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NO. 25.
. VOL. IX.
dumber and Hardware.
Agricultural Implements,
Iron and Steel, Horse and Mule Shecs, Horse
Nails, Blacksmith Supplies, Chain Traces,
Harnes, Trowels, Nails, Spikes, Locks, Hinges,
Bolts, Files, Chisels, Levels, Planes, Bevels,
Wrenches, Picks, Mattocks, Hubs, Rims,
Spokes, Shafts, Long and Short Arms, Clips,
Springs, Enameled Cloth, Gnm Canvass, Ac.
A complete stock of TOOLS and Supplies
for Carpenters, Builders, Masons, Sadlers,
Shoemakers and others, with many House
furnisbing articles. We invite the public to
call and examine our prices.
Paints, Oils, Turpentine,
Glass and Putty,
Agricultural Department.
Farheb's Feiend, Heckendem, Wiley, Con
cave and Moore PLOWS; Plow Castings,
Grindstones, Pumps, Scales, Corn Shelters,
Churns, Shovels, Forks, Spades, Hoes and
jf®-No trouble to show goods, [mar 18
Lumber ? Hardware.
Successor to
Opposite the R. R. Depot,
dealer in all kinds of
Lumber, Hardware, and General Building
Material, Sash, Doors, Shutters, Blinds,
and Mouldings, Paints, Oils, Var
nishes, Glass and Putty, Bricks,
Building Lime, Hair, Etc.
Constantly on harfd.
"Blatcbley's" Celebrated Cucumber Wood
Pumps and everything in the building line.
Having made arrangements with large
wholesale dealers, I shall be prepared to fur
nish large bills of Lumber for buildings, such
I may not have in stock, direct from whole
sale dealers, thereby securing the lowest prices
possible to be obtained.
Give me a call, and get my prices, before
Feb 5-ly.
purchasing elsewhere.
Plains ail MoiWinc Mills,
Sash, Door, Blind and Peach Baiket
I would call attention to my large stock of
white pine Hemlock Lumber always in stock
Also, Sash, Doors, Blinds, Shutters A Mould,
ings, which I will sell at city prices. Buying
my lumber by the cargo, 1 am enabled to offer
extraordinary inducements in prices. In
quiries by mail receive prompt attention. All
kinds of mill work to order. Peach baskets
a specialty in their season.
Smyrna, Del.
Jan 1—6m
APRIL. 1875.
cucumber wood pomps.
—successor to—
HARDWARE—Building, Household and
11 colors ; ready mixed ; the
best and cheapest —in quarts, gallons and
larger packages.
WOOD—acknowledged the best.
in Middletown.
Eliason & Benson,
Manufacturers and Dealers in
We have in stock the most popular and
best Parlor, Cook and Room Stove manufac
tured, amoBg them may be found the Home
Delight, Morning Light, Florentine, Tuscan,
Bon Ton, Florence, Charm, Belle, Regulator,
Centennial, Palace Cook, Golden Eagle,
Eureka, Combination Cook, Wabash, Model
Complete, Victor Cook, Pretty Range, Pet
Range, and can furnish on short notice any
other stove manufactured.
We invite special attention to the Regula
tor "Revolving Top" for convenience. Sur
passes anything in the stove line ever offered
jn this market.
Stoves repaired on the shortest notice.
Roofing and spooling a specialty.
We hope by giving our personal attention
to business, and making moderate charges to
receive a share of the public patronage.
Give us a call. ELIASON A BENSON,
Middletown, Del.
Town Commissioners.— T. E. Hura, Presi
dent; Tüos. Massey, Jr., Secretary; Jas. H.
Scowdrick, G. W. Wilson, Wm. W. Wilson.
Assessor—C. E. Anderson.
Treasurer. —Isaac Jones.
Justice or the Peace. —DeW. C. Walker.
Constable and Policeman.—L. B. Lee.
Lamplighter.— L. B. Lee.
John A. Reynolds.
Hon John P. Cochran, Pres. ; Henry Davis,
Treas. ; Samuel Penington, Secretary ; James
Kanely, B. Gibbs, R. T. Cochran, N.Williams.
Principal of Academy.— T. S. Stevens.
Directors.— Henry Clayton, B. Gibbe, B.
T. Biggs, John A. Reynolds, James Culbert
, B. C. Fenimore, M. E. Walker, J. B.
Cazier, Joseph Biggs.
President. —Henry Clayton,
Cashier. — J. R. Hall.
Teller. —John S. Crouch.
J. M. Cox, Pres.; Samuel Penington, Sec.;
J. R. Hall, Treas.; R. A. Cochran, Jas. Cul
bertson, Jas. H. Scowdrick, Wm. H. Barr.
Forest Presbyterian. —Rev. John Patton,
D. D., Pastor. Divine service every Sunday
at 10.30 a.m. and T.30p.m. Sunday School
at 9 a. m. Lecture on Wednesdays at Ï.30 p.
