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I? PAID IN ADVANCE, SING L J C 0 P, L'E S ;; ! FIVE CENTS oxilcchlu pmtal, tlwt A in Inmitan Illinois, literature, twtt, anil ieiurnl iilcleiic. 1 Z. RAGAN, Editor and Proprietor. STEUBENVILLE, OHIO)1 WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 1857. VOLUME 3.-NUMBEU 2t.: intact. THE OLD SOFA. BY REV. HENRY BACON. '. Cbarles Orton had admired his friend Heaton's splendid mansion. He had gone inecstacies oyer many of the arrangements and had more than once said to himself, What a lucky dog Ileaton is is he not?' But when he came again to the cosy study or library, and quietly sealed in an ample arm-chair, took an inventory of the appointments of the gorgeous room, he spied in one corner, in a little pleasant room an old sofa, anil wondered not a lit tle at its presence there. Just then his friend Ileaton returned, and looking up J to his host Urton exclamed ; . ''What on' earth Heaton makes you keep that old thing there ? It looks like the last relic of a decayed merchant!" " Why Charlie that soli cost me loo much to part with it." said Ileaton. "The cost of a thing is a poor eason for keeping it," laughingly replied Orton, " or else I should have kept many a piece of property I have been glad to get rid of." "That may be," answered Ileaton, " but that sofa cost me over ten thousand dollars." 'Nonsense! nonsense!" exclamed Or ton as he jumped up, thrusting his hands into his pantaloons' pocket and striding over the floor in a merry mood. "I own. to you Charley," said Heaton, 'It was nonsense, but it is nevertheless true ten thousand dollars went by that sofa. " Whv. did vou make it a safe, and somebody find the thousand hid there, for which the sofa poor innocent thin? was not to blame," merrily responded his guest. No.no," was the reply; but the cost of that sofa is not all that makes me re tain it. It defeated my fondest plan it was the scene of my happiest success, and every wrinkle in it has a memory for me." "Why really. Ileaton," said Orton, " you'll have to celebrate the old sofa in a song and rival the Old Arm Chair." " If I were a poet," said Ileaton, I'm sure I could do it. An arm chair is only for one, but only think of a sofa the po etry of two, three, or even lour, ana then the felicilv ol a full lenctli stretch on w one! Come, then, let's try, Heaton, and see," said Orton. " if we can't get up some poetry ; and then .pausing in front of that antique piece of furniture, and placing himself in a most tragic attitude lie began " 0 sofa! in that cosy nook, How oft havo I, with news or book, Sunk down my weight upon your springs, And at full length made strito with kings Fought desperate battles gained them all And noted stocks the rise and fall " "Get out, Charley ! stop your non sense!" exclaimed Heaton; "you may have the freedom of the house, but that sofa is too good for you." 'Please to veil it then, " Orton replied "and let the eye' of no infidel polute the sacredness of your precious darling sofa." But nonsense apart now, let me tel vou something of the history of that sofa, said ileaton. "So do I'm all attention," replied Or ton, as he sank himself down again into . ' I I 11. h I the ample aim-cnair, wun ms ten uanu still id his pocket, and his head resting most comfortably on his light hand, the palm pressing his chin up in a manner hat made him look as thougn ins teetn wcrq set. " All ears Ileatonlalk on This is a day of wonderful revelations and now for the story of the ten thousand dollar sofa I Whew !" "You remember, Charlie," said Ilea ton where 1 was wheu we become ac - quainted " " Yes doing a first rate business, and thought you a lucky fellow, as I have .ever since said Orton. True Charlie,',sreplied Ileaton, "and It was then that I resolved on the kind of a house I would build build to suit my Jancy and to surprise my wife by having .everything to her liking. I fostered dil- ligeotly my means with this intent I was economical and sparing I treasured up the memory of every observation I heard -Mrs. Heaton make about what suited in -this house and that, wherever we visited and my , ideal grew eveiy month more .definilo mA more beautiful. Fortune's iftvors had .their "best charm in the fact ,that they gave me more means for 'my favorite project ' and though business ambition, was one of my leading traits, yet I sincerely believe that it was this . favorite notion that made mo ambitious, , or at least gave it the true fiie. Well, . matters were going on finely, whea one day, Mrs. Heaton told me at tea, that she bad seen that, day 'a love of a sofa,' an exquisite' thing, and she must have it. . She had never said must before, and then I saw it was said only to let me know how much her heart was put upon it. . I tried lo seem indifferent to the mat ter but that would not