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VOLUM E X.
£hf trinity Journal IS PUBLISHED EVERY BATVMMT, K 7 Weavervllle, Trinity County, California : DAVID E GORDOX, EDITOR AMi PR H'RICTOH. IP dice, — One door beloir the “ Hank Wlxehan %e Saloon, Kant Side »Jla/n Street . Hubticription Hat**-In Advance* One yp.ir. s.*> 00 | Six munlhe, 00 ] Ihr*-- ni.mth-*. O' 1 . 4*’ The |.uj.tT Will he mail***! (KMiii-iiMiithly !•* any in the Atlantic State-* or Knr-.;*e at l!»«* ah«»ve rate**. «!« i t 1..- uc-nary amount f.-r junta-.- ( wliiili min: j.nqinnl; :nl<h *l ou all |»ajMTH out <»f the Uni!*- I Mat*-*. ttateu of *ldrerHntnfr : -Otic mjuare. of 10 linen *»r l< ■*<, fir-*t insertion, - - $4 ,H) Kach auUe.juoot in-ertion, - ‘' u (s*> I» r rent. <li-count t*« V#nrljr rolvf i tlf-.-r*.) Professional card*, (a line# «>r If—*) \*i Viuit - - - - 20 flO Jfotlcea of Benevolent or other H«»eietiets |»er year, - 12 00 COUNTY OFFICIAL DIRECTORY. WMrict -HZKPinUiM .lAUTKrt, (\illlitV J li.L'C . JOHN ill l»I • Sheriff KlCIf AKD t’UFFOUIh ciUk :. j i>»<»mis. Tax C.VlVi*t«V.:..: WAVIb IUXIIS. Ateuvnor JOHN MrCAMMtJ.V Distric t Attorney I"- *• ALLKN. Sujierinteii'lent Public Instm* turn *.lh h. (.oKlluN. Coroner and Admini*'rator \S'M. 1.. IM'DSI’KTIL Xiotds, £atoons, &r. G KEENE'S HOTEL! A X I) STAGE HOUSE! Main street, Sliootn, California. MTIIK UNDERSIGNED HAS PCR- Chased the old mid popular stand known us the AMERICAN HOTEL, where he will henceforth lie found.ready and wil ling to devote his whole attention to the wants of his old friends and the traveling public. The office of the California Stage Compa ny has been removed to the new House, from which coaches leave in all directions daily.— Travelers may rest assured that the Table and Slcrpius; Accommodations Will he second to no Hotel in Northern Califor nia. A trial of the new Hotel and Stage House is solicited by TOM. GREENE, Proprietor. Shasta, June Hi, H'ia- ‘.lets. WILLIAMS’ EXCHANGE! MAIN STREET, TRINITY CENTER. , ■ THIS NEW AN D WKI- L-F U RNISIIK I) House is now open to tin- public, and the* proprietor solii its a tri.il of Hi > accom modations by sojourners and tlie traveling pub lic. Everything iu the house is new ; the SLEEPING APARTMKNTS Aro second to no House in the North, and the Tabic is supplied with Hie choie« st of everything afforded in a mountain market. £rj}' M ' Connected with the House are good Sta bles, where animals will be well fed and eared for. Trv the new Exchange when you come this WJ iv. * GEO. WILLIAMS, Proprietor. Trinity Center, June 15, 18*55. JJ.lo. HANK EXCHANGE! THE FINEST SALOON IN TOWN! fITHB “RANK EXCHANGE” SALOON IS 1 supplied with three New Billiard*Tables! M Altai,K AN I> SLATK BEDS, WITH pli t l a n • « CoinlHit a t I o n Cuhlil o n « ! At the Bar none but the best LIQI ORS are furnished. Lovers of a hllOll t IGA It can always pet an A, 1, “Figaro” at the “Rank Exchange.” The skeptical have only to make a single trial to prove that the above assertion is t ru th. FRANK W. VOFNG. Wcaverville, Dee. 10. is»;:i. is.til. ERNST Vnr.EL, - - * I’KTEE PAH.SKV. unionlgotel! Court Street, ... Weavervlllr THE PROPRIETORS AN nouncc to their old friends aud tin* public that they have _. Just enlarged and re-fitted is old and popular Hotel, and are now prepar -1 to furnish Sleeping accommodations for titty rsons. A line PARLOR has hcen added to the ousc, together with a number of DOIBLE ROOMS FOR FAMILIES. The TABLE will be well supplied with every dng the market of this section affords, and ev ■y attention paid to the wants of patrons. tkif* Stages leave this House daily lor Shasta ad Trinity river. VOGEL k PAI LSLN. Wcaverville, Dec. Id. ISG.'L 48.td. NEW - YORK HOTEL and Stage House! m ain strv.kt, WEAVKUVIMJ:. MORRIS A BRADY, Proprl«tor*. 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Ere we again appear hclore our re.uleri anoth er return of thi' time-honored and ?aer d o f *e:\- siou will have been ceb.'bratcu, and lo one : :i ! all wc wi.-h “ A Mf.p.uy (hiiti.-TM In the old homes by the Xorth**rn lake.