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Z. RAGAN, Editor and Proprietor,
An Astrologer's Prediction.
BY EMERSON BENNETT.
During tie prevalence of tie Cholera1
in 1849, a small party of, us were one
evening sitting together, discussing The
all absorbing topic of the day. One ad
vanced the idea not a new one, however
that he believed cases aroae, and pro
gressed rapidly to a ratal termination,
resulting simply from the emotion of fear,
acting upon a nervous organization.
This was denied by a second, who con
tended that the idea was a fallacy, having
its origin in certain brains which were
more imaginative than scientific. His
position .was in rum denied by a third, a
gentleman of high scholastic attainments,
who had in his day been a traveller over
a great portion of the habitable globe,
and a resident at different timespf several
foreign cities of note. In the course of
his remarks, he cited several cases which
had come under m own notice, where
ho had reason to believe that the mind
had so acted upon the body as to produce
serious and, even fatal, results the mani
festations of the different symptoms of
eacn oeing m accordance with the idea
which was supposed to induce them.
"One of the most remarkable of these,"
ht said,, "and which may be cited most
-directly in illustration of my argument,
happened while I waB a resident of Paris ;
and if you are in the mood to listen, I'll
give you the Btory." .
We all signified our interest in bis
forthcoming narration, and he accordingly
proceeded,
"Some years ago, he resumed, I occu
pied rooms in the most pleasant quarter of
Tins, and had tor companions two men
of directly opposite temperamont. One
of these was a small, delicately-formed,
light-haired Englishman, of rather retiring
unobtrusive, and superstitious nature
and the other a fine, manly looking
. Spaniard tall, graceful, of a very dark
. complexion, with black hair and eyes
and possessing what might be termed a
strong mathematical turn of mind a firm
believer in demonstrable faots, but a total
sceptic, concerning anything mysterious
and incomprehensible anything, in fact,
for which a rational cause could not be
assigned. Henry Russell, the English
man, believed in everything of a marvel
lous nature; but Juan Salvator, the Span
iard, believed in nothing he could not
demonstrate. The former would ofien
introduce old legends and superstitions,
and narrate them with all the earnestness
of facts ; and the latter would make sport
of his credulity, and attempt to reason
him out of what he termed his insane fol
...ly. They were warm friends, notwith
: standing ; but sometimes in the course of
their discussions, both would get excited;
and I who was generally more listener
than debater, would ba appealed to to
decide the point; which I generally did
' by taking a neutral ground, or something
between the two, and endeavoring to make
- each satisfied with himself and his argu
ment,wiihout deciding in favor of either.
"About this time the gossipping por
tion of Paris became not a little exer
cised concerning a foreign astrologer,
' who had domiciled himself In the heart of
tho city, and had made, it was said, sev.
. eral wonderful predictions, some of which
- had beon strangely verified. . Being a
ttatter roach talked of outside of our circle
"' it naturally came up for discussion be
tween the Englishman and the Spaniard ;
the former of course assuming that nnto
certain men was given the power of re-
vealing the future, and citing various
instances of both ancient and modern
' times to sustain his hypothesis ; and the
latter denying if such were really the
' fact?, which he doubted that they were
anything more than mere chance coinci
dences, each verification being selected
from a thousand failures, and bruited
.abroad by just such credulous persons as
" his friend Russell, or by designing men,
for a selfish or sinister purpose.
