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BY PASILALIE. - f. ; - r--rt 1 Agnes Bertrand net alone in her .gorge ously furnished chamber ibe victim of va- nod and overwhelming- emouons., ,K a boar before she bed been tbe centre of a tmr crown Im the brilliant' parlors below. toe scintillations of her-wit end the flash ing of bar wondrous, eye challenging; such admiration as many a fair friend coveted, bat a. chance word from one of that group bad sent hee, tinder the plea of indisposi tion, to her own! apartment, with strange, l :tj : .t l.. cn: tl .n.TiMf of u evening a enjoyment. ..-,? ...n v i Shutting the door And securing it ;tbat do careless footstep-might intrude upon bar solitude, she had,ia this first flutter of bet sweet surprise thrown herself upon bar luxurious couch, and pressing her burn ing face Upon its yielding cushion stole deeper boe, and .lent it back to the round ed arm .encircling uern in a vehement era brace. -Then sbe arose and- removed her jeweled 'oraamenta, exchanged ber gossa mer; avening dress for a snowy r'oge de ckambrtf drew an uniting Jautetril n front of the mirror, and sat down to contemplate the 5rrkge' reflected-therein. 3 It I was,-., a beautiful . picture cthat met her gaze, and yet the proud lip of Agnes Bertrand softened!.-before it and the dark eyes forgot their flashing in the . znjst that gathered over thena,f!It had been, more beautiful still, and this conviction, forcing itself so unceremoniously upon her," impelled also the unconscious' utterance of tboee two words, which every woman so slowly and unwillingly admits to ths voiabulary of personal fidelity, "How changed I i Yes, she was - changed,- and never bad shaao .'realised . the truth as now, : The fsea of twenty-eight was ao longer i the faee of eighteen something bad been add ed, and ' aomathing bad been taken away. But 'to define the rradual Jots of such rare personal attractions Was a difficult task. even for their bxwsessor. The eyes had lost none of their magnetic power now large and liquid and melting in their ten derness, now bniuaal as eorruscation from diamond, now searching or sympathetic as emotion dema&dad.- the raven tresses which her fingers idly unbound were glossy . sad jrixmdaut stilLz The Jip had lost none of its vermillioa, the complexion none of its dazzling whiteness,- yet ; a change was plainly and painfull? visible.. It, was the lack of that attractive freshness, that in- describable ttmeihing which youth always possesses, and for which no charms of ma taritv can ever futlr compeaaai. u She turned ber bead this wst and that, pushed the wavy tresses back from her Ample forehead, as kt bad done on that but night when but we must not antici pate wound them about ber fingers and loosened their bright rings on her neck, and trailed them out upon her snowy shoul ders. ,i Then sbe , took from a perfumed casket, rose which had once been white withered and yellow ,' now wuh tiny bud and trifoliate stem, and wound it with a shining eurTftS If bad done that ve ry night then the smile came back to the red lip,' the light to ahe dark eye, the bloom to the whibs cheek: came and lin gered until -an ether thought and a sadder forced them aside, and they faded out again, the bloom and the light and the ravishing smiled Then the proud bead dropped up on the enns of the fauteuil, the bosom swelled with tumultuous recollections, and the blinding tears came gushingly .and long.'P--' J .L-:-..-.; VMS .J? 'r 1 :-!. . No one ever saw 'Agnes Bert rand weep' thus, and tears were no strangers to ber eyes. ' Tho world saw in ber a brave, gift ed soul, 'that lived upon its own strength, and helped to sustain others, a champion of tbe needy,-, ready helper in all woman ly enterprises, a queen cf festivities, a faith ful friend and an invaluable companion. But $ht knew -what depths there were in tbe heart still dumb, what jearnings un satisfied what purposes unaccomplished; sbe knew, moreover, what alone rould imswer'thoserirrepressibleHongings, and, with woman's fidelity' id the one .memory treasured in the soul, she went on her way unaided and unyielding; turning deaf ear to' ardent solicitations of ber countless ad mirersand furnishing ao key io the my s tery of her steadfast determinstidui i'i e.f: v And now'that uenibry bad been ruth lessly ' revived Ae was coming back, and these gushing tears were for Ami for tbe sad regret which mpst follow the disco7ery of ber lost youth. Jy-.'w ;- : ' Ten years of separation ! How much bad they carried with; Ihemtr Or wasted love," of weary watching, !of idle bope, bow moch;how muck.'5- r " -The long night wore otQ the storm spent itself, and ones more the brave soul of Ag nes Bertrsod asserted its ' superiority orer time and external areumstanee, and stood forth in its own atmosphere of unfading beauty. ;J If she bad lost much,' what had she not gained in 'that kmg' Interval of tears f What ' treasures of thought and lore, with which the would not part to buy back even youth f ; If she bad once been erihyvras shs sot worthier nbw I " Her heart answered that heart, which, in all iu contact with the baleful influences of society, wais a true heart still; and, lifting ber glanoe again to the mirror, the pale face there smiled upon her such encourage ment and trust that sbe wisely resolved sever again to monm the youth which could not be restored, ' but to make the Autumn of ber coming years rich ' ia the harvest which the spring-time bad ao abundantly promised. Already bad she realised the fondest ambition of her friends ; her name had. now become a household word wherever shs was known, and fame was rapidly tracing her gift upon jta imper-lshahlaacroll.,;",,'-Si" :r" -; V Under ' the "soothing ' influence of this brave resolve and the sweet ssnsstion of bewly-awakened hopes,' fet us leave the courted favorite to ber dreams, while we glsnce at her fair surroundings, J L -"- Agnes sud Alice Bertraud, left orphans at an early age, became the occupants of the heart and home of their guardian, their fathers brolcer, . who, as far. as possible, supplied Ine joss of parents, and lavished I upon them every indulgence, which mon ey and affection could suggest Alice was two rears the oldest,' and was an estab lished favorite in society, when her sister at tbe ine age of eighteen, was introduced to the world as recipient of its Iomega. ,-It was on her presentation night that sbe first met, JBalph Howard, and tba night she learned the. mystery which through all ber girlish years , she had beea vainly try ing to solve, that true life is love, and thai all , the love . which ,couU bless Act- lay in tbe soul of him whose earnest eves looked so entrauc'ngly. into her own.. And from that moment that enraptured erase was re turned, Ralph Howard knew that upon hit destiny had risen a star whose brightness eternity could not extinguish. . ' - He . Was an only son of an aristocratic tat decayed family of .English descent, the possessor of the most refined moral and social attributes, mental abilities . whic promised eminence, and tbese, combined with distincuisbed . personal attractions. gave him an exalted position in the most exclusive circles. But his collegiate course and a year's travel in Europe had exhaus ted the remnant of his patrimony, and at wenty-tliree he found himself launched up on the tide of busy life with no helm but his own energy lo guide him through its breakers, cut to youth and health that is: all sufficient, and Ralph Howard was not one to sit down idly and sign over ex hausted fortunes, io resolve was to act, whatever consequences tbe act might in volve. ,- California was beginning to develop its Untold treasures, and to this land of promise he determined, to direct his steps. One wish, one hope, and one reward in the far-off distant ever-impelling him on ward. - Agnes Bertraud bad stolen apart from a merry ..proup, :and was plucking roses io the garden, when Ralph joined her, u on JLbe evening before bis departure. well knew that sbe would be there, and to avoid observation, entered the garden by a little gate in tbe hedge equally concealed from tbe piazza and tbe street. . "Miss Bertraud, AgnesT , s ; - With a joyous bound, and a smile, bora of the heart's unchecked gladness, she was at his side, and in an instant ' more ber while hand was resting quietly in his own. -'"Agnes, I am come to say good-by" the rich voice trembled "a word never freighted with so much agony as now." "So soon f I thought it would not be for some days yet . "So soon. ' At this hour to- morrow I shall be far on my lonely way, lighted only by lh tn of mamory and hope. Agnes, 1 need not tell totT now delightful tare been these few months of unrestricted intercourse; I need not tell you that every pulse of my heart is a silent, sacred offer ing to you. You have divined it already, and now let me prove my heart s devotion by dedicating the best years of my life to wearisome, wearing toil, fortune bas de nied me ' entrance to her fairy haunts, ex cept through tbe ' rough avenue of labor. 1 am poor, and can wed no woman to pov erty least or all Agnes Bertrand 1 When I have accumulated wealth 1 shall return not before and if. I find you unchanged, it', will be the proudest hour of . my life to lay it your feet and crave vour dis posal. - By - all that unites kindred souls, you are mine, Agnes; but I shall bind you by no vow, 1 shall impose no restraint up on your future actions.