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I 1 I I SJ I IAJ A/■ A 11 W / • # ; A’ : ’ ' '■ / m.T-.,-A: I A I I A A 1 I I A I I I /__JA ■' 'v ■ B I Z_JAi v ■• . m AAA ■ A I I w A A V A 1 A A / A A A A I r A A A A/ A AA ; i' r"A I IB I i ■/ ■ j vI w i y ■ |, /.1 ■ ■ i / / ■>• 'f"T''Ti i! ' —' JL ■—"- _■ -■—i * " —“ -*- • -“- —' * " -i- * JL _■_ v —' -X. i*ii:JLyM' i " 1 1 > - inßinir'-H A-. k.i-. .:, . aMkki _ ..;.i. ..• ' ■~ W ■ " VOLUME I.—NUMBER 5. THE BEMOCttATIC ADVOCATE. William H. Davis, Editor and Proprietor, No. 3 Carroll Hall. ' , The i > Adtocats is published every THURSDAY MORNING, and furnished to Subscribers at $1.50 per Annum, in Advance. ip advance Two Dollars will be charged, No paper will lie discontinued until all arrearages are paid, except at our own option. OF ADVERTISING. 1 square, 3 insertions, $1; each subsequent insertion 26 cents; 1 square three months $8,50, x months $6. Business Cards of ten Hues, or less, ■ per annum, SB. Mer chants and other business men, including the paper ! One-foMHh of a column, per year, $16.00 Haifa column, ‘‘ 26,00 One column, “ 40.00 HAND BILLS. A sixth of a. Sheet, for 26, $1.50, for 100 $2.00. ‘ >' ■ Quarter Sheet, for 25, $2.25, for 100, $2.75 Half Sheet, “ 3.50, “ 5.00 ONE YEAR AGO. What have faded from our sky I What hopes unfolded but to die! What dreams so fondly pondered o’er Forever lost the hues they wore! How like a death-knell, sad and slow, Tolls through the soul, “One year ago I” Where Is the face we loved to greet, The form that graced the fireside seat, The gentle smile, the winning way, That blessed our life-path, day by day ? Where fled those accents, soft and low, That thrilled our hearts, “One year ago ?” Ah! vacant is the fireside chair, The smile that won, no longer there ; From door and hall, from porch and lawn, The echo of the voice is gone; And we who linger only know How much was lost, “One year ago!” Beside her grave the marble white Keeps silent guard by day and night; Serene she sleeps, nor heeds the tread Of footsteps o’er her lowly bed; Her pulseless breast no more may know The jMings of life, “One year ago I” But why repine? A few more years, A few more broken sighs and tears, And we* enlisted witK tLo dead, where her steps have. Jed; To that far wprld rejoicing go To which she passed “One year ago I” i ii 1 For the Democratic Advocate. ■ i life. , ; BY DORA. Life, with its realities, its joys, its sorrows, is called a dream, and why? Dreams are the imagery of the mind, unguided by reason, and often partake of the most extravagant nature. And yet I dpjiKjt if the metaphor be A cor rect one To many Life does indeed seem r dream, for to them it has no fixed purpose; or, to speak more plain ly,chey have no aim in life. Alas ! Kw sad is such an existence. The tentimalist sheds hitter tears over the wreck of “what might have been,” and sighs forth, “Oh, what a bitter mock ery is life!. ,HV hat a hollow bauble is my existence!” ' When all that is needed to make the world bright and beautiful as it really is, is summed up in two vvprds—Hope and Energy. Do noi deem me too practical. I confess to a 'goodly share of imagery and ro manco in my composition, but experi ence has taught me that unless practi cal good sense be also in the mind, it will inevitably run to waste. I also coa&ss that I too have had just such longings for.something higher and bet ter* than the trivialities of everyday life. MAtty' times have I turned sick at heart from the unmeaning set phrases of .Wi wishing, oh, how for some Congenial spirit to whom I Ijm coq S4® my deepest feelings without tear of meeting reproach or hc^qgf'the old speech repeated so often, “Ab! you are too romantic for You must deal more in realities if you would bo happy.”— Reader, do ike, any of us, fully under stood* the meaning of the word Ro mance? Idp not deem it a silly fond ness ibr reading yellow covered novels, airing so great a passion for *JMP UterStAwfe as to neglect all the du ties of life. Hpf Jtiy version of the different. ... ", At this moment a funeral procession w psssing my window. It is that of whole Ufo was prac tical in the extreme.