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THE AMERICAN CITIZEN, IS published every Wed no winy in the borough of Butler, by TnoMAB Itomssovi C. K. AXMASOX on Main •«»*«. opposite to Jack's Hotel—office up stairs in the brick orraorly accupie'l by Kli Yetter, a«a store Tkum*- $1 50 h year, if paid in advance, or within the first six months; or $2 if not after the expira tion of the first six months. w RATES OF ADVKRTISINO:— One square non., (ten lines or less,) three insertions J*' Kvery subsequent insertion, per squat*,. fiiulnuH <"arda of 10 line* or lew fur one year, Inclu dine paper, J jjj Card of 10 liuea or law 1 year without paper * :«« yL column for six months Jj* 1? column fcr on. & £ 1 column for six months 1 column for one year M ty) REPLY OF Messieurs Agenor de Gaspann, Edward Laboulaye, Henri Martin, Augustin Cochin, and other friends of America in France To the Loyal National League of New York. GENTLEMEN : We would have thanked vou much sooner but for the prolonged ab sence of one of our number. It would have been painful to us to have lost the collective character of this reply; for the blending of our four names is a proof of' that great unity of sentiment upon all that concerns the -cause of justice which by God's favor manifests itself here below, in spite of political and religious differen ces. Yet wc are careful not to overrate our personal importance. Ihe League does not address us as individuals ; it speaks to France, who cherishes as a national tradi tion, the friendship of the 1 nited States. It speaks to European opinion, which will rise up and declare itself more clearly as j it recognizes that the struggle is between Slavery and Liberty. . You have comprehended, gtyitlemen. that neither France nor Europe haVe been free from misapprehensions. Light did | not at first dawn upon the nature of the salutary but painful crisis through which you are passing; it was not plain to all, at | the outset, that the work inaugurated by the election of Mr. LINCOLN yielded noth ing in grandeur to that which your fathers accomplished with the aid of LAFAYETTE and under the guidance of WASHINGTON. Europe has had her errors, her hesita tions. for which we are paying dearly to day on both shoresofthe Atlantic. Vt hat blood would have been spared to you, what industrial suffering avoided by us, had European opinion declared itself with that force which you had the right to hope for! | There is a protest of the universal con science before which mankind necessarily recoils; moral forces are, after all. the great forces. Tie revolted South, which needed our aid, v.hich relied and perhaps still relies upon us, would not have dared long to af- S'n'-t the indignation of the civilized world. I. Why has this indignation been with held ? Why has a sort of favor been granted to the only insurrection which has had neither motive or pretext—to the on ly one which has dared to unfurl the ban ner of Slavery ? What has been the mer it of this insurrection ? By what charm has it conciliated the sympathy of more than one enlightened mind? This is a question humiliating to put, but useful to solve. In the first place Europe doubted wheth er Slavery was the real cause of the con flict. Strange doubt, in truth! For many years Slavery had been the great, the only subject of strife in the United States.— At the time of the election of Mr. Bu chanan the only issue was slavery. The electoral platforms prove this fact; the manifestos of the South were unanimous in this sense ; her party leaders, her Gov ernors, her deliberative assemblies, her press, spoke but of Slavery; the Yiee- President of the insurgent Confederacy had made haste to declare officially that the mission of the new State was to pre sent to the admiration of mankind a soci ety founded 011 the " cnrner-ilime" of Sla very. Lastly, it would seem to all reflect ing minds the acts of Mr. Buchanan and others Presidents named by the South were proof enough of this truth. The South thinks only of Slavery. In her eyes all means are right to secure to Slavery its triumphs and boundless conquests. But, it is objected that Mr. Lincoln and i.ij> friends were not Abolitionists. That is certain: their programme went no far ther than to stop the extension of Slavery nnd shut it out from the Territories.