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:i if a u Mr# .// V ^Sa'-uäB! « « NUMBER 4. WILMINGTON, DEL., THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 1867. VOLUME I ABOUT TOWN. No. 1. ►X ICR. WII.NINUTON Mr. tiili » Idleness To keep myself fro And flirting—those twin, allied 1 thought I'd send r outlandish v very queer, nii adept— y Though veralcfm I often (scribble— And hope you'll overlook, thin time, All faults, nor Now, lent perhaps you might suppose much drivel, e my litt le squib ill. from I'd pester you with I'll seize my subjc Ah did St. Dhiih ings way than right gay wore by the nose, with the devil. (From this remark do not deduce The startling Tact, by implication, That with my theme I'll play the deuce ; stnuation.) I «corn the bane e skating flue or late we've bad h U pon the glacial Brandywine. The waters tin So swiftly 'ncatb tho And the il-m (timt V For Mich a sin I always quick shun ; was was she speak have and at And irai in ray verse, Being very a malediction),•— the dams in spray to mder winter's rut blest I And < Now, In crystalline and glassy sleep I'aiuB Julius Cies Lie dead and UiullucH gay cd to gambol, frisk and frolic, have Tl.f 1 ! 111111 • 111 > Wi scape the Iiypcrborc IIi ay colic. tislily •lieu tlie flay Ih Rood, there throng ltd mock and and ever those doll that she of people, all day long. All ic City I'ark Tho »; at time« I go, h oftho To them ktu Ami therefore all ulx llow beautiful It Ih to view The ladles with their varied dresses d hue, Their waterfall h and flouting trennen, nd rosy checks, and sunny smiles, free, mid 01111111111» wiles, And laughing eyes so full of fun, And fourteen billion other graces, Like Hunt Irradiating from their faces. Of every pattern, shape .1 froiu the central huh, They're he und there, und in like frightened mice, They're somewhere el And when u p He hears behind him on the Ice • 11 1 'I-■ The blowing of their blue-red Yes really 'tin a pleasant sight, And one to give uiimlxcd delight ; On mich a theme I'd till a scroll, Il I could all my feelings Utter 5— Twould charm a savage Choctaw's soul, Or melt a brickhut's heart like butter. ty was all of da " I to Just look ut yonder graceful nymph, She nklniH above the frozen lymph A sort of feminine St. Peter!— To huve a confidential chat othiiig, somethin)», this I'll hurry off at once to 111c reach the spot, alas, She totters, hesitate» and stumbles, upon tlie icy glass es the prettiest of tumbles ; ics her fall aud that, Hut c She And thou With such a dear delicious squall That you'd imagine 'two# the cry d dying shriek of a " Or yell of some p That It lllUkCH She'd undertake Ho funny doe« a ''feller" feel To hear her little, tiny squeal. butterfly a »piiler going her. might and trip again ; I hope »he hns not hurt herself, For that Indeed would be a big ill, be a heartless ell, rudely giggle; Even though her dress, in disarray, Her nether charms no longer covers, Within whose depths the blushing day Two finely moulded limbs discovers. And he Who nt her fall And w behold her lying there, (lier frock around her ull in And looking here and everywhere, As if iu Hcnrch of broken pieces. her elbow propped, earth could full MB), Bho'i now up ■I wonders what nething must have dropped, SIio'h And I'm of her opinion also. I hurry to the To rectify this sad and strange 111 , And manage 011 her feet nt ltt»t To place again my "fallen thnt ; .0 fast, You'll think from this—but there you're out, That my fair damsel's name was Lwey-fer ;— Hut such au Inference I scout, I would not utter such abuse of her. 1 prize the ludlcs more than this, And would not pen so black a libel ; i hi all from Jenny-An (The first girl mentioned In tho Bible), who in these days of < To th st m wield o' such magic powers. But now I think you've had enough Of this outrageoUH rhyming stuff; I'll therefore close my blllet-d< And thus relieve myself and y<> PATINATOR. A TRIBUTE TO GEN. SMYTH. I Doctor Laurence Rcyuolds, Burge brated "Irish Brigade," delivered a Poetical Addres at the Germania Assembly Rooms, New York, ICtb of November, from which tug passages, paying a just tribute General Thomas A. Smyth, of this State. The poeni Is dedicated to General W. S. Hancock ;—] of the celc the extract tlie follow memory of The thrill of anguish agitates my frame, Tho kindest friend I've known since life begun, The friend and pride of each The good Tom Smyth, the patriot Irish chief, Whose fall diffused such universal grief. That hearts bereaved, and blighted hope» o'erpower, The joy of glory's final crowning hour ; And sighs and sobs, and Evince the anguish of thM victory. And every sorrowing soldier that w , the : mention of whose name, ] rMim.'in : from every eye, bu brow the semblance of defeat. Thrice happy days when Ireland's brave Brigade, the chief they loved obeyed ; When punishmci Smyth ruled the »oldicr»' hearts by love alone. la done ; censure w " Do thlB," aud lu a mo " Go there," the loving uoldicrs he "Charge," they The foes rushing on the «ring gun, j scattered and the field is won. IHh fair and beautiful yet manly face, of Btately grace, with noble mien, Ilia tall, square form, yet Made him, The great, grand portrait of the battle In' null 1 Amid his aids how affable and kind, Manners how cordial, gentle and refined, So full of heart so dignified and free, ne seemed a lather mid his family. Aud rer will his guests forget their host, his fond stuff the heroic chief they lost. There hung two portraits in tlie hero's which in love his eyes them his toll frequent bent, »oui beguiled, To gaze The portraits of his wife and little child. Iu festive hours they made his heart more gay, And in the battle on that heart they lay. And yet 'mid all the poiup and diu of war, Smyth's lioueBt heart was wrapped In scenes afar ; Ills memory turned to days of boyhood's glee, When he would ramble by the banks of Lee. And all his hopes, his generous dreams of lillss, HU aim of life were all comprised in this— On Ireland's shore, iu Ireland's green to stand, And vindicate the valor of his land: To rout tlie Saxou Lion from his lair, Sunburst waving proudly there, his love of home, Alike he held tlie palace and the tomb. Yes, he is gone 1 the generous aud brave, honored, but a foreign grave ; And they arc gone—the men he loved aud led— Hhoudcd in an immortal pall of red ; Except the crippled, whom so oft w Limping on crutches in the crowded street. Or with a heart no loss can teach to grieve, Swinging war's honored badge, an empty Bleevc ; Segments of men—strange shaky things they Tile wheels with broken