-, on the K.;. tern scahoanly along the Gulf, or close by the Father of Waters, many n thought will he riven, and many a heartfelt wish murmured by living ones for absent sons and brother*, husbands and lov ers. They will reckon the tlni ' hark in years and weeks and days t.i the hour when the part ing word was spoken, and the last pressure ol the hand given to him who : uld leave the obi hearthstone and the frbunls of youth to -eek for fortune among the golden sands of a far distant clime. How few dreamed when tli.it parting word was spoken that more than two or three Christmas occasions would elapse before th y should revisit the scenes of their youth. Alas ! many a saddened heart will throb beneath a nig ged breast on Christmas Day, a« thoughts of fruitless years of toil and hardship rise before the memory. He not discouraged thou hardy son of toil. .Strive on yet a little longer —hope on ! A few more efforts of persevering in in iry may expose to view the long sought treasure. — Industry, economy and perseverance will bring their certain reward. As a community wc look back upon the dying year with thankful hearts ami contented minds. The tokens oi‘ mourning nre vet seen in the hind, .-till in:iv we rejoice that a lonirami bloody stritc for national life is ended, and that our country stands regenerated and prouder than ever befi re the world : that a lilighting curse which hniiq like (.’iiiimerian darkness over the land has been removed, and that henceforth no slave shall wear a chain beneath the broad folds of our starry banner. Last Christmas day Sherman presented our now dead and lamented President tile city of Savannah as an appropriate gift ; this Christmas the new President proclaims a restored and hap py I’nion to millions of freemen, but not a sin gle slave. Vonng hearts wilt bound at the return of Christmas, for it brings the burden of presents with which Santa Claus is accredited, and hap piness and joy as they cluster round the Christ mas tree. And, kind readers, as you gather round the well spread hoard to partake of the luxuries you arc permitted to enjoy, don’t forget that it is the natal day of Him who proclaimed, “ The poor ye have with ye always." Waxr TitKiit Names Chanoed.—Tlie law-mak ers are besieged with applications for change of name. At request of Assemblyman Dorr, Thos. Nelson, of this county, has had his name chang ed to Lars Peterson. Taylor Logan, of Sonoma, wants a new name, and Minna Rice and Qeorge P. Rice, of the same county, desire to he known as Minna Fox and tieo. Cent Fox, henceforth.— Assembly Rill No. 5, to take the snap oat of the name of Sara. Snapper, and convert him into Samuel Douglas Bond, was referred to commit tee on I’uhlie Morals. OfR meaning was, simply, that “Claude" sanght to effort the removal of the Controller, in which event another election would he held, anti there might be an opening for one of his partic ular stripe. That’s what ! —Sarramfnlo lift. Wc understand now. Have no doubt the De mocracy would delight in getting a pull at that particular teat again. How does it ScuT.'-e-The new found ••States Rights admirers of Andy Johnsons will be like ly to make wry faces when they read the follow ing brief passage in his recent Message : " The sovereignty of the States is the langtt igc of the t onfederacy, and not the language of the Constitution." The fir. t-class Boston hotels have raised their charge to $4 50 per day. WEAVERVIIJ.E, CALIFORNIA, DECEMBER 23. 18(55. AT CHRISTMAS TIME To-niirht wo pit E-r ronnd the hearth While n-»w the Christina.-* time is near, T; *- time xv.- k*cj> with somr and mirth, With ic : y and festal ch» «-r. \- r onite twelve fl tin_r months have pawed. With rapid • ■hsii-*--*. tlmm/i a v**«r Of shifUns licht and shade, since last We kept « nr merry Christmas here. Then Wm- clarion sound- I loud. And laces that wo sc** to-nuht. Once veiled within tlm bittl.-’s cl.m l, in »>io camp-fire's lurid li^ht. And t thors. w hom. n<» in «ro we »o. i silent in !*• ith’s dreamless tdeep, N"< I slmcks of , yet to he Sh ill v -\ their slumbers long flnd deep. T>* them we fill our lasses Hub. w. plrdpro them thro.i r!i .11 future years, To thorn we drain the --dot dry In spite of ti in- wells of tears. What tears for them? —let sorrow cease For llio.se who know n t grief or care; Tlndis N a deep.-r. h di.-r l"-i o They breathe a calmer, purer air! l.on:r ages since the dawn of day, «:ildir;.r - in**rn. Looked in nth wait the gloom where lay The Christ child of the Viicin horn. And high o’er Bethlehem'* ha IN and towers, Through the long watches of the night. Crowning the dark and silent hours. One pule star shown with mystic light. O'n happy morn, whose dawning gave Hop- to n 1 .