. Sunday School in the Chapel at Arm
strong's every Sunday at 2.30 p.
St. Anne's Protestant Episcopal.— Rev.
Wm.C. Butler, Rector. On Sundays—Morning
Prayer, 10.30 a. m.: Evening Prayer, 1:00
p.m. Sunday School, 9 a. m. Evening Prayer
on Fridays at 5 o'clock.
Methodist Episcopal, —Rev. L. C. Matlack,
D. D., Pastor. Service every Sunday at 10.30
a. m. and T.30 p. m. Sunday School at 9.30
a. m. and 2.30 p. m. Prayer Meeting on
Thursdays at 7.30 p. m.
Colored Methodist. —Rev. N. Morris
Pastor. Service every other Sunday at 10.30
p.m., 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday School every
Sunday at 1 p. m.
Adoniram Chapter No. 5, R. A. M. Meets
in Masonic Hall on the second and fonrth Fri
days of every month at 8 o'clock, p. m.
Union Lodge No. 5, A. F. A. M. Meets on
the first and third Tuesdays of every month
at 8 o'clock, p. m. Masonic Hall.
Damon Lodge, No. 12 Meets every Friday
g at 8 o'clock. Lodge room in the
I. O. 0. F.
Good Samaritan Lodge, No 9. Meets every
Thursday evening at 7J o'clk. Lodge Room
in Cochran Hall, No. 2, Cochran Square.
Middletown B. A L. Association. —Samuel
Penington, Pres.; A. G. Cox, Secretary. Meets
the first Thursday of every month at 8
o'clock, p. m.
Mutual Loan Association of Middletown.
— Jas. H. Scowdrick, Pres.; A. G. Cox, Sec
retary. Meets on the third Tuesday of every
month at 8 o'clock, p. m.
Penins. Agricultural and Pomolooical As
sociation.— Wm. R. Cochran, President and
Chairman of Board of Managers; J. B. Nan
dain, Secretary. Annual Meeting fourth Sat
urday in January. Next annual fair will be
held on October 4th, 5th and 6th, 1876.
Meets for practice every Monday evening at
8 o'clock.
Passenger trains going North leave at 7.07
8.33 a m and 3.59 p m ; going South at 10.42
am, and 7.34 and 8.52 p m. Freight trains
with passenger car attached, going North,
leave at 8.05 p m ; going South, at 2.40 a m.
Office Hours. —Opens at 6 30 a m and
closes at 9 p m every day except Sunday
Mails for the North close at 8.15 a m, and
3.40 p m.
Mail for the South closes at 10 15 a is.
Mails for Odessa close at 10.23 am and 8.S0
P m -
Mails for Warwick, Sassairas and Cecilton
close at 10.23 a m.
C . „ . .
LOCKS, Watches, Jewelry, *c. neatly
and promptly repared.
Always on band and for sale, Clocks,
Watches, Plated Ware, Forks, Spoons, Sil
I er Napkin Rings, Silver Thimbles, Salt,
Sugar and Tea Spo o ns , Butter Knives, Gold
Breast-Pins, Ear-Rings, Finger-Rings, Sleeve
Buttons, Watch Chains, Watch Keys, Key
Rings, Steel Watch Chains, Ac.
Stage for Odessa, with U. S. Mail, leaves
shortly after arrival of the 10.43 am and 8.52
p m mail trains.
Stages for Warwick, Sassafras and Cecilton
leave shortly after arrival of the 10.43 a m
The Oyster trade having closed, we have
commenced the Ice Cream season by putting
np a Horse Power, which enables us to supply
that may be desired—from 1 gallon to 100,
daily—upon short notice. Our
is full, os usual. Children's TOYS constant
ly on hand.
On and after MAY 20th, we will sell
to all who may want it to the amonnt of 5
lbs. daily, at our store from 8 to 9 o'clock in
the morning. No Ice sold after 9 o'clock and
none delivered without the CASH DOWN !
and in no quantity of less than 5 lbs.
E. B. RICE & CO.
may 6—tf
'And Watch Maker,
Main Street, next door to National Hotel
Middletown, Delaware
Dec. 12—tf.
A Legend of Lake Saratoga.
A lady stands besids the silver lake;
"What," said the Mohawk, "wouldst thou
have me do ?"
"AcrosE the water. Sir, be pleased to take
Me and my children in thy bark canoe.
"Ah I" said the chief, "thou know'st not, I
The legend of the lake—hast never heard
That in its wave the stoutest boat will sink,
If any passenger speak but a word ?
"Full well we know the Indian's strange
The lady answered, with a civil smile ;
'But take us o'er the water, mighty chief,
In rigid silence we will sit the while."
Thus they embarked, tjjit ere the little boat
Was half across the lake, the woman gave
Her tongue its wonted play !—but still they
And pass in safety o'er the ntmost wave !
