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ffMFiCE—Up etaire, in tie ev> brick build
ing, on tie sonti aide of Main Street,
tkird tquare below Market.
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within six months from the tiro* of sub
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HMttnuance permitted untif all arrearages
VHyd, unless at the option of the editor.
not exoeeding one square
wlglintHtJ three tines for One Dollar
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lg| CLUOH'
RfinmTtMiti • I
Spurn the lines which sorrow traces i
Whs complain, thoegb fortune press thee f
Why rgpitw at lowly birth,
While contentment still may bless thee
With the joys of pealing mirth !
Which deceive the gaping clown.
What though now thy years are many,
And thy locks are turning gray:
Hast then net a hope of any
Jap beyond tby mortal day 1
Then bast dreamed perhaps of glory; j
fat has bald then under ban;
SHI unknown tu song or story,
Thou canst be a merry rasa.
for the world is lolfoJ gladness
Otiered tbee wjibeet e price.
Dent litoe apeak of cares and troubles 1
Carat and tronbina what are tbey !
nothing mora than floating babbles,
Which a taagh may drive away.
• Loagb, aad charm the Fates to listen;
' Hoot all gloomy fanciaa down;
That sbali Time forget to hasten,
And e'en Death relax bis frown.
from the If. Y. Hcayune.
I have recently attended the annuel Exhi
bition of ripetsving females who have sworn
a solemn oath to snatch the pantaloons from
the legs of tbo tyrant, Mso, usurp the stove
pipe hot, and monopolize all the standing
CoHere m she country. The Women's Sights
Conventional the Tabernacle has been the
scene of my labors,'and the Strong-minded
Females have been Ibe subject of my obser
vations. Wat introduced by Damphool, who"
said some of the leaders in the movement
worn relatives of his—indeed I should have
recognized at once sevs A female Damphools
without this friendly explanation. Lot of
people present, all sympathizers with the
wronged Wemen. The wardrobe of the fern
(nines seemed to be in a transition state, as
if aa yat undecided whether to subside into
petticoats, or blossom into breeobes ; and if
btaniy bad been a capital crime in the land,
not even one of tbem would ever have been
aecnaed, or even suspected of the offence.
I achieved admission .without difficulty,
though 1 bad previously resolved, if neces
sary, to shavo oft my flowing beard, hoop np
my honored lege after the prevailing style,
and go in surreptitiously as a strong-minded
female ; but the Women's Rightem had no
prajedioe against pantaloons, quite the con
trary, and did not seriously object to whis
kers. in fact, Lucy Stone's man, and Ernes
tine Row's man, and all the strong-minded
women's men Whb were there, worn whis
ker*—they couldn't have given more atten
tion to raising tbem if there bad been a fam
ine in the land, and beards bad been bread
staffs. - "
They elected a abe President named Pau
lina-—not Ibe Pauline mentioned in '.be play,
btfl a different animal a I together—one tbat
CLtude Melnotte would have gone aix blocks
eel of bin **y to avehl, and whom he would
no mem have written poetry about, or wnt
lloweit Is, then be would have addressed a
Stone aatf dm President would have a couple
of rotmdaMfore tbey could mule their little
MflgMfjP"* when Paulina took of bar jacket,
iffMjpp ber sleeves and shook bar fists with
n MMgoiuary flourish, Luoe aay her trtoi end
TtMlheybegan to do what they called
lioeflwimi ninililn'i see much basinets in it
—lt totjfLpboit the monster, Man—bow
(be MwantKMen, wan abusing frail Woman
Wumstt votTaud objeoted to frail Woman's
wearing hie pjgnttloona; end didn't wantfrai'
Woman to make she lews, and would rather
have frail Women sisy at home and tend the
frail Woman under his feet, instead of letting
bar "riee so ber proper sphere, and falfii ber
lo£s miasioa^'— how, in abort, *ll the world
was le*foo4Js&inft the seven or eight par
ticularly fljw'y wemen there congregated,
iMMKpulverize (hem to eternal smash
<9n>t el' true, though if
I their solemn ntMrvatione of
lhe Bant^^^^ have gone to my grave sup
ifestai ions, far if I had not been IsR to my
r own judgment 1 shook! have supposed that
Lnce Stone and Lnoreeah Men eould hold
- their ewa in a fair alani-np fight with Char
ley Dunn and Billy Mulligan—indeed, if a
match conld hare been arranged between
[ the former lady and Yankee Sellivan him
, self, f should have lost money on Lnce, lor
. she looke plucky—though to be sure Luce's
> milk-and-water husband probably doesn't
8 offer opposition snoogb in. any Utile family
t quarrel* tbey may have, to keep ber skill
, and science op to "conceit pilch—he's a short
- winded obap, and hasn't gat the bottom for
> a pitched battle. All the unlortunate men
who have been captured and converted into j
husbands by tbew females are living exam
ples of severe domestic discipline, and oftb*
extent |o which woman can rats men when
they once get the upper band—and tboae of
the women who are apt supplied with a man,
look vicious and tomhawlry to tbn last de
gree, and appem to be contemplating arpiML
ical foray into society to seize husbands by
force of arms.
