been used in its selection. We respectfully solicit an examination. ENOCH L. HARLAN, Formerly of the firm of Harbin A Bro. Wilmington, Del. ^»"Orders by mall promptly filled, and goods delivered at any Depot, Steamboat or Express Office free of charge. Hay 22—3mos. NEW STOVE, TIN, AND HOUSE-FURNISHING STORE. THOMAS H. ROTHWI2LI. Respectfully announces to the Public that he has rendoved his Store to his NEW BUILDING-, Marti. Side of Main Street, 4 Building» West of Town HaM, Middletown, Delaware. Where lie has constantly on hand, and is prepared to manufacture ALL KINDS OF TIN WARE At Short Notice. ORDERS for ROOFING & SPOUTING Respectfully Solicited and Promptly atteuded to STOVES, JAPANNED WARÎE, TIN WARE, &c. &c. Constantly on hand and at the Lowest Cash Prices. Mr. R. E. Knighton, well known as a skilful workman, is our Foreman, and will give his personal attention to the business. The following Cook Stoves are on sale and recommended to the Public : THE NATIONAL, (Niagara Improved.) THE TIMES, THE CHARM, THE CONTINENTAL; AND THE PRIZEL The first named is guaranteed to give perfect satisfaction, and it is believed the others will also. The following Parlor Stoves are offered to the Public, and believ ed to be equal to any other Stoves in the market : THE UNION AIR-TIGHT, THE GEM, THE DIAL, ELM BASE, BOQUET BASE, and THE BRILLIANT. orders will be received and promptly filled for any kind of Stove that may be desired. Prompt attention to business, moderate prices, competent workmen, and a deter mination to please, may at all times be ex pected by those who may favor hint with their cu.tom. May 1—ly F TEINT INDIGO BLUEING BAG, THE MOST ECONOMICAL, CLBANLY k COMPLETE ARTICLE ever USED By thrifty Housekeepers aud Laundresses. E ACH Bag is provided with a Box so that it can be put safely away as soon as used. PRICE 20 Cto—HALF SIZE 10 Cts. This blue contains no acid, and will not injure the finest fabrics. One twenty cent bag will out last eight two-ounce rials of Liquid Blue, besides giving a softer color and avoiding the dauge annoyance of broken and uncorked Bottle«. Patented Dec. 24, 1867, and for sale by Plymouth Color Co. C. T. Raynolds à Co. 108 a 108 Fulton Street, r N. Y. Inquire for it at any Respectable Grocery. April 3—3moa. raud . Fashionable Dressmaking. MRS. ANNIE M. WYANT, L ATE ot Philadelphia, offers her servhes the Ladle« of Middletown and vicinity, kind« of Dieu Making promptly attende Dresses cut and fitted and an elegant fit gu teed. Patterns for sale. Lake street, fire doors east of Broad, Middletown, Delaware. Rayg-tf to All I to. »ran deleft |odri|. NOONDAY REST. Calmer than miduight's deepest hush Is the sun-bright summer nooning, With its cloudy shadows seeking rest, That fall on the hill-side swooning. Great Night with its solemn starry eyes, Over Day's gate asks us whither We go. what our pass-word is, To tne camp beyond the river. But sunny Noon with its sleepy smile Ripples the grain-field over, Without a thought of the silent graves That may lie beneath the clover. Knee-deep the drowsy cattle stand In the water's golden glimmer. While berry bush and bramble spray Along the hot wall shimmer. The plough-share glitters in the sun Through murdered daisies clinging ; The nested birds leave busy bees To do the noonday siuging. Bright Noon no eager question asks, But like an old nurse story she holds us on her breast, Croons soft of love and glory. The weary ploughman's lazy length Lies in the shadow narrow, That clings about the haystack foot, Careless as a guarded sparrow. Oh, peaceful hour of summer Noon ; Life has its midnight slumber ; Has it no noonday rest for us, When cares shall cease to cumber ? Told Popular SPalfs. CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. A JURTMANl'S STORY, BY JUDGE CLARK. We had been out twenty-four hours, and stood eleven to one. The case was a very plain one—at least we eleven thought so. A murder of peculiar atrocity had been committed, and though no eye had wit nessed the deed, circumstances pointed to the prisoner's guilt with unfailing cer tainty. The recusant juror had stood out from the first. He acknowledged tho cogency of the proofs, confessed his inability to re concile tho facts with the defendant's inno cence, and yet, on every vote went stead ily- for acquittal. His conduct was inexplicable. It could not result from a lack of intelligence ; for while he spoke but little his words were well chosen, and evinced a thorough un derstanding of the case. Though still in the prime of manhood, his locks were prematurely white, and his face wore a singularly sad and thoughtful expression. He might be one of those who enter tained scruples as to tho right of society to inflict the death penalty-. But