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"We will cling to the Pillars- of. the Temple i d t utral ER TaSo 4p THE BMD AN. "Jesus answered, and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I may receive my sight." "What wilt thou have ?" This question still The Savior asks of every heart: " What wilt thou have ? all power is mine, What'er thou wilt I can impart." Answer, 0 heart, thou restless heart, What is thine inmost desire! What oftenest stirs thy longings deep What quickens most thy hidden fire? Ab, is it not some bright, sweet dream Of love or beauty, wealth or power ? Some fishing glea-n of earthly joy Some fond enchantment of the hour? Yes, we are blind : in midnight gloom Are wrapt our souls, which should behold, Instead of bubbles such as these, All heaven before our sight unrolled. Well may we still repeat the prayer Of him who, veiled in earthly night, Before the Saviour waiting stood- r "Lord, that I may receive my sight," i I HAVE NO MOTHER NOW. f I hear the soft wind sighing, P Through every bush and tree; s Where now my dear mother is lying S Away from love and me. ti Tears from mine eyes are starting, And sorrow shades my brow; Oh, weary was our parting- el I have no mother now! fi tl I see the pale moon shining h On mother's white head stone! ti The rose bush round it twining, th Is here, like me-alone. And just hke me are weeping at Those dew drops from the bough; U Long time has she been sleeping I have no mother now! fa at My heart is ever lonely, si My life is drear and sad :!n 'Twas her dear preeicuee only of That made my spirit glad. of From morning until even, ev Care tests upon my brow; he She's gone from me to heaven,- t I have no mother now! th X' PLEASANT THOUGHT. A And scent the evening hour, There's not a heart however east lee By grief and sorrow down, th But hath some memory of the past br To love and call its own! no re +thl From the New York Sunday Dispatch. i A BIT OF HORROR. H CHAPTER I. Oi [n our path we remember being much im- sv pressed by a story we heard in a little a'e house in Englaid. We were then travelling over the earth with a disturbed wing, like Mr. Noah's I dove, to begnile the anguish attendant on the loss of our third or fourth wife, we don't re- s member exactly which, and who had eloped sa with a New Jersey clam merchant in a huge way of business. What made the blow lighter 01 for us, she had lately turned ' uncommon' pious, and was never happy without she had a whole pile of parsons about her. The doctor says that this accounts for her fall and flight from I my domestic Eden, for it is a matter of theolog- P ical demonstration that the serpent of old was S an Abolition parson, and preached somewhere in Brooklyn. Sole wearied, for our boots were tight, we strayed into on~e of those village tav ernas seen nowhere except in England,-and now d and then in dear old Connecticut, land of the nasal twang and pumpkin pies. It was graced by a large portrait, almost worthy the brush of Whitley, of a hunter, dressed in Lincoln Green, and it was called the Green Man. Entering, we called for the Englishman's magna charter, " Hale" for we make it a practice, wherever we are, to accommodate ourselves to the national taste-we consequently ordered bird's nests in China, frogs in France, vermicelli in Italy, ome lets in Spain, sour-krout in Hoboken and Ger - many, and were we to visit Feejee, should un hesitatingly order a fine man steak, rare, without any comnl~ction of conscience or heavmngs of the diaphragt. ao "Ere's yer hale," said ajolly specimen ofthe Engli-h breed.r " Thank you," we replied, hiding our New Jersey accent as much as possible. A call from another end of the room took our Boniface away, and taking out our cigar case, bought in Broadway, wey lit a weed, and whuist ling inaudibly " Yankee Doodle," we opened our eyes wide, and resolved to look around us. Atr the next table .sat a group of five gentlemen of most unmistakable marked appearance. We came at once to the conclusion that they were either members of the swell mob, or else dis tinguishued authors. Let us describeo them: Three were men about thirty-one might be five years more, and the other was much older. Trhe one immediately opposite had a most pecu' liar face. It was somewhat swarthy, with deep, harsh lines in his face, as though they hasd been scored with a sharp knife like cracking on the skin of a leg of pork ; his full lips were ever moving, although firmly compressed-while his eye roamed about like a hungry lion, seeking what it might devour, or like a piolice-man's lan tern drawing its bull's-eye glance right upon some dark spot in the world's countenance; his hair, which wa~s a dark brown, was long, and hung down, like a half cultivatted lion's inane; ; he had no collar, but wore a military stock, buck led behind, with a bright full satin front, on which was crucified a large pin, which, tho' a genuine stone, was of so vulgar a pattern that it looked as though it had been bought of the orig inal Jacobs of Chantham street.