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M. 11. JACOBYj rrojniePor.] VOLUME U. (2)1? IliSlii SJCSMIrtiTj, 1-UIII.ISIIKD BVKKY WEDNESDAY BY WIB. 11. JiltrOliY) Office on Matn St., Ird Square below Market, TERMS: —Two Dollars per annum if paid Svithin six months from the time of subscrib ing: two dollars and fitly els. if not paid with in the year. No subscription taken for a less Iperiod than six mouths; no discontinuance permitted until all arrearages are paid, un less at the option of the editor. l'/ie terms if advertising wilt be as follows: 'One square, twelye lines, three limes, &l 00 Every subseouent insertion, 25 ■One square, three months, 3 00 One year, 8 00 Cljoiie JJocirn. THE COTTAGE DOOR. How sweet the rest that labor yields The humble and the poor, Where sits the patriarch of the fields Before his cottage door! The lark is singing in the sky, 'The swallows on the eaves, And love is beaming in each eye Beneath the summer leaves f The air amid his fragrant bowers unpurchased health, And hearts are bounding'mid thejfiowers, More dear to htm than wealth, lkrace like the blessed sunlight plays Around his humble cot, And happy sights and cheerful day's Divide his lowly lot. And when the village sabbath bell Rings out upon the gale, The lather bows his head to tell The music of its tale— A fresher verdure seems to fill The fair and dewy sod, And every infant tongue is still To hear the word of God. O, happy hearts ! to Him who stills The ravens when they cry, And makes the lilly 'uealh lire hills So glorious to the eye— The trusting patriaroh prayß to bless His labors with increase ; Such ways are "ways of pleasantness," And all such "paths are peace." Hints to Travelers. Take one fourth more mo.iey than your actual estimated expenses. Have a good supply of change, and have no bill or piece higher than ten dollars, that you may not take counterfeit change. Dress substantially ; better be too hot for two or three hours at ttoon, than to be too cold for the remainder of the twenty-four. Be at the place of starting fifteen or twen ty minntes before the time. Do not commence a days travel before breakfast even if that has to be eaten at day light. Dinner or supper, or both can be more heallby dispensed with than a good warm breakfast. Put your purse and watch in your vest pocket, and put all under your pillow, and you are not likely to leave either. The most secure fastening of yout cham ber door is a common bolt on the inside ; if there be none, lock the door, turn the key BO that it can be drawn partly out and put the wash basin under it ; thus any attempt to use a jimmy or putin another key will push it out, and cause n racket among the crockery, and which will be pretty certain to rouse the sleeper, and rout the robber. A sixpenny sandwich eaten leisurely in the cars is better for you than a dollar dinner bolted at a "station.* Take with you a month's supply of pa tience, and think thirteen times before you reply once to any supposed rudeness, or in sult, or inattention. Do not suppose yourself specially and designedly neglected, if waiters ai hotels do >U)t bring you what you call for in double quick time; nothing so distinctly marks the well bred man as a quiet waiting on such occasions ; passion proves the puppy. Do not allow yourself to converse in a tone loud enough to be heard by a person two or three seats from you ; it is the mark of a boor, if in a man, and the want of re finement and lady like delicacy, if in a wo man. A gentlemen is not noisy, and ladies are serene. Comply cheerfully and gracefully with the customs of conveyance in which you travel, and the place where you stop. Hespecl yourself by exhibiting the man ners of a gentleman and a lady, if you wish to be treated as such, and then you will re ceive the respect of others. Travel is a great leveller: take the posi tion which otheis assign you from your con duct rather than from your pretension.— Halts Journal of Health. A PUZZLE FOR THE CURIOUS. —Those of our readers who may happen to have more p time on their hands than they can conven iently make use of, will, no doubt, be much obliged to us for the following curious statement. We imagaine that a few will find it a "poser." A gentleman married a lady, whose brother soon after married the IpMjband's daughter ; in conrse of time each a child,the former a daughter, the latter 1 ° n ,—therefore the first mentioned lady i mot her to her brother, sister to her dangtftr, and grandmother to her nephew ; be. litte daughter is neice to her sister, nun' cousin, sister to her uncle; the yottug mnn isbwhsr to his .father and moth er, .