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THE STAR OP THE NORTH.
*. W. Weaver, Proprietor.] VOLUME 8. THE STAR OF THE NORTH is PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY MORNINU BY It. W. H I AVER, OFFICE —Up ilnirs, in Ike veto brick build tngt on the south side of Main Street, third square below Market. TERNS : —Two Dollars per annum, if paid within six months from the lime of sub scribing ; two dollars and fifty cents if not paid within the year. No subscription re ceived for a less period than six months ; no discontinuance permitted until all arrearages are paid, unless at the option of the editor. ADVERTISEMENTS not exceeding one square will be inserted three times for One Dollar and twenty five cents for each additional in sertion. A liberal discount will be made to those who advertise by the year. The following from the Mirror, is a fine "take off" on Longfellow's Hiawatha. Ru mor says a book is in press sharply crilici- \ zing die Poem. A few moments since, we found the fol- I lowing poem, in the delightful chirograph)- of our devil, lying In close proximity to a copy of Mr. Longfellow's "Song of Hiawa- ; tha." It is positively refreshing, the impu dence of our devil. And the poem—no one but Mr. Longfellow or the devil could have 1 done it ; HIAWATHA. Have you read the misty poem, Of ihe mystic Hiawatha— Read about the wild Dakotns, And the brave Hnmbugawampartis, lii the vales of Hifaluten, In the vales of Wiidiy Washy, In the vales of Skim my Dishy ? No Sir K. S r. that I have no', And I would not for a hundred Dollars paid in silver, or in j Gold by the inflated teller, Of a bank cal'ed the Manhattan, 1 looked in the honk a moment, And my spine is really aching At the hard wotds Mr. Longfel- Low pots in his learned verses. Rumor says that Mr. Riply, Critic of the N. Y. Tribune, Hired by a snob ealled Greeley, Labors with an awful lock-jaw, Got in reading lliawa ha. Guess he got a foul of this word— I Obejaytyayascalola!!!!!! Here the MS. ends abruptly. "Since the above was in type," the head j compositor has informed us that tlte body of our devil is lying under the press, with an ( empty bottle in his hand, marked brandy, j but supposed to have contained laudanum. Another genius gone ! They die early whom the gods love ! Fom Holbrook e " Ten Yews as a Special Agent ! Among the Malt bags." I HADIIS CAKIIIEI) ON THROUGH Tim in ii.s. Lawyers, clerg) men, editors, farmers, and i even postmasters have all in turn been swin- ' died by means pf facilities afTorded by the post-office system, the ftauds ranging in mag nitude and importance, from imaginary pa pers of onionseed, to "calls" for ministerial aid in the momentntis work of converting ''a world lying in wickedness!" It is with a view to put those who may peruse these pages on the guard, that a few ■ rare specimens of the tricks of these "Jeremy Diddlers" ure here exposed, morl of which have come to light within a few niomhs of this present writing. The first that we will describe, was perpe trated quite successfully upon the legal fra- i ternity, and some of (lie most distinguished 1 members of that highly useful profession in die different Slates, will no doubt readily rec ognize the trutlitiilnesis of the picture, as it is held up to their gaze. This dodge may prop erly be entitled Young America practising at the bar." In January of the pret-enl year, the post master of Brooklyn, Ne v York, called my at tention to the fact that largo numbers of let ters were arriving at that otlice lo the address of "William 11. Jolliet,'' and that from some information he had reeeived, he was led to believe that the correspondence was in some way connected with a systematic scheme of fraud. Arrangements were accordingly made lo watch the person who was in the habit of in quiring for the ''Jolliet" letters, and the next lime he called, which was in the evening, he was followed as lar as the Fulton ferry, detained just as he was about to enter the lur ry-boat. aud questioned in reference lo the letters. The person thus interrogated was an ex ceedingly intelligent boy, about fifteen years of age, plainly but neatly dressed, and ofjire possessing manners, particularly for one so young. When asked whal he intended to do with the letters he bad just taken from the post-office, be manifested great self-pos session, and apparently anticipating trouble, without allowing an opportunity for a second question, he hurriedly asked : "Why. what about this business? 