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I 4 J. Caskey, Editor an Proprietor. Office-Washington Street, Third Boor Soatk of Jackson. Ttrms:-0ne Dollar and Fifty Cents in AdTanee. VOL. 4. MILLERSBURG, HOLMES COUNTY, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1860. NO. 27. il lift '(ItS in in II III III I V' S I W Poetry. From the New York Sunday Times. THE FLIRT. BY SPENCER W. CONE. For another's side she left me. Felt no pang sad heaved bo sigh; But ob him who thus bereft me Practiced all her witchery. In his lace she fondly gazed Whilst I stood by with grief amazed Tester ere that same bright eye Answered mine with lore's reply, Aad made all earth an Eden bower. Twas sweet, bnt ah, 'twas fleeting As fond Echo's fond repeating; Or as that lovely Syrian flower light w hich springs and buds witn morning Bnt fades and droops and dies at night Mary, for that bright smile beaming On another all its light, For that glance on strangers gleaming. Take my hearty thanks to-night; Longer had they shone on me, I had been still a slave to thee. Mary, now that moment's pain Has undone thy beauty's chain. And from all thy wiieshas set me free Henceforth all false women's sighs Will I esteem but mockeries. And bid the winds their echoes be; For she I deemed so tree, so fair, Is fickle as their lightest air. Miscellaneous. [From the Cincinnati Commercial] A SENSATION VIRGINIA WEDDING. A SENSATION VIRGINIA WEDDING. Daguerreotype of Nortfock-An Old Dominion. A SENSATION VIRGINIA WEDDING. Daguerreotype of Nortfock-An Old Dominion. Banquel--Accidents and Adventures. BY THE AFORESAID M. D. NATIONAL HOTEL, NORFOLK, Va., February 17th, 1859. The first day of August, 1850, 1 was on tbe Plains, somewhere near the line di viding Utah and Oregon Territories, walk ' ing on fcol and driving two Lome-kick mules. The mules became seriously ill, and, as my own salvation depended upon keeping the mules alung until I reached the other side of tbe desert, I began tbe prac tice of medicine on those mules with com plete success; and our company prefixed to my name the title of M. D. ; but it has ev er been a question, whether M. D. meant Mule Driver or Mule Doctor. Well, I, the Aforesaid M. D., left Wash ington City on the 16ih inst., for the pur pose of being present at a hifalutin, wed ding to come off at Norfolk the following day. I arrived at Baltimore in time fur tbe Norfolk packet. Tbe Louisiana is a magt.ihcent tteamer, sets a supetb table; and at supper the Captain showed us a bottle of Catawba, a la Longwortb to Chi cago Excursionists. The Aforesaid arrived at Norfolk next morning, simultaneous with the arrival of the Louisiana.all right side up, and was met at the wharf by an emblem of the South, and honorably escorted by said dark col ored emblem to tbe National Hotel, and shown to tbe apartments of Capt, . Whereupon, the Aforesaid proceeded, with out ceremony, to take a drink. Breakfast was announced and we proceeded to pay our regards to Oysters. The National is a very well kept house, but has two objections; 1st As pork is the cheapest provision in the "Queen City," and is used as a matter of economy, so are oysters in Norfolk; and the proprietor of 'this bote! is always cramming bis guests with oysters in every possible style, in or der to save more expensive provisions. Il is arascally imposition ! and, 2d, There are beautiful ladies who dine at the table a" hotel, and sing in the parlor, to whom the Aforesaid has not been introduced. Norfolk contains not 60,000 inhabitants, as the Aforesaid had supposed, but 16,000. The public backs have ebony drivers, and were probably erected about the time of the Revolutionary War; horses most likely served in the last war, and have been kept on fasting and prayers since that period in American history. The streets were orig inally intended to be crooked, and they are crooked. Chain lightning may have ran through the city at some remote peri od, marking out the channels where hu manity might flow, if in a fluid slate. Tbe people are constitutionally opposed to all such things as-work and quick motion. Norfolk is one of the oldest cities in the United Slates has the finest oysters in tbe world the hardest yellow fever north of Acapulco the harbor south of Mason and Dixon's line; and the lack of trade is all that prevents an immense commerce. But "Norfolk isn't any ploce, and will not be until they get the Ohio river via. Alle ghany and the canal, we are going to build into Norfolk" for no man who amounts to so much as two rows of pins would stay here if they would donate him two such towns, previously to the turning of the riv er. Portsmouth on the opposite side of ' Elizabeth river has 12,000 inhabitants. Une of the principal United Slates Navy yards is located there. These are not ri val cities. The people are not in favor of rivalry; it interferes with their peace and quiet. The inhabitants have great ideas of aristotocracy. It is a failing Virginians have. Intermarriage has been going on so long, that all have got to be F. F. V's; and for what I know, all may be slightly tinctured with the blood of a certain grea sy old squaw, known as Pocahontas. Having taken a birds-eye view of the city of Norfolk, the Aforesaid proceeded to tbe apartments of the bridegroom in the National Hotel, where the invitad guests had assembled "to get - a good ready," and learn the programme, which was: 1. Wine and oysters. 