°nu to his slater, uncle to his-wij?, a[> d brother to his nie® j his wife is sister to her father and to her sis ter, his little son is granfcon fo his aunt the older lady, and cousin aunt the little git! ! A very polite young to ask a young lady if he might spedk to her a few moments, wanted to know "if roll the wheel of conversation around we axle tree of her understanding for a few mo • merit* " The young lady Tainted. , r.LOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA CO'UWW? DA*-AVEPNESI)AY. JULY 18. 1859, ffas William Tell a Myth In August, 1857, Hon. Edward Everett delivered his chaßle an eloquent oration on "the character ol Washington" before the Alumni of Bowdoin College. An educated ; Swiss lady was charmed by the finished ! eloquence of the ' golden-mouthed" orator ,of New England, but observed, at the con ' elusion, to President Woods,"l wonder why j Air. Everett in his catalogue of great men, | with whom he compared Washington, has made no mention of the patriot of Switzer land." President Woods, in a subsequent conversation with Mr. Everett, i.amed the omission spoken of by the lady. Mr. Ev erett, remarked that as some doubt had hung over the history of William Tell, he had thought best not to bring him up in comparison with our Patrice Paler. It was, however, observed by pome, who had heard Air. Everett, at Brunswick ar.d listened to him again at Portland, that in the latter city the orator mo6t beautifully and eloquently alluded to the mountain hero whose very name even at this day stirs the Switzer's heart with the deepest emotions of patriot ism. The attention of Everett having been called to the subject in the manner alluded to, he doubtless was led to an examination of the historical claims of William Tell,and being satisfied that they were true, frankly did justice to oue of the noblest men that ever lived. Our notice of this subject at the present time arises from the fact that the New York Observer recently had in its weekly columns of "Questions and Answers" the following inquiry : "Was William Tell a myth The Answer returned was, that history re cords six other apple-shooting feats perform ed by different individuals before and after the time of Tell. How this decides the question whether William Tell was a real character or not, we are not able to see. But as there has been some discussion in by gone days on this subject, and some seem still to be in doubt let us reduce the ques tion to logical form : Saxo Gramaticus, a chronicler of the 12th century, narrates that Tecco, an archer ot the 10th century, per formed the same leat which is recorded of William Tell in the 14th century ; ergo, William Tell is a myth. Any one may see that such an inference is illogical. Yet this is the greatest fact (t) that has been adduc ed to prove that Tell's heroism is a mere figment of the past. It is not improbable that the deed referred to was performed by even more than six different men. Such skill in marksmanship was not rare in the days of archery. Recently it was stated,on the authority of one of the continental jour nals, that a German peasant had imitated the feat of Tell, —only that he used a gun instead ola cross bow. Indeed, the "snuf fing of the candle" by our Kentucky rifle men, is perhaps more difficult than for a firm hand and a steady eye to pick off an apple from the head of a boy. But Tell's non-existence is not to be made, out from the flimsy inference mentioned above. No character, of the 13th and 14th centuries, is better attested in Swiss history than that of William Tell. The ballads of the present day sung to his memory ; the annual festival on the blue lake of Lucerne in his honor; and the monuments erected to him by those with whom he was cotem poraneous, all bear upon this point. "Tell's chapel" on the "Talleuspring," (the rock so called because the Swiss hero here leap ed when he escaped from Gessler,} was erected in the presence of one hundred and' fourteen persons who had known Tell when living. No one can go to " That sacred lake,withdrawn among hills." And witness their various scenes and inves tigate the facts without being convinced that William Tell was no myth. Sir James Mcintosh, one of the most im partial of historians, visited the glorious re gion associated with the namo and deeds of Tell. He examined history, and became perfectly convinced of the existence of the mountain hero, and of the truth of the part