— Was this nothing? Was it not in fact (everything? Who could have foreseen that, on the appearance of such a pro gramme, of a progress so unexpected, of an attack so bold upon the policy which was lowering and ruining the United States, the friends pf liberty would not have all hastened to applaud. Was not this the time to cheer and strengthen those who wore thus entering on the good path! Was it not due to urge them on in their liberal tendencies, so that, the first step taken, they should take the second and so x>n to the end ? Ought not that which terrified and dismayed the champions of Slavery to rejoice the hearts of its adver saries? AMERICAN CITIZEN. Yourletter, gentlemen, puts in lief the reasons which hindered Mr. Lin coln from adopting at the outside an Abo lition policy. The President could disre gard neither his oath of office nor the Federal Constitution ; he had also to keep in mind the opposition which a plan of emancipation would encounter in the loyal States. The head of a great Government cannot act with the freedom of a philoso pher in his study. In truth Mr. Lincoln should be accused neither of timidity nor indifference. Your letter recalls the meas ures of his Presidency, abolition of Slave ry in the Capitol and the District of Col umbia, the proclaiming of freedom to fu gitive slaves, the principle of compensa ted emancipation submitfed to all the loy al States, the death penalty actually inflic ted on Captains of slavers, the treaty with England admitting the right of search, the establishment of diplomatic relations with the black Republic of Liberia and ITayti, the arming of free negroes, and at last, when the length and gravity of the war sanctioned an extreme exercise of the powers of Commander-in-Chief, the absolute and final suppression of Slavery in all the revolted States. We, gentlemen, are Abolitionists; and we declare that we have never hoped nor wished for a more steady, rapid, and reso lute progress. We have understood the difficultie?Trhich surrounded Mr. Lincoln. We have honored his scruples of con science with regard to the Constitution of his country which stopped his path. We have admired the courageous good sense with which he moved straight on, the in stant he could do so without danger to his cause or violation of the law. Wonder is expressed that Slavery is abolished in the revolted States and yet preserved in the loyal States ! In other words there is wonder that he who is sworn to obey the Constitution, should respect it. Let 110 one take alarm at this. There is no danger that the "domestic institu tion" crushed in the Caroiinas and Louis iana will long survive in Kentucky or Ma ryland. Already as you have stated to us, a sdlemn proposition has been made to all the loyal States; already one of the most important, Missouri, has set the example of acceptance. To be thus uneasy about the maintenance of Slavery in the North argues to our minds quite too much ten derness for the South. We look with sus picion upon this pretended Abolitionism whose unfriendly exactions were first put forth on the very day illumined in Amer ica by the dawn of abolition. We frank ly say we could never have foreseen that the election gf Mr. Lincoln and the seve ral acts which we have just enumerated would be an endless cause of complaint, and distrust and unworthy denunciation from so many men who plume themselves in Europe upon their hatred of Slavery. And since to destroy the North in pub lic opinion it was not enough to accuse it of too much favor for Slavery, another grievance has been found. The North oppressed the South ? The struggle was for two nationalities ! The South had ris en for independence ! Its independence! there were then sub ject provinces in the heart of the L 7 nion? Doubtless tli.'se provinces had no part in the government of the country, the South bad not the same rights as the North ? Of course the South was held in this state of inferiority and subjection by numerous Federal garrisens? Not at all. All the States enjoyed the same rights, took like part in elections. If any section was fa vored it was the South, to which a further suffrage was granted in proportion to the nunibe: of its skves. If any advantage had been enjoyol it was by the South, which had given the majority of Presi dents and chief ofieers. Yet in this free country, a country without an army, and whose material meins as well as laws were a sufficient barrier against oppression, in such a country told of a province claiming independence! We are of your opinion, gentlemen, that indej>enden< e aninatioita/ify are words too noble to be übustd. In their abuse, things are compromised, and the more no ble and sacred these tiings, the more care ful should we be not to confound them with what is neither joble nor sacred— a revolt in the name tf Slavery, a fratri cidal revolt which woild destroy a free Constitution and tear tsunder a common country for fear lest th«rc might be inter ference with the internal slave traffic*the continued breeding in Virginia, the sale and scperation of familcs, and lest per chance some Territories 3iould be shut out from the conquests of Silvery. In vain we seek in tho United States for a nationality striving .0 regain its in dependence. Not only hal independence been nowhere assailed, bit there is abso lutely no trace of a seperaUnatiooality.