spokes of battle's bloody car. Ana for hluiBclf, P I»ald In and and hearted minded of The 3k « ♦J AMERICAN RURAL LIFE. [FROM harper's MAOAZINB.j lady she OLD AUNT MATILDA. her her any she e did she ing Why, would upon too IN TWO PARTS. PART I. two miles distant ii which Mrs. Hast Hls father's house was from the small tenement h ings lived, and for the first half mile of the way he rode slowly, thinking over the con strained interview with Tilly, and of their parting, more like the parting of strangers than lovers. Then saying, "It will all he right when I see her again. I will make it right—I must !" he touched the Hank of his gay young horse with the silver spur he wore and galloped home, believing tliut it Lainsie garden, of ful of the lighted white ; as settled. was already tlie was at the gate waiting for him. "You good-for-notliing scape-grace!" she said, pelting him with roses as lie dis mounted, "I have a great mind never to speak to you again as long as I live ! Hero have I been this long half hour watching and waiting and weeping for you. Just look at my eyes! aren't they all dim with tears?" And she bent lier round, rosy face coquet mist, tion fectly of deeper " selfish ed in she body, had tislily near. Nathan caught her round the waist and kissed lier, as e&o perhaps designed that lie should ; when, breaking from his arms, she down tlie walk before him, crying with mock displeasure, that she would go straight and tell her mother. Lamsic was older than Matilda l>y three years, hut she was only a big spoiled child ; and what was more, she was incapable of ever being any tiling else. She was those soft, pulpy, rosy creatures, that decay without ever having ripened into woman hood. She was pretty to look upon, as a doll is pretty, hut she lucked soul and lacked heart, if the trutli must be told. She had some sentiment, of that shallop* character that is exhausted by a year of marriage, and she lmd really fine hair and teeth, and a great many fine dresses, rings, ribbons, and furbelows. And many a man wiser than Nathan lius thought before now that fine feathers make a line bird. lady they than of sure hie any a tiful its turn The sprightly case and freedom of her maimers contrasted, to his thinking, charm ingly with the shy ways and bashful sinceri ty of the country-bred girls with whom he was acquainted. Then every weak hour, not to say weak side ; and, be sides, there are things happening about us all tlie time that we do not pretend to ac count for—as for instance how the snake charms the bird ; hut tliut it is done we all know, though doubtless the bird, once out of the awful jaws, would he able to give us very little light upon its case. "And where is Mrs. Hastings and Matil da ?" iuquires tlie mother of Nathan as lie goes into the tea-room. Then it came out that lie had not asked them to come home with him'to tea, hut only for the evening. " Well," says Mrs. Armstrong, in great dis pleasure, "it is no wonder they didn't come. I would not have accepted such u poor in vitation neither." Nathan was perhaps a little humiliated that his mother should he cross with him, and perhaps too anxious to appear independent before his cousiu Lamsie, and made haste to say that for his part he was quite willing that botli Mrs. Hastings and her daughter should do as they chose ; he certainly had not urged them. "Suppose we run over after tea," says Lamsie, smiling her sweetest, "and fetch them home with us ?" It was not that she cared so much for the disappointment of Nathan's mother, hut rather that she liked the prospect of a long walk with Nathan ; aud besides, she was one of those restless crearurcs that are nev er satisfied more than five minutes any where. "That would he fetching them a day after the fair," says Mrs. Armstrong, who did not like the prospect of tlie long moonlight walk for lier son with the like of Lamsie. But Nathan said, quickly, "We will go aud pass the evening with them, then ; we are not obliged to fetch them the day after the fair." "That will do better*" Mrs. Armstrong says, seeing that slic could not prevent the moonlight rumble ; and then she says she will go along aud "make her apology at any rate, since Nathan is no more to he trusted. "I'm sorry I didn't know your mind, Hier," says Nathan. "I'm sorry you dou't know your own," she answers, sharply ; and then there was silence till Lamsie broke in with— "Obine now, good, sweet Aunt Arm strong, don't be cross with poor Nat. This Tilly has shown him the cold shoulder,that's evident, and no wonder it put tilings out of of liis head. Own the truth now, Nat, isn't she her gave she of hns liis in tlio the of it so ?', And then she clapped her hands and laughed, asking him if he didn't feel a little hit better as times went on. Then slie ran round to him at tlie table where he sat, and put a great lump of sugar in his tea,to make up, she said, for deficiency of accustomed sweetness. Then she teased him about liis hair, aud told him she knew he had been trying to make himself irresistible, and that she had never iu all her life seen him look so awfully ugly ! "Just see for yourself!" she cried, holding him round flic neck, and forcing him to see himself in tlie polished howl of his tea-spoon. too liad of you, Lamsic," whis pered Nathan, as liis mother was putting away the tea tilings. To which the girl replied that she was only just in fun, and she was so sorry, and would lie forgive her if she'd kiss him, and promise never to do so any Yes, lie would forgive her 011 those terms. And so she kissed him, aud then she said all true slie had been saying, and she laugh "It w P it w ; ; car. rould say it again, and then she ing away. "Well, Tilly, shall we go aud see this charming Miss Lamsie, or whatever her beautiful name may he ?" Airs. Hastings liad said when the evening work was done. Matilda had burst into tears at that, and cud of it ; for tlie effect of there w tears, let poets say what they will, i« neither advantageous to the spirits nor the face. In vain Airs. Hastings had said, "Don't mind, child—the course of true love never did run smooth—it will all be right next time." The more she had tried to comfort the poor girl the less she had been comforted ; and so they sat in gloomy silence when the gay voices of the approaching visitors arrested their atten-1 tion day, by, that than. calls. feared, ■ was gone from Matilda's hair, and the brightness from her eye and cheek, and she made no effort to appear more light hearted than she was ; she was simple minded and knew nothing of the requisitions of society. Besides