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fried 5orirtj.
BaioacT. Com 9 Fatrick, me bomt, what m&xcs yo
. ... afadTi ; .....
com 6 horn from th Seventh Ward rUd .
Pat. Ah ! Bridget me dirlint, how uo I look gay.
Wheu tio bloodj 'Know Nothings" have carried
the day!
They hare taken the country from Airland away,
Acd O'Leary and Eiler no loDgr will sway .
BaiDcir. Oeh! cheer tip, me Tat, whatyeaay can't
be thru; ...
But what makes yer face all over co blue?
Prom ye'r head till yer fait ye are corertd with
And yer shirt looks a if ye'd been rowl'd in the
i - mtsd!
Tat. Ah! be jabere, me darlint, the rale Is too
- - three,
And I'll tell ye what.makes me face all over bine;
Bat hurry, me Bridget, and get me some raato
Some whiskey to drink, .and praties to ate -A
ad I'll try to relate, while I'm drinkin' an' atin.
How the. Native Americans gave us a batin'. -W
marched to the polls with shill&lies in hand,
o drive from the birthright the sons of the land;
Bat we soon found out that we'd made a mistake,
For the Natives bejabers! were al! wide awake.
They were drawn np in lines, already to mate us.
A the direla look'tl savage enough for to ate us
As, I couldn't help thickin' S-f bow we were foo!.
To be figbtin" for Ciller an' lavin' our mules:
Then we thought whe saw 'Bowie' and we turu'd
round to fly,
7jt sure it was better to ran than to tile;
E we drapt our ShH'alira au' took hasty leave
We jusnp'd thro' the windies oar bacoa to sare
And a we went oat we dtneel new Irish reels
Tor the Natives be Jabers ! pitched us head over
As' I nerer was sure that we wasn't all dead
Till I lifted me Laud an' felt roun' for my head.
Ztj the houly Saint Patrick! on next 'lection day,
tnsteyd of the p-owls I will stick to mc dray,
Por the mules I can drive, an' can bate as I pl&ize.
Put.' the bloody lowl'd Natives Shilltliea can't
"J.w.. fate!
(Original Jliornl Cale.
contioH; !crEKs.
The torm had abated- The griat Hick
cloud, hich had hung frois-ningly ovt-r the ci
tj 'for several days, had passed avray, and lay
ia piled-p masses along the eastern horizen.
Vivid lijjhtningSj'kowcver, were still frisking
along iu thick volumiiious edses, an the
voice of the rumbling thunders were still oc
caaionaby audible.
i The bright stars wero again twinkling in the
clear Italian skies save thit the air was rapid
ly filling with snjolce, v.hich, notwithstanding
the drenching torrents, still continued to rise,
here and there, from tome black pile of ruins,
imparting to the surrounding darkness a more
gloomy and frightful aspect.
Valens, sad and thoughtful, was hurrying
cautiously along the rarrow tortuous streets,
through si" part or-the city which hid escaped
the flames.
Presently, turning a corner, he entered a
wide and regular street, with a burnt district
""on his right.' lie had. proceded, however, but
s short distance along it, till he was startled
i by th quick, clatter, of horses' hoofs. They
were coming np. towards hini at full gallop,
though on account of the smoky darkness,, he
sould see neither Lorses nor their riders.
t In a moment, however, they merged into
.view. A. glance was enough to tell him who
they, were, aai as little time was sufficient to
enable him to comprehend their business.
"Thev are seouring the city io search of
christians'" - - - .
" But scarce had the thought passed his mind,
Vhen the eye of one of them cught a glimpse
of his form ia the darkness. Suddenly check
ing the speed of his horse, and turning round,
he rudely demanded: " . .
' MArt thoa a curs?d Nazarene J"
' Valens,' for a moment, was speechless with
fright. He knew not-what reply to make. He
would not deny his faith. That would be de
fying his Maker, and piercing his own soul.