no, it was not that ; for, in reply to such a sugges tion, he frankly admitted that brutal men, like the vicious brutes they resemble, must be controlled through fear, and that dread of death, the supremo terror, is, in many cases, the only adequate restraint. At the prospect of another night of fruitless imprisonment wo began to grow impatient, and expostulated"warmly ngainst what seemed an unreasonable captiousness ; and somo not over kind remarks dulged in as to tho impropriety of trifling with an oath like that under which wore acting. "And yet," the man answered, as though communing with himself rather than repelling the imputation, " it is con science that hinders my concurrence in a verdict approved by my judgment." " How can that be ?" queried several at were m we once. "Conscience may not always dare to follow judgment." " But here she can follow no other guide." " I once could have said the same." " And what has changed your opinion?" " Experience." The speaker's manner was visibly agita ted, and we waited in silence the explana tion which he seemed ready to give. Mastering his emotion, as if in answer to our looks of inquiry, he continued : " Twenty years ago I was a young man just beginning life. Few had brighter prospects, and none brighter hopes. An attachment, dating from childhood, had ripened with its object. There had been no verbal declaration and acceptance of love—no formal plighting of troth ; but when I took my departure to seek a home in the distant West, it was a thing under stood, that when I had found it and put it in order, she was to share it." Life in tho forest, though solitary, is not necessarily lonesome. The kind of so ciety afforded by Nature, depends much on one's self. As for me, I lived more ' the future than in the present, and Hope is an eyer cheerful companion. At length the time came for making the final payment on the home which I had bought. It would henceforth be my own; and, in a few more months, my simple dwelling, whioh I had spared no pains to render inviting, would be graced by its mistress. "At the land office, which was sixty miles off, I met my old friend, Geo. C. He, too, had como to seek his fortune in the West; and we were both delighted at tho meeting. He had brought with him, he said, a sum of money which he desired to invest in land, on which it was his pur pose to settlo. I expressed a strong wish to have him for a neighbor, and gave him a cordial in vitation to accompany me home, giving it as my belief, that he could nowhere make a better selection than iu that vicinity. in Bomi He readily conseuted, and wo »at out together. \Vc had not ridden many miles when George suddenly recollected a com mission he had undertaken for a friend, which would require his attendance at a public land-sale on the following day. Exacting a promise that he would not delay his visit longer than necessary, and having given minute directions as to the route, I continued my way homeward, while he turned back. I was about retiring to bed on the night of my return, when a summons from without called me to the door. A stran ger asked shelter for himself and horse for the night. I invited him in. Though a stran ger, his face seemed not unfamiliar. He was probably one of the men I had seen at the land office, a place, at thut time, very much frequented. Offering him a scat, I went to see his horse. The poor animal, as well as I could see by the dim stai light, seemed to bave been hardly used. His panting sides bore witness of merciless riding, and a tremulous shrinking, at the slightest touch betokened recent fright. On reentering the houBe, I found the stranger was not there. His absence ex cited no surprise ; he would doubtless soon return. It was a little singular, however, that ho should have left his watch lying on the table. At the end of an hour, my guest not returning, I went again to the stable, thinking he might have found his way thither to give his personal attention to the wants of his horse. Before going out, from mere force of habit—for we were as yet un infested by either thieves or policemen—I took the precaution of putting the stranger's watch in a drawer in which I kept my own val uables. I found the horse os I had left him, and gave him the food which ho was now suffi ciently cooled to cat, but his master was nowhere to be seen. As I approached the house a crowd of men on horseback dashed up, and I was commanded, in no gentle tones, to "stand!" In another moment I was in the clutches of those who claimed me as their " prisoner." I was too much stupified at first to ask what it all meant. I did so at last, and the explanation came, it was terrible! My friend, with whom I had so lately set out in company, had