- Every Kt of ro oxpluded from her fife, and the fainpst sign of any such .weakness ■would naVe Mfetf regarded as * Aortal sin. I cannot help asking myself the ipusAta* Would not her life have been far happier had she suffered a tiny blossom of youth's glorious dream of OWtq .have grown up in her pathway? iLife would still have been U scene of duty, but surely (is not my theory cor soot?) Ui would have boon far brighter k *FP> *fe fw* cn*m wfco WESTMINSTER, Ml)., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1865, is now being borne to her last earthly home. What shadows we pursue when wc think to make for ourselves riches and worldly good, and expect such things to trial-* os happy. No; life is so real that its realities would become unbearable did we exclude all the bright sunbeams of Romance. Have an aim, a real purpose in life,, and throw around it the brightest halo that your imagination can suggest, and you will not look back over a weary, miserably spent life, and moan in una vailing despair the old dirge to unful filled hopes, for “Of all the aad words of the tongueand pen The saddest are these —It might have been! ’ ’ National Vaudeville. WASHINGTON, ti. C. THE THIRTY-NINTH SEASON. [This Establishment advertises in the New York Herald.] Sole Proprietor, - - Thad. Stevens. Stage Manager, - - Thad. Stevens. Prompter, .... Thad. Stevens, Will shortly be presented, for about the thousandth time, the Screaming Farce, “WE KNOW ALL,” by Thaddeus Stevens, Esq., (Gent.) author of the side-splitting burlesque entitled “The Gold Bill; or, A New Way to Pay Old (National) Debts.” With the following immense Cast: Loyal North, - - Thad. Stevens. United States Congress, Thad. Stevens. President of U. States, Thad. Stevens. Queen of England, - Thad. Stevens. Emperor of France, - Thad. Stevens. Car of Russia, - - Thad. Stevens. Everybody else, - - Thad. Stevens. Notice. —The regular Stock Com pany, which, under previous manage ment, have been allowed to assume some unimportant parts, have been entirely dispensed with. For the remainder of the season Mr. Stevens will carry on the entire business of such pieces as may be presented, Incidental to the occasion Mr. Ste vens will present his inimitable collec tion of Fantoccini, or puppets, com prising about 140 pieces of the most admirable mechanism. So close is the resemblance of these wonderful machines to human beings, representing as they do the inhabitants of every Northern State, that the spec tator will be astonished to observe the complete control exercised by the pro prietor. Under this control they will go thhmgh all the performances incidental to legislative bodies, even exercising qnder the direction of Mr. Stevens the faculty of human speech. The management feel pride in an nouncing that owing to frequent rehearsals, (otherwise called caucuses) all the parts have been well learned, and nothing will be said to offend the most fastidious Loyal Leagues. In active preparation the immensely sensational drama, entitled “The Great est Living Statesman,” the chief char acter to be sustained by Mr. Stevens. Later in the season Mr. Stevens will also appear in his great play, “The Negro,” in which he appeared upon every night of the last season, and never failed to make a hit. For particulars see small bills. N. B.—Front seats reserved for col ored gentlemen and white persons ac companying them. In Despair. —A Persian merchant, complaining heavily of some unjust sentence, was told by the judge to go to the cadi. “Rut the cadi is your uncle “urged the plaintiff. “Then yen can go to the grand vizier.” “But his secretary is your cousin.” “Then you may go to the sultan.” “But his favorite sultana is your niece.” “Well then, go to the devil If, “ Ah, that- is still a closer family con nection,” said the merchant, as be left the court in despair. Butler’s Tower.— Butler’s celebra ted tower, near Bermuda Hundreds, from which, for so many months, lynx eyed sentinels pried into the movements of the Confederate troops, was, on Fri 4ay, sold at public auction by Messrs. Pannill & Mcllwaine, auctioneers, for the sum of five dollars. There were at least thirty cords of good timber in the structure. Surely there is Something in a nak e , All of the other Govern mb* brought, at the name : sa * e > remarka % high prices.