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■SWS ♦ 4 It' jJW NjOW^i. u, I tü Am// V 1 MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 19, 1870. VOL. 3. NO. 12. NEW STOVE, TIN, AND HOUSE-FURNISHING STORE. THOMAS -II. ROTIIWCIA'S NEW BUILDING, North Side of Main Street, 4 Hulltllngs Went Hall, of Tow I Middletown, Delaware. Where he lias constantly hand. tnd is pre pared to manufacture ALL KINDS OF TIN WARE At Short Notice. Particular attention paid to ROOFING AND SPOUTING. Orders respectfully solicited ded to. id promptly atten COOK STOVES ST AH, COTTAGE, NATIONAL, CIIAHM, PRIZE, & VICTOR COOK. PARLOR STOVES. BOQUET BASE, GAS, BURNING BASE, DIAL, VIOLET, REFERE, UNION AIR TIGHT. Stoves suitable for stores, offices, hotels, school houses. Orders will be received and pri any kind of Stove that may be oi •1 omptlv filled for rdei-cd. GALVANIZED, RUSSIA, AND SHEET IRON, ZINC, COAL IIODfS, SKIVES, POKERS, SHOVELS, TEA KETTLES, BAKE PANS, WAFFLE IRONS SAD IRONS, BRASS & ENAMELLED PRESERVING K EITLES, ENAMELLED SAUJJE DANS, TEA HELLS, JAPANNED CHAMBER DUCKETS, SPITTOONS, WAITERS, LANTERNS, FLOUR AND PEPPER BOXES. SAND OTTS, MATCH SAFES (Cast Iron,) MOLASSES CUDS , I* i: A ( EH C A K S, ( Soldered and Self-Healing ) PATENT CLOTHES FRAMES, Ac. Ac. Ac. Prompt attention to business, moderate prices, a determination to epochal by those who competent workmen, ■ ■ at all times I him with thei please, may fav THE VAPOR COOKING STOVE. Stove Pipe, no No Wood, Jshts , » . Coal, no DijJ, no \Vu Coal Scuttle, no Kindi in y Wood, vo But a Friction Match, And the fire in full blast in half ;l minute, ovei hot in two minutes, steak broiled in seven min utes, Dread baked in thirty minutes, the tire eu tinguished in a moment. Please call and examine it in operation nt Thomas H. Rotkwell's Stove Store MIDDLETOWN, DEL. of the stove for the State. Sole own Pcb. ID— y ANTICIPATING THE FALL TRADE. T HE undersigned has made the most elal-or ate preparations and already offers to those who may wish to he early iu making their Fall aud Winter purchases, a FULL STOCK OF GOODS, »Suitable for Fall and Winter My stock of DRY GOUDS will eat »hit i part of BLACK and COLORED ALPACAS, Wool Delaines, Wool Poplins, IVEolinirs, A good assortment of Prints, Cotton and Wa Flannels, 1, 1.}, 'll Brown and Bleached Muslin Heavy Domestics, Bal. Skirts, Shawls. Ac. Ac. NOTIONS. Hosiery, Gloves, Ladies Corsets, Ladies Vests, Ribbons,' Edgings, Gents Underskirts, Ladies Collars and Cutis, Combs, Hair finishes, Velvets, and in fact everything you could well expect to find in n first Class Notion House may hero be had. I ask the particular attention of tiie gentlemen to mv assortment of t'liKN(lit t CLOTHS, and Fancy Cassimcrs. constantly receiving and disposing d AMERICAN New Styles of (which I af at reasonable prices. Also to the Community in general to my Slock .of Mens Heavy Hoots, and of Mens, Womens and Misses Heavy Shoes, which I have made to .Ohdeb of the Hebt material, and on any of which willing to guarantee satisfaction. I havo also a good assortment of Mens sowed and peg god. sipgle api doubla upper and sole Calf Jtoots, aud Ladies Dress Shoes in Various Styles. l Hats and Caps. Druggets, Oil Cloths, Oil Cloth Win Shades, Door Mats, Hardware, Ccdurware, Quccnsware, Earthen ware, »Stoneware, Groceries, Ac. Ac. Ac. /Jarpets, dow iGlass, Oil, Paints, Mackerel, Shad, and Her ring always op hand. Will ;}how goods with pleasure, and pmkc a liberal ^count for Cash. G. W* W. NAUDA1N. No. 3. Middletown Hall. Oct. 16—tf OHONER11 y'o the Democratic Voter/ oj Mew Castle Co. Feleow Citizens:— At the earnest solicitation y friends I ngain offer myself as a candidate he nomination of Coroner of New Castle Co. thankful to my friends for the support gave me at the last nomination election, und pledge mvsclf to abide the decision of the party. " ■ RICHARD GROVES, Citv. Fch. Ç—!r c ol for t and Dclawf (Original jJorfry. CONTRASTS. AT Alone ! fur a time I must be »till ; My brain's a whirl, 1 slmll rest me, till The .Madame'» aid, with hor Frunehy nir, Announces ** My Lady awaits v "My lady !" Puli ! did I marry a doll, oodt n lay figure from dry goods hall ? I believe 1 did. I warned a queeu in my palace with regal mien, isked—has n Nor thought if of *7 1 And what if it had ; I had none to give; I suppose it would want some love to live— A thing I heard of in years gone by When girls were pretty, -] They i i v my doll had a part. heart, sliy ; re paint and powder now, ana have learned to know ght in this world of ours d 1 w Ah well ! And 1 That such tlii Where money and fashion All! ? tis time to dre Mad; are re ruling powers. is, 1 must have a fight ; at home'' "lo-uight." d 1 '"At home' to night ! To use that su This home of •hat Litter mockery d to designate nine ! Arouud it cluster thoughts , of gentle, tender words, nows shared, of hearts a. 1 1 of these ? 