been found mur dered and robbed near the spot at which I, but I alone knew we had separated. I was the last person known to be with him, and I was now arrested on suspicion of his murder. A searcli of the premises was immedi ately instituted. The watch was found in the draw in which I had placed it, and was identified as the property of the mur dered man. His horse, too, was found in my stable, for the animal I had just put there was none other. I recognized him myself when I saw him in the light. AVhat I said, I know not. My confu sion was taken as additional evidence. And when, at length, I did command lan guage to give an intelligible statement, it was received with sneers of incredulity. The mob spirit is inherent in man—at least in crowds of men. It may not al ways manifest itself in physical violence. It sometimes contents itself by lynching a character. But whatever its form, it is always relentless, pitiless, cruel. As the proofs of my guilt, one after an other, came to light, low mutterings grad ually grew into a ^clamor for vengeance ; and but for the firmness of 0 »e im officer who had me in charge—I would doubtless have paid the penalty of my supposed offenco on the spot. It was not sympathy for me that actu ated my protector. His heart was as hard as his office ; but be represented the jesty of the law, and took a sort of grim pride in the position. As much under the glance of his eye as before the muzzle of his pistol, the ardly clamorers drew back. Perhaps they wen} not sufficiently numerous to feel the full effect of that mysterious flex influence which makes a crowd of men so much worse and at times so much better, than any one of them singly. At the end of some months my trial came. It could have but one result. Cir cumstances too plainly declared my guilt. I alone knew they lied. The absence of the jury was brief. To their verdict I paid but little heed. It was a single hideous word ; but I had long anticipated it, and it made no im pression. As little impression was made by the words of the judge which followed it ; and his Bolemn invocation that God might have that mercy upon me which man was too just to vouchsafe sounded like the hol lowest of hollow mookeries. "It may be hard for the condemned criminal to meet death ; it is still harder for him who is innocent. The one, when the first shock is over, acquiesces in his doom, and gives himself to repentance; the heart of the other, filled with rebellion against man's injustice, can scaroe bring itself to ask pardon of God. I had gradually overcome this feeling, in spite of the good clergyman's irritating efforts, which were mainly directed to wards extracting which, he assured offer. the ma cow at re a confession, without me, he had no hope to On the morning of tho day fixed for my execution, I felt measurably resigned. I had so long stood face to face with death, had so accustomed myself to look upon it as a merely momentary pang, that I no longer felt solicitous save that my memory should one day be vindicated. She for whom I had gone to prepare a home had already found one in Heaven. The tidings of my calamity had broken her heart. She alone of all the world believed me innocent; and she had died with a pray er upon her lips, that the truth might yet he brought to light. All this I had heard, and it had soothed as with sweet incense my troubled spirit. Death, however unwelcome the shape, was a portal beyond which I could see gel waiting to receive me. I heard tho sound of approaching foot steps and nerved myself to meet the expec ted summons. The door of my cell open ed, and tho sheriff and his attendants tered. He had in his hands a paper. It was doubtless my death-warrant. He be gan to read it. My thoughts were busied elsewise. The "rent, and free pardon" were the first to strike my pre-oecupied senses. They affected the bystanders than myself. Yet so it was ; I was doned for an offence I had never commit ted. one an en more par The real culprit, none other, it is need less to say, than he who had sought and abused my hospitality, had been mortally wounded in a recent affray in a distant ci ty, but had lived long enough to make a disclosure, which had been laid before tho Governor barely in time to save me from a shameful death, and condemn me to a cheerless and burdensome life. This is my experience. My judgment, as yours, in the ease before us, leads to but one conclusion, that of the prisoner's guilt; but not less confident and apparent ly unerring was tho judgment that falsely produced my own." IVe no longer importuned our fellow-ju ror, but patiently awaited our discharge the ground of inability to agree, which came at last. The prisoner was tried and convicted at a subsequent term, aud