-The very sight of it sent me half across the A tlantic ! His vest was gorgeous! His coat had a velvet col lar--and his trowsers were closely strapped over shiny leather boots ; he had two large fings on one hand, and two rings on the ether; his fore head was small. bitt excellently formed. and his head was so jauntily hung on his shoulder, that it seemned as if it could be occasionally removed lik a fals set of teeth!i His motions were gauche-his manners ill at ease, and altogeth he seemed a case of subdued St. Vitus danc Nevertheless, we said to ourselves, that is a r markable man. His eve followed us like a gu ty conscience, and pervaded the room; no peeping at us over our shoulder; yet, thou you felt lie was looking at you, when you turne around to out-stare him, he was looking hard z somebody else at the other end of the room,t up the chimney, or through the crack of th door, or the key-hole-in a word, at everyboi except yourself. He talked with a thick jest voice-half husky, half sotto voce. His nos was well formed, his chin rather small and feeblb but altogether his neat, little frame showe wiry activity and great powers of endurance He had no whiskers-merely a few stray hair that mounted guard on the side of his cheek: is though to watch the deep ravines, which premature battle with the world had created. Next to him sat the oldest of the party, h w'as dressed in black, his coat buttoned up t iis chin-his shirt collar seemed as though d< ected in. an effort to escape from the rest of hi ;hirt; and sat one half on eac1i side of his fact ike a boy with his legs astride a fence, waitin or the bull to get out of the paddock-the sam evolt in the linen garment already alluded to cemed to have happened to his wrist bands, fo hey had only got to his knuckles, where possi ily they had got their own very soundly rapped nd told not to go any further. His hiir, whicl ad once evidently been black as the raven, was ow gray and black, parted over his forehead hung in a thick mass over the collar of his' oat; owing to his hair growing low down, his arehead seemed low, but it really was not [is eyes were a dim, fiery brown, large and ex. ressive; scarcely any whiskers; his nose was traight and finely chiseled; his chin was rather mall and dimpled; he spoke in a general affee d voice, half mincingly; he had a sort of de. trential, and yet confident air, as though accus. med to have his conversation listened to with >nsiderable attention; he had a self-satisfied ugh, by no means loud, but still very well de. ied ; altogether we came to the conclusion at he was a rather remarkakle man; but what s profession might be, puzzled us; at one me we thought he might be a French Abbe en an Italian refugee-then a scientific cook ; it amid these disturbing influences the thought ttled down to the graviating point that he was i author-one of those toilers in Parnassus or rub street. The third had a decidedly Hebrew look. His e was well featured; his whiskers were black id ample, growing under his chin ; there was a ght twitchiig of his facial muscles, and a half. sincere smile on his countenance, not spring from the light of his soul,nr the benevolence his heart, but manufactured by the widening his mouth, and an artificial expression of the e. We nnti .A th -- did not sl ised his lip na as con-, - Dn the i aged mat, -. dent incli : ' notion-a so. s quite bald his he ge of his hevl, and I i collar of his coat; tie - wn. His eyes were a pate gray-umu-~ se slightly aquiline, and his lips well formed. e have not time to describe the fifth, but must ate the story we heard the last described of !i relate giving the names of the speakers. CHAPTER 11. " Do you see that open space across the road ?" iired the bald-pated man, 'who was R. H. irne. the dramatic poet. They all looked, and Charles Dickens, the e we have first described, said: "Certainly' We cannot help seeing it when look at it." " A wonderful sage remark," observed Leigh int, who was the gray-haired gentleman in ak. The dark-eyed Jewish-visaged gentleman, who is Robert Browning, the poet, smiled as he id : " But, my dear Mr. H-orne, why do you call ir attention to that vacant piece of desolation !' "You shall know," replied Hornie, and then a solemn tone, said ; " Do you perceive there a sort of mound overgrown with grass, and esenting its ragg~ed ends ? That is the ruin of Sold Manor Ho~use." " The devil it was?" replied Dickens. "'Pon my honor, Horne, you are growing diie interesting. You seem as though you ere going to de t us with a horrible mur er," cried Leigh Aunt, who rubbed his hands ith much glee, "But pray," as Shakspeare tys, "leave off' your faces, and begin!" "Seventy years ago-" commenced Horne. Dickens interrupted him by saying, " Let us he another chair and a mug of ale ?" " Seventy years ago-" resumed Horne. " Bless my soul," suddenly ejaculated Leigl: [unt, " what a singular coincidence. That is st the term allowed by the Scriptures as oui atural~ life. But pray go on, may dear Horne ardon me for the involuntary interruption. I ~member my poor dear lamented Shelby obser inr-" "Hadn't Horne be'tter get through his yarn lnt ?" asked Dicken3s, with an assumed serene ese "I beg ten thousand pardonms," the other oh erved. -"Seventy years ago-" " The dvi," cried Dickens, "thavin't we go urther tha~n that ?" " Seventy