111' lovinu c Of joy These iall( Lome ; but what h I L; palace ; in Are statues, paintin_ Tlie.v shallow forth ; the sil larble halls •orthy of the «ods very foiiutains ts akc sic 'mid the How Sweet itil lavish hand Wealth has bestowed its ti lit as lint chalf to Iced the hungry heart That cries lor love? Can sweetest music Like is; but are these The place of loving \\ t 1 too niche? nought hut to till an I Shame that it cuuhl he ailing einpt Tr babyhood 1 heard that wealth gave liappi and ere Mv edded here, A money-bag !—A man ght else but his wealth, und \\ ded—to To shs ■ it best ; a wornout debauchee, it Midas ; and 1 am hood ! • And vet : Th have done Felice, Now tell Mousciguor th.it lii.s Ladv vaits." MISENT. the ci tv : Id like " Alone ii peep y lar-oti home before I sleep ; are they safe a ife tell At I G like to know. d well. I'd like to I" OI' baby's mis. Low this love •hit 1) a man's heart sticks, both, and gm (i 1 In K I» watch and ward for thy it still." The time's Lee .Sj lonely short ur baby pi terril \ : an i. I have not Lee Idle • 1 .1 q . . 'd oft \\ lure father?' But lJu* little heavy head Drooped to in That puttered to and fro the livelong day d out; and while her rosy lips Murmured the half said prayer, the veil of sleep Fell on hor. Ho I'm sitting here alone breast at last ; he tiny feet Nor listenin'; fur his <• ho hit nul c. Our h e indeed Me will •ome ■ his heart is h Aud r he sleeps *11 his home, his wife, his chiul. Father watch and bl For hlcsoings i 1 ; guard hi cl I, And on the To glad our hearts, to lie ouci The light ol Thy sweet gift,— Port Petal, March 3rd, 1870. safely back >ur happy home." Faith deleft jèioijf The Blue River Bank Robbery, I. '•It is nut tin) least uso to argue the Till me plainly, yes or ne, aud 1 will bother you uo more about it." "I cannot indulge you iu this, Harry, Indeed, you should believe me when 1 say we cannot afford it." question, fallier. Mi*. Houghton loaned his head heavily on his hands as he spoke, and seemed to deprecate tho displeasure of his handsome, patient son. "Very well, sir," said the youth of 19, his hand as he rose with tho an qutvi get* he seemed striving to keep out of his words at d tones. "1 hope you will never be sorry for the trifle you have refused me to-night. I shall make the trip to Lake George next week, nevertheless, if 1 have to sell my grandfather's watch aud ehaiu to get the money." A half groan oamn from the hidden face of Foster Houghton, and a reproachful "O Harry!" from his mother, whose eyes had been filling with tears as she sat silent through the stormy interview. But the boy was angry, and in earnest, and he twisted the chain in his waistcoat to give emphasis to the threat. Then as he took his cloak and cap from the closet ho con-, tinuod :— "You need not sit up for me, or leave the door unlocked ; I am going to Tinbor ough with the fellows to the strawberry party, and as there will be a dance, and the nights areshort, I shall wait for day light to conic homo, if I do not stop and catch a nap at the Valley House before start imr." "Who is going from Elmfield ?" inquir ed the father, more from a desire to show an interest and win the boy from his mood iness than any real curiosity. " Nearly everybody of my set," said Harry, with something of studied coldness; "Arthur Brooks and Tom Boxhnin and Frank Pettcngill,—and Harrison Fry, if you want the whole list." IIis father turned sharply away, but the mother spoke appealingly : "If you would cut off your intimacy with Harrison Fyy, now and forever, I think there are very few things your fath er would refuse you. I have scon his evil influence over you ever since he came back from the city. Ho was a bad boy, and will be a bad man." "Like myself and other wicked people," said tho boy, looking at his watch, "Har ry FlJ is not. half so black as he is paint ed. But I am not as intimate with him as you fancy ; and as to father, I don't thiuk his treatment of mo to-night gives him a claim to ipterfcrc with my friend ships." Henry Houghton shot his shaft delibe rately, for he knew his father's sensitive nature, in which it would rankle cruelly ; ami in a moment he was off, bounding through the low, open window, and running with fleet steps dowu the gravel sidewalk toward the common. The family circle thus divided was that of the cashier of the Blue Hiver National Bank of Klmfield. Foster Houghton a man past middle age, and older than his years in appearance and in heart, had petted his only son in his childhood enough to spoil most boys, and now made the balance even by repressing the exuber ance of his youth with a sharpness times no more than just, sometimes queru lous and unreasonable. The boy's grand father, old Beleg Houghton, who died a year beforo at ninety and over, had almost worshipped Harry, and, on his death-bed, had presented his own superb Frodsham watch to the lad ; and both father and mother knew he must be deeply moved to speak so lightly at parting with it. "I fear Henry is getting in a very bad way," said Mr. Houghton, gloomily, after a pause in which the sharper click of his wife's needles told that her thoughts were busy, "lie goes to the other church too often to begin with. He smokes, after I have repeatedly told him how the habit hurt me in my boyhood, and what a fight l had to break it off. He is altogether too much in Harrison Fry's company, has b( cn twico beforo to Tinborough, driv* ing home across country iu the gray of the morning. And this project of going alone to Luke George on a week's trip is positively ridiculous." "Very likely you arc the best judge, my dear," said Mrs. Houghtou. She al ways began in that way whim she meant to prove him with you about that reckless young Fry. But as to Harry's going to the brown church, and his visits to Tinborough, I think the same cause is at the bottom of both. Grace Chamberlain has been sing ing in the choir over there this spring, and now she is visiting her aunt at Tin borough. And as to that, she is going with her aunt's family to Lake George to spend July, and I suppose they have ex pressed a wish to meet him there. Grace Chamberlain is a very pretty girl; and Harry is like what you were at his age." "Bless my soul, Mary," said the cash ier, "then why didn't the boy tell me what he was driving at? Chasing across the country after a pretty face is foolish enough at his age, but it is not so bad as goiug to a watering-place merely for the fashion of it like some rich old nabob or professional dandy. Tf Harry had told me he wanted to dangle after Grace Chuiubcrluiu, instead of talking in that desperate way about the watch, I might have received it different ly. There is a « harm on the chain with mv mother's hair, that l wouldn't have go out of the family for a fortune." Just hero the door-bell rang,«as if a powerful, nervous band were at the knob. Mr. their one domestic had been culled away by a message from a sick sister, and the mistress of the bouse was "getting along alone" for n day. So when Iter quick ear told her the visitor was one to see her hus band on business, she quitted the room to set away the milk and lock up the rear doors of the house for the night. The caller was Mr. Silas Bixby. would have been a sharp man in Klmfield estimation who could predict the object of one of Silas Bixby's calls, though there were few doors iu the village at which his face was not frequently seen. He was the constable, but be was also superintendent of the Sunday School, and the assessor of internal revenue in the district, to say nothing of his being the agent of # two or three sewing-uiaehinc firms, and one life insurance company, and the correspondent of the Tinborough "Trumpet." He own ed a farm, and managed it at odd hours. Ho gave some of his winter evenings to keeping a writing school, with which he somi times profitably combined a singiog sehool, with lucrative concerts at the end of the term. He was the clerk of the fire company, and never bad been absent from a fire, though some of bis manifold duties was lie Borue He t her w iso. "I fully agree Houghton answered the ring, for He kept him riding through the neighboring towns in his light gig a great deal of the time. He had raised a company and com manded it, in the nine months' army of Ho kept a littlo bookstore in one man ' 02 . corner of the village quadrangle, and aged a very small circulating library, with the aid of the oldest of his ten children ; and lie was equal partner in the new fac tory enterprise at the Falls. Houghton did not venture to guess on what errand Mr. Bixby came to see him, and showed him to a chair in the twilight ed sitting-room, with a face composed to decline a request to discount a note, or to join with interest in a conversation on the »Sunday School, or to listen to a report on the new fire-engiuo fund, with equal ease and alacrity. Mr. Bixby looked about him to seo that in hearing. "You'll excuse me, I know. 