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Children teething, softens the gums, reduces inflammationi
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ers, stand tetw; tn you and your suffering child, a* d the
relief that will be sure—y es, absolutely sure—to follow the
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Noise and Dusr !
Year Carpets and Household Goods fr'm Dust, and your
Nerves from tiie Noise of ht-ges, Car Bells,
and Batt i g Sashes
Totally exclude Dust. Noise and Odor in Summer, as well
as Ccld, Wind and Bain in Winter, from doors
and windows of every description,
without interfering with their
tree use at al times.
Bead the following few of the many Testimonials we
are daily receiving, eulogistic ot this invaluable invention:
From the President of the U. S Sanitary Commission.
U. S. Sanitary Commission No. 833 Broad viy, ?
New York. Feb. 4, 1864. I
I have had a large part or my <1 welling-huuse in New-
York supplied with the PATENT WEATHER STRIP of
Hr. Browne. Although my experience of iw effects is
Short, it is.as far as it goes, quite deci.ive. There is a very
decided saving in the cost of fuel a marked exclusion of
dust, and-what is of nearly as much consequence at the
noisy corner I live—a wondertul diminution iu noise.
The clatter or satiie.- is stopped, and tne street rattle oy
day and night rendered inoffensive. To derive the fuL
benefit or any fa>r proportion ot th- full benefit the wtu 10
house, windows and doors, should be ••stripped ’ I think,
lor a simple invention, it is destined to prove a very im
portant one, in it* economical anO its pl-.asant effects.
How wholesome the ext lusion of fresh air by so per ect a
system of closure may prove, is a question very interest
ing to sanitarians, nut those wno atopt this improve
ment must provide tor ventilation in tne most perfect
form, by admitting pure a r at a proper temperature,
und not at the caprice of the weather w iih this precau
lion, there is only the greatest bent nt tc b« expected iroiu
the larges*, use of the Weather si no.
From the Editor o> toe Evangelist
I have used BROWNE S WEATH ER STRIPS for the last
eight months, ana find that they add greatly to the com
fort of my house No more cola drifts from sitting near
the windows Tijt tasln s never rattle even in the wiliest
Winter night. They save much 1. ’ue>, while tnay keep
the tempoi attire ev<n and pleasant. would not be with
out them for double th* ir cost
no. 65 East3Bt i street
Office of the Greenwood Cemetery, )
No. 30 Broadway, New York, F-’b. 4 18 4. j
I cheerfully rcc< mmend toe use of BRuWNEH uEPaL
LDI WEATHER STRIPS. A Winter s experience of their
efficacy in excluding the severest wi ids in a very exposed
situation satisfies me o' the great value of the invention,
and would make me unwilling to dispense with their use.
I. A. PERRv.
Local Agents wanted everywhere. Address the PAT
Broadway, corner oi Blucker street
Wheslek & Wilson’s
HAVE NO SUPERlOß.— Dispatch.
No. 505 BROADWAY, N. Y.
Fob the Skin and Complexion.
Is the meat delightful and elegant toilet preparation in the
the skin white, soft, smooth and clear. It contains no
uvnebal substance, chalk, or powdkr, but is free from
all injurious ingredients It impart* to the skin a natural
whiteness and clearness, and youthful delicacy and soft
ness unattainable by any other moan*
Sold by Druggists generally. D. D. GRIFFIN, General
Agent, No. 779 Broadway, N. Y
J. T. Ellis
At No 939 Broadway,
Corner 22d st.
Instructions given at residence, if required Operators
and machines sent into families.
The han who hit Botes the other
day, and then went about town bragging of his exploit Is
requested to call at No 11 Wall street and knock a chip
c-ff his shoulder, if be dares. Mr. Bates is alive and kick
ing yet, ar.d is armed with his pockets full of rocks.
Prizes will be cashed in all Legal Lotteries, and informa
tion given, as heretofore by
Joseph bates, no. u Wail st., n. y.
fkto hoik Jfepatcj.-
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The campaign laid out by our commanding
gtitierale for the Sj ring has already commenced.
In the West we hear of the movements from
Vicksburg, eastward, of the Sixteenth and Seven
teenth Army Corps, under the command of Gen
eral Sherman, while another column, under the
immediate conduct of General Banks, has taken
Up its march from Natchez in the same direction.
Simultaneously with these movements, a cavalry,
including mounted infantry, expedition under
General W. Long Smith (General Grant’s Chief
Of Cavalry,) has marched southward and east
ward from Holly Springs. The Sixteenth and
Seventeenth Corps, under the leadership of Gen
erals McPherson and Hurlbut (General Sher
man’s ccmmand,) were reported, byway of
Mobile, to be on Big Black Biver, the rebel Gen
eral Jackson endeavoring to retard their progress.
What these combined movements are intended
to subserve is nothing of importance. It is
therefore needless to speculate on their objects
Until they are reached. They give this assur
ance, however, that the Spring campaign has
been opened, and it will doubtless be pushed
forward with vigor. By thus taking the initia
tive, whatever programme the rebel leaders may
have resolved on, must be materially altered.
Had they been permitted to commence opera
tions, our generals would have been necessitated
to act on their plans instead of upon their own.
In connection with these advances may be sub
joined those recently made across the Rapidan,
by the Army of the Potomac, and the pushing of
General Butler’s corps up the Peninsula to with
in ten miles of Richmond. These latter, not
withstanding the explanations of correspondents,
were simply intended as feints, designed to keep
the rebel chieftains in Virginia from sending
forces into Georgia and Alabama, additional to
those now in those States.
The rebel advance, intended to be a surprise
ending with the capture of Newbern, N. C., has
proved an unmitigated fizzle. The insurrection
ists got within a mile or two of the town, cap
tured a couple of hundred men, a few wagons,
and destroyed a steam vessel—the Underwriter
formerly employed as a tug-boat in this harbor,
and were then forced to retire. The damage,
considering the force employed, was trifling, and
Will prove of little injury to the comfort of Uncle
Earn s boys in North Carolina.
An expedition left Port Royal, S. C., on tho sth,
and landed at Jacksonville, Fla., on the Bth inst.
It consisted of three brigades and one light bat
tery, under the command of General Gillmore.
The leading object of the expedition is not known,
but it is believed operations are not to be con
fined to the St. John’s river, but rather to the
southern boundary of Georgia, thus cutting otf
Florida from giving aid in food or men to the
rebels in Georgia and South Carolina.
We shall have important news from Mobile in a
few days, also from Texas and the Red river re
gions of Arkansas.
The Total European Emigration to
the United States since 1824, a period of forty
years, amounts to 5,022,414. souls. Between tho
years 1856 and 1860, the average yearly emigra
tion was 270,762—0 r 2,707,620 souls in tho de
cade named. Should emigration keep up to
these figures until 1870, there will then be not
far from 40,000,000 souls within the present lim
its cf the United States.
The Hippotheatp,on.—The “ Horse
Theatre” is a success. Its amphitheatre has
Jjeen crowded at every performance. Yesterday
Wft moon and evening it v as litersl’.y jammed—
indeed, eo large was the crowd, that it is said,
fcundreds were unable to obtain admittance,
either to the matinee or evening performance.
Capt. Joseph A. Boyden, of the ship Cham
pion, writing from Singapore under date of De
cember 2,1863, contradicts the rumor, published
in this city some days since, whioh asserted that
the pirate Alabama had been in that port. It
seems that the alarm arose from the fact that
the United States steamship Wyoming had ar
rived off that place, and that “confederate”
agents there had been indiscreet enough to dis
patch a native boat to her with several important
letters, prepared by rebel agents in England and
elsewhere, which, of course, fell into the hands
of our officers. We make the annexed important
extracts from his letter:
Dec 2d The prospect does not look any better for me to
leave now. The United States steamer Wyoming arrived
here Monday morning. Sne was from Batavia a week
ago; had not seen anything of the Alabama. 1 nave seen
a number of her officers, and they all seem very anxious
to J ail in with her. They have had one chance to stand
lire up to Japan. She was struex. twenty times, but sne
destroyed a ship, steamer and a small vessel for the Ja
pant sc. <ihe had the good luck to interrupt some dis
patches end letters for the Alabama. It seems that a
he use here, •'Cumings & Beusa.” had received notice from
their correspondents in Liverpool and Gape Town that
the Alabama was coming out here, and had also received
letters lor her. and thinking she was outside sent off the
dispatches by a native boat, and they thought the Wyo
ming was the Alabama, delivered the letters to them.