that he played in little Switzerland, when "Few were the numbers she could boast, But every freeman was a host, And felt as though himself were he, On whose sole arm hung victory." The testimony of such a man as Sir James Mcintosh is one of the most important char acter, if there were any room to doubt, for Baron Macaulay thus speaks of his judg ment and impartiality :—"Whatever was valuable in the compositions of Sir James Mclntbsh, was the the ripe fruit of study meditation. * # ####*## His mind was a vast magazine admirably arranged ; everything was there and every thing was in its place. His judgment on men, on books, ou sects had been olten and earefully tested and weighed, and had been committed to their proper recept acle an the most capacious and accurate momory that any human being ever posses sed." But the mode of reasoning used in regard to William Tell, comes from the Germans, and has a bearing upon things of graver import. During the last century, when re ligion was dead in Germany and during this century, when rationalism, with an appear ance of erudition was rile, many critics formed theories of their own in regard to Homer, and the ancient writers in general. Tho German mind was not schooled in the weighing of evidence, in trials by jury, or in looking at both sides of a question. The result was that book after book issued from the presses of Leipsic and Berlin,filled with the most absurb theories. Every student who came from the University had the am bition to write a book. Each one thought himsclt a veritable Daniel come to judg- , meet. Homer was a myth, nearly every hi-torical character was a being ot imagina tiou, and thus Wi.'liam Tell became a myth. It would be well if these sophists had stop ped here. But they laid hold upon the word of God ; Moses became a myth in their hands ; Job was a mere story in poe try, like the "Arabian Nights ;" Ecclesia stes was the blating of a worn out debau chee, or of an Epicurean philosopher no longer young. Thus every book of the Bi ble was divested of all that was holy and authoriative by men of real erudition, as well as by the shallowest of tyros. Good, however, came out of this evil. The atten tion of the few eminent evangelical Chris tians in Germany was led to examine the basis on wtuch the truth stands; the best men of England and America studied more profoundly than ever the "faith once deliv ered lA the saints and the insult was, the overthrow or the specious reasoning, and the crude, and in some instances absurd theories of opponents of the Bible.— tJour. of Commerce. Slick and the Ladies. "Cousin John, how did your wife hurt ber back so ? 1 declare it makes me feel awfully to see what a hump she's got grow ing since she cum away from Connecticut' With that cousin John looked at her, and larted a little, but I could see he didn't feel just right; and arter a minit he said sez he, "Ilusli cousin, you must not speak so loud ; it's true Mary has put on too much bustle, but it's the fashion you see." I looked around, and, as true as you live, there warn't a gal in that room that hadu't her back a Blicking out jest the same way.— Such a set of critters ( never did put my eyes on, and yet they all stood about a smil ing and a talking to the fellers, as if nothing ailed them, poor things ! I never see a set of folks dressed so and so awfully stuck up as they were. Some of the gals had feath ers in their hair, and some had flowers or gold chains twisted around their curls, and I didn't see one that wasn't dressed up in her silks and satins, as could be. As for men, thought 1 should have haw hawed j right out a lafin to see some of them. There 1 was one chap talking to Miss Beehe, with ] his hair parted from the top of his head j down each side of his face, and it hung , down behind all over his coat collar like a young gal's just before she begins to wear a comb, and there was two bunches of hair stuck out of his upper lip right urkler his nose, like a cat's wiskers when she begins to git her back up. Every time hq spoke, the hair riz up and moved about, till it Vras enough to make one crall all over to look at him. Think sez I, if it wouldn't be fun to see that varmint try to eat. If he didn't get his victuals tangled up in that bunch of hair, j he must know how to aim alfired slaight i with his knile and fork. Wouldn't Tell her Age. The N. O. Crescent says :—A lady witness ' in one of the District courts on Friday, was , asked her age. She indignantly retused to j tell, and rated the lawyer for impertinence. The