—Peters > I Urg Express. . . ... . . •' *• ’• • - ’ •• -..iir. VIiLo-mj-i Ha Preserving Our Union, Let Us be Careftal to Preserve also Onr Civil Liberties. TUe Exodus of the Confederate Cabinet from Danville, Va. to Washington, Georgia. [From the New Orleans Rec.] Mr. Editor —Thinking some of your readers desire to be informed of the last dying hours of the late Confederate Government, I have determined to give you a brief account of the journey of Jefferson Davis and Cabinet from Dan ville, Virginia, to Washington, Georgia, After the downfall of Richmond, Dan ville was selected as the temporary seat of government. Admiral Semmes, for merly of the Alabama, was made briga dier general and placed in command of the defences of Danville, which were manned by a naval brigade transformed into batteries of light artillery, suppor ted by one or two battalions of promis- ■ cuous troops, belonging to the Virginia army, who were absent on furlough at the time o£ the battles before Peters burg, and were then returning to their respective commands. Here, for a while, the fugitive Government rested secure, but as soon as authentic infor mation was received of the surrender of General Lee and of his hitherto invin cible army, the chiefs of the different departments packed up bag and bag gage and hurried away by railroad to Greensboro. North Carolina. At Greensboro’ the writer of this ar ticle was specially authorized to raise a company of select Mississippians, be longing to the Virginia army, for a mounted escort to the President. His life had been attempted three times be fore leaving Richmond, and many of the North Carolinians were known to hate him. On the 18th of April the Cabinet, consisting of Mr. Davis, Secre taries Benjamin, Breckinridge, Mallory, Postmaster General Reagan, and the following named officers belonging to the President’s staff, viz r Col. John P. Wood, Col. Thos. L. Lubeck (formerly Governor of Texas,) Col. Wm. Preston Johnson (son of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnson,) and Col. Burton N. Harrison (Private Secretary,) set out from Greens boro , on horseback, to seek a place of greater safety further South. Two di visions of cavalry, commanded by Gens. DeWill and Furguson, were detached from Wheeler’s corps, to protect and guard the front and rear of the distin guished cavalcade. A long wagon train, containing the personal baggage of the Cabinet, and the most valuable archives of the waning Government, also com posed a part ot the column. We rode leisurely along, from twenty to twenty five miles a day, until We arrived at Charlotte, N. C., where we halted four or five days, during which time Gens. Johnston and Sherman were negotia ting a treaty of peace, of which Mr. Davis approved, and said it was the only thing that could be done under the circumstances. Here Mr. Davis received a telegram from Gen. Breckinridge, who had re mained behind a few days with John ston’s army, announcing the assassina tion of President Lincoln. He ex pressed his sincere regrets at this sad occurrence, and said; “There is no event that has happened since the com mencement of the war that I more deep ly deplore than this lamentable assassi nation. First, because murders, such as this, never benefit any cause, but are calculated to injure; second, the Con federate Government will be censured for complicity and participation in this horrible tragedy ; third, in case the Confederate Government is finally over thrown, we could have expected a great er leniency and more concessions from Mr. Lincoln than I fear his successor will grant tis.” I mention this declare tion of Mr. Davis' in order to show that ths assertions made by his enemies that, he knew of the conspiracy against the life of'Lincoln, and encouraged it, is a malignant and willful falsehood. So soon as President Johnson refused to approve the treaty authorized by Mr. Lincoln, and agreed upon by Generals Johnston and Sherman, the Cabinet set out on their journey southward with all possible speed. Kilpatrick’s cavalry was close upon oar rear, and the commands of Debrill and Ferguson were greatly demoralized. We finally reached Abbeville, S. C., on the Ist day of May, and here the Fed eral cavalry were but a few miles dis tant from the town. I received orders to get my command in readiness to Haarch on the Ist at 10 P. M., and fall in the rear of the cabinet. I was also instructed not to tell who we were, or whither we were going, to such persons as may inquire. Before this time Mr. Davis or his attaches did not attempt to disguise or conceal who they were—-but this was a dark and trying hour, and discretion was then the better part of valor. Or the cver-memorable night we rode forty-two miles, and the next morning, after crossing the Savannah River on a pontoon bridge, we entered the town of Washington, Ga. During