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THE BABY SOLDIER.
Another liille privatu MnbN-rtil in The army of temptation And of sin. Another soldier arming l or tin- strife, X- fight the toilsome battles Ot a life. Another little sentry Who will stand Or. guard, title evils prowl On every hand. * I, id. our little darling (iuitJe and **‘tve, the perils of tire march To the grave. ♦♦♦• X THE l>Al tu. I wouldn’t have been Robinson Crusoe, not for five hundred a year and no slack. I It’s all werry we'/ being your own foreman and master, and so on, but then such a life to my mind’s like a well-flagged deal board just made ready for flooring. You’ve been over it, and touched it well down with your jack-plane, and‘ilfinished|Oft with your try ing-plane, and there it is,—or ought to be, if it ain't, —scamped just like a bit o’ satin, every knot just like a smooth brown eye, and every bit o’ grain standing out as if polishedbut then turn it over, and it’s all as rough, and shaggy, and splintery as can be. it’s all werry well being roaster and gauger, but then you has to be journeyman and laborer into the bargain. But that ain't it so much, for I wouldn’t give a clout nail, let alone tuppence, for a feller as can’t turn his hand to anything in a push; it’s the louesomeness of the thing. J expect it’s not liking to he alone made me get married; and I roust say that now there’s an old bird at home, and five little ones in the nest, I ain’t werry lonesome there. How they do open their precious young beaks, and what a sight o’ stuff it does fake afore you can persuade ’em to shut again! But 1 ain’t grumbling about that, mind, and I hope I never shall. However, as 1 said afore, 1 don’t like being alone, for it puls me in mind of a werry lonely time; but 1 do like having a mate come in for an hour’s chat, and join me over a pipe and a pint of half-and-half in a quiet sociable manner, same as you have to-night, Dick Smith. That’s a good trying-plane o’ yours,—the one you had in the shop to-day,—but 1 never did sc' . and don’t suppose 1 ever shall see. such a tool as one 1 lost about four years ago,— leastways 1 didn’t lose it, for 1 sold it; but it was a loss, for all that. l ine, sound bit o’ b°ech |as ever you saw; while as to the iron, there was never a better "bar o’ stuff came out o' Sheffield. Just show it the ile stand now and then, and knock it up to the right set, and then —whish! whish! —the shavings would seem to run off a board as fine, and thin, and soft as—as —well, as shaving®, you know. I sold that plane for two shillings, and the nest, week I’d have given five to get it back, but was gone again, and I’ve never set eyes on it. since. You sec, nothing looks worse than for a man to be parting with his tools; aud when you see a fellow doing of if, he’s either one as isn’t worth his salt, or else he’s worry hard drove. Now 1 suppose I do make my salt, most lings, or else I shouldn’t have been two years in this shop; but about the time I told you of, I was going to part with one o’ my tools, so you may suppose that I was hard drove. It don’t matter where it was, but it warn’t a hundred :miles from Gray’s Inn Lane; and, after being out six weeks, I was took on. and got my order to be off with a lot more down into Surrey, where there whs a cottage army, as they calls it a-bilding. I slips off out o’ the yard, ready to bust with the good news, and I was at the bot tom o’ the lane and across Ilolborn in no time; and iu less than that 1 was down our court where we lodged, and up two pair o’ stairs, and into the room before my wife had time to hide what she was doing of. “Hooray, mother,” I says, “took on!” and then 1 slops short; for though 1 would not let her think i knew she had been hav ing a good cry, it all at once struck me that I should be setting her off again; for I’d engaged to go down into the country for a month certain, and 1 should have to leve her behind, —so 1 stops short. “O father!” she says, “I am thankful; for I don’t know what could have gone next.” We had, somehow, then got into (he way o’ callin’ ourselves “Mother” and “ Father ;” and so she said she didn’t know what could have gone next; and I’m sure 1 couldn’t have told her, for a many of our things had gone about that time; for what with uo work, and a long sped or two o’ sickness, we had to make a good many visits to a certain relative, as I’m sure every hou cst, hard-w rkiug muu hates the werry name of. Aud now I ain’t speaking fair, for I said we had to make a good many visits; but ii warn’t ire, for I’m blest it 1 wasn’t such a c-ward myself that 1 daren’t go, but stopped sneaking at home, and let tiie wife go instead, which woin’t at all manly, says you; no more it worn't. Howsoraever, when she said that, I knew that something must go; and I felt so light hearted with the idea o’ that work that 1 made up ray mind to go myself, aud wrap ping my old favorite plane up in a red handkercher, 1 slips out into Fetter Lane, where our uncle lived. Off 1 goes, full swing, ns if it was all right, and with my mind made up to run right in, pawn the plane, and then let the missus have the money, and make shift till I could send her some more; and then what with thinking about having to tell her 1 was going into the country, and about how soon the foreman would let me draw something on account, if I didn’t shoot right past the shop. “Don’t turn back yet,” I says to myself, “or people will think there’s Something wrong ” So I walks right on, and gets into Farringdon Market, and makes a bit of a twist, and comes back again, meaning not to miss it this time. There it was,—throe golden balls bung out, and a window full of everything one could find a name for; workingmen’s tools aud watches, silk handkerchers and silver epoons, flutes aud fiddles without any strings, pistols aud telescopes, —the one to make a hole in you, and t’other to look at it with, —glass decanters and tooth-drawers, pincers, rings, and chains, and ear-rings, and musical boxes, and composing-sticks; but there wasn’t neither a smoothing, nor a rebate, nor a moulding, ni"- a jack, nor a trying •’.ane in the whole window; aud I cut by as hard as ever I c aid ; and, “ Tom Scott,” I says, “you're a fool! You've come to the wrong shop! ” All at once I pulled up, and pretends to be looking in at the fishing-tackle shop, and snood there a-talking, as it were, to an old stuffed Jack that was