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We’ve Said Farewell.
We’ve said farewell, but not forever.
Fond devotion tells me this,
I cannot think that I shall never <
Realize my dreams of bliss.
And though I grieve that we have parted,
There s * a balm to heal the pain,
I am not hopeless—broken-hearted,
For I feel weTl meet again.
Think not that I shall cease to love thee,
Tnat from this devoted breast,
Time and absence can remove thee,
’Till 1 lie in dreamless rest.
Here swoely—whatso’er betide thee,
Firm as cords of love can bind,
Within a breast where none beside thee
Claims a place—thou art enshrined.
Think not a change will e'er come o’er me,
Whilst a breath of life shall last,
That this fond heart will not adore thee,
Till its dreams of peace are past.
Think not dear one I’ll cease to love thee,
Cease to worship at thy shrine £
No ! by yon stars that gleam above me,
I am thine—forever thine.
Imi Imntisrn d-nrrrsnnntonrr.
Sax Fkancisco, Feb. 20th, 1854.
Editor Telegraph :
The last week has been one of little incident
to the mass of readers, with the exception of
the arrival of the steamers from Panama, San
Juan, San Diego, and Oregon. By the John
L. Stephens, we received the melancholy in
telligence of the loss of the new and magnifi
cent steamship and seme 200
of her passengers. A gloom seemed to per
vade the city, as this sad Intelligence was
spread throughout it. The loss of the noble
steamer herself, was a public loss to the peo
ple of California. But I am happy to learn
that the P. M. S. S. Co., have another, and
magnificent steamer on the stocks, which will
speedilv be completed, and sent out here.
You will, of course, have received lull partic
ulars relative to the wreck of the San Fran
cisco, and I shall not occupy space and time
in recapitulating them.
I find nothing very important in the gener
al news from the States Congress, from the
opening of the session up to the Bth ult,, had
been in sitting fifteen days, and there was
little, or no prospect of any business being
finished for months to come, as debate upon
the Presidents message, and other topics, was
about to commence. If the statements of a
majority of the press in the Atlantic States
is any index, we may safely conclude, that no
scheme for the construction or location of our
Pacific Rail Road, will be adopted this session
nor during the present Congress. This is too
evident from the many schemes now before
that body, and the great jealousy existing a
mong the advocates of the road in Congress.
If the people of California, like those of Mis
souri, would commence the construction of
the work, we should in a short time have not
only a location, but the road itself. But, so
long as it is left to politicians and office-hold
ers to speculate upon, we cannot calculate
upon it ever being completed.
By an arrival Saturday, we have dates from
Walker’s camp, to the 12th inst. The U, S.
sloop of war Portsmouth, and the steamship
Columbus, was blockading the coast, to pre
vent further supplies and troops from reach
ing the expeditionists, but to little purpose,
as supplies and recruits were reaching them
daily, by land, from San Diego. The expedi
tion was shortly to leave for Sonora, by way
of the Colorado river, and the party were very
sanguine of success in taking and subjugating
that State. The only additional bloodshed,
that had taken place, was in a duel between
Major Crocker and Lieut. Ruddach, in which
both parties were wounded.
By an arrival from Oregon wo have dates
to the IGth inst. The only news of impor
tance, is the election of Columbia Lancaster,
Esq., as the Delegate to Congress from the
new Territory of Washington.
Our city has of late been much troubled
with a gang of rowdies, who make a practice
of doing pretty much as they like ; knocking
down inoffensive persons, fighting and creat
ing rows, whenever inclination or opportunity
presents. In fact they have become a terror
to all quiet and respectable citizens, by their
repeated acts of violence. On Friday night,
some of these gentry got into the hands of our
police, after a severe fight, for some outra.
geous conduct. After being lodged in the
station house, for a hearing next morning,
Judge Wells of the Supreme Court, issued an
order for their discharge from imprisonment,
Waldon, X. C-, 1853.
without even a hearing or hail being required!
The Mayor, Recorder and Marshall, who had
been at great trouble, and assisted personally
the police, in making the arrest, became so
disgusted, that, were it not for the persuasion
of the order laving portion of our citizens,
they would have resigned. There is much
excitement existing throughout the city, and
many of the morning papers are very severe
upon Judge Wells. Many persons, and a por
tion of the press urge the re-organization of
the Vigilance, in which event, these gentle
• of
our midst.