After a while Loch Stone lad off in the
speech making. She meds an oration abont
tbo monster, Man, and abont his appropria
ting ibe property of frail Woman—abe waul
ed the laws attend to that her husband
couldn't ssll her shoes and shoes and stock
inga, trad* bar beet bonnet off for brandy and
water, or bet ber brand night caps on poker
without giving her acbance in the game—
she said that If aba ever got tha law into bar
Rami*, she woakl for the sake of the exam
ple, pawn aU her husbands'* linen and leave
Itia without a dollar to go to a shirt-tail-or
for a new supply. (Han abe looked at thai
, unfortunate specimen, and be quivered in
hit boots.) She also wan'ed to bos* her own
children, for fear her men would 'prentice
ibe boy* to ebimney sweeps, and maka ibe
girls beg cold victuals, in wkioh case be
woald wax riotous on high living.
Luce, having now said the same speech
which she be* made every year for the past
•even, Iran run out and subsided.
Then Ernestine Rose speechified—Ernes
tine was belligennt end went in for the fight
ing privileges of the monster, Man,—she
wanted to smoke and drink rum pnnohns—
•be wanted to go to Congress and practice
bo art of war—she knew she could fight her
way—she considered the use of pistols, bow
ie knives and bludgeons, elegant accom
plishment* for a lady—she said aba had baeD
perfecting herself in the science of the ring,
and we* "some" in a rough and tumble fight
—she said she eould strike from the shoulder
and gouge ber man or bite hi* nose off in a
manner worthy of the greatest master*-rabe
ip invented a peculiar and complicated
MSc ID Ibe stomach wbioh she thought would
be considered e masterpiece of geutus, and
aa irresiatabie proof of the greatness of Ibe
female mind—she also wanted to learn smo
king, tobaccco chewing, swearing and many
other little elegancies now usurped by the
monster, Man. She hoped soon to see the
day when a woman can smoke a cigar in
the street without being stared at, and cock
her heels np on the mantel piece in the bar
room without being made the subject of im
pertinent remark. The only thing ebe really
despaired of was the beard—ebe would be
willing to trade off baif a dozen husbands fot
a sizeable pair of whiskers—she bad, abe
•aid, faithfully triad bar invigoratpre without
number, but eh* regretted to ay, the eymp
loan were not encouraging—she had made
her face a perfect hirsute hot bed, end for
eight months bed peresverragly annointed it
three times a day with a preparation "war
ranted In bring out a beard on a pine log in
six weeks," but the only result thns fa: was
Ernestine est down in agony of grief, and
snrveyed her chain in a pocket magnifying
mirror, with an expression of the intense*!
despair on ber countenance.
Other women spoke, *ll pitching into tha
monster, Man, and claiming for frail Wtjffian
the privilege of voting at general eleqpns,
and giving ber e chance to get bet heafl bro
ken at the primary meeting* U she chose to
mix In.
Nothing was said abont roefeffig the cradle,
horn which ilnfer than"
| £ff put of the great Woman's Rights plan
Ito import from somewhere sbme new breed
of babtee, with a ready-made appetite foe pork
i and bents, and without any preliminary era
, ving for milk diet.