a-staring at me with his yellow eyes, and his mouth wide open and full of hooky teeth, that would let any thing go in, but precious little come out agaiu; and then, somehow or another, it seemed to me as that great stuffed jack, or pike, or whatever you call it, was a sorter imitation o’ that precious relation as 1 came out on purpose to see. “Ah !” says 1, “ and we poor chaps is the gudgeon as he lives on. And a precious gudgeon you are, Tom Scott, —six feet high, fourteen stone weight, and humbugging yourself, and pretending all sorts ’o gam mon. because you ain't got enough stuff in vou to go in like a man to pawn that plane. Tom,” 1 says, “ I'm ashamed of you ! Take it home again, and ask the missus to do it for yon, ahd don’t be a humbug and say you got to the wrong shop.” And so I gave it him—that’s me, you know —hot and strong for about five min utes, ami then 1 felt better. “ Don’t be a donkey,” I says ; and then I i lings the plane up tight, and walks on; but : pm blissed if everybody didn’t seem to know where I was a-goin’, and kep’ staring at the red hankercher, when they wouldn’t have took a Lit o’ notice if I had carried the plane in my hand, open like. “ Now for it,” I says ; for I’d made my mind quite up, and meant business, Avhen I meets a policeman, and he looks at me, aud I looks at him ; and I don’t know how a chap feels that has stolen a plane, but if he feels half as bad as I did that afternoon, why, the sooner he turns honest, and earns the tool instead, the better for him. I knew 1 was a fool to mind, an! kep’ telling myself so ; but i; wasn’t no use, bless you, for before I’d got a dozen yards past the policeman, if I didn’t turn round to look, and as a matter of course, there was !:e turned round too, and staring at me. '1 Ik about.a look! why, his eyes went through me like mortice chisels in a door jamb! I turns round again, and scuffles on, meaning to rush into the shop, “Now for it,” I says again; and I believe I should have done it, if a chap hadn’t have come out at the same moment, with his hand in his pocket chinking some money, and we nearly ran against one another, aud started back, for he knowed me by sight, and I knowed him, through having worked a few benches off one another up at Cubitt’s. We just nods, and he was gone like a shot; lor he knowed I could tell what he’d been in there for, while, of course, I put it to you now, I couldn’t go in then, could I ? On 1 goes ever so far up the lane, and then back once more, and this time, although I knowed everybody was looking at me, 1 blunders right into the shop, slips off the handkercher, and bangs the plane down on the counter. ' “Lend me five shillings on this for a week,” 1 says; aud twc or three people in i cupboards like reaches round to see who made such a noise; but as there was four or | five more people in the place, nobody takes any more notice o’ me; and there I stands, hot and savage, till a skinny little chap with a penholder across his mouth, like a bit, because he was vicious, comes up and turns ray old plane over, and then he mum iles as well as he could for the pen,— “ How much ? ” “ Twelve aud six,” I says ; for I thought I fie meant what did I give for the plane. He gives it a push and shakes his head, ! and I was just going to spe ik, when I feels j a hand on ray shoulder, and looking round, | there was the policeman I met, and he ! says,— “ Where did you get it from, my man? ” “ Bought it,” says I, in a regular flurry. “ Where ? ” says he. “Charing Cross,” I says; and, to make a long story short, I had to let him walk back to my lodging with me, -and see my basket of tools, and then he only seemed half satis fied ; while half an hour after I roused up and went out, quite savage, swinging the plane in my hand, and sold it at a marine store shop for two shillings. It was hard work to comfort the wife when she knew that she was going to be left alone ; for “ O Tom,” she says, “ the poverty’s hard enough to hear without, hav ing to be separated.” - But I promised her I that I’d take a lodging, and get her down with me as soon as 1 found the work likely to last; but next morning at breakfast 1 saw more than one tear drip into her tea cup. But it was a bright morning, and I’d been doing all I could to cheer her up ; for I was n’t going to start till nine ; so I gave young Tom a treat, —washed his head for him, and rubbed on the soap till his little nob was all white. “Now sloosh, faryer,” he says; and I slooshed him, and never got the soap once in his eyes, nor yet up his nose, which wasn’t surprising, seeing what a little chap he was then, and no nose at all to speak of. Well, at last I had my tool-basket ready, and a hammer through the handles to swing it over my shoulder. There were three clean aprons inside and some odds and ends I should want; and then there was nothing else to do but say good by. But there, I won’t tell you about it, for she took on a great deal, as it was (he first lime 1 had been away from her. “You will write, Tom?” says she. “ Why, of course,” I says. “ And I’ve put four sheets and some cn velopes in,” she says, “ so that you needn’t write on the back of the sandpaper with your pencil, for it’s so hard to make out.” And then, after live minutes’ silence, 1 bolted out, and wouldn’t look behind till I was out of the court. Why, of course 1 was sorry (q leave her behind; and i went along with my heart feeling as heavy''as a lump of lead, an t everybody 1 meet looking dim and weary, which I should think must have been indi gestion, or something of that kind; but it soon went off, and the clear sunshiny morn ing seemed to brighten one up, till i felt so hearty and cheery that. I was ashamed of myself, for I felt as though 1 ought to be miserable, like I knew the wife was at home. But there we were, several of us, along wim carts full of scaffold-poles and material, and before long we were out in the open country. Out iu the open country—God bless it! with the birds twittering in the trees and hedges; the blue sky overhead, with now and then alight cloud slowly sailing across; the soft wind smelling that delicious, that we opened our mouths aud drew in great long breaths, as though vve should never be tired. There were flowers everywhere,— lilac, laburnum, and may; orchards full of pinky apple blossom; while as to the green of the fields in the golden sunshine, ah! it was a sight to men who had