' " 'I boldly deny,', he said, 'that any
;,.man has, or every bad the power of pro
phesyof staling any future fact, with
certainty, not based upon present causes
already in action I For instance, I admit
that when a mad is known to be dying,
"it may be positively asserted by his scien
' title physician that he cannot recover
J that he may not live' a week, a day, or
.even an hour buTI deny that the precise
. moment of his decease can be foretoldl'
; V 'And I claim,' returned Russell, 'that
all causes of all future events are present
i : with the Almighty-that they are written
'in his Great Book of Nature and that it
" is only necessary for mortals to read and
' interpret aright that Book of Nature, to
. arrive at a definite and infallible condu
ceurn T . . .; : , : . ..-v
r ; 'You might as well tell me,', rejoined
I Salvator, 'that a roan could point out the
' feold. veins in the mountain, if he saw
them i and I claim that it is just as east i
for him. to seo' them, or to see the bed a J
the unfathomable ocean, as it is for him
to read And interpret , the Great; Book of
' Nature, as you call it ; to that vour con
Meelilg loitrnaIr geWeli la American fnterds, f iferatm tiimt. anb
clusions, being drawn from false premises
are utterly worthless,'1
" I his discussion was kept tip more or
less for several days : during which time
I was, as usual, frequently appealed to
for my opinion ; till finally I proposed as
a means of getting rid of the subject, or
at least of changing the monotonous round
of argument, that we should, pay a visit
to the astrologer, and hear what he had
to say for himself. To this both agreed:
and tho next morning, at an early hour.
we lound ourselves in his august presence.
" Of what country he was a native, I
do not know. He was a man of middle
height, with very dark complexion, and
features no way remarkable, except for a
certain classic severity of expression, as
one who had studied deeply and thought
deeply in ascetic seclusion. He was
dressed in black, and the apartment in
which he received us was richly furnished
the latter, with the exception perhaps
of being rather heavy and gloomy cast,
differing not materially from the reception
room of a gentleman of leisure. There
was nothing about either the man or his
apartment tending in any degree to fan
tastic trickery, for the mere purpose of
awing, or deeply impressing the vulgar
mind ; all waa rich, substantial, quiet, but
sombre ; and Professor Fontmelli, as he
styled himself, received us with dignified
courtesy of a v.ell-bred gentleman.
We have come sir, to have our for
tunes told,' said Mr Russel, with a mod
est air, thus opening the conversation and
declaring our business at the same time.
"With one exception,' said I, 'which
is myself. I have no desire to know the
future any faster than it comes.'
" 'And I,' rejoined Salvator,' 'bringing
with me that skeptical mind which does
not believe it can be told any faster than
it comes.
" 'It is perfectly immaterial to me,' re
plied the astrologer, 'whether you believe
or not. If I toll you a truth, you can,
when you discover it to be a truth, do me
the justice to say it was a truth I told you ;
if I tell you a falsehood, say it a was false
hood, nnd pronounce me an impostor.'
"Well, that is fair, at all events!'
laughed the Spaniard ; 'the only thing I
fear being,-that I may some time or other
be in a condition to apply a truthful epi
thet, which would sound very pleasant to
your ear just now.'
" Fontinelli darted at the speaker a
keen, searching glance ; and, after a mo
ment of silence, rejoined, with most im
pressive solemnity :
"And I only fear young man, that you
will never have occasion to gainsay my
wordsl Are you ready for putting me to
the test?'
"Perfectly sir!' answered the Spaniard;
'but I believe my friend here is the most
anxious, and the first privilege shall his,
unless you proceed with both together,
which I suppose is not according to rule!'
" 'One at a time returned the Profes-
sor ; and turning to the Englishman, he
requested him to enter the room adjoining.
Russell aroae, but with some little trepi
dation, which brought a smile to the fea
tures of the unbelieving Salvator, and
accompanied tho astrologer into his
private apartment. He was absent some
thing like an hour, during which time the
Spaniard kept up a running fire of railery,
sometimes imitating the air and manner
of the astrologer, and taking a very ludi
crous view of the whole affair. When
the Englishman at length came forth, we
perceived that his features were some
what paler though on the whole he
seemed very well pleased with what he
had heard, every word of which he belie
ved to be' as true as the prophecies and
gospels he so often quoted. ;
' 'Well, what wonderful things-did he
tell you V inquired Salvator, with a quiz
zical expression of countenance. 'Did
he tell you you were a small man,, with
light hair and a wonderful believing mind?
one that would swallow a ghost story as
easily as a mathematician would solve a
problem ?' ' ' ' - '
" 'It is your turn now,' replied Russell
somewhat curtly ; 'and so suppose you
go and see for vourself !' i.-.
