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' 0 TO a 111 12 35 a 111 2 00 p m ;j o: a ni 3 45 p 111 0 81 a 111 4 IS p m 7 01 a m 8 20 p ni 11 10 a 111 Stations. Cincinnati, Chillieothc, llnniilc'11, Zaleskl, Marrletta, aoixa WKST, Btations. Mail. Xi'jht Ex. 5 45 a m 7 05 p 111 0 28am 1100 pm 11 00 am 11 42 pm 11 58 a m l 20 a m d nil n 111 A Cu n ... Marrletta, Zaleski, llamden, Chillicotlip. Cincinnati, rn ' 1' ' " " W U m Trilina Annnooe At llam.lnai will 1U-11 . .... .. -. . n ih Miunirain. to and from Portsmouth O. dec 7-65 CLIFTON HOUSE, Corner Sixth and Elm Streets, Cincinnati Ohio. THE CHEAPEST HOUSE IN THE CITY Terms $2,00 per Dny. OMNIBOSSES carry al. paneenuerg in nd froui the ears. The now depot of the Marrietta and Ci Qcinnatt Railroad, cornor Plum and Pearl streets. Is only four squares from this house, making it convenient for pas sengers to stop.! the Clifton. dc2-6n . 5 . ' ' VOL. 1. M'ARTHUK. VINTON COUNTY. OHIO. MAJKCII 22.1SR NO. 12. j i Poetical. MY FRIEND. AYi'itton by ('..I. AV. s. II twkins, C. S. A (iJi i-onorof w arat I'anip C'ha.-cO, a fiiciid of a fellow pri.-onrr who was cnjiagKil to bo inarrlt'il to a i-'oiiHicni lady. Hie proved faithh sito him. The letter arrived soon after his iU nth, and was: answered by Colo nel H. in the following line: Your letter oaine, Tint came too late, For lion von had laiineil its own, Ah smhloii eli!inre! from prison bars Into thedreat White Throne. Ami yet I think he would have stayed ! or one I'loreiiay of pain, (.'mild behave ivad those tnnly words Wh'u li yon have sent in vain. Whv did von wait, fair ladv. 1 Tlii'oii'ih so many a 'weary' hour? I Had yon other lo' er.t with you I In that silken, dainty bower? j I iil other.-! how before your charm? And tw ine bright garlands there? I And yet. I ween, in ail tlio throng j 1 1U spirit bad no peer, I wish that you were by mo now As 1 draw the nheet itsiile. To we how pure the look ho woro Awhile before ho died. i t the sorrow' that you gave him ISt ill has li ft Its weary trace.- And a ineik and saiiitlv sailncs Dwell.-! upon that palliil face. 'Her love.' he said, "could change for 1110 The winter's cold to spring;"' All ! trustor thoughtless maiden lovo, Thou ni t a bliternliing! t'or when these valleys fair, in Mav One inoro with bloom shall wave, 1 hC Northern violets shall blow Above hU huinblu grave. Your dole of scanty words had been l!ut one more pai'g to bear; Though to the last, hekk-ed with love Tho treps of your soft hair. I did not put 'it where he said, For v hen the angel come, 1 would not have them lind the slim Of falsehood in the tomb. I've roi'd your letter, and I know The wiles that you have w rought To w in that noble heart of bis. And gal I It; fearful thought! What lavish wealth men sometime give For a trille, light and small ; What manly forms are often held In folloy's flimsy thrall. You shall not pity him, for now lie's pat your hope and fear; Although 'l w ih that von could stand . iih me beside. Ids bier. -Still I forgive you, heaven knows For mercy you'll have need. Since Cod i'ds awful judgment sends On each unworthy deed. To-night, the cold wind whistles by, As I my vigils keep, Within the prison dead house, where l ew mourners come to ween. A rude, plank colllii ltolils linn now, Yet death gives always grace; And I hr.d rather see' him thus Than clipped in your embrace. To-night your rooms are very gay, With w it. mid wine, and song; And you are smilir.g jii.-t as if You never did a wrong. Your hand, sotair, that none would think It penned these, words of pain; Your skin, so white would God, yoursotil Were half soiree of stain! I'd rather he the dear, dear friend, Than you in all your glee; For you arc held in grievous bonds, While he's, forever five. YVImin serve wo in this life, we servo 1 0 that w I licit is to come; He chose his way; you.your's; let God Pronounce tlio li'ttiiigdooin 1 ('ami-CitAsi', llecenibcr. ISC 4- MY FRIEND. Miscellaneous. [From Peterson's Magazine. A TALE OF THE CATACOMBS. BY JOHN G. SPRAGUE. The traveler w ho visits the Eomo of to-day, if a classic scholar and an tinuarian, occupies himself with tho ruins of ancient llome that "mother of dead empires. The ru ined temples, triumphal arches, in scriptions medals, coins