1 have been thinking there might be something wrong about JollietV letters. lam a student in a respectable Isw-office in New York, and would not like to be involved in any trouble of this sort. I can tell you, sir, all I know about these letters." As his explanation will hereafter appear in full, suffice it her# to aay that he threw the entire responsibility npon a stranger, whom he accidentally met in the Harlem ears. The •lory was told with apparent frankness, and a gentleman pussing along who knew the lad, aud coufirmed his statement as to hia connection with a prominent law-offioe in New York, he was allowed to go at large, un der (he promiae that at an appointed hour on Iba following day ha would call on the Brook lyn post-master, explain the matter more fol ly, and pat him in possession ot facts which would enable the officers to arrest Jolliet, if that was thonght best. The appointed time arrived, but the young BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1856. man did not. A rather voluminous package of papers, however, was 6ent as a substitute. These papers are so well worded, and 60 for mally drawn up, that I will here introduce (wo of them verbatim. The reader will bear in mind that they are the production of a boy only fifteen years of age: NEW YORK, lan. 26, 1855, 12 M. Postmaster at Brooklyn, L. I. DEAR SIR : Being detained by important court business from attending to my promise giv en to you yesterday to bo at your office, I am obliged to write to you. I enclose a state ment of facts which I think sufficient to get a warrant. It is sworn to before a Commis sioner of Deeds of New York, authorized to lake acknowledgments for the State. ■ I 6aw Mr. Jolliet yesterday evening. I told ' him that the mails had not arrived when I | was over to Brooklyn, yesterday; and, in , course of the conversation, he toid me he would take a sleigh ride to Suediker's on Sat ; urday. Therefore it is important yon should 1 get a warrant ami lake him upon that day.— He also (old me that he would have a white ; sleigh, a while robe, and a cream colored pair of horses. You can easily know hira. I will be over, if no accident intervenes, to morrow, say abou< 11 or 12 o'clock. I tracked him to the Manhattan bar-room, in Bioadway, but could not find out his residence, as he stayed too late. I think he is connected with a gang ol rascals who have made litis kind of ras cality their special business. 1 am acquainted with the District Attorney in this city, and have thought of getting him to bring the case before the grand jury, and get a bench warrant out in New York against Jolliet, ill case you should think it advisable. Meanwhile, I will remain stilt about Ihe matter until i hear from you again. Yours, very truly. Annexrd is the statement of facts alluded to above: Sta lenient of Facts. A. During Ihe month ol November or Decem ber, 1854, I became acquainted with a man whom I knew by the name of William H. Jolliet. He seemed to be about 25 or 30 years of age, and, by his dialect, of English parentage; he was genteelly dressed, and seemed to be a gentleman by his talk and manners He came to know me from often seeing me on die cars of the N.York and Har . lent Railroad, and often talking to me. lam |in die habit of doing copying, &c., for pay, | and therefore was willing to do anything in that way, under the usual circumstances— that is, for pay. He asked me one day if I was a man of tiusinpss. I told him I was. He then asked | me if 1 could make a copj of • note he had in hi' pocket, an ! show it to him the next time I should meet him, and not to say any thing about it to anybody. I told him I would. He gave it to n.e, and it was something as follows—thai is, substantially : BROOKLYN, L. 1., Jan. 6, 1855. SIR: I have received a package ol papers fur you from Liverpool, England, with six shillings charge thereon —on receipt of which amount the parcel will be sent to you by suuh conveyance as yon may direct. Yours, respectfully, WILLIAM (!. JOLLIET. I met him one or two days afterwards, and gave him tiis original, and my copy. He said it wan very well done, but looked 100 mnoh ' like a law-hand, and asked me if 1 couldn't write more of a mercantile-looking hand. I told him I supposed I could. He then gave me my copy, and told me to buy some pa- I per. and make as many copies as I could, and direct them one to each <>f the names he I gave me on a list, and mail them. I told him I would. This was on Saturday evening ; and on Sunday afternoon 1 wrote about a hundred copies of them, an<t directed them j and sent them. 1 met him on Monday, and I he asked me if I had done it. I told him 1 ' had; he then asked for the list of names he ' had given me, and I I anded it to him. He ' asked if 1 knew the names I had directed i the letters to, 1 told him 1 did not, although 1 j did well, my suspicions about him havit g been aroused by his request for secrecy. On that Sunday on which I wrote the notes, I made up my mind to play traitor to him, by sending the notes as directed, and keep-1 ing all answers which he should get (he hav ing told me to call for them at the Broklyn | Post Office), and then delivering them, with 1 my evidence, to officer B——, in New York, whom I know well by reputation as a good officer, and an American in fact and ! principle. This was foiled by my disclo- > sures to the Post Mattel of Brooklyn, on Thursday. At the lime he asked me to make the cop ies of the note, he gave me a five-dollar gold piece, lo defray expenses. 