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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1872. The Lynchburg News says:?"A golden harvest awaits the people of Virginia if they have the manhood to embrace their oppor tunities. Wealth and greatness, and power, are the destined rewards of energy, industry, and well directed effort. No State in the Union has such brilliant prospects, should she but prove capable of utilizing her advantages. Na ture has showered her choicest blessings upon us with a lavish hand. It is only necessary to stretch torth and grasp the proffered prizes. Let us resolve then, to "move on," without further urging, to the completion of our rail ways, the development of our mines, the erec tion of manufactories, and the improvement of our lands. Let us cease to resolve, and begin earnestly to do." The State Convention to revise the Constitu tion of Pennsylvania met in Harrisburg on the | 12th instant. Its members were elected on the j principle of minority or proportional represen tation?from which it results that the Conven tion consists of sixty-nine Republicans and six ty-four Democrats. This is an experiment de signed to give every portion ot the population a fair voice in the government. It is a move ment in the right direction. It appears, how ever, that partizan politics entered into the pre liminary proceedings of the Convention, and that the Radical party claimed all An agent is in communication with Colonel Lippard, of St. Louis, in reference to the set tlement of 40,000 Russians, who are looking out a place for colonization. The Russians be long to the Mennonite creed, and they make it a point in their religion never to bear arms, and they come to this country to seek religious liberty, the same as the old pilgrim fathers did. The ageut goes to Texas next week to look up a location for these immigrants. The Norfolk Journal says that the most of the colored people at Hampton, Va., "are ex ceedingly intolerent of the political opinions of those of their own race who dare to difier from the majority. On election day they threatened with violence all who expressed a desire to vote the Liberal ticket. One man was seized and threatened with death if he voted for Gree ley. Fearing for his life, he was compelled to return home without having voted." The Petersburg Index says:?"As the re turns from Virginia arc all now in official form, with the exception of those form some half dozen counties, we are enabled with sufficient exactness to give the result in the State, which may be set down, as in the immediate neigh borhood of 1,700 majority for Grant. The re sult read by the light of the tabulated vote shows that the Radical vote is even less than it was for Wells." The report of Fisk and Hatch, the financial agents ot the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, states that the rich and productive agricultural sections of Virginia are proving especially attractive to the class of English ag riculturists of considerable means who are seek ing homes and landed estates in America, and to whom the soil and climate of Virginia are more inviting than those of the Far West. The Duke of Bedford, unsolicited, has un dertaken to present to the town of Bedford, in England, a colossal bronze statue of Bunyan ,and has also, it is understood, offered a considera ble sum towards the cost of clearing a suitable site. Aronud the statue will be placed certain figures selected from Bunyan's allegorical work. Jack and Jill.? L. A. Gobright, the ge nial, accomplished and trustworthy Washing ton agent of the Associated Press, has, amid all the carcs and perplexities of his position, found time to give to the public a little,unpre tending volume,in rhyme,that contains more of humor, satire and good sense, than many larger and more pretending books, and one that will delight the old as well as the young. The poem is a history of "Jack and Jill," famous in nursery rhyme, which has beeu invested with new interest by weaving from it a story of the lives and characters of these two eminent personages. The tale of their frugal habits, rural, domestic life, and happy, contented dis positions, together with the crowning catastro phe of their lives, is treated in a plain, simple, unprcteuding, yet most entertaining manner. There is also an underlying vein of humor through the whole work, which adds much to its merit as a literary production. "Jack and Jill" are represented as resembling "John An derson my Jo, John," and his aged partner in their common path through lit'e> and the moral courage of Jack in abstaining from the tempta tions of Washington society is highly praised, as well as his constant practice ot never going anywhere without haviug Jill at his side or closely at his back. The misfortunes that will sometimes come upon mortals even from "cool ing drinks" are mentioned, and the wonderful healing effect of "vinegar and brown paper" upon broken heads is announced in suitable verse. The poem is published in a handsome style by Claxton, Kemsen & Haffelfinger, and is illustrated with six appropriate engravings and a colored frontispiece. Every boy and girl iu the United States ought to have "Jack and