These agents informed them they were agents for the
confederates, and would be happy to render them all the
assistance in their power, as well as all the information in
regaid to the movements of American ships. It seems
that they got all the particulars, for when they took the
Winged Racer the captain knew her when he first saw her;
had been told when she woaid leave Minaa, and de
scribed the ship, and all they had to do was to just lay
still until she vame along and tnen burn her, vnlca she
did. It is thought rhat sne is now in the Bay of Bengal,
ano 1 expect the Wyoming will go up there although tuey
do not proclaim their movements, and it is as well dot to
do it. Intre is not much douot but they are posted about
eveiy snip in Singapoie, and there is a good many here,
and large ones too—the Typhoon Fortuna, Como, Cuam
tion, Kate Howe, Oriental Tronic, Imperial Catherine,
Emily Young; two whalers, also the Benous.
Dec sth. Wc have just received tne news of the burn
ing of the ship Contest in the Java Sea; she had just p.iss
eu through Gasper straits when she was overhauled oy
the Alabama and destroyed. Thu mate or her has j ait
arrived hero from Batavia; he says tne crew are very
much dissatisfied having never had a cent of wages while
they have been on board of her; fifty of them ran away
troin her while she was in at the Cape of Good Hope. He
repor:s her shore of coal, and looking like anything out a
man oi war. 3he Wyoming le.t here yesterday, and I
suppose she will cruise out that way for her, although no
<ne knows her destination. We all think that the A. will
be here before long
The mail arrived here yesterday, and wc got some Bos
ton papers, giving an account of Rosecrans battloin Ten
Dec. 6ih. The Dutch mail yesterday brought news of
the burning of the snip Belvicera, but it needs confirma
tion; but it is not unlikely, for there is such a ship la these
Ido not know when I shall start from here, but hope
the limo will soon come, for I dislike to be seeing no
Schleswig Holstein. The latest
news from Europe touching the Schleswig-Hol
stien imbroglio, seems to be of a more favorable
character than previous advices led us to be
lieve it would be. The disagreement between
the States of the German Confederation, com
bined with the attitude of Prussia and Austria,
who, notwithstanding their threats, dare not en
gage in war, added to the unmistakable sym
pathy of Prussia, Britain and Sweden iu the
course of Denmark, has made all parties pause,
and reflect on the consequences of involving Eu
rope in war that may end in the destruction of
many of the dynasties that now rule therein.
The democratic element has become so strong
in the old world that its attitude must be consult
ed before any power, however belligerently in
clined, will dare break the peace. The origin of
the quarrel is ridiculous, and it is matter of
wonder that it should be-permitted to occupy so
much the attention of nations that are absolutely
on the verge of revolutions within their own
jurisdictions. “ The sober second thought” of
the ruling classes of Europe may be sufficiently
awakened before a gun is fired, to lead them to
quietly assent to the claims of Denmark over the
Ducheis, and the dangers will be passed.
The American Club House —We had
last evening the pleasure of attending the intro
ductory opening of the American Club House,
situated on the corner of Seventeenth street and
Broadway, which, as a central position, cannot
be surpassed. In regard to taste and finish in
furniture and appointments, the Club House
will equal anything of the kind at present open
to the public in this city. Everything is just as
it should be, showing that the management of
the house is in experienced hands; and that
there will be a corresponding degree of tact and
liberality displayed in its future management
there is every reason to expect. The names of
those now associated in the house—Mr. Freder
ick Wrisley, formerly of the Tremont House,
Boston, now of the Fifth Avenue Hotel, Mr.
Gardner Wetherbee, of the Fifth Avenue Hotel,
and Mr. George Roberts, formerly of the Boston
Press—are a sufficient guarantee of this. The
introductory opening, to those present, was an
occasion long to be remembered.
The annexed paragraph is going
the rounds of the newspapers:
On the 9th inst, General P. G. T Beauregard, through
his agent, paid his United Stat es tax on property in Mem
phis, amounting to over one hundred dollars. This clear
ly iudieares-that. even il lie has faith in the establishment
ot a southern Confederacy, lie uas no hopes that To nues
see v ill consi Itute a portion thereof.
Now, we are not over curious in matters per
sonal to rebel generals, but we desire to know
why thia traitor Beauregard, tho first man who
made himself conspicuous in the insurrection by
firing on the flag (which he had sworn to sup
port as a citizen and soldier) that waved over
Fort Sumter, is permitted to retain and pay
taxes on property held by him within the lines
of the Union army? Are the more conspicuous
scoundrels of the rebellion to be permitted to go
“ scot-free,” while the poor devils who have been
influenced by their conduct to be stripped of
their means and kicked out on the world as men
dicants too contemptuous to give even dioe to ?
The Spring trade on the Mississippi
River promises to be very heavy. On one day
during the past week boats at the wharves at St.
Louis were found loading for Memphis, Vicks
burg, New Orleans, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pit'.s
burg, Nashville, and points along the Tennessee
River, Quincy and Keokuk, Peoria on the Illinois
River, and for ports on tho Missouri River-
Speaking of the trade about to open,the St, Louis
News says: ‘ ‘ The New Orleans trade will be
supplied with some of the finest crafts ever seen
upon the bosom of the Mississippi, and the busy
ax of the ship-carpenter is rapidly preparing
other boats to supply the demands of other
trades. The river business on the whole bids
fair to be the heaviest and most profitable of any
season in the history of St. Louis.”
The Germans and the Radicals of the
West are resolved that John C. Fremont shall
be their candidate for the Presidency. A con
vention is shortly to be held in Louisvilly, Ky.,
to nominate him. Should they persist in their
course, tho Union party will be split into frag
ments, and the Democracy—the peace section of
it—will secure to themselves the successor of
Abraham Lincoln’. Is not this part of the rebel
programme: To break up tho Union party by
causing, by pretended patriots now in the party,
who, recent events have shown to be rebel sym
pathizers in disguise, are agitating for the nomi
nation, by parties, of Salmon P. Chase, John C.
Fremont, and Abraham Lincoln, on separate and
irreconcilable issues ?
Brownlow on Small-Pox.—Parson
Biownlowis nothing if he is not vituperative.
The following specimen of “tall talking” shows
how heartily he loves his “erring brethren” in
Dixie. He piles up nouns and adjectives with a
“ perfect looseness” of speech that even the
brilliant genius who piesides over the destinies
of the Richmond Examiner must envy:
Small-pox is prevailing in Richmond, and C. J. Ba tv
den, a rebel Senator from Virginia, has died. We have it
here, and find it rather on the increase. It was brought
here during the siege of Longstreet's army, and is a fixed
institution in the rebel army. Tne personal filth and cor
ruption of the whole gang, their lice, bed bugs, old clothes
poor diet and guilty consciences—mixed as they are with
mean whi-ky, and all that is mean, dirty and unpatriotic,
are enough io flood the country where they go with, every
nateiul disease known to the human famiiy.
Illinois is the trump State in the
prosecution of the war. She exceeded her com
plement of men under every call of tho Presi
dent, and is, therefore, not now subject to the
draft. If other States were as resolute in their
determination to put down the rebellion, we
should, to-day, have every regiment in the ser
vice of the Republic filled to its maximum.
The total rebel force, including
bushwhackers, robbers, plunderers, and guerril
las, in Arkansas at the present time, is estimated
by the Little Rock (Ark.) Gazette, at not to ex
ceed fourteen ■ thousand man—of whom seven
thousand are not in a proper physical condition
to take the field.