1 have kept t copy of the list he gave me, and also of another which he had given me, and which 1 return ed in the same way. 1 have mailed abonl 200 letters in all. At the time be ordered me to make the copies of the letter and mail them, he requested me to make a letter and direct it to him at Brooklyn, and mail along with the others. 1 did so, bot I asked him what this was for, aud he said he wanted to know how long it would take for a letter to go from New York to Brooklyn. But I did not believe him, and this formed part of the causes fer my suspicions. I afterwards re ceived the letter. I think it was Tuesday, and gave it lo him. At the time of my first mailing Ibe letters, I dropped, by careless ness, a list of the names of persons to whom they were directed, along with them. „ Could Ibis list be got, it would tell us a great deal about the liansaciion, and then we could I have a complete list of all the persons ad ' dressed. It was dropped in one of (he three new boxes on the southwest corner of the New York Post Office. I have seen him since be first spoke to me about this affair, five or six times, (once on Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, and twice on Wednesday, I believe.) He lives in Harlem, I think. I don't know any thing further of interest, and close with the ardent wish, that a King's county officer will gel the credit of catching one of the greatest scoundrels that ever lived, thereby ridding the community of him. G. H. B. City of Brooklyn, County of Kings, ss. G. H. B , of the oily of New York, student at law above namad, being duly sworn, doth dispose and say that be has read the foregoing statement, and knows the eon tents thereof, and that the same is true of bis own knowledge. G. H. B. Sworn before me this 26th of January, 1855. B. T..8 , Commissioner of Deeds. Being satisfied that a young lad of suffi cient abilities to compose these documents in such a style, could not have been made the innocent dupe of any one, especially a stranger, I determined to lay the whele mat ter before his employer, a prominent mem ber of the New York bar. He had beard nothing of it before, and was much pained to hear my narration, for he was warmly at tached to the young student, who, up to that lime had enjoyed his entire confidence, and for whose improvement and legal education he had taken unusual pains. A moment's reference to Ihe Law Regis ter, a work containing the names and resi dences of all the members of the legal pro fession in every Stale in the Union, and to be found in almost every law office, showed the source whence he had obtained the list which had been "dropped by carelessness" into the postoffice, for pencil marks appeared ugai'tst the names of most of the country law yers, but including none of those that had ever been correspondents of the firm witb which he was connected! The opinion that there was no accomplice, nor even principal, in the case, beyond the boy himself, was tully coincided in by his employer, ana it was at once decided to call to call the lad up for a private examination. I thought, as he entered the room, cap in hand, and with an ait of perfect nonchalance, that I had seldom seen a more expressive and intelligent countenance. Hia high fore head, adorned with graceful curls of brown hair, his full and laughing eye, and the regu lar features of his face, seemed made for some belter use than to delude unwary vio tims. "George," sa'd Lis employer, "what do these Jolliet letters mean that you have been sending all over (he country V Boy.—"I will tell you all I know about it, sir. Some weeks since as 1 was coming in town one morning, in the Harlem cars, a man calling himself Jolliet " AGENT.— "SIop, George, and hear me a moment before you go further. We don't want to hear that story. We know there is no such person as Jolliet, and if you go on with euch a statement before Mr. F.," (his emplyer,) your pride will render it bard for you to make the acknowledgments that I know you must come to. You have no ac complice, and if you will bring me the Law Register, I will show you where you got the names of the lawyers to whom you sent the letters." MR. F.