At length however,he said with a faltering,
trembling Toice : f
"I pity the Emperor, and mourn over the
.ruins of our city." I
Then," said the rude, swaggering soldier,
avenge .her ruin tn the cursed sect that fired
lt, and. despise her Gods.; saying; which he
.f ave hisiort sword a flourish in the" air, and
-dashed :6n after his .companions., muttering
threats : and curses on- the- heads of the
'"Kaiarenes. " 1;" ' ";'"t'' ' '": '
"What an Iron rulejs that of the despot! Ilav
fiiBf 8ine4 an unlimited control over the physi-
cal natare of his subjects, he readily quenches
. ineir UlUl L luLitvj, aim ruii'S lucir umiua niiu
- the same ease that he rules their bodicsJ : "
-i? These Tery, soldiers, in connexipn with the
-""Emperor's slayes, his own bidding, fired the
1 city, and well did they know the wretched au-
..taor 'ef her calamities. .Now , at the bidding
of the' earns unprincipledl monster, they are
daaijig throiglr her4asky streets, seeking
th9 arrst of a people whom they know Intheir
hearts" are iunocent, and charged ' with a
crime which their own hands had committed.
But they were slaves such in soul and body;
and then, as now, th2 business of such is to
obey, not to inquire into the right, or wrong of
actions, or stop to listen to the ..Voice of con-,
science.- . : . -. .. '
Sceiug his danger, amuch shorter.tlme than
usual sufficed to bring Valens in front of his
rcsidence. Hastily acending the steps he en
tered, and took his 2.t ia the large hail, where
he found the members of his family assembled.
He had not recovered from the e floe ts of his
fright, and Valencia quickly perceived that he
was more than usually pale and excited ; and
though she could not avoid fastening her eyes
upon him, yet she fcrebore, at present, ma
king any Inquiries.
After he had hurriedly seated himself, he
raised his hand and clasped his forehead, and
sat in silence.
In the confused and hurried manner in which
he had entered, there was one in the to nn he
had not noticed. He sat in-a dimly -lighted
corner between Valdinns and Vertitia whilj
Valencia andFiduc'u weri salted ia the oppo
site end of the hall.
Slowly lowering his hind from his forehead,
and folding his arms across his broad, tliroh
ing chest, Valens, gl inc-' l his eye in the di
rection of the stranger. Their eyes met at the
same instant, and while a flush of sullen sur
prise puis J J over the nobljunlmi.-ily features
of the former, there were evident indications of
embarrassment in the shifty movements of
the latter.
"Ah! I did not observe the presence of a
stranger as I entered," said Valens, with an
air of slight dissitisfaction; and turning round
on his seat, he engaged in conversation with
Valencia. . . .
This was Marcus. He had been in the fam
ily an hour, and had been treated by the mem
bers of the family who were present with due
respect. , . .
He had passed most of the evening in con
versation with Valdinus and Vertitia. Nor
was he aware that his visits had been interdict
ed, though he had observed, as lie thought, ;in
erabirrassment in the family as he entered,
for which he felt at a loss to account. The
miuifest coolness of Valens rather startled
him, and feeling uncomftrtable he soon found
it convenient to leave.
Vertitia followed him to th3 'door, : hot fiee i
deeply flushed, aud looking confusedly at the
floor. But Valens, rising at the suna institit
from his seat, passed out immediately after
him, leaving Vertitia standing inside of tlie
door, and which w'is only partially closed.
' Valeus and Mircus stood on the broil m ir.
ble platform underneath the columned portico
which extended along the entire front of the
bijiiding. Both were slightly embarrassed,
and it was some minutes before either spoke.
'A dreadful calamity has befallen our city,"
at length said Valens, with a trembling voice.
"Yes; and woe to the cursed dogs of chris
tians. The Emperor has decreed their exter
mination," said Marcus, rather angrily.
"I trust," said Valens, calmly, "the Emper
or will show some clemency even towards the
poor and despised sect."
None!" exclaimed Marcus, "they have
despied our Gods, and burnt our city. How
can such monsters expect mercy !"
At all events," said Valens, '-they are en
titled to a fair trial, and if proved guilty I ad
mit they are deserving the severest punish
ment within the power of the Roman people."
"Trial!" again exclaimed Marcus, contempt
uously; try dogs, villians, traitors!. Let t!i-tii
be hunted like wild beasts! let them be torn
to pieces, or burnt to ashes! All too goo-i
for them."
Valens was thuder-srtuck at this nnexpect-
ed tirade. He could scarcely restrain his in-
He did not, however," deem it pru
dent to a iy more, lest his sympathy for the
poor christians should betray him. Hence,
endeavoring to suppress an involuntary sigh,
he Slid firmly :
Marcus, much as I esteem the memory of
your brave f.Uher, and your own tried valor, I
must request, without assigning my reasons,
that your visits to my family be discontinued."