Safe on the shore the warrior looked amazed,
Despite the stoic calmness of bis race.
No word he spoke, but long the Indian gazed
In moody silence on the woman's face.
"What think you now ?" the lady gayly said,
"Safely to land your frail canoe is brought I
No harm you see, has touched a single thread ;
So superstition ever comes to naught.
Smiling, the Mobawk said, "Our safety shows
That God i3 merciful to old and young ;
Thanks to the Great Spirit—well He knows
That pale-faced woman cannot hold her
tongue !"
"Nellie, you will attend to that mat
ter?' said George Dale, coming back
into the breakfast room.
"Certainly, George,' answered his
wife, sipping her ooffee.
"And immediately, please. I have
no doubt the poor man needs the money.
You know his wife has been ill so long.'
"Oh, yes; I had forgotten about
that. I will send over some wine at
the same time. I intended to last
"Yes, do. Wine is no doubt a
rarity there, and it will do the poor
woman good,' replied George, closing
the door and hurrying off.
Ten days after, when George Dale
came in to dinner, he said :
"I saw Grey a few moments ago.—
Poor fellow! be looks miserable. Is
there any odd job in the hoase he can
do ? I want to help him whenever we
can. Can't yon make up a parcel of
provisions and send it over with a little
more wine? At the same time tell
John to ask him to come here. I will
look about, and find something be can
Nellie Dale uttered an exclamation,
which caused her husband to ask anxi
ously : "What is it? "What ails you,
Nellie ?'
"Oh, George, I forgot all about
sending that money, and the wine.—
Please don't look so angry. I am so
"Iam not angry, Nellie; but very,
sorry and truly mortified at this: What
mnst the poor man think of me? I
professed to be so much interested in
him, and gave him my word he should
have the money that day. His family
may have really suffered during this
bitter cold weather. Where is the
money ? I will go with it immediately
While Nellie was packing up some
delicacies to send to Mrs. Grey, she
glanced up frequently at her husband's
stern face. Wishing to offer some
apology for failing to do as she was de
sired, she said: "Ob, George, that
day I had so many things to attend to
—so many callers. I am very sorry.
I intended folly to help Mrs. Grey's
family as much as I could—'
"Well, well, Nellie, it can't be help
ed now. We must do tha best we can
to make amends, that is all. Send over
the basket by John. I must make
haBte with the money.'
Mrs. Dale despatched the man ser
vant soon after, laden with many com
forts for the sick woman.
Half an hoar after, George Dale re
turned, looking very much troubled.—
Nellie almost feared to ask the cause.
At length she said : "You look wor
ried, George. Did yon find Mr. Grey
needed the money very much ?'
Her husband looked earnestly at her
an instant, and then simply answered :
Nellie, wishing to draw his mind
from what she had failed to do, to the
amends she had tried to make, asked :
"Did Mrs. Grey seem pleased with the
things ? I sent her a soft warm shawl
to wrap about her wheD she sits np.'
"Nellie, I am sorry to add to the
feeliDga of regret that I know you truly
feel. Mrs. Grey will never sit up on
earth agaiD.'
"Oh, is she so very ill?' Nellie
asked, with a sharp tinge of self
"She is dead.'
"Dead !' exclaimed Nellie. "Oh, if
I only fed thought. I did intend to
do all yon wished, and more. Perhaps
she might have died, anyhow. George
surely you do not think that my
"Killed her? Certainly not, child.
Bnt, Nellie, we should both have felt
better about this if we had done what
we could to help them. It is very an
noying to have our hearts filled with
regrets. We will not talk any more
about it now. Only try and remember
in the future that 'good intentions' pro
fit no one.'
Nellie did very well for some time
after this, and her husband congratu
lated himself upon the happy ohange.
They were
and both liberal and charitably in
. Nellie, however, was very fashionable
d . l t ; ' . u
a ? a T8r ".» 1 v » time i was tauen up
always With the latest whims of society,
of which she was a great belle, not
withstanding she was a wife and a
molner -
e of abundant means,
A few months after this, Nellie's
brother, who was a naval officer, re
turned from a three years' omise. —
While sitting with his sister one day,
he drew from his pocket a faded silk
parse, saying : "Yesterday I was olear
ing out my sea chest and found this.—
Dora made it for me many years ago,
when I first went to the Mediterranean.
How well I remember her trotting me
about with her, to show me off in my
midshipman's uniform. Poor, dear
Dora ! I suppose you have heard noth
ing of her during my absence, Nellie ?'
"No, nothing.'
"Have you ever sought to, Nellie?
You know, although not our own sister,
she was our father's child, and he loved
her very dearly.'
"I know she broke bis heart.
her running away and marrying
that worthless fellow caused papa's
death. I suppose he has drunk him
self out of the world long before this.