>st and sinful ra-*e. Thy ini!uence tenches past the grave. 6u ihron.h remotest time and space I King hills of cheer, ring in the day When eruel wrong at last shall cease; When feud uni bate thall pass a wav. And bring the reign of Love and IV-ace —// • r» M,u)<t:hu /or DermUr. TROT! A CHRISTMAS STOEY. PIIOM UODEV’i LA 'I • B“0S FT. DECBSUtfII. UorKDALR ! ? ’ I opened niv sleepy eyes .Hi the eonductor’s voice rang the cars, and, taking niy carpet-bag, >prani; out upon the platform ol the liltic -tation. My brief holiday was over. and. with a shrug, I prepared for my short walk through thc'uiorning air. looking lorward to the good lire and dedieioua cup of coffee i was sure Mrs. Wat- .»u wio keeping for mo. It was u very rare event lor me to leave the little village whose name heads this story. My father had been the only resident physician there, from the time when I was a boisterous >-bool-boy. up to (he hour when, in his profes sional round-*, lie fell dead with heart disease in the main street, 1< riving me, his heretofore assistant, sole heir to his name, property, and pr.ovti . Ten years b.Toro, they had carried my dear mother to the little churchyard, and in-tailed Mrs. Watson housekeeper in her place. Th • villagers were willing to let the young doctor step into Ms latheV.; place beside their sick bods, and so for five years 1 had tilled his duties. In all l;a o live years I had taken no bolide v. so when an invitation came from my ,-1-i » IP. ;• friend and since correspondent, (Teinvnt I’ayne. to .-pend, (diristmas with him. at his father's plae •. on the Hudson, I was sorely tempt d to accept, cud finally concluded to do •o. It was literally Chri- fmtn I "pent, leaving home at nmlni rht on the *J 1 1 h, and my friend’s house exactly twenty-four hours later, it had been a pleasant break in the mo.notony of my life, and as 1 stood at sunrise on the Hopedale station platform. 1 was ure my recreation would •rive me new vigor for my daily duties. As 1 turned to d - •u I life steps leading to the road, soira* impulse, nay, a Providence, led me to look in at the window of the room, by eourle. v •* l.adi -s llooui, ” of the station. It was cold and d-vedat*'. No fire was lighted, nd there was no furniture, unless the hard, wooden hen lies against the walls could be so lenoniinatvd. Hut curled'up on one of these I aches, "lei plug .‘■(Min My, lay a strange child. His dre.-s of ri !i fur-trimmed velvet, the warm fur cap, long gaiters and mittens, spoke of wealth and care, and tile pale face, round which clustered short curls of a sunny brown, was round with health and wonderfully beauti ful. He was no Hop.'dale child ; 1 knew them ali. My professional instinct made ray heart thrill with a sudden shock, as I caught sight of the pale face, for well i knew the danger of that deen .deep in t ho biting winter air. How long had he been there? Was he already dead? were the (tucsUoiis I asked myself as I strode .icrass the room, and lift d him in my anus. Tiiere was ;;•» i.rcath came from the white Jips, : thr. h at the wrist, only a faint, very faint fluttering under my lingers as I pressed them i i,wr t!i.‘ i :i!>y heart. Mantling him warmly in my heavy doak, 1 tore down the stops, and raci d along the road homeward at a pace that would have considerably amazed my patients, bad any of them been awake nt that early hour. Allowing Mrs. Watson no time for amaze meat, I pressed her into service, and in what she called “ i jiffy.” we had the little form undress- <l. in my bed. anti undergoing the most vigorous treatment. It was so long before we were successful, that mv heart almost failed me: but at list the faint heart throbs grew stronger; color mine to the pale lips and cheeks, and a pair of largo brown eye? appeared ! from under the heavily-fringed lids I had watched so anxiously. Only a look of sleepy inquiry was visible, as ; lie stared a moment at me. then obeying my order to drink the warm food Mrs. Watson held to his lips, my little patient closed his eyes a uiin, and turned over to finish his nap. He was safe now, I knew ; so leaving him to Mrs. Watson s care, who by this time knew ns much about him as I did. 1 went to sleep myself to he ready for the day's duties. It was nearly nine o clock when my house keeper roused me to say that breakfost was rca | dV. and the child awake. Vcrv wide awake I found him, the glorious : brown eyes staring round my room, taking in every detail of its arrangement. “Who are yon? How did I get here ? Am I ♦ earlv at Australia ? Who’s that man in the picture?" wore the questions poured rapidly forth, before 1 had time to frame one inquiry. ■ 1 want to get up ! Who’s got my clothes?” came next : then. “ Who put me to bed without anv night-gown .’ Not a sign of fear or a word of homesickness ! 1 was puzzled. , , , . . ••What is your name? I asked, sitting down beside him. -Trot! I want to get up!” u y, m c[,all get up in a minute, hut first tell me your name °and how you came to be asleep in the station ■ Mv u line’s Trot; and the plaguy cars started off without me when I got out. It was a dark night, and I could not catch them, so I went into the room and went to sleep till they came again. ... •• Was year mother in the train—in the car: “No; nobody but just me. I’m going to Australia.” “ Going to Australia ! “Vcs: Ellen s there ! They have roses there at Christmas, and we wanted some for our 1 ti-vo- 44 Hut, my child, you did not leave home alone ?” * 4 Yes I did ! I ain’t afraid ! I’m £oin<r hack right away, as soon as I find Ellca, and get the roses.” “ But, don’t you know you will have to sail in a great ship for months to get to Australia ?’’ i 11 Kllen went in the cars. We saw* her go. mamma and I. Wc went in the carriage and said good-hy, and she got in the cars with Mr. Williams.” “Who is Mr. Williams?” I said, eagerly catching at the name. “ KUen’s husband. Our milkman he was, be fore he went off to Australia. lie’s jolly ! always filled my cup for nothing, when I waff up.” “And who was Ellen?” “ My nurse.” “ What’s your father’s name?” “ Papa !” “But his other name?” “ 4 Harry, dear.' Mamma always called him so.” 41 Where docs he live?” “He’s dead,' said the child, in a whisper. Mamma cries all the time, most, and wears an ugly black gown every day.” “ Well, where docs mamma live?” “ At grandma’s, with Aunt Daisy, and Walter, and Sue, and baby, and—ain’t it funny?—baby’s ray uncle, and he’s so little ho has to he carried about, and Walter’s littler than me, and he f s my uncle, too; and Sue ’s only six, and she’s my aunt.” ‘‘Where docs grandma live ?” “ Why, home, in her own house.” 44 Well, what is her name?” 44 Grandma !” in a very positive tone, and he became restive under so much questioning. I took him from the bed and began to dress him, and explain his position : hut even when he understood that he must give up the Aus tralian journey, and was made to feel something of his mother’s despair at. losing him, he could give me no clue by which to find his home. Grandpa, grandma, mamma, who was called Mary by the rest, Aunt Daisy and the three children, were all mentioned, and persistent questioning revealed that he lived in a large hou-e in the country, but that was all. My' heart grew fairly sick as I looked in his beauti ful face and pictured tin* grief of his widowed mother over the 10.-'S of this only child, lu vain I searched his clothing for the mysterious “locket containing tlt * • miniature of a Icmuiilul female,” always found on the stray children in novels; no “strawberry nr raspberry mark disfigured his smooth, while skin. His clothing, of the most dainty material and in 'ke, was marked with the initials “ A. H. Days passed away, and still the little Trot for he would own no other name—was an in mate of my cottage, the very darling ol Mrs. Watson’s motherly heart. I advertised him in all the large cities, hoping some paper would reach his country home ; 3*et. as the d *ys wore away, and he became reconciled to his new home, and ceased to grieve for his E mily, 1 began to dread the hour when he should bo claimed. Ills frank, bright joyousnes*, bis merry prattle, his loving caresses, began to fill an unsuspected void in my heart, and Mrs. Watson was a perfect slave to his loving tyranny, She made him pretty garments to replace the rich velvet suit which wc put carefully aside, in case they were ever required to prove his identity'. She fur nished for his bedroom a small apartment lead ing from her own sleeping-room. ho made the day one long act of service lor