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JTOTICXtST CITY, . T-f A NaAfe'i JSTTXRbA,Y, MAMCH 19, 1864.
"Vol-aiae III.
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Don -ga, Illinois, Jan. 20, 1S.
Not long sinco 1 received a call from a
populuj preacher. During the week he
works on wagons. When he prepares his
bcrmons I-do not know. Ete always has
large congregations I have always taken
him to bera harmless inoffensive man. 1
? have fejt a little hitter towards him for some
time, because in fitting a couple of wagon
wheels for me he used such poor timber,
which was rails, and roadjssuch loose joints
that, under a moderate load, one wheel
broke down, and the other is likely to give
way at any time. However, the ten dollars
I paid him tuny lie considered so much "in
support of the Gospel, though most of it
was in coffee.
..It was Sunday afternoon and I saw at a
"lance that it was a particular visit, for the
bosom and colhr of hi- Jshirt bad more blue
ing in it i!un for e-ery da wear. It is likely
thaf he called because I went to hear him
preach the previous Sunday. On that
occasion his tci.1 was from 2d Samuel 22d
chapter, 34th torse; " He maketh ray feet
like hind's feet, and sctteth me iu high
places." As he could not read very well he
had mistaken "himl-t'' for "hens," and
upon the reeding he built this discourse,
.'oinn-o'i to show that as the feet of hens
aro'mi.ic to hold fa-t to a stick or the
branch of a tree, they sleep secuicly, while
without such feet they would fall off. So
it was in Christian life, the feet are faith,
the branch is the promises which arc taken
bold of, hud by this means the Christian is,
according to the word, "set up in high
places;" and though the rain may fall and
the wind-' blow, ho is sife. For more than
an hour he enhrged on the text in this
manner, while his" hearers wondered at his
ability to explain the Scriptures. For some
weeks before I had been sick; in fact bad
ihc ngu and had gone to meeting hoping
to fool better, but the setts were slabs, with
no backs., and quo. of the legs enmo through
spvciy far where Iat that 1113 hick almost
gave out, nnd would lue wholly dono so
bad I not become interested iu the sermon.
We soon became sociable. In speaking
of some deserters, w ho had gone to Canada,
besaidtheie was (quite a dispute iu some
settlements and he asked me for ho thought
I knew, " Is Canada a slave State, or is it
not ?" Again, pc iking- of himself and bis
preaching, he said he did not compare him
self to St. Paul, because St. "Paul understood
Eliglit-h grammar, and ho did not. Some
people think that 1 make up these and other
things J have written about the ignorance,
bull assute jpu they arc true. Xet one
iyo here.oul a short time and the will see
they are so. '
A ftor-n little our preacher said: "lam
told you hsc a power of books; if you've
no 'objections I would like to look at 'em,
I hink-at' heap of laming and them as is
tryin' to get an edication." There was no
objection, I hare only 200 volumes'; he
probably never saw so many itrall his life,
but ha glanced over them almost as if be
bad written them.. Nothing is more com
mon with such men than attempts at ap
pearing to know cxery thing, and if called
upon for an opinion, Ihey will ask questions
impljtog that they ore wholly unacquainted
with the. matter; .ut they will eilly wail
till they get the answer from you, and then
thev repent it, and add, "O, TCS, that's
j-jrrlit-1 I always knew it." I confess I was
taken little aback by the swift, careless roll
in'ofbis eyes, and by bis suddenly taking
down a book, flirting oer the Jeavcs, and
theu putting' it back, but I thought it
would 'be no hrm to test him a little. I
had, among a few similar books, a copy of
Findcn's Moore, -printed in,IyOndon, on
costl3 paper, "elegantly bound, aud intended
to illustrate the female charactera of that
piet. - On the left hand page is the picture
of a ijcatftfful lady, on theJopposite page a
few lines of verse, in iaige clear type from
wkk)b,bcrtist drew the design.,. Ut tuese
craved. SeeTns : thathislianas were clj
dollars, and that I Jidiot 6bow it to every
onev fACter, he, had lookecLit Qver a spell,
andlis I clearly- sawwiih'oat'eingw all
attrMICiHbyCecrgnisanglic Mid.tfcfftiMie
hodjjiiUpiJtQardf hs would ba the vtrj
booj be w'anted, for lie eouW get -oj
T.nA.nT 1?,;; 5jrkX3mtT)firi tJi
-c;-pr-a -y?,'A"-i5TTrc 2 t
vIJ8ryclojci5(jei3ipftV 99 BJ
things from it 107 preparing bis sermons.
