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The whole art ok Government consists in the art of being honest. Jefferson.
STROUDSBURG. MONROE COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1844.
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The American mechanic!
Among all the varieiies of men that diversify
ihe human race, there is no more honorable
character than the American Mechanic. Free
in his heart and mt warped in nis prrjiidiccs ;
elevated above ihe condiiion of that inferior po
litical grade, in the same calling, in the old
world"; removed from :hc seductive alluremflnts
10 luxurious vice; depending upon his daily ex
ertions for his personal comforis, feeling indus
try essential for ihe support of those who live
by his energies, always able, to procure with
oui difficulty ihe shelter of a convenient home,
and an abundant supply -of good things for ihe
physical man, he charges himself without anxie
ty with the expenses of a. family, and enjoys that
measure of happiness, to be had only amidst
the duties and employment of a domestic life, j
Industry and economy enable him to set aside
by littles, a store for sickness and old age, and
gradually to add the advantage of capiial to his j
skill and energies. Unshackled in thoughl, he of hu mM) ;mpor,allcC( or eise
forms and utters his opinions at pleasure, sees evefy on finding h-m ready wiH g-ve him a
in himself a guardian of the institutions of his kJck BlU ljRn d.nt nin it0 the oilier ex
country, and one of the governors of a mighty . .. f . , ,
empire; he knows that ihe common weal is
commuted partially to his care, and must be in
fluenced by his virtue and intelligence. He is,
in fact, one of nature's noblemen, and if, with
buch advantages and inducements, he does not
improve by reading and reflection, fit himself
for his hih and dignified duties, if he is not in
dependent in mind and honorable in his feel
ings, if he is not a virtuous and happy man, the
blame rests on himself.
It is the peculiar-merit of our institutions that
'they are all moulded -and fashioned by the peo
ple: it therefore becomes the duly of ihe peo
ple to prepare themselves for the resulting ob
ligation lo fashion them wisely.
We have lived but-a-single dayjn the age of
nations, yet all ihe maturity of refinement, which
belongs to-the old world, is visible in the new,
in arts, in power, in ,pqpuIation, our equalled
progress earth has never seen, out-stripping
fancy's wildest dream. It as not enough, how
ever, that we contemplate the solidity and ex
tent of the materials jn ihe fabric of our nation
al greatness; we must build it up and sustain
It is to this conviction we would hring eve
ry American Mechanic; we would have him
feel the important influence which he must ex--ercine
upon the deiinie9 jf his nice.1 We
would have htm understand that he i' liable to
he called upon to aid 4n administering the gov.
ernment, and merit theconfidtence bfhi fellow
men in their honorable service. We would not
bare hitn limit -his range -of thought lo the me
chanical rules of his .particular employment, or
circumscribe the movements of his'mirid to nar
irow channels, but J a hour jo acquaint himself
"iih ihe whole science of government, and e ve
rything connected wriih the nature and business
r men, for without this, he ivill iind fhimjseH'
jiDwerless to resist .ihe .intriguing or dip.lined
politician. The American Mechanic is him-
-elf, by birth-nd-fromneceidty, a politician-
he should beVlbe'ra1 arid? enirbi6Heidpolitj
The America h Mechanic'' from wfipse' la-
'ours the wealth ihdorivniehce's'oT society
fe derived, snd in whoe-socieiy Recognizes
v pride .and defence, If he iTan Arnerican in
deling and in interest, and if he employs hs
'me, a he ought to elmphiy ii,. Between his prp:
fsional duties and the maifhnance pf his fam-
ily, the improvement of his mind, and the ex
ercise of his political rights, is the highest or
der of man. In this country, no invidious ar
tificial distinctions exist lo deaden his enter
prise or chill his energies. In ihe old world,
wealth and greatness sit encompassed by their
towers, and enriched with their treasures, and
filled with self-complacent satisfaction at the
view of iheir possessions, hardly bestow a iho't
on he masses of the people around them.
Here all stand on the same level of civil rights
ihe highest motives lo industry are held out
to all; all are urged lo extension by the noblest,
as well as ihe most selfish feeling of their hu
man natures. Industry and thrift are not de
rogatory here, but are regarded as merits, and
strange as it may sound in a foreign ear, the
idler can hardly maintain a position in society.
Our peopfe recognise the general truth, that the
mind, undirected by prominent influences, will
necessarily form for itself occupations out of ac
cidents, and lake a bias from the fortuitous im
pulses of circumstances, and perhaps, imbibing
its principles from chance, loose its moral in
tegrity fur the want of a fixed employment.
Properly can only be accumulated by indi
vidual tffort. No unequal law perpetuates
wealth in families; death will relax iho rich
man's gra.sp. and unseen hands divide his ac
quisitions among his heirs. Our institutions
guard individual rights equally with the public
safety, and protect the enjoyments of the hum
ble, alike with the possessions of the fortunate.
