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3m //Ms u r. ♦ r \yw v "2^ « NUMBER 14. WILMINGTON, DEL., THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1867. VOLUME I. THE LADIBS' INQUIRY. Why is it, Mr. Editor, We'd gladly have you tell us, luvarlulily upou the Those groups of idle fello Thai •••I.-' it as " At every ? They blwk the sidewalks, aud regale The neighborhood around them, With horrid oath, or filthy joke, Or rudely puff tobacco Enough to make Old Harry choke, *'b throat, confound them. okc Right do And wheu a lady need« muBt paHs These boorish gangs, its shocking To see them stretch their necks and gaze, muddy days, Eü]M>cinlly If site nerclinuce lier skirls should raise. And thus by accident display« The smallest mite of a ■kii.e.. and then you'll hear o With Bclf-linportnnt air ; " There goe« poor Fanny h< TJk* girl But tired of And a •d to ci know. ,yo c time ago, I thought .■din'd die I swear." When half the One glance of favor given, Through pity, to her jilted hoy , By this Ho-8tylcd " discarded toy " •T would drive the spoony wild with Joy, And make his earth a heaven. tha Now pray, dear Mr. Editor, Inform us If you Why thu« In Bitch nuisances Submitted Hlr, community, « these would la* continually, We wait your speedy answer. I Love. nIll sickness full of L All remedies refusing ; A plant Uiat most with cutting grow». Most baren with best using. Why so? it dies ; More If not enjoyed, it sighing cries, Heigli lto ! Love is a torent of the mind, A tenqiest everlasting ; And Jove hath made of it a kind full, nor fasting, enjoy it, Not well, Why so f *. enjoy it, more U dies i If not enjoyed, it sighing cries, Hngli ho! Mi A Year'» Work of Dram Kelling* Carefully composed statistics show that alxty tlumsand lives are annually destroyed by intemperance in tlie United States. One hundred thousand men and women are year ly sent to prison In consequence of strong drink. Twenty thousand children are year ly sent to the poor house for the same rea son, Three hundred murders are another of the veariy fruits of inteuipercnee. Four hundred suicides follow these fearful cata logues of misery. - Two hundred thousand orphans are bequeathed each year to private and public charity. Two hundred million dollars are yearly expended to produce this shocking amount of crime und us much more is lost from the same cause.— Young Reaper. The Change of a Few Years. The following is a sketch of tlie remarks made by Hon. Henry Wilson at a Republican ward meeting In Washington,a few evenings ago: in a sitting settle family gation that " " can." " all " able look that, a tilda in him him him the He said that lie could not but contrast the condition of the colored men of this city in the past with their condition at present.— Thirty years ago he had visited Williams' slave pen on the Island, and had se ami women eooped up to be sold to the Southern market. At the table of his board ing-house, on Capitol Hill, he ventured, at that time, to express his opinion against slavery,and was chided for it by a gentleman who said that Senator Morris of Ohio, who was sitting at the same table, might be al lowed to speak against slavery, but such ex pressions from a citizen could not bo tolerat Ile had seen slaves led by the Capitol building in the very presence of the represen tatives from the free States. Six years ago, slavery was in its strength in tho couutry.— Unable longer to control national affairs,tho slaveholders turned their backs upon the Union and formed a government whose foundation they intended should be human bondage forever. The first act of our Govern ment toward the liberation of the slaves throughout the country was that declaring free all colored men forced into the rebeu army. Breckinridge, the traitorous Vice President, predicted upon the floor of the Senate that this act, slight as it appeared at the time, would ultimately lead to the sever ing of all bands and the utter destruction of slavery. The speaker traced the farther works of the Government to give all men their rights and liberties. The last great act the passage yesterday of the bill supple mentary to the military bill. Now that this is done, nothing short of a revolution could change it back. VÛ. Tb« Stuart« aud tbe Brevoortx. Two opulent families of New York city began life in a humble way. The success, says a correspondent, of the Stuarts is one of the instances of great results arising from little beginnings. It is sixty years since .a Scotch emigrant named Kinloch Stuart landed in New York and located in the upper part of the city, where tlie wife and mother opened a candy shop. Mrs. Stuart got in good repule among children— who are always the best judges Tn such mat ters—by the liberality of her pennyworths fectionery, and as a consequence the •hop thrived. One of those very children, now older than either of the present Stuarts, describes a quiet road anil a dilapidated house where the guile wife dispensed her little stock of dainties, aided by two little boys who weighed out taffy and peanut candy. Sixty years have passed—tlie quiet road is a roaring street—the shabby shop is turned into a refinery seven stories high, i entire block, while the little lords of millions. Speaking as It of and covering taffy hoys .... . of Kinloch Stuart we may remark that seve ral great estates were in inception at the same time. At the date we refer to, John Jacob Astor, Peter G. Lorillard, and Stephen Whitney were battling with the world, and each ot them accumulated princely fortunes. At the same time a market farmer named Brevoort was supplying the city with vegetables, little dreaming that his farm would one day be converted into building lots, and that each than the cost of lot would be worth . , , his entire estate. Such was the origin ot the Brcvoorts, a family so often mentioned in connection with Irving, and who are now among the noblesse of the city. The Bre voort farm was a favorite resort for New York youth In those primitive days— is the locale of the Union squajc vicinity, while New York has extend« miles beyond it. Could any one behold the have mentioned grouped together he would hardly connect their names with wealth but from their humble beginning sprang tlie princely realities of tbe present day. To return to the Stuarts we may say that they are plain men of rather plebeian appearance, bearing all tbe marks of their unostentatious origin. They handed and generous, and have given away enormous sums, while at the same time they are close calculators and rigid and relentless in the collection of their accounts. —The thieves of Madrid make such exton elve use of the sewers in obtaining an en trance into houses that a subterranean police force has been organized. ■ it and five open chred found Life Love Each [FROM harper's MAUAZINK.j LAURA'S LOVERS. It maples his the with day, turning nests pery air and brought their the the matics " inquired and " other to be body. know, selves olTjust tain rence, engaged part, but Springs were ton thing fill, er." [conclusion.] " Ah, Laurence, you are always in luck !" cried Harry. " Here's a budget for