2. More wine and more oysters. 8. Broiled oysters and wine. 4. Wine with oysters fried, seasoned with Bourbon. 5. Wine with oysters in the shell. 9. Three bushels of shell oysters, fresh from the bay, and a dozen of wine, with two "niggers" to open them. Then Luran the most terrific carnage this country bas ever known, and the world bas seldom witnessed sucn a sanguinary en gagement, Tbe famous battle of New Orleans, of which this is tbe anniversary, sinks into insignificance compared with this; and Gen. Jackson is nowhere when placed beside the heroes of this occasion. We stood il unflinching until (he signal for attack was given by Wine's firing the first shot. Then our brave company pitched ; first into' Wine, then into Oysters steadi ly but with a determination to conquer. Oysters met us half way, then il was "war to the knife." Like the Continentals at Bladensburg, each man imagined himself a General, upon whose special action tbe glory of the day depended. Oysters stood bravely to the scratch, knowing no such word as run, until cne by one they were vanquished, and their remains left scatter ing indiscriminately upon the glorious field. But Wine, amid the roar of bis artillery, was discovered running in every direction. At last victory was ours; but not without the loss of some of our bravest comrades, who, by the afd of Wine's battery were shot in the neck, and the Aforesaid M. D. pronounced them unfit for further duty, and they were laid out and beyoud the hope of present resurrection, we chanted over them the following orthodox requi em: 'And the saints were drinking. A drinking, a drinkine; And the saints were a drinking. At the e-c-nd of time." At two o'clock, the assembled bachelors marched out of the hotel, took hacks, and went as directed to bring etch a lady. The Aforesaid arrived wiih his lady at the bride's residence; got out and wont in forgot my lady went back for ber, and she was gone lost. The driver snid she was in the house : went in had mv over coat on and gloves off; everybody bad gloves on and overcoats off got my gloves on and overcoat off; wrong again, for tbe company were now ready to have with overcoats on. Our hal was gone, so, went wilhout it. Tried to move one of the hack wheels for a lady to pass, and mud died my glove took a lady's hand to help ber in, and "siled her glove lady indig nant. The wedding company arrived at the church, marched in Indian. file and divided off ladies on the right, gsntlemen on the left; and stationed themselves in rows fronting the altar. The Aforesaid was the seventeenth attendan1. The church was was crowded, and some one must have been in his place, for he was not there but toot a place with the bride. Tbe Minister Rev. Henry A. Wise Jr., had never mar ried, and was red as a rooster's gills. The biiJe was in travelling costume, and her attendants in white silk robes. The min ister mistook tbe bride for somebody else asked for the ring bridegroom had it in his breeches pocket, which were so tight he couldn't get his hand in had to un button sensation. Bridegroom gave the ring to bridesmaid, she gave il to brides man, he gave il to tbe minister minister didn't know what to do with it, and finally gave it back to the bridegroom. The Aforesaid wanted it, but did uot get it, for the bride look the ring and put it on her fin ger, lhe llev. wise liow became more wise, for he discovered which were the nup tials. He began much embarrassed, to read the ceremony, and the -bridegroom bowed assent at every comma. Tbe Afore said wanted to know if he was going to read that book through before he married 'em minister lost his place going to "cavo" tho Aforesaid thought he was tired out, and bad better sit down and rest. All married, and ready to leave the church at last, but Aforesaid could not tell which back we came in. Tried to get in with tbe bride, but the bridegroom would not let ine. The Aforesaid M. D. went back to the bride's residence on foot took cake and wiue kissed all around then pro ceeded with the wedding party on board the Baltimore steam packet, which went over to Portsmouth at four o'clock, and re mained until six iu tbe evening, for the cars to come in. "" Tho bridal party remained on the steam er up to the time of its departure from Portsmouth. Some one accused the Aforesaid of being a poet, whereupon the company called upon him for a sample of his productions, and tbe following lines were read: TO H. CLAY PATE. Thou has sought again