I noticed 100 thai woman were willing to
assume tbn responsibilities of men except
the work—there were plenty of applicant* for
[ the Presidency and for Congreas, bat thsre
. was no applicant dor the blacksmith's sledge
hammer atfd forge, no candidate fer the oar
i pentei'e adze and jack-plane, and not a single
I voice claimed the farmer's privilege of cbop
i ping oord wood or following tbe breaking-np
I plough. Lucy would like to be President of
, >be United States, but abe wouldn't dig pota
i toes; Lucreti* would like to be Minister to
, France, but she wouldn't drive a eoat cart, or
, get an honest living as a street scavenger;
and although Paulina would have no ohjec
, lion to becoming Secretary of State, she is
; the last one in tbe wotld to roll up her sleeves
r sagport herself by laying stone waif, or
I digging cellars, or carrying a mortar hod up
. a forty fool helper. They all wauled to be
t j fed on tbe choicest cuta of beet sad motion,
J but not one was willing | 0 water oxen, or to
TnrtA aXI Ilgti—C*d Mjut
I thought of the Fez and Grapes,' and que*,
i tiorrei if tbat ancient and respectable fable is
I not paralleled by ibe Btrong-minded Women
and their Babies, tbat tbey haven't got. The
i Fox and the Women are alike disdainful,
i and the Grapes end the Babies eqntily im
> possible.
I wondered, as I left the Convention, if It
' wouldn't be a pleasant firing to see the
' Strong-minded Women, establishing their
claim to pantaloons by doing men's work.
1 1 really thought the world would be edified
• by the sight of Paulina in a bluo shirt and
sheeps gray breeches, breaking paving
stones by tho day—or Lucy Stone in a car
ter's frock and stogy boots, hauling molas
ses for sixteen cents a load; or Lucretia,
with her ale eves rolled up, and. a leather
apron on, forging wagon-fired, with Ernes
tine to blow and strike. Hoping yet to be
hold all these glorious fruits of the Women's
Uighls movement, I remain, Youxq,
W Progressively,
Q. Philander Doksticis, P. B.
We cut the following from the Philadel
phia correspondence of the N. Y. Dispatch.
There le much truth in it and on excellent
Among tha diatiagniehed at rangers in lowa
thie week, he* been Hon. Allison While, a
gentleman extonalvely known in yonr city,
whom, at the recent election, tbe Demo
cratic party of Lyeomiog and Clinton coun
ties oboes as their representative to Con
grass. kb. White's fiteede will- he pleased
to learn that he is enjoying snpertaiive
health, and ready to carry warfare into the
camp of fanaticism and fogy ism whenever
an opportunity may present itself. Mr.
While is emphatically a self-made men,
and like an emetie, cannot be "kept-down."
His residence is Look Haven, Clinton Co.
He is not a man of large weallb, nor will be
probably aver be. As wealth icvariably end*
in goat and dyspepsia, it ia not wonderful
tbat a man should be satisfied with consid
erably lea* tban a million- Mr. W. believe*
the happiest man in this world to be one who
haa jutt wealth sufficient to keep him in
spirit and just children enough to quicken
his industry. And he ia right, for annni ie
as great a bore aa want.
By the way, let me relate a little itraident
which will illustrate tbe difflenltiea with
which terry era have to contend in making
the desired impression upon the jury. It
was on an oocaaion when Mr. White was
defending a boatman before tbe County
Court on O ahwgv of assault and battery
upon an Irishman, in which Ibe evidence
went altogether against his client. After the
witnesses for Ihs prosecution had all been
examined, and tbe Distriot Attorney bed ta
ken his seat, perfectly confident of oonviet-
Ing the prisoner, Mr. White called np an
other Irishman, bia sole witness. "Yonr
name, I believe, is Finegan 1" '-It ia, sir."
"Where do yon reside, Mr. Finegan f"—-
"Across the river, eir, ie a email Urate ran
nin," fotninst ouid Nat Hanna's." "And
which way does the street ran t" "Length
ways, sir." "But which direction, north or
south, V> "If you sUnd at the upper end it
run* south eir; if yon stand at tbe lower end
it runs north." "Then yon mean to say it
runs north and snath !" "Yea eir, pervidin'
yon athand midway between the ends."—
"And hew wide ie the street, Mr. Finegaat"
"From aide t* side, do ye raane I" "Yes,
vflm is the width from aide to aide!" "Well,
as near a* I can tell, the distance between
the two fences waa percieely equal; they
mightn't be, so I wouldn't lik* to ritk the
virtue of reo oath npoo it." "Am you a
married man, Mr. Finegan Y' "No, glory
be to god V' "Ab, tben 1 suppose yon re
side with some one; who is it!" "With
the man I booed with.'' "And who is mm!l
"Do y* know the onid blacksmith over agin
the river bank I" "I think not particularly.'!