the latter part of the night Mr. Davis rode in an ambulance. He had two ex cellent horses, is a spldndid and grace ful rider, and stood the trip remarkably well. Mr. Benjamin, on account of his corpulency, seemed to be'grcatly jaded and fatigued after a long ride. On the morning of May 4th, (six days before his capture.) hearing that he had deter mined to dispense with the cavalry force along with him, I went to bid him fare well. He said, “I expected to cut my way through to a place of safety with the two divisions of cavalry along with me, but they have become so much demoral ized by the reports of stragglers and de serters from Johnston’s army that I can no longer rely upon them in case we should encounter the enemy. I have, therefore, determined to disband them, and try to make my escape, as a small body of men can elude the vigi lance of the enemy easier than a larger number. They will make every en deavor in their power to capture me, and it behooves us to face these dangers as men. We will go to Mississippi and there rally on Forrest, if he is in a state of organization, and it is to be hoped that he is; if not, we will cross the Mississippi River and join Kirby Smith, and there we can carry on the war for ever. Meet me south of the Chattahoo chee, as this department has been sur rendered without my knowledge or consent.” He seemed to be much de pressed by the cares that weighed upon his mind, but was still hopeful to the last. Mr. Davis is a man of principle, not of policy. He would not swerve an inch from what he believed to be right to oblige the world. He is a man of bitter prejudice and strong personal attach ments. He shed his blood freely on the fields of Mexico in defence of .the Star Spangled Banner, and may we not hope that President Johnson will dis play as much magnanimity and mercy to him as he received from Mr. Davis while the latter was President of the Confederate States and the former in his power. Juyenis. John Brown. The poets and philanthropists, false ly so called, of the Republican party are never weary of congratulating themselves and the country that though “John Brown’s body lies mouldering in the grave. His soul is marching on!” Precisely what John Brown’s soul is “marching on” to accomplish, they are, however, a trifle unexplicit in tell ing us, and for the cerdit of their own humanity, we trust, a trifle obfuscated also in perceiving. They carry to the amount of this unquiet ghdst of theirs all the war for the Union, fought by men the vast majority of whom would have gladly lent a hand to arrest, in the most summary fashion, the “march” of John Browns “body,’ while it was yet alive and obedient to the dictates of his “soul j” and all the victories won for a nationality •' which John Brown himself was ready and eager to disgrace and to imperil. . , • While the land was all ablaze with battle, this deification of a fanatical public enemy might have been excused, for men’s blood was up, their weapons were out, and one trumpet was, per haps, as good as another for the work of keeping armies in line and spurring 1 soldirs to the charge. But now that the country is returning to that con stitutional order which John Brbwn . perished in striving to subvert,, it is time for sane men to call things byi , their right names, and to abjure the i devil’s livery in serving the state.— N. > T. World. At a recent railroad dinner, in com pliment to the fraternity, the toast was given : “An honest lawyer, the noblest work of God I” But an old farmer in the back part of the hall rather spoiled 1 the effect by adding in a loud voice, ; “about the scarcest.” On a fence in Berkshire county, Massachusetts, is painted in glaring capitals, “Use Dr. Prior’s Cough Bal. i sam,” and just below, “Buy your grave i stones in Pittsfield.” Comment is un [ necessary. , ► “It is not meat only that is so, enor mousljr dear,” said she, “but I cannot obtain flour for. pudding for less thau double the usual price, and they do not make egg* half so large as they use to he!" I An old woman was complaining, a P few days since, in the market,' of the t excessive high price of provisions. * lilt ■*? ? t . Art emus Ward’s Autobiogj raphy.