My visits," said Marcus, with a halting,
trembling voice, "were out of respect to your
self, and my love for your daughter."
"I only wish," replied Valens, ''for the pre
sent to exercise the rightsof a Roman parent."
Marcus made no reply ,but descending quick.
Iy the lofty flight of marble steps, rushed into
the street, and disappeared in the darkness.
There had been light enough, however, to
reveal to Valens' a knit brow, clenched teeth,
and compressed lips as the young officer,
had abruptly left him.
As Vetiti had rem lined standing inside of
the door, she? could distinctly hear most of the
conrersat jon ' going on without, ' and to which
she stood listening for some time with eager
and trembling interest. : - ;
, AMength, .hearing her father request Mar
cus to cease his visits to bis family, her flush
ed face had turned instantly pale as death; and
she had rushed -across the hall-and flung her
self on her knees at' her mother's feet.
"Oh! mother,' do intercede with father for
me j -he has forbid Marcus'; returning again,"
said she, her eyes staring wildly, . and her
hands clasped tightly across her breast.
To be Continued.'
'oiw -
,' A Strsaj Ga-ns of Euchro. !
Courage moral or physical, is a great gift,
but presence of mind, in moments" of peril, is,
in some cases, a superior merit; in nine cases
out ot ten, discretion is better than valor. A
man may guard against ,.by presence of mind,
that which the moit obdurate courage cannot
successfully combat; but coolness or self-possession,
have their drawbacks,' as our- story
indicates. '
We have heard of a very ' eccentric and fiin
guhir m tn, who carried on business on Bayou
Sara, down in the Missippi country, some
years ago; Tufts was his name, to which the
liberal-hearted Mississippians had iidded Cap
taiu Capt. Tults. '.
dpt. Tults was born on the frontier during
the Jays of Indian lights aud border warfare,
and lived lor years amid scenes of danger and
death, in the South. To looK at the old man,
one need hardly be told that he had seen some
pretty hard knocks, und no doubt indulged in
s many "scrimmages" as most folks could
boast of out there; as his face, head, hands,&.,
exhibited as many cuts, thrusts, bumps and
bruises, dots and discolorations as the hero oJ
a hundred praire tights, or a score of Penin
sular campaigns, could well exhibit. And yet
no man wore a more peaceful, barrin' the
warlike scars we mention mild and beuevo
leut aspect, than that Capt. Tufts, and indeed
his disposition and general manner, were well
d.iguerreotyped in his plain, unvarnished,
though engraven countenance. . To fully il
lustrate the character and manner of the old
Capt., we will repeat a few of his adventures,
which impart the causes and effects of the
"outward signs" of the Captain's well tattooed
During the "Creek War," as it was called,
Tails was a volunteer, serving under the com
mand of Gen. Jackson; and it so chanced that
T.f;s and a small party of bis "fellow solgers"
got astray from the main bod y, and went
blundering and bogtrotting through a camp
in which some four or live hundred of the en
emy were encamped, und though . it soon be
cani evident that Indians were not far off.
and the companions of Tufts were suspiciously
uneasy, he pushed iorward with a long rifle
over his .shoulder, -calling out .to his tardy
onipaniorns, who lajg? 1 behind
Come along, com? along, boys, thta ain"l
no d-mgtr !' .. r- -
Thus seduced, much against their will, the
lour companions of the self-satisfied Tults.
came along, and, all of a sudden, just as Tults
bad uttered for the fifth time 'Lwras along,
boys, there ain't no danger!" a shower of ar
rows and bullets drove half of the sentence
down poor Tufts,' throat, knocked him head
over heels among the bush, and killed three
of his four companions.
Somehow or other, Tufts crawled off, and
was picked up the next day, quite bewildered
with wounds, but still insisting "tnerc ain't
no danger!" ; .
