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» ♦ ♦ 1 / ♦A it n t yŒt - jjPBjjfe# £> / ! I I A g,U3 X3^. m ratsa j ! |; A 1 '4 <?7 r v^S 'V* <Ji VOL. 2. MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 21, 1869. NO. 34. 'mmmm sm THE DELAWARE Mutual Life Insurance Company. Guarantee Capital $100,080.00. HOA11E OFFICE—UXCIIANUI5 BUILDING Cor. 7Hi & Alarkcl Sts. Wilmington, Delaware. fTMIE Pioneer Mutual Company in adopting JL Rates of Premiums based on American ex perience of mortality and interest. Premiums lower than any oilier Mutual Com l>any. Purely mutual. All the profits divided among the Policy-Holders. There are no stockholders 3n this company. •All Policies* non-forfeiting. Not after two years, but after the first annual payment. All kinds of policies issued. Ordinary Life. Ten Year Plan. Single Payment and Instalment. All kinds of Endowment Tables. Return Pre mium Table. Joint Life Table. Children's En dowment Table. Premiums payable in one paymeut, i Ten, Fifteen or*Twenty Instalments, or in Five, ur during Life. Payments received annually, scmi-nnnual AU payments required in Cash . the " Contribution Plan," It will be observed that the reduction of rates is équivalent to n Dividend in Advance of at least thirty-three and one-third per cent. Tire Loan feature is entirely original with this company—for full explanation semi fur the com pany's publications. ly, or quarterly. Dividends on TABLE OF RATES And any information required pronq ed on application to the Home Oft any of the Company's Agents. itlv furnish to JOHN 1\ Mt'LKAR, President, GKO. \V. STONE, Vice President, M. M. CHILI), Se< BKNJ. Ni ELDS, Counsel A: Actuary, D. \V. MAULL, Chief Medical Examiner. TRUSTEES. John P. .McLcar, Willi Juhu V. Dice, Job H. Jackson, Clement B. Smyth,\ William G'anbv, William S. 1 lilies, James Morrow, Lewis P. Bush. M. D. Samuel Bran croft Jr. George W. Bush, Win. G. Gibbons, Henry F. Pickels, Tin I). Webb, William II. Swift, Edw. Bringhurst, Jr. J. II. Adams, 11. 11. Seidel, James Bradford. DIRECTORS. John P. McLcar, William Bush, Thos. W. Weiib, William Can by Geo. W. Bush,* WilliamS. Hilles, s. •1 Bnincroft, jr. Ed. Bringhurst, jr. Wiu. G. Gibbons, George W. .Stone, Jno. V. Itice, W. H. Swift. J. THOMAS DCDD, Agent, Middletown, Delaware. July 31—ly LOOK OUT! LOOK OUT!! LOOK OUT!!! Cool Spring" Charley is Coming Soon B UT not with "Cool Sprii but with pure NORTHERN ICE, FOR IT IS VERY COLD. g Ice" this time, None need suffer with t'uo heat, for I will be around in a few day« to cool them off. Give me your Cash and 1 will give you my Tcc at as low prices as I can afford. Price list until further uotiee :—$1 .;>0 per lid. to regulur custoni dnih era who take 100 lbs. b. to regular customers who take lo 11 .daily: 21 cts. per lb. to regular customers who take 10 lbs. or less daily ; 3 ctß. per IU. to cas ual customers in small quantities. My terms are Positively Cash, not settle either daily Isupplics cut oft' and* be left to melt until all rears are paid. One weck 's notice per or more ho do weekly will have their ml nil st be given by all persons who wish their supplies discontinued. May 22—3m CHAULES ADAMS. BALTIMORE FEMALE COLLEGE. T HIS Institution, the only Female College in Maryland, was incorporated in l«s4t», and liberally endowed by the State in 18li0. It af fords Uoardcrs and lbty Pupils every advantage ito acquire a thorough and accomplished educa tion. It has a good Library, Chemical and Pliil .osophicAl apparatus, and valuable Cabinets of Mlncmls, Gems, Coins and Medals, besides pu pils from the different counties in Maryland, it has an extensive patronage from the Middle, .Southern and Western States. Session opens September Gib. FACULTY OF INSTRUCTION. N. C. BROOKS, LL. I). Prof. Ancient Lungua ,gcs. T. LUCY, A. M. Professor of Mathematics, Ac. Mons. LOUIS GANBIN, A. M. Prof, of French. Mr. LEWIS LAUER, Prof, of German. Mr. G. A. GNOSSPKL1NS, Prof, of.Music; Mr. VAN REUTH, Prof, of Paintings Miss M. S. COVINGTON, Mathematics A Ilis tor H Miss M. Ö. MOON, Belles-Lctters and Physiol .ogy. Late Principal of Female Institute, Sumter, Miss IMOGEN II. SIMMONS. Piano and Sing ing. Late Musical Directress Stute l'cmnlc Col lege, Memphis, Tenu, Mrs. E. A. POLSTER, Piano and Guitar. Mrs. JULIET WORKMAN, Vocal Music. For Catalogues or any information, address July 31—3m® N. 0. BROOKS, President. REGISTER'S NOTICE. R EGISTER'S OFFICE, New Lahti.k Cousty, July 20th, 1809. Upon application of Gideon K. Ilukii], Execu tor of the last Will and Testament of John F. Jtukill, late of Saint Georges Hundred in said .county, deceased ; it is ordered and directed by the.