thy native bower After years of rough and roam; Thou takesl Virginia's fairest flower To thy far-off Western home. The hearts of thy friends bow joyous swell, For at last thon hast a bride: To thy bachelor friends canst thou tell Tell thy hour of fondest pride? At the Alter was it when she dare Lean on thee, trembling and meek? Though her beating heart faltered not there. Blushes burned red on her cheek. When the tear th.it lingered in her eye Outshone gems of every mine, Did a train of slain lovers sot sigh As she placed her hand in thine? May it not be when home is attained And thy heart feels bliss serene. As thy W estern friends with joy unfeigned Welcome their Southern Queen? Will it be when thna and thy happy bride With joys are fully elate. And rocked in a cradle at thy side, You have a cross little Pate? Will it be when thou are truly blest, With no enemies to mate. And grandsons rise in the mighty West. 'Bound the smiling, gray-haired Pate? The reading of ibis poem produced an immense effect, '. ., immense blushing on the part of the bride, while the bride groom retired to tbe guard of the boat, and indulged in a private swear, tbe pur port of which was, that "a poet a damn fool anyhow." The Aforesaid M. D. left the hotel, ac companied by J. F. F d, of Richmond, Va at 8 o'clock in the evening, and pro ceeded to the residence of tbe parents of tbe bride, for the ostensible purpose of con soling the aged couple for the loss of their daughter, but for the real purpose of ma king love to the young ladies, which we proceeded to do with so much success, that, when I slipped the daguerreotype of one of mem from tbe table into my bosom, she made no objection, but appeared pleased at the idea of my taking it away. "After various and sundry "healths" drank to the gentleman of the bouse, and expressions' of hope to the madam, that her daughter might have a pleasant time, we left for home, The Aforesaid thanked the servant that showed us out for detain ing as until 12 o'clock; and F -, mis taking her for tbe madam, shook hands with ber affectionately. When we reached tbe street, il was dark er than the middle ages, and raining like Julius Caesar. The Aforesaid imagined bed "brains enough to keep him from travelling when it rains," but this suposilion was a creation of the fancy, and not reliable, for we cruised until drenched, when we met at the hotel, and insisted upon being shown to our rooms were told we were at a thea ter became indignant and wished to see Ibe proprietor theater manager came to us and said, "be couldn't run the theater and keek a hotel," tbe only places be bad any knowledge of where strangers were provi ded with lodgings were the Calaboose and National Hotel, and if we would decide which wa would go to, the man on the corner with the star and short club would conduct us thither. Were not particular, but would trouble him .to show us to which ever place bad tbe fewest oysters. Tbe sun came up this morning, as usual, radiant with glory, and looked in with a smile upon tbe Aforesaid and tbe battle field of Wine and Oysters; but he knew nothing, for about that time he was in dreamland, running away with tbe bride- maid, and sailing in a huge oyster-shell, on a sea of wine, with crinoline for sail. I awoke about noon my head was where my feet should. have ben, and, "O for a thousand tongues to tell" how bad I wanted a drink. The Aforesaid rose whereupon it was discovered that the da guerreotype in my bosom was not the young lady's but the grandmother's! that some one had placed my muddy boots under the pillow laid my pants outside tbe door rolled my MSS. in a wet towel and put it in the coal box bid the poker in the bureau, and locked the vessel up in my trunk, with a gilt edged copy of Ten nyson's Poems in it. Around the room chaos reigned! The Oil Springs of Pennsylvania. TITUSVILLE, Pa. Feb. 6, 1860. Eds. Herald : Being here in ibis oil creek reigon, which has been attracting so much attentiou the last months, I have taken much trouble to satisfy myself as to tbe actual facts in relation to the great oil springs of western Pennsylvania; and any information that I can give will doubt less, as this lime, be of interest to your readers The main basin or principal point of at traction is located in Crawford and Venan go counties, a distance of from forty to fifty miles south east of Erie. The mosl direct rout to tbe oily regionis to take tbe cars of the Suubury and Erie Railroad at Erie for Union Mills, a distance of twenty-five miles, at which point you take a hack which ruus daily to this place Titusville where you find yourself at one of the principal points of interest. Titusville (one of lhe "greasy points" as they term it here) is sit uated on Oil Creek some sixteen miles from its mouth, or entrance into lhe Alleghany river, and is, I assure you, being bored at a most wonderful rale. It is somewhat difficult to get a list of all the wells from Titusville