The independent American Mechanic, living
under, and himself sustaining these liberal in
stitutions ; cursed with " neither poverty or
riches;" free to think, and free to act; occupies
a position in ihn scale of melt which baa no
parallel in ihe old world. Miners' Journal.
Doz&'t be Proud.
Don't be proud ! We will not sav thai ab-
. numUi,v is desirable: for a man must have
starved more men than famine. Never be loo
good 10 do any thing thit is honr st; saw wood
if you can't drive a trade, and break stones on
the turnpike if you can't saw wood. There is
no greater farce than the cant about respecta
ble pursuits. Many a bad lawyer might have
made a good clctk, and we know indifferent
merchants who would have grown rich as me
chanics. Proud people start in life wilh more
show than thev can afford; and so insure for
themselves a constant struggle with poverty.
They ruin their fortunes and shipwreck their
happiness, to dress as their neighbour, or give
parlies to people who quiz them for jt. Pride
is bailiff to bankruptcy. Go to our alms-houses:
they are full of your proud people, who have
always spent their incomes and are. now, in old
age, come' to beggary. Go to the wretched al
leys of our great cities, and look into that rick
ety old frame, from -which the rags stuffed in
the broken pane cannot keep out ihe winter
snow; nine chances to ten, you will find there
some decayed mechanic, who spent all he could
make while he had work, and who now eats
the bitter bread of dependence or trusis to a
stranger's charity. Take our advice! Seek
some honest pursuit where you are sure of a
living, and content yourself with a little, if thai
Utile is a certainty. Better have a dollar in ihe
pocket than a gold piece. at the top of a pole.
Be prudent and contented, and you will be otti
of debt arid happy. , Then you can walk the
streets feeling that no man is your superior:
Old as will find voti with a comfortable home,
the result of a life's savings; and ynU can shake
hands with death contentedly, satisfied that no
pauper hearso will hurry you to your grave.
NcjTs Saturday Gazette.
-WSioie reisger. '
- " Oh;'-mother ! Pjest beed a than with one
halPhis face-as hlack-as as " : r, . - . ' J
; As jvhat, Sammy V i
Black as all creation rrioiheriAvash't he
an object?" r- . '
" Lord love you, little dear, you don't say so
-Ihe must be half negry." ' ?
Go to thunder, old woman h6 was a
whole nigger t'other half was jns'i as black."
" Take thatj yoif little safpint ! MV'gracious,
how sa5sv children U"
From the National Intelligencer.
Honor lo vrJiossi Klonor is Ene.
Now that the Presidential contest is over,
and the great battle has ended disastrously for
the friends of Constitutional Right; and now
that the sun of our countjy's glory has set in
gloom and darkness, it is not less our pleasure
than our duty to hear testimony in behalf of
those who were true to the faith that was in
ihem. Ii is not enough to say that the Whig
party fought hard arid fought nobly iit the cause
of principle and truth they did more than this.
They gave up every ihiug to their country, and
did all that men could do to rescue her from
the dangers lhat beset her ; and which, most
unfortunately for her peace and prosperity, and
the happiness of the people, have at length
overwhelmed her. They strained every nerve,
and stretched every tendon, in the fight ; they
toiled by day, and watched by tho camp fires
at uiht : and all was freely done for the honor
and glory of the Republic, and for the love of
him who has proved himself the truest of her
sons, and who stands up in defeat, " the noblest
Roman of us all." He, their great leader, is
beaten, bui he is not on that account less dear
10 his friends they stood by him in his pros
perity, and they cling to him in his adversity.
His defeat under any circumstances, and now
especially, when it has been effected by tho
foulest frauds upon ihe elective franchise, and
by votes manufactured for the time and the pur
pose, only lightens his hold upon their affec
tions, and makes them press him more warmly
and closely to their yearning bosoms. He has
been slandered and reviled as mortal man nev
er was before, bul his character has not suffer
ed from the encounter; it still survives the
shock. In all thai is ennobling in patriotism,
all that is precious in intellect, or enviable in
public virtue ai.d private honor, Henry Clay
towers as high above his enemies as does ihe
highest peak of ihe Andes above the level of
the sea. He has been cast into the fiery fur
nace of personal invective and abuse, but, like
the holy youths spoken of in Scripture, he has
come lurih unhurt by the flames, and unscorched
and unscathed by the conflagration which burn
ed and blazed around him. The vulgar and
the reckless may continue 10 spend iheir malice
upon him, and the demons of parly, who have
rared at and cursed him in the past, may re
joice over his ill-fortuno in tho future: but,
thank God, they can neither subdue his proud
spirit, nor drag him down 10 their own deep
abyss of misery and degradation. f
He has been borne down by tho power of
numbers, it is true, but he fell in gloriouswar
fare, sword in hand, and his armor on, at the
head of Freedom's friends, the victim of Free
dom's foes, and with htm fell tho best hopes
and ihe dearest interest of his country. He
is overpowered, but he is still as firm and un
shaken as ihe rock on whose head the storms
have burst in all their madness, and against
whpse sides the wares of the ocean, lashed in
to fury, hayo dashed and fretted inj vain.