— Nowhere is there a more thorough na tional homogeniety. North and South " Let us have Faith that Right makes Might; and in that Faith let us, to the end,dare to do our duty as we understand it"—A. LINCOLN. BUTLER, BUTLER COUNTY, PA., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1864. and. we boldly add, interests are all the Bame. All these States have strug gled together, suffered together, triumph ed together. Their glories, their defeats, are common. Their Constitution sprung from the free consent of all; all pledged themselves alike to remain faithful to its obligations. Tins pledge is no empty word with which caprice may idly sport. Among the in ventions of our epoch there is none more extraordinary than the right of secession. Those who discovered it will no doubt teach us where it should stop. If each section has the right of secession from the Country as a whole, why not each State a right of secession from such section ? Why not each County a right of secession from the State ? Why not each town a right of secession from the County ? Why not each citizen aright of secession from the town ? The truth is that, but for Slavery, the South would not talk of its suppressed in dependence, nor of the right of secession. Slavery has brought the two sections to strife. The extinction of Slavery will re store Unity. The North and the South will some day wonder that they could have failed to appreciate the most complete and homogeneous of nationalities. A last resort remains. That we may not here see the great struggle on the sub ject of Slavery, an attempt is made to pre sent tlie struggle as one for domination. But this latter struggle is the very life of free countries. It is not surprising that the North and the South strove active ly, energetically, noisily, for the triumph of their candidate and policy. But when one of them, losing the battle of the bal ot, plunges without hesitation into'anoth ther kind of battle; when it resists, arms in band, the result of a regular election; when on the very day that it ceases to rule it tears into fragments the common coun ltrv, it is guilty of a crime for which it is difficult to imagine an excuse. 11. You will crush the revolt, gentle men. You wi .l succeed—such is our be lief—in reestablishing the Union. It will emerge from the bloody trial stronger, more free, more worthy of tlie noble des tinvy to which God summons it. It lias been demonstrated to lis, it is true,that the re-establishment of the Union was impossible ; but was it not also dem onstrated to us, and by irrefutable argu ment, that you would be always and of necessity defeated ; that you would nev er know how to handle a musket; that re cruiting would become impracticable; that your finances would be exhausted; that your loans would not be taken ; that you would become bankrupt; that riots would ravage your cities; that your Gov ernment would be overthrown., You have given to all these oracles the simplest and best answer. You will reply in the same manner to those who assert that the rccs tablishment of the T'tiion is impossible. What seems really impossible is not to restore the Union. Where draw the line between North and South ? How main tain between them a state of Peace, or even of truce ? llow shall Slavery and Liberty live side by side ? llow, more over, restrian the South from European protectorates, and by what means arrest the frightful consequences of such pro tectorates ? Geographically, morally, po litically, seperation would create an un natural situatioi; a situation violent and hazardous where each would live, arms in hand, waiting for the hour of conflict. We have full faith, gentlemen, that such a trial will be spared you. It is not that we overlook the difficulties which still remain for you to overcome; they are great, greater perhaps than we imagine. War has its vicissitudes, and you fnay per haps be called UJKIII to pass through peri ods of ill-fortune. Yet one fact always remains, and shows on which side the fi nal triumph will be found, supposing that there be no foreign intervention. The flag of the Union has now, for two years, never paused in its advance. It floats to day over the soil of every revolted State without exception. TheSouth has had its victories; it has never gained an inch of ground. The North has had its defeats; it has never fallen back. 