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J. CASKET, Editor and Proprietor. OFFICE Washington Street, Third Door South of Jackson. TERMS One Dollar and Fifty Cents in Idfaneo VOL. 5. MILLERSBURG, HOLMES COUNTY, OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 1861. NO. 24. Business Cards. W.l. ELLISON. ILB.DeSII.VA. - ELLISON & DeSILVA, . rnorsiRoas or the Ellison House. Jaduoa Stree MILLERSBURG. OHIO. "mL.AC""' 1860 CXL A TATLOS, Akron, u. L STEINBACHER & CO., procure & (Eommission Dealer U 1W, Crri, II Stat Salt Fisi, Wlie isl Water Line, fa, it, st, PUBCHASKRSOF Wheat, : i?ye, Corn, OaU, Seeds, Dried Frutts, Butter, Egg, Wool, Ac. M. M. 8PEIGLE, Aceat, BAKER & WHOLE, Forwarding and Commission : JUERC 111 A'TS, AXP DIALERS IX SALT FISH, PLASTER, WHITE . AND WATER LIME. r-UECHASEKS OF . . FLOUR, WHEAT, RYE, CORN, OATS, CLOVER AND TIMOTHY SEED, ALSO. Butter, Eggs, Lard, Tallow and all kinds of Dried Jfruits. WAREHOUSE, MILLERSBURG, O. Sept. 18, 1856 4tf. J. G. BIGHAM, M. D. PHYSICIAN & SURGEON. 1 VtriB0t atterjUoa t all BrorWMonal callp. Hf If permitted to refer to the Medical Faculty of to L'DironutT- of Miet.tgan.aiia io id Jieuicai acuity of the Untrerslty of the Citr of New York. Froterictuoart, O., Sept 20t 1860 aom JOHN W. VORHES, Slttontcy at aU, MILLERSBURG, O. OFFICE,one door East of the Book Store, up stain. April 22, 185S-v2n35y 1 . , G. W. RAMAGE, PHYSICIAN&SURGEON H0L3IESVILLE, OHIO. Rwrpectfnll y inform, the public that h. hu located iiiinaeirin tbe above village, for the practice of nil BiofmciiK- jT OFFICE four doom went of Rd cor ner. Au(r4,lS58 rSnSOtf. J. E. ATKINSON, Millersburg, Ohio. IS SOW PREPARED to fami.ta to order all the different kinda of Artificial Teeth, from one to aa entire t jyoiBce on Maintrcet,two doors eaatof Dr. Soling' a office, an ttaira. Jan. t, 18S 12 DR. T. G. V. BOLING, MILLERSBURG, O. HASAN K.FUL fur past favors, respectfully L tenders big profe8sion.-J services to the pub lic Office in the room formerly occupied by Dr. Irvine. April 15.1858 v2n34tf. DR. EBRIGHT, pijnsitian ani 0urgcon, MILLERSBURG, O. Ofllce on Jackson Strert, nearly apposite the Empire Uaaae. jy Residence on Clay Street, opposite the Presbyterian Church. J. P. ALBAN, Dentist, MILLERSBURG, O. Artificial teeth in serted on Gold. Silver. Vulcanite r Porcelain base. Teeth Extracted. Cleaned or filled. Satisfaction warran ted. Room at the "Ellison House." Nov.28.1860.-yl. BENJAMIN COHN, Of all Descriptions, COR. OF JACKSON W-ASHIQTOiTSTS.. HILLEBSBfJRG, O. PLAIN & FANCY J8B PfSMlfffi Of all kinds, neatly executed AT THIS OFFICE. CASKET & INGLES, DEALER ' - KTT.T.TTRSBTJRGr, O. To the Public. 1- WAITS, having pnrchaaed Worley and . Jadaen'e improtM Sewing Machine, to .till on I wart a the nohUe Is hi. li.. i. th. .f. jpanwent am sUo agent tor uid Machine, and eaa recom SMBd It aa the bait now in uae, for all purposes, CALL AND SEE IT OPERATE. Above lit, Carer's Aactioa Room. Sep. MJ80-- A. WaITS. .Fashionable Tailoring A 8. liOWTIIEB is carrying on the tailoring business in all iu various branches m Itooms over MCI. VANE'S STOKE. His experience and taste enables him to rea. der general satisfaction to those for whom he does work, and he hopes by industry and close application to business to receive a liberal share ol patronage. ALL WORK IS WARRANTED. His prices are as low as it is possible for man to live at, Millersbiirjr, 1660 nlltf. Business Cards. Poetry. THE SOWER. When the sunbeams shine and the free winds blow Across the fertile plain. With suabrowned fheak goes the farmer forth To scatter the yellow grata; Sowing the seed that, blessed by dews And cheered by the smiling sun, Shall clothe the fields with a golden garb Ere the summer days be done. Shall waken the millwheel'schrery clack. And spread the swelling sail That speeds with its freight of human food Before the favoring gale; Shall feel tbe myriad streams of late. The wheels of Commerce speed. And make thousand bless the day - When the tarmer sowed the seed. Un fanned by the breese, in a silent room Where sub beams rarely fall. -There's another sower busy at work, Though shut in by roof and wall. Be the wealher foul or the weather fair. To the sower it matters not. For the grain he scatters are leaden types, And the field is the field of Thought. He sows the seed of the Good and True, And though the storm may pour. The light! ag flash of Malice scorch. Of Falsehoods thunders roar. Though stump and rock be scattered round. And weeds possess the soil. The crop will grow and tbe h arrest come lo reward tue laborer s toil. He sows the seed of Human Rights, And though years may first be past. The germ will quicken and bursting its tomb. bpnng into me at last. The tyrants heel may crush tbe soil. And bayonets pierce the sod. But the field is watered