"Then bow the divil can yon know who I
boord with!" "Well, never mind, tben;
did yon hear tbe testimony of these wit
nesses!" "I did." "Do you know any
thing abont the matter yourself?" "I do
not; but I know Utem witnesses in a gloerai
way to be the biggest liar* in aU Lock Ha
ven I"
This ended tbe testimony fer tbe defantw.
After tbe District Attorney had addressed tbe
jury in a strain of magniloquence, altogether
nnanited to tbe oocaaion, and especially to
the jury, who happened to be a jolly, good
natured set of fellows, Mr. White arose to
apeak for the defence. He appraoiaied and
fathomed tha jury in a moment, and shrewd
ly adapted hi* remarks to tbeh tastes.
"Gentlemen of the jury," aaid he. "if
lb tee witnesses eould be compeileMffß on
a pile of broken bottles until tbey
they knew, yon would have discharged my
client without a word. But it's as hard to get
the truth out or some witnesses, as to draw a
bob-tailed eat through the bung hole of a barrel.
Gentlemen of the—- Mr. Whit# had pro
-1 greased thus far when the foreman of the
1 jory, In a spasm ol laughter, told the Conrt
that they bad agreed upon a verdict, end
were ready to adjourn. It was—Not Guilty!
Had Mr. W. pursued his usual dignified and
scholarly mode of address, nothing would
haya saved his client from a six months ln
■ eurocrat ion. This oecurrence, however, trans
| piisd many year* ago, when the present
Congressman was u legal stripling, and when
twenty dollar fees were fete plentiful than
Aran times that amount is now to a first class
Nrojnby. It was the beginning through
I wStet, every successful lawyer must pass
v.r. . ■'"' ' M -7." ' r '" 'v •
From Ike Philadelphia Ledger.
There cin now be no question that Ilia At
lantic Telegraph will prove one of the most
brilliant and important soeoessos oa record.
Tbe atook ia about all taken, and will, be
yond doubt, tooo be at a premium. Every
feature ooanectad with h baa been already
tried and proved, before a atep baa bean ta
ken, oo that it starts off with auoeeaa gossan -
tead in eveiy possible form and contingency.
In a scientific poiat of view, it hai beeo test-
Od by acttaal experiment on the land, and
tbe demonstration made clear that tbe cur
rent oan be sanl along a mncb morrtfoateod
ed line, white it ia alao known by aetttal trial
that tbe isolation oan J>e maintained aa per
fectly nnder water aa above. Z
In a commercial point of view, it atarta
with a goaraniee of four par cent, on tbe
whole capital atook, from one customer
alone, tbe Btiliah government, which canoot
be reduced below S par cant, for twenty
five year* lo come, And not to that, until the
ia aix per earn. It ia true,
that for the larger aum tbe British govern
ment baa a riffrf to about aix message! par
day, coating 835 apiece. For all over that,
it will bava to paytfoe usual rate*. It baa
alao priority over all caatoaum, except the
United Statea government.
England will find thia a cheap and profita
ble bargain for baieatf, taring much money
in the transportation of treops, foe. F^gpTO,-
000 par aennm, aha la pm in momentary
commnnioation with the whole of the Cana
da*, Neva Sootia, Newfoaadiaod and New
Bramvinfc, udr abou bet Minis
ter at Washington. This also wiH be the
channel of iataraoona with bar Waal lodian
possessions, which will noon be connected
with tbe telegraph system of the felted
States. That she will be kept in instant
oommnnioatien witL all bar Governors, bar
Uoops, and her fleets.
The United Stftaa government will, per
haps, not pay quite so much, aod yet, whan
tbe absolute necessity is considered of the
government at Washington being able to
oommnnioate a* rapidly aa any ether power
with Ma agents in Engtaad, France, Spain,
Germany, in fad, all over Europe, and with
its fleets in the Mediterranean, there can be
no doobt tbat, to secure equal advantages
with the British government, a nearly simi
lar amount might well be paid. Other gov
ernments will come neat in point of dignity
and precedence, probacy, tbough not in
point of tbe profit they will yield avowedly.
Bet Spain musLCflmmnninma with Havana,
Iffff all governments with Washington,~"rm
newspaper press will afford one of tba most
certain end rapidly incraaaing sources of rev
enue. If tbe charge* are high, it is probably
that, at fint, there will be aome associated
press arrangement, by which the markets
and most important outlines of the news will
b transmitted each way. This cannot held
for long. Mammoth papers like the London
Time* will want their special columns daily
from their own correspondent*. Our awn
journal* will not be found deficient in this
kind of enterprise, nor aboutd we be surprised
if ia six months one line bee more business
then it cin perform, and other wire* hare to
be laid. Besides this, lb* private commoni
oations of business man will be immense.