'"1 should like to wager a basket of
wine with you,' returned the Spaniard, as
he rose and advanced toward the door,
'that for every fact he will give me nine
falsehoods, as exceptions to the rule' on
which his wisdom is founded 1' ,',.,..',..,' ,.' .
"During the absence of Salvator, Rus
sell gave me a description of the solemn
chamber of fate, with its crimson arras,
hieroglyphic table, and silver lamp, which
threw; its light upon the stern, 'ascetic
features of The great astrologer, as he bent
over his horoscope, and calculated with
matematical precision the movements of
the planets which were to determine the
great events of his life, and the order of
their occurrence. ..lie. then went on,to
state, one after another, the wise prognoa.
tications of the star reader, and was thus
engaged when the Spaniard re'sppnnrd,
his lip curling with a sneer, : To our in
quiries as to what,, he. bad gathered of
wisdom, he replied. with an expression pf
contempt, ..i-....V'." - , V- '
.' " 'Bah! it is but time wasted and mo-
STEUBENVILLE, OHIO, WEDNESDAY,
ney thrown away! Come, let us beat a
retieat from these sage quarters, and I'll
tell you the wonders as we go along !'
" 'A servant politely showed us to the
door, but the astrologer did not again
make his appearance. On our way back
to our lodgings, the Spaniard entertained
us with a ludicrous picture of the gravity
with which the man of science had taken
down the hour of his birth, and proceeded
with his calculations, and bow, when he
had finished, he had very gravely and
solemnly told him that he had better not
seek to know anything of the future, but
rest content with the fact that he was not
long for this world. '
' 'I insisted,' pursued the narrator,'
upon knowing the day and the hour when
I should leave the transitory things of
time : and after some seeming reluctance,
ho gave me the exact date, which here
you have ;' and handing, me a card on
which the year, month, day and hour was
pencilled by his own hand, he burst into
a loud, contemptuous laugh, and declared
that that was all he received for his time,
patience and money.
" i joined him in his laugh, looking
upon the whole affair as a kind of foolish
past time ; but Rtfssell became very
grave, ind chided us both for making
light of so serious a matter.
"Three months passed away, and ex
cept for the first two or three days, noth
ing more was said on the subject of the
astrologer and his predictions RtiHsell
from some reason refrained from bringing
it up, and salvator holding it too much
in contempt to waste a word upon it.
" About this time we all became sepa
rated the Englishman returned home,
the' Spaniard going to Cadiz and myself
to uome.
"After an absence of about two months
I returned to Paris and took lodgings in
a different part of the city. I did not
suppose that either ot my menus were
then in the gay capital ; but on walking
out the second day, who should I meet
near the Pont Royal, but my old friend,
Juan Salvator, so changed that I scarcely
knew him.
" He had fallen away much in person;
his features had become thin, sallow and
haggard : his eye, bright, intense, but
wandering, with an expression" that seem
d tending towards insanity, while his
long dishevelled hair, and careless, al
most slovenly mode.of dressing, showed
that he was no longer governed by that
pride of external appearance which had
once marked him as a gentleman of fash
ion.
" 'Good Heavens 1'
ping his hand, which
feverish and nervous;
in you I behold Juan
exclaimed I, gras
I discovered to be
'is it possible, that
Salvator ! What
is the matter my friend ? are you ill ?
Nay, you must be I or else some great
trouble is preying upon your mind !'
" '111!' he returned, with a fiery glance
as he fixed his black eyes upon mine J
who says I am ill ? No I no 1 I am well
very well and happy to meet you !
When did you return from Rom6 ?'
" 'I arrived in thecity yesterJay,?but
did not dream of meeting you,' .
" 'I have been returned a 'week,' he
replied : some unexpected business brot'
me back sooner than I intended.' - ',.
" 'Are you in any difficulty '? I inqui
red. ...