The St. Louie Republican- assures its
readers that General Grant will not boa candi
date for the Presidency. We presume tho editor
speaks by authority. The hero of Vicksburg
asks no other duty now than to bo kept in the
field until the rebellion is effectually and forever
put down. Indeed, were General Grant ambi
tious of attaining the Presidential chair, he feels
that his chances have been effectually destroyed'
by the mischievous course of the New York
Herald, which, by its mal-adroitness, never ad
vocates the cause of any candidate for public
favor but it is sure to annihilate him. It was its
advocacy of Fremont in 1856 that defeated him
before the people ; and it was its persistent op
position to Abraham Lincoln in 1860 that se
cured his election. If any ambitious person
would succeed in political life, let him begin his
career by making the Herald his enemy.
General Grant left Louisville for
the front on Thursday last, and G eneral Meade,
Washington, yesterday, to receive command of
the army. We judge from these indications
that active movements are about to be resumed
along the whole line of the rebel defenses.
We are indebted for Public Docu
ments to the politeness of Senator Laimbeer and
Assemblyman Reed. They will please accept our
New York, Feb. Ist, 1864.
Sib We would respectfully ask you to donate
something to the Metropolitan Fair, which will
open here on the 28th March, next.
As this city is the paint of the arrival and de
partureof so many troops, and as all the proceeds
of the Metropolitan Fair are to go into tho treas
ury of the G. S. Sanitary Commission, contribu
tions to this Fair will redouud to the benefit of
soldiers of every State, and on all battle-fields.
Arrangements are perfected for the proper re
ceipt, care, record, exhibition, and sale of articles
in your line, and lor advising tho world of dona
tions to this .patriotic cause, aud of the names
and residences of the donors.
If you send auy toiug, or influence others to
send anything, y <tu should give timely informa
tion of it to our Chairman, by mail, stating the
article or articles shipped, how and when ship
ped, their value, and whom thev are from.
They should be marked “ Metropolitan Fair,
New York,” aud have your initials above this
mark, that we may know tho contents, and
source of the packages—among tho great num
ber we expect to receive—before they are
The principal express and transportation com
panies have generously agreed to carry contribu
tions to us, without charge.
It will be best that bulky articles should arrive
here during ihe week previous to the Fair,
though, if it should be more convenient for you,
they can be sent at any time.
The member of this Committee residing near
est to you, will be happy to afford any informa
tion or advice that you may need.
AU articles will be exhibited with the name and
residence of their contributors, and be passed to
the credit, both of the individuals, and of the
State or locality from which they come.
Donations in money will be as acceptable as
any others, and go to the same credit as would
the proceeds of sales of any articles you might
otherwise send.
Will you send us something ?
We are, very respectfully,
Your obedient servants,
The Committee on Contributions from with
out N. Y. City, to wit •
Elliott F. Shbpabd, Chairman,
No. 16 Wail street, N. Y.
Hon. James W. Beekman, No. 5 East 34thstreet.
Ashbel H. Barney, Esq., No 84 Broadway.
Major W. L. Skidmore. No. 81 West 13th street.
Frederick S. Winston, Esq., No. 94 Broadway.
Marvelle W. Cooper, Esq., No. 26 Park Place.
Edward B. Merrill, Esq. Union Place Hotel.,
Hon. Thomas Little, Board of Supervisors.
Nathan Chandler, Esq., No. 8 Wall street.
Hon. Millard Fillmore, Buffalo.
Richard Church, Esq., Angelica.
11 on. Daniel S. Dickinson, Binghampton.
Hon. E. W. Leavenworth, Syracuse.
John H. Van Antwerp, Esq., Albany,
Hon. Tracy Beadle, Elmira.
Isaac Butts, Esq., Rochester.
Ellis H Roberts Esq., Utica.
Henry K. Brown, Eq, Newburgh.
Prof. David H. Welle, Troy.
Hon. Samuel G. Arnold, Providence, R. I.
Hi n. Jo.enh C. Jackson, Newark, N. J.
Pelaiiah Perit. Esq., ) - T rr
Fiancis Wayland, Jr., Esq., j New Havan > Conn -
Clement B. Barclay, Eeq , Pniladelphia, Pa.
James T. Fields, Boston, Mass-
Gen. George F. Davis, Montpelier, Vt,
Gone to Washington to Stop the
Draft.— J. W Browne, Rsq., of this city, has departed
for Washington, D. C., to exert his influence with the
President and otners in authority to stop the draft. Mr.
Browne has been the most prominent and radical opposer
oi the draft system, during the past year or more, that
has appeared before the public The Wcoos and the
Brookses, even, have been obliged in a measure to suc
cumb to his iron will ai d indomitable spirit. He has car
ried his theory to such an extent that the public may be
gin to believe that all drafts—except the drafts in chim
neys—c&n be effectually and constitutionally stopped, and
to the interest of all mankind too. We warn the author
ities and citizens of Washington to look out for him. He
is a dangerous man. for he makes proselytes of all who
listen to his theories on the draft.
Having suffered lor a long time with
one tooth, in consequence of unskillful work and bad fill
ing, we required the services of a good dentist, when for
tune threw us in the way of Dr. J. C. Abrams, No. 223
West 28th street, who by his prof essional skill has greatly
relieved us He has a thorough knowlo fge of all branch
esof his business, and in gold fillings can have no supe
rior. His manner of treatment is gentle and delicate,,
which nervous and fastidious personswill surely appre z
ciate, as we are ofttimes roughly handled by those styling
themselves denti-ts. We conscientiously and cheerfully
recommend all our friends who should desire the services
of a good dentist to give him a trial.
Modern science is literally making
“the desert to blossom as the rose.” In the great deserLof
Sahara in 1850, five Artesian wells had been opeu<i,
around which vegetation thrives luxuriantly ; thirty thou
sand palm trees and one thousand rruit trees were planted
and two thriving villages established. At the depth of a
little over five hundred feet, an underground river or lake
was struck, and from two of them live fish have been
thrown up, showing that there is a large body of water
In the Royal Library of Paris is a
written contract, drawn up in 1297, between two persons
of noble birth, in Armagnac. The document bound the
husband and wife to faithful wedlock for seven years. It
stipulated that the parties should nave a right to renew"
the tie at the end of that time if they mutually agreed ;
but, if not, the children were to be equally divided ; and
if the number should chance not to be even, they were to
draw lots for the odd one.
A great excitement has been caused
in London by the hanging of a poor man for murder,
while a “ respectable” criminal was respited, on the
ground that he was insane. A frantic scene took place at
the execution, the crowd making a martyr of- ihe crimi
nal, shouting, “ God bless you. lad,” while cries of
“Shame,” “ Judicial murder,” • No more hanging,” fill
ed the air. Respect for law did not seem to have been
much impressed on the crowd by this execution.
A French sauizni, M. M. A. Gaudio,
has invented a new lamp, by the aid of which photo
graphers can employ the hours after sunset in muliiply
ing negative copies from the positive pictures taken dur
ing the day. The light is obtained 'from two streams of
oxygen, one pure, the other saturated with ether, or
some spirit rich in hydrogen, the jet of flame impinging
on a cylinder of lime.
If storms could be abolished, the
plan of an ingenious Frenchman for lighting large cities
by means of electric light attached to balloons, might be
made to work admirably. He proposes to station these
balloons at a certain bight above-the city, in the propor
tion of one balloon to 80,000 inhabitants. It is claimed
that this illumination would be lighter at night than it
often is on a cloudy day in winter.
A Paris paper informs us that an
English gentleman has ordered of a machanist iu the
Rue Vieille du temple-as an etrenne, too—a,‘ boxe An
glaise;” that is to say, a ring, in which the champions of
England and America are to fight over again—whenever
the purchasers wind them up—the recent great battle.
Them chanism is said to be most curious, and the toy
Will cost 22 000 f. (£890)
The Richmond Whig of last week has
a synopsis of the report of the rebel Secretary of the Trea
sury, in response to a resolution of the Senate. The ’
funded debt is $297,871,000 ; call certificates, $89,099,000;
interest-bearing Treasury notes, $192,000,090; non inter
est-bearing Treasury notes, s72o,ooo,ooo—less the number
of Treasury notes on hand, $297,000,000.