Business still continues very dull, and the
prospect of a heavy yield from the mines,
does not appear to have any salutary effect,
as the market is overstocked with merchan
dise of every description.
We had a slight fire about midnight Satur
day, on Kearney Street, between California j
and Pine. Had it not been for its early dis- \
covery, it must have caused great damage, as i
it was in a most inflaaiable region. It had
every appearance of being the work of an
The Firemen of our city are to have a
grand parade on the 22d inst, that being their
third anniversary. Should the weather be
favorable, it will be the finest affair of the
kind ever got up, as every company but one,
is making active preparation for a grand dis
The weather for several days past, has been
delightful. To-day it is rather Chilly, but
pleasant overhead.
The Odd Fellows give their second Annual
Ball, for the benefit of the Orphan's Charitable
Fund, on AVednesday evening, 22d inst. It
will be a fine affair, as many persons, includ
ing ladies, from a distance, are to be present. I
The Metropf-Htan, with Miss Heron, has
proved the leaning place of amusement this
week. Several fine plays have been produced
and full houses ha\'e rewarded the manage
ment for their endeavors. Miss Heron leaves
for Stockton, where she will fill an engage- i
ment this week.
Madame Anna Bishop gave her fourth and
fifth concerts, last week, to full and fashionable
houses. They will be continued.
The Adelphi continues to draw crowded
houses, the principal attractionbeingthe dra
ma of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
San Francisco Ha’l continues as popular
as ever. Mr. Bachus' Band of Minstrels have
become great favorites.
The Montplaiser Ballet Troupe will appear
at the Metropolitan this week. They are said
to be the best in the line of their profession
now living, and there is great anxiety to w-it
ness their performance.
The American was closed last week, but it
is said Mr. Baker will open it in a few days,
Yvith a powerful company, Mr. Murdoch
among the rest. Yours Truly, Items.
For the Grass Valley Telegraph.
Nevada, February 22, 1854.
Mb. Editor -Has everybody in the city of
Pines heard discussed, aud digested the new
proposition for bringing in the South Yuba
water, at one fourth the estimated expense ?
By this arrangement the South Yuba is to be
introduced into the longest branch of Deer
Creek, thcucc down its bed. and down Doer
Creek, to a suitable point above Nevada,
froA whence it may be flumed to all our au
riferous hills. The minor ditches, emanating
from Deer Creek, are expected to become
amalgamated in the operation, as by taking
stock, they may be supplied with water,
through the driest portions of the year.- The
miners on the South Yuba, will be benefited
by the abstraction of 1G superficial feet of wa
ter from its volume. Our hills, and high
sluicing grounds, will afford a sure and remu
nerative income to the mining population, for
ages to come, and all collateral business will
flourish in the game ratio.. These are the ben
efits which suggest themselves to the unimag
inative mind, but to the man of enlarged
views, the prospect widens to infinity. Deer
and Wolf Creeks, will become navigable
streams, fed by ten thousand never failing
sluice heads. Ship building will be added to
the many sources of income already engaged
in by Grass Yalley and Nevada. The noble
pines, which tower upon these hill sides, will
acquire an enhanced value. The fleecy wings
of commerce will waft the pearls of India, the
silks of China, and the spices of the Isles, to
our very doors. Hero will be the terminus
of the Pacific Railroad, and this shall be the
great Custom House, at which the wealth of
Asia, shall pay tribute to the enterprise of
America. Ten thousand cascades shall glad
den our hillsides, and ten thousand rivulets,
will beautify our valleys. Their exhalations
shall resolve themselves into gentle dews, and
bright perennial flowers shall glisten and re
joice amid their murmurs. Rainbows will be
as plenty as ribbond grass in a country gar
den, and dame nature will weep bitter tears,
that art has so superceeded her best efforts-
Then shall the rejoicing genius of prosperity,
rise on azure tinted wings, and with aurora’s
earliest beams, shall soar to realms, “in short”
considerably above the Sugar Loaf.
The late strictures upou Meagher’s lectures,
have brought out some hitherto “mute, inglo
rious,’’ Phillips or Emmett, who wields the
pick in these mountains. T£is paragraph
from his communication to the Democrat, is
worthy a place among the finest creations of
Patrick Henry or Daniel Webster.