aro full of interest to him. Seated upon the summit of tho Capatolino Hill, or on the ramparts of the Coliseum, he rebuilds tho ancient city, mak ing riso around him in massive grandeur, as it stood in tho days of the CiTsars. The artist who yisits Rome, spends his time in the galleries of pictures and statuary; or, if ho visits tho churches, it is to inspect "The Last Judgment" of Michael Angclo; "The Transfiguration" of Rafael; the wonderful frescoes of Sistine Chap el, or the works of art that crowd St. Peter's. lie cares little for the Iiome of two thousand years ago, or tho Rome of to-day, except in so far as they contribute to the en joyment of his favorite pursuit. While there is a Rome for tho ar tist, and another for the antiquary, there is a third Rome for the Chris tian visitor a Rome of three hun dred churches, with St. Petcrs's a world in itself, and the treasures accumulated through fifteen centu ries in the Vatican. In this he finds a world which occupies all his at tention. And when he has seen all that presents itself upon tho earth's surface, he finds that there is anoth er Rome beneath tho ancient city the Rome of the Catacombs. AVhy these excavations were made originally, no history tell us. Rut in the second century of our era, they were used by the Christ ians in Roino as places of refuge from persecution, of secret worship. and for the burial of tlie dead. ! Here were deposited the bodies of r .... the martyrs, tho bones of those who were devoured by tho wild amphitheatre, and the j of others. . I These catacombs nro r.f m-nnt . tent. Thero aro long galleries, j with recesses on each side for burial, looking like tiers of berths in our i steamboats..-.When tho bodies, or relL-s, wero deposited, (ho recesses were walled up and plastered over wan cement, aiul the inscription, giving the name and age of the de ceased, and commending his soul to the prayers of the faithful, was carved m stone, or traced in tho soft mortar. Tho lamps are found which are kept lighted before tho graves of tho martyrs, either as a mark of veneration, or to light those who came there to pray; and in many of theso tombs are found phials of martyrs' blood, and the instruments of their toittire. The curious reader who cannot go to Rome, will find in the Astor Library, and can see, if he finds the librarian in good humor, two or three largo folio volumes, in which the galleries, chapels, tombs, and relics of tho catacombs are .repre sented with a masterly, fidelity. Tho chapels of lite second and third centuries even in these subterran ean retreats, ho will find ornamen ted with pictures, which show ihe early attention given to Christian art; and the elaborate ornamenta tion, by historical and emblematic pictures, of places of Christian wor ship. Our story opens in the second century. Alarcus Aurelius Anton inus, the philosopher, was emporor. A fierce and general persecution drove tho Christians lo tho cata combs. Tho ncccsities of gaining a livelihood compelled them to at tend to their business and labors; but their churches above ground were deserted, and the mysteries of religion celebrated by the graves of tho martyrs in the bowels of the earth. Many were thrown into prison many .wero tortured and slain. At this period, and at frequent intervals during the three first cen turies, the pagan who was zealous in his own worship; tho malicious man who wished to gratify a spite against his neighbor; or the plun derer who coveted his worldly pos sessions, had only to denounce him to tho public authorities, if ho was a christian, to satisfy his zeal, his malice, or liis cupidity. Octavian, an officer of the em peror's house-hold, proud of his rank, his wealth, and his position as a favorite of the good and philo sopical emperor, distinguished him self by his talent and zeal; and in no way more than by the activity with which ho pursued those ene mies of tho old religion enshrined, in the history, literature, and arts ofRome. In one of his expeditions against the Christian, he entered tho house of Agrippa, a citizen of high posi tion, who had been accused as a convert to the new and despised faith. lie did not find him. There wero Christians everywhere; even in the imperial palace and of them had