Jill," and every book-seller ought to advertise it for sale. A good many old boys would also profit by its perusal. The November number of the Old Dominion Magazine, under its new editorial management, has been received. We are pleased to note that its prospects of success are bright, and hope it will, as it deserves, receive a liberal patronage. Peterson's magaziue, for December, has been reoeived from Mr. Geo. G. French, No. 95 King street. The Lynchburg Republican says that "the re-election of Grant, 90 far as the 13 concerned, is a Conservative defeat by default, for the Conservatives did uot poll their strength, while the administration party developed all the strength aud influeuce they could eom mand." __ "If all the cities ol the world were reduced to ashes you'd have a new set of millionaires in a couple of years or so out of the trade m pot ash," says the philosopher Oliver Wendell Holmes in his just published ''Poet at the , Breakfast Table." i The Levant Herald auuouuces that the G rand Vizier has commissioned M. Prcasel. the well-1 known engineer, to undertake the survey ol the ground for a line ot railway from Tripoli,on the coast of Syria, to "Bagdad. The Iliehmond Dispatch concludes an ar ticle on the "future of the government of the South," with?"The prospect is good." 'We sincerely hope the "prospect" may be realized by the result! The "war" upon the Mansard rooIcon tinues at the North Architects, insurance officers, are making a dead set airaiust them. They arc called now by very opprobi ous names. __ Many uewspapers are engaged in making slates," as it is called, for the next Cabinet. They, generally, know no more of the matter than the man in the moon. Charles II. O'Brien, tried in Washington for the murder of Samuel Cunningham, near Georgetown in January last, has been lound | guilty. Application for a new trial. ' The name of the clergyman alleged to be poisoned in llalcigh, N. C., by having strych nine administered to him. was Dr. J. Brenton Smith, not Dr. Brenton, as stated yesterday. Tlic Argument in llie Fowcll C use. The correspondent ot the Baltimoie Sun (riveS the following accouut of the arguments of counsel in the Fewell Case. After Mr. Menifee had concluded, Judge Thomas com menced with an eloquent allusion to the impor tance of the issues at stake in this trial, involv ing not merely the life or death ot the prison er, but the happiness or misery of two fami lies, and the well-being of society itself, lie reminded the jury that they were expected to verify that pet maxim of the law, that ever} man's house is his castle, and show to the world that when one undertakes to enter that stronghold, and defy the protection it should afford its inmates, he must be prepared to take the consequences of his ac-t. Judce Thomas based the grounds of the de fence, as Genral Payne had done before him, on the two pleas of justification and insanity. To substantiate his first position he commented with minuteness upon the evidence adduced in the case, all of which had been published in the reports, and cited the cases ot Ayre, Grant, and Pollard, Bowyer. Richardson and McFarland and others of similar import, to show that the higher law-as he termed it-public opinion, had always extenuated such deeds as Fewell committed. In defence of his second position he called attention to the instructions submitted by the defence relevant to insanity, and read lrom "Ray on Diseases of the Mind to show that there can be a moral derangement, unaccompanied by any symptoms ot physical dl Judge Thomas was followed by General Eppa Hunton, who begau with a reference to the proposition made by the defence to present the case to the jury without argument, and said the refusal of the prosecution to accept it indicated in them a want of confidence in the strength of their cause. lie avowed that he came into the case expecting to meet charges brought by the Commonwealth, but he had seen the Commonwealth retire, and only the private counsel pressing, and this anomaly is not only enough to vindicate the jury in giving a verdict of acquittal, but demands that they should do so. He alluded to the testimony of Davis, who stated that the prisoner had given as a reason for killing Clark the seduction of his sister, and drew a vivid picture of the scenes that were enacted at Manassas, while the seducer was ex pending every wile and artifice in the endeavor to beguile and infatuate his victim. He refer red to the futile efforts that had been made by the prosecution to asperse the previous unsul lied reputation for chastity that Miss Fewell had hitherto borne, and asserted that this, if proved, would not affect his plea of justifica tion, unless the counsel also showed that the accused knew of his sister's former bad charac ter at the time he committed the homicide. Referring to the interview held by Clark with the reporter of the Alexandria Gazette, he said it was evident that Clark only considered the jail a haven of refuge, and that Fewell was ad vised of this fact on the 30th of August, which was the provocation to commit this homicide. Gen. Plunton also based the request for a verdict of acquittal upon the two pleas of justi fication and