The large houses of New Ygfji and London
wiii want lo communicate important transac
tions daily. Brown, Bowen fc Co., and
Brown, Shipley, fo Co., Hope, and Rotbs
cbtld, m fast, all the really large houses,
dealing either in stock*, exchange ot* pro
duce, must, and will bava almoat daily cor
respondence ia cipher.
And not only between N. Y. end London
bni from Chicago to Calcutta, and all in be
tween, will make use of this, the sole high
way of ligbtoing and of thought. Paris
and St. Petersburg will have their commer
cial announcements to make to New York.
TheWiral and departure of almoat every
importanfteeeel will by degrees oome to bo
notified, and hundreds of inquiries made af
ter every one delayed at aea. Besides com
merce, friendship and family ties wflTre
quire tbe use of the telegraph for some hours
in each day. Whether parties will ever be
married By telegraph across lire Atlantic
may, perhaps, be a question. It Is said
such thing* have happened in this country;
bni soon, at leaat, the day will arrive wbpn
every other sort of agreement will thut be
made. Fat Alderman in London will send
to New York and to lha Weal India* for tbe
fine*! tuttle of the season, regardless of ex
pense, and Dr. Dryasdut will send in hie bid
for aome rare old menuKript or volume te
be sold that day in Vienna, or Parit, or Lon
don. The Mayor of New York will be In
viting the Lord Mayor of London lo a ban
quet in the Crystal Palace, ten days before
hand, and tbe Governor of Canada and Lord
Palmeraton will b* able to sit In their offices,
one in Quebec and tbe other in Dowotog
street, be put in communication, chat and
touch glasaea by telegraph on the Queen's
birtb-day, as they drink her Majesty 1 * health.
With all these sou roes of revenue, the line
must be a grand success pecuniarily, if it is
only decently managed. Deep down in tho
depths of the ocean, the aperks of lightning
will flash along the wires, and aeroae from
end to end in lees than a quarter of a second
There will be no night then, for fresh relays
of operators will work tt without cessation.
01 ooarie the whole thing will be conducted
mors expensively than if the. Yankee* bad
hoW of it. Such things always are on Brit
ish ground," but it wid be done substant tally
and reliably wed. There will be- no way
stations to keep up, so fbtf the expenses
ought to be v *mali, and the profit! thus! be
very large. Nor should ft be forgotten hew
mnoh ft will Improve the business aftd tbe
value of an equal length of tine extending
from this eity to Newfoundland. If the for
mal be e snocess, the latter will be doubly
so. New Orleane and London wiH daily
want to feel each other'* pulse a* to cotton
and sugar, and the cargoes bought aod eotd
moat bs notified all (brought
It is quite possible indeed that on* or two
cables may be lost by storms. Rot tbey will
probably be insured,and should ball a dozen
cables prove failures, with suet brilliant
prospect* of a dividend, the attempt will be
recewed until sucoesslul. We should not be
surprised if in five years, there are at toast
as many rival lines competing for tba carry
ing trade ol facta and thoughts across the
Atlantic. >.
•4• • ■■ '
The peculiarities of that terrible but mys
terious agent, lightning, ere made the * object
of an interesting paper in a recent number of
tbe British Quarterly Review. Two clouds
are not necessary for the production of light
ning, which is frequently disebatged from a
solitary olump of vapor, when a ooanection
can be established with tbe earth. A French
lfgmed Marcolle, describes a
cam where a mete qloudlet about a foot and
• half in diameter, killed e by
dropping a thunderbolt upon her head. It
hat btesabowu by Faraday that tbe * too trie
fluid coutained in a single flash might per
haps b* supplied by the decomposition of
on* grain of water aJon*. M. Arago has di
vided the lightning into three sort*. The
first iceiodt those where the discharge ap
pears like long lumioons lines, bent into an
gles and zigzags, and varying eemplexion
from white to blue, purple or red. Thi*
kind is known as forked lightning, because
tl occasionally divide* into two branches.—
Charpentier relates a cam whore a flash sev
ered into three forks, each of which struck
on point* several hundred feet apart. Still
more numerous furcation* have been report
ed, for ft is said that during a temp Sat at
Landemaau aod St. Bel de Leon, twenty
four churches ware struck, though three dis
tinct claps amp heard. This was eight
churches apjpß for tbe three explosions!