warned Agrippa of his dan ger. Rut in place of a Christian, whom he would havo joyfully dragged to prison, to be cousigned, in turn, to the torture and the, wild beast, Oc tavian found a young lady, whoso beauty was accompanied by a sweetness which charmed the young and susceptible officer. As ho knocked for admitance she met him at the gate. His sold iers were scattered ab( ut the man sion to prevent escape. Calm and sweet, with an air of purity and resignation, the maiden met him. "You seek my father?" she said, "lie is not here." "Do you know where he is?" ask ed the officer, gazing at her with an admiration he cared not to con ceal. , "If I knew, would you ask a daughter to betray her father?" "That father is accused of being a member of an infamous and su perstitious peer, which is endeav oring to undermine and destroy our ancient religion." "My father," said Claudia, '"bc longs to no sectj and nothing iufa- 1 ! ' j j Supri-ed at tho mingled dignity nn,l slveeino.ss of the leaiitilul lnal beastinthe (1C11 Octavian was forced lo with ashes drav,'bafiled in his search. Rut he mous can attach itself to the name of Arippu." "Is not your father a Christiah? Does, .ho not worship a nian who was eiecuted as a malefactor?'' "Agiiiu you ask a daughter to betray her fat her. . When you have found liim, he shall answer for hint self. He is a man of truth and will .1. 1101 receive you. it could, not forget her. She came like ft vision. He could see the Hush of her face as she had defen ded b?r father; and he asked him- peir fc (l"slion, which he had not bteiiihlo to ask her, so awod had 110 L,Ji':i ''v ,u'r presence: "Cair; she, also, be one of Iho.-o Christians whom wo have underta ken to exterminate oil' the face of the earth?" Her image sank deeper and dee per into his heart. Her pm-ence her sphere, as modern philosophers, havo jlermed it her spiritual being had impressed itself upon his mem ory and I'eart in ineffaceable char acters. A sensuous woman makes her impression upon the sensual nature. An intellectual one im presses the intellect; but a pure. ingn, spiritual,. loving woman goes homo to the most sacred recesses of the human heart: and when it i.t ... is said that the Greeks and Romans knew little of the lovo of senti ment, we must remember that the reason is, there were but few wo men fitted to inspire it. The prosecution raged on. Oc tavian was not so zealous as fcirm crly; but the taunts of his compan ions spurred him forward. One day a spy brought him word that he had found the entrance to one of the secret hiding-places of the Christians. Losin-no time, he took a file of soldiers, and, following his guide, came to the entrance of one of tho catacombs. They descended to tho dark passages, their steps lighted by the torches. Octavian read the inscriptions on tho graves of themart,vrs of past' eras of per secutions. He heard music in the far distance, sounding as if it came from the bowels of the earth. Then came the smoke of incense. Fol lowing tho guide with stealthy steps, they came to a subterran ean chapel crowded with worship ers. They were all upon their knees in a posture of adoration, while a white-haired priest, robed in Hew ing vestments, stood before an al tar made of a martyr's tomb. The armed men gathered in the dark space, in tho back of the chapel, for tho altar was lighted with tapers, and lamps were sus pended from the ceiling. All was hushed in a profound silence for a few moments. Then tho worship ers arose; and a woman, turning her head, discovered tho sold iers, and was surprised into a cry of alarm. The venerable priest turn ed from the altar, and approached Octavian. "Is it I for whom you search?" he asked. "I am ready. Lead on." Rut before Octavian could give an order to his soldiers, another form stood before him. Claudia, in her white purity; Claudia, in her more than mortal beauty, as it seemed to Octavian, threw herself between him and the aged priest, and said. "I am tho one ho seeks. Look upon mo. I am a Christian. Car ry me to your judges ; bring me to the emperor. You will need no proof I avow it. I am a Christian. Leave this old man leave these poor people. Y'ou want a victim I follow you." Agrippji, her father, took her gently by her arm. and said. ".Not