at the last moment confessed his crime on tho scaffold. on What the Features Indicate. —We arc told that the extremes of both large ness and smallness of stature arc not fa vorable to strength of intellect, and dwarfs are generally deficient in this respect, and excessive corpulency or mca grenoss is seldom associated wiili mental activity. Aristotle and Napoleon Bona parte, however, were very short, Charles James Fox was exceedingly fat, Daniel Webster both broad and tall, and Lord Nelson a living skeleton. A large head is generally tho accompa niment of a great intellect ; but a small one with a comparatively extensive fore head is quite consistent with mental ca pacity. Raphael, Charles Nil, Frederick the Great, and Lord Brougham wore illus trations of tho latter fact. It is said that any nose which is less than the height of the forehead is an indi cation of defective intellectual power. The eyes indicate character rather by their col or than form. The dark blue are found most commonly in persons of a gentle and refined character ; light blue and grey in tho rude and energetic. Lavatcr says ; "Hazel eyes are tho more usual indications of a mind masculiuc, vigorous, and pro found ; just as genius, properly so called, is almost always associated with eyes of a yellowish east, bordering on hazel." The higher tho brows rise the more their possessor is supposed to he under the in fluence of feeling, and tho lower the better controlled by his reason. A very small eyebrow is an indication of want of force of character. A tolerably large mouth is essential to vigor and energy, and a very small one is indicative of wcakncFs and in dolence. In a manly face the upper lip should extend beyond and dominate the lower. Fleshy lips are oftenor found sociated with voluptuous, and meagre ones with a passionless nature. The retreating chin indicates weakness ; the perpendicu lar, strength ; and the sharp, acuteness of mind. Giants as Lkss Steed. An English railroad cap italist argues that people demand too much of railway companies when they expect them to run at high rates of speed with less rates of fare. The cost of running trains increases in geometrical progression with the rate of speed. It costs twice as much to run a train twenty miles an hour as one ten miles. The fuol, wear and tear, cost of rolling stock, ko. make the difference. In order to make forty miles an hour, an engino is compelled to con sume a large amount of coal. It must weigh sixty tons to insure safety, and this ponderous weight pulverizes the rails, shatters the bridges, &o. Furthermore, the great speed subjects the engine and carriages attached to a ruinous "shaking," which finishes them up in a comparatively short space of timo. An English expe rience, he asserts, proves that no railroad train pays which runs at a higher rate of speed than thirty miles to tho hour. It is for that reason, and because the government does not require greater speed for the transmission of the mails, that trains on American railroads are not at a swifter rate than twenty-five miles per hour. run There is so much scandal and falsehood afloat now-a-days that it is difficult to de cide -what to believe. The most prudent plan under the circumstances is to close our ears to all slander, and to speak of every man as wo find him. Good Advice.— Say nothing about your self, either good, bad or indifferent; noth ing good, for that is vanity ; nothing bad, for that is affectation ; nothing indifferent, for that is silly. ftölit and Humor. Royalty Incog. A very amusing anecdote is told of an Irishman who happened to he in Daris a short time ago, while three crowned heads of Europe were there on a visit to his Im perial Majesty Napoleon. These distin guished persons were the Emperors of Russia and Austria and the King of l'rus One day, having thrown aside all state ceremonial, they determined to sec tho sights of tho beautiful city on the Seine, for their own delectation, and for that purpose they resolved to go incognito, so as not to be recognized by the people. However, in their stroll through Paris, they went astray, and meeting a gentle manly-looking person, who happened to be an Irishman, they politely asked him if he would kindly direct them to tho Pa lais Royal. "Faith, and that I will, my boys," said Pat, at the same time taking a ment al photograph of the "boys." " This way, my hearties," and so they were conducted to the gates of the Royal Palace, and the Irishman was about bidding them farewell, when the Emperor of Russia, interested and pleased as much by the genuine po liteness of Pat (aud what son of Erin was ever deficient in courtesy and politeness) as by his naivete and witty remarks, asked him who he