with hopeful tears. And warmed by the smile of God. He sows the seed of a purer Faith, And Superstition's clod Is shattered to dust by the piercing blade That upward points to God. Tbe stem grows strong and the head fills out, Heedless of tempest strife. And a million fainting souls are fed ' With the saving Bread of Life. He sows the Leed of a blessed Peace, Slid steel, and fire, and blood. Planting the grains with a trustful heart. Even where tbe cannons stood: Dropping litem into gaping rift Ploughed bv the death winged ball. Scattering them with a lavish hand Over the frowning wall. Moistened by blood of the brave who fell. And tears by the living shed. The quickened seed sends np its shoots, rutting tbe gory dead. Twining around the rusty gun. Smoothing the rugged scene. Clothing the wall of sullen stone w Uh a mantle of living green. Where Vice and Ignorance taint the air. This sower takes his stand. And the seeds of Knowledge steeped in Love, lie scatters with lavish hand. Barren the soil and rough with thorns, But the plant Shoots op to light; Knowledge thrives, whilst Ignorance dies, And Wrong gives place to itight. By night, by day, on land, on sea. He scatters the precious grain; Trusting to God for the shining snn ' And the quickening kiss "f the rain. Be the weather foul or the weather fair. To this sower it matters not. For tbe grain he scatters are leaden types, And bis held is the Held ol thought. Miscellaneous. MERE NERVOUSNESS. A SKETCH FOR LIEGE LORDS. The frown on Arthur Jones' brow was black as night. He pushed his cup one way and his plate another, then rising he sent his chair, with a bang, n gainst the wall. "As usual, when I come home tired and hungry, and nothing fit to eat or drink up on the table !" he exclaimed, in a harsh, loud voice that expressed, quite as strongly as his words, bis inward irritation. "Why Arthur r was the only reply of tbe pale, weak-voiced woman who sat at the opposite side of the table, and was the nominal mistress of the house. "Ob, you needn't exclaim in that tone," tbe husband rejoined, holding the door in bis hand as he was going out. "Talk of Job! I don't believe he ever knew what it was to have his patience tried as mine is. A home thoroughly uncomfortable from top to bottom, insolent servants, and every from bad to worse, smoking fires, ill-cooked food, and coffee and tea that would poi son a horse, and, to crown all, a wife that is nothing but nerves, and, he added, as tbe bright drops began to flow down tbe poor pale face, "and tears." "Ob, Arthur!" was the piteous sound he beard, accompanied by a sob as he crossed the threshold. He closed the door with a bang, muttering that be would go down to Barrel's and see if be couldn't get a meal fit to eat there, and was proceeding lo put on his coat in the hall, preparatory to go ing out, when be felt a touch upon bis arm. He turned and saw bis mother standing be side him. If there was any person in tbe world whom Arthur Jones thoroughly loved and respected, that person was his mother, or, to speak more strictly in accordance with fact, his stepmother. She was, in truth, a most admirable woman ; and entering her husland's family, when his children were Teyrjaujgt.bri fulfilled all her duties in tbe mqsixxeiBplary manner. Her nature was large, genial and loving. Love was tbe mainspring of all ber actions, and when it is added that she was strictly just, and possessed of a well-cultivated mind, and a most excellent judgment, it will readily be perceived that she impresses all who knew ber as a person of singularly harmonious character. , ' ' It is inevitable that such a woman must wield an important influence in whatever sphere she enters. And this was eminent ly true in Ihe case of Mrs. Jones. ' At tbe time our story opens she was a guest be neath Arthur's roof, and had been a pain ed witness of the scene just described. - It was she who had followed him into the ball, and who now laid a gentle hand up on the arm of tbe angry man. Habitual respect compelled all external restraint of Arthur's irritation, as be turn ed and met the sorrowful gaze of the clear, serene eyes that looked into bis. He wait ed a moment for her to speak, then said, in tones that, in their gentleness, contrast ed strangely with the loud, Larsh ones his voice bad assumed in addressing bis wife "Did yon wish to speak to me, mother t" "Yes, my son," lira. Jones replied. "Will you come into the library with me for a moment i ilie babit of acquiescence in ber wishes made him follow ber. After they Lad seated tbeuiseJves Mrs. Jones said : "1 never wish to interfere between bus- band and wife, but I am sure Arthur, you are so fully couvind of my affection for you that you will, without anger, allow me to ak if you are in the babit of address ing your wife as you did just now !' Arthur looked confused. He had all look of a child-culprit at the mother's knee, as be answered : "1 am afraid I have spoken pretty harsh ly to ber sometimes. "And do yon think yorself justified!" Mrs. Jones began. 