years ago-" "IHavn't we heard that before !" again inter pted Dickens. " Seventy years ago, there stood on that vs ant spot a manoril dwelling, inhabited by an nammed Rhodes!" "God bless my soul !" cried Hunt, "how ri aarkble: Any relation to the Collossu thodes?" " Well, this man had lost three wives in a ver emarkable manner, and at regular intervals " A regular scamp, ehx ?" inqnired Dickens. " What made the matter more mysterious wa hat their deaths had been quite sud'den, alwa3 tappening about midnight, and although t not skillful surgeons had examined their dec oies, there was nothing to afford the slightet :lue as to the cause of their sudden' death. as remarked by one person who had seen s alsi dead wvives, thamt their countenances wor ne and all, a strange kind of ghastly smile, sort of expression between a leer of Lendernet nd a mocking grin!t " Gracious Heaven !" mnutterred Leigh Hun "how very mysterious; it sounds like a Ms Rateiflf's raw pork chop school!I" " The character of this gentleman was so e cellent, his wealth was so great, he went church so regularly--" "Oh, the vIllain'" burst from tho bard Rimini. "In a wvord, he was so benevolent, anid w sn terribly cut up with grief at these sudden fictions, that no suspicion of foul play rest on him. If any ill-conditioned fellow or biliol athor hinted that he thoDght the man ought r be watched by the police, and shunned by hi a. acquaintances, Smith would ask if he reall D- could suspect a man who paid his poor rates a 1. reguly as Rhodes? V "Jones would join in with h "He subscribed to the new organ for Du d wich Church!" t 'Brown would add or "He helped to build the Grammar School ! e "And had the stocks mended!" quoth Toml y kins. r " After the death of his third wife, howevei e he felt that it was as well to travel to dissipat, ; his ennui, and remained in Paris nearly two years d During his stay there he met with a very beauti t. ful girl, and married her! s " Gracious Heaven !" exclaimed Leigh Hunt , "I wish I had known her to have mentioned mj a suspicion to her! After all, perhaps he was caluminated man. Proceed, my dear Horne e you are becoming deliciously painful and ex cruciatingly *interesting! Let us hope tha nothing unfortunate befel our foung friend, wh< s thus unwittingly became his fourth wife!" "Amen !" said Browning. "Ditto!" cried Dickens. ! " A few months after his marriage he broughi , his bride to England, and took up his abode ir r his family mansion. There was at first somc hesitation as to allowing his wife to return the calls of their neighbors, but it wore off, and gayety once more smiled at the old manor house of the Kent road." " Among those most attracted by Mrs. Rhodes' beauty, innocence and fas. inating manners, were a Mr. and Mrs. Sherman.-The two ladies formed a very strong attachment for each other, and in a short time they were as thick as thieves." "Beautiful simile," cried Hunt. "From Mrs. Sherman the wife of Rhodes learned, for the first time, the mysterious deaths of his three wives. A deep gloom fell upon her brow-so deep that Mrs. Sherman was struck by it, and pressed her friend for an explanation." " A mere nothing !" said Mrs. Rhodes; " an idle fancy ?" "Still there was a gloom upon her fair, inge nuous brow, that her friend had never noticed before. All her entreaties, however, were vain Mrs. Rhodes maintained that there was nothing to communicate." Next morning the friends met in their gar dens, which joined. Mrs. Sherman noticed that on her companion's countenance sat the pallor of despair." " Gracious God !" ejaculated Leigh Hunt, we shall soon know all about it. It's vastly interesting!" " By the by," said Dickens, holding up his glass, " isn't this ale a little cracked ?" "No, my dear Dickens," said the silent man; but you are !" 1horne took advantage of this episode, to give iMrs. Rhodes, in a subdued voice. " Now it's coming," said Leigh Hunt.-" Last night he was more emphatic and determined than ever. Nothing but the strange tale you so providentially told me yesterday, encouraged me to deny the request; but, indeed, he was so ter ribly pertinacious, that I am afraid I cannot much longer resist!" s- What did he want to do?" inquired Mrs. Sherman. - Why it is so absurd, I am half ashamed to tell you!" "Nonsense ! you should have no secrets from me; I have none from you. What was his request 1" " e wanted to swaddle me! "To what y' " Why; to wind an immense quantity of very broad tape round my limbs. HeI said it was a faney of his." " How very absurd ; and yet, I don't like it." " He has at least for the 'last dozen nights, just as I was in my robe de nit, and wvas about to step into my bed, implored me to allow him to wind this immense roll of broad tape, or nar row bandages, around my limbs; but what makes me think it so very mysterious is, that last night he told me that if I ever broached a syllable of the subject to even my dearest friend, he would kill me. He said it was a fancy of his, and that he never would rest till he had gratified it." "Good Heaven !" said Browning, "ho must have been a vampyre." " My dear friend," cried Mrs. Sherman, " a strange-horrible suspicion has come over me