The Swwi class of lightning differs from
the fiMßp the range of eorfaee over which
lha. fmn is diffused, and i* designated as
sheet lightning. Sometimes ft simply gilds
ihtfedges of the olond, whence it leap*; but
at floods with a lurid radiance, or
else tffflfefltammulace with blushes of a
rosy or viownHH^^^
Trie rhiT-t aUes oFviEtfnings are remarks
bio for Ibsir eccentrreTfjtpnJ have been
made tbe subject of cohwfeable attention
among meteorclogiets, many (jY whom have
denied their right to be treate#l| legitimate
lightnings, (bey differ so wideiytrom the or
dinary sort of flashes. They fofebit them
selves as balls or gtobolar lumps (jyire— not
momentary apparalioos, bat ftteteoiß which
take their own time, and treVtfet tpemark
ablerate. It is this incefonEfohlch gives
them their doubtful electri
cal bolt to supposed to leading
emblems of velocity. other aneo
dotea related of this kindjp lightning is the
following inoident, wbkFoocarred to e tai
lor ia the rue St. Jsejjm*, Vsl de Greco,
about the year 1548. Mfijßabinet was com
missioned by the AcadeM of Sciences to
investigate tbe facls,andlfejßrted substan
tially as follows:
"After a loud ihondorpap, the tailor be
ing finishing his meayhaw tbe chimney
botrd fall down as if Rant by a alight gust
of wind, and a glofcr of firo, the size of a
child's bead, come out violently into the
room, at a fmalßreight above the floor; the
tailor said ft lifted like a gßod sized kitten,
rolled up tub bail, and moving without
showing itappews. The globe came near
bto feet, 111 s young cat that wants to rnb
itself *MRnst its master's legs; but by mo
ving lb Rn aside gently be avoided' the con-
UfoMt appears to have played for several
Wconds around bto feet, he bending his body
over-it and examining it attentively. After
trying some excersiona in different direc
tions, it srose vertically to rh# height of his
heed, which he-threw back to avoid touch
ing his faoe. Tbe globe elongating a little,
then steered toward* a hole in (he chimney
above the mantle-piece, which hole received
a stope-pipe in the winter, but was now
pasted over with papor. 'The thunder,' he
said, 'eould not see tbe bole; but neverthe
less the ball went straight to the aperture, re*
moving (be paper without bnrtiog ft, and
made ita way into lha obimney. Shortly af
terwards, and when he supposed it hsd time
to reach the top, If made n dreadfnl explo
sion, which destroyed tbe upper part of the
chimney aod threw tbe fragments on the
roofs of smaller buildings, which they broke
through. The tailor's lodging was on the
third story : the lower one* were not visited
at all by tbe tbunder-boft.'"
Lightning, when it meats with an obstruc
tion in its course, frequently shatters the non
conducting object, dispersing and borsting
substances asunder iu every direction, as if
they had been charged with gunpowder.-*-
Tbe stone pinnacle of a church ia Cornwall
was struck by lightning, aod one fragment
weighing three hundred pound* was hurled
sixty yards to the southward, another lour
hundred yards to die north, and a third to
the sonth-west. In 1838 thsjopgallanl-mast
of H. M. ship Hodoey was literally out up
into chips by s flash of lightning, tho sea be
ing strewn with the figments as if the car
penters bed been sweeping their shavings
overboard. Sometimes, in striking a tree or
mast, the sice trie fluid will slice ft ,mo long
. • .
shreds or filaments, so thai it will appear like
a huge broom or a bundle of bubs. Light
ning bolls will occasion lily dash through re
siallng objects by tearing great openings, as
in a Cornish church, where aperture* were
made in the solid wall of Ilia belfrey ioer
tesn inches deep, and aa if out ant by an. In
other instance* small hole* are drilled which
are anrpriaiag for their perfect citoaUrity of
form. Window panes base been frequently
pieroed in this fashion, without effecting the
reat of tha glass. la forming these apertures,
a burr or projection ia left upon the edgea.