been cooped up in close London courts, without knowing where (he next day’s bread was to come from ! Out in the open country, with fresh beau ties at every turn ! Why, we wore like so many boys, running by the carts, larking, shouting, and making regular fools of our selves, which must, of course, have been owing to the light, free air. I’ve heard talk of prisoners, and sick men, and their delight at being out once more; but they could not have felt happier than we did, out in the open country, on that bright May day. Every now and then, though, something dull would keep coming over me, and 1 was n't sorry when it did ; for what business had 1 to be so happy and cheerful, knowing how miserable I had left someone at home? i But so it was: and the bit o’ blackness wore j off, and I was as lively as the best of them 1 five minutes after; for. mind you, it isn’t money as can give the real gladness of heart. Well, we got down to the place, and the work went on merrily. The foreman was a good fellow, and made me one or two little advances: and as there seemed to me to be work for a good three or four months, 1 be j;an to look ’out for a little place where I could bring someone down to; and a com fortable lodging I soon found, made all my little arrangements, and sent a letter up with a post-office order inside, so that some one and the two little ones could come down comfortable next day but one. Every one, 1 dare say, has his own fan cies ; and I don’t mind telling you one o’ I mine. I don't know any one thing so satis factory as driving a nail home. You make a small hole with your brad-awl; in goes your nail: and then, tapping gently at first, you go on by degrees, until the head gets nearer and nearer, and at last is driven right into the soft deal board. Not much in it! says you. Perhaps not to your way of thinking; but every man to his trade, and, you may depend upon it, in ca cry trade there’s a similar feeling. I’ve i seen blacksmiths laugh as they pegged away at tneir iron ; the old cobblers grin as they drew the wax-end tight; the painters wag i their heads as they laid on the flatting; and something o’ the same kind in most trades; and it’s only reasonable that it should he so, for a fellow would not be much of a workman if he didn’t love his craft. Well, I was busy driving the nails in a piece o’ hoarding, thinking all the time about the missus coming down, when I a false stroke, hit the nail on one side, and it flew up and caught me right in the eye. Talk about agony ! No one knows what I suffered, for in a short time the inflamma tion spread from one eye to the other, and 1 was quite blind, so that I had to be led home to my lodging. Perhapsyou know what a bit o’ dust, or a lash, or anything o that kind is in your eye ; you know the pain and worrying it you ; so you can think what I suffered —a great, tall, stout fellow—as I lay turning about, with the sweat dropping off me. Doctor came, and did all he could. Next day came, and the pain seemed easier. Next lay after that came, and a letter say ing my wi e would not be there for another day, and someone had to read it to me, for everything was as black as night; and at last, worn out with pain and louesomeness, and the horrid feeling that 1 was to boa blind, helpless man, I turned over upon my face, and stopped there till the pillow was quite wet. Yes. I knew it was the act of a child ; but I felt one then, as I thought of the bright light of God’s sunshine gone from me for ever; that 1 should gaze no more upon the loving face of my own wife, and that the merry, bright eyes of my little ones would sparkle for me no more. That I should henceforth grope about in the dark, seek ing, like that sorcerer in the Testament, for someone to lead me by the hand. That I, the great man of bone and muscle, should be in a moment stricken down helpless, to he henceforth a burden to my poor wife, and we—poor people. It was the act of a child, I know ; for, with an exceeding bitter cry, 1 lay there and sobbed miserably, while every tear smarted and burned like melted lead run ning over my eyeballs. O yes, it was the act of a child, aud I knew that I was now as helpless as the weakest. How 1 lay and thought of poor blind Samson, and pitied him! How I called to mind those with sightless eyeballs whom I had often passed by uncaringly; and how I thought and thought what could I do for my bread in the long, long night that now seemed my future. “ In the dark! in the dark! ’ I kept on groaning to myself as I lay; and then 1 thought of the past time, and of how great a blessing I had thoughtlessly enjoyed; and then the thought came to me of other blessings which never seemed blessings be fore, for being mostling short o’ money, I always thought myself hard used, and growled more than I need have done. And at last of all thinking and suffering, my head seemed to get hot, and I turned delir ious,—half mad, you know, —and went on terribly, I suppose, till two days after, when J seemed to wake up iu the dark, and lay still, thinking aud wondering where I was, till I heard a noise as of someone moaning, and I calls out, “ Who’s there ?” I knew who it was directly, for I just heard the one word “ Tom” sobbed out, and then there was an arm under my head, and tears falling upon my poor sightless face, and such tender, hopeful words whispering to me, as made my heart swell and beat; and I felt that, come what might—come sick ness, come sorrow, blind, or able to see— -1 had someone to lean on, and to lead me by the hand. We were werry quiet then, and I lay on my side trying to look through the black darkness at that dear old face that I could feel close by me, as someone kneeled down by the bed-side ; but no, I could not see it with my eyes, though I could with my heart. And then she stopped sobh’ng, and talked of hoping for the best, of how the eyes of the blind had been opened, and that perhaps my affliction might, by His help, yet be removed. And so we talked and talked, and she said that we would sorrow no more about it, aud then how much she could get by needlework, and all on so hopefully, that I seemed to brighten up; but on y for a few moments, for I knew what a dead, helpless burden I should be. And then she must have seen my face working, aud, poor lass! she broke down herself, when I said she had better have been left a vvidder. At last, in the quiet o’ that little room, not a sound