you." " No congratulations, pray, till we see if it is notaduy." He looked at the address as he spoke, and lie put il down with a little start. " Why don't you reud it?" asked Gcordie. " I always read mine right off." " Mine" consisted of one which the Major had written and Laura read to him. vered "It doesn't look promising," L&ureucc ; hut directly after breakfast he had a horse saddled, and was oil' at a furious pace, as if ten thousand demons were in pursuit. Doesn't he go like time I" said Geordie, admiringly. When the Captain clear of hamlet quite homestead, with nothing but pasture-laud and woodland, bounded by a blue line of water, within view, he reined in his house, and proceeded to digest his let ter. It was not appallingly long, and writ» ten in a firm, clear hand, as if the writer had been too sure of her cause to sutler any tre mors of doubt to ruffle her nerves. It ran thus : Drab Bell,—I don't believe yon deserve any thing half bo affectionate from me »H that; but then, you heart always run» away with my head, or «r all your neglect. I t be writing this to yo It 1 b very gay here, at the Springs: but people coiiBtantly asking about you, ami I have to invent all manner of stories, rather than let them suppose I don't know all your lilthers and you». I can't endure uger ; if I don't see yon bw>u. what shall shall think, naturally enough, that you rythlng at. an cud between ns, and I Bhall dlngly.—Your devoted Matilua. •* I*. 8,-By-the-way,Lytton told me that he met you driving 'a lovely jelly-fish'—his very words—about the country. Now I thank my stars that I haven't a jealous temperament, or I should feel Inclined to run und look into the business ; but you know Lytton always makes the most of everything, and I couldn't help being amused ut tho sympathetic glances I re ceived, and the Interesting remarks my appearance interrupted after his arrival. However, I flatter my self that my sang-froid has rather turned the tide of "Have you heard that ChlllingtonIs hero?— my old flames. He made a large fortune In India a few years ago, and has returned a widower. Lytton, who knew them out there, says that his wife was a T myself, though I believe he exaggerates, received a basket of delicious fruit from ered In flowers. I Dll 1 think; I a lab ii of fac-similé o however, I him yesterday, "Wheu shall 1 look for you? I want to talk the Investment of Uncle Burton's legacy. you think of Government Securities ?" Captain Laurence didn't dally long this tender love-letter, but tore it into inch pieces, which tlie breeze floated along, like a swarm of white butterflies. Then lie turn ed about aud rode home very slowly, and went, with a heavy tread,straight to his room without any preliminaries. Somewhat Wllii! 'I" ver freer that you the back with and the I of swiftly tilda scenes had lovely lot table her stairs grate, ing fled, the dued with ing nor mer, into and ful SO later Hurry knocked at his door, but obtain answer; and when Captain Laurence appeared in the drawing-room, two after, he said he had been taking a sics tu, but looked as if he had been taking poi ed hour or " Was it a dun ?" asked tlie indefutigable Geordie. "One of the worst sort," replied Laurence. Mrs. Devon had a sick headache next morning, and Laura, going down early for remedies, met the Captain in tlie hall. "Up so early ?" said she. " ' The early bird,' you know, * catches the worm,' and in order to catch the train I fol low his example." " Are you going away ?" she asked, almost in a whisper, as if the words hurt her, anil sitting down upon a stair. "I must go," he vmvered, letting hisguze settle any where but upon her. waiting for you ; I made my adieus to the family last night Laura, it is a hateful obli gation that drags me away from you ; believe that of me whatever befalls." " But you will come back ?" she gasped. " With the swallows," he quoted, in his evasive manner ; " but I don't deserve you should miss me, Laura. Forget me if you can." " I never can." Shu smiled back at him, all her confidence in fortune returning. " There is Harry waiting to drive you down ; good-by, if I must say it—what a disagree able word ! I shall look for you every day." He didn't tell her that she might as well look for " red roses blooming in the snow," because he wasn't quite decision would last him to the Springs, but that, half-way there, he should turn from a rogue to a hero ; exchange a heavy figure for a light heart ; marry Laura, and commit Ma tilda and her Government Securities to tho fiâmes.' It seems to mo that the calm truth visible in those sapphire eyes must have haunted him long years after—must have risen before him like a beautiful ghost, and looked out at him from every star of heaven, and flecked the sunshine and poisoned success, and sharpened misfortune ; an avenging glance, hoarding all that was most tender and most bitter in his unhappy life. "I at the at of men act this that his latest city one years in wife Mrs. mat the her little peanut quiet is high, little So this was a new phase of existence into which Laura passed—a phase as unexpected as the other, only, oh so barren In contrast ! It seemed like reversing the order of devel opment-retrograding from her winged es tate into the dismal hermitage of a cocoon. During the weeks when she heard nothing from him, when even the family had left off saying, " It happened when Captain Lau : " How lonesome it is rence was here, that the Captain's gone!" she went in a trance, doing every thing it would have been done if her mind to to about like just had been upon it, conscious of no pangs of the body. If the Devons thought seriously about her affairs ut all, it was that she had played with Aim—that the demure Laura had turned flirt at the first opportunity ; but the Major, looking through tbe shows of things, perceived the great void in her life, and set himself to repairing it as best he might with gentle words and unobtrusive attentions. Ho came a little oftener especially in stormy weather; never without the last new book, the jolliest caricature, or the latest Paris confection ; never without bringing a cheery face into never without some stirring reminiscence of his frontier life, some pleasing incident by tbe way, some impossible day-dream of bis boyhood—«ny thing,in short,tow into a passing interest, to let the sunshine in her till she smiled in spite of herself. seve the Astor, ot the little be each of , ot now Bre New the together with beginning present say plebeian their away they relentless exton an en police sad place; ■ it and five L upon But when he did not come, and she had leisure for Introspection, she used to creep up stairs by herself, and look over the pre cious trifles which recalled the brief summer: a failed flower still sweet ; the picture of angel bending out of heaven, which Lau rence had said was her very self ; a ribbon brocaded with gold bees be had brought from a fair ; tho treasured oak leaf, bearing her name ; the wing of some tropical bird, " to brush the cobwebs out of your sky," he had said ; a South American beetle sepul open round the not about It tween