do, seeing she was so earnest about it. I found fault with the style she described, as she told what ind of an appearance the sola had. l ailed it old fashioned, odd, quizzical, some cast oil lancy varnished up ; but l made no headway at all.' I could do othing to prevent the purchase without telling my darling project, and I couldn't afford to do that. I saw what troubles ould come in my way should that sofa come into the house ; yet it would not do for me to tell my forebodings lest I hould teem to bo set against any im- rovements hi the appoiuiments of our bouse, so tne soia was oougiu, unu when it came and Mrs. Ileaton made me sit down by her side lo see how beautiful it was, hang me, if I didn't give up and declare it the most elegant thing in town." Good! bravo, Ileaton! exclaimed Or ton, springing one hand from his pocket and the other Irom beneath his head, and clapping his palms together in ecstacy. Ho on, go on, my menu mate a clean breast of it.' Well,. it was but a short time before lie chairs had to be changed and a differ- nt table introduced; then a splendid car pet, to be in keeping wiih the splendid sofa; then the walls had to have richer paper; new chandeliers must come in; our portraits must have costlier frames; an oh- ong mirror must be placed over the man tel; the piano must be exchanged; and the improvements begun in the parlor marched into the hall, up stairs, and all over the house. I was prospering in bu siness, and could not say a word against these expenses without letting out my darling project, or seeming close in pecu niary matters, which was a kind ol coun terfeiting I could not succeed in. Gut it wasn t long before Mrs, Heaton com- nlained of our being so cluttered with furniture that there was no room for com fort. After some" struggling- against fate, thought my success in business might continue, and it so, why, I couui Dear the burden. So a house was bought a liouse I hated because it slood directly in went into an examination of all my affairs my losses, my risk, and I found my self looking over the consequences of clinging lo my old fancy and having to buy that sofa, and the expense to which it led, and I put it down at the cost of over ten thousand dollars.' Could I have carried out my purpose, that sum would have been saved. I now went home, re solved to confess all to my wile, and ask her advice for the future. It was n terri ble task that confession ! but it was ac complished. We sat together in our lit tle sitting room where that sofa was then, and I told her all the whole story of the past, from the first dream of surprising her with a perfect house, to that hour. She heard all my, story with eyes that smiled and grew tearful ; and when 1. had finished she took my hands into her own, and with a kiss sweetor than ever she had given before, said, in a tone that gladdened me to the heart, 'oel, and by the love that never seemed so holy and beautiful as at this hour, I will be content with a poorer honre than this we are now in ; and husband Ihink not that you have again to live on the past, for I will keep you lo the present and hopeful for the fu ture by my improvement.' This was the hour of my best success,..and wasn't I proud of my dear wife when she said, 'So long as this sofa is spared, I will be content, and will help you in the world, for no one shall remark on my dress or amusements, or anything else as unfitting this time of commercial embarrassment. Better than all this wealth is this confes sion you have made to-night.' The cri sis passed. . Unexpected returns from heavy debtors came lo me, and favors as. rich as they were unanticipated, helped me in the most difficult strait, and once more the shallow river was full. We moved into our perfect liouse with the as surance that it was both, safe and right to do so. And now this mansion seems to and seemed to wish to speak the unspeak able." Shall I tell!" answered Orton, as he looked to his friend Heaton. Ileaton looked to Mrs. Ileaton ; she ooked searchingly at het husband's face, and raising her fan in a most menacing manner, exclaiming: . You have went and told him all. 0, men can keep secrets, hut women can't ! But I dont care ;" and thus saying she seized her husband by his arm, and in a moment sat down with him on the old so fa, exclaiming" Here is our throne ! -I take more pride in this old sofa, than in anything in the house.'1 Why we have so cold a Winter. The following curious statement is an extract from a letter, written on the 9th of last November, by a gentleman at St. Louis, Mo., to a friend in Washington : " Now, by way of fortifying your mind against fear, permit me to remind you that astronomers throughout the world are nt this time looking for the re-appearance of Hally's great comet of 1765. The near approach of this planet in em bryo