'Squire, if I shut the win dows, hot ns it is ;" and before his host could rise to anticipate hitn ho had suited the action to the word. " It's detective business. It's a big thing. It's a migh ty big thing. Do you know I told you, Mr. Houghton, the first of tho week, that there was dangerous characters about town and asked you to keep your eyes open at tho bank. Will you bear witness of that?" »'I remember it very well, Mr. Bixby, and also that there has not been a single person in tho bank eince that day, other than our own townspeople and friends." "That is just it," said Silas Bixby, twisting his whiskers reflectively; "they So Mr. nobody have got some accomplice who knows the neighborhood, and whom we don't suspect, llut we shall catch him with the rest. The fact is, Mr. Houghtou, the Uluc Hiver Na tional Bank is to be robbed to-night. The plot is laid, and I have got every thread af it in my hand." Foster Houghton was one of a class in the village who were habitually incredu lous as to Silas Bixby's achievements, as announced by himself ; but there was a positiveness and assurance about tbo con stable's manner which carried couviction with it, and be did not couceal the shock which the news gave him. " Just you keep very cool, sir, and I'll tell you the whole story in very few words, for 1 have got one or two things to do be fore I catch the burglars, and 1 have pro mised to look into Parson PottengiU's barn and doctor his siok horse. There Is two meu iu the job, beside somebody in the village here that is working with them secretly. You needn't ask me howl managed to over hear their plans, for I sha'n't tell ; you will read it all in the Tinborough "Trum pet" of the day after to-morrow. They are regular New York cracksmen, and they have been stopping at the hotel at the Falls, pretending to be looking'at the water-power. They come here on purpose to clean out the Blue Hiver Hank." "Do they mean to blow opeu the safe V" inquired Mr. Houghton, who was pacing the room. " Just have patience, 'Squire," said Si las Bixby. "1 thought it best to prepare you, and so led you up kind o' gradual. They have got false keys to your house door and your bedroom door. They are going to come in at midnight or an hour after, and gag you and your wife, and force you at the mouth of the revolver to go over to the bank and open the combi nation lock. Your help, they say, has gone off ; and they seemed not to be afraid of Henry." "Henry has gone to Tinborough," said Mr. Houghton, mechanically. "I presume they knew that too, then," said tho constable. "They calculate on forty thousand dollars in tho safe, govern ment bonds and all. Their team is to be ready on the Tiuborough road, and they mean to catch the owl train. You they calculate to leave, tied hand and foot, on the bank tioor, till you are found there in the morning." Foster Houghton stopped in his rapid walk up and down the little room, and took his boots from the closet. "Fair play, 'Squiro," said Bixby, lay ing a hand on the cashier's arm ns he sat down and kicked off' his slippers. " I've told you the whole story, when I might have carried out my plan without tolling a word. Now what are you going to do?" stout bolt put ou my front door at once, and to deposit the bank keys iu the safe at Felton's store." "Going to order a stout bolt put on my front door at once, and to dtiposit the bauk keys in the safe at Felton's store." "You will think better of it if you will just sit still and hear me through.'' re plied the visitor. "Don't you see that will just show our hand to the gang who are oil the watch, and they will only leave Elmfield and rob some other bank and make " Going to order sensation at all iu print. No, Mr. Houghton, you are cashier of the bank, and it is your business to protect the property. I am constable at Kliufield, and it is my duty to capture the burglars. I propose to do it iu suuh a way that the whole State shall ring with my brilliant management of the matter, and yours, too, The of course, so far as your part goes, programme is all complete, and you have only to fall in." "Well, Mr. Bixby," said the elder gen tleman, again surrendering to his compan ion's superior force and determination of