Breeze, flanks a " " haven't which been dy before " a " ed his last fellow, though —she her he could ; fantustic shell they had chred in gold ; found on the beach, wherein he hnd scrawled, to-day while you Life 1 b Love 1 b sweet, and Love Ih bw Each t, love Ih uweet, may fall : • t, uso to-day." solace and i vouml. It was getting late into October, and the maples under*which Major Thorne had met his disaster were each a lmrning-bush, and the willows beneath which Laura had dunced with Captain Laurence were losing, day by day, their fresh youth ; all the fields were turning brown and barren, ami the naked nests began to show' through the scant dra pery of the woods, and the early morning air had a tang of frost,an odor of ripe apples and lusty grapes. Harry had been out during the day at a neighbor's, where he stumbled upon Ned Breeze—a college chum of his—whom he brought home to dine with him ; and a mcr timo they were having of it, touching up their pranks at the University, discussing the pros and cons of half-forgotten races, the muscle of Le Breton, and the mathe matics of Brooks. " And what are they doing in the city?" inquired Rose, growing weary of Brooks and company. " Pretty much as usual. Somebody or other has composed a new Opera, which is to be brought out directly by some other body. I'm not strong on the opera, you know, but I can give you a list of the latest •iages, if that will make amends." "Have any of our friends sacrificed them selves ?" "Let olTjust before I left—" "Not the Captuin ? cried Harry. "Not the Captain? Why not the Cap tain ? I don't mind giving an affidavit that other than Captain Belisarius Lau rence, and high time too ; why, lie's been engaged to his cousin Matilda these five years—rather a lukc-warm affection on his part, I hear—an affair of plus but a while ago he followed her to the Springs and hurried matters up, just as if he were afraid of doing something rash,as Lyt ton says. She's a very fine figure, they tell me, fi nancially speaking. Will you have some thing more, Miss Laura? Do make fill, if only for the sake of a balance of pow er." I v I a of a a tho then saddle had Laura, sorbed A distant an the with and ee—there's Laurence—his came ii minus ; of one 'I" Mrs. up Mrs. tors her some jor dull, a to once late to her use "Thank you," said Laura, with a little smile—and her voice was never so full nor freer from the tell-tale tremolo—" I don't seo that I can oblige you in that way ; but if you are amitious of usefulness, I pray you ith the matrimonial quotations for the sake of Rose and Harry." "Is it your Captain Laurence?" asked mischief-making Geordie, climbing on the back of her chair, and patting her cheek with lier chubby fingers. "No, dear." And the gentleman stroked his mustache, and stared at Laura, before proceeding with the chronicle. I think it was very little that Laura heard of the succeeding gossip, her mind returned swiftly to that day when the Empress Ma tilda first crossed her path merely as a name. Besides, she was going over those dear scenes for the last time, those scenes that had moved across her lovely sky like lovely mirage, like the image of Sir Launce lot across the magic mirror of the Lady of Sluilott. By the time Harry's friend had ex hausted his budget and they rose from the table she was ready to close that chapter of her life forever and aye ; then she stole up stairs a gai n and lighted a flame in her little grate, and made a holocaust of those sacred treasures which had afforded her such sad pleasure, with a feeling ns if she were turn ing to stone and had no longer any tears to shed—only, as the last flame flickered and fled, dropping a handful of white ashes the hearth, a sense of the irrevocable sub dued her and wrung from her one agonized sigh—no more. So sh« became the same Laura as of old— with a difference. She no longer wont to Cragstowe with the family, nor rode to Tangle Wood at its cor onation Well; you never saw her lingering in the fields at sunset, nor dancing beneath the willows on Geordie's fete- days, nor watch ing the fishing boats from the Causey ; she never heard of at Christmas festivals nor St. Valentine's ball, at picnic or party. People knew that she had lived one sum mer, and they knew little more about her, perhaps cared still less. Rose married and went her way, aud Harry followed her illustrious example, and settled on the old place, and Geordie grew into a handsome lad, and was sent off to rough it at school, while Laura sat at home, and read to her aunt, or took up runaway stitches in her knitting work, did the fine sewing of the household, looked after the housekeeping in lieu of Harry's fashionable wife, kept the children's faces clean, and their clothes and manners in order ; "a model old maid," ful mother called her, though not quite SO or for the fol the his you you ; well but a for Ma tho at and most saw and ed slaked her thirst at the Witch's his in into ! devel es •thing like their gratc thirty. All this time Major Thorne came and before ; he had purchased the es went täte of his dead friend, and there had been some talk of his marrying the widow, which, however, he had never heard. Mrs. fond of him, and Mrs. Harry off Lau it is of went thing mind Devou was fond of society, while Laura listened to him well pleased, made him happy with her commlssiondMn the city, allowed him sometimes to read in her steud, sometimes sang to him a little. He was always about her, pressed himself upon her, never recurred to that great epoch of liis ; but she knew that he loved her well, saw it shining in his eyes and trembling on his lips, heard it each tone of his yoice, a steadfast love that of had Laura but of life, he without or without of by of bis in Laurence had been, but he never in knew no eclipse, "Fain to earn, with lou« essay. What the winner's hand threw by. Ned Breeze, who hail brought the news of Captain Laurence's marriage so many au down to talk over old place; turnns ago, came times again with Harry ; and Harry and his wife hail agreed to ride with him to see the Mores, who were rela tives of his. But when tlie appointed day arrived Mrs. Harry hail a headache, aud a dress-maker and Laurie w pressed into the service, anil mounted upon Arrow, a horse that had but lately found its way into Harry's stables; but she went over tho ground safely enough ; indeed, a half hour in the saddle revived her old plea sure in the exercise, fanned u color into her cheeks, and made her almost gay. Then the Mores were so cordial, had so much to say, bo many improvements place to show, and last words to chirrup, that it was far into twilight when they turned their horses' heads •r to the Cliffs L illlngl y had creep pre summer: of Lau ribbon brought bearing bird, sky," he sepul the many new songs to trill homeward ; and even then Harry must go round by Crane-neck Hill to leave a note at the Gilberts and bring away a receipt for gooseberry wi commissioned him, with earnest emphasis, not to forget it, and a blue ribbon knotted about his little finger as a reminder. It was an ugly road, rough and rocky be tween the Mores and Gilberts, but