The officers of a Massachusetts regi
ment which recently encountered the rebels in. tho Shen
andoah valley, were much surprised at the peculiar noise
by the enemy’s cannon. Upon investigation, it was ascer
tained thatjthe rebels had not fired cither shot O' shell—
but had used instc ad pieces of railroad iron and old horse
s es fastened together with telegraph wire.
’ It is whispered that Judge Barbour,
ofthe New York Superior Court, last week, fined a jury
$250 each for bringing in a verdict of “We agree to dis
agree.” The officer who suggested the verdict to the
foreman of the jury was fined SIOO, and suspended from
pay and duties until ihe further order of the court. A
rather costly joke.
A bale of cotton recently received
by William Pollock, of South Adam?, contained a stick of
yellow pire weighing 186 pound’, which at 90 cents per
pound cost $l6B 40.
The French are said to be a light
hearted people, yet they are terribly given to suicide.
There wt re four thousand and fifty “self-deaths” in that
country in 1860.
American oysters have been planted
at Havre, being considered superior to the natives.
Captain Speke, the discoverer of the
source of the Nile, is to be knighted as his reward.
In Australia they use crinoline
springs for telegraph wires.
Chickens are five dollars each in
Denmark has an army of forty thou
sand men.
Washington, D. C., Feb. 13, 1864.
“Receptions” are non - the “order of the night.”
Everj body is every night receiving somebody;
and in this respect never was Washington gayer
than now; and never was there more social
amenity. It is true that the aristocratic portion
of the community complain of the ease with
which “common folks” get into “circles” which
should bo “exclusive;’’ but this, among othsr
things, has tended very materially, to render the
present Executive “ihe most popular of Presi
dents ;” for the example set by him has been im
itated by others, and hence for the first time in
a number of Presidential terms, tho re-unions of
the F< deral Capital have been purely and simply
lifl-uhlican in the literal acceptation of the term.
Under professed Democratic dynasties, the so
-called ‘ upper classes” have ruled Washington
society; but the scepter has fallen from their
grasp, and the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln
will long be remembered as one that has broken
down as many pitiful prejudices, in a social point
of view, as it has helped to elevate tho moral con
dition of an important portion of the American
I will not essay to give a description of any of
the “ receptions ” alluded to. You and such of
your readers as have attended them while hero,
need not be told that an account of one will gen
erally suffice ior all. Occasionally they are re
lieved hy the presence of distinguished strangers
from abroad, but these instances are but “ few
and far between.” Still, these parties are worth
attending, for they throw one into familiar asso
ciation with leading minds, and scraps of know
ledge, political and otherwise, are occasionally
picked up, which, if treasured, may prove ofmd
mt nt at some future time.
Of course, where there are so many “ recep
tions” some must be a little more agreeable than
others ; though, as I have eaid, the general fea
tures of each are the same. Those of Speaker
Colfax are acknowledged to take the lead in en
tire freedom from stiffness or formality. Every
body is made to feel at home, the pleasing man
ners of the popular host contributing, of course,
their full share to the uniform result.
With the proceedings of Congress, this week, I
pnsume your readers to be familiar, and I will
not, therefore, go over them either succinctly or
in detail. The session, some think, will be a
short one. The Presidential election is begin
ning to excite general attention, and members of
Congress, generally, are desirous of getting
home for the purpose of pulling the wires in
their respective localities for such objects as
their interests or patriotism may suggest.
As regards the Presidency, Mr. Liucoln is still
the cynosure of the Union organization. Poli
ticians may prefer another candidate, but the
people are for him, decidedly and unmistakably.
As regards the rebellion, all accounts concur
to the effect that the enemy are making hercu
lean efforts te put in the field a larger army than
they have yet had since the inauguration of hos
tilities. The leaders design hazarding some
desperate enterprise, and though the final result
cannot be doubted, the temporary successes it
is possible for them to achieve, may protract the
war another year. Let every lover of his country,
therefore, encourage by every means in his
power, volunteering. Our armies must be filled
up; if not by volunteer enlistments, then by re
peated draft.
The last reconnoisance made by the Army of
the Potomac, has satisfied the authorities here
that Lee is as strong in numbers and position as
ever. A friend of mine, w'ho was the only cor
respondent with the advance, informs me that
most of the stories concerning the starving con
dition of the folks down in “ Dixie” are false /
I repeot his own wo. ds. That there is great suf
firing among portions of the people, ho does not
entertain a doubt, but food, such as it is, they
have and that, not unfriquently,in abundance ,
But despite these and other statements,
which coming from the source they do I cannot
gainsay, I cannot forego the expression of the
conviction that tf the Union armies are sldllfully
handled in the Spiing, July or August will see
rebeldom in a e’ ate ee near utter prostration
that all the restoratives in the world will fail to
reanimate it. Still many hard battles will have
to be fought, and thousands of lives sacrificed,
before that time rolls round, but will not the
preservation of the Union compensate in the
end for every outlay of treasure—every drop of
precious blood ? Who can doubt it ?
The theatres here continue to be well attend
ed. Laura Keene has done well at the Washing
ton, and so has Mrs. Bowers at Ford’s. At Gro
ver’s the “ Ticket-of-Leave Man” has drawn fine
ly. In the way of Headings we have had lately
■ Vandenhoff and Murdoch. The latter, as you
know, has won an enviable name by his eminent
ly patriotic labors during the war.’
’ The weather continues mild. I think we have
had our last cold spell. Sentinel.
February 13, 1864.
The annual meeting of the New York State
Agricultural Society waa held on Wednesday
in ihe Assembly Chamber, H. E. Faile, Esq.,
President, in the chair. The reports of the
Treasures |and Committee were read,
and show a flouiithing condition in the affairs of
the Society. A committee of three from each
Judicial District were appointed to select officers
for the ensuing ye ar and to select the place for
holding the next fair. They subsequently re
ported a complete list of officers, which were
unanimously adopted. The principal officers
are as follows : President, James O. Sheldon, of
Ontario; Secretaries, B. P. Johnson and Erastus
Ccrnirg, Jr., ot Albany; Treasurer, Luther H.
Tucker, of Albany. The Committee not being
able to agree upon the location fur the fair, it
was referred to the Executive Committee with
power. Numerous subjects of special interest to
the agricultural community, were ably discussed
by Messrs. Judd, Harrison, Conger, Johnson,
Cornell, Tucker, Cheever and others, but as the
proceedings are to be published for distribution,
1 will not refer further to them in this letter.
Maj-Gen. Hancock, ofthe 2d Army Corps, on Tues
day, was accorded the privilege of the floor of the
Assembly, by resolution. He was introduced
by a committee appointed for that purpose, re
ceived with great apiflause, and welcomed by
Speaker Alvord. The general replied iu sub
stance, as follows: “That having been all his
life in the army, hewasunaceostomedto express
ing himself with rhetorical eloquence. He could
only express his gratitude fur the honor con
fer! ed upon him. The object of his visit was in
connection with his duties as commanding offi
cer of the Second Corps, whie h is designed fur
som<- special service, and wa-< formerly command
ed by ihat distinguished officer, Gen. Sumner.
It was composed of fifty regiments, nineteen of
which, and one battery, were from the State of
New York, comprising as noble men as any in
the a)my. He was here to recruit its numbers,
and desired that if t he members, by their official
influence or otherwise, could aid him in his en
deavors, they would do so ”
There has been an exciting time in the parlor
of the Board of Directors of the Central Railroad,
growing out cf dissatisfaction iu the manage
ment of the concern. It is rumored that some
exorbitant bills, amounting to ove one million
of dollars, have been presented by Mr. Davidson,
fin me rly connected in business with Mr. Corning,
the Pies dent . The Executive Committee refused
to ceitify the bbls. They then went back to the
Board of Directors, and they “ coifld’nt see it.”
Coining stood on his dignity, and forthwith ten
dered his resignation, which was not accepted
up to this morning, but I have no doubt it will
be at an early day. as the “ outs'’ are gaining
S'r« rgib every day and have b en, since the re
sult o the last election was made known.