'laster to-day of the entire course of the Mississippi, master of the Border States and of Lou isiana, all that remains is to stifle the re volt in the narrow territory where it first burst forth and back which it has been driven. We believe that you will suc ceed in this ; the only hope of the South, seems now little disposed to give her aid. Concluded next week. IgigL»The brain of a hasty man is like a sooty chimney; it is constantly i?i danger of .taking fire from the flames beneath. The brain of a well ordered and quiet citizen is like a chimney newly swept; the sparks of passion pass through it, and escape without danger into the cooler regions of thought and reflection. DID YOU EVER. BY ELLIN BIMMOX9. Did you ever hav»« a friend, When wealth did you surround, That if suddenly left poor, That friend could e're be found? Did you ever see a swell. Strutting about the city, (As if he was worth ten thousand pounds,) But he should have your pity ? Did you ever see a girl, Frenh from a boarding school, With flashing eyes and waving curls, Who had lived up to a rule! Did you ever see a mother. With a baby young and fair, Who thought there ever was another That could with it compare? Did you e're a husband know, Whose wifi> wa« pretty and bright. But was afraid ahe'd have a beau, If he was out of sight ? • Did you ever hear of a school-boy (Catching flies,) exclaim, 4- Now for it;" Ami lastly, did you ever read a tale, Like Dickens' " Little Dorrit?" IV IT A> i> w isnou. Tin: worst bad English is profane swear ing. A child, like a letter, often goes astray through being badly directed. No cloud can overshadow the Chris tian, but his faith will discern a rainbow in it. ALWAYS fight till you die—after doing it five or six times, it is just as easy as anything else. A miser is but a human version of the turnspit dog that toiled every day to roast meat for other person's eating. WHEN a young lady offers to hem a cambric handkerchief for a rich bachelor, she means to sow in order to reap. WHICH is the left side W a plum pud ding? That which is not eaten after you and I have been to dinner. WHY is an Ohio railway contractor like a German emigrant? Because he makes tracks for the West. IF you wish to know how many of your neighbors want " a little loan of ten dol lars," get nominated for Congress. PRAISE, when judiciously bestowed tends t) encourage the pursuit of excel lence. A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint, will convince his antago nist much sooner than one who draws them from readbn and philosophy. WHY is a dram drinker like -the hay crop? Because the hotter the weather the sooner he gets " cocked." " Do you drink hail in America?" ask ed a cockney. " Hail, no—we drink thunder and lightning." COOL —for a lady of 20 to ask her hus band who lias passed the " three score and ten," if he would prefer a plain or orna mental tomb-stone ! A Western paper says that an Arkan sas rebel cavalry colonel mounts men by the following order: " Prepare fer tc git onter yer ereeters." Second order—"Git." " Xi M ROD. can you tell me who was the first man ?" " Adam somebody. His father was'nt nobody, and he never had a mother on account of the scarcity of wo men and the pressure of the times." A PHBIEND pheeling phunnily phigu rative phurnishes the phollowing : —" 4ty ■itunate 4esters 4tuitously 4tifying 41orn 4tresseß, 4cibly 4bade 4ty 4midablc 4eign ers 4ming 4aging 4ces." AT a Spiritual Meeting, a short time since, Balaam was called up and asked if there were any Jackasses in his sphere? " No," replied he indignantly; " they are all on earth." A witness in court, being interrogated as to his knowledge of the defendant in the case, said he knew him intimately well. He had " supped with hiin, sailed with him and horsewhipped him. A waggish spendthrift said—" Five years ago I was nyt worth a cent in the world; now see where lam through my own exertions." " Well, where are you?" " Why I owe more than three thousand dollars." WLIAT heading shall I put to this ac count of u man cutting off his toes with an ax ?" asked a young paragrapher past er of his superior, in a certain newspaper office. "What heading, sir; why mel ancholy nx-ident, to be sure." •JOHN Reeves was accosted on the Ken nington road by an elderly female, with a small bottle of gin in her hand : " Pray, sir, I beg your pardon—is tjiis the way to the work house ?" John gave her a look of clerical digni ty, and pointing to the bottle, gravely said— " No, madam, but that is." " MR. Brads, you say you know the de fendant —what is his character?'' " For what, sir—spreeingor integrity ?" " For integrity, sir." " Well, all I can say about Jones is, that if he's honest, he's got a queer way of showing it, that's all!" " What do you mean by that ?" "Just this—that the night before he dines on turkey, somebody's poultry coop is always broken open." :l That will do, Mr. Bradr." Somebody's Son. BY REV. THEO. L CUTLER A runaway horse was one day seen dash ing through the streets of New Haven at a terrific rate, dragging a wagon that con tained a small lad who wassereamingwitli fright. The wagon brought up against the sidewalk with fearful crash. A crowd hurried to the spot. One old lady, with cap-string 3 flying, rushed out into the street, although her dauglitel exclaimed, 'Mother, mother, don'tget into thecrowd; you can't do any good.' Seeing her agi tation, a lady who was passing by kindly inquired, 'ls he your son ? 