—"Now, George, you see that Mr. H. knows all about it, and I hope you will not attempt to deny the truth. lam deeply pain ed to fin J you hai'e been guilty of such misdemeanors; and I trust, for your own •ake, that you will make a clean breast of it." After a pause of a lew moments,the young man acknowledged, that, being 'hard up,'he had resorted to this plan to obtain fuuds, and that he knew no such person as "William H. Jolliet." AGENT.— "How then eould you have sworn to the statement you sent to the Brooklyn pott-master? You must have been aware that in so doing, you were committing per jury." Boy.—"Ah ! but I did not swear to it. My natns ii attached to the affidavit, it is true, but having prepared it beforehand, 1 spoke to the Commissioner just as be was leaving the officer, and he signed it, but in his burry he forgot to administer the oatb." AGENT. —"But that omission must have been merely accideotal. Supposing he bad required the usual ceremony, wbat would you have done ?" Boy.—"1 have so often seen him omit it, I that 1 look that risk. If he had insisted, I I should have backed out. | Subsequent inquiry satisfied me that the | Commissioner in question, having often had occasion to sign affidavits for the young man, in the course of the office business, was not always particular in administering the oatb, and that it was no doubt neglected in the present instance. The punishment inflicted in this case, was all Ihsl the most indignant victim of the fraud would have demanded ; and there is reason to believe that a permanent reformation in the character of the young man has been the result; and that the rare talents which he pos sesses, will yet be found arrayed on the aide of honesty and virtue. Answers to the Jolliet letters continued to arrive from all parta of the country, for aome time after the discovery of the fraud, as here related. The letters that had accumulated in the Brooklyn post office, were sent to '.he Dead Letter office, opened, endenbsequently returned to their respective owners, with Trath and Right Rod aid ear *>*atry. their contents, accompanied by a proper ex planation. In nearly every instance, the dodge had been successful. The six shillings, or that amount in postage stamps, were duly en closed; and, in some instances a dollar, to make even change, with directions for for warding the mysterious package. Such an unexpected notice had no doubt given rise in many casA to sundry visioos of heavy fees, which were to flow in upon the fortunate correspondent of Jolliet, for conducting the business of some wealthy capitalist of (he old world, who, attraated by his professional fame, was about to confide to him matters of great weight and import ance—perhaps some cnmplica'ed law'suil, the successful issue of which .would bring him a wealth of reputation and money, e&fipared with which the outlay of six shillings was an item too contemptible to be regarded. Or some sanguine individual might have sent out a legacy in the 'package from Liver pool.' People were dying every day in England, whose heirs lived this country. It was not very unusual for persons to inherit immense fortunes from those whose names they bad never heard. It might make the difference of thousands of dollars to a man whether his name was Brown or White, when some pos sessor of one or the other name came to leave hie property behind him. And it would be a pity to lose the chance of securing a band some properly for one's self, or the oppor tunity of acting as agent for somebody else, though the whole affair might prove but a hoax, and the chance of thus finding a for tune rather less titan the prospect of drawing a prize in a "gift lottery." It was amusing to peruse tha letters which the Agent received from those who bad been swindled, acknowledging the safe return of the letter and money which they had sent to Jolliet. Most of them were "well satisfied" when they sent the money, "that it was all a hoax," but then it was a small sum that he I applied for, and they thought Ihey would send it to the fellow for the ingenuity he had displayed in "raising the wir.d !" All, how ever, seemed very glad to get their money again, even at the risk of allowing such tal ent to go unrewarded. Some wary old heads, 100 acute to be caught by such chaff, look the precaution to request Jolliet to call on their friends in New York, leave the package, and get the six shillings. Another directed that it should be left at the Express office, Hie expense" r"*L and when ihe parcel arrived, the entire charges would be promptly met. Two or three, not content with informing Jolliet that be had taken them in, indulged in somewhat sarcastic style of correspond ence. The following are two specimens of this kind of reply : P , Feb. 2, 1855. Mr. Wm. H. Jolliel, Sir:—l am in receipt of a note (rom you, informing me that ynu have in your posses sion a package for me from Liverpool, Eng land, on which there is a charge of 6s. stern ling, and which you will send to me on re ceipt of the above sum. Sir, I cannot but think it a little strange that my large circle of friends and corres pondents in Liverpool fa circle which may be represented thus, 0) should have thought it necessary for parcels which they send me, pass through your hands, unless you have some connection with the friends aforesaid, unknown to me. Before I send you the ster ling money, I should like answers of the like quality, to some or all of the following inter rogatories : lit. Who are you? 2d. Who knows you ? 