will influence our planet, perhaps the entire, solar system. It will be at tracted by the sun, and then repelled by it. It will both attract and repel plan ets of the solar system, and appear to create disorder and confusion. But liae no fear9. It can neither attract nor be attracted so as to come in contact with any ol the heavenly bodies. Ihe most it can do to any of the planets, ours not excepted, will be to change the currents of their electrical envelops ! I his will have a tendency to give us the warmest or coldest Winter, should the comet appear soon, that ha3 been experienced since 17G5. Should the earth's electri my way, and took awav half the oppor tunities ol pleasing Mrs. ileaton, in the arrangements of my ideal house. The house was made ready for us, and I had to pump up enthusiasm to seem glad when we took possession of it. We gave grand parties, in the most approved, or, at least the most expensive fashion, we set it aparl to our friends and aqquantances as our home. Congratulations came thick and fast, and I swallowed them all. So went the months and years; the success of business continuing, I was still ena bled to hold to mv moiect, but the in creased outlays to which I. had been in. De led deterred the accomplishment ol my fond purpose from year to year, well knowing the danger of taking capital to ex'ensively from one's business in the hope that no 'light time' will come; and cautioned too, by the fact, that after the opening of my new house, I should have sultered severely, as I now see, had not an unexampled success in business fa vored me just then when so many found tight plaqe. Yes,' said Oilon, 'I remember that time, and what favors my father received at your hands. My heart in "gratitudo has warmed to you ever since, and no one has observed and rejoiced more in your success than I have. 'Charlie,' said my father, iust before he died, 'remem ber Heaton for my sake. It's not likely you can ever serve him, but if you have a chance, do it, my son. 1 nave nau the will, Heaton, to do so, and I've got it still " Thank you Charley, lhank you, said Ileaton, grasping his friend's hands. " Your father amply repaid me all obliga tions. He was an honest man a noble merchant Once when scores kept ig noble silence your father smote an enemy of mine, not with his fist but with a few honest scathing words, that live now as a nroverb amongst us. But back to the sofa, the old sofa. I succeeded still long er in business, and at length began my house here, the spot having been spoken of by Mrs. Heaton as the loveliest place in all the country.-and just the place for a house for her if she was ever fortunate enough to have another. I built the house constantly manceuvering to keep her from going to ride in this direction, and choosing the time when she was away to the sea shore, and even obtained our physician's aid in advising her to tar ry longer from the ciiy than usual. The house was finished 5 and it was a proud day when I took her to see it,' and heard her declare how exaotly suited she was with all its divisions and sub-divisions. Of oourse the furnishing of the house was to be heroice. for I could not ven lure on that, Irfu to her taste everything was left. Just then came the aw lu crash in the commercial world, and I had rea son to think. f the old proverb ' It nev er rains but it pours.' Disaster after dis aster cams, and on my darkest day, I city be attracted or repelled to either pole, the temperate zones will enjoy an unusii me all the more beautiful for this expe- al degree if mildness; on the other hand, rienco. But what do you now think of should the earth's electric sheen be gath- Ascent of Mount Ararat. my holding on to the old sofa V "Think!" replied Orton, with his usual enthusiasm', think ! why I think I should not only preserve it as you have done, but I would put an inscription over it, forbidding the ptofano from scorning it as 1 did" So saying he made up to the sofa again and made a most respectful bow. He ooked up and caught sight of a beautiful painting which hung over ihe sofa on the wall, and after taking a luir view ol it, Orton exclaimed : 0, I see vou've not here the inscrip tion in a painted allegory." What do you mean, (Jharley f 1 hero is no meaning to me in that picture, save that it is a fine view of a lovely spot, and the order which I gave the young artist to paint it was a good thing for him, ; replied Heaton. " But there is a meaning beyond that," said Orton. " The scene is beautiful. The rounding of these hills, and the snlendid curve in the shore where theai- ver becomes a lake are line points, and I know very well the hand that has lelt its touches here. But what I want you to see is the meaning which shall! say nf this old sofa gives to ihe movement of this piece of art ; notice how the soit and mellow