but it is so vague, that I cannot reduce it into words !" SBut what am I to do!" asked the poor lady, in a piteous tone. "Let me consult Mr. Sherman 3" cried her friend. "Not for the world," almost shrieked the wretched woman. " He will kill mec! Oh ! he looked so horrible last night, I am afraid of him; all my love is turned into terror, int~o hatred. Would that I had died ere I !had seen him !" A flood of~ tears came to her relief. " After a long consultation it was at length agreed that Mr. Sherman should be let into the ,secret. The result of his advice was this: In the first place he placed the very worst construc tion upon the mysterious request of~ Mr. Rhodea, - and declared that if his counsel was not followed he should acquaint the police with the whole af. - fair; in addition he expressed his conviction Sthat this strange proceeding was the key to the mysterious death of his previous wives. It was - therefore concluded that Mr. and Mrs. Shiermani a should conceal themselves ini a large closet isi Mrs. Rhodes bedroom, and watch what toolt V place, Somewhat excited and relieved Mrs *Rhodes went to her home, and had scarcely fin. ished her evening toilett, when her husband re ,turned. H~e had brought a handsome present t s her, a necklace of pearls, and seemed anxious tc e efface the recollection of his threatening th~ d night before, and to ingratiate himself in her af t feetions. [t " They passed a pleasant evening, and after Il light supper, Mrs. Rhodes as usual, retired t< e her chamber. There she found her two friend: a in the closet, ready for any emergency, Mr a Sherman having a dagger and a brace of smnaI pistols loaded with balls, in case of a terribbi ; necessity." s. " There was a glass window in the enupboard which bad been wvhitened over-Mr. Shermai C had, however, scraped enough away to see wha 0 took place in the room. Mrs. Rhodes havini b~i them good night undressed-and wa~s abou of stepping into bed, when her husband entered he chamber-he was in high spirits. By a prove is king accident he placed his swinging mirror righ f. against the door, so that Mrs. Sherman coul d Inet watch his proceeding. They were conse m jquently obliged to trust to their sense of hesm L ing." S "Just as th . p.i;.,,, ; F importunities,:- .;id ..W4 d e a tape; as agreec; , .: -d. 'N. there was a sil-e- .. heiig. laugh-then a ApP . Ta ~tbe im pulse, the two - w dow i the awing dre . .n : absolutely tra; ,.x . , - ment. What -. ---.r- - Y limb was com - I..::tri of linen, so th..i - 'sct . ble statue; sh.. %.;-. man saw at a -a . vI ... murderer. T;: :.;. in. to whose char. -I , i a magistrate son h::d b applying irrits -- . victims, Drod, - dw ---I'r t they laid, quit, i. he in fact " tickl - n unbound the in bed,andsloW.k - 1; . was ever af' d - rer poisoned him -ec e Then the my - orGer wives was ex - a bt had his last v--.hi. in a short time sh. - - - a ki.. in deth. This - d;I". - ft%: that peculiar gli .: That any beb .it - u .tnd and slowly pI r - . sh a manner, qh ch --r met with." Here Hor 3er mug of ale, I A MAIDEN' - - a no essence m chaste, heave -A with no feelir fection of a y --.. language of I . '..A: shadow forth siastie sentim CI est languaga - -' the depth of -- ) tions are too f. The musical - -* the sweetest I and strikes ch - - e, and calling int - a is hopes till then Yes, the Ii e breaks dimly - e silver lustre o: - --. ly woven bow. . ties her cheekE - r. e, is faint and pq - - t cast upon a ma r.. -t at light grow str. -...- - til the powerful -.- - oes every corner o! - w - - n. members of th thing to talk aver their cigars.- * Lion. Here, Susan, . I the large attic!. irts -From ihe 0 Too GoOD T - - efol lowing from 1 ~ e put it again in eire it: "I have often tolk . , it every man must be the W. Arrer of his own for tune. I reper - trinn. I. who depends upon his inee.. .duatry and integrity, de pends upon p of the noblest and most ex ltd kind; t:-..e are the creatures of fortune and of fame, ae foundation of families, and can never disappoint or desert you. .They control llh human dealings, and even vicissitude or any unfortunate tendency to a contrary nature. You have genius, you have learning, you have industry at times, but you want perseverance; without it you can do nothing. I bid you bear this motto in mind-Persevere." A FRIENDLY WARNING.-Somebody (says the Courier,) has been praying feloniously into the Postoffice at Barnwell~ Court House, and our inorrigible friend, the Postmaster, whose reply to John Livingston, the biographiaal undertaker and render of ready made reputations, is fresh in the minds of many delighted readers, thus sends after the wretch a warning: "Seduced by the instigation of the Devil, and regardless of your present and future state of existence, you committed a deed which will carry you to a place in comparison with which the hottest day you experienced here this sum mer, is colder than ice. Think upon this ye miarable vagabonds-mditate upon it, ye be. nihted raigamuffns--machmfate upon it ye blody Know-Nothings-repent of it ye mid night assassins! When the High Sheriff of this District is flogging you at the Market House, ye will repen. When you lie down to die, you will trenible. And, when the Devil, your prime mover, shall gather you to his arms, which he surely will, and you are "howling" for a drop of cold water to quench your infernal parched thirst, and pour down your throat a table-spoonful or two of bituminous substance, mixed with molton lead, out of a red hot ladle, and says to you, "Rob a Postoffice again, will ye," then, I would suppose, you will think of it. My only regret is that I cannot be there (tem porarily) to witness your struggles. Anathema maranaha." A BULL DOG AND A SEA.