'Maybe not, mother," her son interrupt ed. "But just see here,' be spoke with the old boyish eagerness of self-conhdence, "see, ma'am, what can a fellow do when be never has a decent meal in his own house; and when be comes home tired to death af ter a hard day's work, his wife creeps down stairs, pale as a ghost, with her bair tuck ed behind ber ears, and her morning wrap per still on, and sits down without a word of interference or apology to the half laid table, and tbe half-dressed food that ber servants choose to prepare for us, and shuf fles off all responsibility by declaring that sbe is 'so nervous V "God forgive yon, Arthur," said his mother, slowly. "This is worse even, than I feared. In condemning Alice so utterly, my son, has it never occurred to you that you may be it tbe wrong? "cut, in tbe name of all that is good. Arthur exclaimed, "what bas Alice to do, or bear that should make her nervous?' "A great deal, my son. In tbe first place, she has never recovered from the lei ror and frig lit of that dreadful accident four years ago, when so many persons lost tbeir lives in that railroad collision: when she saw the dead and the wounded all around her; listened to tbeir groans and shrieks of agony ; and endured an hour s suspense before you were extricated, alive, and almost unhurt, from the ruins of tbe car in which you br.d been seated. Then followed tbal long illness, then tbe birth of little Alice, and, in quick succession, of tbe two younger ones, bue bas three children under four years of age, all sickly irritable little creatures, requiring constant care and patience, and awakemog constant anxiety. A strong woman, of the firmest constitution, would droop under the great and unceasing strain, both physical and mental of four sucb years; and Alice was always delicate. She is confined almost entirely lo tbe nursery, for even if 6he were willing to trust these puny children to the sole care of a hireling, one girl could not give them all the attention they require. tier infant is troublesome at night, and since you have gone to sleep iu another room, she takes little Johnny to her bed, and, with the two, gets hardly any sleep. All the care of the household devolves up on her. Tell me, my son, you who are brave and honorable, when not self-deceived, do jou think your conduct just or kind, or even what Alice would have a right to expect if she were an upper servant and not your wife, whom you' bave sworn to love and cherish V Arthur was silent. If any other than his mother bad addressed him in Such term!, be would have retorted angrily. But habitual respect kept him silent, and the restraint helped him to control his an ger, and to consider tbe statements he had heard. Tbe first words be said were:- "You really think, then, mother, that Alice is ill that what I have been accus tomed to sneer at, as 'mere nervousness,' is caused by, or is actual disease!" "Produced by a great number of causes, no doubt such as I have mentioned. The whole system is weakened bv undue exer tion, long-continued, by unfavorable condi tions of various kinds, and I see no reason why it may not be asserted that tbe evi dent disorder of the nervous system is real illness, if not," sbe added with a pecu liar smile, "it is so nearly like it as to be quite undistinguishable." "Alice complained much of -her heart, of pains and palpitations, and deathly sink ings, a year ago," Arthur said. "I remem ber I felt alarmed, for her feet and bands would grow cold, and she would seem like one dying. But I spoke to the doctor, and he said there was no disease of tbe heart, and that the sensations of which she com plained were merely nervous. Since then I have laughed at her complaints,and some times bave been angry at inconvenient times. And recently she says nothing about them." "And yet she was, as you say, like one dying for two hours this very day. She thought berself dying, and left a loving message for you. She told me that since you left her room on account of the baby, you are so little together that you see no thing of ber sufferings. And she often has these attacks when she is all alone at night, and does not ring the bell because you complained of being wakeued. "Is this true mother? Good Heavens! what a brute I bave been, and am ! Let me go and ask ber pardon, at once. Poor Alice, poor girl !" "And tbat is not all. lo-day, before sbe was able to sit np, she insisted on go ing to the kitchen to see that tbe cook was preparing dinner properly. The effort caused her more suffering, and she was on ly able to arrange