- Follow the dictates of your own pure lienrt and I will be con tent. If i find you unwedded, my reward will be greater than all the hardships the interval can inflict if another shall have claimed you, my consolation will be found in having labored and lived for you fare well ; - - "Ralph T ' : ."' .v But Ralph was-bAwmd recall, and for many a long year ti Jke that pleading voice might cry in f .fa. ' Sue could not v..;-- i.; ..w -J , bring him back, 'arv'nn the blushing con fession of her hi J intimated that her wealth would snfMa for both ; she could not assure him that, without the accesso ries of houses and land and gold, she could be happy, happy anywhere with him. i He was gone, and only the wild anguish in her heart, the burning kiss upon her fore head, and the white- rose,"- gemmed with tears and twined amid ber tresses, told her that those hurried -"moments ' were -not a fearful flitting dream ' '- ;'a J n ,' Ten years in which she bsd received no word of love.no token of remembrance had glided like vailed nuns into tbe mis- tsnous cloisters of the past and ttaipn How ard was returning to his native country, laden with wealth and honors. ' . But they would not meet where they bad parted. Allies Bertrand bad married, and removed to one of the Western eiliev accompanied by her sster, who slfared equally tbe refine ments and elegancies of her 1 uxu rious borne, for which benefit the unlimited confidence and love of Agnes were the grateful return. Hever 1 id sisters answer so truly and besu: tifully the poetic symbol of "two' cherries upon one stem, two' souls with but one breath,1 as did these lovely representatives of the ancient and. revered house of Ber trand. "The faithful uncle who had watch ed over their infancy 'and youth ' with pa rental fondness, had joined "the congrega tion of the silent city, and how Agnes alone bore tbe noma of her illustrious sire. and even she began to be more readily re eonguized under the graceful nom de plume which introduces ber to tbe world as an as pirant for literary laurels. At an early hour the next morning, Ag- nes was summoned to the parlor to report upon the condition of her health to him who had so inadvertently occasioned her indisposition and withdrawal tbe evening before, " - "I am glad you are reooverd, he said, upon risinir to take bis leave, wfor. I have just received a letter from my friend, Ralph Howard, who will reach here to-day, on his way l his native city, toward which, if I mistake not from tbe tenor of bis commu nication, some powerful msgoet is attract ing him. But you are ill again. Miss. Bertrand sit dows ia this easy chair ly of yon are trembling violently a me for your sister!" .r.ut--lk "No, no, I shall be better soon a dent fisictness--there, I'm quite 7-"-yo were speaking of your friend, Howard oh, yes--he's a singular ius, this Ralph 'nev'er admits any one his confidence, not even myself, and I known him for. years ; '. but -1 have beard that some yearngo he became attached a very lovely girt, somewhere in .New land in fact bis native citr, Boston, if mistake nor but that his fortune- being onequaled to her's, be would neither ber band nor seek to birid her by any prora ise till be bad acquired tbe means to main tain ber in the- position to which her beau ty, wealth and acquirements exalted ber. Noble generosity, certainly and worthy tbe tnan; but he does not pee4 weaitutQ recommend hira he fenest lady in land might be proud of such distinction bis love can' give, setting aside all tbe cessories of fortune. To this end he bent all bis energies, as I am more more convinced, when I recall a cerrtain sentence in his letter; and so great is desire to get home that be is - even reluc tant to bestow a few hours upon his friends here, i And 1 am half inclined to believe that it is only out of a desire to see my companion here that be consents to at ' air for he says, at the close of missive:- "The gifted authoress, about whom you are so enthusiastic in ytur miration, is not unknown to me, (though ber real name I have sought in vain to cover,) and I am indebted to her for many hours of refreshing, delightful companionship.-' Through the flashing of her wit through tbe graceful touches of her sadder moments, I bave traced pictures of living beauty pictures that bave been sunshine and dew to my aching, yearning heart, and, Detore 1 uasteu to one who, 1 am sure, would prove herself a kindred spirit if twain could meet, I must render the trib ute of my srratitude and respect." "As you have never met, I trust you bave no objection to be introduced by your popular nom de plume, tbe only name bas . learned to call you ! -' "Certainly, if it will afford you any grat mention. - - "Thank you. - Happy to see you so fully recovered ; your eyes wear their own . brill iancy again don't fail to reserve yourself for a new pleasure this evening. Witb these words tbe visitor took bis de parture, and Agnes was alone with the great gladness of ber overflowing heart.- How unconsciously had that gladness been bestowed! - How unconsciously had her visitor reiterated the assurance of her own soul, that, through all that painful separa tion, Ralph Howard -bad been faithful his eaifjr choice. In a transport of wild delight she flew to ber sister with the blessed tidings, and in tbe tearful kiss which that sister imprinted upon her glow iug cheek, received such sympathy as only they have fell whose patient loving bas ended in perfect bliss. Evening came, and they who looked up on Agnes Bertrand as sbe glided in and took a seat where tbe mellow light fell like a new glory upon her beautiful head, never felt so fully the spell of ber wondrous loveliness and grace. I here was a gentle ness about ber, a subdued vivacity, stri- ingly at variance with her usual sparkling animation. It came not from the utter nb sence of glistening ornament, from the spotless purity of her fleecy robe, falling like a snow-wreath around her, from single white rose lurking in the masses her dark hair it came from a spirit that rarely turned its inmost beauty to the world a gaze, a spirit strengthened and en nobled by suffering, and brightened by re warded endurance. There was a stir, a rustle in the ante room, an approach of fool-steps, and, with out looking up Agnes was conscious of an added presence.