so my child; what can he have against thy youth and inno cence? It is I for whom ho has come. This is ho who sought for me at home. Here I am, sir ; you shall not be a second time disap pointed." Alas! for Octavian. The spy who brought him was also a spy upon him, and would not fail to give notice of any lack of fidelity to the emperor and the laws. The soldiers, too, acting under his or ders, might report against Jiim. He had no choice but to arrest some one ; and how could he refuse those who offered themselves? With a pang, which went to his heart, Octavian ordered the soldiers to arrest the priest and Agrippa. "Will you not arrest mo also ?" asked Claudia. "Where aro my fetters ?" said she, holding up her little hands with a smile. "Lt.'l i;;cn ::us-i- .'hr lh"ir deeiN," f'aid Octavian. k- not I, mil, m oiir-;e! , es ' ii !i or,;."!.'' I 'd gu with my i'alhcr ;::il my I priesi," said the heroic girl. "Vit'o i will hinder me j She know it was to I lie gods, it r was to the prison. If she refused j lo sacrilicc, to tho gods, it was to j torture, or those more iirl'ainoin ! and terrible outrag.'s, so much worse (hen torture to the (. hnsdan maiden, and whica .ngan Rome did not hesiiato to ii.l!jct. And there was deata-she knew it well All knew it ; and yet there c n;ued un.s i-AuauruMiary spectacle -Men. women, airfl even children pro -nod lorward, and said, "Take me, also!'' and held up their hands for the chains. Octavian drove them back, and ortierou mo prisoners he l -1 . t soldiers to take tho had selected. He could not hinder Claudia from go j ing by the side of her lather. If he j could but have taken her and llown I thero was no such possibility! ! lie was compelled to lead on to tho J prison; and he had no power to re- sist, "I, also, am a, Christian; lock I mo up with my father!" ; Octvaian, filled with love, re j morse, and despair, went to the pa jlacooftho emperor, and made his : report. He could not stav the .course oi wnai iiome considered justice. He knew the course of he trail, lor he had been a witne.-. , o many such. He knew the (or - I luii-o wiiu viuuui oe nppiieti to inai ; delicate woman, scarcely more then a child; and he knew, also and I shrank in aivonv from the far more horrible outrages to which she might be exposed. The trial was over. Tho aged priest, tho father of' his beloved, and she, whose image never left him night or day, where sentenced "to tho lions!" What a joy to Rome Chrhtimwa al Iconra!' 'The old cry rung out once more from (he ferocious Roman mob. "The Christians to (he lions." Octavian resolved to make one effort to save them. He thriiw him self upon his knees before the good emperor tho wise emperor, and begged him to pardon these three Christians. "Three Christians?" said (he philosophic Marcus Aurelius. "Why should we forgive throe Christians? Have they la en tried C "Yes, sire l"1 'Condemned i'' "Yes, .-inC ''Then they must bo puni.-l:o.!. Whoever h.sofa Chridiaa be ing pardoned ? The religious tra::- (tiillily ol tito empire requires that tho impious sect should be exter minated." No more hope. Tho day camo ; the emperor went to the amphithea tre, and Octavian attended him. Tho old priovt standing in the midst of the arena, his hands spread out in prayer, was devoured by a great Nomidian lion. Agrippa, father of Claudia, sunk under the spring of a ferocious tiger ; and as he fell, seventy thousand Romans sent up shouts of triumph and applause. Rut even this blood-thirsty mob was hushed to silence, which gave place to a murmur of admiration, when Claudia, pale as a lily, but with a higher beauty then ever, walked with a graceful dignity into tho arena. She gazed around a moment, her eyo pausing with a look of lender pity on the group of officers behind tho emperor. Then she looked up to that heaven in which alone she trusted, and which now seemed open to receive her. Two lions bounded forward from two sides of tho arena, but they had not halfway reached her,when an officer of tho imperial suite sprang into the arena, and placed himself at her side! Tho people were paralyzed. Tho emperor, who was not a cruel man, made a signal to rescue them. It was too late. Re fore the guards could gain the arena, two morer martyrs had mois tened its sands with their mingled blood two more souls had ascend ed to heaven. Why is the letter S like thunder? Because it makes out cream soiir cream. Words can not heal tho wounds words can make. How to correct a mistake in whiskey rectify it. WhAt is everybody eloing at the same time? Growing older. The philosophy of clothing hab its and business. I i . i ( j ! i i I : : , ADVERTISING l'KUM. One sipiaro. ton lino.4. ' 1 (X) Knoll additional insertion 4 Cards, per vear. It'll lines, fi OO Notices of Kx':outor. Ailiiiinls'.r.i- tor :i:.iliii:iriliiiii. 