“The weeping genius of Erin points with a
pencil of light to the past, and asks the wdse
commentator, if some glorious gleam of sun
shine, may not be traced upon its bloodstained
pages.” While we* rejoice in our own pros
perity, and look forward Yvith hope to a still
Ldghfter JJptwa,never forgo! that
patriotism lies crushed, bleeding, and famish
ing in Ireland. With Respects, Cayote.
A California Mixer.—The following epi
sode in the life of a California miner, has been
furnished us by one of our correspondents
now in the mines:
• A young man in one of the cities of an At
lantic State, in moderate circumstances, court
ed [the daughter of a wealthy merchant, but
was refused her hand in marriage. They e
loped and were discarded. They had been
married but a few months, Yvhcn business
called the young man to the principal city of
a neighboring State. Shortly after his arrival,
he received a package from his wife contain
ing his own miniature, her iveddiag ring, and
other souvenirs he had given her, together
with a letter, informing him that he need not
return hoping to find her, as she had aban
doned him and gone home to her father. The
day after, found the young man on a steamer ;
bound for California. Here he met with un
usual success; but sickness overtook him, and
while on the hard bed of affliction, the kind
ness of a young lady, the daughter of the pro- !
prietor of one of the numerous ranches located j
in the mining districts, who attended him
assiduously during his illness, so won upon
his heart, thrt he wooed and won her, intend
ing to make her his wife as soon as the legal.
disability would permit. He sent her home
to his fathe, designing to follow her at the
expiration of the time allotted by law for the j
granting of a divorce, which had nearly ex- !
The next day, after the steamer had left
San Francisco, which bore her from him. he
chanced to glance at an old list of advertised
letters, and saw one for himself, which had
been in the office for some months. On re
ceiving it, vrhat was his surprise to find that j
it was from his long lost Yvife! Enclosed was
a miniature of herself and child—a child he |
had never seen! She informed him that the
letter accompanying his miniature, &c., which I
she had sent him, was forced from her through !
fear of violence from her father and brother, i
and she was carrieed away and kept in close
confinement in her father's house—that she
finally escaped and hastened to her husband’s
residence. It was deserted! She applied to
her husband's relations—th«y could give her
no information of bis w hereabouts, for they
could not believe but that she had left him
with her own free will, exhausted every
means in her power to find him, but could
obtain no tidings. In despair she returned
home, and gave up the search as fruitless.
By chance she met with his name in a Califor
nia paper, and had scut the package to San
Francisco, as she did not know where else to
send it; and there it would have remained,
had not the merest accident revealed its own
er. Oh, Yvhat a priceless gem is a pure and
faithful heart! The wife, on the tvings of
love, is hastening to meet her husband ; and
the husband's affianced bride, with a sorrow
ful heart, is returning to her father. AVhat
happiness! AVhat misery! Heavenly Father,
pour thy balm of consolation on that wounded
The above is a veritable story. I know the
man well. — Cincinnati Times.
Filibusterism ix a New Quarter. —A cor
respondent to the New York Tribune , writes
the following from Washington, under date
of January 5 :
A startling report of filibustering in a new
quarter has reached us. You well know that
Peru and Bolivia are at war. A proposition
has been started to fit out a large steamer
filled with men, and well supplied with Paix
han guns, sabres, muskets, cutlassess, Colt’s
pistols, and all other approved instruments
of war, which shall proceed direct to the Pe
ruvian coast, hoist the Bolivian flag, and at
once capture or exterminate the small war
vessels of Peru, lay hands upon her merchant
men, and coerce them into service to aid in
the purpose of the expedition. These arc to
take immediate possession of the Lobos Is
lands, and begin a rapid depletion of their
immense stores of guano.
It is proposed that a large fleet of our own
and foreign meremhtmen shall be chartered
to follow the armed force, and it is calculated
that a sufficient quantity of this rich deposit,
can be at once taken from the Island, to fully
reimburse the expenditures of the enterprise,
and leave immense fortunes to its projectors.
This scheme is said to be regarded with great
favor by the Sooth, where the use of guano
is extending with extraordinary rapidity. So
much so, that it is supposed that the ordinary
supply from the Chincha Island, annually
dolled out by Peru, will be totally inadequate
in future, to the wants of the Southern coun
try. The immense increase of its application
to cotton lands, is the foundation of this ap
prehension. Three years ago, not a hundred
tpns were used for these lands This year, at
least ten thousand tons will be required. The
whole project savors of romance, but it is un
derstood to be stimulated and argued on, by
exacerbated feeling, growing out of the tardi
ness or obstinacy of the Peruvian authorities
in adjusting the claims of the Benson and
Jewett expedition, based on Mr. Webster's
famous Lobos letter.