character; "aud what is the programme?" "As far as you arc concerned, simply to remain passive," said the rural consta ble. "You.are to show no knowledge of expecting a visit, and after a proper dis play of reluctanoe you are to go with the burglars, with your keys in your hand. If l were to arrest the rascals now, I'd have nothing to charge them with, and could only frighten them out of town. When the bank iu entered, tho'orime is complete. I shall be on the watch, with two strong fellows to help me—men who served in my company, stout, afraid of nothing, and not smart enough to claim the whole credit when the job is done. When you are fairly inside the bank we shall pop out from behind the bow*ing alley, guard tho door, flash our lanterns in their faces, and overpower them at once. It sounds very short now, but it will easily fill a column in the city papers." " Mr. Bixby," said Foster Houghton, with a good deal of deliberate emphasis, " I have always thought you sense. I think so now. Do you suppose I am going to stand quietly by and see a couple of ruffians tie a gag in the mouth of my wife, at her age, when I know and can prevent it beforehand !" " No sir, I expect no such thing," said Bixby, not at all embarrassed. "I expec ted like as not you would bring up some such objection, so I have provided for it in advance. John Fletcher's little girl is very» sick ; they have gone tho rounds of all tho folks on our street, Uking turns watching there; to-pight they came to me and said, "Bixby, cunt you find us some body to watch ?" and I said I knew just the one that would be glad to help a neigh bor. So I will deliver the passage to Mrs. Houghton, and you needn't have a mite of anxiety about her, up there as safe and comfortable as if she were twenty miles away." While her buc»band vet hesitatod Mrs. man of Houghton re-entered the room ; and Bix by, quick to secure an advantage, was ready at tho moment with his petition. "Good evening, Mrs. Houghton. Been waiting very patient for you to come in. I called to seo if you felt able and willing to set up to-night along with John Fletcher's little girl. The child don't get any bet tor, and Mrs. Fletcher, she's about sick abed herself, with care and worry." " You know I am always ready to help a neighbor in such trouble," said the lady, graciously, with the prompt acquiescence which people in the country give to such calls. "And now I think of it. Mr. Bix by, I bave another call to make on your street. I think I will walk up with you, and so get around to Fletcher's at nine o' clock. My husband bas several letters to write, so ho will not miss me." Foster Houghton sat in a sort of maze, while fate thus arranged affairs for him, though they tended to a consummation which was far from welcome to his mind. Hie wife went out for smelling-salts, her spectacles, and her heavy shawl ; and Bix by snatched tbo brief opportunity. "I havo told you everything, 'Squire, that you need to know. Keep your mind easy and your bead cool, and the whole thing may be done as easy as turning your band over. Remember it is the only way to save the bank, and catch the men that may have robbed a dozen banks. I)o not stir out of the bouse again this evening, or you will excite suspicion and ruin the game. Between twelve and two you may expect your company ; and rely upon me in biding close to the bank. Mum is the word." For Mrs. Houghton was descend ing the stairs. ' Come in again when yon come back, Bixby ; can't you?" said the cashier, still loatbo to close so hasty and so singu lar a bargain. " Not for tho world," replied the cou stable. " It would expose our band at once, and spoil tbo trick. Now, Mrs. Houghton, I'm proud to bo beau to such a sprightly young belle," And with a word of farewell, they wore off, and Foster Houghton sat alone iu the house with his secret. Ho was not a coward, but a man of peace by temperament and training, and the enterprise iu which he had been en listed was both foreign and distasteful to him. How many incidents might occur, not set down in Bixby's programme, to make the night's work kith dangerous and disagreeable ! His vor f loneliness made tho prospect seem douu y unpleasant. A , as he sat'.nusing over it, he put forth his hand for his boots with in tent to go out and frustrate the robbery in his own way, regardless of Bixby's schemes of capture and glory. As many times he fell back in his casy-chair, thiuk ing now that ho was bound in honor by his tacit agreement with tho constable, and again that