she could not readily ) int The • • sympathy with the fine young town. If the truth must be told, lady fr she contrasted unfavorably that night with she wotdd Matilda a her shallow visitor, who had all she knew at her finger-ends, and was not disconcerted by any thing. Seeing that Matilda failed to entertain her she entertained Matilda, running on fre e gay trifle to another as lightly and as thoughtlessly almost as the bird sings. What did she do all the long days ? And wasn't she lonesome, and didn't she get tired of see ing the same old moon and stars every night ? Why, she should he moped to death, and .vay with the very first fellow that would have her ! And she turned smilingly upon Nathan, as though she would he only too glad to run away with the like of him. knew he before times, would a sit titan Ft slit every and quite field ith ray into the Then she found her garden, and came hack with her arms full of roses, which she tossed about with play ful profusion—over the heads and shoulders of the two elderly ladies, over Nathan, over the sleepy watch-dog, and all about the neatly-scoured floor. Her fair face was lighted up with smiles and good-nature, lier white dress floated about her like a eloiul of she put kissed and mist, and the airy nothings of her conversa tion were pleasing, because they were per fectly spontaneous and free from that lingo of melancholy which is apt to accompany deeper thoughtfulness. " She is a silly chatter-box, and vain and selfish witlial," mused Matilda, us she look ed upon lier from the dim corner of the room in which she kept herself withdrawn, "hut she is certainly pretty." And this last she admitted with a little shiver of her whole body, ns if something cold and disagreeable had touched her. as " up!" But were to his the it most such was, lost to tlie he So as She had done no injustice to tlie young lady as to her selfishness and vanity ; hut they were qualities rather intuitively felt than s yet, being well hidden by her affluence of spirits and gay good humor, but sure to come to tlie surface with the inevita hie presure of time, or under the weight of any sudden trial or misfortune perhaps. A butterfly of the summer, she, that required a garden of roses, and all sunshiny and beau tiful things for its pleasure—nay, more, for its very existence. Matilda must show her tlie big spiuning wlicel, and then she must herself spin a thread or two, and Nathan must come and turn tlie wheel—the wool w of much she could manage—and as often as she broke her thread slie made him sponsible, and gave him a pretty scolding for it ; aud when she succeeded in winding a perfect thread the spindle, she clapped her little white hands and screamed with delight. Bite wore a green spray and a little hunch of dark-blue violets iu her golden liair, and Matilda noticed with a jealous pang that they drooped low against her neck. As she shook hack her tresses in her glee the flow came to the ground, and then Nathan must adjust them ; and when in his bashful lie said he could not reach so high, slie answered with coaxing playfulness, "Do now, dear Natty !" And when he still made her knees before excuses she dropped him aud bent her bright head low, so forcing him against his will to replace the flowers. were hare aud the neck of her Her to scandalize the prim little dress so low country maiden,and she offered her a shawl, expressing the fear that she might take cold in tlie unaccustomed air. •e !" cries Lamsie, " Oh, how good you seizing and kissing the hand that ottered the shawl, and then slie says she will come and spin for her every day, and help her tlio milking, and that in the evenings Nat shall let them ride tlie horses, and they w have such fun ! She tossed tlie shawl about her shoulders airy grace that Matilda could never have counterfeited, and then she put it over her head and made it into a hood, and cross ing her hands demurely called herself a nun, stringing her roses into a rosary the wliiie. Matilda could not relax much, however— t that Nathan ritli ill th she could not, I say ; slie charmed, and she found it difficult to accord tlie charmer simple justice. There was another who found it difficult too, aud that was Nathan's mother. Slie had already accepted Matilda as a daughter-in law, and she was determined to accept other. " The foolish hoy!" slie said to Mrs. they talked apart, " I feel like Hastings, boxing his ears and shutting him up in the closet ! A pretty wife that chit would make him, to he sure !" And then she told Mrs. Hastings confiden tially that her brother Tom was trying to coax Nathan off to town ; that lie had offer ed him a fine salary, and an easy situation in his establishment ; and that she was very much afraid the hoy would take up with Adding : " And if he does, who knows wliat will come of it ?" Aud by this Mrs. Hast ings understood that she feared lie would marry Lamsie. And she hinted as much. "Ah, that is just it!" says Mrs. Arm strong; "tho hoy doesn't know his heart, nor liis own head, what will he the worst of it, lie it and ran and liis that look and only said she D it seems ; and fill find •k my ,'lien it is too late— them out words!" Aud then slie says, spitefully, tliut the girl's name is not Lamsie at all, but Eu nice instead. "That is what slie , "and w hat named any how," she goes they always called her while they lived over the store has made money, and have gone down onto Fourth street, aud got Eunice has got converted into Lamsie how!" She didn't see, for her part, wliat pretenco they had for it ; she was ,»ere not much alike. And then slie said she would.give Nat a talking to, and see if that would bring him to Ids senses ; and directly alter they all went away, Lam sie looking hack and laughing and kissing her hand to Matilda agai Fifth street; hut since Tom ; front, plain ti the mini's and again. And liis arm, Matilda watch ed Nathan pass out of sight. Only during the evening had he spoken apart with lier, aud then lie had said ' give anxiety of tone, " How do y Til?" ritli her hanging ith offen like lier, this her liad and of "She's a pleasaut little thing enough," says Airs. Hastings, us she locked tlie door, "but she never did a day's work in her life, I reckon, and Nathan lias got too much sense to he carried away with the like of her!" There wt when she slipped the blue lawn from her shoulders, as there bad been when she put it on ; all there was heaviness, and, to say the best of it, suspeuse. And this, then, liad been the evening to which she had looked forward with such eager deliglitfulncss of In mind, run The girl they of atten-1 anticipation ! I She did not sing at her spinning tlie next flutter iu Alatilda's heart cek went the next ; and all the day, by, and still she lmd not repeated the song that she had joined in her thoughts to Na than. Lainsie had been to call upon her two turned the calls. She had not time, she said ; and she feared, no doubt, that Nathan would think .