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of« <¥ ft fi\4 V *.te ' L m . K ' vot. vn. # MIDDLETOWN, NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 31, 1874. NO. 5. THE KDDLETOWN TRAHSCRIPT, A Reliable Democratic Jonraal, devoted te Local and General News, Literature, Agriculture, And Politics, PUBLISHED BYBBY SATDBDAY AT MIDDLB TOWN. DBLA WARB. Established in 1868. Tbe Seventh Volume will be commenced Jan uary let, 1874. Neither paiua nor expense will be spared to mako it pleasing, and worthy of the patronage of the public. Ae a Local paper it ie thoioughly identified with the interests of the people among whom it is eiiuated, end will al waye be found advocating and defending what ever will molt conduce to the welfare end benefit of thoee people. Te thii end correspondence on local subjects, especially on Fruit Growing and Agriculture generally, is cordially and earnestly ieviled.es well as communlrations giving the current (local newe) of tbe times, and such other mattere of interest. 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T» make oar prices correspond with tbs tight " sf Jhe times we will give a discount on our rsgular rates for advertising and job work,which will be as low as can be done elsewhere, of 10 per cent, for cosh in advance. "■Orders from a distance will receive prompt at tention. jTb* patrons* ef the public is solicited. PQ8TAQII PREPAID.—On every subscription paid'tn advance, before the first of January, we WR (prepay the postage. . C r* I >1.1 " / j 1 O '! E • .'-Efcfinr KT O L 33 S. ■DITOS AND PROPRIETOR. st ..4 ; m Dec. 18th, 1878. For the Tranecript. THE SNOW IS FALLING. SYLILLIAN B. The saow is falling—softly falling— Adown to the frosted earth, Covering all the hill-topi surrounding, And bringing bright thoughts of mirth. 0 see I how it's falling—so gently— O'er th*e silent, lonely graves, Felling o'er the slumbering thousnnds, Resting 'neath the ocean waves. The snow is drifting—swiftly drifting— Flying wildly through the etreets, Filling all the narrow alleys, With a covering soft end deep. The cleuds ere drifting—breaking, fleeing— Now bursta forth tbe glorioue sen, Lighting up the taure heavens— There, you cannot trace tbe storm. 'Tis gone I no clouds pass e'er the sky, All is beautiful, serene; 1 hear the sleigh-beils jing-ling by, And watch the joyous scene. But thou art absent—I am lonely, Mayest tbou know not what it means ; Thou wert burn to see life's pleasures, Reign forever there it'e queeu. May thy path be bright and pleaeant, Roses for thy feet to press ; The flowere of May to bud and blouom, Brightly fur thee—beloved and best. For the Middlctoicn Tranecript. COMFORTING WOMEN. Comfort it a man's besetting weakness. A partiality for easa, quiet aad repose, is inherent in all of us, aud we are not alow to see, however, any means of proxima tion to so celestial an end. Some women seem to have an afflatus of ceuifurt, whiob, like tke fragrance of musk, instills itself into every partiale of tbe domestic atmosphere. Happy woman ! Happier horns! Tbe blissful gift they have reoeived they are ever ready to lavish ; aad as the sensclces clay assumes form, color, beauty, almost life itself, from the artist's bauds, to, under tbeir management, tbe household is moulded into shape; order springs from ohaos, and tho wheels of home run smoothly, and noiselessly, and without a flaw. A comforting woman is discernable at a glance. She is not "A daughter of the gods, divinely tall for the is neither tall nor short, ntoat nor this ; but her form partakes of the golden mean, both vertically and horizontally; nor must she necessarily bs in graeaful portioo or hideous outlino Must she ba young or old ? Sho may be either. We have no Procrustean rule by which to measure the comforting woman, but there is n certain something which stamps her at oner as peculiar, just as fair Cylherea in Virgil was disclosed by her gait, "And showed the goddess as she stepped to, too, your comforting woman is reooy tiized by the air of comfort she dispenses, whether h«r form be fair or foul, or her feetures graceful or ugly. In her cane, all tbe ordinary criteria by which we judge women ere thrown ta the winds. In fact, ware sha surpassingly pretty, possessing «II the qualifications which gunerally make women objects of love and admiration, she would #ot come under our definition of a comforting woman. Her other morn daz zling qualities would eolipse virtue—com fortableness ; end men would be entranced by her beauty, wit and grace, rarely con stant qualities, when it is comfort alone which is underlying, like the sun, warm ing and regulating life. Who has met a comforting woman and wae