to be heard but the twittering o’ tiie b.rds outside the window, I said, in better hope, but we got no further than “ Thy will be done.” * * -a- * * * Dick Smith, 1 nover knovved how much love, and tenderness, anJ.gcutlencss there was in this world until i groped about it in the dark. I’d been bi ter, as many a disappointed workingman, and railed at my betters; but now, in ihe midst of my trou ble, I learnt that I had walked all my life, in the dark, stumbling about, and not see ing tiie blessings that were spread around me We never knew want during that dark month which we spent in that pleasant country place, where my wife led me about amongst the sweet spring flowers, while evert body had a kind and loving word for me. The governor allowed me half wages, and somebody did needlework, and they used to pay her double and treble, and semi me all sorts o’ things, so that we were well off. Then the doctor came every day, and told me I wasn’t to fret about it, for he hoped I should get my sight yet. One day 1 sat trembling in my chair, with the doctor operating,—not trembling at the pain, but for fear he might have been decided; somebody stood there, too, hold ing my hands, for she had got leave to he present. All at once there was a bright flash of light, and then I felt my head swim, and I fainted dead away, for I could not stand up against the swelling joy that burst upon me. ******* As keen a pair of eyes, as ready a pair of hands, and as willing and hopeful a heart as I hope are to be found in any workshop in England, Dick Smith ; and I’m a humble and thankful man for it. But, Lord bless you, I has my fits of ill temper when things goes three-cornered ; and then Patty comes and whispers—God save her—in my ear, tlfcn the sun shines again, and I think of old times before my accident, and say to her— “ Lyes shut, Patty. I was in the dark!” Owen’s Lake —Over in Tulare county, betveen the ridges of the Sierra Nevada, which there are toned down somewhat from the high altitude they boast in more North ern latitudes, lies Owen’s Lake, a veritable Dead Sea, in whose water sports no living thing. Of this lovely sheet of water a well-known Californian writes as follows ; “ Owen’s Lake, so suongly impregnated with borax, alum, alkali, oil and other sub stances, is at last going to add something to the nation's wealth. One draught of its wafers will poison a man, one immersion clean the hair off a dog, and it has been the grave of many Indians that run from bul lets to try to swim its waters. A genius here will take a patent for tanning by its waters; he finds it will make good leather in ten days, without manual labor. lie will start an export trade from here, bottling its water for bartering purposes and shear ing sheep, cleaning hogs and making high foreheads.” Beautiful was the reply of a venera ble man to the question whether he was still in the land of the living: “No, but I am almost there.” got about through with this world. I can’t enjoy xuvm -aore trouble ” ( I KREAT ITEMS. Domestic Paragraphs. —The City Hall bell in New York weighs | 23,000 pounds. —Taunton, Mass., boasts an Irishman 103 years old, and able to saw wood and : drink whisky. —The Nevada Transcript tells of a loafer who has slept in a hearse, where he had lodged every night for weeks. —Mrs Rowley recently died at Tusearo ra, Steuben county, N. Y., in the hundredth year of her age, leaving nearly 200 direct descendants. —The colored population of Indianapolis are having a great revival of religion. Eighty-three converts were baptised on Sunday by immersion. It has been decided that “deserters from the enemy during the rebellion, that enlisted in the Union army, are not entitled to Government bounties.” —The number of deaths in the United States army during the rebellion, exclusive of those who died from wounds and other causes after reaching their homes, amounts to 253,000. —Cameo buttons for ladies’ jackets are now the rage. They are of immense size fre quently no two heads are alike. Steel aud silver chains—called Benitons —arc profuse ly used on bonnets. —The fin ling of the gas metre in the ruins of Pike’s opera house, at Cincinnati, turned off as stated by the private watch man, leaves the origin of the fire a greater mystery than ever. —At a temperance meeting at South Reading, Mass., on Sunday night, the keeper of the vilest liquor-hole in the town came forward and renounced his business, and pledged himself never to use or sell rum again. —Philo Chase of Litchfield, Conn., died a few days ago, aged seventy-five years. For the last twenty-five years his daily diet has been three pints of milk and one of whiskey. He adopted that diet from the conviction that solid food injured him. —The Commercial List says that a Phila delphian, who, a few years ago, had a reve nue of $20,000 per annum, and cut. a large splurge among the lon ton of our city is now an attendant in an eating saloon in New York, on a salary of of a few (J°^ ars a week. —The Enquirer Company of Cincinnati have purchased all the p.operty on Vine street, between the gas office and Mozavt Garden, otf'which they will erect a magni ficent opera house, with printing offices in the rear. —lt is proposed to double the present ca pacity of the Erie canal by building a rail road track on each bank of the canal so that locomotives may be used for towing boats. The present capacity of the canal with horse power is 6,000,000 tons for a season of eight months. —A. T. Stewart’s new residence in New York, now nearly completed, will cost sl,- 500,000. Its ground size is 128 by 62 feet. Height of ce ! ling, first floor, 28 feet; second, 24 feet; thirl, 18 feet, basement 10 feet. It will be altogether the most elegant and expensive building in America. —A family of five persons resided upon a farm in Derry, New Hampshire, for a period of fifty-three years, Ruring which time there was neither a birth, death, or marriage in the family. Neither did they during the time put a letter into the Post Office, or take a newspaper. —Helen Western, somewhat noted as an actress, was advertised to appear in “eleven characters and a clog dance” at a Pitts burgh theatre. When we read of all the new inventions for the “make up” of fash ionable ladies at the present time, it is not so difficult as might otherwise seem for one person to appear in so many quxrts. —A Chicago correspondent of the Spring field Republican, speaking