light of the moon is thrown just in advance of the pilgrim on the shore, and the radiance seems to be rising more and more to bathe him in beauty. Isn't that the true emblem of a wife's influence to throw r light before us when all around us is darkness, and to increase that light till ihe very things which were all sadness once, become attractive in the new light she throws upon them .? That pilgrim is. yourself; the moon is Mis. Heaton. and that finely rounded hill is the old sofa." . Orton turned round and sank down on the sofa only to discover that Mrs. Ilea ton and his own wife were in the room to ioin the gentlemen for supper. He saw at once that they had heard the whole or his exposition of the 'painter's allegory,' and with a most grave expression, be put his finger tips together, as much as to ' .Ti- . I : 1 !...' say, -U8 mercuui iu juur lauguici. His wife answered " Say Charley, don't you wish that moon was your wile f" ' O, Mrs. Orton 1 did't say it warn l I said a wife's influence, didn 1 1 1 .' Yes. and you also said the moon was Mrs. Heaton, didn't you 1" laughingly responded frltn. Orton. " Bight, wife ; but if you will only shine as usual, I'll make it over to you,' said Orton. " I walk in darkness : U, moon please to Bhine!" and saying this he rose, and with a most aamiraoie mim icrv of melancholy, paced the floor in j 4 1 4 front of his wife. "Now Charles that is too bad, lo rep resent me as irkcloud," said Mrs. Orton. " No. no. Mrs. Orton," he replied ; only meant that I hadn't got far enough to receive your light. You know I didn't see vol till I turned around." j ' "But tell us said Mrs. Ileaton, "what set yon in bucIv raptures about the old sofa! You were quite poencai anoui u, ered in folds near the equatorial regions, then indeed may wo expect Ihe most in tence cold ever experienced in this climate. n either event, the disturbance of the cean of electricity, in which the solar .system floats, will produce extraordinary results in atmospheric temperature, wind urrents nnd vegetation, until the electric equilibrium shall be re-established. This may appear strange to you, but by refer ring to an article oi mine, puuusncu in the Western Dispatch, of Independence, Mo., m the Winter ol 1853-4, headed Is it So?" (which paper I think is in our possession) you will not fail to ob serve the cause of the phenomena sugges ted above. These truths are important. Dkscendino from A Virtuous Man t is one of the most beautiful objects the eves of man can behold to see a man of worth and his son live in an entire uu re served correspondence. The mutual kindness and affection between them, inve an inexpressible satisfaction to all who know them. It is a sublime plea sure which increases by the participation l is as sacred as friendship, as pleasurable as love, and as iovful as leligion. Tlit3 stato of mind does not only dissipate sor row, which would be extreme withoul it, but enlarges pleasures which would other' wise be coniemptible. ihe most mdil- ferent has its force and beauty when it is sooke by a kind father, and an msrgnifi cant trifle has its weight when oitereu bv a dutiful child. We know not how to express it but we may call it a 'trans planted "sell-love.' All the enjoyments and sufferings which a man meets with are regarded only as they concern him in the relation he has to another. A man s very honor receives a new value to him, . .... ... , i i when lie thinks tnat,' wnen ne is in ms . . ... , , . i grave, it will be nau in rememorauce that such an action was done by such an ones father. Such considerations sweet en the old man's evening, and his sohlo quy delights him when he can say to himself, " no man can ton my cuuu, ms father was either unmercuui or-unjusi Mv son shall meet many a man who shal sav to him, 'I was obliged to thy father : . . .... , T , , 1 nnd be my ctuia a menu to uis cnuu forever." It is not in the power of all men to eave illustrious names or great fortunes to their posterity, but they can very much conduce to their having industry, probity, valor and lustice. It is in every man s power to leave his son the honor of de scending irom a virtuous man, anu auu tile blessings of heaven to whatever he Fault Finding. Having in my youth, notions of severe piety, says a celebrated Persian writer, I used to rise in the night to watch, pray, and read the Koran. One night,, as I was engaged in these exerci ses, my father a'man of practical virtue, awoke while I was reading. Behold," said I to him, " thy other children are lost in irreligious slumber, while I alone awake to praise God." ' " Son of my soul," he answered, " it is better to sleep than to wake to remark tbe faults of tby brethren,".. ;, It was stated some weeks since that a party of English army officers had suc ceeded in making the ascent of Mount Ararat, where