The next exploit of considerable note, was
the fineal of a bear hunt, in which Bruin, having
killed two dogs belonging to Tufts and a fid
low hunter, he crawled into a dense chapparer
aud disippeared; and though. Tufts was told
by his companion that wounded bears in a dark
jungle were better let alone, he . insisted that
there was no danger, and went poking around
the retreat of the bear, until the wrathful ani
mal, githering himself up for one grand, des-
i pirate clurge, rushed upon Tufts Tufts fired
i i.ito the monster's teeth, and received a blow
from B. uin that broke poor Tufts 'arm
tore his scalp halfoai It was in vain that
Tufts yelled to his flying comrade that . there
was not a symptom of danger: the eomrade
cleared himself and reported Tufts torn to
shreds; but next morning Tufts was found by
a party of hunters, in a miserable condition,
lying near hi? dead adversary, and as bis
friends stood off a few yards and hailed him.
true to his instincts. Tufts in the best tone of ,
voice he could raise, said. . , . ' : " '
-Come up, boys. donrt be afraid there ain't
a speck of danger f v:
: Everybody, near about, may have heanl of
a certain .desperate character whom a sheriff
attempted to arrest in the court-yard at which
Jackson presided. The desperado, holding
himself upon his reserved rights (i. e. bowie
and pistol!) held the sheriff and his posse at
bay.- ' i . .
'TuHs," said Judge Jackson, recognizing
his old acquaintance in the Court, "Tufts,
go out and arrest that man; you can do it by
tho Eternal!". I
"Judge," said Tufts, "it kin be done, for
there ain't no sort of danger in it!" '
-But the. nioraerit 'Tufts advanced upon the
ruffin, followed by the iron .nerved Judge, the
villain fired a bullet went through the cheek
of poor Tufts, lying him flat upon his back for
a moment. - Everybody thought he was killed)
but in a jiffy, up jumps Tufts, shouting
' 'We've got him, I told : you there weren't
no danirer !' Jackson had advanced, fixing his
eagle eye and the. muzzle of a pistol upon, the
ruffin, and arrested him. : . vvs -.:
i inng a smite, on the Sth. of January, at
Memphis, the old cannon rebounded and ac
ted so unruly that Tufts proposed lashing the
piece firmly to a platform; somebody ventured
to inquire if the piece viihCid lus. !"..'"'"
j.'Biist!? aid Tults, who was swinging the
match ready; to touch oil the cannon 'lust?
no thtre ain't any danger!. ' .''
' Tufts touchud off his piece, and his friends
found him. doubled up, with a half dozen com
pound fractures of limb and body, ssome eight
good rods from the muzzle of the busted can
non! Tufts voice was near gone he essayed
to say. something a bystander put Ins ear .to; -
the poor fellow's lips., and heard, in a very j
Taint : ' ' ' ' "
. - I A.ay -I told e'm there was nn duvgtrl- ,
. ' When the gamblers were routed at Natchez,'
Tufts was a resident of the city" kept a store
and done some tr iding on the. river. The
gamblers having fortified themselves in one. of
their principal dens, 'they defied the citizens
to oust thenr. : Tufts lived close by, and was
appointed "by tlie citizens, to go to the gam
blers and notify them to leave. As they ap
proached the gamblers ordered them off, and
at onced fired upon thcomniittee, who, being
missed, lost no time in getting away, heedless
of Tuft's ."rallying cry
Come back, meu, stand your ground there
aiVany danger!' - - -
Only just then, one .of the gamblers threw a
rock, wii'ich hitting poor. Tults between . the
eyes, rendered his vision ever after, very ob
lique. Tufts recovered, and made his appear
ance on board the Bmi Sherrod; it was her last
and fatal trip. - ; -
The boat was very crowded. With a party
of convivialists, our eccentric ' friend, Capt.
Tufts, was seated in the social hall straining
his eyes through a pair of green spectacles, at
an elegant, hand he held, in a game of Kuchre.
'I pass said Tufts, a smile playing over
his corrogated countenance, as he gazed . upon
the bowers in his hand.
Can't be did no possible danger,' said
Tufts. ' 'Hello.! what's that!' he added, as an
alarming nois. started everybody but Tufts
and his opponent to their feet.
'1 1 iy away !' said Capt. Tufts, as another
explosion and uproar took place on deck of.
the boat.-.. , . .-. ,
Ij take that trick, if yon please; and that,
and- Another explosion shivering the deck
beneath their feet, and whirling Capt. Tuft's '
partner' through the lnirricm deck quite cut
short the Captain's next trick; hut, with one
desner ite lum?. as himself, tabl . fiftv tons of ,
smoke pipe, cranks, wheels, boards and peo
ple, went whirling up into the air, it is credi
tably affirmed that dpt. Tufts was heard to
. - . ' . f
bawl, as he waved aloft his 'best bowet'
. Out! by thunder I said there wasn't a red
cent's danger !