- - - - , . "Miss-' i allow me the happiness of presenting my friend, Ralph Howard. . She had nerved herself to meet bis gaze, but she bad not prepared herself to meet that perfected : and glorious manhood. How regally he stood before her, with that look of wonder merging into the light of rec ognition, and flooding eye and lip and brow. Then the strong arms were lifted, and tbe un forgotten music of other years welled forth in the loving cadence -"Agnes, Agnes!" i or a moment only ber slender figure was pressed to his manly heart, then with one band; he pushed the tresses back from ber gleaming forehead, in the old way, and said: - "Agnes Bertrand still P "Tbe same Agnes Bertrand. . 'Tbauk God!" There was but one interpretation to thosa who witnessed this unususal scene, and they, with delicate consideration, gradual increased this space around them till the room was deserted by all save the two whose fidelity bad been so toucbingly re vealed.1' . Now they understood why Agnes Bertrand bad remained unwon now they knew the influences by which the garden her thoughts was kept redolent of living blooms, and tbey who bad turned the sad dest from tbe prayers she could not bless, were the readiest now to echo that fervent "Thank God V in submissive gratitude that all the years jf her patient love had not been in vain, i - - -. Wzu. Dksxrtko. The following com plimentary - resolution was offered by a Democratic member in the State Senate, on Monday last ana was unanimously adopted. Betohed, That'the Hon. Martin Welker, late Lieutenant-Governor of this State, has, by the impartiality, dignity and ability wiui wnicu ue nas presided over me aeno erations of this body commanded our con fidence and esteem; and carries with him iu bis retirement our best wishes for his b&ppiness and prosperity. Agreed to unanimously. Wbotter Republican. X"An exchange says the best cure for palpitation of the heart is to leave off bug ging and kissing, the girls. If this is the only remedy that can be produced, we for one say, "let'er palpitate r Bo say wa. ,, Miscellaneous. Sunday Reading. you gen to have to ng J sue of tbe as ac bas and bis fair his ad as the be to Drnrd. There is a dignity about that going away alone, which we call dying that wrapping of the mantle of immortal ity about Us; that putting aside with a pale band the azure curtaius that are drawn around this cradle of a world, that ven turing away from home for the first time in fior lives, for we are dead, there is no thing dead to speak of, and seeing foreign countries not laid down on maps we know about. There must be lovely lands some where starward, for none ever return that go thither, and we very much doubt if any would if tbey could. .? Ths Am of not Qtjarrelt.no. How is it we never quarrel, Mrs. Xantippe I Weill will (ell vou. Yoasen, tor a diSar- rel, and especially a good quarrel, it is ne cessary to have two parties, une person can't make a quarrel. Now, if I am in a quarrelsome humor and break out, my wife remains cool and collected, and doesn t say a word. If my wife is peevish and dis plays more temper than is becoming in one of her beautiful sex. L her husband remain unmoved as the monument, or else cheat myself into the belief that 1 am listening for the-moment to one of Grisi's heavenly songS. Thus, while one party is volcanically fuming, the other is as cool as a cold potato. In all our quarrels there 13, in this way, always a controlling power. Seriouslv, we never quarrel, because there is a philosophic compact between us never to quarrel together. W' only quarrel one at a time, and it is astonishing, if you leave a quarrel alone, bow very soon it dies out! That's our secret, madam, and I should advise you and all Xanlippes to fol low it. Punch. "Hz has not an Enkmt in ths World." Hasn't! Well, we are sorry for him, for he has mighty little character who has no enemies, tie is coDoay wno nas uoi duck enough to get an enemy. Give us rather as our idea of manliness, one who has many enemies, one who has candor and fearless love for the thing be sees to be right. The man of earnest purposes, strong will and love of principle, for its own sake, must have enemies. . But this, so far from being ill. is to him good. : Tbe strong tree is more deeply rooted and fas tened in the soil by the blast tban the sum mer breeze. A man never knows how much there if of him until he has confront ed and braved opposition. It is the grand comfort of a Christian to look