insensible to her presence? If you are siek, she does not alarm with gloomy prognostications ; her movements, seem ingly uneoncernod, are cautious. Her gentle touoh soothe* tha ashing brew, and medicine from such a hand is doubly effi cacious. She calculates to a wonderful nicety, the eufferer'o waits, and supplies his food and drink with a grace that ie perfeotly irresistible. Her sweet breath drives off the hot fever, and a kiss from her lips thrills the whole frame with dreamy happioeee. Her look of sympathy ia a world of eomfort; while her hand, like a fairy wand, will calm tbe wildcat paroxysms, and ditmisi one te balmy sleep and pleating dreams, whence he will a wake refreshed, glorified and restored, all through the wondrous power ef the eem forting woman. Nor ie it in sickness only that the com forting woman displays herself. In the trouble and turmoil of home-life, in the management of the thousands and one, dis oordant eloments at her right hand and her left, she ia in her proper ephere ; and, like old father Neptune, who oeuld calm tbe raging ica by a leek, she, by ber T*ry presene«, tllays the Heron storm a hoot her. A spoiled dinner, however vex atious, she excuses on the ground that it might be something worse. If her dress is badly ironed, she does not loudly con demn tbs awkward servant, but quietly admonishes her of her fault, and instructs her as to its remedy. If her husband is out of temper with a burnt chop, she will horself broil another, and, in a few min utes, the erisp, juicy meat, anointed with a sprig of parsley and radient with gravey, will amply satisfy her irate half, and com fort will be bis portion the rast ef the day. Of course the comforting woman has lesser virtuos ; sh« has tact, if not talent Idleness is her abomination, for she is ever active, though not meddlesome. She is fond of talk, not of gossip- She de tests scandal, for she likes to think well of every body, and always looks on the bright side of things. Sympathising, but never inquisitive. Unselfish, she never prates of her self-sacrifices. Her capping virtue is her good nature. In this she is as impregnable as a Oibralter. Her common sense, too, is well devel oped. These qualities, sprinkled with a good fund of hnmor, will fairly illustrate the character of your comforting woman. Tho comforting woman is not all sun shine. She has little tempests of potulencs, and little gusts of passion, but the sun is al ways shining in her storms, which, in truth, are necessary to a proper apprecia tion of her character ; for, were the aspect of nature perpetually fair, the grass for ever green, end the sky forever blue, we would become not only iosensible te the beauty of oreation, but also weary of its dull monotomy. So, too, the clouds which now and then darken the comforting wo man bring out, in clearer relief her true character, warning the unwary that there is a limit even to her good nature, and es tablishing, as it were, a firmer alliance between ua, since we are both sensible of each other's short-comings. The genus woman has already been differentiated into numerous species. A mong these, the comforting woman bas certainly a strong presumptive claim to pre-eminence. Your pretty woman may be as sleek as the dove and as soft as tbe dew ; but the serpent is equally sleek and soft, and the faceB of both are similarly fascinating and alluring. Yonr charming woman, in the spring time of life, when beauty and wit strive to bathe her in prismatic colors, is cer tainly not to be slighted. But as sge draws on, her steck in trade withers ; the oothlcss crone is hardly charming. But tbe comforting woman bolds a life long sway, spanned by birtb and death alone. Age brightens, not dims, her power, for that increases with years. No quality so illumes the aged woman as the feeling ot comfort her face reflects, when we see prattling grand-children on he knees, pulling her now white locks out of all propriety, while the whole household throngs to her side to pour into sympa thizing ears its pains and pleasures. The true woman muat possess the magio of comfortableness, otherwise her away dies with her beauty. To realise the as pirations of her own nature as well as to perform aright tbe sacred duties of moth er, wife, sister, daughter, she must dis pense comfort, and thus prove, in tbe poets words : "A perfect woman, nobly pland'd To warn, to comfort and command.' Witness. Pay as You Go —The Southern per* are deseantiug on the ruin sure to fellow getting in debt to carry on farming operationi. On* fsrmer who stopped giv ing a*nd asking credit, a few years sge, records it as his experience that h* now kuy mors than be seer bought before, and