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VOL. 2.—NO. f.
To my *««, on his leaning school, to enter
upon a Mercantile Business.
Child of my soul—my eldest—my first
.thjL toyish years to me
have flown !
How short the space—how like the
blushing morn
Of transient, early day, just now but
To being and to beauty, quickly then
Passed to maturer, soberer hours again.
Thy fifteen years of life to me have
w been!
To thee, perhaps, a long spent life they
Grow led with being and just touched
by sin ;
To me, a fitting vision, passed and gone.
Into surprising, endless mystery borne.
Thy birth, thy life, thy infant loveliness.
When heaven around thee seemed to
play and live;
AH that thy love and childish tenderness
And youthful promise too, could ev
er give.
All, all my child, combine this hour to
The deathless mysteries of life and love.
And now thy school-days ended ! What
a scene
Of untried being waits upon tbee
, now!
May God be with thoo, child, in faith
“And nerve thy soul fresh efforts to
To venture bow on seas unsailed before,
scarce thy little bark bath left the
jjt shore.
■fcaroest forth into the wide, wide
■Bfibusy mart of wealth, and toil,
Bum strife,
yearly are to rum
* ve this voyage of
hf' "/ >i temptation's
-.BBeand roll o'er every fearful
0| God, I pray!—lf aught a father’s
P ra J erß >
*■, A mother’s love, can hence avail in
heaven, —
If heaven, like earth, for us hath guar
dian cares,
And angel watchers o’er our paths arc
_ giwn,—
I pray Thee, Lord, our son to keep and
From all the dangers he goes forth to
Suffer not avarice, meanness, lust of
* wealth,
To taint his honor, or his heart con-
I trol;
And when, by hold advances or by
f stealth.
The tempter whispers to his youthful
» soul,
v4s> Thou, Almighty, fire Lis conscience
And ye, 0 aagcls, help the boy along.
Thou’lt brave it all, my son, if thou but
Rmolvs aisd do. And thou shall
see, at last,
Ta the far future of thy life, and still
eternal scenes, riches more vast
whan all earth’s merchants ever Can
J» . :
“TrnWgPiiands were dollars, anreeks
f \ solid gold.
jBo then thy way, and trust in God and
[ I heaven;
Let justice guide thee in a path sub
lime ;
And let thine infant innocence be given
Somewhat to youth, and some to man
hood’s prime ;
(And thou shall prosper. Fleeter years
to come,
| Shall waft thee richer, or shall guide thee
t Home.
Boston Transcript.
Wihp i« Hi?— A writer in Pu.t*bm's l
M, <?-i“r ft?“ u " ! m - *llO wi«
.1 be PrMidentof Sutf. in
1900- ’_ ,q all livelihood running bare
foot at this very moment amongst the
~lmcWebrrry hoohee of Oregon?” Go it,
iittle one! Keep a sharp look out for
hr is it and thorns.
♦ • MM-.
by Harriet mailtineau.
In the middle of a dart night, Joel, a
hoy of nine years old,' IfcartT his 'name
called by a voice which, through his
sleep, seemed miles away. Joel had
been tired enough when he went to bed,
and yet he had not gone to sleep for
some time; his heart beat so at the idea
of his mother being very ill. He well
remembered his father’s death, and his
mother’s illness now revived some feel
ings which he had almost forgotten.—
llisbod was merely some clothes spread
on the floor, and covered with a rug;
but he could not mind that; and he could
have gone to sleep at once but for the
fear that had come over him* When
lie did sleep, his sleep was sound; so
that his mother’s feeble voice calling
him seemed like a call from miles away.
In a minute Joel was up and wide
‘Light the candle,’ he could just bear
the voice say.
Ife lighted the candle, and his beat
ing heart seemed to stop .when he saw
his mother’s face. He seemed hardly
to know whether it was his mother or
‘Shall I call—?’
‘(’all nobody, my dear. her j.’
He laid his check to hers.
‘Mother, you are dyir.g,’ he mur
‘\ es, love, I am.
calling any one. r i'hese little ones,
‘I will taka tare of them, mother.’
‘Y p a, my child! How should that be?’
I Wby not?’ said the boy, raising him
self and standing at his best height
‘Look at me; mother. I can work. I
promise you-— ’
His mother could not lift her hand,
but she moved a finger in a Way which
chocked him.
