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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. '

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