■eking to see him, and this sin* • three tines, but she had not As table paper to She when " witli young Strictly dress she w wotdd not do, however much she desired it. Matilda knew by this time that Nathan had a chance of going to town, and she almost would go ; still, she thought • and talk with her about it knew that he he would c before he quite decided. the window of the chamber where spun she could see him at work in the hay-field that adjoined her mother's grounds the wheel stopped, iter hand s into the her hand, or •ross Iter shoulder. Some times, when Nathan stopped to drink, they would remain apparently chatting together a good while : and sometimes they sit down in the shade, nearer each other titan she liked to see them sit. Ft slit to her ing brother, not for army a of happens and most She and the On friend ted cresy, every day; and ofu and she stood with the wool i v Lainsie cc quite still, field with a pitcher of water i rake -ii« ■ ith ullit I She could fancy the girl's ringing laugh as she tossed the hay over Nathan while lie stooped before her swinging tlie scythe. ; and t him chase and eateli her, and re she put his face very dose—close enough to have kissed her. All this made her very uneasy, and was enough to keep lier from singing, as it did. " What is the matter, my child ? Do cheer up!" Mrs. Hastings said, time after time. But she knew well enough what was tlie matter, only she had not the heart to ac- it. knowledge it openly, and almost thought by ignoring it she could make it as though it were not. Perhaps we have all of us done something of the sort at some time. Matters, meantime, were going from had to worse, if the trutli had been known. When Lamsio raked the hay for Nathan, and picked out the flowers and tossed them in his bosom, she tempted him to retaliate in the like playful fashion ; and so it often hap pened tliut their hands met, and sometimes it happened that the playful quarrel ran al most into earnest, and then it was to he made up, and we all know what comes of such things. Wliat came of it with them was, in tlie first place, that tlie work was to neglected ; and, in the next place, that the lost time must he made up, aud so Lainsie would stay, hindering and helping, hut long after dark, as it fell out once upon these occasions, as they walked home through the shadows, it happened that Na than's Two or three times, at the beginning of her visit, Lainsie had "runin," as she called it, to see Matilda, hut the visits grew shorter with each repetition. She had always pro mised " Nat" that she would assist him iu tlie garden or the hay-field, or at whatever he chanced to be about, and Matilda never insisted that she should break her promise. So the end of th* week came, and for several days Lamsic had not " run in" at all. And now it was known to Matilda, through the general rumor, that Nathan Amstrong going to leave the farm for good and all— going to town to live with his uncle Tom and become a fine gentleman, and forget liis country friends and neighbors, so people said. Every word of this sort, and many such were spoken, went like a knife through the heart of Matilda ; hut she pondered in silence, aud breathed never a word of re. proacli or of complaint. Nathan was blind ed, bewildered, for a time, hut he was still true-licarted ; she never dreamed that lie could really prefer another to her, beonuao aha knew she could not prefer another to him ; and then, had he not told her in a thousand ways that lie loved her? She blamed herself more, in reality, for harbor ing a doubt than she blamed him for giving her cause. She was unreasonable; she hoped and exacted too much. But under all and over all there was a boding of ill ; that kept her from smiling aud from singing as she used. pass, a not it, ly tore tents. ma tills bless will friend letter lie of P. elty ra if of lie of A a twice ; and round her waist. and that she slie her little cold ed, No Slie the the and Nat over nun, ritli ill Mrs. Armstrong was out of all patience, as she said to her neighbor Mrs. Hastings, to think that Nat was come of age now, and team, and had liis fifty acres, and his liis choice of tlie cows, and his father to as sist him in the building of a house, and just as nice a little sweet-heart ns ever was, into tlie bargain, and he must go and throw It all away ! And for what ? He would see for what before he was many years older 5 hut young heads couldn't he put on to old shoul ders, she supposed, and Nat would have to burn liis fingers before lie could he made to know that fire was Hot ! She liad a dozen îriets aud sheets, and table-linen, and nil things to match, laid away iu the press, that liad been called Tilly's tilings for a year past and now to think ! Well, they might lie there seven years and rot before Tom's Eunice, the lazy, good-for nothing tiling, should have them ! Slie liad talked and talked to Nat, hut what good came of it ?—the more slie said against Eu nice, why the more he was for her ; and lie was not a child any more so that she could shut him up in the closet ; she only wished lie was, and she'd keep him there for while she guessed. In this way the disappointed mother got some hitter comfort ; hut not much, for jver much comfort to he got out of to had Mrs. like the make to offer very wliat Hast would Arm it D and find there is being wroth with my tliut Eu i we love. —The Philadelphia Common Couneiliiie had their "rough and toumble" at their Thursday evening. The gas w ■ct hat over onto wliat slie and ; Lam kissing ing turned off. Tom —One thousand dollars were bet sleigh race from Providence to Boston-52 Black Maria won it in 3 hours and plain miles. 