Truimse uomrag thatWui he too
hard afterward, she said.
‘I promise to try, then,’ he said, ‘that
little sister shall live at home, and nev
er go to the workhouse.’ He spoke
cheerfully, though the candle light glit
tered in the two streams of tears on his
cheeks. ‘We can goon living here;
and we shall be so— ’
It would not do. The sense of their
coming desolation rushed over him in a
way too terrible to be borne. He hid
his face beside her, murmuring‘O moth
er! mother!’
His mothor found strength to move
her hand now. She streaked his head
with a trembling touch, which he seem
ed to feel as long as he lived. She
could not say much mar a, She- told him
she had no fear of them. They would
be taken care of. She advised him not
to wake the little ones, who were sound
asleep on the other side of her, and
begged him to lie down when she should
be gone.
This was the last thing she said.—
The candle was very low; but before it
went out, she was gone. Joel had al
ways done what his mother wished; hut
he could not obey her in the last thing
she had said. He lighted another can
dle when the first went out; and sat
thinking, till the gray dawn began to
show through the window!
When he called the they
were astonished at his quietncßS. He
had taken up the children, and dressed
them, and made the room tidy, Rod
lighted the fire, before he told any body
what had happened. And when he
opened the door,-his Jittla aistsc was in
his arms. She was two years old, and
could walk, of course; but she 19:*d be
ing in Joel’s arms. Poor Willyr ms the
most confounded. He stood t, ilh his
pinafore at his month, staring atthjb bed,
and wondering that his mother lay so
still. i J
If the neighbors were astonthed at
Joel that morning, they might-ip more
so at some things they saw
hut theyjrere not. *>'Cry thinp jeeiued
doue so naturally; and the boy evidently
considered what he had to do so much a
matter of course, that less sonsrtjon was
excited then about many smaller" things.
After, the funeral "Was over, .loel tied
U P *\ L ki 3 T.otner'B clothe*. Hdcarrled
’...c nnndle on one arm, and 1 his sister
on the other. He would not live like
ed to take money for what he had seen
his mother wear; but he changed them
away for new and strong cloth Jf for the
child. He did not seem to Want any
help, lie went to the factor/ the next
morning as usual, after washing and
re shall the PRESS, The PEOPLE'S RISHT3 maintain; Gnawed by hityence, And nnbribed by GAIN.
- « I =
dressing the children, and getting a
breakfast of bread and milk with them,
[here was no fire, and he put every
knife and other dangerous things on a
high shelf, and gave them some” trifles
to play with, and promised to come and
play with them at dinner-time,
lie did play. He played heartily with
| the little ones, and as if. he enjoyed it,
every day at* the noon hour. ~ Many a
merry laugh the neighbors heard from
that room when the three children were
together, and the laugh was often Joel’s.
How he learned to manage, and es
pecially to cook, nobody knew; and he
could himself have told little more than
that he wanted to see how people did it,
and looked accordingly’ at every oppor
tunity. Tie certainly fed the children
well, and himself too. He knew that
every thing depended on his strength
being kept up. His sister sat on hi.s
knee to ho fed till she could feed herself
He was sorry to give it up; h at h e said
she must learn to behave. Zo he smooth
ed her hair, and washed he- face before
dinner, and showed her how to fold her
hands while he sa> a grace. He took as
much pains to t»* a i n her ( 0 g oo j manners
at table as il lie had been a governess,
teaching a iittl o lady.
Wbile sbremained a ‘baby,’ he slept
in rnnldle of the bed, between the
♦uat she might have room, and not
ho disturbed; ami when she ceased to be
a. baby, he silently made new arrange
ments. He denied himself a hat, which
he much wanted, in order to buy a con
siderable quantity of coarse dark calico,
which, with his own hands, he made in
to a curtain; and slung up across a part
of the room; thus shutting off about a
third of it. Here lie contrived to make
up a little bed for his sister; and was not
satisfied till she had a basin and jug, and
a piece of soap of her own. Here no
body but* hiniself waste intrude upon
her without leave; and, indeed, he al
ways made her understand that he came
to take care of her. It was not only
that Willy was not to see her undressed.