her dress a little, and creep down stairs as you come home." "And 1 spoke as harshly to ber! Come mother, every moment is an hour until I can seek her forgiveness. How blind and brutal I have been ! Alice was lying on the couch in ber own room wben mother and son entered. As Arthur went toward his wife, guided by tbe sound of ber low sobs, for the room was but dimly lighted, Mrs. Jones carefully withdrew. She felt that she bad no right to witness such a scene. But she had scarcely taken half a dozen steps ere a shriek from Alios drew her back. Arthur had approached his wife so silently, that until he laid his hand upon ber shoulder she bad not been aware of bis presence in tbe room, bhe believed him far away, ana a sudden fear fell upon her. And that scream of terror, followed by a long and deathly swoon, was tbe immediate conse quence. When she recovered, however. to find her bead resting npon her husband s shoulder, and to bear his words of tender affection, mingled with prayers for forgive ness, whispered in ber ear, ber mother saw tbat sbe needed no better remedy. An hour later she summoned tbe pair to a nice supper prepared nnder her own su pervioion. Arthur brought his wife down, in bis armi, and she sat at the bead of tbe table, propped np by pillows, affectionately wailed on by her husband, and, though pale and languid still, with a brighter smile upon ber faded features than tbey bad worn for many a month. When Mrs. Jones returned to her home she look Alice and her babies with her. Free from her most burdonsome cares, en livened by her frequent visits from ber hus band, with plenty of fresh air and leisure to enjoy it, and with the happiness of see ing her children improving in health and beauty, sbe seemed to renew ber rudely shaken bold on life. She returned to the city, after a few months, in tbe good health tbat had formerly been nsual for ber. The Reign of Terror in St Louis. A correspondent of the Cincinati Volks- blatt, writing from St. Louis, gives aglooroy account of tbe state of things in that city. He says that the disunionists are stiaining every nerve to precipitate the State of Missouri into secession, and the means they are using seems to indicate tbat Su Louis is to be dragooned out of tbe Union by a rpecies of terrorism, ot, Louis is to be tbe battle-field on which the momentous question of secession will be decided for Missouri, and the conspirators will not stick at shedding torrents of blood in the accomplishment of tbeir infernal purpose. lie describes tbe number of secession ists in St. Louis as small hitherto, but as possessed of an audacity and recklessness without a parallel. 1 heir number is com posed of neglected writers, bankrupt raga muffins, disappointed politicians in short, the veriest ottscourings of the social order. One of them, named Longuemare, who bas edited a certain Marat like journal known as tbe St. Louis Bulleton, was last week compelled to fly the Stale, having forged $40,000 of drafts. High-banded attempts are made lo in timidate, and, if possible, drive away Re publicans or Union citizens. Ibese bullies do not scruple to denounce those who voted for Lincoln, at the hotels, in the bearing, as "dogs," and lo wish loudly that they might bo bung. Republican merchants are, to a great extent, proscribed, and there are many who will neither buy nor sell, nor transact any business with tbera on 'Change. Ihe Legislature and tbo Democratic Gov. Jackson bave joined hands in a des-' potic scheme for dispossessing St. Louis of all ber municipal power, at the present crisis, and vesting it solely in the Governor of the Slate. By a reign of terror at tbe polls, a la .Baltimore and Louisville, it is designed to send a secession delegation, pure and simple, from St. Louis to a State Couvention, tbus securing tbe great stale of Missouri to tbe disunion tiaitors. They know that the withdrawal of Missouri witbout,St. Louis would help' their schemes but little, but they know equally well that there is an enormous Union majority in the city, and they mean to use tbe foulest means to compass tbeir ends, even at tbe of cost murder and bloodshed. It is thought that these villains have matured a scheme for seizing upon the Federal Arsenal in St. Louis, then Jeffer son Barracks, then tbe Postoffice, Custom House, banks,&c. No doubt it was some authentic intelligence of this iufamous plot which induced General Scott to order a small detachment of federal troops to guard the Public Buildings in St. Louis belouging to the Union. Tbe correspondent of tbo VolkMatt closes by saying: "Uur only bope iu these tearful circum stances, next to our own strength, lies in counting upon the assistence in emergency of tbe neighboring free btntes. We nave been so often assured tbat you look with pride upon this