of the remains of bodies found in the first named city, says: —“ It is pleasant to know that bodies are dissected and thrown into the lake from which we draw our water for consumption. It must be pleasant for people who have re cently lost friends to reflect that in drinking their tea they may be imbibing a mild de coction flavored with a tincture of the one lost.” —On Saturday last Judge Stowe, of the Alleghany County Court, sentenced a young man named Noah Rea, to twenty-one years in the Penitentiary on three charges of burglary and assault. Twenty-one years of solitary confinement! This is a fearful illustration of the barbarism of the system in vogue in the Pennsylvania State prisons Twenty one years without a sight of a single human face or hearing his own name called ! —A great Ist of April hoax was perpe trated in Philadelphia. A morning paper published correspondence between President. Johnson and a suppositions President, of a Johnson Association in that city, in which the former promised to come to the city and in eke a public address on that day. Accord ingly many people visited the hotel where the President was supposed to be, and the church at which it was announced that Se cretary Seward and Senator Cowan would accompany the President. —A reporter, who was getting up an ac count of the mock-auction establishments of New York for a weekly paper, saw in one of the shops a person whom lie took to be a countryman bidding on a watch. He step ped up to him and said, whispering in his ear, “Do yon know where you arc ? This is a mock-auction concern! ” The fellow, with an innocent look, replied, “ 1 guess not,” and kept on with his bidding. Going by the place again on the following day, the journalist observed the same fellow occupy ing his old position and still bidding as a “ stool pigeon.” Foreign Gossip. —lt is stated that the plays of Sophocles, Euripides and JEschylus, and other classic authors, are shortly to be performed at one of the Paris theatres. —Paris contains 37 Protestant churches, with 54 pastors. It is said that at the be ginning of the present century there was not a single Protestant church or pastor in that city. —At a recent great steeple chase, near Liverpool, thirty horses started, all the favorites were beaten, and the winner was a gaunt outsider, whose owner quietly pock eted $135,000 by the race. —The House of Lords is really, on five days out of six, a caricature of a legislative assembly. The average number of peers present is a dozen—Most of them feeble old gentlemen, related to each other by matri monial connections. —Miss Edmonia Lewis, a young lady of | color, has taken a studio in Rome and works ias a sculptress. A correspondent says she | is the only lady of her race in the United ; States who has thus applied herself to the 1 study and practice of sculptural art. —An agent from some great capitalists and contractors, who propose to establish a tunnel under the sea from Dover to Calais has arrived in Paris,'to apply to the Emper or for permission to make borings on the French soil in order to ascertain the practi cability of the scheme. —One rumor about the Prince Napoleon Bonaparte is current, viz: That he means to go over to the United States and transfer his allegiance to the Stars and Stripes. I believe this to be only an ill-natured inven tion, but we live in such queer times that nothing is deemed improbable. I —Strangers* in the‘House of Commons are not allowed to intimate the slightest signs of approval or disapproval of what they hear, and the rule is a salutary one. j They must not look at a newspaper, or use an opera glass, or speak above the faintest whisper to each other. If a biscuit is eaten it must be done surreptitiously. But mem bers themselves are often uproarious enough. —There is to he a gigantic aquarium among the wonders of the Universal Exhi bition, P • . The front alone is to meas ure 100 fee . Every sort of fish is to be collected therein for the amusement of the public, and even sharks, cod and porpoises are to exhibit their peculiar habits and cus toms in grottoes and caves, which are to be excavated in tho floor of the building, and filled with sea water. —A Constantinople paper says that two antiquaries, in making excavations in Sy ria, have discovered a Jewish habitation entire, the construction of which dates two centuries previous to the Christian era. Its rooms are furnished after the Egyptian style, and these gentlemen found in them the five books of Moses, the Psalms of David, and another book containing Hebrew poetry, completely unknown. —Late Intelligence from Edinburgh is to (he effect that a disease has broken out among the sheep in several portions of Scot land. Examinations have been made and all the evidence elicited goes to prove that the plague, which has assumed a serious nature, is “really the rinderpest.” Here tofore it has been believed that sheep were exempt from attacks of this fearful malady but Us appearance among the Scottish (locks docs not warrant the assumptions of those scientific men who advocated the theory. Personal and Literary. Frank Leslie, at his establishment in New Y r ork, publishes eight illustrated peri odicals, and keeps forty engravers con stantly employed. Gen. Sheridan, after his recent Mexican tour, s’.ated his opinions succinctly and forc ibly, as follows: “If I owned h—ll and Texas, I would rent Texas, ami live at the other place.” Mr. Stephen Smyth, father of Gov. Smyth of New Hampshire, has voted for governor of that State fifty-nine consecu tive years. His last vote was cast in 1805 for his own son. Rev. Henry Ward Beecher was once pastor of a congregation in Indianapolis which was too poor to paint the church edi fice, and the young minister did the job with his own hands. Mbs. Charles, the author of the “Echon berg-Cotta Family,” is publishing serially in an English magazine a story entitled “ The Draytons and the Davenants: being the Personal Recollections of Mrs. Olive Drayton of the Fen Country.” The Rev. S R. Brown, missionary from this country to Japan, has translated the Gospel of Matthew into the Japanese lang uage. Mr. Brown was from Monson, Mass., and his mother was the author of that fav orite hymn, “ I love to steal awhile away.” A Washxngtom despatch of March 28, says ; “ Miss Mary Harris, who, it will be remembered, had a trifling difficulty with a Treasury clerk named Burroughs, some time since arrived in town to-day en route for Richmond, where she has established herself in the millinery business.” Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, in his last political lecture, said: “ The kind and patient Mr. Lincoln was cudgeled and whacked by Congress, and he bore it with a patient spirit, reminding him of some horses who merely act when cudgeled as though it was to brush flies off. When they commenced whacking Mr. Johnson, they found a pair of heels through the dashboaid, and they left the wagon and took to irees and bushes, crying ‘ Beast, brute,’ but since then had cudgeled more carefully.” Mbs. Mott, the noted Quaker preacheress, in a recent Sunday lecture, said the time was fast approaching for women to ask higher recognition of their powers in all the various relations of life. Sh thought there ought to be more equality in ihe marriage relation; that women ougut not to be required to promise “to obey.” The marriage contract, says tnis gcn'le Quakeress, ought to partake more of the nature of a “reciprocity treaty” between the sexes than it does at present A German paper publishes an anecdote of President Lincoln, which has not been in print in this country. A Lieutenant, whom debts compelled to leave his fatherland and service, succeeded in being admitted to the late President Lincoln, and, by reason of liis commendable and winning deportment and intelligent appearance, was promised a Lieutenant’s commission in a cavalry regi ment. He was so enraptured with his suc cess, that he deemed it a duty to inform the I’resident that he belonged to one of the oldest noblest houses in Germany. “ Oh, never mind that,” said Mr. Lincoln, “ you will not And that to be an obstacle to your advancement. ” A New Jersey editor had occasion, a few days ago, to refer to Prometheus ; and fearing that no intelligence of this person age eonid have come by the only route known to that Slate, namely, Camden and Amboy, he proceeded to enlighten his read ers as to the antecedents of the legendary hero. “ Prometheus,” he wrote, “ was a Roman, who was chained to a rock for kill ing and eating a vi.lture, the vulture being considered, among the Romans, a sacred bird.” If the great chief of fire could have foreseen that one of the results of his lar ceny would be the New Jersey editor, he would have allowed the human race to re main “ left out in the cold.” THE CART before the horse. BY AN IRISHMAN. Oli, for some deop secluded doll. Where brick and mortar life may cease, To sit down in a pot of grease, No—no—l mean a grot of peace. I’d cboose a home by Erin’s wave, .With not a sound to mar life’s lot, I’d by the cannon have a shot— No—by the Shannon have a cot. ] How fair that rocky isle around. That wild expanse to scan it o’er, I love a shiver with a roar— I mean a river by the shore. Romantic Erin’s sea-girt land. How sweet with one you love the most, To watch the cocks upon the roast— I mean the rocks upon the coast. ’Twere sweet at moonlight’s mystic hour, To wander forth where few frequent, To come upon a tipsy gent— No—no—l mean a gipsy tent. In that retirement, love, I would Pursue some rustic industry, And make myself a boiling tea— No—no—l mean a toiling bee.] Beneath a shady sycamore, How sweet to breathe love’s tender vow, Your dear one bitten by a sow— No—l mean sitting by a bough. Or sweet with your fond wife to sit Outside your door at daylight’s close, While she’s hard hitting at your nose —X mean hard knitting at, your hose. Perhaps on early cares you brood, While sympathy her sweet face shows; ’Tis good to walk upon one’s toes —I mean to talk upon one’s woes. Ah ! still you watch that fairy shape, A summer drees which does adorn, Admiring much her laugh of scorn— No—no—l mean her scarf of law u. Mrs. Partington has a host of imita tors among the scriblers of the press, but one evidence is the worth of being copied: “Now, girls,” said Mrs. Partington, the other day, to her nieces, “you must get husbands as soon as possible or they’ll be murdered.” “Why so, aunt ? ” “ Why, I see by the papers that we’ve got almost fifteen thousand post-offices, and nearly all on ’em dispatches a mail every day. The Lord have mercy on us poor widows,” and the old lady stepped quietly to the looking-glass to put on her new cap. Tlie American Prize Cosicert. Tlie §lO,OOO Prize Paid over to the Hold er of tlie Lucky Ticket. The $lO,OOO prize in Lemon’s Great American Prize Concert was drawn by a man named William Kewan, of Morris, Grundy county, Illinois, who held ticket No. 02,350. On the day after the concert, Mr Kewan was informed of his good luck and at once came here to receive his prize. He was fully identified, r.nd on Monday morning received the $lO,O'K) in greenback , as will be seen by the following document: Chicago, 111., April 2(1,15C6. Received from George 0. Lemon & Cos., Chicago, 111., ten thousand dollars ($10,(00), in payment of a prize drawn by my number, (92,550) in the Great American Prize Concert, at Smith & Nixon's Hall, March 2Sth, 1860. WM. KEWAN. SILEtV ThIEI.MAN, j A. V. Sherman, | wit E. G. Spinning, i VVltneaSes - A. M. Teuton, J Mr. Kewan is a merchant in Morris, 111., and was in partnership with a Mr. Mayo. They not long ago failed in business, and thought they would try and make up losses by investing in Mr. Lemon’s prize concert. They accordingly purchased four tickets, and one of them was the lucky number. Ou receiving the money this morning, Mr. Kewan proceeded at once to pay off a num ber of debts owing by him to several Lake street, Chicago, merchants. He now intends starting in business afresh—the prize money having set him up again. The $5,000 prize was drawn by Mrs. Adlad, of No. 272 West Madison street Chi cago. It has already been paid over to lice. The third prize, which, it will be remem bered, was a house and lot, was drawn by a poor man named Andrew Anderson, w r ho keeps an apple stand on the corner of Lake and State streets, Chicago. It certainly seems that Mr. Lemon has kept his promise. He has paid up all the large prizes, and will pay the smaller ones as soon as the committee report to him. THE SUCCESSFUL NUMBERS. 92,350 —$10,000 in Greenbacks. 22,295—55,000 in 7.305. 87,987 —House and Lot. PIANOS. 62815 73153 15901 20356 21837 80903 5918 51248 32003 GOLD WATCHES. 