A neighbor or two, now and then lifted
latch without knocking. One of
them one day, heard something from be
hind the curtain, which made her call
her hdsband silently to listen; and they
always afterwards treated Joel as if he
were a man, and one whom they looked
up to. He was teaching the child her
little prayers. The earnest, sweet, de
vout. tones of the boy, and the innocent,
cheerful imitation of the little one, were
beautiful to hear, the listeners said.
Though so well taken care of, she
was not to be pampered, there would
have been no kindness in that. Very
early, indeed she was taught in a merry
sort of way, to put things in their pla
ces, and to wash up the crockery. One
reward that Jocl had for his manage
ment was, that *4ie was early fit to go to
chapel. This was a great point; as he
choosing to send Willy regularly, could
not go till be could take the little girl
with him. She was never known to be
restless and Joel was quite proud of her.
Willy was not neglected for the little
girl’s sake. In those days children went
earlier to the factory, and worked longer
than they do now, and by the time the
sister was five years old, Willy became
a factory boy; and his pay put the little
girl to school. • When she, at seven went
to the factory, too, Joel’s life was alto
gethor an easier one. He always had
maintained them all, from the day of his
mother’s death. The times must have
been good—work constant, and wages
steady—or he could not have done it.—
Now. when all three were earning, he
put his sister to a sowing school for two
evenings in the week, fine! the Saturday
afternoons, and he and Willy amended
an evefiing-school as they found they
could afford it. He always escorted the
little girl wherever she had to go, into
* u factory and home' again—to the
school door, and home again—and to
the Sunday school, yet he was himself
remarkably punctual at work and at wor
shl P . was a humble, earnest, docile
pnpil himself, at the
quite unconscious that he was more ad
vanced than other boys in the sublime
science and practice of duty. He felt
that every body was kind, and was una
ware that others felt it an honor to be
kind to him.
X linger on these years, when he was a
fine growing la.d, in a state of high con
tent. I linger unwilling to proceed.—
But the end must come; and it is soon
told. He was sixteen, I think, when he
was asked to become a teacher in the
Sunday-school, while not entirely ceas
ing to he a scholar. He tried, and
made a very good teacher; he won the
hearts of the children while trying to op
en their minds. By this he became
more widely known tben'/before;
One day in the following year a tre
mendous clatter and crash was heard
in the factory where Jofcl worked. A
dead silence succeeded, ahd several cried
out that was only an irop bar that had
fallen down. This WfisJTjie; bnfc the
iron bar had fallen on Jofl's head, and
he was taken up dead!^|^^
Such a funeral as hi? is rarely seen.—
There is something that strikes on all
hearts in the spectacle of a soldier's fun
cral—the drum, the march of comrades,
and the belt and cap laid on the coffin.
But there wrts something .more solemn
and mor<j moving than such observances
in the funeral of this young soldier, who
had so bravely filled his place in the con
vict of life. There was the train of
comrades here, for the longest street was
filled frrnn pnd to end-.*'- For relies there
were his brother and sister; and for a
solemn dirge the uneontrolable groans
of a heart striken multitude.
Some years ago, there broke out in
this goodly city, not an entente nor an
epidemic, hut a sort of periodical mania
for leaving babies on door-steps of weal
thy citizens; oftentimes to the great
scandal of the heads of families. So
common had this unnatural desertion of
infants become, that no benevolent citi
zen was certain of opening his street
door in the morning, and not be saluted
by a little cherub in swaddling clothes,
with smiling face and little dimpled
hands uplifted in mute appeal for succor
and adoption.
Of course, the poor deserted creature
would be immediately trai sferred to the
Commissioners of the Algnshousc; but it
was an unpleasdfct business, exceedingly
so, at the best, and made an immense
deal of talk, and injurious conjecture,
aqd|perhaps ridicule, benevolent
mpn’s expense. Hence, many house
holders became quite nervous and unea
sy on the subject. * 1
One fine morning, an old gentleman
who rarely opened the < oor at an early
hour without certaiifm sgivings, from
this cause, saw the hdusi maid enter the
breakfast room with a I isket about two
feet long and a foot wide t covered elab
orately with a snow wpite napkin.—
“What’s thatr” said lieJsuspiciously.—
“Doan know, sir Girl] left it at door.
Said ’twas for you, sic” “For we?”
(and he turned all colois,) “Take it a
way. Clear out; it’s nole of mine. I’ll
have nothing to do with jit!” The maid
opened her eyes in woider, and was a
bout to remove the mysterious basket.—
“Stop,” said her master; “call your mis
“She ain’t dressed, I guess;” submlt
ted the girl.