tradition says the Ark of Noah rested after the flood. It is believed that human foot has never before pressed the summit of this mountain since the flood. A llussian, Professor Paris, had claimed the achievement in 1846, and one or two others at different periods since; but this was uniformly denied by the most intelligent men about Ararat, wbo were acquanted with the Professor and others who attempted this feat; and also by the guides who attended them, who attested that they had reached a high elevation, but turned back before at taining the summit. One of the party which recently made the ascent, Major A. J. Fraser, an English officer who was nltached to the staff of Gen, Williams, during the siege of Kars, has given a thrilling description of the ascent, which is communicated lo the New York Jour nal of Commerce by its Beirout (Syria) correspondent. We make the following extracis: "July 1 2 tli . at a quarter past three in the morning, the party slaned on their daring adventure. Unfortunately, Major Fraser parted from his companions in the darkness, and pursued his rough and sleep route alone, both in the ascent and de scent. In an hour and a half he reached a ridge, from the summit of which he looked down upon the plain of Erivan, while in the distance be saw the Araxes winding its way, looking like a thread as it pursued its silvery course. For twelve thousand feet of ascent his way lay over black, slippery rocks of volcanic origin, on which he could hardly maintain a foot hold, while breathing became so difficult that he was obliged to halt. In the mean time his strength became exhausted, and he was obliged lo throw himself down for rest, when he fell asleep upon the edge of a cliff, from which a fall would have been instant death. Yet there he lay; and slept, lie knew not how long, with no one to wake him, and with no one to pro tect him but an Unseen Hand. After ascending 12,000 feet, he came to the region of snow and ice. Breath ing became more and more difficult, and he began to despair of success. A lone ly feeling came over him; and tho world seemed to be gone, as clouds came and covered up all below, while nothing was to bo seen above except a white peak which seemed to pierce the very heavens. But even lure were seen the traces of a power almost as energetic and terrible as that which pured the ocean over this sub line elevation, and according to tradition, drove the aik into so strange a harbor; for around lum the traveler saw several craters of volcanoes filled with red cin defs. The wind became strong, and end ed in a hurricane, which he feared would blow him off and send him into tho Uus ian territory, which is adjacent to one side of the mountain. Attempting to turn he watt driven on to a space between two ridges, which was a mere bed of ice covered over by the snow, where his foot slipped, and falling, he slid down the steep mountain side upon his back, full 1500 feet, as be judged, making frequent gyrations and convolutions in his rapid descent, and every moment expecting in stantaneous death by being hurled into the terrible vortices that yawned to re ceive him. "In this condition he lost his senses but Providence kindly watching over him, was better tban his reason and strength; for as he plowed his way downward, with his feet foremost, the snow was. forced into a ridge between his legs, and steadily diminishing the momentum that was car rying him downwards, at last stopped him in his unwilling career. With, fan gers frozen, and hands bleeding from cuts made by the ice, and afraid to rise'lest he should start on his journey again, he at last struck the barbed end of his walking pole into the ice, and carefully and trem bfingly drawing up his feet a few inches, and wriggling his hips about so as to move a hand s breadth or so, lie stuck in his pole again, till, at last, by dint of mus cular effort and perseverance, he reached a position of safety. An immense abyss lay beneath the glacier, on whose oriiiK he was stopped almost by miraculous in terposition. An hour and a halt were spent in these painful struggles for extri cation. ' . "Being obliged to re-nscend, his progress was slow and painful aftci quitting the glacier. Breathing became extremely difficult, which was increased by a sul phurous smell sent up from a ravine, which almost created ' suffocation. Two thirds the distance up the mighty cone for whose summit the traveler was strug gling, he encountered a wooden cross which had been planted by the Russians, and probably was the terminus of their ascent. . At last he triumphed over all difficulties, and was standing on the sum mit of Ararat, 18,000 feel above the lev el of the sea, nd standing alone, where no human foot had uod, since the solitary ship which floated over seas and oceans landed its passengers there, or