court explained that a knowledge of her age was necessary to the case at issue, and that it was not in any spirit of idle cu riosity or impertinence that the question was asked. Still the lady prevericated, and finally became flatly stubborn. The court told her she would have to answer the ques tion. She was twenty-five. The Court then reprimanded her mildly lor her obstinacy, adding that twenty-five was a youthful age, and not an age for any Indy to be ashamed to acknowledge. The trial proceeded, and after a while the lady testified to incidents, of her own knowledge and memory, which occurred twenty-seven years ago. In the further course of the inquisition, the lady became so disgusted with the opposing lawyer, our tall and handsome friend, the Kentucky colonel, that in replying to his question she turned her face aside, and hid it from his view with her fan. He request ed her politely to remove her fan and faco him when he spoke. She paid no attention to the request. The Colonel then asked the court to ask the lady to do as he had asked. The Court did so. That was the touch that fired the lady completely. Dropping her fan suddenly, and facing the Colonel, with eyes flashing fire, she snapped at him, or spat at him, as a cat might spit at a dog.— "Your'e 100 ugly to look at!" The Col. grimaced under the compliment, but went on with his questions. Lawyers do meet Tartars, sometimes. A CONSCIENTIOUS WIDOW.—A poor peas ant on his doathbed made his will. He call ed his wife to him and told her of its pro visions. "I have left, 1 ' he said, "my horse to my parents ; sell it, and hand over to them the money you receive. I leave you my dog; take care of him and he will serve you faithfully." The wife promised to obey, and in due time set out to the neigbor ing market, with the horse and dog. "How much do you want for your horse V in quired a farmer. ''l cannot sell the horse alone,but you may have both at a reasonable rate. Give me ten pounds for the dog and five shillings for the horse." The farmer laughed, but as the terms were low, he willingly accepted them. Then the worthy woman gave to her husband's parents the five shillings received for the horse, and kept the ten pounds herself. A young fellow in Chicopec, who at tempted to kiss a young lady, slipped and fell, losing the kiss and two front teeth Poor follow—what a disappointment to the young lady. Truth .ind Right God and Pi om the Montreal Herald. Sucred I'ledge of Love. j We had in our possession on Saturday the j identical pair of Bibles presented by the im j mortal Burns to tho dearest object of his af | lections, Highland Alary, on the banks of i the winding Ayr, when lie spent with her i "one day of parting love." They are in j remarkable good preservation, and belong ; to a descendant of the family of Mary's mother, Mrs. Campbell, whose properly they became on the death of her daughter, and subsequently Mrs. Anderson, Mary's only surviving sister acquired them. The circumstance of the Bible being in two vol umes, seemed at one time to threaten its dismemberment, Mrs. Anderson having pre sented a volume to each of her two daugh ters; but on their approaching marriage, ! William msjuiloJ on Ueyn to dispose of the sacred to him. On the first blank leaf of the fitst volume is written, iti the hand writing of the immortal bard. "And ye shall not swear by my name falsely—l am the Lord—Levit. 19th chap, 12th verse;" and oil the corresponding leaf of the second volume, "Tlion shalt not for swear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oath—Math, sth chapt., 13d verse." On tho second blank leaf of each volume, there are the remains of ' Robert Burns, Mossgiel," in his hand writing, be neath which is drawn a masonic emblem. At the end of the first volime there is a lock of Highland Mary's hair. There is a mournful interest attached to these sacred volumes—sacred from their contents, and sacred from having been a pledge of love from the most gifted of Scot land's barns to the artless object of his af fections, from whom separated, no more to meet on this side of the grave. The life of Burns was full of romance, but there is not one circumstance in it all, so roman tic and full of interest, as those which at tended and followed the gift of these vol umes. He was young when he wooed and won the affections of Mary, whom he de scribes as "a warm hearted, charming young creature as ever blessed a man with gener ous love." The aitachment was mutual, I and froms the subject of many of his earlier