great, solitary free-soil city in the midst ol a slave Stale; we have been so often styled tbe bulwark, the muniment of freedom, that we have come to reckon with certainty, tbat we shall not, in the hour of danger, be abandoned by those whose battles we bave so bravely fought. Will those who have stood by Kansas in ber struggle against tbe tyranny which would have bade her a slave State, will tbey desert St. Louis, when a horde of barbarir.ns are banded together to drag her out of the Union, and into an alliance with south Carolina!" Perils of Being Rich. Among the items of news from Char leston floating around in secession circles there is a story tbat Hon. Wm. Aiken has been made to "disgorge in aid of tbe cause much against his will," as follows. He was notified that he was expected lo ad vance $10,000; to tbat he plead bis right to advance or not, as be might please, adding that he did not have the money. He was then promptly notified tbat be bad been assessed tbat amount and roust promptly pay it, under penally of having it raised by immediate confiscation, and sale of bis properly in Charleston, worth many limes as much. To save tbat from utter destruction, he did raise the amount demanded, and in paying remarked tbat bis lot would be better if he was a journey man carpenter at the North, shoving a jack-plane at $2 per day wages, than the south Carolina millionaire be was before it was essayed to reduce tbe Soulb under a military despotism. He is now "one of the suspected," his course in refusing to seem to be placed with paying the forced loan having earned bun the dagerous rep utation of being disaffected to the cause. Washington Star. The Catacombs. So peculiar, so striking were the Cata combs of Paris, that although upwards of a quarter of a century bas passed away smce 1 visited them, 1 still nod them vividly re flected on tbe mirror of my memory; and as they Lave now been shut up for the last twenty years, and will trolabIv never . J 1 9 f J again be thrown open, a short sketch of my visit to them may, peibaps, be not wholly uninteresting. As I have already said, it was some thirty years since, one fine morning, we drove forth to see the catacombs. Shortly after we passed the barrier our carriage came to a halt, and we all alighted. Withiu a few yards of tbe road we found the entrance to the catacombs. Here we were met by a guide, who distributed two or three unlit tapers amongst the gentle men of the parly. This was a mere pre cautionary mere; but more than one rose faded from a fair cheek, as th s hint of possibility of danger was communicated to tbe party. We now made a tedious descent down a cork-screw flight of steps, about one hun dred and twenty or one hundred and thir ty in number, our only light being the lighted torch carried by our cicorone. The tail of the party (for we only walked two abreast) were left wholly in the dark. On ordinary occasions, such a circumstance would bave elicited fun and frolic; but at the present moment not a litter was beard, not a joke was uttered. Tbe rear kept as close as they could to the leading persons, apparently deeply awed at tbe idea of thus approaching tbe roost extensive place of human sepulchre existing in tue known world. In five minutes we had all descended, and as we gathered into a circle at the foot of the stairs, the guide held his torch on high, and waved it to and fro, the bet ter to display tbe scene around ns, We were in a chamber (or rather cellar) ne wea out ot trie solid rock, wnicn was somewhat elaborately arched over our bends. Tbe height in the centre might bave been about ten feet; the walls from which the rock sprung, not more than six, The whole of this portion wa? covered in by humane bones ; white skulls framed a border or cornice, and every here and there were so arranged as to produce an orna mental pattern. At the first glance even some of tbe gentlemen shuddered, not from a feeling of fear, but from an instinct ive horror tbey could not repress. Indeed, tbat man must have wholly divested of feel ling who could thus find himself in an undisguised charnel house, some eighty feet beneath tbe surface of the earth, with out a sensation of disgust and awe too closely, yet strangely mingling with throbs. "Look up," cried the guide; "look al the black line in the centre of tbe roof; should any accident befall you, and you have tbe misfortune to get separated, fol low it till you arrive at this spot, and then ring yonder bell; it will bring you succor there is a much tbinner bar in in another branch, which three Briltish offi cers followed by mistake wben the British army was here, and got so entangled that their bodies were not found for three weeks. Tbey expired under one of the wells which led to tbe surface; they probably perceived daylight and died shouting