I had no doubt of his sincerity, and that he
came to this conclusion because the letters
are large and the reading seemed easy.
He soon got through reading the book,
then taking. bi3 seat be arranged, his shirt
collar and brushed up bis hair, as if a little
embarrassed,- and said that his business in
coming to see me was to get.me to become
a preacher. Of course I started at ibis ;
but be was fully prepared to urge the mat
ter, and he told uie bow much good I could
do with my learning, how souls are perish
ing, and how the harvest is ripe, All I
needed to start with was a little more know
ledge of the Scriptures, which I could get
by reading them, and from the preachers;
in fact, be himself would tell me all he
knew; and"4f I would only try, in a few
months I would become one of the first
preachers of the country. -
I Hold him I had read of one, who beside
being a preacher was also a doctor, and I
always thought it would be an honor to any
man to imitate him, but I was afraid that if
I should try to do so I would get into
" I guess not," said be; " but if doctrih's
apart on't,4 you've got a heap o'r that al
icady. Did he live hur, in Klinoi, or up to
the Northud, whar you cum from ?"'
"'No, he lived in the East."
' Oh, yes," a Yankee like yotfis. What
did you say. his name was 1"
11 1 have .never seen him. I only read of
him J 1
"I think not. A good many years ago,
I first rend about him in a book a little
hard, to understand, it seems. Though he
preached both Sundays and week days, be
was thought so much of as a doctor that they
sent for Uim a good many miles, and he bad
a ve"ty greapractice."
" Galomcljor steam ?"
" That is 'not known, for his medicine
was seldom seen." ' '
" Was it harsh medicine ?"
"Very mild !"
"'Twouldn't do -for this country. The
liver what's the matter with us, and nothin's
so goodas blue mas for this. 'Pears like
he was "a smart chap. He didn't preach
from no notes, I reckon."
"1 cannot" say how this was, but in the
short reports we hao of his sermons they
seem carefully studdied, and every word
was in its proper place."
"That don't 'mount to shucks," said the
preacher. ll I remember it's nigh onto two
year, I had a 'pintment to preach in old
Jonesboro' for the fust time, and as thero
is a "power 0' law3crs, marcbents, and sich
larned men, in that town, that, thiuks I to
myself, and says I, I must show 'om what
a sarmen is, and I will, and if for nothing
more than to honor old Union county, and
I picked out my text airly Monday morning
not intendiu' to do a lick 0' work all the
week, and T didn't, for every mornin' I
went out a way off into tho woods, and into
a big sink, hole, an' I said this rock is the
cheer, and them trees is the lawyers, an' I
took my tex, an' then 'I preached sometime
one way, sometimes '(other till I got the
first pare as I wanted it, an' then I said
yourc alt right, in preacn you, an so 1
went on till I got 'em all right, then 1 put
'em together, an' I thpugbt I had 'em as
theyorter be. I thought I had the best
sarmon as ever was -preached, an' I don't
know but I had ; but you see when I got
iutothc schW house, which was chock ful,
an i nravca, ana cm out uie mines, uuu
tuk.niyjcx, and got a-little way, jest 'as I
had it, things got kinder a tangled, an' 1
made the fifth part cum afore the second
part, an' 1 told a part of an antidote I'd
told afore, ,, an' they was a beginning to
lau"b. whea, seein' what a scrape I'd got
intoi-I ids' threw it all away, an' preached
as I'd allers preached when 1 felt free, an' I
never was so happy in my life, an when 1
got through' they was so solemn you could
heard a pin drap. But I don't want to
interrupt ydo with no long stories. 60 on
about the preacher." V "
"Yes. In doctrine he made out well
enough nobody found any fault with him,
but preaching he got into difficulty. More
than this he'was poor, and had no influen
tial kin folks to help him, so that only the
poorest people cared much about him and
in all his preaching there wero only two or
three larjjo planters who liked him and these
were afraid to have it known. To show
you what kind of doctrine he preached I
will 6ay tint in the first sermon of which
the book gives an account, he said :, "That
the Lord's spirit was upon him,-that. he bad
been anaointed to preach to poor folks, so
that-he could cure those whose'' hearts were
broken, that ho might preach liberty to the
captives,- to cure sore eyes, and set at liberty
anybody that was hurt." 1
" Ju9t as I expected,'" Raid the preacher,
" a preacbih1 liberty to the captives." which
means slaves we bad them kind down in
Alabam, anf every one of 'em was anAbo
lishoner a black hearted Aboliiboe
butthey soon got enough on it. , That's
the ' way they all talk. Only thinK7 6T a
to, nii;n 1.: ir 1 r.i.i. '.;;'
iiiau. wAitiii uimscll
limself a .preacher, B5in
he's. anointed to preachiaieasjiifr', -jrben )he
Bible says" cussed be Canaaa' a wbiek is
niggers, which God? vitdan 'bo dures
slavps allers. W hat "did otrtay bis ntftne
was;? Maybe I've .jhearq of biracdbwn" in
Alabam." 1 ff, sa j .