insanity. To sustain the first he recited, succinctly the circumstances attending Miss Fewell's abduction, and took the ground that when a man's wife or daughter has been seduced the laws of Virginia confer upon the injured party the privilege of taking the life of the seducer. To maintain his second plea he read from Dr. Hammond's opinion in the Mc Farland trial, with reference to temporary in sanity. Gen. IIuntoQ spoke about one and three-quarter hours. Gen. Henry A. Wise closed the argument for the prosecution. He ascribed much of the mischief that had resulted from the liason to the loose morality of the age in which we live, and descanted at length Upon free love and the other isms of the day, not sparing Greeleyism, which he characterized as immeasurably the worst of all. He reviewed the evidence with great minuteness, and attempted to implicate in the assassination and elopement several others besides those whose names have already been made public. He combatted the pleas of the defence by showing that no cause of resentment can extenuate murder, and no evidence had been adduced to show a diseased condition of the prisoner's mind at the time the homicide occurred. Gen. Wise's speech, contrary to the expectations of his auditors, was short. At the close of the argument, at about 7:30 p. m,, the jury retired to consider upon a verdict. At the expiration of five minutes they returned, and through their foreman John S. Kwell, presented the following verdict in writing: "We, of the jury, find the prisoner not guilty as chargcd in the indict ment." The verdict was greeted with vociferous and long continued applause by the large number ot spectators who had assembled in the court room to await the closing scenes of this famous trial. After his acquittal the accused came out of the prisoner's box and received the congrat ulations of many friends, who immediately has tened towards him. These formed an escort of honor and conducted him to Ileid's Hotel, where he supped, and was afterwards driven to Manassas. Official journals at Berlin continue to encour age the idea that the Emperor will secure a majority in the Ityper House of the Diet, by appointing a sufficient number of life peers, if necessary to carry the country reform bill. NKWS OF THE DAY. u To show the very age and body of tfu Times' The terrible immler of the Joyce children and the hiding of their bodies in the woods near Roxbury, Mass., four year ago, complete ly bailed the aeuloness of the detectives, and after long investigation they were compelled to yield it up as a mystery beyond human solu tion, aad it? .was generally believed that the criminal would never be discovered. Since the arrest of Franklin Evans, the murderer of his niece, Miss Levering,at Northwood New Hamp shire some of his actions have directed suspi cion to him as the guilty man. The character of the crime for which he is in custody is simi lar to the murder of the Joyce children, and a great many people thiuk that he will be dis covered to have been the criminal in both of these revolting cases. Cable advices from England aud from the Continent of Europe tell of very severe weather iu the last two or throe days. On Wednesday a fierce gale of wind swept the English coast, and many wrecks were reported, attended by a sad loss of life. In Germany there have been heavy rains for several days, resulting in floods and inundations. On the Prussian cost the gale appears to have been especially severe. At Stral.-und, on Wednesday night, the storm was most disastrous. The town was inundated aud whilst the storm was at its height a con flagration broke out, which, after destroying several large buildings, was extinguished. The inundation along the entire coast is believed to have caused immense damage. A meeting ol the Conservative delegates in the French National Assembly was held last night, when a coalition of the Conservative factions in the Assembly was agreed to, and a resolution adopted declaring that while the im possibility ol a restoration of the Mouarchy is recognized, they hold that the issue lies be tween the Conservative and Radicals; demand ing pledges from the President that he will ad here to a strictly conservative line, aud warning him that he can no longer have their support unless he gives such assurance. The burned section of Boston was that iu which the famous crooked streets wound about and intertwined with each other until they were nearly as impassable to the stranger as the labyrinthian paths that led to the bower wherein the gallant King of England secrctcd the fair Rosamond, and there is even a tradition that, the average Bostonian did not dare to at tempt to thread their mazes unless he was per fectly certain of his sobriety. The Radical victory iu Pennsylvania is so gigantic in its proportions as to be almost in comprehensible. (J rant's majority is more than twice as large as the whole vote of Maryland. The official returns from all the counties except two or three?and these are estimated?give Grant 344,500 to 210,000 for Greeley. A ma jority of I .'14,oiiO is something that no candi < ate for President, or any other office, has ever leretolbre obtained in Pennsylvania. Among