'Oh, no!" replied the true-hearted matron, 'but he is somebody's son.' The good mother was ready enough to lend a hand to save somebody's boy; but we fear there is many a matron and many a daughter who, during the approaching holiday festivities, will lend a hand to lead somebody's sou right toward destruction. They are already planning a Christmas par ty or a New Year's entertainment; and in their liberal bill of fare will be included a full supply of champagne and sherry, per haps. too, of hot punch and brandy. These are days of fast living; money conies easy; who cares ? Good Friends! there are ma nv of us who care for our children if we do not for our purses; and bafore 3011 set forth those attractive poisons, suffer me to make an honest appeal in behalf of one hundred thousand tempted young men. 1. Let me say to you that true hospital ity does not require intoxicating liquors on such occasions—nor any occasion. We honor the kindly spirit which, on the birth day of the year, prepares a liberal enter tainment. Wehonorthe hospitality which flings the door to all who wish to come in and enjoy it. But the well finished mar kets and groceries of every town have an ample store of 'creature-comforts' without drawing upon the liquor-cellars and the wine-vaults. There are many drinks both palatcablc and proper that may never cause redness of the eyes, or thickness of speech, or delirium of the brain. Under their in fluence young men do not reel 011 theside walks, or mistake the door-plates of their friends, or venture on silly impertinence toward the ladies who entertain them.— Under their influence nobody's son is car ried home drunk—to shame and rend a parent's heart. But the pernicious cus tom of wine-giving and punch-brewing on New Year's day produces many a sad scene of excess and inebriation. On all festive occasions temptation grows strong and self-restraint grows weak. On every New Year's day, hospitable dwellings arc turned intodrinking-houscs. Youngmcn enter them with flushed faces, and with tongues quite too rapid for propriety.— Many a merchant's clerk has whetted an evil appetite that has cost him a valuable situation. A returned officer who went out last New Year's day to receive the congratulations of his friends, found the decanters more fatal than the rebel shells, and when he reeled home, his shame strick en familv would rather have received him wounded and bleeding from the battle field. He was somebody's son —and some body's husband, too. Friends! you have no moral right to tamper thus with other people's appetites, or to rob other house holds of their hopes and their happiness. ' Woe unto him that putteth the bottle to his neighbor!' 11. As a second reason against offering strong drinks on holidays of at any social entertainment, we would urge that many persons are confirmed by them in habits of intoxication. Social drinking, yea and drunkedncss, were never wore prevalent than now. There nr» members of my own church, probably, too, of most other oh urch es, who are already sliding insensibly over that 'i/lass railroad' whose smooth track leads downward to perdition. Thousands of young men are facing an enemy more deadly than ever frowned from the heights of Fredericksburg. With such young men a contest is now waging between conscience and appetite. They see their danger.— They realize in their calm Moments, that they will soon lose their self-control, and are periling their places, their health, their lives, and their undying souls. Those young men enter your dwellings yith a sharp conflict going on between theirsense of right and their appetite on their regard for fashion. If no intoxicating cup is held out to them, they are comparatively safe. They will not seek the drink, unless the drink seeks them. But one glass may ruin them. On the summit of a hill in a West em State is a Courthouse so situated that the rain-drops that fall on one side of the roof descend into Lake Erie, and thence through the St. Lawrence into the Atlan tic; the drops on the other side trickle down from rivulet to river until they reach the Ohio and the Mississippi and enter the ocean by the Gulf of Mexico. A faint breadth of wind determines the destina tion of