" I hardly think you ever hei"rd or: him.
If you did von seenf ta thiik'little "tnoigh
ofbim," " '
course I don't think nothin' of him.
wi.- r 1 r l:. 9
". "rWell; bje preached .this'jjjnd of doctrine
two or three ycar3, and a good many got, to
going to hear him, rand he kept doctoring
too, and, going to see whoever. seut for him;
but it was thg sermons, that rnaddiafar
bance, and so. rpuch ,disturbancVjhat they
wouldn't let him preach in, the" meeting
house, , till xntrjlast as he .wis,,camping put
one.night, (hey "got a-bojd" of.hiuu' They
bad a kind of trial'rignt taway, and though
ibejaw wasron,hs idjbey "took off bis
clothes and .spit on him, and whipped him.
and then fastened him up to a tree till be
died." ., w
"Sarvedbiui right, sarved him ri;ht,"
said the preacher. " Ail sich .orter -swing
-They've,-done wu nor; that; they burnt
em ; yes, they burnt cm.. It kinder seoms
to me, I beam oLthiavery fellar afore I
cum away. WuVt Woods,vor""Larkins, or
Ilcnshaw ? One or t'other, I reckon"
" Yes, you must have heard of him. It
would be singular if you bad no ' His
name was Jesus Christ." , J
The preacher started up red wilh rge ;
he seized his hat, and, departing, Said : ,
" I want to have nothuC to do with you.
I don'A want to bayo.nothin'to do withou
I 'don't want nbthin' to do With you.": ,
HEALTHFTjXNESS of woolens.
The most suitable clothiDg for pur varia
ble climate is, a subject of mqcb importance
to all. In kthc hist report,of the, Rational
Agricultural.Degartment, there is an essay
upon this 4opio, aqme, parts of which we
condense with comments. Wool being tan
excellent non-conductor of heat, it is very
suitable .as a material of clothing. Sur:
geons uniformly recommend it. Dr. Hall,
in his Journal ,of -Health, says : "In wim
ter .and summer, nothing can be better
worn next the skiuYthan a loose red woolen
shirt ; loose, for it ha& room to move on the
skin, thus caosing-a titillation wbjch draws
the bloqd to the surface, and keeps it there,
and when this is the case, no one can take
cold. Cotton wool merely absorbs the mois
ture from the surface of the body, while
woolen flannel conveys it, from thet sky
and deposits in drops outside of the shirt,
and by this exposure to the air it is soon
dried without injury to the body. Having
these properties, red woolen fl-innel is worn
by sailors even in the midsummer of the
warmest countries. The common observa
tion of all nations leads them to give their
sailors woolcu fi inuel shirts for all latitudes,
as tho best cqu dizers of heat for the body."
In the French Anallts (V IIygitv.c, the
following remarks occur : " Diseases of the
chest are trly contracted by exposure to
the cold without sufficient clothing. The
greater portion of the children from one to
Gftecn months old, who dio in winter, are
killed by the cold or diseases resulting from
cold. '1 he use of woolen clothing in win
ter is necessary for all, at least about the
upper parts of the body ; and oven iu sum
mer the man who from his profession ia
compelled to work in damp places, and is
exposed to drafts, should .not wear light
clothes. Woolen socks should everywhere
be adopted, for cold feet are almost always
tho cause of catching cold (catarrh), and
an obstinate, cough is known to cease from
the exclusive useof.this sort of clothing."