-A man in this city, whose stock consists of horses, has a novel way of preventing constables from levying on his property. Atone side of hiadoor isechained a fierce bull dog, with rope enough to enable him to guard half the entrance. At the other side is a savage bear, which has chain enough to barely reach the dog. Between Bruin and Tray t is impossible to effect an entrance, as a cer. ta fat constable found to his cost after walk. ing a couple of miles with his attachment.-Chi. cage Democrat. AN old bachelor walking along the streets thi other day with his withered, wrinkled face lil up with a smile that seemed like the pale ghoul of some vanished happiness haunting his pahli features, muttered out: "Thanksl, no morn vomen in heaven-they can't get in. Thel; hoops are so broad, they will have to go thi tbroad road--none of these fashionables can eve; go through the narrow gate." Something i tthat_ _ _ _ _ _ _ One of the best rules in eonversation is neve L to say anything which any of the company cai I reasonably wish we had rather left unsaid; no -nn there well be aught more contrary to thi - ends for which people meet together, than ti par. ....aliuieh each other or themselvan. M IIMR SYSTE. A writer in the Winnsboro Register, over the signature of " A SuFFRmt," writes as follows: Ma. EDITOR: Having very recently been sur. rounded by the "glorious pomp and circum stance of war," a few reflections upon the pres et Militia system of South Carolina may not be counted inappropriate. Much has been said in defence of the system of military, so long supported by the Legisla ture of this State, and incidents have been cited as proof of the good it has done, the most prom. inent of which, is, the action and gallant bear. ing of the Palmetto Regiment in Mexico. The most devoted admirers, and strongest defenders of our militia saystem, are those whose good fortune it is to wear cocked hats and long brass spurs, and to sit on horseback in the shade, watching with a critic's eye the evolutions per formed by the rank and file, under a broiling sun. This is significant, for, certain it is, if the system be abolished these cock hatted gentry would be thrown out of comfortable positions. The system is at best a splendid farce, a magnificent humbug, and a gross imposition, an heavy tax upon the people. It is nothing more nor nothing less. Men are forced to leave their farms and ride twenty and thirty miles to do duty in Winnsboro two days, and pay their tavern bills, to satisfy the whim of some long spurred, chapeaued gentleman, who desires to "showoff." The " general" muster day comes, and the line, after some difficulty, is formed, and the regiment turned over to the officer com manding. He takes command, and the exercise in the manual of arms is commenced. "Shonl der a-r-m-s" is the words, and shouldering it is. You see guns on the right shoulder, and guns on the left shoulder; guns with the cocks turn ed out, and guns with the cocks turned in, with their muzzles pointing towards every imagina. ble point of the compass. Some have ramrods and some have walking canes. "Present a-r-m-s" i comes next, and three-fourths of the " sodgers" hold their pieces in such a position as to cause one to imagine they were looking for some one to present them to; others hold their arms at an angle of 45 degrees across their breasts, and some appear as though they were preparing to " take aim" at the ball on the market steeple, a while others clap the barrels of their bird guns t alongside their noses, and allow the butts to F stick out about a foot from the place where 11 they deposit beans and bacon. "Support u -r-m-s" is the next command. Ten to one if some v of them don't "charge bayonets," while others Is will think that their arms should support them, 0 instead of they supporting their arms, and ease a them down to an "order." "Order a-r-m-s" comes at last. Well, to b order arms" from a "support" is not exactly ti in accordance with Mrcomb or Scott; but down a comes their arms, a te rap, like rain drops, one 9. formed itself nto nie, am ni"... - the General tells them he is highly gratified t with their performance; never saw better drilled c' soldiers in his life; musket and cartridge box P the life preserves of our country, especially 31 when handled by such soldiers as they are; bids 1 them an affectionate farewell, -and the rank and 0 file retire to their homes fully satisfied that c every word the "Gineral" said, was "adxactly" t true, and that Napoleon's Old Guards never saw the day when they could beat them a muster- P ing. it is a mistaken notion, Mr. Editor, that the ti high and enviable