the rumors in Washington, Mr. ^]varts is mentioned as the probable successor of Secretary Fish; that Gen. Meigs will succeed Gen. Meade, and Judge Settle, of North Caro ina, as successor of Justice Nelson, of the Su preme Court, who is about retiring on account of old age. President (Jrant pronounces all the reports "merely speculations." The cable agent in London bothers the J American newspapers with another report ol the progress of that flag-bcariDg nuisance, Ser geant Hates. We don't wont to hear anything more from him unless it is the pleasing an nouncement that something has occurred to put an end to his idiotic proceedings. Rev. J. Brinton Smith, recently poisoned in Raleigh; as alleged, by his wife and daughter, was at one time pastor of St. James' Episcopal Church. Philadelphia, and chaplain of Llar mony Lodge No. o2, Ancient York Masons, of that city. So far as known the list of killed at the Bos ton fire will probably amount to fifteen. Of this number nothing positive is known of the fate of seven or eight, but as they have been missing siuec Sunday it is supposed that they met their deaths in the falling ruins. A meeting was held at Boston, Lincolnshire, England, yesterday, when it was resolved to aid the sufferers by the great fire which had befallen its American namesake. Measures -for extending relief to the Boston sufferers arc also being taken in London. The Cuban insurgents are again burning plantations and stores, plundering and making prisoners. The Government troops have gone in pursuit of the insurgents, and are said to have defeated them. Lord Northbrook, Viceroy of India, is now on a visit to Bombay, where he had a most brilliant reception, fie is to hold a public audience, when many of the Indian sovereigns and princes will be received. The steamer Darien carried out of the port of Savannah recently, to be delivered at Liver pool, a consignment of palmetto leaves. These arc to be tested as a material for making paper. Some enterprising tianager has undertaken to cultivate the South as a field for theatrical entertainments. . lie has arranged a circuit stretching from Washington to New Orleans. Henrietta Ilobinson, the celebrated "veiled murderess," of Troy, who has been at the Sing Sing prison for years, has become insane, and will be sent to the Utica Asylum. President Grant has pardoned Pcrcival B. Spear, convicted of forgery in Philadelphia, and sentenced to three years' imprisonment in the penitentiary from March, 1S71. Another English coal mine disaster is report ed. The mine was suddenly flooded with wa ter, and some twenty or more workmen arc be lieved to have perished. The Department of State received yesterday an official copy of the award made by the Em peror of Germany in the San Juan arbitration. A telegram from Berlin reports that Prince Bismark, is ill. and one of his physicians from that city has gone to Varsein to attend him. The steamboat St. Mary's was sunk in the Mississippi river on Wednesday night. No lives were lost. The majority for Greeley in Maryland is eleven hundred and seventy votes. Clarice County Items.?Greeley's ma jority in the county was 228 and iiuuton's Z'>~. The horse disease has appeared in the county, but in a mild form. Recent rains have strengthened the flow of the streams in this county, and increased the supply of water in wells. Much rain is yet needed to supply the sources of springs. Our colored voters, and many others who were not voters, demonstrated their joy over the result' of the Presidential election by a torchlight procession on last Saturday night in Berryville. John P. Cornwell, who was convicted at the September term of our County Court for an assault upon a woman, and who was granted a new trial by Judge Turner, of the Circuit Court, has removed his trial to Warren couuty. N. Burwell, of this county, who wa9 indict ed by the grand jury of Frederick county for an assault upon a man in Winchester, was tried before the County Court, in Winchester, on Tuesday, convicted,' and sentenced to thirty days imprisonment in the county jail and to pay a fine of.$250. A motion was marlo for a new trial.?Clarke C>?n'iW.! VIltUIWIA NEWS. A writer in the Shenandoah Herald, giving a description ot the Shenandoah Valley, says : "There is no such Valley in the known world, lying as it does, betweeu two mountain rauges, with the climate so healthy and salubrious, with a soil so rich and diversified, producing all kinds of cereals, vegetables and fruits; with springs and liviQg streams oi the clearest and bust water everywhere; timber and stone for fencing and building, enough to last lor;ages to come, and mineral wealth surpassing.every thing that has yet been discovered." The jury, in the case of Anable, late clerk of Henrico county, have found him guilty oi mallcasance in office, and fixed the punishment at three years in the penitentiary. A motion to set aside the verdict of the jury and for a dcw trial was sustained, the Judge remarking that neither the law nor the evidence adduced warranted such a verdict as was rendered.? Mr Auable was hold to bail in this case in tho sum of $5,000. being already under $8,000 bail on the other charges in the indictment. The Fredericksburg Ledger says: 'Some thief, last week, entered the house of Mr. J. \V. Hun incut t, in Stafford county, and robbed that gentleman ol his entire wardrobe, lea\iug biui nothing in the way of clothing except what he had on, and at the same time taking every cent of money ho possessed. 