—by himself. . ~ nu York, near Fifth Avlaoo Hotefflil 1 Org. Dr. Sir :—Yrs, into which jßflsP me to send some Icadin incideniffof hty* life so you can write my bigirfryfljktMl papers, came dooly to hand. I have no doubt that an article onto my life, granl mattycally jelked and properly pund tooated, would be a addition to the choice literatoor of the day. *♦* i * * I was born in the State of Maine, of parents. As a infant, I attracted a. great deal of attention. The nabers would stand over my cradle for hours, and say: “How bright that little face looks. How much he noes I” Thdi young ladies, yould carry me round in thare arms, saying I was “muzzer’s btezzy darlin, and sweety leety ’ittle ting.” It was nice, though I wasn’t old enuff to appreciate it. I’m a heal-, thy old darlin now. I have alius sustained a good moral karacter. I was never a railroad direc tor in my life, f , / j Altho in early life I did not invaria bly confine myself to truth in my small bills, I have been gradooaly growin res pectabler and respectabler every year. I luv my children and never mistake another man’s wife for my own. jl am not a member of any meetin house, but I firmly believe in meetin houses, and shouldn’t feel safe to take a dose of laudanum, and lay down in the street of a village that hadnt any, with a thous and dollars in my vest pocket. My temperament is bilious, altho I don’t owe a dollar in the world. lam an early riser. My wife is a Presbyterian. I may add that lam also bald headed. I keep two cows. f > I live in Baldinsville, Indianny. My next door saber is old Steve Billins.—* Tie tell yon a little story about old Steve that will make you larf. He jined the church last spring, and the minister said, “You must go home now, brother Billins, and erect a family alter in your house,”- where-upon the egrejis old cuss went home and hilt a regular pulpit in his settin room. He had the jiners W his house every four days. lam 56 (56) years of age. Time, with his relentless scythe, is everr bizzy. He gathers ’em in—he gathers ’em in. I keep a pig this year. I don’t think of ennything more, Mr. Editir. If you should give my portrait in connection with my bibgfry, please have me engraved in a languishing attytood, leaning 'on a marble pillar—leaning in iuy back hair as it is now. Trooly yours, Artbmus Ward. A Scheme to Disfranchise White Ben. The Abolition party are now com passing heaven and earth to deprive poor white men of the elective fran chise. Not long since a prominent. Re publican declared that the only why to bind the debt forever on the back of laboi was to make a property qualifica tion jis in England, the test of voting. The Nev York Tribune , notwithstand ing all its pretences in favor of the masses, has repeatedly announced itself in favor of this measure. And now we perceive that an organization to accomplish this end, under the se ductive title of the “National . Equal Suffrage Association,” has bean started in Washington. These men propose to confine the elective franchise to those “whe have attained sufficient education to exercise it intelligently,” and we presume they modestly assume to hold themselves up as a board qualified to decide upon the amount of intelligence and education their neighbors possess ! Well, the impudence of some, people is past all comprehension. These men would have disfranchised the Barons -' of England, who wrung the great ohat ter of Liberty from King John, for uQt one among them could write his name. All white, men are equals, and that is why they should vote as equals, and when men set themselves up to make dis tinctions between them, they deserve to be kicked out of a Republican country. • Negroes should not vote, because they are not equals to white men, and that . is all the argument there is to ‘the negro suffrage question, about which such-' 'ti 1 mass of nonsense is written by people ■ who do not get at the elementary prinei , pies which govern .the subject. No negro h?f the right to vote, i. e., gov ern white men, for he is their inferior, ( and no one class of white men has the , right to exclude other while metr * from ’ toting, for who gives them their patent • of nobility over their fellows ? L —A r en> • York Day Book. Mr. Green sued a lady fbr breach of promise. Her friends offered to settle ■ it for two hundred ddßaifc. “What!” fc cried Green, “two hiindred dollars foi • ruined hopes, a shattered mind, a blast t ed life, and a bleeding heart I Twt hundred dollars fot all this! Never A never! never! Make it three hundred and its a 'harg/ecbHV’' rtr ' - j sml e _ ——, ;— — .Subscribe for the Advocate W ■ E 3tr 7-.