Mike Walsh’s Last. — We hear that one of
the “very hards” was congratulating himself,
the other day, in Mike’s presence upon the
cordiality with which the President treated
him, sn a recent interview, “shaking him by
the hand, with an affectionate warmth,” as he
explained. He asked Mike, whether it did'nt
look as though he was coming round to the
hards. “No said Mike, “it looks more like the
sheriff shaking hands with a fellow after he
has pulled the cap over his eyes.
11 Retrospection.”
“There’s a mute and mournful glory,
Like a rainbow in the sky
In the haif-forgotton story ’
Of the iroanis that have passed by.”
G. H. Coomer.
It is pleasing to a child of Contemplation
to tail up th| tide of Remembrance, and sur
vey the brigit scences forever buried in the
How manylleeting associations and hallow
ed remembriucos come thronging o’er the
mind, as it kanders back to the sunny days
lorevor gorto the days when we were
dreaming bO'utiful dreams, lo be realized in
.y e . ; U' s - nd when the unknown future
But now, as manhood takes the place of
youth, we find that life is not without its sor
rows ; and in our lonely hours we love to
wander back upon the wingx of memory, and
linger o'er our sweetest dreanvg of childhood’s
years, until we almost long with hoop and
kite to sport, as we have oft in days forever
Our childhood ? s years! 0, the*e is music
in their sound ; they call up a thousand rec
ollections ; familiar faces float before our
mental vision; sweet voices of “the loved
and lost” ring again upon our ears, like the
fairy music we so often heard in midnight
dreams ; a sister’s sweet, soul cheering song
is ringing in our ears, and a mother’s kiss is
on our brow.
Sweet, halcyon dreams of innocent child
hood ; would that we could dream them o’er
again ; but they arc gone, and forever. Still
their faint forms “which-.morning reflects,”
are grateful to the heart, and we late to gaze
upon their fleeting shadows, though they
have fled beyond our reach!
AAtll Willis.
“I’ts Me.”—Passing a neat little martin
box of a house last evening, Yve hastened to
see a man waiting at the door for adaiittance.
At the instant, a green blind aboY r e just open
ed a little way, and by the gas light we caught
a glimpse of a pair of brilliant eyes, and a
flutter of something white, and a bird-toned
voice softly said, “AVho's there?” “It’s me,”
was the brief response. The eyes and flutter
disappeared from the window, like stars in a
cloud, and we almost fancied, as we passed
on. Yve could hear the pattering of two little
feet upon the stairs, winged Yvith welcome.
It was a trifle, it all happened in an instant,
but it haunted us for an hour. It's me! A
mid the jar of rhe great city, those words fell
upon the quick ear aloft, and met Yvith a glad
It's me! And who was “me!” The pride
of a heart’s life, no doubt; the tree a vine
was clinging to ; the “Defender of the Faith
ful,” in the best sense of the word.
It's me! Many there are who wmuld gixm
half their hearts, and more than half the hope
in them, for one such recognition, in this
“wide Yvorld.” On ’change, in the directory,
at the post office, lufwas knmvn as A. B. C.,
Esq., but on that threshold, and within these
walls, it's me, and nothing more ; and what
more is there, one would love to be?
Few of all the hearts that beat so wildly,
warmly, sadly, slowly, can recognize a true
soul amid the din and darkness of the world,
in that simple and eloquent it's me. As if he
had said,
7 •
Now Pm nothing to all the world,
For I’m all the world to thee.
Arrival op the Southerner.— Later
from Lower California.— The S. F. Chron
icle has received a letter, brought by the
Southerner, containing the following infor
mation from Ensenada :
Ensenada, Bat of Todas Santos, 1
February IGth, 1854, j
The steamer Columbus , having in tow the
Sloop of War Portsmouth, arrived in this bay
and anchored off the famed city of “Ensena
da"’ on Friday, 10th inst. The ship was tow
ed most of the way down, the weather being
light S. E. winds, with rain. On our arrival
we found his excellency. “President Walker,”
and about 150 men, with the flag of the “new
Repuplic” flying. Walker remained here
with his force until the 14th, when he sudden
ly took up his March Southward, leaving the
sick and wounded behind, to take care of
themselves, and without food of any kind ;
they were in a dying condition, and Captain
Dorr in took them on board the Columbus,
and will land them at San Diego, and send
them to San Francisco. She will fill up there
with coal, and return to the blockade, in five
or six days.