[Register that the Exeecator aforesaid, give siotiue .of the granting of Letters Testamentary lupon the Estate of the deceased, with the date of granting'theroof, by causing advertisements to be posted within forty days from the date of such Letter«, in six of the most public piuccs of the County of New Castle, requiring ail persons hav ing demands against the Estate, to present the same, or abide by an Act of Assembly in such case made and provided. And also causo the name to be inserted within tile same period In «lie Middip town Transcript, a newspaper published in Middletown, and to be continued therein two months. / , Given under tho hand and Seal of Of J L. s. Vfice of tho Rigistcr aforesaid, at New 1 t-cv « 1 Oastlp, in New Castlo County, aforesaid, the day and y par above written. R- C, FRAIM, Register. NOTICR.s-4 11 persons having claims nguinst the Estate of the defeased must present tbe same duly attested to the Executor on or before July 20th, 1870, or abide the Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided. 0. E. nUKILL, Exeentov. ^ply 2A—2iu, Address - Middletown,Del, ENOCH L. HARLAN, 221 MARKET STREET, Formerly of the Finn of ITarlan & Dro. DEALER IN I FINE GROCERIES, PROVISIONS, Foreign Fruits, DOMESTIC FRUITS, GUNNING MATERIAL, Fishing Tackle, WOODF.X WARE, SALT, OILS, Teas, «fee. W K prepared to supply buyers from the country with tho above goods at tho low est prices. Our stock onee tried will recommend itself, ns great care has been used in its selection. We respectfully solicit examination. ENOCH L. HARLAN, Formerly of'the firm of Harlan & Rro. Wilmington, Del. Orders by mail promptly filled, and goods delivered at any Depot, Steamboat or Express Office free of eburge. May 22—3uios. NEW STOVE, TIN, AND HOUSE-FURNISHING STORE. THOMAS S3. UOT1IWELL Respectfully announces to the Public that he has removed his Store to his NEW BUILDING, f«oitli Hide of Main Street., 4 Building« Wfit of Town Hall, Middletown, Delaware. Where he has constantly on hand, and is prepared to manufacture ALL KINDS OF TIN WARE At Short Notice. ■ I» or ORDERS for ROOFING & SPOUTING Respectfully Solicited and Promptly attended to STOVES, JAPANNED WARE, TIN WARE, &e. <fec. Constantly on hand and at the Lowest Cash Pices. in in at as a ed at in in in in Mr. It. 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 tho Public : THE NATIONAL, ( Niagara Improved. ) ' THE TIMES, THE CHARM, THE CONTINENTAL, AND THE PRIZE. 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-TIG-HT, THE GEM, TIIE DIAL, ELM BASE, BOQUET BASE, and THE ISFttIzITA.IN T. Orders will bo received and promptly filled for any kind of Stove that may he desired. Prompt attention to business, moderate prices, competent workmen, and a deter mination to please, may ut all times be ex pected by those who may favor him with their ou.tom. May 1—ly Wh. A. Raisin, II. McCoy. McCOY & RAISIN, General Commission Merchants, No. T3 SOUTH STREUT, Opposite Corn Exchancik, BALTIMORE. W E refer to the following among our patrons iu Keut county Marylaud : Judge Jos. A. Wicke», Hon. Samuel Comegvü, Hon. Wm. Welch, George D. S. Handy, William B. Wilmer, George T. Hollyday, Jervis Spencer, Dr. Samuel A. Beck. June 10— y TEACHES ! ! T HE subscriber has made arrangements to buy PEACHES at the Middletown Station, dur ing tbe season, aud will furntsb Baskets for slop ing of same, thus saving «lie Growers who have no itaskets tho expense of purchasing at present high prices. Give him a call befure disposing of your fruit elsewhere. Jun« 28- tf E. T. EVANS, -Agvnt for W, H. Wanser, of New York. Select flodrij. the: sphinx. Dread warder of an ancient land, Thou wondrous form of changeless stone, 1'eigiiiug o'er leagues of shifting sand, Unnumbered ages for thy throne; Pigmies, we gaze and pass away— I now, Cambyscs yesterday. Dim tnem' ries of forgotten things Haunt those large eyes ; the shepherd chiefs, The victor's crown—the pride of kings, K'en meaner mortal's lesser griefs ; Const limn recall old Menés' fuce? Hast bowed before Rhodope's grace? Those grand lack-lustre eyes perchance Saw Helen like a goddess move ; And Alexander's fateful trance That ruined llion for lier love ; Didst hear stern Proteus quick dismiss The wretch who marred a guest-friend's bliss? Vain—worse than vain—no word comes through Thy lips' cold portals. Thou hast seen Tile conq'ring Medc, the crafty Jew, Creek sages, Antony's dark queen ; Is't to their giiosts in yon soft huze Thou turu'st that everlasting gaze? I of the alleged ! j \ ! ,,f| -i . ! Great borii3, answer—art thou mute? Hast no responsive chords for eve, Like Morn's old vot'rv?