these rain-drops for three thousand miles. So a tingle act determines some times a human destiny for all time and eternity ! A fashionable young man par-" tially reformed from drinkinghabits came home to his father's house, rejoicing in his emancipation. His gay, light-hearted sis ter thoughtlessly proposed a glassof wine 'to drink his safe return.' He was excit ed and o'fF his guard ; he yielded, and the single glass rekindled a thirst that carried him back again into drunkedness. The hand that should have sustained him laid him low. If all the ruined men who have first received the fatal glass from woman's hand could utter their testimony, how ma ny a drunkard's grave would become vo cal with terrible upbraidings? Surely one would think that woman had already suf fered enough from the poison ofthis adder to nuke her refuse to touch the cup that conceals his serpent fang. Mothers! fathers! It is not only some hotly's son who is in danger. There is a boy nearer home who is watchingyourex amplc. The darling who nestled in your own arms may be the victim of the glass you offer to others. And how dare you warn your own children against dissipation when they see the decanter on your own side-board, and are confronted by the tem pter 011 your own tables? You may re member the anecdote which Dr. Lyman Beeeher loved to tell of the London cler gyman, who, while walking the street, saw a loaded dray coming on rapidly toward a school-girl who was just crossing the way. The foremost horse was almost upon her. Forgetting self he rushed into the street— cought the child in his arms—bore her safely to the sidewalk, and, as her bonnet fell aside and she looked up with per pale face too see her deliver, the good man look ed down into the face of his own little daughter! In attempting to save somebo dy's child he saved his own. Banish then the wine-cup from your house, and you may preserve not only somebody's son from temptation, but also the lad whom your dear wife taught to say his prayers 011 her knee. SHOEMAKINO IIY MACHINERY.—A shocmaking machine is now in successful operation, says the Patterson, New Jer sey, Guardian, which is one of the great est wonders of industry, mechanism and genius. This is in reality a sewing machine, but altogether different in prin ciple from all the ordinary kinds of those implements. It is a small affair, costing perhaps not morethan S3O or SSO to build, and which after the shoo is arranged to gether, travels inside and sews through the thickest sole with a wax end of any thick ness. This little machine or traveler goes all around the edge and way down into the toes, like a thing of magic, and does the hardest work of the shoemaker with the greatest ease and rapidity. It will sew 300 pair per day, and keep fifty men employ ed in finishing up the work, all the sewing of which has been done by machinery, from the finest stitching to the heaviest waxed ending of the thickest boot soles. The work is better than hand work, will out-wcar anything ever before put togeth er, and is destined'to supercede all other kinds of shoemaker's work. In fact all the shoemaker's will be needed on tho ma chines to do the more agreeable finishing up part of the work. These little machines sell readily to manufacturers for 8500, and afterwards a stamp tax of one cent per shoe lias to.be paid the inventor. All manufacturerswill bo driven into the pur chase of these shocmaking machines, which are creating a perfect revolution in the shoe business in our large towns, and which will in a year or two drive all nailed, peg ged, or hand-sewed shoes and boots out of the market. We have seen manufactur ers who have the instruments in use, and who say they are worth SIOOO to all who use them. FROM NORTH CAROLINA. —An officer of tho Government, just returned from Newborn, N. C., reports that our scheme for the occupation of abandoned planta tions works admirably, the rental already producing quite a revenue, beside reliev ingGovernmentof the support of thousands of poor people, both white and colored. The principles of free labor, and the dig nity of self-support, are being inculcated, and arrangements are making for the per fection and extension of"the system. The President's Amnesty Proclamation is gen erally approved there, and could the pro tection guaranteed be given,there is but little doubt that loyal men could be found to return North Carolina to her allegiance. Gen. Butler's call for negro cavalry crea ted much enthusiasm, and tho second regi ment. now forming, was receiving over ono hundred recruits a week. ' Esas"' Did you say, sir, that you consid ered Mr. Jones insane ?' asked a lawyer of a witness in a criminal case. ' Yes, sir, I did.' ' Upon what grounds do you base that inference ?' 