might have landed them, "lie felt the emotion of a conqueror ; for he bad triumphed over difficulties, and almost over death, and the world lay al his feet. But he could not be proud; for the cold was intense, penetrating into the inmost marrow, utterly benumbing his hands and knees, and threatening to give lim a sepulture among the everlasting snows and ice of Ararat, where his body would wait, in full symmetry and fresh ness, for the trump of resurrection. iw are of his danger, he rallied his re maining strength, and sought rest behind a projecting peak, till .finding his powers revived, he rushed to the highest of the three cones which rise from the summit plateau, and drawing from his pocket a flask of 'mountain dew,' with which he had fortified himself a.t the outset, like a true Englishman, drank to the health of the Queen, adding thiee hurrahs, which almost tore his lungs in pieces, as they reverberated from the large Bounding board so near over his head. I honor the patriot in the traveler, whose first thoughts in his cn-byrean position were of his country, and whose only voice uttered there in the lnhnito solitude were for his country; and I can forgive him the bran dy flask under such circumstances, for the warm heart he carried in his bosom Shame on the American, in presence of such an example, who does not make the heavens ring with our country : our whole country ! und our country joreveri from eveiy plain, from every hill, and ev ery mountain top. 'Taking a. careful survey of the sum mit plateau of Ararat, Major Fraser judged it lo be 300 yards in length from East to west, by 50 to 70 in width. It was entirely covered with ice and snow, into ino latter ot which he sank to ms knees. The panorama was grand and impressive beyond description. To tho North were seen the peaks of the Cauca sus covered with snow; on the East Ihe Araxes and the broad plains ot Persia; on the West the mountain ranges of Arme nia, while to the South the still waters of ake Van glittered in the sun like molten glass. At limes the clouds, rising from below, and spreading like a mighty sheet presented a picture of strange and admi rable beauty, both in their colors and the gambols they seemed to be playing, cur rents of air breaking through them and forcing up other clouds as it were edge wise and at right angles with the plane of the others, and then driving them about in a wild melee as though impelled by the spirits of evil. Sometimes it was ap palling to loot down upon them in their excited an J fanciful diverlisements. "Again our traveler became exhausted and sleepy, and despite his efforts to rally he sank down and slept an hour on the very summit ot Ararat. Awakening from his sleep, he saw his danger, with the consciousness ol little power to es cape it. lo remain whtre he was was death, while his exhausted powers made a removal almost impossible. But he ral lied; ho started, and sometimes in . the dark, and half way by moonlight, and of ten sliding down oa.the snow and the glaciers, he at last reached the camp at 12 o clock at night, exhausted in every bono and sinew, and cruelly lacerated in bis flesh by the huge and rough volcanic rocks he was obliged to crawl over or creep around. His companions succeed ed in reaching the summit, and returning in safely, though, very strangely, they did happen to meet each other ascending, on tho summit, or in the descent. "The Ibex was seen high up in the mountain, and on the very summit of some of the peaks; but no other animals were discovered, nor was a fowl or bird seen flying in the heavens or resting upon the ground. The moth was the last form of animal observed. "Tbe boundaries of three kingdoms almost touch upon Ararat, viz : Russia, Parsia, Turkey. On the Ru ssian side the mountain is almost perpendicular' while on tbe Turkish, ascent by horses is utterly impracticable for any distance. Tbe jumper grow' up the sides, and yel low everlasting, the blue bell, the forget me not, a large daisy, and a flower re sembling the China aster, while lower down grass is produced. A great part of the mountain is composed ot black vo!ca nic rock, while the cones rising here and there, like so many chimneys, not only remain the memorials of a mighty subter ranean power, which even raised Ararat 10,000 feet above the plain .from the deep, but seemed preserved and ready to re ttume their work, and-reiurn to their old uses, whenever the decreed day arrives Maior Fraser was utterly spent by the hardships he endured and the efforts TV - t:. Tl t X Ti n iioops as a xaio jriescrvci iu. vui ica-j Our Boston correspondent, Pictor, says the N. Y. Evening Post, writes as follows: . Looking, this morning, into Mr. Den niston's 'Memoirs of Sir llobert blunge and of Andrew Lnmisden' an exceed-'' ingly' interesting book, by the way -A found an