Capt: Tufts is still around, and says there's
not a bit of danger:' of his stepping out very
soon. .''."' !'
HrrocRiST is a riN-'r Tuixg. nypocrasy is
very funny. It walks into , the church of a
Sunday morning, sleek, clean shaved, and as
smiling as a man with a new wife for the third
to ....... ...... -
It joins in the anthem, an J the prayers,
listens attentively to the Kcrmons and deacons,
It H as free with the women as rouge or pre-
pared chalk, and. talks ;ti" the youn,
with the greatest freedom. The missionary
cause is its special care: all the neighbors are
drummed up to "come forward and aid a be-
nevolent object.-' borne subscribe large sums,
and othersthrow : in small amounts- the large
conti louiors gei nii.ic .uaun.: nnu uic jwi'nj,
while the Small ohs are content with having
donetheir duty. The same hypocrisy we nave , v;e(.mi.passinir through Colchester, it was re
seen severely prayerful of a Sunday, and on I so)vej tnat tn. naayor ahould compliment
Monday it bartered a piiir of gaiters with a ! hjm on hS arr.Val. . It o happened, tbat the
courtezan.. It has beeu known to turn up its 1 -.,;ej- magistrate was eminently fctupid (which
eves wjth horror at an oath, and before f tirly
recovered from the shock, to swindle a labor
ing man out of bis money which should buy
his children bread. It is prevalent in some
cheap groceries, in the shape of short weight;
is exhibited in wet goods; predominates in cof
fee; is pQwerl'ul-in .mil, and it's every w here.
Wherever you meet the fellow, shake him off:
eschew his acquaintance don't let your wife
know there is such' a character, .'. Better be a
Mormon, a tMns-a-my, a street extractor, or
ex-tr2asurer,: than a hypocrite. It s hazardous
ballast, if you paddle your own canoe, ' ," "
.' When xov Shouid "Take ora Hat. Young
man, a word. We want'to tell you when ' you
should tak your hst and be off. And mind
what we offer. ' it is r - - j -
When you are asked to take a drink. -
When you find out that you' are courting an
extravagant or slovenly girl. . : ..' ,
When you find vour self in doubtful compa.
ny. : :
When you discover that your expenses run
ahead of your income. : : : . . . . ;:
When you are abusing the confidence of your
friends. ..." . . .. - f t.' - . . !
... 1 - Tricar y
v, hen yon mine you w . -
than oldernd more-experienced people than
:, . , . ,, , .
yourseii, . ' .
When you feel like getting trusted for a suit
of clothes, because you haven't 'the money to
pay for them. :-f..- . nJi ' -J ,:. : ..'' ,
:. 1 "';- .- . j ' 1 :;':
I : f.i:-.:iA floods Toast. ;
- IIere's to internal Improvement,!' as Dobbs
said when he swallowed a losef salt. " .
To Parents.
We. commend the following excellent ex
tract to the particular attention of parents.
We are confident that there are very many
who may profit by is persu! : It makes one
less hopeful of the future to pass through' our
streets of an evening, and listen to th rude
and profane speeches which proceed from
.crowds of boys,, who ought, at such times, to
be under the homo roof. Parents do not real
ize the responsibility which r.-sU upon them
Lin these matters.- Thev forget that the future
character of their children is almost entirelv!
under their control..-- .We believe. that in most
cases the .parent inay mould the character of
his child as he M ill, and if, yvhen the child ar
rives at manhood, he is a source of .sorrow- and
disgrace to the parent, the only consolation
which tlie. parent can -obtain, is,. that it is his
or her. own- work. The parent may, even in a
villiage such as this, select the ii.timate com
panions of bis children. He should, at least,
know the character of those with whom they
associattf on terms of intimacy. Thtre arc
children whose very companionship is pollu
tion. You may as well expect that your chil
dren may roll in the mud witbojit U-ing. be
daubed as that ttiey may mingle with had boys,
as companions, and not be in some degree
debased. , .