No! he replied : no I Why, am I in
deed so changed I'
"I saw that the idea of his being chan
ged ; irritated him, and I turned the con
versation, lie spoke of many things
which had happened during his absence,
referred to the pleasant horns we had
spent together, and inquired if I had
heard from Russell since his departure ;
but I noticed through all, that there was
a certain wandering of his mind, a pecu
liar and unpleasant abstration, a sort of
nervous wildness and uneasiness, , that
gave me not a little anxiety for the state
of his health, and rendered his company
far less agreeable than it had formerly
beon. ' We exchanged addresses, and I
made an appointment for him to meet
me on the following day ; and on parting
i advised bim to consult a physician, tho
I fancied be considered my advice some-
. t i I . a
wnat ootrusive, and, did not take it in a
kindly spirit. : . . ;;' ...'; ; s ,
"From that time, for a couple of weeks
I generally met him once or twice during
the tweenty-four hours ; but I observed
with considerable alarm, that' every day
tho. change in him was for the worse in
stead of tbe better. He positively refused
to see a physician, however ; and always
declared, when I brought up the subject
Lof his health, that thertf was nothing the
matter, with him and as 1 found this
annoyed him, : without producing . any
good good result', I finally, stopped tnen
tioning the matter altogether.' f&r.yjt'.t''
j "Suddenly he ceased calling upon me;
and on going to his lodging), I learned
that he had hastily packed up his things
and depirM j but whether from the city,
or. to a different part uf it, I could not
ascertain'' ' rv. ..;.:' :,.-V,4.'
v '.'I,, reflected ;.muoh .upon .the great
change I bad teen in him, and racked my
brain to divine; the cause, but without
avail. That it arose from, some ereat
mental disturbance, I believed; and some
times I thought it must be the loss of
property, or else a disappointment in love,
or else grief for some near and dear friend.
It had much the appearance of remorse ;
but I could not bring myself to think him
guilty of a crime for his, in the better
days of our acquaintance, had always
setmed a high and noble nature.
"lhus matters passed on for some
eight or ten days; and I was making
preparations to leave Paris for London,
not thinking it probable that I . should
ever meet him again, when one morning
note was brought to my apartment,
written in a nervous, trembling hand, re
questing me, by all I held sacred, to visit
my old mend, Juan Salvator, that after
noon, at precisely three o'clock. ,
"Wondering and astonished, the hour
saw me at the place designated; and on
entering the rhamber of the Spaniard, I
found him lying upon the bed, in a dark
ened room, emaciated and ghastly, and
scarcely able to speak above his breath.
As he reached out his thin, trembling
hand and took mine, he pointed to a
package of papers on a near table.requcsl
ed me to execute his last wishes and then
solemnly bade me farewell. )
" 'Good heavens !" exclaimed I; 'what
does this mean? . You are surely not dy
ing. " 'Yes !' he replied, faintly; 'yes it is
even so my last hour has come ! 1
cannot survive! All the physicians in
the world could not save me ! 1 Farewell
my dear friend ! farewell ! and remember
my instructions 1'
"Saying this, he partially nised him
self in bed, waved his hand feebly toward
the packnge, and fell bach a corpse I :
"I turned and looked at the package
for tbe first time, and to bit Astonishment
perceived the same card upon the top of
it on which he had penciled thepredic
tions of the astrologer. The clew to tbe
whole mystery seemed thus to be gained
for till that moment the whole matter
had been buried in my memory since the
last discussion between him and the
Englishman. I quickly seized the card
and re-read it. It was as follows :
"'Juan Salvator is to die on the lOZt
of September, at three and a quarter, P
M.t 18-.'
ila !' exclaimed I, with a sudden
start, 'this is the 16th of September l'
1 -drew my watch with a nervous hand.
It was exactly sixteen minutes past three
o'clock! 'Here then,' mused I, 'is a
solution of the mystery ! This man was
the victim of fear !'