3d. Who do you know ? 4th. Is "Wm. H. Holliet" the name giv en you in baptism? sth. Wouldn't you receive less than six shillings, if you could get it? 6tb. Do you think you have taken me in? 7th. After reading the above, please in form me whether you remain Jolly yet. Not your victim, JOHN S . H , Jan. 27, 1855. Sir:—l know lam ambitious. I have my aspirations. My fame may be extending Perhaps it is. I had thought it was local; confined to this county, certainly to the State. But it seems that 1 ath known abroad, and you wish me to pay the moderate sum of seventy-five cents for verifying the fact. S-r, lam an Anglo-Saxon. I rejoice in it. And I don't doubt that some where between Ad am's lime and mine, some of my progenitors have inhabited England. But I believe tbey have all died or moved awßy. So you see it isnt't likely that I have any relations in Liverpool, whence came the package, you say in your hands. In the next place, sir, living as I do in an inland town, I know little of those "who go down to the sea in snips." (David, Psalms, Cap. 107.) And all my particular friends are in this country, according to the best of my knowledge and belief. But no others than the individuals I have cited, would be likely to send me packages from foreign lands. It therefore follows, sir, that the aforesaid pack age is not tn rerum nalura. I shall be hap py to receive from you any facts which may viliate this conclusion. Panning this, I remain yours, &c., ED. B——. Mr. Wm. H. Joiliet. We have allowed the lawyers to lead off in the melancholy prooession of victims of rascality which we have undertaken to dis play to our readers; and it is our design, in marshaling our regiment of "the Great De ' luded," to place the olergy second in order. Lawyers are (or ought to be) hard-headed, witb little faith in mankind at large; while it is the general characteristic of clergymen to bo soft-hearted, and to trust, sometimes "not too wisely, but too well," in the integ rity of lhe:r fellow men. In addition to Ihe weak points which they may have in com mon with all, and through which they are liable to be succesalully assailed, the cultiva | lion of that spirit of charity which "thinketh no evil," makes them slow in suspenling vil i lanous designs on the part of others; and renders them an easy prey to those who are unscrupulous enough to use their unsuspect ing disposition as a means of carrying into I effect their own base purposes. In making these remarks, we are far from wishing to cast any slur upon the native shrewdness or penstrstton of the clergy, which would be unjust to them, (for there few keener intellects than those that are pos sessed by some who are members and or naments of this body,) but our object is sim ply to mention some of Ihe causes which often make them Ihe victims of imposition. Many of them, especially those who live in the country, occupied as they are with the duties of their calling, in the retired fife of the study, and in intercourse with the com paratively honest and virtuous community in which their tot is cast, are somewhat se cluded from the world at large, and know little, except by report, of the innumerable forms of deceit and iniquity that people en act, who five outside of their own quiet boundaries. This is, perhaps, less generally true at Ihe present time than it was years ago, betore Ihe increased facilities for com munication had given equal facilities to rogues, who have chosen our large cities as a field for their nefarious operations, and have extended them, by means of the mails, to the remotest corners of the country. The trick which we are about to describe was attempted on a large scale, and the trap set for unwary clergymen was sprung in almost every section of the country, with considera ble success, though some of (he intended victims were too wary to be thus swindled. The trap alluded to was in the form of a letter, of which the following is a copy:— NEW YORK, Sun Jay, March 18, 1855 Brother I' : Being at leisure this af ernoon, and some what wearier! rather than refreshed by the morning's discourse of our respected pastor, I have concluded to sit down and write you, thbugh utterly unacquainted, savo in that sympathy which persons of like tempera ment involuntarily feel toward one another. It is the apparent coldness and formality of our metropolitan sermons that has led me, by a pleasant contrast to think of yon. 1 heard you once, while passing through your place—a sermon that has tnany limes recur red to my memory, though its calm piety and deep perception of human nature may be weekly occurrences to your congregation. I have several times thought it would be well for our church to call on you for a trial here. Our house is wealthy, and 'up town,' though that is no matter. 