1 he old gentleman is now in embarrassing eireumstan ces." II. S. Commissioner Pleasants, ou Jucsday, at Cold Harbor, examined the cases of Messrs. Pate, Moore and Parsley, judges of election at Cold Harbor, Hanover county, charged with violation of the Enforcement bill. I he inves tigation resulted in the sondiug ol the parties to the United States Court to be investigated, bail being allowed in $2,000 each. The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company were fined $10 by the Mayor of Fredericksburg, yesterday, for run ning one of their passenger traius thiough the streets, at that place, at a speed greater than lour miles an hour on Sunday, the 3d instant. This is the second time the company has been fiued during the last few months. Slate quarries in Aiuherst county, about I twenty five miles above Lynchburg, arc veij i ex ensive, easily worked, and the slate is of the most superior quality?said by good judges to be much better than that fouud in Bucking ham. | A fine slate quarry at Ncabsco, in Prince William, deserves the atteutiou oi cap italists. 1 The Richmond correspondent ol the Peters burg ludex, says:?"It is said by parties who will probably be witnesses in the case, thatthe next Grand Jury of the Richmond Hustings Court will be called upon to inquire into the alleged reception of a bribe of $1,000 by a Con servative Judge ot Election. The Shenandoah Herald says:?"The Eliza beth Furnace property was sold on Monday by Commissioners Bird and Walton, to Dr. Evans, of Philadelphia, for $S,GOO. Col. G. F. Strother, Superintendent of the Penitentiary, paid into the State Treasury on Wednesday $8,007 08, on account ot the hire of convicts upon the public works. Mr. Joseph Logan was elected clerk of the county of Rockingham by a very large major ity. Mr. L. is well qualified and an efficient officer. William Roscnberger was committed to the Shenandoah county jail on last Saturday on the charge ot killing Amtnou \Y. Clem, Assessor of' Ashby Township. The Secretary of the Commonwealth has now ready the reprints of both 8th and 'Jth Leigh's Virginia Reports. Mr. K. V. Valentine, the. accomplished sculptor, was married on Tuesday in Baltimore to Miss Alice Robinson, formerly of this State. The General Assembly meets on the first Wednesday in December. ? *" Stac.e TiiiTNUEit,?Some fiftyf ycais ago one Lee, manager of the Edinburgh 1 heatre, with a view to improving the thunder ol^ his stage, veuturcd upon a return to the Elizabethean system of representing a storm. . His enter prise was attended with results at once ludi crous and disastrous. He placed ledges here and there along the back oi his stage, and, ob taining a parcel ot nine-pound cannon halls, packed these in a wheelbarrow, which the car penter was instructed to wheel to and fru over ledges. The play was "Lear," and the jolting of the heavy barrow, as it was trundled along its uneven path over the hollow stage, and the rumblings and reverberations thus produced counterfeited most effectively the raging of the tempest in the third act. Unfortunately, how ever, while the King was braving, in front of the scene, the pitiless storm at the back, the carpenter missed his footing, tripped oyer one of the ledtrcs, and fell down, wheelbarrow, cannon balls and all. The stage being on a declivity, the cannon balls came rolling rapidly and noisily down towards the front, gathering force as they advanced, and overcoming the feeble resistance offered by the scene,/ struck it down, passed over its prostrate lorm, and made their way toward the foot-lights and the fiddlers, amid the amusement and wonder of the audience and the amazement and alarm ot the Lear of the night. As the mne-pounders advanced toward him, and rolled about in all directions, he was compelled to display an ac tivity in avoiding them singularly inappropriate to the age and condition of the character he was personating. He was even said to resem ble a dancer achieving the terpsichorcan teat known as the egg-hornpipe. Presently, too, the musicians became alarmed tor the satety of themselves and their instruments, and deem ed it advisable to scale the spiked partition which divided them from the pit; tor-the cannon-balls were upon them, smashing the lamps and falling heavily into the orchestra. Meanwhile, exposed to the full gaze of the house, lay prone, beside his empty barrow, the carpenter, the innocent provoker of the storm he had been unable to allay^ or direct, not at all hurt, but exceedingly frightened and be wildered. After this unlucky experiment the manager abandoned his wheelbarrow and can non-balls; and reverted to more received meth ods of producing stage storms. "Retrocession."