25 minutes. —The man who broke his arm by falling vinter, lias liad front of liis the a slippery sidewalk, last a large quantity of ashes put ii house and store. —Wendell Phillips, Beecher, Mrs. Cady Stauton aud Garris ers announced at the Fraternity Course i Brooklyn. The first will he give ruary 5th. —On the breaking out of the fire, at the White House Conservatory, Mr. Seward ex pressed tlie opinion that it was not much ot rould he extinguished ; among the leetur And watch apart IV!' offen lier, conflagration, and sixty to ninety days. # —Tlie Tribune explains that the New York Counciluieu who threw inkstands at the Chairman did not know liow to jvritc, the proper use for door, life, much of her put say liad looked of in fr and supposed that wr those articles. next heart — 1 The rapid promotion to the army since the war is illustrated by the following: engraver to his clerk, "take "John," said those visiting cards for New Year's day up immediately to Alajor Williams. Now, hur ry ; lie may he made a brigadier general by brevet before you get there, and then they'll he left on our hands." [Original.] THE ADVERTISEMENT. liY NOB A M. CLIFTON. As Mr. St. Clair arose from the breakfast Arkansas. she —The table one morning, he passed the morning paper to Ids daughter Lena,and left the room to prepare for Ids usual walk. She carelessly glanced over the columns, when the following arrested her at tent ion :— " Wanted. — 1 To engage a correspondence witli some intelligent,amiable,and handsome young lady, with a view to matrimony. Strictly confidential by both parties. Ad dress- T.k Hoy Clayton, ing I in// in i First Lieutenant, th New York Vols." is Lena jumped up clapping her hands, flew to her room and prepared to answer it, say ing as she did so : "There my dear beloved brother, you gave in the way of excuse for not writing to me, that it did not look well for young ladies to receive letters from the army ; so I will show you that I can have a soldier correspondent, and a brother officer of yours too. "Whew! wluit will aunt Clara say, if she happens to hear of it ; I imagine I would he subjected to one of her everlasting lectures; and dear papa ! Why he would scold Ids pet most uumereifully." She hastily penned an exquisite little note, and ordering the carriage, bore it herself to the Post Office, feuriug to trust u servant. On lier return, she called on her intimate friend Florence Norton, to whom she rela ted her project. That young lady promised the utmost se cresy, and would assist hoi*, if she required last I it.uk. Tuesday Bay were —A kerosene the —A left —A it. to the a ; *6000. itually. House of branch is Lena waited impatiently for a week to pass, and then went to the Office to ask for a letter to "Miss Laura Snow," as she lmd not dared give her own name. Her little hand trembled as she received it, and hastening to the carriage, rode rapid ly home. When safely locked in her own room, she tore open the wrapper aud read the con tents. "All ! My good fellow, do not call me ma chore too soon, or you may yet repent tills Affair d'amour. You say you are im patient to meet tlie one you feel sure is to bless your future life, and you are coming , in a short time if " Miss Snow will permit you." " She again hastened to the house of her friend and the two had much sport over tho ardent yet unknown lover while together answering his epistle. In another week she received a second letter begging of her to name a place where lie might behold the face of his lovely respondent. With her permission of her friend she wrote that he might call on her at the house of a friend, No. 810-street at 4 o'clock P. M., one week from date. On the morning of the eventful day while engaged in some light occupation in her own room she began for the first time to think seriously of what she had done. Supposing ms in good earnest, and if »lie de clared her intentions was merely for the nov elty of tho sport, he might have revenge by spreading her name among the idle. What could she do ; confide in Aunt Cla ra ? No never ; the shock would he too great for her maidenly feelings ; she would bravely meet him, and explain her motive ; if he he a gentleman he will not expose me. As she was preparing to ride to the place of meeting tlie thought occured : He may lie a handsomotnnd fine young man after all. Who knows ? Morgan ed hurt but lie love brows. feel tlie says third in la at per live for You your o'clock, tlie servant an nounced a "Mr. Clayton to see the ladies." Lena trembled very much at first; hut Florrie laughed ; told her not to he unnerv ed, that she would accompany her to the hall, and then retreat to the hack parlor. Lena paused one moment to regain her composure, and then calmly opening tlie door, slie stood face to face with whom? No one else hut her brother Herbert St.Clair. Slie stopped hut a moment, and then flew through the folding doors, that at the mo ment were opened by Florence, whose fe male curiosity was so grout she had peeped through the key hole. Herbert stood for a moment visibly dis appointed ; for he had entertained a secret hope,that th a friend's house, was the dwel ling of the lady herself as lie confessed the same, some months after, to liis wife Florence N. St. Clair. Lena married a brother officer of Herbert's year after; hut his name was not Le Roy Clayton, nor did he advertise for her : hut she is as well satisfied as if he had. Precisely ing and rope to all for to to nil lie got for of gle first to complains of water dogs, —A Cincinnati catfish and other fishes in liis drinking water. —The Post says Yestvali is taking the Memphis tlicatre-goers by storm. —A new treatment for pulmonary diseases, called the "Fresh Meat Cure," is advertised. —None of the President's C< iservatory at the time of tlie îservatives were in tlie Ct fire. ghly know the i another in —" Only women thor insolence of women toward this world."— Thackeray. —" Ami don't young men always begin by fulling in love with ladies older than tliein Thaekeray. •lv —When Beau Brummel was asked what made the gentle "Starch, starch, starch, my lord !" , liis quick reply wi ■ct —Tlie Charleston Mercury rejoices in a lengthy article over tlie s enger railway. Billy Farrell, a Philadelphia prize fight er, lately in New Orleans, was killed at Galveston •cess of that city's pa and s evening. New Y liad liis —Tlie Philadelphia papers report vais or departures at that port. Ditto for Wilmington. —William II. Uatzmcr, for many years Superintendant, lias been elected President of the Camden & Amboy Railroad. —A new hotel of mammoth dimensions is to he built in Baltimore. The charter creates tlie " Monumental Hotel Company." —All the rolling mills of Wheeling, and one thousand employees in them, have sus pended operations, for a month. —It is a great mistake to suppose tliut everybody in Kentucky is running for Gov ernor. —they are candidates for Lieutenant Gover nor. Cady i the ex ot IV!' New at jvritc, for There • fifteen •ho are not, —Leonard W. Jerome, of New York, has tendered *5,01)0 to Princeton College,the in terest of which is to provide an annual med al