1 had almost given up the idea, when it was forcibly returned to me yesterday by seeing a notice of you in the new publication of travels through the States ; in which I see the writer has heard you, and was so im pressed that he gave a strong description of you and your style, so well according with my views, that I feel confirmed in n.y opin ion of you. You have probably seen it.— And, aside from any vanity at praise in print, or any pain at his censure, (for he finds fault, too,) I think a preacher cannot too much study his style, in duty to his Master and his people, by learning nil he can of his hearers views of him, if not for the praise, at least for the blame. So you see I yet hope to sit under your ministrations. I wish you would write nr.e, immediately, what you think of coming here, if 1 propose you. My bell has just rung for tea, and 1 close hastily, wishing you success in any field, and "many souls as seals of your ministry." Yours, in the Lord, A. D. CONNELSON. P. S.—lf you have not seen the nonce of you, (in the book 1 alluded to,) I will get it for you. I believe it sells at a dollar and a half, or thereabouts. I close in haste, A. D. C. Here is an instance of one who "Stole the livery of Heaven To serve the devil in." The author of this production, which was lithographed, leaving only a space after the commencing word "Brother," for the inser tion of the person addressed, was signed in some copies as above, and ia others by the name of "W. C. Jansing." We easily imagine the eflect of such an artful, flattering epistle upon the mind of some unsuspecting and humble country pastor, whose chief ambition had hitherto been to minister to the spiritual wants of his little congregation, and who had never be fore indulged the thought of receiving a 'call' to the attractions and responsibilities ot a city pastor's life. Ho taxes his memory in vain to recollect upon what occasion any stranger, who might represent the devout Connetson, had beeo present during his Sabbath services, and in like manuer fails to recall any re miniscences of the author, who, in his' Tra vels through the States,' had also heard him, and was "impressed" so remarkably in ac cordance with Mr. Connetson's "views."— His opioion of his own abilities having been elevated several degrees by the united testi mony of two such competent witnesses, he begins to think that after all, it ia not so very improbable that he should be thought of as a a candidate fot that "wealthy" and "up town church." "Was not the distinguished Dr. L called from as small a place as this, to the charge of a large city, congregation ? And I remember that his abilities did not use to be so much superior to mine." With reflections like these, lie works him self into a stale of mind thatjwould prevent any surprise, were he some day to be waited on by a committee from the church afore, said, with the request that he would favor the congregation with a specimen of his preaching, with ihe additional view of se curing the "pleasant contrast" to the "ap patent coldness and formality of metropolitan sermons," that might result from his minis trations. At any rate, it would be gratifying to him to see for himself,"what the traveling critic had said of him and Iris sermons ; not that he oared particularly about the opinion, so far as he himself was concerned, but he would like to have his people know that their minister had attracted the attention of distinguished characters from abroad. So he replies to Lis spontaneous correspondent, in timating that he should have no objection to taking charge of Ihe "up-lown" church ; and enclosing a dollar and a-half, to purchase the book of (ravels, which he does, not without misgivings that he is sacrificing 100 large a ' portion of his slender salary, for indulgence in the anticipated luxury. It is almost needless to add, that the dollar and a-half went to the "bourne from which no traveller returns," and that our clergyman did not, in this instance, display "that deep perception of human nature," which so of , ten recurred to the mind of the admiring