The Bankers have been on the rampage fur
the past three day s, seeking whom they might
devour. Salmon is what they are after; nis g n
oral banking system has sadly interfered with
their favorite shaving schemes, and is likely to
drive their circulation out of existence. The
Bankers have had two or three hearings before
»he Joint Bunk Committee. Messrs. Coe, Martin,
•Stout, Olcott, Corning and others, were terribly
severe upon Mr. Chase and his banking system.
If they could be placed upon the same footing
as the National Banks as regards taxation, they
would be perfectly satisfied, but as that would
lessen the taxable property of the State over
$100,000,000, it could not be entertained by the
Committee, and certainly would not be permit
ted by the people. Several suggestions were
made, but as none proposed were deemed feasi
ble they were abandoned and the conference ad
journed with the understanding that the subject
would receive further deliberation and that some
plan would be proposed to the Legislature by the
representatives of the New York Clearing-House,
and thus closed ihe raid of the Shy locks.
The caucus of the Democratic members of
both Houses, on Wednesday, was anything but
harmonious. Ii resembled somewhat a meeting
of I he unterrified in the Sixth Ward of Nev York.
The session was an exceedingly boisterous one.
A resolution was finally adopted to support Gov.
Seymour in all his vetoes during the se<sion, no
matter how worthy or patriotic the subject, or
whether demanded'by the people or not, provi
ding it did not redound to the benefit of modern
Democracy, as expounded and set forth by that
oracle. The whip and spur of party was applied
to those members present who had the hardihood
to express themselves as free agents, with a re
served right to act upon the dictations of con
science in support of the General Government in
its efforts to crush the rebellion, or to legislate in
any other way, or for any purpose other than
that marked out by Horatio.
From the caucus the scene was transferred to
the Senate on Thursday, when the Police Bill was
under consideration, between Messrs. Field and
Shaffer.—a graphic account of which, I regret to
say, has air, ady been published in the daily jour
nals all over the country. The scene was the
most degrading and humiliating, for both Sena
te re, ever witnessed in any legislative body, and
it is to be hoped a similar one may never be re
enacted in the halls of legislation of the Empire
The Governor’s Message has been further ven
tilated in the Bouse this week by Messrs. Pitts
and Gleason. In the Senate Mr. Fields has la
bored two evenings to make a point in its de
fense, but so far has signally failed. This docu
ment is probably the first one ever issued by an
executive that was not susceptible of successful
defense in some point except local statistics. A
lively debate was had in the Assembly on a reso
lution to print extra copies of the report of Gen.
Dix on the alleged abuse of soldiers at Hiker’s
Island and the Park Barracks. The report isjthe
result of an inquiry suggested by the opposition
in the House for the purpose of manufacturing
political capital, but as the report shows an en
tire different state of things than that charged,
and completely turns the tables on the fault tind
ers, they now seek io suppress the result of the
investigation. Messrs. Weaver and Pinckney op
posed the printing. The latter was particularly
severe upon Gen. Dix. Mr. Wooster advocated
the resolution to print and said he was not sur
prised that the gentleman representing the de
mocracy was opposed to printing the communi
cation. The party had raised these charges
here, with the intention to make some political
capital out of it. The democratic press were
still reiterating the charge; and it was eminent
ly proper that the people of the State should be
satisfied in this matter. They wanted to know
whether their soldiers had been ill-treated, and
that by the General Government. We have those
charges contradicted by an eminent democrat,
Gen. Dix, and no man will doubt his word. He
did not believe in leaving this question to be
settled eimply by the Attas on the one side and
the Journal on the other. The resolution to
print was adopted by a vote of 58 to 26.
The Metropolitan Police Bill, which has been
the all-absorbing subject for the week, and of
which so much has been said and written, has
been ordered to a thii d reading in the Senate,
which is equivalent to its passage in that branch
of the Legislature, tho names of Messrs. Bos
worth and McMurray having been substituted
for those of Purdy and Jones. Several causes
have been assigned for this change in the pro
gramme, but as yet the real cause of the chauge
of base has not been made public. In due time
the whole secret which has prompted these mys
terious movements will be divulged.
The following bills have been introduced in
the House:
To incorporate a railroad company in Fifth av
enue and other streets in New York.
To enlarge tho powers of tho Sanitary Depart
ment, City Inspector’s Office, New York city.
To incorporate the Metropolitan Market'Com
pany in the city of New York, to construct public
markets, with power to let stalls, and hold real
estate for that purpose, subject to the control of
the Common Council.
To incorporate the Manhattan and Long Island
Land Improvement Company, with power to
contract with Mayor and Common Council to re
move night soil and sweepings of the streets
from the city of New York.
To incorporate a railroad company to run
through Thirty-fourth street, Lexington avenue
and other streets.
To incorporate the Clever Fellows’ Association
of New York.
To regulate the sale of drugs and medicines in
the city of New York.
A bill for a railroad from the Catharine and
Deebrosses ferries.
Biography of distinguished men continued
from last week:
Mr. Bobinson was born in Windham, Greene
county, N. Y., in the year 1810, and was the son
of Eu P. Robinson, who emigrated from Connec
ticut to Windham early in lite. He was a lineal
descendant of Rev. John Bobinson, from whoso
church the Plymouth colony sprung. He served
during the whole of the war of 1812 as captain of
militia at Sackett’s Harbor and on Long Island.
Lucius received his education at the Delaware
Academy at Delhi, Delaware county. He studied
law with Hon, Erastus Root, and’ subsequently
with Hon. Amasa J. Parker, with whom he fin
ished his course, and was admitted to the bar in
1832, In 1833 he commenced the practice of law
at Catskill, N. Y., and afterwards was District
Attorney of Greene county for three years, and
in 1839 removed to New York. In 1813 he was
appointed Master in Chancery by Governor
Bouck, and in 1816 was reappointed by Governor
Wright, and held the position until the Court of
Chancery was abolished. He continued to prac
tice law until 1855, when in consequence of ill
health, caused by excessive labor, he removed to
Elmira, where he has since resided. Mr. Bobin
son was elected a member of the Assembly in
1860, and again returned for 1861. In the Fall
of 1861 he was elected Comptroller of State by
an overwhelming majority, and again re
dected last Fall for another term. In
the Assembly he was one of the leading
members and was selected by hispoiiticel friends
at the cummeiicemeut of the second term as a
candidate for the Speakership. On the informal
ballot he received a large vote and would no
doubt after a few ballots have been elected, but
when he was about to win the prize he withdrew
his name as a candidate, much to the regret of
his friends. During this session he introduced
ihe cehbrated Compromise Desolations which
were referred to a special committee,who report
ed favorably thereon, but they were defeated by
the substitution of a project of sending Commis
sioners to Washington to attend a Peace Con
vention on the suggestion of the State of Vir
ginia. Mr. Robinson’s speech in favor of the re
port, was a masterly effort, in which he predicted
precisely what has since taken place. Mr. Bob
ingen was a Democrat of the Silas Wright and
Free Soil school, until the formation of the Re
publican party, of which he has since been an
unyielding and sternuous supporter of the Na
tional Conservative stamp. Mr. Bobinson is re
gaided by all who know him as a man of indus
try, sterling integrity, of undoubted honesty and
decided ability, aud in every particular the best
Comptroller for the interests of the State that
we have had for many years.
is a native of the town of Waddington (formerly
Madiid), St. Lawrence County, N. Y.,burn in the
year 1810. His father, Jacob Redington, was a
soldier of the Revolution. He was one of the
early settlers in St. Lawrence county, and was
the first Justice of the Peace in tho town of
Madrid. He was also in the war of 1812, and
wounded in battle, and died in 1843, at the age
of eighty-six. His mother, whose maiden name
was Eunice King, died in the year 1817, at the
age of seventy-six. Mr. Beding’ton received his
education at the St. Lawrence Academy, located
at Potsdam. At the conclusion of his studies at
the Academy, he commenced reading law, and
at the conclusion of his course, was admitted to
the bar, and practiced his profession for a num
ber of years successfully. In 1837 he was elected
Justice of the Peace; in 1839 he was appointed
Surrogate by Governor Seward, and held the
office for four years; and in 1855 was elected
to the same position. In 1862 he was elected
the Assembly by the Union vote of his dis
trict, and was returned last Fall to the
same position. He is chairman of the Ju
diciary Committee this term, for which im
pel taut position he is peculiarly well qualified.