lyrics, as well as the productions of his lat er years, which shows that it was very deep rooted. Before he was known to fame, steeped in poverty to the very dregs, and meditating an escape to the West Indies, from the remorseless fangs ol a hard heart ed creditor, he addressed to his "dear girl" the song which begins: "Will ye go in th Jmli* 1 -, , And leave anld Scotia's shore. Will you go to the Indies, my Mary, And cross the Atlantic's roar?" But neither Burns nor his Mary were doomed to ;i coss the Atlantic's roar," nor to realize those dreams of mutual bliss which passion or enthusiasm had engen dered in their youthful imaginations. Burns was called to Edinbutg, there to commence his career of fame, which was to terminate in ch : ll poverty, dreary disappointment, and dark despair—while Mary's happier lot, af ter a transient gleam of the of life, was to be removed to a bettur and a hap pier world. Her deaih shed a, sadness over his whole future life, and asqttl of subdued grief and tenderness was displayed when ever she was the subject of or writing. Witness as lollop: "Ye banks an' braes an' streams around The castle o' MoiitgoitTOrnf, Green be your woods and fair your flowers, Your waters never drnmlie: There simmer first unfolds her robes, An' there ihe langest tarry, For there 1 took the last fareweel O' my sweet Hieland Mary!" In a note appended to this song, Barns says: "This was a composition of mine ill my early life, before I was known at all to the world. My Highland lassie was a warm hearted charming young creature as ever blessed a man with generous love. After a pretty long trail of the most ardent recipro cal affections, we met by appointment on the second Sunday of May, in a sequestered spot on the banks of the Ayr, where we spent a day in taking a farewell before she would embark for the West Highlands, to arrange matters among her friends for our projected change of life. At the close of the autumn following, she crossed the sea to meet me at Greenock,—where she was seized with a malignant fever, which hur ried my dear girl to her grave in a few days before I could even hear of her illness." It was at this romantic and interesting meeting on the banks of the Ayr, that the Bibles before us, were presented to Mary ; and he must have a heart of stone indeed who can gaze on them without his imagin ation calling up feelings in his bosoms 100 big for utterance. On that spot they ex changed Bibles, at.d plighted their faith to each other, the stream divided them, and the sacred book grasped by both, over its purling waters. This was the only token of afTection each had to give the other, and the wealth of the Indies could not have procured a better or more appropriate one. In Lochart's Life of Burns, we are inform ed that several years after the death of Ma ry, on the anniversary of the day which brought to him the melamAdv intelligence, he appeared as the (in the language of hi 6 widow sad about something and though was a cold and keen one, in ho wandered into his barn which the entreaties of his wife coinißit, for some time, recall him. To he always promised obedieiitf, but these promises were but tho lip-kmdnesses of af fection, no sooner made forgotten, for his eyo was fixed oyßieaven, and his} (indicated that* his heart was also there. Mrs. Burn's last ap proach to the barn yard lound him stretched on a mass of staw, looking abstractedly on a planet which, in a clear starry sky, "shone like another moon," and having prevailed "on him to return into the house, he instant ly wrote, as they still stand, the following sublime verses "To Mary in Heaven," which have thrilled through many breasts, and drawn tears from many eyeß.and which will live the noblest of the lyrics of Burns, while sublimity and pathos have a respond ing charm in the heart of Scotchmen : TO MARY IN HEAVEN. Thou lingering star with less'ning ray, That lov'st to greet the early morn, Again thou usherst in the tiny My Mary from my soul was lorn. ,0 'I eat departe'4 shatle J Where is thy place or blissful rest ? fee'st thou thy lover lowly laid, [breast? Hear'st thou the groans that rend his That sacred hour can I forget? Can I forget the hallow;d grove, Where by the winding Ayr we met, To live one day.Uf parting love ? Eternity will not efface Those records dear-of transport past j Thy image at our last embrace ; j Ah ! little thought we 'twas our last! * Ayr gurgling kissed his pebbled shore, O'erhung with wild woods' thick'ing green; The lragranl birch, and hawthorn hoar, Twin'd am'rous round the raptur'd scene. The flowers sprang wanton to the preet, The birds sung iove on every spray ; Till soon too soou, the glowing west j- Proclaimed the speed of winged day. Still o'er these scenes my mem'ry wakes, And fondly broods with miser's care ! Time but the impressiou deeper makes, • As streams their channels deeper wear. My Mary, dear departed shade ! Where is thy blissful place of rest ? See'st thou thy lover low ly laid ? [breast ? Hear'st thou the groans that rend his The Chances of 1860. Speculation is already afloat as to the chances of the next Presidency, and calcu lations are made to suit individual views.