"This hypothesis wa9 subsequently
proved by a perusal of tho papers already
referred to. From them I learned that
one or two slight events had first seriously
called his attention to the prediction; that
the thoqght of.it had gradually gained
upon him ; thai be had brooded over it
in solitude, his pride rebelling at having
a confidant; that gradually his skepticism
had been shaken had given way to un
certainty , to . doubt, doubt to anxiety,
anxiety to fear, and fear to certainty of
the result the whole acting upon his
entire nervous system, relaxing it in pro
portion to the concentration of tbe idea,
and finally bringing death as the natural
result of that intense focus of moral.men
tal, and spiritual concentration and phys
ical relaxation.'.' ! ;
The Text that took Hoto. Over
the mantlepiece in a drunkard's home
hung one or two ornamental cards, each
containing a few verses of a hymn which
his child had received in a ragged school,
and which were fastened up by the little
boy as a choice treasure. The father had
seen them as hundred times Over, and
never heeded them ; but he was laid upon
a sick bed, and then a text from Scripture
qoted in one of these verses first caught
his eye, and found its way to his heart.
He desired the child to bring his Bible,
and see if the quotation was correct." He
then read on, and a visit from the Scrip
ture" reader, occurring soon' afterward,
was received with gratitude, for his old
companions had deserted him. It pleasqd
God to raise him once more to health,
and he has now renounced infidelity, is an
attendant at God's house, has prospered
in', the world,' and bas become the father
of a happy family all owing to the
"text that took hold opon him.'' Scrip
tuie Reader's Journal.' ; ' . '"."
There is a good story of eccentric lady of
ontortunately acquisitive naDits, to tno ei
fect that she was on one occasion so affec
ted by a charity sermon as to borrow a sov
ereign from her neighbor, and put H in
her own pocket. ': . ' v.; ' ' ., " ;
Read the bWranhies of our great ' trood
men and women, not one of then had t fash
ionable mother. Tlioy nearly, all sprung
trom plain, strong minded women, who bad
asiutie to do with Jashiopablo as. with
changing clouds. O :' ..:.,
...1 V,; ; ; . ,
.t. iu eunur ui nm, ii umuniHun union
pretends, "to understand perfectly'! .what
he says. Pity he can't, make himself.
equally i ntelligiblels his readers.
Ly-
ur:;t.'
August 4, 1858,
How Qnackenbos Failed.
BY PAUL LEAK.
Mr. Quackenbos-r-first let me describe
him is tall perhaps long would be the
more applicable word say six feet two
in his stockings, with a cone-like head,
inordinate firmness forming its apex,
which or?an stands unmatched, palpable
and grim, having by its own impetus
forced its way alike through hair and all
surrounding opposition of friends or
family. The base of the cone is well
mossed over with a hirsute undergrowth,
thick and bristly, through the interstices
and shaven parts of which the gentleman
shows himself to be what the fishwomen
of the lower market would call remark
ably red in the gills. His lips are long
slender, opening and shutting when he
speaks with abi-valvular motion. His
nose is large, prominent and sonorous,
eyes small, grey and twinkling, forming
altogether a man whom a deeply read
physiognomist would warily watch before
reposing in him any important trust.
Mr. Quackenbos, however, dresses in
broadcloth of the finest material, and his
linen is of the whitest, while a massive
and valuable diamond ring, blazes on the
fourth digit of his left hand, and a bland
smile plays forever on his thin lips. , By
these signs the unwary are disposed to
take him for what the outer man rep re
sets himself, regardless of the warning
that lies hidden in those scintillating orbs
of grey.
Mrs. Quackenbos, the merchant's better-half,
(Mr. . Quackenbos is a merchant
on charge, or was before he failed.1 is
what the whole world that is her world
would , with one - voice" -pronounce a
splended-looking woman. Glittering- in
jewerly, rustling in silk, lustrous wiih
newness, floating in , waving laces from
costliest looms. Mrs. Quackenbos pro
menades her palatial room in all the bra
very of well-preserved raiddle-ago'.
Mrs. Qunckenbos, ambitions of sbini ng
in tbe luminous world of fashion, has long
nurEed a pat project of spending a season
in the gay French metropolis, and one in
the less gay but more aristocratic one of
the kingdom of the Three Isles, to eav
nothing of the losser European courts.
i fits desire of her heart Mr. Quacken
bos had long frustrated on the tiresome
plea of not being able to support the
enormons expense of such a tour. With
a patient heart, the wise lady, like a du
tiful wife, swallowed her secret wishes,
therefore, and resolved to bide her time,
and the favoring tide of circumstances.