sail mors. The case is mentioned ef tho French, who never go iu debt, sud who, having baea saving money since tbe days of the first Napelson, have become the richest nation in the world whioh ■sema to bs proven by tbs fact that the Ger man indemnity of a thousand millions of dollars, which they were obliged to pay, has been all discharged in two years, while we have been struggling for sight yeara with twioe as much. Poihapa the wealth of tbe Frenoh farmers arise as much from the small farm system, and the high cultivation tbay give the soil There ia a vast differenea between farming in a loose way and having all work done in the best manner. pa can "Really, Mr. Johneen, there's nac ead t* your wit," aaid a lady in the west of Sootlaod to a noted humorist. "God forbid, madam," ha replied, "that I should ever bo nt my wit'i end !" Lafayette at Olmntz At the ead of the period, Lafayette, Oen. Maubourg, and De Puay were re moved to Silesia, and anally, upon the con clusion of peace between France and Prus sia, they were delivered back te Austria and incarcerated in separate dungeons at Olmutz. Here they wore informod that they would never again leave the walls of the fortress, that they would never again bear a human voioe, that their very names would never again be mentioned, that they would only be known by tho num bers upon the doors of their cells. The walls of these cells were twelve feet thick ; tbe air was admitted by loop-holes two feet square, whieh looked upon a stagnant ditch, from whieh w4* exhaled a poisonous In a large hall, without their doors, was stationed a guard of five and twenty men, who were forbidden to utter a sound of any kind while on duty. Up the outward walls were placed eight sentries, with orderst on pain ef a hun dred lashes, to speak no word to the pris oners, and to shoot them dead if they at tempted te escape. Each cell had two doers, one of iron a()d one of wood, both covered with bolts, bars, and padlocks. Each day every corner was exsmined with the utmost minuteness. effluviura. on Tbeir very bread was crumbled to pieces by tbe officer guard, to prevent tbe passibility of any nota beiDg thus delivered. A bed of rot ten straw, swarming with vermin, aud a brokan ehair and table, formed tbeir only furniture. When it raised, tbe water ran through the loop-holes and watted them to tbe skin. In tbjs horrible abode La fayette became wasted by disease, same time bis estatds in France were con fiscated and bis Wife cast into prison. Thus did a grateful Republic reward his servioss and sacrifices. Lally Tollendal alone exerted himself in bis behalf, and in 1793 engaged, in London, one Dr. Boi land, a Hanoverian of great sagacity aad courage, to attempt bis liberation. At this time, however, not even tho place of bis confinement was known, and Bolland's on At the 6rst expedition to Germany failed to elu cidate tha niysterji. A second, under taken in tho following year, proved At Vienna ho accidentally encountered a yotfng American named Huger, to whom more successful. I confided his plans, and in whom ha feuod a keen and enthu siastic ally. Tha two adventurers, under tbe character of travelers traveling for the benefit of their health, and to country, established themselves in the town of Olmutz. ^ see the hero they made frieads with the jailer of the oastle, end gleaned certain important particulars from him concerning the habits sf tbs prisoners. The rigor of Lafayette's ineareoration had beea of late much Relaxed ; bo was mitted tbe use of bboks, of peas and paptr, and also, under *4 escort, to take tha air, even beyond the walls. By permissieo of the jailer, who taw nothing suspicions in such a circumstance, the two friends sent him tome bobkt, accompanied by a note, in whioh (hey apologized for the liberty they had taken, hoped the book* would prove interesting, Ae. Suspecting, from tha tone of tbe letter, that mors was ■usant than met tie aye, Lafayetta fully examined t|e volumes and found them to contain certain marks and words artfully blended with the Uxt, which quainted him with the désigna of the senders. A correspondance, which, from its very openness; created no suspicion, was thus commenced and continued, with ■ he exchange of books. In his rides be yond tbe walls hb was now accompanied only by a single bfficer and an attendant, whe usually lagged some distança behind. By meant of a sympathetic ink Bolland and Huger acquainted him with the plan of escape they hald devised, so that ha was fully prepared when, on a eertain ing, as he was opt for his airing, they rode up to him op horseback, holding n third borst by (he bridls. "Seize this horse end you abe free !" cried