position, which the Palmetto t' Regiment took in Mexico, W2as owing in a great 0 measure to the fact, that they were drilled at h home before hand. When the Regiment was mustered into service, nine tenths of the officers and men knew no more about military tactics, C than Billy Patterson knew of the man who i struck him, and it was only the severest sort of drilling, that made them what they .were. Their' gallantry was neither lessened or increased by their knowvledge of military tactics, for braveryt with them was an inherent principle, a trait in separable from the character of all true South Carolinians. The military, has long become in our State, nothing more than a stepping stone for political aspirants. Look at our Legislature; almost every other number is either a Colonel or a Gen eral. The Military committee, in the House isI invariably composed of military men, who frown down any attempt to chance or abolish our mil itary system, and charge those who wish it abol. ished with a want of patriotism. We hope the rank and file will take this thing in hand and demand that they be freed from the present imposition practiced upon themin the way of pretty and regimental musters. A SUFFERER. Anms roa KassS iecnesn a day or two ago with a gentleman connected with Sharpe's relie establhshment in Hartford, Con necticut, it was stated that within a few months numerous orders for rifles had been filled at that establishment, on account of persons supposed to be connected with affairs in Kansas. Some thing like 1,000 of these arms have been sent to St. Louis and Chieago--mostly for the latter place. They are generally packed in hogaeeds, and pass along the respective routes without ex iting attention. Those sent to Chicago are supposep to be introduced for the Free State men, while those for St. Louis are chiefly order ed by their political antagonists. Such weap ons as these, employed in an obstinate conflict, would do fearful execution.--New York Journal of Commerce, 26th. A COLORED PETJTo.-Yesterday afternoon, In the Board of Aldermen, a petition was re eived from John P. Rock, Geo. i. Salter, Lewis Hayden, Coffin Pitte, Seth Bobbs, Sami.Shepley, and other colored citizens, praying that the word " colored," which now stands against their names on the voting lists and tax bills may be removed, and that they may stand as fair on the record as any of their white fellow citizens. 'The pe tition was opposed by Alderman Plummer, who held that the designation was necessary, on ac count of their being many white and colored men of the same name, and without some such mark no one could tell which was which. For this reason, and on motion of the Alderman from Ward '7, the petition was tabled.--Boston Transript, Tuesday. AN old English soldier, who had been in all the severe engagements in the Crimea, and was one of the few who entered the Redan safely returned home lately in good health ; on arriving in camp lhe took off' his knapsack and coat, and said, " Thank God!i I have arrived safely in Old England again; I'll now have a gond rest ;" as soon as he uttered these words ho fell down .a died instantly upon his knapsack. [From the New York Day Book.] FREE TRADE It is said that Gen. Quitman will introduce bill, at the next session of Congress, which pr poses " free trade"-to abandon the whole eyi tem of artificial and indirect taxation for straight-forward, manly and Democratic mod of regulating the national finances. That on present system is absurd, anti-Democratie, d4 moralizing and utterly di sraceful to the n tional understanding no well informed or honei Democrat will deny a moment. It is a relic c the old civilization-of the worn-out Europea rascalities, the ild, worm eaten and far-felche contrivances which enable one class to pray up on another, to blind the people and delude them with the notion that they pay nothing for thi support of the Government, when they are tax ed to the eyelids, and fairly staggering unde the weight of the burthen thus heaped on then in disguise. Abstractedly considered, or as i theory of taxation, a protective tariff is simpl] a absurdity, a palpable, self.evident, unavoida ble absurdity. But this is the least objectioi to it; it is utterly corrupting, and to all con erned-to the government that squanders thi proceeds of the public industry-to the peopli who are plundered by itp and perhaps most cor. p ting of all to those presumed to be benefit. ted by it. The idea on which it is based, oi rather from which it originates, is perhaps natu. al enough. Thus, a man contemplating the whole confederacy or nation, the whole people, a led to suppose that if they were to diversify heir industry and produce everything that the wants of our times demand, it would be a desi. able condition. The nation thus independent f all others in every respect, would find its ommerce, its money interests, its trade in short, niform and invarible, and even in the event of ar the population would be able to command i1 that was necessary for its well-being and appiness. All this is plausible enough, but what does it ,mount to 1 Why, simply this: It is extremely esirable for an individual to be in the posses. ion of