This tide, however, like the "good
time coming," of which we hear so much,
but which never manifests itself, remained
at the neap with very little change of con-
uition, until of a sudden the commercial
sky brightened, the full moon shone forth,
the nigh tide was steadily advancmg,when
crash! the whole bubble burst, the tide
receded, the moon declared herself insol
vent and hid her diminished head under
adverse clouds, and where commercial
prosperity had reigned commercial adver
sity stared all in the eves. Men's faces
. . ....
on change looked long and blue longest
and bluest of all was that of Mr. Quack
enbos.
"Dreadful times these, Mr. Quacken
bos," said a Bear fresh from caved-in wall
street. ''
'Tenible!" replied Mr. Quackenbos,
a gleam from his twinkling grey eyes
falling upon tho fleeced Bear. ' :
"Awful crisis!' ejaculated the crest
fallen gambler in stocks, "and how sudden
it took us all unawares. By the way, is
Twistemall likely to weather the storm?"
" 1 he firm went down about half an hour
since.and Hungerworth bids fair to follow.
Twistemalrs liabilities are estimated at
somewhere in the vicinity of a million."
And Mr. Quackenbos, as he uttered the
above, let his eyes snap with a sharp
glance tun upon the disheartened uear.
"You seem to keep up a trood heart
ana unquailing courage, in spite of depres
sing times," said the lacymose decrier of
stocks. -
"Why, yes " responded Mr. Quacken
bos, "considering all Wall street has
shown the white feather, and all the banks
have ' gone under, proving , themselves
worse than rotten, and that there is not a
merchant on 'change who has not already
gone to smash, but is tremblinir in his
shoes, I am in pretty good , spirits. I
always naa n great deal of nerve; though
I felt prettf blue this morninir. but I am
lesolved fo face the music, let the tune be
Yankee Doodle or the. Dead March in
Saul."... And the merchant's smile grew
more bland, while the glitter of bis small
eyes would have reminded the crest-fallen
Bear of the similar shining jewels in. tbe
neau ot the toad, had he been in a mood
for taktnir observations. '; ' ' ' v
'., Meanwhilc,the times grew more threat
ening hourly as each hour told the down-
foil of some mighty' establishment built
upon luunuwon oi paper ana moon
shine. .;,.i;'J i . . v -?.-vV
I "Uis fhose pursed speculators inv rail-
' 1 " "It ii' all the banks. growled 'another.
Central nldltgfit.
"It is entirely owning to the merchant's
cowardice, and their own and wives' ex
travagance in rents, wines," dresses, and
other fast luxuries. They have not pluck
enough to stand firm, and let the gal
blow over, but turn pale and giow nervous
if a mouse but speak. And they have
not manhood enough to say no, to any
costly whim urged by their fair, frivolous,
nop-producing helpmates."
"It is Ohio. "Ohio Life arid Trust,"
(or more properly, Death and Credit,)
may shoulder all the blame of this crisis
for her underhanded system of stock and
gain speculations," .
"No, it is Pensylvania. The banking
system of the whole State is perfidious
and rotten at the core, and Philadelphia,
after having suspended, ought to be let
down into the ocean.
All had a voice, and all abused every
body else for a stringency irr the money
market that had its origin in their own
want of slraight forward dealing. Every
body was "hard up," and everybody be
came distrustful of everybody else.
But Mr. Quackenbos, amid the general
panic, grew no whit shoiter. He still
stood six feet two and a half inches in his
stockings, with not the slightest stoop of
care to diminish his height. His small
grey eyes still twinkled, and his large,
thin mouth, still smiled.
The blow came at last to bim. Friends
condoled with him, or tried to; but, as
they were all in the same boat, their con
dolence was very much such as one drow
ning man might offer to another.