Huger. Tbe offiocr, now fully alive to tbe danger of his position, ^rew his sword. Lafay ette seized him and a straggle ensued The gleam of tbe weapon frightened the riderless horse, who broke hie bridle and per eare IC morn galloped away. | Leaping to the ground Huger heroically insisted upon Lafayette mounting his horso,named te him the pleoe of rendezvous, fifteen miles off, where a chaise was waiting to convey them tbe Austrian bo|-der, and sprang up be hind Bolland. The two gentlemen had net galloped far when their horse (tum bled and threw Bolland to tha ground, severely hurting him. Once more Huger played tha hero—remounted hia friond and trusted h in sei f to ths fieetness of his foot. But he las quickly overtaken and over eapturod. Ia the meantime Lafayette had unhappily mistaken tho road, and, being purposely misdirected by a peasant, who, from his manner and appearance, suspect ed him to he an escaped prisoner, after a circuit of many miles found himself baok in Olmutz where he was again made pris oner. Bolland alone reached the rendez vous, but hearing, after some days, of the capture of his friends, he voluntarily gave himself up to tho authorities. Thus the termination of this bold attempt was to place all three within the same walls. Bolland and Huger were released at the and ef a twelvemonth. But all the old rigers and crnelties were again imposed upon the wretched Lafayette. Ia the meantime bis wife had been released fronr her Paris dungeon, and, accompanied by ber two daughtera, had proceeded to Vienna to beg permission te sbsre her husband's captivity. Her prsyer was granted. For sixteen months this noble besrted woman, with her daughters, en dured the horrors of the Olmuts dungeons. At the end of that time her health gave way, and sho wrote to the Emperor, beg ging permission to seek, for a short time, a purer air. The reply was, that she was free to leavo, but not to return. Her answer may be anticipated. "Whatever might be the state of my health, er the inconvenience to my daughters, I will share my husband's captivity, in all its details!"— Temple Bar. Be in Earnest. When yon nndertake to do anything, be in earnest about it ; do it with your might. Fortune and fame are often lost by not being in earnest. This is a real world—a world of real work ; real con flicts ; real successes ; real failures ; real triumphs, real defeats. And 1st no one bs so over-confident in his own abilities as to look with indifferenoe upon the dffi culties before him—the dangers and trials that be must pass in order to reaoh the goal upon whieh his eye is fixed. Full and glorious success ntvsr yet did crown the languid and impartial exercise of the powers of mind or body. It requires effort to push one's craft against the cur rent of rivalry, jealousy, and vioe—and if one would have hit progress marked by complete triumph, his efforts must be well directed, constant and unreiaxiug. But be who feels that hs has floated into the ealms of life—that he has only to lie in active and wait for tho wind of fortune to drift him into the haven of wealth or fame, hat lost every premise of sucoesa, aud is iu far mora danger of ultimate disaster than the tempest-tossed mariner, though hia mast be gone and his vessel shattered and torn by the raging sea. Be in earn est. Meet the difficulties which daily a rise, with determiaation te conquer and rise above them. Let not your adversary find you sleeping or dreaming of an easy conquest. Too much confidence in ons's powers it fatal to sucosss, and often brings defeat most disastrous. Be faithful ; be true; behind; be firm; be earnest. Business Mxn. —While Benj. Frank lin was a printer in Philadelphia, it seems he published a newspaper. Among other things that reoeived strong censure at his bauds were eertain modos of transacting busincse by tbe merchants of Philadelphia. He handled the knaves in inch a manner as to arouse their wrath, and calling a mcetiug among themselves they waited upoh the sturdy printer, demanding to know what he meant. "Here," said they, "wu have been p»t tronizing and supporting you, and this is eur reward. You must change this mode of doing er we'll abow you that the mer chants are a power yen may not trifle with. Without our patronage where would you stand ?" "Gentleman of the Merchants' Com mittee," said the pelite printer, "I am, as yeu see, very busy now ; but call at my bouse for dinner, sud I shall consider tbe matter over with yeu in a friendly man ner." The committee congratulating them selves that old Ben wai evidently frighten ed,came to dinner at the hour named. But were surprised to find nothing on the table but musb—made from ill-grouud corn— and