to the mouth of the Creek, wilh the precise depth of each one as they are constantly varying. Messrs. Mooru, Chase & Co., here in the village have reached the depth of 130 feet, and are finding a new vein of oil almost daily; and each one is larger than the one above. Their prospects seems very flattering, and there cannot be a doubt of their success. Three fort lis of a mile below lhe village Messrs. Meach, Rouse & Co., have a well neare 100 feel in depth; and near them Messrs. Williams, Tanner & Co, have one 110 feet in depth. The former parties have pumped several barrels of oil, and with a good pump this will be a paying institution. Messrs. Allen & Johnson have found oil at the depth of 130 feet, with every pros pect of a good well. Next to this is what is called tbe old Drake well ; and a quarter of a mile below that Messrs. Crosby, Sloan fc Co., have a splendid well of 108 feet depth ; while opposite, on tbe hillside, Messrs. Uilman & Co. hava a shaft sunk to a counsiderable depth, but they were driven out by' the gas. About 11 miles below Titusville, Messrs. Kellogg & Co. have a magnificent well; they Have bored some 0 feet, and dip off from one to two barrels of oil a day with the sand pump; tbe bore is four and a half inches. The McCli nloeks have a well bored about 70 feet, from which the oil flows out of tbe top of tho pipe, which is about 5 feet above tbe level; they are taking off about ten barrels of oil per day, and it is not in anything like success ful operation. But the well of Col. Drake's "caps the climax;" they tell me they have been taking out a gallon a minute. It is astonishing to see the great excite ment in this region. I have met parties from New York City, Philadelphia' Cin cinnati, and various other points, making explorations and locating with a view of commencing operations early in the Spring. As I shall be here for some days, you will hear from me again. B. fSTA. Washington correspondent thus speaks of Mr. Sickle's appearance in the House : There is a general stir among the fairer portion of the audience as Mr. Sickles saunters quietly in a slender figure, at tired with such Parisian faultlessness of taste that he has acquired the name of the best dressed man in lhe House. His usual style of dress one that makes him lhe en vy of every dandy on Pennsylvania avenue for its distingue perfection is a black dress coat, with velvet collar, and light gray trowsers, tapering down to the small shiny boots. His bands are encased in perfectly fining kid gloves of some dark color, which he constantly wears, even in his seat. He is boarding in a private, family on Thir teenth streeth, and "Teresa" is with him. From "Dasent's Tales of the Norse." Boots and his Brothers. was a bad three sons, Peter, Paul and John. John was Boots, of course, because he was tbe youngest. I can't say the man bad anything more than these three sons, for he hadn't one penny to rub against anoth er; and toid bis sons over and over again they must go out into the world and try and earn their bread, for there at home there was nothing to look for but starving to death. Now, a bit off the man's cottage was the king's palace, and you must know, just against the king s windows a great tree bad sprung up, which was so stout and big that it took away all the light from the Kings palace. Ibe king had said he would give many, many dollars to tbe mau who would fell the oak, but no one was man enough for that, for as soon as ever one chip of tbe oaks trunk flew off, two grew in its stead. A well, too the king wanted, which would hold water the whole year; for all bis neighbors bad wells, but he hadu'l any, and that he thought a shame. So the king said he would give any one who could dig him such a well as would hold water for a whole year round, both money and goods; bul no one could do it, lor the kings palace lav high, high on a bill and they badn't dug but a few icches berfore they came upon living rock. But as the king had set his heart ou having these two things done, he had it given out far and wide, in all tbe churches of his kingdom, that he who fulled the big oak in the king's courtyard, and got him a well that would hold water the year round, should have the Princess and half the king dom. Well, you may easily know that there was many a man who came to try his hick; bul for all their hacking and hewing and nil their digging and delving, it was no good. Tbe oak got bigger and stouter at every stroke, and tbe rock didn't get softer either. So one day these three brothers thought thev d set off and tiy loo, and their father hadu't a word against it; for even if they didn t get the Princess and balf tbe kingdom, it might happen they might get a place somewhere with some good master; and that was nil be wanted. So when the brothers said they thought of going to the palace, their father said "yes at once. So Peter, Paul and Jack went off from their home. Well! they hadn't gone far