to Ned Breeze, who had ridden through tortuous ca of South America and along the rude flanks of Californian mountains, it a lawn, and his flow of words faltered no than his horse's feet. " Do you think," said lie, at last, " I met Laurence last week !" " Laurence ? Ah, how was he looking ? I haven't seen him these six or seven years— which is it, Laura ?" "Why, you see," Ned resumed, "he's been very unfortunate, and he looked so see dy and wretched that I almost passed him before I could settle if it was himself." " Laurence seedy!" cried Harry; "that's a new character for the Captain." " 'Tis indeed ; ho used to be the best-dress ed man in the city. But he ran through with his wife's money before you could say 'Jack Robinson ;' and, to be even with him, only last fall she ran away with a sort of sporting fellow, whom he had invited to his house a number of times. It told upon him sadly, though they led a cat-and-dog's life together —she always reproaching him with marrying her for her fortune and squandering it, and he retorting that nothing but her fortune could have reduced him to such an extremi ; but—" There —It their ages. Saus-age. —A ern novelty. —A for old medal New in St. Mass., with which his wife had like Albany, to A days men have literary v a noise just behind them like tho stumble of a horse, a little moan, and then Arrow shot past them with an empty saddle and galloped into the darkness. He had started at something in the road, when Laura, who had dropped behind a step ab sorbed in listening, drew the bridle a little sharply, and he reared and threw her. A young moon hung over the crest of the distant wood and made a sort of glorified twilight in the place, while they improvised an ambulance of fallen boughs and rails from the nearest fence, cushioned and pillowed with their coats,upon which they laid Laura and bore her home,leading their horses with passed through the bridle, hardly conscious whether she were alive or no—a by world. Clo' one its way ghastly retinue. There w'as a great stir at Devon Place that night—domestics running hither and yon, Mrs. Harry in hysterics, the children waking up in terror at the confusion, neighbors W'hispering together in hall and chamber, Mrs. Devon wringing her hands, and Ned Breeze aud Harry galloping after the doc tors ; but when the morning sun filtered in through the Venetian blinds Laura opened her eyes wearily, and seemed to look for some one, asking, with difficulty, if the Ma jor had come in ; then she dropped into a dull, heavy stupor again, and the doetprs shook their heads over her. So the day wore through, bringing the Major,with a face like a mask of ice, and he made his way straight to Laura, and besought her to speak to him once more, not to leave him so utterly deso late ; hut her lips only moved as if she tried to smile, and her breath labored, while pre sently she sobbed to herself as though al ready she had forgotten he was near. " Oh, if I had never loved Captain Laurence !" Then she sighed deeply, and opened wide her eyes, und « great Ught filled them with a sudden, glad recognition of some sweet truth, as she fixed them upon him and said : " Hove you." And so the lids dropped. Laura had " gone over to the majority." was —A for had ny" ladies 19th 21st. of of to the the she aud and to fine the and quite tion New a backer of of poor, ing. green before Geordie Laura's grave saw it—sbe would have liked that best ; and that year's he came home on his from time to time, vacations, ho used to sit beside it with the Major, and recall her words and deeds, the tones of her voice, tho gleam of her lumi nous eyes, till, by-and-by, as ho grew older, and other interests and pleasures engaged him, she became a dim, pictorial being, whose actual features he found it hard to re member though loaning over her resting place ; so at last it was only the Major who found his way daily through the long, scent ed grass to one green mound, fragrant with lilies of the valley in their season—only the Major, to whom she was something more than a name—a living, radiant presence. and her of fast note as the the It was more than twenty years later, when Major Thorne had long reposed beside Laura, and their graves ncatli a tangled growth, known best to bird and bee, that a his face seamed with many furrows, his hair white before its time, was found kneeling against tbe stone in death, an amulet of aro matic seeds shut into his cold hand. No one in the neighborhood recognized him, but it could have been no other than Captain Beli sarious Laurence. So they wait—" 'till the day break, and the shadows flee away." THE END. almost lost be , bowed and withered, like Judicial Frankness.— An exchange says that a Texas Judge was recently called upon to pass sentence in a capital case. After dwelling on the enormity of the offence, the solemnity of the prisoner's position and kindred topics, he concluded his address as follows : " The fact is, Jones,that the Court did not intend to order you to be executed before next spring,but the weather is very cold,anil our jail, unfortunately, is in a very bail con dition ; much of the glass in the windows is broken; the chimneys are in such a dilapidat ed state that no fire can he made to render your apartments comfortable ; besides,owing to the great number of prisoners, not more than one blanket can be allowed to each ; to sleep sound and comfortable, therefore,is out of the question. In consideration of these circumstances, aud wishing to lessen your sufferings as much as possible, the Court, in the exercise of its humane compassion,here by orders you to be executed to-morrow morning as soon after breakfast as may be convenient to the Sheriff and agreeable to you. _ _ and es been Mrs. of with him about knew his that to never in of au old Another Hasty Burial. —An Italian in Mobile was put in bis coffin while in a trance, as he was supposed to be dead. Up riving at the graveyard the friends of the deceased found that the coffin hail been partially broken open, apparently by force exercised within. They at once held a con sultation, which resulted in the opening, of the coffin, when the apparently dead man found to present the most unmistakable signs of life. Although there was evidently life, there was no consciousness in him. The whole strength of the almost buried had been thoroughly exhausted by bis efforts to make kis condition known to his friends, and his consciousness deserted him simultaneously with the bursting of the lid by his frantic exertions to save himself, for rtainly dead when the physician sent for arrived on the ground. on his rela day a upon its went a plea her so into heads Cliffs illlngl y he who —Among the losses incurred at the winter that of a library valued at of Mr. Stuart. This and curious,books, procured at great cost Garden fire $5000, the property composed of choice, many of which w and trouble. the trill some of and may ter she This and That. —Cats and dogs are going mad at Detroit. —It is said the Mormons have Utah-WzeA their territory. —The ages of Express Companies—Pack ages. —The age of which but little