. B-JY9 out at Xigdt. I have be '!; an obser
ver, as I am a sympathizing lover of boys. I
like to see them happy, cheerful gUesom: In
deed I can hardly understand how a high-toned
ed useful man can be the ripened fruit of a boy
who had nt enjoyed a full share of the flad
privileges due. to youth.. But while-1 watch
with a very joyous eye all rights and customs
which entrench upon the proper rights of boys,
I am equally apprehensive lest parents who
are not fore-thoughtful, aud who have not ha
bit uated themselves to close observations up
on this sulject, permit their sons indulgences
which are almost certain to result in their de
moralization,, if not -in their total ruin; and
among the habits which I have observed tend
ing most surely to ruin, 1 know of none more
prominent than that, of parents permitting
their sons io be in the tlieet after n.ghtfall.
It is ruinous to their morals in all instances.
They acquire under the cover of night, anun
healthful state of mind bad,-vulgar, immoral,
and profane language,- obscene 'prac'tices.crim
inal sentiments, a lawless" ami riotous bear-
ing. Indeed, it is in the street alter nightfall
that the boys principally acquire education of
the bad, and capacity for becoming rowdy,
dissolute, criminal men.- Parents should in
s ' .
this particular.havc a rigid and iniiexiMe rule,
that 'will not p -rmit a sou under any circum
stances whatever to go in the streets after
nightfall with a view of engaging in .out-of-door
sports, or meet other boys for social chance
occupation. A right nil.? of this kind, invari
ably 'adhered to, will soon deaden the desire
for such dangerous practices.
Bovs should be taught to have pleasures
around the familv center table, in reading, in
i conversation, and in quid amusements. Boys
are seen in the streets after nightfall, beha
i ving in a manner entirely' destructive of all
n-ood morals. Fathers ami motliers Keep jour
,,om at nl!rht atui see that you take
j (o vouf. ,M,me5 pleasant, attractive,
', fifllhll, to tiien,: and abore - all. with a
!- Af fhfir nritv from future destruction.
i l.-t thrm not become, while forming their char-
fof acc,1;,tomed to disregard the
j (f shiime as to oponly violate the
in 5treet pastimes during its day
cvening hollr9. . ? ; ; .i . ..
Kisg James the Secohd. King James the
is looked upon' as: no strange thing in Eng
land.) ;
The town clerk was ..appointed to attend
him at his back, and whisper what he to
say to the King. When they came into his
Majesty's presence, the clerk, desiring to en
courage the mayor, whispered
"Hold up your head and look like a man."
..lirvir! im vour head and look like a man!"
, d:d thtf mayor bawl to the king
, I tS
Tho -I.tIt astonished, whimpered
a ... t - , -.
, "What the devil do you mean 1"
The mayor bawled out
What the "devil do you mean ?"
The clerk, sweating with fear and vexation,
whicpered . . .
"By heaven ! you will rnin os all !"
The miyor immediately repeated
' "By heaven ! you will ruin os all." 1
' The clerk in a violent rage said '
1 Oh r vou blundering puppy, I wish you had
never come here." - :
: The mayor again bawled :
s "Oh ! you blundering puppy, I wish you. had
never come here." 7 , . .. u '
The clerk r on this immediately took to his
heels, and the mayor ; followed him, leaving
; , . TiokQt fit of .Uughter, though
, s . .
I not wuaout rage
-i . .
C7"There is" only one paper in Egypta
small monthly sheet in the Arabic language,
at four'dollars a year. It is .devoted mainly
that, he and every one in the
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employ of the racna is oousa "r""1"
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, nil power ei aiaDit. ; -
John B. Gough, iu lecture delivered at
Exeter Hall, London, thus illustrates the force
oTfialiTt. TlieeportTs from aLondoivpaper.
I remember riding. from Buffalo to th'f.NI
arra Falls, and said to' a gentleman,' W7iat
river is that, sir ?' ' ' " "" '. 1
That,'' he said, is Niagara river.