—I salute Thi 'fui silence. Let me My puny fancies, knowing well Man may not learn th' Inscrutable. wee What though thy buried secret sleeps In far Ogygian icons? Still The daily sum And so for miknow shine o'er thee creeps, u ages will ; And men shall view thy m And marvel at its calm, us e brow, Eve's rich gl > lingers round thy head, And lights thy melancholy face, As loving all its gold to shed On the last monarch of thy race; Slow fade the purple tints—-farewell ! Deep are thy thoughts—too deep to tell. ©ur 0liu. From London Society. VERY OLD PEOPLE. I» there any Person inure thnu n Hundred Years Old 1 Let us uoticc, first, somo facts, und then, the reasons which have suggested incredulity on the subject, book was published about the beginnt n the present century, containing milices oi more than seventeen huudred persons repu , ted to have lived to the age of a hundred I or upwards; but the author and compiler j was so ready to swallow anything marvel ous, so indisposed to cautious inquiry, that ! wo will dismiss him altogether. Wc w gather a few instances qil j gather a few instances from chronicles, obituarics, anti registers of various kinds, ) sufficient to show the general nature 0 f | the belief on this subject. Popular statements assign the ago of 110 to John Locke, who was baptized iu 1716 when three years old, and buried at in Norfolk, in 1823; to an old roman at Enniskillen, who was born in iu 1864; to Philip a cabin boy under Lord Anson so far back as the time of George I., and was living at Larne, in Ireland, in 1826; and to Mary llalphson, who followed her soldier-husband to the wars in the time of George II., fought by his side in tho uniform of a wounded dra goon who had fallen close to her, and died in 18 18 at Liverpool, Then there was Betty Roberts, who was born at Northop, in Flintshire, in 1749, and was living at Liverpool, in 1859, with a brisk young fellow of 80 as her son. The age of 111 has been claimed fur John Craig,who fought at Sheritfmuir in 1715; and died at Kil marnock in 1793 ; and for the Rev. Rich ard Lufkin, who died at Ufford, in Suf folk, iu 1678, and who preached a sermon tho very Sunday before his death. Con cerning the age of 111, there was Toney Proctor, who was a negro servant to an English officer at Quebec, so far back as 1759, and yet lived to sec the year 18 55; and tliero was Isabel Walker, who died in 1774, and whose engraved por trait is in the Museum of the Antiquarian Society at Perth. But a more curious in stance was that which was connected with a convivial meeting held at a tavern in the metropolis in 1788, to celebrate the cen tenary of the revolution of 1688; an old man said he was 112 years old, and re membered tho revolution as having oocur ed when he was a lad ; of course his con vive» chaired him iu triumph. The age of 113 is claimed for Michael Boyne, who died at Armagh in 1776; Mrs. Gilliam, who died at Aldersgate street in 1761 ; a man in whose memory a tombstone was put up in Roche Abbey Church, in 1734, and whoso son lived to be 109 ; and tbc ltev. Patrick Macliell Vivian, Vicar of Los bury, near Alnwick, who was born in 1546, and wrote a letter in 1657 (when 111 years old),in which he said, "I was never of a fat, but a slender mean habit of bodyTwo other instances aro William Carter who had been a sergant in tho army, and who died in 1768; and Patrick Grant, a vet eran of the Buttle uf Culloden, who sur vived till 1824. the ago of 114, wo are referred to a tomb stouo in Mueross Abboy, Killarney, which bears the epitaph "erected by Daniel Shine, in memory of hi3 father, Owon Shine, who departed this life, April 6th, 1847, 114 years. Pray for him." We now go on to another group of five What say the advoeutos of 115? that wo need dwell upon hero; but among thoso of whom had been claim ed tho ago of 116 years, we find Robert Pooles, who died at Tyross, in Armagh, in 1742; John Lyon, whose death took placo at Bandon, in 1761 ; and Mrs Mary Power, aunt of the late Right Hou. Rich ard Lalor Shceil. David Kerrisou, a