is known— Saus-age. —A poor man's contribution to the South ern relief fund is a package of garden seeds. —Alphabetical soup is the latest culinary novelty. —A Yuukee has succeeded in curing South American beef so that it will bear shipment. —Milkmen, in Europe, are sent to prison for watering their milk. —There is said to be a fire engine 200 yc old at Bothlchem, Pa. —The Wisconsin Senate bus voted ft gold medal to Cyrus W. Field. —The " Marine Temperance Society," of New York, has 42,000 names on its roll. —The hog cholera is doing much havoc in St. Clair county, 111. —The Unitarian Society of Springfield, Mass., is about to build a $100,000 church. to was of try or Pa., in had or —The Hudson river, from New York to open for navigation. Albany, is -An imprisoned debtor in Maine has tak to studying law in jail. —What is the maternal parent of puppies ? A dog-ma. —The wheat crop never looked more promising in Missouri than at present. —Artemus Ward was insensible for nine days before his death. —The death of Professor De Bow, denied papers, is confirmed by authority. —In Missouri the laws allow married wo men to make wills of their own. They have them ready made here. —The N. Y. Evening Gazette says, T. B. Peterson, of Philadelphia, is projecting a literary paper. —There are seven million Jews ii aud the the he ly in the by the How many of them keep "Old world. Clo' " shops. —An infant with a $1000, note pinned to s recently left in a London rail its dress way station. Was that a note-worthy act ? —In Wisconsin, a Mr. Joseph P. Cotton was married to a Miss Cole, and the queB is, " shall Cotton or Cole be King ?" —A young man was arrested in Cincinnati for attempting to kiss a young lady whom he had been courting for some time. —A " Female Beauty Insurance Compa ny" is projected in New' York. Walk up ladies ! —Good Friday, this year, comes on the 19th of April, and Easter Sunday 21st. ing in tion the e a thousand fortune-tellers In New York, with fools enough to give them a good support. —In Columbus a little girl on a street cor earnestly pleaded fora "cliew of ter backer for her sick and dying mother." —It is believed that the Fenian Committee of the " Irish Republic" sit within two miles of the House of Parliament. —There all of a —Gov. Brownlow has commissioned Wm. Sumner, Jr., a respectable colored Captain I» tho State Gourd, in Tennessee. —The fruit crop in North Carolina looks poor, while the wheat crop is very promis ing. —" Mike, you have settled that affair with off the Lewis, yet?" "Yes, he kicked stoops last week, and since that he has stop bothering me." —It is stated by the Springfield Republican that John B. Gough has been offered $1000 (gold) a night and a furnished house, for a year's lectures at London, one in a week. —The Mississippi river opposite Memphis forty miles wide ; during the recent flood and at Cairo the water was only three inches below the top of the levee. —The Charleston News estimates the i her of freedmen—farm hands—who have left Bouth Carolina for Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Florida at ,000. -—At a horse race in Hopkins county, Texas, three murders were committed inside of fifteen minutes. If the horses were not fast the crowd was. —The Brooklyn Union says that Madame Rosa, in a recent concert, sustained a high note twenty-three seconds. That is about ns as long as we can retain a high (greenback) note. —The Louisville Journal thinks "the country would breathe more freely if Con gress didn't breathe at all. " No doubt rebels would. —A building in Troy, N. Y., bears con spicuously upon it in chalk tbe following : "John O'D John O'D-pay your board bill. thrown through a win dow, sasli, glass and all, remarked afterward that he had never experienced such piercing panes before. —Tbe legal pay of the members of the Illi nois Legislature amounted to $95 to each for the last session. Perquisites voted brought the amount actually received by each up to $870. it $18 for his board. vho —A the and as not is to out your in be to "Look here, boy," said a nervous gen munching urchin who tleman to candy at a lecture, "you are annoying me very much." " No, I ain't, neither," said the urchin, " I'm a-gnawing this 'ere candy," —The Boston school committee say, iu their last report, that the assigning lessons to girl s to be studied out of school hours has been forbidden, and that the teachers bave been required to see that the regula tions are faithfully observed. —The arrangements at Princeton College for the Jerome prize for gentlemanly deport ment are that tlie senior class and the literary societies will each furnish one candidate.— The collegians will make the first choice, sub ject, however, to the final decision of the faculty. —It cost Mr. Grau $500 to release from at tachment Ristori's wardrobe, at Nashville, Tenn. An engagment had been made to give one performance at the National Theatre, but Ristorl failed to appear, alleging sick ness as her excuse. The wardrobe was at tached by the manager for damages. —It is rumored that General Carl Schurz will booh vacate the editorial cliair of the Daily Post, of Detroit, and be succeeded by William A. Howard, former member of Con gress and late postmaster. It is understood that General Schurz is to take editorial charge of the St. Louis Westliche Post,the German radical paper of that city. in a Up of been force con of man him. bis his him lid for winter at cost Written desire ite and the some good aside We sible the Col. being humor critical ing isfy ing proper per some in ever of a attacks his in ■—if Arena the nia, fertile into of away, tance and and dise, the of ance. it a pull to " will dent ing the the tler " The Strang« Friend." The original publication in this paper of some of the facts which constituted the basis of Bayard Taylor's story in the January number of the Atlantic Monthly —" The Strange Friend," excited general attention, and among other reviews of the matter a friend at Kenuett Square sends us the sub joined communication on the subject. We may add that in addition to the true charac ter and previous circumstances of the "Strange Friend" being known in the neigh borhood of his residence, he was sometimes spoken of as " Lord Cox." The lady was paying attention, ac diug to the story, rumor at this day con nects with the name of a Miss Ross, whose family afterward removed to Ohio, where she became the wife of Governor and U. S. Senator Tom Corwin, Our friend at Kennctt says s— to whom Ihe are deceased. Henry Cox (for this was his real name) was known in his native land under the title of Lord Hamilton. He came to this coun try some years prior to his settlement in Chester county, aud took up his residence in or near the town of York, in York county, Pa., The reasons assigned by himself and older members of his family for leaving the place of their nativity, were that his estate in Ireland was encumbered by a heavy life annuity which rendered his nett income in sufficient to support him under the title he had inherited. He therefore concluded to leave and settle in the United States, where these distinguishing