was. " Well," rejoined the guide, " I did not ask who you were, and before I answer you, perhaps you will tell me who you be Ï" sia. After some further parleying, one said, "I am Alexander, and they call me Czar or Emperor of all tho Russias." "Indeed," said Pat, with roguish twinkle in the corner of his eye and an in credulous nod of the head (as much as to say, "This body is up to codding mo a bit") "And might I make so bold to ask who you may be, my flower ?" "They call me Francis Joseph, the Emperor of Austria." "Most happy to make your acquaint ance, Frank, my boy," said tho Irishman, who thinking he was hoaxed, and in his despairing efforts to get the truth, as he eoneoived, out of any of them, turned to the third one, and said, "Who ore you?" " They call me Frederick William, and I am King of Prussia." They then reminded him that he prom ised to toll them who ho was, and, after mueli hesitation and mysterious air of con fidence, Pat, putting his hand to his mouth, whispered: * ' I am the Emperor of China ; hut don't toll anybody." Let mo whip him for his mother, he is such a naughty hoy ; he the baby tried to smother, and he's broken Emma's toy. Ot the doll I gave to Ellen ho has melted off the nose, and there really is no telling to what length the mischief goes, last night he put a cracker Jemima's chair, and he told me such a whacker when I asked how it came there. Then when poor old Mrs. Toodles just starting off by rail, quiek he tied her two fat poodles fast together by the tails. 0, it really is quite shocking how one's nerves ho daily jars : putting pins into one's stockings, and cayenne in one's ci gars. You may guess that many other boyish tricks he's daily at, so I'll whip him for his mother, as a tiresome little brat. Just neath aunt I a was A Western Speech.— "My competitor has ÿüu of the services lie rendered his country in the'iats wsr hot me tell you that I, too, acted an humliTe~pSrx-i.il that memorable contest. When the toesiu of war summoned the chivalry of the West to rally to the defouco of the national hon or, I, fellow citizens, animated by the pa triotic spirit which glows in every Ameri can bosom, hired a substitute for that war, and tho hones of that man now lie bleaching on the banks of the Raisin !" The eccentric Elder S -n, well known to many as nn active and earnest Baptist preacher, once said from the pulpit: "They say there's no family government now-a days. But there is—I tell you there is— just as much as there ever was; but" (lean ing over the pulpit, and lowering his voice into a quiet and confidential tone) "the difference is, when I grew up, tho old folks governed the young ones, but uow the young ones govern the old ones !" " Como till America, Pat," writes a son of the Emerald Isle to his friend in Ireland, 'its the country to get a living . All ye have to do is to get cornered box and fill it with bricks and carry it to tho top of the three-story build nig, and the man at the top does all the work. "My son, know thyself!" solemnly said father to one of his offspring. "Thank you, sir," replied the son, "but my list of acquaintances is sufficiently large alrea dy. " Did you know," said a cunning Gen tile to a Jew, that they hang Jews and jackasses together in Portland? "In deed!" retorted Solomon; "den it ish veil dat you and I ish not dere." "Corn bread ?" said an Irish waiter; wo have not got it; au' isn't it corn bafe ye mane?" Sure cure for Corns—Hold your feet near a hot fire until the corns pop. An Affair of Honor. Grace Grcnwood, in the Independent, recounts an affair of honor which took place in Lebanon, during its occupancy by the French troops. Some of the Duc de Lauzun's aristocratie young subalterns, not imitating the modesty of their chief, were disposed to be rather supercilious, and to put on airs toward the young peo ple of the town, when admitted to their informal parties and merry-makings. In this way a gay, handsome young captain gained an unenviable social distinction, and finally came to grief. At a rural ball, to which he had managed to gain admit tance, his roving fancy was caught by a rustic beauty, a merry little coquette, who, not having "a soul abovo buttons," was not well pleased with his ardent glances, and gallant, broken English, and who wasiin mensely amused by marking the effect produced by his devotion on the counte nance and demeanor of a certain stalwart young farmer present, and lowering darkly in the back-ground, to whom, if the truth must be told, this naughty little maid was betiothcd. At last the dashing soldier grew a little too bold in his attentions, The lady became slightly alarmed, and her lover quite furious, lie strode up to the Frcnchman, with his eyes blazing and his hands