his comfort, and as weeks glided into months, and there was no clue found to guide us to his home, she taught him to call h r grandma, while Uncle Charley became my newly-acquired title, lo toll how he was petted in the village would he a vain task to attempt. To say that he was the hero and idol of Hopodale, will give hut a faint idea of his popularity. Gradually the memory of liis home, Kllcii/lhc visit to Australia, died away, and lie seemed to forget that he had ever lived away from ns. Mamma and Aunt Daisy had been the two of whom he spoke most; Imt I judged from all ho said, that his lather s death was very recent, and hi s residence at his grandparent’s a brief visit only in his memory. Eleven months had this dear little treasure | been an inmate of my house, when there came into ray life a new dream of hope and happiness. About’ five miles from Hopcdalc there resided, and had lived for many long years, an eccentric old bachelor, by name Herman Graham. His home. Lcchaven, was far away from any cluster of houses, indeed, nearly a mile from any other residence; and hero, in solitary state, with only two ancient servitors for hi.' household, he had lived since I could remember. lie was a morose, ill-tempered man, and some early cross ha 1 made him seek a perfectly hermit-like seclusion, though his wealth would have commanded every advantage society could offer. Tt was early in November that 1 was summoned to attend this odd genius, professionally. The little note brought to tuv office liy an elderly man on horsc back7 was signed “ Lilian Graham,” and urged mv immediate attention. It was a long, cold drive, hut the man repre seated his master as very ill, so I prepared to | nhev the summons. “ I had no idea your master had a daughter,” I said, referring to my note. 44 That’s master’s niece.” was the reply; 44 a nice, sweet-spoken young lady as ever I see. She comes down ou a visit sometimes from her father’s place near Albany. 1 hey were burnt out. her father’s folks, last winter, and the family all went to Europe while the new house was a-building. They came home about a fort night ago, but they won’t go to the new house till spring, so some of them s hoarding in New York, and some in Albany, and Miss Lilian she s come to spend the winter with her uncle. They re all coming down for Ch/istmas, I ex pect.” I found ray new patient very ill, and for a week my visits were frequent, and more than once I passed a whole night by his bedside. 1 do not mean this for a love-tale, so I will not wean* my reader with the why and wherforc of my heart bending in allegiance to Lilian Gra ham's charms. Her beauty, gentleness, and winning graec touched my heart as no woman had ever before thrilled it. and before that weary week of anxiety and watching waj over I loved her. As her untie began to recover, mv visits slid from a professional capacity to a social one, and I saw that my welcome was a sincere ou£ from both the old gentleman and the fair girl? whose devotion to bis sick bed proved her love. I was agreeably surprised to find the hermit neither so savage or inaccessible as he had been represented to me. lie had a painful chronic disorder; bis manner was brusque, and his voice often harsh, but be could soften, and 1 was able to give him relief from pain, for which he repaid me by a gracious reception. Christmas was drawing near, and I had re solved to lay my heart before Lilia, and ask her to be my wife. 1 was heir to considerable property left by my father. I bad a good prac tice, a pleasant home, and could oiler her the pure love of a young heart, so I was not with : out hope, especially as I conld see the flush deepen on her check, and a glad light spring to her blue eyes whenever I was announced. She wore mourning, and I often longed to question her about the loss it implied, but our private in terviews were very brief, and hut seldom occur red, and she never spoke of her sorrow. I, too. had a story to tell. Of course, if she became my wife, she must hear about Trot. It was the day before Christmas, and the snow was smooth and hard round Hopcdalc ; so I ventured to propose a sleigh-ride, meaning to open my heart to her as we drove. She accepted my proposal readily, and we were soon on our way. Somehow there fell a long silence be tween us : 1 longing hut not daring to speak, mv eyes fixed upon that lovely face framed in its pretty fur-hound hood, the eyes looking down, the sweet month set with a sadder expression than I had ever seen it wear. .Suddenly she spoke : “ I expect my parents, brothers, and sisters here to-morrow. ’ For Christmas gayelies?” I questioned. “ No, to escape them. They arc coming here to pass the day quietly, far away from any festivity. It is a sad day for us. Doctor, do you believe in a broken heart ’ “ Yes ; 1 know they exist.” ‘‘And are fatal?” “ Sometimes ! I have seen heavy sorrow drain away life !’’ “ My poor sister,” she said, sadly, her eyes filled with tears, “ I fetir her heart is broken.” And after a pause she said ; •• A year ago—a year ago—-poor little Trot! ’ “Trot!” I cried, breathlessly. “My sister's only child, who died on Chri t mas day hist year. " “ Died?” I said, my hopes sinking. “ Burnt to death !” site said, sadly. We had had a Christinas tree for the children in the nursery. My sister had been a widow only three months, so we had no holiday gathering, but wc dressed atn f r the little ones and lighted it ou Christmas Eve. The next morning they, the children, I menu, were all in the nursery, and we suppose one of them tried to light the tree. Certain it is that they set the room on fire, and before we could save anything the whole house was in flames. All escaped hut my sister s child, her only one ; he perished in the fire. “ Are you t* rtain?” “ Where else could he be? My two little brothers and ray sister were saved with dillicul tv, and the roof fell in while wc were all frantic ally searching and calling for Author, or as we always called him, Trot. My .-ast* r s health gave wav entirely under this blow, tdhe had concen trated all tlie strength of her love upon this child after her husband died, and the loss prostrated her utterly. \\ c took her to Europe ; wc lci\ ■ had the best advice for her. but shn i; slow!;, dving of a broken heart.” 1* is from no impertinent curiosity," 1 said. “ that I question you. Will you answer my in quiries ?” Wc were pceding over the frozen ground to ward my home, as she answered — “ Certainly." “This little child—bad he a pet name for you ?” “ Yes ;my home name. They nil rail me Daisy, an 1 he called me Aunt Daisy." “ And your sisters' names arc Mary and Sue. your brother..’ Walter and Baby. , “ Yes. vt'i," she said, turning very pal-. “ And Trot's nurse, Ellen, did she go to Aus tralia “ Yes, a year ago last fall. Your face is radi ant 1 Speak quickly—our lost boy !" Wc were at mv door ; her face was ashy white with emotion, but she obeyed my motion, ami let me lead her from the sleigh to ray office. I made her sit down, and began to explain, wlu u —•• L ucie Charley s come ! Uncle Charley rang out from tay pet s voice, and 1 rot hurst into the room. Lilian rose to her feet with a wild cry of “ Trot ! Arthur ! darling ! ’ For a moment he stood bewildered : then a sudden rush of memory came over the childish heart, and he sprang into her arm *. •Aunt Daisy ! Where's mamma! I want mamma ! Quick ! quick ! Uncle Charley, Aunt Daisy, take me to mamma ! For nearly three hours wc sal in the little office before Lilian could tear herself away from the child, but at last she let me take her to the sleigh, consoling Trot by a promise that to-mor row he should sec his mother. 1 left the disclosure to her womanly tact, lint, on tlie morrow when 1 drove over with the child dressed in his black velvet suit, altered to (i: him by Mrs. Watson's trembling lingers, ami moistened 1 am sure by many tears, I found all prepared for the great joy. Such a Christmai* never dawned for me. To tell of the gratitude of the pale widow, the joy of the gr.»n*iparent:;, the boisterous greetiiii; between tli ■ ehibircu is beyond the powers of my pen. Of cour. e the precise lime and manner of Arthur’s escape from the house ue c itiM only conjecture. The nurse \v:is in llic kitchen near ly an hour when the alarm of lire was given, and the liamcs had gained great headway before tbev were discovered, tlic family sitting-room being on a difi’erent floor, and some distance from tiie nursery. Of course, the fearless boy bad lett the house before the attempt to light the tree was made, hnt the others, absorbed in Christmas de lights, dii! not miss him. The distance from the house to