marks were unknown, or if they were known it cost nothing to wear them. In his first settlement in York county he wore the regimentals that distinguished his rank in Europe, and for a little time he con i of this costume. His wife reputed members of tinued the aud her mother the Episcopal Church, but it is not known to the writer of this, that he was or had been a member of that or any other religious or ganization. From motives however, best known to himself, he suddenly changed his apparel and put on the plain exterior of a Friend. His location was amongst the members of that sect, aud there ueing a meeting for worship and descipline estab lished in the vicinity he became a regular at tender of the former, and in process of time he made the application for admission, and upon investigation he was deemed sufficient ly sincere to be admitted into membership with the Society of Friends. Being thus established in commission with them, he in fluenced a portion of his children to make a similiar application, and on behalf of those in their minority he requested their recep tion, and thus, I believe, they were all re ceived into membership with Friends. In the year eighteen hundred and thirteen the family removed to the neighborhood of Londongrove, aud settled on a large farm i mile distant from Friends' Meet about ing of that name, where they remained more than six years. As was usual, soon after be coming there settled, they brought certifl cates of membership from York Monthly Meeting and presented them to Londongrove Monthly Meeting, where they were received, in accordance with the usage of the Society. During their stay within the limits of that meeting, the father and a large number of the children were regular atteuders of it on the first day of the week, and he, with less of them, also in ti*e middle of the week. or and ti Instead of having but two sons daughters, as represented by the gifted Au thor, he had seven sons and six daughters, all residing together. During the entire period of their residence in that vicinity this "Strange Friend," when at meeting, never took a seat in the gallery occupied by tlie ministers and elders, but always on the bench next under it ; nor did he, on any oc casion in a public meeting for worship, over open his lips or give utterence to words in the character of a minister. Occasionally he did give a sentiment on some business matter of not much moment, and his Opin io,,,, »vor o ninny* estimated according to their deserts. In connection with this part of my tabors, I may inform the reader that the wife and mother uniformly remained at homo und it is doubtful whether she ever ac companied her husband to Friends' Meeting, much less to hold forth also. The highly wrought history of a certain scene, repre sented to have taken place at the close of one of the religious meetings held at Lon dongrove, occasioned by the unlooked-for appearance of an old acquaintance (Jack O'Niel), has no foundation in fact, aud nev er took place on the Meeting House grounds in the presence of Friends just emerging from the meeting The writer of this was a member of that meeting during all this period, aud was in the habit of attending it gularly twice every week when health per mitted, and he has consulted a number of his cotemporaries who were alike diligent in attending meetings and there is but opinion among them all, and that is, that such a scene ever took place on that ground. Some of hers of the family, including the father, and found them kind aud courteous aud mostly ter. a the two of the a a ; IV intimate with the mem intellectual and intelligent ; but their early education aud surroundings had been such as to cause many inconsistencies in their habits and practice in life, when compared with their religious profession ; and hence estimated as members of the ns : for to they w Society, according to their merits, and thus the Friends of that meeting were not deceiv ed. With regard to the oldest son, named "Do Courccy," and his love predilections and fatal end, 1 need only say he was the second son and not tho first of their offspring, and that he died of lock-jaw, resulting from a fall from his horse in extreme winter weather. Like too many of his cotempo raries aud many of the youths of this day, it must be admitted he did not take the pro per care of himself on some occasions ; but he possessed talents of a high order, which unacr proper training and cultivation, might have made him a Bhining Ught in his day. I reminded of the remarks made by eminent writer aud statesman on the charac ter of a distinguished son of Chester county many years ago. who had been removed by death also, near the same period, and I think them applicable to his affianced personage. I will revive them : " Tread lightly on his ashes, ye men of genius ; he was y man." If my information be correct, and I to doubt it, the return of this family to Ireland, in the year eighteen hun dred and nineteen, was induced by the fact that his encumbered estate there had been relieved of the annuity by the death of its recipient, and thus he was enabled to enjoy his testimony unmolested by drawbacks upon his finances. Since the essay in question has made its appearance in public, letters have been re ceived from various aud distant parts of the country desiring to know how far the tale is a verity ; and the question has been repeat edly asked, what where the motives that in fluenced our Chester county author to make long a story out of a matter which had ft dormant nearly fifty years ? Was it,they ask, to interest a certain class of readers who are more fond of Fiction than Truth, and who will greet any tale, no matter how un true it may be, in all its parts, or to place the subject of his theme, personally, ii unenviablö fight !—or was it for the pun of undermining the Cardinal doctrine of Society of Friends, aud show the inefficien cy of Divine Revelation as a guide to man. Whilst 1 cannot think that any such feelings influenced the writer, I must be permitted to reluctantly KS1B have re me said iu sub the at give sick at the by Con lai n an lose Ibe say that some of his readers inclined to believe the latter interpretation was not altogether a nullity. The effect pro duced, in this instance, serves to show that caterers to public taste ought to remember that a large portion of their readers judge of their motives to action by the obvious literal interpretation of words, anil that great wrong and injustice may be done to indi viduals and societies, by indulging i use of discolored language iu order to gratify unholy appetite. It is for the purpose of shielding both of these from un mented ridicule that I have taken up the pen ; and if the exhibition of facts and the caution herein extended will have any weight with a thinking public and historic writers, I will be more than compensated by the reflection that I have not labored alto gether in vain. Anti Fiction. the and feed the ing The Home of Dan Rice. Written fur the Tribune. Tlie public is rarely gratified in its eagei desire to learn something positive and defin ite about the