clenched; but addressed him in a cool, steady tone, thus: "Look here, mon seer, you French fellows come to America to light, not to make love. £o noue of your flatterin', and palaverin', and parlez vousin'about here. This young woman belongs to me ; and you may just make yourself source, double quick time." The young woman in question turned very white, Monsieur le Captainc turned very red ; but, seeing that his Yankee ri val looked very black, and was altogether an ugly customer to deal with ou the spot, ho merely said, very significantly: "Mon sieur, have raison. Certainmcnt we come to Amérique to fight" Then, bowing low to the lady, he strode haughtily away, "With his sword cling., dang." " The next morning, an elderly French officer, who had grown grim and gray in the service, yet had been engaged, as priu cipal or second, in more duels than bat tles, waited on the young fanner, whom he found in his barn, threshing, and pre seuted a cartel. The farmer, laying down llis flail, very deliberately opened tho note and tried to spell out its contents; but, as it was in Freueh, he was obliged to get tho Frenchman to interpret it. Somewhat to the surprise of that officer, who was ea gcr for some agreeable event to break the monotony of a long winter encampment, he readily conseuted to a meeting. The second then reminded him that he, as the challenged party, was entitled to the choice of weapons. "I don't care a button what he fights me with. I'm ready for him," said the Yankee, rather evasively, wiping the sweat and dust off his forehead with a blue cot ton handkerchief. "Ah ! den, we prefaro do rapier, what you call the smallsword. Will dat please monsieur, eh?" snid the officer, bowing ' and smiling with overwhelming politeness. "O! yes, as well as anything—small swords or horse-pistols; I ain't particular," replied tho farmer, coolly. Then the time and place were agreed upon. Tho Frenchman bowed himself out of the barn as out of the presence of royalty, the farmer took up his flail and went on with his threshing—thump, thump, thump! Both parties came punctually to the du elling-grouud.ovcr iu the wood, very ear ly on a mild spring morning; tiio gay cap taiu in undress uniform, with the old ma jor, his temin bearing a brace of small swords; the surgeon of the legion, with -big.ominous case of instruments, his liut and bandages.: then the farmer, in yet more undress uniform— i. C. It; flannel shirt and gray homespun trousers, tueketi i into cowskin hoots, his "hired man" for a second, aud for his weapon the good hiek- I ory flail he had been swinging the day he- i fore ! ! Great was the astonishment and volu- ! ble the indignation of tho Frenchman when finally made to understand that the rustic really intended to light the duel with this ugly rural implement. But he sturdily stood his ground. "I don't know anything about your toastin'-irons," ho said; "hut 1 Jo un derstand a flail, and I've just made up my ruind to fight this here duel with a So, monsieur, begin lungin' and pokin' at me just as quick as you please." The perplexed captain then dropped down to a little friendly remonstrance; saying, very blandly. "Pardon, monsieur, you know not de duel. Permit tne to recommend de small sword. I lend him wis de most, most great plaisir, monsieur. You no take him? you fight wis dat ting? Sec you! cut wis my rupicr dat leetle cordon dat hold de two part togedder, tout de suite : and den where will you he, eh ?" Tho farmer laughed carelessly, aud a little tauntingly, as he replied— " Never mind mo, cap'en. I'm oble ged to you. I can look out for myself, I guess. Keep your extra small sword to spit your frogs on. I'll stick to my flail. And now let's to work ! I'm iu suthin' of hurry to get back to my other thrashing job." flail. " Bien," said tho Frenchman, shrug ging his shoulders. " If monsieur wills die I put myself at his servioe, tout a fait." So they took their positions. "One ! two ! three !"—at it they went ! The Frenchman made a magnificent stroke, aimed at the weak point in his adversary's weapon^ but missed, and fell back for a new demonstration. Then the Yankee giving a whirring swing with his flail, brought it down on the head of the cap tain, whack! making the powder fly and bringing that alert swordsman to the ground. He was not killed, but severly bruised and somewhat stunned. For some minutes the farmer stood in his place, leaning on his flail, watching the ministra tions of the surgeon ; then as the French man failed to "oomo to time,*' and declared himself satisfied ("ftten satisfait ,") the victor civilly bade the party good-morn ing, and strode from the field, followed by his man, and whistling the new air of " Yankee Doodle." The Big Drum. —A contemporary