sol dier of the Agença» Revolution, died at Lulling 1754, and was aliv Luke, who had b< If we want evidenoo of years. Nothing Albany, in 1852, at the age of 117; which was also the age claimed for Donald Mc Gregor, a Skye farmer in the last century. Mr. John Itiva, stockbroker, died in 1771, at the ago of 118, having been accustomed to walk to office till within a few days of his death ; and if the parish register of Ir thington, Northumberland, is to be relied upon, of similar ago was Hubert Bowman, when ho died in 1829. In a hospital at Moscow, there was an old man, who was wont to say that he enlisted in the liussian army in the time of Peter the Great ; if so, he could hardly have been less than 119 at the time wheu an English traveler visited him a few years ago. Mr. Sneyd, in 18 33, saw a gaunt, large-limbed, exceedingly wrinkled old woman at Lanslcbourg, iu Savoy, who said she was born in 1714, and remembered events that took place in 1721. if in a if Bqt we have new (o fpcak of venerable I Of course when we come to ages between 120 and 130, wo must not expect the in stances to bo very numerous; but let us jot down a few from various authorities. The age of 120 has been claimed for TJrsual Chicken ( what a chicken !) who died at Holderness in 1722; William Jugail, a faithful old servant of the Webster family, at Battle Abbey, iu Sussex, who died in 1798, and to whom a monument was erec ted in Battle church-yard ; Mr. Charles Cottrell, who died at Philadelphia in 1701, leaving a wife (aged 115), to whom he had been married ninety-eight years; and a Duchess of Bucclough, who (according to a volume published by the Rev. John Dun, of Auchinlech) had "lived twenty years a maiden , fifty yoars a wife and fifty years a widow," and died in 1728. Blackwood's Magizine. spoke in 1821 of a Mr. Charles Leyno, who had just died at the age of 121 in the United States, having lived there under four British sovereigns before tho rupture in 1774; he lofta widow, who was ono of tho lions of New York, at the time of the International Exhibition of 1853 in that city, was said to bo 124 years old; but we do not know whether this was one of Mr. Barnum's wonders. Tho Bodlein I Library contains a news-letter of Juno 1, ! U24, in which is a paragraph to the effect, that, ns the courtiers were going to St. ! James, to bo presented to George I., they were attracted by a vcnernblo woman, who -i Vtatvd herself, to be 121 years ! bad kept a shop at Kendal during the Civil 'S of Charles I., and was , I ^ llrs * n ^ lc j mother of nine children at the time the r ~°' ! epitaph i she unfortunate monarch was executed (1G49). lints' Church, Nortli j auiton, celebrates tho name of a person who i>i,170G, at.the ago of 120. A "His ) tlli 7 °' ' irginia, which gives a tough | list of very agod persons in that state, in tlR ' M'"« ofWonder Booker, a slave wll ° ''ceeived the first of these two names because he was a wonder; ho worked in his master s garden till 117 years old, and died in lsl!) ut the age of 120, having been Unm iu the reign of Queen ^ Elizabeth. Owen Tudor, who boasted of being dcscon ^ 0I ' ^' om Henry VII. died at Llangollen, U71, at the age of 127. ibis was also recorded as the ago of John Newell, who dipl1 at Michaelstown, 1701; hccluimcdto be the grandson of the celebrated old Parr ( of w,10m 7° s,lal1 s P cak presently). The Gentleman * Magazine in 1772, recorded death of Mr. Abraham Strodtman, at ll >e. a ge of 128. London claimed to have an inhabitant of the same age in 1724, in tho person of Mrs. Jane Skrimshaw. All Auother decade, embracing ages be tween 130 and 140, is not without its rec ords in the pnge3 of oountry histories and antiquarian publications. William Beat ty, a soldier who had fought at tho Battle of the Boyne, iu 1690, died in 1774, at the age of 130. Peter Garden figures in an engraving coutained in the Perth Muse um as having died in 1775, at tho age of 181. Mrs. Keith, who died at Ncwnuam, in 1772, at the ago of 133, left behind her three dauthters, one of whom was a fair damsel of 109. Louis Mutel, a free negro in St. Lucia, was reputed to bo 135 years old when ho died in 1851 ; although he married so late in life as 55, he survived that event eighty years. Stillman'» Jour nal mentions one Henry Eranciseo in a more circumstanced manner than is usual in this class of records. He was born in 1686, left France in 1691, witnessed the coronation of Queen Anne