?The Richmond Enquir er speaking of the rumors concerning the agita tion of retrocession says:?"Seriously, is Dot this a joke about retrocession? Virginia cannot let Alexandria go, and will stick to her like grim death. Resides, it would be a death blow to the future of that thriving city, which would sink at once into the insignificant posi tion of a suburb of the Capital, without any hope of ever rising to importance as eithsr a commercial or manufacturing city. iNo, no; we can't afford to lose any more ot our soil; and if justice is ever done, that which has been ruthlessly taken by the stern hand of war. will be restored to us under the gentle influences of the new era of peace that is dawning upon the old mother State." Ou the same subject the Richmond btate Journal says :-"We have observed a move ment to annex Alexandria to the Distuct ot Columbia. It can hardly be serious or conse quential. We are for acquiring real estate by reannexing West Virginia, which was wrong fully dissevered, as we have always maintained. There is no reason for giving up another slice of territory. Our mission is to restore the old Commonwealth its ancient boundaries, preserve its territorial integrity and assist it to begin a new career of glorious life, quick with radiant intelligence, enterprize aud abounding pros perity." National Ranks in Virginia. [Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.! The following is an abstract of reports made to the Comptroller of the Currency,showing the condition of the national bauks in the State of Virgiuia at the close of busiuess ou Thurday the 3-J day of October, 1S72 : RKSOL'IU'ES Loans and discounts...., ?8,404,770 f?C Overdrafts 71,818 (JO U. S. bonds to secure circulation... 3,814,500 00 U. 8. bonds to secure deposits U.S. Londs and securities on hand. Other stocks, bonds and mortg'es.. l)ue from red'ng and reserve agts. l>ue from other .National Banks.... l)ue from State banks and bankers. Real estate, furniture and lixtures. Current expenses Premiums Checks and other cash items Dills of other National Banks Kntctional currency Specie Legal-lender notes $10,978,47699 LIABILITIES. ?====? Capital stock $3,833,000 CO Surplus fund 427,89U 71 Undivided pro tits 349,100 30 National Bank notes outstanding.. 3,402,672 00 Dividends unpaid 7,300 001 individual deposits 0,409,299 90 United States deposits 400,000 93 Deposit1 of IT. S. disburs'g ollicers. 147,230 03 Due to National Banks tilU 49 l)uu to State banks and bankers 193,013 08 Notes and bills reuiscounled 347,043 09 Bills payable 90,033 80 $10,978,470 99 Number of banks, 24 ! Pit. Thomas Wards' Address.?At the recent celebration of the One Hundredth An niversary of the New York Society Library, Dr. Thomas Ward read his address prepared lor the occasion, the leadiug features of which were aa follows: Books, he said, are the granaries wherein i the mental harvests of past generations are safely garnered; the caskets where the golden treasures of knowledge and the sparkling gems of wit aud poesy are held secure for the eleva tion and enrichment of all coming time. Over the front of an Egyptian library ot the time of Rameses III, were graven these expressive words? Tlie nourishment of tho soul. Books may be called ancient bottles, where in .-kins of the goat, the calf and the sheep are stored the rarest wines, expressed and ferment ed, of the teeming human brain. Hooks hold, i ever ready for our daily use, the wisdom of sages, the learning of scholars, the fancy of story tellers and the song of poets : THE BEST THOUGHTS OF THE BEST THINKERS ; the very essence of the highest mental powers in their happiest moments of inspiration. Their association, therefore^ has some advantages over the living companionship of the very men, however mighty, that produced them. For poor humanity, with all its weaknesses of soul aud body, its testy humors, its sinkings of heart, enhanced as they must be by the irri tability special to the kind, arising from a more highly refined nervous organization, must have furnished an association less free from alloy, and consequently less enjoyable, than that of their finished works; where we fined the pure grain of wisdom winnowed of the chaff of mor tal infirmity; the flowers of song shorn of the thorns of human fretfulness, and the perfect thought, no longer shapeless ,lin its infant dew," but crystallized into forms of imperishable beauty. To the true lover of books it is sur prising how little suffices beyond the bare re quirements of life, flow poor to him seem all the prizes of the world that are a passion to the average mind! lie needs no long rent roll; no heavy balance at his banker's; no fop pery of dress or equipage; no bang-tailed steeds to bear him to the races; no pasteboard tokens of fashiouable acknowledgment. He looks down upon the giddy crowd with wonder and complacency, lie knows them not. They are not of his set. He cultivates ouly the very best society?that of the wisest, the purest, the loftiest, the sweetest of their kind; not crea tures of a day, the spawn of sudden sunshine, but the flower of ancient heraldry, the very blue blood of gcuius, the genuine aristocracy of the human race. Happy he whose taste in clines him to intercourse so refining ! lie has resources that can never fail. He may be a solitary stranger in the land, and yet, with his chair, his corner and his book, he will never lack for pleasant companionship; he