snya of the big drum used at the late Boston Feace Jubilee:—We can only give an outline of this musical monstrosity : U i on e hundred feet long, five hundred feet * n diameter, and has an area of about, two and a half acres of sheepskin on the sides, ^'he sheepskins, to the number of seventeen thousand, have been delicately but firmly pasted together according to a newly dis covered process by a clever Connecticut mechanic, which will be patented. The drumsticks are ns large as the masts of a first-class clipper ship, aud will be opera j ted by machinery, somewhat as follows: A sort of derrick or pedestal has been crec tc d on each side of the huge drum, with machinery on the pivot principle for tho drumsticks to work iu. Tho leverage of the latter will be light, and the méchant cal resistance has been reduced to the low - est practicable point. Only ten men with ropes will be required to work each drurn «tick. These men, of course, will be ac complishcd musicians, and will be under the control of a director, who will also bo guided by Professor Gilmore, the grand director. The machinery of the ponderous drum sticks will bo almost entirely concealed from the audience. The derricks will bo furnished with platforms or seats, which "'ill accomodate 150 performers. The rest pf the machinery will be covered by Amer j can ^ a S 8 artistically arranged. At first ^ was intended to accommodate the entire orc hestra upon benches and platforms ar r t aD g e( J on alternate tiers of tbaagnt sec *] on ^ ço®"« that the many scaffoldings required womd Wi terfere with the musical notes of the drum, ^ waH ft ^ s0 ppp r ®,nded that the tanpen d , ous concussion of the drum would unseat them. This part of the programme was therefore reluctantly leftout. * 10 drum as it stands wi.l beatnon umenfc worthy of Lostou. It is go Urge 1 iat 13 ca i cu i afc( 'd five hundred persons could be comfortably dined in the lutenor. ^ or tbe sound » it is expected that some °f the deeper notes will be heard at a Q!S * ance °f fifty miles, u Suort Courtship. —A moderate time for courtship is from twelve to eighteen months. This, of course, greatly de pends on other circumstances, but its length should not he unnecessarily exten It is this sort of fashion—namely, l ' iat °* interminable wooing—that gave occasion to the young man's objections to matrimony when it was urged upon him by bis Ldy Live, " My dear,' said he, " if we were mar- ri A 1 don't know where I could spend ,n y evenings ! ' Many a young lady becomes weary of tIlc tedious delay of her suitor, and many an anxious suitor grows weary of the un necessary scruples of the fair one. There * s a story told of a young couple who bc g an to court at nn early age, who went oil courting when they were out of their teens; the gentleman vejtqt c J"to propose a settlement, but.',;, s' begged to wait a short time longer waiting, mid youth departed, and tho î'b'ilg" ' couple, still courting, began easioii..iiy to notice a gray hair, or an uu mistakable wrinkle, but still went ou as °f old, till more than half a century had passed ; in a word they courted all their fives, and lived to be old but unmarried, ud so lie went on uc Milton. —In his early years he used to sit up late at his studies, hut in his later years retired every night at nine o'clock, and lay till lour iu the summer and five in the winter. If not then disposed to rise, ho had some one to sit at his bedside and read to him. When he rose be had a chapter of the Hebrew Bible read to him, and then after breakfast studied till twelve. He then dined, took some exercise for hour, generally in a chair in which ho would swing "himself, afterward play tho organ or base-viol, and cither sung himself or requested his wife to sing, who, as he said, had a good voice and no ear. Ho then resumed his studies until ID on six, from which hour until eight he conversed with all W'ho came to visit him. ny other poets, Milton found the stillness, warmth and recumbency of bed favorable to composition, and his wife said, beforo rising of a morning ho often diotated to her twenty or thirty verses. A favorite position of his when dictating his verses, we are told, was that of sitting with one log over an arm chair. His wifo related that ho used to compose ohiefly in winter. Like ma. Mothers and Daughters. —It was a judicious resolution of a father, as well as a pleasing compliment to his wife, when, on being asked what he Intended to dc with his girls, lie replied, " I Intend to ' apprentice them to their mother, that they may learn the art of improving time and be fitted to become wives, mother*, beads of families and useful members off society. The song an escaped convict wight sing, " The last link is broken."