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Select Tale.
Select Tale. From the St. Louis Republican.
Fidelity Rewarded.
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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
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
- 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
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
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. ,,
Sunday Reading.
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. .
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
. 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
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
Mr. t lorence bad been governed by pat
riotic motives in voting for Mr, McCler
.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
I he vole was then announced bole
number 233; necessary to a choice 117;
Pennington 117, McClernand 85, Gilmer
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
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
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
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. . .

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