But don't let us talk about them. I
don't like even Jo think that there is,
or ever was, a Dora Bartlett,' Nellie
said ; and trying to turn the conversa
tion,'asked : "Are you going with me
this evening to the reception ?'
"Nellie, Nellie,' returned Captain
Bartlett, shaking his head, "why are
you so completely absorbed in the gaie
ties of life ? Do you ever think of any
thing serious ? I don't want to talk of
receptions, or anything of the kind. I
want to talk and think of my sister.—
You were too young to remember much
of her, or you would not feel so. She
was a very lovely girl, and very loving,
too. If I had not been in foreign parts,
much from home, I should have
found her, or known something of her
"Suppose you should find them;
their position must be so, so—well,
very different from ours—it would be
very embarrassing to say the least,' re
joined Nellie.
"Position! Suppose it is—I don't
how humble—I know we are of
the same blood,
her, I would rejoice truly,' Captain
Bartlett said, with much warmth.
Just about this time the ladies of
Nellie's circle had formed a charitable
society, and it being quite fashionable
to "do the benevolent,' Nellie was well
pleased to spend her money thus. A
cold, confining her to the house,
prevented her accompanying her friends
on their rounds of mercy. However,
to her were assigned the needy in her
immediate neighborhood, a list of whom
"Only three,' her
Oh, if I could find
was handed her.
friend Miss Hunt said.
"Oh, indeed, I do not see how I can
I've So very many things on my
Here, Kate dear, take
do it.
mind now.
this,' handing two sovereigns, "and do
get what they need just now, and let
off, won't you? Nellie pleaded,
always ready to shift off any extra care.
"Well, yes,'replied her friend; "but
certainly you can give some little
thought to one family quite near here
widow with three children. They
very destitute Come to the win
dow ; I will show you. You see that
house at the end of the by-street?
There they are. We got permission
for them to occupy a couple of rooms.
The house has been untenanted for a
long while
about the title. As it was going to
destruction, they are willing that Mrs.
Gant should stay there and take eare of
it. Now you must look out for these
folks. They are provided with suffi
cient for about three days. After that
I leave them to you. In the mean
time, if you are disposed, you can send
them some soup or anything. Will
you promise to remember them ?
"Oh, yes; I can attend to them"
returned Nellie.
"May I rest easy ooncerniug them?'
her visitor asked.
"Certainly. Let me see, this is
Monday ; Wednesday or Thursday
morning. All right : I will remember,
and send my brother, if I am not well
enough. He delights in Buch errands,'
Nellie said. *
The thrqe days bad passed. Nellie
had been so busy examining, admiring,
and displaying the handsome presents
from India and China, which her
brother had brought her, that all
thoughts of the widow across the way
had entirely escaped her mind. She
had fully intended to do so much, par
ticularly for the children. She had lots
of things she was going to send them.
One week from the day she had pro
mised to take care of Mrs. Gant, Cap
tain Bartlett came in, saying: "It is
going to be a bitter cold night, and I
am afraid a great deal of suffering too.
I wish I could provide fuel for all the
poor, and feel that all about ns had a
good supper and a warm bed to-night.
I feel more for the old folks and chil
dren. Did you send round some of
those preserves to the poor ones in the
neighborhood, Nellie?
"Oh, dear, dear!' cried Nellie.
"What is the matter ?'
"Why, enough I'm frightened to
think what the conseqnenee may be !'
her mind reverting to Mrs. Gray.—
"I forgot to look after a family near
Mrs. Gant, a poor widow. Dear, dear,
I'm ao very sorry ! I have so mach to
think of. I intend-'
"Oh, Nellie, those good intentions
said her brother.
There is some trouble
"Hush ! Don't talk to me. Go—
do.. I will show you. Come to the
door,' Nellie urged, almost crying.
Captain Bartlett followed her. Point
ing to the house, she said : "There is
a child at the door now. Oh, how
dreadfully cold it is ! Do make haste !'
Her brother sped away to do her
Hours passed and he returned not.
Nellie for a while felt quite uneasy, but
at length quieted her fears with the
thought of her brother's meeting with
some of his old friends and going with
It was near ten o'clock when she
heard his step in the hall. Opening
the drawing-room door, she called,
"Oh, you truant! Come in and give
an account of yonrself. Five hoars
She checked the light words as he
entered. What a change those few
hours had worked into his features !
Not as usually smiling he approaohed
her, hut with eyes full of sadness, as he
said: "Nellie I have found our sister.'
"Dora found I How? Where?' cried
Nellie, with more astonishment than
pleasure in her tone.
"Yon sent me to her.'
"I? I don't understand what you
mean. I sent yon?'
"Yes ; to the widow, Mrs. Gant you
called her—Dant is the name. I went,
and found Dora, starving—aye, starv
ing to death, I feared. One of her
babies was released from hanger and
cold ; another suffering fearfully. And
the poor mother, half-crazed with grief,
sat holding the lifeless form of the one,
and trying to keep the other warm by
wrapping her own garment round it and
pressing it closer to her bosom—the
dead on one arm, the dying, perhaps,
on the other.'