often beyond all that be can pos sess or attain here; and as to answer others when he is put to it concerning bis bope. so to answer hinuelf CQncprning all .nisi pT-eseTht gTtefsand" wants; "I have a poor traveler's lot here, little friendships and many trials; but yet I may go cheerfully homewards; for thither I shall come; and there I have riches aud honor enough- palace and a crown awating me. Here no thing but depth calling unto depth one calamity and trouble (as waves) following another; but I have a hope of that rest thmt remaineth for the people of God. I feel tbe infirmities of a mortal state; but my hopes of immortality content me un der them. I find strong and cruel assauls of temptations breaking in upon me; but, for all that 1 have assured hope of a full victory, and then of everlasting peace. Leighton. . . The Morning Dram. A practising lawyer, now one of :he best examples of a wise Chrtstain Judge, many years ago, while busily pursuing the prac tice of his profession, contracted that ugly nmnnageable disease "chill and fever, which infests.the swamps and streams of our country. Various remedies were sug gested and tried but all to no purpose. At length, bis physician, who had no tem perance scruples, advised the regular use of tbe "morning dram, as the only possible means of eradicating the disease. His pa tient was a man of temperate habits, but having no fear that he would be in danger om the prescription, immediately procur ed tho necessary ingredients for his nice morning dram, it was well flavored and for a fortnight the prescription wns strictly atttended to. Perhaps it became more pnlatable every morning, without the pa tient perceiving it. Abont the expiration of that time, one morning he jumped out of lied, and in most inordinate haste, com menced dressing as if the house was on re. No startling cry was heard, however, d yet it would have been arauseing to ave seen tbe urgent hurry, he manifested getting on his pants. Quick as thought his cravat was adjusted, and bis comb and brush were applied in hot baste in arrang ing his hair. "What said be to himself, am I in such hurry about f No urgent client demand ed bis immediate attention to business; no cause of alarm disturbed him ; and yet, in spite of the almost total absence of any claim, be was nearly crazy, to get bis clolbes on. Immediately he solved tbe broblem thus: "It is simply to get tbe dram. It is about to become my master. ' I will not be its slave ! and from this moment I will not touch it." Happy decision ! He quickly passed out of the room, and said nothing. At breakfast his thoughtful wife said to im, "Mr. you bave forgotten your morning dram." "JMo madam, 1 bave not, said be; "but wife did you not observe my baste to get on my clothes this morning i; I found it was to get my dram, I saw it was abo ut to master me aud I bave resolved never to touch it," -: And be did not To this day he is a bright if not a rare example, of a sober, wise and excellent judge. Spirit of the Age. .- - The Speaker Four Years Ago Mr. Banks was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Saturday, February 3d, 1850. Tbe plurality rule was adopted after one hundred and thirty-seven ballots. Mr. Banks bad 103 votes, Mr. Aiken 100, nd there were 11 scattering rote. . Congressional. WASHINGTON, Feb. 1. HOUSE. Mi. Bocock moved that all further pro ceedings under the call be dispensed with, aajl demanded the yeas and nays. ' After some discussion the House pro ceeded to vote, when the name of Mr. Clark, of Mo- was called. He rose make an explanation. Mr. Butcbins called bim to order on the ground, First, That he could not proceed without general consent; and, secondly, That discussion would be in violation tbe spirit of the agreement entered into yesterday. : Mr. Clark then said, though disagreeing with Mr. McClernand on the question 'of slavery in the territories, be voted for him e- national mnn.-"" " " Mr. Cobb also said he was opposed to squatter soveieignty, but be respected Mr. Mct-lernand for having in lormer years vo ted against the Wilmot Proviso. He was for the country first, and Mr. McClernand next. He was satisfied this would be the last vote to-day for Speaker. Tbe result was a forgone conclusion. . Tbe roll was proceeded with. Mr. Hamilton referred to a remark made the other day by Mr. Morris, of Pa., that as Mr. Smith of N. C, had refused to tell bim how if be was elected be would con struct the Committee of Wsys and Means, he. withdrew his vote from that gentleman As Mr. Morns now voted for Mr. fen nington, he Hamilton presumed Mr. Pen nington bad informed Mr. Morris bow he would form the committee. Mr. Keitt made a speech in which be al luded to Mr. Sherman's remarks accompa nvinir the withdrawal of his name as candidate, as a mournful valedictory to bis deserting troops. Ibat genUomau nad said the Democracy was demoralizing by seeking affiliation witb the elements of opposition to the Republication party. Prav, gentlemen, now ao you oo you stand 1 For eight weeks you have made an effort to elect