anecdote of the uses of the hoop; which, if not exactly new, is interesting at this time, when men are getting up sort of war-whoop against that feminine piison. Strange was courting Isabella humisden, in 1745, when unanes ju.a ward came to Scotland, and took Edio"' burgh, where the young couple were liv-j. ing. The lady belonged to a Jacobita family, and was, herself, a most zealous supporter of the Stuart cause. She com-' pelted her Jover to . leave, his peaceiut: profession'of an engraver in which he was lo achieve such distinguished rank, and to enter the rebel army. After Culloden, Strange, like many other Scotch gentlemen, was in 'hiding.'; One day some of the Duke of Cumber-; land's red-coated holl dogs got eight of him, and gave chase, btrange ran to a house hard bv, and 'dashed into a room where tbe lady, whose zeal had enlisted , him m the fatal cause, sat singing at lier needlework, and, failing other means of concealment , was indebted for safety to' her prompt intervention. As shequicklyi raised her hooped gown, the. affianced lover disappeared beneath its ample con-;, tour, where, thanks to her cool demean-, or and unfaltering notes, he lay undetect-. ed, while the mde and baffled soldiery, vainly ransacked the house.' "Let those who are condemning tht i hoop, and and ridiculing it, show, if they' can, any other kind of gown that could have been used to save a life so promptly as Miss Lumisden's hoop. Mr, Dennis-' toun, in a note, says: 'Such a hoop asr saved the rebel and secured a husband , to the readv-witted songstress, may bo seen in a print of Kitty Clive, as the Fine, Lady in Lethe.' 1 have never seen the , picture he mentions; but other pictures of the dresses of that period, which I have seen, give such an idea ot the 'volumin ous sufficiency' of the hoops then in use, that it would not surprise one to read that a small army had been concealed un-. der one of them of infantry, I mean. - .1 "Andrew Lumisden, the brother, oi Lady Strange, was for many years cons nected with the couit of the exiled out- arts at Rome, being private secretary to the old Pretender first, and then, though for a briefer period, holding the same of-'' face under the young Pretender, who. ' however, was forty-five jears old on the death of his father, lie was dismissed! from his thankless office in consequence ; of his master getting drunk, the crown-, less king seeking to drown his grief in, wine." he made, but came off far better thau his companions, who in sddidon to'exhauslion were blind lor two days. It is not a little singular that the letters that spell debt, are the initials of tbe sen tence, Dun Every Body Twice, and the letters that spell credit, the initials of, Cal Regular Every Day 1 11 Trust.. A. Wife') Power The power of a i good wife is, to a man, wisdom and cour- sge and endurance. A bad one is confu sion, weakness, discomfiture, and despair. No condiiion is hopeless, where the wifa possesses firmness, decision and economy. , There is no outward prosperity which can counteract indolence, extravagance and folly at home, . No spirit can endure bad domestic influence. Man is strong, ' but his heart is not adamant He delights 1 in enterprise and action; but to sustain ' . m t lum he needs a tranquil mind ana a wcoio tear!. He needs his moral in the con flicts of the world. To recover his equa-t nimity and composure, home must be a Ei I ace of repose, cheertuiness, peace, com ort, and his soul renews us strength , again, and goes forth with fresh vigor to encounter the troubles and labor of life. But if at home he finds.no rest, and is" there met with bad temper, sullenncss or , gloom, or is assailed, with discontent or complaint, hope vanishes and he sinks n into despair. . ' . ! ' -h' i Abrogation of tub Fourth Coat- mandmknt. An ordinance repealing the municipal law compelling Christian ob-, servance of the Sabbath has just passed the Cincinnati Common Counoil. The American influence resisted it, but with-5 out suecess, the foreigners carried tha day. The repeal was driven through by -i the Foreign lnhdel liermans, wno regain Sunday as a day of amusement and reo-. reation, and who look upn all restraints of the kind as tyranical. The, beer sa- loons and gardens there, expect now as . large a business on Sunday as they ao on the other six days of the week. If al- lowed lo hjive music, theatricals, &c, to ; entertain their customer, they think their - Sundav receipts would be suit mora ? largely increased. American JlerulJ. i' ,; When Lieut O'Brien, of the British,' navy, was blown up in the Edgar, he was put on board, the flag ship all black "V and wet, and apologized to the Admiral thus: "I hope, sir, you will excuse my dirty appearance, but I ltf; lie l,ip l.i such haste that I didn't have tirno to change mjdres. y -. - '' fCT Pay the Priuter. '