for assistance; but no one beard them." This was not a pleasing prologue to our day s entertainment, and tbe ladies did not hesitate to express tbeir fears, at which the guides laughed heartily ; there was no responsive ecbo on our part. We followed our leaders through sever al branches extending nearly quarter of a mile, and at length came to a circular opening, where there was erected an altar entirely formed of deformed spinal bones; and then went on between two rows of grinning skulls, till we arived at a chamber, in the centre ot which was a basin of live fish that seemed to live in health and hap piness in mis strange spot; above us was one of the wells spoken of by our guide. "What is the supposed origin of these catacombs? asked Miss M Oh," replied our cicerone, without hes itation, "they are the great quarries from which the stone was taken by King Clovis to build Paris; tbey extend in three differ ent branches, nine miles, and one passage leads under the river almost to Montmaire." "But how came they so well finished I" asked B "Oh they were arched and ornamented by tbe monks who first lived in tbem, and only left tbem wben the brigands and se cret societies cleared them away and took p their quarters in tbem. Little Mary Smith who is always asking little foolish questions, naively demanded : "Did tbey;, bring all these bones? "Not at all, Madamoisell, cot. at all; tbey were turned out or rather hunted out, about three or four centuries ago, and the king who then reigned had all these bones collected and brought here. It took fifteen years to arrange tbem. ''And whose bones are they I ' "That's the question , no one can tell ; some say tbe bones ot me innocents brought over here; some say that they are those of the Protestants who were killed in the St. Bartholomew affair; and others de clare tbat they were taken out of every churchyard ; while others believe them to be tbe skeletons of those who perished in the Great Plague." This was tbe most unpleasant sugges tion of all. We now began to fancy that tbe close smell which annoyed our olfacto ry nerves might be infectious; we might catch the plague: we might fall victim to some abominable contagion: already we wished ourselves out of those ghastly cel lars. .""' We now proceed on through a continua tion of galleries, so similar in appearance that there was little to remark. Our cu- iosity bad been satisfied, and we now felt satiety and disgust. All of a sudden, our guide, witn his torch, disappeared. The ladies set tip a general shriek, and the gentlemen for a mo ment or two, vainly endeavored to dispel their fears; but, alas! they had but little cheering information to give them. In less than a minute tbe mas re-appearw, I in as a of sea a cut sea with his torch, laughingly heartily at the fright he had given us. He had dodged behind a screen of bones, and thus alarm us; he now rejoined ns much amused at tbe fun ; but bis hilarity was of short duration for an Irish cousin of mine instantly knock ed him down, and, as he lay sprawling, the the light rolled from his hands, and bad I not fortunately snatched it up, we might all Lave been lost in the dark and puzzling mazes of these fearful subterreanean laba- rynths. The guide was raised and soothed ; a five franc piece restored his good humor, and in a few minutes we reached the ascent which led to the free air of heaven. I was glad I had seen those strange excavations. They are now shut up, probably forever and aye, but wben they are again open, it would require a rich bribe to tempt me to revisit them. The Silver Cup. The palace of Duke de montre was dec orated for a banquet. A tliousand wax lights burned in its stately rooms, making them bright as midday. Along tbe walls glowed the priceless tapestry of Gobelines, and beneath the foot lay the fabrics of a Persia. Rare vases, filled with flowers, stood on the marble stands, and their breath went up like incense before the life like pictures sbiningSin tbeir golden frames above. In tbe great ball stood immense tables covered with delicacies from all lands and climes. Upon tbe sideboard glittered massive plate and tbe rich glass of Muiano. Music, now low and soil, now bold and high, floated in through tbe open casement, and was answered by magic sweet ness. All was ready. The noble and gifted poured into tbe gorgeous saloons. Silks rustled plumes waved, and jeweled em broideiies flashed from Genoa velvets. Courtly congratulations fell from evety lip, for the Duke de Montre bad made new steps in the path to power. Wit sparkled, tbe laugh went round, and bis guests pledg ed him in wine that a hundred years bad mellowed Proudly the Duke replied ; but bis brow darkened, and bis cbeek paled with passion, for bis son sat motionless be fore bis unlasted cup. "Wherefore is