the station was very short, and Kllen had gone lo New York from the little village near which Mr. Graham’s house was situated. The departure for Europe, and the certainty all felt of his fate, had prevented any search being maiic for the boy, and we presumed the railway officials supposed he belonged to some parly on the train. It was n glad day for all, for if I lost my little treasure, 1 won from Lilian the right to he call ed in good truth Trot's Uncle Charley. Tub American Flag pays our poet-friend, Mas. Fader, the following handsome and merited com pliment : Ox tub Heights Agaix. —'The sweet poetess, Anne K. 11. Fader, has gone back to live in her old home at Trinity Center, away up iu the nor thern mountains. She is writing for the Trinity JofKNAL, and with the same exquisite delicacy and beauty, as of oi l. Well Pit.—The Boston Journal hits t ,;c on the bead when it says :—“ Not a tenth [‘art o) the local new? which transpires in any country town find? its way into the city paper.-, an •- who takes the latter to the exclusion of his town or county paper, docs not full as a citizen. . I - ., i rii —. Vn Indian A Digger Desperado Mere • , , , .i Tom who boastea kaown as Curly-headed of having k.lled n „ m holdt conn by the prison pm , Mrn3 „, at he was cn deavmdngHo escap* ‘*t the time of the accident. TllE o r a?s Valley papers have discovered by accurate computation that freight is darted over . the Central Pacific Railroad at the rate of fifty four miles in fifty-four hours. NUMBER 50, The Night Before Christmas. —Tbe sketch from an ohl Dutch legend, by Clement C. Moore, is grcatlv cherished in ali genuine New York families, ami has become a general favorite.— For fear of incurring the displeasure of the lit tle people, we give place to what the author entitled A VISIT PEOM ST. NICHOLAS. >Twiw the night before ChrUtmas, when, all through the hull so* Not a creature trail stirring. u *t even a monw. The Blockings wore hung by the chimney wit!; care. In hopes that St. Nicholas noon would he there. The children wuv milled all •mu; in their b-d*. \\ visions of §ujp»r-|»lunw <1 iim *• I thru* their bend.-;; And mamma in her 'k.i-hief and I in n;v n •, !i id j«-t settled i nr brains f r a long winter's nap— When out nil the lawn tlsero r<-e su-li a clatter. I sprang from my bed to nee what was the mat tor; Awav t * the wimlow I How like u flash, T. re"open the shutters and threw up the sash. T!io moon *>n the b:e»«t of the new-fallen mV w, Cave the lustre of mid-d ty to objects hchiw j When, wliat to my wondering ejcm should appear, lint a miniature sleigh and eight tiny »choicer, W ith a little old driver so lively an I quick, I knew in a moment it must bo St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came. And he whi.-pered and shouted and called them by nunc; w I»a h«r! now Dancer! now ITanccr! now Uxcn; On Comet! on Cupid! 041 Ponder I «»n Bliven! T.» the top of the porch! to the top ot the uail. Now dash awav. dash away, dash away all! As the leaves that before the wild hurricane fly. Win n they meet with an obstacle, ni ’iint to the *aj» <0 nr. to the h« use-top. the coursers they Hew. With a sleigh full of toys—and **t. Nicholas too; And then. in a twinkling, I heard on t.»c roof, The prancing and pawing of each little hoof. \s 1 drew in mv head and was turning around, lmv.il (he chimney St. Nicholas came with a boiin !. II • was drev -ed all in fur from his head t < his foot. And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of toys bo had flung <»n his ba-k. And hv looked lik.* pedlar jn-t opening h»a pn : His cvc. how they twinkled, hio dimple*. h w merry! Ills checks were like ro.-es. his iiopu like a cherry. Mis dr. II little ni 'iilh was drawn up like a how. And lho heard on his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe ho 10-ld light in Ish teeth. And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath, lie had a bro-el face, mid a little round belly. That sh.ik when he laughed like a bowl lull of jelly lie was chubby and plump, a li. ht jolly obi elf. And I laughed when I saw him. in spite of myself. A wink »if his eye and a nud of hi s head, Soon gave nn* to Know I had nothing t * dread, lie spoke n d a wa rd, but went Ptraight t ) his work. And tilled ail t!m stockings—then turned with ft jerk. And laying hi 4 linger aside of his 11 >se. And giving a n-d, up the chimney he rose. Me sprang 1 • his sleigh, t » his team gave a whistle, \nd away they all flew like the down of a thistle. Hut I In -id him eveevim ore he dmvo out of sight. ■Mk’.uv t jm imas u am.. am» to all a O’top NIiHT !