private lives of its favorites, and always peeps with avidity behind the domestic curtain which hides the hearth of the household Gods of great men, when some favored hand—delicately or rudely; good naturedly or impertinently ;—draws it aside We have an apt illustration of this irrepres sible proclivity to play the woman, in the constant inquiries of which that great wit of the Arena, and truly estimable gentleman, Col. Dan Rice is the un provoking cause, and being in something of that dissipated literary humor to-day, bordering upon the chatty, tempted to lay aside the pen reportorial, political, instructive, argumentative, and critical for the nonce, and, without attempt ing the biographic, amuse ourselves and sat isfy the curiosity of many readers by play ing narrative with the types, as far proper courtesy, always regardful of the sacredness of home, permits. After this philosophic and explanatory in troduction it is perhaps, if not material, pro per to mention that Col. Rice is not, to any alarming or inconvenient extent, defnnet, as some of his envious professional brethren— in whom the wish may be father to the foundless rumors have chronically announced ever since this people forgot the similitude of a Mexican dollar, but is liable to repeated attacks of robust health, and notwithstanding his herculean labors in the amusement field, in the very hey-dey of strength and vivacity ■—if possible more vigorous, brilliant, and fascinating both on the Rostrum and in the Arena than ever before. TlitlB re-animated by us he resides at the beautiful and thriving village of Girard, in the county of Erie and State of Pennsylva nia, where he has two large farms. The fertile fields of the smaller one smile sunnily into the honest faces of the worthy burghers of the town ; the other is some five miles away, and the winter home of the famed Sacred Cattle; the incomparable equine wonder, Excelsior Jr., and the various other trained animals which, during the Summer months, abide in tents with Dan and his acrobatic sons, that they may be seen of all people—as verily they are. The Colonel's residence stands a short dis tance back of the principal village square, modestly embowered in noble shade trees, and surrounded by acres of park, parterres, and lawns, made labyrinths by sinuous hedges bordering each drive and walk. The house, thus embraced by a neat para dise, is most noticeable as a suggestion of the unostentatious and happy domestic life of its celebrated owner. There is nothing pretentious or ginger-bread in its appear ance. It looks its best in lookiug just what it is—the spacious and comfortable hovie of a hospitable country gentleman. The latch string always hangs outside the door—let of pull it and step across threshhold. You may, and probably will, expect the atmosphere of the ring to follow you, and to be unpleasantly reminded of the show " shop." If such is the case, a single glance will serve to agreeably undeceive you. You won't find dust." On the contrary, it is at once evi dent that you are beneath a roof where wealth and refinement—blessings so rarely united in these days of mushroon fortunes— harmoniously abide together. So uumerous are the works of art ; rare curiosities, and costly mementos, challeng ing attention on every side, that the house would be almost a domestic musuem but for the intervention of exquisite arrangement— the work, one more than suspects, of gen tler hands than those of the renowned jes a If be to be so by are to to t hat he of sit of to a a a in a re In of ed a be of on of Au by the oc over in to part that at ac of Lon nev was this it per of in and suspicion of the " saw ter. The walls arc adorned with the works of the masters, conspicuous among which are two wonderful mosaic pictures, certify date as far back as the nativity of the mummy with which Albert Smith held poetic confab ; aud worth a sum far beyond an editor's comprehension of the golden thousands. The Picture Gallery is a repository of glo rious landscapes, portraits, cunning etch ings, and proof plates ; and here and there the eye is caught by dainty bits of sculpture, a life-like marble bust of the Colonel, the offering of the genius of Volk, and the foun dation of his fame, is worthy the special study of the connoisseur. Wisdom and Belles Lettres are cosily domiciled in a study, containing one ef the largest and best selected libraries in the couutry. You scarcely anticipated, schol astic reader, to meet so many of your old and cherished thought acquaintances in the snuggrev of the great Disciple of Mourns; but there they are nevertheless, and you may perchance find thorn on quite as familiar terms with him as with yourself. As we don't do the upholstering business for fashionable novels, we shall not attempt a description of the magnificently furnished, great Drawing-Room, and the other apart - menst. It is sufficient to say that they all abundeut means, and original and eor m&kc them, in short perfect hieb mem early such their hence the thus named the from winter day, pro but which might I county by think his and I this hun fact been its enjoy upon its re the is repeat in make had it,they who and un place man. feelings to rect taste in their way. Aud in this delightful home, surrounded by a charming and estimable family,the Ad mirable Crichton of bis Profession, enjoys brief season of rest; dispensing hospitality to the great and humble alike, with digni fled and yet winning courtesy. It is not too much to say of him that his liberality aud faultless fife make him the idol of the com munity in which he lives. Ills neighbors whose prosperity has been enhanced by his public spirited enterprise and sagacious counsel ; and the citizens generally of West Pennsylvania have repeatedly pressed high offices upon him, but lie has hitherto decidedly declined all political position : de of the people, KS1B daring himself to be a such not a proper subject for party and honors. i* fre is solicited, When liis oplnli qucutly in, nncl by tliosi' high iu authority, with reference to the great questions of the day, he freely and frankly expresses liis to what is best for the prosperity n an lose Ibe views and happiness of the whole country, neither captious opposition ingenious argument can tempt or force him beyond that. It is not in the arena alone that Col. Rice pro that of literal great indi gratify the un the the any historic by alto preeminently charms, his profound know ledge of men, unerriug intuition, scintillating wit, power of repartee and inexhaustuble fund of anecdotes make him brilliant conversationalists of his time. His i as potent in private retd ; of tlie most the of fascination iu public fife, aud should any of enjoy the privilege of a social visit at his fireside, they will find themselves charmed" absolute forgetfulness of the flying DO* into hours, and wake only to anatlinmtize the tell-tale hands of the inexorable clock, pointing far in the direction of dawn. e of the pen portrait of How does most marked self-made that we have for a brief moment drawn aside the envious curtain referred to in the open ing paragraphs of