Among the sick are Mr. Ruddach and Mr.
Gilman, formerly belonging to the “Marion
Rifles.” _ We have had fine, pleasant weather
since lying here ; a good, safe and large har
bor, well sheltered from all winds, and large
enough for a thousand ships, but the land is
poor ragged. It is uncertain when we
sail for the Gulf, but probably in ten days.
The fillibuster flag is ou board the Columbus,
and now the camp of “Ensenada,” remains
among the things that were. Walker in leav
ing here spiked his guns, and drove off all his
cattle and sheep. Melendriz has raised a
force of 350 men, about ninety miles south of
this, and stands ready to attack Walker; but
Walker’s troops will whip a thousand just
such fellows, because thry are all brave and
determined men, fighting for their lives and
The Columbus is under the command of
Lieut. Ball of the Portsmouth, with a crew of
fifty men all told, well found in arms and am
munition, and she makes quite a formidable
appearance. Capt. Harris, of the Pacific
Mail Steamship Company, is on board repre
senting the company, and keeps her supplied.
Purser Slamm is also on board ; and on the
whole it is a very agreeable party. The dis
tance from our anchorage to San Diego, is
fifty-four miles by sea, N. W. by N. i N.
The Editors get off all kinds of jokos,
at the expense of Lucy Stone. In announc
ing her for Indianapolis, the Louisville Cou
rier says: v
“Her dress is somewhat scanty
But her tongue is somewhat king;
Her heart is right, they tell us,
But her head we know is wrong.”
Then when she is up for Evansville, the
same paper begins the question thus :
“A name like ‘Curtins’ shall be his,
On fame's loud trumpet blown,
tV ho, with a wedding kiss shuts up
The mouth of Lacy Stone !”
Artless Simplicity. The Petersburg!!
(A r a.) Democrat , relates a very interesting
anecdote of a little boy of that city, Yvho, hav
ing recently lost his father, found himself de
barred thereby from attending school as for
merly, and, in the fullness of faith, determined
to seek the wherewithal at that footstool, to
which he had doubtless been taught to look
for other and higher blessings. The Demo
crat says, in the simplicity of his heart he sat
down and gravely wrote a letter to his Re
deemer, thinking perhaps that so formal a
mode of preferring his requests would meet
with greater attention, AV hat was the sur
prise of the Postmaster, AYiilX, Friend,
on discovering among of his
mail a missive directed to “Jesus
Christ.” Opening it, he read the story of the
boy s Yvants, and with a noble kindness he
deposited in an envelope the amount requir
ed, and directed it to the young supplicant.
AYe never heard a story, that in so short a
compass contains a more instructive and in
teresting lesson. It contains a singularly fe
licitous union of fine illustrations of the groat
pillars of Religion. Faith, Hope, and Chanty;
and weYvould notivish tojvnow the man w ho
could hear this “plain, unvarnished tale,”
without feeling himself and his kind, enno
bled by the recital.
The Sacredxess of Tears.—There is a sa
crodnoss in tears. They are not the mark
ot weakness, nor of power. They are the
messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep
contrition, of unspeakable love. If there
Yvere any arguments to prove that man is not
mortal, I would look for it in the strong con
vulsive emotions of the breast, when the soul
had been deeply agitated, when the fountains
of feeling are rising, and when the tears are
gushing forth in crystal streams. Oh, speak
not harshly to the stricken one weeping in
silence ; break not the solemnity by rude
laughter, or intrusive stops. Despise not wo
man s tears—they are wdiat made her an au
gol. Scoff not if the stern heart of manhood
is sometimes melted to tears of sympathy—
they are what elevate him above'tho brute.
I love to see tears of affection. They are
painful tokens, but still most holy. There is
pleasure in tears—an awful pleasure. If
there were none on earth to shed for me, I
should be loath to live; and if no one to weep
over my grave, I could never die in peace.”