The wiles and stratagems, and the frauds and
deceptions of his opponents, have balked ihoso
who knew and estimated his worlh in iheir ef
forts to reward him as they desired ; but still
they caunot blot out from history the record of
his greatness, nor prevent his name from going
down to posterity associated, for thirty years
past, with all that is memorable in the legisla
tion or glorious in the annals of his country.
They are powerless as to that; for his. is one
of the few names lhat wa9 not born to die.
They have deprived him of ofnee ; hut the Pres
idential office, high and worthy as it is of man's
ambition, could not add a. cubit 10 his stature
nor increase the fcplehdot of his fame. His
greatness will siill overshadow the land, and
his character as a statesman, bright as yet as
tho ouronuerejl eagle of his counlry, will be
appreciated wherever liberty has a home or
civilization a resting place, and his virtuous
deeds reverenced by 'unborn millions to cbuie,
vhen the . . t , -. , ,.,,.,. '
. .., , Cjldedjije imt
That, basking in the sunshine of a court,
Fatten on its corruption," k 1
a'r forgotten ainong the things that were'.
Wo hero repeat' our declaration that the
Whigs, hs a parly, fought nobly under 'thejr
great leader : and at this moment they are pVoud
er to have shared his defeat than the oppoaiiion
1 feci amid nil their joyous chouu at the success
of his competitor. But, in paying ari humble
tribute to our gallant party, we cannot forego
the satisfaction it gives to speak of one for
whose services all should be grateful we al
lude to the Hon. Willis Green; of Kentucky.
He, we have reason to know, made the heaviest
sacrifices for the cause, and ihat too with no
feeling of self interest or personal aggrandise
ment influencing his conduct. His labors were
a free offering to his counlry, and all he did
was for the love he bore the cause and his deep
devotion to Henry Clay. Those only who
stood near him and shared his confidence and
his counsels can fully appreciate the value and
extent of his exertions. He left nothing un
done which honorablo warfare would justify :
nothing which seemed compatible with the high
calling of truth ; nothing which was worthy of
a just cause, or in the least calculated to pro
mote its triumph. And, calamitous as the re
sult has proved, deep as the distress of the
Whig parly is, and keen and bitter as tho mel
ancholy reflections of some may be, no man
can reproach him with a want of firmness, or
with indifference to or neglect of diriy. All his
lime and all his thoughts wero given to the
great issue, and never for a moment did his en
ergies flag or his exertions tire. His anxiely
was all the while deep and intense, and, as the
trial day approached, sleep scarcely erer touch
ed his eye lids. Here, at the seat of Govern
ment, entrusted, as chairman of llio Whig Con
gressional Executive Committee; with ihe su
pervision of. and lo a certain extent controlling,
the Whig action throughout the country, he
watched the movements of the Whig forces,
and bade them on to baitle ; and when others
fell back and fainted by the way side, he stood
up more firm and faithful to the work, thinking
of nothing, hoping for nothing, and caring for
nothing, but the success of Henry Clay and
ihe counlry. Under his direction, and that of
the Hon. Garret Davis, the partner of his
toil and the sharer of his feelings, thousands of
public documents and political tracts vindica
ting the principles and measures of tho Whig
party were scattered broadcast over the Union.
Thev wero not, however, intended to reach the
prejudices or 10 pander to the low and grovel
ling instincts ol human nature ; they were ad
dressed to the calm reflection and sober judg
ment of the people ; they were manly, straight
lorward" appeals to ihe popular intelligence, and
there is no doubt that for the most part they
served their purpose ; for it cannot be denied
that, aside from iho foreign influence brought
to bear on the elections within the last three
months, a decided majority of the country is
Whig in principle, in feeling-, and action. In
view, then, of these facts, and wiih.a.ftul knowl
edge of his self-sacrificing spiik aud disinter
estedness, the Whigs of the Union owe a debt
of gratitude to ihis well-tried aoldier which it
becomes them always to remember. His voice
was mingled with theirs in the heal and din of
the contest, and tho same calamity that has be
fallen them wrung his generous heart and fur
rowed his cheek with tears of bitterness and
And now, Whigs or the Union, your tever
ses, p.p fur from causing you to give way in de
spair, should only point out in you the necessi
ly pf renewed and redoubled action, and at the
proper time, it should only strengthen your
hearts and nervo your arms for another effort.