"Oh, don't tell me ! Can such things
be? No, no, you want to frighten me
—to punish my neglect. Why did she
not send to us ?'
"Nellie, I would not trifle with you
—I could not ; my heart is too full of
I trust Dora and the two re
maining children can be restored to
health. Of one I have doubts, how
Why she did not send was this:
Miss Hunt went from you to her, and
told her you would take care of them.
As you failed. to do so, she thought,
poor thing, that you had discovered
who she was, and therefore would not
help her. Once she sent the oldest
girl ; you remember the day you order
ed the servants not to have you dis
turbed. The child's not being allowed
to see you confirmed her fear ; and
without food, without fire, I found
"Oh, Edgar! Oh, what can I do?
Heaven knows I forgot. I intended to
do right. Take me to her, brother.—
Don't let her think me so cruel !' Nellie
"I cannot take you to-night. Rest
assured she is as comfortable as possi
ble I have placed them in the Gentle
womans Home. The kind nurses there
know best what to do for them. They
will have every care there, even were
they without money or friends, but I
placed a sum ample to command all
they can possibly need. To-morrow,
should you feel inclined, I will take you
to our sister.'
"I shall never, never forgive myself.
And George—oh, be will never place
any confidence in me again ! What can
I do to Edgar ?'
"Nellie, George will never know it,
I trust. And, my dear sister promise
me, in future, to do at once the good
deeds your heart prompts. Think less
of fashion and dress, dear, and more of
heaven's needy children, that are round
about you everywhere. You have a
kind, loving heart, Nellie, and yonr
intentions are always good. But, oh,
you have seen to-day the result of good
How to Become a Millionaire.
Yon must be a very able man, as
nearly all the millionaires are.
You must devote your life to the
getting and keeping of other men's
You must eat the bread of careful
ness and must rise up early and lie
down late.
You must care little or nothing about
other men's wants, or sufferings, or
You mnst not mind it that yonr
great wealth involves many others in
You must not give away money ex
cept for a material equivalent.
You must not go meandering about
Nature, nor spend yonr time enjoying
air, earth, sky, or water, for there is
no money in it.
You must never embark in any en
terprise that will build np the place
you live in, but wait until the public
spirited men have built railroads, etc.,
then buy the stock at a discount.
You must never give to the widow
or orphan a thought, or consider that
they have any claims upon yonr human
ity or charity.
You mnst make money your god ;
interest your faith; and large posses
sions the heaven yon covet. And,
when dying, give away a few pence to
You must not distract your thoughts
from the great purpose of your life with
the charms of art and literature.
You mnst not let philosophy or re
ligion engross you during the secular
You must not allow your wife or
children to occupy much of yonr valu
able time and thoughts.
You must never permit the fascina
tions of friendship to inveigle you into
making loans, however small.
You must abandon all other ambi
tions or purposes, and finally—
Yon must be prepared to sacrifice
ease and all fanciful notions you may
have about tastes and luxuries and en
joyments during most, if not all, of
your natural life.
If you think the game is worth the
candle—you can die rich—some of
you can
American Wonders. —The greatest
cataract in the world is the Falls of
The greatest cave in the world is the
Mammoth Cave of Kentucky.
The greatest river in the world is the
Mississippi, 4,100 miles long.
The largest valley in the world is the
Mississippi Valley.
The largest lake in the world is Lake
Superior, which is truly an inland sea,
being four hundred and thirty miles
long and one thousand feet deep.
The largest railroad in the world is
the Pacific Railroad, whioh is over
three thousand miles in length.
The greatest natural bridge in the
world is the Natural Bridge over Cedar
creek, in Virginia.
The greatest mass of solid iron in
the world is the great Iron Mountain
in Missouri.
On# of tho attract ions of the Pari»
Exhibition of 1878 is to be the largest
balloon ever made. It will contain
18,000 cubic metres of gas, and is tobe
23 to 34 metres in diameter. The oar
will hold fifty persons.
Adios A Mejico.
Farewell to Montezuma's halls,
Mexico, my Mexico !
And Tenocbtitlan's crumbling walls,
Mexico, my Mexico I
To Ahuitzotli's fallen throne ;
His Toltic sacrificial stone,
And Aztec towers of human bone—
Mexico, my Mexico 1
Farewell, thou "Noche Triste" tree,
Mexico, my Mexico 1
Tezcuca's briny, shimmering sea,
Mexico, my Mexico 1
Farewell, Cholula's pyramid,
The wonder of the conquering Cid,
Now left to owl and katydid, _
Mexico, my Mexico I
Farewell, Puebla, Western Rome,
Mexico, my Mexico 1
And Orizaba's ice-crowned cone,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Farewell, Pachuca's sweet-toned bell,
Kissed by Iberian Isabel
And hoary Popocatepetl,
Mexico, my Mexico 1
War-scathed Chapultepec, farewell,
Mexico, my Mexico !