Connelson. The operations of this vftorthy were soon stopped by the New York postmaster, who having received letters from some of the shrewder members of the reverend body, enclosing the above epistle, care,the matter in charge to the police, whose movements alarmed the rogue, and blew up the cheat, before mjny letters containing money had arrived. Enough came, however, to show that had he not been disturbed, he would have feathered his nest with the spoils of those whom he had plucked. These letters, remaining uncalled for, be came ' dead" in due course of time, and were returned with their contents to their au thors; doubtless refreshing the heart of ma ny a sorrowing minister, who supposed that he had seen the last of his ftoney, and had given up all hopes of receiving the promised quid pro quo. I insert ss a sort of epistolary curiosity, a letter addressed to Connelson bj one of his intended victims, which was sent under cover to the New York postmaster, with the request that he would read and deliver it, if he knew the whereabouts of the person al luded to. " F , March 23, 1855 "Mr. A. D. Connelson, " I am in receipt of a communication from you, of the 18tb iust, of whose flattering contents 1 have reason to believe that I am not the only recipient; as I am not ignorant ol the fact that the art of lithography, can be employed to multiply confidential letters to any extent. If, as you state, you have at any time heard a discourse from my lips, 1 regret that the principles which it inculcated have produced so little impression upon your actions, especially as it has 'many times re curred to your memory.' "There are truths, sir, in addition to those you may have heard on the occasion referr ed to, (if there ever was any such occasion,) which, judging from the apparent object of yonr letter, it might bo profitable for you to recall. I would recommend to your atten tion the truth contained in the following say ing of the wise man :—'The getting of treas ures by a lying tongue, is a vanity tossed to and fro of (hem thai seek death.— Prov. 21, 6. "You have expressed a hope 'to sit under' my 'mintitratiOiß.' I trust you will be prof ited by the few words now addressed to you, and if you leel any disappointment in failing to find the expected 'dollar and a half, o: thereabouts,' you will have to console your self with the reflection, 'Howmuch better is it to gel wisdom than gold? and to get un derstanding rather to be chosen than silver?' —Prnv. 16, 16. I give you the reference to the passages quoted (hat you may ruminate on them at your Sabbath's 'leisure,' which I hope will hereafter be more profitably em ployed than in attempting to perform the part of 'a wolf in sheep's clothing.' "Your well-wisher, G. J. T." "P. S. If yon ever happen lo pans through this place again, and to be detained over the Sabbath, your name, mentioned to the sex ton, or indeed, to any member of my con gregation, will secure yon a 9 good a seat as the house will furnish ; and if you will in form me of your intended presence, before hand, I will endeavor to suit my discourse to your wants, if not to your wishes. "Not what we wish, but what we want, Do Thou, oh Lord, in mercy grant." "If, however* circumstances like some that i oan foresee, if you continue m your present course, should prevent a visit to our place, I hope you will manage to be satisfied with the ministrations of the ohaplaiu at Sing Sing, who, I understand, is an excellent, talented man. And I trust that you and your travelled friend will agree as well on the question of his merits as you have on those of others." Further comment on this case is unneces sary; and we would only say that any one suspecting an imposture in any suoh mode as the foregoing, need not be preveuted from indulging in a reasonable suspicion, by the charitable thought, "This person could not be such a rascalfor it is a truth that should bo well known and acted upon, that no am- [Two Dollars per Annus. NUMBER 4. fi ount of hypocrisy, deceit or audacity ia 100 great to be practised by miscreants like those villanons devices are to some extent exposed in these pages. THE ONION SEED TRICK. "If yon have tears, prepare to.shed them now." The next ingenious "dodge" to which I would call the attention of my readers, is one which might be styled double barreled, inasmuch as it brought down both editors anil farmers simultaneously. The agricultuial portion of the community has been much exercised ol late years on the subject of seed. Astounding stories have circulated through the newspapers from time to time, concerning the wonderful prolific powers of certain kinds of seed, and prices have in some instances been demanded for these choice varieties, whioh remind one of the times when a laying