the whole story was noth ing hut tho fruit of the oflieer's fertile imagination, and that only the inventor should make himself ridiculous by his credulity. Now ho wished his wife were at home to make the waiting moments pass more quickly ; then that Hurry were there to give the aid of his daring ad tho stimu lous of his boyish enthusiasm in the strauge And sometimes the old man's dozen ti emergency, thoughts wandered, in spite of the excite ment of the hour, to his boy, dancing away the night at Tinborough. He recalled his anxieties over his son's dissipations, his associates, his growing recklessness of manner, his extravagant tastes, tho look of hard defiance iu his face but an hour or two before. His heart yearned over the lad in spite of his wild ways, like David's over Absalom, and he resolved to try the mother's method and imagine excuses, and replace harshness with indulgence, hereafter. The village hell clanged out from the steeplo closo by, and Foster Houghton dropped the thread of his reve rie with a start, and went back to the rob bery again. Clearly he was getting too He must do something to shake nervous. it off. "I'll get Harry's revolver," lie thought, with little purpose what lie should do with it ; and he took the lamp and went up stairs to tho boy's empty room, drawers wero thrown open in a confusion which offended the cashier's neat prejudi ces acquired in the profession. Ho knew where the pistol was kept, but its box was empty ; and he exclaimed under his breath,— "That is a boy all over. He goes to Tinborough to dunce and eat strawberries, and carries a pistol, loaded I dare say to tho muzzle. It is ten to one he will shoot himself or his sweetheart before the even ing is over." As Mr. Houghton fumbled over the bu his hand encountered a covered flask The reau Even his unaccustomed nose was able to recognize its contents as whiskey ; and his regret nt such a disoovery in his son's room was lost in the joy with which he hailed a stimulant so greatly needed to put his uerves in condition for the events to Perhaps ho forgot hew long it was since he had called in such a reinforce ment ; perhaps his hand shook ; perhaps ho thought the occasion required a large dose. He took a. hearty one ; and when he was down stairs again the difficulties iu the burglars vanished He was a young man once more, nnd enthusiastically as Harry would havo done, ho pacod the room with an elastic stride very different from the nervous, watering step with which he had heard the news. Bixby and himsolf, he thought, would be enough to overpower any three burglars. Then his head was heavy, and ho felt drowsy. To be in pro per condition fer (he emergency, he r fleet come. the way of bagging from his miud. II ed, he needed all the sleep he could get. The resolve was one to be executed ns promptly as formed ; and a few minutes later the cashier had locked the door, fas tened the lower windows, aud was snugly iu bed. A gentle tinkle of the door-bell aroused him again before, as it seemed to him, he had fairly closed his eyes. " The robbers at last," he thought ; and then he rebuked himself for the absurdity of supposing that a burglar would announce his coming by tho door-hell. " It is Bixby, of course," he said to himself, " come to owu he was a fool, tho story all nonsense." But he paused before he turned the key, and said iu his fiercest tone, " Who is there ? " " It is only me; Foster," said the sweet, familiar voice of his wife, without ; and when ho had'admitted her she told him, in her quick way, that after she had watched the child an hour or two, a pro fessional nurse who had been sent for a week beforo had arrived unexpectedly, and that she had been glad to give up her vigil and come home. Fester Houghton rarely did anything without'thinkiug twico about it, if not more ; so it came about that while he bal anced in his mind the pros aud cons ns to revealing to bis wife the secret which Bixby had confided to him, aud thus giv ing her a fright in advance for what might prove to be a false alarm after all, the tired lady went sound asleep ; and thus the scale was turned iu favor of reticence. Perhaps the husbaud's continued drowsi ness contributed to the resolve nlso ; for his eyelids still drooped with strange ob stinacy, and an influence more powerful than even the apprehensions of danger transformed his terrors into dreams again. TO BE CONTINUED. The New Pretaea of The London Tim««. The London Times has recently put in operation iu its office the new " Walter printing press," and it is now printed on four of these improved printing machines, which were designed and manufactured iu its own establishment, and have been pa tented both iu Eugland and iu this country. The " Walter press," so named in liouor of the proprietor of the Times, is a ma chine that prints from a roll of paper in stead of from sheets as is done by the Hoe printing press, ft prints upon both sides of the paper by the satuo process ; after wards cutting the paper into sheets and delivering them in piles. In the forego ing respects it is similar to the Bullock priuting machiuo, excepting that in the latter the cutting is the first process, whilst iu the " Walter press" the cutting being the last, the use of a great deal of intricate machinery necessary to move the sheets through and deliver them from the ma chine is dispensed with, lessoning the lia bility to uooideut. The 4 'Walter press" also dampens its own paper ; and receiv ing a roll as it comes from the mill, it wets, prints and cuts it, manufacturing by one process a complete newspaper, new machine runs at a speed of 12,000 copies, printed on both sides, per hour, and including stoppages, it prints from 10,000 to 11,000 copies per hour. Oue hand and two boys run it, the lutter in specting and counting the sheets as they are delivered. The waste of paper is sta ted at one-quarter of one per cent, whilst the register is said to be practically per fect. The chief merits of the machine, however, are announced to be its # saving of time and of expense of working, items of great moment in a largo newspaper office. The daily edition of the London Times is from (»0,000 to 05,000 newspa pers, of sixteen and occasionally of twenty pages each. This edition is now printed ou four of these presses run by four men and eight boys, with two pressmen to su perintend them, fourteen persons in all, and printing over 40,000 sheets an hour. They priut the edition in half the time aud with one-flfth the number of hands required by the machines previously in use. In making the change from the old to the new system, the Times reduced its press-room expenses just one-half, the pay roll being $500 in gold a week, $25,000 a year less for 1870 than for 1809, whilst its saving in the waste of paper is $200 in gold per week, or $10,000 per year, an aggregato saving at the rate of $35,000 per year. Although the Times is printed upon thick strong paper, it is said that the new press does its work as rapidly and completely with the thin paper in use for priutiug American newspapers. This SmauLAit Coincidences. —It is a sing ular, but not less true remark in a late work, that Jefferson was burn just eight years after his predecessor Adams ; Madi son eight years aftor Jefferson ; Monroe eight years after Madison ; and John Quincy Adams eight years after Monroe. Another curious fact to he observed is, that Adams was just sixty-six years old when he retired : Jefferson was sixty-six ; Madison was sixty-six ; Monroe was sixty six ; and John Quincy Adams, had he been elected a socond term, would have been sixty-six. Adams, Jefferson and Monroe all died on the 4th of July. ' little In Indianapolis, recently, a stranger" was added to a household dur ing tho husband's absence, aud just before his return tho women folks of the vicinity borrowed two other babies and placed them in bed with tho new comer. When the father asked to see his child tho cov, erlet was turned down, and although he must havo been immensely surprised, he eooly turned to his wife and asked, -'Pid any get sway," Correspondence of ihr Middletown Trantrript. Editor or Middletown Transcript.— In a recent number of your paper I no ticed an article from the pen of that dis tinguished peach grower, S. TowDscnd. Some of his ideas are very good, but there arc oue or two points he mentions that think he knows but little about, and has mixed them up considerably. One point I object to is, the bad taste exhibited by him in calling names. In speaking of the amount paid for cartage, he says, that " we are robbed of that amount. the fact iu the case is just this, if tbo growers are robbed it must have been done by thieves, and those thieves must have been the N. Y. Commission Mer chants, and these were the men that ho aimed his epithet at. A stranger to tho business, on looking over bis article, would at once conclude that a stupendous fraud had been perpetrated on the peach growers. There is not the least intima tion given on his part that there was n mutual