You must not give up all hopes of redeeming
the country. Four years from now it can be
done; and then you must not only wipo out
the stigma of your recent defeat, but avenge the
wrongs of Henry Clay. Remember that the
overwhelming defeat of the Roman forces on
the field of Carina was followed soon after by
iho expulsion of Hannibal, flushed with victory,
from, the gales of the Imperial City. Ay, re
member too, thai Washington's retreat across
the Delaware with a few regiments of half-clad
and half-starved soldiers, in one of ithe darkest
.hours jn our, Revolutionary struggle, was sig
nalized soon after by the, rout of .the enemy s
forces, at Trenton in the midst of their revelry
and rejoicings. Take hope, from these tacts ;
and when the days of your mourning shalj have
passed, and ihe proper period for action jihajl
have arrived, once more unfurl' the 'Whtg'starj
d'ard, and lay vol aside your arms until the ir
fidols nre driven from the holy land. Till then
rest in peace and bide jfour time.
The following humorous certificate of the
virtues of "The Chemical refined Turkishes-
sence of wild Dandelion," we liud.iti tho .Uur
cle Sam"' paper:
Chesterville (Texas) July. Im, 1844V -
Dear and highly honored Sir: It i wrh,
feelings of the most profound esteem' an'd Ven
eration that 1 lake up the pen to atldri.s,:ypi
on the subject of my late illness, and lite caW
of its cure. I was first taken with the cni
sumpiion then the gout set in ; aflr ihai I was
attacked by the measles and the seven year
itch. Added to tltfs complication of disorders,
I was all drawn up with ihe rheumatism, be
sides symptoms of the jaundice. While these'
disorders were at thuir height, in a moment ol
imprudence, I acquired the habit of stealing
horses, for which I was tarred and feathered,
and subsequently 1 loat a leg. After- having
spent all my living upon physicians without re
lief, I heard of your valuable upecific. Our?
bottle cured all my disorders, and haying rub--,
bed ihe empty vial on the stump of my (bat leg,
it immediately grew out again ! . "
Yours, with great respect, " ' -
I arracquainted with Mr. Smith, and iktiow,
him to be a gentleman of undoubted veracity;
A Queer 'un. There is on Tower Hill one
of the queerest looking blackies imaginable.
His face is so black lhat he can't tell when it
is morning; his wool curls so tight that it has
made him round shouldered; his noso t$ o flat
and greasy, that he has to put tar on his finger
to blow it; his shins are so sharp that he can't
go through a corn-field without .splitting the
stalks, and his heels are so long, that it is im
pofsible for him to go down hill without a coti
pje of stones on them for ballasts He will no
doubt die young: mortification in his' leg's hav
ing already commtneed, in consequence of their
being too crooked for the blood to circulate.
Precocious. A youth in a back ''country
town had arrived at the age of nine years when
his father sent him to school for the first. time.
He siood beside the teacher to repeal theeu
ters of the alphabet. - -
" What's that?" inquired the master.
Harrerl" vociferated' the urchin.
" No, that's A." '
' Well; what's the nexir
"Taint B neither, it's ox-yoke crotch ;.,aU
hemlock, thintt 1 uon'i Know 1
v lis .- -
This has gone the rounds, but you. may.nt.
havo seen it:" Some one was telling us, ihe
other evening, of a remark that he once heard'
a married man make, whose rib proved to be
the better half in the wrong senses" of the term;
I loved my wife, he said, 'at first, as much as
anybody ever did love a wife. For the first
two months, 1 actually wanted to eat f her .up,
and ever since then I've been sorry Ijdid'nt.
Pete, I wants to ax you a Colorribrou's p 1 '
Succeed Nieser ! 1 ' J '
Well, why is a Quilt, liko a Rail Road ?
Does you guve it up 1
Yes I does.
Cause there's, sleepers under Y-iW YahU
Wai an ignorenjf colored iJ'idyo,iV.
Postscript from a boy in Indiana to his fatlier
in New Orleans :
Dear, Daddy. Corn is dull, and-brother
John is dead likewise. Excuse hast'e.Tia
... 1 1 r
bad pain Your umnipoiem. . j.j. o.
There are unpleasant things that am nnt.pain
ful; and painful things that are not unpleasant.
It is.not painful to feel a big spider crawitng
down your back, but it is rather unpleasant.--
On the other hand, it is not unpleasant to some
heirs to receive the nful intelligence that a
rich relation has lefr'this troublesome world.'
A. young Miss having accepted thojofiar of a
youth to gallant her hoiqe, afterwards .fearing
ihat a joke might be cracked at ner expense u
the fact should become public dismifysd him
when about half-way, onjoiningjjeeoy-?
Don't be afraid," said he, "of my saying
ranv thing abmiiy for I feel as muchishaujfcd of
tras voir do."