may be poor, noglcctod and desponding, yet with a liu gcr can he turn the glowing page and cheer the darkness of his soul with 000.000 00 3,000 00 70,094 70 083,634 00 280,909 00 127,718 00 | 418,440 28 100,010 04 204,183 00 220,921 70 130,448 00 29,091 90 64,090 90 848,233 00 "tub limit tiiat never was on* sea ok land," and in the surpreme rapture of his noontide glory he can say to the intruding rulers of the world that proffer him their patrouiizing aid, "'Only stand out of my sunshine! Leave me but the light of knowledge, and I ask no more." The literature of a land often outlives its laws, its political importance, and some times eveu its history. The rulers, the states men, the professional men, that may have filled their several parts with credit during their "little hour upon the stage," too often perish with their time; while iu their midst obscure, neglected, perhaps the very humblest in in fluence, the sages, the writers, and surest of all the poets, are embalming the spirit of their age in the precious spice of imperishable language; aud words?after all, the most durable of things ?are frequently the only relics of a people's greatness. Wonderful the change since the time when it tooka week to go from New York to Albany by sloop?now done io four hours? aud when the stage coach, 'the fiyingdisptach', was rushed through from Powle's Hook to Phil adelphia in the iocrediblv short period of two days, now done in three nours. Orious Will Care?Metempsychosis.? The Surrogate of New York has given a deci sion of considerable' interest upon a curious will admitted to probate in that city, not, as gen erally supposed, merely for the disposition of the personal estate, but embracing the realty. Louis Bonnard, a native of France, died in the city of New York two years ago. He left his property, amounting to $300,000, to the So ciety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Bonnard was a believer in metempsychosis? that is, that the soul after death inhabited some inferior animal?and not recognizing any necessity for a change of locality, ne thought that the probability was that his spirit would enter into the body of a street-car or Broadway omuibus horse. Under these circumatanoes he desired to provide for his own comfort. His relatives were of a different religious belief, and contested the will on the ground that Bon nard Was not of sound mind, as evideuced by the legacy. The Surrogate held that the en tertainment of this ancient and curious faith did not destroy the testator's "sound and dis posing mind and memory."- The Surrogate fortified his position by the fact that the an cient philosophers Plato, Pythagoras, and oth er sages of the East held the same opinion as Mr.-Bonnard. Any other decision would have opened the field very wide for relatives to con test wills. Any religious opinion differing from the opinions of the heirs-at-law might be made the plea for setting aside the bequests of a tes tator; and the courts would be compelled to decide uyon what was the true and rational be lief on a subject upon which so many differ. Mr. II. Leigh Staples has been elected re ceiving and paying teller of the State Bank of Virginia, in Richmond, vice Wm. R. Teller absconded. There are apprehensions in Spain of a con spiracy against the Government among the iiumj in the Government arsenal near Cadiz. Gold Regions of Virginia.?For a year past parties of experience have been engaged in the development of a mine near Kelly's Ford, five miles from Rappahanuoek station. In the neighborhood of a well-known place of deposit they have found a series of well defined gold bearing veins, located in a mound tliree fouiths of a mile from the river. The surface rock of gold-bearing quartz bears a strict re semblance to the ore taken out in the richest districts of California. A shaft eighty feet deep cuts three veins at the depth of fifteen, forty five aud seventy-five feet, yielding rojk worth from sixty dollars to one hundred doIl.?m? per ton. The deposit seems to bo a basin of veins, showing free gold with carbonates, and not sulphates. Three tunnels are now being worked through rich rock, and everything gives evidence of permanency.?Fml. Ifimhl. Majorities.?In the Second Congressional district, from which wo have cmiplete official returus, Grant's majority is .*>,">41 ; Piatt's ma jority is 5,214. In the Third district Grant's majority is 720 ; Smith's majority, 57s. In the Fourth district Grant's majority is 7,2'jS. Nottoway county has made no return of tin Con gressional vote, and we are therefore una ble to give Mr. StowelPs full majority. The Fifth district, as returned, gives Greeley si and Davis (J)eni.) fl.r Congress 20i> majority. In the Sixth district Greeley has 1,470 an I Whitehead (I)em ) f.?r Congress 022 majority. In the Seventh district Greeley has 4.133 anl Harris G,.'