sound health-that all the functions of is physical organism are naturally performed, ut it is certainly the extreme of folly to take I kinds of nostrums and quack pills in order reach or secure that desirable end. And pre. sely so in regard to national industry. If labor inaturally diversified-if agriculture and man. factures of all kinds and degrees naturally de. alop themselves, and everything that the popn. tion require is thus naturally produced, with. at any interference or factitious aid, why then very desirable condition would be arrived at. at to undertake to force such a result or to ring about such a condition by factitious con. ivances, by tariffs, In short, is of course just absurd as it is for a man in full health to take iack pills in order to be healthy. And the -"m.n - arn.. -As the man pol. - I-.- - nion, snould iml sukv 'i; ! pable of connecting cause and effect that a tective tariff was a lie, an absurdity, a men rous imposition upon common sense, a mere ntrivance for taking money out of the hands one class, and putting it into that of another ass. But the schemers and clap trap men say that tey, too, are in favor of free trade, if it is acticable; but they will not consent to a " one ded affair," to give free trade to a foreiga na on that refuses to extend the same to us in re irn. This is in truth a still greater imposition n common sense. It amounts to exactly this 1cause England or France taxes one class of ieir people for the benefit of another, why, we, rsooth, in self-defence, must do the same ! mld there be or is there anything more child h, and yet suceh is the slow progress of ideas, at multitudes of people at the North, and ong them, we are ashamed to say, Democrats r professed Democrats, that are so deluded by us wretched sophistry as to vote for and sup. ort a tariff policy ! Another set of humbugs assume that the peo le are not prepared to support direct taxation hat is that each man honestly and straightfor wardly pay over to the support of the govern sent just in proportion to the amount of his iroperty. What an outrageous insult to the opular intelligence !-that the people must be heated into a support of their own government -to be bribed into a defence of their own in eresta! Finally, it is said that indirect taxation or a ariff on foreign commerce, is vastly more con renient. Well, this possibly may be well-foun led; at any rate it is the only argument ever t forward by the protectionists that has a uingle grain of common sense in it. It is odd and amusing to witness the strange and absurd lotions of persons and classes on this subject. 'ree trade in England did not spring from any tense of right, or reason, or sympath with the uppressed and plundered millions but simply because the monied interest would not consent hat the landed interest should rob the masses any longer without giving it a share of the plun. er That was all, at the starting point of the Sfree trade" movement, though it afterwards expanded into a real reform. The abolitionists of the North, are, to a great extent, free traders, net because they compre. hend the subject, or have the blightest syznpthy with the producing classes who are wronge and plundered by tariff laws, but simply becaust the British abolitionists are advocates of free trade, and they borrow their notions on this sub. ect, just as they have those in respect to negr slavery, from their British allies. Old Giddings, in a speech to his constituenti tells them that hp offered to unite with the Whis in Congress to give them a protective tsr , if they, In turn, would stand byhim and his party in the sense of freedom. Now, thu was virtually and actually telling his constitu, ent that he was ready to sell them to the spec ulators, to tax each one of them an additiona] amount for the benefit of New England manu factures, on condition that they, in turn would help him (Giddings) to degrade his constituent to a level iwith negroes I or ma other words hi proposed that his constituents should be taxed and each man give a portion of his day's luboe to abolisb slavery;" that is to put negroes ot a level with themselves. But the ignorant anm deluded old man knew not what he did or triet or offered to do. Hie was as ignorant of thi subject as he is of so-called "slavery," ani doubtless, honestly believed that he was drivinj a famous bargain with these "Whigs," ani helping on the great "cause of humanity," whill in truth he was proposing as villainous and infa mousn a thing as it is possible for a human beinj Th erea is ithing that demoilstrtes mor clearly the beneficent influences of Ao".09d; slavery, then the tariff legislation of the Federsi a government The "slaveholder" is aprodneer, i fact a laborer; for, though the mslesi, the negro "slave" perform the .merpy portion of the process; the brain of tas r e governs it as entirely as -hat of the. Northert", farmer does the production of his edrn aud. And like the northern laborer, or producer, he asks nothing from Government but its protec tion. Thus, from the origin of the goveruasiit, the-" slaveholder" of the South, and the farmer of the North, have been natural alliesand,-at. - ing together, through the medium of:the-Demes92. cratic party, have, thus far, at least, -preserved , not on the form, but the substance of ogr,. Republian system. Mr. Jefferson, and Gen. Jackson, and M. Calhoun, As all true patriots naturally .do, aired to see the national. treasury diveriieAd that result could be attained naturally, apd lith.'