Be is one of the most intelligent, ready and
fluent membeis of the present Legislature, inde
fatigable in the performance of his duties, to the
inn rests of ihe State generally, and to the people
of St Lawrence particularly. In his social and
personal relations—a gentleman of a high sense
of honor, integrity and purity of character he
is universally respected by all who know him.
London, Eng,, Jan. 20th, 1864.
“ Beg pardon, sir,” was uttered in my ear by
the large, reedy voice peculiarly English. I was
elbowing my way along the Strand, seeking the
studio of an artist friend, and I guess I looked a
little like’a Yankee fresh from “the States.”
“ Beg pardon, sir,” said the voice, and its owner
laid a light touch on my arm. I turned and saw
one of the very elegant gentlemen of the swell
mob that infests, I suppose, every civilized city.
They have a great variety of manifestations.
They work the trade of sharpers and swindlers
in as many branches as go to make a pin or an
encyclopedia. They are as orderly in their dis
order as regular aud honest tradesmen, and cut
each others corners or tread on each other’s
corns quite as little as the servants of our civil
ized and very moral society. I had “ cut my eye
teeth” with these gentry in Now York, and re
vived my experience of them in New Orleans and
other American cities. But as I always go to
the theatre, wherever I may be, I had no objec
tion to see something of out-door acting in Lon
don. I took the measure of ‘ ‘ the gentleman,”
who continued to beg my pardon, and who ex
pressed a most friendly concern lest I should be
run over in crossing the Strand. I had shown
symptoms of wanting to cross, as my friend’s
studio was on the other side.
“ Shall I assist you, air?” said my new friend,
“ Thank you, thank you, sir,” I replied, in a
way to fasten the fellow to me with hooks of
steel. Every greenhorn is a god-send to these
gentry. To him I was a veritable green turtle,
and if I was an Irishman I should say he threw
a sprat, to catch a whale. I was duly prized this
time. As we reached the opposite side cf the
street Mr. Bull said:
' A etrsnger. I perceive.”
“ Yi s,” I replied, “ I have been only a few days
in London ”
This was balm or a poultice to his anxious and
fevtrirh spirit, I doubt not.
“From America, I presume?”
“ I am from New York, sir.”
“Indeed! I have been in New York—l have
had that happiness. A great city, sir. It will
soon equal, if not surpass, Loud n. Perhaps
you may know a friend of mine in Naw York ?”
“ Perhaps. What is his name, and where does
he live ?”
The fellow gave a name and number on the
Fifth avenue, both unknown to me. As I did
not reckon his friend “ a capital fellow, and
worth a million,” among my acquaintances, our
conversation turned on the war I was agree
able, for I had taken a box ticket in my mind to
the fellow's show, and I was altogether at my
ease. My money was in the bank, my watch in
my trunk’at my lodgings. I had a three-penny
bit, three-halfpence, and a sixpence in my pick
et. Neither more nor less, of anything valua
ble, except the latest copy I could procure of the
Dispatch. My manner was so careless that I
think the fellow thought he should lose me, and
so he plumped nervously into the subject of the
war—declared that it was tremendous—s. big
job, and that the Federate would make a goodjob
of it. He bet on the Federals—they were the
sort for his money. He might have made a
gieat mistake in deciding that I was Northern
because I hailed from New York—but he evi
dently went by location, aud suited his convic
tions to what he supposed mine must be.
When we reached the door of my friend the ar
tist, I said “ hers is my place.”
“ But surely we will not part till we have taken
a glass of hale together. Americans always
drink with a friend— you will not forget the cus
tom of your country—you will take a glass of
hale, or a chop.”
“ Thank you, I have just dined, and what is
more, I am a temperance man in the souse of
total abstinence—on my own hook—but it is just
as strong, as if it were the biggest hook of the
biggest society ever got up.”
“ Ha, ha, ha, ba, na, ha, a good joke, a capi
tal joke, but one you can’t play off in Lon
don. But, by the way, have you hoard the latest
American news, received to-night from the
“ No—what is it ?” My heart beat harder and
faster, though! knew the fellow was lying.
“I have just bought the hextra. I have not
read it, homy glanced at it, and saw there was a
glorious Federal victory. Just step in here and
you can read it while I take a glass of halo.”
We entered one of the beer and spirit shops
so numerous in the Strand, and took our seats
in a vacant box. Instantly a daughter of Eve
rose before us, with “ What will you have, gen
“Abottle of stout,” said Mr. Bull, stoutly,
swelling out his massive chest, under his grand
vest, and most massive watch chain.
“ And you, sir.”
“The evening paper,” I said, looking at my
In a moment tho girl camo with a bottle of
stout, two glasses and a daily paper. The ‘ ‘hex
tra” was not produced by Mr. Bull. A foam
ing tumbler of stout disappeared, and smack
ing his lips the drinker pushed a tumbler to me,
“ Hexcellent stout 1 Try it. If there is hany
thing we hexcei your country in, it is stout, hale,
porter, and so hon. Taste it, sir, taste it.”
“ Thank you, Ido not drink. I am decided.
Allow me to look over the extra while you enjoy
your glass.”
At this moment another member of the honor
able fraternity of sharpers made his appearance.
Begged pardon—hoped he did not intrude. Fash
ionably attired, pleasing in address, got up with
out regard to expense, with heavy gold watch
chain and three diamond rings, he shone on us
like the sun out of a cloud, but in a minute or
two we discovered that he was three sheets in
the wind, and the fourth fluttering, to use a nau
tical term for being “ tight,” “ tipsey,” “corned,”
“ having a brick in one’s hat,” “making a Vir
ginia fence,” “being over the bay,” “ how came
you so,” “ half seas over,” in short or long, in
toxication. I was interested in this man in
stantly. I have always found that personal
liking depends very little on personal character.
An Irish servant (I have a weakness for the
brougue), who lies to me like a political newspa
per, or Fox’s Book of Martyrs, who steals all I
can spare, and some things that I can’t spare,
may still be a very pleasant fellow to me. I have
tried it and know all about it. Scamps are often
more agreeable than saints. This new comer
drew my attention from the extra, for I knew
there was nothing in it, while in him there was
something. Either he was a good fellow very
diunk, or he beat Burton and Brougham as an
actor-1 wanted to see which. When he spoke,
the slightest perceptible brogue revealed his na
tionality. I have hinted above my penchant for
Irish scamps, and my readers will no: be over
astonnheo that my heart warmed to this one.
He was new and glosey, as if he had just come
into a new suit of clo’thes by his money or his
wits. He called for a glass of ale, upset it, call
ed fcr another, dropped several sovereigns on
the floor in paying tor it, and poured isut his
apologies as liberally as his money,
“I beg ycur pardon, gentlemen/’ nC said, “the
fact is, lam a little excited. I’ve just gfif this
new ehute of clothes from gentleman Moses
very nice ,they are—splendid, ye see—though no
better than I could have got in Sackville sires t
But I thought I would have a London shute.
And then I’ve had an adventure : A youug lady
took me for another gintieman, and did not find
cut her mistake till she had drunk a bottle of
wine with me ; by that time we were friends, and
I invited her to go to the Crystal Palace. She
said her gloves were not nice, and she had left
her purse at heme I gave her a sovereign for
the gloves, and she went to buy them. ’ It is
hours—ages since, and I have not laid my two
eyes on her beautiful face nor on the change for
the sovereign yet.”
Coming into our company had seemed to
steady him a little after the first flurry, but the
ale he was sipping affected him, and brought an
accession of brogue and confidence at the same
“ Excuse me, gintiemen, I’m on a spree. Wait
till I tell ye. Ive just lost a brother, that I
never seen since I was a baby, till the week be
fore last, when he came from India with a for
tune. He was out riding, aud he had taken a
dhrap too much; he was thrown and killed in a
moment. Heaven rest his sowl. I cut the ac
count of his death from the Freeman's Journal.
Here it is: He left me ten thousand pounds—a
nice bit about a raal gintieman, is not it now ?”
he said, as I finished reading the account of the
fatal event.