a large pitcher of milk. Tbe Mer chants' Committee net being used to aucb coarse fare, could do nothing but watch tho healthy printer while he made a hearty meal. Rising from tbe table he •ddreised tbe committee thus: "Now, gentleman, he that can live oomfortabiy on auch food ean live without your patron age. I shell oeaie to attack tkose prac tices whan you erase to praotice them antj not before. Gentlemen, goed night." ' LETTEBS To the Boys and Girls of the Middle , Delaware. town ST SSV. JOSEPH WILSON. No. 8. —Grammar, Gkographt and As tronomy. These branches (as I bare said,) were not taught in tbe log school-house that I atteaded ; and I doubt if they were taught in Middletown at that time, though now you bave a prosperous Academy. Grammar it often considered by young paraous as a dry study. I should ba sor ry if I knew that any of you thought for grammar ia an important and beautiful aoeemplishmaut; even more ic than play ing on the piano. To speak and write grammatically, ia to do so correctly, according to the structure and rules of the language you use, wheth er tha English or aoma other tongue. To violate tbe rules of grammar (as un learned and ignorant persons often do) is to be considered a proof of your ewn ig norance and vulgarity. It is an old and trua adage, that "Appearanaca ia deeeit ful." SO "There (you will probably say,) Mr. W. you bave violated grammar your aelf; for you bavo made a plural noun the nominative to a singular verb." Well, I am glad you found it out. I just wrete it ■o, to sea wbat you would say. Let mo try again—"Appearances are deeeitful." This adage it of very extensive applies tion, and you must be very careful, lest you should be deceived by tha multitude of falsa appearances that will mast you you pass through life. There are appear ances in both nature and sooiaty that often lead astray the thoughtless and the unwary In tbit letter I will call your attention to those appearanoes in nature only,which for thousands of years were not understood either by tbe learned or unlearned, and which it ia tbe objeot of goography and astronomy to explain. To the eye of one wbo looks ovtr tbe surface of the oarth, it appears to be a plain or flat surface ; and tbe idea was universal in aacieat times that the earth was an ex at tended plain or flat body, and that there was a place in the far off horizon beyond which a person could not go without step ping off the edge and falling into the fath omless pit of empty epacs. Again ! to oar senses, tha earth appear* to be perfectly still, and to have no mo tion whatever; whilst the tun, moon and stars seem to bava a daily motion around tha earth, and to change tbeir positions according to the season of the year. You feol inclined to laugh at theso ideas as Very ridiculous, for you know, or may know, that modern acience baa proved that the earth ia a round or spherioal body, und that it has two motions—tbs one turning on its own axis onoe in twenty-four hours and thereby causing day and night, and the other moving around the tun once a year and causing the change of seasons. So, also, the earth appears to be much larger than the sun and moon and all tbe stars together ; for the moen seems to be as large as tbe sun, and each ef them a bout the size of a small cart wheel. Con trary to these appearances, tke sun is known to ba almost a million and a half times larger than the earth, and many more times larger than tbe moen. I just touch on these things to impress on your minds the importance ef the study of geography end astronomy. Your books and teachers will tell you more about these things than I have time to do. I have said that there are false appearances in so ciety also; and against these you must bo on your guard. Society suffers much from falsa appearances. For instance, some men make great professions of hon esty and they are trusted by the publie ; but by-and-by they turn eat to be great rogue* and defraud the publie of millions of dollar!. Some men (and women too,) seem to ba virtuous and good ; while, at the same time they are living in secret sins, which, if known, would render them unworthy of our esteem, about this ia another letter. I may say more Good-bye. Conquered by Kindness. —Cel. L. W O'Bannon, of Memphis, inspector of the Board of Health, and during tha preminent and brave officer in the Confed erate service, closes a letter to Col. Geo. A. Hayward, of St. Louis, with these words; "This plague baa done more to reeonoile me to the Union than anything en earth oould have done. For one I no longer know North or South. I find Northern men true to us in our distree. Hore and elsewboro they have proven themselves