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Business Cards. Poetry.
When the sunbeams shine and the free winds
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.
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
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.
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
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
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
"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"
"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
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,
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-
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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