40328 93427 80776 33616 9072 00023 80601 51553 22135 74028 07089 59761 26941 99613 43957 50984 75323 10388 21745 40536 70742 53775 52598 75627 38484 99413 9340 62 .’5B 81456 88360 39328 5559 61432 8070 69573 72185 37016 60414 50761 9S3IG 66602 42i43 56231 2740 87932 58405 49826 13011 86759 63419 SEiVINC MACHINES. 40917 80790 25931 69510 43043 87104 46073 49582 73376 39499 17404 18549 3778 V 70457 95487 69789 66819 6S3OS 93850 53020 44134 4276 96505 30304 65091 24273 10204 45001 50145 50008 79355 41702 81360 41522 86680 97520 22826 79871 25622 54437 92099 48719 14041 27069 60144 82470 81930 50231 46580 G349G AMERICAN SILVER WATCHES. 26910 36150 92561 18112 57504 8256 99289 33237 40113 62200 44053 63531 41313 3858 64123 51124 78624 89039 52686 8334 13025 40190 257 26097 23305 18640 25263 41500 9409 6434 59834 79724 92915 14941 2584 88302 61460 64838 86307 39079 60912 13041 1165 61854 94940 594-42 42841 58254 38422 59435 SILVER WATCHES. 71553 3306S 86286 71473 0941 54921 96386 69815 24118 31040 29230 75553 70871 24010 30624 55859 96093 43168 54410 12009 36716* 96702 4391 90440 97175 47115 85361 95706 67935 80954 10542 18735 62077 43639 35284 85072 810S9 68124 The remainder of the prizes consist of albums and other articles of small value. They are given in The Chicago Tost. Sacrifices to Maes.— ln the periodical butcheries in the human family, the follow ing hecatomb has been offered to that god of battles which the Christian and Pagan have worshipped with the same devotion: Loss of life in the Jewish Wars, 25,000,- 000. By the wars in the times of Aesostris, 15.000. By those of Semiramis, Cyrus and Alexander, 00,000,000. By Alexan der’s successors, 20,000,000. Grecian wars, 15.000. Wars of the twelve Cmsars, 30.000. Homan wars before Julius Cmsar, 60,000,000. Wars of the Roman Empire, Turks, and Saracens, 180,000,000. Wars of the Reformation, 30,000,000. Wars of the Middle Ages, and nine Centuries, 80.000. Tartar and African wars, 180,- 000,000. American Indians destroyed by Spaniards, 12,000,000. Wars of Napoleon, 6.000. Total, 683,000,000. — A Puzzled Irishman. —Mr. O’Flatherty undertook to (e'l how many were at the party: “The two Crogans was one, meself was two, Mike Finn was three, and, and, wlto the divi! was the tour. Let me see, (conniing his fingers) the two C,ogans was one, Mike Finn was two, mese'f was three, and —bedad there was four of us, but St. Patrick couldn’t tell the name of the other. Now, it’s meself that has it. Alike Finn was one, the two Crogans was two, meself was three, and—and, by me soul, 1 think there was but three of us anyhow.” For Boys and Girls —The Lillie Cor poral.—This first-class monthly for the children is -winning its way everywhere. Korney's Philadelphia Daily Press s;u sof i : “Judging from tlie appearance of to numbers now before ns The Lit lie Onparal is des tined to become the great children's paper of Americaf’ Subscription price, $1 a year. Specimen copies ten cents. Address Alfred L. Sewell, publisher, Chicago. Dr. G. R Whitney, Surgeon of the Fourth Regiment, U. S. •Regular Cavalry, writes ns follows: As an anti billions preparation I)K. Swain's Honrbon Bitters are no doubt tbe best in use; and could it be regularly dispensed in the tinny, would prove a powerful safeguard against the effects of Pri vation, exposure, fatigue, bad water and unwhole some diet. They are the most palatable preparation of tlic kind I have ever tasted. The odor of ripe old U /in bon, tiiln gled with the anunsi of spices, render in r it dilicions, alike to the bcdhc of smell and taste. Mr. Morrell—Dear Sir; I have been troubled with a very hail Sore Leg, caused by a wound received from a sickle-guard of a mowing machine. It became a large running sore, which 1 could not heal. I bought some of your Electro-Magnolia Fluid, to which I applied it, and in a week it healed, and wag perfectly well. My wife used it also for a badly sprained ankle. A speedy cure was the result. A. Kteimiaus, Ex-Deputy Sheriff of Cook Coutty, 1050 Milwaukee Avenue. Bryant & Stratton's Chicago Business University,—This ia the largest and most complete Institution of the kind in the country. There are seventeen Professors employed at the present tirne > and more Students in attendance than at any other Bn si ness College in the United States. It is decidedly the model institution of the land. Address Bryant & Stratton, Chicago, lll.,‘for college paper, circulars, &c. The Breaking up of Winter. Under the hard seal of winter the filth of our cities the pestiferous soil of our marshes and swamps, the mud and slime that form the alluvial of our great riv. ers, have been for nearly three months comparatively harmless. But now the early spring sun is thawing them, and the elements of disease that were torpid under the frost are fermenting, effervescing evapora ting. The atmosphere is he ivy with malaria and mi. asma. Every cubic foot of air we breath is tainted more or less with the mephitic vapor which returning warmth exhales from the unwholesome material of every description. This, then, is the season when the system needs pro tection, and the experience of fourteen years has prov ed that IIOSTETTEII'S STOMACH BITTERS, by in vigorating the stomach, toning the liver, -egnlating the towels, and bracing the nerves, put the whole organi zation in a condition of defense against the subtle poison which generates Agues, Remittent Fever, Bili ous attacks, Indigestion, and Nervous diseases. Now is the time for prevention. The bane is already on the wing ; is it not the wildest improvidence to neglect the anlvloleT A few bottles of Hostetler's Bitters in every house in anew settlement, or a dirty city, or a marshy district, will secure the whole popu ation against all ordinary spring epidemics, if the preparation is universally and faithfully taken accord ing to the directions. It is from the lack of resistant power in their systems that men and women are pros trated by disease. Invigorate, regulate and purify the body and cheer the mir'd with that great Tonic, Alter ative and Detergent, and all will be well. ~ jßr FAIRBANKS’ Jpi STANDARD /Jt SCALES ot ALL KISD3 - Fairbanks, Green leaf A Cos., No 173 LAKE STREET, CHICAGO, ILL gutwatistiunds. DR. SWAIN’S BOURBON BITTERS. A Healthy Tonic, Gentle Stimulant, and Unequaled Morning Appe tizer, prepared in RIPE OLD BOURBON WHISKEY FREE FROM GRAIN OIL, With Flowers, Buds and Barks of the Highest Medicinal Virtue. Bv increasing the appetite, assisting di gestion, regulating the bowels, and giving tone to the system, they impart strength and vigor to the body and cheerfulness to the mind. If your druggist or tradesman has not got these Bitters , have hilt send for them. At*' Remember the name, and take no other. For sale by Us ding Druggists and Grocers every where. C. KC, SWAIN, Dropi-letor, 34 S. Water St„ * hlrsgo. GARDEN CITY Gill Enterprise TO BE DRAWN AT CROSBY’S OI'HKA HOUSE, CHICAGO, ILL., ON APRIL 25TH, 1866, And every fourth Wednesday thereafter. Mi Ml VALUED AT SUM 65.000 Tickets will he Disposed of. One Gift, in Greenbacks $5,000 One Gift, a Residence 5,000 Oue Gift, in Greenbacks 3,000 One Gift, a Residence 4,000 One Gift, a Lot 2,000 One Gift, in Greenbacks 1,000 One Gift, do 500 5 Gifts, 5 Pianos 2,500 50 Gifts, 50 Gold Lever Walcbes 10,000 60 Gifts, 50 Ladies’ Gold Watches... 