your nominee, and failed in your effort to adopt the plurality rule, You were obliged to take down your man whose name was connected with the Help er pamphlet, and adopt as your candidate a man who is in favor of the fugitive slave law as it now stands. . Let me ask those same gentlemen whether they think, by goinw for a man who favors that law, and s. .t r im- 1 11J who was an via jjine vv aig, as ue cbubu bimseif, they do not demoralize themselves bv the affiliation. The successor of Mr. Giddings suports bim. - Mr. Keitt wished to know whether Mr. Pennington had given Mr. Moris, of Pa., unv nledire S3 to how he would constitute . i - - j ( T was due to the House that this question should be answered. Mr. Clemens objected to interrogating a candidate of the Republicans. He had taken a similar position when gentlemen on tbe Republican side bad sought to in terrogate tbe candidate ot bis own. Mr. Florence But the gentleman from South Carolina has not asked the Repub lican candidate a question. - Mr. Clemens rending a vote, no one bas a right to submit interrogatories to any one. - ' - Mr. Keitt I have not asked tbe ques lion of any candidate. - Mr. Clemens 1 did not understand the - . ... question. 1 withdraw my objection. Mr. f etit renewed it. Mr. Keitt It is the most remarkable thing in the world-that it is out of order to ask if a pledge has Deen given. Cries from the Republican side, to Mr. Keitt to go on. Increased confusion. Mr. Petit I object to any person ta king the floor for the purpose of reply ing. Mr. Florence My colleague, Mr. Morris can reply when his name is called. Mr. Keitt If I had not been invited by Mr. Morris to make the inquiry I should never have thought of it, I ask bim whether Mr. Penuiugton has given any pledge how he will construct the Commit tee of Ways and Means. The gentleman from Ohio Mr. Corwinjsaid tbe other day that when slavery was prontaDie in a warm climate he would protect it, but if, according to the Republican theory, it is wrong in a moral sense it can go nowhere. I understand Mr. Pennington to tnke ex actly that ground. Any man can get my vote lo beat the Republicans, no matter who he is; I vole for Mr. Millson. : Laugh ter. - ' Mr. Leach, of N. C, said when the Dem ocrats in a body voted for Mr. McClernand, who would do so, but not before. Mr. Smith, of Va., before voting, want ed to put a question to Mr. Morris, of Pa. It was whether the intrrogatory to Mr. Smith of N. C, as to how be would con stitute the Committee of Ways and Means propounded by Mr. Morris, was not made after Mr. Smith had been elected, and be wished to know whether the gentleman from South Carolina Mr. Gilmer had not said, as was reported, that he would rather have a conservative Republican for Speak er than vote for a Democrat. Mr. Gilmer I answer with pleasure. never said any such thing. Mr. Smith I vote for Mr.McClnrnand. Mr. Barksdale said he voted for that gentleman, with the assurance that if the whole Democratic vote was given bim be might bo elected, but be desired to say that in so voting he had no intention of endorsing Mr. McClernand 's Squatter Sov ereignty views. He asked Mr. Leach whether, if all the Demosrals voted for Mr. McClernand, all the votes of that gen tleman's PArty would be given for bim. Mr. Leach replied that he was sincerely desirous cf defeating the Republican can didate. He could not say whether all his political friends would vote for Mr. McCler nand or not. Mr. Barksdale replied that, by a concen tration of vole Mr. Pennington should be elected on this ballot, the gentleman and those who refuse to vote for Mr. McCler nand, will be responsible for his election. Mr. Skinner objected to tbe gentleman s proceeding. 7 to of . Mr. Barksdale said he was not violating bo j agreement in speasing. ine vote bad already been taken. The Clerk remarked that Mr. Barksdale bad obtained the floor by unanimous eon- sent to make bis explanations. Mr. Barksdale concluded his remarks, saying that unless Mr. McClernaod'a vote was now increased in the manner sugges ted, Mr. Pennington would be elected, as one gentleman Mr. Briggs bad declared that he should in a certain contingency, vote for bim. . . ' Mr. Mallory asked whether he under stood Mr. Barksdale to say that Mr. Mc Clernand could be elected by a combina tion of tbe Democratic and South Ameri can vote! .