9 ' Why, I lent him a silk umbrella and five dollars iu cash, and he returned them both ' * NUMBER G. The Amnesty Proclamation. A Washington letter Bays : The President lias liat'» several thousand copies of his proclamation of December Bth, declaring an amnesty to all rebels of the rank of Colonel and under, providing they take a prescribed oath, printed in the shape of a handbill, and at the end of the proclamation is the following: " The book wherein to record the taking of the above oath by such persons as may apply, is in the custody of at , who is authorized to administer the said oath to such persons of that vicinity, and is required to give every person requesting it a certificate in form below, until some other mode of proof shall be authorita tively provided, sufficient evidence of tho facts certified to entitle the holder to the benefits as provided in said proclamation. "CERTIFICATE.—I dohereby certify that on day of 186-, at , the oath presented by the President of the United States in his proclamation Decem ber eighth, eighteen hundred and sixty three, was duly taken, subscribed and made matter of record, by This handbill is to be posted through all the rebel territory occupied by us, audit is expected that thousands of secesh will avail themselves of it; that Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana will be the first to return as States to their allegiance. lloci-OailAl'llv.—The following arlicle went the rounds of the papers a few years' 1 ago, but we reprint it for the information of those who never l jad it: Francis Pigg has strayed off from In dianapolis, leaving Mrs. Pigg and the little piggt to hunt their own i'eed hereaf ter. Wc'll do our share towards pen- ning them. Since reading the above, we are happy to learn that Piggjeft a small sti-penned for his interesting™amily. By the last advises we are informed that this young boy Barkis, was swillin', Mrs. Pigg, though she always profess ed to consider her husband a great bore, has consented to accept this stipend as a sus pension of hostilities, though she is ap prehensive that he has another stye in big eyo We can comfort her with the as surance that he will be cured one of these days as many a rashrr one has been. lie is at present probably hanging about some of tho sfo/>-shops of tho city. We believe that Mr. P. is resolved togo to the root of this matter or die; but it must be remembered that there are two sides to a quarrel like this, and however brink it may bo kept up, each one must shoulder a part of tho responsibility. We anticipate a prime mess as the consequence. THE FORCE IMAGINATION.—Peo pIe of strong nervous temperament are great slaves to the whims and capri ces of their imagination, and hence people of good metal, but of very or dinary physical acquirements, are the most subject to this tyranny of mind over matter. Occaionally, a very or dinary sort of person—that is, an in dividual of considerable mind, but whose mtmtal capacities are unsustain ed, and*> partially undeveloped— suffers from this peculiar fact in a most distressing degree. No doubt (says the best physical authority) one half the ills that flesh is heir to aro superinduced by the fancy of the " sufferer alone. Hundreds nave died by mere symtoms of cholera, yellow fever, and plague, induced by sheer dread and fear of those fearful mala dies. A case is recorded, wherein a felon condemned to death by phlebotomy had his arm laid bare to the shoulder, and thrust through a hole in a parti tion, while he was fast bound to tho opposite side; the hidden executioner, upon the other side applied the lancet to his arm with a click: the poor cul prit heard the niu'My stream outpour ing, and soon growing weaker and fainter, he fell into a swoon, he died; when the fact was, not a drop of blood had been shed—a surgeon having merely snapped his lancet upon tho arm, and continued to pour a small stream of water over the limb and into a basin. Another case in "pint" was that of a Philapelphia amateur butcher, who, in placing nis meat upon a hook, slip ped, and hung himself, instead of the beef, upon the barbed point. Ilis ag ony was intense; he was quickly taken down and carried to a physician's of fice, and so groat was his pain (in imagination) that he cried piteously upon every motion made by the doc> tor in cutting the coat and shirt-sleeve from about the wounded arm! When at last, the arm was bared, not a scratch was there!. The hook point had merely grazed along the skin; and torn the shirt-sleeve. JUsf The object of conversation is to entertain and amuse. To be agreea ble, you must learn to be a good list ener. A man who monopolizes a con versation is a great bore, no matter how great his knowledge.