“ I’ve that, and the money to comfort me, and
we had a splendid funeral ”
The Englishman winked at me, and when the
Irishman was gathering up the fragments of a
biokon glass, he said :
“ He will lose his fortune in a precious hurry.”
The Irishman now began to boast. He boast
ed of his dead brother, of his fortune, and of the
handsome things he would do with his money.
He boasted of Ireland, the gem of the say—the
home of the noblest men, and the loveliest women
in the world, and finally, of his being a dead shot
with a rifle, and called our attention to the gold
buttons on his waistcoat, which were a prize he
had wen in Paris by rifle shoaling. Here ho run
foul of Mr. Bull, who declared himself a dead
shot—he never gave up to any one. Bets issued
tnd we were io adjourn to a shooting-gallery in
order to decide who was the best shot. I found
myself in a quandary very unusual with ma.
Was the Irishman a fellow-sharper of the Eng
lishman, acting his part so well, that I, with all
my experience, was deceived ? or was he an hon
est green-horn, destined to finish his day by get
ting thoroughly drunk, and losing his fortune,
so recently and painfully acquired ? I was puz
zled, and I had an added reason for making a
day of it.
We took a cab and drove about seeking a rifle
range, but found none. We found a nine-pin
alley, where there was much boasting and bet
ting, the Irishman losing every time, and getting
more and more intoxicated. While he was gone
to get some cigars, Mr. Bull proposed to me to
shares in winning his money.
“ He will lose it, as sure as he’s alive, and have
nothink left to-morrow. We can make a good
thing of him.”
Seeing me scowl, he added :
“ And then we can go shares with him—do the
’andsome thing by him, when he is sober.”
I was indignant, aud determined to take care
of the Irishman and his money. This was easier
to resolve than to accomplish. He was in the
humor for betting. He bet about everything,
and lost, of course. He bet that lignum vital
was stone, that he could knock down all the pins,
that he could walk a crack, make a bow, and
stand trim. He could have done either as easily
as move the world without the sine qua non of
that arebimedean fulcrum. I was tired of the
bold rascality, when both insisted that I should
bet and throw the balls, and join them as a de
cent man ought—l was not to be a spoil-sport.
I was really too tiresome, Mr. Bull averred.
“ I am not a player, I am only here to see, and
I would like to see fair play; I may make up my
mind to secure that,” I said, looking hard at Mr.
“ You are a poor set,” cried the Irishman, tired
of it all. “Ye have got no money, and it's plain
to me that you neither left your whs at home nor
brought them here. I’ll bot two hundred pounds
ye can’t both raise as much money if ye have
two hours to do it in.”
The Englishman was very angry, and appealed
to the master of the gallery, who was evidently
his confederate, and their place a regular resort
of wretches who live by plunder—these modern
highway robbers, who are as plentiful in London
as brigadier-generals in Washington.
“ I have a hundred pounds in my pocket,” said
Mr. Bull, angrily. “ and my friend here has
more.” He turned to me for confirmation.
“ 1 have no money.”
“Not here, but at your lodgings or your
banker’s ?”
“I tell you I have no money for your pur
“ But you have a watch.”
“ Whatever I have I intend to keep, and my
temper besides, if I can.” I grasped my leaden
headed cane,and said to the Irishman, “My friend
come with me.” Drunk as he was he obeyed
the voice of authority. We went out together
and walked along the street a short distance, in
silence. “Excuse me,” said I, “but I must
speak to you—that Englishman and the snau
Sußtiay Bdhioti. Feb. 14;
| who keeps the nine-piu alley are rascals. They
mean to lob you of your money. Go with ms:
leave ihose men to their own evil ways—you muit
place your money safely. Believe me only a
friendly interest in your welfare in trying to with
draw you from these men.”
He held out his hand, grasped mine, and
laughed heartily. He was as sober as I was.
“You are a broth of a boy,” he said, “and de
sairve to be in better company than the likes of
uz. Never you mind about me ; I can take care
of myself, and all the money I have, or that I’m
likely to get till I’m a dale older nor I am now.
There's an omnibus, mv dear sir. You have a
heart intil ye, and I’ll think better of your bla
therin’, mnrtherin’ counthry for yer sake.
There’s your bus, aud good-bye to you. May ye
never set eyes on one of uz again.”
He pressed my hand warmly, and walked back
soberly to join his discomfitted pals. I was as
tonished at myself; with all my experience, I had
been entirely deceived. Had I drank the first
glass of their drugged ale, I should have been
, robbed, if I had retained sense enough to draw
a cheek. The hallucinating effect of drugged
ale, wines, or spirits, insures nine-tenths of their
unholy gains. The wisest and firmest man falls
; a ready victim when he has drank of these dia
; bolical beverages.
I I went home a more weary if not a wiser man
I than I had been hitherto in London. I have
jotted down these few particulars in the hope
that they may be useful to those Americans who
come here without experience. Every day, aud
every night, the same hooks are baited, the same
classes caught and victimised. The law is con
stantly taking cognizance of outrageous cases,
but small redress is obtained. Some have lost
all, and can do nothing. Some dread exposure,
and o hers have been drawn in by their cupidity
to join the shapers, and thus deprive themselves
of all sympathy.
Thieves and rogues have a strange position in
London. They seem to be well known and under
the protection of the police. Why measures are
not oftener taken against them I cannot under
stand. In my judgment they ought to becaught
and caged, aud their children properly placed
and trained, that they may not follo w in the foot
steps of .the parents. At present a certain num
ber of children are born doomed. They are as
j sure to be thieves, sharpers, murderers, or pros
titutes as they are to suck the milk of their
miserable mothers, to herd in filthy dens, and
grow to maturity amid vice, crime and misery.
A mighty question is being propounded to tho
rulers of England. What is to bo done with her
criminals?—not what is to be done to prevent
crime ? They have no wisdom to ask the last,
but a fearful necessity forces the first upon them.
They can no longer hang men for crimes against
property. They have murderers enough to use
all the hemp this tender-hearted age can supply.
Their colonies revolt against penal’settlements—
the prisons -at home are crowded. The question
presses—what shall be done with British crimi
nals? When it is joined with the kindred ques
tion, what is to be done with British paupers ? it
seems to me that English statesmen may well
stand aghast before the problem. It is litre the
Ghost of Banquo—it will not down ; and the fu
ture of this gieat nation is bound up with it, as
if a huge boa constrictor were tightening its folds
around a giant.
Wrto pf JmuwL
Academy of Music.—The last has
been a brilliant week for Max Maretzek. pecuniarily and
otherwise. and a fulfillment ot our prophecy, made previ
ously to the opening, that this season would be unprece
dentedly successful. The favorite “Norma” was given on
Monday evening to a full house, and was sung—with its
original and splendid cast—in the same masterly style as
on its revival during the first season that Medori appeared
J?a e d^K h i en sh !- ,airl y electrified the
Academy by her acting and singing in the role of the Drii-
If.®? B'., 8 '~ 110 o P e ra does her broad and massive style
find such appropriate scope lor its exercise. Biacchi’a
OzMieso, Mazzoleni’S Polito, and the Adelgisa of Md’lle
Sulzer, have all frequently received the damp of our
unqualified approbation. On Tuesday, tne ‘‘Faust” was
Fjven Of this opera we have spoken so oS
mat a further notice would be a labor of supe?erra
sation. U'lie house was crammed. Thera was no ooera
on Wednesday evening (ash Wednesday), but on Thursdlv
‘ e flrouk, -'’P PWPIe had the pleasure of hearing
Ji®™?, ’ Mi* 2“ ,ht : lr Academy, on which occasion
they a Isited the house in force, and generally in evening
costume. The applause was trequent and deserved aul
8t a expiration °* eac .h . act t,le principal artists were,
called before the curtain in a most peremptory and en
thusiastic manner Good for Brooklyn I It may ba flat
Max w take the City ot the
ihto his good graces once more and give them
their share of sweet sounds. Un Friday evenins the
I*aust was again given at our Academy to a
ft*/ sta “<V Dgroom ’ famiiv circle and amphi
theatre all being fully occupied. In ;he second act
Blacchi broke down completely, and in the third
act was unable to sing a note. An apology was
made for him by Max and -Herr Weinlich substituted, tie
sang the remainder of the role acceptably and acted it ad
mirably. On last evening the ever favorite “lone” was
given with Debreul as Bwr&o in place of Biacchi
Sig. Brignoli waste have made his rentree on to morrow
evenii g. put we see that a change has been made in the
programme, lor instead of “Furitani” the favorite “11
Bailu’ is announced, which will give us Signora Ortolani
Biiguoiiin one of her lavoritn parts The opera for
Wednesday evening will be “H Poiinio.” When we are
to hear Brignoli is not definitely settled, but we suppose
on the following Friday, or Monday evening The lime
has been that full dress was trie exception at the Acada
n»y ; but now it is the rule : thus giving to the spectator
a splendid coup dail and lending a fascination to the
front of the house.