The Gadsden Treaty.—Concerning this
Treaty, the correspondent of the N. Y'. Times
writes from AVashington as follow-s:—
It looks now as though there might be a
strenuous opposition in the Senate to the rat
ification of the Gadsden treaty. The Califor
nia Senators think it should have marked the
line down to the twenty-seventh parallel of
North latitude, at least, so as to give us some
of the rich mines of Sonora ; and many oth
ers consider $20,000,001} a good price to pay
for a good deal more laud than it is under
stood the treaty gives us. The acquisition of
Sonora, too, is considered important, in order
to stop the filibustering against it. The
people, unless some compromise is effected
with them, will also move heaven and earth
to defeat the treaty, in the expectation that
if the Garay grant can be floored again by
the defeat, they can get up the Conkling trea
ty,-and so secure the speculation they have
Silence. —The idea you have once spoken,
if it even were an idea, is no longer yours;
it is gone from you, so much life and virtue
is gone, and the vital circulations of yourself
and your destiny and activity are hedeeforth
deprived of it. If you could not get it spo
ken, if youeould still constrain it into silence,
so much the richer arc you. Better keep
your idea while you can ; let it still circulate
in your blood, and their fructify; inarticu
lately inciting you to good activities ; giving
to your whole life a ruddier health.
Wlien the time does come for speaking it, you
will speak it all the more concisely, the more
expressively, appropriately : and” if such* a
time should ever come, have you not already
acted it, and uttered it as no words can ?
Think of this, my young friend ; for (here is
nothing truer, nothing more forgotten in
these shabby gold-laced deys,— Carlyle.
An Intelligent Critic.— Booth's “Othel
lo,” was much liked in America. An old
1 ankec, who had never seen a plav, was taken
to witness Booth’s performance of the Moor :
and on being asked at the termination of the
piece if he liked it. he replied. “Yes. ama
zing ; but I guess that little nigger (Othello)
played as well as any of the white fellers, if
not better.”— Alfred Bunn.
The extravagance of our demands is* con
tinually mocked hy our necessities. How
absurd that he who lacks even his daily broad,
and is at no time sure of it for three days to
gether. will yet indulge in dreams of quails
showered from the heavans!—and vet the
very virtue of Hope is to be found in this Very
sort of illusion ; and poverty is solaced, feed
ing upon a dream, in the absence of any more
solid viands.— Egeria. '
Here is a beautiful sentence from the
pen of Coleridge. Nothing can be more elo
quent—nothing more true.
Call not that man wretched who whatev
er else he suffers, as to pain inflicted or pleas
ure denied—has a child on whom he hopes,
and on whom he doats. Poverty may grind
him to the dust, obscurity may cast its dark
mantle over him, his voice may be unheeded
by those among whom he dwells, and his face
may be unknown by his neighbors; even pain
may rack his joints, and sleep flee from his
pillow ; but he has a gem defying computa
tions, for fame filling a world's ear, for the
highest power,the sweetest sleep that
ever fell on mortal's eye.”
The native place is not where the man is
born, but where he takes place and flourishes.
Thousands in every land are compelled by
the foreign influences of home, to go abroad
seeking a native place among strangers.
A wag, passing a house, observed on the
door the separate names of a physician and *
surgeon, and facetiously remarked that the
circumstance put him in mind of a double
barrelled gun—for if one missed, the other
was sure to kill.
Judge Wells and tot: 'Police of Sax
Francisco. —A few days ago a disgraceful
riot occurred in San Francisco, at the Mer
chants Hotel, in which a large number of
lawless men were engaged, to the utter seclu
sion of the rules of humanity and order. Sev
eral of the police officers, true to their duty,
succeeded in arresting several of the ring
leaders of this riot, and also in placing them
in custody, but not without two or three
of their own nuraWl* receiving a severe
beating. In the course of the following night
through the order ot* Jadge Wells, they were
released, and according to the city Press of
San Francisco, he ordered the release of the
prisoners, contrary to law, justice or propri
ety. The following notice of the affair we
clip from the S. F. Herald.
“For many months nothing has occurred in
this city that has given birth to more feverish
excitement in the public mind, than the re
lease from the custody of the police, of the
Merchants’ Hotel rioters, by order of Mr.