this !" he angrily deman ded. "When did my first born learn to in sult his father!" The graceful stripling sprang from bis seat, and knelt meekly before his parent Mis sunny curls fell back from bis upturn ed face, and his youthful countenance was radiant with a brave and generous spirit. "Father," he' said, "I last night learned a lesson tbat sunk deep into my heart. Let me repeat it, and then at tby command will drain the cup. I saw a laborer stand al the door of a gay shop. He held in his hand the earning? of a week, and bis wife, with a sidy babe and two famish ing little ones, clung to his garments, and besought bim not to enter. He tore him self away, for his thirst was strong, and out tor tue care oi a stranger, ills lamuy would bave perished. "I went on, and, father, a citizen of no ble air and majestic form descended the wide steps of bis fine mansion. His wife put back the curtain, and watched him ea gerly as be rode away. the was very very lovely, fairer than any lady in tbe court, but the shadow of a sad heart was fast falling on her. beauty. We saw her gaze around upon the desolate splendor of bet saloon, and then clasp her bands in the wild agony of despair. Wben we re turned, her husband lay helpless on a couch, and she sat weeping beside him. "Unce more we paused. A carriage stood before a palace. It was rich with burnished gold, and the armorials bearings of a Duke were visible in the moonbeams. We waited for its owner to alight, but he did not move, and he gave no orders. Soon the servants came crowding out; sor rowfully they lifted him in their arms, and saw that some of the jewels were torn from bis mantle, and his plumed cap was crushed and soiled, as if by tbe pressure of many footsteps. Tbey bore him into the palace, and I wondered if bis Ducbess ept like tbe beautiful wife of the citizen As I looked on all this, my tutor told me it was tbe work of the red wine, which leaps gaily up, and laughs over its victims, demon merriment. I shuddered, falb and rasolved never again to taste it, lest I, too, should, fa I L But your word is law to me. Shall I drain- the cup ! ' "No, my son, touch ft not. It is poison, thy tutor told thee. It fires tbe brain, weakens the intellect, destroys tbe soul. Put it away from tbee and thou shall grow np wise and good, a blessing to thy self and to thy country. He glanced around tne circle, "surprise and admiration were on every face, and. moved by the same impulse, all arose, while one of their number spoke: "Ibou bast done nobly, boy, be said, and thy rebuke shall not be soon forgotten. We bave congratulated thy father upon tbe acquisition of honors, which may pass with passing season. Wa now congratu late him upon that best of all possessions, son worth of France and of himself." 'The haughty courtiers bowed a glowing assent, and each clasped the band of the boy. But tbe father took bim to his heart, and even now, among the treasured relics the family is numbered tbat silver cup. Couldn't Kill Himself. A French- 1 . l-lnl man resolved to oe nu oi me, went a ut ile before high tide to a post set np by tbe -, T LJ -I 1 ! I .'.I. side, tie oaa provided oimseu wim ladder, a rope,a pistol.a bundle of matches, and a vial of poison. ' Ascending tbe lad der, be tied one end of tbe rope to the post, and the other end round his neck ; then he took the poi01. "et b'8 c llne on fire, put the muzsle of the pistol to his head, and kicked away the ladder. In kicking down the bidder he sloped the pis tol so that the ball missed his head and through the rope by which be waa sus pended ; he fell into the sea, tbus extin guishing the flames of his clothes, and the water which he involuntarily swallow ed, countxracted the poison, and thus in spite of his precautions, be remained un hanged, unshot, unpoMoned, nnburned and undrowned. in all in pi, ed How Charleston Looks. Tbe Charleston correspondent'of the N. Y. Evening Post gives a sketch Char leston, from which wa extract: "Charleston, then, is an old-fashioned town, without broad streets, its general aspect qniet, respectable, sombre and un progressive. Many of its best houses are solidly and sometimes heavily built, of di verse material, often weather-stained, and even dilapidated in appearance, almost always the reverse of showy or pre tentious. No dazzling white tnable, six stories in height, inflicts temporarly opb thalamia on the spector, no arrogant sharply-craven and heavily corniced "brown stone" announces recently and rapidly-acquired opulence. Perpetuity, competence gentility the latter rather decayed in soma instances, but therefore the more in clined to stand on on their dignity these are the attributes involuntarily suggested by the belter class of Charleston houses. There are newlooking ones, of course, and mean abodes of various