iu 1702, fought under Marlborough, then went to Ameri ca, was wounded and taken prisoner du ring the American war, and was living near Albany in 1822, at the ago of 136. The venerable ago 138 is put down for John M'Donagh, who died at Ennis, iu Ireland, in 1769. We may well suppose that the lives of seven scoro must bo few and far between, even wheu credulity comes to our aid. A parish register at Kventon, Bedfordshire, mentions tho Rev. Thomas Rudyard vicar of that parish, as having died at the age of 140 during the reign of Churles II. A negro named Easter, is set down as hav ing attained a like age in 1854. But the most famous instance was that of tho Coun tess of Desmond—a subject of much and eager controversy. Whether Buch a per son over lived at all, and whether if she liv ed, there is really trustworthy evidence of her ago, are questions which liavo been treated at full in no loss important a work than the Quarterly Jieview. The popular account, at nil events, is, that she was born in the second half of the fifteenth oen tury ; that sho married the Earl of Des mond In Edward IV. 's time ; that she had three complete dentitions or sets of natural teeth during her long career ; that she appeared at tho court af James I. iu 1614 ; and that she waa wont to go to market on foot almost down to tho day of hor death at tho age of 140. persons who are claimed to have exceeded the longevity even of the tough old Coun tess. A slab on the floor of Abbey Dore Church, Herefordshire, records the death of Elizabeth Lewis, 1715, at the age of 141 ; and the parish register of Frodsham, in Cheshire, contains the name of Thomas Hough, who if the Boman numerals are correct (cxli), died at tho same age. Du ring a celebrated heraldic contest in 1385, between Lord Scropc and Sir Robert Gros venor, it became important to obtain tho oldest available living testimony concern ing the holding of certain titles and insig nia ; and among tho witnesses brought for ward were Sir John Sully, aged 105, and especially John Thirwall, an esquire of Northumberland, aged 145. Whether the judges had any doubt of the correctness of this alleged age we are not told. There are, considering the oircumstauees, re markably full details concerning another veteran of 145, named Christian Jacobson Dracbcnberg. lie was born iu Sweden, iu 1027, lived chiefly as a sailor till 1094, and was then made a captive by Barbary corsairs. Being kept as a slave till 1710, be made bis escape, and served again as a seaman till 1717, when bo was 91 years old. At the ago of 100, being indignant at incredulity expressed concerning bis age, he walked a long distance on purpose to procure a certificate of the year of bis birth. In 1735, lie was presented to the king of Denmark, and in 1737, lie married—a brisk bridegroom of 109 to a blooming widow of GO ! IIo walked about in the town of Aarbuus iu 1759, at the age of 133; but his eyelids bung down so com pletely over his eyes that ho could not see. Thirteen more years were'in store for him, seeing that ho did not die till 1772, when ho had completed his 145th year, case was considered sufficently important to deserve a place in Mr. Charles Night's •English Cyclopaedia,' where there is an article on 'Dranchcnherg,' attributed to one of the most trustworthy of our literary men. lu Boato and Molyneux's 'Natural History of Ireland,' « notice occurs of Mr. Eckelson, who was born in 1548, and died at Pliilipstown, in 1G9IÎ, figures which, if correct, denote an age of 118. The number 150 is rather a suspicious one in these matters ; for being what is called a 'round' number, persons arc often tempted to use it without much regard to strict accuracy. Francis Consit, who had been a burden to the parish of Malton, du ring great part of his life, was Eaid to be 150 when he died, in 17G8. Lywarch lieu (a Welshman apparently) had tho same ago imputed to him ; as had likewise ■Sir Ralph Vernon, who was born towards tho end ef the thirteenth century, and lived nearly to the middle of the fifteenth. If the parish register of Miushull, in Ches hire, which says that one Thomas Damme lived to sevenscore nud fortecu years," is correct, this looks very much like the L>4. The most celebrated pereouage, how ever, who exceeded 150 yoars was that re nowned Old l'arr, who always seems to be making and taking "life pills," and whose portraits seem intended to show how vig orous and venerable we shall all