- - . - Mr. Barksdale I say by such a union Mr. Pennington can.be defeated. : -' Mr. Sherman made the remark that all this discussion was out of order. Mr. Hill said that Mr. Keitt had made a favorable show of Mr. Pennington. Mr. Barksdale said if Mr. Pennington was elected the representative of a slave holding constituency would be resposible for it- But without the vote of Mr. Davis of Md-v Mr. Pennington could not be elect ed. That gentleman, too, was a member of tbe American parly. Mr. faheiman again called Mr. Barksdale to order. There was much confusion throughout these proceedings. Mr. Moore of Ala., began to speak. Mr. Sherman Does the gentleman propose to change his vote I Mr. Moore you bare no right to ask that question. ... Mr. bberman 1 enter my solemn protest against the gentleman making a speech. Mr. Moore 1 don t acknowledge tbe right of the gentleman to interrupt me. Mr. bherman l insist upon the point I will not withdraw my objection. Mr. Moore Xhe gentleman bas no right to be snarling here. - - I he Clerk said the gentleman had a right to object. - . . ' Mr. Vox 1 ask my colleage to with draw, his objections. It will facilitate the ballot. Mr. Moore I ask no favor. I will not be insulted by him., - Tbe Clerk said be could assign reasons for changing his vote. Mr. Sherman with that understanding withdrew his objections. Mr. Moore denounced those who bad se ed with bim, whot had iu any degree con tributed to the election of a Republican. If others would agree he would stay here till the 4th of March, 1861, before he would let a Republican fill the Speaker's chair, but be- was sure, that could' not be accomplished. - - He bad the highest per sonal respect for Mr. McClernand, but dif fered with bim on an important question. He therefore voted for Mr. Bovce. Mr. Davis of Miss- had not voted for the man Mr. McClernand, but for tbe coun try- Mr. t lorence bad been governed by pat riotic motives in voting for Mr, McCler nand. .Mr. Briggs, who was one of tbe tellers. said just before the result of the vote was announced I rise for the purpose of chang ing my vote. It will be recollected that a day of two since I made a statement as to what I might do in a certain contingen cy, ibat contingency has now arrived. it now oecomes me to state my reasons for tbe vole I am about to give. Tbe time has come when my vote will elect a Speak er. 1 have said on several occasions that I would cost mv vote for any conservative gentleman like Mr. Pennington or Mr. Cor- win. - Mr. Pennington now has 116 votes and 117 will elect bim. I give my vote to a gentleman whom I am assured will act fairly and impartially to all sections of the country. Aware of the responsibility which I assume in so doing, Mr. Clerk I now withdraw my vote from Mr. McCler nand of Illinois, and cast it for Mr. Wm Pennington of New Jersey. (Prolonged applause.) I he vole was then announced bole number 233; necessary to a choice 117; Pennington 117, McClernand 85, Gilmer 16- Tbe announcement of tbe result was fol lowed by applause. Ibe Clerk declared Mr. Pennington elected speaker of tho House. . .. Mr. Hind man rose lo call tbe ntlention of the country lo some fact connected with the election, but wamet by loud and pro longed cries of orifif. Mr. Grow elevating his voice to the high est pitch, said a Speaker having been elected, nothing is in order till he has been conducted to the chair. Cries of "That's so ! Let him take bis place." Abe Ulerk sustained Mr. Grow a sugges tion, and appointed Messrs bocock and Sherman to conduct Mr. Pennington to the chair. ,' : . . . ' Tbe Speaker, amid a quiet that strange- e . .a " . ly contrasted with the excitement and dis orderly proceedings which previously pre vailed, spoke as follows: Gentlemen of the House of Represent atives I return you my grateful acknowl edgments for tbe distinguished honor you have been pleased to confer upon me in electing me speaker of this House. Uom ing here for the first time at the present session to. be associated with you as a mem ber, no event could bave been more un loosed for than that I should be called up on to preside over your deliberations, and my friends will do me tbe justice to say, that I have not sought the position, as I certainly never desired it. I am, neverthe less, as conscious of the dignity and im portance of the high office as any gentle man can be, but should have been far bet ter pleased could its duties have been en trusted to abler and more experienced bands. - - After witnessing the almost insurmount able obstacles in iho way of an organisa tion of tbe House, I came to tbe conclu sion that any gentleman of any party, who could command a majority of the voles for Speaker, was bound in deference to the publio exigencies, lo accept tbe responsi bilites as ao set of patriotic duty, whether i is " it was agreeable to his feelings or not.-' . As that choice has unexpectedly fallen on V me, I have not hesitated to accept it, Ia the execution of this high trust, my object will be to do my duty with justice and im- 4 partiality to all I have great necessity for , your indulgence in the new position ia, . which I am placed, and I feet confident that I shall receive it at your hands. A I representative from the State of New Jer sey, and upon whose soil so many brilliant acbievments wore accomplished in the rev olutionary war, whose people have been dis tinguished for their devotion to the TJnioa and the Constitution,! pray to the Arbiter of : our destinies tbat I may do no act to impair the integrity of either, but that by wis and prudent counsels peace and order may yet reign in our midst, and our free institu tions may be perpetuated to our desesdaats. " I feel that I have a national heart, embrao -ing all parts of our blessed Union. Again " I thank you for your kindness. I now enter upon tbe duties of that arduous and complicated station. ' J : - 'k Mr. Phelps being the oldest consecutive member, administered tbe oath to tho Speaker by request of the Clerk. 