Justice Wells of the Supreme Court. How
innocent soever the Judge may have been, of
any intention to defeat the ends of justice, the
act is most certainly viewed as au unwarrant
able invasion of the province of a correlative
branch of the public service, and as wanting
even the color of legal authority. In another
column will be found a well-written plea,
from the pen of E. J. C. Kewen, Esq., the
counsel, on whose application, the order was
issued by Judge Wells, —in vindication of the
course of the latter gentleman. We cannot
but admire the chivalric zeal of Mr. Kewen’s
advocacy ; nor have we the heart to attempt
to detract by any argument, from the force of
his excusal. Still less have we any disposi
tion to add to the difficulties of the Judge.
His action, —as far as we are aware—has re
ceived the condemnation of a public senti
ment almost unanimous,—and we deem it
unnecessary to pursue any farther a theme so
unpleasant, as what we conceive to have been
a very grave error. The character of the ju
diciary, is to us quite as sacred, as to Mr.
Kewen, and we feel profound regret, whenev
er it is necessary to assail it; —but we do
tbink the less said in vindication of this affair,
the better. In a legal point of view, we pre
sume Mr. Kewen must acknowledge the ac
tion of Justice Wells, is indefensible; —and,
although we are quite willing to admit the
thing was done thoughtlessly, and without
intention of wrong, we do not say that the
affair will not bear investigation. All are
liable to err, and we think Judge Wells has
erred in this matter. We do not, as some do, j
held this mistake to be altogether an unparjj.
donablc sin; but we do think the case of hi#|
honor, is not dt all improved by arraigning
the public, as guilty of injustice towards him
in its condemnation of his conduct.
The Spirits ix Coxgkess. —The devotees
of “Spiritualism,-’ in New York and vicinity,
are circulating a Memorial to Congress, ask
ing the appointment of a Scientific Commis
sioner to scrutanize the alleged phenomena
of Rapping, Writing, Table-Moving, Music
playing, prosphorescent illumination, move
ment of ponderable bodies without the inter
position of visible agency. &c., &c., which are
occur in g throughout the country, The me
morial states that some of the signers suppose
these phenomena to be produced by the spirits
of departed human beings, while others “en
tertain the opinion that the acknowledged
principles of physics and metaphysics will en
able scientific enquiries to account for all the
facts, in a rational and scientific manner.”
But “they beg leave, most respectively, to
assure your Honorable Body that they never
theless most cordially concur in the opinion,
that the alleged phenomena do really occur ,
and that their mysterious origin, peculiar na
ture, and important bearing on the interests
of mankind, demand for them a patient, thor
ough, and scientific investigation.—S. F. Eve.
The Great Prixtixg Ixvextiox. —The
correspondent of the Times thus describes a
new printing machine in the Great Exhibition
at New r York. The machine “is a new print
ing press, which prints from uncut paper,
rolling from a cylinder, and cuts and folds
with a perfect regularity, 30,000 copies per
hour.—There is no counteraction in the pro
cess, and consequently no time lost in return
ing motion. Both sides arc printed at the
same time, and 30.000 per hour is a low esti
mate, since by increasing the speed they can
be printed as fast as paper or cloth can be un
rolled from a cylinder. The inventor de
clares that he can print one mile of a news
paper, as fast as a locomotive can run on a
railway. With perfect machinery and ar
rangements he may do it. His present exper
iments demonstrate a practical principle, and
the invention is looked upon with wonder and
A Bir.i.iCAL Critic. —The Wst specimen of
original criticism we have ever heard, was in
a stage coach ride to Berry Edge. Three of
us were talking of Adam and his fall. The
point of discussion was the apparent impossi
bility, that a perfect man like Adam could
commit a sin.
“But he wasn’t perfect!” said one of the
“Wasnt. perfect!” we ejaculated in amaze
“No, sir, he wasn’t perfect,” repealed our
“What do you mean?” we asked,
“Well,” answered the authority, “he was
made perfect, I admit, but he did not stay
“How ?”
“Why, was not one of his ribs removed? If
he was perfect wnjh all his ribs, he was not
perfect after loosing one, was he? Say f”
Our say was silence. We were convinced
then, that women was the cause of man s orig
inal imperfection.— Gates-head (Eng.) Ob
server. «
“Fast” touxo uxs waiting fob the car
riage.— Charlie (just turned five.) " “This
will be a stupid affair, Georgy.” Georgy (of
the mature age of seven and a half.) “Oh!
yes—only a white frock and black mitten
riarty—very slow!’’
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