hen of the right breed would earn more per day for her own e: than an ordinarily smart negro. It really seemed to be the belief of many enthusias tic persons, that seed could be brought, by careful cnlture, to a pitch of perfection that would almost render it independent of the assistance of mother earth, save aa a place to stand on. The improved seed was to do it all. However desirable it might be to ob tain seed which could be warranted under all circumstances to produce heavy crops, (which of course can always be done sftera certain fashion, by feeding it out to fowls,) this "good time coming" will not be hasten ed, we apprehend, by the public-spirited ef forts of "Mr. Joab S. Sargent," notwithstand ing the glowing prospects held out in the following advertisement. FARMERS AND GARDENERS.— ATTENTION '. Spanish Onion Seeds. _ The subscriber will sen I to any part of the United Slates and Canada, a paper of 'he seeds of the above superior Onion, on the receipt of ten cents (one dime.) Farmers and Gardeners, see to it that you procure the besi of seeds. For a mere trifle now, you can pnl money in your pocket* and fat on your ribs. Address, JOAB S. SAHOEM", 260 Hicks St., Cor. of Stale, Brooklyn, N. Y. P. S. Publishers of newspapers giving the above and this notice three Insertious, calling aitention editorially thereto, and send ing marked copies to the subscriber, will re ceive by return mail three dollars' worth of the above seeds, or a copy of Barnes' notes on the Gospel, valued at three dollars and fifty cents, or two dollars cash. Address plainly as above. April 11, 1855. Observe how adroitly the cunning Joab aims his thrusts at the most vulnerable spot in both classes of his victims. "Publishers of newspapers," in the plenitude of Joab's generosity, are to have their choice between the onion seeds, the Gospel, and the ready cash, if they will but make known to the world tho incomparable qualities of the gen uine Spanish article. And many of these publishers "called attention to the same" with a will, as the following copy of one of those notices will show : "SOMETHING NEW FOR FARMERS AND GAR DENERS.—See our advertising columns. If you want large onions, get the real Spanish seed—a change in the seed works wonders. We have seen bushels of onions imported from Spain, of hall a pound weight each, and as large as saucers." It may bB well to say here that no onion seeds, "Spanish" or other, were sent in com pliance with the many orders which poured in upon the successful Sargent from all parts of the country, excepting that a few of those first received were supposed to have been ausweied by the sending of a few seeds of some kind, whether onion or grass, no one knew. Perhaps the recipients will disoover in the course of time. The editors were equally unfortunate. Many of them select ed the "Notes on the Gospels" in preference to the seed or the money, yet their wishes were not destined to be gratified. Let us see bow this tempting advertise ment worked on the farmers and gardeners. Here is farmer Johnson, whose boy has just brought In hie weekly paper from the office, and who is proceeding to refresh him self after the labors of the week, with the record ol what the world at large has been doing in the same time. He deliberately pe ruses the columns ot his hebdomadal, dwell ing with solemnity on the more weighty ar ticles, and endeavoring to laugh over the funny ones, till, after having exhausted the "reading" department, his eye goes on in search ot new advertisements, whioh he can distinguish at a glance, for he knows all the old ones by heart. His attention ia ar rested by the conspicuous heading, "SPANISH. ONION SEEDS." He reads it over catofully, and studies every word, that he rrmy be sure that he fully ant! correctly understands it; and then comparing it with the editorial no lice of the same thing, he rapidly becomes convinced that Spanish onions must be great things, and that ten cents may be safely in vested in the speculation. Visions of sau cer like or.ions rise before him; of prizes in Agricultural Exhibitions ; and if he is an in habitant of Connecticut, be fancies he sees the former renown of the ancient town of Py quang, or Wetherefield, growing dim before the luslure of Spanish onions. Accordingly he sends the required dime to Joab, who proved te be like the elephant whieh had been trained Ip pick up coin from the ground and ph>oe it on a lofty shelf. Upon a certain occasion, a young gentleman wis gratified by this performance, he having furnished a half-dollar for the display of the animal's skill. After the piece waa safely deposited far out of reach, the youth requested the ex hibitor to "make him hand it down again." "We nsverlearnt him that trick," was the re ply >