become if wo will only take tho pills in question. The testimony ns to Thomas Parr's age seems to be tolerably complete. He was born in Shropshire, in 1483, remained a batehelor till 80 years old, married in 1503, lived witli his first wife thrity-two years, became a widower in 1595, married again in 1G03, when ho was 120 years old, and livod to see the year 1635. In that year the Earl of Arundel visited him, and was so struck with his appearance as to invite him to come to his town mansion. The old man found this lionizing too much for him ; he was brougt by very easy stages in a litter to London, with an "an tique-faced merry-andrew" to keep him cheerful on tho way ; but tho fatigue, tho crowds of visitors who came to him, nud the luxuries whioh were pressed upon him in London, carried him off at tho wonder ful age of 152. He was buried on Novem ber 15th, at Westminster Abbey, where a monument was creeled to his memory. When presented on one occasion to Charles I., the monarch said to him, "You have livod longer than other men ; what have you done more than other men?" To which Parr replied,"I did penance when I was a hundred years old." The truth even went beyond this statement ; for he was guilty of a pecondillo when a huudred and five years of age, and did penance in a white sheet at the door of the parish church of Atterbury, bis native village. Shall wo go beyond eight score? Let us see. There was one John Hovcn, who died in 1741, at the alleged ago of 172, and who left a widow destined to live to her 164th year. There was Tairvillc, who, if Martin's "Desoription of the Western Isles" is to be relied on, died in tho Shet land Isles at the age of 180. Thcro was Peter Tortoli, who gained renown in 1724, at having survived till 185; and there was Jane Britton, who, as we aro informed by tho parish register of Evercriek, in Somer set, for 1588, "was a maiden as she af firmed, of 200 years." Leaving this blush ing maiden and her compeers, we may ob serve that tho only well-authenticated case (if it is authenticated) of eight scoro and upwards, was that of Henry Jenkins. Ho was born in tho year 1501. When a hoy lie carried a horse-load of arrows to North allerton to be employed by the English ar my in resisting tho invasion by James IV. of Scotland ; and lived to see the year 1070, when he died at Ellerton-upon Swalo, in Yorkshire, at tho age of 169. Now what are we to think of all these alleged cases of extreme old age? The grounds on which skepticism bas been ex pressed concerning them are numerous. It I has been pointed ont that most of the in The stances aro among the humbler classes of i Scotch, Irish, and negroes, where formal i entries are but little attended to. The middle and upper classes, among whom authentic records are more plentiful, take but a small part in the marvels of longev ity. "Can actuaries," it is asked, "refer us to a single instance of an assured per son living to a hundred and forty, thirty, twenty, ten, aye, to one hundred and ten ?" The legal evidence is almost always defi cient. If an entry of birth or baptism is found in a family Bible there is uo proof that it was written at the time of the event or that the dates were correctly set down. In one case a clergyman, investigating an alleged instance of ccntenarianism, found that the Bible which contained the entry was only sixty years old, and that no oth er testimony was forthcoming. Registers of birth were not formally used and legally established till after the year 1830; all such registers before that date were voluntary and therefore uncer tain. Even parish registers are not al ways reliable, for many of them, giving the year of death, mention the age of the deceased but do uot name the year of birth, so that there are not two dates to correct eaeli other. Sometimes tombstones are re-chiseled to restore the half-decayed epitaphs, and then a tho village mason puzzled at somo of the partially-obliterated figures, makes a guess at them, and puts in the date or the age which seems to him nearest the original. Thcic is a tombstone in Conway church yard, recording tho fact that Lowry Ow ens Vaughan, died in 1709, at the age of 102, and that her husband, Wui. Vaughan, died in 173«), at the age of 72. recent observer of the tombstone has Now a j re- j marked that the lady must (if this be true) j have been nearly a hundred years old when 1 William Vaughan married lier; and as the j figures on