We have had some persons 6ay, that
their feet have been kept as warm with
cotton as with woolen stockings ; and there,
aro some persons who cannot wear woolen
flannel next tb.e skin, without suffering from
cutaneous irritation. There are exceptions
to all general rules, but undoubtedly wool
flannel affords the best clothing to be worn
next the skin in pur variable climate, for at
least aine months in the year. .But white
flannel is-just as good for shirts as colored
flannel. The cause of flannel fulling and
becoming thick is owing to the rubbing
which it reoeiyeajm, washing, and flapnels
of alloojors full up (felt) , under similar
treatment. . Allbroadqlo,th dyed in nthe
wool is.folledi after it is'.colorcd. Flannels
should never be Rubbed upog a washboard.
The best way to -fash flannels is to steep
them in- strong soadsuds for about ,balf,'an
hour, then squeeze them between the hands
for a short time, rinse thoroughly in warm
water, and bang them out to dry without
a ringing. . 1
Woolen flannels are more extensively
worn now than heretofore by ladies and
gentlemen.' This is due in a certain degree
to- the very high, price of cotton flannel,
which ia aboat fifjjr cents per yard the
quality being the same as that which jsold
for ten cents three jeara ago. Scientific
American. -71 ' ''"
Who amonttha-probable candidates
is the most obnoxiottsoHhe-Peacc Democ
racy 7' Abraham -Lincoln. Wtfo .ofall
mew do tfeeiSoutheni rebels .desire "leaab 46
beehoaetKTresidoat.of the United States)
at? the text- electio Abraham-Lincoln.
Hera is an extract from! an artiole ia a late
noaiBcrlof ,tfcejRicifmori Bxaataec :
j '.More depends apoa 'the oBpriag-oeam-paif-B'thaereveribefore
waited sponrthe con
flict ofcams.- Jf (hi 'Confederate armies
mrexietoriousZincqln will he defeated, in
iheiFresiSkntial election, r. the Hraftrwill be
eleas is afro eaar,f recruiting bis aratj.
aad eactiill follows Jf ve are defeated,
'4siaom will be reuftea tne drait Aoombjb
a powerfubmeaai of ccmriag'-oeo;ad the
war indefinitely. irolonged'
f I
- What- pirituous liquors are for the Eu
ropean, opium is 'in Java for the Mabom
meda'ti and Chinaman. An European of
the 'lower classes may sit in bis tap-room
and debase himself by his sottishness, but
heroes it with an uprbarous merriment
which would make one think be was really
happy, spite of theheadaohes and delirium
tremenshe( may know are in store for him;
but in- an ppium hell al ia as still as the
grave. A tnurkeylamp spreads a flicker
ing light through the low-roofed suffocating
room in which are placed bale bales or
rougn woogen taoies, covered witn coarse
matting, and divided into compartments bv
means of bambooed wainscoting'. The ODiuui
smoaers, men ana women, lost 10 overv
8ensoJof modesty, throw themselves Ian
guidly 01? the matting, and their heads sup
ported by a greasy cushion, prepare to
indulge in their darling vice.
A small burning lamp is placed on 'the
table, so as to bo easily reached by all the
degraded wretches who seek forgetfulness
or elMum in the fumes of opinm. A pipe
of bamboo reed, with a bowl at one end to
contain the opium, is generally made 'to do
sertlice tq-twa smokers. A piece of opium
about the'sixc ioti apc& costs sixpence (j
day's wages,) bat U is sufficient by its
fumesitoil lull rtbe aensB of the 'smoker.
These fumes they inhale deliberately, re
taining tbcni'iffTthe" mouth as long as thev
can, and then r allowing them gradually' to,
exhale' through the nostrils. After two or
three inhalations, '.however, the opium is
consumed', and r the ..pipe -falls from .the
hands if itsivictimi Ati first the smokers
talk to each other- in a -whisper scarcely
audible, -buti they soon become still as the
dead. - . .i '
Their dull, sunen jeyes gradually be
coming light., andr sparkling, their hallow
cheeks seem to assume a bealthy roundness;
a gleam o satisfaction nay, of ecstacy
lightens up their countenances as they revel
in imagination , mf those -6ensuRlrideHghts
wnicu are 10 consiuuie ineir janQmmcuan
Paradise. Ener.vated, languid, emaciated
as they are, in fact, they see and feel, for
the time regenerated; and (hough they lie
there, the shameless? and impassive slaves
of sensuality and lust, their senses are evi
dently steeped in bliss. Aroused, however,
from their dreams and delusions, the poten
cy of tbc charm exhausted driven from
their hell by its proprietor see them nejvt
moraine walking with faltering steps, eve
as dull as had, checks hollow as coliinsj to
their work.