degress of sbab biness ; of these we speak hereafter. The private residences of the colonial period (I give the precedence due to their seniority) have, as implied, a very Queen Annish look ; generally they stand apart from others, tbeir privacy secured by a walled, railed or board enclosure, adjacent to a carriage ente ranee, guarded, perhaps, by heavy columns or battered pilasters surmounted by a big stone globe or fan-' tastic iron work. Peeping inside you ob tain glimpses of broad flights of stone steps leading upwards to a central door of mansions of dark brick, with stone dressings of a lighter color defaced by green strains ; sometimes of neglected, of-' ten of trimly-kept gardens, almost monas tic in tbeir seclusion, where tbe sunlight shines idly and pleasantly npon the bright evergreen, cliped edges of box and laurel leaved magnalia trees, perhaps with a great cracked stone urn nestling under the latter. In some cases later additions, generally of wooden balconies and piazzas, (to which Charleston architecture is universally prone) bave given these old mansions a hybrid character curious to contemplate. It is as though Sir Charles Grandison were offering bis arm to a Mexican donna, the Spectator coquetting with a lady out of Gil Bias. Steep pediments, columns of bastard- classic order and elaborately formal win dows alternate with jalousie blinds, Mores- co arches, suggestions from Seville and and bits of the Albambra, affording a sort of transition to tbe directly Spanish-Amer ican bouses, some of which might bave been transported bodily, like the Chapel of' Loretto, from New Granada. As in Char leston, each private house of any preten 6ion generally differs from its neighbors; you may behold in one street or row an' English country mansion of the time of George In a sea-side villa, a Spanish-Mex-icon house, and a -trim, white, wooden American one, the last of which run to - classicaliiy aud increase in numbers and newnesson tbe outskirts. In the city some of these are very handsome, and surround ed by -ample pleasure grounds. .They seem to endeavor to look as old as pos sible, as if in deference to its prevailing air of antiquity." , i sn i e Ths Butter Fair. We looked in at Tappan Hall, on Wednesday last, and our eyes were greeted witb me largest ana finest display of Table butter that we have ever seen, xne fair was a complete suc cess. 1 here were over suu roils ot supern butter, varying in size from one to ten pounds, a large proportion elaborately or namented, on exhibition, and the hall was well filled with competitors for premiums and spectators. 1 he original committee, consisting pnn-' cipally of our merchants, declined serving, and a new committee was elected from tbe ' ' audience, by a vote of the exhibitors, as ' follows; Mrs. Houston bister, Mrs. J5. . Wheeler, Mrs. A. H. Eldred and Messrs. W. Shook, Hiram Viele and F. Schn- maker. The Committee, after carefully and pa tiently examining each and every lot, awarded tbe premiums as follows: First premium a splendid set of white Iron stone China dishes, 80 pieces, worth $15, 00 to a Mr. Caldwell of Fredericksburg, wayne County, entered by A. P. Cooper. - Second premium a similar set of dishes, ' 60 pieces, worth $10,00, to J. Randall of Tallmadge. Third premium a like set of iisbes, 50 pieces, worth $8,00, to Uriah : Ebbert of Norton. Tbe entire lot of butter, weighing in the aggregate, 1920 pounds, waa at the close of the exhibition, purchased for cash,' by tbe getters up of the fair, Messrs. John . Baxter & "Jon at 14 cents per pound. Tbe exhibition elicited general commend ation from the many citizens who dropped during the day, though as a matter of - course, many were disappointed at not get ting one or ibe other of tbe premiums, for -the really prime lots of butter presented by themselves. We regard such fairs, however, notwhh-. standing a few only will draw prises, where are deserving, as extremely serviceable, stimulating our dairy friends in tneiren- , deavors to improve and excel in tbe prepa- , ration of that great luxury, as wen aa in dispensable necessity lo the American peo- good butter. JlKron ixucvn. Two Many Doubles. A trial took place in Lancashire, England, in which a man named Wood was a witness. Upon ing his name, Ottiwcll Wood, the Judge, adJressing him said : "Pray Mr. Wood, how do you spell your name ! Mr. W. replied: "U douoie 1 1 aouoie e double 1 double n double o d." The Judgo laid down his pen and look bver his gold rimmed spectacles, and said : Really, this is tbe most extraordinary name I ever met with." After several subsequent attempts to re cord it, he was compelled to abandon tbe effort, the Court in tbe meantime being convulsed with laughter. tk man in the finest suit of clothes often a shabbier fellow than enotW dressed.