the stone have a rather freshly- i cut appearance, he prefers the supposition that 192 was an incorrect re-cutting of an earlier incision. The Worcester Chroni cle, 1852, drew attention to a tombstone in Cleve Prior churchyard, which recorded the death of a person at the startling age of 309 ; this is supposed to have been an ignorant mason's way of expressing 39, that is «30 and 9—a kind of error not frequent among ttic humbler classe Times noticed in 1848, that there Shoreditch parish contained an entry of Thomas Cam, who died in 1788, at the age of 207, having lived in 12 reigns. An i investigator afterwards pointed out that Sir Henry Ellis, in his "History of Shore ditch," put down the age at 197 ; and au examination of the register elicited the .fact that '1' had been altered to '2' quite re cently by some mischievous person who probably wished to poke fun at the anti quaries. Instances of the following kind are known to have occurred. A young married couple have a son whom they name John, and who dies in infancy; twenty years afterwards auother son receives the similiar name of John; und then, in neighbors gos- j sip eighty years afterwards, ono John be- I comes confounded with the other, and a mau really eighty years old figures in popular re puto as a centenarian. Some aged per sous like to be considered older than they are, on account of the celebrity it gives; and they do not shrink from a few "cram mers" to bring this about. The Itev. Mr. Fletcher, as he was cal led, who was first a fanner, then a soldier, c U11 Thc ter of then employed in the West India Docks, and then a Methodist local preacher, used to say that ho was over a hundred years old ; ho drew great crowds to hear such a phenomenon preach. He probably be lieved himself to be as edd as he said, and at his death his age was recorded as 108 ; hut a subsequent investigation showed that he was much less instead of much more than a centenarian. The writer of this paper knew of an old woman many years ago who obtained notoriety for being, in her own words, a "hundert all hut two," and for being able to hold a sixponce hor izontally between her nose and chin ; but he doubts whether there was any evidence of her ago beyond her own assertion. There can bo no question that this kind of incredulity renders service, in so far ns it induoes careful examination into the testimony fur alleged facts of longevity. Nevertheless ccntenarianism (and a few years beyond tho even hundred) rest on too many and too varied data to be quite overthrown. , , ,,, , he heard tho boa puffing and blowing, that , "prudence was the better part of valor." i So ho took his trunk upon lus shoulder, and stepped, in the dead of the night, very quietly out of tho hotel. As he neared the boat, whom should ho see hut his an tagonist, at the boat before him, just go ing on board ? He returned as ho had gouo out, and was on the ground next morning, with his soccond, waiting, with disappoin ted wrath, for his antagonist, and publish ed him as an absconding scoundrel. Two Heiioks. —Before the recent rehel , met there some hot lion , Col. IV blooded Southerner, with a spirit as fiery as his own. They quarrelled—a challenge was passed and accepted, and the next ris ing sun was to witness one, if Dot both, of their dead bodies, drenched in blood, to wash out wounded honor. During the night, the colonel said lie heard a boat coming up tho river, and it struck him, as Giant Clovkr.— We are informed by a friend of undoubted veracity that, on a three aorc lot belonging to Mr. Otho Ridgeway, iu tho Fork, in this county, tho average height of the clover, when standing erect, was between five and six foot, aud a large nnmber of stalks that he measured reached six fc-2 two inches.-— Warren Sentinel, How Smith nuked the Old Man» i i li'nuy of our beaux have the least difficulty in. asking the old man, they may lind a lesson as to how the thing is done in tho following : Smith hud just asked Mr. Thompson's daughter if she would have hint, and sbtr had said " Yes." It therefore became absolutely necessary to got the old gcntlcmnu's consent. Smith said he'd rather pop the interro gatory to ail of old Thompson's daughters, and the wholo of his female relations, than, ask old Thompson. But it had to be done,) and so lie sat and studied out a speech which ho was to disgofge at old Thomp son, the very first time he got a shy at him. So Smith dropped in on him ono