— The following article irom an exchange, appears to its id be a reasonable view of the 1 matter and we transfer it to our columns.— ! It says i "The Republican papers of late have been ! bragging extensively upon their prospets of success in the election of 1860. They de-1 clare it is now a certainly that a Repulican i President will be inaugurated on the 4th of' March, 1860. ft is undoubtely true that they woropretiy successful -in carrying the i Northern election of 1856 : but that is no indication of the result in 1860. Their vie tories are generally a year br two 100 early j or too late. Even taking the election of 1 1858 as the criterion, and the chances for the next Presidency are against the Repub licans. ft is certain there will be no fusion between the Southern and Northern opposi tion in 1860. The Republicans will run their own candidate on their own platform, just as they did in 1856. Of course, this being the case, they will not get a solitary electoral vote of the one hundred and twen ty belonging to the Southern Slates. The Democracy may get all of them, hut they will be cast against the Republicans. In 1858 the Democratic majority on the Stale officers in Illinois was between two and three thousand. In Indiana the Democratic State ticket had about three or four thousand majority in that year. "In California and Oregon the Democratic majority was largo. These Democratic Slates have thirty-one electoral votes. Uni ted with the South they would give one hundred and fifty-one against the Republi can certain. The whole number of eleclo ral votes is three hundred and three. The Republicans, if they should carry the rest would only succeed by one majority.— Recollect that this one majority is on the basis of the late elections. The loss to them of either Minnesota, lowa, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Connecticut or New York would be fatal. They can hardly hope to carry all these States in iB6O. If the election should go into the House of Representatives, the Republican candidate will not be chosen. He could not get any of the fifteen Southern States. He could not got Illinois, Oregon and California. Those eighteen States are a majority of the thirty-three and would prevent a Republican choice. It seems to be impossible that any Republican can be elected, unless the Democrats make an outrageous blunder in their candidate and platform at Charleston. If a popular man is nominated there, on a national platform, he will be elected by a larger majority than Mr. Buchanan received in 1856. THE DOOM or THE WORLD. —The North British Review, discoursing on the doom of the world, has the following remarks ; " What this change is we dare not even conjecture : but we see in the heavens themselves some traces of destructive ele ments, and some indications of their power —the fragments of broken planets—the de scent of meteoric stones upon our globe— the whirling comets yielding their loose material at the solar surface—the volcanic eruptioe in our own satelite—the appear ance of new stars and the disappearance of others, are all foreshadows of that impend ing convulsion to which the world is doom ed. Thus placed on a planet which is to be burned up, and under heavens which are to pass away ; thus residing, as it were, on the cementaries and dwelling npon the raausolems of former worlds, let us leant the lesson of humility and wisdom, if we have not already been taught in the school of revelation.'" TIIE Milll.E FARMER. Willi hero from iho battie strife, Willi palms ol victory crown'd, Fame's clarion music in iiis ear From earth's remotest bound ; What ruler over a nation's ioYe In majesty sublime— Tl,first, the greatest in the realm, A king in freedom's clitne, Reiiiruspo rural hauiiis to watch ( His ripening wheat fields wave? A blessed gladness in the heart That glory never gave. Who, his acres broad and green, Where plow-shares brake the sod, Prclers in sylvan toils to walk With Nature and with God ! There was but one, who thus rctred Front conquests, power and pride, For which ambition hath so oil In madness striven unit died. There was hilt one, dost ask his iiaiVlC ? 