for the graduating senior " who shall he decided by vote of his classmates to he the first gentlemau of liis class." It is a danger experiment. Think of George IV and Beau Brummel], aud others of the " first gentlemen!" Better buy a fast horse, Air. Jerome. since "take up hur by they'll This and That. ' * Maximilian is sick with the fever. whisky frauds. ■Still in nprratio is a capital offense in —Horse Arkansas. —When was Ruth rude to Boa/. ? Wild she pulled his ears and trod on his cc —The number of deaths In New York dur All read liant pendent etiquette ••In ing I 860 was 2(5,844. —General Ord reports that they have slay long, fore a lias and in// in Arkansas. —Brigham Young's last wife is said to he i imperious-looking young beauty. —The Amerh Bible Society printed copies of the Scriptures. —Sweetzer s New York Evening Gazette is winning golden opinions. last year 1,11! have nitaries; ety Dear pretty „home," besides, women the hours, have look happy. per blage'' just the den to he not The are your stirred and lends them none Your the ladies. you down fields, are new. going and your time, vides er of call waits gust a and the ces, do her and it are Mrs. If she to er Italy's official papers are I it.uk. ' for breakers in England when ;s to the throne. —Miss Dickinson lectured in Boston, Tuesday evening. —Twenty-four ships were wrecked in the Bay of Naples on the night of the 14th. —More, than a thousand new buildings were put up iu Baltimore last year. —A Richmond doctor says rubbing with kerosene oil will cure rheumatism. —Look the Prince of Wales c ■d, —A Massachusetts lady,recently decei left a legacy for tlie support of her dog. —A Nevada miner lias a brick Hi* does not carry it in his hat liab rortb *6000. itually. —Tlie Ways aud Means Committee of the House have concluded to make the amount of exempt income *1000. —Tlie New York Times considering one branch of tlie Councils of that city ruffians, is satisfied to find the other branch fools. by ; —Daniel Quinn, a county Cork-er, and Morgan guerrilla, is tlie last Fenian convict ed in Canada. —Our Boston Correspondent is about to pen-picture Wendell Phillips. He won't hurt him. —Morrissey lias succeeded of late years, but when a fighter there was a time when lie couldn't " go" Hyer." —An ardent entomologist lately fell iu love witli a lady solely because of her beetle brows. —Pickpocket's Toast—The Aud that can feel for another's pocket hankerchief, and tlie Art that can prig it without detection. just out of Auburn Prison —A young says he has lost all love and admiration for "auburn locks." —Mr. FrelingliuyseUjOf New Jersey,is the third of his name who has sat for his State in the U. S. Senate. ^ —The newest Yankee notion is an umbrel la with a gutter round the edge and a spout at one corner. —Twenty-five farms have been sold in one section of Alabama for the low price of *1 per acre. —Niuetecn weddings in Concord Christmas. It is to be hoped thew will all live in Concord. —A Peruvian merchant in New York charges his partner with stealing *15,000 worth of diamonds. —A Harrisburg butcher lias produced a fifty-nine foot sausage. It is not intended for the Paris Exposition. —The only white shirt belonging to a Wis consin editor was stolen from a clothes line Christmas night. —" Photo-sculpture" is the rage in Paris. You no longer give your friends a carte hut your bust. her tlie fe dis Roy hut —Steamboats for freight purposes are go ing out of fashion on the Mississippi. Tugs ul barges are to take their plaees. —It is rumored that Stephens, Halpln, and Kelly have suddenly emigrated to Eu rope with all the Fenian money. —4707 volumes were added to the Phila delphia Mercantile Library, last year. Novel reading Is decreasing. —A vessel for Melhoi true », Australia, from England, December 22nd, took out 93 sin •n, and another is shortly to follow gle li witli 100 more. —A London lecturer on America says the first mem. he made in his note-hook riving in this country w to send a fool to America." Sensible ! ar that " it is no use ent of Tlieo —At Chicago, the manage dore Tilton's lecture refused to sell tickets to some colored people. Theodore heard of it and took them complimcntarlcs, himself. of . Railroad brought into ,052 gallons of tlie rich dairies of Montgomery —The North Pe Philadelphia, last year, I, milk, fr and Bucks counties. the tlie —The New York Gazette says : " Au old female offender was brought up yesterday before Justice Mansfield at the Essex Market Poliee Court, who pretended to faint." Who did ?—the Justice or the Poliee Court ? the in by —"Tilt» Is the Burden uf the Heart, The Burden that it always bore ; We live to love ; we meet to part ; And p; arth m the l Wo clasp one it lie earth —Napoleon, Eugenie and tlie Prince Im perial attended and warmly applauded of Adah Isaacs Menken's performances in It is suid the what wi Paris, at La Gaiete theatre. a fight at ul " pure and simple," hut Menke we judge the former adjective misapplied. appe city's —A little Italian hoy traveled 45 miles on foot, from Chatham, C. W., to Detroit, and pawned liis harp to purchase a ticket to The Detroit Post says of all the audience he was probably the only one who could understand her. Ristori's pcrioruH for years charter and sus tliut Gov Gover a New York paper makes the following lucid statement about borax : "All the borax hitherto used in the world Thibit in A writer ii has been obtained from a lake ii e, though not 1, Asia, and Northern Italy ! one A. J. Brint, Stonewall Jackson 11 "poet," —A souther rinds up ritli tlie following lines : " Not by the foeuuiu'a hand he fell, Ills life they could not take : Thank God ! the historic muse must teil, lie died by a mistake" —The original painting of "The Horse Fair," by Rosa Bonheur, belongs to Mr. Wriglit of Hoboken, and is now on exhibi tion at Derby's new gallery iu New York. Every body has seen engraved or lithograph copies of this famous painting. —The ship Mercury is now loading at New York the articles designed for the Paris Ex hibition. The space allotted to tlie United States—50,000 square feet—will lie filled to its utmost capacity. Air. Derby, the agent loading her,is besieged day and night by par-1 ties who desire to exhibit. not, has in med he the danger and first Air. .t \ * The 230 In tin* Etiquette in Washington. All our lady readers will po pleased to read what Mary Cleimuer Ames, the bril liant correspondent of tin* N. Y. Inde pendent says of life in Washington, and the etiquette of fashionable society there :— ••In lioliday-week Washington took a reel breath for prayer