brothers. Henoeforth they have my hand and heart with them, and God grant that I may ba spared to act, and show my love by my acts, rather than by words. The Northern men with ns have dona wonders for ns. Conduct like theirs has dene more to conquer me than all tbe gun* Grant could bring to bear. ' war a The Princes in the Tower. Just three hundred and ninety yearn ago, two noble boys were travelling in state from Ludlow Castle to London. Am escort of two thousand horsemen rode with them ; and although the boys had just lost their father, King Edward IV, and were dressed in sober blank, I bave ne doubt that hundreds of beppy children wbo aaW them pass, looked with delight at tbi grand cavalcade, and thought it a fine thing to be a prince. Their mother called the boys Edword and Richard ; but Ed ward being the eldest,—though only thir teen years ef age,—was His Royal High ness, the Prince of Wales, rightful heir to tbe English throne; and Riohard, bin brother, a boy of eleven, was known aa^ tbe Duke of York. Yes, many a bey and girl looked almost with envy that day upon the two roÿal children, and wandered bow it felt to ba the son of s king and lord of a nation. But the men and wemtn wbo looked on thought of something very different. They shook their beods and whispered-their mis givings to each other. It was dreadful, they said; such brave r beautiful, neble lads, too; and their father hardly cold in his grave—poor,dear thlngfP' But then they wonld be in the power of their uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester,, the wickedest, crudest and most powerful nobleman in all England. But for tbes«' boys, in all their pride ef youth, my lard? of Gloucester might be king of England. Ah, who could say what migbt happen! English history tells ns wbnt happened : how tbe wicked Duke of Gleucestcr pre tended at first to be all loyalty and kind - ; how be wrote a letter of uinilnklibw ness to the queen mother, and aet off from Scot' land, where he was commanding an army, te be present,he said.st his detr nephew's coronation; and how, with fair words and: treachery, he first placed the Prince in the Tower of London, where " he wenld ba saler than anywhere else, until the gran# ceremony should take place ;" how he af terwards took the little Duke of York fronr his sobbing mother and put him, too, in. the dreary Tower ; and how -. But you see them in tbe picture. They are together ; that is some comfort. Their chamber ia grandly furnished, but it is in ■ prison. Not the Prince of Wales, nor* the Doko of York, now, but two heart sick, terrified boys; who «very moment dread—they hardly know what. If they only could fool their mother's arm shunt them once a|ain ! They have prayed sndi prayed, and they bave tried till they «au cry no more, and, with breaking bsarts r they bave straightened themselves proudly with the thought that they are the toss of a king, when suddenly they boor • foot step outside. « * * * To this day, visitors at tbe Tower are shown the very spat at the foot of the gloomy stone stairs wbers tbe bodies of tbe murdered Prinses were buried. Ds Itroebe, a Frenchmm, painted the large pieture from whieh eur engraving is made. He bad tbe story of tbe princes in hi# heart ; and though he may not bave loved England, he certainly loved these two En glish boys; el.se how could h* have so painted them, that stout men feel like sob bing when they look at tbe wonderful pie ture ? It bangs to-day in the gallery ef tbo Luxembourg, in Paris, and every day children stand before it, feeling not at ell us the children did who tew the prince» ride by in state, nearly feur hundred year» ago. I have not told you all about Edward and Richard, after all. Tbosa ef you wbo> know what happened will bnrdly with to hear the sad story again, and these who d* not, may read it whenever tbsy will ; for it stands recorded on earth and in hasten. And the history ef Rickard, Duke of Gloucester also stands rseordad. Hers ia tke end of it : There bad been a terrible battle, at tbw close of whieh a orown was pieked up, alt bruised and trampled and stained with blood, and put upon Hsnry of Richmond's bead, amid loud and rejoicing «ries of "Long live King Henry!" "That night, a horse was led wp t> tho ohureh of the Grey Friars, at Leiseatsr. aoross whose baok was tied, like Mm* worthless sack, a naked body, brought there for burin*. It was tha body of tbo Inst of lbs Plaatageoet line, King Rioh ard tbe Third, nsurperend murderer.slein *t the battle ef Bosworth Field, in thw thirty-second year of his age, after n miserable reign ef two year»."— St. Nichulat far January. An Indiana gentleman stole bis wife's hair and pawned it far liquor.