2 OO .:t.t !uMi'nt ni)iii("i ini.)i-i-j. .. i: oi) l.t'- ll i:i-t'.ees, J.vr lilli' lo 1' irn aiieniMiiciu will nn ennrgeil Ji'.'-o p r ciliiiiiii, arid nt iorpnrt innuld r m iit ifs t.iaii a column, ray able- in lvaile. Dodges of the Republican Party. It is amaMii',' to any one who ha been nt dl .!. serving, during tho past livo years, to compare tho shifts and dodges the leaders of the party in power have resorted to, to keep the control of tho Govern, r.ient, and to accomplish their fa natical schemes. . They came into power unon tho TllO.'l if l'olrllliniAht ftnil unfAMm with stiblle and speciar arguments they deluded a majonlv of the peo pe j,,),, their support," No sooner wm. t!icy jinnly seute(1 hl than they began the most wasteful and prodigal expenditures tho world had ever seen voting hund 1 rods of million.) without an hourde ! bale and without any restrictions thrown around its disbursement. They declared that they had no intention of interfering with slav- cry where it existed, and one of their lir.-t acts was (o abolish tho i!i.-luu!;o:i in tho District of Colum ; bia. They were tho avowed cham j pious of free speech and free press, and they had not been in power a year until they had Completely muzzled tho press, and arresteil hundreds of peaceable citizens for exercising free, speech. They declared the war should bo conducted with a view only to the suppression of armed resist.inr nn.l iU rdnPoi;,m .t tt.,;- an(l in less than a a year tho wholo fmvo 0f tho Annv and navy was plcMla to securing the freedom of the ne'TO. They declared that tho Union must bo preserved, and that seces sion was a heresy and could not ex ist that no State could by any act withdraw from the Union; and when the war closed they declared that they had restored the Union by force of nrm, and asked the people to sustain them because they had done so much griod in the world. They now declare that a State can secede, and that all the States late ly in rebellion are out of tho Un ion, and havo no rights except as conquered provinces. Such a med ley of inconsistencies ought to de stroy any party,- and it would de stroy any except the Republican party, two-thirds of whom want on ly to know (ho will of their lead ers, ami they aro ready to follow, wilh'ial a lh.u::ht as to the justice or tho pr.'prioly of tho measures advocated. A man on.-o applied to pt d Ivfor...- t!i.' mast. e fhip. 'Are yoi aa able sea in in or a grre.t Iliad:"' u-k: 1 tho shipping Masl'.v. "Why, no -not an aide seaman; but yet not exactly a green hand. I havo some knowledge of the wa ter." "h.vnr Iifxin nn n vnvoo-n?' a voyage? "No." "Ever been on the river craft?" "No." "Well, then what do you know about the sea?" Why, I've tended saw mill." .. Tun woman who rushed to a sold ier's "arms'' has been sent to pris on for having Government proper ty in her possession. s I Why arc books the best friends? Recauso when they bore you, you can always shut them up without oflence. "Wakk up and pay your lodg ings," said a deacon as he nudged sleepy stranger with the contribu tion box. Natural enough that grass widows should play the mischief with green blades. Even a pig in the pit may con sole himself- -that things will take a turn. Nature benevolently guards the rose with thorns, and woman with pins. Sxorixo may be regarded as un popular sheet music; it is usually a bass solo. What testimony is like a social gathering that has broke, up? Ex parte. If you have a cough , don't go to church to disturb the rest of tho congregation. Why is President Johnson like Chimborazo? Because he,s tho greatest of all the Andies. Ben Johxso.v said of a certain lawyer who died: "lie has simply gone to stay with his client"