'Neath lair Vifuinia s sky, Go, find Mount Vernon's sepulchre And heed its answering sigh. Ladies tlic Best Company. It is better for you to pass an evening once or twice in a lady's drawing-tooth, even thotiah the conversation is slow, and you know the girl's song by heart, than in a club, tavern, or pit of a theatre Ail amusements of youth to which virtuous women are not admitted, rely on it are de leterious in their nature. All men who avoid female society have dull petceptions and are stupid or have gross tastes, and revolt against what is pure. YoUf club swagger ers who are sucking the buts of billiad cues all night, call female society insipid. Poe try is insipid to a yokel ; beauty has no charities for a blind man ; music does not please a poor beast who does not know one tune from another; and as a true epicure is hardly ever tired ol water, fancy and brown bread and butter, I protest 1 can sit for a whole night talking to a well regulated, kimlly woman about her girl commitig out, ol her boy at.Elon, and like the evening's entertainment. One of the great benefits a man may derive from woman's society is that he is bound to bo respectful to thorn.— The habit is of great good to your mortal man, depend upon it. Our education makes of us the most eminently selfish men in the world. We fight lor ourselves, we push lor ourselves, we yawn for ourselves, we light our pipes and say we won't go out; wo prefer ourselves, and our ease ; and the greatest good that comes to a man from a woman's society is, lhat he has to think of somebody to whotn he is bound to be con stantly attentive andjrespectlul.— Thackurny. I.AY OF THE DESERTED —"An unfortunate husband," having been deprived of the so ciety of his charming wile, who had left for parts',unknown, thus gives his veut to his feelings through the medium of an ad vertisement : "My wife lias loft my bed and board, For a few days—lew days ; She sloped from here of lierown accord, While I was away from home. "I warn the world that no amount Now-adays—now-a-days, Will I pay on the jabe's account, For home she'll never come." DOWN on the "Eastern Shore of Virginia there is an editor, who is also his own com positor and pressman, who makes occasion al voyages along the coast, to Norfolk, as captain of tho schooner Polly, who preach es on Sunday, teaches school on week days, and still finds time to take care of a wife and sixteen children. Is your horse perfectly gentle, Mr. Dab ster ?"—"Perfectly gentle sir; the only lault lie has got—if that be a fault—is a playful habit of extending iiis hinder hoots now and then." "By extending his hinder hoots you don't mean kicking, 1 hope ?" "Some people call it kicking, Mr. Green ; but it's only a slight reaction of lite muscles, a disease rather than a vice." ONCE on a time an Irishman and a negro where fighting, and when grappling with each other, the Irishman exclaimed : "Ye devil of a black nagur! cry enough, or I'll fight till I die !" "So'll I, boss," sung out tho darky, "1 allers does." TIIE editor of the Sandusky Pioneer has been presented with a fine shirt collar. Ho is wailing for some one to give him a shirt, so that he can put the collar to some use At present it is a perlect superfluity to him. A lady being about to marry a small man was told that lie was a very bad fellow.— "Well," said she, "if he is so bad, there's comlort—there is very little of Jtim !" A spiteful writer says: "It is about as hopeless a task to get a rich woman to live a life of common-sense, as it is to get a rich man into the kingdom of heaven. Mrs. Partington says she did not marry her second husbund because she loved the malo sex, but just because he was tho size of her first protector, and would wear his old clothes out. THE Mayor of a certain tew" out West . i -ii u if .i,* lies of his town, proposes to kill half the oo„ ' . h [lie bark of ihe oth and tan their hides i' n er half. A Mr He* has just started a now paper in lowa. Ho oW* 1,0 h °P° B by h " rd scratck ing to make a living for himself and little chickens. [Two Dollars prr Annum. . NUMBER 27. Ilrigin uf Camp Meetings. A correspondent o! ihe Boston Bee gives ihe lollowing version of liie origin of these popular religious gatherings :—lt has gen erally been supposed that camp meetings originated with the Methodists, but history informs us that the Presbyterians were first in l lie enterprise. I not long since listened lu.a.sermon upon the subject from which I gathered the following facts : Two brother • preachers, one a Methodist the other a Presbyterian, were traveling in the State of Tennessee Tltey stopped at a village to spend the Sabbath. There b'oing hut one church in the place (a Presbyterian,) it was agreed they should both preach in it; the Methodist officia ed in ihe afternoon. As they were very zealous in the cause, they concluded to hold a meeting oil Monday.