~ • 1 |W P’^? cw York. Shoddy. I , [From the Richmond Inquirer.] . L'general Grant lately spent a day , ■among tie fast men and fast horses of j [New York city. Behind Bonner’s fast , and “$40,000” team he rode to the Cen- , oral Park and ftp the Bloojwgdale road to a race-course, where ffe Witnessed . ihe trials of speoji and tP? exhibition . “f all the fast horses of New York city Yut the significant of the fete was at Niblo’s Garden, where the cidence of his introduction just as-Gldfe ters says, “ The King is coming /’ was most adroitly seized upon to give point to the Lieutenant-General’s entry. Look where one may throughout thi . country, and the “King is coming” , salutes you on every side. Imperial ] mandates are addressed to States com manding their compliance and exacting , their obedience at the bayonet’s point < to the sovereign power at Washington. , Individuals are tried, not by jury, but j by milAary commissions—and the mod erate debt of a republic has swollen to imperial proportions. An oil aristocra- : cy of petroleum and sham nobility of , shoddy vie with, that of the uniform in the prizes of the fashionable world, and, after the manner of England, this coun- ■ try, is soon to have its “United Service , Club,” and already we read of the bond ocracy as a siperate and privaleged class for whose use and benefit all the , trade, commerce and mechanics’ arts pay the stipends of internal taxation. The simplicity of our forefathers’ re publicanism has passed away, or only remains in the affected humility of a pretended democracy. We have pub lic and private palaces, while ushers and guards wait at the doors of the so called public servants, which are, in reality, the people’s masters. It was Gracchus that first turned his back upon the Comitium and spoke with his face to the Forum, and it is this modern Gracchi that, having cut loose from all characteristics of Republican liberty, are fust tending to monarchy through . the forms of democracy. With a pharisaical cant about equali / ty f° r the negroes, Northern Republi cans practice daily the most crushing inequality toward white men. The lines of so-called “society” are more distinctly drawn in New York and Boston than anywhere else on earth, and they are more easily broken there than in any other cities of the world.— Without money no man can enter, and with money any man may enjoy all the “society” of these cities and towns.— This country is fast tending to the low est and most vulgar style of royalty— the monarchy of the mob and the aris tocracy of the dollar. One of the commonest taunts against the slavehplding States was that of aris tocracy. It was pretended that there existed in these States a privileged class, which enjoyed the blessings of wealth without the toils of labor, and , , that by the sweat of other men’s brows , they earned their daily bread. False -as it was in every particular, it was in every wise different from what daily takes place . throughout the Northern States, where the pittance doled out to labor is growing daily less and less, un til the song of the shirt is the only'mel ody that the lips of its impoverished | working classes can utter with truth. , “The king is coming/’and so is the day of retribution. The “privileged class” of the South has been struck down by the rude hand of power, iq de-* fiance of law and the constitution, and : a precedent established, and example j/ f set of how property may be seized against the sanctions of law, that will yet return to plague its inventors.— Loyalty and royalty axe convertible terms, with but very little difference of J significance, and when' a whole people are crazed with the one, they will not ( long hesitate about the other. r The New Bedford Mercury says that ' a gentleman, now a distinguished mer [ chant ofßoßtob, but formerly a resident y of Nantucket, Was one day engaged in , planting potatoes on his farm in that > town, when a dry old fellow stopped to watch the operation. The merchant, ’ more enthusiastic than skilful in his i forming, was dropping five seed potatoes b in each hill. 0 <f Ah! planting potatoes, Squire?” remarked Uncle Jerry, f “Yes,” replied the merchant, “ and e if the rot does not take them I expect ” to have a good crop. What time do it you think it best to dig potatoes, Unde U Jerryf’ < •* ' - i o The old fellow looked into a hill, and \ replied, “Dig’cm now; youUl never gei i, & bigger crop.” ' v ‘ i' m i '' Brigham Young is, indeed, a pillar O: e. Salt