Some ycars'since, at one of the Philadel
pbia theatres, a pageant was in rehearsaHu
which it was necessary to have an elephant.
No elephant was to be had. The "wild
beasts" were all traveling, and the propert
man, stage director, and manager almost
contracted epilepsy when they thought of
it. Days passed in the hopeless task of
trying to secure one; but at last Yankee
ingenuity triumphed, as indeed it always
does, and an elephant was made to order,
of wood, skins, paint and varnish. Thus
far tho matter was all very well ; but as yet
they had foundno means to make said com
bination travel,. Here again the genhiB o
the manager, the stage directors and' pro
perty man stuck out, and two " hroths "
were duly installed as legs Ned C, one
of the true and genuine "b'boys," held the
station 'of 'Tore legs', and for several niglits
he played that heavy part to the entird sat
isfaction of tbe managers and the delight of
the audience. " , 1
The par however, was a very te'dious
o"ne, as the elephant was obliged .to be 'op
the stago about an hour, aad Ned was
rather too found of tbe bottle to remain so
lo'ng with'oul '" wetting his whistle,"4 Ee
set his wits to work to find a way to carry
a wee drop with ,bi.m. . Tlie eyes 'of the
elephant bejogfmadeof two pqrter:hottes,
with' the decks, in. tKed conceived" tncbrit
Itapt i,d"ea of li'ling tm' frith' good stuff.
This he fully carried out; and elated 'with
success, be'wilubgiy undertook to play fore
legs again.
Night came on tfietheatre was densely
Crowded with the denizens of the Quaker
city the musio was played in the sweetest
strains the curtain rose and the play began.
Ned and the "hind legs" marched .upon
the stage. , The elephant was greeted with
roand-jUpnn round .of applaaser Tbe deco
ration and ' tbc trappings s were, gorgeous.
The elephant and the prince seated upon
his back were loudly cheered. , , , ,
' The play proceeded the elephant was
marched rouncl and round upon the stagey
Tbe 'fore-feg's gdt dry, withdrew one of the
corks -andtreated the, hind-legs, and then
drank JnVJicafth to' the audience in a bum
per of genuine 'elephant eye whisky, -
brand, by the way, till then unknown. On
went the play, and on w6nt Ned drinking.
The cenclasieniiaaTck was to be' made tbe
signal wa givenand the fo re-legs staggered
tcsnraJBtthe'iroat of' the stages -Tho'con-i
dueter aulkdxhe. eartof the elephant '-to
tbe right thetfore-kfa'staggered ter the
left The foctlightr coketiiioted: the ' way,
and 'be raised his ioot-and stepped flump
into 'the orchestral Dowa went the fore
legs, on to the loader's fiddle jr'ewef
course, turned the elepfaaat,? sending? the
prince aoiaiid4egs.ia4a tbe-aiiddlecf ilhe
piC The ataaagera stood horror-struck';
the -prince and biadlegs lay confoanded,
the bexee in eoavalaioM, the actarr choiring
with lf hter. Poor Ned, casting one loojtt
a strange blending bf'dninkerrnessgrief and
laughter, at the, scene,, fled hastily out of the
theatre; closely followed by the leader with
the wreckof his fiddle performing various
cut and thrust'. motions in the air. The
curtains .dropped on a scene behind the
scenes. No more pageant so- more fore
logs but everybody held, their- aides.
Music; actors, pit, boxes,' and gallery; rush
ed from the theatre shrieking between
everyk breath, "Hai&yoni seen tfieefepliant?"
Hedce the origin of this popular interroga
tory. r -
A good story has been told of a lisping
officer in the army, having been victimized
by n brother officer (noted for bis cool de
liberation and bis strong nerves),- and his
getting square with him in the following
manner : The cool joker, the Captain, was
always quizzing the lisping officer, a lieu
tenant, for bis nervousness.
" Why," scid he, one day, in the pres
ence of bis company,"4' nervousness is all
nonsense ; I tell you, Lieutenant, no brave
man will be nervous."