And Guadalupe's priest-bound spell,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Farewell, Chinampa's floating lands,
Where dark-eyed Indian maiden bands
Push their canoes o'er golden sands,
Mexico, my Mexico 1
Iztaccihoatl, bleak and pale,
Mexico, my Mexico?
"White Lady," with the snow-wreath veil,
Mexico, my Mexico !
Thou lookest o'er eternally,
Yon Venice and its lovely sea,
As Alps look down on Italy,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Land of the bright and sunny clime,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Zapote sweet and juicy lime,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Italia of the Western world,
Where mountain peak on peak is hnrled,
And Nature's ensign full unfurled,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Long may thy palm trees grandly wave,
Mexico, my Mexico I
The plantain and the rich guave,
Mexico, my Mexico I
No frost-wind chills thy tropic plains
Or nips tby byper-juiey canes,
Where cafetal and
Mexico, my Mexico l
Long may thy unmatched ralleys bloom,
Mexico, my Mexico !
With flowers that cloy us with perfume,
Mexico, my Mexico t
Long live tby vine-clasped chaparrals,
Thy scarlet-crested cardinals
And mocking-birds' sweet madrigals,
Mexico, my Mexico !
Long live thy dark cocoa groTes,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Tby orange orchards, green alcoves,
Mexico, my Mexico !
Where humming birds float on the air,
With gorgeous plumage, bright and rare,
beanty triumphs everywhere,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Long may thy bine, resplendent skies,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Look on thee with their starry eyes,
Mexico, my Mexico 1
Oh I Southern Cross of tropic night,
Thy constellation, clear and bright,
Fills my rapt sonl with pare delight,
Mexico, my Mexico !
Farewell to orange, melon, date,
Mexico, my Mexico I
To Pulque and tby chocolate,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Never can I forget the hoars
I've whiled away in thy bright bowers,
Midst loveliest scenes and sweetest flowers
Mexico, my Mexico 1
My foot is on thy coral shore,
Mexico, my Mexico I
Its green waves kiss the boatman's oar,
Mexico, my Mexico !
Soon will a thousand leagues between
This land of all my life-long dream
And me, with dear ones, intervene—
Mexico, my Mexico I
Vera Cruz, April 4, 1876.
B. F. C.
TennjBon at Home.
Here is a little story told me by Gen
eral Schenck: "He was traveling with
bis party in the Isle of Wight. Their
guide was extremely attentive, showing
with true insular pride the mansions of
various noblemen, with their splendid
grounds, and dwelling with special
emphasis upon the number of retainers
kept by each. At last, coming sud
denly upon a picturesque cottage, whose
climbing vines and nioely kept lawn
proolaimed the taste of its owner, the
visitors inquired who he might be.—
'Only a very plain country gentleman,
sir, as comes down 'ere now and then,
an' lives very quiet like ; nobody would
know anything about, sir ? I beliave
as 'is name is Tennyson 1' and the
cicerone was harrying on—
"Tennyson's cottage ! 0, stop ! we
must have a look !" chorussed the lady
travellers. The carriage was stopped,
but the driver was nttterly unable to
comprehend the sudden interest.
"Mayhap yon know him?" said he
interrogatively, and his ignorance was
so delicious that the ladies delighted
themselves by drawing him ont. They
declared they had heard of Mr. Tenny
son in distant America, and insisted
that be, who lived so near, must know
something abont him. "He may bo
summst np in Lunnon, bnt down 'ere,
sir, he makes no show at all, sir; he
lives mostly alone." Then, ai if to.
stamp Mr. Tennyson's utter insignifi
cance, he added : "He keeps only one
man, sir, and sleeps out of the 'ouse."
Snoh is fame.
Silence. —Some persons think that
they know what silence is, but they
may not he so sure of it after reading
the discussion of the scientists on this
grateful topic. "Preyer define»silence
as a state of uniform minimum excita
tion of the auditory nerve-fibres, and
joins issue with Fechner and others who
deny its claim to be regarded as a
tive form of sensation at all. Fechner
distinguishes between the effect of ab
sence of light upon the eye, and that of
absence of sonnd upon the ear ; black
he regards as a sensation, silenoe as an
absence of all sensation. Preyer points
oat, on the contrary, that the two easea
are in every way analogous, and that
the auditory organ never sinks, any
more than the retina, below the zero of
sensation. The pressure of the fluid
contents of the lybyrinth, and the flow
of blood through the vessels, mast give
rise to sensations of which we are un
conscious only because of their uni
formity, their constancy, and their low
degree of intensity. Silence, when the
attention is concentrated on the sense
of hearing, is found to vary in degree,
jnst a s the blackness of t h e visual field,
when light is exoluded from the eye,
has been observed to vary.