Mr. Qunckenbos had actually failed,and
his liabilities none could ascertain the
exact amount, but it was known they
exceeded ravher than otherwise, the enor
mous sum of two millions, it was a
splendid failure, clean and complete, and
with him down came hundreds of lesser
houses satellites that had been shining
by reflecting his golden radiance. ,. .
Mrs. Quackenbos was very serene and
silent. Not a diamond less was visablc
in her glossy hair not a jewel less
gleamed from her fashionable bared arms
or SBOwy breast. And, as Mr. Quacken
bos still wore his bland smile, and his
eyes had lost no whit of their bright
twinkle, people could hardly comprehend
the meaning of so much re signation under
the shalt8 of adversitv.
.'Remarkable man, Mr. Quackenbos,"
exclaimed both Bulls and Bears. "Cool
as a cucumber when every one else is
fuming at white heat."
"Remarkable woman. Mrs. Quacken
bos," signed tbe Misses FJimseys, "cool
as a rose in December, while we were all
crying our eyes out at the thought of
resigning our hoops and soirees, our de
lightful re-unions and luxurious extrav
agaoce that can't be had without the tire
some money."
"Patterns of cheerful rigignalion under
the most crushing adversity, the loss of
everything temporal. See how heroically
they, both Mr. and Mrs. Quackenbos,
berr up under their terrible afflictions.
1 hey are members, long established, and
in good standing in our church, the
church of Holy Humbug, and that ac
counts for their saint-like acquiescence in
the inevitable decrees of Providence,"
piously ejaculated thu religious specula
tqrs in pious stocks. ...... , '
Mr, and Mrs. Quackenbos, are now on
their way, in the steamer, in all the
pride Of diamonds, brocade, honiton, fine
linen, new broadcloth, and Lubins ex
tract de rose, to La Belle France : where,
if what Mrs.' Quack enbos's dressing maid
said, when piqued at being discharged in
favor of a pert French lady's lady, who
had waited on a marchioness, is true, the
two millions for which Mr, ' Quackenbos
failed, are neatly ' secured and invested,
past all reach of troublesome creditors.
Something of the sort is, in fact, being
noised abroad among the leading men
down town. But as such things are not
uncommon.it does not make serions atten
lion to tbe general commotion incident to
the present wreck of matter and crash of
stocks. ;'- .; i ,;" "
-' It will not make much difference after
all, ns it is the poor, and those rich in
mind and heart, but wanting in means,
who are striving step by step, to struggle
npward,rwearing out brain and muscle in
the attempt, will be most likely to suffer;
but they are like the unfortunate eels,
"used to it," nnd, so' the Mr. and Mrs.
Quackenbos of society can shine and
flaunt while others shiver, where's the
odds! 'V ' ::'.
1 t
A, UTTLK Democratic editor in the in
terior professes to be holding his nose at
the Know Nothing party Let him hold
it and pinch it and pull it and twiat it as
much as he pleases, Ho can save better
mon the trouble.' t - ? .wrk
s. ' 1
-,' It seems to us that an anli-Lecompton
Democrat, who support th Wriili
frauds is much uch aiii . aiuaial .as was
produced by 1 Pat's old. cat sitting on a
duck's-egg. -The little' monster bad a
duck's head and a ' cat's' tail, and mewo4
and quacked alternately, "-Prentice,, i( j
vol; 4-no, 3i;
y A Perilous Escape. : '
It is related by Captain Back that, not
many years ago, a canoe was pursuing its
way quietly down one of the streams .
which flow into Hudson's Bay. It was
approaching one of the many portages
with which tnese streams abound, and
the bowman and tLe steersman were
standing erect at stem and stern, casting
auick glances ahead and on either side.
as they neared the waterfall ; which ob
jlruetcd their passage. . . . .