" Well," inquired his lispincf friend,
u how would you do, thpose a hhell with an
inch futhee thould drop ittbelf into a wall
ed angle, in which you had taken theltcr
from, a 'company of 4harp. thooters, and
where it wath thortain, Jf you put your nose
out, you'd yet peppered ?"'
" How," said the Captain, winking at
the circle, " why take it cool and spit on
tbe fusee."
The party broke up and all retired except
the patrol The next morning a number of
soldiers1 were assembled on tbe parade, when
along came the lisping Lieutenant.. Lazily
opening his eyes, he remarked :
" I want to trj nnexperiment 'thith
morning, and thee How exceedingly cool
.you can be."' " ,
Saying' this, he walked deliberately into
the Captain's quarters, where a fire was
burning on the hearth, and, placing in the
hottest centre a powder canister, instantly
retreated. 'There was but one mode of
egress from tbc quarters', and that was upon
the parade ground, the road being built up
for defense. The occupant took one look
at the canister, "comprehended the situation,
and in a moment dashed at the door, butit
was fastene I on the outside.
"Charley, let me out if you love me,"
shouted the Captain.
"'ihpit on tho canithter !" shouted he in
Not a moment was to be lost. Ho bad
first caught up a blanket to cover his egress,
hut now, dropping itbe raised the window
and out be bounded, sans culottes, sans
everything but a very short under garment;
and thus, with hair almost on end, he dash-,
cd upon a full parade ground. The shouts
which hailed him called out the whole bar
racks to see what was the matter, and tbc
dignified Captain pulled a Sergeant in front
of him to hide himself. " -1
" Why didn't you' thpit on it 7" inquired
the Lieutenant.
iDecausq thero was no sharp-shooters in
front to stop a retreat," answered the Cap
tain. ll All I got to tbay, then, ittb.V said the
Lieutenant, ",tbat you might thafely have
done it; for I'll tbware there wath'nt a
thingle grain of powder in it." f
The Captain has never spoken' of ner
vousness since. , -
IQT Hon. George Thompson of L6ndon,
is now engaged in tbe delivery of public
lectures in tbe United States, be having
recently-' arrived from England for that
purpose. A few'eveniBgs since ho delfvcr
tid a lecture at Portland, upon the last few
years of tbe history of tbe United States,
of the changes which thirty years' havo
wrought in our public sentiment. There is
one iucident connected with the visit of Mr.
Thompson, himself. -to this country, which
wq will, briefly xeeallf as an illustration of
the-change of sentiment to which he re
ferred. -.About. thirty years since, when tbe
whole Nor hf was appealed to by tbe South
to stop the agitation of slavery discussion,
and alloV the then existing status of slavery
to remain a finality, Mr. Thompson was
then lecturing in favor of emancipation,
and at the close of one of his lectures in a
town in Massachusetts, Andoverif wo re
member rightly, a man of mark arose in
tbe assembly, and asked if be understood
the -speaker correctly, that he was in favor
of emancipating all tbe slaves in the United
States to-morrow ? The question was. deem
ed at that time a complete crusher, as tbc
people -were holding public meetings in all
the cities at the North for the purpose of
shutting down the gates of all discussion,
in fear that tbe slaves would rise and "cut
the throats of their masters." Mr. Thomp
son 'rose .calmly, to answer the question, and
said :"" The gentleman asks if I advocate
the emancipation of all slaves to-morrow.
No, sir," and then rising to bis fully ex
tended height, he thundered in his explos
ive1 voice, as though he would have the
entire world bear him, " I am for doing it
NOW!" The effect was traly eleetrieal.
Ni.-'Tbempson was mobbed in those times ;
now all care are open to catch his words.
-iiWST Deed-iaeiaals of all sorts are adver
tised for ia tae IUohmbae papers, for tho
nee ef the GoveraeKaL.- What "age" is
made of tben-f it not- stated, .but perhaps
eritre; employed -ra the fswefactare of'geB
powder, is extaftrrsrtbe bones,
The old saing, ' Wise rr an owl" the
meaning- whereof 1 have never till the
present time been able to see, as I always
tanciea mose uirus panicmariy siupiu uas
been verified by an instance of 'ex'trema
sagacity shown by .two owls but I will
relate the facts a"s they took place : '
A gentleman living in a large and popu
lous city was out shootibg, and for lack of
better gams', fired at an owl and brought it
to the ground, with no further injury than
a broken wing. Being fond of birds be
took the owl to his city home and lei it
into a very small court-yard, which was
surrounded by a high brick wall ; here it
had a pan of water and a dish well stocked
with food, which seemed not to be eaten.