— The evfitcment Is,cams so/ great that the house was not large enouglt to accommo date the multitude, and they adjourned to a grove near by, and the people came from far and near some bringing tents, others covered tvngons and continued the meetidg a week. Hence the name ot camp meetings, though the Presbyterians have never made it so prominent in theit operations as the Methodists yet they share equal in its ori gin. The Methodists have ever since ob served it and as a body leei as much oblig ed to attend the annual camp meeting as the Jews did their Feasts of Tabaruacles. A Chinese Hell. A Correspondent of a Baltimore paper thus describes a representation of the pun ishment of the wicked after death, accord ing to the Buddhisht theology, which he witnessed in the suburbs of Canton : "After a walk of about a mile, we came to the "Temple ol Horrors." This is a horrible place—that is, the 6cenes are hid eous. The intention is to represent what a bad man would suffer after death. It id composed of ten different groups of statua ry, made of clay, and many of them are crumbling to pieces. The first group rep resents tho triul of the man ; he is surround ed by his family and friends,who are-trying to defend him ; the second, where he is condemned and given over to the execu tioner; in the third he is undergoing a semi transformation from the man to the brute; the fourth, where he is put into a mill,head downwards, and being ground up; hisdtfg is by the mill, licking up his blood. In the fifth scene ho is packed between two boards, and is being sawed down lengthwise ; sixth, he is under a large bell, which is rung untir tiie concussion kills him ; seventh, the man is placed upon a rack, and the executioners are tearing his flesh with red-hot pincers ; ninth, he is in a cauldron of boiling lead, and the tenth scene represents him on a gridiron, under going the process of roasting. In all these scenes his family are present; also, a large figure who represents the judge, execution ers, little devils, and various instuments of tortuie. AWFUL CONDITION. —"WeiI there is a row over at our house." "What on arth's the matter, you little sarpint ?" "Why dad's drunk, mother's dead, the old cow's got a calf, Jerusha's married a printer aud run away with tho spoons. Pete swallowed a pin, aud /Lui's looked at the Aurora Borax till he's got the delirium tri angles. "That ain't all neither." "What else, upon airth ?" "Kose split the batter-box, and broke ifie pancakes, and one of the Maltese kittens has got her head into the raolases tup afid can't get it out. And oh, how hungry 1 am.'' GF" "Attention ? How many beans are there in six 1" "Six, sir. May I ask a question, if you please, sir t" "Certainly." " How many white beans are there in six black ones 1" "None, of course." "Yes, sir, there is." ''Well, smartee, will you tell mo how many 1" "Yes, sir. There's six ij you tint tlcem I" "Go to your seat, or you." "I WISH I was a ghost, blame if I don't," said S poor covy, the other night, as he was soliloquizing in the cold. " Tftey g°® s wherever they please, 101 l Iree ; they J°" ' owe nobody nothin', and that's comfort. Who ever heard tell of a man who had a bill against a ghost. Nobody- They never buy hats and witals, nor has to saw wood nor tun arrauts, as I do." A friend of ours was congratulating him self tfpon having 'ecently taken a very pleasant trip- u P on we fou,ul lhat ho had tripod aud fell into a young lady's |UP. '• •!1 - ! A woman with no friends can't be ex pected to sit down and enjoy a comfortable smoke, for she hasn't got any " to back her." THE old woman who opens the pew at the church says, she used to have only to open the (loots, but now she has to push tho dresses in, too. AN irritable man is like a hedge bog roll ed up the wrong way, tormenting himself with tiis own prickles. A modes', young lady who is about to bo murried, vows sho'll tako chloroform when the time comes.