5,000 50 Gifts, 50 Wheeler & Wilson Sew ing Machines 5,000 1000 Gifts, 1000 Gold Lined Cups and Goblets 1,000 100 Gifts, 100 Ladies’ Gold Chains... 1,500 5000 Gifts, 5000 Gold Pens 7,500 3,738 Gifts, in Cash 7,000 10.000 $70,000 In order to facilitate the distribution of Tickets, hey will be given away in the following manner: 65,000 Prize Packages will be Sold at One Dollar each, and a Ticket will be given with each Package. Eacli Prize Package contains some of the following list of Articles. Diamond Set, lava Set, Pearl Breast Pins, Finger King's, Gold Studs, Slee/va Buttons, Gold Ear Bings, Ear Drops and Crosses, Mourning Pins, Hair End Bead Work, Ladies’ Gold Finger Kings, Gents’ Gold Finger Rings, and Fancy Bosom Studs in Sets, and many otlier Articles of value. Every package contains something of Value, and en titles the bolder to a ticket. Send in your money at once, and buy a prize package. Send 3 stamps to pay tlie return of the package by mail; a ticket will bo sent with each package. Each ticket has its duplicate, of the same number, which is registered before being sent out. The drawing will take place at Crosby’s Opera House, or some other public place, where thou sands of ticket holders can witness the drawing. The. duplicate tickets will all he placed iu a wheel, and drawn out by some disinterested person, chosen from, the audience present on the day of drawing A (lot of the numbers so drawn will bo sent at once, >r goon as made out, to eacli ticket holder, who then can compare his number with the list of drawn numbers; tlie moneys or goods will then be held to his order, t • bo sent by Express or otherwise, as ho may direct. Our enterprise is upon the grandest scale ever known. As every ticket holder will obtain one prize on purchasing a prize package, and have as good an opportunity to obtain a Five Thousand Dollar Prize, as a person could have in any similar Gift Enterprise. Tb* Garden City Enterprise is so,arranged that the tickets will be rapidly disposed of so much so that, very seldom if ever, any postponement of the day of drawing can occur. And in no case will the post ponement bo for a longer time than 4 weeks. Tlie articles contained in our enterprise are all of the most approved kind, of the best manufacturers, and all war ranted new and in perfect order. A now listof similar aiticles will be made up after each drawing, for Ilie next monthly distribution. All orders will receive prompt attention. Examine our unprecedented club rates; every active lady or gentlemen may take part iu forming a club Don’t waste your money on foolish amusements, but buy our prize packages and get something of real value. No blank packages. Parties are recommended to get. up small clubs first; when ILey become quainted with tbo work they can get up larger ones. INDUCEMENTS OFFERED TO AGENTS—fIub Bales Any person or party procuring a club of 6 or more names for prize packages, and forwarding us the money for the same, will be allowed the following commission : We will send 3 Packages, Ticket wit li each S4 30 10 do do and„ 9 01) 20 do do do 17 OO 30 do do <lo 23 00 40 do do and 32 00 30 do do do 39 00 100 do do do 76 00 Bo particular t<i send tho name and address of each individual subscriber. Money eul by and alt. Post Oflicc order, Express, or in regisiored letters, maybe -’.■r.t at '-nr risk. Gm en City Gift Enterprise Cos., Iv.i, iiox 104* 11)9 IS. mark !St. (JliSrago, ill. A liociai donation will he tendered at a very drawing to tno agents of the Soldier’s Relief Fund, l.r the benefit of di.sab led soldier’H and thei families. ’i'ltc “ Columbian” C*iu. This Gin is tho purest and very best article ever offered to the public. It is the distillation of tho best American malt i-pin'ts and Italian juniper berries. Those who .And a diuretic stimulant necessary, should never be without it. The, proprietors of the Columbian Gin do not under take to advertise it as a quack medicine; yet they feel guaranteed in saying that for those requiring a pure liquor, no better can be procured. Imported gins, etc., are now nearly out of the ques tion, on account of the extraordinary high import duties imposed upon them—which are always payable in gold—so that a home-made article, equal in all respects to any imported, should receive the attention of consumers. Doctor Blaney, the well-known chemist of Chicago says: “It’s the very best article, both as to quality “ aud strength of flavor, that I have ever tested.” For sale by all respectable druggists and liquor dealers in the United States. W. T. BHUFBLDT A CO., Sole Distillers and Proprietors, 49 S. Water St., Chicago. KBStsSM Toe Greatest Chemical Wonder of the Ago. ELECTRO MAGNETISM IN A LIQUID. for quickly relieving rain XT IXAB 2NT O EQUAL 1 C3ED ONLY AS A BATKfNO LOTION. It la a Certain nnct Speedy Cure for ; Rheumatism, Stiff Limbs, Neuralgia, fervons Head ache, Palsy, Spasms, Cramps, Swelled Joints, Fits, Sore Eyes, Scrofula, White Swellings, Borns, Bruises, Salt Rheum, Female Weak Back, Spinal Affections, Prolep su’ . and other Female Diseases. HER CIRCULARS- —To ho had at ad Druggists. PRICK, ONE DOLLAR PER BOITLE. Prepared and sold by the Morrell r.lccha Magnetic fluid Uo., No. 166 Randolph Street, Chicago 111. Wm. D. Harris A Cos., Wholesale Druggists, Vt South Water street, will sop- I )y the trade at manufacturer’s rates. the Little Corporal, Is acknowledged by the leading papers to be the Best Children’s Paper in America! Published Monthly, at One Dollar a year, (tea , cents lor sample ccpyj by ALFRED L. SEWELL, Circulars sent free. Chicago, Illinois