Day after day passed, and still the bird
would not cat anything, though it seemed
to be in good health ; in vain its keeper
offered it mice and birds both alive and
dead; a week passed, and, to the astonish
ment of its owner, the owl was alive and
well, but would eat nothing.
The kitchen windows looked into this
court, and ono day, when my friend was
sitting in his study trving to soho the roys
tery of this bird being yet alive, his servant
came iuto tbe room, aud with n face expres
sive of great wonder, to'd him that she had
seen two wild ow's bring food to their dis
abled relative and leave him to eat it alone.
Mv friend was decidedly incredulous, for he
kuow that some servants are gifted with a
lively imagination; however, he determin
ed to spend tho next morning in tho kitchen
that ho might watch his new and strange
pet. For onco the maid was right ; for
during tbe morning, two owls came into the
court-jard, ono bringing a mouse and the
other a bird, which they put down before
the captive, waited till ho showed bis ap-"
preciation of the feast by seizing upon the'
bird, and then flew off to cater for them
selves. " "
My friend was iritcrcsted satisfied, too,
for now the mystery was solved ; tho owl
did not go without food. Thinking the
coming of these wild beasts might be some
strange chance, an accident perhaps, my
friend watched the next day ; but again
they came, this time in the evening, befors
sunset indeed, but late, for it was summer.
Being a nnturalist, or rather wishing to bo
one, Mr. R turned a small room over
looking Jthis court into his study, that he
might watch tbc proceedings of bis pet,
whoe'T'cry day for the next week, had food
brought bim by those two true " friends in
need;" but at the end of that time be pined
for liberty and the pure country air, nnd
was found dead one morning, which, how
ever, did not surprise my friend, as the owl
had drooped for two days before. On tbe
day of its death it had been in the possession
of Mr. II a fortnight, and during that
time had eaten nothing he had provided for
it. X think it probable that those two old
bird3 were the parents of the captive; but
of one thing I am sure, tho bird was not a
very young, and must have left the nest
many mouths at least. The old birds came,
once to tbe yard after its deatb, then were
not seen again.
Surely this is a wonderful example of the
power birds and animals must possess of
finding each other. Those owls must have
flown many miles, and entered the city,
where they could never have een before;
and, if any reader has ever known a parallel
case, I should feel much gratitudo by their
informing mo of it. C. Bulfour.
Sgu A scrub headed boy having been
brought up before the Court as a witness,
the following colloquy ensued :
" Where do you live?" said the Judge
"Live with mother."
" Where does your mother livo 7 '
" She lives with father." f
"Where does be.live?",
" He lives with the old folks."
" Where do they, live.?' '.say s tho Judge,
getting very red, as an audible snicker goes
round the room.
'f They live at horae."-
" Where in thunder's their home 7" roars
the Judge.
That" a where I'm from," says the boy,
sticking his tongue in a corner of his check
and slowly chsing one eye on the Judge.
" Here, Mr. Constable," says the Court,
"take the witness out and tell him to
travel ; he evidently docs not understand
tbe nature of an oath."
u You'd think different if I was to once
give you a cuss'b
3T In these days of huge pieces of ar
tillery, it will surprise some of our readers
to learn that " we have a long road to trav
el" before wejreach, in some respects, the
size of a brass piece cast in- 1694, which,
when tbe French army entered Moscow,
was found in .the Kremlin, though not
mounted, and is presumed to be still there.
Extreme length of the piece, 16 English
feet ; outside diameter at iLs mouth, 4 feet
3 inehes ; diamer of its calibre, 2 feet 11
inches ; thickness of the piece at its mouth
8 inches; circumference of the butt, 12
It is said that this piece has never been,
discharged but once,.wbich was oa the occa
sion of the coroaation of the Emperor
neju The hens in the Confederacy have
struck for more core, sad rcfu-wrr1 toltajr fttf
at less than $T50 pe dnxen aCwkiea
price they are, scarce.ia Jlicbibond,' Veajs
toe Enquirer,
mitenMmr.tMMWtrrirr-p "VT"1 "

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