before they came to a fir wood, and up along tbe side of it rose a steep bill-side, and as they went, they beard something hewing and backing away up on the hill among the trees. "I wonder now what it is that is hewing away up yonder!" said Jack. "You're are always so clever with your wonderings, said 1 eter and Paul both at once. "What wonder is it, pray, that a wcod c hopper should stand and back upon a hill side?" "Still I'd like to see what it is after all," said Jack ; and up he went. . "Oh, if your such a child, 'twill do you good to go and take a lesson," bawled out bis brothers after bun. But Jack did'nt care for what thev said ; he climbed the steep hill-side towards where the noise came, and when be reach ed the place what do you think he saw ! Why, an axe that stood there hacking and hewing, all of itself, at the trunk of a fir. "Good day !" said Jack. "So you stand here all alone and hew, do you J" "Yes; here 1 have stood and hewed and backed a long, long time, waiting for you," said the axe. "Well, here I am at last," said Jack, as he took tbe axe, pulled it off its haft, and stuffed both head and baft in his wallet. So when he got down again to his bro thers they began to jeer and laugh at him. "And so, what funny thing was il you saw up youderon tbe hill-side?" they snid. "Oh, it was only an axe we heard," said Jack. So when they had gone a bit farther, they came up to a steep spur of rock, and and there they heard something digging and shoveling. "I wonder now," said Jack, what it is digging and shoveling up yonder at the lop of the rock." "Oh, you're always so clever with your wonderings," (aid Peter and Paul again, as if you'd never heard a wood-pecker backing and pecking at a hollow tree." "Well, well," said Jack, "I think it would be'a piece of fun just to see what it really is." -, A nd so off he set to climb the rock, while the others laughed and made game of him. But he didn't care a bit for that; up he climbed, and when he got near the top, what do yon think he saw f Why, a spade that stood there digging and delving. "Good day P snid Jack. "So yon stand here all alone'and dig and delve." "Yes that's what I do," said the Spade, "and that's what I've done this many a day, waiting for you." "Well, here I am, said Jack again, as he took the spade and knocked it off its han dle, and put it into his wallet, and then down again to his brothers. "Well, what was it, so rare and strange," said Peter and Paul,' "that you saw up there at the-topof the rock !" "Oh," said Jack, "nothing more than a spade; that jye "beard."' So they went on again a good bit, till they came to a brook. They were thirsty all three after their long walk, and so they lay beside the brook to have a drink. "I wonder now," said Jack, "where all this water comes from." "I wonder if you're right iu your head," said Peter and Paul, in one breath. "If you're not mad already, you'll go mad ve ry soon, with your wonderings. Where the brook comes from, indeed 1 Have you never beard how water rises from a spring in the earth P "Yes .' but still I have a great fancy to see where this brook comes from," said Jack. So up alongside the brook be went, in spite of all that his brothers bawled after bim. On be went. So, as he went up and up, the brook got smaller and smaller, and at last, a little way further on, what do you think he saw! Why, a great wal nut, and out of that the water trickled. "Good-day !" said Jack again. "So yon lie here, and trickle and run down all alone?" "Yes, I do," said the walnut; and here have trickled and run this many a long day, waiting for you." "Well, here I am," said Jack, as he took np a lump of moss and plugged up the hole, thai the walei mightn't run out. Then he put the walnut in his wallet, and ruu dowu to his brothers. "Well, now," said Peter and Paul, "have you found out where the water comes from I A rare sight it must havo been I" "Oh, after all, it was only a hole il ran out of," said Jack, and so the others laugh ed and made game of him again, but Jack didn't mind that a bit. "After all, I had the fun of seeing it," said be. So when they bad gone a bit farther, they come to the king's palace; but as ev ery one in the kingdom bad heard hw they might win the Princess aud half the realm, if they could only fell the big oak and dig the king's well, so many had come to try their luck that the oak was now twice as stout and big as it had been at first, for two chips grew for every one they hewed out with their axes, as I dare say you all bear in mind. So tbe king had now laid it down as a punishment, that if any one tried and couldn't fell the oak, he should be put on a bam n island, and both bis tars were to be clipped off. But tbe two brothers didu't let themselves be scared by that; they were quite sure they could fell the oak, and Peter as he was the oldest, was to try his hand first ; but it went with him as wilh the rest who had hewn at the oak ; for every chip he cut out, two grew in its place. So the kings men seized bim and clipped eff his cars, and put him out on the island. Now Paul, he said was to try his luck, hut he fared just the same; when be bad hewn two or three strokes, they began to see the oak grow, aud the king s men seiz ed him, too, and clipped his ears, and put him on the island ; and his ears they cap ped closer, because they said h ought to nave taken a lesson from bis brother. So now Jack was to try. "If you will look like a markeJ sheep, we're quite ready to clip your cars at once, nnd then you'll save yourself some bother' said the king, for he was angry with bim for his brothers sake. "Well, I'd just like to try first," said Jack, aud so he got leave. 