Juvenile electricians are in the habit of
making holes in cards by paasiag diaobatges
through them when • bur or project ton will
be observed on both sides-of the orifice.—
Sometimes a single discharge will produce
two holes in a card, each puncture marked
by a single burr, one on the tipper and the
other on tbo under part of the card. In some
instances the remits ere such ax to suggest
that a flash may be split ap into several fiery
filaments before it strikes no object. In
1777 a yrestbetcoek of tinned copper was
hurled by a thunderbolt from tha top of a
church in Cremona, and, upon inspection,
was fonnd to be pieroed with eighteen boles;
in nine of them the bnrr was conspicuous
on one aide, and in pine it was equally
prominent on (he other, while the slope of
the burr was identical in all.
%Among the ouriosities of lightning are
what is termed "fnlgnritire," Or tubes, which
the lightning constructs when it falls upon •
sillieioos spot, by filing the sand, They
may be eeUed came nf thunderbolts. In
•oca* Httoctra of emit tt Cumberland, Eng
land, these hollow tubes have been fonnd
from one-fifUeth to two inohes in diameter,
tapering perhaps lota mere point. The en
lire extent of the tubes may be thirty feet,
bnt tbey usually separate into numerous
branches, and have the appearance of the
skeleton of an inverted tree. Tbey are lieed
with glass as smooth and perfect aa if it had
been made la a glasshouse.
Accident la High Idle.
[From our Fal-lal Correspondent amongst the
Superior Classes ']
On Tuesday last, a lady of Ale, whose
name has hitherto been kept a profound se
cret, whilst proceeding up the grand stair
case of Sutherland House, to pay the amia
ble ducltoss a visit, neglected, we are sorry
to state, to take the necNaary precaution of
walking np sideways. The consequences ol
her recklessness (which, it is to be hoped,
will act M a warning to other ladies) wet,
that her dress, which, stlon la mode, was
fully twice aa broad as it was long, became
so completely wedged in between the ban
isters and the wail, that it'was impossible
for her to move either one way or the other.
Her ladyship's position was not one of the
most agreesble in the world. It was, in fact,
as alarming as it was awkward ; for it was
not a pin's point mote practicable fir her to
advance than it was to retreat There she
remained for some considerable period, per
fectly immoveable in body, though not un
moved in temper; and every minute of that
prolonged agony will probably be recollected
by the lair prisoner of Crwolica until the last
day of hqr life, when she throws off the
"mortal coil" of boops and henreooped pet
ticoats. Finding, at last, her efforts to re
lease herself front her ridiculous immure
ment perfectly ineffectual, the question nat
urally arose as to what had beat to be done.
Were the banisters to be sawn away I or,
was a hole to be excavated in the wall, of a
sufficiently large circle, in which her lady
ship could with safety turn mend and slide
off! No; out of respect to the duuliess, it
wea resolved by a council of elderly ladles,
held on the landing, that it was better that
the dress should be cut away. Accordingly,
half a dozen young milliners were fetched
from Madame de Jupon'e establishment in
the neighborhood; and with the help of a
large scissors and garden-shears, they set to
work in good earnest, hi order to clear the
thoroughfare. During the operation, Which
was witnessed in the most brealhlssa silence
by a crowd of European nobility, that ow
ing to the passing impediment, had gathered
behind, bar ladyship was supported by burnt
foatbere being applied under bet aquiline
nose, and lumps of soger dipped In eau-de
cologne being dropped into bermoDtb. How
ever, owing te the distance eeused by the
circumference of her drew, these bed to be
inserted between a pair of tongs (of the
brightest steel,) end it was only by extend
ing the tonga et arm's length that the resto
ratives could be introduced near enough to
reach her exhausted person. Aftor severe
labor, end the sacrifice of many yards of the
most expeasivo mors antique, Madame de
Jupon's assistants (who, if they kid been le
male navigator*, eoold not bate worked
with greater seal or hardihood,) succeeded
in extricating the unfortunate lady from her
distressing dilemma, ot solitary confine
ment. The difficulties tbey encountered in
cutting through tha innumerable strata of
silk, whalebone, guimpure, foundation mus
lin, ganse stiffening, calico, flannel, caom
cheuc, and crinoline, would, we are to|d, if
minutely related, send a thrill through the
bosom of the stoutest engineer 1 the lady,
considerably curtailed of her fair proportions,
Vat carried home, more-dead than alive, in
B sedan chair. The ruina of the dress were
removed in a cart. The be
enlarged—Puruh. SB ,
The man who works twenty-fire hours a
day, it has becu discovered, 'was a priuter
4 NUMBER 49:
—1 yUum—-J r ÜBgHT.
Western Annoyances.