“Never mind; do as I tell you!”—
The gentleman was more testy than
Left alone with the basket, he ex
pected every moment to hear an infan
tine cry. “I shall be the laughing stock
of the Square! I won’t go to the club
for a month.’ Some will say that I’m
the father of it!”
Overcoming his repugnance with a
great effort, after a few moments, he ap
proached the basket, and scrutinized it
attentively. “It’s very odd,” he solilo
quized, “but after all I may be making
an old fool of myself. I’ll feel of it!”
Gently, as ever his gouty foot was man
ipulated by his affectionate spouse, the
wealthy gentleman laid his hand upon
the white napkin at the top. “Murder!”
he almost cried out; “It’s warm!” and
sat down, quite overcome, by the con
tending emotions, indignation, chagrin
and pity
“ Gracious me!” said his wife as she
entered, “VVn.ti’s the raster with you,
Mr. Smith?” u Matier! T^r? w l eu .
“Matter enough! Here’s more oi that |
villainous doorstep baby business!”
“A baby?” cried Mrs - S. “Not fl/irc?’
And she ran to the basket. “It’s warm
enough to be alive?” she replied in in
finite discontent.
‘.‘l’ll see, poor thing!” she exclaimed,
and removing the snugly fitted napkin,
burst into laughter as she revealed to
bread. It was fresh from the oven of
a city baker, and was intended for a
nother Mr. Smith, an editor, who sub
sequently gave it a first rate notice.
Express Messenger
Fanny Fern says it is provoking
for a wopian, who has worked all day at
mending an old coat of her husband’s to
find a love letter fron} another woman in
his pocket. We should think it might
The failure of the potatoe crop, in the
counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and
Alameda is, according to the Register
placed beyond a doubt. The editor o*
that paper is informed that there will
not be one-half the quantity shipped
from Santa Cruz that was raised last
year. Several thousand acres in that
county,' which were promising last July
has. been destroyed by the worms and
are worthless, so much so, that they will
not pay for digging. The quantity cul
tivated in the celebrated potatoe region
of Pajaro, is limited to about 1500 acres.
In Santa Clara County, the entire
crop in the high ground is worthless,
and will not pay for the labor already
expended upon it. The land which has
heretofore been planted in potatoes,
save the extreme wet land,£will have
hereafter to be planted in grain.
The teams of Stockton arc subjects of
general remark to all who visit our city.
The number employed in hauling goods
to the mines is immense. We see teams
from 2 mules up to 12 and 14, and wag
ons capable of hauling from 3000 to
18,000 lbs These last figures denote
the amount of freight hauled into James
town from Stockton by. Mr. J. Shrack’s
team of 12 mules. Messrs Grove, Fer
guson & Co., Kelty & Co., Mr. Kire
coffe and numerous others, also turn out
teams capable of hauling loads quite as
extraordinary. The teamsters are in
dustrious and take great pride in fat an
imals, hauling heavy loads, and embel
lishing their harness and wagons in fine
style. — Republican.
It has been very generally supposed
that the brig Caroline escaped from
the harbor without any clearance papers
from the Custom House; we understand
however that she was regularly cleared,
her papers all being satisfactory at the
time, the proper parties hesitating not
to take the oaths prescribed. But as is
known after she was under way and out
of the harbor, the oaths were violated
and the bulk of her passengers taken on
board. When she was cleared the cap
tain swore that he was to take but two
passengers. We doubt very much un
der the circumstances if she will ever
make her appearance hereabouts.—
The position of the Mexican Dictator
is extremely precarious. He is becom
ing daily more and more suspicious of
all around him. The army of 12,000,
which he keeps near him and under
anus he cannot depend upon for a day,
and the array ho has always considered
his greatest stronghold.
A fellow was tarred and feathered in
Yrcka last week, for forcing his young
wife whom he lately married in Oregon,
to enter a house of ill-fame, in order to
make a living for him. So says the
Mountain Herald.
The work of improving San Diego
river is rapidly progressing, under the
energetic direction of Lieut. G. 11. Der
by, U. S. Topographical Engineer, and
his active assistants. The force at pres
ent engaged in constructing the levee
and ditching, consists of forty-nine
Americans and about one hundred In
dians.— Union.