The wills of most old gentleman are
very decidedly wilful.
Keeping at it.
A man who inherits wealth may be
gin and worry through threescore
years and ten without any eery definite
objeot. In driving, in foreign travel,
in hunting and fishing, in elnb houses
and society, he may manago to pass
away his time; but he will hardly be
happy. It seems to be necessary to
health that the powers of a man be
trained upon some object and steadily
held there day after day, year after
year while vitality lasts. There may
time in old age when the fnnd
of vitality will have sank so low that
he can fellow no consecutive labor
without such a draft upon his forces
that sleep cannot restore them. Then
and not before, he should stop work.
But, so long as a man has vitality to
spare upon work it must be need, or it
will become a sonrce of grievous,
harassing discontent. The man will
not know what to do with himself; and
when he has reached snch a point as
that, he is unconsciously digging a
grave for himself, and fashioning his
own coffin. Life needs a steady chan
nel to ran in—regular habits of work
and of sleep. It needs a steady, stimu
lating aim—a tread towards something.
An aimless life can never be happy, or
for a long period healthy. Said a rich
widow to a gentleman, still laberipg
beyond his needs : Don't stop ; keep
at it. The words that were in her
heart were : If my husband had not
stopped he would hie alive to-day. And
that, she thought was doubtless trtie.
A greater shock can hardly befall a
who has been aetive than that
which he experiences when, having lie
linqnished his pursuits, he finds nnnsed
time and nnused vitality hanging upon
his idle hands and mind. The carrent
of life is thus thrown into eddies, or
settled into a sluggish pool, and he
begins to die.— Dr. J. G. Hdland.
come a
Prove All Things.
Investigation is right,and research is
a duty,bnt investivation is not sneering,
nor does research consist in retailing
second-hand falsehoods and exploded
Our great trouble with many un
believers is, they have never carefully
investigated the things they condemn.
There are hosts of infidels who never
read the bible through and we have
never seen one yet who had even a
moderate acquaintance with the reasons
why intelligent men believe the Bible.
They have read a few objections, a few
cavils, a few sneers and a few mis
statements, and then have made up
their minds, like the Dntoh justice who,
having heard the plaintiffs evidence
carefully through, ruled ont all the
defendants' evidence at once, saying,
"It is no nse ; de plaintiff has got his
Another more serions fact is, that
multitudes of unbelievers have no moral
earnestness, and do not care a button
what truth is, any way. Yon may
prove what yon please, and they will
think what they like, and act as they
like, and act as they think.
Now one of the first and most indis
pensable qualities in any man who pro
poses to investigate anything, is a sin
cere, earnest, and unquenchable desire
to know the truth. No man can pro
perly investigate a thing unless he is
honest enough to desire to know the
exact and absolute truth. And no man
who is indifferent to troth is worthy to
be regarded as an investigator, or to be
credited in his pretensions to research.
The skeptical world are many of them
in this position. Part of them do not
know what troth is, and part of them
do not care. A few others are misled
by false statements, bold assertions,
and honest perplexities whioh they have
not studied enough to solve. All of
them live largely on the faults of hypo
crites and the imperfections of people
who profess Christianity and live con
trary to its teachings—a varied and
plentiful diet, bnt one which affords
little nourishment, and less strength,
and which reminds one of the jockey's
remark when asked what inference he
would draw from the passage : "A wild
snuffeth the east wind,' replied, "I
should think he would snuff it a good
while before he got very fet."
Living on the faults of hypocrites is
a hard diet ; and there is neither sense
nor reason in finding fanlt with the Bi
ble for the faults of men who act con
trary to its precepts.
The best way to investigate the Bible
is to read it and obey it. It will
neither kill nor injure a man to try the
path of life and peaoe. Experiment is
the best test ; and very many infidels
have followed God's word until they
found a peaoe and rest and blessing
snoh as skepticism eonld never give
them, a rest that this poor world does
not afford. Reader, try this. Prove
all things, hold fast that whioh is good.
The Law or Fences. —Here is s de
cision which sheds ■ gleam of hope on
this subject. It is in accordance with
some other Maryland decisions, and we
trust will soon be recognized every
where through the State as right and
justice as well as law.—We quote from
the Port Tobacco (Md.) Times.
"The case of George Simms and—
Nally vs. J. S. Richmond—two eases
—appeals from Dutton. These were
actions to recover from Richmond dam
ages done by his cattle trespassing on
the corn fields of plaintiffs. The court
after hearing the evidence affirmed the
judgments in both oases, thus putting
Mr. Richmond in for the whole dam
ages and costs. The Court announced
in these cases, most emphatically, that
the late required every man to keep hit
cattle at home, and unless he did so he
was responsible for all damages done
by their trespasses. We hope people
will take notice of the law as thus laid
down, and save themselves and their
neighbors trouble, annoyanee and ex
pense. In the above cases, the failure
of Mr. Richmond to regard this man
date of the law will cost him probably
over 100.