Judge J— , who recently returned from
a lous iu the West, states an aaeedote illus
trating the horrors to which travellers in that
region are exposed. In bis passage to one
of the rivers, he fell in company with a lalk
allve lad) - and gentleman, to whom be wna
relating some of hi* sufferings from moaqai
tovf. . t -
*' "Husband," said the lady to the gentle
man owning that title, "yon had bailee tell
the gentleman about the man we m*i—ta
The bint wea enffiuient, and "husband"
proceeded to say that, in their travels father
the genus who oould "whip his weight in
wild eats," but who possessed a fund of
quiet humor. On one occasion they stop
ped tt a hotel in the interior, col of the most
ioviting appearance. They were shown to
their rooms, the hooaior at one end, and the
lady and gentleman at the oiber, of a long
baft. About midnight the drowsy coup]*
were started by a report of fire-arms, pro
ceeding from life end of the hall occupied
by their travelling companion.
Both started up in bed and began to spec
ulate upon the probable cause of this un
timely alarm, fchen they heard a rushing of
feet, sod a confusion of voices In the haft.—
On going to the door the gentleman fonnd
the whole household, headed by the land
lord, rushing in the direction of the report.
His cariosity led him to join this midnight
procession, and he arrived with the rest, in
Irodt of the booster's door. The landlord
tried (he lawfa, tmi found it fam, whereupon,
in a loud voice, he demanded insuot ad
"What do yoo want !'■ roared the voice
"Went te come la I" replied tho land load.
"Can't do it!" was the response from
within. "It's my room, end I'm in bed ; .
can't come in."
"Bet me In !" shouted the landlord, In ■
fonder tone, at the same time shaking the In
door violently, "or I'll break the doer down."
"Hold on?" rejoined (ho voiee within;
"I'll open the door."
The door was soon opened, when in rush
ed the whole party, expecting to find the
floor covered with blood. What wae their
surprise to find everything In its proper
place, and the booaier calm and unconcern
ed. A revolver was lying owUtslssely up
on the bed.
"Who fired that pistol t" demanded the
"I did!" was the reply. :
"Why T" asked the landlord.
The hoosier stepped to the bed, and throw
ing Open tha covering said i
"Look bore I do yon see that!"
The attention of the party was at once di
rected to the point indicated, and there, over
the whole eurfoce Of the sheet, bedbugs were
scampering in every direction, Tike a flock
of sheep frightened by a dog.
Tbe landlord was chagrined and puzzled,
and looked to iris lodger for an explanation.
"These," began the hoosier, straightening
himself bp to h're full height, and gesticula
ting with his right hand in grandiloquent
style; "these are my friends; I have ret
ried an armistice with them, and we ere on
friendly terms; but on tbe window-siif there,
just ontside, you will find two infernal big
fellers that I couldn't do anything with, and
so I just pat a bullet through 'em. Bnt It's
all right now, it's sit understood between me
and my friend* here, and we shall gat along
well enough now."
It is needles* to add that the landlord re
tired to his own bed visibly crest fallen,
while the spectator* enjoyed a hearty laugh.
DISASTERS OK THE Laxis.-—The present
season has been remarkable for the great
number of marine disasters which have cc
rurted. The losses upon our inland seas ate
greater in number and fatality than have
ever been known before in tbe same length
onftne. From an imperfect list of 'lost vea
•els which has been published, wo see there
ha* beeu six steamers, dine propellers, two
toga, Ave brigs, and twenty-eigbt aehooeers,
either burped < wrecked. Several have
never been bsard from. At least two hun
dred lives bava also been lost.
W The man who hates you i* the men
yon have helped. Jones one day refuted
to endorse any more for Skidreore. What
has been the result f Why, Skidmore al
lows that Jones is the meanest man iu New jrf-
York, And has some thoughts of setting fire
to hi# carriage house, and burning up Mr.
Jones' phaeton and light bays.
CP Owing to the new order of skirts,
concert rooms do not hold as many people
as -they formerly did. In consequence of
this, Thalberg talks of charging women by
the foot. Not a bad idea, provided he
makes them pay the expense, and not their
BP "I cannot imagine," said Alderman
H., " why ray whiskers should tuj|i gray so
much sooner than the hair of my head."—
"Because you havo worked no much more
with your jaws than your brain," observed
a wag.
REST.- Bnst is a very fine medicine. Let
your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics. Let your
brain rest, ye wearied and worried men of

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