Lake. His idea of a wife is—Lots -an TERMS—SI.SO IN ADVANCE. Strange Religions Frenzy. • The World’s New Orleans correspond ;t dent relates the following strange scene ; 1 in a negro church, in that city, as wit nessed by on the ooeasion of au v administration of the rite of baptism : Among-.the striking; peculiarties M.inu-a the American negro is his fondness.for'. ~;;, noisy /demonstrations oft religious; ibrvw vox,which has been frequently remarked/! J by travelers in the. South,. It is said that the Chinese have no conception of [,, ( r bravery or heroism unless accompanied , ~ with the bating of gongs and , tom toms,.and the negroes have similar ideas in the performance, of their religious/, ;x f ceremonies. Not only a great, noise :H and bustle seams necessary to them, ,> n ,, but, like the rites of the Indian Fakirs, T . it must be accompained with muscular action and bodily contortion. The scenes witnessed in their churches during periods of revivals must causey in sensitive minds, only feelings of dis-, gust. ' [ For some time past there baa beep a revival here, during whiah the church members baVe acted more like wild’ beasts in a cage than like human beings. The sight beggars all description, and > were one to tell truly all he SdW at one of these rerival meetings; he would re- )! ceive many pious blessings for burlesqu- ing religious ceremonies and the wor ship of the Deity. Passing the colored church a few nights ago, I stepped in for a moment, where some converts were taking the rites of baptism from a white missionary from Massachusets. The scene would have been rather de moniac than Christian bad it not been supremely ridiculous. Before the aha was a large tank of water, up to which the converts marched in turn, while the assembled company were shouting, screaming, yelling, whistling, stamping, and singing; two groups were dancing ■ in the aisle ; some were embracing or ! shaking hands; a negro woman was jumping backward and forward over a seat, and delivering lusty “hi-hi’s” from a corner. i•> As a convert approached the water there was momentary silence; but kf ter being immersed and stepping out upon a platform on the other side, the * yelling and screaming again com menced. Then the newly-born began a series of gymnastic feats upon the platform that threatened to break every bone in her body. Going through the ' most indecent and almost obscene mo tions, she screamed and kicked until exhausted, and finally ended by stiffen ing out like a log of wood. Half a■' dozen stout men now stepped ffbward to carry her out, the woman remained all the time in this rigid state,’ : with eyes set, teeth shut hard together,’ and muscles strained' to their utmost ten sion. Seven went through this same operation, and were eaefy carried out in this stiffened State in the arms of men. The vmite missionary from Massachu setts uttered the word “glory” as each " one passed, while his eyes ttriUed up ward, hands clasped above his head, and an approving smile playing about the bard lines of his mouth. He was a man who understood well how to excite * these simple Creatures, and had learned the art of working* their feelings up to ' a pitch that Was almost frenzy. Amf all the time he believed, or appeared to believe, that, he was doing the Work of God. “Doyou enjoy going to chupfh now?’ asked a. lady-of Mrs. Parting)#!. !•> “Law me, I do/,’ replied/Mrs. Par tington. “Nothing does pe so much good; as .fo,get up early onf unday,npm- lf ing,, and; go to church and hear a pop-;, ulous minister dispense with the Gospel.” ti .\+L , " A poet in the Nebraska News concludes a long poem with the follow jag lines which contains, more truth than poetry. ... , “Well, sich is life ! Whom the Gojs. love, die young. Whom they hate, live and prosper,, . ft And are elected Delegatee Congress From the several Territories.'' ■ * ' —-i—. imMif/■ ■ The peach was originally a poisonous almond. Its fleshy part* were used to poison arrows, and the fruit was for this i purpose introduced into Persia. The transplantation, however, not only I moved its poisonous qualities, hat pro t ducifcd the delicious fruit we new i jenjoy. *o . '.feiii.:! >l> 5 Sir Isaac Nevftfn’s. nephew was a 0 clergyman. When he had performed the marriage ceremony for a couple he * always refused the fee, ’saying,—“Go £ he, or was he not a hmesi j dtaPmibiO ■*■• * • a i -dr Ifi ritaoo b |- od no . . < • : n /HU Jnesft rinO;-*,.,.