?52 majority. The Eighth district gives Greeley 2,107 and Hunfon 2,930 majori ty. The returns from the First and Ninrh districts are not yet full.?Rich Stab: Journal. Colt:mhian College.? A committee of stu dents from Columbian College waited on Mr. W. W. Corcoran, last evening, to present him a copy of resolutions adopted at a meeting of the members, thauking him for his late mag nificent- gift to the institution The resolutions were beautifully transcribed by Mr. Ilay, and attached were the names of all the students. Mr. Cuthbcrt made the presentation speech, and was followed by others, to which Mr. Cor coran responded in heartfelt words. After some time spent in pleasant intercourse the commit tee withdrew, much pleased with their cordial reception.? Washington Repulu:an. Mrs. Lloyd.?The Leesburg correspondent of the Fredericksburg Herald writesMrs. Lloyd, who, as you know, has been acquitted, talks of going to Chicago. She has. however, for the present, retired to the country. In the meantime she has visited the graves of her husband ami children, She declares her inno cence in the most solemn manner. Whether innocent or guilty, she is now alone in the world, without father, mother, husband, or children." Bankrupts.?'The names of the following parties have recently been declared bankrupts by the Bankrupt Court: Win. Brent, Lan caster; Edward P. Wood. Louisa; Willoughby Newton and John Kirk, Westmoreland; Geo. F. Ramsey, Essex; and Thos. R. Beazle\\ Spotsylvania. BOARD OF HKALTll. A called meeting of the Board of Ileal" 1j w??. held at the office of Dr. Bedford Brown, Thurs day night, Nov. 14, 1872. Present: Dr. Bedford Brown, President, and Messrs. S. If. .Jarnxiy, R. H. Kudd, C. L. Neale, Jos'ah Ford, .J. W. Nails, Michael Smith and G. H. Robinson. Geo. H. Robinson was elected Secretary pro tem. The committee appointed at the last meeting to procure a house for a small pox hospital re ported that they had been unable to procure a suitable one any wherein tho Corporation : tln-v therefore further reuort, that thoy have had sn interview with the President of the O., A. ?fc M. R. R. Co., and procured the privilege of erecting one on apiece of land near Jones' Point. The following resolution offered by S. II. Jan ney, was adopted: Rrsolved, That the President of this Hoard be directed to address the City Council requesting an appropriation of $4(10 to be expended in the erection of a suitable building to be used as a hospital for persons attacked with small pox. On motion of J. W. Nails, the President wvs requested to see the Mayor mid ask him to con vene the Council to tako action in regard to the appropriation asked for by this Hoard. A bill from U. Wbeatley amounting to ^I> for burying John llungurford's daughter, wlu? died of small pox, was ordered to be paid. The Hoard then adjourned. G. If. Kom.wsos, nov 15?It Sec'ty. pro tem 1JERSONS WANTING HAY will find il to . their advantage to buy at once, as I am now unloading a cargo of excellent NORTHERN HAY. A. WALL, nov 15 No, 'Jlt'< King street. NOTICE?Wo are this day adding largely to our stock of DRESS GOODS, PRINTS, CLOTHS. CASSIMERES, DOMESTICS, &.?? to which tho attention of the public is invited, nov 15 H00 M ES & AS 11H Y SARDINES, halves, and quarters, a fre.?h supply received by GEO. McBURNEY & SON, nov 15 lliti and 170 King street. ORDEN'S EAGLE BRAND CONDEN SED MILK, for sale by nov 15 GEO. McBURNEY & SOX. >B1ME ROLL HUTTER received to-day by nov 15 J. C'. MILHURN. B NEW GOODS?Cheap Collars for ladies, Kn ot >er supply, beautiful, cheaper than over Linen Cuff's for iadies, very cheap; a splendid stock of Halmoral Skirts; Corsets, all six.es and qualities, also little girls' Corsets, a new artiele ; Hoop Skirts; Merino Underwear; Children's Merino SuiL?, just out, all sixes; Water-proof Cloth, Green, Hrown and Black, with a full stock of Cloth, Flannels, Domestics, Housekeep ing Goods, Ladies' Dress Goods, Jcc. nov 14 ROBT. L. WOOD. N EW GOODS I NEW GOODS! Opened dailv at GREEN'S notioN house. "Quick sales and small profits." Ladies' and Gents' Furnishing Goods, largest, best and cheapest stock in the city; Hosiery, Handker chiefs, Gloves, &c.,?all very cheap. GREEN'S NOTION HOUSE, nov 14 lOt King street. CBANNED GOODS?40 cases Toinatoo*, 2s? J cases Poaches, 10 cases Winslow's Corn - together with a large stock of Fruits, Meats and Vegetables, which we aro offering at tho lowrvi market rates. GEO. McBURNEY & SON, nov 14 ___ lWi and 170 King street. SILK NECKTIES, SCARFS, HOWS AND HANDKERCHIEFS?-Just received a full line of the latest styles of Ladies' Neck Wear, consisting of Silk Scarfs, Hows, Tics and Hand kerchiefs, in all colors. nov l4 C. C. BERRY, 72_King st. _ STRAYED?On or about the 1st instant, a DARK BROWN COW, with brindle marks and long and sharp horns. Any infor mation of her whereabouts will be liberally re warded by L. L. LOVING, nov l4-*t No. 152 Royal street. J" ET ORNAMENTS, For Hair and Millinery use, Just received at FERGUSON'S, nov 14 W King street. RACE LETS. B1 Now styles received this day at FERGUSON'S, ^nov 14 lUi King street. HOSIERY, GLOVES, AND HANDKER CHIEFS?Have this day added largely to my stock of the above goods, suitable for ladies, and gentlemen and children. nov 14 U C. BERRY, 72 King st. BUILDERS' HARDWARE, Nails, Hor<e Shoes, &c., wholesale and retail, at No. bh King street. nov 14 J. T. CREIGHTON & SON. NY. BUCKWHEAT, Hominy, Beans and ? Grits, for salo by W. F BROOKES & BRO., nov 14 147 King street. THRESH GRITS and Pearl Hominy for sale by J nov 14 R. M. LAWSON.