A widow is very apt to caress the
pet child of a widower. She knows
that two bears' beads are never so likely
to rnh together as when they are lick
ing the same cab.
Ignorance ia a voluntary misfortune.
Every bird loves to hear himself sing
Be a friend to yourself, and others
A man may talk like a wise man and
act like a fool.
Pleasure and sorrow are twins.—
Daniel Cawdry.
Poverty is in want of mueh, bat ava
rice of everything.
The good is always beautiful ; the
beautiful is always good.
There is no to-morrow which cannot
be be con vented into to-day.
A fool may make money, but it re
quires a wise man to spend it.
If you would know, and not bn
known, live in a oity.— Colton.
Poverty is the test of civility and the
tonohstone of friendship.— Haditt.
One never needs one's wits so much
as when one has to do with a fool."
To manage men one ought to hare a
sharp mind in a velvet sheath.
Even in war moral power is to phys
ical as three parts out of four.— Napo
He that know» useful things, and not
he that know* many thing«, is the f ise
We had better appear to be .what we
are than affect to appear what we are
Let all your things have their places ;
let each part of jour baainesa have its
It is ascertained that the Great Un
known is the business man who doesn't
It is true wisdom to speak bnt little
the injuries yon here received or the
geod deeds yon have dons.
Excess of ceremony shows want of
breeding ; that oivility is best which
dudes all superfluous formality.
The noise of a cannon hap been heard
a distance of more than ISO mile* by
applying the ear to the solid earth.
Orthodoxy is the Bonrbon of tho
world of thought. It learns not, nei
ther can it forget.— Huxley.
Earthly pride is like a passing flow
er, springs bnt to fell, and blossoms
bnt to die.— H. K. White.
There ere some kinds of men who
cannot pass their time alone. They
are the flails of ooonpied people.
Help others when yon een, but never
give what yon cannot afford, simply be
cause it is fashionable.
There is a wide deal of difference be
tween the confidence whioh becomes a
man, and the simplicity whioh disgraces
When we fancy that we have grown
wiser, it is only, in many instanees,
that new prejudices have taken the
places of old ones.
We must not deceive ourselves, for
he that overcometh not himself in ltytle
matters will not be able to do ao in
great things.
Complaints of the ravages of the Col
orado beetle upon the potato vines have
become general throughout New Eng
land as well as in the Middle Slates.
After outing a glance at onr own
weakness, how easily does onr vanity
console itself by deploring tha infirmi
ties of onr friends !
Death is as near to the young u the
old; here is all the difference: Death
stands behind the yonng man's back,
before the old man's faoe.
Until the reign of the Empress Jose
phine, a handkerchief wu thought in
France so shocking an objeot that a
lady wonld never dare to nse it before
anyone. -
Help and give willingly, when yon
have anything, and think not the more
yonrself ; and if yon have nothing,
keep the cup of oold water always at
hand, and think not less of yourself.
What deduction from reuon oan ever
apply to love ? Love is a very contra
diction of all the elements of onr ordi
nary nature ; it makes the proud man
meek—the the cheerful sad—and the
high-spirited tame.
The largest feat known to history
most be those of the Maryland editor
who writes :—"We black onr boots
with 15,000,000 boxes of domestic
blacking a year."
The last best fruit whioh comes to
late perfection, even in the kindliest
soul, is tenderness towards the hard,
forbearance towards the unforbearing,
warmth of heart towards the cold, phi
lanthropy towards the misanthropie.
He who is paseionate and huty is
generally honest. It is yonr cold, dis
sembling hypocrite of whom yon should
beware There's no deception in a
bull-dog. It is only the onr that sneaks
and bites yon when yonr baek is
Though sometimes small evils, like
invisible insects, inflict pains, and a
single hair may stop a vast maohine,
yet the chief secret of comfort lies in
not suffering trifles to vex one, and in
prndently cultivating an undergrowth
small pleuorea.
A mother mourning at her first born's
grave, or closing the eyes of a child in
death, displays a grief whose very sa
credness is sublime. Bnt bitter, heavier
than the stroke, is the desperation o( a
son who rashes over a crashed heart,
into vices which he would hide even
from the abandoned and vile.
Sociability in ohurobes is a-very im
portant element of Chriatianity. Many
man has been saved by some one sim
ply taking him by the hand and ex
pressing ordinary interest in his wel
fare. The religion that keeps people
apart is a sham ; that which brings
them together is genuine.
A Roman tomb was recently opened
York, England, and enolosed in a
stone ooffin was found the body of a
young girl, admirably preserved by the
use of gypsum, and famished with
what has been considered a modern de
vice—a chignon. This retted upon a
S ramid of pods, plaits, and coils, snd
hough many hundred years old, is a
good specimen of the present fashion.

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