understanding between any of the growers and the dealers on this subject, but one broad sweeping assertion that all these dealers are thieves, Now let us look at this item of-cartage about whieh there has been so much hard talk. It is on Now ly a difference of opinion existing between the growers and Commission Merchants, and the larger part of the growen* possess enough good sense to know that the dealt era are placed in a position which enables them to become better judges than the farmers, and accept the advice of those dealers about chargiug the cartage ta them, believing they secure more money by so doing, yet some men are always harping about the dealers just as if theiv only object was to rob a farmer, and put the money in the hands of the purchasing customer. There is not the least intima tion given by him, that these men arc sin cere iu their opinions, or have the least desire to work in the favour of those that employ them. Is this just or fair in a man who knows all about the business? . This whole thing can be Easily man aged without so much fuss or hard talk. Let the farmers at one station send to one dealer, instruct him to sell their fruit in Jersey City, let it bring what it will, aud that they will accept the result, and it is done. It is of uo interest or profit, save the slight difference on tho commission to the dealers, and there is not one but would do it, if he was told to Now I think there are at least two or three men in Del aware who know' as much about this bu siness as friend Townsend, and are as ca pable of judging wliat is for their interest as he is, and if they are willing that their fruit should be sold and delivered in New York I cannot see that it is his business, But the worst feature that I see iu his de^ nunciation is this. It may not generally be kuown in Delaware that ho sends his son to New York every peach season in order to got a good location, and get back part of the commission by going in part nership with some dealer who has but few or no other peaches to sell, so that his fruit can secure the full beuefit of tho trade of the firm. In regard to how the business of this firm was conducted I can not say, but if he was robbed, it would have looked better for him to have said, nothing about it, as long as his son was so closely connected with the operation; of does it justify him to judge all others by him. The question now arises, why did ho let these persons rob him? If he gave them orders to sell his fruit in Jersey City and that they did not obey, why did he submit to it ? lie had the privilege of sending his fruit elsewhere, why did he not do it ? The remedy was very simple. Kvon admitting that he was robbed, does that justify him iu calling all other deal-, ers thieves They did not rob him, and he does not kuow that they robbed any one. It is a very easy thing to cull a man a thief, but at the same time it is not a very polite or geutlcmanly mode of ex pression, and sometimes it hurts the feel ings of those that have the epithet qpplied to them, because it is not the truth, und I think that the less bad feeling that is ere* ated between both parties by calling names that the better it will be. I thiuk fricud T. would feel hurt to bo called a thief by anyone. In regard to the firn* alluded to, I am pleased to state that their name ia above reproach, and that his son's cburffc*. ter stood high amoDg bis associates, and knowing both parties so well, I must con clude that he was mistaken about his he-: ing robbed, and would advise bim to. be more choice in his language fur the future, A N. Y. Commission Dea^r, Computing Interest. —A new method of computing interest on any number of dollars at six per cent, which appears sitxj-r pie: Multiply any given number of dol lars by the number of days interest desir ed ; separate the right hand figure, aud di vide bv six; the result is the true Interest of such sum for suuli number of days at six per cent, this rule is so simple and eo true aceortliug to all bqsiuess usages, that every banker, broker, merchant or c|erlf should post it up for reference. There being po such thing as a fraction -in it, there is scaroejy any liability |to error or mistake. By nn other arithmetical pro. ccss can the desired information be obtain ed by so fow figures. By this method it is assumed that thero arc only 360 days in the year. And old toper addresses bis bottle thus; 44 'Tis very strange that you aud I Together cunuot pull : For you are full when ! am dry, vkeu T am fyll,"