and praise bc Not States es, Church able long, fore springing into its vortex of folly, a reception has yet been given. Not a party lias yet filled the world of fashi ■uiory of its magnificence. But General and Mrs. Grant have issued cards : so too il li the ter, Both tiers of attach chosen have the Cabinet ministers, and other dig nitaries; and one unbroken chain of gay ety now reaches forth from January to Lent. Dear little woman, rocking the baby in the pretty sitting-room of your quiet country „home," mayhap reading the Independent besides, you can afford to feel sorry for these women of the gay world, just hovering on the borders of over-crowded rooms, late hours, and blistering gas-light. When they have passed through them all, they w look half ns pretty as you do, nor he half as happy. Let no description in the per of the " brilliant and illustrious assem blage'' delude you into the belief that it was just as brilliant ns we fancy, or that this is the happier life. Above all, he sorry for the poor corres pondent. The newspaper Mogul, in his dingy den issued a fiat to him, commanding him to he "piquante and personal," "sharp," if not "biting," and at all odds "brilliant.". The laws of newspapers are inexorable ; so are the laws of bread and butter. You get your subscription. Perhaps your heart is stirred with a gentle envy of the " beautiful and accomplished'' dames to whom distance lends so much enchantment. I have seen them all, Petite ; and will still tell you that none of them are as freshly pretty as you are. Your unsophisticated heart knows nothing of the bars of society which divide these fine ladies. When you feel social and communicative, you tuck baby into tlie little wagon, and go down the village streets, or across the open fields, to see your bosom friend Poll. If you are domestic, you discuss new recipes and new. patterns ; if gossipy, y going to he married, or bom ; if you tellectual, you talk over the last Atlantic and George Eliot ; if you are pious, it is "the minister" and "the new converts" who fill your heart. In either case, you have a nice time, take a cup of tea, and no social bar di vides you and Polly, You are a wild flow er Carina, too near Nature to live here. Mrs. President is called upon by the ladies of the Cabinet. The Cabinet ladies never call first upon Mrs. Senator. Mrs. Senator waits for Mrs. Representative, and all in au gust state " receive" the untitled, unofficial crowd. At the Seat of National Government a certain formula of etiquette is obviously necessary. It only becomes absurd, selfish, and arrogant when, instead of regulating the mere forms of conventional acquaintan ces, it obtrudes a heartless harrier to the in tercourse of personal friends. Mrs. Senutor professes deep love for Mrs. Commonlife. Mrs. Senator has nothing to do hut to sit in her parlor, or ride forth in her carriage. Mrs. Commonlife has many cares and her life is full of labor. "She must call upon me because I am a Sena tor's ivife says tills large-natureil friend. When she meets her, it is with an injured . "You have been in the city weeks, and haven't been to see me. Yet you know it is your pilaccto call upon me first, if you are busy." "Why?" "Because I am a Senator's wife; and you—you are only a husband holds no office," Mrs. Senator secs Mrs. Commonlife only once through months' stay in Washington. If she could only forget long enough that she is a Senator's wife, she would go and pour out her heart every day, as she longs to do. Instead of draining its sweetest es », she is constantly missing the finest flavor of life. Because she is a senator's wife, she chooses to he a narrow,not a largc natured woman. Petite , wouldn't you rath er take baby, and run and see Polly ? I would. before that more not or 't ew spa that of or work, city one a ism to and cause dered they ard and dists 25, ists 179 lics, ous tell who is In a ed the as Whilc the festivities of Compeigne arc drawing to 11 close, a few of the more prom inent members of the fashionable world have opened their salons without waiting for the return of the court. At a hall given by one a few nights ago an true woman. Y M. C. A. Stylo of k'H Dir» Tlie to it of these persi American lady,who carried oft' the palm of beauty, was equally remarked for the elegance and originality of her toilette. Her dress, of pink taffeta, was trimmed with two magnifi cent flounces of Aleneon lace, tlie pattern of which represented a asters, These tlounc toons being held up with bouquets of roses and asters alternately. 'Hie same trimming was continued 011 tlie corsage and in the of •land of roses and rcre put hcaddn the waist depended a sort of Lastly, fr tunic, of white brucatclle, embroidered with • flowers. This tunic. bouquets of the si short in front and rounded ut the con Im in the train, necful and charm lengthened out behind so as to for and would have bee in a picture, other lady. much admired, tho long and elegant train was necessarily walked upon by every pair of feet that c containing In a crowded hall room, though hut of it? to the • within a vard or tw< inch so many of the enemies of crinoline have lately been indulg ing in view of its approaching downfall.have •what premature. Several leading sommités of the show been s : in vithout wires: hut the themselves gay world, though its " greatly diminished i 'giving it up alt h!" to fit tin circuml flier. Tin ■»lire, ami only widens out just before it reaches the ankles. hoops are nil below the knees, and just serve to "throwout" the bottom of the Its ft dress, leaving the upper part as *• slim" os Mr. New Ex to agent par-1 itably subjected in a tlie figure it drapes. To this new sty! To tliis new style of crinoline, designed for day wear, is adapted, for evening wear, what may be most graphically described as tlie water cart prolongation, viz. : a sort of supplementary train or extra crinoline con sisting of four hoops, formimr a long pro jecting train, which la hooked on to the bot tom of the day crinoline, und serves to ex tend the absurd lengths of silk and satin which it is now the delight of Paris belles to display behind them, not withstanding the perpetual trampling to which these stre ing cascades and rivers of drapery are inev rded drawing room. 'respondent's of the Nation. —Paris The Centre Clmrelt, at Hartford, Ct., is 230 years old, having bee In this period it has had clev tin* last of whom, Pr. Ilntvks. rrsisard altar tranized in 1030. ralnlsters, vlng 4« years. in the United Tiik Episcopal C I« I! States is said to he divided into 2303 parish m and Hi 1, 22/» lay ambers of this 2530 clergy During 18f»C the mtribntod *3,051.007 for ehnrit es, having members. Church c« able purposes. Union Movement.