1 hen he took his axe out of bis wallet and fitted il to bis baft. "Hew awnyl" said he to bis axe; and away it hewed making the chips fly again, so that it wasn't long before down came the oak. When that was done Jack pulled out out bis spade and fitted it to lis handle. "Dig away !" said he to the spade; and so the spade began to dig and delve till the earth and rock flew out in splinters, and so he had lhe well soon dug out, you may think. And when he got il as b:g and deep as he chose, Jack took out bis walnut and laid it in one corner of the well, and pulled lhe plug of moss out. "Trickle and run," said Jack ; and so the nut trinkled and ran. till the water gushed out of the hole in a stream, nnd in a short time the well was brimfnll. Thus Jack had felled the oak which shaded the kin-j's palace, and dug a well in the palace yard, and so he gtthe Princess and half the kingdom, as the king had said ; but il was lucky for Peter and Paul that thev had lost their ears, else' they had heard each hour and da', how every one said, "Well, after all, Jack wasn't so much out of mind wheu be look to waudering. Greeley as a Prophet. The Editor of the New has lately been on a lecturing tour through the Northwest, and in a letter lately writ ten from Iowa, he prophesied that Doug las will be the nominee of tbe National Democratic Charleston Convention. He has written another letter dated at Mans field, in this State, in which he further dis courses upon political mailers, as follows: I cannot be mistaken in nmrmuig that, wilh a judicious nomination on our side, we shall certainly carry every Electoral Vote of tho Northwest against any candi date but Douglas; while bis nomination though incomparably the strongest for all this region that can be made at Ubarieston, will barely render Indiana and Illinois doubiful States, wilh the chances decidely wilh us in Illinois. Ohio, Michigan, Wis consin, Iowa and Minnesota are llepubli can anyhow ; but, if Douglas should not be nominated at Charleston, thev will hardly be contested. Illinois gave. Fremont 96,- 187 votes, if she does not give 150,000 for the Republican candidate next November, I am content to be branded a falsi prophet. Indiana gave Fremont 94,375; she will nol give one less than 130,000 for our ticket this, fall, and 1 trust it will be swell ed to 140,000. Now, it is true that tbe population of these Slates has been some what increased during the intervening four years: but, on the other hand, seven-eights of a large voting force employed in con structing Railroads through these States in 56 has since been disbanded, and much of il has gone eleswhere; and lhe change thus effected will tell strongly in our favor. I look for a Republican aggregate next No vember of Three Hundred Thousand Voles in the Slat of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, which gave us a little less than Une Hundred and Eighty Ibousand in '58. If an open opponel of the Home stead bill and supporter of Buchanan's Le complon policy should at Charleston be up for President, bis vote in these State will hardly be worlb counting. The delegates from Iowa will go to Chicago to nominate a Presidential ticket the strongest ticket possible and to this end will be glad to listen to the sugges tions of well-informed friends in Washing ton or elsewhere; but they go unpledged, uncommmitted, and fully at liberty to hear all suggestions and then do what shall com mend itself to their unfettered judgement as best for the Cause. As it is in Iowa, so will it be elsewhere. i Women Skating Races. The Boston papers gives the account of a skating race between women at the Ska ting Park last Saturday. The distance was half a mile, the prize a silver poblet and a pair of skates. There were eight thousand people present. Seven women married maids and children took the field. After two false starts they got the word "go," and wenf off in gallant style, follow ed by a crowd of boys and men, whom the police could not keep back. This, added to the shouts and yells of the people, was sufficient to cause the most indifferent of the contestants to lose their confidence. At the first quarter Miss. Fogg, took the lead and kept it, and on the home stretch she