The approach to the landing-place was
somewhat difficult, owing to a point of
rocks which projected into the stream, in
the direction of the tail, and round which
point it was necessary to steer with some
dexterity, in order to avoid being drawn
into the strong current, the fearless
guides, however, had often passed the
place in former years in safety, and ac- j
cordingly dashed at the point with reck
ess indifference, their paddles flinging a
circle of spray over their heads, ss they
changed them from side to side, with
graceful but vigorous rapidity. '
The swift stream earned them, quickly
round the point of danger, and they had
almost reached the quiet eddy near the
landing-place, when the stem of the canoe
was caught by the stream, which in an
instant whirled them out from the sh6rtw
and carried them downward with fearTur
rapidity. Another moment, and tbe gush-
ing waters dragged them, deopito their
most frantic efforts to the verge of the. '
waterfall, which thundered and foamed
among frightful chasms and rocks many
feet below. ... . ',
The stem of the canoe overhung ihe
abyss, and now the yoyageurs plied thejr
pcuuies witn ine upertion oi men who
lull that their lives depended on the exer
tions cfthdt tewible minute.' Foi a aec-
on3 or two the eanoo remained stationary.
and seemed to tremble on the brink of
destruction; and then, inch by inch, it,
began slowly to ascend the stream. The
danger was pastf A few more nervous
strokes, and the trembling bark shot like
an arrow out of the current, and floated
in safety on the still water under tho
point. '. ' ';' . h ' ' '
ihe whole thing, from beginning to-
end, was the work of a few seconds ; yet
who can describe or comprehend the tu
multuous gush of feelings created, during
these short seconds, in the bosoms of the
careless voyageurs 1 . The sudden, elec
tric change from tranquil safety to the
verge of almost certain destruction and
then deliverance I ! ? :
The Value of a Bridle. .. .
A correspondent of the Boston Post
gives a graphic describtion of the 41 Great
Derby ' race in bngland, introducing a
curious incident, as follows; ' ,j ;;
I "guessed "Toxopholite" would win,
and like many a wiser man guessed
exactly wrong. . At a quarter to three the
band struck np,and out rode the jockeys
readv for the start; all accoutred in silk
jackets and close fitting caps of divers gay
colors blue, yellow, red, purple, white,
and black predominating. They all wore
short belts when necessary, making the
weight of each man exactly eight stones
seven pounds, or one hundred and nine
teen pounds. Of course they are weighed
as soon as they come in, or a dishonest
jockey might spill his shot, and with the
advantage of lighter weight put in more
powder, and Uag the game in an illicit I
manner, A singular incident in this last
weighing took place yesterday; Wells,
the jockey who rode "Beadsman," o
weighing at the close, . was found,' by
some chance, one pound short weight,,
and honest or dishonest, accident or de
sip, everything . must, be according to
fixed roles or tbe race is lost. Now, as
the horse carries a bridle,' which it is not
usual to weigh, though the saddle it
weighed with the rider,' he can tlaim tho '
bridle if he chooses, and in "Beadman's".
case it waa thrown in and made up the
odd pound. The excitement on account'
of the short weight was terrible, and had
the bridle not been thought of, or been
insufficient, Sir James Hawiey's winner '
would have been nowhere, and Lord
Derby, wiih 'Toxopholito," would have ,
won the race. Here three hundred thou-'
sand dollars rested on the. weight of a"
horse's bridle an article worth, under the
circumstances a good many times its
we'ght in gold Oh,, there is . nothing '
like learning-rand leather I ', ; :
Powkb os Gold. A person writing from
San Francisco, relative to the gold d iscov
erieson Frazer river, says s "Wo hp,da .
revival here, but Frazcr river knocked it ,
Cold." People care less apparently just now
for sal vati on than gold. The coroner of this
city complains that the now diggings bavo ,
put an end to the suicides.. Bevcrallitcrary
and political gentlemen of this city l ave
been infected, and have gone ciT to dig: siii
ning ore; they hiive fogotten to rz f-r ,
tholand of Mignon, where ihe yellow cran- .
goa blaza amid the dark green lew " .-
' ,A cotemporary, notieiny tho sppit
mCnt of a friend as postmaster, s-'-ysr 1 f t
attends to the mails as veil ho i"i & i j
females, he will make a. rtl jHtUli' ? r.l
efficient -officer. ..... .,

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