A Young lady of this city will make
her debut at the Academy of Music next week, we under
stand, in “Lucia di Lammermoor. ’ Two years since w
published the following article with reference to the lady
WliiC-h "e find m rhe daily Transcript:
‘ A rather exciting as well as pleasing incident occurred
yesterday, Rist after rehearsal, at the New kork Academy
oi Music, ahu some or me principal singers had left
the Acaderoy. x he orchestra under the direction of Mr.
Max Mareizek v a? heard accompanying a powerful fe
malevoice, which was £?ardfr<;m the remote offices of the
theatre. A general rush or Lh<se in the house was made
to tlie front of the dress circle, amidst exclamations of ‘ a
new singer.’ ‘beautiful,’ ‘bravissiLho ’ ‘very good,’ &c.,
cem irgspontaneously from Mr. Gr^u—who hadiefthis
office to listen to the singer—Sig. Susir-i aJid Miss Hinckley,
Big. Barili and others, ihe surprise arose from a pupil of
Sig. Mai zocchi—a young >acy of fifteen years—rehearsing
the cavatina irom ‘ Lucia di Lammermoor.’ with a full
orchestral accompaniment, under tne direction of the
great Maretzek. it could be no ordinary performance
which eculd induce Miss Hinckley to seat herself in front
of the balcony, and Mr Grau. Sig. Susini and others to
take seats in the parquette near the orchestra, and at the
finish, heartily applauded the brilliant performance of
the young lady .Miss Hinckley also joined in the im
promptu-testimonial of approbation of tne young svren
(perhapsher future rival) ”
Dodworth Hall.—Mr. Alfred H.
Pease gave his first grand concert at Dodworth Hall
last Monday evening to a very numerous and fash
ionable audience, assisted by Mrs. Jennie Van Zandt
Heir Dimmer and Mr. J. B. Tnomas; Signor Abella acting
as accompanyist. The music selected for the occasion
was of that high order which appeals most forcibly to the
cultivated or really ariistic ear and from the marked de
monstrations or approval which followed each vocal and.
instrumental eflort on the part of the artists engaged we
were led to infer that the audience had a verv thorough
appreziation of harmony and ‘the concord of sweet
sound,” which must have been truly gratifying, as it was
deserved by all concerned. Mr. A. H. Pease fully realised,
the most extravagant expectations of his friends; and in
his “ March from Wagner’s Tannhauser” and ‘ Rigoletto”
displayed a force and delicacy of touch truly refreshing
when we consider die terrible thumpings that pianos get
as a usual thing in this locality Mr. Pease did well, and
we trust soon to hear of him again
Niblo’s Saloon.—Master Emil Mol
lrsraurr. the young violinist, gave Ms first concert in
New York, at Nibio’j baloon, last Monday evening, assisted
by a host of talent, among whom was the following:
Messrs. Lingard, Pattison, Fr Moilenhauer. Wedeineyer,
Carmiencke, ana Goldsml t, ad of whom didtneir ut
most to honor the occasion. Mrs. Jenny Kempton appear
ed in the place of a lady who was to have f avored the
audience with her presence, and so ably acquitted herself,
that ail present were more than satisfied. In regard to
Masttr Emil Moilenhauer, it is but just to say that we were
truly surprised at his precocity ; for in no case that we
can remember, have we ever seen one of such tender
years handle Hie violin with such consummate ease and.
skill as he, being as he was simply deficient of that abso
lute certainty of bow movement which is only to be ac
quired by years of experience. This, however, will come
in good time, leaving us only to regret that the father had
not deferred the debut of his son until a later date, that
we thereby might have realized in him a perfect and ac
complished musician as well as a youthful prodigy.
Wood’s Minstrels.—We have this
week the pleasure of recording the immense success of T.
D. Rice’s celebrated American opera, ‘‘Oh Hush,” in
which Mr. Frank Brower figures with such delectible
prominence. This is as we anticipated and f oretold last
week, in consequence oi which we are to have another
week of the same, together with a continuation of the
“Atrican Camille,” in which C. Fox personates Armand
Duval and Frank Brower Camille, which, together with
“The Crisis,” the songs, dances, and instrumental solos,
must be truly irresistible.
Bryants’ Minstrels.—Bryants’ pro
gramme also remains unchanzed, receiving nightly the
entire approval of the public. Thus we are to have this
week the continuation uf “ The Take-it-aud Leave Man,”
“Les Miserables, or the Seedy Musicians,” “Pompey’s
Blunders,” “ Exempt Shakers,” “ The Perfect Cures,’’ and
“Mazeppa.” any one of which affords quite enough of
laughing matter to last until—well, until ne feels inc fined
to witness their droll performance again, which, on ac
count of the pleasurable sensation occasioned thereby, is
as a general rule not very long thereafter.
A Grand Testimonial Concert to Mr.
L. Harrison, of Irving Hall, will be given on Thursday,
March 3d, 186-1, at the place list named. This, we are sat
isfied, will be highly acceptable news to the musical pub.
lie, and, we believe, a’so that such a response will be
made to the call of the friends cf this gentleman as will
satisfy him and them of the high estimation in which he
is held as a manager and a man. Complimentary bene
fits are often complimentary humbugs; but in the present
instance a genuine feeling un the part of hundreds of our
fellow-citizens, known u> literature and the arts, has en
forced the acceptance of this testimonial by Mr. Harri
son. This ger tieman has done more ior American artists
than any other manager during the last decade, and an.
occasion of this kind cannot be treated with reticence.
Clinton Hall.—Since our notice, last
week, of the grand complimentary concert to be given at
this Hall next Wednesday evening, tendered to Mrs. Win.
G. Tway by her pupils and fri- nds, we have been favored
by a glance at the programme prepared for the evening,
by means of which we are enabled to speak with more cer
tainty than at that time. The entertainment is to consist of
a series of solos, duets and choruses, vocal and instrument
al, of that popular class of music which the great million
must ever appreciate, interspersed with several selections
from the classics in music, which will be ably rendered. We
recognize among Mrs Tway’s pupils the names of many
oi the most respectable families of our city, who cer
tainly thus* confer a mark of high respect upon their
tutoress. _
Ibvjng Hall.—Mrs. Jenny Kempton
gives her first grand vocal and instrumental concert at
the above Hall on Friday evening next, the 19th inst.,
upon which occasion, we see, by announcement before
us, she is to be assisted by the following artists, who havo
volunteered their services, viz: Mrs. J. M Mozart, So
prano; Mr. Geo. Simpson, Tenor; Sig. Centemeri, Bari
tone : Mr. J. H. Pattison, Pianist; Mr. Henry Appy, Vio
linist ; Mr. Dressier, Acconipanyist; Sig. Abella, acting as
Conductor; Mrs. Jenny Kempton adding, as a matter of
course, her efforts to contribute to the pleasure and grati
fication of her host of friends and admirers. We are
satisfied it will be a success.
Sacred Concert.—Cail Bergmann
receives a complimentary benefit at the Broadway Gar
den, this evening This popular conductor and composer,
introduced the-e Sunday concerts, after the style of Ju
lian, wi’h great success, and they have been very numer
ously attended by the admirers of first class instrumental
music. Mr Bergmann wields the baton over an orches
tra comprised of about twenty-five of our best must?

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