made a splendid burst. A few rods from the stand, however, she struck some bad ice and fell, but was up in an instant, and came in eight or ten lengths ahead of Miss. .Lamb, who was second, tbe olber two being distanced. "Little Red Riding-Hood" made the balf mile in 3 minutes and 11 seconds, and Miss. Lamb in 3:35. Tbe second divison then started : To prevent the boys from interfering and surrounding the contestants, this lime, a parly of gentlemen formed a line, and with locked hands behind the ladies,- and when tbe word "go" was given, skated after them, and by this means the second divison bad a much better chance than the olher, for the first quarter, and then the boys dashed between the legs of the "guards," scaled the rails, wallowed through the snow, and once more surrounded the ladies, and it was difficult to tell from the judges' stand tbe position of the racers. Mrs. Farnum, of Lowell, at the start took the lead, having the inside of the track, and kept it all the way home, the boys having some respect lor the lady be cause she was the fastest, nnd while they skated by her side, they did uot impede her progress by bending. She came home in fine style, wiih bold, vigorous strokes, each one of which sent her over the ice at a rapid rate, and she reached the judges' stand in two minutes and fifty-nine seconds, distancing ber companions, and bearing "Little Red Riding Hood's" time just twelve seconds. As little Red Riding Hood was a Miss of only thirteen years, having neither as long legs nor as strong as Mrs. Farnum of Lowell and as the latter, moreover, is an old racei, having bet lei wind, limb and bottom than it is possible for a young girl of ber tender years to have ; we suggest thai Mrs. Farnum ought to carry weights; or that so many minutes should be allowed for short legs, and for difference of stride. Jockey riders are weighed before taking seat in the saddle, and wowen racers on skates should have their legs measured before they start. Freemasonry and Gridirons. worthy police captain, says York post entertained a fancy to become a Freemason, and was accordingly proposed and elected. A frend accompanied him to tbe place of meeting, which was in a lu Id ing the lowyerpartof which was used a a place of entertain men t. The neophyte was left in an apartment next to the servant's room, while his friend went up stairs to assist in the opening cer emonies. A Celtic maiden, who caught a glimpse of the stranger, resolved to take part in bis initiation, and procuring a gridiron, pi iced it over the range. It was not long before the captain, looking inquisitively through the door, saw the utensil redden ing in the henl. The recollection flashed through his mind of Masonic candidates and some peculiar ordeals which they were made to encounter. "What is that, Bridget !" he eagerly in quired. "And sure, replied the Hibernian virgin, "it,s only the gridiron that I was to place over the coals. "Who told you to !" asked the eager po liceman. "And was it nol the gentlemen who came with you! "What could he want wilh il !" demand ed the captain. "And sure I can't tell," replied Bridget ; "they arc often using it; it belongs to the people above stairs. I always heat it when ttey want to make a Mason. This was too much for the excited cap tain, and taking to his heels he soon put a safe distance between himself aud tbe lodge. O I TBS OcKAIt COVXRKD WITH LoBSTKRS. The captain of the cilpper Daring, which vessel arrived at San Francisco from Now York, reports that wheu in latidude 23:23 a., longitude 130 W., be passed through a sea ot diminutive lobsters, perfect u shape, and in all respects the miniature counterpart of the crustneeous inhabitants of the bays and shallow waters of the At lantic coast, From four oclock in tho af ternoon when tbe ship lirst enmu up with them, until long after it was dark, she sail ed literally through a sea of little lobsters. lhe surface of the ocean was covered, and seemed to spawn and crinkle with their in cessant moving, as far down as the eye could reach, as the ship slowly plowed them aside, they were seen struggling and clawing to the tune of millions. Tbe cap tain scooped up bnckelsfull of them and offered them to his dogs, who manifested no great liking for such strange fare. A kettleful was boil ad for the cabin table, but they were barely taslless, and the shell filled wilh a liquid substance, and without meat, At day-light next morning the ship bad passed through them. They must have covered the ocean for miles, and ex tended to an unknown depth. arA Touno- ladv of extraordinary in tellectual capacities, recently addressed the following letter to her cousin : "Dcar Kuzziir: The wether wbar wn is air kold, and I suppose wbar you is it air kolder. We is all well, and muther's gott the his Terricks, brother Tom has got tbe Hoppin Koff, and sister Susan has got a baby, an I hoap these fu lins will find you hi the same coudishun. Rile sune. Yore apbescbunate Cuzsen. v-T.. IMm ftiA fftef fitioctinlt alwava on meeting is not "How do you do!" bat, uere is me rain I If thev o-o on to ask. "What newsr . 