_ out those artificial contrivances termed " protec: tive tariffs, which plunder one class ror the bene. fit of another. But while the Northern leaders of the Democrasy almost univermall- 'q-uailed before the combinations of capitalists pec ulators, and sold out, or were frightened out of the defenco of their constituents, Southern slaveholders stood square up to the rght, sad defended the interests of Northern prodnoers as well as their. own. Instead,. therefore, of "slavery extension" being opposed to Northern interests, every additional foot of " slave" terri. tory has been an almost measureless gain -to the Northern masses. For example-the vote of the Texas Senators alone red to infamous plunder scheme of 1842, and gave to the farmers of the North and West the comparative free trade tariff of 1846. In conclusion, we trust that this movement, attributed to General Quitman, will be made. He is just the man to lead-it, and to cnonnect his already glorious name with a reform sogrand and beneficent; and though with the present uncouth, shapeless and nameless system encum bering the way, many years may elapse before it is brought to a final issue, nevertheless, like everything else resting on a bass of fizel.and eternal truth, ftee-rade and direct taxation is ultimately as certain as it is Dmiiocratic, and natural to our institutions. TnE STATE M iTARy AcDEy-MWe had the pleasure yesterday afternoon of attending the dress parade, at the Arsenal, of the Citadel and Arsenal Companies. The exercises were. of a very interesting character, though of short duration. The very soldier-like appearance and bearing of the two corps- attracted universal 'ad. miration, and their precision- in going -through the exercises would do credit to older and more experienced soldiers. - - - - The large attendance of the ladies is at inter. esting feature on these occasions, and the gen ar3iaterest excited among the citin I-nRte August 13, 186. j My Dear Sir: I beg that you will return my profound acknowledgements to the Calhoun Club for the honor they have done me by my election as a member of their Association. All good men are covetous of the approval of their peers, and, situated as I feel that my indi viduality has been lost in the sectional pride which has been enlisted. You may rest assured that the people of the South shall never be mortified by any act of mine. Accept for yourself my thanks for the kind manner in which my election has been comma nicated, as well as assurances of the respectful consideration of your obliged servant, P. S. BROOKS. A NEW SOUTHERN MAoAZE.-The Charles ton papers announce that a monthly magazine will shortly be published in that city, under the editorship of Messrs. W. B. Carlisle and Pal H. Hayne. It will be somewhat on the plan of Blackwood and will embrace Politics, Literature, Science and Art. Many of the ablest writers in the country are said to be engaged au con tributors. - "DIE NEGERunossER"-This is the significant' soubriquet applied by the good people of Lehigh co., Pa., mostly Germans, to the Abolition party of the State, now sailing under the disguseds flag of so called Black Republicanism. It is a German phrase, and the translation of it, we be lieve, is: " The Nigger Aissers." " As Lucs As Two PEAs."-Two brothers, who were twins, recently met in JTay,.N. Y., who had not seen each other for forty-six years. One is Paul Smith, of Jay, and the other Silaa Smith, of Springfield, Mass.-They look so much alike that Silas called on a married daughter of Paul, who of course had never seen her uncle, and:she conversed with him for near half an hour .with out suspecting that he was other than her fatherb A RoGUE.-A man who cheats in short mea sure, is a measureless rogue. If he gives short measures in wheat, he Is. Orin hiky, then he is a rogue i-pr-I he gives a bed title to laud lie is arogueduied. And if he cheats whenever he can, he ivinleld, in spirit, in grain, a measureless scoundret~ Some time ago an Englishman obstirved & stone roll down a stairesse. It bumped on evr y step till it came- to the bottom; there,of co it rected. " That stone," said he, esnbesto national debt of my country; it has' aiien~ every grade of the community, bat itai eils on the lowest." Franklin was en observing and'sensible san, and his conclusions were seldom Incorrect. He said that a newspaper and Bible in ever house, and a g6od school in 'every district" .I studied and appireciated as merlted-sr-the principal supporters of virtue,inoralityinddft liberty. WE are pleased tolearn by the:Uainwellnti. nel that at the present time there is less astais Iin Barowell.District than has beennowah*r Itwenty years. . Q" In raising the heart above despairahi Iviolin is worth foligrdoctorsand tweapothueUJ . VERDAxeT.-A contr% $ -goods store in Hartfora eda illofithqCharter on the ron" 'Tittea * 1-n te il ws