— The two Presbyterian churches (New and Old School) in Manches ter, Ohio, have merged their organization. Both were feeble. The united church tiers It self •temporarily from any higher ec clesiastical relation until after the meeting of the assemblies of 1868. attach itself chosen by a two-thirds voie. a a I After that it will •hutever presbytery may he IIkv. Dr. Cheney, Baptist, i before the San Francisco Association, stated 5,032 a sermon that in all North America there more Baptist churches than Baptist ministers, not excepting those who arc past service, or otherwise incapacitated on account of health, or engaged as editors of religious papers, or professors and teachers in institutions of learning. As to the Pacific coast, he said Baptist ministers in the State that there is of Nevada, hut one in Idaho, and only or two in Oregon, wholly devoted to the work, while in California north of Nevada city and south of Santa Clara, there one wliolly given to tlie ministry. is not Rev. Chah. II. Spurgeon, the eminent Baptist Minister of London, lately preached a sermon, in which he declared high church ism to lie bastard popery, aud broad cliureli dishonest infidelity. Tlie great danger to tlie church came, he said, from within, and not from without. He deprecated legal interference, however. He did not want tlie bishops to interfere with the ritualists, be cause wliat service had the bishops ever ren dered to the church, or wliat benefit would they ever render it ? Neither did he want parliaments to interfere with them, wanted the Holy Ghost to lift up the stand ard against them. There are in New York 814 churches and chapels and halls set apart for religious services. Of these the Protestant Episcopal Church lias 68, the Presbyterians 55, Metho dists 40, Catholics 32, Baptists 29, Israelites 25, German Reformed 20, Lutheran 9, Uni versaliste and Unitarians 7, Congregational ists 4, Friends 3, aud other miscellaneous denominations 21. In Brooklyn, which is called the " City of Churches," there are 179 religious edifices, of which the Metho dists have 39, the Episcopalians 2G, Catho lics, 23, Presbyterians 21, Baptists 18, Con grcgationalists 17, German Reformed, 15, Universalist s 4, Israelites 8, and miscellane ous denominations 14. He The Society of Friends and the Late War.— The Friends' Intelligencer, publish ed iu Philadelphia, discusses the proper course of action towards these members of the Quaker societies who have home arms during the war. It says no genaral or uni form rule has been allowed in these cases. Some of the guilty persons have " offered acknowledgments," which have satisfied their monthly meetings. Others are unable, as yet, to see their fault. The Intelligencer would have great lenity shown to those who induced to buckle on the sword," es pecially as they were encouraged " by the expression of sympathy and interest in the cause at issue by those who were older and were looked upon as consistent members of the religious society." But it thinks that for the future, Friends should give an increased prominence to tlie "peace principle" in religious teachings,that especial care should he taken té impress it upon children as early in life us possible,and that this institution should not he neutrali zed " by placing in the hands of the little ones the toy .drum, pistol and gun, with tlie tiu battalion,which,though inertivein them selves, are significant of hostility and a re - taliatory temper." Oppression in Maryland. —A colored minister, in one of the lower counties of Maryland, some time since, addressed tlie following letter to Judge Bond, of Balt imore, complaining of the persecution his people suffered in the apprenticeship of their child ron, the burning of their school houses, and tlie heating of the teachers of the colored schools. We conceal the name and dence of the writer, since if they were dis closed they would inevitably fall a prey to an rebel vengeance : My Dear Judge. —We poor colored peo ple are being shot down while we are on our way to church, and our children are taken (by the apprenticeship law) and there is no help. Come down, if y he done before we 't come, write of of of the what ci are all lost. And if y to Judge Goldsburgli, or some good that will have a feeling for us, to get children. We have been favored with Judge Bond's reply to the above letter : and as it seems to indicate plained of, we print it for the benefit of " whom it may concern." ,-el remedy for the evils c of Baltimore, 186(5. My Dear Sirs—T he sad story of y difficulties is the common complaint of the colored people in the lower part of the State. How we are to remedy the wrongs which and of which you complain, istancc of the religious senti people, even if we have the law ready to use its power for * ' we have not). train of are done > •ithout the as »lit of the officers of the ■ protection (which 1 fear 1 do not know. Yet y it? y know that it is impossible to get • clergy man on the hay shore to hint even in ih** pulpit that men are under any Christian obligations to he kind or benevolent, much less just, toward the colored people. 1 i hink wliat is most wanted is a revival of a Christianity that is not afraid of persi - eligion that lias a martyr at least jentury, and is not tin* ion of public opinion. To think that all the outrage» of which twelve churches and school houses, could lake place, aud all the pulpits remain as silent as if the millennium had dawned, is the the •ution. a re reib only complain, and the burning of and the cl colored ministers ought to make y o the authorities ot the sc clergymen belong glit shame them into » precept of Chris g on a man's duty to black ;" and a health rould Ik* established, is a better pro »Ives. An appeal to such church authorities, set ting forth the extent and fierceness of tin* persecution you suffer, would awaken great sympathy among men who have not grown up under the shadow of slavery, and the ministers among you who fear public opin * than they do God, will be shamed by it iuto doing wliat the power of tlie re ligious truth they profess seems powerless to impel them to perform. Yours, etc.. \ complaint km churches lo which tlie in tlie North. Y the enforcement of son tiunity remotely hearin liis neighbor, "if lie he ier public opinion u which, for many purposes, i tection than the statutes the os wear, as of con pro bot ex satin to the inev room. ion L. Bond. Hue. — N. Y. Independent.