1 be answer commonly is "There is no news but we heard some lies onlyl" jr""Who's afraid V said a young man to himself, in order to screw his courage up to the sticking point. "Why, you are," said the object of bis affection, "or vou would have taken cour age six months ago." Partial Politbnkss. A clergyman walking out one day passed two little boys, one of whom made a bow. "Why, John didn't jou know that was Parson May!" "Of course I did." "Why didn't you maTce a bow P "Ob, mother don't belong to bis church." Wrnnrr firAlirrhl An tin. Mi)LllAr-ll motheis, please uotice. &Lord Bacon frequently told the fol lowing anecdote: A proud, lazy yonng fellow once came to ' an old man who sold brooms, and asked bim to let him have one on credit; to whom the old man, "Friend hast thon no money P r "No," replied the other. "Then you better borrow of thy back, borrow of tby belly they'll ne'er ask thee again; I shall be dunning thee every day." tZWK householder in a Western village, in tilling his census schedule under the col umn headed. "Where born P described one of his children as born "iu the parlor," aud the other "up 6tairs." JT3TA servant maid, who was occupied in pickling her mistresses' cabbages, took the opportunity of cabbageing ber mis tresses' pickles, saying il made no differ ence. 45T"Little boys should be seen and not i i n mL..i L . . I :..! A. 1 1 ...1,1 neara. xuais wnni ujb niuo iciiuw uu his master when he couldn't say his lesson. tSSTiL word to the boy who expects to be President in 1900 refuse all instruc tion concerning the points ot toe compass siuce it is absolutely necessary that you should know no Nortn, no South ; no East, uo West! jCSTThe gentleman is not the highest type of man. The great man must know tbe sorrows and duties of the poor. Em erson. S3T God is all to thee. If thou be hun gry, He is bread; if thirsty, He is water; if in darkness, He is light; i fnaked, He is a robe of immortality. St. Augviline. - J3Tlt is an old saying that Time waits for no man ; but tbe fair sex would have us believe that he is gallant enough to wait for the ladies. JSTll is a curious truth aud yet a truth forced upon us by daily observation that il is not lue women who have suffered mosl who are the unhappy women. 3"Il is easy for those to forgive who feel their own need of forgiveness - in the sight of God, and known thai they aru alone clean thiouh the blood of Jesus. Fidgety Skeert, "SeIf-f rgelfulness is one of lhe beau tiful fruits of holiness, which greatly con tributes lo the happiness of its possessor, aud is sister to that humility which shields from niauv a venomed shaft. Fidgety Skeert. ' . c JESTTbat settled, incurable discoutent and dissatisfaction with all thi gs and all rjeoole. which we see in some women, is. with veiy rare exceptions, at once the index aud the exponent of a thoroughly selfish cbaiacter. 4It is a noteable fact, that the best housekeepers, the neatest needle-woman, the most discreel managers of their own and others affairs, are ladie whose names the world cous over in library lists and exhibition catalogues. . S"The steamer City of Washington, wiih Liverpool dates to the 25th and Queenstowu the 26th January, reached this part at an early hour yesterday morning, and the news appeared in the larger portion of our edition. The Liverpool Pott as sert positively that the Emjcrorof tho French has, written auother letter lo tho Pope, in which he says that "if his Holi ness opposes his late propositions let bim remember Henry VIII!" The Emperor also says that tbe French troops will be withdrawn from Rome if the Pope insists it. but that he f the Emperor) will re quire one month's notice to be given to ail - 1 .1 T7. i -; strangers resioing id unnwrau The French Senate and Legislative Bodies u J il,. OSrl rt Fabrn. are convoseu w wwi v ary. Nego tiations for similar treaties to that between France and England are to i. and it is reported that, as an earnest of the Fmperors pacific inten tions, he will reduce nis army oy juu,uuu m VdMM. WIIU lUQ WUU1Q UHTIUHT belonging to tbe fortress, had been declared : - data of siecre. A Ministerial crisis nrvailed at NaDles. crowing out of a dis- r ?, . . .MumAhL MsnArLinflr triA fiiiAMtirtn nr mnnflr armed assistance to the Pope. Nothing i l i l o decisive naa occurrea oeiweau iue opao iards and tbe Moors. Breadstuff were un changed. 9An English writer says, in bis ad vice to young married women, "that their mother rve married a gardener. It might be added that the gardener, in consequence of bis match, lost his situation. . .. , In New Orleans, where the hen roosts had recently suffered despoilment, a cban was found one morning recently, gathered ud in a cood. wiih a bottle ot red eye In ou band and a dead chicken in the other snoozing intontly. '