Sunday evening when all tho family were out. "llow are you Smith?" said old Thomp son, as the former walked in, white as a. piece of chalk, and trembling with confu sion. Smith was afraid to answer, 'causo he wasn't sure about that spoech. Ho knew he had to keep his grip on it whilo he had it there, or it would slip from him. So he blurted out— "Mr. Thompson, sir: Perhaps it may not be known to you, that during an ex tended period of some five years, I have been busily engaged in tho prosecution of a coommercial enterprise—" "Is that so, and kcepin' it a secret all this time, while I thought you were ten diu' store? Well, Smith, you're one of them, ain't you?" Smith had been put out and, begun to think it all over again, to get the run of it. "Mr. Thompson, sir: Perhaps it may not. be known to you, that during the extend j oil period of live years, l have been, busily j engaged in the prosecution of a commer j cial enterprise, with the determination tc* 1 secure a sufficient maintenance—" j " Sit down, Smith, and help yourself to i beer. Don't stand there boldin' your hat like a blind beggar, with paralysis. I never have seen you behuvo yourself so. queer in my b/Trn days."" Smith had been knocked out. again, and so he had to wander back again and take iv fresh start, "A which ance?" asked old Tlkorapfiott; i but Smith held on to tho first word as if it was his only chance, and went on : "In the iiQpe that someday 1 might en ter wedlock and bestow my earthly pos sessions upon one whom I could call my own. 1 have been a lonely man, sir, and have felt that it was not good for man to be alone ; therefore I would—" Neither is it, Smith; Tu» glad you drop ped in. IIow*s the old man?" Mr. Thompson, sir," said Smith, in do* spuiring confusion, raising his voice to a yell, "it may not be kuown to you that,, j during an extended period of ;ilouc]f man, I have been engaged to enter wedlock* and bestowed all my enterprise ou oWe I could determine to be good for certain pos - sessions—no, I mean—that is—that—Mr.. Thompson, sir; it may not be unknown-*—" "And, then, again, it may. Look here,, Smith, you'd better lay down aud take something warm—you ain't well." Smith, sweating like a four year old colt, went in again. ° Mr. Thompson, sir: It may not bo lonely to you to prosecute me whom you u friend, fOr a commercial maintenance but —but—eh—dang it—Mr. Thompson, sir : It—" "Mr. Thompson, sir: It may not bo known to you, that during en extended pe riod of five years, l have been engaged in tho prosecution of a commercial enterprise,, with the determination to procure a sufii c i en t m ai n to nance- -* ' "Oh, Smith, you talk like a fool. I never seen such a first class idiot in tin» course of my whole life. What's tho mat ter with you, anyhow ?" " Mr. Thompson, sir," said Smith, ta an agony of bewilderment,it may not be known that you prosecuted a lonely man who is not good for a commercial period of wcdloek for five years, but—■" " Sec hero Mr. Smith, you're drunk, und if you can't behave better than that, you'd better leave. " Mr. Thompson, sir," said Smith, frantic with despair, " it may not be known to you that my earthly possessions are engaged to cuter wedlock five years with a sufficiently lonely man, who is not good for a commercial maintenance—" " The donee he isn't. Now you jist git up and git, or I'll knock what little brains out of you you've got left." With that, old Thompson took Smith and shot him into the street us if he'd run him against a locomotive, going out at tho rate of forty miles an hour. Before old Thompson had time to shut the front door Smith collected his legs and one thing and another that were lying around on tho pavement, arranged himself in a vertical position, and yelled out: " Mr. Thompson, sir: It may not bo , known to you"—which made the old man i g0 mad thlit he wcnt out and TOt a k „„ terrier on Smith before be had a chance to lift a brogau, and there waa a scicntifio dog fight, with the odda in favor of tho dog. m A correspondent states that for some seven years his chickens have been kept free from lioe by strewing small bvanebes or sprnys of cedar about the henery. Previous to the use of this simple remedy, they were badly infested. No white washing or other means to expel ver min have been used. Josh Billings says that if a man propo ses to serve the Lord, he likes to see him do it when ho measures corn «3 well as when he shunts hallelujah.