A party of fifty-one California emi
grants lost, by the Indians, at Esleta,
nineteen of their finest horses. In en
deavoring to obtain them, encountered
two hundred Apaches, and a desperate
fight ensued, in which eleven out of thir
teen of the Americans lost their lives.
The frontier is entirely unprotected, and
the Indians are dealing death and des
truction everywhere.
A man was shot by a snake in Pen
sylvail'a * n kis attempt to kill the reptile
by placing the butt of his gun on its bo
dy, when its wnv’.: n 5 s t 0 fr «e itself, one
of its coils around the gi»2 stock, struck
the hammer, which was down on the cap
at the time, hard enough to discharge
the gun, the contents of which entered
the man's band.
The State Journal says an attempt
was made to set fire to Sacramento on
Thursday evening, when the wind was
blowing a gale. The scoundrel who
should be caught in such an act, should
never be allowed to have cause to com
plain of the laws delay.
A row took place between the
Chinamen and Indians, at Marysville,
last week, says the Herald, and a Chi
naman and an Indian were wounded.
M& “ Downieville came near being des
troyed by fire on Tuesday last.
JThe body of a negro has been
found in the San Joaquin river, near
where the Eagle was blown up.
jpjgr- An attempt was made to fire tho
city of Stocktpp*, op Sunday morning
last, but was fortunately discovered in
good time.
jjgf A new boat to run in the San
Francisco and Stockton trade, is nearly
completed. Helen Hensley is to be her
The Republican says that a pig
was born in Stockton with but two legs.
A beautiful boat called the “Cor
nelia,” has been put on the route be
tween Stockton and San Francisco.
Melons arc piled up in stacks in
lone Valley. Some of them weighed
sixty pounds.
A Model County. —The Grand Ju*
ry of Yolo county have been convened
for the first time in twelve months.—
'They found one bill for assault and bat
tery, and adjourned sine die.
Sport. —The Sacramento Union say*
that twelve antelope were killed at
Knight’s Ranch, on tho Sacramento
Uiver, on Friday last, by a gentleman
of this city.
The San Joaquin Republican un
derstands that the present Indian Res
ervations in Mariposa county will be
abandoned. The Indians—or such of
them as are disposed to place themselves
under the protection of the United States
Government—dillbe removed to a new
station near the Tejon Pass. Here they
ill be under a military form of govern
ment, will be taught habits of industry,
mechanical employment, &c. Lieut.
Beale thinks that in a short time these
tribes will have the finest ranch in Cali
fornia. To show what they can do,
when under the proper control and guid
ance, we may mention the fact, that
they have raised and garnered many
thousands of bushels of wheat, potatoes,
&c., in Mariposa county this last year.
A morning paper which has been at
considerable trouble for a year past to
give advice to the miners as to what
course they ought to pursue in the ar
ranging of their local laws, and which
advice has been rather cavalierly receiv
ed by those benighted personages, op
ens upon them, for not making some
law agreeable to tbeir adviser, in regard
to the tenure of ical estate. As the
gentleman miners have conceived the
absurd idea that they are capable of
managing their own affairs, perhaps our
neighbor will have the patience, beforo
it gives any more such advice, to wait
till the miners of Sonora, Trinity, or
Downieville, hold a meeting and advise
us in regard to the improvement of the
Plaza, or some other subject of equal in
terest to them. Singular as it may
seem, we have the idea that our friend*
in the mining regions arc amply able to
take care of their own affairs as regards
mining claims, water companies, real
estate, agriculture and every thing of
the kind, and that when they require
the advice of the San Francisco press
they will ask it. We have sufficient
confidence in them to trust to tbnir own
good sense in these matters.— Times
and Transcript.
Them’s our sentiments, exactly.
A friend informs us that at a meeting
I.sst week of the Division of the Sons of
■ Temperance of this place, no less thau
twelve young men were admitted into
the fraternity. The I division here, we
are informed is in a highly prosperous
condition and weekly making large ac
cessions to its number. Success.—Mi
ners Adv.
In a fight between two men named
Donahue and Chapman, at Ringgold, in
El Dorado county, on Monday week,
Chapman was shot in tho eye. His
wife attempted to shoot Donahue, but
he jumped behind a door and discharged
three shots at her,wounding her slightly.

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