'The members were then sworn in by delegations. Ancient Asyria and the Bible. Tbe discoveries of Layard, at Nineven. though curious and instructive in all re spects, are most important from the light tbey tbrow on tbe benpture. In reading the narrative of tbe bold explorer, we seem to be transported back lo tbe days of tho Hebrew prophet for substantially the same manners and customs prevail in Mesopota mia now as did three thousand years ago. There are still the lodges in the cucumber gardens which Isaiah describes ; the oxen still tread out the corn ; the vessels of but' rushes may still be seen; and wild asses of tbe desert, so poetically alluded to in Job, still watch the traveler from a dis tance, pause for him to draw near, and then gallop away to tbe shadowy horizon. ' To realize tbe Old Testament, Layard should be read. Tbat ancient portion of the Bi ble causes to be the dim, far-off record it has heretofore appeared ; light gleams all along its pages; its actor slive and mov before us; we become ourselves sharers in tbe story ; and the past, for the moment its vivified into the present. ' " Tbe continuation of the troth of Iba. Scripture derieved from the Sculptures of Nineveh, is not less remarkable.' The bas reliefs on the walls of the palace, now jnsl restored to light, after being entombed for nearly two thousand years, verity per petually the Hebrew bible. Iherevs still ' to be seen the wild boll in the net men -tioned in Iasaih ; the Babylonian princes vermilion, with dyed attire on their beads described by Ezefekl ; and tbe war riots bringing the heads of their enemies in caskets, to cast tbem out at tbe palace- gates, as was done with tbe beads of the seventy sons of Arab. There, too, are painted shields bung on the walls of be seiged towns, as we are told by the Jewish prophet lie beheld at Tyre. There are forts built over against the beleagued city; the . King placing his foot on the necks of the captive princes; and the idols of the con quered" carried away by victors, precisely as described by Hosea and other sacred au thors. There are also tbe Assyrian gods, still the same as when their portrait was drawn five and tweuty centuries ago cut from the trees of tbe forest, 'decked with . silver and gold, fastened with nails, and clothed with purple and blue. The very star lo which Amos alludes is yet on those palace walk, above the horned cap of tbs Jul, though the ' worshippers have been dead for thousands of years, and though tbe wild beasts as predicted, bave long made their lairs there. ' Even the story of the enormous circum ference Jonah gives of the walls of Nineveh b fully corrobe rated, Three days journey of tbe prophet is still required lo make tbe circuit of the great ruins on tbe east bank of the Tigris for tbe people of Mesopota mia built their cities as the Hindoos still construct theirs. ' First, one King eracled . palace around which grew up a town; then a new- monarch built one, for fresh air on the verge in tbe open country, whith er soon followed another town; and this process was repeated till severe! contiguous cities were decaying and beirg erected, all passing however under the general name, and covering together an extent of ground which would otherwise be incredible. -The light thrown on Scripture, the confirma tion afforded to the Bible by these recent discoveries at Nineveh, is so remarkable that it almost seems that if that ancient city, after being buried had been allowed to be disinterred solely to confound the fol ly of modern skepticism. Drunkenness a Disease. Dr. Erdeinan. a German, drunkenness is a disease, aud describes it as follows:. The periodical drunkard can probably . . . 1 . t r abstain a lew weess, or pemnjis months from ihe use of his liquor, with tha determination to renounce it forever. and that be may not seem to feel the want of it during that time. But gradually he becomes soured and indifferent to all pleasures and occupations; he looses his ap rut;A n.t finallv is overwhelmed with a despondency that borders on desperation. "Arrived at this stage, the drunkard can Sot control his appetite, and all good re- .nivM are forgotten. He takes one glass gets intoxicated, drinks and drinds, until he overwhelmed by - a drunkenness, that may last during the day and finally end in delirium. After having gratified his de sires, he quits, but relapses into a sort of apathy until finally he is restored to his former circumspection and clerness of mind. Now he again, abhors strong drinks rs vividly impressed with tbe degrading con sequences of this voice, and renews his pledge never again to drink but iu vain. After a short time tbe same symptoms re appear. - i - zy"I know every rock on the coast," cried an Irish pilot. At that moment the ship struck, when be exclaimed, "and that ' oaa of tbem. . .