this hasty sketch, accord with the preconceived notions of many ? of the day, The Cardinal Groabeak. Written far the Tribune. Young people, if you will use your eyes the green well, you will sometimes see trees a spot that looks like it was red hot. If you will look closer you will find it to be a bird, w earing a bright red coat and cap, and the cap stands on his head like the let ter A. If you will listen you will hear him sing, for he lias a beautiful voice, and seems to delight to use it. You perhaps will w der why a bird so beautiful should be alone, whtyi other little birds have mates. The Cardinal Grosbeak, for 1 think that is his name, has a mate, but she w T ears a cloak so brown you would hardly guess she be longed to such gay company. Now', if you will think hard maybe you Go r ' shows his love to this little bird by not giving her bright feathers. This is the w r ay : when she is sitting upon her eggs, or cover ing her little birds, she is not so likely to be seen and hurt, or robbed of them by the hawks or owls, or (I wish I need not say it) by little boys and girls. The fine feathers which Mr. Grosbeak tell how wears, do not turn his little head so that he forgets to do his work ; he will come and the nest to keeps the eggs warm while his mate flies about to rest herself. A pair of these birds built their nest of sticks and a cedar before a sit grass, hair and moss, i window, where we often stood and watched them ; the mother bird would frequently utter a shrill scolding cry, as if she had quite lost her temper, and very soon her mate would come ; then sbe would leave the nest and fly away, while he would take her place. After awhile, instead of four white eggs, we saw a little bunch of gray down, in the four little birds, who open nest, which ed four red mouths to receive the worms which the old birds brought them very often during the day. After awhile they grew large enough to fly, and then they went away and saw them again. never Marry by Proxy. Wanting: The St. Louis Democrat has the following item: A genteel looking young German appeared at Justice Andre's office yesterua. nounccd his desire to be united in the holy bonds of wedlock. The justice beinj ab sent,the clerk told the bridegroom to go and bring his lady love, and by that time the squire would be in and would unite them in a very short time. Tlie young man said the presence of the lady was unnecessary, that he had brought two witnesses to prove lier willingness, and he wanted to be married by proxy. The clerk, who is learned in the law', informed him that »*> marriage coukl take plu«« in tide country without the pres and consent of the party of the first part and the party of the second part ; that m Europe, kings aud emperors who wanted to marry ladies living at a distance, ami afraid to leave their dominions lest _filibuster, having a better right to the throne, should jump iuto their boots during their absence, sometimes many by proxy ; but in this country of woman's right the lady could not be giveu away iff marriage unless she was present in propria personœ, and not only willing but somewhat anxious to throw' herself away upon the unworthy bridegroom The young German said he did not see what difference it could make to the lady,as she had as well ns herself, bee chattels of the husband. Besides, he hail known such marriages to take place in New Orleans, and he didn't see why it could not be done here. The clerk told him it was no use to argue the case, as the thing could not be done by any maimer of means under our statute, and that lie must produce the bride if he wanted to^et married. ere some vote anyhow, and her property, the goods and - rent out, and shortly re lady old enough to he his grandmother, and the feminine January was united to the masculine May in aboul five minutes. It seems that tlie olu lady some property, and the young *n marrying such a with e young turned with possesses 11 ashamed to he ered specimen of widowhood. NO FUNDS. Under this heading the New York Tri bune gives the following humorous account of the difficulties of the person who had his pay discontinued for speaking disrespect fully of the Congress of a nation he was sent to represent : On the 31st of March last past, Mr. James -called American Minister E. Harvey, the .... at Lisbon, felt exceedingly unwell, having a sort of second-sight, we presume, of coming events. He asked the Portuguese doctors what he should take, und they advised him to take a trip to the German baths. Upon this, like a good servant, he wrote to Mr. Seward to know if he could absent himselt ( !hai from bis post, leaving Mr. Munro to watch over the interests of the Amerii Eagle in Lisbon. Air. Seward, feeling for the invalid, at once sent the desired permis sion, and, after soaking and drenching him self all summer, Mr. II Lisbon, and drew upon meut for £82 7s 2d. Imagine his sensations when his little hill came back protested ! If t he money had been for himself, he could have borne it,and fourni in some part of his soul a drop of patience. But the cash, if it had been forthcoming, was for poor Mr. Munro : and to be disgraced with such big people as Messrs. Baring Bro thers & Co., upon such a two-penny account, w as naturally aggravating. " I w as pi ami. says Mr. Harvey, pathetically, * some position." We hope that another trip to the Ge baths will not be necessary, for their ex pt sivc character might multiply Mr. H«U'y< ,'ould la here. Hl IO arvey tl»e State Depart Ad too aud his de 4 in an irk Our advice to him troubles. come home and go into buslne might then have better luck with his bills ol exchange. As for the unfortunate Munro, imagine him quarreling with his laundress, ami at daggers drawn with his landlady, and generally bothered lor want of the i' 82 , to say nothing of the 7s. 2d. If we understand this matter,which has been made the subject of a Public Document (Ex. Doe. No.31,) Mr.Munro lias again drawn,aud st ill tbe Department refuses to honor his hill. There never was such a bother before in screwing three hundred and ninety-eight dollars and sixty-three cents out of the Gov ernment : and our advice to Ihe ill-treated charge is also to leave Lisb ise, if necessary,) and home, if he is obliged to ci steerage. There wus a Harvey gloomy gentlemen and wrote "Meditaih-.is among the "Tombs," and we expect to hear • Harvey likewise betaking himself to the sepulchers if Mr. Seward thus goes refusing to pay him from his pocket. We don't aid not honor sc tonal funds ; c not charged by conversational indiscretions. He is Mr. Sew aril's Minister and Mr. Johnson's Minister, if he is not the American Minister: anil the President and Secretary should bave made up this little smn between them. It s shabby business, and. in this age ot be lenee, naturally suggests public sub tion. lie e can fre the liis (between s set anil ; home in the • win Rice of •n private wliy the Secretary of his per His retd small a draft peciallv as Mr. Han Mr. McCracken with most his flying dp the n New York to ulor the direct —A proposition is made ii put the hacks of that city un control of the police.