Well, .it - is -beautiful .'stream, aaid Ij
"bright and fair and glassy; how far oft are the
rapids?' ' " ' ' --. : n
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Only a mile or two,' was the reply. '
Is it possible that only a mile from rs we
shall find the water in its turbulence whichft
must show when near the fall V . s -, .
r'Vou will find it so, sir,'- and so -I found it,
and the first sight ; of .Niagara, ,1 shall . nover
forget. Now, launch y,ourbark on that Niag
ara riv?r; it is liriglit 'imootti, -Uwuiful and
glassy.'' There is ft ripple-at : "tne'lKW;- th? Sil
ver wake :you leave behind aids to your'en
joyiuent. Down the stream you glide, oars
sails ami helm in proper trim, and you set out
on your. pleasure excurstoiy.' Suddenly some
one cries out front the bank, .' Young ruen,
ahoy 'vV ' '" ' . -
What i'sit?' ' .. .
The rapids are below you.'
Ha! ha? we have J1c3rd.of.tl10 rapids, but
we r - notuch fools as to get there. If we
go too last, then, we shall up with the helm
and steer to the shore: we will set the wast ia
the socket, hoist the sail and speed tohe
land. Then on, boys don't !c alarmed there
is no. danger.' . . . - .-
Young men, ahoy there I
What is it!' . ..
. 'Tlie rajuds are below you!'
' lla! ha! we will laugh and quafTj all things
delight us. What care .we for the future? "No
man ever saw it. Sufficient for the day is the
evil thereof.' We will enjoy life while we may;
we will catch pleasure as it flies. This is'era
joyment; time uough to steer out of danger
when we are sailing swiftly. with the current.'
Young men, ahoy !' v . . : J
. What is HI' :' .
Beware! beware 1 The rapids are below
you !' " . - " "
.Now you see the water foaming all around.
Sec how fast you pass that point !
Up with the helm! Now turn! Tull hard!
"quick ! quick ! quick ! pull for 'your lives !
pull till the blood starts. from the nostrils, and
the veins standlike whipcords upon the brbwl
set the mast in the socket ! hoist the sail ! Ah !
ah! it's too late! Shrieking; enmng, howl
ing, blaspheming; over they go.'- - "--'--' - J
Thousands go over the rapids every 'yvsr,
through the power of evil habit, crying nil the
while, when I find out that is injuring me I
will give it up !' : -.
In concluding, the speaker warned young
men, in very impressive language, that they
could uot, even by impatience, amendment,
and a long lite of religeon and usefulness, wash
out the stain of early dissipation, not alwaj'S
banish the accusing spectres that would rise
even in their holiest moments. . . " ..
Horrible Wastefci.sess. It seems that a
full grown Buckeye in rather an ' obvious and
balmy state, tumbled into a stage coach -one
bright morning, beside a traveller who was "in
pursuit of kuowledge," certainly at that time
under difficulties." 'After the ribton& -bad
been picked up and the "hosses" received. no
tice to etart, the traveller remarked to the
new corner that "Ohio "was a fine country."
"Ta hick ,taint nothin' else," hiccough
ed the Buckeye. .7. 7 , ...
"What is the staple production sir ?" .
"Co-or,orn!" ...
"You must riise a large quantity! what is
done with it, sir 7" - -
"Wher hick why, a c;ood deal is used up
for whe hie iskey, and some they .iraste tn
making bread .'" - - . . -
A Bad Memort. A' boy at the age often
vears was sent to schooT for the first' time;
The teacher' to test his information, -asked
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Who madeyou 7' . " : '" ' - j "
.The boy could not answer. The teacher
told him the proper answer,' and desired the
boy to remember it. Some hours after the
teacher repeated the question. ' ''
Thy boy rubbed his head in great agony,
and at length answered: . . .
! swow I've forgot the gentleman's name.
A QrEsriov ton. Philoophers. Some editor
has recently 'propounded the following ques
tion: 'If a wheel rnns easier for being tired,
would the same effect follow the same cause
in the. case of a horse?' The inquiring and
philisophic raind, fond of tearing off the veil
which conceals the dark and abstruse', ahould
ponder npon this important question.- -
Married at Last. We notice that in Ope
lonsas;' La.,'on th 22d ult., one Miss Mary
Ann Tyde was united to Horatio Knowman, af
ter a courtship of only nine years. ' We sup
pose this may be called another instance of
the truth ' of the proverb, that 'time and lide
wait for Win an, as 'she waited long enough.
Kem Kitort: BosweUasked Johnson one
whether ha had heard ; that people coscparjed
him to a mad dog. Hsva you. heardy sir, said
the doctor that people compare iro P3 tin
kettle tied to nir Mil t . , ' ; v.; , j ; ., -. J
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