** Xo more Slavery. The official notification by Secretary Seward ;of the adoption of the Constitutional Amend ment by (lie requisite number of States to make it a law. will be bailed witii a satisfaction by tlie country which could not be accorded to any other announcement at this time, setting at rest, a, it does, all suspense in regard to the main question. Xegro slavery is üboli, lied in there I’ailcd States. The following list of States which have adopted the Amendment, with the date of adoption, is taken from the Sacramento Iter : lU.tMiiS ivhrtmry 1, Pta.V II IP Hi;: 1 si, AMi .February 2, 1H(I5. ' it VtIUK F.-Unary .’i. IS. MAItVI.AMI February 3. IHtlfi. M \.'SA<’IH SETT.-s February 3, 1565. I* • . \ >• S Vl. \ A\ I A Febrn iry 3, 1 S*V«. WFM* I -\ I A Fubnmrv 3, 1865. MICH! -AN Fclu-uary 3. 1865. M MM! February 7, 1866, February 8, 1865. K A N S AS February 8, 1865. M IN N I SOT A, February 8, 1865. V M.r.l \ 1 A, February 9, 1805. I NI >F\ N A February 13. 1805. VKVAD \ February 10. 1865. I/M IS I A \\. February 17, 1865. WISCONSIN February li*-L 1865. MISSoFKI February IH. 1165. VFKHONT March 9, 1805. TKN.N I.SSKK April 5, 1865. AKKA NS AS April —. 1565. CoNNirTKTT May 4. I«CS. |o\VA June .30, 1865. Ni:\V HAM I’SH lit F June .30, 1865. SOUTH I'AKOLINA N<• vr 13,1805. CAUFOKXIA December 15, 1866. The Legislatures of the following States have rejected it : IIKI.AWAKK February S, ISfitj. KKNTFfKY February 23,1565- XKIV JERSEY March 1, 18C5 We shall take this occasion to place on record the names of the members of the California Leg islature who voted against the resolution adopt ing the Constitutional Amendment. They are as follows : IX TUi CjJIIMiILY : .1. T». Qo —Loes-n ami Plamaa. • AVin. S. Tehanw ami Colusa. U. T. Maco,—Frf*n*\ A. C. Klclioc, J. L. and 0. 11. Tina?,—Sonoma. K. C. Parrish,-—Los Aimclen. .1. \V. B.»tl‘ r-.v:ut*!.—Siu IJ. rstardiao. V.. 11. Ward.—Merced and Stanislaus. IX 11X7. SEX AT* : ,1. \V. Freeman —Fremi > and Tulare. \V. f*. M“i.‘^mihima. —Mariposa. Merced ami sinus. .1 dm A. Itusli.—Colusa mill Tuhama. clf; »rge Pearce, —Sonoma. Bulus Ueoaru fob Diosity.—The Albany (X. V.) Juurnal, doubtless deriving its informa tion from Mr. Weed, tells the following in reply to Mr. Blair's ridicule of Chief Justice Chase fur making speeches to negroes us being incorapati i hie with official dignity ; But does Mr. Blair fflrpct that when Mr. Lin- I coin’s little son, Willie, lay dead at the White House—when the heart of the father was over whelmed with grief—-the then Postmaster (<cn eral invaded the sacred scone, forced upon the President a mass of papers relating to a disputed I rase, and despite the sad surroundings of the hour, demanded that be should review and open them at once V Does Mr. Blair remember this circumstance ? Has he forgotten the rebuke the Postmaster (leneral received, and did that ti-ans action come within scope of his lofty ideas re specting his official dignity and decency . TvrounArmc.u. Kaaons.-Whatever helps peo ple o nndcrsln.nl and appreciate other people 1 . ~ i., 15 use, and as something of that 11 -. K 'it is worth relating that a publishing house : f-j.,,„0w Scotland, once undertook to publish ‘■'work’that should be a perfect specimen of ty po'-r iphieal accuracy. After having been read ||- )ix experienced proof renders, it was posted the Hall of the University, and a reward of fifty pounds offered to any one who should de tect an error. Each page remained two weeks j„ t | lM t place, ami yet, alien the work was issued several errors were discovered, one of which was in the first line of the first page. Politic Vocso America. —The Auburn Stan am! Strip** tells that the evening before the or ganization of the Legislature a couple of ten vear-olds, candidates for Page-ships, were ever heard iu front of the Orleans Hotel, Sacramento, conversing in this wi.-c: IJoti—-- I say. Bill, who's yonr candidate for United States Senator?” Bill—“ Well, to tell yon the truth, Bob, I’ll be derned if I think it’s policy to say anything about that ju&t yet 1”